Sponsors

FacebookTwitterGoogle Bookmarks

Better take note. One CD inserted into the new Amiga CDTV stores the equivalent of up to 700 floppy discs. That’s disc drive, : 550 megabytes of memory or 250,000 A4 pages of text. Yours for oi also gives you access to over 3,000 Amiga titles and over 100 CDTV discs, covering everything from arcade quality games to education. And CDTV can be used as a regular audio player when connected to your stereo. The Amiga anything better ths IE WORLD’S MOST INTERACTIVE INTERACT complete with qwerty and Infra red remote contr AMIGA CDTV From C’ Commodore HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM You already know that the 4000 is the first of a whole new generation of Amigas, but what are the new features that make it the machine of the future? The most noticeable change in the new Amiga is the case. Commodore have gone tor a slimline PC-like case with a much lower protile than the 2000. Whilst similar in some respects to the A3000 there is not as much arty grillwork and it even sports a lock on the tront, just like a proper' computer. The front panels for the drive bays are slightly more obvious, one for a 3.5" drive and one lor a 5.25'. There is a rear bay too, for the addition ot further IDE drives. However, the real changes are inside... ilmifs news IIRDWARE 1. 68040 The Motorola 68040 chip, clocked at 25 Mhz, is the heart of the new Amiga.

Click image to download PDF

Document sans nom ~ns GsiT fiiMir Ml ?lJM **di MM Ii*n»r«T JjmFw rii(*f itrwMt Im» iSKtTZi NO DISK AHA REVIEWED AND°RATED BP 9 "77096 ONLY ONE MAN HANDLE THIS MUCH ON AND ADVENTURE smiJ.AiufB • 'pfarnccr of the shadow • ime sumnonihs ¦ oahk sua • til OF the iehdideh • tioEao of CAN ACTI DABIIAOOa (II OF BE (EMOlOSft III • Oft AG ObS 01 F, AMI • HEOOES OF THE LAHCE 1ft 0(29 *5« 129
• OrtBAtlOa STEAtIB • AUOIHEH WOBIO • FIASBIACI ¦ CRUISE FOB A
COHPSE lit; llll *54 2(4 tUCASFILM Mini* • KtHuCA s oinftoi
i«oa«n imam Ii • mouii joais hasi caosaof a faie Of auahtui •
too* • Thr •Tirnixi prepare to blast the chilisrd world lo :i'
they race to rctricvethe secret Lost City of In Lucasnim's
biggest (ompulrr blockbuster VM.
Indy battles tooth and nail in «r Ihr world in his rare lo reach the mystical loal City.
Poinl 'n' rbcfc sour wav.hn.ugt, plunge under oceans ... and rnplorr 'JbO * lasish locations.
Shoot the action from 4 different angles ... amaar your senses with the cinematic sound system ... and 'play and replay ' with 5 challenging paths to sating the world from Hitler's fury ... I'i Cold and Lurasfrbu Games present two thrilling terskms of this feature game to lest your nerve and brainpower - INDY IV GRAPHIC ADVENTURE and INDY IV ACTION .
The ACTION game dishes nut all the excitement you can handle in a breathless race against evil. The GRAPHIC ADVENTURE Came tests your grey matter with some ol the toughest purzles yet.
Individually they re die hottest property this side of Atlantis.
Together, they're the ultimate Indy experience.
T -1 I i=m natrnMkA trr Aitnos.lr.lpyl x Use proprrrv pi thru rrvpy lisr own.
* l -VC-Jd Urn**. I't-U *¦ y IWT-rt W-. LUlfr-v.
IV* TAX.
ZAI MclRACKEN • MANIAC MANSION • IfCNET OF MONKEY ISLANO • 8ATTIE OF IrlIAfN TEL 0N39 654 133 INFORMATION LIMI: 0*39 654 134 • LEGENDS OF VALOOR TEL 0039 993 366 • ACCESS HELPLINE AMAZON Teli 0939 654 394 • SIR TECH HELPLINE CRUSAOERS OF THE RANI SAVANT TEL 0S39 994 477 LucasArts casfilm Game BlOeS BROTHERS HARLEQUIN FIRST SAM A UEQALO UTOPIA FIJSTR EAGLE 1
8. 99 12.99 13.99 11.99 14.99 Games marked (NOP) will not work on
the A500 Plus or A600 .IU..T ...no ¦ toe cm MITCTKW s IWC* OAF
3 BCPO..OM FOCCC".
MaiCHtsrm umreo. Wr soccew .
• UMFHANOON ...... --------------- tUHAHIAO
• urn. Ihci iNvAoms . ¦UMMMCT _______ .....
SONY KVM1410 14" FST TELEVISION S MONITOR I AMIGA 600 WILD.
WEIRD.
WICKEO PACK
319. 99 AMIGA600 LEMMINGS PACK CHOOSE FROM 3 GREAT AMIGA 600 &
600HD PACKAGE DEALS [AMIGA- 600HD EPIC PACK WITH INTERNAL 20
MEG HARD DRIVE
449. 99 (FROM SUPER m» STEREO IE AO OR VOEO CAMERA) TO A* CHANNEL
*C CHANNEL TINANG.
BLACK TRINITRON SCREEN INCLUOES iNOOOR LOOP AERIAL EXCEPTIONAL QUAUTY.
FREE SC ART LEAD SMI uKi SCM OR SMB) FREE SPECIAL RESERVE MEMBERSHIP
3. BUR T rn TV MODULATOR. 1 MEO RAM iXPANOABU TO 2 MEG. 1 YEAR
IM-MOMC SERVICE WARRANTY WITH OPTION TO EXTEND FREE SPECIAL
RESERVE MEMBERSHIP (HARDWARE PRICES INCLUDE VAT A CARRIAGE TO
UK MAINLAND) all 0279 600204 for a REE colour catalogue
f'e4€44 € B'-.1" ,u- Mi PREMIER CONTROL CENTRE FOR CITIZEN
120D+printer
• am. Ao COLUMN. 14* CPS MNLQ.
2NLon ORAFT FONT. 24 MTU WARRANTY MOH QUALITY MONO PRINTER PRINTER LEAD |£9 99 CITIZEN SWIFT 9 WITHCOLOUR KIT 9 PtN. 80 COLUMN.
A . I AMIGA A600 (CUSTOM FIT) W 1 (STEEL MONITOR STAND WITH ¦ , I EXTRA SHELF FOR EXTERNAL ¦ • I DISK DRIVES ETC PLUS CABLING ~ ; I 1 TOR EASIER CONNECTION OF JOYSTCKS MICE) SOUNO ENHANCER TOR AMIGA (BOOSTS SOUNO)
34. ** 1 , _¦ PREMIER CONTROL CENTRE FOR AMIGA A500 OR A500 PLUS
J299 ZYDCC STEREO SPEAKERS FOR AMIGA OR ST BUILT-IN
AMPLIFIER WITH VOLUME CONTROLS 34 *9 FREE COLOUR 184.99 CmZEN
224 24 PIN WITH COLOUR KfT, *0 COLUMN.
I92CPS WLO. 3LQH DRAFT FONT, 24 MTH WARRANTY. 24 PIN LETTER QUALITY PRINTER WITH EXCELLENT GRAPHICS (360X3*0 Opt) FREE PRINTER LEAD OOA QQ FREt COLOUR KIT , W W CITIZEN 240C 24 PIN WITH COLOUR KfT. SO COLUMN.
240CPS40LQ. 9LQT1 DRAFT FONT.
24 MTH WARRANTY ADVANCED VERSION OF 24E WITH AUTOSET FEATURE ANO LCD CONTROL PANEL.
EXTERNAL 35' DISK DRIVE FOR AMIGA WITH SONYJCmZEN MECHANISM QUIET.
• •gh quality, sum LINE DESIGN.
A501 AMIGA (WITH BART) 512K RAM EXPANSION GENUINE COMMODORE ITEM WITH CLOCK FREE BART SIMPSON GAME
34. ** 51JK AMIGA RAM WITH CLOCK FOR AMO ANO A800 ... STAR
LC24-20 24 PIN
* 0 COLUMN. 192CPM4LO.
SLOT1 DRAFT FONT. 12 MTH WARRANTY.
24 PIN QUALITY AT 8 PIN PRICE.
CANON BJ-10EX BUBBLE JET 64 NOZZLE. *0 COLUMN. B3LO CPS 2LQH DRAFT FONT. 12 MTH WARRANTY A SMALL, PORTABLE PRINTER. VERY OUCT *4 OPERATION VET GIVING OUTSTANDING PRINT QUALITY FREE PRINTER LEAD 229.99 QVP HD8+ 52 MEGABYTE AMIGA HARO DRIVE (SERIES II) WITH EXPANSION SLOTS TO UPGRADE AMIGA RAM TO a MEG _____________314.99 GVP 2H MEG AMIGA RAM EXPANSION (SIMMS FIT IN GVP HARO DRIVE TO EXPAND AMIGA BY 2 MEO OR 4 MEG RAM) ...89.99 S12K AMIGA RAH WITHOUT CLOCK FOR A500 AND A500.
1 MEGABYTE AMIGA RAM UPGRAOC FOR A500 PLUS (TECMN0PLU8XGIVES 2MB RAM IN TOTAL) 3 ..... 1 MEGABYTE A O0 RAM UPGRADE WITH CLOCK ..... REPLACEMENT AMIGA POWER SUPPLY .. TILT S SWIVEL MONITOR TV STAND FITS 14" MONITORS ...... NLP LEAD • AMIGA TO STANDARD PHONO INPUT -------- POPULOUSFFALCOM LEAD (NULL MOOEU CABLE) ._______ RE SWITCH FOR AMIGA. ST OR CONSOLE (SWITCH BETWEEN TV AERIAL ANO COMPUTER WITHOUT DISCONNECTING) . SCART LEAD - AMIGA TO TV WITH SC ART INPUT (GIVeS MONITOR QUALITY PICTURE) . DUST COVER FOR 80
COLUMN PRINTER (CLEAR PVC) DUST COVER FOR AMIGA 500 OR ATARI ST (CLEAR PVC) . DUST COVER FOR AMIGA 600 .. OUST COVER FOB MONITOR OR TV (CLEAR PVC) _ .. 35' DISK HEAD CLEANER ... DISK BOX 33- (10 CAPACITY)
1. ** DISK BOX 3.5'(00) LOCKABLE, DIVIDER 8 Open to 8pm Weekdays
and to 5pm Weekends We only supply memOors but you can ofdor
as you loin.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP UK £6.99 EEC £8.99 WORLD £10.99 PLUS - EVERY ISSUE CONTAINS £30 worth of money-off coupons to save even more money oft our amazing prices.
We sell games and accessories, all at amazing prices lor Megadrive. Masle. System Game Gear Super NES.
Gameboy. NES. Lynx. Amiga Atari ST. IBM PC and CDTV Best Service. Best Prices. Biggest Selection
120. 000 people have joined Special Reserve, so don't delay, join
today!
QUICK SHOT 128F MAVERICK 1 JOYSTICK
12. 99 COMPETITION PRO EXTRA JOYSTICK (CLEAR BASE)
10. ** COMPETITION PRO STAR EXTRA TROJAN LIGHT PHAZER GUN FOR
AMIGA WITH SKEET SHOOT AND GAMES (OTHER GAMES AVAILABLE - SEE
TROJAN IN AMIGA SOFTWARE) Phone SPEEDK-NG W ANALOGUE JOYSTICK
FOR A INGA. GIVES ANALOGUE CONTROL OF MOST GOOO FLIGHT
SIMULATORS FREEWHEEL FOR AMIGA.
OtOITAl STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER JOYSTICK 113* OUICKJOY TOP STAR JOYSTICK 15 99 ale 279 600204 Reserve Sales • 0279 600204 OUICKJOY FOOT tr "WLJ TRANSFERS AN* f MitI JOYSTICK FUNCTIONS OVER TO FOOT PEDALS • IDEAL FOR ‘LIGHT . ¦ AND DRIVING SIMULATIONS COMPATABLE WITH ALL AMIGA ST JOYSTICKS. ......1AM RoeOSMTT INTERFACE FOR AMIGA OR ST . (PLUOS MOUSE ANO R JOYSTICK INTO ONE PORT) 14*9 [ FOUR PLAYER JOYSTICK ADAPTOR LJ FOR AMIGA OR ST B (FOR KICK OFF 2 ETC) ......19S E3 PORT EXTENSION ADAPTOR FOR AMIGA OR ST (CHANGE JOYSTICKS WITHOUT NEEDING
TO REACH BEHIND COMPUTER) ....5.M JOYSTICK EXTENOER CABLE FOR AMIGA OR ST (3 METRES) ...63* IcradHcard } 6*piiY _Stgnalure_ |Cheques payable lo SPECIAL RESERVE I P.O. BOX 847, HARLOW, CM21 9PH I Overseas Orders: EEC software orders - no exlra charge I World software orders piease add £1.00 per item l Non -software items please add '0% EEC or 25% Wortd Overseas orders must be paid by credit card.
] OiejLfeP O 'Aexess.lJasiercaraSwlhVita Sw*ch issue No.
I ALL PRICES INCLUDE UK POSTAGE A VAT £ OFF THE CUFF 19 A4000 REVIEW It has been subject to speculation, revelation, denial and counterdenial, but at last it’s finally here!
Manufactured in their new plant in Scotland. Commodore's latest addition to the Amiga range, the A4000.
Is now ready and willing to take on an expectant pubtic- But which of the amazing features that were bandied about in the press eventually made it to the machine? Is it really not only the best Amiga but the best home computer currently available?
As usual the CU team have given the machine a thorough going over and are ready to give their assessment of the most powerful Amiga ever. Every addition and change is detailed inside, with comments on how this will affect the future of home computing.
With the new machine comes a new version of the operating system. Is Workbench 3 worth upgrading to? We take it apart step- by-step. Detailing new features all the way.
We also include comment from • industry figures who consider the market impact of this new machine.
After this, where can Commodore go next?
¦mum 9 NEWS 12 COVERDiSKS 36 SCREEN SCENE 46 IN DEVELOPMENT 83 ADVENTURE HEIPUNE 87 SMALL TIPS 96 GET SERIOUS 121 CD COLUMN 131 ART GALLERY 134 GRAPHICS DtY 147 BLUES 149 BOOK SHE 17 153 INSIDE INFO 156 COMMS 159 CLUB CALL 160 Q&A 166 LETTERS PAGE "AMIGA CONTENTS j§| 20 LETHAL WEAPON Ocean's latest platform romp is based on the aj1 amazingly successlul Lethal Weapon films star- 29 ring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Featuring Jsy four huge levels with scenarios culled from all ~ ' ¦ three movies, there's action aplenty as you aim 0X to defeat the evil hordes pitied against you.
Destined to be a contender for the number one spot this Christmas, we've scooped an exclusive review of the new game. To find out If it's any good, turn to page 52 now!
• fr sttievs PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS . PRODUCTIVITY REVIE .
As we* as scooping the Amiga world with our exclusive review ot the A4000. We've got a packed Get Senous this month with a look at 24- bit Graphic cards, modems, databases, art packages. Mac and PC emulators, an A600 Ram expansion, the latest CDTV releases, and sampling hardware. Phew. And as if that wasn't enough to keep you going we've also got the final part of our CD feature tram last month.
Art Gallery, and Graphics DIY.
96 GALLERY 96 A600 RAM EXPANSION 97 CO DEMO COLLECTION 98 GOLD DISK'S OFFICE 2 103 CROSS DOSS 5.0 104 SUPRA MODEMS 107 REALTHINGS DOGS 108 AMAXII PLUS 2.5 113 SOUND FX MAKER 117 AVIDEO 24 121 CD REVOLUTION 2 131 ART GALLERY 134 GRAPHICS DIY 149 BOOK SHELF 174 SOUND CHECK COVERDISKS As it's M-----«--- HOVcmoer, we've decided to have our own tireworks display with two explosive disks. The lirst otters an C80 program and a nitty personal organiser, the second two brilliant game demos.
DISK 4 4 On the tirst ol our two disks, we're giving away not one but two professional quality utilities. First oft there is the acclaimed Oxxi-Aegis animation system. Videoscape 3D Create your own ob|ects and render them before creating an astoundingly fast animation. Objects can be built up using the tools pro vided. Coloured and given motion paths independently from the camera angle. We've managed to cram the two disks onto one for you to unarchive at your leisure, courtesy ol our enhanced user-triendly decrunching scripts Amazingly we managed to find enough room to include Organised- an
incredibly useful personal data system which will prevent you from ever missing our on-sale date again1 SCKIIN fCINS GAME REVIEWS . GAME REVIEWS . GAME REVIE .
Ocean's big new movie licence, Lethal Weapon. Is our lead off review with the Amiga conversion of Road Rash also making its debut. Team 17's Assassin is finally released after months ol publicity - is it as good as the hype would have us believe? There's also the sequel to Pinball Dreams - Pinball Fantasies - and Millennium's Rome takes the player back to the time of the Roman Empire.
In r “ rv*vr” £;:¦ * : ut . ¦» DISK 45 36 FIRST IMPRESSIONS 38 ELITE 2 41 HISTORY LINE 42 DARK SEED 46 REACH FOR THE SKIES 48 GUNSHIP 51 UNIVERSAL MONSTERS 52 LETHAL WEAPON 59 DOODLE BUG 59 CAPTAIN DYNAMO 60 ROME 63 SHADOWORLD 65 SABRE TEAM 67 ROAD RASH 72 CURSE OF ENCHANTIA 75 PINBALL FANTASIES 77 ASSASSIN 83 TROLL S HEAD 87 SMALL TIPS On our completely wonderful second disk you'll lind an absolutely huge playable demo ot US Gold's Legends ol Valhour Designed by Kev Corporation' Bulmer. The demo lets you explore the ancient walled city of Mitteldorf. Sample the local ales have a bet at the
races and lots more besides. This just has to be the biggest demo we've ever given away and you could quite happily spend hours roaming the streets conversing with the local inhabitants. But then, it you did that, you'd miss out on getting to grips with Sword ol Honour our second playable demo from the newly launched Global Software In this, you take control ol a feisty sword-wielding ninja. At your disposal are a lethal combination of high-kicks and punches to help you overcome the game's many foes.
' week, each one claiming lo be the besi of it's kind, lo dale. Yel al the reeenl Koropcan C ompnier I rade Show il wa OF IT (lie journalisLs themselves that could lie found singing the praises of one new title in particular I.F.C.KNDS OK ASA KEVIN Bl I.MER (The Dewgnrr of orpor.iionj .inH IAN DOWN'END the crtanm of LEGENDRnur VALOUR.
Were lilerally jostled off their feel a* WAY OF writers, retailers and fellow i LIFE hle-iitterh extraordinary."
Demo disks can onlv scratch the surface, screenshots in magazines « mild never do the astounding graphii s jusiii e (that's win You'll see none here I. The onlv was lo realh find out what all the fuss is about is lo experience it lor
* ourself. L.KCiKNDN C If YAI ( R I lie Dawning will he
available on Amiga. S I and l*( verx soon.
Ask sour retailer lor nuire details or send a S.A.I . To Danielle Woodvatl at tin address below for ail information pai k. innna A (OR DEATH) ». (.old I id. T nils 2 11 loll out Wav. Ilolloul.
KirmiiiKliaiii. 117 t»W. L ei 021 ti2» SSM».
NIMTS TIM HUP CALL IHI 001D PHONIi • PMPHICT II THE SM00V • THE SUHHOIIIC • Mil SUI • EM 0« THE OEHOlDII • IC6EHD OF ms.
• 1RIH00H lITt IF IHI IEH0LIII II) • DRACORS OF FLAM • HIMES Of
THE IMCf Til 4434 *04 I 3* OPIUTlM STEALTH • MOTHER 40R13 •
FUSHORCI • CRUISE FOR A CORPSE Til 443* 404 344 IUCASFUB
RllPUOf . IECMCI I OiltOCE (¦•¦¦IT (SUM t| • II4UM JflllS (LAST
CMSMI I FATI OF lUMTiS) • IAI ¦CIMCIEI • MIIIC MIIIOI • lOOR •
SECRET OF I0RIIT ISLABO • IAIIU Of RrlTAIR III 4434 404 133
IBFOMATIOB Umti 44 3 4 4 04 1 34 • UstlOS OF VIIOUO III 4434
443 344 • ACCESS HEIPURI ililll Till 4434 404 344 • SIR TECH
lElPtlll CMSMIIS OF THE 0111 SHIRT 1(1 4434 444 477 CDTV TAKES
OFF AT LAST When Steve Franklin stepped down from the helm of
Commodore earlier this year, he'd managed to transform the
fortunes of the Amiga from a struggling machine into the
best-selling home computer in the UK. Since taking charge of
the CDTV, the man with the Midas touch has radically overhauled
the company's marketing strategy aiming the machine firmly at
existing Amiga owners. 110 titles have already been released
for the machine with another 60 ready for release over the next
lew months. These include CD-specific titles such as Sherlock
Holmes, TV Sports Football. Wing Commander and a much-enhanced
Sensible Soccer. In the new year we'll also be treated to the
launch of Psygnosis' Microcosm game which looks likely to be
the new benchmark for CDTV products.
The latest figures available show that
12. 000 CDTV units have been sold in the UK. With 10.000 apiece
»i Germany and Italy.
Its hoped that after Christmas another
40. 000 units will have been sold across Europe. With projected
sales of 20.000 A570s also being sold by the new year,
publishers could be looking at an installed base of
100. 000 users by the start of 1993. And then, hopefully, we
really should start to see the CDTV take off.
SPEEDY DEMON Joystick innovators Konix have come up with some pretty natty widgets in their time, but none has been as endunng as their SpeedKing joystick.
Since the onginal. It has spawned a few offspring, the latest of which is the SpeedKing Analogue.
Based on the original ergonomic' design, developed to fit snugly into the palm of the hand, the analogue version emulates the mouse, and so sports two fire buttons along with the stick Unlike most joysticks which are either on or off. This gives you control over the degree of movement, rather than just the direction. A switch at the front toggles the automatic stick centring on and off. There's also provision to calibrate the stick, with a button that allows you to redefine the centre position. The SpeedKing Analogue is available now. Priced at £14 99. Contact Konix on 0495 350101 DIRK THE
DARING After rescuing his beloved Daphne from the castle of the evil Dragon Singe, nearly coming a cropper vnth The Shapeshifter as he made his escape. Dirk the Daring is back again, in Dragon's Lair III. This time, the witch Mordread has kidnapped not only Daphne, but Dirk's kids too!
The third in the graphically stunning Dragon's Lair series promises to be the best yet. Coming on over six disks with 60 scenes, featuring lull screen animation and buckets of sampled sound. The brilliant cartoon graphics of the previous instalments have been maintained, if not improved for the third game. Whether the controversial gameplay has progressed, we'll have to wait and see. Contact Empire Software on 0268 541126.
ARABIAN DELIGHTS With Soccer Kid already causing a considerable stir (see this month's First Impressions). Krisalis are ready to launch another platform romp in the form of Arabian Nights. With the main spnte looking fairly similar to the star of Soccer Kid, the game pitches the player into an assault course of dungeons, t den rooms and platforms aplenty.
The action is set over multiple levels with some of the graphics reminiscent of Titus' platform romp, Titus the Fox.
Everything is looking terribly good already, despite Krisalis claiming that the gameplay is going to be radically overhauled before its release in time for Christmas.
For more info, ring Krisalis on 0709 372290.
A thx SpeedKing the only slick tnal will help you gsl peel (he third level ol Zoob THE LAST SEQUEL On the way trom SottWood Inc is the successor to their word processor Final Copy. Final Copy II will sport a massive range ol improvements over the original, as it develops Irom a straight word processor, into something approaching a fully-fledged DTP package.
It will now feature outline fonts, with point sizes ranging from 4 to 300; that's over 4 inches high!
We're promised that these fonts will be compatible with any Workbench-supported graphic printer, on any Amiga running Workbench 1.3 or higher. It will also have its own structured drawing tools, and will be able to impbrt and print out graphics within documents. Advanced text handling capabilities will include automatic hyphenation, for neater justification, and the ability to lay text over graphics. It will also offer Postscript output, a British-English thesaurus and spell checker dictionary. Contact Harwoods on 0773 836781.
Final Copy 'ERE WE GO AGAIN As il H wasn't bad enough that Leeds took the Championship last season we re now getting the tact rubbed well and truly in our laces with the news of a Leeds United management sim Developed by Tony Huggard. The force behind Football Director and Football Director 2, the game will be released by Entertainment International and promises a staggering 729 tactical combinations as you seek to guide your team to the top ol the Premier League and win the European Champions Cup.
Strangely, the game's press release and packaging boldly daim tnat the idea is to take Leeds to the top ol Division One - do they know something we don't? Let's hope so.
In all there are 9 trophies to win. And alt the usual features you'd expect from such a game are included. You'll be able to hire and fire staff, mortgage the ground or take out a loan, send scouts to look lor promising players, train a youth squad, negotiate wages and contracts, raise ticket pnces. Insure your squad against m|ury and lots more besides I |ust hope the game's shelf-life isn't as short as Brian Clough's tenure at Elland Road - 44 days for statistic freaksl More Info on 0268 541126.
WISH UPON A STAR Star Micronics has just announced the release ot what it daims is the cheapest ever colour pnnter, priced at £219.00 The LC 100 Colour 9-prn Pnnter includes automatic selection of industry standard emulations, a push tractor and paper parking, eight resident Near Letter Quality fonts, electronic dip switches and a LEO control panel The print speed is quoted at 180 cps in draft, with 45 cps in NLQ mode This is followed up by the release ol a new mono 24-prn model, the LC24-100 Armed at the entry-level user, and pneed at £239 00 II offers a 16K buffer. 10 Letter Ouality
fonts, electronic dip switches, paper parking, a push tractor, a multiple copy facility, and has a quoted pnnt speed of 192 cps in Draft Elite, with 64 cps in Letter Quality mode. Star can be contacted on 0494 471111.
SCAN-DALOUS SCANNERS New trom Gasteiner Technologies is the Gasteiner Hand Scanner With a scanning width of 105mm, it can produce 32, 64 or 128 grey scales, which according to Gasteiner, ensures almost identical black and white duplication The scanning resolu ton is switchabie between 100.200. 300 and 400 dots per inch. There are also three photo modes and a text mode. The scanner is supported by a two-part software package, consisting ol Migraph Scan & Save Plus, and Merge It. Making it all tully Amiga compatible The complete hardware and software package retails at £79.95 (plus £3 59 p*p).
For more info contact Gasteiner Technologies on 081 365 1151.
BEND IT, STRETCH IT ALIEN BREED SPECIAL EDITION It had to happen. After years of suffering endless remixes ol popular music tracks, the game's industry has caught on to the idea.
First to give one of their games the remix treatment is Team 17. They've taken one of their best-selling titles. Alien Breed, added 6 new levels, included a password Continuation system, created brand-new end-ol-level creatures, and lots ol surprise new leatures.
Not only that, but the Wakefield-based sottco has also reduced the price to a bargain £10.99. Other software companies please take note1 The next chapter in 24-bit image processing is about to untold Morph Plus, from ASDG. Looks as if it could be the best software package yet According to ASDG. Morph Plus is 3 to 11 times taster than any of the competition. Among its available distortion techniques are enlargement, squishing, 'bobbing', wave and ripple effects (which can generate mulbple npples from various points), spherical warping and wrapping, rotation, and its trump card, morphing one
image into another, a similar ettect to that used at the end ol Michael Jackson's Black or White' video Morph Plus also accepts standard IFF tiles, and includes FRED, the same animation system that comes supplied with Art Department Professional See how it shapes up in the fun review next issue. Contact HB Marketing on 0753 686000.
LIVING ON VIDEO Good news lor videophiles: The Soft Alternative s Big Alternative Scroller is about to be succeeded by a sequel. The formerly simplistic video titling package is receiving a complete overhaul Improvements include a doubling of available colours m hi res mode, brtnging the total to eight.
Different fonts can now be used in the same sequence, and it now supports mouse control.
Wipes and fades can be used to switch trom one title to another, and text can now appear m simulated tele type style ASCII text and IFF brushes can be loaded in from disk, and logos can now be scrolled with the text. Four colour fonts, antialiased lonts and outline fonts are promised on a free supplementary disk. Big Alternative Scroller 2 will retail at £80.00. Owners of BAS 1 can upgrade for £30 00. For mor info contact The Soft Alternative on 0533 440041 NEW AMIGA PLANNED (YET AGAIN!)
Yes. It looks like yet another new Amiga, tentatively titled the A1200. Is waiting in the wings Authoritative sources suggest the machine will be aimed squarely at the games market with a very low pnce Details are scarce, but CU expects the machine to be launched before Christmas with a better spec than the existing A600 and there's a strong possibility that an enhanced version ol Wing Commander will be bundled with it. It's expected that the machine will be Commodore s new flagship and be promoted as an aspirational home computer More news soon.
KKX Off 3 DELAYED It appears that Anco have had to delay the launch ot Kick on 3 due to technical difficulties II you were a winner in our recent scratch card competition. Anco will be writing to you soon to either offer you an alternative pnze cash discount or ask il you would rather wait until Kick Oil 3 appears. II you would rather have an alternative pnze or a discount off some other piece ol software (from the current top five Amiga games). Anco will then arrange this We hope no one has been too inconvenienced by this promotion. Kick Oil 3 will now appear in the new year (weather
permitting).
Cumana are offenng a way to kill two birds with one stone, and get a clock into the bargain! Their COM 201 '3-in-1' interface combines a hall-meg RAM upgrade with a hard disk interface, plus a battery-backed dock Featunng a static RAM data buffer and direct memory access, the board plugs into the trapdoor port of the A500 Although the unit retails at £49.95. Cumana are selling it tor £22.45 to the first 500 customers.
Cumana can be contaded on 0483 503121.
WELL HARD RAM BEFORE YOU BEGIN to, ire on Oils month's disk we bad lo archive the disks - bol don't worry. Using the latest available we have compressed the disks and easily executable script tiles, unarchive your Imtoutpt disks, simply have two disks standing by switch on your Amiga and insert the coverdisk at the prompt. When Workbench has loaded simply double click on the Vdisk icons and you will be requested to insert a blank disk.
Done this |ust press return and the archive will expanded to produce a working bootable disk, n you have done Ibis lor both disks, turn oil your machine and restart it with the tirst disk in the drive.
Viieoscape will then bool up and you can lollow the inlructlons below.
ON YOUR DISKS VIDEOSCAPE 3D How much can we cram onto one disk? More than a little that’s for certain.
This month we have crammed an enormous
2. 5Mb on both disks.
Apart from the fabulous playable demos of Legends of Valour and Sword of Honour on Disk 45, we have given you lucky devils a fantastic 3D animation package, Videoscape, and a simply scrumptious personal organiser. Load it up.
LOADING DISK 44 rnere is nothing amatlnQly difficult about this month s b H simply turn your Amiga on and insert it the prompt. Then lollow the directions below to s the fabulous programs Videoscape 3D is a legend in its own lunchtime.
When wireframe 3D graphics were still wooing the computer world, Videoscape was pioneering the amazing concept of solid 3D. Okay, so solid 3D graphics are the norm these days, but Videoscape is no less impressive and powerful than when it was first released. Proof of its power and flexibility are the numerous PD animation demos created with it.
We’ve got hold of the version 2.01 update for you lucky lot.
Once you’ve mastered the program, some truly stunning 3D animations can be created - the only limits are your machine's memory and your imagination. There are some instructions on disk one, but to get you started, here’s a brief guide to the program GETTING STARTED Once you’ve got the main Videoscape 3D program up and running, the lirst thing you'll want to do Is load in a demo animation. These aren’t stored as a series ot graphic frames; instead there are separate directories containing data for the objects, backgrounds. ’flightpaths1. And camera positions and movements. To get a feel
for what the program can do. Lollow these instructions for loading up an animation.
1. From the main Videoscape 3D screen, click on the ’LOAD OBJECT’
box, located in the top left corner of the screen.
2. A requester box will appear, giving a directory listing of
the disk in the internal drive Click in the filename
’Lightplane', lollowed by a click on the OK’ box.
3. The text in the top box (marked ’drawer1), wW now change to
‘mot’. Click in this box and delete the contents.
4 Now place disk two in your lirst external drive it you have one. And replace the text you just deleted with ’DFIimot', then press RETURN. It you have just the single internal disk drive, remove disk one, and replace it with disk two. Type into the top box 'DFOimot', then press RETURN
5. The lower box will now change to show the tiles BounceBair and
‘FlyPaperAirplane'. Click on FlyPaperAirplane1. Then click on
the ‘OK’ box.
6. You should now be back on the main screen.
Hold down the right mouse button and highlight ’Overscan’. Keeping the button depressed, move across to the otf-shoot menu, and select the top COVER DISKS option Oft'.
7. Move down to the Bottom left quarter ot the screen marked
CAMERA MOTION'. Click on LOAD MOTION', and the file requester
will reappear
8. It you have disk two in the internal drive, dick in the top
box marked 'DRAWER', and change the text trom 'cam' to DFO
cam' then press RETURN.
If disk two is in an external drive, replace the 'cam' with 'DF1 :cam' in the top box, then press RETURN.
9. Click on 'FlyThroughTube', then click on the
• OK' box.
10. On the right of the screen are two sets ot small arrows, next
to which are the words SKY COLOUR and GROUND COLOUR. Click on
the top UP arrow of the top pair until 'Lt blue'; next to it.
Then dick on the UP arrow from the lower pair, until the text
beside that reads ‘Dk blue'.
11 Now you’re ready to see some action. Click on the box marked 'BEGIN ANIMATION' at the bottom of the screen, and marvel as the aircraft banks and rolls into the foreground.
12. Press ZERO on the numeric keypad (not on the main keyboard)
to exit back to the main screen.
When you've seen enough of that, try loading some different objects. Backgrounds and movement paths, as you did with the first lot. Most of the animation data diredories are on disk two, but the Videoscape program doesn't know where to find them, so you'll have to change the diredories yourself for certain fundions. This involves nothing more complex than clicking on the relevant device boxes at the Bottom of the file requester. They're the ones labelled DFO:, DF1: and DHO:.
DESIGN IT YOURSELF As part of the Videoscape 3D package, you also get a program called ROT. This is where you can design your own 3D objects for use in the main Videoscape program. If you have enough available memory, you can run this alongside the main program. Just move the Videoscape program display lo the back, and click on the icon labeled D3D in the disk one folder II you have a smaller machine, you may have lo dose down Videoscape before loading ROT.
Rather than jump straight in and try designing an objed trom scratch, the best thing to do is load up an example objed. Then mess around with that until you've got the hang of it. Give this a go: ExMnd Ih* raboki now wrth o quirk -WM drag... one at the bottom left), and move the yellow dot to the top right corner ot the box.
4. Now seled Switch to adion editof' from the ACTION menu.
5. Click on preview, and watch the robot head spin around with
his brand new nose.
After a while, you can have a go at making your own objeds, and using them in full light-sourced 3D animations with Videoscape. For more detailed instrudions, seled the 'HELP' option from ROTs ptojed menu. We'll have a full tutorial next month.
1. From the menu, select Load a ROT objed'.
2. A file requester will appear. Ckck on 'ROTobjects', and then
dick on the filename 'RobotHead', which has just appeared in
the directory window.
3. Click on the box marked DO IT!’.
Now you are back in the ROT main screen, and should be able to see three projedions of a robot head, drawn in transparent vedors. To see what he really looks like, holding down the right mouse button, move up to the menu marked 'ACTION', and select the Switch to adion editor' option. Click on the ‘PREVIEW’ box, and the robot head (now in solid 3D) will begin spinning. After a few seconds of flickery animation, it will have stored all the frames, which it can then cyde through lor a much smoother animation. Click on 'STOP' when you've seen enough. Now we can go and modify it in the editor.
Seled 'Switch to objed editor' from the OBJECT menu.
Let's give him a nose job...
1. De-seled 'Show all polygons' from the OBJECT menu.
2. Drag the POINT slider with the left mouse button so that the
point number reads 3 The front and side elevations of the
robot head should now each have a little yellow dot on the
tip- of the nose. Move into the side elevation box (the
ORGANISED Tki. Ir- -1 hXmUmUwi, sin Hv.
This is a self-explanatory filo-data program which will help get some organisation into your life (much needed around these offices).
Important! In orrlnr to use Inis software properly you must create a fiirther suOoireclory on your boot-ep disk Workbench or whalner) called lilodata' It mokes sense
o install this on your normal bool-disk or copy ol work-
o Ibis by booling from Workbench and entering the shell.
" type: makedlr dfOrfilodata Yon may now save preferences and data by running tie program trom this disk (or Irom another disk providing that you bool horn this disk first).
To run simply double-dick on the icon and you wil be presented with a familiartariy styled calendar page.By clicking on the seperators towards the edge of the display you can enter the different modes, which are (from the top): calendar mode, day-by-day. Address book, notes and preferences.
To enter information into any of the fields simply click with the mouse in the string gadgets on screen and type away. When you enter data in the day-by-day section the entries for those dates will be highlighted in the main calendar.
In some of the sections the two gadgets above the hinge will become active. The'?' Gadget will enable the search routines (very handy if you are looking for a particular event or note) and the 'P' gadget will allow data to be printed out.
The preferences screen allows you to change the default colours used and select the time-out for the screen saver, as well as operate a rather handy calculator. To close Ihe program simply dick on the strange grey blob to the left and just outside of the main screen. You will then be given various data save options before the program quits.
Most of the options are sett explanatory, so open up the program and have a serious muck about. Enjoy!
THE MILITARY MASTERPIECE The Campaign Concept Includes:- Campaign Gaming System Software Map Editor Software Extensive User Guide and Gameplay Manual Incorporating Historical ..Background, Vehicle Factfinder and Campaign Maps 2 World War II Propaganda Posters 2 World War II Propaganda Postcards D-Day Landings Battleplan Map Authentic Wartime Newspaper Reprint ¦ Your playing area covers uptoa staggering 10 million square kilometres of detailed terrain featuring towns, villages, rivers and woodland ¦ Breath-taking graphics that are accurate in every detail, give a unique atmosphere of realism.
¦ Over 100 Kilobytes of 3-D shape data used to create the vehicles.
¦ Sound Blaster, Ad-Lib A Roland sound card compatible.
¦ Available on IBM PC A Amiga empire Empire Software, 4 6 The Sfannetts, Laindon North Trade Centre, Basildon, Essex. SS15 6DJ Telephone: 0268 541212
• ofanindiv, lie with as many " 1 gj Take full command tf up to
g Over 150 vehicle types, each one vehicles 071 tnyr 20
historically displayed in Super Fast 3-D: Russian, accurate
predefined maps ranging in American. German A Rritishtanks, b 1
stz* from 625 to 10 million square artillery suppon vehicles,
aircraft ¦ Hsfli I kilometres. Locations rarieehumthe ati '
ips. (' i HfMijja jpi rm i T ¦ I. Sahara and Russian Stepto the
flLiA alrMfrcrs i ¦ fufct: I Battle of the Bulge in the
Ardennes including ttfr.stnkc*tmiFfta battles.
"" W",gs ¦ »•««¦ Ploying area covers up.o a cwi !-• r-iiigyrtxiter handle me-rwkie B The amazing Map-Editor allows staggering 10 million square kilo- " -1 you to modify the existing maps and metres of detailed terrain featuring cremt new ones of your own. This option is available at any time towns, villages, rivers and woodland, allowing you lo pause and enter the editor to modify the forces. You can ¦ Breath-taking graphics that are even swap sides! Accurate in every detail, give a unique ¦ Control either Allied or Axis forces from die level of Field Marshal atmosphere of realism, nghl
dtn,'ito uutk driver. , , ¦ Over 100 Kilobytes of 3-D shape
• As Mbd MarshaI coord,note strategy for all group, of tanks. . .
Mau , ... right
• AsMld Marshal | conv _
• A s Genera! Ctmtrol the I as 16 active tanks phi n
• As a Tank Driver Gunner experience the battle in stunning 3D.
The most sophisticated c omputer wargaming system ever DEVISED FOR THE HOME COM PITER, USING ACCURATE BACKGROUND INFORMATION FROM WW2 CAMPAIGNS AND INDIVIDUAL BATTLES.
Experience the sheer pressure and anxiety of planning the world's most famous battles.
Programmed by Jonathan Griffiths Disk 45 contains two fabulous demos, Legends of Valour and Sword of Honour. Our excellent, specially commissioned versions will give you more than just a taste of these great games.
Accept no substitutes.
LEGENDS TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF VALOUR
U. S. Gold’s new role playing game, Legends ol Valour, is set in
the city of Mitteldorl. On the island of Wolfbrood. The player
takes the role of a young adventurer visiting the city in
search of fame and fortune. He’s not having much luck though,
as the moment he arrives the city is put under quarantine, due
to a plague Your first glimpse ot the mysterious city of
Mitteldorf, where you may eat. Drink, gamDle and trade, will
be strange indeed. There are taverns to offer you hospitality,
shops where you may buy and sell, and opportunities to chance
your arm with a little gambling. Have a look around this
enormous city, we’re sure that it will amaze you.
Legends is controlled purely by the mouse. To turn your character around you may click the right mouse button (RMB), alter the direction you lace by moving the mouse. Walk straight ahead by pressing the left mouse button (LMB). Movement icons are also available on screen. To swilch oft mouse-controlled movement, dick the RMB a second time. To enter buildings walk straight into the doors. For trading, gambling and similar activities, dick at the appropriate point on the viewing window All of the icons indicated below are operated by placing the cursor on them and dicking me LMB.
Those detailed in italics control functions in the full game which are not induded on the demo - be careful if curiosity compels you to dick on these, as some, like System, will exit the program.
GAMES DISK LOADING DISK 45 Insert Coverdisk 45 in your drive. Wait for the screen to display the icons for Legends of Valour and Sword of Honour then click on the one you wish to play. The game will load automatically and you may begin.
If you have trouble loading the disk, contact PC Wise at the address given below.
SWORD Of HONOUR IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD... In the unlikely event ol your CU Amiga coverdlsks not loading, remove all cartridges and peripherals and tty again. II they still won! Load, pop II in an envelope and send II to: CU DISK RETURNS.
PC WISE, 00WLA1S TOP BUSINESS PARK, DOWLAIS, MERTHYR TYDFIL, MID-GLAMORGAN.
CF48 2YY. They will then lest your disk and send a replacement as soon as possible. For any urgent problems, though, please ring Ihe PC Wise helpline on 0885 350505 this line can he reached between Ihe huurs of 10.30 and 12.30 weekdays.
Whilst CU AMIGA makes every ettort to check our coverdlsks lor all known viruses, we can accept no responsibility tor possible damage caused by viruses which may have escaped our attention.
Sword ol Honour, trom Global Software, gives you the chance to play me ninja - Nippon’s stealthiest, and deadliest, martial artist. In these two screens you must see it your unarmec
H. N you pick up the sword It wtM appsar in ons of theee boxes.
Moving your cursor onto tha object will display lha word* Uaa
Glva’ and Drop1. Click on ons of thaaa I you want to Implement
lha command (although whathsr any action raauHa depends upon
your circumstances whan you clck).
Warrior can deteal a sword-wielding „cinj Pum* MRS™* opponent, then, never mind the Waier WtgMskgf* Mr; I :«¦ I. v- ... Ii|s3u£&j i so your ninja may accuire a tittirg lacing ie«i.
Weapon Tnal s an'or this demo I ni B K§f§B§fijj| afraid, don’t try to leave the two uum» Wtj screens immediately visible or you may SsiSSSSwo- be in lor a nasty surprise. 'mj wu Our Sword ol Honour demo may be ------------- controlled by either a mouse or a joy- bun™ „ SSS’mm is. .my stick. The moves with a mouse use “ I""01"?",1,00101 •**“' bom ot its buttons. LMB clicks produce moves refered to in normal text, and »»** RMB clicks produce the effects in ital- ics. With a joystick you move and ------ evade without the tirebutton pressed, » I™ °p *i«.» ~ » and pressing it produces an attack.
RoH IO.WKU, «¦ THE FIRST COMPUTER CENTRE FIRST COMPUTER CENTRE (leeds) Tel:0532 319444 COMPUTERS PRINTERS SA ew» AMIGA 4000 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK OPEN MON-SAT ..9.30AM-S.30PM SUNDAY OPENING 11.0OAM-3.00PM THURSDAY NIGHT LATE...9.30AM-T.J0PM AUTHORISED DEALERS FOR STAR, CITIZEN. COMMODORE. ACORN, ROMBO 4 SUPRA FREE DELIVERY!
HOWTO ORDER Order by telephone quoting your credit card number. If paying by cheque please make payable to FIRST COMPUTER CENTRE In any correspondence please quote a contact phone number and post code. Allow S working days for cheque clearance
• All prices Include VAT and Standard Delivery
• All hardware computers are genuine UK spec.
• Free Fast Standard 4 to 7 day Delivery
• Guaranteed 2 to 3 day Delivery only £2.50
• Guaranteed Next Day Delivery only £4.90
• Open seven days a week for your convenience
• Overseas orders welcome Technical & Sales 6 LINES 24 HOUR MAIL
ORDER SERVICE!!
0532 319444 CUSTOMER CARE: 0532637988 FAX: 0532 31919 I PLEASE ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: DEPT. CU, UNIT 3 ARMLEY PARK COURT OFF CECIL STREET STANNINGLEY ROAD LEEDS, LSI2 2AE Prices are subject to change without notice. E&OE.
All our printers are UK spec Canon BBBH hp HEWLETT Sftaa-4 only £2099.99 AMIGA 3000 RANGE 2S Mhi with 52 Mb HD, 2Mb RAM..£I39»9? All Star & Citiif n dot matrix primers come complete with printer drivers & paper" SMbtwitbiOSMbHD . S(ar LC2Q £|34 ACKINl AMIGA 500 Plus IBOcpt draft. 4ScptNLQ. Quiet modi• and ntulll TOCK!! J push butcon operation.
- Cartoon Classics Pack New Star lcioo Colour...£ 179.99 1 A 8
•f'Mtci'l fruits. 80.ps drift 45,p, NIQ. Qim t mud.
Star LC200 colour..£ I 95.99 AMIGA 600 & 600HD A* H New Star LC24-I00.....£191.99 Star LC24-20 .£199.99 No Hard Drive .only £269.99 u P,P qU4i,tx. N:(p, dr.n. 60ce. Lo. T" 20 Mb HD ..only £426.99 ...
* 40 Mb HD .only £499.99 Star LC24-200 mono...£219.99
* 40 Mb HD .only £499.99
* 60 Mb HD .only £529.99
* 80 Mb HD .only £559.99
* 60 Mb HD .only £529.99 A
* 80 Mb HD .only £559.99 Star LC24-200 colour.£269.99
Colour vert ion with 30K buffo expandable to 62K Star XB24-200
colour....£379.99 AA1ICA 600 hiinrfles p . rl I a
c Piofi'ssinnal quality with O n tite mai ntrn.ince, very quirt
AMIGA 600 bundles Star SJ48 Bubble jet £209.99 The Epic pack
only £39.99 (withA600 20HD) The Wild, Weird & the Wicked only
£29.99 (with Atoo) AMIGA 600 Deluxe Later quality .ultra quit
t. Epsun tompjtibW' & portable Star Laserjet 4 MK3.£739.99 '' 4
¦ 4 P*K*" 'aser. I years on site maintenance S00 20HD) Star
LC20 Autosheet feeder .£59.99 W k H Star LC200 Autosheet
feeder......£62.99 W,CK€a Star LC24-20 Autosheet
feeder...£64.99 Star LC24-200 Autosheet feeder.£64.99 Star SJ48
Autcsheet feeder £52.99 A‘°°) Citizen Swift 9 Colour £ 183.99 ¦
Excellent value 9 t m mUmr. Highly recommended luxe NEW Swift
240 Colour....£279.99 74 (Hi. 240 ps draft. 10 fonts, qim-t
mode. 740cps NEW Swift 200 Colour £204.99 Same out put as the
240 but w.rh less facilities A600 Deluxe only £339.99 or
£379.99 for 2 Mb ram A600HD Deluxe only £509.99 or £549.99 for
2 Mb ram A600 HD UPGRADE KITS 20Mb _______ £124.99 60Mb
..£229.99 80Mb -£279.99 AMIGA 1500
Plus only £499.99
139. 99 Semi auto sheet feeder £29.99 Automatic Sheet
feeder....£79.99 Canon BJIOex £229.99 Laser quality output.
Larger buffer than the Sta'SJ48Can .n'Star bubblejrt
cartridges £17 9’ : KITS Canon BJ20 ......£309.99 I
S . QQ Built »n auto sheet feeder and extra facilities than
B| 10 Canon BJ300 ....£379.99 . £229.99 Doiktop bubblr
jn witb I ucr quality ...£279.99 Canon
BJ330 ...£519.99 Wlda tarrlaqa vanlon of Ibr BJ100
BJIOex Autosheetfeeder...£52.99 Hewlett Packard Printers 9
HP500 mono..now £334.99 HP 500 Colour £509.99 HP500 mono
cartridges....£!4.99 AMIGA 1500 Plus Business &
Entertainment pack All HP printers come with a 3 year
warranty now only £549.99 AMIGA 1500 Deluxe With the FIRST
EXTRAS Pack you can make sure you have every thing you need
when buying an Amiga . All the essentials required for the
first time buyer and at a bargain price .'
Comprises:
• Top quality microswitched Powerplay Cruiser joystick
• Mouse Mat
• Dust Cover
• 10 high quality Blank Disks
• Plus £70.00 of software.'.' only £29.99 RRP £95.00 .' only
£559.99 c DTV now only £369.99 CD Rom Amiga A570 only £329.99
CDTVTrackerball only £74.99 CD TV keyboard only £49.99 MONITORS
All our monitors are UK spec. All monitors come complete with a
free Amiga lead WARNING: Before you purchase a monitor make
sure it has a full UK specification. You might be buying what
you think is a similar monitor at a lower price but it is
likely to be a "GREY" import. These monitors do not comply with
British safety standards and are not covered by an official
warranty PHILIPS CM8833mk2 HSSBBBI only £195.99 uk Spec.
Commodore 1084 5 SD only £209.99 PHILIPS BRILLIANCE SVGA Colour
monitor 1500 VERSION £389.99 A500 VERSION £489.99 GOLDSTAR
REMOTE £169.99 COMMODORE I 960 multisync only £436.99 SUPRA
MODEMS ( The Supra-Fax Modem £32 bis (14400 baud ! ) only
£259.99 Supra Fax Plus (up to 9600 BPS) now only £139.99
ONLY £ I 19.99 Supra 2400zi Plus only £99.99 Supra 2400 only
£79.99 GP FAX SOFTWARE only £29.99 i Bowht with rr POWER
SCANNER only £77.99 or £99.99 with built in MEGA MIX MASTER.'
TAKE 2.
Only £39.99 MEGAMIX MASTER only £29.99 We recommend all ROMBO products GVP HARD DRIVES & ACCELERATORS AMIGA A500 HARD DRIVES GVP Strict IIHDS* SJMb only £329.99(1
- -'OPAL VISION only £679.99 GENLOCKS Rocgen only 79.99 Rocgen
Plus only £1 19.99 ROCGEN ROCKEY only £269.99 SUPRA RAM GVP
Strict IIHD8* 120Mb.._ ... only £419.99 Gvp Scon il hoi* }40Mb
...only £669.99 A500 GVP Combo’s ASMCombo40MHi'S2MbHO Only
£649.99 AlMComboMMHi'iJOMbHO- only £759.99 ASM Combo
44MHt240Mb HD_ Only £989.99
• mi2CoJnxcttorKi«iorA5M.. only £209.99 GVP memory RAM Imb RAM
card AMIGA I SOQ'WOO with 2mb....only £ I 49.99 '4 libit 60m
Imb SIMM for Accdcmor____________Only £64.99
)2htWnt«MbS»iNfarA«c*tcKor only £179.99 II500 2000 Hard Drives
lmpKtScnctllHCI»C *trolard Only £ I 24.99 Impact Stott II HCI*
with S2Mb HD - Only £269.99 Impact Strict IIHCI* with 120Mb HO
.....Only £409.99 impact Scott 11HCI* with 2«M ho.... only
£639.99 impactStnttIIHCI* with420MbHD... only £ 1039.99
1500 2000 G-FORCE ACCELERATORS G-Force 030-2SMMz with I Mb 32 U
RAM.only £549.99 . ; G-Fortt 0J&40MH« with 4Mb J2 b.t RAM.only
£789.99 G-Forct 0JO-SOMHi with 4Mb )2 bit RAM only £ 1109.99
G-Force 040-28MHI with 2Mb 32 bit RAM lor A 3000 only £1499.99
Syquest 88Mb + Cartridge & HC8* only £559.99 All GVP products
come with a full 2 year warranty 8Mb pop to Imb £89.99 8Mb pop
to 2 Mb dir**) £114.99 8Mb pop to 2 Mb !•*-• .«...£! 39.99 8Mb
pop to 4 Mb....£194.99 8Mb pop to 8 Mb £299.99 8Mb pop to 2 Mb
for 2000 1500 range £149.99 5I2K RAM
EXPANSION ROCTEC ROCHARD DRIVES ROCTEC A500 CONTROLLER CARD
Very nmilar tn style to the CVP HD8* but unpopulated and
without a hard drive to you 411 fit your own Please specify
IOE or SCSSI Expands to 8Mb of RAM utm| SIMMS only £164.99
ROCTEC 40Mb....£259.99 ROCTEC 60Mb....£294.99 ROCTEC
80Mb....£329.99 ROCTEC 120Mb...£364.99 now only £22.99 KCS
Power board j Regarded at one o4 the best emulators on the
market.
Only £94.99 m.*.™ Colour version only £229.99 only £859.99 MICE &TRACKERBALLS NAKSHA MOUSE only £24.99 ROCTEC MOUSE , i iTmL only £13.99 GENIOUS Happy mux only £19.99 GOLDEN IMAGE Brush mouse with Deluxe paint 3 only £24.99 Golden Image optical mouse £29.99 Zydec Trackerball £29.99 Golden Image Crystal Trackbafl...£36.99 DISK DRIVES only £59.99 I Cumana 3.5" now only £52.99 New Slimline Prima Addup 3.5" only £49.99 only £179.99 MS-DOS 4.01 111.00.Hr. Vortex Golden Gate 386-25 nw n . PC MS.1SSX Bndt'tw.Ml nin.lng .1 IS Mhi only £439.99 The New GVP l6Mhz PC-286 ( fo» m. with Mi. CVP
Srri.s II HDB * or GVP AS30 only £239.99 VORTEX AT Once Plus l6Mhz Mo. WiH. Ism si p«d ...only £214.99 ;Built for first Computers and uipphed to Phoemx. These high quality RAM modules will take your AS0C Plus or the new A*00 -* built in real time clock) up to 2 Mb ofcNp RAM without ahdatmg your warranty A500* A600 Unpopulated only £I6.99.£23.99 Populated to 5l2K..only £26.99.£32.99 Populated to I Mb..only £33.99.£39.99 2 Mb A600 PCM Cl A RAM card.i 134.99 4 Mb A600 PCM Cl A RAM card..£204.99
• ecaute mm ofdtr software wsi rot run on the new 104 ope* at.nj
iptrm First Comp ten launched the PRIMA (as uppfced 10 Phoewii)
ROM sharer. Tbs h.jh quality ROM sharer hatim a Rrntfe nbtxm
connection so that it tan be positionrd vywhere within your ASM
Pkis or AMO. Fdl 2 year replactnwnt warranty now only £19.99 or
£27.99 for keyboard switchable version I ImbbtiniMMS (11 MprrMb
1 •*4Sb,4S*mn- .1*8 88 « Me.
I I Mb Or • OAAMS f|t*tpr I*R I I PR» 6. • 7 IPS .. ora, I |« M Mb I 158--,, « 3MM.lM.ldu A « ewdochers I «• |5tJ*| mwceltO »« B» (I Mb) ...nowonly £3.19 l6e(2Mb) .. ..now only £2 99 Kickstart 1,3_ . £23.99 Kickstart 2.04 ..... £34.99 Fatter Agne*8372A £31 99 Super Demse £22.99 6S7I -0326 Keyboard controller ______ £9-99 CIA 85 20A I O controller £7.99 Pro-Midi 2 Interlace featuring midi irs cut thru, and 2 switchable midi out!thru
sockets., .only £24.99 Moosef joystick port switcher ..only £ 13.99 Computer Video Start Switch ..only £ 19 .99 2 way Parallel port sharer box inc cablc.only £ 17.99 Aewjt Sound Irhjncn Pkis by Omrya Propels. Hrar the Amoya't sound kk* fou’w IWI heard it before) ..only £36.99 PRINTERFACE (ADDITIONAL PRINTER PORT FOR THE 150022000 3000) ....£35.99 QUALITY MOUSE MATS ....£1 99 2S CAPACITY DISK BOX ... £2.99 40 CAP LOCKABLE DISK BOX ...£4.99 100 CAP LOCKABLE DISK
BOX .£6.99
* 90 CAP STACKABLE BANX BOX £8.99
• ISO CAP STACKABLE POSSOBOX £16.99 ’add £340 driwtry if
yurthasmf Ml one Rosso or Bun boi Free driwry -we yurthmd with
whf. Product or when bup* 2 O' rwt.
AMIGA A500 OUST COVER ....£3.99 AMIGA 600 COVER .... .£2.99 14” MONITOR DUSTCOVER ......£6.99 12" MONITOR DUSTCOVER ......£5.99 AMIGA TOSCARTCABLES .£9.99 STD 1.8 METRE AMIGA PRINTER LEAD....£4.99 MODEM AND NULL MODEM CABLES £9.99 2 WAY Parallel port sharer----------------------£17.99 Al ew IT ton art GUARANTEED FOR A LIFETIME aid in CERT4IE0 K ERROR FREE doutk udtd. D:ub dcnet, dnks u. hgh quality
10. ......£4.99 ....£6.99
30. .....£14.29 ....£17.99
50. .....£21.99 ....£28.99
100. ...£39.9 9 ...£54.99
200. ...£72.9 9 ...£99.99
500. .....£169.99 .£POA I
000..£339.99 ....£POA Sony Branded disks come complete
with labels Disk Labels....500...now only £6.99 Disk
Labels.. 1000....now only £9.99 WORD PROCESSING DTP FINAL
COPY latest version 2B ¦m_.m only £65.99 New! KINDWORDS V3
only £39.99 PAGESTREAM 2.2 only 126.99 Hot Links £48.99
Pagcwtter 2 DTP £39.99 Pro Page professional VJ DTP now
£99.99 Protext 4.3 W P now only £39.99 Protext S.S W P now
only £69.99 Wordworth 1.1 word pubbshrr £72.99 VIDEO AND
GRAPHICS DIGI-VIEW GOLD MEDIA SYSTEM now only £ I 19.99
37CompugraphlcfontiVollor2byGT only£9.9 Amiga Vision now
only £19.9 £ Magic £67.9 Department Pro 2.1 only £129.9
Alternative Scroller £74.9 Deluxe Paint 2 Deluxe Paint 3
Deluxe Paint 4 EXPERT DRAW EXPERT 4DJR Flextdump printer
Imagine V2 PixMate Pro Draw 3 Pro Video Plus Real 3D TURBO
PRINT TV Text Pro Vista Vista Pro 2 (2 Mb required)
MUSIC SOUND Aegis Sonix Audio Master version 4 I Audio
Engineer Plus V2 Bars A Pipes Broadcast Titler 2 only Deluxe
Music Costruction Set Music X JUNIOR only £ I 2.99 RRPC49.9*
PROGRAMMING Amos Pro ft * atonal DEVPAC 3 Easy AMOS GFA
BASIC I S Intrrprrtor GFA Basic Compiler Lattice C Version 6
UTILITIES AMIGA RELEASE 2 UPGRADE KIT I now only £77.99
NEWCrossDosVS £25.99 Opus Directory £26.99 QUARTERBACK V5
now only £32.99 Quarterback Tools now only £37.99 Xcopy Pro
inc. hardware £33.99 BUSINESS Home Accounts 2 £37.99
INTERSPREAD only £24.99 Mini Office .£42.99 Superbase
Personal £19.99 PLATINUM WORKS & HOME ACCOUNTS!!
Are you ready to take on the tiles ?
They're small, they're square and they're the toughest opponents you'll ever face.
Whether you're ¦ wiiard with words or you spoil Xylophone with a Z. you'll love this magical piece of programming Irem US Gold. Scrabble for your screen.
After eons as the world s best loved word game, we ve brought Scrabble smack bang into the 21st century.
SCRABBLE THE WORLD S LEADING WORD GAME It s the same irresistible blend of shill and chance, but with hot graphics and some very special features thrown in.
• Challenge up to 3 friends or tahe on the might of the computer
solo.
• 12 skill levels to test seasoned pro s or first of the Chambers
Official Scrabble Dictionary
• over 1 26.000 words?
So if you slap down dude . Hotshot or megahit and your pals give you some verbal. Just check out the words to see if they count.
T II r HOMl COMfUTM VERSION I ROM... gM|!
And at the end ol a battle simply click the mouse and print out the final layout of the board to goad your opponents with.
Pick up Computer Scrabble today.
And spend a night on the tiles.
Machines have started trundling out of the Big After months speculation, a ments, retractions, the ing of hopes and the dashing of hopes, Commodore has finally unveiled the A4000.
Revealed fleetingly at the World of Commodore Show in Pasadena, the first C’s new plant in Irving, Scotland. For the world's first review of the latest in the Amiga family, read on... » Launching a new machine is a Iricky business, and one which Commodore ra have now done three times in one k year. It's Iricky because there are all sorts ot things to consider: the mar- |SPJ ket it's aimed at. The price, the 9H promotional budget, the resliucluring jSEfl ol the rest of the range and the sup- I port to developers Whatever the thoughts passing Sj through the synapses in Maidenhead.
I they are now committed The new wave ol '' Amigas starts heie In tact the A4000 is piob
- m in ably more wf wHa revolutionary than & Wi any machine
since mj§A the original A1000 back in 85 Not only does it con
fa*n a new processor, but it also sports a new Kickslart. A new
version ot Workbench and a completely revolutionised chipset.
Let us now take you on a tour of the machine everyone has been waiting for.
This is the future of amiga business systems like the Mac and PC.
The Locale tool localises' your Amiga setup to a particular area of the work) The map allows you to set your time lone (which isn't actually used by Workbench itself, but is stoned along with other system information in case a future application should need it) and the language you would like lo use. This in turn sets up the standard lor numerical conventions, and time and date tormat as used by the language you have selected More than that, from then on all Workbench menus and requesters (including any Workbench tools) will appear in that language These choices are saved and may be picked up
by other applications in the future.
The new international mode format lor disks attempts to preserve all the special characters used by any particular language A stunning addition to Workbench is support for PostScript printers. At last you can output direct to a PostScript printer without having to go through a DTP package like Protes&onal Page or PageSlieam You may think that the only reason to pnnt via PostScript is il you .
Are doing some sort of DTP work, but it can be |ust as handy to be able to print out text for letters or a book manuscript this way.
Appears, or a program sends the Control-G ASCII code (which is listed as be*') the screen will flash and a tone will sound. This has happened on Workbench since the dawn of the Amiga.
What this tool does is allow Ihe user lo select the tone and volume of Ihe bell, whether the screen win flash or to use a sample instead of the simple bong noise If sample' is selected from the cycle gadget, a requester will pop up askng where the sample is located Select the filename and Ihe sample will be played whenever a system warning occurs.
PRINTER The printer preferences haven't changed that much, apart from the addition of a PostScnpt driver. The driver will work in exactly the same way as any other driver, so you will be able to output PostScript from any application which supports the preferences pnnter.
The monitor selection routine is much the same as Workbench 2.
Except ol course that due lo the new chipset a new range of resolutions and colour options are available. There are eight oolour resolutions available in all modes (which makes i mode lather redundant), knot reaty much point having a 256 colour Workbench at the number of colours aetu ally used by Workbench only stretches to eight IconEdit won't support 256 colours either, which is a sensible move otherwise info files would start taking up large amounts of disk space, not to mention being totally illegible on lower versions.
There Is support lor the tllckerfixed High and Low res modes with a new interlace option as well Basically, this means that the screens can be 256.
512 or 1024 pixels high, with the last of these needing some extra flicker-fixing hardware You will need a flicker-fixer to use Ihe Super-High Res mode in interlace too.
6. PALETTE The Palette requester has changed some wfial in that
you now get one of those cut colour tool may open its own
custom screen.
Computing The colour wheel appears dithered usually, but the lull colour range is displayed in the slider bar.
As mentioned betore you can only select up to eight different colours lor workbench operations, since mere are only eight that the system can use.
If you have difficulty imagining what your colour set would look like there is a preview window available, detailing every circumstance possible so you can check for legibility and so on. Particular colours may be recalled from a range of presets, and you can save different palette files for easy recall at a later date.
7. WB PATTERN A lot of nonsense is talked about the Workbench
pattern. Many people mink it is a frivolous, unnecessary
addition to the system. And the rest of them don't like it at
all. Of course, complicated patterns in lots of colours are
ridiculous, but if you are going to spend most of your day
looking at it, then you may as well be able to change it to
whatever you like As with WB2 the editing options are quite
primitive, it being a case of a steady hand and a lot of
patience it you want to create something more adventurous. As
is traditional, all the default patterns are hideous and
unlivable with. There must be a whole department at West
Chester devoted to thinking up the most evil and repellent
patterns.
The important point is that now you can use an IFF picture (up to 256 colours) as your backdrop image. It doesn't matter what mode the image was created in, it will be mapped pixel lor pixel If the image doesn't quite fill the screen men it will be tiled.
8. MULTIVIEW This tool is CBM's attempt at a universal file
reader Activating Multnnew causes a file requester to pop up.
It doesn't matter what sort of file it is. It should be accessible by Mulliview. This is achieved by dropping dala files in the Data Types drawer of me system disk. These files detail the structure of the information and allow multiview to display it in a meaningful way.
The datatypes supplied are ILBM. 8SVX, AmigaHelp and FTXT, which cover graphics, sound, help files and IFF text respectively. Note that when it comes to graphics, multiview will display the file to the best of its ability. Since the output is constrained to the Workbench screen, even if your ILBM is 256 colours it will only display Ihe amount of colours available to it on the Workbench window. This is an advantage rather than a drawback, as Multiview is intended to be a quick utility to work out what files are. Not an application in its own right.
The Intellifont tool is provided to make proper use of the scaleable fonts available under FEATURE RE Workbench.
Compugraphic Fonts tirst appeared with release 2,0 of Workbench, but the software to harness them was ropey to say the least. Fountain is gone now, and instead we have Intellifont.
There are two main uses for Intellifont; installing new fonts and modifying me ones mat you've already gol There are three scaleable fonts supplied with this version of Workbench: CGTimes, CGTnumnrate (which is incredibly sitnilar to Helvetica, but not that similar honestly Mr Copyright lawyer), and LetterGothic.
You can only install FAIS type CG fonts, such as found lor me PC (just as well that CrossDos is included) Modfymg the fonts you have entails being able to specify different theoretical sizes for them (if they should ever come up in a requester) and creating actual bitmaps of the given sizes to be stored for use by applications..
10. FORMAT Thanks to thb High Density drive, the format command
has' ¦ been re-written.
This means that when you select a disk icon and choose Initialise from the menu, the new tool springs into action.
It the disk in question is High Density, it will automatically default to formatting it to the maximum capacity. This is a good thing, because High density disks don’t like being formatted to 880k - they may work for a while, but on the other hand you may loose all your data. This is such a well known tact mat it is even mentioned in CBM’s manual Normal DSDD disks will be virtually unaffected.
The format command still supports the FFS mode lor floppies (as from WB2.0, these disks cannot be read under lower systems of Workbench) and international mode (which attempts to preserve accented characters and , likewise, will not work on Workbench t .3 or lower).
There is also a new mode called Directory caching, which attempts to create an easily accessible cache area on the disks so mat directories and icon data can be read more quickly. This mode means that slightly less of the disk is available tor data (but not much), and will only work on mis version of Workbench.
The new-style Format command also displays a handy little luel-gauge type box which graphically demonstrates how far the process has got.
There ought to be some sort of campaign set up for the renaming of this command really. The word 'Format' contains all the wrong connotations for a tool which is useful and accurate.
Multiview will support me clipboard though, so pieces ol text, pictures and sound can be cut and pasted and men drawn into other dipboard-type applications.
11. PREPCARD This is a tool provided for the formatting of PCM
CIA memory cards. It is a bit useless on the A4000 since it
doesn't have a PCMCIA slot, but presumably could be quite
useful on me A600.
9. INTEUIFOHT The cards may be formatted as a disk type device or
as a memory type device (to expand system memory). The
utility will also return the current status ot me card,
indicating the amount of memory available, the speed at
which it can be accessed (which is about 3-4 times slower than
normal Fast RAM) and the state of the battery on the card.
12. CROSSDOS CrossDos has been one of the most popular file
conversion utilities on me Amiga for a long time now, so it's
only fair mat it was the one chosen to give Workbench 3.0 a
smattering of PC compatibility.
When using CrossDos you will be able to read and write data to PC-type disks (both standard and High Density) and even format PC disks with your Amiga drives. Unlike me commercial version 5.0, no icon will appear on me Workbench if the disk is not recognised as PC compatible.
To select drives to be used for CrossDos you must access the Storage drawer in the system directory. You can then either double-dick on the relevant icon, or drag it into the DosDrivers drawer in the Devs directory if it is to be used all the time.
13. BLANKER The screen saver commodity is much me same as the one
in Workbench 2. Except that now you have the option to have
weird shapes animated on the screen if you leave it alone tor
too long.
It’s amazing what they can do with modem technology.
14. SHOWCONFIG This is just a small utility mat gives systems
details. Like the PD utility Syslnlo, it will let you kndw
what processor is in operation, which chipset is being used,
versions of the relevant libraries and ROMs and how much
memory is available to the system.
If any expansion boards are installed these will be listed along with thelrcurrent status and manufacturer details.
15. LACER * A utility called Lacer has been provided for Genlock
users. All it does is toggle interlace mode on and off, but
this is very useful for people involved in video production
or those who use a genlock.
16. BOOT OPTIONS The boot options have been extended with the new
Kickstart. As well as being able to select which device to
boot from you can now control several other features as well.
For a start the internal caching of the CPU can be turned off, which can prevent many incompatibility problems.
There is also a diagnostic screen for determining if any expansions fitted to me Zorro slots are working. Information is displayed relating to the slot number, manufacturer and operating status of the card.
Another option screen allows you to select either PAL (default) or NTSC screen displays, as well as selecting a chipset type to use (original.
ECS or best available ).
BETTER GRAPHICS.
BETTER SOUND.
BETTER SOFTWARE.
BETTER GET ONE.
- v 1 Better take note. One CD inserted into the new Amiga CDTV
stores the equivalent of up to 700 floppy discs. That’s disc
drive, : 550 megabytes of memory or 250,000 A4 pages of text.
Yours for oi also gives you access to over 3,000 Amiga titles
and over 100 CDTV discs, covering everything from arcade
quality games to education. And CDTV can be used as a regular
audio player when connected to your stereo. The Amiga anything
better ths IE WORLD’S MOST INTERACTIVE INTERACT complete with
qwerty and Infra red remote contr AMIGA CDTV From C’ Commodore
HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM You already know that the 4000 is the
first of a whole new generation of Amigas, but what are the new
features that make it the machine of the future?
The most noticeable change in the new Amiga is the case. Commodore have gone tor a slimline PC-like case with a much lower protile than the
2000. Whilst similar in some respects to the A3000 there is not
as much arty grillwork and it even sports a lock on the
tront, just like a proper' computer. The front panels for
the drive bays are slightly more obvious, one for a 3.5"
drive and one lor a 5.25'. There is a rear bay too, for the
addition ot further IDE drives. However, the real changes
are inside... ilmifs news IIRDWARE
1. 68040 The Motorola 68040 chip, clocked at 25 Mhz, is the heart
of the new Amiga. This is the most advanced processor
available in the range, and is used in top of the range
machines like the Macintosh Quadra.
The 68040 is rated faster than the Intel 486 chip, to be found on all the top-end IBM PC clones these days. The chip itself includes an MMU (Memory Management Unit), and an FPU (Floating Point Unit) making the days of having to fork out extra for a maths co-pro disappear. Having said that, some of the A4000S will be fitted with the 68EC040. An economy version, which just means that the MMU and FPU are not installed Without them the processor is still faster than a 68030 with a 68882 FPU but not as fast as it could be Also, although AmigaDos won’t use the MMU, some operating systems actually
require one to be present (if you are thinking of running UNIX for example).
The processor is actually installed on a separate card in the CPU slot (situated towards the front, near the drive bays). The thinking behind locating it on a 'local bus' is that it will be simpler to change processors should the need arise, or even add expansion systems that must be closely tied to FIRMWARE Firo manuals accompany the latest Amiga, detailing better than ever before exactly what is going on, where and why.
The A4000 manual explains concisely, but expertly, and with the aid of copious diagrams, exactly how to add processor modules, hard drives, floppy drives, expansion cards and memory to the Amiga. The internal layout ot Ihe A4000 isn't quite as intricate and cramped as the A3000, so the instructions are a lot easier to follow. The specification in the back is excellent for showing all your PC-owning friends, and the problem solving section, whilst not extensive, is certainly miles ahead o( anything Apple have ever written.
The AmigaDos manual details all the commands and tools that are available from Ihe CLI and Shell. In addition to being an essential reference book there are also a number of tutorials designed lo gel users new lo Ihe Amiga as familiar as possible with this new computing environment.
The Workbench manual ilsell covers all the preferences and tools that come with the new operating system. Every detail ol operation is extensively covered and there is a handy glossary al Ihe back lo explain all the technical lerms
L. er, some people, may not understand A hard drive guide is
included lo explain how the IDE mechanism fits in to the grand
scheme ol things Amiga.
There is also advice about setting up, maintaining and installing new drives.
The final manual is Ihe one quite a tew people have been waiting tor. It describes the operation ol the Arexx language and includes a comprehensive list ot all the functions and commands available. Although It contains very lew examples, it's a dam sight better than nothing, whicb is precisely what Workbench 2 owners got.
Mode, but the pallet is no longer the odd fringed thing we have come to know.
3. RAM EXPANSION Chip HAM is Ihe memory used directly by the
Direct Memory Access chips. Because ol constant polling by the
different chips, if Is slightly slower than Fast RAM, but this
is a concession to having what basically amounts to several
co-processors running at once, the Amiga's memory (like a
Digital Signal Processor for example). Although a third party
card might actually replace the processor module in Ihe slot,
it's likely lhat most of them will require you to remove the
68040 from the original processor module and place it into
the new one. It’s a good job then that the 040 is in a socket.
2. AGA CHIPSET The old PAD. The original custom chipset, isn't
quite the same anymore. Alter surviving several generations ot
change through to their ECS (Enhanced Chip Set) version, they
have row changed completely - or have they?
