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The first plans for a Power Amiga were announced in 1995 by Escom, owners of the then-named Amiga Technologies. Around the same time, phase5 announced its own PowerUp project - a range of PPC accelerators for existing Amigas. The Power Amiga never saw the light of day thanks to Escom’s bankruptcy and the confusion surrounding the Amiga’s direction ever since. PowerUp eventually reached the market in late 1997. A major setback for the role of the PowerPC in the Amiga’s future occurred at the World of Amiga Show in May of last year, however. After a year of virtual silence, the new Gateway- owned Amiga Inc. unveiled its plans for the next generation Amiga and the PPC was no part of it. The new machines would be based on some unspecified multimedia processor (dubbed MMC, the Monster Mystery Chip, by the Amiga public) and a new operating system OS5.9, not derived from the current AmigaOS, would be used. To add insult to injury, a transitional platform was planned to form a bridge between existing Amigas and the future. This so-called OS4.0 developer box would in essence be a standard x86-based PC. The announcement understandably outraged developers and users alike, both already having committed time and money to the PowerPC, especially since these plans contradicted an earlier statement from Amiga Inc. Nevertheless, the Amiga market has continued its gradual move to the PPC, albeit with less enthusiasm than before. Amiga Inc, following a spate of u-turns and missed deadlines, are still to clarify their position with regard to the PPC, but things are now looking up. No fewer than four PPC accelerators have JUNE 1999 AMIGA FORMAT CHRP 3] debacle and Amiga Inc.’s dithering, has meant that commercial developer’s consider PPC development to be too risky.

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Suitable for all ages. (Amiga CD CD32) irder: CD848 £14.99 SIXTH SENSE 1 Arcade adventure, ft* 1 featuring 32 loca- I tions, full character dialog, 3 different gvIilBi (8*38® worlds, many interactive characters, puzzles and more.
IGA 4mb recommended. Order: CD430 £19.99 ,«ggjf§|i| EAT THE WHISTLE Arcade and Simulation modes. Full spoken commentry, 30 pitch condi- tions, All 32 World Cup team and more. 4mb rec. PPC Patch available.
SHADOW OF THE 3rd MOON 3D flight-simuiator featuring State of the Art graphics, sound and animation.. Highly Rated Worldwide!
Requires 6mb ram and at least 030.
¦ Order: CD562 £19.99 ZOMBIE MASSACRE sound effects.
Recommended: 8mb ram and 030 Order: CD705 £19.99 ISBBBS SIMON THE SORCERER Superb “point & click” adventure The voice of simon is Chris Barrie (Suitable for Amiga CD CD32) Iorder: CD563 £14.99 13 BLADE Atmospheric RPG Adventure - featuring original ingame graphics and sound. Rated 86% + , Disk and CD Supplied.
‘ Order: CD635 £12.99 ics and superb sound make this a serious shoot’em up. Order: CD670 £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!
Released. Pre-order your copy now.. Nn made to your credit card until day of release! Order: CD626 £20 pre-order price!
DflMSftPA HEXEN Order: CD840 £14.99 -: Wwmm heretic laftlligBi IjftW Order: CD841 fipBESm ' pP* £14.99 Minimum: 8mb ram and 030 [ 3 CD-ROM Set. Includes Doom VI Doom2 and Master Levels CD.
Recommended: 8mb ram and 030 TIME OF RECKONING (TOR) 500 extra levels for Doom2 and around 300 extra levels for Quake!
Order: CD805 £9.99 I BLITZ BASIC 2.1 I A next generation BASIC with fea- 1 tures borrowed from PASCAL, C % and others. Contains the complete J| series of BUMs (Blitz User ™ Manuals).
Order: CD500 £17.99 AMI- DEVROM GOLD Includes stacks of source-code and tutorials as well as GNU C++, Pascal, Jforth, Cobal, Prolog, Logo, AmigaE and more.
1 Order: CD807 £12.99 f g Sol 20,000 WEB GRAPHICS lssr**""* a Includes over 7,000 animated GIFS, as we" as 13’000 tast-loading gifs.
A greaf resource for web masters!"
Qr(jer: CD584 £9.93 SOURCECODE GOLD - Amos. E. Blitz etc. £14.95
- Jjrn 100% COLOUR CLIPS 0 IfF i 100% Colour Clips is a brand p|
new original collection of thou- kJuR sands of high qualitfLGIF
and IFF clipart images. Includes l|i|p|| cats, birds, office
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my» 100% Mono Cfips is a brand fftlift new original collection
of over i*- Q 10,000 high quality GIF and IFF clipart images.
Includes Sj&iil*! Eye-Oatchefs, Animals, Vehicles, Symbols,
- Wedding art and more.
Order: CD622 £9. 99 : -:F~ " F H POV CD-ROM Persistence of Vision is a powerful lll| application that allows a user to 111 easi|y create fantastic, three dimen- . JR sional, photo-realistic images.
Order: CD816 Only £14.99 j|| FANTASTIC DREAMS
H. A far more advanced version of the |f| top rated “Elastic
Dreams”, Now mm includes FunRoom containing 500 |g||i premade
clips, like eyes, noses etc SS® Order: CD798 £59.99 (68k &
PPC) CANDY FACTORY PRO 1 Take any common Amiga fort and
* Jr create a impressive looking logo Wm with light reflections,
bump map- . } pmg. Textures etc . Rated 92% Order: CD 97
£34.99 (68k S PPC) SI CONVERTERS SUITE GOLD HI Includes all you
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er. IFF. GIF. TIF, BMP. WAV. SND, BJ MOD, TXT etc etc .
S**®* Order CD624 £9.99 || DELUXE PAINT 5 I Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most m powerful yet simplest to use anima- m tion feature you could imagine.
FkA Complete with full printed manual.
CD499 Only £17.99 ft THE OFFICE GOLD K An extensive collection of applica- B tions for the home or small busi- III ness. Includes Wordprocessor, mk Database, Spreadsheet, Diary, Phone-book and more... Order: CD792 Introductory Price £9.99 ISCALA MM400 The full release of Scala MM400 plus a heap of extra backdrops, fonts and Scala plugins.... Order: CD607 £64.99 ART STUDIO PRO Image cataloguer, converter and processor. Supports IFF, ANIM, AVI MPEG, MOV, FLC, GIF, TIF, PCX,
• and the rest. Order: CD603 £39.99 TEXTURE LAND Over 2,000 high
quality seemless textures, suitable for rendering or use :
them as Workbench backdrops.
S Order: CD853 £14.99 ® AMIGA DESKTOP VIDEO 2 Features a huge amount of quality video backdops for Scala plus a large amount of “anti-alias” fonts - Brilliant quality! Order: CD404 £9.99 3D OBJECTS - Over 1,000 DXF Objects £9.99 GFX SENSATION - Objects, Textures, Fonts £9.99 PARANORMAL ENCYCLOPEDIA and more. Masses of AVI’s, and animations, hundreds of voiceovers, Presentations, Over 400 subject synopsis’.
Order: CD223x £14.99 i Both for just £25 PIC NC YCLOPEDIA ‘98 * information text. A superb reference and educational title for the whole family.
1997 Edition: CD262 £14.99 AGA Amiga with HD. 4mb-rram 1998 Edition: CD462 £19.99 Rs!e AGA. At-ca with HD. Smc-ram, 030 cc beder sc. Gc- = ARCADE CLASSIX MKII Arcade ClassiX MKII includes over 1,200 variations of all your favourite arcade games, such l _ J as Pncnian.
Invaders, Tron, Galaxians, Frogger, Tempest, C64 conver- sions, 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
- - C rSjV AMIGA CLASSIX I This 9reat value ori9inal CD Jb 1
con1a'ns over 50 Full Games.
t. Tg*r-i ftil Take a look' Ame9as DNA Testament, Charlie J. Cool, Full House Poker, PP JT3 Hammer Starblade, Zero V"f i Gravity, Boondar and many more. Also contained on the CD is around 300 all-time classic game-demo’s.
Order: CD526 £14.99 “mini series” games. Jet Pilot.
Time Keepers 1&2, Bograts, THE GAMES R00M The Games Room is an original compi- iation of ® « a iI Spfejapl I'hipk. Gambling games, it covers every- thing from Fruit Machines to Card Games, includ- ing Klondike, Poker, Solitaire, Rummy, Blackjack, and Roulette, k.w.. ,.i Darts, Bingo, Pool, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Various Board Games like Monopoly and Cluedo, |j l||r, Mastermind, Pub Quiz’s and a wealth of other Casino related games and far more... Order: CD451x £14.99 rrSSi GAMES ATTACK & Features a whole CD of Action V I 9ames- Everything from ”1 shoot em up’s to
Platform feLi (Jam s Most games run ilpfevdirectly from the CD so it’s suitable tor all ages.
Y"' Order: CD763 £14 99 THE CDS COLLECTION 15 Full Games - Every avail- Colossus ChessX. | ---- Daily Double Horse Racing, Centrefold Squares, Deluxe Strip I Poker 1,2 & 3 plus loads of extra players, European Superleague, Colossus Bridge 4, White Death, Jigsaw Puzzle Mania, The Sun Crossword, Steve Davis World Snooker and more... All playable direct from CD! Order: CD854 £14.99 W0tk WORD GAMES M The definitive collection of word I games - Scrabble, Word I Finder+, Wordsearch, m *0* 4 Crossword Creator, Hangman, J Crossword Solvers and loads m more “Pen & PaP©r” games.
ar Order: CD852 £10.99 | THE ISLONA COLLECTION 10 Ful1 Games ¦ virtua||ya|1 1 the oriqinal Islona floppy based tb I games on one cd- HlBMi Its t Testament, |i5afii cw'-.3»| Blockhead, Blockhead2, Cygnus 8, Mobile t Warfare, Abduction, World Golf, Marbleous, Lost On Parrot Island, and Virtual Karting 2 CD Free! Jm All Ten Games! - Most playable direct from CD!
Order: CD855 £24.99 Limited Period! H-.‘ '"£2$ ' Al J ADULT SENSATION 5 - Around 30 Games ANIME BABES - Over 5,000 Manga Images ANIME BABES SE - 3.000 Manga Pictures ANIME BABES 3 - Around 3.000 Manga Pix Buy 3 and get the 4th FREE!!!
esss 3- -S .Cu rsvs =- .-.-iaa *~ e~ crxrrc. --S- cr Ad V C64 GAMES - t I ARCHIVE 1 includes around W15,000 all-time I classic .¦!§&-_. _ i Commodore 64 games. It’s very easy to use and the CD has a complete index of every game.
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Amstrad. Atari ST. BBC, C16 and loads more.
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It Includes hundreds ft 1 and hundreds of | , ft original MSX IS games all ready to P-* '-?*% P run through the latest MSX software emulator. Games include originals like Mappy, Zaxxon, Nemesis, and the classic, Galaga and many more.
Order: CD673 £9.99 ®C64 CLASSIX Play over 3000 ¦y| «p» sBB Classic Commodore 64 games on your Amiga. Includes the latest Amiga emulators and thousands of Games.
Order: CD707 £14.99
- CPC CLASSIX Amiga emulator.
Order. CD7G3 £12.99 | | EPIC COLLECTION 3 t 1 The Epic Collection Volume3 fea- ffy tures well over 600mb of the very SQL best Amiga games, tools, images oftt and music. It also contains over 80 disks of educational software. Order: CD405x £14.99 Both for just £20 j§f| 17BITLEVEL6 T The very latest 17BIT disks. All the ppi best titles are here. Through an Kj easy to use interface you have ft *j| access to around 1000 brand new Amiga disks. K Order: CD495 £14.99 All 3 for just £30 gft VIRUS FREE RESURRECTION 1 9ft The first 1000 PD disks of Virus Vffft Free PD's Public Domain Library brought
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Contains many exclusive titles!
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THE SCENE ARCHIVE Virtually every mega-domo ever ft| made on :he Amiga.
From 1988 to the end of 1998, flip! Each year is separated so finding a particular demo is easy.
Order: CD764 £9.99
- WINBENCH 98 ijSBMftt The definitive collec- tion of Workbench
enhancement tools, pttj « RSSt Drivers, Libraries,
(VteSiSi21 Patches, HD Installers, Backdrops, Commodities, Menu
systems, Tools, Diagnostics, Datatypes etc. Order: CD680 Only
£9.99 SCREEN SAVERS ¦Trn lft Tons of screen savers - from
flying toaster’s to some rather odd colour- ¦ ful screen
effects - Essential for all fg lfe|g§ Workbench users...
Back by Popular Demand!
Over 10,000 Magic Workbench WgftftMBfti Icons and Workbench backdrops.
W ,ncludes Magic Workbench.
Order: CD187 £14.99 Arnica Survivor • The latest issue always available, £2M RACING GAMES Flyin’ High CD £14.99 Flyin’ High Data Disk 1 or 2 £7.99 Micro Machines £9.99 Power Drive £9.99 Rally Champs AGA oem £9.99 Road Rash £9.99 RoadKill AGA £4.99 RoadKill CD CD32 £9.99 Street Racer AGA or CD £12.99 Super Skidmarks £9.99 Turbo Trax £9.99 Ultimate Skidmarks CD CD32 £12.99 Virtual Karting 2 AGA or CD £9.99 Virtual GP (Alien F1) £24.99 PUZZLE LOGICAL Blockhead £7.99 Blockhead 2 £7.99 Clockwiser CD CD32 £2.99 Fools Errand £9.99 Logical oem £2.99 Last Ninja 3 CD32 £2.99 Marbleous £4.99 Minskies
£9.99 Troddlers £9.99 Worms Directors Cut £12.99 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT A-Train £9.99 Cygnus-8 £14.99 Cannon Fodder £9.99 Cannon Fodder CD CD32 £4.99 Cannon Fodder 2 £9.99 Civilization DISK or CD £14.99 Colonization £14.99 Foundation CD £27.99 Final Odyssey CD £9.99 Fields of Glory DISK or CD32 £14.99 Gnome Alone oem £2.99 Imperator £14.99 Mobile Warfare £14.99 Medieval Warriors £9.99 Napalm CD £34.99 Operation Combat 2 £9.99 Railroad Tycoon £14.99 Special Forces £9.99 Settlers II CD £29.99 Sim City oem £2.99 Sim City 2000 oem Limited!
£9.99 Theme Park ECS or AGA £14.99 Ultimate Theme Park CD £12.99 Uropa 2 CD £9.99 SPORTS Battle Of The Ashes £9.99 Club Football £4.99 Eat The Whistle AGA or CD £14.99 Football Glory £4.99 FIFA Soccer £9.99 International Karate + CD CD32 £2.99 John Barnes Football CD CD32 £2.99 Nick Faldo’s Golf £4.99 Player Manager 2 AGA £9.99 PGA Tour Golf £9.99 Speedball £4.99 Sensible Golf £9.99 SWOS WorldCup’98 Update £5.00 SWOS 97 98 Updater (HD Req) £5.00 SWOS Bits ‘n’ Bobs £5.00 Superleague manager CD CD32 £2.99 Tennis Cup 2 £4.99 Tracksuit Manager 2 ECS or AGA £14.99 World Golf £9.99 FLIGHT
SIMULATIONS Airbus A320 II B17 Flying Fortress Dogfight F117A Stealth Fighter F19 Stealth Gunship 2000 Shadow of the 3rd Moon CD TFX CD SHOOT’EM UP’S ACTION Base Jumpers Banshee AGA Badlands Pete Classic Baby Arcadia Damage (Over 18’s) Desert Strike Firehawk Gunbee (Manga) Guardian CD CD32 Megablast (Bomberman clone) Ninja Warriors Pulsator CD Rise of the Robots ECS or AGA Siarfighter CD SCI-FI Collection (3 games) Skeleton Krew AGA or CD CD32 Torvak The Warrior Thunder Blade Total Carnage AGA or CD CD32 WarZone Xenon 2 XP8 ZeeWolf ZeeWolf 2 PLATFORMERS Bubble & Squeek £4.
Bubble & Squeek CD CD32 £2.
Bubba ‘n’ Stix DISK or CD CD32 £4.
Bunny Bricks oem £2, Chuck Rock CD CD32 £2, Chuck Rock 2 CD CD32 £4.
CJ in the USA £4.
Captain Dynamo £4.
Forest Dump Forever £7, Gulp! £4.
Impossible Mission AGA £9.
Myth £2.
Marvin’s Adventure AGA or CD CD32 £2.
Naughty Ones CD CD32 £9.
Oscar & Diggers CD CD32 £2.
OnEscapee CD £27.
Premiere DISK or CD CD32 £4.
Putty Squad AGA or CD £14.
Robocod £4.
Ruffian £4.
Seymore goes to Hollywood £4.
Suburban Commando £4.
Steg The Slug £4.
Superfrog CD CD32 £14.
Sword £14.
Wiz ‘n’ Liz £9.
ADVENTURES RPG Abduction £14.
Big Red Adventure CD £9.
Blade (Disk & CD Supplied) £12.
Bloodfest (18) oem Limited! £4.
Cosmic Space Head £4.
Dragon Stone AGA £9.
Dragon Stone CD CD32 £4.
Heimdall £4.
Heimdall 2 AGA £4.
Ishar Trilogy £24.
Lost On Parrot Island £9.
Legends £7.
The Patrician oem £4.
Simon The Sorcerer ECS or AGA £14, Simon The Sorcerer CD CD32 £9.
Sixth Sense AGA or CD £19.
Valhalla 2 - Before The War £4.
Wasted Dreams CD £27.
Crystal Kingdom Dizzy £4.
Fast Food Dizzy £4.
Fantastic Dizzy £4.
Fantasy World Dizzy £4, Kwik Snax £4.
Magic Land Dizzy £4.
Panic Dizzy £4.
Prince Of The Yolk Folk £4.
Spellbound Dizzy £4.
Treasure Island Dizzy £4, ADULT GAMES Adult Sensation 5 (30+Games) £19.
Centerfold Squares £4.
Deluxe Strip Poker £2.
Strip Pot AGA or CD CD32 £4.
GAME COMPILATIONS 100 Great Games £9.
Fruit Machine Mania - 4 Games oem £6.
Acid Attack (Gloom,Skidmarks) AGA £14.
Word Puzzles oem £8.
Total Arcade (20 Arcade games) oem £5.
Classic Card & Board Games oem £10.
Deluxe Monopoly (3 versions) oem £7.
Manyk (Roadkill,Legends,Fears)AGA £12.
£14 £14 £14 £9 £14 £14 £19 £5 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 £4 £4 £4 £4 £9 £9 £4 £7 £2 £7.
£4 £14 £4.
£19 £4 £4 £4 £4 £2.
£4 £4 £4 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 ,99 ,99 ,99 ,99 99 .99 .99 99 99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 .99 SET SET 4 Includes full Directory Opus 5 IET SET 5 Includes full Octamed Sound Studio IET SET 6 Full Wordworth 5, TurboCalc3.5 IET SET 7 Full Picture Manager4, XiPaint4 IET SET 8 Includes all the very latest Amiga PD MORE GREAT PERIPHERALS!
CA$ m l'OIWEK mM '1 toy £20 or my 3 for £25 hen ordering any of these titles - Quote OFFER G1 GRAPHICS SENSATION - POWER GAMES LSD VOL: 1 - LSD VOL:2 - LSD VOL:3
limited - So order now!
Order: AM01x (Mouse & Mat) £9.99 Order: Boing (Mat Only) £3.99 snrerato; MOUSE IT Plug virtually any PC serial |jj mouse, trackball or Pen into your Amiga.
Order: MouselT £4.99 ja -1084 Monitor ja - Philips Monitor 5A - Scart TV Monitor Joystick Mouse Extension ja - Amiga Parnet ja - Amiga or PC Twin ja TV RF Cable tick Splitter lead tick Extension Cable (2metres) ja A600 A1200 Joysick Mouse Port I Network Cables and Software ;a - PC Linkup (Parallel) ja 4 Player Adaptor ogue Joystick Adaptor keyboard Extension er Cable rrel SCSI Interface I A1200 to 3.5” Harddrive se IT (Adaptor & Software) Harddrive cable (5cm) Hard drive (Standard PC styie)(40pin) ale Jack to 2 Phono (Audio Adaptor) jo Phono Cables ja - Amstrad CPC Monitor ga - Amstrad CPC +
Monitor ja - MicroVitec (6pin din) £12.99 £12.99 £12.99 £3.99 £14.99 £12.99 £2.99 £3.99 £3.99 £9.99 £34.99 £17.99 £9.99 £9.99 £3.99 £3.99 £49.99 £19.99 £4.99 £9.99 £7.99 £3.99 £2.99 £9.99 £14.99 £14.99 Amiga 1200 Dust Cover (with Amiga Logo) Amiga 500 Series Dust Cover (Logo) 14715” Monitor Cover (Amiga Logo) Amiga Logo Disk CreditCard Wal Amiga Boing! Mouse Mat Amiga Boring Mouse Mat Amiga Beach Ball* Amiga Sticker (4”) Simon The Sorcerer T-Shirt Official Amiga Mouse & Mat Keep The Momentum Going (Amiga Theme CD2) £5.99 ‘Amiga Slickers will be sent Free with any purchase when requested
(Subject to availability) £2.99 £2.99 £3.99 £1.99 £3.99 £0.99 £3.99 ‘FREE £10.99 £9.99 MEGA-LO SOUND SAMPLER High quality 8bit Direct to Disk Ram sampler. Suitable for use on any Amiga.
K) DEGRADER £7 £7 £15 £10 £10 £8 £7 £3 £3 £3 £5 £3 £3 £2 Nothing
But Tetris CD PINBALL SIMULATIONS Pinball Brain Damage AGA or
CD Pinball Illusions AGA Pinball Dreams Pinball Obsessions
Pinball Mania AGA Slam Tilt AGA 3D “DOOM” STYLE GAMES
Breatless AGA Death Mask Doom Trilogy (3 CD’s) Fears AGA Fears
CD CD32 Gloom Deluxe AGA Genetic Species CD Nemac IV CD
Ultimate Gloom CD Zombie Massacre CD £9.
Part no: Price jb2983 £13.99 jb2893 £7.99 jb3323 £6.99 jb3333 £6.99 jb3343 £12.99 jb1093 £5.99 jb1103 £8.99 jb963 £3.99- jb1083 £4.99 GUIDE All games are supplied on floppy disk unless staled.
AGA= A1200 Only ECS = Any Amiga CD CD32 = CD £9 £4 £14 £4 £9 £4 £27 £19 £12 £14 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 .99 Spend £25 on software and choose one of the following free.
Spend £50 and choose any two.... SOFTWARE EXPLOSION CD - MOVIE MAKER CD SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 2 CD - IK+ CD CD32 VIRTUAL KARTING 2 CD - AMIGA THEME 1 CANNON FODDER CD CD32 - RUFFIAN LOGICAL - WARZONE - TOTAL CARNAGE AGA «r) U , WORKBENCH 3.0 Includes Workbench, ( Storage, Extra's, Locale, Fonts and Install3.0. A bargain at just £9.99 POSTAGE UK: £2.95 per order. Overseas: £5 per order. These prices are effective from 1st May 1999 Hardware delivery in the UK costs between £5 - £10 (call for price) Minimum Order £5 Order Line: 0 1793 490988 Enquiries: 0 1793 514188 Fax: 0 1793 514187 Catalogue
Requests: 0906 553 1900 All items are sold subject to our normal terms and conditions and are subject to availability.
'Free Software is only offered on Software purchases. (Ask for it when ordering) All titles have been tested on A1200 based Amiga’s, call for compatibility of A500 etc. When ordering please slate product code, title and price. A catalogue is sent with all orders.
KS2 3 = Compatible with A500+ A600 A1200 etc oem = unboxed etc Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to EPIC Marketing.
When paying by cheque add £3 for extra-speedy clearance. Add £1.50 for insured delivery.
PraHit rorH nrHorc ofq nrtrmallw HicnatrhoH within AR hmirc F&OF All nrioPQ inf'll irto AT Open Mon - Sat MBEM £ W-S"SS| Accounts Office offers an easy way to keep track of your finances, included in the pack is Easy Accounts - for small business and home banking, Pay Advice - Calculates tax etc and m Only Invoice it - A superb tool for creating Order: professional invoices and quotes.
ACS6-3 ACCOUNTS OFFICE 500+ A600 A1200 Everything you need to do a complete test of all parts of your Amiga, Including ALL ports, Graphics & Sound chips, Memory, Floppy and Hard drive, Keyboard and Expansion boards.
Order: ENK5-2 Any Amiga ADVANCED ENGINEERS KIT The Complete Beginners Tutorial.
rfS M Hfwfcpb : make bootable disks, as well as wi I IP everything you need to know about Icons, Libraries etc, etc.. Order: ABG5-2 Arty Amiga AMIGA BEGINNERS GUIDE Rummy, Craps, Pontoon, Blackjack, Montana, Klondike, Cribbage, Poker, Bluemoon, Spades and a host of other games.
Order: CCG10-5 Any Amiga CLASSmmARD GAMES Includes 2 versions of the classic board game, Monopoly. Deluxe Monopoly is suitable for use on any Amiga, while Statistical Monopoly, a variation on the theme is specifically for use on AGA Amiga’s (Ai200etc).
Order: MON7-3 Any Amiga DELUXE MONOPOLY Order: POS5-2 500+ A600 A120G Workbench 3 Recommended.
Workbench Enhancer will transform your current Workbench into a super stylish, gadget ali singing, all canc-g “PowerBench". The set includes * many patches and tools to make ; o your Workbench work for you... Order: SCF7-4 SDO+ A600 A1200 WORKBENCH ENHANCER I IvJ J Any 10 for just £5.00 iFBStRWlEty?
EuM Access - A Cool password program for ya Amiga.
Ait-Tabber • If you know what happens on a Windows-equipped PC when you press All-Tab, well you have the exact idea of what Altabber does.
AmSound - Plays random soundfile when booting Amiga.
AnaiogMouse - Allows you to control your mouse with an analog joystick connected to the joystick port.
AutoRun3 • Check immediately internal diskdrive and if you insert some DOS diskette, its look For the Auto-StartUp. If the script exists then will be executed.
BootPic - Boot program that shows your system configuration The program shows the configuration with Amiga Logo.
CopyProgress • A replacement for Workbench COPY command- this one shows a Progress-bar.
Day-Tools - Includes DayCopy, DayList, DayMove and DayDeiete. You can setup a time to perform any of these commands on a regular basis.
DelZero - DelZero is a AmigaOS 2.x 3.x DOS util that will change the size of a file to zero, then attempt to delete it.
DirScanner - A very nice and powerful Filefinder.
Features: Nice MUI-GUI, Search by name, size anf date.
- Matching files can be directly started or viewed.
Doodle -Allows you doodle on your Workbench screen. It has six built in drawing tools and it allows you to use eight colours for both the drawing and background.
DrivePrefs - A small CLI command to change the settings of trackdisk device floppy drives (i.e. normal floppy drives), allowing you to set the head step, settle and calibrate delays, number ol retries on a damaged track, and to stop the drive click.
EasyTransfer -Transfers files between an Amiga and IBM using a wire serial NULL modem at up to 115200 bps.
Executor1.2 - Executor consists of a selection list from which you can run up to 1000 programs (applications, utilities, tools, scripts, games) with a simple double-click.
Fitter is a program that copies files from one source, most likely your hard drive, to disks. Filter does this in an automated, optimizing fashion.
FixMWB - Drop those horrible messed up MWB icons onto the appicon. With any luck they will come out looking normal.
FloatingClock - It is basically a digital clock which sits nicely anywhere on your Workbench screen.
FMS • Useful for creating a tloppy-like partition on your harddisk (so you can diskcopy to a floppy) WITHOUT actually having to t a special partition lor it.
I is a utility to generate AmigaGuide databases. It ; you to add and remove nodes, edit each node's text, arrange the node's order, and create buttons and link them to other nodes, potentially in other tiles.
HappyDT - This commodity provide the use of datatypes to ALL software like Deluxe Paint, Brilliance, etc... Iconer is a small program to use from DOS with programs like Directory Opus. It simply creates I replaces icons.
IfNoDrlve • Warn or reboot if HD drive not present upon Boot.
JolnSplltter • A program that you can use to split and join files with using a graphical user interface!
KSC.TinyToois -16 Very Small but VERY useful tools.
LastGuru • This program keeps informations about the last software failure and will print out as much information as possible.
MaxMenu • Attractive ToolManager like Startbar- Like Windoze95 MoreTooli2 - MoreTools is able to add items to the Workbench 'Tools' menu to run programs or execute commands.
MultiHelp is a program which provides you with online help for almost any program that you may be using from workbench.
MultiRaname was spawned from the need to renumber and or rename files which shared the same base name with numerical extensions.
OverRei • Get 724x566 resolution on a standard CM33ll 1084s.
PCGamepad2Amiga • Describes how to build an adapter lor connecting a PC gamepad or joystick to the Amiga and use it as digital joystick.
Physical Disk Repair is a utility to make bad disks re-usable for short term data transfer between computers.
Play16 - A versatile 8 l6bit soundplayer for the Amiga with heaps of options.
Pointer* - Eight new Pointers for WorkBench.
ProPaisWord is Password protection for your HD it will ask for a user name and password on start-up QuIckGrab • A powerful configurable ScreenGrabber.
ReBoot - Auto Reboot after 5 seconds. If the main 'system' Partition is not found.
SafeReset • Eliminates many Software Failures after a soft-reset on high spec Amiga's.
SayMore replaces the Say command. For use with the new nar- rator.device. Size-Tools - Four small tools for deleting, renaming and copying files by their size.
SlaepPointars - Animated Busy Pointers in hires tor WB3.0+ Sort1.80e • Sorts ASCII-Files, FAAAAST Swipe - An enhanced version of the DOS delete command.
It is able to delete directories with assigns on them by identifying the assign and removing it before the deletion.
TalkMaster - A great speech toy!
TopezPatch is yet another program that will enable you to use a prefered font in place of topaz font.
VCIoek_v1.4 • This is a real speech clock. It runs as a commodity, uses little memory, and has some neat features.
Wait-Gui • Replacement for the 'Wait'-Command of your WB.
This one has a Window with a progressbar and some other nice enhancements!
WB-Tidy • A little program that lets you diddle around with the size and position of your Workbench windows.
Win95KeyboardMap - Windows95 GB Keyboard Keymap.
WinFo • Show volume usage graphically • A graphical version oi the 'info' shell command.
XtoolBox • A fast and easy to configure menu for Workbench.
YADI is a small cli sheil program to transfer disk images to and from Amiga devices. Similar to DMS but YADI can also make a disk image of a whole hard disk or and image of a PC disk etc. So baoking-up your HD is a sinch!
YetAnotherCalculator - A very simle calculator that supports conversion of HEX, DEC, BIN etc ZipMount Mountlists to use PC and Mac formatted IOMEGA ZIP disks with your Amiga. (CrossMAC and CrossDOS needed).
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HOME el presidente deY Amiga Format, personally guides you through the issue (you don't need no steenking batches) 25% Bombermnn.001.iff Thursday 15-Apr-1999 C ft. .'Fhr; sr,. I®,.,hfoy.:ts delivertmcelI52.gif 0 | Brush manager Muter P«n ART EFFECT 3 It's been a long time coming, but Art Effect version 3 can really hold its own against heavyweight paint packages. Now if only they could do something about its stability on’t ever buy a Macintosh. At least, don’t ever buy a Mac and let someone else look after it. You’ll ‘¦jjfc & ' ] lose your hard drive, you’ll lose B 9 the contents of the
issue so far ll®v A and the only plus point is the fact gM&s. ' that it’s quite likely you’ll eventually end up with your 604e powered 7600 replaced by a nice, new G3. Maybe. Ben Vost Due to these Mac problems, Editor we had less time than usual to get our issue to you, but we like to think that it’s stuck to the normal high standards, and we’ve even had time to introduce new ideas, such as this revamped Month in View page, the updated CD and our new Fax-Back service. This was inspired by one of our sister magazines while on an editorial conference where people were amazed that I handled more
than 200 emails a day. The vast majority of these come from you, dear readers, and a great number of Future’s computing magazines were very surprised that we had such devoted readers, but then they wouldn’t understand, would they?
Anyway, we have a superb issue lined up for you this month, and although we didn’t manage to get the Melody 1200 or the 75MHz f060 accelerator for the A1200 in time, hopefully my unexpected interview with Doug McLaughlin will help to counter the disappointment you must be feeling. Who’s he? Well, if you’re online and you don’t use STRICQ, you’re missing out. Yes, I hear you say, but who is he? He’s the guy who wrote it, and it’s an absolutely superb package, ideal for those of you who want to find friends online.
Look out for our next issue as well when we still hope to have those errant reviews from this month for you, along with a new tutorial and all the news from the chaps at Amiga Inc. regarding the two new operating systems and their plans for the year... ty'-C AFCD40 All change! New look CD, new look HTML, new look lots of things, really. Find out why AFCD40 is the best Amiga CD ever made.
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Richard Drummond delves into the murky depths of the PowerPC. Is it any good? Has it really got
* a future on the Amiga? Just wait and see, as . Our Rich reveals
Full details on the UK's premier show, including its new location and who will be there.
44 ART EFFECT 3 Ben Vost draws your attention to the latest upgrade of the Amiga's answer to Photoshop.
JUNE 1999 Dr. Rick LeFaivre added to Amiga Inc.'s staff.
VOYAGER 3 DETAILS IDE 4-WAY ADAPTOR Simon Goodwin finds this new adaptor to be head and shoulders above its competitors.
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REGULARS 48 PHDTOGENICS 4.0 The second paint package upgrade this month is examined by old master Mick Veitch.
A new-look PD section with Richard Drummond Get AF delivered at ridiculously low prices!
One of the impressive new features is the ability to rub through drawings.
52 MSX Aunty John Kennedy helps solve your problems, Enrich your browsing with caches and Dave Cusick, Get all nostalgic as Simon Goodwin looks at the latest in MSX emulation.
It was all fields around here when Aleste was the most popular arcade game... HASH ROM 2 Over 670Mb of emulation archives on one CD, but is quantity really better than quality?
ZP 250 It's sleeker and offers more storage space, but will it impress Ben Vost?
TYPHOON An A1200 accelerator with an on-board SCSI interface is tested by Simon Goodwin.
Power's 2x CD-ROM drive was well received when it was first released. Danny Shepherd takes another look at it.
Want to buy, sell or meet up? Here's where to look The hot topics and pictures from the Amiga world Simon Goodwin PEEKs and POKEs at your chips, All the details on our brand new Fax-Back service Imagemaps, explained by Neil Bothwick, Where to spend your hard-earned cash Mick Veitch looks at loops CD-ROMS The PowerPC was supposed to herald a revolution in personal computing, especially on the Amiga. Richard Drummond's in depth report examines why this hasn't happened, what Amiga lnc.'s stance on the PowerPC currently is and looks at what the future might hold.
AFCD40 Try out Linux on your PPC, play dozens of multitasking WB games and try out VBCC, the free C compiler, plus lots, lots more!
Improve the look and performance of your Workbench with this collection of add-ons. ¦ An indispensable collection of multitasking games for your Amiga.
Richard Drummond looks at Phoenix and ACSYS and gives you all the upcoming games news.
163617SS Neil (Off One) UUSHSBI Better than Doom? Ben Vost finds out rijwios naisa 199s - '’ «1FCfc 7 iWMO 19M STRICQ iNTUflflEW Douglas McLaughlin, the man behind the Amiga ICQ software, talks to Ben Vost.
This month's selection of weird homemade games.
The quest to uncover all Quake’s secrets goes on Chatting on the net made easier, thanks to the STRICQ software.
Shows are always an ideal opportunity to meet people and see what’s new.” Paul LeSurf at Blittersoft said, “We’re looking forward to it. We hope to have several new products to show there and the timing’s worked out quite well.” Although there hasn’t been much notice, it has been confirmed that WoA99 will now take place at the end of July at the Kensington Town Hall in London. == ( y ( ) with Amiga inc. helping to w w pack the show, it's assumed that they'll not only be showing OS3.5, but possibly selling it... V_ )v_ The venue is actually a little larger than the Novotel venue but it will be
divided into three rooms. As yet it hasn’t been confirmed who will attend, although with Amiga Inc. helping to back the show, it’s assumed that they’ll not only be showing OS3.5, but possibly even selling it too.
We also anticipate seeing early demos of OS5 and possibly some case designs from the new design company who Amiga Inc. have given the task of making the next generation Amiga look really cool.
Amiga dealers in the UK are excited about the show: “We’ll definitely be attending,” said Power boss Tony Ianiri. Eyetech’s Alan Redhouse said, “We’re delighted. These : in addition to the UK dealers having stands, if s AH also expected that W" UK user groups W will be attending y m vHSHh under the aegis of .Ad the UK’s UGN ™representatives, AmigaSoc. At the moment, the only confirmed attendees will be user groups from the South East like SEAL, ANT, Kickstart and so on, but it’s expected Tony Ianiri is so pleased that there's a WoA this year he's wearing a special shirt to celebrate.
Blittersoft that more will sign up to take part in the events of the weekend, which will hopefully include a cybercafe and a gaming network.
Amiga Format will, of course, be having a stand at the show and we may well have special things on display to celebrate our 10th birthday issue which will be on sale at the show.
WoA99 is being held at Kensington Town hall which is just across the road from High Street Kensington tube station. The new venue is much brighter than the Novo tel and it also has two bars.
The dates are Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of July. The doors open at 10am and the exhibition closes at 5pm on the Saturday and at 2pm on the Sunday. The cost of admission is £7.50 for adults and £5 for children.
This year the event is being put on by a combination of the efforts of P.B.A Events and AmigaSoc.
You can ring the ticket hotline on 01369 708004 for further details on the show and to order tickets.
¦ - , . ¦ ¦ ' . .y .., ssiiy What have the Amiga Format staff been doing this month?
Ben Vost Jbit of a slack time 4 this month, apart .Jp from the horror of losing Mark's j|k Mac. Having a well-deserved week off recharged my batteries to give you my best in this issue and in issues to come.
Richard .
jflHL Drummond Viter £ Despite the long *1°urs*wor*€f°r 0 l Amiga Format, I . „,' still managed to find the time to add the finishing touches to the first act of the opera I'm writing, based on the life of Eric the Red.
T It wasn't my fault! So my Mac blew up and lost half the M issue -1 never ' "¦* touched it though! Oh well, apart from that it's been a month of dominoes, new Kit Kats and squirrel luring.
Spend, spend, 'ioHi spend for me as ijKfe those final demand bills i finally got paid 1, IA J 0ff p|us a Greek summer holiday to look forward to - just enough money left to buy some flip flops and a bucket and spade... New employee at The latest addition to the Amiga Inc. payroll is Dr. Rick LeFaivre. He joined the company in April and is the new Chief Technology Officer, directly responsible for the future direction of all the Amiga technology.
Inprise sgi CyberGraphX and Picasso96 will be supported. There will be only one Printer Prefs in the future, which will also have a preview window immediately showing the changed settings.
DataTypes will be reworked, improved and 24-bit capable.
New DataTypes will be provided for AIFF, JPEG and GIF. The AmigaGuide DataType will be completely redesigned.
Documentation will be in HTML in German and English.
Some more details were apparently divulged concerning the forthcoming OS3.5 update in a recent posting to the Amiga Usenet group, comp.svs.amiaa.misc. Since at least half of what you read on
c. s.a.misc is best disregarded entirely, the following rumours
cannot yet be verified as fact by Amiga Format.
INTERNET Internet support in 0S3.5 will come in the shape of a special version of the Aweb browser. The TCP IP stack will be Miami and there will be integrated network support. The email API and a simple client will be from Finale Development, the authors of ClassAct, Voodoo and New York.
Standard and Newlcons will be supported. Applcons will support animation. When selected, icons will glow; when dragged they'll become semi-transparent. You'll be able to set the task priority of a program via the Workbench Icon Information function.
It will no longer be necessary to use a shift key when selecting more than one icon from the desktop. The submenus of the WB screen will be optimised for better handling It will be possible to open the installer on its own screen and you will now be able to go back to a previous step in the installer too.
WarpUp will be integrated in its latest version. An important part will be the Preferences settings which will complement the integration.
The printer support will be redesigned completely so that 24-bit printing will be possible from Workbench.
