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The Amiga Design Workshop UK are offering a special price to any Amiga Format readers who want to become members. All AF readers can save £3 on an annual subscription, reducing the price from £15 to £12, or £7 on full membership, which normally costs £30. Full members will receive a Anew version of Amiga Forever is available solely over the Internet, priced at $ 29.99, with improved networking and classic Amiga utilities already installed. You get things it’s hard to live without, like Picasso96, KingCon, Installer, IjiA, tested DataTypes and commodities, but no controversial hacks that might cause dissent. The icons have been spruced up and Ppaint 7.1 is now bundled, with the latest TurboText, configured into TooIManager. The total download is around 6.5Mb, from http: www.cioanto.com amiaa forever online.htm! Emulate your Amiga on a PC. Continued overleaf 4 AMIGA FORMAT MARCH 1999 We look at what was going on in the Amiga market 100 issues of AF ago... • Cover feature: Picture this! A graphics special which compared art packages (which covered 19 art-related packages, including Art Dept and Comic Setter), a d ave a profile of three Amiga artists. On the disks: Still only one coverdisk which contained Moonshine Racers, a demo of Hyperbook and an animation tutorial. News: Workbench 2 for the A500, Amiga Shopper and Amiga Power launched, the fact that the A500 would have 1Mb as standard from March 1st, 1991. We also had the news that the A3000UX (a Unix box in the guise of a normal A3000) was launched and that the rebadged A2000, the A1500, had been reduced by £150 to £999 for a 1Mb A1500 with 1084S and a bundle of software.

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Document sans nom £5.99 ¦ MARCH 1999 ¦ ISSUE 121 CD AND DD VERSIONS AVAILABLE uiure Your Guarantee Of Value 100% COLOUR CLIPS 100% Colour Clips is a brand new original collection of thousands of high quality GIF and IFF clipart images, includes cats, birds, office equipment, household items, trees and dozens more.
Order: CD621 £9.99 GENETIC SPECIES Furiously invigorating and thrilling 3D action with texture mapping speeds never before seen on any Amiga game. « Order: CD482 £27.99 H NAPALM: The Crimson Crisis $ $ gill Real-time strategic war-game in the Red Alert Command & Conquer mould. Stunning graphics, and almost real sound effects.
Order: CD627 £29.99 100% MONO CLIPS 100% Monpfpips is a brand new original collectibn of over 10,000 high quality GIF arid IFF clipart images. Includes Eye-catchers, Animals, Vehicles, Symbols, Xmas, Wedding art and more.
Order: CD622 £9.99 POV CD-ROM Persistence of Vision is a powerful application that allows a user to easily create fantastic, three dimensional, photorealistic images. Includes a collection of sample scene files and 3D objects that illustrate the program's features and ease of use. The perfect low cost 3D Rendering package.
On Order: CD816 Only £14.99 Unbelievable Price!
SIXTH SENSE Investigations Arcade adventure, featuring 32 locations, full character dialog, 3 different worlds, many interactive characters, puzzles and more, aga 4mb recommended. Order: CD430 £19.99 EAT THE WHISTLE wag Arcade and Simulation modes. Full spoken commentry, 30 pitch conditions, All 32 World Cup team and more. 4mb recommended.
Order: CD679 £14.99 VIRTUAL KARTING 2 Virtual Karting2 is the fastest Karting Simulation available.
Suitable for any AGA Amiga but an 030 it really moves!!!
Order: CD597 Now Only £9.99 DIGI BOOSTER Professional Features the most advanced “track- !
Er” around. Includes support for ALL mod formats, AIFF, WAV, 8bit & 16bit. Also supports Sound Cards. 1 Order: DIG I BOOSTER £29.99 SFX Includes Thousands of Sound Effects, everything from household noises, to animals, vehicles, people and more.
Order: CD808 £9.99 VULCANOLOGY Contains all ten of Vulcan’s “mini series” games. Jet Pilot, Burnout, Tiny Troops, Time Keepers 1&2, Bograts, Hillsea Lido and Valhalla 1,2 & 3 a impressive looking logo with light reflections, bump mapping, textures etc.. Extremely easy and to use. Create wicked looking logo’s with ease. Rated 92% Order: CD797 £34.99 (68k & PPC) BLITZ BASIC 2.1 A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL, C and others. Contains the complete series of BUMs (Blitz User Manuals).
Order: CD500 £17.99 ZOMBIE MASSACRE jMg Slight 3D “doom” clone with some seriously “bloody” graphics and gut wrenching sound effects.
Recommended: 8mb ram and 030 Order: CD705 £19.99 SIMON THE SORCERER Superb “point & click” adventure The voice of simon is Chris Barrie (Mr Brittas).
Suitable for Amiga CD CD32 Order: CD563 £14.99 0 CONVERTERS SUITE GOLD Includes all you need to convert from files from one format to another. IFF, GIF, TIF, BMP, WAV, SND, MOD, TXT etc etc... Order: CD624 £9.99 DELUXE PAINT 5 Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most powerful yet simplest to use animation feature you could imagine.
With full printed manual.
CD499 Only £17.99 GAMES ATTACK Features a whole CD of Action games, Everything from shoot’em up’s to Platform games. Most games run directly from the CD so it’s suitable for all ages.
Order: CD763 £14.99 PULSATOR Hold on for the ride of your life in this action packed blast’em away. Unreal AGA graphics and superb sound make this a serious shoot’em up. Order: CD670 £14.99 THE OFFICE GOLD gj| An extensive collection of ' slIP applications for the home or small business. Includes Wordprocessor, Database, Spreadsheet, Diary, Phone-book and more... Order: CD792 Introductory Price £9.99 TOTAL TETRIS Around 100 variations of the all- time classic game “Tetris”. All the games are runnable from the CD.
Makes a great gift for anyone!
Order: CD672 £9.99 DOOM D-1000 Mgjg A staggering 1000 new levels for Doom 2. Supplied with simple to choose level requester to make it real easy to play all these levels.
Order: CD796 £9.99 PUTTY SQUAD The most addictive and sexy platform game ever. Superb sound and graphics... Order your copy Now!
Order: CD801 £14.99 MINI OFFICE (DISK) This superb easy to use office suite is great for the home and small business, It includes a Word Processor with a spell checker, Database, Spreadsheet and more.
Order: MINIOFFICE £17.99 THE SETTLERS 2 Settlers 2 is coming to the Amiga. Pre-order your copy now.. No charge will be made to your credit card until day of release!
Order: CD799 £25 pre-order price!
TURBO PRINT 7 (DISK) The ingenious printer driver system: TurboPrint prints the full colour spectrum from your favourite software package at the very best quality!
(Supports all the latest printers, inc Epson 440 640 740) Order: TURBOPRINT: £39.99 ,|||jg POWER COPY Professional The most powerful disk copier available. Supplied with standard copy software and Parameter Copy software aswell as external “dongle” you fit between the computer and drive.
Order: POWERCOPY £14.99 STAR FIGHTER Star Fighter is coming to the Amiga. Pre-order your copy now.. No charge will be made to your credit card until day of release!
Order: CD704 £ 18 pre-order price!
VIRTUAL GP Virtual GP (Alien F1) is about to be released. Pre-order your copy now.
No charge will be made to your credit card until day of release!
Order: CD626 £20 pre-order price!
" ...... r * ~ 0S3.5 FANTASTIC DREAMS A far more advanced version of the top rated “Elastic Dreams”, Now includes FunRoom containing 500 premade clips, like eyes, noses etc that you can paste onto your own photo’s... 8mb ram. Hd. 030 or higher Order: CD798 £59.99 (68k & PPC) Workbench 3.5 CD is com:ng scon... AT200 ONLY: Order KS3.1CHIPS Only £ ARCADE CLASSIX MKII Arcade ClassiX MKII includes over 1,200 variations of all your favourite arcade games, such as Pacrnan.
Tron. Galaxians , Frogger, Tempest, C64 conversions, Q-Bert, Trail Blazer, Scramble, Ping-Pong, Pengo, Missile command, Breakout, Bezerk, Donkey Kong and tons more great games.
All playable direct from CD! Order: CD589 £14.99 THE GAMES ROOM The Games Room is an original compilation of Gambling games. It covers everything from Fruit Machines to Card Games, including Klondike, Poker, Solitaire, Rummy, Blackjack, and Roulette, Darts, Bingo, Pool, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Various Board Games like Monopoly and Cluedo, Mastermind, Pub Quiz’s and a wealth of other Casino related games and far more... Order: CD451 £12.99 AMIGA CLASSIX This great value original CD contains over 50 Full Games.
Take a look!
Amegas, DNA, Testament, Charlie J. Cool, Full House Poker, PP Hammer, Starblade, TechnoCop, Zero Gravity, Boondar and many more. Also contained on the CD is around 300 all-time classic game-demo’s.
Order: CD526 £14.99 (lull games are included with the permission ol the authors) AMI-PC LINKUP (DISK& CABLE) Network your Amiga up to a PC and make use of ALL it’s drives, Including: CD-ROM, Zip, Hard drive High-Density Floppy etc, etc. (Hardware & Software) Order: AMI-PC LINKUP £17.99 REPLACEMENT INKJET CARTRIDGES Printer: Part no: Price Epson Stylus 400 800 800+ 1000 (Black) jb973 £6.99 Stylus Colour II Ms (Colour) jb1123 £13.99 Stylus Colour II Ms Stylus820 (Black) jb1113 £7.99 Stylus Colour 400 600 800 1520 (Colour) jb2983 £13.99 Stylus Colour 400 500 600 Photo (Black) b2893 £7.99
Stylus Colour 800 1520 (Black) jb2973 £7.99 Stylus Photo (colour) jb3173 £15.99 Stylus Colour 440 640 (Black) jb3323 £6.99 Stylus Colour 740 (Black) jb3333 £6.99 Stylus Colour 440 640 740 (Colour) jb3343 £12.99 Canon BJC4000 (Black) BJC4000 (Colour) BJC600, (black cl ml y) BJC600e (High Capacity Black) juiuoo lh.vs Please call if you are unsure of what you need. Other Cartridges available.
Order 5 Cartridges and save £10 on final price (£ 1 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1997 The second edition of the Amiga’s answer to Encarta.
Order: CD262 Now Only £9.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1996 The first edition of the the Epic Encyclopedia. Okay on almost all Amiga’s.
PLAYDAYS The Official Playdays as see- cr BBC is available now ana ndudes 13 different children's activities- : covers : Numbers. Letters. Co tours.
Shapes, Sounds and more.
Order: OS 15 £9 KIDS RULE OK Postman Pat, Popeye. Sooty £?
KIDS RULE OK 2 Popeye3, Bully’s Darts. Dino Ds:ecz,e £S THOMAS PINBALL Kid’s pinball game AGA £5 PLAYDAYS PAINT Create posters and birthday cards £S SOOTY PAINT BOX Colouring-in and painting £S THOMAS’ COLL. The Big Race and 2 other Games £S SPECCY CLASSIX ‘98 Play over 3000 Classic Spectrum Games on your Amiga, Includes the latest Spectrum Emulators and thousands of Games.
EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PARANORMAL An exciting new multimedia Amiga based CD-ROM featuring high-res AGA graphics throughout. Covering subjects like: UFOs & Aliens, Strangelife (Bigfoot, Lochness monster etc), Mysticism, Mind over matter, Myths and Legends and more, This CD promises to give you an “experience”. Also for the first time on an Amiga multimedia CD, there are true “AVI” files (Au Video). Hundreds of colour images, masses of AVI’s, and animatiqps, hundreds of voice-overs, over 40 minutes of presentations around 400 subject synopsis’, and hundreds of 'cross referenced’
articles. 4 Order: CD223x £14.99 Bom for just £25 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA The Epic Interactive Encyclopedia is a completely updated product to the extent that it now includes around 20,000 subjectsA. It features a superb new updated multi- media interface with new colour scheme, online help, hundreds of film clips, images, sound samples and subject information text. It supports a multitude of new features including: Colour images, Full-screen filmclips in anim and AVI formatsA, National anthems and a unique Inter-ACT™ feature which allows you to interact with certain subjects like: Draughts, etc.
A superb reference and educational title for the whole family.
1996 Edition: CD222 £5.00 1997 Edition: CD262c £14.99
* 1998 Edition: CD462 £19.99 1996 Edition - A500+ A600 A1200HD,
2mb+ dfffe J*®18* 90+% 1997 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD,
4mb+ram 1998 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram. 030 or
better recommended. (CD also includes special 2mb “NO
HardDrive’’ Version) COMPETITION PRO ‘Competition Pro. 50001
* Comp. Pro. 5000 MINI2
* Comp. Pro. Clear3
* Comp. Pro. Clear MINI4 Order: COMP1, 2, 3 or 4 C64 GAMES
ARCHIVE The re-compiled C64 Games CD includes around 15,000
all- time classic Commodore 64 games. It’s very easy to use and
the CD has a complete index of every game.
* f6r MATHS STATISTICS ages6-16 just JUNIOR ESSENTIALS ages5-11
ages WORDS ages5-11 MSX Nostalgia includes hundreds and
hundreds of original MSX games all ready to run through the
latest MSX software emulator. Games include originals like
Mappy and the classic, Galaga and more.
Order: CD673 £9.99 EPIC COLLECTION 3 The Epic Collection Volume3 features well over 600mb of the very latest and only best Amiga games, tools, images and music. It also contains over 80 disks of educational software. J Order: CD405X £14.99 Both for just £20 17BIT LEVEL 6 f The very latest 17BIT disks specially compiled by Quartz.
All the best titles are here.
Through an easy to use interface you have access to around 1000 brand new Amiga disks all categorised into various themes.
SPEEDMOUSE MINI Up to 8000dpi, Fully microswitched, stylish design.
Supplied with MouselT Order: MOUSEMINI Only £14.99 ROBOSHIFT MACH2 Auto switching joystick mouse adaptor switcher.
Order: ROBOSHIFT £9.99 MOUSE PEN Eliminates the use of a mouse... simply use as if you were drawing with a pen or pencil.
Comes supplied with MouselT.
Order: MOUSEPEN2 £29.99 The A-Z of Amiga Games is a comprehensive database of information on over 2,000 Amiga games. Information and details, such as screenshots, reviews, game maps, cheats, box scans, compatibility listing are included. (8mb ram) Order: CD682 £19.99 VIRUS FREE - RESURRECTION Volume 1 The first 1000 PD disks of Virus Free PD’s Public Domain Library brought back to life with the release of this essential collector’s CD.
Contains many titles that have never appeared on any other CD.
ilib 1 ** consists of all the latest I Portions. Speech and graph- .1 ics are used throughout the
CD. “A Great CD for learners” Order: CD672 £14.99 CD REPAIR KIT
Can repair upto 50 CD’s (audio & data). Cleans and protects
new and old discs.
Repairs scratched CD’s!
Order: CDRS £19.99 THE SCENE ARCHIVE Virtually every mega-demo ever made on the Amiga.
From 1988 - 1998, Each year is separated so finding a particular demo is easy.
4 PLAYER ADAPTOR Allows you to use up to 4 joy sticks on your Amiga. Simply plugs into your Parallel port.
Order: 4PLAY £9.99 AMIGA - 1084 MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA - PHILIPS MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA - SC ART TV £12.99 Dual Joystick Mouse Extension £3.99 Amiga - Amiga Parnet £14.§9 Amiga - Amiga or PC Twin £12.99 Amiga TV RF Cable £2.99 Joystick Splitter lead £3.99 Joystick Extension Cable (2metres) £3.99 Amiga A600 A1200 Joysick Mouse Port £9.99 CD32 Network Cables and Software £34.99 Amiga - PC Linkup (Parallel) £17.99 Amiga 4 Player Adaptor £9.99 Analogue Joystick Adaptor £9.99 PC Keyboard Extension £3.99 Printer Cable £3.99 Squirrel SCSI Interface £49.99 A600 A1200 to 3.5” Harddrive £19.99 Mouse IT
(Adaptor & Software) £4.99
2. 5” Harddrive cable (5cm) £9.99
3. 5” Hard drive (Standard pc styte)(40pin) £7.99 Female Jack to
2 Phono (Audio Adaptor) £3.99 Stereo Phono Cables £2.99 Amiga
- Amstrad CPC Monitor £9.99 UNIVERSE OF SCI-FI Over 1000
Science Fiction related images, from Batman to Startrek,
Alien, Babylon 5, Terminator2 and many others.
Also on this CD is a large amount of Sci-fi animations and audio clips.. Order: CD793 £14.99 SOFTWARE EXPLOSION CD 600mb of top quality data, Images, over 300 textures, Objects, Samples, Modules, Games, 600 Letters, Demos plus a great deal more. Order: FCD449 SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 2 CD Brand New release includes tons of Midi Files, Images, Colour Fonts, Tutorials, Virtual Computer Pets, and a whole host of other stuff.
Order: FCD560 SCREEN SAVERS Tons of screen savers - from flying toaster’s to some rather odd colourful screen effects - Essential for all Workbench users... Order: CD677 £9.99 WINBENCH ‘98 The definitive collection of Workbench enhancement tools.
Drivers, Libraries, Patches, HD Installers, Icons, Backdrops, Menu systems, Tools etc. Order: CD680 Only £9.99 Other cables and leads available on request.
NOW Isl'lAnlfi inBilrAtiiifl Free Game! Open Mon - Sat mamg MHU Download now from: 9:30am- HJ r iSSBtSSKfSBBKSfBr www.epicmarketing.ltd.net af Add £1.50 for insured delivery. All items are sold subject to our normal terms and conditions and are subject to availability. E&OE All prices include VAT.
’Free CD’s are only offered on Software purchases only.
All titles have been tested on A1200 based Amiga’s, call for compatibility of A500 etc. When ordering please state product code, title and price.
KS2 3 = Compatible with A500+ A600 A1200 etc Cheques should be made payable to EPIC Marketing.
Cheaues valued over £30 take around 7 days to dear- add £3 for speedy dearance.
Epic Marketing: BSS House - Area50, Cheney Manor, Swindon. SN2 2PJ, UK Order Free on: 0500 131 486 "Wi EM SB AMIG Super Skidmarks Ultimate Super Skidmarks CD Power Drive Turbo Trax X-Treme Racing AGA Road Rash Street Racer AGA Street Racer CD Microprose Formula One Roadkill AGA Roadkill CD32 Virtual Karting 2 AGA Virtual Karting 2 CD Flyin High CD Flyin High Data Flyin High Data 2 Virtual GP (Alien F1) PUZZLE LOGICAL Marbleous Blockhead Logical Blockhead 2 Minskies Fools Errand Lemmings Worms Directors Cut Troddlers Clockwiser CD32 Last Ninja 3 CD32 Golem CD STRATEGIC MANAGMENT Theme Park
Theme Park AGA Ultimate Theme Park CD Cygnus 8 Dune II A-Train Cannon Fodder (oem) Cannon Fodder CD32 Cannon Fodder 2 SimCity (oem) Gnome Alone Foundation CD Civilization Civilization CD Colonization Fields Of Glory Fields Of Glory CD32 Mobile Warfare Uropa 2 CD Final Odyssey CD Operation Combat 2 Medievil Warriors Railroad Tycoon Silent Service 2 UFO : Enemy Unknown Special Forces Napalm CD Settlers 2 Pre-Order Now at this special price Imperator 3D“DOOM”STYLE GAMES Death Mask Gloom Deluxe AGA Ultimate Gloom (Gloom3) CD Quake CD Q-Zone Quake Add-On Time Of Reckoning Doom Trilogy (3 cd’s) Doom
D-1000 Data CD Pure Doom Add-On Data CD Genetic Species CD Nemac IV CD Zombie Massacre CD Fears AGA Fears CD32 Breathless AGA SPORTS PGA Tour Golf PGA Tour Golf Plus FIFA Soccer World Golf Battle Of The Ashes Samba World Cup CD Eat The Whistle CD Tennis Cup 2 KickOff2 Data Disks (All 4 titles) Speedball Nick Faldo’s Golf Player Manager 2 AGA Now Sensible Golf SWOS: WorldCup Update SWOS: 97 98 Updater (hd req.)
Tracksuit Manager 2 Tracksuit Manager 2 AGA John Barnes Football CD32 International Karate Plus CD32 Football Glory Club Football Super League Manager CD32 Sporting Spectacular (4games) PINBALL SIMULATIONS Pinball Brain Damage AGA Pinball Brain Damage CD Pinball Illusions AGA Pinball Fantasies AGA Pinball Dreams Pinball Obsessions Slam Tilt AGA Thomas’ Pinball AGA Pinball Mania AGA m g 2 O g s ¦ Z D O CC O co Q O - Zombie Massacre is Alpha Software's nightmare vision of a world populated by flesh-eating zombies and the human race struggling for survival.
Featuring heart stopping 3D zombie action and pumping digital audio by the Award Winning Will Morton.
"It's a brilliant game and I suggest you get it pretty soon. 96%" Neil Bullock (World of Amiga Mag.)
Ltd AMIGA CLASSIX Zombie Massacre features
- Over 40 levels of single and double player mayhem
- 11 new sprites each with 48 frames of animation
- 3 Fantastic CD digital audio tracks including a spoken plotline
- Over 100 Meg of full screen FMV with actors
- New enemy intelligence and realistic shadows Free Gam!
Call our games line on: 01793432176 wmeplcmaiketingMnet af Epic Marketing ¦ BSS House, Area50, Cheney Manor, Swindon, UK. SN2 2PJ Please make cheques I postal orders payable to Please add a total of £1 per title for P&P within the Overseas P&P: £5 First Item and £2 per additional All prices listed include VAT. E&OE. (oem = unboxed).
AGA = A1200 A4000 Only - CD32 titles also work on A1200CD-ROM tO&~ AMIGA IB Fight your way to the top of the Roman Empire in this brand new strategy simulation.
Relive ancient times and build an empire which can stand the test of time.
Is Hv CCCDfT CARD OSD6RS UlCICOmC Severs 2 staid be avadabie aroond the middle of March 1999. Order your copy of “The Settlers II” today and discover why over aflj ;-r-Cner fxc coy ta» arc per yxJ £25- Once released: £29.99 a million copies have been sold to PC and Mac users worldwide.
Sixth Sense Investigations ¦¦¦¦¦ 'FullySpoken .
Dialogue on CD
* ; AGA Amiga CD. Game requires 6mb ram. Recommended 10mb ram,
030 or better.
WOO’s of frames ES Due to the graphic nature of this game, Viewers discretion is strongly advised, ot animation MgjHj Order: CD705 RRP: £19.99 Special Price: Just £14.99 with any other game!
On Amiga CD-ROM and Disk Requires : A1200 or better - 4mb ram rec. ©wm§mmFFM%mT f Gunship 2000 £12.99 Airbus A320 II £12.99 Approach Trainer £4.99 B17 Flying Fortress £12.99 Dogfight £12.99 Overlord £12.99 Shadow of the 3rd Moon CD £19.99 F117A Stealth Fighter £8.99 F15 Strike Eagle 2 £12.99 F19 Stealth £12.99 TFX CD £5.99 SHOOT’EM UPS ACTION Xenon 2 £4.99 Firehawk £4.99 XP-8 £4.99 Classic Baby Arcadia £4.99 Pulsator CD £14.99 Gunbee (Manga) £7.99 Banshee AGA £4.99 Bomber Bob £5.00 Ninja Warriors £4.99 Desert Strike £8.99 Base Jumpers £4.99 Arcade Action (5games) £12.99 Mega Blast (Bomberman
clone) £7.99 Badlands Pete £4.99 Damage (18) £9.99 Skeleton Krew AGA £2.99 Total Carnage AGA £2.99 Total Carnage CD32 £2.99 Guardian CD32 £2.99 Thunder Blade £4.99 Rise Of The Robots £4.-99 Rise Of The Robots AGA £4.99 Zeewolf £4.99 ZeeWolf 2 £4.99 WarZone oem £2.99 Star Fighter CD £19.99 Sci-fi Collection (3games) £4.99 PLATFORMERS Ruffian £4.99 Forest Dump Forever £7.99 Marvin’s Marvellous Adventure AGA £2.99 Marvin’s Marvellous Adventure CD32 £2.99 Sword £14.99 Impossible Mission AGA £8.99 Captain Dynamo £4.99 Steg The Slug £4.99 OneEscapee CD £27.99 Seymore goes to Hollywood £4.99 CJ in
the USA £4.99 Myth £2.99 Suberban Commando £4.99 Wiz ‘n’ Liz £9.99 Gulp! £4.99 Robocod £4.99 Chuck Rock CD32 £2.99 Putty Squad AGA £14.99 Putty Squad CD £14.99 Oscar & Diggers CD32 £2.99 Bubble & Squeek £2.99 Bubble & Squeek CD32 £2.99 Naughty Ones CD32 £9.99 ADVENTURES I RPG Blood Net AGA £29.99 Simon The Sorcerer £14.99 Simon The Sorcerer AGA £14.99 Simon The Sorcerer CD32 £14.99 Monkey Island 1&2 (compilation) £24.99 Big Red Adventure CD £9.99 Myst CD £29.99 Heimdall 2 AGA £4.99 Flight Of The Amazon Queen £19.99 Abduction £14.99 Legends £7.99 Lost on Parrot Island £9.99 Sixth Sense
Investigations AGA £19.99 Sixth Sense Investigations CD £19.99 Wasted Dreams CD £27.99 Blade Disk & CD £12.99 Ishar Trilogy £24.99 DIZZY COLLECTION Bubble Dizzy £4.99 Magicland Dizzy £4.99 Fast Food Dizzy £4.99 Crystal Kingdom Dizzy £4.99 Prince Of Yolk Folk £4.99 Fantastic Dizzy £4.99 Treasure Island Dizzy £4.99 Panic Dizzy £4.99 KWIK SNAX £4.99 Spellbound Dizzy £4.99 Fantasy World Dizzy £4.99 ADULT GAMES Strip Pot AGA £4.99 Deluxe Strip Poker £2.99 Centerfold Squares £4.99 Adult Sensation 5 CD (30+ games) £19.99 GAME COMPILATIONS 50 Games Compilation £6.99 Amiga ClassiX CD £14.99 Arcade
ClassiX MKII CD £14.99 Games Room CD £12.99 Manyk:(Roadkill,Legends, Fears)AGA £12.99 Acid Attack:(Gloom,Skidmarks)AGA £12.99 Calssic Card & Board Games £9.99 Assassins Games 3 CD £14.99 Assassins Games 4 CD £14.99 Nothing But Tetris CD £9.99 Arcadia (4 games) £4.99 Features
* Build a medieval empire, conquer neighbouring kingdoms and
defend yourself from intruders!
* Command hunters, farmers, miners, soldiers and more!
* Create elaborate settlements from over 30 different building
* Direct your animated subjects throughout your kingdom where
thousands may be active on-screcn simultaneously!
Construct a fleet of ships to explore uncharted waters and supply provisions (o new lands!
* Dispatch your tireless scouts to explore unknown territories!
Position your catapults and fight against barbaric Vikings, Nubians and Asiatics!
* Zoom in and follow any one of your subjects as they perform
their assigned tasks!
* Enjoy digitized speech, highly-detailed, hand-painted graph
ics, on-line help and more!
L ne sequel to - me settlers" is a aeiigntrui goo sim is set m Means Times. After fighting a losing battle with the raging sea, the fcm people find themselves stranded on an apparently uninhabited ti*.!
You must lead these survivors on the ultimate quest - Want Domination!
Advocates If you want to tidy up your screen display you should be interested in the latest A1200 add-on, the Byision - yes, it’s finally here and we give it a thorough going over on page 48. Plus, of course, we have loads more reviews of hardware and software to make your life easier, and our regular tutorial section is here as usual to help you get the most out of your Amiga every month.
If you’re wondering why Colin has forced me into a silly costume (right) and everyone else has forced me to write a three page feature on my favourite Amiga stuff, it’s because this will be my last issue as editor. Sniff. I hope you’ve all had as much fun out of the last few years as I have. But enough of all this self-indulgent nonsense, there’s a magazine to get on with... One of the major problems with any computer system is that after you’ve been using it for any length of time it becomes inefficient. You collect all sorts of useless files and data, your disks become fragmented, your
startup sequence has been hacked about so much it’s difficult to remember what it’s supposed to look like and you have loads of different programs duplicating functionality, some of which you probably haven’t used before. And I don’t know about you, but my libs drawer probably has more files in it than the local tax office.
The problem is that all this extra junk takes up valuable space and slows your computer down. So, we’ve decided to do something about it.
Or rather we’ve decided to get you to do something about it. Ben has loads of helpful advice on what to do and how to get started in the feature starting on page 14, so get your Marigolds on.
One tool that’s invaluable in keeping on top of your files is a decent file manager. Directory Opus is the most popular program in this vein, and we have a review of the very latest version in this issue.
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Wa-. m ro %V vte.a7.Vr. NICK'S REVIEW PAGE 24 After 72 issues of Amiga Format, some past it bloke picks out his personal top software and Sheds some light on the goings on behind the scenes.
SPRING CLEANING PAGE 14 If you've owned your Amiga for more than a few months, there's no doubt it will have collected all sorts of rubbish - we'll show you how to clean it up again.
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MAGELLAN 2 PAGE 60 It's got nothing to do with charting new
shipping routes around the globe, but it's got everything to do
with file management. Neil Both wick's your man.
BVISION PAGE 48 If you're art A1200 owner, this is probably one of the most important reviews you could want to read - is this Blizzard-based graphics card up to scratch?
AMIGA FORMAT MARCH 1999 MARCH 1999 The long-awaited Amiga replacement motherboard is now almost complete.
Phase 5's first A1200 graphics card manages to impress Andrew Korn.
The BlizzardVisionPPC card plugs into the BlizzardPPC accelerator.
Details on dickBOOM's new Portal service.
Simon Goodwin tests the latest multi-IO expander for Zorro Amigas.
All of Alive mediasoft's busy development plans.
The lOBlix card, a very impressive input output expander.
The A1200s and A1200p versions of the lOBlix board are tested by Andrew Korn.
The lOBlix cards designed for both serial and parallel A1200s.
Dave Cusick ventures into the world of PD again.
54 AMIGA WRITER Ben Vost stands back as AmigaWriter battles for the title of top word processor.
After Final Writer, Wordworth and Final Copy, can AmigaWriter make an impact?
Save loads of cash with our great subs deal!
Amiga problems probed by John Kennedy.
56 R0M6LER An add-on for Prelude sounds good to Simon Goodwin.
The Rombler, with Synth, MIDI and Prelude connectors.
Free ISPs, tried and tested by Dave Cusick.
MAEIill a GALLERY Renders and rants from the Amiga community.
59 DRIVING TEST CD Ben Vost gets tested by a CD for once as he gets behind the virtual wheel... Test yourself with every question set for driving test theory exams.
The best place to buy, sell, swap and get together.
Find your local Amiga store with this handy guide.
CREATIVE 60 D0PIIS2 IVIeil Bothwick finds Workbench outdated after using Opus Magellan II.
An impressive screen, and the software works just as well.
62 Simon Goodwin and the latest emulators.
74 HTML Neil Bothwick explains the usefulness of tables.
76 MUG Set up a studio on the cheap, with Tony Horgan.
78 1 Foi YOURSELF Complete your tank game, with John Kennedy.
DOPUIS The first CD of add-ons for Opus Magellan II is tested by Neil Bothwick.
Loads of useful bits and bobs, including themes to give your Workbench a new look with ease.
SONG POS TIHTW 188114; 81 II 88881 :531 TEMPO STBRT POS - END PUS ~ J;248 I SHEIEi ESI EM flOOPl 0)8881 :B1 [ 63 READER REVIEW Sequencer One + is put to the test.
REC REU FF PLRY STOP l 3 i i 7 S S 10 II IMS U IS 16 11 15 81 B2 Song Nane: cotwando.nid Events Used: 822221 Events Free: 276785 Sequencer One » »» »» » »»» PLUS Run a Mac with Shape$ hifter, hear our top Sequencer One tunes, try CVCAS and there's still over 3,000 directories!
Spring is in the air and we think it's about time you gave your Amiga a well-deservedclean.
Ben Vost presents some invaluable advice on how to clean up your
- hardware, from polishing your screens to tidying up your hard
drive, with details on all the softvvare and accessories
you'll need.
More than BERIBQX2 A complete, fun, new and extremely easy to use music program.
Deal the cards and get your money ready for this great poker simulation Coming soon: the games you'll be playing A CD full of hints, tips and info on Amiga games, Nick Veitch takes a trip down memory lane, The longest serving editor in Amiga Formats history looks back on the highs and lows of working on the best Amiga magazine around.
Nick Veitch chooses his top games, best moments and biggest blunders of the last six years... Shooting, puzzling and retro-action all in this month's ScreenPlay.
Fruit-collecting puzzles aplently, with Ben Vost.
The latest look at Space Station 3000 NEWS WHAT’S Wff A lively games scene Alive mediasoTt reveal their huge line up of games in development.
Coming out fighting Development of the BoXeR motherboard is almost complete.
AF bulletin revamped Even better online service promised.
Legacy of Amiga motherboard design.
However, these appear to be resolved now and the BoXeR will have a full 64- bit motherboard throughout, giving a huge increase in speed, especially when it’s used with the proposed G3 accelerators for the machine.
Other technical advances include the fact that the machine will now ship with two independent IDE ports, both of which will be capable of UDMA transfer (upgradable via Flash ROM).
...the BoXeR will glim a huge increase in speed, especially when it's used with the proposed G3 accelerators... In addition to this, the BoXeR will also sport fully- fledged serial and parallel connectors and the layout has been slightly altered to allow for Video Toaster use. The way that some of th£se enhancements have been implemented mean that chip RAM access times should also be reduced.
Last, but by no means least, the FPGA replacement for Buster should now work at full efficiency, which will mean that the Zorro III capability of the BoXeR should approach Dave Haynie’s ideal of 35Mb s for The BoXeR motherboard as shown in AF111, although it might have changed somewhat since then.
We need a new staff writer to join the editorial team at Amiga Format Towers, so if you're an A1200 owner with an interest in music, the Internet, coding and hardware, and you know how to write witty, informed and on-time copy, you'd be ideal.
If not, but you're interested in the post (which would involve you moving to Bath), drop me a line explaining who you are, where your Amiga expertise lies and why you'd like the job, and we'll get you down for an interview.
You can send me an email at with the subject "Mew Staffer", or send me a Setter at the usual address: AF, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW.
After what seems like an interminable wait, development on the BoXeR replacement Amiga motherboard is drawing to a close. Blittersoft have informed us that they should be taking deliveries of the first prototype runs of the motherboard in the next week or so, and that we should be able to review it, if not in the next AF then certainly in the following issue.
Those who are veterans of Amiga shows may well have seen Mick Tinker talking animatedly about the BoXeR concept to many leading Amiga developers over the years, and possibly showing them a mock-up of the board that he seems to have finally finished. Now he’ll be able to show them a working machine.
Delays have been caused by Mick being unwilling to settle for second best and also because of the huge technical problems that have cropped up in the bus transfer speed, and makes the Voodoo II 3D accelerator a more worthwhile target for 3D acceleration.
The Voodoo 1 has been used for the add-on for the PicassoIV partly because of the fact that it will still stretch the current Zorro III implementation.
Blittersoft are now in talks with Mr. Tinker to see if this FPGA Buster could be modified so that it could act as an upgrade for other Zorro Ill-equipped Amigas that currently suffer the bottleneck caused by the original Commodore Buster chip.
We’ll have more news for you on the BoXeR in the next issue, by which time we hope to have taken delivery of our board, but in the meantime you can call Blittersoft on 01908 261466 for further information.
Imagine still going Rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated - Imagine is still going strong and is adding support for more The CADtech website (above) and some of the impressive results (right).
_ Amiga items as time goes by. On its way to version 6 now, it has PPC support for global 2V ejects, graphics card support and much more.
'The company now in charge of the project, CADTech, offer the current version for sale over the Internet or by mail.
The Constant Upgrade Program, where you receive the very latest version at all times, is also still in ___ 5 full force, and since updates come thick and fast it's worth bearing
* in mind that being on the Internet for this really is a boon.
For further details, visit the CADTech website at , hitp: www.cadtech.de mon.co.uk Pfee ' y °r write to them at: 4 Dunan ¦ kfq Place, Flat 2 1, Easterhouse,
- ; ~ Glasgow, G33 4JL, Scotland.
ClickBOOMgoonline Modem creator hangs up The Hayes Corporation, which produced the first consumer modem back in 1981, have closed down after a two year fight for survival.
The Atlanta-based company filed for bankruptcy last year and, after failing to borrow the money to continue, have now decided to liquidate their assets. As a result of the move, over 250 employees have lost their jobs.
Hayes produced the first PC modem, the 300-baud Smartmodem, and developed the AT Command Set, the language which most modems still use in order to transmit data.
There’s a new online service that should be available by the time you read this. Called Portal, it comes from clickBOOM and aims to offer a coherent single source for Amiga news, a message centre for subscribers and, most importantly, an auction function for anyone who wishes to trade Amiga software or hardware.
Commission to clickBOOM for hosting your auction, and you can add pictures to your description and turn it into a “special” sale, which puts it at the top of the list for an extra fee. The website should be online by the time this Amiga Format goes on sale, and can be found at http: dickboom.com portal So far, it looks very impressive. It’s polished, as you’d expect if you’ve spent any time looking at clickBOOM’s website in the past, and it seems to work pretty fast, although that may change as more Get perSonalised and more people start using it. News from Portal.
The auction side of things is very classy. If you’re a subscriber, you can sell whatever Amiga equipment that you want in one of three ways, including a “shotgun” sale which isn’t an auction at all, but a sale at a fixed price. As a seller, you pay a monthly coverdisk and reduced rates for group activities.
The post of Web Master, advertised in a recent AF, is still open for applications.
For more details, write to: The Amiga Design Workshop UK, 2 Moorden Cottages, Chiddingstone Causeway, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8JB.
Include an SAE for an application form and introductory pack. This offer is also open to international readers.
The Amiga Design Workshop UK are offering a special price to any Amiga Format readers who want to become members.
All AF readers can save £3 on an annual subscription, reducing the price from £15 to £12, or £7 on full membership, which normally costs £30. Full members will receive a Anew version of Amiga Forever is available solely over the Internet, priced at $ 29.99, with improved networking and classic Amiga utilities already installed. You get things it’s hard to live without, like Picasso96, KingCon, Installer, IjiA, tested DataTypes and commodities, but no controversial hacks that might cause dissent.
The icons have been spruced up and Ppaint 7.1 is now bundled, with the latest TurboText, configured into TooIManager. The total download is around 6.5Mb, from http: www.cioanto.com amiaa forever online.htm!
Emulate your Amiga on a PC.
Continued overleaf 4 AMIGA FORMAT MARCH 1999 We look at what was going on in the Amiga market 100 issues of AF ago... • Cover feature: Picture this! A graphics special which compared art packages (which covered 19 art-related packages, including Art Dept and Comic Setter), a d ave a profile of three Amiga artists.
¦ On the disks: Still only one coverdisk which contained Moonshine Racers, a demo of Hyperbook and an animation tutorial.
News: Workbench 2 for the A500, Amiga Shopper and Amiga Power launched, the fact that the A500 would have 1Mb as standard from March 1st, 1991. We also had the news that the A3000UX (a Unix box in the guise of a normal A3000) was launched and that the rebadged A2000, the A1500, had been reduced by £150 to £999 for a 1Mb A1500 with 1084S and a bundle of software.
Finally, there was news of a launch for the CDTV and an announcement of an accompanying CD-ROM drive for the A500.
¦ Prices: If you wanted to buy floppy disks in bulk to open your new PD library, they would cost you 31 p each, including VAT (remember, in those days it was at 15%) and a label, or 65p each for Sony high density disks. A lot of PD was at comparable prices to today, but there were a lot more PD companies aroui d then as the Internet hadn't yet mad® an impact, S Games reviewed included: Deuteros by Activision 95%, Chaos Strikes Back by i h rorsoft 89%, Back to the Future ill fey imageWorks 82%, Bmhjm Hughes' Arcade Quiz by Audiogenic 38%.
Serious products reviewed: SupraDrive 500XP, Pro Write, QuickWrite, Excellence! 2.0, Masterboard.
