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NEWS REPORTS A replacement for the hugely successful Cartoon Classics pack is announced... Two new Amiga bundles 13 NOVEMBER 1992 Amiga Format's special thing Following the good news that Commodore have placed financial and long-term faith in the A600. We are proud to announce that in every one of the two new bundles will be special editions of Amiga Format. The world's most popular Amiga magazine will greet all the new users as they dive Into the delights of their spanking new machines. This will undoubtedly mean more readers Join the throng that is the Amiga Format members club. And more readers mean more tips in Game Busters, more letters In er... Letters and more of a chance for us to bludgeon the publishers of AF into giving you better and better Cover disks, more pages, big- Anyone who ger features and even buys one of the new AMIGA more special, special bundles will rexeive a free sperial edition of offers and competitions, the world's biggest-selling AMIGA mogozine. COMMODORE HAVE finally killed off the Cartoon Classics bundle and have replaced it with two brand new A600 bundles. Called The Wild, the Weird and the Wicked for the A600. And the Epic Language Lab for the A600HD.

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Document sans nom Wo complete package worth a total of £100 Collection FULL VIDEO TITLING PACKAGE!
TVText: It must be the simplest way to give your videos the professional touch!
FILE EXCHANGE UTILITY!
Cross-DOS: open you Amiga up to the outside world with this excellent utility.
The Chaos Engine Find out if the KQHHfiHfckJ ..r* Bitmaps have I Ly done it again with I 'r . ; • this all-action blast-em-ufi y* W It's easy using the hints, tips and tricks from the pros in our mammoth guide to all that's great in Amiga graphics Play US Gold's atmospheric, texture-mapped, adventure RPG, starring your fave AF staffers.
Tlie best of all time? | It gets Amiga Format's % highest ever software rating - but what is it?!
Plus: More Bullfrogs' programming tutorial files Revealed! Not one but two new A600 packs - read our verdict.
Digitisers: which one’s best for you? Wps: tested and rated.
PLUS: Droqram with Bullfroa Inspired by James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, Sim Earth looks at the world as one interrelated living organism offering you the ulfimafe experience in planet management. Design and nurture planets from their creation through the evolution of life to the development of intelligence and technology that can reach for the stars.
IMS 1990 Mans and Will Wrrghl All rights reserved.
AVAILABLE FOR: Macintosh.
IBM PC, Windows and Amiga.
'Use the powerful icon-driven command language: with a simple point and click, robots can be instructed to commence in lull melee.
'Challenge your Iriends (and enemies) through network support lor up to lour machines.
'Use modem and serial link to mil and match games on Macintosh, Amiga or Windows versions.
AVAILABLE FOR: Macintosh, Windows and Amiga.
'Choose from seven different plane! Scenarios.
Armed with bombs, bullets, missiles, grenades and m you control teams of Robots that compete in five diffe sports: Survival, Treasure Hunt, Capture the Flag, Hostage Baseball. By combining the tactical challenge of chess the intensity of guerrilla warfare, RoboSporl provokes t Strategic mayhem. IM a 1991 Maiis and Edward Kilham. 411 rights resenei 'View your worlds as flal projections or spinning globes.
'Unleash volcanoes, earthquakes, meteors and tidal waves.
'Build apartments, offices, factories, ski resorts, amusement parks and more.
Trains... but there's a lot more lo it than making tracks. This new simulation gives you the triple challenge of designing and running a profitable railroad, growing a city and building a financial empire. You can borrow money, invest in subsidiary business and dabble in the stock market as well. Six scenarios will lake all the organisational talent, planning skills and fiscal genius you've got.
AVAILABLE FOR: IBM PC, Macintosh and Amiga.
O AMIGA FORMAT 40 NOVEMBER 1992 EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT News 13 13 14 IN NEWS Goodbye to the Cartoon Classics at long last. Six games and education. But can Commodore's two-pronged attack really counter and beat the consoles?
Two new A600 packs revealed Commodore dual attack is up and running Sensible software prices How will CDTV Sensible Soccer affect the future?
Damien Noonan Karl Foster Neil Jackson Tim Smith Pat McDonald Gary Lord Andrew Nuttall Asam Ahmad Clare Hodgson EDITOR DEPUTY EDITOR REVIEWS EDITOR FEATURES EDITOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR STAFF WRITER STAFF WRITER EDITORIAL ASSISTANT The Future Entertainment Show 16 Read the preview to the UK's biggest computer show Screenplay 65 JOIN HANDS!
Not touching the tables here. We show you how the power of two, or even three or four, linked Amigas can make a huge difference to your playing pleasure.
Hooked up? 66 We show you how to link Amigas for thrilling action.
Gamebusters 123 Get un-Hooked and eye the beholders' demise... Beat them at their own game! 139 Part two of the series that’ll teach you how to program!
Cheap 'n' Cheerful 110 Playing on a budget? Extend your spending power here ART DEPARTMENT Marcus Dyson Sue White ART DIRECTION DESIGN ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT GROUP AD MANAGER Jonathan Bint AD MANAGER Duncan Ferguson BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MGR Andy Fox GAMES SALES MGR Cheryl Beesley SENIOR SALES EXEC Louise Woods SENIOR SALES EXEC Robert Anderson Reviews PUBLISHING ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Tracey O'Donnell PROMOTIONS MANAGER Michele Harris CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Sue Hartley CIRCULATION ASSISTANT Kate Elston PUBLISHER Greg Ingham PRINTED IN THE UK BY Chase Web Ltd, St Ives PLC, Plymouth NEWSTRADE
DISTRIBUTION, UK Future Publishing, 0225 442244 NEWSTRADE DISTRIBUTION, OVERSEAS MMC Ltd 0483 211222 AMIGA FORMAT 30 Monmouth Street Bath, AVON, BA1 2BW Telephone 0225 442244 Facsimile 0225 446019 REVIEWED The Alfa Data Scanner What better device for your graphics- engine of an Amiga than a spanking new scanner?
The Alfa Data scanner 164 Another scanner on the market. Is it worth your cash?
AMOS Pro 1 78 The next step on the path to programming perfection?
168 Educational reading Fun School extras with Spelling Fair REVIEWED XCAD2000 Move over Pcs, the Amiga can do this computer aided design stuff as well, if not better than the beefiest of IBM's offerings.
GPFax 173 Go into turbo-communications mode with this little marvel XCAD 2000 1 76 See how the Amiga muscles in on the design world SUBSCRIPTIONS, BACK ISSUES and MAIL ORDER Future Publishing, Somerton, SOMERSET, TA11 6TB Telephone 0458 74011 Facsimile 0458 74378 Win! Win! Win PRIZES GALORE!
Not only do we have 10 copies of Gremlin's zippy-fast, Zool, we also have some very strange (but linked) prizes to give away.
77 Weird, Wild and Wicked 77 We've got three new A600 packs, we give them to you Drool at Zool 117 Copies of this great game and more could be yours r»? T W
- d Sk ’ST- - ’iSTJ.ii ©1992 uiure PUBLISHING No part of this
publication may be transmitted or reproduced in any form
without the permission of the publishers. And it is polite to
ask.
Oh no, really? Of the month If there are more people alive now than have ever died, where does that leave the theory of reincarnation eh?
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Registered Circulation ABC 161,256 Jan - July 1992 Regulars IN PUBLIC DOMAIN With the interest rates buggin-out as they have been recently, at least there's one thing you can count on: good value PD.
DEMO-STRATE!
More home-made Amiga wonders for you to view.
We've got plenty oa sbow, from dhriag birds to dynamic illusions aiid Moggie 2.
PD Update 197 Which new free software is worth getting hold of?
Workbench 229 Readers ask for advice and offer some useful tips Workbench Answerfile 236 Your problems solved, your questions answered Letters 241 Find out what's making waves with Amiga owners Special offers 210 Some very special offers: good stuff at bargain prices Subscriptions 223 Make it easy on yourself: get your mag delivered!
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) i'TOBBS'W! ."3 Aui- Lyn G . L» ) Cnc S*x Chi Or* m Crt Hva Find out if the Bitmaps have done it again with this all-action blast-em-up.
Play US Gold's atmospheric, texture-mapped, adventure RPG, starring your fave AF staffers.
Legend of Valour Plus: More Bullfrogs" programming tutorial files For the first time ever, you get the chance to beat-up several members of the Amiga Format staff in US Gold's custom-made playable adventure RPG demo.
Exhibitionists Read our preview of the biggest computer show in the country.
The Future Entertainment Show is yours to enjoy PACE 16 Chaos IN GAMES THIS MONTH: James Pond bids to show just what can be done without the use of steroids... or legs.
IN GAMES THIS MONTH: after much haggling in the Amiga Format office, did we think this is the best game ever?
W j n 3 I* to FILE EXCHANGE UTILITY!
Cross-DOS: open you Amiga up to the outside world with this excellent utility.
Excellent titling utility for your videos, and Cross-DOS which will enable you to make use of other computer formats from the security, ease and comfort (tried using MS-DOS recently?) Of your Amiga.
On the news front. Commodore (UK's) MD, Kelly Sumner had a great deal to say about the future of the Amiga this month, and we were there to take notes on it. The news that he and his company have got behind the A600 with two new packs is excellent for the long-term, especially when you consider that Commodore also have an important new hardware launch at the Future Entertainment Show. So this winter could be a time for contentment but not complacency for all of us. This is Amiga Format, at your service. Have a great read... Damien Noonan, Editor Hello and welcome to Amiga Format and to the
long, cosy nights that lay ahead. It's the November issue and it's packed with more information, in more detail, and with a greater attention to your needs than ever before. We don't think that you will find a better read anywhere this month.
The Amiga family is proving, day-in-day- out that it is the most versatile collection of home computers that you can buy anywhere in the world. And this month we look at a few of the areas in which it really excels: graphics with our mammoth 10-page Howto guide incorporating tips and hints from the combined knowledge of the Amiga Format team and professional games designers from Domark, Psygnosis and Bullfrog: digitisers, these incredibly useful devices can make a world of difference to your graphics
- they don't cost the Earth and could make the world of
difference to your artistic efforts. In this month's Amiga
Format Collection we've included both TVText, an Whether you're
a beginner, a half-decent Dpainter, or you're advanced in your
grasp of Electronic Arts' excellent graphics program, you are
bound to get something out of our mammoth, step-by-step guides
to DeluxePaint
III. You'll also get some insights into what the professionals
can do... PAGE 29 Aquatic
Games ..94 Archer
Maclean's Pool ..100 BAT
II .78
Carl Lewis Challenge .....104 The
Lost Treasures of
Infocom .112
Lotus III
72
Match of the Day 107
Putty ..82
Red Zone
..108
Robosport ....69
Rome ..92
The word at war A word processor is not just for the boring
things in life, you could make a million with one (well
Jeffery Archer did!). Find out which one is best for you
PAGE 151 Even if you can't draw, you can still get some
amazing images into your graphics. We put Amiga digitisers
through their paces so that you can be absolutely sure of
making the right decision PAGE 185 Game reviews in
ScreenPlay Welcome to Amiga Format!
DeluxePaint Deluxe tutorials Which digitiser?
In this month's Amiga Format Collection - a series of COMPLETE, FlILL-PRICE programs - You get TWO great utilities for your Amiga... TVText page 47 Part one: now you can turn your videos into professional-looking mini-movies with this easy-to-use titler program.
Cross-DOS page 57 Part two: don't limit your Amiga, with this incredibly useful utility you can make use of PC graphics, text files and even samples.
COVERDISK over the page... Very weird science indeed from the Bitmaps. Babbage's machine goes mad in this high-speed, high-tension, two- player, all action thriller of a demo.
• A 500 Plus Compatible • 1 Mb Required f T h e AMIGA Co 11 ect i
o n FULL VIDEO TITLING PACKAGE!
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COVERDISK Tj Legend of Valour H Plus: K-J More Bullfrogs programming tutorial flies Coverdisk The Chaos Engine done it again with this all-action Olast-em-up Play US Golds pT atmospheric, texturecnapped.
Adventure PPG starring your fave Af staffers Damn! The two best game demos ever to appear on the Coverdisk, and together they're too big to fit! Never mind, they're squeezed on with the aid of a pretty nifty archiving program. All you have to do is get them on to two blank disks - which is pretty easy, as explained by Pat McDonald.
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Familtiaf c*l I, 71 It n 3 If you have two or more floppy drives, then you can wait until a message appeors telling you that the Legends ol Valour disk is reody. Otherwise you hove to swap disks, I regret.
2 Reboot your Amiga, by holding down the Ctrl key and both the ‘Amiga’ keys that are either side of the spacebor. Then insert the Coverdisk. After o few moments of looding, the machine will ask for a disk called Empty.
Insert one of the blank disks.
NOVEMBER 1992 i CUZD r -IF ¦ tei ral Ithe first thing you hove fo do, before the Coverdisk has tome anywhere near your machine, is fo formot two blank disks. This is very easy from Workbench; inserf
o disk to be formatted, click once on it (to highlight it) and
select Initialise from the Disk menu on 1.3, or Format Disk
from the Icon menu on Workbench 2. Both disks should now be
colled Empty.
Haw* anathvr blank di*V handy for Cbaa* CftfiM.
4 Once the message hos oppeared, check the drive light to make sure the Empty disk is not being accessed, take out the now not so blank disk, and insert the fully blank one. If you only have one disk drive, don't worry, the machine will ask you for the relevant disk.
5 Again, if you only have one drive then you hove to swop the Coverdisk together with the second blank disk. Eventually a message will appear telling you that the Chaos Engine is ready to be installed.
6If you want to follow the Bullfrog's programming tutorial, then have a copy of the Devpoc 2 Coverdisk (from last month's issue ready. All the relevant files will be copied on to it. If you don't want the Bullfrog's demo, just click on cancel and move to stage 8.
Rnr 1 IB ‘».‘eli»t l.a*atrs: ITS: MU IMS | 1 j,- 1 7 Disk swaps for this last operation ore mercifully rare.
We are sorry thot any ore necessary, but they are in order for the Coverdisk to a) be compatible across the range of Amigas and b) contain Legends ol Valour and The Chaos [ngine.
8 You can't boot up and start going with the Legends ol Valour and Chaos Engine disks straightaway. You have to install them. This is quite easy, once you know how.
Load Workbench and get to the Shell or Cll.
9 Once you're there, type 'Install?' And press Return. A short messoge will display, osking you which disk you wont to install. Toke out Workbench, slip in either demo disk and type DEO: (0 is zero, not the letter Oh) before hitting return. The disk can now autoboot - just repeot the process to instoll the other one.
Legends of Valour US GOLD DCD PAL NTSC HOW TO CONTROL LEGENDS OF VALOUR The simplest way of moving around Is to click the left mouse button on the movement Icon panel, selecting the icon which points in your chosen direction. There are keyboard shortcuts for these icons mapped on to the numeric keyboard (not A600s though, obviously).
For more fluid, but slightly more complex control. First press the right mouse button. This locks the view direction to the position of the mouse.
NOVEMBER 1992 The object nearest you on the floor is displayed here. Clicking on this panel picks the object up and moves it into your right hand.
Movement icons (from top left to bottom right)
- rotate left, forward, rotate right, move left, run, move right,
flip 180 degrees, backwards, increase rank in guilds.
Throw object from hand.
Your right x- hand - can hold an object.
I 1-- System - load, save, texture on off, sounds, viewing parameters, about, etc. Status indicators (from left to right) - health, energy, injuries, appeal, hunger, thirst, sleep.
Full=good, low=bod.
Actions - slash, thrust, slice, map, magic spells, religious spells, sleep, use item, hail person.
Drop the item that you're currently holding in your right hand on to the floor below.
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to bear in mind ar» sit this demo is that it's a very early one. However.
• game it promises to grow into looks like being one
• the most remarkable releases to date. This demo .-jhles you to
get a decent taste of the full program.
The most innovative feature of Legends of Valour the main 3D display. Before, on similar games, you
- ere either limited to very detailed views which could ¦•e
flipped through 90 degrees (like Cliaos Strikes Back r E e of
the Beholder) or you got a polygon-generated
- D display which moved well but looked crude (like C hereon III
or the Freescape games).
Legends uses neither approach. Instead, it maps and rotates walls and surfaces in a unique and very effec- e fashion. If you are a long way from what you're ¦ Aing at. It appears blurred and indistinct. Get closer _-J the detail starts revealing itself. Move too close ar.d all the detail looks blocks and pixcllatcd.
The demo is quite limited in terms of w hat you can a i Currently, it looks like a standard fantasy role play- g game - hack, slash, spellcast and so on. The main . Mbat and spellcasting elements are simply not in there - but you can bet they will be in the final game.
However, as the designers DCD arc quick to point at. This is not the main theme of the game. The main ran is exploration - Legends of Valour is a "Wander- about-cm-up'. The key elements are hidden beneath a mass of detail. Try going through the doors and talking the shopkeepers - although places differ little in detail in the demo, it's the detail and interaction which w ill make or break the finished game.
Try sisiting different taverns, pubs and shops, and . Iu will discover the notice boards. These give details : local employment opportunities, with commensurate
- ewards. You can also buy and sell commodities around the town,
w hich is another source of income.
Legends of Valour is not just about trading though.
The gameplan is to have a series of quests, w hich have be completed in order to win. Front the way DCD talking, completion is going to be a long task -
- • oe of this ¦buv-a-game-in-the-moming-and-com-
riete-it-by-lunchtime' lark.
In the meantime, get stuck into this excellent taster.
:-u can explore to your heart's content, but you will . Me across the occasional wooden fence which the crammers have used to stop you seeing the entire
- However, sources close to DCD have revealed
- err are a few hidden ways of getting around these... ¦u try
hard enough. Sounds like a challenge, eh?
• -k laterally and experiment, good luck... Viewing window - dick Ihe cross to enlarge the view Message window - information is disployed os text.
M .. 1 II
- j You can happily spin round In circles and watch the view
rotate in the main window. This Is useful for fine positioning
and when you’re doing quick room searches.
In this mode, you can still walk around. Just line yourself up in your chosen direction and press the left mouse button. Your character strides forward in the current direction. To cancel mouse mode, just press the right mouse button again.
Ipnru enn HUE Lrtamgk Ihe graphics used in legends ol Valour are To speed things up a bit, click on the cross at the top of aroen oheod of the competition, the other characters you the main window. This toggles the screen site between
• err teod to look a bit blocky when you get very close. The full
view, and one that is foster, smaller and clearer.
COVERDISK computer l takes the role of the gentleman, a less lethal character w ith a useful hobby of draw ing maps.
The background to the game is that of a technological breakthrough in the Victorian era. When Charles Babbage actually got his difference engine to work. If you didn't take that in. Essentially Babbage was the designer of the computer, but lived in an era which lacked the technology to bring his dreams into reality.
Put it this way: if you’ve ever read Edgar Rice Burroughs or played the role-playing game Space
1889. You’ll find a lot of that material makes up the backdrop to
the game. If you haven’t, expect weird twists on familiar
technology - steam-powered televisions and spaceships
with speaking tubes for communication. Get the drift?
NOVEMBER 1992 The Chaos Engine RENEGADE BITMAP BROTHERS PAL NTSC WHAT HAVE THE Bitmaps been up to, apart from rehashing all their old games for the console market?
Well fear not. Those coders who polish their programs until they shine are back on the scene and are releasing another highly playable Amiga arcade game.
Chaos Engine is the latest example of the Bitmap's technique of taking a simple playing style and adding gloss until the original is tarted up to near perfection.
This is a shortish level of what promises to be one of the most enjoyable blasting games with knobs on that these weary eyes have witnessed.
Hyperdrive without an r? Judge for yourself. This is a one or two-player demo featuring two of the six characters from the game. Player one always controls the brigand, an av erage combatant w ith a savage line in all around megablasts Player two (if not controlled by the In terms of gameplay. Chaos Engine appears to show little originality. For starters. Chaos Engine is played entirely with a joystick. The demo will aulodisplay until you press a fire-button - after that, you decide whether you want solo or dual player (the latter requires two joy sticks of course).
The actual gameplay is really very simple. Pressing fire unleashes bolts of destruction in the direction you are facing Moving the joystick moves your character that way.
You can’t really get more down to earth. The brigand’s fire-power can be boosted by power-ups. Mind you. The gentleman’s flamethrower tends to cut right through enemies, making him more lethal against groups of enemies.
There are quite a few factors which make the Chaos Engine different. For one thing, you tend not to get prearranged w aves of nasties sweeping up to you in predictable patterns. All the bad guys have their own methods for attack, true, but exactly when and where they will strike is not a sure thing. This random element is quite a refreshing change.
Another attraction is that there isn’t just one route to get to the same goal. There are plenty of secret rooms and freebies to find, and although the demo says Demo Completed’ when you die. You should find there arc quite a few different routes to try. There’s also the obligatory Bitmap shop in there somewhere, though I must confess 1 have yet to find it.
HOW TO WIN Iln order 10 gel further in the game, you have lo collect the silver keys. These open various obstacles which bar your way.
2 You will find anous radio mast structures, which should be shot at but avoided, as they don’t hall spark 3 The golden keys unlock secret rooms and bonus stages. Always be wary of them, as more combat is involved too.
4 When you avoid enemy fire, try to dodge into a firing position. Aggression is the key to this sort of game.
5 Keep an eye out The caves which spawn monsters and similar sources of bad guys can be spotted if you look for them.
COVERDISK Using Your Coverdisk
1. Always write-protect your Coverdisk. Move the tab so a hole is
showing.
2. Copy the Coverdisk and use the copy, not the original. This
may sound like a complicated task, suitable only for techno
buffs, but it's surprisingly simple to do, just follow the
simple instructions for copying the disk which are given
below.
3. Read the instructions when using the programs.
Backing up your Disk There are two ways of making a copy of your disk, and this is the easy one. Don't be daunted by the fact that you need to use the Shell or CLI: it's actually a lot easier than you might think.
Just follow these simple steps... 1 Load your Workbench disk. Open the disk, find the icon that soys Shell or CLI and double-click on it.
2 When the Shell window appears and the drive light is out, type in: Diskcopy from DFO: to DPO: and press the Return key.
NOVEMBER 1992
4. Wait for a while and it will read oil the information off the
Coverdisk, telling you how far it has got. Then it will osk
you to insert the 'Destination' disk. Put the disk you wont to
copy your Coverdisk on to in the drive and press the Return
key. Note that the disk does not need to be formatted already.
5. Put the source disk and destination disk in a couple more
times when the Amiga asks for them. When it says "Diskcopy
Finished" just type in: endcli to get out of the Shell or CLI.
You may have to put the Workbench disk in again. Now your copy
is ready!
DISK PROBLEMS?
II you have a problem with the disk - and you're sure the disk is in lull working order - then you may need a little help. It you ring us on any Tuesday, and ask to speak to Pat McDonald, he will do his best lo help you. Please understand, giving this sort ot advice is time-consuming and we are very busy people, so only call if you really have to and do be considerate if we can’t talk to you just then. It the problem « particularly complex it is better to send it to us in written detail. It ¦nil then be dealt with in the Workbench pages of the magazine BE CAREFUL!
We have done our best to check that all of the programs on the Amiga Format Coverdisk are simple to use and have no viruses. We cannot usually answer complex telephone queries on the software (see the Disk Problems? Box) and we do not accept liability for any consequences of using the numerous programs that are on the disk.
COPYRIGHT Unless it is specifically stated, the programs on the Coverdisks are not in the Public Domain and the copyright remains with the copy- right-holder of the program Because some of the programs on the Coverdisks are not PD, selling or distributing them without the copyright-hoider s specific permission is against the law.
Disk not workinq?
At duplicate nearly 500.000 disks every month. Out of all those, obviously a few ¦vi be faulty. If the disk or any of the programs will not load or run properly, there ¦nay be a problem. Don't panic!
Amiga Format November Disk Disk Copy Labs Units 2&3 Omega Technology Centre Drayton Fields Daventry Northants NN11 4SA First try using the DiskDoctor utility on your Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. In-full details of DiskDoctor can be found in the .sers manual that came with your machine.
However, if your Coverdisk is in fact faulty, you should send it back INCLUDING a STAMPED. ADDRESSED ENVELOPE for a free replacement within one month y die cover date to: HOLLVWOOO COLLECTION WHEELS OF FIRE COMPILATION
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NEWS REPORTS A replacement for the hugely successful Cartoon Classics pack is announced... Two new Amiga bundles 13 NOVEMBER 1992 Amiga Format's special thing Following the good news that Commodore have placed financial and long-term faith in the A600. We are proud to announce that in every one of the two new bundles will be special editions of Amiga Format.
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COMMODORE HAVE finally killed off the Cartoon Classics bundle and have replaced it with two brand new A600 bundles.
Called The Wild, the Weird and the Wicked for the A600. And the Epic Language Lab for the A600HD.
The two packs should be in the shops this month.
The Cartoon Classics bundle - the vehicle for the A500 and also under confusing circumstances, the A500 Plus and finally the A600 - served its purpose for two years but was not up to the job of showing off all the qualities of the A600.
Since January, the two new bundles have been crafted especially for the new machines. As Commodore (UK's) managing director. Kelly Sumner, explained at the recent launch: "The A600. Wild, the Weird and the Wicked pack will be available at £349.99. It's a direct replacement for Cartoon Classics. It has in there. Pushover from Ocean. Putty from System 3. DeluxePaint III obviously from Electronic Arts, and MicroProsc's Grand Prix.
"There arc details of how to fit everything on the back. Even though the failure rales on A600s arc far less than A500s we've even put quick connect guides in there."
He also explained about the A600.
Single-drive pack which is aimed at the younger audience: "We also have the A600 HD pack. You have in there Epic from Ocean. Rome from Millennium.
U th from System 3 and DeluxePaint III from Electronic Arts.
"Slightly different, this is the dual- oded pack with the Amiga Language Lab on the back. This contains Trivial Pursuit in three languages - German.
English and French, a multi lingual dic- : wur to help you out. And AmiguText which is a basic word processor. This will retail at £499.99 so there is no
- range in price " The two new packs are a positive move and show
Commodore's commitment to the long-term future of the A600.
SMART MOVE One noticeable clement of the new packs is the lack of any software for the PCMCIA credit-card drives. Sumner made his point quite strongly on the absence of even a taster: "They're damned expensive. And when Fujitsu and Mitsubishi and all these guys get their acts together and realise that they're over-priced, we may well do something.
"We're not going to lake the lead, we're liaising with a lot of software publishers now. Not on the games side, and third-party manufacturers. But realistically I don't think you'll ever see a game on a smartcard. You'll certainly sec word processors and graphics because there's a long lead time and the cost is prohibitive. We realistically believe that CD is the better option."
I When we put the I packs together we I realised we had no big I blockbusters, so we went I for products that were ¦ either visually effective or I bloody good to play, EPIC STRUGGLE Much attention was also called to the fact that Ocean’s Epic - a long-awaited game that was a sad disappointment in the gameplay department - is to headline the 'more mature' bundle. Sumner was incredibly diplomatic on this point: "Epic is visually a very impressive game. Basically all our packs arc put together in January. We went with Epic basically because at that lime Ocean said it was going to be the best
thing since sliced bread.
"When we pul the packs together, we realised that we had no big blockbusters like Batman or Bart Simpson, so we decided to go for products that were either visually effective or were bloody giHxl to play. We believe we've got the right mix here."
When prompted as to how good Epic was as a game. Sumner commented: "I'm not a games player, but my guys say it's OK. I saw it about a year ago and thought it was amazing. At the end of the day you're buying Hds out there for £499. You're getting seven pieces of software for nothing, so you can throw the Epic away if that's what you want. You're still getting Rome and Myth which are bloody impressive".
GOOD NEWS The bottom line of all this for people who currently own and use Amigas is that Commodore have finally shown a considerable long-term and financial commitment to the A600. The machine certainly looks like it will be with us for quite a while.
NEWS REPORTS (JJ» RENEGADE SOFTWARE'S recent announcement that they were going to enter the CDTV arena with a £19.99 version of their smash hit Sensible Soccer, has livened up Commodore's hi-tech Amiga more than any announcement.
Rengade announce a move towards CD software in a bid for cheaper software and to counter piracy... Sensible Soccer sensible prices Renegade's spokesman Tom Watson, said: "There were a number of reasons behind the pricing. First, we have not enhanced the game for Compact Disc. We could have added some bells and whistles, some frills on top of the floppy version, but that is exactly what they would have been."
In effect, adding on a few cosmetic changes to the CD version is one of the many reasons software publishers have found for selling on a cheaper storage media (a single CD is cheaper to produce and buy than four or five floppy disks) at a higher price. Watson feels the consumer deserves a better deal, and that the software publishers could also be doing themselves a favour.
"The message that should go out. And it's an important one. Is that the CD is unpirateable. For a long time now the publishers have been saying that they will bring down the price of software as and when the pirates stop. The pirates have been saying that they will slop pirating software when the prices drop. Of course it's a chickcn-and-cgg situation. And we all know that neither was going to happen first.
"The message that we want to get across is that Cds arc cheaper than floppies and they also can't be pirated.
So get into Cds and the prices will then come down."
This seems to be a constant argument in the software and hardware industry at the moment. At a recent press conference. Commodore's managing director in the UK. Kelly Sumner, pointed out: "The reason that they |softwarc houses] say that they have to charge £24.99 or £34.99 is because of the piracy problem and they just don't get the return. But using a
CD. There is so much code there that if someone wants to pirate
the disk it will cost them more to buy the blanks than it
will for them to buy the original.
And that’s the only way we arc going to stamp out piracy.
"So. If a game was £19.99 and it takes 40 disks to copy, it's not worth it for a pirate, he might as well go and buy the original. OK so he might get a kick out of it. But it’s a pretty expensive kick - and he’d get a very sore wrist from putting the disks in and out. So that's the plan, to get CD software as inexpensive us possible. ” All of this bodes extremely well for the CD-buying, CDTV and A570 owning. Amiga users: Cds could well be the formal of the future. We just wish that Commodore, despite their play- ing-up of the CD market, would be a little more forthcoming with news of the
imminent A670 release.
New Bridgeboard ahoy All this hvpc being kicked up about the IBM PC and compatibles being this month's flavour, it now seems the right time for Commodore to show that the Amiga can more than hold its own. To this end. The company have released a new bridgeboard.
To start off w ith this w ill be on the 2(XM). 3(XX). I5CXX) machines. It is going to be a 386sx 25 bridgeboard with 2Mb of RAM on board. It can be configured for the Amiga or the PC. And it will be priced around the £250 mark.
Good news for A600 hundred users is that, according to Kelly Sumner: "It is envisaged that we will be looking to do something similar for the AfXX) but I suggest that we will do this at a differenl price point."
This different price point should be lower than the more highly specified, but will probably take into account that less RAM will be on board.
The fact that Commodore feel comfortable taking on the PC in this way bodes very well. Unlike other home computers, the Amiga is not likely to fade away under the threat that is being worked up by some of the press and the PC makers.
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Sconcinci is braved In a move that is sure to put a smile on the right side of David Mellor. And the rest of the government's face, not to mention the hard-pressed Caledonian workforce. Commodore arc to make all of their UK issue Amigas in Scotland.
The news was announced by Commodore UK MD. Kelly Sumner at a recent press conference. He said: "We are now producing the A600 in England [well Scotland actually). And when I say producing I don't mean just assembling. I mean actual production from the board layer up. So the chips and the plastic moulding arc made in the UK.
"All the products for the UK pre- Christmas will be buill in Irving in Scotland, and we export a significant number of Amigas to Europe so we w ill be a net exporter of Amigas this fiscal year. It's also created, rather secured.
200 jobs in Scotland. It is not Commodore UK. It's an associate company called SCI. And it's our intention to produce all Amigas in Scotland whether they be high-end or low -end.
"This is basically endorsing our belief in what the UK Amiga market's going to be and what it is at the moment. It's not easy, it's not cheap to set up a production plant, we believe it's going to be a good market."
NOVEMBER 1992 The move away from the Far East and to the near North will not affect Commodore's pricing plans, however.
It seems that the move was considered before the £ ICX) price drop of the Amiga 600 took place. What it does mean though, is that supplies, and hopefully support, will be speeded up over the busy periods.
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AMKiA presents THE WORLD OF Commodore Show, which was such a huge success lasl year, has grown and grown, and has become the Future Entertainment Show.
In fact, it is estimated that the new- look World of Commodore Future Entertainment Show will be three times as big as last year's cxtravagan a.
The FES is the biggest computer exhibition in Europe this year and the biggest ever computer show in the UK (in fact, it is the third largest exhibition of any kind in the UK this year).
It has attracted such interest from inside and outside of the Amiga world that the organisers have had to take up more than 17.000 feet of space in order to pack all the exhibitors in.
More than 70 top-class exhibitors will be showing their wares at the Show this year. Many of these will have special show deals at just the right pre-Christmas moment.
The Show is not just going to be all about games-playing. There will be a NOVEMBER 1992 mm
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Concentration on gamsey stuff, but much of the space in the two massive Earls Court halls will be given over to the more serious side of the Amiga (and other machines so you can get a look at how the other side lives).
Beside all the computer-related sights, sites and sounds will be a few added extras to complete a day-out. For example there will be a 20-metre square video wall which is bigger than the one used at the WWF Summer Slam; there will also be bar-flying (sticking yourself to a velcro wall in a velcro suit) and a w hole host of other activities.
NEW LAUNCHES AT FES Many companies in the industry are using the Future Entertainment Show as the launchpad for new products (see side column on Commodore). Without giving too much away (and many of the companies concerned have slapped nondisclosure agreements on us), here are a couple of teasers: Hie Preview CoVP 15-17 November I tin I Commodore NEW FINAL COPY NEW WORDWORTH If you are w andering what happened to Final Copy in our round-up of word and document processors (Pages 151-158).
The omission is because a brand new version is due to be launched at the Future Entertainment Show.
Not only will Final Copy II retail at (just) under £100 - it will cost £99.95 - it has also be been launched with a full UK spelling checker and thesaurus. To compound the good news is the fact that it will be sold officially in the UK for the first time. The UK retailers are going to be Gordon Harwood Computers (0773 836781).
To support an already healthy market. Digita are to announce the arrival of a new version of the popular and successful Wordworth. The upgraded word processor will come with 10 Compugraphic fonts, four ColourFonts and 100 pieces of mono and colour clip an. It also makes use of IntclliFont technology. Which enables 1.3 and Workbench 2 users to display outline fonts in any size and style. It also means that you can mix internal printer fonts.
Amiga outline fonts. ColourFonts.
Postscript and bitmapped fonts in the same document. Be at the show to discover the price and other details that Digita might have up their sleeves.
WITH ALL THE news of the new- look A600 packs you might be forgiven for forgetting that Commodore actually make all-new machines as well.
The first big news for this month is that the United States arm of Commodore finally came through with the long-awaited Amiga 4000.
The eagerly anticipated launch of the high-end Amiga took place at the World Of Commodore Show in Pasadena. California in September.
Thought by many to be the first in a new wave of Amigas. The A4000 sports the Advanced Graphics Architecture chip set. Giving a maximum of 256.000 colours on screen at once, from a palette of 16.7 million.
The UK launch of the machine will of course be at the Future Entertainment Show.
But it now appears that this won't be the only new hardware launch at the Show.
It now appears that the company will be making a splash at the Future Entertainment Show as they show a brand new machine.
Strong rumours in the software and developers arenas lead us to believe that what is expected to be a brand new Amiga will make its first appearance at the FES. At the moment full details are difficult to come by because Commodore are being heavily secretive about it.
With the A2200 now officially out of the running - Kelly Sumner, managing director of Commodore UK confirmed it "absolutely does not exist." At a recent press conference - a mid-range Amiga is sure to be a good bet.
Whatever the specifications of the ATT?? Turn out to be.
Commodore has assured us that it will be 'impressive'.
In fact, it looks to be the biggest public launch we have seen from the company since CDTV.
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We know that they showed the A4000 at the World of Commodore show In Pasadena last month, so the new beast should be a real surprise and a very big deal.
AS WE MENTIONED Iasi month, the National Computer Games Championships Grand Final - now in association with Yorkshire TV's computer games related television show.
Bad Influence - will be held at the Future Entertainment Show.
The total value for First and Second prizes is a monumental £14.000, that's £10.000 for the Winner, and £4.000 for second place - so if you win. You can stop playing games and buy a couple of Amiga 3000s instead.
The regional heats for the competition mean that wherever you arc in the country you have a fair chance of having a crack at the big prizes.
The format of the competition is straightforward: in the heats, each competitor gets a two-minute blast on a soon-to-be-announced game (the clever betting here is no Zool). The four winners from each heat will be contacted after the event and will go on to the regional Final on the Friday. Regional finals will be fought out by the four over two rounds. The first 15-minutc round will be played on the Amiga, the winner of which will go on to the next round which must be fought out on an Amiga, a Sega Mega Drive and a Nintendo SuperNES. The player with the highest combined score will be the
one who makes it to the televised London final.
NOVEMBER 1992 If you make it this far. You arc guaranteed at least an Amiga, a Mega Drive, an SNES and all the software used in the final. The exact format of the final is being kept a tight secret but with the TV interest and a mammoth prize, it should be a humdinger.
DETAILS, DETAILS The regional heats will be held at the following Virgin Megastores from Monday to Thursday between 2pm until 5pm. Finals will be held on the Friday on the following dates: SCOTLAND: from 12 October at Glasgow Union St. Falkirk and East Kilbride Games Centres. Final: Glasgow Argyle St. NORTH WEST: trom 19 October at Stockport Games Centre. Manchester Megastore. Final: Manchester Megastore.
LONDON: trom 26 October at Bromley, Croydon. Guildford, lltord, Kingston and 100 Oxford St Game Centre.
Final: Marble Arch Megastore.
MIDLANDS: from 26 October heats and finals at the Birmingham Megastore.
WEST: from 26th October at Bristol Games Centre, Cardiff Megastore. Final: Cardiff Megastore.
NORTH EAST: from 26th October at Newcastle Megastore, Gateshead Games Centre. Final Newcastle Megastore.
Remember that Future Publishing will pay all of the travel and accommodation expenses ot the eight finalists and their guardians to the Grand Final at the Future Entertainment Show. So get down to your local Megastore.
(Nintendo) The fight tor the prime toy spot will be fought out between Nintendo and Sega at the show; at least the kids will have something to watch. The likelihood is that both the Japanese companies will be concentrating on Cds and Christmas games.
SKA More console fun as Sega pit Sonic the Hedgehog against Mario"' from Nintendo. We ot course will stand back and watch as Zool puts paid to both of them.
Aside trom this, Sega will have many new games to show.
Yuk Electronic Arts have been incredibly busy. Not only have they recently bought US-based Origin (the company responsible for the Ultima series and the soon-to-be- released Wing Commander), they have also been developing away like crazy. Don't miss their forthcoming launches at the Show.
Win a pair of tickets!
That's right, we have been given live highly prized pairs of VIP tickets to give away tor the Future Entertainment Show. So It you want to have a great day out courtesy ol Amiga Format, all you have to do Is answer one simple question; keep one day between November 5 to 8 free, and send your answer to: FESComp, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth St, Bath, Avon, BA1 2BW. Be quick though, because the closing date for entries Is Friday 16th October so that we can be sure ot getting your tickets to you on time If you win. Winners will be notified by phone on that date, so you'll still have time to get
tickets if you don't win.
OK, so here's the question: somewhere in this magazine you will find a list of all the magazines that Future Publishing er... publishes.
If you can name them all, and you're first out ot the hat, then we'll send one pair ot tickets to you. If you can name all the mags that Future has ever published. We ll make that four tickets. Good luck.
Amiga Format will be out In lorce at the Future Entertainment Show so make sure to come and meet us all. We will be available to answer as many of your questions as we possibly can. Anyone who buys a member ot the AF team a beer will get their name printed In the January issue.
NOVEMBER 1992 i The Liverpool-based software house have been beavering away at Microcosm for CDTV. This truly stunning game has already been shown in part to some members of the press, so you might expect to catch a glimpse at the next stage in Amiga gaming at the FES.
Domark will be on the Winter offensive yet again with upgrades, new releasess and a few more tricks ready to Impress an unsuspecting public. One thing we know they'll be bringing is AVBB Harrier Assuall which, rumours have it, could be one of the better Amiga fllght-sims.
With Formula One Grand Prlx tucked Inside the new A600 bundle. We can surely expect a firm commitment from MicroProse to the Amiga. Their stand is normally festooned with flight-jacket wearing people desperate to give away T-shirts and other gear. Be there.
As Zoof-tever begins to take a firm hold (leaving the console users looking on In awe) you can expect an impressive looking stand, a few competitions and maybe even news of Zoo Z Who knows?
That's half the excitiment of going along to the show.
Although the company has done nothing for the Amiga since Bari V the Space Allens, Acclaim could have a few tricks up their sleeves.
However, It Is more likely that they will be previewing and launching console-based games.
I )( ) l k Audio Visual Research AVR will be launching two new products for the Amiga at the show: Clarity 16 is a 16-bit sampler and will cost £150: VideoMaster costs £69.95 and combines audio and visual digitising. It also comes with a sequencer and video editing suite.
New $ 9unds from New Dimensions New Dimensions are currently working like crazy on the latest version of iheir sampling system, which should be finished in time for ihe show. Technosound Turbo II boasts a number of improvements over its predecessor, the most impressive of which is its ability to record samples direct to disk. It will cost £49.99. but upgrades will be available to existing users for £10.
Get there cheap MM Network SouthEast The organisers of the Future Entertainment Show have arranged with British Rail and Network South East a dual-ticketing deal for thousands of show goers.
The deal relates to all of the 942 Network South East stations, and means that travellers can get unlimited underground and bus travel, and the cost of the ticket to the show w ith an Off-Peak.
One-Day Travclcard plus reduced admission to the show' itself. The £1.05 reduction is not only good for the pocket, it also means that you can get in ahead of the crowd as you avoid the queues. So if you travel to the show by train you'll save time and money.
Meet Amiga Format Hie Amiga format foam: meet us al at the show and ask some extremely faxing questions and we might give you a T-shirt.
If you couldn't get to last year's World of Commodore Show, now's your chance to get face-to-face with the Amiga Format team. The Future Entertainment Show, which is a massively extended version of the World of Commodore, will be the venue for a number of magazine forums in which you get to put your views, and hear those of the people behind these very pages.
You get to ask Damien why your letter wasn't printed. You can argue with Neil about game ratings. You can even chat with Pat about the more technical side of your machine. Everybody else will be there loo. So come along with ideas about what you would like to see in the mag over the next year. We're more than pleased to meet you. Oh. And by the way. Sister magazines Amiga Shopper and Amiga Power will also be there. Don't miss this chance to make yourself heard.
CD-i versus CDTV manipulate audio, text, graphics. Both have invested a great deal of time.
This is your chance to see Philips CD-I money and faith in the development of system for yourself. At the Future their respective systems over the last Entertainment Show you will have the few years. With Philips arriving this chance to sec whether, at £599, the CD-I year amongst speculation that the huge 205 player represents stiff competition Sony Corp will he backing it. CDTV for Commodore’s CDTV system. Faces its first real challenge. So decide Both use Cds to enable the user to for yourself who the winner should be.