The hiring of Dr. LeFaivre shows Amiga Inc.’s commitment to obtaining staff of the highest calibre. He has had series of high-profile positions in leading technological companies.
Before joining Amiga Inc., Dr. LeFaivre served as Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer for Inprise Corporation, the company formed from the merger of Borland International and Visigenic Software. He was previously Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer; Senior Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer for the Computer Curriculum Corporation subsidiary of Viacom, Inc.; Vice President of Engineering for the Network Systems Division at Silicon Graphics Computer Is this what we can expect from OS3.5?
Only time will tell.
Systems; Director of Windows and Graphics Systems at Sun Microsystems; and Director of Computing and Visual Systems Research at Tektronix, Inc. His responsibilities have included overseeing international R&D centres for Tektronix in Leuven, Belgium, the Apple ISS joint venture in Singapore and Inprise R&D centres in Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
Dr. LeFaivre received his PhD in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and was formerly a professor at Rutgers University, the State University of Newjersey. He has published computer science literature and has acted as an expert witness in technological matters.
Back Orders forOS3.5anyciiie?
Blittersoft are leaping into the fray with the first offer of back orders of the eagerly-awaited OS3.5 package from Amiga Inc. Anyone willing to put their name on the dotted line today wit! Get the full package on the day of release for only £34.95. As a special incentive, Blittersoft are offering a bundle of Fusion and Pcx for only £15 if ordered at the same time. Remember that you'll need Kickstart 3.1 for OS3.5, but they also do that too... Continued overleaf AF24 July 1991 Cover feature: The New Amiga in Your Hands was all about the CDTV, This feature goes into depth about what the
implications are for Commodore releasing a CD-based machine and about the A570, the CD drive for an A500 that eventually came out two years late and was too expensive and unwanted.
We look at what was going on in the Amiga market i 100 I issues of I AF ¦ On the disks: Two disks with the full games of Vaxine and Archipelagos. This was before the ELSPA agreement to ban all full-price games appearing on coverdisks.
¦ News: Calls of the 90’s pack reduced by £100 to £499, Microway flicker fixer reduced in price from £325 to £125 (and it still wasn’t any good), Amiga Centre Scotland animation festival planned and Alternative Image to sell Real 3D.
¦ Prices: Digiview Gold, the premier slow-scan video digitiser. You either needed a greyscale security camera or a video with a very good pause to get greyscale images, and a coiourwheel for the camera to get colour images. This magnificence? Only £149.95 to you squire. Ben actually sold loads of them at HB Marketing... ¦ Games reviewed included: F15 Strike Eagle (Microprose) 90%, Switchblade II (Gremlin Graphics) 70% and Eye of the Beholder (US Gold) 92%.
¦ Serious products reviewed: First appearance of scoring in the serious section. 3D Construction Set (Domark) 91%, Bars and Pipes Pro v1 (Blue Ribbon) 85%, Wordworth (Digita) 82%.
¦ Notes: Amiga Format was two years old and going from strength to strength. We’re now nearly 10 years old and still doing fine - a record for a home computing magazine?
¦ Cost: £3.95 Pages: 220 PRC software for you mmm .. mm ..... Sticking with the credo which says that the only PPC packages worth doing are for graphics programs, M' PowerPC M&awmw fWWMMIiSk Nova Design are about to unleash PPC versions of some of ImageFXs effects.
PowerStation is apparently so fast that some beta testers have hit save twice because they didn’t realise that the job had already been done, but to get the whole package you’ll have to wait for the full release of the software, which should be out at around the time you read this.
Three of the effects you can do much faster with PowerStation.
PowerStation is designed only for use with the latest version of ImageFX, version 3.2, and it offers the following new effects: Bubble - Creates multiple bubbles over your selected image.
You can control the animation and optional colour of the bubbles easily. Create an undersea effect or even effects like psychedelic champagne bubbles!
Fire - One of ImageFXs most popular effects, Fire can create flickering candle flames, gas-stove flames, raging forest fires and more. All parameters can be animated or controlled through a single slider.
Clouds - Recently added to ImageFX, the Clouds effect can create amazing multi-layered fractal clouds. It can also be used to create fog or smoke over images, simulated explosions or even seamless textures of landscapes with cloud patterns animating across them.
Liquid - This is an endlessly fascinating effect that distorts your image as if it were on water. You can create funhouse mirror distortions or unique video transitions with this effect.
FXForge - Based on the same formulae used in Adobe Photoshop's Filter Factory package, FXForge can create an infinite number of custom special effects using mathematical formulae. Colour effects, distorting effects and lighting effects are all possible with this amazing engine. It remains fully compatible with the thousands of effects available on the Internet for Adobe’s Filter Factory.
At the moment there’s no direct UK pricing, although you can order directly from Nova Design for only $ 79.95 (about fifty quid) .Just call them on 001 804 282 1157 or, if you live in the States, on 1 800 IMAGE 69.
RamJam Consultants Ltd. Have produced an Amiga version of Jikes, IBM's open source Java compiler.
Jikes will compile standard Java source code into optimised Java byte-code which strictly complies to the Java Virtual Machine specification. To develop with Jikes, the standard Java classes will be required, such as Sun's JDK.
To run compiled Java code on an Amiga, a JVM is needed, such as a port of TransVirtual Technologies' Kaffe or the soon-to-he-reSeased Amiga-specific Daytona from Nordic Global. The Amiga version of Jikes also requires the ixemul.library to run.
Visit RamJam's website at: for more information and to download Jikes.
The Jikes website can be found at: ¦ ;« Oliver Wagner has at last released some information on the forthcoming update to Voyager, Vaporware’s Amiga web browser.
Much improved from the last version, Voyager 3 is just around the corner.
The single biggest addition to the new Voyager 3 will be the long-awaited support for JavaScript. Voyager 3 promises ‘the fastest JS implementation in the industry5, since it will feature a Javascript compiler which will convert the JS code into a special pseudo-code for execution by a fast interpreter. The Document Object Model to be employed is based on that of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
There’s no real news on Java, however. Vapor had intended to use the Merapi JVM from Haage and Partner but that project seems to have been shelved. Oliver Wagner has stated that he now intends to talk to Nordic Global about their recently-announced Daytona JVM with a view to producing a Java plug-in for Voyager.
Many modifications have also been made to the HTML layout engine. Work is in progress on supporting CSS 1 (Cascading Style Sheets) which ‘will most likely be ready in time’.
Other features currently being worked on for Voyager 3 include a Shockwave Flash player plug-in, updated image decoding with support for CGX 4 in-buffer bitmaps and support for Fblit on AGA machines so that images can be stored entirely in fast RAM.
Finally, there will be an improved and completely customisable GUI with ‘coolbars’ and an integrated Contact Manger for bookmarks.
No release date for Voyager 3 has been announced.
Sabrina offline more like! Eric Schwartz has done the decent A thing and got his superb Sabrina Online mm strip (we .have a couple every issue in Mailbag)' put into print in comic form.
The comic is t. published by United Publications and it costs about MB! : £1.45 per issue. It Vrr |jf should be on sale at any decent jj comic shop and it will be listed under United Publications in N J Diamond's Previews guide. You can reach UP's Martin Dudman at UP@lupin.demon.co.uk or visit the UP website at: http: www.lupin.demon.co.uk Online, in'AF and now available from all good comic stores.
0 I Vital Horgan (P£ B IS If e re now MSI entering a IB strange chapter in the Amiga saga.
Features announced Finally, eventually, and contrary to many of our expectations, there are signs of real things happening over at Amiga Inc. There's the news of OS3.5, staff recruitment adverts on the Amiga Inc. website, the QNX announcement and the relocation and reorganisation of Amiga Inc. itself, it all bodes well for the near future - maybe the transition from Classic to Next Generation will come sooner than we thought.
But then all of a sudden we get a rash of G3 and G4 PPC expansions, offering not only the latest CPU performance but also things like USB and Firewire interfacing. Exciting stuff indeed, but is it too little too late? With prices for these cards hovering roughly around the £700 mark, who could avoid thinking how far that would go towards the cost of a Next Generation machine, and whether the cash would be better kept in that biscuit tin under the bed for just a little while longer?
A major factor in resolving that dilemma must be the amount of added productivity one of these expansions will actually deliver. Need S remind you of the crushtngly disappointing array of PPC software that has appeared so far? I think it's only fair to assume that things won't change a great deal there so that puts a great deal of importance on the performance of 680x0 emulation. Just how fast they can push our Classics remains to be seen. Still, there's always the USB, fast SCSI and Firewire ports which could give your overall system performance more of a boost than the actual CPU upgrade.
Maybe I will get one after all... We asked the subscribers to the afb mailing list to answer the following simple question: Tony Morgan What sort of If you want to take part in the next vox pop, just have a look at the afb information on page 93.
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The Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications is holding a "net strike" on Sunday June 6th. Because of the date this story will only be of interest to subscribers, but CUT hope to encourage internet users in 10 European The winners for our recent competitions are as follows: PRELUDE (£F119} The winner of a Zorro Prelude card and Samplitude Opus is: Jani Kilpilinna, Tampere, Finland.
Runners up each receive Samplitude Opus Lite: Gerard Volders, Den Andel, Netherlands; Graham Steele, Falkirk, Scotland; W. Van Heeckeren, St. Peters, Australia.
POWER FLYER JUNIOR. (AFf 20};' Five winners each receive a Power Flyer Junior:
D. Williamson, South Ronaldsay, Orkney; Graham Burt, Northampton;
Paul Rabett, Stoke-On-Trent; P Farrimono, Manchester; Tara
Southon, Tunbridge Wells.
ANALOGIC. (AFT 20) Each person receives an externally-cased SCSI drive:
4. 3Gb - M.P. Askey, Burton-On- Trent; 1Gb - T. Burnett,
Maryport, Cumbria; 540Mb - E.M. Rawlings, Penketh, Warrington;
Stephan Martin, Annezin, France.
Countries to unplug their modems and hang up their phones for the whole of that day. This boycott is intended to persuade the European telecommunications companies to introduce flat rate charges for local calls. To join the campaign, take a look at the CUT website at: ; h tt p : w w w. umetered.ora.uk Return to Scala yetech have signed a deal to distribute Scala MM400 in the UK. This version is much improved over the MM300 given away on Cus coverdisc and in the Amiga Technologies Magic Pack with HD A1200s. It’s also now on CD for ease of use. The CD not only contains the full de-dongled
Scala MM400, it also includes 130Mb of clip art, colour fonts, sample presentations and a fully interactive manual.
Scala MM400 is available from Eye tech from just £59.95. Upgrades from MM300 are just £39.95 (original MM300 coverdisk, CD or proof of purchase, or MM300 registration card required).
You can contact Eyetech by calling 01642 713185.
The latest version of Scala looks like being the best yet.
SQUIRREL FISHING AOL IN LEGAL ©DSffOTE : Freeserve, the free Internet Service Provider owned by the Dixons Group, are taking legal action against rival America Online.
A report in the Independent newspaper claimed that the AOL- owned CompuServe had told its customers in the UK that Freeserve's free Internet access was only temporary and that users would soon be charged for the service.
Freeseve initially raised the issue last December, but an investigation by AOL found no evidence to support Freeserve's complaint. A formal writ has been lodged in the High Court but it's likely that a settlement will be made out of court.
Caldera Systems have released OpenLinux 2.2. This version of the popular, freely distributable UNIX- like operating system is aimed at novice users. It features easier installation and a friendly GUI based on the K Desktop Environment. This means it can easily be made to act like a familiar Windows, MacOS or BeOS system.
OpenLinux 2.2 ships as a two-CD package for $ 50 and includes Corel's WordPerfect 8 and StarOffice, which is StarDivision's Microsoft Office challenger. More information is available from the following site: htto : ww w. ca I d e ra s vste ms.com . rMJNMI BEOS 4„5 DUE BeOS 4.5 is scheduled for release in June. The previously-announced version 4.1 of this multimedia operating system will not now reach the market.
The new version of BeOS promises more and better hardware drivers and will include support for USB and the new Pentiumlll.
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©PEW SOURCE Apple have announced that its QuickTime streaming server will be put in open source domain. This is part of a new drive at Apple, having recently announced that portions of the forthcoming MacOS X would be made open source.
QuickTime 4.0 will allow the live streaming of multimedia data via the Internet. In other words, the content can be played as the file is downloaded. By allowing companies to modify the QuickTime server for their own needs, Apple hope to gain acceptance for its technology over rivals like Real Networks. Tt netconnect £49.95. . Free unlimited internet access 9AUL «©nline.net program version format available awards FREE4ALL £69.95 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
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£49.95 ‘Solo’ 56K Modem External 56K Modem netconnect v2.3 cd-rom or floppy disks yes amiga format gold, 96%, cu amiga 94% amiga magazin (DE) 85%, amiga plus (DE) 85% 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-ll, AmlRC, AmFTP, AmTelnet, AmTerm, Netlnfo, AmTalk, X-Arc and the Contact Manager. Ideal for
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High quality modems : dopus magellan II : v5.8 : floppy disks : yes amiga format gold, 95% program version format available awards Directory Opus Magellan II is a complete Workbench replacement and or file management based system.
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Dynalink 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £69.95 PACE 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £119.95 PACE ‘Solo5 5SK External Voice Fax Data Modem £189.95 £79.95 E29.95X modem pack options stfax professional Various money saving packs are available. These are all based on the Dynalink v90 modem. Packs based on PACE 56K or PACE ‘Solo’ 56K modems available as an additional cost option.
: stfax professional : v3.7 : floppy disks : yes amiga format gold, 95%, cu amiga 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.
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£49.95T high speed serial cards £39.95 amigawriter Oval House, 113 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JH program : amigawriter version : v1.2 (english version) format : floppy disks available : yes awards amiga magazine (DE) 87% ‘very good’.
II 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. All version 1 users will receive the forthcoming version 2 free of charge (due late
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E-Mail: sales@active-net.co.uk iji | IHBM Delivery Information Make cheques P.O.’s payable to Active Technologies and send to the address listed opposite. Credit debit card payment accepted. For any additional infor- The new lOBlix card offers 4 high speed serial ports and 1 (2nd port option) high speed EPP ECF 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 moduia interface. Two modules are currently being developed: an AHI-compatible sound card
and a SANA-I compatible ethernet card (the lOBIix-E, due soon). The lOBlix A1200-S offers 1 high speed seria port, the lOBlix 1200-P offers 1 high speed parallel port. Both designed for A1200 towers. The nev Hypercom 3+ offers 2 high speed serial ports and 1 high speed uni bi directional parallel port.
LOBIix-S A1200-T 1 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial port £39.95 lOBIix-P A1200-T 1 x uni bi 500k bytes sec parallel port £39.95 Hypercom3+ Zorro-2 3 2 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 1 x uni bi 500K parallel port £69.95 lOBlix Zorro-2 3 4 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 1 x uni bi 500k parallel port £89.95 iOBItx-E Zorro-2 3 Ethernet module for lOBlix zorro IO card £ call miscellaneous software Various other individual software titles are available. These titles may be interesting to those not wanl ing to purchase NetConnect v2.
By Em £18.0( £20.0( £20.0( £20.0( £18.0C £15.0( £15.0( £10.0C £ia fit By Disk £20.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £20.00 £17.00 £17.00 £12.00 on 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 IgSiSl pple, IBM and Motorola announced the PowerPC alliance on a largely unsuspecting world in September 1991 with bold slogans such as “MIPs for the masses” and “From
palmtops to servers”. The plan was for a modern, powerful, cost-effective and scalable microprocessor architecture that would shake up the largely Intel-dominated .
CPU market.
The Amiga has been endeavouring to climb aboard that bandwagon in the last four years, desperately seeking a shot of elan vital for its ageing hardware. Arguably, neither has yet been entirely successful.
In the early nineties, Apple were evaluating RISC processors, wishing to harness this new power in their desktop machines. They favoured IBM’s POWER (Performance Optimised With Enhanced RISC) architecture, an advanced and complex 32-bit, multichip processor developed for use in access, the addition of hardware support for symmetric multiprocessing and making the memory model bi-endian. The architecture was also to make provisions for a 64-bit instruction set which would retain compatibility with the 32-bit set.
The PowerPC initiative was more than just a processor design, though.
The PowerPC strategy called for an open architecture capable of running multiple operating systems. The PowerOpen Environment was formulated to permit software to be used transparently between different PPC operating systems and machines. A standard hardware specification, PreP (the PowerPC Reference Platform), was agreed on by IBM and Motorola, and Apple and IBM formed a joint division called Taligent to develop object-orientated GS technology. ™ The first PowerPC microprocessor was the 601, launched in 1993. This first j generation was essentially a bridge between POWER and production of
this range was cut back drastically, a new processor architecture was required if the Amiga was to regain its place at the forefront of personal computing. Today, the PowerPC seems to be the natural choice of heir, but it hasn’t always been so.
Before their untimely death.
Commodore were working on designs around the Hewlett Packard HP-PA RISC, an earlier, more conservative RISC processor. Others favoured DEC’s Alpha, long touted as the world’s fastest mass market microprocessor. In fact, rumours persist that DEC themselves, when looking for a worthy operating system for their new chip, approached Commodore with the intention of porting AmigaOS to the Alpha, but Commodore The PowerPC promised a revolution for personal computing in general and for the Amiga in particular. Richard _ • Drummond asks whether it has or will ever deliver? .
.... .*-f * IBM’s workstations from their earlier pioneering RISC work. After some negotiation, an alliance was formed between Apple, IBM and Motorola to The CyberStormPPC currently the most powerful Amiga accelerator around.
FM m PowerPC. More advanced second generation chips, the 603, 604 and 620 (the first 64-bit PPC) followed later. The revolution seemed to be on course.
Refused; another of CBM’s blunders. Ouikpak, one of the potential owners of the orphaned, post-Escom Amiga, were also keen on the Alpha.
Even more recently, Siamese Systems, famous for their Amiga to PC connectivity software, had plans in this All Amigas built to date, like the original Apple Macs, have been driven by a Motorola 68K series processor. But when development and volume Continued overleaf 4 RISC VS CISC fast memory access. CISC instruction sets aim for a closer correspondence to high-level languages.
The distinction, though, has become blurred. An advanced RISC design like the PowerPC borrows elements from both schools and would more accurately be called a Rationalised Instruction Set Chip. Even processors like the Pentiumll and AMD's clones, which implement a traditional CISC instruction set, function by first translating these instructions into simpler 'micro-operations' which are then executed by an optimised RISC core.
There are two ways of making a computer program run faster: either the number of instructions comprising the program can be reduced or each individual instruction can be executed more quickly. The term RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) was coined for processors which try to achieve the latter; the former became known as CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing). RISC processors are typically characterised by simplified, fixed-width instruction sets, large numbers of registers and produce a microprocessor version, intended as a successor to both Motorola’s 680x0 series and Intel’s x86,
and the PowerPC was born.
Although the PowerPC was to remain binary compatible with POWER, important changes were made to improve its effectiveness in the market targeted. POWER’S instruction set was simplified, partly to reduce size and cost, partly to enable the production of aggressively superscalar designs and partly to shorten the development life cycle. Other modifications included incorporating the bus interface from Motorola’s 88000 to permit more flexible memory AMIGA FORMAT JUNE 1999 Market - Golden Stnorougli Sap'eleh Mebilken requests an audience to trade (press b on control console to receive) Solphi Gobus
Kendrik Teslori Beef Glooph Grandonimo Kozuma Gafar Ghkorria Baby Glooph Chicken Wormhole PhidJey Strife Esseaa Credits: 12,342 (G€) Cargo bay space: 220 tonnes Super fusion Mk 1 Drive Hydrogen Teslori Megalith Mk 111 Laser Canon Complete Explorer 2260. In the future, all Amiga games could be like this.
Been announced that will all feature G3 or G4 processors, state-of-the-art CPUs from the PowerPC family, and the long- awaited update to AmigaOS, OS3.5, will include PPC support.
The PowerUp accelerators from phase 5 are dual processor boards; they feature both a 68K and a PPC processor. The immediate advantage here is complete compatibility - plug one of these cards into an Amiga and it’ll continue to run all existing software at full speed. You might not even know there was a PPC processor in there.
The disadvantage is the increased complexity of the system, which reduces the PPC performance of these boards and hikes up the cost.
The PPG on the PowerUp boards is integrated into the rest of AmigaOS through special software. The PowerUp software consists of a limited PPC kernel which provides a similar functionality for PPC programs'as Exec does for AmigaOS: it manages task scheduling, memory allocation, message passing, etc. The software also allows communication between the two CPUs. However, this creates its own special problem.
Because the PowerPC kernel is so minimal, most PPC software requires services from the rest of AmigaOS which only run on the 68K side of the system. When a PPC program calls a 68K function, or indeed vice versa, a context switch occurs. One program must halt, exchange information with another (running on a different processor) and wait for the result. Any data caches must be Hushed to ensure memory coherency between the two processors. This causes a significant performance hit.
If software isn’t designed carefully, a PowerPC version will actually run more slow ly than if it were executing on the 68K alone.
The problem with migrating any computer platform to a new processor architecture is one of compatibility. Not only is a new version of any operating system required, but a solution must be supplied to allow any existing software base to remain usable. That is the primary reason why the majority of the computing world is still using CPUs which are descended from the twenty- year-old 8086.
The fact is that the PPC series is in no way compatible with the 680x0 range.
Apple’s solution to this problem was to build emulation into their operating system. The first release of MacOS for PPC machines actually contained mostly 68K. Code. While all Macintosh software continued to work, the big disadvantage was speed: early PowerMacs actually ran old | ||| j | Sj| Mac software at a slower speed than existing high- v * end machines.
X However, as the % J|j. MacOS itself was slowly WPlf ported piece-by-piece to the PowerPC, as Apple encouraged developer’s to convert their applications and as new machines based on faster PPC chips appeared, the performance benefit of the new architecture was realised.
The tentative steps which the Amiga has taken towards PPC functionality so far have been very different indeed.
Apple weren't part of the original PreP hardware standard. A latter agreement which was a superset of PreP was agreed on by Apple, IBM and Motorola and was variously known as CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) or _ PPCP (PowerPC Platform). CHRP was based on open platform-independent standards such as Open Firmware and PCI. However, since a CHRP- compliant computer was designed to run jEgk MacOS, it needed a copy of the MacOS ROM to do so. As part of the agreement, Apple stipulated that they must give approval for any CHRP motherboard design.
This was all fine when Apple were licensing their operating systems and allowing other manufacturers such as Motorola, Power Computing and DayStar to buiid Mac clones.
However, Apple were losing money fast because the clone makers were producing better and cheaper machines. In late 1997, with the return of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to the f jSr , company, they reversed their policy on licensing and refused any CHRP designs. MW This effectively killed the platform.
4a direction with their Project Alpha.
The first plans for a Power Amiga were announced in 1995 by Escom, owners of the then-named Amiga Technologies.
Around the same time, phase5 announced its own PowerUp project - a range of PPC accelerators for existing Amigas. The Power Amiga never saw the light of day thanks to Escom’s bankruptcy and the confusion surrounding the Amiga’s direction ever since. PowerUp eventually reached the market in late 1997.
A major setback for the role of the PowerPC in the Amiga’s future occurred at the World of Amiga Show in May of last year, however. After a year of virtual silence, the new Gateway- owned Amiga Inc. unveiled its plans for the next generation Amiga and the PPC was no part of it. The new machines would be based on some unspecified multimedia processor (dubbed MMC, the Monster Mystery Chip, by the Amiga public) and a new operating system OS5.9, not derived from the current AmigaOS, would be used.
To add insult to injury, a transitional platform was planned to form a bridge between existing Amigas and the future. This so-called OS4.0 developer box would in essence be a standard x86-based PC. The announcement understandably outraged developers and users alike, both already having committed time and money to the PowerPC, especially since these plans contradicted an earlier statement from Amiga Inc. Nevertheless, the Amiga market has continued its gradual move to the PPC, albeit with less enthusiasm than before.
Amiga Inc, following a spate of u-turns and missed deadlines, are still to clarify their position with regard to the PPC, but things are now looking up. No fewer than four PPC accelerators have JUNE 1999 AMIGA FORMAT CHRP 3] debacle and Amiga Inc.’s dithering, has meant that commercial developer’s consider PPC development to be too risky.
G4 AND ALTIVEC The next generation of PPC chips from Motorola, due 1 j A&Lr.
Later this year, will feature the new AliiVec technology. V This is a multimedia extension similar in concept to the MMX extensions that Intel gave to its Pentium, but it's «f much more powerful. An AltiVec processor will possess a 128-bit vector unit capable of operating on streams of data in W parallel to the normal integer and floating point units. Performance gains of up to 10 times are claimed for multimedia operations such as MPEG decoding. Unfortunately, AltiVec has been the cause of a rift between IBM and Motorola. Although IBM intend to produce G4 processors, they have no plans to
include AltiVec instructions. G4s are also rumoured to have an new fast bus interface, code-named MaxBus, as well as improved support for multiprocessing.
The PPC software which has been released tends to use the PowerPC merely as a number-crunching co-processor. Commercial software has been limited largely to image processing, such as Elastic Dreams, Candy Factory Pro and plug-ins for Ppaint and ImageFX. The Freeware arena is littered with tools which harness the PPC’s power for compression and decompression, mainly things like file packers, archivers and codecs for handling images and MPEG streams.
Games typically require less support from the operating system though, and so could potentially benefit the most from the PPC, but no commercial games have yet been released in PPC versions. The games that are available have been ported from open source initiatives: Doom, Descent, Abuse, etc. While these help to comfort Amiga users for the cash they laid out on their PowerUp boards, it’s hardly reassuring.
Technology The Origin Of New Possibilities an L2 cache and the overhead of context switching. In hindsight, and especially in the wake of recent announcements, one could argue that following the emulation path similar to the Mac would have been better.
To be fair though, producing a PowerPC-only board for the depressed Amiga market would have been an even more risky business. After all, the Amiga had no guiding force, no Apple to develop the operating system or to support developers. Would users have bought a PPC-only board when little software to harness its power was available and when their existing software would run more slowly?
This context switching is such a critical issue that it prompted Haage and Partner to produce their own kernel for the PowerUp accelerators, called WarpUp. WarpUp performs the same role as the PowerUp software, but it allows faster context switching. It’s also closer in spirit to AmigaOS in some ways. For example, WarpUp programs are stored on disk using an extension to the Amiga’s native hunk format, while PowerUp uses the ELF format from the UNIX world. WarpUp, however, is incompatible with phase 5’s kernel. It’s impossible to run both simultaneously.
The release of WarpUp angered phase 5, who claimed that WarpUp was a hack, achieved by reverse engineering their own software. A rather childish war then ensued between the two companies and, as is usual in a war, everybody suffered.
Initially, developers preferred phase 5’s solution. Perhaps this was just inertia or perhaps it was because PowerUp was the only one of the two with free development tools. Previously, H&P’s commercial StormC package was required to program for WarpUp. This position has changed with recent versions of the freely available GNU egcs and VBCC compilers. Indeed, it now seems that WarpUp is winning.
Most new software is designed for WarpUp and WarpUp itself is being released as part of the AmigaOS3.5 package. Other points in its favour are that WarpUp supports both PPC-only and mixed binary shared libraries, it’s hardware independent and H&P’s forthcoming 68K emulator runs under it. These last two are both important issues for the new G3-only accelerators planned for the Amiga.
The PowerUp design has suffered much criticism. People say that the PPC performance is crippled by the lack of A contributing problem is that CPU speed isn’t the only limiting factor on the speed of games. The restrictive bandwidth to AGA or ZorroII graphics memory incurs its own penalty.
Amiga game development in the last few years has been notoriously fickle, with scores of games announced but very few actually surviving to be published. There are currently about 50 games in the works, many of which have PPC support planned. How many of these will ever see the light of day is unknown. There are even several projects in progress which will run on PPC Amigas only, such as The World Foundry’s epic, Elite-inspired, space simulation, Explorer 2260, and Digital Images’s port of Psygnosis’s PlayStation hit, WipeOut 2097. Both of these games will require WarpUp.
Emulation is another area of software development that benefits from sheer processor grunt. PPC versions of MAME (the arcade system emulator), Frodo (the C64 emulator) and even UAE (the Amiga emulator), to name but a few, have been released.
PPC ports of Fusion and Pcx (the 68K Mac and Wintel PC emulators respectively) have long been promised but are still uncertain.
PowerUp was a brave concept which has established the viability of the PPC Amiga platform. Now the awareness of users, developers and Amiga Inc. to the PowerPC has been raised, other solutions are looking a lot more feasible.
The PowerUp boards have been with us for well over a year now7 and yet PPC software for the Amiga is thin on the ground. This shortage can be attributed to a number of causes.
Firstly, the context switching problem means that not all software would benefit from being ported to the PPC. Secondly, the PowerUp vs WarpUp debate has confused and discouraged both users and developers.
Thirdly, the uncertainty of the PPC Amiga’s future, due to the WOA98 The sad fact is that the PPC Amiga still lacks a killer application, a real attention-grabbing piece of software.
Hopefully this will change soon. The PPC kernel issue seems to have resolved itself; the imminent arrival of G3 Amigas and 68k emulation will solve PPC performance problems and the promise of fast PCI-slot graphics cards will overcome slow graphics access.
Continued overleaf 4 COMING SOON All these planned Amiga G3 G4 accelerators will be PPC-only solutions and will run AmigaOS with Haage & Partner's 68k emulator and WarpUp stored in FlashROM. The emulation is claimed to achieve 68060 speeds on a 300MHz G3.
The truth is that many of the original PPC goals have failed. PowerOpen and Taligent are dead; CHRP, if not entirely dead, is very critically ill. The development of PPC versions of operating systems such as OS 2, pOS, Solaris and WindowsNT have long since been shelved. Even a future ¦p |l for PPC BeOS is unlikely. | S | Unfortunately, the only place ill you can find a PowerPC in a BL personal computer is in a PowerMac. IBM and §§§||§ij Motorola seem content to ignore the rest of the desktop market and dance entirely to Apple’s tune, the former concentrating solely on its embedded processor
market and the latter on its workstations.
The failure of the PowerPC to conquer the world is disappointing because it has a lot to offer. The PPC is a simpler design than the ubiquitous Pentium and its clones. Not only does this mean a potentially better performance to price ratio, it’s' . 5j -f *% i easier to build Vj7 3 K* PPCs at higher J clock . -J1 frequencies; IBM |T| | have already * demonstrated „ W models running S' * at 1GHz.
Moreover, the ; ¦ ¦ i V '-*• * : computing world § . . , - V‘, **» is poised to make the break to 64- * bit architectures.
The PowerPC ||M already has this covered since it’s part of the original specification. Intel, on the other hand, are developing a new architecture in conjunction with Hewlett Packard as a 64-bit t replacement for the x86 *j range, and it’s yet to be * • made known how these new IA-64 m gi- processors will achieve legacy compatibility. , i Amiga Inc.’s snubbing of | the PPC was jfi apparently because IBM and Motorola lacked an adequate ‘roadmap’ for the future. Given the above, I can’t see how this is true. It’s about time Amiga Inc. made definite plans for the new Amiga hardware. Does this
MMC actually exist or is it merely a hypothetical processor, posited as a minimum for hardware performance?
It’s hard to see how they could find a 18 JUNE 1999 AMIGA FORMAT - - brainstormer ifa This was the first G3 card announced for the Amiga by the jpg, & m g generally unheard-of German Amiga hardware developer Escena.
Ill 1 i! I The Brainstormer project is unusual in that it was originally supposed to be based on an Alpha processor and is designed to
* * » • ¦ 1 1. ]I I i§ Jlf connect via a Zorrolll slot, rather
than the CPU slot. It will feature SDRAM and a PCI interface.
Zorroll and dual-processor versions J* * * * are also likely.
- CYBERSTORM AND BLIZZARD G3 G4 Initially, phase 5 announced only
the CyberStorm G3 cards for the A3000 or A4000, but when
met@box (previously PIOS) released their plans for the AmiJOE,
phase 5 quickly revised the project with new specifications,
prices and an A1200 version. Both the CyberStorm and the
Blizzard will accept either a G3 or G4 processor in a ZIF
socket with a 1Mb backside cache. The CyberStorm will feature
on-board UltraWide SCSI, the Blizzard Ultra SCSI. Both will
have SDRAM, PCI and Firewire interfaces.
AMIJOE The AmiJOE cards from met@box are based on the company's Mac G3 cards. Versions will be produced for the A1200 or A2000 A3000 A4000. Both will feature a G3 processor with a 1Mb backside cache and SDRAM. The A1200 version will fit into a desktop case and will have a local bus connector for either a USB or Fast SCSI 2 interface.
The A2000 3000 A4000 version will have on-board USB and a PCI interface. A MultiJoe card is planned for the PCI interface which will provide an Ultra SCSI controller and a 2D 3D graphics accelerator.
TWISTER G3 The Iwister had long been rumoured to exist as the ViperPPC. It's a collaboration between ACT (manufacturers of the Apollo range) and Titan Computer. It will be produced for the A1200 © only and will feature either a G3 or G4 processor with a 1Mb BSC, two PCI slots and SD-RAM. Proposed PCI cards include the TwisterVision, a 2D 3D graphics accelerator iMhk based on the Riva TNT2 chip, and the HK Twister-SCSi, an UltraWide SCSI controller.
Better choice of CPU than a new G4 AltiVec processor. The AltiVec will offer exceptional multimedia performance and QSSL, the supplier of the QNX micro-kernel for the next generation Amiga’s operating system, already produce a PPC version.
The future of the Amiga at the moment could be said to be looking a lot rosier than it has done in a long time, but unless Amiga Inc. can communicate with the Amiga community a lot more openly, the community will carry on the PowerPC revolution without them.
.....£259.95 1260 66 ..£POA 1260 75LC .£239.95 MONITORS 14" DIGITAL SVGA ....£89.00 15" DIGITAL SVGA ..£119.00 17" DIGITAL SVGA ..£199.00 3 YEARS ON SITE WARRANTY + OR FLICKER FIXER Internal .£79.95 External .£94.95 MEMORY UPGRADES A500 TO 1 MB £13.95 A500+ TO 2MB £19.95 A1200+TO 8MB .£54.95 A600 TO 2MB £19.95 A1200 TO 4MB .....£39.95 (Upgradeable to 8MB) SCANDOUBLER Internal .£49.95 External £54.95 m ?
O* SIMMS MEMORY 4MB ....£9.95 8MB ..£14.95 16MB £34.95 32MB £54.95 64MB ..£POA Discount available when bought with accelerators IS INTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVES A500 A500+ A600 A1200 A2000 ..£24.95 These drives work as High Density In A1200 IDE FIX, BUDDHA & CATWEASEL 4 Way Buffered Interface +IDE Fix £29.00 Buddha Flash IDE Controller ....£49.00 Buddha Enhanced IDE Controller £79.00 Catweasel Mk 2
..£49.00 Nett GENLOCK for all Amigas PICASSO Hi Res Graphic Card....£249.00 EXTERNAL SCSI CD-ROM DRIVES including Squirrel 4xSCSI CD-ROM £99.95 4xSCSI + 520MB SCSI HDD ....£169.95 4XSCSI + 1Gig SCSI HDD ...£189.95 4XSCSI + 4.3Gig SCSI HDD ....£249.95 _External SCSI CD-ROMs + SCSI Hard Disk Drives come in one award winning case_ INTERNAL CD-ROM DRIVES INTERNAL 36X IDE .£39.95 INTERNAL 4XSCSI ...£49.95 PC Keyboard Adaptor
??.?????.?????£14.95 AMIGA COM MAGIC PACKS AND TOWER CASES A1200+ 120Mb HD £179.95 A1200 +340Mb HD £199.95 A1200 + 720Mb HD £239.95 A1200 + 810Mb HD £249.95 TOWER + Mouse + PC Keyboard ......I.1I....£129.95 TOWER + A1200 Motherboard + Mouse + PC Keyboard + FDD + 4.3Gig Hard Drive .. ......£399.95 TOWER as above + Typhoon Accelerator 68030 40 with 8Mb + Buffered Interface + IDE Fix ??.? .?.£499.95 (Please add extra £39.95 to include 36x IDE CD-ROM Drive) FREE FITTING A1200 Motherboards without ROMS £99.00 with ROMS £125.00 Amiga 3.1 Operating System
3. 1 ROMs for A1200 ..£29.00
3. 1 ROMs + Disks + Manuals for A1200 £45.00
3. 1 ROMs for A4000 ..£29.95 A1200 HEAVY DUTY Power Supply
..£39.95 2+5" IDE HARD DRIVES 120Mb £44.95
340Mb £54.95 720Mb £64.95
810Mb £69.00
1. 1 Gig £99.95
1. 8Glg .....£129.95
2. 1Gig .....£139.95
3. 2Gig .....£149.95
4. 1 Gig .....£189.95 All hard drives are preformatted,
partitioned with workbench loaded and include cable &
IDE Cable + Software if bought separately £9.95
3. 5" IDE SCSI Internal & External preformatted & partitioned
with Workbench loaded HARD DRIVES
2. 5Gig IDE .£99.95
4. 3Gig IDE ......£119.95
6. 4Gig IDE ......£149.95
8. 4Gig IDE ......£179.95 540Mb SCSI £49.95
1. 08Gig SCSI £69.95
2. 1 Gig SCSI £129.95
4. 3Gig SCSI £149.95 Cable + software @ £12.00 Please add £40.00
if any 3.5" hard drive is required in external case GUARANTEED
FOR A PC WE BUY DEAD OR ALIVE A1200 AND A4000 Ring us for a
reasonable offer for your A1200 A4000 computer (or just
motherboard) - in any condition
56. 6K Fax Voice MODEM Including all cables plus ibrowse
software, Net & Web plus one month free with Demon £79.95 HP
PRINTERS Deskjet 420C ....£89.00 Deskjet710C ..£149.00
Deskjet 695C ..£119.00 Deskjet 720C ..£189.00 CHIPS • SPARES
• ACCESSORIES (Please ring for chips spares accessories not
listed here) PCMCIA V Adaptor .£19.95
50 pin male to male Centronic Lead .....£14.95 ROM
2.05 ....£19.00
A500 A500+Keyboards ..£19.95 A600 A1200
Keyboards £19.95 A500 A600 A1200 Power
Supply ..£24.95 A520 Replacement Modulator £19.95 COMPONENT
SPARES: Amiga Mouse + Mat ......£14.95 50
pin female to male Centronic Lead ...£14.95 Amiga SCART
Lead .£14.95 Amiga Monitor
Leads £14.95 Parallel
Printer Lead .£9.95 Sqirrel
Interface ..£39.95
A1500 A4000 PSU ...£POA Surf
Squirrel .£89.95
We are the largest distributor and retaiier of Amiga spares
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include VAT ? All prices & specifications subject to change
without notice ? Fixed charge for repair does not include
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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.
[A1200T-LE (A12001 - Light Edition) (This is the best choice for existing A1200 users who want to upgrade jto a new Workbench 3.1 machine and add their existing hard drives and other peripherals and accessories themselves.
|A12O0T-PS4 (A$ 20O ProSystem-4) [The A1200 Professional System 4 comes complete and ready-to-run (with 3.2GB hardware, 24-speed CDROM, EZCD-XL buffered inter-j (face, ‘030 40 accelerator with MMU, FPU, 8mb and a CDDA Amiga j jaudio mixer output. Other options available - see table on the right.
A1200T-PS4 XL (A1200T ProSystem-4 XL) This system is configured as for the A1200T-PS4 but with a faster; CDROM and an 040 28MHz accelerator with FPU, MMU, 16mb mem-j ory and a pair of mains-powered 240w PMPO stereo speakers.
A120QT-SE (A1200T- Studio Edition) This is the system for serious Amiga-based multimedia work. It is] configured as the A1200T PS 4XLS but comes with an LS120 drive] (reads & writes 1.44 PC diskettes & 120MB Amiga PC cartridges), an j EZVGA scandoubler flickerfixer and a 15” SVGA digital monitor.