S Notes: A certain Mr. Larkin in Eire notes that the advances made by the A3000 and A3000UX wouldn't be enough to stop the PC from overtaking the Amiga in terms of the speed of its hardware and quality of graphics. Eight years on, he's not far from the truth... Pages: 228 ¦ Cost: £2.95 New look afb We’re currently getting rid of the old, unfriendly Amiga Format Bulletin announce-only list in favour of a newer, much friendlier version that allows you to post to it too.
The calendar should be useful to everyone, especially as a guide for when to send your news or work for the CD in.
The folders for AFB will contain handy hints posted to the list, and links to important websites.
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Fans of the announce list should also be aware that we’ll still have an announce list (at a different address) but it will be cut down from previous versions since a lot of the “important” parts of it will be incorporated into the open list instead.
The open list has a lot of traffic right now, maybe 60-70 messages a day, but if that’s too much for you, you can always configure your subscription to it to just read the messages off the web.
In addition to the chat, there’s also the facility to use the calendar to see when the next Afs out, to check the deadline for sending your news in or for sending stuff for the CD. There are also folders which will contain important messages or links to websites, and finally there are polls which are easy to use and can be started by anyone.
To subscribe to the announce-only list, which will give you a single message every four weeks that lets you know what will be in the next Afbefore it’s out on the streets. You don’t have to subscribe to both since the message will be crossposted to both lists.
In short, the all-new afb is better than ever, and all you need to do is sign up. Point your browser at to sign The new poll feature will replace the old poll in the original AFB, but it will now be open to everyone.
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ScktesfeffitHi the show year The second Kickstart event wilt be taking place in Surrey on Saturday 27th February this year, and will have nearly 30 exhibitors selling and showing their latest wares and second-hand bargains. In addition, there are prize raffles for Amiga 1200 Magic Packs and other prizes supplied by Amiga international, who are sponsors of the Kickstart show. Other events include gaming matches for further prizes, with Doom and Quake deathmatches and the chance to pit yourself against other budding Sensible Soccer and Skidmarks fans.
There'll be demonstrations of the latest hardware and software by the Kickstart user group, who'll obviously be welcoming new members at the show, and who will also be on hand to give advice and troubleshooting help to Amiga owners present.
Last but not least Kickstart will be taking advantage of the event to launch their new monthly Insight magazine, which will be available to all Amiga owners, not just existing Kickstart members.
For show enquiries and stand bookings, please contact Ray McCarthy (Show Promoter) on
• or call (01737) 215432.
Location: Brook Hall, Brox Road, Ottershaw, Surrey.
Date: Saturday February 27th, 1999.
Time: 1pm-5pm Admission fee: £1 Parking: Two car parks with space for over 200 cars.
Lii Alive will be bundling the Amiga version with a PC version of the game.
Amiga Energy Boost Amiga St. Louis, organisers of Amiga '99, have the unprecedented prize of two half-hour training flights in TWA's 727 flight simulators to offer to people attending their show in March. After the banquet on the Saturday evening, the two winners will be whisked away to TWA's training facility where they'll get the chance to try out the full-on Boeing 727 simulator that's used to train pilots all over the world for their duties in the sky. The lucky individuals will fly with a real pilot in this simulator and will receive an official flight logbook, which will list the 30
minutes of time spent flying this marvel of flight training.
Interested? Visit the Amiga '99 website at http: www.am iaa-stI.com to get details of other prizes, or to find out further ordering information for tickets. The Amiga '99 Show is being held in St. Louis, MO, on Friday March 12th to Sunday March 14 at the Henry VIII hotel. Winners will be selected from the Saturday prize drawing at the close of Saturday's show.
The Amiga fanzine, Amiga Energy, will be available free to UK user groups for a limited period. The move is designed to encourage user groups to take them up on their discount rate for orders of 10 copies or more.
The offer is limited to one copy per user group and Amiga Energy hope that applications will be made by the organiser of the club directly. To get your free copy, normally worth £1.80, send an A5 envelope with your name, Alive mediasoft are busy bunnies.
They’ve got a big line up of games fresh from the presses for you. Not only have they arranged for Heretic and Hexen to be made available to Amiga owners thanks to the recent ports made, but they’ve also promised us that they’ll have Napalm and Putty Squad by the time you read this, plus they’ve recently tied up a deal to get Abuse.
They’ll also have the new edition of their printed catalogue magazine, The Pulse, and their new CD catalogue which contains demos of their favourite games, available soon. Contact Alive for details.
To celebrate the Millennium, Alive are holding the world’s biggest Amiga software survey in years. They’ve always offered a search service so that old titles Staying Alive Fly to Amiga '99 could be found for people who wanted them, and over the last 10 years the Amiga has given us thousands of brilliant games (not to mention just as many crap ones!). Now, by casting your vote you can help your favourite games see the light of day once again.
On June 1st, Alive mediasoft trill announce the survey winners, giving you the chance to obtain the top ten from each category, such as best adventure, best beat-em-up and so on. During the months running up to the announcements, Alive mediasoft will be putting in every effort to obtain the winning games, although many of the games will obviously be subject to limited availability.
All voters in the survey will be entered into the prize draw for the chance to win one of the prizes below: 1st prize: £100 Alive gift certificate.
2nd prize: One of three £20 Alive mediasoft gift certificates.
3rd prize: One of ten prizes of free software titles.
Full details of how to enter, along with a voting form, are going out to all Pulse subscribers. Contact Alive mediasoft on 01623 467579.
Address and a 39p stamp to: Amiga Energy - User Group Offer, (Dept AF), Infinite Frontiers, PO Box 8966, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 5ST.
Amiga Energy also ask for brief details about your group, such as its name, how many members you serve, where and how often you meet, the area you work in and any other details.
For more information, email gfncmail.com or visit
i. mcmail.com £5 When the picture was taken, this Honduran girl
had just survived the largest natural disaster to hit Central
America this century.
A mudslide wiped out her home in the Tegucigalpa hills. In a state of shock, she clings to her pet dog - she also clings to the hope that someone, somewhere will help.
The hurricane is over, the relief effort is just beginning.
The disaster may have happened in November, but the need for outside aid is more pressing as time goes by. The hurricane caused immense short-term damage, but the long-term effects could be catastrophic.
The fields are decimated and left infertile.
Bridges and roads have been swept aside and access to some regions is extremely difficult.
Ironically, though much of the country has been flooded, there is little uncontaminated water to drink. The risk of cholera and typhus is always there, and could reach epidemic proportions.
The people of Central America are resilient and resourceful, but they do need our help to put the basic infrastructure in place so that they can start to re-build their lives.
Don't let her down - please give what you can.
11,000 people are feared dead, many more are missing and millions are homeless. This advertising space itself has been donated by the magazine, so please donate what you can. There are so many peopfe in Centrai America clinging to the hope that you will.
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add new programs to it almost even- minute of the day, making
your machine better and better.
Unfortunately, since you won’t have infinite hours in the day to play with all these new things you’ve put on your hard disk, nor will you have unlimited space to store them, you’d better get savvy about getting rid of stuff on your machine too.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that nothing beats a good backup, and it’s always worth backing up your machine before you attempt major software surgery on it so you can retrieve lost or accidentally deleted files.
RbngtbhoW I know that backing up is a bit of a drag, especially if you have no big media like a Zip or a Jaz drive, but it’s very useful and a lot easier than trying to recover files after the event.
Cleaning up your hard drive involves looking at several distinct areas to check that you aren’t wasting space, and all would benefit from using a file management program of some sort. I can heartily recommend Directory Opus Magellan, and will be solely referring to that version (not 4) in the text.
However, you can use anything that allows you to make directories, check versions, copy and delete files.
Chances are you've had APPLICATIONS Most applications can be fairly easily disposed of. Even if just deleting their drawer from your hard disk using Workbench doesn’t work, it’s almost certainly going to be down to an assign or a path statement in your user-startup script. You can get rid of these from your user-startup, but if you’re the impatient sort who wants to get rid of drawers and the like without ASSIGNS If you use Dopus or another file manager and you have a lot of programs installed on your hard drive, your assigns list can sometimes be massive. You can prevent this to a certain
extent by adding a "defer" to each assign line to stop it from showing up in an assigns list before it gets used by the program in question.
Having to reboot to do you can open a Shell window and issue the command “assign ‘asvjn_nime:‘ remove”. This will get rid of the assign for you so you can go ahead and delete the drawer.
LIBRARIES, DEVICES AND DATATYPES These used to be something of a nightmare to keep updated, until Heiko Schroder came up with LibGuide and swiftly followed it with DtypeGuide and DevGuide. These three handy bits of software not only allow you to look up librarv names to check what they do, but they also let you know just what’s up-to-date and what’s not and where to get new versions from.
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Finally, in AmigaDOS the remark character is This means that your Amiga will ignore anything coming after that semi-colon in the same line so you can annotate what you're doing so you know what's going on.
The two most important scripts on your hard drive will almost certainly be your user-startup and startup- sequence, both of which can be found in the S: drawer of your boot drive.
If this is confusing you already, the boot drive is the one that loads your Amiga up when you turn it on and is commonly referred to as SYS:.
The S directory in SYS: can be found by simply "showing all files" in the Workbench icon menu since it doesn't have an icon. You shouldn't need to reference it in normal everyday use of your machine.
Now, script editing? Weil, it's the same as writing a letter really, with the exception that there's no need for fancy formatting of any kind. You can even do it in your word processing package if you feel more comfortable doing that, although a dedicated text editor is usually faster and quicker to load. The only caveat if you're going C ,tnc HIL c C•n.iatetM cabbjwi tea v F«M2I fifvwr * ft* *Vf€ ? Ft* C e»C * PU»E C dH‘8C»'*C n|;Cflfri0Jhr0»’»»P**4;ipZW» »l«jn »««tCUP3 PAMCitCO*'*!
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AMIGA FORMAT MARCH 1999 FONTS Fonts are one of those things that you really do want a file manager for. If you have one of those old-fashioned ones that only allows you to have two windows, it’s well worth your while to put the fonts: directory in both and use one for selecting the directories and one for selecting the matching .font files so you don’t forget them.
CGFonts are slightly more tricky and you can end up with “bits” of fonts littering your FONTS: dir like so much tumbleweed. The important thing to remember with CGFonts is that they’re made up of several parts. They may also have bitmaps which will be stored in a directory, as with bitmap fonts.
You should also look for a drawer called “_bullet_outlines”. This contains a “.type” file which will also need deleting, as will the “.font” and “.otag” files out in the main part of the Fonts: dir. The easiest way to ensure that you get the lot is to actually make use of Intellifont. It’s in the System drawer on f ilo 1' U -U "US| ciwjer&fin - gag 'r Paustus PuturaBoldir UlttiPIothic Reticiiian Saf Pta'tu«a Kn2 ttltrawor t db tack Sim : 11 ’ 1 | rwfww comum_ your Workbench. You probably won’t have made much use of it, but it’s still handy for dealing with CGFonts. It can create bitmaps
for regularly used sizes and can also be used to select all those pesky files and delete them if need be.
ENVARC Envarc: is probably the directory that gets the most abuse on your hard drive.
It seems like the software world and his wife like to dump settings files and preferences in there with nary a comment and it slows down your boot process. We’re not talking about masses of files here, nor a meyor investment in memory every me y°u boot -1 only ) ( ) if your hard drive Is to be as w spotless as Aunty Muriel's china doll loo roll holder you'll want to apply some cleaner... k 11 ;w»rn have about 200K worth of files in Envarc: in about 150 files. If your hard drive is to be as spotless as Aunty Muriel’s china doll loo roll holder, you’ll want to apply some cleaner in here.
Are you sure you need the entire contents of your ENVARC: drawer? I'm sure I don't.
First things first. Look for 3-' :’v directories with program names you remember deleting from your hard drive months ago and get rid of them.
Next, go through the files at the root of the ENVARC: dir. Most of them will be text files - if you’re sure, you can delete them. If not, leave them where they are as they don’t take up much room. Keep trawling until you’ve got rid of everything that you’re sure of.
Intellifont is easy to use and quite handy to have when you're clearing up.
The next thing is to ensure that you use ENV: as little as possible. In case you’re not clear on the relationship between ENV:, ENVARC: and the rest of your machine, the answer is simple and rather elegant.
The idea is that ENVARC: sits on your hard drive. When you boot your machine, it all gets copied to a directory in RAM: called ENV:. This directory gets used most of the time when programs are looking for preference files and the like. If you use a program in your Prefs drawer and you select “Use”, it still saves a preference file, but only to ENV: which gets deleted and recopied every time you boot your machine. On the other hand, if you select “Save” the preferences file gets saved to both ENV: and ENVARC:, meaning that when you reboot your machine the preference you’ve just set gets copied
to ENV: again.
HAPPYENV The tool to use to make sure that you use ENV: as little as possible is a little patch called HappyEnv. It works by only copying to a new ENV: files that are actually needed there. This results in faster boot times and speedier retrieval of files from ENV: There are two more things to know about ENV: ENVARC:. The first is that there’s a drawer in it called “sys”. This contains system preferences like screenmode, font and parallel port settings. There’s also a drawer called mui (if you have had MUIinstalled), which contains settings for all MUI programs. Get rid of the ones you don’t
have any more. Tlfe The second thing is knowing how to make your own CLEANING YOUR AMIGA While we've talked about spring cleaning your hard drive, one element we haven't dealt with is actually cleaning the outside (and interior) of your Amiga itself. If you're a smoker or you live in a dusty environment then you'll know how quickly grime mounts up inside your machine, and although you can't necessarily do much about the amount of dust in the atmosphere, you can certainly clean your Amgia out once in a while.
The trick is to use appropriate tools and materials to do so, since Mr. Sheen and a lump hammer aren't really the most suitable for the job.
The best single tool has to be a Dust Buster. This rechargeable hoover is great for cleaning out your keyboard and relieving your Amiga's insides of big dust bunnies and should be completely safe within your machine (I've been using one for ages).
The next useful things are both aerosols.
One is "anti-static inert foaming cleaner", which comes under a variety of brand names and is available from electronics stores like Maplin and RS. It's great for monitor screens, keyboards and all manner of other surfaces, plus it's good for Tvs. The v, second is a can of compressed air to ''•-A'*-’,.. blow ® dust from places that are hard to reach with the Dust Buster's big snout, ENV variables, as they’re known. There may well be times when you’re asked to do this, so you should know. The easiest way to do it is to create a directory, if need be, and then make a text file in it with the
name of the environment variable, as well as containing whatever needs to be contained. For example, in the Dopus Magellan manual it says that you can create an environment variable, “HidePadlock”, to hide the padlock gadget in the titlebar of a window. Since Opus uses the directory ENV:DOpus to store its variables in, all we need to do is create a text file called “HidePadlock”, put a “1” in it and save it to the ENV:DOpus directory.
Environment variables aren’t case sensitive so you could have called it “hidepadlock”, but the caps make it easier to read. Also, saving it in ENV: will means the next time you have to reboot it will be gone. To make things permanent, save it to ENVARC:DOpus .
If the Dopus directory isn’t in ENVARG:, just create one there.
PROGRAMS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER hmJHS send the author a picture postcard of where you live; "Fw" is Freeware - you pay nothing; "Shw" is Shareware where you should pay the fee listed. Also remember that a lot of these programs can be found on the AfCD.
On the CD, every issue, we have a store of handy tools for you to use. They're always in the +System+ Tools drawer and it's well worth making up a f loppy of emergency tools to use if you lose your hard drive. "Pew" in the chart on the next page stands for Postcardware, where you're expected to means you’ll have to sit down and go through your icons one by one, though.
If you want wholesale replacement of icons and you aren’t happy with either Newlcons or Magic Workbench, your choices are somewhat limited. There are other icon schemes available on Aminet and elsewhere, but if you simply want to go back to the standard 4- colour icons used by Workbench, you might be best off re-installing it in order to do so. However, be careful since you may well replace newer versions of files with older ones this way.
If you choose a user level greater than novice, Workbench’s installer script should check with you if something is a later revision. However, this might take just as long as simply copying the correct icons across.
( ) it's also worthwhile keeping a disk with a list of all your registration codes and all STARTING FROM SCRATCH While we certainly don’t recommend reformatting your hard drive in order to get rid of problems, there are occasions when starting from scratch is your only option.
If you don’t have a current backup to use in restoring your hard drive (and why not?), your only recourse is to repartition, reformat and restock your hard drive with all those programs you wouldn’t want to be without. Obviously, the first things you should get up and running are some kind of HDToolbox program, and Workbench.
We recommend that you use Oliver Kastl’s HDInstTools since it works under a wide variety of versions of Kickstart and has a great many more functions than HDToolbox in a familiar interface that’s also friendlier than HDToolbox’s.
Once you’ve partitioned your drive how you like it and reinstalled Workbench, you need to get your CD- ROM drive working so you can get access to all the handv tools we keep on the AFCD. It’s also worthwhile keeping a disk with a list of all vour registration codes and all your kevfiles on it in a separate place so that in the event of a crash you won’t lose all of them - registration cards are always hard to find when you need them.
CLEARING OUT WBSTARTUP A lot of people run a lot of commodities they don’t have to. It’s not their fault, they just end up with a load more stuff in their WBStartup drawer than they need. As an example, look at the WBScreenshots on the CD and then look at the readme that accompanies them. I’m pretty sure you’ll know of a single tool that does the job of two or three of the commodities on each list.
Of course, there’s the ubercommodity, MCP, but not everyone likes just how big this thing is, nor howr much w'ork you have to do to configure it. That’s not to say commodities with a little less ambition can’t be worth having - MultiCX is one of these.
If you’re already using MCP happily then you certainly won’t want to move to MCX, but those of you who are running a simple screenblanker, an opaque windows commodity, something to give you hotkey control over certain functions, an assignwedge commodity, a no click function for your floppies, a WBGauge tool and many more, then MultiCX will be right up your street.
Personally, I don’t use more than about 11 commodities and that includes WBStartup+ and Exchange. My machine boots in much less than a minute because of it, and less than five seconds is taken with the WBStartup+ window on screen.
SPRUCING UP YOUR AMIGA Although looks aren’t everything, they certainly go a long way to making people look twice at your machine to see that it’s incredibly good-looking and doesn’t use Windows. Little cosmetic patches to Workbench can be seen as good things, although flT I’ve only stuck to the ' wBr simpler ones that have no conflicts, as far as I m Mai m aware anyway.
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Birdie caii help make your windows look very stylish NewTeH ppnnigpppp ESSENTIAL SOFTWARE Directory Opus Magellan II £49.95 ---- Compute! 0181 3031800 This is the king of all utilities. Replace your Workbench with it and never look back!
See our full review on page 60 for further details.
ValidateWait ---- ..Fw ...... Aminet:uti! cli ValidateWait.!ha Stops your startup-sequence to allow your drive to validate itself.
WBStartup* Pew ..Aminet:uti! boot WBStartupPlus.lha This is essential. Not only can you use it to start commodities selectively, you can also use it to prevent others starting. Tip: Change the name of the two drawers to just "Enabled" and "Disabled" and change the ToolTypes in the WBStartup+ icon.
It's much simpler in the long run.
ARTM ...Shw - 20DM, £6.77 Aminet:util moni ARTM2_04.lha ARTM stands for Amiga Real-Time Monitor and it allows you to do all sorts of things, from closing down programs that have crashed and closing their windows to altering the priority of certain tasks so they get more or less processor time.
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Swazlnfo. ...... Shw - 10.US$ , £6......, Aminet:utii wb Swazlnfo18b.ih This replacement for Commodore's Icon Information window is a godsend if you don't use Newlcons and don't have Dopus.
@8684 e: A lot of the gizmos included here are for use by graphics card owners, simply because their range of tools is much greater. Sure, you can use a tool like Birdie on your AGA machine, but without pumping your graphics output up to 256 colours and thereby reducing the amount of chip RAM you have available for everything else, it can look a bit shabby.
Abackup .Shw - 20USS, £12 Aminet:disk bakup abackup.lha ARTM is essential if you want to shut down an errant program, although it can look quite intimidating at first.
Make sure that backing up your hard drive becomes a regular activity with this easy to use backup program.
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everything! Bin loads of your existing commodities as you
replace them with this tool.
OXYPatcher .. £14.99..... Weird Science (0116) 246 3800 This is an essential tool for anyone with an '040 or '060. Even phase 5 product owners should get this since it'll speed up their accelerators more than CyberPatcher does. However, it doesn't work with Fusion.
01 SnoopPoa 3.0 8 Eddy CatroH. September 1994. Mo1key;«1rloWd SnoopDOS .Fw ....Aminet:util moni snoopdos30.lha SnoopDOS is one of those things that we always ask if you use when you call up to complain that a bit of software doesn't work on your machine. It's an essential tool to ascertain what's going on behind the scenes, although it can be a bit daunting. A good tip is to just look for fails - you can set prefs to only report them.
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SnoopDOS might look complex, but remember you're only looking for "fails" to start with Birdie is actually a good example. It looks fantastic on a 16-bit screen, but put it in AGA and you might have to dither the pattern that fills the title bar of your windows. This not only looks horrible, it also reduces the legibility of your title. As such, getting a graphics card must remain a high priority for all Amiga users, although it’ll be out of reach to some because of the expense of getting either a Zorro busboard or a PPC card to plug into a Bvision.
With prices for Amigas currently at an all-time low, it’s worth scouring MicroMart for a second-hand big box Amiga, something like an A4000, for cheap money. These machines often come with a graphics card and accelerator anyway, offering you the cheapest and safest way of upgrading your Amiga.
NewWPA8. .... Fw ---- aminet:util boot NewWPA8.lha This gizmo speeds up chunky pixel writing, making some c2p functions faster and also helping with the graphics speed of your machine.
AmiCDFS Shw - 15USS, £9.50 ... Aminet:disk cdrom amicdfs240.lha To access CD-ROM drives on your Amiga, don't rely on the shabby CDFS that Commodore shipped with WB3.1 - get this superior FS instead. You can also get IDEfixICacheCDFS from Oliver Kastl from Aminet, or when you buy a CD-ROM drive or a 4-way adaptor. If you wish to go down the commercial route, AsimCDFS from Blittersoft (01908 261466) is superior to the Shareware CDFSes and it offers many more features.
A CD filing system is absolutely Vital if you want to read our great Cds.
CycleToMenu allows you to use cycle gadgets effectively; Magic Frames makes them look nice.
FastlPrefs .. Pew .....---- aminet:uti! boot FastiPr@fsxx.iha This tool allows for random backdrops on Workbench, can hide the Workbench title bar and can lock the palette, obviating the need for any other palette locking programs like MagicColours or MWB-Daemon.
MagicFrames ...... Fw aminet:util wb MagicFrames.iha If you're running on a 1:1 aspect ratio screen, like a Hi Res Laced screenmode, DblPAL or even on a graphics card, having the double thickness vertical borders on GadTools gadgets can look really clunky. MagicFrames fixes that and it also allows new gadgets for cycle gadgets.
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Dew ice Unit MARCH 1999 AMIGA FORMAT free unlimited internet access 30 £49,95 J program version format available price awards £69.95 £119.95 £189.95 Dynalink 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem PACE 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem PACE ‘Solo5 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £ Prices program version format available price awards ID01 ID02 ID03 ID04 It J let , £39,95 Specifications those not By mm £18.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £18.00 £15.00 £15.00 £10.00 £18.00 interesting to By Bisk £20.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £20.00 £17.00 £17.00 £12.00 £20.00 Make cheques P.O.’s payable to Active
Technologies and send to the address listed opposite. Credit debit card payment accepted. For any additional information contact us.
EUROCARD program : stfax professional version : v3.7 format : floppy disks available : yes price : £29.95 awards amiga format gold, 95%, cu amiga superstar, 95% amiga magazin (DE) 89%, Amiga Plus (DE) 96% STFax Professional is a commercial fax voice message program which enables you to use your Amiga as a digital answermachine. Send and receive faxes, create a simple or advanced tree based digial answer system for family members, create a fax on demand service, log numbers via caller-ID, call screen or blacklist phone numbers, setup a mini-BBS, use your modem as a telephone, control other
programs etc.
* Full fax modem support (class 1,2,2.0) - fax from your
favourite Amiga software
* Advanced voice capabilities - use your Amiga as an advanced (or
simple) digital answermachine
* Support for the PACE Solo, 3-Com Message Plus or Kortex Adaptix
Independent Operation mode
* Mini-BBS - setup your own small BBS
* ScanQuix support - use ScanQuix to directly scan documents from
your scanner into STFax!
Special Offer: Buy NetConnect v2 and STFax Professional together for only £69.95!
The award-winning NetConnect v2 is the easiest and most comprehensive Internet compilation designed to enable any Amiga user, from novice to expert level, to get onto and use the Internet. By using the new Genesis Wizard, a user should be able to connect to the Internet in a matter of minutes. Containing Genesis, Voyager- NG, Microdot-11, AmlRC, AmFTP, AmTelnet, AmTerm, Netlnfo, AmTalk, X-Arc and the Contact Manager. Ideal for both an Internet or local area network connection.
• Eleven Commercial Programs - contains the highest quality
Internet software, all commercial versions.
• Truly Integrated - the beauty of NetConnect v2 is the
integration. Contact Manager works with Microdot-ll, Voyager,
AmlRC and more. Centralised MIME preferences works between all
the programs.
• Flexible Dock Bar- setup and launch all your software from this
advanced and flexible tool bar
• Aimed Towards Beginners Through to Advanced Users - NetConnect
v2 is simple enough for the beginner to use to connect to the
Internet for the first time, but powerful enough for the
advanced user who may require a dialup connection and local
area network (LAN).
• Award Winning - Amiga Format Gold (96%), CU Amiga Superstar
• Expandable - software works with external programs. The Contact
Manager works with Ibrowse, YAM v2 r7, STFax Professional.
Enhanced Genesis features are supported by WebVision, STRicq
and more.
AmigaWriter is the newest word processor (or word creating) package for the Amiga. Officially ratified by Amiga International, thus supported by the “Powered by Amiga” logo, AmigaWriter contains some unique features for Amiga word processors: platform independent (full support for commercial, shareware or freeware plugins), ease of use (easy selection, true WYSIWYG, very Amiga-alike in action), full paragraph control, page formatting, chapter management, support for different image formats and much more. AmigaWriter is almost similar to a DTP program, allowing full box control over text and
image placing within your document. All version 1 users will receive the forthcoming PPC version and version 2 free of charge!
• PowerPC version inclusive in the price - in development, due in
v1 .x, available free of charge
• Flexible box layout concept - design your pages in true DJP
• Support for external image formats - support for IFF and JPEG
and any otherjmage via datatypes!
• Extensive plugin support - expect commercial, shareware and
freeware plugins
• Free update to v2 (due 1999) - postscript truetype fontengine,
spell checking, form editor, table editor and MS Word import
filter and much more.
Genesis is a new TCP IP stack for the Amiga computer, allowing both dialup Internet access and local area networking, with the advanced facility to run more than one interface at one time (ie. Keep your ethernet network con--------- nected, whilst putting your dialup connection on and offline - ideal for Siamese users, LAN’ing one or more Amiga’s or an Amiga to PC Unix etc). Genesis ships with an easy to use Wizard. Simply enter some basic information about your provider and the Wizard goes online and gathers the advanced information. The status window (shown here) allows you to control the
interfaces and shows the connection speed, the time you have been online and which interfaces are connected. Genesis is supplied with an advanced time and cost logger so you can see how much time you have spent on the net and the costs involved.
Oval House, 113 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JH Tel : 01325 460116 Fax: 01325 460117 E E-Mail: sales@active-net.co.uk http : www.acti ve-net.co. u k program : amigawriter version : v1.1 (english version) format : floppy disks available : yes price : £49.95 awards amiga magazine (DE) 87% ‘very good’.
: netconnect : v2.2 : cd-rom or floppy disks : yes : £49.95 amiga format gold, 96%, cu amiga 94% : genesis : v1.0 : floppy disks : yes : £29.95 Delivery Information £29,95 £29,95 i • 30 writer ________________________ PK01 56K Modem & STFax Professional £ 79.95 PK02 56K Modem & NetConnect £ 94.95 PK03 56K Modem & NetConnect & STFax Professional £105.95 PK04 56K Modem & NetConnect, Hypercoml, STFax Pro £129.95 PK05 56K Modem & NetConnect, Hypercom3+, STFax Pro £139.95 ADD £40 for a PACE 56K Modem (instead of the Dynalink 56K) ADD £110 for a PACE ‘Solo’ 56K Modem (instead of the Dynalink 56K)
ADD £20 for an lOBlix zorro 10 card (instead of the Hypercom 3+)
• All packs come with free, unlimited Internet connection - three
options available
• Choose between the CD or Floppy disk version of NetConnect v2
with your modem pack There has never been a better time to
connect to the Internet as now it is completely free of charge!
That’s right: no connection fee, no on going service charge
(except for your phone bill) and absolutely no hidden costs. We
now provide details on how to connect your Amiga to the top
three free-of-charge Internet service providers. These provide
full connectivity: analogue and digital (ISDN - FreeOnlinefill
*% ?» Id only) dialup, free web space (15MB), unlimited email
addresses, full newsgroup access and more. Buy software or a
modem pack from us and get connected, free of charge,
immediately. Call for further information if required.
Choose from three high-quality branded modems - the top of the range, award winning PACE 56K, the new PACE ‘Solo’ 56K or the middle of the range Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ modem (well built, compact design, same colour as your Amiga). All ship with a five year warranty. The PACE modem’s additional features include free lifetime technical support UK caller ID (only modem available which supports this), a superb speakerphone andvolume slider control. All PACE and Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ 56K modems are now v90 shipping ready - the agreed standard for 56K connectivity.
Why not treat yourself to the brand new PACE ‘Solo’? The ‘Solo' can be used standalone from your Amiga. Want to go on holiday but need to receive fax and voice messages, but don’t want to leave your Amiga running? The ‘Solo’ is the answer.
External ISDN Terminal Adaptor (TA) £ 89.95 ISDN TA & NetConnect £114.95 ISDNTA & NetConnect & Hypercom 1 £149.95 ISDN TA & NetConnect & Hypercom 3+ zorro card £159.95 All packs come with free, unlimited Internet connection - one option available Choose between the CD or Floppy disk version of NetConnect v2 with your modem pack The new lOBlix card offers 4 high speed serial ports and 1 (2nd port option) Jiigh speed EPP ECP parallel port to your zorro based Amiga. The parallel port offers both uni and bi-directional modes, offering compatibility for all printers. Parallel ZIP™ driver included.
The lOBlix also has a modular interface. Two modules are currently being developed: an AHI-compatible sound card and a SANA-II compatible ethernet card (the lOBIix-E, due soon). The lOBlix A1200-S offers 1 high speed serial port, the lOBlix 1200-P offers 1 high speed parallel port. The new Hypercom 3+ offers 2 high speed serial ports and 1 high speed uni bi directional parallel port.
Various other individual software titles are available. These titles may be wanting to purchase NetConnect v2.
ScalOS - workbench replacer with advanced features Voyager Next Generation Microdot-ll v1.1 (release) - email and news client AmlRC AmFTP AmTalk X-Arc - system archive management tool (handles lha, Izx and zip archives) Contact Manager - system addressbook, works with many net comms programs AmTelnet + AmTerm Package Deal « 5% Discount when 2-4 Vapor products are bought, 10% Discount for 5* home highway - ISDI iscellaneous software External 56K Modem d serial cards Pack Contents Model - I Machine £ Prices lOBIix-S A1200 1 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial port lOBlix-P A1200 1 x uni bi
500k bytes sec parallel port Hypercom3+ Zorro-2 3 2 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 1 x uni bi 500K parallel port lOBlix Zorro-2 3 4 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 1 x uni bi 500k parallel port lOBIix-E Zorro-2 3 Ethernet module for lOBlix zorro IO card With the launch of BT’s ‘Home Highway’, ISDN is now affordable for the home user. Our branded Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ terminal adaptor enables you to connect to the Internet at blazingly fast speeds (you need a high speed serial card to use ISDN). Various ISDN packs are available: Various money saving packs are
available. These are all based on the Dynalink 56K modem. Packs based on PACE 56K or PACE ‘Solo’ 56K modems available as an additional cost option.
Bringing you the latest Amiga News from Eyetech latest News in Brief BMON - A FAMILY OF MONITOR SWITCHES FOR THE BVISION CYBERVISION & OTHER GRAPHICS CARDS Following the release of the Bvision in late December 1998, Eyetech has completely redesigned its Bmon range of high qual ity video switches to cater not just for the Bvision, but for all Amiga graphics cards abd scandoubler flickerfixer combinations The Bmon takes two video inputs - one from an Amiga's AA chipset (either directly or via a scandoubler flickerfixer) and the other from a graphics card (BVision, Cybervision, Picasso, Ateo bus
card etc) - and switches your SVGA or multisync monito.
Between them. The Bmon uses high quality video switchers so - unlike conventional switchboxes - there is no loss of quality from either source. It can also be used - in its Smon form - for switching an SVGA monitor between a PC and Amiga system.
As standard the Bmon accepts input from a Bvision or Cybervision card and from an Eyetech EZVGA internal flickerfixer-2 .
It is manually switched by a remote miniature toggle switch positioned - for example - on the front panel of a tower system.
An optional automatic switch controller is currently under development and can be easily added later.
The Bmon comes in a self-contained plastic case (approx 55x50x15mm) and attaches to the back of the case using Velcro strips. It can easily be mounted inside a tower system using any available 15pin 'D' type knock-out on the tower's rear panel, The Bmon is available in six different configurations to suit most graphics card Amiga video configurations as follows: AMIGA CHIPSET CONNECTION_23pm P-M RGB iSp'm HD-F SVGA SZ¥GA 1MFF-2 GRAPHICS Bvision, CyberVisionPPC ADPT-VGA-BMON A ADPT-VGA-BMON V ADPT-VGA-BMON F mm TYPE! Ateo, Picasso, PC gfx card etc ADPT-VGA-SMON A ADPT-VGA-SMGN V ADPT-VGA-SMON F
The Bmon, complete with manual change-over switch & indicator and EZVGA INFF-2 connecting lead (ie part number ADPT-VGA-BMON F) is priced at just £39.95. Please see the price list on page 4 of this advert for other prices.
HEW LOW GOST, HIGH PERFORMANCE, APOLLO ACCELERATORS HOW AVAILABLE Apollo have completely redesigned their range of '030 acce - erators making them better value than ever. The Apollo 1230TurboPro Mk3 now features: ? 1 or 2 (optional) simm sockets for up to 64mb memory Full memory management unit (MMU) and floating point processor (FPU) as standard Mix and match1 any simm sizes up to 32mb each when 2 simm sockets are fitted !? Asynchronous bus interface for the fastest possible memory access times Remapping of all memory addresses to avoid potential PCMCIA conflicts ? Amazingly low price *
just £59.95 or £69.95 with 2 simm sockets.
As an added incentive we are also giving 20% off memory ! Prices when purchased with an Apollo 1230 Mk3 Pro.
! SAMPLITUDE-LE & SAMPLITUDE OPUS NOW AVAILABLE To complement our range of Prelude sound cards the fu range of Samplitude multichannel professional sound editing, sequencing and effects software is now available ex-stock from Eyetech. These packages greatly enhance the already impressive sampling, hard drive recording and and resampling facilities available within the Samplitude-SE software supplied with the Prelude1200 and PreludeZ2 sound cards by adding Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) filtering, Virtual projects (VIP) and high-end mixing and resample algorithms.
FFT is used for high quality filtering, denoising, convolution (attaching one sample's characteristics to another) etc. whilst VIP allows non-destructive editing, mixing etc. on multiple projects using the same base samples - with up to 16 tracks in Samplitude Opus and 4 tracks in Samplitude-LE. I Samplitude Opus is priced at just £149.95 and Samplitude-LE at just £49.95. These prices are reduced by 10% when purchased at the same time as a Prelude1200 or PreludeZ2 card from Eyetech.
HARP TO GET ACCESSORIES FOR BLBZftRD 680x0 ACCELERATOR CAROS I ? We have managed to obtain a supply of single-sided 32mb simms suitable for Blizzard cards which are unable to take conventional double-sided 32mb simms. These are currently available ex-stock at a small premium over doublesided simms. Please ring for the latest prices.
? We now stock SCSI second simm upgrade cards for Blizzard 1230 Mk4, 1240 and 1260 cards for use with scanners and other SCSI accessories. The adapters are priced at £79.95, or £59.95 if bought in conjunction with an Eyetech scanner bundle.
21 MIPS 040 28 APOLLO ACCELERATORS INTRODUCED AT A PRICE LOWER TRAN THE 19MIPS 040 25 The entry-level 040 Apollo accelerators from Eyetech has now been uprated to 28MHz 21MIPS. Not only does this boost performance, but also makes the board compatible with most higher speed 72pin EDO PC simms.
Even better, we have managed to reduce the price of the new board to just £124.95!
ULTRACONV 4 - SHIPPING EARLY FEBRUARY 1803 UltraConv 4 - the next generation of this impressive graphics and animation conversion package is expected to be available by the time this issue hits the streets. All customers who have previously ordered UltraConv 3 from us will automatically be upgraded free of charge. The price remains the same as UitraConv3 - £39.95 or just £29.95 when purchased with ScanQuix 4.
A1200 HARD DRIVE ‘STARTER1 MAGIC PACKS HOW SHIPPED ‘CDROM* READY The hard disk versions of Eyetech’s entry-level A1200 Magic Pack System (AMP-STR-HD2) are now being shipped ‘CDROM ready’.
EZBus-14 - Available February 1999 A new Zorro adapter is now available from Eyetech featuring regular Z2 slots and 2x 19MB s local bus connectors: These packs are now fitted with an internal buffered IDE interface and an external CDROM data socket. That makes connecting a CDROM - either at time of purchase or later - as easy as plugging in a printer!
Suitable 24x speed external CDROM units (with case and power supply) are available from Eyetech for just £59.95. mm EZTOWER - with EZ«Access Removable Side Panels - How Available We've just redesigned the highly successful A1200 EZTower system - to make it easier than ever to install and upgrade your A1200 system. The all- new EZTower system adds: ? Independently removable side panels for quick and easy access to your A1200 ? The ability to fit oversized PC cards when a PC motherboard is installed ? ATX motherboard socket cut-out options giving you a greater choice of PC Amiga dual system
components (NB the EZTower is shipped as standard with an AT PSU).
The new case design has also been used in our EZTower Z4 - see the news item below- making it the ideal way to expand your A1200 via the Zorro route.
EZT©wer-Z4 A new version of the EZTower is now available from Eyetech which has been specifically designed for use with the EZBus-Z4 above. This is the way to go if you don’t won’t need EZPC expansion capability.
As an introductory offer we are making available some very special EZTower-Z4 and EZBus-Z4 bundles as follows: ? Full EZTower-Z4 with 10 drive bays, 250W psu, floppy drive faceplate & cable, power connectors etc 4 EZKey-SE keyboard adapter and PC keyboard ? EZBus-Z4 bus board as above with 5xZorro2, 2x clock port, 2 x Z4 slots, DIY EZTower-Z4, keyboard and keyboard adapter and EZBus-Z4
- normal price just £239.95 ? Introductory price for first 100
orders (total) - just £199.95 ? Ready-built EZTower-Z4 bundles
as above +£20.00 ? Upgrade to Amiga keyboard & keyboard adapter
+£20.00 Tele-Sales & Mail Order Enquiries +44 (0)1642-713-185 -
07000 4 AMIGA sales,info@eyetech.co.uk www.eyetech.eo.uk ? 5 x
Zorro 2 slots ? 1 x video slot (requires optional video
adapter) ? Low cost high performance, Z4 IDE flyer ? Low cost
Z4 4MB, 24 bit graphics card (available shortly) ? 2 x clock
port connectors (4 optional) ? High speed Z4 local bus
connector with 19MB s bandwidth (ie twice as fast as Zorro 3)
Zorro-4 adapter alone £149.95 Introductory price for first 100
orders - just £129.95 Scandoubler flickerfixer video adapter
£29.95 24-bit local-slot graphics card £ T.B.A. ? Industry
standard mounting profile - fits the new EZTower-Z4 (see above)
as well as most other popular A1200 tower systems.
COMPREHENSIVE FITTING KITS FOR EXPANDED A1200S NOW SHIPPED WITH TOWER VERSIONS OF THE PRELUDE 1200s The response to the UK launch of the Prelude 1201 by Eyetech has been overwhelming. Although origi nally designed for A1200 desktop console fitting, i was soon obvious that many Prelude 1200 pur chasers wanted to fit their new cards into towered-u| A1200s - many already highly expanded.