Get tickets now and yet them cheap That's right, not only can you |ump the queues that will be winding around Earls Court, you can also get them at a discount H you apply early. All you need to do Is call: 051-356 5085 in order to save £1.05 and a great deal of your valuable time, all of which you will need to get round the show. Using the hotline number, you only spend £5.95 (adult) or £3.95 (children).
Bhcon A PC emulator for the A600? Who said the machine was uncxpandable? Bitcon.
UK agents for Dutch-based KCS. Will be show ing for the first time a PC emulator for the Amiga 600.
A high-density twin floppy drive will be the other big attraction on the stand, able to read and write not only with Amiga but also PC disks when used in conjunction with the PC emulator.
NOVEMBER 1992 HARD BENEFITS!
Just because you have seen the games-laden posters and have read about the World Wrestling Federation beefcakes appearing at the Future Entertainment Show, don't be fooled Into thinking that it's not going to be pulling its weight with the serious stuff.
The Future Entertainment Show will be about the whole world of Commodore and Amiga computers.
Companies of the magnitude of Great Valley Products (GVP), HB Marketing, Nimbus and Power Computing will all be In attendance. This means that range after range of quality hardware and software - from scanners to hard drives, graphics to word processors, videos to accelerators - will be there for the taking.
Many of the companies appearing at the Show will also be putting on special show deals as well.
Great products from the Valley?
Great Valley Products have just announced a whole barrow-load of new hardware and software, making their UK distributors Silica very happy in the process. The news represents the largest new product announcement from GVP for almost two years.
Products that GVP will inevitably be showing at the FES include: G- LOCK is a new high-quality genlock system which goes on sale in October for around £300. CineMorph is GVP’s new 24-bit morphing package, created by the same team which made the IV24 Amiga graphics card. CineMorph also hits the streets in October, priced at around £100.
PO Expander is a new plug-in card for the A1500, A2000 and A3000 which provides two high-speed serial ports and a parallel port. It is available now and is priced £149 inc VAT. GVP are now supplying the HD8« hard-drive unit
- without a hard-drive fitted. The HD8» system, which features an
Amiga-style casing, high-speed GVP controller hardware and a
RAM expansion slot, is now available in its empty' form for
£199. GVP move up a gear with their fastest G-FORCE Amiga
accelerator yet, a 33Mhz 68040 unit for the A1500 and A2000. It
is available now, priced £1699.
The Amiga 570 CD Drive has arrived. A major leap forward for you. But a slight problem for our photographer. Because just one compact disc inserted into this ingenious machine can store the equivalent of up to 700 floppy discs - far too many to fit into a single photograph. That's an astonishing 550 Megabytes of memory, or 250,000 A4 pages of text. Enough to instantly transform your Amiga 500 Plus into an interactive multi-media player with the capabilities of CDTV.
In short, a real power-house. And one fully equipped to take advantage of over 100 CD titles already available cove. Ing everything from education to entertainment. The Amiga 570 CD Drive can also be used as a regular audio CD player. So its retail price of only £349.99, including our free Public Domain Collection disc, should come as music to your cheque book. We could go on and on about the Amiga 570. But how much more information could you possibly want?
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Lemmings style guidc-lhe-little-ereatures-around-the-platforms affair. Due in early November. Troddlers features 175 levels. 25 are head-to-head. 50 are two-player team games, leaving 100 for solitary players. That should keep you occupied.
23 NOVEMBER 1992 Electronic Arts What do you get if you cross a racing game with a beat-'em-up? Rand Rash: EA's new mix of motorcycle mayhem and macho posturing. It's basically a Super HangOn clone, except that you can punch and kick bikers off their machines. The aim is to win. So you can buy bits for your bike, and keep on w inning.
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you're saving all your money up for Christmas?
Why bother - we re all going to be completely broke by then anyway.
Forget any Ebenezer tendencies you might be trying to nurture and splash out a tenner on a budget game or two instead. At least you can keep on playing until they cut the power oft! Here's what's cooking in the cheapy department: Games News The usual Christmas rush is about to start, when software houses desperately try to meet their all-important deadlines.
Neil Jackson looks at the potential hits and misses we can expect to find weighing down our seasonal stockings.
Coktel Vision Originally earmarked for a May release.
Bargon Attack is now expected to be with us in time for Christmas. Based on a cartoon strip from a French computer magazine. Bargon Attack takes the form of a graphical adventure, but from what we've seen, it's not a patch on Monkey Island 2.
UBI Soft Another game out at Christmas is BC Kid from L'BI Soft. It's a head-butting, jumping, plat- formy-rompy-type game w here y ou scoff chilli peppers and run around like a thing possessed.
It features crazy prehistoric arcade action (you climb walls using your teeth) and it looks like a cross between Zoo! And New Zealand Stars.
Millennium Daughter of Serpents. Millennium’s break into the world of graphic adventures is to be released next March It's being written by Eldritch the Cat and features some beautiful backgrounds and scenery from 1950s Egypt.
Rather like the classic Agatha Christie stories, it's a tale of intrigue, excitement and detective work. Depending on the role you elect to play, different aspects of the story unfold, making the plot seem slightly different every time.
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UP Ocean have a stack of releases planned for the next few
months, but their release dates are not yet definite.
The first we re likely to see Is A-Train. A Maxis game which combines elements of their Sim City with MicroProse s Railroad Tycoon.
Bit Ocean's hottest title looks set to be Sleepwalker. It's hot because Ocean have secured a tie-in with those humorous fundraisers Comic Relief, and they will be donating a chunk of the profits to next year s Red Nose Appeal. Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry are working on the game and preparing to host a nationwide competition tor March 93.
Also planned is Inferno - the sequel to Ocean's hit flight slm, Retaliator. Under development by DID, it is due In the Spring. DID are also working on Odyssey, the sequel to Epic, and this time they're putting in some gameplay as well as pretty graphics.
Perhaps that's why it's not expected until June.
Meanwhile. Ocean are busy securing film and TV rights for next year. They're currently designing games for Lethal Weapon.
Cool World, a sequel to The Addams Family called Scavenger Hunt, and WWF 2. A new World Wrestling Foundation game.
Air Warrior, the multi-player flight simulator played via a telephone, is now expanding its coverage to the whole of the European continent. Game operators. On-Line Entertainment, have now negotiated a deal with BT which enables the game to be played over BT's Tymnet computer network.
This means that potential players no longer need to build up huge phone bills, since they can access the On-Line computer from their local Tymnet node. Players from Austria, Belgium, Denmark. Holland, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland can take part for the cost of a local call and their On-Line subscription.
UK Users of Air Warrior aren't left off the European list of those who can benefit from reduced call costs. As a result of the connection to the European network, On-Line can now be accessed via BT's X-25 network, Dlalplus. This enables users to connect to London for the price of a call to their nearest Dlalplus node, and you'll find these In 102 British cities.
To find out more about Air Warrior and other On-Line games, contact Clem Chambers on 081-558 6114. The main London node for On-Line can be reached on 081-539 6763, or use the On-Line password on your local BT Dlalplus node.
Stop Press - On-line Entertainment have just announced that they are to add a new multi-player game, Islands of Kesmal.
To their range. This game was previously only available via CompuServe in the USA.
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Golf is due from Grandslam later this month. The programmers.
Arc Developments, have looked at lop-selling golf titles like PGA Tour and Links. To see where they can be improved. As a result Nick Faldo 's has several features which make playing simpler, including a quick tuition round, w here Faldo himself explains how to play.
Christinas Grandslam launches are Myra The Legend, a 150-level maze game, and Realms of Darkness, a 3D. Isometric role-playing game with a distinctly Populous feel Microids A uid too late for the Olympics. Microids announce Super Spurts Challenge, a fairly typical joystick-waggling game which features sprinting, throwing, jumping and swimming events. It should be w ith us in a matter of days.
Microids are also working on a strategy war-game called Dominium which promises a wealth of Buttle Isles-style head-to-head action with a neat sci-fi plot and some laughable French-to-English translations. Wait until November, and you might be in for a surprise.
21st Century Entertainment The current favourite in the Amiga Format office is 2lst Century's storming pinball game.
Pinball Dreams, so we're pleased there's going to be a sequel - Pinball Fantasies.
Developed by the same team, it features four even bigger tables with multiple flippers and hundreds of scoring options It's due in the next few months and it's hound to be a belter.
Will Dominium hove that certain je ne sais quoi?
Mindscape Renegade Mindseapc arc due to release Renegade s The Chaos Engine during November, and if the initial demos are anything to go by. It could be yet another Bitmap Brothers classic. It's a cra v idea, based on a Victorian machine which goes bonkers, disrupting the space time continuum in true HG Wells fashion.
Featuring two-player simultaneous gamcplay and sampled speech and plenty of weird arcade action. The Chaos Engine is (sadly) destined only for one megabyte Amigas.
Remember the C647 Then you may remember the classic shool-'em-up Uridium.
By Andrew Bravbrook. Renegade have managed to talk him into doing a sequel for the Amiga. Uridium 2 should be winging into the shops just alter Christmas.
Zeppelin After releasing their first full-price game Match of the l)a treviewed on Page 107).
Zeppelin are preparing their next one. Sink or Swim is a madcap Lemmings-$ y e game where you have to prevent lots of little fluffy creatures from drowning. Look out for this one during November - it's sure to be a lot of fun.
US Gold I S Gold have secured the licence to the famous Scrabble board-game, which is just underway on the Amiga. They've also arranged to distribute two Indiana Jones games from LucaxArts: Indy utid the Fate of Atlantis (which uses (lie Monkey Island SCUMM system i and the Inds Anton game (created by Birmingham developers ATD).
L'S Gold are also preparing lo distribute Crusaders of the Dark Savant, the sequel to Sir Tech's Bane of the Cosmic Forge, and Free
DC. A bizarre human- x game created h Kelly n Beck, the
California Raisins animator.
Also in the pipeline is Pirates of Reabnspaee. A Spclljammer game boasting 50 hours of Dungeons and Dragons gamcplay.
But best of all is Legends of Valour, the first scrolling 3D role-playing game for the Amiga which makes Dungeon Master look archaic.
See this month's Coverdisk for a demo of it.
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to enable even the most inexperienced novice pixel artist to get into NOVEMBER 1992 the swing of things and start creating the Amiga equivalent of the Mona Lisa.
Getting into perspective However much you read the manual and follow our range of hints and tips there Is nothing like a bit of good ol' practice to learn how to use Deluxe Paint III.
To help you use the excellent features of Dpalnt, we've put together a couple of step-by-step tutorials which you can follow to create some great piccles. You don't have to follow them to the letter, of course - if you feel like doing a range of shops instead of houses, or drawing a man Instead of a woman, then do it!
Right then, the first picture we're going to draw is a street scene. To do this, we re going to make use of many important features of Dpalnt. Including brush tills and perspective.
Please note: This demonstration makes use of the Perspective feature of Dpalnt III, which relies heavily on the A500's keypad for operation, and hence some A600 users might not be able to complete the picture. However, Electronic Arts and Commodore have now solved this problem with a 'patch' that remaps the necessary keys, so If you have an A600 and an older version of Deluxe Paint then get in touch with them on 0753 549442.
Anyway, put your apron on, get your funny floppy hat out of the closet, load up Dpaint III and begin... Access the colour palette by pressing P, and create some bricks and mortar colours (making sure you leave black-and-white colours Intact). Swap to the other drawing screen by pressing J, draw a brick pattern, and pick it up using the brush tool. Click the right mouse button on the fill icon to access the Fill Type menu, and click on 'From brush'. This creates a fill type using the selected brush pattern.
Swap to the original screen by pressing J again, and click the left button on the fill Icon. Now click the left button on a wall of a house, and the whole front wall will be filled with the brick pattern! If you really want to make a version of Coronation Street then click on all of the walls. However, for this article we've decided to use the bricks sparingly, and create a painted effect on the other houses. Switch back to ordinary brush mode by clicking the right button on Fill again, and selecting the Solid option.
And now, the part where Dpalnt comes into its own. Using the Perspective option from the menu, we are going to manipulate the Image so that it looks ‘3D’.
NOVEMBER 1992 Pick up the whole image as a brush, then clear the screen and go to 'Do Perspective’ on the Effect menu. You should now use keys 4 and 5 on the keypad to rotate the brush about the vertical axis. Move the mouse around to size and position the brush as you rotate it. If you're not happy with the results, just press 6 on the keypad to return to zero rotation.
When it’s the right size, click the left button to position It Now that's done, draw two lines along each edge of the image in a colour that won't be used in the final drawing (eg magenta).
Pick up the whole caboodle as a brush again, then go to 'Flip Horiz' on the Brush menu. This will mirror your brush along the horizontal axis. Now move the brush around until all the magenta guidelines match up, then click the left mouse button. The point where all these guidelines cross is called the ‘Vanishing Point', and is the part of the screen where all
• Use the An disks: it's always best to stan off with someone
clsc's pictures, play around with them and modify them using
all the tools available, just to get confidence.
The first thing we're going to do is draw one side of the street, as it would be viewed from the opposite side. Set the background to white by clicking the right button on palette colour white, and set the foreground colour to black by clicking the left button on black. Remember to remove the menu while you're drawing - press F10 to switch it on or off.
Draw the basic outline of a house using the line tool, then add some windows and doors. Don’t add the root or anything yet, just do the main front wall.
Pick it all up as a brush by clicking on the brush Icon and dragging the box around the house shape, then draw a few of them side by side. Here's one we prepared earlier... DESPITE ALL THE 24-bit 3D rendering and image-processing programs lhal have arrived recently, basic bitmap painting is by far the most popular form of graphics production.
And Deluxe Pinni III from Electronic Arts is the most widely used program.
Thirty-two-colour painting in lo-rcs is by no means ideal, but starting with these limitations means that you can concentrate your attention on learning the basics.
The skills you develop here are vital if you are going to move on to more sophisticated and complex HAM (Hold And Modify) and 24-bit 'true colour' paint programs. However often you use Deluxe Palm, there are always more tricks to be learned.
And. Over the years, a range of tips and tricks have been developed by experienced users to get the most out of the system. We thought it was about time for us to share them with you: so here are the best of the bunch... Because we’ve covered a wide range of tips, we've split them into three sections.
Beginners. Half-Decent and Advanced. We have also created two special walk-through demonstrations of using the most important features of Deluxe Paint.
Beginners BEFORE YOU START.
SOME POINTS TO REMEMBER:
• Read the manual: if you never read any other manual, try to
work your way through this one and do all of the tutorials. The
Dpaint manuals are particularly good for beginners.
You will tic amazed at what you learn and at how useful this knowledge will be as and when you come to use other paint programs, Amiga or otherwise.
• Use keyboard shortcuts: right from the start, familiarise
yourself with the keyboard as well as the mouse. Use the
keyboard equivalents (also known as 'shortcuts') as often as
possible, and you will not only draw more quickly but you will
find it easier to access some of the features.
• Save your work: make sure you have several blank formatted
disks handy, and save your work frequently. There is nothing
more frustrating than losing two hours of hard graft w hen you
accidentally kick the off switch.
GENERAL DRAWING TIPS
• Sketch the drawing first: if you're drawing a freehand picture,
divide the screen into working areas, and use the Line or the
Dotted Fill tools to sketch the main outlines of your picture
in roughly.
• Guidelines: use a falsely bright colour for guidelines, and
remove it later with Stencil (lock all the other colours and
clear) or Fill (see below).
• Mouse buttons: remember that left button draws in foreground
colour, right button draws in background colour.
• Use the magnify facility: never attempt to draw detail when in
full-screen mode, as it's very easy to make a mistake.
• Symmetry: if you can sec horizontal or vertical symmetry in
an object, just draw one half, pick it up as a brush, press x
or y to flip the brush horizontally or vertically then paste it
down next to the original. Also, try drawing the whole thing
freehand and then choose the best half to flip.
• Freehand sketching: drawing with a mouse is a bit like drawing
with a child's crayon, pretty crude. The Freehand tool is OK
for rough sketches but if you want to make an accurate,
controlled line use the Unfilled Polygon tool. A scries of
short straight lines can even make a good curve.
• Basic images: use the Regular Polygon tools to form the basics
of complex images, using the sketch colour as above. For
example, for a face use ellipses (squashed circles) to create
the head, eyes, mouth, checks, cars and nose. Over this formal
structure draw the actual form, then remove the guide lines.
• Straight lines: bitmapped images arc composed of square dots
and these always produce stepped' edges (also called 'jaggies')
- so even a straight line at an angle can look jagged. Some
angles can be much rougher than others so always look carefully
at the lines as you draw them. A slight adjustment can
sometimes make a great improvement.
• Use the full screen: you can toggle the menu on or off using
the FIO key. Thus making the screen significantly larger, but
you would be surprised how many people don't.
Alternatively, you can scroll around the full screen with the main menu switched on by using the cursor keys.
• Second drawing screen: Dpaint has a second screen which is
held in memory at all times, and is particularly useful as a
'doodle' screen where you can prepare brushes for use.
Toggle between screens by using J,
• Get used to using the stencil: this is an extremely useful
facility that enables you to 'lock' certain colours from the
palette so that they can't be erased.
For instance, to change all red pixels on the screen to blue pixels, select 'Make Stencil" from the Effect menu, click on Clear, then select the red colour either by clicking on the palette or on the relevant point on your picture.
Click on Invert to select all colours except red.
Then click on Make. Select blue as the background colour, then click on the clear icon.
Magically, all the red will turn to blue.
Remove the Stencil facility by pressing the apostrophe key.
COLOUR PALETTE
• Try not to change the palette too much at first: as you
progress with digital painting you will find that getting the
palette set up correctly for smooth gradients is the most
complicated bit. To begin with try to always use the default
palette. If you need more colours use Extra HalfBrite (EHB for
short - lo-res with 64 colours) which is also good for drawing
shadows,
• If you have to change the palette, try to be organised. Keep
similar colours together. The first two colours in the left row
are the initial background and foreground - if you change these
make sure they contrast or you won't be able to see the menu!
• Optimise your palette: if you are in 32- colour mode, and
you've only used 16 colours or less, you can tidy up your
palette by accessing the 'Screen Format' option from the
Picture menu, and changing to 16 colours. The program will take
all the used colours and arrange them into the new palette, so
if you go back to 32-colour mode you will find that there are
at least 16 unused colours on the right hand side of the
palette.
This trick is particularly useful when creating a range of colours for use in the Blend and Shade options.
BRUSHES
• Copy and Cut: picking up areas of the screen is easy with the
Brush Selector.
Remember that left button copies the area and right button cuts it.
• Object Recycling: when you have a large number of similar
objects to produce - trees in a wood, faces in a crowd, stones
in a wall - draw one and recycle it. A slight change of size or
rotation can introduce enough imperfection to make quite
different images: this effect can be further enhanced by
flipping horizontally and or by changing colours. With solid
objects, however, remember to take light direction into
consideration!
• Gridlock: whenever you are working with a subject needing
precise alignment remember to use the Gridlock. This also makes
it easier to line up repeated patterns.
For example, a building with many similar windows will retain its symmetry: drawers in furniture will line up. So will keys on a keyboard. Rivets on a boat, or pictures in an exhibition. Hold down the SHIFT key to lock the cursor in one axis, making things easy when positioning items in a line.
Face to face Even In computer painting. It Is often necessary to be able to draw people. Most artists find the human body the most difficult and time consuming sub|ect they draw. While the body is obviously made up of many parts, the most difficult part to draw is without a doubt the head.
For this demonstration, we are going to show how we drew the girl's face for this month's cover, but first we shall go over the basics of face and head drawing?
Right, think of an ordinary face What is it made up of? Well skin, obviously, but the main features are two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Most children realise this, and so generally come up with something like this... It's got the features all right, but it's not very convincing. Is it?
For a start, a real person's nose is a triangular shape, and their eyes are generally positioned |ust above the middle of their face.
OK, let's have another go. First choose a dark shade to paint with (such as black), then draw an egg shape.
NOVEMBER 1992 Now choose a wacky and way out colour like bright pink, then draw a vertical line down the middle of the oval shape. Divide the line into four equal parts, then divide the bottom section Into three parts. Lastly, divide the middle horizontal line Into five parts, and you should have something like this.
1 Continued on Page 37 PAUL WAS A draftsman before lie started at Bullfrog, and prior lo this he had never even used Dpaint. Now. Though, after gaining loads of experience with the Frogs, he is bursting w ith advice for those w ho are still novices.
Who better to ask about getting the most out of Dpaint than the people who use it to create games every day of the week... Paul McLaughlin of Bullfrog Paul believes that creating pictures is all about ideas: "Before I stan a picture I formulate the concept in my head and I do some illustrations on paper before going near a computer." Paul explains the reason behind this thinking: "The idea is lo experiment with your picture lo sec if it works using the palette you are restricted to (when transferring it lo Dpaint) which, with games graphics, is only 16 colours, because you have lo allow
for sprites.
If you want to check the perspective and ellipses of a picture (the top pic for example) then flip it horiiontally to make sure. It works for Paul every time.
The bottom picture shows a striking scene that was planned for Populous II. The whole picture is made from two colours: red and blue, with many tones of each for highlights.
"The next stage is to produce rough blocks of colour in proportion to your paper sketches on screen, filling in the areas of colour as you need and then tidying up the picture to see how it translates on screen. The process of adding detail is a little premature at this stage, because the layout of the picture has lo Icxik right before you can start 011 the final stages. A good tip here is to horizontally flip the picture, and compare it w ith the paper version before finalising it to make sure all your perspectives, shapes and sizes look right. You can often find inaccuracies by this simple
method of viewing the picture almost through a mirror."
NOVEMBER 1992 Paul doesn't use a lot of functions 011 Dpaint. Because the computer, obviously, doesn't know what is aesthetically pleasing.
"For example, the perspective function, good as it is. Is a little too accurate and doesn't relay as much realism as a hand-drawn scene", at least in Paul's mind. Stencil, however, he reckons is "...one of the best tools on the package. Anybody who is seriously considering using Dpaint must know how to pick up brushes leaving some colours behind, and alos how to clean up images. It enables you to do what is impossible on paper."
For Bullfrog games, like Populous. Paul has to use a relatively standard palette, w ith warm shades of greys and greens. But when doing intro screens, and if there is enough memory.
Paul uses up to 32 colours and builds up his palette using four or five basic colours w ith up to four additional shades of each.
This enables smoothing and makes it easier to pick out detail in your picture as Paul explains: "When choosing a palette, you normally know what tone the picture is going to take, so if it has a blue lone choose a few shades of blue, plus a complimentary colour such as orange. 10 pick out highlights and backlights in the picture. It is wise 10 have black in the palette, and leave as much of the palette blank when you start, and add tones as you need them. If you are hoping to go into the industry you'll find you will lie restricted to 16-colour palettes most of the lime, so try not painting
in EHB or 32-colour screens."
Another useful tip Paul has to help you save memory, as well as making your picture more dramatic, is to use a lot of shadow and high-contrast effects where images are literally pulled out from the background: "By leaving a lot of the picture black, and using dark shades graduating into highlights, you can produce some very vivid images which are very atmospheric. This way you can also get away w ith a low-colour palette, especially if you use an almost-mono approach to a screen, say black and blue, but with another complimentary colour to add extra highlights."
Does Paul sometimes get carried away with all the functions in Dpaint"! "Yes. I do get tempted to use all the features in every picture.
But you can create a picture using dithered fills, perspective, the works, but it will show.
The freehand and the brush tools are powerful enough and. For most instances they will be adequate for creating your image. Use the special functions sparingly, for small areas where necessary. When creating animations also remember that it is the changes in the picture that take up the memory, so don't try and move everything in every frame."
Have you any final tips that you've gleaned from your experience, professionally with Dpaint! "Yes. Don't be afraid to make lots of revisions to a picture. You will find that a lot of the lime a picture will turn out crap using the effects you have used, so it is just a case of trying again. It is useful to start work on a picture by creating a background first and then adding objects on to the screen as needed. This way you can set the atmosphere of the picture which can help in later stages when drawing other parts in a similar style.
"Don't assume either that because a picture looks right 10 you that it is right. Get the opinion of someone else about how it looks, and whether it could be improved. You'll find that because you are used to looking at your picture. You might miss some detail."
Paul also has some time-saving advice: "All the major tools have got keyboard short cuts and, though there is an icon strip, it can be time consuming using your all the time, especially if you are doing some pixel-perlect editing," Thanks Paul.
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W*raDr ve vc Trademarks of Sega Enterprises Ltd Now we must get rid of the magenta guidelines.
Although it Isn't difficult to remove them using the magnify facility. It Is very time consuming and can be achieved much more quickly. This is where the stencil facility comes into its own.
Access the Make Stencil option from the Effects menu, or hold down Shift and press the (tilde) key.
Click on Clear, then select magenta from the range.
Click on 'Invert' and then Make', and this will effectively 'lock' all the colours in the range except for the magenta of the lines we want to lose.
NOVEMBER 1992 Using a fairly large brush, select freehand mode and paint over all the areas of magenta with the required colour. For example, around the pavement area select a light grey colour, and select white for the sky areas. When you've finished, turn the stencil off by pressing the apostrophe key.
It is now safe to add in some detail for the street scene. Use the magnify option as much as possible, because you will find it much easier for detail when working at pixel level.
Don't go overboard! This Is very Important.
Concentrate on tidying up what you've already drawn, and |ust add very simple details one at a time. That way you can always use Undo if you think you've gone too far. Also, don't use too many colours from the palette, as you will need between eight and twelve spare ones when drawing the sky. Optimise you palette if necessary - see the Beginners section of the main feature for more details.
From the pictures on the left you can see that we have added some details: windowsills beneath the windows using the different scales of grey which are available; some shadows for the frames and doors (this effect is also known as ‘bas-relief shading, and Is used very often to give a feeling of depth or to add a 'metallic' feel to an object); and a bit of detail near the vanishing point - just a bridge and a field for now. ContlnuMf on Page 42 Half-Decent
• Tracing: the Unfilled Polygon tool and some non-Amiga cheating
can be easily used to copy images from photographs or drawings
onto the screen in perfect proportion.
Right, that's the main complicated bit out of the way, and the rest’s pretty simple. All we've got to do now is add some detail, such as the road and the sky.
Draw the guidelines for the road first, by tracing two magenta lines from the vanishing point to the bottom of the screen. Remember to leave room for a pavement. Create a few new grey shades using the colour palette, then use them to create the road and the pavement.
Now draw lines in dark grey from the vanishing point along the pavements, and some staggered horizontal lines to form the pavement cracks.
1. Trace the original carefully using a permanent felt pen and
some transparent material (an acetate 'cel' is best but
cellophane packaging or Clingfilm is quite adequate.)
2. Stick the cel to the screen (it may stay put with static).
3. Copy behind the tracing using the Polygon tool for precision,
or Freehand for speed. (The polygon tool also ensures no
gaps.)
FILLING WITH COLOUR
• Save first: before progressing from outline drawing to solid
image save your work. Filling is fraught with danger!
• Solid edges: a Flood Fill will find the slightest gap in your
outline. Do a check fill first, remembering that Undo will
remove it if it has leaked, provided you do not do anything
else on screen. DON'T PANIC. If you get a leak just press the U
key.
• Finding leaks: if you cannot find the gap, try filling with a
gradient of colours. This is a slower flood and may show where
the colour is escaping.
You will notice here that the top part of the menu has left a black patch behind when It was removed. This Is a slight quirk of Dpalnt, but It's a mistake which is easily corrected.
Simply select the appropriate background colour (In this case white), select the Fill Icon then fill in the offending area with the selected colour.
This ‘glitch1 doesn't happen too often, but It can be a pain when it does - so be careful.
Using differei Right, so now you've practiced painting in low-resolutlon mode (lo-res = 256x320) using 32 colours, you may like to try using one of the other modes that the Amiga has to offer. Here's a run down of the ones available: MEDIUM RESOLUTION A medium resolution (Med-Res) screen has the same number of horizontal lines as a low resolution screen (256), but twice the number of vertical lines (640). Therefore the pixels are of the same height, but half the width. Only 16 colours are available on the screen in this mode.
INTERLACE This mode effectively doubles the number of horizontal lines on the screen to 256, but leaves the number of vertical lines at 320.
Therefore the pixels are of the same width, but half the height. Like Lo-Res, up to 32 colours are available on the screen In this mode. Because Interlace uses a special Now draw some features on the face in the rectangles you have just made, like so.
37 NOVEMBER 1992 resolutions
• echnique to display twice the normal number of horizontal
lines (effectively it meshes
- wo screen images to form a single inter- aced image), a flicker
is noticeable on the screen - this can be cured by using an 11
pensive muiti-sync monitor and an addon called a Flicker
Fixer.
HIGH RESOLUTION a mgh resolution (Hl-Res) screen has twice me number of horizontal lines as a Lo-Res screen (512) and twice the number of vertical lines (640), so the pixels are the same snape in both modes.
Like Med-Res, only 16 colours are available. As Hi-Res mode uses interlaced pixels r a similar way to Interlace mode a flicker occurs on the screen, especially when con- rastmg colours are next to each other.
EXTRA HALFBRITE extra Halfbrite is a special function of the v»ga which doubles the number of c&ours available on the screen. It only Use Gradient fills to ochieve on oirbrushed look for smooth surfaces, especially metallic ones.
• Gradient fills: the best way to get a smooth airbrushed' look
is not w ith the Airbrush tool at all. But with a gradient
fill. The reason that the Airbrush tool will let you down is
that with only 32 colours, the palette will have to be set up
very carefully.
• Surface Texture: varying the amount of dither can change how
granular or rough a surface looks. In this way an object with
the same colour range can be made to look rough or
• mooth. Matt or shiny. More dither equals rougher, while less
means smoother. More highlight means shiny, while less means
matt.
• Highlights: for more sophisticated effects, the gradient can be
changed to dark-light-dark, and the final, rotated brush can
have highlights
• Use magnify: ihe leak is still elusive eh?
Press M for magnify Ihen reduce ihe zoom lo a minimum with ihe key. Move ihe cursor around ihe outline in ihe normal size screen on ihe left. Pressing ihe N key will centre Ihe magnified view on ihe cursor.
• Remove Isolated Pixels: made a mistake?
Fill can also be used to remove a fill, provided that there are no pixels of the fill colour that you want to keep, as re-filling to the background colour will remove those as well.
However, this can be used to advantage. If you have lots of isolated pixels that need removing, save your work and then fill the background with the colour of the odd pixel, and then again with the background colour.
And even backlight added with careful use of the airbrush.
• Indentation: in Dpaint III the Palette dialog window (key
shortcut P) has an arrow on the right side. Clicking here
reverses the direction of the currently selected gradient. With
practice this can be used to give a heavily eroded or
indented effect. The classic example is of a cratered moon.
• Take advantage of imperfections: a Freehand object with
gradient fill sometimes produces curious horizontal glitches
that can spoil a smooth fill.
This annoying shortcoming can sometimes be put to good use because it gives extra shadowing to irregular surfaces. With practice and a suitable palette mountains, deserts, badlands, rough seas, rolling hills, glacial moraines and even leather textures can be produced.
• Light direction with Deluxe Paint III: light direction effects
can be set in Dpaint III, but with some effort. The technique
is:
1. Produce a horizontal or vertical gradient.
2. Pick up a section as a brush.
3. Rotate it by. Say. 45 degrees
4. Paste it down and pick up a square section from it.
5. Set Wrap in the Fill dialog window and draw a filled shape.
• Moving Palettes: in 32-colour mode, try to use ihe left 16
colours for objects and the right 16 for backgrounds. This
keeps all your pictures standard, and so if objects are drawn
in 4 8 16-colour mode and saved as brushes, they can be loaded
into 32-colour pictures along with their palette. (The 'Use
Brush Palette' on the Piclurc ChangeColour menu only changes
the first 4 8 16 colours).
• Perspective Rotation: the Rotation tool in the Brush menu can
sometimes be very slow with a large brush.
A much faster and easier method is to go into perspective mode (by pressing the keypad Enter key - if you have one!) And use the keypad keys I & 2 to rotate the brush around the z axis, then paste it down.
Works in 32-colour modes (Lo-Res and Interlace), and therefore the maximum number of colours available in either of these two modes is 64. Enter Extra Halfbrite mode by first selecting Lo-Res or Interlace, then setting the number of colours to 64.
HOLD AND MODIFY (HAM) HAM mode is a function that uses a special technique to effectively display all 4,096 colours on the screen at any one time. It works by taking the colour value of one pixel, and modifying one of its red, green or blue components to display the colour of Ihe next pixel.
Because it uses this technique it is not possible to display all colours In all areas of the screen. It Is not possible, for Instance, to display a black pixel and a white pixel next to one another: instead at least two pixels must be used to separate them. This means that on HAM screens an effect known as fringing' is common, this is where pixels are used to separate two different colours.
The HAM function can only be activated when using Lo-Res or Interlace modes.
The outline of the face. Pick up the features one by one as brushes, rotate them downwards using Perspective, then paste them down on the face using the ellipses as guides.
As an experiment try creating some expressions lor the face, such as a smile or a frown. You'M be surprised how easy It Is.
We are now armed with the basic knowledge of face drawing.
Like any skill, practice makes perfect. Keep drawing the faces, adding in more and more detail as you go along. Try to make each one different - for instance, draw an old man with glasses, or a young baby - and remember, the same principles apply to all types of face.
Now we re really getting somewhere. Moving the head around so that it can be viewed from another direction is easy. To view from slightly above, draw the original ellipse again, and make it the same width but slightly shorter. Now draw the basic guidelines in again, but this time Instead of lines use ellipses - these make up Immediately the face springs to life, even with the most basic features. Getting slightly more complicated, we should now add In some more bits - eyebrows, eyelids, ears and hair selfchaii the castle agicians, iIs, fire demons dm tmuiyother colourful characters both'
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39 NOVEMBER 1992 Computer art can be very restrictive, especially with the low resolution and the lock of colours you have to work with. Getting across detail in an image using pixels is an art form in itself.
THE DOMARK LADS are a bunch of raving dudes in reality, but between them they have some useful tips for the budding Dpainl artist.
A lot of their tips are basic common sense, and many are actually in the manual, it is just a case of finding them. Domark's devastating designers can save you time, however, with their short and informative tips... "When creating your picture, don't be tempted to use lots of tools. Using the spray can. For example, tends to give a compulcry effect to your picture that lacks realism. It is often better to dither and shade things by hand, especially if there arc areas of high contrast, because this gives a more realistic view of the picture. It also allows you to convey part of your own style
in your picture.
“When we consider what colours we want to use. We like to have a palette with lots of contrasting colours with a couple of extra 'hades of each colour to draw with. In this way it is possible to create striking pictures w ith high contrast that literally stand out.
“Starting your picture can be difficult. We basically draw the image in an outline form before putting any colour on the screen. Once this is done and we're happy with the shape, it is time to add broad blocks of colour in large areas rather like on a canvas, and then add detail to the picture as it's required. It is also a good idea to try and give your pictures as much action as possible, ic as much realism, as if they were still-picturcs of a real-life event.
This helps to give the pictures a sense of depth. It is a good idea to give your pictures some real-life perspective with some different levels to the picture.
“Another good tip that everybody doing computer art should use. Is always use antialiasing. This can be difficult if you arc restricted palette-wise, but one extra shade of each colour is sufficient to produce a smoother display than would normally be visible.
"The main point about anti-aliasing is to compensate for the low resolution of the screen and hence to smooth out the pixel transitions. It is often better not to use Smooth, as us effects are sometimes a little strange; producing a mottled effect, so the hand-drawn effects arc usually better. When considering palettes in this case, it is wise to keep your shades of certain colours together, so it is easy to use anti-aliasing and the Range tool to pick out highlights using the shade tools when working in detail on colourful objects.
“An obvious method, yet often forgotten, to help you copy pictures is to produce a grid on transparent paper and literally copy out areas in blocks on to a simulated grid on your computer screen block by block. As all the blocks are drawn, it is easy to gel the picture together and also get everything in the correct proportions to everything else in the picture.
"Another very important and obvious tip is to always make a backup of your picture as you create it. You might find, however, if you are experimenting with different techniques for various effects, it can be tedious and time-consuming to keep making backups. So a short cut here is to use your spare screen by pressing 'Shift' and the 'J' key. But, if this is already being used, you can keep a backup in memory by simply adding a frame to your picture.
Effectively this creates an animation of your changes in frames, and if you are unhappy with an effect, you can delete the current frame and revert to your original.
"When producing animations, if you want to create a smooth path for a brush to travel along, before you start painting press and hold the left 'Amiga' key as you move your mouse (keep the left button pressed) and Dpainl will transform your motions into an animated sequence. This is an easy wav to produce animations with complex brush motions. It also works on functions other than the freehand tool, so you can create an object travelling in a perfect circle by simply pressing the left Amiga key again, before painting.
"Normally it's difficult to create objects travelling in strict geometric shapes, but this provides an easy solution. The only drawback is if you have 'continuous draw' on. There will be one frame for every pixel moved, so your animations can be a little slow. To get round this, set drawing to every nth dot at five or so.
III1 imlmi| k "'ith the pros These guys have created stunning-looking games like Shadowlands and Riders of Rohan. So, just how do they do it?
Jolyon Myers and Alan Tomkins of Domark "There are a few simple tips to consider when creating your picture that can be useful, especially if you work with variables in mind. It is a good idea to decide exactly where your light source is before you start drawing, and keep this clear in your mind to help you produce a consistent picture.
A good way to visualise your picture is to do a small-scale picture on the screen first, in full proportion, which is often easier at small sizes, and then enlarge it to the full screen.
This way you can quickly draw the basics of an object and add detail. This is not a way to draw however, just a way to experiment with proportions and layout." Cheers Domark. Turn to Page 41 for Psygnosis' hints and tips.
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AS FAR AS Jeff Bramfeil and Mike Waterworth arc concerned, in order to become a graphic artist, or at least work for Psygnosis.
You must have some kind of qualification in art: ic a degree in illustration or graphic design. Even then, there is a steep learning curve to progress along, translating your artistic knowledge into a working knowledge of Dpaint. Jeff and Mike give you a few tips on making that curve a little less steep... Jeff believes there is no better way to create a good picture "than to get used to the medium you are using, and experiment w ith it to Icam how to use all the effects, and then use your knowledge and apply it." Much like Jolyon from Domark (see Page 39). Jeff suggests it's not a good
idea to use every effect you can in a picture, but only use the tools that you actually need.
There is a variety of ways to create in- game graphics, but Jeff explains most of the methods used "are used to create screens from blocks. The obvious method for assembling backgrounds and maps is to use Dpaint with the Grid function on."
According to Mike the easiest way to use this is to pick up your blocks, and rotate and flip them as necessary to build up the screen. But Mike has found a small quirk here: "It's basically that if you flip your brushes with Grid on. You tend to inherit a pixel gap on the edge of your brush. So. In this case you have to keep switching Grid on and off. Another way to add variety to your screens is have a dummy outline of your block which has the middle of the block vacant for a new design. This enables you to join up your blocks, because all the edges should be designed to match up but have a
new design in the middle. If you design sour blocks well enough, you can do this at any size to provide an easy way of making a consistent background or map."
Of course one of the fiddliest things to cope with when designing games is drawing sprites, Jeff finds it useful when creating sprites or small characters on screen, to use the Magnify tool: "Despite the fact the image in the enlarged window is often just a jumble of pixels, it is amazing how a single pixel can make such a difference. Animating images is also made a lot easier by using the Light-Table function. This basically shows you a dimmed version of your last frame which you can draw objects on top of w ithout affecting the original.
A good tip for animating objects with legs is that you only actually have to draw half the number of legs that you need for the object. On a person for example, you need only draw the leg on the background, pick it up as a brush, move on a few frames and paste it down again.
This makes it easier to make sure that the motion of each leg is correct and in time."
Creating static pictures is easier. Jeff starts off with a line drawing, and often uses gradient fills behind objects for the background. "The problem I find with the Gradient Fill tool, however, is that there is only a random dithering option, no ordered method. So. Producing a background this way can often look strange, especially if you have a large- colour separation between the ends of the ranges.
'''The solution is. Of course, to edit the fill pixel by pixel to smooth out the transitions between colours to produce a better effect. It is always tricky however, trying to fill in irregularly shaped areas with gradient fills. You can of course just use the fill tool to fill in a closed area." But what if the area isn't closed, or you don't want a standard gradient fill that the Fill tool produces’?
"The solution here is a clever one. Create your fill to match the size of the area you want, and paste it down on the spare screen exactly under where you want it to go. Now switch back to your main screen and use the Complex Brush option to trace the outline of the area you want to fill but. Just before you close the brush loop, while still holding down the left mouse button, press the 'J' key to switch to the spare, and the brush tool will pick up what was 'under' your object. This provides an easy method to pick up complex brush shapes."
When drawing small characters or sprites, Mike likes to make sure he knows exactly how the character would look like in real life, by How do Psygnosis transfer their visual ideas into games like Lemmings? Two of their leading graphic artists tell you how... Jeff Bramfett and Mike Waterworth of Psygnosis drawing a large-scale image of the character that he is trying to portray. "This helps me visualise what the character is like and what kind of details it has that have to be translated to the computer screen. It helps tnc to reflect the personality of the pixelatcd character."
A good example of this is Lemmings. On screen, the characters are blobs of blue and green, only a few pixels high, yet they have their own distinct personalities. The reason for this is partly due to the packaging, and an illustration showing the Lemmings at a larger scale, so people know what they would look like and they relate to that, instead of the computer image. So there you go. Straight from the owl's mouth, so to speak. © Advanced OK, now for the sky. The best way to do this is to draw a sky scene on a separate page, and then insert it into the main drawing. Create two way-out
colours that aren't used in the main drawing (you've already got magenta, so just do one more - eg cyan), then fill in the sky with one and ail the windows with the other.
NOVEMBER 1992 Remember the stencil option? Well, you need to use it again now. Go into Stencil mode, but this time lock the cyan colour (by clicking on the background when you're in stencil mode), then click on Invert and Make, and press the F3 (Replace) key. You will now find that the sky brush will only be shown in the background.
Use your judgement as to the position of the sky and the hills, then click the left mouse button. Don't forget to turn the stencil off again.
To get a nice shiny effect on the windows, swap to the other screen again, clear it, then draw a short diagonal line in white. Pick it up as a brush. Click on the next shade of blue from the range, then press O (for outline). Click on the next blue shade, then press O again. Continue doing this about eight times, then pick the whole thing up as a brush.
Rip to the main screen again, then lock the magenta colour using the stencil. Paint over the windows using the brush, creating an effect similar to the one in the picture below. Turn the stencil off again. OK, now we re basically finished!
Set the background colour to dark blue, and the foreground colour to white. Using the Filled Polygon tool, draw a short diagonal shape, like the picture on the left.
Now pick it up as a brush, select the darkest blue as a background colour, and clear the screen. Click on the Airbrush icon, and select Shade from the Mode menu (or press F5). Now hold the left button down as you wibble the cursor about the screen, and the computer will draw patterns using the brush shape in the colours chosen as a range.
