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See the Amiga being extremely successful in its comeback. But I don’t see why the Amiga shouldn't be an attractive option as an affordable way of getting a powerful and impressive computer. However, it's going to have to sell an awful lot ol units in a Inirry if it's to have any liiiure to talk of," Romparl. Like Guildhall Leisure are a sales and marketing agency and over the past couple of years they've been as prolific as anyone in their Amiga release-schedulc - most recently Football (•lory, Crystal Dragon. Voyages nj Discovery, Behind the lion dale and Tarliral Manager 2. Their gamcs-labcl. Black lx-gend. Houses development-ialent in Eastern Europe, where some of the Amiga's most enthusiastic coders are based, as well as representing 11 Iv learns. But they’re gradually drifting towards the l’ . Content in the knowledge that it's a growing market and one unlikely 10 decline in the foreseeable future. However, because they have contacts across Europe, they're in as good a position as anyone to return to the Amiga when the market picks up, an option they haven't discounted. Leant 17 is a company who has built their reputation on the Amiga. The Amiga has been good to them, hut, like many others, they feel the future lies with PC CD-ROM titles and are winding down their Amiga-developmem accordingly. Certainly, though, they are prepared to cominue supporting the platform, providing the Amiga is selling in sufficient quantities to warrant the cost. However, ii scents dial thcv have little concrete plans after Alien Itreeil 31). Worms and S ieris legacy. Only time will tell... There is little doubt that the Amiga will return to prominence, though whether it reaches the lofty heights of the early ‘90s, only time will tell. Escom's new arm. Amiga Technologies, reckon that not only is there an installed Amiga user-base of 2.3 million (please take this with a pinch of salt) in the UK alone, they're also of the opinion that they can shift up to 50.000 A1200s before Christmas. Now, that would get the softies' eyes glinting. But it remains to be seen whether the established software houses will re- instigalc Amiga gamrs-drvelopment. Or if it will he left to firms such as Guildhall and Kompart to unearth the Amiga Technologies is going to have to do some confidence- boosting PR with the publishers. Talenl out ihere, while teams such as Binary Asylum and Vulcan weigh in with the occasional release. The likelihood is a combination of both, but Amiga Technologies is going to have to do some confidence-boosting PR with the publishers to persuade them to commit real development funds in the near future. But as every month passes, more and more software companies prefer to plough their resources into PC CD- ROM and console games. If the softcos do decide to produce more Amiga games, there is likely to be a gap of, at least, a year until they see the light of day. The next six months are the most ... ... . . POLE POSITION: important ill the history ot the Amiga Ascon s Amiga swansong? It Continued overleaf • appears so.

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For product information sheets please call 01234 273000 P0WER computing ltd r 44A B STANLEY STREET mm 01234 352207 Bedford MK41 7rw IS IN THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING AMIGA MAGAZINE THIS MONTH A new logo for the Amiga-range; new Jon Anderson, is heading up offices in the UK; Amiga Technologies' office in this country.
And controversy over prices... p1Q AMIGA IXIEWS SERIOUSLY AMIGA Introduction 89 Flatbed Scanners 90 Yes, you really can afford to buy a flatbed scanner - thanks to a range of new budget scanners, but which one is the best for you?
ProGrab 2.5 96 Grab full-colour images from any video source with the speed of a very fast video grabber, like ProGrab24RT 2.5 Pro.
Batch Factory 99 The latest version of this program gives you a helping hand with all the boring and repetitive jobs you hate doing.
Iomega 104 Could this be the future of data storage? With a unit price of only £179, elegant styling and 100Mb removable cartridges for under £20, it certainly looks likely.
Apollo 1220 107 This new A1200 accelerator is attempting to set new performance- to-price ratios, but what about its quality?
Cross DOS 109 Transferring files from different types of computers can be a tricky business. We examine three filing-systems that should help things go more smoothly.
CD-ROMs 112 Our regular round-up of hot, new CD-ROMs includes a truly enormous collection of images on four Cds - all you need to get you started in multimedia and enough Spectrum games for the most hardened of Speccy fans.
PLAY Gloom ' p4i Are we all doomed? The first clone of the PC-hit arrives o,n tlje Amiga.
Every new Amiga game reviewed and rated!
Super Streetfighter 2 (left): Surely there should be rules against that? Turbo Trax (above): Does the world need another top-down racer? Arcane believe so... Games Check 59 Turbo Trax 62 CD32 Check 67 Base Jumpers CD32 69 GameBusters 71 Re-Releases 76 Previews 39 This month’s Coverdisk demo is but a small part of Audiogenics’ Odyssey.
There’s more on the rather cute-looking Tiny Troops and a look at coitvop conversion Primal Rage Charts 42 Gloom 45 Super Streetfighter 2 51 BrutaliPaws of Fury 55 Coverdisk A: Maxon Magic Add amusing, rude, or informative sounds to all sorts of system-events, and save your screen with the example, er, screensavers.
PLUS Oliver Robert's FIGPEditor v3 and loads of other useful utilities for your Amiga.
Coverdisk B: Odyssey p138 Hack and slay your way through this complete level of the forthcoming Odyssey. Battle little rock men, large birds and solve the puzzles in one of the finest demos ever to appear on our disks.
Jy III JUST BROWSING p30 A new version of Amiga Mosaic and some exciting news on a totally new browser means things are looking up for Web surfers.
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According to their proclamations, the first machines were due to ship with a specification of S40Mb hard disk, 6Mb RAM and a 2SMHz 040 processor, with a price set at a rather hefty S3,500.
Amiga Technologies responded swiftly and angrily to firmly deny that any of the information was true.
"There have been no firm distribution contracts or agreements signed yet for Northern America. There has also been no decision taken yet concerning the pricing of the Amiga 4000T in the USA."
That the machine will even be close to a price of S3,500 (about £2.300) will no doubt be cause for concern among Amiga developers and Will the new A4000 Tower cost a potential customers alike, hefty S3.S00 (about £2,300|?
AmiGA ere, then, is the new logo, which "elegantly counterpoints classical style with advanced technology in motion". Apparently... At the end of the day. It's just a logo, and it is better than many other efforts in the computer field.
However, we're sure you can do better. Send your designs on disk to “laigo Luddites" at the usual address.
New Landing With new A1200s currently being manufactured and assembled in France, the main questions remaining to lie answered are: How much?, and; What spec?
Pricing has still to be finalised.
When queried on the publication in another Amiga magazine of a price point of £350 lor Amiga-bundles, Jonathon Anderson stated: "Well, I don't know where they got £350 from, because I haven’t discussed pricing with anybody.
There's a meeting in Germany later this week (19th July) to finalise price points'1.
The only hard information Format could get from Jonathon regarding pricing was that the new Amiga 1200 wouldn't cost less than £300.
Unchanged nature of the Amiga 1200's specification.
No change to the expansion capabilities have been implemented: no Fast RAM is to be added and the same This is bound to disappoint an expectant market, considering the Put Up Or Shut Up While in discussion with Amiga Technologies UK, Format expressed disappointment that there wasn't any rudimentary change to the specification of the A1200.
We asked Jonathon Anderson what he would say to anyone who felt that the new A1200 wasn't good enough, with systems such as the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation appearing on shelves throughout the country.
"The Amiga, and this is a fact has the cheapest software of any other platform be it 16- or 32-b'it. You go out and buy a Sega Saturn game; how much is that going to cost you? £49. You'd almost get two of our titles for one of theirs.” And then, to reinforce his point he added. "Our market is a different place. I'm not competing with Sega.
Sony, or Nintendo. If parents want to buy machines without any educational content that's entirely their decision. If they want to have something with a keyboard and be productive as well as playing games, then the Amiga is the machine."
Lhat a bundlcs-only strategy might not be the stimulus needed for sales: "The trade would welcome a standalone price of £199 or £249 maximum".
"At £300 minimum, well, the market’s moved on. There's still a lot of Amiga Format condones this statement. We sincerely hope Jonathon can convince the industry that similarly specced machines to those being produced before Commodore went into liquidation are a viable competitive alternative to games consoles and Pcs.
Inlu iJ' Dale Bradford was not sure about the bundles-only strategy for the new Amigas.
We phoned around key industry figures to gauge their reaction to the news that the Amiga wouldn't be sold as a standalone machine; wouldn't have an upgraded specification; and wouldn’t cost less than £300.
Dale Bradford, General Secretary of
N. ASCR (National Association Of Specialist Computer Retailers)
reckoned Motorola 68020 processor, which has been around for
almost a dccadc, will still power the machine.
Jonathon defended the decision to go with the original spec on ihe grounds that they need the Amiga in the shops now. Regarding the £300 minimum price, for what many will consider old and under-powered technology, he countered, 'you have to see the stoty from both sides".
• New 1200s are being manufactured, but the big question is: How
much will they cost? . . . Pi0-11
• The D-VHS cassette stores 44.7Gb of data pi2-13
• BBC in talks with Amiga Centre Scotland pi4-15 A1200s Soon?
“Firstly we've had to put the production-line in. The buy-out didn't take place until April. At this late stage, to get to the front of the [manufacturing and production] queue, you have It) pay a premium - no one's going to put you to the front, unless you're prepared to pay for it."
In effect. Amiga Technologies are paying over the odds to hasten the people gagging for the machine willing to pay that price, but it will be compared with the Saturn and the PlayStation. I know they're a different market, but the prices are too similar for the comparison not to be made." Dale's verdict: "(amid have done better".
Mark Siblv. Chief programmer of Amiga games such as Super Skidmarks.
Guardian, and (doom, pulled no punches: "I'm getting sick of seeing so much cool stuff on machines like the PC and then having to design games around the Amiga's limitations''.
"If the new Amiga had some Fast RAM and a chunky pixel mode, it would not only equal the VGA chipset but would still have all the goodies of AGA.
Even if there was a wonder-Amiga waiting in the wings, releasing the same old AGA-machines beforehand means appearance of new machines into the shops. To help nullify the inevitable passing on of costs to the consumer. Pan European bundles with top-quality premium software are planned. No standalone machines will be sold.
No official decision on pack- contents has yet been reached. Scala MM300vn not be bundled with the A1200 as originally suited at the Frankfurt press-conference on the 30th May this year (AF74 p.lO). A significant number of A1200s planned for retail in the UK will also have 175Mb IDE hard dtives installed.
Again, no pricing-information was available at the time of going to press.
Tune into next month's issue for solid, and hopefully encouraging, news on the increasingly confusing topic of bundle pricing.
That no one will develop for the wonder- Amiga because the A1200 has become the 'standard'".
Most positive of the developers we contacted was Jolyon Ralph at Almathera. "The spec is a little disappointing, but it's something that's been forced upon them. It's inevitable given the time since the launch that they've had to go with the original spec." Regarding the pricing and the announcement of no standalone machines. Jolyon verged on the upbeat.
"In order to sell the machine at any price the software must be good. If it's good, the machine should sell."
"Amiga Technologies UK are doing as well as they can to get stuff into the shops. I now feel very positive.
Something's finally getting done. Pul it all down to Jonathon Anderson."
To Escom Shops Or Not To Escom Shops? That is the question.
Will Amigas be sold through Escom shops or won't they?
Again, a question that will be officially answered after Format has gone to press.
On this issue, Jonathon Anderson seemed to be as in the dark as anyone. ‘At one stage,' he said, ‘the decision had been made to use select shops for stocking Amigas, and then that was changed. So I'm really In the dark about that one".
No distributor is set to be announced until Format's gone to press, but it looks increasingly likely to be SOL.
Jonathon's past includes a stint at SDL as a bundling and promotional man and it seems a natural choice due to the past record of SOL in the handling of new Amiga-bundles.
New UK-Base for Amiga Technologies GmBH Six ex-members of Commodore have been recruited in a bid to provide expert sales and technical assistance to distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the United Kingdom.
Headed by Jonathon Anderson.
Cx-Silica Bundle Promoter and ex-Product Marketing Executive of Commodore UK, Jonathon sees his new role as the messenger of good news and cheer.
M 30
- ft IS VI ? | The Smith Column lEDfc _[J j '['"?] J XjrJ'I'rJ"V
Good God, one minute there's no Amiga to speak of; doom and
gloom are being spread In equal proportions to the mindless
glee of PC- and Mac- users, and the loss of one more
Independent computer company seems as inevitable as the Terty
Venables back-lash. And the next you know, we’ve got a brand
new logo and pictures of spanking new Amigas littering the
Internet and the BBSs. The ebb and flow of modem business
practice Is enough to upset the equilibrium of even the most
level-headed of us.
& Okay, the logo Is here. It's black with a red bit and maybe It’s a little 1980s In feel (not that the PowerPC logo offers any perspective on the 90s. It must be said). And that’s about It really. The more Interesting point at the moment Is the price for the A4000T. Right now there's a debate raging on the Internet regarding the $ 3,500 retail price for a basic A4000T 040 25MHz. The consensus appears to be that this price Is out of order. Ed Goff has had petitions calling for his resignation and the public image of Escom appears to have taken a dig. Nothing changes really.
Cast your minds back to the arguments that raged regarding the -death" of the Amiga. One of these, I seem to recall, was that had the Amiga not been flogged as a low- “Why, oh why," whlnged tkoM people who will always wtilnge, cvw £20 million Anew digital version ofVHS has been developed for the consumer market by JVC.
Intended to capitalise on the burgeoning digital broadcast and “computainment” markets, the new format is being hailed as a "catch-all digital recording medium".
While not capable of recording picture anti sound data as such, it can store broadcast, digital data, including audio, compression and encryption - the format offers manv advantages over existing domestic video equipment.
Namely, replay of signals is without loss. That is, no corruption, degradation or other interference mar perfect picture and sound-quality. Because it records the data stream, and digital broadcasting signals are multi-plexed, simultaneous multiple recording of programmes becomes possible.
Take advantage of the too- good-to-be-true, cut-price offers on Hi-Soft's Mexon Magic,
• Megalosound and the Aura.
Priced games machine following the less-than-effulgent welcome to the buslness-entertainment oriented A1000 - then the death of CBM might not have happened.
“Why, oh uihy,” whlnged those people who will always whlnge. Even after winning a £20 million lottery prize,"didn’t they price It up so the market could find It aspiratlonal? Why. Oh why. Didn't CBM ensure a decent price-tag to lift the machine out of the toy market and Into some serious computing to compete with Apple and Big Blue... I remember when all this was fields... you didn't want to do It like that, now did you?" And so on. And so on.
Remember that? Ulellit appears that now those same people are whinglng: "Why Is It so expensive? We gave it all that support. It's too expensive; it'll kill the market... bwaaaaahl I'll have to make do with my A1200 now and they should have given me an A4000T for hanging aroundl" Well people, life doesn't work like that. Escom Is going to have to pull the serious graphics-users back Into the fold by appealing to systems managers and corporate buyers. This, now concentrate, will help to raise the profile In the market, ensure future development and maintain the low-end Amlga-users with
future-proofed machines. Neat, eh? The market is no playground for an oldster trying to compete. So let’s wait a while, appreciate the new life (and that darling logo) and have some faith. Hrumph.
Contact Tim Smith on gashead@clx.oompulink.oo.uk and tlmbo@gashead.demon.co.uk The opinions expressed In this oolumn are not always those o! Amiga Forma.
Three cut-price offers on Hl-Soft hardware and software courtesy of Hi- Soft and Amiga Format.
In conjunction with this month's fabulous Coverdtsk. Maxon Magic and Afore Maxon Magk combine to form a collection of screen-savers, sound samples, animations and pictures, that no discerning Amiga owner should be without. Valued at £44.90, the promotional price is £19.95. The second Coverdisk-inspired offer is the Megalosound. An 8-bit direct-to-disk sound sampler that works on any Amig. And which you can use to create your own sounds for use with Maxon Magic (or OctaMED, Ban and Pipes, or any other music software). Original price £34.95; promotional price £24.95. Last but not least is the
Aura, the 16-bit equivalent of Megalosound Incorporating 16-bit sampling and 12-blt replay, the Aura is more than capable of integrating into a desktop video set-up.
Which also works in stereo, offers OctaMED 6 support and is compatible with the A600 and A1200 (it uses the PCMCIA slot). The 16-bit samples are CD-qualtty. Original price £99.95; promotional price £75. Postage and packing will set you back £3 per individual unit or £4 for any two or more. Next-day delivery costs £6.
Write to HiSoft Systems. The Old School. Greenfield. Bedford MK45 SDE or phone 01S25 718181.
FTn Primarily targeted to parallel developments in the digital broadcasting sphere in America, the format may also steal the show in Europe; Sky Television looks likely to adopt a European digital standard, using MPEG2 compression and Musicam multi-channel sound.
Os‘ Jusi: Pkusi D-VHS decks are expected to retail at no more than £250 above the price of a normal analogue VHS deck. The low cost rests on the uncompressed nature of the recorded digital data and the inability of the format to convert recorded signals. The signal must be routed through to a satellite or digital TV receiver. At this early stage, it's not yet known whether the "imbedded technology" set-top box. Built by VisCom, figures in JVC’s plans, but it can't be ruled out completely.
KRP lets it roll Just as important is the role of D- VHS as a digital storage medium. In standard play mode, a D-VHS cassette can store an incredible 44.7Gb of data.
DAT streamers maximum capacity of
1. 3Gb looks paltry by comparison.
The system's future depends on discussions with computer manufacturers and investigations into multimedia applications. Methods of Interlacing decks to computers are still being mulled over, although a PCMCIA Interface seems likely, as does downloadable software from television programmes. Watch this space!
Software Fifth Columnist SYMPOSIUM 98 PARTY A Joint Amiga and PC party will be held at Warwick University’s Olbbet Hill Refectory on 21st October from 9am to 12pm.
Hailed as a Klckstart for the demo-scene in the UK. The organiser, Rob Hill, hopes to use the admission fee to cover the oosts of hiring the Refectory and intends ploughing the excess Into competition prizes.
Admission Is a rather hefty £12 on the door. £10 In advance, and £8 If you're female.
More information can be gathered by E- malllng Silkpdcs. Warwick, ac.
Uk Alternatively, phone 01462 491863.
Tfr ""1 owners who decided to take up A the offer of free demonstration time on Microsof t's soon-to-be-released Windows 95 Internet service may have taken on more than they bargained for.
Included in the software was a background ‘sniffer¦’ program - The Registration Wizard - which checks out die contents of the user's hard drive and then reports bark to Microsoft Central.
Primarily of use to seek out rival companies programs so that the hapless user can then be bombarded with junk mail on similar products, the subsequent outrage on the Internet has still to abate.
Rest assured, if anything like this ever happens with the Amiga, we will pursue the perpetrators to the end of the virtual earth.
Bill Gates was not available for comments. Well, there's a surprise... VI m a m a s ui Anew range of video-related hardware and software for the Amiga has been launched by video company KRP Video Services.
The first of the releases is a three- machine edit-Controller, called the Edit Plug. Priced at £125. The device plugs into the Amiga’s parallel port and allows control of up to three machines; two source decks and one record deck.
The decks can be controlled using 5- pin, LANG, or learned infra-red terminals. Compatibility with Sony’s Rewritable Consumer Time Code (RCTC) and A B roll-editing with a three-machine set-up are other features.
Pitched to take on and beat Gold Disk's PC-based Video Director, die unit could push potential video-editors in the direction of the .Amiga market.
Also included in the new KRP range is an optional jog shuttle, which plugs into the joystick port, allowing video-editors to experience the convenience of fast and accurate shutding of video decks when searching for specific in and out points.
Older decks and budget decks lacking an edit terminal can be modified by a KRP serviceman for what the company claims is a moderate fee.
Expect a full review next issue.
KRP is on 0141 762 2510.
Gaining maturity.
Establishing a position In the local community and society at large. Moving up the career- ladder. Acquiring status, knowledge and wisdom. Learning from your mistakes. Oh. Really?
There may be some compensations to becoming Increasingly youthfully challenged, but I've yet to see them. Quite the contrary, In fact; things which brought you pleasure In your youth disappear (Oxo crisps spring to mind); you've never heard of the 'artists' on the latest NOW album (and you can't understand the words); then there's all the repeats on TV you saw decades earlier: and today's computer games are never quite as good as those you devoted whole chunks of your life to In the past.
Take football management slms; obviously nothing can replicate the thrill of your first time, but as you try more and more of them (and there are oodles) you tend to stick with one In particular. Stat-heads will probably have latched on to the Championship Manager Premier Manager series, for Instance.
Good os they were, however, nothing they had to offer could tempt me from the sublime delights of Player Manager. It wasn't perfect of course: there were no European competitions. League Cup. Ground Improvements, sponsorship, or Indeed hardly any of the 'features' that now Increasingly youthfully challenged, but Two yuft to ilti This is the Digitally Edited Both ITN and the BBC have had preliminary talks with Amiga Centre, Scotland, regarding the V-Lab Motion card and the DraCo m A 060 Amiga OS compatible computer, e w ¦ .. . Y
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over 9,000journalists.
Furthermore, any journalist with access to the network will be able to assemble and edit picture footage from their desktop computer.
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The BBC. Have recently published a document, inviting bids from computer and television companies to win a contract worth £30 million for a complete overhaul of its newsroom broadcasting systems.
A vast computer-based network is envisioned, which will allow access to Users of Amiga Centre's Vlab Motion will be more than familiar with the techniques and technology involved.
Seem to be so essential. And. Get this, young people, the not even correctly named teams (Manchester? Bristol?)
With made-up players competed In divisions of 12, In colours that were either red or blue. Worthy only of scorn by today's standards?
No. What Player Manager delivered was the best ever match highlights. The slx-mlnute epics were almost as good as watching the real thing (better, If you supported Arsenal) and were accompanied by an on-screen text commentary. When one of your team had the ball, you knew who It was. And you could see how well he played throughout the game.
Just a simple addition, but It really did make a difference. Nothing I’ve seen since, on any machine, has bettered It. No. Not even SWOS or Player Manager 2. Which Is a damn shame (I can't remember which player corresponds to each number at my age).
Hey, Instead of Just moaning about It. Why don't I take a swig from the positive-thinking bottle, get off my bum and start writing the truly definitive footle-boss slm myself?
Let’s see nour. All the usual stuff, plus FIFA-style match highlights, together with on-screen text, displaying the player In possession’s name, and maybe even a sampled speech commentary for the CD-verslon.
That shouldn’t take too long. Now, where did I put my AMOS Coverdlsk?
Contact Dale Bradford by fax on 01633 896087.
The opinions expressed In The Bradford Column are only occasionally those of Amiga Format.
Anew family of multi-sync monitors released by liyama are making an appearance at a dealer near you.
Hailed as the most environmcntally- friendly monitors on the planet. The monitors also boast easy-to-use on-screen displays, new tube-tcchnology, capable of faster-than-normal refresh rates, and higher resolution displays.
Four models comprise the new line: two 17 inch and two 21 inch. Expected prices start at £575 for the 17 inch model MF-8617F. And terminate at £1,399 for the 21 inch model MF-9021E.
Anyone interested can switch on at 01438 745482.
VIROCOP COMPETITION Graftgold’s latest polished gent of a shoot-'em-up, Virocop, has spawned a very smart black jacket with a subtle 'Virocop' logo. If you look to the side, you can see an example in all its glory, modelled by Afs Art Assistant Linda ’Linford' Benson. Here's Jeff from The Clothes Show to give you a quick rundown. "A stunning little number. Its cunning blend of 70 per cent wool, and double-barrelled 15 per cent cotton and mixed fibres ensure both quality and durability. The lining is a joy and the black buttons stylishly simple.
Very much in the style of the American baseball jacket you can sport it both at work and play. It's fabulous."
We've got four jackets to give away. To win one, name one other Graftgold game that Renegade have Win your own stunning published and send it to: Me Denim's Getting On. Honest little Virocop number. Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street Bath BA1 2BW.
Ten O'Clock News a Vlab-equipped Amiga-owner could send edited Quicktime Video footage via modem from just about anywhere in the world and have it broadcast the instant it was received by the BBC.
So, despite inevitable redundancies in various departments, dotted throughout the Broadcasting House, due to this digital technology, freelance opportunities will open up to all with the requisite computing, shooting and editing skills.
Independent news broadcasters are cnrrendy looking at similar systems. Both 1TN and the BBC have had talks with Amiga Centre regarding the V- Lab Motion card and the DraCo 060 .Amiga OS-compatible computer. The BBC already make use of the Harlequin cards.
The outcome of the initial negotiations is still to be settled but, rest assured. A 'will be the first to report on the outcome.
Footage is digitised and stored on the BBC. Newsroom servers after filming. Journalists can view the footage using QuickTime Video - an almost universally-used standard for video transfer on the Internet - select footage needed and discard the rest.
Due to the cut-and-paste, word processor-like, manipulative quality of digital video and its unerring, undegradable nature, news footage can be edited seconds before going on air.
Theoretically, this means that Amiga Format. The Clear Exception. Official.
Titles does drop post-15, rendering these tides less appropriate. The clear excepuon is Amiga Format, which is a favourite with teenage boys”. Tell us something we didn't already know.
A miga Format is the seventh most popular published title in Britain amongst teenage boys, aged 15-19.
Competing against national newspapers and mainstream consumer tides, The Sun beat everything to first place, with Viz finishing a close second.
ImportanUv, though, Amiga Format came ahead of national daily, The Daily Express and weekly football magazine, Shoot. It just missed beating national TV-listings magazine Radio Times into sixth place by less than half a percent.
According to an advertising feature in Media Week, a trade magazine dedicated to marketing and advertising in print media, "...readership of computer games RaySiatnxi The Official Opus Beater Anew file-inanagemenl system from Hi-Soft is set to challenge the reign of Dopus.
DiskMagic's features are pitched firmly at the same turf already inhabited by Directory O rus. Thai is, configurability, archive support, and viewing and playing of anim, picture, and text files.
Whether or not the program is capable of ousting Dopus from its much vaunted and entrenched position remains to be seen.
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Coming very soon: DiskMagic (disk tools) and Cinema4D.
Torchbe rWith the large software houses leaving the Amiga for the imagined 'greener pastures' of next-generation consoles, where is top-quality Amiga software going to come from? In this feature, we revisit the independent software scene and look to the future of software...
* ¦ ow long can the Amiga I survive as a viable.
¦ I commercial gaines- computer? It's certainly a question that Amiga-owners must be asking themselves at the moment, for despite the occasional quality release, the dearth in volume of new products on the shelves is slightly worrying.
The PC', and next-generation consoles (Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation etc) are taking a stranglehold on the budgets of developers, attracted by their global market compared to the Amiga's more limiting mainstays of Britain and Germany.
Tlie softens simply aren’t prepared to put money into development for a machine which hasn't been in the shops for a year, and the dragging situation at Commodore has served to convince many that their reticence is well placed.
But despite this gloomy overview.
Amiga games are still outselling their P(’.counterparts. And it's just possible that the next-generation consoles aren't going to be as massive as some fommoM.itors have lorecast. The £300 and above price point is three times the The £300 and above price point is three times the cost of a SNES. Who's going to buy the new machines?
Cosi of a Mega Drive or SNES. Who's going to buy the new machines?
Certainly, the* players arc* likely to be older than ihe average SNES-owner.
And Sega. Sony et al. Are going to have to attract the wealthy, twentv- somethings to their new machines if they're going to sell significant units.
Some of the software-houscs are.
Inevitably, going to get their fingers hurtled simply because the pot isn't expanding rapidly enough to serve them all. Desperate to join this perceived gravy-train, they’ve spent thousands on their next-generation development packages, but once the 3D-rendered intros have down by. The likelihood is that many of the games will be distinctly average.
The return of the lost boys
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Be in no doubt that some publishers who've departed the Amiga-scene for greener pastures, vowing never to return, will lope back to the market they know.
Glance back at the games charts a couple of years ago and the names of the publishers will be familiar. EA. US Gold. MicroProse. Gremlin. Psygnosis.
All the major players, had games in the upper reaches, yet despite the drift that many have made away from the Amiga, a peak at the charts today will reveal much the same.