Two popular accessories in particular - the Elbox IDE i|ggggj|| Flyer (also sold under the m m''mm Power Flyer and Winner tRMM Flyer names) and the Bvision card from Phase 5 - both intrude on the A12001 clock port connector's real estate - preventing the Prelude1200 from being cor rectly positioned. To overcome this problem we hav( had some Prelude 1200s specially manufactured witf ribbon cable headers (instead of clock port sockets) Eyetech is supplying these complete with clock por ribbon cable and board fixings so that the Prelude 1200 can be suitably positioned so that it and IDE
Flyer BVision can co-exist. In addition, we have hac brackets specially manufactured which allow the Prelude1200 card's input output connectors to be fitted into a standard card frame slot on any Amige tower. These brackets, pin-header Preludel 20C boards and ribbon cable are now included as standard with the tower version of the Preludel 200 - par reference INT-AUD-PL12-TW - costing £144.95. For users of A1200's without Bvision or IDE-Flyers who have access to the unused blanking plate nexi to the mouse port (ie not towered or in an Eyetech EZTower) the direct clock port fitting Prelude
1200 - (part INT-AUD-PL12-DT) is available at just £129,95.
The EZPC Tower system showing the A12G0, the PC rear sockets and card siots and removable side panels CD ReWriier DVD ROM or CDROM Monitor amp & speakers Removable HD bay A1200 CDROM Blank for expansion H f fr Ji 1200 Magic Packs The New Eyetech Mk 4 EZTower System - from just £79
- or £99.95 including keyboard & keyboard interface uVLAV7 .
Direct to Eyetech from Amiga International Inc. l UK
specification with Kickstart 3.1 Workbench 3.1 disks and
(PSU, mousemat, TV lead and 2mb Eohics memory (in addition to any memory .Jagsv ' mansion included in the packs below).
Ntastic software bundle including Wordworth Turbocalc 3.5, Datastore 1.1, Photogenics m 2SE, Personal Paint 6.4, Organiser 1.1, Pinball L'd drive versions come with Scala MM300 e-installed.
Her options available, eg EZ-Tower Magic Pack bundles from £338.95 -
* g for details.
- e-of-purchase upgrade packages available at very special prices
- see jerisked* items in the ‘Pack’ boxes below.
Eyetech Starter Pack & Starter Pack-Plus ;kette based system as above Just £179.95 ROM-ready, 170MB HD system as above Just £248.95 sw! HD pack now includes EZCD buffered i f and ext’l CDROM socket) tqrade HD systemto a 24-speed CDPIus unit with PSU for just £59.95* Eyetech Productivity Pack 3 QMB HD,030 33MHz MMLI FPU 8MB Just £299.95 g to an ‘040 25MHz MMU FPU w 16MB & 100W PSU for just £99.95* i or upgrade to an EZTower-Plus with EZKey & PC k b for just £110.00* Eyetech MiniTower Pack 3 5GB HD, '040 25MHz MMU FPU 16MB,
- speed CDROM, EZ-CD-Mk4 4-device Tered i f & cables, EZIDE s w,
liTower case with 230W PSU Just £598.95 Upgrade to an
‘040 40-SE MMU FPU with 32MB for just £69.95* Eyetech
Professional Pack 3 3GB HD, '040 40-SE MMU FPU 32MB,
- speed CDROM, EZCD-Mk4 4-device
- ered i f & cables, EZIDE software, Tower case, Amiga k b & i f,
250W PSU Just £798.95 grade to a 160MHz PPC &
‘040 25MHz MMU FPU W 64MB for £129.95’ .. . & or add a 14”
Monitor & Scandoubler for just £129.95* 4II
scandoublers flickerfixers allow the Amigas 15Khz modes to
display on a PC SVGA monitor. Fiickerfixers allow Interlaced
screens to be displayed, rock-steady, at twice the standard
vertical resolution. Other modes are passed through unaltered.
EZVGA-Mk2 Compact, external, upgradable scandoubler (to full flickerfixer) £69.95 EZVGA-Plus Compact, external scandoubler with full flickerfixer £99.95 EZVGA-SEFF Economy external scandoubler with full flickerfixer £89.95 EZVGA-INSD Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler (not upgradeable) £48.95 EZVGA-INFF Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler with full flickerfixer £78.95 Thinking of towering up your A1200? Then you should certainly be considering the unique Eyetech EZTower System This is definitely one of the easiest solutions to building your own Tower” - Amiga Format The Eyetech Tower offers clever
solutions with a Velcro easyfit mentality” - CU Amiga The easiest way to re-house your A1200 by far Expand your system with EZPC or Zorro slots 250 W PSU with PC and Amiga power connectors Available in 5 models to suit different skills and budgets ? The only tower allowing both PC & A1200 in one case DFO: face plate & ribbon cable Custom backpanel w SCSI, audio Kos A120Q power & LED adptrs CE-approved metal PC case No of bays PSU capacity Directly accessible PCMCIA slot DIY assembly instructions Installation instructions PC board Siamese compatibility
• With the D!Y EZ-Tower you have to remove the PC tower back
panel and some internal shelving and fix the new back panei in
* Optional extra not included in standard EZTower system (Surf)
Squirrel* or ethernet card* in PCMCIA slot External SCSI output
socket* CDROM & Amiga Audio mixer output* EZKey input socket
250Watt PSU with monitor output socket Amiga accel’tor* &
optional Bvision graphics card* Space for standard PC
motherboard' Individually removable side-panels All A1200 rear
panel sockets are directly accessible AMIGA SVGA MONITORS For
use with Amiga Zorro & the new PPC Graphics Cards, Scandoublers
& the EZPC-Tower system ? All monitors come with a 3-year
? Special pricing on scandoublers flickerfixers bought with monitors from just £45 extra | ? Monitor specifications are quoted as the high- . | jjl est vertical refresh rate at tne maximum reso- lution. Higher refresh rates ( =72Hz) at lower jr resolutions are available and give a more I s visually relaxing display.
? Scandoubler flickerfixers have resolutions gpverned by the Amiga’s AA AGA chipset and are restricted to a maximum vertical refresh of 73Hz and a maximum usable resolution of 724Hx566V.
? The PPC Bvision supports 1600x1280 @72Hz. You will not gain the full benefit of this superb graphics card without a monitor that supports this resolution at that refresh rate.
14” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £89.95 15” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £119.95 17” SVGA 0.28DP, 1280Hx1024V @ 60Hz £209.95 17” SVGA 0.26DP, 1600Hx1280V @ 75Hz £399.95 Apollo Accelerators for the A1200 1230 40 TURBO PRO MS* TurboPrint, Profess* ?
Fcq with MMU, FPU & 1 SIMM socket only £59.95 with MMU, FPU & 2 SIMM sockets only £69.95 ?
TB6 - £34.9£ TB7 - £38.9£ 6 to 7 u g - £19.9 A1240 28 A1240 40SE A1240 40 A1260 50 A1260 66 (21 MIPS) (30 MIPS) (30 MIPS) (39 MIPS) (51 MIPS) £127.95 £167.95 £184.95 £264.95 £349.95 ?
(AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint, Photogemcs, ImageFX,
- ---- A1200 EZWriter and EZReWriter CDROM Make your own music
and data CD’s, back up data for less than 0.15p MB ... ? Both
are IDE ATAPI reader writer units with Amiga writing software
? EZWriter units cut ‘Gold’ CD blanks at 2x speed & CDROM’s at
8 speed ? EZReWriter units cut ‘Gold’ CD blanks and CD
rewritable disks at 2x speed and read conventional CD’s at 6
speed Gold 650MB CD blanks (for use with either model) are
available at ten for £10 at time of purchase ? CD rewritable
disks are just £5 each when bought EZWriter with the
EZReWriter internal EZWriter-Bare EZWriteMNT EZWriter-SE
EZWriter-Gdo EZWrifer-MT
149. 95
19. 95 £269.95 £199.95 £229.95 £279.95 add £20 add £30 add £50
EZReWriter-Bare EZReWnter-INT EZReWriter-SE IDE interfeces if
required... ?
+ 4 4 4 4 4 4 Interface EZCD-SE EZCD-Mk4 IDE-Express IDE-Flyer Entry-level drive for the SX32 A600 £29.95 Entry-level drive for the SX32Pro A1200 £49.95 Entry-level drive for the SX32Pro A1200 £59.95 A drive for serious A1200 SX32 Pro users £99.95 performance drive for power users £129.95 drive for the A1200 SX32Pro £149.95 EZCD Buffered interfaces 4-Device Buff Interface & CDROM Software CDROM s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables EZ-IDE s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables Elbox IDE Flyer I F& CDROM file system ( 4.3GB HD Support) IDE Express Interface & IDE-fix Express Software SE £18.95 £28.95 £38.95 Turn
your CD32 into an A12Q0I Software Cables, EZCD l F = £3.00 £7.00, 3.5” Drives, FDDs, PSUS, = £11.00, EZTW & EZPC = £15.00. of faxed order & payment details.
UK Next Day Insured Delivery
2. 5” Drives, Accelerators, SX32 = £9.00, CDPIUS, MiflltO I in
2-7 days from ? Mk2 takes up to 8MB & FPU; Pro models take up
to 64MB & FPU.
SK32 Mk2 £149.95 5X32 Pro50 £249.95 5X32 Pro40EC £199.95 The Top-Rated CD-Plus Range for the A1200 Udai Usm com m witft a £®ai mmm sfth * mm COM *M" - Ben test, M If your A1200 hasn’t got a GDR0M then you don’t know what you’re missing!
At these prices there is really no excuse!
? Whisper quiet 24 or 32-speed CDROM mechanism ? EZCD-Mk4 4-device buffered interface, 3-connector 40-way and 2-connector 44-way cables included ? CDPIus driver software specially written for Eyetech by the author of IDE-fix ? Optional Amiga and CDDA audio mixer with Gold phono audio jacks - just £14,95 each ? 20-watt CE-approved PSU complete with 13A plug.
? Optional upgrade to MiniTower or Desktop case with 230W PSU (which can also hold extra drives and power your Amiga) just £20 extra!
? 2 Free Cds whilst stocks last Complete CDPIus Systems: 24-spesd just £74.95:32-speed just £84.95!
Bare mechanisms for tower: 24-speed just £39.95; 32-speed just £44.95!
EZGen Amiga Genlock Superimposes Amiga-generated graphics on a composite PAL video stream. Just plug in and go!
Substitutes incoming video for any ‘transparent’ colours in your paint package, titling or multimedia presentation software, l Create stunning transition and titling effects with packages such as Scala MM300 (which is Mmav iuct CCQ nc included with A1200 hard drive Magic Packs). IiUW Juol Lua.oO ? All drives come ready to use with WB3.0 pre-installed & WB2.X install script ? All drives over 200 MB come with over 45 top quality utilities (not shovelware) and Mme multimedia authoring s w pre-installed, configured & ready-to-run LS120 & Zip Drives (ATAPI i f & EZIDE needed) LS120 (HD
Floppy 120MB Cart) - £79.95 3 x 120MB carts £29.95 Zip Drive (Mac emul. Compatible) - £79.95 3x 100 MB carts £29.95 TowerDrives (3,5” drives, 25mm high)
2. 1GB-£89.95 3.2GB - £109.95 4.3GB-£129.95 ? 600 x 300dpi
optical A4 flatbed scanner ? Comes with Photoscope (Amiga) and
Mac software.
Compatible with all modern SCSI interfaces - including PPC, Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not Surf-Squirrel) ? PCW ‘Best Scanner of 1998’ Award - July 1998; PCW ‘Best Scanner’ September 1998 ? Highly-acclaimed ArtEflect-SE v1.5 (normally £59.95) tree with this whilst stocks last for A4000 or A1200 Tower (bare drive - no MakeCD) for A4000 or A1200 Tower (with MakeCD) External A1200 unit with separate 100w PSU External A1200 unit with int 40w PSU, Gold Audio skts Mini-Tower-cased unit with 230w PSU which can house an additional LS120 Zip CDROM & power your A1200 for A4000 or A1200 Tower
(bare drive - no MakeCD) for A4000 or A1200 Tower (with MakeCD) External A1200 CD ReWriter with separate 100w PSU EZCD-SE l F, 44-way & 40-way cables & CDROM s w - EZCD-Mk4 l F, 44 & 40-way cables & EZ-IDE s w - IDE-Flyer or IDE-Express l F, cables & s w - Amiga UMAX Scanner & PhotoScope Bundle now With FBEE ArtEffect-SE u1.5 - Still just £179.95 A1200 Hard Drives - LS120, ZIPs AWARD-WINNING UMAX SCSI FLATBED SCANNER single-pass 24-bit 2,5” InstantDrives for the A600 A1200 SX32 20MB 170MB 260MB 720MB
1. 4GB
1. 8GB ? Autodetects and remaps Amiga & PC keyboards ? Plugs
directly into the ribbon cable slot on the A1200 EZKey2 alone
- for A1200 only - just £28.95 EZKey2 and Windows keyboard
£38.95 EZKey2, A4000 k b & 6-to-5 pin adapter £58.95 ?
Separate models for Amiga & PC keyboards ? Amiga version & k b
detects all multi-key combinations EZKey-SE Amiga - for A1200
& A600 - just £18.95 EZKey-SE Amiga A4K k b & 6-5 pin adapter
£38.95 EZKey-SE PC - for A1200 & A600 - just £24.95
EZKey-SE PC and Windows keyboard £34.95 A1200 Clock Port
Expansion Cards For non-Zorro expansion A1200 owners the best
expansion route is via the (unused) clock port PortJunior 1x
460kb serial port 39.95 IOBIix1200S 1x 1.5 MB s serial port
49.95 IOBIix1200P 1x EPP parallel port 49.95 (Drivers for PC
parallel port scanners, Zip drives etc., available shortly)
PortPlus 2x460kb ser & 1x800kb par port 69.95 Catweasel-2 HD
Amiga PC floppy controller 49.95 Prelude1200-DT 16-bit f d
sound card for desktop A1200 129.95 Prelude1200-TW 16-bit f d
sound card for tower A1200 ClockUp 4-way clock port expander
‘040 28MHz MMU FPU* ‘040 40MHZ MMU FPU* ‘040 40MHZ MMU FPU*
‘060 50MHZ MMU FPU* ‘060 66MHZ MMU FPU*
* To 32MB. Optional 2nd simm socket (tower only) offers 64MB
total The Apollo A1260 66 is the fastest Operating
System-supported Amiga accelerator currently available Tip: Buy
your memory with the accelerator to ensure full compatibility
20% off memory prices when bought with an Apollo or phase5
accelerator Abridged Guide to Buffered Interfaces A buffered
IDE interface is essential if you are considering expanding
your A1200’s storage capability. Not only does it give you the
option to attach up to 4 hard drive CDRGM LSI20 Zip etc devices
but it also protects your At 200 by putting back the
buffering electronics that Commodore Ai left out of the At 200
design. Some interfaces can also significantly speed up the
data transfer to and from your hard drive and or CDRGIVS ...
but you will need to choose the right interface for your
particular setup - see below, ring for details or send a
stamped addressed envelope for an IDE Interface Fact Sheet.
Note that die EZCD-SE is equivalent to the ‘standard’
interface offered by some other suppliers. See also the EZIDE
software panel on this page.
Phases PowerUp A1200 PPC + 040 060 Accelerators Without SCSI (not upgradable) inc. MMU & FPU 160 Mhz 603e PPC ‘040 25 MMU.FPU only £199.95 160 Mhz603e PPC ‘060 50 MMU FPU only £479.95 240 Mhz 603e PPC ‘040 25 MMU FPU only £319.95 240 Mhz 603e PPC ‘060 50 MMU FPU only £549.95 Add £69 to the above prices for factory fitted on-board Fast SKI H interface Blizzard Vision PPC 8MB Graphics Card Unbelievable quality and speed - 1600x1230@72HZ!
No Zorro slots needed!
NEW! 6mb card - £159.95 or just £139.95 with a PPC The fastest, most highly specified graphics card you can buy for your A1200 Max Xfer Suitability 2MB s 68030 40Mhz or slower no accelerator.
3MB s 68030 50, 68040 xx, 68060 xx accelerator.
5MB s 040 xx, 060 xx, UDMA HD & 24 speed+CDROM 8MB S 040 xx, 060 xx, UDMA HD & 24 speed+CDROM Complete A1200 IDE solutions .
£28.95 £38.95 £48.95 £54.95 £49.95 %
3. 1 Kickstart ROMs Photogenics 1.2SE
3. 1 Workbench (6 disks) Personal Paint 6.4 Wordworth 4.5 SE
Organiser 1.1 Turbocalc 3.5 Pinball Mania & Whizz Datastore
1.1 Workbench 3.1 manuals Magic Pack application software
manuals..... all for just £49.95!!
Digital Camera Software - now just £29.95 Serial connection versions available for most popular models of Kodak, Minolta, Olympus, Casio & Fuji digital cameras .. J oi Picture transfer, camera control & sideshow options (camera dependent) | Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package (AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint, Photogenics, ImageFX, XL Paint, Pagestream 3, Dpaint 5) via AREXX l Selectable serial device for use with high-speed interfaces like the PortJnr or IOBIix1200S 20% off the price of the PortPlus & IOBIix1200S when purchased with CamControl software.
TumoPrins 6 a 7* - The essential partner for your digital imaging work The most comprehensive, fastest replacement printing - system for all WB2.X+ Amigas Supports more than 70 printers including the latest models from Epson, Canon, HP printers - including the Award-winning Epson Stylus Photo series Integrates seamlessly with ScanQuix scanning software and CamControl digital camera software Poster printing, image tiling, colour correction, print spooling, multiple copies*, postscript emulator*, screen grabber*, photo optimisation etc, all included UK Bank BS Cheques, Visa*, Mastercard*,
Switch, Delta, Connect, Solo, Electron.
Postal Money orders accepted. (*A 3% charge applies to all credit card orders). Due to space limitations some of the specs given are indicative only - please ring write for further details.
Please check prices, specification and availability before ordering. If ordering by post, please provide a daytime telephone number. Goods are not supplied on a trial basis. A1200 items are tested with a Rev 1.D.1 motherboard - other boards may need modification. E.&0.E. All prices include VAT at 17.5%. Orders sent outside the EC do not incur VAT - divide the prices shown by 1.175 to arrive at ex-VAT prices.
Filesystems, multisession and multivolume CDROM support.
EZ-IDE Amiga IDE, ATAPI, CDROM & removable media driver s w £34.95 If bought with any EZCD, l F, Zip or LS120 Drive £9.95 Upgrade from Eyetech CDPIus IDE Fix software* £14.95 (*trade in & proof of purchase required) Interpolated resolutions to 20000x20000 dpi.
L Colour photocopy option when used with a one-pass colour scanner ? Supports Epson, HP, Umax, and some Mustek & Artek SCSI scanners & Epson parallel scanners.(Umax ScanQuix4 is £69.95, Photoscope £59.95) Compatible with all modern SCSI controllers including PPC, Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not Surf-Squirrel).
EZIDE - IDE ATAPI enhancement software only hard driue GDRQm LSl20 Zip SyQuest software you’ll ever t Supports LS120, Zip, Jaz, SyQuest, and other IDE ATAPI removable cartridge drives AUTOMATICALLY. Cartridges just appear on the Workbench when inserted and disappear when ejected - just like a floppy disk. IDE ZipPrep tools are also included.
Extensive CDROM support including multidisk changers, CD32 emulation, high performance Mac, PC & Amiga " Amiga Magic Upgrade Packs available in limited quantities The ideal way to update your Commodore A1200: Selectable parallel device for use with high-speed interfaces such as the PortPlus & IOBIixT200P photo-realistic output on any high resolution, Turboprint or Studioll supported, colour printer.
L Optimises hard disk performance automatically. Supports ‘second channel’ hard drives on most 4-device buffered interfaces.
20% off the price of the the PortPlus & IOBIix1200P when purchased with TurboPrint.
Software from Andreas SeanQuix4 Software Inst £59.95 - Upgrades hist £29.95 l 24 bit scanning with full range of editing options.
Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package Due to variations in exchange rates the prices of some products may change - up or down - from the prices shown.
Please ring or check our website [www.eyetech.GO.uk MAIN APRICE.HTM] for the latest prices before ordering.
IYETECH AMIGA PARTS & PRICE INDEX MARCH 1999 TEL: +44 (0)1642-713-185 - 07000 4 AMIGA
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(0845 call charges only) with 25MB web space, 10 email
addresses, 90 days free net support.
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9. 95 128Kbps ISDN T A + NET; 128K ISDN T A, 128K ISDN T , 128K
56Kb fax voice 56Kb fax voice rri above as above s w + NET-ISP P IP s w + NET-ISP above i f + NET-ISP as above VBMON A vSMON F VSMON V
HBUF 3-24 RT -COMP 56Kb fax voice mdmj web, email, TCP IP s w
+ NET-ISP 56Kb fax voice mdm, PtJn, web, email, TCP IP +
NET-ISP 56K Voice Data Fax Modem External inc serial cable 128K
External ISDN terminal adapter inc serial cable CDPIus-SE
system 24 speed with CDROM s w CDPIus-SE system 32 speed with
CDROM s w CDPIus Desktop Minitower 24 x with CDROM s w CDPIus
Desktop Minitower 32 x with CDROM s w CDPIus-SE A1200 CD audio
mixr adapter 44way (2.5" HD) cable purch with CD HD 13cm A1200
IDE skt adptr 40F-40M with mtgs 15cm Bare 24 speed CDROM
mechanism for twr A4k Bare 32 speed ATAPI CDROM mechanism for
twr A4k CDR-BARE-2X8 CDR-IN-2x8 CDR-SE-2x8 CDR-DT MT-2x8
Adapters: A1200 Sound cards & software
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w ribbon cbte audio I O brkt, CD i f Upgrade node from PL12-DT
to PL12-TW Prelude Zorroll 16-bit full duplex sound card
Samplitude Opus 16 channel, virtual projects, FFT filtering
Samplifude-LE 4 channel, virtual projects, FFT filtering
L12-DT PL12-TW L12-UG LZ2
- OP li-LE Adapters - IDE ATAPI & software .YR XPRS =-SPC-SP
Monitors D MIX
- UD-RCA-G EC-1.5M EC-4X13
- EC
- EX2M
- NUL5M R-NUL10M R-25F9M R-25M9F
• -50 50CF sCS-25D 50C sCS-25D 25D KS-50C 50C DS-50H 50C
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- C-2F C-30C 8GKIT ¦2W-9C L2W-50C
- 2W-20C ces and Adapters: EZ-Key & DIY Tower Components Mk 2
Amiga PC k b - A1200 kbd direct connect A1200 EZKey MK2 6p -
5p adptr A4000 kbd bdle Mk2 Amiga PC k b- A1200 rib cab+Win95
kbd EZKey-SE Amiga 5p DIN k b adapter for A1200 A600 EZKey-SE
Amiga + 6p- 5p adptr + A4000 kbd bundle EZKey-SE PC 5p DIN k b
adapter for A1200 A600 El- 3E-P K EZKey-SE PC k b adapter for
A1200 A600 + Win95 kbd
- 3-2 3 2.5" 44way - 3.5" 40w+4w & mtg bracket
3. 5" Zip SyQuest FDD HD brkt pl - 5” bay Amiga PC k b adapter 5p
din-F - 6p m d-M Amiga PC kbd adapter 6p mindin-F - 5pd-M 5p
DIN M - 5p DIN F k b ex cable 1.2m Tower faceplate adapter for
A1200 int FD tees and Adapters: A1200 Ethernet, SCSI fcy-ETH-C
PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga PC drivers 79.95 FCMFETH-H
Hydra PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga drvrs 129.95 F~-X60C
Crossed twisted pair RJ45 for Sisys 60cm 6.95 ECS-CSQR Classic
Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI i f 50pCM 69.95 Idapters; Flickerfixers,
Genlocks, Video Digitisers capters, Monitor Switches, Monitor
Leads K -.-BV8M Bvision 8MB gfx card for A1200 (needs PPC)
* SA-BMON F SVGA Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn & EZVGAINFF2
39.95 i 3A-BM0NN SVGA Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn &15pHD
In Ex SD FF 44.95 M Sync Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn & 23p
RGB socket 44.95 SVGA MonSw - Ateo Picasso 15pHD Gfx & EZVGA
INFF2 SVGA MonSw - Ateo Pic'o 15pHD & 15pHD In Ex SD FF M Sync
MonSw- Ateo Pic’o 15pHD & 23p RGB socket 54.95 Auto
Amiga CV64-3D m sync monitor switch 39.95 EZ-VGA-Mk2 external
s doubler PLL u gradable 69.95 EZ-VGA-Plus external
flickerfixer 23F-15F PLL 99.95 SDBL2 to SD-flickerfixer u g
40.00 EZ-VGA internal A1200 s doubler non-upgrad'le 48.95
EZ-VGA- internal A1200 flickerfixer 78.95 EZ-VGA- internal
A1200 flickerfixer for use with BMON 78.95 EZ-VGA-SE
flickerfixer 23F-15MXtal 89.95 Adapter from 15p HD-M VGA to
9pD-F 9.95 Monitor adapter 9p D-F to 15p HD-M 9.95 VGA 15pHD-M
- 23pD-M Amiga RGB adapter 14.95 Amiga 23pD-F- 15pHD-F VGA
adapter 12.95 Amiga 23pD-F - 15pHD-F buffered adapter 16.95
ProGrab 24-RT Amiga parallel port video digitiser & psu 119.95
EZ-Gen composite video Genlock for A1200 69.95 Elbox 4-dev 32
bit high perf buf'd A1200 IDE i f IDE-Express 4-dev high
performance buf’d A1200 i f ROM spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer
purchased w IDE-FLYR ROM spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer purchased
elsewhere Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f w AIPU w A1200 CDROM s w Mk4
4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44 13cm cabs, CD s w Mk4 4-dev buf
IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44 cabs, EZIDE Economy 4-dev buf IDE i f
w A1200 CDROM s w Econ 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40,2x44 13cm cabs,
CD s w Econ 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40,2x44cabs, EZIDE 4-device
EIDE i f for A4000 w CDROM s w EIDE ATAPI
HD CDROM ZIP LS120 SyQst drvr P x upgrade to EZIDE from
competitive product EIDE ATAPI enhancer CDROM Software Bundle
Price Serial, Parallel, Floppy & Clock port expanders
PortJunior - 460KB serial i f for A1200 lOBlix 12S -1.5Mbps
serial i f for A1200 lOBlix 12P - EPP parallel port i f for
A1200 PortPlus - 2x 460KB ser + 1x 800KB par i f for A1200
lOBlix 12 - 4x1.5Mbpsser + 1 x EPP par port Zorroll 1x EPP par
port expan for INT-IOBL-Z2 (to 4xs+2xP) ClockUp 4-way clock
port expander for A1200 Interface for std Sony FDD for DF0
880KB b & Cable Adapters: Audio & Mains DB25-M - DB25-F RS232
extn cab 2m 7.95 DB25-M - DB25-F RS232 extn cab 0.5m 6.95 Null
modem cable w D9F & D25F at each end 2m 9.95 Null modem cable
w D9F & D25F at each end 5m 14.95 Null modem cable w D9F &
D25F at each end 10m 19.95 25p-F to 9pM serial RS232 adapter
4.95 25p-M to 9pF serial RS232 adapter 4.95 Centronics 50p-F to
Centronics 50p-F (for Squirrel) 14.95 SCSI cable DB25-M -
Cent50-M 1 m 9.95 SCSI cable DB25M-DB25M mac type 1 m 9.95 SCSI
cable Centr50M- Centr50M 1m 9.95 SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- Centr50M
1 m for PPC 19.95 SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- 25D-M 1 m for PPC 19.95
Bidirectional printer cable all pins connected 9.95 b & Cable
Adapters: VGA, Keyboard, Switchboxes, Cables, Scart Cables also
BMON, SMON autoswitches above) CDROM invt'd T audio cab ,6m +
2xRCA pig RCA(phono)-M - RCA-M+RCA-F Y mixer lead 1,8m
RCA(phono)-2xM - RCA2xM stereo lead 1.8m
3. 5mm st minijack- 2xphono-M plugs 1,2m RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F
adapter Y mixer RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F gold plated adapt Y
mixer AC power cable 13A plug - I EC skt 1.5m AC powerstrip
1xlEC-M - 4x13A-F mains skt Rewirable IEC monitor pig for
PSUs MT DT Dual monitor & k b switchbox Dual monitor, k b &
mouse switchbox 5p DIN M - 5p DIN M k b cable 1.2m 15p DM-HD -
15p DF-HD VGA ext cable 2m 15p DM-HD - 15p DM-HD VGA cable 2m
Amiga comp video (RCA)+2xAudio to SCART Amiga 23p+2xRCA to RGB
TV SCART + audio s & Cable Adapters: Serial, Modem, SCSI,
Printer be HD, CDROM, Floppy, Clock Port Data & A1200 HD Power
2. 5" (44F) to 3.5" (40F) data cab adapt for A1200 30cm Power
splitter floppy drive to hard drive + floppy 44- 40way 3.5" HD
data & pwr cabs - A1200 A1200 full 3.5" hard drive fitting kit
22way-F x2 A1200 clock port cable 9cm o a 34way-F x2 FDD
ribbon cable for tower 50cm 40 way IDE cable 2 connector 20cm
Digital Cameras and Amiga Digital Camera Software nfiM-Dl
Y-R?nt Oiympue 820L,flash, LCD, smtcrd 1024x800, Amiga s w
299.95 CamControl s w for Casio QV10 100 300 700 29.95
CamControl s w for Fuji DS5. DS7 DX7 DX9 29.95 CamControl s w
for Kodak DC20 DC25 29.95 CamControl s w for Minolta Dimage V
29.95 CamControl s w for Olympus 420L 820L 1000L 1400L 29.95
PortJnr hi-speed ser i f pur with CamControl s w 30.00 Amiga
Printer Software Drivers DVR-ENPR EnPrint. Amiga printer
driver for pre-03 97 Epson Printers 9.95 DVR-TBPR7 TurboPrint
7.x Amiga printer driver (English) 38.95 DVR-TBPR6 TurboPrint
6.x Amiga printer driver (English) 34.95 DVR-TB6 7-UG
TurboPrint 6.x to 7.x upgrade (Send TB6 disk w order) 19.95
Amiga Image Conversion Effects Software, Scanner Software,
Scanner Bundles and Adapters SCN-FBA4-BDL3 UMAX award-winning
SCSI A4FB scanner with Pscope 179.95 Free ArtEffect-SE v!5
with above whilst stocks Iasi---------- DVR-SQ4 ScanQuix4 + 1
driver (Epson HP Artec Mustek) 59.95 DVR-SG4-U ScanGuix4 +1
driver (UMAX) 69,95 to use all Amiga modes MON-14-.28 14" dig
SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz 15” dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz
17" dig SVGA0.28DP 1280x1024@60Hz 17" dig SVGA 135MHz, 0.26DP
1600x1280@75Hz EZVGA-SE ext flickerfixer purch w monitor
EZVGA-Mk2 ext s dbir u g'able purch w monitor EZVGA-Plus ext
flickerfixer purch w monitor EZ-VGA internal s doubler purch
w monitor EZ-VGA internal f fixer purch w monitor EZ-VGA
internal f fixer purch w monitor for BMON CAB40-3W-1M 40Way
IDE HD CD cable 3 connector 1 m o a len CAB40-3W-60C 40w-F x3
HD CD IDE cable 20+40=60cm o a CAB40-CUST Custom cable 3x40way
IDE up to 1.5m CAB44-2W-13C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector,
13cm o a CAB44-2W-60C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector, 60cm
o a CAB44-3W-12C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 3 connector, 12cm o a
CAB44-3W-24C 44way (2.5" HD) 7+17cm,3 connector,24cm o a
CAB50-CUST Custom cable 3x50way IDC SCSI + 1 xCent50-F 60cm
Cables: HD, CDROM, Floppy Power Splitters - Tower Systems
EZWriter Mechanism (no MakeCD) EZWriter 2 8x with MakeCD for
A4000,Tower EZWriter-SE external 2 8x with MakeCD EZWriter
Desktop Minitower 2 8 speed with MakeCD EZWriter-Gold external
2 8x with MakeCD EZReWriter Mechanism (no MakeCD) EZReWriter
2x2x6 w MakeCD for A4k Jwr EZReWriter-SE external 2x2x6
w MakeCD EZReWriter-Gold external 2x2x6 w. MakeCD
EZCD-SE+40+44way cabs + CDROMs w w CDR • EZCDMk4+40+44way cabs
+ EZIDE s w w CDR IDE-Flyer high-speed IDE i f, s w, cabs
purch w CDR IDE-Express high-speed IDE i f, s w, cabs pur
w CDR Recordable CD media (WORM) 650MB x10 Recordable CD media
650MBx10 pur w EZWriter Single Cdrewritable disk 650MB Single
Cdrewritable disk 650MB pur w EZReWriter MakeCD TAO (P) Amiga
CD rec s w w ATAPI CD-SE-24X CD-SE-32X CD-DT MT-24X
CD32-BARE CDWriter ReWriter Systems inc. EZ-Tower & MT DT
Bundles EZTwr Mk4 kit w 250W, FD cab fp, bkpl for self conv’n
EZTower kit w 250W PSU. EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp Ready-built
EZTower 250W PSU, LED adpt, FD cab fp Ready-built EZTwr
w 250W, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp Desktop case with 200W+ psu
for HD CDROM MiniTower case wth 200W+ psu for HD CDROM
EZ-Tower upgrade from PC to A4000 k b (time of purch) EZ-Tower
conversion kit - No PC Tower EZTwr audio mixer adapter for
A1200 CDROM EZTwr SCSI adpt 30cm 2xCent50F, 1xlDC50F 2nd A1200
m bd powerfeed adapter (if req'd) for PPC acc 9pDM- 9pDF
SurfSq EZTwr ser extn cab 50cm require Scandoubler and or
Flickerfix DIY EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, LED adpt, FD cab fp DIY
EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp DIY EZTwr-Z4,
EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp Z4 slots DIY EZTwr-Z4 & Z4 adapter as
above 1st 100 orders Ready-to-Use EZTwr-Z4 250W PSU, LED adpt,
FD cab fp RTU EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp
RTU EZTwr-Z4 250W, PC kbd adpt, FD cab fp, Z4 slots RTU
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or 1D4 manufacturing fault fix 30.00 As this is my last issue,
in lieu of gold watch or a nice cake or the Amiga Format team
to briefly give everyone a personal view of the last 72 issues
of Afthat Eve contributed to. I know what you're thinking -
how dull.
To be honest, that's what 1 thought too until I remembered all the interesting, behind the scenes tales I could tell and all the skeletons I could drag out of cupboards, dust down and expose for the merriment of others.
Of times, with Mick Veitch John Kennedy should know by now that there's no escape from the Amiga.
Doesn’t this old A100Q take you back?
Also, I can tell you what my favourite bits of kit are, what sort of things are permanently installed on my hard drive, and my favourite and most embarrassing moments about working CO O for this mag.
SEE AN AMIGA? The first Amiga I ever saw was in Tottenham Court Road in
1986. It was an A1000 and I noticed it through the window. I had
heard about the Amiga but never seen one until then. I went
into the shop and talked to the assistant about it for a
while, but all he really seemed to know was how much it
cost. I forget the exact price because it was so
staggeringly expensive I knew I’d never be able to afford
This one just had the screen requesting a Workbench disk on it because nobody knew how to work' it.
Bmlit still looked cool... A50Q which I used to sneak in and play In fact. Falcon was probably the thing that made me decide to get an Amiga because we desperately vante play head-to-head!
John Kennedy was doing some freelanc work for an Amiga magazine and they wanted someone to'review a 3D modelling package. I studied.
Engineering so I‘d used 3D stuff on big mainframes, so John suggested I shoulc look at it.
So. Sculpt Animate 4D was the first piece of Amiga software I ever used. It our BUY A PERIPHERAL? I got a 10S4S with mv Amiga so I don’t think that counts. I bought a RAM expansion soon after fit was required for Falcon if you w anted to play a link-up game ) but the hard drive, an A590. Which also came with a whopping 2Mb of RAM. 2Mb was worth something in those days. I’ve never been without a hard drive since.
If anyone out there doesn't have one (there are some, you know.) Get one now - it'll change vour life.
MY DOPUS SCREEN I thought I might tell you a bit about the machines we use in the office. The one on my desk is an A4000 with CyberStorm PPG'060 and a CyberVision3D card, which I've found great. And here is what see on it most often... Yes, there is a lot of RAM on this machine: 64Mb of fast RAM is in the CyberStorm PPC. Quite handy for graphics work -1 recommend you get as much RAM as possible.
I have a 300Mb Mac for use with Fusion - you never know when: you'll want to use it.
Iry Dpus im24B4-:graptmcsmem -4D57B744 -ether msra I spend an awful lot of time connecting I use €£ d quite to Aminetso I set up these desktop a lot, normally Aminet links in Dopus, one for the for editing main archive and one for a European scripts or mirror site. Dopus is good for this. Writing Arexx | - programs. I .. .. __ _ --.. -- _ know that it's geared towards programming and is still for that.
".avouritcs AmmetUK Final Calc is extremely handy to have, even if I mainly use it for producing nice 30 graphs. Hurrah for reader surveys!
I don't write many € programs these days as i have so little time, but I think H&P have done a great Job on this compiler.
Although there are ... plenty of great Amiga games, t th$ hfc Quake I a good symbol of what's really possible f set up this button bar to deal with our office network it allows me to connect to the office Macs, our web page and FTP server.
This is a hangup from when I wasn't online all the time, but it's still useful. I use Miami now - doesn't everyone?
Ibrowse is a great browser (but no Java yet) and, surprisingly, it's faster than Netscape or IE4 : on our office Mac.
Although Dopus FTP is great, I sometimes use AmFTP too.
Amibroker is great if you're Interested in shares.
MakeCD is Often in use here, although MasterfSO is also very good. MakeCD Just happens to support the drive I have.
Lightwave is still the greatest 3D rendering software, .and the one we rendered image for the mag's cover.'
Er, in a manner of speaking. We'd like you to send us grabs of your Workbench DOpus screen, along with details of your Amiga setup.
What sort of software you use regularly, your favourite games and a picture of yourself.
We're particularly interesting in hearing from people who are using their Amiga for strange or unusual things. We'll put the best ones on our CD and include one in the mag too. Send your info to: Reader Profiles • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW.
THE BEST AND WORST There have been far too many good times, to possibly list-here,. Moments that stand out are gening to meet people like Jay Miner and speaking vid Carl Sassenrath and Dave Haynie. One of the very first things I got to do at Amiga Format was review Newtek's Video Toaster * which had been Wm b.£ic:v m issue. .

51. AF72 (he »eml Is my favowrrte issue:.
What's yo uirs? - convertors for the purposed Which I: dare saymsm Europ-eaa-based Amiga ovrners have never seen.
&MW: Eve been lucky over the years to get to play with all sorts of hardware and software that most: of you would kill, or at least severely maim, for.
Mv. Favourite issue ever is AF72.. Not only did we: have a huge breaking news store when the Amiga was sold to Contiiiw u ed o ver leaf m I've reviewed a lot of games in my time so I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite ones for you. Some are old, some are new, but they're all highly recommended. I tend to like thinking and strategy games best, so don't be surprised if there aren't any platformers here. Even if you don't generally like such games, these are true classics and I'm sure you'll enjoy them. If you don't have all of these games, seek them out!
M RAILROAD TYCOON - Sid again. Railroad Tycoon was a very original game concept, and a very playable one. You don't even have to be interested in trains to enjoy this one.
There's a certain sense of achievement as you watch the towns build up around your cities and you forge huge, expensive (but lucrative) links across the Alps or from coast to coast.
The worst Biktafce of that aafcare the magazine was probably the time we gave something 00cc, simply because someone forgot to type the score in the box, an d nobody else on the team noticed, I did help Jason Holborn to blow up an A3000 once by incorrectly advising him on what ROMs he could put in it, which was quite bad, but I won't make that mistake again - we don't have an A3000 any more,., Oh, and I had to appear live on stage at the Future Ent ertainment show en and Mark would tff SENSIBLE SOCCER I - This is probably the greatest cause of lost man hours in the Amiga Format office.