A12Q0T-SE XL (A1200T - Studio Edition XL) This is the ultimate A1200 multimedia tower system. It is configured as the A1200-SE system above and uprated to include a CDReWriter j with MakeCD software and 10 blank CD-recordable disks, a 4.3GB] hard drive, an 060 66 accelerator with 32mb memory, a 17” digital SVGA monitor, a Prelude 1200TW full duplex hi-fi sound card and software and a 600 watt PMPO amplified sound system with stereo] speakers and subwoofer.
To take full advantage of OS 3.5: ‘060 Accelerator ACC-060-50 16-bit sound card AQPT-AUD4PL12-0T I O Accelerator INT-SEB-PTJR £267,95 £1:29.95
239. 95 disks and MP sto) £49.95 3YS-KS31- SCALA MM400 CD now
available anil in stoelc The best multimedia presentation
software for the Amiga -SCALA MM400 - is now available on CD
ex-stock from Eyetech. MM400 contains many more features
than MM300 (distributed free with HD Magic Packs and as a CU
Amiga coverdisk) making it even faster to create slick
commercial presentations. The CD also contains 130mb of
colourfonts, additional backgrounds, sample presentations
and a full interactive manual on CD.
Scala mmm is jest: £59 9-5. Upgrades from MU38Q are Just £39 95 (coverdisk or proof of purchase required).
A significant update to Turboprint 7 has been released by Irseesoft taking the program to version 7.03. This fixes several bugs in drivers and GfxPublisher. The update program is now being shipped with all copies of TB7 sold by Eyetech. It is also available for download from Irseesoft’s web site at www.irseesoft.com, or from Eyetech on floppy disk.
If you wish to obtain a copy from us you can order the upgrade by post or phone for £5 + carriage - code DVR-TB7-703UD.
Memory prices continue to rise The manufacturing of 72 pin memory simms has now all but ceased, and as a result prices of those that are available are still rising on an almost daily basis. The wholesale price has risen 440% since the third quarter of 1998.
We are buying Amiga compatible stocks at every opportunity to try to ensure a continued source of supply for Amiga users.
However, we are finding - increasingly - that many of the 32mb simms still available fail to work properly with Amiga accelerators so please always ring to check memory prices and availability before ordering - prices can change significantly between the time of advertisement placement and publication.
The good news is - for the time being at least - we are offering a 15% discount on the price of simms bought with (and for) an Apollo or phase5 accelerator to help guarantee compatibility.
WlrmmOMM 4 m stock * at lastl This superb new package will convert just about any picture or animation format, and has over 130 effects built in. Its completely open architecture allows functionality to be added via plug-ins (developer documentation is supplied on the CD) and full integration with other applications via extensive AREXX support. It will even save Quicktime movies with audio! Jt automatically detects and installs PPC drivers to speed up operations by up to 1400%.
UltraConv4 is available for just £39.95, or £29.95 if purchased with ScanQuix 4.
©placement A12M motherboards A replacement A1200 motherboard is usually the best solution if you have a damaged or unreliable Amiga . . However, new A1200 motherboards, currently available from us and other suppliers, were made by Amiga Technologies Escom in 1995 6. All these boards (as were those used in Amiga Magic Packs) were manufactured with two faults which have recently come to light:
• the GCJRESET signal is not implemented dee to a fault m the
GAYLE chip. This needs fixing lor reliable use of any PCMCIA
eihemet adapter VGA1 screen modes exhibit horizontal tearing
m many - SVGA monitors due to a change m the At 200's video
circuitry to ref ect new EMC regulations introduced after the
original AISCXTs were designed by Commodore.. All replacement
motherboards supplied by Eyetech have both these faults fixed
by us before shipping. Cheaper boards, without these fixes, may
be available from other sources, but they will inevitably prove
to be significantly more expensive in the long term.
Fully fixed replacement motherboards fmm Eyetech cost £129.99 (sxducfing ROMs).
Lysine Hired * a iwonttiff Amiga newsletter defiwered to your door for Just 136* per yearl In the fast changing world of computers and peripherals, and with an ever-expanding portfolio of Amiga products, we are finding it increasingly difficult to provide Amiga owners with comprehensive technical and pricing information via our monthly advertising pages alone.
That’s why we have launched Eyeline Direct.
Issue 1 is now out and includes guides to A1200 hard drive interfaces, things to consider when contemplating fitting a large (over4.3GB) hard drive and the pros and cons of fitting a CD writer or rewriter to your Amiga - as well as discount vouchers and special offers only open to Eyeline Direct subscribers.
Just ring, write or fax the Eyetech sales team to place your order.
* UK only. EC add £3.00, Worldwide add £6.00 Amiga Internet
Packages at 33% d§scount until 30 Hay 1990 wtiiisf stocks test
If you’re not yet on the Net there couldn’t be a better - or
cheaper time to get connected.
Until 30th May we’re offering the superb Internet Connection package above, the acclaimed NetConnect 2.2 internet software suite and a 56K V90 external voice data fax modem with cables and PSU for a special price of just £98.95. For less than the cost of three typical support set-up calls to a ‘free’ internet provider, you can have: 90 days free technical support • 10 email addresses 100% local (0845) call charges 25MB of Web space ... all for a one-off charge of just £29.95 will! Modem, Amiga s w art 90 days teetaieal support new uniter £100 Latest News in Brief That’s a saving of over
£50 on the individual component prices!
YnlMted use Internet Packages Cmtoonsfe A12W* IE P84 PS4HL SE Si XL Mk4 EZTower Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes PC keyboard & keyboard adapter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Upgrade to A4000 k b and k b adapter +£20 +£20 +£20 +£20 +£20 A1200 motherboard with K S 3.1 WB3.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Sony floppy drive & EZDFO interface ‘ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maqic Pack productivity software + 2 games Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Upgradeable to full EZPC Tower system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Scala MM300 multimedia software n a Yes Yes, Yes Yes EZCD-XL 4-device buffered interface n a Yes Yes Yes Yes EZTower CD audio Amiga audio mixer n a Yes
Yes Yes Yes
3. 2GB Tower drive with WB3.1 installed n a Yes Yes Yes n a
4. 2GB Tower drive with WB3.1 installed n a +£20 +£20 +£20 Yes
LS120 with 1 cartridge & EZIDE s w n a +£80 +£80 Yes n a CDRom
CDReWriter +10 gold disks n a 24x 32x 32x CDRW+GD 1230 40
MMU FPU accelerator-8 MIPS n a Yes n a n a n a 1240 28 MMU FPU
accelerator - 21 MIPS n a +£60 Yes Yes n a 1240 40SE MMU FPU
accelerator - 30 MIPS n a +£100 +£40 +£40 n a 1260 66 MMU FPU
accelerator - 51 MIPS n a +£250 +£185 +£185 Yes Memory
included (ring for upgrade prices) n a 8MB 16MB 16MB 32MB
EZVGA scandoublerwith flickerfixer n a +£80 +£80 Yes Yes 15"
SVGA monitor n a +£115 +£115 Yes n a 17” SVGA monitor n a
+£190 +£190 +£75 Yes Prelude1200TW hifi full duplex sound card
n a +£140 +£140 +£140 Yes Amplifier (PMPO watts), speakers (+
subwoofer) n a n a 240W 240W 600W+SW Oust m opfe as specIM
£549.95 mm mM £1791.85 LIMITED EDITION 1260 75LC 60 MIPS
ACCELERATOR Exclusive!]? Available from Cyetedi - at a price
lower than that of the 1260 66!
The fastest 680x0 accelerator for any Amiga is now available (exclusively) from Eyetech. Rated by Sysinfo at around 60 MIPS the accelerai is suitable for both desktop and towered A1200s. The integer processing speed of the 75MHz 060 is - in Simon Goodwin's words - 'awesom being up to 2200% faster than that of an an 030 50! A.I. recommend an '060 processor to get the most out of OS 3.5 - see separate news sto The 1260 75 LC comes with a full MMU but no FPU as no internal or external Motorola FPU module will work at these speeds . As most Ami: software is supplied with non-MMU versions, these
should still easily out-perform the FPU versions on a lesser processor in all but a handful cases. And now for the best news of all. You can have the fastest O S-compliant Amiga on the planet for just £299.95!
G _____ - FIVE NEW PRE-CONFIGURED MK4 EZ-TOWER MAGIC PACK SYSTEMS Although the basic Amiga international desktop console Magic Pack still represents excellent value for money (see the box-out below) more and more customers have been asking us for new Amiga 1200s which are already EZTowered up. So here they are, five pre-corf ured systems to suit different applicants and budgets. All systems come with brand new KS 3.1 WB 3.1 disk and manuals, mouse, 2mb graphics memory and a fantastic productivity software bundle including Wordworth 4SE, Turbocalc 3.5, Datastore 1.1, Photogenic
1. 2SE, Personal Paint 6.4, Organiser 1.1, & Pinball Mania &
Whizz games. Hard drive versions also come with Scala MM300
preinstalk As notional CDROM speeds continue to climb - from
8x 40x and above over the first 12 months - do we really get
a: better CDROM performance on an Amiga? This answer yes, but
only up to a point! The problem is that point w passed around
the 20x mark - that is peak transfer rates about 3.0MB S.
Above that rate a higher speed mechanis actually slows down
the performance of the CDROM for me practical applications.
Why? Because the higher notional da transfer is made possible
by spinning the CDROM more quic ly - and the faster its
working speed the longer it takes to reai that speed from the
moment you click on its icon. In fact, 1998 Amiga Format
review found that a 20-speed CDRC was faster in practice than
a 24-speed unit for just this reasc Unfortunately 20x CD
mechanisms are no longer available.
So why do CDROM manufacturers keep increasing tl speed? Well, ail mechanism specifications cost roughly tt same to make - but - particularly in the PC world, if it has a bi ger go-faster stripe, the average purchaser thinks it must I better and is therefore prepared to pay more.
On the A1200, if its performance you want, our recommend tion would be to go for a 24x unit - rather than a faster mech nism - every time. But if its go-faster stripes you need, we c also supply those models as well!
~ CDRC-': z ' Eyefedi for pst £34.95. External A120O 24-speed sysler wifh PSU. Cables, buffered Interface & s w cost pst £74.95. ©s 3,5 upgrade preparations With OS 3.5 is on track for delivery in a few months time so now is the time to start preparing your A1200 to be OS 3.5-ready. We will be shipping OS 3.5 (estimat price £34.95) from the date of its official release. Why not place an advanced order to ensure you get your copy at the earliest opportunity? Amiga Inc recommend t following configurations: If you don’t have the need or the space for an A1200 Tower System then we can still supply
brand new A1200 desktop console Magic Packs - either floppy drive only, or upgraded to a 170mb hard drive, EZCD-XL buffered interface and external CDROM socket.
A120O diskette desktop console Magic Pack - £179.95 A120G170MB HD desktop console Magic Pack - £248.95 For ‘acceptable’ performance: ‘030 accelerator AGC-930-40-1S £59.95 Scandoubler Flickerfixer EZVGA range fmm £48,95 Modem MGD6BC56K £69.95 You will also need:
3. 1 ROMs SY5-XS31-ROM £29,85 When Faster means Slower mmM msammm
m msm i. ¦ msmm* msm : j A1200 EZTower systems, EZPC Tower
systems, Magic Packs and accessories EZPC-PRO & NEW
Tower Model HSE 3 pre-configured EZPC-Pro systems to suit
different applications and pockets EZPC system works by making
the PC motherboard act as a slave processor to your A1200 -
look- g after the operation of the systems accessories whilst
you and your Amiga get on with creative work, can of course
use the PC as a computer in its own right if you really
Also important to understand that EZPC A1200 expansion system is based on a real Amiga and is at all comparable with other PC-only systems running a clever, but slow, Amiga emulator as a PC lication.
Fact there are such a range of applications that the EZPC system can open up to an Amiga user that have introduced three systems pre-configured for different types of use. These are:
- 200 EZ-PC TOWER-HSE (Home Studio Edition). £999.95 HSE
configuration comes complete with TV tuner with cut- d-paste
teletext facilities, 24-bit video frame grabber and video
o capture card, 30 bit colour scanner, 56K modem and unlimit-
internet access at local call rates - as well as the standard
EZPC system components p1200 EZPC TOWER-DVE (Digital Video
Edition). £1389.95 me DVE is fitted with a purpose-designed,
hardware-based MJPEG non-linear video editing suite for
home semi-profession- = video production, it also comes with
built-in CD Writer ReWriter [with drag-and-drop CD writing
software) for producing your own =jdio and video Cds.
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes n a n a +£79.95u g Yes n a Yes Yes n a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes n a n a n a Yes Yes n a +£59.95 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes +£59.95 Yes Yes +£49.95 Yes Yes +£49.95 +£49.95 +£109.95 +£109.95 Yes +£189.95 +£189.%
- £99.95 +£99.95 +£99.95 Yes +£24.95 +£24.95 Yes EZPC-Tower 250W
psu PC mouse HD floppy EZ-Key k b adapter PC k b & rem switch
Ultra DMA hard drive 4.2GB 32-speed CDROM DVD-ROM(inc 20xCDROM
capability) CDReWriter(inc 6xCDR0M) & s w 10 x blank CDR’s
650MB 100MHz bus PC motherboard W 64MB High perf high res 3D
Gfx card w MPEG-1 TV teletext framegrabber Hardware MJPEG Video
Editor Hardware MPEG-2 Video decoder CD-quality sound card with
MIDI Software controlled Amiga 'PC audio mixer Internal 60W
PMPO monitor speakers Siamese RTG2.5 software Amiga PCMCIA & PC
ethernet cards cabs 30-bit high res A4 flatbed scanner Internal
56k data fax voice modem Unlimited access Internet package 15’’
SVGA monitor 17” SVGA monitor Win 9.x Lotus Smartsuite bundle
Miami Amiga TCP IP stack_ M200 EZPC TOWER-XLS. £1995.95 mis
must be the ultimate creative multimedia expansion plat- brm
for your A1200. It comes equipped with non-linear video editing
hardware and software, A4 30-bit flatbed scanner, DVD ROM
hardware & MPEG 2 decoder (for DVD video playback), 3D
Rewritable drive, 15” Colour Monitor, 56k data fax voice modem
with voicemail and internet software - and much more.
The EZPC Tower system showing the A1200, the PC rear sockets, card slots and removable side panels Cost with options as specified £1369.95 ENTRY LEVEL EZPC TOWER SYSTEMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM JUST £599.95 UPGRADE PACKS FOR EXISTING EZTOWER USERS JUST £499.95 The EZPC-Pro Tower configurations (featured on the next page) have produced a tremendous level of interest - and orders - from professional and serious home Amiga users alike. We have also had many requests for a lower cost, entry level solution, from those Amiga users whose budget is more modest. So here it is - the EZPC-SLE - giving most
of the potential of the EZPC-Pro systems (featured opposite) In an affordable (but expansible) package.
The EZPC-SLE specification is as follows: to 290 EZPC TOWER-3.1+. £395.95 Finally, if your A1200 is feeling a bit tired we can supply your chosen EZPC "ower system with a brand new Kickstart 3.1 A1200, complete with Magic ack software, 24 Speed CD ROM, 3.2 GB hard drive (with W b & Magic Pack software preinstalled), EZCD Mk4 interface and EZIDE software ready nstalled and connected up. All you need to do is to slot in your existing accelerator, fit your old hard drive into the external mounting drawer provided (see :hoto) switch on and start using your new A1200 EZPC Tower system.
& r
• CD' m css* Full EZTower Mk4 with removable side panels ? PC
Keyboard & EZKey-SE PC keyboard adapter & 250w PSU (not with
upgrade kit) (not with upgrade kit) 100MHz-bus motherboard with
4x UDMA IDE ports? 333M II CPU with 1MB cache memory 2 x high
speed serial & 1 x EPP parallel port ? 32MB 100MHz memory 8MB
SVGA SIS Graphics ? 16 bit 3D sound record and playback
3. 2GB UDMA hard drive ? 24 speed CDROM PC mouse ? Remote
Amiga PC keyboard switch Siamese 2.1 RTG serial Amiga-PC
networking software and cable, and, to display your Amiga
output on a PC screen, either ? A TV Teletext tuner with
24-bit still & video capture and Amiga composite video input,
or ? An Amiga EZVGA-INSD internal scandoubler and Bmon switch
You will also need to have Windows 9x operating system and an
SVGA PC monitor - see the panel on the EZPC-Pro Tower system
panel for further information.
Ail these three packs are designed for you to fit your existing A1200 in the EZPC Tower and connect it up. This normally takes around an hour, but if you would prefer to receive your system ready to use, we can arrange to coliect four Amiga, do the work for you and ship your new system back all ready to :-ug-in to mains and phone outlets! Please ring for details.
• - EZVGA Scandoublers & Flickerfixers from just £48.95 A!!
Scandoublers flickerfixers allow the Amigas 15kHz modes to
display on a PC SVGA monitor. Flickerfixers allow 15kHz
interlaced screens to be displayed, rock-steady, at twice the
standard vertical resolution. Other modes are passed through
EZVGA-Mk2 Compact, external, upgradeable scandoubler (to full FF) £69.95 EZVGA-Plus Compact, external scandoubler with full FF £99.95 EZVGA-SEf F Economy external scandoubler with full FF £89.95 EZVGA-INSD Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler (not upgradeable) £48.95 EZVGA-INFF Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler with full FF £79.95 EZVGA-INFF2 Internal A1200 A4000 s doubler with full FF for BMON £89.95 A collection, installation and delivery service is also available - please ring for details.
* Optional extra not included in standard EZTower system The New
Eyetech Mk 4 EZTower System - from just £79.95 AMIGA SVGA
MONITORS External SCSI output socket* CDROM & Amiga Audio mixer
output" (Surf) Squirrel* or ethernet card* in PCMCIA slot 9
drive bays in total For use with Amiga Zorro & the new PPC
Graphics Cards, Scandoublers & the EZPC-Tower system ' Special
pricing on scandoublers flickerfixers bought with monitors from
just £45 extra Monitor specifications are quoted as the
highest vertical refresh rate at the maximum resolution. Higher
refresh rates ( =72Hz) at lower resolutions are available and
give a more visually relaxing display.
F Scandoubler flickerfixers have resolutions governed by the Amiga’s AA AGA chipset and are restricted to a maximum vertical refresh of 73Hz and a maximum usable resolution of 724Hx566V.
“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” - GU Amiga EZKey input socket 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 No expensive PCMCIA right-angle adapter required Available in 5 models to suit different skills and budgets The only tower allowing both PC & A1200 in one case ?
250Watt PSU with monitor output socket Amiga accel’tor* & optional Bvision graphics card* Tne 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.
Backplate kit DIY* EZTower Full EZTower DFO: face plate & ribbon cable Yes Yes Yes Custom backpanel w SCSI, audio Kos Yes Yes Yes At200 power & LED adptrs Yes Yes Yes CE-approved metal PC case n a Yes Yes No of bays PSU capacity n a 9 250W 9 250W Directly accessible PCMCIA slot Yes Yes Yes DIY assembly instructions Yes Yes n a Installation instructions Yes Yes Yes PC board Siamese compatibility Yes Yes Yes Assembled &A1200-ready No No Yes Eyetech installation option No No Yes Cost with options as specified mWl £79.95 £99.95 With EZKey2 PC k b (w A4k k b+£20) n a £99.95 £119.95
* With the DIY EZ-Tower you have to remove the PC tower back
panel and some internal shelving and fix the new back panel in
place Space for standard PC motherboard* 14” SVGA 0.28DP,
1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £89.95 15” SVGA 0.28DP, 1 Q24Hx768V @ 60Hz
£119.95 17” SVGA 0.28DP, 1280Hx1024V @ 60Hz £199.95 Engineering
workstation grade monitor, 160MHz, Diamondtron tube: 17” SVGA
0.25DP, 1600Hx1280V @ 75Hz £399.95 Individuall removable
24. 5” H x 7.5” W x16.0”D All A1200 rear panel sockets are
directly accessible 6 models of BMON are available from
£39.95 • send for details mmm . .. Te Bmon takes two video
inputs - one from an Amiga’s AA chipset (either directly or
via i scandoubier flickerfixer) and the other from a graphics
card (BVision, Cybervision, Picasso, Ateo bus card etc) - and
switches your SVGA or multisync monitor between r em. The
Bmon uses high quality video switchers so - unlike
conventional switchboxes
- mere is no significant loss of quality from either source, it
can also be used - in its Smon fcrni - for switching an SVGA
monitor between a PC and Amiga system.
Is standard the Bmon accepts input, from a Bvision or Cybervision card and from an E etech EZVGA internal flickerfixer-2. It is manually switched by a remote miniature tog- ;e switch positioned - for example - on the front panel of a tower system.
EZBus-Z4 - A new Zorro adapter from Eyetech featuring regular Z2 slots and 2x 19MB s local bus connectors EZTOWer*Z4 - A new EZTower specifically designed to take the Ezi»us*Z4 EZTowerZ4, k b adapter, PC k.b & EZBus-Z4 £249.95 As above - introductory price - advance orders £199.95 i ' ... £127.95 £167.95 £184.95 £264.95 £349.95 £299.95 20% off the price of the PortPlus & IOB!ix1200P when purchased with TurboPrint.
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Phase5 PowerUp A1200 PPC + ‘040 ’060 Accelerators | Without SCSI (not upgradeable) inc. MMU § FPU r hM fust £60 Is the aftsvs prices far factory fitted m-kmti fml SCSI II tetirfses Blizzard Vision PPC 8MB Graphics Card Unbelievable quality and speed - 1600x126 0(§ 72HZ!
No Zorro slots needed!
NEW! 3mb card - £159.95 or just £139.95 with a PPC The fastest, most highly specified graphics card you can buy for your A1200 j
- r~ .ytMl feMS% tip ili HP i: A1200 Clock Port Expansion Cards
For non-Zorro A1200s the best expansion route is via the
(unused) clock port 1x 460kb serial port 1x 1.5 MB s serial
port 1x EPP parallel port
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1x800kb parallel port HD Amiga PC floppy controller 4-way
clock port expander PortPlus Catweasel-2 ClockUp Prelude
16bit Hi-Fi Full Duplex Sound Card mm £209.95 £249.95 £279.95
EZWriter-INT EZWriter-SE EZWriter-Gold EZWriter-MT second
£269.95 EZReWriter-INT EZReWriter-SE IDE interfaces if
required ... 3 x 120MB carts 3x100 MB carts £29.95 £29.95
£79.95 £79.95 ?
£89.95 £109.95 £129.95 EZCD-SE EZCD-Mk4 IDE-Flyer pH¦ L EZKey2 alone - for A1200 only - just EZKey2 and Windows keyboard EZKey2, A4000 k b & 6-to-5 pin adapter £28.95 £38.95 £58.95 tn par H Mo m AtiWI ?All models come with keyboard, hard & floppy EZKey-SE Amiga - for A1200 & A600 - just £18.95 EZKey-SE Amiga A4K k b & 6-5 pin adapter £48.95 EZKey-SE PC - for A1200 & A600 - just £24.95 EZKey-SE PC and Windows keyboard £34.95 The SX32 Pro-50 ft!
Frnmm you don’t know wnat you’re missing!
At these prices there is reaiiy 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-speed just £74.95; 32-speed just £84.95
• Bsts ‘ter Tmmm just £34.95; 32 spe&d just £44.95!
? 60Q x 300dpi optical resolution, single-pass 24- bit 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) free with this bundle whilst stocks last---- 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.
Create stunning transition and titling effects with packages such as Scala MM300 (which is included with A1200 hard drive Magic Packs). |fow jUSt £69 05 Both are IDE ATAPI reader writer units with MakeCD Amiga writing software EZWriter units cut ‘Gold’ CD blanks at 2x speed & read CD ROM’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 £T0at time of purchase CD rewritable disks are just £5 each when bought EZWriter with the EZReWriter The
Top-Rated CD-Plus Range for the A1200 ¦ trnrn mm sp wti a mi auteur this mm »« inm” * Sea Vest, M If your A1200 hasn’t got a CDROM then you don’t know what you’re missing!
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 ¦:fef MBBQ m A*1mm Mm Mm ~ m :MafeCD) 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 i F, 44 & 40-way cables & EZ-IDE s w - IDE-Flyer interface, cables & s w - Amiga UMAX Scanner & PhotoScope Bundle now with FREE ArtEffect-SE v1.5 - still just £179.95 A1200
EZWriter and EZReWriter CDROMRimers AWARD-WINNING UMAX SCSI FLATBED SCANNER r mm mmic -and data CD' fa for kms iteft BJSp MB BMMBMM* Spiisis E so ; ? All drives come ready to use with WB3.0 pre-installed & WB2.X install script j ? 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 (HD Floppy 12QMB Cart) Zip Drive (Mac emul. Compatible) Abridged Quid© 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 CDROM LS120 Zip etc devices but it also protects your A1200 by putting back the buffering electronics that Commodore AI left out of the A1200 design. Some interfaces can also significantly speed up the data transfer to and from your hard drive and or CDROM ... 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 the EZCD-SE is equivalent to the ‘standard’ interface offered by some other suppliers. See also
the EZIDE software panel on this page.
NB If you are thinking of getting a hard drive larger than 4.3GB then buy the IDE-Flyer - or wait for OS3.5 which properly supports them and gives new, compatible versions of FFS, Format & HDToolbox programs Max Mm Suitability 2MB s 68030 40MHz or slower no accelerator.
3MB s 68030 50,68040 xx, 68060 xx accelerator.
8MB s 040 xx, 060 xx, UDMA HD & 24 speed+CDROM 4-Device Buff Interface & CDROM Software £18.95 CDROM s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables £28.95 £38.95 EZ-IDE s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables £38.95 £48.95 Elbox IDE Flyer I F& CDROM file system ( 4.3GB HD Support) £54,95 High performance 1 or 2 simm entry level accelerators for A1200 desktop consoles or tower systems MMU, mi & 1 SMI socket to 32MB only £59.95 UMU. M 12 SIMM sockets to 84MB only £69.95 A1240 28 ‘040 28MHz MMU FPU* (21 MIPS) A1240 40SE ‘040 40MHz MMU FPU* (30 MIPS) A1240 40 l040 40MHz MMU FPU* (30 MIPS) A1260 50 ‘060 50M Hz M MU FPU* (39
MIPS) A1260 66 ‘060 66MHZ MMU FPU* (51 MIPS) A1260 75LC ‘060 75MHz MMU* (60 MIPS)
* To 32MB. Optional 2nd simm socket (tower only) offers 64MB
total The Apollo A1260 75LC 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 “Easily the best A1200 sound card so far” - Tony
Horgan, AF April 99 ‘ Clockport fitting - no Zorro slots
required ? Simultaneous recording, playback and mixing ? MIC,
CD, AUX (Amiga audio) and line 3.5mm jack inputs. 3.5mm jack
output to speakers.
? Mixes CD & Amiga audio etc automatically on bootup without invoking application programs.
? Extensive software support including Samplitude, Octamed SS & AHI drivers & PPC-based MPG3 audio playback Desktop: £129.95 Tower: £149.95 Zorro: £189.!
1230 40 TURBO PRO 113 Apollo Accelerators for the A1200 Amiga Digital Imaging Software from Andreas Gunther ScanQuix4 Software just £59.95 - Upgrades just £29.9!
? 24 bit scanning with full range of editing options.
? Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package ' cranOui*- (AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint, Photogenics, ImageFX, i "HT 4 XiPaint, Pagestream 3, Dpaint5) via AREXX. ? ‘Scan-to-disk’ option in Jpeg or IFF. j pr.
? Unique calibration program which automatically Qom- pensafes for scanner and printer deficiencies alowtng photo- reatisllc ouM on any high resofcf on, Turboprint or Studbll supported, coter printer.
? Interpolated resolutions to 20000x20000 dpi.
? 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 £79.95, Photoscope £59.95) ? Compatible with all modern SCSI controllers including PPC, Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not Surf-Squirrel).
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!
UK Bank BS cheques, Visa*, Mastercard*, Switch, Delta, Connect, Solo, Electron. Postal Mere orders accepted, (*A 3% charge applies to all credit card orders). Due to space limitations sen of the specs given are indicative only - please ring write for further details. Please check pries- specification and availability before ordering. H ©rtewsg fef past, please provki a daytime telephone number, toods are not sappiei m a iria basis. A1200 items are tested with a Rev 1.D.1 motherboard - other boards may need moai cation. Items subject to mechanical wear & tear (eg keybceids) are limited to 90
days warranty cn those compcrei
E. &0.E. All prices include VAT at 17.5%. Orders sent outside the
EC do not incur VAT - divide n prices shown by 1.175 to arrive
at ex-VAT prices.
TurboPrint 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 soft- , ware and CamControl digital camera software CamControl Amiga Digital Camera Software * sow jsst £29.9 ? Serial connection versions available for most popular models of Kodak, Minolta, Olympus, Casio & Fuji digital cameras ? Picture transfer, camera
control & sideshow options (camera dependent) muifeession and multivolume CDROM support-, EZ-IDE Amiga IDE, ATAPI, CDROM & removable media driver s w £34+ If bought with any EZCD, I F, Zip or LS120 Drive £9.9 Upgrade from Eyetech CDPius IDE Fix software* £14.S (‘trade in & proof of purchase required) EYETECH GROUP LTD The Old Bank, 12 West Green, Stokesley, North Yorkshire TS9 5BB. I Tel: mm 4 AMIGA - 07000 4.26442 ~ +44(0)1842 713185 Fax; 44(0)18*2 713 3 Net: sales, info @eyetech.co.u:k. wymeyafecrtco.tik. UK Next Day Insured Delivery Charges: Software Cables, EZCD i F = £3.00 2.5' Drives,
Accelerators, Manuals = £7.00,3.5” Drives, FDDs, PSUs, SX32 = £9.00, CDPIus, Minitower, Desktop = £11.00, EZTW & EZPC = £15.00. Worldwide in 2-7 days from receipt of faxed order & payment details.
AMIGA MAGIC PACK UPGRADE PACKS AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES The ideal way to update your Commodore A1200: ? Extensive CDROM support including mutWisk changers. 0032 emulation, high performance Mac, PC & .Amiga CDROM ffesystems.
? CDROM support.
? Optimises hard disk performance automatically. Supports ‘ channel’ hard drives on most 4-device buffered interfaces.
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.
? Supports LS120, Zip, Jaz, SyQuest, and other IDE ATAPI removable ITOMATICA " " - EZIDE - IDE ATAPI ENHANCEMENT S0FTWAF PROBABLY THE ONLY HARD DRIVE CDROW LS120 ZfP SYQUEST S W YOU’LL EWER Mil© ? Selectable serial device for use with high-speed interfaces like the PortJnr c lOBIixl 200S ?20% off the price of the the PortPlus & lOBIixl 200S when purchased with CamControl software.
AR to variations m exchange rates the prices of some products may change - up or down - from the prices shown.
Nise ring or check our website [www,eyeteeh'Co,.uk IIA1N APRICE.HTM] bf the latest prices before ordering.
EYETECH EYETECH AMIGA PARTS & PRICE INDEX JUNE 1999 TEL: +44 (0)1642-713-185 • 07000 4 AMIGA and Adapters: EZ-Key & DIY Tower Components Mk 2 Amiga PC k b adpt - A1200 kbd direct connect A1200 EZKey MK2 6p - 5p adptr A4000 kbd bdle Mk2 Amiga PC k b- A1200 dir connect +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 A60Q EZKey-SE PC k b adapter for A1200 A600 + Win95 kbd
2. 5" 44way - 3.5" 40w+4w adpt & 2.5- 3.5 mtg bracket
3. 5” Zip SyQuest FDD HD brkt pl - 5n 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
A12Q0 int FD ¦graces and Adapters: A1200 Ethernet, SCSI
PCM-ETH-C PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga PC drivers rCM-ETH-H
Hydra PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga drvrs 5-. T-X60C Crossed
twisted pair RJ45 for Sisys 60cm F-SCS-CSQR Classic Squirrel
PCMCIA SCSI iff 50pCM i Adapters: Flickerfixers, Genlocks,
Video Digitisers A Adapters, Monitor Switches, Monitor Leads
FEZK2 F~ EZ-2-A-K BX2-W95 :-a :-a k PcZ SE-P r-SZ SE-P K
FHD-2 3 FHM 5 FHKSD-5P6P ©D-6P5P E- 3Q-MF Bvision 8MB gfx
card for A1200 (needs PPC) SVGA Monitor Switcher -
Bvisn CVisr, & EZVGA1NFF2 SVGA Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn
&15pHD In Ex SD FF M Sync Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn & 23p
RGB socket SVGA MonSw - Afeo Picasso IspHD Gfx & EZVGAINFF2
SVGA MonSw - Afeo Pic’o 15pHD & 15pHD ln £x SD F M Sync MonSw-
Ateo Pic’o 15pHD & 23p RGB socket Auto Amiga CV64-3D m sync
monitor switch EZ-VGA-Mk2 compact external s doubler PLL
u gradable EZ-VGA-Plus compact external SD+FF 23F-15F PLL
SDBL2 to SD+fiickerfixer u g EZ-VGA internal A1200 s doubler
non-upgrad'le EZ-VGA- internal A1200 s doubler for use with
BMON EZ-VGA- internal A1200 scandoubler w flickerfixer
EZ-VGA- interna! A1200 SD+FF for use with BMON EZ-VGA-SE
scandoubler+flickerfixer 23F-15F Xtal Adapter from 15p HD-M
VGA to 9pD-F Monitor adapter 9p D-F to 15p HD-M VGA 15pHD-M -
23pD-M Amiga RGB adapter Amiga 23pD-F - 15pHD-F VGA adapter
Amiga 23pD-F - 15pHD-F buffered adapter for A4000 ProGrab
24-RT Amiga par. Port video digitiser (no psu) PSU for ProGrab
24-RT EZ-Gen composite video Genlock for A1200 . 3A-BV8M
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Pre!ude1200 for A1200 DT console only Preiude12G0 for Tower
w ribbon cbie audio I O brief, CD iff Upgrade node from
PL12-DT to PL12-TW Prelude Zarroil 16-bit full duplex sound
card Samplitude Opus 16 channel, virtual projects, FFT
filtering Samplitude-LE 4 channel, virtual projects, FFT
filtering IDE ATAPI & software Elbox 4-dev 32 bit high perf
buf'd A1200 IDE iff ROM spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer purchased
wIIDE-FLYR ROM spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer purchased elsewhere
Mk4 4-dev but IDE i f w AIPU W A1200 CDROM s w Mk4 4-dev but
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
iff for A4000 w CDROM s w EIDE ATAPIHD CDR0M 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
iOBlix 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 At 200 lOBlix Z2 - 4x1.5Mbpsser + 1x EPP par port
Zorroll 1x EPP par port expan tor INT-I0BL-Z2 (to 4xs+2xP)
ClockUp 4-way clock port expander for At 200 Interface for std
Sony FDD for DFO 880KB
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- PL12-UG '-PLZ2 EW-SMP-OP pW-SMP-LE F & Adapters ¦
BL-Z2 .
BL-Z2PX pCLK-EXP r-fDD-DFO CASE-DTZ4 CASE-DTZ4-PL CASE-DTZ4-PLZ4 CASE-DTZ4-PLZ4-S CASE-R.TZ4 CASE-RTZ4-PL CASE-RTZ4-PLZ4 CASE-RTZ4-PLZ4-S ADPT-Z4 ADPT-Z4-SP CASE-FT-A4KUG ¦fcles & Cable Adapters: Audio & Mains 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 - IEC skt 1.5m AC powerstrip
1xlEC-M - 4x13A-F mains skt Rewirable IEC monitor pig for
sfeles & Cable Adapters: Serial, Modem, SCSI, Printer DB25-M
- DB25-F RS232 extn cab 2m for modem DB25-M - DB25-F RS232
extn cab 0.5m for modem Null modem cable wID9F & D25F at each
end 2m Null modem cable wID9F & D25F at each end 5m Null modem
cable w D9F & D25F at each end 10m 25p-F to 9pM serial RS232
adapter 25p-M to 9pF serial RS232 adapter Centronics 50p-F to
Centronics 50p-F (for Squirrel) SCSI cable DB25-M -
Cent50-M1m SCSI cable DB25M-DB25M mac type 1m SCSI cable
Centr50M- Centr50M 1m SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- Centr50M 1m for
PPC SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- 25D-M 1m for PPC Bidirectional
printer cable all pins connected & Cable Adapters: VGA,
Keyboard, Switchboxes, Cables, Scart Cables MON, SMON
autoswitches above) A3-SER-EX2M ?S-SER-EX50C
EFT-SER-25M9F CFT-SCS-50 50CF A3-SCS-25D 50C 4S-SCS-25D 25D
45-SCS-50C 50C S-50H 50C SCS-50H 25D (S-5-PAR-FULL FT-SW-S K
Dual monitor & lob switchbox
14. 95 r-T-SW-S K M Dual monitor, kb & mouse switchbox
19. 95 ?e-KBD-MM 5p DIN M -5p DIN M k b cable 1.2m
7. 95 c-VGA-MF 15p DM-HD - 15p DF-HD VGA ext cable 2m
9. 95 i*o-VGA-MM 15p DM-HD - 15p DM-HD VGA cable 2m
9. 95 3FT-SCAR-CMP Amiga comp video (RCA)+2xAudio to SCART
12. 95 EFT-SCAR-RGB Amiga 23p+2xRCA to RGB TV SCART + audio
12. 95 csles: HD, CDROM, Floppy, Clock Port Data & A1200 HD Power
2. 5" (44F) to 3.5" (40F) data cab adapt for A1200 30cm
9. 95 AE-PD-2F Power splitter floppy drive to hard drive + floppy
9. 95 E-3D-30C 44- 40way 3.5“ HD data & pwr cabs - A1200
14. 95 543-HD-KIT A1200 full 3.5" hard drive fitting kit
24. 95 IB22-2W-9C 22way-F x2 A1200 clock port cable 9cm o a
5. 00 ?E34-2W-50C 34way-F x2 FDD ribbon cable for tower 50cm
9. 95 540-2W-20C 40 way IDE cable 2 connector 20cm
Systems, MiniTower Desktop Cases & Accessories CASE-FT-DIY
EZTwr Mk4 kit w 250W, FD cab fp, bkpl for self conv'n
CASE-FT-DIY-PLUS EZTower kit w 250W PSU, EZKey, PC kbd. FD
cab fp CASE-FT-RTU Ready-built EZTower 250W PSU, LED adpt, FD
cab fp CASE-FT-RTU-PLUS Ready-built EZTwr w 250W, EZKey, PC
kbd, FD cab fp CASE-DT Desktop case with 200W+ psu for
HD CDROM CASE-MT MiniTower case wth 200W+ psu for HD CDROM
CASE-FT-A4KUG EZ-Tower upgrade from PC to A4000 k b (time of
purch) CASE-FT-EXKT EZ-Tower conversion kit - No PC Tower
ADPT-AUD-EZTW EZTwr audio mixer adapter for A120Q CDROM
ADPT-SCSI-EZTW EZTwr SCSI adpt 30cm 2xCent50F, 1 xlDC50F
ADPT-PWR-PPC 2nd A1200 m bd powerfeed adapter (if req’d) for
PPC acc CAB-SER-SSG 9pDM- 9pDF SurfSq EZTwr ser extn cab 50cm
SVGA Monitors ¦ require SD and or FF to use all Amiga modes
'I-14-.28 14" dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768 @60Hz
- 15-.28 15” dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz
- 17-.28 17“ dig SVGA 0.28DP 1280x1024@60Hz l-17-.25 17“ dig
SVGA160MHz 0.25DP 1600x1280@75Hz Diamondtron ADPT-MON-SEFF
EZVGA-SE ext flickerfixer purch wI monitor ADPT-MON-M2SD
EZVGA-Mk2 ext s dblr u g’able purch wI monitor ADPT-MON-PLFF
EZVGA-Plus ext flickerfixer purch w monitor ADPT-MON-INSD
EZ-VGA internal s doubler purch wI monitor ADPT-MON-INSD2
EZ-VGA internal s doubler purch w monitor tor BMON
ADPT-MON-INFF EZ-VGA internal f fixer purch wI monitor
ADPT-MON-INFF2 EZ-VGA internal f fixer purch wI monitor for
BMON Digital Cameras and Amiga Digital Camera Software
DVR-CAM-CAS CamControl s w for Casio QV10 100 300.1700
DVR-CAM-FUJ CamControl s w for Fuji DS5 DS7 DX7 DX9
DVR-CAM-KOD CamControl s w for Kodak DC20 DC25 DVR-CAM-MIN
CamControl s w for Minolta Dlmage V INT-12I-PTJR-SP PortJnr
hi-speed ser i f pur with CamControl s w Application Software &
Drivers ASW-MM4QQ Scala MM400 on CD ASW-MM400-UG Scala MM40O on
CD with u g from MM300 DVR-TBPR7 TurboPrin? 7.x Amiga printer
driver (English) DVR-TB6 7-UG TurboPrint 6.x to 7.x upgrade
(send 186 disk with order) DVR-T87-703UD TurboPrin! 7 to 7.03
upgrade Amiga Image Conversion Effects Software, Scanner
Software, Scanner Bundles Adapters UMAX award-winning SCSI A4FB
scanner with Pscope ScanQuixA +1 driver (Epson HP A.rtec)
ScanQuix4 +1 driver (UMAX)
• ScanQuix3 to SQ4 upgrade (trade-in & receipt reqd) PhotoScope
UMAX-SCSI Amiga Scanner Driver Ultraconv 4 Graphics, animation
& effects Amiga s ware Ultraconv 4 Graphic s w etc purchased
with ScanOuix4 SCSI cable DB25-M - Cent50-M 1m pur with
scanner SCSI cable DB25M-DB25M mac type pur with scanner
CAB40-3W-1M 40Way IDE HD CD cable 3 connector 1 m o a len
28. 95 CAB40-3W-60C 40w-F x3 HD CD IDE cable 20+40=60cm o a
48. 95 CAB40-CUST Custom cable 3x40way IDE up to 1.5m
38. 95 CAB44-2W-13C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector, 13cm o a
18. 95 CAB44-2W-60C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector, 60cm o a
48. 95 CAB44-3W-12C 44way (2.5" HD) cable 3 connector, 12cm o a
24. 95 CAB44-3W-24C 44way (2.5" HD) 7+17cm,3 connector,24cm o a
34. 95 CAB50-CUST Custom cable 3x50way IDC SCSI + 1xCent50-F 60cm
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30. 00 Kensington Town Hall (opposite Kensington tube station),
London July 24th and 25th, 1999 Come to Kensington Town Hall
for this year's exciting World of Amiga show!