The most immediate change is in the screen modes. The A4000 with Workbench 3 is now capable ol operating in all modes with a 256 colour pallet. This will probably be quite amazing when somebody writes some software to support it.
Unfortunately HAM mode and Extra HaltBrite are things of the past. There is now an eight bit- plane Ham mode, but your old HAM software will no longer create 4096 colour masterpieces.
DpainH will run on the A4000, even in HAM ‘ Chip memory is important because it is the only memory which can be addressed by these custom chips. This means it is ot a priority tor graphics and sound applications which rely on the custom chips.
The Workbench screen also requires Chip memory
- quite a lot of K it you a)e working in a 256-colour
Super-Hi-Res Interlace rilode.
The limits of chip memory haven't been increased, but it is now organised on a 32-bit wide structure (as in the A3000) and is connected via a SIMM module. The Fast RAM is also organised on SIMM modules and can be expanded to a total of 16Mb using tour banks of 1Mb SIMMs. This will produce an appreciative sigh trom the wallets ot the expansionists - the A3000 used ZIP packages which were both difficult to fit and often hard (and expensive) to tind. Almost everything uses SIMM modules nowadays Ihough. Even laser-printers. So expect more memory (or your money.
Fast RAM is also organised around SIMM modules, but with the ability to use the larger Those screen modes in full... E Further expansion is possible through | the Zorro slots Mode Resolution Low Res 320 256 Low Res Laced 320 X1024 Ldw Res No Flicker 320 x 512 High Res 640 x 256 High Res Laced 640x1024 High res No Flicker 640x612 Super High Res 1024x612 Super High Res Laced 1024x 1024
4. IDE INTERFACE The IDE standard is a bit of a surprise choice
for the built m hard disk protocol IDE. The standard used on
many Pcs for hard drives, and the drive modules tend to be
slightly cheaper than SCSI ones.
The advantage of the SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol is Ejtop games... are you M iacaM Jfplayfcig
• CIMU 128Cmi 0 PC 5.25' 0 AABTIADCPCCah • AAUGA SsncmiMCai Okis1
• ATARI ST SIND A Sxfc FO* IBS CATAlOGUf Kitx, Units 2 3, Holford
Way, Holford, Birmingham B6 7AX. Tekphon*: 021 625 3311 A4000
At a Glance... HorOwire: 68040 processor • High Density floppy
drive • AGA chipset • 32-bit Chip RAM • Internal expansion lo
16Mb last RAM via SIMM modules • Built-in I0E mechanism • 4
Zorro expansion Slols • Soltware iKiekstart WB
3. 0): Postscript driver • Inteliilonts management • CrossDos •
Sound Editor • Extended Boot Options • Prepcard • WB backdrops
• that a lot of other devices use it - tape streamers, optical
drives, scanners and so on.
01 course the IDE standard was already in use on the A60O so it was only to be expected that the A4000 would include it too. But it's a move unlikely to go down well with developers. A SCSI controller card can easily be added via the Zorro slots, but as there are only lour ol these on the A4000 it could cause some problems when using other boards as well.
5. FLOPPY DRIVE One feature enabled by the new chipset is the
ability to access High Density floppy disks. These are
essentially the same as the usual DSDD disks we have all
become so familiar wrth But with one important difference.
When formatted they now have a maximum capacity ol 1.76 Mb ot
data (depending on the format type used). This means that the
Amiga has finally caught up with the rest of the universe as
regards floppy disks - the PC and the Mac have been using them
for years.
Maybe the capacity of the drive wasn't quite so important in the past, but with the enhanced graphics capabilrties of the new chipset, file sizes are going to get bigger, not smaller.
COMPATIBILITY As Kith every nnr machine, there are Count! La be some compallbillty problems. Moving up lo a near processor am) a tew Workbench il would be easy lo imagine how things could go horribly wrong.
M S surprising Ihen lhal almosl Ml ol Ihe applications software we tested woiked: Art Department. PnlessUial Page. SID, HM30. Profession! Draw, PtoWrUt, QmrrerMci. No problems Well, eicepllor SID which complained about being stretched across a 1024x512 screen. Prottssmit Page even worked when torced into Workbench operation on an overscanned Super Hlgh-Res Interlace screen.
Incredibly even a largewrunber ol games will work (not that the busy esec types that will boy the A4000 will have lime lo play games ot course, that s why they've gel an 04S). Including Lowslll and loot.
This bodes wall lor compatibility with other products - the only ones who are likely lo cause problems are those which open a window on Ihe Workbench. Some problems are likely lo be solved by a re-lesue ol the Kickstart ROM in Ihe tuture.
Through CrossDos (which now forms part of Workbench) the drive will also be able to access High Density PC floppies, making Ihe transfer of large amounts of data even easier.
A. AUDIO CONNECTOR Although the sound capabilities of the Amiga
have not been enhanced, there is now a small internal
connector inside the A4000 which, according to the manual:
'enables an audio expansion device mounted internally to mix
its output into the standard Amiga audio output*.
Essentially it's just a connector which is wired through to
the RCA jacks at the rear of the machine, but the implication
is that an internal sound expansion device is on the way.
Further evidence to suggest that a 16-bit sound upgrade may be on the way is the fact that the processor is installed on a module board. Any likely DSP expansion would go via this route.
B. CONNECTORS Not a major point, but the keyboard connector is
now a 6 pin Ps 2 type affair, the same as the COMMENT 'What
will make or Break the A4000 is the software and peripherals
available and the support it gets Irom dealers. Without
quality products to really show off the new features and put
the underlying hardware to practical use it wilt have a hard
time competing with products Irom the likes ol Apple So far.
To our knowledge, only GVP have announced a product that
actively supports the new features of Ihe A4000 - in this case
the new genlock, which takes advantage of the AGA chipset.
Provided other developers follow GVP'S lead the A4000 shook)
succeed.
Support Irom dealers who already stock and understand high-end Amiga products such as those from GVP, Progressive. Supra, etc. are essential. These dealers are the ones who will be able to demonstrate the lull berrefils of the A4000 and match systems to the customers needs.' ANDY LEANING. SOL CDTV. The keyboard itself is almost identical to" - the A3000s and is finished in a nice white colour to match the case. A long lead is supplied, which is just as well because the connection to the A4000 is at the back next to the video slot.
The mouse port is the same as before though, although it has moved to the left-hand side of the case, towards the back. This suits those of us who like to loop the mouse cable around the back of the machine or indeed, left handed people, but if you are going to use a third party mouse, make sure you get one with a long enough cable!
CONCLUSION So the new Amiga is faster, has new graphic modes, a taster custom chip set. A new version of Workbench and a new Kickstart. All in all it is a completely new machine, and yet compatibility wise it seems » work with almost all software that works on WB2 0 Workbench 3 is likely to be available as an upgrade for existing Amiga owners, as you don't need to have the AGA chipset to take advantage of it.
It is impossible to upgrade the custom chips tom ECS to AGA as they are not pin compatible.
It compares well against the PC With a faster processor than the Intel 486 and screen modes very dose to those of Super-VGA As to the Atari Falcon, well, whatever those strange people across the way on ST Review may think, there’s no threat to the Amiga coming from that quarter The motherboard of the A4000 is likely to form the basis of a whole new range of machines, with a mid-range option being available, probably with an 030 processor module.
The gauntlet is now thrown down to developers to produce a new generation of software and hardware that can harness the power of the latest COMMENT 'The A4000 has a number ot ineresting design features: Th processor board, allowing easy upgrades, the support for SIMM modules as RAM expansion an dthe new graphics reolutions.
The IDE interface may not please Amiga die- hards but it does offer an inexpensive hard drive and interface. A SCSI controller will be available from November. The aggressive pricing of this new flagship model will in ensure a successful future for the Amiga ' DAVE CHEETHAM. Cmculus Stosbs Amiga and its successors The A4000 is available Irom Calculus Stores, Tel:0543 251275 and Silica Sytems, Tel: 081 3091111 COMMODORE £1999 ‘The most significant advance in home computing since the launch of the original Amiga' EASE OF USE 94% VALUE FOR MONEY 92% EFFECTIVENESS 96% FLEXIBILITY 91% INNOVATION
100% 95% PHOENIX SALES 0532-311932 Our friendly, highly trained sales team will ensure that your order is dealt with efficiently and with the minimum of fuss At the time of HR placing your ' order we vail ft j advise you ol Jytf anticipated
V. V delivery time w I and answer % any other
* 1 queries you : - may have I * regarding your fcvu i * purchase
All major credii cards accepted.
TECHNICAL 0532 319061 The Phoenix product helpline ensures that all our customers benefit from the highest level of after sales technical support.
We also Oder CJIT- ¦ ¦ M advice .o help you K mchoosing * gjw exactly the right , product for your nB| requirements gt vH thus eliminaimg ' 1 Ihe possibility ol £ : J an unwanted or P unnecessary * purchase.
DESPATCH 0532 310796 Once you have made the decision to purchase from Phoenix your order will be dispatched promptly and without fuss.
Using one of the countries leading courier services ensures that your goods arrive on time, intact and Bin the same « condition they i: left our stock THE WHO. THE WEIRD 6 IHE WICKED' I Mb A 800 as sttndard and ndudes Ihe excelrt value Scctovt Mb Oatme Pant ¦ • FomMa foe Grand Pi« • Tonly £339.99!
A 600 2Mb ___________£373 99 EPIC-LAN6UAGE PACK' 1 Mb A 600 « standard and nduda* fie excelect yak* Software Met Oeksce Part II •'Trivial Pusut• Epic• M»th • "only £484.99!
A 600 2Mb . £524.99 The stand-slono A 600 is compact. Semi portable, fully lealerad end cea be purchased in the following configurations.
A 600 £274.99 a 600 hd .... cnExnn £429.99 A 600 2Mb---------------------£314.99 A 600 HD 2Mb ....£469.99 WB not mvehdete your warranty real timt clock • Long lift lithium call • Enable disable facility • Full installation instructions • Made in U.K. • Complett with famous Photna 2 year warranty Phonnix PA 601pepulend-1Mh .T44.99 Pheenis PA 601-uopopulatod-QMb..£24.99 Phoenix A 600 ROM Sharer £29.99 Keyboard swilchabla1 Whan purchasing any Amiga you can also buy our unbefcevebie value PHOENIX ROWER PACK, which includes Over £100 of quality software and accessories Probably the
best bundle around, |ust look at what you gat' Man Utd Europe • Kick Off 2 • Captive Rick Dangerous • Pro Tennis Tour 2 Fully Microswitched Joystick 50 Capacity 35“ Disk Box 8mm Mouse mat *10 Phoenix Branded Disks with Labels Phoenix Power Peck £39.99 2M Workbench Includes: Deluxe Raw 3, Pletmum Works. Home Accounts. Toki. Punnoc. X Elf. Amiga Format Book and Joystick nf) amiga isoo. 3so tDjy.yy This SPECIAL OFFER comb.
At500 (as shown abovo) and tha legendary Cemmodern 1M4 SOI Monitor f 7OQ QQ AMIGA 1500*1884 SOI I Z3.JJ limited Stocks Ontyl lammt-isiM The first coLtfcgfcser for under £100 from ROMBO.
VIDI-AMIGA 12___330 £89 99 R0CGEN Plus-------------£129.99 R0CKEY BY ROCTEC-Chroma key unit Embed live video in graphical £16.99 Phoenix Price £269.99 GVP PC 286 16MHz.-----------------£239.99 Voflox A Tones Pins 2M (lumu) £214.99 KCS Powotbootd iwrts oot ton £199.99 1Mb Full, popolotod M(i OO RAM board.... OZZWJ £34.99 KCS Poworboard ---£184.99 KCS adaptor for 1506 2060 IZ7D £59.99 PHILIPS 8*33Mk II 320 £194.99 Colour Sterao Monitor now including ‘Lotus Turbo Challenge and 1 yoars on-site warranty COMMODORE 1005 SOI ..£216.99 COMMODORE 10*4 SDI ..£199.99
All monitors are supplied with a FREE cable lor connection to your Amiga MONITOR ACCESSORIES- 14“ Dust covers... 14“ Tilt & Swivel Anti-Glare filler A4 Copy Holder.
£4.99 l £13.9
- ....£19 lifilirilill'i GVP IMPACT SERIES II Nerd Drives,
the fastest Hard Drive Controller lor Ihe AMIGA Features Game
Switch, external SCISI port, FAAASTR0M SCISI Drivar. GVP's
custom VLSI chip and internal RAM expansion up to 8 magi Units
usa high specification fast-accass QUANTUM Hard Drums coming
w«h 2 yr piin-i A50O HD8* 52 Mb (I A500 HD8* 120 Mb
(Unpopulated).-. A500-HD8* 240 Mb (Unpopulated)..... PRICE
CRASH!!!!
C "Hochard" hard drives n prices!!
ROCTEC 40 MB--------------------- £259.99 ROCTEC 60 MB------------- £294.99 ROCTEC 60 MB .. £329.99 ROCTEC 120 MB £364.99 Featuring Quantum Connor drives-very fast access times-(19ras or better) • expand up to 8 Mb using 1 Mb Simms only • 1 year guarantat • slimline dang* ideally colour matched to the A500 ROCTEC Icontrolletr Only) ..£164.99 Very similar m style and appearanca to tha GVP HDI. But unpopulatad and without a hard dove so you can fh your own Pleas specify IDE orSClSl.
EXTRA MEMORY Oaly tf539«4w« »* **••' ‘i 1 ill 'BmI 'i Sense I Hard On* CoHmlk. RAM emS_£114 99 Serin ¦ 52 Mb Hard Disk and RAM CM £269.99 Serin ¦ 120 Mb Hanl Dnb and RAAIc«dJ39999 Senn I m Mb HeW tXeb lad RAM cart £63999 EXTRA MEMORY O.I, £25.99.... s..*, U....I GVP Conhnatxm AcauRATons & Haw Dm Tb» utamate expansion product lor tfm Amiga 500' AS30 Combi 40Mfe . 52Mb Hard Dnve £659.99 AS30 Combi 40MH • 120Mb Hard Drivo-f757.99 AS30 Combi 40MH . ?40Mb Hard Dnve _£979 99 6VP G-forco Q30-25MH « GVP G-Ferce G3IM0MH ?
GVP G-Force (QO-SOMHr ? 4Mb._---X1099.99 f Mil 1 111 1 £47.99 A PHOENIX RAM ¦odule caa expand chip RAM up to b by using the expansion port. Extra RAM is necessary to unleash the incredible graphocs capabilities of your Amiga AS our boards carry a fuM 2 year no quibble replacement guarantee It's .HEX £57.99 STAR lC-100 Colour .can £159.
9 PIN colour printer with paper parking, tight and electron* DIP switches.
LC24-100 ________ CliVi £189.
24 PIN with compressed dm mode. 16 K buHer 10 letter euabry tonts.lwnh Star printer dnvur ordyf LC-20.----------- £13 .. LC 200 Colour-------------------- £195.
LC24-24 .£199. LC24-200 Mono ...£219. LC24-2M Colour ..£26 XB24-200 Colour £37 SJ4I Bubblojet ..£22 Star pnntars come with one year warranty CITIZEN Swift 240 Colour 4ZC2 £279.
Swill 240 Mono Swill 200 Colour---------- Swift 9 Colour... 224 Colour.____________L.lMl.A! £229.
Swift 24a Colour .'Mli-.VM £269.
Ceuen prmttrs come with 2 year warranty HEWLETT PACKARD Deskjut 500.-------£339. Dothjul-500 Colour ...-£559. HP printers come with 3 year warranty HP black ink cartridge .....£24. HP colour ink cartridge___________£29.. AUTO SHEET FEEDERS- STAR LC2S.___________________£57.' STAR LC20G .... ......£59. STAR LC24-200 .... £62.
STAR IC24-2S-----------£62.
STAR SJ46. .. £49.
PHOENIX PRINTER PACK- Supplied with ALL printers containing 1.8m printer cable, printer nbbons cartndge and shetts of paper absolutely FREE PRINTER ACCESSORIES We have a large range of high quality pnn accessories for all tha winters we sell mcludu dust covers from £2.99 • Ink cartridges f £13 W • Mono ribbons from £3 50 • Cel- ribbons from £7 99 • Printer stands from £7.99 CALL 053? 311832 FOR MORE DETAILS!
AMIGA CUSTOM CHIPS Kicbfian 2M MM--------------- 1341 Kicksurt 13 SOM £27 99 F.n.. Agw B)7?Af34 NIW Up" DmwD4 99 CU SUM ~ MEMORY CHIPS 4Mb.e(-M)t«nn ng im.4 «i?«... -oap IstmmSlI 99 210k . 4(« £»-,.f» , )Smm.£12 99 1 Mb ¦ I IMAM - I 049 11m price * Hv l Mb r practical every popular ; expansion or Herd Onve system on the market Amga ie GVP. SUPRA. MICR0B0TICS, COMMO sine ni tecmui ninw t ni kb um ¦FTP!
SUPRA 500RX the ullimate in Fart Rom oxponsion onitl.CUidi 246.4 Z,oil I Mk pop to 1 Mb- I Mb pop to 2 Mb- 8 Mb pop to 2 Mb I Mb pop to 4 Mb .
I Mb pop to I Mb. .
£309 99 Mouse Joystick Switch £13.99 Don't damage your Amiga’s ports! This device saves wear and tear makas switchover FAST, and does NOT reqiare power uni** many others.
Computer Video Scart Switch ...£19.99 Flip between Videcv compute' signals at the push of a button
159. 99 light lonts ..£36.99
- £29.99
189. 99 Juffer and r®r only).
134. 99
195. 99
199. 99
219. 99
68. 99
179. 99
229. 99 Pagestream Font pack 1 .
...£44.99 When purchasing either a Phoem* Stereo Sampler or Pro Midi 2 Interlace Please Noie fhn n a I-tiled olfet only while slocks lasll Attention all you music lovers! Phoenix have put together on unbeatable music deal lor you this Pen Pal 1.4 .. ..£57 99 Prowrite v3.X .. £57 99 Quickwrite .... ..£36.99 Transwrite .... Wordworth .... . ..£29.99 ..£79 99 Hot Links .... ..£52 99 INTEGRATED PACKAGES Gold Disc
Office . .£59 99 Mini Office ..
i. 'HVU f"N CAD & DRAWING Design Works .....
..£53.99 Powerful image processing tools lor the
office or the home enviroment.
..£15.99 .£17.99
- X Jnf....onli| irchasina either a
279. 99
59. 99
219. 99
179. 99
214. 99
229. 99
269. 99 "Thanks once again for your efficient service and patient
advice."
S. Ward' Norfolk
339. 99
59. 99 GOLDEN IMAGE Hand Scanner Series £29.99 Features: 400 dpi
• 256-Greyscale • Touch up and Merge il software.
AlfaScan ..£124.99 AlfaScan Plus .£149.99 £43.99 ..£29.99 :24.99
29. 99 149 99 AlfaScan OCR line OCRSoftiMre ....£279.99 NEW IN
OCTOBER 1992!
BLAZERS' section we spotlight some of the best currently available lor the Amiga.
:57.99
• 59.99
• 62.99
262. 99 :49.99 Pro 4.. ROCTEC ROCLITE been upgraded to include
Anti-click and wus checker - THE SECOND DRIVE THAT I IS
SECOND TO NONE Phoenix price.. f printar icludmg: as from
Colour
7. 99 AILS!
PHOENIX 1Mb A600 UPGRADE Because some older gomes and business software will not run on the £43.99 new Kickstart 2.04 ROM. Phoenix have £62.99 designed a shaier lor both ROM chip sets.
Switchehle between 18 and 2.04 you can ..£42.99 get ell the benefits of £129.99 the latest A500 Plus £36.99 without the drawback I £36.99 of losing all your I £21.99 old soltwVe Fits any ftmiga 50Qn$ OQ 2000 ..£71.99 Simply the Best!
£44.99 ...£71.99 ...£34 99
A. £34.99 £9 99
- •€34 99 £2999
- £149 Ibof RAM memory ft for the OOORE £24.99 HESESSJ .£169.99
£29.99 ..£143.99 ..£57.99 Mil Ofjfl ORDEf} HonM E Don't contuse
ihese Quality disks with others currently available. 3.5’ 100%
certified error free 70% clip. All disks include FREE high
quality Phoenix labels.
10. .£4.99 200 ..£72.99
25. ...£12.99 500 .£174.99
50. ...£22.99 750 .£259.99
100. .£39.99 1000 ...£339.99 TDK
Branded disks- High performance media from the experts-box
10 with labels.
10. .£5.99 100 ..£52.99
50. ...£26.99 500 .£249.99 1000
Phoenix Disk Labels. £9.99 Stereo Sampler nyzunsi £29.99
Combines ease of use with state of the art analogue to
digital conversion technology.(me FREE sample editing
software .aud* lead) Pro-Mioi 2
Interface ..£24.99 This fully featured
professional quality midi interface Is very flexible giving
semi-patch bay facilities. It has five ports m. out. Thni and
two switchable ouVthru. (me. FREE mdilead) GVP Digital Sound
Stuoio £54.99 High quality sound samplar for all Amiga
Computers Amiga Music Mada Easy-Only from Phoenix!
A600 SMART CARDS Utilise Ihe advanced technology of the AEGO Smart Card Expansion slot with these NEW RAM Expansion Cards direct from Phoenix Available in 2 Mb & 4 Mb coligurations.
PA 6020-2 Mh . PA 6040-4 Mb .... 2r-Fi Stereo speakers £37.99 sound and excellent dynamics. These two- way stereo speakers are an Amiga standard- ¦ :»llent companions on any gaming soiroo!
Ceelrol Contra .£34.99 “4a-y duty construction,rubber edging, perfect c**our match, makes an ideal workstation for the STAR LC-100 COLOUR 9 PIN colour printer with paper parking, eight lonts and electronic OIP switches.
Phoenix price .. arrived, suitable lor A500 A500*. A570 Phoenix price £.
OATA SWITCHES- pin 0 type)
* «-T ..... I wo,... This
famous super slim drive has now This essential add-on has
finally
* ".y ...£19.99 STORAGE:
• Capacity BANX ...£11.99 CD ROM
DRIVE-A570 0 Capacity POSSO.. t Box 10 Cai 0«sk Box 25 Cap.
Onk Box 50 Cap... i Box 100 Cai i Box 120 Cop.. Professional Draw 3. A-w'.'f£79.99 Intro CAD Plus ....£74 99 X CAD 2-0 ....£99.99 X CAD 30-..... £269.99 UTILITIES A-Telk 3------------- £44.99 Foot Pacb 1 lor Broedcasl Titter 2 £88.99 Fom Enhancer lor Broedcasl Tiller 2-£88.99 Pro Video Post----------------- £16199 TV Show Pro ...£51.99 TV Taxi Pro £84.99 t Pers 2 V'Ji £39.99 VIDEO PRODUCTION TITLING SCAIA 500 .... £79.99
SCAIA Professional ...£219.99 Final Copy 2---------OSX £66.99 Professional Page 3 .. SUSC £129.99 Saxon Publisher ..tJEl £189.99 Pagestream .22---- £12699 Video Director ...£107.99 PRESENTATION & SLIDE SHOW Can Do vl*---------UES £72.99 Director «2 ..- . £71.99 Imagioe »2. Idi'.IZn £189.99 Map master lor Imagine ..£59.99 Cross Oos v5 tm. Cross PC Cmlsiorl. £29.99 Cross Doe _ ... £22.99 FRACTAL AND SPECIAL FX Race Tract---------------CS2B £93.99 Easy Amos £22.99 Deluxe
Paint 4 .£63.99 Big Allernalive Scroller £35.99 Broadcast Tiller 2 .£179.99 Presentation Maste Surface Master lor Imagine Showmaker WORD PROCESSING DTP Kindwords 3 ... Interword .
Deluxe Paial 4 .. Deluxe Video 3 .
Image Fioder.... Pixmeto .
Sceoery Animator .. Vista .. Art Department Pro v.1 .
Amos compiler.
Ames 3D Image Masta 3-0 Images ANIMATION Take 2 .
Opus Directory .
DATABASE ..£164.99 ..£63.99 Xcopy ....£36 99 Quarter Beck .....£45 99 Art Department Pro Conv. Kit.. Can Do H V I G Hyper Book Home Accounts 2 System 3 ...£43 99 Cashbook Combo ......£57.99 (Wrth Operation Stealth, mat & holder) Roctoc Mouse .£13.99 GOLDEN IMAGE Mega Mouse ....£12.99 (Has just recieved 90% Amiga Format Gold Award) Optical Mouse .....£29.99 High precision, pointing device.
Crystal Trackball ....£37.99 Infrared-Cordless-Mouse... L'tHM £47.99 (Rechargeable top selling innovation) Optical Pen Mouse Llil'JJ £39.99 High Quality 8mm mouse Mats ..£3.99 ASDG-SOFTWARE Scanning software comes in two forms, integrated into art development as a new module or used as a stand-alone programme. N«nn qq Phoenix Price ..L Iuj.uj EH
• Kickstan Res 3 5 ROM Sharer £27.99 ’Keyboard Switchable ROM
Sharer.£34.99 Kickslart 1.3
ROM .....£29.99 Kickslart 2.04
ROM ...£34.99 ' ROM Chips net included}
POWER Features include: 100-400 dpi • 64- Greyscales Thruport
to printer • FREE Editing software Power Scanner
v2.0 .£94.99 Power Scanner
Colour ......£234.99 ¦ESR3S3U |Now Only.. p7 -- EPSON
GT-6000 FLAT BED FULL COLOUR SCANNER Plug into Amiga parallel
port, 600 d.p.i. resolution, up to 16 million colours f-nnn nn
Phoenix Price ......XUOU.UU £79.99
- Kickslart ROM Sharer.
The popular upgrade kk lor 12 13 o Commodore is m stock and selling last!
PHOENIX- MAIL ORDER AT IT'S BEST!
• Free Fast UK delivery
• Next-day Courier only f4 50
• Same day despatch on Credit card orders bankers draft building
society cheque Postal orders
• All prices include VAT Tel: 0532 311932 DM80
19. 99
9. 99 iy unit
9. 99 AMERICAN EXPRESS WELCOME PHOENIX. UNIT 19, ARMLEY PARK
COURT, STANNINGLEY ROAD, LEEDS LS12 2AE B Please make cheques
payable to PHOENIX Allow 5 working days lor cheque clearance
Call our despatch line for derails on our lull range ol
delivery options both in the UK and overseas BEPO welcome
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Sat 9 Ooam-6 00pm ¦ three day feitiual of
fun, li the aeja-ijKtMifir centre stage lit rig, Hie 6ft gour
hands I cimpiters, bul liP jib ei f elite I (lift* tiiilitin,
ji-kirAj football tad Dar-flu. ¦ 6aneiHiiter mill preside oner
celebrity challenges, golden I I ¦ I ¦ ¦ X. T* ¦ ¦ ¦. 1 joy
stick competitions lid jiue tipi fro* the cmsoletatlon zone.
Mict the EanetHaiter star Daminik Dlimond md get- I an eyefil
of the seng diner in Ike flesl Put your free tokens to good
use in the mega-arcade on all the latest coin-ops. Use your IB
pass to key into the high scores table, with fob prizes Himark
. Bemesmaster Live! Is an essential experience for all I s
fans, with hundreds of the oery latest releases from all
America* be packed with PsmB bio name celebrities I i the
worlds of IHI pop, sport and train your ticket all the
features are absolutely FREE so TL Ti IL I if|U in saue your
money for all the latest and greatest is in the retail area,
Norn ii your chance to ploy Quasar, the line *8 *jajj *T I
action loser game. Enter the llirgin Quasar E dome. Zap the
headquarters and you mill UamesMaslei (tub memben null gel a
speually pined
II. I.P. enlrg ticket. So don I (oigel lo have goui membeiship
number al hand u'hen you phono the hotline.
I See what all the ntnLllY I fuss is about on the linked PR _ machines! Blow the cack out Neare rend nt L Fir 4th | Stt | I enclose i clique) Pleoie charge my Ul alternative late taaeiMaeter Club Memberiklp Ne.
Signature Nintendo' »llilllililli«d send it o» fif*UUC, hit »rfyrUkets won t o mi TTTOTfHH ..... -Mk Please enclose a stamped addiess eauelope. Post ti (amesHaster Lioet Ml Pune, BIBMINtHflM. 840 INI. Ill credit nil Oookiigs. Oil tie Ml!» Office in Oil 'II It!!. II you lave not teceiiel you tickets eittiia 21 lays ol application please intact sit lea mice, lot Dll late for postal applications, iotn MuemPec 1)12. Disciint aiai'atlc In SamesMastei Club mempers. See neuisletler lac lelails.
WNCH AMIGA?
Once upon a time, in a far-off land was a computer called the A1000. This is not that story. Instead it is a roundup of all the latest and not so latest Amigas that can be found for sale this Christmas. Each model is described briefly with its capabilities, price and options to help you decide which model best suits your needs.
A600 The new 'home computer, recently cut in price to appeal to the game console crazy public.
Originally to be called the A300, It was finally released earlier this year, a lew months after the A500Plus. Opinion was divided at launch - some like it, some don't. At the present time, expansion capabilities are severely limited because this machine lacks the 86-pin edge connector.
Price: £299. With 20Mb hard drive £499.
Kickstart: 2 Workbench: 2 Processor: 68000 Standard memory: 1Mb Maximum chip memory: 2Mb Maximum last memory: 8Mb Maximum total memory: 10Mb Chip set: Enhanced Chip Set.
Expansion capabilities: Rom switchers will work. Extra 1Mb chip memory may be inserted Into Ihe A500 incompatible trapdoor. Adding RAM this way will be slightly more expensive, as special Tlash-ram' will be required. PCMIA slot should allow some IBM-type PC peripherals lo be attached.
Note: No monochrome video output, built in RF modulator lor direct connection to TV set.
Hard Drive: Yes - internally fitted as option.
Commodore CD-ROM Drive: Eventually CDTV No matter what Commodore used to say, this is an Amiga in a new box. Initially sales have been disappointing, but have picked up a bit in recent months when the marketing boys decided to own up to the fact that the UK's best selling home computer was lurking inside it. Although it is basically similar to an A500Plus with a CD-ROM drive attached, you may find that some software will fail to load due to the machine's higher memory overhead.
In Multimedia terms CDI is a strong rival - maybe not on the software side, but Philips are throwing a lot of money at their product. Perhaps CDTV2 will change that?
Price: £399.
Kickstart: 2 (slightly dllterent version to that in the A500Plus) Workbench: 2 Processor: 68000 Standard memory: 1Mb Maximum chip memory: 2Mb (with third party card) Maximum last memory: 8Mb via third party card Maximum total memory: 10Mb Chip set: Enhanced Chip Set.
Expansion capabilities: Rom switchers will work. General expansion capabilities though are fairly limited, not least by the tact that not many peripherals will tit Into Ihe case.
Hard drive option available soon.
Hard Drive: soon Commodore CD-ROM Drive: Yes THEY'RE BACK... with new skills, for a new world!!!
* 8-Way Scrolling
* Enhanced Sound Support with Digitised Lemming Voices,
* Riveting game play & more!
Production designed by Tel: 051-709 5755 Fax: 051-709 6466 A1500 A2000 A3000 ¦ Commodore UK's own attempt at a custom machine It's nothing more than an A2000 with no hard drive and two Happy drives- Cher2 Kickstart and Workbench when buying. As many dealers otter an upgrade as standard.
Price: Shoe around tor best Heal.
Klckstart: 1.312.1 Workbench: 1.3 2.0 Processor 68000 Standard memory: 1Mb Maiimum chip memory: 1Mb Mailmum last memory: 8Mb via Internal espanslon boards Mailmum total memory. 8Mb Chipset: Normal.
Espanslon capabilities: Lou Seven Internal Zorro IT slots lor hard drives and memory. Processor slot lor accelerator cards Video slot tor video cards, flicker Users tic Unique PC function - slot In a bridgeboard and you have a hilly functional PC - complete with PC com- petlble espansion slots lor hard drives and video boards. Probably the most flesible computer ever built. Vastly undonated.
Commodore CD-ROM Drive: Perhaps.
The Amiga for serious users Comes in a huge ugly box. And Has lots of expansion capabilities Check Kickstart and Workbench when buying, as many dealers otter an upgrade as standard The machine that everyone thought would be the next generation ot Amigas. But wasn't Prices have stropped markecdy in annexation ot the ACOOO. The 3000 may be used to replace the A2000. Or perhaps be dropped entirely Price: From around C1498 (redstart: 2 Workbench: 2 Processor: 68020.16 25 Mhz Maiimum chip memory: 2Mb Mailmum Jast memory: 16Mb (but theoretically much morel Maiimum total memory:?
Chip sol: Enhanced Chip Set.
Espanslon capabilities: Slightly cut doen A2000 stylo. Some *2000 cards Inotablt the original Video Toasters) svouldn I in Mo the new small case Espanslon slots era now multipleied Zone III standard.
Allowing greater flexibility 32-blt memory eipansion available on the board via 2IP chips.
Hard Drive: Yes as standard.
Commodore CD-ROM Drive: Oon't hold your breath.
Latest Amiga, featuring 040 processor and AGA chip set ottering a large number of different screen modes and impressive 24-brt graphics Also includes high density dnve and newest version of Workbench Check out the authontatrve review elsewhere in this issue Price: Probably from around C2500 Processor 68020.16 25 Mhz Mailmum chip memory: 8Mb Mailmum Iasi memory: a vary large Mailmum total memory: see above Chip set: ADA chip set. Also known as AA'orSuper-ECS Eipansion capabilities: Slightly cat down A2000 style Some A2000 cards! Notable original Video Toasters) would.! Lit into the new
small case Eipansion slots are now multipleied Zorro III standard, allowing greater tleiibllity 32-bit mom- ory eipansion available on the board via ZIP chips.
Hard Drive: Ves as standard.
CD-ROM drive: near luluro A500 The original home computer - the version which everyone who couldn't afford an A2000 would buy It was supposed to be unexpandabie so serious users would buy the A2000 However ingenious third-party developers have since created A5O0 versions ol just about every gadget under the sun, and plugged them in anywhere they could find space. If you are buying secondhand. They are not worth more than C200 in prime condition.
Prtce: Discontinued.
Klckstart: 1 3 c 1.3(c c 1 211 Maiimum chip memory: 1Mb (halt a meg oa older vtr- sions) eipandable to 2Mb with additional third-party card or a bit ol fancy soldering Mailmum fast memory: 8Mb Mailmum total memory: 9Mb Chip set: Original PAD. 1Mb Agnus (hall a meg on older machines) Expansion capabilities: trapdoor slot lor additional memory (officially just another hall meg, unofficially up lo8Mbsol RAM or a PC emulator) Eipansion capabilities: 86-way edge connector lor hard drives and or memory. Chips on motherboard may be removed lor addition ol accelerators, rom changers and extra memory.
Hard Drive: Yes (extra) Commodore CO-ROM Orive: Yes (extra). Needs 1Mb chip ram.
No tar Was this com- on by a lack of original
r. the h 2 version of new ECS craps The opera- new screen a lot
of old games Although discontinued.' You or them *i smaller
high street to the A600.
Hard drives and fiat are incompatible haa a nwnanc keypad for idler* bom compatibility af gamaa munched more software wont may sM find eomw stores Some poop since they can uaa various other with the A600 Nate flight sans, but Man problems with than a year ago Klckstart: 2 Workbench: 2 Processor: 68000 Standard memory: 1Mb Maximum chip memory 2MB Maximum last memory Bmb Maximum total memory: 10Mb Chip set Enhanced Chip Sal Expansion capabilities: As A500 Hard Drive: Yes (extral Commodore CO-ROM Drive: Yes (extn).
YOU ARE WHAT YOU BUY Choose your prolile from the ones listed below and we ll pick out the system that best suits your needs.
Games Junkie - The b ig standard A600 is all that you need. Well, you'd probably need a joystick and some Biactol as well actually.
Hobbyist - An A500 Hus, it you can lind one.
This will give you lots ol ports to hang things oil with Ihe added advantage that the case is easier to open. It not. Ihe A1500 is quite a good buy.
Protessional - A nice A2000 will suit you.
Plenty ol expansion capability, but make sure you gel a Workbench 2 version. The A3000 might be an option, depending on what you want it lor.
Poser - The CDTV is black, so the choice is obvious unless you are a rich poser, in which case the A4000 might be worth a look.
Techno junkie - Very similar needs lo the poser, so Ihe CDTV and A4000 are in with a shout, but the more linancially disadvantaged may go lor the A3000. Failing that buy an Archimedes - now there's some really obscure and underused technology lor you.
LOOKING FOR DISKS & BOXES???
LOOK NO FURTHER REMEMBER ALL DISKS SOLD BY BCS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED DISKS! DISKS! DISKS!
1M% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE PLUS FREE COLOUR CODED LABELS 50 3.5- DS DD .....£82.99 100 3.5- DS DD .....£37.99 150 3.5" DS DD .....£59.99 200 3.5" DS DD ...... £69.99 300 3.5" DS DD ....£103.99 400 3.5" DS DD--------------------------------- £138.99 500 3.5" DS DD ...£165.99 1000 3.5" DS DD ......CALL FOR LATEST PRICE All prices include VAT free labels & tree
delivery DISKS + 100 CAP LOCKABLE BOXES 100% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE PUIS FREE COLOUR CODED LABELS 50 3.5" DS D0 + 100 cap box .....£25.99 100 3.5“ DS DD+ 100 cap box ......£40.99 150 3.5" DS DD + 100 cap box ......£56.99 200 3.5" DS DD+ 2 100 cap boxes £74.99 300 3.5" DS DD + 3 x 100 cap boxes .....£111.99 400 3.5" DS DD + 4 100 cap boxes ...£147.99 500 3.5" DS DD + 5 100 cap boxes ...£178.99 1000 3.5" DS DD+ 10 100 cap boxes £ call All prices include VAT free labels & free
delivery
5. 25 STORAGE BOXES 10 Capacity .. -.£1.00 50
Capacity
(Lockable) ..V ..£5.10
100 Capacity (Lockable) £5.90 STACKABLE BOXES
3. 5* 80 Cap Banx Lockable Box .
3. 5* 150 Cap Posso
Box .. ‘p.
£9.95 £15.50
3. 5 HIGH DENSITY DISKS 100% ERROR FREE FREFCOLOUR CODED LABELS
5. 25" 70 Cap Posso
Box .. ...£16.50 J V
60Peach £61 for 100inddelivery labels VAT BRANDED 3.5" DISKS
(KAO TDK) 10 3.5*
DS DD----------------------------------------------------------------£6
50 100% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE
5. 25" DS DD
Disks .....21
p each
5. 25" DS HD
Disks ....39p
each DISKS + 80 CAP BANX BOXES 1M% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE FREE
COLOUR CODED LABELS 50 3.5" DS DD + 80 Cap Banx
Box ....£31.99 100 3.5" DS D0 + 80 Cap
Banx Box ....£46.99 150 3.5" DS DD ? 2
x 80 Cap Banx Boxes ..£70.99 200 3.5" DS DD +
2 x 80 Cap Banx Boxes ..£87.99 300 3.5" DS DD
+ 4 x 80 Cap Banx Boxes £139.49 400 3.5"
DS DD + 5 x 80 Cap Banx Boxes .£182.99 500
3.5" DS DD+ 6x80 Cap Banx Boxes .£216.99 All
prices include VAT free labels & free delivery
3. 5 DELUXE STORAGE BOXES 10
Capacity .£1.00
40 Capacity
(Lockable) ...£4.10
100 Capacity
(Lockable) .£4.50
DISKS + 150 CAP POSSO BOXES 100% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE FREE
COLOUR CODED LABELS 50 3.5" DS DD + 150 Cap Posso
Box £35.99 100 3.5" DS DD + 150 Cap
Posso Box £51.99 150 3.5" DS DD + 150
Cap Posso Box £66.99 200 3.5" DS DD +
2x150 Cap Posso Boxes ..£97.99 300 3.5" DS DD +
2x150 Cap Posso Boxes £131.99 400 3.5" DS DD+
3x150 Cap Posso Boxes .£180.00 500 3.5" DS DD+
4x150 Cap Posso Boxes .£219.99 All prices include
VAT free labels & free delivery BCS ORDER HOTLINE 0273 506269
PHONE NOW A MIC A ATAi 1 » ( Cl K H 1 1 l l NACSGA HCISE I
1114MS Ml II K4I 11 1' CII1 Software on your iiiiica AMAZING
FI KF!
Z i cs l ike only f 119.99 STOP PRESS STOP PRESS New Citizen 240 Mono £245 New Citizen 240 Colour ......£269 New Citizen 200 Mono £209 All printers come with lead, dust cover +- 2 year warranty included.
PAPER! PAPER! PAPER!
11 x 9.5 60gm 2000 sheets micro pert... £11 75 A4 70 gms 2000 sheets micro perf ....£12.95 L A L. A 'Tf ¦FFERS FROM BCS LTI AM I GAS ! AM I GAS ! AM I GAS !
PACK 1 NEW AMIGA 600 THE WILD, THE WEIRD, THE WICKED PACK A600 1MB FDD DELUXE PAINT III MICROPROSE GRAND PRIX SILLY PUTTY PUSHOVER MOUSE ETC ON-SITE WARRANTY ONLY £319.99 PACK 4 AS PACK 8 (A600 HD ETC) PUIS 10 3.5" DS DD DISKS DISK BOX MOUSE MAT i ' 'i . I TAILORED DUST COVER ' ' MICROSWITCH JOYSTICK SUPERBASE PERSONAL SOFTWARE i _ONLY £489.99 GVP SERIES II HARD DRIVES A ACCELERATORS FOR A500 GVP 52MB HD8 II MP rll. £319 GVP 120MB HD8 II £409 GVP 240MB HD8 II 'kGSkZ... £549 GVP A530 COMBO 40 Mhz +50MB.....£629 GVP A530 COMBO 40MHz + 120MB ...£719 GVP A530 COMBO 40MHz . 240MB ...£949
CALL NOW FOR PRICES ON RAM UPGRADES FOR GVP DRIVES y STAR CITIZEN PRINTERS CITIZEN 120D 9PIN MONO ..... .....£129 CITIZEN SWIFT 9PIN COLOUR .....£189 CITIZEN 24PIN 224 COLOUR .. .....£224 CITIZEN SWIFT 24E COLOUR .....£249 NEW CITIZEN 240 MONO ...... .....£249 STAR LC-20 9PIN MONO .. ....£POA STAR LC-200 9PIN COLOUR ... .....£199 STAR LC-24-200 24PIN COLOUR .....£258 NEW CITIZEN 240 COLOUR ..... .....£270 ALL PRINTERS COME WITH LEAD & DUST COVER + 2 YEAR WARRANTY.
V PACK 2 NEW AMIGA 600 90M HD EPIC PACK A600 HD 1MB TRIVIAL PURSUITS $ 60 * EPIC, ROME, MYTH AMIGA TEXT WP DICTIONARY, MOUSE ETC + ON-SITE WARRANTY ONLY £459 PACK 5 PHILIPS CM8833 MK II COLOUR STEREO MONITOR LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE ON-SITE WARRANTY UK SPEC1 , , , CONNECTING LEAD i , . J. DUST COVER ONLY £195
* LOOK * WHEN PURCHASED WITH PACKS 1, 2, 3, 4, OR 6 ONLY £189 GVP
SERIES II HC« HARD DRIVES FOR A1SOO 1000 GVP 52MB HC8
II . »_».. .X265.99 GVP 120MB HC8 II .....X395 GVP
240MB HC8 II .X515 CALI NOW FOR
PRICES ON RAM UPGRADES FOR GVP DRIVES ACCESSORIES JOYSTICKS
1000 COLOURED LABELS £8 1000 TRACTOR LABELS (WHITE) £10 MOUSE
MAT - £2 75 MOUSE HOLDER ...£8.50 14”
MONITOR STAND .....£10 PRINTER STAND £6 VCIFANING :
PRINTER RIBBONS XCALL PARALLEL LEAD £8
ZIPSTICK . £1150 QS PYTHON
HIM ... £9 50 CHEETAH 125+ £8 PACK 3 00W
OOEQUff Zoh-J-ZU ONNO IOO(0M00) CLZ0ZU1 zo AS PACK 1 (A600 ETC)
PLUS XXXXXX 10 3.5" DS DD DISKS DISK BOX MOUSE MAT TAILORED
DUST COVER MICROSWITCH JOYSTICK SUPERBASE PERSONAL SOFTWARE
ONLY £349.99 f PACK 6 HEW AMIGA 600 BCS PACK A600 1MB FDD
DELUXE PAINT III MYSTERY GAME SUPERBASE PERSONAL MOUSE ETC.
ON-SITE WARRANTY , 1 I I . I 10 3! DS DD DISKS .'
1 V L 1 1 DISK BOX MOUSE MAT TAILORED DUST COVER MICROSWITCH JOYSTICK ONLY £289.99 V ( AMIGA BIT'S 'N' BOBS A500 iMB UPGRADE ..... ......£29 A600 1MB UPGRADE £42.99 A600 2MB UPGRADE..... ....£115 A600 4MB UPGRADE...... . ....£135 A520 TV MODULATOR ...» £29.99 AT ONCE CLASSIC PC286 EMULATOR £119.99
3. 5 CUMANA DISK DRIVED, .. £52.99 V f DUST COVERS -N
A500 ... ..£3 A600...... ......£3 STAR
LC200 ...X3.50 STAR LC-24 200.
CITIZEN 9 .... ...X3.50 ...£3.50
V. I IIZ.CN X4 .. PHILIPS MKI 11..... ATARI ...... V
yilll Read the most definitive games review column of any
Amiga magazine.
SCREEN SCENE A CU Screen Star ia for games scoring 85%- 92% If a game gets one of these. It'll be of lasting quality.
SCRlinMAR 38 FRONTIER (ELITE II) 41 HISTORY UNE 1914- 1918 42 DARK SEED 46 REACH FOR THE SKIES 48 GUNSHIP 2000 51 UNIVERSAL MONSTERS 52 LETHAL WEAPON 59 DOODLEBUG 59 CAPTAIN DYNAMO 60 ROME AD92 63 SHADOWORLD 65 SABRE TEAM 67 ROAD RASH 72 CURSE OF ENCHANTIA 75 PINBALL FANTASIES 77 ASSASSIN 83 TROLL'S HEAD 87 SMALL TIPS 93%end a ,0 KX'0- garnet worth.
C * Superstar We . - h«K»y throw SUPER STAR mm one it'll be completely out- It’s been a hectic month here at First Impressions with so many companies beating a path to our door that we had to bolt it shut. Strictly on a first come, first served basis, here’s the latest batch of new games which will be appearing on an Amiga near you soon.
BC KID UBISOFT .. If you thought Chuck floe* was a laugh, just wail unM you meet Ihe latest prehistoric star, SC Kid is a new.plattorm romp coming soon Irom French outfit, Ubisoft, and features a cute n cuddly baby caveman as its dino-bashlng star Set over five taxing levels and landscapes, it s up to our young cave dweller to roam the game's many stages searching for his kidnapped girly.
Some lush animalion. Cracking sound effects and fast and frantic gameplay ensure that this one should be a smash hit this, Christmas The game has been coded By Hudson Soft, the development team behind Ihe excellent Dynsblasler released eartgr this year Like that game BC Kid is also a conversion from the PC Engine, although tlm game was originally known as PC fOd. We've had a demo disk of the first two levels in the offices lor a couple ot weeks now and ve just love it There's still a lot ot work lo do on Ihe later stages and much ol Ihe sound hasjel to be implemented. But from whal we've seen
it looks like Ubisoft could be onto a winner.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS SOCCER KID KRISAUS ] I DARKMERE CORE DESIGN Long, long ago in a land far, far away... Stop it, I've had enough!
How many times have you heard that old cliched storyline used to accompany a new game? Well, here it is again with Darkmere, a 3D isometric adventure Irom Core.
The hero in Darkmere is Ebryn, a young Elven prince. His lather, Gildorn, was banished Irom the Elven race many years ago lor helping the humans slay the dragon, Enywas. Out ol deep gratitude, the humans made Gildorn their King.
Sometime later, Gildorn met and fell in love with a beautiful elven woman, Berengaria, found wandering, memoryless, in the forest. They married and Berengaria became pregnant. Shortly before the birth she disappeared into the lorest leaving the child. Ebryn, in a clearing. Frantic wilh despair Gildorn forgot about his Kingly duties and the country fell into ruin. Ores attacked villages and a great cloud of evil, the Darkmere. Was cast over the land. Determined to find out and eradicate the cause of this great evil, Ebryn sets forth on a quest for knowledge Armed only with his trusty magic
sword, which glows in the presence of evil, he could be in fora hard time... This is where you come in. Using a joystick to control Ebryn's movement across the land you'll need to search locations, question locals and. If you so desire, beat the stuffing out of them to find a cure for the curse.
Visually, the playing screen is very similar to Cadaver, lhat extremely underrated Bitmap game from a couple of years ago.
Apparently, there should be no need for keyboard typing as words will be selected from an available list, which will increase as Ebryn interacts with the other characters.
The use of sound in Darkmere should be something special. As in real life thd sampled sounds will increase in intensity if Ebryn is facing Ihe source, and the closer he is to it the louder the samples will become. This has been implemented using something called the Direction Orientated Sound System, which is a rather complex piece of coding. Sounds (no pun intended) nifty!
Puzzle and clue solving will form a large part of Darkmere with verbal interaction taking place on pull down scrolls. But, if you decide to hack and slash your- way through the adventure you'll have just as good a chance of success.
However, indiscriminate slaying of good characters will be penalised .
Because Ebryn’s blade will suck his life force out. So handle lhat blade with carel Darkmere should be' released at the end of October.
In our August issue we took a look at Krisalis’s spectacular new ball'n'plat- form game. Since then, the game has come on in leaps and bounds (well it is a platform game after all) with a lot of interest being shown by Nintendo and Sega. The game's also had a name change from Football Kid to Soccer Kid, a much more marketable title in the global scheme of things. Sorry to hark on about it, but this really is a white hot game. We've just received a playable demo of the first level and it’s a blinder. The number of trick shots is incredible, the scrolling is already silky smooth, and there
are lots of hidden rooms and bonus points to collect along the way. Unfortunately, due to the console interest, the game's been delayed until next year, but at least that gives us a chance to do a massive In Development on the game in an upcoming issue. Definitely watch out for this one - it’s going to be huge!
REALMS OF DARKNESS MYRA - THE LEGEND GRANDSLAM VIDEO Superficially, you could be forgiven for thinking that Myra is just another Boulderdash clone. There are the usual rock falls and teleporters littering each level and the whole shebang takes place in a series of underground caves. However, that's were the comparison ends, as the game is much more complex than that. Grandslam have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into this one, as there's abolutely tons to do over the game's 150 levels.
The story is typical cute-'til-you- puke' fare with the game’s star, a cuddly wuddly bunny rabbit, setting out to free the world's food stores which have been moved underground by mankind. (Look, don't blame me. I didn't write this twaddle!)
Each level is made up of a number of tunnels and traps and there's a special 10-level introductory section to ease you into the game. Expect the game sometime early next year.
GRANDSLAM VIDEO Featuring a 3D isometnc playtield similar to that featured in Populous. Realms ol Darkness certainly looks the biz if nothing else. The plot's a bit incomprehensible, though, as it waffles on about some poor geezer's soul being damned to eternal life and being passed down through the ages horn father to son. Years pass and the latest recipient of the Necromancer's soul is having a few bad dreams about it all. To say the least. Not happy with continually wetting his bed, the young man decides to set out and discover his destiny. Oops, big mistake! The brown soggy wet stuff is
about to hit the fan.. Realms ol Darkness is an RPG which features multi-directional scrolling across a 3D landscape. There are six main quests to the game which all revolve around the plight of the Necromancer and the mysterious Tower which dominates the skyline in this strange and foreboding land. Your own personality attributes affect the computer's reaction to the player under your control and there are plans afoot to implement 'one of the most sophisticated magic systems yet seen in an RPG'. Other features worth a mention are a realistic weather system. 2D location screens with
parallax scrolling, hundreds of ingame beasts and pitiless peasants to slay and rob. Phew. We've only seen a pre-production demo (unplayable), and there's still a way to go before the game's complete. The chances are that the finished product will be radically different to this preview. Expect an In Development feature soon.
Possibly the most hyped release of 1992, Rik Haynes asks if Elite II has really been worth the wait... uwu.vjmrtlS Regarded by many as the ultimate computer game.
Elite did boldly go where no game had gone belore.
First released on the BBC microcomputer back in ' 1984, this sophisticated space Sim was eventually followed by a lacklustre Amiga conversion some years laler Now. Alter a mammoth tour years in devel opment. The sequel is nearly here David Braben. Coauthor ot the original and one ot Britain's most respected games programmers, is staking his reputation and future on what is likely to be the only true epic ever released on the Amiga.
7 don 7 think any ol the Super NES games are any good.: Console players have been lolled into thinking a good game has lo have Mario or Sonic in II'.
David Braben ‘I always knew Frontier (Elite ) was hellishly ambitious and wouldn't come out for a very long time. Braben reveals I wasn't even sure it some ol the things I wanted to do were actu ally possible I always like games that are afferent and stand out. I liked Populous but got quite annoyed by Federation ol Free Traders FOFT) trom Gremlin I think it shows some programmers have got no imagination'.
Apart trom all Ihe code crunching. Braben has a burning passion for astronomy and science fiction stories. Elile II is a product ot this combination ol interests. Braben has managed to squeeze our entire galaxy onto a single floppy disk. That indudes every planet, moon and star for an estimated area ot roughly 100.000 light years To put this into perspective the original game contained 2,000 planets E rfe ffhasover tOO.OOO.OOO.OOOl Not even NASA would be foolish enough lo attempt this feat with the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Many ot today's top scientific theones and informed
guesswork have been incorporated into Braben s routines to generate inavidual planets and entire solar systems. Not only that, Braben has totally revamped Ihe graphics system in the new game He always wanted to produce freeform 3D images that verge on Ihe quality ot hand-drawn bitmap spntes. In addition.
Braben decided lo implement a complicated tnck to give Ihe illusion of having 4096 colours on screen al the same time. It took a lot ot I effort lo gef right but the results of this self-imposed I holy grail for smart graphics I can't fail lo impress.
His baby closely follows I In the foofsleps of its illustri- I ous predecessor Set in the I distant future, players are thrown into a fantasy gamewond lull ot classic sci-A I eons Ike spacecraft, orbiting docks traders, met- I cenaries and pirates At the core of the caper, you're supposed to crush the competition, grab the cash and create a massive interstellar corporation Of course, there's a lot more lo explore and experi ence this lime round. Many gameplayers would like to be Luke Skywalker, Caplain Kirk or Barbarella.
This is probably the closes! Any of us will get to realising these dreams.
I thought the emphasis would be different when I started the project, insists Braben. 'My original plan was to hang the whole thing around the military It s now much more varied and exerting. The gameplay is open-ended and loose Although you can still trade, this is very much a background thing You can communicate with other characters Some ol the 50-odd spacecraft Incorporated In Frontbrtn almost 20 miles In length!
It you earn enough money, you'll be able to fly all ol them.
Bmrff BcKflm Board IffbURONCElouSd •jouaftoio.tif daman Welcome to the engine room ol Elite H. From these bulletin boards, found In space stations and planetary ports, you can make repairs, buy new ships and weapons, and sort the next mission out.
INSURmttE COM yuu afford if il you. IMp damaqpf hiU be made with advertuer EUR in ihe game, do deals, make enemies and fnends and earn good or bad reputations. You may be asked to do things which are totally illegal like smuggling illicit goods or giving passage to criminals.'
Unlike before, you can travel through outer space and blast down onto the surface of any planet and polish your flying and dogfightmg skills in more traditional simulation surroundings. These brave new worlds have realistic curved surfaces, fractally- generated continents, seasons, night day time, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, forests, polar regions, deserts, roads, bndges, cities, lights, buildings, advertising hoardings, missile sites and spaceports. Even the shading of objects and their shadows are correctly coloured and cast in relation to the position of nearby stars.
It’s a bit like creating worlds and spaceships out of a super Lego and Meccano set of bits and pieci Dismissive of Wing Commander ana oilier s space operas, Braben thinks these games are ji one long graphic seguence which you can tweak occasionally.
Most other games developers just burn memory ridiculously.' Explains Braben. 'There’s been a nasty move in the USA where people are saying 'There’s nothing worse than number of disks it comes on.
Going down to the pub and still s cTJS tmpf.
Talking about computers'. « David Braben, author of Elite II - think it's a bit like weighing a book and saying how good it is. It discourages me.
Sounds and pictures are very easy to compress'.
He adds: I want Elite II to be a complete science fiction world so that I can implement more adventures in the future Still, it's not only going to be a vehicle for extra mission disks. I don't want to turn Elite into a lifelong project'.
Rrrrrre It's Ihe neat little touches that make a classic game stand out Irom the crowd, right? At the exact coordinates ol San Francisco in California.
Braben has a twisted ruin of Ihe Golden Gate bridge with just the towers slicking up out ol the water - the pathetic survivor ol a great earthquake. 'It's just a little in-joke.' Says Braben.
Mainly because most (light simulations concentrate on the bay area so much .
TITLE: Frontier [Elite lit PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPMENT TEAM
• Design. Program. 30 Graphics and Sound Ettocts: (David Braben)
• Bitmap Graphics: (Paul Mitchell)
• Music (Michael Powell)
• Publisher at Konami: (Colin Fsiidge) RELEASE:January 1993
PRICE: T8A HISTORY 1914- 1918 The mass slaughter of the First
World War is the setting for Blue Byte’s new strategy game.
Prepare to go over the top with Steve Prizeman... The splendour
of a royal visit turns to farce and then Iragedy as the
imperial cavalcade of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, confused as to
the direction it should take, pauses to turn around - beside a
desperate terrorist. The gunshots fired into the ducal car that
June day in
1914. Killing Franz Ferdinand (heir to the Austro- Hungarian
Empire), have echoed down the decades, along with the
consequences of the First World War, which they triggered.
That the city in which the Archduke died was Sarajevo, and
the man who killed him a disgruntled Bosnian, can certainly
give you the impression that Europe's troubled past is
haunting its present.
Philosophising aside, what Blue Byte has here is a wargame which it hopes will surpass the success of Battle Isle, its combat game set in a far-flung future. Plugging what it considers a gap m the range of strategy games currently available, Blue Byte has produced a recreation of the First World War combining the control system of the earlier game with carefully researched detail The appearance, capabilities and availability of tanks, planes, artillery and other death-dealing machinery, are claimed lo be historically accurate, and reflect the pace at which new developments occurred during
the conflict; players receive upgraded armaments according to a realistic timetable as the game progresses.
Mlm As you may have already guessed. Ihe game unfolds chronologically, with battles being fought in the order they occurred during the war This makes the action switch between different theatres of war, such as from the western to the eastern front. A campaign concentrating on a specific geographical region is therefore not an option. The intention of presenting an accurate recreation of events is not only implied by the title of the game, it is obvious throughout. There are options for one and two player games and a choice of whether to control the Allied' forces (the Entente powers -
England, France, Russia and, eventually, the USA) or the 'Mittelmachte' (the Central Powers - Germany and Austria-Hungary).
The fighting you control, however, represents only an engagement within the battle from which itjs taken: in other words, if you play the Mittelmachte forces, and win every engagement. Germany will still lose the war. The past cannot be rewritten and the history line continues unchanged from the car in which the duke was shot to the railway carriage in which the armistice was signed in 1918.
Lil 'UW Wllll As with Battle Isle, players control their forces by watching an aerial view of them on a map of the relevant battleground and deploying them accordingly. Information about the.
Military hardware may be displayed beside the maps. Changing seasons, varying quality of road surfaces, the ability to gain ‘energy’ from dtids,' and increasing the strength of an attack by outmanoeuvring the enemy, are all considerations to be borne in mind by the players. The game is controlled by joysticks or joypads. But not in the way that shoot 'em ups are - the dramatic battle sequences that follow the placement of the armed forces are not interactive. In between battles, screens appear displaying newspapers, medal presentations and contemporary text and pictures giving factual
information about the stage the war has reached. Blue Byte is, in fact, keen for the game to be seen as an educational tool, as well as a satisfying strategic challenge, and has received enquines about it in those terms. The educational information will be repeated in the manual accompanying the game.
History Line will come on no less than six disks, occupying 10Mb when unpacked and installed on a hard disk. I am assured, however, that frequent disk swapping will not be required Priced at a probable £34.99, or less, History Line 1914-1918 will be released in mid-November. If it lives up to expectations the finished version should certainly be worth seeing - after all, how often do you get to fight through the death-throes of empires? A TITLE: History line 1914-1918 PUBLISHER: Blue Byte (Hertzler. Schmitt GmbH) DEVELOPMENT TEAM: ¦ Programming (Ralf J. Kraft. Bernhard Ewers and Oliver
Konlg)
• Graphics (Thorslen Knop. Janos Toth and Christoph Werner)
• Music and Effects (Halko Ruttmann)
• Co-ordination (Lothar Schmitt and Thomas Hertzler)
• Research (Rail J. Kraft and Ulrich Albert Springmann)
• Manual and Weapons Research (Thomas Hertzler and lothar
Schmitt) RELEASE: Mid-November PRICE: TBA Do you want to see
something really scary? Rik Haynes takes a look behind the
scenes of Cyberdreams’ new graphic adventure... L! I I ana
lft.wia.lv Who can target that haunting bit in the original
Alien movie when the wee space beastie bursts out ot actor John
Hurt's stomach?
Obnously this sickening scene had a profound effect on Cybetdreams That's why this newcomer to the world ot entertainment software has enlisted the help ot artist H R • Giger lor its first game This Swiss surrealist actua«y created the Awn creature and other pieces ot acclaimed fearsome fantasy artwork Many ol these eerie Giger images have been incorporated into Oar* Seed despite some initial apprehension on his part regarding the square and laggerf look ot computer games After selecting a portion ot GigeCs work tor each of the 75 background Creations in Dark Seed, the artists at
Cyberdreams' software labs in Los Angeles used Newtek's Oigrview 5.0 digitising equipment to transfer these nightmarish images into their machines. A video 'The macabre art of Giger provides an atmospheric background in this most unusual ol graphic adventures.'
Camera was also used to record kve actors pertornwig the actions of every character m the game Nenl. These elements were cleaned up and proportionally sued m Cmraw Paint III and IV. Perspective tools in these leading art and animation packages were brought into play to create doors, walls, floors and so on. Finishing touches such as highlights, shadows and translucent overlays were then added. Simple, huh?
What about the game itself? Well, it's a graphic adventure with a gruesome theme. That much you know already. Through a simple point 'n' dick control system, players explore a crumbly old house and their own suty conscious in an effort to unravel the mysteries of an evil crviksahon of biomechancal creatures Dark Seed, released on the PC earlier this year. Has attraded mixed reviews from the specialist press thus far So. How will Amiga players react’ Find out soon.
MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES Hollywood eh? Palace ol greed gaaery of special effects and a great place to publish Arruga games' At least, that's how the company blurb lor Cytterdreams goes The mission 10 create high quality entertainment software with crejtive input from award-winning movie makers and scriptwriters is well underway Cyber Race, due tor release next year, is a lutunstic racing simulation based on the designs ol Syd Mead. He's the guy who helped visualise ihe look and led ol Blade Runner. T-on and Star Trek. The Motion Picture Mead says Designing Cyber Race is another expression ol
my desire to participate in the tuture Vehicles and racing have always been a lascmation lor me so I have really enioyed being involved in the development of this project TITLE: Dart Seed PUBLISHER: C (Distributed in the UK by Mirage) DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
• Design: (Mike Cranlord, Mike Dawson. Harald Seeley and Lennard
Feddarson)
• Programming: (Lennard Feddersen and John Kruase)
• Amiga Programming: (Andrew Wblttacker)
• Artwork: (H R. Giger)
• Art and Animation: (Bremmbaer, Paul Drzewiecki.
Julia Ulano. Joby Rome-Otero and Paul Ryan)
• Music Score: (Gregory Algor)
• Music and Sound Ehects: (David Beaa) RELEASE January 1W3 PRICE:
TBA ST ALBANS OPEN SUNDAYS
10. 00AM ¦ 4.30PM LATE NIGHT THURSDAY I FRIDAY FROM MID NOVEMBER
AMIGA 600 1400 ok 12 moolli on lilt omntY.
IAIW4J45.J7F0.SaaHadltaH«i MW ALONE UK 1833 0*11084 A400 244.00 444.00 A600 20MBHD 414.00 S99.00 A600 20MI* 394.00 574.00 A600 60MB* 494.00 674.00 A600 S0MB* 534.00 714.00 A600 120MB* 594.00 774.00 2MB VERSION ADO C39.95 WITH DELUXE PAINT m GAME ADD £5
o bmo aorroidy AMIGA 4000 ¦ =£ 24 BIT MULTIMEDIA AMIGA
h. 16* ft. SM . Uang M044 .noire 254,0011 total 6.
¦ ¦ tata. Itn doubta hr IM. Icn dSyU 25 Uhi. Moon. Inigo
H. 74 Ml 3.S* Ain Nui (row DOS Fo* Iroiwaf il R *
14. 4
3. 7 1.: rlfdalaMa.
Itaigo DOS -MS DOS 2 nor . 2 Iran 3.S* bn 1i 5.27 boy. Had Orta 01 WW, tal|o D0130 lyOem and utiiilin. Gold Send* Warmly | A10NE 120MB HD 2* 4MB £2259 be VAT i 120MB HD 2.8MB £2429 be VAT 240MBHD 2.8MB PHONE I rub SVGA kw lodiatlon high rei 28 dal piKb col. Mcnta | re tft aid wrvel ado £259 f STARTER PACK I 1500 PACK EXTRA (ALSO FOR A500.A5004, A600 CDTV, 3000) VALUE IR2
• Hu *v4r ftmai «vd prKtua VtiodtacI dmbre I44.4S
• OtautanlllMlmotai 74.44
• ta d« mi wilyM liw bool ’ 4.4S
• 80 hoi. Hobbpi 10 GiMh Ntk re'taMINW 34.44
• 4dw 1000olitpm gtahio la Dfdinl 111 4.44
• Plata OR lantam 24.44 . Ui (nytaiNcta 24.44 . Bl lb Sham 24.44
• Digle Now laata 24.44 TOTAL VUUI *24.82 WITH AMI6A CDTV 44.44
SEPARATELT 64.44 PLUS Sl«1» Pai 67.44 WHAT INK CUSTOMERS SAY
u*mty Mtoaui and topid i motor to vy prebh«‘...1 afl mP beseoto
to urewnwnd yen to my lalrepiro.* Dt Dorrol Middy Slough Hionk
you hr deakng so pronpdy «Mk my ngai(h.'-.1 wos reluctant oboul
ardaeing my into mol ordor. However I bon been tory phasod «*
my didMr •* Ihbbyli you oro to bo (ormonded hi your AMIGA
SPECIALISTS • STAR GOLD DEALER • CDTV CENTRE • PHILIPS
APPOINTED DEALER AMIGA 500 PLUS LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE -
PHONE!
AMIGA 3000 12 MONTH ON SITE MAINTENANCE .. tat 64030 7SMI6. 3 S' HOI fl) • wao Ain boy (a 4
* ao boyinlnaLSIH0 bo104* Zorn Ill A« tar 2K *1 da.
(kl(W.7ZiniIHlK*lCTliakltad*iCTtakikkyab*» manor 52mb iosmi 2io«u 425MB | IMInderr * IMIFtata 1349 ISM 1845 2244 7W.tao • 1«1 tota 1444 1444 14S4 2354 TUI rideo - *AU Fpy Loa 1444 1744 2024 2424
- Ut tata 1774 1124 2144 2554 IMS vita. 4KB total - 2244 2544
2444 2M who. NO total - 2444 2444 3144 WlA Hmmntl PlAl
AataVHIta
M. nWttoU 400 f 145.44 OH-irkProP«r 3. Pro D.t.1 ADO E145.49 WM
r.tr. *M loo MM tfrtlrd » ofMUN £164.49 WM Pb*i SYC* 1U0 la.
Hi I oadWAM £254.00 NO OTHER DEALER CAN ; BEAT OUR CREDENTIALS
|
• I* pan apront mi (amodao protat ta Mi a iky
• (.retain ntad tali «olmdhtaU|iidta.o «« "JtadU. Odaonta. Fatal
a.9 “1 a adald .octal [«ta| on. Ta red)
• Dri44riiitar»s*«F,-diiM-e«» .s£S£rr5fiL-. *» ** 1600* sq ft
High Si Iowb (erxt brawbro
• Eexl day drfwfv k« wtrJ orders rererred by S pr* express cn tmi
Saturday snmres wodobh
• Hardware corefuly bcndhd mi Mrrarad sdtly and rebabty by raged.
Nswwi top name c«ne» sarvKe
• 100% pra-despatcfc losing on AMIGAs
• Free 30 day, naxt day am (oledion and debvery of NEVf rodurt
wJh on site morlinow ) 10 MARKET PLACE ST ALBANS HERTS AL3 5DG
TEL (0727) 5600$ 41396 THE GALLERY ARNDALE CENTRE LUTON BEDS
LUI 2PG TEL (0582) 457195,411281 3BIT 88
• Kcmkmnpkt
• 8O«*haabhd*»imJSI0bb*fccs
• 4 great taW g»m foot f« currant dioin 01 tan Arm* 01 OfBN in
*700 Of *rt fkVfropbia Mouse MM mi 0«l (am TOTAL VMW AMIGA
1500 3000 | I1W«. Tab Ml U* nuownorr1000 Miandi ta
tatagblnanlWadAiBbT-O* 1 4.KT-t»~»-01fli 4-to ?PNBAM110M
FtaiiitaSTMl .ITQUKtadaIBMmtHd ALONE WITH WITH 7CM 8833 1064
.M W FFIXER j Mint *8100 442.00 U9.00
M. On.lOMKO 444.00 174 04 1444.04 00*612*17111 DO 745.00 444.04
1144.00 OO.C12.IJJMHO 4083)0 1042.00 1244.00 P«« iWllilHdK6l2
100 £40.00 AboMAndcstlrt 1.3 • KOM Shorn AO0C34.40 , Abo alllr
XF AT18 la Pt canpcritily *00 C4S C200.00 THE HOTTEST LOT RACK
VUUI BRP
• 111 oi Slalor Ptxk 141.41
• Imka 10 GblladMdodytalord oam ytal 714.12 Mpl uo To 7144 ood,.
Obaa 10 cbou fm cur out M. a Walk*! Oltacsgomotablo
• . 80PtaHoL6y*n 6ro«Por8U .|o hdklaooaoib I lotaton Ski tar
(ooala CooAd. Hoooia nian M aado 1 dom bkd dotal aTtaoMamTBPta
d* kl IMMoo ¦kd Procotai taooddta. Dkbko ¦ DoAta PdOk tab l*k
rovi Etan 0 Okd la tar. Irayo oata 84.44 TOTAL VALUE Soi.77
WITH IMKA 44.44 rSEPAIATET 64.44 . SPECIAL: ALSO ll no gta |_01
ADD 25.00 WWW PACK EXTRA VALUE RRP Wkgotai: seylta. (a nor 2544
Fonroda 1 Grand Era rtabloNdo 1544 Padroni tan Mf) 2544 DPHI Dl
odb ooatak 74.44 7gg bonka'|rtaoab(IPoikm 4.44
3dormnPodtMVProrcMr, Dbaw, SotadAool 4.44 PtaOa 4.44 TOTlt
VALUE 112.43 EPIC PACK EXTRA VALUE RRP EyfcPoA Irita Punod
lmr|riooo lob 24.44 Arkfo kit ta.taa.Mdb 77.47 Otad III rdlh
orrnotior 74.44 Tottaklta rktailorDPotalll 4.44 3 Aottaia Pod
0raWProCTtat.Pbao.l4roodA.il 4.44 ProOa 544 TOOL VALUE 212.42
WE WANT TO BEAT ALL PRICES!
CALL US!!
S» OTV M CDTV .RfcSrii * BOM Stall It AFIIIaPtrawiolMly imllM £POA IMS. AA Diu (iddy Aware 0 AS ABOVE WITH MATCHING DRIVE (EYIOARO. MOUSE . WB 1J 6ta* £349* miotawMtaTV £544* ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS PACK 3-9 YEARS TRAMPY'S OR THOMAS'S PACK 2-9 YEARS
* 1 LEAST 57 EDUCAT10HAI FUN nUID GAMCSI PROFESSIONAL FAMILY PACK
(1MB REQUIRID)
• Cartoon Qossirs Gomes: lemmings 0* [If Urn Sworn Ui 24.99
Captain Planet ham 25.99
• OohoofmaiairtkoimoSo. 79.99
• lie Works holonon Word Proresser. Spreodshrot ond Oolobmv
169.99
• !d Itw Duck 29.99 01 lot* lo Iho Moto end Postmoi Pol (1.3
onlyl 01 Dnnot Hcno Aerormrs
• Virus Glia Disk 4.99
• 80 Piog. Hobbyse PO (noots Pork - see Honest Id Pork'39.99
• 4 Asc DP pock no. Fonh. Op Art and Ossa Tutor 9.99
• HafabyH Infonl Junior (specify) or Serondny
19. 9T
• 10 Hank Oise • 80 (openly lorkaMe tfiso bos 26.90
• Mouse dal .DM Cow 9.90
• lotifct 9.99 SmgA CUTvTA SEPARATELY 99.99 SPECIAL Abo with Stor
1C 200 9 PIN CeUr Print©, wd Starter Podt ADO 179.00 Caleer
Printer a ADO 230.00 A3000 24 BIT SYSTEM THE ULTIMATE I!
• Extra 4MB Fosl MM • Fwsive 68040 ott»leralor j
• 24 til (obui caul • Yloh 24W raiour imI lime d
- 24 bH 3D Art + ooimolior s w
• fining ond Free 1 2 doy customised training TOTAL RETAIL PRICE
OVER £6,0001 HOBBYTE PRICE £3995 INC VAT MITSUBISHI SCANNER |
G650 40 A3 poflsaipt colour ink jet printer, 8MB with starter
kit HOBBYTE PRICE £7349 INC VAT
• TonS(M«2, under byears, 6-8 roots or 8f years
• TunStlmol3oe8,spertFyimdee5yea(S,5B7yen 7- toon
- 12 signing UK udutobonol pomes wilb braulifui ptlwos. Esriong
oamiooon ond fnvsk Ibol kites 10 develop nondw, ntod ond ortier
skill Up B b skll levels.
(oafcvm B Kotiond (urrtadom leqononHMs 24.99
• Posftnon Pol (1.3 on8y). 08 Cdd d« On* (7* yoarsl 08 Motttoed
frirs 0« Minky's Sclsrv Sdseel 14.99
• Bobbin Infont«Aimer Ispetily! Tdurolionol Pods.
