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The death of the low-end Macintosh has ramifications for the Amiga in that main buyers will not bother looking any further than Acer or... Escom machines. And this, obviously means that more and more people will be pouring into Escom shops with Pcs in mind (and even If they don’t they The death of the low-end Macintosh has ramifications for the Amiga In that main buyers will not bother looking any further than Escom machli will have after five minutes with a friendly salesman). The chances are that the prices of Pcs will drop initially in order to catch the people who would have been buying Macs If they were available. Increasingly, you will find that the Amiga will be overlooked In terms of Its competitive power because: "Well the Mac failed didn't It? So how can the Amiga hope to compete?" Okay, so this is a worse ase scenario, and I'm feeling a little down in the mouth since (trying to) giving up smoking. Maybe there are up sides? What are Motorola going to do with all the low-end PPC chips for a start? They are going to have to get rid of them somehow. With no low- priced Macs in the shops (whatever did happen to those fabulously powerful clones we heard so much about in the press?) Maybe some people, with limited budgets will turn to the Amiga as the only viable option - although this does rely on Amigas appearing In the shops In the first place, and this means that we have to rely on Escom who have a vested interest In Pcs. I think this calls for some radical action. It’s time for Mac and Amiga owners to pool some resources, share some knowledge and ensure that there is at least some competition to the monolithic PC. Contact Tim Smith on Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and gashead@team 17.com The opinions expressed here are not always those of Amiga Format. As predicted by Amiga Format, the big squeeze is on in the computer and videogame entertainment sectors.

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(T- RCH 1996 CONTENTS Introduction 69 71 wcs This rendering system is taking 3D landscaping onto the next level. Graeme Sandiford previews version Two.
72 76 79 81 86 Siamese System There were some that said it couldn't be done and 96 r3 r 106 Amiga Tech.
Launch "net" bundle.
Page 11 Viscorp tie up licensing deal.
Page 12 Digita expand their family.
Page 13 Bit.Movie looms.
Page 14 Softwood have stream-lined their popular and incredibly powerful word processor. Now we've given you your own copy - find out how to use it with this helpful tutorial.
Blitz Basic 2.1 The best-loved development package for the Amiga receives a much needed update, as John Kennedy finds out.
Steve McGill addresses the equipment question in the first of our regular columns on computer aided video.
A CD-ROM full of Cloanto's programs - surely it should be called Cloanto's Greatest Hits?
Real 3D tutorial John Kennedy introduces another informative tutorial Digital Universe John Kennedy prepares to take his Amiga beyond the CD-ROM Find out what new CD's are worth buying and which Multimedia Experience David Taylor takes a look at the first new multimedia Join Graeme Sandiford as his quest for Amiga knowledge takes him to the bookstore.
Final frontier with a brand new astronomy program.
Others that said it shouldn't, but it has anyway.
Explaining how to get the most out of the Tools.
Authoring package to come out in a long time.
Ones you should stay away from.
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Final Writer 4 lite Create your very own literary masterpieces and design all manner of DTP documents with this fully-working version of Softwood's powerful and flexible word processor. P124 page 99 ihBHIr To support last month's Jjr excellent coverdisk, this Wr issue we begin a new series F on developing software using Blitz Basic 2.1, which should spur you on to greater things. We also have the review of the full version of the software on page 72.
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up, manufacturers shed jobs . . . . Pi2 Date set for the Bitmovie festival .pl4 Q 2 Q a Q Q m Amiga Technologies make bold strides into the burgeoning new Internet market.
J THE SURF SOFTWARE MINDWALKER: The browsing software is the most important part of the bundle, if only because it will always be highest profile. This previously unreleased version of Mindwalker (formally known as Voyager) is fully compliant with current HTML codes, including compatibility with many Netscape extensions.
The programmers have overcome the problems with earlier browsers, and now forms, searches and hotlinks work reliably.
AS 225 rev2: This is a completely rebuilt implementation of the AmiTCP software, which deals with the protocols for transmitting and receiving data across the Internet.
AMIRC: is Internet Relay Chat client software, allowing the Amiga owner to participate in real time chats and discussion forums.
AMFTP: This FTP client works, in conjunction with MUI, as a file manager for transferring software and other files from remote sites to the host computer.
Voodoo: An e-mail manager which is the first Amiga package to support the MIME standard for encoded binary files, which means you can send messages with binary attachments.
MUI 3.2: The customisable GUI utility which provides flexible, cusomisable user interfaces. Most of the other software was developed using MUI.
8 o PAGE 72 Amiga Technologies have reaffirmed their commitment to the Amiga market with the release of a new bundle. Aimed squarely at the "specialist" field of net access, the Amiga bundle is the first ever niche-targeted sales campaign for the Amiga.
Based around the Amiga Magic HD bundle, it also includes a 14,400bps modem and a suite of six software packages to seamlesslv handle Internet access. Even at the price of US$ 720 (around £470) this is still, comfortably, the cheapest available plug and play bundle.
One reason the Amiga has not. Up until now. Been seen as a viable, cost effective way to access the Internet is the lack of commercial software. There is plenty of sof tware available in the public domain, but setting it up usually requires some rudimentary knowledge of how the Internet works. The launch of this bundle easily circumvents this obstacle bv
• » providing the software in a ready to run state - all that is
needed is the number of a local service provider, and a special
deal, ironically with IBM. Gives all purchasers 100 hours of
free connection time.
The software also silences the critics who reckon the Amiga isn ’t capable of dealing with intensive graphical activity, like browsing on the World Wide Web. The Browser software included can handle HTML I. HTMI.2 and proposed HTML14 features, plus most of the proprietory extensions created by Netscape.
What remains to be seen is how the bundle will be marketed. Although llie bundle should have huge appeal to Internet wannabees, unless thev know of it's existence, thev won’t know to V buy one. It will certainly need more of a push than the Amiga Magic bundle received and Lscom will have to look carefully at the way the product is being handled in their own High Street stores.
The new bundle will shortly be followed by the “surfkit", a software and modem pack for existing Amiga owners, tentatively priced at around £125. A software onlv bundle is also planned, but no pricing details are available vet.
"Instead of worrying about opening Amiga libraries, defining screens and writing file handling utilities you can load and display an image or an animation with a few, powerful commands"
- John Kennedy gets very Blitzed BLITZ BASIC (T- MARCH 1996 NEWS
D | The Smith Column |EZI| 5 Windows £ ¦ ml Sometime in January
of this year Apple Computer announced Job cuts which could put
one In four of their current employees out of work and the fact
that It was pulling out of the low-end Mac market. "Yippee!"
You might think, you might even say it, "that's another
mega-corporation biting the dust. More validation for us!". You
might even follow this up with an evil cackle as you hunch your
back and turn back to the screen of your A1200.
On the other hand of course, this piece of news might knock you back a little bit because you will realise that, with Apple out of the picture, the world is at the mercy of the IBM PC and, perhaps even more distressing, Microsoft and Windows '95.
This in turn could make you fall to your bended knees and beseech the deities as follows: "Why oh why Is It that, on a scale of innovation to some old tat that was knocked out to make a quick buck, the low end of the scale always seems to win? What is It about big business that seems to mean that innovation Is spoken as some kind of mantra when It comes to selling things, but is used as a strange hippie cousin when It comes to producing the goods themselves?"
The death of the low-end Macintosh has ramifications for the Amiga in that main buyers will not bother looking any further than Acer or... Escom machines. And this, obviously means that more and more people will be pouring into Escom shops with Pcs in mind (and even If they don’t they The death of the low-end Macintosh has ramifications for the Amiga In that main buyers will not bother looking any further than Escom machli will have after five minutes with a friendly salesman). The chances are that the prices of Pcs will drop initially in order to catch the people who would have been buying
Macs If they were available.
Increasingly, you will find that the Amiga will be overlooked In terms of Its competitive power because: "Well the Mac failed didn't It? So how can the Amiga hope to compete?" Okay, so this is a worse ase scenario, and I'm feeling a little down in the mouth since (trying to) giving up smoking.
Maybe there are up sides? What are Motorola going to do with all the low-end PPC chips for a start? They are going to have to get rid of them somehow. With no low- priced Macs in the shops (whatever did happen to those fabulously powerful clones we heard so much about in the press?) Maybe some people, with limited budgets will turn to the Amiga as the only viable option - although this does rely on Amigas appearing In the shops In the first place, and this means that we have to rely on Escom who have a vested interest In Pcs.
I think this calls for some radical action. It’s time for Mac and Amiga owners to pool some resources, share some knowledge and ensure that there is at least some competition to the monolithic PC.
Contact Tim Smith on gashead@clx.compullnk.co.uk and gashead@team 17.com The opinions expressed here are not always those of Amiga Format.
As predicted by Amiga Format, the big squeeze is on in the computer and videogame entertainment sectors.
Over supply of product and ever narrowing profit margins have taken their toll on many manufacturers, publishers, distributors and software developers.
Sega has recently announced the loss of up to 50 jobs in its European and UK operation with more job losses expected from its other continental subsidiaries.
Nintendo has already all but closed down its l!K base due to heavy losses. 3DO Europe has reduced the size of its European base. Atari have laid off 20 staff, lost their US boss and millions of dollars in the process.
Apple reported losses of $ 69 million in its first quarter (ending December 29) and forecast further operating losses in the present quarter. Coupled with a $ 125 million restructuring charge, the beleaguered company expects to lay off one in four of its present employees.
The Dow Jones plummeted 165 points on the 9th and 10th January (3.2%), the most severe fall in four years. Leading the fall were technology stocks, Adobe Systems. Symantec, Apple, Motorola and numerous others. Intel suffered a 10% cut in share price as record breaking trading of 68.5 million of its shares on the Nasdaq market took place.
The biggest rises lay in Internet stocks. Netscape, the company which produces one of the best known Internet browsers floated at $ 28 a share on August 9th 1995 - it presently trades at $ 145 a share and earnings are 600 times those of 1995.
With the Shadow Heritage Secretary, Chris Smith, pronouncing the Internet to be “as significant as the printing press" there's clearly room for enterprising companies to stake their claim in the imagination of politicians and the general public alike.
The potential markets including education, information, and entertainment arc- huge. Over £1 billion was wiped off the price of cable company shares when Tony Blair announced in October '95 that, if elected, he would let British Telecom compete directly against them.
The significance of this shouldn’t escape Amiga Technologies or Escom.
Correctly priced, specified, and marketed, there’s a fortune to be made. The Surfer pack is a step in the right direction, but whether Amiga Technologies have the muscle to make it succeed remains to be seen.
Viscorp first to license Amiga Technologies have succeeded with another of their stated ambitions - licensing Amiga technology to other manufacturers. The company in question is Chicago based interactive TV equipment developer. Visual Informations Services Corp. (Viscorp).
Viscorp have been developing a “set-top box" unit which will allow consumers to access a whole range of new media experiences from the comfort ol lli«*ir living rooms. Du* unit, called F.I). should provide networked games playing, electronic hanking, home shopping and voice “chat” services as well as full Internet access. Viscorp view the Amiga technology as vital to the successful implementation of this unit.
By employing the sophisticated Amiga chip set, Viscorp will have the ability to provide a complex set-top appliance with multi-tasking functions to affordably integrate the I A’ set, phone line and network service providers. This ability is not yet offered or av ailable through existing sy stems” claimed Jerome Greenberg, Viscorp s chairman.
¦ ? The Bradford Column[PHIEr3!
Wordworth 5 now includes an Arexx port - one of the most desired features according to their user research.
R i i i i i i i Name .. address 410 I I The reality is always different from your assumptions, and you discover it was a bunch of normal guys all along"
- can anyone guess what Jason is on about?
Amiga I I I I Tel: Please tide this boa if you do NOT want to receive more information on Sadeness NFA products J DRAWING A WAGE PAGE 28 port which not only makes creating your own macros easy, it has enabled Digita to supply a number of “wizards" to help newcomers to word processing get started with the program. As with most other Digita products Wordworth now’ has a Librarian for storing often used text. It also has font effects, style sheets, background printing, new table converting options and a fast HP Laseijet driver.
Fhe other products have been similarly upgraded and you can expect reviews of them other the next couple of issues. If you want to find out more about any of these programs call Digita on 01395 270 273 or email: info@digita.demon.co.uk. Super CD giveaway!
Digita's new family In a combined promotion with Sadeness PD, we are pleased to be able to offer 10 copies of the smash Sadeness NFA CD release, “The AGA Experience The CD contains over 600Mb of software specifically for A1200 and A4000 owners, including loads of slideshows, images, Klondike card sets, games, utilities, demos and fonts.
All you have to do is fill out the » coupon below and send it to: NFA Giveaway, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street.
Bath BA1 2BW After a period of frenetic activity Digita International lias made several updates to its popular line of products. The lineup includes Wordworth 5, Dntastore 2 and Money Matters 4 all of which have been improved upon.
Foremost among these is Wordworth .5, which has several new features and enhancements. The most notable of these is an Arexx Woiffworth S © 1996 C Even assuming Amiga b Technologies do actually release their much-touted CD-ROM drive y t add-on this year and, perhaps ™ more importantly, an A1200 with CD-ROM as standard, there is a certain amount of scepticism within the trade as to whether it will be a success or not.
Retailers wonder who on earth will buy a drive which has no software.
Yes, yes, I know, there are oodles of CD titles, but the vast majority of them bypass the retail channel altogether and are sold direct from the manufacturer to the consumer.
Leaving aside the somewhat dubious trading morality for now ("why should we pass on a cut to retailers?”), it saddens me that so many of these companies seem unable to appreciate the long-term consequences of their actions.
Surely having their products on local dealers shelves will:
a) Increase exposure to the public.
B) Help to build confidence in the Amiga market (both retailers
and customers).
C) Encourage dealers to stick with the format.
In case you feel that c). Is not particularly Important, consider this: Who did Amiga Tech. Assume would sell most of the 60,000 units earmarked for the UK? Not Dixons. Currys. PC World or Comet but independent computer retailers - in conjunction with Tandy and Escom.
Sadly, it seems not enough indies could muster enough enthusiasm to get involved and the multiples concerned had other priorities.
There is a whole bundle of other reasons why so many indies were impervious to the Amiga's charms but one of the objections which could easily have been overcome was the perceived lack of software support from publishers.
When did you last see any of Digita's excellent productivity packages on a retailers shelf? Or Imagine? Or Lightwave?
Even Blitz Basic originally sold 'off the page’, though thankfully It is now available from dealers.
You are obviously aware of the Importance of the above titles, but you may be surprised to hear that even some Amiga-supporting dealers would look puzzled If you tried to order any of them through him.
For the long term good of the Amiga market I believe it is essential that ‘flagship* products like these, plus everything else still being produced, Is at least offered to dealers. Because if they're not selling machines, through their mistaken belief that there is no software support, where are the publishers new customers going to come from? Eh? Eh?
Contact Dale Bradford by fax on 01633 896087.
Who did Amiga Tech.
Assume would sell most off the 60,000 units earmarked for the UK?
I I I I I niblets HILLSEA LIDO B7 MAIL ONLY In last month's review of Hlllsea Lido we neglected to mention that the game was only available by direct mail order from Vulcan. Their address is: Vulcan Software Limited, Vulcan House. 72 Queens Road. Buckland, Portsmouth. Hants P02 7NA.
Tel: 01705 670269. The game costs £12.99 OCTAMID SOUNDSTUDIO ON-LINE As OctaMED SoundStudlo nears completion. Its creators have gone on-line with a website: http: www.compullnk.co.uk -OctaMED . RBF Software also welcome questions about SoundStudio and other OctaMED software at their email address: rbsoft@cix.compullnk.co.uk. EXPRESS YOURSELF If you have a gift for words and an interest In technology, you have the chance to earn some money by writing about what you love. Poetry Now is putting together an anthology of poems entitled The World of Technology. Published contributors will be paid
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AMOS PRO POWER-UP Bllttersoft are now distributing the AMOS Pro OS Devkit which will provide several extra functions for a cost of £49.95. Some of the features include; multitasking, DataTypes, DOS functions. Workbench functions. Localization and several graphics display methods. To find out more call Bllttersoft on: 01908 261466.
3. 5-INCH WONDER A1200-owners who want to fit cheap 3.5-lnch hard
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The JTS 850 is a slimline drive that will fit inside a
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NEWS It's Showtime!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 from 4th to some of the best computer graphics will be on show in Riccione at Bit.Movie ’96. This computer graphics competition is held vearlv and has several
* categories for all types of users and machines.
There are five categories in all which include; 21), 31).
The quality of entries is never interactive multimedia less than wonderful. , and VRML.
The show has always been well supported by the Amiga and many of the winning entries over the years have been produced on this machine. Unfortunately the closing date for entries this year has already gone.
But the show is definitely worth a look.
* Rules are quite simple, you can enter two categories and only
Ami gas, Macs or Pcs can be used.
There are also cash prizes to be had as well as the opportunity to thrash PC and Mac animators and artists. You can still enter next year's competition by requesting an application form and rules booklet from: Bit.Movie '96 contest - Via Bergamo, 2 47036 Riccione (Rn) - tel. 0039 541 643016. You can also visit the BitMovie website at: http: www.cli.di.unipi.it bitmovie. No really, LightWave 4 is actually here, the final CD- ROM-only version is already shipping in the States and by the time you read this we will already be fiddling with a copy.
Among the new features the most notable will probably be the addition of inverse kinematics which enables the easy creation of jointed figures or mechanical systems. There is also a new plug-in system enable the addition of fully integrated new add-ons from third party developers.
If you are looking for examples of what can be done with this excellent 3D rendering package, then keep your eyes peeled on Sky One as they will be starting a series of Hercules and Space: Above and Beyond in February.
You can obtain a copy of LightWave 4 from Activa UK & Anti Gravity Products on 0181 402 5770. You may also want to visit Newtek's web and FTP sites at the following locations: http: www.newtek.com and ftp: ftp.newtek.com. Amiga Format’s Top Ten Reasons to buy a... modem "The aforementioned game managed to underwhelm the industry and the game buying public with its lacklustre tables, non- too-responsive flippers and flaccid gameplay
- McGill gets stuck in to Previews Increase the awareness of the
Amiga among the On- Line community. The Amiga needs help these
You'll Ik* able to set up an E-Mail account.
Keep in touch with a global link.
They’re fun, informative, and educational. - That’s what Graeme tells his mum.
Share resources with sof tware developers.
Two heads are better than one.
Netscape is currently the most popular browser in the world, but not yet on the Amiga.
Free software availability through access to Aminet and Bulletin Boards.
Opens up business opportunities previously inaccessible. Creates advantages Increases your contacts and social circle. (You’re more likely to meet like minded people) Direct access to Amiga related information and advice. Only a phone call away.
Play link option games with your mates.
Even in different houses.
You can play network games with anyone in the world. That includes your Gran.
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Processing power is certainly one of them, as anyone who has ever played Breathless or tried to render a Lightwave anim will tell you - join us in our quest for more power... - V he one major driving force in the computer industry must be progress. However progress is a harsh and demanding mistress and in order to survive computers must become bigger and better or be left on the scrap heap like the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Atari ST. The one common and important factor that all progressive computer platforms share is an increase in speed.
..continued overleaf The 68060 is the last in a long line of very popular Motorola processors, which have powered the Amiga since the word go. Here are some other members of the family.
68000 * The original Grandaddy of the 68k processor series, this chip heralded a new age of Complex Instruction Set Computer technology. As well as being able to handle 16-bit mathematics, it even included processor instruction for multiplying and dividing.
It was the fast 16-bit technology which gave computer manufacturers like Atari, Commodore and Apple the power to create a whole new concept in Graphical User Interfaces. The 68000 made the Amiga possible and it is still in service today.
Below: the Motorola '040 - scrummy!
68010 - A successor to the 68000, the 68010 provided little more than a marginal speed increase, and set a precedent for future Motorola chip development - even multiples of ten were revolutionary designs, odd ones were evolutionary - basically a clean up of the design of the preceding model.
68020 - The 68020 was far more revolutionary and was up to four times faster than the original 68000. Much of this speed increase was due to more efficient pipework and very fast data and instruction caches, relieving the processor of some of the bottleneck caused by local bus networking.
68030 - Another evolutionary design, the 68030 provided dramatic speed increases over the 68020 More accurate production methods meant that clock speeds could be pushed up to 50MHz, increasing the processing speed still further.
Possibly the most elegant of the series.
68040 - Although radically improved, and capable of hitting 20MIPS, the '040 had problems. Changes in cache design made backwards compatibility suspect in many uses, not just on the Amiga. But the speed came at a price. Early '040s were selling at over $ 1200 dollars - the failure rate and production costs of such precision engineering were in some ways, beginning to outweigh the benefits.
VC68O2ORC2O0 2A70N8752 Above: The small, but well-formed 68020 at the heart of the A1200.
Speeds up the operation of the by allowing Chip RAM to be exclusively for display there's your first tip - the to increase the performance of Amiga is to add some Fi will virtually double its I i nrv FMUL 1 FAST... If you are looking for a speed increase then you alreadv thinkii accelerator Trouble is il from it is bard best for you. Fi you'll be using is little point in an '060 acccl.
To play POWERPC AND THE AMIGA Mg ft Wtwiwr'IC IpBr,?
Iai mfm wf-iiw .iwaw1. mil Ilia if |J | | Mi have a clock speed ol SOM .nhbtantinllv lhan ihr performance in MIPS which the number of millions of per second the machine is processing. An 030 card may performance of just under 10 which Ls. When compared with a standard machine’s 1.33, quite impressive.
EVEN FASTER... However if you're really working your machine by performing complicated raytracing projects or even working professionally then you’U want it as fast as possible. Right now the ultimate in high-speed processors for the Amiga is the ‘060 chip. Previously this power was only available to owners of big box fep that's right the next generation of the Amiga will be based on the PowerPC processor. You're probably wondering what the PowerPC processor is and what it will mean to the Amiga. Well, it's actually quite exciting as the major computer manufacturers are actually agreeing on a
standard - the PowerPC architecture.
Motorola, Apple and IBM have decided on a standard that will enable manufacturers to build machines that are compatible with each other. Information on this multiplatform standard is freely available and any developer of software or hardware can download the information they need to produce PowerPC compatible products.
Don't panic this doesn't mean the Amiga as we know it is dead and that we'll all have to grow beards and use Windows '95. Far from it this is a great development that will be crucial to the Amiga's survival.
One of the special things about the PowerPC processor is that it is very good at emulating other processors which is why it can be used on PC. Amiga and the Mac platforms. This means that it shouldn't be too difficult to make the new Amigas backward compatible with existing machines.
However that's not all of it - not only will Amigaowners get the best of both worlds (or three to be more accurate) - the PowerPC is one gnarly piece of hardware.
This RISC processor is incredibly powerful and is designed with special attention to floating point operations. The first of the PowerPC chips planned to be incorporated into the Amiga, the 603e, has a performance level that is almost twice that of P75 Pentium. So far from spelling the end of the Amiga, the PowerPC will open a doorway to more power and more applications.
To find out more about the PowerPC platform visit the Motorola Website at: http: www.mot.com powerpc alter 0 wei'kenc! The not so hot that his is an maj'-rilyol ttic 1 are likely to use mm FAST of fractal. 3D end reflection routines.
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Polishing it oft in BENCHMARKS Unfortunately most of the benchmark programs currently available tend to become a tad confused when trying to get accurate speed estimates. This is because the routines need to be adopted to the '060. Instead we performed some more practical benchmarks of our own in "real-world" programs.