Again, the best way to do this is to practice, so if it doesn't work properly at first, try again! (Remember you can use the right mouse button to draw darker shapes if required. Also try varying the brush shapes for different clouds.)
For effect, try drawing a distant hilltop scene using the filled polygon option with a dark blue colour, like the one In the picture above. Pick a good-sized portion of the screen out as a brush - including the bits you want to go on the main picture. Press J to flip to the main screen.
Flip to the other screen by pressing J, and use the palette to create a mid-blue colour Just below the way- out colours you created earlier. Make the bottom right-hand colour white, then click on Spread. Position the cursor over the new blue, and click the left-hand button. The computer will calculate a range of blue shades between the two. Click on Range, then click on the white again. This lets the program know that these colours are part of a group.
• Smooth gradient: curiously, the grey-scale gradient provided as
a default has a sudden step between palette colours 27 and 28.
Curing this makes the light end darker or the dark end lighter
but gives a much smoother graduation.
Using Spread in the palette dialog window is obviously not always perfect, so look carefully at the results and experiment to achieve what you want.
• Limited Memory: if you want to move or transform an area larger
than your Amiga's memory will allow, work with two halves or
four quarters.
To be sure of registration of the areas, use Cut (right button) to pick up the sections. For example, to reduce the size of a large object by thirty percent:
1. Cut approximately a quarter of the object (right button).
2. Press key J for the spare screen and then the
- (minus) key three times for 30% reduction, and then paste down.
3. Press key I to return to the object and repeal stages 1. And
2., aligning each piece carefully.
Make sure that each cut section is approximately the same size so that the percentage reduction is similar.
Finally, you may like to add a few items of detail, such as a mottled effect on the walls of the painted houses, and a bit of texture on the roadsides - these are easy when using the airbrush option. Just use the stencil facility again, but this time lock all the colours apart from the colour of the road or the walls where you want to paint.
• Building Blocks: using Gridlock it is possible to build
modular objects that will join together to make larger
constructions. For example, pipes, carved stone blocks, tiles,
modular buildings and even space stations.
Generally speaking, if a module has been built with Gridlock on, it will link together with any object constructed with a similar Gridlock setting. This is the basic principle of many graphic games, where modular objects are often re-used many times, perhaps just with a colour change.
The simplest object to build with is a rectangular brick, as follows:
I. Using Gridlock On with the default spacing, and the Straight
line tool, draw an isometric We decided that the sky and
background were a bit too dark, so we lightened them up a
little. Moving the'range of sky blues up a bit in the palette
by adding some red and yellow components, and changing the
hills in the background to mid-green made the whole scene
brighter and more cheerful.
Also, we thought it would be nice to include a football scene in the background. The name of the game is experimentation, and now you're experienced in some of the techniques used in Dpaint- use them!
Now we've taken a look at how a lace Is drawn, we are going to try to draw our cover model using the same basic principles.
As a beginning point we must use a guideline grid.
We used the photograph as a guide tor this, but whatever you’re drawing you must make sure that the guide is In the correct proportion before you begin.
Click the right button on the Airbrush Icon, then holding down the left button size the brush using the mouse.
Select a large round brush Irom the top menu.
Select a range of colours using the palette in order that you can paint the skin, hair and lips of the face.
Leave some colours free.
Paint the basic shape of the face using the colours.
Draw in the eyes, then shade the nose and lips and other features. Don't worry! We've jumped ahead a couple of stages here lor reasons of space, but Just take your time and do things in order.
Make the airbrush range a little larger, then carefully smooth out the edges on the face - don’t use the Smooth option tor this. Be patient, and use Undo It necessary.
NOVEMBER 1992 Try to leave as many black and dark colours as possible until last, basically because It's easy to make a mistake and It’s more noticeable when you are using black.
Continue using the Airbrush for shading until you are happy with the general shape of your face.
Using the Magnify option, draw the detailed bits such as eyes and lips.
When you're happy with the face itself, concentrate on the dark parts of the picture
- remember, even dark hair has some highlights. Don't be afraid
of using bright colours here - there's always the Undo facility
If you need It.
Lastly, remember that with Dpainl you are not confined to the size of your screen, so if you need a larger area, use the arrow keys to move around.
View of a block. Shade Ihe Ihree sides with light, medium and dark colours to suggest the direction of the light as it would look on a three-dimensional object, 2 Still with Gridlock on. Pick up the block as a Custom Brush.
• Use this block to build with and start at the back of the
construction.
• Light direction with Deluxe Paint ' : unlike Dpainl III.
Dpainl l ' provides lots of controls for texture and light
direction. The dither can be random, which gives natural-
looking effects on surfaces, or patterned lor other effects,
especially ‘textile weave'.
• Optical Mixing: if you need more colours than your palette
provides, try mixing them optically. If you produce an array of
alternating red and white pixels in a chcqucrboard pattern
(best done on a grid of say 4x4 then picked as a brush and
repeated to get an array), the overall effect is of a pale red
because the red and w hite mix in your eye.
This technique can be used w ith any of the colours available giving you dozens of new shades.
• Spray Mixing: a similar, though rougher, optical mix can be
produced using the Airbrush, by washing different colours over
each other. This is ideal for textures such as desert
landscapes and ploughed fields.
IHF. MODES MENU
• Smear: especially when working with digitised images it is
often necessary to remove a part of a picture and stick it in
elsewhere. To Jo this seamlessly means that you must recon
struct the background in this area.
Use small pieces of the existing background to patch together a reasonable approximation. Then use Smear to hide the joins by breaking them up.
• Backgrounds: smear can also be used to create backgrounds and
to produce 'jumbled' images. For example a reflection on
ruffled water needs to be slightly Smeared before it will look
right.
• Blend: potentially. Blend is an extremely powerful tool, but it
needs lots of intemiediate
• hades. Set up your range carefully - the more colours that are
available, the better Blend will work. Use a small brush, and
make sure that it's using a colour within the range.
• Broken Brush for texture: to produce a wide range of 'artistic'
effects. Blend can be
- •cd with a Broken Brush (a large brush with many
background-coloured 'holes' in it).
If Ihe pattern of holes is carefully con- structcd. Effects similar to watercolour or pastel crayons on coarse paper can be achieved. This is especially effective in HAM mode in Deluxe Paint IV.
• Shade: if you need to add shadows or highlights to your work,
this is the tool to use - but : careful, work with single
clicks of the mouse button rather than holding it. The palette
needs to be set up with a good range of the colours you are
shading, which can be quite difficult, even with 32.
Sometimes EHB mode is much better for
• Jus. Though it only gives you one degree of shade. Deluxe Paint
IV in HAM mode cannot use the Shade mode - a great pity and a
bit of a mystery to us - all those extra colours should make
shading easy.
• Drawing with Shade: with care it is possible to draw in shade
mode, building up 3D-looking objects with left and right
buttons.
The best way to work is with a monochrome palette (shades of grey), but this can be given more interest by slightly changing the colour of some of the shades.
If you spread between black and white over 30 of the 32-colours (leaving colours 0 and I as a separate black and white) you will find that many of the shades are duplicated (there are only 16 shades of grey). Change the duplicates into blues, greens, reds and yellows with the same tonal value. Now set the range to be these 30 colours and experiment with Shade mode and a range of brushes.
• Smooth: the obvious use of Smooth is to remove the jagged
stepping that occurs at the edges of objects, but it can also
put whole areas out of focus.
For example, an object can be emphasised strongly by putting it on a background that has been smoothed.
• Depth of Field effects: taken further, the Smoothing effect can
produce Depth of Field effects similar to those achieved when
using a w ide aperture in photography.
To do this, apply Smooth to the background three or four times to make it very blurred, apply it once or twice to middle distance objects, and not at all to close objects.
This will increase the depth of the picture.
• Motion Blur: an alternative, artistic, use of Smooth and depth
of field is to blur the closer object to give the dramatic
effect of a moving object. This can be enhanced with Blend by
dragging the 'trailing' edge of the object slightly. For the
picture below we have taken a scene from a Team 17 game and
locked all the foreground colours with the stencil. A large,
rectangular block was then picked up as a brush and dragged
across Ihe screen using the straight line tool and the blend
mode, which 'blurs' the background colours.
EDUCATION WAS NEVER THIS MUCH Noddy's Playtime is a graded creativity and entertainment package for home computers based on solid educational principles for 3-7 year olds.
Or gmai Text and Images C Darren Waters Ltd 194968 Text and Images of BBC Television Series C BBC Enterprises Ltd 1992 Licensed by BBC Enterprises Ltd NOOOY s a trademark of Darren Waters Ltd and is used under Licence ENID BLVTON (signature logotype) is a trademark of Darrell Waters Ltd and is used under licence Drive with Noddy in his car and explore the magic of Toytown. Visiting the 8 special learning locations.
• Railway Station - memory game
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• Picture Colouring.
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Noddy's Playtime features user friendly icons so that even the youngest family member can learn and have fun.
There is a choice of 3 carefully defined learning levels designed in consultation with teachers. Noddy’s Playtime also includes FREE: Toytown map, keyboard overlay and wobbler.
A comprehensive manual and parent teacher guide will enable you to bring your childs imagination to life.
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Yes, £10,000! That's the prize for the winner of the National Computer Games Championships, and entry is absolutely free. All you have to do is turn up to one of the Virgin Games Centres where heats are being held and show us what you're made of!
To start with you have a choice of playing on the Mega Drive, Super NES or Amiga, but if you get through the first stage then you'll have to really show off your skills by playing several games on different machines.
HOW TO ENTER Just turn up, ready togive of-your best, at one of these heats being held all over the country.
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touted as the ideal computer for video use. The main reasons
for this are as follows: first, the machine was designed to
provide inputs and outputs that already existed within the
video industry; second, the spectacular quality of Amiga
graphics; and third, there isn't anything to beat the computer
for the same price.
Just as desk top publishing (DTP) uses computers to help produce printed documents, desk lop video (DTV) uses computers to help produce video tapes. If you haven't got a video tape recorder, then you're like someone with a word processor but without a printer. For the rest of the article I'll have to assume you have a VTR.
Amiga Video Everything you've always wanted to know about making your own video productions, presented by Pat McDonald.
The most important thing to remember is that video signal standards are different and incompatible from place to place. The differences arc broadly as follows. Most western European videos, including UK types, as well as Australia and New Zealand use the PAL standard. North America. Japan and Korea use NTSC. The rest of the world usually uses the French-developed SECAM system. However, some VTRs arc capable of playing tapes using the different systems, though this is not a standard feature.
Most Amigas work in cither NTSC or PAL mode, although it makes sense to stick to the standard that your video setup uses. PAL runs at 50 fields per second. Two consecutive fields contain 625 horizontal scan lines of picture - these are combined to produce a display that runs at 25 visual frames per second.
NTSC runs at 60 fields per second, containing fewer horizontal lines. This is offset by the fact that NTSC produces a steadier, less flickcry display.
NOVEMBER 1992 Although these standards arc used as the basis for TV transmissions, don't think that video and TV are the same thing. TV broadcasts are made by means of radio waves. You can't plug a TV aerial into an Amiga and get any son of picture.
Video is controlled and directed by wiring and connections, not broadcast transmissions.
Anyway, back to computers. The boom in camcorders (the fastest growing market for video equipment) has meant that lots and lots of people are shooting their own films. Any sort of TV program has at least the name of the production at the front in large, bold letters, and usually has a list of credits at the end.
These are known collectively as 'titles', and a program which can generate such displays is called a 'video tiller'. The biggest use of the Amiga in video is to produce such titles.
Not that conventional home video gear can't produce titles. However, the Amiga is far more flexible, can create a much wider range of styles, for individual looking titles. Also, an Amiga plus titling software is much, much cheaper than a dedicated piece of titling hardware which can produce similar results.
That's not all the Amiga can do though, not by a long chalk. As you are probably aware, the machine is capable of producing great TOP TEN HINTS: VIDEO RECORDERS TAPE Ithe age ot a VTR is one indicator ot how good the results will be. Modern machines have a better specification.
2 Digitising trom existing video tape is an art. If the VTR can be advanced one trame at a time, then sequences can be digitised more easily, edited, and then re-recorded.
3 If you're in the market for a video, check out the spec thoroughly.
Although many machines boast features like single frame editing, the small print often reveals the machine is not as accurate as the hype suggests.
4 Another feature to look for is how easy it Is to control the video via an editing deck. You won't want to get one of these straight away, as they are as costly as the video themselves - but they are excellent.
5 Although the VHS system widely used in homes throughout the world is good enough for recording pure Amiga graphics, if you want to record 24- bit "True Colour" images then a more upmarket system is a must.
6 Whenever you copy video signals from one recorder to another, the picture quality goes down. Avoid extra generations ot tape unless you want surreal looking videos.
7 The best quality cuts using low budget VTRs are best done as follows; press record, play and pause on the machine that is recording, and play and pause on the player machine. Hit both pauses at the same time for your sequence to begin and end neatly.
8 Never handle video tape. The only reason you can get at it is to visually check whether the tape has been damaged by a faulty video machine.
9 Video tape isn't like film. You can't cut It up and splice it together. The only way to cut from one shot into the next is electronically. The cheap way is to pushthe buttons: the easy way is to control the video electronically.
As far as you can, use new tape that hasn't been recorded on to get the best results. You don't have to buy a whole new tape lor each shot you do - but keep track of what parts of a tape have been used and what hasn't. Video tape degrades with use.
TV*TEXT COVERDISK Tn animations, using suitable software like Deluxe Paint III or IV. However, the longer a piece of animated video footage, the more complex it is to direct and control.
Semi-professional and even independent TV companies use the Amiga for everything from short. Atmospheric ’descriptive' sequences on adverts, to cutting and chopping digitized images on pop videos. The latter use.
Sometimes known as ’scratch' or 'guerilla' video, was one of the reasons why famous artist Andy Warhol was drawn to the machine in the early years. A pity he died before producing much using the system.
Having said that, some people have gone even further, using graphics and images produced purely on the Amiga to form short films of perhaps 20 minutes (which is a big production in animation terms). The most notable of these is Tobias Richter, whose scale ranges from still slideshows regularly wowed at on the Public Domain circuit, to full-scale videos.
Who knows, you might go on to produce even longer, better work.
It would be wrong, though, to suggest that the only videos you can produce are for the entertainment industry. There are two more equally important areas which are in many ways easier lo break into, namely education and business. Video is one form of the art of communicating through moving pictures, but today it is a very widespread medium.
Pure education is probably the easiest area to create for. While at the same time being the most difficult to do well. There are educational videos on thousands of different subjects (there arc even a few on using Deluxe Paint) but because of the huge variation in subject matter, finding the right audience is no easy task for even the most gifted producer.
NOVEMBER 1992 If you want to go into this area, then the most obvious subject matter is a hobby or private study of your own. You can go for mainstream education, except that you can easily fall foul of the copyright laws by unwittingly using someone else's images.
If you stick to subject matter which a) you can produce good, original sequences for and
b) not tread on anybody's intellectual property rights, then you
have an ideal subject for a video, if not a dozen. Of course,
tomorrow holds the promise of CDTV and CD-ROM - but today
holds the guarantee of millions of video recorders all over
the world.
HOW TO PLUG IN TO VIDEO Finally comes the most selective of areas, business communication videos. Companies are very, very fussy about how you portray them and their products through moving pictures - one minor slip can easily land you in a legal defamation case.
Having said that, most companies have at least ideas for how to get their message across at 25 frames per second, even if the vast majority lack the personnel and equipment to do so (very few businesses use Amigas as pan of their day to day activities).
So business is an area to tread warily in.
But the rewards are certainly there. These days, at trade fairs and conventions, it's not who has the best product who pulls the crowd - it's the stand with the best video presentation that gets all the attention. It will probably be the Amiga's ability to look and sound good, rather than multitasking or Workbench 2. That will persuade the captains of industry to take the machine to their heart.
Ok. That's a whistle stop lour of just where you can go to. Starling with just an Amiga and a VTR. What about the other steps on the way? Do you need lots more video equipment, do you have to spend a fortune?
Yes and no. Broadcasting giants spend millions upon millions on TV and video production. Obviously, the more techniques you want to exploit, the more equipment you need to get that effect, that wipe, that shot. But it needn't necessarily be incredibly expensive.
The reason for this is very simple. Hardware gets cheaper. Not just computers, but music systems, effects units, digitizers - and. Of course, video systems.
If you start today, just where you'll end up?
Maybe it'll be a quiet studio, doing the odd bit of animation and tilling. Maybe you'll have your own video empire. The point is. Unless you take the first step, you'll get nowhere. O Take a good look at the back of your video recorder. Chances are, it's got two sockets - one marked "Video Out", the other "Video In". Usually, these connectors are of the Phono RCA types, the same type of connector used for sound. Sometimes they are BNC types, which twist on and off in a similar manner to light bulbs.
You can buy BNC Phono convertors for only a few pounds.
The above are examples of composite video signals, which relay all the picture information through a single core of wire, surrounded by a shield return. Becoming ever more common is the Scart or Peritel connector, which has twenty one pins. As well as providing composite video, these connectors also give separate red.
Green and blue components, the synchronisation signal, and stereo sound. In addition a command pin is used, which has to be wired to the Amiga to convince the video that a signal is present.
In general, composite is easier to work with, although it doesn't give as good a quality as seperatc feeds. There arc more specialist connectors used on video recorders which use better systems than the now standard VHS (Super VHS for instance).
Exactly how you wire your Amiga to the video depends on what you want to do. If you have a modulator plugged in to your computer, you can just run a cable from the video out socket of the modulator to the video in of the recorder. Then you can video the picture from your Amiga. There is a composite video output on all Amigas - but this is black and white only on all machines except for the original A1000 and the brand new A600.
A better idea is to invest in a genlock. This can take in a video signal, and overlay the Amiga graphics on top. The original video picture shows through on blank areas of the Amgia graphics.
1A video camera which can itselt record is known as a camcorder. Not all cameras have even this facility!
TOP TEN HINTS: VIDEO CAMERAS 2 A video camera which can not record is ideal tor using with a video digitiser, and cheap too. Black and white video cameras typically cost less than £100. And together with coloured filters and even a cheap digitiser can produce better results than a more expensive colour camera.
3All video cameras boast loads of features. Some of them, like a built-in video titler, are pretty pointless if you have an Amiga. Don't buy what you don't need!
4 The most important part of any video camera is the lens. A camera with a good, simple lens will produce far better pictures than will a camera with a natt, macro zoom lens, so the simpler option could well be the better one if the prices are similar. The latter type has its uses, but tends to be overused by beginners. Do consult the video magazines.
5 Camcorders suffer more abuse than VTRs. A simple, robust design is better for use in live situations than a fragile, expensive type.
6 Not sure what to buy? The best way to find the right design for you Is to hire a camera out for a couple of days, and experiment.
7 Cameras need light to operate. The more light, the better. A lot of cameras boast they work in low light conditions - but very few work well.
8 One common mistake of home video enthusiasts is to tail to calibrate the camera using the white and black balance controls. If you don't, the colours just don't look right, as different lighting produces different colours.
9 An underexploited way of improving your videos is to use filters in front of the lens. Costing only a few pounds, the right filter can transform a boring, washed out shot into a lively, colourful shot.
Wfeel free to burn off video footage - video tape is actually pretty cheap nowadays - but always criticise your own work. Talent with a camera is built up gradually, learnt from many mistakes.
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THE HEART OF TV*TEXT The Strobe option lorm a layer ol colours
behind the main title text. Don’t set the Depth or Step too
high, os your titles then tend to protrude right through the
screen. DiHicult to master.
Face is used lor simple, plain titles. Edge will solten the outline without removing it completely, while extrude will turn the title into a solid three dimensional lump. For the most port use Outline.
The light direction is used to set which way the extrude and shadows work. Messing with this on the some title page leods to some biiorre optical illusions, so feel Free to experiment.
The three shadowing options oil give a subtle variation ol a shadow cast behind the main text. Although this is a bit ol cliche, combined with just the right font, it con provide a certain atmosphere.
Overuse mokes it look very tacky indeed.
The shodow which
o piece ol text costs con be dispensed with, simply by
selecting this, then the background colour. The shadow will
then be totally invisible.
The value above, the depth ol shodow, can be adjusted to give the height ol the text above the area where the shadow is cast.
51 II you hove two different titles which use totally different palettes, you can use the alternative palette to compare them and see how well they motch together. You cannot use these options to use more than eight colours at a time.
NOVEMBER 1992 1 Don't think that making a video takes the same amount ol time as the video actually plays. The ration ol production time versus playing time varies from about 3:1 lor simple titling, up to hundres or even thousands to one lor complex animations.
2 With the above point tlrmly in mind, make a humble beginning - a small set ol titles lor a lamily video with TV'Text, or a simple, short, black and white cartoon composed ol just a lew shots.
3 Start small. Get the message? Too many people aim lor too much too quickly, get discouraged and stop the hobby betore it's even started.
4 Alter one or two efforts, plan something a little more ambitious. Decide on WHO will watch it. Good TV and video succeeds not because ol the actors, the script or the production - but on finding the right audience and knowing their tastes.
6 Pure Amiga graphics, while excellent In their own way, do not compare with video when it comes to subtle colouration. Don't just digitize sequences, and re-vldeo them. Put some alterations in with a paint package, to enhance the basic moving pictures.
7 Amiga graphics on their own do have their own distinct flavour. Either practise on your own art skills, or find an artist with their own styles. 3D ray tracing is the only "pure computer" lorm ol moving pictures, and It's a very effective technique.
8 Grab every opportunity to do more work. If some project Is going to cost, get the money up front, even II It's lor something pretty trivial like titling a local band's live video. You deserve your keep, just like the BBC, NBC and others.
9 Study television. Yes, I know most ol It's dire but by appreciating other people's work, you can begin to understand most of the basic techniques without enrolling on s night school course (also a good Idea, come to think of It)- TV*TEXT So video titling is a total mystery to you, then, eh? But never fear
- it's actually disgracefully simple. Pat McDonald provides a
complete guide to making your very own video credits... THE
ESSENCE OF TV*Text is very simple.
All it does is display text and still pictures in a form suitable for immediate recording on videotape. Its purpose is to enable you to add titles and credits to your own videos. You don't need a genlock or a video camera - just some footage to title.
This simplicity of purpose is carried over into how you use it. Each title is built up in layers, in a similar fashion to the way that an artist builds up a picture using many different elements. Just as a skilled artist can create a better picture, so a skilled title technician can produce professional-looking results.
But first things first. The skill will come with time and with practice, so plav around to your heart’s content. And first, you'll need to know how to use the program.
GETTING STARTED Here's how you get it going. First, load Workbench. Then lake out the disk and insert a copy of the TV*Text disk. You should rename this disk to TV*Tcxt (it will start off with the name MSDOS_Filesystem). Just click once on its icon with the left mouse button, then hold down the right mouse button and select Rename from the appropriate menu option. This is on the Workbench menu on 1.3 machines and earlier, and on the Icon menu on Workbench 2.
Double-click on the TV*Text icon, then again on the drawer marked T '*Text There arc two versions of the program on the disk - one that operates in high resolution (540 pixels horizontally, interlaced) while the other works in medium resolution (640 X 200 for NTSC.
TOP TEN HINTS: AMIGA 5 Your potential audience decides the subject lor your work. Twelve year |M Be Individual! II It's true that every person has at least one good story olds don't want to watch business presentations. Company directors will I A to tell, then It's also true that every person has at least one good video not be impressed by childish cartoons. Well, possibly not. Production just waiting to be discovered.
Those Menu Items in full PROJECT MENU Load Pkloft: This has two sob options, straight load or onto toloor. Tho latter wBI remap the pkture Into tho present palette as best It can.
Save Pkture: Damps the current screen to on IFF We.
Load Overlay: Loads in a pkture, bat leaves all areas with colour zero transparent, so previous work Is not obscured.
Again, has an auto colour option.
Save Overlay: Saves a portion ol the current screen, which you mark out with the Show THIe: Obviously you don't want o title bar recorded at the top ol your titles.
This options hides and reveals it.
Delete Fbe: Used to wipe a We horn a disk. Use with caution.
Print: Dumps the current saeen to a printer.
About: Tells you who wrote the program.
Ooit: Gets you out ol TV’TtxI.
EDIT MENU Undo: Reverts the saeen bock to where it was belore you entered the last element.
Wonting! Some options do not Undo.
Cut: Used to blank on area ol the saeen market oat with the mouse.
Copy: Used to paste an area ol the saeen (which you mark oat with the mouse) to a dillerent part ol the saeen.
Resiie: First, choose what type ol Rathe I want. Then mark out on area - it will ) cut out and resiled automatkally.
R- TEXT MENU Fonts: Select a dillerent font and size.
Sizes: Select o dillerent size ol the current loot hi use.
Styles: Used to underline, boiden or Italicize text.
Rotation: Uselui lor flipping areas through 90 degrees. Con be used to stretch areas through 45 degrees, but it's not too good.
Autosize: Handy lor customizing the present lont to Ht into on exact area.
Libraries: Used to load lonls Irom somewhere other thon the TV’Ttxl disk.
JUSTIFY MENU Free: Text will be placed wherever you want H to be.
Centre: Text will be aligned with the centre ol each foie in mid-screen.
Kit jus!
Right: Text will be right justified.
Grid: Text wiH be aligned with a grid.
Vertkab Text wiH be oligned vertically.
Grid Size: Used to change the size ol the |ustHy grid.
RENDER MENU New Text: You can now enter a new line ol text lor rendering, last Text: Go back to the last foie ol text you entered.
Overlay: Load in an IFF screen, auto colour it and render it to have bevelled edges.
Prelerencos: See separate box.
Palette: Change the coloots TV'Ttxl displays. Avoid excessively bright colours as these do not record properly on video recorders.
DRAW MENU Line: Renders a horizontal or vertkal foie.
Box: Renders a box.
Circle: Readers a circle.
Ellipse: Renders on ellipse.
Erase: 6looks on area ol the screen.
Line Size: Choose the thickness ol foies lor future drawing operations.
BACKGROUND MENU dear Saeen: Wipes your work away, ready to be redone.
Tbe: First you mark out on area, which is then automatically Wed (repeated) to fifl the whole saeen. Use with caution.
Wallpaper: Similar to the, except that vertkal bands are pvt onto the saeen.
Grid: Similar to tile, but tries to fit the tile into square blocks.
Gradation: Has several sub chokes.
Baskady it puts up a pretty copper (colour bar) background lor you to draw over. Not terribly uselui, espedaRy H you have a genlock.
VIDEO MENU Interlace: Turns interlace mode on or off. It Is brest kefyt off when working because ol the flkker, but should be on when you are recording onto tape, because it is the same quality as a TV display.
Hide Pointer: Hides the mouse pointer.
Saeen Size: Changes the resolution nt which TV’Ttxl works. To avoid cut off areas, you should choose the biggest area you possibly con unless you can't spare the chip RAM.
256 for PAL). Double-click on Die one you wanl to load the program.
For your first few attempts, try selecting New Text from the Render menu, and type in a line. Click on OK. And position the text where you want it to go.
Clicking the left mouse button again will paste down the text - the right button will abort that particular line of text and let you type in another line. Don't worry, you can get your old text back by selecting Last Line from the Render Menu.
NOVEMBER 1992 One final point. You can make more fonts available to TVText by copying them to the ZumaFonts drawer on the disk, but an easier way is to load them from a disk called Fonts:. © COMPROMISED STANDARDS At first glBnce, TVText doesn't appear to use the capabilities of the Amiga to the full. After all, the machine can display 4096 colours, albeit in low resolution, so why does the program limit you to just eight colours in high resolution?
The answer is twofold. First, high resolution titles look a lot less jagged edge thsn low resolution, so the program defaults to that standard. Second, high resolution limits you to 16 colours. So the program has to have a limited palette.
“But why doesn't it use 16 colours then?" You ask. Well, Amlgas with only half a megabyte of chip RAM have great difficulty working In 16 colours at high resolution. They just haven't got enough workspace to keep their pictures in. Try setting Deluxe Palnlto 16 colour high resolution mode -1 bet you it doesn't work, and you'll be lucky to get eight.
Note that It's unwise to use colours which are too bright. Video tape is very fussy about what colours It records, and bleeding reds or patterned greens blues are an eyesore when the tape Is played back.
Itop of the pile in terms of video add ons are video mixers. These enable you to make smooth transitions from one sequence to another, without sudden cuts.
TOP TEN HINTS: MIXERS EDIT SUITES 2 Edit suites are another rather pricey extra. Edit suites are glorified controllers for video recorders and cameras, enabling one scene to be seamlessly joined to another.
3 Edit suites are a little pointless unless you actually know where the cuts are going to happen. You can wing it with an edit suite, but careful planning (story boards and so forth) Is necessary to use them efficiently.
4 Expensive but invaluable, video mixers are often overused by the novice, as each scene swirls into the next. The current crop of TV viewers are mostly unused to leaping, dancing, swirling shots which mixers produce when used too much.
5 More types of each extra are becoming available all the time. However, different manufacturers use different standards to plug one video machine Into another, so If you are aiming for either it makes sense to check what your video equipment can take.
6 The Video Toaster is an Amiga card, only available to A15008 and A2000s.
It caused a storm when the NTSC version was launched - I understand that a PAL version Is finally In the works. This card enables you to both mix and fade between different video sources, as well as having a built In 24 bit graphics board plus bundled ray tracing software.
7 Better software is becoming available all the time to help you to use the Amiga as an edit suite, although currently most of this software is very expensive. Show Maker, Scala MM 200, Syntronlx and (at the top) Sympatlca are all aimed at the more professional video user.
8 However, bigger and better software requires a bigger and better Amiga to use effectively. If you achieve a good success rate, chances are you’ll want to upgrade to an accelerated, large memory machine with a hard disk (A3000 preferred).
9 Bigger Ideas are a natural progression as you get more Into video. It's an area that can take you from being an amateur to being a professional within a very short space of time.
M So think big! Next time the credits roll and the opening scene begins, it I could be your work that entertains millions. At the samne time, always remember that It’s worth getting titling done for the humblest home vld.
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Pat McDonald guides the tour... CrossDos it is not regarded as the 'standard' platform in that there are simply not enough of them around in business. The computer that rules is the IBM PC.
CrossDos was created to help out, by enabling you to access data stored on 720K or 360K 3.5-inch disks, put there by IBM Pcs.
This means that people who use Pcs in the office can come home to their Amigas. Transfer across data from their PC disks and continue using the same data on compatible packages.
By 'compatible'. I mean programs that are able to manipulate files saved in alien formats.
Say you work at an office that uses the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet package on a PC. Now when you've finished at the office, but still need to continue with your work, you can save it to a disk and take it home to your Amiga and use a package like Professional Calc which can utilise the Lotus -2-3-format files.
The data exchange principle doesn’t just stop at spreadsheet files, as you will see later.
You can transfer just about anything from the PC to the Amiga using some kind of package to read the data, from word processor documents to CAD drawings.
SO WHAT EXACTLY is CrossDos?
Basically, it's a program that enables you to read from and write to disks formatted by IBM PC compatibles and Atari Sts.
It isn't, however, an emulator. Let’s face it.
The Amiga being the machine it is. It doesn't really need to pretend to be another computer, especially since the release of Workbench 2 and new programs that conform to WB2 standards. The quality of such softw are is so high that you wouldn't want to jise anything else.
So why CrossDos then? Well, despite the fact that the Amiga is a very capable machine.
Programs and File Compatibility So just what files can you use with what packages on the Amiga? Well, there are quite a few programs that offer you the facility to use files from Pcs, Sts and Macs, it just depends what you want to do. Let's look at a few categories... NOVEMBER 1992 0 I«I(WMM1 pfTj j a*c:: ?«» 0 WitLliFMtfi (*¦«•) Caircnj 0 AllUqhtHiqb j As Om P.-hW j hsVr* j Wtt Perth J JfFT««(KlMWb*e j trsmm The Amiga turns into a Lotus eater as it lakes on files from the PC's well-popular 1-2-3 software suite.
SPREADSHEETS Lotus 1-2-3 on the PC is a combined spreadsheet and database program. On the Amiga you can import 1-2-3 files into MaxiPlan, Superbase Professional 4 and perhaps the star ot the show here, Professional Calc from Gold Disk. ProCalc Is probably the best spreadsheet available for the Amiga and can import Lotus files just as easily as If you were loading a standard .PCF ProCalc file.
Apart from this, due to the Amiga interface, it is a lot easier using ProCalc than 1-2-3 ever was.
Use the office PC to start your Pulitzer Prize winning novel, finish it at night on your Amiga with Wordworth.
WORD PROCESSORS There are loads of Wps on the PC, from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word. The Amiga has an equivalent WordPerfect, so you can load files produced on the PC. And vice versa. Wordworth has a fair supply of import and export loaders, so you can import, edit and then save text on to a PC disk to continue work back on the PC. We use Protext to write for pure speed, and then convert this for use on the Apple Macintosh using Apple File Exchange.
Continued overleaf HOW CROSS DOS WORKS CrossDos works by installing a disk-drive handler and a new file system handler on to your Amiga.
The first of these, the file mfm.device' is Installed into your DEVS: directory. This file is a drive handler that Interprets the nine sector format that PC disks employ (It's different from the Amiga's), so the drive can read the disks.
The second tile, msdos-filesystem'. Is installed Into the 'L: handlers' directory. This takes the data the the mfm.device' has read from the disk and translates the file format into something that AmigaDos can understand. Of course it works the other way too, when writing data to a PC disk.
Once installed, the drives can be mounted from the mountlist 'mountlist.msdosfs' that also goes In your DEVS: directory. This sets up an assignation that enables you to put a PC disk in one of your drives and access it as you would a normal AmigaDOS disk.
For a normal disk In your Internal drive you would simply refer to it as DFO:. When you put a PC disk in. If you do this, it will produce a NOT A DOS DISK' error, because it is of course not in AmigaDOS format. Therefore you have to access it as DIO: or whatever you have named it in the mountlist. Eg PCO:.
Again if you refer to an AmigaDOS disk as DIO:.
It will produce the same error. In this way. You can see that saving and loading from PC disks is transparent to the user, you just access the drive according to what type of disk Is inserted.
So if you wanted to copy the entire contents of a PC disk to RAM:, from the Shell you would type: copy from DIO: ? To RAM: There is one more consideration you have to make when writing to PC disks, In that the filenames can only be eight characters long plus a three-character extension. The format this takes Is FILENAME.EXT, so If you did try to save two files with the names FllenumberOI and Filenumber02, the handler would rename your first file to FILENUMB.ERO. See the problem? By copying the second file, you would overwrite the first as it would also be renamed FILENUMB.ERO. As you can see
you have to be careful here.
Finally a word about icons. Icons on the Amiga have a '.Info' extension. On a PC disk this is renamed as a '.INF' file. Thankfully the filesystem handler Is intelligent enough to work out if files named this way are icons or not and hence will display them In a Workbench window if required.
NOVEMBER 1992 But CrossDos doesn't stop at PC disks. You can also exchange data with Macintoshes and Atari Sts. How?
The Atari ST uses the same format for disks that the PC docs (720K arranged as 80 tracks of nine sectors). So this means that you can use any data from an ST as well. Say you have an Amiga but no printer, but a friend w ith an ST does. In this case you could format a disk using CrossDos and save a document to the disk, take it to your friend's house, insert it into his ST and print it out.
The Macintosh comes with a utility called Apple File Exchange. This enables the Mac to read and write to PC format disks just as CrossDos does for the Amiga, Which also means that you can exchange data with the Macintosh computer too. We transfer copy from the Amiga, via a PC disk, to the Mac in this way.
As you can sec. CrossDos is indeed a very powerful tool, and can be very useful for data exchange in lots of circumstances. Sec the box on how it works for more information on its actual operation, and read the relevant bits about various programs that have data compatibility for the area of your interest.
So how do I use it? The first time you put a PC disk into your drive you will have to literally tell your Amiga that this is no normal disk, but a PC disk. The way to do this is to use the icons on the coverdisk. Attach_DI0: and Attach_DII:. These icons automatically tell your computer to load in the device handlers from the coverdisk so your Amiga can understand the data.
This is all very well, but advanced users may want to automate this process so you don't have to keep using the coverdisk all the time to use PC disks. In order for this to work, there are a few files that you will need to copy on to your system disk (hard drive or whatever you boot from). These are mfm.device and mountlist.msdosfs from DEVS: on the Coverdisk to your corresponding DEVS: directory, msdosfilesystem from L: on the Coverdisk to the corresponding L: directory on your system disk. The last files you need to copy arc MountMF and the two tdpatch files from the C: directory on the
Coverdisk to your own C: directory.
The hardest part is just a case of editing the mountlist.msdosfs and telling it where all the files can now be found, i.e. where you have placed them on your system.
Then all you need to do in order for your Amiga to mount the PC drives automatically is put the MountMF command somewhere in your startup-sequencc (or WBStartup on WB2) before the loadwb command. This will automount all the available floppy drives you have as dual Amiga PC drives. Ergo DFO: will be DIO: for the PC and all others will be Dlx:, where x is the unit number of your disk drive, assuming they arc connected.
There arc a few more utilities on the coverdisk which will help you in handling PC disks, such as Dr CrossDos. And a technical reference manual for more details on how this program works. Read the Readme file for more info. © COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (CAD) In the main, the PC has the lead in this area. And the main PC format for Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings is AutoCAD's DXF file format.
Not to be outdone however, the Amiga also has packages such as X-CAD (and now X-CAD 2000 - turn to page 176 for the full review in this very issue) and DynaCADD that can import and edit these DXF files so you can manipulate drawings created on the PC.
GRAPHICS There are numerous graphics formats around: PC GIF tiles. LBM Dpaint-PC files. PCX files. TIFFs and more. The Mac has TIFFs. PICTs. MacPaint files and more. Sts have Degas and Neochrome files.
The Amiga Is well able to cope via the superb Art Department Professional 2. ADPro enables you to convert and manipulate all these formats apart from PICTs. For these though there is a program called RasterLink. Which converts pictures IFFs.
Then into Dpaint tot editing.
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Hook-up and party on THE REVIEWERS NOVEMBER 1992 We've been busy like you'd never believe this month, but still we all manage to find time for a few relaxing games outside work. Here's what's keeping the troops happy this month... CLARE HODGSON 'I've been playing my favouritist of favourite shoot-em-ups. St Dragon. It's lovely. It's got lots of winding tails and shiny jaguar thingies and you kill everything a lot 'Sgreat."
ANDY NUTTALL 'Sensible Soccer, without a doubt Quite a lot actually. In fact I think I've been playing it far too much for my own good. What day is it?* ASAM AHMAD “Zool, mate, that's what I've been playing. Why?
'Cos it's really slick, just like my hair.” JAMES LEACH “Sorry, I know I'm a sad old git and all that and I haven't changed my mind for months, but I’d still kill for a few laps of Formula One Grand Prix."
ED RICKETTS 'I've been messing about with the course of history, me. Give me an hour or two, a copy of Civilization, and that's me hooked for days.'
NEIL. WEST 'I'd have to disagree with Asam - his hair may be like an oil-slick, but Zool is even slicker.
Slickening, really, innit?'
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RoboSport is faster, brighter and more aggressive than anything they've done before. And what's more, it's got room for real people to fight real battles against each other. The war starts on... Page 70 True blue and bouncy too. Putty is Commodore's own choice for the new A600 pack. Have they picked a winner with System 3's new blobby baby? Will it help the Amiga leap to even higher heights? Check out what we made of the sticky blue ball, as we pull all the fluff off it and stretch a point too far on... Page 82 James Pond's Aquatic Games Millennium's fish-like secret agent spins off into the
crazy world of damp Olympics. There's plenty of fun and flipper-waggling to be had but is it as good as Roborod 27 We go swimmingly to... Page 94 Everyone knows computer games are fun, but wouldn't they all be more fun if you had the satisfaction of playing and beating friends instead of a halfwit machine? Neil Jackson discovers that sociable games-playing is the way forward for the Amiga.
Hook-u You've probably heard all ihe arguments against computer games so many times it makes you sick: "They encourage reclusiveness." Say the psychotherapists (eager to make parents worry about their poor kid's grey matter and force them to hook some appointments). "The addictive nature of some games is as bad as drugs." Say the doctors (who seem to love applying their doom-laden medical lingo to inanimate, inconsequential. But never intravenous, computer equipment). "They turn children into violent, homicidal maniacs who look upon death and destruction as the primary solution." Say
the worried parents (anxious that their young'un isn't going to turn into a Michael Ryan or some other travelling psychopath). Why is everyone "on the outside" so hung up about computer games? Because most of us "do it" on our own. That's why.
That’s the biggest problem society really has with computer games Most of us know just what to expect from a game and we're happy to enjoy it with the same level of belief that we reserve for Neighbours, but w ith a far NOVEMBER 1992 greater level of involvement. The remainder of society, (generally the computer-phohics and Ihe techno-illiterates) look in in disbelief because we're not 'communicating' with each other, and there's this worrying absence of 'social interaction'. Cobblers! Nobody moans about the amount of time people spend propped up in front of the telly anymore (though they used
to years ago), and computer- uscrs are generally far more discerning about HOW DO HOOK-UP GAME WORK The method behind hook-up games might seem complex. But is actually not that difficult for a programmer to do. When separate machines are connected together via a modem or a null-modern cable, data can be passed from one machine to another at high speeds. Both computers run identical copies of the game, and each one receives and transmits data along the connection.
The data transmitted by each computer is limited to simple information about the player's current position. The direction he is facing or moving in game world, and perhaps a bit of synchronisation data (which keeps the computers running at the same game-speed). Other information transmitted may consist of data about the player's action - such as the fact that he's crashed or is firing a weapon.
At the other end of the connection, your opponent's computer is gathering the data you're transmitting and doing a few quick tests on it. Has your transmitted position effectively moved you to a spot which your opponent can see? If it has, then your opponent's software draws you on to his screen, just like any other in-game baddy. If not. The opposing computer ignores you. If you're firing, your opponent's machine works out whether he can see the bullets, and whether he's been hit and incorporates this into his display. At the same time, the other machine is sending the same kind of
information to you. And your software updates your display. In this way. Only small chunks of data get sent over the cable thus minimising the amount of computing time needed to work out where everyone is in the game- world. The computers only actually bother about human-enemy positions when they're within visual range of each other - the rest of the time the game functions just like it does in one-player mode.
The material they watch or use. How many hours of society's lime is wasted by people watching trash on ihe box because "there's nothing else on." Probably millions, but nobody says anything anymore because we're all used to it.
The new generation And now w e enter the new regime of computer gaming: plenty of TV airtime devoted to computer games, and new programmes being planned every month as the TV companies attempt to tap the market that's always been there, but they've been to busy to notice or take seriously . The age of the computer-spotty is almost gone. The 13 year-old kid w ith his face full of acne and his anorak pockets full of cassettes is no more - we've moved into an era of pony-tailed ad-men playing hand-helds on lube-trains. And middle-managcrs playing Leisure Suit Larry on the office PC when the
MD's not looking. But still the image of computer games as mind-rotting, antisocial diseases persists.