• iS SStSttJS induing Train Sol ondolbrrlop ooiKvMOning 8 D »dos
19.99
• lOBBntDius 6.99
9. 99
89. 99 ffi?PoiM OiWoBo Pool II019 « Punnir '
4faOPp«*incFooMj ood05iToBr WITHAMKJA CBTV PARAIEIY
9. 99
216. 91 ft8 SKOAL Whb 3 jronl boxed games and Dpahst III ?
Animaiioa Bslood .1 Dpoinl M Pbsrtea Pnm II IM tom) VALUE 80.00 AM 16.99 PROGRAMMER'S PACK |1MB RIO.I otrode pomes odwotianol, ok. Wdtnore in weeks, not yeois. I Co»M« vdft hio. Soood, Cortorn Oossirs Games OH loanaajs B 25.99« Caploio Ptonoi Penn* 25.991 He Simpsons D»B Home Arrau* 24.991 80 Prog Hobbyie PO Grools rock - too 'Honest lot Pork’39.94 I 20 Bool Diso . 10 Copoaly lorkatleOue Bos 33.97 | ¦ Mouse Mol,Oust Cow 6 Mdiroswrttdi kobo lots** 19.97 'Got die Mosl out oi Tom AMIGA’boo* 9.9S TOTAL VAUli 215.64
• Iho5hooPoog80'6(al*nFolaiidwiBrtaiiHng'gonBS feoturing Irompy
and friends lo Bkouraje early nod reading and pee reoding skJk.
With Shoe People music OR Thornes rhe Tonk Engine's Fue eidi
Weeds 6 separote easy lo use looming programmes Mth onimolion
end sound.
• Stapes end Colours - Botov llie (loan entertains ond lays down
in foundation fa moths ond wiling in 6 colourful onimaledganes.
9.99
• fui School ?, 3 a 4 • die Tun SdooT suite tow won jus) about
every award rang. 5a6 wonderful onirroled gomes. 24.99 0*
Picture Book: 4 colourful and amusing gomes frcm ex 'Fun
School' design monega mil dtorft young cMdren.
• Deluxe Point Il Pho«aiPoton a WaPwzi* 89.99
• Hobbvle Infonl Educational PD Pod. Containing 10 19.99 fun eMo
you loon gomes
• Hobbyte 30 Eosy Cudrens Gomes Pock 19.99
• 10 Bfceik Discs, Disc Box. Joystick, Mouse Mel 26.96* 4 fcc DP
pod m. Fan* Ge Art ond Disc luia 9.99 TOTAL VALUE 231.89 WITH
AMIGA CDTV 49.99 SEPARATELY 69.99 SPECIAL* With 3 great boxed
gomes and Dpeint ID 9 animation instead el Dpoinl 11 Photon
PaieHJ ( mi rojJ ADD 16199 ARTISTS DTP CAD PACK VAUIE RRP I
• Dokioo Palm III wrth animmion (opgiadoaide B DP n) 74.44
• Pimer 400dpi sooner nidi Pgwarsran professional s a 44.44
• 10 disr HoboyB PO Graphic Pot* im. Dp art * uNHies 34.44 .
(artoao Oossirs Ganes: OR Lemaeags B 2S.44 Coplom Pfonet PurmA
2S.44 Ihe Simpsons DigiB Horae Arrmuils 24.44 I
• 80 Prog Hbble PO Groats Pot*. We Holtes! Lot Port 34.44
• 20 Bleat Duo • 80 Copodty lorkoMoOisr 8oi 33.47
• Mouse MolDusI Cover 6 MirvoswilcMuiboloyslirt 14.47 I
• 'Gel *e Moil oel ol Tour Mnigo' took 4.45 TOTAL VALUC 400.82
WITH AMIGA CBTV 134.49 SEPARATELY 168.99 AS AIOVE. PIUS PRO
PAGE 3 AND PRO DRAW 3 VALUE 449.00 AM I49.M .23.99 ...19.49
44. 94 GRAPHG CAD IngoVMc.
M0r«Pio2I -.4699 Dekne PoIpi 111 9.49 DoknoPolollY J699 E«port 40 Jomoor. 36.99 (.port Dtp. 48.99 knaglno v7 116.99 P(O.0(ow3 .69.44 lool 30 log 1.8 .63.44 tool 30 Turbo Poo 18 229 JO Safe 500 --------66.94 5udoMM200 434.44 Sub Pro 1.13 173.50 SadH ImonoB 80 148.99 SportioCoW 57.99 X CAD 2000 64JO I CAD 3000 238.90 VIDEO PROOUCTIOM TITLING Angola* 47.50 lroo*w Oder II 14644 DetaePboBkb . 51.44 Pro Veko Plus ...137,99 TV Show Pro 51.39 TV Eon Ho 68.44 Video Dbodoo 106.99 Wall Disney AoonoBi 6144 II 3M 1960 H»gA iws rr
* *i 701 Hi res SI os SVGA .28* inc. Dll & swivel .
EC 4TG Moht'SyiK___________________________ Ipcowoy Hrker fisei------------------------ ED fldoi Fro. Video 2 A500... SCANNERS & DIGITISERS GT 6000, bOOdp* 28 Ml A4 _______ .482.99 ¦jvrnGT 8000,800dpi 24 Ml A8 __________________119199 Mm Hood Monnoi 801 dpi. *8 Gieysido. Pom»on »lt«rl -.88.99 u£lN t»n
* •¦ Cmou Hpnd Scoonoi __________________________219.44 " -PttOH'
““'“S' 9BraJXI00A65conf*i viioidobi wupM IIMl .....469.44 Giiiw
120-0 56© IX 320*6 Sioonei. «7w op « 24
Ml_____________________146.44 s., l(20 M Aovgo
12------------------------------- 77.49 sb, U2H.nl. .. .106.94
J»25 ......-14825 Glireo. S-ofl 9-----167.25 Sow 1C
24-20 .. 17825 SbilC 24-200 .14825 sn U 28-200 col.
-23844 Oliwi 1280----176.99 [psoolQIOO 189.99
* »o228 _____205.44
17. 94 Glinn 228-nT 218.44
- .27.44 Gbvon Sortfl 28o 234.25 ORDIRINOi TILUAL1B NO* (0727)
SAOOS 011*1 dilvwr to no* md mtes dud brbt t.3ikn suWrnl o
orOMJ* Umvitrtlv Bid dwue ms« (rdrr.
Bankers dnsls or nflkcort aroBr CPICs, Eoluccrtan end Goworrvnpirt bodino oorty) lo: Depl CUAHdAyWCrnWn Crone, 10 0 norcSr MK»s.WBM3 5a Ho. *. 7 ntai ®» h itwutonro ilprmoiotolN. RbgoWoiaiiol, wrtm I 28 Basrtirrortrt drmdnuoBV Pvesaormorl ailuertpxglono's. -ovvwr. Vmrsv-mmrt imrtn lurgo I Ppo.rtnauptrrbno Pbaodnrkbrt(Hin)nU*dMisnVsnwrosoiil8Ro«opodaoaimvbotlMnM*iBnKms I art pkos ov» SOU too MM Onto pmos Pwoxrl robis era mtrd o gjrro tt ol • msn Md Oder pertrges or oltad.
DELIVERY CHARGES: ix mainuM) m wghuuds) SmofcomuRnbmS DnpOcMhy poet, fime deck vttnan flims when cnloing Ww terns. Mcrct tons Next doy courier samic*, S10 pa box CfchoeondH toh «*»ens« M AKHie* WE Offtl IHE fOUtWHG EXPKSS SEWKES: ScerdmMwH' NomdnmplB£I5*«J perba toxeddo, .toa.'" '
- 11444 Gmdofl ImcgtMoulo.- ________________________________ -POA
MODEMS id SM 2400 Modem___________________11699 Sepro (oi 2800
. 5 yter wononty ...... .76.45 Sepro Too 2809
Pbrt . S yoot warranty----------------------137.95 FLOPPY
DRIVES 2ydoc 3.5 edemol drtvo. Dotiyito .
On o«------------------46.45 (¦boo CAX 358 3.5 (Bond drttt,
beige------------------52.99 ol 3.5 Mrivc, block.
;______________________.49.49 PC 8808 -dill ant dick . Mill
bod. Op and vwus proleflar .67.45 K 8808 os obvm. Cydooo
rcmpatble------------------78.44 M drtvo oi PC 8808 .
115. 45 MOMTORS ACCESSOMES C1M 1088501 mrnitoi .
Leads________________________ ....194.44 Aipt Ilk 8833 MKII
moo. .ModsvCToibo Omlongc 00-1110) 194.09 B . NivM Mil 801
Pmyrt 8833__________________________12.99 (Sips 3332 FST
TV Monilor ___________________238.44
379. 94
259. 44 544,44
135. 44
147. 40 DISCS 10 Moo* DS DD disc 11 boi 6.99 50 88001* 05 DD
discs- TO Haosk DS HD discs 8.44 50 Btoi* OS HO dso .
GENLOCKS 3MM880Z«Ob 70* Iby.Ho OUMde 8802 5VH5. 524.44 Aon*._ ACCESSORIES b lino proBnor ? Morkup doviu lor vy (Borne* *vm... HP AUTHORISED DEALER ACCELERATORS HD A500 600 A530IM852M8_658.44 *54020*1___________254.49 A530IM8105MB-----------827.44 *570f» 2.081MB 500 . 309.99 A530 1MB 780MB 1017.49 NSInoopaod 82MB HO. 279.44
* 53068882_____________227.44 tocBsRoiM.d12WB 362.99 GVP HOB 52MI
......344.50 Mkrobelia TX130 25MH: 219.44 GVP
HD81206*1 463.44 2NI Bin HAM l» Mow 174.44
GVPHD8740M8 725.44 iBio2M86nodBoovo6m.62.99 ACCELERATORS HD
A1500 20000 3000 OW5onosR5M 278.44 C(m 030406K4MI 884.99
GHSertesll 105MB .-41644 Gfora 03050WH2***«.. 82S9.99
GirSmosUTAOIM 64144 F*gbuOe»«« 1739.44 0fain 0302SMH71M6 534.44
(WBv!rrC«29«5(3XUI349.99 SrtoManoMkHO88M8 574.44
(.«o2UI6nid«ooyohm62.49 EXPANSION
* 500 5l2*RooiC«p.a«* -------------- 14.40 C8MA50I
op__________________________________________29X10
* 500. IMI©_______________________________________ 28.99
* 500. Spin* IMI oop-------------------------37.49 I Ml oop lo.
1600------- 49.49
- --Ws~ PO* EMULATION XCS Pooo(t«ofd 174,99 GVP 286 loiGVPII .530
...216.44 ICS PawwboafdM* DOS .199.95 XT Irldgoboard f« 1500
44.00 IgodapBf____________69JO ATOaoo. ...... 214.44
* T Irtdgoboord 1.1500 . 324.44 GVP80 8 lo 1500 .485.44
Vortoi 386sr 75MHi 838.44 PRINTERS -.nnn *u»i iinra p*a v*a
O*ort5«ll28orf .281.25 » Souoft 260E .....26844 » »
5BiXB2V200lM-.3882 o- Sior XI28 250 id’..41894 •
HPDeskjol____________324.49 ~ WooSksol 41944 - BP
OodgolSSOC.. 584.44 “ HPPoant .....824.95 _
ll10e.SibWrtport.2O8.44 “ II ICC _338.44 “ 5w SI 88
30894 * HP1J0I8___________1319.44 STARTER PACE: 500 S600I1 A4
or coatomvaon pupa. AMIGA to _pebrtoo load 8 Uolvovsal Prinlev
Stood .vOAiwANor iL go lioes. L(l(pl .hoielstot(d ate ii: Vil
I 60 IJ CITIZEN DEALER PLUS • SOFTWARE EDUCATIONAL AnyFwiSdBd
15.50 Any AIM 17.50 SaoabosoFlmopod* ummis LANGUAGES AMAXII
Plus 289.99 Ameo30 .21.49 Amos ibeCreolo .30.95 Amos Coup"
14.49 Eosy Amos -.22.49 Goss Dos-5 .22.75
DbiMoslo(IIV43.75 GFASaOl 17.44 LoBko C -57 147.99 OoonuMnk
34.50 Doom bask loob 44.44 APPLICATION Atone toounts .84JO
EkMMoko3 ...8694 EM Copy 4789 Xmd Words in 35.44 Mosipto
Pis-8.3699 Mini Ofc- 43.99 Pogesntom 2.2.122.99 Pogosortorl
42.49 Pen Pol 1.8 52.50 Personal HnoKO Manager PU .3I.99
Pro. Page-3 -.137.44 Sruon Pobbdwr POA Miporbose Pro 8 148.94
Wordsworth 69.99 Works Pkpinom ...49.95 MUSK AO 1012 Studio 16
Somple, 344.45 'SSL 11644 Audio MasBr 4 44.49 lorslPpts Pro IDE
-.172.13 GVTDioiMl SouidMo .4644 . Midi Bmrlaro .19.45
XrooboMegomir..23.44 MHT A Adco 28 mlh TV Punrt lor 500
... 518.90 ArlOopr Pro 2.1A___174.44 IKIV- .385.44
(.orrorkor -POA GVP Import Vision 28bit rood 1349.60 Horiprptm
4000 28 Ml rord 144645 ImogoMosloi 1069.00 Opel Vision 24 bit
board .OpalPeml. Opal Presents. Xoralo 28 bil sr lwon .639.95
28 Ml boord .2464.49 V Ub 28 bM leol Mnw dmilisor .278.84 I am
sure that tew ot you will remember, but Reach tor me Slues
was me name ol a film detailing me exploits ot Douglas Bader, a
rather heroic legless (as in no legs, not blindingly drunk)
pilot. What better name then for a potentially rather spitting
World War II flight sim.
The scenario revolves around the Battle ot Britain, World War ll s single most ferocious air battle The player can )oin either the British or the German side and have control over eight different aircraft These include such tamous planes as the Ju87 (or 'Stuka'), the Heinkel bomber, the Hurricane and the Spitfire. After choosing sides, me player can decide whether to take to the skies straight away as a pilot or control the action trom the ground as a well, controller. This strategic element to Reach is one of me elements that could potentially lift me game over others in its genre. As a
controller your strategic capabilities will be stretched to their limits as you juggle options such as where to place the fighters, which lactones to build planes in. And how many brave pilots to send to their deaths! Ot course, deaths are something to avoid as the controller has me )ob ot not only maintaining air superiority, displayed as a percentage, but also ot keeping the pilots' morale up. These two factors cin be negatively affected by Germae bombing of airfields, factories and convoys The aim lor the Bnts is to keep that percentage up above 75% as a drop below means that nose evil
Nazi swine have got air superiority and will wipe out dear old Blighty. However, if life as a controller becomes tiresome the player can samply choose to transfer to be a p*cc at any stage. Planning will then
• t «ett to the computer while you get
• r with the job of blasting the Hun tor tnose jolly British
pilots, if you
• ode to be a Jerry) from the sky.
Once in the cockpit, pilots will be able to start on Tm runway or in the air. This may loot seem like a great innovation at
• rs but once you’ve played the fvne for a few weeks it will feel
like a godsend. All regular flight sim Stayers will no doubt be
familiar with v»ews available from the cockpit.
R addition to those. Reach will offer
• n especially useful combat view
• fteh, once in a dogfight, centres screen on the enemy plane
• owing you to practice more complex flight patterns with ease.
KiHMUITJIil The acteal :ac hcs used in the Battle ot Britain, both mrerall and by pilots themselves, will be reproduced faithfully and the
• ght simulation model is accurate.
Of course, if you choose to play the Germans it might be a good idea to r tactics (if you want to win that
• ’I In the real thing, the battle was t into four phases, each
repre-
• entmg a different set of tactics employed by the Germans. In
Reach He player will be able to choose ¦tuch phase to start In.
It’s wise to stttt at the beginning of the battle as each stage
represents a progres- wvely harder scenario involving more
intense enemy activity. Having survived a mission, the pilot is
debneled (the game position can be saved here) and shown
reports on » e state ol the battle. If you manage to bag an
enemy you may be '•warded with a medal. However, if rtxj fail
to make it back you will be '•warded with a view of the plane
spiralling in flames before being fvust back into the cockpit
for an extreme close-up of the impact.
Over the Channel this involves a splashdown complete with concen- Tic rings of water flowing away from fie crash. On land the plane will always crash onto a farm (pity the poor farmer). This is a pilot in-joke, as the slang at the time referred to a crash as having 'bought the farm'.
L»*l*iiU i'll»tl Despite having been developed on the PC, Reach has converted well. The filled polygon planes move smoothly across the skies even when full of enemy planes. Ground detail is sparse but doesn't detract from gameplay. Also, the game will feature some atmospheric sampled sound of inter-pilot communication. It remains to be seen, however, whether the opening sequence of digitised war footage and pseudo-Churchill sampled speech will make it onto to the Amiga version. The usual question of memory capacity comes to the fore again. The developers, Rowan, have managed to compress
the data onto two disks. One acts as a game disk, so none of that tedious disk swapping will be involved. The down side of that though could be the time taken to access the disk. As can be expected the game will need 1 Mb to run.
EVERYTHING COMES IN PHASES Reach often budding pilots the opportunity tg start it On beginning at the Battle at Britain or at any ol its component pluses.
Phase one: (Joly 10 to August a. "Conieys"), The German High Command concentrates its bomhers on Ihe convoys bringing supplies to Britain.
Pbase two; (Aogost 9 to August 12. -Eagle Eyes"). The target beta mas Britain's early warning radar net.
Pbase three: (August 13 to September 6, "Eagle"). Emphasis shitted to frontline a Wields.
Phase lour (September 7 September 15. ’8110') The German High Command s tloal pbase was to call lot a heavy bombardment ol London itsell.
CHOICES. CHOICES... Budding air aces can try out eight planes in Reach. Each has Its own flight characteristics and should otter a sufficient challenge before you are able to stand toe to toe with the and slug II out.
HA: A good all-round lighter used to great eltect by HAF pilots, It became the best British lighter aircraft, ir Hurricane I: This was the first operational HAF aircraft lo reach speeds In eicees 1300mph. It was eventually outmatched hy the Spitfire, which could both climb and fly ister. Even so. Tar more Hurricanes llew In the Battle than any other British lighter aircraft.
Messerschmitl Bf 19SE-4: This was a popular choice lor German tighter pilots. It suffered heavy handling and a cramped cockpit but overall was a superior machine to any el lets.
It Bf HOC 4: The rerstbror (or desboyer) lallod abysmally against the more n slngle-englned lighters and suffered appalling losses.
• Hetnkel He 111P-2: A bomber beginning lo show its age by the
time ol the Battle. It sef- tered Irom madeguate lirapower in
compenson to the British lighters
• Dernier Do 172-2: Another old twin-engined bomber, largely
wlHidrawn by Ihe end ol 1942.
S Ju 876-2: Famous lor Its piercing scream in attack, the Je87B (or Stuka) did it physical and psychological damage to ground troops. However, once separated Irom Its lighter escort It was easy pickings tor enemy fighters.
LilNl'lill Rowan Software has a long and proud history of excellent flight sims. The team that worked on Reach are also responsible for the excellent Falcon and, more recently, Flight ot the Intruder. This latter game received 92% from CU back in October 1991, but suffered badly in sales due to the Mirrorsoft crash.
Reach, too, looked wobbly for a time before it was taken up by Virgin. It started production in August 1990 and was almost ready lor release when Mirrorsoft keeled over last December. Rowan took the opportunity to tweak bits of the game that they weren't quite happy with.
Originally, Reach looked and felt more like a true strategy sim based on the Battle but now has developed in the gameplay department to what promises to be a different mix of strategy, flight sim and blast 'em' out of the skies. Personally, I am not a big fan of flight sims but this one has got my juices (lowing. We'll bring you a full review next issue.» Cue The Ride ol Ihe Valkyries. A flight of fearsomely-armed attack helicopters sweep across Ihe skyline, grim determination announced by their relentless rotor blades, flinging rocket-propelled death toward the enemy below . Phew1 It can
mean only one thing - Gunship 2000 has taken to the air MicroProse's new helicopter flight simulation, a successor to the award-winning, nillion-sefling Gunship. Is due for release in mid November, following Its conversion from the existing PC game Although it was a multi-copter' game, the original Gunship simulated only the AH-64A Apache attack helicopter. The new model, on the other hand, offers a whole Farnborough Airshow's worth of high-tech hardware Up to eight types of aircraft may be flown in the game. Blackhawk.
Comanche Scout and Gunship. Kiowa. Cobra Stinger, Sidewinder, Helllire and Penguin (Penguin?) Missiles, allowing air-to-air land and sea combat. Chatt and flares are provided to help detlect llak. But, with a variety ol enemy units to light, whose equipment includes wire-guided antiaircraft missiles, things may still get quite hot. The helicopter will react to the damage it sus|ains.
Steenng erratically, for example, rather than simply continuing as normal then suddenly plummeting from the sky. The player does, in fact, nave the option of disengaging his rotor blades, if he wants to fly like a brick or really put his ability to control the machine to the test. The action may be viewed from outside the helicopter, if the player wants a different perspective on events, but it will be necessary to keep a careful eye on the radar if nasty surprises (like tixed-wing aircraft bearing • down upon your pilot) are to be avoided.
Steve Prizeman gets his hands on Microprose’s new chopper... Nudge, nudge, say no more.
And buildings In Gunship 2000 Ihe player will be able lo design, edit and save missions. A training option wil also be available, as will a campaign game incorporating a map revealing Ihe progress the play&r. Is makipg against his enemies.
Helicopter* .1 your dispo.ai lo help you Gunship 2000 will run on all types ot Amiga possessing l Mb ol Ram. And may be installed on hard drives (probably occupying 2Mb) The game will come on three or tour disks, but disk-swapping will be kept to a minimum tor Amiga-users lacking hard drives. It is planned that change-overs will take place at natural breaks', such as between scenarios, rather than in mid-llight. It is also on the cards that Ihe game will be controlled with either a mouse and keyboard, or Joystick and keyboard.
And Defender helicopters may be piloted, in addition to the trusty Apache It is possible for the player's pilot to progress in rank with the successful completion ot missions, acquiring a team of four wingmen. Each with a helicopter These wingmen may be sent on missions of their own, gaining credit for their commander (the player) through their independent action. At higher ranks use may be made of a Longbow Apache: a meaner machine with a mast-mounted camera allowing sneaky spying on the enemy over buildings and other obstructions.
A wide range of weaponry is also available, including a 30mm cannon.
Hll*.'1 i.f.l'i'.'il'tilVilli li.'.'i Il3i The incredible interest we've seen in Gunship over the years encouraged us to use the technology and experience we've gained since its release four years ago. To create a product several years ahead ot any other title on the market’ says Bill Stealey.
President and co-founder of MicroProse. Missions are set in Central Europe and the Persian Gulf, with the randomly-generated terrain producing appropriate scenes of sea and sand, or rolling plains crossed by roads and railways. MicroProse claims a new development called Topographical 3D Graphics allows the creation ol realistic landscape by displaying both depressions, such as rivers and valleys, and elevations, like mountains TITLE: Gunship 3000 PUBLISHER: MicroProse OEVELOPMEHT TEAM:The team converting Cunstiie Emflrom Ike PC were also behind the Knights otlhs Sky conversion.
• Protect Manager: (Jonathan Oldham)
• Programming: (Kevin Buckner. Mark langerak and Mart James)
• Graphics: (Paul Aylisse and Eddy Gamlet) PRICE £34 99 RELEASE:
November 19S2 J s ni 19.07 on the 5th ol May 1980 John Dellow
of the Metropolitan Police signed a document passing control ot
the Iranian Embassy siege to LT. COL H.M.Ross. I He sent in
three, lour-man teams (Sabre teams) ot 22
S. A.S, the rest is history.
For many the S.A.S are the black-clad rescuers ol Princes Street depicted by the B B C as the pictures of the last minutes of the siege were relayed live around the world.
I be ning in ress We as mere mortals can only wonder at the exploits of this most professional and highly trained fighting force as officially it does not exist.
0 ives ne be ird te e- ie her ard. © This simulation is based on the information that is available and is produced by people who have a great deal of admiration for the people they will never know.
C KRISALIS SOFTWARE LTD. TEQUE HOUSE, MASONS RD, DOWNS ROW, MOORGA" KRISMJS INTERNATIONAL * COMPUTER * ENTERTAINMENT BRIDGE HOUSE MERRYWALKS STROUD GLOS GL5 1QA FAX : 0453 756998 TEL : 0453 756993 Calling all spook fans!
With more celluloid nasties than you can shake a crucifix at, Ocean’s forthcoming spine-chiller is taking shape. Tony Horgan takes a peep from behind the sofa.
Ocean are taking no chances with Universal Monsters Instead ot relying on one big name spook to pull the punters, they've signed up six I Lead by team captain Count Dracula, the line-up consists ot Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride ot Frankenstein, The Wolt Man, The Mummy, and finally The Creature trom the Black Lagoon As you can probably tell trom the cast, the original storylines have been reworked in classic Hollywood style, and merged into one. So as to bump up the fear-lactor as much as possible.
Here's the deal. Deep in the heart of the Austrian Alps, lived Protessor Van Helsing. The small village community that surrounded Helsing’s mansion had been plagued by the alorementioned band ot spooks tor as long as anyone could remember. Deciding that something had to be done, Van Helsing began a battle against the forces of darkness. With his expertise in all matters ghostly, he eventually managed to drive them back to the underworld.
Way to the famiy maroon u declare war on the evil spirits.
Why do I gel the fooling I should bo turning into a werewolf now?
This is where you come m Strolling through the front door ol the maroon, you're confronted by The Count and ho comes Taunting you with Ihe amulet, Dracula then smashes it into five pieces, which somehow manage to get scattered aroupd the mansion A cha -nge « set by His Unholiness
- find all five tragmeres ft tie amulet, and be rid ot the evil
forces lorever Fat and the nasties take up permanent resefence
I As ter the game itself, you can expect an isomeeic 30
ercede-adventure.
Something along tie Ines ot The Bitmap Brothers' Cadaver, or the old Specsun classic Knighllore.
Along with the live fcagmef at tie amulet, you've also got another sat Sams on your shopping list.
Each monster can onry be destroyed with the help-.
Of a particular obyecL Dracula succumbs to a confrontation with a cnxNn. And Frankenstein’s Monster can be irtoted «ti a spanner. Together with a mirror, a sever txaet an ankh. And a harpoon. You should be able to trash off the lot.
Plenty more lesser ghouls are sprinkled around the mansion to make He even harder. Haunted suits ot armour zomtves dead pharaohs, snakes, skeletons and bats are among the new inhabitants. Not only do you "ave to contend with these beastly toes but the tuning itself is also haunted.
Previously innocent stone dots come alive, spitting fire at passers by Sp*es appear from the floor, and flagstones dtsmgrm on contact.
Perhaps worst of an are the Batman-style walls, which dose in and crush the helpless adventurer We re also promised some sub-aqua sections whilst in the vicinity ot that old 50s B-movie star, The Creature trom the Black Lagoon Along with the intro sequence, there'll also be a couple of Game Over animations. The first will be a brief affair illustrating your downfal, whde the second will congratulate you with a more elaborate display, should you actually complete the game Whether it can match the lofty standards of Cadaver, only time will tell All going well.
Universal Monsters should be out in time tor the Chrimbo rush. We'll bring you a full review in the next issue. ® Van Helsing had bettor watch where he's going, unless he wants to end up as a shlsh kebab.
Mil Drsculi mil iur» likes hli spikes - good |ob you’ve biought your Industrial strength underpants!
TITLE: Universal Monsters PUBLISHER: Ocean DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
• Coiling (Mike Solsall)
• Graphics (Simon Butler, Martind McDonald)
• Sound (Barry leach) Level Design (Simon Butler, Martin
MacDonald) RELEASE: Mid-November PRICE: TBA Our very own
Vietnam Vet (well, he acts shell-shocked) Mark Patterson takes
an exclusive look at Ocean’s stunning new licence.
LETHAL BOX OFFICE Joel Silver’s trilogy ol Lethal Weapon films are undoubledly one of the movie success stories ot recent years. It you're one ot the tew people who are unfamiliar with them, they star Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs, a whacko LA cop who's gone from suicidal to near- homicidal in the first two tilms and his straight-laced partner Roger Murtaug. Who's played by Danny Glover As you might expect. Riggs IS always dragging Murtaug into dangerous situations while cracking one-liners and shooting every villain in sight. Despite this limited formula the third film, which was released this
summer, was another box office hit.. Rather than opt to produce a game based on just one ot the tilms. Ocean have gone the whole hog and taken aspects Irom all three movies, as well as coming up with a plot ot their own To get around the problem ot the film having two main characters and there not being a two-player mode In the game, you can choose to play either Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. There are no advantages to either character, even though Roger Murtaug is old. Slow and constantly complaining in the movies.
5vmwouR The object, quite simply, is to get your chosen hero through a series ot levels in one piece, while blowing away as many bad guys as possible in the process Whal this boils down to is a platform game where timing and shooting accuracy are the order ot the day.
The game is divided into tour levels. The lirst is set in a dockyard which is run by an organisation ot drug dealers and racketeers Here the dynamic duo have to board a ship and recover a wad ot drug money and put paid to the criminals tor good. Part ol this level involves swimming underneath a pier to get the drop on some drug dealers Unfortunately there's a shark with a taste tor cops in the area, and if you’re nol quick he’ll drain your energy There are also ninja frogmen, who spring out of the water and unleash a volley of machine- gun fire.
After that is a Subway stage, complete with train, where the aim is fo foil a gang’s attempt to hold the city to ransom by placing bombs underneath it and threatening to set them oil. The bad guys now have cop uniforms and come in lull riot gear. They haven't got bullet-proof vests though, so they’re easy to kill, From there it's onto the subway car, where your problems are compounded by the lights which tlicker on and off, often leaving you shooting in the dark.
Leo Getz makes an unwitting appearance on the third level, where he's being held hostage beneath a dingy old factory. Now you're facing enemies armed with flame throwers. These don't have the same range as guns, but they cause more damage and you can never tell when they're going to fire.
These three levels can be played in any order When you complete them you enter a fourth stage, which is marked in the manual as classified, so you re going to have to find out about that for yourselves as I'm nol going fo spoil the fun.
Hfflmj.fr4 Unlike their big-screen counterparts. Riggs and Murtaug aren't bullet proof in the game. They both have energy gauges which deplete every time they're punched or fall a ALTERNATIVELY Umieter. Fte LeSaM Wuaee *fto»T el moves tledo »» a« imeresiive ill keen at muni Ins maytum You'll turns wilt such mater 131 to mi* from not Oseeo coiild Mve picked some flOoS Sits. Hen's our Uriel wlnt scenes sbooM haws Seen iiKlsdot-lntSegams.
FlMf IOMS Bum GUI CNASI Yoe is sOtr a Snots Atman pasw. He's dr nun, I tract ud yoo'm Oeui, an impression ol a toon ornament on Its front. Goad toe driver Into sworvfsj In ttirow yon oil as yon try to mate Not steer Into Its pats ol an on-comlnj voWcle, so So craakK and lots Sts bead smashed In By a lowo-ISytn* ssrf-Soard. And yea loonptt it was on unfommats accident!
J rk k LETHAL WEAPON 1 The llrsl Him tns Ihe must violent ol tin lot. II opened with a young lady throwing heroin oil a sty scrapee. Ihen carried on with shooting, iotas, tolere. More shooting, more jotes and the odd car chase II led lo ITV slicing ahogl len minutes ott the mode when Ihey screened il earlier in Ihe year. The liln also toasted some fantastic stunts, although one went tragically wrong during the scene where Riggs leal from a building handculted to another man. The Riggs slant-double got up oh the air-bag straight away, bsl Ihe person be jumped with landed wrung and snapped hie
nect. The moule culminated with psychotic henchman, Joshua (played by Gary Buseyl being shot by Mnrtaug end Riggs In Muitaug's Ironl garden.
The game leatures a lew hactdrops which are vaguely connectable with the film, plus pleety ol nebulas henchmen whose only purpose, as in movies, is lo die before their boss does. Lets ol opportunities lor mayhem there, I thlnh.
Long distance. Some enemies are armed with machine guns and rocket launchers though, and one hit from either ol these means an early retirement lor the character on the receiving end. Very long drops are also fatal, so you can bet that the game's designers have included a good lew.
Murtaug and Riggs aren't entirely defenceless. They're armed with pistols and an unfeasible amount ol ammunition. A display in the top-left ol the screen shows how many bullets are left in the current magazine, and how many magazines they have in total. Should the unthinkable happen and they run out of bullets, they can kick their enemies out ot the game. Although running straight up to a machine- gun toting ninja and hoping he f vhii 's I * r I *¦ 5 KS's&fn "' The graphics are small, but very detailed, although the Riggs sprite looks more like Shakin' Stevens than Mel Gibson. The
backgrounds are very plain though, and much more could have been done with them. On the other hand, the levels are absolutely huge. The majority are large multi-directional scrolling affairs, populated with various characters from the movies. The way through them normally lies through a series of doorways, which are dotted throughout such types of level, behind which are more hazards stands still while you axe kick his head isn't an advisable course of action.
There are no special weapons to collect, but most levels contain packing crates and oil drums which explode when shot, killing everyone nearby. If you time it right you can take out two or three bad guys at a time. Many enemies can be avoided by taking another route through the level, but more often than not they just jump out of nowhere so you're forced to deal with them. It can often take a few bullets to down a foe, so sometimes it’s actually worth dropping behind and kicking them.
It pays to move quickly, as most of the villains can shoot through platforms and home in on your position if you hang around for too long.
CONTINUITY?
WHO NEEDS IT?
Lethal Weapon s programmers have taken a lew liberties with the plot. For instance, do you remember the shark in Lethal Weapon 2? Or how about the lamppost climbing scene Irom Lethal Weapon 1?
You must remember the bit Irom the third lilm where Riggs and Murtaug perform a balancing act on a series ol moving blocks in a police car park7 No? Didn t think so.
Such as moving platforms and massive drops. There are some variations on this theme though One level is a maze ol small corridors. Many of which are blocked by electronically opened security doors. The objective here is to lind the switches which activate them Your eltorts are hampered by collapsing floors, which give way as soon as your character treads on them. Another takes place in a subway train. The graphics tor this stage only take up about a fifth ot the screen, but they're very effective none the less. The initial dockyard level stage has our heroes jumping trom mast to mast
to get past some ships and ware houses. This bit is quite tricky, because all the lumps are different lengths LETHAL WEAPON 2 F«r M! Ma » letnct Ml U*M Mm M MIMMK ImM 19 TIN pMI OTIM mart i Mac* ol Swa Mnuw mel»M m ImorraM muM'iM ako Mot Mo M H Mm Bi«i (Iri, |played tj PoBj tWy toMin Kniit) arrt M»M Mil Ms LA fl urt on ctHm somO Tms Ida MmO mo Mot«chnot ox ol Mo Mno . Too n m M tort oMoaten. Hi a shame Mol May anil mcluOeO m Oh gam.
Too opoomg sum X mo tamo it aot 10 mo iockyart atwe IM mat part X Mo IM loot place there am uveral Irlcty Mi. McloXog a laclioo atom yoo tan lo got around a tone!) Ol trooki by salmmlng under a gin In ilurt-lotoitod aaler HUN"A I wasn't very impressed when I first saw this game. I’d been expecting something a btl more than a platform game. Ocean have already produced more fair share of this type ot game (Total Recall, Addams Family. Hudson Haw* Robocop 2 and so on). A very good example of something different is the excellent Robocop 3. Which is one ot those rare breeds of film licences where
the game actually capfures the ' atmosphere of a movie. Despite Its haggard style Lethal Weapon is still a very playable game The levels are large enough to keep you occupied for quite a while and there’s plenty to do. It’s also very addictive and challenging without being frustrating.
LETHAL WEAPON 3 In the most recent instalment tha lads are up against an ei-cop who had a nice little number going with stolen weapons and drugs Naturally there are all the usual one-liners and this time they shoot people with armour piercing bullets this tilm cost several million more to make than the previous two. Mainly because il opened with the demolition ol a nine lloor building and closed with the burning down ol a gigantic wooden building All good clean tun.
Iheve s one scene in this him where Riggs hairs oil down a subway tunnel which belongs to the LA PO M pursuit ol a tram Naturally that would be a bit boring m the game so instead you're actually on board the train doing what Riggs does best shooting every Fans of the film will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of tie-ins In the game. The movies had some excellent car chases and the Inclusion of one ot the those wouldn't have gone amiss. As it stands it would have been a lot cheaper lor Ocean had they just changed the graphics and given the game an original title. No one would ever have
connected it with the film.
Having said that, this is a very good platform game, but nowhere near as good as Ocean s previous movie-to-platform game licence.
Addams Family It’s likely that it will do very well in th* charts, especially in the run-up to Chrtstmas. However, it remains to be seeiVprhether it wt as the film series 1 run for as long © rrlftut dmU November lenm Platform U*m: In-hou.e rearrefo Joystick mmmkrn • dilki: 1 ,Bmk*T*fplsj4n 1 W duk imsulUU.
No mtm.ry: Any mochino OCEAN £25.99 t It's very challenging without being frustrating J GRAPHICS 83% SOUND 81% LASTABIUTY 79% PLAYABIUTY 91% OVERALL 90% Your Amiga lias hrcn a great games
• ruii-r Y,iLi‘Mi |»ir«-runl 8Bfl |r j'9 Y-i;V Might
simulators. Ar. A.ir a. lions :. 0 and role playing adsrntures
u- ’ y, But now you're looking for some- 4 4 3rN w , more
another l oi' ' ‘ ®aS£aS5SiiaSananJ T**f be interested in
The Miracle. A complete keyboard VJK T software I that
teaches you how to
* “¦ J ’ JJ j Itir ¦ CT Cf Start wi,h dimple JUJUJj r f, f |j7»
aS Advance up to performance 2S imiiiiniiiiiiiiiimffliiD
"rl .S'Sr «V v aad playlag note you play and gives you r -
battar than yaa aver thought possible. Personalised lessons. .
Own speakers or the own hits in The Miracle's unique 8 track studio. Take the keyboard round to a and°nd« your own CfSlM friend's house - it will work on its own or ¦ ¦¦¦WPBjfNljH creations in The Miracle's BQ through your Amiga. 8 tr*dl lt‘1*1' You thought it would take a Miracle to bring out the musician in you. Well... here it.is. j Now available at selected Tandy stores. Argos Superstores, selected E & S retail stores and all Accredited Miracle Dealers. V ,M. 60 Professional Kivioard | M I R A C L E ‘s.'z'iT ¦'¦ ylhrpmno.oiwerAs? A Vial would lahe a Miracle. Softwaiw • i«u | Md Roc b
A Arcade style ¦ r' Jmm v Accessories Included ¦Pl C MINDSCAFC Mmdscap• International lid. Priority Moose. Ckorlei Avenue. Burgess Hil, West Sussex, RH15 9PO W: 0444 877234 Fox: 0444 248996 NEW LATE NIGHT SHOWROOM OPENING UNTIL 7PM, WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY • rcrcttrrm AMIGA 500 SOLDERLESS RAM UPGRADES A500 512K oN££90QO RAM flOCK ** * INC. VAT AND DELIVERY UPGRADE I ALSO WITHOUT CLOCK FOR ONLY : £ 1 7.99 JOINT wINNeR OF COMPUTER SHOPPER'S THE FASTEST AND EASIEST WAY TO UPGRADE YOUR A500+ TO 2MB RAM!
Sanpty Plugs Into t» A500 PLUS' 1 MB RAM UPGRADE jBest Customer s total RAM capacity to 2Mb ChipRAM* RAM OrVOff Switch . Compact unit Bin * Only 8 low power RAM Ics * High reliability ONLY £37.95
1. 5MB RAM BOARD
• II PRICES INC.DEUVERY 4 VAT © 17.5% ExpresM Courier Delivery :
(UK Mainland Only) £6.50 Extra £?S3r,s Fully populated board
Inert**** total RAM In A5O0 to 2Mb I . Plug* Into trapdoor
araa, A connects to GARY' chip Includes Battery- Backed
Real-Time Clock O Socketed RAM 1C* on 512K 1Mb Varsiona NB.
The HERE TODAY - HERE TO STAY Unpopulated RAM board with
dock----- With 15Mb FASTRAM installed £ 69.99
- C 34 95 CONNECTS TO YOUR 'MEGABOARD' With our MEGABOARD. You
can further I MU ft A &| MDADAhC expand your A500's memory to a
total of J I AFN RmiTI UrvlUtl E 2MB without disposing of your
existing 512K upgrade (must be 4 x RAM-cfup type.
Or not exceeding 9cm in length).
TO OIVE 1.5MB [j | Call us now on « 0386 765500 TELESALES OPENING TIMES : 9am ‘ 7Pm Monday-Friday I I 9am - 5.30pm Saturday ONLY £42.99 .v Throughport for further expantion r Very low power consumption
- Style matched to the A500 ft RAM access LEO Cr RAM test run
switch Available fitted with 2Mb, 4Mb.
Or fully populated with 8Mb ft Optional PSU (allows Amiga to power other devices) Incorporating the latest ‘ZIP’ DRAM .
Technology, our new External Memory Upgrade allows the A500 A500. To pe upgraded by up to a further 8Mb of auto-configuring FASTRAM.
iC,Sena Cheque, Postal Ordei or ACCESS VISA carO details to: Evesham Micros Ltd.
Unit 9, St Richards Road Evesham. Worcs. WR11 6XJ ACCESS VISA Cards Welcome Government. Education 8 PLC order* welcome Same day daapalch whanaver poaalbl i¦ press Courier dativery (UK Mainland only) C6.50 extra Please not* that S banking day* must be allowed tor wdtate clearance on Bank Drafts.
With 2MB fitted...C112.99 with 4MB...E159.99 with 8MB...E259.99 RETAIL SHOWROOMS Nonnal Opening llmci; Mondov-Salunl.iy 9.00-5.30 lew Night Opening Until ?pm Wedne.Ony Fi.lley PARTIALLY P0PUIATE0 UMTS EXPAND TO 8MB MIXM UOCULES. AVAAAAl SEPARATELY AT 0MY MB H PER 2UB • OPTIONAL POM* SUPPLY tH M 3’A" EXTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVES BIRMINGHAM 251 -255 MOMfey Bd, Hlghgote Birmingham 812 OEA « 021-444 5050 faxCOI 446 50)0 Unrt 9 St Richord* Rd. Evesham Worci WR11 6XJ TT 0386-765160 fa» 0386 765354 320 Wttan Got*.
Milton Keynes MK9 2HP TT 0908-230898 la* 0** 730666
• Very quiet
• Slimline design
• Suits any Amiga
• Cooling vents
• Sleek, high quality metal casing
• Full 880K Formatted Capacity
• Long reach connection cable
• Throughport facility for addition of further drives 1 YEAR
WARRANTY ON ALL GOODS REPLACEMENT A500 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE KIT
ONLY £39.99 NTIL 7PM, WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY •
• NEW LATE NIGHT SHOWROOM OPENING UNTIL 7PM, WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
Evesham Micros!
ZY-FI C-AMIGA 600 NEW LOWER _ PRICES II REALISE THE TRUE SOUND POTENTIAL Of your '$ j|£ n; fjfl| AMIGA WITH 7 THIS PAIR OF FULL RANGE flB] ¦¦ SPEAKERS! ¦” Built-In TV Modulator • Built-In IDE Hard Disk Controller
• Kickstart 2 • 1Mb ChlpRAM • Accepts Memory Cards INCLUDES 12
MOUTHS ON-SITE WARRANTY, DELUXE PAINT £ EXCITING 0AME TITLE!
ONLY £279.99 ONLY £39.95 2MB RAM CLOCK VERSION C 3)9.99 3 SPECIAL HARD DISK UPGRADED MODELS I06mm (HiWlD) We are now able to supply Amiga A600's with larger hard disks. We take a standard single drive A600 and install a high quality
27. - IDE hard drive.
40Mb 80Mb 120Mb £479.99 £529.99 £599.99 TOP VALUE 400dpi HANDY SCANNER £449.99 NEW FROM QUALITY SCANNING - AT THE RIGHT PRICE !
This Imap* Scanner pecug.
• ad [*ooo A600 1MB RAM CLOCK UPGRADE UPGRADE YOUR NEW A600 TO
2Mb WITH THIS SIMPLE PLUG-IN MEMORY UPGRADEI Simply Plugs into
the A600‘s ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦I trapdoor expansion area I L Increases total
RAM capacity of jf A600 to 2Mb ChipRAM’ RAM Enable Disable
Switch » iM* V Battery-Backed Real-Time Clock ONLY £44.99
ONLY £99.99 TRUEMOUSE NEW! A500 ROM SWITCHER PRINTERS Prices
Include VAT, Delivery and Connection Cable SATISFACTION
GUARANTEED ONLY £24.95 'old Registered 'siEGHF Dealer GOLDEN
IMAGE OPTICAL MOUSE Amiga ST compatible • excellent
Havel.accuracy assured NEW LOW PRICEI C 29.00 ROCGEN GENLOCK
MK.II EVESHAM MICROS STAR PRINTERS INCLUDE 12 MONTHS ON-SITE
WARRANTY TRACKBALL STAR LC20 9-Pin Printer SUCCESSOR TO THE
BEST SELLING IC-10, WITH MANY FEATURES AND FAST OUTPUT hat
Providing supedative ¦ta PapP' handling, four excellert NLO
fonts and a new super-fast ? ( print speed ot I80cps in draft
and 44 cps in NLQ. The LC20 appropriately supercedes the
phenomenally successful LC10!
ONLY £29.95 ONLY £79.99 ROCGEN PLUS REPLACEMENT POWER SUPPLIES Genuine Commodore Amiga A500
- type replacement Powor Supply Unit. Good quality switch mode*
type. Super low price!
Compatible to any Amiga or Commodore CDTV, this NEW Genlock Adapter provides Advanced Special Effects and Performance Features without sacrificing user-friendliness!
New Speoal Features nctadt: Oual Dtssofce contrW knot* providog freely adusiabio degrees c* overlay or ervert (keyhole) ettects. Auio Video pess-tfvu: extra Video throoghport for . separate me momfoong HGB ' pass-thru for reat-bme edOng d Amga graphics. Plus m Key-lr pcvT to* usa wTtt an external keyngaevKQ ONLY £129.99 ONLY £39.95 Star LC24-200 COLOUR Printer OMBINES HIGH QUALITY 4-PIN COLOUR PRINTING WITH EXCELLENT ERSATILITY AT A UDGET PRICE! . 'A 4-P» 7-Coexr Pmta. Feta. - • Cocps drafl C7cps LO Md-Wjx.'
»c«* Hqh KMH Or." Loci*, STEREO SOUND SAMPLER ONLY £119.99 PHILIPS 15" TV MONITOR ONLY £29.95 ONLY £269.08 MIDI INTERFACE W! Star LC 100 Entry level 9-Pm Colour. 4 fonts .1160.03 r LC 200 9 Pin Colour. 4 forts. 180 '4Scps--------------------£1*3.88 Wl Star LC 24-100 24-Pin. 5 Kxts. 19264C(* £ 19*21 LC 24-20 24-Pm. 5 tarts. 192«4cps excelert features r 204.4S utomatic Sheet Feeder tor 1CT LC pnrters (pis state model) £ 64* IB24-200 COLOUR 24-pm. 80 col power prtter ..£ 36* *5 XB24-280 132 column version ot XB24-200 ..t 438-28 Including VAT.
Delivery A cable ONLY £19.95 VIRUS PROTECTOR A590 ADD-ON HARD DRIVES lien Swtfl 24E including COLOUR kit Hewlett-Packard Deak)e» 900 ... Hewlett-Packard Oeskjet S00C (Colour) non BJ-10eX lnk|et Printer peon 1X400 budget to* carriage 9-pn IB(V29cpe . Epeon LQ100 24-pin 1WV60cp*. 8k butTor Panasonic KXP1124I grated 24-pm model 300-1 Ocfcpo ONLY £6.95
• NEW LATE NIGHT SHOWROOM OPENING UNTIL 7PM, WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
When you ore considering purchasing a sound sampler there ore
plenty to choose from Why compromise'’ you choice should be the
new full featued STEREO MASTER for the Amiga with software that
is designed from our top selling Amiga sampler AM AS and o
pockage that gives you more extras than a M senes BMW By
puchaang this state ol the art product which combines a Quality
sampler with the expertise of over 10 years o 1 software
programming, you are purchasing a fop auckty product with me
knowledge that it Is not only compatible with existing
Microdeal products but w* also be with future ones What Is
Stereo Master Stereo Master Is a low cost, high quality sound
sampler tor the Amiga range of computers The sampler cartridge
nckxJed in the pocfcoge p*ugs nto the printer port at the rear
of the computer and allows you to analyze the sounds coming in
from devices such as Personal Cassette Players. Compact Dec
Players etc. or change the way they sound usng the Real Time
Special Effects or record them Once In the computer STEREO
MASTERS unique oditor will enable you to ea«t the souna m
practicoky any way you can moggie Once you have the sound
sample how you want it. You may incorporate it nto your own
Demo s or use STEREO MASTERS own bust In sample sequencer to
play back the sample in sequence with other samples1 The
Sampling Software Every feature you would expect to find in a
professional eotng sxte nckjdng.
• Real time record ploy ghost markers * Playback volumes
• Cut or Delete selected sample area * Decrease vokxne
• Mix sample with fun or half volume * Increase volume
• Shrink n by 29V50% 79% by drog or wpe * Bounce sample
• Fode in out with selectable degree of foae * Paste sample
• Fitter sample with soft medajm hard filer * Trigger recording
• Selectable trigger volumes * Clear left nghr samples
• Record frequency from 3 0 to 55 Q Khz * Loop sample
• Fun editing and control foc*ty for left rtght channels The
Special Effects Software jFor the first tme ever you can
emulate special sound effects m real time iust hke the sound
Itabs can for Mm studios, normaky the hardware to produce these
effects would cost 100 s of times more than this package
Features on the FX menu include.
• Buitt r real time special effects including Echo. Reverb Romp
Pitch up aown. Stereo bounce. Multi echo Chorus. Phaser Reverse
and Pitch bend
* Fu»y programmable special effects so that customised effects
can be recalled The Analytical Software A whole host of pro
type analytical functions include
• 30 display of sample frequencies (Fast fourier transform)
* 3D Osplay also includes 20 envelope OspOy plus sample
formation
• Built m Stereo spectrum analyzer
* Stereo OscBose opes w»th trigger markers STEREO SPECTRUM
ANALYZERS STEREO OSCILLOSCOPES The Sequencing Software Our bunt
n sample sequencer allows you to take up to 18 samples (memory
permitting) and sequence them into your own tronic' mixes
features on the sequencer include
* Real time entry of sequences from keypad * Sequence copy
Auction
* Step tme entry of sequences * loop sample
* 2 stereo channels for sequencing * Selectable sequence speed
* Storyboard style editing * Dump re odit function ¦ Distal
sequence position dapoy * Test function
* Fast forward rewind controls * 2 octave playback
* Program sample to keypod * insert delete sample In step time
* Stand alone demo player displays IFF picture whilst playing
sequence MAIN SCREEN THE SPECIAL EFFECTS CONTROL PANEL 3D
DISPLAY OF SAMPLE FREQUENCIES (FFT) THE SEQUENCER CONTROL PANEL
Other innovative features We know this product is years ahead
ot its time ona those additional features lustify our boast.
Microdea!
O 1991 MiCROOEAL U K ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ¦ New style stereo carlndoe * includes walkman type cable ¦ Produces stand alone executable sample files • PAL NTSC full screen display ¦ Fully multi tasking • Can create workbench icons
• Saves In IFF Raw lnstrument 1 3 5 Octave * Save customised
settings amiga STEREO MASTER ORDER FORM amiga STEREO MASTER IS
£39.95 Post & Packing £1 (All prices inc V.A.T.) BY PHONE WITH
CREDIT CARD BY POST Address With cheque, Postal Order or Credit
Cards.
Name .. Postcode.... (0726) 68020 Credit Card Type ....Expiry I Number .... Please allow 28 days for delivery SEND TO: Microdeal PO BOX 68 St Austell Cornwall England PL25 4YB bit of scribbling, Jon Sloan grabs his pencils and puts some colour into Core’s latest platformer.
BAIW” DYNAMO Ever wondered what superheroes do when they retire? Jon Sloan has the answer... DOODLE Always one for al There's a lot lo see on screen, most ol il in garish colours AJ the characters and backgrounds have a bnght, cartoony leei lo them. Doodte himselt is a cule Idle character m a crash helmet. He is drawn wel and moves competently. But there s nothing really special about tvs animation ORIGINALITY Overall, this is a capable piattormer.
However. Doodle is seriously deficient in the originality stakes Many ol the game and plot features are close copies of. H not blatant npolfs trom, many better and sicker console games It you're really desperate lor a console-type plat- former you'd be better off investing 25 quid in Zoo!. T Did you hear the one about the small unlikely hero who volunteers to rescue the princess trom her evil kidnapper? If you haven't then where the hell have you had your head buried? For those more enlightened amongst you the plot for Core's new piattormer will seem familiar.
The hero is Doodle Bug, a brave little arthropod, who has come forward to save the Princess Lady-Bug from a shadowy abductor. Armed only with a handful of coloured pencils and an eraser, he scours the length, breadth and platforms of Cartoonia for the poor princess.
Cartoonia, being an unlikely land, is populated by a bunch of unlikely bad guys, including a ball tossing down and a street musician whose notes are lethal. Fortunately for Doodle, his pencils are magic and, once thrown, immediately draw a variety of useful objects.
Releaie date October Adventure tfMMl Adrian Cumm.n,. control : joystick number, of ditit: 1 number offUyms 1 bard ditb imtaUable: No memory: All machines Unfortunately, he only has a limited supply, although these can be increased by picking the extras up which are scattered over the various platforms.
CORE DESIGN £25.99 Apart from the magic pencils which can also be thrown at enemies.
Doodle has one further line of attack.
He can leap boldly into the air and perform a somersault, just like a rather spiky console character I could mention! If you manage to get Doodle from one end of the screen to the other, and within the time limit, he has to take on the ‘oh so familiar' end-of-level guardian. These seem daunting at first but have a very pre- t An average piattormer, lacking in Hair and style J GRAPHICS 75% SOUND 60% LASTABILITY 67% PLAYABILITY 75% OVERALL 70% PUT IN YOUR FALSE TEETH Captain Dud would possibly be a better name for this sub-standard platformer. The usual diched plot involves arch-liend Austen
Von Flyswatter. Who has stolen the world's largest diamond collection.
You play dodderingsuperhero Captain Dynamo, called out of retirement to foil Von Flyswatter’s evil scheme and retrieve the diamonds.
The hoard has been scattered over several booby-trapped levels of the- bad guy's castle which you traverse in an attempt to recover the loot. On the face of it the scene has been set for a potentially enjoyable romp. It’s a pity that the game doesn't live up to such expectations.
The central character’s sprite is fairly well drawn and animated. I particularly like the way he leaps into the air, a la Superman. The background and platforms gel well with each other and have a good cartoony feel to them. A useful touch is the regular placement of transporters around the game area which, once activated, are the points to which Dynamo is returned if he loses one of his three lives It's at this point that the praise has to stop. Despite the reasonable animation. There is simply not enough happening on screen to make it visu- alty interesting and too few enemy spntes (only
three at any one time) for the game to be challenging in the toysbck department Basically, the gameplay becomes too repetitive after a very short while.
CODEMASTERS £7.99 As a budget release this could be one for that wet Wednesday afternoon if you've got absolutely nothing else to do However, perhaps because I've seen this type of game done so much better, I found it rather tired and dated, o OVERALL 42% Our very own Little Caesar, Mark Patterson, has spent a lot of time giving orders. So we decided to send him back to.... Lite was never easy tn Roman times You had either been conquered by them, were working for them or. In Hector’s case, a slave to them Hector is a slave with ambition though. He believes the gods are smiling on him. And
lhat he's going to go places. In tact, all the time he's actually starring in a computer game where you control his actions.
The aim. Quite simply, is lo help Hector dimb the lengthy Roman social ladder from the position of slave, right at the bottom, lo emperor at the precarious top The first step on this pathway to success is escap ing the eruption ol Vesuvius, which just happens to Be right next to the hamlet where he lives. This is where his break conies as he's separated from the house hold that owns him.
Belore leaving he has to collect as many items as possible which will aid him In the game's next six stages The tm* here Is finding the one road that leads from the town Do this By tracking down key characters and asking questions To begin with you can only question or threaten people, and be warned, nobody lakes kindly al someone Irom Ihe lower classes threatening lo cut their head oft. This can be a bit limiting, as nearty everyone gives you the same answer until you find Ihe person or item they re telling you about catch on to Ihe tact their country is Being invaded, they rally their men
and attack. The game now takes on a wargame element where you control several divisions, planning their attacks and ordering them to build or rest between skirmishes. The outcome ot a battle depends on several things: the strength and number ol soldiers on each side, how well rested they are and il they're attacking trom a tort.
It you survive the Brits and hand me title deeds ol the country over to Ihe Emperor, he gives you plenty ol cash and your own villa right in Ihe heirl ol Rome. From there on It’s all _ a matter ot exploiting the Roman political system, which isn't very dit- ferent trom today's tor that matter Hector simply has to lie. Bribe, cheat and exton his way to me top Because ot his new-found status m me city. Hector can now buy slaves ot his own (including female ones) and trequenl such entertainments as the Circus Maximus, which is now willing to admrt him as more than a contestant.
The tactics you learned in Britain soon come into play again as Hector is assigned to deal with an uprising ROMAN AROUND Rome's history was a particularly om when compared lo other civilisations Romulus and Remus. Ihe empire s founders as legend would have it. Had a bit ot a scrap in their later years which ended with Romulus clubbing his brother to death. As we all know one ol the Roman's favourite pastimes was a family trip lo the circus, where you could see Kirk Douglas loofcalikes pertormrog violent acts with swords Naturally this has been
• •eluded m the game and can play quite an important part in
cenvMcrag senators to vote lor Hector in his election campaign
ceed is to dial to the locals who will direct Hector to
cdourtul taverns and people who might just know a way into Ihe
Emperor's retreat.
Should h» succeed in this Ihe game really gels going. The Emperor, who Believes dying Is just something that happens to me plebs, Is hugely grateful to Hector and rewards him with the command of his armies in Britain. Once there he has , the unenviable task ol Subduing the Bntons. The key to dominating the isle is capturing the British War Standard, because they can't fight without it The Romans also depend on their own standard, and It that tals to the Bnts it’s game over mss?™5*** To Begin with the Brits don 't know that the Romans are coming, so Hedor has a tew minutes to make his plans and
settle his men The best way to proceed is by Building a tort where the soldiers can rest and sharpen their pilums. It also pays to have popped into a temple in the previous stage tor a bit ot a chat with the gods This gives the Roman arrives a slightly unlair advantage n battle, as they now fight mat little bit fiercer. Once Ihe British chieltalns m Egypt Things aren't as easy as belore though, me Egyptians are a damn sight more Intelligent and devi- ous than the British, and have an unnerving ability to sneak right past the most strategically placed guards.
But success here guarantees entrance to the Senate back in Rome m$ ANYou Ue near the top can be dangerous.
Not everyone appreciates Hector's nse trom serf to member ot the Consul, and danger in the form ot armed rivals lurks behind every door and comer. At this stage ot the game Tie Emperor is still in power, so what's Hector to do? Wait lor him to die, or oerhaps speed things up a little?
Hector is a very easy character to control, although he's also very independent and occasionally gets his own ideas it you leave him too long, so he'll wander off to a temple or tavern to pass the time. To move him around just click on a specific area and he'll do his best to go there. This includes walking into a lava tlow when I sent him to investigate some peculiar happenings at the edge ot town in the lirst stage (his last words were 'sizzle ouch’). Communicating with other characters can be a little annoying though. Because everyone is busy leading their own lives, it's quite
difficult holding their attention long enough to ask them about something. They can be stopped in their tracks by getting Hector to shout at them, which gives you time to select a topic to question them about.
Once that's done they immediately scarper oft. Usually without leaving you time to ask a tollow-up question.
HUH""" The scenery graphics are ace throughout the game, although some of the character graphics are very puny. There are some really great pictures and animations that crop up when you complete a task, get into trouble or die, which further add to the game’s presentation. The sound is a comparative let down though, but it's passable all the same.
What makes this game really special is the humour. It's like a cross between Up Pompeii and Mel Brooks’ History Of The Worid movie.
Characters, such as the not-so-hon- ourable senator Nintendus Gameboiis and Mafioso, the dodgy weapons vendor, crop up from time to time. There are some real corny ROBINIUM HOODIUS This game might seem a little familiar to some ol you, not surprising really because it uses the same engine as Millennium's previous isometric release Robin Hood. Games such as the Lotus series trom Gremlin, Archer Maclean s forthcoming pool game, and some Ocean platform games also use this technique ol borrowing the guts Irom previous titles then undergoing some small cosmetic gameplay changes.
Comments in the dialogue between characters which are best swept under the mat and forgotten about.
It’s good fun to sit back occasionally and watch what’s going on around you, such as when the volcano erupts and the entire region’s population sprint past Hector screaming at him to get a move on.
MILLENNIUM £29.99 t The later stages are great fun - check It out J GRAPHICS 85% SOUND 74% LASTABIUTY 82% PLAYABILITY 85% OVERALL 83% Rome AD92 is a very novel little game. The plot is excellent and very well executed. One of the things that makes it so playable is the cast of characters. While there are many serfs,and normal, boring Joes, there are also plenty of key people who have their own idiosyncrasies.
Things are a bit busy at first, but the later stages are great fun. Check this one out if you're looking for something put of tlfe ordinary, s* Novtmbar Strategy In house Mouse yea 1 meg tot3«v original... f hott 'em-up on j£e' oott em-up on nw ’ GO FOR IT*- zany graphics and a 3® screaming, “Your tea SHADOWORLDS 5'CWW flfcE 51 6EM anr *eo clOhec NFTIB DEPTH HIEH ; PBWTCHTF Bf:TI TTM CBN MERTME HelIUIt RISEl DF.'i NI5‘DRY MR6UE PR0"ED HEF.SEIF IN ttFtrrf tm 'n? Ubp PRONE ID FLH5HE:RCK5 fl*i b isn not tt OPEMTIUE AFTER 6E« unn smohc umiitv BT FOLLOllINC ORDERS 10 eELOU E bH-diatl * riht .
5ECur.ior.oiD issued during smm or ccac IIRR RUNE ON D'JGGED PROBRRfl CODE.
An Advanced Military Research Centre overrun by alien scum? It’s time for Dan Slingsby to run the other way.
SCReenstaR T’-r IN THE SHADOW Shadoworlds is essentially Shadowlands with a new scenario, a tweaked control system and a hell ol a lot more firepower. This time around, you're in control ol four ¦ntergalactic space cops sent to investigate the mysterious silence emanating from a Weapons Research Facility, the only one of its kind in the galaxy. To make matters worse, your men haven’t got any weapons (they've been banned throughout the Federation, slupidly enough!), so you've got to scavenge lor them once you reach the station.
For those not tamiliar with the first game, Shadoworlds is an pseudo-RPG with some arcade-style gameplay thrown in for good measure. Everything Is mouse-driven throughout, with the inventory screen merely a mouse dick away.
Some lessons have obviously been learnt from the first game and everything is a lot more straightforward.
The on-screen sprites have been cleaned up and are more distinctive than betore. The spells ot the first one have been replaced by an awesome assortment ot weapons, with 12 different combinations possible.
Each one comes in two parts and combining different elements will result in different effects. For exam- pie, a flamethrower will either spew its deadly load in a continuous burst or fire concentrated blasts around the screen depending on which attachment is used. How well you can actually use such armaments depends not only on your dexterity with the mouse, but also on each character’s tech level which improves as the game progresses.
The control character it divided Into five areas - two arms, two legs and Ihe head. These can be clicked on wlfh Ihe mouse lo issue Instructions lo the four characters. Each portrait has a health bar showing their current status and a box displaying any Items currently held by the character.
TRICKS AND TRAPS The same combination of pressure pads and light-activated doorways are on offer, as well as a variety ot levers and pulleys. Even the oracle of the first game makes a reappearance. This time dressed up as an on-board computer system which, when activated, will give vital dues as to how to progress. The most notable improvement is in the control system - in the previous game there were just far too many needless mouse dicks to get your charaders to do anything.
Here, there's just one action portrait to control all four men. Another improvement is the speed UNDER ORDERS Shadowlands features a multitasking control system.
This allows the player to issue an instruction to more than one character at the same time, e.g. it's possible to have one character tiring a weapon at a creature. Another opening a door, a third collecting an item, whilst the fourth is resting - all at the same time. Just issue the series ol instructions to the characters and each will execute their own commands.
Of the game - at times it looks as if your men are practising the 100 metre sprint. Everything is much more action-orientated, too. With an incredible number pf alien nasties to blow away. R Merely switching the action from the original's dungeons and temples to the corridors of a space station isn't a massive leap in the imagination, though. Admittedly, you do get to transport down to three different plane! Surfaces for a bit of exploration. But the rest of the game involves trudging through the endless corridors of the space station. It all becomes a bit samey after a while. The game's
puzzle elements have been cut down, but there are still plenty included. The new space helmets worn by your intergalactic troops can direct light in a 360° arc so, predictably, many of the puzzles they encounter are light based.
X-RAY VISION The actual space station looks a bit like the one in Audiogenic's • Wreckers, with screen after screen of tunnels and subways. If you suffer trom claustrophobia, then this certainly won't help. Fortunately, the game's developers, Teque, have seen tit to do away with the crude line-based cutaway walls ot Shadowlands and replaced them with a wire-mesh effect which is much less contusing and lets you see what's going on when one ot your characters moves behind a watl.
There are a lot ot neat touches throughout the game. Some of the alien beasts are very detailed and the water and apples ol the first game have been replaced with fluid bags which dispense nutrients through an intravenous drip. The ingame music is suitably eerie and atmospheric and the variety of pickups and equipment keep things from getting dull. There's always something new to discover or collect.
Overall. I was highly impressed with Shadoworlds. It's got more of an arcade-bias then the first game ar d the action is relentless at times.
Fans of the first game won't be disappointed with this sequel and those that were put off by the plodding style anti over-emphasis on puzzles of the ornnal should definitely give Shadowofys a look. They might just be pleasantly surprised. © release date: Strrmktr genre: RPG team: Tiiut controls: M»mt number ol disks 2 ntenbor ol players: 1 memory: M KRISAUS £25.99 ( Action-packed RPG with a definite arcade bias J GRAPHICS 85% SOUNO 83% LASTABIUTY 84% PLAYABILITY 88% OVERALL 85% MISSION GO TO LOCAL DEALER REQUEST DEMONSTRATION ..GET.. TWELVE HUGE INTERNATIONAL * COMPUTER * ENTERTAINMENT
BRIDGE HOUSE MERRYWALKS STROUD GLOS GL5 1QA X 0453 756908 TEL : 0453 756 Tony Dillon has always enjoyed wearing black, so what better game to review than Krisalis’ new SAS strategic title... health, marksmanship and reaction time, you move into the first scenario. Unlike most games of this type, you can t choose which scenario to play, which adds a nice pro gressive touch.
Once you've He-kv* Ihe Iranian London embassy selge ol 19821 worked your way through the first level (rescuing HARD CONTROL You are in charge of one of the hardest, yet the most secretive squads in the world - the Sabre team. Other armies lead public attacks. Even the main part of the SAS end up on the news from time to time. Not you. No- one knows you even exist, let alone who you are. That is why when the going gets tough, they send you in.
Sabre Team is a low-level strategy played over five scenarios. In each, you take four of your eight team members, and guide them
• trough the mission. Like most wargames, it is played out in
turns, with you moving, firing, etc.. followed by the computer
doing similar activities. Rather like Space Crusade.
Once you have chosen your four soldiers, selecting them on the basis of varying statistics such as strength.
Unlike most wargames. Sound plays a very large pari in Sabre Team. Firing a weapon draws unwanted attention your way. And most enemy soldiers will shout lor back-up as soon as they see you. All these noises are gloriously relayed through your TV, and it really does work. I lost count ol the number ol times I sat there swearing to mysell as I worked a stealthy dance through some maze-like area ot the level, getting ready to attack a particular area trom behind, only to have some git step out ol nowhere and warn everyone else ot my presence. Naturally, he didn't live long enough to do it again.
P. O.W.s from a jungle camp), you can move onto some of the other
offensives, which include entering an embassy to destroy
terrorists and wiping out some hijackers of an ocean liner.
MENT, Before you can really start doing some damage, you have to get your team tooled up. The inventory for each player in turn is displayed, alongside the team’s weapon inventory. There are 12 different offensive weapons to choose from, including automatic and semi-automatic rifles, two cans of CS gas, and stocks of each are limited. All weapons make varying amounts of noise when fired, and this is something worth taking 'into account if you want to move without attracting too much attention.
It’s worth bringing a fair bit of ammunition with you as well, but not so much as to slow you down. See, the game's getting strategic already.
At the start of each turn, each player has a full quota of ‘Action points'. This is his lifeblood, and governs the amount of things he can do.
Walking forward costs four points, tor example, whereas firing a carefully aimed shot costs six.
The game is controlled by a small bank of icons at the bottom of the screen which contain all the options you could need, from picking up and dropping objects, to priming grenades, reloading weapons and even going into stealth mode, which means that each movement is a lot quieter, but costs more points. In the bottom right corner is your compass.
This wonderful gadget not only controls your movements (clicking on a direction moves the current player that way), but also tells you in which direction you have heard someone’s movement or even seen them, should they be off-screen. Once all your movements are complete, the computer covers the screen and moves its own characters about. If none of your players have a direct view of a computer player, then you won’t see it move.
The game is played out over some huge maps, displayed as scrolling isometric grids, and they do look good. The attention to detail is stunning, right down to the way the soldiers raise their rifles before firing.
YEARS OLD I have always enjoyed this sort of game, from the day that Rebelstar Raiders was released on the Spectrum and this is one of the best y t. The ctynputer puts up a realistic fight, and tt s creates just enough suspense for you to hold your breath every time an enemy soldier raises their weapon Good stuff.
Relemie Jute October 1992 genre: Strategy Teque M*MU C0ntr»lt! Mouse number • diiki: 2 number • fUjer, 1 KRISALIS £25.99 f Involving strategic title, with superb graphics J GRAPHICS 89% SOUND 86% LASTABIUTY 81% PLAYABILITY 80% OVERALL 83%
vi. |*ir, CiMmto. 33«A Ladbroko Orovo London WIO RAH GAMES
Following on from John Madden, Electronic Arts are continuing
with their Megadrive to Amiga conversions with their
smash-hit bike-race game, Road Rash.
PUNCH MS LIGHTS OUT Whereas most motorcycle games are played in the spirit ol sportsmanship on nice sate tracks, this game gets down and dirty on the back roads ot the USA as the competitors do whatever they can to win. No holds are barred as the competitors punch, kick and barge their way to the finish lines, and the glory ot being the lastest in the world.
Rather than have the usual bunch of nebulas nders, EA have added a cast of characters as your opponents. They're on hand to give you Iriendly advice, or gossip, before each race. For instance, one might tell you who’s going to be armed in the next race, or who they think you should avoid. Sometimes they just come out with really sarcastic comments about your previous races, which gives you a good excuse to run them oft the road.
Should you alienate any of them by, for instance, ramming them off the road, they won’t be so friendly next time you meet. Some, like Helldog. Aren t concerned with the happenings of the other riders, so there’s no point in being friendly, just cause him as many problems as possible. A downed opponent is practically out of the race as it takes quite a while for them to remount and accelerate to full speed. There’s one rider in particular, Viper, who regularly takes first place It pays to flatten this guy as he'll overtake you at the earliest opportunity TOUR AMERICA The game is divided into a
number of increasingly difficult stages, which are in turn separated into five races.
They take place by beaches, through desert country and woodlands, which is reflected in the change of terrain. Each course is between four and six miles long. An odometer in the centre of the speedometer shows how much distance you’ve covered, which is handy for deciding when to make a last minute dash to the line. The finish is always situated in a small town, where there's a crowd of Road Rash groupies on hand to greet the winners. After that you’re told how much money you've won, who finished in the top three and you're given a chance to tfay a new bike.
Because one of (he keys to winning the game is beating your opponents in the literdl sense, there are a few extra features on the screen display. By the tachometer is your stamina bar and opposite that is your nearest opponents. Wheh a rider is hit their bar decreases - if it goes all the way down they're stunned and fall off their bike. They do recover quickly, though, and come back looking for revenge, so it's best to make sure a rider goes down when you hit them.
The roads themselves are loaded with hazards. Bends and hills conceal other vehicles, and taking a hill at speed will leave you hanging in mid-air. There are also plenty of road-side obstacles such as houses, trees and even cows which prevent you from cutting comers and overtaking on the verges.
FALL GUY A difficult opponent will do their best not to let you pass. In times like these you have to resort to violence.
The easiest way is to pull alongside another bike and tap the fire button, which will unleash a punch or a kick.
For a better effect, accelerate then pull sideways into them. This usually results in the victim being forced off the road and off their bike. Some of the participants have come prepared with clubs. Being hit with one will dismount you immediately, so keep an eye out for them. When someone raises a club at you, hit fire and try to disarm them. If it works you get the club which lets you make mincemeat out of the other racers.
Should you come off your bike as the result of a blow or hitting a roadside object, you then control the rider who has to be guided back to his fallen bike. The other riders aren't very sympathetic to dismounted racers and will often go out of their way to run them over. This really does slow you down as it tends to bounce you further away from you*bike. Getting hit by an on- cqming car has the additional effect of stunnmgtyour rider, so you need to be really careful on busy roads.
As well as looking after yourself, you need to take good care of your bike. A damage meter in the centre of the dashboard shows just what condition it’s in. If it takes a pounding the gauge goes down. If it empties completely you’re going to be sitting on so much scrap metal. If that’s the case you've got a long walk to the finish line, and a very expensive repair bill, which will mean game over if you don’t have the cash to cover it.
There are a great many dirty tricks you can use. Although a bike isn’t as wide as a car, you can still use your rear view mirror to pin-point any opponent who's gaining and steer into their path. Another pleasant trick is to bump someone into the path of an on-coming vehicle. It’s guaranteed to prevent them catching up with you.
IT'S THE ROZZERS The local police don ! Take kindly to this kind ot high-speed racing going .
R '9L, ROAD ft ww srl I* __ The live levels on each stage can be raced m any order.
There's no advantage lo this, unless you re bored by a particular type ol acenery. N’a worth long ihe course Is.
So you can fudge your leel-nMnule spnm for the Ine.
On in their backyards, and turn up in the hope ol Bagging themselves a rider. Like the racers, the police have Individual charactenstlcs O’Leary, lor instance, is a rookie who drives real slow and is easy to get past, while O'Shea is an ex- Road Rasher who’ll unleash his night stick at the first opportunity.