Although, as John Hare himself said, Kick Off was the first playable football game, this is widely recognised as the best. The graphics are simple but the gameplay is superb and requires much more skill and tactics, certainly when playing against your mates, than the 3D-styie footy games now in vogue. I'd have to say this is probably my all time favourite game ever, on any platform.
Top down footy magic - Sensible Soccer Is one of the most playable games ever.
It's certainly the single game I've spent the most hours playing, especially when I played the management game and got Northern Ireland to the World Cup finals - we got kicked out in the quarter finals and I got sacked, which I think is a little harsh, and a tad unrealistic. If anyone managed to get Northern Ireland to the quarter finals these days they'd get a knighthood and about 1.5 million free pints of Guinness... EJ SWORD OF ARAGON - I'm sure that a lot of you 3 will have never heard of this, it was a sort of Kingdom game, but with a war strategy element.
The best thing about it was that you had to recruit and train your troops, then equip them with a vast array of armour and weapons. Individual units had their own morale and skill levels.
As units could be customised to this level, you could have all types of people for all types of eventualities. If you ever see this game, buy it!
6 WINGS - A flight sim of sorts, this Cinemaware classic is set in World War I. Initially, you have to prove yourself by flying a mission, then you join up with a squadron.
Although all the missions are planned out for you, there's a good mixture of action, from shooting down different planes and balloons to bombing and strafing runs. It's all presented in the form of a journal, which is very nicely done.
7HISTORYLINE- BlueByte's excellent World War I game is hard to beat. Although it's very, very, very slow when playing against the computer, it's an intriguing game. Although it isn't really an accurate simulation of war, it is an excellent strategy game.
8 COLONIZATION - Yet another Sid Meier game.
This was really a sequel to Civilization. A lot of people think it was just a cynical cashing in exercise, but I think it's better than Civ in many ways. Although there's nothing to research, etc, it's demanding to build broad-based economies for a stable income, and then there's the question of how you deal with the natives...
* jj£ QUAKE-This confess that f A not every Tf| conversation has
been riveting,, but I've enjoyed speaking to many of you:and I
hope I've modern game on my list. I have to say that I think I
enjoyed playing NemacIV better than Quake, but it's a good game
and very CskkBOORfl deserve the plaudits Customisable in for
their Quake conversion. |Qads Qf differe„t ways. Although all
ClickBOOM have done is port it from the PC code, they've done a
very good job.
9 UFO: ENEMY UNKNOWN - Julian Gollop is a jolly clever chap. Laser Squad was also one of my all-time favourite Amiga games, but this was even better. Although sometimes the non-mission elements of the game got a little tedious, it was great being able to research new weapons and investigate the alien technology.
I much prefer turn-based strategy to the current passion for real-time stuff, which is in many ways just as unrealistic.
STUNT CAR RACER - Geoff Crammond I Wprogrammed this classic long before F1GP.
The aim was simply to drive your stunt car around a variety of wacky tracks without failing off. It really came into its own in the head-to- head link up where you could bash a friend off the track with some cunning driving.
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LLU previews Although the games section may be looking a bit sparse this month, there's a reason m behind this foolish photo (and J|- it's not just Colin's It' vindictive streak, for a change).
Anyway, we're all excited here at AF Towers because there's a finished, complete and spankingly gorgeous copy of ClickBOOM's Napalm on it's way to us right now.
Unfortunately, it'll arrive too late to make it into the ScreenPlay pages this month, but that just means we'll have even more time to play it.
Don't miss next month's definitive review of what looks like being one of the best games to grace the Amiga in a long time... Mark Wheatley We can't predict the winning whippets, but we know what you'll be playing... Distant Space (above) and T-ZerO (right) are two of the great-looking games in Previews »***¦*« C.*W or* Nick Veitch looks at these compilations of information and games.
AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY apt All the cheats and facts you need to know.
Hands up who remembers Barbarian7 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.
90+% M The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games p are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
EMM BLOCKHEAD Ben Vost collects fruit in a pot in this puzzler.
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A station. In space. In the year 3000.
80-89% These games are very good, but due to minor flaws they're not the finest examples of their genre.
Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
Progress round the path by solving puzzles Ben Vost shows you the secrets of Quake 40-49% Under 40% One nasty who won't be causing any more trouble 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.. Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
A mixed bag of clones and original ideas, all programmed by AF readers.
Mars War .. David Ball Fight it out for planetary domination.
Bust a Marble. . .David Ball Fire marbles in this Bust a Move clone.
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READER GAIVIES news on the latest clutch of new games on the development stove.
There will be missions to perform, as well as simple blasting.
Thrust and Gravity Wars live on in this new take on mission-based delta craft blasting. In caves.
Alive mediasoft have told us that they've signed a new game called Phoenix Fighters, a tactical shoot-em-up. Apparently this will follow a mission-oriented structure which will involve completing several small sub tasks before being able to complete the main objective of each level.
There are also a number of different styles of play, including a race option where you simply have to reach the exit of the level in the fastest time, as well as an obstacle course mode where you have to fly around collecting gems and bringing them back to base.
All of these modes can also be played two-player using a split screen. All in all, there will be around 200 different levels to play through. Players will have a choice of 20 different ship types and fifteen different weapons, with upgrades available through the time honoured 'collecting gems and going to the shop' method.
It should be fast paced too, with 128 colours on screen, which the developers assure us will run consistently at 50 frames per second, even on low-end CPUs.
One way doors, force-fields, teleporters, exploding walls and organically growing objects mean the gameplay should be pretty interesting too.
The most astounding thing about this game is that it promises to work on a vanilla A500 with OCS and a 0.5Mb expansion. Users with an '020 or above will be rewarded with extra features, but Phoenix Fighters should run on just about any Amiga, even old Kickstart 1.2 machines.
If you'd like to pre-order Phoenix Fighters now (it will cost £14.99), you can contact Alive via email at: stevenalive@innotts.co.uk The biggest news this month is that clickBOOM have signed up T-ZerO from Italian developer Simone Basearato. T-ZerO (formerly TraumaZero) looks like being one of the most graphically appealing and technically astounding shoot-em-ups on the Amiga for some time, so there's no wonder it was signed by the masters of the polished pixel.
T-ZerO aims to be a bit more than your standard blaster, though.
Animating at 25 frames a second, it'll Remember a game we featured here a while back called Wasted Dreams? Unfortunately, the group originally creating it had financial problems, but now the whole thing has been taken up by Digital Dreams Entertainment and renamed Distant Space.
To recap, it's a one or two player arcade-adventure set in a future of chronic unemployment where crime is rife and Earth's inhabitants are looking for a new planet to move to.
The player assumes the role of a crew member aboard a colonisation ship which then crash lands on a promising-looking planet.
The game isn't too heavy on system requirements. You'll need an AGA machine or an Amiga with a graphics card, a CD-ROM drive and at least 3Mb of free RAM, which isn't too much, really.
Distant Space should actually be ready for release by the time you read this, but the developers are still trying to tie up a distribution contract so you may have to wait for a couple of issues for the review.
There is a demo of Distant Space, but it’s essenttafly the same as the Wasted Dreams one.
If you want more information, try the Digital Dreams website at: http: www.dd-ent.com The final scene from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly reprised in space.
Two-player action. Arcade, Story and Battle modes and 50 different weapon types, there should be a lot to keep serious gamers interested.
As usual, we can only show you the screenshots here, but we're looking forward to its release. In the meantime, you're sure to be able to pick up more information from the T- ZerO website, which can be found at: http: www.clickboom.com be based on 256-colour graphics (so AGA is required) and will include loads of effects, including translucency around explosions, etc. This is a pretty tricky prospect when dealing with over 50 animated objects on screen at once... Games don't all come down to graphics though, and T-ZerO seems to have a lot going for it in the gameplay department too. With
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The interface is a bit basic (above), but there are plenty of nice graphics, like original game adverts (top).
Aren’t available for every and some of them are less comprehensive.
This is such a simple idea it's a wonder that nobody thought of it before - an extensive guide to as many Amiga games as you can name, all on one
CD. As it is written in HTML, the CD will work equally as well on
a PC, which may be of use to some Amiga Forever or UAE users.
You'll have to provide your own browser though, as there's no demo or Shareware web software on here at all. Most Amiga web browsers will be able to handle the pages as they're fairly simple in layout. Thankfully, they're not graphically over-designed either, so there's a reasonable chance of being able to display them before you get bored.
Navigation is fairly simple. There's a separate listing for each letter of the alphabet. Click on the letter to get an appropriate list of games, then click on the game name to see its entry.
A lot of the games have a screenshot, which is nice, although the quality of these is a little variable... A lot of the games have a screenshot, which is nice, although the quality of these is a little variable to say the least.
Occasionally there will be further image links for box artwork and original advertising, which is very nice.
For a well known game, the entry usually includes information on the publisher, programmer, g.enre, original price, year of release and review score (from Amiga Format, naturally). What it lacks is any sort of summary about the games themselves. Even thirty or forty words saying: "The original God game by Peter Molyneaux which established Bullfrog as a publisher and defined a genre. Guide your followers, with the use of terraforming, thunderbolts and the occasional plague to conquer territories as you combat other deities," would be enough. It isn't much help if you're trying to remember the
name of a particular game, either.
The CD also contains a whole index of titles by programmers and publishers. This is a really good idea, but it could have been extended a bit.
There's no biographical info on programmers and no corporate info on publishers, nor is there any info about whether they still exist.
Overall, this CD has a good structure but there are rather too many gaps in it. Many of the titles listed have no additional information at all, and many are missing things like programmer names and publishers. A reasonable number of them have screenshots, but the number of cheats available doesn't seem to be particularly extensive.
DEVELOPED BY: Ad Astra SUPPLIED BY: Epic Marketing (0500) 131486 PRICE: £19.99 REQUIRES: CD-ROM drive, web browser Pros and Cons' Thousands of games covered.
Lots of screenshots.
Many entries incomplete.
Very few comments.
There are thousands of games listed here, but not all have useful information.
A lot of work has obviously gone into this, but as it stands it just isn't quite good enough. Ad Astra will be updating, expanding and correcting the content of this database though, so perhaps future versions of the CD will be more worthwhile.
60% OVERALL VERDICT: A lot of work has gone into it, but it stiil isn't close to being complete.
MARCH 1&99 AMIGA FORMAT Can you name all the games pictured here? Drop me a line and you might win a special prize!
Again, the design of the pages is a trifle on the dull side, but at least this disk is very much more complete.
Most of the games have a decent description and one or two screenshots. Many also have cheats, maps where applicable and a large number have original artwork too, such as adverts or inlay cards.
Although sometimes the maps As you might expect, this CD is pretty similar, in general terms, to the Amiga one. Once again it's presented in a fairly basic HTML format, with games listed alphabetically, including sections for software houses, programmers, genre and so on.
The interface is rather similar to the Amiga A-Z, but there’s a lot more information included.
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A lot of the game entries have full instructions too, with key definitions and so on, which is really handy if you have an emulator.
Speaking of which... Also included is the rather excellent ZXAM Shareware emulator which is very good indeed. It handles all sorts of different game image formats, as well as coming in AGA and non-AGA versions. You can even run at top speed or at the original Spectrum speed.
If you remember the old days of Spectrum gaming, you'll no doubt remember the old games too. The names Lords of Midnight, Choplifter, Chase HQ, Uridium and Darkside will probably conjure up visions of happier times when games were playable and rumble packs hadn't been invented.
The name Daley Thompson's Decathlon will probably just conjure up visions of broken keyboards and joysticks, but it's here too, along with the games mentioned previously and hundreds of other classics.
Some of the games won't work with the emulator because the relevant data files haven't been included, but almost all of them will run on the supplied emulator with no problems. Games which come in two parts or The name Daley Thompson’s Decathlon will probably just conjure up images of broken keyboards and joysticks... have associated loaders are usually sectioned off in their own directories, which does make things a little easier.
The inclusion of the games themselves (although obviously not possible on the Amiga A to Z CD for legal reasons) is what makes the difference here, as you can completely re-live the experience and not just gaze wistfully at the screenshots... I wonder what the chap who wrote this game is doing now... SUPPLIED BY: Ad Astra, PO Box 90, Leeds, LS11 8XU. Email ma @ a d a s e ra uk.com REQUIRES: CD-ROM driue, web browser PRICE: £19.99, or £35 for both it and the A-Z Amiga CD Thousands of games covered.
Lots of screenshots and tips.
Emulator and games included.
The design is a bit dull.
A tremendous effort which will be well appreciated by those with a nostalgic bent.
Pros and Cons M gets into a jam with this fruity puzzler.
Although we're light on games this month, it's good to have a cheapie title like Blockhead 2 to play with. It's simple, doesn't take up much room on your hard drive, you can run it from the floppy it comes on and it's great for a quick play.
The idea is basically Boulderdash meets, hmm, the bit in Tomb Raider where you have to drag blocks around, with the overhead perspective of Valhalla or Final Odyssey.
Level codes make the game less frustrating to get through.
You’ll tear your hair out as you try to work out how you can possibly complete a level with too little dynamite... What you have to do is put some green berries (they look like apples to me) into your cauldron and, once you've put enough in, move the cauldron to the exit.
However, there's a catch. There are no monsters at all, but there is a strict time limit which makes it somewhat harder, and there are walls to navigate. Also, you can't study the screen when paused because, curses, the authors have blanked the screen when pausing.
The learning curve for the game is nicely paced, with new levels As you can see, the variety of different items to be collected makes for a colourful and varied game.
Hard drive, it doesn't have an icon for the game itself, which is a bit poor.
While you can't multitask while playing the game, it does quit back to Workbench nicely at any time, so you can always leap out and back in again since, as you'd expect from a game that only takes one disk, it doesn't take long to load.
Right. Now, if you'll excuse me.
I'm off to try to complete that tricky level again... SUPPLIED BY: Epic Marketing (0500) 131486 WWW: http: www.epicrna rketing. Ltd. Net PRICE: £7.99 Pros and Cons Very addictive and frustrating.
Simple gameplay, but requires thought.
No icon for the game.
At the start of each level you get instructions on just what you have to do... OVERALL VERDICT: Excellent value for a thoroughly irritating and addictive game.
85% introducing new perils and harder puzzles, some of which seem really impossible to begin with but become obvious with repeated attempts. You'll tear your hair out as you try to work out how you can possibly complete a level with too little dynamite, or with too many "red eye" tiles to cross to stay alive.
There isn't very much to say about this game really. Although you could spend an age waiting for it to give you a password, don't do that - just keep a careful note of the names of the levels (hint, hint).
Also, on the cover of the box the game has "100 frustrating levels!" As its subtitle, but the instructions for the game state that there are 40. It doesn't matter much since in the time I've played it I haven't got to the end yet, or indeed anywhere near it.
One last thing about its system friendliness. Although the game can be played from its self-booting disk and you can also play it from your This shows you how far along the path you’ve got to go before the end of the game, e MARCH 1999 AMIGA FORMAT .. .and at the end of a level you get your score.
WORK IN PROGRESS ifTz Digital Images’ swi wrnim? Explains the detailed arflflcial crew intelligence system as the game nears completion.
The Space Station 3000 WIP series is back, and the game is really starting to take shape. The most important thing is the work which is being carried out on the 3D graphics engine and the graphic improvements throughout the game.
Space Station 3000 will now feature some impressive 3D combat at very fast speeds, even on a 68030.
Crew members will also all have their own skills and abilities. Some crew members will be skilled at their jobs but some may make mistakes and may also be slower to perform tasks.
Some crew members may also have poor discipline. If this is so, they may try to steal equipment from the space station, or even steal one of your starships. If they steal a starship, you will have to disable and recover it. As for the member of crew who has committed the crime, it's up to you how to punish them. Will you fire them? Will you torture them? You could even kill them if you've decided that you never want to Mm see them again. If you JSB fire them, they may JNMJ come back at some point, maybe in a few * years, with a huge battle cruiser (which they may have stolen or bought out of
good financial fortune) and may want to pick a fight with you. If you torture them, they'll probably hate you and, again, they may leave and return later to try to kill you.
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never do anything w wrong again. You W don't even have to W
punish them if you The designers of the game promise high-speed
3D space comhat, even on 68030 processors.
¦x S ...it’s up to you how to punish them. Will you fire themP Will you torture themP You could r r even kill them... bvV wish, but if you don't, they'll probably try to steal something else.
We're hoping that Space Station 3000 will be released by March, and a demo should be available shortly before then.
Contacts Digital Images' homepage; We also have two mailing lists, a full list and an announce-only list.
Subscribe by sending a blank email to Announce Only: Full: digftaMmaqes-subscribe@eqroups,€ m If you have any questions, you can email them to: Ordering Space Station 3000 can be preordered direct from our publishers, Blittersoft, from their website at http: www.biittersoft.com or by telephone on 01908 261466.
Crew members: maybe they're hard at work for you, but maybe they’re plotting to steal some of your equipment. How will you react?
OvtK 1 U YUU Valentine’s day has just passed, and iH has fallen head over heels in love with the cheeky little scamps known as the... ujaJyni fOl II AFCD37:-ReaderStuff- -ReaderGames Despite the lack of new commercial games over the last couple of months, there's been no lack of homegrown efforts, some of which could easily compete with the professional products. Okay, they may not look or sound quite as good, but when it comes to the essential gameplay that really makes a game a classic, some of your efforts are way ahead. Good graphics can't hide a poor game, but if your game has the
playability that endangers joysticks, keeps you up all night or stops you from working, the extra embellishments can be added later.
We offer you the chance to get the advice of the AF team so you can improve your games, and we offer £50 to the author of the best game each month, so get coding and read on.
Mars i er e When you're sending in your submissions make sure you also give us:
1. An address where you can be contacted.
2. Details of the language used to create the game.
3. A recent photo of yourself.
The address to send your stuff into is: Reader Games • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW Everything included on the AFCD must have a reader warrant with it. Just cut it out off this page, sign it and send it in to us with your game and a recent photograph of yourself. A last reminder: if you don't include this warrant we simply won't be able to put your game on the CD - that means you won't be able to have it judged by other readers.
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Being annihilate!! Uy Ben’s Mariianlorces. Again... In respect of all material which forms my reader contribution to Future Publishing's Amiga Format, I hereby warrant that:-
1. The material is original and does not infringe any other
material or rights;
2. The material does not contain any material which is
defamatory, obscene or indecent and is exempt from
classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984;
3. That there are no legal claims against the material provided;
4. That I have full power and authority to provide this material
to Future Publishing.
Signature: his is a demo of David's Dune 2IC&C clone, and pretty good it is j too. You play against another person, one as the Martians, one as people from Earth. As usual in these games, you start off with a home base and you must decide what to build in order to improve your strength.
The varying terrain might make it more appropriate for you to concentrate on ore mining or water purifying, but make sure you keep an eye on the split-screen so you know what your opponent is doing - it's all too easy to be building up your base while they're sneaking droids around your defences. Blow up their base and it's victory for your planet.
We always stress that if you're going to do a clone of a game, you
- |-!j 1 dll" 13.- should add something new (see David's attempt
at a Bust a Move clone on these pages...) but it has to be said
that Mars War doesn't particularly expand on the genre.
However, it looks nice, with basic backgrounds and realistic
buildings and robots. It moves well too, with smooth scrolling
and nippy vehicles, and the inclusion of a waypoint system of
moving them is an appreciated touch.
Mars War really is almost identical to most other games in this genre but it retains the gameplay of the best of them, and that's what really counts.
Once you're on. Your megalomaniac path to planetary domination, nothing's going to stop you, especially with a control system that's as fluid, intuitive and easy to use as the one that's included here.
Despite being soundly thrashed by Ben in every game I played. Mars War is definitely one I'll be coming back to, if only to wreak my revenge. This is only the demo version as David plans to expand the game considerably, but even this version is a worthy winner of the reader prize this month.
TanwiaiMi AUTHOR: BzSail.
LANGUAGE: Blitz Basic 2 VERDICT: A great,addktave done that w'iil keep you entertained OVER TO YOU!
The original Getsome appeared in issue 119 and its bloodthirsty Revenge AGA-style comic carnage certainly went down well. It has now been updated and several of the recommendations from that review have been implemented.
Getsome 2 For a start, the graphics have all been polished up. There's now a bar with a little icon showing which weapon you have selected, and the array of weapons is now even more impressive; as well as your usual grenades, rocket launchers, guns and milk bottles, you've got Sting (again, but you never tire of dropping him to his death) and even Kenny from MaiMe 3 nfortunately, David's other clone, a version of Bust a Move, displays all the points we complain about every month. Fair enough, it's brightly coloured, it's smooth and it works, but it's just a very basic version of the original,
only not as addictive or as fun.
You have a cannon at the bottom of the screen and must fire coloured balls upwards. Hit a cluster of at least two other balls of the same colour and they'll disappear, and the aim of the game is to clear the screen. It's a simple concept that proved highly addictive on the original, but which seems slow and dreary here.
Having to use the joystick doesn't help either as it makes aiming even fairly simple shots a matter of chance, and it can become very frustrating very quickly.
There really isn't anything else to say about this. You'll have played a version of it before, and you'll have played a better version of it before. This needs a ¦ ? I better control | • I system, more | I things going ; I I on and, • ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦I. Technically speaking, 55555more oomph.
(hh' ' ee *e fu' David's Mars p A War is the way clones of css games should be done... AUTHOR: :3avid Ball' • LANGUAGE: Blitz; Basic 2 VERDICT: Looks nice, works well, moves' smoothly, is duller than a• Bill Gates speech.
South Park, accompanied by a little scream as you pelt the enemy with his tiny body.
There's also the added challenge of rescuing your own men, who will all too often be bombed as they look very similar to the enemy, and the screen now scrolls a short way to the left and right, enabling you to chase after any fleeing soldiers. You can change to Infra Red mode, which basically just turns the screen red, and you can play at night, too.
Overall, Getsome 2 is a huge improvement on the original. The added little touches will certainly keep you playing for longer, but I'm still not sure if this'll be one that you'll keep booting up for weeks to come. The reason is that there's still not enough feeling of challenge, of an objective to achieve. You're still basically just laying down a line of fire and hoping the enemy will run into it, before nipping about to pick up some of your own chaps. Perhaps Xhess This is a total contrast to the mindless blasting of Getsome as Xhess will take a lot of thought and concentration.
If you can play Chess, you'll have a great head start as it's basically a two-player game of Chess made more complicated. You still have the usual 64-square board, but each square is then split up into a 2x2 square. Your pieces (called a Basic, Ortho, Diago, Jumpr and King) can all move individually, but may not take pieces if they do. However, they can combine to make other pieces.
For example, a Pawn requires at least two Basics, a Rook needs at least one Ortho and a Bishop at least one Diago. These pieces may then move as one to take opposing pieces, provided you have the numerical advantage. For every piece you lose, you lose money, and you gain money for every piece you take. This money can be used to buy you more pieces.
Four of your pieces can be linked together to form another piece, mMc* cm tea be moved as one.
Sounds complicated? You're right, it is, but after a few games you'll soon get the hang of it and it makes a superb variation on the traditional game of Chess, leading to whole new tactical considerations. If you like games that take a lot of skill, thought and cunning then you'll love this and will find yourself really getting immersed in the gameplay.
Xhess would be improved if the pieces were a little larger, and a little The pop up information bars are really useful while you're trying to work out ail the rules.
Some incoming fire from the enemies or more specific objectives would make it a bit more alluring. As it is, it's much improved and if you fancy shooting people to a pulp, you'll have a good time with this.
Keep improving it though, Mr. Cole, as it's certainly getting better.
¦ Some of the new features include little Kenny's to drop on the enemy Onset) and Infra Red vision (beiow right).
AUTHOR: A. Cole LANGUAGE: Unknown VERDICT: Still a bit limited, but greatly improved short-term bloodthirsty fun.
Clearer. The option to change the colours of the board would be welcome too, as you'll be staring at it for quite a while as you battle it out.
Although it would be extremely difficult to program, a one player mode is almost expected in Chess games, so you can practice and improve (i.e. get soundly thrashed by the computer), and so it's missed here, although playing against another person in a battle of wits is always more fun.
Quite why the two opposing players are named after the leaders from Transformers (robots in disguise, if you can't remember the cartoon), Optimus Prime and Megatron, is quite beyond me, though... AUTHOR: Joona Paiaste LANGUAGE: VERDICT: take a while to work out, but one you do, you'll definitely be hooked Are you ready to rumble? Asks You'll start in a room with a grunt down the stairs below you and an ogre across a bridge. If you've got the double-barrelled shotgun from the previous chapter, one shot will kill the grunt if you move to the top of the stairs, and a few will get rid of the ogre.
Now, you can do this level in a very strange order, but we're going to do it the traditional way. Cross the bridge and go up the stairs. You'll be in an ante-room to a hall with three bits of floor going the length of the hall. There are bad guys on every one so shoot them all. You can jump across, to get the green armour if you like, but there's a more fun way of getting to it that finds one of the secrets.
Collect the packs from the dead baddies as you go through the hall and head to your left. Go back into the hall, but this time on the left-hand side of the floor and get the double- barrelled shotgun. Go through the doorway, but watch out for the ogre immediately to your right and the one coming along the walkway.
You might want to backpedal out of this room and back to the middle walkway in the hall where you can safely shoot both ogres while their grenades splash into the water between you.
Going along the walkway in the room where the two ogres were, you'll come to two nailtraps. Make sure you have "always run" turned on and step lively between the hail o' nails. You'll come into a room that has a weird structure in the middle, a sun dagger logo on the wall and a set of stairs leading from it.
Shooting the sun dagger tile will open the odd structure in the middle of the room, allowing you to jump your way up to the top of it to get the yellow armour. The two grunts will come down the stairs from the room so pump 'em full of lead and carry on.
Go up the stairs which will lead into a big room. The walls on the left will drop down and you'll be confronted by three knights. Since they don't have ranged weapons, •: .1 ;v j , ¦ ..... wsm W- ; : ;:rr i1 i * t , j Get the quad damage and rush through the neKt hits and haddies until you come to ppi I mmm .
|prg mmMmss .. .the last area, where you’ll need to pump some lead into a fiend and a couple of knights before exploring.
There’ll he three more grunts through the door. Make sure you clean them un.
BE® mm mi39S AIBGA FORMAT HINTS & TIPS Your basic enemy. Just keep moving so that his shotgun shells don't hit you. One shot from a double-barrelled shotgun at a reasonably close range is enough to despatch him.
Nice doggie! Keep shooting and moving because their bite s worse than their bark.
Again, one good hit with the old double-barrelled shotgun will be enough to send him to doggie heaven.
He can't hit you if you don't just stand there, so make sure you run backwards and keep shooting. They're a bit tougher than grunts, though.
Ogre: These are much worse. Stay out of range of their grenades and don't believe them when they fall over until their pack appears.
They'll give you two rockets which double as grenades.
Rend: These are extremely nasty indeed so stay out of the way! They're very fast and dangerous, so stay at long range - the nailgun is a good weapon to use here.
Just keep retreating and shooting and they should cause you no harm.
Don't hit the inviting button just yet.
Instead, go around the corner to where you can see the silver key and drop down. You'll get a health and a box of nails.
There should be an open doorway to your right, and you can explore all around this murky, watery part of the level. Walk forward and a door should open in front of you that leads to a slipgate. This puts you on the third bit of floor in the first hall, so get the shotgun and armour (if you can have green armour since you already have yellow), jump to the middle bit of floor and head back to that button I said you shouldn't push.
Push it now and a bridge extends so you can get the silver key. Go back along the bridge with the nail gun armed since once you back into the key, the doorway that should be in front of you will open and a grunt will appear. Shoot him dead.
There'll be three more round the corner. Once you've killed them you'll go into a room with arches on the left-hand side. Go through the first arch, look to your right at the central pillar and you'll see a large block sticking out. Hit the block and a door behind you will open, revealing a quad damage.
Before you get it, beware! You're going to need to move fast now, so read this bit first and remember the instructions, otherwise the quad damage won't last long enough and you'll have a lot of hard work to do.
Right. Get the Quad damage, go down the stairs at the end of the room (on the other side of the arches). Kill the grunts. Open the silver key door. Kill the ogre. Kill the other ogre, press the tile and a door will open revealing a fiend. Shoot him before your quad damage runs out (with the double-barrelled shotgun) and you should be able to frag him with two shots. If not, head for the corners of the room where there are slipgates. They'll put you on the roof of the building in the room where you can shoot the fiend at your leisure and pick up a few things.
Jump off the building and go through the doorway into it. There are two knights in there so just blow them away and you can go through the exit door.
Before you do, go back to the start of the level and walk off the bridge in that first room. You'll find a box of nails under the bridge, and if you look at the wall closely you should see a discoloured block which you can shoot. This will then reveal the third secret.
You can now wander around under the level through these tunnels and discover the more unorthodox way of completing it.
If you’ve got some hints, cheats, tips or general good advice on any Amiga games - especially some of the newer ones like Sixth Sense investigations or whatever, then don’t keep them to yourself - send them in so we can pass ’em on to other gamers out there who might be having more problems than you.
Also, if you’ve got a query about a game (and no, we don’t really mind people asking about The Secret of Monkey island), then drop us a line and we might be able to answer it in Helping Hands.
HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA12BW Get tlie silver key anil turn around to slioot the grunt who’ll come out of that door in front of you.
You probably won t lie aide to get f the green armour; go hack to where j the knights were and hit the button.
You'll find the other two secrets - ~ *w T " easily and. Although there are more areas, you’ve done enough now. I AMIGA FORMAT MARCH 1999 39 ®gM7@ oggnQOg trawls through another PD and Shareware mailbag in search of some more choice catches... Pictlcon V1.4 BY:-Chad Randall WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 + 75p P&P One of the nice things about the Amiga Workbench is the fact that it enables you to assign unique icons to individual programs, folders and documents if you see fit to do so. Long before Windows95 presented PC users with this capability,
and while the Atari ST was still serving up a paltry selection of preset monochromatic icons to a considerable proportion of home computer users, Amiga owners were designing fancy icons for their favourite applications.
One use to which this capability can be put is in providing thumbnail representations of image files, so by taking a look at the icon in a Workbench window, the user can see what an image file is, without having to load it into a graphics package. However, there aren’t many programs which offer this sort of feature - it’s much more common to assign a default icon to all image files of a particular format.
Pictlcon first appeared around three years ago and was written by the same chap who created the excellent icon editor Iconian. It’s not the most sophisticated of programs but it does work very effectively. When run, it creates a Workbench Applcon onto awn it One of my regular drinking haunts has recently installed a marvellous little machine which gives sad dullards such as myself, who've been sat in front of a monitor all day long, the chance to gaze at a screen when supping a pint of an evening too.
Amongst the many mentally taxing games the machine offers are various multiple choice quizzes, a couple of two player strategy games and a spot the difference game. This offers players a series of pairs of pictures and requires them to point out the differences by touching the relevant parts of the photographs.
In an attempt to distract the players and or provide further amusement, the creators of the game saw fit to include a series of erotic pictures. I can tell you, that machine's brightened up quite a few dull nights in that particular establishment.
Anyway, this disk contains the same sort of game, only without the interesting pictures and the touch-screen control system. Although it's a couple of years old now, it's still a decent enough little effort.
My heart sank a little when I read the words "You will see two small, identical pictures", as I didn't fancy my chances of spotting any differences whatsoever between two pictures which were in fact identical. Fortuitously though, this was nothing more than an inaccurate piece of instruction-giving on the part of the programmer, and there were indeed subtle changes between the images displayed on the left hand side of the screen and those on the right hand side.
I did find it slightly annoying that you have Be careful - you may well burst blood vessels in your eyes when you're straining to spot the differences.
To click on the difference on the right hand image, rather than on either image, as would seem more logical. Still, once you realise this the game is very easy to play.
It might not boast quite the same pulling power as the machine in my local boozer, but this is still a competently put together game.
BY: Dean© WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NO OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 -s- 75p P&P s a keen football fan I've always loved football management games, and I'm not alone either, as the phenomenal success of titles such as Championship Manager over the years proves.
What football fan hasn't felt at some time or other that they could have made a better 1, itagte natch SfHTS HfflH01 r,t. « SiIIinghon ft ' J, Caulfield i c3!
Decision than the manager of their team? Not this one, that's for sure. I'm a Manchester United fan too, so it's not as if I've got much to moan about, especially compared to the supporters of many other teams.
PUBLIC DOMAIN Santa Monica FC is a good old-fashioned football management game of the sort which used to proliferate on the 8-bit machines in the mid-'80s, before football became sexy and fashionable. You take control of a side languishing in the bottom division of a league and you must mould a motley bunch of randomly named ne'er-do-wells into a footballing force.
As you ascend the divisions domestically, you need to strengthen your squad and offload the hangers-on. You can compete in domestic and European competitions, improve your ground and bung greedy agents huge amounts of money to lure Scandinavian players to your club. Possibly.
Yes, with Santa Monica FC you too can buy overrated prima donnas, play talented forwards as ineffectual defensive wing-backs, drop your star players for critical top-of-the-table dashes and generally do all the sorts of things which real football managers do, much to the chagrin of the loyal followers of their teams.
Santa Monica FC may not have the depth or detail of commercial football management programs but it's immensely involving nevertheless. I wasted long hours of my youth playing games like this a decade or more ago, and after playing Santa Monica FC I've remembered why that was.
BY: Adam Barcezyiski WARE: Free
a. Ttmrvawssan 11 PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NO OF DISKS:
1 PRICE: £1 + 75p P&P Take control of your shoddy team and
build them up into world beaters, in true 8-hit management
Which a picture file can be dropped.
Pictlcon then creates a thumbnail representation of the image which is then used as the icon for the image file.
Pictlcon isn’t perfect. It depends on DataTypes so it takes a while to deal with Jpeg images, and the lack of even a simple graphical interface means that to get the most out of it you’ll need to alter the program ToolTypes on a regular basis, or else use Pictlcon via a command line.
However, it does what it does with the minimum of fuss, produces good results when properly configured and supports the New Icons system. In a program of this kind, you can’t hope for much more than that.
0 - End of an BY: Chris Seward WARE: Free . , PD LIBRARY: Amiga Heaven IPD NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: SAE and disk ack in the December issue of Amiga Format I reviewed the two- disk AIO Compilation 1 package which contained several back issues of the Amiga Information Online magazine. Since the magazine is distributed primarily via the Internet (the AIO website can be found at http: www.amiga1 .demon.co.uk aio ), the disks provided a way for those without a net connection to take a interesting magazine.
AIO -End, of an Era is a collection of issues 16-18, and the title refers to the fact that from issue 19 onwards (the December 1998 issue), the magazine will no longer be distributed in AmigaGuide format as it’ll have a flashy custom-written interface instead.
As with earlier issues, these are quite nicely put together with a selection of interesting and often informative articles. In issue 18, for instance, there’s a piece discussing the benefits of banging huge amounts of RAM into your Amiga, a selection of interesting websites (admittedly not much use to offline readers), and, says he somewhat bigheadedly, an excellently written review of AIO Compilation 1, reproduced from the pages of a rather fine publication called Amiga Format.
Each issue also features an interview with an Amiga programmer, Continued overleaf 4* so if you’re interested in the opinions of the folk behind software such as Adoom and IDEFix then you’d do well to take a look.
For Vapor's AmlRC. Called BlacklRC, it too makes use of Ml and provides features such as a singlewindow chat mode, letting you talk in several channels at once, without having to flick between lots of windows.
BlacklRC includes a video-conferencing plug-in to complement the pure text of traditional IRC.
There's also a Windows95 video-conferencing client so you can talk to PC folk.
An audio conferencing plugin for BlacklRC is promised later this year, which should make it possible for anyone with an AH -compatible sound hoard to chat online, and the audio quality should be better than that of a traditional telephone line.
BlacklRC isn't finished yet, but a beta version
0. 9 is currently available on Aminet. The completed program will
be Shareware, but with the registration fee being a paltry
US$ 13,1 should imagine that there'll be plenty of Amiga
netizens willing to splash out on it. For more details, check
out the website at B-Card+interlaced 1.0 BY: Bernard Cain
* 15p P&P B-Card has appeared in the pages of PD Select
before, but the author reckons this updated version improves
significantly on earlier releases, and to be honest I’d have
to agree with him.
B-Card is a business card creation program which, while not being the most sophisticated program ever written, is certainly more than capable of producing some quite impressive results. This latest version refines the program subtly in a number of ways and removes a couple of annoying limitations which were previously present. For example, you can now edit your cards properly when using the magnification tool.
The biggest change is that the program now runs in an interlaced screen mode. This means that the display can be a little flickery and unpleasant to work with for long periods, but it also means that more precise positioning of text and graphics is possible. Consequently, it’s now easier to retain tight control of how your cards will look when they’re printed out.
Those types of program are capable of producing similar results. However, as an eminently affordable means of producing business cards, it’s hard to fault B-Card.
You can change the background colour to shocking pink, provided you've got a colour printer.
Diamond Fever This is just what the world needs - another Arkanoid clone. But wait! This one has an added twist! It, erm, lets you control the ball. A bit. Ahem.
In Diamond Fever, instead of using a bat to control the ball as you bounce it off various coloured blocks, you can use a joystick to direct it.
The object of the game is still to remove all the coloured blocks from the screen, although that alone won't allow you to progress to the next level. The blocks protect diamonds and it's only you'll start with the ability to remove bricks of the colour in question, but should you accidentally catch a brush brick, you'll need to restart the level in order to complete it.
If all this sounds a tad confusing, rest assured that it's very easy to pick up. However, I did find Diamond Fever to be rather frustrating at times because catching a brush brick before you're ready to change colours is all too easily done. Still, if you like your puzzle games to be on the tricky side you'll enjoy this enormously, and with 100 levels it should certainly provide a long term challenge.
BY: Various WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 4- 75p P&P A minor upgrade has been released for users of STFax Pro. The v3.6 upgrade, available to registered users of the Amiga Format Gold-winning package, fixes a number of small bugs and enables the software to better handle corrupted fax files. It's available from the Haage & Partner website (at http: www.haage-partner.com) or through Active On Aminet there's a new version of Oliver Roberts' famous F1GP-Editor, which has been breathing new life into Geoff Crammond's wonderful racing game for more
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One of the biggest talking points online has been the appearance of a brand new IRC client which could finally provide some real competition when these have been removed that you can move on.
You must avoid colliding with tombstone bricks as these mean instant death. Furthermore, you can only remove one colour of brick at a time, but if you hit a brick marked with a brush icon, the colour which you can remove changes to match that brush.
Unfortunately, not all the colours of brick on a particular screen will be accompanied by an appropriately coloured brush. When this happens As with previous releases of B- Card, this isn’t going to appeal very much to folk who already own a decent desktop publishing package or a powerful word processor because Designer Exfranrd | VJCH XH i i . F ; c y t ? •• see: c«:t} COA&Ufi it I I 'ZQL&Jfl 1 ONLINE UPDATE OnMe Pack 32 his is a collection of ten games. The first, Noughts and Crosses Deluxe, is a simple one-player version of the ancient pencil-and- paper game. Wodsoft have done about as
good a job as they could in computerising this age-old game, but don't expect more than a few minutes of entertainment from it.
Black Hole is an odd little effort which runs on the Workbench. The object is to lure two alien spacecraft into a black hole with your nippy joystick-controlled vessel - not really my cup of tea, I'm afraid.
Party Game is billed as "The ultimate party game" by its creators, Dynamite Duo. All I can say is that if I was at a party where this was the best entertainment on offer, I wouldn't even sit around sifting through the host's record collection or lurk in the kitchen drinking someone else's beer. I'd be off quick as a flash.
In terms of skill demanded. Party Game ranks somewhere just below turning on a lightswitch - it really is completely undemanding, unstimulating and pointless.
Wriggle is an entertaining version of the old worm game in which the objective is to scoff food while avoiding running into obstacles. Here it's impossible to die by running into your own tail, but that's just as well because the game is controlled by the mouse and it's hard enough to get the hang of anyway.
Mini Arcanoid is a polished Breakout clone which runs on the Workbench screen. Yes, there have been a million and one virtually Games identical games over the years, but this is one of the better ones.
Euchre is a computerised version of a card game I confess I've never come across before. It's played with a 24-card deck by four players working in two teams. Then there's ProGammon, a competent version of backgammon.
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However, if you play it in the one player mode you'll soon be cursing the computer-controlled opponents who seem to have the ability to run their cycles right up to a wall before turning, thereby boxing you in.