There are MicroProse at number one with Colonization, and Virgin and Renegade both feature. Only now. The FOOTBALL GLORY: Black Legend's Sens Soccer wannabee almost made it. Nearly.
Majority have released their final Amiga title, at least until Escom get Amigas back in the shops.
Despite the fact that the essential hardware hasn't seen a shelf in a year, the games-market has held up remarkably well; certainly bcuer than many had predicted and some were laying the wreaths last Christinas.
One of the reasons for the steady llow of software - and. Let's face it, people haven’t wanted to stop Inning good games - is because the smaller GUILDHALL LEISURE SERVICES A sales and marketing agency, based in Doncaster, Guildhall, have been around for over a decade, but only in the last couple of years have they played a significant role in the Amiga games market, with a client-base including Acid, Black Magic Vision, Manyk and Pixel Blue. Renowned supporters of the Amiga as a platform, they've consistently released their titles on CD32 and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
The next couple of games to come from Guildhall are Manyk's impressive-looking Doom-done Fears and Andre Agassi's Centre Court Tennis Acid, Vision and Black Magic are Kiwi brothers in arms Between them, in the past couple of years, they've written some of the very best Amiga games and a glance at their track-recoa shows remarkable consistency - the lowest .
Scoring game. Roadkill. Was awarded a vary creditable 80 per cent THEIR RECORD READS THUS... Woody's World IAF47 84%). Overkill (AFS1 84%). Seek and Destroy (AFS4 85%). Skidmarks lAFii 90%). Guardian (AF69 89%) Super Skidmarks (AF71 92%), Roadkill (AF74 80%), Gloom AF75 91%) And of course, there are more releases scheduled soon.
GLOOM: Aaaarggghhh. The first Doom-done from Black Magic Is a corridor-wandering blastfest.
Rare's first big hit i Super Skidmarks.
Over two years ago, th« ball rolling.
Outfits have weighed in and taken a greater inarkeuharc.
Certainly, in six months time, it’s unlikely that you'll see the names of Gremlin. Psygnosis and MicroProse in the charts. More likely is that the names Acid. Black Magic. Binary Asylum. Black 1-egend and Manvk will Ik- seen in the upper reaches of the full-price lop 20.
A breath of life And companies such ;ls sales and marketing agency. Guildhall I.cisure Services, have discovered that the Amiga market has much more than a breath of life in it. They currently seem to have a monopoly on the excellent games coming from Down Under with Acid. Vision and Black Magic on their client-lisl.
Sufter Skidmarks, (iuartlian. Hnodkill and Gloom, as well as the forthcoming tears and Andre Agassi's ( nlrr Court Tennis are all quality releases, and far better than most titles coming from the more well-established acts. Guildhall's BINARY ASYLUM Ex-AF Editor Bob Wade set up Binary Asylum some three years ago, along with other ex-AF writers Andy Smith and Andy Wilton. In that time, they've only produced one game, but a successful one at that, the fine helicopter shoot-'em up Zeewolf (A 66 90%). But, why should we even recognij their existence? After all. They're hardly I prolific team
around.
The answer lies in their attitude towj the machine and the gameplayers Pro Andy Wilton spent ages perfecting the i for the game and it was this attentic together with a desire to create a tt ring man's shoot-'em-up" which made Zee wo if Important and successful release.
Only the demise of Commodore has folks behind Binary Asylum uncertain as 1 future Amiga-development, though they , committed to a November-release of Zee wo f we were responsible for design, print, duplication and assembly of Skidmarks.
Over tile time this developed into sales and marketing and all administration, including registration cards. Vision followed via Acid and. More reccndy, Black Magic Software.
Basically we do what we consider a good job on behalf ol our clients anti the fact that Acid have recommended Vision and Black Magic to us. We believe, justify' the efforts we put into the labels. We also manage the Blit User database (2.IHWI members) and the Acid database (10.000)." Hunter remains optimistic about the future of the Amiga, but realises that it's their clients who call the shots.
“If our labels aren’t successful, then nor are we. We could do vcrv little if the products weren't good enough, but these guvs consistently create top- quality games. .As a business we remain flexible and. Therefore, do what our clients want us to do. Currently, and for tile foreseeable future, the Amiga figures highly" “We have always believed in the Amiga marketplace. It is a computer, not a console. It has a huge array of available software at affordable prices and an arrnv of enthusiasts who all fancy their chances of creating the next number one. And if your .readers "We have always
believed in the Amiga marketplace. It is a computer, not a console."
Managing Director. Giles Hunter, explains how the marriage came about.
“We started our relationship with Acid Vision two years ago. Working with their originally-appointed European Sales Manager. Benoit Varasse. Initially.
Reckon they’ve written the next numlicr one. They can talk to us and we'll discuss its potential with Acid."
Small is beautiful It's clear that the smaller publishers are vital to the Amiga's survival, but they're not going to support a machine that offers them little chance of. At least, breaking even. Binary Asvlum, a softco formed by three cx-ACstaffers, released their first title. Xerwotf, last Christmas to critical acclaim and sold sufficient units to justify a sequel.
Publishing Manager. Boh Wade, is understandably cautious of the market, though. “Everyone at Binary Asylum would like to continue doing games for the Amiga after moot] 2: Wild Justice, Iviit. Obviously, this is entirely dependent on sales of new Amigas. It's a lovely machine to work with and improvements to the specifications would mean we could get more impressive visuals out of it."
But Wade and co aren't about to commit themselves until the picture at Escom is a might clearer. “To my mind, one of dircc things can happen. If the relaunch fails completely, then it will be commercially impossible to create more games for the Amiga.
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THE MANYK PERSPECTIVE Manyk is a small publishing company set up by Keith Wadhams. A man convinced of the potential in the Amiga market and the abundance of coding-talent spread throughout Europe. Their first game is the smooth-looking Ooom-clone fears.
Wadhams hopes to make it easier for writers to get games published without huge financial backing, and without getting ripped off. "I see myself primarily as the man in the middle. I can help games-tatent along and enable them to make good money v, ithout having massive overheads. It's a 50-50 partnership. You don't need a number one hit to make money.
I'm quite happy to stay in the Amiga market simply because it's so strong in the UK. I'd rather be a big fish in a small pond, than a small fish in a big pond, getting eaten by the sharks. Everyone’s going on about the strength of the PC but look at the computer charts and the top four are Amiga games. It's a big niche market and if wo produce quality games they will definitely sell."
Wadhams is dedicated to the machine, and hopes Escom will upgrade the Amiga-range in the future. "Virtually everything we do will be released on the Amiga (Manyk are hoping to release 10-12 games a year), either on CD or ffopfcy. Obviously, it depends on what Escom orbutTd like to see an A1200 with a CO drive and an 030 processor. We're putting the Amiga above the PC for the foreseeable future " vU FEARS: This is th* first game to arrive from the Manyk stable and many more are promised.
Fears has a full-screen option, as well as stairs.
Could it be the best Amiga Ooom-style game?
Iertainly, one of the advantages that foars iver Gloom is that there Is a gun in sight.
Amiga Technologies reckon that there is an installed Amiga user- base of 2.3 million in the UK.
W If it succeeds in a limited sense.
Then we may be able to produce further games using our existing 111) graphics technology. In order to justify ativ R&D into greatly improving the WORMS " 1 " This is likely to be engine or creating completely new Ieam 17.5 ,jna| bi9 types ol game, we would now need to Amiga game.
ALIEN BREEO 30: The final Alien Breed game, a series which has sold thousands.
See the Amiga being extremely successful in its comeback."
“But I don’t see why the Amiga shouldn't be an attractive option as an affordable way of getting a powerful and impressive computer. However, it's going to have to sell an awful lot ol units in a Inirry if it's to have any liiiure to talk of," Romparl. Like Guildhall Leisure are a sales and marketing agency and over the past couple of years they've been as prolific as anyone in their Amiga release-schedulc - most recently Football (•lory, Crystal Dragon. Voyages nj Discovery, Behind the lion dale and Tarliral Manager 2. Their gamcs-labcl. Black lx-gend. Houses development-ialent in Eastern
Europe, where some of the Amiga's most enthusiastic coders are based, as well as representing 11 Iv learns. But they’re gradually drifting towards the l’ . Content in the knowledge that it's a growing market and one unlikely 10 decline in the foreseeable future.
However, because they have contacts across Europe, they're in as good a position as anyone to return to the Amiga when the market picks up, an option they haven't discounted.
Leant 17 is a company who has built their reputation on the Amiga. The Amiga has been good to them, hut, like many others, they feel the future lies with PC CD-ROM titles and are winding down their Amiga-developmem accordingly.
Certainly, though, they are prepared to cominue supporting the platform, providing the Amiga is selling in sufficient quantities to warrant the cost. However, ii scents dial thcv have little concrete plans after Alien Itreeil 31).
Worms and S ieris legacy.
Only time will tell... There is little doubt that the Amiga will return to prominence, though whether it reaches the lofty heights of the early ‘90s, only time will tell. Escom's new arm. Amiga Technologies, reckon that not only is there an installed Amiga user-base of 2.3 million (please take this with a pinch of salt) in the UK alone, they're also of the opinion that they can shift up to 50.000 A1200s before Christmas. Now, that would get the softies' eyes glinting.
But it remains to be seen whether the established software houses will re- instigalc Amiga gamrs-drvelopment. Or if it will he left to firms such as Guildhall and Kompart to unearth the Amiga Technologies is going to have to do some confidence- boosting PR with the publishers.
Talenl out ihere, while teams such as Binary Asylum and Vulcan weigh in with the occasional release.
The likelihood is a combination of both, but Amiga Technologies is going to have to do some confidence-boosting PR with the publishers to persuade them to commit real development funds in the near future.
But as every month passes, more and more software companies prefer to plough their resources into PC CD- ROM and console games. If the softcos do decide to produce more Amiga games, there is likely to be a gap of, at least, a year until they see the light of day. The next six months are the most ... ... . . POLE POSITION: important ill the history ot the Amiga. . ... ' Ascon s Amiga swansong? It Continued overleaf • appears so.
FORTHCOMING GAMES Alien Breed 3D Andre Agassi's Center Court Tennis Baldies Blitz Bomber Championship Manager 2 Chaos Engine 2 COALA Dungeon Master 2 Empire Soccer A1200 Flight of the Amazon Queen Fears Final Over Frontier 2 Hilt Imran Khan Cricket Leading Lap Legends Limbo of the Lost Lost Eden CD32 Master Axe Odyssey Pheonix (Reunion 2) Pinball Mania Pole Position Primal Rage Seventh Sword or Me Simon the Sorcerer 2 Speris Legacy Star Crusader Thomas the Tank Engine Pinball Tiny Troops Total Football Tracksuit Manager 2 Wheelspin A1200 Worms Zeewolf 2 games we've seen this year. Elton is
now- working on a project with Audiogenic.
Out of tiny acorns... The untapped well of coding talent is YOU. The Amiga Format reader. Some of the games we've seen in our competitions have been superior to full price, commercial releases. When we demoed Charlie Chimp (AF46) - a game written by reader Brian Bell - with an offer to upgrade to the full version, he wits snowed under with requests - over 3,000 of them, and at £10 at time... blimey, that’s £30,000.
The Amiga remains the only enthusiasts' machine. A machine where, using a magazine Coverdisk featuring a programming language, you can sit at home and create the games you want to play. Sure, you may start with a Pong derivative, but this is where the writers of the future come from.
I low many PC enthusiasts arc doing the same? And without the Amiga, where is the next generation of games coders going to come from?
Hopefully, an even more important resource than the Amiga technology itself will cease to be ignored, be nurtured instead, and finally be given the prominence and recognition it deserves. Namely the PD, Shareware.
Liccnceware and Freeware coders, designers, and graphic artists still dedicated to pushing the envelope of current, happening now Amigas- Antigas imbedded in the homes and psyches of people in countless countries throughout the world.
Amiga owners communicate with each other from a radically varying viewpoint. This gulf in philosophy and psychology was illustrated beautifully in VIKTUA FIGHTER: Around £50 on the Sega Saturn.
Almost £10 of that goes straight to Mr Sega.
LEGIONS OF DAWN: A cult success. Ground support for Black Magic is very strong.
Home games W A miga-tisers are fanatically % devoted to their machines.
¦A. J When we recently ran a competition to write your own game in AMOS (see page 26), the response was phenomenal with more than 500 entries landing on our doormat.
Similarly, when we covemiounted Blitz Basic (AF32) - a language written by Acid's Simon Armstrong and Black Magic's Mark Sibly - again including a 'write-a-game' competition the reaction was anta ing. And Blitz has been used to write some ol Acid. Vision, and Black Magic's finest games.
Our sister magazine, Amiga Pawn’s August Coverdisk features a full game Tennis Champs, written by .A * reader Elton Bild, and it's one of the best The untapped well of coding talent is YOU, the Amiga Format reader.
BUT THE GAME REMAINS THE SAME It's interesting to note that the marketing campaigns of both Sega and Sony bear little relation to the merits of the machine or the games that will run on them.
Rather, the insidious logic behind the megallthic corporations' respective campaigns is to inject their silicon with kudos; seduce the opinion-formers. The early- adopters. And the Irfestyle-leaders with kitsch, coded advertising.
Their argument is that if they can capture this urbane and sophisticated, oh so important group, the rest will follow and purchase the machines in droves. Specious logic to say the least And while we're on the subject of specious logic, the belief that the PlayStation is going to be a mass market machine due to the desire and marketing muscle of Sony is foolishly optimistic While it's now possibly the most tired of tired cliches, look at the success of Betamax. But more relevantly, look at the success of the Sony MiniDisc. Retail outlets are positively brimming with the little blighters,
aren't they?
One circuit in all on a CD. At £50 a whack, thay saw you coming didn't thay, cool guy?
The hardware is there, but to generate something new and original in a game would require taking a risk - when you've just shelled out for a development system, it's always better to play it safe.
INDEN: No amount of camera angles can Ise the fact that this is a plain old beat envup.
A cartoon used by the Times to convey the different 'techno types' of the computing scene at large.
In the cartoon there are four terminals facing out toward the reader, each with at least one seat in front of it.
The first terminal features an empty chair with someone's leg rapidly disappearing from the scene; this chap is a Techno Phobe. Everyone knows someone like him or her.
The second chap is much more interesting. He's likely to have a job that would benefit from a computer and wants to be seen as the user and owner of such a computer. He also researches purchases meticulously and seeks advice from experts. Likely to own a Portable PC or an Apple PowerBook. This person is a Techno Boomer.
The third chap isn't a chap at all.
But rather, he's a team; a Techno Teamer. The Teamers probably represent the largest single group of computer users throughout the world.
They are corporate users who are typically team and job-oriented. They seek reliability above all other factors. • They are unlikely to be interested in computers other than for work-related purposes. If a computer is used at home, it's certain to be compatible with those found at work.
The last, but certainly not least, of the techno types is the Techno Wizard.
They are technology experts hobbyists (notice the lack of distinction made between expert and hobbyist) who Love of the machine motivates the majority of Amiga owners
- developers and users alike.
'Want it hot for not a lot'. The majority of Amiga owners and users fall into this category. Not so much a typecast as a philosophy and commitment to potential - the potential of creativity and self empowerment.
Smaller companies and individuals have pushed the envelope in ways that wouldn’t have seemed possible, cost effective, or relevant to PC developers - global market strategies mean nothing to the bedroom coder.
Individual Hair, drive, commitment, inspiration, aspiration.
Itelief. Faith in the superiority of the Amiga's internal architecture and, dare we say it, love of the machine, motivates the majority of Amiga owners - developers and users alike.
Take Paul Nolan, the originator and core programmer of Almathera's sublime Photogenics. I le wanted to use his Amiga for an A-Level Art project but couldn’t find an art package which satisfied his requirements. And thus, Photogenic* was born. Paid is an inspiration to us all.
With more support and feedback from users. I’hologenics could easily develop into a PholoShop-beMer. It was Jolvon Ralph, co-founder of Almathera, who. Upon using the original incarnation of Photogenics. Recognised immediately its potential for excellence and commercial success. He plucked the program from the domain of Shareware and catapulted it into the mainstream commercial consciousness of the Amiga scene.
T hat Photogenics has been a raging success is beyond question. What really begs to Ire asked is. Why haven't Escom or Amiga Technologies been in touch with Almathera about a licensing deal? It doesn't take a great deal of marketing savvy to realise that a I rowerful Amiga bundled with Photogenics and support software could take the graphics, educational, and professional market by storm.
But, this is still a honeymoon period in the history of the Amiga. A honeymoon with the potential of producing an immaculate conception.
Before we get accused of putting too much gravitas inter our copy and not enough substance, let's take a brief Continued overleaf 4 SEND US YOUR GAMES!
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AMOS, Helios. C, Cor Arexx - if you have constructed a world-beating game in your spare time, send it to us. From next month we will select the best games we receive, and take them along to a software publisher for their views
- you could even see your game developed into a commercial
product.
What you will get is feedback on your efforts, and a chance to appear on an AT Coverdisk... Send your games to: Readers’ Games. Amiga Format.
30 Monmouth St Bath BA1 2BW.
Look at the diffcrc-iu categories lhal tend to be embraced by that all encompassing of labels, Public Domain software.
Firstly, very few titles on the PD scene are actually true Public Domain.
That is. The author has willingly and altruistically given up all right to copyright of images generated, code used, and the use that their program can be put to.
No, more usually, the author agrees that anyone can make a copy of the disk if they don't make a profit by so doing and that the source and information files aren't tampered with in any way.
They also reserve die right to restrict distribution as they see fit. This type of software is referred to as Freeware and accounts for around 80 per cent of currently available Public Domain work.
Then there's Shareware. Again, copying of this software is actively encouraged and perfectly legal. If the Shareware is found to be useful by the recipient, they should register with the author of the work who, upon receipt of the fee. Will furnish the user with the most up-to-date version.
Shareware is constantly updated by the author. The users provide feedback on bugs, operations, features they'd like to see added to the program and. Effectively, the users become the equivalent of extended software testers.
The Shareware authors, and the smaller software houses are still carrying a torch for the Amiga.
In theory and in essence, this probably represents the best method currently known to man of fine tuning a program to near perfection. After all.
A Shareware author is only going to attract registration from others by offering something worth keeping that's useful to the end user.
Due to the lack of commercial restraints - such as deadlines, wages, licensing fees and fixed overheads - the author has more time and flexibility to include extra features that end users consider important.
Despite the seeming hordes of developers shutting up shop, the demo coders, the Shareware authors, and the smaller software houses are still carrying the torch for Amiga users.
Rather than ruthlessly exploiting the market for maximum return, their aim is to put back what has been so unfairly taken away; the belief that the Amiga is the machine of individuals with Hair, commitment, and vision.
The Amiga is to computing and video games what the hist of the V8’s is to Mail Max and the internal combustion engine; an elegant customised synergy of potential, elegance and handleability.
There's nothing cool about having to continually upgrade and spend evermore ridiculous amounts of money on PC hardware merely to obtain acceptable results from the latest games. Yet it's being done. And it's the Techno Boomers and Techno Tcamers who are mostly to blame. They swallow wholesale propaganda in the belief that it’s true; PC hardware manufacturers laugh all the way to the bank.
The Amiga is the hist of the renegade machines and still more than capable of fighting back against the brutal commercialism of the PC leviathan; even if it means the Amiga has to go underground and evolve into a PC-based Trojan Horse.
The Amiga's salvation lies in the hands of those committed to it's wellbeing. Individuals, groups of individuals, and committed software houses. But for their endeavours to work requires responsibility and diligence from Amiga users. Purchase only what's worth supporting. Pay the requisite Shareware fees to the authors.
And keep buying Amiga Formal - for 110 matter how much our opponents, enemies and competitors try to knock the Amiga, we are still the most significant computer enthusiast magazine 011 the world stage.
We'll not chicken out and ‘suspend' our Amiga titles. It's the duty of Amiga magazines to help shape markets, not Ik- a slave to them or give up when the going gets tough.
We are enthusiasts ourselves, and we're looking forward to seeing more games from you, our readers. Amiga Formal will continue to stand up for you and your machine. 'Zj _ don' ank account d you can't driv onder Vs Pm it's only your who picks you up a parties.
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Please send to: Lloyds Bank Pic, Freepost CV2870, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9BR SEPTEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA The co AMOS B MB Those of you with long memories will recall lhai January's issue contained a rather special Coverdisk - AMOS Professional. When the history books are written, look in the section entitled Ah' Coverdisks Which Shook The World and you will surely see AMOS Pro. Proudly sat alongside previous classics such as Imagine.
Music X and PageSelter ‘2.
Indeed, we were so chuffed with it.
We decided to run a competition, snappily titling it The Great Amiga Format AMOS Write A Game Competition, for those in any doubt of its nature. By May 1st, the closing date, there was an enormous pile of padtled envelopes to work through, their countries of origin proof of Ah 's impressive penetration; Finland, Sweden, America, Mexico, Australia, even Wales... As the 'bright spark' whose idea it originally was, it was decided that the least 1 could do was to donate almost an entire week of my life to sorting out the hundreds and hundreds of entries (yes, there really were that many) into a
short list for the A 'team of experts to choose the eventual winners from.
Now AMOS Pro is a good version of BASIC - Europress used it to create their FunSchool range - but I honestly didn't expert to see such a high overall By Dale Bradford standard of entries. The short list became a very long list indeed and it was only by being sadistically ruthless that I managed to end up with a top 13.
Now. Before I go through die shortlisted baker’s dozen, there will, by now.
Be hundreds of disappointed would-be programmers who have looked to see if they were on it and have returned here to find out why they're not. I'm sorry.
Really, I am. It was a difficult decision.
Some entries disqualified themselves by simply not working: unbelievable. 1 know, but there were more than a few which simply came up with AMOS error messages. Some run once and then locked me out when 1 came back to take a second look. Why?
Beats me. Two disks even had dodgy shutters and ended up stuck in my drive.
Rest assured, however, everything was looked at and persevered with (except the stuff which wouldn't run at all, obviously). If you didn’t win, don't just say "Oh, sod that, then"; many entries showed real promise and, with a bit more polish, would meet an enthusiastic reception in the world of shareware, or even beyond. Please see the AF Top Twenty Tips for Submitting Programs boxout opposite; the advice it contains applies equally well to submitting programs for competitions, Public Domain shareware and commercial publishers.
Surprises? The number of Bomberman clones, only one fruit machine (thankfully) and even a few Doom look-alikes. An honourable mention must also go to the authors of Movie Maker 2, a very entertaining program which, if it hadn't been for its libellous (and prudes may say offensive) nature, would have made it to the short list. So, who were the winners then?
The winners take it all ¦ First off, Martin Longstaff of Nailsea in Avon, for Ricochet, a one or two-player table tennis sim. A though based on the oldest game of all (Pong), it was extremely well done and very playable indeed. A few years ago, this could well have been a commercial release.
¦ P.D. Walsby of Colchester produced Gunslingers, again an old coin-op updated. Gunslingers had two cowboys shooting bullets at each other. If the bullets hit the rocks or cacti, they ricocheted off at unpredictable angles.
Great fun, slightly let down by being two-player only. One of the few on the short list which wasn't compiled, Gunslingers was a brilliant example of what can be achieved by using AMOS.
¦ lan Taylor of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire created Amphibious.
Graphically outstanding, it resembled Apidya in some respects. The player had to guide a tadpole to maturity as a frog by avoiding the bigger fish and gobbling up the small fries.
¦ Gordon Miller of Glasgow gave us It's Only Rock V Roll, a simulation of the music biz, where the penniless player starts out busking and writing bizarre songs. Perseverance leads to a record deal, nationwide tours, luxury toys and, er, more bizarre songs. The program generated lyrics for new songs the player wrote and were very entertaining in themselves. In a bizarre sort of way. It was even possible to view the band playing highlights from their concerts.
Original and very well written.
¦ Conks, from Lee Wilson of York, was, I thought, probably the most outstanding entry. Drawing its inspiration from the Lemmings Bill's Tomato Game genre, the player had to guide an odd-looking gonk from one part of the screen to another. A clear path had to be created for the gonk within a time limit; after which, he made a run for it. With nicely progressive difficulty levels, Gonks was very entertaining. Slick at it, Lee!
¦ Falling Down, from Paul Andrew of Hucksiepp, was a thoughtful little strategy game which required the player to drop red blobs down to the bottom of the screen, while keeping the blue ones up. This was done by manipulating the floors and was enjoyable, if a little ponderous after a prolonged session.
¦ In The Pipeline, from Robert Smith of Leicester, was a pure, unashamed clone of Pipemania, and jolly good it was, too.
If anything, the playing area of Robert's game was larger than the original, thus adding to the difficulty level -or perhaps I'm just getting old. As I found In The Pipeline trickier than I can remember Pipemania being.
¦ Another clone of an old 8-bil game came from Dave Kirk of Rotherham.
Blox took the Splitting Image Split Personalities concept and breathed new mpetition 32f THE AF TOP TWENTY TIPS FOR SUBMITTING PROGRAMS: 15 ty' ...but not without some merit.
Life into it with updated graphics. A nice little slice of nostalgia.
¦ BOMB was not only an apt acronym (Battle 0) the Master Bombers), it clearly described the game type - yes, a Bomberman-clone from Matthew Newton-Lewis of Stourbridge, West Midlands. Excellent introduction too, plus four-player capability, slightly let down by a fiddly method of control.
¦ Enforcer, from Black Widow Software of Birmingham, reminded me of an Ocean game circa 1991. Seemingly inspired by the Dirty Harry Lethal Weapon games (and films), it was an incredibly hard platform shoot-'em-up witil well-drawn graphics.
¦ Return To Xanlir, from Lee Bamber of Wigan, almost knocked my socks off.
The look and feel was of a Lucas Arcs graphic adventure, along the lines of Monkey Island. Even the text font used when characters spoke was identical.
Who would have thought that such a stunning-looking game could be programmed in AMOS?
The reason my socks stayed firmly on my feet was down to the gameplay - despite many attempts, 1 failed to make any progress into the game at all. Before I get accused of being totally useless, I must stale to my defence that Steve McGill also walked away from it muttering that he too was getting nowhere. So there.
¦ Boomin'Eck, from Mike Carter of Georgeham in North Devon, created one of the most playable of the Bomberman clones. His game used legless Lego men to zip around the mazes, and what fun it was too.
¦ Finally, Chris Gregan, of Co. Meath in Ireland, submitted what my notes refer to as a “battle-Lemmings-in-space type of game”, called MASH, which was rated highly by all those who saw it. Teeny- weeny Cannon Fodder-style sprites.
Itest your disk to ensure it works before you send it. Blindingly obvious, but some entries defied all our efforts to prompt them into life.
2 Make it easy to use. Don’t expect the tester to use their valuable time fannying around, copying fonts across from one disk to another. They won’t do it (although I did).
3 Don’t use crap disks with flaccid shutters liable to jam in the drive.
Forcing the tester to disassemble his machine will hardly make him kindly disposed towards your effort.
4 Don’t compel the tester to read page after page of text in between games. They won't 5 Try to keep disk-swaps to a minimum. One or two is manageable, but seven?
6 Don't be libellous or incorporate 'celebrities' into your game. Yes, I know, it's fun. But no-one will even consider doing anything with it.
7 Include a back-up disk. Yes, I know, it's twice the expense, but you've gone to all that effort writing the thing and packaging and posting it to miss out for the sake of a 30p disk is bonkers.
8 Don't bother writing a 24-page instruction manuals - it just won't get read.
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Attempting to destroy each other can be so entertaining, don't you think?
In conclusion, then, AMOS Pro is a bloody good piece of software. All those who entered the competition must, at least, have a greater knowledge of programming than before and I would urge you all to keep at it. Despite many publishers deserting the Amiga market, there are still plenty who actively welcome submissions. Sincere thanks to you all for a very entertaining week. Can I have my house back now? '3 Keep away from over- I £ complicated concepts. Your game may have greater depth than Civilization and the effort involved in learning to grasp its fundamentals may indeed be worth it
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Volatile code will do you no favours.