The first test is a Lightwave 3.5 rendering of the texture examples scene supplied with Lightwave. The camera settings were a resolution of 752*576 with realistic, trace reflection and trace refraction on. A Blizzard 1230 IV did this in 36 mins 27 secs, a A4000 040 in 29 mins 55 secs and the Blizzard 1260 in 7 mins 42 secs.
The second was a l VCS render. The 1260 finished in 1 hour 26 mins 30 secs, the A4000 in 1 hour 59 mins 45 secs and we had to put the 1230 out of its misery in order to make this review's deadline.
Lastly a 640*512 image was given a gaussian blur of 12 pixels in Photogenics. The 1230 took 36 mins 57 secs, the A4000 18 mins 56 secs and the 1260 a mere 4 mins 52 secs.
• r* • This seen* looks beautiful, but I suspect it will bring
the 1230 out in a sweat just looking at it - it took nearly an
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Processors (particularly useful for 3D calculations), CyberGunrdwhich is similar in function to Enforcer and CyberSuooper which is a developer tool that reports on the calls made hv software on the processor.
However, there are a few compatibility problems. Namely with the current version of the Squirrel interface, several games and the Mic ronics tower system. Fortunately the a a technical bodies at HiSoft and Micronics are confident of finding a solution, and the the ‘060 can be turned off by holding down the "2" key on boot-up for fixing problems with games.
Another problem that may affect a limited number of potential buyers (myself included) is that the main board cannot accept double-sided SIMMs.
However a SCSI II interface will soon be available and that will accept double- sided SIMMs and enable you to add up to 128Mb in addition to the maximum ol 6-1 Mb on-board for a total 192Mb.
By the way, the board also accepts 36-bil SIMMs although the}*, as well as plain old 32-bit ones, need to be 70ns or faster.
In conclusion, while £600 is more than a standard A1200 costs, the Blizzard is definitely worth purchasing because it will transform your humble Amiga into a viable graphics station or any other high-end use that voir might want to put it to.
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SERIOUSLY inal Writer Lite is certainly one of the most exc
iting coverdisks of recent times (at least as good as last
months excellent Blitz Basic package). So. Over the coming
months. I am going to show you the ins and outs of the
software, demonstrating even if you are an old hand with Amiga
word processors there’s bound to be something you hadn't come
To start off, we will be looking at the most basic unit of a wordpro document - the words.
So start up your coverdisk and get going... Take control of your coverdisk.as Nick Veitch hosts a new series showing you how to create impressive documents.
Some of its most powerful features and showing you just w hat you and your Amiga are capable of doing.
Don’t worry if you don’t know very much to
* a start off with. I’m sure we'll be covering topics which
everyone will get sonic benefit from and Final Writer Lite -
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selecting different typefaces, you can mix different styles and
fonts within your document. It is a good idea not to go
overboard though, and really you should not be using more than
two or three fonts in any one document.
Note that although the font can generate any point size, you cannot use it in bold or italic styles. If you choose either of these styles, the displayed font will not change. You need proper bold and italic versions of the font for this.
Project Edit View Section Final Writer Lite - Cover Disk Type Paragraph.
Section Poge- Apply Style Bullet Hanging Indent Indent Right Indent Left Page Break Insert Item Update Item You can change the font size, style and colour of any text you have already created by selecting it (drag the cursor over the text while holding down the left mouse button) and choosing the Type menu again. You can select words, lines and paragraphs by multiple clicking Always going back to the Type requester and remembering what font in what size and style you used is tedious. For this reason. Fine! Writer allows you to define styles which you can apply to any selected text.
This is a powerful feature, so we will spend some time exploring it.
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and just about anything else. For advanced use of Finel Writer,
the paragraph styles are just as important as the font styles,
so experiment with these settings.
When you define a new style, this window will appear. You should find some default styles are already here - you can remove styles by selecting them and clicking on "remove”. To create a style, click on the "new" button. Attributes can then be set via the buttons on the right.
Nnai writer Lite - Cover Disk Hnal Writer Lite - Cover Disk This is a title This is o salon name Ths so tope ncme This is sub topic 1 Thus is sub topic 2 This is bcdy text This is indents body This isosetfon none This so tope ncne Ths s sit tope 1 Ths s sub tope 2 Ths s bcdy text Ths s inderted body OK v | Conoel I noln When you are creating a document, you will probably find it easier to write the text first in a font style you can easily read, and style It afterwards. Although you won’t see how the document will appear while writing, you will be able to easily read what you have written.
To apply a style, first select the text using the dick and drag or multiple click method described earlier. You can then apply one of your styles by choosing Apply Style from the menu. A dialog box will then appear - select the appropriate style by double-clicking on it.
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get tedious, you will also find a style list on the top
function bar. Simply hold down the left mouse button and move
the mouse up and down through the list to select a style.
Incidentally, it is a good idea to print out a list like the
one shown for reference.
If you would rather access the styles from the side bar. You can create a new button to access “Apply styles". Choose General Preferences from the menu and click on the button folder. Drag across an icon from the bar on the left, to the window in the centre... Finol Writer Lite - Cover Disk Finol Writer Lit* - Cover Disk
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3LIU IU For real speed though, the best thing to do is assign a
function key. In the "Define Style" requester click on "FKey"
and you will now see a list of key combinations. Highlight the
one you want to use and click on "Okay". Now you can change
styles without using the mouse!
Click on the Select button and you will see a full selection of menu functions - choose "Apply Style". When you go back to the main screen, you will see the new button. Click on it and you will get the same requester as if you had chosen "Apply Style" from the menu.
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least you have seen how flexible the software is.
But it can be hard to remember what key does what. Fortunately, there is yet another way to change styles. From the Gen. Preferences window, click on "Display". In the bottom left you will see three buttons under the heading "Palette windows".Turn the Styles button on.
Final Writer Lite - Cover Disk This is a section name This is a topic name This is sub KB * This is sub topic 2 This is bodv text_ crainnrcnm Next month in the Masterclass, we'll be looking at Master pages and how to use them effectively to take the hard work out of common documents. See you then.
Don't forget that the styles apply to paragraphs, not just the selected text. To change a single word or part of a paragraph, you will have to choose the new font size and so on from the type menu.
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The creative streak will survive until machine intelligence Finally takes over.
The artist is a link in this creative chain.
He knows not where his talent will eventually lead him.
With increases in graphics capability so sprang from the egg... the computer artist. He likes how his work glows on the screen, how he can change absolutely everything upon a whim. He directs the energy through the machine, aiming to craft original work, in our case, into a games environment; which at best is entertaining and inspirational but at worst a complete mess of crap programming and crap art, scoring two percent in an Amiga Power review.
It's down right exciting when you are taking a crack at entering the software industry. Getting your graphics into games. Can't be bad. To help you get a feel for it, Jason Jordache saunters through in this, the first of a series dedicated to artists.
If you like art, if you can draw, there lies an investment at your finger tips to earn a buck and survive tomorrow through grabbing a pencil and using the talent. Much of what you are about to read over the coming months will aid more than just the artist.
THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY Bv the end of our adventures we will have ventured into the software industry, probing its depths for hidden secrets and general knowledge.
We will have interviewed the big boys, followed what goes into a great game from start to finish, how they go from the spark of an idea to life selling on the shelf, gained inspiration and food for thought, discovered what's best to draw, created autobooting disks, understood Special People and entered our work into the Public Domain for thousands to Find.
We will have learnt the art of successful letter writing, tried to defeat laziness if we can be bothered, and felt the breath of our foe. There will also come colour tables, drawing techniques and ideas, but little on using inbuilt image manipulation tools in art programs.
The software industry, for our purposes, is the place where games are made. In the same way we envisage Hollywood as this glittering, glossy, glimmering arena where dreams come true, we tend to apply the same imager)' gflsewhere. The reality is always different from your assumptions and you discover it was a bunch of normal guys all along.
We hired Martyn Brown to start the investigation off. To take a glimpse at what the software industrv involves. It so j happens he is the main man at Team 17, the software house which sprang from kl 7 Bit Software many moons ago. Team nfc ho keep high standards with their u*Hlie*fekjch include the Alien Breed CT FEATURE MARCH 1996 TIP Break Items to b« drawn Into bask blocks, as H creating 3D objects on a computer. It is much
• asiar to compute tha anglas If you first reduca complexity.
Draw him as a sausage man, later start adding detail after you
have defined his basic shape. Tinker with this approach.
It works. It does for me anyway.
This is quite common, you often find the talent moving around, coders, artists, musicians. Big companies sometimes buy out the smaller ones, helping to reduce the competition.
From out of the smaller companies the good eggs are poached, then going on to work at a better, more established place.
If you are fairly new to all this your CV will be pretty bland regarding experience. Some only take on people who have worked on one or so games previously released, but if they spot the potential there will always be plenty of opportunities for new recruits.
Some mav have recruitment drives at certain times of the * year or if someone leaves for greener pastures and they need to fill the gaps or just expand their workforce, as the desire for entertainment software whether at home or in the arcades is grow ing. So don't worry about lack of openings, many software houses train up artists. You see, talent is the key.
With the competition high between artists what can a guy do to improve his chances of having an interview?
“For us, we certainly aren 7 looking for any ego types. " I le savs “It's a good thing if people come and they're down to earth. Some of the magic words are posilwity, enthusiasm and motivation. All that counts a lot mote than academic achievement. " Concerning the artwork sent, is there anything that would put you off and so diminish the chances of an interview? What should people avoid doing?
TIP “If stuff is just blatantly copied from something else. If people just get a good piece of artwork and redraw it or don 7 do anything original and theie's no original style there. We look at the quality, but more importantly we look at the creative side of it. " Choos* a groovy name for yours* If to ba known by.
Englabart Humperdinck soared up tha charts whan ha changad his from John Clark; that wasn't his real nama but you gat tha idaa.
I don't judga Clark as a bad nama, all I'm saying is a catchy nama can halp. In tha sama way a bright yallow, transparent plastic disk will gat viawad bafore tha standard blua onas. Writers, actors and painters have all gone under pseudonyms .
Series, ftoject Xand Worms. Calm, relaxed, he has the power concerning your artistic future within his empire.
THE POWER Martyn. What advice do you have for young hopefuls who wish to get into the industry?
7 5 an extremely common question and it depends what stage they are at. There's a broad spectrum of different people hying to gel in at different times, all with varying levels of experience. We gel a lot of 15 to 16 year olds who are just about to do their exams and are wondering what exams they should take. Tor us. The actual college qualifications aren 7 really of a great interest.
It's the enthusiasm, motivation and raw talent that we are looking for. 1'here's no easy answer tea ly, it's a case of having a look at what people can do and seeing if it interests us, if it does then we can talk some more. " A tutor once gave a lecture about his experiences with art. Armed with his folder of work he went for an interview where he mentioned he had a university degree in illustration. The interviewer said he couldn't care less.
The world of art, in all its forms, is one of the few areas where you can have as * many qualifications as you like yet you are judged on the work you have done.
Bear that in mind if the main reason you were going to art college was for the certificate.
That is not to say going on to further education is pointless. The major bonus is the contact with other similar minded individuals, helping to heighten your own abilities. And remember, you might have been one of the best at school but von are one of • many now. Some of whose skills will surpass your own.
There are talents to enw j and so new goals to work towards, spurring you on to improve. Being surrounded by other creative people brings it out in yourself.
What is the basic starting wage for someone with no experience in games?
“We don 7 have any people like that, " says Martyn. "We will not take anyone at all unless they know what they are doing. " From the wav he said it you could be mistaken for thinking he has been let down in the past. A good way to get a bad name is to be unable to produce work on time, missing deadlines, whatever industry you happen to be in. You might want to make a good impression and not give yourself enough time to do a good job, or say you can complete a task for the same reason and end up pressured and unable to perform because you have bitten off more than you can chew.
Is that common with other companies?
71 lot of them do take on trainees.
Unfortunately we don 7 feel there's that much talent to play with. It's such a fast moving market we just don 7 have the time to train people. We're also doing a lot of poaching now. " What is the average starting wage?
“An average wage is about 17 to IS thousand pounds. It all depends on what they are doing."
That depends and ii can vary quite a lot. You could apply for several jobs and get them all. The job would be the same but vou could be offered different i wages from each. Some have set wages with no royalties and no completion bonus. Other’s have set wages with royalties and a bonus too.
T Depending where you end up, the best artists can pull up to £40,000 a year with the right royalty schemes and bonuses.
Roughly how many disks drop into your postbag each week?
“Of all the prospective Cvs and hopef uls, would imagine look at about 20 per week.
It depends how busy we are. But we try to respond to as many as possible. " Not all software houses are bothered about whether you have a Curriculum Vitae but others prefer them. Your (A' should include relevant information about yourself. Your name, address, telephone number, personal profile, qualifications and experience.
They offer easy reference and if they are written properly can present a confident image. Alter all. You are trying to sell yourself. The library will direct you to a place where a decent one can be printed out. But remember that a good letter can sometimes be just as effective.
A good introduction really can mean the difference between getting the job or not. So we’ll research into designing an effective CV as the series continues.
We'll also be looking at the second part of our Martyn Brown interview.
But first to arrive next month, we discover what's more important than even artistic abilitv itself.
HAIR A mystery, why the trend of being hair bears (Robin Hood- alike hippies). Possibly an answer lies with the ancient tale concerning a guy called John, who busily growing his locks, parables a friend of his who after flowering into the new look shot from nerd status to sexual beast with the chicks.
Look after these important, twin input devices.
Remedy strain catalysed from staring at a fixed location for too long by taking breaks.
It need not be long, perhaps a few minutes to stretch your legs. When you come back you will be refreshed and it's more productive than sitting it out for hours non-stop with backache. Roll your eyes, move them from side to side, look at objects at various distances - general eye activity and exercise. Borrow a finger, focus on it as it moves before your face, work it baby. Blink rapidly when the thought arrives whilst drawing. Gazing for long periods like this zombifies you, you fail to wipe vital moisture over the eyes with your lids. Going blind is bad and eye strain is the second most
popular cause.
HANDS The major output device, dextrous hands manipulate the weapons from the artists artillery: Pencil, mouse, trackball, graphics tab, choose your poison. Hand eye coordination is a speciality and all skills are improved through practice. Most have been impressed by some great artists work and set about drawing it. This practice is a good thing, open up to all the different styles, take all the techniques on board - a few good picture books to grab offer work by artists like Chris attention to detail and realism" Achilleos, Rodney "great style" Matthews and H.R. "troubled" Giger.
It all gets mixed up. Simmering away, the more ingredients the more recipes develop to be drawn on. Many people can copy the world with fine art skills, but you should also aim to develop at least one of your own styles, possibly unique, though obviously influenced by others as is everything, and it really should be one that you enjoy. One of mine lets me draw a finished sketch straight out onto paper ready to be painted. The whole operation is quick and the results fine, the spin-off being they are easy money makers, wiping out all the time consumption preparatory doodles incur.
LEGS Apart from dipping feet in paint and stamping on paper, any place beneath the groin is little used. But make sure you follow a Gladiator keep fit plan. The exercise benefits the muscle between your ears, increasing creativity.
Oxygenate your brain.
When's the last time you breathed in to the utmost limit without gagging, letting out your load slowly till you can exhale no more.
HEAD The well known analogy is that the brain is equated with CPU. The source of everything, your creative spring. As with any other muscle it can be pumped to a seemingly limitless level.
So channel the river and flood the bank, feast on tips for self improvement as your mind is where battles are fought. Playing with your dumbbells brings lactic acid to your biceps, as thought and concentration bring a sore head. A little pain does bring gain. I'm not promoting harmful over exertion, but like any form of training you don't want to stop the second you begin to breath hard - at least not if you want to excel and it is you who has to WANT to.
Never say you are giving it your best shot or say you can't do something. Difficult things become easier with experience and time will show that today's best eventually slips down the scale relative to the work you will be doing in the future and it turns out it was not your best after all. Some words simply put unwanted limitations on potential into your psyche. If improvement is your game, remove "can't" from your vocab. Of course we can't do all things, but delete the word and you escape an unconscious path leading you to believe you can't do what in actual fact you really can. You will end
up physically and mentally succeeding in proficiency greater than what you thought of yourself. As the years roll by the abilities you originally thought occupied divine space (the place where you imagine those skills only accessible to a chosen few lie. Such as your favourite illustrators, and removed from mortal hands) now fill you own hands.
Instead of can't say won't. I can't go for a jog. I won't go for a jog. By changing that one word you let yourself face up to the reasons why you are unable to do a task, and the reasons, such as you haven't the time, become merely excuses. We make the time for the things we want to do. And there it is. You have to WANT to do something. This desire has to be fostered in yourself if you are to achieve. You won't go for a jog because it is too much bother and you are too lazy.
You won't start that picture as it is too much trouble to get everything ready and begin, which in turn could be parasitic on a lack of confidence. You can't draw an object someone commissioned you to do, becomes: you won't draw it because it's a daunting task what with the stress of having to perform a good job for the client. To avoid these bad feelings we tend to pass a task off as something we can't do, instead of facing what is covered. Sometimes all we need is to grow the confidence required to handle situations, a skill obtainable by all if you want it. Your mind gives you reasons and
excuses to justify the feelings, but if you decide not to think too much about getting your brushes out or loading Deluxe Paint and just begin doing it instead, you'll get more done. Once running, the engine is fine, starting it up is the hardest part.
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in the overall strategy.
It's tricky to get to grips with at first but the bonuses and shots needed to control the table and gain maximum points soon become natural and logical.
Like Illusions, the table automatically switches to Hi- Res when the multi-ball feature is activated and if required, the gamer We've launched a new Reader Games section in the Screen Play pages this month.
Looking through what we've been sent is a lot of fun. Some of the games are of a very high standard.
Many others aren't. But over ‘ and above whether they're good or not is the underlying spirit beneath their creation. Amiga owners interact with their machines and each other in a way that transcends functionality alone.
If you read what Simon Carless has to say about the 'Party V' in Denmark (PD Select p.63), you'll note that one of the criticisms made of Amiga demos was that they were too much like PC ones.
Yet, many of the Amiga demos were only running on processors that are considered old hat nowadays. The fact that the Amiga, if programmed well, can compete with the raw power of the PC is testament to its durability and strength.
Hopefully the much vaunted licensing contracts, espoused by Escom after the Commodore buyout, will come to fruition. If third parties are allowed to specify and manufacture Amiga technology, our favourite machine may still have a rosy future and take the PC head on in the UK market.
AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games.
We try to ensure we keep you as up-to-date as possible and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAN I The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original (games are awarded an AFGold - the most highly prized rating there is.
These games are very good, but due to minor flaws are not the finest examples of their genre.
Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
Average releases with somewhat limited gameplay and appeal. Games in this category tend to be flawed.
Below average games which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet Avoid.
Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appaling gameplay.
Jj Less than 40% The absolute pits.
SLAM TILT AGA Amigas ¦ 21st Century ¦ 01235 851474 It looks as if 21st Century have decided to make amends for the lacklustre Pinball Mania released with the Amiga Magic pack.
Previewed by one of the most competent PR people we’ve ever had the good fortune to meet, Slam Tilt looks more than capable of minimising the collateral damage caused by Pinball Mania.
The aforementioned game managed to underwhelm the industry and the games buying public with its lacklustre tables, non-too-responsive flippers, and deflationarily flaccid gameplay.
Slam Tilt, in its present still to be finished incarnation, already looks as if it will at least match the towering strength of Pinball Illusions.
Programmed by Digital Illusions Scandinavian rivals.
Liquid Design, the four tables up for grabs are; Night of Demons, Pirates, Ace of Space, and Mean Machines.
Far left: The Night of Demons table has some scary anims.
Loft: "Yo Ho Ho and a table full of bonuses" said the bad comedian.
Can play in Hi-Res all of the time.
The big question lieing over Slam Tilt is whether or not the Amiga games buying public will be suitably enthused by yet another 21st Century Pinball game.
Especially now that new blood in town. Effigy Software, have proven that there is no such thing as a monopoly on highly entertaining pinball.
What could win Slam Tilt converts is that there are 47 different game modes, magnetic devices reside in the tables (spooky), and there's the slam tilt itself.
In case the terminology escapes you, a slam tilt is a particularly violent tilt which results in the player losing all of their credits. So care is going to be needed when banging on the space bar.
Slam Tilt is due to be released in April. Rest assured we'll put our Pinball Wizard, Mr. Jones onto the case as soon as it arrives. O Continued overleaf MARCH 1996 SCREEN PLAY be paying the Teamer's a visit next month to provide more feedback. So stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, back at the preview we've got some more top pics for you to look at. The game promises to be one of the most beautiful 3D engines on the Amiga ever. There'll be transparent objects, glass objects, and sheeny shiny gouraud objects.
Even better news though is that the game won't be restricted to AGA Amigas only.
Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) machines - A500+, 600, 2000, and 3000 - with a 68020 processor and 2Mb RAM will also be PREVIEW UPDATES CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 2 Domark ¦ 1Mb Amigas ¦ 0181 780 2224 Originally pencilled in as a September 95 release, Championship Manager 2 managed to miss the lucrative Christmas period and is still awaiting release.
Hailed by all as the finest ever Amiga Football Management game, the delay in the sequel hints at the extra detail that's still being put into the finished product.
With pretenders to the crown like Ultimate Soccer Manager and Player Manager 2 being given a clear field, Championship Manager Zs Feb 29th release date must rate as one of retail's most eagerly awaited releases.
If all goes to plan, we'll have a review for you in the next issue. C?
• Right: There still haven't been too many screen shots on the go
for this title. Here's one we used earlier.
ALIEN BREED 3D2 (THE KILLING GROUNDS) Team 17 ¦ ECS AGA Amigas ¦ 01924 271637 There's no denying that Breathless set the graphic standard by which all other Amiga first person perspective (FPP) 3D game engines will be judged.
Its use of light sourced monsters and objects, fog effects, and variable lighting created a dangerously believable surreal world that the player entered at their peril.
Alien Breed 3D on the other hand offered a better control system and slightly more believable creature intelligence.
The sequel promises to graphically surpass Breathless and improve on Breed 3D's artificial intelligence routines. Now, the creatures that the hapless hero of the game is up against communicate with each other, form teams, and attack with extreme prejudice.
We haven't yet seen anything of the game in progress to make any comment on how it plays. If Nick Veitch let's me off my chain I'll WATCHTOWER OTM ¦ AGA Amigas ¦ 01827 312 302 VI n » m m AF previewed Watchtowera mere three issues ago.
At the time, Daze Marketing were unsure whether or not they were going to publish the game.
They obviously decided not to. In the interim those opportunistic chaps from OTM read our preview and decided to take a look at the game for themselves.
It's passed their quality control and is going to be released at the end of February. Assuming that no gremlins botch up the works, we'll have a review for you next month. O Right: The action takes place over several different areas of the world. Cue varying graphics and other assorted periphery.
Below: You can team up with a friend and dispatch baddies more efficiently.
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Lemmings Psygnosis v F It involves driving against others, it's egregious, excessive, outrageous, and uncompromising Steve McGill says it must be... When Amiga Format first previewed Virtual Karting from OTM Software, we got very excited.
Here was a game that mimicked Mode 7 on the SNES and promised the potential wonders of a Mario Kart styled racer.
Disappointingly, the promise fizzled out with the delivery of the full game. Nick Veitch liked it from the technical perspective but had to admit that the game could hardly be considered fun to play. A missed chance all round we thought.
Maybe Fabio Bizetti could do better with a follow up.
And then, out of the blue, a demo of X- Treme Racing (XTR) from Silltunna Software turned up. It consisted of a couple of tight little tracks that were fun to race over. It not only matched but beat hands down the technical prowess of the former game. Unfinished at the time - weapons and pick ups were still to be put in for the cars - the potential was plain for anyone to see.