Getting caught by any cop means race over. The easiest way to avoid a run-in with the law is to speed on past them, alternatively you can try and ram them off the road This is tncky as they nde big. Heavy bikes which are quite resiliant to an impact from a light-weight Japanese speed machine. The only way they can catch you is if you pull level with them at the same speed Getting caught entails an instant jaU sentence and the end of your career as a Road Rash demon.
IN THE BANK Apart from the glory aspect ol win ning a race, there's also the financial reward Although you earn a decent amount it you finish first, second or third, pranging your bike will eat into this as repairs have to made at the end ol every round In addition, it also pays to Be careful and save your cash, as there are Better bikes you have to buy to compete in the later races.
As it takes a long time to build up a significant amount of winnings there's a password continue system which lets you carry on exactly as you were. In addition, any races where you performed dismally can be re-run. The only way you can complete a level is By finishing al least fourth in all five races which isnl too difficult to begin with, but soon becomes tough on the later levels. As the game progresses and the competition becomes tougher, most riders resort to violence to give themselves a helping hand to the finish line.
ROAD RASH 2 Road RashM a tun alternative to normal race games. The graphics are good throughout and there are some really nice louches. Such as cross-roads which come complete with traffic There are also plenty of hills which hide on-coming cars, so It pays to watch what the‘rider in front is doing The only criticism I can level at Road Rash is that It's a little slow While immensely playable, it doesn't deliver the feeling of charging dowii - a road at 120mph As a fan of the Megadnv'e Version (which is already well over a year old) I was hoping Electronic Arts would do a bit more with this.
Road Rash 2 on the MegaOnve is nearing completion, and has such extra features as more weapons, including a vicious chain, improved bikes and more characters. It would have been nice to see some of these features included, or perhaps a few original ideas, rather than this just being a straight conversion. That said it's still very playable and nicely violent Not the best race game available, but still a nice change Irom the usual sporting lot. 0 MEGADRIVE VS AMIGA When placed luad-lo-head, there s »ery little between Ihe Megadrive and Amiga version ol Said Hash. The only nolico- a:le
leatore is that lie Megadme gams is slightly latter otherwise il s fair lo say BANZAI 750 - Noticeably lister Hun the Shunkan Whaf It gains in speed it loses In road handling, you'll have to take comers early and very carefully.
There are several fictional high-performance bikes in Ihe game. Each has its own characteristics While the bike you start with is good for the first few races, you're going to need a Japanese super rocket to stand a chance m the later races MOTORBIKIN* SHURIKAN lOOO DIABLO 1000 Fast and very dangerous This bike can pull massive speeds, but it steers like a brick, so he prepared lor several accidents or pile-ups.
This monster hike Is Ihe best in the game It's last, handles well and has awesome acceleration. It also has a huge price-tag rWMMjv u December 1992 few re: A read* Maw in houso joystick mm mien • ditkt; 2 number mf fUjtn: 1 WaihdlMm no 1 Mb ELECTRONIC ARTS £25.99 C Violent fun. Could do with being a little faster J GRAPHICS 80% SOUND 82% LASTABIUTY 84% PtAYABIllTY 80% OVERALL 81% Tonight you could take Covert Action against foreign agents, deploy Special Forces on a secret mission or fan the Flames of Freedom If thrills, spills and excitement intimidate you, get the bored games out. But when
the destiny of mankind can be shaped by your decisions, you could play a more crucial role.
Alternatively, you could have a game of draughts expertise to lead an elite infantry unii Are you skilful enough to challenge wild- eyed political extremists and lunatic military dictators? Do you have the across the world's most treacherous terrain? Can you unravel intricate webs of If espionage and subterfuge against all odds?
Find out tonight on a screen near you!
HIGkO PROSE Seriously Fun Sofhvare Covert Action, Special Forces, Flames of Freedom - all classic games from Europe's Number One Software Publisher MicroProse Lid. Unil 1 Hampton Road Industrial Estate, Tetbuiy, Glos. GL8 8LD. UK. Tel: 0666 504 326
- Qhm3nal ...in Word Processing ...in Word Processing with
Perfect Printing Irom the makers of Pen Pal comes a £ brand
new. Unique WYSIWYG Word f?
Processing package, thal's simply the , m only choice for those who demand the ! Ij most from their Amiga.
Expect no rancx from Inc ¦"¦Nik nr 1 hi lc»Ipwtf» mtfar ftr cmct Ar ra+mtr pm aft* *tr k*h tmdpJAdmg nmmi With multiple news ¦ «W' style columns and intej ¦am drawing tools - for boxes, ba squares, lines at any angle, ovals, c arrows etc , plus colour text, along wih other fomaning tools • your documents will and read just as you want them to.
Final Copy n includes a 110,000 word B English Collins Proximity Spelling Detect Corrector, to help typing cnois become a di the past, along with an 826.000 synl Thesaurus for that extra inspiration.
Final Copy D is so easy to leam and ux S you’ll become an acampbshed audior '? Time a all - bu if you need extra hdpy not on your own as our support hodine s fcraD UK veraon users Look out for the bgpon the box!
S E Amiga A500 600 600HD 1500 2000 3000 Syttm mm at Imb. RAM ad l*o a a Had DtA One [ AMUHD lajmt* * lad 1.9*1
• Any WcrttenA (H pa**« frarr. «ta» a tuny dun 120). 1240. 2X
Sw* *24. 3)0240 Sur LCKX 2a MX 24-20). Ad XB Saw Caw BJIQn.
HP lnk Painl)et: PoUKnix’'' devices and many more il nde Distribution by... ? Ccmresofi IBD ? HB Marketing ? Uiiurewfl ?
? Meridian Dutribuaon • SDL Prodi» ?
Dealm Plcrne call Harwoods ta your uppty c( Irafleb mi nki«i m dr hfl ttf auctob we prwitfc » cu«ner» Umml Km km vmum Krfxned A affxwlrd bf~ GORDON Gcaekm Harwood Ccarpam • New Saevt - Atown Dohy iae • DEM 7BP • Tefc wc 0773 836781 Only £99.95 HMM AU. OOOD SCFTVt'ARE DEALS ina) Copy II encompasses a whole range of other advanced features, here's just a selection: ? Uses the latest Wcridwrh 2 Style interface on off Amigas ? On screen command ribbon onrots (forma ysx* document with the simple Web of a budm)*2S» to 40OT editable page rcducuon and magnilkanm cranmand _,-«s ? Title page, matter
pages & style sheets ? Right left pages with binding offeel ? Cyen mutople documents ? Fast mouse document pinning and momAm-flwn ? Exremal and internal marl mergingWCut.copyandpastc*Searchandreplace*Onscreenmaths*Auto-hyphenation ? Import, ncsiac and crop IFF, HAM and 24Bit ILBM graphics and auto-flow lex! around them* Text over graphics* Outline foots on all Amiga semens, and any x non-Postscript™orPostschpl'“conipalihleprimcr*4poinlupto300point -£00L4* lover 4" high] 91100111 lex! Printing ? Text leading and spacing controls ? Condensed and expanded characters ? Ftsilivc and negative
obliquing ? Background printing.
Allowing sanukaneous oiling & prating of two a more dcxumeas ? Faa proof printing facility ? Comprehensive range of - itA ’ additional auractive font volumes available.
E. &O.E. AMIGA 600 COMPUTER WITH I FREE! LEMMINGS & DELUXE
PAINT III US! FREE GIFTS from SILICA AMIGA 600 s EPIC 'HARD
DRIVE’ PACK For the more senoue user, the £499 Epic Language
Pack is based around the A600HD. The AKO with 20*40 hard
drive. It Includes chalengmg adventure games and software for
the Inguistcaly minded! Details are shown Detow along with a
fcst of the FREE gifts you wil receive trom Sica wrfh every
Amiga 600 purchased EPIC PACK C776.70 C47C TO ci074.ee C67S 68
1-4 The Mews. Hathertey Rd. Sidcup Kent, DA14 40X taw-S* AD
Law M«N Own o Tel: OT-309 11lf Fu Hr. 061*336 MCS LottOOe MT e
WI 52 Tottwtam Court Ro*J. London. W1P OBA ¦towte iXWXCCu" N
UH M«M Ccwwq Til 071-580 4000
F. . No ori-w irjT i«-ar Sefndges m ftx-i Oxford Street. London.
W1A 1A8
• SOwvTotCmiSiiaonaiOtmi Im N?« riwtott - ftm W 071-82? 1234
SIDCUP SHOP 0c~« w 1-4 The Mews, Hafheriey Rd Stop. Reel 0A14
40X Mwta » xem F1™, • Tpv kl: 001-302 6811 Fa ho cevne ysttms
CMUSR-1192-80.1-1 The Mews, Hatlwrley Rd, Sidcup, Kent, DA14
4DX PLEASE SEND A 64 PAGE AMIGA COLOUR CATALOGUE
• Postcode: .... I Tei
(Home): .... Tel (Work): ... | Which
computer(s). If any. Do you
own? .
• FREE OVERNIGHT DELIVERV Or alt hardware orders shpped at the UK
mainland
• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPUNE Team of technical experts at your
service
• PRICE MATCH: We normally match competitors on a ‘Same product •
Same price* basis.
• ESTABLISHED U YEARS: Proven track record in professional
computer sales
• f»2 MILLION TURNOVER fmffi 60 sraft) SOM. ReiiaDte and
profitable.
• BUSINESS . EDUCATION - GOVERNMENT Volume discounts available
061-308 0888.
• SHOWROOMS Deironstraoon and trarnng facilities at our London &
Sdcxjp branches
• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: AH ol your requirements from one supplier
• FREE CA TALOGUES: W« be mailed to you with offers - software
and peripheral details
• PAYMENT Major credt cards, cash, cheque or montily terms.
Before you doctoe when to buy your new Ankga ccmputer. We suggest you the* very catefiAly about WHERE you buy A Coneder what it will be Ike a lew months alter buying your Amiga, when you may require arolooal penpherais or software, or he© and acMce with your new purchase And. Wi« the coxroany you buy from contact you with details c4 new products? At Silca Systems, we ensure that you w* have nothing to worry about We have been established tor almost 14 years and. With our umvalled experience and expense, we can now cfelm to meet our customers requrements with an understanding wtsch « aecorti to
none. But donl ust take our word for it Complete and return the coupon now tor our latest FREE literature arri oegn to experience the -SAca Systems Service- ARCADE ACTH5H PACK:
i. tejgj '0 $ i»«m ernei-xux-nri I ASTCm t?« 69 A CHESS PLATE A
2'SO CM *5 I OrfVlK toacf C24BS _ I J-iyf AKO LET Dt£ C19 99
ETH I OHSLAuCr-: [24.99 ¦0. | P.Pr AIAVA oB OatiC.iooi'S
r?iF'i ROCK *r WctL C1W 99 HI S*ȣEA 0999 puasun osss 353
PRODUCTIVITY: . PHOTON PAMT 2*0 CB9 96 gfa" basic yiV* tso
oo _TOTAL VALUE: 06*73 16 NIGHTS HOLIDAY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
Every Aniia 500 ana 600 Pan S*ce ocmee wWl a t-ee 72 MO* cOcui
D'OTko w*x acconyTocatcn vouchers These entee ?
People id itty te to a wsi ol 16 rgntt »i »n d 260 ftotoa w»i accommodation FREE Al you rahe lo p«y tc» m you-"HMto iprtcea are letod NEW!tm NEW!
As sandard The mnovative cap* games. ROM or RAM cards and w* take advantage of many f~*rts The very latest version ol the
• ¦•start Workbench v2.05 is used m & 'C *s ervanced chip set
facilities rK* ca resolution, increased genlock tor up to 2md
oI Chip memory. The o-a?©to with the A670 CD-ROM Drive i •*
yet« access to a lull range ol CDTV
- * 'he Antga 600 is available from Silea in n rKHjOng a special
2mo RAM upgrade t« chert below FREE! FROM SILICA [ SILICA
SYSTEMS OFFER YOU I TOTAL VALUE NEARLY £370!
AMIGA 500 Plus CARTOON CLASSICS SILICA SYSTEMS MAIL ORDER HOTLINE AMKA.
ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT - DELIVERY IS FREE OF CHARGE IN “THE UK MAINLAND TOTAL PACK VALUE LESS PACK SAVING SILICA PRICE: PERIPHERALS COLOUR MONITOR 1064S INC CABLE CCA toll |°CaiTT 3» -V. Euoo x. I ... .•. AWTfK • Si PcpiMWi - ASCO EXTERNAL Braving wicked witches and shark infested waters Tony Gill plunges into a new graphic adventure.
BASEBALL IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH In the now forgotten land ot Enchantia, evil deeds are committed without cause. For years a coven ol evil witches ruled the land, and the people prayed tor the day when they could live in peace After what seemed like forever, things finally changed - they got worse! One witch who was more evil than the rest (and believe me that took some doing), lound a spell which could give her constant youth The main ingredient was a live, male child. Are you getting the picture? The evil witch persuaded two ot her less intelligent friends to visit medieval earth, on the
promise that they would have great tun creating destruction and mayhem there, but in tact she intended to use their power to open a portal through which she could catch a boy. When the two loots arrived in the world ot men, the evil witch sent a 'Disperse and Claim' spell through the portal which hit her exhausted dupes, consuming their souls and dispersing their essence over the fields In which they stood. A little bit like a muck- spreader I suppose The land ot Enchantia seems to have a lair sprinkling ot ideas from maoy tales, and going to see the wizard who can gel you home is the least
ol them. There is also The cross-roads where Hie last heio lakes advice from talking signposts which brings the scarecrow lo mind.
Take a look in the lancy dress shop called Ben s Tailors where Ihe magical proprietor will sell you a costume which will lake you oil on another quest Did you watch Mr Ben Ihe children s TV series? Going through Ihe doot in Ihe back ol Ihe changing room lo a land ol snow and ico. Complete with an ice palace, brings back memories ot The Lion Ihe Witch and Ihe Wardrobe, with (usl a spoonful ol Ibe Snow Queen Irom Hans Christian Anderson Seems like all all your yesterdays are buried here in Ihe Land ol Enchantia. Take a peak and see il you can spot some buried inspiration lor yoursell.
In the lew years that passed in Enchantia, many hundreds passed in the world ot men. Around the enchanted field villages sprung up.
To be replaced in their turn by small towns. Finally a great city was built and its streets and houses spread into the countryside. But nothing was ever built on that mysterious frekl. Lor down the years strange tales were told ol the odd happenings which had taken place there Instead a wall was thrown around the green mantle and only the children who were too young or too stupid went to play .
Games and light mock battles In its ' .
Cool bosom.
It was a warm day. With a bright, blue sky. The kind ot day that makes lathers decide to wash the car. The kind ol weather that makes mothers drag their sons out of the comfort and satety of their bedrooms saying INSPIRATIONS silly things like, Stop wasting your time playing with computers, ana get out into the fresh air and get some exercise And so, instead ot spending his day playing mind-improving games with his Amiga. Brad tound himseH heading tor me nearby field to play baseball. It only he knew that across the void of time and space, other eyes were watching me park.
Col heartless eyes that were waiting lor the moment to strike. The ball left the pitcher's hand. Brad raised the bat, then in the twinkling of an eyV he was gone! Once the smoke and sparkling fairy dust had loft his eyes, the boy lound himselt hanging by his ankles in a dank dungeon cell.
FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD The land ol Enchantia is lull ol tafc ng animals, magic and monsters - and all of this is ruled by the evil witch (it s just not Brads day is it!).
Heaven only knows how he is going lo get home, but unless he wants to become Ihe major ingredient in the witch's next spell, you had better help him lind a way out ol the dungeon last Once you have escaped »ie castle (which is easier said than done), you'll lind that your long road lo freedom resembles an episode from Dorothy's adventures in the Land ol Oz. This is a world ol magic and mystery, where animals dress in human clothes, and you can walk along the sea bed with a godtish bowl on your head.
II you successlully cross the ocean, lind your way Ihrough a subterranean maze and eventually stumble on the nearby ‘Munchkin- "ke town, you can be sure that your troubles are just about to begin A visit to the local fortune teller, who just happens to be a seal called Sally the See-Air, will give you the notion that you really should look up the local magician. (I mean visit him ol course ).
Here you'll be ottered two quesls.
Which, il completed successlully. Will get you a tirst class ticket home Having no other option but to agree you'll be transported to the edge ol the world and lelt to lend for yourselt on the crumbling ledge ol a impossibly high diltlop Your further adventures will take you on a whirlwind tour ol a volcanic island. Ihe Mane Celeste, an Ice Palace, a graveyard filled with zombies and vampires, and linally to the awful confrontation with the witch ol Enchantia in her castle.
This game resembles the Kings Quest adventures from Sierra-Online. With its magical storyline and easy point and dick menu selection. Mercifully it does not resemble its Sierra counterpart when it comes to speed, lor it is much faster and does not have a live minute intermission each time you move to the next screen. It is lashlonable nowadays to indude small arcade action sequences in adventures, and in this Enchantia is no exception Controlling your alter-ego with the mouse is a bit dumsy. However these sequences are tairty easy to complete and whatever happens you won't be killed and
forced to reload.
Instead the game simply delays you lor a short while until you lind a way to overcome the problem or you accept the loss ol a lew points A special mention should be made of the game's arlwork as it is superb, and compares favorably with the best in the business The animation sequences are very well done and would do justice to a movie cartoon. The sound also needs a special mention as a great number ol digitized effects have been included, which brings lots ol lun and atmo- • sphere to the story.
Cartoon monsters are lo be found throughout Ihe land of Enchantia. And here In the underground caves, mud morv etars pop up and sMdstongthe corrtdora (ust when you least aspect it.
PROBLEMS WITH PROBLEMS Setting the difficulty level ol the puzzles in any adventure is an awkward problem, and when the game involves a magical element things are even harder, as the problems can have a solution which defies logic In Enchantia the majority ol the puzzles are fairly easy and even a newcomer to the genre will eventually be successful, but there are a number ol areas where logic appears to have been thrown out ol the window At times like these you will simply have to work through all the actions which are possible from the menu and trust to luck At least there is an on-screen
icon which gives a thumbs up' symbol when you do something which is on the right track and a thumbs down' when you are wasting your time There is a save game facility, Out in the version supplied there was no hard disk installation option Hard disk installation is a facility which all new games should now consider as standard.
This is a classy game whic is much better than Lure ot the Temptress, which it could be compared with. For a start it is much bigger and contains dozens ol different locations. The quest will also take a good deal longer to complete, which makes it an even better buy. I think some of the puzzles are a bit illogical, but computer gamers are ingenious folk, so I II defer judgement on that point The fort her into the game you get the more luxurious it becomes.'Around each bend the graphics gel better and better. You mayget frustrated, but you'll also get your money's worth if you persevere e
vtMM AfM Out Now gtmrti Adventure imb Cor* Design lemtrth: mouse joystick mwmkmtjSdm 4 1 kn’d iuk tvuiUki, NO mrmary 1 Mb CORE DESIGN £34.99 ( A beautifully drawn world of magic and adyenture. 9 GRAPHICS 95% SOUND 85% LASTABIUTY 80% PIAYABIUTY 85% OVERALL 89% On final approach to the United States Deve cpea in cc po'at'on with © Lufthansa Deutsche Airbus REPLAY 21st Century had a bit ol a surpnse let on their hands when they released Pinball Dreams eartrer this year The pmball simulator really loo* oil and stayed in the charts lor ages. Now the Swedish programming team behind the game.
Digital Illusion, are back with another lour computer pinball tables lor your delectation and delight.
Each one revolves around a particular theme Partyland uses a theme park as the basis lor its design while Billion Dollar Game Show has a cheesy smiling host adorning the table with the chance lo win Tvs. Holidays and cars by tutting the right lights. Speed Devtls ¦s based on motor cars, and Stones A Bones is a spooky table with all manner ol ghosts and skulls adorning the backdrop Th* •up*' fast scrolling car oftan confua* at tHna* and la hard on ill* ay*.
Everything is controlled via the keyboard, with the shitt keys activating the dippers and the down arrow shooting the ball onto the table Unfortunately, the game suiters tram exactly the same problem as its torebearer. Namely that four tables isn’t nearly enough lor your money. 01 the lour tables on oiler with Pinball Fantasies, only Partyland lived up to its potential, the other three being incredibly boring and unrewarding to play.
And that's not exactly good value for money when you consider 21st Century are putting it on sale lor £29.99 PAAAAARTY samples ot Leslie Crowther shouting ¦Come on down’ or even the simpering Bob Monkhouse? Just a little more thought could have saved this one from disaster. The last table. Stones and Bones did have some brilliant graphics depicting all manner ol ghouls and ghosts and there Speed omi • pamcuwnr wrung m mugmanon or «• were excellent samples ol creaking doors, church bells and manic laughter, but again, the layout was crap and there was iust too little to do.
Things began well enough Partyland is a gansh table crammed with bumpers, lights, bonus combinations and ball-carri- ers. The lun park theme is effective with fruit machines, a duck shoot, skyride and demon's mouth making up part ol the display, reinlorced by the fairground sounds and idly music.
Unfortunately, none ol the other tables are as good. Speed Devils showed an utter lack of imagination in table layout and design Too lew rewards and a huge empty table soon made me tire of this one.
Moving on. Billion Ddlar Game Show had an incredibly grating audience sample, but was sadly lacking in Imagination. Why not SUPER FAST What bugged me eSren more, though, was the scrolling. Each table takes up roughly two-and-a- half screens and the action automatically centres on the ball as it whizzes about the screen, At times, things are reduced to a blur and its very hard on the eye. Surely it would have been a better idea to restrict each table to only one screen so that all the action could be viewed at once? Also, although eight players can take part, only the cunent payer's score
is displayed, so it s difficult to keep track ol who’s winning.
I don’t mean to rubbish the game entirely, as it has been slickly put together and some ol the samples are very good, but a little more variety and thought could have made this a much better game than it actually is. II you liked the'first game, you'll like this, but make sure you play before you buy. • WHATS NEW Iks m tables Mclsta multi-flippers iBfll. Mm!). • tel metrii icon panel which continuity flaiMi meiugei ant comt-ees, ant a JACKPOT occsmo- lator etilck is kailt up by all participating players taring a game At the end el each game, oat tiglt of yoer score Is shoem. Random numbers
are then tlashet across the panel ant one will be selected II yoyr number matches the random number. You're awarded an extra ball and play continues Irom where yoa left oil. It's also possible |o save the high-ocoros tor each table to disk, so that when yoe next load op. Yoer previous hlgh-scoro witt bethefe tor all to see.
FeUmadm Octal*' F" Rit.b.H a lag M DifHal Illy.
RtUtat Kaytaar*
e. mtor ef duh 3
• rnaatntffUym 1-0 lardtbt taiutkMi Ho 01 tk 21st CENTURY
ENTERAINMENT C29 99 ( Pinball simulator that's lacking in
excitement J GRAPHICS 88% SOUND 70% LASTABIUTY 64% PLAYABILITY
58% OVERALL 65%
• Railway Station - memory game
• N&B Works - observation game
• Chimney House - musical fun
• Noahs Ark - jigsaw puzzle
• Farm Yard - animal matching
• Market Place - letter recognition
• Post Office - counting
• Police Station - maze game Also included is a junior Art
Package which develops your childs creative ability.
• Picture Colouring.
• Electronic 'fuzzy felts'.
• Freehand drawing with pens and spraycans.
• 50 pre defined fill patterns.
• One finger on, one finger off mouse control for tiny hands.
There is a choice of 3 carefully defined learning levels designed in consultation with teachers. Noddy's Playtime also includes FREE: Toytown map, keyboard overlay and wobbler.
A comprehensive manual and parent teacher guide will enable you to bring your childs imagination to life.
Available from the end of November at major stockists.
ASSASSIN®®® Following the success of their last game, Project X, Team 17 have decided to keep very much with an arcade theme. Mark Patterson aims his pen in their direction... LOOKS CAN KILL Assassin can bs described in one word - Sfrider-esque. The similarity between Ihe two games is noticeable right trom Ihe start The main character looks similar to the one in Stnder.
He can also run real last, nang off walls and ceilings and somersault through the air. Don’t get me wrong though, although this game bears many similarities to Stnder. It's actu ally a lot better The plot, or what there is ol it. Is the usual arcade excuse to go and kick some mad-man's behind. This time the villain is called Midan, and he’s been targelled lor assassination by Ihe Allied Security lorces as he has practically made himself the financial ruler ol the world. Naturally, he’s not going to go down without a tight, so he’s had five gigantic, heavily detended levels pul between him
and the assassin, populated with all sorts ol robots, tricks and traps The assassin is a very agile character Indeed First olf. He can give many enemies tne slip by employing his superlast running abilities.
He can somersault onto platforms, climb and swing on background items, In addition to that he can also hang onto ceilings in true Spiderman style.
WOULD-BE CONSOLE Like many Amiga games nowadays Assassin has borrowed several elements vsnalty found m console games There are three skill levels, starting al Rookie where Ihe enemies are more lard-back but you can only play two levels. The neit level is Arcade where everylhmg comes at you a lol taster, followed by Ultimate, which has ultra-hard enemies and minimal lime limits. II that's not enough lor you. Ihe number ol lives you start with can be sel Irom one lo live An extremely useful feature lhal first appeared in console platform games allows you lo view what s residing |ust oil Ihe
screen either below or above you. This Is handy as you're often required lo lump through gaps and off platforms where you wouldn't otherwise be able to see what was coming next BOOMERANG BOY Naturally, all these abilities don't mean squat to the enemy, who'll keep shooting regardless of acrobatics. So to defend himself the assassin is armed with a boomerang.
We re not talking a Roll Harris novelty product here, this boomerang is capable ol taking apart armoured robots. It can be powered up lo make n faster, more damaging and so that it travels further when thrown.
In addition lo Ihe boomerang power-ups there are a number ot mega-weapons to collect. These beauties range from heat seeking missiles, through proximity mines to a gigantic flame weapon When found, these are acitivated by holding down the tire button for a few seconds. Then releasing The end room ot each level contains a rather large boss, who naturally makes what you’ve iust been through look like child's p6y It's worth saving your mega-weapons (or these sections, as the bosses each have a number ot special attacks, which makes them very difficult to beat if you don’t know what order
they’re coming In.
One ol the most striking features about Assassin is its size. There are over 1500 screens spread across the five levels, so Ihe onus is as much on exploration as in causing chaos To help you out there’s a really excellent collectable item which speaks the direction you’ve got to go in.
LEGLESS CHIMPS Throughout the game the sprites have the same compact detailed look to them. Each level has its own set ot bad guys, the best, to my mind, appearing in the genetic research lab where you’re assailed by legless chimpanzees. Despile nice touches like these, the graphics are relatively simple throughout, on Ihe other hand this does prevent the game from slowing down and leaves enough memory lor the gigantic maps.
If your Amiga is connected to a stereo you’re in lor a real treat with this game. The sound ettects are fant ' - tastic Apart Irom the explosions, there are ettects such as the wind blowing through the caverns, and the squelching toot-lalls ot the assassin as he runs across living platforms Assafsm Is another sure-fire winner from eam 17,1 wouldn't be sWpnsed see it take the Chnstmas number onVslot. It deserves to. N 'firsIf dstt October genre: Platform lesm: Taam 17 Pslonlc Systems tsntrsli: Joystick nmmktrt • diikti mmmktr sf fUysrv 1 ksrd dui mtuOsUt: yos mtmsr,: 1 Mb only TEAM 17
£25.99 I An excellent action- packed arcade romp J GRAPHICS 87% SOUND 82% LASTABILITY 92% PLAYABILITY 93% OVERALL 89% AMIGA A500 PLUS 1Mb A500 version 2 04 complete with leads, p.s.u. etc. ONLY £254.95 Above with 9Mb Ram £279.95 1Mb A600 complete with leads, p s u etc. PIUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £254.95 Above with 2Mb Ram (t*Mon ax*) £284.95 THE WILD, IHE WE*D & THE WICKED A600 Value Pack from Commodore includes Deluxe Paint H, Formula 1 Grand Prtx, Putty and Pushover PLUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £309.95 Above with 9Mb Ram townama, £339.95 AMIGA AMO HD nniwt ni» 1Mb A600
with 90Mb Hard Drive.
PLUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £424.95 Above with 9Mb Ram £454.95 EPIC LANGUAGE PACK A600HD Value Pack from Commodore includes Deluxe Paint III, Epic, Myth, Rome and Trivial Pursuit PLUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £439.95 Above with 2Mb Ram iUpnwx nwn aoc*) £469.95 DYNAMITE EXCLUSIVE 1Mb A600 with built-in 80Mb Hard Drive. Complete with leads, etc. ONLY £499.95 Above with 2Mb Ram tapmKrirauaesciock) £529.95 Latest 1Mb 2.04 version complete with mouse, leads, etc. (requires modulator for TV use) I GOLDSTAR 14' 1 CUMANA CAX 354 TV Monitor complete with remote control & sleepbmer
ONLY £479.95 1500 HOME ACCOUNTS PACK As above plus The Works - Platinum Edition, Home Accounts, Toki, Elf, Puzzn* » Dpamt ill ONLY £524.95 AMIGA 3000 Latest V9, 95MHz, 9Mb Ram, 59Mb Hard Drive, 3W Floppy Complete with Wordworth 1.1 and Amiga vision PLUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £1299.95 Above with 105Mb Drive £1479.95 AMIftB IBM New multi-media system 6Mb Ram, 40Mb HD, Amiga DOS 3 PLUS 1 YEARS ON SITE MAINTENANCE ONLY £1979.95 Above with 190Mb Drive £2099.95 CD Drive for A500A500* Super low price... ONLY £259.95 CDTV complete with infra-red remote, leads, etc. ONLY £354.95 CDTV
MULTIMEDIA PACK As above plus keyboard, infra-red mouse, 3.5* drive, Workbench Disks, Welcome CD ONLY £354.95 ¦ONLY £154.95 Amiga cable for above £4.95 PHILIPS 8833 Mkll Simply the best value stereo colour monitor. UK model complete with 1 years on-site maintenance ONLY £169.95 Amiga cable for above £4.95 Lotus Turbo Challenge 9 £6.95 (when bought with 8833) CBM 1084S Commodores official stereo colour monitor for the Amiga ONLY £174.95 Amiga cable for above £4)95 CBM1935 14- SVGA colour monitor .98 Dot Pitch A MUST FOR A30CXV4000 ONLY £254.95 N Amiga cable for above £4.95 CBM 1960 14*
Multiscan SVGA colour monitor .28 Dot Pitch ONLY £409.95 Amiga cable for above £4.95 A4 Copy Holder .....63.99 14* Monitor Dust Cover 63.99 12 14* Screen Filter ..64.99 14* Tilt & Swivel Stand ..69.99 View Centre Monitor Stand......6*4.93 View Centre Control Centre......6f9.9S Reputation speaks for Itself ONLY £49.95 POWER PC880!
Sokd Drive with anti-click ONLY £49.95 ROCTEC ROCLITE New superslim drive now with antl- dlck & virus checker ONLY £54.95 POWER PC880B with anti-click, virus checker and bum In blitz copier ONLY £59.95 GVP HD8 A500 59 Meg Hard Drive ...Hi*.as 80 Meg Hard Drive ..SUMS 190 Meg Hard Drive .HH.1S 9Mb Ram for above CJ* *S 4Mb Ram for above C7*.*S 8Mb Ram for above .£*».»S GVP A530 COMBO 52 Meg Combo ... .6419.93 80 Meg Combo... .6459.93 120 Meg Combo.
.67*9.93 213 Meg Combo.
.6919.93 GVP HC8 1500 2000 52 Meg Internal ...6144.93 80 Meg Internal ....63*9.93 120 Meg Internal ..6394.93 Ram upgrades available for A530 Combo and HC8 internal - Phone for details with our PRICE BLASTER PLEDGE we carrot be beater orprice-ORDER HOW 9am - 8pm ORDER HOTLINE... Price Blasters Pledge, ) I I 120D+ A500V* Meg no Clock .....€14.85
* 500 V* Meg with Clock ..£17 *5
* 500 Plus 1 Meg Expansion upgrades *500 Plus to 8 Meg)CS7.»J
* 400 1 Meg Expansion no
Clock ......£88.85
* 400 1 Meg Expansion with
Clock ...£38.95 ROM SHARER ROM keyboard
Rom Sharer £14.88 keyboard Swttchable Rom
Sharer ..£18.88 kickstart 1.3
Rom ...£*1.88 kickstart 8.04
Rom .£38.88 EXTERNAL RAM UPGRADES Made by
Power Computing Expandable up to 8 Meg. TuHy auto- condg with
thru-port Suitable for any
* 5001*500+ 8 Meg Ram Board .£104.85 4 Meg Ram
Board .£144.85 B Meg Ram
Board .£878.85 9 Pin Mono, 180145 CPS ONLY
£116.95 ¦¦zxrnsiziniiiH 9 Pin Colour, 180 45 CPS ONLY £149.95
LC 24-100 84 Pin Mono, 198 64 CPS ONLY £164.95 LC 200 COLOUR 9
Pin Colour, 185 45 CPS ONLY £166.95 84 Pin Mono, 180 40 CPS
ONLY £176.95 SJ 48 INKJET 9 Pin Mono, 12095 CPS 2 year
guarantee ONLY £107.99 i 9 Pin Mono with colour option, 160 40
CPS 8 year guarantee ONLY £159.99 Colour version £166.95 SWIFT
200 24 Pin Mono with colour option, 180 60 CPS 2 year guarantee
ONLY £189.99 SWIFT 200 COLOUR 24 Pin Colour, 180 60 CPS 2 year
guarantee ONLY £219.95
• Amiga to Printer Cable
• 500 sheets continuous paper
• Universal printer stand
• Printer driver disk ONLY £9.99 when purchased with printer f
TURN PAGE FOR MORE . Y BARGAINS fl s AMIGA CUSTOM CHIPS CIA
8520A .... .....C4.99 Super
Denise ...£20.99 Fatter Agnes
8372A ...£29.99 ESSENTIAL SPARES T V Modulator
...£24.95 Replacement Power Supply Replacement Internal Drive
... Replacement Quality Mouse.. Mouse Joystick Switcher Box
Unit .... ...£54.95
* 39.93 .....£9.99 ....*9,99 True IQ Prtnter, 100 CPS ONLY
£194.95 LC 24-200 84 Pin Mono, 880 55 CPS ONLY £196.95 LC
24-200 COLOUR 84 Pin Colour, 880 55 CPS ONLY £239.95 SWIFT 240
24 Pin Mono with colour option, 200 66 CPS 2 year guarantee
ONLY £249.95 SWIFT 240 COLOUR 24 Pin Colour, 200 66 CPS 2 year
guarantee ONLY £264.95 BEST POSSIBLE I NICE, BEST POSSIBLE
SERVICE & BEST POSSIBLE PRICE-OROER NOW 9am - 8pm ORDER
HOTLINE... Award winning Power Scanner with latest version 3.0
software.
Extra value pack 1. Includes Wordworth VI.1. Word- processlns Packase (RRP £12995) roo only ..C99.99 Extra value pack 2. Same Scanner includlns Paint Pack comprlslns Deluxe Paint 3 and Photon Paint 8 (RRP £139.95) ONLY ..E99.99 Colour Scanner available with Music X Junior..
- X9.99 Music X Vers 1.1 ...£17.99 Pro Midi 4 Port
Interface ...X 14.99 Rombo Megamix--£84.99 GYP Sound
Studio---£49.99 Scale 500-----------------£69.99 Scale
Professional £179.99 Take 2 (New enhanced vers)_£39.99
Vidi-Amiga 12--£74.99 Vldi-Amiga 12 ? Megamlx..X96.99
Rocgen----------------.£84.99 Rocgen Plus -----------£114.99
Rocgen Rockey----------£864.99 Deluxe Paint II---£4.99 Deluxe
Paint III ...£9.99 Deluxe Paint
IV .£54.99 Sprltz
Paint .£4.99 Photon
Paint ......£4.99 Photon Paint
2 ...£9.99 WORD PROCESSING DTP Kindwords
Version 3.
- £34.99 Final Copy 2 ....£59.99 Wordworth Vers
1.1 AAA (Special Purchase) ...WJ7.99 Pagesetter
2 ...£39.99 Pro Page Professional......£184.99
Saxon Publisher £179.99 UTILITIES BACK-UP
ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES iniwAinzm Bulk quality disks, 100%
certified, complete with labels.
Box of 50 ..£19.99 Box of 100 ......£37.99 Box of 200 .....£69.99 Box of 500 ....£159.99 Box of 1000 ..£319.99 Branded precision disks made by top manufacture Dysan All boxed In 10's complete with labels, shrink wrapped - top quality.
Box of 10 ...£4.99 Box of 20 ....£9.49 Box of 50 .£28.99 Box of 100 ......£42.99 500 Disk Labels .£4.99 1000 Disk Labels £7.99 DISK BOXES 10 Capacity Disk Box £1.89 40 Capacity Lockable Box...£3.99 80 Capacity Lockable Box...£5.99 90 Capacity 'Banx' ..£7.99 150 Capacity 'Posso' £15.99 CONTROL CENTRES Manufactured by Premier Micro's
- the leaders in solid control centres. Made from sheet steel and
epoxy coated to match A500 A600.
Comprises of monitor platform plus shelf to store extra drives, etc. A500 version complete with extension leads for joystick mouse ports.
A600 version ...£27.89 A500 version ...£32.99 MICE & TRACKER BALLS Squik Quality Mouse £9.99 Roctec Mouse .£12.99 Golden Image Happy Mouse£t 8.99 Golden Image Brush Mouse £23.99 Naksha Mouse .£83.99 Golden Image Optical Mouse£28.99 Zydec Trackerball £28.99 Golden Image Crysal1radiert al£35.99 8mm Mouse pad £3.99 Optical Mouse Mat ......£8.99 SV119 JUNIOR TURBO 6 micro switches, twin fire..£3.99 SV123 SUPERCHARGER 6 micro switches, autoflre ...£7.99 SV126 JETFIGHTER 6 m s, pilot grip, auto, S M...£9.99
SV125 SUPERBOARD 10 m s, stopwatch, variable A F, S M ...£14.99 SV129 FOOTPEDAL Ideal for Flying Driving £19.99 SV133 MEGASTAR Steel Shaft, 7 m s, AIF, S M £19.99 SV127 TOPSTAR 6 nVs, Pistol Grip, Heavy Duty ..£16.99 BONDWELL - QUICKSHOT QUICKSHOT 1 Bask: Leaf Switch ...£3.49 QUICKSHOT 2 Pistol Grip-Classic £4.99 QUICKSHOT 2 TURBO Microswitch version .....£7.99 APACHE Leaf switch, Pistol Grip .£5.99 PYTHON 1M Super Pistol Grip with m s...£8.99 NEW CHARACTERSTKKS RANGE Choose from: BATMAN RETURNS,
TERMINATOR 2, ALIEN 3 AND BART SIMPSON.
Comes complete in amazing
• MOVIE SET GIFT BOX - IDEAL GIFT RRP £14.99 - SEE DIEGO'S
SUPERSAVERS CHEETAH 185+ Industry Standard, robust I S £6.99
MACH 1 Robus Microswitch, steel
shaft ...£9.99 STARPROBE Superb
handling, nVs, steel
shaft ..£11.99 THE BUG
Beautiful! Available In green
black ..• ......£10.99 BOUJ57KK
Ergonomic hand held, gives NES Megadrive owners a am for their
money ...£6.99 SENSIBLE SOCCER .£1 ZOOL ...
CIVILIZATION MONKEY ISLAND 2 £26.99
PUSHOVER £17. FORMULA 1 GP ....£84.99
PREMERE - ...£21 BEAST III ....£80.'
DUNE .£21.99 ADDAMS
FAMILY ...£17.99 FALCON ....£10.99 MAN.
UTD ....£5.99 PGA
TCXJR+ ...£20.99 TEAM SUZUKI ...£5.99
GRAHAM TAYLORS £17.99 WIZZKID ....£17.99
ESPANA GAMES '92 ....£20.99 SPACE CRUSADE ...£17.99 COOL
CROC TWINS £17.99 STRIKER ......£17.99
EDUCATIONAL FUN SCHOOL 2 Under 6 ......
.....£6.99 6 to 8 .. .....£6.99 Over
8 . FUN SCHOOL 3 Under
5 ...... Sip 7 ..
..£14.99 Ovtf 7 . ..£14.99 FUN SCHOOL 4
Under 5 ...... ...£14.99 5 to
7 .. ..£14.99 7 to
11 KOSMOS LANGUAGES French
Mistress ...... ...£13.99 German Master ......
Spanish Tutor .. ..£13.99 Italian
Tutor SUPER VALUE PACK All four
languages .. .£99.99 HOW TO ORDER Q Call us NOW on ¦¦
0234 214212 mSm Send Cheque or Postal Order to DYNAMITE
COMPUTERS Dynamite House, 44a Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RW
NB: Please write cheque guarantee card number on the reverse of
cheque to ensure same day clearance (cheques without card
number subject to 10 day clearance).
Can Into our showroom for a fast and frtendty service Retail Queries 0234 364428 DELIVERY CHARGES3 £2.95 for orders less than £100 £4 95 for orders over £100 Next day express service £7.50 Saturday delivery only £15.00
• Charges applicable to UK mainland onfy PLATINUM SERVICE CARD
Only £19.991 Features:
• Next day courier delivery
• 30 day exchange for new
• 1 year guarantee giving free collection and delivery should a
fault occur CHECK OUT DIEGO S TOP 10 Christmas Supersavers
CHEETAH CHARACTER STICK JOYSTICK The perfect gut, available as
either
* Batman Returns * Terminator 9 Cocnpleten TAILOR MADE AMIGA 500
DUSTCOVER TERMS & CONDITIONS:
• Price pledge only applicable to individual items over £50 where
the price differential exceeds £1.
• Price pledge applicable to goods on a like- for-like basis and
currently stocked by competitor.
• Gift voucher may not be redeemed for cash. May only be used in
future purchase where normal delivery charges win apply.
• Goods all subject to availability. E40£.
• All prices subject to change without notice
• Platinum card rs non-refundable and covers only one item.
Q • This does not affect your statutory rights, a r ... A stea at iust DISK ACCESSORY PACK
* Box of 10 branded precision disks
* 40 capacity lockable disk box
* 31 9‘ disk drive cleaner kit n ALL FOR ONLY WJ.T ORDER FORM
SEGA MEGADRIVE 6mm QUALITY MOUSEPAD At this price you can't go
wrong £1.29 Name.. Address Basic console with joypads & p.s.u
Pcistcodety. Tel ...... Access visa
No...... ...... ...... Expiry date ...... ASTRA TEN GAME PACK
ZIPSTICK SUPERPRO JOYSTICK Simply the best autofire joystick on
the market ONLY £9.99 Soods orderec AMIGA 1.3 BUSINESS PACK
CARTOON CLASSICS GAME PACK ? Bart Simpson * Captain Planet
* Lemmings £14.99 PRO WRITE 2.5 (Wore* MAXIPLAN (Spreads**
INFOFILE (Database) Delivery £24.99 T Now AMOS has turned
Professional!
AMOS The Creator has brought programming within the reach of over 50,000 Amiga users. Now it has been given a complete overhaul and the result is a vastly enhanced product - AMOS Professional - designed for all experienced Amiga programmers.
AMOS Professional has 200 new commands, taking the total to over
700. Included in the package is a 650-page manual written by Mel
Croucher who wrote the highly-praised fcasy AMOS manual, and
Stephen Hill who wrote the original AMOS manual. Programs
written using earlier versions of AMOS and Easy AMOS can be
loaded into AMOS Professional for amendment or enhancement.
Write programs with ease using the feature packed Editor
• Two disoyerammed with working examples, and tutorials
demonstrating AMAL, the new AMOS Interface system, collision
detection and other key topics.
• A selection, of new highly-finished programs, including Planet
Zybex (a scrolling shoot'em up).
File O'Facts (electronic data organiser), Quatro (puzzle game) and Dithell’s Wonderland (an eight-way scrolling platform ftAqte).
The result is a package which will more than satisfy home it's essential for the Amiga.
T,TROLL'S fe T TP A T v HEAD ADVENTURE HELPLINE Adventuring can be a lonely occupation. The Troll’s Head is the place for all adventurers to gather and listen to the latest gossip or find a solution from the Shrine of Knowledge. Do come in... ended up in deep sewage. Personally. I reckon
U. S. Gold is behind il all. I did hear lhal they were calling
Ihe whole thing Legends ol Valour, and defying anybody lo pay
Ihe town a visit. They're claiming that they've rebuilt the
whole place as a 3D scrolling world, lull ol different quests
for different characters. Play it once as a thief, play it
again as a fighter, then go back for another helping as a
magic-user. Each time you play the quests are different. So
you'll earn your keep as a hero in this town. The word on the
streets of Mitteldorf is that the quests will be ready by
Christmas, but anyone who accepts the offer will not be seen
again until Easter.
CRUSADERS OF THE DARK SAVANT If you are a fan of the Wizardry series ot role-playing games then it can be revealed thal a working copy of the latest instalment - Crusaders ol Ihe Dark Savant has at last been glimpsed in this country. Kneecap-smashing Nmia priests plus bevies of beautiful girls in jet aircraft were seen beating up parties of heroes at the recent computer show in London. The quest involves the search for a mysterious secret left by a mad professor in a far-off world. The game looks like being a sure-fire winner and yet again we are being promised that it will be available for
Christmas.
SIERRA IS STILL ON-LINE Rumours that Sierra will stop producing graphic adventures for the Amiga will be scotched this month. The latest rumoir is that Sierra have vowed to contmlie producing Amiga versions of their popular Quest seneiot games, despite disappointing reviews in British Amiga magazines. This rumour will become a fact later this month when Sierra announce it officially.
HEROES WANTED CLOSE THE DOOR AFTER YOU Welcome weary Iraveller to the Troll's Head Inn.
Feeling tired and need a place lo lay your bloodied head? Down on your luck and seeking a new quest? Or are you seeking a nugget of wisdom which will help you complete that old quest which is driving you nuts? Either way you’ve found just the place to rest-up and bind your wounds for an hour or two. Here you can drink a tankard of ale at the bar and listen to the rumours of all that's happening in the world of Role Playing Games and Adventures. You can peruse the Heroes Wanted board which gives details of the newest and most exciting quests requinng volunteers and party leaders. Perhaps
you are in a hurry and just have time to rush in and use the shrine for a quick hint. Either way. Now that you've found the way to the tavern, don't be a stranger in the future. We'll be here every month serving ale and sustenance to the weary traveller and we’ll be glad to see you.
LEGENDS OF VALOUR There's a lot of building work going on in Mitteldorf.
They do say lhat 27 miles ol monsler-filled sewers have been dug beneath the towns. Seems like a rum way to spend the town's poll tax if you ask me.
I wouldn't be surprised if any visitor to the town hullabaloo and the parades have gone in search of the latest fashionable quests, Cron is available as a budget title Sign-up lor a tour of Might and Magic II and rediscover the delights of a truly great quest that filled the dreams of yesteryear The towns may look a little old fashioned but il can promise you the thrill of a lifetime at a rock bottom price. Might and Magic II from New World Computing - it's an experience that you'll treasure tor ever.
SHRINE OF KNOWLEDGE Here, in a darkened comer al the rear of the Tavern, you'll lind the Shrine of Knowledge. It Is here that all prayers tor help can be answered.
Draw near and kneel before the flickenng candles. Insert one gold piece into the slot and speak loudly into the wire grille on the wall. If your haart is pure (and your gold is purer!) Then the magic shnne will answer all your problems concerning RPGs and Adventures CORPORATION Graeme Wilkinson trom Whitley Bay has a question about the game Corporation which he bought in a compilation called The Adventures When he loads the game, a message comes up telling him to insert a custom character disk or wait tor the loading to resume. He has looked in the manual but found nothing on the subject.
He wants to know if the custom character disk is a separate disk which he has to buy?
The Shrine replies Find a mirror my eon and ga2e deeply at your reflection, then ask yourself.
'Is this the face of a hero?' In early days, others laced this awful challenge before you. And those who answered Yes were able to send their photograph to the game’s publishers and have it digitised onto a character disk. Using this disk during the loading procedure would replace the face of the game's hero with your own noble features. A chilling prospect! Only the god’s know how many foolish mortals took up the offer, but lucky lor you the option has probably been withdrawn by now.
LEISURE SUIT LARRY III There are still some Leisure Suit Larry tans out there, and Jamie Aitkin from Musselburgh is one.
His question relates to Leisure Suit Larry lit. He has great difficulty in opening the combination lock on Suzi's locker in the Faf City Sports Club He has looked at the back of the keycard and made a note of fhe writing, but be still does !
Know what the combination is.
The Shrine replies. Do you like card tricks?
Well here is a trick you will like, but not a lot... Open the magazine which came with the game manuals. (I do hope you have the magazine or the tnck is ruined.) Search the pages until you lind the adverts tor the three Arms listed on the back ol the keycard Take a note ot each ot the page numbers (making each one into a two digit number by adding a zero in front of any single page number). Now place the numbers together and you have the 6 number combination. Now take away the number you first though! Ot. And send the remaining number in gold coins to Tony Gilt at CU Amiga KNIGHTMARE IN THE
PRISON The proof that adventures cover all ages comes from the 57 year old Mrs L. Crew. She has been playing Knightmare lot ages now and has gotten as far as killing alt the beasties in the garden and dungeon ot Quest 1 She's now stuck at the prison She's found the secret passage, removed the illusionary waif, but can't find the button mentioned in the February issue of CU Amiga which releases the baddies The Shhne replies. The Knightmare dungeon is full of illusion walls and hidden switches, so we must first ensure that we are both referring to the same Illusion wall or you are doomed The
Prison is like a square block surrounded by a corridor.
On the opposite side of the corridor is a wall which contains an illusion door. To find the door walk anti-clockwise around the comdor unfit you come to a spot where there are two floor grilles.
Walk past the gnllo one pace, then tace the outside wall. From this point (or at least the adjacent squarel) you should be able to walk through the wall.
Once inside turn left and walk td the end of the short corridor. Turn left and look up. A small round, pink button la in the top-nght comer. I also have some advice tor a novice adventurer called Andrew Freshwater who is having great difficulty even beginning this game. The instruction to Keep the Pad Down' is confusing him. The answer is ol course to place an object on the metal floor pad which is to the left ot the notice, as it wifi keep a switch pressed and open a secret wall to the right of the notice.
NEUROMANCER CODES Tomas Nilsen from Norway desperately needs help with Neuromancer trom Interplay. He Is completely stuck and suffenng from a lack of sleep because of this game He doesn't know how to upgrade trom Comlink 3 0 to 4.0? Or what the access code to level 2 IS in the Panther Modems Database Or where to find the Evasion Skill chip The poor man dearly is in quite a state because of this, as he has started to hallucinate about killing whales.
The Shrine replies This is a very strange world you speak ol. A world ol computer scientists. Hackers and code breakers. There is no.
Right or wrong here, no honest monster to defeat with a true heart I have looked upon the solution and il makes little sense to someone not skilled in these godless arts. If you have the knowledge to understand these words, here are the tacts you seek.
Database Code Password Panther Modems: CHAOS MAINLINE Hitachi: HITACHIBIOl GENESPLICE Fuji Electnc: FUJI ROMCARDS and UCHIKAT- SUIRS IRS TAXINFO SoftwareEntorcement: SOFTEN PERMAFROST ' (Comlink 4.0 is here) Chiba Police: KEISATSU WARRANTS and SUPERTAC.
The Evasion Skill chip is tound at Lupus (upgrade at Matrix). My linal warning to you concerns the noble whale. This mighty beast harms no-one and spends its life singing in the depths ot the ocean Anyone who harms him can never become a tree hero in the eyes ol the Ancient Gods He will be dammed lo an eternity in the Limbo ot Darkness contemplating his cnme. Mark me well!
POLICE QUEST III Mark Pearl is lost in Sierra's Police Quest III. He has been driving around tor days in the police car trying to find the Industrtal Estate. [Personally. I wouldn't be seen dead In the back of a cop car - Ed] The Shrioe replies. If you study the map which comas with the game you should find the Industrial Estate on 325 South Second Street.
LEGEND OF FAERGHAIL The penultimate call for help this month comes from Justin Pritchard, who lives in West Norwood [ That's a cry lor help if ever I heard one - Ed.]. His other problem concerns the Legend ot Faerghail Having mapped the lower level ol the Dwarven Mine and reached the mountain, he cannot find the dragon who is supposed to be kilted (he thinks!).
The Shrine replies: It is possible to go to many places in this quest without being anywhere near to completing it The tact that you have mapped the mine and found the mountain does not tell me enough to know whether you are ready to meal the dragon in the final conflict.
Have you been to the Elven Pyramid and found the Death Mask? Without this item you will never succeed The Dragon is found, not on a mountain. But across a sea of lava which is under a volcano! This mighty monster is in a room which is locked with the clay key. The dragon can breathe tire twice, so your pnest must be able to withstand his first attack and then use the healing stall to restore the others to life. Alter the second breath you may use the spell ol Complete Healing to again revive your team. The Hammer ot the Gods is the most effective way to dispose of the dragon, followed by the
Death Mask being used on its blood.
MANHUNTER NEW YORK 0 Barret from New Zealand has a problem (apart trom being from New Zealand that is). He IS seeking advice on the third day ol Manhunter New York, where he's stuck. He has just visited Harry Jones' apartment and smashed the stereo open to find Module C, but now doesn't know what to do. He remembers reading somewhere that he should revisit the hospital, because now the guard will be gone and he ll be able to find " Module D But he keeps finding that the guard is still there! He did tind the note with the letters UCUCC written on it, but that is a mystery to him.
The Shrine replies This is the point in the game whey? Ail mohals stumble and fall, so do not be dowrtheartedJDo you remember the murder victim in the park? He tried to write down the surname of hi« kittei, but died before he wrote the last letter From other clues you should also know that the firstklame of the evil villain ol this adventure is PHIL. Now use your MAD computer to find the home address of this swine, by trying all combinations of Phil Coo*.
And now I fear I must ask you lo leave. The sky is lightening towards the east and soon the dawn Will be hare. The terrors ol the night have shrunk back into that dark place at the comer ol the mind and there they will stay until the night returns. Be on your guard and keep your face turned towards the wind. Good luck my triend.
Till we meet again, o If you have a problem, or perhaps you have a pioce of scandal which you wish to whisper in the Rumour Comer, write to Tony Gill at:- The Troll's Head, CU Amiga . 30-32 Farringdon Lane.
London EC1R 3AU ar :h d e r '9 d 0JM PRIVATE PORTAL INTO T’HE GAMESCAPE.
A DIMENSION. WHERE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND DOES! • Zitzf Rash and Pimple... the Battletoadfc! • I Okay loads!- Let s get EVEN! When the evil Dark Queen kidnaps vour best buddy, Pimple and the best looking Princess this side o(the Mazallion’Star Cluster - what are vou gonna do aboul it! Are you gonna cry ? Hide! Oil Ihe Stajcops! • * No way! Because vou re a BAITlffOAO and BATTLETOADS don't crv, hideftr call tor help.
BATftETQADS gel real MAD - and then they get EVEN!
1.
T gjj Available for: IBM PC and 100% compalibles, Amiga and Atari ST. BATTLETOADS FEATURES
• SIMULTANEOUS 2 PLAYER OPTION.
12 LEVELS OF UNIQUE, AWARD-WINNING ACTION.
RARE The Bitmap Brothers BFMJgT" f) 0'& ' ** feiFg-r J * « » iaf«i "V N* rj 'JB ' . IjiiS +7
• TIME FOR CHAOS • Atari ST (STE Enhanced), I Meg Amiga & PC • I
or 2 Player Metropolitan Wharf. Wapping Wall. London E1 9SS.
1992 The Bitmap Brothers. Published by Renegade.
Tel: 071 481 9214 • F.»* 071 480 5690 small tips For the tips that are hip and the cheats that are neat, CU Amiga is the mag to consult. This month a tip-top crop of cop-outs and wheezes... EUTE I If you still feel like a space cadet I when playing this interplanetary I ftight-simulator, here's a cheat to I make you more of a star with less of | a trek. While you’re on the copy pro- I tection screen type 'SARA' at the I first attempt (or ‘SUZANNE’ if you I have a later version of the game), I then try the correct code from the I manual. By pressing V and you I are now able to alter the
quantity of I arms and cargo.
HOW. If this fails to give your character infinite lives try typing
• SIAMESE’.
MIDWINTER 2 End Island-hopping misery: you need only capture nine Islands to control them all. The ones you must seize are Lobos, Camargo, Ghazal, Satara, Sikasso. Djoum, Dhafia, Makat and Ndola.
Mss ION THUN- 'WIGAN NINJA' are Ihe magic words to be entered on the high score board if you want to be able to skip levels simply by pressing the F7 key.
If, on the other hand, you want to punish yourself, wait until you've scored 50,000 or more, die, and type 'SPECCY MODE' in Ihe trusty high score section for double the number of enemy sprites.
PACLAND Enter the word ’ AVALON’ during the title screen and unlimited lives will be yours. A short and sweet cheat.
RANG If the balloon-bursting action is get- .
Ting too much for you, typing ‘WHAT A NICE CHEAT on the map screen allows you to skip levels.
ROBOCOP To give limitless energy to the law- enforcing boy in metallic blue, press Return lo pause the game, then type 'BEST KEPT SECRET. The game will re-commence and you may fire at will.
ROBOCOP 2 ¦SERIALINTERFACE’, if typed during the title screen, will cause the computer lo activate the cheat mode (and tell you so). Throughout the game, energy can be topped up by pressing F9, and levels skipped with F10.
RODLAND Storm's cutesy, but addictive, coinop conversion has a couple ol cheats worth knowing. For an inexhaustible supply of lives for your character, press Help five limes while the game is paused, then resume play. Afterwards, you’ll find levels may be skipped by pressing the space-bar. 9 FIGHTER BOMBER Okay, top guns, pay attention to the briefing. Typing 'BUCKAROO' while I on the pilot select screen enables I you to play any mission, and you I can fly to your next waypoint by I pressing D. Still here? Scramble!
FULL CONTACT I In this budget Beat 'em up, the first I game from Team 17, you can make I your opponent give way by starting I in one player mode and typing I 'QAZWXEDCRFVTGBYHNUJM'- I he should throw in the towel before the sequence is finished. Make sure I you keep your hands off the ‘S’ key, I however, otherwise you'll crash the game GHOSTS 'N' GOBLINS If this has got you spooked, type T mstead of your name while you’re on the high score table. This switches I off the game’s sprite detection and makes your character invulnerable.
Typing DELBOY’ on the credit screen has the same effect.
GHOULS 'N' GHOSTS HT RESIS- I If you're worried about being grabbed by the ghosties (or an even 1 worse alternative), type 'KAREN BROADHURST' when the screen informs you that the computer is ready, following the start of the game. Arthur is now invincible!
GREAT GIANA SISTERS Although it was never released, this game, not entirely dissimilar from the adventures of a well-known Italian plumber, has apparently found its way into the hands of many ardent game players! To jump to the following level, hold down the A, R, M, I and N keys during play.
IK+ Unbeatable characters always give you the edge in beat 'em ups. In this one, hit the space bar if your character gets knocked down - it should be tougher when it gets up again.
®STT,,RBO If you wanl fo ensure your driver always qualifies, select a two player game and type 'IN A BIG COUNTRY' and FIELDS OF FIRE' as the names. For a bonus game, enter ¦MONSTER' and 'SEVENTEEN'.
Loon?) And Hosts up tos room containing • the MEN'S toilet he 111 find noon leading lo mother MEN'S toilet eel e LADIES' toilet. By goini lo the Mr rigtrt ol this room ooO firing, Wizkll will gets through M Invisible leor.
The latest AMIGA technolog acknowledged experts AMI!
20. HARD sm FLOPPY in cn I • cn at only m 20 HARD I £39= Et
EfcNTSGE EpiC- -MYTH- ROME
• DELUXE PalNT III- I«!ViALj:URSUlT MULTI LANGUAGE
• DICTIONARY- AmlGATEXT WORD PROCESSOR at only.
WITH A NEW.. MiHH SOFTWARE
• PUSHOVER
• SiLLY PUTTY FHOSE GRAND PflIX
• DELUXE PaiNT III and a MYSTERY game But only whilst stocks lest
at just.. Available as either.
Pack with Deluxe Paint I WITH A NEW... |iU9 SOFTWARE £459- £319 £269 SPECIAL EolTlON .ADD our great GOLD 4 POWERPLAY PACK to your order for only you get:*in A600 Oust Cover.
• Mouse Mat • High Quality Competition Fro 5000 Joyatick .
• 10 Blank Dlaka & a Diak Library Can * Plea 18 Groat Gamaa...
Bloodwych.Bubblo."Captain Blood.TV Sports Football
Hostages.Jumping Jackson.Lombard RAC Rally krypton
Egg*Lancaster triko Force Harrier.Eliminator Purple Saturn
Day.TinTin on the MoonaSkychase Safari Guns*Xonon 2
Megablast-Siir CratySkyloa il The Amiga 600 comes ALIVE... AN
Harwoods new A600's are I nited Kingdom specification and
include the following features... 1Mb. Disk Dritc. 1Mb. RAM,
4(196 Colours.
Integral TV Modulator. Mouse. Workbench Disks. Manuals, PLUS all Leads - AND... FREE I YEARS IN HOME SERVICE' why not buy your Amiga A600 with a FULL 2Mb. For just £39.95 extra ENTERTAINMENT S Y S T E Mijjd professionals CN. Amiga 600HD with 20Mb Hard Drive A 2Mb RAM Philips CM8833 II* . Stereo Colour Monitor
* ty end a new Swift 200t Colour 24pin Printer (Tl Including a
complete eat ”-4 of 3 tailored dust covers 'Replace the CM8833
with a Philips Monitor TV tor only ,yO (39.95 eatra.
Q tPrelar an alternative A, printer? Simply pick y another one & pay 4 un h»d,f,«'ence AND... Isee page 31 NEW Final .
Copy II...The Best Amiga Word W Processor Publisher P Superbase, ditibaee Superplan, spreadsheet Deluxe Paint III, Amiga Text. Multi Language Trivial Pursuit & Dictionary (French, Gorman, English). .
Three Greet Games Epic, Myth end Rome.
NOW complete with our fantastic P o w e r p I a y Gold Pack
* Finance Facilities A vailable, nlense contact us for your
personal information pack.
¦Eworkbenc!
E R S I O N 2 OPERATING Bui more than an ordinary 1500... THE SPECIFICATION: Fitted with a 120Mb.
QVP Hard Drivt Twin 3.5" Floppies 3Mb RAM INSTALLED PLUS SOME GREAT SOFTWARE... |Toki- -Elf- -Puzznlc
• Home Aecounti * -
• Deluxe Paint Ilk
• The Works- • and the book GET THE M08T OUT OF YOUR AmiGA 1992
£999* ¦j.i.iifi.ia.iiuimi.B If you want the POVVIvR, then look
iwj further... UnrViiods Imi pul I curl her some treat tup of
the range Amiga* that will fil the hill for even the must
demanding Amiga user.
We've taken the powerful A1500 anil tuned il lulu something extra special with a massive l2IIMh. Hard Drive and .IVIh. til RAM. Hut if lhal's m.l puwerfulenough just look at Ihe s|hs ifir iitiim of our Amiga A.MHMI par k... aiul note the priie.
WK’VKGO'I THP. POAVF.K!
& INC VAT A500 1 2Mb £2996 A500. 1Mb £39.951 s A6001Mb £4496 , , A RAM i.cnsiors me Bitttr. Backed Rail Time Clock = SIMMS FOR GVP'S- HC8 J H08 Olives add RAM in 2Mb incumentsts = ImbSimm £22.95 4MbSimm £89.95 32-Bn SIMM lor GVP Accilirilon limn. 2Mb. Incremenis) £162.9 AMIGAM 30001 Latest Workbench 2 25MHz. - 2Mb. RAM 52Mb. Hard Drive
3. 5' Fioppy Drive Including... FINAL COPY II and AMIGA VISION
l£1299?
!Ci£147£ MONITORS 14' COLOUR SVGA CBM1935 T0AR-9S 28' dot pitch CBM1960 Multiscan IMULTIMEDUS CDTV player with Welcome I Diik, Remote Controller, I Hutchinsons Encydopaedie | end the great game Lemminge i£479i Pro12000 definition RGB colour Monitor TV, FASTEXT Teletext, Infra Red Remote, Satellite and Video Connections, Headphone Socket, 2000 Character Higher Res Tube ®nIV___ - m m l imnin' -acilities Available,
• «*• • Air tuiur •• •*•• • • ( inlitrimili.
The extensive range o1 peripherals and Software o LO PLUS HD8 Hard RAM 0Mb.
2Mb.
4Mb.
8Mb.
52Mb.
£339.95 £379.95 £419.95 £499.95 RAM 1Mb.
2Mb.
4Mb.
8Mb.
TTMLOUM BLAOJCOLOLM £8 96 274 £39 96 224 f12.96oa £89 96a irwaMKZ MwntM am n* mat fi4»«« r74j6a many ««•* 120Mb.
£409.95 £449.95 £489.95 £569.95 RAM 0Mb.
2Mb.
4Mb.
8Mb.
HARD DRIVES
* Finance Facilities Available.
STAR LC 24 200 COLOUR £269.95 CITIZEN SWIFT 200 MONO £209.95 CITIZEN SWIFT 200 COLOUR £239.95 CITIZEN SWIFT 240 MONO CITIZEN SWIFT 240 COLOUR £209.95 'RINTERS V***,,0t'T,o STAR SJ40 INKJET £209.95 CANON BJIOti INKJET £224.95 CANON BJ2N INKJET with automatic ihtot feeder £319.95 HP DESKJET 500 MONO £309.95 HP DESKJET 500 COLOUR £559.95 HP PAINTJET COLOUR £079.95 I STAR LASERS FROM... £749.95 SPRINTERS SD 0 T MATRIX ¦5 .KJETS AND A S E R S All our printers are supplied for immediate use including a cable, paper and labels FREE OF CHARGE.
Dot matrix models come with a tailored dust cover.
We also include our specific Amiga driver disks for Citizens. Stars and Canons.
ALL Citizens have 2Yr Warranties STAR LC 20 MONO C134.9S NEW STAR LC 101 COLOURE1C4.S5 STAR LC 200 COLOUR C1S4.SS CITIZEN 1200* MONO £124.95 CITIZEN SWIFT 9 COLOUR £179.95 INTERS 1,0 tm» INTERS
* 0T EXPAND your system... and get MORE from your AMIGA If you've
got an Amiga why not get THE MOST from it!... because it's so
east to attach our add-ons and use some great software, you can
quickly get to grips with anything. From Graphic Design. Desk
Top Publishing. Video Mixing and Music Composition to many
useful business programs suchjis-WtSrd Processors, Accounts.
SpreadsheeKflatabnses etc. You can add advgneetf technology
such as fast Hard Disk Drives for quick access to data.
.GefiTocks & Video Digitisers to import and manipulate images. Sound Samplers to help you with your musical talents and Printers to enable output of your 'your creations'. With a whole lot more available, you too can... EXPAND Yol R MiGA - EASILY!
20Mb. 0.1, .. £199.95 60Mb. 0.1, . £299.95 80Mb. O.i, £349.95 Prices include courier collection A return of your Amiga, installation It a full 12month Told Warranty for both your drive end Amiga.
600HD Owners, trade up your 20Mb. Hard Drivel Phone for details.
®IIUI!I PriNTER accessorii anmi I12DO. BLACK CM* £4.76 £22 96 N A HI A Ioi Baaaw* C4 7» £22 95 N A N A I9MFTB XAOOXM £4 7* £22 96 £1946 04 96 41CV W RAOOUXJ* £4.46*9 £23.96*9 0 96* £34J6* ¦sgasa»gar* PAWTjfT AUWMC9gTFffi»8»r41 W a CUMANAI , rith free disk head cleaner LONG CONNECTING- _ q- 1 CABLE - THR0UGHP0RT - £52.95 2?
HARDO DISK drives-" °arTd Simplv 68882 Maths * floating point « unit for A530's A 530 Combined Hard Drive and 68030 Accelerator Sinternal 120Mb.
£759.95 £799.95 £899.95 £1039.95 I 120Mb.
£439.95 £479.95 £519.95 £599.95 52Mb.
£279.95 £319.95 £359.95 £439.95 plug m to the Amiga sideport HC8 Hard ¦ HARD | DI S K drive software Listed below Is a sample from our vest range of software af competitive prices. If you need a product not listed simply phone us and we will be delighted to quote for your requirements.
Ili ll Paint « £64.95 Pen Pal VI.4 Final Copy II V2.0 Klndwords 3 Wordworth VI.1 Transwrftt Pagsstream V2.2 Professional Pag«V3.0 Pagesatter II SoftClips Clip Art.
Classic Clip Art People Clip Art Collectors Clip Art Animal Clip Art Electric Theseurue "I Real 3D Profatsional £10935 Turbo £249.95 £2935 Art Department £129.95 Professional V2 £144.95
* 11111 DCTV Composite Video £44.95 24.Bit Graphics £29.95 System
IPAL) £379.95 £29.95 Imagine 2.0 £189.95 £29.95 f :-9 sb £29 95
mmm mmmmm Disk Master V2 £44.95 iillll Quarterback V5 £44.95
£44.95 Quarterback Tools £54.95 JS Dos-2-Dos £29.95 Easy Amos
£24.95 £19.95 Amos The Creator £36.95 £29.95 Amos Compiler
£23.95 £39.95 Amos 30 £25.95 ffWffl Lattice C £169.95 ¦¦ Davpac
3 £54.95 £269 95 Directory Opus £27.95 ': M GB Route Plus
£59.95 £79.95 f179 95 m £169.95 Phone for access to our massive
f 119.95 competitively priced range now!
Amiga for Begi Getting the mo Amiga Machine Amiga DOS ins Amiga Hardwai Amiga C for bei Others Slocked:
* Finance Facilities Available.
Digiview Media Studio £13456
o Colour Pic Plus £679.95
- = Super Pic £579.95 g RomboVidi12 £8935 Amas 2 Sound Sampler &
Midi ggO Interface inc.Microphone £79.95 Audio Engineer Plus e~
Sound Sampler £179.95 q Technosound Turbo wa Sound Sampler
£29.95 O Miracle keyboard music teaching system for the Amiga
£299.95 Music X (full version 1.1 whilst stocks lastl £1935 C 3
Midi interface 5 pod with two cables £24.95 Super JAM £8435
Bars & Pipes Professional 01936 Stereo Speakers with a £3935 ““
separate power supply 3 Power Mono Hand ¦ ¦ ¦ Held Scanner
£98.95 Power Colour Hand Held Scanner £239.95 Sharp JX 100
Colour co Flatbed |A6 Paper size] £549.95 o»b ProGen - Perfect
high quality g entry level true video signal g o genlock
£64.95 _£»RocgenPlus £119.95 c-q Multi connection cable kit for
o»B all genlocks £14.95 LU HQ Microswitched mouse £1335 HQ
Microswitched mouse inc. Mouse Mat & Holder . £19.95 Nokshe
Mictoswitched niouse Gsfr with Mat & Holder Ol .96 (?C=n High
Quality microswitched r n Optical mouse 08.95 HQ Microswitched
Trackball £29.95 Superb Automatic Mouse and -b Joystick
Switcher £1736 52 KCS Powerboard Plus S12K RAM (Please state
A500 or plus when _£H ordering- not AMO compahWe) 2 Now suppods
most hard drivesl 55 supplied without DOS £184.95
o supplied with DOS 4.01 D149S
CL. 1500 2000 3000 adaptor £69.95 SGVP 286 PC emulator card for
A500 HD8530 (no DOS). Simply S±f plugs into your GVP drive
£189.95 gPremier Control Centre & Monitor tSSPIinth with
shelf: gtefo, Amiga A50O £39.95' £= For Amiga A600 £3435 S
Zipstick autofire £11.95 53 Competition Pro-Star autofire,
¦in burstfire & slow motion £1335 Full range of Quickjoy and
other makes stocked - call for prices SUNK 10 Sony 3.5‘ DS DD
£835 Hi 50 Sony 3.5-DS DO £3436 OT Cedified Bulk Disks with
labels: 10 with library case £8.95 ee Disk;s * onl - £2435
Sef 250 Disks -only... 0935 Q* ™ 3.5" Disk Head Cleaner
essential for reliable loading £235 COMPARE OUR GOII) SERVICE
Before ten tkmefrm » kom lo punka*, please phone us.
Ivr are aheap happy In duett,' tour requirement* and ant* *r any queries you may bate. And., remember Han*nods kati al**)'provided THE BESTteniee in the mduUry..
o vMIGA FREE GOLD SERVICE Any composer, monitor o- printer unless
covered by In-Home Warranties the* requires service in the Urst
year is cotocted FREE OF CHARGE I UK Mainland only) Rememoer at
Harwoods we charge no more for th-s GOLD service The fastest
turnaround possible is GUARANTEED Dy our OWN SERVICE ENGINEERS
TECHNICAL SUPPORT You w be g.ven our E«dus .e Technical Support
Pnone Number to call should you requce an* help or advice on
any aspect of the system you have purchased.
MINIMUM -2 MONTH HARDWARE WARRANTY hems proving faulty within 30 days of purchase are replaced with NEW UNITS unless otnerv.se stated. For me guarantee period, warranty servce will be complete:* FREE C* CHARGE Isorre items are 2 yr warranty.
YOUR SYSTEM READY TO GO: Ail mam hardware products come wrth mein* plugs and leads • just connect up and use straight away.
How to contact us... HBY PHONE Phone cur Order Hotline with your Access Visa. Mastercard Switch or Lombard Creditcnarge Card quoting number & exp.ry date (Most Dixons. Currys.
NASCR and other store' cards are Lombard Creditcharge and are happily accepted by us).
BY POST Make cheques, ba-.ers postal orders payable to COMPUTERS. !Personai.busi.nest jiitfng sooety drafts or iOSDON HARWOOD heques Uke 7days to 'bar publications EXPORT Most FREE DEUVERV within U wcrkir c v. OR SPEEDY COURIER SERVI ma or item for guaranteed next m t Bbsudpncetare *hai )OI'P ) aad there are SO H1DDCS EXTBiS.
V 41 and po'tage or, included, and prirtt are correct tt tun* of going lo pm,'Pock detail, may vary from Horn u, hater. Offers and Senurt on tubjeet lo anuloUit* and to betog the kora ad,crated pnduth. Puii and pneet . Pleou nou gnjdt on ** supplied om a tool bout. F.tOt. OPENING TIMES
19. 00 until 5.00 Monday to Saturday Wednesdays - 9.00 until 1.00
Enquiries & Order Line GORDON HARWOOD COMPUTERS DEPARTMENT
HI, NEW STREET, ALFRETON, DERBYSHIRE. DE5 7BP TEL: 0773
836781 FAX: 0773 831040 ST-ACTION 92% if) AMIGA-ACTION 91%
WATCH THIS SPACE!
COMPETITION WIN A PHILIPS monitor CAN YOU_ HANDLE IT?
Imagine it you had never smelt a (lower.