Amiga Inc. will be there, as will a host of familiar Amiga dealers and developers.
Try out the Internet in our Cybercafe, get gaming against other Amiga users, register Shareware there and then and ¦¦ ¦ loads, loads more!
The show is open from |g 10am-5pm Saturday and from 10am-2pm Sunday.
Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for children.
CONTENTS hints and some clever programming from you!
PREVIEWS Richard Drummond looks at Phoenix and ACSYS and has news about Settlers 2.
ACSYS (above left) is very much in the Turrican mold, while Phoenix (above right) is inspired by Elite.
HEXEN Ben Vost gets aggressive with this potential Doom beater.
A nother month in the Amiga games world and yet again nothing new or exciting... But hold on a second! Isn't that m underground Doom- alike blaster that Ben's playing actually rather good? As in Amiga Format Gold Award good?! Yes, the first port of Hexen dropped into our eager mitts this month and we were blown away by it. But not as blown away as the monsters in it were... There's also sneak peeks at the upcoming new releases, with the rather bad news about Settlers 2 countered by two very impressive- looking new titles. Along with the usual mixed bag of your own homemade programs, it's
actually not that bad a month for games at all... Mark Wheatley AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Death in close up is always messy, but more so with Hexen's graphical limitations.
There's a great choice of weapons and really varied gameplay in Hexen GAMEBUSTERS WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAIU 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+% The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
80-89% These games are very good, but due to minor flaws they're not the finest examples of their genre.
70-79% Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
60-69% 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.. 50-59% 40-49% Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
Under 40% The absolute pits.
READER GAMES Mark Wheatley finds bats and elves hidden amongst this month's pile of Breakout clones... Legend of the Elves. . . . Peter Armann A Monkey Island-alike.
Squares Megabounce. . . . M. Townsend Breakout and Crazy Painter-aUkes.
Ozz Feast. ......Samuel Brookes Erm, like nothing else, really. I'm scared.
Monkey Island-style shenanigans abound in Legend of the Elves.
All of Quake's cunning secrets spoiled and ruined by Ben Vost.
Quake signs are a dead giveaway for secret areas, but we show you how to all of them.
Proves that Amiga game development is with a look at some forthcoming meases.
The swirling thing's getting closer, Captain.
Not to be confused with Bitwise's Thrust-inspired Phoenix Fighters, Phoenix from Future Tales is a 3D space combat adventure extravaganza with more than a nod and a wink to the classic Elite. It seems that the Amiga will be more than well catered for in this genre with the promised Lambda and Explorer 2260 as well.
Details of Phoenix's 3D engine specifications are mouth watering: multiple dynamic light sources, background fog, real-time lens flares, missile trails, animated textures, engine glow, debris, shockwaves, etc. Of course, this level of detail exacts a heavy hardware toll. Minimum requirements will be a 68040 40Mhz with an '060 being recommended.
Thankfully, the game will also support PPC accelerators and 3D hardware, so gamers with high-end machines can get blazing game speeds.
Phoenix will be distributed by APC & TCP. More details can be found at the Future Tales website: http: members.tripod.de FutureTales PREVIEWS r “~ A The unpronounceably- titled ACSYS from Unique was announced way back in
1997. News on the project has been non-existent recently, but
development of the game is continuing.
ACSYS is a platform shoot- em-up firmly in the mold of Turrican.
ACSYS gameplay will consist of three distinct modes of level and boasts features such as fullscreen, 50fps graphics, shooting in 360° and intelligent enemies.
Minimum hardware requirements will be an '030-equipped AGA Amiga, 4Mb fast RAM and a 4x CD- ROM drive. For further details, see: http: www.rz.tuilmenau.de ~sobotta Rumours are circulating that the in-progress Amiga port of Blue Byte's god game. Settlers 2, has been cancelled. Titan Computer, who were producing the Amiga version, had apparently completed porting the game engine, needing only the graphics and audio to be supplied, but Blue Byte balked and refused to even sign the licence agreement.
A campaign has been launched by disappointed Amigans in an attempt to get Blue Byte and Titan to resolve their differences. If you don't want to see all of Titan's hard work go to waste, visit the campaign website at this address: http: www.anausm.demon.co.uk AGD B Sett2.html and show your support for the project. 0 SeS&tao’s 2 yaaanmiiirag ©aa sa jp£. H'MM v.m eyas* sea a© Ajiplga vdrsSpra?'
IUIRi POBViT HMF 1 REVIEW @©00 trawls the magical depths of Hexen.
He latest free source game to be released, Hexen uses the Doom engine, but it's a far better game which has more in common with games like Tomb Raider than the simple shoot-em-up that Doom is.
There are trappings of D&D-style RPGery, including the fact that you The words "Ethereal Ttawel" ch0ose whether to be a fighter, cleric just mask loading time. , . . ... 9 or mage at the start of the game, with the obvious strengths and weaknesses The weapons are more imaginative than Doom and overall it seems to be a bener thought-out game.
Quake, it's hard to go back to the pseudo-3D of games like Doom and Hexen, but because they move a lot faster and are more colourful, it means the games can often have more depth, and this is certainly true here. There are falling rocks, puzzles galore, resources you need to conserve if you're using them for weapons, plus weapons that do different things depending on which class you are, and so on.
The idea of the game is fairly Doom-like. Wander through the levels pulling switches and pushing (both WarpUp and PowerUp flavours) too. In any case, the requirements are slightly more stringent than for Doom since there's a lot more going on in Hexen. For example, it allows you to look up and down and there are a lot more peripheral features, such as leaves blowing in the wind, for the game to keep track of.
The game itself is a lot more colourful than Doom, and although it sticks to the messy sprite look of its parent game, the monsters seem better-defined too. Of course, once you've got used to the true 3D of familiar to us all from a lifetime of such games. You collect mana and potions, and while the RPG stuff is more Tunnels and Trolls than D&D, it certainly adds up as you improve your armour class, weapons and so on.
The version of Hexen I played was the Hexen_68K port by Christian Sauer (v0.45) which allows for mouse play, sound and music, but there are ports to suit PPC boards Banging on the bell is a nice touch for the end of the first level, and the red things signify portals for ethereal travel.
REVIEW Weapons galore You get the chance to have four different weapons per character for a total of twelve different means of beating up baddies. They are as follows: FISTICUFFS: All you start with, and it take ages to beat someone, or something, up. The Hexen equivalent of an axe in Doom.
AXE: A hefty axe which glows when you have blue mana. It still does damage if you don't, but not as much.
HAMMER: If your enemy is at range this will fire out mini explosive hammers which seem to do a lot of damage. If they're up close, this hammer either hits them in much the same way that a toffee hammer would, or it really clouts them.
RUNESWORD: Groovy! The kind of weapon you wait ages for. It fires out five fireballs for distance-bashing and is still a swordy kind of implement when the baddies are close by.
Sprite-based baddies do get a bit messy close up.
Buttons, shooting the bad guys.
There aren't as many weapons per character as there are in Doom, but the ones you find are pretty good fun, particularly the cleric's big weapon which fires out the souls of the dead to rend apart the bad guys.
The only problem with the game is its poor keyboard control which you can't remap. The keys chosen are in awkward places. For instance, the fire control is CTRL, but the run and sidestep modifiers can only be reached from the right shift and alt keys respectively, making it very awkward to strafe as you run.
I'm pretty sure this is a limitation of the PC original as it's not something that can be changed by any of the porters (except presumably by remapping the raw key codes), but it still makes the game more difficult to play than it should be.
Other than that, the weapons are more imaginative than Doom, the storyline's more involved and overall it seems to be a better thought-out game. It doesn't have the extensibility that Doom has, but it's great fun nonetheless.
The graphics are a lot more varied than those in Doom.
MACE: The cleric's starting weapon. Looks meaty, but does about as much damage as the warrior's bare knuckles.
SERPENT STAFF: The Hexen equivalent of a machine gun, this chucks out fireballs pretty swiftly.
BURNY HANDS: Share the flames around with a mystical gesture and you can set everyone else on fire. This is slooooow, though.
S THVERGE: Absolutely the best weapon in the game as far as I'm concerned. This fires out ghosties which seek out iifeforms and chomp them up.
BLUE DIAMOND STAFF: It spits out little bits of fire. On a par with the other characters' first weapons.
FROSTY HANDS: This one spits out loads of bits of ice and can freeze your enemas. Sorry, enemies.
ELECTRIC HANDS: This one shoots a bolt of lightning from your fingertips. It doesn't move very fast so it's fun to watch the baddies trying to make a run for it with this after them.
RED STONE STAFF: Three fireballs. Auto-aim. Nasty, but what did you expect for a wizard's top weapon?
AVAILABLE FROM: Alive mediasoft (01623) 467579 REQUIRES: Requirements vary, but at least 030 25MHZ and 8Mb RAM PRICE: £15 Great gameplay.
Lovely graphics and sound.
Three characters to choose from Bad keyboard layout.
OVERALL VERDICT: A superb 2.50 game which is much better than Doom.
Mercilessly slag them off too and... no, hang on. Although we may do that in exceptional circumstances, we're here to encourage you to develop your game writing skills and to basically bribe you by offering a lovely fifty quid to the best game of the month. We may also be bringing you some game writing tutorials in the coming months, if enough of you are interested.
Let us know if you are and what you'd like to brush up on and we'll see what we can do. Anyway, on with the games... Elves, bats and caterpillais? IW WOMB® should avoid those funny mushrooms while playing the... And they're magic too, with adventuring, arcade action and shoot-em-up blasting this month. Although, as usual, there's plenty that could be improved upon, and here's your first stop for advice.
Not only do we offer tips on how to improve your games, we readerwarrant When you're sending in your submissions make sure you also give us:
1. An address where you can be contacted.
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This is a pretty accomplished adventure game, with it's tongue firmly lodged in its cheek. 'Hmm,' you may be thinking, 'It sounds suspiciously like Monkey Island Well you'd be right, but it's nice to see someone taking such a fantastic game as an influence (well, to rip off, really), as opposed to the usual sack full of Breakout clones we normally receive.
The Legend of the ft !® Peter Armann Gory WrJkden Anyway, the plot.
You're an elf and on returning home you discover that your family has been kidnapped by Evil E. Witch, your typical gnarly crone who cackles a lot. After listening to your character sobbingly explain how much he loves his ole mum, dad 'n' sibling, you have to set off to raise the ransom in order to rescue them.
The control system is typical of point and click adventures. If your mouse moves over an item you can interact with, it's highlighted and you can then look at, pick up, use, talk to, etc. The conversations are very much in the Monkey Island style of humour and there's a fair selection of characters to talk to, from the shoeless tramp, the Tsae vSBBage os-ai©©el placed© meet pe©pls,, Bmt't Swuytthe beans, theasgSa Fishing Sir the - y©M Jtteves‘ Signature: know what yois seiighf fiBad... JUNE 1999 AMIGA FORMAT OVER TO YOU!
This is another mad effort from the author of Snake Wars (AF120), the game where you had to drive injured soldier snakes to a snake hospital. As you do. Anyway, the plot behind Ozz Feast, in case you couldn't guess, is to wing bats. Not shoot them dead, but just wing them so they'll fall to the floor, from where heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne can bite their heads off. Now some may and I know I normally encourage people to spend weeks slaving over their efforts, but Sam, I really think you should be getting out a bit more... On to the game then. You have a I crosshair on the screen which is
moved by the mouse and at irregular intervals a bat will appear. Move the crosshair onto the wing of a bat and shoot it.
Blast its head and you'll be restarting the level. Unfortunately, if you also miss any bats you get to restart the level too.
Don't shoot it in the head or you'll be restarting the level.
Although the various y • a _ ¦ screenshots 7 don't show it, H we didn't get past level one. The reason, and for once it's not because we're inept, is because the bats appear for a random length of time, and some just appear for a second. If you randomly spray the screen with bullets you might stand a chance of winging these bats but you're also likely to shoot them dead. Restart.
The game is that simple, and unfortunately it's also that dull. Why not spend your time looking at the website for the Bat Conservation Trust (http: www.bats.ora.uk) instead - you'll find that it's a much more interesting way to spend your time.
Wing the bat and you score points, but really, it's not that much fun.
AUTHOR: Samuel LANGUAGE: Amos VERDICT: It works, but it's, frustrating, too limited io gameplay policeman at the fair and the woman at the post office with the nice jumper and the mad cat from Hell.
And remember that it's not big or clever to try to pick up rich men... It'll take a bit of exploration before you start to get any idea of what you should be doing, but the game map isn't intimidatingly huge and it's fun to interact with the people and animals you find along the way. It's also not too tricky to start piecing together the little puzzles and working out who needs what, and as such it's very easy to get sucked into the game.
I won't spoil the ending for you (nothing to do with the fact that we're stuck in a cellar with some ale, a key, some string and other bits and bobs with no idea of how to get out, oh no). I'll just recommend that you boot this up, get adventuring and have a laugh at the same time.
The game was originally going to be in two parts, with the second taking place on another island, but development ceased after this first part. If enough people like it and write in to tell us, maybe we can persuade Peter to code part two.
Hopefully this month's well-deserved Reader Games £50 prize will help him consider it too.
Legends of the Elves also has its own website under construction at http: members.aol.com EricElf . AUTHOR: iPeter Arrnann LANGUAGE: Amos Pro VERDICT: If you liked M; this, as srs more m Oh come on, please! Every Amiga owner on the planet must have Breakout clones coming out of their ears by now! Fair enough.
Megabounce is bright, has a good selection of bonuses, works well and is quite fun, but we've seen it a hundred times before. You'll see better versions than this, and much Colour in the squares, avoiding the bad guys.
Worse ones too, but ill can't we have some games that are ; original instead?
Squares then.
This is a Crazy Painter clone and, like Megabounce, it's bright, simple and quite fun. You have to move your caterpillar round a grid and every square you pass over will change colour. Move over the whole grid and you get onto the next level. Beware of the floating, fiendish frogs who wander around the grid and keep your eyes open for the occasional bonus, plus helpful items like trampolines that can bounce you up to the top of the screen.
Mark is obviously a pretty proficient programmer with a good idea of what makes a game addictive and enjoyable, as these two efforts show, but it would be much better to see something original. Even though the reader game winner this month is a straightforward clone, at least it's had some original thought put into it and it's not the sort of game we often receive here at AF Towers.
Squares and Megabounce are both fine examples of their type of game but you're unlikely to need more versions of them. And please, please, please, don't send any more Breakout clones! Qp There's a good selection of bonuses to be collected in Megabounce Breakout. Again.
Although it is quite a nice version, to be honest.
AUTHOR: iVI. Townsend LANGUAGE: Amos VERDICT: Both are good versions of classic games, but something original would really more I® of Quake, e left off last issue having finished two of Quake's four chapters, and this time we're going to look at the latter half of last year's top Amiga game. Without further ado, let's press on, as Claire Rayner might say, and head straight into the action... Under the slime you'll go through a doorway into a big room with a slipgate. Get all the bits in the room before you go through and you'll be high up on a ledge with some green armour in front of you down
a passage to the right. Kill the grunt in the passage and drop down to the big hall with the megahealth you Secret areas galore, and we explain how to get to them.
1. Termination Central The best thing about this level is the
fact that you can go through it picking off bad guys at a
Well, at least you can if you cheat and get all the weapons. With the shotgun alone it's not so easy and it's a bit of a waste of ammo too.
Anyway, what you want to know is where all those secrets are so you can get a perfect score... Secret 1: Get to the bit where you come to a fork. To open the barrier on the fork to your right you need to press the button at the end of the passage, return to the left-hand fork and... wait a minute.
Go back under the catwalk. There's a secret door to your right where there's also red armour.
Medical supplies and extra weapons are going to become even more important as you progress through the later levels.
Be careful about dropping off raised platforms - it can really hurt.
Secret 2: When you get to the large room with the catwalk to the platform in the middle that has a quad damage on it, go around the central pillar and dive off the other side. Make sure you've got enough health to do this bit because it hurts, so save or make sure you're at 100% health before you start.
May have seen through the window at the start of the level. Now you should go through the slipgate opposite the megahealth.
This puts you back in the passage where you got the green armour and killed the baddie, and if you return to where you first came from you'll see another slipgate. Going through it returns you to the main map.
HINTS & TIPS if you need it, then drop back onto the platform.
Secret 3: Head back to the room where you found the start of Secret 2.
Go to the stairs on the left of the platform and look to the side and down. You should notice a ledge you can drop to, instead of into the slime.
Do so and get the bits you'll find, then step on the elevator pad and go to the top of the room with more catwalks. You can get the health, etc, Be careful to avoid the lava and you'll find a secret area.
Secret 4: Just before the elevator pad that takes you up to the boxes on your right and the gold keycard on your left, step back a bit and look to your left. You'll see a ledge in the shadows that you can leap onto.
You can get a quad damage here, and then you can either try to leap back to the walkway or just drop off and get the elevator back to the walkway. In any case, the next secret's not far away... Secret 5: Go into the block of boxes and get to the top of it. If you turn left you should be facing a wall with some odd texturing. It should be fairly obvious, so if you can't see it you're probably facing the wrong wall.
That'll get you a megahealth which will come in very handy over the next couple of corridors.
Secret 1: When you start this level you don't have the wherewithal to dispose of the horrible zombies, but never fear. Run past the first lot, turn left and
2. The Vaults of Zin Secret 2: You'll eventually get to a bit
with an ogre above you dropping grenades on your head, with a
fiend in a pit below with a picture of a crucifixion on the
wall. If you shoot to the right of the picture you'll hit a
secret door that leads to a ring of shadows and a slipgate.
Look right. You'll see a grenade launcher, the answer to your violent prayers. Grab it and look down the shaft you've just leapt.
You'll see fire at the bottom and also a zombie or two. Let 'em have it in short order and then simply drop down the shaft. As long as you're pressing forward while you're falling you should end up on the floor rather than* in the lava. Get the megahealth and ride the lift up to where you were before.
Extra secret: As you come down the stairs in the room with the pillar surrounded by lava, look to your right. You'll see a bit of wall that's lit up. Shoot it to reveal a quad damage and a zombie. I wouldn't bother with the Quad yet... By the way, this secret isn't in the secrets total at the end of the level - it's an extra one.
Seek out the secret areas for extra health and armour.
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3. The Tomb of Terror Secret 1: At the start of the level you'll
go into a room that has a Quake tile that makes some steps
rise from the lava. Go up them and then turn around 90° to
your right and you should see a Quake tile up on the wall.
Shoot it and then jump to the ledge that opens up. Go through
the slipgate to get some red armour.
Secret 2: Back where you found Secret 1, go through the passageway killing zombies and deathknights and you'll come to a room with a gutter filled with water. Drop into it and walk forwards to get a megahealth.
4. Satan’s Dark Delight Secret 1: You'll get to a room with two
ramps and some thunderbolt cells. If you descend one of the
ramps to get in the room you'll see a Quake tile. Ignore it
for a moment and go up the other ramp and look to your right.
You'll see some blocks sticking out of the wall ever so slightly. You can walk up to them to get some goodies.
4pm Secret 3: This one's pretty easy.
After you've finished off the fiends you'll be in their room. Face the Quake tile, turn around and you'll see a discoloured area of wall. This takes you to a slipgate which leads you to the top of this building where the ogre was dropping grenades on your head.
There are plenty of goodies here.
The light (below) looks like it might be worth a closer inspection.
Secrets 2&3: When you're on the moving platforms in the tall room there's a bit where the platform goes around a pillar and there's an ogre under you guarding a couple of healths. Drop him, then drop down to Top: Lava's bad, passageway's good. Top: It's not a secret area any more, as Above: extra health - that's good too. We explain exactly how to get there.
The platform he was on and you'll reveal a secret area. There's a Quad damage inside, but if you really wanna get meaty, shoot all the rectangular lights to open up a further secret area containing a Pentagram of Protection.
Secret 4: On getting the lift up to the room with the fiend and ogre, you'll notice that one of the ceiling lights is actually Secret Area 4, containing another Pentagram of Protection.
Secret 5: Not really a secret, but the way to get to a secret level: The Haunted Halls. Near the end of the level you can go down some stairs to where there's a thunderbolt just waiting for you, but a shambler appears. Take him out and then, instead of proceeding, look back at the stairs and you'll see a thin little ledge extending back under the stairs. Going along one of these you'll see a pit to your side and dropping into it will bring you to the slipgate for the secret level.
Secret area, secret box, secret stuff?
Nope, just a load of nails. Drat.
A Pentagram of Protection always comes in handy.
Secret level: The Haunted ialls Secret 1: After the room with loads of ogres there's a lift. Get on to make it go but get off again so it goes without you. Drop down into the hole it leaves and you'll be in the first secret area. Go through the slipgate and you'll find... Secret 2: Secret 2 will be opposite you. It's the grill in the wall covered with blood. Shoot it and you can get a quad damage.
Secret 3: Near the end of the level, where you have a vore facing you across some lava and a Quake tile to your left, look up and you should also see a Quake tile on the ceiling. Shoot it and arm your grenade launcher. A door will open just to the left of the more visible Quake tile.
Bang a couple of grenades in there and be ready to chuck a couple more in if you haven't managed to kill the two zombies.
Secret 4: After you've got the bits in Secret 3, killed the vore, pressed the other Quake tile, lowered the barrier at the end of the walkway and gone up in the lift and killed the bad guys at the top, start crossing the walkway.
Look to your right and you'll see the shadow of a doorway. Jump across to it and it'll open just as you reach it and it'll give you some more secrets.
5. Wind Tunnels Secret 1: After going up the second pipe you'll
be bouncing on the air while shooting bad guys. Get off the
air column and go up the stairs.
There'll probably be several fiends waiting for you, but once you've got rid of them you'll see a hole in the corner of the hallway you're in. Drop through it to get to the nails and Secret Area 1.
Secret 2: Where the green armour is, just before you jump up the tube, drop down into the water, find a tunnel and swim up inside it. That should bring you to a room with nails and health.
Secret 3: In the big room after you've killed the shambler, you'll see that there's only a narrow ledge all round it. Go to the end of the ledge to your right and then turn around and have a look up. You should see the telltale Quake tile that'll open the secret door you need.
Secret 4: Just before the exit slipgate there's a weird bit of floor. Shoot it to open a hole, but don't just drop in because you'll go straight through the secret room.
6. Chambers of Torment Secret 1: Where you get the silver key,
after you've killed the ogres, look up and you should see a
Quake tile in the ceiling. Shoot it and one of the patterned
columns will drop down, giving you access to that
trellised-off area the ogres were in before. Beyond it there
will be a quad damage, some nails and another Quake tile.
Secret 2: After you've killed the ogres on the girders above you (after the silver key door) and got on the lift, you'll see a Quake tile right above you. This opens a bit of wall so you can jump onto the girders where the ogres were and collect some ammo.
In the next issue we'll have the very last episode of Quake for you to go through, finding all the secrets on the way. We'll also try to get footage of them on the CD for you.
If you've got some hints, cheats, tips or general good advice on any Amiga games - especially some of the newer ones like Napalm, 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 ahle to answer it in Helping Hands.
HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA12BW A cunningly hidden Quake tile that'll lead to treasure's unseen by human eye.
Except for Ben's, of course.
KqgOlmxs] ®GmmmQ©md] takes his first steps into the world of PD games and utilities in our new-look PD Select... pEditor vl ,0a When Workbench 3.5 finally does get released, I hope that one thing Amiga Inc. have managed to update is the desktop. I know that they plan Newlcon support, but much more is needed. However, if you don't want to wait for OS3.5 to arrive, one way to overhaul your Workbench right now is to install a desktop replacement. Alien Design's Scalos is just such an animal.
Scalos adds power and flexibility to your desktop. In fact, if you do try it and then go back to using a standard Workbench, you'll soon end up cursing in frustration. Scalos is Text editors can be user-friendly too.
This is a MUI-based text editor. Rather than employ Allan Odgaard’s now famous Text Editor custom class (as used by YAM, for instance), pEditods author has implemented his own. In fact, pEditor is really just a testbed for this class which is intended for use in the next version of his HTML editor, webPlug.
Unfortunately, Esteve has no plans to turn his class into a standalone MCC. He definitely needs to be persuaded.
However, for all its preview status, pEditor offers substantial functionality. It has the usual cut, copy and paste of selected text via the system clipboard, dragging of selected text, configurable fonts and colours, real tab handling, automatic indenting, search and replace, plus macro recording and replaying. The editor class itself also supports syntax highlighting, although this isn’t implemented in pEditor itself.
PEditor may only be a demo but it’s a fast and friendly editor, ideal for knocking up quick pieces of text.
Give your desktop a new lease of life with Scalos.
Streets ahead of Workbench and yet it retains almost 100% compatibility.
One big advantage afforded by Scalos is multi-threading, where each WB window is controlled by a separate task. This means you may perform operations simultaneously; for example, you can copy files between drawers of your hard drive and still browse the contents of a CD before the copy is finished. There are loads of other life-saving features, though.
BY: Esteve Boix WARE: Freeware FROM AMINET: comm www pE d ito rv 1 Oa. I h a SIZE: 49K REQUIRES: MUI BY: AiienDesign WARE: Shareware FROM AMINET: util wb scalos.lha SIZE: 533K Scalos has, in no particular order, progress bars, configurable menus, built-in Newlcon support, custom BOB routines for icon- dragging, context-sensitive pop-up menus, more intelligent pen sharing, plug-in modules for easy expandability... the list goes on.
Revision 1.2 of Scalos corrects a few bugs from previous releases. Perhaps the single most important fix is that the location for a project icon's default tool is now searched for in the system's command path. The glaring omission of this feature previously meant that, for example, Scalos wouldn't function correctly with the AFCDView system provided on Amiga Format coverdiscs.
There are a few minor flaws with the Scalos distribution. The documentation is a bit thin for a start. Most of the Scalos GUI elements lack adequate keyboards short-cuts and the Prefs programs could really do with being re-designed, perhaps integrating some elements from the standard WB prefs. For instance, at the moment you need two programs to control the Workbench font and colour. There are also still a few bugs in Scalos's plug-in default icon system.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent piece of software. It doesn't quite offer the power of Dopus Magellan, but it's cheaper and a lot easier to configure. With a Shareware fee of only £18, it really is a bargain. Go get a copy now and improve your Workbench.
Outfall BY: David Papwortti WARE: Licence .
FROM: FI Software DISKS: 1 PRICE: mp (+£1,00 P&P) etris is probably the most cloned game ever. However, none of the copies has ever captured my interest as much as the original Commodore 64 version. Outfall, however, is different.
The twist that Outfall provides on the Tetris theme is that it’s played against (possibly a computer-controlled) opponent, and instead of making complete lines of blocks you must group coloured blocks or “beans” together.
When four or more similarly coloured beans come together they’ll be eliminated and grey beans will be dropped onto your opponent’s pile. If two or more groups are made at the same time, multiple grey beans will be sent. The grey beans can only be removed when they’re adjacent to any coloured groups of beans formed. It plays a lot better than it sounds!
Outfall is slickly presented and is very addictive. The head-to-head aspect of the gameplay successfully spruces up an old and tired gaming concept.
Ihe title of this software is perhaps a bit misleading. It is, in fact, a tool for m experimenting with cellular automata.
"What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, now concentrate - here comes the science bit.
Cellular automata (CA) are mathematical constructs. Picture a universe which is discrete throughout space and time. Each element of space is termed a cell and can be in only one of a finite number of states. Each time-slice is called a generation. The evolution of this universe from one generation to the next is governed by determinate rules. A cell's next state depends only on its current state (and perhaps previous states), as well as the states of its neighbours.
A familiar example of a CA is Conway's Life. This universe is flat, planar and divided into a grid. Each cell of the grid is either alive or dead. If a cell is alive and has three neighbouring cells which are alive then in the next generation it will remain alive; if a cell is dead and has exactly three neighbours, in the next generation it will be alive; otherwise the cell will be dead. Despite these simple rules, rich dynamics can be produced in Life. In fact, it's possible to build what are, in effect, logic gates and even a whole computer within this abstract universe.
Now translate this concept to a computer screen. Each cell will be represented by a pixel on the screen, the different states represented by different colours. VideoEasel takes this metaphor further. It equips you with paint package-like tools with which to draw pixels on screen, and hence set the starting conditions of the cells. Once you've 'drawn' the attle of Britain is an attempt to provide multimedia information on one of the most important battles of the Second World War. It works via a menu system and gives detailed text describing the decisions, tactics, aircraft, equipment used and
the people involved. A large amount of scanned photographs are also provided.
While the content of this software seems accurate, there are some major flaws. With very few exceptions, I find that software which tries to be encylopaedic tends to have novelty value only and a physical library is still the best source of information. Combine this with fact that the Battle of Britain program itself is archaic - it was initial set up, you hit the start button and watch the drama unfold.
The software lets you define any CA you like. You may change the rules and the topology of the universe, etc. You can save out these settings as what VideoEasel calls an application, and a multitude of example apps are provided.
VideoEasel is Shareware. Paying the $ 20 fee gets you the full version which has full documentation, 450K of examples, extra Arexx scripts and RTG support. While this is undoubtedly a powerful package, the restricted demo version with its minimal documentation isn't going to encourage somebody who isn't already interested in Artificial Life to register.
Continued overleaf 4 Everything you wanted to know (and didn't) about the Battle of Britain.
Written in AMOS, is shipped as a Workbench 1.3 boot disk, is a pain to install to your hard drive and falls over flat on an '060 machine - and you’ve got the sort software the Amiga could well do without.
Battle of Britain is definitely one for enthusiasts only.
BY: Paul Broadfeent WARE: Freeware FROM: Online PB DISKS: 2 PRICE £1.50 (plus 75p P&P per order) BY: Thomas Richter WARE: Shareware FROM AMINET: araphics misc VideoEasei.lha SIZE: 630K PUBLIC POMAIM Imperium Terrarium 2 GET YOUR DISKS FROM When I first saw this game, I thought what a superb concept: it's a fusion of two of my favourite games of all time.
Civilization and Elite. Imperium Terranum 2 is a strategic simulation on a galactic scale.
The major difference between this game and Civ is that the gameplay in IT2 kicks off in the year 1900, rather than ancient-historical times, and conflict takes place between planets, not tribes. The idea is similar, though: you must organise the resources of your planet, encourage technological development, manage the foreign policy, overcome ridsmtsr risvsln.: nK. * iaf.*nnln: Chaostheory Micro computer Possibilities; Worldfonnula 1 System: Sun no development Planet Earth Class; M Eva. 35% Scddlcmcni] Ships in Kbit; 1 Size: I.OOx size of earth Project: Weather-Station Above: another great
scientific breakthrough is achieved.
Right; the planet Earth, ticking along nicely, thank you.
Inrriistniciurc catastrophes and hopefully, one day, establish a galactic empire.
Gradually, as your civilisation progresses with each scientific discovery, there will be new projects for your people to undertake (some engineering, some governmental) - first Continental, then Global Union, a recycling plant, space stations, the Internet, etc. Change IT2 also features a great intro sequence, stirring classical music and amusing cut scenes of dog-fighting spaceships. But, alas, the whole thing is marred by poor production quality. The menu and GUI system isn't particularly intuitive, the text is poorly- translated from its original German (there's no English documentation at
all) and the game runs in a non-promotable PAL screenmode.
OnLine supply the game compressed onto four disks using AbackUp, the HD backup system. This employs a custom disk format and so the only way to unpack and install it is with AbackUp itself. I don't know why they chose this method. A more usual split-up LhA or LZX archive and an installation script would have been much easier.
IT2 is Shareware. With the unregistered version you can only progress so far. If the developers had put a bit more polish into Imperium Terranum 2, it would have been more than worth its $ 20 fee.
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RXSocket 7.1 Arexx is one of the Amiga’s secret weapons. It’s not merely a useful scripting language; its ability to control and communicate with application software also offers tremendous power. Not only that, anyone can write libraries with which they can extend Arexx’s functionality.
RXSocket by Alfonso Ranieri is a shared library to interface Arexx with a TCP IP stack.
Basically, it allows you to use all standard socket functions from an Arexx script. You can now even create inetd (Internet Daemon) services with Arexx. The archive also contains comprehensive documentation and a large set of examples. One script provided allows you to log in to a POP3 mailbox and send commands to list, read and delete mails, etc. Another script retrieves web pages by http.
RXSocket is nothing short of genius - in a single stroke it doubles Arexx’s usefulness.
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Nuance-Vendetta is the usual demo fare, with hypnotic patterns, swirly plasma effects and thumping tunes. It does have a few nice effects, such as a series of full-screen shots of flowers morphed into one another and the face of woman which is gradually scaled in real-time to give the effect of a camera zooming straight into the pupil of her eye.
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ADAPTOR Simon Goodwin looks fondly at this natty little
piece of hardware.
It may be small, but Simon thinks it's perfectly formed.
PHOTOGENICS 4.0 Nick Veitch tries his hand at a little freehand artwork thanks to Photogenics.
ZIP 250 It's brand new, it's dead clever, it's Ben Vost's brand new Zip 250.
Sleeker- looking than the first, it's also able to hold 2.5 times as much data.
Is it any good? Simon Goodwin puts it through exhaustive testing.
80-89% 70-79% Big SIMMs and SCSI? Isn't that enough?
60-69% WORKBENCH 50-59% Air your problems with Aunty John Kennedy.
40-49% Keyboards are much easier to deal with than love lives.
Under 40% The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most versatile and effective products are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
E These products are very good, but there are minor flaws or areas that could be improved upon.
Not a bad product but quite possibly one that needs a serious update.
Average products with somewhat limited features and appeal. Products in this category tend to be flawed.
Below average products which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet. Avoid.
Overwhelmingly poor quality products with major flaws.
The absolute pits.
Two of the most eagerly-awaited graphics packages arrived this month, but neither of them were very stable. Is this a sign of things as they are today, or just a programming problem? Well, it's probably a mixture of both.
Since Amiga development is as expensive as it ever was, it's not _____I__4.« ... is very simple. Amiga Format is written by nearly all of the most experienced Amiga users in the world and what we say goes. OK?
WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAN afford the glossy printed manuals we once took for granted, and development tools aren't as easy to come by as they once were, especially when so few people actually buy the software as are supposed to. At least there'll be updates... AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Ben Vost 90+% TYPHOON MK2 E0 READER REVIEW
f. Have Haage & Partner got this latest version of their paint
package right? Ben Vost finds out.
MSX Have you a yen for that old-style computing?
¦mmpmwn Simon Goodwin shows you the way... FLASH ROM2 Simon Goodwin presents more MSX action.
Hmm, good name for a mag, that... AMIGA.NET Dave Cusick digs deep into web caches and proxies.
Power's 2x CD-ROM won an AF Gold award when we reviewed it.
Danny Shepherd sees if it's aged well.
ART EFFECT 3 Last Ninja 2, with authentic loading stripes.
Ahhh, remember Alestel mmmmm ' ’U- . * .
Art Effect gets an upgrade and;Taa For those of you living in the dark, Art Effect 3 is Haage & Partner’s best attempt so far at creating a version of Photoshop for the Amiga. It emulates a lot of the way that the world’s best-selling paint package does things, including asynchronous redraws, virtual memory, layers and so on, although it hasn’t had the amount of development time that Adobe’s monster application has had, nor the amount of developers devoted to it. As such, and bearing in mind that not only is it a damned sight cheaper but it’s on your Amiga, it would be churlish of me not to
give it a Format Gold award. But, and it’s a big but (as the bishop said to the actress), it’s definitely not perfect yet and it still needs a lot more development.
That said, this is probably one of the nicest all-purpose art packages I’ve used for the Amiga, and while ImageFX, ADPro, Ppaint, TVPaint et al have features that they do better or faster than Art Effect, if you were to only have one art package I wouldn’t hesitate to say that you should choose Art Effect.
Well, and Ppaint- it’s hardly expensive and it’s far more useful for pixel-level editing than any of the 24-bit packages are, for obvious reasons.
Art Effect now has much lower memory requirements for multiple images than before.
So what does the new version offer over previous ones? Is it worth getting an upgrade if you already have v2.6? The answer is yes. Not only has the layering function been extended and improved ¦ aw6SMEa ga«jsai mwmmmmm i .jrnrnmmm ii I Color manager to the point where it’s not only useable but almost indispensable, there have been numerous other improvements too, not least of which is the new gradient mixer, more on which later. Art Effect can now edit palette-mapped images (that’s pictures with 256 colours or fewer to me and you), although it seems somewhat flaky at recognising exkctly what
format an image is in, loading all of them as 24-bit and forcing a lengthy conversion down to 256 ( ( j One his addition to Art Effect Kjf Kjf s a long-awaited Arexx interface for some of the more popular functions... IK zoom-tood.
Left c&ck zooms in, right dicks zooms out.
You also may zoom in a rectangle.
Use Shortcuts 1 ..9, - to zoom quieMy.
5G% Ofbitalsoo.ilbm Bubble help exists for all the tools in the program. You have to make sure the window you Vyant help in is selected, though.
I|Pp in UBS iiiill lillT OTHER PLUG-INS: All plug-ins cost £24.95. Power Effects 1: New effects.
Power Effects 2: More new effects.
Co our Separator. CMYK separation of images for print.
PowerUP PPC Effects: New effects that use the PowerPC for their processing.
Continued overleaf 4 You can apply shadows to layers automatically.
Colours once loaded. The online docs give you a good idea of what’s changed, but the manual shipped with the package is still dated from 1996, back to version one, which is something of a pity since so much has changed it’s hardly worth reading it at all any more.
In addition to the changes within the program there are now two new additions in the shape of the Kodak DC20 plug-in, which lets you download images from said camera, and the gradient mixer. This powerful tool, much like the one in Dpaint but 2Tbit, allows you to make up gradients for You’ve also got a new filter in the shape of Polar co-ordinates. While this can be used for funky effects, its best use is for 3D modellers who’d like lighted windows in the underside of their flying saucers. By painting rectangles onto a normal image and LAYER CAKE One of Art Effects main features is its ability
to produce layered images. These images are ILBM files so any picture viewer can see them normally, but load them back into Art Effect and you get your layers back. This is much better than the Photoshop or ImageFX way of doing things where a special file format is required.