M Don't waste everybody's time by just sending in a snazzy demo. If the brief requests a game, why send in a non-interactive cartoon, however good?
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¦ ft Games should be fun. Fiddly I 3 methods of control are not.
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The Amiga should have been the ultimate Internet home computer. John Kennedy looks at what went wrong, what's happening now and what's to come.
And a piece of software called a “browser”. It’s the browser that grabs the text and pictures from the remote site and assembles them into a cute display on the monitor screen.
Without a browser, the Web documents are merely plain text-files, filled with HTML codes and links to pictures and other pages. The codes determine the appearance of the rendering image, controlling the fonts, the layout and the position of graphics with "tags”. Without a browser, it’s simply a load of text and angle brackets.
The first browser was called Mosaic and it was developed as recently as 1993 by Marc Andreasen at the American National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
After the initial success of Mosaic, Andreasen co-founded Mosaic Communications Corporation with ex- Silicon Graphics boss, Jint Clark. Their fust product was a program which almost overnight redefined what the Internet was and who used it: NetScape.
NetScape is special and there are versions for the Mac, Unix and Windows platforms. The bad news is that there is no version for the Amiga and it seems unlikely that there ever will be.
That's not to say there isn't a browser for the Amiga, because there arc several. First of all, there is Alynx- a version of Lynx, the text-only Web browser. Using Alynx is fast, btit has many drawbacks. It lacks the same “point-and-click" immediacy of Mosaic, and. Even worse, it drops the graphics.
A Lynx is great if you are in a hurry, otherwise forget it.
What the Amiga does has is SEPTEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA Campuses p_ty.dop.Mj,MWMi StB t«fl,.Rf.WU«?-.. Hcmmy •••httlnroc.-.cj. When whin, i,. • wt..; . jd it BljewfctraP.tJiB.AwisWrt.RMpjHMf
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More and more Amiga- users are discovering whal a useful resource the Internet is. Where else can you read your favourite magazine, catch up on news and gossip, and share problems with other users - all whilst downloading the latest software?
In many ways, the Amiga should be the perfect machine for use with the Internet, It’s got a fully multi-tasking Operating System, excellent graphics and there are millions of them in The Amiga's own version of Mosaic is more than up to the task of displaying pretty graphics.
Amiga on the Net WHAT MAKES NETSCAPE SPECIAL?
NetScape started off as a rather nifty version of Mosaic, and was more suited for modem use. It responded faster, displayed images better and was generally more fun to be with.
Then the unthinkable happened: NetScape started tinkering with the HTML codes, the special tags which control the text and graphics. At first the changes were minor: the ability to centre text for example, but gradually the improvements started becoming obvious - accurate positioning of images, coloured and textured backdrops, user-defined tables, simply animation... On the one hand, HTML-users were not happy; here was an accepted standard that was being changed. On the other, the results were amazing. Page design was transformed, and more attractive pages meant more users and more publicity.
The additional codes supported by NetScape are easy to ignore on other browsers (for example, on Amosaic), but more and more page authors are finding it difficult to resist the new features.
Existence. Bizarrely, though, it’s the PC that has attracted all the publicity; quite possibly the worst machine for the job, featuring everything front nonstandard filename-handling, to poor task-switching.
One area in which the Amiga has suffered heavy criticism is over the World Wide Web; the collection of hypertext pages scattered all over the planet and linked via the Internet, To make use of the Web, you need a computer connected to the Internet Ol tttomo I 4 ete Docu nt vttw TIHti [The R»lg« Pwi jft.
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- sal SERIOUSLY AMIGA SEPTEMBER 1995 URL ENTRY GADGET - You may
now type in a destination URL in the URL gadget at the top of
the window.
NEW HOTLIST ACCESS - The hotlist is now available via a pop-up menu activated by a button next to the URL display. It is now hierarchical, allowing you to have topical sub-lists under the main hotlist.
MISCELLANEOUS - There are many other minor fixes and improvements which are not listed here.
I l ,.Ed£»k£ actnl = ¦ With quite a few improvements, the new version is far from shabby.
Density disks which make life a little awkward at times.
Secondly, because of the way Mac and Amiga graphics differ, it is only feasible to use the Mac-emulation in two colours, unless you have a graphics board (Picassoll, CyberVision, or that sort of thing).
This isn't quite as bad as it sounds, since all Mac software is very usable in two colours. If you do happen to have a graphics board, 256 or more colours are supported. In fact, a friend who has just spent over £1,000 on a new Mac tells me that my Amiga 040 and graphics card runs considerably faster than his Mac. Not bad for a $ 40 shareware program from the Aminet.
You will also need a copy of an Apple Mac ROM image; not the easiest thing to obtain. If you don't happen to own a Mac, you will need to try to discover a dealer willing to sell you the necessary chip and also find some way of putting it on to floppy. It can be a rather difficult process.
With the Mac-emulation running, you can then use the Mac-version of TCP IP to dial into an Internet service- provider and run all the usual Mac tools: Fetch for FTP: Futlora for mail; Nunteus for news; and NetScape.
Amosaic, a true version of Mosaic for the Amiga. Li has been around for a while, but only recently made it to version 2 - quite a landmark achievement.
Amosaic can be irritating to many, because it requires Magic User Interface to be running. MUI provides many advantages for the programmer and offers a gorgeous and user-definable display.
Unfortunately, it can also be deadly slow and consumes masses of memory.
You should be able to run Amosaic on an unexpanded A1200. But a far more comfortable system is an A4000 40 with a graphics card.
With the release of Amosaic version 2, has come several improvements, including the ability to have forms (special on-screen requesters), which was a serious omission in previous releases.
However, Amosaic is still lagging behind NetScape, and there are times when it would be very convenient to have NetScape on the Amiga.
NETSCAPE ON THE AMIGA: IT CAN BE DONE!
No kidding. I'm using it right now. 1 can Amiga-M and flap to a screen which is running NetScape 1.1 and is busy browsing through the FuhireNet pages.
What's the catch?
The catch is that, with an emulation program called ShapeShifter. 1 have temporarily turned my Amiga into an Apple Macintosh. ShapeShifter seems to be one of those programs that’s simply too good to be true, but it exists and it works.
Because the Apple Mac (well, non- PowerPC versions) is based on the same Motorola processor as the Amiga, and With an emulation program like ShapeShifter, I can temporarily turn my Amiga into a Mac.
Doesn't feature clever custom chips for handling graphics or sound, in theory it should be possible to emulate the Mac on the Amiga, and that's exactly what ShapeShifter does.
ShapeShifter is a shareware program which runs on any Amiga with a 68020 or better processor, 4Mb memory and CrossDOS. It is possible to run it on an A1200, but an A4000 is a lot better for several reasons.
First of all. The A4000 has higlt- density disk drives as standard, which means Mac-formatted disks can be used as standard. The A1200 has double- i to enter t and send that information to a server for processing.
OVERALL PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT - Amiga Mosaic can now be safely iconified with the iconify gadget in the window title-bar. The window can be resized when downloading, and moved to and from public screens (via MUIPrefs) without crashing.
UPDATED GUI - A bouncing Amiga Boing ball now indicates a transfer in progress. Clicking on the Boing gadget will abort the current transfer. The navigation buttons can now be set to appear as text graphical icons, or both.
Tvvo, new buttons have been added which will take you to the Amiga home page and the Amosaic home page.
NEW BUTTON BAR OR TEXT. OR BOTH - you choose.
The addition of the snazzy, bouncy ball will probably mean nothing to most Amiga-users (who have no idea what Boing was about.). I I-I.J.J-I.Ji| I = = ¦*..*.'1 «¦« .1 ‘1 1 ~ l ~ »¦!
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Apple Mac? Well, you'll just have to take my word for it,
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don't think you'll be able to get a display like this on an
unexpanded A1200 - sorry.
WHAT'S NEW IN AMOSAIC VERSION 2?
AMIGA 0 I l CocM»*ct« v *» TUI* SEPTEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA
o r AVA Welcome Wakome to Sun'* HotUv«(on) home p»ge Hotlov* is «
tyntnuc. ExtwmW* WWW browsw th*t showcases many of the
capabilities of the Jeve(tm) language Java is * new
object-onented programming language developed et Sun
Microsystems to solve e number of problems in modem practice
Announcements Heck tie Web fat Fm (and Pr*i»y Sun is sponsoring
e H otJavo Applet Programming Contest with greet prises' The
Akfce 3 robin far Seta 0 an eveieUc The Alpha 3 release
contains bug fixes end e few new features including e 'stop"
button end support for the Gopher protocol See the ‘Releases*
section below for deteils l See the ‘Releases section below for
details TV* Alpha 2 n i support for lav* INM Hotlava is not
quite as advanced as NetScape... yet.
Sun's open approach could mean that it will eventually reach the number one spot.
I ( has to he said that, occasionally, NetScape seems lo hang when running on ShapeShifter, requiring a reset of the Mac-emulation of the Amiga, or both even. However, it seems to work most of the time and I have a feeling that making it more stable is only a matter of fiddling with some preference settings and caching options.
THE FUTURE OF THE WEB?
NetScape is very smart indeed, but it is no longer the hottest thing happening 011 the Net. Sun Microsystems is the name behind this invocation, which builds on normal Internet Web browsers.
The new piece of software which is causing the stir is Holjnva, a new browser. Holjnva differs from NetScape and Mosaic in that everything is automatically configurable by die software.
For example, if an image is stored in a new file-formal, Holjava will also fetch the necessary viewing-software at the same time as the file. The user secs nothing special happening, other than the image appearing on the screen.
This is made possible by the Java programming language which Holjnva understands. Java is a bit like C++ and offers an object-orientated environment
- in other words, its a pretty advanced U lBl Uny-lhlol dl-ul..
OTHER AMIGA BROWSERS Things have been strangely quiet on the
Amiga browsing front. Lack of time has kept my own Balloo
project from getting the attention it deserved, but there are
rumours of other programs.
Jesse McClusky (thought@eskimo.com) is busy working away on WebLink, which takes an HTML viewer and modularises it. This sounds vaguely like the way in which Hotlava works, but also adds scope for integral-mail and news-reading software. Whatever Jesse comes up with should be well worth investigating, though.
I Mosaic I All the latest information t here to download Amosaic.
• Amiga home page http: www.omnipresence.com Amiga MainPage.html
News, views, rumours and links to other Amiga sites.
• Amiga Format home page http www.
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What more could you want?
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reviews and links to other Amiga places.
• Amiga Web Directory
http: www.prairienet.org community ciubs cucug amiga.htinl The
ultimate collection of Amiga sites - an incredible number of
links, plus news and pictures. Check it out as soon as you can.
• Aminet http: wuarchive.wustl.edu pub aminet info www home.html
One of the several sites that contain the definite collection
of Amiga Public Domain and shareware software. Incredibly
useful.
• Alynx http: www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de amiga alynx.html Home page
for this useful tool.
• P'Jami http metro.turnpike.net N NiallT hotjava.html The Amiga
Hotlava porting project home page.
• Hotlava httpJ metro.turnpike.net N NiallT hotjava.html
programming language which lias little in common witli AMOS or
BlitzBasic.
The Java programs are called "Applets" and their purpose is to add features to pages which the browser simply hasn't thought of- such as animations, sound and film clips. The browser becomes totally llexibie and the result will be more like an interactive game, titan a static page of text and images.
Animations and sounds are generated locally, using the resources of tlte client-computcr, rather than relying on information to lie downloaded.
Currently, there arc two alpha versions of the Holjava browser: one for SPARC-based Solaris machines and the other is for Microsoft Windows NT. This is hardly affordable hardware, but raw processing power is required to make tlie most of the new features.
I lowever. Sun have also stated that there will Ik- official Mac and Windows '95 versions as well, and the Mosaic Communications Corporation have committed themselves to building support into their NetScape browsers.
Thus, it would seem to be possible to run Holjava by using the ShapeShifter method. But the really good news is that plans are afoot to port it to the Amiga.
The P'Jami project has been set up to create an Amiga version of Java and Holjava. There are mailing lists available if you are interested (see the P'Jami home page for details).
An Amiga Holjava client would neatly sidestep the lack of NetScape, because many people believe that Holjnva could very well take over completely from NetScape to become tiie standard browsing software.
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IN PREVIEWS THIS MONTH ARE... THEY'RE ON THE WAY page 39 SCREEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 Audiogenic are holding the Amiga torch. We check out their latest arcade adventure Odyssey, as well as a new cricket game. Also, more pics of Tiny Troops and a glance at a coin-op conversion of Primal Rage.
ODYSSEY: Fight the King PRIMAL RAGE: A fantasy and rescue the wizard. Dinosaur beat-'em-up.
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2244 Audiogenic are promising to support the Amiga. And if
truth be known, they're one of the few softies who have firmly
nailed their colours to the mast. While others flounder,
bluster and claim to be "watching the situation carefully,
before making a move", the house that brought us Graham Gooch's
Cricket and the excellent platform puzzler Bubble and Squeak,
are busy working on their next releases.
If you've hopped around the Coverdisk caves this month, you will already have a good idea about Odyssey. If you haven't, go, and do it now, and join the rest of us later. It's an adventure game, but one which involves vigorous arcade action, similar in some ways to their excellent game Exile and to Delphine's brace, Another World and Flashback.
It's quite astonishing that there are so few games of this style. The aforementioned are all excellent and even two years down the line, few games look as chop-smackingly splendid as Flashback and even fewer can match the fluid movement of the main protagonist.
Odyssey maintains the style of this infrequent sub-genre, pitting a wizard's apprentice (that's you) against the potent might of an evil king, who has seen fit to kidnap his sorcerous pal. Your task is to rescue the wizard, travelling through seven huge islands in the process, including the final reckoning, the king’s castle.
The islands have slightly different graphic styles, though the classical emphasis of the demo is very much adhered to throughout. In Exile, some of the puzzles are ridiculously difficult to solve and, at times, you're relying on inspiration, rather than perspiration. Odyssey, though, takes a more logical stance, but don't go thinking it's a walk in the park.
The game is in the final throes of testing and we'll be delighted to bring you the comprehensive review next month. Until then... SOMEBODY'S FAMOUS CRICKET 1Mb Amigas, Audiogenic 0181-424 2244 Cricket has long been a favourite at Audiogenic, so it comes as no surprise to learn that they’re currently revamping their Graham Gooch affair.
However, there will be a new licence this time around, the most likely candidate, a retired cricketer who recently wed... Go on, have a think. Mind, we bet Darren Cork is gutted. Changes, then.
Visually, it will look the same, but the batting, bowling and fielding has been comprehensively re-written. There will be a 'six-hit' option where you hold down the fire button as you swish the bat, a fine preference when you need runs quickly.
Also, the bowlers are rated differently and there are more variables - it's easier to bowl accurately with a better bowler
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purse-friendly price. Again, expect the full review next month.
Better than Rise of the Robots? We'll find out in October. Oh, it will be... A Tyrannosaurus Rex with laser-eyes wandering a Scalextric track. Yesterday.
The screenshots of Primal Rage that we were sent turned out to be useless, so we had to go cap-in-hand to our friends on Sega Power. And, thankfully, 'tis the MegaDrive version Probe are converting.
Seven different dinosaurs do battle in Primal Rage. The beat- 'em-up is not yet extinct.
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It’s kind of worrying when we receive press-releases and
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Yeeeuuurcchh. "About the game", or something, would have been
far more polite.
Anyway, Primal Rage is the game and mega-corp Time Warner Interactive are responsible for "Product overview" (erk, again).
Primal Rage is a fantasy dinosaur beat-’em-up, currently undergoing conversion from the successful coinop, with an expected release-date of October. It’s heading for every platform you can think of and probably some not yet invented. The best news is that it’s being converted for all 1Mb Amigas.
Probe, who recently converted the extremely successful Mortal Kombat II, are again at the helm, which should at least ensure that it’s better than Rise of the Robots.
And it will rear its fearsome claws in the month of September, or October.
TINY TROOPS 1Mb Amigas and CD32 Mindscape 01444 246333 In an act of unashamed over- indulgence, just two months on from the first shots we brought you of Tiny Troops, here are some more. Because we like the look of it. A cute strategy- game with six worlds and 72 battles to, er, battle, it looks like a cross between Micro Machines and Cannon Fodder.
The action is controlled using a mouse and on-screen Interface, and there’s a handy map which shows the whole level. Along the way, you head on rescue and assasination missions, which take place in Micro Machine- esque household venues. The game is due for release in early September, so ear to the wall with a drinking glass. RZ A division ot SOFTWARE PLUS Britain’s largest independent specialist retailer of computer games.
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Some moons ago, we presented you with a double-barrelled Coverdisk of the first-person perspective shoot-'em-ups, Alien Breed 3D and Death Mask (AF71).
Death Mask wasn't exactly the Doom-clone the Amiga had been waiting for, limited fun though it undoubtedly was, and Team 17's impressive-looking Alien Breed 3D has yet to see the light of day. Over the past few months, we've used the term Doom-clone rather often. Let me explain, for it's just possible that you won't understand the term (he said, desperately trying not to patronise).
Anyway, a couple of years ago, Doom broke on to the PC scene - a game which single-handedly revolutionised the machine. People actually bought a PC simply to play that one game. You see, the action is from the first-person perspective (through your eyes, basically) and a gun points your way forward.
Roaming through tunnels, you blast everything in sight, pick-up boosters and head for the exit to the next level.
Doom has been converted to most platforms, though not the Amiga, and in the past two years the race has been on to produce a 30- engine which can handle both the necessary pace and graphic detail to satisfy Amiga-gamers everywhere.
A real 'Doomster' Step forward and park thyselves in the spotlit leather-seat coders Black Magic, friends of fellow Antipodeans Acid and Vision Software, for you are first in the tunnel.
So Gloom is the first ’real' Doomster to hit the Amiga. So what?
Well, ever since Doom took the PC by storm, Amiga-owners everywhere have been looking forward to seeing a similar-style game for our machine. No matter that it's hardly an original idea, Gloom or that games of its ilk are available on PD - we want what they've got, only without the hassle of reconfiguring the software before you get to shoot anybody.
Black Magic's Mark Sibly has written (or been involved in) some of the best Amiga games, including Skidmarks, Guardian and Overkill, as well as ace programming language Blitz BASIC (and BB2), which is part of the development software for Gloom.
The fine attention to detail prevalent in Sibly's previous titles is clearly in evidence here.
You can use pads, sticks, or the keyboard, play linked with a null modem cable and fiddle with the screen to your heart's content, adjusting the resolution, window size and graphic detail to suit. The resolution swaps the pixel size between large and small, and while the smaller pixels look better, they draw a mite slower.
Enough of that for now - we'll cruise past the plot at pace. You're teleported into a building and left with 1200 SEPTEMBER 1995 SCREEN PLAY nothing but a gun, or a 'standard issue plasma cannon', as they're known, and there are people and things who want to kill you. That's it, son. Off you go and the best of luck.
Access doors, enhance weaponry and collect the jugs of health. By jove, it's a simple idea. No, the question most asked of the Amiga Doom- clones is, "how fast and detailed is the 3D engine"?
Gloom is fabulously proficient in this only does it look splendid, there is very little slow-down (though, in two- player, split-screen mode the brakes are sometimes on), even when you're confronted with a gaggle of 'cultists,' as the enemy soldiers are known.
Meaty and messy Simple early doors Gather the weapon boosters and unleash a volley of bullets at the hapless fodder, but I'd recommend you use the 'messy', rather than meaty' mode.
Messy leaves the enemy's limbs and flesh scattered across the floor, and this is a good thing, particularly when you're in the more complex levels later on - you certainly always know where you've been, though occasionally they serve to obscure the power-ups a tad.
Gloom is best played with the keyboard or CD32 pad, because you can sidestep left and right, a great means to dodge fire and re-adjust aim. And creep around corners.
No passwords, though, and with 21 mazes to scoot and not a map in sight, the only way to progress is through sheer diligence, learning the layout and the most economical ways to punish the fearsome fellows Each maze has a secret room housing power-ups and some have bonus games (including Defender) and it's certainly worth checking every nook and cranny to locate them - they're generally found in parts where the scenery slightly differs.
Weapon boosters come in the shape of hovering fireballs and the green balls, in particular, are magnificent. When you get a full artillary, the next ball you collect slaps you with the mega boost, a double- barrelled blast.
It's one of the great feelings in a computer game, to march down a corridor, blasting enemy soldiers without taking on board so much as a scratch, their bodies exploding into a mushy morass. Corks, I hope my granny's not reading this.
After a bit of practice on the early levels, you learn the best routes to take, where the pick-ups and enemy are situated (and where you're likely to get ambushed), and how best to combat them, losing as little energy as possible en-route.
Importantly, the health bottles, which (obviously) boost your energy levels are often situated in the teleport exits to the next level.
To attain any success in Gloom, you need all your lives LOOK OUT intact when hopping into the tricky, later levels, where the going gets mighty tough. And in the early stages, there are no extra lives to be found, so caution is the order of the day. Be careful, young man.
The levels are split into three main sections, each with contrasting decor and evermore menacing degenerates.
Transparent ghoulies haunt the second phase, floating through walls, emitting green liquid when you punish their impudence, while flying devils with unfeasibly large teeth suck you in on the later stages.
Full-on blast And it's not just a case of dashing the corridors, wielding the axe. Some levels have revolving rooms where you have to move as it rotates (rather like a revolving door), ensuring you sneak out at the right exit.
The worst thing is when you get squashed against the wall, watching your health rapidly deteriorate, before you make good your escape.
Suddenly, a skinhead is charging towards you and before you can exclaim, "I’m armed, dangerous and practised in all the major martial arts", you're dead.
Really, there isn't anything here which makes you gasp in awe, it's just that Gloom works so beautifully overall. The two-player head-to-head games are dull in the extreme, though.
In Alternative's Death Mask, at least you could access a map and find out where your opponent lurked.
And with the regenerating power-ups, you always had a chance to win the bout, even if the end was near on nigh, whereas Gloom is a straight, full- on blast with little else to offer.
Gloom‘s two-player, friendly option is far better (particularly on two Amigas with a null modem cable) and you can organise who scouts around which area, saving valuable time and energy in the process.
The sound. Crivens, the music is fabulous and the howling, screeching, and booming gunfire effects are entirely in keeping with the mood. And when you blast the poor blighters, their flesh splays to a reassuringly horrendous, squelching sound. But louder footsteps next time, please.
There are enough puzzles to keep the folk that like to creep around content and those with a penchant for destruction will not be disappointed.
Truly, Gloom is a fine game. I would have preferred a password system, even if there were only two for the next couple of phases. Main contenders, Fears and Alien Breed 3D, will be doing just dandy if they can attain this standard. Smashing!
GLOOM Publisher_ Guildhall Leisure 01302 890000 Price_ £25.99 Versions_ A1200 System requirements A1200 A4000 Release date_ Out now Graphics 9 out of 10 Just squint at those transparent ghouls.
Mighty fine.
Sound_9 out of 10 Howls, grunts, screams, squeals, screeches snd quelches.
Addiction 8 out of 10 Oh yes, but it's a shame you have to go back to the start.
Playability 8 out of 10 Keyboard and pad great.
Non-stick, if you please.
Overall verdict_ A resounding success, Gloom is a truly fine shoot-'em-up, atmospheric and darned frightening in equal measures. Glory be!
INTERNAL COMBUSTION As the summer heat turns the AP office from a comfortable working environment into an EC law-breaking furnace, Aps decided to hit back by doing a Thelma and Louise' across much of South West England. The itinerary runs thus: MONDAY: Stop off at Bath train station to test the fearsome authenticity of Sens Me Train Spotter (the last Amiga Sensible game EVER) before putting it on the coverdisk along with a huge demo of Behind the Iron Gate and an astonishingly user-friendly Gravity Fower level designer.
TUESDAY: Gun down a bigotted redneck in a pub car park, forcing the magazine into a headlong flight from the powers of law and justice.
WEDNESDAY: Cruise around nearby Nempnett Thrubwell in an open top ’57 Chevy convertible, weighing up the merits of new overhead racer Turbo Traxfrom Arcane. A bold new step forward in racing games, or just a good looking rehash of every other overhead racer? We decide.
THURSDAY: Rob a convenience store in a polite and amusing manner.
FRIDAY: Start to get sunburnt. Realise that all this driving around has turned our minds to all forms of driving games, and formulate a comprehensive feature cursing and praising every racing game ever.
SATURDAY: Get cornered by the powers of law and justice. And Harvey Keitel. Drive off the top of Cheddar Gorge.
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worth the wait... Take the playability that wowed games from Kick Off 2 and add practically every dimension of football management and you've got Player Manager 1." CV6 85% "The most in depth and exciting management game ever" Match Magazine "If you want a serious statistical football game with plenty of thrills then Player Manager 2 comes top of the list" Amiga Computing 94% PC CD ROM: £29.99 OUT - 19th JULY or off, there isn't a game that A N CO U Si * 34 Satr an .33 nan } Published by Anco Software Ltd. Unit 7 Millside Industrial Estate. Lawson Road. Dartford. Kent DA1 5BH Tel: 01322
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FREE LUCKY-DIP CDROM (CONTAINS GAMES DEMOS TOOLS CLIPART SAMPLES ETC l WITH ALL ORDERS OVER £25.00 SCREEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 Balrog is the puncher of the pack, a man with fearsome, red, leather fists. Sadly, he neglects to look up, as T. Hawk prepares the bury the hatchet. Right into his skull.
Pugnacious affairs have long been a popular computer gamo pastime and, particularly prevalent over the last five years, a major player in the MegaDrive and SNES revolution, dare we use such a word.
The Amiga has been very much the poor relation in the family of beat- 'em-ups, a machine not thought suitable for the bruising battle. Yet it's still here, bright and breezy, ready to take on all comers, long after last orders has been called and the tap room emptied, the custom forlornly staggering into the street, looking for the nearest kebab house. Ahem... Sure, we Amiga fellows generally work with only the one-button stick, while their pads have buttons galore, but there’s more to it than that.
Perhaps the image of the home computer has left it far removed from what, let's face it, is one of the finest, most playable, most competitive of game genres.
Road warrior, too A genre that has even spawned professional gameplayers in the United States. The consoles are the ideal platform for beat-em-ups, but that doesn't mean that the Amiga can't fight it out with the best (or should that be, the rest?) Of them.
Gremlin Interactive's Shadow Fighter proved such, and the Amiga version of Mortal Kombat 2 kicks bottom with a steel-toed cap.
Not that most AF readers actually like beat-'em-ups. Our reader surveys suggest that only those of you aged 12 and under go lor them in a big way. And we've been accused by softies of not liking beat-'em- ups, but, then, they've accused us of not liking platform games either.
Nonsense. We embrace you all.
Super Streetfighter 2 is perhaps the most feted of beat-'em-ups, a game that our friends on console magazines GamesMaster, Sega Power, Total and Superplay will wax lyrical long after the cows are snoring soundly. And, of course, we're never going to accept second best, without so much as a whimper.
K° ?,;: oWRgh(.r The most famous game ever, in the history of all things finally pops its head through the Amiga door. But does it sting like a bee?
SUPER STREETFIGHTER 2 Publisher_ US Gold 0121-606 1800 Price_ TBA Versions_ A500 A600 A1200 System requirements 1Mb (make that a hard drive) Release date_ Mid-August Graphics 6 out of 10 Play the game, but don't expect graphic finery.
Sound_6 out ol 10 Hollering, grunting and dodgy music.
Addiction 9 out of 10 Fabulous off a hard drive.
Otherwise, no.
Playability 9 out of 10 Moves and combos galore. Smashing.
Overall verdict_ "Marvellous gameplay is the key to this conversion.
You won't be wowed visually, but learn some combos and you're in a pugilist's heaven."
88% WELCOME OUR FRIENDS, PLEASE Why the heck should we? After all, the Amiga is the machine where the talented writers learned their craft.