Now that we've got the full game in our hands, the question, quite literally bursting at the seams to be asked is, does it fulfil that potential?
The unsatisfactorily schizophrenic response has to be yes and no.
From a technical viewpoint, this game is a whizz. I'll cover the technical delights and numerous configurable options later on. But from a gameplay perspective, the response depends on the manner in which the game is going to be played.
As a one player game, Xtreme Racing isn't very much fun. In all, there are four different kinds of race in XTR, Cup races, Season races, Single races and the Death Match. The solitary player can play using the first three of these options.
Race options Cup matches and Single Races are probably the best options at first. The Single race option lets you choose any of the twelve available courses and from three speed options for the car; Three Wheeler,
2. 0 Fuel Injection and Turbo Nutter. As is to be expected from
the description, the speed of the player's chosen vehicle
depends on which option is chosen.
The Singles option is best for circuit practice and lets the player gear up for the Cup and Season competitions ahead. The flavour of the game comes through early when this road is taken. It also lets the player look into what is probably the major flaw of the game - the course designs.
Circuit design In a way, the course designs are reminiscent of Team 17's ATRin that they're cluttered, hard to follow and feel hateful at times. Not counting the Death Match arenas, there are six circuit themes with two circuits per theme making 12 circuits in all. The themes are; Forbidden Castle, Grasslands, Toxic Refinery, Floating City, Road Circuit and Tropical Islands.
Some of the circuits, due to the overuse and underuse of detail, are almost impossible to race on. The biggest culprits are the Toxic Refinery and the Tropical Islands.
The design and layout is so finicky that even very small mistakes are punished mercilessly by dumping you into the ocean or a vat of slime. It feels hateful and is reminiscent of a poor platform game where pixel perfection is needed to make certain jumps - not very much fun. Not very much fun at all. More like hard work.
Yet it needn't have been so. The first Grasslands and Road circuits are great fun to play on. They're relatively tight and assuming you're not a total klutz they reward good driving. If only the same could be said for the rest.
To add to the flavour of the races and the Mario Kart theme, there are numerous pick ups which, when driven over, let the player fire various weapons at opposing cars. The implementation could probably have been better but when you finally get accustomed to the limitations, they're better in than out. The weapons can even be switched off from the options screen if you decide that they are not wanted.
As a one player game the appeal of XTR is limited. There's no denying that you'll improve and win races on the more difficult courses but it'll stop being fun fairly rapidly.
So far in the office, I'm the only one whose managed to win any solo races. And that's only on the easier courses. The computer controlled cars don't space out as much as they could and on the harder courses their behaviour quickly becomes a demotivating factor.
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* A Multi-player No, XTR comes into its own when played against
other people. With access to a second Amiga up to eight people
can compete. If not then half that number to four. Despite the
inevitable split screen trade off, multiplayer games are the
way XTR was meant to be played.
With the vehicle weapons switched on the comedy factor comes into play and that can only be a good thing.
Continued overleaf 4 fT- Publisher MARCH 1996 SCREEN PLAY Addiction Black Magic 01302 890000 Price £29.99 Versions A1200 4000 System requirements 2Mb min Release date Out now Graphics 8 out of 10 Bright, colourful and technically excellent 7 out of 10 Sound Clang, crash, bang - makes you want to listen to thrash 7 out of 10 When played against humans, very addictive Playability 7 out of 10 Let's the technical excllence down somewhat Overall verdict A game of two halves.
Unfortunately the gameplay half is the weakest.
81% +* The effort and thought that has gone into the game displays to the full that major craftsmen have been at work. Like most 3D, first person perspective games these days, there’s a plethora of options to help that vital configuration versus running speed ratio.
The screen can be stretched, squashed, widened and narrowed. The horizon can be moved up and down along with the camera angle which means that the player can see more or less of the road ahead.
Accelerated machines can access and make use of the famous 1 * 1 pixel mode. Joystick, CD52 and keyboard controllers can all be reconfigured.
You can even opt to have cars switched to automatic acceleration, There are more options than this, but the one's I've covered here are the most important. This is very much an Amiga friendly game.
Now that I've reached the end of this review, it's time for one of those sum up the game conclusions.
Technically, this game deserves an Amiga Format Gold, even if you've only got an unexpanded A1200. In terms of gameplay though, things start to go a little bit astray. If the circuit designs had been better then, who knows?
As it stands Xtreme Racing only gives brief flashes of its possible potential. With any luck Black Magic will quickly release a data disk of some sort with some new, more driver friendly circuits.
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5 1 2 lU Ul oc X GLOOM DELUXE Black Magic ICR £29.95 Versions ?
Irstly, in terms of gameplay and structure Gloom Deluxe is virtually the same game as Gloom.
The second thing that might come to mind is that if it is only an upgrade, why cover it again?
The beneficial difference is that Gloom Deluxe can now run on non- AGA Amigas. Any Amiga with a 68020 processor and 2Mb of RAM can be used to sample the delights of this cracking Doom clone.
Due to a new chunky to planar (C2P) routine developed by Black Magic - original Gloom used a chunky copper technique - the screen resolution can be bumped up. Brace yourself for this, but it also means that beefier Amigas can play at a satisfactory screen size with the by now de facto 1*1 pixel resolution.
• The game can also be played on an Intuition screen which means
that Whether it’s in Hi-Res, Lo-Res, 1*1. 2*2. Big window or
small window - a red screen like this still means only one
thing. You're dead.
You can play without shutting down the operating system. This means for example, that you could have Gloom set up as a tiny little playable screen to kill time while rendering an object in a 3D package. Tremendous. No more thumb twiddling.
If desired, you can even play Gloom in a Workbench window that's been set to 255 colour mode.
But as the readme file with the this option is really use to graphic card owners due to the limitations of the standard OS routines.
Modem support has been tightened and stabilised. Mostly at the expense of the chat mode; no more "you're going to die horribly" messages. Pressing ESC or pause now brings up the game options screen on both machines.
Almost revolutionary is the support built in for the head tracking version of Amiga Technology's i-Glasses. The potential is there to look in one direction while firing in another. Hurrah.
The most noticeable difference on booting up is the inclusion of an onscreen gun. It might seem ridiculous to say, but there's something comforting about having the gun projecting into the screen. It gives the player focus and consequently makes it easier to target on the bad guys.
As it stands, if you own an Amiga 3000 or an accelerated 1500 2000 then you should go to the shops and buy this game now. Anyone with an AGA Amiga who doesn't already own Gloom should also consider the game as a must have. Go for it. O A500 600 1500 2000 3000 4000 System requirements 68020 processor and 2Mb RAM Out Now Much prettier with higher resolutions and 1*1 pixel mode.
Sound 8 out of 10 When someone or something dies, you know they're dead Addiction 9 out of 10 You always feel it was your fault when you die Playability 9 out of 10 Asks that little bit more out of the player as they progress By expanding the numbers of people who can play it. Gloom Deluxe has done the Amiga market a big favour.
91% '“'verall verdict “I think Total Football is top-notch” «iu ,an You*
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«se® it % reader ¦guaran a lau&h on £L 5* 3 C 3 z f ICS if1 Add IctlU' iut of 10 With over 3,500 Super Skidmarks registrations being recorded at Guildhall Leisure, it's surprising that a data disk like this one hasn't been put out onto the market earlier.
Due to the customisable nature of the game, there's plenty of room for commercial releases of new tracks, new cars and new sound FX. Andrew Bolt, the winner of the Amiga Format competition Imagine Built My Hot Rod', has already put four car models into the Public Domain and, for a modest fee, is offering twelve others.
Bearing that in mind, it's worth looking at what Acid are offering for £15. Inside the box there are three disks. One is an updated and revised program disk. It now offers three extra championship races and the ability to install tracks to hard drive. The latter of these two options is most welcome for it helps cut down on tedious loading times.
Another of the options that makes it onto the back of the box is the inclusion of two new difficulty levels; mellow and tough.
They wouldn't be too bad if they actually contributed a noticeable difference to the difficulty levels already there. But they don't.
Running through a mostly tedious exercise in standalone time trialling, I found that the Mellow level lies just in between Classic and Grunty. Tough is very like Zippy except the traction of the course, or the grip of the car, is slidier. You wouldn't really notice or care if they hadn't been included.
The crux of the matter comes down to how much you like Super Skidmarks and how much you're prepared to pay for twelve extra courses. Considering that £15 can get you some top flight budget games these days I know which side I'm plumping on.
A tenner would've offered better value. The new courses are welcome and no doubt will be a breath of fresh air for Super Skid veterans, but think hard before parting with your cash.
SUPER SKIDMARKS Publisher _ Guildhall Leisure 01302 890000 Price_ £14.95 All Amigas System requirements ¦ 1Mb Release date As playable as ever.
Are the extras worth £15? Only you can decide that.
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(T- The game that had even the most cynical of pundits shouting, "gosh, this really is rather splendid", has spawned a data disk.
Steve Bradley explains further... M New
• 1NOMAM T* NMSBST AtX Impressions, the writers of Ultimate
Soccer Manager, are noted for their historical strategy games
and so it was with some surprise we learned they had steered
towards the uncharted, and dangerously congested waters, of the
football management simulation Now, some 20 months on and after
selling the said sim by the bucketload, it's time for that
perennial add-on, the new season disk where you fork out £10
and sometimes more for updated players and if you're lucky, an
extra league or two.
Now you can edit the name of a team's ground - Middlesborough fans will be pleased - and choose 'variable' for the amount of cash you start with - adding to the challenge.
The graphs are easier to read, all the players have been updated, transfers completed, and the teams that qualified for Europe present and correct in their competitions. Shame that they've all been knocked out by the time you get to see this. It rather begs the question why Impressions Here's a brief summary of what we said about the original: "USM embraces the statistics that many of you are so fond of and even finds the time to include some positively Theme Park-esque ground- building options. Here is the most visually accessible and stimulating football management to date'' didn't have this
ready for the beginning of the footer season last August Another extra is the inclusion of the Italian leagues - you can manage teams from any Series A, B or C club. If you don’t know your Ravanelli from your ravioli though, you might not bother.
We liked it, basically, and we still do USM is both football management game and business simulation.
Though not detailed enough to warrant exploration simply for its figure juggling, it’s just about as much fun as you can have with football management.
Everything the modern manager could possibly want is here including a phone, fax and teletext facility. You can even offer rival teams a 'bung' to lose as well as gambling on your games. The best thing to do is take a struggling team with a poor stadium and gradually upgrade the facilities making it a 40,000 seater. Add club shops, car parks and fast food stalls and you can see the fruits of your labour appear on-screen USM is undoubtedly one of the best management simulations around.
A perfect complement to your copy of SWOS, and at £10, the update - or add-on as they want to call it - price is right.
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Graphics 9 out of 10 Good. Great, even.
Sound_5 out of 10 Don't. No. Honestly.
Addiction 7 out of 10 You'll point 'n' click for simply an age.
Playability 8 out of 10 You need the original otherwise it won't work.
Overall verdict_ Extra features and updated statistics.
USM is a fine game and the 'add-on' will keep you busy.
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If we come across anything that stands head and shoulders above the crowd, we'll be GAME: SQUASH HELL AUTHOR: D. HUSTON LANGUAGE: AMOS Due to the speed and nature of squash, it's one of the harder games to properly implement on the Amiga screen.
D. Huston's made as good a job as you'd expect for a game written
in AMOS. His secret lies in simplicity and an exceptionally
easy to use and intuitive control system.
Rather than attempt to animate little men and put in different kinds of shot depending on their positioning, D.'s opted for some top mouse trickery.
The player is put in control of a bat that looks more like a targeting system. To serve, the mouse is moved quickly in the direction the player wants the ball to travel. From then on in, the player hits return shots depending on the angle and speed the bat is travelling toward the ball.
Sending it to a publishing house for their opinion on whether the game has commercial potential or not. Keep sending the games in and remember to tell us what language the game's been written in.
Without further ado, here is this month's selection of Reader Games.
It's tricky to master but it soon becomes natural and intuitive. The option to increase the bounciness of the ball and the speed it travels at is also in here. It helps immensely when first starting out.
The only unfortunate _ element is that two people can't play against each other.
D. stated that he doesn't know how to get AMOS to read a mouse in
each port.
Pity that.
Tricky to master but the mouse control soon feels natural enough.
KAN A : * I ¦hi Sll J Moat of tha non-exiatant budget haan't been spent on the graphics.
* *- m. UthtL*N&ar* - _ mmM A * i Kevin Toms would probably
burst into tears after looking at this screen.
We're not really in the business of slagging anything off wholesale here. Some games are just so poor though that they make you wonder what the author was thinking of by sending them in.
You're the Boss is a football management game that manages to make the original Football Manager on the Spectrum look good There are about seven options to use in all. The game only responds to the keyboard and the match in progress screen is so poor that you could imagine it trying but not quite managing to sell copies of the Big Issue.
The lack of feedback and any sort of coherence or strategy is off putting.
Considering that the football management genre is one in which there is fierce competition, You're the Boss doesn't even have the pedigree to make it as a ball boy.
The care look great, and the shadow always fall at tha proper angle.
Top down racers are ten a penny and this one is certainly better than some we've seen, but the exclusion of things like weapons and other types of power ups make it feel just a little too basic to receive anything other than a mild well done.
All the way from Johannesburg in South M Africa, Meta Circuit is an AMOS top down m racer featuring large attractive sprites and incredibly smooth scrolling.
Handling is competent in that the cars are responsive enough to joystick control. They even drift when driven into corners too fast.
There are only two cars taking part in the game but both can be controlled by human players thanks to a split screen option.
Two features of note are the inclusion of a Turbo pick up and a fuel pit stop. They do as you'd expect and stop the game from feeling too basic GAME: META CIRCUIT AUTHOR: DUSTIN VAN LOGGERENBERG LANGUAGE: AMOS GAME: ULTIMATE TOUR TENNIS AUTHOR: RICHARD TAYLOR LANGUAGE: AMOS Super Tennis Champs from Mental Software (now a full priced game published by Audiogenic) first started out life as an AMOS game sent into Amiga Format by Elton Bird.
It was a hit straight away in the office due to the ease with which it could be played.
Within five minutes anyone playing a game could sustain a rally and even start to play some of the trickier shots like smashes and lobs. Not so with Ultimate Tour Tennis.
Graphically and in gameplay terms it’s not in the same league. The view is more top down than isometric and the ball is roughly two pixels in size.
It's hard to get the hang of returning the ball because it demands more accuracy than Tennis Champs Sustainable rallies are just about out due to this flaw The potential is there, but it really does pale when compared to
IN THE GAME TESTING DEPARTMENT There's a choice of courts available in green or beige.. me s In some ways the pixel sized ball in Ultimate Tennis Tour is reminiscent of Psion's Match Point on the ZX Spectrum.
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Cover thine eyes, sweet child, from these ABOMINATIONS BRAVO ROMEO DELTA (AF76: 30%) Guildhall Up to the minute political topicality is merged with a backward, awkward control system from the heady world of IBM PC compatibles in the '80s.
Anyone in their right mind should avoid at all costs. It looks and plays absolutely horribly and should be made to suffer from mutually assured destruction.
Arcade adventure that plays at a pace set by the gamer himself. It can be fast; it can be slow; it can be in between.
Requires a bit of thought on the best way of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems, but the ability to change into any one of ten creatures certainly helps. Great!
SUPER STREET FIGHTER 2 (AF75: 88%) US Gold Despite the smallness of the sprites and the excessive number of disks and disk swaps. Super Streetfighter 2 manages to capture the gameplay, combos and special moves of the arcade original in a way that excited our resident Streetfighter champion, Graeme Sandiford, to sum it up as: "Surprisingly good, except for the graphics". !
SUBVERSION (AF7S. 10%) Guildhall Any feature of a game can be twisted round and made into a benefit. So, from an advertising point of view. Subversion boasts hundreds of thousand of different combinations of play and ten levels of difficulty. In reality, it presents you with one sub-standard ZX Spectrum screen which is so poor it doesn't even make it on to the glossily packaged box. Avoid.
ODYSSEY (AF7&. 85%) Audiogenic Beautiful little platform-based HOLLYWOOD HUSTLER (AF77:15%) Desert Star An anomaly of a release, especially when the price of £24.95 is considered.
Poker games abound in the Public Domain and many of them are far superior to this, both in presentation and the style of Poker played. No redeeming features. Not even the crudely digitised graphics and speech can save it.
BREATHLESS: Th« king pin Doom done on the Amiga. Humbles offerings on other platforms that need thousands of pounds worth of hardware merely to support them.
BREATHLESS AF80. FG95%) Power Computing First of the Doom clones to truly compete graphically and in terms of gameplay with similarly styled games on the PC. The graphics are beautiful on an accelerated machine and add a frightening atmosphere.
There are four levels consisting of five stages. The gameplay's set at just the right difficulty level to provide a challenge to all who attempt to take the game by storm.
It requires procedure and discipline to make headway.
Coupled with the atmospheric lighting effects, the game keeps you on your toes and at times can be genuinely scary.
If you have an accelerated machine this is a must purchase.
WORMS (AF79: FG90%) Interplay Take charge of a team of four little worms and pit them against other teams of four little worms.
Shoot, blow up and obliterate the other teams with the numerous weapons that come to hand like shotguns, bazookas, dynamite and homing missiles. Get your mates round with some beer and crisps and prepare to laugh all night and into the wee hours.
Eight terrain types and over four billion terrains can be generated by-the program. So you're not going to be able to play them in one sitting. Top fun for people with friends.
ALIEN BREED 3D [AF78: FG93%) Team 17 Hugely entertaining and genuinely scary Doom clone. Features such as 16 levels, five different weapon types and numerous baddies with different attack patterns.
Structured more in the style of Doom than Gloom; yet ultimately more shooting oriented. Numerous nice little touches like having to swim underwater, climb stairs and traverse unguarded walkways make it feel like more of an experience than a game. Terrific.
DUNGEON MASTER 2 SKULLKEEP (AF79:81%) Interplay A belated sequel to the highly successful Dungeon Master of early 16 bit Amiga fame.
There are welcome improvements all round such as the ability to increase characters experience merely by practicing rather than having to kill monsters.
There's more scope to be fiendish due to the more interactive nature of the objects that players come across.
Fulfils the maxim, "if it aint broke don't fix it" while adding touches which make it a much more satisfying game to play.
FEARS (AF76-. 92%) Manyx Truly inspirational use of the AGA chipset merges with a Doom-clone so tough that it probably offers the best value for money of any game on the market at the moment.
Also included is an editor and advanced editor to create your own dungeon scenarios, as well as that alMmportant link-option, enabling you to hunt down and kill your best friends.
AMIGA available February 29th Imiw wwvMloimifS.coni investment for the game. It'll take ages to complete and some people will be more than intrigued by the sparsity of clues and the tenuousness of some of the links between objects and tasks. Good luck to them.
But most people will be put off. There's a fine balance between reward and satisfaction.
By the time Speris rewards you, you're more likely to be so peeved that spontaneous combustion seems the better option.
Still, it's out on the CD32 and it'll read a keyboard if you've got one attached. It's not terrible or anything, but it has to go down as one of the missed opportunities of 96. O Publisher Team 17 Ocean 01924 271637 C29.99 V«rctr nc V I I v I I 3 CD32 One word could never sum up any game with the style and execution exhibited by Speris Legacy on the CD32 but if you were only allowed to use one word it would have to be 'feedback'.
And, immediately after stating 'feedback' you would have to qualify the statement by following up with, not enough of it'.
For that is the bane of this delightful looking game. Most of your time is spent searching for objects and methods of obtaining other objects to fulfil an overall quest.
The search areas are large and can take several minutes merely to walk across.
Considering that you also have to search throughout the buildings and obstacles residing in the area, too much of your time is spent in completely unproductive, uninteresting, meandering.
At first it’s not too bad. The game environment is bright and beautiful and the characters you happen upon are interesting-ish first time round. But then everything begins to pale. The environmental interaction which made Zelda so enjoyable is mostly absent in Speris.
Too many obstacles which should be breakable aren't and they remain as true obstacles which merely add tedious travelling time to your escapades.
It's a shame because part of the appeal of Zelda lay in the manner in which you could so easily be distracted by small sub-tasks.
While so engaged, clues to more important problems were hinted at, happened upon, or given away. It meant that even if you were making heavy weather of the main tasks, there was always something engaging to indulge in.
Not so with Speris Legacy. There's no denying that the constant trudging around is the equivalent of a longevity The Legacy of Speris now joins hands with the the legacy of the CD32. Steve McGill takes on the role of Cho to find out if there's something worth looking for.
They're not foilists. They're not epeeists. But they're in a group of four.
Steve McGill concludes that they must be a Sabre Team.
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The biggest problem with the 500 and 600 version is the time it takes for the Amiga to calculate the enemy moves. When things kick into full swing it can take an age and a day to complete sections and make progress. A1200 owners and accelerator owners will be pleased to hear that waiting time is significantly reduced with a faster processor installed.
In all. Sabre Team is significantly different from UFO: Enemy Unknown to merit as a must buy for fans of the former game. Anyone else who hasn't tried this style of game before, should find themselves pleasantly surprised.
Much of the game comes down to a matter of trial and error. In turn it can be satisfying, frustrating, enjoyable, fun, exasperating, and most of all, captivating. At the new budget price of £10 it rates as an obligatory purchase. O p ci jLuiaers: r xperusstced *r f ireor-rtrs, t r-'jppfag Ofr.d tr l.cbrfrQ .
M Sabre Team Kixx 0121 326 6418 ¦ A500 600 1200 ¦ £9.95 ¦ 85% "Lights, camera, action points."
That's right, Sabre Team the Amiga action game is back. Not bigger, badder, and better than before - it's just the same as it ever was - but that's good.
UFO: Enemy Unknown junkies take note. If you've completed Microprose's AFGold winner, this offering from the Kixx label presents you with a different slant on the 3D isometric cum Laser Squad derivative.
Turn based, the game relies on action points, line of sight, strategic thinking and tactics. There are five missions in all; Embassy Siege, Jungle POW Camp, War Games, Liner Hijack and Missile Guidance.
Into the opportunity to fire Each mission presents its own particular problems through terrain types, varying enemies, and the equipment needed to successfully complete it.
The crux of the game lies in the handling of action points.
Everything that the player attempts takes up action points. Each man has a set number which can be made more or less effective depending on what they're wearing.
Say, for example, the option was taken to arm a man to the hilt with rifles, grenades, and a bullet proof vest. To cover the same ground as a man armed only with a pistol would take more of the coveted points.
And then there's the need to save points before the end of the man's turn. An enemy could always appear through a door or beside the man. Unsaved action points can be converted if, • DUAL-SPEE £179 CD-ROM'S AMINET SET 1 (4 CD'S) .
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R. Gorman from Hull has sent the following tip for eternally
popular 5*7 • II Frontier: Dock at the starport and you should
find yourself equipped with an Eagle.
ZEEWOLF 2 gbull Allan Hall from Hants is the first to statipause send us the complete set of doitnow passwords for Binary Asylum's sequel shipdeck to Zeewolf, Wild Justice.
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Once you have a big ship, buy lots of mining rigs, an escape capsule and an auto pilot. Install a rig around 10km from a starport and let the police blow your ship up.
Now, in your escape capsule dock at the aforementioned starport.
You now have an Eagle. Select the shipyard, then upgrades and sell all of your rigs. Now you can buy a large hyperdrive and travel for next to nothing. You can now complete any military package trip with loads of time left.
CRYSTAL DRAGON Daniel Lawrence has discovered the following cheat for Black Legend's Crystal Dragon.