Layers can have their own transparency set so you can overlay shadows on top of images that are already there. A good example of this would be a large image with a 50% black box over the top of it which could be taken into PageStream as an IFF ILBM file. The advantage is that the black box is still mutable, without affecting the picture underneath, so if it's a bit dark or light you can simply load it back up in Art Effect and change the layer's opacity, or even change the shape of the box and so on. You can even have hidden layers, although these do bump up the image size, which could contain
copyright information or simply details about the image. The test image shown is 1.5Mb big with layers and only 578K in size when flattened.
Art Effect allows you to reorder the layers as you see fit and to change the opacity levels. You can also ask for a drop shadow for a layer in the "Adjust Effects" box and this will add a drop shadow to each layer you choose it for. If you're happy with the way several layers fit together, you can merge them by simply dragging one layer onto another in the Layers window and they'll become one layer - the opacity for the original layer becomes set and a new layer opacity of 100% is given.
You can move layers around the picture area. This is especially handy if the layers aren't completely filled so you can reposition picture elements to suit you. However, ail isn't perfect in layer paradise. Moving layers around doesn't work properly in the sense that if you're trying to move a lower layer around, you really need to bring it to the top of the pile before the changes seem to take place, then you have to move it back down the stack.
It's also very hard to have two separate images brought together as layers (image one as layer one and image two as layer two), or to apply filters to layers that are inherently transparent. You'll find you have to fill the layer before applying an effect and, although there's the new eraser function, there's no easy way Of removing colour once it's on a layer - you have to make a stencil, which can be time-consuming.
The only other thing that's sadly missing is the ability to use a layer as an effect, rather than simply adding colour to an image. I guess that doing this would make it awkward to stick to the IFF standard, but I hope Haage & Partner can work out some way of doing it for future revisions of this package.
To use whatever bitmaps and CG fonts you have installed and make do with only one line of text.
¦ Magnify should also be available at 75% and 66%, instead of just 100%, 50%, 33%, etc. H Layer opacity shouldn't change when re-arranging layers.
¦ Font handling should be vastly improved (still).
M Better handling of palette-mapped images.
H Better stability.
Better anti-aliasing of layers and images.
H More pointers to show which mode you're in.
H A user-adjustable time delay for the bubble help.
To make use of Photoshop's example, not only can you have multiple lines of text previewed in the font window, but you can say how they’ll be rendered - vertically, horizontally, centred, left justified and so on. You’ve also got control over things like leading and spacing, something that Candy Factory Pro offers but Art Effect doesn’t.
Apparently it does work with the third party TrueType and PostScript type 1 engines out there that fool your Amiga into thinking that it’s dealing with Compugraphic typefaces, but these solutions are only designed for screen work and aren’t really suitable for print.
But it’s certainly more stable and better- featured than previous versions, and at a much more reasonable price.
The idea of having separate plugins for sale on their own is a bit steep, but even so, if they’re things that not many people will want to have then I guess it’s fair enough.
As I said at the start of this piece, Art Effect is oh-so nearly worthy of an Amiga Format Gold award as it’s getting so good. Perhaps the next version will see that happen. CD Talking of which, Art Effect still allows you to work with a CMYK palette, but doesn’t allow you to convert your images into CMYK for it to work properly . As it’s used so far, CMYK (which stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK) is only another palette method, and not a very useful one at that. It would have been nice if Haage 8c Partner had actually made provision for proper four-colour images when they inserted
greyscale and palette- mapped modes. However, there’s apparently an additional plug-in available for this purpose. See the boxout on these pages for details.
Image on another, which is an essential tool to have in an image processing program.
Overall, Art Effect is a fine piece of software. It still isn’t as rock solid as it might be, especially when compared to some of the paint package competition, One big addition to Art Effect for this revision is a long-awaited Arexx interface for some of the more popular functions provided by the software.
Unfortunately, the command range isn’t particularly extensive at only 41 commands, although they do seem quite powerful. Even worse, the only documentation for them is in German, making it hard, though not impossible, for monoglots to How to make a ring of windows for your spaceship, thanks to polar co-ordinates.
DEVELOPER: Haage & Partner SUPPLIER: Blittersoft (01908) 261466 PRICE: £79.95 REQUIREMENTS: Hard drive, AGA or preferably a graphics card, lots of memory, a fast processor Pros and Cons jBTl Superb layers functionality.
G~l Better than the last version.
E Display speed.
Effect and conversion speed.
OVERALL VERDICT: Getting better all the time - just don't stop.
REVIEW again, as;SoooQCDpQ (§®®Wdq tests the 4x Elbox via Power Computing Atapi days are here EIDE '99 here’s no shortage of Amiga IDE expanders, but Elbox have devised one so elegant it makes all its rivals look like hasty bodges. The 4x EIDE adaptor slots vertically into the 44-way IDE connector on the Amiga 1200 or 600 motherboard. A duplicate connector sticks out at right angles, nicely positioned for a 2.5” drive. Two 40-way connectors project from the other side, ready for standard cables to 3.5” drives or CD-ROMs with separate power.
You don’t need to remove the shielding, but the adaptor might get in the way if you’ve shoehorned a big drive into the bay intended for a little one, and the Amiga case has no convenient outlet for external cables.
The IDE specification limits these to 18” in length, barely enough to reach drives in an adjacent tower. IDE was designed for use inside the computer case and is much fussier than SCSI about cable length.
Setup software allows speed tweaks and automatic spin- down of unused drives after preset delays.
The floppy disk includes a standard installer for the patch to support large EIDE drives and four A4 pages of clear documentation. Setup software allows speed tweaks and automatic spin-down of unused drives after preset delays.
Elbox also supply a speed tester and formatter for removable drives like Zips or LS120s.
EIDE '99 Preferences suffer if you use a custom font.
IDE DOGMA Each IDE connector allows two drives, master and slave, distinguished by cable twists or jumper settings. Stock Amigas support two drives and can boot from either. Typically the master is a hard drive and the slave is a CD-ROM.
In practice, hassle-prone jumper settings and interactions prevent some combinations sharing a cable. IDE ports are just cut-down ISA slots so it’s easy enough to provide two, with their own connectors. The simplest circuit, on Aminet, does this with just two diodes.
However, this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of interference.
Elbox use a 20V8 logic array to separate and buffer the control signals. The IDE activity LED monitors all drives, not just those on the first port, as on the most-hyped ‘buffered’ interface, and logic prevents interference from antisocial drives like HP210s.
The 16 data lines aren’t buffered as that’s unnecessary on this mode 0 port.
The A4000 boasts buffers intended for faster PIO modes 1 and 2, though Commodore never finished that job.
Flyer and Express accelerators incorporate the buffers and termination necessary for modes 3 and 4.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER Modern EIDE drives can be very big.
The Amiga uses 32-bit signed numbers to ‘seek’ file positions, giving the standard Fast File System a maximum range of + - 2Gb. This is the upper limit on FFS partition sizes. If a drive uses more than 4Gb, the unsigned 32- bit limit, data intended for the end wraps back to the start, just as car mileometers wrap round when they run out of digits.
Amiga International’s TrackDisk64 patch uses 64-bit addressing to remove this limit. This works but requires new partitioning, format and recovery software. Vital programs like DiskSalv EIDE PERIPHERAL INPUT OUTPUT (PIO) MODE LIMITS PIO .... . Word Time.. .....Top Rate
0. ..... ... 600 nS ... ____3.33 Mb S
1. .____ ... 390 nS ... .... 5.25 Mb S
2. ..... ... 240 nS ... .... 8.33 Mb S 3 . « . . . A ... 180 nS
... ....11.1 Mb S
4. ..... ... 120 nS ...
- ---16.7 Mb S ignore the patch. Elbox avoid such catastrophes
with a simpler patch that makes each 4Gb area appear to be a
separate drive so you can use up to 128Gb (four drives in 64
partitions) with total software compatibility.
In the long run, TrackDisk64 is the way to go, but right now Elbox have the best solution.
CONCLUSION This adaptor is well-made, well- documented and easily installed. It simplifies adding a 40-way ATAPI CD ROM cable and making backups to another big IDE drive.
You still need IDEFix or suchlike for CD-ROM access as there’s no ATAPI device or CD file system, but compatible code is freely available on Aminet. Elbox have also started developing their own fast, hand-coded one for a future bundle.
SUPPLIER: Power Computing 01234 851500 PRICE: £24.95 REQUIREMENTS: A600 or A1200 with Kickstart 3, IDE drives Pros and Cons nAn exceptionally neat fit inside the A1200.
N Compatibly supports up to four 32Gb drives.
N Buffered control and activity LED signals.
Bno faster than Commodore's IDE interface.
OVERALL VERDICT: Highly recommended if you can't stretch to SCSI.
Succeed? Draw your own The Amiga has always been home to great graphics software, and also the birthplace of some very innovative programs. One example of both of these phenomena is Photogenics, which is pretty unique in a lot of respects. Originally published by Almathera, it has continued to be developed by the original author of the software, Paul Nolan.
Unlike other software, the layers can’t have effects applied solely to them because these layers are the effects. If you’re used to more conventional software, it may take a bit of figuring out how to achieve the results you want.
Having many images open at once is fine, but occasionally, as here, Photogenics won't let you select any of them as an alpha channel.
That said, this extra flexibility is a welcome addition, and the layers don’t rely on buffering the entire image into huge banks of virtual memory, which comes as a great relief.
I ) j One of the great features of N- v- Photogenics is that it allows you to paint in different ways, using its different media typesA k Photogenics 4 is his latest release, which, as well as having a host of new features, has been fundamentally redesigned in terms of its GUI and the way the software actually functions.
The fire mode is useful for some effects, but it's probably not one you'd use every day.
Having many layers means you can construct quite complicated paint effects (not shown) and also rearrange things to suit.
LAYERS One of the new features of this version of Photogenics is the addition of multiple layers. Photogenics has always had a layer system of sorts, as the “paint” layer has always been flexible until it’s fixed. Now, however, you can have multiple paint layers which you can apply different effects to, and you can change their order for real flexibility.
The layer system isn’t that easy to use, though. Unlike other layered software such as Art Effect, or indeed Photoshop on the Mac, the layers are just shown as thumbnails in a strip which pops out when you hold the mouse button down on the main layer thumbnail. It’s relatively easy to select the layers, but the fact that they work from left to right instead of from top to bottom may take a little bit of getting used to.
PAINT MEDIA One of the great features of Photogenics is that it allows you to paint in*different ways, using its different “media” types.
These include an airbrush, a pencil, watercolours, two types of finger painting and a special effects mode.
These media effects are very easy to control and adjust. You can alter their sensitivity easily via the sliders on the side panel to generate any effect you want. They can be a bit slow when the brushes are large, or if you’re using complicated patterns like the sponge.
It’s just about bearable on an ’040, but if you’re planning on doing a lot of this sort of work, an upgrade is going to be pretty much essential.
However, these natural media are implemented in Photogenics to a much greater extent than in any other Amiga graphics package, so if you want to create computer graphics that look like they were hand-drawn, this is pretty much the only choice.
MODES Another unique feature of Photogenics is the ability to paint with effects. The Mode bar allows you to select the drawing mode, which in addition to paint includes things like “fire”, various types of blur, rub through, bas relief, a Here the spraycan layer has been put to the back so it appears as a backdrop to the text.
Oops. There are still one or two bugs to be ironed out. Still, at least this time it didn't make the whole system fall over... Using a secondary image means that you can rub through drawings, which is a very effective way of compositing.
Mi siEfw a* THE MAIN CONTROL SCREEN REVIEW iiC3(TM) 4,0 G 50GX24bit 00x24bit 1 There are different icons for opening, closing and printing files, as long as your screen is big enough.
The drawing tools include a line tool, a curve tool (similar to the one in Dpaint), a polygon tool and a box tool. For some reason there are no circular drawing tools, which is a bit of an omission.
The Text tool will allow you to draw a box on the screen. Then you can choose a font from the side panel and type in some text. You can move the box and resize it to get the text flowing as you want, which is nice. However, it's a bit gi itchy.
The Hand tool is for positioning the layer.
Photogenics is quite unique in its ability to "paint on" an effect and then be able to move it around the screen.
The colour picker allows you to grab a colour value from the image window. The crop, fill layer and clear layer tools are quite self explanatory.
6 The Fix button makes your drawing permanent, effectively combining the paint layer with the image layer.
7 The lightbulb enables experiment mode.
With this active, painting and modes aren't automatically fixed so you could draw in "blur" mode, for example, but then change the drawing mode to "emboss" to see what another effect would look like.
8 The mode bar scrolls down to reveal all the available painting modes, which are now hierarchically grouped into themes.
9 It's possible to have two windows open at once which relate to the same image. This is very handy for doing close-up work.
48 %AII of the image windows can be scaled IUP between 10% and 800%.
The image palette shows you a thumbnail of the current fixed image. You can use this to swap between different images you may have open. There's a pull down menu here for quick access to loading and saving.
I The layer palette show you the current i paint layer. You can now have multiple paint layers and the pul! Down menu allows you to add or delete them, or rearrange the order which they're in.
48 The alpha channel palette works in pretty 1 *3 much the same way as the image palette, allowing you to swap between images. The menu also allows you to invert it.
Secondary images are used for rub “through effects. You can choose any open image to be the secondary one by holding the mouse button down on the thumbnail and then selecting from the range of images which will then appear.
1 From here you can select special types of 'natural media, including pencils, charcoal, watercolours, finger painting, sponge and several types of special effect.
41 £? These sliders are used to adjust the IO weight size and transparency of the current brush settings.
Whole range of colour processing effects and so on. Disappointingly, there are no options to add your own convolution-type effects, and there are absolutely no twirl or swirl effects either.
This is obviously a bit of an oversight, but as these modes are all created as plug-ins, perhaps one will be added at a later date.
Since you can literally paint these effects on, they can be made to work in ways which simply aren’t possible, or at least are extremely time consuming, in other software packages.
EXPERIMENTATION Another new feature is the experimentation mode, or, in fact, the non-experimentation mode. Basically, with experimentation mode on, Photogenics behaves like it used to in the very beginning. You can paint with a brush, move the whole layer around, change the colour and effect and, only when you’re happy, finally “Fix” the paint layer into the image.
With experimentation mode disabled, the image is now automatically fixed when you change brush types or colours, or if you choose a new effect. This is quite useful if you know exactly how to achieve the effect you’re after because you don’t have to keep pressing the Fix button, and if you’ve made a mistake you can always use the Undo feature.
Photogenics 4 keeps an undo list which you can see on a pop up menu any time you want. It keeps track of the last adjustments made to the image, and you can obviously click on the undo button to undo the last thing you Continued overleaf .
did. The undo buffer |" doesn't consume a J huge amount of I. memory, but if it j does get a bit too J large you can j always flush it to get back those valuable extra kilobytes. The software also includes a redo function, which works in almost exactly the same way but in reverse if you see what I mean.
PhotogenicsffM) 4.0 Copyright 1985-1339 Paul Nolan. A1 Bights Reserved PhQtogenics(TM) 4.C Revert: Invert Copy image He* Wev HdeView STABILITY T T Unfortunately, for all its good points, in this release the software is rather unstable. On testing it crashed numerously while trying to do anything with the access menus or when using fonts, changing drawing modes and it also crashed several dozen times while using the Options panel.
Perhaps it’s simply that it doesn’t like the particular test machine, but it smacks of poor testing. The release notes confess to some minor bugs but I lost count of the number of times I had to reboot. Occasionally it crashes nicely, but most often it just returns a system failure message.
Just two of the impressive images you can create in Photogenics.
RGB I HSV j M 11 1 B120 |H 1M) 4 u CuftlrjH1 KM AlHyWIW'vW COMPARISONS There are few graphics packages on the Amiga with which Photogenics can properly be compared. ImageFX is more geared towards image processing rather than actual drawing, and while it has better Arexx script support and more customisable effects, it certainly isn’t very friendly for artists.
Art Effect is closer with its different media types and more flexible drawing tools, but it’s bulky and heavy on memory and processor time. Then again, it does work most of the time.
The natural media, tike charcoal used here, are useful for drawing; your own images, or for applying some interesting effects to existing images.
Support all Amiga screenmodes, but because of the nature of this software the updates on HAM8 and DBLPAL screens, never mind Multiscan ones, are very, very slow. *2?
Radically changed, but as Photogenics is quite unlike any other Amiga graphics software, beginners might find it a bit tough going. Even old hands may be a little confused by some of the newer elements, such as the multiple layers.
I’m sure that the HTML documentation will be completed shortly, but at the moment, if you haven’t used previous versions of Photogenics, it’s probably going to take you quite some time to get to grips with this version.
PUBLISHER: Paul Nolan http : ww w. photoaenics.co.uk REQUIREMENTS: Not stated in documentation RECOMMENDED: 16Mb+ RAM, graphics card, graphics tablet DOCUMENTATION The author originally intended to complete full HTML documentation to accompany the software on the CD, but he hasn’t quite managed to finish it yet.
This means that the current extent of the documentation is a text file, which simply lists the basic functions of each button and clears up some common queries.
If you’re very P ’ familiar with earlier A good example of the rub through special effect.
CONCLUSION Photogenics certainly has great scope to be the best drawing package on the Amiga ever, but perhaps it hasn’t quite reached that potential yet. However, the software is fundamentally sound and all of its problems could probably be sorted out rather easily. It just doesn’t seem quite finished yet.
If you want to actually draw images, as opposed to just processing them, this software offers you the best features you’re likely to find, though you’ll need a graphics tablet if you want to get the best out of it. You’ll also need a decent Excellent natural media support.
Unique layer paint system Poor documentation A little unstable OVERALL VERDICT: If you want to draw rather than process, this is the software to use mi
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These use MS-DOS 8.3 filenames so LodeRunnerl through 3 became LODERUNN.ROM and only the last made it into the GAMES2 drawer.
Ironically, LodeRunner3, the ‘Championship’ version, is also present as CHAMPION.ROM, clobbering ChampionProWresting in the process.
Luckily, the GAMES2-RealNames directory for non-MS-DOS victims uses MSX enthusiasts can finally look Spectrum and C64 enthusiasts in the eye now that a compilation of emulators and software is available on CD, just for them. This includes fMSX2, which generates 68020 routines dynAMIGAlly from the original Z80 code as it runs.
MSX was a collaboration between Microsoft and hardware manufacturers, mainly in Japan, setting a standard for 8- bit micros. It launched in 1983 but production outlasted Commodore, continuing until 1994. I’ll discuss the CD and then wax lyrical about Hans Guijt’s ingenious emulator.
Epic’s MSX Nostalgia CD holds 62Mb, perhaps half of which is directly useful; there’s 20Mb of unique MSX software and 4Mb of Amiga code. Many of the 300-odd MSX cartridge games appear several times, with slight variations in location or file name. It’s a shame more utilities aren’t supplied unpacked, ready to use.
NET RESOURCES full descriptive names, thereby rescuing a dozen files otherwise truncated.
The CD concentrates on cartridge- based games, most of which look and play like Nintendo or Sega console titles. Sadly, given fMSXs excellent floppy emulation, there are no disk- based applications. There are audio applications, a database and a spreadsheet among the games, but serious MSX programmers must add their own software from floppy.
You get loads of platforms, ladders and map exploration scrollies, and a fair few shoot-em-ups too, often barely distinguishable. PSG sound soon becomes authentically irritating.
Konami’s SCC is superior but less common. You must install AHI, which isn’t included, to emulate both at once.
EMULATORS There’s 25Mb of material specific to Wintel Pcs, along with Mac FreeMSX and fMSX, and Unix ports which should work on Linux 68K or NetBSD. Don’t expect much speed - the original C- coded fMSX was sluggish, even on SPARC workstations. Amiga-specific code runs many times faster.
The CD and fMSX 2 drawers have standard Amiga icons and 8-colour alternatives, which ease Workbench access. The cartridge collections have no icons but are obvious to the emulators’ standard requestors.
RETARGETING fMSX2 offers retargetable graphics and sound, via CyberGraphX or Picasso96, so it requires Kickstart 3, plus AHI for 16-bit audio cards. Programs expecting 256- colour MSX2 modes are ‘gracefully degraded’ to 64-colour Extra Half Bright mode on ECS Amigas.
Most games run synchronously with the NTSC or PAL display as MSX architecture suits that style of programming. Speed regulation allows authentic timing on accelerated Amigas.
FMSX2 surrenders the processor to other Amiga tasks, rather than furiously, futilely, twiddling its thumbs. Interrupt rates from 24Hz to 100Hz facilitate game speed tweaks, though both the sound and graphics may glitch a little bit at the extremes.
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It's the difference between reading a foreign book by looking up each word in a dictionary as you go along, compared with translating the entire text and then working from the translation. The first approach is enough to get you started fairly promptly, but soon gets bogged down. Programs are often reread as they run, and the 'words' seem simple compared with the effort of looking them up.
This radical development can outrun all the Amiga's interpreting Z80 emulators, which must laboriously look up code for each Z80 instruction, interpreting emulators have gone about as far as they can on Von Neuman and Harvard architectures and underuse modern pipelined processors. Future compiling emulators will have sophisticated optimisers that merge blocks of code to save time and space.
However, there are pitfalls. A compiler must work hard before its output is any use at all.
Programs, unlike books, can change themselves as they go along. A useful compiling emulator must check for this, or else it will carry on running the old code after it's been replaced.
FMSX2 surmounts both obstacles. Like Qdos ZMIHT, it dynAMIGAlly compiles as it runs.
Translation delays are imperceptible, swamped by the time saved when code doesn't need to be re-interpreted. Dynamic recompilation tracks code invalidation, and performance monitoring doesn't need to limit speed.
THE COST The only cost is extra memory, for dynAMIGAlly- generated 68020 code, typically more verbose than the Z80 equivalent. FMSX2 uses 32-bit extensions added for the 68020 and needs more speed and space than chip RAM alone can provide. It multitasks nicely on a 6Mb Amiga.
By default, fMSX2 allocates 512K for its recently-translated code cache, and 16K for a 'Hash table' to track it. That's plenty for most game cartridges, but you can boost both as necessary from the 'Z80 settings' window.
For the first time, speedy Amigas can outrun TurboR MSX2+ systems, the ultimate expression of the MSX development, up to eight times faster than the original thanks to Z80-compatible R800 RISC processing. Even stock A1200 '020s with fast memory can emulate games at full speed.
TESTING fMSX boasts 150K of well-written documents in four AmigaGuides and an AREXX port for remote control and configuration. It doesn't need an installation bar assignment of fmsx*. To launch applications from Workbench icons.
Otherwise use requestors or Select All Files and drag and drop to the Workbench control window. Copy the emulator from CD and create a configuration file to prevent initial 'file not found' errors on cartridge and disk names.
FMSX2 runs virtually ail the MSX1 software on the MSX Nostalgia CD at once, and is compatible with most of the larger ROMs, 128K and upwards, for MSX2. You may need to cross- reference the cartridge type with the guide, or reload after another has gone awry.
The defaults are apt and nothing actually crashed the Amiga or emulator tasks, as distinct from the emulated MSX. Very few cartridges stubbornly refuse to work, resetting repeatedly or showing corrupt graphics.
FMSX2 handles one or two digital joysticks with an MSX mouse option, Amiga mouse switching and retargeting for MSX joystick 1.
A memory window allows RAM pokes and there's a semi-automatic cheat finder, but beware that this gets stuck, sapping Amiga CPU power and stopping emulation if started without a seed.
FMSX2 puts responsive windows on Workbench.
FMSX2 lacks direct cassette input code but can read MSX tape images. It can access original MSX floppies via CmssDOS and a suitable drive, simulate 'temporary disks' from Amiga directories, and RAMSX allows fast MSX disk images in recoverable Amiga RAM drives.
Microsoft MSXDOS operation requires COMMAND.COM and MSXDOS.SYS on real 360K or 720K MS(X)D0S disks. FMSX2 also supports Cyrillic and 8192-code Japanese Kanji characters as many MSX releases were in markets that don't use Roman letters. The environment details in the MSX2 battery- backed RAM are stored in an Amiga file.
Besides PSG and SCC, fMSX2 offers nine- channel FMPAC plug-in sound, currently via AM, but soon through Concierto 0PL3 hardware. Future MSX2+ modes with up to 19,628 colours will require AGA Amigas or graphics cards.
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E3 n % This CD also includes Amiga JMSX 0.6 and 0.8 (twice) and three versions of erstwhile rival AmiMSX, compared in AF93.
AmiMSX updates from 2.3 require AGA. The CD has the registered version 2.51, without the essential keyfile. Versions 2.1 and 2.3 are demos which have a five minute time limit.
AmiMSX runs fast on 68020 and 68030s, but dislikes the copyback cache on later processors. It’s quite comprehensive, $ 30 Shareware, but less system-friendly than JMSX and lacks some MSX2 features. JMSX2 is superior unless you’re stuck with Kickstart 2 or trying to squeeze everything Oriental Samurai action comes naturally to fMSX.
Fftsx into 2Mb RAM. The old JMSX may still be preferable on quick Amigas.
VERDICT We deserve an MSX compilation CD to rival the Spectrum ones - MSX software was often superior, at least in graphics and sound - but sadly MSX Nostalgia isn’t it. This is just a collection of games of dodgy legality, plus free and Shareware emulators; an MSX devotee could have collected far more.
You don’t even get the FAQ or AHI.
MSX Nostalgia is thrown together and there seems to be a hole in Epic’s shovel. If MSX is just a passing interest, you may be better off with Freeware Workbench-friendly, including Amiga fMSX 2.0. The biggest MSX game collection yet on CD.
Disorganised with many duplicate files.
No MSX documentation or disk JMSX2 and Flash ROM 2 instead, which contain more than half of the games which are included on this CD, plus other emulators.
PRICE: £9.99 REQUIREMENTS: 32-bit Amiga with fast memory and CD drive SUPPLIER: Epic Marketing, 0500 131486 h tt p : w ww.e p i c ma rketina.ltcl.net Pros and Cons Flash ROM 9om®m @®®dte®m wades through the latest Flash ROM collection.
Flash ROM 2 comprises 670Mb of emulation archives culled from the Internet, aimed at Unix, Mac and Wintel, as well as Amiga users.
Commodore 64 Commodore 64 emulation is prominent on Flash ROM 2.
Don’t expect icons or Workbench- friendliness - what you get are piles of archives, including some old versions and duplication.
; expect workhenci- friendliness - what you get Is piles of archives, including old versions and duplication.
The CD contains over 250 C64 games, A64, Frodo and Magic64 emulators, and lots of demos too. The Amiga V4C20 0.65 is featured, with DAFY DISK Epic's IDAFY costs £2 with this CD. The name optimistically stands for i Do Anything For You', but it doesn't.
In theory you drag files from the CD to DEPACK, a Workbench appicon, for IDAFY to identify and process appropriately. For instance, .doc and „txt files load via PPMORE, mysteriously leaving a window labelled "Decompactage en cours", then sulking until that's manually closed. Raw .html files zoom past in a Shell window.
Many of the emulation data files are in .zip format, unrecognised by IDAFY which bleats "caution: filename not matched: ram:" from its Shell. Ubiquitous .tar Tape Archives are also unsupported, though easily decoded by Amigas.
Guide and .Text files are dismissed with "Le suffixe est inconnue" or "Ce fichier n'a pas de suffixe".
Epic pitch IDAFY at people who can't otherwise unpack an LhA t© RAM: or vievsr a GSF, and thus far it works. IDAFY includes essential Shell tools but its front end is inadequate. This CD isn't easily browsed on a standard Amiga, menu-selecting Show AIS Files for each subdirectory among s© many. Use Directory Opus or something similar or youi! Go mad.
IDAFY f I ft DEPACK DEPACK Readme! Sidoe m ’gg gssgj«SiBfel id. I3S153 ROMs and some 60 common games.
Oric aficionados will appreciate AmOric
1. 4a, copious history and information culled from the web and
about 3Mb of Zipped software, with GIFs to show you what to
250 Atari 8-bit games and disk images accompany good Atari 800 emulators for Amigas from Fenton and Firth. There’s one tiny ST emulation hack, one spoof and ST4Amiga, lha, which can unaccountably be found in the ‘8-bit Atari’ drawer.
Over 700 ZX-81 titles include small games, utilities and High Res programs.
There are 150+ Coleco ROMs but no Amiga emulator, as a decent one only recently arrived. One DREaM archive is corrupt but the later 1.02 is okay. You get hundreds of Dragon games and dozens for Amstrad CPCs, but none for the Spectrum, which is well-served on dedicated Cds. Amiga Apple 2 emulators appear, but there are no example programs for those either.
Oddly there’s no ShapeShifter, although you do get a current Amiga Qdos (unlike Flash ROM 1’s Neanderthal version), but sadly no example QL programs. PC Qdos emulator QLAYis filed under Spectrum Support, surely signifying Shovelware.
The CD includes MGT Sam emulators for Mac, MS-DOS and Unix, sadly unavailable to Amigans. ‘500 Amiga games’ are compilation ADF images: mostly Assassins PD, plus a Workbench 2 PARnet system disk.
MANY GAPS Flash ROM 2 includes the slothful VGB, but none of the decent Amiga GameBoy engines, and only two GameBoy games.
The port of FMSX included is ancient, eclipsed by FMSX 2, or even vl.4, itself over two years old now. However, the CD has over 200 FMSX-compatible programs. Abeeb lacks the vital OS or BASIC ROMs.
There are obvious gaps, besides old versions. Flash ROM 2’s Amiga coverage is weak, lacking native versions of UAE or the 2600, ZX80 or ZX81 emulators for the .Amiga, though it includes compatible applications.
The .Amiga Sega and TRS80 emulators are missing; there’s no sign of the three Spectrum 128 emulators for Amigas, no Jupiter Ace and no Nintendo 8-bit emulators either.
OVERALL Flash ROM 2 includes good stuff unseen on Aminet or AFCDs, but also some dross. Purchasers are going to have to dredge through the lot because the anonymous publishers haven’t checked or organised the files particularly well.
However, if you like emulators, you’ll find plenty of treasure on this CD.
SUPPLIER: Epic Marketing, 0500 131486 htt ;o : lwvvvv. E p i cmarketina.ltd.net PRICE: £14.99 REQUIRES: CD drive, extraction software (LhA, UNZIP, etc) Pros and Cons n Large Atari 8-bit, C64, Dragon and ZX-81 collections.
Hwodges of CPC, Coleco, MSX, Oric and VIC stuff.
? Some games included may not be Public Domain.
? Few concessions to convenience for Amiga users.
OVERALL VERDICT: Mostly PC Shovelware but could still save much downloading time.
The third in the Zip range, this one offers more storage space, but does it offer anything else?
At first glance you’d easily mistake the Zip250 for its smaller brother. Cased in the same blue plastic, the family resemblance is undeniable. However, instead of the familiar two lights on the standard Zip we only have a light in the eject button, and instead of what seemed luxurious lines when the original Zip came out, but actually turned out to be quite rectilinear, we now have the smooth curves of the Jaz
2. If anything, the drive is somewhat lighter than the original
Zip, but still has the limitation of only two SCSI Ids.
But what of the media? Well, the Zip250 takes the standard Zip disks with no trouble, recognising them just as easily as its own native 250 million-byte carts (I hesitate to say 250Mb rather than 250 million bytes because they since the only noticeable physical difference between the disks is that while the ZiplOO has a prism affair in the corner of the disk, the same corner on the Zip250 disk looks like it’s been filled with chewing gum. Green chewing gum.
Other than that, the disks feel the same, seem to weigh the same and look the same, so it’s only the saving grace of having a big yellow label on the Zip250 disk that has “250” written all over it that saves the day.
As with the Jaz2 drive, it would have been sensible of iomega to make the disks somewhat different - still the same Thezip2S0 takes the standard Zip disks with no trouble, recognising them just as easily as it's own native carts.
Only format to about 238Mb). However, putting a 250Mb disk into a standard Zip drive is a recipe for a disaster.
Working out the distinction between the two formats might be tricky SPEED DEMON shape, but with a lump on a Xip250 disk that would mean it wouldn’t fit in a Zip 100 drive.
In performance?
The Zip250 seems much like the original Zip to me. RDB- formatted Zip disks get recognised or don’t, depending on the capabilities of your SCSI device, and the speed is pretty comparable for files off the Zip250.
In short, the answer to the question “Does the Zip250 offer anything over and above increased storage?” seems to be “no”, iomega have removed the parallel capabilities found in the ZipPlus which seemed to cause more problems than they solved, and reckon that they’ve upped the read speed of the drive to 1.7Mb, but little evidence of this could be found. Even so, the Zip 250 offers significantly more space to hold files on a disk, and the disks aren’t more than double the price of their 100Mb counterparts, making this drive good value for money.
SUPPLIED BY: iomega http: www. Iomega .com AVAILABLE FROM: Power Computing PRICE: £189.95 (disks cost £19.95 each) While reading files on a Zip250 is only slightly faster than off a Zip100 for either 250 or 100 disks, writing speeds are definitely different. We got the following results by copying a large, dense file (an 80Mb LZX file) to and from the combinations of Zips we have here in the office. The Zip was formatted using HDInstTools, with a standard 512-byte block size and the normal 30 buffers. The hard drive is an IDE drive with the same 512-byte blocks but with 250 buffers. The Zip
drive was controlled by an A4091 SCSI II controller, the hard drive by the A4000's built-in IDE controller.
READING: Zip250: .. 0.879Mb sec (1:31.36 to copy the file from the Zip to the hard drive) Zip250 (with ZiplOO disk): ... 0.689Mb sec (1:55.84, rounded up to the nearest second) ZipPlus: .. 0.689Mb sec (1:55.60, rounded up) WRITING: Zip250: .....0.452Mb sec (2:57.52, rounded up) Zip250 (with ZiplOO disk): .0.085Mb sec (15:33.88, rounded up) ZipPlus: 0.322Mb sec (3.34.88,
rounded up) Obviously, better results can be achieved with more buffers, bigger block sizes and so on, but this is an interesting result, particularly the 85K sec that a Zip250 gives writing to a ZiplOO disk. Timing results were generated using the Unix Time command.
Pros and Cons E3 Increased capacity.
Slightly faster.
Better looks.
Slow write speed to ZiplOO disks.
OVERALL VERDICT: Great for your own data, slow to share with others.
With other A1200 jumpers configure SIMM size, refresh type (to suit Apple variants) and SCSI termination. Active termination, rather than SCSI 1 plug-in resistors, is preferred for the FAST SCSI mode, which could transfer up to 10Mb per The Typhoon Mark 2 comes from DCE in Germany via Power Computing. This is the latest version with integral SCSI, but it lacks the on-board RAM and neat external port of the original Typhoon. The four- layer board is densely packed, with 10 chips on each side. The FPU and disk .
Controller are socketed, with everything else surface-mounted.
Once again, Typhoon uses a SCSI 2 FAST interface chip made by NCR. This resembles the Mac controller, rather than the later DMA co-processors used on top-notch boards. Typhoon 2 has one 32-bit SIMM socket for RAM expansion up to 64Mb. This could potentially accommodate 128Mb SIMMs if available, but even 64Mb ones are rare and expensive. Typhoon RAM expansion is PCMCIA-friendly, as always, for A1200 boards allowing more than 8Mb. J second between speedy drives Mi The vital things to remember are that ail your drives need distinct ID numbers, usually set with back-panel switches. I ) k The
SCSI interface is fixed at ID 7, which isn’t a problem unless you want to connect machines via a short SCSI network, in which case the orbcrs must be moved to a different ID. Cheap boards, and Apple Macs, are often hardwired to use II) 7 to
- simplify their ; circuits.
This unit seems primarily aimed at tower users, with just one 50- pin SCSI connector poking up towards the inside of a standard A1200. It’s easily accessible in a tower case such as the Ateo, but there’s no obvious way to get the box shut after you’ve put it into a desktop A1200 and have made SCSI connections to the outside world. This is the big disadvantage compared to the Mark 1 Typhoon which Ben reviewed last year (AF117, 90%).
¦ ’ The Typhoon processor's memory Jl|. Interface lags behind the Apollos reviewed last month, especially as it bJWPB doesn't support burst mode. Chip RAM access is far slower than the Apollo 1230 at the same clock speed, and slightly slower than the 68040.
Typically, the trapdoor expansion is too big to comfortably accommodate the plastic panel which fits under the Amiga. You can make it fit properly by filing down the panel’s ribs to clear components on the board, but many users opt to leave the trapdoor open, improving the heatflow around the components. The board is clocked at 40MHz, the 68030 has a heatsink and the FPU is located in a high-dissipation PGA metal package, so overheating shouldn’t be the problem which it can be on faster boards.
The final jumper disables the entire accelerator, leaving you with a bare 14MHz 68020 A1200 with only chip RAM, PCMCIA, IDE and floppy, as if there was nothing in the trapdoor slot.
This suits badly-written games that can’t cope with extra speed or 32-bit addressing. The jumper points could be connected to the Turbo button on a tower case, though you can’t switch back and forth without resetting the machine as Amiga OS doesn’t take kindly to switching processors on the fly.
SCSI PERFORMANCE The Typhoon incorporates an autoboot ROM so, unlike Classic Squirrels or Vipers, you don’t need a floppy or IDE drive to get it started. If you do ditch IDE, you should seek out patches from Aaninet and our CD to eliminate the startup delay while the Amiga looks for IDE drives, especially on Workbench 3.1. There’s a delay of about a minute while the SCSI bus checks Ids 0 to 6 in vain if you run it without connecting any drives, but if you’re doing that, why buy RauSpesti Controller Performance Test ul.18 by feussel Tiiranda SauSpsed Controller Perfornancs Test vl.ld by Russel
rttranda 2888K 2808K 1980K 1S88K i?88K 1688K 1 588k 1408k 1388K E t apsed t ine Transfer rate t hrv sec Idle Dhry sec Busy Busy Idle SS Elapsed tine' Transfer rate Bhry see Idle lS6fS? S6c Busy Busy 1 die 54 4555 4055 3555 3855 980K 888K 780K 588K 488K 388K 208K 188K 8K 28;8t -- 1 00K H2891 -(148 Typhoon SCSI transfers on a 1Gb drive overflow the RawSpeed scale, tailored for An 80Mb Apple drive delivers around 1Mb per second and leaves most of the CPU Zorro 2 and A3000 tests, but clobber CPU performance. Time intact.
32-BIT SIMM RAM SPEEDS COMPARED BY BUSTEST (in Mb s) AIBB's emulator test rates Typhoon 2 four times faster than a stock A1200, between the A3000 and Apollo '030, and at a seventh of the speed of a CyberStorm 2.
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50% faster than Typhoon 2.
The Beach Ball rendering test puts Typhoon neck and neck with Apollo, 30-odd times faster than the stock A1200. The vintage AIBB treats the 68060 like a fast 68000, but still rates that eight times faster again.
A Can support a 128Mb SIMM.
No external SCSI connection.
Disappointing bus bandwidth.
A Typhoon? The system starts quickly if you give bootable drives low ID numbers and set the ‘last device’ flag on the final boot drive so the Amiga doesn’t wait in vain for boot information from scanners, CD and DAT devices with higher Ids. The maximum of seven devices should be enough for most people and the generous SCSI cable rules make it practical to approach this limit.
The vital things to remember are that all your drives need distinct ID numbers, usually set with back-panel switches or jumpers, and pin 1 (by the cable stripe) plugs in towards the middle of the board. Also make sure that the final drive on the 50-way cable is terminated. The jumper on the board should normally be closed, to terminate the other end of the chain, but there’s nothing to stop you putting the interface in the middle of a cable with termination at both ends if that simplifies wiring in your tower. If so, leave the interface’s termination jumper open.
SCSI 2 FAST interfaces should offer three times the throughput of the IDE or PCMCIA ports, but the Typhoon 2 controller hands the 68030 a lot of work when drives are active. My 1Gb IBM drive managed 3.3Mb per second, but sapped two thirds of the Typhoon’s speed in the process.
Even 128K stationary reads devoured half the CPU time, delivering 2,403K per second. The difference indicates time spent seeking data when the 68030 can get on with other things.