When you think about it. It's easy to see why this myth continues. But still there are precious few really sociable games that people can get together and play. Your granny (who's probably not exactly a whizz w ith Wizkitl) may barken back to the days where "the w hole fam- The Unofficial Amiga Format Top 16 Hook-up Games Air Warrior ONLINE ENTERTAINMENTS (081 536 6763) Undoubtedly the best telephone hook-up game ever. You'll need a modem, but up to 40 people can fly this incredible simulation at once.
Vroom UBISOFT The other classic formula one-style racing game.
But with this one, plus a null-modern link, two players can battle it out head-to-head on all the major circuits of the world.
DynaBlaster BomberMan U8ISOFT A crazy, exploding variation of PacMan, this classic game enables up to five people to play using the supplied four-player joystick adaptor.
Lotus 2 GREMLIN GRAPHICS Peachy street-racing action for one. But with a null-modern link, up to four players can tear off down the highway. A real party game, much loved by off-duty policemen.
RoboSport OCEAN MAXIS Paintball skirmish meets the Amiga in this incredibly versatile hook-up game. With a null- modern link, a modem or an Ethernet add-on. Up to four people can play.
Falcon DIGITAL INTEGRATION Superb dogfightirtg action is yours for the taking in this excellent flight simulation. With a null-modern link, two rival players can fight each other head-to-head.
Stunt Car Racer MICROPROSE Stock car-style destruction meets ski-jump circuits in this alarmingly realistic hook-up. Using a null-modern link, two players can race each other on the same track.
Flight of the Intruder MIRRORSOFT From the makers of Falcon, this Vietnam- based simulation offers two-player head-to-head dogfighting when connected via a null-modern link.
67 Tennis Cup 2 UBISOFT Relive the excitement of the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles with this sports- style hook-up. You have to supply the four-player joystick adaptor and the strawberries and cream.
MiG 29 Super Fulcrum DOMARK A complex but exhilarating flight simulation featuring a null-modern link which enables two players to go dogfighting head-to-head.
NOVEMBER 1992 ily used lo gather around the piano and sing songs together", wilh tears in her eyes as she watches you trying to beat the fifth end-of level bcasty on Apidya. And we can hardly blame her - the last words you probably said to her were "hmmm. Yeah. Damn! Missed him", or something similar - not the epitome of sociability really.
Two's company Three's a party If you look hard enough (or just glance around over the next few pages) you'll find there is a hidden wealth of human-vs-human fun that you can have with your Amiga. Two-player games have been around since the earliest Bool Hill and Pong coin-ops (though the trend has moved away from head-to-head action towards the ubiquitous one-up. Two-up style which is less exciting), and there are oodles of shoot-cm-ups that offer the chance to beat your mates. But the really good multi-player games arc the ones they call 'hook-up' games
- where two or more players play against each other in real-time
using several computers linked together by a cable.
The principle is simple: instead of sharing the same computer, each player gets a whole Populous 2 ELECTRONIC ARTS The sequel to the game below: Populous 2 contains many of the same features, better done.
Also comes with a modem or null-modern link, for two player action.
Populous ELECTRONIC ARTS The Bullfrog's original god-game comes with a modem or null-modern option which enables rival deities to wreak havoc on enemy subjects and save their own souls.
Global Effect MILLENNIUM EA A strange type of hookup. Where Sim City meets global warming over a null-modern link. Two players battle for global supremacy whilst attempting to save the planet.
Powermonger ELECTRONIC ARTS The Bullfrogs move from gods to guns in this multi-player war-game. It uses the same modem or null-modern link to enable two players to go to battle against each other.
Stormball Bug Bomber DMI DESIGN Another four-player hook-up modelled closely on UBISoft's Dynablastcr.
It also uses a four-player joystick adaptor to enable mass-destruction in a party-style atmosphere.
Player head-to-head but that's about it.
Continued overleaf screen-full of game which is his view of an imaginary game world. Other players enter that game world using their own machines, and their respective alter-egos slug it out. With a hook-up game, your opponents could be just the other side of the desk or a hundred miles away on the other end of a phone - it doesn't matter. The thing which really matters is that you're 'interacting' with real people. Then no- one can say you're being antisocial.
Anyone who's ever played a hook-up game will tell you thal there’s a world of difference between them and the normal type of games we play on computer. The tension is NOVEMBER 1992 WHAT KINDS OF HOOK-UP CAN I PLAY?
Null-modem games The most common style of hook-up game, these require only a null-modem cable and enough copies of your chosen game to run on each machine. A null-modem cable is similar to the lead you use to connect to a normal telephone modem, except that a couple of wires are swapped around internally. These cables are usually fairfy cheap, and you shouldn't need to spend more than a fiver on a reasonably lengthy one.
Usually null-modem games are designed for two players, each using a separate Amiga, although Lotus 2 enables four players (two per machine) to race at once using a split-screen.
Often you can link different makes of computer together to play the same game (Amiga to PC Amiga to Mac and Amiga to ST), so you're not necessarily limited to playing against just fellow Amiga-owners.
Your messages are passed using special communication channels built-in to the game.
Four-player adaptor games These are the cheapest type of hook-up, and strictly speaking they're not really a hook-up at all. Because they take place on a single computer.
They require an Amiga and a special four-player adaptor to play.
Two players plug into the game using the Amiga's normal joystick and mouse sockets, while the remaining two players plug in to the parallel port via the adaptor.
The game itself has to be able to recognise the four-player adaptor, but it does mean you only need one copy of the game.
Your competitors are generally in the same room; they actually can be as far away as the length of your null-modem cable. Often, the best set-up is to have two monitors positioned back-to- back so that competing players can't see their opponent's screen.
Modem games Modem games always require a telephone (and consequently a telephone bill) and a modem (which turns the game's linking data into tones that can be sent over the phone lines). There are basically two different styles of modem game and one is more expensive than the other.
Grealer. Because Ihc person controlling your enemies is less predictable than a computer- controlled enemy. The outcome of a battle or a competition really matters, because we all want to prove thal we're belter than another person - computers are. Well, they're just computers. The whole hook-up phenomenon is centred around being able lo compete in events thal generally we could only dream of entering. How many times have you wished you could beat your best pal on a race track?
How often have you done it for real? With a hook-up game, you can do it in your living “How many times have you wished you could beat your best pal on a race track?** room, and even have a beer or two before you get behind the wheel. Surely an experience shared by a group of people, one which they could never hope to share in real life, is far more valuable than just going down the pub?
The games of the future?
It's still early days for hook-up games. We've seen a fair few over the last few years, bul we're still a long way from being able to fend off the ‘'computers-are-evir cynics. If we're ever going to shift the negative image that computer games have, we need more team- related games, where huge groups of people can get together and play with (as well as against) each other. Computer games have already replaced pop music as the top tecn-cul- ture (though the record labels try in vain to deny it), and the kids arc going ape-crazy over the new breed of consoles, all of which hookup to each other
and offer multi-player fun.
Som« null-modem games (like Populous, R060 Sport and Falcon) double as modem games too. Enabling you to phone up your mate in Edinburgh and play against him over the phone lines. He also needs a copy of the same software (though not necessarily on the same type of computer). And one of you has the responsibility of the phone bill. You see your opponents actions on-screen in exactly the same way as you would H he was on the other side of the table linked by a null-modern cable.
The other kind of modem game is the commercial type, run by a professional business or a good bulletin board. In this case, you dial up the main game-controlling computer and use special game software to link you into to it. In many cases you need a subscription to the bulletin board or host computer, or you won't be allowed to play - this kind of information is generally fotasd the first time you log on. The best professional mutti-piayer modem game in the UK is Air Warrior (part of the OnLine Entertainment computer system which now comprises four different kinds of multi-player game -
see the Games News pages for more information), but there are a few others run by bulletin board operators around the UK. Europe and the USA.
With modem games, competitors can be located anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to the phone line. You never see your opponents in real-life, only in the virtual world of the computer game, but often you are able to chat with them by typing on your keyboard, and And we all know your average Amiga makes a console look about as radical as a digital watch, so why aren't there more adult-orientated hook-ups for the Amiga? There's a whole world of Amiga-owners out there with the best technology available for the job - and yet the first thing software houses drop when they realise
they're late on their deadlines is - you guessed it - the multiplayer hook-up option.
You only have to look as far as Formula One Grand Prix or Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge to realise we're being short-changed.
The future, as roscy as it looks for computer games at the moment, is dependent on demand, but the softies seem not lo be listening too attentively to our cries for more.
But sooner or later, they'll realise that the way lo make computer games really become the mass-market products they all want them to be. Is by turning them into social events with mass appeal.
Can you imagine a whole pub full of people all playing a multi-player version of Zool at once? Or a Saturday afternoon spent participating in the European Football Championships - on a network of Amigas? It's not that far away, and plenty of people arc realising that they already own enough equipment to make it happen now. Why not join in the fun? You don't need tons and tons of expensive new gear - generally a cable and a decent hook-up game is all you need. So call up a few friends, get some beer and peanuts in, and start the revolution.
The new hook-up from Maxis takes competitive sport into a new arena - the computer paintball game. Is RoboSport really the adult version of the shoot- em-up, and will we all get completely hooked?
RoboSport real' time and see what happened. Each round you work on what you remember from the movie - where was the last enemy position, what direction was he going in. Did he plant a bomb perhaps? Tension builds surprisingly quickly. Especially when you're hooked-up.
There arc plenty of different strategics to play, thanks to the varied scenarios and * The contest is one game-stylcs provided.
You can play games of brain-power rather like capture the flag'.
'rescue a hostage'. Than brute force * 'last man alive' and even a deadly version of baseball. There are three different map styles depicting suburbs (for inner-city clashes), rubble (for that Sarajevo feel) and the guts of a computer.
Maps come in eight sizes, so anything from a skirmish to an all-out war can be played.
NOVEMBER 1992 RoboSpom endgame sequence Isn't worthy of much acclaim, but it's the joy of beating real people that mat- ters most.
Departing from iheir normal style of simulation games. Maxis move into the territory of multi-player war-gaming, with surprisingly effective results.
RoboSport is a detailed and involved game for up to four players, based on the familiar paintball games that real people play with paint-filled airguns. The difference is that RoboSport is an all-weather affair that you don't have to leave your seat to play. The contest is one of brain-power rather than brute force, and the blood'n'guts has been replaced by bolts and bytes.
Playing with time In a nutshell. RoboSport takes slices of time (usually around 15 seconds long) and lets each player decide what to do with their robots during each timc-slice. The players plot the routes of their robots: planning sneak attacks, laying covering fire, searching for enemy robots, and so on. Each player can check and re-check the actions of Iheir team so that when the 'actual' 15 seconds is replayed, everything goes according to plan. RoboSport has a temfic timc-managcr display which makes all of this this really simple.
When everyone has decided what they're doing during the timc-slice. The Amiga combines all the plans and calculates their outcomes. This is displayed as a series of movies which can be replayed just like a video. Each movie is 'filmed' from a different player's point-of-view. So that nobody knows where Iheir enemies arc - until they pop into visual range. On a single Amiga, this involves a lot of turning your head away (and-no-peek- ing), but when you have two or more Amigas hooked-up together each player gels their own planning and movie-viewing screens, safe from the gaze of their rivals.
Stop-start action The movies form the foundation for your next round of attacks. Another 15-second time-slice to fiddle about with - another plan to tweak and hone - until you're ready to switch to The human factor RoboSport is much more exciting than anything Maxis have done before. The graphics come in high-res and low-rcs forms (but you need 2Mb for high-res) and although they're not spectacular, they are better than Maxis usual style. Sound, loo. Is improved, thanks to the use of samples which add to the atmosphere of destruction, and don't immediately have you reaching for the volume
knob.
There are a few niggles, but usually these are a result of waiting for other human players to finish, or ensuring they're not sneaking a look at your display when you share a computer. That's not really RoboSport's fault though. Things are much better in a hook-up situation (RoboSport can play over a modem, a null-modern link, or via Commodore's Workbench 2 Ethernet add-on), but if you wish, you can always play against computer- controlled teams, each w ith their own style of battle-management.
RoboSport is probably going to attract adults rather more than kids, because the game involves planning and patience, but that's not a criticism. The great thing about RoboSport is its versatility: there are plenty of different ways to play, making it ideal for a group of people. A small skirmish may take an hour or so to complete, but huge campaigns can be saved and continued at will. The key to extracting your money's worth is making it a party-game: playing against people makes everything so much more fun. RoboSport is the shoot-em-up with infinite social-lives. So go out and buy some.
Neil Jackson O
• Perfect hook-up game for up to four players.
• Graphically not amazing, hut it's smoother and quicker than
other Maxis games.
• Plenty of variation in gameplay and scenarios. With room for
future expansion.
• tiuod use of samples, but it could have been improved with
more.
• Needs two megaby tes to get the best out of it.
Hut still playable in the low-res version.
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Challenge games from Gremlin. The original Lotus was a fast-moving. Adrenaline-pumping race game with a two-player option that made it second to none.
When Lotus II appeared everyone adored it because il was even faster and offered a range of track styles.
Now Gremlin have come up w ith the third and final game of the series, appropriately titled Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge. Lotus II was a huge improvement over the original, so what has Lotus III to offer the Amiga racer?
Overdrive NOVEMBER 1992 To Mart with, there's the addition of a new car.
In Lotus you drove an Esprit, w hile in II you could choose between an Esprit and an Elan, depending on the track. In Louis III. Though, you can not only pick one of those but also a new Lotus - the M200. Although the cars have similar specifications, they each have different characteristics which make driving them just that bit different Then there's the addition of live new scenarios to choose from, to make a total of
13. Each of these offers not oniv different scenery, but a
totally different 'feel'. On the Snow level for instance, the
car will slip and skid, making it difficult to control: while
on the Fog level you will only be able to see the area just
in front of your car (except for the tail lights of the cars
in from, of course).
“ If you own Lotus II I'd think twice about buying this version * The main addition, though, is the Road Environment Construction System iRECS). It's very true to its name in that it can only alter the road env ironment, and not create specific tracks, so people who were hoping for a Scalextric-iy pc course designer may be a little disappointed.
Top gear RECS enables you to alter all aspects of the race ahead - bends, hills, obstacles, weather - you name it. RECS can do it. You can also sel the difficulty level for a course, between I and
99. This not only makes the course itself more difficult, but
also increases the intelligence and aggressiveness of the
other drivers in the race.
Set it to 99 only if you were a Kamikaze pilot in a previous life.
When you design a course, it is assigned a siring of letters, each of w hich corresponds to a particular parameter in the track design. The idea behind this is that you can design a track, then go around to your mate's house and use the given code to play the same track there. It works, too. If you've got a relatively short name, or a favourite football team, you can type this in and have your own personal track, which sometimes works really well, and adds a bit of fun to the proceedings.
RECS also enables you to define and store up to nine separate tracks in a list, so that you can play (hem all in a sort of championship challenge. This is an essential addition to the list of features, because playing each track you've created separately would soon become tiresome.
Due to space limitations, though, the inclusion of this feature has meant that the Loiiis II option of linking two Amigas together has been left out. The general consensus of opinion around the Amiga Format office seems to be that the linker was a vital part of Lotus Its popularity, and the fact that it's not in the new version means that unfortunately it loses a lot of brownie points.
WHAT CAR?
Lotus Esprit Turbo SE The original, and some would say the best. It's certainly the fastest anyway, but it doesn't accelerate quite as quickly as the Elan. It performs best on tracks which have hardly any hills and obstacles on them, and in slippery conditions such as mud and snow.
Lotus Elan SE This car has loads of acceleration, so you can almost feel the G-Force as you zoom down those steep hills. In the game, it's definitely at its best on tracks which have lots of bends, loads of obstacles, and lots of grip on the road. Sadly, in real life, the Elan is no more - it's ceased production.
Lotus M200 The newie - a big, bright green beast of a car, which is the latest in the range of Lotus cars.
Probably superb to drive in real life but in this game it's not as exciting as the other two. More of an all-rounder, really - one which is good in icy or muddy conditions, and equally good on roads.
ROAD ENVIRONMENT CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM The new addition to the range of options in Lotus is RECS, which enables you to alter tracks as you wish. Here's what it's all about... w s SNOW
• Lots of obstacles on this one. Including snow drifts and ice
patches. Steering is very light so the car slips and slides to
good effect. Great snow effect.
NOVEMBER 1992 So aside from the course designer.how docs it actually play? Well, in one-player mode, the game has a fairly similar feel to Lulus II - the same 'wind in your hair' feeling as you whiz around each circuit. There is a choice of music or sound effects as you play, but the available tunes aren't that great so you're better off sticking to the sound effects.
Ask any Lotus or II player what made the games the classics they are today, and most will, like the Amiga Formal team, say the 'two-player mode1. This may not be the case with Lotus III though.
Food and drink The graphics arc quite jerky, which can be off- putting if you're used to the earlier games. The speed still seems to be there, but the frame rate (the rate at which the screen updatesl is vastly reduced, giving the impression that you're going much slower than you actually are.
This may be due to the addition of new objects, the intelligence of the drivers or the calculations necessary for RECS. But either way the thrill and the feeling of speed is lost.
It's still very playable, but it could (and should! Have been so much better.
The new-found intelligence of your opponents makes a difference to the gameplay. But they still manage to drive through all the obstacles unaffected while you screech to a halt if you so much as clip a rock or a bollard in the road. This always struck me as unfair in the first two games, but you learn to live with it I suppose.
Chris Kelly In many ways. Lotus III is a game which borrows the parts from its two predecessors and compacts them into one game. For example, in Lotus I it was necessary to refuel quite often on your way around the course, while in the sequel there was no fuel, and the concentration was all on the game itself. Lotus II. Of course.
Had several tracks to race upon, a fact which made the game a lot better in many people's eyes, so it was included in Lotus III. This idea of using the best features breaks down a little, however, when you consider that the link-up feature has been left out. And the two- player option is slow in comparison with the previous two games.
OK. The bottom line. If you own Lotus II. I would definitely think twice before parting w ith your dosh. 25 quid's a lot of money, especially when all you're really getting is a course designer and some extra tracks. They are just too similar to warrant buying both.
In its own right, though. Lotus III is a pretty good game with loads of options. For a single player who hasn't got a racing game, then I'd recommend it without question, if only because of RECS. For someone who is looking to race with their mates, though, I would have to rate Lotus II more highly, simply because it's faster and as the feature on multiplayer games (Page 66) says, you can't beat being hooked-up.
Andy Nuttall '•5
• A great game, with plenty of options and great playability, but
loses a lot in two- player mode.
• Excellent presentation, with a dramatic intro sequence.
• Very similar to Ijuus II with the addition of RECS, a new car
and five extra tracks, but the lack of four-player mode isn't
good.
• Think carefully before you buy it.
Iferdic! 76% Lotus Turbo Challenge 3 Gremlin ¦ £25.99 THOSE TRACK TYPES IN ALL THEIR MARSH Great to play, but very difficult. Oil and water on the track make the going tough, so most of the time you end up skidding off the road.
FUTURE Quite exhilarating, but doesn't look as good as the others. Lasers are your main obstacle, and a 'turbo zone' is supplied with every track .
NIGHT Headlights on main beam as you zoom around a pitch-black track, with a Manhattan Skyline (cue a song) in the background. The best track.
LAKES Jump across rivers and dodge oil slicks on this course, which is especially good when it's twisty and hilly - feels just like you're in the Lake District!
CITY Set on a wide motorway, you can cross over to the other lane to get around the sharper bends, but you must watch out for on-coming traffic!
WINDY Racing around the plain of America, your main adversary is tumbleweed which blows in abundance from left to right across the track, COUNTRY Windy roads, logs, rocks and fords in the road - this is exactly like a real country lane, except you never get stuck behind a tractor.
STORM Excellent rain effect with flashing lightning and good thunder samples.
Huge puddles in the road are common, they'll slow you to a standstill.
DESERT Again not an easy surface to race on, with a similar feel to the Snow course.
Stick to the middle of the road, as sand tends to collect at the edges.
FOG Similar feel to the Night track, in that you can only see a few feet in front of the car. Can get frantic from time to time, especially with lots of bends.
* The M2S simulator. Great feeling of speed as your car whizzes
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Especially if you have loads of hills.
MOUNTAINS A rock wall to the right and a vast open space to the left as you race around a narrow mountain course.
Very precarious, and very difficult.
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Of Astral Troubleshooters) on the search for evidence to prove how corrpl the Koshans are.
It is rumoured they are forcibly taking control of all the known Echiatonc mines in the galaxy. Echitone is a valuable spice, essential to the smooth running of the modem world, smacks a bit of Dune methinks. You roam the six sectors of Roma 2. The capital of the planet Shedishan. Moving from screen to screen. It's like reading a comic: many of the screens arc visible at once, their size relative to the importance of that location. As you look around the location the mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a credit card or a speech icon, depending on what you're pointing at.
Batmen Although a cross between a graphic and text adventure BAT II encompasses other elements.
There arc four flight and one driving simulators. Which can be set on manual or automatic.
You can't damage yourself in the simulations NOVEMBER 1992 Clicking on th« first icon brings up this screen. It displays your characteristics as a mark out of 100 and shows you how far you've progressed in terms of experience - and how much of the game you've completed.
Accessing this screen lets you measure the agent's heartbeat gives you a body map with damaged areas coloured and enables you access to a diagnostic sub to program.
FORCE 032 INTELLIGENCE DHH VITKLITV 032 PERCEPTION ICO REFLEX 03 i CHFlRI Smft i it*- EXPERIENCE 027 PROGRESSION O 1 EXIT you program in is called 'Parallel Token', you BRT t END Each BAT agent when recruited has a series of cybernetic implants surgically placed in his body. These are switched on by clicking on the function that you wish to operate. These are active for a short while so use your time well.
THE BIODIRECTIONAL ORGANIC BIOPUTER Every BAT agent has a BOB, and BOB II is even better than the the original. In real time BOB will analyse your agent, monitor all his bodily functions and control his heartbeat.
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[HIGHER only use pictures to design procedures and 3?y END 1 * you can have up to five programs running at • once. Exiting the program editor automatically sets off the compiler to convert your program to binary code.
Get ready to join the Bureau of Astral Troubleshooters, don your silly hat and trench-coat, and act just like a real detective. Strange worlds beckon in UBI Soft's latest adventure Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Is the novel by Phillip K Dick, that was the inspiration for the ultimate Cyberpunk movie. Blade Runner. Now the indie programming team Computer's Dream have produced - they hope - the ultimate Cyberpunk adventure. BAT II. You're taken to the late 21st century where the people are a mish mash of Romans. Shcdish (a highly evolved race from the planet Simian I and the lllean (not so bright race of aliens). The architects of this world take ideas from the Roman era and mix them with technology to produce something they call a 'High Tech Paradox'.
You play the part of a BAT agent (it's an acronym, like UNCLE, and stands for Bureau fTTS 3H ISO | FIERIHE CS2) | HVFERCEF IS3 1 | MORFHO L7 CSH)] | FSV ss y | EXIT The Programming Module is basically a simple flow chart designing program. The language J rrciH EXIT I . I a I HEW fV| + vFexT L_L Most of the city looks like this. High-tech paradox, a mix of Roman architecture and technology influenced by the mix of races that inhabit the planet.
79 NOVEMBER 1992 and travelling manually is cheaper, but takes longer. A lot of work has been put into getting longer fields of vision in the 3D simulations, which gives the movement a more realistic feel to it. The simulations aren't just there for fun; they're the only way to travel further down the street you're on.
Your inventory is set up like a set of Russian dolls: a bag inside a bag inside a bag.
So you have to make sure you put things sensibly in your rucksack otherwise valuable time is spent trying lo soil out the contents of your handbag when you should be collecting clues.
Arcade games in total comprising a Breakout clone where you control not one bat but four, a Chinese chequers game and a weird thing in which you control mercury flowing through various pipes and taps.
At the beginning of the game you are given the option of which BAT agent you wish control. Jehan Menasis is the agent you 'gel free', but you can design your own with specific qualities, like 85 per cent charisma. A smarmy, handsome young man can creep his w ay around even the hardcst-soulcd women.
Gimme five BAT II comes on five disks and is not hard disk installable, though it docs make use of extra disk drives. Whilcloading doesn't take long it still ruins the atmosphere somewhat, and in a game like this the atmosphere is a big pan of the enjoyment.
Along Ihe way you recruit allies. Before sending them on a mission make sure you give them a videopager so they are always in contact with you. You also meet a host of enemies. When in combat you choose between a text-controlled strategy fight or an arcade bash up where you get to unleash your pent-up angers on some rather dodgy-looking aliens.
BAT II is not copy protected, the coders have used the much maligned dongle protection system. Hcrvc Lange of Computer's Dream explains: "We find that dongles are adequate protection against piracy, and it is the programmers fault if it is easily foiled." We will have to wait and see if his theory is right.
“ This is the sort of game you get lost in... immerse yourself in tomorrow's world ” There are over 400 animated sequences, the colours of the city change as night falls to a dingy blue grey; overall BAT II looks very, very nice. There's enough detail to hold your attention even if you're not getting very far. If say you're a novice to adventuring. This is the sort of game you get lost in. It's so huge it's difficult to know where you've been and where to go to next. But if you enjoy immersing yourself in tomorrow's world, playing a modern-day Sherlock Holmes then BAT II will keep you from
Ihe horrors of the real world long enough to maybe forget for a while.
Clare Hodgson O B Bigger than huge.
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Young Putty. The Moon used to be a quiet place, and our people lived in peace and harmony. Until, that is. The evil Wizard Dazzledaze and his cohort Dweezil the cat decided to pick on us. Sold us off for chewin' gum. They did. Daylight robbery. And what did you do? You just sat there, didn't you. Whing- ing about how you had a cold.
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Batten down the hatches and seal up your window panes 'cos it's time for... With the vision of Grandpa gradually fading away. Putty awoke. After he got up and stretched a bit. He decided that today was the day when he should change from being a lazy, cowardly blob and do something about the wicked Wizard... 77»»" MEEDS 1 MEC
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Only trouble is. The Wiz has captured the Bots as well and frozen them in ice. Only you can rescue them.
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How can you tell with an amorphous blob of blue matter?) Attempts to free the Bots from their captivity, and return them to their spaceship. Not only are the levels of Putty Moon difficult to negotiate for an amorphous blob such as yourself, but also Dazzledaze and Dweezil have sent a whole army of nasties to thwart your efforts.
NOVEMBER 1992 "The future of the Moon is in your hands, young Putty, or whatever you have for hands, at least. Don't let us down."
PUTTY, IN YOUR HANDS Being amorphous. Putty can easily flatten out so he can absorb things.
Large exploding Putty: this is achieved by waggling the joystick up and down, and has a ‘smart bomb’ effect.
Bouncing Putty.
Notice how his eyes display direction.
It must be really difficult nowadays to think up a new scenario for a platform game, but System 3 have not only come up with a good story, but a superb game as well. Not since Robocod have we seen graphics of this quality. It’s got incredibly colourful and detailed backgrounds, superb scrolling and great characters.
The main character. Putty himself, is a small but perfectly formed sprite which is very nicely animated. As he moves along, little feet are formed in his flexible form, and his eyes point in the direction he walks. The eyes aren't fixed to his body, they sort of 'float' on the top so when he falls they follow his body a split second later.
He can be made to stretch into all manner of shapes, look around comers, absorb the enemies and take on their shape - he's basically the most versatile hero since Amic Schwarzenegger (and you don't often sec Amie inflate himself to huge proportions then explode, do you? I rest my case).
Normal Putty: just waiting for something to happen.
Punching putty: letting go a Putty knuckle sandwich.
Morphing Putty: Absorb: squelch absorb an enemy down to absorb to take its shape. Organic items.
Stretchy Putty: elongate the blobby hero to reach high platforms, zoom along the floor, or nip past the enemies when they’re not looking. This is Putty at his most flexible. Just look at him go!
Slithering Putty: little feet are formed a he walks.
Lions, and may take on one of a huge range of different forms. From psychotic carrots which yell "Uzi. 9-centimetre!" As they offload a few rounds at you, to Shockapillars (electric caterpillars), they are generally very deadly but at the same time strangely cute... Have I mentioned sound? Well, this game has the most bizarre sound effects since Mega- Lo-Mania: a huge collection of sampled bells, whistles, pops and screams all of which actually add an enormous amount to the game. In fact the sound effects are one of the first things people notice about Putty, and they draw you in
immediately.
You are rubber The first level is basically a trainer, which enables you to bounce around lo your heart's content, getting used to the control syslcm.
This screen even has lillle arrows pointing around the level which are labelled with actions (eg Bounce), which is good because control is difficult at first. Anyway, after five minutes of play it all becomes second nature.
The first screen only has one Bo! On it.
Along with a few nasties, so saving him is easy.
It quickly becomes apparent lhal Ihe Bots arc not only harmless aliens, bul also inordinately stupid. How they can build a huge tower from Zid to the Moon when Ihcy can't find their way back to the spaceship I don't know .
All seems serene and gentle until... Aaarghh! The second level really drops you in al the deep end. W ith loads of horrible aliens and three Bots to save. The Psycho Carrot makes his first appearance here, and he is instantly likable even though he's trying lo pump you full of lead. Punch him to reveal a crying baby (oh. I nearly forgot - Dazzledazc kidnapped a load of babies and turned them into the nasties), and then absorb the baby for extra points. The Bots actually move around on this level, and if attacked by an alien they will leap to their death, lemming style, so you have to gel to
them quickly.
Credits arc picked up along the way.
Arcade style, and a continue option is provided so thal you can start from the same place with a new set of lives - and you need them. Too. If and when you lose all your lives. Dwcczil the cat pops up. Looney Tunes style, and yells "Too Bad!" At you. Wilh a bit of cartoony music playing over the lop.
I am glue I really can't say enough about this game. I could sit and write for a few weeks and fill the pages of (his magazine about all Ihe beautiful graphics, marvellous sound effects and neat little touches which make il so special, and then go back and play it again and still find something different. It is lhat expansive. At the same time, though, it's incredibly playable. Ihe sort of game thal will keep young and old coming back again and again for months.
NOVEMBER 1992 Wilh elements of Dropzone and Robocod.
The cuteness of, well, something indescribably cute, and the most biz arc sound effects ever, it's easily the best platform game I've ever played, and certainly in the running for ihe best game ever on any computer. Wilh the recent release of Ziiol and now this game, the Amiga is yel again confirmed as the games machine to have.
Andy Nuttall O Putty System 3 ¦ £25.99
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Mb 95% THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE (AND LEAST FAVOURITE) THINGS A H 1 O 0 © Three not so helpful souls. The Magician's Rabbit, the And a pair of good guy Bots. Great Clockwork Orange, and a Sausage with with a big mouth. Trainers! Shame about the Ice-trap.
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Well, two or three days of its history, sometime in May '92. You arc but a poor slave called Hector, but you desire wealth, fame and fortune, and particularly that natty toga V sandals combination. Through a series of six conveniently bite-si .cd adven- turettes. The idea of the game is to battle your way from the bottom to Ihe very apex of Roman society using any means possible.
Rome AD92 uses the same graphical style and control method as Millennium's earlier adventure. Robin Hood. Ihe game world is presented in 3D with the inhabitants wandering about talking, killing, having baths and pretty much doing their own thing. You can wander freely almost anywhere, talk to other people, find objects, have a bit of a rest, or do whatever you like, within the main goal of finishing the quest.
NOVEMBER 1992 Hector is controlled with the multi-purpose toolbox by the side of the screen. As well as displaying the map. This has options for using objects and talking to other characters.
Once you've found out who the character is using the info box. You can chat to them, ask what they're doing or just get straight to the point and steal their money. A 'Do' option covers any other things which may be possible at that point, like apologising profusely for demanding money from a man with a knife.
Romani ite domum As mentioned, six sub-plots make up the game. Just to add that special touch of 'What am I doing here?', you aren't given specific instructions as to what you're meant to be doing in any of them. So in the first section, set in the quaint fishing village of Herculaneum, you're given the job of delivering a message to the consul in the far west of the town. That's easily enough done with the aid of the map. But then you find yourself wandering about doing nothing in particular.
Until Mount Vesuvius erupts and the whole town heads for the boats.
That's when you find out that although you've got enough money to pay the boatman, he won't let you aboard because you're just a slave. Cue floods of lava, a nice piccy of you being cooked and the 'Game Over' message.
At least then you know your job is to convince the boatman that you're more than a slave.
The gaul of it The first scenario is actually quite simple, though even that can be completed incompletely. If you sec what I mean. When you leave, you should be carrying enough money to help when you reach Rome: if not. Things get harder. The plot thickens even more later on. Until eventually it stiffens up altogether and you have to throw it out.
The thing that separates Rome AD92 from Robin Hood the most (apart from 12 months!
Is that Rome Al 92 is funny. Although the plot is fairly serious there's a thread of sarcasm and irony running through the game, not to mention a sprinkling of slapstick and a long thin cone of self-mockery. The names are straight out of Up Pompei: the two consuls of Rome are called Seganus Megadrivus and Nintendus Gameboiis. What a great gag. The lawyer is called Habeus Corpus, and there's a weapon seller called Mafioso. As they wander about, the other characters come up with some precious comments, and at one point you wander into a meeting of the Senate who arc discussing pulling a
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Alright, it's not rib-tickling but the humour gives the game much more humanity. The section in the manual on ihe history of Rome is genuinely funny.
Thanks to Uncle Remus The graphics are detailed, much more so than, say. Populous 2 (which Rome AD92 resembles now and again). The music and samples aren't outstanding, although they work fine.
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Rome AD92 has a lot to offer. It's not too difficult, but then again (almost spookily) it's not too easy either. The graphics are impressive. Ihe gameplay's laced wilh a deadly humour, bul it's definilcly a onc-play-only game - when it's done, it's done. A lot like the Roman Empire, itself really.
Ed Ricketts O Rome AD92 Millennium ¦ £24.99
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Surely everyone knows who James Pond is? Well, jusl in case there arc a few of you out there yet to be introduced to the
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But jusl like Mario. Sonic and Cliff, the product is always of an exceptional high quality. If somewhat lacking in cutting-edge butchncss. Although The Aquatic Games marks James's third appearance, it would be The Aquatic Games AND NOW OVER TO OUR MAN ON THE POOLSIDE... CUE DAVID!
...err. Quite remarkable, etc. There are eight events to have a bash at, all have a decidedly 'fishy' feel and here they come: This is a standard right-left joystick destroyer that sees James race against F-fortesque frog across land and water. It will probably be made illegal in the year 2020 once it is realised how many gamesplayer's wrists were knackered in the 1990s.
NOVEMBER 1992 This is a lovely game. You play the part of Ceceelia the seal. She must protect her sleeping seal friends from the balls that are carelessly flung around the beach. The longer she can bounce the balls away from her chums, the more she scores.
Another joystick pummeling extravaganza complete with the tried and trusted 'hold-fire-until-you-reach-the- optimum-angle-of-45 ‘ sting in its tail. Work that power-meter up to max and then pump on the fire button to make F-fortesque jump.
In multi-event sports games there's always one that is hard to get the hang of, and this is it. James has to bounce from sponge to sponge (easy), to earn points, spin (easy), somersault (hard), double backward somersault (I?) For two minutes.
Freddie Starfish must scuttle up and down the pier feeding his fishy friends with all sorts of tasty goodies In a bid to prevent them being tempted by the bait at the end of the fisherman's lines. Starts slowly, gets fast and furious very quickly.
If there are only supposed to be seven original novels ever written, it doesn't bode well for the possible number of original, fish-related sports games. In this game James has to flick limpets, catch them then throw them at the balloons above his head.
Yes, it's Mark the shark on a unicycle (told you things were getting ridiculous) in another joystick pummeling (this time you must move your joystick round and round, up, up-right right down-right etc) race to a finish line. Mark the shark - excellent stuff.
F-Fortesque frog again in an event that resembles the high-hurdles more than any leap-frog I've ever played.
Keep the speed up and hit jump to clear the obstacles. If your hands aren't about to fall off after that you must be Robocop or something.
SPORT FOR PC Play a round All year round wrong lo think of his latest outing as James Pond 3:The Aquatic Games is a departure from his usual style of game - both the original James Pond game and the truly excellent James Pond 2: Codename Robocod were through-and-through platformcrs. No. James Pond 3 has yet to be unveiled.
“Some events require forethought, some need fast reflexes** But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Let's see what The Aquatic Games is all about. Disk in.
Power-on and let's start swimming... Ready for wrist action?
Here's the framework: the Games comprise eight (plus two bonus) separate events. Some require timing and forethought, some require lightning-fast reflexes and some merely require an embarrassingly quick wrist action.
Either one. Two. Three or four players can play at any one time, although there's no actual head-to-head option (each player takes il in turn to have a bash at each event, the scores and or times are compared and then it's on to the next).
In a multi-player game, each player gets to control one of four teams, they are The Sw amp Bay Splashers (coached by Steve Clam). The Hilly Island Hoppers, Flappy's Flyers and The Deep Sea Dippers. Each team comprises a selection of wacky characters suited to each particular event.
So is this game as good as Robocod.
James' last game? Well it wouldn't be right to compare them - they're both excellent examples of two completely different genres. The only connection between the two games is Pond himself and the apalling puns that litter the instruction manual and game presentation.
Robocod was a classic, expansive platform-'em- up: The Aquatic Games is a completely different kettle of fish (sorry). But each event is well designed, the graphics are truly excellent, the multi-player clement is always a welcome insertion (although it's a shame there's no real head-to-head dual-player mode) and there are records to be broken and high-score tables to be nurchcrcd.
So yes. The Aquatic Games comes almost as highly recommended as Robocod did in Amiga Formal's December Issue last year, but for completely different reasons. If you are a sociable type of person who likes to play games with your friends, then you really shouldn't missout on the chance to try test your sk-gills w ith James and friends.
Neil West Cj The Aquatic Games Millennium ¦ £25.99
• Eight (plus two bonus) events to get to grips with.
• One. Two. Three or four players can take part at once.
• Lovely graphics, great animation and slick presentation.
• Groovv (albeit in a fishv style) sound effects.
I Solid game design.
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• CLUR [TT)MEDIUM POMEI MacLean Pool There haven't been many good
pool and snooker games written for the Amiga, and it's not
difficult to see why Translating what is essentially a game
that should be played while you're down the pub. Under the
influence of alcohol, on lo the relatively clinical environment
of the Amiga is welll nigh impossible.
Last year, though, a breakthrough in computer potting came with the arrival of Jimmy While's Whirlwind Snooker from Virgin Games. Written by Archer MacLean. Who was previously responsible for such excellent games as Dro izone and Iniernolioital Karate.
The game was widely acclaimed by Amiga gamers everywhere. To such an extent, in fact.
NOVEMBER 1992 that it is -.till in the top 20 full-gamcs as I write this’ Now. Virgin and Archer have teamed up again no the delight of Amiga-owning pool players i to produce Archer Mac wan v Pool.
THE RULES OF POOL Archer Maclean's Pool offers you not one but three different types of pool rules. Here’s what they are all about.
If you don't know already. Whirlwind Snooker was a first-person 3D game w hich made use of polygons to draw the table and the balls. The table could be rolled around using the mouse, and so viewed from any angle, and you could also zoom in and out at will. The table could even be tilted so that you could take a look at the ball positions from above. Basically, it was “ Again Archer has really gone to town on the features: Pool is very addictive and easy to play ** a superb game which played well and had loads of options.
For Pool. Archer has taken the same code as he used in Snooker, taken the snookers bits out and put the pool bits in. And some more.
Gone are the 15 reds and seven colours, and in are the pool-hall setups of seven reds, seven yellows and a black IX ball).
We're going to pot As with Snooker, the game is controlled using the mouse in conjunction with a number of icons in a menu bar at the edge of the screen (see panel below). The menu may be moved to above or to the left of the main play area, depending on your preference.
When you're lining up a shot, adding top- spin or screw to the cueball is easy by clicking on the appropriate arrow next to the cueball icon. If you're not sure about the line of a shot, then help is at hand from a projected line option, which is useful for doubles or plants.
After these options are set. The strength of shot must be chosen by lengthening or shortening the cue icon. To shoot, just click on the cue ball icon, and let your Amiga do the rest.
Played with nine numbered balls. All the balls must be potted in numerical order, unless they are hit in a ‘plant’ (ie the cue ball hits the lower ball first which goes on to hit and pot another ball).
The idea is to pot the nine ball first so if you can manage to pot this using a plant then you have won the game. If a foul is committed you don’t get two shots, but the cue ball is allowed to be moved anywhere on the table.
Played with seven-red balls, seven yellow balls and a black (eight) ball, the aim of this version of the game is for each player to pot all of one set of colours followed by the Eight Ball.
If you commit a foul, your opponent will get two shots, and you may position the cue ball anywhere in the ’D’. If the black ball is potted before all the balls of the player's colour have been sunk, then it’s ’Game Over" and time to leave the hall.
This has basically the same rules as the British coin-op version except that at the end of the game you must name the pocket that the eight ball is to be potted into.
Like Nine Ball, you don't get two shots when a foul is committed, but the cue ball may be placed anywhere in the top quarter of the table, ready for you to line up a shot - which is going to be a definite advantage.
Depending on the position of the cue ball on the table, some shots are more difficult to play than others. For instance, if the cue ball is placed up against a cushion and then it must be played away, then the cue may only be aimed at the top of the ball - just like real pool. It's touches like this which add a huge amount of realism to the game.
Pot plant Again. Archer has gone to town on the features. As well as measuring the dimensions of real life pool tables, and including them in the game, he has also researched the actual current American pool-hall rules. Not only are the UK Eight-Ball rules included, but also the USA Eight-Ball and tournament Nine Ball rules (see panel on previous pagel. Each type plays differently. And follows the rules perfectly.
Hardened pool addicts may not like the fact that the numbers on the balls don't rotate while the balls are rolling, which is especially noticeable when playing nine ball. I personally don't find this a problem, and I would imagine that including the feature would slow the game down considerably.
Another feature that PooI has over Snooker is in the number of opponents available. Whereas Snooker had four. Pool has 30.
And each one has a different playing ability.
Their skills at pool are instantly recognisable by their names (such as 'Jimmy Brill', who is an excellent player, and 'Daft Debbie' who is not), so choosing an opponent lo match your skills as you progress through the game shouldn't be difficult. It's still much better to play against human opponents, of course, but then (hat's the same with all multi-player games (see Page 66).
A tournament facility is provided which enables up to eight players to plav together, with one or more may be set up as computer opponents from the 30 available. Because this obviously takes a long time to complete, it is possible to save and load the relevant data so that you can continue at a later date. The save option can also be used for ordinary games and trick shots.
There's even an option included which enables you to tweak the rules so that you can play the wav you usually play. This is an important feature, because depending on where you are in the country, you will plav slightly different rules, such as only one shot when a foul is committed on the black ball, or naming a pocket and sticking to it It s little features like this which mAc the game so playable.