Log, slightly disappointingly, is not a comical simulation of one man's struggle to shed his load the morning after a particularly fibrous meal. Instead, it's an AMOS-authored puzzle game in which the aim is to turn out all the lights on a grid. However, when you turn off one light, other lights around it are affected and may turn on or off accordingly. It's more interesting than it sounds, I can assure you... Finally, the disk is rounded off with a Workbench-friendly version of Hangman.
OnLine Games Pack 32 might not contain any programs which will set the world on fire, but there are some nice little versions of some classic games, and ten games for less than two quid can't be bad.
BY: Various WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Online PD NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: 75p + 75p P&P V-Clock 1.2 BY: Allan Versaevel WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 4- 75p P&P Have you ever lost track of the time when sitting in front of your Amiga? Have you ever fired up your net connection for a quick surf, only to glance at your Workbench clock some time later and find out you’ve been sat there for a good few hours? It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we’ve all done it.
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The BlizzardVisionPPC card plugs into a small slot on the BlizzardPPC accelerator card.
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There’s something distinctive about reviewing new phase 5 products. You open that little black cardboard case and reveal a gem; a circuit board of almost baroque elaboration filled with artfully laid tracks, baffling multi-layered design and enigmatically dark chips promising technological delights.
Phase 5 circuit boards seem more cutting edge; you can’t help feeling that anything this cyberpunk just has to be a really good upgrade. Then you get to the software installation.
ODD-SHAPED BOARD The BlizzardVisionPPC is an oddly- shaped board which plugs into a small slot on their BlizzardPPC accelerator cards - if you don’t have one, you can’t use it. It sticks out across the motherboard, over both the floppy power and LEL) cable headers, which can be accessed through a large hole in the middle of the board, and the clockport, which cannot. Until anyone comes up with a clockport extension, the BlizzardVisionPPC can’t be used with any clockport expansions.
The BlizzardVisionPPC is designed for A1200 tower use. It will fit into a desktop case, but how long it will work before overheating and causing system crashes is anyone’s guess. I did have such a set-up functioning perfectly, albeit with the trapdoor cover off and the top half of the case removed. The if can be s problematic piece of gear, but so is everything else that really pushes an A1200 motherboard.
Two small screws are supplied to help clamp the boards together, a necessary procedure as the socket suffers from what is technically known as ‘the ZX81 RAM-pack wobbles’. This caused me real problems with crashes until I figured out where the trouble was and made sure the screws were in tight.
A 10-way header on the board is connected via an IDC ribbon connector to a small sub-board, which carries a standard 15-way D-type monitor connector and a 4-pin socket for 3D shutter glasses. I was a little worried about having a video signal travelling down a long ribbon cable, but in practice there appear to be no noticeable adverse effects; the output is crystal clear and free of noise.
DOUBLE TROUBLE The first and most significant problem with the BlizzardVisionPPC becomes apparent at this point. You now have two video output sockets, the one on the BlizzardVisionPPC and the standard one on the Amiga. Graphic card output relies on retargeting screens from the Amiga’s internal hardware to the extra graphics card. In this case this is done 3D OR NOT 3D The Permedia 2 brings something new to the Amiga - accelerated 3D graphics. It has an integral maths processor capable of generating polygons much faster than even a fast PPC and can internally smooth, Gouraud shade and
generally beat them into rather gorgeous-looking shape. As it stands, a BlizzardVisionPPC will only add a couple of fps to Quake as CPU rendering the polygons is a bottleneck, but a hardware accelerated version would go a lot faster on the Permedia 2 and would look much, much nicer too.
The BlizzardVisionPPC is theoretically capable of 1 million polygons per second, making It more than twice as fast as a Nintendo 64. It also comes with some tasty features, such as per pixel perspective correction, fog and depth cueing, alpha blending and anti-aliasing.
The Permedia 2 has had some bad press among PC gamers, mainly due to poor software support. How well it does on the Amiga rather depends on the CyberGL and Warp3D systems, and the programs that will use them. Be sure that well cover this all in much more detail when there's something more to talk about.
With software called CyberGraphX.
Programs opened in a CyberGraphX screenmode will appear on the output from your BlizzardVisionPPC, but any that use an AGA screenmode will still be sent to the Amiga’s own video output.
You can use a mode promotion utility to force most software to open on a default screen, but there’s some software (notably older games) which won’t play ball. If you fancy a game of Speedball 2, you’ll have to plug a telly or 15KHz monitor into the back of your Amiga to see what’s going on. Of course, if you don’t use much old software which requires AGA you could always not bother - you won’t be picking AGA modes out of choice.
Before you can use your BlizzardVisionPPC you have to install the CyberGraphX software. Confusingly, when you’re asked which graphics card you have, you aren’t offered BlizzardVisionPPC as a choice. Of course, as this is basically the same as the CyberVisionPPC card you use the CvisionPPC driver, but I can’t help thinking that they could have at least changed the name. Once the software is installed, screenmode requestors will have a whole bunch of new CyberGraphX screenmodes, up to 800x600 in 24- bit (16.7 million colours) and 1600x1200 in 8-bit (for those lucky few with a monitor that can
actually draw that many dots!). You can edit these using a program called CGXmode, but it’s a fairly technical task and there are no instructions included.
This is well worth doing because unless you tweak your screenmodes you won’t get such good displays as the defaults are much too low. I pushed the 640x480 8-bit mode up from a decent 72Hz to a beautiful, rock solid 97Hz, I turned 1024x768 in 16-bit to 1024x768 in 24-bit and so on. The software really seems to have been rushed to get the hardware out quickly.
Once you finally get it working and optimised, you can sit back and enjoy.
BlizzardVisionPPC may have you cursing for a day and a half but it’ll have you humming a happy tune thereafter. If you haven’t seen an Amiga with a All tests were done using Jens Langer's P96 speed on the same ’040 25-based A1200, except for the reference system, an A4000t with an ’060 50 and a CV64 3D graphics card. All values are in relation to A to demonstrate speed increase in relation to a commonly used Workbench screenmode. The reference system, G, demonstrates some areas where CPU speed is a limit.
Standard benchmark disclaimers apply.
? A: AGA, 32-colour Multiscan ¦ B: AGA, 640x480 8-bit PAL H C: Bvision, 640x480 8-bit H D: Bvision, 800x600 16-bit ? D: Bvision, 1024x768 24-bit M F: Bvision, 1600x1200 8-bit ¦ G: CV64 3D, A4000t 060 graphics card before then it’s hard to explain just how much of an improvement it is, but look at the screenshots on this page to get some idea. Of course, what screenshots don’t tell you is how much faster it all is.
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screen. Workbench becomes more productive, word processors can use larger fonts for smoother text while displaying the same amount of words, and colourful high- resolution images can be worked on in your paint program without the brush trailing slowly behind your pointer. In short, everything runs faster and everything looks nicer.
BlizzardVisionPPC is a massive improvement over AGA, but is it the best option? There are other ways to go, such as a Zorro 2 or 3 busboard with a Zorro card, or the Ateo Concepts highspeed ISA busboard. Zorro 2 busboards are actually rather slow and lag behind the AteoBus considerably, but neither matches the BlizzardVision local bus, which appears to be about on par with the true Zorro 3 slots in an Amiga 4000.
In terms of hardware, nothing comes close. The BlizzardVisionPPC has a generous 8Mb of SGRAM memory, twice as much as the PicassoIV and a lot faster. The display chip is the Permedia 2, a much more advanced chip than those used in any other Amiga card. It has a 230MHz RAMDAC which means it can throw pixels at the screen very quickly indeed, and, of course, has 3D functions (see boxout).
Software is a bit more of an issue.
There are some things CyberGraphX software does very well and others it doesn’t do so well. For example, Intuition functions are better on boards using Picasso96 software. Here, however, there are also some anomalies. The benchmarks show a poor performance in the RectFill Pattern test, which is because the driver simply doesn’t take the hardware into account. The Permedia 2 should kill the opposition with things like this if its internal feature set was being properly used.
So there we have it - great hardware let down by unfinished software. It can be a problematic piece of gear, but so is everything else that really pushes an A1200 motherboard.
As this board is crippled by the software (or lack thereof), I ought to give it a low score. On the other hand, Warp3D drivers are due any day, phase 5 do get their software right in the end and even though it’s only showing half its power, it still kicks the opposition into the dust. Frankly, it would be churlish not to give it an AFGold. Buy one - your eyes will love you for it.
MANUFACTURER: phase 5 Digital Products A;..::?
SUPPLIER: Eyetech (01642) 713185 PRICE: £159.95 Pros and Cons Good price.
Great hardware.
Unfinished drivers.
Monitor problems.
OVERALL VERDICT: Great hardware which will get better and better as the software improves.
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Zorro Amigas.
SET AFCD37: Updated lOBlix drivers with EFP Zip drive support.
The Amiga’s ubiquitous serial and parallel ports allow connections to printers, modems, scanners, MIDI music boxes, samplers, joysticks, networks and more. If you’re serious about expansion, one of each is simply not enough.
Enter lOBlix, a Zorro 2 card supporting four fast buffered serial ports and two parallel ports built to the modern EPP bi-directional standard.
What’s more, the software recognises up to five cards in one Amiga, giving 20 serial and ten parallel channels, assuming you can find somewhere for all those cables and connectors.
LOBlix doesn’t stop there - three empty square sockets for FIFO buffers, four 20-way connector blocks and a baker’s dozen of uncommitted pins accommodate expansion daughterboards, with Ethernet modules, simple IDE ports and AHI sound in the works, plus a two-way Infra Red controller. So far these are vapour, but an early prototype of the sound add-on was on show at Cologne Messe and the prototype Ethernet unit was tested over the Christmas period.
Nominal top speed is 460,800 baud but you won’t manage that without errors unless you’re careful what else you do. Simultaneous transmission and reception at lOKper second is a reasonable expectation, far better than the motherboard port can manage in similar conditions.
Missed bytes are increasingly likely at speeds over 115,200 baud because Zorro 2 interrupt overhead means that heavy system activity, even on a 68060, can upset synchronisation. Hardware intensive operations, such as swapping or grabbing screens, may cause glitches at top speed, especially on reception.
My A4000’s ZMODEM data transfers peaked at 15,000 bytes per All this bundled software and parallel IP drivers too.
HARDWARE The lOBlix board is well made, using modern surface-mounted components, apart from the plug-in interfaces. The biggest widget on the board is the ST16C654, the latest in an LSI line of common to fast serial expansions from IOExtender to Port Plus.
This is a multiple serial and parallel controller with FIFO (first in, first out) buffers to collect data en route to and from the computer.
These chips were designed to prop up original IBM PC ports, which struggle to deliver a quarter of the performance of the Amiga’s original RS232C interface. 64-byte serial and 16- byte parallel buffers reduce over-runs and system interrupt overhead. The Them m made, using modem surface- mounted components, apart from the plug-in interfaces.
Second, in and out, using two copies of Term 4.3 and a serial Laplink cable from SER00 to SER01, at a nominal 460,800 baud. Fast transfers require short, good-quality shielded cables and the manual recommends no more than four metres for parallel and 10 metres for serial links.
Zorro interfacing is handled by 74F- series byte buffers and two little Lattice gate arrays, offspring of the PALs on older Zorro cards, clocked by a 20MHz crystal oscillator. There’s a row of tiny surface-mounted 1488 and 1489 line drivers, which are difficult to replace if dodgy cabling blows a port, and one socketed parallel port buffer.
Our unit came with four serial ports, SER00 to SER03, and one parallel port.
An additional cable and ST78C36 chip plugs in to enable PAROl. A bank of ten jumpers in eccentric order can enable printer autofeeding, power outputs and DTR on pin 20 if you’re using proper IO EXTENDER AF93 76% £69.95 MULTIFACE 3 AF93 71% £79.95 AF96 65% £299.95 SPIDER and cheap scanners made for PC parallel ports. It could be even better once the sound, Ethernet, IR and IDE add-ons arrive.
The brackets demand more thought. RBM’s manual concedes that “the huge number of IOBlix ports can make this difficult. We recommend to install only the required ports.” You’ll have to weigh this advice against your own mechanical set up, expansion requirements and plans. If you’re never going to need all those ports, a Multiface or lOExtender might be a more convenient solution, if you can find one. ® RBM are the newest stars of the German hardware scene.
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Web: http: we8comQ.tci wiij!: ek n iql i IL PRICE: IOBlix with one parallel and four serial ports, £99.95. Additional parallel port and buffer chip, £TBA.
Term manages input and output at over 10K per second.
Pros and Cons D All the peripheral ports you'll ever need.
Dfast, buffered two-way interface channels.
N Parallel port scanner and Zip drive support.
Dno room for all those 9-pin connectors.
OVERALL VERDICT: The basis of a powerful and general Zorro 2 sub-system.
25- way serial sockets. Most users can safely leave these at their default settings.
Ben found that PicassoIV and CyberStorm 2 clashed with IOBlix, as well as the Buddha and Catweasel. Apparendy it only affects that particular combination when used with Picasso’s flicker fixer so slot shuffling should cure it.
OPEN BRACKETS Besides the main Zorro card, with a blank end-plate, IOBlix came with five additional connectors, mounted on individual brackets, and a seventh empty end-plate with cutouts for one nine-pin and one 25-pin socket, into which you could transfer a serial and parallel connector. The parallel socket uses a 25-way D-type connector like the Amiga motherboard printer port, but the serial ports use 9-pin male D types, like later Pcs, or Amiga joystick sockets, rather than the familiar RS232C standard 25-pin male connector.
Amiga owners are unlikely to have enough empty card slots to fit all these brackets, and may begrudge the loss of slots or external access for other cards.
Other IO boards fit one nine and one 25-way connector onto the card edge, where IOBlix has just a blank end-plate, so you must sacrifice extra slots for each external connection. These could cap off cards with no external access (say Tandem, Buddha or a Zorro Catweasel) but it’ll be hard to use all the potential of IOBlix without extensive reboxing.
In the manual, RBM Computertechnik comment: ‘You will probably ask why there are no outlets for connectors on the IOBlix bracket itself: The answer is very easy: connectors mounted here would interfere with the components on the IOBlix an furthermore this place is reserved fro the outlets of the module ports on the IOBlix (sound, ethernet).” (sic.)
All these brackets plug into a row of six sockets along the top edge of the IOBlix Zorro card. The pin-out is commonly used on PC clones so you could get more economical end-plates, with one 25- and one 9-way, or a pair of 9-pin holes, for a quid or two from your local Wintel box shifter. However, the bracket stack shipped with IOBlix smacks of a job lot.
SOFTWARE IOBlix comes with software drivers on one floppy disk and ten A4 pages of documentation, translated from German and clearly illustrated. Both software and documentation are creditable, with standard Workbench installers and a confidence-building ‘testlOBlix’ icon and command that checks out the hardware and reports on what it finds. Commodore settings are taken as the default, augmented by protocol parameters like COPY SER01:31250 8N1X. There’s no IOBlix is the latest in a rich vein of 10 Expansion units from Zorro developers. It's worth re-reading the old reviews if you want to know
more about the ramifications of serial and parallel expansion on Zorro Amigas. GVP's lOExtender, via Power Computing, is based on a single 16C552 chip, giving one parallel and one 9-pin serial connector as standard, with connections for a second serial port if required. Performance resembles that of IOBlix, though expansion potential is more limited.
BSC's Multiface 3 is based on older Motorola chips, which have less buffering but have automatic hardware serial handshaking so data shouldn't be lost even while interrupts are disabled. This can give the Multiface 3 the edge, even though its top speed is only 115,200 baud, and its buffer is so tiny it has a tendency to take over the system, rather than vice versa. The Multiface has the best parallel port software, including custom Parnet and Epson GT scanner drivers.
For ports alone, the leading contender was once the Spider from Zeus Electronic Development GmbH, via Golden Image, but a brace of lOBIixes works out cheaper and offers better throughput, if you can find somewhere on your Amiga to put all the serial sockets.
Preference GUI. Updates are on the website at http: www.rbm.de You get standard serial and parallel devices, compatible with programs that open ports through the system, plus “ioblixepp.device” for PC-type extended parallel port peripherals which require higher level software support, like Zip or scanner drivers.
The package includes undocumented terminal libraries with custom support for Zmodem transfers and the excellent Freeware SERmouse system driver for PC-type serial pens, pads and mice. NSDpatch redirects programs calling for standard serial and parallel devices to IOBlix units. MIDI music programs and Parnet drivers that hit the metal aren’t supported.
CONCLUSION IOBlix makes good use of a Zorro slot and if you need more ports, or faster ones, it’s the best option around. The software is good, with early bugs fixed, and it’s now only limited by old Amiga programs that bash the metal or are unaware of PC-type EPP peripherals.
The latest version supports Zip drives THE RIVALS it Hypercom in disguise?
Comes to the A1200, or is Isfffi!mm Gsocroci investigates.
The A1200 may not come with Zorro as standard, but a strange twist of fate left it with a secret expansion port, of sorts. Under the keyboard, there is a small removable section of the metal shield over the RAM chips. Commodore were originally going to ship the A1200 with 1Mb of chip RAM, this removable section giving space for the other 1Mb to be added.
Don't get them mixed up! The top one is the parallel port and the bottom one is the serial port.
When they decided on 2Mb as standard, they left part of the original chip RAM header in place, to be used as a port for a real-time clock. Third party add-on manufacturers have tried every conceivable way of jamming more functionality into the A1200, and that little clock port has been used for.things that the original designers never dreamed of.
It’s those few spare data ,_ lines that allow RBM to produce an A1200 version of their lOBlix I O card, albeit a cut-down one. The lOBlix A1200 comes in two shades: the A1200s for serial and the A1200p for parallel.
The serial version uses a 16650 fast UART chip, theoretically capable of
1. 5Mbps, so finding anything to keep up with it would be quite a
The Parallel board has a pretty tasty 7836 EPP ECP driver chip which should be capable of 2Mb s. Both boards are small enough to fit easily onto the clock port, a job of about 10 minutes (half that if you have a tower). Software installation is well automated and easy and NSDPatch is supplied for legal device redirection to allow transparent connected, along with other clock port expansions. We haven’t actually tested one of these splitters yet, but in theory this answers the problem of not being able to use both boards, and may help out space-wise as well Bbb _ since the Bvision | M card
intrudes on m clock port | territory. However, this 4-way adaptor will add another £20 to the equation.
The question is whether the quality makes up for price. Head to head it may seem that there’s not much separating the Hypercom and lOBlix serial cards but price. Both provide more speed than you’re likely to need, with much )( ) There's a little too much riding
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Consistently impressed me... k ) L ) there’s a small header on the board ready for an IrDA adaptor, an Infra Red serial standard widely used in palmtops and digital cameras. The second advantage is a rather more obscure bonus. Hypercom cards have | problems with some of the flakier A1200 motherboard Ifiib revisions, while the LOBlix cards worked ® flawlessly in a ld4 motherboard that hates Hypercom with a vengeance, even when it was loaded up with other addons. Maybe it’s just luck, but the lOBlix cards seem more stable than the Hypercom cards. That alone could well be worth the price
PACEY PARALLEL The lOBlix A1200p is a full EPP ECP parallel interface, compatible with the current standard in the PC world. It’s theoretically up to four times faster than the Hypercom port (but don’t expect printing to speed up too much as processor power is more of an issue), and is compatible with many modern devices the Amiga normally can’t use.
The install disk comes with drivers to allow you to connect a parallel Zip drive and there’s promise of support for cheap but fast ECP parallel scanners. As ScanQuix and lOBlix come from the same company, we can be reasonably confident that this will actually appear.
There’s a little too much riding on future add-ons for my liking, but the Now you know where to shove It. If you can change a fuse, you can install an IOBiix1200.
% TWO INTO ONE The most obvious problem is that you can only fit one clock port board at a time. Alternatively, the Hypercom 3 PortPlus supplies both serial and parallel more cheaply than buying both lOBlix boards. However, RBM are producing a 4-way clock port expander which will allow both boards to be replacement of the internal ports.
Lower CPU overheads than the internal port. You may never find anything that can keep up, but either will let you use your modem at 56K without problems and will download images from your digital camera as fast as it is capable.
As it turns out, there are other advantages of the lOBlix card. Firstly, SUPPLIER: Eyetech (01642) 713185 PRICE: £49.95 REQUIREMENTS: A1200 with compatible clock port OVERALL VERDICT: Pricey but high quality fast serial adaptor, and the IrDA option is extremely tempting.
A1200S % lOBlix cards have consistently impressed me so far. Hopefully the 4-way adaptor will work, the IrDA adaptor will see the light of day and lots of drivers will be written. Until then, it’s hard to say whether the lOBlix cards are luxury versions of the Hypercom, or if the Hypercom is a poor man’s lOBlix.
A1200p SUPPLIER: Eyetech (01642) 713185 PRICE: £49.95 REQUIREMENTS: A1200 with compatible clock port OVERALL VERDICT: Superb additional parallel port, but there's nothing to really take advantage of it yet.
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AmigaWriter can export RTF files and can import them too, but its implementation isn't complete and some formatting gets lost along the way. Even so, it's still better than having to completely reformat plain ASCII text and I fully anticipate improvements to this module by the time version 2 comes out.
As it says, but there's no facility for endnotes at the moment.
To work, this is definitely a bad thing.
Although vl.2 comes with some sort of spell checking, using Ispell, it isn’t implemented in a way in which I can make use of - the menu has all the spell checking items ghosted and there are no buttons on the interface that can be clicked. However, v2 promises to have an integrated spell checker that works.
AmigaWriter is pretty fast and has a simple text layout. It can keep up with my typing speed with no effort at all (60 wpm), and even people who have quite a high typing rate have reported no problems on an '060. Unfortunately, as soon as you put text or graphic boxes on the page, things become treacle-like, just as with other Amiga graphical word processors. Worse yet, if you’re one of those people who likes their page uncluttered by boxes and text marks, you’ll have a hard time with the Amiga Writer bug which leaves the boxes on the page even if you’ve asked for them to be turned off.
You can get around it by selecting the boxes one by one with the box cursor, then de-selecting them, but you shouldn’t have to. The lack of an undo function for almost anything is also worrying and will mean that the more fumble-fingered among you will have a hard time with the package.
Instead of using delete, I would recommend that cut, copy and paste are used instead - at least you’ll get one undo with them. However, make sure this is only used for text right now since the program won’t cut, copy or paste images at the moment.
It does have a really neat way of linking text boxes together where you can draw out arrows from each box to link it to another.
AmigaWriter is pretty fast and has a simple text layout It can keep up with my typing ieecf with no effort at all... spee Unfortunately, you need to use this method quite a lot to achieve what would be fairly simple effects in a DTP package or one of the more veteran word publishers.
For instance, drop capitals have to be done completely by hand, and because each box can only allow for one style of word wrap, you have to ensure that only one box is overlapping another. This is a cause for headaches if ever there was one, especially if you intend to do anything more adventurous with the package. There’s also no shaped word wrap to follow the contours of an image, and it’s hard to set the distance at which text runs around another box.
AmigaWriter does have a very clean interface. Its buttons are well laid out and clear as to their function. However, there are a few missing, such as a magnify button that would allow you to zoom in on a particular area of the page and a spell check button.
Also, some of the buttons are still in German, although their help text isn’t.
I might be familiar with using Fett and Kursiv to mean Bold and Italic, but most English speakers won’t be, so replacing the F and the K with B and I would be very useful to them.
However, there are a great many things about AmigaWriter which are very nice, not least of which is the method of setting screen DPI. This is done by using a common 3.5” floppy disk to set the scale of text on your screen and works much better than asking people to measure from corner to corner on their monitor screens. You’ll only need to do this for each screenmode you intend using AmigaWriter on, but it’s this kind of real world touch that a great many other developers could learn from in order to make their software more accessible.
All you do is match the size of the window on-screen with the size of a floppy disk and AmigaWriter then works out what screen DPI your monitor is currently displaying. ® SUPPLIED BY: Active Software (01325) 460116 h I:-n c ti va-n s i. co.uk PRICE: £49.95 REQUIREMENTS: Hard drive Pros and Cons Free upgrade once finished.
Good style sheets.
Open, modular concept.
No undo.
As German product names explore Weirdsville, §0ffiD®m gets to grips with the Rombler MIDI add-on for Prelude.
DIY enthusiasts may recall Christian Buchner’s Aminet project, revamped by CU Amiga, which dangled one of these synths onto the Amiga’s back panel.
Rombler is similar in concept but fits inside the Amiga, with signals and sound routed through the Zorro version of ACT’s Prelude sound card.
.. Momti quality & first rate, the signals are automatically mixed and the processor overhead is quite low... Romber Rombler is another add-on board for the Prelude Sound Card from Albrecht Computer Technik. Like MPEGit, reviewed in the last issue of AF, Rombler plugs into the feature connector on the end of the Zorro version of Prelude. However, it’s not that simple.
Rombler extends Prelude with MIDI input and output, plus links for a high-quality, single-board synthesiser with DSP effects, such as a Yamaha DB50XG, Roland SCM55 or WaveBlaster CT190.
It won’t work with integrated PC sound cards, like the DB60XG, which combine the synth hardware with a SoundBlaster or compatible sampling chip set. It needs an add-on card made to fit the 26-way ‘feature connector’ of a SoundBlaster, rather than all-in-one PC ISA or PCI products.
HARDWARE The Rombler comes in three small pieces, plus the optional synthesiser card. A narrow circuit board with two connectors braces signals from the Prelude feature connector to the main Rombler interface, which fits at the end of the Prelude, filling space at the front of the Amiga’s Zorro slot.
The synthesiser card flops face down on top of this assembly. A lead from the main Rombler board snakes back to an extra card edge bracket for external MIDI connections.
Try as I might, this assembly wouldn’t fit my old-model, 7-slot MicroniK tower, so I squeezed it into my A4000 desktop. An additional back panel output is needed for the bracket carrying the external MIDI connector, a PC-gameport 15-way D-type socket, previously unknown on the Amiga.
A cheap adaptor, which isn’t included but is available from PC specialists, converts this into 5-pin DIN sockets on flying leads. An illustrated three page A5 guide explains assembly and installation.
MIDI data passes over the Zorro bus to a couple of buffered serial interface chips, and then to the external MIDI ports or internal WaveTable synthesiser.
Audio is output to the AUX1 channel of Prelude’s built-in stereo mixer, otherwise reserved for CD-ROM audio.
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a serial standard for connecting and controlling audio synthesisers. WaveTable sound cards implement a set of General MIDI standard instruments so musos can be confident that their opus will resemble the original when replayed on disparate hardware.
WAVETABLES AND GENERAL MIDI In practice, there's a big difference between the best and worst implementations of an 'instrument', especially where the original acoustic is subtle and familiar, like a piano, guitar or saxophone. It takes expert sequencing, as well as a good synthesiser, to make these sound realistic.
WaveTable synths use a mixture of sampled sounds, stored in a 4Mb ROM, and additive synthesis, mixing calculated wave shapes. The Yamaha card can play up to 32 sounds in 16 distinct voices at a time.
Besides the 128 standard General MIDI sounds and drum set you get a Roland GS mode which emulates a TG300 synthesiser with 579 voices and 10 drum sets, plus Yamaha's XG extensions, with 11 drum kits and 480 instruments.
The XG mode is compatible with Yamaha MU50 and MU80 MIDI expanders, which have earned an impressive reputation at much higher prices than the DB50XG board.
The card includes a stereo Digital Signal Processor which dollops reverberation, chorus, tremolo, panning, phasing, flanging, delay, tone or distortion onto the synthesised mix. All parameters are under MIDI control so you can sequence changes just like individual notes.
The DB50XG manual lists 25 pages of MIDI controls and parameters. Its demo CD holds sequencer files in .MID format that you can edit in Amiga sequencers or play straight from your CD drive via PlayMF.
The narrow bridge board attaches Rombler to the end of Prelude.
The synthesiser card flops face down above ACT's assembly.
CAMD SOFTWARE The software supplied with the Rombler is built around the CAMD standard, born at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, and later adopted as Commodore's belated response to the pressure on the Amiga's built-in serial port. This struggled with the MIDI 31250 baud rate on original 16-bit Amigas and needed special metal-banging software like midi.device, or worse, to ensure reliable working.
Now we have much faster Amigas and a choice of add-on serial ports, it's a pity classic sequencing software is still coded for an unexpanded A500. Unfortunately, Sequencer One, Dr T's KCS, Music X, OctaMED and most of the MIDI tools on Aminet focus on Commodore's old serial hardware.
The only commercial music package supporting CAMD is Deiuxe Music II. Amiga Vision was another early adopter and there's an experimental driver for Bars and Pipes. Euterpe and the recent sequencer Camouflage both support CAMD (so far only in German), as will the forthcoming release 10 of Samplitude Opus, and the much heralded Tales of Tamar.
CAMD is on Aminet, AFCD37 and Amiga Tech's Developer CD. It incorporates many nice ideas like time stamps, MIDI filter programs which intercept passing data, adjustable buffers and multiple interfaces, but it's still a bit buggy.
The CAMD preferences program can directly input and output to any port with a driver in DEVS;MIDI. Drivers exist for internal serial, PPS, Prelude and PicassolV expansion ports. The SAVE option is unreliable, but we got it working after a few tries.
PlayMF is a non-nonsense CAMD MIDI file player. Fireworks and PianoMeter interpret MIDI data graphically, animating rockets or piano keys respectively as data is sent or received through CAMD. CAMD interacted badly after YAM was opened on a custom AGA screen, causing display glitches during replay. This could be a problem with YAM, CAMD, MU or Kickstart 3.1, but it didn't upset any other software.
ASSESSMENT ACT have struggled to fit a quart into a pint pot. The Rombler is a nice idea, turning Prelude into a one-stop music centre, but the decision to shoehorn a PC MIDI adaptor and synthesiser card into the same Zorro slot is pushing the bounds of the practical.
Once you’ve got the software and hardware installed, the sound quality is first rate, the signals are automatically mixed and the processor overhead is quite low, but those extra components like wavetable synthesis, MIDI and digital effects don’t quite gel with the rest of the Amiga.
There’s no way to record the digital synth output without looping it back into Prelude’s analogue inputs, and no access to the digital effects for anything except WaveTable sound; you can’t use tmvniiH-?
¦A ; ||lVty- fgra'*%* s A lead from the main Rombler board runs to the bracket for external MIDI connections.
Them to process your own recordings, or enhance Prelude’s sample playback.
The MIDI output shares the same port as the WaveTable card but you can get around this by assigning distinct channels to internal and external instruments. However, when CAMD supports many ports it’s a shame Rombler adds only one.
The CAMD software is the logical way to add MIDI beyond the Amiga motherboard, but it arrived late in the development of most Amiga MIDI packages, which persist in banging the internal serial port and ignoring addons. So far it’s better served by hardware than software vendors.
PlayMFdoes the job and PianoMeter and Fireworks add some welcome eye candy to the MIDI experience, demonstrating the potential of CAMD.
However, if you’re running an existing MIDI setup, you’ll probably need to make changes to accommodate the Rombler approach.
If you own a Zorro Prelude, MPEGit may be better for the feature adaptor, especially if you’re more interested in replaying existing tracks than making or editing your own. If MIDI and true hi-fi are your oyster, Rombler could help to turn your Amiga into a creative recording workstation.
Either way, Rombler demonstrates that ACT see Prelude as much more than just another AHI platform.
SUPPLIER: Albrecht Computer Technic, Seth 2 - 21769 Lamstedt, Germany. Telephone: +49 4773 891073. Fax: +49 4773 891072.
Email: aibrecht@act-inet.com. Web: fott®: www,act-riet.com. PRICE: £32 (approx) Pros and Cons n Excellent sound quality from the Yamaha synth module.
N Ingenious hardware design at a reasonably low price.
? CAMD limits the third-party MIDI software support.
? A tight squeeze in a Zorro slot, but it does fit - just!
OVERALL VERDICT: Anyone for a genuinely hi-fi music centre?
Making sense of tomorrow REVEALED!The top 50 ideas innovations and discoveries of the 21st century ORLY £2j60 How to tell the most outrageous lies - and get away with it Tall stories cut down to size How you can take part in the search for ET that Umm, "sentance"? Even if I got the question wrong. I'd still have a smug sense of superiority... This bit for working out a stopping distance is handy, but what about when it's wet?
If it wasn’t for the spelling mistakes and the annoying fatal error requestor, I’d have no hesitation in giving it top marks. As it is, it’s still very good and invaluable if you need it, but I’d say it’s just a pass.
SUPPLIED BY: Epic Marketing (0500) 131486 REQUIREMENTS: AGA machine with some fast RAM PRICE: £14.99 R Works well straight away.
Good range of questions.
Looks great.
Annoying spelling mistakes.
Not much of a revision topic is it? It doesn't really tell you anything.
Anyway, I decided to take a look at Epic’s latest offering for budding learner drivers and I have to say that I’m quite impressed. You get a single CD that you can bung in your drive and fire up. Then all you need to do is double click on the Driving Theory icon contained within and you’re away.
REVVING UP Although the program makes use of a Hi Res Lace screen mode, the flicker isn’t bad at all and the added screen real estate makes it very worthwhile.
You’ll get a “fatal” error when you start the program for the first time (and thereafter, if you don’t save your As a non-driver, it might seem strange that I should be taking this test, but I asked myself who was more likely to be doing so - me or someone who’d already passed?
I know a lot of drivers who probably wouldn’t pass the test if they took it now, but they’ve honed their skills of tailgating, using the fog light inappropriately and road rage to the kind of degree where perhaps you wouldn’t want them to anyway. Instead, you just hope that they’ll get involved in accident.
So, ovet I then, a r:mc - ing title for budding learner drivers getting to grips with their cars and exams... ©©m should be lookin car ahead, instead of his Ami settings) that isn’t fatal at all, and somewhat unnecessary unless your default settings absolutely have to be 187 questions within five minutes.
The questions themselves are a database of the six hundred used by the proper driving test board, so you should be familiar with them by the time you actually take your exam. However, the ones the board use probably don’t have any spelling mistakes in them, such as “saftey”, “sentance” and “vehciles”, but these are simply typos, although I fully expect to see them corrected for the next revision of this software - it’s inexcusable to ship a title with such obvious mistakes.
Don’t expect this program to help you much with learning your Highway Code as you’ll still need a book for that.
This program is purely a test of your knowledge of the Highway Code - it won’t even tell you precisely which questions you got wrong, or what the correct answers are, just what categories you got questions wrong in.
The revision part of the program isn’t overly developed either. Although you might think it would have things like road signs, hand signals and the like in it, it only has national speed limits, stopping distances (admittedly with a handy way of working them out) and an almost useless guide to the colours of traffic lights.
SMOOTH RUNNING The fact that this program worked immediately when I put the CD in the drive, and that it’s been tested on a fairly wide range of machines so that it’s likely to work with yours, should mean that it’ll be a success. The sounds are something else too, and something that the author has obviously enjoyed doing, although they can get on your nerves after a while.
So, overall then, a cracking title for budding learner drivers getting to grips with their cars and exams - cars only though, as there are no motorcycle questions in this program.
ANATOMY OF MAGELLAN 2 two listers, copying files from Aminet to the hard drive.
The bottom window is the FileType editor, configuring a Picture FileType. The icon position preferences are set to display disk icons down the left side of the screen and Applcons along the bottom.
A customised Opus Workbench. The backdrop is picked at random on each reboot and the toolbar at the top is a button bank to launch programs. Just below this on the right are three start menus. The two windows near the top are in Icon and Icon Action modes, and below these are lot more power waiting for you. An Opus lister can be displayed in one of three modes. Icon mode works just like Workbench and is 100% compatible, but with several useful extras. Name mode shows a sorted listing of files and directories like other file managers have done, the difference being that you aren’t restricted to
two static windows - you can open listers wherever and whenever you want. Double-click on the Workbench background to open a new lister and the default setup opens in Name mode with a list of devices and assigns in the window. This is much faster than double-clicking through several drawers on Workbench.
Although the default configuration has a bank of buttons for the usual copy and delete functions, etc, this is pretty redundant. Name mode listers have a install 5.5 first and then update it to Magellan II. It’s no big deal having to run two installers, but it would have been better if a single installer took care of the whole operation. I mentioned this to GP Software and the next run of disks may have a single installer.
To get the full power of the program, you need to install it as a Workbench Replacement. This isn’t as dramatic for your system as it sounds as all your standard Workbench files are left intact and you can still get into a standard Workbench by holding a shift key when booting, although you’ll soon wonder why you ever wanted to.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS Rebooting after installation reveals a Workbench with very few apparent changes, but behind the scenes there’s a Amiga file managers have been around for almost as long as the Amiga, getting more powerful with each new release. From the humble beginnings of programs like Dux and DirUtil grew such classics as SID2 and Directory Opus 4. All of these shared the same basic layout of two file windows and a bank of buttons.
As they grew in power they gained file recognition and the ability to view files or run programs by doubleclicking them. At the same time, the Amiga's own file manager, Workbench, was gaining features and power. With hindsight, it was inevitable that someone would work to combine the two into a single, powerful GUI with the best features of both Workbench and the file managers. That’s what happened a few years ago with Directory Opus 5 and, after several upgrades, Opus Magellan II adds even more features, power and speed to Workbench.
Magellan II, like its predecessor, is a full Workbench replacement.
Rather than running it as a separate program on its own screen and switching to it whenever you need to copy, delete or view files, it forms an integral part of the familiar Workbench environment, adding its power and ease of use to all Workbench operations.
Ms an integral part the familiar Workbench environment, adding its power and ease of use... INSTALLATION Magellan II is available as an update to the previous versions, and first time buyers get a set of Opus 5.5 disks and the Magellan II update disk. They need to WHAT'S NEW New features for Magellan If include: FILETYPES AND AREXX One of the most powerful features of Opus, further enhanced in Magellan, is its FileType recognition. It comes with a large selection of pre-defined FileTypes, and new ones can be added and existing ones modified through its FileType editor. For each FileType you
may define actions to be performed on double-click, control double-click, drag and drop and user functions. You may also define the default icon image to be used in Icon and Icon Action modes.
In any of the display modes, a popup menu appears when you press the right mouse button on the file name or icon. This menu contains standard commands that you may add to for each FileType. For example, the double click action of the ILBM FileType is to show it with Opus’ internal viewer, but graphics card owners would probably change this to another viewer and add menu items to load the image into Ppaint, ImageFX, ImageStudio or all three.
Anything you can do directly with Opus can also be done through its Arexx interface. Don’t worry if you don’t know Arexx as there are many scripts already available to add features and power.
The ArcDir script makes LhA and LZX archives behave as if they were directories. Double-clicking on an archive displays the contents in the lister and these can be copied, viewed or deleted like any other file. Copying files into the lister adds them to the archive. Dragging an archive into another lister unpacks it into that lister with no need for scripts or buttons.
H Listers use proportional fonts and have inline editing of file names.
H Themes to customise the appearance of Workbench.
M Outline and shadow fonts for icon text.
M Configurable screen title to show system and other information.
S Support for long file names (up to 107 characters}.
¦ Sound events.
¦ Improved button banks and start menus with sub menus and active popups.
¦ Enhanced FileType identification and matching.
H Faster icon displays.
M Newlcon information requestor with the ability to change icon parameters and edit the images.
¦ Completely new FTP module to integrate remote sites into Workbench.
Toolbar across the top of each lister covering the main functions; user- configurable, of course, with a menu of other operations. Almost everything about a Name mode lister is configurable, from the information listed for each file and the order they’re listed in to the size, colour and placement of the lister. In addition to the default settings, you can have custom setups for specific directories.
The third display mode is Icon Action. This has an icon display like Workbench but with many of the features of Name mode, such as lister toolbars and menus. Drag and drop is fully supported for copying and moving files and, as with everything else, if you don’t like the default actions you can change them.
Unlike Workbench, Opus is fully multi-threaded. Try copying a file from a floppy disk with Workbench and you’ll have to wait for it to finish before you can use any other Workbench windows. With Opus, only the listers involved in the copy are affected - all of the others continue to work.
New for Magellan II is the ability to save out a set of background, sound, font and colour settings as a Theme.
THEMES I doubt many people still use a four- colour, grey and blue Workbench, so it’s good to know that Magellan users can customise most visual aspects of their Workbench. Separate background images for the Workbench, listers and requestors are configurable, and Opusw&X pick a different random backdrop each time it starts, if you wish. Sounds can also be attached to various events and an audible warning of errors, or when long processes such as FTP file transfers are completed, is useful.