1. THE AMIOA VIDEO SIGNAL IS ROB, WHICH STANDS FORi
a. Real Gaussian Blur
b. Red Green Blue
c. Russet Gold Blue
d. Rob Green’s Bike
a. WHICH Of THESE GAMES WAS PRODUCED BY GREMLIN?
A. Monty fixes the recession
b. Monty and the liquidiser
c. Monty does Dallas
d. Lotus Turbo Challenge
3. WHERE WILL THE 1993 BRITISH GRAND PRIX BE HELD?
A Yellowstone
b. SilVERSIONe
c. Coppertone
d. Ouagadagou
4. WHICH Of THESE WAS FIRST DEVELOPED
a. Jam doughnut
b. Sliced bread
c. Digital Compact Cassette
d. Steve Merrett Imagine it you had never seen rain... imagine if
you had never played the Dest race game in the world on the
most popular state ot the art
- monitor ever The Philips CM8833 II is £199 worth ol pixel
perfect precision that waves goodbye to those luzzy spntes and
ill-distinguished Workbench windows torever. As well as waving
goodbye, it is a good buy. Because until Chnstmas every Philips
CM8833-II monitor sold will Include a copy ot Lotus II from
Gremlin absolutely tree. Plus, you have the chance to enter a
great competition to win one ot 40 remote control cars, or per
haps a place in the stands at SilVERSIONe lor the British Grand
Prix 19931 To celebrate this amazing deal CU Amiga, in
coniunction with Philips, will be pving away a brand new
CM8833-II. Plus grab-bags ol Gremlin goodies. All you have to
do is answer the questions to the right to tre best ot your
ability and send the completed coupon to: Philips Can Handle
it Competition. CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane,
London EC1R 3AU.
VALLY PD United Public D 1(1:091 547 1195 fax 09i 547 ii95 The innovators THE BEST SELECTION OF PD IN THE UK NBS ORDERING MADE EASY CU07 I CHAIN LANE NEWPORT IV POST uno your Nam». Aaor.n h Ord»e details «ilh a Ch»qu» fO IMO lo any ol the companroi HIM 5QA |y PHONI Col ul wllh your cord nunrDor onO aeloili lor o HI clou Mine* All molor carOi occipufl w TEL: 09 8 3 5 2 9 5 94 PD PBICIS I 5 doll «J 00 p»r ooi. • 6 M don II JS por o.»« • 16 ot mor» ari« or» il* only »»p p»r dlM F_ EAX 0983 821 599 posi A NkCtiNS: III sop • IK UwdMMMir fi .00 • lurapp .Mppwaak • 0«to« World .soppntdiu. I"’*'
GAMES P0011 AN99ATORS MEGAOEMO A nc magadamd
* 0012 AURORA UEQAOCMO Oniwc »*o . «»•
• 0013 RASE MEGAOEMO Good h «*• muse!
• 0014 BOB CRAZY Oak Mi of Bob damo*!
* 0015 BRONX WHAT A RUSH Quit* a race damo-
• 0017 CASCADE UEQAOCMO A Puzzle * aaJ parf 22’* CHAOS ROCK Fab
IgN show wdi baods*-
• 0019 COCA FRIDGE A plasma magadamo'll
* 0020 CRIONKS MCOAOEMO ma3dor« damo A nwr« S TOTAL DESTRUCTION S
2»» ALCATRAZ MCOAOEMO Hug*. On 3 MSI*
• 0029 CRUSADERS SPACE OclERliPaO mua etc!
* ¦00: CCAD DANCF THRASH Tr„ur n 2031 D€«JAM PIXEL NATIONS
PaaraaK '
• 0032 DCV0.8 LABYRINTH RGB Dam pUama. Fate
• 0033 DCVAS NO REALITY multipart demo I- 2OW DRAGONS UEQAOCMO An
ok) deaacl 2037 39 ERPLAND (2) Bnl kakdaicct* pattern*-
* 0039 FILET TK FISH Sn9ar to puggs *
* 0042 GO. DC I RE OBLIOUE INFINITY Ac* *f»l* Wd*.
2®*3 GOLDf IRE ULTIMATE FX Good macadamol • 20*4 MORIZEN SLEEPING BAG Good rede!
¦O04«RAODEMOMHHHMHM ¦ 4.-IM.MIC.NU
* 48 KAIHAHSIE MhiA X:
* 0049 60 .tfRLNS MEGAOEMO
* 005i s? KOB MEGAOEMO i?ivecio. Drummer*
* 0055 MAGNETIC F,Fl nS HYSTFRFSIS Fat, gl
* 0094 NEWTEK DEMO 3 o.elam damc-(2i* ¦
• 0068 PHENOMENA ECES *Qtl K,ixc*d vwcftl PHENTMFNA N”FRS*ACF I*
Ira . I'i 6 PLASMUTEX Good paama 8 grad mudc ?
* 0077 PMC ALPHA OMEGA SopwO .actor Oemo-
• 0078 PUGGS VI SPACE VWByoartoon damo
• 0085 REBELS MEGAOEMO II An old Oaaac •
* 0096 REBELS TRIPLE TROUBLE plaama *"aetaI •
* 0090 91 RED SECTOR M6GADEUO(2| pood •
* 0093 SCOOPEX CHROMUM S« fb damo*
* 0094 SCOOPEX MENTAL HANOOVER A Ctaaalf
* 0097 SCENTS GLOBAL TRASH InaadU*'- 2099 SCENTS ICE BnRart F« 8
i ad
* 0096 SCENTS UEQAOCMO OH. Bit MI gxxJI
* 0107 TIMEX HYPflA ooW Hi* a gamal
* 0109 TOMSOFT TRIP TO MARS 30 Up to mart1 2'09 TOMSOFT VIRTUAL
WORLDS An abaoM* Ep* I
* 0113 VANGELIS OCMO Fab mualc 8 color cycUnd-
* 0114 VECTRA SINKING OCMANO Oood vaclor damo
* 0115 WARFALCONS PURPLE C«• bul flood* • 2’ l« WITH VECTORS TO
HEAVEN Oula good damol *
• 0119 X-RAY MEGAOEMO h 8 sapaala parts'
* 01 IB REBELS OUTLANO Good damo bon (ham I 2170 KEFRENS GUAROIAN
DRAGON Naw bom Kabanal
* 0121 DMNA TECHNO FRIGHT Uncauaf •
* 0)23 IB MANGA Nic* Japanese aly* cartoorwl
* 0124 ANDRCMEOA DECAYING PARAW8E Good • 2'» "AY OF HOPE 2 Graal
I oood muac 8 graphic*!
• 0128 LEROY 1 Snrang *» SuCalarca 8 moral-
* 0127 BASS SUBLMIfiAL VISION Rava mualc 8 graphical 2'»BAZOfl
1911 VOYAGE Vary good t. and muac
* 0130 34 ALCATRAZ OOOE83Y Awaaoma Ok on SOO-I
* 0136 8 CriONKCS HARDWIRED Vary rtpreedv* damolll
* 0137 ANSELS EVOLUTION Wacd vector. A** 2'38 SEEING IS BELIEVING
E.cal-nr damo 8 mualc
• 0136 TRACKERS POWER 8 AGONY UnuauM -adoraI •
* 0140 CELSIUS 23 MORE VECTOR8 Hundred* oh aeaya- PO141 WHDF’RE
MEGAOEMO great He« 8 danc muac
* 0142 FINAL CONFESSION Music 8 Plaama aflactat-
• 0143 CAT Shanta 8 Cnonlca damo *e» cal cub •
* 0145 NECRONCAIIA EiioaMN damo. It OH beaky I •
* 0146 DOS Excdtonf moor. 8 muac damo -
• 0147 HAROCCRE Anarchy** cod naa damo
• 0148 CHA84ELEON A naw vector world damo.
* 0149 MAGNETIC DREAMS ExcaMrk naw damo
* 0150 T8L PARTY WINNERS MusK 8 at, Supmt
• 0151 TERMINATOR 3 IdaraaDro rpoff at the non*
* 0152 HUMAN TARGET Vackad Rava vackx damo Gal III
* 0153 DEFORMATION wkli V* man bom H* MTV damo 2154 °«T FROOQED
You! Tom Ma. |u»l gal III
• 0156 MULTICA Wciad damo bom andomada Gal t Ml
* 015977 REAL EMPATHY Good Damo 8 Fab gam* inc. I 2’M DIGITAL
PUNISHER Vary oood BmtarZoom Fm
• 0159 ANARCHY N THE KITCHEN Soma good FX Fad- 0 GUARDIAN CRAOON
2 _________ 4 DESIRE MENACE QoodPaytfto n IT ANALOG FALLEN E
2’« MELON DE71GN 906 A dasay na«
• 0199 BIG BANG Excellent * acey-ryp* »
• 0170 PIECE Of UMO Good 30 vector » MUSIC DISKS «»,0 AMEOA PAH
TV WINNER!. .
* *•312 AMIGADCUS CLASSICAL
* *9013 ANARCHY CAPTURED IMAORATION Nc* mueld-
• M014 BANGING RAVES UOJn rarno of roue* PM018 BEATLES SONIX Nc*
musK •
* *•317 BEATMASTER 809 REMIX muale (MB
* *•316 BEATMASTER I LOVE TEOROLOGY Ram mjac*
* *9019 BRUNO i MUSIC BOX U Superb mzi lunk muac •
• *9020 21 BRUNOS MUSIC BOX III JaxzfU* Gat • I *
* M»2723 CLASSICAL MUS»C Been. Hand* WC - yox DEPECHE MODE MUSIC
SourxBrackamd ton** *
* 9027 DMCe MUSIC 3 Houa* muHc rarnn. Good • PM03CV34 DIGITAL
CONCERT 2-9 Excellent In_____ PM036 DIGITAL DEBUSSY Grad Rob
Ban*, cc aior*'* PU036 DKJITAL DEBUSSY 2 Mora daawc Oebuaey
mudd- S JUKEBOX Lovely rout A juke bon • Fuidchip mm)* 8 Of
NotSE Tha a PM091 NEWTRONS MUSIC BOX H PM092 PAT MU8IC 1 PMM9
RAZOR FACE A PMD70 RHAPSOOY IN I ... .
PM371772 S8.ENTS BLUES MOUSE |2) Ujsc 8 gdne- PM373 SILENTS FULL POWER Horn* I jp mudd • PM374 SOUND Of SEENTS Mt gd to* to m*ga PM)79 TECHNOTRONO REMX Good ramt*** arc 10 THE SOUND Of QNOME 46 grad tonad PM100 103 MANC RAVES PM112 TECHOMAMA II8 laaanoa) haidcora tun*.. PM117 MUZAK Of THE WORLD on»nd Amiga n PM118 TSP RIPPED MUSK 1 Soma good backa- PM119 TSP RIPPED MUSK 2 MG. Of abom- PM 120 IDEAL MOOC AEROSOL EP Go raving mad • PM121 NOHTBPEEO MUSK DEMO 8 Ram mualc damo * PM 1224 PLAYSIO 2 (3) You mat gd Bwa 119 - PM125 PLAYSIO nc RcOHuttoaM. MamdaOtNoda • PM 126 9 LSD MUSK PACK (4|A
Crcaaart mad coleclton- PM130 2 BACH BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS I to 6 • PM 133 DANCE TRANCE Ram backa piayad amga aMa.
PM134« SOU NOS OF SCIENCE (2) AfcaokMly Marff- PM 136 WICKED HOUSE Superb ram muac by orgin PM 137 KEFRENS UEGAMX 8 Vary good I! Danc* mode .
PM 136 EROTICA 6 Maga mac I toe cnxkaas thama t * PM 13940 SPRING MELOOC8 (2) 9 backa bon anarchy PM141 HARDLINE MUSK 7 groeny ayntti-tty* back! .
1 HARDLINE MUSIC 7 grobw rrkb-KVa track! •
- ----- v tMaanlBd 1 gal B ____________J80X 2 Average m»»c dak-
PM144 BOUNCER RarnN d th* aona by Iqcka DPOW Raiial* 7 Kcka ika
a irw* a lalaa wortbanchlll (2) ruiaan* uhums a neve ho oiaaam
aydh type muato" (2) PM 150 DESKTOP HARPSICHORD RECITAL
Claaalcal • PM151 INTENSE RAVE VISON A ,ary good rava muK II
PM1S2 PARADISE NO BRAiN NO PAR Good tor revareM • PM1S3 BIZE
KILL OA BABE 6 track! Of rava mualdl • PM154 PULSE Yea.
PUeatlng ram music agamll * PM1S5 VINE GRAVE 5 mem good mm
tradam • PM156 VIOLENCE PHONOBCMB Fod good tacki - SLIDESHOWS
PS006 A RCRAFT SHOE p*a d bgiaar maitr • PS009 ASTRONOMY SUOE
vary rrpaaarm I PS013 BORN TO BE FREE wM anHato .
PS014 15 BUTTERFLIES (2) High guaBly H PS018 C84 ART Lota of oU C64 pkJur**' PS019 ColOURCVClES Nad t. I • P3024 DESERT ISLAM) SLOE Lola of race pKal • PS02V28 DfVlfE VISIONS |7) Myltioiogcai- PS030 FRAXiON FUTURE VISION lanlaay Oca- PS033 GERMAN RAY TRACE Superb Sea thee* I- PS039 INVISIBLE WORLD yueh. Bad buge aid- PS043 JOE SLIDE1 Soma pod handrawn pea- PS044 XC SU0E2 Mora wM drawn p*al PS045 KELLY S S Soma quaBly HAM pcturaa • P9052 NAGEL PICTURES Hr** pea of Okla. • PS058 NEWTEK DYNAMIC HAM 6401512 4098 color pica- P8057 NEXT PIXHIUM al don* n Dpant pka aom* mime PS092 NW DYNAMIC HAM N*
WtHami Superb oualty ?
PS083 PENTAGON 8 DRIFTERS H a* B W larkaay ptcal- PS064 PHOTMONTAOE I S« on mnoua aublacU • PS086 PHOTOMONTAGE ¦ Another graal i d* • PS087 RICK PARK’S ART Opart Nre* plcal *
• 8096770 SiLENTS CH 42 to Tim a aparbl- PS072 SUPER HAM CARS Tna
a* mal-Maoal- PS073 SUN CONNECTCW Great ray vacad ptod PSC74*b
FAB TOBIAS RXMTER Fd qudhy Tf P8079 TRAVELLER SLIDE impraaatm
Dpan pci1 PS098 SONIC 5 Superb D-MAM 4C96 colour pea- PS097
ALTERED OECEPOONS Chra hfk aupar work- PS099 EVCXUTION SUOE
Eic*8eri adjcdlond plea* PS090 FRACTALGEN tncradtaa bactda dc •
PSC01 2 FRACTAL MOUNTAINS Excalant duffl- PS093 VANI8H 30
Awaaoma 3d ray bacad ?
PS094 WVISiBlE WORLD ¦ Yuk Bactouga And more H PSC95 TOTAL CONCEPTS SUOE Plea ol tontvxmtog CLP- PS099I97 GALL OWEEN Cxoaianl r - PS096 NEWTYPE SLIDE Jm»an*aa carkxn aryl* PSC99 ARTO IKOLA SUDfSdopc. Cda. Tod** * PS1C0 ACE 8 DR BLOOO Good Raal 30 picture*! • MUSIC UTILS PT034 ASI AUOO MAGIC 2 a PT006 CASK) CZ EDITOR 2ft) peKhe* I * PT009 DELUXE MUS-C DATA Mel mudC PT010 JAMCRACKER H PT011 KAWAIK PT012 KAWAI K _______ PT013 MED 3.2 Eudtom mudc a* PT014 MED MUSK DISK Aa 4 aaya H PT015 mot DISK Various mid did • PTOie NOSE TRACKER 4 ehannd aaoyancd PT017 NOISE TRACKER EXECUTABLE Craala I _
PT018 PERFECTSOUNO SAMPLER Nc ednpia abler PT019 ROLANO D110-3220 Corrmrtar pr---- PT020 ST-01 - ST-10 Sarrplaa- PT021 8OUN0TRACKER 2.6 E______ PT022 SOCNDTRACKER COMPEWTI. .
PT024 ST-90 BEAST SAMPLES mr, nlca * PT025 67 B ST-90-83 SAMPLES DISKS StodU dJdto- PT029 YAMAHA 0X7 VOICE FILER tor DX7 ayrthal PT030 YAMAHA DX7 VOKE SORTER tor Vi* abom I PT031 2 3 ST-97 - 69 3 daks to91- PT034 5 ST-97 8 96 Mora iferpH I- PT036 SAMPLE MAKER eraaM lyrmdc aampaa PT037 PROTRACKER 22 T« LATEST VER&OW1 PT038 YAMAHA OX100.TX91Z. DX27.DX11 8 FBOI adBO PT039 SUPER SOUNO 2 Add ramn 8 F to aarrotoa- PT040 OCTAMED VI 8 chamd MED aaquanMd- PT041 NOSE PLAYER 4 0 UdUasktog modu* ttoyw- PT042 START IFF SAMPLES Superb Iqam daklllt PT043,5 HOUSE SAMPLES 3 daks ltd of houa* aanvtoaf HACKER
Hantaa chip A Sampaa!
U K1 aonor «er pale" changaal U K4 adHor a* above!
AMOS PD APC078 RAINBOW WARRIOR Pari ,d AP0063 AMOS PAINT V3 7 Pant to *44 colon • AP0095 REVER8I * SNAKES 8 LACOERS 2 gdnaal APO096 PA* IT Male" cards to make a paC- APD10114 PICK UP A PUZZLE Sofm mbs* puzzles- AP0110 CR08SFIRE Niea garra. Tor V* tods I- APOl 15 BALLOONACY Bomb lh* bUKJtoga H APD 137 TILE TRIAL Smng Bta puzfl* I APD 146 DEMOLITION MISSION bomber gam* imb AP0179 DATABASE MASTER V? 0 Good databaaa- AP0190 1 DUNGEON DELVER maze gam* • Good- AP0182 3 PIXIE KINGDOM axptoraaon gamd- AP0229 AMOS MULTIPAINT Amos part program- AP0231 AAKK baopad to a drang* wctod Img- AP0237 SHAPES
Extort ktoa guns I- AP02S7 CASSETTE LABELLER • MIXED SOURCE- AP0271 WIZARDS DOMAIN gwNcd admntora- AP02S4 AMOSAGAAM Nc ar------ APDJ18 BONG Gd Hatbarl back homd* APD325 HANGMAN V2 Hangman game .
AP0329FRurr machine Good tor nagi_______ APD333 AMERICAN FOOTBALL RADIO COACH- APD334 SNAKE IN THE 00---- APO340 KARATE WORM V . _ APOS43 SAVE THE TREES Stop theb APD347 NOTEBOOK 8 SHOPPING LK. ...... APD382 SOUATS REVENGE (toaraflon wob type gamal- APD363 FAMILY HISTORY OATABASE Ldad mrdonl- APOJ67 WEIRD IN EDGEWAYS Creut board ftozzl game APD373 COUPLER 1 34 UPDATE Amo compie' I-* THE CENTRAL LICENSE WARE REGISTER!
EDUCATION , CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS A aupkb 2 dak au.dacomr ih* anctom wetod of to Dtooaaml 2 daks 450. • CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Arctoar «jalt| 2ST4M*.Ch,“ **'* CLE05 A-ChORD Laam to Ptoy toa 9dar gurtdy and aaalfy hear to chord* torough toa Amgaa aoind cNpl CLE06 TAM Make mdh* dn«la Vt program 1 dak 3 50 • CLE07 TOTAL CONCEPTS FRESHWATER R3HNQ An CLE09 NK1HT SKY: Nca Asttonomy program, to*, toa aky bom any poatton and Bmd- CLE09 WORDS 8 LACOERS Good educdtond gam*. Itod toamsrt8 dnto to* ladtor,. Mto dddhi UTILITIES: CLU01 VOEO TITLER A8ows you to craal* scroatog vtoao teas,
works wlto or wttooui a gedockl CLU03 TYPV9G TUTOR A program lor Oa Duddrg rsar.-«“ CLU04 ALPHA GRAPH: Pi* Bd 8 many other charts al aaay wah tow auparb program' CLU06 SUPE RSOLND V3 The bed mratoto cf iNa amaurg programmed! Ramrb and many dhar M* aBactal CLU07 PMLO A card aydam 1 dak 3 50- QAMES: CLG01 NORRIS A rsTffi' CLG02 DARK THINGS Anotoar scrafy run 8 Tsrar-*' CLGOJ PHASE t Tt* to a adwwaya tcroBrg with up to ttO Oaklet raw- CLO04 X-SY8TEM: UuMevd shod up. Mad toa and of tovd moratera on each level!
1 dtok. 330- CLQ06 TRUCKIN ON Exaiart tnxk cblvtog almUdton oama. 2 dtoia and naeda 2 ctoma!
2dska. 4.50.. CLG06 OBLITERATION A Furloua arcade ac*on gam .
Olad your way torough to* rockal Gd « (Not Ooa 2) CLQ06 DRAGON TLES Exaaem purza game, much baaar toan toa PD mrdonl 1 dak. 3.50 • CLG09 MOTOR OUALThli la a 3d cd racing game whkh la much ancramd over PD gamal Urk 2 angular. Tool 1 dak. 160 * CLQ10 FUTURE 8H0CK Gud* to* bal torough to* mazaf 1 dd 3501 * CLG11 ALL GUNS BLAZING An ommaad vtow car racing gam*. On» or two ptoyarsl 1 dak 360 • CI012 BULLDOZER BOB TN* I* a vary No* Mdog btock CL 3*KARADOX Thd a anotoar of too** pocular block TSS&r" LOOK OUT FOR MOB I SUPER CIR TITLISt New New New New New Newtt n«* oto r H na ooaacdcto is mry Ng"
guady.
As a aRiaahow aiowvv you to wtoa to* ardr* M Oy moving to mourn' (PrCcai par Odd) ART01 YftOOINGS Suparb waddrg dpart. 2 d
- ---------- auraaofto . ARTO? HOUSES 3 (MW pKtura* of
manalon* ac- ART03 RELGCU8 3 daks M of holy dparV- ART04 WWI
AIRCRAFT 1 Omk of WcrtJ war II pml- ART06 MEN 2 d*W N9 of man d
world- ART06 WCA9EN 2 daW M Of woman dpd- ARTO WOB
2d________________ APT06 BUSINESS Dwk Ui of ctfV* dpa-r • ART09
OFFICE Anotoar ode* type datl- ART10 STUOENTS LoH of atuMnt
type pied- ART11 SALE TIME Many useful egos at*.
ART 12 XMAS 3 dwW of Xmaa radtod Mod- ART13 PUNCH 3 daW of cartoon plcaf * ART14 ANIMALS* ART21 M60CAL 2 daks K .
ART22 SEAUFE Pkburaa Iroai toa Octant- ART23 CCCORATIVF MCNTHS Pic kx amry rrondV- ART24 WACKY Fuwy convc type dpart- ART26 HOLIDAYS HoMay lyp* pWuraal- ART26 BANNERS 2 daks kul of bannarxl- ART27 ART NOUVEAU FLOWERS Fiord dll- APT28 BUTTERFLIES Nlca ptduraa" ART34 TEDDY BEARS 2______, ART36 VANTY FARE 2 (MW laaNon C , _ ART36 HALLOWEEN CLIPART Wtord ckpartl- ART37 SHOWTIME Dancmg. •rang «tcl- ART38 VEGGIE 8 Vagatorlan cl par - ART36 FLORAL 14 vary dattiad pcairtd- ART40 MYTHS 12 atparb mytocd Opal- v ART41 OOAWOOOCUTS Scpar XXWpi peal- ART*2 CAT WOCOCUTS Grad -*dcal pKal- ART43 AERKAn
WOOOCUTS Ablean arvmaHI- ART44 AMERI3AN WOOOCUTS Mora dwndaf- ART45 APTK WOOOCUTS Ncbtoam dwnaMf- APT48 FARM WOOOCUTS Farm animawl- NEW TlfLES PU228 PROBABLY RIPPER Craala dak! Aaaly wlto VMM- PU229 JPEG 24 oiaichc* compraaaon utaty dak! • PU230 MORE PRINTER DRIVERS Ye* new printer aim'- PU231 5 PAGE STREAM FONT8 5 (MW Ol super lortd- (5) PU23677 SCOPE197.D Adcb* lyp tort*. 2 daW Ail • PU2389 M O R C Moua* ocwralad run* oaatar.orad* l- PU240 FREECOPY VI .4 A powarW dak cppymg program .
PU241 CALCRIE BASE UaahA tor pao(bs cn a daV- PU242 TEXTPLUS PROFESSIONAL 4 naads hard dnml- PU243 ASPICE Crew anafyM program!- PL 244 BON APPETTT Tna la a map* dattbaa* program .
PU245 2S8 C MANUAL LaMd mrwon on 12 d WIHf(12) • PG189 SPACE RESCUE Super Krambi* -• moc* am upl- PG190 TOP SECRET An axaMrl qudHy pMtam gamal- PG191 ACT CF WAP Naw apd* abatogy game* • PG192 CYBERNETIX Fab ahoc* up' (daw you macNna).
• 0193 MASH IE NI8UCK Yas. A go« game lor your Amga!- P0194
INTRUDER ALERT Vary g»d MraUgy gamal PG196 KLAKTRtS Sicab
KjaxAabi* lyp* eontotoaBorW'- PG199 MASH THE POTATO Strang*
gam* Van in Amo*-
• 8103 DYNAMK HIRES 2. 4 tadasSc quaNy pwuraai-
- ----- qudhrpUwar...... SS rbd SuparaBadsS
• 8104 VGA PKS 8cm a.aUer* qudty'pduraa hard- PS106 SCAN PCS
Exalert diatoy PD174 ANARCHY DEJA VU Soma
• 0176 REFLECT SOUND VISION S ASSASSINS 1-35 only 34.95«p6pi
Probably Da$ t coswcton of PD garrws ihe whole family amused tor
ages!
FUNPACK 1-20 only 19.95 r Supert) coiecton of g*m*8 U of wtbch w8 A600T800 machines! Tons of rRAMMERS : Havo you wriffen a good game, utility or educational program ? Why not send It in lor evaluation 11f it's
• •y good, you could soon bo earning BIG money I BLITTERCHIPS
STREET. KEIGHLEY. BD2I 4NB TEL: 0535 667 469 FAX: 0535 667 469
O FOR A CATALOGUE In it you'll find wo stock Frod Fish disks 1
- 720 (plus moro as they arrive). Amos PD. AMIGAs.
3 Scope and other popular libraries It you dont see the program you want in this Advert PLEASE CALL US ' We con
* *ost guarantee we will have it I l A600 OWNERS ALL DISKS
MARKED WITH THE . SIGN ARE FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR MACHINE.
Stand by for action. It’s that time of the month again, when we get to grips with the harder side of Amiga computing. For all of you who do more than simply load up someone else’s software let’s... GETSEHOUS 98 Gold Disk Office 2 103 Cross DOS 5.0 104 Supra Modems 106 RealThings Dogs 108 A-Max II plus 2.5 113 Sound FX Maker 117 Avideo 24 - Beyond the Colour Barrier 121 The CD Revolution - Part 2 131 Art Gallery 134 Graphics DIY-Part5 149 Bookshelf 156 Comms 160 Questions & Answers 169 Hi-Speed Pascal 171 Octamed Professional 174 Soundcheck GALLERY For a database with a difference, read on...
If you're looking lor a database, but want something more than Just a text filing system. Helios yjst may have the answer with Gallery, a 'multi-media' database capable ol storing graphics and sound with its files Boot up. And you're greeted with a close relative ot the Antiques Roadshow theme tune. One switt mouse dick later, and up comes the main program.
Records are treated in the traditional lashion, with user-detinable labels, headings and into boxes, and can be sorted alphabetically Where it differs from a conventional text database, is that THE DEMO COLLECTION CDTV has been poorly supported so far. But, with the potential that it offers it won't be long before more titles like this spring up.
Since CD-ROM has at last become a reality tor Amiga owners, a whole new work) ol possibilities has opened up So tar, CDTV releases have only scratched the surface ol the potential ot CD drives, but with The Demo CoHechon. Almathera Systems are at least putting Ihe technology to a more practical use than most.
Although in theory, PD software is tree, getting hold ol 1000 music modules, 32 megabytes of clip art, 70 animations, untold games, Postscript and bitmapped fonts, demos ol commercial programs and games, utilities, sound samples and a host ol other m scellaneous bits and pieces, would take a king's ransom, not to mention an unleasibly large cupboard to keep all the disks in. That is. Unless you get hold of The Demo Collection, which holds all that lot on a single CD.
Despite the disk's title, there’s only one actual PD demo. Boot the disk, and you're given a choice between running the demo, or accessing the rest of the CD through Workbench. Take the tirst option, and you get a version ol the Amazing Tunes music demo. The difference is that the backs have been SERIOUS e«ch record can be comprised ot text, an IFF
• CTeen and an IFF sound sample Once you've set
* your fields. You can then go about entenng tex-
• -*al details. Any extra notes can be included on an optional
second page Tagging a graphic screen or sample onto a record,
is simply a matter ot defining Tie filename ol the picture or
sound, and the direc- Ory in which it can be found.
While Gallery is all mouse operated (apart Irom lext entry), it uses a customised interface that's not tie most intuitive around. File requesters are frus- Tatmgly immovable, the icons are somewhat stconsistent, and there's not a pull-down menu in sight Nevertheless, it all works well enough once you ve got the hang of it One of the program's most useful features is the sideshow creator This uses a database ol picture, text and sound files, and simply flips through them « order, whilst playing the corresponding sample a taw times Unfortunately, the resulting sequences cannot be run
independently ot the database, so rs no use for compiling PD slideshow demos While it s pretty simplistic, the slideshow feature could be used effectively for modest tutorial protects. But it s not really up to the standards demanded by business presentations.
Gallery looks and teels more like a PD release than a piece of commercial software. It's not that « s been particularly badly designed or programmed. But tor £59.95. I'd expect a rather more versatile, user-friendly product.
For further Information, contact: Hellos Software Design, 163 Huthwaite Road, Sutton-ln-Ashfiefd, Notts. NG17 2HB.
Tel: 0623 554828 : PHOENIX RAM
• Third party expansions for I the A600 are hard to I come by.
However, RAM '• expansions are now ; beginning to boom, we |
look at one of the best.
E Nobody was more surprised when the A600 was e released, than all of the third party developers who
• discovered that the expansion connectors had J changed. This
effects not only the hard drives and . What have you that would
normally go on the DMA e expansion slot, but also anything that
plugs into
• the trapdoor slot.
• The slot connector has changed to a submmia- J hire version of
the same thing which not only 9 makes things a little more
difficult for those of you who like playing with sddenng irons,
but also means that the old-style RAM expansions have become
redundant.
Although the A600 has 1Mb of RAM already, you could always do with a bit more. A lot of sen- ous software requires more than t Mb and many games are enhanced with extra memory, so there's almost as much reason lor an A600 owner to expand as there is for an A500 owner. That being the case there are many RAM expansions emerging for the A600, and one ol those is the Phoenix card.
Organised around eight 256k RAM chips. Ihe card is little bigger than the space required for the memory and hardly fills any space in the slot.
There is no doc*, because ot course Ihe dock is internal on the A600 already.
The card is slightly more expensive than a similar card lor the A500 but prices are sure to drop once demand picks up At £49 99 for the 1 Mb version It's still not that much more expensive than a decent game and it's well worth it if you use your Amiga tor muse or looking at demos The expan sion is available in unpopulated and hall populated models too. At £29 99 and £39.99 respectively.
RAM expansions are very much a sort of ‘flre- and-forget' technology - once they're in there you need never see them again. The only real lest ot a Ram expansion is its reliability, and since they won't normally fail for a couple ot months it is impossible to say how the Phoenix will perform, but it seems to be well constructed on a doublesided board so there should be no problems. II you supply your own RAM chips then it's very much down to you. Contact: First Computer Centre. Tel: 0532 319444 ally lor use m your own compositions Quitting from the demo takes you to Workbench. Irom where you
can get at all the rest of the goodies. Thrill-seekers will probably head tor the animations drawer next Variety isn't a problem here. Among the 70 animations are 3D IraelaJ flights, ray-traced scenes from Chessboard land, around 11 space sagas from Tobias Richter.
20 cartoons by Eric Schwartz, and an assortment ol various other minimqyies There are some real gems here, but unfortunilely, most of them won't run on a 1 Mb CDTV. Because they're just too big Onto the games, and were offered a vast selection, ranging from puzzles through pool, to Space Invaders, here in the form of Amoeba Invaders. Previews of commercial games and sen- ous software are also executable from here Venture into the CLI. And you've access to a spnn- ol programming utilities All this lot for £19.95 repre sents an enormous saving over buying PD on floppies. Even it you only used
half of the stuff on here, you'd have enough to keep you going for a quite a few weeks.
For further Info, contact: Almathera Systems Ltd., Challenge House, 616 Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AU. Tel: 081 683 6418 changed, with an enormous selection ol 'npped' tanes In their place. Unfortunately, they're not quite as amazing as those of the original demo. In fact, most of them are quite ordinary synth tracks That's fine if you like that sort of thing, but some variety would have gone down well. There are a taw attempts at house and acid (not a hint of rave), but iust when they're getting good, they've got a habit of slipping back into yawn-inducing awe melodies SOI. Even if you don't
Ike the :. By loading them into Protracker (also on Tw CD) you can save out all the samples individuWelsh Police and the Halle Orchestra, and proceed to sing a love song which allows Doctor Indira Hactlaughton just enou t tine to cross the flips into Geneva, uhere he neets Kon Rapp, a iffii&fu fanatic and cat lover, oho frivously shoots hin, but not before introducing hin to liwly intelligent Norwegian widow Larry Krinpt, who shows hin her inner thighs uhere he finds the adfress of a good French restaurant and dly neets Grabriella Machisno, an ex-Korean plastic (MacMl nil 1 m iw vm mi me
Cart sf taft SaU m Prrtit amm sa.a mm cam m amm am m ci7M amm VM amm (ua .a (CM Gcwral (wren fiH.M fia.n ria.M amm fia.a Iferatmg Pnfit t%mm nia.a amm amm him btarart txmm ro.a fit.¦ mm mm (M tetainsd [M* i ¦ % B I B MM MM The -Calc' spreadsheet - exciting lent H7I David Ward gets integrated with the latest in office automation.
WORKING LATE Most integrated office packages consist ol a word- processor. Spreadsheet with graphics capabilities, and a database One that does not is Gold Disk's Office 2. Gold Disk has substituted the traditional wordprocessor (or an advanced text editor, a DTP program, and a separate spell checker Now this Is not a new package, in fact It has been around for some time, but has recently been revamped to take advantage ol Workbench 2.0. The individual components are versions of existing Gold Disk products.
This is software with no bells and whistles, yet such simplicity belies a depth to each program that only becomes clear after reading the manual There are more than 350 pages ol tutonals, reference sections, and appendices fo guide the user.
Do not be put oil The programs all follow a logical pattern and are easy to get into when first starting out.
The text editor. Office Wore, lets you work on as many multiple documents as your computer’s memory allows There Is no apparent loss in performance with this feature, and text display is last enough tor the most competent typst.
When launched from Its icon. Office Write opens on a custom screen. It summoned from Ihe Shell. It will open a window on Workbench. The program's start-up features can be altered by cus- tomisng the icon with ToolTypes, or addng options to the Shell command.
A full range of editing functions are provided along with methods lor marking text. These bookmarks' can be used for rapid movement, by lumping around a document, In addition lo the cursor keys and keyboard short-cuts. Alternatively, you can use the slider bar. This is a remarkable deyce.
Instead of the more usual vertical slider lot movng to and fro, Ihe Office Write one Is horizontal.
On-screen text can only be shown as'plaln.
Bold. Italic, or underlined. For the more exotic printouts you must embed escape commands In the text. Formatting commands can also be inserted to control justification, headers and foolers, widows and orphans, margins, and page sizes. These are a bil unwieldy lo use, but their ellects can be viewed with the print preview option. This gives you an idea of what your document will look like on printout, without having to waste paper There Is one other command that marks text: the Index option. Here words can be highlighted, at the touch ot a button, for incorporation into an alphabetically
sorted list.
Spelt most be ran before any checking can take place The dictionary Is copied to RAM. And runs very quickly. It's American - what did you expect ol a Canadian company - and Is capable of producing a frequency fable of the words »i a document.
This can be saved to disk for later analysis. A user dictionary can be constructed, along with an exception table. Here you can Instruct Spell to reject spellings like color' and other Americanisms.
Powerful macros can be formed from keystrokes and menu commands. These are recorded by the software and can be named and saved for subsequent use.
Instead of being supplied with an all-singing, alt- dancing graphical WP. Gold Disk encourage you to get into the world q( DTP via Office Page Hera all those tancy fonts, Jraphics. And even columns, can be throWn togeypr tor a better printed output.
OFFICE RAGING Office Page falls somewhere between Gold Disk's other two DTP programs. PageSetter II and ProPage It has some features common to both, but not all. Text and graphics are put into boxes, moved around, resized, clipped, and generally mucked about with And where there's muck there's brass' they say. And Page is a jewel for the I 1 I I I «¦ I ' I Tha purpoM of Graph • lo QanaraM charts tor im in monoctiroma prfrtad documents, so donl expaci 4066 catouni Page has text han- (Ang tools far supenor to those tunny combination word-proceesor cum DTP packages that are floating around these
days.
Take typographical control and adiust Inespacng text size, lustthcaton andshades.
Pagesetterll and the more expensive Python Synopsis J * friendly Workbench
2. 0-kok environ- Python Synopsis Python S i r Doug and Bob are j
I - naked daughter Jarj I I- Yorkpiivale detect!
I P Heron lo trace lhe:j Hitler gave to Eva ij during a State visit j hidden until a World Cup referee, H ** Jenl| Jersey tenement with the plans of a Russian i his elbow.
In Brisbane, the Brain brother!, Nicky and The ability to use Outline Compugraphic fonts and control them to vMtNn a tracoon of a point size means that nobody could M if your document origh naled on an Amiga or on a top-flight NexT.
• uctured tools prodded. If you font haveaccpyol pcOra*» t is
worth mng out for some PD clip ait.
Production ot eye-catching documents. Text can be pasted into boxes in a variety ol tonts and justifica- . It can be flowed round other boxes, bddened, and given drop shadow effects. Outlined tonts can be similarly treated, and filled with a pat- n if necessary.
Office 2 Along with the structured drawing tools that are available, both bitmap graphics and Professional Drawclips can be imported into a document for
• rstrative purposes.
Page imports tiles produced in Iwrite, ASCII, WordPerfect (PC & Amiga), Scribble, and TextCratt. Write can be used in conjunction with a pcture is wonri a 1000 words, ana mat a *nai a *nxM lake wst lo Swrrfce Hie dala intaictuinqB Delwven 111 Office packages Page at the same time to provide quick text editing facilities. Such text is ported between the two packages without the need to save to disk - one of the advantages of a multi-tasking computer Write itself will load a variety of other WP formats, with the exception of KindWords and WordPerfect. This last one is peculiar, as Page can
load it!
Output is to dot matrix or PostScnpt printers.
With the former, several dither patterns can be selected from if you are printing grey scale. With PostScnpt you can change the halftone screen angle - a significant feature if some of your imported graphics are from a scanner.
I would recommend potential users of Office to get hold of some PD clipart, as none is supplied in the four disk set. Being dipartless will severely constrain your DTP'ing. You have been warned!
HARD GRAPHED Office Calc and Office Graph look very similar to one another, but they perform different functions.
Each program has been derived from a common ancestor - ProCalc.
Calc is a spreadsheet that conforms to the standard row and column layout. These are labelled numerically and alphabetically respectively, so the top left hand box, or cell, is called At, its neighbour B1 and so on.
Each cell can contain either a comment, a value, or a formula. Cell widths are adjustable so that they can be wide for large values, or narrow for aesthetic purposes, e.g. separating columns of figures.
Formulae can range from simple A1*B1 as in general maths, to the more complex statistical, financial, boolean, index, time, and trigonometric functions. There are even some that apply to colours and style.
Up to 14 decimal places can be asked for, should you wish it, with scientific and currency notation also available. This last was in dollars as expected, and it was not until the last few pages of the manual that I found out how to alter this to our currency symbol.
¦ Rowsantfcolumnscanbecutand pasted,'justified, moved, and deleted. More than one sheet can be opened and worked on at any time, so items can be moved between them.
A view option is availabje from the menu bar . |hat allows the user to exarryne another part of the current spreadsheet nvithoutujioving from the current position.
Calc has similar macro facilities to Write, but also supports Arexx. Scnnis can be attached to individual cells and activated by clicking upon them. Other spreadsheet formats supported are industry standard Lotus 1-2-3, and Maxiplan, but Graph will only import a Calc file.
Despite its similarities, such as editing and notation functions, Graph will not calculate changed values. It will accept numbers directly, so you can create simple graphs from off the cuff data without having to resort to Calc first.
There are three basic types ot graph to choose from, with variations on a theme to give a total of 10 in all. The pie chart can be 3D, but the other line and bar graphs are plain 2D, with limited colouring.
Pies can be exploded, legends can be created, and bars can be stacked, but I think you'll find the results are unimpressive. This is not due to any lack of imagination on the programmer's part, it is just that the results are designed to be incorporated into monochrome documents. Graph is not a business presentation package. Charts can be saved out as IFFs, Professional Drawclips, or in Aegis Draw Plus structured drawing formats. All three can be loaded by Page.
KAI COMPUTER VII L, SUPPLIES Suppliers oi Discount Software since 1984 Educational local Authority and Government orders welcome (uropean orders please call or write lor a quotation All goods subject to availability pnees suDiect to change without notice E40E Prices Include VAT and delivery by post Courier delivery available on request Please allow 5 days lor cheque clearance TO ORDER Credit card orders can be placed by calling Ihe telephone number below - or send a cheque Pos made out lo MJC Supplies to MJC SUPPLIES (CU) Unit 2 The Arches Ickmeld Way letchworth. Herts SG6 1UJ Tel: (0462)
481166 (6 Lines) I Mouse House. Mat and Operation Stealth game I AJCPrmmK I A500 Plus 1Mb EXPANSION 1 Mb expansion lor the A500 Plus-fits m the trap-door talano your memory to 2Mb - no nternal llttino MJC Prtce 09 95 NEW - ACTION REPLAY I MX PRICE £57 95 SQUIK MOUSE Great value replacement mouse MX PRICE C12.95 AMIGA 600 COMPUTER The latest Amiga computer Muting surlace mour* technology tor greater rebabMy and the latest Workbench 2 Comes complete with Oefcae Part 3 & PLEASE MOTE: For total peace of mmd these computers now come wdh 12 months on-sOe warranty MJC PRICE $ 275 01 (Price mdudes free
courier delivery) AMIGA A600-HD Includes a very neal rtemai 20 Mb Hard Onve lor those needing extra storage space and taster loading MX PRICE £411.16 (Price includes free courier delivery) AMIGA STARTER PACK MCLUOES- K) Discs. Mouse Mat Joysta*.
Oust Cover Soisc Box MX Prtce £19.95 OR JUST £1595 rt purchased with an A600 AMIGA A600 CONTROL CENTRE The Control Centres are manulactived by Prenver Micros and are made trom Sheet Steel with welded seams and Epoxy coated lo match the A600 They are preason made to fit over the back of the A600 to make a perfect platform tor a monitor and improve the look ol the A600 They also come complete with a she! Lor extra dnves and peripherals.
MX Prtce £34 J5 OR JUST £2995 4 purchased with an A600 NEW-A6BB 1MB EXPANSION Increases the memory of the A600 to 2Mb MX PRICE £44 95 MINI OFFICE AMIGA Great new integrated package featuring Wordprocessor Database Spreadsheet Graphics and Disc UhMies MJC PRICE £39 95 UlaJ WjiAiTxga 12 8 the latest ow cost colour (kgtoer Irom Rombo There are no ftlters and no separate RGB SpMter Colour images can be captured m less than a second Mono images are grabbed in real time Some of the teaiures included are 1 - multi tasking software.
Capture into a user definable window Composite of S Vidoo input. 40% colour HAM mode. 54 colour EHB mode and many more PLEASE CALL FOR PRICE & AVAILABILITY ¦ 1 III 1 1 Pro Midi interlace_____ Stereo Master ...... ...£1935 £29.96 Techno Sound Turbo Home Accounts 2 .._----------------- Hsott Devpac 3 .... Htsofl M»-Speed Pascal . C2995 £36 95 ... £49 95 £6995 NEW - MAXIPLAN 4 Latest release ol the excellent spreadsheet - up lo 3 worksheets open at once. 70 in-built functions. 12 graph
styles, database taaMy. Colour or mono pmtmg and much more Requires 1Mb MX PRICE £34 95 AMOS - The Crealor NEW - ROBOSHIFT Auto sensing (oysiick mouse switch box MX Prtce £13 95 CUMANA CAX 354 DISC DRIVE Quality brand name 3 5* second drrve includes thru port, disable switch and FREE Virus X Utility MJC PRICE £52 95 NEW-EASY AMOS-Powerful but easy ...£24.95 AMOS v1 2 - The ongmai language 02.95 AMOS Compiler £19.95 AMOSJO--------- £2195 AMOS PROFESSIONAL 9 Features include Abwty to open two documents at once.
Import Kmdwords 2 hies. Proximity sped checker and thesaurus. Text how around graphics RequweslMbRam MX PRICE £32 95 Pretext VA3 PenPalVIX Wordworth VI. T - UK program brand £54 95 £74.96 New Super Slimline super quiet second dnve MX PRICE £57 95 (Cream only) NEW ROCLITE RF382C DISK ORIVE An enhanced version ol the very popular AMOS Contains over 200 new commands. 650 page new manual and many more new features MJC PRICE £47 95 . .
AMIGA EDUCATIONAL KOSMOS Answerback Jenior Oett Includes 750 General Knowledge Questions & a game reward------------------ £1435 £1896 £1895 £1895 £1895 £18.95 f U 95 Reading & Wnung Course (3«) AH Fun School programs mil work with a standard 512k Amgs and the new A500 Fhus Fee School 2 -1 programs per pack Fun School 2 under 6 £895 Fun School 2 6 to 8 £895 Fun School?
OuerS ________ £895 Fee School 3 6 programs por pack Fun School 3 undorS £1595 Fun School 3 Fun Scfvrt 3 5 to7..« . .... Mi ¦ £15.95 £1595 NEW Fun School 4-6 programs por pack FunSchooM under 5-------- £1595 Fun School 4 5 to 7----------------- £15 95 Fun School 4 71011 £15 95 Miles Add on question packs lor the Answerback Quia FactfiieSpeling (6-11) ... £7 95 Factfile Arithmetic (6-11) ..£7.95 the tutors vntti a vocabulary ot over 2.500 words & to add your own - up to GCSE level German Masler.
I___________~Z..„£14« Spanish Tutor----------------------------£1435 ttaton Tutor.____________________________£1436 KOSMOS MATHS ADVENTURE: the latest offering Irom Kosmos covers the Naoonai Curriculum maths using a series of four games There are four difficulty levels and y performance can be kept and printed out (6-14) £17.9 FUN SCHOOL - Probably the best selling Educational Software lor the Amiga - great sound and graphics and now conforms to the National Cumcutum (FS3 WS4) Answerback SooiorQtm As above but for age 12*--- NEW -MEET AOII ADI is a friendly alien being that appears on this
latest range of educational software from Europress (the manufacturers of the Fun School range) Each package is specifically designed lo Wow the National Cumodum lor a particular school yeer ENGLISH 11 It Features pronouns, verts, adverts speimg, synonyms and prefixevsuftixes MX Price £17.95 ENGLISH 12 13: Using dctonares and reference books construe* adverts, punctuate sentences MX Prtce £17 95 MATHS 11 12: Covers geometry algebra, statistics, symmetry. Quadrilaterals and number operations MX Priced 7 95 Pnmary Maths Course (3-12) Micro Maths (GCSE level) Mcro French (GCSE level) Micro
English (GCSE level) ng S W'ltingCoi Further Information on our Educational range Is available In our Educational Supplement - on request Remember - prices include VAT & delivery mSmm BACK AT BASE F»ia»y we come to the Fae program. Tha a a flat He database which appears like a spreadsheet with rows ol data, and the columns headed by the data fields Like Calc the work area tt going to be arger than the screen so scrolling a necessary There is an alternative to the browse mode ol operation File can be used like a card-based system. With just the information on one card" visible at a time To
move through the database you have to flip the cards with the cursor keys Unlike any ol the other programs, there Is no example to load into the database This was disappointing as it would have been nice to see how a database is laid out. Especially if this was your first encounter with one. Without having to lump straight i at the deep end The tutorial teaches you how to set up a telephone and address book template, but does not go
• no great detail This is a pity because File is a I very
powerful database.
Not only will it handle text and numbers, but also time, dales, currency, and logic fields Numeric values can be worked on by a quick calc' function Irom the menu bar, or even by using formulae similar to those ol the spreadsheet.
Sorting is called 'indexing'. This allows you to specify the order in which fields will be alphabeti- caly sorted More than one index can be created lor each database, and they are saved with the database to disk The entire database is not stored xi memory, only the portion you are currently working on. This means there is constant disk access The size ol the saved Me is dependant on the size ol the lields and the amount ol data you have.
Searching through the records can be accomplished in coniunction with litters and wildcards The T lor single characters, and the lor multiples give endless possibilities when you are silting information Fillers can aid you in your quest by limiting the amount ol data to be searched You could specify that only Smith surnames are looked at when searching lor Frank and Francis (Fran').
The resulting data can then be saved as a set lor use in the mail merge ol Write The records themselves are not saved, only the pointers to those records.
File has an Arexx port and a set of Instructions that can be carried out by this language. It can automatically redefine data fields loo. If you find that one ol your data lields is too small lor a particular record, you can resize it and File win alter the old database to lit the new format. This is something other databases cannot do This review has only skimmed the surface ol Office, but it should have given you an idea ol how potent these little programs can be when used together. The sum ol Ihe parts is greater than the whole, and that goes lor the price too. • fifteen be used ¦ke a
card index, or m a 'spreed- weef formet OFFICE 2 ... a I a x I a n c e IfaldHCl |)TI» • I'rAVVflli! (LUjIUnc • « Address: Geld Onk sOffice 7 isavailable tram HB Marketmq Uml 3. Poyla
14. Celabreek. Slaegb SI3 OOY. Telepbone: 07S3 CKOOQ HB MARKETING
£129.99 'Potent little programs U’ben used together...' EASE
OF USE 74% VALUE FOR MONEY 94% EFFECTIVENESS 82% FLEXIBILITY
74% INNOVATION 67% OVERALL 80% | Two good reasons to put the
flags out.
Star has built its reputation on building top quality, feature packed printers at prices everyone can afford. And the two new dot matrix printers offer the best value ever.
The LC-100 colour is the UK's lowest cost colour printer.
It offers the best of both worlds: mono and colour printing for work or play.
Printing and Compressed Data Mode1 (for rapid transmission of Windows based data) are all standard.
In fact, with so many features at sjch unbeatable prices, the only (lag the competition will be waving is a white one.
Flag down an LC-100 or LC24-I00 now. Contact Star on 0494 471111, or complete the coupon.
PRODUCT TEST CROSS DOS 5.0 3 which will be displayed on 1 once the disk is inserted, avoiding any r whether it is a valid disk or not.
T that the system is completely transit - you can use PC disks in just the same way as you would Amiga disks. You can copy tiles across, run S D or another directory utility and even save files directly from within Amiga applications. The PC drive is considered just as much a normal device as all the others.
CONCLUSION The system is simple to install as it comes with an automatic hard disk installer program so you simply click on the icon and evetything is done for you. The system will work on a floppy based system, but you will need more than one tloppy drive II also seems lo be m many other multi-format programs (such and MessyDos) ii that floppies formatted under CrossDOS stay formatted, and the disks seem to leac a normal life without corrupting after a cou pie of uses (well, as normal a life as anything could possibly have In the CU as Dos-2-Dos I The documentation is fairly extensive
although if you really want to know the intimate details ot PC software and the way tiles are stored you are better oft getting a copy of MS-DOS and reading through thd accompanying manual.
Why take two drivers into your when you could just cross and go?
Nick Veitch defects to the land of MS-DOS - or is he only mucking around?
SEE a PC 1 PC disk (i.e. double sided double i nine sectors to store its data, giving Ik over the whole disk. Tha s off 11 t :. But making it c i a PC disk.
) up« JPC0: (or PC1: for an € trough a different file f . Alfhough it is the same as the nor- ¦e. The Amiga now sees the tloppy two separate devices, one a PC r a standard Amiga drive.
Rami"" make Because of this, when you insert a normal Amiga bppy o the drive. PC0:, It won't recognise the ask as being PC. This results In the standard Workbench response of displaying an icon, the Smce me and a series of question marks indicating that the disk cannot be accessed. Well, of course it can’t be accessed by the PC device, but i icon will appear as usual as an Amiga disk.
The same thing happens the other way around
i. If a PC disk Is inserted into the drive, the Amiga handler
will think it's a bad disk, and will Bsplay it on the
Workbench as such. For this rea- «on it's a good idea to give
your PC disks HB MARKETING £39.95 "PC compatibility trllb
peace of mind and ease of use.’ EASE OF USE 86% VALUE FOR
MONEY 74% EFFECTIVENESS 88% FLEXIBILITY 76% INNOVATION 80%
OVERALL 81% CrossDOS ?m SUPRA MODEMS Nick Veitch goes online
with the Supra crowd t find theXsay about small SERIAL KILLERS
For tome rtatoo moOomt Hem lo tin escaped till uual Tower ot
Babel effect Ifni elfltcls most compiler peripherali The modem
(shoil lor Modulator Demodelotor) Is simfly an electronic
4er.ee which adds l carrier weve lo binary dala lo enable II
lo be seel via an analeput communications system, such as a
telephone Mere simply If list camera r series el ones and moos
Info beepy noises which go down Ihe phone, much In Ihe same
way as older borne computers nod lo Here Info Because the
electronics In the modem bane absolutely nothing lo do with
tho computer that Is uslag II. And becaase meal computers ere
the RS232 standard lor serial communications il a possible lor
a modem to be easily iwilchid between maUinis. This also means
thit me hardware * non-speeitic and aa menial modem which is
being sold lor an IBM will work just as happily THE NEED FOR
SPEED Perhaps Ihe most contusing aspect ot baying a modem is
trying to work out what speed It goes at. For oiample. I 2400
baud modem is called a V22. Why modem speeds are delined by
seemingly unconnected code numbers Is a genuine mystery, but
here they are: 'Compact, reliable and very good mine for
money’ EASE OF USE 86% VALUE FOR MONEY 76% EFFECTIVENESS 88%
FLEXIBILITY 80% INNOVATION 67% OVERALL 79% V21 300 V22 1200
V72bis 2400 V23 75 1200 V32 9600 V32BIS 19200 HST 450 10200
SUPRA MODEMS ... a I a X I a a Aodress: First Computer Centre.
Unit 3 Armine Part Court, Cecil Street. Armley, Leeds. IS12 2«
Tel: 0532 319444 R CENTRE 79.99 - 259.99 One modem, it could
be argued, is very.much like any other. That is true to a
certain extent, but only in the same way that one printer is
very much like another. To a great extent, modems are not
machine specific, so thal a single unit may be used with a
large range of different computers (though not all at once, ot
course) However, there is more lo a modem lhan just a box with
lights on that makes beepy noises. For a start there's speed
Serial communications, unlike parallel data transfer (as with
printers) always .
Occur at a predetermined speed. Usually this is the highest possible of both of Ihe two modem untls (because obviously there has lo be a modem at the other end of the line, and it s no good going twice as fast at this end it the other end can't keep up), but in some circumstances you may want to go slower Because of the binary nature of the business, the speeds usually double with each level. Thus Ihe nexl step from 1200 baud is 2400 baud, then 4800 and so on.
SUPRA STARS The Supra range has recently been updated and now includes a lew Faxmodems at various speeds (see Gel Serious, September '92).
The shells of Ihe modems are all similar, based THE around an aluminium case 15x5x20cm (about Ihe size ol a decent paperback book) This is quite a bit smaller than most external modems, but also means the unit is a bit small to stick your telephone on top of.
The fronl and rear of ihe units are interchangeable for the different models. The traditional flashing LEDs are missing on the top of the range models and have been replaced by an LED matrix display which alternates displaying two letter codes telling you what is going on This is quile disconcerting at times, even though there are tour little lights lo lei you know when data is being transferred.
INIT = AT* All ihe Supra modems are fully Hayes compatible, which means they conform to the standard protocols set up ages ago. The modems accept as commands all data which I is preceded by the command suffix, AT. I which includes a whole load ot commands for configunng your modem Usually they work perfeqjly well straight out ot the box.
But you ihpy neecrto set-up some initialisation strings via ypur terminal software (most comms packages are well documented and will include plenty ot documentation on how to set-up both your software arvf your modem) The modems ngve a through socket for a telephone but, since they were designed in the U.S.A.. you'll need a special lead to attach your own phone. The modem Is supplied with a U S A |ack- lo-BT converter tor plugging the unit into one ot the now standard BT jack sockets (It you are still using the old wired-in oval connectors then you are in real trouble).
For those in the know the modems also support various levels of MNP error correction (a system for eliminating the random line-noise effects that hamper most ASCII transfers) CONCLUSION The Supra modems are compact reliable and very good value lor money Although the units themselves are quile small, don't be tooled - they are every bit as good as those much bulkier and polished efforts.
There were some problems with earlier units when they activated a tailback speed m error, but this has been sorted out and all registered owners will be receiving an update chip free ot charge.
Obviously Supra are firm believers in customer support which is good to see in this day and age.
Superb high quality image capture package Ideal for scanning logos and creating high quality scanned images for use in DTP newsletters, reports and brochures.
Pandaal Scanner:
• 100-400 dpi adjustable resolutions.
• 64 levels of grey.
. TEXT mode S 3 PHOTO modes.
NEW!
VERSDON 3 SOFTWARE 'v- Soflware Upgrade Available - Ptxme Footbafl Masters is the very latest Muhi-Manager Football Simulator for 16 bit computers. After 5 years of development we are proud to announce the release of the most comprehensive footbafl management game ever. It's waitfeig to test your skills right now! Features lnchtde:- Muhi Manager game for 1 fo 4 Players. Three levels of difficulty.
Match highlights minute by minute, make substitutions or team changes at any time. Live injuries, yeflow red cards and named goalscorers 1MB version has extra Graphics, animation and realistic digitised sounds. (An option can turn this feature off) Full UK and European Cup itinerary. Includes FA. League, Zenith Data. Leyiand Daf.
European. Cup Winners and UEFA Cups. All cup match rules have been made as accurate as possible. Two Leg Ties. Extra Time. Away Goal Rule. Seeded Draws, Byes, etc. AD 4 league divisions with play-offs and league expulsion.
Real initial, surname, league career records, height and age entered for al! Players as at the start of the 92 93 Season. Ftve skill ratings per player, separate five for goalkeepers.
Plus 15 other special attributes like Captain. Super Subs & Mobility.
A lively and real-time transfer market, with an approach facility, negotiate wages and contracts Plus loans, free transfers and trainees. Unique and simple training system to improve player skills 512K version excludes some features listed in this advertisement.
High quality printer facilities to list all the vital information. Masses of historical statistics on past games, players and manager. Quick game data load and save.
AD screens updated quickly and displayed in a pleasant format, which is easy to use and comfortable to read. Fully mouse operated. Printed instruction booklet with plenty of diagrams A separate Editor is available to change saved initial details.
' ' Four years of development by a racing expert has An amazing graphical strategic led to the release of this great strategy Horse simulator that’s fun and easy to play Racing simulation. You can participate as the for all the family. 0, 1 or 2 players on Owner. Trainer and or Betting Punter in this keyboard, mouse or joystick. Pick your remarkable game As the trainer you must try to moves from the selection available discover the horses ideal racing conditions (mainly and watch your animated wairic* battle distance & going). Animated race display, it out Watch the energy bar indicators form
book. 200 horses with independent personal and plan your next move. Edit Wrestlers profiles, tipsters, simple mouse and icon menu plus many other features. Selection. Many other items are included Amiga 1MB RAM. Only £19.95 Amiga 1MB or any Atari ST. Only £19.95 There are many, many other little things that make this game the most addictive and accurate Interpretation of a FootbaD Managers season. It would be impossible to list all the features in this advert but we assure you that this is the best We have thousands of satisfied customers from our previous edition of this game, many are still
playing it 2 years afteT purchase. See the order form below for details on how to order thus incredible game Available for all Atari ST s and Amiga's. PC WINDOWS version coming soon.
PKOhtbblONAL ©FOOTBALL MASTERS© STABLE MASTERS Inc VAT. Add £3.50 postage. Total price £93.45 DaataScan Professional GS 3.00
• Real-time on screen scanning display.
• Saves in the popular IFF tile format.
• Scan size - create A4, A5, A6. User defined.
New Version 3 Features:
• Convert to grey scales with palette control.
• Full grey scale image editor.
• Full painting, text and drawing functions.
• Multi-screen layout.
Editing:
• Cut, copy, pasfe using powerful Clipboard.
• Special effects: rotate, flip, invert and crop.
• Image resizing and rescaling.
• Image magnification with pixel editing.
• True stereo sound sampling cartridge.
• Sound recording and mixing software.
• Sample edging facilities.
• Stunning real-time sound effects.
• Song and Midi i Complete with FREE stereo lead ©e t STUDIO The
Complex Amiga Sound Studio: If you have a hand scam, but Col
Pandaal. Upgrade with a Pandaal interlace and version 3
software. £39.95 NEW LOW PRICE £89.95 UPGRADE YOUR SCANNER WITH
DAATASCAN 24 HOUR CREDIT CARD HOT-LINE |3(0702) 600557
AmwrRxneCXtai? Office Hcus FAX (0702) 613747_ Al the programs
detailed in this ackert are cnly.
Name ..Addr computer, please send me the following items: Mall Order: Pandaal, P0 Box 2820, London NW6 3RD Cheques made to City Beat London Shop: 56 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RG Tel: 071 278 7602 5W CREDIT CARD ¦¦ HOTLINE 071 328 1717 HARDWARE ACCESSORIES RocLite, slimline 3.5" RocTec external floppy drive. £57.95 GVP HD Series II. 52 Mb with on-board RAM option. £345.95 Optical Mouse, Iasi 300 dpi, includes pad and holder. £28.95 Track Ball, smooth, precise, three buttons with click S hold. £29.95 Posage: Please *» El B Mere tnder ESO aid a*f £3.50
lo onto owr £50 A'jVJJsA LK5 J lK 9 Repairs from £23.00 inclusive.
Free registered carrier pickup and return despatch for ultimate peace of mind, anywhere in the UK mainland!
Free diagnostic inspection.
Terms and conditions available on request, All repairs carried out are covered by free 90 day warranty.
Fast efficient sen ice, average diagnostic and repair time - 24 hours!
Experienced, qualified engineers.
Any upgrade fitting, fixed price £15.00 inclusive.
AcsA
A. .... ELECTRONICS V Business Enterprise Centre, Eldon
Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 5JE.
Telephone: 091-455 4300 Sol'TI NCS 1*1) 1 64 Below * a small selection ol titles available fBag Disks Cliplt 1.6 (clip a
f. rtfjslr
416. _____________ 4117 Electric CeB VI.2 (P) 41 IB MED V2.21
(musk) editor) |l 4124 Andbase Pro II V1.2IP) 412B PC Teak
V1.04 Idemot IP) 4127 r *• - --- 1106 Pete’s Quest
(platform) (P| 1107 Blackjack Lab (pontoon) (P) 1110 Akmanla
(P) 1111 Pom Pom Gunner |P) 1128 Amoa ErwH Machbw 2 (P) 1128
Escape (P) 1140 Mental Images Gomes 2* (P) 1180 Super
Pec-Men 82* 1161 OtheBe A Card Saerp (P) 1187 Total War
JrtskMP) 1182 MoHa'vxSo" 8017 5020 C*4 Times (pome
tunes) (P) 5040 Sonic Jukebox 14 (PJ 8072 Van Melon
(eruption) (P) S0S2 800 Things (P) 5007 Hypnotic Whale Sim
1.4 (P) ¦mil 1182 Battle Cars 2* (P) i,7, 2?M
AutMs ldideshow)' 21B4 Girls of Sport (slide IB4 Girls of
Sport BB Pour Stroke I 87 Terminate 21BB The Art ot 2208
Unsport Im .
2212 Attar* Breed* (animation) 2212 Planetskto* (animation) | 2217 Perils Ot The Deep* (20) 2221 ROE Shuttle Slldesow 1 | art, . 1Mb. (20) - 2 Disks (2D) - 2 C ~~ ~* Cnmpatlhli.
M*S 10 C4.7B 80 C2140 100 C7LM 800 C 169.00 Catalogue disk only 60p or send 8.A.I for II of titlos. All ordors of PO sent per disk. ROW add 50p do to South Lines PO.
'•Util I UK s I’l). II. II I Hull'll HIM'.
Itoiniii'. Iiiiis. Mi h imiiiiy N in i i SOFTWARE SWAPS return your money and inform you when one docs come uv You may Include your rcqwHi for s swap, an addition lo your list of software available for swap and tl to offer for swap and to accept, only orgmal disks and manualv. Similarly. You agree to swap the emire software including disks, n and box. Failure to comply with both these undertakings will result in your name being removed from the register* the application fonn below and send to Software Swaps Unit SA. 101 F*m Lane.
London, SW6 IQJ_ Telephone: 071 361 6882 of request, we will tend loadable after four weeks, e available for swap and this REGISTRATION FORM Name Street Town Country Postcode nmpiiter Dak X5 a Amount VGA U ? TV M Model She 5J5 ?
Of Ram EGA ?
VGA 265 ?
Game owned to be swapped Game Wanted - Flrd Preference Second Prvfencc Third Prefcnce CLAI STANDING order form Your Banks Name Your Account Number Your Account Name Please pay to the account of Software Swaps Ihe sum of £5.00 on and annualy on that date untill further notice.
Signature cgot?
Harge. Subsequent swap requests cod £2.50. If to sign and date it __________p is £6.00 per annum includes registration on our you complete ihe standing order below, annual membership it I .pply for . IngK »;ll mod you the Mrae soon as one i« registered If the request foe s Z we will B Comptdc ( are these animbrushes? On their own, none. But in the hands of imaginative mmm Amiga artists they act as spnngboards to some creative animations. The fun value is all the justification these, or any of the series, needs. RGB are also keen to stress the educational value ol their products - with
highly detailed documentation - but as long as I can call up a pre-drawn German Shepherd dog lo savage my own animated Bart Simpson in 40 easy frames, that's fine by me.
It’s a dog’s life and no mistake. Peter ‘Howlin’ Lee takes a look at RealThings Dogs and goes barking mad.
COMPUTER PEOPLE If you’re an ex-C64 owner or an older Amiga user, you may remember a sickly cule program called Little Computer People. II pre-dated Ihe clutch ol modern God- slms, and gave you total control over the lile of a small and dense little chap who clomped about his multi-storey house. He answered the phone, went to the loo, and danced like Pee Wee Herman. Okay, he was a nerd - but his saving grace was that he loved his dog. He’d feed and water the little fella on command. I had a sneaking feeling the dog had a higher IQ than my LCP!
Those simple days are gone, but they were awal&ned by the release ol a new series Irom RealThings, who have turned their magic to man’s (and every LCP’s) best friend, the dog. Having a panting, bounding dog In harness on the computer screen gives you a great feeling. The animated graphics included in the two- disk set bring nine different breeds of dog to life.
Using Dpaint III or IV. There are almost 40 anim- brushes to play with and these allow you lo create your own moving scenarios with lifelike realism.
The animated brushes don’t hog many colours, so you can paste down Ihe animals onto your own .. static backgrounds.
Ssss-sn Barbara Woodhouse would have loved RealThings Dogs -you can make the critters do everything they're told and not a whiff of unpleasantness afterwards! The RealThings philosophy of bringing Ihe living world to the fingers of Amiga artists has been a great success. From the initial release of horses, the series has galloped ahead in terms ol quality and realism. Now the set of six includes tough subjects such as humans and sea-life.
And being animbrushes, the RealThings subjects can be used at will in any kind of artwork you are creating on the Amiga. Ever tried lo draw a running man? Or an attacking shark? These are jobs for experts, and thankfully RGB Studios have used the best to set new standards in animation realism.
The Dogs artwork is based on digitised originals, so you can be sure Ihe dog does actually move like that.
Capturing the action this way is tedious, and the work involved in getting animbrushes right is painstaking. But this latest release shows it's been worth it.
DOWN SHEP The dogs contained in Ihe new set range from family pets and TV 'stars’ to working dogs. They bound, plod and chase around the screen in a truly realistic way. What use You will only get out of this new selection what you put in. Which is true of any clip-art, moving or not.
However, as a bonus, this new subiect features the ability to have all the brushes on screen simultaneously in DPIVs HAM mode, plus line-cartoon development instructions.
CONCLUSION Some of the action is repetitive - simply different breeds of dog doing the same thing. And although the animbrushes strive for realism, it is all too apparent where a human hand has had to touch up the artwork, and this particularly detracts Irom the Husky brush My own firm favourite of the lively collection is a young pup who resembles the Andrex pup. I’ve named him Kent and I shall leed and water him frequently. It's true you know, life does' mirror art... the next sound you will hear is me tapping on the inside of the monitor’s glass... © I "l,! LUJ.'.'.'.M REALTHINGS DOGS
£29.95 Lively collection, as good as ever, but of limited use to most people EASE OF USE 92% VALUE FOR MONEY 80% EFFECTIVENESS 86% FLEXIBILITY 70% INNOVATION 70% OVERALL 85% _ Kim latfPlKfJ P7 ««H J 511 .W J HI . Il! J HixSU J The screen can be set up as a virtual or exact Image size (In other words 8 gets squashed and d a Mt). Scrolling around a virtual screen Is very contusing.
R«« wfjNo *mj vmy Visible tm F Vlr««l J
i. atk ua*i M*t ltoj aan,*nsr Why would anyone want to turn their
state of the art Amiga into a lesser machine? Tim Courdray
investigates.
CAN WE TALK?
There are a large number ol computers on Ihe planet these days. Not yet as many as there are people, but getting Ihere. The trouble is that, like people, some ol them have trouble communicating with each other.
The computer, Ihough, is just an information engine. All computers perform similar tasks and even do so in a similar way, but the intricacies of these tasks are different.
Different hardware, same job.
In the way lhat you wouldn't expect Ihe manifold coupling ol an XJ900 to be able lo replace the coupling on a Triumph Trophy, Ihe software on different machines is not interchangeable.
IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING Thai is, it’s impossible unless you manage lo fool your system into believing that it's actually a different machine entirely. This is a task tor an emulator.
An emulator is a piece of software or. In most cases, a piece of soflware and hardware lhaf can be added lo your system to fool it into thinking mailt is something else.
Emulators are big business on the Amiga.
Because Ihe operating system is so flexible and Ihe hardware is so impressive it is not too difficult lo convince our Amiga that it is in lad a Spectrum, C64. PC or even a Mac. In fad, Ihe Mac is a lot easier than the others, because both Ihe Apple and Ihe Amiga run off the same family ot processors All lhat is really required is a piece of software which will interpret adions from Ihe processor and route them through the corred architedure on Ihe Amiga. Plus, of course, you will need the operating system and the ROMs of a Macintosh.
DRIVING AMBITION The other main problem is Ihe disk drive. As many of you may know. Ihe Mac uses a strange disk mechanism. Whereas Ihe PC just uses a different formal lo Ihe Amiga, the Mac uses a diflerent formal and a different mechanism. The Mac drive changes speed as Ihe heads move in and out from Ihe centre of the drive, in an effort to squeeze more data on (though a standard Mac disk adually only holds 800k).
To gel around this A-Max uses its own format disks for Mac applications, and provides a utility for file transfer on a Mac disk. This does mean lhat initially, lo gel Ihe system running, you need lo have quite extensive access lo a Mac.
SOFT SPOT In theory, you can run System 7 and virtually every other piece of Macintosh software provided you have Ihe necessary memory and hardware. In practise, it is almost imposible lo run anything unless you nave the Plus card and or a Mac drive.
Allhough a System called Minitransler will allow you ‘to formal disks which can be used on both Ihe Amiga and the Mac these can only hold 270k, which isn't enough lo copy over the system files required to bool frpm, unless you use a really old system (wpich mayyiot be compatible with some of AMAX II . . A I a glance
• A-Maxll Ihta is card onK • Support* Mat and max disks •
requires ppl ROM* • Hard-drive recommended • Runs System 7 •
Supports pp etan
• I magewritet emulation • support* Mml and KtdenUi options •
mono display Address: Readysott. E o Entertainment
International. 4 The Stannetts. Laindon North Trade Centre.
Basildon. Let: 0268 541126.
READYSOFT £324.99 It would he much less hassle just buying a mac' EASE OF USE 68% VALUE FOR MONEY
7) % EFFECTIVENESS 88% FLEXIBILITY 85% INNOVATION 80% OVERALL 78%
A-Max comes with a sel ot utilities on a Mac dish to
facilitate file transfer by disks, or by modem System system
alone ¦smory Almost all ot your favourite programs will run,
memory permitting. On a plain 68000 can be a little
infuriating trying to get son- Ml work done though.
I WASTE OF TIME Once you get going using A-Max isn’t too bad. It s |ust the transfer of files that becomes a real pain.
5 software). There is an option to store the software over several disks, but if you r that an average Mac system is over 1 Mb, it's going to take quite a number d disks. Interestingly the disk transfer application supplied refused to run on a
- rilcx running System7.
All the test software did run on the A-Max though, including QuarkXPress and ' cWrife. Photoshop did work eventually, but only after some teething problems j with memory settings and using the virtual memory option from System7. Basically.
[ »run most of the applications you are going to have to set aside two or three megs and a sizeable chunk of a hard-drive.
CONCLUSION A-Max doesn’t really make it as a Mac replacement unless you connect your own drive. The unit we tested proved to be quite unreliable when it came to read- disks (but this may have just been a knackered drive unit).
A-Max is still a bit of an oddity. It can work quite well, and is fairly stable but the ilty in setting it up coupled with the restrictive screen displays and its rather slow speed mean that it's much less hassle buying a Mac. With a Mac Classic II at about £800 with a hard drive and a 68030, it hardly seems worth forking out the money for a lesser machine. If A-Max could support some more of the Amiga graphics modes it may be more useful to professionals but ordinary chaps like you or me would be better off saving up for the real thing. Su ROM BOTHER The only problem, and this applies le ell
Bsc empleton, is that Apple ere peculiarly p their ROMs. The unit weds heo 128k Apple BOMs alWlcdto Ihe old Mac Plus to ho able h Because of licences and what hate yon, Beadysofl are pot stile lo sell Ihe units with ROMs supplied. So anyone patting the Anns unH will he»e to motemher to order the BOMs Irom an Apple dealer.