NUTTS o TftKE SHOT This is Nine Bail mode, which is my favourite of the three types. Here you must attempt to pot the Nine Ball, but you can't hit it directly without potting the others first. Life's not all roses, y'know.
Pot luck After a while, aiming a shot becomes very easy, and you find yourself becoming really engrossed in the game If you're playing against the computer, you must try and plan your shots especially carefully, because most of the 30 opponents are very clinical, robotic players who will make you pay for miscalculated shots.
The pockets are a lot bigger on Pool than on Snooker, and the table is a lot smaller - so this makes it a game which is much easier to play than its predecessor. People who arc bored quickly with Snooker because it's too slow and difficult will have a whale of a time THE CONTROLS AT A GLANCE with Pool, but fans of the original game may find it a little too easy. This applies to pool in real life too. Though, so it's not a reflection on the quality of the game.
So w hat more can I say? Pool is a very addictive game with loads of nice touches which make it very easy to play and. Unlike some games, it doesn't leave you frustrated because thc-computcr has 'cheated'. It follows each set of rules exactly, and the large number of opponents with different levels of skill mean that even the novice pool player will feel instantly at home.
101 People who have played Whirlwind Snooker before will not find anything new graphically because, ultimately, it is a very similar game, but some would argue that it uses the same tricd-and-trusted formula which made the original game a classic. Some experienced pool players may whinge that the numbers on the balls don't move when the balls do. But that's really the only thing that they could complain about.
NOVEMBER 1992 So instead of going down the pub one evening when it's pouring with rain, get some beer and and a few males and spend the evening playing this. You're guaranteed a great game, and you won't have arguments about who's providing the 20-pence pieces... Andy lUuttall O Archer MacLean's Pool Virgin Games ¦ £25.99
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8. 64 seconds, another world record just falls into my hands!
Success does not come so easy in the javelin event. To determine the angle of projection. And throw your javelin, you just waggle and press your button. Easy. But the officials were not on my side: all I managed w as to get myself disqualified. Whoops!
Aha! Now the high jump. Lovely. And it's quite easy: just waggle to run up lo the bar while pressing fire to determine the angle of your jump. Once in the air. Just press fire to lift your legs over the bar. I leapt a good 2.5m here. Excellent. Finally it's the long jump - more waggling to determine your take-off angle and that's it, I managed a super human
15. 8m here. That's 52 feet!
But. If you're more of a decision-maker than an athlete, the tactical side of the game might appeal to you more. Here you have to decide which event each of your athletes will train in. How frequently, intensely and for how long. (See the box on the left entitled Discipline Yourself'.)
To sum up. This game is rather on the tedious side. It's far ! x easy to achieve World Record-breaking results, even w ith a mediocre team of athletes, so the incentive to get this game up and running again is zilch. I'd be more inclined to pay around £6. Not £26, even if it is a Psygnosis game.
Asam Ahmad 'Zi The Carl Lewis Challenge Remember ihc good ol' days of 8-bit computers and those wondrous games like Daley Thompson's Decathlon, or HyperSporis where you waggled your joystick so much that you had to buy a new one every weekend? Well those days arc back, with a new kid on the block - Carl Lewis - and his very own endorsed Amiga challenge.
The game has two modes of operation: there is your standard waggle-and-plav arcade mode, where all you have to do is to take lots of energy tablets to make sure your hand doesn't drop off from err... waggling too much. Then there's the fuller game where you have to train your athletes lo the best of their ability, and then waggle your joystick to reach that ultimate goal of winning Gold.
Sound's like a lot of waggling w hichever option you choose, and indeed there is. But thankfully, the programmers have included a couple of other control methods rhythm and gearing. These arc designed to relieve the strain on your joystick and provide you w ith the option lo save your hands from repetitive strain injuries (RSI fact fans).
This is a nice little thought: very1 considerate, except that these control modes are actually quite crap and. In the end you'll simply find yourself revcrling lo good ol' waggling like a drug on ecstasy.
The game consists of five events - 101) metres. 110 metre hurdles, javelin, high jump and long jump. Now. I never knew that Carl Lewis competed in all these events, but I guess Psygnosis are allowed a little creative licence.
104 NOVEMBER 1992 The Carl Lewis Challenge Psygnosis ¦ £25.99 DISCIPLINE YOURSELF Different events require different combinations of attributes... OK music lhal accompanies the game. Nol quite Monscrral and Freddie (hough.
I Some good graphic (ouches, hut it wouldn’t win any gold medals.
Choice is limited: you only gel five events to compete in.
T Limited gameplay. No arialion. And there isn't much of a challenge here either.
ISOTONICS Very tough weight training for power.
Speed and agility ISOMETRICS Resistance weight training for power ACCELERATION Stop-start for power, speed and agility HOLLOW RUNNING Sprinting, pausing and repeating, for stamina.
CIRCUIT TRAINING Continuous muscle exercises for stamina.
Power and agility.
FARTLEK RUNNING Informal fast and slow running for stamina and speed.
STATIC STRETCHING Tough stretching exercises for agility.
INTERVAL TRAINING Formal fast recovery, fast run.
REPETITION RUNNING Fast run, long pause and repeat for.
BALLISTIC STRETCHES Rhythm and momentum stretches.
1 No skill involved in it at all.
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extremes and so replaced him with Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen (on Mulch of ihe Day at least). Obviously. Zcpplin haven't cottoned on to this and have retained Jimmy alongside Des 'Twinky- Smoov' Lynham.
What's all this got to do with the game? Simply that it plays like a game that the chinncd-one would enjoy (and that Des could understand).
The game is played solely by mouse control. You click on icons to chose various appointments lo see people. On the left of your screen is your personal organiser: on the right is a bank of icons. Take an icon from the bag.
And drag it on to a vacant time slot - that's a major part of ihe game. Each page represents a day in a week at a club of your choice. There are five time slots per page.
You don't have to fill up all of them, but it is wise to keep a busy schedule, meeting with people, and with the chairman, talking to the fans, and checking on how the team's doing.
Your 'Lads' have a match every week, so you have to plan your time in advance depending on how well your team is performing. This is a bit difficult when you first start the game, as your team haven't played any games yet.
The fact that your team starts off in Division 4 does mean that your players aren't going to be tremendously good, so in the first week it is wise to send out your scout.
One good point about the game is that if your scout, or any staff member, isn't pulling his weight, you can sack him and hire anew.
Everybody has a job to do and everybody is "So Jimmy, what do you make of the new back-pass rule?"
‘Thanks Des. Well all I can say is that it will be good for the fans, that it wasn't the chairman's fault, and that it won't worry the the Germans" "Er... Jimmy" "Yes Des" "Belt-up mate" Match The Day expendable in this game, even you. If you don'l employ a method of keeping yourself busy, and let the club run down hill, you can be sure that the chairman will call a 'meeting'.
For the most part, meeting people is part of a manager's job. You must lias with the trainer and the physio to make sure that all your players are performing to their best, and that if they have been injured, that they recover as quickly as possible. If of course you do have some unruly players in your squad, it is time to have a stem talk with them, and if necessary exclude him from your current playing team with a view to selling him.
The long bore game Having gone through the week meeting loads of people (even fans), and doing lots of deals, you also have some meetings that arc made for you. Such as by another club when they want to buy a player from your squad.
The final icon that crop up at the end of the week, of course, is the Match Of The Day icon. This is where you see the highlights of your team's performance every week with (just to make it all so real) commentary from Jimmy and Desmond!
Although there are plenty of options, the gameplay is quite shallow. The highlights of every Saturday game make even a home match at Wimbledon or Cambridge seem exciting, stylish football. The interaction between the actual football side of things and the managerial side is very, very limited. The result?
Match of ihe Day fails to hook you to any real extent. Ultimately, this shows that having a big name licence doesn't always make a good game. The Amiga's the loser in the end Jim.
Asam Ahmad & The Team.
107 NOVEMBER 1992 “So Jimmy, have we anything exiting to look forward to this afternoon?"
“No. Sainty."
"Wrong channel Jim.'
ONE WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A FOOTY MANAGER
1. Mmt wtth ttM I i dub to got opinions.
2. You con select whether or not highlights of the match art
shown.
3. Havt a mooting with tho team physio.
4. Do somo dodgy dealings with other clubs.
5. Select your super squad of players.
6. Meet with the club trainer to beef-up your team.
7. What do the press think of you?
8. Have a 'chat* with some unruly team members if there are any
opposition players worth poaching.
10. Have a meeting with the stem-looking chairman.
11. Time for Jimmy and Desmond...
12. Save your progress to disk, and load past games.
13. Check your fixtures for future games.
14. Check your team's score card.
15. Calculate your team’s finances.
Your bike such as in Super HungOn - you have a first-person view of your bike instrument panel. Excellent! Huh 500 on a bike. The thing is you're on a bike not in a car. And when you tum a comer it's more a case of leaning than steering. This means that, due to the view the game gives you. Your world seems very unstable as you take bends at 100 mph. You often find yourself hoping you don't graze your knee. Full brownie points for realism.
Duff zone?
Where it doesn't match up to Intly. However, is that there is nothing to compel you to keep going in your task to win the championship.
The simulation is realistic, though, especially when you arc turning a comer, and even when you crash you have to use the cursor keys to manoeuvre your bike back on to the track.
The control system is a bit touchy, especially if you are using the mouse: the bike tends to fly across the screen at an alarming rate. You can be travelling along the track, minding your own business, when suddenly this nasty bend comes along. You tum the Oh dear. I seemed to have knocked one of my competitors to the ground. Of course It was his fault he got in my way.
Tm liltS Ol egsf Q ed Zone? Isn't that an area where you can't park your car? Well no, it's the l latest motorbike simulator from Psvgnosis. You have the chance to become champion motorcyclist of the world, but first you must w in all of your races. To do this, you must make your way around 10 tracks from around the world (Silvcrstone etc) against six of the most fiendish competitors you will ever find on a motor track.
Before you race you must choose a bike, and qualify. You have the choice of manual or automatic gears. Now most people would think 'Great I'll choose auto 'cos it's nice 'n' easy.' And indeed it ts. But you don't quite R NOVEMBER 1992 bend in what you think to be a decent manoeuvre. But unfortunately you seem to be travelling horizontally towards the yellow barrier at the side of the road. You hit one side, and immediately fly to the other, and back and back until you come to a stop and have to reposition your bike.
This control system, accurate as it may be.
Is just too complicated for a game of this kind.
OK. It's realistic, but it takes a lot of getting used to. If you can stand the way it works fine, but I like a game I can get into immediately, no messing around, just boot and play. Close but no cigar. I'm afraid.
Asam 'Easy Rider' Ahmad O Red Zone Psygnosis ¦ £25.99
• Very realistic. But the automatic gearing heighten this over
and above the manual.
• Some good, fast vector graphics, reminiscent of Indianapolis
$ 00.
• Configurable to run as fast as possible on the system you use.
• Tricks control system: it's too touchy with the mouse and it's
crap with the joystick
• Limited variation in gamcplav PRSmSuIv Mk!
64° Red Zone have the control that a manual gearbox gives you. And this is vital. Next you can set up details about the course you want to ride oil.
Such as scenery, number of laps and things like that, to tune the game so it runs as fast and as smoothly as possible. Once you have chosen your options, you are provided with a sort of code. This enables you to define the system more quickly the next time you play it. By simply entering the code on the options screen.
Danger zone?
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NOVEMBER 1992 F1 Tornado Zeppelin Platinum ¦ £7.99 Are you the sort of person who gets a thrill out of flying through a valley in Wales at 600 mph. If so, get yourself trained and hop into a real Tornado. On the other hand, if you'd prefer to drive gently down a Welsh valley on your way to an eisteddfod, you might want to buy F1 to play instead. You whiz along, waiting for dots to appear on a radar. When they do, you’ve got a third of a second to steer towards them. They turn into triangular planes, whereupon a targeting box appears on your HUD and you open fire.
It’s fast it's quick and it isn't slow. But there is very little detail and the graphics plummet to the depths of angular minimalism.
Super Monaco Grand Prix Kixx ¦ £7.99 Years ago, before the Earth cooled and a collection of molecules called Mr Crammond wrote Formula One Grand Prix, this was the racing-car game. It was a lot of fun as a coin-op and now it's a lot of fun as an Amiga game.
You race around a 3D circuit trying to qualify. Then you race around the same circuit with a load of other cars getting in the way. It's fast the graphics are impressive (for their time) although they haven't aged as well as Jane Fonda. So the graphics are fine, the sound is good, it's exciting, it's got a nice arcade feel to it and it's tough but not too tough. What more do you want? Go out and buy it.
Nonplussed by American culture. CJ is felled by a pass from a dog dressed as a Quarterback. And rightly so. He could have learned about gridiron from Channel Four.
Flipping heck! (This joke has just won the 'saddest pinball joke in Amiga Format" award) If you wish to help it celebrate, it'll be down the pub from eight onwards.
A in the USA CodeMasters ¦ £7.99 CJ is an elephant with a cute face and a very small body. Realising that these attributes make him perfect for intercontinental travelling, he decides to visit the United States. But no sooner has he arrived than people try to kill him.
So O is thrown into a world of platforms, bun-throwing and food-collecting through three large and taxing levels. Ultimately, he’s trying to rescue his family from an evil hunter, but don't waste your intelligence on this nonsense. Just view CJ in the USA as a colourful, fun platform game with added bits.
The game is cute, nicely drawn and fun for those who like cute, nicely drawn things.
Soccer Pinball CodeMasters ¦ £7.99 This is a game of two halves. One half wants to be soccer and the other is determined to be pinball. In fact the pinball half is much larger than the soccer half, making it distinctly lop-sided and mathematically improbable.
The concession to soccer is the table is green, with a few choice phrases from our national sport written on it. The problem is the release of Pinball Dreams rains on Soccer Pinball's parade, but it could be so much better. You have four sets of flippers, but the ball spends so much time diving between the bouncy points-scor- ing things in the middle. Then it dives between the flippers, causing you to swear profusely.
7T2 EL Captain Dynamo CodeMasters ¦ £7.99 Be warned; Captain Dynamo is an old person. As such, his creaky bones don't work quite as well as they used to. So from the start, you're aware that this is no normal platform game. Plot? Well OK, if you want plot here it is - another oldster, called Flyswatter, has nicked a load of diamonds and sprinkled them around the launch site of a moon-rocket. He intends blasting off in this thing to seek a new lunar life. He seems to have overlooked one small fact: he's bound to die when he arrives (because there's no air in space). But you, as Captain Dynamo,
must do your best to collect the diamonds and stop him.
The game is played as a vertical platform affair, with all the 'falling-off-and- dropping-for-miles' hassles that you would expect from such an affair. The Captain has the ability to bounce high in the air, as well as move cautiously along the booby-trapped platforms. And basically you've got to plug away until you've reached the top.
It's not very inspired, and using an old person is a gimmick that doesn't amuse for very long. But it's nicely done in the traditional Codies cartoon style, so if your eyes aren't what they were you should be OK with it.
What more can I say? It's got everything you'd expect to see in a (CodeMasters) platform game. It's playable, it's nicely thought out and ultimately you'll have seen something like it before, unless you're an old person and have dementia. ( ' (Isn't this all a bit ageist? - Ed.)
Total Recall Hit Squad ¦ £7 99 Arnie has got confused, lost his memory and been in several fights. After a visit to the Rekall company (motto: 'We can remember it for you wholesale"*'), he finds himself in a multi-level platform game, with car-racing bits attached.
You control the big guy as he rushes around the platformy bits, collecting useful things and punching or shooting anybody who gets in the way. On later levels you also control the big guy's car. As it races up a vertically scrolling road.
The idea is to avoid, punch, or shoot any other cars that get in the way. Amie doesn't appear to be a great believer in variety.
The game plays a little sluggishly for my tastes. The graphics aren't anything to phone the National Gallery about and the gameplay is frustrating without being particularly rewarding if you manage to beat it. Still, the platforms are filled with puzzles to solve, there's a lot of killing and the whole thing is large to the point of being pretty huge. The overall impression is one of a competent game which doesn't push the Amiga to within a tenth of its abilities.
If you're a fan of the big guy, you might be mollified to find pictures of him dotted around and between the levels during the intro. It won't make up for the lack of real substance in the game, but it adds a bit of quality and will please Arnie's fans, especially those who flocked, screaming, to see Total Recall at the cinema (and who have probably bought it on video in both wide-screen and normal-o-vision).
NOVEMBER 1992 Tri Star Simulations Soundware International ¦ £9.99 Three games on two disks and not a simulation in sight, to be frank. But let us not be disheartened. Let us review them on their own merits. And then let's go down the pub.
Airball This is similar to the old Knight Lore game on the Spectrum. You bounce through a load of 3D isometric rooms, escaping baddies and collecting goodies. The maze of rooms is pretty large and the incentive to explore them is in inverse proportion to this.
It's another boring game. The rooms are tiny and occupy the centre of the screen, marooned in a sea of black background. And don't think this makes the whole thing atmospheric; it doesn't. It just makes the game easier to turn off.
Turbo Trax It's a cross between Supersprint and Railroad Tycoon. You have to stay on the circuit and 'steer' round the comers by pointing the joystick into them. Obstacles like chicanes, oil. Cross-overs, thin bits and so on, make things marginally more interesting, but if this is the sort of thing you're fascinated by, why don’t you save a bit more and buy Scalextric? You get something tangible then, even though you have to scrabble under the sofa for the crappy Sierra rally car that always comes off on that top comer.
Aren't you glad when you cleaned the car. You remembered to put fresh ammo in the drums?
Major Motion Not a Catch-22 character, but a car racing game.
You drive a car out the back of a lorry and belt along some roads, overtaking other cars. You have a pair of machine-guns, with the option on plenty more weaponry once you get far enough into the game. It’s a bit like The Spy Who Loved Me except that the sprites are bigger. The thing is though Major Motion , should be called Sergeant Motion, if s that dull.
BUDGET SPECIAL Today's gamesplayers are spoilt with games like Monkey Island, but where did graphical adventures come from? Andy Nuttall digs into his dim and distant past to explain where it all began... The Lost Treasures of Infocom NOVEMBER 1992 If you were to mention the words Secret of Monkey Island. Hook and Lure of the Temptress to the average gamcs-playcr of today, they would know exactly what you were talking about: point-and-click graphical adventures. Such games have become immensely popular over the last couple of years, mainly due to the advent of machines such as the Amiga with
its superb graphics and large memory.
How many, I wonder, know about the history of these fabulous games? Mention the words Planelfall.
Enchanter and Zork today and you're likely to get a blank look in return. Well, here's a potted history... Advent-ure In the mid-70s. When computers were still relatively new and they took up the space of several rooms, the world's first computer adventure was bom. Called, strangely enough. Advent, it was similar in style to a novel because it was conveyed only by text. Players would enter commands using only two words, for example. 'Go North', Take Sword’. 'Hit goblin', so the game was severely limited In 1977. Though, two computer scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology I MIT)
got together and created their own masterpiece. Again using text only, the game was much larger and employed an excellent interpreter, or parser', which enabled whole sentences to be entered and recognised.
They called their system 'Interactive Fiction'.
With the advent of home computers, the programmers. Marc Blank and Dave Lcbling. Began writing Interactive Fiction full-time, and founded Infocom.
Because their games were so large, they required lots of memory which just wasn't available on home computers. Thus the games were written for disk-only systems, which gave them the capacity they needed.
Computers with memories as large as the Amiga’s, though, could run entire Infocom games, and as such the new machines gave the company a chance to expand their games and employ a new upgraded parser, called Interactive Fiction Plus. The first two games which were released using this system were A Mind Forever Voyaging and Trinity - both were acclaimed.
However, with the new machines came superb graphics capabilities, and companies such as Rainbird began producing adventure games with stunning The Zork Trilogy Originally written on a mainframe. Zork was split into three different games to run on home computers. It could be described as a role-playing game crossed with a novel, and it takes place mostly underground. You play a treasure seeker who must visit the ruins of the Great Underground Empire in search of vast wealth.
Various fantasy characters try to block your way.
But the most impressive is the Grue. An indescribable beast who only attacks when your lantern gives out... Zork 1 is pretty easy to complete, whereas 2 and 3 take a bit more practice. The Underground Empire is a large place, and there are many characters to meet and objects to pick up and use. I haven't played these games for years, but it's surprising how many good memories they bring back. A little dated perhaps, but you can't really call yourself an adventure gamer until you've played Zork.
Images. As such, the public's attention was moved from text-only type games over to the new breed.
Infocom, however, continued to produce text-only adventures, and although their many fans continued to buy them the general public turned away. In 1988. The company was bought out by Activision, and soon afterwards closed down.
Anyway, all is not lost because Activision have resurrected all the games, and released 20 of them in this one neat package. We have taken a look at all the adventures, given them each an individual rating, and then rated the package as a whole at the end.
Planetfall A hghl-heaned game describing the adventures of a lower-class space cadet shipwrecked on what seems to be a deserted planet. Teaming up with a lonely but annoying robot called Floyd, you have to explore the planet and discover its dark secret. A great game, not too difficult for hardened adventurers, although it does help to think laterally sometimes.
Moonmist A ghost story set in an old castle deep in Cornwall.
You play an American detective who has been asked by an old friend to investigate mysterious goings-on in the area. Lots of interesting characters, with many puzzles and riddles, and an eerie sense of foreboding which builds up further into the game.
Enchanter A fantasy adventure which casts you as a young wizard who is chosen to rid his people's land of an evil presence. You have great power, but limited experience: this is the ultimate test. A great game which doesn't show its age. The easiest of the Enchanter games, but still fairly difficult!
Sorcerer In this the second installment of the Enchanter saga.
Belboz. Your teacher and leader of the Guild of Enchanters, is troubled by evil spirits. He then vanishes. And it is up to you to discover why. Another Stationfall Continuing on front Planetfall. This game sets you as a pen-pushing administrator aboard the largest ship in the starfleet. You're given an assignment to take a spacctruck and pick up some forms front a nearby space station. Normal request? Nalt, this is Infocom! A large game, and very difficult. Prepare to spend literally weeks stuck on the spacestation tearing vour hair out!
Game which I found difficult. But then it ii advanced level so I suppose it's to be expected.
0 BUDGET SPECIAL The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy DON'T PANIC! For those of you who've newer read the Hitchhiker's trilogy, get out of your closet and do so! It's widely acclaimed as a classic tale, where an ordinary bloke is rescued from Earth seconds before it is destroyed to make way for an interstellar by-pass.
If you have read the book, and you're still relatively sane, then rest assured that the game does not follow the books in great detail - but it was co-written by Douglas Adams, so the humour level remains the same.
Spellbreaker Now that you have taken over from Belboz as the sparkly new leader of the Guild of Enchanters, a crisis situation occurs in your hind which causes magic to fail. A conflict between good and evil ensues... You really should try to tackle the other two games in this excellent trilogy first, because this is by far and away the most difficult of game that Infocom have ever produced.
Hardened adventurers and fantasy heads will love it.
Starcross In your job as the pilot of a mining ship, scouring the asteroid belt for black holes to harness, you arc more than used to living a fairly tedious, mundane and humdrum existence - until, that is. You meet up with a large alien spacecraft from another galaxy... Starcross is a game with a similar feel to Planelfall. Except for one thing: it is much, much more difficult. It's easy to start with, but gets more and more involved as the | plot unfolds.
IUII Hanging around after the circus has finished its show, you hope to catch a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes performances. Instead, you are drawn into a dangerous situation when the circus owner's daughter is kidnapped, and you try to find her.
One of my favourites. Ballyhoo has a quite excellent plot which is highly realistic and charged with atmosphere.
Infidel The Egyptian desert beckons you to come in search of one of its lost pyramids. You must pit your wits against the Ancient Egyptians to find the pyramid and enter it.
And discover treasures beyond your wildest dreams. An excellent story which is both exciting and compelling, with a good Il-.I atmosphere to boot.
Is Suspended A definite Krypton Factor feel pervades as you play this game, in which you are all alone on a semi-auto- matcd planet. Your computer has woken you from cryogenic suspension because only you can save the planet from destruction. You cannot move, but you can communicate with a series of six robots, each with a specific ability such as sight and hearing.
This is an adventure for people who enjoy solving puzzles and relish a challenge. For normal adventurers, however, the method of controlling six robots simultaneously may become loo much to handle. When you play, have several notebooks. A few pens and some cans of Coke to hand at all times.
Deadline The first of three thriller adventures, in which you play a detective given 12 hours to investigate the death of a wealthy man. The authorities say that he committed suicide, but you think differently. You should keep a record of all the events in this game, as it's pretty deep.
A nice touch is that many different endings arc available depending on which decisions you make in the game, so each time you play the ending could be different. Great for Whodunit? Fans.
Witness Another Whodunit type of story: this time a man is killed, and it falls to you to gather evidence to present at the defendant's trial. Once again, several endings arc available depending on what you do in your investigation. It's not that a hard game to get into, but cracking the case could | be tricky.
Suspect Slight twist to the story here, as you can probably imagine from the title. You are framed for a murder you did not commit, and you only have a short time to prove your innocence.
Not only that, but you must also discover proof of who did do it. An interesting angle on the usual detective story, and it | works well.
Zork Zero A recent game which is a prequcl to the original Zork trilogy. Zork Zero is set in the days when the Great Underground Empire was still thriving, and the Flatheads ruled the land. A curse threatens to bring down Ihe Empire, and the chief Flathead offers a large reward to anyone who gets rid of it. Naturally, you attempt to oblige... This game was Infocom's first attempt to keep up with technology and include some graphics - no pictures. A compass instead. Fortunately the text is up to the usual standard, and there are hints and maps thrown in on-line to spice it up.
Beyond Zork An update on the original Zork story, this casts you as a peasant who must seek out the fabled treasure known as the Coconut of Quendor. The usual Zork rules apply generally, but here you can actually alter the attributes of your player before you begin, in a sort of RPG style.
Unlike other Infocom games. Beyond displays a map which shows I your immediate area.
Lurking Horror A student at Great Underground Empire Tech. You have gone into college to finish an assignment. A snowstorm prevents you from leaving the building, and you are trapped in the school overnight. But arc you alone? Well, the title would suggest not. And opening that trapdoor in the basement just might prove it... This is an excellent, atmospheric game that will have you looking over your shoulder. There’s an weird storyline and a comic-book feel.
NOVEMBER 1992 Thu package as a whole Before you rash out and buy the package, take a while to consider just what these games are about. There are no graphics, and so comparing them with recent graphical adventures is difficult. Some of these games stand up well even when compared to the fabulous Monkey Island 2; in the sense of comparing a good book to a good video.
If you're the type of person who prefers reading a novel to watching a film, and you have the next couple of years free, then buy this. It's not just a pack of games, it's a piece of history.
The Lost Treasures of Infocom Infocom ¦ £39.99
• Comparing lo Monkey hlond 2 is like comparing a good book with
a video.
• Some games are daled. But most slill grab you by the throat and
pull you in.
• Large games which are generally pucked with atmosphere and
humour.
• Each game w ill take a long time to complete, and there are 20
of them!
• Youngsters could well get bored because of the lack of
graphics.
WAMKAs pLf 90% Award winning innovative products from Scanners "If your in the market for a hand scanner then forget the rest and get Powerscan" Amiga Format July 1992 Power Scanner v2.0 ¦ 100-400 DPI scanning resolutions ¦ 64 greyscales ¦Thru port for printer
• Award winning editing, image manipulation & scanning software
Power Scanner v2.0 ...£99 Power
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Upgrade £49.95 The
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Power Drive ¦ Award winning drive manufactured by Power
Computing ¦ Super slim design ¦ Anti-click (Cures that annoying
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• Built-in backup hardware PC880B with Blitz
Amiga ...£65 PC880B with Blitz &
Xcopy ...£90 PC880B (Cyclone compatible)- £70
PC880B in black case .£65
• This drive is only available lo registered owners of Xcopy
Professional You must provide proof of purchase of Xcopy
Professional Power Drives PC880E Economy
drive ...£49.95 PC881 A500 Internal
drive .....£40.00 PC882 A2000 Internal drive £45.00 Dual
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• Same features as PC880B Dual
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Accessories A500 Internal anti-click board £9.95 Maxell
multi-colour disks (10) .£9.95 Floppy disks bulk
supplied ......£POA Blitz Amiga
• Backup disks at lightning speeds ¦ Stops all external drives
from clicking ¦ Contains anti-virus from being written into the
bootblocker Blitz Amiga
..£20 RAM Expansion
Blizzard Turbo ¦ A500 A500‘
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Turbo £169 1MB RAM with
clock ..£49.95 1MB RAM without
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• Economy 2MB RAM externally cased
• 16-chip (1x1 DIP)
• No thru port 2MB
RAM ....£79
1. 5MB RAM Board ¦ Fully supports 1MB of chip RAM ¦ Fully
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compatible with A500-1 (Your Amiga needs to be opened, this
may effect your warranty)
1. 5MB RAM board £75 1MB with
Thru'port
• Expand your A500 s memory up to a total of 2MB without
disposing of your existing 512K upgrade
• Works with 1 MB of Chip RAM (512K RAM must be 4 chip type or
not exceeding 9cm in length) (Your Amiga needs to be opened,
this may effect your Warranty) 1MB with
thru'port ......£45 A500 RAM Card ¦
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(1) 43380028 ¦ Kick-off is the latest Amiga add-on from Power ¦
One of the most advanced kickstart ROM sharers available
• A clever design on a small reliable board
• Fits A500 , A500+, A1500
• Kickstart ROM can be selected from the keyboard
• No messing about with switches
• No 'CIA adaptor' or other trailing wires ¦ Jumper to select
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• Compatible with old Amiga board revisions
• Simple internal fitting*
• Kick-ott requires the lid to be removed Irom the Amiga This may
invalidate your warranty ROM
Share .£17.95 ROM Share inc.
kickstart v2.04 ...£55 ROM Share inc. kickstart
vl.3 .....£39 ROM Share for A600
...£29 Kickstart v2.04
2. 04 Kickstart (chip only) £39.95
2. 04 Kickstart ROM, workbench software, install disk 2.04, font
disk & extras £99.95
2. 04 kit with ROM sharer £115.00 Joysticks
• Made by Quickshot
• High quality construction
• Ergonomic Bio-grips
• Turbo-fire capability Aviator 1
• Aircraft control yoke ¦4 fire buttons
• Turbo fire
• Altitude level indicator
• The ultimate joystick
• Player 1 2 selector Aviator 1 £35.00 Intruder 1
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• Omnidirectional grip
• Eject button for fire button cover Intruder 1 £29.99 Maverick 1
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• 40MHz 68030EC accelerator
• Optional 68882 maths co-processor ¦ Up to 8MB 32-bit FASTRAM
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• Award winning 52MB HD 0MB RAM ......£714
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68882 Upgrade kit ....£224 GVP Series 2
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• Up to 8MB FASTRAM on board 52QMB0MB £339 105QMB0MB £469
52QMB2MB £3 89 105QMB 2MB . £519 52QMB4MB £440 105QMB 4MB £569
52QMB8MB £519 105QMB8MB £709 ICD Novia Internal HD
• Fits inside your Amiga 500
• Comes complete, just plug-in and go Novia 601 60MB HD
.£359 Novia 851 85MB HD
..£459 ICD Flicker Fixer Flicker Free
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2 ..£199 NEC 4FG Multi-sync monitor
....£549 Chips 4MB x
8SIMM ...£90 1MB x
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..£4.00 1MB x
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Barney ...£29.99 Barney Bear goes
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Collection ....£19.95 Fun School 3 (under 5's) ....
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GRAND TOTAL ENCLOSED That means a CD-player, a Mega-Super water pistol and of course much more. Mot content with having released a small alien ninja on to the screens of Amigas everywhere, Gremlin wanted to give more, much, much more.
We started off with one competition prize but due to the Zool - like momentum built up in the process, we ended up with SIX.
What to do? Make six people reasonably happy? Or make one person incredibly, over-the-top amusedly ecstatic? The answer was clear... over-tum this 'caring Nineties' schmaltz for a moment and satisfy the greediest Amiga-user of the month. But like a government with finances, we changed our minds at the last moment and persuaded Gremlin to give 10 lucky readers a chance to win a copy of Zool itself. So that's 11 chances to win!
So, all we want you to do is to send in six correct answers, on the back of a sealed envelope or a postcard, to the six correct questions we will be asking lower down.
And what do you get to win?
Well. Gremlin have quite happily matched six of the Zool levels to six wunnerfu| prizes.
NOVEMBER 1992 Sweet World This gives you a year's supply of Chuppa Chup cult-lollies. ("I always buy them when I can find them! But I can never find them." Comments Art-Ed Marcus deliciously.)
Music World A Sony DiscMan. (“I always use one to listen to New Fast Automatic Dustbins or something like that" says Staffy Andy- Nutts - Nutall.
Toy World The Mega-Super water pistol ("Hold on! This is a stick up!
Move and the strange water- hating infant gets it in the head!" Is often the scream heard to come from Neil- Reviews-Jack son.)
Fruit World A massive, bumper, basket of fruit. ("Useful protection against scurvy and for throwing at Mps." Beams Ed Asst Clare.)
Tool World ¦ w w in A pract-tastic multi-tool kit.
Including a socket and spanner set. ("Mmmmm, just right for all my useful household tasks and stuff." Tim - Featureless - Smith rants.)
Carnival World Two (that's 2 or II) free, gratis tickets to go to Alton Towers fun-palace and puke-induce- ment )centre any day you choose. (And Frank wouldn't wanna be anywhere else than having a chunder on a white- knuckle ride.)
Win loads and loads and loads and loads and loads... Drooled at Zool?
The rules
1) Employees and relatives of employees and relative employees of
Future Publishing, Gremlin and Bristol City FC (because
they're higher in the league than Rovers) are not allowed to
enter.
2) The editor's decision is final (I think) and no phone calls or
letters, faxes, telexes, telegrams, personal calls, or other
forms of communication will be entered into regarding this
comp.
3) Get on with it.. Once you're happy that by rights, you should
be the winner, you should send your answers to: A bucket of
fruit and a ninja.
Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth St Bath. Avon BA1 2BW Entries to be in by 13 November And now for the hard bit... no matter how greedy you are, you still have to get all six right 0 ZOOL! COMPETITION
5) What tool do you need to turn off the waterfall in Monkey
Island?
6) What sport is Alton Bird associated with?
4) Where do the words 'Korova' and 'Droog' come from?
1) What were Snickers previously known as?
3) Where is Legoland?
2) What is the size of a standard Compact Disc (diameter that
is)?
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THE MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER TOTAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM The
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ENTERTAINMENT Battle Chess 34 99 Classic Board Games 29 99 Defender of the Crown 24 99 Defender of the Crown II 29 99 European Space Simulator 29.99 Falcon 44 99 Power Pinball 24.99 Psycho Killer 24.99 Sim City 24.99 The Curse of Ro 24 99 Tie Breaker Tennis 24.99 Trivial Pursuit 45 .99 Ultimate Basketball 24.99 Wrath of the Demon 24 .99 Xenon 2: Megoblast 24.99 EDUCATION A Bun for Barney 24.99 Asterix Black Gold French I 31.99 Asterix Block Gold French II 31.99 Asterix Block Gold Spanish I 31.99 Asterix Black Gold Sponish II 31.99 ARTS & LEISURE Advanced Military Systems 24.99 Fruits,
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Busters Are you stuck in a trap with no hope of survival? Up a certain creek without a certain implement? So who can you turn to luvvies? No, not Claire Rayner, but Andy Nuttall with this month's hints 'n' tips... Need a tip for one of the latest games? Well, look no further.
There’s a slightly athletic feel to the panel, at least for all you armchair sporting types!
Espana '92 Can't get your athlete fit for the games? Try the following tip: put your man to train for three hours, then move the date to the 18th. Put the training back down to one hour, and your athlete should be trained to 95 per cent fitness!
SO, YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN THE LITTLE PEOPLE?
Now here's a freaky puzzle game. Ooblmns is obviously very popular because loads of you have sent i pleas for help, so just type in the following codes to warp between levels Carl Lewis Challenge You can use either the mouse or the joystick for getting your athlete to run. But using them both at the same time will make him run like the wind! Get your mate to waggle the joystick at the same time as you are waggling the mouse, and then you're laughing!
Doesn't this scarecrow look like that bloke off On the Buses. What was his name... Blakey! And that famous catchphrase of his: ¦I'll get you Butler".
So. For all those who'vc ever wondered what happened to old Blakey, here he is in his new vocation.
Hasn't changed much has he? Miserable old beggar.
123 NOVEMBER 1992 _IQDNKQO KKKPURE NGOGKSP NNCOTTO LGWFGUS TONGFVC The Cookie Monster(?)
Newcastle under Lyme SLITHERY FUN WITH STEG THE SLUG Here are the codes for the 10 levels in this fun budget game "Honestly, these Comic Relief red noses don't last very long do they?. I've only had mine for seven years and the colour's run out already."
.ijurt .T.r vxwjriLiV Chris Hughes Harrogate Here are some more hints and tips... Don't bother training all your athletes - pick the most promising with starting statistics of 50%. By improving SPEED and POWER, leaving AGILITY and STAMINA at average levels, an athlete should perform well in all events. Either create one all-purpose athlete, or specialists for each event.
Best speed training is achieved by ACCELERATION, HOLLOW RUNNING and REPETITION RUNNING. Get these to F=70%, 1=35% and T=35%. Leave all other stats at default levels.
Best power training is by ISOTONICS and ISOMETRICS. F=60%. 1-30%, T=30%.
Leave all other stats at default levels.
To train one athlete for all of the events, do three weeks SPEED and then two weeks POWER.
A general purpose gold medal contender should have the following final week stats: AGILITY=60%, SPEED=85%, POWER=75% and STAMINA=55%. (The default athletes in the arcade only game are set to 70, 70,70,70.)
But there’s more... OK. Sports fans? Feeling fitter now? That should save you having to go to footie practice or circuit training this week (or month).
The tips don't stop there though. For all you Chartbusting types just turn to Page 124 for the full solution to the graphic adventure for those who just don't want to grow up: Hook. But before you get there have a look at Part 1 of the hints and maps to the massive. 25-level Eye of the Beholder 2. On Pages 122-3: it's the big one!
Eye of the Beholder 2 We've had lots of maps and hints for this game in the last couple of months, but these are without a doubt the best. It's a huge game with 25 levels, so you'll find Part 1 here, with Part 2 next month. Hints, maps and map graphics by Arvid Nilsson, Sweden FOREST AREA CATACOMB LEVEL 2
• If you fall down a pit in catacomb level 1 and you end up
imprisoned, throw something through the bars so that it hits
the button to the east. The door will then open. A keyhole
nearby can only be opened with a lock pick.
• You come back to the north of this level when you complete
catacomb levels four and five.
• The old woman In the forest is the bid who can lead you to the
temple.
KEY H STAIRS UP ¦ WALK-THROUGH ft STAIRS DOWN 3S ILLUSIONARY OR fg TREES MOVEABLE WALL J WALL a GRAVE ft GROUND OBJECT |3 FLOOR 18 START 124 NOVEMBER 1992 CATACOMB LEVEL 5
• This is the giant-ant lair - they will come out of the holes to
the west.
There is a lot of treasure to be found on this level. Make sure you get the horn from the south before you go back up the stairs.
KEY WALL %¦ FLOOR If SI ILLUSIONARY OR MOVEABLE WALL SHELF PRESSURE PLATE LEVER BUTTON OBJECT ) BED m EMPTY WATER BASIN
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PLAQUE J| NICHE CATACOMB LEVEL 3
• There are two Non-Player Characters (NPCs) who may join your
party at this level. You will find a complete set of elf
bones in the prison block which is to the south of this level.
• To the north is a big room with a whole legion of skeletal
lords. Save before you enter, because the skeletons may kill
your party.
• To exit this level you will need two Dark Moon keys. The wall
in front of the stairs to catacomb level four can be hacked
away. You can’t rest on level four and five, so you should
memorise your spells and rest before you enter. You may find
some healing potions, spells and scrolls rather useful when
you're on level four.
CATACOMB LEVEL 4
• When you enter this level, a door is closed behind you. To get
back to the temple, you must find another way out.
• In the room with nine pressure plates, an object must be placed
on the middle one and in the corner plates, like an X (or a
five on a die).
• If you desperately need to rest you should find the stone gem
and use it on the teleporter. It will take you to Temple level
two. Where you can rest. Once you have though, you should
teleport back to the catacomb. Stairs to the north west lead
down to catacomb level five.
• You need many keys to get back up. But. Make sure you've got
all four horns before you do.
• To destroy the carving of the four winds you need the four
horns. They can be found in the catacomb levels one, three,
four and five. Stand in front of the carving and use all of the
four horns in any order (click on them with right mouse
button).
• The teleporters lead to the resurrection rooms, this is where
you can bring dead party members or NPCs back to life.
KEY (ALSO SILVER TOWER) WALL J SHELF FLOOR . PRESSURE PLATE i£ ILLUSIONARY LEVER OR MOVEABLE OBJECT WALL ¦ BED (3 STAIRS UP - HOLY WATER BASIN STAIRS DOWN • PIT VJ TELEPORTER RESURRECTION
* * DOORS BARREL ‘ I PLAQUE * MANTIS EGG S LIGHT PAD 125
NOVEMBER 1992 SILVER TOWER LEVEL 1
• In front of the stairs are lightpads, which the party must walk
over. On the map. Are some pads blinking on and off.
When a lightpad is off. You can enter it without taking damage. Try not to step on the lit ones.
• You are supposed to get to the other side by following the
blinking pads (before you enter the blinking lightpads.
Save the game). When you get there, the walls disappear, and Mantis warriors attack you. Keep on the pads and quickly kill all the creatures, then step off the pads.
• The lever will turn the blinking lightpads off. Along with a
few of the lit ones.
• In the niche by the plaque that reads 'What can be trusted?'
Any item inserted will turn into tho last item inserted. Be
sure to get the cursed sword called 'Hunger' in this room, as
it will be needed later. In the hall with the lever, the lock
for the north door can be picked open.
• All mantis eggs can be cut open, revealing young warriors. Feed
the magic mouth with three femurs to get a bone key. In the
room with eight mantis eggs, take the left eye. Replace it and
the wall disappears. Take the mantis idol.
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• Search everything!
• A key can be found in a bed.
• Many locks can only be opened by a thief.
• To get to the Azure Tower up the eastern stairs you need the
mark of Darkmoon and the crystal hammer, both of which you'll
get at Silver tower level four.
• To get to the Crimson tower up the western stairs, you must get
the Crimson key (found at Azure tower level 2) and three pieces
of Talon (found at the Azure tower levels).
• When in the Gem room, smashing one of the statuettes will
reveal a button - if you push, it should take you in to the
western teleporter. In the room that lies beyond that you can
find three gems, a key and a pressure plate Take the key and
put the three gems into any alcove, and the corresponding wall
will disappear.
You can now enter and get the treasure, and a Tropelet (teleporT) seed. This may be placed on the pressure plate, creating a teleporter which will take you back to the Gem room.