THE WORLD ON YOUR WORKBENCH The FTP module has been completely overhauled. Any FTP site can be opened in a lister as if it was a drive on your machine. There’s no need for any special FTP commands and you can set the default behaviour for FTP listers, as well as the specific parameters for each site.
The ability to copy entire directories, along with the option to only copy files newer than those in the destination window, makes updating a website as easy as opening two listers, pressing Select All and then Copy.
Set a sound sample to play when FTP copies finish and you don’t even have to wait to see when it’s finished.
It’s also possible to execute scripts on FTP events, such as taking your TCP stack offline when the copy is finished.
New for Magellan II is the ability to save out a set of background, sound, font and colour settings as a theme. These can be reloaded and changed without affecting other aspects of your setup.
There’s also an Arexx script to convert existing Windows themes to the Opus format, so now you can make your Workbench look and sound like your favourite TV show, film, sport or whatever.
BUTTONS, MENUS AND MORE Opus supports button banks, but these are a far cry from the old text-based buttons. Icons can be used for buttons, with added backgrounds, and each button may have as many actions as you wish. The first three are handled by the mouse buttons and the rest by a popup menu. An action can be to run an Opus command on the current lister, start a program or open another lister.
Start menus provide another easy way of running programs. Each start menu can have up to three levels of options, providing a wide range of actions at the cost of very little Workbench space.
User menus can be added to the Workbench title bar and for each menu you may define as many options and sub options as will fit on your screen.
This makes programs like ToolManager and ToolsDaemon unnecessary.
Opus Magellan is a powerful program, with a huge range of configuration options. This has a price in that to get the most from it requires some effort from the user if they want to set it up to suit their own needs - as the saying goes, there’s no gain without pain.
However, an initial setup that demonstrates more features would be a better starting point than the current one. If you want to just copy a file from A to B then this isn’t necessarily for you
- it would be like using a Porsche to go to the supermarket. If
you want to improve the speed and efficiency of your Workbench
in a way that suits your needs, though, this is the way to go.
The upgrade price from the previous version is a little higher than expected, but there’s nothing that can compare, on the Amiga or any other platform. The answer to the question has to be that it’s well worth it.
UK SUPPLIER: Compute! 0181 3031800.
PRICE: £49.99 (upgrade from Magellan; £34.99) inc P&P.
REQUIRES: OS 2.1 and 2Mb RAM.
TESTED ON: A4000 060 PPC and A4000 ‘040.
Pros and Cons nit's now completely configurable.
NMuch faster to use than Workbench.
N FileTypes and Arexx allow almost unlimited expansion.
? Needs some effort to get the most from its configuration options.
OVERALL VERDICT: Well worth having.
Once you've used it, you'll never want to go back to Workbench again.
KJ DopuS ObaflD GtoKsrnMs examines the first add-on for Opus Magellan ll.
After you’ve read the review of Opus Magellan you’ll see I really rate it, and if you haven’t read it, go and do so right now. Dopus Plus is a support CD, described as The Essential Companion to Opus Magellan II, but is it really essential, and just how good is it?
Opus Magellan II comes with a comprehensive manual so this CD isn’t really essential. You can install, configure and use Opus using the manual alone, but Opus is a powerful program with a lot of features and options. Dopus Plus contains a set of tutorials, covering the full range from information for new users to reference documentation for those wishing to program add-on modules in Arexx or C. SOU;.
Fun Stuff The starting point for the tutorials.
DOPus Plus isn't absolutely essential but it does contain a huge amount of information, scripts, themes, etc... The basic tutorials cover things like upgrading from earlier versions and how to use the new features of Magellan II in step by step fashion, taking up from where the manual stops.
The next section goes on to cover the more advanced aspects of Opus. In many cases the same topics are covered in both sections, the first one showing you how to set them up and use them, with the Advanced section covering the SUPERFLUOUS GLITZ?
Themes are a major addition to Magellan II but there's no space on the disks for any samples. Dopus Plus contains several themes ready to load into Opus, along with many more Windows themes that may be converted with the ConvertTheme command.
This converts the .theme files into Opus format but makes no changes to the image and sound files. These are usually in JPEG, GIF and WAV formats and there's an Arexx script supplied to convert these to native Amiga image and sound files. The RndTheme script can be used to have your Amiga display a different theme each time it starts up.
The theme index shows thumbnails of each theme's backdrop, displaying the complete picture when you click on a thumbnail. Once again the theme index is in HTML, to be viewed in your favourite browser. There are vast numbers of Windows themes on the Internet that can be downloaded and converted, so Internet users may feel there's less need for this CD, but with over 300Mb of themes on this CD, that's a lot of time saved in searching and downloading.
More in-depth and powerful aspects of the features. Handy tips are liberally sprinkled throughout all of the tutorials.
The tutorials are presented in HTML, ready to be viewed in a web browser. You " don’t need an ?sss Internet connection to use this and there’s a choice of browsers on the CD.
You may install the CD, which adds a program group to Workbench and asks for your choice of browser. This doesn’t copy the tutorials to your hard drive and you still need the CD in the drive to use them, but it does make them more accessible.
CODING The Arexx tutorial provides a comprehensive tour of the Arexx capabilities of Opus, going into far more detail than the manual could.
There are plenty of examples of • individual functions and a number of complete scripts too. This was originally written as an AmigaGuide and converted to HTML, and it shows in places - you may need to fiddle with your browser’s font settings to be able to read it without having to scroll the page sideways.
The original AmigaGuide version is also supplied in case you would prefer to use this. The content is the same; only the layout has changed.
For the real power user there’s a guide to programming modules in C, along with the Opus Software Development Kit (SDK). This guide is also converted from AmigaGuide with the original on the CD, so the above comments apply.
THERE'S MORE The final section is a miscellaneous collection of information, hints and tips, things that wouldn’t fit into any of the previous categories. I’ve been using Opus intensively for over two years, but I still managed to find new things in here. The Aminet drawer contains all the files from the biz dopus section of Aminet, with 135 archives containing Arexx scripts, FileTypes, icons and more. There are several more scripts and FileTypes in the Enhancements drawer. If none of the icons or backdrops suit your needs, there’s even a copy of Ppaint to enable you to make your own.
The original question asked whether this was really essential, and how good it was. Dopus Plus isn’t absolutely essential but it does contain a huge amount of information, scripts, themes and other useful files. Much of what is on here can be found on the net, but that assumes you have a net connection, that you don’t pay your own phone bill and that you know where to look. As an all-in-one resource for Opus Magellan II users, Dopus Plus is well worth serious consideration.
Each set of themes has a thumbnail index.
UK SUPPLIER: Compute! 0181 3031800 PRICE: £24.99 REQUIRES: Directory Opus Magellan II, OS 3.0+ for the browsers TESTED ON: A4000 060 PPC and A4000 '040 Pros and Cons n Clear, easy to follow tutorials with plenty of examples.
NMany themes so you can change the look of your Workbench.
+ A complete collection of Opus- related files and information.
? Apart from the tutorials, much of this CD is on the net.
OVERALL VERDICT: A useful collection of information and files.
Not essential, but very useful.
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KeybS IT pj i I 3 5 t TTMO 1' 12 13 l» B ij M STS FF FLOY STOP !t»j FF I Song Nane: BOY RRCE8.NID Events Used! 886386 Events Free: 292788 Sequencer One »»»»»»;¦»» » » PLUS When it comes to making music on the Amiga, you can either use a tracker-based program or a midi sequencer. Let’s assume that, like me, you can’t use a tracker to save your life. What software do you choose? The favourite was Music X, then there’s always Bars & Pipes Pro.
Music X and Bars & Pipes are no more and you won’t get support for them, or a detailed manual. For me, Sequencer One + was the only choice, and what’s more, it’s still on sale and support for it is growing.
The graphics aren’t state of the art but it more than makes up for this with its ease of use and flexibility. Although it’s nearly six years old it supports hard drives, extra RAM and faster processors.
Just create a drawer on your hard drive, drag it there and save the set up. Next time you want to use it you can simply open it from Workbench.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR There are 5 main screens within Sequencer One + and I’ll briefly take you through them all. The Track screen is nicely set out with 32 numbered tracks to the left, current track rec. indicator, mute icon, MIDI channel number, or L R Amiga audio channels. If 32 tracks aren’t enough, you can always link another Amiga with an additional copy of Sequencer One+ for 64 tracks. I’ve never actually used all 32 so there’s plenty of room.
On the track screen, just click with the mouse on the track space and enter your choice of track name.
The controls are easy to use, just like a tape deck.
You can select a count in or specify a start position.
You can also go to There's no doubt that If you're into MIDI then getting a MIDI sequencer like John mentions is essential. I'm pretty sure Tony Horgan would agree, too.
Sequencer One fell by the wayside a long time ago, which is a shame since it obviously has a lot of extremely useful features, some of which are presumably better than Music X. Hopefully its resurrection by Epic Marketing will see it gain a whole new audience.
BEN'S VERDICT the bar editor screen, highlight a range and hit loop.
This will repeat a section of your song, which is handy for getting those high-hats down. A nice MIDI channel indicator lights up when playing in the box on the bottom right of the screen.
When using Dub, you can overlay notes on the same track without erasing the previous notation.
In my opinion, one of the best features is SysEx, which only takes a fewr seconds to exchange the information. With this feature alone it’s worth the retail price.
If you have a hard drive you can dump all these to a SysEx drawer. Another feature is the ability to import standard MIDI files, and even XG MIDI files for the Yamaha MU 10. You can also export songs as standard MIDI files, type 0 or 1.
If you want to sequence internal samples, you can load up to 128 eight- bit IFF samples, but this is limited to chip RAM only. The sample series comes with loads of well recorded samples just for this purpose.
STEP ON The Step Editor screen gives you great flexibility with its Diamond Drag note editing. For example, if you make one duff note in a piano solo, you can just drag it to the correct place. You can also adjust velocity and length, and delete notes. There’s even an on-screen keyboard for step entry of notes. You can easily click between tracks on both the Bar and Step Editor screens without the need to go back to the Track screen.
You can save MIDI notes as blocks, which is good for making variations in your drum patterns, for instance. The Hit Kit comes -with loads of blocks in many different musical styles. Like any good MIDI sequencer, standard features include quantize, transpose, undo, edit, cut, copy and paste. You can even set your own time signature and make written notes on each song.
When I recorded my first album in a studio, my Amiga was controlled by an Alesis AD AT controller. Just select MIDI, extsync and press play. You can then control the Amiga and your synths from any external MIDI device.
One final feature is the Jukebox, which works just like a CD player. The best use for this is during a live gig.
Select the running order of your songs and your Amiga will do the rest while you play lead or do vocals. ® ,0!
The two tracks featured on the cover CD were done purely using Sequencer One + on a standard A1200. They were recorded in a studio with effects, but with another Amiga running effects this could all be done at home. At any one time I used 10 Synths with my Amiga and it never let me down. The best , thing about Sequencer One + is that this software works on any Amiga so anyone can pick up a basic A500 and get sequencing for a fraction of the professional cost. The only thing left to say is that if you're serious about MIDI music, buy Sequencer One + and don't forget the MIDI box.
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YOUR REVIEWS ON THE CD % bench Technical queries solved byMJjB Email: amformat@futurenet.co.uk. putting Workbench in the - subject line, or write to: Workbench • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • Somerset • BA1 2BW.
I have an A1200, an Apollo '060 accelerator with 32Mb of RAM and a
2. 1Gb hard drive, running Workbench
3. 1.1 also have an A1200 with a Blizzard '030 accelerator with
16Mb of RAM and a 2.1Gb hard drive, running Workbench
3. 1. Both hard drives are partitioned the same and the contents
of the boot partition on each machine is identical, except
that the '060 machine has the Apollo stuff on it, like the
'060 library.
The startup sequences on both machines are identical, as are the user startups. The only difference between the two machines is that the '060 machine, having a proper monitor, runs Workbench in Hi Res Laced 256 colours, while the '030 machine, using a TV as a monitor, runs Workbench in Hi Res 256 colours.
When I generate the Public Secret key, etc, it takes about 15 minutes on the '030 machine. When I do the same thing on the '060 machine using the same parameters it takes over an hour. I realise that encryption decryption times are dependent on the size of the file, so in tests I’ve used the same file to encrypt and then the encrypted file to decrypt.
When I encrypt a file on the '030 machine it takes a few seconds and only HARD WORK I have recently had a 260Mb hard drive and 8Mb memory upgrade fitted to my A1200 but I can't find any written information for it. The Workbench manual refers to an Amiga Hard Drive User's Guide.
Do you know where I can get a copy of this?
When loading a floppy in the internal drive I sometimes get the error report 'error at line 1' and sometimes 'failed return code 10'. I think there's a way around this but I don't know what. I also got copies of Amos Pro and Easy Amos from Afs Reader Ads but I think the discs may be corrupted.
Can you tell me where the Amos library is?
I realise the answers to some of these questions may be in AF mags and I'm dredging through them for info. Would it be possible to publish an issue index of technical information, perhaps on a coverdisk? I realise this would be an ongoing task, but it would be very useful.
D. Barugh Middlesbrough slightly longer on the '060 machine.
When I decrypt a file on the '030 machine it takes less than half a minute, but when I decrypt the same file on the ’060 machine it takes a lot longer, about 20 minutes.
If I change the Workbench on the '060 machine to just Hi Res at 256 colours, there’s no change in the operation of PGP. Why does PGP 2.6.3i work much slower on the ’060 machine than on the '030 machine? And no, I haven’t mixed up the machines in my tests. Finally, do you have an email address for Workbench?
Jim Buckley Blackburn Some 68060 libraries are, frankly, crap. The 68060 is a very fast processor, but quite a few operations have actually been I think you would be lucky if you found someone selling the Hard Drive User Guide; it's hard enough to get the software, never mind the documentation.
The good news (well, sort of) is that you aren't missing much. I have the guide in front of me and it essentially tells you that the hard drive is like a bigger and faster floppy drive, and then gives you some information on copying files and setting up an Assign statement if your software complains. It's pretty obvious stuff which has been covered in many issues of AT, to be honest.
If you get a lot of errors from floppy disks, it could either be a hardware problem (the disk drive is drifting out of alignment, the heads are dirty or the disk is corrupted) or a software problem (the program is misbehaving - perhaps it's expecting to be loaded without your system booting from hard drive first). The Amos library should be on the disks somewhere; you'll probably find it in a directory called LIBS or something similar.
Moved from silicon to software. In other words, the Amiga ends up doing the work of the 68060 in software, so if an application makes heavy use of these outboard instructions - typically floatingpoint operations - the results can be slightly disappointing. The 68030, on the other hand, has room on-board for lots of instructions and so everything is done in silicon. It’s possible to use different 68060 libraries and there are various patches which can make an incredible difference to the performance. I’m not sure if this is available for the Apollo 68060 card, so contact your supplier and scour
the Internet. Finally, you can email Workbench at the address above.
GOOD OLD DAYS I’ve recently purchased two old games for my A1200 (Death Knights of Krynn and Champions of Krynn). After installing them to my hard drive I reset my system and clicked on the COK icon. Everything worked okay, up to the point where I used a character to cast a spell. When the sound effects for the spell came on, the game crashed with GURU 8000
0004. It was the same for DKOK too, and on any spell used. I’ve
tried to disable the CPU and I’ve used different chipset
settings and also various degraders, but all with no luck.
Also, I have various games on floppy that work fine but if I install them on hard drive they fail. I’ve run SnoopDOS to see where they’re failing and it says they cannot open various ToolTypes.
Russell Smith Perton Oooh, that’s bad. Running old games is always a hit and miss affair, and although degraders can fix a lot of problems, they can’t solve everything. It seems as though the program is hitting the hardware in a way which it just shouldn’t be doing, and the result is that rather nasty error. I’m afraid I don’t know what else to suggest, although for the price of another game you should be able to pick up a well-used A500. When software degrading won ’t work, you can always resort to the brute force technique.
When you install them on the hard drive, you’re copying the files to hard disk but you aren’t mimicking the various assigns which occur when a game is loaded from floppy. In YOUR PROBLEMS SOLVED r- ONLINE?
Since 19941 have been using my bog standard A600 primarily as a word processor and occasionally as a games machine. Until recently I had always dismissed the possibility of this machine being linked to the Internet. However, a work colleague recently informed me that it is possible and fairly cheap to do. Is this true or is my friend wrong?
After reading the Christmas issue. I've noticed that most hardware adverts in your magazine refer to the A1200. Will A1200 modems, hard drives, RAM expansions, etc, work on an A600?
Ross Trousdale Ayr Your friend isn't wrong, but he could be oversimplifying things just ever so slightly. If yourA600 doesn't have a hard drive, the process of installing and using all the Internet software will be slow and tedious. The A600 isn't the world's faster computer and so any web browsing software will be very slow. However, if you persevere you can use standard modems and software such as Miami to get online.
The A1200 is quite different from the A600 and offers considerably more in the way of expansion. A modem uses the serial port, which both computers have, and so that isn't a problem. However, memory is: A1200 memory and processor expansions won't work on an A600. The A600 has a simplified trapdoor interface which can only take a second 1Mb of memory. It's possible to get speed-up boards which clip over the A600's weedy 68000 processor, but my advice is to look for a second-hand A1200 before spending any money on your A600.
Other words, when you try to run the game your computer is looking to, say, LIBS: on your hard drive and not on the floppy.
The floppy version of LIBS: (which gets assigns when the system boots from a floppy) contains files which aren’t present in the hard drive version. In this case, it’s slightly different. The icon which launches the game contains a reference to a particular tool (program). The program can’t be found, for the above reasons, or the reference includes a direct link to the floppy disk. You can check this by opening the Information window of the icon and reading the ToolType setting.
You can then edit this to point to the hard drive, ensuring that you’ve copied the necessary files from the floppy to the hard drive, of course.
TEXT ONLY My brother has an old Amiga 500 and he uses it for school work. All he wants is to be able to print stuff out from Ed (yes, the Workbench text editor) onto pieces of A4 paper.
What I’m looking for is an inkjet which will hook up to the Amiga but won’t cost more than about £100. Are there any inkjets out there that would do the job, and will I need a special cable? If so, where will I get one?
Imran Khan Headingly Any cheap inkjet should work fine as they will support the basic printer codes needed for plain text. It’s probably a good idea to look at the Reader Ads in AT, the ads in your local paper or place a wanted ad yourself. You should be able to pick up a black and white inkjet for next to nothing as lots of people are upgrading to colour printers these days.
POWER PROBLEM My daughter has an A1200 in an Eyetech EZ Tower with CD-ROM, Zip and a 4.3Gb hard disk. The motherboard is one manufactured by Commodore. While we still use WB3, we recently installed Kickstart 3.1 in preparation for WB3.5 and also because we now have a Blizzard PPC603+ 240MHz+ ’060 with 32Mb.
Since installing the PPC we’ve come across a couple of problems and would appreciate some help in trying to sort them out.
After installing the PPC and software, it failed to work (it just refuses to boot) with IDEFix. Being unable to solve this problem, I took it to Analogic who installed their own version of IDE Fix which worked. However, it didn’t include a Zip driver so, at present, I can’t get at everything I had backed up Also, my daughter is crazy about Worms DC, which again was working fine until I installed the PPC. Now it runs until one of the worms lands in the water, then the program just locks up. It does this on both the full version and the demo from AF92. Not knowing much about computers myself,
these problems are a real headache. I’d even briefly considered replacing the A1200 with a PC but I’ll resist this temptation for as long as possible.
Chris Coffin Norwich The Amiga is having a hard time keeping up with the latest developments, I’m afraid. When you improve something, you find that you ve broken something else instead. Unless someone has written a driver for the Zip drive which is compatible with your new processor, there isn’t a lot you can do, I’m afraid. If such a thing exists, perhaps someone will be kind enough to write in and let us know. There are plenty of Zip drivers and utilities on Aminet, but I’m not sure if they he PowerPC friendly or not. I’m sure someone will have the same combination of hardware as you that’s
working, though.
More bad news: if you’re having problems with games on your PowerPC system then I’m afraid that’s the price you have to pay for expanding your Amiga with such state-of-the- art hardware. The PowerPC card just didn’t exist when Worms appeared and so there are bound to be incompatibility problems like this.
The best you can hope for is to experiment with various degrading utilities and switch off as much of the PowerPC card as possible while playing troublesome games. Sorry!
NOISY AMIGA FAN I have an A1200, Apollo '040, 16Mb RAM, 2:1Gb HD, 20x CD-ROM, a Zip drive and a Canon BJC-250. Half of this is bundled in a PC tower until my next purchase of an Amiga tower. There are, however, a number of problems that my computer has.
Ithe fan on my accelerator board is rather noisy. Is there another make I can buy that would do the job while being a lot quieter and possibly smaller, so as to fit better in the machine? It’s hard up against the internal disk drive at the moment.
21 have quite a few programs that constantly crash or hang the computer. UFO: Enemy Unknown is one such game, though this was always crashing Pcs when it first came out. Has anyone provided a hack to correct this error? After about four resets UFO usually works fine with no more crashes.
There are other games such as Cannon Fodder that continually crash and I was wondering if it could have anything to do with the memory I have installed.
I don’t remember what type of memory it is but each chip has the following on it: Siemens HYB5117400BJ- 60 Germany 9751 or 9752. If I change the memory, will this help?
Continued overleaf jgi*. V 44 J*-. ¦ - • ¦ , 31 would like to be able to use my CD-ROM to make a compilation of songs for my personal use, but none of the CD players that have been provided on the cover Cds let you record songs.
«¦ I’ve noticed that a lot of the proper music programs (not just the CD player) will read CDO if an AFCD disk is in the drive but when a CDDA (music disc) is in the drive it doesn’t register with the programs. Is there a program that would convert them for me?
I bought Wordworth 7 a while back and while scanning Digita’s web page I came across update 7.1. As I only have the net at college on Macs, I downloaded it onto disk and brought it home. That all worked fine until I tried to run the update install program and it flashed up ‘the original installation has been changed - please re-install and try again’. Does this mean I have to install the whole program again or can I just re-install the assigns to the Wordworth CD (in user-startup) that they expect to be in the CD drive every time you use the program?
5 Finally, about a month ago I bought an IBM 15” monitor and a scandoubler with flicker fixer. Once installed, I found that when windows were moved onscreen it created all kinds of lines, dots and shadows. I played around and found that the main cause of this was that I had both the NTSC and PAL drivers in my DosDrivers drawer.
After taking out NTSC it still makes these irritating lines and dots on occasion but not nearly so much, leading me to believe that when the new OS comes out, the monitor drivers need to have been completely overhauled or, better still, rewritten. In the meantime, is there another solution?
Sam Byford Benfleet “ff Sourcing a fan would be tricky as most JL fans are for Pentium class processors and are therefore huge. A company like Eyetech might be able to help, but sadly computers seem to be getting noisier all the time as processors run hotter. More exotic fans are available which work in entirely different ways (Peltier effect cooling pumps, for example) but not only are they expensive, but they probably wouldn’t fit into the case.
Perhaps you should try to hold on until you can house everything in a larger case and use a good quality, ball-bearing PC fan.
Crashes could be down to the memory if JU it wasn’t up to running at the speed of the 68040processor. That said, it’s rated at 60ns so it certainly shouldn’t be a problem.
You can quickly test it by removing it.
Other reasons for crashes are a lack of power (I certainly hope you aren’t running all that kit from your existing PSU) or simple incompatibilities between the software and the 68040. Try using software-based degraders and searching the Aminet for patches as UFO crops up frequently and there are various editors and cheats out there.
J Where do you plan on storing your song collections? If you’re thinking of using your hard drive, remember that it will only take a few albums before it’s stuffed. From your question I think that you don’t want a CD player utility as such, you need a program which will read the audio data from the drive and convert it to an IFFfile. There are a few around on Aminet. Try downloading some and trying them out. Once you get this working, investigate MP3. This is an audio format which can crunch down music files to up to a thirtieth of their original size, ideal if you’re storing files on your
hard drive. Of course, it’s more fun to create your own audio Cds, but to do this you’ll need to buy a CD writer and suitable software.
Looks like you ’11 have to re-install the entire program again. Contact Digita for more details on how to install the patch.
TTAmiga video drivers are a black art and I’m not ashamed to say I still don’t know exactly how they work, what they do and how having particular ones present in certain directories can make such a difference. As you’re trying to force the Amiga to use PC-style video frequencies, try copying the VGAOnly monitor file into your collection to see if that makes a difference.
Hey, hold on: what are they doing in yourDOSDrivers drawer? That’s not the right place for them! You’re right about one thing: the next generation Amigas will have a totally redesigned video interface. That’s for sure.
YOUR PROBLEMS SOLVED (T'¦ getting to the speakers. The Amiga doesn’t have this mixing capability and so you’ll need to take the signal and provide some mixing hardware yourself. Small mixers are available for a few quid and you can combine the CD output from the Amiga and then pass it into your speakers or TV as usual.
There is an alternative: some CD drives can output the audio information oven' the bus as raw digital data. This can be controlled by a program running on the Amiga and then re-assembled to be replayed using the standard Amiga sound chips and so appears at the standard A miga phono sockets. This is a function of the CD-ROM drive, so unless your drive is CD-DA compatible, this zuon’t work.
Some A1200s have a set of pins roughly in the middle of their motherboards. Some Amiga’s have them covered up with a little piece of tin shielding and others just don’t have them. You should look closely for a pair of pins in a line just over an inch long, fp It doesn’t matter - you just toon’t be able to make use of the Typhoon’s SCSI ports, that’s all. You can continue to use your IDE hard drive and CD-ROM as normal. Perhaps later on you can add more SCSI hardware, but it’s by no means essential.
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You can email your queries to 2 & HELP MY DADDY!_ Your Daddy should also track down Bars and Pipes, which is a powerful Amiga MIDI sequencer with lots of tools and plug-ins available, including BigSys for looking after the system-exclusive messages which wind him up so much.
2 Lamp.mcc is an add-on for the MUI graphical user interface system that's required by many programs. The file you're looking for is MCC_LAMP and if it's not on the coverdisk it can be downloaded from Aminet.
5 There are several Amiga music programs around, but sadly nothing major is in the works. As timing is critical in a sequencing program, the different packages are more or less completely tied to a particular hardware platform.
Unfortunately, a port of a PC or Mac program just wouldn't be reliable enough.
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11 82 13 8415 86 My daddy has got a computer which he cannot
work properly. Please can you help him as he is unhappy and
moans about it all the time when I am watching Barney. His
computer is a 1260T with 16Mb of RAM which he uses with a
Yamaha MU10 tone generator.
Iwhy doesn't Music-X send the XG Sysex he writes into it? He says he has got a good music system but this messes it up.
XG Tool on your January CD always crashes while it is opening at the creating objects stage. SnoopDos says it cannot find lamp.mcc but he doesn't know what this is.
He uses Music-X and Sample-X which he says are brilliant, apart from the Sysex problem. Is there any chance of a new MIDI audio sequencer for the Amiga?
Maybe, like with Doom, someone could do Cakewalk or similar across from the PC.
Please can you help me so maybe I can watch Barney in peace again?
Daniel, aged 6 and a half Dartmouth Daniel', you're very good to your Daddy to take the trouble to write. You should tell him that Music-X never really handled Sysex information very well. I always found it better to use a dedicated Amiga utility for sending Sysex dumps at the beginning of a music session and for storing synth patches to disk. Aminet has several, including SysExpert and Syx.
Present, it consists of an A1200 which has been rehoused in a nice Power Tower case, a 3.5Gb hard disk, a 6x CD- ROM drive and a Hewlett Packard deskjet 400 printer.
I haven’t been able to afford an expansion card yet but I hope to be buying a Typhoon '030 accelerator in the near future.
11s there a cable which will allow me to listen to Cds on my CD-ROM without having a sound card?
2 I’ve heard a lot about clock port expansions. The thing is, I don’t know where the clock port is. Could you please help, as this will help me when making future expansions.
31 read your review on the Typhoon accelerator in API17 and it sounds perfect, but my system has an IDE hard disk and CD-ROM drive while the Typhoon has a SCSI controller. Does this matter?
Andrew McGonnell The CD-ROM drive will output the sound from audio disks via a small fourway connector. This is a standard audio signal, which on a PC is mixed with the PC’s own sound generating hardware before Bdaw® QbsEMx looks at the growing number of free ISPs.
I can be reached with comments, suggestions and feedback at dave@dcus.demon.co.uk, or via my website at http: www.dcus.demon.co.uk . A few issues ago, the Amiga.net column focused on Freeserve, the free Internet Service Provider established by Dixons. As you’ll be aware by now, a couple of errors crept into that article. Sorry about those - I blame the pressure of pre-Christmas deadlines, or something.
CallNet send you a windows Wizard file when you register.
Extract the relevant details out of that, if you can.
Inevitably, when the issue in question hit the shops I was deluged with emails from readers who had discovered that the telephone number 0845 076 6699 doesn’t belong to Freeserve and the server https: sianup.freeserve.com doesn’t actually exist. (The telephone number is 0845 079 6699, and the server is https: signup.freeserve.net. for those who didn’t spot the not quite entirely deliberate errors...). Some interesting things came out of those emails, however. The first is that you apparently need to have cookies turned on in your browser in order to create a Freeserve account.
Stephan Reed emailed me to say that he hadn’t had a great deal of success signing up until he realised that his having turned cookies off might be the cause of his troubles.
Secondly, YAM doesn’t seem to like Freeserve. Xot being a regular YAM mrougn louo cjrii a growing number of you are turning to free ISPs.
ConnectFree apparently works very well on the Amiga.
User I wasn’t aware of this, but clearly a great many of you use this excellent little program as your main email client.
Judging from your emails, sending messages isn’t a problem but receiving them is. YAM doesn’t seem to want to download messages and instead produces an error message.
One thing which came through loud and clear is that a growing number of you are turning to free ISPs. Some of you are impressed enough with what you have seen of the free services to wonder whether it’s really worth your while paying your current ISP lots of money to provide essentially the same service. Meanwhile, for those who’ve been put off getting online by the thought of paying up to £15 a month for dial-up access, Freeserve and the 1 ¦gjl--r|IX;lg3|ta.
Other free ISPs clearly offer an excuse to finally take the plunge.
What’s that, I hear you say? Other free ISPs? Oh yes. Freeserve wasn’t the first and it’s already been followed by a load more. An ever increasing number of ISPs are following the Freeserve financial model and offering their customers free access, drawing their revenue from a tiny cut of the call charge each time a customer dials the 0845 access number.
For this sort of business model to be successful, of course, the companies concerned need to build up a vast subscriber base. Freeserve certainly don’t seem to have had any problems recruiting customers - within around three months of launching they had around half a million accounts, making them the largest ISP in the UK.
The question remains, of course, whether many of the people who opened accounts will actually use them.
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Genesis as Telinco.
Including unlimited web space and five POP3 email accounts... multiple ISPs, whether they’re free or traditional in nature.
I suspect the majority of the half a million subscribers will have opened accounts just to see how they performed, but will stick to their usual ISP in the knowledge that traditional providers will almost certainly start offering incentives to their members.
So what about Freeserve’s competitors? Well, as Nick Clover pointed out to me in an email, Free- Online offer a fairly similar deal to Freeserve, including unlimited web space and five POP3 email accounts with unlimited addresses.
Free-Online have an online signup area too. You’ll need a Javascript- enabled browser to sign up, but Aweb 3 is perfectly suitable in this respect. If you don’t own Aweb, you could always __ download the demonstration version to set up an account.
Behind the scenes, Free-Online are actually connected to traditional ISP Force 9 so, as with Freeserve, they should have the financial clout behind them to ensure that they stick around for some time. However, I’m informed by Andy Sillwood that Free-Online don’t accept email from Hotmail accounts, so if you’ve got friends who use Hotmail then signing up with them might not be an ideal solution.
Incidentally, Andy has written his own instructions on signing up with Freeserve: it works . I i **•• • i well so long as Freeserve using both Miami and Genesis, yoU're not a huge and they can be found at: yam fan.
Other services. Bear in mind that not all free services seem to work with Amiga software and many of the others are targeted at relatively experienced net users. If you’re a bit uncertain about what you’re doing, it might be better to give a more traditional ISP a try first.
PHEE4ALL http: www.free4all.co.uk Unlimited free POP3 accounts, 10Mb web space, quarterly CD. Haven’t fully launched at the time of writing but service due to commence early in 1999.
They promise to provide Amiga support and software on a quarterly CD.
FREENET http: www.freenet.co.uk Unlimited POP3 email addresses, 10Mb web space. Unfortunately, their hideous site uses Java heavily and they’re not accepting new accounts at the moment, so they’re untested as yet.
BIGWIG http: www.biawia.net Five POP3 mailboxes, 15Mb web space.
The signup procedure is fairly straightforward but Andy Sillwood reports that Genesis can’t find BigWig’s DNS servers, making this ISP a bit of a no-go on the Amiga.
Http: www.siils.freeserve.co.uk amiga . If you’re one of the many who emailed me asking for instructions on configuring Genesis to work with Freeserve, you’d do well to visit the site.
Andy was also one of many readers who sent URLs of other companies providing free Net access, so below you will find a brief guide to some of these CONNECTFREE http: www.connectfree.co.uk Unlimited POP3 mailboxes, unlimited web space promised soon. I’ve heard several reports that ConnectFree works well on the Amiga and, as with Free- Online, they don’t ask for a wealth of information about you before they let you sign up.
CALLNETUK http: www.calinetuk.com Free POP3 mailbox, 10Mb web space.
Although Voyager makes a bit of a mess of their main screen, the registration screens work perfectly well. When you register you’ll be sent a Windows wizard file, but if you view this in Multiview it’s possible to extract all the relevant details to enter into your access software.
Strangely though, Andy reports that Thor doesn’t like their mail server (though L4Mhas no problems with it) - attempts to access webmail services resulted in Connection Denied messages.
TEUNCQ htt p : www. T e linco.co.uk Unlimited email addresses, 5Mb web space. Signing up is easy but Genesis has the same problems as with BigWig, so again this ISP seems to be of no use to Amiga users.
X-STREAM http: www.x-stream.com One free email address, 5Mb web space.
As yet, I haven’t had enough time to test this one out, so if anyone out there is feeling adventurous... I’d be extremely interested to hear your experiences in using any or all of the above ISPs on the Amiga. Email me at dave@dcus.demon.co.uk. and I’ll compile the results on a Free Amiga ISP page at http: www.dcus.demon.co.uk amiqa freeisps.htm!. If you don’t yet have an Internet connection, get yourself online with the Freeserve tutorial from issue 119 and take a look. O ¦ alii i i |*w VSMl I BafliTJ|V waff 1 ¦saaTi V©?®!?? ®&T
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getting the most out of your Amiga The indispensable Simon
Goodwin keeps you up to date with all the ! Latest emulation
news and releases.
¦ JK le've got V ¦¦ t plenty for V W you to tuck into this month. To start you off, Simon Goodwin has prepared a one-off special on emulators to keep you up to date with the latest releases, including updates for Spectrum and TRS80 emulators. For those of you not rooted in the past, why not spend half an hour in the company of Neil j Bothwick, as he ¦ shows you fcoWto create tables in I HTML with the 1 minimum of fuss. 1 Tony has some suggestions for budget sound equipment and John finally draws his C masterpiece to a close. We'll also have a new programming tutorial in the next issue that
looks too good to miss.
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Rr, Ex+rs Ship is Roardecf at Each J0G00 Pts Depress "BRERK” 8: ”CLEflfi“ to Rbort Game TRS80 emulation (above) and Hydrofool on the Spectrum (right).
Morrw Pull up a chair and listen to lUeil Bothwick as he explains how useful tables are.
When you want to display large amounts of information, you'll probably find tables are pretty essential lAU SOUND ADVICE If money's too tight to mention, Tony Horgan has some ideas on how to get a cheap studio set up.
Tee articles were originally written by Simra N finadwia for Amiga Format niagazim and are used try permission ol the joint copyright holders-You can new read them here at the Atli where i have prepared them lor publication on the Internet thaairi tee articles shBoM becepeil any totter wShDut written permsston.
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Ffonruiliy you v.tsdd use the san e VALiGN settings lor all ravs. The dS'ercr* sefjnjs on this page are for Ihustaition on»y. The third row has T-iote that even v itm tivs image is no*, displayed, Uie browsers shea's 0 box of the current sice, thanks to WIDTH and HEIGHT The image buttons at the top of the page have no borders since A is obvious that they are navtgalson buttons, but i have left borders enabied icr the photographs, otherwise ft v ouiCn be clear that the- are also fcnks Notice that the ALT tos is larger than the body text, due tc a FONT tag surrounding the Image OnJy a short
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PROGRAM VOLUME CHANNEL The Alesis NanoBass (above) and the Boss DR202 (right) two of the bargains we recommend John Kennedy completes his tank-based game in the last tutorial in this series.
Foreground If you can see it, blow it up.
Find out how in the final part of this series.
Is there something that you would like to see covered in one of the current tutorial series?
Why not send your suggestion to us at the magazine. Here are some things you might like to think about: PROGRAMMING Is there a language you can't get to grips with?
Or maybe you want to know how to do a specific thing in C or Arexx? You might never find the answer unless you write in and tell us about it!
PUSHER THE BOHfiEY Unsure of how how your Amiga really works.
Not sure if you are getting the best from your hardware? Write to us.
GRAPHICS Is there something you desperately want to be able to draw? Drop us a line! Contact us at: AF Creative ® 30 Monmouth Street Bath ® Somerset ® BA1 2BW or email: amformat@futurenet.co.uk putting "Creative" in the subject line.
Updates his epic emuiation coiumns with news of the latest emulators.
Removed so you don’t need a key file to access CD-ROMs and other SCSI peripherals, or fast hard disk partitions.
The new ShapeShifter is on AFCD37.
Amiga Fusion has stalled at version 3.1, but the PPC version is expected in upgmm supports urn Mac OS in system 8.6 and 8.1 incarnations, given 10Mb or so.
March. Fusion's unique benefits are support for virtual memory and Apple’s latest OS 8.2, optimised built-in AGA drivers, superior integration of Amiga and Mac partitions and extra control over 68060 processor options.
Further investigation of Apple’s DiskCopy reveals that both emulators support it with a slow internal HD floppy drive, but ShapeShifter" s configuration windows demand a big Workbench.
EMULATION PAGES Afs Emulation series now has its own web pages!
Afs own site is being revamped, so the AF Emulation archive is hosted on Tomas Amsrud's site, with kind permission from Nick and Ben.
Examples from the site adorn this article and we've made sure that it works with the most common versions of A Web, Ibrowse and Voyager.
These pages hold the original text of my Amiga Emulation Resource is a vital store of emulator information on the web.
Amiga Format series, converted from Final Copy to HTML format. The graphics are fewer and simpler than the printed version, but tables, sections and example screens remain, plus extended links and a new index. The web version also includes snippets that never made it into print, such as speed statistics and a report on text adventure engines.
This certainly doesn't mean there'll be fewer emulation articles in AF. As the quintessential home computer and an excellent mimic, emulation is a great strength of the Amiga and I'll continue to note the latest developments in print, at least six months ahead of the web repository. But it's great to have this information store in one cyberplace, with A new home on the web for Afs Browse through past reports at live links to the latest code classic retro reviews. Your leisure* and data.
Since I last surveyed the Amiga emulation scene, we’ve seen major upgrades and the arrival of a d'ozen C-coded emulators, ported for the first time to take advantage of the raw MIPS of phase 5’s PowerPCs. And, of course, the console emulators keep getting better... SHAPESHIFTER 3.10 Christian Bauer has released a new version of ShapeShifter. The bad news is that it’s the final version - after legal threats, Christian has no plans for a PPC release under the ShapeShifter name.
The good news is that the upgrade supports the current Mac OS in system
8. 0 and 8.1 incarnations, given 10Mb or so to spare, and High
Colour operation in a Workbench window, for a 32,768- colour
Mac Desktop sharing a graphics card screen with Workbench.
Best of all, Shareware restrictions have been Fusion 3.1
doesn’t implement CatWeasel floppies in a hardware- compatible
way. 4 ShapeShifter copes well if you select the CatWeasel
floppy as your boot drive, which is a great SnapeSnirter
Macirlosn Emulator ©1993- 1999 Cnnsuan Bauer.