I« lake struts wort.
The second piece ol bad luck Is Ibal since Ihe Mac Plot is out of prodiction, these ROMs are quite ditlteull to come across. Some cnoMoi shops are Importinj them direct Irom America, bet that the ROMs are now selling al spectacular prices (one usually they can he obtained toraboul £80 - 90). The unit lo demand and limited supplies it's really a case el ringing atoned unlit yon find someone who baa a sat and Oien haggling the price At last! Street Fighter II, currently the most popular arcade game, is about to become available for your home computer. Ask your dealer when!
CAPCOI Available on: Spectrum cassette, C64, Amstrad CPC cassette & disk.
Atari ST. Amiga and PC Compatibles.
Street Fighter'll 01992 ('upturn USA Inc. All right* reserved. Street Fighter'll i* a registered trademari of Capon USA Inc. Manufactured and dUtributcd under license from Capon USA Inc by UA (lold I JtL Unit* 23 Holford Way Holford, Birmingham. Bfi 7AX ail Order Express Distribution.
P.O. Box 95, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 OPH JjgJ Call us on 081 559 1704. Or 081 504 8377. 7 days 8.30am - 10pm
- 23-99-
25. 99
22. 99
25. 99
21. 99
26. 99
25. 99
23. 99
22. 99
22. 99
10. 99 Cool Croc Twins Cruise for a Corpse Dagger of Amon Ra
D generation Darklands Darkseed Dune Dungeon Master Elvira 2
Jaws of Cerberus25.
Epic 22 Espania Games 92 24.
Etemam 22.
Euro Championships 92 23.
Eye of the Beholder 2 23 F117A Nighthawk 25 Falcon 3.0 Version C 31 3DConstruction Kit Aces Of The Pacific Another World Battle Isle Birds Of Prey B17 Flying Fortress Battlechess Carl Lewis Challenge Chessmaster 3000 Civilization Conquest of the Longbow 25.99 99 99 Indiana Jones Fate Of Atlantis 23.99 Legend 20.99 Leisure Suit Larry 5 25.99 Lemmings 15.99 Oh No More Lemmings 12.99 Links 26.99 Links 386 Pro 29.99 Links Troon North Course 13.99 Lure of the Temptress 23.99 Magic Pockets 23.99 Mega Fortress 21.99 Monkey Island 20.99 Monkey Island 2 23.99 Perfect General 25.99 PGA Tour Golf Plus
22.99 Plan 9 From Outer Spcae 23.99 Fascination Flames Of Freedom Gods Gunship 2000 Guy Spy Head To Head Heart Of China Heimdall Hero’s Of The 357th Hook Imperium Police Quest 3 25.99 Powermonger 21.99 Prince of Persia 9.99 Prophecy Of The Shadow 22.99 Pushover 20.99 Quest For Adventure 26.99 Rocketeer 20.99 Shadowlands 20.99 Shuttle 24.99 Special Forces 25.99 Star Trek 25th Anniversary 24.99 Super Tetris 22.99 The Manager 19.99 Top League 23.99 Ultima 6 17.99 Utopia 20.99 Willy Beamish 25.99 Wing Commander 1 17.99 Wing Commander Deluxe32.99 Wing Commander 2 25.99 Special Operations 1 14.99
Special Operations 2 14.99 Speech Disks 12.99 Xenon 2 Megablast 8.99 P+P Only £1.00 U.K. Orders. (Europe £4.00) Disk Boxes.
3. 5 inch 20 capacity 1.50 A
3. 5 inch 100 capacity 4.75 B 150 capacity deluxe stackable 13.49
C
3. 5 inch 250 capacity 22.99 C Mlkl Mouse 13.99 B 9 25 pin with
house, disks and manuals Mouse Mats 1.99 A Mouse Pockets 1.45
A
3. 5 inch Cleaning Kits 1.45 A Zy-Fi Stereo Amplified Speakers
35.99 C 14 inch Monitor Stand 10.49 B Quickshot Warriors 5
Analogue Joystick
9. 99 B Konix Speedking Analogue Joystick
16. 99 B Dual port Adjustable Speed Games Card
13. 99 B Screenbeat Speakers 19.99 B P+P Codes A 50p. B£1.00.
CS3.00. Disks.
3. 5 inch ds dd preformatted 3.5 inch ds hd 25
11. 30 25
17. 50 50
20. 50 50
32. 95 100
36. 90 100
58. 95 200
68. 95 200
109. 85 300
103. 45 300
161. 95 500
167. 50 500
254. 95 All disks supplied come with labels P+P included.
Video Users: VideoWare Presents A New And Innovative Concept In Video Titling The VideoGold Collection superb animations and effects to transform your videos into professional looking productions instantly!!
12 Disks full of su Mix and match the animations with your own text or use our specially designed brushes and animbrushes supplied to give you endless variations and cover every occasion.
Designed by graphic artists, the volumes cover Weddings, Birthdays, Sport, Holidays, Parties, Children, Special ocasions and much more!
All will run on Amigas with a minimum of 1 meg and Dpaint 3 or 4 and any other graphics or multimedia program supporting anims animbrushes.
Animated Wedding Album, Christening, Animated Copyright Messages, Holidays and Places, Anniversaries, Christmas, - you name it!! ,*.
_ '“ Just £29.99 for the 12 disk collection Don’t worry if you have little or no graphics experience.
The VideoGold collection comes complete with a full user guide to enable you to get the most from the Disks - we even supply a hot-line for those who need further assistance.
OUT NOW!
VideoGold Wedding cotlectlor Dozens of animations for the eddlng professional. All brand ne and of the highest quality. Please note these animations require a iinimum of 2 megs or more to loa Into Dpaint or Seals.
PRICE £29.99 inc. Please state Volume required when ordering. Overseas please add £5.
Please make cheques P.O's Payable to Videoware and send your order to: VIDEOWARE (Dept. CUA) , Heather Close, Locking Stumps lirchwood Warrington. WA3 7NX 50 B CHOOSE FROM 2 SUPER GAME GEAR PACKAGE DEALS mu. A 0279 600204 0279 600204 For further help, information or advice please telephone 0925 - 851559.
GAME GEAR GAMES Sega Game Gear with Columns FREE Membership Mains Adaptor or FREE Black Carry Case PKASf STATt YOU* CH0«* 0» FftCE ft EM OH Xht OflOEfl FORM um. ¦ t* umi woiuc n*t A *t BATT16P M M BATMAN RITUHN8......23 *9 STORAGE BACK FOB CABTBfOCFS (STACKABLE) BBS SEGA MASTER OEAR CONVERTER PACK FOB GAME ;a*Aaiac*Mrshn«MBB«K»-- gear «*«***•*E* BEESHU I J"" '-1 29 89 MAGNIFIER FOR LOGIC 3 MAINS GAME GEAR «L AOAPTOR 7 M SICA MAINS AOAPTOR (GEnlane rrfMi SEGA WIOC GEAR MAGHMfl 999 FOR GAME 0EAR14 » Sega Game Gear with Sonic and Sega Mains Adaptor FREE Membership FREE Super Monaco GP
CARRYBA3 FOR GAME GEAR OR LVNX 2 1099 Open to 8pm Weekdays and to 5pm Weekends GAMEBOY Totris game, Batteries. Stereo Headphones. Two Player Lead FREE Membership PRFE Holster. Cartridge Pouch, Belt & Stereo Camera Case or Konix G.B. Holster KONIX G.B. HOLSTER FOR GAMEBOY (ATTACHES TO We only supply members but you can order as you Join.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP UK E6.99 EEC E8.99 WORLD E10.99 The Special Reserve lull colour club magazine NRG is sent to all members bi-monthly. NRG features full reviews of new games plus minl-reviews. New ap-™ products, Special Reserve charts. R M Release Schedule and hundreds of V PLUS • EVERY ISSUE CONTAINS j' ' C30 worth of money-off £a coupons to save even more money off our amazing prices.
Wc sell games and accessories, all at amazing prices, for Megadrive, Master System. Game Gear, Super NES.
Gameboy. NES. Lynx. Amiga. Atari ST. IBM PC and CDTV Best Service, Best Prices, Biggest Selection
120. 000 people have joined Special Reserve, so don't delay, join
today!
0FDER NOW WT1ME FOR X-UASI rWE ONLY SUPPLY MEMBERS BUT YOU CAN ORDER AS YOU X«N THERE IS A SURCHAPG6 OF K» W GAME ON TELEPHONeO ORDERS (PLEASE PR NT IN BLOCK CAPITALS) m J SAW I Name_ 'Phono i Enter membership number (if applicable) or I Mcfipcryitp £6.89 UK. £8,99 EEC. DP 99 WylU ALL PRICES INCLUDE UK POSTAGE A VAT Get on the BAIL, with the Best AMIGA Graphics Software.
We are Authorised Main Distributors of X-CAD.
We are Authorised Distributors of IMAGINE.
Om SERUICES LTD For Software and Hardware at LOW PRICES!
Write. Telephone or FAX(24HRS.), for our FREE 32 PAGE BROCHURE and DEMO DISK DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA SERVICES LTD.
87,Victor Gardens . Hawkwell. Hockley .
Essex . SS5 4DY. Tel Fax. 0702 206165
• SPECIAL OFFERS A500 KEYBOARDS £42.10 Factory new. Genuine part
FATTER AGNUS 8372A £36.50 I Meg chipram compatible CIA 1C
£10.93 Printer, Serial. Drive ports GARY 1C £11.50 INTERNAL
3.5" DRIVE £38.99 Simple lo fit. Fully documented ROM SWITCHER
£14.95 Keyboard!mouse switched K1CKSTART 1.3 ROM £25.00 For
software compatibility KICKSTART 2.04 ROM £29.90 Upgrade to
A500+ Rom SUPER DENISE £29.90 Excellent value
6801) 0 CPU £15.00 £19.95 £19.95 PAULA IC DENISE A ATTENTION ALL
DEALERS A Our company now offer Ihe most competitive dealer
repair service.
Full credit facilities available Send for our Free information pack today... We reserve the right to refuse repair for whatever reasons Prices only valid with this coupon Service HOTLINE (0533) DART Computer Services p=n 105 London Road ~ a LEICESTER 1.( 2 iii-i K Computer Services 1(1.111 nil u.iii * ii nasuin 'T59 ST Computer Services UNIT IB BEEHIVE TRADING ESTATE, CREW HOLE ROAD, ST GEORGE, BRISTOL BS5 SAY TEL: 0272 550900 FAX: 0272 411051 Ring with credit card or send SAE tor information.
AMIGA R E PA IRS & S PA RES ? FREE ESTIMATES ?
? NO STANDARD CHARGES ?
? 48 HOUR TURNAROUND ?
? 3 MONTH WARRANTY * r COLLECTION DELIVERY ARRANGED ?
? FREE TECHNICAL HELPLINE * FREE SOFTWARE WITH ALL REPAIRS ?
Repair price examples: Board Repairs from £13.90; Disc Drive Replaced £59.95; Replacement Keyboard £59.95 We will collect from your door today! (if advised before 2pm & in UK mainland) Free Pitting on all Upgrades. ROMS & ROM Switchers!!
' ,MegExpnoCloe* £19.95 V, Meg Exp wth Ckx* ... £24.95
500. Exp SIMMS Type E39.95 1 5Mb Virgo Exp .£69.95
External DrWe £59.95 Keyboard ROM Sharer £24.95 Fatter
Agnus___________ Super Denise------ PfYuftf Cunnlv
.£4500 .£39 96 P38 95 Gary---------
Oemse .. Paula .....-£15.00
£28.00 ......£25.00 rower supply lot
D Drive____:.____ . .£49.96
rwfw 68000 ..... ___________£15.00
13 K S Rom . .£2996 204 ROM___
._..£44.00 Highpoww PSU--- .£45 00
SS20CIA .. .....£13.95 Amiga A600 Memory
Expansions from £64.95 All Spares Prices include next day
delivery Visa Order Hotline Open from 9am-9pm 7 days a week
HAWKWELL ELECTRONIC SERVICES 0 2 WYMANS COTTAGES, MOUNT
BOVERS LANE, HAWKWELL. HOCKLEY. ESSEX. SS5 4JB.
ORDERS 6 ENQUIRIES TEL SOUTHEND-ON-SEA 0702 207593 19am-9pm} TECHNICAL HELPUNE TEL. SOUTHENDON-SEA 0702 207274 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri) CALLERS WELCOME Mon-Fri 9am-6pm & Sat I0ant-2pm) TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME CALL FOR OUR FREE DEALER PACK PRODUCT TEST A few months ago, a PD utility called Sample Maker appeared The idea was that you could synthesize samples, which could then be saved out and used with a music program. However, instead of giving you lots of knobs and switches to play with, it demanded you make new sounds by stringing together short sections of variously shaped waves. The results
were hardly instant and, more importantly, far from impressive. Now, Cambridge International Software has come up with an alternative program, and taken a whole new approach in the process.
Tired of using the same old instrument samples?
Tony Horgan looks at a new way of creating your own.
Unlike Sample Maker, Sound FX Maker (SFXM) uses a similar form of synthesis to that of synth keyboards. By passing a simple wave (or a number of waves) through a series of oscillators, filters and other gadgets, some weird and wonderful sounds can be produced. Old synths had lots of knobs and sliders for you to alter the levels of all the effects. I had hoped SFXM would use a similar interlace, but instead the programmers have gone for a familiar combination of icon and requester box controls.
CIRCUIT TRAINING It you're into circuit diagrams (and let’s face it.
Who Isn't?), you'll love SFXM. To make any kind of sound, you first have to construct a kind ot flow chart, made trom icons picked trom the menus.
Starting with a sound source, referred to as a Constant Generator, you can then use the mouse to place any number of ‘components’ anywhere around the screen. Once you've got a tew oscillators and tilters down, you can set about joining them together, defining the route the sound should take.
For those expecting to be able to hear the results ot their experiments instantly there’s a little disappointment in store. Before you can get any noise trom the machine you have to move into the sample creator section. Tell it to compute the sample and it sends a wave through the tlow chart, the results ot which appear a tew moments later in the sample window. As it does this a progress meter keeps you informed ot how much ol the sample has been computed, just to let you know it hasn’t crashed or gone to sleep.
UNREAL TIME Unlike realtime synthesizers, with SFXM you can't hold down a note and change parameters simultaneously. This is a bit ot a shame as it makes tine adjustments tar too time-consuming to bother with.
By the time you've changed the oscillator level and re-done the sample you’ll have probably lorgotteh how it sounded in the first place. There's not really much the programmers could have done about this, but a taster sample creation routine would have helped.
So what sort ol sounds can it produce? Well, while some are distinctly reminiscent ot the ok) C64 noises (i.e. piercing nasal whines), it is capable of knocking out some quite rich strings, deep and buzzy background hums, zappy techno-style eftects and the odd electric piano sound. On the whole, the genera) sound is rather metallic. Where it tails down is in the bass department. Digital synths have never been much good at synthesiz-.
Ing decent basses and those created by SFXM are rather gutless. Your own samples can also be used as the source sound, which can then be processed by all the usual oscillators, etc. With the noise generator you can try making drum sounds or try some wind, rain or thunder effects.
CONCLUSION SFXM is hardly the most user-friendly program around but its complicated structure is also one ot its strengths. Because you have complete Ireedom over which components you use and where you place them, you can come up with an almost infinite number ot new sounds. Add to this the fact that each component's parameters can be edited with extreme accuracy and your options ate opened up further still.
Once you get over the initial difficulties of understanding the workings ot the program, you’ll have a lot ot fun messing around with it. As you start making samples from scratch, rather than editing the numerous demo sounds, most will be pretty useless, but now and again you can come up with a tew beauties. It does take quite a bit of patience to get results, but it you're willing to put in the hours your endevours will eventually be rewarded, o
• t It • I- 1 - S • I ¦' .1 : i. a-- jr+|r ;i.
•1-3-1- ' J-M'F r- n it* &E-3J- Sound FX Maker ii t n % I a n Address: Sound FX Maker can be obtained ttom Cambridge International Software. Suite 2A. Leroy House. 436 Essex Road.
Islington. London. Nt 3QP. Tel: 071 226 3340.
C. I. S. £39.95 A unique sound synthesis utility, complicated by
its structure EASE OF USE 65% VALUE FOR MONEY 80%
EFFECTIVENESS 81% FLEXIBILITY 78% INNOVATION 85% OVERALL 82%
NEON Software Quote CU Amiga when you order please
CHEQUES POSTAL ORDERS PAYABLE TO: NEON SOFTWARE. 106 BORDESLEY
ROAD. MORDEN, SURREY SM4 5LT. TEL: 081 646 7751 P&P (PD) 70p •
P&P (Hardware) £1 • P&P (Computers-Consoles-Printers-CDTV) £5
• Next Day Delivery £10 the hew y m ga goo WITH GAME. 1 MEG
MEMORY WORKBENCH V2 04 DIRECT TV LINK. CARTRIDGE SLOTS FOR NEW
TYPE GAMES. MOUSE. MOUSE MAT AND HI-POWER POWER ADAPTOR BONUS
cllliiow (of i price OR WITH 20MB P&P IS £5 HARD DRIVE FOR
IT-5P U ION ALL AN AMAZING PRICE i “ * P " COMPUTERS) DEMOS &
MUSIC GAMES SPECIAL LATEST!! F I il Mill I | | !¦ PACKS 50
GREAT GAMES 101 .RUBMXSiri ly iMOOCVf WNXM.
Iu.Lio.va not
* MOKtatMOMtQ m YUMOTIULOVK 'it. Onntiottuiwue 101 am IMUTIUTES
|2) ..2 Disks (X) ..18. only IWB2) Workbench 2.
Only SOFTWARE JOYSTICKS SPECIALS ETJOTTl 40 DEMOS Cheetah Bug
rr.p. E14.99 only £13.49 6 MEGAMIXES DIZZVSEttEUfl ActtlTlfH
Comp Pro Xtra
r. rj). E1799 only £14 99 SpeedKing Mega pack Joystick plus 4
Codemasters Games £1699 MKMPSZACATS UT SAWTSXBMD Piimsvm ANY 2
PACKS Mdtoursn OLIWICOWUWjt ALL4PACKS EASY AMOS £24.99
TILITIES ALSO AVAILABLE A670 CD ROM DRIVE (A600) WITH
INTERFACE £399.99 A501 512K GENUINE CBM RAM EXPANSION PLUS
COMPT.
£39.99 PRINTERS FROM E99 Fly Ihe most accurate flight simulator ever created.
Fly against the most deadly opponent known, real people! From bi-planes of WWI to jets of the Korean War. Know what it was really like to fly. Air Warrior simulates the world of the real ACF.
.. best flight simulator ever.** Amiga Format “thrilling... the greatest experience in flight simulator history.** PCI Format “unparalleled ... amazing... huge.” NCE “game dynamics impossible to duplicate in conventional computer simulation.” Omni “incredibly realistic flight simulator.*' What PC Amiga. Mac Color Sc Mono. PC and ST £34.99 Air Warrior includes: Two comprehensive manuals. Campaign Map. Terminal Off-line Trainer, Data disks. Free Host membership. £30 of connect credit. Modem offer For further information call On-line on 081 -558 6114.
642a I.ea Bridge Road. London F.I0 6AP.
Host 081-539 6763.
CLIP ART PACK
• o MW cc*K4cn M I) UmrHtmrm PACK ONE iMh EXCELLENT Km OTP
AUUCWStor
- £15.00 - D RECT PD GAMES PACK THREE PACK SEVEN £15.00 PACK
EIGHT PACK FIVE ANIMATIONS UTILITIES (cont) PO 1 SIARTOI*
T*»lHOl«jr*«ri?0*SP P0G7 SueiWrOOMl Mg7DnNSM POG7I BOR*
H.HS.7HBIP POG it JC4FCCP PARGMAR POG54 “M IT IO.Itod P POG 44
HUTMACHNLPOaBaton POG 50 SUUNa&enorroorMSoNSI POGM A* ACE IP
POG 61 ELECTRIC TRAN ST P POG 67 SPECnUM GAMES «X IP POG 4)
SRECTBUMQAMCSVOl 7P POG 44 PUZZUSOIM POG 70 DRS-P POG 71
UAMATBONftrtrfMMVI pog 7) Tmwrm POG 75 TAPff TM GAME P POG 77
VrAeTBX.rToNoaOMMMonP POG 7* CARO SHARP P POG M 0**A CHAulNGEI
POGM JECSAROTSMUP POG 45 KXLTYKXX) Trfrt* P POG S6 CSAZT5UI POG
7 AMIGA COUUMNSP POGM EMNOI OP TM PAETANT CAMELS • By Mf mm
POGM THE All MW S?M U« ¦ Jr- Baton mrnrQ POG *1 IftXPCOP 10TMAN
• Graal w LAM) Be* odorauraP POG *7 ASMOO
5uorpMnMgam«orroddc*oP POG*) GCAMNOlflRVAhonaAEoPckHMcSw* POG
*4 UMMN3O0S AWKMi** odE1««n(6 POG *5 WTEBNATONEE OBCHT -
B'lEtaN ory PW»* POG** BARON BAECMC • Good pEotom gam* damo P
P0G97 OAMOCTHH***** P POGM MRNTAl MACE GAMES *1 -OWrro.
POG** MENTAE MAGE GAMES*? - SibOpiB *My Set* SI POG 100 PUGGUSP POG 101 GX700 BM»ani»»roP POG 107 W Al WAR ¦ very good flraogy oano P POG 10) BAU UXORNO LA* Modi 0000' SI POO 104 E-rrPI-Ito font Asan*» gam* P POG 105 MAMA Mkpoor Pod am t® ory good' P POG 106 ARPOP Mn-pEowEMATCPwuMorP POG 107 QUADBH • EacMM nixOe gam* P FOG 1M CATACOMB AIMNTjRl p DEMOS UTILITIES 'V*tMMr(?MeglOT • • OLU CONFLICT • ArxtfhK IS tUUuW 0 Ma*p miT EEVINGE - MM P C»WIJ|I|NIO»i EDUCATIONAL ? VIRUS FREE ? 48 HOURS DESPATCH ? FIRST CLASS DELIVERY CATALOGUE DISK Qjr kj*y L*xJa»e cortaro doNnls oi our 2S00 dn* cottedton It
obo has some FREE gomes « ¦ This is one ol Ihe moslprolessional disks you wEisee Flease send 3 Fm Qau ssomps to recewe your co** ArwmqBveh. Too con hove cne w*i your W order MUSIC POM ooe WMKIRS SONG a oats sf* POM 009 R« ON TIMES BATDANCi P POM Oil MO MCMAJl iAOOON SI POM 070 BAIDANCZP .
POM 07' D-**» MEGAMUSC 1 Si POM 010 OCTAL OXJ*TI pom osi acsAiccpraeri pom ost aecwopt fmP PCM OM VMCC*a *U9CK‘G«r«»P1
• CMOS POM 040 MRVANGEU5MM0P POM 04) OGETAECONCERTW POM on W1
VEITS TX BEACH BODS POM 000 OIOITAE CONCERT VI POM 047
WOOrxjrUGiR POM 00) mi NS AM BOX POM oes MSA* «ia-Doom* Th«-s»
PCM OM 5URMU5ICP POM 0*1 BOMCS’MMEMBOBDCBAnseSM POM OM HFHWP
POM I0« WM«»OMlr» POM « lAaiNMrwdKMS POM 04 BfTTVIOOP POM 104
MREOEEMOOI PCM 117 AASHGCeDCNdCMMSI POM 1*4 MATMCK TQAD5AMOHV P
POM 170 lAEMlBHAPDTOCHBIP POM 174 NASPV70 POM 1)1
PCDHOPBOT5RIMB4IS!
POM 1)7 PfT1MO*»d«MB*7P FGO 001 ANARONOEMO FCX) 004 C4ATH5TAR MIGAOEAEO17 DMS PCO 007 IIWAOEMO PCO 016 POBOCCSOEMOP PCO 0)1 ANAMCm -Ocn r» cEsn y PCO 051 HATKICfl-AnMpa* POO 057 HAIBOtl-VwoePQMrOirP POO 055 mi*GM*GAMMOMDOaW PCO 047 KJPWARMEGCEMO*?
PCO 070 mi) MEGACEM3 PCO on RK SECTOR MMO 44 PCO 075 SCOCRil OCMO PCO 07* SCOCREX MEGACEMO P pco 0** Maoenc pelosoemor)* PCO 0*7 PREOAIORSPPEGROEMOOOatal POO 0*B SAFE 5E DEMOP POO 07 BLOBBAMEIOOMSP POO ns MACMEHFEIDS DEMO 5 40 POO DO CKABTMOMNCEMOP POO 1)1 OBOMaOEAIO POO 1)4 MACMTCH05CEA404W PCO 157 HASH XO EMM NO PRSTOOMSP POO IS) Bbi'CONNOUfMMOOOrMSP PCO 140 HAIWlBMOi' PCO 177 BUWAMI POO 17* CPBONCS lefa DmKvxW POO 7)8 IRAQ VS OjyVAPT CEMO POO 787 (HEMMNNAIMGREAP POO 784 PHENOMENA TE*M**UC* PCO 7*7 BATMANOEMOP POO )0* OOIAEMOMBCNBrAnarO* PCO M7 MATURE PRBDI PCO 0t LRXR5RE *ETEN5T» PCO tot
AlPHA OMEGA P» POO 50 OECAVNj PARAOGE B» Artfamam P POO )ll OCOKSTBrMaraDOaks Suwtn POO )I7 HARO*MEO ByCnonwandSMrOiOOMS POO 5D VOYAOE Boro. 1*11 P POO 514 GLOBAL IPPICI RED SECTOR INC POU 401 WCEAAOMAPJ* POU 544 *511 TITO OOK*1 pou *7 nunsssosiBi POU tn BSVEOCeOBBOKOOR POU tn tSiVECTOMAEDIOnOR POU 5*4 R5I KMT EOPTOR «XJ 545 I5B VECTO* MSCMR POU 59V6 7 n MOOUU5 *1.7 B 5 FISH COLLECTION Ntiw-mndMsNo me T-BAG COLLECTION 25 10.99 50 20.50 100 56.99 250 34.99 500 164.99 ALL DISKS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED AND ARE COMPLETE WITH LABELS jgf .
4. 49 I
6. 49 J r£2= I 100 Capacity |ll20C«p»city 3222222 rfiESE I 100
Cap. Box » 503.5" DS DD 24.49 120 Cap. Box +10035" DS DD 4299
I 90 C«p. Sant box+5035" PS PP 29.49 15"BANK BOX -90 CAPACITY
A SUPERB rrOOUCTWHICH IS DOTH LOCKABLE AND STACKABLE ONE 935
TWO 18.95 THREE 2635 SNAP COMPUTER SUPPLIES LTD HOTLINE t to
awllaW ty - All prices Include VAT.
3p.pfor4s*s»nah»«» E&OE.
RIBBONS-POST FREE Full Mart Brand 2 off 4 off WCEEACH Citizen 120D 124D Swift24 275 255 Citizen Swift 24 Colour (original) 15.00 Panasonic KXP1080 1123 1124 3.25 3.05 Star LC10 LC20 260 240 Star LC10-4 Colour 5.90 5.70 Star LC24-10 295 275 Star LC24-10 Colour (original) 1250 Star LC200 3.00 200 Star LC200 Colour (original) 1150 StarLC24-200 295 275 Star LC24-200 Colour (original) 1250 Ribbon re-Ink_ 1295 ACCESSORIES - POST FREE Amiga External Drive 49.99 A50014MBupgradewithclock 23.99 A500WMBupgradewithoutcloek 21.99 Mouse Mat 299 Mouse Holder 299 Roll 100035 Disk Labels 8.99 Amiga A500dust
cover 350 Phillips monitor cover 3.99 Star LC10. Star LC20 covers Star LC24-10, Star LC24-200 covers 3.99 SNAP COMPUTER SUPPLIES LTD Fax: 0703 457222 Unit 16. The Sidings, Hound Rd. Netley Abbey. Southampton S03 50A WACK PD The Latest and Best PD Before Any Other Library In The Country!
Demos IM Attempt Aahsolutr * Black Mafic Brims Mrpdrmo 2 ?
Burn inf Spear * Cai Computer Club * Deja Vu Delirium Dynamic Illusions * Hardwired (2) llumantarget In TW Kitchen + Maiimum Velocity Multica ?
Odyssey (5) Piece Of Mind * Point Blank SOS * Sunstone (2) ?
Inknown Territory Music Amatar Brim We Musk Black Kaergy ?
Bruno • Muaic Box 2 ?
Bruno s Muaic Bos J (2) ?
('uhecreafions (yanide Rave Music 1 +• Difital Imsco
D. I Innovator Music Disk 1 Jesterday Kefrens Multimix 2 ?
Legalise It ?
Manic Raves 2 (4) Rave Visions ?
Robbed Ripped Musk 1 ?
Rolling (2) ?
Slay* Teeknu Tower Techno Warrior The Dhij Dark Tralime (4) Total Kaos (2) Animation Agatron A mm* 2-35 (Ca«) ?
Amy V Walker ?
At The Movies 2 ( 0 * Battle Chess Anims * Cruise For A Corpse * Education Of Cool Cougar * Jet Anlm ?
Linus NakUsomti Rules III Real Pinball * Station At Kbern • Games Airmania ?
Bionix 2 ?
(yanide Games Pack 1 ?
Diplomacy * lemmings Levels * Maria 3.0 ?
New Year Lemmings 1992 * Slide Shows Agatrem Slides 2-13 (Call) ?
Akira Slides ?
GruaH Slides 7 ?
Llellrslser Utilities Assassins Print Utils * Fractal Genarators ?
Icon Master Magnum Disk Mag Creator ?
Optl Conuns 2 ?
Text Engine VJJ ?
W orld Data Bank • Disk Mags Grapevine 9 (2) ?
Grapevine 10 (3) ?
Grapevine 11 (2) Disks marked + arc A500+, A600 compatible. Any number in brackets is number of disks All disks £1:25 Please add 75p P & P per order Send £1:00 for our catalogue disk, loads more quality titles!
Please make chequcs poslal orders payable to : "WACK" Tel: 0642 256548 WACK PD Unit 3.6 New Exchange Buildings Queens Square Middlesbrough Cleveland TS2 IAA.
St. 24-Bit graphics havetraditionally been the domain of wealthy professionals. Mat Broomfield looks at a Of com, v.kla Pro con produce 24 Bit It octal londwapev You may have noticed ihrm an TV recently (Tomorrow's World - Growing board that changes all that. »ion.,o.Mo..i OVER 16 MILLION COLOURS At last you can draw and digitise with a lull palette ol 16.8 million colours thanks to Archos and Checkmate Digital With three boards ranging between £249 and £599 in price. Archos have managed lo produce a fully featured system lhat falls within the reach ol ordinary people The cheapest ol Ihe
boards (AV12) Is a 12-Bit unit capable ol displaying up to 4096 colours, although unlike HAM mode there are no fringing problems AvideoYC is the most expensive ol Ihe trio and has yel to be released, but it will apparently include a built-in genlock and digitiser, making it Ideally suited to video titling and the like The remaining board is called Avideo24 (AV24). And iTs the subject ol this review 24-BIT A500 AV24's most exciting leature apart Irom its low pnce) Is the fact that it can be used on an A500 Apart trom Checkmate s HAM-E system - which was not 24 Bit in any case - this is the
first board that will work on a machine without expansion slots. However, despite what has been wntten in other magazines, don't be tooled into thinking that it can be used with an ordinary' A500 The unit consists ol a board which is approximately three inches wide by lour long, and which plugs into Ihe Denise slot in Ihe Amiga The Denise chip is then plugged into Ihe AV24 board.
A trailing cable trom the board terminates with a standard RGB plug lo which you can connect any Amiga monitor (although a multi sync is the ideal choice). II Ihe unit is lilted to an A1500, 2000 or
3000. This plug will simply tit into the video slot at the back
ot the computer Unfortunately the A500 was never designed
with this sort ot expansion in mind, so getting the plug
outside the casing means cutting a hole in the plastic to
feed the cable through. To make matters worse, the cable
Isn't long enough lo reach Ihe only part ol Ihe casing
with space tor an extra plug (the back right-hand comer),
so It means that you'll have to make an untidy cut at the
back left side ol Ihe computer To add insult lo injury,
despite the tact that the board is quite small, it's
sufficiently high to stop you Irom replacing the metal
shielding inside your A500.
Problems aside, AV24 CAN be lilted Into an A500 in less than ten minutes, and once in place there's no reason why it can't remain their happily lor Ihe life ol Ihe Amiga When in place, you II hjve two RGB outputs lo choose Irom. Both provide » normal picture in all Amiga resolulions. But the AV24 socket will also produce glorious 24-Bit images upon request.
TV PAINT 01 course, the board s no use without software, and in that area it scores abysmally and incredibly!
How does il rate two such contrasting opinions you might ask’ Well, it's very simple; Ihe package comes complete with TV Paint, one ol the best 24- Bit graphics packages available, and one which would normally retail lor £800 on its ownl Unfortunately it isn't the same version which won such critical acclaim in the past.
There are also six additional pieces ol proprietary software which oiler facilities such as animation, slide show creation and screen display, even genlock control. All ol these pieces ol software are AREXX compatible but here's the BIG comedown they're not )ust AREXX compatible, they're AREXX dependant You absolutely must know how to use AREXX to access Ihe maiority ol worthwhile program features.
At its simplest AV24 can be used as a 24-Bit display board tor viewing any images that you may have created with other software packages These indude ray tracers, such as Imagine and Real 3D, and landscape generators, like Vista Pro If you're fortunate enough to own a 24-Bit scanner or digitiser. You can also view Ihe output ol these programs through AV24 Having established Ihe importance ol a decent graphics package. Archos made a smart move by including TV Paint, a package whose pedigree seems impeccable. Unfortunately, its inclusion creates many more problems, and it's at this point that
many ol the ordinary users at whom the board is aimed may have to quietly np-toe Irom the room.
THE CRUNCH Foi starters. TV Paint requires a 68030 processor (accelerator) or Higher to operate It also needs a whacking eight megs ol 32-Bit RAM (preferably two megs ol chip RAM although you might get away with only one) These necessary extras can easily cost you twice as much as the board itself, and it you go the whole hog and add a hard drive (which is virtually essential too), you might as well say goodbye to £1000-1500 Ol course, you could always buy a GVP A530 Turbo and solve all ol your problems in one hit.
TV Paint is a strange piece ol software Having heard nothing but praise lor it over the last two years, I was expecting it lo be weanng red pants over its (metaphoncal) trousers with a large ’S’ stitched to its (figurative) chestl The first sign that all was not well was in its manual. The fact that it was boring, badly organised. Uninformed. Incomplete and cheaply produced is just the tip ol Ihe iceberg. As an example ol the pitiful level ol grammar, how about this: Working in 32-bite used to required (sc) an important investment as well as cumbersome configurations. But the Amiga Has
brought out a genuine revolution in becoming a professional graphic station' I presume he was trying to say: It used lo require complicated equipment and a lot ol money to work with 32-bit graphics, but the Amiga can now be used as a prolessional graphics workstation.'
Fortunately TV Paint is tairty intuitive to use, so you wont need to refer to the manual much, espe daily if you're very familiar with D-Paint Ivor Photon Paint. To be lair, it’s not actually a bad package. Apart Irom animation and morphing, you can do pretty much the same things as you can with D-Paml My ma|or complaint is that it's so sll- loooowww Even with the requisite 68030 processor and a 68882 maths co-processor, using the software is like working in HAM mode on a normal Amiga.
Most ol the tools are actually more flexible than their D-Paint equivalents: lor example, when drawing spline curves you can deline the tension ol the arc to create llatter or more protruding curves Perhaps pan of my reservation is caused by a lack of lamilianty with the package, and I could conceivably grow to like it more with experience I'm certainly impressed by its definable dither lills which can be used to create graduated fills ol any shape, be they radial, curved, linear or a combination ol all three. I can also appreciate the potential lor its Gamma curve option which can bd
used to alter the colour balance ol an entire picture, per naps accentuating some colours and suppressing others tVkoo*only thowi you o 12-b* dhphry whihl you wort, ond obhougb lloi it nol loo bod moil ol dm torn. I con make a dramatic ddhrence. Compar* dr* graduated dry id dm 12 and 24-b* picneei TV Paint also has an extremely irritating display mode. For some reason, when you're working on a picture, the image is only displayed in 12-bits.
This means that it you have created a very subtle colour spread that you want to apply manually to the screen, you may only see the difference between alternate colours at best 01 course. It Is possible to view your work in true 24-bit, but all drawing functions are temporarily suspended whilst you do so.
SPECIAL EFFECTS Al first glance, the other art package. A V Paint seems unable to compete with TV Paint on any level However, it does have a number ot impor- tant features to commend it, although user friendliness isn't one of them. Its main plus point is the tact that it only requires three megs of memory to operate, although Archos still recom mend at least one - and preferably two - megs of chip BAM. Almost as important is the fact that it displays true 24-bit images, even when you're editing them, so you can see exactly what you're doing at all times h also has a tew special effects net
supported by TV Paint, such as mosaic which can be used to pixelise a screen. I was also pleased to see that it allows you to merge two pictures together by simply loading one on top ot the other It's a pity that the drawing tools are so irritating to use A NIGHT AT THE OPERA The other major piece of software supplied with the board is an animation and slideshow creator viewer called Opera. Unlike TV Paint, it only requires a couple of megs of RAM in order to run smoothly Unfortunately, it also requires a working knowledge of AREXX.
Archos have tried to reduce the pain ol learning AREXX by providing a button-controlled mtedace called OperaCompo By clicking on a button, a selection of appropriate AREXX commands are listed, and it you select one ol them it will be added to the current script. This stil doesn t dsguise the fact that you need to learn about AREXX. But at least Its a step in the nght direction HIGH-SPEED ANIMATION Using its own special compression routines and double buffering, Opera can be used to create 24- bit animations which run at up to 25 frames per second; fast enough for commercial purposes.
Furthermore, you can directly Import standard D- Paint (Anim5 format! Animations. These can then be ovedaid on a 24-Bit background By defining colour 0 as transparent, the program can also be used with a genlock.
As a slideshow generator. Opera supports a variety ol professional style wipes and lades As with all ot its features, these can be accessed directly from the program, or from any other program that has an AREXX mtedace This allows the possibility ot creating multimedia programs, with CanDo for instance, that use Avideo for graphic display whilst retaining access to other Amiga programs to add soundtracks perhaps. In order to access these facilities, the Avideo server must first be run. This small program then allows you to call any AV24 AREXX command.
Without wishing to labour the point. I must just return to the subject ot manuals for a moment The TV Paint manual is abysmal; the AV24 manual is worse, but the Opera manual is virtually non-existent. Archos say that if you want to use the program, a complete manual is freely available from them... in French! For goodness sake, what are these guys playing at. Opera is, potentially? The most important part of the program, yet its Engfish documentation is limited to a couple ot read me files and a lew inadequate photocopied pages' ' For me, this sums up Avideo to a tee. It's a great product at
a fantastic pnee. But it seems to have been produced by the rankest of amateurs These people obviously know nothing of marketing, customer service or product packaging because apart from its box, AV24 just screams incompetence For example, take Ihe following comment in the Avideo command summary: Centenng overscan pictures under AmigaDOS t .3 remains a deeply mysterious affair to us.' No, it's not simply another case of bad grammar: Archos are genuinely saying that they don’t have a clue how the Amiga calculates screen centring because they go on to talk about positioning the screen based
upon 'our best estimate of the centre of the screen'. Perhaps It's just as well that A V Paint only works under Kickstart 2!
CONCLUSION Despite the generally downbeat tone of this review Avideo is a very nice product at an excellent price, and I'm in two minds about buying one tor myself. Even though the supplied graphics packages are slow to use and require lots of memory, between them, they're more than adequate for most requirements.
A product of this nature is complicated enough at the best of times, and the documentation merely hinders any attempts to understand It. To give credit where it's due, Checkmate Digital have been exemplary in their efforts to help me with it.
And I'm confident that this superlative level of service is extended to all of their customers.
AV24 is a world-class product created by people with all the business sense ol a field mouse!
Definitely worth a serious look, but expect much frustration whilst you're learning about it. O AVIDEO 24 ...at a gin*
• 24 nil card * Requiro. K*. 4 mem Addiru Chtckmale Oifilal
UeiI 11. Tht Enterprise Centre. Cranborne Road Potters Jar.
Herttordstiirf. INA 300 Tel 0707 6M6M ARCHOS £599.99 Great
board, great price, great features, crap design.
EASE OF USE 40% VALUE FOR MONEY 95% EFFECTIVENESS 90% FLEXIBILITY 95% INNOVATION 75% OVERALL 80% STRICTLY if, DeptUjTYORK PLACE, NR BRANDON HILL, HOTWELLS, BRISTOL BS1 5UT ,N AUSTRALIA Keeping Public Domain at Strictly Public Domain Prices New Games S Education
* 01 TtmL COMETS (2 ECO)-»( aril [-myiW Bn American foonwicaoi
rtayteMMf «mr RaMI Mmun *» TOS MJTUMENTS-Snul* B Unhludoei ta
ll.laaimmllMI.1 i vi. ¦irs-.ii. .trial, j ¦ ' WjuSifcl h-riutf
uartoDnsl.)
W05 dZTSW-nrtalHdifcllK-n
* • t) '* Cheques P.O's payable to STRICTLY PD «*• Buy 30 or
more disks for just 75p each nr Over 21 disks ONLY 85p EACH «a-
Take the 11+... only 99p per disk when you order 11 or more! ,
¦* Orders of 10 or less pay £1.25 per disk
* - Please add £1 to all Uk orders for first class postage.
Orders from Eruope please add 25p per disk and Rest of World add 50p per disk for extra postage costs.
Catalogue disk available only £1 Reviews of well over 1000 disks + loads more The complete Strictly P.D. library is now available in Australia. To order a catalogue please send a cheque or Postal order for $ 2.00 to Hargware, Dept CU. 29 Woralu St, Woramanga, ACT 2611, Australia.
So ad rwu v«j had droe (•) 120 - bum woxiMi aid mprv far pnotii (.)
W»U CCWOGR*PWCC*liaT-Fumyte
M) is SPAV1SK ntp«M cuMAY n*a»N mo»t' - FourpnlhipniUdm (-1 MO 16
AVOTTOTWIODPlAMFr-CulialfauraHUn-
B. b muQt Irvhn Out H |j MO 18 TOTH®* Thfbanbpn tW»iW«IW UW
JUW3H* H*OT-Sob hc»» peon* lUfafao.
U dflaan ¦***(.)
ITO S22Q1TO' - OtyraAnnpultant f») UtU bOa *M*rr hB.«ir(rinae»:. WI2 IWCUMWTS UrtaU«Art »|r«».
¦AM 1515 ILTHUHICtRS liKtatakonUhhwiVWA l-l 1521 SIP* FONTS Mm ol Mo kt **¦ wih D Pun *(• tUCTHOUD- i «1jb (•) NCAD-CM VUMpi PckAgc (.)
WO BUD J 2 - Gmta* Un««Y*» indwe- tan TO MftlmttytM VmludUna •) TOS 1MA6E LAB - Uhr i mira »•. Ik t TlnfcaiupAs tt*a*uhna0Rb«A «) OT9 '¦£© STHSTCtl 1*1 Baa* ob llr shrattr YhKii.nilie*.9OCkd™ (.)
TOM SHADES A W6 IkWWl - A iBlln B fafe on . Mdo*. S****..dl M» Iff ptt TurteOfc «» M4b I.) TO1I AMWOOS Ml VIDEO CROUMLG - Sekdfaa £« TO2 5- htOIlH - Snxlli Dtdkng i*toKkt (•) TO) Wwlll*.-AMBiair «*»(. • Tot IvltfUDGMnKSffNSB) P»«M»
* * «d „d»c s».ta ftrl Mb n BT pc and peris.
TatiOKlO TO) in*imCDlCT1C* Udt*S) - Pairf att»b*)A (kiUtdlM (.)
TOY WB)5«n»l te»iro-d|*ai«ohrMto Blank Disks 12 In own plastic storaga bo« C7.80 60 .(22.60
100. £40 00
T) bm pr ««« t**du0» P4P U** SMDCWDEWHW7 5Mil**Ormcmrim* 15®
nOBCREOWmmttWSDI-Coatoraloutcd W Amip-U«owB«(.)
W»1 MB TR4CE - F-ioBhu K*y Tr*r am OUMC pscoixiwn - tan a*a» i wtat Creative Utilities (earofYacopta 11 AMKMmuaMMBi*! Hjmkmw ¦hem tinpnoaifliihe*peep. (-1 12 H1KTSTIDD - RmM far wW»« (Mian m *«»i™» to «* »**“ * ¦ ipifmw ¦) anhiatkw mnw - A hnlhw Xmni aa» far WM » Video Production at®) imoiMiwre- WWI .AOWH *rv«»|«iBt nutate* • Imrgnpht .(•*¦« +) mm aiTitrtaiA lomiiTOuihraicnRi mr mnvni.)
WTO MBSYSDV2 Rr«fcinlanfcPC.di» G*wn aagujfe: t*u* t 95 WTO POOS PREDICT*-Inciw china* ol tram** i imW WTO DiaoerOOE* HrllluriraajtaAnr
• 51" hBrM«r*n*d «* •) no* » 5® PUB DflUTDK - bnub* Bbe Vugi 14*
10. 15 Ar*. »«!» «*. UW.to,) an? Nuncmvvi UB24 TOT PI 13 H0 EI -
Ijh upl« U :ln raUrn mndparopry V- canyaM- «h W
nroro*mIno *rw IOH5 AM0SU2JKIM -FMMBcBBltheimiajI 8 AMOS Hid
pal Midi tOOJb BWWID22-tel ileln«**wrfhcMiM*l« tm.rlBHSrt.nB
(.)
HOD MbAlQUXiRvi o-AMutn* Url)(nAA«TO linn IC - A ifatrfm' llli nr to V frUi mi i i* kI Itmkknrnii* u WJQO «• H0U6I - * p»« il 1 arr atknbak MinmTDidBMfiifaH •) 1X021 A5THO PwlASnoiK.Y - Hit tw ynytran ««»(.» We now have FRED FISH 1-700 Useful Utilities MCI IK(HCUDS(lNB)f2nSCl UplBDlh' aafail nlrp»»aw. (.1 MQ2 OA®WTlS EMPIRES (2DISKS) - Hrlantm*r|« rt*mebyTASf«(.» MK) COUXBAL CK V10 - tMn3r tkartnl li (be WraldBK l-l MI2A UCD®aumaw:Vl«-Aii»*B«npBrii lVr...fhltaU.r m l.rduteoWul Pydn.lMttiAixMBtiMpiaMtoaii. (-1 Hi: WnUMOTN IIIXiBVJ ItaillBBo We now have T-BAG 1-61 WI9 AMQ5 FRUIT IMMN: Il -
Fillhlid rr[ulfn.tr I.i MO) CADCOMSYt' ApvtialaMtt .vmlitoltw mi.m C«7 TnWSaaMI Ra»toiwAir*nanB.(.| CM HRHWA aeVcYihfaorr I.) 0999 KOU CAME PMJI Dl* - QM mRnUai tl pma I») GJW BvnUOFWIT.MN 0*1 CAXDSMRI ¦!•*« »(•) c*2OAUcncreatFXHT i«i»mVi.)
09M Wki*XSREVENGE-T.N*fun (-) Gjbi GRCWTTf - Ittu ihM tnmdnil rtatn f-l 0*9 MLWBi.fWyam «• 0*6 JITMAN *W« oFSpdnan Gar I.) G*7 G«»MRm.QB|**et SpileYBBe|.) m or our C969 CERERET *5T10(T8 ®U api »4 ucak Bmfc •) Cm AMMCCB. -ill Bwham Or B*W » Gtl SRVENTUB PaojfMrfa«tall«|4r|in» l- CO Wnttt B**®ibr idP™nd«ie (.i CJ74 A®CAIR«n0N AccfcaBe fWI»Bn*d*BB(« GJ77 STCSVUNOll hhllarl rolr p*. Pne (-) 0®! All VE»STAR T»t* (iDIMS 2DMYES- IMG) -T * tauTM[Bnnl (-) cm AIK *2 U iiilcnHr ttm'OK if npfan* (?)
G210 ArRTOt -AbY-mBrtTnflliNtBuMirt -) (XI51 FFAYrk: tKiCAE Mili-I I**m «jnr (.1 0510 SIWYOR (MUHlni »fa |d* pmt (•) CM HKM'inT HAROT - Hal oul ® «r ia i lot hr C292 StMXHl - Hljhh tnBdafaaur» f- Cffl SaMKTOO N**.mn.«latU«lon*«(.) C2» SwtntB-0nS5-2DWY|SI-wyi 0271 maiY® 2MS*S» FapyMtr»B« »Br -) C2M nimVWRnfC EwrUm«ncfn b( -) 0*2 HMWU1 CH*1EXCT ;« lur dm,I-) GM5 DM POM 007*01 - MkttdlB. Onrflotn «ra (.
G*9 515** SCVSPMI MAWS - Of wur kth 1 kam iau*«ailaiABBB 0590IXHCOKA K* IMCR KTI Lo«d olMN y*nMur Mnil pm» (-1 CJ99 WRKST«r-S|BU«ii»»«*B«*nrtrmibiim* Semi El no* for o«r nw lomut catalogue giving details ol around 1.500 disks including 5001-1 compatibility ¦Sere possible plus loads more.
Mouse Mats available lor £2.99 each
• fa. Gridn Win. Pu* Dnj.
Ffh* 5-1). MattM. UM AriBt timMflttHLi CeWMinkM _ _ Fun Mu«e Spmr lA nac, )«tkOoO l-l -.u*ACAinw m 4 ¦ Tr+tmi Hurt, fm.
Mjsrmm. Srt. Phb*. DkI Cm* “i* H«4h» (.)
CAMBGMiltMM-6: il»». Lint bpN CxMk Imdtl 53 DbATCI.)
2 IH l Y jan. Wcrit Iwm Afllp G599 HOOJ1000TRIVV a"tai»irp G90I TEXT AWENntt CAWS PICK H MftU - Otrr 10 0M Mao iBtutoj Sumw m* S«* Trtk I. ) mm imwn piaitww guiks - ¦mbm gai & vtohm.
MOB (•) 0538 M) IWO lAMi - Art!: jra (.)
(559 **IS(«WC2A 22G«nB«a*fli» Muanfl-I 0544 UAMACCRifCTKW- ' 05* S*iar KN IPP»fX - Irelirt*T-ri md Hr REVOLUTION AUTHOR ENCORE COTV otters vast new possibilities in software tor I Amiga. Apart trom never having to put up with ¦please insert disk 3 in any drive’ again, complex and serious applications previously not possible on the Amiga are now within reach But how does a protect get onto CDTV? Surely a 600Mb disc will take 600 times as long to produce as a 1 Mb game for floppy disk?
This is where authoring systems come in. CDTV 5 can altord to be a little lazy, not needing to compress graphics into the smallest possible size or cut down code so it tits on a disk.
I an authoring system most ol the tedious programming work Is automated, you have a collection ot pictures, sound and text and you arrange them Xito a sensible order with the authoring package.
Or that is how it should be Authoring systems are designed so that nonprogrammers can put CD titles together. With some simple CD titles, in particular POS POI (Point ol Sale Point ot Information) systems, this is guile an easy task With more complex CDTV s (such as Fractal Universe) problems with authonng systems often pop up. And halfway trough a project il you suddenly find your author- ng system can't do what you need it to do you’re stuck, as most systems are not flexible enough to add new code in if you need to.
All the available systems vary in complexity and features, from Scala 1.13, which is probably the only system that can literally be used by anyone without programming knowledge, to AMOS 1.3, a programming language that is so flexible it’s also excellent lor CD authoring, but requires a knowledge of BASIC programming.
LIMITATIONS To understand the features of authonng packages, and to see what is needed tor CDTV developments, you need to examine some of the features, and the limitations, of the CDTV hardware Firstly, the CDTV is an Amiga. It still runs Kickstart 1 3 and It only has a megabyte ol chip ram. No fast ram, and a standard speed 68000 processor Kickstart 1 3 Is not a major problem All of the programs reviewed here will work with Kickstart
1. 3. Some, such as CanDo. Take advantage of the extra features
that Kickstart 2 provides, but many useful public domain
utility programs only run under Kickstart 2.
The 68000 prevents the use of some of the fancy transition effects available when using high resolution pictures, but again as multimedia relies so much on the Amiga's custom graphics and sound hardware, the speed of the 68000 isn't that mponant The 1Mb RAM is the real killer Although 1Mb of ram may seem a lot. Particularly to those brought up on 48K Spectrums and Commodore 64s. It really doesn’t go very far when you start working with Multimedia Firstly, the CDTV ROMs take up some memory After booting on a CDTV you usually only have around 700Kb Iree for use. High-resolution colour images can
take up 160Kb. And for double buffer mg (loading the second image while the first is still being displayed to prevent a blank gap’ between pictures). Add some room for sound and data and you’re not left with much ram free for the authonng system code to fit into.
Although you can expand the CDTV up to 2Mb ol chip ram and 6Mb of fast RAM. Until more people buy Ihe upgrades all titles will be limited to using just 1 Mb ol ram. None ol the authonng systems described here were developed specifically for CDTV. All were developed for Amiga use. So their support of CDTV features vanes from good to none at all.
AMOS Software, Price £49.99, S 859333 AMOS. The Creator, published by Europress Software, certainly doesn’t descnbe itself as a roul-.
Timedra authonng system Rather it claims to be a games creation package. Writing games requires a very last and powerful language (most games are written m assembly language for maximum speed), and any language that can handle fast-moving arcade games will find Multimedia a doddle.
AMOS Is based on STOS, the best-selling com puter language on the Atari ST. AMOS is far superior and supports all the Amiga graphics and sound hardware Based on a dialect of the BASIC programming language, knowledge of programming is certainly required, but can be quite simple.
A program to load some IFF pictures in sequence is simple (see Table A).
- --------- This code doesn't double buffer the screens, so
there's a gap between the pic tures loading With AMOS, changing
this is simple (Table B).
TAME A I OOF LOAD IFF “rtfpiel" PAUSE 10 load iff -m» cr PAUSE1I LOAD IFF -iltpic3' PAUSE 10 LOAD IFF "iftpic4" PAUSE 10 GOTO loog With over 200 commands including direct control tor the blitter chip AMOS is Continuing on from last month’s amazing feature on CD systems, this month our man with a plan, our ace on the case, our dude in the mood, Jolyon Ralph investigates what goes in to ptoducing a CD title... It’s all very well saying jtjp£t you could create a jolly good g*me in 600Mb of CD space, but what about the poor developers that actually have to do it.
Considering that the entire works of Shakespeare fit easily onto one disc you can see that it might take some small aritount of effort. Salvation for over- tired developers is at hand though, as we look at some of the tools used for developing CD software in the first place.
DIRECTOR II Hie Right Answers Group, Price £99, Tel: OIOI 310 325 1311 Director It is published by The Right Answers Group. Developed from the original Director,' was little more than a slide show program with t TABLE 8 SCREEN OPEN 0,321,256,32,lowrts SCREEN OPEN 1,32B,256,32.lowrei loop: LOAD IFF "iltplct-,0 SCREEN TO FRONT 0 LOAO IFF *'lllpic2”,1 SCREEN TO FRONT 1 LOAD IFF "I«pic3",0 SCREEN TO FRONT 0 LOAO IFF-IflpicA '.1 GOTO LOOP powerful enough lor most multimedia work.
AMOS doesn't support the CDTV features directly.
There's no way to play CD Audio tracks or access any other CDTV functions.
Because AMOS was made expandable by adding an interlace so new commands could be added I have written some code that adds support for CD Audio and most other CDTV functions. This will be available to CDTV developers lor a nominal (£10) Shareware lee.
AMOS has some ol the best sound support in the packages listed here, it can play RAW or IFF 8SVX sampled sounds, Soundtracker or Protracker modules directly and Aegis Sonix songs (with a supplied converter). And with later versions it is also one ol the lew packages to support spooled sound (long sound samples played directly Irom hard disk or CD).
AMOS isn't without its taults. Firstly, the editor is a little quirky, and although you do get used to it it’s far from ideal. Although AMOS multitasks it does not conform to the standard Intuition interlace so you can't 'drag-down' AMOS to reveal the Workbench screen behind. As AMOS multitasks (you can flip between AMOS and Workbench with Left-Amiga A) this isn't a problem. Ditching Intuition provides AMOS with the basis lor its major speed advantage over similar products.
The proof ol the system is surely in the products it can create, and with Fractal Universe, the Fun School 3 CDTV series (3 disks). Mind Run (1 and 2), Illustrated Shakespeare and The Holy Bible amongst the CDTV titles that have used AMOS, it shows the package's ability.
Amigavision is Commodore's offering in the Multimedia stakes Originally written to be bundled with the Amiga 3000, and available at around £170 to all other Amiga owners. On lirst view it looks like a slick, feature packed package, and many Commodore CDTV adverts say that Amigavision is the best way to develop CDTV titles. There are, however, some major problems with this package, particularly the lack ol a run-time module. The Run-time code is essential if you want to distribute your production, otherwise people will have to own the lull Amigavision package lo view your workl A run-time
version is apparently with developers under beta-test, but as I was told this almost a year ago and there are still no signs ol it, I wonder if it really exists.
AMIGAVISION Commodore, Price: £ 199, Tel: 0628 770088 CanDo, by Innovatronics, is a curious beast.
Claiming to be a 'powerful interactive audio-visual applications authoring system’, it certainly does look simple to use and packed to the brim with exciting features.
Based around the Amiga Intuition system, it allows you to create applications with gadgets, windows and pull-down menus. Example programs supplied Include a simple spreadsheet and home accounts program. U .
CanDo s one major flaw is speed, or rather lack ol it. Unlike AMOS which gains speed by ditching the Amiga Intuition system, CanDo loses speed by relying on Intuition. Long programs, or Decks as they are called in CanDo, can get downright sluggish on a standard unaccelerated Amiga.
Another thing CanDo Can't Do is include any form ol Amiga generated music, not even the prehistoric SMUS format music generated by Deluxe Music and Aegis Sonix. While it is possible to do many things that are not currently implemented inside CanDo. Doing so requires DOS scripts that aren’t particularly flexible as you can't return error codes back to CanDo to act on.
For CD applications that require a mouse and keyboard, such as encyclopedia-type products, CanDo could probably produce reasonable results, but at the moment its use in true multimedia is limited, and the lack ol easy expansion available to it means we will have to wait lor luture updates belore this position can be rectified.
While CanDo is great lor its original task, creating simple applications lor Amiga owners, prospective CDTV developers should approach with caution.
Using AmigaVision is quite easy. You are given a grid on screen on which you arrange icons to build your program.
There are objects to display pictures, play sounds, act on values ol variables (conditional branches) and all sorts ol things.
It's a bit ol a mess when you get large programs though, the screen gets cluttered with icons and it's more difficult to comprehend than a standard program layout, but for small tasks it's great.
Amiga Vision also has problems on machines with little memory, it guzzles RAM as il it's going out ol fashion. On a 1 Mb machine you will be lucky to load Amigavision let alone use it to do anything complex.
AmigaVision does have an impressive list ol leatures lor serious multimedia use such as support tor Laserdisc players and touch screens. More importantly it is the only package which has decent database support.
CAN DO HB Marketing, Price: £99, Tel: 0753 686000 ideas. Director II provides almost every leature needed lor CDTV production. I have used it successfully tor my first CDTV title (Fractal Universal.
And other titles, including Advanced Military Systems by Dominion Software and Design have | used it.
Like AMOS, Director II is a script-based system using a dialect ol the BASIC programming language. Unlike AMOS, it uses standard Amiga Screens, but thankfully it does so without being sluggish. The IFF load routines are particularly last, better than those in CanDo or AMOS, and it supports spooled sampled sounds.
Another great leature in Director II is the IFF Animation support. Rather than just a simple PLAYANIM command, you have to write a little program in Director to display the Anim. The core ol this is a small loop that allows you to synchronise sound, or change palettes at any point during an animation. This example code shows a typical Director II script lor changing palettes at particular frames during a looping animation (see Table C).
Procedures that can be altered to produce your own strange effects. In general any ol the effects done with Scala can be reproduced in Director It with a little effort.
Technical Support lor Director It is not brilliant.
Phoning The Right Answers Group in the States gives you a recorded message saying telephone support is only available lor their Macintosh products. And Amiga support Is by mail only, direct to the Author. Alter sending bug reports to the author's P.O. Box in California. I had to wait several weeks belore receiving a reply, although he was good enough to send me a new version ol the code which solved many problems I was having. I IF lrame=8 THEN COLOR -1,0,0,15,15,15 IF lrame=12 THEN COLOR -1,0,0,15,15,15 ANIM t.flora PAUSE 1 DISPLAY lrome=lraim.t IF flora THEN SKIPANIM 1:tramo*2 GOTO top
TABLE C LOADANIM 1."d 0:myiniminim' PAUSEMODE 1 LOAD "MLmyMlm.Mim" COPY lrarra=l There are several built-in screen transition effects which vary Irom single commands to small t If you re paying under £100 for a develop 1 syslem you shouldn't expect the same level
* support and commitment as PC packages that s thousands Along
with the OedK program come several utH- I programs to make
Director II script creation These indude a button utility tor
defining pot-spots on screen lor buttons, and a blitter utility
r cutting areas out of screens onto others Both 9 save a lot of
notepaper and co-ordinate not- I was mildly supnsed to find
that they were all [•dually Director scripts themselves,
showing fhe r Ihe language has.
Director II has its faults, but it works, is fairly e, and il you're prepared to put a little 11nto it you can get excellent results.
SCALA VIDEO STUDIO 1.13 Scala UK, Price £232, Telt 0920 494294 FEATURE CHART Amos AmigaVision Cando Director Scalal.13 ScalaMM Easy lo Use No Yes Yes No Yes Yas Hard disk Inst.
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yas Copy Protected No No No No No Yes Script language Yes No Yas Yes No-1 Yes AREXX support No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Runtime version Yes'2 No Yes Yes Yes No-3 CO Licence lees None N A None aprx S20Q None £1 per disc-6 IFF Pictures Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes IFF Animations No Yes Yet Yes Yes Spooled Anims No No No Yes-4 No Yes Sampled Sound Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Spooled Sound Yes No No Yes No No Soundtracker Yes No No No Yes Yes SMUS music Yes Yas No Yes No Yes CO Audio No-6 NO No Yes No No-7 COXL Video No No No No No No Database No-5 Yes Yes No-5 No No RRP £44.99 £199 £99 £99
£232 £468 ‘1 Scala 1.13 does support many functions Irom the LINGO language ol ScalaMM, but this la nol documented In Ihe manual. '2 Amos comes with the RAMOS ran lime player, bul wllh Ihe optional compiler this Is nol naodod and independent runtimes '3 A run-time player Is supplied wllh ScalaMM. Bul il Is protected and nol Ireely distributable A distributable player can be obtained Irom Scala UK lor a tea ol £1 par CD produced. *4 Director II caa spool load IFF Animations, but It still roqulras enough memory lo tit the whole anim into memory ‘5 Database functions can bo programmed with
standard tile access commands. '6 CD Audio soppoh In AMOS Is available with the Almathera CDTV Extension, a licence lee ol 58 par product is required lor commercial asa. *7 ScalaMM caa play CD Audio, but only wllh a remote CDTV connected to the Amiga via a serial cable The original Scala package, now renamed Scala Mdeo Studio, s another good authoring system to be something else It's not packed features, but what it does do (text screens and transitions) it does damn well. For simple IS lhat require graphic screens only.
Scala is by lar the easiest way to produce a title.
Applications are built up from pages, each page
• based on an IFF background picture (a library ol excellent
background pictures is supplied), to which you add text (Scala
comes with a selection ot fonts, the best bitmap lonts I have
seen on the Amiga) or brushes Pages do not have to be static
Text and brushes can scroll into place, or dissolve onto the
screen - there are 50 different effects you can use to display
text Text support Is excellent You can set fonts with bold.
Italic, underline, outline, drop-shadow. 3D- styte (different
colour borders on top left and bottom right), and change the
depth and'or position ot most effects, and Scala can
automatically anti- aiias text (smooth out lagged text by
adding afferent coloured pixels around the characters).
Even II Scala isn't used lor the main application, It's brilliant lor creating text screens, or lor adding text titles lo IFF pictures.
Buttons can be set up on screen to select ditter- ont pages in the script, but these can only be selected with the mouse or joystick, not easy with the CDTV Infrared controller.
Once your screens are defined you can select one ol 54 screen transitions These are excellent, and even on a standard 68000 machine most effects are last. The power ol the package or a stanoard Amiga makes similar programs on top- end Pcs and fast Macs look slow and awkward.
Scala has probably sold more Amiga 3000s than any other software.
There are some problems with Scala. The manual is out ol Pate (Version 1.0 manual supplied wijh Version 1.13 software), and doesnt mention many important features, including the Lingo script Ian- guage included and the lad that Scala can load Soundtracker modules. There are some Dangerous bugs in Scala 1. IS. Il you have a text line thal Is too long It will sometimes crash horribly. Also, pressing Return at the end ot a text line may leave your cursor in a random place on the screen.
Despite this, Scala is exceptionally good at its job. And lor simple picture-based systems It s an excellent package.
SCALA MM 200 Scala UK, Prica: £468, Tals 0920 444294
* Q ... 0- Q The recently launched big-brother to Scala is the
upgraded version ol Scala 1.13, although Scala (the company)
have decided to keep both versions on sale. 1.13 at the
original pnce and MM200 at more than double the price, over
£460.
What does Scala MM200 otter for double your money? The basic system has been improved so it can do lar more complex multimedia scripts than belore New modes tor buttons allow lar better CDTV control, and the EX system allows extra modules to be bolted-on to Scala The Shuffler makes working with lots ol screens far easier. Instead ot a text line describing the picture a selection of small minature slides ol the pictures are shown, and individual slides can be moved around easily with the mouse lo change the project - neat I But the most exciting new feature is the improved picture and
animation support. Picture preloading and dynamic static buttering (so pictures are loaded into memory before they are required to make loading appear instantaneous) is a great help, but the Disk Anim load routines allow even the largest anims to be displayed direct trom disk, albeit slower than trom RAM I'm sorry to say that Scala is copy protected I thought the days ol senous Amiga software having copy protection were gone. The little red dongle that fits into your mouse or joystick port has a through port, and does not seem to conflict with anything, except you can't use the software on
the CDTV. Because the dongle can't plug in anywhere!
Unlike Scala 1.13 where the player program is Ireely distributable (so you can distnbute Ihe player with your work) the Scala MM player program is protected, too, so you can't produce products with Scala MM200 without buying a deprotected player Irom Scala UK. I can understand Scala wanting to pay tor the development costs ol Scala MM200 by putting up the price, but demanding royalties too seems over the top to me Having said aH this. Scala MM?00 a much racer than the original Is it worth the extra money?
Probably not lor COTV development At least Scala nad the sense to keep the original Scala
I. I3as a separate product lor the original price. »• aWffSS
rvwr Tg C C Cj C p PC' I I LdvuO Pfx SET OF ZY-FI SPEAKERS.
MUSIC I I ’ PACK AND AM FM DISKS SPECIfiLISTS IN RMIGfl PD,
SHORE WRRE L- ALL ORDERS RECEIVED BEFORE 3PM ARE DISPATCHED
SAME DAY ON GUARANTEED ERROR FREE DIS* NEW COMPETITION MUSIC
PACK + MEDV3.2 THE GREATEST MUSIC MAKER
* 4 DISKS FULL Of INSTRUMENTS. BEATS etc TO GET YOUR REMIXES
GOING" £6.50 PRIZES FOR X-MAS 1st Prize: PROPAGE V3 2nd Prize:
PUBLISHERS CHOICE 3rd Prize: ADVANTAGE Details with every order
or FREE with S.A.E. BITS a PIECES SPECIAL 1 100 cap disk Dlank
me. 10 O'Anded ttj disks. A mouse nut and a disk drive kM
cleaning kit.
£12.99 SPECIAL 2 SuperSOck Pro Joysatick . 2 Domain Games and a Mouse J Ext. Lead.
£18.99 Books you MUST not go without HI sramnfo Advanced Sysl Prog Guide E3i Amiga C lor beginners Ctl Amga Hardware ret Manual J Amiga Macnme Language 1 Amiga Rom Kamal Ref Au1000cs Amiga Rom Kemal Rel. Lib. 6 Dev' Amiga Syslem Programmers Guide Masteing AmigaDos Vol 1 Maslenng AmigaDos Vol 2 LATEST + EDUCATION PACK + ABSOLUTELY FULL OF GREAT TUTOR PROGRAMS. INCLUDES. FRENCH.
ERUAN. SPANISH. GEOGRffHY. MATHS i MUCH. MUCH MORE LET YOUR AMIGA BE YOUR TEACWR .1126 CATACOM06 (GAME) ...... GWW MMMTU*
• 1127 COLLOSAl iGAMi CAVf ADVENTURE .1128 ADVENTURE GAME
CONSTRUCTION HT
- 1129 C V;RESUMf MAKER GET THAT Xt .893 UfDlT ... TEXT
£CN
- 695 AMCASH .899 PSUtT DISK CATAlOGUB .1102 TEXT ENGINE 3 4 Nrl
* 1108 THE MAIN EVENT (EVENTiMANOLER GOOOIPAIO)
* 1078 ELECTRO CAD OBVHXI .1080 DATA EASY
• 1096 TURBOOUIU 11 WOROPRO . 1070 TEXT AlOAD DOC VIEWER WITH
SPEECH .1099 ZERO G SAMPLES PURE SOUW
• 1097 UTTUBENCH 1 3 A UTTlE WORK BE NO* .10*1 APR VI 3 .1090
MEGA VIRUS KILLERS .t«*0PnUTAS2
• 1087 Iff COIMRT .1086 SASUTRS .1084 CULPRITS UTHS .1082
WORKBENCH HACKS .1081 SUPER C .1063 32 HELPFUL UTILS .1093 EYE
Of THE BEHOLDER HINTS MAPS & SOLUTIONS 1123 SCREEN BIANKERS
1125 TEXTRAV1.2 1130 FREECOPY 1.8_____ ? BUSINESS PACK
+ WORDPROCESSOR SPELL CHECKERS DATABASE. SPREADSHEETS ACCOUNTS
I MORE REGULARLY UPDATED WITH LATEST Ei.se .1103 BRAINSTORM
MUSIC DISK GOOD SOUNDS
• 1131 E-TYPf 2 GREAT GAME .1136 CANON & HP PRINTER DRIVERS .1137
STAR a CITIZEN PRINTER DRIVERS .1138 PR-NTER a PLOTTER DRIVERS
HUGE SELECTII08 .1139 ALL ROUNDER GREAT NEW GAME
+ USA AMIGA INTRO PACK GREAT COLLECTION Of PROGS TO HEI YOU GET
THE MOST OUT Of YOUR AMIGA - MAKES LIFE VERY EASY - TE) EDS.
COPIERS. DIR UTILS CRUNCHER
- WELL REVIEWED IN AMIGA COMPUTING JUNE ISSUE £5.1 ALL ABOVE WORK
ON 500, 500 PLUS & 600 DISKS 1-10 £1.50 10+ £1.25 TBAG. FISH
£1.50 POSTAGE ORDER TO 9 EVERY NIGHT all ORDERS DAYS A WEEK _
50p SAME DAY DISPATCH UK Cl 50 EUROPE C3 REST OF THE WORLD
ORDER TILL 9 EVERY NIGHT 7 DAYS A WEEK ChtOUIS & P O s 10
BATTIFAXE P D (CU) IICIHIM MAHHIOII ¦: -dll MY '¦ NORWICH NIDI
lillW 111)111 III • aLyllll 0503 76IDbfl EUREKA!
The idea lor Fractal Universe came about after a local ICPUG I Independent Commodore Products Users Group) meeting where ICPUG member David Annal gave a fascinating talk on Fractals including a slide show with music of absolutely FRACTAL UNIVERSE Progressing from an idea for a CDTV title to a finished product isn’t an easy task. Joiyon Ralph tells us his story.
The only way to solve the problem was to convert the music Into one long IFF 8SVX sample (It's over 2.5Mb long), and use Director II lo spool the IFF sounds direct from disc while also loading in the pictures Meanwhile the rest of the protect was starting to take shape. Scripts were written and rewrit ten several times.
Pictures to go along with the scripts were either drawn in Deluxe Paint III or IV, or scanned in with a JX-100 colour hand scanner, or JX-300 A4 scanner.
November was approaching and with It the World ot Amiga show at Eads Court. Tlw*« ¦»» »c»m ol ttwwonMrlul tracts* trial c*ib* produced Commodore had ottered a*k rracaruMras us a free booth on their I stunning fractal images with backing music I had played with Mandelbrot Explorer and other fractal programs on the Amiga and had come nowhere near producing tractals of that quality I borrowed some books on fractals and I became hooked. I approached David Annal and discussed the idea of doing a CD title on fractals. It could be both a multi- media book', explaining about fractals and how they
are generated, and a set of generators for creating your own fractals. The same day David finished the overall plan for the product, a large flow-chart on A2 graph paper, and work was started, in September last year WHO'LL SPOOL?
The product plan called for long sequences of digitized audio, and a rather complex skde show with background music. I decided from the start that most of the work for this project should be done with an authoring system. At the time AMOS didn't support spooled sound directly, which was vital for the digitized audio we needed. Director II from The Right Answers Group seemed the best choice.
The first work revolved around the fractal generators These were written in AMOS as separate programs. As there was no way any true authonng system would create a last enough fractal generator. The Fractal Tree generator written in AMOS worked a treat and was the first part ot Fractal Universe to be Imhed.
After using many other CDTV products I was a bit concerned with the input and control systems they used While some were fine with the Intra Red control, others used the Infra Red control as if it was a mouse, that did not work well, and most ignored a mouse or keyboard completely il connected On an Infra-Red control the movement keys should act like cur sor keys, moving a highlight around to select the option you want. This was very tncky to code, as all the Infra-Red does is move the mouse pointer around the screen In both AMOS and Director III had to write some code to measure the current
mouse position and detect whether there was any movement since the last check. These movements were converted to cursor key movements. This meant it was easy to test on the Amiga 3000 used for development with the cursor keys. I made the mouse pointer invisible to hide its eratic movements, and it all worked fine.
GJE ENERATION Alter the user-intertace had been written and we had decided on a screen layout, it was time to start the most time consuming part ol the project: data coflection David had a few disks of fractals that he had gener ated. But hardly enough for our project. We needed a lot more fractals for our art gallery, so the whole family got involved in generating fractals, using the PC program Fractinlto generate 640x480 fractals in 256 colours. Even when converted to 320x5t2 Interlaced HAM images on the Amiga the quality was far better than any fractals gener ated on the Amiga.