• WARNING: If you enter the eastern section, the wall will close
behind you. And you will be trapped.
SILVER TOWER LEVEL 2
• When you get here you will find there are loads of giant wasps
flying around - they both paralyse and poison you.
So beware or you'll get stung.
• Faith is the key
• In the room with four pits the pressure plate resets the levers
and the pits.
You must pull down the levers in this order: Northwest, Southwest, Southeast. Now go down the corridor to the south and press the button, then go back up again and pull the Northeastern lever.
• When you meet the spirit again, you should NOT take the left
teleporter, you should enter the right (the one that “leads to
certain death“) - it will teleport you to the stairs to the
southeast.
• Step into the teleporter. This will take you to a random place:
the beginning, the room with four keyholes in or a room with a
shelf and a key.
Teleport until you have all four keys, then teleport to the room with the keyholes and insert the keys into the keyholes. The door will then open.
• Watch out for Beholders. There are also will o' wisps which can
be very hard to hit. The Prayer ‘Haste and protection from evil
10' helps hit them.
• You should enter the illusionary wall labyrinth, and get to the
southern room with the button.
• A Beholder is stuck in a hole on the ceiling.
Don't kill him immediately (otherwise he will cause trouble later). He will then attack, so kill him. Push the button and you'll get sucked up the hole. Get the crystal hammer while up there!
• The exit is at the end of the 'Test of Vision’, in the
southeast corner. When you enter the secret passage the spirit
appears and summons two beholders. When you've killed them put
your hand on the pedestal to receive the mark of Darkmoon and
be teleported back to the temple.
1 Rotten food 2 Five rocks 3 Mantis idol (this mouth also opens the door to the red gem) 4 Red gem 5 Cursed 'Hunger“ or Cursed “Leech" 6 A potion 7 Scroll or parchment
• One of the mouths will not have a function right now. But
later, if you enter this level again, it will open the door
that Dran closed.
• When you meet another spirit, you should take the right door.
• The niche at the plaque which says 'Greed may be your downfall.
Give what you need not.' Any item inserted turns into a rock
(It's not a great idea to turn something you need into a rock).
• It's not wise to enter the room with the trap. If you want to
go in there save the game first. Feed the following items to
the magic mouths, so that they'll sing and open the door to
level four: Hook Following on from last month's solution to the
brilliant Monkey Island 2, we now move on to yet another pirate
adventure, the film licence Hook.
Herein lies the full solution... through the forest, follow these directions: North. East. North. West. North. East and then East again.
You should now walk into a rope trap, which reveals the lost boys' hideout. Walk left into the workshop and get the elastic, then go left to the jogging area where you can use the weights to get into shape. Go left to the Avenger, get the net and examine it to find a piece of string. Go right twice to get to the Four Seasons, then get the dead branch and the flower. Scare the chicken by blowing the conch shell at it. Then pick up the eggs. Give the eggs to the boy in the workshop, and take the suction arrow .
Go right twice to the pond, talk to Tinkerbell. And give her the flower. In return she will give you a thimble. Get the branch from the tree to the right, then use it with the string to make a bow. Go back to the workshop and use the bow on the panpipes, then pick them up and go to the slingshot.
Your first task in the game is to get yourself a pirate outfit, otherwise you won't be able to blend in with the locals and get on to Hook's ship to talk to him.
Seeing as you have no money, you must steal the items of clothing that you need... tut. Tut (don't do this in real life kids).
126 NOVEMBER 1992 At the beginning of the game you are in Pirate Square. Go left from here, pick up the anchor and the washing pole, then go right to Dcadman's Pier. Pick up the rope and use it with the anchor, then go into the Crossed Swords pub and get the two mugs from the tables. Go into the Bait and Tackle bar and pick up the third mug. Then go out of the door at the top of the stairs.
Wait until the pirate is walking across the square, then use the anchor on the top of the clock. If you time this correctly you should swing across to Mrs Smeedle's front door, grabbing the pirate's hat at the same time (you may need to do this several times until you gel it right). Knock on Mrs Smeedle's door, and when she replies use the anchor again to swing back. Now go back down to the square, go left and use the pole on the pirate jacket. Examine the jacket, and you w ill find a coin.
Go right lo Mugger's Alley, and see Dr. Chop to get a couple of teeth pulled out - he will give you two coins in return. Take the roller blind and go to the Jolliest Roger pub. Where you should give the three mugs and coins to the barman. He will give you three mugs of cocoa, which you should then give to the man in the blue hat who will fall asleep, enabling you to remove his trousers (quite why the barman doesn't kick you out right there and then 1 don't know ).
Right, now you have all three pieces of uniform, go back to the washing line and use the roller-blind, enabling you to put the outfit on in private.
Go to Good Form pier and on to Hook's ship, then walk right and take some money out of the three pots. Go back to the tow n, buy the magnet from the tailor's shop, then go to the beach and use the magnet on the 'X' which will uncover a clock. Go back to Hook's ship, and w alk low ards the pirates. After a conversation with Hook, you will be made to walk the gangplank, and will subsequently find yourself on the seabed.
Use the pole on the pulley to get it working. Then look at the shiny clam to find a conch shell. Use the clam to get out of the water, then walk right along the tree branch. To get Use ihe elastic lo fix the slingshot, then go up and right to the clifftop and use yourself with the end of the fence (to practice how to fly).
Do this several times, then ask Thudbutt about his happy thoughts, and he will give you some marbles. Go back and insult Rufio by saying "Oh, Rufio!" (strong words indeed), which will enable you to use your imagination and throw some imaginary food at him. The table w ill now be covered with food.
Go down to the round pond, and walk towards the tree. This will take you to the island. Examine the log-bcd. Fireplace and chair, then talk to Tinkerbell. You will be shown a movie-like story. Rufio w ill give you a sword, and then you will fly off towards Hook himself.
Now you are very close to the end of the adventure, and all you need to do to kill Hook is talk him to death - we're leaving this one to you. Because it's reasonably easy!
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Neil Willan Derby ®This is one of the trickiest levels, but thanks to Stephen Murray of Flint it’s not impossible.
After you've cracked the egg, magic it to make the wings grow. The egg will pick Ignatius up and drop him on the right of the screen. Magic the horn on the floor to remove it then pick up the elixir and use it.
When Oups is invisible, walk past the horn to the right of the screen. Pick up the carrot and use it by the rabbit hole.
Bring Oups to the edge of the wall by the horn, then magic the rabbit who will jump on the wall and transform into a naked woman. When the Wiz is looking at her, move Asgard to near the rabbit hole as well, and you will be able to pass GO.
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Good grief! Il seems that there has been a resurgence of interest in the original Monkey Island in the past couple of months, probably due lo the popularity of the sequel. Well. I'll answer some questions, after all. We did publish a full solution way back in Amiga Format 24 and 25.
Anyway, here are the queries... I need help! I canT get past the deadly piranha poodles on Melee Island, i've tried giving them the hunk of meat but nothing happens Timothy Robinson Newcastle upon Tyne Ah. But it's not the meat that matters, it's what you do with it thal counts. Remember those yellow plants you saw while walking through the forest? Try using a yellow petal on the meat and then give it lo the poodles.
Condiments, who needs 'em ?
Help! I'm desperate! I've got to Monkey Island, but the natives won't give me a navigational tool. What can i do?
Paul Johnson Preston Easy. Give ilie unlives the wimpy little itltil, then go into the lint on the left. Gel the banana picker, then go hack outside and head out of the village. Give llte banana picker to Herman, and he will give you the inonkey-liead key.
Paddle around the beaelt just next to the headland, and walk to the gigantic monkey- head in the clearing. Use the key on the gigantic monkey ear. Then gel into the boat again and paddle back up to the village. You should now find that the natives are friendly, so tell them you're looking for somebody who s dead.
They will tell you about llieir magic potion, and you should then tell them that you re going to kick LeChuck out. Get them to tell you about the head of the navigator, then give them the leaflet - you will then gel the object of your desire... Remember, all these lips - and loads more
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Double damage On level two under Treihadwyl in the game Legend, there is a room containing six damage symbols on the floor. Try as I might. I can't get past the expanse of water in front of the door. Help!
D Honey Witney What you must do is cast the spell missile damage damage' on the tile to the south west.
You will then be able to cross.
In Legend. I'm stuck at Fagranc level one in a room with two pressure pads, one green and one blue. Trouble is. I can't open the chest without getting teleported away! Can you give me a hint?
Nick Jepson Rotherham We certainly can! Go right to the door in the North, then turn around so that you 're north of the chest and facing il. Now click on take ', then click on your own feet. Your character should then examine his square, and when he finds it empts he will open the chest. Voila!
Thanks to Tag for the tips.
Fish! Wibble.
I'm stuck! The arcade adventure Exile has had me stumped for ages. I can get quite far in the game, but when it comes to the part with the Happy fish' and some acid drops 1 can't get past the clams! Can you or a reader help me?
Alex Churchill Throop I'm afraid we can';. Can anyone out there?
129 NOVEMBER 1992 And finally... I always buy your brilliant magazine! I feel it is the best on the market. That's why I have sent you my own personal A-Z of cheats.
Since there are 218 of them, does that mean that I get £50 per cheat (which equals £10.900)?
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NOVEMBER 199 2 Take some rips from Populous II creators Bullfrog as they tutor you to games-writing prowess witn his fully-featured machine code package Go on.
Beat the softies at their own gamesl Bullfrog's coding methods revolve around molting life as eosy os possible, so giving more time to pose in rather ridiculous positions lor press photographers. Or not, as the case may be.
Your Ttirn! Part 2 How to program your own games in assembler Part 2 of a continuing series which aims to teach you how to program like the pros.
Bullfrog coder Scott Johnston delves into the mysterious world of player control, and how to tweak a sprite".0's movement to give an impression of inertia and momentum. So if you want to avoid stilted, lifeless characters, read on... Welcome back. If you followed last month’s article, well done. If not go back and do so. This month we’re going to tie the movement of our sprite to the joystick. If you run Demo you will find the man now runs left and right with momentum. The exit key has changed to Q because w hen Escape was pressed you got the repeat of your last input. Does the program work?
Great.
Now let’s make him run up and down the screen as well. If you look inside Movc.s you will notice two new things. At the top of the file is a small list of equates. These control the graphics for our man and the speed he accelerates and moves. Try changing the two equates for the speeds. The man should move differently depending on the numbers you put in. If you change the animation equates the man could start doing strange things. Another example of equates is in Draw.s on the two asr.w lines, with the word FOUR. This is easier to understand than placing a 2 on the line.
Continued overleaf APOLOGIES Our sincere apologies tor the lack ot an IFF to binary convertor program on this month's Coverdisk. This was entirely due to lack ot space on the disk, and we apologise to all the coders straining at the leash to put their own graphics Into the demo. Never mind, you've got another month to make them look even better than they are now!
Anyway back lo Move.s. Aflcr this we have ihe subroutine _move_all. Last month we placed all our code here, but now we will place our code into new subroutines which _move_allcalls. Our man now has 5 variables.
These are as follows: man_x (whereabouts he is horizontally on the screen.)
Man_y (whereabouts he is vertically on the screen.)
Man_vx (the speed and direction in which he is travelling horizontally.)
Man_vy (the speed and direction in which he is travelling vertically.)
Man_frante (The current frame of animation that is displayed.)
Making game sprites move is more than just working out where they ore and finding the right frame. To behave naturally, a sprite has to obey natural laws like gravity, inertia and movement. In addition, the design of a sprite's environment (the SpeedboH pitch is one example) also helps to shape how a character moves. You can break these guidelines - many programmers don't even consider them. But games which do use them tend to be more playable, more fun ond more challenging.
Inside the first of our new routines _man_ is the code to read the joystick, and move the man left and right. Study this. Now if you copy this and place it into _man_y. Change the variable names to their Y counterparts and then change the following lines: cmp.w 300*4,dl to cmp.w 176*4,dl move.w 300*4,dl tomove.w 176*4,dl and place an asr.w FOUR.dl into draw.s at line 14. Now you should have momentum on the Y axis. Try it. Did it work? If not go back and study the code again. You probably made a small mistake somewhere along the line.
Right, now change the names of the dot labels (those that start with '.') to what they are actually doing. Good, now did you under-stand that code? If so see if you can change it so that instead of the man stopping when he reaches Ihe edge of the screen, make him bounce off.
Basically you change four commands from a Move.w to a Neg.w. If you did not understand it. Don't worry because I will explain now precisely what it is doing.
140 NOVEMBER 1992 To start with we pick up the velocity of the man. And the direction in which the joystick is being moved. The joystick will be a I if the joystick is going right. 0 if it not moving, and
- I if it is going left. We then multiply the joystick
direction by the acceleration and add it to our current
velocity.
Now the velocity needs to be checked to make sure that we arc not going faster than we want in cither direction. First start off by checking in the right-hand direction, and if it is going too fast then scale it down to the minimum speed. Then check the other side and scale it down if need be. OK that's the velocity- just about done. We now get our current x position and add the velocity to it. Check the new x position with the left-hand side of the screen, and if we have gone off then move us back on to the screen and stop the velocity.
Test the other side of the screen, and again stop the velocity and move it back on if it has gone off screen. The final piece of code we have in this routine is the slow down. This checks to see if we arc moving the joystick, if we are then we don't want to slow the man down. After this try and Find out in which direction you are moving. If you're going left we want to increase our velocity to slow it down. Sounds strange but the maximum left speed is in fact -16. Or whatever you change MAX_SPEED to. If you are going right you want to decrease our speed. The reason for subtracting 2 and then
adding a 1 to the velocity is so that you don't have to branch past the going-left section. Follow that OK?
Now wade through the code in _man_anim and sec if you can work out what is going on.
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code Is In one mos- Modular programming, where code is split
Into smaller and a pain when it comes to blocks with one
controller file at the beginning is easier to debug, easier to
look through and Is generally quicker to work with.
This Is th« block opprooch, w slve Mock. Difficult to debug going to one end or other of the file; avoid this approach If you want to stay sanel t X k U *t % e 0 J b a* X 1 0 01
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people last issue were confused as to how you go about using
the Bullfrog development system.
Well the idea is that the code is controlled by one file, which loads in all the others. This control file is called Dcmo.s. So as you make changes to other Files, you must save them. Then load and assemble Demo.s to sec the results.
Thatt Che way you do it!
Modulo Programming This system has a lot of advantages. Programmers build up a collection of small programs and odd utilities which they use time and again. There's no point keeping them all in the same file though. You might only use one of these routines, and all the others are stuck to it. Wasting memory and disk space.
Hence the need to split programs up into many small files. Once assembled, all the code will be in one block anyway. This approach to splitting up programs into small chunks is known as modular programming. Although assembler is not well suited to this approach in some ways, it still makes sense to keep routines in separate files.
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NEW COMMANDS Neg.w dO.
This reverses all Ihe bits in dO. This is a great help when you want lo change the signs ol numbers. For example 5 becomes
- 5, and -9 will become 9.
142 NOVEMBER 1992 Using this months code You will have noticed that there are loads of other files which we never really touch. The only ones we have used so far are Move.s Demo.s and Draw.s. If you have looked at Demo.s then you will see that loads of things are included from here. Most of these files are for various set ups. Ie read the joystick. Others are called from various places inside our code, for example the sprite draw section. One of the more important of these files is Display.s. If you have a look inside Display then you will see the main loop of our program. It starts off by
waiting for Ihe vbi. The vbi. Or vertical blankinterrupt happens every 50th of a second, and is the time in which the videobeam is travelling from the bottom of the screen, back up to the top.
We then clear the screen, this is so that we don't have the previous screen display at the same time. Clearing the screen is not always the quickest way of doing things, for example you could remove the sprites, and then redraw them. Draw All calls the routines inside of Draw .s. and this is where we draw every thing, the man. The blocks, the objects, everything.
We then swap the screens. The system you are using is called double buffering. This is where you see one thing on the screen, while you arc drawing the next scene on another screen. The screens then swap places, and we draw the next scene (scene J) on the first screen. Swap places again and so on.
This prevents the graphics from flickering when they are drawn. We then go on to the movement routines, and here we move everything. Advance the animation counters, detect for collision, kill off the hero if you can.
Check for a key press, if it hasn't been pressed, then loop around and do it all over again. Otherwise exit from here, tum everything back to normal, and terminate the program. That's just about it for this month.
Next month we will start to make our small program into a platform game. This includes the need for gravity. See if you can change the routine for man_y so that gravity plays a part. Good luck.
For ihe animation of the man you want him to look like he is actually going the way he is facing. There are several ways in to do this.
The best way is pick up the current frame of our man. Then have a look at the man's velocity. If this is a zero it means he is not moving, therefore you'll want to display the man facing towards the screen. If the number is negative then the man is running lo the left. You have four frames of animation for our man in both directions, so check thal the current frame docs not exceed the allowed frames, or that if it docs you set it back to an allowed frame.
And that's it for now... see you next issue.
RECOMMENDED READING Amiga Machine Language A practical gude to leamng 68000 assembler language on the Amiga Mastering Amiga Machine Language by Stetan Dlttrich is one ol the easier tutorials to get to grips with. Other good reads: System Programmers Guide (also Abacus).Programming the Z80 by Rodney Zaks and The Hardware Reference Manual, published by Addison Wesley.
This month, due to an especially tightly packed Coverdisk. The code has to be dearchived on to a copy (a copy, mark you) of the Devpac disk from last month's issue. In order to get at it. You will need two blank disks for the Legend of Valour and Chaos Engine demos. Don't give me hogwash that you don't want lo see them - they are of the quality every programmer should aspire to.
Anyway, just boot up the Coverdisk but be sure to have two blank disks plus a copy of Devpac handy. After the two demos have been dccrunched (which takes only a few minutes) you will then be prompted to enter the Devpac disk.
Another minute and all the new versions of code will be dumped on to it. Ready for you to use.
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Assembling the changes should help understanding.
: t all Ik ; diiplav IK* semi ; ««• all ik This is the main loop of the program, held in the file display.s. Be cautious about changing this area of code, as the results can be very far reaching.
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Visa B20 Welcome to the section ot the magazine committed to bringing you the very best in serious product reviews. Here we cover the hardware and software that makes the most out of your Amiga. If It Isn't a game, we'll examine It thoroughly, and paint you the full picture on the following pages. No games, no gimmicks. Just honest opinions and intelligent criticisms.
From hardware, like memory expansions and hard drives, through to software, like word processors and art packages: It's all In here. We'll tear It apart, put it through Its paces and tell you the facts. What good is a spelllng-checker that can't spell? Who needs a printer that can't print from Workbench? If It doesn't do the Job you want It to. It's no use. We try it before you buy it. And if it's no good, we say so.
For more than two years on the trot, Amiga Formal has been voted by computer retailers as the magazine to trust. They know that they can rely on us to save them from stocking a warehouse-full of garbage. And It we can save them money, we can save you money too. We ll even explain how you can get the best out of what you've bought. All our reviewers are Amiga experts. So sit back, read our reviews and hang on to your cash until you know It's safe to spend.
Contents We've got a wide range of software and hardware under the Amiga Formal microscope this month, and this is where you’ll find it all.
WORD PROCESSOR ROUND UP_151 What kind of word-enginc do you need for the job? A quick word cuncher or do you need graphics capabilities? We teil you ALFA DATA OCR SCAMMER_1 6-4 Turn text on paper into text on screen with no typing FUN SCHOOL: SPELLING FAIR _1 CSS Europress s new spelling test gets a thorough examination with this Fun School extension GP FAX _1 73 Got a modem? Then how about turning it into a fax machine with this softvwre?
XCAD 2000_1 76 Find out what s on offer in this sophisticated design package that rivals many professional CAD programs AMOS PROFESSIONAL _1 80 The next line in the AMOS series Could this be the greatest piece of software we ve ever seen?
DIGITISERS ROUND UP _185 We name the best hardware you can buy for turning your videos imagefiles for your Amiga How the Rating System works SPEED (marked out of 5) • • • • • Tremendously important tor both hardware and software: there s nothing more annoying than waiting A purely intuitive judgement.
DOCUMENTATION (out o 5) • • • • • Although there are some packages that are so simple that no manual is needed, complex items benefit hugely from a good explanation.
ACCESSIBILITY (out of 5) • • • • • The target tor all good software should be powerlul but simple: this rating assesses how easy it is to get to grips with the item.
FEATURES (out of 5) • • • • • Does it do what you want n to do? How well does it do it? And does It also do lots of other things that you d never have thought of?
VALUE (out of 5) • • • • • A pretty Important rating, this one: It a package does everything you could wish tor, it's no use to you unless you can attord to buy it.
The start of something serious Greetings! You are now entering the 'serious' section, where you'll find hard-hitting reviews of hardware and software. Find out what's under scrutiny this month... Word processor round-up Nowadays, all the world's greatest aulhois use word processors, including Stephen King, the laiuous hot- ror novelist. The days of the typewriter are long gone, and it's time for your Amiga to lake over. In this packed round-up. We look at the best and the worst in the WP market. From Wini hu;ih I I to Qiiicktvrin• 3.1. they're all here, hauling it out for supremacy on... Page
151 Digitiser round-up 149 In the second of our big round-ups this month we look at eight of the best digitisers you tan buy for your Amiga. Whether you just want to get the best from your TV-grabbing exploits, or you're thinking of messing around with stills from your home movies, you need lo read this.
Which one really does give you the true picture: DtgiView Gold or the VIDI Complete Colour Solution.' Find out on... Page 185 NOVEMBER 1992 XCAD 2000 For a professional CAD image, you need a proles- sional-quality CAD package. Is XCAD '(KM) just that.’ It's cheap enough not to blow a hole in your budget and it's packed w ith things that make engineering drawings as simple as scribbling. Find oul how we have raled ibis newcomer... Page 176 Alfa Data OCR Scanner We've all heard about paperless offices, but still the place is full of the stuff.
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Send to Wizard Games, 5 Osborne Court, Oiney, Bucks. MK46 4LA. Fax: (0234) 240687 Postage & Packing included in UK. Europe add £2.00. Elsewhere add £3.75. Please make cheques P.O’s payable to ‘Wizard Games’ Novels, film ideas, games ideas, idea ideas, angry letters, invitations, resignations, refusals, proposals, what can't you contain in a well-crafted letter? Tim Smith looks at the tools of the writer's trade as he examines Amiga word processors... W H AT WAS THE one piece of software lhat really popularised the home computer? Well, it wasn't a game, it definitely wasn't a spreadsheet. And
by no stretch of the imagination could it be said to be a database. It was the humble word processor. And the reason for this? Everyone needs one.
This man has mode millions and millions of dollars simply by writing words. Does he use o typewriter? A Bit pen? No, as the end ol Misery proves, Stephen King uses a word processor.
Its ancestor, the typewriter, required you to have a supply of correction fluid close beside a mountain of paper (plus a slippers mass of carbon paper if you wanted to keep any record of your work) and. In some cases, a pair of heavy-duty ear plugs.
Your Amiga armed with a half-decent word processor and a dot-matrix printer, is like a leap into the 21st century.
The word at war With the typewriter, mistakes are often punished with the chore of having to re-type an entire piece of work: a mistake w ith a word processor simply means pressing the backspace key a few limes and re-typing a single word or maybe a phrase.
Also, have you ever tried to get a typewriter to tell you how to justify a paragraph: have you ever got a typewriter to tell you how to tab a paragraph for that matter? You can sit there for hours on end yelling at it in despair and nothing will happen. On the other hand, with your Amiga a quick stab at the relevant key combination will produce some on-line help for you in an instant.
NOVEMBER 1992 Not only will this tell you all that you need to know , it will also tell you a great deal that you never even realised you would ever want to know: label and envelope printing, column printing, mail merging, macros, calculations, printing foreign characters, automatic page numbering, spell-checking... The on-line spelling checker (and thesaurus) is the single most important asset a word processor has to offer. Just imagine typing out five pages of your rude tbut incisive and ever-so-cutting) letter to the bank, demanding they retract the £15 charge for the letter they sent
you about a deficit you were already aware of. Only to arrive at the branch with the following line: And. If nothing is done abut this. I will witdraw my acountl'.
Even if you had managed to catch the mistakes in time, you would have been forced to re-type the letter. With a word processor, it would simply have been a case of running the spelling checker over the document. In some cases you can even use an on-line thesaurus to create new. And particularly gross, names for your bank manager. Apart from correcting bad spelling, your Amiga and a good word processor can also work in conjunction to save you a great deal of time. For example, saving standard letters and or templaled forms.
Not only can you create letterheads that can be used and reused w ithout loss of quality, you can also save entire documents to disk.
These can then be opened up and important text can be taken from them and pasted into other documents.
Making text look gotxl is another skill at which the Amiga and a gotxl word processor excel. Adding tabs using a typewriter can be a nightmare of fiddling with connecting rods and or switches. With a word processor you can set and reset tabs, margins and columns to your heart's content.
In fact many word processors will have rulers lhat can be to set to enable you to use different layouts in the same document.
Standard settings can then be retained for future use or can be maimed and altered dramatically for effect.
At the starl of your word processing career, you are likely to be a two finger, slam-and- crash merchant, so typing speed probably won't mean a great deal to you.
However, the more often you use a keyboard. The faster you will get. Using a typewriter, you will eventually gel to lhat crushing moment when all the keys seem to weld together in front of you forcing you to slop your train of thought, roll up your sleeves and discover just how much grease and fluff can accumulate inside a clunky. 19th Century piece of office equipment. Not with a word processor though.
The only time you really need to worry about speed with a word processor, is when you decide which kind you are going to opt for (once you've bought your favourite, you will usually he hard-pushed to beat it for pace).
There are two types of word processors: those that can handle graphics, and those that can't.
These are then subdis ided into those that use the WYSIWYG (What You Sec Is What You Get) system whereby adding an italic to a word will show up on screen in italics: and the non-WYSIWYG, which requires you to use control codes lhat don't affect the text until it is printed out.
WYSIWYG systems (they gained a name of their own many years ago when the idea of a computer actually doing what we all take for granted now was a pipedream) arc useful for predetermining what a document could look like, but they do tend to be slow. Non- WYSIWYG systems are faster, but leave you guessing a little.
So. With all this for you to choose front, which is the best word processor for you?
Turn the page and read on. Ip WORD PROCESSORS: JARGON BUSTED A great deal ot the terminology used In word processing comes from the bad old days ol typewriting and so is lost on more up-to-date computer users. Although word processors are easy to use and incredibly useful, they also come with their own particular lingo. For the most part this is simple to understand, however, the more jargonised pieces ot burble are explained below: ASCII: American Standard Code ot inlormation Interchange: a text tile format that enables you to transfer text between computers and applications.
The ability to save in ASCII torm is an essential element ot a good word processor. Some programs will also call this Text File saving.
Auto-save: some word processors will save documents to disk at set time Intervals. Ideally you should be able lo set the time. This utility only shows its true usefulness after you've lost two hours work!
Block: an area of text that has been marked out tor special use. Blocks can normally be word-counted, spell-checked, copied, pasted and even saved as separate documents.
Block marker: two embedded codes that show the beginning and end ol a block.
Control code: non-text characters that are placed in the text - they are sometimes also called Formatting Characters. An example of this would be lo place "Italic" before a word.
Copy: way ol storing text In memory without actually removing it from the document as you would with Cutting.
Custom dictionary: dictionary built-up by you ol words not already contained in the system dictionary. These words are added to the custom dictionary during spell-checks. Also known as the User dictionary.
Cut: to remove a block of text and save it in memory tor pasting. This will remain inmemory unlil you cut or copy something else.
Find and Exchange: a system that enables you to automatically go through a document changing words or phrases (useful when altering case, or removing useless control codes).
Footer: a small area at the bottom of a page of text (you can describe it as the bottom margin). Unless specifically opened, you cannot write into a footer (useful for holding page numbers and footnotes) Form feed: a command that tells the printer to feed the paper lo the start of the next page.
Header: an area at the top of a page that works in the same way as a footer (you can describe it as the top margin) useful for page numbers.
Insert mode: enables you to place cursor within a word and add letters without losing any of the existing letters.
Line feed: a command that tells the printer to advance the paper by one line.
Mail-merge: a system that enables you to write form letters and automatically add names and addresses from a separate file.
Merge: adding one document to another.
Overwrite mode: a system that enables you to place Ihe cursor within a word and replace existing letters with new ones.
Page break: adding a page break enables you to end a page prematurely.
Paste: adding text that has been saved in the computer's memory into a document that has been previously Copied or Cut Rule: also known as Ruler - this is a line at the top ol the on-screen text that shows you where the tabs and margins are set.
Tabs: indentations that can be used to mark the beginnings of paragraphs, addresses at the top letterheads or lo space out information in a graph.
User dictionary: see Custom dictionary.
Wrap: also known as Word Wrap. With word wrap on. Words that would normally be broken at the end ol lines are moved to the start of the next line. This is useful for smart-looking business documents.
WYSIWYG: an acronym standing for What You See Is What You Get': this system enables you to see italics, bolds, justifications and other formats on screen.
PROTEXT 5 NOVEMBER 1992 £80 0733 68909 ARMOR Protext started life as one of those incredibly simple programs but It has been built-up over the years without losing any ol Its simplicity. At heart it Is a straightforward text-basher with few frills. In fact it even retains a Command Mode, a CLI-llke system that runs in tandem with the pull-down menus. This mode is used lo enter macros (a series ol grouped commands) as well as being the entry point tor all Ihe other, menu accessible, commands that come with the system.
But don't let its clunky simplicity put you ott from the tact that it is probably one of the best word processors around. All the basics are there, from a built-in thesaurus and spelling checker (It uses the Collins dictionary, plus you can create your own customisable dictionaries) to text formatting. It is not a WYSIWYG system though, so any ol the italics, bolds or underlines you decide to add will only appear on the printout and not on screen.
This adds to the speed ol the system, and you won't find another word processor that can match it lor pace.
Because it is such a down-the-line word processor. Graphics handling is a no-no. Protext deals In words and not very much else. The downsides of the program are its mountain ol commands. It sometimes seems like it has too much to otfer. And it has a limited visual impact unless you plough through the manual and customise the formats (or the number of third-party books that have sprung up to service the market). These niggles aside, if you are looking for a sub-£100 word processor (that behaves as if it were worth several times that) with which to quickly and easily produce words, then
Protext is the obvious choice.
Protext 5 speed • • • • • Screen updates are fast. Text entry is rarely held up so you can Keep flowing. Disk access Is quick from dropdown menus or from the command line. Protext can butter documents bigger than RAM on disk.
EASE OF USE • • • • It you aren't bothered with tcomplex functions such as mail merging and macro creation, then you can dive straight Into Prolext.
WRITING FEATURES • • • • A lull spelling checker with the ability to create your own user-dlctionary(ies). This is complimented by a thesaurus. Word counting Is also included. There is also the ability to spilt the screen so that you can work on two separate tiles simultaneously.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • Protext Is a lexl-cruncher with few pretensions to true- page layout skills. You can play around with fonts, print In columns and rejig rulers, but these are not Its tortes.
GRAPHICS FEATURES Not applicable.
DOCUMENTATION • • • A little heavy handed. The manual does go into everything you need to know - It was produced using Prolext (so It gives you an idea ot its layout limitations).
VALUE • • • • II you have no need for tricksey graphics or Hash out- putting. Then its tor you. Initially difficult to get to grips with the complex levels, time reaps rewards.
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WORDWORTH 1-1 £ 1 29.99 DtGTTA INTERNATIONAL 0395 270273 Wordworth is known as a document processor or word publisher - you can use these programs to import graphics and a whole host ot fonts.
Wordworth is currently running at version 1.1. but there are strong rumours that an all-new. Updated version 2 is looming. But for now. We'll concentrate on the version at hand.
To get the most from this word processor you need a hard disk with about 3Mb free. Once up and running, the choices open to you are wide. Not only can you place and resize pictures, but you can also flow text around them. Text can be manipulated in true WYSIWYG style: italicising shows up on screen. Screen updating and text entry range from The number and complexities of the functions moke Wordworth one of the better document processors.
The slow to the quite adequate depending on the version of Kickstart you are running (3.1 users look out) and the amount of RAM you have. It's not swift, and the more graphics you have, and the more documents you have open, the longer you will have to wait tor the screen to refresh.
As you would expect from a program of this cost and complexity, full spell-checking facilities (116,000 words) and a (470,000 word) thesaurus are included. As you might not expect, it also comes with Speech - this can be set to repeat what you are writing: sections of text, or entire documents.
An incredible boon for the sight-impaired.
When outputting text. Wordworth is well equipped with printer drivers (over 100 printers are supported, ranging from basic 9-pin machines up to inkjets). For a domestically produced document processor, with a healthy future ahead of it. You could do worse than buy Wordworth.
Wordworth 1.1 SMID • • • Kickstart 3.1 users with little RAM beware. Users of A600s and 500 Pluses with plenty ol RAM need not worry. A hard disk will make the world ot difference.
IASI OF USE • • • The number of functions make this a program that deserves a llffle ot your time lo get the most out ot it.
Sure, you can get straight on with text crunching, but Wordworth has more to otter than this.
WRITINO FEATURES • • • • The WYSIWYG features also make tor a clearer idea ot what you are dealing with. Mail merging facilities are Included. Has support for over 100 printers.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • • • A flexible system lor creating, customising and updating page layout lormats. Rules and margins are clearly displayed, as (what a relief) are tabs.
ORAPHICS FEATURES • • • • Placing pictures and text flow are well defined. Images can be added using standard IFF format in any resolution or size In 2 to 64 colours. HAM and halt-brlte Images can also be used.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Plenty ot It and no mistake. The 286-page manual even comes with some adhesive keyboard overlays.
VALUE • •• • The possibility ol updates obviously looming on the horizon attects this rating. As it stands at the moment.
Wordworth has plenty to otter tor someone wanting to put together complex documents.
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EXCELLENCE 3 £79.99 MICRO SYSTEMS SOFTWARE HB MARKETING 0753 686000 Not a bad attempt at a fully blown document processor (you can integrate graphics with the text). It comes with a 90.000 word spelling checker (it s US.
But then so are the majority of the processors here, save for Wordworth) that makes use ot specialist supplements'. There is also a 1.4 million word thesaurus. It also comes with two of the most irritating word-processing gadgets ever invented: the spell-as-you-type which slows text entry down horrifically. And the grammar-style checkers which are particularly pedantic.
Aside from these Excellence 3 is not far off being the best document processor for the Amiga.
For a start it comes with 100 per cent Colour If you wont to make use of the extras that tome with excellence you really do need a hard drive.
NOVEMBER 1992 PostScript-compatibllity. This means If you want professional documents from a printing bureau you will have lew, If any. Problems. It certainly makes this a program that won't let you down.
All the basics are there: a reasonable manual, but it's housed, sadly, in a ringbound manual) including good graphics-handling capabilities and the ability to place graphics in the header and footer areas. Thankfully it is also fully WYSIWYG - In fact this also extends to different font usages (the makers claim that up to 250 fonts can be included In a single document - a recommendation that shouldn't be used as the document would look vile).
Amiga integration is also good with Arexx and AmlgaDOS 1.3 and 2.04 supporl Included. You should also bear In mind, however, that 1Mb of RAM is required and, if you want to make use of the extras, you really do need to have a hard disk.
Excellence 3 SPEED • • • • Depends on the complexity ot the document you are working on. Also, to get the most of the system, you shouldn't have more than two documents open.
EASE OF USE • • • • • Because It works with true WYSIWYG, you would not want to use Excellence as a straight text cruncher.
WRITINO FEATURES • • • • Spelling checker, a thesaurus (they don’t bother telling you how many words), mail merging, grammar and style checkers. Index and table of contents generators
- which Is a Godsend.
LAYOUT FEATURES •••• Colour Is supported as is a user-defined page setup facility. There Is AGFACompugraphlc outline font sup- port and multiple fonts can be used on screen.
ORAPHICS FEATURES • • • Although you can load up to 32-colour IFFs, It can only display them in up to eight colours. Once In, they can be cropped and resized. Flowing text around graphics In other than box form Is a pain. There is also no autotext flow for resized images DOCUMENTATION • • • Adequate It's another ringbound affair which means Its fall-to-blts-soon rating Is high. Its index is poor and sparse to say the least.
VALUE • •• • A reasonable document processor. It still has to catch up with Wordworth and Final Copy In terms ol graphics handling, and true font manipulation.
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EN PAL £49.99 SOFTWOOD GORDON HARWOOD COMPUTERS 0773 836781 PenPat tries to be a document processor. It can Import IFF-tormat graphics tiles, It even has a (more than adequate) bash at tlowing text around them. The graphics are not limited to straight IFF format, you can also Import HAM pictures, however these can only be shown In eight colours.
Fortunately when you come to print the images out.
Pen Pal is quite capable of using the picture's original palette to produce the full 4.096 colours (or greyscales) on the print out.
At under £50 (Just) Pen Pal offers all the basics of a full-blown document processor on a budget. It even comes with the ability to flow text around resized pictures. This is very different from simply being able to lay a picture on the page and flow text around it. The ability to automatically reflow text once you have resized a graphic vastly cuts down on the amount of time it takes to work on a document. Surprisingly only Wordworth and Pen Pal can really claim to properly make use of this facility; so if you're thinking of producing something like a fanzine quickly, professionally and
cheaply Pen Pal is for you.
Y|i..a.. . .ji......ft......a. iiN.:m»K.Mi nw*« irwrr And this is only one side of the story; when resizing pictures you will see less Image degradation than most other programs mentioned here.
This is because Pen Pal uses some clever tricks in memory to retain the integrity ot the original image even when you have mucked around with it.
In terms of straight word processing, Pen Pal is rather less to shout about. It is limited to the Amiga's own bitmapped fonts. It also lacks a thesaurus, and the dictionary is limited.
Pen Pal SPEED • • • Text entry Is fine as long as you don't have too much on screen. Screen refreshes on graphics arc a little slow, mainly because the cropping and resizing are carried out In a more complex way than other programs.
EASE OF USE • • • • Great to use and it doesn't take to long to get the hang ot the graphics functions.
WRITING FEATURES • • No thesaurus and a weak (110,000 word) dictionary do not lend themselves to the writer's craft. The program comes with the highly uselui built-in database Ml- AmigaFlle.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • No multiple column printing. No widow or orphan control and no auto-hyphenation can make the going a little tough tor those people who want to make text look pretty around pictures. There is only a single rule which means that changing lormats within a document is next to Impossible.
GRAPHICS FEATURES • • • • For Its price, Pen Pel ofters some excellent graphics functions. IFF and HAM images can be Incorporated.
Cropping and resizing are dealt with very well Indeed. It also comes with its own set ol drawing tools.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Good gear this, softbound manual (not one of the hideous rlngbound things). It comes with tutorials which are Illustrated with screenshots Irom the program Itselt. It's good to see a manual ol this quality.
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QUICKWRITC 3.1 £49.99 NEW HORIZONS HB MARKETING 0753 686000 Pared right down to the bone, QuickWrite is roughly what its name implies - not QuickGraphic or QuIckPretty - this software Is concerned purely and simply with quickly churning out words.
Essentially it is a cut-down version of the older ProWrlte, and when we say cutdown we really mean slaughtered.
It doesn't come with a thesaurus, and It only has a tiny (in modern word-processing terms)
50. 000-word dictionary. It has absolutely no graphics
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You would normally have thought that this would have speeded the whole thing up, in fact the ¦an i ft IbcrO n peg- n brn.l firit «a» U' « fcri-f IX 7IW Jans brills n RjnT Jan m 12) •» „ Jib farms S? " I I l» I fill QukkWrite hat a single rule, you can use the headers and footers and you can even page number, but that's It.
Name suggests this; but it doesn't. Programs such as Protext (which is far more complex) or even Scribble seem to move along at a far faster clip than QuickWrite. In fact there Is very little to say In Its favour.
Sure, It Is simple, easy-to-use and won't burden you with a lot a commands and key combinations before you start bashing out words.
But when you consider that you can only really have 10 documents open at any one time, that the printer support is barely noticeable, and that there is no ability to use column printing or even multiple fonts, finding something positive to say about It is rather hard going.
Aside from It being a very simple affair (so It won't eat up large chunks of memory on your Amiga) It bears a passing resemblance to Microsoft’s Word. You are probably better off passing quite quickly over QuickWrite.
QuickWrite 3.1 It should be taster with such limited (acillties, no graphics - you can't use widow or orphan control - you would oxpect it to move like script off a shovel but this just does not happen.
EASE OF USE • • • Fairly simple to use for what It Is. Plus it has a fairly friendly menu system.
WRITING FEATURES • • You can number pages and yes there Is a 50.000-word dictionary but that's It. No thesaurus, a basic mall merge, no macros (without Arexx) and a lack ol hardcopy options.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • If you needed a really simple notepad then this would do the business. If. On the other hand, you want a partially featured word processor, look elsewhere.
GRAPHICS FEATURES Not applicable.
DOCUMENTATION • • • The slim manual comes with screenshots to illustrate the various elements ot the program. Bearing In mind that there is so little to the program, the less than full some manual covers It all with reasonable precision.
VALUE • • If you want a cut-down, very basic but quite good-looking word cruncher, with no aspirations to prettlllcatlon, style or features - and you have £50 to spare - then It s a toss-up between QuickWrite and TransWrtte. Make sure though, that the coin you are tossing is weighted.
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KTINUM £34.95 MICRO SYSTEMS SOFTWARE HB MARKETING 0753 686000 This is cheering. For under £40 you get a word processor that not only comes with a 104,000 dictionary and a 470.000 word thesaurus, but you can also print IFF graphics.
This is achieved by dot commands'. This calls lor some hard logic work on your part as well as some place and hope. You have to place the Dot in the document where you want the picture to go.
Then you have to estimate roughly how much space you have on the page - resizing the graphic is basically a case ot fiddling with the width and height, and hope you get it in the right place.
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Really any good for inserting graphs and charts.
When It comes to its writing features, however, you are looking at a rapid processor that comes with limited commands and structures.
It makes a stab at WYSIWYG, with bolds, italics, underlines, super and sub-scripts all supported. Printer support, however, is rather limited. But at this price it really does not matter that much because you will be looking for a word processor that enables cutting, pasting, finding and exchanging and generally putting words to work.
The downers are that it should be faster than it is, and that the system of dot commands looks extraordinarily intimidating at first glance. It really does take some time to get used to.
However, for under £40 and as a first foray into the world of word processing, Scribble! (and its Incarnation in The Works Platinum Edition) is well worth a look.
Scribble! Platinum Edition speed • • • With only four documents able to be open at any one time, this suggests that memory management could have been slightly better achieved.
EASE OF USE • • • • • The dot commands that are used lor placing pictures are somewhat tricky, and can be a bit hit and miss.
WRITINO FEATURES • • Scribble comes with a 103,000-word spelling checker (and user-dictlonary support) and a 470,000-word thesaurus. The lind-and-change lunction Is uselul but the mall merge leaves a great deal to be desired.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • No text Itow because graphic use Is limited to dot commands'. It also does not come with a ruler lor tab and margin settings.