OK, maybe we're getting just a little paranoid here? Games are games, and no-matter which format they grace, playability shoots heavenward, but I guess we occasionally get the feeling that the Amiga is an afterthought. "C'mon then, let’s do an Amiga version, shall we? They've still got a user-base most platforms would die for and, heck, the other versions have been out for over a year now."
Super Streetfighter 2, Amiga version Seven disks, eh? Blimey! First impressions are that, well, the backgrounds are a might shoddy and, erm, gosh, the sprites aren't quite as big as they could have been And there is no way you can play this game using a single disk drive
- you swap disks up to four or five times for one bout and
replaying the same bout can take some two and a half minutes of
loading time.
Even those with extra drives will find it extremely painful. Mercifully, it's hard drive installable and this, I suggest, is a pre-requisite when considering a purchase.
Virtually fighting Right. Confessions time. I’ve never popped round to our friends on the console magazines and pummelled SSF2 Sure, we all piled over for a game of Virtual Fighter on the new Sega Saturn late last year, but we're not holding our breath for the Amiga conversion of that.
But our esteemed Technical Editor, Mr Sandiford owns a SNES and is a keen fan of the pugilist arts; he reliably informs me that the cartridge is a dream to load, the game runs faster, the sprites are bigger and the backgrounds more detailed. On to the SNES version... OK, OK. But all the moves are here and they're much the same as the other versions. Of course, as soon as I challenge the tech-head, he knows all the manoeuvres, doesn't he.
Because we're using CD52 joypads which utilise all the buttons. And I'm taking a righteous kicking.
He whacks a couple of buttons, then deftly rolls his thumb around the pad and Ken is flying at me, putting on the combos in style and the bout is done and dusted before you can exclaim, "it's all right for you, you know all the special moves".
¦ Each character has a host of special moves and stunning combinations.
FrmrsrM mmn Blue man with red
• tripaa and no hair.
Fat bloke with a lapanase car.
Hair remalna cool in the faca of advaralty Tmnnr Tommy Hawk I* ¦ Gel you dreadful flghtar. Your nalli Take a break from your space travels In the universe’s . Most famous watering hole... Chun Li, God bless her, is lying in a heap. But then, young Sandiford has battered many a challenger into submission at trade shows. Mind, he can't beat me at Sensible Soccer Some consolation, I guess, but give a few more days practice and I'll be able to send fireballs straight for the mid-riff variety of combinations and some are quite stunning.
Ryu is reckoned by many to be the finest all-round battler, but our man with the deft thumbs considers Feilong to be superior by far. I like Rhei, the skinny little waif of a rat from Brutal: Paws of Fury. He's cool Learning each character's intricacies is a game within a game, discovering how different manoeuvres work against the range of opponents.
Some can counteract certain fighters with a particular combo and, best of all, the whole cult surrounding the game suggests that some moves are highly dishonourable and many is the young scamp that has taken a cuff around the ear in an arcade affray, which has become more of street fight than a Streetfighter 2 one.
Super Streetfighter 2 is up with the best of Amiga beat-'em-ups; the sprites move fluidly and, despite the rather poor backgrounds, SSF2 is a triumph of gameplay over graphics.
But, and it's a huge but, avoid it if you only have one disk drive, consider it if you have an extra drive and embrace it warmly if your Amiga proudly owns a hard drive O Combo and Cleggy There are loads of fighters and locations in Super StreetFighter 2.
You can punch your way through continents, choose from a range of 16 different characters, some with fists of concrete, others with a Cantona-esque drop-kick.
Each have a host of special moves and a 16 brilliant stories ' from a far, far away.
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SCREEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 A flatulent cheetah and a bogey-flicking rat, sadly amuse Steve Bradley, but is Brutal actually any fun to play?
Paws of Fury BRUTAL: PAWS OF FURY Publisher GameTek 01753 553445 Price_ £25.99 Versions_ All 1Mb Amigas System requirements 1Mb Release date_ Out now Graphics 8 out of 10 Amusing animation being the game's high-point.
Sound_6 out of 10 High-pitched yelps.
Music's not bad, though.
Addiction 5 out of 10 Rather draining after a few days.
Playability 5 out of 10 Average and lacking in special moves.
Overall verdict_ A pleasant, quirky, pretty beat-'em-up, which ultimately fails because the gameplay is as dull as a dodo. For the over- 308 only.
65% No. By producing a simple, cartoon-style beat-'em-up with relatively few moves, surely GameTek are aiming more towards the parents of the kids - the people that haven't a hope in Hell of learning special moves and combos in the sophisticated grapples.
Brutal is undeniably cute, with handsome cartoon-characters and simple, yet appealing, backgrounds.
Each animal differs in the speed it can move - the most obvious polarity being the lithe Rhei Rat and lumbering Ivan the Bear; the latter seems to kick or punch the opponent minutes after you've accessed the move.
¦ You can only laugh at a flatulent cheetah and a gobbing crocodile for so long.
Some of the characters in this cute beat-'em-up possess astonishingly untutored personal habits, if you leave them to their own devices for a brief moment. The crocodile sniffs loudly before releasing phlegm with a whoosh; the cheetah holds in his stomach and breaks wind violently before making an obscene hand gesture, while the rat pointedly picks his nose, before flicking the booger on to the floor. And the Dali Llama fiddles with his underpants - not the rat's, but his own.
Publishers GameTek reckon that Brutal: Paws of Fury is aimed at the younger fan of the noble art, though quite how shallow of year you're supposed to be remains unclear. The youth of today, and that includes even the under-10s, play all manner of beat- 'em-ups, from Super Streetfighter to Mortal Kombat, and I'm sure most of them could paste me against the wall.
Brutal: Profiles tell you what they're like and all that kind of nonsense. In the single-player game, the aim is to move through the belts, of which there are 15, ranging from the white belt, through to become the almighty Grand Master.
As you progress, you get to choose from more characters - the Dali Llama is the hardest in the kingdom, but you need a black belt before you can become him (yes, someone who plays with their underpants - somewhat unbefitting for a supposedly mighty warrior).
By far the most interesting option here is the mountain-top, wooden ledge bout in two-player mode.-The ledge is tiny and the bouts often last only a few seconds, and you can win by simply ducking an opponent's drop kick and watch him disappear off the edge.
But Brutal isn't much of a challenge and it's certainly not a game for anyone who has the slightest idea about how to play beat-'em-ups. The paucity of moves ensure that the gameplay quickly becomes onedimensional, a fact that even the characters' amusing quirks can't quite overcome. You can only laugh at a windy cheetah and a gobbing crocodile for so long. O Your Last Chance TO BUY AT THESE PRICES!
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Street Fighter II is a trader CAPCOM SCREEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 Steve Bradley recommends the finest games from the past few months in this brand new series. And he also tells you which games to avoid at all cost.
« Games Check U "Gratings, fraoelefs. U* ira a pdacefuK1 village .known for our Ettpert For Trappers. We would gUdly-frade with you ' if you brin'g us soHe badly needed Tobacco Ue would also, pay well for Cloth COLONIZATION: Af editor Nick Veitch spent most ot last month with Sid Meier’s latest, greatest strategy game, colonizing the Americas until the land was his.
SUPER LEAGUE MANAGER (AF70, 77%) Audiogenic A different kind of football management game, promised Audiogenic and. Although not to everyone's taste, SLM proved that reams of statistics aren't a prerequisite for a canny footie game.
Training up the players and taking note of the coach's comments are all important and the A1200 version includes the arcade Wembley International Soccer game for when you're on 'Match of the Day’.
EXILE A1200 (AF77; 88%) Audiogenic This graphically updated version of Audiogenic's classic adventure game is, amazingly, an oddity.
Why? Because it combines cunning pu22les with arcade-style gameplay and is thoroughly marvellous to boot.
You hover around on a jetpack, through space and underground caverns, teleporting back and forth, attempting to break the brain- teasers. Entertaining and occasionally baffling.
ULTIMATE SOCCER MANAGER (AF7Z 84%) Daze Marketing Kind of took us by surprise this.
Impressions are known for their strategy games (and often patchy ones at that) and we thought footie management would have been the furthest thing from their minds.
But no, for USM contains Theme Park-esque stadium development with some novel ideas, including match-rigging and SUPER SKIDMARKS 2 (AF71; 92%) Guildhall Leisure Steve McGill reckoned Super Skidmarks to be, "so hot it'll soon be burning rubber on the virtual tarmac of the information superhighway". Sounds good... And be in no doubt that this racing game, in eight player mode is quite possibly the most fun we've ever had in this office.
Top Amiga writers, Graftgold, returned to the fray with this slick, polished shoot-'em-up, packed with neat, graphical touches and, shock, some good music.
A game within a game, you battle through various game genres, blasting all and sundry.
The writers have payed 'homage' to games such as Chaos Engine and Cannon Fodder, and the graphical references are not difficult to spot.
Almost too cunning.
COLONIZATION (AF74-, 95%) MicroProse The biggest score in AF since Sensible World of Soccer scored the same last Christmas, Sid Meier's follow-up to Civilisation is a fabulous, strategic journey to the Americas in which you attempt to wrest control of as much land as possible, through means foul or fair. Trading is the best way to succeed - importing and exporting.
!S3ilr VIROCOP (AF73; 83%) Renegade press conferences. And it belted to the number one slot.
SENSIBLE GOLF (AF74; 81%) Virgin An ambitious project for Sensible to take their Amiga bow, but they just about pull it off in this quirky, overhead golf sim. Sure, some of the holes are ridiculous and it takes time to learn the ins and outs, but Steve Bradley likes it and he's the Games Editor. So he must be right, right?
Rumbling rock music, heaven-sent explosions and graphics to kill for, this one-player racing game includes rockets, homing missiles and handy on-screen hints, such as: "Drive really fast and kill everyone!". Normally, we at AF slash scores with abandon if the programmers fail to offer a two- player or link option, but this is so tidy, all is forgiven. Worthy. 2 Oh, it sounds dull, but very few games attain the same high standards of Colonization.
ROADKILL A1200 (AF74; 80%) Guildhall Leisure ROADKILL P*t5. Say t5 y- • - rcV y ¦
- y y ¦ ¦ SOCCER SUPERSTARS (AF71; 18%) Flair The only great
thing about this game is that it comes with a free Mitre
football. Ours burst as soon as we tried to pump some air into
it.
As sluggish, shabby, viewed-from-the-side footie games go, this is... well, the first two letters are indeed S and H... Yes, it's shabby.
TOURING CAR CHALLENGE AF74; 21%) OTM Piles of promotional literature, tie-ups with Alfa Romeo and absolutely no game whatsoever. Why on earth did they bother?
A text-based management simulation with quite howlingly awful race highlights which consist of a few cars bombing past a static screen. Oh dear.
AKIRA (AF70-, 18%) ICE Gosh, and weren't we surprised when we failed to receive a review copy of Akira before it hit the shelves?
An unseemly, unmitigated disaster with shoddy graphics and gameplay from Hell, this is as poor a shoot-'em-up as you'll see this year.
And next, hopefully.
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PG 602 Master Blaster New Dynablaster clone PG 604 6 Card Games Deluxe(AGA) 3 disks Video Poker and Blackjack from Rcko Production Loud your Klondvkc curds into this tcxi PG 607 SpringtimeDownward view puzzle. Game of the month PG 609 Carnage Multiplayer Shoot em up PG 610 Fears 2 Fab Doom clone, evervones talking about PG 611 War of the Worlds A 3D virtual reality game PG 612 Nicky 2 Colourful platform. Its good! A must for fans PG 613 Joust A version of the old arcade game PS 201 Mosaic AGA Slide Super hand drawn pictures PT 175 SoundBox Like Sound Machine PU 7.39 Car Data Analyst Programs
to calculate BHP etc PC 740 1 Image Studio v2 PU 747 Iniageriesk vl.2 Latest version now on 2 disks Make thumbnails of your pies PU 748 Final Fax & Patch 030 Speeds FAV in faster machines PU 749 DIY Rekovl.l Make your own cardsets PU 750 Final Wrapper 3 Final Writer update PU 751-3 Finding the Truth 3 disks of UFO stuff PU 760 GFX Converter vl.2 Graphics converter PU 761 Magic Workbench 1.3 Now works on the Amiga 1.3 PU 762 PC Task v3.10 Latest version of this PC emulator PU 763 Dopus Companion Useful extras for directory Opus PU 765 Amiga Fax v 1.42 Latest version PU 766 Frodo vl.5 A new C64
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Collection of the best lotterv programs PI 689 COP THE LOT Si.hcn past numbers, but pick' random Its w mien in Cando. So looks nice' PI 756 BALLS (AGA) Quite mcel) presented, this one will show you the most popular and least popular numbers on the lotterv Keeps track of the past numbers too.
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Turbo Trax ¦ V HOW TURBO TRAX COMPARES TO... fMii m a ROADKILL Serial link is an immediate advantage, but the lack of reactive atmospheric sound and weaponry makes it less absorbing than Vision's racer.
There's not enough grunt, flair, or ground-breaking performance in this new top- down racing game from Arcane for it to seriously challenge the, undoubtedly deserved, top-grid positions of Super Skidmarks, Micro Machines and Roadkill.
It is capable, though, of gaining points against the other games' weaknesses, with the exception of Super Skidmarks. An area that lets it gain vital percentage points in the race toward a high score.
Take Micro Machines. While undoubtedly a revered classic, the traction of the cars feels just that little bit too slippy-slidey for complete comfort; a problem that's dogged just about every Codemaster's top-down racer, from Formula One Grand Prix simulator on the Spectrum onwards.
Not so with Turbo Trax. The guys at Arcane have taken a lot of time to get this bit just right. And it shows.
The cars are responsive and provide just enough slip-differential feedback for the label of 'intuitive control system' to apply. But the ground gained with the controls is rapidly lost when the options available for multi-player fun are considered.
Other than a serial link - an area I'll come back to - no other options exist to play against another human.
It's here that Micro Machines excellent 'chase me, chase me; catch me, catch me' frivolousness gives it the turbo-boost needed to keep it way in front of Arcane's challenge.
Even HypeRace, a top-down PD racer reviewed in AF70's PD Select, splits the screen so that four human players can take part at the same time. Turbo Trax is solo-fare only in this respect. A shame, and a deficiency that could be detrimental to sales.
There are five different scenarios to race over. Each scenario has five different circuits. Here we see the starting grid for the desert.
According to Arcane, some of the scenarios are easier to race on. While the difference is subtle, I had most success with the Indi circuits. (Above.)
I £4; I I 'i If you go down to the Woods today you're in for a big surprise. If you go down to the Woods today you better go in disguise. So, let's race.
Head-to-head with RoadKill, Trax fares little better than it did with Micro Machines. The combination of reactive atmosphere, enhancing speech, music, weapons, carnage, and hi-octane destruction, accelerates RoadKill into a different racing-stratosphere.
Turbo Trax offers rudimentary SFX or music. There is some speech, but it's for information rather than offering encouragement a la RoadKill style: Trax has "Last Lap" and 'Turbo!'1; RoadKill has the growlingly grungy, "Go for the Super Jackpot" and 'Take his life", followed by a few stirring rock and roll chords when the goal has been achieved.
The only saving graces of Trax when up against RoadKill is that it offers more than double the number of tracks - 25 versus 12 - and has a serial link option which, at least, ensures human contact if the requisite equipment is available.
On the positive side, then, there's nothing really bad about the game.
It's attractive graphically; handles well; offers racing practice and time trialling on any of the 25 circuits; is fiendish, but not unconquerable in the difficulty department; and supports a serial link for dual-player competition.
On the negative side, there are areas where the charge of "could do better" applies. All of the corners consist of 90 degree bends, so a lack of variety exists in the structure of the circuits. Imagine owning a Scalextric set where this was true. Boredom would quickly set in.
Collision with other cars can be frustrating when, by rights, they should be pushed out of the way - particularly true when a car shuts the door on a bend and the player's car hits it. Rather than knocking it off its line and giving the player an advantage, damage and deceleration are experienced. Frustrating.
In all, Turbo Trax is competent and enjoyable to play. But it's not outstanding enough to make it an essential purchase.
Publisher_ Arcane Entertainment Price_ £29.99 Versions_ A500 600 1200 System requirements 1Mb Release date_ Early August Graphics 8 out of 10 Street-racing sections are wonderful. The others are pretty enough.
Sound_7 out of 10 Solid, competent chassis and body work provides adequate feedback.
Addiction 8 out of 10 Yes. Sense of achievement at winning or attaining a place in the race provides impetus to continue.
Playability 7 out of 10 90 degree bends and one set difficulty-level lets this side down.
Overall verdict_ Nothing's on show that hasn't been done before. Link option provides interest for true competitors.
79% ¦ True racing aficionados will find the game too limited.
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& * The first in an occasional series, Steve Bradley checks out the hottest, » recent CD32 releases and finds out what you can expect to see shortly.
REEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 CD32 Check A brilliant build-your-own-pleasure- complex simulation from Bullfrog, the CD version was somewhat let down by a rather fiddly and downright unfriendly control method. You plan everything, from how big the roller coaster is down to where the burger bars, candy stalls and toilets are situated.
And once you’re up and running, you can expand and become all-mighty. Despite the above misgivings, a colourful and detailed extravaganza.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR (AF6V, 83%) Ocean 0161 832 6633 ¦ £27.99 Without doubt, the finest golf simulation on the Amiga and the only reason the mark isn't in the 90s is because the game wasn't sufficiently better than the ancient PGA Tour. They could have added a couple more courses, too. But it’s beautiful, incredibly playable and the maxim applies, "the more you play it, the better it gets".
SPEEDBALL 2 (AF7Z 91%) Renegade 0171 391 4318 ¦ £14.99 An ageing classic, converted to CD and all for a very reasonable 15 nicker, although Speedball 2 may have been around for years, it's still the definitive, violent-but-subtle-in- equal-measures sports sim.
Play the ball short, play it long.
Barge your opponent remorselessly into the side-wall with that new armour you bought after winning the last couple of matches. Quite remarkable.
SHADOW FIGHTER (.AF72, 89%) Gremlin 01142 753423 ¦ £29.99 I m Beautifully drawn and a . Vast range of characters and moves, the might Shadow Fighter caught us by surprise.
Written by some Oj chaps in Italy
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the greatest of the Amiga's pugnacious games. It is.
SYNDICATE (.AF73; 90%) Mindscape 01444 246333 ¦ £34.99 Bullfrog's unashamedly graphic, violent cyberfest turned up on a silver platter almost two years after its floppy outing. You're a special agent, fighting a strategic corporate war with rockets, machine guns, flame throwers and, best of all, you can buy cyborgs to do all the dirty work.
It's beautiful by design, graphically gory and with missions by the truckload; a monumental challenge. Essential, though the faint of heart should steer a southern course.
SUPER SKIDMARKS (.AF73; 92%) Guildhall Leisure 01302 890000 ¦ £29.99 Not only the finest racing game on the CD32, but a fantastic, playable demo of the Earth-shattering Guardian, the PD version of Defender and the stupendous, rendered Roadkill intro sequence.
To Super Skidmarks, though.
Up to eight can bounce, bump and slide their way through a plethora of courses, driving buggies, Beatles, racers, pick-ups and even caravan-towing cows. Brilliant for one, stonking with eight. O COMING SOON Gloom CD32 Guildhall Leisure Release; Soon now Turn to page 43 for the floppy review. Gloom is a Doom-clone from the top drawer and it's a great sign that smaller games publishers support the Amiga CD medium.
Unfortunately, as we go to press, the final CD version still isn’t with us.
Update next month.
Fears CD32 Guildhall Leisure Release; Late August Another impressive- looking Doom-clone. It's similar in style to Gloom with levels galore and serial-link options. The demo we've seen looks great with smooth, quick screen-updates and some strange monsters.
Andre Agassi Tennis CD32 Guildhall Leisure Release; Late August Acid, who have written some of the very best Amiga games of the past year are serving here, and even the demo we saw a year ago looked mighty impressive.
The Lost Eden CD32 Virgin Release; September You are Adam in Eden, making pals with the animals in this point W click adventure. The consequences of your actions are shown in a series of stunning rendered, movie-style clips. Looks great, but will it play?
Public Domain Shareware Licenceware OVER 2000 TITLES AVAILABLE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AMIGANUTS is one of the longest running PD libraries in Britain and has built up a reputation for itself which spans the four corners of the globe (which is strange seeing as the earth is round!!!). We promise a next day service, to the best of our ability.
A SELECTION OF WHAT WE HAVE Assassins games disks 1-145 All of the Assassins utility disks A large selection of games utilities tools etc. UCENCCWARC FI LICENCEWARE (1-59) AMOS AGA EXTENSION & AMOS DIALOGUE PROCEDURES The AMOS Aga Extension has now finally arrived and has been released. Distribution rights have been given to two companies, CELLAR 4 and AMIGANUTS, but if you buy this extension from AMIGANUTS, you will also receive AMOS Dialogue Procedures FREE OF CHARGE. AMOS Dialogue Procedures is really easy to use and it gives an amazing effect of being in the Workbench environment. By using
these procedures you do not need to touch the AMOS interface language. For further information, please contact Joe at Amiganuts.
GR.A.C VI. 1 ALL 1 MEG+AMIGAS 2 DISKS (£6.99 + 50p P&P) GR.A.C is a new program from FI Licenceware which allows you to create your own graphical adventures such as Monkey Island 2 and Beneath a Steel Sky without needing any prior programming experience.
It comes with a manual and is hard drive installable (2 Meg suggested for hard drive users). Also included with this disk is another disk with a full game written using GR.A.C. GR.A.C is an amazing program which will show you just how great your Amiga can be when it isn’t even trying. The following are from reviews for an earlier version of GR.A.C.: 95% CU Amiga; 95% Aul; 88% The One Amiga.
AMIGANUTS AMOS USER GROUP I was amazed by the news that AMOS is being discontinued. Well. Europress may think that AMOS and the Amiga are dead, but Amiganuts definitely do not!!! We believe that there are plenty of AMOS users out there who would like the chance to work with others worldwide. The Amiganuts AMOS user group is all about AMOS users working together. It costs £10.00 to join, but you get a lot in return. You will receive monthly newsletters. AMOS disks from the Amiganuts library at a greatly reduced rate, but most of all we will be providing a pen pal type of business, where if you
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AMIGANUTS : FORGET THE REST - STICK TO THE BEST TELEPHONE: 01703 348943 He runs to the top of a tall building, he straps on a parachute and he jumps.
Steve Bradley finds out whether this really is as much fun as it sounds...
- .i Lk . TJ Ek Base lumpers CD32 _ It's grand when the software
companies send us games with a host of cheats and level codes,
the details of which we couldn’t possibly reveal to you, our
beloved readers. And if it weren't for Grandslam jotting down
all the subgame codes - and there are plenty - your
correspondent would have difficulty in describing the ballroom
dancing game, where the participants shuffle around a dance
floor to a choice piece of classical music.
He'd have a terrible time explaining how, when the music stops, the players all dive for the spotlight until the last one's out, rather like musical chairs. It really is one of the most unusual spectacles we've ever seen in a computer game.
So, thanks Grandslam, for that.
Base Jumpers is a platform game, but if you've read the previous paragraph, you will ascertain that it has more to it than simply jumping around ledges. The title refers to an activity which takes place when you reach the summit of the level you are tackling. Upon reaching the apex, you hurl yourself off the top of the building with a parachute strapped firmly on your back.
The aim is to be the last of the four players to pull the rip cord, acquiring points in the process. And on the way down, you can shove your opponents on to flagpoles and chimneys. Yes, it really is rather fun, especially if you’re playing three human opponents; two on each joypad - one using the directional controller, the other the buttons.
Happily, we can announce that the CD32 version is both larger and cheaper than its floppy counterpart.
More levels, more sub-games, including jet and bi-plane bashes, a car race and a tank battle.
The two new levels are smashing; the Kung Foo stage is a beat-'em-up- the-ladders affair, while the Therapeutic level looks like cutesy Rodland, but you get a machine and rockets to blast at the heinous fluffy bunnies. And a water pistol!
Base Jumpers doesn't set the world alight, nor boundaries does it break. The sprite can be difficult to control and some of the sub-games are incredibly difficult, particularly the bi-planer.
However, get four friends huddled around a CD32 and it's spanking fun, the only disappointment being that once you're out, you don't come back - frustrating when you're left on your own.
But congrats to Grandslam for knocking six quid off the floppy price.
Way to go, as they say abroad. No, don't go expecting the world from BJ, but as multi-player-platform-games- with-loads-of-sub-games go, it's a rollicking, er, roller coaster.
The words fast, furious and fun have been banned at AF, so I won't use them. 'Jj BASE DUMPERS CD32 Publisher Grandslam 0181 680 7044 Price £19.99 Versions CD32 System requirements CD32 Release date Out now Graphics 7 out of 10 Cute-’em-up, quirky.
Pleasing.
Sound 8 out of 10 The classical music is an absolute delight.
Addiction 7 out of 10 The more the merrier, as is the way of these things.
Playability 7 out of 10 Odd control at times, but all the extras make it worthwhile nevertheless.
)verall verdict A splendid, multi-player platformer with 'shutes and sub-games. Belly laughs with four.
79% ¦ Congrats to Grandslam for knocking six quid off the floppy price. Way to go, Jumpers.
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SUPER LEAGUE MANAGER Reviewed AF70 77% Audiogenic 0181-424 2244 Neil Burgess from Ashton-under-Lyne offers a few general hints for Audiogenic's Super League Manager, based on his managerial rise from Folkford to Oldbridge:
1) Through careful training, build Folkford into a formidable
team.
When the value of several of your players reaches £1M, start your plans to move clubs.
2) Poach the same number of cheap players from other clubs (no
matter which position they play) as the number of £1M players
on your team.
This will stop your chairman moaning and cancelling any great deals you make.
3) Once you have acquired all your cheap replacement players, put
all your £1M players on the transfer list.
4) Apply for the largest possible bank overdraft your chairman
and bank will let you have.
5) Let's assume you are approached by the chairman of Oldbridge
to take up the manager's role. Accept their offer.
Rumoured? Haven't the club kept accounts of these transactions. I can feel an inquiry coming on. Oh no, here comes Graham Kelly.
6) Sell all your £1M players from Folkford. This could possibly
net you a whopping £5M.
You must complete these transactions before the penultimate weekend at Folkford, otherwise the money will not be available in time for the next step.
7) Approach Oldbridge to buy one of their cheap players. If the
Oldbridge manager agrees to sell, offer to buy his player for
£8M (£5M cash and £3M from overdraft).
8) Move to Oldbridge with Folkford's best wishes.
9) Check your bank balance at Oldbridge. You have £8M to spend at
your leisure plus any monies left by the previous Oldbridge
manager.
Continued overleaf ¦ You are asked by the chairman of Oldbridge to take up the manager's role. Accept!
.-to Take note of what your trainer tells you about the players - it makes a difference.
SEPTEMBER 1995 SCREEN PLAY
* MONKEY ISLAND 2 Starting from the map in part two.
PART TWO - Rapp Scallion's Map This is buried along with its unfortunate owner in the crypt in the Scabb Island cemetery. Buy the saw from the shop and take it to the laundry on Scabb Island. Look for the "three men of low moral fibre" sitting on the ledge and use the saw to cut off the wooden leg of the man on the right. When you leave, he will wake up and scream, attracting the attention of the woodsmith. This will allow you to enter the woodsmith's hut and take his hammer and nails.
Sail to Booty Island and enter Stan's Used Coffin Emporium. Ask Stan to demonstrate the deluxe model
- when he climbs in, close the lid and quickly use the hammer to
seal the coffin. Take the crypt key.
Go to Phatt Island and enter the mansion Distract the guard at the bottom of the stairs by telling him about the three-headed monkey and enter the Governor's bedroom. Use any library book in order to get the book of famous pirate quotations from the bed. On your way out, enter the library, look up 'Recipes' and take the book called 'The Doy of Hex'.
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1 .11 IffH lilliil S's I I - 5 2 1 § 0)0 - (A ...build huge waterfalls and utilise a cheap source ol energy.