Start the game as normal. When you get to the character generation screen don't select any characters, just click on DONE. Then when the game has loaded up you will have Bethan and Yoran both starting on level 2.
THEME PARK One of the most popular requests for help in GameBusters concerns Theme
2) Instinct tells you to build and open your park as soon as
possible. Don't.
The thing to do is research into everything for the first year and do nothing else. It will take a while to get new rides but you will get the trees, super toilets, the staff will be faster and you will get all the shops. You will have to watch your money in case it gets too low. If it does, just stop the research.
3) It's time to start building. It's a good idea to put the
Bouncy Castle, the Ghost House and the Merry-Go- Round at the
front with Balloon World, Big Time Fries, Bit Time Burgers,
The Coffee Shop, Pokey Cola, and Mr Walley's Ices between
them. Put the toilets at the sides. Put a few lakes in
somewhere to make your park more pleasant.
4) Now that your park has shops and rides in it, it's a good time
to open to the public but before you do check the prices of
the products that you are selling against the list below;
Fries 85p Burgers 110p Coffee 25p Ices 55p Drinks 75p Balloons
50p These are the recommended prices for the products. The
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Handymen - You will need quite a lot of these. They do most of
the work. Don't go overboard and hire too many. However, each
time you see a bit of the park getting covered in litter hire a
few more to tidy it up.
7) By now you should have a few new rides like the roller coaster
and the rubber tubing. The roller coaster is the most
expensive ride you can get.
When you get one, don't make it too death defying because no-one will go on it and you'll have wasted your money.
6) Research is good and bad. The good thing about it is that you
get all the rides, shops etc.. The bad thing is the speed it
drains your money at. If money gets too low, stop the
Mechanics - You won't need very many of these. Dust put one outside every ride and two outside the big rides.
Guards - You will need these. They don't do much but are needed later on in the game.
Entertainers - Don't hire them. They are useless.
8) Now that you have a roller coaster, a thug or two will make an
appearance at your park. Don't panic and put hundreds of
guards all over the park. Strategically place guards near
shops, alleyways and rides. The thug will get bored and leave
allowing you to breath again.
9) Keep building up your park, keep up with the research and
don't hire any entertainers. The bigger your park gets the
greater the increase in park value; the more handymen you need
to hire.
10) The final and most important thing you have to do is make the
staff happy. If they ask for a pay increase 20% is a fair
Soon your park will be finished. You can either sit back and rake in loads of money or you can auction off the park and rake in loads of money.
Putting your park up for auction means you'll have to start all over again. Only this time you'll have more money to do it with.
ALIEN BREED 3D Since the release of Alien Breed 3D there's been a steady flow of codes for all of the sixteen levels. Proves that there's a load of active gaming going on out there.
Neil Tweedy from Manchester Uni sent us the following code: KLLKFFAAIPUMKLN. We haven't had long to test it. From what we can tell it, at least, gives the player infinite ammo.
Darrren White from Ipswich sent us his level completion codes and added the following tips: If you replace the last 8 letters of any code with these letters (EEEEDCGN) or replace the last four with (AIHP) or replace the 7th and 8th letters with (OO) it will, in most cases, raise the level of firepower and it can also raise your vitality level.
After finding it particularly difficult to defeat the last alien in the "Test Arena Gamma" Level, Darren came across an easy, though time consuming, method of removal.
Kill all the aliens up to the point where you come across the captured alien in a large white box. Run as fast as you can back to the first arena and make your way up to the balcony where the alien is. Crouch down and position yourself at the back edge of the balcony. Make a cup of tea while the alien bombs itself into oblivion.
This will let you continue into the exit chamber and onto the next level.
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P&P in UK = Cl per title. Overseas P&P = £2 per title. Free colour CO list available. E&OE This month, we sent our erstwhile Demo expert Simon Carless to the "The Party V" in Denmark. Here's what he came, saw, and voted for.
He scene: a conference hall in deepest Denmark. The date: the 27th to the 29th of December 1995, a time when any sane human being would be polishing off the leftover turkey and writing thankyou letters to Auntie Doris for that lovely pair of socks.
Yet thousands of Amiga fans from all over the world came together for the biggest demo event of the year, "The Party V", in Fredericia, Denmark, snowy Scandinavia. The first prize in the demo competition, a not-to-be- sniffed-at $ 3500.
The party as a whole attracted more than 50 new Amiga demo releases and the support for the Amiga was a delight to see, especially in the Wild Competition.
Any computer configuration was allowed to compete, from a ZX80 to a Silicon Graphics Station, the only rule being that the competitors had to provide it themselves. Despite the party being orientated around both the Amiga and the PC, all 8 entries in the Wild Competition were created on Amigas.
The quality was absolutely amazing. Broadcast-quality animation and design being easily attained, illustrating perfectly why high-end Amigas are still a viable and cost- effective alternative to any other machine on the market.
The Amiga demo competition itself attracted a brace of high quality entries and showed that even if the Amiga's architecture is 10 years old, there are still plenty of programming advances being made.
A couple of years ago texture mapping, such as the kind used in Alien Breed 3D and Breathless, was considered relatively impossible.
Nowadays the latest breed of demos can display gouraud and phong shaded vector graphics something that was, until recently, only possible on a fast PC.
It's debatable whether these kind of new routines will make it into games because they're much more suited to object display than actual game engines. But demo coders are constantly innovating and improving and perhaps it won't be long before a real 1 * 1 pixel Doom clone can run on an unexpanded A1200.
However, an increasing number of the demos needed at least 2Mb of fast memory, in addition to the normal two-meg chipram in an A1200. This is a shame as it puts many of the best releases out of reach of the 'average' Amiga user. But on the other hand, it's Left: Bill and Ben didn't like to talk about their illegitimate brother.
An added incentive for people to upgrade and exploit the machines full power.
The runaway winner of the releases, CNCD’s demo Closer, really shone, with some amazing vector effects and great design.
The second place demo, by Oxygene, also had some spectacular routines, Like a spacecraft race effect that looked a lot like Wipeout on the Playstation, minus the texture- mapping - it would make an absolutely amazing game.
So, without further ado, here are the reviews of the winning releases: CNCD - "CLOSER" DEMO 1st place Ware ......Freeware (HD, AGA+4megfastmem needed, 030 recommended) Available on the Internet via ftp from the Papa demo archive: ftp i41s20.ira.uka.de pub ThePartyO 5 closer 1 - 3].lha This was the winning demo from "The Party V", and the first thing that needs to be mentioned is that you need a pretty powerful machine to run it on.
Ion of the month PICTURE THIS VOL.2 By ...Various Ihogrammers PD House ..Roberta Smith DTP No of Disks ....One Price .. 90p per disk plus 5 Op pCsfp Roberta Smith DTP can always be counted on to supply incredibly useful and novel disks full of valuable goodies.
Picture this Vot.2 is no exception. Featuring a collection of five programs - three picture viewers, a painting package, and a fun utility - anyone who spends time fixing, filing and converting graphic files will find that it's a bonus.
They'll also find that it increases productivity time when working. Here's a brief resume of what's on offer.
FastView made PD Selection of the Month in issue 80. It's easy to see why. FastView will display IFF, ILBM, GIF, PCX, DPEG and BMP pictures. Pictures which normally couldn't be displayed are converted to HAM or greyscale.
Incredibly handy.
PixxMaster: is an art package which might come in useful if you're tight for space. There are twenty drawing instruments in all and the arist can draw in 32 colours; 16 of them are editable.
Kaleidoscope: A pretty picture generator.
Load in any file and the program will generate a pretty IFF picture using the data held within the file. This could almost be a covert encryption file except there isn't a decoding element involved.
UnivorsalGIO: for those of you wishing to extend the number of file types that can be loaded into Photogenics. Some of the more useful formats that can be loaded in are: IFF- ILBM, PhotoCD, Targa, MacPaint TIF, RGB formats, YUV, VLAB, HhsYUVSq, and TBCPIus frames. This version is shareware - it's missing a keyfile which means that all of the above formats can be loaded in but they'll only be in greyscale.
Visage: Another picture viewer, Visage has several features worth noting. It can scale rendered pictures to fit the screen, uses a _ BestModelD like function to find a suitable mode and there are also several slideshow options, ideal for use with screen blankers.
This is indeed a great demo, probably one of the best ever released on the Amiga.
Right from the start, when an elastic spiked ball with lens flaring reflects its way round the screen, you can't fail to be knocked out.
Some people have been claiming that Closer simply rips off the style of PC demos with plenty of exotically textured and shaded vectors. But it’s much more than that - perhaps the first successful hybrid of the two styles.
As with many demos, the best effects are more or less indescribable.
A lightsource swings over a weird, bumpy surface, and you see the shadowing change accordingly.
There's a bump mapped tunnel with shimmering, water-like walls and other strange, globular effects. The design is wonderful, particularly the raytraced credits sequence with rendered logos.
Groo turns in a rhythmic, original soundtrack, which one of the CNCD members has memorably described as "lite-industrial". The whole production is simply excellent.
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OXYGENE - "VISION" DKMO 2nd place Ware .....Freeware AGA+4meg fastmem needed Available on the Internet via ftp from the Papa demo archive: ftp i4Is20.ira.uka.de pub TheParty 95 oxygen 11+2 .lha) The runner-up demo is no less demanding on hardware, needing a total of 6Mb of RAM to run. However, there is an accompanying text which says Oxygene are working on a version for all A 1200s. We'll keep you updated.
This is the follow up to Control, their excellent demo reviewed recently in AF and it displays many of the same traits. Again, some brilliantly drawn pictures. Again, an excellent soundtrack by Clawz of Bomb Software, the guys behind Fears.
This time there's also a couple of memorable, cinematic-style vector sequences, rather than the more surreal space-drift of Control. A man runs along a corridor, just squeezing through a rapidly closing door. The spaceship race received uproarious cheering when played on the big screen. There's also an absolutely stupendous zoom round a cavern - looped animation? - who cares when it looks this good!
Oxygene manage to include some great abstract routines, much like some of the effects in the CNCD demo. A multicoloured tunnel zoom, some great torus and star objects with exotic shadings and texturings.
Great stuff.
VIRTUAL DREAMS FAIRLIGHT - "FAKTORY" DEMO 3rd place Ware ......Freeware A GA+2 meg fastmem needed) Available on the Internet via ftp from the Papa demo archive: ftp i4Is20.ira.uka.de pub TheParty 95 faktory 11+21. Dms) Many people think this demo, from Alien of Virtual Dreams, should have been placed much higher and with the quality of graphics and design, it's easy to see why. It's nice to see some cr- Faktory FAKTORY: Novel, original, and striking, the touched up digi-pics give Faktory a stylistic touch peculiar to the Amiga.
There's a general philosophical truism regarding personal history which runs along the lines of: "you don't know who you are until you know where you came from".
Genealogy is one of those subjects that's easy to dismiss as dull and boring. Yet, trace anyone’s family tree over a couple of generations and reiterate it back to them and you'll be surprised how quickly their interest picks up.
One of the main hurdles when tracing a family tree is how to keep track of all the records that the research generates.
Computers are more than perfect for the task because they let the researcher quickly and easily cross- reference names, dates and locations.
This adds a new dimension to the information and makes it far easier to paint a bigger historical family picture.
Scion is relatively easy to use and also features an Arexx port for more advanced usage - IFF picture files can even be tacked on to any of the records.
Make yourself the toast of the family, grab a hold of Scion and start researching, today.
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The imagery is very clever. At one point a TV with a scary metallic arm rotates, Dalek-style, around the screen. The TV flicks on to reveal a menacing eye.
The most eye-catching features of the demo are the super-realistic male and female graphics, sometimes with strange electrical equipment instead of eyes, giving the demo a sort of hyper-real, almost artificial feel. Spooky!
But it's not all design and no code. Special mention should go to a weird ball radiating RGB light, which looks absolutely crazy, and some really strange plasma patterns, which look a bit like seas of molten mercury.
See, I told you demo effects are indescribable!
Overall, brilliant - and we're very lucky to have it. Alien's computer got stolen just after he handed the demo in to the judges, leaving the party- organisers with the only copy.
All in all it was great to see that so many coders were still putting so much creativity and enthusiasm into the Amiga scene, and proving that "impossible" just means you are not trying hard enough.
As new technology continues its relentless drive towards faceless anonymity and sociological uncertainty, it's hardly surprising that lesser souls are turning toward alternative sciences for comfort and concrete sense of security.
Astrology is one such alternative science. It's based on the premise that the positions of the heavenly bodies at the time of a person's birth marks them for life by bestowing i unique ; 'C ' personality SEE } j A.. . , iN.u.nrt» * -x traits and T.ZI'IT 7 ¦ behavioural K . H patterns upon ™ v E- ..A j their heads. J V
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complicated mathematics.
No, astrology hinges on interpretation. Anyone with half a brain and a sense of mischievousness can spin whatever tale they wish; the more flattering the better. All that's needed is someone 'open minded' enough to believe in it. And it certainly seems there's plenty of people like that around.
For that reason alone, or any other, grab a hold of Pro-Zodiac. You need to register with the programmer to get hold of the fully working version. Once done though it lets you calculate and then print out people's charts based on when and where they were born.
Don't be too suprised by how popular you'll suddenly become when people learn that their complete birthchart can be given to them in hard copy.
A highly recommended program worth searching out.
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- - 7 BEAUTIFUL WORLD " 1 I'm sure you'll agree that the image on
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&£***% We've had a good play with a pre-release version of ~ WCS 2 and were thoroughly I impressed with many of the ! Features and its realistic Graeme Sandiford rendering. So if you want to find out more have a look at our special preview.
If your interests take you further afield then you'd be well-advised to have a look at the Digital Universe. We've also taken a sneak look at the Siamese workstation which integrates your Amiga with a PC.
Not forgetting the latest version of Blitz Basic a new multimedia authoring package and the best new CD-ROMS.
R Hmm, I don't think I'll bother writing anything this issue - I'll just put my feet up and stare at this restful scene created by the World Construction Set 2 paqe 71 ¦J « WORLD CONSTRUCTION SET 2 I After using version 2 of WCS Graeme SmdMerd has changed his name to Moon Child and spends his time inside a tent in a field trying to render a better world.
BUTZ BASIC 2.1 A AMOS may have been revived, but can it handle the latest version of the program that kicked its butt last time. Mm Kennedy finds out 7£M.M. EXPERIENCE wMuttimedia authoring packages are usually one of two things, cheap or easy to use. David Tfcytor examines a new package from Optonica that is intended to be cheap, easy to use and powerful.
7QCLOANTO PERSONAL SUITE Amiga software developers have been slow to make use of CD-ROMs to offer their customers more. Have Cloanto done so successfully? Crums SandHerd finds out CD-ROM ROUND UP O I Graeme SandWord takes a look at the best new Amiga CD-ROMs around.
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Windows mine of AMOS information Fonts Maker 2 fcur.l Sy"th««'« (T- Version 2 of Questar's World Construction Set is looking very impressive. Join Graeme Sandiford in an exclusive preview.
Below: IVCS 2 is more than a 3D landscape generator it’s more of a simulation of the real world.
Many an Amiga artist lias known ihc joy of loading, manipulating and then rendering a landscape in VistaPro. Unfortunately development of this excellent produc t - well, the Amiga version at least - has stopped, which is a great disappointment to many people.
I lowever a new program from Questar Productions has decided to accept the heavy mantle of premiere landscape modelling and rendering software. World ('.an strut tion Sri (I PCS) might be considered the next evolutionary step in landscape visualisation.
U’CS has actually been around for some time now. But has been somewhat hard to get hold of and version two is almost set to be released. Now that a UK supplier has been established.
Blittersoft, it should hopefully he easier to buy a copy. To set you in the right frame for the rest of this preview it would best to explain the market IVCS 2 is most likely to appeal to and its price.
To purchase IVCS 2directlv from Questar will set you back roughly £230.
At first this seems a horrendous amount to spend on a program whose sole purpose is to render landscapes.
I lowever while programs like Vista Pm 3 and Scenery Animator 4 can be found for well under £100 thev only
* • begin to scratch the surface of the capabilities of IVCS.
You only need to look at the rendered images to see the superiority of IVCS' the images are cleaner, sharper, more detailed, realistic and quite simply gorgeous. Of course, this is due to the enormous range of options and tools available within the program.
Like most programs of this nature, IVCS can load in landscapes from the real-world bv means of DEM files (Digital Elevation Maps), but it can also load in DXF objects. IFF RGB images, DLGs, World Data Bank global vector data, CI A DTED and NATO DMA.
The major differences become apparent once you've loaded your Firstly, you can interpolate the landscape itself in order to obtain vour ideal foundation.
T However I VC Vs real power, and the reason its renders look so good, is its incredible environ mental parameters which enable you create incredibly realistic surfaces.
There is a huge number of choices which include: low vegetation, several types of trees, water (complete with realistic reflections and waves!), snow, mist, fog and stunning 3D clouds that actually change shape and cast shadows! What's more all of these environmental parameters can be animated - imagine being able to simulate an ice age or the effects of global warming.
Right that's enough raving on about the program s features, suffice to say that this reviewer is already in love with the pre-release version! The product power, flexibility and realism of this program is likely to win it fans with artists, hobbyists and anvonc else wishing to visualise ecological or geological events. Zj "The answer to any would-be Amiga programmer's prayer". John Kennedy reviews Blitz Basic 2.1 You'll often hear old-timers say “Who is going to write programs? When I had a Spectnim ('.64 I wrote them myself - now all the young ones play games on their consoles." It’s true to
a certain extent. SimpK because the Amiga has no built-in language other than the Arexx scripting tool. If you want to write a game you need to learn Assembler or C (not the easiest things to do) and then learn the Amiga's hardware inside out (even harder).
Six months later... Ilhlz Hn ir is the answer to any would-be Amiga programmer's prayer, as it combines the simplicity of the BASK!
Programming language with the power of the Amiga hardware. There is no easier language to learn (BASIC is designed for beginners) and all the features of the Amiga hardware are given to you on a plate.
Instead of worrying about opening Amiga libraries, defining screens and writing file handing utilities you can load and display an image or an animation with a few powerful Blit commands. And then you can start using sprites, bobs, sound effects, sound modules, copper effects and everything else which makes the Amiga so special.
Blit compiles before it runs, which
• BUG FREE PARAMETER PASSING Fixes a few little creepy crawlies
from previous releases.
• COMPREHENSIVE AGA AND 3.0 SUPPORT Make the most of new
Workbench features and AGA hardware with new integrated Blitz
commands. Writing top-quality games and utilities has never
been easier.
Makes it exceptionally fast - certainl fast enough for ” () frames a second arcades games.
Blitz has also improved BASIC, by adding extra commands: not only to make the most of the custom hardware, but also to make programming easier.
For example, it Imutows ideas from C and other languages to provide support for new compound variables types.
Along with these additions and the Amiga-specific extensions, vou can write programs which take the Intuition operating system and make it do anything you like: proportional gadgets, buttons, menus - keep your Ml I. Witz llnsif c an do all that standing on its head.
Mm HAPPY STABLE SYSTEM This is the latest release, 2.1. and although the language itself remains the same, pletitv of work has been done under the covers. Blitz 2.1 builds on previous versions with a little more ease of use. A little big fixing and a little more A(»A support. If vou now have an A1200 orA4000, Blit will be a happier and more stable system. As well as the improved new screen mode friendlv editor, there is a comprehensive on-line help facilitv. Whereas you used to In- able to press HI- I I* and get a brief WHAT'S NEW IN BLITZ 2.1 AT A GLANCE
• ONLINE HELP Not only will pressing HELP give you a summary, but
pressing Right Amiga and Help brings up full documentation.
• RESTRUCTURED LIBRARY HANDLING An improved library handling
systems makes it easier to distribute Blitz libraries, and so
add new functions to the program.
Summary, now you can press Right- Amiga I h-lp and get a manual. It not only makes things easier for the beginner, but it speeds up development as there is no need to root through the manual. Speaking of dot umentation.
The last version of the manual I saw was the si e of a large maga ine and wry hard to flit k through - now the pages look the same, but it’s in an Af binder which can be persuaded to lie open on the desk. It's only a pity the opportunity wasn’t taken to give the contents the complete overhaul the now need.
The library support - a method of building new features onto Blit , such as a 31) library' - has also been improved to make it easier to distribute new libraries. It's a good idea to register for issues of Bl’M (the Blit I'ser Maga ine) as they always come with an excellent supplv of new tools.
The rest of Blit , is much the same.
The quirky but lovable editor is there with the automatic list of l.tlx-K on the right lot instant jumping through largci programs. There are also comprehensive debugging fat ilities to step through your listing line by line, watch to see what each command does.
The need for a well-supported Amiga development system is great, and Blit is certainly the best pat kage 1 i |EXECIEVRLlBLTZlREG|HEM1IMEH2|VHR|RSM|C0P|GS|PS|BC 0000 2FBC 0000 0FR0 079R 1C76 00F9 0FR0 ? ???
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?0O0 ?0OP DODD 0006 D0D8 D0o: Memory 1 m The new Blitz debugger provides a considerable number of newfeatures, including such delights as copper list debugging.
FT- IS m around at the moment. Yes, C is probably better for serious applications, but if you want to write a utility or a high-speed professional quality arcade game without locking yourself away for a year, buy Blitz. If you don’t believe the power that this language has, you only need to look at the classic Skidmarks or dream of a success like Worms.
AGA support means you can write code which makes die most of 256 colour displays and harness the power of the AGA chipset. Switch from Blitz to Amiga mode and you can dump multitasking and have the complete Amiga at your disposal. Blitz has a full in-line assembler in case you need more speed, and you can of course compile your code to create fully stand-alone programs. Stick to Amiga mode and your utilities will multitask and talk * Arexx like any good utility.
Rumours on the Internet of a redesigned cross-platform Blitz 3 ensure that development of Blitz is still continuing non-stop, and you are certain that you are not buying into a dead-end solution. ! PRICE £34.99 (special offer of £24.99 through AF) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS All Amigas with 1Mb SPEED ••••• Very fast - the editor and compiler itself and, more importantly, the finished code run like lightning.
MANUAL •••• Needs updating, although new format is useful and example source code invaluable.
The online help is a terrific improvement.
ACCESSIBILITY ••••• There is no easier way to take such total control over the Amiga. From animations to sound effects you can do everything.
VALUE • • • • • A bargain, no doubt about it. If every Amiga user starting coding today in Blitz, the Amiga's future would be secure.
“ The best Amiga software development tool available ” 92% Multimedia At Its Best!
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The world’s firs! Truly AGA multimedia, interactive compact disc.
Designed for beginners, new users through to intermediate (and higher!) Levels, it helps an Amiga user understand more about their computer and what it is capable of. Covers many subjects from raytracing to the Internet and from programming to music. Many ‘well-known' experts and Amiga-buffs are contributing to this CD.
They offer help, answers, tips, tricks and more. Want to know how the experts create a WWW page? Global Internet show how!
Stuck using Internet software? John Kennedy explains all. Also contains forums, opinions and a look to the future with top Amiga developers. Comes with a FREE bonus beginners section with commercial programs, commercial demos and all the PD you need to Get Started, all ready-to-run. If you have an AGA Amiga with a CD player, then get this. PC multimedia CD's are here!
Its Dosses ideas, mistakes etc The Escom rivival and much more AMIGA Environment What is your Amiga? Why is it so special? What is the scene ? Who are Amiga Technologies and what do they do?