A smaller SCSI drive, rescued from a dead Mac, managed just 1Mb per second, leaving 61% CPU free.
The Typhoon comes with a support disk of PD utilities, convenient if you’re using removable drives such as Zip or Syquest, and AmiCDFS2. This needs no Shareware ATAPI device as the superior ematscsi.device is linked from ROM as soon as you turn on the Typhoon system. Oliver Kastl’s HdinstTools 6.4 combines the functions of BDBsalv with Commodore’s HDToolbox, FORMAT and COPY, adding support for password protection, big drives (via TrackDisk64 and NSD) and optional ‘head parking’ when drives remain idle for five minutes or more.
The Typhoon 2 comes bundled with HDInstTool and AmiCDFS2.
SUMMARY The Typhoon Mark 2 would be unexceptional if it wasn’t for its built-in SCSI interface. This could justify choosing it over a processor-only accelerator, unless phase 5’s true DMA Blizzard 1230 is revived, once you’ve solved the problem of making connections to your SCSI drives.
Typhoon SCSI can outrun Squirrels and the motherboard interface because the controller doesn’t have to squeeze data through the PCMCIA or IDE port.
SCSI facilitates DAT drive backups, CD writing and the serious use of scanners, as well as CD-ROM, fixed and removable hard drives.
SCSI peripherals potentially outperform IDE or (worst by far) parallel port devices, but you need an intelligent DMA controller to see the full benefit. SCSI still commands a slight price premium but it’s worth the extra; with DAT drives now available at around £50, there’s little excuse for being caught without a backup.
The Typhoon’s RAM interface is cautiously specified, but this allows more leeway for slow SIMMs. It’s less fussy than the Apollos, even supporting the weird refresh pattern of Apple memories.
It’s a pity it just has one SIMM socket, especially as its internal SCSI connector suggests it’s aimed mainly at tower users.
40MHz 68030 and 68882 processors are unexceptional by modern standards but they’re adequate for Internet and Workbench activities and are compatible with most A1200 games.
The MMU helps to track any program bugs and it can also boost emulation and Kickstart.
If you’re into heavy rendering of sound or graphics, whether 3D, AHI or JPEG, you need to weigh the advantage of onboard SCSI against costlier rivals which have more bandwidth and processor power.
SUPPLIER: Power Computing 01234 851500, http: vvww.powerc.co.uk or h t tp : w vy w. dceco m, cl e PRICE: £89.95 REQUIREMENTS: Amiga 1200, SCSI drive(s) talks to the man who's trying to make talking on the net easier.
The CQ program is becoming increasingly popular with Amiga users on the net, and we use it here ourselves. But it’s surrounded in mystery because of the fact that its author, Doug McLaughlin, doesn’t really want to attract unwelcome attention from its inventors, Mirabilis, especially now they’re owned by multinational ISP AOL. In case you don’t know, ICQis a tool that enables you to check to see whether your friends and contacts are ...we could now talk as much as we wanted to, without spending a lot of money on international phone calls... online, and lets you chat to them, send them files
and so on. We had a chat with Douglas McLaughlin, the author of the Amiga’s premier port STRICQ CONTACTS STRICQ: ' nt 'f«win« * nf't Amtcja sitia; Doug McLaughlin: HIM: 8083608 Amiga Format: UIN: 20459449 AF: What attracted you to writing a port of ICQ?
DmcL: In the first few months of 1998, my brother and mother started using ICQon their Pcs to chat in real-time and they kept telling me to get the program so I could talk as well. This was especially important to my mom, living in Texas, and myself being in the US Air Force and stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. At the time I didn’t have any other computer than my Amiga 3000 and my wife’s Amiga 2000 and couldn’t enjoy the benefits of ICQ Then I started hearing about the Official AmigaICQ effort and started following their website’s news updates.
This became increasingly frustrating as it was soon obvious that this effort was going nowhere. This was when I started thinking about writing my own version.
AF: How long have you been writing the STRICQ program?
DmcL: I started searching on the web early in June 1998, going to different web search sites, and after about about a week I found some hits pointing to some messages talking about how to hack and spoof the ICQ clients. One of these messages pointed to a website that had just been set up with preliminary information on the ICQ protocol packets. I started writing STRICQ during the second to last weekend in June, and by the end of the next weekend I had a version of STR CQ that could log in, send and receive messages. Of course, I was talking to my mom and brother right away, using them to test
the program.
They loved it that we could now talk as much as we wanted to, without spending a lot of money on international long distance phone calls.
AF: I know anyone who’s read the FAQ will know, but can you tell everyone else why it’s called STRICQ?
DmcL: The letters ST and R have prefaced every program that I’ve written, starting with the Commodore 64 back in 1986 when I first released ST R BBS and ST R Term. ST stands for Star Trek and the R stands for Robotech.
Here's the history of what I was talking to Neil about.
These were my two favourite TV shows at the time. When I moved from my C64 to my Amiga 3000 in 1990 I had to drop the slash because it’s a directory marker, something the C64 didn’t have.
AF: Have you had any contact or help directly from Mirabilis in creating this Amiga client?
DmcL: None whatsoever. I think their attitude towards externally created clones became very evident during the first few months of 1998.
AF: So how have you done it?
DmcL: There are several sources of information on the Internet and several clone authors, including myself, have pooled our knowledge to help make each client better and more compatible.
AF: What plans have you got for the future of STRICQ?
DmcL: Most of my plans for future enhancements come from user suggestions on the STRICQ support mailing list. My largest current plan is to move from the old protocol version STRICQ currently uses to the latest protocol which is used by the new ICQ99a clients.
AF: Do you intend to try to get “official” status for it at any point?
DmcL: There may be something developing in this area, but at this point I’d rather not say any more. 0 READER REVIEW connectors for the audio which can be fed into speakers, or you might want to run it through a mixer so that your Amiga’s audio comes through the same speakers. The audio playback is surprisingly good for such a cheap mechanism and it tolerates damaged disks much better than my cheap audio surprisingly good for such a cheap mechanism and it tolerates damaged disks well.
CD player. It also tolerates damaged CD-ROM disks too, although the transfer rate drops right down.
On the subject of speed, this drive is only a 2x mechanism which is very slow, although speed tests did report The very slimline CD drive design.
Ower’s AFGold award winning CD-ROM drive doesn’t require hacking your machine apart. In fact, you won’t need any common (or uncommon, for that matter) tools because it comes complete with HiSoft’s innovative Squirrel SCSI PCMCIA interface. So not only will you have a nice new CD-ROM drive, you’ll also have a passport into the world of SCSI, although the Power CD-ROM has no , through port so it must go on the end of the chain.
The CD drive I got was obviously designed for a laptop. It’s very slim and black which won’t look good if you decide to put it in a tower at a later stage. It’s also the only drive I’ve ever seen where the entire mechanism pops out when you press eject.
The drawer isn’t a servo type and so it only pops out a short way. You have to do the rest.
The case is a basic, black, hammered finish which serves its purpose. The external power supply is very sparse in that it doesn’t even have a power switch so I just left the drive on all the time. It’s been on for about a year now and is none the worse for it.
The drive also sports two phono . .¦.•V...'. -v... ,... ¦ • of the package would you like t Sec Help for more details _J Squirrel SCSI software to hard disk i Squirrel SCSI &. C032 eau’ator to hard disk '_il Creat«!i&yc©32 boot floppy fU28@ . '.-"T - _J Create CO only boot floppy H12e0f»60© Create SquirreISCSI hard disk boot floppy hard disk to use with a boot ..idis-fci «bort Install The major downside for this.bundle is the software. Power used the official Commodore CD file system which stops the drive from accessing some Cds because they don’t conform exactly to the ISO9660 CD
standards. This is purely a software fault and the drive isn’t to blame. A quick change to the Shareware CDFS, AmiCDFS, will sort out all of the problems.
Other software supplied is pretty
- good and includes descent CD32 emulation and stuff such as a
PhotoCD viewer and Amipeg.
Overall, this is an extremely good, cheap bundle, of which the SCSI interface is the most expensive component.
I’ve never had any problems with with it at all. If you have a low-tech RAM card with more than 4Mb on it then you may want to check that it isn’t mapping over the : . ; :C PCMCIA’s memory slot as some are * * known to do so.
I almost forgot - as a final bonus you also get two free Cds with the drive, * - both of which are games.
Have you got any software or hardware you couldn't live without?
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SUPPLIED BY: Power Computing PRICE: I bought mine in February 1998 for £79.95 YOUR REVIEWS OVERALL VERDICT: A great drive at a fairly cheap price, let down by poor software support.
BEN'S VERDICT Although Power's cheap CD was praised for its cheapness back at the start of last year, it's starting to look positively expensive these days, considering how cheap very fast ATAPI CD-ROM drives are, even with external casing. All the same, having access to the possibility of multiple SCSI devices can only be a good thing.
Bench § Technical queries solved by Mjqoo KfemtixMlw. Email: amformat@futurenet.co.uk. putting Workbench in the subject line, or write to: Workbench • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • Somerset • BA1 2BW.
MODE CHANGE Here’s a very basic question from a “not as young as I would like to be” novice.
I’m trying to extract a picture file from a PC-formatted floppy. Is the MS-DOS set up in the CrossDos program the correct way to go? I assume the MS stands for Microsoft but I can’t actually see it written anywhere.
I have an 18Mb Amiga 1200 running Workbench v3.0, 68030 Typhoon processor, 260Mb hard drive, 32x IDE CD-ROM and a 15" VGA monitor connected with a Scandoubler. Whenever I boot up, I get the following message: "Intuition is attempting to reset the Workbench screen. Please close all windows, except drawers - Reply Retry or Cancel".
It happens just around when it executes the IPREFS command. I can't progress any further with the boot until I hit Cancel, then it does one of two things: the screen goes to four-colour screen in PAL mode, which I have to reboot from, or it goes into the correct screenmode of 16 colours in VGA mode.
I've tried removing all devices, including swapping the hard drive and reverting back to a TV display. I've even tried reloading ENVARC: prefs & startup-sequence from the original Workbench disks, but to no avail.
Andrew Wells Bookham During the boot process, your Amiga is trying to change screen modes. However, another program has opened a window, and before it can close and reopen the screen, this window must be closed. Looking at your startup-sequence, I can see the following line: Terry Davis via email You probably won’t see it written anywhere either, as the Lawyers of Bill are always lurking where you least expect them. Yes, CrossDos is the utility to use.
Which immediately jumps out at me. By commenting it out and see what happens.
If this is the culprit you should experiment with the various options to ensure it opens its display in the right mode. This should prevent your warning message.
It’ll mount a new virtual device which can read and write to floppy disks.
PATCHING IT UP Having a girlfriend who’s singing and playing keyboards in an electro-band, I’ve been trying to make myself invaluable to her by using my A4000 ’040 25MHz to help out her, and the rest of the band, with demo recording and sampling. Now I want to sequence the keyboard parts of their songs on my Amiga, as the internal sequencer of her keyboard doesn’t have enough memory for storing all the songs However, unlike the sequencer of the keyboard, I’m unable to make sequences using the “right” sounds as only General MIDI sounds are available to me. I use Bars & Pipes Pro. My
girlfriend’s keyboard is a Yamaha PSR-
520. 1 use a CD32 communicator box as a MIDI interface.
Ihow can I make a track use an instrument that isn’t GM, but exists on her keyboard? I’m aware of control change messages and I’ve been using the Super Setup tool on Bars & Pipes to try to send these. However, I can’t make it work as it keeps on playing GM sounds.
Would I better off trying Sysex messages and BigSys that came with BgfP?
2 Does a sequencer like Sequencer Om: or Music-X need the same kind of configuration or will they be more appropriate for this kind of job?
Tore Welde Trondheim Norway 2 I’m hoping that you shouldn’t have to get down to SysEx level. One of the first things to try is to change the program number on the keyboard, and check to see i 'Bars and Pipes can capture that particular MIDI message. I’m not sure how exactly the PSR orders its internal voices, but if you can’t reach the ones you want with GM messages, you’ll have to start experimenting to see if you can send MSB LSB Bank Select messages. It can get a bit messy, which is why capturing a program change is easier.
If all else fails, it’s out with the synth manual to work out the pattern of bytes you need to send it in order to select the other voices as a SysEx message. Not much fun I know, but often a blast ofSysEx information 2 Sequencer One is probably a little basic for your needs. MusicX v2 i.s definitely my favourite sequencing tool, although it’s very difficult to find these days.
You ’11 find both have the same problem of addressing non-standard voices on synthesisers which provide them. In fact, if you can ’tfind the SysEx values to send, you might have to stick with manually setting the patches. Sorry!
MUSIC MASTER Just a short note about the Sound Advice column on sound devices. You mention in the feature boxout that you can use Minidisc for mastering and some more information on that would be very useful as I’ve recently purchased a Minidisc recorder.
One other point - although it’s not that widely available any more, can you offer some advice on using the Miracle HIGH SPEED I have an A1200, an Apollo '060 accelerator with 32Mb of fast RAM and a 2.1Gb hard drive, running Workbench 3.1.1 recently purchased a Zyxel Omni.net modem and I've had some problems entering the Internet. Do I need to get a high speed serial port?
Rune Kinnerod Norway That really depends on the nature of your problems. It would be easy to configure your Internet access software to talk to your modem at 19,200bps, for example, and wait for problems to occur. If they don't, maybe a faster serial port is indeed what you need.
If you still get problems, it could be that speed isn't the issue and that something else is to blame.
Keyboard for MIDI use, etc? As well as the Amiga-specific serial port connections, it also has MIDI in and out sockets, plus a large section of in-built sounds. Along with the touch sensitive ability, I’m sure it would make a very useful addition if some information on accessing these functions was available.
They’re pretty cheap to get too - I’ve see a couple on the net for around £100, and that includes the tuition software and cables, which isn’t bad for a keyboard with full size keys and touch sensitivity. Apart from that, trackers aside, could you recommend any software that I could use for standard musical notation? I’m pretty old fashioned about writing my music and it’s easier to send notational script to other musicians.
Nimrod via email Minidisk is a digital format and is therefore a useful, high quality recording tool. Although a lossy system, it’s still high enough quality to be useful. The big question is what you plan on doing with your recordings. If you want them duplicated professionally, you should first ask your mastering house if they ’11 take Minidisc as an acceptable format. They might not, in which case DAT or CD-R are your best bets.
Both MusicX v2 and Bars and Pipes have notation features, and Bars and Pipes at least is available free on the Internet if you know where to look.
ZIPPITY DO DAH In a few weeks I’ll be getting a lovely Yamaha A3000 sampler. If I buy a Zip drive (SCSI 2) for the sampler, could I use it on the Amiga, i.e. getting lots of net stuff from the local cybercafe and then transferring it to my computer?
Does it matter if the cybercafe’s Zip drive is IDE?
I really need your help to get hold of Music X v2, boxed with manual, too.
I’ve tried everywhere. Will it even work on my A600, 2Mb? If someone has a copy, please email me.
Finally, in the near future I’ll be getting the fastest A1200 PPC I can afford, shortly followed by net access. I also have to pay £8 for the CD version of Afhere in the Republic of Ireland but it’s worth every penny.
Rocky figcjn @cMje It doesn’t matter than one drive is IDE and the other is SCSI. I’ve swapped discs between systems like this and it works fine. What is a problem is that each of the three systems in your Zip love triangle is going to use a different formal: PC, Amiga and Yamaha’s own Sampler Format, which may or may not be PC compatible. To share files between the PC system and the Amiga, you’ll have to Feedback Having read John Hart from Liverpool's query regarding his Blizzard 603e causing his A1200 to hang on bootup, I can offer some help as I had exactly the same problem.
I narrowed it down to SetPatch and cured the problem by moving it nearer the beginning of my startup- sequence. Hope it works for him too.
Gavin Williams via email make sure your Amiga is configured to read the Zip drive as a PC device. You’ll have to create a new MountList for it, using CrossDos to read the files written to it by the PC.
I’d definitely get net access before new hardware, just so I could shop around online for news, the latest pnces and bug fixes.
Perhaps the answer to the eight quid Amiga Format is to subscribe, saving a lot of money, or you could always nip over the border to Newry and buy it there instead.
DON'T LEAVE ME HANGING I have a CD32 with an SX-1 and I’ve got the thing up and running with everything working well: the hard drive is running, the floppy drive is okay, the keyboard is fine and the FMV card is working with CDVideo films. Normal Cds and CD32 games are booting up and working as normal.
I’ve just hit a snag and I know its only a software hitch, not hardware. I use Ami-FileSafe Pro and my internal hard drive is 127Mb (in my SX-1). I’m using RDPrep to configure my HD as normal, as I’ve done loads of times before. When I’m trying to copy my Workbench 3.0 disks over to the HD (after formatting) it goes okay and then just stops. It just hangs there and won’t do anything else.
I know this is only a MaxTransfer and or DMAMASK setting. Do you know what settings I should use? One other thing: these are the Workbench disks from my A1200, which use a different Kickstart chip to the CD32. Would this make a difference? I’ve tried these settings: MaxTransfer OxlfeOO and OxfOOO DMAMASK Oxlfffffff (7).
Ken Walsh via email How do you know for certain it’s software and not hardware1? I’m intrigued why you’ve had to prep and install your system “loads of times ” have there been problems in the past ?
I know that Ami-FileSafe has been genei’ally considered risky and, to be honest, it’s this that I’d first point the finger of suspicion towards.
Try setting up your system without using AmiFileSafe to see what happens. More good news is that it’s also possible that your hard drive is starting to fail. The fact that the disks are from your A1200 shouldn’t make any difference: the Kickstarts are similar enough.
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I have an A1200, 16Mb of fast RAM, Blizzard '030 at 50MHz, 540Mb IDE hard drive and a Dynalink 56K modem, all running on OS 3.0. My problem is with my modem. I’m using the email software called YAM and my problem is with getting mail from pop3 servers.
When I use FTP, or even the web, I manage to get CPS speeds of up to 40,00, but when downloading and uploading mail I sometimes don’t even get 500cps. This is a very irritating problem, as you could imagine, and I’d be glad if you could help.
Mike Cardwell via email As the mail and FTP systems use the same transport mechanism - that is, a TCP IP stack operating over your modem’s serial link
- it sounds to me like the blame actually lies with the mail
server your ISP is using.
Perhaps it’s seriously overloaded or perhaps it’s not completely compatible with your email client and is operating with lots of errors (or “sub-optimally” as the Americans like to say).
Try using your ISP at an obscure time to see whether using it when it’s not as busy solves the problem.
Better still, try using another ISP (there are plenty of free ones about to experiment with) to ensure that it’s not your Amiga which is to blame.
APPLE PRINTER I would like to make use of my (expensive) HP Laserjet 6MP under Mac emulation (Fusion Shapeshifter).
This printer features both an Apple “local talk” and a parallel port.
I understand that I need to have an appropriate driver that redirects the serial output to the parallel port of the Amiga. Where can I find such a driver?
I’ve tried emailing Microcode Solutions but I didn’t get a reply.
Ben Hermans Antwerp, Belgium I have an A1200 (Power Towered), Blizzard ‘030 with 8Mb RAM, 4-way buffered IDE interface, 2.5" 540Mb HDD and a 24x IDE CD-ROM.
My problem is that my hard drive has died on me. A couple of days ago it loaded up Workbench (v3.0) fine, except that during loading it told me that my "Boot" partition (DH0:) had a read error. I didn't note down the block number but it may have been a two- digit number.
Once Workbench had loaded I ran DiskSalv on the partition but it found no errors and came up with nothing.
The next time I booted up, the following day, it gave me two similar warnings regarding dodgy bits on "Boot" and refused to load up any more. I reset the machine and was greeted with the 'Insert disk' screen.
Resetting again, I accessed the Early Startup screen only to find that my hard drive partitions (DH0:, DH1: and DH2:) had vanished. Switching off and powering up again did no good, and while the hard drive wasn't working my A1200 refused to recognise my CD drive when I tried to boot it from floppy. Removing my IDE buffer from the setup didn't help - the problem remained.
I tried loading up FastPrep but it told me that there was no hard drive connected. I continued to reset the machine and try again (as I have previously had a problem with the angle of my HDD and hoped this might be related), and on one occasion the partitions reappeared on the Early Startup screen, but the next reset failed to boot the HDD. Since then my You need the printer driver which is mentioned in the Shapeshifter documentation. It’s called Chucks printer driver and you ’11 find a link to it at this very useful website: http: www.ozemaii.com.au ~cvberwlf MacEmui.html BAD BUS CRASH I’m
having difficulty in getting my towered Amiga 1200 (board rev. 1D4) to recognise any Zorro cards with a MicroniK Zorro 2 busboard while a Blizzard PPC ’060 accelerator is active.
If I disable the accelerator holding the number 2 key while booting the machine, the Amiga recognises the busboard and Zorro cards, but while active it can’t find anything. What’s the problem? Does it sound like a busboard Amiga hasn't even acknowledged my hard drive's presence. It's as if there's nothing plugged into the IDE port on the motherboard.
Firstly, any idea what's happened?
Also, assuming, as I am, that the files are still intact, is there any chance of retrieving them? I'm hoping so; I had recent work that wasn't backed up on the hard drive and it would be gutting to lose it. This is the first major problem I've had with my Amiga in over five years so it may have given me a false sense of security.
James Potter via email Ooh, nasty. It doesn't look good. It looks a lot like your hard drive has started operating in a mode of nonfunctionality. Or, to put it another way it's broken. Assuming you've checked the obvious: loose cables, disconnected power or data plugs, drive being fouled by wires, then it really doesn't seem good. Hard drives do wear out: a disk spinning at 5,200 rpm will have problems at some point - the read error could have been your only warning. It's even possible a stray cosmic ray passed through one of the controller Ics and zapped it. Possible, but unlikely.
Try using HDToolbox to locate the drive and read its parameters. You can write these to the disk, and if you recreate the partition information exactly as before, this shouldn't lose any data. If the drive still fails to appear in the list of devices in the boot menu, I think it's time to consider the very real possibility that the worst has happened and the disk is dead.
Incompatibility with the Blizzard accelerator? Do you know of anybody who has a functioning towered A1200 with a Zorro busboard (MicroniK EZ4 busboard) which is working with an '060 PPC accelerator?
Joe Vitale via email Erk, that doesn’t sound good. In fact, it sounds as though the bus system is just incompatible with the Blizzard. Perhaps there’s a software patch to update the bus.
Anyone out there know or have a solution f Oi¥ PARTITION How do I make real PC partitions on my hard drive for PC-Task or Emplant Deluxe? The docs in PC-Task suck and the Emplant docs are too brief.
I have a GVP '040 33, GVP Spectrum in a 16Mb A2000HD.
Tony Kowalski via email A partition is a way of logically dividing your hard drive into separate virtual drives.
So, instead of your drive appearing as Workbench: on the Amiga desktop, it could appear as Workbench: and Work:. To you, and the Amiga, it’s the same as having two separate drives, except that they ’re both on the same disk.
Using a utility such as HDToolBox, you can edit existing partitions and create new ones. For example, to create a new partition you first reduce the size of the existing one and then add a new one. The total size of both partitions cannot exceed the capacity of the disk.
Warning: if you alter the properties of an existing partition, every thing stored on it will be lost. It isn’t possible to resize a partition and retain data, even if there’s plenty of free space on the disk.
SEND IN A REPLACEMENT II have heard that I can use a replacement file system instead of the standard Workbench file system, which will eliminate hard disk validation errors. Does anybody at Amiga Format use a different file system?
I’d like to know where to get hold of MORE CHIPS, PLEASE the software and whether it would be compatible with all my current Amiga software, including Directory Opus.
21 bought a second hand CD32 over the weekend for £25 (bargain!). I was suitably impressed at how well the Amiga Format Cds work on it (excellent work and support from the Amiga Format Team). As there was no manual, I wanted to find out what the AUX port (next to the game ports) and the S-VHS port were for?
Mass Cerritelli via email Yes, there are various third party filing JL systems available, like PFS2 from Greed Development. Personally, I wouldn’t use it. If you’re getting a lot of hard disk validation errors, there has to be a, reason. Maybe it’s a failing hard drive, unbuffered IDE interface or a lack of power - I’d check all these before trying to solve the problem by using another file system.
2 The A UX port, is a serial port, a nd can be used for various purposes, such as linking the CD32 to another A miga with a networking utility such as SERnet.
The SATIS port outputs video which is suitable for display on an S-VHS compatible television set. S-VHS separates colour and brightness information, and as a result it gives a slightly better picture than you’ll get on an ordinary video. Uj IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible. Unlike some magazines, we don't just 0 concentrate on our areas of expertise - we take on all your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
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Your Amiga O A500 O A1000 O A2000 O A600 O A1500 O A4000 A500 Plus A1200 A3000 Kickstart version II have an A4000T with a Cyberstorm PPC060 and CyberVision PPC, OS 3.1,128Mb of fast RAM, a Zip and a Jaz drive, a CD-ROM, a CD- rewriter, 2.1Gb HD and a 1,200 dpi scanner. There's nothing really wrong with them, I just wanted to brag! No, seriously, I run a photo imaging business on my Amiga. I use Photogenics 2a for my graphics work, but when I'm working with very large image files (30+ Mb files) I keep getting a fatal error about running out of chip RAM. I have tons of fast RAM left and I use
the graphics card to keep my system from using the chip memory for display, so how can I get Photogenics to use my fast RAM instead of my chip memory?
I keep having to reset my clock after I turn off my computer for more than five minutes. I figured it's a battery problem so I opened up my tower and located the coin-type battery at the bottom of the computer by the slots. According to my dealer and everything I've read, the battery should be held in place by a clip, yet mine seems to be soldered in or something similar and it won't come out. Any ideas?
My little brother bought my A1200 from me and he has one problem with it. His has an A1200 with a DKB Cobra 68030 card with 64Mb of fast RAM, OS 3.0,170Mb internal IDE HD. His problem is with the Surf Squirrel he uses to connect a hard drive and CD-ROM to his A1200.
The chain is terminated correctly yet whenever we hook up the Squirrel it will have transfer problems, no matter what we have hooked up or in what order. For example, the HD will work fine, then the access light will come on and stay on and the drive is then locked up. He loves Amigas, so please tell me how to solve this problem.
Bob Gilbert Grove City, Ohio Photo imaging on the .Amiga with Photogenics 2a.
: Make sure that Photogenics is using the right kind of video driver and is using the video card directly, rather than re-directing the screen by a mode promotion utility. Many graphics cards will store graphics data outside the chip RAM space, thus preventing the memory problems you experience. Also ensure that blitter operations are turned off (for the blitter to work on data, it needs to be in chip RAM) and switch off the Workbench display in the background.
Manufacturer: Extra RAM fitted - type, size, (Mb) and manufacturer: 2 If the battery really is soldered into place, you'll either have to snip it out or unsolder it, both of which are scary operations. Once removed you can attach a new battery with similar specifications.
If this is too much, your local PC dealer should be happy to do it for you. Just don't tell him it's an Amiga beforehand.
Details of other hardware: A First check that you have the latest drivers for the Surf Squirrel. Secondly, are you really, really sure you have everything terminated properly? Try swapping the order of the CD-ROM drive and hard drive, and try a new cable, keeping the length to the minimum possible.
SqosQgGs explains the pros and cons of making use of web caches.
CONTACT POINT I can be reached with comments, suggestions and feedback at dave@dcus.demon.co.uk or via my website at jrttgi Zwww.dcus.demon.co.uk . The Internet is clogged up. As more and more people come online around the world, the infrastructure upon which the network depends is becoming increasingly stretched. It’s not a new problem; things have been getting progressively worse since the web started to become popular around 1994.
Xv caches P is about as appropriate as using a carrot to mow your lawn.
The web has contributed in a huge way to the strain on the Internet. That’s because even7 time you request a web page, a series of requests has to made to the sender on which it resides. Data then has to be passed from that server through a series of routers around the world to your Internet Service Provider, and thence on to you.
Internet Proxy Caches can help to reduce the strain on the network. They work on the same principle as local caches. Typically, every web browser uses its own local cache, which is simply an area on your hard drive where pages you’ve requested in the past are stored In Voyager, the proxy settings are located on the net page of the General Settings screen.
The next time you ask to see those pages, they can be loaded from your hard drive rather than having to be requested from a remote site.
Proxy caches work in the same way except that they’re located at remote sites and serve multiple users. When your browser is configured correctly, every time you request a site the program will see if there’s a copy stored in the proxy cache. You might have requested this copy yourself in the past, or another user of the cache might have requested it. If there’s a copy there, your browser will display that copy and a request will never actually be sent to the remote site from which the page actually originates.
Caching obviously has a beneficial effect in reducing network load, but it also offers fast access to pages; because the request is travelling directly to the proxy cache, if that proxy is located relatively close to you - for instance, if it’s maintained by your ISP - then there’s a single hop between you and the source of the pages you’re viewing.
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This being the real world, of course, there are bad sides to caching.
Firstly, because a cache holds a copy of the remote site you’re accessing, it may not provide the most up-to-date version of the pages on that remote site.
Fortunately, most browsers let you check for more up-to-date versions of pages before accessing the cache; the options are generally located in a window called Network Settings, or something similar.
Secondly, the European Union has recently begun debating whether caches infringe copyright laws. Because copyright exists in web pages just as it does in any other form of document, broadcast or whatever, it’s been suggested that caching pages on proxy servers is in fact illegal.
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In Aweb, the proxy cache settings page is to be found under Network Settings Suffice to say that if it were to be deemed illegal and proxy caches were to be forbidden, the web would grind almost to a complete halt, such would be the strain on its already overburdened paths. Not only that, but the law would also by extension make local caches illegal, so you couldn’t even store pages on your hard drive temporarily. Essentially, attempting to apply the law of copyright to proxy caches is about as appropriate as using a carrot to mow your back lawn.
Thirdly, caches cause practical problems for webmasters. Let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve created a wonderful website which you want the whole world to see, and you’ve set up an elaborate counter on your index page so you know exactly how many people are visiting it. Well, the chances are that your precious counter won’t produce especially accurate results because the counter image will be cached by proxy servers around the world, and people who are accessing your site via those proxy caches won’t show up on your counter at all.
Similarly, users who view your site through a proxy server won’t necessarily be getting the latest, most up-to-date version of it - they’ll be getting the site stored on the cache. While many computer users would know how to ensure they were getting the latest version despite coming through the proxy cache, there’s a fair chance that a lot of newcomers wouldn’t, and they would remain in blissful ignorance of the fact that they weren’t seeing the latest version of the site.
There’s even a danger that people could come across a cached version of your site when using a search engine, and proceed to the cached version without ever coming across your actual site. Fortunately, this is exceedingly unlikely because web crawlers don’t usually index caches.
As a Webmaster, it’s therefore worth thinking about the implications of web caches and making use of the HTML elements which are designed to allow you to control how caches treat your pages. In theory, the easiest way of instructing caches not to store copies of your pages is to include the appropriate META tag in the header of your pages, like this: META HTTP-EQUIV=57 Pragma w CONTENT* ° Alternatively, you can specify a date after which a cache should not store the page: META HTTP-EQUIV="expires” CONTENT- 20:00:00 GMT" Although there are now a number of extremely impressive Amiga CQ
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Create a new URL for every new page you produce. It might sound obvious, but if you keep the number of pages which you regularly have to update to a minimum, the problems associated with caching your site are minimised accordingly.
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BUS BANGING THE IVIETAL Simon Goodwin exposes yet more of your Amiga's inner secrets.
Banging the Amiga's hardware to find out how long you've been online.
By the time that you lot will be reading this, it wilt be almost summer. You'll be thinking of spending time in the garden or at the beach, but just because there's a bit more ultra-violet radiation kicking about m the atmosphere, it JS doesn't mean that you should ignore your I If J Amiga, To make sure A¦I that you don't, we have * ml three more fact-packed s i tutorials to get those M creative juices flowing. | Jo Nick is getting | closer to making Arexx M useful, this month flj showing you how to S loop-the-loop in your scripts, Simon carries on banging the metal with a look at ClAs
(which has nothing to do with shady intelligence agencies, but everything to do with , with timer chips in your Amiga), and, in the penultimate part of his HTML tutorial, Neil guides you through imagemaps, a fairly simple way to liven up navigation of your website.
Neil Bothwick shows you an alternative to boring old text links in your web pages.
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This month we’re going to talk some more about loops and how they can be used. In actual fact, we’ve already used a lot of different types of loop already, particularly last month, although there are still three more types we should take into consideration.
The first is a slightly different style of the common indexed loop, but it includes a step. For example, if you wanted to loop down, decrementing by a step of two, you would use: Do loop = 10 TO 2 BY -2 Say loop variable which has a name and an index number. Think of it like a library. The array variable name is the name of a book, and the index number is the page number. Each page contains different information, but all the information is easy to access as long as you know the name of the book and the page number. Arrays are very good for storing large quantities of similar information,
rather like a database.
Arexx calls its arrays “compound variables”, and they’re even more spectacular way in true Arexx fashion.
Now read on... END This loop would output 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and stop. BY is an extra keyword, used to identify the step amount.
DO WHILE is a useful loop structure which keeps the loop going as long as a particular condition is met.
For example: DO WHILE name = "Nick" SAY " Do you want a Guinness" END What makes this loop different is that it will only be executed at all if the condition is met before the loop starts.
In this example there will be no output at all if name doesn’t contain “Nick” when Arexx gets to the Do statement.
The final type is the DO UNTIL: DO UNTIL z x z = z - x END The important thing about this one is that, unlike the DO WHILE structure, it will execute quite happily at the start, even if z is already less than x, and therefore the condition is not met. This type of loop will always be executed at least once.
In order to truly unleash the power of a loop, we need to make use of another type of variable - a variable which we can easily reference using the loop counter. Imagine, once again, that we’re trying to determine FileTypes.
What would happen if you had several dozen to check for and choose from?
You’d end up with huge programs full of If statements or Select statements.
Fortunately, this problem has already been solved, and solved in a classy and iTJ9yS alt? V&ry kOOu fOf storing large quantities of similar information, rather like a database.
ARRAYS Arexx can handle the complex variable type known as an array. This is simply a A SIMPLE DATABASE PROGRAM FOR RETRIEVING DATA record. "Nor Known" record, her'. Phono "01 225 442244"
r. eccrd.ben.address - "30 Monmouth Street" record, her:
.postcode - "BA1 2BW" record.mark.phone ~ "01225 123456"
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want to know? (phone postcode address)" Pull what SAY "As I
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another" END powerful than the array structures you’ll find in
traditional languages like BASIC, but easier to use than the
complex pointer structures as found in C. As we said, the
variable is made up of two parts: a name, or stem, and an
index, which are separated by a full stop. For example: name.l
= Colin name.2 = Mark name.3 = Ben are all valid statements in
Arexx, and all relate to different variables.
The power of this lies in Arexx’s ability to evaluate and parse variable names so that, for example, when x is equal to 3, name.x is the same as name.3 SHORT ARRAY EXAMPLE name.1 = 'Ben' name.2 = 'Colin' name.3 = 'Mark' Do loop = 1 to 3 Say "name " loop " is " name.loop END Okay, I guess you get the general idea of the way Arexx handles simple arrays, but that really isn’t the half of it. You can have multi-dimensional arrays just by adding a further component to the compound variable, so there’s no reason why you can’t have: name.1.1 = ben This is really useful for handling all sorts of data.
Think of a three dimensional graph, for example. You could store the z values in a two dimensional array, value.x.y, and using some nested loops you’d easily be able to extract the z value for each x and y co-ordinate for a graph or whatever.
Just to make Arexx’s compound variables even better, you don’t even have to use numbers. For example: record.mark.phone = ' 01225 717834' record.mark.name = 'Mark Wheatley' is perfectly valid, even if ‘Mark’ and ‘phone’ are not in themselves variables representing numbers. This is what we’re using for our example program this month - a database.
This listing is fairly straightforward in terms of structure, but there are a few special bits and pieces you should pay particular attention to. The first is the very first line (not counting the comment). This line sets up the whole compound variable beginning “record.” as having the value “Not Known”. This simply means that if you try to get the value of any compound variable beginning “record.” which hasn’t been defined, it will return that value.
It isn’t necessary to do this, but it can be useful because you may want to return some statement if a record isn’t there. You could remove the check (the bit beginning with the IF and ending with the first END) and every time you entered an unknown person, “Not Known” would pop up for all the values; the Arexx program wouldn’t even care that the data didn’t exist.
The next thing of import is the second Pull statement. We pull in a word which is either “phone”, “address” or “postcode” (we don’t check on this, but as we’ve seen, if you enter “credit card number” the script will just say “Not Known”). The next line, we’re able to immediately return the value by simply plugging the input into the compound variable. There are no Ifs and SELECTs as you might have expected. The script doesn’t care what the value is you’ve entered - if it’s in the compound variable, it’ll return the correct result.
Although the classic example of a database is an address book, as we’ve illustrated here, it can obviously be used for storing all sorts of useful stuff. It might even be a component of a much larger program. Imagine, for example, a huge database of convolution matrices which could be applied to graphics data, either within Arexx itself or through some external program. Array structures are very handy for storing complex data in a way that makes it easy for you to extract what you want, when you want it.
Remember that when you come to write programs on your own.
In next month’s issue we’ll be dealing with strings and the functions pertaining to them. We’ll also find out about the very flexible Parse command and we’ll be taking a look at how you can add argument support to your Arexx scripts.
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SERIAL EXAMPLE The HiSoft BASIC listing shows a simple way to record time spent online, for The simple Online Timer in action 50 60 HERTZ DISK SENSING CENTRONICS PARALLEL PORT (8 BIT BIDIRECTIONAL) CLOCK TIMER B Internal organisation of the Amiga CIAs.
This part of our advanced tutorial series addresses the Custom Interface Adaptor 8520 ‘CIA’ chips in more ways than one. It shows you how to read counters and flash lights, as well as how to test and set serial and parallel port signals, directly from BASIC and from Shell scripts.
Two CIAs provide timing pulses and general purpose control lines used throughout the Amiga system. They culminate generations of interfaces, from the original PIA ‘Parallel Interface Adaptors’ via ‘Versatile’ VIAs found in earlier Commodore computers like the VIC20 and C64.
Amiga CIAs are dwarfed in complexity by the DMA custom chips - Paula, Agnes and Denise on 16-bit Amigas, or Paula, Alice and Lisa on 32- bit AGA systems - but they’re still neat, and quite essential to the Amiga, as owners of the Draco would-be Amiga- clone will attest. Much Amiga software thrives on Draco’s retargetable audio and video, but falls over unless authentic CIAs are added to the MacroSystems board.
CIAs are vital to communication between the Amiga and the outside world, implementing the keyboard and parallel ports, joystick buttons, disk and serial port control lines, audio filters and the power light. They also keep track of time, in various measures; from a few dozen display fields per second, through hundreds of scan lines per field to the hundreds of thousands of ‘E clocks’ pulses ever)7 second.
The CIAs are relatively easy to program because they’re passive devices. They don’t do anything except tick quietly to themselves, unless explicitly programmed. They’re unexciting compared with the DMA Chapter 4: Mouse Organ '‘chapter 5: The elegantly powerful co-processor Chapter 6: More to come... Make sure you don't miss a tutorial In this series. Call-our subscriptions hotline on 01458 27 chips, which continuously communicate with one another and main memory, but still do lots of useful work.