G| 5f.a»Sfcf.ei Vi.faws __ Pa e8er«ievfee M*Disfc 1 SPECTRUM 128 Last year I bemoaned the lack of 128K ZX Spectrum emulators, and now two new releases address this challenge.
The complexities of 8-bit RAM expansion are such that it’s been easier to develop new emulators than to un- optimise the 48K ones to suit.
The challenge is the bank switching of pages into the 64K address space of the Z80 processor. This shuffling of memory chunks is a big overhead for emulations, which must juggle 16K areas fast enough to emulate Sinclair hardware which did the same job in a couple of microseconds.
There are two ways to do this. Brute force, copying blocks around, works on all systems but hammers performance on programs like 128K BASIC, which page memory many times per second.
The alternative is ‘illegal’ cleverness, using the MMU, snatching speed comparable to the real thing on systems that match the developers’.
Spectrum 128 hails from Spain and favours brute force. It’s stable but slow, even on a 68060.
Some games work fine but anything sluggish on a real Spectrum will grind on this emulator, and on an '030 it’s like watching paint dry.
So far, only half of the Z80 engine is coded in Assembler, with the rest in Blitz BASIC.
Tapes, joysticks and sound are ignored, and some types of .Z80 snapshot are rejected. Keyboard handling is rudimentary and some snaps crash the emulation, though not the Amiga, but it shows promise for a version 0.1 beta.
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Super Nintendo emulator . . WarpUp CBSPECCY
CBSpeccy comes from two enthusiasts in Russia and version 0.18
beta is rather impressive if you’ve got the hardware to run it.
It was written on an expanded A1200 and requires a 68030 with a
Memory Management Unit, but it wouldn’t run on my A3000.
CBSpeccy is actually modelled on a Pentagon 128, one of the better Russian Spectrum clones. It also emulates the simple TR-DOS interface, with magic button snapshot hardware, as well as Kempston, Sinclair and Protek joystick ports. It loads TAP cassette files, SNA and Z80 snapshots, mimicking real Spectrum refresh and display timings as closely as anything yet on the Amiga.
Key mapping is configurable through a text file and 128K sound is present, though imperfect.
Thomas ‘Thor’ Richter is developing an MMU library which should make bank switching much easier, providing a consistent API so programmers needn’t worry about the differences between MMUs. The 68040 and 68060 are close cousins, while the 68030 MMU is a relatively slow and complicated beast, based on the add-on 68851 chip used in venerable 68020 systems like the A2500.
Emulator to run CISC code on the RISC processor.
Apple tried this on early PowerMacs, leading to the embarrassment of new machines that ran noticeably slower than the 68040s which they were meant to supersede, but the PPC has come a long way since then.
It will be interesting to see how the emulation compares with the state of the art in real 68K hardware. My guess is that a 68060 will still be the fastest way to run genuine 68K code, but '030s and '040s could find themselves eclipsed in many Classic Amiga applications.
TRS80 REVISITED Red Skull’s TRS80 Model 1 emulator is more fun and easier to use now, thanks to speed regulation, controlled by pressing FI and F2 to speed up or slow down, plus authentically raspy sound.
The improved TRS80 emulator appears for the first time on AFCD37.
There was no built-in sound hardware in the TRS80, but most games used a single-bit output to generate beeps, buzzes and almost intelligible speech. That was a great improvement over the hardware-threatening technique of rattling the cassette motor control relay, leading to welded contacts and a sojourn in Tandy’s repair department. There are no plans to emulate this as there’s no convenient relay inside an Amiga, though a sampled ‘bzzzt-clack’ could be played at appropriate moments.
Leslie Ayling is using his time more fruitfully by adding code to emulate the Tandy floppy disk controller. This low- level hardware emulation will bring a host of early DOSes to the Amiga, from Randy Reed’s original TRSDOS to the device independent LDOS.
This will use disk image files at first, but support is planned for original 5.25” disks, with 35 tracks and upwards, in single and double density, given an appropriate drive. I’ve got an ice cream box full of floppies trying not to melt at the thought of this.
RommeJ 3D - a GaWeione clone - makes good use of the 6809 and simple but effective vector graphics. I had to disable CPU caches to slow it down to my pace. The platform game BonKa and the Galaxian clone Vultures have speed controls, but still ran much too fast an an unshackled 86.060. All the files I found in an appropnate format loaded and ran, -but some misjudged the graphics mode, using shaded monochrome to place of chunky colour.
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“ Press“ Cl£fiR to OaEe - PPC EMULATORS PowerPCs encourage emulation developments, with both PowerUp and WarpUp collecting new adherents. There’s still no sign of a PC or Mac emulator that uses the PPC, but Quasar and Microcode Solutions are working on code to fill this gap. Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of other PPC-specific emulators, as you can see from the table.
Future PPC boards will attempt to run without a 68K at all, using a software WEB ADDRESSES AF Emu: Apple OS 8: http: www.apple.com CBSpeccy: Emulator Central: ShapeShifter: Spectrum 128: TRS80 files:__________ Usenet's comp.sys.amiga.emulations remains a good source of information and advice about emulators that run on the Amiga, only spoilt by PC-losers with UAE who keep popping up to ask people to mail them the copyright Kickstart ROM image. The correct place for enquiries about UAE is comp,emuiaiori.jriisc.. The only legal source of Kickstart ROM images is Cloanto, publishers of Amiga
Don’t turn the page! Tables may sound like something used to display boring columns of figures and statistics, but the TABLE tdg is just about the most powerful page layout tool in HTML. Up to now we’ve seen that most of the formatting of an HTML document is governed by the browser. The user’s choice of screen mode, font styles and sizes dictates where text wraps and flows, but we have only had limited control through paragraph and line breaks.
While this is the way HTML was intended to work from the start, there are ways to control the layout of your page, to impose your own style on it while remaining within the constraints of individual browser configurations.
A table is effectively a grid, a set of boxes arranged in rows and columns, each of which can contain the majority of HTML, elements. Here’s a simple example: Chapter 8: image maps fe ..saw - » -- « 7 ¦ ¦ Chapter 9: Animation and sound if you've missed any tutorials in this series, call our back issue hotline on 01458 271102 TABLE TRxTH Mame TH Ema i 1 TH Tel ephone TRxTD Wirenet TD saies@wirenet. Co .uk TD 01925 496482 TRxTD Amiga Fonnat TD amfonnat@futurenet.co.tik T,D GT225 442244 TA3LE The table is enclosed within the TABLE TABLE tags and the start of each ______ row is
defined with TR . Each cell of TABLE ATTRIBUTES The attributes that you can use in the TABLE tag are as follows: Left, right or centre. This is how the table should be aligned in the browser window. It doesn't affect the alignment of items within the table cells and the default is left aligned.
The width of the table, either in pixels or as a percentage of the window width. The default is the minimum width needed to include all items without wrapping. It will not exceed 100%. The browser will override the width figure if it is needed to render the table correctly. If the table contains an image wider than the window, the image will be shown in full, even if the tag says cTABLE WIDTH="100%" .
BORDER The width, in pixels, of the border drawn around the table and its cells. The default value is 0, which means there's no border.
CELLSPACING The amount of blank space between cells.
CELLPADDING The amount of space set between the cell contents and the cell border.
BGCOLOR A background colour for all cells in the table. Usage is the same as for the BODY tag.
BACKGROUND Use BACKGROUND=url to load an image as a background to the table. This is a Netscape extension, not part of the official HTML specification, and so it may appear differently in different browsers.
These set up some of the display attributes of the table, but the actual table contents are handled by the TR and TD tags.
TR accepts the following attributes: ALIGN Left, right or centre. This is different to the ALIGN attribute of TABLE . In this case it sets how the contents of each cell should be aligned within that particular cell.
VALIGN Top, middle or bottom. This attribute sets the vertical alignment of cell contents.
BGCOLOR As for table, but refers to the cells of a single row.
BACKGROUND Once again, BACKGROUND isn't part of the official HTML specification and may not work as expected on all browsers.
These attributes affect all cells in a row, unless an individual cell has a different setting within its TD tag. TD accepts all of these attributes and a couple more.
NOWRAP Disables word wrapping for the text in this cell.
WIDTH Sets the width of a cell, either in pixels or as a percentage of the table's width.
HEIGHT Sets the height of a cell, either in pixels or as a percentage of the table's height.
COLSPAN Makes a cell cover more than one column.
R0WSPAN Makes a cell cover more than one row.
The table is defined with TD . The table is made as wide as is needed to include the widest row, but text within cells will be wrapped to ensure the table isn’t wider than the browser window. The top row uses TH instead of TD for each cell. TH is for table headers and is identical to TD , except that it’s generally rendered in a bold type with the text centred in the cell. TD uses the normal body font and aligns its contents to the left of the cell by default.
TR and TD are somewhat unusual in that they don’t need corresponding TR and TD tags.
TD is assumed closed when the next TD or TR is found. TR is closed at the next TR or TABLE .
This lets us line things up in columns, but so far it doesn’t appear to offer a great deal of layout power. The importance of TABLE lies in the attributes available for TABLE , TR and TD that alter the display of the table and its contents.
Since all cells in a column must be the same width, the WIDTH attribute affects the whole column. There can only be one WIDTH setting for a column so any subsequent ones are ignored.
Similarly, you may only have one HEIGHT attribute in a row. The browser will override an unacceptable WIDTH setting. For example, setting it wider than the table (or window) will result in CHAPTER FIVE a cell as wide as will fit. Trying to make the cell narrower than an image will result in the cell being just wide enough to contain the image.
Yes, you can have images as well as text inside a table cell - you can use most HTML items within a cell, including more tables. Let’s take another look at one of the pages from Name Email Telephone Wirenet sales@wi renet.co.uk 01925 496482 Amiga Format amfo rm at@futu re n et. C o. u k 01225 442244 Our first table.
J 1 i ‘ •' U ' The Shops Places to drink in Penketh Penketh has a wide range of pubs, clubs and restaurants. Some of the main local haunts are: The Crown and Cushion This one has a much picture are aligned, with Normailyyou would use the same VALIGN setti.
Are for KustartJon only. The third row has VALIG Note that even when the image is not displayed, the browsers shows a box of the current size, thanks to WiDTH and HEIGHT.
The image buttons at the top of the page have no borders since it is obvious that they are navigation buttons, but I have left borders enabled for the photographs, otherwise it wouldn’t be clear that they are also links. Notice that the ALT text is larger than the body text, due to a FONT tag surrounding the image.
The pubs page, using tables to separate the text and images.
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} Shops Places to drink in Penketh Penketh has a wide range of pubs, clubs and restaurants. Some of the main local haunts are: The Red Lion The Crown and Cushion This one has a much longer description, the use of VALIGN-TOP means the top of the text and picture are aligned, with white space under the picture to fill the cell.
Normally you would use the same VALIGN settings for all rows, the different settings on this page are for lllustartion only. The third row has VALIGN-BOTTOM.
Note that even when the image is not displayed, the browsers shows a box of the current size, thanks to WIDTH and HEIGHT.
Coloured title bars are table cells that cover the full width of the table.
Shops Tables within tables. The navigation bar and main copy are each in a table cell that contains more tables.
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Normally you would use the same VALIGN settings for all rows, the different settings on this page are for illustarticn only. The third row has VALIGN-BOTTOM.
Note that even when the image is not displayed, the browsers shows a box of the current size, thanks to WIDTH and HEIGHT.
The Image buttons at the top of the page have no borders since it is obvious that they are navigation buttons, but 1 have left borders enabled for the photographs, otherwise it wouldn't be clear that they are also links. Notice that the ALT text Is larger than the body text, due to a FONT tag surrounding the image.
1 The Sportsmans Arms ¦ Only a short text, to shew the effects of bottom alignment Please send anv comments on this site to ti e TABLE LOADING When a browser loads a page of text, it normally begins to display it before it has finished loading. With a table this is difficult because the browser doesn't know how wide to render each column until it has all the table data loaded.
With a large page (or slow download) this can mean a significant delay. A solution is to make sure you always give a width for each column, even if it's only using so the browser knows the intended width of each column before the table is loaded. This may occasionally force the browser to redraw the table if it encounters an image wider than the allocated width, but most of the time it will speed up page loading with no unpleasant side effects.
Our home town website and see how we can use tables to arrange it differently. The pubs page previously used the ALIGN attributes of IMG to mix text and graphics on the page, and this is how it looks with tables.
CTABLE WIDTH="100%" CELLSPACING=5 Start the table, make it the full width of the window and leave some space around each cell.
TR VALIGN=TOPxTDxH3xFONT COLOR=RED The Red Lion FONTx H3 Body text.. Start the first row, align all cells at the top and put some text in the first cell. Note the use of FONT and H3 in here. You can use most HTML tags within a cell but they cannot spread across cells. To use the same FONT setting for several cells in a row, you would need a separate FONT .. . FONT for each one.
TD WIDTH="200" A HREF=".. images redlion.jpg*xlMG SRC=". . images redlion.gif" ALT="Red Lion" WIDTH=200 HEIGHT=125x A The second column contains an image. Since all the images for this column are the same width, we can set the width in TD to ensure that the column is exactly the right size.
TABLE After a few more rows, we close the table.
Another part of this page that’s crying out for a table is the row of buttons at the top of the page. Instead of the previous approach of using a fixed spacing and hoping they would fit the user’s browser window, we can now use this: cTABLE ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH="75%" Here we make the table narrower than the full window, but if the window isn’t wide enough to fit the table in 75% of its width, the browser will use whatever space it needs instead.
TR ALIGN=CENTER Each image is centred within its cell. When first setting up a table, you may wish to add a BORDER=l so you can see exactly what’s going on, removing it later if you don’t want the cell borders displayed.
TD WIDTH=" * " A HREF="home.html" IMG SRC=".. images home.gif" ALT = "home" WIDTH=80 HEIGHT=30 BORDER=Ox A The * value for WIDTH means an equal share of the available space. In this case we have five buttons so each gets 20%, but if another cell had WIDTH=”40%” the cells with * would each get an equal share of the remaining 60%. You can take this a stage further and use 2* to give one cell a double share. We’ll see more of this next month with frames.
TD WIDTH="*" ... For each of the other buttons.
TABLE And don’t forget to close the TABLE .
So far, every cell in a column has been the same width, but what if you want a cell do extend across two columns, or two rows? In figure 3, the coloured title bars are created with: TRxTD COLSPAN=2 ALIGN=CENTER BGCOLOR=BLUE FONT SIZE="+2" COLOR=WHITExB The Red Lion Bx FONT TR VALIGN=TOPxTD We only have... COLSPAN=2 tells the browser to extend this cell across two columns. As this table only has two columns, that makes this cell cover the full width. BGCOLOR gives the coloured background and FONT is used to make the text white.
I said tables were a powerful page layout tool and our final example gives a hint of this. We move the the navigation buttons into a cell on the left of the page, with the rest of the page, including all of its tables, contained in a second cell. It works like this: TABLE WIDTH="10 0 %" TR VALIGN=TOPxTD WIDTH="100" BGCOLOR= " LIGHTBLUE " TABLE ALIGN=CENTER TR ALIGN=CENTERxTDxA HREF = "home.html"xlMG SRC=" .. images home. gif " ALT="home" WIDTH=80 HEIGHT=30 BORDER=Ox A The first cell contains the navigation bar. It has a coloured background to separate it from the rest of the page. The
TD contains a table with the navigation buttons.
Note the use of VALIGN to keep the buttons at the top of the column.
TD BGCOLOR="WHITE" H2 ALIGN=CENTER Places to drink in Penketh H2 The other cell contains the rest of the page. Advice Short arms, long pockets... Yes, it's , here to explain how you can get a whole new studio set up for next to nothin Chapter 6: Music Production & Mixdown t .gc JI3MHHIHHH8kais& v - • -'¦& Sf you've missed any tutorials in this series, call our back issue hotline on 01458 271102.
Sequencer which is connected via a MIDI interface.
SYNTH MODULES If you’ve already got a keyboard and want more synth options, a synth module is normally the best buy. Think of these as normal synths with all the manual controls removed (apart from editing controls) so that everything has to be done via MIDI. Just about the cheapest available must be the Yamaha MU10 (£115). This is based on the DB50XG daughterboard that formed CU Amiga's, Project XG. It’s a great General MIDI compliant multitimbral unit with onboard effects, which can be used to process external audio signals too. An MU 10 editor is available from Aminet (mus midi XGTool.lha).
No-one really needs or wants more than one General MIDI synth (by definition they all have the same sounds), so why not try something like mm is basically an MU 10 with a proper keyboard and editing controls. While not wanting to sound like an advert for Yamaha, I can’t resist recommending the Yamaha Anlx (£500), which is a gorgeous ‘virtual analogue’ synth, the only downfall of which is its rather limiting ability to play just two of its 128 lovely sounds at once.
Keyboard and want more synth options, a synth module is normally the best buy.
In addition to the current models mentioned here, it’s also well worth looking out for deals on end of line products which can often get you a brand new, boxed, never used product for half the original price as it’s sold to make way for its replacement model. All of the equipment here is compatible with any Amiga running a MIDI SYNTH KEYBOARDS This is the first bit of MIDI gear most people will go fo.r. You can expect even home keyboards to come equipped with a variety of sounds which can be played either live or triggered from MIDI.
Most also have some drum sounds too. By far the best value starter keyboard around is the Yamaha DJX (£270). It’s a home keyboard with pop dance ambitions and it comes with tweakable filter knobs, some built in patterns (which you’ll probably never use seriously) and a sampler. It’s really only a matter of time before someone makes a hit record using this thing alone.
For something a bit more professional, you could try the Yamaha Cslx (£350) which There’s no way I could cover the whole range of studio and MIDI gear that’s currently available as there’s just too much of it. If you’ve got enough cash to splash out a couple of grand in one go then you can browse the pages of Afs sister magazines, Future Music and The Mix, where you’ll find plenty of mouth-watering noise boxes with flashing lights. You won’t need to spend too carefully and should be able to buy a few things on a whim.
However, most of us don’t find ourselves in that position very often, if at all, so what I’ve done instead is to pick out a few examples of gear that are outstanding because they offer excellent value for money.
You could use this as a guide to setting up a complete MIDI recording studio on a tight budget, but you should also find it just as useful for filling little gaps in an existing set up, without breaking the bank.
The FAT Freebass (£130). This is the cheapest TB303 Bassline copy you can buy. It’s only monoaural and monotimbral, but it does boast real analogue circuitry through which you can also pass an audio signal for fattening up.
DRUM MACHINES It’s essential that when you buy a drum machine you get one with ‘the right sounds’. What the right sounds are is entirely up to you, of course, but it’s vital that you listen to (and preferably try out) a drum machine before buying.
Never accept a claim on the box about including ‘all the TR-808 and 909 sounds’. Most will claim exactly that, but few will deliver in the way you hope.
In my own experience, the Novation Drumstation (£350) is the only one to follow through on the promise of authentic 808 and 909 sound emulation. It has eight outputs and sounds fantastic with bass drums that I’ve never heard matched by anything other than the originals. That’s not to say that it’s the only alternative to a real 808 or 909 - try as many as you can.
CHAPTER FIVE (T- EFFECTS PROCESSORS No contest here for the prize for the best value multieffects unit: the Zoom 1201 (£100) walks away with it. It’s a stereo in stereo out rackmount unit which uses 16-bit
44. 1 Khz digital processing to offer a wide range of reverbs and
delays, alongside a vocoder, pitch-shifter, rotary speaker
simulator, crunchy lo-fi and filter effects and a karaoke
mode which strips out vocal frequencies from a stereo input.
Sound quality is good and operation is very simple. Just get
one, okay?
Others worth a mention include the similarly specified Behringer Virtualizer (£150), which also has vocoder and rotary speaker effects and boasts 24-bit processing. Then there’s the 20-bit Digitech Studio 100 (£150) which concentrates on the more standard effect types.
If you’d rather look ahead and leave room for future expansion, the Spirit Folio FI (£250) is an excellent choice.
You can have either a 14- or 16-input model, with three-band swept-mid EQ long faders, three effects loops and insert points. It’s a much better longterm buy than the Notepad.
Mackie also do a range of well- featured, low cost mixers which are definitely well worth auditioning.
WORKSTATIONS Generally, workstation prices are high because they aim to offer everything in one box: multitimbral synth, drum machine, sequencer,
- Able to play a number of different voices simultaneously.
- Single channel audio
(i. e. not stereo).
- Control on a mixer which allows precise definition of the
frequency band to be affected by the mid EQ cut boost control.
- Secondary input and return point on a mixer channel, generally
used to pass that channel through a signal processor.
Multitimbral drum machine. An expansion to add separate jj assignable outputs is
- fBPfrf m currently being included m in that price by Turnkey.
Of course, you might not want those sounds, in which case you could get away with a cheaper unit. In that case it’s all down to personal preference. Do try to get one with multiple outputs, even if you don’t currently have room for them on your mixer. You’ll be glad you did because you can then process different sounds with different effects and mix them together more subdy.
Roland MOOS Groovebox tries to get classic drum sounds and synths in j one unit. % I should mention the Boss DR202 (£300) which sports some interesting features, including filters. I haven’t yet used one, so I can’t personally vouch for its sound. Try it for yourself if you can.
MIXERS I would recommend the Spirit Folio Lite ' - y as an excellent value mixer, but it was recently discontinued i£ Yyy" ¦ * to make way for the Ss Spirit Folio Notepad (£125). Despite offering a slightly lower all-round spec than the Lite for a similar price, the Notepad does pack a lot into a very attractive little box. You get four mono and two stereo inputs, and the stereo pair both include turntable pre-amps, which could be very handy. Two-band EQ is available on all channels and balanced mic inputs are available for the mono channels. One auxiliary send is included
for the inclusion of an effects unit. It would make a good starter mixer but is destined to be outgrown very quickly.
Attractive box.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY Most of the prices quoted here are approximate, based on those advertised by Turnkey at the time of going to press.
Turnkey can be contacted on 0171 419 9999.
These products are, of course, available from other dealers and prices may vary.
Effects processor, etc. Even so, there are some cheaper alternatives. The Roland MC-303 Groovebox (£400) has a good stab at integrating a range of classic drum machines and synths into one unit. Its lack of individual outputs will disappoint some, but if that’s Jaw not a Jm % problem it * I should J Bk M please r budding dance music producers.
In a similar vein, there’s the Quasimidi Rave- o-lution 309 (£500) which combines a monophonic bass synth and a The Boss SP202: a recommended choice VOLUME The Alexis NanoBass MISCELLANEOUS Alesis do a range of cheap music production gizmos, all called Nano- something-or-other. There’s the NanoCompressor (£80), NanoVerb (£95), NanoBass (£215) and NanoPiano (£300). For a standalone mastering recorder, MiniDisc units offer virtually perfect results for less than £200.
...and the Alexis NanoCompressor.
I SAMPLERS H I’m planning a major round- jt up of budget MIDI samplers m for a future issue, in which m I’ll be testing them || specifically for Amiga "m compatibility. While the specified features of a sampler . Might look like it’s got pllfew everything, quite often die cheaper ones KryBBBfak. Have serious drawbacks when it TfyAfftjr comes to JKPwr data pPjp storage, J " W'Jf editing and Wkw repitching.
For now, I’ll just ' [By point you in the direction of the Yamaha (£300), Akai S20 (£350) and AkaiS2000 (£600). ® mniTrn'n C PROGRAMMING CHAPTER THIRTEEN for Yourself In the final tutorial in this series on C programming
- 0®nom nScmDtixgdJw takes a look at one of the Amiga's wonderful
graphics tricks
- Dual Playfields... AFCD37:-ln_the_Mag- C-Course 'Tmohth-
Chapter 13 Background This time the main action happens in the
background playfield. The foreground contains a picture of the
sights and an eyepiece view, and it also hides the edges of the
screen as a bonus. The foreground plane is the ideal location
for display scores and so on.
This month we’re going to round off our look at Amiga programming by updating our program display to make use of one of these special Amiga graphics features: the Dual Playfield display. As the name suggests, this technique allows us to define two separate screen displays. The foreground display includes a special “transparent” colour which the background display shows through.
How you use this screen mode is up to you: you might want the background to be a scrolling starfield, for example, with your drawings appearing in the foreground. Or you might want the action to happen in the background, with the foreground containing an overlay of control panels, scores, radar displays and other information.
Setting up a Dual Playfield display isn’t particularly tricky. As usual, it’s a matter, of defining the necessary data structures and then calling a few m ta tags stv. Ctax this is done, Intuition will open the new screen display and the rest is easy.
As with the Double Buffering technique we used last month, we need to get down to the bitmap level of screen definition, but this means that it’s easy to add the new bitmap (s) for the extra playfield - it only takes half a dozen lines of code.
Once the bitmaps have been defined and initialised, we need to plumb them into the system. The ne of the things which has always made the Amiga special is its graphics capabilities.
Even the very simplest Amiga came with hardware video features which are capable of producing excellent results.
Although the move to solid 3D games like Quake has demonstrated the Amiga’s weak-spot for displaying so- called chunky graphics displays, when it comes to scrolling and overlaying the Amiga is still tops.
Includes a special 'transparent colour which the background display shows through.
Method for achieving this is to open the screen as normal and then suspend multitasking, alter the screen mode to Dual Playfield mode, insert the address of the new bitmaps and switch the OS back on. The new screen appears once this has been done. Here’s the code which does it: Install Dual Playfield myscreen- ViewPort.HasInfo- .
Next=rinfo2; myscreen- ViewPort.Modes I= DUALPFIPFBA; Permit(); MakeScreen(myscreen); RethinkDisplay(); The flag DUALPF switches the video hardware into Dual Playfield Cfe a p tern: A | prt 1| Chapter 12. A game! (part 3) A game! (part 4) mode and the flag PFBA swaps the default priority of Playfield 1 appearing in the foreground so that the new playfield will appear in front. This means that the player can only “see” the action through the holes cut in the foreground, which is a pleasing effect.
We can draw to any playfield at any time as there are two separate RastPort structures which we can access, depending on which we want to draw to. The double buffering process remains unchanged, although in this code we only double-buffer the background bitmaps, not the foreground bitmaps.
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CHAPTER THIRTEEN C PROGRAMMING GAME PROGRAMMING Now you have the graphics sorted you can move on to coding the rest of the game. As you may have detected, our 3D program has slowly evolved into a rather familiar-looking game involving wireframe tanks roaming around an empty landscape. If you want to make the game more challenging than a simple driving test, you have a lot of work in front of you.
Instructions to draw details into the new foreground screen. I flood-filled the entire display and then drew two circles in colour 0 to make holes. However, this was a tortuous business. It would be much better to use a paint program to draw the screen and then incorporate that into the program.
There is an extraordinarily easy and useful way of quickly getting graphics from Personal Paint into your Ccode: use the C-Source Save option. This isn’t present in all versions of Personal Paint, but if you have a version which supports it, you’re laughing. Draw your screen display and then save the file as something like “foreground.h”. You can then INCLUDE this in your program.
Personal Paint creates a C structure of type Image, and to copy this image into your own screen display you only need to use the Drawlmage function, like this: mSZBBQ Of till? Iiff lie mmting when the player selects left or right every object in the scene needs to swing around... First of all, you need to change the way in which the entire 3D world works.
At the moment there is a single tank which is under the control of the player.
You need to change this so that the tank you see displayed is actually the enemy tank under the control of the computer.
Drawlmage(rastport,&tankview,0,0); 1: tankview . Iff Cloanto Ppaint |q Save Image 1LBM 1 PNG GIF PCX ACBM CRYPT PBN C Si c !: Raw m ASCII joystick Joystick, c joystick. Ink joystick, o picture, iff SGOFTIONS tankview.bin tankview. H tankview. Iff tankview. Pic 2472 8000 37673 2360 29553 Path: |h:Hork SC AF4 File! Itankview. Iff Parent Delete Volumes This leads to an entire shift in the way objects work. Instead of the tank rotating when the player selects left or right, everyr object in the scene needs to swing around, giving the impression that it is the player who is spinning. All the maths
for performing this spin is already present in the C code so you just need to have a think about how to use it.
Now you should be working out a routine to allow the user (and the enemy tank) to fire a shell. The shell can be a simple cube object, but pretty soon it becomes obvious that some kind of collision-detection logic is required.
How can you tell when the shell hits the tank, or when the tank bumps into an object for that matter? I solved the problem by assuming all objects were actually circles and then calculating the radius to make sure they didn’t overlap.
Draw a diagram looking straight down and it’ll make more sense.
After all that, you need to work on a radar display (to give the player a hint as to the location of the enemy), scoring details and extra features such as the high-score table and attract mode displays. Even then there’s more to do: how about allowing the player to upgrade their own weapons? What about extra sneaky enemy tanks with homing missiles? Minefields? Fuel depots? That lot should keep you busy for months... That, I’m afraid, is your lot for the time being. Sadly, I didn’t get around to looking at programming the copper or adding sound effects, but you never know, we may get around to
this in the future. I hope you enjoyed our little look at C programming on the Amiga, and I know from your emails that there were many of you trying to follow the course. All the words and code are included on this month’s cover CD (in the In_the_Mag- C-Course drawer) so you can have a good look at the examples without having to retype them.
If you want more C programming, make sure you drop the new editor a note and let them know.
Proceed Personal Paint's ability to save out an image as C source code can save hours of work.
If the colour of the image is important to you, you’ll need to investigate some palette functions to preserve the colours. The end result is a very easy to define image which appears in front of the wireframe graphics. It’s easy to see how such a program could be expanded into something which actually looks pretty decent.
The final image the user sees onscreen is a combination of the foreground control panel and the same 3D wireframe (and flicker-free) images of a tank and objects.
It looks simple enough, but it's taken us over a year to get to this stage!
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An A500 from the good old days... YOU CAN!
I first bought your magazine many, many years ago when I was a young lad with an A500.1 remember how much bigger the magazine was then too. I’ve recently subscribed to ensure some support for the Amiga and your magazine and I would like to make a few suggestions if I may.
I’d like to see more Reader Ads, maybe 50 pages if there was enough support for it. Why not? It would make the magazine bigger and if people didn’t want to read them then they wouldn’t - simple!
On the topic of more pages, I’d like to see more Workbench and Mailbag.
That way people could see their letters getting through to the magazine. To be honest, I’ve written to a lot of magazines before and never had any letters published.
Also, I think considering how email is the mail of the future for speed and cost, why not have an email address available for sending to Reader Ads and Workbench? It’s a lot easier for me here in Denmark to send an email to the UK then a snail mail letter, and I’m sure I would have some support from other non-UK residents.
I’d love to hear other readers’ and subscribers’ thoughts on all these ideas.
Good luck with the magazine...
C. Klausen Denmark Ideas for adverts Amiga Inc. could make
Requests for old coverdisks Chain bloody letters and junk mail
sent by email Stamped addressed envelopes, expecting a reply
Letters with no concept of spelling, grammar and coherency
Well, thanks for the compliments. I first started reading AF
ivhen I was younger and had an A300 too.
Vm sure we could fill a lot more pages with Reader Ads. Unfortunately, the size of the magazine is determined by the number of advertisers and the number of readers, not by The other day, I decided to watch an episode of Babylon 3 from my video collection, remembering that they used Amigas for the pilot. I sat there watching some incredible space battles done in Lightwave (though probably on a Pointless Contraption), but that’s not the point of this mail.
It was as G’Kar spoke out that I realised how apt the following speech is to our current situation: “No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever.
There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom.
Against that power, governments, Actual adverts you've made Ideas for new things for the disks Ways to stop people sending chain letters and junk mail Good letters that we'll want to print and answer Letters with some thought put into their subject and construction what we could think of to write about, otherwise it would be a lot bigger.
You can email Reader Ads and Workbench queries to us already -just remember to put “Reader Ads” or “Workbench ” as the subject line and mail them to amformat@futurenet.co.uk. B5 SclblTltt® Online by n 1 11" "The movable object" ©1998 SHARE YOUR TALENTS SHAREWARE SUPPORT Hi guys, great magazine. I have every issue since being introduced to issue 32.
Anyway, enough of the butt kissing. I'd just like to let everyone know how helpful Oliver Kastl and everyone at Elaborate Bytes have been recently. Due to an introduction of monthly fees at my old provider (which I couldn't afford) I decided it was time for a change of address. Needless to say, I had to go through the rigmarole of notifying everyone 1 knew of the change of address. It then occurred to me that I needed to inform the makers of the relevant software that I own on my machine, so they could update their records too, and asked them if there was anything that I - needed to do because
of the software.
Most of the replies were of the "thank you" to the "you didn't have to worry" kind. However, on notifying Oliver Kastl of Elaborate Bytes not tyrants, and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learnt this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free.” Of course, for it to make sense you have to have knowledge of the B5 universe, and you have to replace ‘Centauri’ with ‘Microsoft’.
If this gets in I’ll be surprised, but I had to make sure others read this. As
K. C. Harrison said in AF118, no surrender, no retreat. Who are
the Vorlons then?
Paul Laycock amipal@yahQQ.com Babylon 5 - you knew it used Amiga graphics, but did you know that it used relevant speeches too?
IN DEFENCE OF AF... Issue 119 of Afcame through my letter box on Thursday December 10th.
During the day I read through all the reviews and news items in between the things I was working on.
Today I managed to find time to read Workbench and Mailbag, and although not all the articles relate to my experiences, I read them for reference. It would surely benefit Richard Tock and his friends to do this as well and they might learn something. Five years ago I was new to computers, but I bought and read, from cover to cover, every Amiga magazine available, and continued to do this every month until one by one they went out of publication, except AF.
I now have a vast collection of Amiga magazines with their contents databased so I can refer to any one of them if I need to know something. I have just got about 50 more from people that I’ve bought Amiga long after I had registered IDEfix 97,1 was pleasantly surprised by his level of help. Not only did I receive a bright and cheery reply soon after sending my message, he also told me he would send me a new registration number to use if I needed to re-install the software.
You can see how happy I must have been when you consider that living in Australia and trying to get Miggy stuff and information can be like squeezing blood from the proverbial stone. Don't worry though, I'm a strong opponent of the PC and a rabid supporter of the Amiga.
Stephen Kinzett Australia It's good to see that authors as well as users are making the effort for the Shareware scene. I'm pleased to hear you're rabid, too.
I don't remember this being mentioned anywhere in the mag, but if you log onto the pop.freeserve.net server as your FULL email address, i.e. johnO«nrth,fre«yvot llk instead of smlth.fraRSTWxo.uk. then only the emails sent to johnOsmilh... will be downloaded. This allows you to keep your unlimited email addresses completely separate.
David McMinn
D. lv1cMinn@eee.rgu.ac.uk Thanks for the tip. I'm sure a lot of
readers are now using Freeserve.
With reference to your comments a couple of issues ago regarding the demise of the Cheetah Bug joystick, anyone wanting one of these illusive items should contact Bill at Valley Soft in Canada as he stocks Bugs and will happily ship them to the UK.
His email address is: mlmtfMmmM&mt and his website can be found via the company index at Amigaweb. It's well worth a visit because he stocks a large amount of new and second hand software and hardware, gives an excellent service and is an Amiga user himself.
Kevin Owen Andover I'll look him up straight away!
Hardware from, through local second hand ads (a great resource if you’re after an out of print issue or any hardware or software that’s no longer manufactured).
I’d also like to take issue with Mr. Sharman’s letter berating Tony Horgan about not following up his complaints about a faulty CD coverdisc. It clearly states in the magazine that any faulty discs should be sent to DiskXpress in Gloucestershire. Considering CUAmiga Magazine’s offices were in London, I fail to see how Tony Horgan is responsible for faulty disc complaints. In fact, I think I’m correct in saying that most, if not all Continued overleaf magazine coverdisc complaints are dealt with by a separate company, and that the magazine editor and staff have no responsibility for faulty
Personally, I’m delighted that AF has contributions from ex-CUAmiga staff - we no longer have the luxury of being able to compare reviews of the same product from totally unconnected sources to get an overall impression of possible purchases, so this is the next best thing.
Is there actually a good newsreader for the Amiga?
Hendrick Musche Germany PS: Tell Ben it's "Willkommen injioln” and not 2 Willkommen nach Koln".
I wrote to Tony at CU Amiga to thank him for his article on creating Amiga games, and although he was clearly embarrassed by my letter, he thanked me in a personal reply within a week. The moral of the story is, a little bit Of thought before you complain about things that can be sorted out with a bit of common sense, please.
Pete Casson Bristol LANGUAGE!
I have recently just bought a second hand A1200 so I could do a bit of programming. I have a C compiler and I was wondering what other languages are available and which are the best compilers. I’m also considering getting Linux 5.1 but I’ve never seen it on an Amiga before and was wondering if it’s any good.
Your help on this matter would be much appreciated.
Jared Holdcroft m g I IT TT " :......11illAi; LET'S DO THE SHOW RIGHT HERE!
I read with some interest your January 1999 (AF119) issue, where the main feature was the Computer '98 Show in Cologne. This lead me to consider the locations of the main Amiga shows in this country, which always seem to be held in London.
Are we Miggy enthusiasts who live nowhere near the capital therefore unimportant? London isn't the easiest city in Britain to reach for people who live in places such as the north east, is it? What I'm basically trying to say is that wouldn't it be possible for Amiga-related shows to be held in other parts of the country, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or wherever, so we can spread the good word and all that? It would be a lot more beneficial to the rebirth of the world's greatest computer (since the C64) if more people had easier access to the folks who are in charge of the
development of the new Amiga and its add-ons.
One more point: is it just me or does the Sword Master in Monkey Island bear an uncanny resemblance to Spice Girl Mel B?
Nicholas Rock Stourbridge Working for a major publishing company situated in Bath and having formerly lived in Northern Ireland, I can't help but sympathise with your views on the London- centric bias of everything. The argument has always been that shows in London are situated in the largest concentration of attendees, as London and the immediately adjacent area contains such a huge population.
I think these days that this isn't really relevant to the Amiga market, but the Novotel has become a traditional home for such events now. A few years back there was talk of organising a show at the Birmingham NEC (which is a lot easier to get to than Hammersmith) but it never materialised.
This doesn't mean that people can't organise their own shows. Many of the shows held in the USA aren't terribly big and yet they still attract exhibitors and support from Amiga Inc. Why not try to organise a show yourself, or petition a local user group to do so? You might be surprised at the level of support you receive.
Quite a variety. Although C is most used on the Amiga, you can also find versions of older languages like Fortran and custom languages like E. Which language is best really depends on what you’re writing. Linux is an operating system so it’s the same, more or less, on whatever platform you use it on. The latest Amiga- specific release was Redhat Linux, reviewed in last month’s issue.
MORE THANKS The reason for writing this time is to say a big thank you to all Amiga developers out there, and to urge all you Amiga fans out there to get on the net. I can’t believe the amount of help, support and information available for Amiga users on the Internet, and with your Freeserve feature there’s no excuse for not giving it a go. It’s amazing how many new games and serious bits of software are being produced for this so-called “dead machine”.
I’m also amazed at the limits to which those dedicated Amiga Just a short line noting a little thing. Although having a lovely article about how to denoise sound files, it's actually hard to understand the .mpg from Cologne, on top of the American slang. And don't tell me it's because of the settings in my player because at's not it. Question the week: 4 fjB * mm.
RfS ir- I iW programmers push the old A1200 hardware. I never thought that I would be playing games like Quake, Doom and Myst, to name a few, on my trusty A1200.1 can’t wait for Napalm, and still they come: Lambda C, The Settlers II, Wipeout 2097, Z... the list is getting bigger. I also never thought I’d have my A1200 running dual processors, PPC and 68K, at over 160MHz, and have the whole thing in a tower.
Trim The point of this letter is, well, just to say a big thank you to all who play a part in the continued development of the Classic Amiga range. It’s your skill, dedication and commitment that have pushed the Amiga to perform technical feats not thought possible when it was launched. Without you there would be no Amiga, let alone a next generation.
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I can be emailed at this address: our website can be visited at: and our mailing list can be found at: ?egroups.com. Our announce only mailing list: digital images-news-subscribe@earoups.com. Stuart Walker Digital Images now SACK TO SCHOOL With regards to Leon Brown’s letter (School’s In) about getting Amigas into the education system, I would just like to tell him and every other Amiga lover, worshipper and people who just own Amigas, that I took my A1200 with 85Mb HD and 10Mb RAM into school and set it up in the IT room. To my technology teacher’s surprise, it was faster than the fastest
Acorn 3000.