The Amiga Hardware Inside, outside, ports, chips all explained Workbench and DOS What is it? Using it Data and file management. Workbench environment tips, the Cll. Advanced WB and CLI tricks Programming AMOS Blitz, assembly. C. Amiga E and AREXX examined Become an Artist Overnight Raytracmg. 3D. Animation, bitmap drawing analysed Become an Amiga Music Maestro Octamed explained. MIDI discussed, musicians interviewed Getting Your Words into Print Word processing. Desk Top Publishing. Pnnters. Chpart etc Surfing the Super Information Highway Intro to the Internet. Surfing the Internet. WWW
design. Amiga Internet Providers. Amiga Internet software The Amiga Technologies Internet pack taken for a test drive.
General Arena Emulation. Operating Systems, Storage Systems. Amiga in Business. Multimedia etc etc etc The Amiga Future Where is the Amiga going? Amiga Technologies plans. Amiga visions, possible industry comments Amiga "Visions" - the companies that will bong us innovative products m 1996 We interview Intersect Developments. Fields of Vision and more And Finally Credits, thanks and anything we have forgotten' And Starring!
Kev and Gareth Craft Steve Bye Ed W-es Larry Hicfcmoft Peter and David Clarke Simon & Co Mark Thomas Danny Amor Jason Jordache Dale Hemenway David Taylor John Kennedy Jeremy Ford Justin Joyce Andrew Campbell Richard Bannister Spencer Jarvis
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- Octamed m Depth
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• 3D Architecture
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- The CD and German Mki
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• PD Section
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ADVANCED AMIGAGUIDE - AAG Advanced AmigaGuide (or AAG) is the language that resides behind the Got Started Interface It offers many enhanced and powerful features over the old AmigaGuide language. To the left of this box Is a Hat ot the features AAG contains. AAG could be used In a multimedia product. Interface front-end, on-line help program , disk magazine and much more. Contact ua for licence details. AAG should be available by May June 1996.
"AAG - GUI OS VERSION Advanced AmigaGuide (AAG) can be a direct replacement to* the current AmigaGuide in a native OS GUI version it looks very similar to the existing tormat. However it * very Ot1e»ent The language allows more flexibility such as the co-ordination of text images and gadgets in upto 256 colours and can add more powerful leatures such as HTML decoding or use of multiple loots on a page AAG can also read old AmigaGuide files It also uses me same techniques tor writing - GUIDE* files isee second pcturei ONOOE ©LINK ©COMMAND etc are me same as the old tormat but new commands
have been added such as a IMAGE ©REM. OMOD. ©SECTION. ©PAGE, ©COLOUR. ©BOX.
©DRAW. ©LINE. ©GOTO. ©CENTRE etc etc This allows the user to quickly understand the simplicity of writing the documents'pages
• Fast Rendering of 8 bit (256 colour) Images practically
Instantaneous display ot 256 colour ptcturas even on stock 020
Amiga. Thera can be more than one 256 image displayed at one
time with the palette sharer.
• Is a Stand-alone Platform Unlike Other Hypertext' Products
(HTML Language etc) does not need other programs such as UUI or
AmiTCP to run
• Allows Text. Picture and Gadget Links as Opposed to It’s
Pre-desessor click on a picture or animated gadget and move to
another page Retrace back to your original position
• Allows the use ot Sub-Modules Runnable as Commands tor
Instance, play and show an animation as a command by clicking
on a button! The commands can allow you to link’’ to anything
and anywhere. Click a link and enable the dictionary etc.
• Multiple Fonts & Add Colour from 256 Colour Pallete you can use
as many different fonts as you Ilka. Just use the normal Amiga
bitmap fonts in any size! You can also add colour to the tent
from a pallete ot 256 colours Highlight a word - add colour
Highlight different links ¦ add colour!
• Super Bitmap Window cater for AmigaGuide hies which take up
more lines than is available
• Downward Compatibility Is able to read old AmigaGuide format
(and soon HTML pages)
• Drawing Tools AAG allows you to create lines, bores, circles
and colour them by using simple commands such as 0DRAW
10 0.25-60 or OLINE 10.30.35 ¦ using co-ordinates and lengths.
¦ALL YOU NEED' SECTION ? The aii-you-need section contains a ceretuty selected cokoction of read-to-run material This soction encompasses full (or 1 limited) commercial programs such I as Octamed v5.04 Personal Paint
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There are exclusive collections from M U G . The imagine Users
MlDlCraft AMOSzine authors and Ctoanto GLOBAL 1 L-O Ww :» Ilifry iNTERnET The PD contents are highlighted and examined withm the Get Started interface There is also a superb "Get Connected* area all you need, ready-to-rurVinstall (all explained m the Get Started interlace'!)
To get onto the Intornet Global Internet will be providing the access, so immodiate net surfing) There are many more reasons to buy Get Started - it's like 3 CD's in 1 - Multimedia CD.
Internet Software CD. Commercial Software!
German version due early April, Out March 1996 [AGA Machines] £29.99 The Gel Started CD should be available from most good CD mail order and high street Amiga retailers All nghts reserved Contents may be subfect to change FT LICENCEWARE volume one - FI-01 to FI-100 NEW - RELEASE VERSION 2 New Search Routine the mutti-taskng searcMind will seek file names or number New 'Hot-Keys' Function |ust press S’ tor search or E’ tor oxtract. Help* lor help' Restyled, Remastered new heto and mtormation guide, restyled artwork' Superb'
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Some superb material is contained within this CD-Rom Blackboard
v3 (image manipulation). Ultimate Quiz 2 (general quiz).
Word Plus Pro (originally valued at £15!). Fortress (strategy God game).
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It's HERE' Zoom release 2 • now in ready-to-run and DMS format! Do you want the latest PD CD-Rom that contains the latest PD to January 1996?
Contains the greatest and latest PD from two superb PD libraries. The interface must be the most easy to use CD interface on any CD Coded by the co-author of the superb new Get Started CD - just pomt. Read about the disk and cbck to extract Superb and very easy to use The contents have also been updated so you get all the latest PD until early January 1996 and loads more as listed opposite Comes with an on-line help routine, multitasking search routine and hotkeys function. If you want 650MB's of tho latest PD. Then look here! Two formats - ready-to-run and the DMS tormat (for shops etc).
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SPACEBALLS present This collection of textures has taken a staggering 5 years to complete, Phantasmagoria are a professional graphics company, based in Bristol.
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Rock. Metal (6 sub-sections), Water, Wood Bark, Wood Grain, Miscellaneous. No wasted space on this CD-Rom - a collection of extensive tutorials. This CD comes with a full colour multi-page reference booklet for every single texture An ideal complement to a ray- tracing CD such as Light Rom 3 etc. Please note that and cannot be found on any other collection.
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that our claims have been somewhat ignored.
Professionals, like the police force we featured back in WHO, have been able to use the Amiga lor authoring to produce, what in relative terms, is cheap multimedia. But what's cheap for professionals is way out of reach of the average home user.
Optonica's new release, Multimedia Experience, might be the break that the field has needed. If vou're worried 4 about its pedigree, then perhaps the fact that it is based on their highly successful and rather more pricey (£750) Interplay ftrofrssional system will make you slightly more receptive.
David Taylor finds out that a £40 program can turn your Amiga into a genuine multimedia authoring machine.
This version of MMExpnience is aimed at the novice, but that doesn’t mean that it's a second rate effort.
There is a more upmarket version, but that's for |K*ople who need to cut CD- ROMs. This version allows you to create r projects that are used from floppy, if they are verv small, but more likely f rom hard drive or from a removable media, like a Syquest, Zip or magnetooptical device.
When you use MMExperience. You’ll find that it's about as close to a desktop publishing program as possible. In the simplest terms, you draw a box and fill it with the media you want, from a picture or text to CDXL video. If you can design a page within a DTP program, you can use this. Which is quite a good thing when you see the documentation. When I got the program, I made the rather unique decision to read the docs before proceeding. Then I remembered why I never do that.
The docs do contain all the information that you need, but it’s not presented coherently enough. There should be a picture with every description to save you trying to figure out which “box" the text is referring to.
There's no index and the subheadings can be confusing.
Still, thankfully, vou shouldn’t have 4 4 to refer to the documentation sen often. Once you've had a few attempts and knocked out a couple of practice pages, you’ll soon be able to compile very professional projects.
Before loading the program you need to create a project directory on your hard drive that will contain all the files you are going to use. This includes all the pictures, video, text, samples and music. Then, when the program is loaded, you set up a project by adding the first page.
Placing a text or graphic item on the new page is fairly straightforward.
You simply draw a rectangle on the screen and then define the file that will fill it. If you select a picture (only IFFs are accepted), then it will be scaled to fit and remapped to the screen's palette. If it’s text, it will be automatically wrapped and a set of arrow scroller buttons will Ik* put at the bottom of the box.
When you want to add text, you can add a standard ASCII file, but make sure there are no carriage returns at the end of each line. Or you can create a new file and an internal text editor will Ik* launched allowing you to enter the text straight away. Animations can also Ik* placed in boxes, in which case the first frame will Ik* displayed.
When you have set up all the boxes on the page, you can attach what Optonica have labelled “media clips” to them. Image boxes, for instance, can have the original image attached so that when you click on the lx x. The image will Ik* displayed at full screen size.
Animations can be played and so can
CDXI. Files, which have all the Mei mat Computer generated
Artwork Click on a picture to view it boxes that can be
overlaid. Using this facet, you can create a professional
page and use MMI'ixfterience to turn it into a multimedia
In order to facilitate this sort of design, there is a button in the program that allows you to load external programs to save you from swapping back to Wor kbench each time.
Once your project is finalised, all you need do is click on ’’Publish” and the multimedia player and any fonts used will be moved to the project drawer. You then know that all the necessarv files are there, ready for distribution. The player that accompanies the program can be used freely, which means you can spread your projects.
MMExpmence is a great program - it’s very easy to use and produces some excellent results - but the options can be somewhat restricting. Only being able to place rectangular boxes is a bind and not being able to overlay text on pictures means you have to resort to other programs to do the groundwork.
There should be the ability to mix fonts • within text boxes, and to have those boxes without the sc roller buttons.
Different font colours and the ability to resize an existing box, instead of deleting it and re-creating it, would also be useful.
If you’re a serious user then this program needs to integrate with others.
For best results you need a graphics program, and ideally a graphics manipulation like ADPro. A music program and sample editor are also handy, but these are all things that most people with hard drives already have.
It’s excellent for those starting out in multimedia, and despite a less than inspired interface, it offers a very reasonable number of features. A few tweaks and this program would Ik* in gold territory.
"Should make any user sit up and take notice. Even non- Amiga owners.” It becomes apparent that the best thing is to design pages in Dpaint and then apply invisible boxes in MMExperience.
Necessary* playback options offered.
Tliere arc several different effects that will wipe the screen and move to the next, which adds to the project's looks.
You can construct your project so that samples or music modules are played back when a box is selected.
Alternatively boxes can be used to move 4 to other pages. The program can also compile an index page allowing users to go to pages or files directly. Another option is to launch external programs from boxes.
The program’s screens default to the less memory hungry, low resolutions, hut to produce an aesthetically pleasing page, you’ll need to change this to Hi Res. You may also find that the use of boxes is slightly restrictive, especially with text boxes if you only want to display a caption or minor paragraph. The answer is to design the page within a paint program, like Dpaint, using its tools to resize pictures and put text on the page.
When you have designed a page you can make use of another of AfMExperience s features, the invisible box. You size one of these boxes and place the picture of the screen in it.
Then vou draw another set of invisible i boxes over all the areas that vou would i have otherwise set as separate boxes and attach the media clips to them.
Invisible boxes are the only type of Return to Welcome Index page ” Computer generated Artwork Click on a picture to view it Ml-vWlsa "HI rT: MM EXPERIENCE fj DISTRIBUTOR FEATURES • Optonica 01455 558282 PRICE £39.95 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Everything you need to start with, but a few extras would have been welcome, especially more configurability.
4Mb RAM, hard drive Outstanding. No other platform can offer this sort of value.
SPEED ••••• Although an A4000 is the optimum machine, my 030 A1200 performed brilliantly ACCESSIBILITY •••• Any problems using the program are likely to be down to the misleading docs, which aren't good for a program aimed at novices.
D-R0M...CD-R0M...CD-R0M...GD-R0M...CD-R0M...GD-R0M...CD-R0M..XD-R0M...CD-R01 r i 'H-Paint Aminet Set 2 AMINET® SET 2, doted November 1995, consists of approximately 4 gigabytes of software in 12.000 archives. Whether you like applications, games, communications or programming, the SET gives you all you need. Easy to use index files and search facilities make accessing if a pleasure.
120 MB Utilities 270 MB Documents 40 MB text software 75 MB Business software 630 MB Pictures & animations 170 MB Graphics software 150 MB Miscellaneous 630 MB Graphics & sound demos 250 MB Games 110 MB Development software 10 MB Disk HD tools 5 MB Hardware reloted 840 MB Music modules 150 MB Communications 30 MB Music software Aminet 10 Aminet® CD 10, dated February 1996, contains more thanl gigabyte (uncompressed) of software in thousands of archives. Since the release of Aminet® CD 9 more than 500 MB new software has appeared. The current edition has a special focus on fonts. More than
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25 MB Business software 54 MB Communications 25 MB Graphics & sound demos 27 MB Development software 5 MB Disk HD tools 22 MB Documents 111 MB Games 52 MB Graphics software 18 MB Miscellaneous 233 MB Music modules 54 MB Pictures & animations 43 MB Utilities qb XiPaint V3.2 XiPaint is a leading edge, 24-bit point pro- grom. It’s suited to the demands of novice and expert alike, and within a short time, you too will be able to produce colourful and creative art in 16.8 million colours.
This version of XiPaint provides a professional paint program at an unbeatable price performance ratio.
Overview of Features: • Diverse paint functions including colour, contrast and saturation adjustment • Mask, outline, recolour and fill functions • Airbrush with adjustable spray functions • Light-table function for manipulating montoges and animations • Text functions with anti-aliasing using Compugraphic fonts • Support for a variety of graphic formats • Unlimited Undo • Diverse manipulation of olpha channel • Supports many graphic cards • Layers to combine different projects • Arexx port • Drag & Drop colours • External filter module • Extensive documentation • 60 textures, 50
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Once you get past the ugly front-end Personal Write is OK.
The storage medium of CD- ROM technology has rarely been used to its full advantage on the Amiga with regaid to serious software. While there have been several games and plenty of PD collections there have been few commercial programs that have made effective use of the extra storage space afforded by this technology (Xi-Painl and Light Wave 4 being the only ones that spring to mind). Hopefully the arrival of the Personal Suite might start a trend as ii comprises the best of the Cloanto range of products along with other interesting files.
The disc contains a new version of Personal Paint (6.4), Sbase 4 Personal, Personal Write, Personal Pouts Maker I and 2, 27 colour fonts from the Kara collection, examples of Amiga artists' work, the PNG Toolkit, several books and a tool called DirDiff. But far from being thrown together, the contents of this disc have been finely and carefully woven through an introductory t AmigaGuide document, sensible directory arrangement and good use of icons. All of the programs can be used directly from the CD so you don't have to go through the trouble of installing them.
The obvious star of the CD. And by far Cloanto's best known product, is Personal Paint. When this program first appeared it was regarded by many as Deluxe Paint's first serious rival, despite not having any animation tools. One of the things that set the original program apart from many other paint packages of the time was its range of image processing features. Now Ppaint 6.4 is perf ectly capable of displaying and creating animations. Aside from an Arexx interface and some new loaders, there aren't very many new major features but this doesn't stop Personal Paint from doing the things that
it has done so well in the past. It still has excellent colour-reduction routines and image processing tools.
Personal Write has not received much attention in this country and at first glance appears quite dated.
I lowcver. It does have some useful tools and functions and is a fairly average text processor.
The Sbase 4 Personal is another product that is starting to show its age - especially when compared with today's databases such as Twist and Datastore.
While it’s big brother. Sbase 4. Has loads of powerful tools Sbase 4 Personal is sadly lacking in the power department.
But if you are looking for a relatively easy-to-use database then vou can do a
* i lot worse than this.
Personal Fonts Maker 2 is. For most peoples' money, the best colour font- editor around. It has an interface that closely resembles a paint package and is very easy to use. It can load both Amiga bitmap fonts and IFF images, as well as saving Amiga bitmap fonts for use in graphical projects.
If you are looking for inspiration for your font-making endeavours then you need look no further than the Kara Font collection. Quite simply, this is still one of the best colour font collections available and while the whole collection is not included. 27 fonts should keep you busy for a while - there are even some of the animated ones.
In addition to these main programs there are other things on this disc of interest, including a selection of classic books and some excellent pictures and animations. A useful utility called DirDiff will find differences between two directories or one that mav have changed. There is also a suite of tools for the PNG image format. This is a very reasonable collection for just £50 and well worth a look.
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A good solid collection of games 90% FROZEN FISH ¦ PD SOFT ¦ 01702 466 933 £19.99 IBM I* t % Tho PS 2 Family: Yostorday's Hardware Today.
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An invaluable resource for BBS Sysops 91% Nyy i Mir; A The Fred Fish PD disks need no introduction, but the Frozen Fish collection is not quite so well-known. Much like the Fresh Fish collection, this CD-ROM contains several Fred Fish disks (l-
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As you might expect the contents are very good, but because of the sheer volume, you really need a copy of the Kingfisher utility which will make finding what you want much easier.
Most Amiga-owners who have a CD-ROM and an interest in games will have at least heard ol the Assassins CD collection PD Shareware games. As the name suggests the bulk of the CD is taken up by the extremely popular Assassins collection. Version 2 also has plenty of utilitv disks as DMS files and a s choice of interfaces. You can either use a custom menu or an AmigaGuide document, both of which will provide brief instructions and enable you to launch a game.
As with the lirst disc there's a wide variety of games, so whatever vour tastes you should find
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At £29.95 this CD-ROM represents outstanding value - not only does it have the latest version of the lull program (which normally costs £39.95) it also contains the complete Walkabout collection of samples and loads of other tools and files. This collection by itself on CD-ROM would be worth £30.
§ The bulk of the CD is filled up with samples, music modules and compilations from the Med Users Group BBS. While the standard of the modules varies from insanely-irritating to nearprofessional. On the whole the collection is surprisingly good.
A music-fest on a CD - buy it!
95% The two most significant improvements in this version are support for midi and 16-bit sampling through the Aura sampling system. It is still as easy to use as ever and highly configurable, although you’ll need Workbench 2 or above to run the program and many of the utilities. There is also on-line help in the form of an AmigaGuide file as well as a comprehensive written manual.
¦m 12a 3 tmi 31 112 ifzi fci This CD is a big treat for owners of the previous versions and is even worth buying if you have version six already.
ARTWORX CD ¦ WEIRD SCIENCE ¦ 0116 234 0682 ¦ £9.99 The ArtuwxCD is a collection of thousands of PD-only images from Amiga artisis around die glolx*. . s they are PD you can use diem in commercial projects without fear of legal recriminations or loss of sleep due to a guilty conscience - except one or two of the scanned fantasy art pictures.
To help you find your wav around the Cl) you can use the AmigaGuide file that is supplied. As well as providing access to each image individually bv category, the guide enables vou to launch a slideshow ol the images.
This disc has something for everyone 91%
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As with the first volume, it is not the quantity of the fonts that make this CD special it is their exceptional quality. All the same, the disc does contain Type l E.M.C. Volumes 17. 27.
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There are also several high qualitv clip-art files and other images that can be used in DTP or video projects. Once again this is a great CD.
AMINET 9 ¦ PD SOFT ¦ 01702 466 933 ¦ £12.99 Yes it’s the AmiNet on CD-ROM, yes it’s volume 9 and yes. It is full of the best Amiga PD and Shareware around. There is also a good collection of music and image files its well as software.
As with the last two volumes of AmiNet there are a few extra programs ready to run. While last time it was musically orientated w and before that graphically, this time there are some ready-to-run games some of which were commercial products.
It would have been nice to have the- option of running a slideshow of a single category, but unfortunately, you can’t.
As with most discs of this type the quality of the images is highly variable, however, on the whole they are very impressive. As well as providing nice pictures to look at. There are plenty of images and icons that would be useful in video or multimedia work. Al less than £10 this collection is outstanding value for money.
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AmigaDOS BRUCE SMITH BOOKS ¦ 01923 894355 ¦ £21.99 Author: Bruce Smith ISBN: 1-873308-56-6 This book tackles the traditionally fearful Cl .I part of the Amiga's operating system - AmigaDOS. .As with the other Total! Books this one is intended to be of use to Workbench
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AVAILABLE FROM MOST BOOKSTORES ¦ £13.95 Author: Lamont Wood ISBN: 0-471-10347-0 This “underground guide to the coolest, the newest and the most bizarre hangouts on the Internet”, is aimed at people who are already online and are looking for cool stuff. The main content of the book is aimed at newsgroups and commercial services such as BIX, AOL and CompuServe.
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The Net After Dark Total! Amiga Graeme Sandiford brings you the best of this month's books.
MARCH 1996 SERIOUSLY AMIGA © Remember. Space is big - really big. You may think it’s a long way to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts in Space. If you plan on Hitch-hiking your way around the Galaxy.
J J you'll need a good map: and The Digital Universe is likely to be the best vou'll find.
0 This program has been developed solely on the Amiga, and much to the dismay of jealous PG and Mac owners, it's a staggering program.
One of the first staggers you'll suffer is when you sit down to install it on your hard drive. Fourteen disk swaps later and vou're eventually finished: the need for 0 0 a CD-ROM version is self-evident. The reason for the huge number of disks is obvious when you discover the list of features: not only do you get a program which will plot the position of over
250. 000 different heavenly bodies, hut you also get a 700 page
hypertext guide.
The numbers may be big, but the detail is still verv much down to earth.
“zoom in" with your virtual telescope on the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn you see a drawing displaying the correct phase*. 'Hie positions of the major moons of all the planets are displayed too: 29 in total.
Observing the moons and the planets' changing phases is made a great deal easier with the in-built animation facilities. Y’ou can define a set of parameters, and The Digital Universe will happily spool the images to disk for you in standard I FT format.
0 MUST HAVE... If you are already into astronomy, then this is an essential purchase. It Is more up-to-date than previous Amiga programs and includes detailed and flexible support for artificial satellites and asteroids. The company World Wide Web site contains updates as new objects are discovered or satellites launched. Sending a star map to your printer before heading out with your ‘scope for the evening can save you hours of searching time and help you find new objects. The report generation is verv- flexible, so you can customise Before you start to use the program properly you’ll need to
enter your location, your altitude and for best results, even the local air pressure. The Digital Universe will then display what you would see if you went out and looked up on a cloudless night.
Think of The Digital Uniierse as a window onto the Night Sky.
Y'ou can move the window around the sky to see from any viewpoint, but you can also turn on the ‘Time Machine' and set the exact time and date.
This is not an astrology program, this is a scientific instrument, but you can still use it to see if there was a bright star over your house on the dav vou were born.
* 0 I suppose* it's a bit like having Patrick Moore sitting
beside you, because you can interrogate every object displayed
on screen, and the more important ones will be linked with a
hypertext reference. Many links lead to images and pages of
background information.
Planetarv information is 0 particularly impressive, as when you tt'scold, it's cloudy and it's wet
- why bother going outside?
John Kennedy turns his Amiga into a virtual telescope.
Ill m 30 O c v 5 Digital Universe can show a lot of information: in this view we have the stars and deep sky objects (galaxies) switched on, as well as several grid lines.
INPUT YOUR DETAILS Select your location, the time and optionally your altitude and local barimetric pressure.
The more accurately you can define your location, the more accurate the results will be: normally getting close to one of the 1000 example cities is good enough.
USING THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE STAR PERFORMER The following databases are integrated into The Digital Universe ©Yale Bright Star (YBS) Catalogue of 9110 stars.
O Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Catalogue of over 250,000 stars.
©Messier's Catalogue of 110 deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and clusters).
Sky 8 Telescope's NGC 2000.0 Catalogue of 13,226 deep sky objects.
Tom Lorenzin's 1000+ database of observing comments for over 2000 objects.
Jost Jahn's comet database containing 2298 cometary orbits.
2 CHOOSE YOUR BODY Select the object you are interested in observing.
You can either look around to find something of interest, or search by name for the heavenly body of your choice.
ZOOM IN CLOSER When looking at planets or the moon, it pays to zoom in for a closer look. Most of the planets are shown in a shaded form like this: accurately representing what you would see through a telescope.
Waxing Crcsccni I irsi Quarter ©Jost Jahn's minor planet database containing orbital for thousands of asteroids.
I asl Quarter Waning Crescent ©Ted Molczan's & T. S. Kelso's orbital information for approx. 900 Earth-orbiting satellites.
Your own tables to fit in with the way you work.
Even if you are merely have a passing interest in Astronomy, The Digital Universe is better than any book.
It makes exploration interactive: you can zoom in by dragging the mouse and click on an object to bring up more information. The on-line hypertext help system allows you to browse through pages of text and diagrams on a range of subjects.
THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE v1.2 The only drawbacks to The Digital Universe are those imposed by the level of its performance. There are a lot of calculations going on in the background, so each time the screen is moved there is a delay as the new display is calculated. MUI is used to provide all the gadgets and menus, but if you fulfil the minimum hardware specifications there is no need to hold this against anyone. A fast Amiga with an FPU certainly makes a difference.
The Digital Universe Is a very powerful program. It’s fun, it’s educational and even if you are an amateur of the outdoors or armchair variety it’s a "must-have” accessory. Q?
CLICK FOR INFORMATION You can click on each object to discover what is stored in the vast hypertext reference book. The more important bodies have plenty of background information and links to other pages.
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"The final frontier reaches your Amiga and becomes the star of the show" any of the best innovations are incredibly simple and often seem obvious once they have been suggested.
This was the case with the PowerS tation from HiQ (reviewed AF72) which cunningly made use of the Squirrel SCSI interface and PC cases (what else are you going to do with a PC casing aside from sticking a PC motherboard in it?) To improve the expansion potential of the A1200.
The Siamese system offers A1200-owners the best of both worlds.
The twinning of the Amiga and PC computer platforms? Graeme Sandiford was in two minds about it... This low-cost solution enabled A1200-owners to add a variety of SCSI devices to an external housing, as well as taking advantage of things such as multimedia speakers. Now, however, HiQhave decided to take the idea one step further and several levels of complexity higher, with the development of the Siamese system.
In essence the Siamese system is an almost seamless integration of the Amiga and PC computer platforms.
Although the model we had a look at is not the final version it still performs surprisingly well and has several impressive features.
No. Don't make a face like that - there are plenty of benefits from combining these two systems. Firstly, despite their virtually useless operating system and incompatibility problems.
Pcs offer outstanding processing power for their price. Not to mention the availability of cheap hardware such as graphics cards. MPF.G boards, monitors, Ethernet adaptors and other peripherals. This, combined with access to the wonderful operating system of the Amiga, means the two are so well integrated you can simply switch from one system to the other with a keystroke. In a way. You might describe the Siamese system as the ultimate PC emulator and with a copy of Shapeshifter you can enjoy the benefits of three computer systems.
So how does it work and who will find it useful? As with the original PowerStation. The Si a rues? System relies heavily on the Squirrel interface. In fact one of the main reasons it is not finished yet is that to get the best out of the setup it needs tin- latest version of the Squirrel - the Surfer.
As well as the option of using the SCSI interface to connect the machines it is also possible to use the serial ports, although performance will suffer.
Thanks to some especially clever programming by Paul Nolan, the progenitor of the excellent Photogenics. The Amiga keyboard and mouse can be used as input devices even when the PC side of the svstem is in use. So you can enter values, type text or even play mouse driven games.
And as well as being able to transfer files between systems, you can also t execute PC programs from the Amiga.
Another clever feature is the video switcher card which enables you to switch between the Amiga and PC screens. It will also be possible to use a two-monitor setup and as a bonus the Amiga’s v ideo output can be displayed on monitors that do not ordinarily support its scan rates.
This kind of setup will no doubt appeal to people in need of a power boost, such as SI) artists, who will also benefit f rom the availability of Amiga miderers like LightWave, RealSI) and Cinema 41) on Intel-based machines.
For those who already have both machines there are plans for packs with just the necessary cards and software.
The Siamese s certainly an interesting prospect which will open up plenty of possibilities for A 1200-owners looking to expand their machines.
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Workbench partition when I came across a file called lowlevel.library. Could you tell me what it is and what it is used for? Is it a low level format file, a virus with a low level format command waiting for the right date to execute itself or simply just a harmless library file? Using DiskMaster 2 from AF55's coverdisk, I read the lowlevel.library file using the hexread command. There are several columns in binary code containing numbers but the far right hand column had some funny characters, among which I found words including: Nulowlevel.library, nonvolatile.library, intuition.library,
graphics.library and one which alarmed me because I thought it might be part of a virus timer device. What should I do, delete it or leave it?
Andrew Hoyle Lancashire The LowLevel library is a legitimate library, so don't delete it! It's part of Amiga Workbench libraries, although mostly to do with the CD32 system. It deals with reading the joypad buttons.
It's often included to help programs to think they are running on a CD32. The Hnon volatile" is a giveaway: it refers to the small extra area of battery-backed memory present on the CD32 to store saved game positions.
Having just bought a 1200,1 would like to fit a CD-ROM drive and in time maybe an FASTER, FASTER!
I have recently sold my A600 to upgrade to an A1200. But after seeing the excellent review of Breathless in A 'last month, I have decided to get an A1200 with a faster processor.
1. I -ast month news came out that Amiga Technologies were set to
release an A1200+!
Is this still set to go ahead, if so do you know the specifics, the price, whether it’s going to have a dodgy disk drive like the A1200 and most importantly when it’s going to be released, because I just can’t wait to get this excellent machine.
2. I’m sorry if I might seem a bit thick when I ask this
question, but what does a SIMM socket device do?
3. When is this SX:i- upgrade board being released for the CD *2
and what does it do?
4. This Power PC board upgrade - when is it set to reach the I K
and do vou know how I much it is likelv to cost?
Reborn Amiga user Chesterfield.
You don't need any extra memory to run a CD- ROM drive, you need an interface. There are several options: the easiest is to buy a Squirrel and connect it to the PCMCIA slot on the side.
You can then fit any SCSI CD-ROM drive, and the package will cost you a lot less than £300.
If you do decide to buy an accelerator remember that many are available with an optional SCSI interface - these will also drive a standard CD-ROM drive. Finally if you are a little more adventurous, it is possible to fit an IDE CD- ROM drive with some hardware and software available from Blittersoft.
5. Finally, what are the advantages of RISC technology compared
with AGA technolog ?
Jason Bam field Bristol IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible. Unlike some magazines, we don't just concentrate on our areas of expertise - we take on all your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
Here are a few tips on sending in questions:
• Be concise.
• Detail the actual problem as best you can.
• Describe the events that caused the problem.
• Give full details of your equipment.
• Make sure your question is relevant and wouldn't be more easily
solved by contacting the dealer from whom you bought the goods.
4b that a machine is to be launched in March featuring a built-in CD-ROM drive but no floppy disk drive (one way to get around the incompatibility problems). However, even developers have yet to hear or see the specifications for certain and so it seems unlikely. Should you wait or buy an accelerator now?
I would get the accelerator. If the new Amiga does come along, at least you will be able to use the SIMM memory module.
2. .4 SIMM is a "Single Inline Memory Module". It's a set of
memory chips attached to a small board to make handling and
fitting easier. If an accelerator has a SIMM socket, it means
it will accept memory in this form.
Eoin Harford Co. Dublin
3. I'm sony, I have no more information on the SX32.
If it does appear it will enhance the CD’2 by providing extra memory, keyboard and hard drive interfaces: basically turning it into an A1200.
Swapping games? You mean Public Domain games don 7 you ? Swapping commercial games is a form of piracy and I'm sure you wouldn 7 do that.
One reason for not swapping commercial games is that often the games have been "hacked " to remove copy protection. These hacked games often include vims programs - and if there is one thing virus programs love to do it is infect other disks and cause Read and Write errors.
Here's what you need to do. First throw out any copied games you may have. Then get rid of any disks with Read Write errors: you will have backed up the original Deluxe Paint disk as soon as you got it.
Won 7 you ?
Then get the latest Vims Checking program from a Public Domain library and let it look at all your existing disks. It will repair as many as it can, but
4. Your guess is as good as mine. I have heard dates indicating a
launch by the end of the year, but that was for the A 400)0
and A3000 machines - who knows about an .41200 version. The
cost would probably be comparable with existing 68040 and
68060 board prices.
5. RISC and AGA ate two totally unconnected acronyms. AGA looks
after the graphics, RISC is a type of processor. At the moment
the Amiga is based on the Motorola MC680x0family: the
advantage of moving to RISC for the Amiga is that the 680x0
path ends at the 68060 and there is always the need for more
speed. Hus, a new PowerPC machine could have PCI slots which
would make it more compatible with existing PC and PowerMac
Don 7 count on it. Their was a disk of utilities including a vims checker on the AF80 coverdisk.
Making a disk boot and run a program automatically requires a little work with the Shell.
First of all, copy all the files (including libraries) which the program needs onto the disk. Then use the IXSTAIJ. Keyword to write boot information to the disk. Then create a directory called S, and inside create a file called startup-sequence which contains the name of the program you want to run.
CLOCKWISE I have just bought a FPU (Floating Point Unit) for my A1200. The FPU came with a clock crystal running at 33 Mhz which goes on the RAM card. The RAM card has a jumper that makes the FPU use the clock in the A1200.
READ WRITE WRONG I own an unexpanded A1200 and I am having some difficulties with it. During the course of swapping games with a friend I picked up a lot of read and write errors on several of my disks, one of which I suspect to be my original Dpaint boot disk. Ever) time I copy some files to a disk it gives me a write error on a random disk block. Please could you help me?
.Also 1 would like to know how to make a self booting disk that will run a program automatically.
1. Is the clock built onto the actual CPU or is it separate?
2. If the clock is external, is it possible to replace this with
a faster clock, or even the one I got with the FPU?
3. If it is possible, how fast can I go without sacrificing the
reliability of my computer?
If the A1200 had a removable CPU would it be possible to just plug in a 68030 chip to make it faster? If this was possible then there would be no need for expensive accelerator cards. I could even replace a 14 Mhz 68020 with a 28 Mhz 68020. This is what you can do on a PC and I think this would be a sensible design point in the design of the next Amiga.
Hitesh Arjan London The .4 I200's internal 68020 processor uses a clock circuit which is included on the Amiga’s motherboard for timing. The clock originates in one of the custom chips. The other chips also use this clock so that everything is kept in sync. However, an FPU can use a different clock - it's a little processor in its own right. The oscillator package on the memory board contains a clock and the jumper on the board allows the FPL' to either use this (external) clo k. Or sync to the CPI ’ t internal) dock. If the external clock is faster than the internal dock, this will obviously
mean that the Fpl' will work faster However, it is not possible to speed up the internal CPC in the .4 200 simply by fitting a new clock.
For a start, the dock is part of one the custom chips. As the dock circuitry also drives the custom chips responsible for looking after the graphics, disk drives, sound and so on, it needs to be constant. The custom chips will simply not run faster than they do al present.
By fitting a replacement processor externally on a trapdoor card, and using a separate external clock it is possible to keep the custom chips happy and yet still speed up the Amiga's processor.
The 68020 and 68030 are not pin compatible, so even if you could remove the A12()0's 68020you could not plug in a 68030. The only way to fit a 68030 is to use an external card. Many PC's are forced to work in the same way by providing an extra processor socket on the HARD QUESTION I am considering getting a hard drive and a CD- ROM drive for my Amiga 1200 and have a few questions:
1. 3.5" hard drives are a lot cheaper than 2.5" ones bnt I read
in a magazine that they would not fit in my A1200 - is this
2. I do not have that many games and am considering getting a
small hard drive - about 60Mb. Is this big enough? Can you
save one disk to one Mb of hard drive space.
3. 1 know that IDE hard drives are compatible with my machine hut
what about SCSI ones? Do I need any extra equipment to install
one of these drives?
4. I read that a CD-ROM could squeeze on more than 500 floppy
disks. Does this mean that all CD-ROM games only come on one
If not can I install CD-ROMs to a hard drive?
Would I need a larger hard drive?
5. Does a CD-ROM load automatically like a floppy disk.
6. The hard drive I am considering getting has a 32K cache. Is
this OK or do 1 need a 64K cache?
1. The A1200 (and A6()0) were designed to work with 2.5" drives.
This means there is a special drive cradle inside which holds
a 2.5" drive, and a connector to fit a 2.5 " style cable.
However, modern 3.5" drives are very slim, and so although the .41200 was not designed to use them, you can squeeze one into the case. You will need to remove and discard the cradle and buy an 2.5" to
3. 5" adaptor cable.
The Amiga IDF interface is not buffeted and is designed solely lo work with 2. 5 " drives although many people (myself included) use 3.5" drives with no problems.
3. Yes, to use a SCSI hard drive you need a SCSI interface. The
most popular is the Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI interface. You will
also need some way of powering and housing the SCSI hard
4. Yes, a CD-ROM can contain more information than is stored on
500 flop fry disks. All the Amiga CD- ROM games I have seen
come on one disc. You can probably cofty a CD-ROM to a hard
drive and run it that way - if you have 600Mb to spare. It is
unlikely you would ever need to.
5. Yes, a Cl FROM can autoboot given the right circumstances.
BUSINESS VENTURE I have decided to flog my 500+ and CD*1 to purchase an A1200. However, there are several things that are affecting my move in doing this.
1. I would love to purchase a new Amiga Magic A1200 hut the fact
that the ‘jumpered* HD floppy drive is incompatible with some
software, deters me from purchasing one.
2. Is there any point purchasing an A1200 because I'd he right
peeved if straight af ter I purchased it there is a new. More
advanced A1200 (possibly the A1400) released which costs the
same or similar to the then 'old technology* A1200!
3. What are the best possible new Amiga's going to he. Should I
wait for a higher spec Amiga? If so which would be best suited
for a price hovering around £300?
4. I am hoping to set up a mail order software and hardware
retailer software developing company this summer which I have
totally planned out hut I need a more professional opinion on
the hardware and software that I plan to use. The current set
up consists of: Hardware:Two A1200 Towers (or whatever is the
better Amiga by Summcr’96), one 1.2 GIG internal HD (Main
Tower), one 540 internal HD (Tower No. 2). Two Viper 28 Mkll s
with 8 Mb and a 40 Mhz FPU. Two Sportster 288's, two Power CD
drives, two extra A1200 internal drives (one for each tower).
Software: Dopus 5. Dpaint 5. Photogenics.
Vista Pro, Cinema ID, Datachrome, Wordworth
5. Final Data, Final Calc, Blitz Basic, Devpac 3 and Term and
I really need your professional opinion on whether these are the appropriate items for running a mail order company and for developing software. Also, I am going to use Blitz Basic 2 for the programming, hut will this suit games and serious software. If not should I learn assembler and then use the latest version of the Dnpac series?
David Fowler Tamworth Continued overleaf ¦» I. There appears (a hr a software patch going around which claims to solve these problems. More news on that when it has been tested.
2. At the moment there are only rumours regarding in’ll' Amiga
models. Although it would be soul destroying to see a
high-sfrec low-price Amiga unveiled and in the shops the day
after you bought an A 12(H) . tagic Pack, there is little you
can do exftect wait... but whilst you are wailing you could be
using the A12(H).
3. The best possible Amiga is an A 4000 with an 68060: but as
this costs two and a half thousand pounds, the next best is an
A 12(H). Those are the only models currently available.
4. I'o set up a mail order company you only need some advice from
the Inland Until ue. An accounts package, a database package
and a form from the Data Protection Act fn’ople. An 12(H) with
4Mb of .AM. a hard drive and a printer which accefits self-
adhesive sticky labels should suffice. And something to sell
of course.
Setting up a software development company is something else altogether Although applaud your decision to support the Amiga. would seriously suggest that you tty and discover if you have any aptitude for programming in Itlilz or any other language before spending a lot of money on kit.
A brief look though your shopping list highlights some interesting choices: why not gel two 1Gb drives ?
The price difference between a A4()Mb and a Icb is negligible. Why two modems? Why not one with a serial lead su'itch box? Why two CD-ROM drives and two internal (floppy?) Drives? Ily networking the machines you could share these resources. It might be better adding an 6H040 or 68060 card to one tower: Also, where is your hard disk backup hardware? Or your Internet access software? Or your Amiga programming reference manuals? Why two tower systems in the first place? An extra system is essential for serious debugging, but a natiie A 12(H) connected via a network like A mil.ink might be better.
As far as the choice of development language goes, it depends on what sort of applications you plan on uniting. Blitz is certainly good enough for games but C is more portable.
Sorry if this sounds negative, but I don't think you have thought your plan through very well and wouldn V want to see you waste a considerable sum of money.
It's hard to make out exactly what you are trying to say here - but the problems do sound like the work of a virus.
Switching the power off for a good minute or so will ensure that nothing can survive in memory and putting the disk tab to Write Disabled will stop anything evil from writing to your disks.
Htmever, get hold of a Virus checking program as soon as you can.
* It is also possible that your floppy disk dm* is starting to
fail and the head is drifting out of alignment. This will
require the attention of a specialist I'm afraid.
BLITZ BOTHER Help! I recently purchased a hard drive for my Amiga 1200 but I when I tried putting on Blitz Basic 2 from one of vour cover disks it would 4 not work and I do not have the magazine anvmore.
• While it was reading I decided I couldn't get it working and
switched oil the computer.
When I switched it back on it said “Not a DOS diskin device 111)0:" I have lost the manual and don't know what to do. Also I would like to know if it is possible to get the latest version of Blitz Basic. I have heard it is out but cannot find it anvwhere and PARNET PROBLEMS I have had a ParNet cable made lor me by a local IV engineer, but when I run ParNet I get all the usual OK messages and then alter about 15 minutes both computers lock up.
K. Preston Ixincashire Something isn 't working right. What
computers and Kick start are you using? Does anything happen
prior to the lock-up? Make sure you have the very latest
version of ParSet installed on both machines. More information
needed... can't compute... can't compute... READ WRITE TOO I
have recently been having the following problems with these
disks: If I leave Workbench 3.0. Dpaint 4 A(iA. X-Copy Pro and
anv other disks that boot into Workbench straight away Write
Knabled and switch oil my Amiga at the power supply the disks
seem lo inherit a checksum error at block
1705. 1503 and soon.
It doesn't matter which disk I copy the above programs onto the same things happen.
Chris Rowley Cleveland 4 would like to get hold of it. Can you give me an address or something.
John Murray Wirral First mistake: you got rid of the magazine. You should keeftyour Amiga Format for ever as they make an invaluable source of reference. The hard disk install routine works fine, at least it did on this machine and all the others we tested it on.
When you switched off your Amiga it must have been in the middle of writing to hard disk and as a result it became corrupt. You will need to either reformat your hard drive (and so lose all the data stored on it) or use a disk repair program such as DiskSalve.
Another reason for keeping the magazine is that on page 19 of the last issue there is a special Readers Offer to get the full version of Blitz Basic 2.1 including a ring bound manual for L24.99. Contact the Al back issues department or try grovelling to: Cuildllall Insure.
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D 3 I OR. O I own a CD32 with an SX-1 board. I would like to upgrade to a faster processor, but I don't know if the edge connector of the CD52 is the same with the trapdoor expansion found in an A1200. Is it a Zorro II connection?
Finally, where can I find the drawings of the edge connector?
Nkk K Kalogeras Greece.
The edge connector on the CD32 is not the same as the edge connector on the A1200, nor is it a Zorro II slot. The CD32's connector is primarily for adding the FMV cartridge.
Your best bet for technical information is to contact Amiga Technologies directly.
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together for you automatically. Real 3D's tools will not only save you a great deal of time, but your models will also be considerably more accurate than if you r J made them by hand.
You will find the tools in the Creation menu, and on selection you will also see a list of their associated hot keys. Real 3D has a list of icons at the bottom right of the screen, and these too are a quick way to gain access to the tools.
os Rectangular Tube Right Amiga - c The Rectangular Tube works in a very similar way to the Circular Tube, except that the cross section is a square and a cylinder is used at joints instead of a sphere. The Rectangular tube is very useful for creating hinges and other mechanical shapes.
Circular Tube Right Amiga - x If you need to use a long shape with a circular cross section, this is the tool for you. The Circular tube is perfect for pipes, hoses and any other long tube-like shape. Each end of the tube will have a sphere present, as will any of the bends. You are free to delete any of these spheres as you see fit.
I J . ----I ¦ ~ ¦ ¦ ¦ • i i------- i |~ i ¦ * i fed 'uteoDs Lathe CooGfesgs Right Amiga - z The Lathe is an excellent way of creating objects which are symmetrical around one axis. For example, the lathe can be used to quickly create drinking glasses, chair legs, bottles, pieces of fruit - almost anything which has a shape you could imagine carving out of a piece of wood on a virtual lathe.
‘ufeoQs Fence Hotkey Right Amiga - v ¦ There are often occasions when you need to make several connected planes: for example, when defining the walls of a building. The Fence tool allows you to draw out an outline and then supplies the flat rectangles automatically. Trace out the shape and click on the right mouse button.
®Real 3D will now process the path you traced out. And make the tube follow it as best it can. Again, an object hierarchy will be defined and you can move or deal with any object within the hierarchy as you see fit. The tube will not be hollow, but solid.
®When you have finished drawing the outline, press the right mouse button.
Real 3D will spin the outline around the axis, creating a solid shape. If you examine the hierarchy you will see how an object has been defined containing lots of smaller objects underneath. If you wish you can edit each sub-part in turn.
In another tutorial session John Kennedy shows you how to get the best out of all the Tools that Real 3D has to offer.
Polyhedron Gssfibcsp Right Amiga - m Pixel Tool Right Amiga - b This is one of the more complicated Real 3D tools, but it can be great fun.
You will need quite a bit of memory for best results. The Pixel Tool processes a normal, flat image and replaces each pixel in the image with a previously defined object. It works best with small images with bold detail. First of all, draw a simple image in your favourite art program and save it as an IFF. Keep it small and keep to two colours.
Cufe®08 Conical Tube CG©Gi}l@g7§ Right Amiga - k ®Like the Polygon Tool, the Polyhedron is used to create "odd" shapes. The difference is that whereas Polygons are flat (2D), Polyhedrons have depth (3D).
Start by dragging out the outline as before.
®You must then fix a new point and drag out the outline to form the new size. In this way you can add depth to a flat outline and also define the "wedge-ness" of your new object. It's a great way to make interesting fonts.
Tute®Dg Polygon XtoGfesg?! Right Amiga - n The Polygon Tool is used to create a flat shape.. Sometimes you need a shape which is more complicated than a square, and that's when you use the Polygon Tool. You can create triangles, hexagons or any other shape you desire.
®ln Real 3D. Create a tiny sphere object. Use the Pixel Tool and load an image - your drawing. Drag out a line the size of the window. Finally select the object to replace the pixels: in this case the sphere. Click on the name of the sphere in the object list window, and then OK. Your object will be created. If you see a memory warning, try a smaller IFF or smaller shape.