The diagram shows how the CIAs contribute to the Amiga system. CIAA manages disk and joystick fire inputs, parallel port data lines and the keyboard link. CIAB adds outputs to control four floppy drives and handshaking lines for the serial and The friendlier Online Timer from the AFCD, Hisoft BASIC Online Timer CIAA PARALLEL PORT B VSYNC COUNT TIMER A BIB Chapter 3: complex interface ports and timers CONTROL LOGIC AMIGA COMPLEX INTERFACE ADAPTORS Note: Floppy & RS232 data connects direct to Paula EVEN DATA icr.ipr. Pa ra11 el port out:put h&ck!; 0 open PAR: to ailocate hardware CLOCK
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.....Out ... communication software like TERM, as well as TCP IP stacks. It works by reading the standard serial port hardware. Similar hacks are also possible for other interfaces, given their port addresses. Signals are generally ‘active low’ so a 0 level on bit 5 of CIAB port A indicates modem carrier detection, for instance. In Assembler you’d write: btst 5,$ BFD000 bne NoCarrier The BASIC equivalent is: IF PEEK(12570624) AND 32 THEN PRINT "No Carrier" When programming the serial or parallel port, utilities like MapDevice may retry" ' For Deia iTC Online Timer"| 100, ] 6)- (240, 56) , 1
;2-U 16f2$ 6 CI AAJPU A*. R.-. 1 2 S 7 0 6 2 4 Timirigli.O : fOCAfB 2,4 PRINT "Seconds on lino: C"; REPEAT check CD% * PEEK (C IAA_PRAS.) AND 3 2) IP 00% T-inirig%~;[ : Start:! »T.T.MHR: fcLSE IF- Tirr.ing% LOCATE 2,20 PRINT TIMER- Start. ! ; " END IF END IF Delay &30 ' Update periodically END REPEAT check divert calls for SER: or PRT: to alternative hardware. Opening the standard name doesn’t necessarily allocate the default hardware. Check this with another PEEK: PEEK DEV=serial long 10 string This returns the name of the real device selected when you open the device named after DEV= above,
such as “pit.device’ifor Multiface parallel redirection or “duartdevice” for GVP serial ports.
PARALLEL EXAMPLE The binary value in register $ BFE301 configures parallel port bits as inputs or outputs. This gives you eight general- purpose control lines, ideal for hardware hacking. Take care to avoid short-circuiting any output, especially on AGA Amigas with unsocketed CIAs. To prevent other programs or the system interfering while you’re poking, open PAR: or parallel.device unit 0. Always allocate resources before use; then you can bang the metal without disrupting the rest of the Amiga system.
The Shell script illustrates parallel digital output. POKE CIAA 768 %11111111 selects eight outputs.
Substitute Os for Is to make some bits TTL-compatible inputs, suitable for UPS or alarm sensing, Brailer switches or other homebrewed hardware. To run the script, click on the CD icon or type: EXECUTE BLINKER PAR: The redirection PAR: ensures that the parallel port is allocated while the script runs, so the system leaves it alone.
The program flashes an LED connected between pin 9 (parallel port most significant data bit) and ground (on pins 17 to 25). Less significant bits use pins 2 to 8.
WAITs determine the flash period.
Connect the light in series with a resistor of 470 to 2200 ohms to limit the current.
Swap the LED pins if it doesn’t shine.
LEDs only work one way round. Keep connections short, and don’t use torch bulbs as they drain too much power.
CIA SERIAL Each CIA implements a serial port - not the RS232 kind, with it’s free-running asynchronous data and miscellaneous handshaking lines for flow control, but ‘synchronous serial’ where each data bit is accompanied by a pulse on a serial clock line. Unlike RS232, sent and sampled at a prearranged rate, the transfer speeds of these ports depend on the rate of synchronising clock pulses.
They stop and start arbitrarily as bits of data become available.
CIAA handles the keyboard interface. ‘Raw key’ events are detected by a separate microprocessor connected to the keyboard, converted to codes corresponding to the key position. Raw key codes take no account of the marking on the key-top but are useful in emulators when the key’s placement and effect is more important than its legend.
Keymaps convert raw codes into ANSI characters. UK Kickstart 1 Amigas have SETMAP GB in their startup to configure Shift 3 as a pound sterling rather than a US hash symbol. Modern Amigas do this by referring to the DEVS:Keymaps drawer.
There’s another serial port in CIAB.
This isn’t used by the Amiga system, but it’s ideal for communication with old Commodore and Atari peripherals which expect a synchronous serial interface. See the FS1541 and Easyl541 drivers or vintage Commodore emulators for examples of programming this port.
C9A TIMERS Each CIA chip contains a 24-bit counter and two 16-bit timers. The timers are clocked at one tenth of the original Amiga clock rate, around 700KHz. The exact value depends on the video standard, PAL or NTSC, and can be checked with: PEEK LONG library exec 568 The timers count down from the 16-bit value loaded into their registers. Timer A low is the fifth byte register, with the high byte (count*256) in the sixth register. The counts for Timer B are in the next two registers, in the same order.
When they reach zero they can generate an interrupt and optionally start counting down again.
A VERSUS 8 All four timers run at the same rate, shared by the system software or allocated by timer.resource’s AddlCRVector. Timer A in CIAA synchronises keyboard interfacing. CIAA (odd) counts Vertical Sync pulses and can generate level 2 interrupts. Peek LIB exec 530 returns the Vertical field rate, typically 50 for PAL and 60 for NTSC.
CIAB (even) counts horizontal lines (Hsync pulses) and generates correspondingly faster level 6 interrupts.
CIAB can reprogram the system at a specific scan line; your programs can read it to check the current line.
PEEK CIAB 2048 gives the scan line number, inevitably outdated by the time scripts have read it. PEEK CIAB 2304 reads the next byte (scans times 256), invariably zero in 200-line NTSC mode, rising to 1 or 2 in DBLscan modes.
NEXT BITS Part 1 briefly tabulated CIA counter, timer and port addresses. For details of the CIAs and their connections, consult Chapter 8 and Appendix F of Addison- Wesley’s Amiga Hardware Reference Manual Next month we bang Paula’s metal with elegant SuperBASIC to generate polyphonic stereo sound and harmonies unmatched by MIDI.
CHAPTER EIGHT OMD [IMKtafefe points out that imagemaps can be reaiiy useful.
AFCD40:-ln_the_mag- Using_HTML A link is a link and each time you click on it you go to the same page, right? Not so! A text link mayjump to the same place each time, but an image may link to a different address depending on where on that image you click.
An imagemap is a clickable image, but unlike the standard construct of an IMG tag within an A tag, this one will jump to a different URL according to the specific point on which the user clicks. There are many ways to use this; for example, you could use a single if you've missed any tutorials in tills series, call our iback issue hotline on 01458 271 -102 Ch a p ter Chapter 5: Tabled Chapter 6: Frames . . ; ... ¦ ® : rllif SmWBS SBSBSSSSHS!!
Chapter 7: Forms ~ Chapter 8: imagemaps Chapter 9: Animation and sound f«vl mage, but it will jump to a different URL according to where on the image is clicked.
Imagemap across the top of a page as a menu bar, instead of using separate buttons in a table. A company could display a map of the area they cover, with each part of the map linking to the page of the branch covering that area.
MAP NAME="mymap" AREA SHAPE= " P.ECT" AREA SHAPE="RECT" MAP TYPES OF IMAGEMAP There are two ways to implement an imagemap: server side imagemaps and client side imagemaps. Server side imagemaps are the original way of doing it. The image is contained within a normal A HREF=x A tag where the URL is that of a map file on the server. Clicking on the image sends the name of the file and the co-ordinates selected to the server. A script then reads the map file, calculates the URL for those co-ordinates and returns that document to the browser.
IMG SRC ="mymap .gif" WIDTH=W100" HEIGHT=" 100" ALT=" Image map" USEMAP="- myma.p": This is useful if your map needs to link to a CGI script anyway, such as a database, but otherwise it involves CREATING IMAGEMAPS Clearly you don't want to be counting the individual pixels of an image to create the image map data. Fortunately there are several options to generate the MAP data with only a few mouse clicks. The CD contains Arexx scripts for ImageFX and Ppaint 7 (given away on AFCD26) that generate the map data by "drawing" the areas on the image (I used ImageFX for the example here). There
are also a couple of independent image map creators available on Aminet.
Unnecessary access to the server and makes it impossible to test your page offline, unless you have a web server and CGI installed on your Amiga.
Client side imagemaps avoid these restrictions. All of the information needed is contained in the HTML itself and the browser determines the URL for any particular point on the map. This makes offline page development easy and also means that the user gets better feedback. With a server side map, the status bar displays something like fattp;y w m,$ eiW,co which doesn’t help the user. A client side map will show the actual URL that will be linked to by that point on the image.
A client side imagemap has two separate elements: the image and the map data.
Here’s a bare bones example: COORDS-- "0,0,100,50" HREF = " top . Htrr 'A T T» " f- rvrA " A 1,1 j- L up COORDS= " 0 , 51,100, 10 0 " HREF= " bot torn. Html" ALT----"bot t: on This displays an image that takes you to one document if you click in the top half and another for the bottom half. Normally you would have the map data in the same document as the map. However, if you want to use the same data on several pages, you can put it on the home page. This page should already be in the user’s cache when they select an imagemap on another page so there’s no network access needed. It’s a
good idea to put the data before the image - if you put the image first and the page is slow in loading, the user could click on the map before the map data has been loaded.
IMG has an extra attribute, USEMAP. This tells the browser that this is a client side imagemap and to use the map data named “mymap” in the current document (remember, starting a URL with links to a named item on the current page). The MAP tag only takes one attribute, its NAME.
Within the MAP tag we have a number of AREA tags to define each clickable area. Each AREA tag takes these attributes: SHAPE; Can be one of RECT, CIRC, POLY, DEFAULT. The first three define the area as a rectangle, circle or polygon. DEFAULT applies to all parts of the image not specified in another AREA tag. You would normally use this for the last one.
COORDS; The co-ordinates of the area.
This varies according to the SHAPE used. For a rectangle, the co-ordinates are xl, yl, x2, y2. The first pair are the co-ordinates of the top left, the other refers to the bottom right corner.
A circle has three co-ordinates, x, y, r, referring to the x, y co-ordinates of the centre of the circle and its radius. A polygon uses xl, yl, x2, y2, x3, y3 and so on to specify each corner.
Site via a slow link so remember to keep imagemaps as small as possible... HREF; The URL to load when this area is clicked. If you want an area to jump nowhere, use NOHREF. This is normally used for the default, or could be used to stop a part of the image accepting the default action.
ALT; Some browsers mil display this text when the image isn’t loaded. People may be visiting your site via a slow link so remember to keep imagemaps as small as possible and provide text alternatives wherever you can.
TARGET; The frame or window in which to load the new URL. If you’re using an imagemap in a menu bar you’d use this to load the document into the main window.
Apart from TARGET, all of these attributes are compulsory in the latest HTML specification.
JAVASCRIPT There isn't enough space for a detailed coverage of JavaScript here, just enough to explain the usage in this example. HTML supports "events" for objects. Two of the events for a link are onMouseOver and onMouseOut, the first occurring when you move the mouse pointer over the object and the second when you move the mouse away again. We use the same JavaScript command for both; window.status='text' sets the contents of the status bar, where you would normally see the URL of the link, to "text".
To clear the status line when the mouse moves off the link, onMouseOut sets window.status to an empty string.
A MORE USEFUL EXAMPLE Let’s look at a real world application of imagemaps that also illustrates another use for HTML. In addition to online web pages, HTML is good for program documentation with its inline images and hypertext links. Here we see how a client side imagemap can make documentation even easier to use. The image is included in the normal way, with the addition of an ISMAP attribute; the MAP tag contains all the real work. The full version is on the CD, but the edited highlights are shown below.
MAP NAME="optionsmisc.map" First we give it a name.
AREA SHAPE="RECT" COCRDS="150, 21, 249, 42 " HREF=" display" ALT="Display" onMouseOver="window.status='Display options' return true" onMouseOut="window.status='' return true" A standard rectangular shape, covering the “Display” tab of the image links to a part of the current page and also provides “help” text using JavaScript (see boxout).
AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORD5="177,68,371,93" HREF=" confirmdisconnect" ALT="Confirm" onMouseOver="window.status='Ask for confirmation before disconnecting' return true" onMouseOut="window.status='' return true" As for the tabs at the top of the window, each of the gadgets has an area defined to link to the relevant part of the documentation.
AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="154,59,551,128" HREF=" control" ALT="Control" onMouseOver="window.status='Various control options';return true" onMouseOut="window.status='';return true" The browser reads the map data in the order it appears, stopping at the first match it finds. This means you may have a number of individual shapes and then a larger shape covering them all and the spaces in between. If you click on the smaller shape you get its link and if you click in a space you get the later link. This one covers the Control section of the window.
AR£A SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="7,300,183,318" HREF="" ALT="Save" onMouseOver="window.status='Save the settings and exit';return true" onMouseOut="window.status='' return true" We have to cheat a little here. If you use NOHREF you can’t use onMouseover (at least it doesn’t work in Aweb or Netscape). By using an empty URL to achieve the same result of no action when clicking on the area, you can also display help text ¦with onMouseOver.
AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="9,28,125,46" HREF="info.html" ALT="" onMouseOver="window.status='blah' return true" oriMouseOut="window.status='' return true" The items on the left of the display would be documented on different pages so these items are linked to a separate page. You can label a point in a page with A NAME=”info” and jump to it with A HREF=” info” from the same page or A HREF=”prefs.html info” from another page.
AREA SHAPE="RECT" COORDS="6,23,126,291" HREF="main" ALT="" onMouseOver="window.status='blah' return true" onMouseOut="window.status='' return true" The whole of the left side list window is linked back to the main page. As before, this appears after the individual items in the window and so acts as a default for this section.
AREA SHAPE="DEFAULT" HREF="" ALT="Default" onMouseOver="window.status='Click on a gadget to read its documentation' return true" onMouseOut="window.status='';return true" Finally we have a DEFAULT shape. This is used whenever the user selects any area not defined elsewhere. In this case it doesn’t link anywhere - default areas often don’t - but it does display help information.
IMG SRC="optionsmisc.gif" WIDTH="561" HEIGHT="338" ALT="Image map" USEMAP=" optionsmisc.map" BORDER=0 Now the map data has been set up, all that’s left is to display the image using a normal IMG tag with the additional USEMAP attribute. © THE PRICE IS RIGHT?
Send your letters to:
• Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • Somerset • BA12BW or
email: amformat@futurenet.co.uk
- putting 'Mailbag' in the subject line.
I’m sure that I’m not the only Afreader who wouldn’t object to a price rise. The people who moan about the price going up should consider that if Future were to decide that Afwas no longer profitable, it would fold.
I would personally much rather pay more than pay nothing. Besides since Cufolded I (and all the other Amiga owners that I know) have had the £6 I used to spend on it burning a hole in my pocket anyway.
John Monks via email Well, we’ve certainly had a few floppy issue buyers complaining that the price rise for them has been quite steep (the floppy price is now the same as the CD at £5.99), but as we’ve explained, the floppy issue actually costs us more money to produce than the CD one does. As always, subscription is the answer. Even if you were still paying £4.50 for the floppy issue, the price of £29.95for twelve issues is still a significant saving.
HTML PEDANT I’m writing in relation to the HTML tutorial in AF121 (March 1999) relating to tables. In that article, it was stated that: “ TR and TD are somewhat unusual in that thev don’t need J corresponding TR and TD tags.
TD is assumed closed when the next TD or TR is found. TR is closed Long letters with loads of points.
Complaints that AFCDFind and AFCDView don't work without any info as to why.
Your missives on why company X should port their latest PSX PC title to the Amiga.
Letters asking for Richard's job.
Technical questions which should be addressed to Workbench.
At the next TR or TABLE ”. I’d like to point out that this isn’t strictly true. Under HTML 4 specifications, both the TD and TR tags are required. This may seem pedantic, but Mioiovffcw Wane ’Brail WS58B&:------
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tD.uk • ~ ... .. m -o We make our tutorials as accurate as
possible, but any corrections or extra tips for readers are
always appreciated - thanks, Rajnish!
What you want to see in OS3.5. Whether you'll pay a deposit for one of phase 5's new accelerators.
Your ideas for the shape of the Amiga's future.
General questions you want answered (not technical ones - that's what Workbench is for!).
Although Amiga browsers may display tables without the closing tags, Netscape browsers on other platforms are notoriously fussy about table layout and won’t display tables if the dosing tags aren’t in place.
If you’re designing web pages that you know will be used only by Amiga browsers, then by all means leave off the TD and TR tags, but if designing for the outside world, or if you want as large an audience as possible, then it’s prudent to add the closing tags - if you don’t, you’ll lose a large potential audience.
Also, don’t assume that just because you’re designing a web page relating to the Amiga it’ll only be read by Amiga browsers. Many people, including myself, get Internet access on Pcs from work or university, so non-Amiga browsers may read your page.
Rajnish Bhaskar via email 1 Yes Virginia, there is Quake for Amiga;"11 S&blTlll® Online by a 1998 ROUND 'EM UP As a regular or occasional feature for the magazine, I think round-up type reviews would be a worthwhile addition.
I would find the options for adding a graphics card to an A1200 useful too - as far as I can tell, these are Ateo bus, Pixel 64, phase 5 PPC, Bvision, Zlll or Picasso CyberVision64.
Possible future options would be interesting, such as the BoXeR and what graphics card options that will have.
Smaller round-ups on scandoublers flicker fixers and IDE interfaces would make me subscribe right away!
Finally, a small gripe about the otherwise good cover CD: the Napalm demo complains about a lack of memory on my 10Mb A1200, and it would have been good to have had the hardware requirements printed in the magazine.
Dan Pidcock via email Round-ups are very nice to do, but also time-consuming and take up a lot of space in our office. Even so, we'll endeavour to do more of them. You're quite right about Napalm's requirements - we were under the impression that since the game's been talked about for quite some time, and the fact that it needs 16l lb RAM was quite well- known, we wouldn't need to repeat it.
However, you're still right. Sorry!
Napalm needs a top spec machine to run at its best, as you probably already know.
YOU GET NOWT FOR FREE A word of warning about Freeserve.
Like many, I signed up thanks to the articles in Amiga Format, and now run three websites from Freeserve.
However, about 80% of calls fail to connect, and I don’t mean you get the engaged tone - if only you did.
The phone is answered, the modem whirrs away, but all in vain. Yet another 5p down the drain and more endless hours of frustration as I try desperately to update a page on one of the websites (and I’m talking about seriously off- peak times as well, so it can’t be because of demand!).
Naturally I blamed my Amiga, Miami, Voyager, the phone line, everything, until I signed up with Free4All as well and found the joy of instant access every time.
The problem is, I’m stuck with Freeserve because of the amount of work I’ve put into setting up and publicising the websites. Regrettably, it seems Freeserve won’t allow you to ftp into your webspace from other ISPs.
I’m not a happy bunny - it’s not free if you waste hundreds of 5ps getting nowhere.
Jonathan Hayles Hayes You ’re not the only one to write to us about Freeserve’s poor service - we’ve had a number of complaints. Fd say you gel what you pay for, but Free4all certainly seems to be very popular among Amiga users, perhaps because they offer specific Amiga technical support. Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that Freeserve is several times bigger.
GAME TUTORIAL Why don’t you fatten AF up with a tutorial section, maybe one dedicated to trying to improve the Reader Games?
I mean, people can program, draw, make music, etc, but you haven’t told them how to put this all together into a wonderful game. You keep saying that gameplay is the most important part of a computer game.
In this tutorial series, one month you might show us how to do an effective control system, the next month how to make good “interactive” sound and music, the next month how to reward the player.
It’s no good working laboriously through 100 levels, just to have a boring screen with “Congratulations!” written on it. Just a thought.
David Thomsen Wanganui, New Zealand It’s a good thought, and something we’ll be addressing, but we can’t fatten the mag that Snippets I seem to remember in a previous issue one of your readers wanted a program that could decode morse code into text. Well, I've written a program that is able to do this and, along with its source code, it's Peter Gordon via email I have a suggestion to make about your scoring system. Could you please go back to the old methods of scoring instead of those plus minus points?
You could replace the spots with stars to make it look a little more modern.
Danny Shephard via email I'd like to ask why you want stars instead of spots and why you want the old scoring system back since you give no reasons. We're even thinking of getting rid of scores entirely in the future, so write in and let us know what you think about that.
Way. As I’ve said before, the only way to even keep the magazine as fat as it is is to make sure that there are enough advertisers advertising since there’s a direct correlation between the number of adverts and the size of the magazine.
I was thinking that an HTML version of AF would be a great idea. Charge £5.99 and the all new Amiga Format CD-ROM Magazine will be the first CD mag from Future Publishing. You won’t need AF in paper form any more and people would have to upgrade their computers in order to view the CD mag.
It would be much better than the paper form and with a great HTML design it would be the future - who wants piles of magazines, wasting trees and destroying the ozone layer?
Continued overleaf SHARE YOUR VIEWS (T- 4" The computer was meant to be the paperless office, but we seem to be wasting more paper than ever! You could also have an online magazine, like Future Gamer, although that would be restricted solely to those with Internet access. I would be happy to pay for a version of AF on CD only. It would also save on printing, colour, duplication and packaging costs.
The future of all magazines should lie in the CD-ROM HTML format, and a demo version cut down on the Internet so people will know what they’re buying and the paperless office will be here.
This is my vision of the future and I can’t wait for it to be implemented - let’s be the first to do it and watch everyone else copy us again.
Kevin Sapwell West Croydon NAPALM HELP script to be executed instead of my startup-sequence if I ran Napalm because the included Napalm.Boot didn't work. Here is the script that I used: This is very urgent because it concerns Napalm. I got this by pre-ordering it, and it's amazing. However, I had to write a C:List NIL: DEVS:Monitors -( ?.info IVGAOnly) TO T:M LFORMAT "DEVS:Monitors %sB Execute T:M C:Delete NIL: T:M EndlF Resident Execute REMOVE Resident Assign REMOVE system:wbstartup noclick quiet cd Games: napalm assign napalm: n" assign napalm: cdO: add assign exec: exec assign missions:
missions assign fonts: fonts assign libs: libs add assign store: store assign setup: setup assign units: units execute napalm run NIL: No_Happy C:SetPatch QUIET c:newWPA8 QUIET RUN NIL: C: copymemquicker QUIET C:WFV NIL: RUN NIL: C:LowFrag C:Version NIL: C:AddBuffers NIL: DFO: 20 FailAt 21 c:makedir RAM:T RAM:Clipboards makedir ram:env assign env: ram:env Resident NIL: C.-Assign PURE Resident NIL: C:Execute PURE BindDrivers C:Mount NIL: DEVS:DOSDrivers -( ?.info) IF EXISTS DEVS:Monitors IF EXISTS DEVS:Monitors VGAOnly DEVS:Monitors VGAOnly EndlF Hope this helps people. You made a
serious mistake in your review as you said it couldn't work well on anything less then an '030 50 on Low Res, but I have an 18Mb A4000 with a PicassoiV (and Zip, CD, etc), and it only has an '030 25 and Napalm runs brilliantly on a High Res Picasso screen. I also tried it on a High Res screen (not Picasso), and okay, it was a little slow, but it ran really fast on Low Res.
I'm not sure saying that you should run in Low Res on an '030 was a serious mistake as most people won't have a graphics card to use it with, but I'm glad it runs okay on your machine.
Saying that it won't work on lower than an *030 50 might stop people from buying Napalm and they'll miss out on a very good game.
Might be worth mentioning this as well. Oh, last little bit
- I've been reading your mag since it was STIAmiga Format I think
I still have the 6th issue of that! Keep up the good work.
Other Future mags have been on CD-only - SFX springs to mind for a start - but they’ve never proved too popular and I must say that the Amiga is probably one of the worst computers to do it for - how would you read it on the train, or under your desk at work ?
It’s okay for the PC or Mac because there are laptops versions of those machines that could be used at a pinch, but it wouldn’t be ideal for our platform.
Re: the Amiga logo. The Amiga tick is the Amiga and really demonstrates the AGA capabilities of the Amiga and should stay. But isn’t the boing ball even older and didn’t it cause a real stir in the computer world all those years ago?
However, you’ve answered your own question by showing the tick and ball on the April’s Mailbag pages. It looks good and I think we should adopt that configuration as the official Amiga logo. It looks great - better than a half eaten apple or a wavy window.
So how about one of your clever people producing a nice animated .gif of the tick and rotating ball? If you do, why not put it on Afs website for us lesser mortals to nick and use on our own websites? Size? The size in the mag looks about right. Go on, do it anyway.
Jim Buckley via email Remember that this is only the logo for the current Amiga range - the new Amiga will probably have a completely different one. As for the tick demonstrating AGA, I’m not so sure. The tick logo was used on the earliest Amiga materials and may even pre-date the boing ball.
CD WOES Having recently invested in a CD- ROM drive, I now find difficulty in using it and find there are messages that I don’t understand and references to software that mean little to me.
One of the best things you ever produced was AF9, Format Special, which was a guide to the mysteries of the Amiga - ‘A1200 secrets revealed’. You might consider a similar issue now, or if that’s not possible, maybe a series of articles on CD-ROMs, etc,
- not technically what they do, but what you need to know to make
use of them.
Many articles assume people understand what may be simple terms like ‘patches’ or references to ‘PP’, which some of us may find gobbledigook!
RonaldJ. Wylie Kirkcaldy If you send a letter to Workbench that actually explains the problem you ’re having, we may be able to help you.
Without a printed manual. Where do these people get their prices from?
The PC and the Mac have some excellent commercial CAD programs at around a third of the cost. This raises the question of the Amiga’s viability in any future serious software market.
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DRAWING A BLANK I’ve had my Amiga for many anrl rtoxr = Pvr Q n r many years ago ror Lazarus Engineering’s Design Works. Is this software still available r fherp a similar nrncrram as Cycas £78- 3 toft, DXF 3 31-so** Prefers 3-to°d 3 -Sove Scofc=
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We seem to be pretty well covered in all areas of software for the Amiga except one, and that’s for CAD, or more specifically, architectural design and drawing programs. As such, I was more than delighted to see your inclusion of the Cycas demo in AF121. As you so rightly pointed out, the Amiga-styled interface was a bit of a letdown, but that’s something one could live with.
What I found so disappointing was the general awkwardness of the whole program and the rather poor content of the demo. I won’t go into detail but suffice to say that I though it’d be worth around £30. Shock and horror when I saw that £100 was being asked for the full registered package, and that’s Cycas is a good CAD program, but it does have limitations. Let us know if you think other serious software on the Amiga is overpriced.
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£m J:TeKt Room jt Poftsfn JC- IflMt m Drovino 3 -Leo* i -Scve A COUPLE OF POINTS Just a couple of points. First, think carefully: if the new Amiga can emulate Pcs and Macs so easily, what’s to stop people just using them as a cheap alternative to a PC? People might not write Amiga-specific software if they can write PC software and sell to a much larger market. Secondly, I noticed that when Sensible Soccer was released on the PlayStation it was compared to more modern soccer games and given low ratings. I just hope you won’t be as biased as this. Obviously a game, whether released 10 years
ago, today, or in 10 years’ time, is still the same game, and should get the same ratings whenever it was released.
For example, if Rainbow Islands was released today on some new console, it should still get the same ratings as it did all those years ago.
David Thomsen New Zealand Marketing may have a few copies of it. Draw Studio is far better, although it’s probably not being developed any longer because of the lack of response from users. We had a demo of it on our CD some time ago - go to AFCD32 and look in the +Syste?n+ tools drawer.
You ’re quite right. Solid PC emulation might be as much of a millstone as a boon, but as long as there are hundreds of millions of new Amiga users, do we really care that they ’re using MS products to start with ? Surely they’ll see the light when they start using really good Amiga software. On your other i vc iid.u my mmgd iujl ma years and have expanded it to meet the growing requirements over the years. I’m now in need of a structured drawing package. I came across a demo many years ago for Lazarus Fncrinpprincr’s Wnrkx Yes it’s still available, although it’s not very good. I think Epic
Marketing may have a few ~ or is there a similar program as I seem to have drawn a blank?
Mr. B. Skinner Norwich I was unlucky enough to have my music collection stolen a few years ago and have been slowly rebuilding it ever since. I visited the Virgin and HMV megastores on Oxford Street this week trying to find some Cds and was disheartened to find that the ones I wanted are now deleted from their catalogues and are therefore unavailable. I then had an idea.
This artist is popular in the USA and AF ran a feature on online shopping recently. Hmm. A quick visit to CDNow and I've ordered everything I was after. Thanks for the article, Ben.
Oov s via email point, I can agree to a certain extent in that it’s the gameplay that really counts, not the look of the game, but apparently Sensiri still a bit of a dog on the PlayStation anyway.
Likewise, if there was an updated Rainbow Islands and it offered the same 2D platform action, it could be compared, except for the fact that people might feel a bit gipped if they only got about a meg’s worth of game for 40 quid. The fact is that these days people really do expect nice intros and 3D graphics throughout the game, so comparing the two is somewhat unrealistic.
Finally, this month’s AFCD features a cracking tune by Apex, created entirely on Amigas. Unfortunately, we lost your letter, so please write in again for the next issue!
Meanwhile, have a listen the song can be found on AFCD 40.
STOLEN MUSIC Never mind the Pollocks •:: Amiga artwork indeed.
Planewing by Mark Moran Again, Mark doesn't send us a readme file to accompany his ragtag mix of pictures and animations, so we can't say what they were produced with, but his plane wing image does at least take a slightly different view of a plane than the ones we normally get in The Gallery.
Abstractc and Mother Nature 2 by Graham Chestney Graham doesn't mention TVPaint, but the bubbles in Abstractc look remarkably like those produced by that great program. His Mother Nature 2 image seems to use the woman from the Newtek demo-reel 1, plus a VistaPro rendered image composited in Photogenics with some of its filters added.
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 this address: The Gallery, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW. Please make sure you include the reader warrant from the CD pages in this mag.
Want to spice your Workbench up? Add more flexibility to your requestors? HkxdO ffiffladJcixo) presents AF's indispensable collection of Workbench enhancements.
Workbench Keyboard control of ARQ is easy and several keyboard shortcuts are available to make your life easy. For example, pressing the “ESC” key will cancel the current requestor which, you must agree, is much easier to use than the default Workbench Left-Amiga-B combination.
Should your requestors come up with more than two buttons to press, ARQ also allows you to use function keys to select buttons. Pressing FI will activate the left hand button in the requestor, F2 will activate the button to the right of it and so on.
CYCLETOIVlEWy CycleToMenu is a simple commodity that turns the standard Workbench cycle gadgets into popup menus, making the selection of nested options much faster and more efficient. Now you no longer need to step one by one through seemingly endless options - just click on the first option and hey presto! A list with all the available options pops up ready for you to select your choice.
Installation is easy - just copy CycleToMenu to your WBStartup drawer or, if this is too hard for you, an installation script is also provided.
ARQ ARQ is perhaps more of a cosmetic improvement than an essential “can’t live without” Workbench enhancement, but don’t let this fool you - ARQ has loads of nifty little features that will soon become a much- used part of your Workbench sessions.
ARQs main aim in life is to enhance the look and feel of your Workbench requestors. Once ARQ is running, which is simply a matter of copying the ARQ icon to your WBSTARTUP drawer and rebooting, Workbench's boring old requestors are replaced with the much improved ARQ requestors.
Rung to life and he animated picture of a floppy drive with a disk sliding in... The first difference you’ll notice is that requestors no longer pop up in the top left of your Workbench screen; they now pop up in the centre, which effectively makes them easier to get to.
Then the big difference - your requestors are now animated! No longer do you have to look at a little window that simply states that you have no disk in dfO:. Your requestor has now sprung to life and has an animated picture of a floppy drive with a disk sliding in and out of it.
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Input Output Lena MUI.MCX Preta MAGICMENU Bored with Workbench's black on white flat-looking menus?
Sick of having to go right to the top of your Workbench to select a menu item? If you can answer yes to either of these, you should really give MagicMenu a test drive.
In its basic form, MagicMenu replaces the standard Workbench menus with much more flexible and better looking 3D menus. If the ability to have your menus pop-up anywhere on the screen with the simple click of a mouse button, and the ability select your menu's colour scheme, is something that appeals to you, MagicMenu is the answer.
811:jiff e borders: _j OprtyfrntnosoroundmenuttmBs: vj MagicMenu at work. Look at those groovy grey menus complete with sexy drop shadows. The MagicMenu preferences allow you to tweak settings to your heart's content.
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allowing yourself to add new keyboard shortcuts to your menus.
POWERSNAP This is a really useful little utility, written by Nico Francis, perhaps more famous for his Powerpacker series of programs. It allows you to use the mouse to mark characters anywhere on the screen and paste them somewhere else; for example, into the CLI, text documents or even into string gadgets.
We all have loads of stuff in our WBStartup drawer, don't we? One program to do this, another to do that, one to blank your screen and perhaps even another one to do something else. This is all very well but having so many programs running isn't very efficient, it slows your system down and probably wastes loads of your system's resources into the bargain. One possible solution to this problem would be to use MultiCX.
MultiCX can do this, that, blank your screen and lots of something elses! For starters, if I told you that MultiCX has screen blankers, could accelerate your mouse and cycle your screens, you'd probably be interested. Then if I told you that it could also automatically activate your last used window, control window movement and blank your mouse pointer, you'd be a little more interested.
Finally, if I told you that it could dose zoom windows, flush your Amiga's memory and display a menu of all current public screens, allowing you to quickly jump to them, you should only want to do one thing - install it!
MAGIC FILE REQUESTER Without realising it, you’ll probably find that file requestors are probably the most used part of the Amiga operating system. Every time you load or save a file, up pops a file requestor. Go on, give it a try - load your favourite paint program, draw a few lines on the screen and then select “Save” from the file menu (sometimes called project menu) and see what happens. If everything has gone to plan, a file requestor should be staring you in the face. Now that you have the requestor open, save your picture file in RAM: and call it “fred.iff’. Now that Fred.iff is
residing in RAM: draw a few more lines on the picture (or circles if you’re feeling adventurous) and select “Save” again. When the requestor pops up, try saving your new picture as “fred.iff’ again. Oops! It already exists, doesn’t it? Let’s say that you want to keep your original “fred.iff’ picture. You could cancel the requestor and select “Save As” from the menu, but wouldn’t it be easier to open a menu and select “File Rename” to rename your original “fred.iff’ to “fred_old.iff”’ and then save your new picture as “fred.iff’?
MULTICX2 If scanty menus appear when you have your file requestor open and you click your right mouse button, you’re not using Magic File Requester (MFR), are you?
It doesn’t stop there. As well as the ability to create new directories, MFR adds a whole host of other features to your file requestors, including such things as search for files, copy, rename, delete, sorting and so on. As if this wasn’t enough, MFR also allows you to change the requestor’s font and even customise the layout and position of the requestor. Let MFR pop up on a screen near you soon and you won’t regret it.
IREfCEYIT This is a simple utility that allows you to change the keyboard shortcuts for the items in your Workbench menus, even allowing you to add shortcuts to the items in your Workbench's “Tools” menu. If you ever wanted to format a floppy with a single keystroke, you can now. Set up couldn’t be easier too - all you have to do is double click on the install icon, wait a few seconds and then run the new MenuPrefs icon in your prefs drawer.
Let’s say that you found Powersnap so useful that you decided to write Nico a letter to thank him. You find his address in the readme file but need to transfer it to the top of your Wordworth document.
You could memorise it line by line and then type it in, or you could hit your left Amiga key, select the text block with your left mouse button, flick over to your Wordworth document, hit the Left Amiga key again and paste it into place with your right mouse button. I know which one makes more sense to me.
WBSTARTUP+V2.8 If you’ve ever had conflicts between programs that are run from your WBStartup drawer, you’ll know what a hassle it can be to disable these programs one by one while trying to establish which ones are conflicting.
Once installed, WBStartup+ creates two drawers within your WBStartup directory. WBStartup (Enabled) is where all the programs that you want to run are stored, while WBStartup (Disabled) is where all the programs that you don’t want to run are stored.
The “disabled” drawer is also handy for storing the readme files associated with the startup programs. Anyway, apart from tidying up your WBStartup drawer, WBStartup+ allows you to enable or disable individual programs via hotkeys, or, should you wish, disable all programs.
SWAZINFO Swazlnfo replaces Workbench's icon information window, the one that pops up when you single click on an icon and select “Information” from the Workbench “Icons” menu. The new Swazlnfo window retains all the previous information and options but adds many improvements and new features. The best of these is the App window where you can simply drag and drop an icon from your Workbench to replace the icon image of the currently selected icon. It should be noted that Swazlnfo doesn’t work correctly with Newlcons.
If your system’s icons need sorting, you couldn’t go far wrong by giving Swazlnfo a whirl. & Bored with waiting for that file to copy or download?
You need SdwdD ffiffladfexD's guide to the best multitasking Workbench games around.
¦ « «« TCQO.- the left mouse button will increment all tiles in that tile’s row and column up by one. Any tile incremented past 5 will return to 1. The aim of the game is simple - all you need to do is fill the grid with l’s. Easy, eh?
DELUXE POKER Here’s a great Workbench version of the age-old card game of Poker. There’s little point in explaining the rules since you’ll all probably know already. Deluxe Poker follows all the standard rules so the better your hand the more you’ll win. Get yourself a Royal Flush and you’ll win fifty times your original stake!
Deluxe Poker uses the MUI interface so if you haven’t installed it yet and you like playing Poker, perhaps now' is the time to do so.
Games with flashy multi-coloured graphics are all well and good but they aren’t normally multitasking. What happens if your Amiga is busy doing something and you fancy a game of something while you’re waiting? Here’s Amiga Format’s indispensable step by step collection of multitasking Workbench games.
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With up to eight players, it runs in one (and multiple) full-colour Workbench windows, has sound effects for most key events and even has a log file so you can easily resolve any player disputes.; , .
If you’re a fan of Monopoly and have some friends with nothing better to do, you really should give this game a whirl. Perhaps the only downfall with HBMonopoly is that you can’t cheat, so forget it if you’re one of those despicable characters who “borrows” money from the bank when nobody is looking.
Same learn and offers challenge without being hard and frustrating.. 521 On first appearance 521 looks really easy, but after a few seconds you’ll soon realise that it’s a deceptively difficult game to play. On starting the game you’re presented with the main menu where you can choose which level to play - at this stage I’d recommend that you swallow your pride and start with easy peasy. You’re then presented with a 3x3 grid filled with numbers ranging from one to five. Clicking on a tile with HBMONOPOLY Perhaps one of the most popular board games of all time, Monopoly springs to life on your
Workbench. The aim of the game is simple - you just buy, rent or sell properties so profitably that you force your opponents into bankruptcy.
Starting from “Go”, players move round the board in a clockwise direction, according to the throw of the dice. The object of owning property is to collect rent from opponents, which is greatly increased by the erection of houses and hotels.
During the game’s progression, players may land on Community Chest and Chance squares, where they collect a card and then follow that card’s instructions.
HBMonopoly supports gameplay HEXAGONS Hexagons is a variant of the classic Tetris game where you have to quickly place pieces into the best position to complete or fill the gaps in the bottom of your playing field. As the pieces are falling you have control of their left and right movement, along with their rotation. Once you’ve completely filled BLACKJACK2 This is an Amiga Workbench version of the card game Blackjack, or Pontoon to us English folk. Most of you will already know how to play but the aim of the game is basically to score more points than the dealer, without scoring more than 21
points. Points are gained by adding up the values of the cards which you're dealt.
To make things more interesting, a bet is placed on each hand. Full instructions can be found in the author's readme file.
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Score: 8022 Delay: 9908 Target disjoin device OF® :inae or If you've never seen or played Arcanoid, you've probably just got a computer and have spent your life sleeping with your head out of the window. There have been countless clones and variations of this game and if you don't know why, stick your head back out the window. Arcanoid is quite simply one of the most addictive games ever devised. The aim is simple - just stop the ball from getting past you while trying to bounce the ball off your "bat" in order to destroy all the bricks above you.
As you destroy bricks, certain bonus letters drop down, giving you various features to make your life a little easier. If you manage to collect these letters, not forgetting to bounce the ball up the screen at the same time, you're awarded with such funky things as glue, slow downs and hardballs. If you have a few minutes spare, give MiniArcanoid a try, but be prepared to lose a few hours.
A line at the bottom of your playing field, the line will be automatically removed and the whole process starts again. The more lines you can get removed, the more points you gain.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you’re an experienced Tetris player you’ll probably like this variation. If you’re new to Tetris, this is one of the easiest routes to get the Tetris bug.
The game is controlled via the keyboard or a joystick. On the keyboard, the left cursor key moves the piece left, the right cursor key moves the piece right, the up cursor key rotates the piece clockwise and the down cursor key MINIARCANOID rotates the piece anti-clockwise. One nice feature of this version of Tetris is that it has many preference options where you can control such things as the speed of the game, the task priority and even the level that you want to start with.