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I note that from January 1st 1999, most of our keyboards became out of date. While we have suitable signs for the older major currencies like $ , £, etc, we lack the sign for the new Euro, which has now become important on the world markets. While I may well have missed a note on this in some of the more recent copies of Amiga Format, I haven’t found any reference to this problem. I’ve been trying to combine an uppercase C with an equals sign written over it, but without success.
In reply to the letter 'Developing Situation' in Amiga Format issue 119,1 can tell everybody in the Amiga community that Digital Images will be fully supporting the Super Amiga and we expect to have some great titles ready for its release that will really blow the socks off any other computer game around.
These games are mainly top secret at the moment, but I can tell you that we're working on a 3D beat-em-up called Kijitsu Warriors, a 3D football game called Digital Soccer and another game which is in the very early stages.
These games should also be released for Amiga PPC and they will really show people what the Amiga can do! We expect to be able to release some pictures soon of what Digital Computer Centre in Leeds to buy one of these incredible machines for use in his classroom. Anyway, keep the excellent magazine going strong and please slap a few real stickers onto the front cover.
Paul Wood Huddersfield Sadly, most people’s perception of the Amiga is based on an unexpanded A500 they saw eight or nine years ago. That’s why they ’re surprised by what a modern Amiga can do, and even more sadly, there is little opportunity for them to see one in action. I hope your technology teacher is now a convert.
PWIifpe Dumont AywaiUe, Belgium I have a particular interest in this problem as I have worked most of my life in other parts of the European Union and my pensions are therefore paid by other authorities than those in the UK. As such, I have to use the symbol in my personal accounts.
John E. Hooper Peebles The only thing you’re likely to get with an upper case C and an equals sign is a. reminder of times gone by. Although your keyboard is out of date, your real problem is the lack of a font with a Euro symbol in it.
Don’t worry, I’m sure one will appearing on our CD very soon.
I know you’ll probably get a lot of emails about the rise in price of AF, but I just had to write. This is the first time I’ve ever had anything bad to say about your magazine, but come on, £5.99 for the floppy version with 107 pages including adverts is crazy. I wonder how much the CD version is now. Ten quid?
I wonder if the price change has anything to do with the fact that you’re now the only Amiga magazine available and you know that Amiga users have no alternative. Future Publishing’s profits must be increasing, that’s for sure.
Peter Luckhurst ?realm98, freeserve.co.uk Six quid!? You’ve gotta be kidding me!
I’d hate to know how much the CD version costs... Matthew O’Neill, via email Well, actually, these are the only letters we’ve had on the subject so far. Just as a matter of interest, the CD version hasn’t gone up in price and nor is it going to for the foreseeable future. In case you ’re reading the CD version and don’t know what everyone is talking Continued overleaf 4 Anton Gregory Walsall 4" about, the price of the floppy version of AT has risen to £5.99 to match the price of the CD version.
The reason why the floppy version has increased in price has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the floppy issue has become more expensive to produce.
Double Density floppy disks are in short supply (the Amiga is the only major platform which still uses them) and hence cost more.
In fact, it costs more in materials and duplication to produce the floppy issue than the CD issue. Faced between the choice of simply not having a floppy issue or paying a quid more for it, which would you rather have? Oh, and it’s 108 pages - bits of paper always, in my experience, have two sides.
Quality and suchlike, nor the one who criticised the excellent article on programming a Pic chip. Okay, not everybody is clever enough to do it, but it’s good to know you could if you wanted. Tell the ones who still whinge that the rest of us, who live in the real world, like Afthe way it is and appreciate your efforts.
Going back to whingeing, I’m pleased we no longer get the letters from people complaining that ‘it won’t work on my A500’. I was struck by how far we’ve really come with our Miggies.
I had a fairly major crash the other day which corrupted a fairly big partition on my internal hard drive and I’ve just completed backing everything up and moving things about on my backup Jaz cartridge. It took less than 15 minutes to achieve - it makes life so much easier than having to do it with floppies.
The first ‘backup’ device I got was an external Zip, which was great and much faster than doing things with a floppy, but I quickly found that although 95Mb was an improvement, it wasn’t until my wife asked me what I wanted - really, really wanted - for Christmas and I said a Jaz that I really appreciated what hard drive Heaven was really like. It has to be the best peripheral I ever bought - it’s lightning fast, probably approaching twice the speed of even my fairly fast hard drive and it’s so easy to use.
I now have one cartridge with its 1 Gb partition and a second used entirely for backup, partitioned into 2x 510Mb partitions. It says in the book that you can’t partition them, but believe me you can and I love ’em.
Ian Aisbitt Well, we try to be fair to everyone and let everyone air their views, even if they are obviously wrong. I think a lot of people just like to take their frustration out on someone, and Amiga owners have had a fair bit to be frustrated about.
As for the Jaz drive, I’m glad you’ve found it useful. We had a few unpleasant experiences with ours, but it’s undoubtedly more useful than a tape streamer.
MOAN, MOAN, MOAN Reading Mailbag recently, I was struck by the reduction in whingeing. I don’t know why you bother to reply to the idiots who complain about paper Despite some problems we've had with Jaz drives, they can make a superb backup device.
I've written in before with suggestions on improving the Amiga's image but I think this idea could work. It came to me while watching the very old Jesus on E's demo which appeared in the early '90s. I was thinking about the current state of the Amiga, with the PowerPC chips appearing in many machines (not enough in my opinion) and people buying graphics cards in order to play Quake or other games that are now out.
What if all the enthusiastic Amiga users out there, with their powerful machines and creative brilliance, produced their own super demos using the high quality sound and graphics cards? It could be a joint effort, possibly with AF and Amiga International as organisers of the project, with a view to putting the finished demo on video, film and even DVD discs. Then the hype can start early and people can be impressed when they go to the cinema (to see the Amiga advert), watch a video or download the demo from the Internet.
You could advertise the competition in the Amiga sections of The Mix and Future Music mags too, meaning more coverage for AF. On a less serious note, I noticed that pages from the December issue of AF mysteriously appeared in the November issue (I think) of TV Zone, and the 1 individual AF pages were put in the magazine in perfect numeric sequence with the TV Zone pages. I'm sure you must know about this already and I noticed that the mistakes were omitted from the magazine a couple of weeks later, with the correct pages inserted. Can you shed any light on this funny, but probably quite
serious, problem?
Chris Hindley Deeside Well, there have been a few PPC demos released, but so far these seem to be rather tricky to get to work. In the typical demo coder mentality, they'll only work on one particular setup. Stuff coded for the PPC tends to need to be more system friendly, not less, and I think that's what a lot of the coders have difficulty with. I hope to see some better demos soon.
As for the TV Zone mix up, we were quite surprised too! Both mags are printed at the same place, so we can only assume there was some sort of unfortunate confusion, though obviously the TV Zone readers should be delighted at having been provided with all that free enlightenment..1 We don *t normally reply personally, but I found a spare copy o AF55 so I’ll send it to you. DiskMaster 2 is also available, with docs, from Aminet, in the util dir drawer.
You should also consider buying an upgrade to WB3.1 (available from Power Computing) and getting a subscription to AF if you want to get the best out of your Amiga. Meanwhile, if you need any advice or help, just drop us a line that’s what we’re here for! CL?
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® Mr. Elliott 01753 570274.
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® Mel 01308 456685.
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® 01773 513765.
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® 01332 740984.
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©SEAL, South Essex Amiga Link.
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+61 I, email +49 +43 +39 +32 +31 +33 Stocks all Amiga products, including a new A4000 tower and the latest products from phase 5.
Comfix Computer Maintenance, 111 Cambridge Street, West Leederville, WA, 6007.
« 08 9388 1665.
Provides Amiga software and hardware support.
Unitech Electronics, 8b Tummul Place, St. Andrews, Sydney, NSW. * 02 9820 3555.
All hardware and software and also make own cables.
Very professional and helpful.
G. Soft Pty Ltd, Shop 4 2 Anderson Walk, Smithfield, South
Australia, 5114.
Also at 33 Adelaide Road, Gawler, South Australia, 5118.
® 08 8284 1266, email asoft@cobweb.com.au New and used hardware and software, repairs, tech support and advice. Family run, helpful, will custom- make tower systems and will give any hardware a custom colour scheme of your choice.
Computa Magic, 75 Spence Street, Keilor Park, Victoria.
® 03 9331 5600, fax 03 9331 5422.
Desktop Utilities, Shop 13, Manuka Court, Manuka, Canberra. ACT.
® 02 6239 6658.
MVB Computer Supplies, 506 Dorset Road, Croydon, Victoria.
* 03 9725 6255.
Synapse Computers, 190 Riding Road, Hawthorne, Queensland.
« 07 3899 0980.
M. A.R. EDV Systeme, Karlsplatz 1, A-1010 Wien.
® 1505 7444.
Sells hardware and software and offers an Amiga repair service.
Point Design, Jurgen Schober, Muchargasse 35 1 4, A-8010 Graz.
® 0316 684809, fax 0316 684839, email for questions about products and support, or order@pointdesign.com to order a product.
Amiga Service, Rue Du Nord, 93, 6180 Courcelles. * 71 458244.
PD disks, CD-ROMs, software, hardware and services like scanning, hard drive recovery and laser printing.
Generation Amiga, Rue de 1’ Eglise 22, 1200 Brussels. ® 2538 9360.
Amiga City, Avenue du Prince, Heritier, 176, 1200 Brussels.
® 2736 6111.
AmigaTech Australia, 17 Thompson Circuit, Mill Park, Melbourne, 3082, Victoria.
® 03 9436 5555, fax 03 9436 9935, email
r. Dalmer@amioatechxoin.ay or visit SsJLg- ,
* rs • AUSTRALIA | BELGIUM AUSTRIA AIC Systems, ® 09 8775 1100,
email vmp@dlc.fi Amigator, ® 02 234 5333, email aho@sip.fi
Broadline Oy, 0 09 8747 900, email broline@dic.fi Broadware Oy,
® 09 7001 8580, visit Sells a good range of accelerators and
other items of hardware.
Gentle Eye Ky, ® 03 363 0048, email ge@vip.fi The staff are very skilled and the shop stocks most new products.
Harcom Oy, ® 09 409 373, visit httpj . _on.aj..eynetJZppM.r Hat Data Huolto Oy, ® 09 769 314.
Offers a repair service.
Karelia Computer Ky, ® 013 897 088.
Has a good supply of most of the older Amiga hardware and software.
Tsunami Trading, ® 02 438 9870, email AFI (Applications & Formations Informatiques), Clos Del 'Me 21, 4431 Loncin (Liege).
® 4239 0093.
Can provide help on most serious subjects. Stocks the full Amiga range with a good selection of second-hand hardware. Aminet Cds are available, as well as the most commonly used Amiga applications.
Click!, Boomsesteen Weg 468, B-2610, Wilrijk.
® 3828 1815.
Digital Precision, Chaussee de Jette, 330, 1090 Brussels.
« 2426 0504.
An Amiga dealer since 1980, sells A1200s, A4000s, PPC cards, RAM, all new software, towers, magazines, etc. Good service with Amiga-specific salesmen who know Amigas.
Kiwi Multimedia, Lerager 60, 3600 Frederiksund.
® 4738 0639.
Stocks almost all Amiga products, makes the Millennium Amiga.
Video Spotronics Ky. ® 09 8735 435.
Offers a repair service.
? | CANADA ( | FRAIUCE +358 National Amiga, 111 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario, N6B 2M4. ® 519 858 8760. Visit http: vww.natfonaiarniqa.com Stocks all Amiga products, full line, Amiga dealer and service centre.
Mygale, Boulevard Raimbaldi 31, 06000, Nice.
® fax 4 9313 0635.
Only sells quality products.
SL Diffusion, Route du General de Gaulle 22, 67300 Schiltigheim.
® 3 8862 2094, visit hftp sid Very friendly manager.
ADFI Application, Avenue de la Liberation 47, 63000 Clermont, Ferrand.
® 4 7334 3434 Distributor of many titles translated into French and have a special agreement with Haage & Partner to sell French versions of their software.
Robymax, Via Varvariana, 14, 00133, Rome.
® 06 2042 7234, email robymax@mclink.it CD-ROMs, games and hardware.
Non Solo Soft, Casella Postale 63,10023, Chieri.
® 011 9415237, email solo3@chierlnetit Full range of software and hardware.
Manufacturer and distributor of Ateo products, such as the Pixel64 card.
Pragma Informatique, Route Departementale 523, 38570 Tencin.
® 4 7645 6060, fax 4 7645 6055, visit ).com ADX Datentechnik, Haldesdorfer Str. 119, 22179 Hamburg. ® 040 642 02656.
Hardware and software reseller.
Softwarevertrieb Kanzmeier, Senator-Balcke-Str.
85, 28279 Bremen. ® fax 04 218 31682, email Barlage-Denhaag, Rabarberstraat 142a, 2563 RP Den Haag, Holland.
® 070 448 0282, Hardware and software supplier.
Ganjineh Afzar Pooya, 30, Alley 4th, Abouzar Str., Seyed-Khandan, 16616 Tehran.
® 021 866755, Sells most hardware and software.
Ateo Concepts, Le Plessis, 44220 Coueron, Nantes.
® 2 4085 3085, fax 2 4038 3321, visit http: mvw.ateo-concgDts.com. email APS, Rue Louis Maurel 15, 13006, Marseille.
® 4 910030 44, fax 4 9100 3043, visit Official MicroniK distributor.
NETHERLANDS J] ITALY GERMANY +98 Software Paradise, Rue de Lamouly 39, 64600 Anglet. ® 5 5957 2088, fax 5 5957 2087, visit Stocks software and hardware for the Amiga, PC and Mac.
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+34 Computer City, Zebrastraat 7-9, NL 3064 LR, Rotterdam.
® 31 10 4517722, email info@compcltyjll Sells most Amiga products and helpful staff.
Courbois Software, Fazantlaan 61-63, 6641 XW, Beuningen. ® 024 677 2546.
All hardware and software, with many second-hand products at very low prices.
Document House Xerox, Postbus 542, 8901BH, Leeuwarden. « 058 280 0530 or 058 275 2384.
Stocks all Amiga hardware and softxvare.
Amigis, Spanjaardstraat 53, 4331 Ep, Middelburg.
®011 062 5632, email' “ Amiga hardware and software.
AmigaLine, Moscow, Zorge 6.
® 943 3941 or 943 3871, email An Amiga-oriented computer shop.
Amiga Service, Office 309, Bumazhnaya Str 3, Sankt-Peterburg, 198020.
® 812 1868842.
A1200 hardware.
Audiovisual, Rua Maria Matos, 6 - C V Dta, 2675 Ramada.
Dealer distributor, promises best prices for hardware and software.
Comp Karori, Karori Shopping Mall, Karori, Wellington.
® 0447 60212, fax 0447 69088, email mm or visit or RUSSIAN FED. +7095 l IEW ZEALAND PORTUGAL SPAIN +47 Data Kompaniet AS, Teknostallen-Prof, Brochsgt.B, N-7030, Trondheim, or w 7354 0375.
All new products, very good support.
SES Computers, 88-90 London Road, Southend- On-Sea. ® 01702 335443.
Loads of software, peripherals and second hand hardware.
Limited stocks of new hardware, very helpful staff.
Cavendish Computers, 144 Charles Street, Leicester. ® 0116 2510066.
Hardware (old), games and utilities.
Classic, 11 Deansgate, Radcliffe, Manchester, « 0161 7231638.
PD, commercial games, CD32, CD-ROMs, hard drives, CD-ROM drives, A1200s, floppy drives, disks, modems.
Free fitting service on hard drives.
Mays, 57 Church Gate, Leicester city centre.
« 0116 2516789.
Hardware, games and utilities.
Computer Solutions, Unit 2, Mill Lane Mews, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HP.
« 01530 412983.
New and used software, hardware, stocks full range.
Helpful staff.
Planet Games, 3 Royal Oak Buildings, Waterloo Road, Blackpool.
® 01253 348738.
Allsorts, 51 Park Road, Wosbrough Bridge, Barnsley.
® 0589 272940.
Games, PD, disk drives, monitors (all used).
Game, Sheffield Town Centre.
® 0114 2729300.
Sells various Amiga games, utility disks and other items of software. It’s also possible for customers to reserve games in advance.
Tech-Exchange, 3 Forest Road East, Nottingham, NG1 4HJ.
® 0115 9100077.
All Amiga products and a helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Chips, 8 Watchbell Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.
® 01983 821983.
Lots of classic games and older Amiga hardware.
Vortex Services, 13-15 St. Michael’s Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancs, OL6 6LF.
Electronics Boutique, 30 The Mall, Golden Square, Warrington, Cheshire.
® 01925 240731.
A good selection of Amiga software and peripherals.
Electronics Boutique, Unit 120, 3 Russell Way, Gateshead Metrocentre, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
* 0191 4602637.
A small selection of about 40 different games and utilities, mainly older but some new. Also some peripherals.
Electronics Boutique, Gallowtree Gate, Leicester city centre.
Stocks most games, although it does tend to be a bit slow on new games.
Electronics Boutique, 81 High Street, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield.
® 0114 2569060.
Games, utilities, mice, educational software and can order software. Helpful staff Electronics Boutique, Unit 19, St.John’s Centre, Perth, PHI 5UX, Scotland.
* 01738 637807.
Software and peripherals and will order any Amiga games you require.
Swops, Corner of Bold Street, Fleetwood.
® 01253 776977.
Computer Cavern (Capri CD Distribution), 9 Dean Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3AA.
A. D.A. Computers, 11770 Stuckf Road, Elberta, AL 36530. ® 334
986 8428, fax 334 986 6308, email adfamtqulftelmm TLAS, PO Box
30499, Midland, Texas, 79712.
® 915 563 79712.
Games software, some hardware, 100% Amiga. Very high quality software. & +001 }lub Byte, C D. Juan de Mena, 21 bajo Izq, 46008 Valencia. ® fax (96) 3921567.
Shop Name i SWITZERLAND I_ Applimatic SA, Rte-de-Montreux 49, CH-1618 Chatel-St-Denis, Switzerland.
® 41 21 931431.
Digitronic, Chr Merian - Ring 7, 4153 Reinach.
® 6176565, visit http www.dtaitronic.ch Full range of Amigas.
Amiga Shop 2000, Wallisellenstr.318, CH-8050, Zurich. ® 411 3221414.
Hardware, software and skilled staff Amigaland, Butzenstr.l, CH-8038, Zurich.
« 411 482 4750, visit http‘7 www.am»qaland,ch Sells a full range of Amigas.
+44 UIC Gamestation, Unit 29, The Market Vaults, St. Helens Square, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
Stocks hardware, games and utilities. Helpful staff.
HardPlay Software, 2 Broad Street, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2BU. * fax 01637 850909.
Console and games shop.
Level 7, 113 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
* 01253 859004.
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SHARE YOUR TALENTS DupahBack (below) by Kevin Jones Kevin's plea for assistance in writing a "game" has overtones of a Kafka-esque escape into what we critics call "irreality", and his image echoes that with its dark, brooding, circular shapes. Hmm... Amiga by Paul Smith Paul's image, cliched though it may be, offers the strength and hope that the future holds brighter things.
As is often the case, although the artist hasn't quite mastered his medium - in this case Cinema 4D - the picture is not without merit. Hmm... fAf vrfc ¦ V:: " ;" y;% few AntlS Tuomi Lamp (afa Antti's antics with the multi-platform POVRay prove to be of good use here. Interesting how the artist likens his artistic efforts to programming, two skills one would think on first impression to be completely opposite. Hmm.. LemmingtonTokersviSie by Gareth Davidson Based on a hand-drawn image and then scanned and moved to the digital realm, Gareth's oeuvre hasn't lost any of its immediacy and vibrancy
in the transition. The parallel drawn between drug abuse and art is quite apposite, I feel. Hmm... CONTRIBUTIONS If you'd like to enter your work for the Gallery in Amiga Format, read the Reader Submission file on the CD, or simply send your work to: Gallery, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW, making sure you include the reader warrant from the CD pages in this mag.
W unveils this month's top selection of Amiga programs and utilities. A fun, new music package, complete for you to use, tops the bill.
You may not be a musician but if you’ve always fancied dabbling with a few notes on your Amiga, BeatBox 2 is just what you’re looking for. It doesn’t have all the complicated clutter of OctaMED because most amateur users just want to be able to string a few samples together in an organised manner and need very few editing features.
BeatBox Don’t get us wrong though - as the examples show, you can create some complex music with the program, but it provides a gentle introduction to the world of music because of its simple interface.
When you open the BeatBox directory, you’ll need to install the program using the Commodore Installer interface, but it does everything automatically for you.
When you load the program itself, you may be asked to choose some program preferences for the screen resolution, but you can change these from within the program’s Project menu if you want to do so later.
Included with the packag as well as two songs which you can load in... The program itself is split into two levels. The top part has four rows of sixteen boxes. Each box can contain a sample. The four rows represent the channels and you can have up to four samples playing at the same time. The total view you have is of one block from your project, a block made up of four channels, each containing sixteen places for samples.
Below the block area is the control section with areas for the samples, the blocks, the tempo and the playback, as well as the sequencer, which is used to order the blocks in a song project.
The first thing you need to do is load some samples, without which you can’t make a song. There are some samples included with the package, as well as two songs which you can load in to decompile if you want to see how a MADHOUSE ...-.....-____________________________m a fetes jbzm tow kaACte J V r .
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* ¦ SeMaffer Duration Ite This is a wonderful screen blanking
utility that comes with a wealth of ready to use blankers. The
configuration editor uses MUI and allows you to easily enable
or disable the blankers that are used from the list - by
default the system chooses a blanker at random each time the
blanker kicks in. You can choose all the delay times and the
activation keys for enabling the blankers instantly. You can
also choose what should be used to wake the screen back up -
keystrokes, mouse movement, etc, and whether you should be able
to stop the blankers kicking in by leaving the pointer in a
corner. All the options you expect are here in what is a very
comprehensive package.
From stars to lightning and from snow to dimming. Madhouse is an accomplished package that's well worth investigating. There's a pop up control key for the configuration editor and it can also be accessed from Workbench's Tools menu. Madhouse is Shareware and requires registration so please see the documentation.
The blankers section not only allows you to choose which blankers are active in the list but also what options are enabled for individual blankers.
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V y § r pi ___ Erei, I Shuffle m Since v3.3 of ToolType Manager, there have been a whole host of changes, including a redesign of the interface. In a nutshell, TTManager replaces the Information menu item for Icons in Workbench. Instead, you click on an icon and select TTMananger from the Tools menu and a complete icon management system is opened. There are so many enhancements that it's a completely different beast from the bland original.
You can change Tooliypes and icon types, copy and aaste and do lots more, so try it for yourselves and check out the documentation. TTManager is Giftware.
Completed song looks. The samples from the package will be installed by default into a directory on the root of your drive called Samples. Right click at the top of the screen to open the menu and choose Samples Load Sample from the menu - if you don’t have the mouse at the top of the screen, the menu won’t appear. This is because the right mouse button does different things within the main screen area.
Load in each sample from the directory. You don’t need to worry about which instrument is selected in the Sample area as each sample will be put into a list in the order you load it. As you load a sample, you’ll be asked to assign an icon to the sound. This is so you’ll be able to see which sound is entered in the block when you use it.
When you have a few samples loaded, click on the Select Sample button at the bottom left. You can now select a sample from the list to enter into one of the cells in the block.
To enter the sample into the block, left click on the top square of a cell. The sample’s icon will appear in the square.
The button underneath the cell will appear depressed and this shows that it’s the current cell.
You don’t have to stick with the original note for the sample. You can use the same sample many times in a song and have it played differently each time. Now you have a sample in the block, click on the keyboard icon in the Sample section. A keyboard will open in a window. Try clicking on a few of the keys and you’ll soon see how you can make the sample sound higher or lower.
You’ll be in Edit mode by default so your last key will be the one used for the sample in the cell you’re editing. You can also left click on other cells while the window is open to enter the sample with that key into those cells. Take some time to experiment with the other features here because you can also enter the sample in real-time using the Enter mode, and more besides.
Be careful not to left click on other cells containing the sample when you’ve changed a key for a sample or you’ll overwrite that cell with the last implementation of the sample. To just play a cell sound without editing it, right click on the cell instead.
You can change the sound of each sample in the cells by using the keyboard. Build up a block using different samples and different keys.
Remember that each cell isn’t an entire sample - the sample from a cell isn’t played in its entirety before the next cell is played. This means that you must leave adequate space after a cell for the sample to be played out before entering another sample into that particular channel. You can, of course, have different samples playing at the same time by using the different channels.
This method isn’t a restriction, but rather an extra feature because it means that you can actually cut off samples before they reach their end. This is very useful for making quick tempo pieces. Again, experimentation should make this a lot clearer.
TTMANAGER 3.4 If you ever want to remove a sample from a cell, right click on the button below the cell to clear it.
When you have a block full, you need to create a new block. By default the Blocks are just named Block 1, etc, but you can click in the name and type in a new one - call the first Intro, or something like that, so you can recognise it later. This is important because when you come to use the sequencer to re-order or re-use blocks in a song, it’s almost impossible to do so from memory of what “Block 22” was. To add a new block, click on the “+” icon.
You can move up and down blocks, as you can samples, using the “+” and your song written, save the song, if you haven’t already done so, from the Project menu. Now click on the Sequencer icon. This opens a new window split into two columns. On the left is the order of the song and on the right are all the blocks in your project.
Left click on a block to insert it into the song order. You can click on blocks in the song to choose where you put them. Blocks can be repeated as many times are you like and there’s also a loop facility for looping the song back from one block to another. If you want to remove a block from the song, right click on it. Click on the Close gadget to return to the main screen. To hear the song played back, use the Play Block and Play Song buttons. The Stop button will halt both playbacks.
There’s a lot more to the program than this and playing around should soon reveal more about the way it works, but you can also read the online help guide by clicking on the Help button in the program. BeatBox 2 is now Freeware so the program is complete, but you still need to register with the authors. The details are in the docs. © ®aw© ©g3 introduces this month's double bill, featuring a fuli video poker simulation and a retro beat-em-up.
Score button shows the current high score table and the Stats button takes you to a screen which shows you how your current game is going, including the highest you’ve scored and what your win lose ratio is.
Deal button next to the Bet section. Five cards are dealt to the main area of the screen. You need to make a guess at which cards will give you the best chance of completing one of the winning combinations as shown in the winning table in the top right of the screen. When you’ve decided which cards you want to keep and which cards you want to lose, click on the cards that you want to dispose of and they’ll be discarded. (This is different to many card games where you click on the cards that you want to hold on to.) Click on the Deal button again and the dealer will deal you new cards for the
ones that you’ve discarded.
Hopefully you now have a winning hand because, if not, you’ve just lost the game. If you do lose, click on Deal to play the next hand. If you’ve won, the bottom right of the screen will have a new set of buttons, labelled Double ‘Yes” and “No”. This is the tradition of video poker where you can take your r if'j? -!! Ff t if If .ff f :• 'v M IlM* W §«& cards are dealt so you have to choose your stake on how lucky you're feeling.
The game itself is played from the bottom of the screen. In the bottom left there is the bet amount. You start with a pot of $ 100 and you can bet anything from $ 1 to $ 5 on each hand. The amount is set before the cards are dealt so you have to choose your stake on how lucky you’re feeling.
In the top right of the screen you can see the list of hands that will win money, together with the breakdown of how they’re paid according to your stake. For example, if you only bet $ 1 and have two pairs in your hand, you win $ 2, but if you had bet $ 5 you would have won five times that, $ 10.
When you’re ready, click on the mmwmm mi&ta&ttus* ssess©* ms&m m • gumma If you've never played poker or video poker before, here's a quick guide to what the possible winning hands are so you can decide which cards to keep when playing. Always play the odds as it should provide the best chance of winning.
- The lowest winning hand; simply requires a pair of Jacks. Pays
the stake.
- Any two pairs. Pays twice the stake.
- Three matching cards. For example, three Kings. Pays triple the
‘ TRAIG - Five consecutively numbered cards. Can be of differing suits. For example, two hearts, three diamonds, four hearts, five spades, six clubs. Pays four times the stake.
- Five cards of the same suit, but not consecutively numbered.
For example, two, four, six, ten and queen of clubs. Pays six
times the stake.
- Three of a kind and a pair together For example, three kings
and two fours. Pays nine times the stake.
- All four cards of same number from each suit; four matching
cards. Pays 25 times the stake.
Five cards from the same suit in a consecutive order. For example, three hearts, four hearts, five hearts, six hearts, seven hearts. Pays 100 times the stake.
- Like a straight flush, but where the cards are the top cards
from the suit. For example, ten clubs. Jack clubs. Queen clubs.
King clubs, Ace clubs. This is a very rare hand - you're only
supposed to get one of these in your life!
Pays 1,000 times the stake.
Visit Vegas and you’ll see this game in every casino. Now you don’t need to leave your Amiga to get a bit of the feeling of the high life.
Video Poker differs from regular poker in that you aren’t playing against other players. The aim is purely to get the best hand you can, and certain hands will win you money.
When the game loads up you’re presented with the simple play screen.
On the top left are three buttons for controlling the game. You can cash out, which allows you to cash in your winnings and leave the game, the High HANDY TIPS See the best winners and then marvel at how quickly your money dwindles away on the stats page.
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If you lose at any point, even if you’ve previously won a double bet, then you lose all the money that you’d won from that hand.
Leading,, cylinder ?t, 8Jo hr eyi endc Long before Tekken, way before Body Blows, back before Streetfighter, there was The Way of the Exploding Fist, and it was good. Yes, those of us who remember the 8-bit days (heck, I even seem to remember there being a Spectrum port, though I may be wrong) will remember just how groundbreaking and addictive the first beat-em-up was. Well, in homage to the late, great game.
Legend resurrects it on your Amiga.
To load the game you need to first ensure that the disk you booted from has the Amiga's math libraries (i.e. it needs to have Workbench installed correctly). You then need to make an assign for Legenddata: to the directory that you unpacked the game to.
To make things easier, we've included a script called Make Assign in with the game. Double click on this before loading. If you don't want to have to do this every time you load the game, you'll need to add an assign in your user-startup.
When the game loads, you'll go straight into it. There are many different game modes so press the F2 key to choose between them. In the top right of the screen you'll see some text telling you which game mode you've selected. When you want to start the game, press F1. The games range from single player or two player games to full tournaments.
The game itself is controlled by the joystick. There are lots of different moves and they're all available from a combination of directions and the fire button. The documentation details all the moves and you should read it or else you'll find the computer doing back flips and roundhouses while you're still struggling with the forward punch.
Each time a player knocks down an opponent he'll be awarded a single or double point, as indicated by the black and white symbols above the player, and the first to four wins the bout.
There's also a clock to beat, so don't just wait around for an opening or you might lose if your opponent has already knocked you down once.
Watch the old man sitting in the background as he judges you.
As you play against the computer, you win not only bouts and points but you also progress through the belts, so you start at Novice and go through 1st Dan and onwards.
The game is as good as the original, so putting nostalgia aside it's still worth playing - you've got to hear the sound effects! The author has released the game as Shareware and does ask for a contribution if you keep playing. More details can be found in the documentation. "Fight!"
Who can forget the elation of finally performing a roundhouse lade? Also : included is a blood mode, Mortal Kombat-siyte, that I don't recall in the original.
Winnings on a hand and gamble them for double or quits. It’s not a complex procedure. If you decide not to gamble, your winnings go into the bank so you have more money to bet with. High scores are decided by the highest amount of money you ever have during the game, rather than the amount that you have when you decide to cash out, so you might decide to take the money and run.
If you’re a gambler though, click on the ‘Yes” button. The cards are shuffled and dealt. One card is face up and the LEGEND 5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks.
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We got ten out of ten for AFCD36 from Chris Wright in Wales, so how can we possibly improve on that? The answer is that we continue to strive to bring you the best in Amiga-based entertainment value, from the megademos we have on this issue’s CD to the audio tracks we’ve included. There’s plenty here to keep you going for the next four weeks in terms of serious stuff too, so let’s begin.
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There’s all sorts of things in there this issue, from patches for ImageFX to a complete Tex archive. If you have a yearning for something in particular and would like to see us search for it, You may not havm smm St recently, but it's ¥@ry handy indeed! 1 +system+ Just thought I'd chuck in a bit about the +System+ drawer in case you haven't looked in it for a while.
Not only does it contain the essential AFCDPrefs and AFCDFind that you may well use on a regular basis, but there are also other useful files there.
The info drawer contains files that tell you how to send in your work for the CD, along with a history of what's been changed on the CD as it gets more and more mature. The Readme template is for people who really don't want to have to think about their contributions to the disc, and the AFCD_Survey is a feedback tool to let us know what you think of the AFCD and how it can be improved. Do make use of it as it'll help us to make the CD better for you.
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MEGMBEMOS “in tti§ Mm-iMmMmm We often get asked to put the latest demos on our CD, but it’s not always easy. For a start, since we’re a family magazine we don’t want to put something on our coverdisc that may Not really, no - it's actually likely to be fuller than some of the other Cds we've done. Although Workbench only shows the data portion of the CD as being 534Mb, there are two audio tracks on the disc that show off just what can be achieved with Sequencer One Plus.
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Offend a large proportion of our Amiga- owning readership. Secondly, these demos often contain copyrighted material that Future wouldn’t like us to include. Thirdly, some demos just sometimes don’t run on my machine, and if they don’t run they don’t go on the CD. Even so, we’ve managed to gather together eight demos for you to gawp at, all of which have been tested on my A4000 ’060. If they don’t work on your machine, please don’t ring to complain - demo coders aren’t famous for their system friendliness... MAC FUN!
- Seriously Amjga- Emuiation ShapeShlf!er The battle raged
between Fusion and ShapeShifter for so long that it’s easy to
forget that ShapeShifter was the first Amiga program to offer
easy-to- accomplish Mac emulation. Of course, all good things
come to an end, so with a final flourish Christian Bauer has
updated ShapeShifter so that it now MORE MAC FUN!
- Seriously Jimlga- imulation vMac As one emulation comes to an
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No hang on, don’t get worked up supports System 8.1 and, more
importantly, has made it Freeware. You no longer need a keyfile
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should also work and so on. Mac emulation has never been so
We've had to change the way the CD is mastered here at AF Towers, and that means you'll no longer be able to boot from the AFCD. However, we don't feel that this is a big downer for quite a few reasons: I If you had to boot the AFCD then you probably weren't going to get the best from it. Most CD32 owners in our experience now have a hard drive in an SX-1 or better, and so they're able to boot from that instead.
People booting our AFCD on their A1200s would miss out on the careful set-up of their own machines in favour of the rather ignored AFCD's set-up. We'd rather you used our CD as a data CD anyway, and this will ensure that you do.
3 Finally, the room that's been freed up by not needing to include separately installed versions of MUI, or a WBStartup, might not be very much, but every little bit counts, as I'm sure you'll appreciate.
CD32 support may. Be gone, but ail is not 1 SAY, YOU CAD!
~Seri0USl¥_ftmiga- -Commeraal- GycasDemol.l8jfPU There’s a lot you can say about 3D CAD packages, from their origins on our Continued overleaf 4 Undo-l a ? I Select function: CYCAS's interface should make dedicated CADders feel at home.
4" platform to the current state of the art, but all of a sudden, out of the left field, here comes a program called CYCAS by Anja Frese.
Since there isn’t a whole lot of info in the readme file that comes with the package, I can only tell you what I know about it. It’s commercial, it’s by someone called Anja Frese who won an award with it all the way back in 1993 and it’s been used privately and updated constantly since then, and now it’s finally available in English.
As for features, well, it can import and output DXF files as you’d expect, but it can also save files as Lightwave, Real3D or Postscript. On the CAD side of things, it’s really designed as an architectural modelling package so you Although it's still in its early days and only supports the CyberVision 64 3D card, Haage & Partner's 3D API is shaping up and will hopefully soon provide support for the CyberVisionPPC's Permedia 2 chip and the 3DFX Voodoo addon planned for the PicassolV. This will hopefully then usher in a new set of development for 3D games in much the same way that CGFX and
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“Str if eitl “ Swi&isi demo If you fancy a Command and Conquer-type game and you're just itching for Napalm, why not give Moonbases a try? There are two versions here, one for AGA Amigas and one for those blessed with a graphics card.
- S8riousiyiiiIss- Wi FiSflPrefs You may have seen this program
mentioned in the main feature this month, and here's the latest
version, hot off the presses. Some of the changes include a
setting for Opus WBR users, and some arguments to support
centring of pictures, etc, and their remapping precision.
!j~ SB_jBStalitfS Don't forget to check this drawer to see if your favourite game of yesteryear can now be patched to work from your hard drive instead. There are nine new installers on this CD.
- SereenPlaH8tfter_$ ti!ff Soiiree Cities Just as the source code
for Doom was released last Christmas, this New Year saw the
release of the source code for Raven Software’s Hexen and
Heretic. We have them both on the CD for you so you can compile
your own versions of these extremely popular first person
perspective shoot-em-ups.
Both are based on the original Doom source code so it probably won’t take very long for someone to bring out full games, similar to the way the Doom ports appeared, and in fact, as I write this, the first Heretic port has been completed.
There’s no sound or networking yet, but the port should be on our next CD.
Won’t find fillets and the like in it, but things such as openings for doors or windows are obvious and it does a nice job of presenting things in 3D, as well as the various plan views.
Oh yes, and it feels almost obscenely fast! The authors have obviously worked extremely hard on making sure that it extracts every erg from the Amiga’s processor and the result is a blindingly quick, albeit not particularly Amiga- styled, interface.
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we offer the PowerFlyer instead of the 4-way buffered interface for £49.95 LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI including 4 w. buffered i f, Idefix97 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge_£99.95 LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI (bare unit only)_ .£69.95 LS120 120MB External ATAPI including 4 w. buffered i f, Idefix97 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge_£139.95 LS120 cartridge.
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FDD_£579.95 Power Tower 3 Power Tower, A1200 motherboard,
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FDD_£639.95 Amiga 3.1 OS for A1200 3000 4000 ROM chips, disks
and manuals_£45.95 Amiga 3.1 OS for A500 600 2000 ROM chips,
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Power Tower 4 Power Tower plus A1200 motherboard, mouse, PC keyboard, FDD, Typhoon 68030 40MHz, 40MHz FPU, 40MB of RAM, 32x IDE CD-ROM drive, Internal IDE Zip drive and 1 cartridge, 2.1GB Hard Disk, internal Scan Doubler inc. Flicker Fixer, 15" SVGA monitor, IDE buffered interface inc. IDE Fix 97 and external audio port with speakers£979.95 A1200 desktop universal keyboard int._£19.95 A1200 tower universal keyboard int._£19.95 PC Keyboard interface only (A1200)_£19.95 Amiga Keyboard interface only (A1200) £19.95 Original A4000 keyboard only* _£39.95 Original PC keyboard only* _£14.95
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audio_£9.95 Internal to External SCSI adaptor (Internal 25 pin
female connector, Internal 50 pin header External 25 pin male
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.£39.95 .£19.95 .£24.95 .£49.95 .£49.95 for accelerator and expansion boards 4MB SIMM_£14.95 8MB SIMM_£19.95 16MB SIMM_£35.95 32MB SIMM £55.95 32MB SIMM, slim for Blizzard 1260 accelerator boards_£79.95 64MB SIMM _£139.95 1MB ZIP RAM static column for A3000 _£16.95 GVP custom 4MB RAM module_£49.95 GVP custom 16MB RAM module_£99.95 20MHz PLCC FPU__£10 33MHz PLCC FPU__£15 40MHz PGA FPU_ £20 50MHz PGA FPU_£29.95 need more memory?
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Analogic Computers (UK) Ltd IST S SZSSSSSST AIN ALUolU Unit 6,
Ashway Centre, II m Crescent, *(L B II A EVE LOGIC
Kinsston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 6HH I U IO I ? All prices
include VAT ? All prices & specifications subject to change
without notice ? Fixed charge for repair does not include disk
drive keyboard We reserve the right to refuse any repair ? P&P
charges £3.50 by Royal Mail or £7.05 for courier ? Please allow
5 working days for cheque clearance ? All sales repairs are
only as per our terms and conditions, copy available on
request. Please ring for latest prices.

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