Wb Pixel Tool 2 Right Amiga - g The second Pixel Tool takes an IFF image as before, but creates a series of objects itself
- the height of the objects are defined by the colours in the
image. The object can look like a mess of grid lines until you
view it in 3D form in the Wireframe editor. This is another
tool which takes a lot of work to get useful results from, but
it is still very powerful. Keep to small images with few
colours to get the hang of it.
Sometimes you need a more natural looking tube, and if so you should try using the Conical Tube tool.
When you use it. You will be asked to draw a few circles - dot some around the top left window. You will then need to enter the number of sub-divisions.
If you enter a large number, say 10. Real 3D will use a large number of objects (spheres and cylinders) to make your shape. A smaller number, say 1 will give a more "rough and ready" object.
'utsxdte Lathe 2 Right Amiga -J The second Lathe tool is a lot more weird than the first. It starts with the usual axis definition, but it then allows you to define a starting direction for your outline. The shape is then built up using curves, until an approximation of your object has been defined. It takes a lot of practice to get it right, although you can create some excellent shapes.
Notice that although the object appears to be in sections, this isn't how the final object appears.
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Don't worry if you don ’t know what those features mean, because they will lx' explained soon enough. Let’s start with the basics. Load up Blitz And type in the listing as shown below (Listing 1 J. In the first of a new series taking you through the features of the excellent Blitz Basic coverdisk, John Kennedy goes back to the beginning to explain a little bit about basic Blitz programming, and how Blitz Basic works.
This program will print out ten asterisks on screen using as manv different techniques as possible. The fact that there are so many wavs of doing the same thing can put a lot of potential programmers oil as they may "Print ing Stars1 “Method 1- Method 2' a=1 10 "n"
- Method 3‘ 31 a =18 a = a+1
- ** a=a+1 a 10 "Method 51 -1 loop a 11 I OOP Listing 1 think
there is a “right way" and a "wrong way". In fact, there are
simply lots of different wavs.
Hie task is to print ten asterisks on the screen, and the first method does it in the most obvious wav - using ten print statements. Remember that the difference between NPRIN’T and PRINT is that N PR I NT takes a new line.
SPRINT (and PRINT) must always be followed by something, and so you'll see inverted commas with no text in Ix-tween them used to take a new line.
The colon (:) is used to combine different lines into one. It's purely optional and you are under no obligation to use it. There are times when it is useful and we’ll see an example later. The second method uses a structure called a FOR NEXT loop.
A FOR ''NEXT loop causes a variable, in this case denoted by the letter “a", to take several values - in this case starting at I and ending with HI.
Whatever is between the FOR and the NEXT will therefore lx- repeated ten times. You can put the name of the variable after the NEXT statement if you like, but it is not compulsory. You can see the value of “a" changing, if you change the line: PRINT-**" to read: PRINT “a" instead.
You are free to choose most combinations of letters as variable names (as long as they are not the names of commands). Non can also force the variable to jump in steps larger than one through the loop. For example, try altering the FOR statement to each of these in turn: FOR a=l TO 20 STEP 2 FOR a=l TO 100 STEP 10 FOR as 10 TO 1 STEP-J FOR a= 100 TO 1 STEP-10 Inside the FOR loop will always be executed ten times, but the values “a" will take will differ. This is why FOR NEXT loops are extremely useful.
Ix'cause the variable (called the index) can lx- made to assume all kinds of values.
You can also "nest" FOR NEXT loops by putting one loop inside the other, like this: FOR a=l TO 10 FOR b= I TO 10 PRINT NEXT b NEXT a .As the loop using the variable “b" is inside the loop using the variable “a", the entire inner loop will lx- repeated ten times. This means that the PRINT statement inside both loops will be repeated 100 times.
The third and fourth method for printing the stars uses commands similar in some wav's to FOR NEXT.
The commands form two more kinds of loops: WHILE VENI) and REPEAT UNTIL.
These commands don’t automatically assign a start value to a variable, nor do they automatically increment (or decrement it), so you have to remember to do that yourself.
The main difference between them is that the WHILE WEND loop has the test for ending the loop at the start, while the REPEAT t’NTIL loop keeps the lest until the end. It's a subtle difference but it can make a lot of difference.
The WHILE WEND also continues looping until a condition is false, whilst Continued overleaf cr- ENDIF Sometimes you want to perform an action if the condition is not met. In these cases you can use ELSE, like this: IF aS=’*John" NPRINT "Wow. That's my name too!"
ELSE NPRINT “Pleased to meet vou. Mv name is |ohn” ENDIF Of course, perhaps the most obvious way of printing the stars is missing: one single print statement like this: Print-********" Example 1 k 1 =11 R has reached 5” “R has reached 11 Exanple 2 Hey, that's my name too.
SNAZZY GRAPHICS Let’s put our new found FOR NEXT loop talents to work with a little program that serves no real useful purpose. Type in listing 3. As shown at the bottom of the page.
When vou run it. Sou should be rewarded with a lightning fast display of lines, circles and boxes - not a little unlike the picture beside the listing in fact.
The program starts with some gobbbledegook for setting up the screen display. Don’t worn about it for the moment, as we’ll come back to it.
I lowever, the rest of the program vou should be able to work out.
I he onlv “magic" commands are Wline. W( !ircle and Wbox. These are the Window based routines for drawing lines, circles and boxes - remember that b locating the mouse pointer over them and pressing 11 ELI* vou will be given a hint as to how thev work. O «- the REPEAT LN I II. Continues looping until a condition is true.
You should trv different values ol "a" to see what is happening inside the loops. Notice how the lest for the WEND includes a "less than or equal to" sign, whereas the I N I'll, uses a greater than".
I he last method for printing the stars is the least subtle: the old- fashioned (•( IT statement. We combine GOTO with the IF THEN structure to make our own form of REPEAT I NHL.
The (. T ) will jump immediately lo the point in the program where the label has been defined. Labels are defined l starting their name with a lull-stop.
(» T ) statements are frowned upon as bad programming practic e, as they can make larger programs difficult to understand and lollow. II vou can. Tr and manage without them and use WHILE WEND and REPEAT I NTH instead.
NEXT MONTH.. If you can wait that long, you'll find more programming hints plus a look at some of the amazing graphics features which make Blitz such an incredible language.
IF ONLY... The IF Tl IEN statement on tlu* othei hand is incredibly useful and vou’H use it even time vou want voui program to make a decision. For some examples ol i tn n iirKt tur* II* 1 III- s *r* fl * I he first example is the Ft )R NEXT loop in action again. We wait inside the loop, checking the values that "a" has reached, li it reaches a value of 5 or I I then a suitable message is displayed - hopefully it will never reach II or something strange is going on!
STRING VARIABLES I he second example uses a different sort of variable, one which holds text rather than numbers. When vou run tin* program vou will be asked to enter our name. This is then displayed, and then checked to see it it happens to be “John". II ii is. Another message is displayed.
The IF command has several options loi more advanced programs, some «•! Which leave out the THEN and use EN’DIF instead. These cases are when vou want to include a lot of things if the condition is met. Here's an example: IF a=5 NPRINT “Yes. A is now 5" NPRINT “I've waited a long" NPRINT “time for that" FOR b=l to 10 PRINT •*" NEXT b Listing 2.
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Please allow 28 days for delivery Now that the world and his granny (and her dachshund and his friend Fritz) have their own homepages on the Web, Darren Irvine offers a few tips on getting started with HTML.
Before being displayed by a Web browser, On Tag Description Off Tag HTML documents themselves are plain ASCII hl Text Size 1 (very large) hl text, and can be created using any common or h2 Text Size 2 (large) h2 garden text editor. An HTML document h3 Text Size 3 (medium) h3 contains special HTML formatting codes h4 Text Size 4 (medium-small) h4 known as “Tags" which are used by the browser h5 Text Size 5 (small) h5 viewing the document to format what appears h6 Text Size 6 (very small) h6 on screen. These tags are used to determine b Bold b things like what
font text should appear in and i Italic i also for including links to other pages and u Underlined u graphics files.
tt Typewriter (monospaced) font tt cm Emphasis em
1. Creating a new Page strong More Emphasis strong Using a
text editor, create a file called pre Don't Format pre
something like TEST.HTML, and put the hr Insert Horizontal
Line following text into it (note that you must br Line
Break include the angle-brackets around each tag): p Skip
Line html My Astonishingly Good Web Page luml Change
TEST.HTML to contain the following: The html and html
tags denote the start and end of HTML coding. Save this page
and html My Astonishingly Good Web Page load the lilt* into
Amosaic - lo and behold vour 4 p This Is on a new line and
this isn't hr first rubbish Web page.
bxhl This is Big 8c Bold hlx b This is Big & Bold Now wm'n talking. Look at this for th« basis of an Imprasstva homapaga hr i This Is a bit smaller and in italics i p h6 This is very small text which has b this bit b in bold h6 hr em This is supposed to be emphasised but just looks italic em html Now save this document and reload it into the browser - note that Amosaic doesn’t handle some tags such as em properly.
RUMOUR MILL It's been strangely quiet on the scurrilous rumours front since the festive season, but now a bright new star is among us. It's too early to lay the honour for this particular piece of misinformation at any one persons feet but worry not for the Rumour Mill team will root them out and hound them individually as is only fitting.
The fact is (allegedly) that the Windows 95 he World Wide Web is full of rubbish. You’ve probably noticed this yourself and thought “Just wait until I get my own homepage up there - that’ll sort it out nicely.” Of course, what you'll probably end up doing is adding to the sum total of rubbish on the Web - the le;tst I can do is make sure you turn out some well- designed rubbish.
2. Adding Text and Lines and things Let's add a bit more to it -
minimilism is all very well and good, but there is a bottom
limit. Note that HTML doesn’t respond to blank lines directly
- to insert a blank use the p tag. And to simply start text
on the next line use br . You can also change the appearance
of the text using the following tags: startup logo (you know
the one with the nice fluffy clouds and all) contains hidden
subliminal images that can be extracted using the sort of
high-level processing techniques available to major
intelligence agencies world-wide.
Rumour Mill has seen several of these so- called "extracted" images, and can report that they are all horrific, and if true reveal a hitherto unsuspected world-wide conspiracy.
The only image that can be described in these pages is one of a monstrously deranged Bill Gates clutching a CD-ROM in his left hand as if tempting passers-by. Bill is surrounded by all the minions of Beelzebub and various other assorted CacoDaemons, and the whole thing is superimposed with a Win95 logo. Horrible.
For legal reasons, not to mention reasons of taste, this image cannot be reproduced in Amiga Format This is Big & Bold
• iwiumn ’IS?*7' A full page of text JARGON Daemon - A program
that runs as a background process and makes services or files
available upon request.
HTML - HyperText Markup Language. This is the language used to specify the content and format of individual Web pages.
HTTP - HyperText Transfer Protocol. The mechanism used to pass HTML Web pages across the Internet.
URL - Uniform Resource Locator. Any file on the Internet can be identified by its URL. The first part specifies the transfer protocol needed to access the resource. The second part is the Internet address of the server on which the file can be found. The final part is the directory in which the file can be found, plus the actual filename itself. Thus a hypertext file "test.html" that can be found in the directory " pub internet" on the server "plasma.thegap.com" would have the URL- http: plasma.thegap.com pub internet test.html
3. Lists of Things As well as text, you can get HTML to formal
lists for you. The main list formatting tags are: ul
Unordered list ul ol Ordered list ol li List Item
Tit adding the following to the text in TEST.HTML (just before
the html tag of course): hr Wow - Look an Unordered List.
ul li Interesting Thing no. I li Even more exciting and
wonderful Ii stop, before I die of excitement overload
ul hr And an Ordered one too with indentation.
oix!i Can you really carry on in the face of this much excitement?
olxli Apparently so li In fact... ol li This Isn't really that great after all ol As before, save the document and reload it into Amosaic. Note that the indenting in these examples is only for the sake of clarity, and is actually ignored by HTML - the displayed results would be the same without it.
4. Images - Time for Real Excitement Even small images can make a
big difference to the overall look and feel of a Web page, so
it's time to say a big “howdy-doody” to the “ img " HTML tag
Of course, you’ll actually need to have some graphics files in
GIF format to include them in your page, and it keeps thing
simpler if they are One* you start to add graphics, your paga
will start to look a lot nlcar in the same director)’ as the
IITML document itself. If, for example the graphics file that
you want to include on your page is called TEST1.GIF, create a
new file TEST2.I ITML containing the following: html Look, a
Picture! p inigsre=’’testl.giF* html The results will
obviously depend on what exactly your GIF file contains.
5. Adding Links Without links. HTML would he nothing more fancy
than a poorly specified page description language.
Fortunately, adding links to your documents is extremely
simple. The most basic form of hypertext link is to another
location within the document that you are viewing.
These are achieved using an “anchor" point and a “link". Add an anchor point as follows.
Start with a document that you created last * month (the one with the picture) and import a fairly largish (say 3 or 4 pages) piece of text, just to see how things work. Remember to insert a br tag anywhere you want to force a line break. Near the bottom add the following tag: a name=”target’’ I’m a link anchor a Somewhere else in the same document, near the start, add a link to the anchor that you have • just created as follows: a href=” targef’ Click me to jump to the bottom” a The hash (““ ”) sign here is important - it designates that the link is internal to the current document.
The text added between the tags is highlighted in a different colour indicating that something interesting might happen if you click on it.
6. External Links If von had left out the hash in the previous
example, your browser would have attempted to look for a file
in a directory called http: called “target” - to get links
like this working on your Amiga you will need to install a
program called "httpd” which is available from Aminet. HTTPD
is a “daemon” program that makes HTML documents available from
your Amiga to am Internet user, including yourself.
There’s no reason why the links contained •r in your documents must he to other I ITML files on your own machine - you can just as easily add a link to a site anywhere else on the • Internet. For instance, if you wanted to add a j link to the Yahoo search site, include a line similar to the following in your document: a href=”http: www.yahoo.com ” Click here to link to Yahoo a Now when you click on this link (providing you are actually connected to the Internet) you'll move straight from your local pages to Yahoo.
Web Design The best way to get your pages looking smart is to lake a look at some existing pages that you like, and shamelessly rip them off-save the pages in 1 IT.MI. format and edit them to include your own text and graphics, while keeping the feel of the original.
Ivv to make your pages as well organised as possible - just because you know where a particular link is likely to go doesn’t mean someone browsing f rom the oilier side of the planet will be equally sure. If you indent your pages to be viewed by users with slow modem links, or if vou voursclf are connected to the net via a slow modem, try to go easy on graphics files, as overuse can make downloading a page take forever and just because HTML supports a wide variety of text formats doesn’t mean you should feel obliged to use them all. Multiple text styles per page simply looks amateurish.
Darren Irvine can be reached at: email darren@plasma.thegap.com fido 2:443 13.18 O FINDING MORE OUT There are a number of sites on the Web that have some useful information for the budding Web-Wizard. Check out the following URL's: University of Washington Web Developers Page: http: www.uwtcwashington.edu Computing WWW UWWeb.html Netscape Home Page - although Amosaic doesn't yet support the extra HTML codes handled by Netscape, this page does have some useful links to HTML design resources: http: www.mcom.com Making the difference http: wwvy.futu renet. Co.uk sJu ni vuuf yJufhl yyjiJa
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The driving force behind the creation of DTY was the intention of helping budding videographers select and locate quickly and easily the best video equipment to complement their budget.
Far too many features and articles in the Amiga press go on about how great the Amiga is for video and then proceed to almost blinkeredly ignore the plethora ol consumer and professional equipment that the Amiga can control and integrate with. DTV hopes to go some way toward remedying that situation.
The beautv of the Amiga is that it can blend in with any video set-up. No matter how spartan or plush that set-up may be. The difficulty the potential videographer faces is one of choice.
There are so many factors to be considered when setting out on the video trail that at first things can seem bewildering.
We’ll nail our colours to the wall and sav that if you want to fully exploit w hat the Amiga has to offer the video world, you should first learn the art of editing.
Learning the rudiments isn’t difficult. You only have to take yourself out ol the arena ol passive television viewing and ask why each shot is there; why individual shots last as long its thev do; what do thev achieve; do they J mi form a sensible narrative; could you do better?
With the Amiga on your side, the answer to the last question has to be positive. There's now a select choice of video decks and camcorders available that can lx* controlled bv an Amiga equipped with a video editing package.
Check out the features table on the faring page.
When properly set-up and configured, the Amiga can accelerate the learning process of editing. It can't make you more creative but it can help your creative perspective. The reason?
Simple. There are two roles to be followed in video editing - an aesthetic one and a mechanical one. With an automated system less time is spent pottering around with the latter which allows more time for the former.
Automated editing means that the editor is granted the luxury of being able to linker around and vociferously VHS-C ique Identification mark is to each frame of video recorded by the camcorder. This means that frame accuracy is possible with the requisite editing equipment.
2 MANUAL EXPOSURE Gives the videographer more control over the quality of the final picture recorded by the 3 BACKLIGHT COMPENSATION Not as good as manual e but better than nothing.
4 EXTERNAL MIC 5 HEADPHONE SOCKET When shooting outdoors or indoors, it's almost a necessity being able to hear what the quality of sound being recorded is like.
6 HI-FI STEREO 7 FRAME ADVANCE Camcorders with this feature can usually be controlled frame by frame with a jog shuttle.
8 AUDIO DUB il sound such as sound FX can be dubbed onto the soundtrack of the videotape this feature.
9 IMAGE STABILISER Reduces the need for a tripod.
Handy when taking hand held shots.
10 FADER Always useful to have. Fades the picture and sound over a set period of time.
Experiment with his potential production. Cuts and edits can be juggled about with the ease more associated with the cutting and pasting of blocks of text in a word processor.
The winner of this year’s BAVA competition (British Amateur Video Award) held at BAF1A whittled down 22 hours of tape into a captivating 14 minutes of wild life documentary.
He used a PC based editing set up complete with genlock. I lad he known, he could have had Hi-Res captions as standard rather than the blocky lores he was forced to use with the PC system.
Above all other considerations, the price of an Amiga based editing system beats anything on the PC hands down.
We’ll be looking at edit controllers next month. O FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR 1 TIMECODE are certain rules to follow when on the lookout for a new or used camcorder. Most of the following features should be put on a must h« preferable to have top ten priority list.
This also applies to camcorders that don't have edit terminals.
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$ * deem fair (this means that I’ll probably work 95% of the time for nothing - who cares. I enjoy what I do!) And that mv name remains • with the artwork and graphics I do.
So. Come on. Get in touch and see il we can do something for the Amiga like what Doom did for the PC.
Andy McDonnell Flat 6, 55 Anfield Road Liverpool, IA Old It is (fuitr amazing that these stores iiHiuld prefer to stork 90% !*(. Games, while good Amiga titles fperform very well in the charts. It seems to he a rase of the games shops forcing the market the way they want it logo.
It s good to see that loyal Amiga users are still prepared to put in the ext i a effort to support their favourite mar In nr. hope you gel loads of response.
THE FUTURE BECKONS I read the January 1996 issue of Amiga Format with great interest.
The plan by Amiga Technologies to utilise the PowerPC Chip in future Amiga’s is. In mv humble opinion, the lifeline that the Amiga has been kicking and screaming for. It is vital that the Amiga continues to grow, but this growth must have some sort of direction.
T he Amiga needs to grow into VISIBLE SUPPORT I recently went into Game. Virgin and HMY and to rav horror.
F noticed that Amiga games and software were virtually non- existent. Game and Virgin are the biggest brown nosers I have ever seen.
With the recent re-launch of the Amiga, how are people going to view it’s performance and have faith in it. If all the software and destruction of Amiga software hits given me an idea. This is to all you programmers out there who can’t draw for toffee. Please contact me.
I can do anything you would need for a game in any style. 3D.
Isometric. RPG (eye of the beholder), animated, anything - no problem! All I ask is that if any money is made, vou would be » j honest enough to make a contribution to me as vou would The
* SUNSET By Matt Hell, E. Sussex Fantastic use of lighting and an
eye for perspective prove what can be achieved when Lightwave's
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Your ability to play games is to some extent determined by the drive you have. However, some games use features of the CD32 which are not present on the A1200. The software and libraries present with the Squirrel overcome some, but not all of these problems. However. Hi Soft have been very good at releasing patches for most games which have proved incompatible.
We will compile another list soon and include it in the Screen Play section of the mag.
CD REQUEST I am an inexperienced A1200 user and last Christmas I received an AIWA CD-ROM drive with a squirrel interface and the *Ten on Ten' pack of CD's. Because I am not very good at using paint packages, or wordprocessors, I bought my CD drive mainly for games. Please could you send me a list of all the CD32 games and CD32 PD games that will work on my Amiga. (My A1200 pack was the desktop dynamite one). Also is there a way to be able to play all CD32 games on my CD drive?
Michael Ritchie South Yorkshire hardware is going to come from mail order companies. The High Street store is a PC powei base, the PC is immediately rammed down your throat - no wonder it’s taking off in leaps and bounds.
I have been the proud owner of an A12(H) for over a year now.
But let’s Ih- honest, there is no way the Amiga can make a much wanted comeback without the software backup. Seeing this a machine with full cross platform abilities. Ii must be able to perform to the standard of the PowerPC and the PowerMac, and ultimately at a very high end.
Attempt to attain a credible reputation against DEC. Alpha Workstations. Obviously this is not going to happen overnight. The use of the PowerPC Chip is a step in the right direction, but that alone is not enough.
The Amiga needs to gain some lost ground on the industry which is prepared to leave it for dead.
The Amiga utilises an industry standard IDE interface and PCMCIA port, but what about using industry standard PCI ports?
The Amiga has one great advantage over the expensive PC s and Mac’s - not onlv is there a high end Amiga, but a pretty poky low end entry machine. Alas, the 4 A1200 is old and in need of replacement, and this is where I would like to share my idea.
First, take one A1200 motherboard and redesign it.
Increase the processor to a 08030 and retain all the ports. PCMCIA.
IDE etc. Provide, on the motherboard, expansion sockets for 72-pin SIMM memory modules, which can be accessed WITHOUT opening the Amiga’s case, (live the audio circuits an overhaul and lit as standard an 80Mb hard disk.
Bundle all this together in a pack with the Squirrel SCSI2 interlace and retail at a price which does not match the competition, but undercuts it.
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Having recently bought Breathless, I can honestly say that it has to be one of the greatest games ever. The graphics are superb, the sound is brilliant and the addiction factor is off the scale. The only thing I don't like about it is the type of control. In my opinion trying to play a game like this with the keyboard is just too awkward. Why don't Power Computing get their heads together and give us a control system the same as Alien Breed 3 with a CD32 control pad.
You gave this game an astounding 95% in your review. With a CD32 control pad option I think it would be worth an extra per cent or two. Breathless is brilliant, so come on Power Computing, give us another option and make this the best game ever.
P. S. Can anyone tell me how I get a user ident.
From the Sirius Corporation for Frontier.
Ian McVickers Stirlingshire Breathless: After our exclusive coverdisk, we have received hundreds of letters from astounded readers It was quite tremendous wasn't it. Whats better is that you will soon find out whether its worth an extra two percent as the next version should have CD33 pad compatibility. Its due out in April, so keep an eye out for future issues of the mag.
Advertise the machine - properly. Thrust it. With maximum force, into the public’s lives. Push the machine hard in the right directions at the right time. Use billboards, newspapers, radio, TV and make the Amiga available as prizes on TV shows.
Once the Amiga is in the marketplace, produce a Big Box Expansion module. This box should be capable of utilising the A1200 motherboard, but contain the PowerPC chip to really upgrade the Amiga to competition busting standards. Ensure a full range of expansion slots and drive bays are provided.