SHUFFLE Based loosely on the Puzzle theme, Shuffle is a small game that makes a copy of your Workbench screen, splits it up in a number of pieces, cuts out one piece and then shuffles the other pieces by moving them around. Your task is simple
- just put the pieces in order again by moving them around.
Messing up your WB is just a click away.
TARGET If you’re in need of sharpening your reflexes or need to give your left-mouse- button finger a good workout, Target could be your answer. On clicking on Target’s icon, a window opens up and little men (presumably baddies) start popping up, one at a time, all over the SSSISift _ I1*-* BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... 3 When asked for the Source disk, insert your write-protected Coverdisk and press Return. All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter O), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: . Roc ess 4 8: diskcopy from dfB; to df8: Insert disk to copy from SOURCE disk) in device OF® Press RETURN to begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: Iboot up with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
DISKCOPY PROM DPO: TO DFO: PUZZLE There's not much to say about Puzzle, really. In its standard form. Puzzle presents you with a grid of 4x4 squares containing 15 numbered squares and one space.
The idea is to use your mouse and click on individual numbered squares to arrange them in the right order from the top left.
Number 1 needs to be placed in the top left square and the number 2 square need to be placed to the right of it and so on. That's the easy bit.
If the easy bit is too easy for you, why not make things a little harder? Hitting your keyboard's space bar presents you with Puzzle's preference screen where you can play with the various options. Here you can change the default font, alter the size of the pieces and, should you wish, cause your brain to totally melt down by creating a 12x12 grid... Sure, the standard ; game is easy, but this version certainly isn't.
Place. Your aim (no pun intended) is simple - shoot the little men. This sounds easy, but try it for yourself and see how good you really are. I set the delay to its longest and still had a hard time getting a decent score.
WBRAIN Wbrain is a game in which you’re given a randomly generated pattern which you must reproduce by choosing a correct order of moves. Moves are made by clicking on empty squares. The game is fairly easy to learn and offers enough of a challenge without being too hard and frustrating to complete.
WINTRIS_V1.21 To round up the games disk this month, here’s another Tetris variant with lots of neat features. It’s great at multitasking so you can have a few games while you’re backing up (you do backup on a regular basis, don’t you?). It’ll work on all Amigas using Workbench 2 or above, has its own preferences window and even has a saveable high score list. *2?
4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the Destination disk.
Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
Ew She11 process A .HB3.e: diskcopy from df®: to .Ji ' disk to copy from (SOURCE disk) in device RETURN to begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: DF® ig cylinder 79, « to_go __ ... . .
¦Wo copy t to continue or CTRL-C to aberlf t o go Verifying cylinder 79, 8 ,«: endcil 5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks.
Finally, type endcli to close down the Shell.
We take every care to test the Coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back, with 2x26p stamps and an SAE to: Amiga Format (insert name of disk) TIB PLC • UNIT 5 • TRIANGLE BUSINESS PARK • PENTREBACH • MERTHYR TYDFIL • CF48 4YB If there is a manufacturing error then the stamps will be returned with a replacement disk.
Can you really believe that this is our fortieth cover disc? Time really does fly... (HteGostid] ©[jOTmniDo tours the latest, i¦ ¦ mmmm i To tie in with this month’s Games Disk theme, the ScreenPlay section on the CD is packed with dozens of OS-friendlv games.
WeSTEROIDS 1.6 “§grgs»p!ay- SKareware WBSieroi!i§ The is a stylish conversion of that old vector graphics coin-op classic, Asteroids.
The gameplay has been updated and so have the visuals, featuring colour, resizable graphics and animation. But best of all, it’s highly configurable and will run quite happily in a window on your Workbench screen.
Ps; AFCD40 includes even more improvements. If you click on the ¦ Ben_Speaks! Icon this month we hope you'll receive a pleasant surprise. The HTML pages have been significantly redesigned and are now much more colourful. The digests of the afb mailing list have also been converted to HTML to make browsing them easier.
Other changes include the updating of AFCDFind and AFCDPrefs to show the difference between keyword and filename searches for AFCDFind, and to recognise PDF files.
WHAT'S NEW This drawer is aubdvided into further categories to make finding The new bright and sunny pages on AFCD40, just in time for summer.
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This is what games were like when I were a lad. 3D textured-mapped graphics? Bah!
- Scfeeipiai-ZSiiargisare Biamoiideafes Who remembers Boulderdash
on the Commodore 64? It was a simple yet conversion with loads
of new features. It multitasks happily and will run in the
screenmode of your choice, even on RTG screens. The
unregistered version of Diamond Caves features 50 levels and a
MX 7-based level editor.
F * -Vf * ri fA mmb fiendishly addictive game which has often been copied but seldom bettered.
Diamond Caves by Peter Elzner is an up-to-date Amiga Shareware MANIAC BALL ¥1.5 ~Screenplay- $ ftareware ManiacBall Maniac Ball is again a Shareware release Yet more nostalgia with this Boulderdash spin-off.
Breakout: possibly the most cloned game ever.
The Reader Stuff r I section of the 1 CD is far too fjjjy- been able to include I .
Less than 10Mb of your contributions and this simply isnT good enough!
Having said that, the winner this month for the best contribution is Chris Haynes. His entry, or indeed entries, lack something in originality but he nevertheless wins the prize for the solid execution of his ideas.
Launcher 1.8 is a configurable button bank menu tool for launching applications from the Workbench. Cookies is yet another widget for displaying fortunes at random, and last but not least, WBColony plays a nice Workbench puzzle game.
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action - shame about the rather dull example.
- SereenglaHShareware Soiiton Kai Nickel’s Soliton is perhaps the
best- looking game of Solitaire you’ll ever play.
Or perhaps best-looking games, since it includes versions of Klondike (Sevens to us Brits) and FreeCell.
Both games employ MUI and the play area for each is realised with a specially written custom class; both feature customisable card sets and backgrounds, opaque card movements and many other options.
While away those lazy moments with a game of Soliton.
- Seriously Jimi9a- Prograffimin8 C vbcc VBCC is a free,
portable, retargetable ANSI C compiler. It will produce object
code for a variety of processors, including the m68K, PPC and
There are three Amiga versions supplied
- one to run on 68K machines, one to run under WarpOS and one for
PowerUp. This new release features better optimisations,
improved support libraries and the ability to generate either
PowerUp or WarpOS executables.
- Seriously „Amiga~ ftrcbivers xati
- Seriously„Ami8a- Arehivers xdms The xadmaster.library is a
shared library system which attempts to provide a common
interface for the unpacking of the wide variety of different
file and disk archive formats commonly in use. It’s similar in
concept to the xpkmaster system which functions only on data
streams. Supported archive formats currendy include LZX, TAR,
and DMS.
The de facto standard for the compressing of Amiga floppy disks is DMS (the Disk Masher). Unfortunately, there have been no tools on other platforms for the handling of DMS archives, which is a real pain for UAE users, for example. Enter XDMS, a Freeware, portable tool for the unpacking of .dms files.
Amiga, Linux i386 ELF and MS- DOS binaries have been provided.
- Seriously jmiga- Shareware IW8 W8dePro ModePro is a powerful
screenmode promotion and public screen manager utility. It lets
you force all those user- unfriendly programs that open custom
screens but don’t allow you to configure the screenmode to open
in the mode of your choice. It also permits you to define a
list of public screens which your Amiga can then open and close
as required. It’s especially handy for Continued overleaf 4
AUDIO TRACKS We have two Amiga-related sound tracks on AFCD40
for your aural delectation. The first, by Apex, is called
Cyclemania and was produced wholly on Amigas. The second, from
the soundtrack to the forthcoming game FUBAR, is rather
uninspiringly titled Strategy Music 3 and is by Will Morton.
HlthejMag- ihxPPG [ In response to the many j requests received in the past i we've finally included LinuxAPUS on this month's coverdisc. This is for all of you who feel that their PowerUp cards aren't being | exercised enough.
What we have here is the PowerUp Linux kernel and a | partial distribution of the | PPC port of Redhat Linux 5.0. The packages provided include the full base install, full X Windows install, Netscape Communicator, Gimp and KDE Desktop Environment.
In must be j noted, however, that LinuxAPUS is I still at an experimental stage of development.
Amiga Format cannot offer any technical support on its installation or use.
convincing old software to run on an RTG screen, or for those of you who don’t have a loKHz- capable monitor.
Screens that are to be promoted can be matched on either screenmode, screen name or program name (of the opener). ModePro permits the coercion of nearly all aspects of OS screens. You may select the target screenmode, depth, palette, overscan type, system font, default pens, etc; hotkeys may be assigned to screens, custom screens forced to become public and any screen may be given a default backdrop pattern. DISCLAIMER This AFCD has been thoroughly scanned and tested at all stages of production. We recommend that you always run a virus checker on ANY software before running it. Future
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Gooch World Cricket, 8.99 Gulp .....4.99 Gunship 2000 12.99 Hillsea Lido **£. 8.99 lmperator(1.5Mb hd), 14.99 Impossible Mission 4.99 international Golf ; .,3.99 Kick Off 2 .....2.99 Kids Rule OK 1 or 2 8.99 Lemmings ....3.9?
“Lost on Parrot Island.,£7.99 Magicland Dizzy 3.99 Master Axe .£7.99 Max Raily (2Mb) ..14.99 DISK GAMES Cannon Fodder 1 or 2,,8.99 Championship Chaii 14.99 Rise of the Robots ecs„4.99 Road Rash ...8.99 Robocod James Pond 2,2.99 Rugby League Coach .:,.2.99 Sci-Fi Collection ,...4.99 . Sensible Golf 8.99 Silent Service 2 .....17.99 Simon the Sorcerer,„,.12.99 Skidmarks,,, ,.2.99 Soccer Team Manager .,4.99 Snapperazzi .4.99 Special Forces ...8.99 Speedbali 2.99 Sporting Spectacular .,12.99 Street Fighter 2 .....12.99 Suburban
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* AUSTRALIA +61 AmigaTech Australia, 17 Thompson Circuit, Mill
Park, Melbourne, 3082, Victoria.
® 03 9436 5555, fax 03 9436 9935, email LfiQQLauor visit Stocks all Amiga products, including a new A4000 tower and the latest products from phase 5.
Amiga Innovations, P.O. Box 114 Osborne Park, Western Australia, 6917.
S fax 08 9349 0889, mobile 0408 929827. Email i or visit Provides Amiga software and hardware support and stocks all new Amiga hardware and software.
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.
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 a range of hardware and software and also offers an Amiga repair service.
Point Design, Jurgen Schober, Muchargasse 35 1 4. A- 8010 Graz.
® 0316 684809, fax 0316 684839, email office@pointdesipn.com for questions about products and support, or order@pointdesiqrLCQm to order a product.
| BELGIUM +32 AFI (Applications 8c Formations Informatiques), Clos Del 'Me 21, 4431 Loncin (Liege).
® 4239 0093, fax 4239 0224, email mfo.ongmam@.gicasi.i§ Can provide help on most serious subjects. Stocks the full Amiga range with a good selection of second-hand hardware. Aminet Cds are also available, as well as the most commonly used Amiga applications.
Click!, Boomsesteen Weg 468, B-2610, Wilrijk.
® 3828 1815.
Amiga Service, Rue Du Nord, 93, 6180 Courcelles.
® 71 458244.
Stocks PD disks, CD-ROMs, software, hardware and offers services like scanning, hard drive recovery and laser printing.
Amiga City, Avenue du Prince, Heritier, 176, 1200 Brussels.
® 2736 6111.
Generation Amiga, Rue de 1’ Eglise 22, 1200 Brussels.
® 2538 9360.
Digital Precision, Chaussee de Jette, 330, 1090 Brussels.
® 2426 0504.
? CANADA National Amiga, 111 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario, N6B 2M4. ® 519 858 8760. Visit http7 v y w.nationakmtasJ£Qm Stocks all Amiga products, full line, Amiga dealer and service centre.
Betafon ApS, Gylden Lovesgade 2,1369 Kobenhan K. ® 3314 1233, email info@betafon.dk or visit http www.tefojLdk 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.
+358 Broadline Oy. « 09 8747 900, email bmlingf-dlfiJ.
Broadware Oy. ® 09 7001 8580, visit Sells a good range of accelerators and other items of hardware.
Gentle Eye Ky. « 03 363 0048, email The staff are very skilled and the shop stocks most new products.
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 tsunami@dlc.fi Video Spotronics Ky. ® 09 8735 435.
Offers a repair service.
| FRANCE +33 My gale, Boulevard Raimbaldi 31, 06000, Nice.
® fax 4 9313 0635.
Software Paradise, Rue de Lamouly 39, 64600 Anglet.
® 5 5957 2088, fax 5 5957 2087, visit htWAvww.Sfaradise.cpin Official MicroniK distributor.
Ateo Concepts, Le Plessis, 44220 Coueron, Nantes.
® 2 4085 3085, fax 2 4038 3321, visit http: ywAw.ateo--eoncepts.com. email info@ateo-concepts.CQfn 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 APS, Rue Louis Maurel 15, 13006, Marseille.
® 4- 910030 44, fax 4 9100 3043, visit http wvmaps.fi:.api@afisic Only sells quality products.
SL Diffusion, Route du General de Gaulle 22, 67300 Schiltigheim.
® 3 8862 2094, visit http-y 195.132.8,152 sld 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.
Phoenix-DP, BP 801, 64008 Pau Cedex.
® fax 5 5982 9500, visit http: www,phoen«rd£Lgem email phoenix@ciub-intemet.fr Stocks software and hardware for the Amiga, the PC and the Mac.
+49 GERMANY 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.
+98 Ganjineh Afzar Pooya, 30, Alley 4th, Abouzar Str., Seyed- Khandan, 16616 Tehran.
® 021 866755, email Sells most hardware and software.
| ITALY +39 Robymax, Via Varvariana, 14, 00133, Rome.
® 06 2042 7234, email robvmax@mciink.it Stocks a large selection of CD-ROMs, games and hardware.
Darkage Software, Via Cacciatori Delle, AlpI G5, 06049, Spoleto (PG).
® 0357 7710333, email datkape@ideaHa.ngt or visit http www.idsaiia.net dark33e Video titling programs, video games, produces and stocks Epic Marketing stuff.
Non Solo Soft, Casella Postale 63, 10023, Chieri.
® 011 9415237, email solo3@chierinetit Stocks a complete range of Amiga software and hardware.
WG Computers - Amiga Professional, via Raffaello Sanzio 128 - 50053 Empoli, Firenze. ® 0571 711512.
Sells all kinds of Amiga products, hardware, CD-ROMs, utilities, etc. +81 JAPAN Comi Ami, GCO Pre-Stage Miya, 4-5-6 Honjo Suhida-Ku, Tokyo.
® 33636 8471. Visit http: www.amiqa.CQ,M +31 NETHERLANDS Barlage-Denhaag, Rabarberstraat 142a, 2563 RP Den Haag, Holland.
« 070 448 0282, email barlaae@maiibox,hoLnl Hardware and software supplier.
AMIGA RETAILERS +64 Sells most Amiga products.
1 +47 +351 USA Computer City, Zebrastraat 7-9, NL 3064 LR, Rotterdam.
* 31 10 4517722, email HifoOcMttpdtv,nS Sells most Amiga products
and the staff are very helpful.
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 software.
Amigis, Spanjaardstraat 53, 4331 Ep, Middelburg.
* 011 062 5632, email Amiga hardware and software.
Audiovisual, Rua Maria Matos, 6 - C V Dta, 2675 Ramada.
Dealer distributor xuho promises best prices for hardware and software.
Data Kompaniet AS, Teknostallen-Prof, Brochsgt.B, N-7030, Trondheim. * 7354 0375.
All new products, very good support.
RUSSIAN FED. +7095 } j NORWAY NEW ZEALAND PORTUGAL Comp Karori, Karori Shopping Mall, Karori, Wellington.
* 0447 60212, fax 0447 69088, email safes@caropkarorlco.nz
Computer Cavern, 23 Hargs Arcade, Reading.
* 01889 583062.
Slocks second hand games.
Microgenics Systems, 202 Kimberworth Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
* 01709 512012.
Do repairs and upgrades, very helpful staff.
Computer and Games Exchange, 65 Notting Hill Gate, London.
* 0171 2211123.
Stocks second hand games.
Online PD, Unit 5, Embassy Building, 51a Piercefield Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 7DG.
* fax 01704 834335.
Stocks PD and commercial games, hardware, peripherals, storage units, blank disks, inkjet refills, etc, and some reconditioned hardware.
* 16 32 Systems, 173 High Street, Strood, Rochester, Kent.
* 01634 710788.
Stocks games plus new and used hardware, with a helpful staff.
Dr. Flay’s Amiga Clinic @ The Global Lounge, Unit 13, Lemon Street Market, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2NS.
* Fax: 01872 274037, email dr flavQhotmail.com or or visit 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 1 Sells a full range of Amigas.
Swops, Comer of Bold Street, Fleetwood.
* 01253 776977.
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. Customers can reserve games in advance.
Electronics Boutique, Gallowtree Gate, Leicester city centre.
Stocks most games, although it does tend to be a bit slow on new games.
Tech-Exchange, 3 Forest Road East, Nottingham, NG1 4HJ.
* 0115 9100077.
All Amiga products and a helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Vortex Services, 13-15 St. Michael’s Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancs, OL6 6LF.
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.
Computer Cavern (Capri CD Distribution), 9 Dean Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3AA. * 01628 891101.
Huge stock of Amiga games.
A. D.A. Computers, 11770 Stucki Road, Elberta, AL 36530.
* 334 986 8428, fax 334 986 6308, AmigaLine, Moscow, Zorge 6.
- 0-943 3941 or 943 3871, An Amiga-oriented computer shop.
Amiga Service, Office 309, Bumazhnaya Str 3, Sankt- Peterburg, 198020. * 812 1868842.
A1200 hardware.
S_j s +34 Club Byte, C D. Juan de Mena, 21 bajo Izq, 46008 Valencia.
* fax (96) 3921567.
;= s +46 Micsam, Box71, 23121 Trelleborg.
Stocks hardware and software and has a good online catalogue.
Vidamus Multimedia, Idrottsvagen 3, 915 31, Robertsfors.
* 0934 55533, fax 0934 55485.
Email jpfajfeadaflmai or visit http7 vm-w.vidamus.se Stocks a wide range of Amiga hardware, towers and serious software, including the official Swedish version o 'Final Writer.
Syscom, Kvarnplan 6, Jakobsberg.
* 08 5803 7300, fax 08 5803 7302. Visit Stocks Infinitiv towers,
phase 5 products and plenty of other hardware, but very little
GGS Data, Korsklevegatan 30, Goteborg.
* 031 532526, fax 070 7112492.
Games, some hardware, possible to order hard-to-get things.
Small, but surprisingly resourceful.
,+ s WTO?!TJ!TTTT3 +41 Applimatic SA, Rte-de-Montreux 49, CH-1618 Chatel-St- Denis, Switzerland.
* 41 21 931431.
Digitronic, Chr Merian - Ring 7, 4153 Reinach.
* 6176565, visit Full range of Amigas.
Only stocks PD at the moment, but can order anything with good prices on phase 5 hardware. They are an Internet shop and make websites, do design work, advertising and promo material and can also build custom Amiga Siamese setups.
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.
T Level 7, 113 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
* 01253 859004.
SES Computers, 88-90 London Road, Southend-On-Sea.
* 01702 335443 or 01702 354624.
A large selection of Amiga software, mice and joysticks. Buy and sell hardware and software. Also do repairs and the staff are very helpful.
Cavendish Computers, 144 Charles Street, Leicester.
* 0116 2510066.
Hardware (old), games and utilities.
Classic, 11 Deansgate, Radcliffe, Manchester.
* 0161 7231638.
PD, commercial games, CDCD-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.
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.
Electronics Boutique, Unit 120, 3 Russell Way, Gateshead Metrocentre, Gateshead, Tyne 8c Wear.
* 0191 4602637.
A small selection of about 40 different games and utilities, mainly older but some new. Also some peripherals.
Stocks printers, scanners, software, all classic Amiga and magazines. User group meetings first Tuesday of every month, with monthly newsletter.
TLAS, PO Box 30499, Midland, Texas, 79712.
* 915 563 79712.
Games, software, some hardware, 100% Amiga.
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FOR SALE ©CD32, £60. A1200 plus 4Mb board with FPU, boxed with original disks, £100. A600 boxed with original disks, £60. ® 0181 4630474.
©24x CD-ROM Power Computing model in attractive finish, 240W self- contained external fan cooled A1200 power supply in nice white metal case. Offers. Sony DAT recorder, £350.
« 01745 887610.
©Stereo speakers, subwoofer system with satellite speakers, 80W PMPO, £55. « Kenny 01563 530482 (evenings).
©A500+, 2Mb, one external floppy and CD-ORM. One HD input, Workbench 3.0, MIDI interface, games, software and emulators.
® Steve 0181 3107560.
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I have read and understood the conditions for the inclusion of my ad ©Amiga 4000 '040, 18Mb revision 11 buster. Picasso II graphics card.
Prelude 16-bit soundcard (new).
Multisync monitor 1024x768, SCSI interface with 1Gb IBM fast SCSI hard disk, eight speed SCSI CD-ROM and more! £600 ono. ® 01159 128268.
©Loads of games and utilities for sale from only £1 each. « Dave 01228 598796, email Smithd@Free4all.co.uk. ©A1500 2000 boxed, 120Mb HD, GVP controller card, Ethernet card, CD-ROM drive, NEC multisync monitor, Epson FX100+, printer, all leads and manuals included. £200 ono. ® 01706 228655 (Lancs).
©Powerpoint B&W hand scanner, boxed with OCR software, plus Scanpad, £25 including P&P. Also Pagestream 2.2, boxed with manuals, £25 including P&P. Also many games.
Call for details. « 01692 598761.
© A1200 Power Tower 50 '060MHz Blizzard Turbo board, 16Mb, FPU, 16x CD-ROM, 1084S monitor, RocKey, RocGen, tracker ball, joysticks, 200Mb hard drive, many games, FD cabinets, tutoring videos, £400. ® 0171 9670399.
©A1200 and A600, one mouse, PSU, disks, £70 plus postage. CD32 FMV cart (very rare), offers. « Tony 01159 194186 (Nottingham).
©A1200T, 64Mb RAM Bvision card, PPC 603+ 200MHz '040 25 6.4Gb hard disk IDE express plus 16x CD-ROM. Sell for £600 ono. ® 01753 889739.
©8Mb 72-pin memory SIMM, d sided, suitable for most accelerator expansion boards, £10 plus postage. Jonny 01762 832238 after 5pm.
©A600, SCSI, CD-ROM drive, floppy and 500+ games and Workbench 2.05. Wordworth word processor package, only £95 ono. » Alex 01562 639095.
© Does anyone have any of the following games for sale? Super Cars 2, Gods, Arcade Pool, Super Stardust
CD. Will pay good money. Originals only please. ® Martin 0171
© Help! I've just lost disk 1 of Pagestream 3.0. Who can help me?
Write send to John vd Heuvel, Sjef Remmenlaan 1, 5706 DA, Helmond, Holland.
© Hard drives, accelerators, 68030 or higher, 32Mb if possible. CD-ROM drive, SCSI, 2x faster, if possible with Squirrel. Also monitor and stereo would be nice. Anything for A1200 considered, a 01504 841665.
© Campaign II and Pacific Islands or any decent tank simulator to buy or swap. ® Rich 01482 375428 (after 7pm).
© Pirates. Must have map. Also Sentinel, both for A1200. ® Alan 0151 4206648 anytime.
© Lionheart by Thalion Software.
Released in 1993. Will pay £10 for original boxed version, must be in excellent condition. Will pay postage.
Also Turrican 1, 2 or 3. ® Robert 01738 813904 or 07887 665660.
© Alien Breed 3D (2 or 1). Floppy version, must have manual, etc. ® 01902 441306. Ask for Mick.
© OXYPatcher, full version. Also full version of Coarse Angler, to run on A1200. No demos please. Plus Sea Bass fishing and any Aminet Cds.
Must be cheap. ® 01425 278401.
© Dreamweb and Police Quest 2 3 in exchange for games of the same value. Must work on A1200 and be in good condition. SAE to Ross Whiteford, Cordon Mains, Abernethy, Perth, Scotland, PH2 9LN.
© Accelerator, CD32 with all necessary cables for A1200 wanted by pensioner still in learning process.
® Derek 01424 752806.
© Supra Turbo 33 side port expansion for A500+. New keyboard membrane also wanted, ® 01773 768700.
© Two games for A1200 - Morph AGA by Millennium, two disks, and Darkseed, seven disks. Must have background manual for codes.
® 01909 591461.
© CD writer for use with Squirrel (SCSI). Have MasterlSO and '040 (external unit required). Write speed unimportant. ® 01203 453521.
© Also see the AmigaAngels document on our CD.
© Amiga contacts wanted to swap games. Will reply 100%. Contact Mr. Martin Emery, 3 Scott Ave St., Budeauy, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1HQ.
© Amiga music contacts wanted for swapping MODs and samples.
Must be SoundStudio compatible.
Contact Rob at 47 Gordon Road, Peckham, London, SE15 2AF. Will answer all letters.
© Alphab eta gammede late 'psilonz' eta eta the eta ioam taka ppal day month uknow xiours ximins iclips ic aron tak allu up jammeis astone builders rejected barrasford park NE48.4BB.8. © English Amiga user in Paris wants to meet other users to talk and share ideas and maybe start a user group. Robert Sowden, 2 Rue Maria Deraismes, 95600, Eaubonne, France.
01342 79885.
© Send your BBS ads to the usual Reader Ads address. BBS ads will be printed for three issues.
© Skull Monkey BBS, Lincoln.
Online 6pm-8am, 24 hours at weekends. ® 01522 887933.
Friendly sysop. Email sns@skuilmonkev.freeserve.co.uk keeping the Amiga alive.
© Elevate BBS, Hants, online 24 hours. ® 01329 319028.
© Bedlam BBS, Leicester, online 24 hours. « 01162 787773.
© Entertainment BBS, Wigan, online 24 hours. ® 01942 221375.
© The Forum! BBS online 24 hours, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Over 35 members, 2,000+ files available, including games, pics, utils, etc. Sysop: Jamie Maguire. Run by a software development student.
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© Bill's BBS, Cumbria, online 24 hours (mail only between 2.30am and 3.30am), ® 01229 434393 or 0870 7878615. Sysop: Bill Clark.
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Afs local user group is based in Bristol, kind of, and I try to attend as often as I can. Right now it’s not really a technical user group, more a gathering of like-minded people in a pub near the monstrosity that is Cribbs Causeway shopping mall on the outskirts of Bristol. I spoke to the club’s president, Andy Mills, about the meetings in the future tna will cover software demos hardware installation, etc... GET YOUR GROUP IN AF If you have a user group and you're interested in being showered in glory by having us, or one of our team, visit, then make sure you let us know about yourselves.
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SWAG: Originally, a chap called Steve Dark advertised for people interested in joining a user group based in the south west of England (SWAG, the South West Amiga Group), many moons ago. Sadly, he couldn’t take it any further due to time restrictions and his job, so after a little discussion he passed on the names he’d gathered to me and I contacted those people at the end of December
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The expected membership fees are likely to be: full - £10, part - £5, free - er, free... This will be per year. Full membership will include the SWAG newsletter. This is released quarterly at present, but it’ll be bi-monthly when I can get more help with it, posted via snail mail, and any other newsletters that become available. There’ll also be a club badge, free or reduced entrance to demonstrations, etc. Exact details on what membership options will be available and what it includes have yet to be finalised.
AF: How often does it meet and where?
SWAG: We currently meet on the first Thursday of every month at 8:30pm in the Lamb and Flag (part of the Harvester chain of pubs), Cribbs Causeway (A4018,just off junction 17 of the M5), Bristol. It’s opposite Harry Ramsden’s. More detailed directions can be obtained from myself if required.
These meetings are informal and not all techy, or completely on about Amigas all of the time, so don’t worry about bringing along your other half as we’ll try and not to bore them. We also have members aged from 12 to 77, so don’t let your age put you off.
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SWAG: At the time of writing, we have 35 members from Hereford to Cornwall, and even one from Scotland!
At present, there’s only myself “running” SWAG, so things aren’t progressing quite as well as I would like, or as they should, in my humble opinion, because I have to do this in what little spare time I have... & SWAG INFO If you contacted Andy before and haven't heard from him for a long time, please contact him again if you're still interested as many contact details he had were misplaced when he moved house earlier this year.
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HC4008 SCSI controller and RAM expansion (up to 8MB) for the A2000 A4000 GURU ROM £65.95 NEW Turbo Print 7 £38.95 Upgrade from Version 5 & 6 to TurboPrint 7 only £18.95 NEW ScanQuix 4 - award winning scanning software only £49.95 Keyboard Interface (not universal) SPECIAL OFFERS Typhoon MK2 inc.32MB (w out SCSI) £139.95 Typhoon MK2 inc.64MB (w out SCSI) £175.95 Typhoon MK2 inc. 128MB (w out SCSI) £289.95 amazing hard drive deals Plug and play hard drive. Includes cable and is already •••••••••• partitioned hard £69.9: £159.9: £195.95 £219.9: £99.95 £149.95 £199.95 © new 250MB zip 9: £29.95
£69.95 £39.95 £79.95 £45.95 £85.95 £39.95 £39.95 £45.95 © floppy drives £55.95 £15.95 £19.95 £24.95 £49.95 £49.95 £65.95 £14.95 £19.95 £35.95 £55.95 £79.95 £139.95 £199.95 £16.95 £49.95 £99.95 £10 £15 £20 £29.95 £269.95 £329.95 £479.95 £14.95 £39.95 £89.
£69.3 £139 i £9.5 £49.95 © new typhoon mlc2 accelerator Full 68030 40MHz with MMU, optional 40MHz PGA FPU, SCSI included (no need for SCSI adaptor), fit up to 64MB RAM (any double or single sided 72-pin SIMM), battery backed up clock, 50 pin SCSI connector on board including software and manuals (suitable for all our towers and A1200 desktop) £99.95 NEW Typhoon Mk2 without SCSI £89.95 NEWTyphoon Mk2 SCSI Chip £20.00 NEW Typhoon Mk2 Desktop Ext. SCSI adaptor £14.95 NEWTyphoon Lite, bare board with on-board SIMM FPU socket, not SCSI upgradable £69.95 External SCSI adaptor for Typhoon Mk1 (Amiga
1200 desktop) inc. bracket & screw, opening your Amiga is not required £19.95 SCSI II cable, 50-pin D Centronic or 25-pin D suitable for external SCSI device £14.95
o a2000 accelerator boards Apollo full 68030 25MHz with MMU,
including FPU, Up to 64MB of Fast RAM Apollo full 68030 50MHz
with MMU, optional 50MHz FPU, Up to 64MB of Fast RAM £159.95
50MHz FPU for above £29.95 ATAPI cd-rom drives 6x Internal
ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) 6x External ATAPI CD-ROM 32x Internal
ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) 32x External ATAPI CD-ROM (tray
loading) 36x Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) 36x External
ATAPI CD-ROM (tray loading) (External includes Buffered
Interface, EIDE '99 software, cables and 2 CD titles) SCSI
cd-rom drives 2x External SCSI inc. Squirrel 32x Internal SCSI
CD-ROM (bare, tray loading) £89.95 32x External SCSI CD-ROM
(tray loading) £149.95 (External includes cables, Squirrel SCSI
interface with software and 2 CD titles) 4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI
CD-Rewritable Int.
4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI CD-Rewritable Ext.
TwinBox with 4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI CD-Rewritable and 3.1GB Hard Drive Box of 10 CDR discs Box of 5 CDRW discs (All the above external bundles include: case, cables.
4-way IDE interface with IDEfix 97 fully registered, MakeCD, 5 x CDR discs and 1 x CDRW Disc) For any external removable device we offer the PowerFlyer instead of the 4-way buffered O cd-rom drives internal externa!
New cd~rewritable drives interface for Viper 520CD, 68020EC 33MHz, without MMU, optional 33MHZ PGA FPU, space for one 2.5"HD, support for up to four IDE ATAPI devices, 8MB of Fast RAM on board and 3.0 Kickstart ROM including full 3.0 Workbench disk set FAT Agnus slot to fit Mini Mega Chip £99.95 Mini Mega chip (2MB Agnus chip and 1MB extra Chip RAM) £79.95 A1200 4MB not upgradable, with battery backed-up clock A1200 bare with standard SIMM socket with battery backed-up clock A1200 with standard 4MB SIMM socket with battery backed-up clock A1200 with standard 8MB SIMM socket with battery
backed-up clock PGA 40MHz FPU for all the above cards A500 1MB Chip RAM battery backed-up clock A600 1MB Chip RAM battery backed-up clock A500 2MB RAM with battery backed-up clock CDTV 2MB RAM 4MB SIMM 8MB SIMM 16MB SIMM 32MB SIMM 32MB SIMM (slim for Blizzard 1260 boards) 64MB SIMM (Typhoon and all Blizzards) 128MB SIMM (Typhoon and all Blizzards) 1MB ZIP RAM static column for A3000 GVP custom 4MB RAM module GVP custom 16MB RAM module 20MHz PLCC FPU 33MHz PLCC FPU 40MHz PGA FPU 50MHz PGA FPU © a 1200 accelerator boards Viper Mk2, 68030 40MHz, (up to 32MB), full MMU, optional FPU (PLCC 33MHz
only) £59.95 Viper Mk2, 68030 40MHz, (up to 32MB), full MMU, FPU 33MHz £69.95 Apollo with full 68040 28MHz,up to 64MB £119.95 Apollo with full 68040 40MHz, up to 64MB £179.95 Apollo with full 68060 50MHz, up to 64MB £269.95 © gvp accelerator boards GVP 8MB RAM Board, 33MHz FPU, inc. SCSI, PCMCIA compatible £79.95 GVP 1230 40MHz inc. 16MB (upgradable to 32MB) including 40MHz FPU and SCSI upgradable £99.95 GVP 1230 50MHz inc. 16MB (upgradable to 32MB) including 40MHz FPU and SCSI upgradable £119.95 NEW Apollo 1260LC, 68060 CPU clocked to 75MHz inc. MMU (not FPU) £239.95 memory modules and fpu's
for accelerator and expansion boards © memory expansion boards Zip 100MB external SCSI including Amiga Zip tools, & cable (requires Squirrel or any SCSI interface)£139.
Zip 100MB internal ATAPI including 4 way buffered int., EIDE 99 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge Zip 100MB internal ATAPI (bare unit only) Zip cartridge (100MB) NEW Zip 250MB External SCSI NEW Zip cartridge (250MB)
(8. 4 and 13GB HD are supported automatically by th« PowerFlyer
or by IDEfix 97 using the patch provided, an updated
FileSystem is available on www.amiga.de] Please note that
cables included with 3.5"HD have standard 40pin headers. If
you need to connect a 3.5 HD directly to the A1200
motherboard, you will need a special "stack" cable 44 high
density (2.5") to 40 standard (3.5") IDE cable £12.95 A1200
3.1 computer, 2MB 68020, AGA chipset, Wordworth 4.5SE,
Turbocalc 3.5, Data store 1.1, Photogenic 1.2SE, Personal
Paint 6.4, Organiser 1.1 Pinball Mania and Wizz games £179.95
As above with 160MB HD & Scala MM300 £219.95 As above with
extra 8MB RAM £259.95 LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI including 4
way buffered i f, EIDE 99 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge
LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI (bare unit only) LS120 120MB
External ATAPI including 4 way buffered i f, EIDE 99
software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge LS120 cartridge
2. 5" 810MB IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 3.2GB IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 4.1GB IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 5.0GB IDE including IDE cable
3. 5" 3.2GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk
3. 5" 8.4GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk
3. 5" 13GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk © squirrel
Squirrel interface - suitable for any scsi-device £39.9!
LSI20 drive drives Power Tower Bare £119-95 Power Tower 1 Power Tower plus A12GG motherboard, mouse, PC keyboard and FDD £319.95 Power Tower 2 Power Tower, A1200 motherboard, mouse, PC keyboard, Typhoon 68030 40MHz, 8MB of RAM,
2. 1GB Hard Disk, IDE buffered interface, EIDE 99 and FDD £499.85
Power Tower 3 Power Tower, A1200 motherboard, mouse, PC
keyboard, Typhoon 68030 40MHz, 24MB of RAM, 32x CD-ROM, 2.1GB
Hard Disk, 4-Way IDE buffered interface, EIDE 99 and FDD
£579.95 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, 4-Way IDE buffered interface inc.
EIDE 99 and external audio port with speakers £899.95 PCMCIA
"V" adaptor £19.95 External audio port £15.95 "Y" cable to mix
CD audio to the Amiga audio £9.95 Internal to External SCSI
adaptor Internal 25 pin female connector, Internal 50 pin
header Externa! 25 pin male connector) £19.95 SCSI II
converter from( PPC) 50 pin high density to 25 D male,
including extension cable to the Int Ext SCSI adaptor £29.95
SCSI converter from 50 pin female Centronic 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 requires
keyboard interface to 50 pin header (for internal connection
of SCSI device to squirrel or similar interfaces) £9.95 50 pin
male to male Centronic lead £14.95 50 pin female to male
Centronic lead £14.95 25 pin D female to 50 pin male Centronic
lead £14.95 3 way 50 pin header flat cable (SCSI) £9.95 5 way
50 pin header flat cable (SCSI) £14.95 7 way 50 pin header
flat cable (SCSI) £19.95 Ultra WIDE SCSI cable made on request
£POA A1200 motherboard without ROMs £99.95 A1200 motherboard
with ROMs £125.95 A replacement motherboard is usually the
best long term solution if you have a damaged or unreliable
© amiqa 3. S opGrsttn-Q system Amiga 3.1 OS for A1200 3000 4000 ROM chips, disks and manuals £39.95 Amiga 3.1 OS for A500 600 2000 ROM chips, disks and manuals £35.95 Amiga 3.1 OS disk set. And manuals £19.95 Amiga 3.1 OS A1200 3000 4000 chips only £25.95 Amiga 3.1 OS A500 600 2000 chips only £19.95 Standard 3 way IDE cable (3.5") £4.95 44 high density IDE cable 5cm £4.95 44 high density IDE cable 10cm £7.95 44 high density IDE cable 80cm £14.95 44 high density (2.5") to 40 standard (3.5") IDE cable £12.95 Internal floppy extension cable (34 pins) for Towers £4.95 Parallel Printer cable £12.95
Serial Modem cable £9.95 Internal to External male to female 9 pin D Extension lead for Surf Squirrel Serial Port or similar products £4.95 200 Watt speakers £35.95 80 Watt speakers £19.95 Primary Port Secondary Port
• Supports ail IDE and ATAPI removable devices Autoboot from Zip
and LS-120 drives
• 4 IDE EIDE ATAPI devices support 2 x 3.5" connector, 2 x 2.5"
connector, separation and buffering of control signals for both
ports Works with A600 1200 (kickstart 3.0) « Up to 10% faster
than IDEfix'97 « Buffered interface also works with IDEfix'97
• Support HDD 4GB (up to 32GB) by way of automatic HDD split into
4GB logical units, which guarantees 100% compatibility with the
Operating System
• Allows large disks to operate with every filesystem OFS, FFS,
AFS, PFS-2 •
2. 5" HD port on rear 4way Buffered Int. & EIDE'99 s w £24.95 tel
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over twenty five of Gremlin’s top Amiga titles on one CD.
Here is a list of the full games you should expect..... Disposable Hero - Harlequin - HATE - Impossamole K240 - Litil Divil - Premier Manager - Premier Manager2 - Premier Manager 3 plus Editor Shadow Fighter - Super Cars 2 - Switchblade2 Itechno Cop - Top Gear2 - VenusFlyTrap Zool - Zool2 - Utopia These should also be on the CD... Dark Fusion - Butcher Hill - Combo Racer FOFT - Pegasus - Plan9 From Outer Space Skidz - VideoKid - Super Cars - Suspicious Cargo - Vampires Empire f "W® y-VHM Amiga CD Only £29.99 g mm * sv: Hi *o 2= *3 Disposable Hero Harlequin Litil Divil Pegasus f i 33 m m i 1°
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