Book to those on the coffin lids to work out which coffin Rapp Scallion is in. Open it, look at it and take some ashes. Visit the Voodoo Lady in the swamp and find the jar marked 'Ash- 2-Life'. Ask her about it and she'll use the ashes and the book to make you a batch. Go to the crypt and use it on the ashes to resurrect Rapp Scallion.
Eventually, he'll tell you he can't rest in peace because he thinks he left the gas on. Use the key he gives you to enter the Steamin' Weenie Hut on the beach and use the knob to turn off the gas. Go back to the crypt and he’ll give you his part of the map.
AFTERWARDS Go to the library on Phatt Island and open the lighthouse. Take the lens and give it to Wally on Scabb Island to use as a monocle. Show him the map and he will agree to help you after you pick up his love potion from the voodoo lady. Do as he tells you, but while you're in the swamp LeChuck will capture him.
Take the bag from the Voodoo Lady and open it to get the love bomb and the matches. On your way out of the swamp, you'll see a crate on the shore. Open this and climb inside to be taken to LeChuck's fortress.
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Go back to the signs and enter the back tunnel - either direction will do.
The next section is a logic puzzle.
If you look at the spit-encrusted piece of paper, you'll find written on it the lyrics to Guybrush's dream. Ignore the first room and walk straight through.
From the second room, look for a stone carving which matches the description given in the first verse of the song. If you find it, push it and walk through. You should still be in the maze. If you don't find such a carving, keep walking until you do find it Next, look for a stone carving which matches the second verse, push it and walk through. Do this for the third and fourth verses and you should find yourself standing in front of a massive door. If, at any stage, you find yourself back in the room with the signs, you've made a mistake and will have to start the process again from the
beginning.
Assuming you can make it to the door, ignore the locks and simply open the door. Walk through to the throne room and take the key. You'll be thrown into LeChuck's torture chamber When the candle starts to bum, use the crazy straw on the green drink to gain the power to spit (about the only thing you can do when you're 1° I* IIM Ml!
• 0* a 8- swinging from the ceiling by your hands!). Spit once at
the shield on the right of the screen, once at the pan at the
bottom and, again, at the shield.
This puts out the candle, allowing Guybrush and Wally to escape.
Use the matches to discover that you're now in a room full of dynamite.
The resulting explosion will destroy the fortress and blow you to... PART FOUR - DINKY ISLAND You'll land on the beach. You can talk to Herman Toothrob, but don't waste time trying to solve his philosophical riddle since it's irrelevant.
Open the boxes and barrels and give the cracker you find to the parrot, who will reveal the first part of the route to the treasure. Make sure you pick up the crowbar, the martini glass and the bottle.
Enter the jungle and take the left- hand fork. Walk until you find the bag hanging from the tree. Use the crowbar to break the bottle and use the broken bottle to slash the bag.
Take the box of instant cracker mix which falls out and go back to the beach. Fill the martini glass with water from the ocean and use the whisky still to remove the salt. Use this water with the box to make two more crackers.
Go back into the jungle and go right this time, until you reach the pond. Take the rope off the crate and remove the nails using the crowbar.
Open the crate and take the dynamite. Head right two screens, until you reach the parrot.
Give him a cracker and follow his directions until you meet him again.
Give him the final cracker, do as he says and you'll find an enormous 'X' in the ground. This is the resting place of the treasure of Big Whoop.
Use the shovel to dig until you hit cement. Use your last match to light the dynamite and throw this in. Enter the hole. Tie the crowbar and the rope together and use them on the twisted pieces of metal above your head to swing across to the treasure chest.
The next section should seem familiar.
When you find yourself in the dark, scan the cursor around on the right-hand side of the screen until you find the light switch. Turn it on and prepare for a surprise! After LeChuck has finished prosing, you'll realise that he cannot actually harm you, just annoy you, and you can get down to the serious business of killing him.
DEFEATING LECHUCK As in the first section of the game, you’ll need to make a voodoo doll to defeat LeChuck. The basic idea is the same - you'll need four objects:
• Something of the Dead Walk as far right as you can and enter
the room with the two skeletons. The object is in the skull of
the skeleton on the right. Make sure you take the hypodermic
syringe from the drawer and the surgical gloves from the bin.
• Something of the Body Use your clean white handkerchief on
LeChuck and take it back after he has blown his nose on it.
• Something of the Head Enter the room with the boxes and take
the helium balloon and the doll.
Go to the helium tank in the next room and blow up the balloon and both surgical gloves. With these you should be light enough to operate the lift.
Call the lift, enter it and wait for LeChuck to appear in the doorway.
When he does, pull the lever and you should trap his beard in the lift door.
• Something of the Thread Enter the room with the grog machine
and use the coin return lever. A coin will roll across the
floor and LeChuck will stop to look at it when he comes in.
When he bends over, quickly pull his underpants(l).
Place the skull, the hankie, the beard, the underpants and the doll in the DuDu bag to create a voodoo doll.
Wait for LeChuck and stab the doll with the syringe. Chase him and do it again. When you get the chance, rip the leg off the doll.
And that's (almost) it! © FfHL Jokes aplenty as you pick up « book on intimate details of voodoo recipes.
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Steve Bradley proudly presents, once again, the re-releases... ISHAR TRILOGY Daze Marketing 0171-372 7435 ¦ £29.99 Role-playing games, the former staple-diet for Amiga-gamers, are a little thin on the ground these days.
With few in development, it's heartening to know that at least the oldies are occasionally re-released.
The Ishar series, bless 'em, aren't the finest Amiga RPGs, but consistently better than average. Now, they proudly gather by a tree, near the cave with a big sword and dragon, smartly priced at £30.
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress (AF37; 76%) started the ball rolling, though, 'tis said, it's the sequel to the patchy Crystals of Arborea.
Anyway, as such fare would have it, you find yourself in a field with a big sword on a mission to gather a hearty band of like-minded coves, discover exactly what the blazes is going on, cast a few spells, kill the bear in the cave and head for the alehouse, content at the day's work.
A tad flippant, perhaps, but you get the idea. Huge, though, is Ishar with 20,000 locations and 160,000 views (yes, we've counted every single one), but this inevitably means that aimless meandering plays a lead- role in your adventuring day.
OK, let's get the poor joke out ol the way. Ishar 2- bless you (AF50; 79%). This one runs with the title Messengers of Doom and is simply more of the same. It's possibly a little better than Legend of the Fortress, as one would expect, it being the sequel and all.
Ishar, in danger once more, requires a helping hand and, again, you assemble a gang of buccaneering bravados, handing out weapons with some abandon.
Puzzle-solving, sword-swishing and poem-collecting make up the mighty warrior's day, though, again, the aimless meandering serves to do nothing but annoy the player.
Graphically, Ishar 2 is a treat, as is the icon-based controlled system and smooth auto-mapping. Unfortunately, one can't help but feel that programmers Silmarils were going through the motions, rather than attempting to take Ishar to the land that time forgot. Or somewhere... And so on to Ishar 3: The Seven Gates of Infinity (AFbB; 72%). The sub-title refers to seven different eras which you visit by the mighty means of time-travel - you step into a Time Portal, a black, Tardis-esque box and, whoosh... off you go.
The same game-engine is dropped in again and yes, there is still a monumental amount of traipsing around involved and it's the usual mixture of monster-slapping and puzzle-solving.
One helpful, extra feature is that when you visit places, there now appears a colour-coded flag on the main map. You know where you’ve been, basically.
And photorealistic people wander around the streets of various towns, though you can't interact with them at all, which makes it simply an atmospheric device.
Starved RPG-fans who have yet to sample the delights of shar should enjoy the meat of this trilogy, but those not prepared to meander should ride a dragon and swipe the box in half with their sword.
SCREEN PLAY SEPTEMBER 1995 Platoon 2: y M48A5 Patton Knocked Out CAMPAIGN 2 Action 16 01276 684959 Reviewed Affi6; 79% A pleasant combination of 3D DARKSEED Action 16 01276 6849591 Reviewed 4H4; 72% Mike Dawson has headed off to an old, spooky house on a hill for some quality time on his lonesome.
But before you can say, "Anthony Perkins was right scary in Psycho, but he wasn't as good in the sequels", unusual things start to happen and off he goes to a parallel universe where horrendous creatures, like babies, morph into fearsome things.
The graphics are designed from artwork by Alien creator, H.R. Giger (you know, the film Alien), and, digitised in hi-res, they’re truly stunningly impressive.
Unfortunately, as point-'n'-click adventures go, DarkSeed is awfully linear, with tasks needing to be completed within a set time and order.
Because you often don't know whether you've done the business correctly, you can drift along for ages before you realise that you better start again.
The pick-up, do-this, get-on-with- that control system is dandy and the characters use a mixture of sampled apeech and text which makes the caboodle atmospheric but, frightening though DarkSeed occasionally is, it remains a triumph of beauty and plot over gameplay.
Arcade action with a barrowload of strategy for good measure, could open bat here. But how long will it stay at the crease?
The original Campaign (AF41; 79%) was set in the Second World War. Its sequel is further up the time-scale, from the Korean War to the Gulf business.
It isn’t a game you can pop straight in the drive and head off in search of glory, because there is a host of icons to click around and a monster manual. And what with tanks, helicopters, platoons, missiles and motorised infantry to lord it over, you often feel your brain is nigh on about to explode.
Fortunately, one can choose to let the Amiga do one's bidding when the going gets tough, but those that enjoy a 3D tank-battle will be perfectly happy to hammer it out.
After the fortunately comes the unfortunately, namely arcade and strategy do not sit as comfortably as they might.
Attempting to be all things to all men (and women, of course) leads to confusion more often than not and the arcade sections, though a tempting diversion are often somewhat laboured and unrealistic.
Wargame-fans will, no doubt, rejoice at the £20 price-reduction and it’s solid enough without ever attaining heights of excellence. O va ejjI ZP'-'rJ EST 1988 rPOSTAGE INFORMATION Please Include 50p Postage For UK Disk Orders And 75p Per Item For CD Orders (Max Postage Payable £1.50) Europe Add 10% For Disk Orders & £1.00 Per CD (Mox £5.00)
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In the light of artistic licence. Itchy and Scratchy are as fine, and as optimistic, a metaphor available for use when put in the context of the current Escom-thnist toward imbedded technology.
PD Library No of Disks Price For Itchy and Scratchy are an imbedded cartoon, actively living within the body electric' of fabulously cynical. Sky-TV mega success. The Simpsons.
To some, they are the seminal motivating factor driving them to watch The Simpsons in the first place.
After viewing this Public Domain 'short', it's easy to see why .
For it is a masterpiece of timing, conflict, pace, narrative, reaction, black humour, blatant injustice and outrageously violent slapstick.
Needless to say. I love it. Lou!
The whole spectacle lasu a smidgen under thirty seconds. In that time-period, three major acu of malice occur in such a heinous and disgustingly horrible manner that I couldn't stop laughing for. Oh. At least another 30 seconds after the cartoon had finished.
The production might not have been carried out with such aplomb had the animation or choice of colours been poor. But, here, the animation is smooth and fluid, and the colours chosen are big, brash, bright and primary.
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MurccrI Considering that this is the fourth in a collection of Itchy and Scratchy shorts, in the ensuing months, I shall endeavour to track down the series. Who knows, the author of the works might just get in touch with tne.
LAST SOLDIER GAME By _Mirage Software PD Library _Online PD No of Disks _Two Price _75p per disk is placed within a vast underground maze. As expected with this style of mission-based structure, you've got to explore the maze, kill the enemy, find ammo and medi-kiu, reach set goals and generally have a good time.
The hero himself can be made to walk left or right, jump, and climb up and down ladders. Annoyingly, though, he can't be made to crouch.
This compounds the problem of being shot al by wall-mounted rocket launchers and machine gun nests, set on level areas of the maze.
Other than jumping up and down a lot. Or shooting said nests (a difficult task since you're being shot at continually and can easily lose your PD Selection of the month Pandagun Software _Online PD PD Library No of Disks Price_ One If ever there was a candidate for a shareware game that rips its tonsils out in screams of rage, begging to be played over a link. Carnage is it For those people unfortunate enough to be cursed with no Amiga-owning friends and only one Amiga, Carnage can be played on a split screen, but it requires two players - it's no fun otherwise.
Carnage puts the player in strange, mazy combat arenas where you search out weapons, medi-kits and scanning-enhancing chips.
CARNAGE GAME By At the beginning of the game, each player is equipped with a standard radar-scanning device, a rifle, a fully charged battery and full health.
All weapons use a set amount of battery power depending on which weapon is being fired.
Naturally, the more powerful weapons use more power and inflict more damage.
The health of your character is determined by a bar identical to the battery-indicator and it also works on a percentage scale. You can take hits from your opponent, or from some of the various denizens dotted around, patrolling the maze, and watch the bar creep down towards zero per cent and an inevitable ignominious death.
life in the interim period), there's not a great deal to be done about them.
But, then, this game is completely PD; a rarity these days with the advent of shareware dominating the scene. It's not tip-top brilliant, or pulse-racingly exciting, but it is playable and mildly addictive, and for PD-only games, that's good.
DARK ANGEL GAME By_Archaos Software PD_Company 17 Bit No Of Disks_One Ibice_£ plus 50p p&p Visually resembling Flashback, Dark Angel is one of the better-looking games programmed using AMOS.
Apparently, and unusally, Archaos are hoping to use Dark Angel as a vehicle for feedback and advice on the playability, structure and programming algorithms contained within the game.
The scenario is very typical of many platformers in that you have to scout out a power complex, kill all the baddies and re-program a set of switches.
For what it's worth, here are some of my preliminary comments based on the time (that should have been longer) I played the game.
First impressions arc excellent.
The little digitised sequence at the beginning sets the tone for the ensuing action. When the AMOS- logo appeared, it was greeted with amazement and surprise. For, other than the logo, there are no clues that hint at the use of the language, which, hopefully, will set a precedent.
While the controllability and animation of the main character is excellent - he runs, rolls over, jumps, crouches and fires his gun, just like die main character from Flashback - protagonists seem to be a bit still.
Still, it's fun shooting them anyway.
I didn't get far enough into the game to justify any comments on the structure as such, but that didn't stop me from having a good time playing around with the game. Top fun and TITANIC: The new-look Conservative Party is about to relaunch with Mad TITANIC: ...to tell them of the inevitability of what's about to happen. Still, we can tell Monk Hezza behind the captain of the ship. We just don't have the heart... you that all electronic publishing will one day be done this way. If not the Tories await.
Handily, your health will slowly creep toward full health if unmolested time can be found or made.
KEEP OFF HE TRACK v,_ Is this the __, YES right one? N°r And, rather helpfully, a red chip slotted in the scanner will display the whereabouts ol all medi-kits within its scan range.
The difference between successful players and the rest lies in the ability to make best use of the resources available. Some of the games can drag on a bit, depending on the state of injury to both players, but that only happens if the game isn't being played properly in the first place.
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FLATBED SCANNERS 90 Many people have dismissed the possibility of owning a flatbed scanner because of the prices asked for them. However, a new batch of scanners that cost as little as £399 may change a few minds. Graeme Sandiford sets out to find out which is the best, even if it means scanning everything in the office.
PROGRAB24RT PLUS 96 ProGrab has already crossed swords with Rombo's range of digitisers. Can it really have been made any better? Graeme Sandiford finds out.
BATCH FACTORY 99 Graeme Sandiford takes a look at a program that can save you a lot of hard work by performing simple and repetitive tasks for you.
IOMEGA 104 SEPTEMBER 1995 This new storage media has the potential to revolutionise the computer industry by bringing cartridges that can house 100Mb to a wide market. Nick Veitch dons his X- Files sweatshirt and tries to find out if this is a scientific breakthrough, or plain magic.
APOLLO 1220 107 Apollo may not be the god of speed, but David Taylor finds out if this accelerator board has been mis-named.
FILESYSTEMS 109 While the Iomega gives you the storage space to transport large amounts of data, you'll need one of these programs to read data from other computer systems.
CD-ROM ROUNDUP 112 Graeme Sandiford casts an appreciative eye over a selection of colourful Cds.
PlatLei Despite tiie incredible advances in computer* imaging technologs, there is no liner source of realistic images than the real world. Indeed, combing computer-generated images with real-life ones can produce incredible results and effects. The trouble is getting real world images 'inside' your computer.
One of the most popular ways to do this is using a video digitiser like the ProGrab24RT Plus, reviewed on page
96. However, while this is fine for capturing images that are to
be displayed on screen and ideal for creating animations, it
is not a high- resolulion solution.
When dealing with printed images, such as the photographs in Amiga Formal, resolution is everything. While it A600C EPSON GT-9000 SHARP JX100 ARTEC VIEWSTATION Please bear in mind, while evaluating these pictures, that they are in effect simulations and may not look as they would on screen, because they have been converted from an RG8-format to CMYK. All of the scans were performed with the default software settings and better results may be obtained through different settings and image-processing. This manga image is quite easy for the scanners to handle, since it's full of bright primary
colours.
Is possible to shrink an image in size without any problems, trying to make a low-resoiution image big enough for a cover is going to produce a heavily pixellated mess in any DTP program.
That’s whv scanners are such an important part of high-end DTP - they are excellent for rapturing real-life images accurately and at high resolutions. However, hand-scanners are a pain in the neck to use and fiatbeds have hardly been cheap.
Software drivers for flatbed scanners have also been hard to find with only the Epson-range of OT scanners receiving real support from Amiga developers. Now. With the release of several affordable llalbeds and software to drive them, that's all set to change. Both Gasteiner and Fourth Level Developments have produced software drivers for cheap PC scanners.
Epson have released the GT-9000 and Sharp's budget JX1 (HI still has support from Amiga developers.
With this round-up of fiatbeds I intend to find which is the best of this new breed of affordable fiatbeds and which one will meet your needs for the least amount of monev.
Sharp JX100 Impact Data System 01709 541777 £495 Despite looking decidedly like an oversized Tri-corder from Star Trek TNG.
The JX100 is actually a scanner.
Although whether or not it is a flatbed scanner is debatable.
While vou don’t have lo move the scanner-head by hand, as you do with a hand-scanner, the unit is effectively a hand-scanncr with a built-in motor and gives you about the same scanning area.
TheJXIOO is an incredible feat of miniaturisation - especially considering it's by far the oldest of the scanners reviewed - having a foot-print of approximately 12x6 inches. Despite its diminutive size, it has a scanning area of 6.5x4 inches which is quite impressive since the unit houses the scanning-head, motor and rails for guiding the scanning-head.
Despite its age. It is still quite attractive and retains a fair amount of pose appeal. Both sides of die scanning area are transparent, the reason for which is so you can see what you are scanning and position your images for scanning accurately.
I was quite surprised to learn that the scanner uses the serial port of the machine, unlike most hand-scanners and even some fiatbeds that use the parallel port. The actual lead ends in a 9-pin serial Interface, for use with Pcs no doubt, but you can buy a 9- to 25-pin converter quite cheaply. The lead is used for powering the scanner as well as "The choice for people on a tight budget, who don't mind waiting."
75% FOURTH LEVEL FLATBED Scanners sending data, but rather than drawing on the Amiga's internal power supply, a PSU is supplied that is joined to the lead through a clever little connector.
To use the scanner, you simply have to place the scanning area over the source image and the scanning-head will make its way over the image. In fact, it passes over the image three times; once for each of the colour-channels (Red, Green and Blue). Although I expected theJXIOO to be a three-passes scanner, because of its age. I was surprised by how long it took to complete a scan, even at comparatively low resolutions.
The scanner is not supplied with any Amiga software, but ImageEX has had a scanner-module for it for sometime and this works quite well.
However, while you are given a fair amount of control over the scan, you don't have much choice over what resolution the scans are - only 50, 100 and 200dpi are supported.
The quality of theJXIOO is quite surprising. Even though it didn't do too well with the test-card, it gave quite impressive results from photographs, though the images were a bit dark.
Unfortunately, it has a list-price of £405, which is ridiculous. Even though its street-price is cheaper, it is hard to find.
Sounds, since it can be a great help if you have limited desk space, holding a large number of pictures to Ik- scanned.
The scanner is connected to the Amiga via SCSI, so you need a controller to use it. Thankfully, it uses a dial to set its SCSI II) number, rather than having to fiddle around with a row of DIP switches. The installation Continued overleaf "With results like these, it's easy to see why the Artec has done so well."
84% SHARP JX100 ARTEC VIEWSTATION A600C EPSON GT-9000 FOURTH LEVEL FLATBED These scans are of a scanner calibration-card. Used to get the correct settings for the full colour-range.
This caused a few problems, especially for the Artec.
Artec ViewStation A600C Gastetner 0181 345 6868 £399 This is the first of our PG-convertees.
Apparently, this scanner has been selling by the bucket-load in the PG market and, with a price of under £400 and a resolution of 2400dpi, it's not too difficult to see why.
Gasteiner have been quick to spot that this unit might tempt a few people who thought they couldn't afford a flatbed into digging into their pockets to pay the relatively small sum of £400 for a fully-functioning flatbed.
If I'm to continue the mechanical analogies, which I probablv will, the Artec reminds me of a photocopier. At first I wasn't sure why. But on further inspection I decided it was because its scanning-lid opens sideways, just like a photocopier. Another thing that served to enhance this feeling was the LCD- display that keeps you informed about the scanner’s current status.
It also has a document holder which is actually more useful than it
* ¦ software is quite good and makes configuring the scanner to
match your machine both simple and flexible I he software
supplied, Scantool, is similarly easy to use. Changing the
resolution, brightness and contrast of a scan is simply a
matter of adjusting the right slider. Of course, you are given
control over whether the scan is going to be mono, greyscale or
2Tbit colour.
You are also able to select a file format for the image that is converted automatically. However, the image is saved to disk before you can even look at it, although you do get a wonderful, pre-scan image, even on a 16-greyscale ECS screen. The software gives you a choice of formats. IncludingJPEG. A variety of IFF-types and the option of using an external conversion program.
The output from the Artec is actually quite sharp at its default setting and reproduces most colours quite faithfully. However, the images can be a little washed out. But not much and is usually only evident when scanning the lighter range of colours.
Epson GT- 9000 Epson UK 0800 220546 £659 The Epson GT range of scanners enjoyed more support from Amiga- developers than any other. Both of the Amiga’s best image-processing programs. ADPro and ImageFX, have a module for operating them. The GT- 9000 is the latest in the range and use the same drivers that were available for its little-brothers, the 6500 and 8500.
A600C EPSON GT-9000 FOURTH LEVEL FLATBED Physically, this is probably the most attractive of the scanners, even though it lacks the cute IXD-display of the Artec. However, it is quite large and, what’s more, it can become even larger.
It has a rather nifty flap on its right- hand side; when flipped up, it locks into position, giving the scanner a further four inches or so of extra surface area.
This photograph is a good test of the scans that will be performed most by a flatbed and is as much a test of sharpness as colour differentiation.
This is especially useful for scanning over-sized pictures or books, "The Epson GT-9000 represents the ultimate in quality and price."
94% First Computer Centre Leeds (0113 2319444) for £49. This lead is not the only hidden cost; if you intend to use it with ADPro, you'll have to be prepared to shell out £99 for the scanner-module.
The software we used to test the GT-9000 was ImageFX. Whose module is quite comprehensive. You have full control over die dpi of die scan with a wide range of settings, from 50 to 2400.
As well as die 2Tbit colour, mono and greyscale scanning-modes, it's possible to scan just one-colour channels.
Since this can reduce the slipping and sliding you often get when trying lo scan such things.
The front of the Epson has three status indicators to tell you when the scanner is ready, or if there are any errors. The warm-up time of the Epson is quite simply incredible compared with the Artec - you turn power on and after about 10 seconds the scanner is ready to go.
You'll find the power and reset switch on die front of the scanner. To the rear are all the connection Interfaces, as well as the SCSI ID dial. It is possible to connect the scanner via a SCSI or parallel cable, though, for the Amiga, only the parallel is in use.
In fact, you have to buy a special cable which can be made up by the The preview-scan is excellent and clear, and both it and die full-colour mode are blisteringly fast in the single- pass they make over the image. Of course, once scanned, all of ImageFX's tools can be used to enhance the image. However, several adjustments can be made while die scan is being performed, including blurring, sharpening, and colour and gamma correction.
The results gained from the Epson are wonderful and are definitely the best of the lot. If you are looking for a high-quality scanner and don't mind paving that bit exu-a for it.
SHARP JX100 ARTEC VIEWSTATION Fourth Level Flatbed Fourth Level Computers 0117 985 4455 £598 I'm not entirely sure what model this flatbed is and the manual is strangely vague about its origins, even to the extent of not mentioning who holds the copyright on the manual.
Despite the ambiguity surrounding its origins, it does appear to be quite an old model and its simple styling makes it look more like a flatbed than I thought possible. If you looked up the word flatbed scanner in a dictionary, you would And a picture of this flatbed.
Although some might think it looks a bit dull, it is actually quite reassuring and gives the impression that this is a no-nonsense piece of hardware.
Indeed, it proved to be the simplest to get up and running, expect for the fact that the old-fashioned DIP-switchcs.
For changing the SCSI ID, were hidden away underneath the machine. Another slightly annoying design-characteristic is that there is only one 50-pin SCSI Interface. This means that it has to be the last thing in your SCSI chain and if SHARP JX100 ARTEC VIEWSTATION you have another device with only one SCSI port, you'll have to get a convertor to connect it to the 25-pin Mac-stvle SCSI port.
The software is quite interesting - at first it appears pretty basic, but there are some nice little touches and features. For example, once you've typed the resolution you want for the X and Y axis, and defined the scanning- area. You'll be given an estimation of what size the scanned image will be.
A600C EPSON GT-9000 FOURTH LEVEL FLATBED While ImagcFX’s Epson-modulo can tell you the image-size in pixels, it doesn't let you know how much storage space it will lake tip, as the Fourth Level software does. Nor does any of the other software-drivers enable you to specify the resolution for the X and Y axis independently.
However, it does have one major drawback in its horrid preview-display.
As with theJXIOO you only gel a mono preview, but you don’t get the threshold setting you do with the JXIOO module.
This is a real pain if you are scanning a limited area of a photograph, since it is nearly impossible to get an image that shows you enough detail to select the area you want.
The images that the scanner produced were nothing spectacular nor were they particularly poor. Rather, as with its appearance, very average. 'Zi IN COMPARISON SCSI Parallel Transparency Software driver Minimum DPI Maximum DPI Independent X and Y DPI Colour Preview Artec A600C V N Y Y 50 2400 N N Epson GT-9000 Y V V ImageFX ADPro SO 2400 N Y Fourth Level Y N V Y 50 2400 Y N Sharp JX100 N N • ImageFX 50 200 N N
• While the Sharp JX100 does not have a transparency add-on as
such, It is possible to perform scans of transparencies using a
light box.
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Add Arexx Macros, floating palettes, undo redo (both text formatting and graphics), table of contents, auto indexing, table of illustrations, bibliography generation, new drag & drop Amiga word publishing power, only £74.95 inc. p&p.
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Text, spelling while you type, dictionary hyphenation, foreign language dictionaries (German, French and Norwegian), aulo save, polygon graphics irregular shape generation, plus lots more Release J takes your Amiga further than ever before!
Final Data has been developed lo be by far the EASIEST TO USE Daiabase for your Amiga. To ei up a Final Data database, you won't he confronted by an array of unfamiliar commands... simply dclinc a column for each category of information you want to keep eg. First name, surname, house name number, street, town, county, postal code, phone number etc (Incidentally, you can add or remove columns at any stage». Your new daiabase will appear as a table with rows and columns allowing you to view whole ranges of data at the same time Column widths can be adjusted by dragging their borders with the
mouse. Data is then entered into "cells" I Final Data even detects entries of invalid dales etc. and displays an alert message). Screen totals arc available as options on all amounts calculations (numbers can also he formatted with currency signs and commas).