GRAPHICS FEATURES • Well, you can print out graphics (IFFs) but you cannot see them on screen, nor can you change the way they look except by fiddling with the prlnt-dot density.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Average. There are a lew screenshots to give you some Idea about what you are doing, and the writers have done their best to give you an idea about the dot commands. A simple program with an adequate manual.
VALUE • • • • Better value than It looks Irom these ratings. Although It Is under-leatured In comparison to many ol the other programs in this round-up, lor Its price It does the Job ol word processing very well indeed.
AMK W Mic) 79% 156 NOVEMBER 1992 One point definitely In its favour is speed. But if it's fine-looking documents you're after look elsewhere.
TRANSWRITE £39.95 GOLD DISK HB MARKETING 0753 686000 Rapid word crunching - that's what you get trom TransWrite. The program was built for speed and has a 90.000 word spelling checker which doesn't have you sitting round waiting for hours before it suggests color' instead of 'colour'.
Before we go on, there are no graphics handling capabilities in TransWrite, so if you're looking for a pseudo-DTP package you should look elsewhere. TransWrite, like Protext Is built for writers and writers alone.
To this end, you only need 512k of RAM to run the thing which means that it can be run from Workbench as a kind of desk accessory or from its own environment. The manual claims that you can open 'any number of documents' using TransWrite, wwf ¦ led (.1* P HSH be Irwa 9 m taw talar B In flat B rat lararr talar Bl tanarSiM » I I-* title talar B'MBBi ton InW P Mms Hair ta4aa 6! Allaa A nice little feature that you get with TransWrite it the style-analysis module.
In practice this actually seems to work. Because you are not bothering with details such as headers and footers, and columns not only can you open up document after document (and copy and paste text between all of them), you can do this on the fly.
It lacks rulers so altering In-document layouts is impossible. It is also without the ability to use multiple fonts - which means that your documents will look clean. It even lacks a thesaurus.
TransWrite cannot hope to compete with the Final Copys, Wordworths or Excellences of this world in terms of creating fine-looking documents.
It Is also left behind by Protext when It comes to added extras such as complex mail and document merges, macros or math calculations. But despite all of this (and taking into consideration its price) If you are looking for a no-frills word processor to use as and when you need it, then TransWrite Is more than up to the job.
Speed • • • • Because most ot the other elements you would expect to see In a document or more complex word processor are missing, you can really stream along.
EASE OF USE • • • • Because there are no graphics capabilities It's a fairly simple program to get the hang of.
WRITINO FEATURES • • Terrific for producing words - it's just a little tame at processing them In complex ways. No thesaurus, the dictionary Is limited to 90,000 words. But in Its favour there Is a quick word count.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • There is an automatic hyphenation option Included (some ot the more complex programs don't have It).
You can also make use ol a preview to get an idea of how the document looks before you print It.
GRAPHICS FEATURES Not applicable.
DOCUMENTATION • • Gold Disk could do well to learn trom Softwood here.
The manual Is flimsy as hell with an appallingly weak Index. On the upside though, the program Is so easy to use that you don't actually need a major-league manual In the first place.
VALUE • • • • I personally prefer Protext, but for sheer speed and ease of use TransWrite will take some beating. At under £40. Even if you were just to buy It as an occasional word cruncher, this will serve you very well Indeed.
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Inal Copy II is not only the Amiga's most powerful Vord Processor with every feature you'd expect plus many more found normally in DTP packages - ut also the only Word Processor that gives supertt saleable outline fonts from any Amiga - even 1.3's. magine outputting to your printers highest resolution, vith almost Postscriptlaser perfection - no matter shich printer you may have. Even with a simple line pin dot matrix you'll get perfect ajtf riming* from Final Copy's !0 smooth outline typefaces hat are included!
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FtnPxi With multiple newspaper style columns and integrated drawing tools - for boxes, borders, squares. Lines at any angle, ovals, circles, arrows etc.. plus colour text, along with many other formatting tools - your documents will look and read just as you want them to.
Final Copy II includes a 110.000 word British- English Collins Proximity Spelling Detector & Corrector, to help typing errors become a thing of the past, along with an 826.000 synonym Thesaurus, for that extra inspiration.
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Facilities. However, if you have bought the suit of programs for the spreadsheet or disk utilities, then you would not be disappointed by the text crunching abilities of the word processor.
MINI OFFICE EUROPRESS £69.95 0625 859333 This is really in here under the table as it were: mini Office is an ancient suite ol programs that were originally heaped together on the PC before transferring to machines such as the PCW before finally turning up on the Amiga. The programs include a graphics module, a database, a spreadsheet, a disk utility' and. Of course, a word processor.
Because the programs are linked you could say that the word processor comes with all the facilities of the other modules - for example the graphics from the spreadsheet could be Included as a separate page in your word-processed documents. In Itself, the mini Office word processor would be a sad little thing with bare WYSIWYG, no graphics handling at all, a slow, Irritating dictionary, no thesaurus and limited text editing layout Although you can incorporate standard IFF flies into your documents, this Is about all you can do with them. Any idea about resizing, cropping or In anyway
affecting them should be left at the Workbench screen. This Importing facility was only really set up to deal with data from the spreadsheet for example, or for charts or graphs from the graphics section.
When printing to screen, and to the printer for that matter, you are limited to the standard sans- serif 8-point typeface. This can be italicised, bolded and even underlined but that's about the size of It.
All in all. You wouldn't want to buy this as a stand-alone word processor - but Its Inclusion In the mini Office bundle will come in very useful.
SPEED • • • The spelling checker slops at every other word over five letters. Text entry is quick mainly because you are kept to a single 8-point typetace.
EASE OF USE • • • Because the graphics handling is so weak, the chances are that you won't use that many images so screen refreshes are reasonably rapid but not blistering.
WRITING FEATURES • • Spelling checker but no thesaurus. Because you can look to the other modules in the mini Office suite, you can pull in data tor mail merging from the spreadsheet.
It is WYSIWYG but you are limited to a single font.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • There Is still no auto-hyphenation, but you can use multiple rulers (which can be cut and pasted all over a document) In order to pretty the whole thing up.
GRAPHICS FEATURES • • Because of Its modular nature you can import graphics from the spreadsheet and graphics areas of the suite.
Once In there Is very little you can do with them.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Well documented as part ot a wider suite ot programs.
It Is covered as a stand-alone program and as part ol the wider picture with the Inclusion of screenshots and some clearly written text.
VALUE • • On Its own It would be very limited and limiting - hence this rating. However, as part of an Integrated set-up It Is usetul and lunctlonal without standing out.
F tMGfc, _ ferdic) 50% LofiMfgr WORDPERFECT £21 7.38 NOVEMBER 1992 WORDPERFECT CORP 0932 850500
I. hate software that comes with crappy rlngbinders, with sealed
pages, the holes of which do not fit the binder's clasps (one
of which Immediately opens up slightly tearing all the pages).
I hate this because It comes from the old PC tradition that
says that ring binders are usetul to keep all the separate
pages of upgrade Information that seep through after the first
bundle is released.
Guess what you get with WordPerfect? This ancient and revered program comes from the depths of PC-land, and is now showing its age.
According to the lady at WordPerfect Corp it is also being discontinued (she also said have a nice day.
Which I did not having spent it with WordPerfect).
The program works with combination after combination of key presses (or with the tar friendlier pull-down menu system that will be familiar to most Amiga users.
WordPerfect is WYSIWYG to the extent that it will show you boids. With italics however, it has problems. You have to Show Codes if you want to see where the Italics come in (shown by an T at the start of a line).
All this said, you can't knock a word processor with the track record and calibre of WordPerfect.
To give the company their due, they have Included a kind of pseudo-outlining module, and a mall merge that both do their respective jobs with a minimum of fuss and bother. The port from PC to Amiga has been carried out with greater attention than a lot of other programs. Still, Iwlll be a rare sight In the shops by the end of this year, and there are better Amiga-specific Wps about the place.
WordPerfect SPEED • • • • Once you've got used to the key command combinations that are used to save you using the pull-down menus, you can steam along with your word processing (It was designed lor speed Initially). Hard disk is recommended, two (topples are mandatory.
EASE OF USE • • • • Once you've got passed the initial amazement that a program this old can still be this complex, you will tind it simple to understand and explore.
WRITING FEATURES • • The Speller utility comes with 115,000 words, and happily It checks lor double occurrences of words as well as providing the word count. The number ol words In the thesaurus Is not stated.
LAYOUT FEATURES • • Well yes, you can add tabs and rulers, but WordPerfect really wasn't developed to do more than crunch words
- lor example there Is no column printing. II you are looking lor
a great text layout engine, look elsewhere.
GRAPHICS FEATURES Not applicable.
DOCUMENTATION • • • A rlngbound manual that lalls apart. But it's well laid out. With a glossary and plenty ol tutorials.
VALUE • • • • Even II WordPerfect are being truthful about dropping their program In the next year, they will still oiler support. Which Is a positive point. For a word cruncher.
Protext beats it hands down though.
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WORLD This month's regular look at the range of low-cost and no-cost software takes in a program to illustrate the inner workings of a four-stroke petrol engine, a program to help you write up your will, something to teoch you morse code, and a replacement for the operating system m mar man PLUS: C PROGRAMMING, AREXX, CHAOS, Al, VIDEO AND DTP Amiga Shoppers news pages are always the first to bring you the complete story - we're the ones who first told the world about the death of the A500. This month we have a full report on the launch of Commodore's new A4000 in Pasadena, California. Find out
what mokes this one so special, and what it could mean for the evolution of your machine. PLUS: the $ 250 68030 accelerator card for your Amiga which will turn it into an A3000 COMMODORE'S NEW AMIGA PUBLIC ADVICE and NTHUf*ST 4fe from Th’ moLers of Amiga Format issue 19 rft Pogt 74 n- *9» 156 your Amiga?
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At just £49.99*, Maxiplan4 makes your money - and vour ideas - go far further. It all adds up to yet another hit from The Disc Company... the brains behind the brainiest softer* ware: Kindwords3 gives Amiga’s most popular word processor a big boost. For a start, this new version is faster, far more powerful and fantastically friendly. Incorporating the incredible Human Interface Protocol™, it works harder for you. So you don’t have to work so hard!
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With graphics as the flavour of the month, we decided to send Asam Ahmad to give us a full run-down (or across) on the latest hand-scanner. Here is his report.
Alfa Data Mono hand scannei ¦ £335 ¦ Golden Image SO WHAT'S SO special about this scanner?
Well, at its hefty pricc-lag you'd expect something special: and yes with this package you get a hand-scanner capable of resolutions up to 400dpi (dots per inch), a copy of MiGraph TouchUp scanning and editing software; a copy of Merge- to join-up scanned images, and the star of the show, a special version of MiGraph OCR. Optical character recognition software, made for the Alfa Data scanner.
The scanner runs from an adaptor that connects to your parallel port. Unfortunately, there is no through-port. So you have to keep unplugging the scanner module and plugging in your printer (if you have a parallel printer).
This can be a little annoying when you have a nightmare situation like mine - where there are cables galore behind your Amiga.
Anyway, as well as the parallel port device, there is a power adaptor that has to be plugged into the mains to power lo the scanner.
On the scanner there are a few twiddly bits to control how your scan will appear. There is a slider that enables you to select the resolution that you want to scan your image in at.
This can be either 100. 200. 300 or 400dpi (dots per inch I. When scanning, it is vital to bear in mind w hat the final picture is going to be used for. If you are scanning in an image to use on screen, there is no point in scanning at 400dpi. Especially when you consider that a monitor is only capable of displaying around 65dpi. However if you plan to use a scan in a document or something that is to be printed out. It is best to choose a scan as close as possible to ihe resolution of your printer.
There is also a brightness wheel to control the saturation of the image, and a sw itch that controls the halftone resolution. This determines how big the halftone dot is. Which fundamentally determines how coarse the image will appear. There arc three halftone settings, and also a letter setting. The latter tells the scanner to ignore all shades, and send an image as a pure black-and-white scan. This is ideal for scanning text, or hand-drawn linear! Because it produces a sharp image with no dithering. The last button on the scanner is the Stan button which, as its name suggests, indi
cates when you arc actually scanning.
The TouchUp software included in the package is pretty comprehensive. It has an abundance of tools for scanning and manipulating your image. Scanned images, despite the fact they arc only mono, can take up quite a bit of memory , especially for a full-width 400dpi 164 scan. So. It is advisable to have quite a bit of memory free. The minimum requirement is 3Mb. But if you arc careful, and don't have too many windows open on Workbench and any background tasks. 2Mb might suffice.
To scan an image, you have to select the scan-resolution from the software and from the scanner. This means that you can select different resolutions on each, effectively using this ability to alter the image size on the Amiga. If for example, you set the software to 4(X)dpi.
And the scanner to 100dpi, the scanned image would be a quarter of the original. Setting software to 100dpi. And Ihe scanner lo 400dpi. The NOVEMBER 1992 The ALFA DATA SCANNER is available from Gasteiner Technologies 081-365 11ST jging the scanm ou have a paralli a little annoyim The OCR softwore in action. After scanning in the raw words, it is time to translate It into ASCII text.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS so what's so special about this scanner? W ell trom the price, you'd probably expect something special, and Indeed with this package youget a hand scanner capable ot resolutions up to 400dpi, a copy ofMIGraph TouchUp scanning and editing software, Merge-lt, to ioin upscanned Images, and the star of the show , a special version of MiGraphOCR, optical character recognition software, made for the Alfa Datascanner.The s can- ner Its ell runs from an adaptor that conne § s to yourparallel port. Unfortunately , there is no through po@, so you have tokeep unplugging the
scanner module and plugging In your printerfassuming you have a parallel printer) whenever you want to use It.Thls can be a little annoying when you have a nightmare situation likemine, where there are cables galore behind your Amiga and a right oldspaghetti jun@ion. Anyway , as well as the parallel po@ device, there Isa power adaptor that has to be plugged into the mains and feeds Into it,supplying pow er to the s canner .On the scanner you have a few twiddly bits to control how yourscan will appear. There is a slider that allows you to select theresolution that you want to scan you Image
in at. This can be eitherl 00 , 200 . 300 or 400dpi. When scanning It is vit@ to bear in mind whatthe final pi@ure is going to be used for. If you are scanning in an imageto use on sc7ggn .. t@@7@ 1% nn nnlnf in %r%nninn fVo im%n@ in %t @nn @ni image would lie four-limes larger. You also have to select the scan length in order to determine the size of the image you want to scan.
This done, it's just a case of moving the scanner over your image at a steady rate. The Alfa Data isn't as bad as some others because you don't have to move the head at a snail's pace for the Amiga to keep up. There is also a little, red LED on the unit that starts to flash if you start going too fast. If the light goes out however, it's lime to start the scan again because you will have lost some data.
The other functions TouchUp provides are mainly to do with editing Ihe picture and TEXT?
(1p HAND-HELD SCANNER The AMIGA 3500, half scanned and printed directly at 400dpi, and half converted to a 31-greyscale imoge. As you can see, the quality is pretty good.
165 touching il up. There arc brush facilities and various other tools to enhance the image.
When saving the image you have the option to save it as a pure black-and-white image or. By some clever image processing, as a 16-colour image or as a 31 ‘apparent' colour image using a 2x2 picture cell. This is ideal for creating screen images. DTP fans can also save out as 24-bit IFF or as X-bit TIFF, as well as a couple of other alien formats.
The problem with hand-scanncrs of course is that you are restricted to a scan w idth of around four inches. In order to overcome this limitation, the scanner is provided with NOVEMBER 1992 Merge-ll software which does exactly that. It will take two scanned images, and will try and join them up.
The program is very good at this and provides you with some fine positioning control lo overlay the edges of the two scans together. Finally, it will save the newly formed image as one file.
The cherry on the cake is the OCR software.
This has been specially written for Alfa Data so you can't take any old image and process it; all the data has to come directly from this scanner. In order for il to operate at its best, you have lo set the scanner to 400dpi (the highest resolution) and into text mode so the image has no grey scales.
The software is very impressive in operation. It has some intelligent algorithms to relate scanned characters into actual text, and in the interactive mode it will ask you to define the characters it doesn't understand. It uses these definitions to help work out the rest of the words in the scan.
It can even leam from every scan, to build up its own little dictionary . After a few uses, this option really docs come into its own and.
In order to make the most of your investment.
I would advise that you make good use of it.
I was quite pleased with the results that the scanner produced and. Despite the high price (compared with most scanners at around ll(XI) the programs that you get w ith it are of a very high quality and are very functional.
It is possible to scan in good images wilh very' little hassle. The only real down-point (once you have got the money together that is) is that for the best results, you need to have at least 3Mb of memory, and preferably a fast processor, so that you don't have to move Ihe scan-head terribly slowly to make sure the computer gets all the data.
All in all - and even considering the price
- a very good package, and especially useful for DTP users that
need to scan in pictures for flyers, for Amiga users that want
to scan in pictures for graphics or whatever. If you can afford
this scanner, then you should seriously consider going for it.
The 'text' on the left hand side is no normal text, it's actually what the MiGraph OCR sottware interpreted from the text In the first column. The original was printed out at 300dpi. Using a 12pt font, rather than scanning the text straight from the magazine, using the 8pt Times font. All the text was worked out automatically by the software and , where it didn't know a character, it Inserted an '(§ ' symbol.
The smaller the text, the higher the resolution you have to scan at. The text on this page is output at 1,270dpi, so at 400dpi, the Image would be fine. If however the same 8pt text was output at 300dpi, then a scan at 400dpi, would not provide sufficient accuracy for a good interpretation of the text.
IT S NOT ALL HERE IN BLACK AND WHITE In the main, a black-and-white image is made up of halftones to convey the illusion of different shades of grey. This works by using halftone cells (or dots). For example, if you have a halftone cell of 2x2 pixels, you have a maximum of up to four shades of grey, by filling in the dots in the cell, ranged from none to full.
Therefore If you have a cell of 4x4 pixels, you have a 16-greyscale Image.
The trade-off here is that the larger the halftone cell, the coarser the image will appear and, despite the fact that you might have many apparent shades, you will have an image with a very detail level. It Is best to think about this, and whether you need more detail or more shades, when considering the subject matter you are scanning.
The picture of the Amiga 3500 above was scanned at 400dpi, and processed by the TouchUp software. It was saved as a normal image, and also as an apparent 31-greyscale image. You can see the difference that the conversion from halftone cells to shades makes; the 31-grey version looks a lot smoother.
Alfa Data Scanner speed • • • Not tremendously last, but then again, you are playing with big Images DOCUMENTATION • • • • Good manuals lor all Ihe bits ol soltware. All you need lo know is here.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Lots ol leatures, especially with the OCR soltware and UiGraph TouchUp.
FEATURES •• • • The basics are reasonably easy lo get Ihe hang ol, and it works well enough.
VALUE • • • The price is double most other scanners and, even taking Ihe OCR Into account, it’s too high.
Me) 79% RO@m Gon© fun *) In response to consumer demand, a range of Fun School Specials has been developed to help children with specific areas of learning. Following the release of Fun School 4, parents and teachers have consistently requested products which focus on certain .
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J r Let the music playl Using Musk: Maestro children can create their own band from a choice ot players and make sweet music.
For five year olds and over Paint and Create is designed to help children exercise and develop theii creative talents.
It consists of six entertaining activities, some with a practical bias, some which are pure fun.
Programs within Paint and Create include Art Alive, Jigsaw, Music Maestro, Card Creator, Monster Maker and the Activity Menu (which allows access to all the other programs).
CARD CREATOR Art Alive Is on Incredible art package specially designed for children - they can draw freehand or choose from a bonk of pre-drawn pictures.
Card Creator encourages children to design and produce their own eye-catching greetings cards tor every occasion For 7 to 13 year olds gned to help children master basic spelling techniques.
The six programs within the package are set in a colourtul tairground and incorporate the essential “fun” element that has made the Fun School products so popular.
O Sixty levels of difficulty to suit children of all ages and abilities.
The package incorporates a 3,000-word dictionary containing carefully-selected words which frequently cause children difficulty.
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Available for Amiga, PC and C64 cassette.
1 3 Circuswords: Children will love seeing the human cannonball come to llte as they complete crosswords using both new and familiar words.
For 7 to 11 year olds Merlin the Wizard guides the child through exercises in counting, decimals, fractions, adding, subtracting and volumes.
Merlin’s Maths combines the essentials of eye-catching graphics and rewarding sequences to keep children amused while they learn.
Each program within Merlin's Maths has at least three levels of difficulty.
Available for Amiga and PC. MERLIN'S MATHS BROKEN BATTLEMENTS CRYSTAL CONFERENCE Crystal Conference: Get the sums right and watch the knights of the round table enjoy their banquet.
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¦-flD? GJBEJ. E EDUCATION Europress' acclaimed range of educational programs has recently been extended to include a fairground full of lexicographers.
Neil Jackson puts his spelling checker to the test. Now was that i' before e?
Spelling Fair Spelling Fair ¦ £29.99 ¦ Europress ACCORDING TO THE Daily Mail, one in five pupils can't spell the word 'weather' and illiteracy is rife, even at university. It's a sorry state of affairs, and it's one that we can't expect the over-stressed education system to put right overnight. But if you're a parent, there is a way to boost your child's spelling ability without having to spend hours and hours acting as a personal tutor. Now we're not suggesting you opt out or cut comers w ith your offspring's education, but you can pass some of the donkey-work over to your Amiga.
SPELLING FAIR is available from Europress 0625 859333 Spelling Fair is made by the same team that created the Fun School range, and it's an easy way to help your children leam to spell. It consists of six main learning sections plus a dictionary and a spelling 'hot-word' list. Each section uses graphic displays and mousc-clicks to represent and alter the word being tested.
168 NOVEMBER 1992 The first is Coconut Shy. Where a row of coconuts is marked with letters. The pupils knock out the letters which aren't part of the word the clue is referring to. If they do it four times in a row they get an animated 'prize'.
The coconut shy tests up to 12-letter words and each word usually has a couple of extra letters tacked on to the start or end.
Next up is Test Your Strength which tests for correct plurals. Here the pupil must direct a man with a hammer to hit the pad marked w ith the correct word from four possible choices.
Each time one is answered correctly, people pop their heads round the fence to watch. Get four right to w in a round of applause.
Simple word recognition is tested here in the coconut shy. All you have to do is knock off the letters which aren't port of the word.
Then it's the Mechanical Grab, a version of those annoying money-wasters which never quite manage to pick anything up. But in Spelling Fair it's where your child will pick up the correct use of word-endings. The stem of a word is displayed at the top of the screen and the pupil's job is to select the correct ending (like ion. Tion. Sion etc) that fits the stem.
This is done by directing the grabber's hand to the correct ending and selecting ’GRAB' The arm moves across the screen and drops dow n to pick up the word. A prize drops into the slot below if the pupil gets the word right. Get four right and a PacMan gobbles up all the prizes.
Haunted House is a lest for commonly mis-choscn words like wear where, it's its.
Too to two and so on. A sentence is displayed, with the vital word missing. Clicking on the gap brings up the choices - the child has to type in the answer. Each time one is answered correctly, you can advance a place in the queue for the haunted-house ride. Gel four right and a few ghosties and ghoulics appear.
In Circus Word a small, partially completed crossword appears. Moving the mouse over the squares displays a clue for the missing word. The child must click on the square, then type in a guess. Complete all the words in the crossword and you see the human cannonball fired from the cannon.
Finally, in Word Juggle, two clowns stand in the circus ring holding balls marked with letters. A clue appears below and the child has to swap the letters round to make up the word.
Get the words right four times and a unicycling clown rides along carrying a banner marked well done'.
The remaining pans to Spelling Fair are intended for use by the parent or teacher.
(hough (he average kid won'I lake long to realise how to use these bits too. The dictionary section enables the parent to edit the word clues or add new words and clues to the
3. (HX) words already stored. More useful is the Spelling List
section where parents can add lists of words they know their
child is having difficulty with. These 'hot-words' then appear
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repeated encounters.
If your son or daughter is having trouble with words, is aged between seven and 13. And can be trusted to use your Amiga (without loading a shoot-cm-up the minute your back is turned), then they could really benefit from Spelling Fair. Its approach, though a bit juvenile for a 13-year-old. Does make sense right from the word go.
Kuropress have included a host of awkward and often-conluscd words which even had a few of the journalists here pausing for a moment's thought. Spelling Fair can help with dyslexia, it can teach children to think about suffixes and break words down into easy segments. And it can give you peace of mind, all at the same time. For 30 quid, it's a steal; if only schoolbooks and dinner-money came thal cheaply too. Zj Spelling Fair SPEED • • • Some of the sub-sections take around half a minute to load from disk.
DOCUMENTATION • • • You don t really need any at all - the idea is to play as you learn.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Simple point-and-cllck mouse Interlace makes It really easy.
FEATURES • • • • Plenty of variation In test styles, and room for customisation.
VALUE • • • • Indispensable if your young child has any difficulties with spelling.
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MJC PRICE C275.00 (Price includes free courier delivery) r* Vidi Amiga 12 is the latest low cost colour digitiser from Rombo. There are no filters and no separate RGB Splitter. Colour images can be captured in less than a second. Mono images are grabbed in real time. Some of the features included are multi-tasking software, capture into a user definable window, composite or S- Video input. 4096 colour HAM mode, 64 colour | EHB mode and many more Protext V4.3 ....£39.95 Features include: Ability to open two documents al once, import Kindwords 2
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664144 El FAX SOFTWARE It's not just big business types who
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Wouldn't it be great if you could send and receive faxes straight from your Amiga.
Asam Ahmad does just that with some great new software... GPFax Fax software ¦ GP Ware ¦ £39 99 (£29 99 if you buy a modem) Before tranimitting and after receiving a fax you (on view it using this View screen. There is also on option to print out a hard copy from here.
NOVEMBER 1992 s created in PageStream and printed to the j res printer automatically when GPFax is rur abcdefghijklmnopqrstu ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOI abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvv.
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP abcdefghijklmnopqrstuv ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPC abcdefghijklmnopqrstu ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO abaiefgfnjf nap(pstuvwKyz.
Has ing created your fax. It is lime to transmit it. GPFax comes with a very good phone book that enables you to enter names, numbers, and it even enables you to set the program up lo fax literally hundreds of people (your phone bill, not mine) unattended. Unattended?
Thankfully you are also provided with a log- GPFAX i* availoble book that shows you how everything went, from First Choice and it will even retry numbers if it fails.
Computers What about receiving faxes? Yes you can.
0532 319444 unattended if you desire, and the quality of FIRST OFF, YOU can only use GPFax if you have a modem capable of understanding class-2 fax commands. I must admit though. I had my doubts about GPFax, having previously used some pretty unfriendly shareware fax software. How wrong I was.
07' in has been written to fully conform lo Workbench 2 standards (although fortunately il still works on 1.3 machines) and so it is extremely easy to set up and get going with.
It comes with the new Commodore Installer program, which automatically installs all the program files into all the right places, so the way the program’s operations are transparent to ihe user.
The program has two main ways of working: the first method enables you to produce faxes of a decent quality very quickly. If you have a text file that you want to send to somebody, you just tell GPFax to translate it into a fax image using any standard Amiga font. It will create all your text on the page and even enable you to add a header and a footer to your fax by specifying two standard IFF files.
This means you can create a logo in Dptiinl. And also a signature to act as a footer, and send your own personalised faxes. You can even import IFFs as part of the fax. To highlight a point in your text. If you select the Scale option from the Options panel, you can even resize your image up to the maximum size of the page, so pictures come out nice and clear. Once you have prepared your document you can preview it using a versatile View screen, to make sure everything is in order.
The second method is trickier, but it enables you lo produce high quality faxes, in fact better than any normal fax machine can produce because the computer doesn’t have ’noise’. By this I mean that the image is not a scanned image, but a computer-built image, which is perfect at fax resolution. You can of course transmit to any fax machine.
How it works is by a very clever preferences printer-driver module: ’gpfax.drivcr’. This is no normal Amiga driver though, this one automatically switches in whenever needed while GPFax is running.
It captures the PRT (output to form a fax image) so if you use a package, say PageSlrram, you can create a page using scaleable fonts and import graphics, layout a good-looking page to your heart's content, and simply print it via the preferences module.
OP Fax will capture Ihe output and produce a fax file for later transmission. This method opens up endless possibilities because you can create a document in any package you choose, from a word processor to a CAD program, and then quickly fax it over Ihe phone line.
Created in I’ageStream and printec is printer automatically when GPF abcdetghijklmn ABCDEFCH1JK abcdefghtjklmno ABCDEFGHIJK abcdefghijklntnc ABCDEFGHIIK abcdcfghijkln ABCDEFGHIJK ilhcrfejijfii ikfimi.yqr tSCPE7 IPLVKI received faxes will usually be higher when printed out using your own printer. The resolution of a fax is 218x198 dpi. A 9-pin can go up to 240x216. So if you select ’Smoothing' when printing from GPFax. You can print your fax out on paper and the results will be quite impressive. Even better is that if you have Optical Character Recognition Software, such as MiGraph OCR. You
can turn the text on the fax into copy for your word processor. Great.
Initially. I thought. OK who needs this, but this program really is useful. So much so that anybody that is thinking of buying a fax machine should consider that you can pick up a Supra FAXmodem V32bis for around £260 from First Choice plus this software for £30.
And you have a fax capability superior to a standard fax machine. A great piece of software. The best at what it does. O SPEED • • • • Good It operates well, and with Its iconlty feature it can even run in the background.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • A good manual, which makes a change, desenbing all functions in depth. Well written.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Very, very, very. Very... easy to use. It's all |ust a case ol point and dick.
FEATURES • • • • Standard and Fine modes, plus very good functionality. All you need is here.
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VISA Despite the availability of high-quality CAD systems, the Amiga has never been accepted as a serious contender in this market. Could all this change with this latest release? Jason Holborn writes.
Here's something that even AutoCAD can't do! If you need to visualise yaur 3D CAD image as it would appear in real life, X-CAD will enable you to output your drawings in a number of common ray-tracing package formats. This image was produced using nothing more than X-CAD3000 and a copy of the Imagine ray-tracing program.
Imagine is available separately from DML.
176 NOVEMBER 1992 X-CAD 2000 is available from Digital Multimedia 081-977 1105 IN THESE DAYS of 486 Pcs you'll still find Amigas being used for a range of professional applications, from desktop video to DTP and professional 24-bit graphics. But the Amiga has also been causing some serious waves in the CAD (Computer Aided Design) market, mainly thanks to one package - X-CAD.
This has been available in a number of incarnations for years, and has established itself among professional Amiga CAD converts. This will come as no surprise to those who appreciate the Amiga's impressive hardware specification - CAD applications require a machine that generates images made up of complex points and lines at high speed.
X-CAI) enables engineers and designers to easily design and visualise anything from a cola can to printed circuit boards, and just about anything remotely mechanical. XCAD designs in a structured form. The image is manipulated internally as a scries of points which are interpreted to form the image that you see on your Amiga's screen.
CAD systems usually require vast amounts of RAM and some form of processor accelerator, but not X-CAD 2(MX . It delivers serious CAD power to the average user. Considering most 'professional' CAD packages cost several thousand pounds. X-CAD 2000 (and its big brother X-CAD 3001 ) is phenomenally good value for money. What’s more it will run on a standard I Mb Amiga with no extra hardware required - try that on a PCI X-CAD 2 XX) arrives in a solid plastic casing with a comprehensive 300-page manual. Four disks and a copy-protection dongle.
Now. I hate dongles. OK. At least the program disks can be backed up as many times as you want, but none of these will work unless the dongle is connected to the joystick port. Due to its tiny size though, it's loo easy lo mislay this all-important part of the X-CAD package.
DML should reconsider iheir copy protection policy - I could understand if il was a simple package, but it's so complex that few users could use X-CAD without a manual anyway.
Its complexity is copy -protection enough.
Once the dongle is connected, a double click on the program icon brings X-CAD to life. After a bit of automated setting up. You're AND FOR PROS... X-CAD 3000 If your CAD needs are a little more demanding, then X-CAD 3000 could well be for you. Requiring 2Mbs to run, X-CAD 3000 Is DML's answer to the AutoCADs of this world, and It Is designed as a professional CAD system which can handle virtually any CAD-related task. It boasts the same 386 butt-kickin' speed of operation as its little brother, but adds an Impressive array of extra features that undoubtedly puts X-CAD Into the major league.
For starters, X-CAD 3000 includes a far more professional and very polished user interface that Is an absolute joy to use. The enhancements aren't just cosmetic though - It not only runs faster than its little brother, It includes an Impressive array of extra draughting commands and functions. Many of the existing X-CAD commands have been enhanced too - while X-CAD 2000 can handle only 256 layers. X-CAD 3000 supports a staggering 100 million layers (I challenge anyone to use them all!).
The 3D module Is far more powerful and includes well over 1.000 command combinations.
X-CAD 3000 Is a seriously Impressive piece of software that leaves so-called industry heavyweights like AutoCAD standing. Although X-CAD has already established Itself among a small band of CAD converts. DML have an uphill struggle on their hands if X-CAD is to steal the throne from AutoCAD. The essential ingredients to make this happen are already there - both X-CAD and the Amiga Itself can run rings around even the most capable Pcs, but what is needed right now Is a very strong marketing offensive from both DML and Commodore to get the CAD market to accept a machine that Is still seen as
nothing more than a toy for the kids. If DML get this right, X-CAD could be the Amiga's CAD ace card.
CAD 177 NOVEMBER 1992 presented with a blank worksheet and a small command window. Those unfamiliar with CAD packages may feel a little daunted at this point - although many of the operations can be accessed via the pull-down menus, it is predominantly command-based. That is. To get X-CAD to do anything, you must enter a BASIC-like command complete with all the necessary parameters, for example: DRAW CIRCLE DIAMETER 16 :Loc XLOCK MID xl MID x2 This takes some getting used to.
But soon becomes second nature.
X-CAD 2000 offers a comprehensive range of drawing tools including the usual line, circle, arc. Ellipse, spline, point, cross- hatch and polygon, it also offers a number of powerful text facilities which enable fonts to be scaled, rotated and messed about with to your heart's content.
One important aspect of any CAD system is its ability to split a draw ing into a number of discrete layers. This is handy when working with complex draw ings because it enables you to isolate sections of the drawing you wish to view, even if those areas are hidden behind other layers. X-CAD 2000 gives you 256 of these layers to play w ith, which should prove more than enough for even the most demand- To draw a CAD image (here we've decided le draw an Amiga 2000) you must start eft by drawing the outline and then add basic details. Even if the lines are net perfectly matched up, this can be
corrected later.
For finer details such as the disk drives and CD- ROM, we can zoom in on our drawing without losing any detail.
Points and lines that we drew in the first stage can now be touched-up, and complex details added. The twin disk drives were drawn by first drawing one drive and then using the X-CAD 'Copy Entity' tool to copy the section of drawing to produce a second exact copy.
The 3D modeller enables you to convert your flat, 2D CAD drawings to full 3D. Once the object is complete, you can move around it easily, viewing it from whatever angle you may so desire.
Once all of the finer details of our A2000 have been completed, we can then make the drawing a little bit more understandable by adding in some pointers and text; for that professional-looking touch.
Here's our drawing in all of its structured glory. OK, it's nothing to write home about, but if you can get this far then you'll already have gleaned a good idea of how CAD programs such as X-CAD2000 work.
N’T HT Vl S3 R: m 3| 15 One addition is direct support for AutoDcsk's AutoCAD DXF files - the industry-standard file format for CAD drawings. This enables you to transfer files from any CAD package that supports the DXF standard. It also comes w ith a number of extra utilities which enable X-CAD drawings to be converted to Imagine.
Aegis Draw 2000 and Sculpt format.
X-CAD also enables you to take your CAD images into the third dimension. Using a separate 3D module, your drawings can be pieced together to form 3D drawings which can be viewed at any angle.
This helps you to visualise 3D objects with the resolution of a CAD system, but with the power of a solid modelling program. Each face must be constructed as a separate CAD drawing. Once all faces arc complete, they are loaded into the 3D module and positioned to form a solid object.
Once you start to use X-CAD you realise it offers so much more than just a comprehensive set of drawing tools - it's also a very rapid piece of software. Even on a 68000- based Amiga running at 7.14 Mhz. It blows away PC-based competitors such as AutoCAD running on 386-based Pcs (the 386 being the equivalent of a 680301). Run X-CAD on a 25MHz A3000 and it really starts to cook. The son of performance that can be gained from this son of setup is enough to reduce even a 486-based PC owner to tears! The difference in redraw speeds may not be immediately noticeable, but you'll soon start to
appreciate it when working on larger draw ings.
The only gripe 1 have is its user interface.
Because it was written to run on a 1.3-bascd Amiga, the various windows and requesters can look odd when running under Workbench
2. 04. This is a problem w ith X-CAD 2000 only though - X-CAD
)000 boasts a professional interface that looks good under
both recent releases of the Amiga's operating system. One
thing that can't be criticised is its power - it is without
doubt the most powerful CAD package available for the Amiga
bar none. No other package comes close.
SPEED • • • • • Even on a standard Amiga. X-CAD runa taster than AutoCAD running on a 386-based PC!
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Every command and tunction is simply explained which makes II a |oy to use.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • It you've never used a CAD system. X-CAD can be daunting, but the manual Is very good FEATURES • • •• Now that It directly supports OXF tiles, there's very little that It can't do.
VALUE • • • • Considering PC-based CAD systems can cost £1,000 or more, X-CAD Is very good value.
(ferdic) 88% ing of semi-professional CAD applicaiions.
X-CAD 2000 Two years on from the original release of AMOS, have Europress launched the definitive version? Jason Holborn finds out why this is the best piece of software we've ever clapped eyes on.
AMOS Professional Programming Language ¦ £69.95 ¦ Europress Software WHEN EUROPRESS LAUNCHED AMOS in 1990. Little did we know the effect it would have on Amiga programming. For the first time, even the greenest of beginners could tap into the Amiga's custom circuitry to produce anything from simple demos to arcade games.
Since then. Europress have enhanced and extended AMOS products with AMOS 3D. The AMOS Compiler and Easy AMOS, a cut-down version of AMOS for beginners.
Now, getting back to the source of this success, they've launched a vastly enhanced version that promises to deliver even more programming power, enabling just about anyone to push the Amiga to its limits without taking a degree course in Assembler language programming. Many of the AMOS accessories have been rewritten in an attempt to bring a more uniform, flexible and professional feel to the AMOS programming environment O CD m 73 3 o NJ The original release came on three disks, but AMOS Pro now uses six. Although it will still run on a standard 1Mb floppy-based Amiga.
Not all three disks are needed to use it to its fullest, though. There are two Applications disks which contain demonstration programs; a Tutorials disk, another Examples disk plus the AMOS System and Accessories disks.
Once you've installed AMOS Pro. A double click on its icon brings it to life. Time for another shock - gone is the bland user interface and in its place comes a swish-looking frontend that makes AMOS Pro a more flexible system. Many of the operations which were previously only accessible through AMOS' obscure gadgets system can now be accessed via an extensive range of pull-down menus. You can now also edit several source files simultaneously, enabling you to cut. Copy and paste between them without having to revert to the rather quirky 'Load Other' option.
ACCESSORIES UNLIMITED One criticism levelled at the original release of AMOS was the rather poor quality of its accessories, the utilities used to draw sprites and bobs, build up banks of sampled sounds and draw game maps. Etc. Although the language Itself was polished to the point that It positively sparkled, the AMOS accessories were generally of poor quality. Building upon the accessories bundled with Easy AMOS. Europress have addressed this criticism by rewriting virtually all of the AMOS accessories so that they look and perform as well as the language Itself.
The Sprite Editor In particular is a vast Improvement over the previous release. It allows you to design sprites and bobs with up to 64 colours, flip them, rotate them and generally mess about with them. If you don’t want to draw them using the Editor's limited range of drawing options, you can use a dedicated paint package such as Dpalnt and then load the Image Into the Sprite Editor and cut them out as sprites. You can also test your animated bobs and sprites using the animation option. This presents you with a view not dissimilar to a roll of film.
Simply by clicking on the bobs In sequence and setting the playback speed, the Sprite Editor will preview the animation for you. Another couple of new utilities for AMOS users (although Easy AMOS users have had them for months now) are the Sample Bank Maker and Disk utilities which enable you to build up a bank of sampled sounds and perform house keeping chores on disks. Although the latter is no Directory Opus, It's very handy to have this tool on tap if you’re programming on a floppy-based system.
The enhancements don't just stop at cosmetic changes though. AMOS Pro also offers impressive new commands and functions covering a number of existing and brand new areas of AMOS programming. Many limitations of the original have been addressed - you can now take direct control of your printer, send escape codes to it to change font styles AMOS Professional £69.95 from Europress Software, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP. 0625 859333 Apart from the flashy packoging, the first thing you will notice about AMOS Professional Is the increase in the number of disks bundled
with the system.
AMOS Professional isn't just a damned good games programming languoge - it can also be used to write applications such as an address book program like this.
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With the addition of an ELSE-IF clause.
Surprisingly though, there's still no support for a CASE construct, although Ihe new ELSE-IF clause can be used as a quirky alternative.
Those of you wanting to incorporate IFF ANIM format animations will be pleased to know AMOS now provides direct support for this too. Simply by loading the animation file into RAM using Ihe FRAME LOAD command. It can then be played at a full 25 frames per second (that's faster than Dpainl'.) Using 179 NOVEMBER 1992 Ihe FRAME PLAY command. Allcmalivelv.
These two steps can be performed in one go using the IFF ANIM command. Unfortunately, using this command creates problems if you intend to use Blitter Objects on the same screen - to avoid this use Sprites instead.
AMOS Pro also offers a number of enhancements lo the sound system. For starters, you're no longer restricted to just AMOS-Music few- mat soundtracks - AMOS Pro nose provides direct support for not only SoumfTracier modules. But MED tunes with full MIDI data send.
If you've got MIDI synthesisers and drum machines linked to your machine, you can now write music for your games and demos that will take advantage of these.
The major addition to the AMOS command set is its all-new Interface command set which enables you to easily build up complex and attractive screen displays consisting of slide bars, gadgets and requesters. What's more, using the included Resource Editor accessory, you can design these gadgets in a program like Dpainl. Cut them out and use them within your AMOS programs with ease.
AMOS Pro's interface system now runs under interrupt and uses its own command set which handles monitoring and reacting lo gadget selections. All you need do is read these gad- Gone is Aaron Fothergill's Sprite Editor, and in its place is a very posh affair written by the lather ol AMOS, Francois Lionet.
It bears more than a striking resemblance to the Easy AMOS Sprite Editor, the AMOS Pro Sprite Editor is a very powerful beast that will even enable you to build up animations. Once again, it's a vast improvement over the original.
Another utility borrowed Irom Easy AMOS is the AMOS Pro Sample Bank Maker utility which, as the name suggests, enables you to pull together a number ol separate sampled sounds into an AMOS sample bank to use at your merest whim later.
New to the AMOS system is a Resource Editor which enables you to build up a bank ol icons and gadgets lor use with AMOS Pro's Interface commands. All you need to do is to draw all your icons in a package such as Dpaint and then cut them out using this tool ready lor use within your AMOS programs.