The fractals, saved out as GIF files lo low density 3.5' PC disks trom our 386 PC were read on the Amiga 3000 using CrossDOS. And converted with the excellent Art Department Prolessional to standard IFF files.
While the fractals were being generated on the PC the next stage was to work out how to integrate the music with the pictures. This was the most complex, and In the end most expensive stage of the process We wanted a continual show of pictures with music in the background Our first thought was to use a Soundtracker tune in the background. This was, by far, the easiest way to solve the problem, but loading in high- resolution 16 olour images left almost no memory tree for even a short Soundtracker tune stand to show our CDTV title, so we had to rush to get our first prototype disc ready to
show* m TWO, ONE The sections explaining the history ot fractals, and what fractals actually are were scnpted and the voioe-over was recorded. Our first experim'ents with voice-over prooved that our old Teac tape deck was lar from suitable for multimedia work. Alter hours of looking through HIFi journals and twenty minutes walking down Tottenham Court flqad. We decided on the Sony TCD-D3 Portable DA (Digital Audio Tape) recorder, which improved the voice-over quality dramatically We had decided that recording voice-over in a studo was an unnecessary expense, so the voice-over ended up being
recorded dunng a quiet afternoon in a spare bedroom at our house!
All the voice and pictures'were integrated tor the demo, and we prepared to cut our first CD. The product had grown to 79Mb by then, t Mb short of filling the 80Mb hard drive I was using More expense followed - we bought a Fujitsu 330Mb hard drive to finish the project Finally, a tew days before the show was due to start, we arranged to get our first test disc cut. One-off test Cds. Called Gold Discs because they are written onto wnte once Gold CD’s, can cost between £200 and £500 each lo cut, so you don t want to do this too often' irn1 But when we cut the disc, we put it in a CDTV.
Pressed play, and to our horror It didn’t work' Instead of the sound playing property with pictures loading the sound glitched and paused every time a picture loaded.
After fiddling with the sample rate and two gold discs later we had it fixed, but not in time for the World of Commodore show - Fractal Universe was demonstrated there running off the hard disk attached to the CDTV!
IN THE After the show work slowed down a little. We moved into new offices in January, and slowly Fractal Universe came to completion. All Ihe audio was resampled with the AD1012 12- bit sampler board which was far superior to the Audio Engineer we were using previously When a CDTV product is finished it has to be sent to Commodore Quality Assurance (QA) In the States, where it is checked for obvious bogs and problems After two more Gold Discs we had finally removed all the bugs they found, and some they missed too. The artwork was done and sent off to Germany for the first production run,
1000 units Nearly a month later (and 10 days late) five large brown boxes filled with Cds arrived. At last Fractals was finished and is now in the shops!
It IS available at £29 95 for CDTV A570 from Almathera Systems (081 683 6418) " INDI Direct Mail is original and very exciting. Before you buy mail order you must first be confident that you will receive the product you've ordered and that the supplier will still be there in the future, should you need them.
A mail order purchase from INDI is a M safe and secure decision, ond here's why. W AMIGA A600| THE WILD, THE WEIRD AND THE WICKED INDI iso wholly owned subsidiary of a J public company now in its tenth year of A*V 4HI trading and specialising In the supply of computer products.
Mici £339.99 With a turnover approaching £30 million per annum, we hove the resources and the purchasing power to offer vou the best deals, delivor them next day nationwide ond always be around when you need us.
Once ogoin Commodore have put together a winning theme pock to complement the already popular AMIGA A600.
The Wild, the Weird ond the Wicked Pock is ¦ 12 MONTHS AT HOME SERVICE an ideol starter pack containing o considered I mix of software making the most of the ¦ Amiga's amazing copabilities.
To moke this pock a perfect gift IN Dl hove a further four awardwii winning games and a staggering list of valuable extras totally 1 FRE E of charge Also included ot no extra co* to you are the latest 'Zopsoc' carry cose and Zappo T-shirt. Crucial Amiaa accessories.
Impressed. Who wouldn't be CUSTOMER CHARTER
• Amiga A600 single drive
• Built in TV Modulator
• 1Mb memory
• Push Over Silly Putty
• Grand Prix Deluxe Paint I
• Mouse ond Manuals INDI VALU1 ADDED FREE
• Micro Switch Joystick £9.99
• Lockable Disk Box £9.99
• Disk Wallet £12.99
• 10 Blank Disks £5.99 Kick off 2 Pipemonio Space Ace Populous
£122.5 Zapsac Carry Case £12.991 Zoppo T-shirt £8.99 I TOTAL
£183.461 Intil PRICE £479-22 AMIGA 600 3 Single Drive PACK
INCLUDES
• D. Paint III • Mystery Game Plus • Kickoff 2 • Pipemania
• Spoce Ace • Populus
• Zapsac Carry Case
• Zoppo T-Shirt I'S will really bring a CI9 9 BP WHILE STOCKS
LAST.
INDI PRICE £189-22 All orders received by 6pm Monday to Friday ore despatched that day for next day delivery using our notional carrier Securicor. (UK Mainland only).
Saturday deliveries are available at a small surcharge. If you ore out when we deliver a card will be left at your home giving you a contact telephone number to arrange a convenient redelivery.
Delivery queries can be resolved immediately using our on-line computer.
All orders are despatched on a next working day delivery basis. Cheque orders are despatched immediately on cheque clearance, usually 10 working days from rocoipt. A delivery charge of £5.00 is mode per item unless otherwise stated.
SALES AND SUPPORT DESPATCH INDI TELESALES The INDI sales team have been trained to take your order with the utmost care and efficiency. All stock offered for sale is held in stock, centrally at our araup warehouse complex and Is available for next day delivery, direct to your home or business. M at any time we are out of stock your money will not be banked until the product Is available (a point worth chocking should you fool tempted to purchase elsewhere).
General information regarding product is available from our soles team, however technical support is always on hand should you noed assistance.
All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT.
1084'S COLOUR STEREO MONITq Commodore's own Amiga Monitor. Designed solely for use with the Amiga ronge of computers. With its ergonomic design,
• Amiga A600HD (Hard Disk)
• BuiH in TV Modulator
• Mouse ond Manuals 1 Mb Memory
• EPIC, Rome, Myth, Trivial Pursuits jlanguage lab edition),
Amiga Text, Deluxe I INDI VALUE ADDED FREE
• Microswitched Joystick £9.99
• lockable Disk Box £9.99
• Disk Wallet £12.99
• 10 Blank Disks £5.99
• Kickoff2 Pipemania
• Space Ace Populous £122.59
• Zapsac Carry Case £12.99
• Zoppo T-Shirt £8-99 TOTAL £183.46 EPIC by none... definitely by
content.
Commodore's talent for pock creation ha* never been better. The software included in 1 this pack: EPIC, Rome, and Myth totally exaloit the stunning features ot the Amiga A600. Add to this Trivial Pursuits language lob edition (playable in 3 languages), Amiga Text (Wordpro) and the now standard graphics package: Deluxe Point III for serious educational applications and you'll start to realise just how dynamic this pock is.
As with oil products supplied by INDI. We hove added our extra dimension to an already incredible offer (see below for INDI Value Added Pack totally free of charge) AMIGA A600 HD (HARD DISK EPIC PACK Apart from offering this product at a very competitive price INDI ore including two great software products totally free of d INDI VALUE ADDED FREE
• Days of Thunder (Driving Simulation)
• Night Breed (or alternative exciting game) 12 MONTHS AT HOME
SERVICE THE MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER TOTAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
AMIGA CDTV The problem with any new product is that it always
takes time for everyone to realise its full potential. CDTV is
no exception and in our opinion everything we have read does a
pretty poor job of explaining just what CDTV can do and why it
is so exciting.
THE MULTIMEDIA -COMPUTER THE INDI GUIDE TO CDTV MULTI MIDIA hpenonwePopulocs fotoH 2 • Spot* Aa Cl 22.52 Bun Rmftien ((D Audio) £12.99
• Amiga CDTV Player
• COTV keyboard
• CDTV 1411 3.5" Disc Drive
• CDTV Infra red remote controller
• CDTV wired mouse
• CDTV Welcome Disc GOLDSTAR 14' REMOTE TV MONITOR MATURED
AVAILABLE SEPARATELY AT Cl79.99 £48922 PRICE INDI IT'S A CD
PLAYER Yes, il will play all your Primal Scream, Pavarotti,
Pink Floyd and any other CD you care to mention in superb high
quality stereo, with remote infra red control.
IT S AN AMIGA Plug in the keyboard, switch on the external disk drive and the colossal range of inexpensive Amiga software can be used on your CDTV.
IT'S A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM Just imagine, stereo sound, images and text all on screen. It asks a question, you respond, it responds truly interactive! Each CD disc holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinson's Encyclopedia fits onto 1 disc. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education, Business or Leisure. The future is herel RACK CONTENTS AS STANDARD
• Manuals
• Fred Fish CDTV INDI VALUE ADDED
• Lemmings CDTV (£34.9
• Blues Brothers (£12.99)
• Pipemania, Populous, Kickoff 2, Space Ace (£122.S2) |
CwvCbttNlgttpnecrrriorountvst s, magazines and television have
long been a source of lation. CDTV technology combines their
qualities and ;es seeking out that information easy. The CDTV
comes lete with a Welcome Disk and Fred Fish PD Disc.
I are also adding the addictive Lemmings Game and hinsons Encyclopedia totally free of charge.
K AS STANDARD Amiga CDTV Player • Infra Red Remote Controller Welcome Disk • Fred Fish PD Disk INDI VALUE ADDED FREE BIMft • Lemmings £34.99 Hutchinsons Encyclopedia £49.99 £37922 INDI PRICE CDTV SOFTWARE If you already own a CDTV or are just about to purchase one you'll be pleased to know that INDI stock probably the largest and most comprehensive list of CDTV software in the country. Below is a list of top selling titles we are offering at very competitive prices. For more details please phone our sales team. (Prices include postage).
ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION Battle Chess
34. 99 A Bun for Barney
24. 99 Classic Board Games
29. 99 Asterix Black Gold French 1
31. 99 Defender of the Crown
24. 99 Asterix Black Gold French II
31. 99 Defender of the Crown II
29. 99 Asterix Black Gold Spanish 1
31. 99 European Space Simulator
29. 99 Asterix Black Gold Spanish II
31. 99 Falcon
44. 99 ARTS & LEISURE Power Pinball
24. 99 Advanced Military Systems
24. 99 Psycho Killer
24. 99 Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
31. 99 Sim City
24. 99 Garden Plants
19. 99 The Curse of Ra
24. 99 Women in Motion
14. 99 Tie Breaker Tennis
24. 99 REFERENCE Trivial Pursuit
45. 99 Complete works of Shakespeare 24.99 Ultimate Basketball
24. 99 Guinness World of Records
31. 99 Wrath of the Demon
24. 99 Electronic Cook Book
34. 99 Xenon 2: Megablast
24. 99 MUSIC Karaoke Hits 1
14. 99 Karaoke Hits II
14. 99 Music Maker
31. 99 DEALS The A1500 is the ultimate home computer for the
whole family and is designed to cover every computing
requirement.
INDI are able to offer you exclusive deals on this outstanding product in various configurations and bundles (see options on opposite page).
All configurations come complete with the following software and accessories:- FEATURES:
• Fully functional keyboard with numeric pad separate from CPU
• Includes 2x3Vi" disk drives as standard with 5 Vi' Disk Bay.
E Integral memory and card expansion capabilities (most cost effective expansion route)
• Work bench 2.00 and Kickstart 2.04. CONTENTS:
• Keyboard, mouse, reference manual, Puzznic, Toki, Elf (Games),
D Paint III (Graphics Package), Home Accounts, The Works
(Platinum edition: Wordpro, Spreadsheet, Database) Joystick
AMIGA 1500 FEATURED (see photograph above)
• 52 Mb SCSI Hard Disk
• 1084'S Monitor & Panasonic KX-P2123 24 pin colour printer.
INCLUDED FREE INDI PRICE Amiga Vision, Nightbreed, Days of Thunder, Word worth Worth £268.99 Panasonic Quiet printing We researched the colour printer market in greol depth lo find a colour printer good enough lo cope with Amiga's powerful graphic output, yet at on affordable price.
Wefoi found We then considered the perfect Drinter in the Panasonic KX-P2180 + KX-P2123 quiet printers.
Onsidered that if you were going to buy a Panasonic printer, you would probably need a quality word processing
o use with it. We found that too, in 'wordworth', yet at a retoil
price of £129.99 we thought that might be a little too package
to use with it. We found that”too, in 'wordworth', yet at a
retail price of £t29.99 we thought that might b expensive on
top of your printer purchasel So together with Panasonic we
decided to give a copy of 'wordworth' free with every Panasonic
printer. How's that for added value?
KX-P2123 PANASONIC KX-P21 80 PANASONIC The new Panasonic KX-P2180 9 pin quiet colour printer.
Produces crisp cieor lext in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology. The new KX-P2180 is typically 15dBA quieter in operation, than the com petition.
E Fast Priming Speeds I92CPS Draft ond 38 CPS NLQ e Colour Printing 7 colour poletn (blue, rod, green, yellow, violot, mogonla ond biodi)
o QuiotPrinting Super quiet 45 AsdBo sound lerol (mop matrix
primen ore lyptcaRy •" excess olOOdBA) INDI | PRICE £199-22
o 6 Resident Fonts Over 6.100 type styles usoig Courier.
Prestige, Sold PS. Ronton. Script ond Son. Serif Fonts
o 3 Paper Polhe Paper hondfcng from bottom, top ond toot for
total flexibility
o 1 Veer Warranty Pot total peace of mind Tho now high
performance Panasonic KX-P2123 24 pin.
Quiet colour printer offers leading edge quiet printing technology at on affordable price.
E Post Printing Speed* 192 CPS draft, 64 CPS IQ ond 32 CP SLQ
• Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green, yellow,
violot, mogenta ond block) O QU,..Printing Super qu*. 43 5-46k
BA sound level (mo* matrix printers ore typically in excess of
60dBA) IND. PRICE
o 7 Resident Font* Over 152.000 type styles using Super IQ,
Courier Presfge, Bold PS, Romon, Scrip* ond Sons Serif Fonts O
24 PIN Diamond Printhead High performance ond high quality
output e 1 Yeor Warranty for total peace of mind.
CONFIGURATIONS AND BUNDLES A1500 £499.99 ¦ Ill £749.99 £699.99 AMIGA 1500 + 52 MB SCSI Hard Disc (inc. AMIGA Vision worth £99 FREE) AMIGA 1500 + 1084'S MONITOR (inc. AMIGA Vision. Doys of Thundf, Nightbieed worth £138.99 FREE) AMIGA 1500 (AMIGA Vition, Worth £99 FREE) AMIGA 1500 + 1084'S + PANASONIC KX P2123 PRINTER £929.99 £929.99 (inc. AMIGA Vi»ion, Night Bread, Days of Thunder, Wordworth worth £268.99 FREE) * AMIGA 1500 + 52MbSCSI Hard Disk + 1084'S MONITOR (AMIGA Viiion, Night ftroed. Days ot Thunder worth E138.99 FREE)_ AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE INDI Phxe Draw. Koch month all
customers c month will e draw. The winner will receive a f refund lor product to the value of ZAPPO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE At last a truly powerful, fast and capacious hard drive for A5001A500 + ot on exceptional price.
Upgradable to 8Mb of fast RAM, SCSI ond IDE hard drive compatible, FEATURES: e Auto booting upto 8Mb fast RAM e SCSIthroughportforadditional expansion e Mouse button game switch
• 12 months warranty OPTIONS:
• 40Mb Hard Drive
• 65Mb Hard Drive only £299.99 only £349.99 ZAPSAC Designed
specifically for the Amiga A600 the Zapsac gives your Amiga
portability ond you credibility £12.99 +£2.50 postage .
ZAPPO T-SHIRT If you own on Amiga you've alreody got respect In a Zoppo T-shirt you've got the Cred. £8.99 +£1.50 postage The only Amiga accessories you'll wont to wear out.
* WORDWORTH COMPLETELY FREE!
WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS The writers choice. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers.
Wordworth it undoubtedly the ultimate word document processor for the full range of AMIGA computers.
The graphical nature of WORDWORTH mokes producing documents foster and easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX P2180 ond KX P2123 colour printing support), Collins spell checker and Thesaurus, no other word processor comes dose.
"Without doubt this it one of the best document processors for the AMIGA, Todoy." (Amiga Format).
NORMAL RRP £129.99 inc. vat THE ZAPPO RANGE f's ZAPPO 601 RAM EXPANSION This is an oil now, high performance upgradable RAM expansion for the Amiga A600. Adding this superb product to your A600 will allow for serious applications use and high performance games FEATURES: e Enable disable facility
• Socketed design (user upgradable)
• 12 months warranty Optional with battery backed clock OPTIONS:
512K nodock £29.99 512K with clock £39.99 1Mb no dock £39.99
1Mb with dock £44.99 ? INDI TEL TEL 0606 43860 • Fi ZAPPO
EXTERNAL 3.5' DRIVE A high quolity external 3.5' drive for use
with A500 A500+ and A600.
FEATURES: e Low profile, 880K formatting drive
• Enable disable switch e Daisy chain capability
• 12 months warranty only £49.95 All products aro guaranteed for
12 months. Some products carry a 12 month at home
service repair guarantee (where Indicated).
In the unlikely event that any product purchased from INDI arrives at your nome faulty, we will collect from your home and replace the product completely free of charge.
If you own an AMIGA 1S00 or 3000 and would like to expand its hard disk or memory capability or add any other peripheral INDI can offer you a complete door to door configuration service together with an additional 12 months Back to INDI warranty. Why not ask for a quote?
Products advertised represent a small sample of our Instock range. A complete price list Is available on request.
All products purchased come with a complete list of all products available from INDI with special customer loyalty offers.
SEND YOUR ORDER TO: INDI DIRECT MAIL FIRST FLOOR OFFICES, , 85 WITTON STREET, )=U'092 1 NORTHWICH CHESHIRE CW9 5DW Please sand . Price + Delivery I enclose cheque PO for £ or charge my Access Visa No.
BY POST simply fill in the coupon below.
BY PHONE - ring 0606 43860 where your call will be answered by one of our INDI sales team. After 6.00pm eoch day your call will be answered by answerphone. If you would like to !»lace an order have all details at hand rtcluding Credit Card. The message will guide you through your order.
• vraw. Ia n monin an I purchasing during that II oe entered Into
a tree prlit winner will receive a full HOW TO ORDER Expiry
date Signature... Send to Name an an an Software Kiv ?
SPECIAL'• SlwfWfVlCde 118* Palmers Road New Southgate LONDON
N11 1SL (lOMi-epnBdeyi) Tel: 081-361 2733 5730 (2733 Faxline
after 6pm) U y CRFOT CARD MOTUNE: Eagle aw Getter Aee-an Ktm-
an MM-an Bmi________an HmdoMHMk__an sftt*»aia«6MW ¦w --------an
KHGwwtoQw biMei an k.- Bees* The M *. An lapoerttt Hem I ttBI
bmchvoIiv----an jmmPmW----a« BtodUoMv---an MMMilAalgi oe*) .CT«
can_____an Ktfdnn------an sn«u«ii CdtoeaGeM----------an
latNltjell------------ttn S«i*e Force Mar.* Cerne. Cota.end
---------- an licence to KI-----an 8*unl Ce. Rec* ......
CefceOT«Relr an IcetberdFUC Re%r----------an
Supeptat Super Kent CotMMOMee Coe bo Rear an OnMtoEwa*--am He-2
an Ha*i Som-an rvspenR am Cmfta- an v*m ~f *«ta ST &
AM1QAHBUDOET TITLES UNDER CIO In this month’s art gallery we go
from pastoral to high-tech with two excellent examples of what
can be done with a little imagination. Movement and
reflection are the themes of the month. So, without further
ado, feast your eyes on this little lot... ART DEPARTMENT
Remember. If you want lo gel your work w CU's Art Gallery, send
us an IFF disk with the image broken down into Ihe various
stages ol construction . Along with a description ol what's
happening in each shot. Send your disk to: CU Gallery. Priory
Court. 30-3? Farringdon Lane. London EC1R 3AU.
6. The picture, entitled Brook. Is now complete. Notice how the
edded fokege. Being yellow, trantorms what previously appeared
to be a aprlng scene Into an autumnal one; look tor the turbu
lence where Ihe water meets the rocks In the lor aground A
sente ol depth la maintained by keeping the centre ol the
drawing tree trom obstructions, allowing distance to be
observed.
Most of the background Is now obscured, but I am sura you will agree the trade-oft was well worthwhile MAKE YOUR AMIGA EARN!
»j. Mating money with your AMIGA becomes incidental when you know bowl Your AMIGA i». If only you knew it. • gold mine. The size end make ia irrelevant. Make the initial effort NOW by starting your own HOME BASED BUSINESS This may be the most important mem you will ever mate!
REMEMBER: YouTI never get rich by digging someone else's ¦ditch".
Anyone tn the country, including YOU. Can become very rich in a relatively than period of time just by doing a few basic things! It s more rewarding than playing games.
CONTROL YOUR CONSTRUCTION KIT OR ROBOT ON THE AMIGA The benefits are many and varied.
Pull or part time. GK For FREE DETAILS SEND SAE to: ome lased business.
CAMMAC DCVO.OFWENTS r i HARTLEYS YARD CHURCH LAME WEXHAM SUXJGMSU6CD 0753 552383 CUAI, 31 Pilton Place, King and Queen Street, Walworth, London E17 1DK.
* 10400) Ifl THE PACKAGE
• THE CONTRCC BOX 14 DAT NOT*
• TK RO0OMASTER r YOU ARE HOT C CONTROL SOFTWARE (I DOR)
SATBOED9TTH R
• STARTER SENSOR PACK YOU MAY RETURN THE H
• COMPREHENSIVE AVANUA. WTTHR1 14 DAYS FOR A R
• BATTERY OR MAIMS ADAPTOR ALLOW 28 DAYS FOR D NOT INCLUDED •
PHONE FOR P.P R1CLUDED *1 T DCTALS.
CALL BECKY WHITE ON 071 972 6700 TO BOOK THIS SPACE!
TEL: 051 252 0743 081 665 5629 ltvewire cui.
Yp TEL (0633® 6 5880 % KEITH SAUNDERS •. •?¦« A •«•£»« Ml!
PROPRIETOR Ust* mi 3D Construction ..£14.09 4D Sports Boxing ..£0.95
41) Sports Driving ..£9 95
Aflrrbumrr ...£B 49 Alpha
Wave* ......£6.49
Awesome £8.99 Annalytr
...£7.99 Leisure Suit Larry
2 ....£10.99 Ix-gend of the
Lost .£6.99 Moonshine
Racers .£8.99 Mlg 29
Fulcrum ...£8 99 Matrix Marauders £7
49 Menace .....£7.49
Midnight Resistance ....£7.49
Balllstlx ... £7.49 Back to Ihe
Future 2 ...£7.99 Barbarian II
(PRygnosIs) ..£12.90 Battle
Squudrnn ....£7.49
Betrayal ....£10 99 Blade
Warrior .£7.49 Botnbuzal
£5 99 Brian
Clough ....£7 49 Captain
Planrt ...£7 99 Captain
Fta ...£6 49 Challenge
Gob .....£7.49 Chambers of
Shaolln ...£6.99 Champion of the
Ka| ....£7.49 Championship
Run ......£6.99 Chrono Quest
2 .....£7.49 Chariots of
Wrath ..£6.99 Cisco
Heat ..£10.99 Navy
Moves £7.49
Puflghter ....£8.99
Predator 2 ..£7.49
Question of Sport ..£7.49 Race
Driving ...£8.99 Run the
Gauntlet ..£7 49 ReaoluUon
101 ......£8.99 Rugby The World
Cup ..£8 99 Round the Bend
.£7.49 Rolling Ronny
.....£7.99
StonnboD ...£8.99 Soot
.....£7.99
Shockwave .£7.49 Steve
Davis Snooker .....£7.49
Strvx ..£7.49 Shadow
of the Beast 2 (?
FreeT-shinj ..£10.99 Collosus Chess
..£7 49 Days of
Thunder ....£7 49 Devious Designs
......£7 99 Dragonbrm!
....£6.99 Dalh- Double
......£6 99
DarkSphyre ..£6 99
Elf .£7.49
Fire and Forget ......£6.99 Horror
Zombies from The Crypt......£8.99
Hunter .....£10.99
Hydra ...£7.99 Hard
Driving 2 .....£7 49
Ishtdo ...£8.99 The
Ball Game ......£6.99 Thunder)*
w» £7.99 The Hunt Foe Rrtl
October £7 49 The Executioner
..£7 49 Tvphoon Thompson ..£6
99 Under Pressure ....£6 99
Vaxlne ...- ......£7.49 Web of
Terror .£6.99
Zunithrusta ...£7.49
COMPILATIONS Fantasy Pack
£9.95 James Bond C ollection.
£9 99 Int. Championship Athktlcs . £7 49
Insects tn Space ..- ....£6.99 Killing
Cloud ..£7.49 Krefthe Thief
......£7.49 Star Collection
.....£9 95 Virtual
Worlds ......£7.99 Winning
Team ..£9.99 Mastering Amiga
Workbench 2 The latest blockbuster from the home of the Amiga
book!
Now available Is thl definitive 320-page guide n the Amiga Workbench 2.
Assuming no prior knowledf this book will turn you Inta an Amiga Workbench expert and that's guaranteed!
Over 2S chapters describe la detail every aspect of the Workbench, from menu through to tool types an customising disks.
Mastering Amiga Workbench will help you discover Ihe wealth of configuration, editing and housekeeping utilities which Workbench 2 contains along with the bundled software supplle on the Extras and AmlgaFonts disks.
Mastering Amiga Workbench 2 Is applicable to all Amlgas runnln Workbench 2 Including the A500 Plus and A600. Price: £19.95. Hr lice Smith Ordering: Send cheques l’Os made payable lo ‘Bruce Smith R to Bruce Smith Books I td (CU), IRIXPOST 242, PO Box 182 Albans. Herts. AL2 3BR. Credit card phone orders on 0923-8* All books dispatched same day where possible. Postage free Add £3 book (Europe). 16 book elsewhere.
AMIGA PERIPHERALS GVP GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS QUALITY AMIGA PERIPHERALS WITH A 2 YEAR WARRANTY S*ca Systems are pleased *3 present the GVP range ol peripherals GVP are the world's largest thrd party manutacturer oI perpherals tor the Arrega range and have a reputation tor high specification, quality products. The company was fouxJed only tour years ago by a man who knows about Ihe Amiga.
Commodore's ex-Vce President of Technology. He.
Along w*h a team of Amiga experts induing oher ex- Ccmrxxtofe staff, irterstand the addon requirements of Amiga owners better than anyone. Not only do GVP provide peripherals that Amiga owners want, tey also offer peace of mind, with a 2 year warranty on the products they manufacture. So, if you are lookng tor Vie very best in peripherals tor your Amiga computer, look no further than GVP.
GVP* HD8* hard drive and A530 hard drive with 40MH; accelerator, represent the highest quality Amiga 500 penpherals, at very affordable prices. Each incorporates a fast action hard dnve. RAM expansion custom VLSI chp and FaaaSTROM SCSI driver, for NEW LOW PRICES
S. ON MOST PRODUCTS EFFECTIVE 1st SEPT 92 The hob* hard drive
offers up to Bmb ot . % standard internal Fast RAM expanson ,
.. and the A530 Combo, up to 8Mb of 32- S-'- ' bit wide last
RAM expansion. Both __ leature a SCSI controller, which
supports up to 6 additional devces.
And an Autoboot Game cut-off and an Autoboot Game cut-off switch Both are available m 52. 120 and 240Mb herd dnve versions.
In addition, the A530 Combo zooms the Amiga forward with an 030 accelerator, running at a blistering 40MHz The enables your Amiga 500 to run at an incredible 12.1 MIPS, faster than an Amiga 3000! No other product m the world combines al the features found n the A530 Combol A piug-m PC emulator option shown below, is avaiaMe tor _ the HD8* and A530 Combo FREE BROCHURE RETURN THE COUPON FOR YOUR COPY PC EMULATOR PLUG OPTION FOR HD8* & A530
• 16MHz 80286 processor
• 207 Maths Co-Processor
• 5I2K of PC FLAM plus the
• Supports Hercules. CGA (monochrome) and T310C
• Runs MS-DOS (32 and thousands o' other PC pr The powerful 286
emuiakx mcxl ihe TmrB-stof of me GVP HD3 mvaWabrg the warranty)
It ha Amiga's resources and aiows you to run PC and Amga pro
grams al the same time, gwg you two ccmpMers n cro socket se of
Amiga RAM EGA VGA video modes pwards) plus agrams ie Sirrpiy
pSjos nto or A530 (wflhoul fu» access lo iho £194) »tooeeo ) W
HARD DRIVES r& ACCELERATORS PRICES FROM: £349 WHAT THE PRESS
SAY: Superb build, excellent aesthetics ond blinding speed moke
this the best A500 hard drive' _ Amiga Sttoma hm. 'GVP daims
Alt Is the fastest hard drive in the world ond none of our
tests could prove that wrong _ Untouchable. THE choke' AMIGA
SHOPPfP IHOt-) Still the best hard drive' _ 92% AMIGA fomut
11 91 (H09f) MOOEL
- •2 HD
* :; • hd 240Mb HD HARO DRIVE HD8.
£349 £449 £729 A53BC0MB0 £699 £799 £1079 “• a* 'GVP have done U ogoinf _ 94$ AMIGAIOPMAJ. 992 ASX) ' _ the build qualify it excellent _ in terms ol performance, their gear is the best - their equipment it worth every pent* .
AMIGA fOPMAT 992 (AS30) FOR ALL AMIGAS AMIGA 1500 + 2000 + 3000 PRODUCTS ACCELERATORS 3L SL 8 SiL mxcec vox SOUND SAMPLER
• so* vw*o %*nptw
• Pvjpkeo pmmAM port
• UtOtiuttKirlkvmingnpu'
• En»nsv*
• Minimunatodianin ruK MOQtrywa . MWX VIDEO ENHANCER
• IsmBancMweTMiJWPAltlM
• -Tfo-a com t«Mo s-vks a noe
• Browxu! Am*, gmocA
• to*wtnRG8x i nw RAM BOARDS Up to Bmb ot FAST PAM Upgrmte m 2UD
mcremerM Suxk-m Ktuttr, uar-ad RAM chpt OtegnoMK totrwere nMea
F*, eutxonbgutog
• RAUfl atm » me, •*, b icgra*
a) a m:«2UDreir*t+*Km* 1H £179 £399 £479 £499 £579 vfmrt. Scm W*
.0*: rtnj k*mi« ptjt Mioo P.« 24M » * AtV KCO WwiMdUIOVMply
OVAS?* f«» tt-U m inrnw ~ v* 11499 jMtjajMKM*- *c r»£l 899
£299 £429 £699 £1099 ortpwMoi wen&t V* trtqXtml crwn Omb
populated -«.»» £99 2Mb populated v£149
4251. 13886. ANM'g IM ULTMATE Amg.
I somo pnWI. An, r• SCS On* cart bar M mantel on lo M acWraUr.
ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT - DELIVERY IS FREE OF CHARGE IN THE UK MAINLAND ( SILICA SYSTEMS OFFER YOU 1
• FREE OVERNIGHT DELIVERY: On aH hardware ordm Shipped m me UK
marland
• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPLINE. Team ol techrtcal expert* at your
servtoe
• PRICE MATCH: we normally match competitor* on a *Same product •
Sam* price' bans
• ESTABLISHED 14 YEARS Proven track record in professional
cxxnpute' sales
• CI2 MILLION TURNOVER (with 60 ststt : Sobd. Rekab*
andprofitable
• BUSINESS . EDUCATION . GOVERNMENT: Volume dscounts available
081-308 0888.
• SHOWROOMS: Oemonstraton and trartna tac*be* at our London 8
Stocx© branches
• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: AM ol your reqiirements trom one supplier
• FREE CATALOGUES: Wit be mailed to you w i often ? Software and
penpheral details.
• PAYMENT: Maior credt cards, cash, cheque or monWy terms.
Before you OeoOe when lo buy ycur new ftmga product*, we suggest you tw* very careMy about WHERE you buy them Conader what it will be like a lew month* after you heve made your purchase, when you may require addbonal perpheraW and software or help and advice And. Wll the company you buy from contact you with detail* or new poducts? At Sdca Systems, we ensure that you wll have nothing to worry about. We have been established for almost M years and. With our unnvalled experience and expertise, we can now daim to meet our customers’ retirements w*th an understanding which e second to none. But
don't iutt take our word tor it Complete and return the coupon now lor our latest FREE literature and begin to expenerce the "SBca Systems Service* ' Sfe£KMkMM 40X Tel: MujBMI 4DX* To: Silica Systems. CMUSR-1192-68,1-4 The Mews. Hathertey Rd, Stop, Kent. DA14 PLEASE SEND A BROCHURE ON THE GVP RANGE Mr MrsMiss Ms:---- Initials:..... Company Name (4 appkcablo) SILICA SYSTEMS r ... A MA,L Order HOTLINE to3081-309 1111 I Tel (Home): _______________________________________ | Which computers), if any. Do you own?
STALE ART Ever felt that Amiga ait has gone stale’ No. It's not a hanging offence, in fad it was bound to happen Most ol us use identical software for creating graphics, and despite skilled mouse-work, haven’t you noticed a boring similarity among all those gorgeous pwces ol art? L*e a traditional artist who uses nothing but water-colours or pen and ink. In time the output tends to blur into a boring sameness. Painters can switch Irom oils to pastel, trom charcoal to woodcuts: Amiga painters have nowhere to go - or have they?
There really is a way to bring some sparkle and Ingenuity to your work; to give it back the kind ol cnansma which people first saw in Commodore's Mtle gem. How? Image enhancement.
HANDS ON The beauty ol the small range ol software currently available is thal it works hand in glove with your original graphic ideas; but it also lets you expand on them, experiment in the kind ot weird ways only a computer could manage After all, to a computer, art is simply a mess ol numbers, and image enhancement sottware is |ust great at maths!
While the idea may be new to you on the Amiga.
Computer-enhanced pidures have been with us since frail signals trom distant worlds were beamed back to NASA by remote probes And although the space agency has come under tire recently tor tweaking the output - making the sky on Mars just a little too red, for instance - image manipulation has changed our view ot the universe. It helps bring leatures into locus, and generally makes the pictures worth looking at IMAGE ENHANCEMENT Do you miss the first buzz of excitement that Amiga graphics once gave you? Are you jaded with the same old screens - blue with the boredom of it all ? Then prepare to
have your palette stimulated by Peter Lee, who cooks up some new ideas by slicing and dicing with a clutch of image enhancement software... 8ut even at the down to earth level of Amiga graphics, being able to engineer a picture and control exadly how it looks, opens the door to a new wave ot artistry.
GET SERIOUS Best-known contenders in this field are Pixmate and Butcher- loved by all who use them, unheard of by almost everyone else They ve been with us almost as long as the Amiga (both were around in 1987, a brief spell alter the computer was launched!, but time hasn't dulled their uses. Now they have been joined by a real heavyweight - Art Department Pro. Whose stunning graphic skills indude screen effects to kill tor.
BRAVE NEW WORLDS If you want lo give your artwork real individuality, and explore new possrbiHies. We'll be showing you just what kind of trickery you can use to create il effects. Some will be merely cosmetic while s provide the powerful building blocks to fur- r graphic magic.
Read on as we unlock the door of this hidden world of Amiga art, first of all by focusing on the software which does the business.
ART DEPARTMENT PRO v2 HB Marketing, Price: £211.50, Tel: 0753 686000 Of the three items ot software, this is the Goliath; a hefty program with a stunningly boring interface.
But underneath, it sparkles with hidden genius Primarily launched as a multi-image format translator, the new version has evolved into a magnificent workhorse for graphic manipulation.
While the aim of this article is to give you the chance to explore new artistic realms of image ¦ enhancement, I have to do justice to ADPro with a quick run-through of some of its major attributes.
These include the ability to convert one image format to another - doesn't sound very impressive, but when you consider how many ways of storing computer images there are, you begin to see how vital this kind of work is.
Bulletin boards are full of PC-related images - GIFs, TIFFs, PCX files and so on; by downloading these you can convert them for use on your Amiga by running them through ADPro. The new 24-bit colour standards for the Amiga (for those who can afford them!) Are also supported.
SHRINK WRAPPED What's more, the great data compression standard tor graphics, JPEG, has been implemented with this version. JPEG is a multi-pass compression technique which can turn a 144K GIF into just 16K, with little loss of definition.
Version 2 also supports an animation engine called FRED (only available under Kickstart 2).
SIZE MATTERS All Amiga screen formats are catered for, so you can convert an interlace HAM image into a low-res Extra Halfbrite copy. Images can be flipped and resized and filtered to give really unique results. Here are a few examples of how you can control the enhancement process;
• Remove isolated pixels - ideal for cleaning up digitised
images. It works by comparing a pixel with its eight
neighbours; if it's the odd one out, its colour is changed
accordingly.
• Median Filter - works in a similar way to the RIP method above,
but works by averaging the colour for each pixel.
• Line art - makes your image appear to have been sketched, but
you need to have a well contrasted original to begin with.
Excellent for two-colour DTP work.
• Convolve - a complicated process which imposes a 3x3 or 5x5
matrix onto your image.
Knowing what you're doing with this feature requires something greater than a PhD, but luckily a number of useful matrices are included with the program.
There’s more, too, with the inclusion of many powerful graphic manipulation tools and several dithering techniques to help maximise the impact of your image. From a purely cosmetic viewpoint though, because of the way ADPro converts colour data into 24-bit format regardless of your setup, it is a shame that there isn't more of a graphics feel to what is a true mirade of Amiga art software.
Verdict: It's hardly as intuitive as the other two programs. But, with a little eftort, stunning enhancements can be made of very ordinary-looking images.
Mmm mmm mm mi riiLiL.
AMIGA A500 500+ FOR 1500 2000 VERSION £69.99 THE WORLDS MOST POWERFUL FREEZER-UTILITY CARTRIDGI JUST LOOK AT THE UNMATCHED RANGE OF FEATURES , BURST NIBBLER. , v. Now Ihl. Mup.f dlek oopio- proqrai Replay Mk III. Ju.l Imagine a W Pt a key • no "tort waltta*.
• SAVE PICTURES ANO MUSIC TO DISK Picture* and Mund .ample, can
Bo .a*od lo lor UN with all tho major q-aphlc and muMc | PAL or
NTSC MOOES %t IBCTAELE. ' Useful for romovtng ugly Border,
whan uatng NTSC software (Work, only Agnu. Chips).
SLOW MOTION MODE Now you can .low down tho action to your 20% .pood. Ideal lo help yoti throutpi Iho tricky part.!
MANY MORE INSTANT CU COMMANDS • Ilka Rename. Relabel. Copy, etc.
• RESTART THE PROGRAM Simply proa, a hoy and tho program will
continue whore yen left off.
• FULL STATUS At the pr... of a key now you can .lew (ho Machine
Statu., including Fart Ram, Cmp Rom.
RamOIck, Drive Statue, etc. POWERFUL PICTURE EDITOR PLUS A MACHINE CODE FREEZER MONITOR WITH EVEN MORE POWER!!
EVEN
• Full M66000 Assembler Disassembler •
• Jump lo specific address • Show Ram i
• Show an? Edit all CPU registers end flag • I ,• Unique Custon
Chip Editor allows you lo set I • Dskhandllng - show aclutf
track, Disk Sync.J
• Show memory as HEX, ASCII, Assembler, Dec REMEMBER AT ALL TIMES
YQU ARE INTE MEMORY AND REGISTERS INTACT - INVAI » Dym
• Copper Assemble GATING THE PROGRAM IN IT S "I ABLE FOR THE E
FEATURES INCLUDING 80 COLUMN DISPLAY AND 2 WAY SC ROLLING
• craon editor • Load Save block • Write String to memory
• Show MOW TO GET TOO Ft ORDER FAST!
TELEPHONE [24Hrs] 0782 744707 CREDIT CARD ORDERS DAIilU ?¦Electronics!
ORDERS NORMALLY DISPATCHED WITHIN 40 Mrs ALL CHEQUES1 POSTAL ORDERS MADE PAYABLE TO.... GOV AN ROAD. FENTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, FENTON, STOKE-ON-TRENT.
ST4 2RS, ENGLAND. FAX 0782 744292 TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE 0782 744324 LONDON Wl 7EL 07' 5B064' Pixmate olio booth o colour aouoli w«. Lo botonca out colours in lha soma way you use o sound graphic equofctar. This olso halps in datamiining which colour. You con discord H you nead soma antro onas lor liHing.
GRAPHICS D I Y PIXMATE vl.l Alternative Image, Price: £50, Tel: 0533 440041 Drop-down menus on this old-timer bristle with options. They tempt you to experiment without denying you creative control. Graphic mode changes are a doddle, but the program isn’t clever enough to work out that if you have a lull-screen interlace image and knock off the interlace, then you really need to halve the length. But, as you can do this manually beforehand, there is no problem.
Currgnt Converting 32 or 64-colour images to HAM is quick and clever, but sometimes a lottery when reducing trom HAM - but what can you expect when 4096 colours are ground down to 32’ While Dpainl IV can do this in a roundabout way simply by switching modes, what Pixmate (and Butcher too) offers is Ihe chance to globally alter the colour values.
For example, you can lighten or darken the entire palette with a simple mouse movement, and edit the contrast levels and change the Hue values.
In this way a degraded image can be brought back to life.
Of real use to users ol digitised images is the ability to dean up screens by removing the odd pixels which, as well as spoiling the look ol the picture with excessive grain, make the IFF tile compression routine create a larger tile than necessary. If you intend using sequences ol digitised images tor animation, then ettorts to remove these unimportant pixels will be repaid many times in smoother and smaller ANIM tiles.
Pixmate offers a variety ot image litters, none of which could be described as intuitive and all of which are slow. The level ot filtering - how ’alone’ a pixel has to be before being removed - is a matter ot trial and error but there is a wide variety ot options for image manipulation. Images can be blurred or sharpened, reduced in complexity to give water-colour effects, or turned into stark black and white woodcut-type graphics for Desk Top Publishing work.
Verdict: A great little program, full of options and truly indispensable for serious Amiga artists.
BufCHER Produced by Eagle Tree Software, Price: £30, Tel: 0101 804 452 0623 Nicely named image masher. It has an easier control interlace than Pixmate. And goes about the same job in a different, more intuitive way. There are enough differences in the two packages to make it an irritating necessity to have both.
For instance Butcher's Mosaic (unction offers some weird and wonderful masks to use on your screens. Some minimise the original so much that the artwork becomes abstract; others, such as the weave or cross-stitch, give a nice feeling of texture to the image. A set of pre-detined mosaic shapes is included, and you can edit your own - to the extent of writing a mini-text template on which Ihe image will be printed.
The RIP (removing individual pixels) on Butcher is more flexible than either ADPro or Pixmate', it is instantly configurable to include individual or blocks of pixels of any colour available.
The edge detection is superbly implemented too, because it allows you to interactively test your settings as the job is being done, so by the time the test is complete you should have the picture about right. None ot the other packages offers this flexibility, being more trial and error procedures.
Butcher falls down slightly on global control of images - altering colour values, brightness or con- D I Y G trast over Ihe whole palette - and one major obstacle is its treatment ot HAM images While ADPro only has a lew restrictions on HAM work, and Pixmate will happily work in all modes.
Butcher denies most of its tools unless you convert trom HAM to the more routine modes. This wasn't much ol a problem belore Dpaint IV. But now restncts the ageing program s repertoire slightly. The software also belies its age in an inability to work wrth the 64-colour Halfbnte mode
- Butcher stupidly thinks because there are six bit planes there,
it must be HAM. So it really mangles up the display Verdict: My
second choice to Pixmate. But contains enough ot use to be a
good stable-mate iSbDiBmwr* It's crunch time now. The software
does all this lancy stuff, but what's in it for you? In a word
- help. Help in making the crazy world of Amiga modes bearable:
help in improving your digitised graphics in a fraction of
the time it would take manually; help in pushing the bounds of
your imagination a little further.... help generally in getting
the most out of your graphics.
With ADPro you can enjoy the riches of graphics created on almost any popular computer. Being able to load in a Macintosh image and output it for use in Dpaint is a real blessing: being able to work some image enhancement magic beforehand is a stroke ot genius.
Simply to be able lo do the best possible conversion job on turning 4096 colours ot a HAM picture into the 64 Haltbrite range makes Pixmate or Butcher invaluable A lot of other graphics packages don't like HAM, which means that without this facility you're stuck if you want a particular image and it happens to be in that mode. Being able to split the bit- planes and decrease the colours is invaluable In giving you room to add further colours to an Image, or reduce storage space In DTP. Too, work is usually in black and white or grey scale; each ot the programs tested will convert colour to
greys, and you can tine tune the contrast to match the output of your DTP program and printer. Users of digitisers will find Ihe clean-up functions invaluable for ridding pictures of the annoying out-ol-place pixels, and when it comes to rotoscoping a sequence of digitised animation, each program offers a way of capturing just the outline of a picture through sophisticated edge detection.
Using this technique you can create quick and stylish line-art cartoon-style animations from sequences ol real-life digitised frames Palette matching is a clever way of making sure that two separate images can be merged In as seamless a way as possible; added to this, you can decrease the number of colours in the palette, with little effect on the quality of the image, to free spare colours for titles and so on Each of Ihe programs reviewed has something to recommend it to a potential purchaser.
Equally, each has one or two drawbacks that need to be considered carefully. It is difficult to recommend one as choice depends on use.
The bottom tine of image enhancement really defines what Amiga art is all about - if it pleases you, it’s all the justification it needs. - ONE JPEG-WHY ALL THE FUSS?
Art Department Pro is the first major Amiga graphics program to recognise the JPEG graphics standard. But what is it, and what use it is ?
JPEG is an acronym for Jomt Photograph*: Experts Group - a committee ol people who drew up the rules tor this innovative image compression routine Converting images to the JPEG format is a three ige operation in wfxch the imago is compacted. Major maths are performed on pixel values, and in ! Process you do lose some definition. No-one argues that this is un-noticeable, it's just worth it to rink a 256 oolour image down to a fifth ol its normal sue The beauty ol this for Amiga users with modems is that many JPEG files are available lor download from bulletin boards - Ihey zip across the wires
in ligntn.ng time; and with a program like ADPro you can then uncompact them and save them in the standard IFF format for use In any ot your art programs.
AT ECU, WE TAKE YOUR GAME PLAYING SERIOUSLY
• MASSIVE PRICE CUTS ON 600+ GAMES
• NO MEMBERSHIP OR HIDDEN COSTS
• SUPERB COMPLIMENTARY MAGAZINE PHONE HOHJNE: 0480 498889 FAX
HOIIINE: 0480 496379 opei 4 . P & TITLE PUBLISHER 30
CONSTRUCTION KIT 2 DOMARK AIR SUPPORT PSYGNOSIS AQUATIC GAMES
MILLENNIUM ARCHER MACLEAN SPOOL VIRGIN ASHES Of EMPIRE MIRAGE
ASSASSIN TEAM 17 A TRAIN OCEAN AV88 HARRIER DOMARK BATTLETOADS
MINDSCAPE BEAST 3 PSYGNOSIS CIVILIZATION MICROPROSE CRAZY CARS
3 TITUS CURSE Or ENCHANTIA CORE DUNE VKGM DUNGEON MASTER.CHAOS
PSYGNOSIS EPIC OCEAN EYE Of THE BEHOLDER 2 f16 COMBAT PILOT us
Gao ACTION 16 FALCON ACTION 16 FOOTBALL MANAGER 3 ADDIC1TVE
FORMULA ONE GP MICROPROSE GoeilllNS DREAM FACTORY HUMANS MFWSE
ICY JDNES FATE Of ATLANTIS US GOLD JAGUAR XJ220 CORE KGB V1RGW
LEISURE SUIT LARRY 5 SffRRA LETHAL WEAPON 3 OCEAN LINKS DATA
DISKS US GOLD LINKS US GOLD LOTUS 3 FWAL CHALLENGE GREMIW LURE
Of THE TEMPTRESS VDGM M»*£Y ISLAND 2 US GOLD MYTH* NO08Y VhE
AAROVARK SYSTEM 3 NORTH ANO SOUTH THALAMUS HTSQUAD POPULOUS.
STAR PERFORMERS PREMIERE CORE R060SP0RTS OCEAN SABRE TEAM KRISALIS SENSIBLE SOCCER MINDSCAPE SHUTTLE ' • VIRGIN SILLY PUTTY SYSTEM 3 THE GAMES 92 OCEAN THE PERFECT GENERAL UbtSOFT TRODDIFRS STORM VROOM - UBISOFT wc LEADER BOARD WXX W17KID OCEAN VKAGS KRSAUS zoa COMPIATIONS AJR SEA SUPREMACY 513“ FM *.K AW. . • WW . ¦ -Kl AWARD WINNERS VAIS IXKCFf 2 PfEWMIMC SPACE IQ OlZZYS EXCELLENT ADVS SpfiWAC XP. 1OW KP GAMES THEADVENTLRERS CcfFWATOL SLWOWCf ANC rtjWTtP RAJNBOW COLLECTION mitm QUEST FOR ACVENTURE niaeuamvutiHiwrnmR KADTOHEAD ICS SLRPR1CJUIF19STEALTK MAGIC WORLDS C*KN EKUH STOIIWSIBL
CP5WLS0F NWKA STRATEGY MASTERS ffljTBS OGSMnUfUMOTCFEni HKIB FSYQKIS SQCCffiSELECDQN KffihTSttCBCHILLROIID ChAUP S0CC8* UANU NAME ADDRESS POSTCODE PRICE PRICE PRICE POSTAGE 1 TOTAL Make cheques payable to: European Computer User k send to : Units A2 A3 Edison Rd. ST hes. Huntingdon, CAMBSPEI7 41F ITEM ITEM ITEM Card Expiry Date: ?
EUROPEAN COMPUTER USER Unto A2 A3 Ediion Road Si bm, Huntingdon. Cambridge, PE174Lf Telephone 0480 498889. Fax 0480 496379. Office hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm. Answer machine operates outside offke hourt. Personal callers welcome Credit card orders charged only on despatch ot games (no surcharge) Allow S working days from receipt ol order for cheque clearance. Please make cheques, postal orders and International money orders (sterling only) payable to (UROPtAN COMPUTER USER.
AR Hems featured are SUS|ECT TO AVAILABILITY AR prices are tubfect to change without notice.
IhO I. AR orders are dead with Immediately provided the goods are In stock at the time of your order being processed However, we may take up to a maximum of 2S days to deRver from receipt of order, with the exception of overseas orders which make take longer POST AMO PACKAGING: UK. 7Sp per Hem 2nd Class. £1 SO per Hem 1st Clast £180 per Hem 1st class recorded EEC £2.7$ per Hem. Non EEC 0.7S per Hem. Express AM maR £475 per Hem N you do not wish your detaOs to be added to our database lor other dtect maR. in lu Sng regular hsuet of ECU magartne. Please tick the box on the form provided, or teO
our staff when you caft | SOME TTTIES MAY MOT BE RELEASED AT THE TIME OF GoiNC mSmm to mss COLOUR KITS for MONO PRINTERS Ever wished you'd bought u colour printer instead of u mono one? V onldn't it be nice to print out Deluxe Paint pictures in colour? Now you can with "FlexiColour Kits". FlexiColour kits come complete with everything you need to print in colour, including ribbons and superb software.
The colour kit is simple to fit and use. Will not affect your guarantee and prints AS GOOD AS A COLOUR PRINTER. If vour printer is not listed below please phone. FlexiColour kits for Star LC10, l.C'20, all Star 24 pin. Panasonic 1080 SI, 1123 1124. Epson FX80, FXIOO, I.Q400.
I. QSOO etc. Citizen 1201), 120D+, NEC P6, P6+, Selkosha
SP800.1900, 2000. COMPLETE KIT £39.95 COLOUR RIBBONS FLKXIDUMP
2 ? Total COLOUR CONTROL ? Select area to print ? Select size
to be printed ? Balance control for enhancing dark pics IFF or
HAM ? Now includes new feature to insert colour pics into word
processor documents ? Page control ? Colour sieve ? Ink
correction ? Pattern route ? Dot pattern control ? Automatic
poster mode for larger than A4 ? Production GraphicAcxt
labels lelierhcads ? Multiple copies control ir Import larger
than screen size files and use Flexidump to reduce (produces
superb letterheads) ? Gamma correction (fully adjustable and
savable) ? Colour mono catalogue function. Will print a mini
picture (size selectable) of a complete disc (sorted
alphabetically) including titles ? Ideal for T-shirt pnnting.
Drives a wide range of Colour and mono printers Star LC10,
LC20. LC200 Citizen Swift. NEC and many more. £39.95 (for all
dot malnx colour printers) FLKXIDUMP 2 BUBBLE JET PRINT FULL
COLOUR ON YOUR BUBBLE JET PRINTER All the features of
FLEXIDLMP 2 including AUTO COLOUR SEPARATION.
Laser quality colour graphics. Flexidump 2 bubble jel £39.95 How lo order cheque'PO nude payable to CARE ELECTRONICS or use Access Visa Care Electronics 15 Holland Gardens. Garslon. W atford. Herts WD2 6JN Tel: 0923 894064 or Fax: 0923 672102 all prices Indude VAT & CARRIAGE UPGRADE FROM FLEXIDUMP TO FLEXIDUMP 2 £11.75 inc. RETURN MASTER COLOUR RIBBONS can be "reloaded" with a new ribbon loop this is simple to do and is cost effective. Comes with full instructions.
Star LC200 9pin 4 col reload £5.99 or pack of 5 £23.95 Star LC200 24pin 4 col reload £6.99 or pack of 5 £29.95 Citizen Swift 4 col reload £6.99 or pack of 5 £29.95 Star LC200 9pin reink £9.95 a boiile Panasonic 1080 81 1123 1124 in reink £9.95 a bottle 10 Star LCI0 black reloads £14.95 5 Star 24 pin black reloads £11.95 5 Seikosha SP800 100IV1600 2000 £11.95 TWIN REFILL KITS FOR DF.SKJE & BJIOe ex B1BBLEJET PRINTERS available in black, magenta, cyan, yellow, green, brown, burgundy, gold, dark red and dark blue £14.98 T-SHIRT PRINTING RIBBONS T-SHIRT PRINTING RIBBONS print on to paper iroo on
your T-shirt 4 col T-SHIRT ribbon for CITIZEN SWIFT £29.95 reload £ 14.95 4 col T-SHIRT ribbons for STAR 24 pin £29.95 reload £14.95 4 col T-SHIRT ribbon for STAR LC200 9 pin £19.95 reload £1195 4 col T-SHIRT ribbon STAR LCI0£I4.95. Single colour BLACK for STAR LCIO I £9.95, STAR 24 pin £11.95. CITIZEN I20D SWIFT £9.95 PANASONIC KXP 1080 81 1124 black only £11.95. EPSON LX80 £9.95 FX80. FX 100, LQ400.
LQ800 £9.95 many colours and lypes available.
1 DISK STORAGE BOXES 3i«" 10 Capacity Qty 5 ..£4.50 3 a" 50 Capacity Lockable ...£3.70 3-*' 100 Capacity Lockable ...£4.70 5t«" 10 Capacity Qty 5 ..£4.99 5i«" 50 Capacity Lodsable ...£3.70 5u " 100 Capacity Lockable ...£4.70 ACCESSORIES ~~ IBM Printer Cable 1.8 MTR £4.90 (Also for Atari, Amiga) 25 Pin M-M and M-F 1.8 MTR ......£4.90 36 Pin Centromc M-M 1.8
MTR ....£4.90 PRICES ONLY IF BOUGHT WITH DISKS Bench Mark DS DD £18.00 £31.00 £45.00 Unbranded DS DD £12.80 £21.00 £39.00 Bench Mark DS HD £33.60 £61.00 £67.00 Unbranded DS HD £25.00 £59.00 £36.00 5 1 4" DISKS Type Qty 25 Bench Mark DS DD £11.00 50 100 £18.00 £28.00 Unbranded DS DD £9.50 £16.00 £24.00 Bench Mark DS HD £18.00 £31.50 £52.50 Unbranded DS HD £14.00 £27.00 £48.00 ALL DISKS 10O% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE. 31 2" INC LABELS. 51 4“ ENVOLOPES + LABEL SET ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT A PAP UK ORDERS ONLY 24 HOUR ORDERLINE 0597 851784 Cheques and Postal Orders to: MANOR COURT
SUPPLIES LTD Telephone: 0597 851792 Faz No: 0597 851416 Dept CU10151 Glen Celyn House Penybont, Llandrindod Wells. Powys, LD1 5SY 3 M S n EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT ORDERS WELCOME imm PCL5 LASER PRINTER FULLY HP LASERJET III™ COMPATIBLE 400 2Mb dpi M MAN TALLY MT904.
IBM 4329 MccmOlO ~£7so~ £¦ 099 300 . 303 60-120 ~ns
• " I. VII LI. ID UII ¦ III. Mil.HI-V I.IV II I f V. VI.
Established in Japan, in 1936. With a turnover of over S5 billion and employees, Ricoh have been producing computers and peripherals since 1971 and are the world's second largest manufacturer ot Laser Pnnter engines. Ricoh have employed their expertise to produce a Urst' in laser printers for the world market, the LP1200 with FLASH ROM.
Fully HP LaserJet ID"4 compatible, the new LP1200 employs industry proven laser technology. Unlike LED page printers, which use light emitting diodes, the LP1200's laser Hghtsource, focussed by high quality lenses, is able to produce the most accurate and intense printed images. It has 2Mb of RAM built-in and requires no additional RAM to print a full A4 page of graphics at 300dpi. Its fast, efficient processor and engine, together with a straight paper path design, allows printing at a full 6 pages per minute. Unlike its competitors, this advancer laser engine enables the LP1200 to address a
range ot print resolutions up to 400dpi. A special driver, combined with the 2uo RAM upgrade, enables the Ricoh LP1200 to print at 400dpi from Windows 3.
Again, unlike the competition, the LP1200 includes a powerful document description language as standard. This language, 'LAYOUT', offers unique opportunities to develop custom-made printing systems. Forms and document tern and stored electronically in Ihe LP12 alleviating the need for pre-printed formsI See how the Ricoh LP1200 compares to its Laser Printer Competitors FpsnN FEATURES ~~ tPl410°
• -r ¦ ,c'Vl OmcMI RRP («ad VAT)_ £945 lAu.'
WmuoM 3 OiwergeOOdpt__;_ P-ni Sueed_ . GrpT SW .P»Pypg___ft5 .
P i. *P- hp-gl? Vtctoi Cuquks mcfroed :_ Resolution Nnprovwraobf fltuocwMN YES satmm ..-- hit AA3Q0 dpi qttfhK* urn mnfliid RAW War in :a r.ne__-JSw tint PiC« ol ‘1 OulOu' 20WLS Document Description Language mc*udK__- Btsft ROM__• Sal»t * Rwwam Fonts • m HP U ill EmuUror Rcsdeot Bt lUppefl forts AGFA InMUrfont Scattb* Fowt TaclmWoov HP tremt Hi Emulsion inciuceo EPSON FX EmiKtlon ircluOM_ The Ricoh IP1200 It a genuine later printer and not an LED primer. Make tare yoo check out the comp el Won!
IBM PrpFYmur EmuMbon inc’oOefl SumMrg Tray Cepeoty________ SHOWN WITH UNIVERSAL FEEDER TOP TRAY (OPTIONAL EXTRA) 60-152 YES AUGUST 92 RICOH LP1200 6 PAGES PER MINUTE Using a straight paper path
• PCL5 - « HP-GL 2 Latest version with scalable fonts
• SHARP EDGED PRINTING Ricoh FIAL (Fine Image AlgonthmI enhances
resolution
• 400dpi RESOLUTION ******m.
Default res - 300dpi. WiB address 200. 240 & 400dpi.
• 2Mb RAM AS STANDARD 5? For a full A4 page of graphics at 300dpi
• UNIQUE FLASH ROM For controller upgrade and storage
• 1C CARD SLOT For programmable FLASH ROM cards
• EXPANSION BOARD SLOT ' For improved connectivity to additional
! Systems eg. Coax Twinax. PC-LAN etc
• LAYOUT Document Description Language
• SERIAL * PARALLEL PORTS For connection to PC compatibles and
other computers
• 1 YEAR ON-SITE WARRANTY Next working day response Silica
Systems are pleased to introduce the revolutionary, new Ricoh
LP1200. It has all of the specifications that you woold expect
to see in today's most technically advanced laser printers,
plus a unique additional feature which places it far ahead of
the competition - FLASH ROM. This Future Proof technology
protects the investment you make when you buy a Ricoh LP1200,
as it enables you to keep up to date with new laser firmware
developments. FLASH ROM is an area of memory inside the LP12O0
which holds the printer's controller instruction firmware If
new firmware is developed, updated printer command languages
etc, can be downloaded into this memory. Other manufacturers
would require you to buy a new printer! Fonts, macros, graphics
and additional emulations can also be stored in'FLASH ROM. Or
on removable, industry standard FLASH ROM 1C cards. The new
Ricoh LP1200 is the only laser printer to offer this FLASH ROM
facility The LP1200 comes with a 100 sheet A4 paper tray
(letter and legal trays also available as extras) and the
facility to feed single sheets ot paper and card up to 157gsm.
An optional extra universal feeder provides the facility to
automatically feed up to 150 sheets, from sizes of 08mm x 148mm
to 216mm x 356mm in size at weights of up to 158gsm. The
universal feeder also feeds up to 15 envelopes, overhead
transparencies and labels automatically.
Consumables + Accessories LP1200 WITH SINGLE BIN & 2Mb RAM SILICA PRICE: coo* mooucT
* «»»» CAB75CO CaWelorPC’STAm*. F847 ' LAA 5238 UhWWMl FeeOe.
(2nd Trayi €10000 i LAA 5262 2MB RAM hloOJe .... €149 CO
LAA 5210 Oevwcqw-Tocwi Cw-lrfl l W5C0 LAA 5225 CPCCaiShJge
(Dun; €89CO- LAA 5334 LOTIU l*ap*( Tigy MOOShMM) €3600 LAA 5323
Legal •'•per Tie* (100 €36 CO LAA 5312 A4 Paper Tray (100
SheeUl €36 OO CALL FOR A FULL PRICE LIST .
£699 ?VAT- £821 33 Ref: LAS 5200 fCORPORATE SALES TEAM) 1ISSSS?
BEST Buy BEST BUY [FLASH ROM UPGRADEABLE!I RAM UPPM oCenfam Court Road, London, W1P 08A Tet 071-5M 40N _Ho m» HgH Opattnt_««¦ Ha 071-B3 «73?
I* »*»i Oxford Street London. W1A 1AB Tet 071421 1234 re Mews. Hatherley Rd. Sdcup. Kent. DA14 4DX Tel: 001-302 M11 l i*y« ham 'f”_lu He oei-aa (ou rfo: Silica Syslems. CMUSR-1192-75. 14 The Mews Hattierley FW. SiJcup. Kent, 0A14 4DX PLEASE SEND INFORMATION ON THE RICOH LP1200 Mr MrsMtss Ms:----- Inibals:.... Company Name (M applicaWe): Address: -------------------------- SILICA SYSTEMS MAIL ORDEI w COMMODORE ATARI CITIZEN STAR AMSTRAD CVMANA PHILIPS GOLDEN IMAGE NAKSHA ABACIS SEGA nil.I ! PBHH JSSS 'FULLY GUARANTEED BULK | ,'LXX Blli SIDED DOUBLE DEN- rsriY IJSipi IHO0*' Ceil i lied - SHK
ANDII) USUALLY SONY. I
• DK Mil SI BISHI etc GUARANI LED I liUED WITH LABELS IX) Nor I
ICDNilM WIIII INI I KK )K UNCEKTI- I InEI* PLEASI PHONE FOR
LATEST | ¦nuns 20 DSDD £9.99 25 DSDD £12.99 I . 50 DSDD 122.99
100 DSDD 142.00 I 200 DSDD ...... £9200 I 20
TDK Bunded Disk* with two 10 holdei hoxc* ......-.119.99
I l I.*)K BPXtS I nq» I op Disk Holder Hi*b 12 ..... 99p
¦ I nip Tu|» Disk Holder Holds 20.....-......£2.99 | Ulah A
Di*K BU. UHLlto I Ptawvr Type Boa - Can he slacked hon on II
illy of vertically - Holds ISO Disk* £16 45 | ma; l hkls I Eihu
Auorted Colours I W lo* £1.00 I I 2i4) lor
£2 00 I I ;r«i 11actor I ced I ahels ..... 14.UU | AMIGA
1500 2000 PBIIPHERALS VP 52Mb Fa* Acun* Hard Dnse -Oh 8 Mb | R
AM Board Was £264.99 Now £249.99 P 120Mb Fad Aon* llard Dnvr
with Smb | RAM Board Wa» £409.99 Now £589.99 GVP 2Mb SIMVIN lor
abuse________159.99 Fixed FREE il required « . IMWUtXML A2XD
Internal Gr*duck£X9.99 | I A nifd 1500 (Jnpopulaicd RAM B«urd
£84.99 I V. ,lh 2Mb SIMMS ----£ 142.99 AMIGA CONTROL CENTRES
tied by Premier Micros from Sheet Steel, ilh welded Seains and
Epoxy coaled hi
* mr match the Amiga | r.Tcision made lo tit over the Kwk of the
Amiga lo make a perfect plallorm for a | taoxllor etc and
unprove the look* of the 1 ’ximg*
• VXVA50U Mu* Model includes cables to | re route the mouse joy
stick port* Irom the otck of the Amiga to the right trunt side.
V. irk shelf tor e sternal disk dme etc £45 99 A 500
Model ....RRP £39.95 I «)ur
Price-----------------129.95 | CUMANA ( 5X354 I Mh 3.5" Single
drek FruMe dtsabic switch - Thru port - I Power ex
Amiga. ..152.99 I row PR IN HX0B DRIV
K incorporates Anti I click Board. Blit Back up system
software I an.) Huilt in Virus blocker ..167.99 1
NEW-POWER PCHR0H with Blit and I X-Cupy . -194.99
REPLACEMENT 5506 Internal disk « | lulls compatible and with
Jiuctkms .... 141.99 I MEMORY EXPANSIONS* SYSTEM I I
Pt.HADES 512k RAM Expanmon* with I Clock and UNOff Switch
... ......£23.99 I 1Mb MODI I E EOR A5tl6 PLUS Give* I
2Mb Chip Memory ___________£44 99 I AMIGA 600 I Mb Chip RAM
Module with clock, plug* into Trapdoor underneath I the
A600_______ 149.99 I kJCKSTART ROMS I VIJ Kickrtart ROM
. 129.99 I V2JM KkkATARI ROM . 149.99 I ROM
SHARER I 2Pu*it.on Switch ..... -.119.99 I BODEGA BAY
Expansion Unit adds Amiga j 2UU0 cxpomnm capabdllic* to Amiga
500.
I Includes own internal power supply .£179.99 I IN EMULATOR I K.C.S Power PC Board Fils uuo RAM exp I slot under computer. Does not invalidate I warranty .. 1199.99 I ADAPTOR tor 1560 2009.....1M.V9 I OFFICIAL COMMODORE UPGRADE I KIT Convert. 1.3 Amiga lo version 2.04 I Workbench Includes disks, manual*.
I ROM etc ...... 189 99 Amiga CDTV player complete » uh Keyboard. Mouse and Floppy Disk Drive
- ...... for only £399.99 when you trade m your old Amiga (any
model except 10001 provided il t» in working order and with
Mouse and Power I Supply . W e w ill arrange free collection
delivery if required.
CD. T.V. Amiga CDTV player.... Keyboard... ....
1399. 99
149. 99
139. 99
179. 99
179. 99 Floppy Dick Drive..
C. unraodure A570 T Rom Dnvc. Plugs into Amiga A500 Expansion
Bus to run I CDTV Software - 1339.99
NEW-PHILIPSCD-I.
1 Top quality .Amiga ( olour Dust Covers. 1 'and with Bound Edge* Protect Your Invcrtmrnl Amiga 300 Keyboard .. Amiga Keyboard l4 ‘W Piteumic KX-PI124 1170 .. £4.‘N Crti en 1201) Printer______________ 14 9.J
C. n en Swift W24 I24D .. £4 99 Cooanodore
Monitor £4.9*) Philip* Monthir MK II
..... £4 99 Amiga 1500 Two Pan Cover. ¦8 '« Star LC10
Printer......-......- . .14 99 Star LC2IW
Printer____________ 1-1 Star IX'24 200 Printer-------- 14 W
OUR LOWEST AMIGA PRICES EVER!!!! ALL OUR AMIGA PRICES INCLUDE
FREE NEXTMAY DELIVERY ON ALL OVR AMIGA SYSTEMS Top quality 40
disk holder, 10 best quality disks with labels, quality mouse
mat.
We are CITIZEN SI PER DEALERS , and Authorised to offer their Full 2 year* Guarantee on all CITIZEN Products This Guarantee cover* all part* and labour I including Printer Head.
FREE WITH ALL OCR PRINTERS: Exclusive Printer Starter Kit Comprising:
* 200 Sheet* Quality P
* 200 Sheet
* 200 Tractor Feed Address I .abets
* 2 Metre Amiga Printer Cable
* Special Amiga driven disk lo match your Amiga perfectly to any
ot printer* I Free nr it working dot dthrtry oh all Prinlen
IZFN SW IFT 200 pin Colour- CITIZEN SWIFT 240
- 24 pin cult CITIZEN SW IFT 9 COLOl R £199.99 | CITIZEN 224
COLOUR _ CI TIZEN SWIFT 24 COI.Ol K £249.99 | CITIZEN l’N48
Notebook Printer-£229.* TW STARLI 1W3LKU3 S I K U lot). 9 pm
mono ..£169 99 I STAR L( 24 100 ¦ 24 pin m.mo .£199.99 I
SI R I t *0 MONO ..£134 99 I STAR LC20tlCOI.Ol
K ......£199 99 I 12 29.99 I STAR L( 24W MONO PANASONIC
KXP I I24i 1239.99 I PANASONIC k l* 2180 Cnlour£209.99 I
PANASONIC KXP 2123 Cohu.r£299.99 | I MULT FK1.MLK5 4 11 l .F.N
I'Rt )JF I ..£399.99 I CANON HJI0EX Portable
Bubble Jet Pnmer ».th 1 font*. ( able eu £249.99 | CANON BJ26 -
8 fonts. 50 sheet Auto sheet Feeder. Portable, mono printer
£345.69 | COMMODORE M PS 1276 Ink Jet
Printer. Special Price .1129.991 INKJET LAKTKllHitS
CANON BJIOE Ini Cassette 117.91 COMMODORE MPSI276 Ink
Cassette 114.99 | COMMODORE
MPSI276 aiindccs 114 99 | REF ILL INKJET CARTRIDGES - TW IN
PACKS (easy load) HEWLETT PACKARDA ITIZEN PROIET Bla« k £16.99
I .....Blue £18.99 1 CANON HJ.t00 3.10
Blask £18.991 I PHILIPS CM8833 Mk II Colour monitor.
I High Revolution. T»m Speaker Stereo I ..unplete with ail leads and One Year ffl-Hte Warranty with FREE Lotus Turbo e 2 Game---------- £199.99 HIKE I684S Monitor High fllutKin Colour Monitor. Twin Speaker oinc Leads ..£209.99 COMMODORE 1685 SD2 Stereo | Colour M«wiitor - ... £229.99 f PMBps Till A Swlsel ODORE I960 MUI.TI SYNC I MONITOR Complete with Ica.ls to plug I straight into the AMIGA 500 Plus £43699 IWAY FLICKER .nuna 1500 2(»*l f s when used with t £99.99 Pltait nott that all our Monitors art official!'* Specification.
Mr do not •rUt.tr, Importi of any kind.
T FREE at mi Auo
F. N STAR AMSTRAD CVMANA PHILIPS ; M lll IMAGV NAKSIIA ABACI'S
SEGA DIGITA GOLDEN IMAGE NAKSHA ABACUS SEGA DIGITA PANASONIC
JVC MITSUBISHI EPSON CANON TOSHIBA HEWLETT PACKARD GOLDST
AMIGA BOOK SPECIALS SERIOUS SOFTWARE MEW DELUXE PAIMT III
TUTOR VIDEO
l. cam lo gel ihe best from NEW Deluxe Paini III. This video
shows you how to design and execute your own Animations.
Titles and so much more in a Step-By-Step. Easy-To-Follow way.
Subjects covered include: ? Screen Painiing ? Zoom ? Colours ? Working with Text and Fonts ? Stencils ? Perspective ? Animation ? Video Titling etc. etc RUNNING TIME: NEARLY THREE HOURS!! Superb Value At ONLY £18.99 inc Post & Packing "1 was a little sceptical about the chances of taking a complete beginner to such artistic heights but I must admit to being wrong" AMIGA COMPUTING. September 1991 £9.44 X9.94 £9.49 ....£12.45 £15.45 ....£15.45 £15.45 £16.45 ....£16.45 £16.45 .._XI 9.94 ....£19.99 .. £19.99 £19.99 ....£22.99 ....£22.99 £22.94 AUDITION COMPUTERS LTD Dept CUA, 35 Broad St,
Stamford, Lines PE9 1PJ Tel: (0780) 55888 Shop Hours ...£18.95 ....£18.95 ....£18.95 £18.95 ...£18.45 ...£18.95 ...XI 7.95 (0780) 720531 out of hours lend.« form* ct pupmn made to Aud tx*r Compute ud ymr r.inr. .«k*ecs .rrvl d,Tyt*W KSCphonc nurrCcr. *oraj wrth your rergwemrm Goods wtl Be tfy ftcc ct cha-ge IrreneA y.