Final Data even has built-in routines for label printing and you can always utilise the "Pnnt Merge” feature found in Final Copy ll"* and Final Writer - simply select the program you arc using and Final Data does the rest automatically. You can also access any database created in Pen Pul"*. MiAmiga File and File lbg™ as well as standard ASCII files found in many other programs Above all you'll be able lo start using Final Data immediately New Release 2 adds features that now allow you lo...
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The ProGrab24RT provided the same quality as Rombo’s Vidi range, but at a fraction of the price. Not satisfied with this, Gordon Harwood Computers have just released version 2.52 of their 1‘rnGmb software and a new version of the hardware, the ProCrab24RT Plus.
One of the most important factors in how good an image can be captured is the quality of the video signal. With this in mind, the ProGrab24RT Plus has a SVHS (Super-VHS) Interface in addition to the composite one. SVHS signals are of higher quality than the standard VIIS and the majority of the newer, high-quality videos and camcorders are equipped with an SVHS output. This addition widens the ProGrab's market to include professional, as well as home users.
Another, new hardware-addilion is a PCMCIA Interface. Before, the ProGrab. Like most digitisers, used the Amiga s parallel port to pass data to the This shot is from an excellent computergenerated title sequence that has the Voyager ship gliding through a plasma cloud.
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ProGrr.b24RT machine. Now, however, the ProGrab24RT Plus also comes with a PCMCIA Interface, present in all A600s and A1200s, as well as the parallel one.
The result is an increase in the grabbing speed, bin it has greater ramifications than just the speed increase. Since most digitisers and audio samplers use the parallel port, il has. With the exception of integrated units, been impossible to capture video and sound data simultaneously.
By using the PCMCIA Interface, the parallel port is freed up for a sampler which can be controlled by the 1‘mdrnb software to capture both sounds and images at the same time.
The software has changed a lot and now looks more like an image processor than a digitiser. The main screen has a Workbench 2+ look, with resi eable windows that can be moved around the screen. The main windows on this screen are for the filters and modes.
A: Have you got the right equipment to capture that excellent image of your favourite video? Graeme Sandiford has discovered the ProGrab24RT Plus digitiser and we just can't tear him away from his collection of Star Trek videos.
Fter reading our round-up of flatbed scanners, you know that when il comes to ¦capturing real-life images in high resolutions, they can't be touched in terms of quality. However, you'd have a hard job scanning video images from your TV screen with one. The right tools for this type of job are a digitiser, VCR and or a camcorder.
A digitiser can capture images from a video signal, which can be received from most modem videos. Essentially, they sit between the video source and your Amiga - almost exactly like sound samplers. For a long time, Rombo have SERIOUSLY AMIGA SEPTEMBER 1995 dump images straight to hard disk.
This means that you are not totally dependent on die amount of free RAM when trying to capture several frames.
It's also possible to capture 5,000 frames which can be separated by as little as l 50di of a second, which means that you can capture a large number of frames of at least the same quality as the original - the trouble is The fillers include traditional image processing tools, such as Blur.
Sharpen, Emboss and Woodcut, plus a couple of new ones, like Sobel and Laplacian. The available modes include Gamma correction, Balance. Shift RGB.
Brightness and Negative.
Another welcome addition, as mentioned in last issue's review of Phologmics 1.2, is a ProGrab Photogenics module which enables you to grab straight from the hardware without using the supplied software.
What's more, this module is just as good. Although it doesn't have the sound or animation functions, it is great for capturing single images quickly and easily and even has its own preview window.
Right, back to ProGrab's own software. Although the main menu has changed quite radically, the grabbing screen has remained essentially the same. Except, that is, for one major enhancement - Amiga-owners with faster machines have the option of a double-sized preview window.
R!us This means that rather than being limited to a pokey little 160x(54 pixel, grey-shifting smear, you can actually see what's going on from a 320x128 pixel, real-time display. The screen resolutions have not been changed and it is still possible to grab images in the standard Amiga screen sizes (from 320x256 to 1472x512). You are also given a choice of three video formats: PAL, Secam and NTSC.
Provisions are also made for .Amiga- owners with low-end machines, such as the A500, which may be limited in terms of processing power and memory.
The program now has a virtual memory facility that enables you to use hard disk space as if it were memory. What's more, you don't need an MMU, so any machine can use virtual memory although it will be substantially slower than using real memory.
In another hard disk-related change, the animation tool can now finding an animation player fast enough to play it back!
With this latest hardware and software upgrade, ProGrab moves on from being equal with Rom bo's range of digitisers, to actually surpassing them. If you are looking for a video digitiser, ProGrab’s price, features and ease-of-use quite simply make it the budget digitiser to buy. O from the enormous, but brilliant.
Star Ttek Voyager pilot episode.
The frames were saved to hard disk almost instantly, decoded and then saved as an Anim5 file. Oh yes. Do watch the video - it's great!
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SERIOUSLY AMIGA SEPTEMBER 1995 Like it or not, life can be full of drudgery and, no matter what you're doing with your Amiga, you’ll soon find that performing the same operations again and again can be somewhat tedious.
This is when Arexx, the Amiga's built-in scripting language, can preserve your sanity. However, not everyone has the time or inclination to write Arexx scripts. To save you from effectively exchanging one drudgery for another, writing long scripts, someone has written over 500 scripts and an easy-to- use Interface - Hatch Factory. It has finally made it to the shores of the UK in the form of Hatch Factory 2, The Interface is straightforward and all but one of the program's functions can be accessed without having to use a pull-down menu. The top-right half of the screen is occupied by a bank
of buttons that perform the chosen operation on the selected files.
What's left of Graeme Sandiford's sanity was saved by this program - find out what it could do for you.
Like CED, Final Writer, Pagestream and TypeSmith. Not to mention the scripts for the PAR board.
Most of the scripts perform pretty straightforward tasks, such as simple conversions and animated image processing effects. For example, there are scripts for creating picture-in- picture effects with ADPro and ImageFX. Applying fillers over several frames, creating storyboards from a sequence of pictures and, of course, converting pictures to different formats.
There are also some handy scripts for batch rendering in LightWave and converting bitmap images to several 3D formats in Pixel Pro.
Admittedly, if you are familiar with Arexx, it wouldn't be too difficult to create these scripts yourself. But why waste time which would be belter spent doing something more creative? O BATCH FACTORY 2 Premier Vision 0171 721 7050 PRICE £39.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 1Mb RAM and WB2 or above.
The scripts are definitely in plentiful supply and cover most Arexx- compatible programs.
VALUE • • • • £40 is not much if you are working to a tight deadline, but £30 would be a somewhat fairer price.
"Er... does all the hard work so you don't have to."
I&tch Factory 2 The files that are to be operated on are stored in the file list window. They are moved there by clicking on them from a separate directory listing window which is complemented by a device list.
To make selecting a lot of files easier, there is a Select All button.
However, being able to select a range of files would have been more useful.
Once you have created a file list, you can save it to disk in case you want to process the same files at a later date. It is also possible to loop a sequence of files, which can be particularly useful when creating animations.
Of the 500 plus scripts supplied, most are graphics applications. There are plenty of scripts for ADPro, ImageFX 1.5 2.0, MorphPlus, Image-Master RT, OpalPaint, ToasterPaint, Pixel .SI) and LightWave.
However, there are a few for programs SPEED • • • • • Works as fast as your machine, Arexx and the target application can possibly handle.
MANUAL • • • • Small and concise, but still very easy to follow.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • A nice straightforward Interface that is certainly easier to use than typing the commands yourself.
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• [very machine usable os server ond client Picasso II RIG, the
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all 2 IW programs and WB lo Ihe Picasso Supports up to 256
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definable up to 1600x 1280 pixels J J HiColor (16BH) and
TrueColor (24BH) graphics: 16M colors!
Drivers for most graphic programs such os AdPro, ImageFX, ImageMoster, Real3D Allows connection of any VGA or Multiscan monitor AI084 and AI08I are still usable with a special cable Block borders gone forever, lakes full advantage of monitor's capabilities System-compliant implementation of monilorfile, resolution selec loble using screen mode-requesler Monitor-File compliant with System 2.x or higher, resolution selectable using screenmode requester View regular AMIGA and special Picossoll-RTG screens on same Monitor without changing cables.
Screen promoter lo make older programs work on Picasso Draggoble screens Available with I MB or 2MB, upgradable from 1 MB to 2MB at anytime 4 Don't get overwhelmed with Ihe complexity of setting up o network, use our Ariadne Ethernet card that is compatible with all Amigas that have an available Zorro Slot. This cord is not only easy to network • it also equipped with 2 additional parallel ports offering multiple network solutions.
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• English manual VILLAGE TRONIC VIDEO AND GRAPHICS FLOPPY DISK
DRIVES QUALITY AMIGA PERIPHERALS & SOFTWARE A500 512K (no
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from H* to2v* RAM 0610 £ RAM UPGRADE & MATHS ACCELERATOR
OPTIONS FOR THE AMIGA 1200 » Strong metal casing
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DRIVE FOR AMIGA 500 500PLUS OR AMIGA 600 1200 16-page manual
plus full colour sleeve £99 These internal Amitek Loader
replacement dmes an deal tor users who msh to replace thet
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instructions and 24 months warranty CD-ROM DRIVE
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Mr Mrs Miss Ms Surname .. Company •* Address: A new mass-storage media to revolutionise the industry, or another wacky idea not long for this world? Nick Veitch previews the Iomega Zip drive.
When you use computers, you almost always create data. This has got to be stored somewhere if you ever want to use it again. But where should it be stored?
Large amounts of data are often stored on a hard disk of some sort. But hard drives are just never big enough, and in spite of the ever tumbling prices, they are still an expensive way to access your data, and they arc certainly not portable. Their greatest advantage is speed - the fastest storage devices are hard drives.
For exchanging data with other machines, some sort of removable media is often used. Syquests, magneto optical disks and even floppies are extremely convenient and relatively inexpensive ways of transporting data from one place to another, or for backing up valuable data from your hard drive. But, unfortunately, they are usually very slow and not suitable for real on-line storage.
SERIOUSLY AMIGA SEPTEMBER 1995 THESE ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF STORAGE DEVICES MAGNETO OPTICAL FLOPPY DISK The most basic storage medium in modem times is the floppy, ff your machine doesn't have one. It isn't a computer, it's a console. High-density varieties aren't really big enough.
Sp«ed: (around 20K s) Max size: 1.4Mb Price per Mb: 38p A common enough addition to any Amiga - a hard drive makes everything so much easier. The drive is either fitted internally, or as an external (usually SCSI) unit.
Drives can be very large, very fast and very expensive.
Speed: 500K S to 5.5Mb s Max Size: 2Gb drives are the largest commonly available Price per Mb: 39-70p SYQUEST 44 88 Syquest are, essentially, big floppies in a large cartridge. Although immensely popular, especially in DTP, they are expensive and very susceptible to damage.
Speed: 200-800k s Max Size: 88Mb Price per Mb: 72p There are many types of storage media - from the commonplace to the quite strange. Here we have just compared the main contenders in the transportable media category. Hard drives have been included partly as a comparison, but also because you could use an external SCSI drive as transportable media. Tapestreamers have been excluded because they are more aimed at archiving than transporting data, and also because they are tedious. All figures are necessarily average, because they take into account many different examples of the mechanisms on
test SIZE IS IMPORTANT Although Iomega arc keeping very quiet about the technology used in the drive, it is loosely based around a combination of floppy and hard disk technology. The cartridges are only slightly bigger than standard 3.5 inch floppy disks and they contain a magnetic disc.
There are many benefits of such a small cartridge, not the least of which is that it is very easy to put in your pocket.
Syquesis were at one time the removable media of choice, but they are just that litde bit too bulky, especially if you have to send one off somewhere - not to mention expensive if they got lost in the post.
The Iomega cartridge is small, convenient, relatively inexpensive and quite rugged. The Zip cartridge we have been testing has had several little "accidents," but still works fine.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT Part of the problem with removable media is the price. Not just the price per megabyte (which, as you can see from the box at the top of the page, can be even more than a hard drive), but the unit price.
The Zip drive falls somewhere in between the two. It uses removable cartridges, but they are inexpensive.
Transfer rates are comparable to that of older hard drive mechanisms and the drive itself is reasonably inexpensive.
Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
Removable media (unless you count floppies) can be expensive. If you drop a blank floppy down the back of the fridge (it can happen), you’d probably wait until the next time the kitchen was redecorated before you bothered to find it. If the same thing happened to a Svquest or magneto optical disk, you'd be right in there, searching every nook and cranny.
Zip cartridges may not hold as much data as some other removable media, but die unit price is relatively cheap. At around £16 (if you buy in reasonable quantity) initially.
You’re not going to have to save up in quite the same way as you would to buy a new Syquesl cartridge, for example.
It’s certainly cheap enough to have half a dozen cartridges for your own personal use.
The other advantage is the price of the drive. A magneto optical unit can cost you over £1,000; the Zip mechanism is under £200.
The Iomega cartridge is small, convenient, relatively Inexpensive and quite rugged.
BUT WHO WOULD USE IT?
Because the Zip intersects the curve at such a low price, and with a compromise between speed and capacity in just about the middle ground for all sorts of uses, the Zip could almost be considered to be a master of all trades.
11 would never replace a hard drive for I looting Workbench, or fast access to libraries and commands, but it could quite easily replace a second hard drive - the one you usually buy when you discover that there isn’t enough room for all your applications and their data files on your primary disk, A 100Mb disk would certainly be enough for you to permanendy keep something like Vista I'm and all its demos (well. OK. The ones that you use) on one. Yes, a CD is cheaper per megabyte of storage and maybe you’re not that fussed about access-spced, but diey are read-only.
If you regularly have to exchange large amounts of data with someone else, the Zip is more than up to the job.
The cartridges are sturdy, yet light, and can easily be earned in a pocket or sent off in a Jiffy-bag with little fear.
WHERE DO I GET ONE?
At the moment, there are very few units in the UK. The drive has proved to be so popular in the USA, where they are made, that production is lagging behind orders at the moment. For this reason, the drives and cartridges may not arrive in the UK in bulk for a month or so.
Even huge dealers, like Computer Warehouse, have only been able to get 50 drives so far. HiSoft will be distributing tile drives with Amiga software and we'll be bringing you a full review in the next issue. ® Using a hybrid technology - magnetic tracks on an optically indexed disc - the MO drives are very reliable, and the cartridges aren't that expensive given their size. Unfortunately, the drives themselves typically cost more than the rest of your Amiga set-up put together.
Speed: varies around 1.5 Mb s Max Size: 1.3Gb Price per Mb: 9-21p The Zip drive is the new contender.
Fast and cheap it is rapidly becoming terribly popular in the USA. And Iomega simply can't produce the things fast enough.
Speed: 1Mb-1.5Mb s Max Size: 100Mb Price per Mb: 16p Stars eyes?
In your We talk to a band who have just started their own record label. So? Well, they use Amigas to create their music. Find out how you, too, can rise to become a chart-topper, all through the power ot your Amiga.
Prepare to be dumbstruck by Amiga Shopper’s best Coverdisks ever! This issue we bring you the top Amiga word processor, Protext 4.3, absolutely free. But we don't think that alone is enough, so both disks are bursting with utilities and demos to make the most of your Amiga.
Plus! Reviews There's also a fantastic competition where you can win an amazing PowerStation from Hi-Q, worth over £380. The prize includes a Hi-Soft Squirrel SCSI Interface, a PowerStation with upgraded power supply, a and a pair of
• We look at the dual-speed Aiwa ACD-300, a CD-ROM drive that’s
been worth waiting for.
SCSI)
• Got problems seeing non-IFF pictures? We examine Datachrome,
the perfect answer.
• Take a trip into image grabbing with the new version of the
top-rated ProGrab package.
The Aiwa ACD-300 CD-ROM drive - awesome.
September Amiga Shopper. Issue 53. On sale now!
Apollo 1220 SERIOUSLY AMIGA SEPTEMBER 1995 Trapdoor isn't just a kid's program with Plasticine figures, it's also the key to accelerating your Amiga. David Taylor slots in the new board from Siren.
Firsi impressions count and, to he Itonest, I wasn't in awe of the Apollo 1220 when I saw it.
It looks a little cheap and, although it fits into the expansion slot easily enough, the trapdoor cover doesn't lie flat with it in place.
This leads you straight to the conclusion that it hasn’t heen put together very well, which is a shame, because underneath the poor looks lurks quite a meaty piece of kit.
1BM PC-users would laugh at the idea of anyone using an 020 or comparable processor for serious use.
No, you need a '486 with 8Mb of RAM at the very least. Well, bear in mind that the new owners of the Amiga recognise that a bare A1200 can easily outperform the 'powerful PC for multitasking.
The point is that even a standard Amiga is quite speedy. Any acceleration starts to turn your Amiga into a very competent machine indeed. 1 do most of my work on an unaccelerated A1200, which stands up to picture conversion, program compression. Coverdisk compilation and the rest, without it ever slowing down, not even when doing them all at the same time.
The Apollo 1220 soups up your Amiga, so that it outperforms even a standard A3000.
The Apollo 1220 is a useful board for several reasons. Firstly, it comes with SPEED COMPARISONS an FPU, which makes any maths calculations a lot faster. Secondly, it has 4Mh of Fast RAM, which is very important - whilst you can buy the board bare of RAM, it isn't worth it.
Finally, it has a faster 020 processor, which accelerates all calculations.
Whilst an A1200 doesn't need to be accelerated to be a 'professional level' machine, it does need extra RAM, because that's what makes the initial difference. The board I tested had 4Mb and I was tempted to believe that the speed-increase was down to the FPU and extra RAM. However, when 1 swapped back to my usual board, which hasjusl the extra RAM and FPU, the difference was very noticeable.
In tests, the A1200 with an FPU and extra RAM came in very impressively at twice the speed of a standard A1200, but the Apollo with the 28MHz 020 was more than three times faster than the normal A1200 and even pipped a standard A3000 with an 030 processor. Incredible!
Whilst speed-tests are fine, it's the actual difference you nolire when you use it for your normal work that counts.
Personally, I'm getting more and more fond of the Apollo. Graphics handling and archiving programs, which requires complex calculations, is certainly faster.
DISTRIBUTOR Siren 0500 340548 PRICE £99 + £129 (4Mb RAM) = £228 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS A1200 SPEED • • • • Improves every area of performance on an A1200. You soon can't do without the extra speed.
MANUAL • Manual? Oh, that half sheet of paper with some printed instructions. Still, what more do you need?
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Though all trapdoor expansions are a snug fit it's easy to slot in. I wish the cover slotted over it better, mind you.
Of course, this board is not in tile same league as a good 030 board. If you want to accelerate your Amiga for 3D-rendering, then this board is not the perfect solution. Il speeds everything up; it works wonders for general use. But it can't turn your A1200 into a powerhouse.
This board is for the general user, the person with a hard drive who does a bit of graphics, some music maybe, the usual word processing and everyday file management. Using these sorts of programs regularly, you tend to get a little frustrated when you swap packages and have to wait for the Amiga to catch up with you.
This is where the Apollo comes in handy. Programs appear quicker, even the screen update on Workbench is noticeably faster. No more waiting for the directories to appear so that you can find a program - you can just .ip through your files. The Apollo has a battery-backed clock and two jumper switches, so that you can disable the extra RAM without removing the board.
There's very little more to say about the board. I wish it looked sturdier, but there are certainly no complaints about its performance.
All in all, it's a board you'd be pleased to own. Zj .Jfc FEATURES
• • • • You get a lot for your money. For £230 you can triple the
memory of your A1200, have a
• faster1 processor and a 68881 FPU.
VALUE • • • • 4 Very cheap for the features it offers.
Ideal for those who really want a faster machine, but can't afford the 030 board prices.
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3. 5" Blank Discs Bridlgjng Gib© pp All in all, there isn't too
much new with CrossDOS that couldn't have been done before by
someone with some technical knowledge.
But, then again, it makes things a heck of a lot easier to understand and use for inexperienced users. However, the price is way too high. *2 Continued overleaf ' rr r- I ¦ «*« I Conf ifl rrrrrs- Persp I IfextrudF I Bewe'l ' i non I OhPTek'i" I Delete I Order j Subdiy" | Sot id I nbf.ol I Llnkef j Shade I Points- I Swap I Color I Screen I"™" [A* With the aid of CrossDOS and programs like Pixel Pro. It's possible to transfer 3D objects to and from Pcs with relative ease.
There aren't that many new features, but it does what you want it to and the DR tool is pretty useful too.
VALUE • • £100 is way too much to be asking for the "privilege" of reading PC- formatted media.
"If you already have Workbench 3.
Then CrossDOS's value is seriously decreased."
79% Although it is not an entirely pleasant process, it is sometimes necessary to transfer data between the Amiga and different computing platforms, such as the PC and Mac.
Things like text, 3D objects, WWW pages and, especially, graphics files can be transported to and from different platforms to their mutual benefit. Right now. This text is being typed in on an A1200, but before you get to read it, the text has gone from an Amiga to a Mac and then a Sparc workstation.
However, while it might sound like a relatively simple process, since most of the system can share data relatively easily, there is one major problem and that is to get the information from one machine to the other. The reason for this being so tricky is that computer manufacturers, in their great wisdom, all use their storage media in incompatible ways. While a floppy disk, hard disk. SyQuest cartridge, or optical disk may be used by any machine, they have to be formatted to match a machine-specific filesystem before information can be written to, or read from, them.
To help those of you who wish to transfer files to either the PC or Mac, we’ll be putting three new filesystems for the .Amiga that emulate those found on the Mac and PC through their paces.
CROSSDOS 6 PROFESSIONAL Owners of Workbench 3.0 machines will at least be familiar with the name CrossDOS, even if they have never used it, because it came free with their machine. As you might have guessed from the name, this program formats disks with the PC's MS-DOS system.
Despite a decidedly patchy manual there was just enough information to get you started with formatting a couple of disks. However, we still get plenty of Workbench letters asking about how to use this system. Well, you'll be relieved to know that CrossDOS 6 Professional comes complete with a manual, an Installer script and an Uninstall option.
One of the trickiest things to do with CrossDOS was to create an MS-DOS formatted hard disk or partition. You had to have some knowledge of how hard disks worked and had to do everything yourself. Now, however, version 6 comes with a program called Config disk which makes the whole process fairly painless and can be used to configure a drive during installation.
The other new tools that have been It's not a pleasant thought, but sometimes you may actually need to transfer stuff to and from another computing platform. Graeme Sandiford softens the blow.
HiSoft 01525 718181 PRICE £99.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2+ SPEED • • • Transferring files to a PC disk is no slower or faster than with an Amiga disk.
MANUAL • • • It's a major improvement on the section in Workbench 3's manual.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • This is the major improvement on the last version - most operations are simple to perform.
Added include: DiskChk (sounds disturbingly like an MS-DOS command)
- for checking for any errors on a disk; DiskChg - notifies other
software diat a removable media disk (like a floptical) has
been changed; DR_CrossDos - a CrossDOS System analyser; and a
selection of alternative format icons, including one for Atari
disks, so you don't have to work them out yourself.
CROSSDOS 6 PROFESSIONAL «¦ CROSSMAC Copying data between Amigas and Macs has been more difficult than with Amigas and Pcs - there was no version of CrossDOS for the Mac, so you had to put your info on a PC disk and then use a similar program to CrossDOS on the Mac to translate it again. But now CrossMac has arrived.
CrossMac is the Mac-equivalent of CrossDOS And enables you to read Mar- formatted disks as if they were Amiga ones. Vs with CrossDOS, you can also format hard disks, read SyQuest drives and optical disks.
By using CrossMac it's possible to gain access to floppies, SyQuests and hard disks. You even get to see those cute little Mac icons.
CROSSMAC Despite sharing the same processor family as the Amiga, writing to Mac disks is actually more complicated than ...S.. a JUL _M £ jg writing to PC ones. This is due to Apple's philosophy of keeping things as transparent to the user as possible.
To compensate for this added complexity, CrossMac comes with a few more utilities than its PC counterpart. It still has DiskChk. DiskChg and the DR tools, but il also includes three major new utilities Res_extractor, Kinder Manager and Mac_File_Salv.
Mac_File_Salv is used lo salvage files from damaged disks, but Res_extractor can give you direct access DISTRIBUTOR HiSoft 01525 718181 PRICE £99.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2+ SPEED • • • • There is a slight delay when opening windows with the Mac icons and resource files visible.
MANUAL • •• • The manual explains brilliantly both the program and the differences between Mac and Amiga disks.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • CrossMac is simply as complicated or easy to use as you want it to be.
To Mac resource files. Similarly, Finder_Manager enables you to create a database of Finder (the Mac's version of Workbench) information. This will give files with certain extensions a related set of Finder information.
Rather shying away from the complexity of the Mac Filesystem, the programmers have met it straight on, even to the extent of showing die Mac icons on the Amiga. What's more, they have done it in a way as 'hands-on' in its use as you want it to be. 'Zj FEATURES • • • « CrossMac provides you with all the tools you’ll ever need and more.
VALUE • I Again £100 is way too much, but if you want complete control over the Mac filesystem, you might think It's worthwhile nevertheless.
"A very impressive and extremely useful tool" 75% MAXDOS 2 CmssMac doesn’t have the Macintosh filesystem market all to itself and has recently found itself in competition with a new system - MaxDOS. Since bodi these programs perform almost exactly the same function, there are obviously quite a few similarities in die way they work and the utilities supplied with them. However, the one major difference is the price - CrossMac is more than double the price of MaxDOS.
MaxDOS’ icons are not quite as faithful as CrossMac. But that doesn't stop it from transferring files form the Amiga to the Mac.
On the most basic level, buying MaxDOS w ill gel you the same features as CrossMac. You'll get access to Mac floppies with a higli-density (loppy drive.
You'll Ik- able to mount Mac-formatted hard disk partitions with an easy-to-use mounting system. It's possible to examine hexadecimal files and to handle Mac binary. You can even have the resource fork updating to match filetypes with certain extensions.
MAXDOS 2 The only features you wouldn't get that are included with CmssMac are the DR utility for analysing disks, the salvage program and the direct support for HFS CD-ROMs.
However, this is a little deceptive DISTRIBUTOR Premier Vision 0171 PRICE £39.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2+ SPEED • • • • As with CrossMac there is a slight delay when opening windows with the Mac icons and resource files.
MANUAL • • Although a copious AmigaGuide is supplied, a printed manual would have been better.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Extremely easy to use and fairly transparent once set up. .- since the utilities supplied with CrossMac are that much more configurable and somewhat more powerful. Despite this, MaxDOS does a pretty satisfactory job of handling the Macintosh filing system, although it docs "strange things' occasionally. If you are looking fora cheap system for copying data to Macs that you can install and forget about, then you could save yourself a few bobs by getting this instead of CrossMac. 'Zf FEATURES • • • Has most of the features of CrossMac, but lacks the real power - does the
job, though.
VALUE • • • • • Ridiculously cheap when compared with CrossMac.
"Budget version of CrossMac with most, but not all, of the features."
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SEPTEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA Yep that's right, it's yet another graphics-related CD-ROM.
However, this one is different; for starters it's huge- four full CD-ROMs totalling over 2Gb. It also only contains IFF images, SO there is no need to convert them for use with your favourite package. They are stored as a mixture of 24-bit, HAM-8 and 256-colour formats.
Thankfully, each disk comes with an overview, which acts as an index, with thumbnail images for each picture on that disc. The directories and discs are split alphabetically, so you will find pictures whose names start with A to C on the first disc and so on. The fourth disc is the one that contains the 24-hit images which are all photographs of excellent quality.
The other images are a real mixture in terms of both the subjects they cover and their quality. You'll find fantasy art, several famous paintings, plenty of sci-fi stars, such as Riker, Data and other Star Trek characters, a few cars and more than a few scantily- clad women.
Overall, the images are of a high standard and their diversity is incredible. This is a truly useful and nearly inexhaustible source of images.
Speccy Sensation couple of Spectrum emulators and over 500 vintage games.