II your disks start to get a little lull, then the AMOS Pro Disk utility can be used irom within AMOS to per- iorm all those Directory Opus-like house keeping chores. All with not a single Amiga-DOS command in sight.
The heart of AMOS is the AMOS Interpreter which is used to type in, edit and run your programs. AMOS Professional's editor is a very attractive looking affair that can edit multiple source files simultaneously. It's certainly a vast improvement over the original AMOS Editor.
THE AMOS SYSTEM There's mere to Hie new-look AMOS Professional than seme pretty, eesmetic changes. The system has been re-examined and brought up te date with seme major enhancements te the way the whole kit-n-kabeedle works. Vast improvements have been made to nearly every aspect. So let's have a more detailed look gets at regular intervals and the AMOS Interface language docs the rest. The Interface language is the most complex aspect of AMOS Pro - with over l(X) commands and functions; it's not the sort of thing you're going to leam to use overnight. But once you've got it sussed, it's
something you'll never forget.
Another welcome addition is direct support for William Hawc's Arexx language, now an integral part of the Amiga's operating system under Workbench 2.04. A few support enables your AMOS programs to control (and be controlled by) other external Arexx 'hosts’ using a series of simple AMOS commands.
The possibilities for Arexx support in AMOS programs arc astounding. Providing the software and hardware both supporl Arexx, there's no reason why AMOS Pro couldn't (reused to code anything from simple frontends for multi-program environments, to complete multimedia systems consisting of CD-quality sound and music, realtime laser disk video, and just about anything else that can be tacked on to the back of a multimedia system.
The original AMOS was breathtaking, but this is even better. Now that Europress have recoded the AMOS accessories to give them a more uniformed look and feel. AMOS feels more like the professional development system it truly is. The new enhanced user-inlerfacc is a gem. And the extra facilities offered take the standards of AMOS coding to new levels of excellence. It's now so polished and powerful that it's virtually perfect. The only omission from AMOS Pro is support for the enhanced chipset, although I’m sure Europress will correct this when the rumoured 'AA' chipset finally becomes
available later this year.
AMOS always used to be treated as an oddity among professional programmers, but even the pros would be stupid to ignore this release. Although it still can't handle Inlniliim- based coding without reverting to complex library calls. AMOS' support for Arexx and its new. Interface, language make it ideal, not only for writing high-speed games and demos, but for any application. AMOS has come of age and the result is the most powerful and accessible programming language available to the average Amiga user. AMOS Pro is one product every Amiga user should own. O SPEED • • • • • Faster than a
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DOCUMENTATION • • • • • Written by Mel Croucher, the AMOS Pro manual Is a vast improvement on the original.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • You won't write a mega game straightaway, but AMOS Is still beautifully straightforward.
FEATURES • • • • • No other Amiga programming language even comes close!
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Once a picture has been grabbed into the Amiga it can be used in a DTP program or the same as any other graphic in your ow n C or AMOS programs. Or you can load it into an image-treatment program like Black Belt's Image Master for the application of special effects like morphing. Once you have a video source and a digitiser you're not a photographer. You're a 'computographcr'.
So you may have a rough idea of what you want from a digitiser, but here's a rough idea of what you need to be a one-man digitising solution: a video source: a black-and-white or colour video camera, or a video recorder, computer and digitiser for grabbing the pics, and w ith that of course you get the softw are.
If you want it, grab it!
There are. Though, many options within this small list of tools. Like do you need a colour or black and while video camera, black and w hite digitiser or frame grabber, or a colour video splitter, or do you need a professional frame- slorc? Obviously everyone would like ihe best, but what do you need.’ Let s reduce it to basics.
185 Grabbing images from video is easy, but what is the right tool for the job, or budget. Phil South looks over some old friends and new trends.
NOVEMBER 1992 JARGON BUSTERS CHROMINANCE: tne colour in a video picture. Also called Chroma.
COMPUTOGRAPHY: video and computer- based photography.
LUMINANCE: the light portion ot the video image, the light levels which give you different shades on screen. Also called Luma.
RGB: shorthand tor Red. Green. Blue: the components of light.
SPUTTER: a device for splitting a video image, or images, into red. Green and blue image components electronically rather than with the use of a black-and-white camera and filters.
YUV: a mixture of Chroma and Luma used in a composite video picture.
Basically there are three ways that you can get an image from the real world into an IFF file on the Amiga screen: mono, three-pass colour or real time. Mono digitisers are what you call framcgrabbers. Because they scan the in-coming image from the video source very rapidly, and can grab a frame on the fly. Three pass systems are colour based, although the source video has to be a still frame. Lastly, framestores are real-time systems, which have a chunk of video memory in them. The TV image is frozen by the framcstore circuitry, and then the image is grabbed by the normal three-pass method.
In order to grab in colour, either the video image has to be still, or your digitiser has to have a frantestore. The reason for this is that each of the three components of light (red.
Green and blue) need to be grabbed separately and then combined. If you don't want lo shell out for one of the more expensive framcstore type digitisers, you have to have a video w ith a reliable Pause mode. Colour splitters make this easy from colour cameras, or else you hast to use a black and white camera with colour filters for each pass. (See the Tech Talk box-out).
Grabbing everything that comes on telly and storing it up on a pile of floppies might appeal to you. But what use can you put all these images to? Well the pictures you've grabbed are in IFF format in some form or another, so they can be pasted into any Amiga program which accepts IFF. Which is most of them.
DTP is the favourite here, because you can combine your IFF grabs with text, for pages that look rather special. OK. So you might not want to make a book about your holiday video, hut how' about a local football fanzine, or a radio controlled-model magazine? A video of an event can be grabbed and used as illustration for a piece on it in the magazine.
Once you've got a grab you can alter the file format to make it compatible with another computer. The Amiga uses IFF ILBM format, but other computers prefer GIF. TIFF or Degas formats. Using an imagc-manipulation program like ASDG's Art Department Professional 2. You can process the files to any formal you like, even port it to a Targa 24-bit card on a PC. The one exception in this digitiser round-up which doesn't produce native IFF files is the Vlab kit. This uses a very different format called YUV. Although conversion to IFF formats, even 24-bit. Is a very simple process using the
software.
But rather than .•‘•xt the file in a technical sense, how about altering it in an aesthetic way. Bul using treatments. Black Belt’s Image Master is one of the perfect tools for that, but if you want to get into lhat territory you'll have to have a fat wallet for extra memory, especially for 24-bit files! So. Let's look at what's available for the the majority of users... COPYRIGHT Grabbing Irom a video you've made yourself (such as a holiday film) is fine, because you own the copyright on It. But grabbing from commercial video or TV is copyright material, and you have to have permission
for It. For example, we have permission to use images from Akira for illustrating this article, but we don't have permission to copy the whole movie.
Copyright law is a complex area: but. As a rule of thumb - if you didn't create It yourself, you should look for permission to use it. No permission = no use.
TECH TALK Most of the digitisers reviewed here use the parallel port for zipping the images from the vldeo-ln port to the Amiga. The parallel port is quicker because bits of Information travel side-by-side rather than one at a time as with the serial port.
Some, though, like the VIDI machines plug into the external drive port or the joystick port to draw power or sync from the Amiga. Some plug Into the expansion port on an A500, so are useless to A600 users. They will need to use the parallel port route. Others, like the DCTV and ColourPIc Plus, use the RGB port too, usually with a pass-through for the monitor signal.
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Vlab takes the video line-in, and the images are digitised in YUV format (combined Chrominance and Luminance) and, although these files are not 24-bit, they can be converted by the software into 24-bit with minimal loss of resolution. The unit is really a small, cheap frame buffer and, although it does Its job very well, it doesn't (like most ot the other units which use 24-bit) take up a pile ol memory to do it. Totally mind-numbingly efficient are the words for it.
The quality can be seen for what it really is if you also have a Harlequin installed, because the Image can be sent in full 24-bit colour directly to the board. The 24-bit image can be saved to disk with very little degradation of quality, and it's is all very simple and fast. The Amiga resolutions are also available with very sharp HAM down to two-colour being available, dithered or un-dithered. There are also modes for 54 and 256 colours: this means that you can easily convert these pictures to other formats tor different computers.
The software is uncluttered and easy to use. It's based on a number of windows on the screen. A new screen can be opened to display the Amiga versions of the YUV pictures, or they can be seen in a low grade, dithered two-colour version in windows of their own.
Obviously, a fast processor speeds up the times it takes to save, load, and convert pictures, but the times for these operations are not too prohibitive without the extra muscle. Candidly, ol the digitisers I tested, this was the one which gave me the most pleasure, best results and least hassle to test and use. Although it's cheaper and has fewer features than the externally mounted ColourPic, it does the job it's designed for very well. You do have to lace up another TV monitor to the video to see what it is you're actually grabbing. Future versions of this hardware should have an external
teed to monitor the input going through the unit, rather than two inputs, which I found frankly redundant.
Despite its simplicity it is an excellent unit, and well worth every penny.
96% 187 NOVEMBER 1992 VIDI Complete Colour Solution Rombo ¦ £179 The Complete Colour Solution comprises the basic Mono VIDI Amiga, plus the RGB Colour splitter and the VIDIChrome software which makes it all work.
The hardware is a bit like those awful little project boxes you get in electronics shops, with flying leads everywhere and not one simple, elegant way of linking everything together and sitting it on the desk. No matter what I do It still looks like a mess of Medusan worms with hairwash problems.
The splitter takes the video signal and, on a cue from the VIDIChrome software (via a lead plugged in the joystick port) takes three very rapid red, green and blue (RGB) snapshots of the frame you’ve fed it. The video trame has to be on Pause, of course. These shots are then combined as a single, sharp HAM image that can be saved to disk. It looks bad but it works very well. The only quibble I have with the design is putting the control knobs for brightness and soon on, on the back of the unit where you it's difficult to reach them.
The VIDI on Its own is a very creditable 16 greyscale mono video grabber which even grabs a series of frames lor you to choose from, or animates them for you. The VIDI software is fast, so no still-frame is needed although, to choose the exact frame you want, requires judicious use of the Pause control simply because VIDI doesn't grab every single frame. I like the quality of the mono and the colour versions included in this package and, if the price puts you off for some reason, remember that all the items in the bundle are available separately for you to buy one at a time. So, you can
end up with the Complete Colour Solution, even if it's a little incomplete to begin with. I like this one a lot.
The new unit due out from Rombo hasn't, unfortunately. Made it in time for this roundup, but the VIDI Amiga 12 is the next generation VIDI, and looks likely to give all the other quality digitisers a run for their money.
92% 11 j I NOVEMBER 1992 ColourPic Plus JCL ¦ £699 The ColourPic Plus comes hot on the heels of the ColourPic and SuperPic machines from JCL which set a precedent for high-quality digitising. The drawbacks with the original machines were manifold. In spite of their obvious quality. You had to have external monitors to see the images that you were grabbing, and they only did normal Amiga resolution pictures, and not the near 24-bit that they were grabbing.
Well, the 24-bit market has moved on a bit since then, and so has the ColourPic. Pressing the spacebar switches the view on your monitor between the live framestore image and the Amiga screen. Freeze the video, and the frame freezes on your screen, Similarly to the Vlab, the ColourPit tan save pictures in any Amiga resolution, up to 24-bit.
Because the image quolity is so high to begin with, the final results ore hard to top.
You can see it. Then you can import it into the new software, Cabaret Plus, and save it as any format of Amiga picture up to 24-bit, or in either an AIM or RAW file format.
The software is intelligent and knows when frames have been stored and imported to the Amiga. Obviously, an accelerator would be a bonus because uploading and downloading frames from the framestore takes time and, if you're anything like me, that's the one resource that always runs out before video tape and money.
It's very impressive to see a live TV picture freeze when you hit F1 but. For the price, it needs to be impressive. Obviously this is aimed at high-end Amiga enthusiasts and low-end professional outfits. Any piece of equipment this expensive is not for your average Joe on the street and why should it be? Do Ferraris cost the same as Nissan Micras?
Both will get you down to the shops, but only one of them does the job with any amount of style.
I have had a few problems using the review unit, although I'm assured by JCL's technical staff that this is a whim of my Amiga system so I haven't been able to save IFF and IFF24 pictures from the unit. A dodgy library, a loose cable? I never did track down the problem. The machine performed perfectly well in everything else apart from this, so I couldn't really justify a quibble about a silly little inconsistency such as this.
I just wish I was rich enough to own one!
91% DigiView Gold NewTek ¦ £149.95 An oldie to be sure, but a goodie nonetheless. The Idea is that you use the unit with a black and white video camera mounted on a tripod or a copying stand, and then use colour filters over the lens to scan manually for the RGB components of the picture from a photo or other flat image. The filters alter the tones going into the digitiser and, if the black and white images are coloured red, green and blue respectively, and combined, you get a colour picture! A little trick NewTek learned from NASA, I suspect.
More recently this method was automated: the filters were rotated automatically by a robot filter turning device. This method was simple but effective. Although somewhat hilarious. Quality wise DigiView is still hard to beat. The drawback is that, in order to get up and running, you also have to buy a black and white video camera and copy stand, as well as the basic unit and software. It will run using a splitter from a video source, but DigiView is a little bit picky about its video sources. So, unless you have some good quality video gear, and a splitter it's usually best to stick with the
b.w camera route.
Having said all that, it does deliver, by virtue of all it's internal workings being 24-bit. As a by-product of being 24 bit (at least Internally) the software produces high-quality images and can also load and convert 24-bit pictures. All you do is load your 24-bit picture into the program and it's displayed at the current resolution selected in the screen setup menu. This is an undocumented feature, but it works very well, and although it takes a few minutes to sort it all out, this is one of the easiest ways to preview a 24-bit picture for systems without any kind of expensive
framestore attached. The software is slow, but it takes its time tor a reason, and the reason is Image quality.
In spite of its age, DigiView is still one of my favourite digitisers although not, as I said for working direct from video tape. It can do it. But the image quality generally suffers because this is not what It was designed for.
All the same, slow', and quality' are the watchwords. II you want a fast, flashy and generally go-faster stripe digitiser, look somewhere else, because you won t find it here.
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The output from the video-out on the device is sent out to either a composite TV monitor or the video in port ot a video recorder.
The software is an entirely Integrated suite, so all operations can be performed from within the one program. The package includes paint software for you to treat and colour your digitised images. The files you create with either the paint or digitise sections can be saved off in a variety of useful formats.
The digitising is very straightforward, and the unit has another lead to plug into the parallel port for sending the images to the Amiga. A full overscan screen can be digitised and then later manipulated in any way that you like. The resulting image can be saved as a normal Amiga file, a DCTV file or even a 24-bit file using a separate program.
OK. So digitising is a very small part of what the DCTV is. But it does do it, and the quality is surprisingly good. Obviously being a composite signal, the boundaries between colours are a little fuzzy. But this actually works in its favour for the likes ot TV pictures. Any lack of resolution is covered by the blending together of the pixels on the screen.
Naturally, this doesn't lend itself to very fine pixel sharp work. DCTV is happiest with a more painterly, splodgy effects. So fuzziness is good, but only In the right sort of pictures. One thing to look out for is the fact that any text in your digitised screen seem a little too soft, affecting the legibility.
DCTV takes us into the '90s where True-Colour 24-bit images are the order ot the day. But fortunately for the majority of us. It all ot this without the meaty price-tag, which is something that a few other makers of True Colour devices could take a lesson in customer-satisfaction from.
(ferdic! 85% 191 NOVEMBER 1992 Datel Video Digi 2 Datel ¦ £89.99 This Is the original Digi on which the Real Time unit was based. And this is a near cousin of the VIDI, In that it's an almost real-time mono frame grabber.
It's a virtually Identical unit to the digitiser unit which comes with the Real Time colour system, but with the absence of the all-important RGB sync- socket at the back.
The software has a row of buttons on which you click to start monitoring the Input, and another on which you click to grab the actual image you want.
These buttons have clear icons on them so that you can tell at a glance what is going on.
Like the VIDI, It also grabs a number of frames preceding the one you want, and it can animate them if you wish. I still can't figure this out. Why you would want an animated black and white grab from a video anyway? You can't really do anything with it, other than make a demo out of it. There is a small player to play the SEQ files you can save out, for all you budding demo makers out there.
Again the control knobs for Input brightness and contrast are at the back of the box, well out of the way - why any serious company else does this I still I don't know. This is so unbelievably silly, because it would be just as simple to bring the dials around the front and put a big plastic knurled knob on the silly spindly little controls. I hope somebody pays attention to this quibble, so that in the next versions of this (and the VIDI) the controls are made easier to twiddle without rising from your chair to fiddle around down the back.
The 16-shade grey-scale images are very nice quality, as good if not slightly better than the VIDI just looking at them, but again the images are at a 256x256 resolution for some reason unknown to me. This can be altered with a menu selection when you save but this course of action does tend to make the images look a little elongated.
The quality is good, as I say, which makes me wonder why the quality of the colour version is so coarse. Grey-scale images are perfect for black and white DTP, and this is a cost effective alternative to a hand-scanner. Especially if what you intend to grab and DTP is mostly from video tape.
90% Datel Real Time Datel ¦ £199.99 This box fits in the expansion slot of an A500 or A500P. This means that, if you have any extra memory in your hard drive, you have to use the pass-through on the digitiser to put it between your Amiga and your hard drive. There are two boxes Snapshot RGB and Pro HB Marketing ¦ £499 This comprises two slim silver boxes, which resemble paraphernalia from NASA. After lacing the RGB splitter and the digitiser together with a four-way phone lead, you insert a video feed into line one, which fit together, one is the new version of the VD2, the other is the
Real Time colour unit.
NOVEMBER 1992 On top of the RGB unit are knobs that adjust the levels of red, green and blue, and on the back of the digitiser are the usual brightness and contrast knobs. (I wish they wouldn't put them at the back.
Grr.) The two units are chained together by their edge connectors which slot into each other and then into the expansion slot. There Is also a flying and boot the software. The product is German, and It shows. Very efficient design, if a little bit project boxy and hackish looking.
Technically the machine sounds very good, and on paper it seems like a very professional machine. The manual waxes very lyrical indeed about the speed of the chips and the tech spec' of the various processes etc, etc, but when it comes right down to it, the images it produces are not so hot. From a video tape source, at any rate. As with lead connecting a pair of identical 5-pin DIN sockets which provide RGB sync between the two units.
The software has a row of easy to understand buttons down the right-hand side of the screen, and clicking on these activates the unit in a variety of ways: in colour or black and white, in HAM or in a 8, 16 or 32 colours. Each number of colours has another button next to it with a plus added, and this is dithered mode where a simple checkerboard dither is added to the colours to blend the edges a little. The effect is akin to 64 colours in 16-colour mode and 256 colours in 32 colour mode. In fact the whole output Is a little bit on the coarse side: and the most annoying thing of all is the
aspect ratio change. To compress a full screen picture into the 256x256 space left by the menu, the Image Is squashed horizontally. Fair quality In HAM, but not up to VIDI standards. Better results are gained by using the 32 and 16-colour modes, although the choices of colours are sometimes way off.
tAfltik Iferdicl 66% almost all the digitisers reviewed, the unit favours working with a video camera and a copy stand in order to digitise photos and other flat media such as magazines.
Basically this is just an up-market version of the VIDI and Datel machines, with a fast black and white framegrabber bolted on to a three-pass RGB splitter, the only difference is that the Snapshot takes its Inputs from a range of other sources than simple composite out from a video machine. The software can drive a video recorder remotely from the screen, and there are facilities for black and white animation of frames. 24-bit is catered for, in fact any Amiga IFF screen type is catered for. This is a bit of a strange one; using my home system I can't get the kind of quality that is so easy
to achieve using the Vlab or the ColourPic. Although it's pitched at the same market as those two it's not as good in my opinion. I'd place it at the high end of the middle market, the three-pass colour jobs. It does the job, but at this price it's pros only.
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In addition, the other disk contains a full low down on how to make your ow n cheat commanders, for those who want to get their hands dirty. It's very comprehensive. Although it doesn't seem to mention how you edit your position in the game. For those who need to cheat, this is a must. Personally. I reckon the game's not much cop w ithout all the hard work needed to build up a weak commander - but if you must, get this.
ELITE CHUT iOOI Ever more releases continue to push the Public Domain in different directions. Pat McDonald names a few of the more noteworthy programs to hit the scene.
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First off. This has nothing (directly) lo do with programming in Lattice C. It was written by a team of two, namely Grim Reaper and Druid of the SAS coding crew. It's a program for designing your own disk 'front ends' to dick on with a mouse, in the same vein as Gel Sel Go'.. MenuMasler and similar programs. So you boot a disk, click on an option and voila.
Very playable, this game. Cyhernetix is similar in style to Defender and Slaryale. But uses larger graphics. The result is a solid destruction game which looks pretty as well. It is shareware (the fee is £5) and was written by Paul Andrews. Rodney Smith and Blair Zuppicich of Vision Software in Australia. The same crowd who did the highly acclaimed Microbes game.
In this game you flit around in a sexy star fighter, blasting aliens into space dust. Large asteroids must be blown up. Which once hit change into smaller asteroids. Which in turn must Ire blown up. Sometimes they release blue sparks, which you can trade with your opponents for weaponry power-ups.
It's fast (well, so long as there's not loo much on Ihe screen) and scrolls smoothly. Miss it at your peril, because like Uamalron it's got short-term appeal for the poorly coordinated, but long-term appeal for true alien annihilators. Great fun!
Continued on Page 200 NOVEMBER 1992 It's easy to use. And quite capable. You can set up to 30 butttons on screen - when these arc clicked on a relevant CLI command runs. You can have a graphic logo at the top of the screen as well. Although slightly fussy (version 2 is now being written) you can do things other programs do not permit, such as rearrange the position of the buttons on screen. The resulting menus are also fairly compact on a disk, so if you're doing a self-booting disk stuffed with programs, this could help set it up. Although it is licenceware. The system used to run menus is
freely distributable. I expect to see a lot of people using this for their PD disks.
Although Alphograph is rather confusing, at least most options can be selected by pointing and clicking.
Paul McKnight has put together quite a nifty little graph drawing program. Just select the type you want (3D or 2D bar. Pie or exploded pie chart) and input the data. Next thing you know a graph is plotted, and can be printed out. There are a lot more options for tidying up the graph, like labelling the x and y axes.
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AMOS CRICKET 17 BIT 2022 It had to happen, I suppose. A hall-decent cricket game has finally shown up on the Amiga PD scene.
It doesn't look amazing, but it plays very well. Paul Robson obviously spent time thinking about how this should play before putting linger to keyboard.
This is a shareware release - you can do everything with it as in the lull version. It's preset to be a five-day match between England and Australia, but you can alter the teams, the game length and even the pitch. You can't save them to disk, though, without the registered version.
Playing AMOS Cricket is fairly simple, assuming you know how the real game works. Batting is controlled with a joystick, while bowling is achieved by pointing and clicking with the mouse.
You can set the bowler to automatic if you want (it is rather dull to point and click at the same spot all the time) but by varying the aim-point you soon discover your bowler's strengths and weaknesses.
OK, so it looks dull. Another downpoint is the registration message - to get rid of it and keep playing the game, you have to click on a sequence of on-screen boxes. That's easier said than done If your mouse buttons have too much bounce and not enough click.
But I still like playing It. I'm not a great cricket fan, but this Is fun and not too simple. Good cricket games are few and far between - and for a £4 registration fee, you get one of the best, without the silly messages and with a save-game option.
This is a ralhcr grxxi disk magazine, in a similar vein to LSI) Grapevine hut subtly different. The way in which it works is much prettier than Grapevine, hut it lakes a while to work out what the colourful icons do. Also, the language (while still sailed and peppered with obscenities) is at least spelt correctly for the most pari.
DEADLOCK 3 RAPIER 200 NOVEMBER 1992 Deadlock only comes on one disk, so there's not as much as you'll find on Grapevine. But the variety of subjects is pretty good - from Nobby's Plimsoles to Spoonbcnding with Mr Nude. More serious articles are available on preventing rippers from working. HST modems and a tutorial on how the CIA chips work, to name but a few.
This is a good (if highly immature) read. It's obvious that a lot of care and attention has gone into making it simple to use. Well done Dimension X, R9 and Punisher (the people responsible).
NIGHTSKY MBS (CLR) Cvn Aiu* Lyn Gvil Ovi Leo Cnc Chi Sex Cr* My* Mon One confusing port of MghtSky is thot the constellations ore abbreviated to three letters. It's hard on novices.
This one's for astronomers - people who study the stars for themselves, rather than trying to predict the future from them. You input the date, year and time, and also the position of Earth from which you're observing and the computer generates a view of the night sky from that position.
Also included arc a number of refinements - you can tum the constellations on and off. Track the movements of any planets in view (planets don't move like stars) and also zoom into the night sky, to gel a similar view as seen through a telescope or binoculars.
Ni ;hlSky is very similar in concept to Distant Suns.
And although the latter program undoubtedly has more heavenly bodies in the views. NighlSky is dead handy for finding your way around the stars. It works with southern skies as well!
Congratulations to John Brian - this is one of the more useful (if limited) AMOS programs I've seen for a while. Now when you notice a meteorite about to hit planet Earth and end civilisation as we know it, you'll be able lo say roughly where it was.
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This is a graphic adventure game. Although crude by today's standards, it's slightly similar to the very first Ultima games. The play area is a small square section of the screen, where you can see your main character moving around a flat landscape.
You start the game as a simple shepherd, but you soon leave your flock to sort out the troubles of the land of Lothian. This is the playing area and it has towns, castles and ruins dotted along the way. Combat is frequent, with nasties leaping at you every few steps.
There is a plot to this game. The old king has had a spell cast on him. Which prevents him waking from a dreamless sleep. Without the king, the land is gradually falling apart. So the main task is to catch up with the wizard who did the evil deed and do away with him.
Although designed to be keyboard controlled, the author (David Meny) has made the mouse capable of doing nearly everything. This makes the game slightly easier to play and so more enjoyable. The plot of completing various tasks to get further into the game has been well thought out, with one exception. Don't give the mirror to lord Forlorn until you have the unicom!
The other things that let the game down are the naff graphics and the appalling amount of slaughter and game saving necessary. But it is fun and quite challenging, though not terribly big. However it is one of the best graphic adventures I have seen.
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GFX DEMOS Andy Nuttall has been slaving and toiling over a hot
Amiga to bring you a selection of graphics and music demos
that are part of the sub-culture we know as the Public Domain.
Also featured are some animations from a Schwartz-esque new
talent... so take take time out to get cultured. Read on...
DUNCAN THE "Aho, a large mound of dung. I must dive into it
immediately." Dung beetles ore well-known for being stupid.
Ah. Yes. Once again a whole month passes w ithout any sign of an Eric Schwartz animation. Sigh. Looking on the bright side, though, there are a few other animators out there who are getting dose to his standard, and one of them is Roddy McMillan.
Using MovieSetter. Roddy has put together a bright, colourful animation which tells the story of a dung beetle trying to push a large mound of dung... as they do. I suppose. Any way. Duncan (as is the beetle's name) finds the mound a little too heavy, so he tries taking a good long run up - finding out the hard way that the dungball is still soft and squish)... Eurrghh' It's obvious from the feel of the animation that the author has been heavily influenced bv Eric Schwartz, he even states this in the introduction. However, one thing that makes Schwartz animations stand out from the rest is the
simplicity of the graphics - lots of cuteness and expression, but not overly detailed - and McMillan’s graphics are just that little bit too complicated. Still, this is one of the author's first attempts, so let's hope he keeps producing 'em!
KINGFISHER VIRUS FREE PD, TWO DISKS The second piece of work by Roddy McMillan this month is a set of two single-disk animations which show a kingfisher trying to catch a fish (hence the name). The first disk shows the bird eyeing up the fish and swooping down to the lake to catch it. While the second has him leaving the lake, fish in beak, and flying back up to his perch in a tree.
The animations have an authentic use of colour.
The main character (which is from a clip art library ) is particularly realistic, and the attention to detail in (he backgrounds is extremely good - especially the ripples that are created as the kingfisher breaks the surface of the lake.
As well as the bird itself, ihe trees and waterfall arc also nicely animated, which makes the whole thing just that bit more realistic.
Unlike Duncan The Beetle. Kingfisher contains no sound, which is a bit of a shame because this would have added to the atmosphere considerably. It's also a shame that the two disks were not linked so that the second animation plays directly after the first - as they stand, the two disks arc totally separate, which seems a little odd. These are the only criticisms, though, and the disks arc certainly w orths of a look.
BATMAN RETURNS DARREN COLLENDER REQUIRES 1 .5 MB All right, for those of you who haven't seen Batman Returns yet. Newcomer Darren Collender has produced this demo w hich has a similar feel to the film previews that you find at the start of videos (you know - the annoying ones that you fast forward through while your mate is making the tea).
DOLPHIN DREAMS 17 BIT, DISK 2172 It's really good when you see relative newcomers to the PD scene coming up with good demos, and this month we have two! The first, called Dolphin Dreams by Craig Collins, comprises four pictures and an animation, each describing a different dolphin scene. The graphics have been ray traced in HAM mode using the Imagine 2 program, and are of an extremely good quality.
The animation shows a whole school of dolphins leaping out of a stretch of water, and flying through the air towards the monitor screen before diving back beneath the surface. The animals are all very strangely coloured, as is the water, which gives the whole thing an Incredible dream-like quality. It looks really simple, but it's very, very effective.
The other three pictures are of a similar quality. One is a still frame from the animation showing two dolphins in mid-fligh. Another is a sort of title page for the group, with some dolphins decorating a Dolphin Dreams logo; while the other two show different types of dolphins, again in very strange and ethereal colours.
I personally think that dolphins are marvellous creatures, and I love this demo. It's imaginative, technically excellent and very well animated.
Maybe Craig Collins (the author) should create a series of animal animations... The demo is based on the official film preview, ii features several digitised graphics screens of Cat woman.
The Penguin and Batman (aka Pfeiffer. DeVito and Keaton), with some animation thrown in for good measure. The sound merely consists of a repealed sample of the music, ovcrlayed by the voice of the narrator, and some clips from the film itself. The sampling isn't Continued on page 206 203 NOVEMBER 1992 This excellent piccy is part of an animation which was ray traced using Imagine 2. Superb!
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coder, has done It again! Maggie 2 is another bizarre mish-mash of graphics, words and very strange ideas.
The story begins alter Maggie Thatcher has been slightly' knocked down by a bus. And is horrifically scarred. Plastic surgery is performed, and when the bandages are removed Anneka Rice is revealed! We then cut to a holiday show with Cliff Michelmore, where Anneka is visiting a PD library In The Isle of Wight! See, told you It was weird... The holiday programme continues in Belgium where a bloke is trying to get his A600HD to work, this is where a Spike Milligan influence Is pretty apparent (remember the Q series?). Anyway, because It's all getting a bit too strange for the public interest,
the demo introduces Inspector Morse to put a stop to all the silliness. No real ale and vintage last cars here, though. Instead a nice character called Bert Slipper is then Introduced who likes goody-goody things like painting and fluffy animals. Hmmm.
Not as strange as Sultan, but it's very close! H you can imagine Spike Milligan with a Monty Python feel, then your mind is probably warped as well and this will suit you down to the ground.
100 hoi. Bul played via a good monitor speaker il is lis- lenahlc enough.
An interesting demo with sonic nice features, but let down by a couple of points. For instance, the lip syncing on The Penguin is nothing short of terrible, and il would have been easy to make il look really good. Also, it seems that some of the screens arc digitised and some arc hand drawn - maybe I'm wrong, but it looks that way. Why not stick to one particular style? To cap il all. The Batman Returns logo at the end shows a version of the Dolby logo with 'Dolby Sterio' (sic) written on it. How can anyone spell Michelle Pfeiffer correctly and mess up with stereo? A minor point though. All
you Batman fans, wailing with bated breath for Batman Returns (Again) could do worse than to check this out.
NOVEMBER 1992 DYNAMIC ILLUSIONS 17 BIT, DISK 2160 AAAAA The graphics in the story are pretty good, but this bit of ray-trored animation at the end is the best bit.
This has all the credentials lo be 'just another megademo' - vector shapes, plasma effects, scrolly text and such like, but fortunately it isn't. For this demo. Quart , have taken these usual megademo features and used them to describe a sci-fi story.
Originally from 2000 AD and used in several feature Films. Ihe talc describes a spacecraft which leaves Earth in search of a new planet to colonise. After hyperspacing to a likely point 1,6(X) light years away, the crew discover that the planet is in fact Earth itself, but many years into the future... Although Ihe story is quite old and there's nothing special in the way of graphics, the demo works because of the good presentation and fast-moving soundtrack.
The introduction is especially atmospheric, with an earth-shaking bass note and a couple of good thunderclap samples.
But wait! That's not all. After the story finishes, the demo continues with a ray traced animation featuring a nodding bird balancing on a thin wire (yes. You remember - like the one you bought your Mum all those years ago from that visit to Blackpool) and some extremely colourful text.
Dynamic Illusions is an excellent demo with a good atmosphere, some nice graphics and an old but workable story this is how megademos should he.
RSIs TIME ZONE 17 BIT, DISK 2159 Hang on, that's the bloke what got his heod art off by the Block Vegetable, isn't it?
Another megademo! This is a very good one, of a high quality which we have come to expect from RSI over the years. OK. So the usual things arc here (vector shapes and the like), but they arc used sparingly which makes a refreshing change. Also, the coders have managed to convey their messages without any scrolly text, which is a definite plus!
The music's great, with excellent piano and bass samples creating a good atmosphere. The graphics are fab too (even if you do have to get through the credits to sec them) and vary in style throughout Ihe demo.
And technically? It's excellent - so what are you doing sitting there? Gel it now.
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AIMVGACol lection FORMAT 0er Code GPHWK Cl 6.40 210 NOVEMBER
1992 Sequencer One Plus Upgrade Kit Also on ihe Special
Christmas Issue was the powerful Sequencer One music package.
RRP £89. (If you missed out on this ama tng offer - which
included Graphics Workshop as well - you can still get copies
through Back Issues.)
Through Amiga Formal Mail Order you can upgrade to Sequencer One Plus. By doing so you can take advantage of a whole host of extra features that are not available on version one. These include the unique Juke Box screen and Gajits' new 'Diamond Drag' note-editing system.
Also included in this latest update is tempo maps, auto count in. MIDI sys ex handling, track solo, extra quantis options and much morel All of this should really sell for a massive RRP of £129.95. For a short time though. Sequencer One Plus is available as an upgrade kit for Sequencer One owners (and that of course includes everyone who has the program from the Amiga Formal Covcrdisk 30) for £49.95 (RRP). But we're offering it to you at a mere £39.95 which works out at an ama .ing total saving of £90.
Superb, complete, full-price programs for practically nothing isn't the whole story of the Amiga Format Collection. You also have the chance to upgrade to new versions of the Collection programs at special prices. Here are the offers... On our Christmas Special Issue we gave you, tor virtually nothing, the powerful paint and animation program The Graphics Workshop.
What makes this drawing program so special. Though, is along with all the normal tools that you would expect from a top paint program are some powerful addl- tional utilities.
You're not just limited to using one custom brush, instead you can pick up and store up to 10 brushes and use them at any one time. It also features not only ANIM and Animbrush forms of animation, but also a Cell system which is probably the most powerful animation system there is for the ~'V Amiga. Why not get the most out of this ..... top program by buying this expertly illustrated ' , instruction book and tutorial guide (which includes a spe- cial tutorial disk as well) that has been specially written by Amiga Format writer Maff Evans.
If you want to produce a news letter for your local rugby club, or start up a footle fanzine then all you need is some DTP software. And there's no better program to start off with than PageSetter. We gave away version 1.2 of this very first Amiga DTP program on the Coverdisk of Issue 34, however If you want the current version here it is.
Gold Disk's update of the beginner's layout program takes a different approach from the original. It has been completely rewritten in machine code for extra speed. Also, rather than having separate text-editing and picture-editing modules, it now lets you edit text on the page. It also uses Compugraphic scalable fonts throughout, so extra quality on printout is guaranteed. All in all, this is the next best thing to professional-quallty DTP on the Amiga. A full and detailed manual is included.
Graphics Workshop PageSetter 2 PageSetter 2 CSO PAGE UP Sequencer One Plus C39.95 AM235 Spectracolor Oxxi Aegis actually produced Spectracolor before they made the Junior version featured on the Coverdisk of Amiga Format
35. It was the first HAM paint program to use full brush anima
tion, In the style of Deluxe Paint. Its powerful features
make It a must for anyone who wants to do real animation In
4,096 colours, and it also has a number of unique
innovations: Brush Wraps Advanced PAINT Modes Air Brush Brush
Animations - including curved path animation with fades and
simple morphing.
But this upgrade, specially arranged through Amiga Format Mall Order, doesn't stop there, you'll receive a program disk, plus a sample tutorial disk and in-depth 300-page manual that will take you through countless examples and techniques showing you precisely why Spectracolor is such an excellent palnt-and-animation package.
Description Price Order Code Spectracolor C29.99 SPECT UP CanDo - latest version If you want to start learning about programming a computer then you can't go far wrong with Innovatronlcs' ‘applications generator’ CanDo. With this package you’ll be able to create a variety of applications, from accounts packages to complete multimedia information systems that encapsulate all the elements that have made this subject the talking point that it has become in recent years.
In Other programs can also draw upon CanDo's ability to use sampled sounds, IFF Images, and even animations, and if you have Workbench 2 you can even use CanDo to control other applications on even hardware devices using Arexx scripts.
Innovatronics have been listening to requests from the people who used the original version of this powerful multimedia package, and the latest version 1.6 of the full professional CanDo program has a number of updates in accordance with their requests. Among these is full support for the the gameport device, which means you can even write games with It! The program comes with a full and detailed manual, which could make all the difference for aspiring CanDo programmers.
NOVEMBER 1992 Description Price Order Code CANDO C89.95 CANUP o s 0 'E s •4 ic E w 0 Ik ft 01 I I § I- ii & 0 II 1 M 2 z
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Everything you need to turn your own home into an integrated business environment all in one handy package. A word processor, spreadsheet, database, graph utility and disk organiser in a complete set.
Pescripiion Price Order Code Mini Office C49.99 AFMInOff A fantastic package with Imageworks' First Samurai arcade adventure doubling up with another Format Gold-winning game: Mega-lo-Mania, the Godlike strategy game from Sensible Software.
Description Price Order Code Two for one C24.99 AFMegSjm Described by Amiga Format as 'a package which Are you tired of all your Amiga Formats being left This update of Microdeal's UasterSound Is an ideal will suit any household', this is the ideal way to keep scattered all over the floor? If so, protect them with entry-level sound sampler. Its numerous features, track of your financial affairs, from what’s in your these stylish and practical black-and-silver binders. And improved easy-to-use graphic interface make it cheque account to how much is left after the bills! An excellent bargain for
budding music freaks.
Description Price Order Code Description Price Order Code One binder C4.9S AF108 Description Price Order Code Home Accounts 2 C44.99 AF229 Two binders C9.00 AF109 StereoMaster C29.99 AF234 Amiga Format Mail Order 10 Great Games Comp Newly updated sampler from New Dimensions enables you to grab digitised sounds, then sequence them Into simple compositions. It contains a new cartridge. Updated manual and a set ot audio leads.
Description Price Order Code Technosound Turbo C29.95 AF246 What a combination! Formal Cold ground-breaker Populous, stunning footle tun in Kick OH, the car- toon-on-a-disk Space Ace and the top-class puzzle game PipeManla all rolled into one great package!
Description Price Order Code Award Winners Comp C20.99 AF24S Xenon 2. Pro Tennis Tour, Ferrari Formula One.
Nighthunter, Rick Dangerous, Super Ski, Pick ’n’ Pile, Carrier Command, Chicago and Satan all in one massive pack! (Doesn't work on A500 Plus or A600).
Description Price Order Code 10 Great Games C24.99 AFGGComp rder Code AF247 Descnption .. 512K RAM Expansion.
MR 213 NOVEMBER 1992 ۥ4.95 AT Am Bun Stop moaning about the games that are too easy or too difficult: get out there and write your own with this amazing offer package! Start with AMOS, the amazing BASIC-like language designed to help you get great results with ease. Add AMOS 3D so that you can create your own 3D games and simulations as well! Then, when you want to run them from a disk, with the AMOS Compiler all your AMOS creations will run faster and use less disk space.
Specially designed for the beginner who wants lo learn about programming but doesn't know where to start. Easy AMOS is far more than just a programming language. Based on the highly successful AMOS, It has many helpful examples and detailed explanations to help you learn.
Description as Bundle Admittedly this 512K memory expansion from WTS In the UK isn't the most glamorous looking piece ot hardware that you're ever likely to see for your Amiga. But looks are not everything, because it gets the |ob done, and It also means we can bring all you 512K users out there the memory expansion that you need, but for the lowest possible price!
It comes with a battery-backed-up clock, so you need never set the time again. More and more software is being produced now that will only work properly if you have a one megabyte machine: and If you don't have an expansion, then you’re also missing out on the complete full-prlce programs that are part of the Amiga Format Collection, like Vista, brought to you on Coverdisk 33. PageSetter (Coverdlsk
34) , Spectracolor (35), CanDo (36) or Issue 38 s excellent
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Fd!V Afe yOU 8lCl °* yOUr kldS iUSt . Blas,ln9 away at swarms of mutant aliens? Do you want them to be eager to learn something useful from their Amiga, other than what the level codes are for the latest game to hit the top of the Penguin charts?
Well fret no longer, because the latest versions of the top-selling home educational programs are now available through Amiga Format Mail Order!
The Fun School series from Europress Software aims to teach some of the basic educational skills to children, but to do it via enjoyable games. The new series comes in three different flavours, and It Is aimed at three different age groups: Teddy looks after the under fives, Freddie the Frog caters for the five-to-seven year olds, while Sammy the Spy is there for eight-to-elevens. Each age level has six different games, which teach and test various facts and concepts.
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ANTIC Superb high quality image capture package.
Ideal for scanning logos and creating high quality scanned images from magazines, books, photos, etc. for use in DTP newsletters, reports and brochures.
Pandaal Scanner:
• 100-400 dpi adjustable resolutions.
• 64 levels of grey.
• Black & while mode for text and line art.
• 3 halftone modes for photographs.
DaataScan Professional GS 3.00 New grey scale image capture software supplied with the Pandaal hand scanner.
• Real-time on-screen scanning display.
• Saves in the popular IFF file format.
• Scan size - create A4, A5, A6, user defined New Version 3
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• Convert to grey scales with palette control.
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• Special effects; rotate, flip, invert and crop.
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RocLite, slimline 3.5" RocTec external floppy drive. £57.95 GVP HD Series 11,52 Mb with on-board RAM option. £345.95 Optical Mouse, fast 300 dpi, includes pad and holder. £28.95 Track Ball, smooth, precise, three buttons with click S hold. £29.95 Postage: Please add Cl to orders under £50 and add £3.50 to orders over £50
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