Any future development should wherever possible allow the Amiga owner to keep their existing hardware and simply replace the motherboard or expansion board, not the whole system.
1 Mark Finkel Berkshire There are some really good ideas here, and I have lo say that some o] them are already underway. Fora start. Amiga Technologies have already stated that they will produce an A1200* machine, which would have a faster processor and easier memory upgrades).
It is interesting also that you should mention the PCI interface, as it looks to a cynical eye (like mine) very much like a slightly moorked Zorm III standard.
As we have already reported. Phase 5 are developing PowerPChoards for the existing A1200 too, so people will he aide to upgr ade as soon as a rewritten OS is available.
Continued overleaf MUSIC TO MY EARS The Amiga Community is full of people who use their machines for music and graphics work as well as for games. Amiga Technologies should therefore help these people along in their work by producing a machine which can help take there imaginations even further.
For musicians, a 16 bit sound chip would be nice or even a MIDI interface. For those into graphics, a machine with a '030 processor and some fast RAM would be very nice. If Amiga Tech. Could squeeze these features into a new machine then the people will only have to get the software to help in their tasks.
This might cost a little extra, but I would rather buy a complete kit with graphics and sound built in, than pay £1000 for a Pentium and then have to fork out another £300 for a sound-card.
Chris Yau Surrey You are not alone in your beliefs, even Dale Bradford agrees with you (see Bradford column, AF81). The good news is that it even seems like Amiga Technologies agree with you, and hence the imminent release of their "Surfer" bundle dedicated to the internet I'm sure a music bundle or a graphics bundle or even a video bundle would be equally popular.
Until then, I hope a stylish AF sweatshirt will keep you warm at night.
D. Ivant, Nottingham The Amiga Format Real 3D Coverdisk was used
to put together this seasonal picture.
IN CE G. Kennedy, Manchester QUESTER By Andy Kinsella. Fanes Stylishly created using Dpaint 3 Created using Brilliance ALIEN GREED?
Ever had the feeling that you've been ripped olT? I've just had it.
The reason? AUEX BREED 31).
After spending months waiting in anticipation for the game. I eventually find a disk version in my
* • local stockists. I look at the back cover “Preparing to meet
my doom", and read that there are lb huge game levels, but
“more on CD*2 CD-ROM". .Vlas my independent stockist won’t
stock the CD*2 version, so off I go.
Trailing round even purveyor of computer software in New York until eventually I find a CD32 version, pay my money and rush off home.
I open the box. Quickly read the instruction manual and discover that it's got that crap protection hit. I place the disc in mv CD-ROM. Reboot, wait for it to r load and... no animated intro. Oh well, at least the game will he huge.
I instantly think that my r computer has gone on strike, caught a vims, anything but this.
My grandmother on her zimmer f rame moves more smoothlv! Even the demo version ran faster than this and I didn’t have my Viper accelerator.
Does it mn any better when t installed on to hard drive? If the installer worked I might know.
Let’s check it with a directory 4 utility’, Hmm, no problems there.
Levels A-P. That's lb levels so where are the rest of them hiding? I’ll just check the other drawers. No, not in there. I'll just re-read the box. Yep. It definitely says there are more levels on the CD52 version.
I’m sorry Team 17. Hut if this is the “definitive realtime 3D engine for the Amiga" then you obviously haven’t seen Amiga Format's demo of Breathless.
Andy O'Hara
V. S.A We have contacted Team 17 for you.
And they rrftly: “A complete and utter cock-up urns responsible for the comments regarding AB31) on the hack of the Itox. For this, oumers deserve an unreserved apology.
If you would like to forward the address ot Andy and anyone else who J 0 0 feels an injustice, we will arrange to make things nght with them.
There have been a few problems with the installer, but this has fteen sorted out ncnv and fixes suggestions have (as always) been available from our QA division. With regards to protection. We felt this was necessary due to the fact that users with CD- ROMs could easily cop the game otherwise. It was not commercially viable to produce an animated intro for Ah 31) on CD32.
Regarding the demo of Breathless - if all people want are pretty graphics and no gameplay then that makes things very easy. AB3I) was an attempt to get fast, fluid 3D with a great game on standard A12(X)'s with fast ram.
Ab3l) 2 really needs an 030 or better * and has been completely reprogrammed because of this.
We relea sed a demo of A B3I) shortly before the full game went on release and this did not differ from the performance of the final game.
I do not consider that ue have upped people off We have sat and listened to users both from feedback and through newsgroups. AB3D2 is a direct result of this as is the current decision to explore TCP IP Worms for Amiga. " Martyn Brown. Development Director, Team 17 Software Ltd BACK IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS I am writing to you on account of the deterioration of your magazine. I have waited for a while now to see if things improve but it has not - it has got worse. I remember the good old days when Mr Dyson was at the helm and you used to get a whole 190 pages, but from issue 61 onwards the page
numbers have been dropping rapidly, so that now, on issue 80, we get a stingy 131 pages. Another area you have been cutting down in is the width of the magazine. Since issue 75 there has been 1.2cm missing off the magazine!
What's with all this cutting back in such a sly and deceitful manner? It seems that you are hiding the cuts from your readers in the way that you are doing it. Explain yourself!
One more thing that annoyed me was the review of Alien Breed 3.1 was looking forward to reading it but was sadly disappointed. I did not like the way Steve McGill told me to change Team 17's mind about leaving the Amiga by pleading, grovelling, writing letters to them and buying the game. As far as I can see it's Team 17's own problem if they leave the Amiga. They'll just come back after a while like all the other companies who said they were moving on to "newer and better platforms".
There is one thing that AF always get right and that's the cover disks. The issue 79 cover disk was excellent and there was something for everyone, even a full game - Master Blaster - which is excellent and extremely addictive. Also, Blob Kombat works on my Amiga, with slight screen scrambling, if you run it through Workbench.
One last annoyance about the mag is the tips section. Please could you give smaller tips to more games instead of big solutions to just one game.
You may think I have got too much to say about the magazine, but I have to pay more than £5.80 for it each month in Ireland and if things don't improve you will lose two readers, as my friend agrees with me too.
Sean Sherry Co. Dublin SMALL IS UGLY Part of your response to Claudio S.M of Brazil [AF80) and I quote "My problem is that I think all the other sections should be bigger too", is rather contradictory, considering that the size of the magazine has been reduced four times in the past year. From issue 75 onwards the width of the pages has been reduced too from 235mm to 222mm. Also what happened to the bumper Christmas edition at the end of 1995?
Normally this issue has at least another 20 pages and a third disk, booklet or something.
When the cover price was increased to £4.50 there were a number of comments in the magazine justifying this, like the increase in cost of newsprint and paper. But based on the current circulation figures of 75,854, the reduction in pages alone is saving an average of 2,427,328 pages per month (or 17.338 magazines of 140 pages each).
The victims of these reductions appear to be the regular features. "Gamesbusters" is now down from four pages to just one page and "Helping Hand" has disappeared altogether. The PD section is down from three to four pages and "Mailbag" is down from four to the equivalent of one and a half pages.
If you wish that all the other sections could be bigger, surely the answer is to return the magazine to its original size and without another big hike in cover price.
When AF was published by the original owners of Future Publishing they appeared to have the readers interests at heart and produced a magazine that was good value for money. Since Future Publishing has been sold it appears as though the new owners no longer have the same philosophy, as we are now getting less for more. Despite all the other Amiga magazines increasing their cover prices, AF is still the most expensive Amiga magazine being published.
DJ Curtis Hants In the good old days, the magazine was indeed bigger. But I think it would be an interesting exercise for you to count up how many pages of editorial there were, and how many pages of advertising. Even though the mag has fewer pages in it this has almost purely come from advertising. Because the Amiga market is not as buoyant as it once was, and because there are less people buying things for their machines, the consequence is less advertising.
In fact although there are "only" 132 pages In this issue, there are actually more pages of features and reviews than there were before. Even in the "good old days" there were scarcely ten or fifteen more pages of editorial.
I am sorry if you are unhappy with the magazine, but it isn’t a question of us not being bothered to write more pages, or even having nothing to write about. We could easily generate a magazine twice the size but only for about three months by which time we would have gone bust we’d all be out of jobs and you wouldn’t have the choice of whether to buy AF or not.
Amiga Format may well be the most expensive Amiga mag but it is also the best and I’d like to keep it that way.
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The program that was nearly chosen to help re-launch the Amiga in the Amiga Magic bundle. Final Writer 4 Lite is here.
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Check out the mighty Gloom Deluxe.
One of the regrets we had when doom was first released was that we didn’t put it on the coverdisk for you.
With ('.loom Deluxe freshly on the market, it gives us a chance to redress that balance. It also gives players of our Brealhless coverdisk the chance to enter into a direct contrast and compare mode.
('doom Deluxe is basically (.loom with knobs r on. You can run it at any resolution from 4*4 » pixels to 1*1 in I li-Res, Lo-Res or Super I li-Res Interlaced - just select the screen mode from the Gloom Setup Utility. You’ll need a high powered Amiga (probably 040 or above processor to make use of full screen 1*1 Hi-Res mode) to Ik- able to use this at anything like a decent running speed. But it’s there to be* used for those with the | ower. Which is good.
You can run ('.htom Deluxe on any Amiga with 2Mb or more and a 68020 processor - no need for the AGA chipset. Hurrah.
To open doors, touch them with your invisible man. To regain health, run over the little objects that look like baby's milk bottles, lb increase the firepower of the plasma weapon, walk through the power ups. The display shows the extra power added to the gun.
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... Gloom Deluxe does what Gloom couldn't do. Is it enough to challenge the graphical and technical might of Breathless? Find out for yourself with our excellent coverdisk demo.
Iboot up with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-dick on this to go into the Shell.
T DON'T LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR SENSES The controls are relatively simple to get to grips with. Here's the low down on some of the more important aspects of the game.
Move Forward Up Arrow Key Move Backward Down Arrow Key Rotate Left Left Arrow Key Rotate Right Right Arrow Key When you lose a life, the screen turns red. To resume play, press the Fire button.
El (?Mil ftttP.I David has brush maps available for Wormers.
On booting you’ll be faced with the Gloom Setup Utility before the game proper loads.
Decide which option best suits your Amiga hardware and save the preferences. The game will boot from there. If vou don’t want to change anything - you might already have set up the preferences to their correct value - click on the close gadget. The game will now boot for real and you’ll be faced with a small screen and a big gun poking in front of it.
Unfortunately, the demo doesn’t allow joystick or CD32 control. Only the keyboard can be used. As this is probably the best method of control anyway, vou shouldn’t worrv too much • C| Oloon Setun Utility I C lo on Version _Classic Gloon i G loon Settings Soitct frotitv life 1 UI00H UtlCIKt _Gloon an a Screen .....Gloon in a Hindon _ Gloon for Iglassos!
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DYING A THOUSAND DEATHS There's a small bug on this demo which means that when you run out of lives, the game returns to Workbench. This is irrecoverable. To play another game you have to reboot. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
On booting, you'll be faced with this screen. If satisfied with the preferences, click on the close gadget box. If not make the changes and Save Setup.
Remember that copious use of the sidestep will keep you alive longer than a gung-ho attitude.
About missing out on the other methods.
The first thing to do is press the Escape key which will access the plethora of screen options. From this screen you can quit from the game, take away the ceiling and floor texturing, change the screen size and change the pixel size.
Vs is to be expected, you have to compromise between all of these variables to achieve an acceptable running speed on your svstem. Once done, all that’s left to do is to r master the complexities of the game and try to reach the exit.
Good luck.
Sidestep Left Hold Alt Key and Left Arrow Key Sidestep Right Hold Alt Key and Right Arrow Key Fire Plasma Cannon Left Amiga Key 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.
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) York Reprographics 20 Trinity Lane, Mickelgate, York. Y01 1EL 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.
2 Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter O), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: because you need to consider the requirements of any pictures you will import. Select preferences that will suit these, but bear in mind that higher resolutions and more colours need more memory.
GLOBAL PREFERENCES When the page appears, you may want to adjust it's settings. From the Layout menu, you can choose the Page option and enter the preferences you need, including the print area.
You may also want to adjust the typeface or font from the Typeface menu item. This enables you to change the size, colour, slant, leading and position (such as subscript or superscript).
The Amiga has often been criticised for its lack of professional level document processors. “You need Word on the Amiga" or "There's nothing to rival Quark” Final Writer J is a program that should silence these critics. It combines the powerful tools you need to create a fully rounded document and yet retains an easy interface that evervone can use.
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Creating a page is very simple. Select the font you want from the Typeface menu and then enter in your heading. You can obviously change fonts as often as you like, and to help you do this, there are several preset font settings which are accessed from the top bar at the very left (when it's in text and not icon mode).
There’s everything from document title and section titles to sub-headings and body text.
You may want to adjust the number of columns so that the page looks more like a magazine. To change the columns, select the Section menu item and choose the number of columns.
Should you want to make any adjustments to existing text, you first need to select it. Click the left button at the start ofthe section vou 4 want to change, drag the cursor down the text to the end and release the button. The text will be highlighted and you can now cut. Copy and paste. I'se either the icons or kevboard shortcuts. Which are detailed next to the menu items.
A fully working version of a brand new program on a Coverdisk? David Taylor introduces an amazing new program that will transform the way you write.
Finsl Writer 4 Lite allows you to incorporate pictures with borders and text wrap around as well as Pictures can be resized on screen and text boxes created that all the types of text that magazine production requires. Run behind or over the top of the picture.
Also ensure that your paragraph style is set to the The fonts can be changed in many ways, from colour parameters you want. And style to size, leading and width.
Find Writer isone ofthe Amin's most powerful DTP rasj 1*1 UmUJh .
Using the right Amiga button and keys. As well as manipulating the text, you can change various attributes, such as. Font, si e, colour etc of the selected text by using the menu buttons or the type requestor. Should you want to make changes to the entire document, then first choose Select All from the Edit menu. These are all basic options that are simple to operate and erv similar to most other word processors and DTP packages.
INSERTING PICTURES Graphics are easy enough to use, but allow even more flexibility. Select Import from the Graphics menu and choose an IFF image. The program will import it and scale it down in si e (il its a full screen picture). You can then adjust the size using the handles from the sides of the picture and move it to wherever you need it in the text. Next, double-click on the picture (make sure vou have the graphics pointer selected! And the graphics box preferences will appear. Here vou can choose all the settings for this box. On the left are the settings for text runaround, including
how close to the Im x the text should run: the middle has border options, such as what coloui a bolder should be and how thick: the right selects any background and how the image should be displayed on the screen as well as whethci these setting should be applied to even graphics box.
When you have the picture placed and set as you want, you may decide that a caption is needed. To do this, you need lo create a separate text box using the icon from the top bar. Make it an appropriate size and select a font. Ivpe in the caption and then place the new text box where you need it. This might be underneath or next to the picture, or you may want it to appear over the top. In that case, place the text box where you want it and then, ensuring that the box is still selected, choose Bring to Front from the Graphics menu. As you can see. Text boxes are very similar to graphics.
Flu* program can also be configured to inert yout own needs. Not all options have kevboard short-cuts, so there is a feature that allows vou to define your own short-cuts. The User menu on the very right has a Preferences option that can set the actions attached to the flint tion keys. Add a new item and select the function kcv; enter a name for the kev, which s will be entered into the menu and then choose a command from those available. Remember to save your changes so that these short-cuts arc available each time vou use the program.
When text is selected you can change the style, including underlining and italics, or font and colour Final Writer is an easy program to use. The only options that aren’t available in this version are the spelling and thesaurus features, because there wasn’t room to lit them on the (’overdisk.
II you want to upgrade to that version and receive a complete manual then vou can take advantage of the special oiler overleaf. C G®n®rol I ASCII I Sow | Stortup T Colours Turn on:- jOro® ond Drop Dot® Ord®r- S Doy Tlonth Ytor Tin® For not Z 24 Hour Sou I Ut® Conc®l 1 General preferences govern the program's settings.
Final Writer 4 Lite can be installed to floppy disks or a hard drive. First load Workbench, then insert the Coverdisk. Select the type of installation you need and it will be done automatically using the Commodore Installer utility. If you install to floppy disk, you need two spare disks. These don't have to be formatted as that will be done automatically. The first disk contains the Final Writer program and the second has the extra support files. To use the program, access it through Workbench.
At the top left hand corner of the window, you will see two arrow icons. These switch the rows across the top and down the left side from text to pictures. Using the icons in the rows, you can quickly access some of Final Writer's important options.
DO IT WITH ICONS Select Select Select the typeface the text graphics style pointer pointer Drop tabs onto document ruler Set text justification Graphics tools for Create a drawing boxes in separate document text box Create new document Hanging indent Paste text from clipboard Open document Insert current time Delete selected text Insert current date Save document Enter a bullet point Insert page break Print out document Indent left View page at normal size View page at 50% Delete a file Indent right CAN'T GET YOUR DISK SOFTWARE WORKING?
CALL (MON-FRI 2PM-6.30PM) 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.
Te! EXTRA E 1 TRANSITION (AF74) BARS&PIPES (AF71) Many readers have had memory problems when trying to run Bars&Pipts, or access the Bars&Pipcs tool AmigaPhone.
To increase the memory, disable Workbench utilities that are running in the background, disable external disk drives and use Workbench Preferences to change the screen mode to the lowest resolution with the least colours possible. Bars&Piftes should now load. Once running, use B&Ps Preferences menus to switch on all the memory savers.
W When you try to load the song Brandenburg Demo, the Amiga asks you to insert Volume Internal Sounds Kit l. It’s an instruments disk not included on the Coverdisk.
Instead, make a copy of your All IA 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 of them.
Instruments whose sounds can’t be loaded, can be fixed by clicking on the AmigaPhone icon at the end of their pipe and choosing a sample from the All IA instruments drawer.
A set of manuals is now available to compliment the Bars Csf Pipes Coverdisk. For further information please contact K.merald Creative Technology (OlHl 715 8866).
If Transition's main screen flickei”S, it doesn’t mean that your Coverdisk is faulty. T he
• * programmers have chosen to use a high resolution screen for
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SENSIBLE GOLF (AF73) If you are using a 1Mb machine and have an external disk drive, you will have found that the intro and title will load line, but the game itself fails.
Switch off and disconnect the external drive which is taking up memory that Sensible (iolf needs. When playing, il it seems that you have control of the game and can do everything except actually strike the ball, your joystick is in the wrong port.
INFONEXUS DATANEXUS (AF76) Apologies to readers w ho are still using Kickstart l .2 since the programs will not work with your machine.
Optonica are running a special offer on the full version of the software exclusively for AF readers. To find out more, contact them on 01455 558282.
TECHNOSOUND TURBO 2 (AF73) REAL 3D (AF77) If you find that the program will load fine from floppy but fails to load f rom your hard drive it is possible that the MaxTransferRalc of your hard disk is set too high. To remedy this vou will have to refer to the documentation that * came with your particular hard drive. O To use the lun-time effects, as well as some other Trchnosound functions, it is necessarv to have an external sampling cartridge connected. If you do have a sampler, but find that it doesn’t work properly with the software, try gradually reducing the program’s sample rate setting.
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In issue 78 Graeme Sandiford was so impressed by this collection of 3D modelling tools that he slapped a Format Gold on it. For £120 you get a whole range of high-quality objects that should have you rendering stunning scenes, from jungles to urban areas, in no time.
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SCAN DOUBLER II ....£399 FLATBED FROM £489 POWERSCAN MEGACHIP RAM xrease your Amiga 500 2000 chip RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its own 2MB RAM and also now includes a 2MB Fat Agnus. No soldering is
• equired.
MEGACHIP RAM ..£159.95 G1M LOCKS it 0 TBC-ENHANCER Reduction of quality loss when copying, colour and contrast correction, suppression of colour drop-outs, elimination of basically any copy protection. The video signal is edited in professional 4:2:2 studio standard and is sychronized entirely new.
FLATBED SCANNERS A 5 0 0 68020EC POWERTAB 24-bit A4 flatbed scanners, complete with software, cables and manual.* EPSON GT-5000 ...£489.95 24-BIT. INC. POWERSCAN SOFTWARE EPSON GT-8500 ...£579.95 24-BIT. INC POWERSCAN SOFTWARE EPSON GT-9000 ...£729.95 24-BIT, INC. IMAGE FX REV. 1.5 SOFTWARE ADPRO SOFTWARE £149.95 IMAGE FX 2.0 S W .£149.95 A 68020 EC processor accelerator card for the A500 and A500+. With an option to fit a 68881 or 68882 co-processor (PLCC or PGA). This card can fit upto 4MB FAST RAM and is fully auto-configuring.
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH GVP HARD DRIVE A500 68020 EC 0MB RAM ...£99.95 A500 68020 EC 4MB RAM . £239.95 £919.95 TBC-ENHANCER NEPTUNE GENLOCK GLIDEPOINT PRINTERS MONITORS SCANNER SOFTWARE WM SIRIUS II GENLOCK MICROVITEC 1438 14" .£289 EPSON STYLUS INC.PAPER £489 EPSON STYLUS PRO XL A3+ ..£1499 EPSON STYLUS PRO XL INCLUDE STUDIO II SOFTWARE STUDIO II SOFTWARE ......£49.95 VGA ADAPTOR £15 FLATBED POWERSCANNER S W . .£35 Just like the Neptune-Genlock, the new Sirius II combines excellent quality with user friendliness. In addition, this genlock disposes of blue-box keying, bypass,
RGB-colour correction, a stereo-audio control with microphone input as well as an integrated test pattern generator for adjustment.
• • • GLIDEPOINT intuitive cursor control at your finger tips
Tap' for an instant selection. Connects to the Serial port.
(This is not a graphics tablet) ALPS GLIDEPOINT ..£59.95
POWER TABLET Pen and cursor controlled graphic tablet,
including cables and software.
’OWER TABLET 12 X 12 ...£195.95 NCL. PEN. CURSOR AND POWER TAB S W GURU-ROM V 6 A SCSI driver for all Series II host adaptors and accelerator cards for all Amiga :omputers. This ROM has a very fast trans- ;er rate of up to 3.5MB S, maximising your (CPU processing time. Guru supports all SCSI device types including hard drives, CD-ROM drives, scanners, Syquest drives etc.Guru ROM is compatible with Amiga OS 1.3 through to 3.1 and is SCSI -I SCSI-2 ’compatible. Please call for further nformation.
Phone orders We accept most major credit cards and are happy to help you with any queries.
Postal orders Ordering by cheque PO please make payable to Power Computing Ltd and specify which delivery is required.
Warranty All Power products come with a 12 month warranty unless otherwise specified.
Technical support Help is on hand with a full Technical Backup service which is provided for Power customers.
Mail-order prices All prices listed are for the month of publication only, call to confirm prices before ordering.
Export orders Most items are available at Tax Free Prices to non-EC residents. Call to confirm prices. BFPO orders welcome.
Mail-order terms All prices include VAT. Specifications and prices are subject to change without notice. All trademarks are acknowledged. All orders in writing or by telephone will be accepted only subject to our terms and conditions of trade, copies of which are available on request.
Tel: 01234 273000 fax: 01234 352207 POWER COMPUTING LTD 44A B STANLEY ST. BEDFORD MK41 7RW Personal Suite Cloanto enter the CD age with a complete collection on disc Digital Universe The whole known universe inside your Amiga ames The best of your submissions, with comments and advice Gloom Deluxe Enhanced, accelerated and reviewed inside 1 Before considering the drive size, remember that most games cannot he copied to hard disk at all. Most game disks have heaiy copy pwtection and cannot he installed onto hard disk. Those that do will take up the same amount of space: in other words, if the

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