The two Amiga emulators arc for AGA and non-AGA machines, and there is also a PC directory that contains a PC Spectrum emulator and games, as well as one for the Mac. The Amiga directory also contains several utilities, including networking programs, degraders and virus checkers.
Epic Marketing ¦ 01793 490988 ¦ £14.99 You’ll have to excuse tne if 1 become over-emotional during the course of this review - this CD is bound to evoke a great deal of nostalgia and a good many childhood memories.
You see, this CD-ROM contains a "Spectrum Junkies, get your fix now!
This is the ultimate in Speccy games."
90% CD-ROM You may find it hard to believe, but, yes, it really is another AmiNet CD. It follows the format of its predecessors and has directories dedicated to several types of software and files.
By ordinary standards this is a fine collection, but compared with the other AmiNet Cds, AmiNet S is a rather poor m specimen - probably because it was K brought out so quickly. ® H Giga Graphic CD Collection ¦¦¦¦¦ PDSoft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £39.99 As you might expect from a crop of 500 games, there are plenty of familiar titles. Among the ones you'll certainly recognise are Spy Hunter, AlienS, AirWolf.JetPac, Jet.Man, TransAM, Centipede, Commando and many more.
Although I was disappointed that Yie-ar Kungfu and the Way of the Exploding Fist were not among them. This CD is a God-send for all Spectrum junkies. 'Z?
PD Soft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £14.99 obligatory inclusion .in any AmiNet CO collection is » raytraced Star Trek picture. Weird Science Multimedia Toolkit 2 Weird Science ¦ 0116 234 0682 ¦ £29.95 Multimedia may not be quite as popular as it once was.
But it is still exciting and useful. Multimedia Toolkit 2 is a two-disc collection of Files and utilities that will be useful for people involved in multimedia production.
The discs are relatively well-organised, although a clearer division could have been made between which discs contain music-related files and which ones contain graphics files. As well as the graphics and music files, there is also a selection of miscellaneous files and programs. One of the most interesting of these is the LighlWave guide document which has hot links to a 3D object viewer so ihat you can see what an object looks like without having to load LightWave.
As far as the 3D stuff goes, there's nothing new - the same old PD objects and textures. However, the images' directory contains some excellent scanned images ofjust about everything, including mountains, famous people, clouds, water, castles and several real-life textures. There is also a rather dull collection of raytraced images.
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problems. So, send your queries to Workbench, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
When I try to change the screen mode, through the preferences Tile, everything is fine when I click on the use button. But if I try to save the change. I get the message: Error accessing file ENVAKC: Sys screenmode.prefs, Object not found I get the same problem if I try to change other things, such as the language (selmap).
My monitor is a Microvitcc.
W. J.HiU Taunton, Somerset It's a shame von didn’t provide more
information about your machine, such as whether ii has a hard
drive or not and. If so, what kind. Also, have you had this
problem for some time, or has it just started?
Nevertheless, the most likely source of your woes is probably lurking in your startup- sequence. Whenever you change any of your preferences, such as Wbpattern or Primer, any permanent changes you make are stored in the ENVARC: (Environment Archive) directory.
This directory and ENV: is also used by a lot of programs to store their preferences.
The actual "physical" location of this directory is SYS:Prefs Env-Archive, the contents of which are usually copied to RAM: at Startup.
The startup-sequence assigns this directory so that it is recognised as a volume -just like a floppy or hard disk. I suspect that this has not been done. To find out, open a Shell window and type: ENVARC: If the drive has been assigned correctly you should be taken to that directory, if not, you'll be asked to insert ENVARC in any drive. If this last is the case, then you will need to repair the startup-sequence. The easiest way of doing this is to replace it with the one from your original Workbench disk.
To do that, just copy it from your Workbench floppy to your hard disk (if you're using one) by selecting Show All from die window menu from Workbench and "drag and drop” the Startup-sequence in the floppy's S: directory to the S: directory of the hard drive partition you boot from.
If you are working 011 a floppy-based system, then you simply need to make another copy of your original - please tell me you are not working from your original.
EXPANDING THE GREAT I've just bought a wonderful Al 200 and wish to expand it. I therefore have a few questions:
1) In the review of the HiQ Power Station, you say that it can be
used with a Squirrel SCSI Interface, or any SCSI-equipped
Amiga.
Is it, dierefore, true that it can be used with the SCSI-II module for the Blizzard A1230-111 50MHz accelerator? I ask because I might buy the Aura sampler that uses the PCMCIA slot.
Send your letters to Workbench, Amiga Format.
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2) If this is the case, how would it be done (where would the
SCSI cable go)?
3) Also, would I get better transfer rates than with the Squirrel
when using, for example, a SCSI (or SCSI-II) hard drive?
4) Would the transfer rates be affected by a long cable, or would
there be a chance that some of the data may go missing, as
with a long IDE cable (as stated in the Ramiga Z5 review)?
Kickstart version: O 1.2 O 1.3 O 2.x O 3.x Workbench revision: O 1.2 O 1.3 O 1.3.2 O 2.04 2.05 O 2.1 O 3.0
5) And, finally, are Knights Of The Sky, Stunt Car Racer and
Lotus 2 compatible with the 1200?
I'm thinking of buying The Serial Killers pack from the Amiga Format offers.
Total memory fitted Stephen Brooking Sherborne, Dorset Chip memory available Extra drive 1 ( 3.5in 5.25in) as DF: manufacturer: I too have been expanding my home machine - extra memory, a 2Gb drive and a CD-ROM drive. It's certainly difficult 10 decide 011 an Extra drive 2 ( 3.5in 5.25in) as DF: manufacturer: Continued overleaf Hard disk:_Mb as DH_ Manufacturer:___ Extra RAM fitted - type, size (Mb) and manufacturer Details of other hardware: upgrade path; in fact, we'll he doing a feature on upgrading A 1200s in the near future.
1) Indeed you can! The HiQsystems can be used with any SCSI
Interface and the Blizzard III Interfaces have just become
available.
2) The A1200 has all the ports and sockets you would expect at
the rear, such as the parallel, monitor and serial ones.
However, located at the right-hand side of the machine you'll
find a blank panel and this is where the SCSI cable will go
out of the AI 200.
The Blizzard SCSI port can be screwed in to position and the cable passed through the casing to the accelerator's SCSI Interface. At the other, the cable plugs straight into the rear of the PC housing.
3) Although I've got the Blizzard module on my machine I've not
run any comparison benchmarks. However, the Blizzard is sure
to be faster; at least 12 times faster, probably, since the
Squirrel uses the lb-bit PCMCIA Interface.
4) SCSI cables can be of greater lengths than IDE ones without
losing data - Nick Veitch sits opposite me and his is huge.
It’s very unlikely that you'll ever need to make a cable long
enough to cause a problem.
5) I’ve checked with the games guys. Steve and Steve - they say
that Knights of the Sky and Stunt Car Racer should work fine
with a standard A 120(1. Although, there is no guarantee that
they will work with the Blizzard accelerators and chances are
Lotus 2 may not nol work.
SILKY SMOOTH SPEED I am thinking of buying an accelerator for my Amiga 1200 and I am somewhat confused as to the various models on offer.
What I want is a board that will run my 1200 at 40-50MHz, so that TFX will run silky smooth, as Amiga Format put it. While allowing me to add more memory as and when required. But I am confused because some boards say they are bare with a provision for a 40MHz FPU and GET HYPER AMIGAGUIDE GUIDANCE I own an Amiga 1200, two external disk drives, a 250Mb hard drive and an HP 550 printer.
I recently started using the AmigaGuide language that comes with Workbench 3.0 and have a few questions to ask you;
1) How can I load a picture sound file from within an AmigaGuide
document (without a requester appearing) and then return to
the document (with a keypress or mouse dick)?
2) Can I increase the screen size of the Amiga-guide screen when
viewing a guide without changing the Workbench screen size?
3) Will Amiga Format be running any tutorials on how to programme
AmigaGuides any time in the near future? If not can you print
a list of the commands that AmigaGuide documents support?
Barry Tew Northampton Well Barry, you must have a fair understanding of how the AmigaGuide hypertext language works if you got as far as linking to pictures.
1) The Link command is all well and good when it comes to
creating nodes that display text, but, as you correctly
pointed out. It can be a real pain when Multiview brings up a
requester asking you for the file.
There is a way round this irritating limitation, 51!
», . Ill ¦«C 10* Far at FNC 01i 5 t cm n : m* ™ SO TFX might run "silky smooth" with a 030 accelerator, but is this reason enough to spend £300*?
RAM, but is it true that an FPU is only beneficial when used with ray-tracers etc.?
1 am also thinking of buying a SCSI CD-ROM or the Zappo CD-ROM drive. Will the board I buy work with these devices, because I am aware that some boards cause problems with the PCMCIA slot.
Think of your answ er as though you were going to buy this kit for your A1200. What would you buy? In terms of an accelerator board with provisions for SIMMs and a compatible CD-ROM drive (dual speed for now). I will be adding 4Mb, 72-pin SIMMS to a board with hare RAM sockets myself.
I have a Standard A1200 with a soon-to-be- replaced 3.5" 40Mb hard drive.
Andrew Frodsham frodoQzepher. Demon, co. Uk Funny you should mention giving advice as if it was my own decision. From my previous answer, you'll notice that I've gone for the Blizzard III.
I lowcver, this is the decision I've made to meet my needs - these may not necessarily be the same as yours.
I've added 16Mb RAM and a large SCSI hard disk to enable me to use programs like LightWave, Real 3D and ImageFX effectively.
The AmigaGuide document format is both powerful and easy to use.
You can use the SYSTEM command within a node followed by the directory path of another viewer, such as ViewTek, and the path to the file you want displayed.
This is just same as with executing CLI programs so you can also use any arguments the program accepts Here's an example of how this can be used in a document; Click here to show a picture @1" Show" System "c:vlewtek Data:pictures babe.Targa datatypes”)
2) I'm afraid the only way that I know of, thanks to Commodore's
poor documentation for this The Blizzard board, the one I used
for the TFX review, is my first choice because it is
stonkingly fast and well-built. An FPU is used for processing
floating point calculations, which are used by programs other
than ray-tracers.
However, busing an accelerator is a little extravagant for just playing games. If you want lo find out more about buying accelerators, have a look at the example on page 120.
DIY TOWER?
I refer to your article in AFT2 "HiQ Powerstalion". I would like to assemble a system for my Amiga 1200. I intend to purchase a mini tower and Squirrel SCSI Interfare and, at a later date, an internal fitting CD-ROM drive and hard drive disk.
Would you, please, advise me on which plugs, leads and supplies would be required.
Alan Fairlamb Warrington No, I won't tell you what you need to create the same system as the HiQ units. Not because I think it would Ik- morally wrong, but because I can't stand the idea of you trying lo re-wire your power-lead and blowing up your A1200.
Tool, to change the screenmode used by AmigaGuide or Multiview is to execute the program from Shell with a screen argument.
Unfortunately this simply generates a clone of the Workbench screen - sorry. If anyone has come across a command that does this, then drop me a line; I’d like to know if it can be done.
3) I'm afraid we don't really have enough room in the Workbench
section to do a detailed tutorial on AmigaGuide writing.
However here's a list of commands that we're aware of and a quick explanation of the fundamentals of creating Guide documents for anybody else who's interested; HiQ have had a few people contacting them after having had the same bright idea and being left with a rather small and slightly charred snowboard instead of an A1200. There are loads of wires to be connected and if you get just one wrong, you'll toast your machine the next time you turn it on.
INTERNET ENTERTAINMENT I have a standard A1200 to which I recently added a new 85Mb IDE Quantum hard drive from Siren, which I am delighted with.
However, now-1 have the drive, I badly want to get on the Internet.
I bought Davev Winder's excellent Internet, Modems and the Whole Comms Thing, but the book leaves some questions unanswered:
1) What do you consider the best value-for- money 14400 modem? I
am thinking of busing the X-Link or the Speedcom, since I've
heard that the cheaper Supra have chip problems.
2) I think I need a graphical Web browser if I want to get Web
pages that look like your FutureNet adverts. How do I get
Amosaic and will it run on an unexpanded A1200? If not, what
is the minimum system expansion you recommend? Would that need
a beefier power supply? (Funds are limited.)
3) All the Net software Davey mentions are CLI-based. Has any
good mouse-operated stuff been written since his book was
published?
Af. Ballard Arles ty, Beds
I) Hmm, I haven't had any problems with the Supra modems, but the
Speedcom is not a bad little number.
2) Amosaic will run on an unexpanded AI200, but not to its full
potential. You'll soon find yourself out of memory when
visiting image-intensive sites.
A 4Mb RAM expansion should be more than enough and should speed up your machine considerably. This won't require a more powerful PSL either.
To gel hold of Amosaic. You should try calling Onl.ine PD on Voice: 01704 834335 and BBS: 01704 834583.
3) (il l-equipped Internet tools that I've come across recently
are: the CRN newsreader, the ELM E-mail tool and a GL’I
version of Finger. Again, try OnLine PD for these and other
comms software.
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER I am writing to ask you if you can answer what is probably a very simple problem.
I have an .Amiga 500 with, according to Syslnfo. A 1 Mb ECS Fat .Agnus and a standard DenLse chip, and it says: Kickstart (512K) V37.175 What does this mean?
It has a Kickstart 2.04 chip in it (I put it in) and I have Workbench 2.04. It also has a 512K memory board fitted in the trapdoor. The board is made by Trilogic and it has a sticker on it saying it was tested on 21.12.90. (I only- bought the .Amiga 8 months ago after seeing mv mate's 600.1 used to have an ST - crap.)
Is my Amiga 1 Mb? A lot of disks say that they will run with I Mb. But they don't scent to run on my system.
Do I need an ECS Denise chip, or a different memory board? What is the difference between East RAM and chip RAM?
You have probably already guessed that I ant a complete novice with the Amiga.
Richard Walker York Congratulations on switching to a superior computer system. First off, Kicksart V37.175 is simply the version of Kickstart y ou are using, which, as you correctly believe, is 2.04. You also have I Mb of RAM - this should mean that most programs that require Workbench 2 or above and I Mb to run should work on your machine.
However, your I Mb of memory is chip RAM rather than a combination of 512Kchip and 5I2K Fast. The difference between chip and Fast RAM is that chip RAM is used to display images, whereas Fast memory is used to store general data. The addition of Fast memory also speeds up your machine, hence the name.
The only time that you may encounter games or programs that don't work is if they require Fast RAM. Thankfully, this shouldn't be too many, although older programs and games are the most likclv to cause problems.
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Having graced you with a few tips on setting your Amiga up for email, Darren Irvine strides briskly on into the only partially civilised world of IRC Natter on the net In some ways, I don’t think I should be telling you about IRC at all. It's one of those things that if you’ve never used it, there’s no great gaping hole in your life. But when you first try it, you might just find that you become as addicted to it as any drug user to their recreational pharmaceutical of choice - becoming more and more entrenched in a downward spiral of longer and longer chatting sessions with more and more
obscure Finnish people, ultimately E-mail us on... amformat@futurenet.co.uk Please make sure you mark the relevant subject in the sub|ect line (Letters to the Editor. Workbench. Backstage etc.). leading to higher and higher phone bills, an increasingly hermit-like existence and the ostracism of your peers. OK, so maybe I’ve been exaggerating a bit - it’s not quite as addictive as actual drugs.
What is it then?
Internet Relay Chat was originally written by Finnish programmerJarkko Oikarinen in 1988 and the Finns are still all over the place on IRC. It’s full of Americans too, but an increasing number of UK users are making their presence felt.
Jarkko originally invented IRC to be a replacement for the Unix Talk" command, but it has developed into something much more useful than Talk ever was.
IRC is basically a real-time conferencing system, allowing Internet users all over the world to meet in discussion areas known as “channels", and hold a conversation amongst themselves as if they were all in the same room, rather than connected to diverse computer systems anywhere on the planet.
IRC uses a client-server model of operation, where individual users run "client" software on their computers, which communicates with an IRC "server" program running on a system anywhere on the net. The servers handle the routing of messages from one client to another.
Setting your Amiga up for IRC There are three main routes that you can take to get IRC operating on your Amiga. The first is extremely simple, but not very good. The second rates somewhere between pretty tricky and completely impossible on the ease-of- implementation scale, and isn’t very good either. The third option is fairly easy to set up and is truly excellent. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out which one I have running on my svstem.
Telneting to a public access IRC site is certainly the easiest way to get started, but Using Grapevine makes IRC so eddlctively enjoyable that you'll run up four-figure Is lacking a bit in the user-friendliness department. Phone bills before you know It.
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Grapevine users don't even have to remember actual IRC commands, because a toolbar does most of the things you need.
WHERE TO GET IRC CLIENT SOFTWARE As usual with Amiga-related software, the place to get hold of it is Aminet. Use anonymous ftp to one of the following sites: src.doc.icac.uk wuarchive.wustl.edu The archive names that you require are: Irchat - lpub aminet comm tcp irchat24.lha Grapevine - pub aminet comm netigrapevine.lha Grapevine also has a constant user list window, so you're never in any doubt as to whom is on your current channel.
SAD USENET FACT OF THE MONTH questions such as the pertinent “On the Commodore 64, what area of memory is swapped when using an REU with RamDOS?", or the incisive “How many LEDs are on the KIM-1". If this sounds like the sort of thing you couldn't do without check out the hot action in comp.sys.amiga.advocacy. For the sake of completeness, I'll cover all three options, but, really, if you don't find yourself preferring option 3, I'd consider a few weeks at a health farm, or, preferably, an intensive personality-reorganisation program.
OPTION 1 The first option is to use telnet to connect 10 a publicly accessible IRC server - this is a machine that has client software running on it, as well as the actual IRC server. Using this method of accessing IRC is as simple as connecting to a suitable server; log in (usually as "IRC", so no surprise there then) and, basically, that’s it. This is probably a good way to get started with IRC, since you can see whether or not you like it without having to set up any software on your machine. Also, you can use this method to IRC from non-TCP IP systems, like CIX, CompuServe and Delphi.
However, the user interface looks and feels extremely dated and, let’s face it, if you wanted to use a system like this you'd have bought a PC.
OPTION 2 The next option to consider is a system called Irchat which runs as a client script on top of the GNUEmacs editor, available from Aminet. To get this system up and running, you'll need to spend a fair amount of time getting the Emacs system going first.
I really wouldn't bother if I were you, since this method of accessing IRC really isn't much better than the Telnet hottub darsy Liam : Mag i k Shokwave Rasput in :' Nada : _8ball : T rumpet rubberban : s LSD tubby : flnguzHawk ='sflsiago undead :' uiceLFlQ :' u icev : DemoN :'sbeebsie = cenedra = EuerC I ear s beaker one and is several orders of magnitude more difficult to get working. Also, if you really wanted to use a system like this, you’d be running a Unix system.
OPTION 3 The only naUj sensible option for any self-respecting Amiga owner is to use a great IRC. Program called Grapevine.
This is no dated Unix port, but an Amiga program with proper Amiga controls and the whole works. Installing is little more than extracting the archive and copying a supplied library to LIBS:.
You also have to add an environment- variable definition to s:user-startup, but, hey, you can work an Editor, can’t you?
Once you have installed Grapevine, you'll wonder how users of lesser systems manage to use IRC at all.
Operating IRC using a GUI-based system like this is so much better than using a text-only system and is, of course, llte reason why you have an Amiga rather than a PC or Unix box in the first place.
Getting started After you have decided on option 3 from the above list, and chosen a publicly accessible server to use, the next thing you're going to want to do is some actual chatting. As I've mentioned, IRC is divided up into different areas called "channels".
Each channel-name consists of a hash " " and a alphanumeric name, usually (but not always) giving some sort of clue to what sort of things are talked about in a particular channel.
Note that Grapevine automatically puts in the " “ for you when you click on the Join Channel button, but if you are using a text-based system you'll have to type “ JOIN " followed by the channel name, including the " ".
The basic principle of operation of Although, until recently, I have remained blissfully unaware of its existence, I have unfortunately been forced to find out about the Usenet Commodore Trivia Competition (now staggeringly on its 19th incarnation). With a first prize of "The Amiga Toaster Reference Manual (worth $ 34.95)“, this is the competition for you if you can answer IRC is that anything you type in die text window (dial’s the small one at the bottom - the larger one at the top is the "message" window) gets echoed to the channel and all other users connected to that channel get to read
your words of wisdom. Similarly, you can read1 the messages typed in by everybody else in your channel.
As well as the actual chatting, IRC has a series of commands that you can use, each one preceded by a forward slash “ " - the example shown above “ JOIN" is one. To get a complete list of available commands, type " HELP” or click on Grapevine’s "Help" button.
To get help on a specific command type " HELP command name|”. To get started, there are only two commands that you'll need in addition to “ JOIN".
The first of these is “ LEAVE" which, fairly obviously, causes you to leave the channel you are on. The other command that will come in handy is “ NAMES”, which returns a list of all the channels that are accessible from the server to which you have connected.
Note that this is an extremely long list and to cut it down a bit, you might want to specify the “-min" qualifier to restrict the list to channels with a certain number of users. For example: NAMES *.* -min 20 The above line will produce a list of all channels that have at least 20 users.
Once you’ve been chatting a while, you can start experimenting with some of the other commands, but the chatting is the main thing and you shouldn't worry too much if you don't quickly master every obscure IRC command available. Remember, that as with other areas of net usage, such as email and Usenet, netiquette is important - if you go around on IRC acting like an idiot and insulting people, you'll soon get flamed for it.
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ANYONE FOR TOAST Greetings from the LISA. How is life over there in England? I am writing to tell you that I sure like your magazine. I like it better than any magazine that we have over here. The magazine "The .Amiga World" is no longer being published, by the way.
What format are your Coverdisks in? I have an Amiga
2000. With 5Mb RAM. Two 3 inch drives and one 5 l ! Inch drive,
hooked up to an IBM bridge hoard. I am using a 1.3 system,
but I plan to upgrade to 3.1. I like your Coverdisks - some
work and some don't, not because they are bad, but because
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On another note, what do you think about the Video Toaster and OpalVision video production programs? Is there anything else you would recommend?
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Arthur A. Farrington 111 Oklahoma, USA The VideoToasler 2 is the best in NTSC countries; you 'U have no problems with it. You would be much better off upgrading to an A40H0-based Toaster machine, though.
Some of the disks probably didn i work because you are on 1.3; some because they are AGA-only. It does say on the label when they won't work with particular machines.
IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE Scnsi Software must be congratulated for bringing out the update disk. Although Sensi did something which wasn’t quite on.
They released the update disk to The One and decided not to send it to those who had bought the game and bothered to fill in and return the registration card, but instead make them wait.
Although they said two weeks to me on die phone, it has been over a month and a half now.
Ian Morgans yVolverliampton, West Midlands A BIT OF ATTITUDE I have noticed that in recent months the circulation of Amiga Format seems to have declined. I have some suggestions that may or may not counteract this decline.
They are: 11 Increase the amount of Continued overleaf GUIDING LIGHT Though not being a PC user, I bought your sister magazine PC Guide recently. With floppies, this is only £3.99, but they are, of course, of no use to me.
However, the fiver spent on the one with Cds was well worth the effort Only one of the two Cds was useful to me. They had the full version of VistaPro. The software was, of course, useless, but the extra files, which you do not get with the floppy-based Amiga- version, was worth shelling out for.
It is odd that I have to resort to buying a PC magazine to get upgrades for my serious Amiga software. The new PC magazine was actually mentioned in the July AF. But it was never stated that the Amiga users could get a serious upgrade to their version of VistaPro - which does work, by the way.
If AF is to justify the price tag of £4.50, we should expect at least one CD. If "PC Guide'' can do it (with two Cds) so can AF.
I first saw a reference to the new PC magazine in one of my wife's stitching magazines, also published by Future. Why don't you also place an advert for Amiga magazines there? The Amiga has two cross-stitch programmes which are often advertised in the stitching mags and are a fraction of the price of the PC equivalents. Odd that I have never seen any of this software reviewed in the _ _ Amiga magazines.
Bill Eaves Thurso, Caithness RfS f *-yi t'fJ Experiments with CD-ROMs on Amiga mags seems a bit hit-and-miss.
Seeing as no standard Amiga with a CD-ROM has ever been sold, it is very hard to judge the demand and it is a lengthy and time-consuming process to produce the CD in the first place.
But rest assured, we will have some surprises for you real soon.
The stitchcraft programs you mention have been reviewed in AF; the last one in AF55,1 believe.
Perhaps CrossStitch should be advertising in AF?
DMA Design are giving away a Tabbv araohics tablet worth Gallery a* blank spaces on pages. Never be tempted to place screenshots or information in these spaces since it will detract from the "sophisticated page design".
2) Publish, each month, lengthy interviews with a
"Prominent-figure-of-the- videogames-industry-of-whom-n&o
ne-has-heard" (or PFOTVIOWNHII for short). At least a two-page
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3) Put the catchphrase, "The future is almost here..." on the
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4) Drink more tea. It tastes belter than coffee.
John Graham lledon, Hull Er. Thanks for your suggestions -you irad Amiga Power, don 7 you ?
THE FORGOTTEN PATH It’s vers good to see that the majority of the top-games are highly rated (70%+) by your illustrious tome. At last people arc accepting your standards.
Now. Miss Rebecca Payton of Sunbury-on-Thames. On Indiana fours And The Fate of Atlantis, you should reverse the stones. For example, it it says 'darkness' for the Sunstonc. Turn it to noon', like it says in the dialogue - "only contrary minds may enter".
Do this for all three stones and the statue's mouth trill open. Pop a bead in its mouth and... voila, the door is open. You can now explore Atlantis to your heart's content.
Tut. Tut. Mr. Bradley! But. All is forgiven, since you are, as Michael Newsham so rightly points out, a hero of computer games.
Keep up the good work!
Nathan Weston Blackpool, Lancs NOT ALONE ON CHINA In response to Richard Bagulcy's consternation that no one is bothered about the re-born Amiga being produced in (Tina, could I take this opportunity to say dial he is not alone.
Although the Amiga has been saved by Escom, I. for one. Will not be upgrading my A1200 the 'Escom- way' if the new machines are to he produced in China. I have not knowingly purchased anything produced in China since the Tianamen Square Massacre. Given the continuing poor standards of pay and living conditions in the country, along with an appaling human rights record, I see no reason to change this in the future.
It is also worth considering the massive scale of software piracy which is endemic in China and, seemingly, endorsed bv the Chinese government! I think a Figure around 95 per cent was mentioned by the US government and this has led to sanctions being mentioned... Puts piracy in the UK into context, I think, even if there is still too much of it.
Mike Davenport Taunton Er. I don 7 seem to remember anyone ever complaining when the Amiga was made in Taiwan or the PhiUippines, where working conditions are just as bad and who have only slightly better human rights records.
I don 7 think it is the job of this magazine to whip up support for an anti-Chinese trade embargo, nor to defend the political and economic actions of that country. Hwvever, perhaps it is worth pointing out that a very large percentage of capacitors are made in China and. As you know, capacitors are used in virtually all electrical and electronic equipment, so I'm afraid you probably have plenty of Chinese hardware already.
If it's any consolation, it seems as if AMIGAs may nmv be made in Scotland. France and the USA.
SUCKERED I'd like to make an observation regarding your Coverdisks and your promise ol what will Ire appearing on them "next month".
AF 72. Page 145, we read "Ot Blitzed! - If you want to get hold of the latest version of Acid Software's most excellent programming system, look out for next month's creative Coverdisk".
BONKERS I would Ilk* to mako a complaint. In your last Issue of Amiga Format (June) Steve Bradley wrote an article on Spaadbail 2 C»“. In K. he mentioned that the players do not wear rollenkates. He i*. Of course, completely wrong. As we all know, since the year 2019, players have always worn skates. I would not normally grumble, but believe that sacrilege of this magnitude should not go unnoticed.
Ajevlawes Cardiff .As I own Blitz Basic, I was looking forward to a demo of the latest version of the compiler or editor, but when 1 get to the newsagents, I take a look at the front cover - no sign of Blitz Basic.
Why promise that something trill appear on "next month's" Coverdisk, only to disappoint your readers? Not to generate more sales by any chance, is it?
Please, unless you know 100 per cent, (hat you're able to secure a Coverdisk for a particular month, don’t go getting readers' hopes up, because I can bet you that it annoys them very much indeed.
Jon "Peeved"Jones jon.jones@crystal.dircon.co.uk On the most up-to-date A miga mag in the world there are so many changes during the course of a month that it surprises me that we ever get anything right on the next month page.
The Blitz Coverdisk was unfortunate, because was looking forward to it as much as anyone, but Acid decided they wanted lo concentrate on other things for the moment and decided to delay release. Maybe some day soon... JOKER CAMERA l y David atnrs, DnW REMBRANDT by John Keales, Shrffirl i. PORSCHE by Auliiim Hodgson. Cleveland.
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I would like to refer to P. Ayres letter ("The Wonder of Windows" AS73) about his pretty cruddy' computer-owning friends. I am one of those readers who have an Amiga and a PC My Amiga is a standard A1200 with a 250Mb hard drive. My PC is a 486 DX2 50 with 250Mb hard drive and 4Mb of RAM. And, I have to agree with P. Ayres, Pcs are clumsy things and any version of Windows is hopelessly slow.
When I bought my A1200. I was on it day and night, messing about with Dpaint 4 AGA, OctaMED 3 and 5 and other creative software, and bashing the Shift keys in Pinball Dreams when it was released.
When I was getting a PC (work bought it for me!). I was shamefully excited about the fact that I was going to get one of these 'wonder machines', so much so that I bought myself a soundcard, CD-ROM and Theme Park.
When the PC arrived, my excitement slowly started to diminish. After the best part of an evening, trying to get Theme Park to work and fiddling with the Config and Autoexec files, and memory managers, I was a frustrated wreck. I hardly touched the thing for the first seven or eight months until Imagine 2 appeared on the front cover of PC Format.
Now my PC is just used to satisfy my passion for raytracing. I love my A1200 dearly, but 17 hours and 40 minutes rendering a 640 x 512 image in trace mode in Imagine 2 ( Format Coverdisk) can try my patience just a touch, especially when using the same setting, the PC renders the image in a little over 12 minutes!
All I am trying to say is if you know someone who is looking to upgrade their PC or who is after their first home computer, let them have a go on your Amiga -1 think they will be pleasantly surprised.
Pop I Horsham. West Sussex I In response to the call from your good self for owners of both and Amiga and a PC to comment on Mr Ayres letter. I would like to inform the misinformed reader of the system requirements of Windows 95 as written in a recent Microsoft newsletter.
They are: a 386DX or higher processor. 4Mb of memory (8Mb is recommended) and 10-15Mb of available hard disk space for upgrading from MS-DOS or Windows.
Now, I know that these requirements look a little suspect; the article referred to in his letter mentioned a person using a BETA version of the programme and it ran out of steam when using a Pentium with 32Mb of RAM.
I am using a 486DX 33 with 8Mb of RAM and virtual memory, to type this letter in Word 6 and with Microsoft Office running in the background, a 24-bit wallpaper picture and a CD running and I haven’t run out of steam yet.
I don't know how this problematic image of the PC is still going and how Amiga owners can justify using it as a way of making their machines look better! The Amiga has its share of problems too. Or have you all forgotten about how Commodore released Workbench 2 and 3, which were incompatible with about 20 per cent of previous programmes. On my PC I have a startup menu of my own, so when I want to play games that require one type of memory, all I have to do is select an option.
Nearly every Amiga owner seems to live a life with their heads up in the clouds, thinking that their Amigas are the best and they deserve a good shake-up like Commodore's.
I don't know how you lot can hold your heads up - a PC company buying Commodore... Amigas are great machines at heart but they don't have the power to hack it with high- power applications, unless you pay more than you do for a PC of the same standard.
I just can't believe that people still think that Amigas are better than Pcs; mind you.
Those people are gibbering simpletons.
James lunmdiffe Hull. Humberside Well, thank you for your well-reasoned and considered response. Ifs always been a great source of secret shame to me that all the letters
- we receive in This letter has probably caused more response
than any other ever printed on these pages. The ones here are a
representative sample.
Praise of the wonder of Pcs are so eloquently expressed and convincing.
Oh. And doesn't Word have a spellchecker?
I am following up a letter from P. Ayres.
Although I don't have a PC at home as a matter of principle, I do work as a PC support technician for Nuclear Electric Pic. And, so. Am qualified to offer some opinions.
In order to support over 2.000 Pcs on site, my colleagues and I have to have a certain degree of knowledge of various Operating Systems and, still, I have found nothing as great and easy to use as AmigaDOS and Workbench.
The 'multitasking' Windows is simply a plot between Microsoft and RAM manufacturers to use up the world's Silicon deposits.
Then, you have to make your PC a 'multimedia' computer; a recent buzzword that has fooled the public into spending even more cash on things they don't need. If you haven't bought such a package, then you're into the nasty world of actually having to buy a CD-ROM drive, a sound card and, possibly, a graphics card to fit in your machine.
This only leads down the avenue of configuring IRQs, memory addresses and DMA channels for such devices, and normally ends up with a severe headache and a computer with 15 startup choices, depending on which application or game you want to run.
On the Amiga-side - true, you still have to buy an Interface card for various things, but I've found that on the whole, your computer gets better, not worse, the more you plug in.
They all work together and the Amiga has still only got one startup. Lovely!
IN PERFECT HARMONY The temperature is rising as the PC-versus-Amiga debate is heading for the final furlong.
In an effort to get past the awful DOS limitation of using software patches (Memory Managers) to get more than 1Mb of memory available to your PC companies such as IBM and Microsoft have produced new Operating Systems, such as OS 2 and Windows 95. They then go on to advertise that these systems will run in as little as 4Mb of memory.
True, they do. But have you tried to run any program in such a crippled system? Such systems need around 16Mb to really be of any use and 16Mb of memory costs more than buying an A1200! I know which I'd rather have.
Workbench - it has been written to run on a machine with 512K of RAM and one floppy. This is enough to get by, but isn't as much fun. Add a memory expansion, say 1Mb-1.5Mb, and a hard drive. Workbench now flies along in all its glory - true multitasking and all in a machine which already has great graphics capabilities and can play music!
Currently, I am using Final Writer, while I have OctaMED playing a mod with various other things running in the background. Try that In Windows, if you can.
All in all, I find the people who praise the PC rather short-sighted, only because they have never had experience of another computer and Operating System.
Stuart Lees Dursley, Glos Whether the Amiga community like it or not the Amiga just doesn't have anything to match most of the top-end PC software. The exception to this has to be high-end graphics packages.
So. Why have I still got my 4000 030? Well, that's simple - the Amiga is just a dream to use (most of the time), great fun and friendly - no blank C.A prompts blinking at you here! The multitasking is still unsurpassed in anything the PC can produce.
Here's a thought: PC-power comes at a price
- 1 use Microsoft Office Pro for most of my business work, a fine
suite of programmes.
Consider, however, it could set you back £500 just for the software (no manuals), uses 130Mb of hard disk space and. If you don't have at least 8Mb RAM and a 486 DX2 processor, you would become a whimpering wreck just from waiting for something to happen. My Amiga has a 120Mb hard drive - plenty enough for most people and the software is very reasonably priced by comparison.
The real benefit of the Amiga is that even on a basic machine, it lets you get involved in activities that would be impossible on a low- or mid-range PC - raytracing, paint packages, image processing, music composition, games writing, multimedia authoring, sound sampling... need I go on?
One of my PC-owning friends recently relayed how he had visited a computer store and was bowled over by the fantastic sound coming from a PC with sound card. I calmly pointed out that my old Amiga 500 had built-in four-channel stereo sound nine years ago!
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c MUM Customise your Workbench with Maxon Magic Lite and
transform your F1 game with this editor. Plus, three more
utils!
Wander caves, swipe green bogeymen and morph into a spider in Audiogenic's fabulous new adventure, Odyssey.
Along the way, you get to squash bogeymen, swipe spooky stone balls and morph into a spider.
(R- Odyssey Hurrah for the Amiga adventure game with swords, puzzles, spiders and big birds. And caves. After months of sports games, platformers and shoot-'em-ups, fine though they were, we are proud to bring you a polished gem of a Coverdisk demo, a huge level of Audiogenic's Odyssey, exclusively written for AF, where you, the wizard's apprentice, take on the might of the King of the Seven Isles.
Along the way, you get to squash bogeymen, swipe spooky stone balls and morph into a spider. And there aren't many people who can say they've done that.
Not that we've brought you all seven of the Seven Isles - you'll have to do with the one, but The Wizard's apprentice has the solemn task of exploring the island, solving the puzzles and swiping the enemy. And it's Steve Bradley's favourite demo of the year... CONTROLS Joystick or pad and press Fire to swish the old sword.
When the two spells are collected, press F3 to change into the bird and F8 to become the size of a spider. Spacebar returns you to relative normality.
If you die, and you will, (although you, rather generously, get five lives) press Fire and off you go again.
Light spheres are scattered liberally.
Walk past them and you've got yourself a restart point.
The information panel shows what keys you have, your energy, current creature shield and number of lives left.
Off with you. Then!
But, along the way, there are enemies to overcome, puzzles to unravel and door keys to collect, with not a sub-machine gun in sight to aid your quest. And far be it for us to tell you how you're going to do it. Oh no, all you need to know is that there's a cave to enter, which you do by standing in front of the entrance and pushing down on the joystick.
A huge and beautifully crafted fellow at that, with ledges to pounce around and caves to explore.
Here’s some plot: King kidnaps village wizard and you decide to rescue him, but you need three keys to enter the King's castle. And in a twist of cunning proportions, to get the keys, you need to collect and master the ten spells of Altered Appearance (apparently) which are scattered around the islands.
The spells are split into three power groups: air, land and, somewhat bizarre, crawling insects.
In your demo, you can collect a spider and bird spell, enabling you to turn into these creatures at the press of a button, with the ultimate objective to recover the Flight Power-Expander, located in a room at the top of the island.
Keep an eye out for small pads on the cave floor - they can shoot arrows at you and open doors, and watch out for the stone balls, which turn into little Morph-style fellows. Much of the cave can only be explored if you morph into a spider, but you need to collect a little red circle first. So, best of luck, and if you cannot finish it, don't come crying to us. Well, OK, we might just print the solution next month. 'Z?
Maxon Magic Lite overleaf » BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... ol frmShtll " Shell process 4 ¦HB3.•: diskcopy fron dfl: to dfl: 2 Type in the following line exactly as it appears here, taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: 3 When asked for the Source disk, insert your write-protected Coverdisk and press Return. All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the Destination disk. Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks. Finally, type endcli to close down the Shell.
DISK NOT WORKING?
We take every care to test the Coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back, including an SAE, for a free replacement to: Amiga Format (insert name of disk) Disk, DisCopy Labs Ltd, PO Box 21, Daventry, NN11 5RT Maxon Toiling incessantly to bring you the best software possible, David Taylor brings you Maxon Magic Lite, to customise your Amiga, as well as a new editor for the fab F1 Grand Prix game and three other utilities.
MAXON MAGIC LITE This program can transform your Workbench, adding effects Co all your operations.
It's incredibly simple to use. After you've loaded Workbench, double-click on the program icon. Maxon Magit fate sits quietly in the background... well, quietly unless you touch your Amiga, that is. If you do. It will start making a racket.
It chooses from various sound-samplcs and plays a different one, depending on your action, from typewriter-effects for the keyboard, to beeps, whistles, creaks and loads more for opening windows, closing them, launching programs, making mistakes, etc. It's better if you configure the program yourself, though, so that you get it making the sounds you want, when you want. To open the configuration window, you can either press the Hotkey (shift FI | or select it from the Tools menu on Workbench.
You can choose which type of screen-blanker you want. There are three modules to choose from: the Aquarium - an old favourite with fish swimming across your screen: Crazy Worms - ravenous worms eat away at your display; or Spotlights (my favourite) - where spotlights roam your screen picking out the icons.
You just need to click on the one you want. This screen allows you lo adjust the general options, such as mouse-acccleration, volume-settings and the time-delav before the blanker appears.
The Hotkey screen allows you to alter the keys you want to use to activate the program.
If you then choose the audio selection from the bottom, you'll see a whole new selection of choices. The first section covers events like opening windows. The keys selection gives you a choice of sounds for different sets of keys, like the function keys, Return, Space. Shift and number keys.
There is also the opportunity to select sounds when a specific program is launched, or at a certain, pre-determined time. The choice of sound is selected from the right-hand side of the window.
Any. Or indeed all. Of these effects can be turned on or olT, allowing you to choose exactly which actions you wish to cause Maxon to sound off.
FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX EDITOR _LG3Jitbl finiga Workbench 1,768,832 graphics nen 2,193,144 other nen Drivers Car Setups Lap Records Canera Views Car Control Standard Options In-Gane Prefs (Unregistered - F1GP-Ed is SHRREURRE!
?I lean Editor KjSn Tyrrell Utllians Footwork Jordan Pacific For realism. Ft Grand Prix has always been top- dog in the racing stakes. Although you have limited control over the game's preferences, most of the variables are preset by the game.
All that is to change when you use this new game editor. Although the editor runs separately, you still need the original game!
This disk can be booted directly. When H loads, you'll see a title screen. Click your mouse-button to clear this screen. When everything has loaded, double-click on the program to load it. The editor is split into three areas: file editors, memory patches and other.
In the first area, you can adjust most of the in-game set-up. You can edit the computer- controlled drivers and teams. To give you an idea of the amount of control you've got you can not only change the name of the engine that a team uses, but also change the colour of their car and even of their pit crew's uniforms!
So. As to bring everything under one roof, there's also control over the standard options, such as the auto-braking, automatic gears and controls set-ups.
You can up the frame rate of the display, reset the points awarded for places and adjust the fragility of the car. So that crashes do more or less damage (you decide which collisions do more damage; hitting the wall or another car).
For those who need help, you can opt for the cheat mode, so that you have driving aids.
The middle window has two patches in it that you can install to improve the game itself.
These patches add all sorts of things, ranging The editor is very easy to use, letting you adjust the game's settings and install game patches.
From real-time laptime updating, to buffered button-presses.
The third window has three more options, for control over sound, graphics and statistics.
TO use these features, you must register. Details of registration, as well as a more detailed guide to the editor can be found in the documentation. Also included the editor even are some example datafiles allows you to and a few other bits that can alter the colour be found in the Extras drawer, of the pH crew!
Magic Life You can also select lo have either the sound, or visual effects on their own.
Should you want to use some of your own samples, it's simple to do so. Maxim can use IFF samples, but they need placing in the sounds drawer and should be renamed with a .hsn suffix, e.g. boom.hsn. This version of Maxon Magic oilers most of the features of the full program, but doesn't have quite as many modules and has the Save function disabled. 'Zi INSTALLING YOUR DISK These programs have been archived to fit them on to this disk and cant be used directly, but don't worry. They do automatically unpack for you. All you need to do is have two spare disks ready, so that it can put the programs
on to them in a usable format.
The disks don't need to be formatted or emptied beforehand, but they must not contain anything that you want to keep.
Because all previous data will be deleted.
Simply boot the Coverdisk and follow the easy instructions on screen. You'll end up with two disks that you can use in the normal way.
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Despite fitting two great programs on to the disk, there was still some room left over and we couldn't bring ourselves to squander it. So, there's another three utilities for you, which you can find in their own drawer on the same disk as Maxon Magic Lite.
JJ.2JJJ.LI.SJ JU8JSJJ!JB1 jfjnjbjhlU UST j Puf | PM| MCDPLAYER If you've got a SCSI CD-ROM drive attached to your Amiga, then the chances are that you'd tike to be able to play your audio Cds with it as well. There are quite a few players around, but this is one of the easiest to set up and yet one of the very best.
It has all the features of a real CD-player, with the usual controls: Play, Pause. Skip, Fast Forward, Rewind, Stop and Eject but also has a comprehensive display: track no., track time played and remaining, total time played, total disk time and even the CD's ID number.
To set it to your hardware, you need to click once on the program's icon and then select 'Information' from the 'Icons' menu on Workbench. You need to set the device name to the one that your drive uses (read the CDO: file in your devs: drawer), e.g. SCSIDEV=gvpscsi.device. It also needs the SCSI ID number corrected (which will be noted in the same file in devs:).
Each time a CD is inserted, you can update a database which the program will maintain, so that the display will tell you all the information about the CD, artist and track being played. This catalogue is stored in the same directory as the program, unless you direct it elsewhere.
The font that the program uses can also be adjusted, but make sure you have copied the fonts from the program directory to your system's fonts drawer. The program is easy enough to use, but there is a guide supplied, should you need to refer to it.
ZGIF DATATYPE Datatypes are a pretty useful addition to the Workbench. With the correct libraries and OS, you can use them to view many different types of files in lots of programs. This is a GIF datatype that's very fast and very dependable.
Read the guide to see how to install it.
CLEAR RAM If you are the sort of person that tests a lot of programs, you soon find that your RAM disk gets cluttered with lots of rubbish. Getting rid of it all can be tricky, because you could end up deleting some of the preferences that are stored there.
This program is simple, but extremely useful. It clears the RAM disk of all programs and data, except the clipboards, env. And t directory, which are the standard directories that are always in RAM.
GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COVERDISK?
CALL 0191 584 0682 » Your Coverdisk should be working fine, but if it's not, these hints, tips and corrections should sort out the problem quickly and easily.
PIXEL 3D PRO (AF6S) Pixel 3D Pm is for use with a 3D rendering package. The created objects cannot be loaded into paint packages.
It is a very memoryintensive program, needing at least 1.7Mb of total memory and some must be Fast RAM The AF66 Coverdisk contains a patch which fools Pixel 3D Pro into thinking that you have Fast RAM even if you don't. Get a copy of AF-66 from Back Issues on page 133. Or call a PD library and ask for a program called Half n'Half which will do the job.
BARS&PIPES (AF71) Many readers have reported memory problems when trying to ran Bars&Pipes, or when trying to access the Ban&Pipes tool AmigaPhone. To increase the memory available , disable Workbench utilities that are running in the background, disable external disk drives and use Workbench Preferences to change screen mode to the lowest resolution and least colours possible.
Ban&Pipes should now load. Once running, use B&Ps Preferences menus to switch on all the memory savers. AmigaPhone should now work.
When you try to load the song Brandenburg Demo, the Amiga asks you to IN GENERAL Not all of the Coverdisk programs are self- booting. Some, like Bars&Pipes for instance, require you to load up Workbench before you can run them.
A large number of people regularly ruin their Coverdisks by decrunching the full Coverdisk programs and game demos over the top of the Coverdisks themselves, instead of on to blank disks. Often, this happens when they accidentally insert the wrong disk during the Coverdisk decrunching process.
To guard against this happening, as soon as you remove the Coverdisks from your magazine you should write-protect them - slide open the little tab in the top right-hand comer of the disk. Only when this is done should you follow the instructions for making back-up insert Volume Internal Sounds Kit I. It's an instruments disk not included on the Cioverdisk. Instead, make a copy of your API1A Coverdisk, rename it Internal Sounds Kit I and put it in the drive. Brandenburg will find some of the sounds that it needs in the instruments drawer on this disk, but not all.
Instruments whose sounds can't be loaded (cello for example), can be fixed by clicking on the .AmigaPhone icon at the end of their pipe and choosing a suitable replacement sample from the AF71A instruments drawer.
PEGGER & MAGIC STORYBOOK (AF72) In the magazine we tell you to name one of your blank disks Pcgget_Demo, but this is wTong - it should be called Pegger.
When you are prompted to "Please Insert Magic Disk", this does not refer to die Magic Storybook Coverdisk. But the formatted disk you have named Magic.
People with some 1.3 machines can't decompress the disks. Magic Storybook works, but it has to be decompressed: .Amiga 1.3 with two drives: Boot up with the Coverdisk in the internal drive, put your blank formatted disk in the external drive. When being told that RAM can't be accessed, type: lzx -x -F x magic.lzx dfl: This starts the decranching process. Once that has finished, tvpe: install dfl: copies of the Coverdisks and decranching the Coverdisk programs to blank disks. Make sure you rename a back-up copy of a Coverdisk to the same name as the original before using it.
FAULTY COVERDISKS.
As a rale, a Coverdisk which is genuinely defective causes error messages such as Read Write or Checksum Error when it (but not one of your own blank disks) is in the disk drive.
Not Enough Memory or Can't Open Such&such.library errors are almost always generated by something other than a damaged Coverdisk. Check that you've followed all of the instructions, and that the program is intended to work on your particular system. If the problem persists call the Coverdisk Helpline before you send the disk off to DisCopy Labs.
Single drive 1.3 Amiga: Bool with your Workbench disk, go to the System drawer and start die CLI tool. Make sure you have your formatted disk called Magic. Write-protect your Coverdisk and Workbench disk. Now, type the following, swapping disks as requested: copy af72a:lzx RAM: copy af72a:Magic.!zx RAM: copy af72a:c install RAM: cd RAM: Remove Workbench and insert the blank disk.
If. After entering the next line, a requester asks for Workbench back, click on Cancel, lzx -x -F x magic.lzx magic: install dfO: Now reset the machine. Magic Stoiybook will now load and ran.
DATASTORE (AF68) Although not mentioned on the disk, Datastore needs at least Workbench 2 to work, as do the majority of serious Amiga software nowadays.
For around £90 you can upgrade to the latest version, (3.1). If you think that's too much to spend on an ageing A500, there is another option. Most dealers will replace your Kickstart 1.3 ROM with a 2.1 ROM for less than £30.
If you fancy doing it yourself. 2.1 Kickstart ROM chips can be bought from mail order for as little as £22. A small price to pay to bring the machine into the Nineties. © COVERDISK HELPLINE The Coverdisk Helpline (0191 584 0682) is there to help you, but before you call, make sure you have the answers to the following questions:
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• If you are getting an error message, what precisely does it
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0121 5004085 AF GUIDE TO BUYING MAIL ORDER TEN STEPS TO SAFETY When you're buying from any mail order company, follow these Amiga Format guidelines: 1 Before you send any money for goods, ring the supplier to make sure the item you require is in stock. Ask questions about the company's policy on delivery and returns of faulty equipment. Make sure there are no hidden costs such as postage and packaging.
Find out when you can realistically expect to receive your goods.
2 Always read the small print on advertisements.
3 Beware companies that do not include their address on their adverts. Avoid companies which do not answer or return your calls.
4 The best method of payment is by credit card. If ordering goods of more than £100 in total value, you are legally entitled to claim compensation from some credit companies if the retailer goes bust. Check your credit card company's policy. You can also try to get extra insurance in advance.
AMIGA PERIPHERALS AMITEK FUSION GENLOCK AMITEK EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE - ALL AMIGAs AMITEK A500 500+ TV MODULATOR EXCHANGE REFURBISHED TU MODULATOR ONLY £l 5* ai 5 If you're not paying by credit card, pay by cheque. Never send cash and avoid postal orders.
6 Keep records. If you are buying by credit card, keep a note of the time of the order and ask for an order number. When ordering over the telephone, always double-check the price.
7 If you are sending a cheque, keep a note of the cheque number, the date and the exact value. Make sure you know the name of the mail order company.
8 When you receive your goods, check them carefully. If anything is missing or faulty, contact the supplier immediately.
9 Always order from the most recent issue of Amiga Format.
1 a Pr°blem arises, contact I w the supplier in the first instance. Calmly and politely tell them your problem. Most problems turn out to be minor hitches or misunderstandings that can easily be resolved. If you think you have a genuine grievance, contact your local Trading Standards Officer. The number is in the phone book.
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PLUS: There is really only one word to describe next month's serious Coverdisk, and that word is... BRILLIANCE ...which is accompanied by an exclusive booklet to help you get the most out of the software.
Issue 76 On sale Thursday, 31st August RESERVE YOUR COPY OF SAVE Cut out this form or photocopy it and then hand it in to your newsagent Please reserve deliver Amiga Format magazine each month.
SEPTEMBER 1995 Phone No . To the newsagent: Amiga Format is published by Future Publishing.
Tel: 01225 442244.
AMIGA FORMATFORUM Could you see your Amiga as a notorious Madonna, a hip-rolling Elvis, or a smarmy Bruce Forsyth?
Believe it or not, some readers can.
Welcome back my friends, to the Forum that never ends. Or something like that... You may recall that a few months ago we asked you the following question: lot of houses at Christmas". Don't look at me. I'm not going to tell him. Thank you for that. Stephen.
“Elvis!," chonised Nick Donnelly of Ely and Soren Ladegaard of Denmark.
“Both have impersonators; all inferior, pretenders to the throne of the King," said a bullish Nick, while Soren added: “He was something new and revolutionary. He came up with a new way of playing music. People are very loyal to F.lvis - even after his death, millions of people listen to his music".
And yes, bodi Nick and Soren are aware that the King is dead, but both For next month, can I ask AF readers to consider the following: “What has been your bcst worst funniest experience in a computer shop?” You could win an AF sweatshirt if your entry is published. Write your thoughts down and post them to: Format Forum, AMIGA Formal, 30 Monmouth Street.
Bath. Avon BA1 2BW within the next few weeks. Or. You can fax me on 01633 896087. See vou next month. O “If the Amiga was a famous person, who would it be? And why?” Now there is a question.
Think of the noble, the great, the creative geniuses who have lived throughout history. Think of someone who has brought pleasure to and enriched the lives of millions. Someone who has created great wealth (although not for himself) and allowed others to benefit from his unique abilities.
Think of someone who rose above, outlived and outperformed his peers.
Think of all those things and which one- person springs to mind? Who is the embodiment of the whole Amiga ethos?
"Screaming Lord Sutch," according to Michael David of Peterborough.
“Everyone knows him, everyone loves him and he has minimal support with everyone going with the PC! Instead. He has also had some money-trouble."
Hmm, reasonably argued, but not quite who I had in mind, Michael.
“Bruce Forsyth," suggested Dekkor Lawton of Crewe. “Because, like the Amiga, he's multi-talented, stylish and entertaining [??!! - F.d]. He'll be with us for the next generation and can play games... Good games, good games!" Er, tight. Again, not perhaps die most obvious of candidates, though.
"Madonna," claims Marcus Goodwin of Gosport. I'm not convinced; tell us your reasons, Marcus.
“She has been going for years; always changing her image; she's number One; she will be around in ten years time and all the men love her." Do they? I'm not too sure about that, Marcus. Kate Bush perhaps... Stephen Wilkinson says: “Father Christmas. They have so much in common. They've both been around a while, are loved by a lot of people in a lot of places and diey both drop in on a Who is the embodiment of the whole Amiga ethos?
Believe the Amiga, at least, will enjoy a glorious resurrection and reclaim its rightful place.
“Gary Linekar," said John Emmett of London. "He was brutally removed from the field of play in bis prime, thanks to stupid and inept management who didn't understand, or capitalise, on his strengths."
Ah. Now we're getting somewhere.
“Nobody has got a bad word to sav about him and he could have carried on a lot longer at the top." Indeed he could have, but he wasn't terribly useful in the music and graphics departments, though, was he?
I can see it now... the Commodore Leonardo.
Finally, Michael Maybury of Merseyside insists there can be only one answer and I tend to agree with him: “Leonardo Da Vinci, because, like the Amiga, Leonardo w-as an artist, a sculptor, an inventor and a genius. He was many years ahead of his time and brilliant in so many different fields."
That will do for me. Yes, I can see it now... the Commodore Leonardo. Ah, what a missed opportunity...
P. S. If John Emmett of London wants his AF sweatshirt, he should
send in his address as soon as possible.
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Top flesh-exploding action as the Doom- clone we demanded arrives with a big gun It hasn’t escaped our notice that while many large games companies are producing games, all the innovative titles seem to come from small independent publishers. Join us and you may find out why... Could this be the technology which finally kills the floppy disk?
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