MINIMUM ORDER El5.00 else surcharge £2,00 AU OUR PRICES INCLUDE V.A.T. d Amiga BASIC ......£16.95 a Adv. Syncm Prog Guide ..£29.95 a BASIC Inside and Out ......£18.95 :a C for Advanced Programmers .£28.95
* C For Beginners .....XI 7.95 A Desktop Video
Guide _______£16.95 A Desktop Video Power* .....X24.95
mga Desktop Video Workbook*.....X29.95 ¦ Amiga DOS a Dahhand
Guide .....£14.95 ¦ Amiga DOS Inode & Out I Re* .red
Edition with [Ask .£23.95 I Amiga DOS
Reference Guide 3rd Ed. XI 7.95 I Amiga DOS Qua*
Reference ..£8.95 I Amiga DOS 2
Companion .£22 95 I Amiga Kir Beginners I Sew
Version cm W B 1 3 A 2.0 ....£12.95 I Amiga Graphic %
lns.de A Out .....£29.95 ¦ Amiga Machine
language ..£14.95 I Amiga Printers Inside A
Out .£28.95 I Amiga Programmer. Handbook Vol ’
.£22.95 I Amiga ROM Kernel Ref Manual 3rd I Edition:
Devices ...£32.95 I Amiga ROM
Kernel Ref Manual 3rd I Edition: Includes ami Autodocs £34.95 I
Amiga ROM Kernel Ref Manual 3rd I Edition: Libs
------------------------------X3I.95 I Amiga Hardw are
Reference Manual 13rd
Edition ....£25.95 I Amiga
3D Graphics Programming in ¦ BASIC
- .XI 6.95 ¦ The Best Amiga
Tricks and Tips* £24.95 |C: A Dahhand
Guide ...£14.95 I The Commercial Games
Programmers I
Guide ...£11.95
I Desktop Video Production £13.95 I Fast Guide
lo Arcxx .....£5.99 I Get Most Out of
Your Amiga Vol I £9.95 I Get Most Out of Your Amiga Vnt 2*. XI
3.95 ICFA Basis Interpreter with Disk XI9.99 I Inside Amiga
Graphics ......£16.95 I Kkls and the Amiga -
2nd Edition X 14.95 I Learning C: Programming Graphics I on the
Amiga ...X 16.95 I Learning
to Fly with Flight Sim £12.95 I Making Musk on the
Amiga* ......X29.95 I Mastering Amiga Beginners
• ......XI9.95 I Mastering Amiga DOS 2 - Vol. I I NEW
EdmON* X2I 95 I Mastering Amiga
DOS 2 - Vol. 2 ¦ NEW
EDITION ...XI 7.95 I Mastering
Amiga Printers £19 95 I Mastenng Amiga
System ..X29.99 I More Amiga Tricks and
Tips X 18.45 I Screen Play
2 ..... £9.95 I Using AREXX on the Amiga Plus*
....£29.95 | Using Deluxe Pamt ¦ Second Edition ..XI8.95
• With FREE Disk I Inlofilc
Database ..£29.95 I I Music
Mouse ...X 14.99 | Romho RGB
Colour Splitter .£59.95 nefonu
__ .....X99.99 I I Deluxe Print
II™.....:..... ...... X34.95 I Photon Paint
£9.99 I Leu Spell at
Home .. £9.99 I Photon Paint
II £24.99 IGFA Basic
Interpreter ......£14.99 | I TV' SHOW TV TEXT
Video Tiller and I special effect* IRRP £ 159.99 SPECIAL PRICE
£49.94 | I AMIGA VISION Presentation and I Multimedia Software
I RRP £ III .99 ..SPECIAL PRIt E 09.99 | I PERSONAL WRITE
Amiga Plus compatible I Word Processor with Spell Checker.
Ideal for I
beginner ....£24.99 I
I Megamix Masters by ROMBO £29.99 SOFTWARE SPECIALS I Fun
School 2 - Under 6's .... n School 2 • 6 to IT*
....-..... Fun School 2 • Over 8’* . Fun School 2
- 8 and Over ..... Fun School 3 - Under 5 . Fun
School 3 • 5-7 Years . Fun School 3-7 and
Over Fun School 4 - Under 5 Fun
School 4 .5-7 Years .. Fun School 4 - 7 and
Over ...... ADI Maths 11 12 . ADI
Maths 12 13 .... ADI Faigl.sh
11 12 . AIM English
12 13 .. " Nr Create 5 yean*----------- Merlin
s Math* 5 - 13 years .... Spelling Fair 7-13 years
. KOSMOS Answer Back Junior..._ .
Answer Back Senior .. Fact File 500 • 20th Cent.
History... Fact File 500 - General Science..... Fact File 500 •
Know England ..... Fact File 500 - English Wn*d ... Fact
File 500 - Natural Hislory t File 500 - World Geography.
Fact File 500 - First Aid ...... Fact Kile - Spelling ...... Fact File Sport.™ . Fact File - Arithmetic ...... Fact File - Association Football The French Mistress - ... The Italian Tutor ..... IV German Master ... The Spanish Tutor ..... Maths Adventure ..
L. C.L Mkh hnglih «*0SF!) .. Mkto French (GCSE|
.. Micro Maths (GCSIt) ......„ Micro
German (GCSEi Mega Moth* (A level)
Primary Maths (3-12) .....
Reading and Writing (3-8) ... MISC Bctlcr Spelling
18-Adull) - .. tel* Spell a) Home • SPECIAL.
I Wordworth v I I from Digita ..£74.99 I Scala 500 .....£89 99 I Scab tNeeds 1,5Mb Ram & Hard Dnve) I £159.99 I Gold Disk Office .£63 90 1 Pen Pal. ...... ..XS3.99 I GB Route Plu* _ ......„ .£59 45 1 Design Wort* .£57.99 ¦ Quarterback. ...... £46.99 I Quarterback Tools ......£59.99 1 Home Account*.. _ .XI9.99 I Home Accounts 2 X36.99 I X Backup
Pro ..£35.99 “ Merll_ .....- X39.99 I Amos -...... £32.49 ¦ Amen Compiler £19.49 3D ....._ £21.49 I Easy AMOS ..„ ....£25.99 I Pagestream 2.2 £139 99 I Final Copy v I 3 from (PF.N PAL.).....-.£45.99 I NEW Final copy II .....X89.99 I ART DEPARTMENT IPR0FLSSIONAI ......£179.99 I INTRO CAD .....£49.99 I PROFESSIONAL CALC £124.99 I
PROFESSIONAL DRAW v’.O ....£87.99 I PROFESSIONAL PAGE *3.0 ....£109.49 I NI:W MINI OFFICE W.wdprncessor. 50.000 I Word Spell Checker. Database. Spreadrtcet.
I Dirt Manager A Graphics I RRP £59 99 Special Offer ..£47.49 EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE TRACEY Moure Drawing Aid. Attache* simply to side of Moure and features precision noukicd crosshair* lo enable you lo trace any picture into your graphics package.
With full colour instruction manual .£6.95 AUDIO LEADS - connect your Amiga to your Hi-Fi 3 Metre Stereo Audio lead* £4.99 5 Metre Stereo Audio lead* ....£5.99 Quality Soft Mouse Mat - ..£2.99 Moure Bracket (to hold mouse) ...XL99
3. 5“ Dirt Drive Head Cleaning Kits.'..:......£1.99 Twin
Joystkk Mousc Extension Lead £5.99 Joystick Moure “V
Lead ..£5.49 Joystick Mouse Switch
Box___________________£9.99 JoystK'k Mouse Auto Sensing Switch
Box by Roho ...... - .....£16.99 Acnal
Switching Boxes. At in TV lead to eliminate constant
disconnection
• car on TV - ...-..£3.94 Surge
Protection Plug* .. - .-£11.99 Printer Cables .-
....-,-.£7.49 Modulator F.xtcmion lead Stops Your
Modulator falling out!'! Plugs into Modulator port and
Modulator and allows .Modulator to sit along the hack of the
Amiga instead of projecting. Approx 12“ caMe length £10.99
Naksha Moure w ith FRFF. Moure Mat.
FREE Moure Holder and Operation Stealth Game £20.99 Techno-Plus Mouse Microswitched 300DPI!! £17.95 POWER Scanner .- ..£99.99 GEM I RAC 200 DPI Trackball £44.99 GVP DSS8 - Digital Sound Studio Sound Sampler _ .. £57.45 MIDI CONNECTOR. MIDI LF.ADS & ™.
FRFF MUSIC X JUNIOR ..£39.99 QUICKJOY Foot Pedal .. £24.95 VOLTMACE DFI.TA 3A Analogue Joystick ..£12.44 GRAVIS CLEAR THF. Joystick £36.49 ZIPST1CK SUPER PRO Autoire Joystick ......- .. £12.94 SIGMA RAY (Pistol Grip - Auto Fire) .£13.49 FREEDOM CONNECTOR - Plug in your own Joystick which then becomes Infra Re Remote £19.99 MOUSE PAIWMOU8E POCKET Gift Pack_________£4.44 OPTICAL MOUSE £34.99 PLONKER BOX keep* ihore often irred disks close to hand, slicks on side of CPI * « monitor ..... £4.99 DESK TOP COPY HOLDER. Make* typing
and inputting easief £9.99 PRINTER STAND. Fits any primer ..£7.09 3 Metre Joystick OR Moure Extension l-ead ... £5.99 PRIMAX 350 DPI Moure ...£14.99 ALPHA Data Scanner Scan A Saw.....£ 124.94 ALPHA Data Scanner - Touch I p ..£144.94 NAKSHA SCANNER plug* m side expansion . ..-.£99.99 PODSCAT PTJCM0 l)l(.II l*»| G I VHI I I complete with PSU A Driver ...£209.94 You are welcome i«» vlsil iiu sq foot retail shop which is packed with Computer Hardware and Software. Make a day of it, in one of |
England's loveliest Old Towns.
COMMODORE ATARI CITIZEN STAR AM8TRAD CUMANA PHILIPS GOLDEN IMAGE VAKSIIA ABACUS SEGA DIGITA AMEAGRE PRICES I AMIGA USERS Double Sided Double Densit) PRIC QUANTITY 1 WITH LABELS & WARRANTY nss Cowp?
LOSIimpack .. Motadly ------ . .014 1415
- ----- S0Mf.ll,--------------------------------------
KI0Mp.it .... Imfiprty .. - 15
60
0. 75 140 capacity-------------------- 150 capacity---- 1115
£10.15 ISO Dthuc stackaMe- 12115 JOYSTICKS Python 1
(QS130P)__________________________ Mavenck 1
(QSI2KF) ...... 125+_______________________ £125
113. 75 £1(0 The Bug .
Star Probe____________ Competition Pro 5000 Mack ...
Spcedking A F ... Navigator
A F . £13.50 11350 £13 75 £1100 £13 75
Topstar.tSVl 27)______ Supercharger
(SV123) .. Sung-Ray A F-------------------
£21.50 .£9.00 £12-50 Curaana Dick Drive.... 5Mb Upgrade ?
Clock.
.5Mb Upgrade .. I Mb Upgrade (500*) Mouse_____________ Mouse Mai Mouse llouae-- Dusicover (Amiga)..... Dusicover (Monitor).... Dusicover (LC10).
Dusicover (LC24) ... Aulo Mouse Joystick Switch Trackball________ 071- 608 - 0624 FREE!, , STARTER KIT R J.I ALL YOU NEED 10 GET STARTED WITH TOUR NEW CITIZEN PRINTER
• 2 Metre Parallel Primer Coble
• 3J? Bisk-Driver lor Windows 3
• 3 T 0*sl( - Amiga & ST Drivers
• 200 Sheets ot Continuous Paper
• 100 Continuous Address Labels
• 5 Continuous Envelopes WORTH £29.38 WITH EVERY CITIZEN DOT
MATRIX PRINTER FROM SILICA £19.38 (£10 off RRP) to purchase 144
cps 80 COLUMN JJ
• Citizen 1200* - 9 pm
• 144cps Draft, 30cps NLQ
• 4K Printer Butler * 2 Fonts
• Parallel or Serial Interlace
• Graphics Resolution: 240 x240dpi
• Epson and IBM Emulation
• PuU tractor & bottom teed
• FREE Silica Printer Starter Kit PLUS! FREE AMIGA PRINT MANAGER
Fo Xslr grrtrfl korr yflur Amgt. *Xh cearw- mxgM tnO moe *t»»rr
coUus *«sti«he d dams ion coeV) wm mu buy I SwA » £14.10 VAT-
£135.13 ret: PRI 2120 9 PIN PRINTERS 24 pin PRINTER SWIFT 240m
MONO PRINTER (COLOUR OPTION AVAILABLE) SWIFT 240C COLOUR
PRINTER 192 cps 136 COLUMN
• Otven SmrH9* ¦ 9 pm ¦ IX column
• I92cps Draft. 4Bcps NLO e BK Pnmer Buffer • 3 Fonts
• Pamaef Interface
• Graphics Resokitioo 240*240dp
• Epson ana IBU Emulation e Colour Option Available
• FREE S4)ca Pnmor Starter KB 300 CPS 80 COLUMN
• Caten PnxkA9 - 9 pin ¦ 90 column
• SOOcps Ora*. 60cps NLO
• OK Printer Buffer - 3 Fonts
• ParaHal Interface
• Graphics Resolution 240 240Op
• Epaon ana rBU Emulation
• FREE Colour Kit
• FREE S+ca Primer Starter KX 192 CPS 80 COLUMN
• Crtuen Serf! 9-9 pm-BO column
• I92cpa Oran. 48cps NLO e BK Printer Butler * 3 Fonts
• Paraeet Interlace e Giapn.cs Resolution 240*2400*
• Epson ana IBM Emulation e FREE Colour K« 300 CPS 80 COLUMN
SWIFT 240 MONO :sxZ'l&’t&SiUT" ~ £ . RnM¦«. I
• Mramw 360.360 . ISSL'£LS2L' *lt"“"” SWIFT 240C COLOUR INKJET
PRINTER NOTEBOOK PRINTER 24 pin PRINTERS CITIZEN PRINTERS FREE
DELIVERY Mm Cuy. Fcy s* n toe UK mama FREE STARTER KIT r* m »'
w«i Cam an maa *mn Uom sm 2 YEAR WARRANTY Onoiauu !M Ml nat.n
ww* Iwdl WINDOWS 3.0 m Soamw SOT U 360 cps 80 column 64 CPS
80 COLUMN 270 cps 80 column
• Graphic* Resolution: 300*300cf*
• HP Ooek)et plus emulation YOU
• FREE OVERNIGHT OELIVERV: On all hardware orders sfwpped In the
UK mainland
• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPLINE: Team ol technical experts at your
service
• PRICE HATCH We normally match compeetors on a “Same product -
Same pnce* basis.
• ESTABLISHED 14 YEARS Proven track record m professional
corrputer sales.
• €12 UILLION TURNOVER (with 60 staff): So« reliable and
prolitabe
• BUSINESS * EDUCATION * GOVERNMENT VcAjme discounts available
081-308 0888.
• SHOWROOMS Demonstrate and training taallhes at our London A
Sidcup branches
• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: All o! Your requirements from one
supplier
• FREE CATALOGUES: Win be maded to you with offers • software and
panthers* detab
• PAYMENT: Maior credt cards, cash, cheque or monWy terms |ro
Silica Systems. CMUSR-1192-55. 1-4 Ihe Mews, Hatheiley Rd.
Stop. Kent 0AI4 40X~'l PLEASE SEND A BROCHURE ON THE CITIZEN
RANGE Mr MrVMisVMs: Initials .
Company Name (it applicable) Addreaa:__________________________ ir help and advce with your new purchase And. Will the d new products’ At Silica Systoma. Wc en**e that you established tor aTnost '4 years and. Wm our unnvalled ____________,____ can no* dam lo meet our custom** requmments with an understandng which Is second to none. But don’t |ust lake oi» word kx It. Comptete and return the coupon now tor our ' FREE nteraiue and begin to experience the *S*ca Systems Service'.
SILICA SYSTEMS MAIL ORDER HOTLINE 081-309 1111 I Wh*h computers). If any. Do you own? IkCA voe rfl tptanaov *i«y cna-v* • Pimm -mu rj PENTIRE DEPT. CU10, 10a Hag Hill Lane, Taplow, Maidenhead. Berks. SL6 OJH (0628) 666641 99p per disk.
P&P 90p per order European add 25p per disk Worldwide add 50p per disk TITLES MARKED (P) ARE ALSO COMPATIBLE WITH A500+ GAMES .ALIENS (P) G295..... G300..... G240..... G144..... G138____ G303 C294 G125____ G175 G139___ G106..... G110___ G292..... G169..... G137..... G302..... G297..... G142..... G274..... G140 ..... G301 G306 G136 G160 G281____ 777? - G314..... GI39..... G320..... Ssz G323 ..... US13...... U1S6...... G279..... G225..... ..AIR ACE II (P) ..BUZZARD (P) ..DRIP ..FLASCHBLER ..CREY SLAYER (P) ..JETMAN (P) MEGABAIL (P) PARANOID ..PIPELINE (P) POM POM GUNNER (P) ..PUGGLES
(P) ..QUADRIX (P) ..QUICK AND SUVA RETURN TOEARIH (P) ..SEA LANCE (P) SMASH TELLY (P) ..STAR TREK (2) (P) ..STAR TREK ARCADE (P) ..STONE AGE (P) ..SURVIVOR (P) ..WASTELANDS (P) ..WET BEAVERS GAMES (?)
WHEEL OE FORTUNE (P) WIZARD WORLD (P) TRUCKIN ON (2) SMASH TV RIP Off ..FLAG CATCHER (P) CLASSIC GAMES Vol.l(P) ..GOLDEN OLDIES (P) ..PARACHUTE JOUST (P) ..YUM YUM (P) ..GAME TAMER (P) ..LSD TRAINERS ..JUST HINTS I (P) .JUST HINTS M(P) EDUCATION (P) PACK 1 5 DISKS OF PROGRAMS AIMED AT UNDER I VS PACK PRICE £4.00 PACK 2 5 DISKS OF PROGRAMS AIMED AT CHILDREN OVER 10 PACK PRICE £4.00 ART (P) GRAPHICS PACK 5 DISKS CONTAINING PAINT PROGRAM AND LOADS Of UTHITIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECES PACK PRICE £4.00 PRINTER (P) A 5 DISK PACK WITH All YCX LL EVER NEED FOR YOUR PRINTER. LOADS Of DRIVERS AND
UTILITIES BRILL!
PACK PRICE £4.00 UTILITIES U358 ..8 TRACK S TRACKER (P) U312 ..AMIBASE (P) U225 ..CLERK (P) U129 ..CU TUTORIAL (P) U400 ..D-COPV (P) U134 ..DIRECT ACTION (P) U126 ..DISKMASTER (P) U147 ..DOPE INTRO MAKER U117 ..ESA UTILITIES (P) U207 ..FIEXIBASE (?)
U15S ..GHOST WRITER (P) U424 ..HACK PACK (2) U221 ..HARD DISK UTILS. (P) U204 ..HOT STUFF U163 ..ICON MANIA (P) U164 ..JAZZ BEACH (P) U224 ..M-CAD(P) U25S ..MED (P) U1S4 ..MESSUSID (P) U434 ..MODEM UTILITIES U239 ..PAIR-fT 90 P) U394 ..Q BASE (P) U227 ..R.I.M. (P) U153 ..SUDESHOW CONS. P) U460 ..DISK CONST. KIT U464 ..KEFRENS UTILS (?)
U465 ..ASSASSINS UTILS U466 ..XENON UTILS (P) U467..-.....START UP UTILS (P) U469 ..A-RENDER U470 ..D-LUX DRAW LM71 ..MEGA DOS U472 .ZOOiAC COMPACTER U473 ..DISK SALVAGE U474 ..FUU FORCE U47S ..DESK BENCH ICONS U476 ..FUU FORCE VOL. 2 U477 ..GENEOLOGY (1 MEG) (P) U478 ..ANT-FUCKA U479 ..MANDEL MOUNTAINS U480 ..RED DEVILS 6 U481 ..RED DEVILS 4 U482 ..POWER LOGO U483 ..SYS EXERCISER U4B4 ..BOOT BENCH V2 U48S ..CATALOGUE W SHOP 1 (P) U486 ..CATALOGUE W SHOP 2 (P)
U4B7 ..GFX UTILS 1 U489 ..LOADSAICONS U490 ..ANALYT1 CALC (2) (P) U492 ..CROSS DOS U493 ..600 LETTERS (P) U499 ..DESKSID U500 ..TEXTPLUS V3 U505 ..WINDOWS BENCH (P) U508 ..MOBED II US11-......ED WORD U501 ..ZERCON UniS(P) U497 ..GRAPHICS CON. KIT DEMOS f RANKLYN FLY (P) IRAQ DEMO BATMAN MUSIC LUXO TfENAGER (P) JUSHFY MY LOVE (I.SMb) RESCUE ME (P) MADONNA III (3) OPEN YOUR HEART (P) PHENOMENA ENIGMA (?)
.PROBE ANIM (P) PUGGS IN SPACE . .. ROBOCOP (P) SIMPSONS (P) CHIPS ARE UP (P) VIZ SLIDESHOW 30 0 '. MR POTATO HEAD 301 FILLET THE FISH 187 CRONICS HARDWWED(2XP) 277 CRUSADERS EURO CHART 2S0 DONALD DUCK (P) 201 . FENNTASTKT 3 (P) 147 STEALTH BOMBER 31 8 MADONNA IMMACULATE 31 9 AT THE MOVIES H (4) (P) 327 DIGI SHOW (2) (P) 33 0 SHORT MOOUIES (P) 33 1 ANARCHY (P) 197 TOTAL DESTRUCTION 184 FLIGHT ANIM (P) 238 KRIONIC NEVERWHERE
267. PHENOMENA INTERSPACE 298 GHOSTPOOl (P) 288 SPACE ACE
(?)
317 THE RUN (P) ALCATRAZ ODDESSY A BRILLIANT 5 DISK SPACE EPIC, HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED!
PACK PRICE £4.00 NOT PLUS REBELS MEGADEMO’S 4 DISKS Of VARIOUS DEMOS FROM THIS SUPERB GROUP. A MUST FOR ANY DEMO COLLECTOR PACK t RICE £3.75 NOT PLUS PHENOMENA 5 DISKS Of GREAT DEMOS INCL.
ECES, JOYRIDE, INTERSPACE ETC PACK PRICE £4.00 NOT PLUS DIGITAL CONCERT PACK Of 5 DISKS. THE VERY BEST IN HOUSE MUSIC EXCELLENT SERIES PACK PRICE £4.00 NOT PLUS HUMOUR TOTAL RECOUNT (P) D178 1M D176 D164 0275 D18S A168 D179 D173 G171 D2SB TOTAL RESPRAY (P) TOTAL RESTYLE (P) TOTAL RETRIAL (P) VIZ JOKES (2) (X) DAHNG GAME (2) DELIRIOUS (2A?.2 DRIVES) EAU MADONNA (P) PORKY PIG LAME ST PORTS SAFE SEX (?)
GLAMOUR Al 77 BO DEREK (P) Al 71 .....BLONDE BEAUTIES (P) AIM .....SAM FOX (2) (P) Al 01 .....GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (P) Al iO .....GIRLS 2 Al 76 KATHIE LLOYD A107 MADONNA Al 0 1 MARIA WHITTAKER (2) (P) Al 7 1 .....SAM FOX VOL 2 AIM.
.....UTOPIA (2) (P) Al 87 .....SABRINA (P) A10S .....SUDES 1 (P) AI7S .....PUZZLES (P) AISH .....SLIDES 2 (P) AIS9 .....SUDES 3 (P) AIKH .....ROSANA ARQUETTE (1 Mb) A1 K't CINDY CRAWFORD (2X2 DRIVES) FRED FISH IS80 .....WORLD DAT* BANK (P) 1 SIS PREADER (P) ;si4 CUBE 4 (P) __TERM (P) FS6I .....PPMORE (P) 1-iSH DISDf(P) Islh PSLANKER(P) FSU .....DOS MANAGER (P) 1498 EREECOPY (P) |MENU (P) T-BAG ACTIVATOR (P) KEYMAPPED (P) LHARCA (?)
LFF2EXE (?)
PCOPY (P) VICUSX 4.0(P) MENU RUNNER (P) POWER PACKER 2.2A (P) VIRUS TRAP (P) SID (P) Due to the sheer number of programs of Fish & T-Bag it is impossible to guarantee compatability of all programs, however, most will run within CLI or SHELL.
HOW TO ORDER: Make cheques postal orders (sorry, no credit cards) payable to Pentire PD and send to the address above stating titles and disk numbers required. Please note prices are per disk and not per title. Titles with a number in brackets denotes the number of disks. Note: we do not stock pornography, so please don't ask for it.
WE ALSO STOCK A LARGE RANGE OF PC SHAREWARE CATALOGUE DISK £1 FRED FISH TO ORDER GLAMOUR 1500 TITLES AND T-BAG PLEASE STATE CONSTANTLY UPDATED COLLECTIONS STOCKED OVER 18 BLUE INTRO If you’re serious about using your Amiga, then the Blue Pages are written specifi- m m cally for you. Within the next £ @ §§ I $ mam 32-pages you’ll find all sorts of columns, helplines and tutorials to help you get the most out of your computer. This month we’ve got another two new columns starting, the concluding part of our OctaMed tutorial, plus regulars such as Points of View, Sound Check, Amiga World
and Bookshelf.
148 BOOKSHELF Everyone and his bank manager seem to be lumping on the Amiga bandwagon at the moment and the number of new Amiga-specific books grows apace. Confronted by a pile of books as high as the Telecom Tower (well, nearly!), where is the avid bookworm to turn for much needed advice on which titles are hot and which are rot? Right here, that's where, as every month we round up the best new releases, reissues and hardy perennials and give them a nght good reading to From games tips to technical talk, we cover the whole gamut of Amiga-related books. This month, we take a look at some of
the Bruce Smith books, a range of specialist publications aimed at the dedicated Amiga enthusiast 132 INSIDE INFORMATION How’s about that then, guys and gals?l It's 'top 20' time pop pickers, as once again the CU team takes a look at who's selling what in the software games stakes. Will Sensible Soccer be top of the charts yet again (surely not!), or has some new contender risen to the number one slot? As well as the charts, we thought it was about time we subjected our new members ol staff to public ndrcule. So you'll find short biogs on all the CU team plus some of the ugliest mug shots
ever to appear in a national magazine.
156 COMMS Mai Broomfield has been running up the phone Bill Sompulink Information as he discovers the many delights that CIX (Compulii Exchange) has to offer. If you've never even heard ol CIX, then you've yet to discover one of the best bulletin boards currently being operated. Amongst hundreds of conferences you’ll find lots of Amiga specific areas with talk of all the latest machines and peripherals. There's also the chance to grab all the latest shareware and PD games and utilities the minute that they’re released.
159 CLUB CALL Computing was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. And it doesn't have to be either, thanks to Club Call. Each month we turn the spotlight on a number of Amiga clubs the length and breadth ol the country and sometimes beyond. So. If you want to discuss computing with like-minded individuals, now s your chance. Most clubs hold regular monthly meetings as well as offering discounts on both software and hardware. To find out more, you know where to look.
160 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS Questions, questions, that's all we ever get around here. The postbag's lull ol 'em. But never mind, as the ever resourceful Mat Broomfield is on hand to help with all your Amiga- related queries. Our technical guru was orphaned at an early age and spirted away By the Tefal eggheads to some far off Mystical Temple where he was inducted into the Inner most secrets of the Amiga. But now he's back and ready to share his knowledge. You lucky people.. 166 BACKCHAT This is the place where spleens are vented over everything and anything to do with the Amiga. Here at CU Towers
we like to think that we keep an ear to the ground, so If you've got a gripe, a moan, are annoyed or cheesed off write to some other mag as we're already depressed as it is. However, if you've got a really interesting comment to make or wart to join in any of the debates that are currently raging within our letters page, then feel free to drop us a line We're always interested to hear what our readers think of the mag, so pick up a pen and give us your thoughts.
169 READER REVIEWS Well okay, so we don't know everything. Have we ever pretended to?! Let's face it, you're never going to agree completely with everything we review, so this is our way of redressing the balance. If you've ever read a review that you disagree with, or wish we'd covered a product that you think Is the Business, then write in and tell us why.
It can either be a game or a productivity review, we're not choosy. Every review we publish earns the writer £50. And gives our readers the chance to have their say. Who knows, if we like what you write you could soon find yourself writing for the mag on a regular basis 171 OCTAMED PROFESSIONAL After all these months. Mat Broomfield wishes he'd never seen a copy of OctaMed Pro. It’s not that he doesn't like it. Just that he can't keep away from the blessed thing.
Coming out tor a dnnk, Mat', we ask Erm, be with you In three months', he replies as he attempts to translate all of Timmy Malian’s hits onto one disk The poor misguided fool. If you've been following Mat's indispensable guide to one of the Best musio program's currently available on the Amiga, then you won t want to miss this last and final Installment. This month. Mat looks at sampling and sample editing.
174 SOUND CHECK Just before he set off on his summer hols driving around Germany in his beat up Volkswagen, Tony Horgan popped into the offices with the latest installment of his music column. Neither of us were to know then that: A. the disk would be corrupt; B. that I'd be writing this page before we could get a fresh copy; and C. the useless duffer would be joining the CU Amiga team this very month. Life can indeed be stranger than fiction.
177 NEXT MONTH Ha! The most pointless page in the mag is back once more to make some outrageously empty promises about what next month's mag won't be like. I mean, even your old granny with her saucer full of tea leaves could come up with better than this. I ask you, have we ever been right in the past? But maybe, just maybe, we'll get it right this time.. Personally. I don’t fancy our chances much, so I've promised myself a trip to the South of France if we even get close.
178 POINTS OF VIEW Always one for a rant, Nick Vertch puts down his pint of Guinness long enough to mumble some words about the new A4000. Poor old thing, all this new technology lark has got to him as he's a bit worried as to where it’s all going to end. What's the point, he argues, of having 64-bit colour super machines if the human eye can't even detect some of the colours used In 24-bit graphics? And just who is pushing for all these developments?
?2193 OVER 150 SOLUTIONS AND TIPS FOR THE VERY LATEST SOFTWARE, THANKS TO PHOENIX. FROM HOOK TO LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS THIS IS A MAJOR PD DISK 17-BIT DISK PRICES 17-Bit Disks £1.25 Fish Disks £1.25 Scheme 17 Disks£2.00 CLR Disks £3.50 Quality PD 1 FREE DISK WITH EVERY 10 YOU BUY!!!
Cat disks 50p each a FROM M 17-BIT 1 SOFTWARE SOITIVARE NIOCK S . L-IIMi.CI.K. U()S VERY LATEST PD AM FM NUMBER 8 At last ITS Owe, Features ORDERING DISKS I SEND US A FAX ON I 0924 200943 AMOS PD DISKS ?2210 ..PC Amiga V2.20 ?2209AB...... Olemp ad (Game) ?2208 Comslellaton (Astronomy) ?2207 ..Escape (Adventure) ?2206...CED 1.00 (C Source Editor) ?2205 Freestyle Music Disk ?2204 .....Fraction (Educational) ?2203 .. .Graphic Adventure Creator ?2202 .....Icons Galore (over 80) ?2201 .Decibel overlode (Mega) ?2200 ....Turbo
Thrust (2 player)
2199. ...Liberator (Shoot-em-up) +2198....North C. A68K.
Blink (Utils) ?2197 ..Act Of War (Strategy Game)
?2196 ...Vietnam Slideshow
2195. CDTV Music Disk (ROM copy) ?2194 MC Matrix Fussion
(Chillin) ?2193 ..Games Solutions (Hook etc) ?2192....Texas
Chainsaw Massacre ?2191 Pinball Dreams 2 preview
?2190 .Scorpious Mapper 2
2189. ......A500+ Simulator (Util)
2188. .™ ....E-Type 2 ?2187 ....Star Car
2 (makes catalog) ?2186AB Stolen Data Disk Mag
?2185....Silver Blade (Shoot-em-up) ?2184 Spectrum (puzzle
game) ?2183 ...Cyclic (colour cycle pic)
+2182ABCD....Final Frontier Issue 3 ?2181 ABC......Final
Frontier Issue 2
2180. .Palace jiggle it music
?2179AB ...Psychie Music Disks
?2178 ......Instruments. MED etc
+2177 ....Felix Remix +2176
Crossmaze (puzzle game) ?2175....Plus issue 14 (Utils
games) ?2174 Klaktris (superb game) ?2173 Assassin Game
Preview ?2172 .Dolphin Dream (1 Meg anim) ?2171 ...PD Games
Vol 30 (chrome) 2170 Aabsolute Vectors (superb)
?2169 Gods Mega Demo ?2168 Genocide Aural
Illusion ?2167 .Satanic Rights Issue 2 (Mag) ?2166 Crack
INC BBS Intro
2165. .Suspect Immortal Visions ?2164AB LSD Total Kaos
(Techno) ?2163 .. Games Galore 12
2162. ......Cybemetix (Defender) ?2161 Silents Maximum
Velocity
2160. ...Quartz Dynamic Illusion 2159AB......Red Sector
(Time Zone) ?2158A Zalycon (mega game)
2157AB Heat Beat Music +2156 Top Secret
(parasol Stars) ?2155 The Cydist (1 meg anim)
+2154 ...Address Print V2.1
2153. ....Anarchy Deja-Vu Demo ?2152ABC Khem Anim (3 me
?2151 ... Back From The Beach (1
?2150 ..Eldorado Slideshow
?2149 .....Word Sort (Util)
?2148 ..Boot X 5.01 (WB 2 only)
2147. .....Verb Quiz
?2146 ..Trip To Trumpton
+2145 ....Clipart (CastlMl
?2144 ....Clipart (Holiday)
?237 ......Shapes (Game)
?234 Telstar (Game) ?230
.Asteroids
?221 ..- Amos Bingo
?215 ...Fractal Workshop
?208 .R-Draw
180. ....Dungeon Delver
178. .....Mastermind
176. ..Data Base Manager
+163 ..Sample Editor ?
160 .....Quiz Master
151. .Understanding Amos
149. ...Pontoon
?146 ...Fruit Machine
* 137 Tile Trial
?136 - .Maths Calc
115. Balloonacy stale Amos when
ordering_ ? T6 unte Musin?pper)
T62 ....Label Maker
?T61 Biz Calc
• T60 .Connect 4
T59 ...Pic Base
T58 ..Clock Tic
+T57 Disk Magic T5« - - input
Lock TS5 2oom ? 154 - Mi&sJte Command T53 .. . AwnBuSO T32
_____ Trek Trtv
* T5* . _ Pnr* StjOo T50 Wro.
.149 ---------- Per matte* .148 Snoop Doe ? T4? _____- imjracfcA' . 146 prayon »a»m .145 worn.
?T44 . Track Salve +T43 .....China Challenge
2. .Bouncebench
?T41 .Envelope Pnnter ?T40AB
....P Copy Hunter 3, Yamaha DX Synths, Midi
Stuff. Amiga Only Music.
Special Midi Section. The ultimate Mustdans disk mag has arrived AM FM by B Lynne ONLY £2.50 PER ISSUE SAMPLES DISK ALSO £2.50 NOT PLU* OR A500 COMPATIBLE!!!
17 BIT SOFTWARE C ¦ Manual (4 Disks) ? North C (2 Disks) Tlia Completa C Package Comprehensive Manual and North C. | rs VIDEO APPLICATIONS Make Ihe most ol video titleing with 1698AB, 1760,1761.1763.5 Disks of video and TV graphics and Genloc applications.
ONLY £5.50 HOME BUSINESS PACK 1700 AMIGAsh, 2129 Text Engine 3. 1486 Cheque Book. 16S4 Amibase Pro 2. 1541 600 Business Letters, F495 Anyliticalc.
ALL THAT POWER FOR ONLY £5.50 EDUCATIONAL PACK 9 DISKS CRAMMED TO
• RUSTING POINT WIT* ALCATRAZ ODYSSEY NOW ¦ COMPATIBLE A 5 DISK
MEGA DEMO THAT REALLY SHOWS WHAT YOUR MACHINE CAN DO OVER 2
MEGS OF GRAPHICS. 3 MEGS OF SOUND. SUPERB STORY 14 P1IM-CUPART
EVERY PICTURE KNOWN TO MAN ON 14 ACTION PACKED DISKS JUST LOAD
INTO YOUR FAVORITE DTP, THE VERY BEST COMP OF CLIPART ONLY
£14.50 FISH DISKS ?F412 ......Zero
Virus .r$ 85 Van ?Fl«1----------------- X Boor
• F449 Word PuzzB ?Ft 39 W-eotcftai-Sn .F626 Wavs V.W .FB90
Yi'.sHjrw ?F415 .U-Edit
?F302 .Turbo Mandlobrot
?F351 ......Tree Walk
?F620 .. Track Dos
?F412 .-..TicTacToe
?F173 ..Tetrix
+F576 Term 2
+F498 ...... .Tape Cover +F619 ..Sys
Info (Latest) ?F583 ....Stop Watch
?F512 ...Solitaire (Cards)
+F254 Slot Cars 5 DISK CLASSICAL
MUSIC ROB BAXTER BRINGS YOUR AMIGA TO LIFE WITH SOME OF THE
BEST CLASSICAL CONVERSIONS EVER.
ROB USES SONIX FOR MAXIMUM AUTHENTICITY. SUPERB STUFF ONLY £5.50 1929 2*0 DISK DRIVES £59 99 A500. I MEG CMP EXP £39 « A500 HALF MEG WITH CLOCK C29M A500 HALF MEG WITHOUT (24 99 80 CAPACITY 0«K BOX Cfl M 100 CAPACITY D«SK BOX C6.M MOUSE MATS C2 99 DUST COVERS C2 M BLANK DISKS tt SO FOR 10 ZIP STICK JOYSTICK (AUTO) ('0 98 IHOBBITS ?SPACESHIPS THE NEW MUSIC CD FROM BJORN A LYNNE AND FLESHBRAIN. OVER 72 MINUTES OF GREAT ORIGNAL MUSIC RECOROEO ON THE VERY LATEST SYNTH I EQUIPMENT NO AM FM ENTHUSIAST SHOULD BE WITHOUT THIS ' OUTSTANDING MUSIC CD I YOURS FOR ONLY £12.99 DON T MISS IT" UPDATE 27 OUT
NOW!
Features-Viiua 2 2.17, Power Player. Label Maker V1 5.
Lots of great Articals, Speotal Otters. Fully A500+ and A600 oompatible ONLY £130 per issue s available PLEASE NOTE ABCD AUER A DISK NUMBER IS 4 DISKS AND IS £5.00. PLEASE STATE WHEN ORDERING WHEN A PD TITLE IS A MULTIPLE DISK ONE. IF YOU JUST QUOTE THE NUMBER YOU MAY ONLY RECIEVE THE FIRST DISK!!
PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU' Amiga publishers BSB have something ot a reputation tor Hence. It will therefore come no surprise to learn that their take centre stage In any summary ot current titles. Mat Broomtleld reviews the current range ot six books, covering everything trom C programming to Introductory level Amiga computing. It you wish to place an order, please make cheques POs payable to Blue Smith Books.
Send to: Suite 108, Smug Oak Green Business Centre, Lye Lane, Brlcket Wood, St Albans, Herts AL2 3UG. Alternatively you may wish to order over the telephone by credit card, call 0923 894355.
MASTERING AMIGA BEGINNERS (PRICE £19.95) This book is an absolute must lor Ihe literals Amiga newcomer. It provides a valuable accompaniment to the Workbench and Introduction manuals supplied with the Amiga, yet It manages to equal more than the sum ol both books.
It is written by PhH South, a longstanding Amiga-user and journalist, and his style is informative and relaxed. At times It’s almost possible 5 forget that you're reading a tutorial manual, as Phil illustrates the text with anecdotes and analogies to help you to understand the subject matter more easily. I must admit, his style is sometimes just a touch too relaxed, as he plays tor jokes which are too feeble to use even on a lolly- stick. Much less in a book aimed at mature readers.
The book begins by giving a basic overview of the general principles of Amiga use. Ranging trom disk drives and Workbench, to languages and Cli. As the book progresses, it deals with more specific topics such as Amiga fonts, modems, using printers and C programming, to name but a few.
Due to the vast number of subjects talked about, each one is necessarily brief in its coverage, yet Phil manages admirably to impart the essence of a topic without introducing too much confusing detail.
Phil also describes some of the commercial software and hardware available for both business and leisure, mentioning such classics as Deluxe Paint and A-Max II.
Equally helpful Is his summary of the different Amigas available, and the facilities offered by each.
If you don't yet understand what a computer virus is, the section on viruses Is essential reading.
For the Amiga beginner who wants to quickly expand his knowledge and discover the range of possibilities for the machine, this book is a densely packed and entertaining reference source.
MASTERING AMIGA DOS 2, VOLUME 1 (PRICE £21.95) OOKSHELF The next logical step having gained an overview of the Amiga scene and its basic operation is to learn about its inner workings and the way in which you can control It.
If you want to learn more about the Amiga, why not teach yourself? CU Amiga reviews some of the excellent self- help books available.
Mastenng Amiga DOS. Volume 1 has been co-written by Mark Smiddy. Ex-editor of Amiga Computing magazine and Bruce Smith owner ol publishing company BSB Between them they have an impressive list of credentials and this reflects in their literary style; this book and its companion volume are probably the best written of the entire BSB range Whereas Mastering Amiga Beginners assumes absolutely no knowledge of the Amiga beyond how to turn it on, this book credits the reader with slightly more understanding ot the computer. Whilst the authors still refrain from using unnecessary jargon, the book
Is a little more adult In Its approach and it is written in a slightly more concise and intellectual style. That's not to say that it Is written for experts; far from It! The book comprehensively details all aspects of Amiga DOS beginning with simole concepts, such as scripts and directory structures and progressing to advanced topics, such as recursive scripts and responsive' DOS programs.
The book is compatible with all versions ol Amiga DOS, and when differences anse between versions, indrvidual examples and explanatory text are provided to ensure that no- one is left out.
Many readers write to me asking how to create their own demo disks or compile their own auto-booting utility collections. With this book they need ask no morfc, fdr It includes detailed sections on creating such disks as well as providing tutorials on writing your own start-up sequence.
It also contains invaluable reference sections describing such things as the binary and hexadecimal numbering systems, the Memacs text editor and even hard drive back-up techniques.
This really Is the Ideal book for people who want to do more with their computer than simply load other people's programs MASTERING AMIGA DOS 2, VOLUME 2, REVISED EDITION (PRICE £19.95) No matter how well you use Amiga DOS, there will be times when you need some form ot command reference to refresh your memory about the syntax or function of a command or two. There are already numerous such books available, but no others are as comprehensive or as up-to- date as Mastering Amiga DOS 2, Volume 2.
Again co-wntten by Smith and Smiddy, the book provides the ultimate DOS programmer's reference manual, detailing every single DOS command and their parameters.
These even include commands which are not documented by Commodore Itself.
Because it’s a reference work, this is not the kind of book that you can just sit and read from cover to cover, although there’s no reason why you wouldn't want to work your way through It a couple of commands at a time.
Unlike the previous book, this one assumes some CLI and DOS knowledge, and is written in a somewhat more terse, and at times almost abbreviated style. For a DOS programmer, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you're unlikely to want to read through pages of meandering monologue before reaching the answer you're looking for. On the other side of the coin, DOS newcomers may find the command definitions a little uninformative, forcing them to reread earlier reference works.
The book also contains indis- AMIGANUTS UNITED PROUDLY PRESENT
• ••••••OCTAMF.D PROFFESSIONAL VERSION IF YOU WANT WHAT HAS BEEN
RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE BEST BUDGET PRICED MUSIC COMPOSING
UTILITY PROGRAMS FOR THE AMIGA IN THE WORLD TODAY. READ ON
OcuMED Pro V4 NOW CONTAINS A HOST OF EXTRA NEW FEATURES.
INCLUDINO THE MUCH REQUESTED BEATS PER MINUTE FUNCTION
(pianists will love this) - AUTOMATIC LOAD DECRUNCH OF
POWERPACKED SONGS SAMPLES - A NEW FILE REQUESTER FREEHAND
OPTION FOR THE SAMPLE EDITOR, (edit waveform with the mouse) -
A PIXEL SAMPLE DISPLAY FUNTION EXTRA CONTROL OVER ECHO EFX PLUS
MANY NEW AND EXCELLENT MIDI FEATURES AND OF COURSE FULL STAVE
PRINTING PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE BESIDES! THE DISK ALSO CONTAINS
A NEW OcuMF.DPlayer WHICH IS RELEASED FOR PUBLIC DOMAIN USERS
TO ENABLE POWER PACKED COMPOSITIONS TO BE FREELY DISTRIBUTED.
YOU DO NOT NEED ACCESS TO A MIDI UNIT TO COMPOSE MUSIC WITH
OctaMED Pro BUT TREATING YOURSELF TO A SYNTH WILL RELEASE THE
FULL POTENTIAL OF THIS AMAZING MUSIC COMPOSITION PACKAGE (I MEG
MIN AND 500 PLUS COMPATIBLE) PRICE: ALL EC COUNTRIES £3000 WITH
MANUAL OR £22.50 WITHOUT MANUAL REST OF WORLD (NON EC) £32.00
WITH MANUAL ONLY. (Thcvc prices include postagi EUROPEAN
COMMUNITY BUYERS: THE MANUAL MAY BE BOUGHT SEPERATELY FOR
SPECIAL OFFER TO PREVIOUS FULL PRICE PURCHASERS OF OctaMED IF
YOU PURCHASED OcuMED VI or V2 DIRECTLY FROM AMIGANUTS THEN
RETURN IT. ALONG WITH ONLY £1150 (inc pAp) AND WE WILL UPGRADE
IT TO OctaMED Professional V4 0I Note that the abme upgrade
offer is ONLY open to customers returning the official white
Amiganuts disk that has the RED Amiganuts logo pruned on it It
is not open lo those who upgraded to V2 using the FREE VI Amiga
Format Coverdisk. If you purchased a full price copy of VI or
V2 from another supplier, then you must contact them for any
upgrade price details.
CL' AMIGA READERS. WILL YOU PLEASE NOTE THAT LAST MONTHS SPECIAL V3TO V4 UPGRADE OFFERHAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. THE FULL PRICE FOR V4 MUST NOW BE PAID THE V3 MANUAL IS NOW OUT OF PRINT AND WE CAN ONLY SUPPLY THE V4 MANUAL.
THE NEW AMFC V2.00 (c) A MFC STANDS FOR AMIGA MUSIC FILE CONVERTER AND THATS EXCATLY WHAT IT DOES! THIS BRAND NEW VERSION WILL CONVERT STARTREKKER OKTALYZER7ST MODS AND ALSO SMUS FILES. (NOW INCLUDES THE CHORDS AS WELL) TO THE OctaMED FORMAT NOW THEIR IS ALSO NO NEED TO ALTER THE IFF SAMPLES BEFORE PLAYING THIS NEW VERSION WILL ALSO CONVERT ALL ABOVE MODULES TO MUSIC - X FORMAT. A PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT FOR ALL TRUE OcuMED ENTHUSIASTS V2.00 POR ONLY £10.00 HERE IS A SMALL SELECTION OF OUR OTHEJt NON-PD BUDOET PROGRAMS QUIKSILVER PINBALL IS AN EXCELLENT BUDGET PINT ABLE GAME (4 VARIATIONS) £8.00
FRAC V2 IS A FANTASTIC PROGRAM FOR WrrTTING YOUR OWN ROLE PLAY GAMES £5.00 EDWORD V3. THE LATEST TEXT EDITOR BY MARTIN REDDY. WITH MANY NEW FEATURESX5.00
A. GENE V4.19 THE VERY LATEST VERSION OF THIS FAMOUS GENEOLOGY
PROG. £15.00 A-LOG (BY THE AUTHOR OF A.GENE) IS A GENEOLOGY
PROG FOR DOGS CATS ETC. £8.00 MapED. WrrTTING A PROG? THEN YOU
WILL SAVE MEMORY WITH THIS GREAT EDITOR £5 00 MAIL ORDER ONLY
- IF MAKING AN ENQUIRY, PLEASE ENCLOSE AN S A E ORDERS FROM
OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS MUST BE BY BANK DRAUGHT. POSTAL OR
EUROCHEQUE. POSTAGE A PACKING: ALL EC ORDERS ADD 50 pence -
REST OF WORLD ADD £1.00 CREDIT CARDS NOT ACCEPTED. WE DO NOT
BELIEVE IN GETTING CUSTOMERS IN DEBT!
DISK CATALOGUE IS ALSO AVAILABLE POR ONLY £1.50 PLEASE ADDRESS ORDERS TO: AMIGANUTS UNITED. 12 HINKLER ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON. HANTS. S02 6FT ENGLAND PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS (ABOVE! TAKES EFFECT AS FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 1992 VIN ;-»ACKS IN A SOCCER MANAGEMENT GAME THE MIDNIGHT OIL SOCCER SUPREMC AN INTERNA TIONAL MANAGEMENT GAME Y« mother Eagtaad manager hat learnt the way tel controlling m OULL ATT MID DEF POSSESSION OF STATS. IND PLAYER ACTIVITY STATS.
PLAYER FATIGUE FITNESS STATS.
ST ATE-OF-THE-G AME INFORMATION PLAYER-WITH-THE-BALL INFORMATION POSTAL SALES The Midnight Oil Dept CUA
18. Hazelmere Road.
Stevenage SG2 8RX 2 3 dayi delivery IN MATCH TACTICAL MOVES SUBSTITUTIONS POSITIONAL CHANGES OVERALL WORKRATE IND. PLAYER WORKRATE Icveil) You can define yourte If. These pUyen we Amiga ? ? ?
£19.95 £19.95 £19.95 Heed Conch worki with ALL Amiga monitors SS and DIV I require colour monitorfTV.
Pensable appendices listing Amiga DOS error codes and their mean- «igs, how to use the mountlist, and tie specifications ot the Interchange Fie Format (IFF).
If you program using an Amiga and your library only consists of one book, this should be it!
MAS1ERMG AMIGA C (PRICE £19.95) Like most home computer owners, many Amiga owners dream of learning to write their own programs. In the early days ot the computer, Amiga Basic was supplied with each one sold, but for the last few years Commodore has left people to choose for themselves which language to learn.
C Is a universal language which can be converted from one computer format to another with minimum effort, it's also the language that most of the Amiga's ROM-based operating system is written in.
Being neither as restrictive and as slow as Basic, nor as difficult to learn as 68000 machine code (assembler), it's an ideal choice for would-be programmers who hope one day to produce commercial quality programs, be they for private use, PD distribution or full-price commercial release.
The book's author Paul Overaa is an Amiga user with expertise in all fields of interest, from graphics to MIDI, and (surprise, surprise!) He is an experienced C programmer.
Although the book aims to be as user-friendly and readable as possible, its subject matter makes it necessarily complicated at times, and I suggest that any hopefuls should have at least a working knowledge of Amiga DOS before attempting to read it.
Paul's writing style is relaxed enough, but I somehow felt that the book was not as good as it might have been. The subject is, of course, a complex one, but I felt that Paul didn't quite have the same flare as Smith and Smiddy or Phil South. It's not that his writing is by any means bad. But I felt that he took too long to get started and didn’t really provide me with much sense of inspiration. I had always felt that learning C was an uphill task and this book did little or nothing to allay my fears.
Paul's task has been made more difficult by the absolute necessity of any student having to use a C compiler. Despite the fact that the Lattice (SAS) C compiler is probably the most popular one available, Paul also gives examples which are compatible with the North C compiler, one of a number of excellent public domain compilers available.
Of course, this means that examples are often repeated tor each compiler, and this only seems to prolong the learning process. Worse still, almost unforgivable in fact, is the small matter of typographical errors. To be fair, there are very few, but when they appear in a program listing, they are enough to totally ruin a tutorial.
As much as possible, the book tries to avoid dwelling overmuch on complex parts of the Amiga's operating system because as Paul says.
‘It's hard enough to learn to program in C, without having to learn about the Amiga's O.S. at the same time' Whilst I can see what Paul's getting at, and I agree to a certain extent, I wonder if that's a bit like saying 'If s hard enough learning to drive without having to worry about what all the road signs mean!’.
Anyway, regardless of my reservations. I would buy this book, as it still represents probably the most readable Amiga C tutorial book available. It just suffers slightly In comparison to the superlative standards of the other BSB books.
MASTERING AMIGA SYSTEM (PRICE £29.95) Mr Overaa strikes again, this time with a book about the Amiga's operating system. By contrast to his book on C programming, this one is a far more lucid tome. Perhaps Paul finds it easier to talk about Intuition and libraries than he does to teach C programming?
Although chronologically this book is a follow-up to the C programming book, and it pre-supposes that the reader will have a basic knowledge of the C language, il is the perfect accompaniment, and is actually quite an interesting read in its own right.
I found this book good enough to read in bed. Though I must admit to waking up with it on my pillow, eight blissful hours laterl Who needs sleeping tablets, eh?
The book seems to be targeted at fledgling programmers seeking to understand more about the infinite subtleties and intricacies of the Amiga's internal architecture, and I daresay it will be extremely helpful to them. I also think that it makes interesting reading for any intelligent person who is simply interested in understanding more about such subjects as the blitter and multi-tasking.
Illustrated with copious examples in C, and detailed explanations and listings, Mastering Amiga Systems offers the programmer a good halfway house between introductory level bookS and Commodore's systems programming manuals and ROM kemals.
If you're going to buy Mastenng Amiga C, you should strongly consider this manual as well.
MASTERING AMIGA PRINTERS (PRICE £19.95) With a title like that, who could blame me for expecting a stodgy programming reference manual that goes into intricate »id tedious detail about the inner workings of printers on the Amiga. Fortunately, I was wrong (on most counts...)!
How many printer owners can honestly say that they've never sat in horror whilst watching their printers chum out row after row of alien gobbledygook? Or groaned in frustration as their printers spurted torth ten pages of text with alternating rows containing 1 and 79 characters on them?
Mastering Amiga Printers aims to put an end to all tbal by showing exactly how the monstrous beasts work, and how we can tame them.
The book starts with a useful overview of the various types of printer that are available, ranging tram daisy wheel and dot matrix machines up to ink-jets and lasers The pros and cons ot each type are explored, and a few popular myths are also shattered. This section is quite useful as a buyer's guide and it's a pity that prospective customers are unlikely to own the book until they’ve already bought, and perhaps had problems, with a printer.
Preliminaries out of the way. The book goes on to give specific advice about how to set up and test your printer. Because the information given is generic in nature, it may not necessarily solve specific installation problems you may be having, rather it acts as a pointer showing you the kinds of things to watch out lor.
As the book gets down to the nitty-gritty, such subjects as Escape codes, graphic printing and drivers are explained. Robin seems to suffer from the same problem as Paul Overaa in his C programming book; he knows what he wants to say, but he can’t always find a concise and elegant way of saying it. I freely admit that I found my mind wandering when he started giving a definition ot bytes and words by way of a rather circuitous introduction to the character set and control codes.
To be blunt, supposedly entertaining chapter headings such as Graphicus HoriHmtalis don't really make the beginner's task any easier either.
It's nice to see an entire section on printing from D-Painl as this is one of the key areas that defeats many users. It's also good to see that a support disk is available. This disk is 'free' in the same way as PD disks are Tree', i.e. £1.50 for post and packing (isn't it about time these companies bought cheaper envelopes?!).
The disk contains 41 printer drivers, including some obscure ones not available elsewhere. It also has a host of basic programs, and a screen grabbing and printing utility.
Incredibly, there is no driver-generating package included so you'll have to get one elsewhere, if you need one. ® UGA SOFTWARE POWERMCKER PRO vn4 allow* you to compress a disks contents Into less than two-thirds ol the space It would normally require .only £14.95 POWER BASE Is a simple but powerful database, featunng simple to uae interface full sorting and selection pkjs report printings---------,-----------------------only £19.95 POWERWAVES visS.O is not |ust another graphic utility It runs on all Amiga* with 1Mb and features 40 different
math functions, supports Sculp-Animate 3D 4D,and Videoscape object and script fie formats, generates IFF animations from single frame IFF pictures plus Tel: 0634 710788 ALL PRICES INC VAT AND P&P. VISA AND ACCESS TAKEN mote_________________________________________________ only £17.95 POWERMENU v«2.0 is a complete menu designer for floppy and hard disk users. ......only £17.95 DRIVE-X vrsI.O is a powerful disk monitor that can be used to change text or blocks of a disk or files and also create menus on hard disks ....only £14.95 HUGE m2 0 is the
complete program for producing icons, sprites, brushes and bobs. ... only £17.95 Kill DA VIRUS Is a professional virus killer which recorases more than 138 different viruses .. only £14.95 16 32 also supply a large range of .EducationalSoftware, send an SAEfor more details 16 32 35 Northcote Road Strood, Kent, ME2 2DH Maxell Disks PRICE PER BOX OF 10 MD1-DD 5.25'DD £5.80 MD2-DD 5.25 DS DD £ 6.00 MD2-DD 5.25' HD £ 8.36 MF2-DD 3.5' DS DD 1Mb £ 6.00 MF2-HD 3.5' HD 2Mb £12.50 ALL PRICES ARE CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. E&OEALL TRADEMARKS RESPECTED
Educational Software The Connoisseur’s Choice IT you are looking for software to help with the National Curriculum, then look no further. Our new free catalogue Is packed with programs suitable for all ages from six lo adult on a wide range of educational and leisure subjects.
SuCyeca nowMiiUM include _ Sport First Aid Gsnaral Knowledge England Scotland Natural History Maths Geography Frsnch History German English Wordt Spanish Spelling Italian Arlthmatlc Science Football Writs or talaphons for our naw FREE 18-page colour brochure ol Educational and Leisure software (Plaaaa atata computer type) Kosmoa Software Ltd, FREEPOST (no stamp needed) DUNSTABLE, Bads. LUS 8BR Talaphons 0525 873942 or 875408 3 ImiSiipii'jipj 3 Recent months have seen a number of departures in the regular CU team, so we thought we’d introduce you to some of the new members this month, as well
as some of the sad people we just can’t get rid of...) STEVE 'BOWLY' PRIZEMAN STAFF WRITER Another new face, Steve joins us after flogging double glazing over the phone to little old ladles who didn’t know any better. Not content with this, he has consequently tried to fix up the entire CU Amiga staff with a nice line In conservatories and garden patios. Always one for a nicely groomed bamet (using his mum’s old pudding basin), Steve Is a vegan and not a Vulcan as we originally thought This means that he can’t eat the local pub’s meat pies - lucky sod.
TOM 'SAD' GLENISTER AD MANAGER Tom has been working on CU for 4 Vt years which is even longer than Dan.
Gameswlse, Tom hasn’t a clue as he has yet to fathom out how to turn on an Amiga, let alone insert a disk.
It’s a little known fact, but when Thomas was a wee young nipper he used to do exactly that - wee himself like crazy every time his dad came home from work. It’s alright, though, as he’d learnt to control himself by the time he was 20. However, he does suffer from the ocassional relapse which usually occurs at Industry dos.
GARRY 'THE WODOE' WILLIAMS PUBLISHER Something of an Industry figure (who can miss him!), our rotund little friend has been with EMAP for more than six years. After successfully closing ACE magazine, Garry promised not to do it again and was given CU Amiga to tinker with. And what a little tinker he is.
Known to be one of the most generous men in the Northern Hemisphere. Garry can usually be found quaking In the City Pride’s toilets when It’s his round.
And he Is VERY round.
GORDON BARRICK GROUP ART EDITOR Gordon Joined CU Amiga after helping launch ST Review. But now he’s seen the error of his ways and we’re well and truly lumbered with him. At the moment, Gordon's having to fend for himself as his girlfriend s gone on holiday - burnt toast all round then, I suppose. There’s not much more to say about Gordon really. He’s the kind of guy that's got a good word for everyone, and everyone else slags him off behind his back.
Mostly harmless (except when he decides to wear his underpants outside of his trousers).
DAN 'ADOLF' SUNGSBY EDITOR Dan's been wtth CU Amiga for far too long! That probably explains the grey hairs and pension book. He can often be found in the games room having a quick 40 winks to help him get through the afternoon,'the poor thing.
Since his promotion to editor, he’s become an altogether nastier piece of work and can often be found strutting up and down the 1 st Floor with hie fake wig and moustache extolling the virtues of cold baths and a good flogging. He also Insists that the team sing company songs and do push-ups every morning.
JONATHAN 'I TOOK A PAY CUT TO WORK HERE!!!' SLOAN DEPUTY EDITOR It’s true, all of It, especially the part about the pay cut. Having travelled down from the cold, wintry waates of Yorkshire In search of fame and fortune he landed here at CU towers straight Into poverty. When he’s not sitting shivering by the fire he can usually be found in the dojo smashing his hands on pieces of wood. His joystick wiggling efforts are usually confined to Zool (brilliant console playalike).
TONY 'MCQUEEN' HORGAN STAFF WRITER Fresh from a five week stint in the South of France in his five litre passion wagon, Tony has been welcomed Into the bossom of the CU office like a baby rabbit to an eagle's nest. Before joining CU, Tony worked on Aut, but we won’t hold that against hlml Nor the feet that women have a strange habit of falling at his feet Tone likes his adventures easy and his joysticks hard. Something Ilka his women - really.
NICK -WHERE IS HE?'
VI ITCH TECHNICAL EDITOR Nick la ttw only technical editor In the building which means that nobody else is quite sure what he Is supposed to be doing. He caused some concern when he first started, due to his habit of turning up completely clad In leather every day, but since his bike has been stolen he no longer has an excuse for greasy hair and a stubbly chin. His only real claim to fame is to be the last one left standing at any team dinners due to his complete insensitivity to alcohol.
Dept T01 14 Oust on Close Wardley Gateshead e & Wear E108DZ Tel: 091 - 4385021 Tyne I Nelt DEMOS 0019 KFPRLNS I u D&MO* iwataM 0020 RAY Of HOPE 2 im. Newkw D021 ALPHAOMBGA- imBnlhw D022 VOYAGE, nentnflrca D02) INDIANAPOlE 500. Rm,m , te DOWa ODYSSEY IM tS * BurUcta GAMES 0005 GAMES COMPOATKW i* 0004 GAMES COMPILATKM* am 21 GAMES* COT JD BREAKOUT, oooa rap- con BALLOONACY.
0021 HYPERBALL.
0022 SOU AMBLE 0023 DOOOY.
0027 FRUTT MACHINE.
0029 JkiSAW.
G030 RING WAR.
G03I MATHS ADVENTURE.
0033 DIAMONDS- ? Ted duk alilil DFMO ;|W UI50 RCGRAPH DEMO *4 UI5J MOJTTtAVI.m. I UIS4 RBORO* cpteMa UISJ SAITRACj; *ukI4c racAng rng UIS6 TERMVX2 Wkwmkwi UIJ7 ZOOM VS 4. Dui ¦nhi'vi UISI LE-NAG WB2 r*w imindn UIS9 INSKPRNTVUI. Wctpnmr UIM BONAPPEnTVIJ.nonrter U161 165 HtOWSSKWALC MANUAL UI4T PRINTFR KUVFR* cum a w UIU TYPOGRAPHER.teie*n UITI ROOTX VS0WB2 V4.SWVI ) UI72 POWER PLAYER VJO_ UI7J ABACXLT A APRE2* htnl'te u ~1D VS5*( GOSI DtPlOMACr.
GOTO40 CB4 GAMES (2 MteUCI
004) DciaEPID.
0044 CATACOMB- 0052 MECH FORCE 0054 2-PLAYER SOCCER LEAGUE* G055 CRAZYSLB G056 FORMULA I CHALLENGE VS. GOBI RESCUE.
G069 OYPTOKINO.
DEJA VU DEJA W LKXNCED SOFTWARE IN STOCK NOW. CURRENTLY UPTO D DEIAVU DISKS £3.95. FRED FISH WE STOCK THE LATEST FISH DISKS H OCR LIBRARY HFTT) 720.1 FROM AS AU T-BAO DISKS IN STOCK NOW CATALOGUE ?Sp Incteln jjmri a wbiia «II V35* (taBbnr prooM D • m cdan Rrte PFTJr UIT7 T Cl’ITT UIIO IQ TESTER • mtywow IQ L’lll lC TV GRAPHICS Cl L’l M,IM ADOBE TYPE I P0NTS (5) ANIMATION Aol I 3UGOER.
A0I2 NEWTON CHAIR.
A0I3 II AGATRON ANIM PACK «»)• AO I WTO NEWTFK(2) AID 1 22 SCANNER HCRR0R (2) AOS STAR TRFX Aid RAIDERS AWMATKW IM PRICES 1-5 DISKS 6-10 DISKS.
II. DISKS SPECIAL PACKS BUSINESS PACK I • CooUins 5 ditki
BUSINESS PACK 2* A further 5 duks DISK UT1UT1ES PACK I •
Conuin. 5 dukx DISK miJTIFS PACK 2 A further 5 di*.
FONTS PACK I. Contaim 3 dUki CUP ART PACK I* Contain* 5 duk* GAMES PACK I* 5 dUks - 30 (wnei GAMES PACK 2* 5 dbki • 30 gamn £4.95 £4.95 £4.95 £4.95 £2-95 £4.95 £4.95 £4.95 IIOW Si WB2 - thtt'pmcrvn' Please make cheque s POs payable to ARTWORKS (Dept CU) 1. Pond View. Wootton, Ulceby. S Humberside DN39 6SF 1 .BAVSGt I1ARS !
• Wt (19) „( aNAIXXi BAS' '__ CO. INDIAN PMC 0I* DIGITAL BASS Y-
ax ARAIK' Ud. Su. Be**.. Rxyte, Loop,c* (37) 0:;BBASS S*u.___ _
C05 FAR EAST T«u. Bmli. Y-W-. Kte •*. (J11 Oil SYNTH BRASS
Ateof. DtfMI AI_A. Mr. (II) CLIROPCAN BMMite. Chan. BodtenMe
34, 01 •PIANOS : Ikliit Spliv wldi uimjvFX (I ) OCEANIA
Ind,n*.Cta«.Sinrtemr«.(2) 0» STRINGS Celta.Orcfc tte.S«Uo«u.,*
2l AMERKAS Kira. Bcrimte. FMPtpn Me. (TO mi nMH An-* k D,,,*
„„ (TOEXPERC. Imlian I lai.Vnl 11* ill 0?'CHOIRS Muni (Ban. *«k
brlta A lyndMII) 1 Dm M EH HauASnra.Hi Hni.C inbalt4T » (13)
qjj ORGANS : ChyRk A EmcttC 17) ANALOG f*:RC. TR IO*. CR T*
lx » eu (64) 012 latin perc iww c-«» cm co ai»«ion 025 sound
rx
01) GLTTARS ' - . Each Disk o poccd M £250. Any 10 for
£19.95. die Ccmplclr CollectWB for £49.95. In addition.
Sampler r» can me our Digitally MaUtrrd Oirome. MeuU. Or DAT
unplf CamtiU* which contain mow of Ihe : samples: COOI WORLD
MUSIC COLLECTION (175) C002 PERCUSSION COU.ECTION (22*) PAP£|
(my order) Cheque. A P.O. lo : C003 GUITARS AND BASSES (161)
WALKABOUT MUSIC (Dept. CU) Chrome: £9.95. Metal: £11.95. DAT:
£16.95. TRENOVISSICK FARM THE MOUNT. PAR.
The Throe collection Package a priced at: CORNWALL PL24 2DA £21.95 (Chrome), £25.95 (Metal,. £3* 95 (DAT) Tel: (0726) *13*07 Each disk contains between t IS and 270 original, high quality, images for uaa wth Amiga art and DTP programmes • Deluxe Palm Pageeetler. Pro Page. Pagestream. Wordeorth. Perpal ate 1 Pols ? Castles, cottages & Churches 3. Trees « Signs & symbols s Wild Animals 6. Prehistoric Life 7 Signs & symbols II e Weddings & family occasions £6.99 each - Buy 3 or more lor only £6 each - Over 1400 images tor only £48 Inclusive of 1st class P4P DIGITALLY MASTERED SAMPLES IFF SOUND
SAMPLE LIBRARIES P D ump4* nwyBtcomptDMcoMiinF D.Md. ARTWORKS CLIP ART ¦e*l A Synth. »Mh OM R 5om*» (TO r&zr U0&I RAY5HADF. DEMO V4 0IM.
U0M SUFERDU U0JI ICONS* I____ U07) GHJGNTTEFONTS3. Paa U074 MULT PLAYER. M«cpby« LOT? PLOT LIB* teem MoOrr litniy U07* DOS CONTROL- ar» xnM.
Uo?v ICON BxrroR* n i.u m.« UBI ADOC* Amn MpMihry 102 PROTRACKQt V20 enrmul LOJ CARTOON BRUSHES * nor UJB6 FREE COPY *VU* rapn U*7 SPBiCHFTK* YI J*n.
Im ZX SPECTRUM EMLLATOR.
1w*9 TTXT BO INF V) 0* iMutaW P ITOI FISH CAT VI. 2 WBJ (tauter iw: POOLS TOOLS -nM* LO) BICSVI 10. Tea wo cimx LOW TFXTRA VI.I2* W9w nmo UW7 DotWORKVLSU miav Iwt RXTLNAL HCWE ACCOUNTS* B mbmmBS”* J*s»m ai UU0 PR INTER nums . Cuocal «r WORLD DATA BANK VJ3 UW A64 EMULATOR V10 • rrm 0 LABH. MAKER VIS . Cote. Mr* 1 00*HELP.CUlJr 2 TYPNG TUTOR • lypag 3 PROKSaONAL D*TY Ao 4 CASSETE LABELLER. P«
- ------ bwerpeecr U114 DISK UAGA22NE CREATOR.
UIIJ EMULATORS COMHLATON UII7 «H BUSINESS LETTERS.
UI20 MAGNETIC PACES VI3, U122 TALKING COUXHINGBOOK* Uia A GHNF*Vt 11 nedon norna Ul» KWMS REA1XV UNUMrrfD.
Ul)9 PC TASK- p.* PC mutex UI40 ARQ VI 66* MimardfHarw UUI VIDEO MUSIC BOX DEMO- UI43 CALORIEBASF-afcn*tonnr POSTAGE UK ORDERS 71 EUROPE a WORLD £4 r%&$ skgigs UI03 ANIMATION STUDIO* r FREE DISKS ORDER 5-ia pt I fm ll» grt 1 trrr
K. G. Leisure____ Telephone Orders Enquires 0225 466532 AMIGA
Specialists FREE DELIVERY on ALL UK & BFPO Orders (1ST CLASS
POST) . The largest room!.... Release - (may not be available
at time of publication) THE GAMES ROOM
* Signifies Memory board ye of the Beholder 1 . ya of the
Beholder 1-Clue Book ssslsssr.k.»a-2. The Storage Room
- -----------Exp. 0MB .... Card No.. .. Name (on
card) Addret* (Depl CU). 2 Hengoed Hall Drive.
Celn Hengoed. Hengoed Mid Glamorgan. CF8 7JW.
Amiga DOS Manual - Bantam (3rd Edition) .£21.50 Amiga For Beginners ..... ....£13.99 Amiga Machine Language .... ....£14.99 Hardware Ref Manual ¦ 2nd Edition (WB 1.3).....£14.99 Kids and the Amiga (2nd EcMon) ....£14.99 Masienng Amiga Beginners £18.99 Mastering Armga C ____________________________XI 9.99 Masienng Amiga DOS 2 Vol 1 (Revised Edttion)£21 50 Mastering Armga DOS 2 Vol 2 (Revised Edition) £1899 Mastemg Amiga PrtnMrs £18.99 Mastering Arrwga Systems .X29.99 ROM Kemal
Devices (3rd EdWon) ....£23 99 ROM Kemal - Indudes & Au1000cs (3rd Edition)..... £32 99 ROM Kemal ¦ Ube (3rd Edtion) .£32.99 Using APEXX ......- .£28.99 Bbr-PHiii space for everyone herel.... TDK Branded High Quality 35* DSOO Blank Disks. Boxes of 10 with labels ...... ..- ..X9A9 Coloured TDK Disks - Red. Green. Blue. White (20 Disks - 5 of each colour .. X18J0 Unbranded Disks 3 5* DSOO (with labels) Sqpeach Null Modem Lead - Used lor 2 player games like Populous and Powermonger
etc Only £9.99 The Library INSIDE INFO !THE TOP 40 AMIGA GAMES CHART The only chart that counts! Here it is. The definitive software games top 40 movers and shakers Soccer (Ranagada) I done it again! For the fourth month in a islble Software's soccer sim reigns at the top of the software pile.
L Premiere (Core Design) Mght in at number two is Core Design's cartoon-
• arcade adventure. Can it topple Sensi Soccer ¦a month?
K Fire 8 Ice (Renegade) t neglected at the time of its release, i Braybrook’s foxy platform game is certain [ ® get you howlin’ with pleasure.
I Secret of Monkey Island 2 (US Gold) so*owing on from Lucasfilms' accomplished adventure, the sequel was every txt as tunny.
L Formula One Grand Prlx (Microprose) I in Ihe top ten after all these months. Geoff [ Crammond's super slick racer shows no sign of
6. Crazy Cars III (Titus) II might not be as good as Lotus or
Jaguar, but if s
• Ml a white knuckle nde as far as you're all concerned
7. Oh No! More Lemmings (Paygnosla) They’re back in yet more
brain-straining puzzles guaranteed to get you tearing your
hair out.
8. Games Espana (Ocean) Hard to believe that this one's still in
the top ten.
Needless to say. We re not really fans of this.
». Dizzy's Excellent Adventure (Codemestera) Our rotund hero returns in a collection of his most famous adventures. Classic arcade fun from the Codies aimed at the younger player.
10. Civilisation (Microprose) Sid Melre with a brilliant return
to form in this empire building sim. Can you be the first to
win the space race?
11. PGA Tour Golf ? (Electronic Arts) One of the best golf games
just got better. In mis new enhanced version
12. Striker (Rage Software) As good as, If not better than,
Sensible Soccer so quite what it's doing languishing so far
down me charts is a complete mystery Buy mis game!
13. Lure of the Temptress (Virgin) Virgin's first stab at a
decent graphic adventure n the same mould as Monkey Island is
a bit on the brilliant side. Not to be rmsaed
14. The Manager (US Gold) If you like soccer sims. Then this is
more of the same. Nothing special or outstanding here, but
all me standard features you'd expect are included
15. Graeme Taylor (Krtsslls) Who m their right mind would buy a
game which associates itself with me worst England Manager
ever?! Bring on Cloughie, that s what I say!
16. Pro|ec1 X (Team 17) The best shoot-'em-up bar none! Smashing,
super, lovely.. if you only buy one game to grace your Amiga
then this has to be it.
17. The Adda ms Family (Ocean) Polished platform antics from a
the regular cast with Gomez falling under your joystick
control as you attempt to find the other members of his kid
napped family.
18. Jaguar XJ220 (Core Design) Sneaked into the charts, but Its
reign might be short-lived with Lotus 3 reedy » zoom up its
tailpipes. Not bad, though-
19. Epic (Ocean) Some mags love it, others loalhe A Despite com
ing In for some flak from other magazines our own beloved
(and incredibly dashing) editor thought this a brill blast
and so will you...(or else).
20. John Madden Football (Electronic Arte) A welcome re-entry for
me cteaaic American Football game convened over from the
Megadnve The control system might not be brifcaht. But me
gameplay is absorbing
21. Jimmy White's Whirlwind Soccer (Virgin) Archer Maclean's
superb snooker sim is even belter than the real thing Need
I say more?!
22. Hook (Ocean) Miserable Monkey Island tribute that's not half
as funny as Lucasfilm's epic Avoid
23. Lotus 2 (Gremlin) Still hanging in mere after an this time.
Wart until this one comes out on budget shouldn't be tpo
long now!
24. Dizzy Collection (Codemestera) Another Dizzy compilation
offering another select tion of platform puzzlers We reckon
you're al buying mo one for me trading cards
25. Pinball Dreams (21st Century) The only good pinball simulator
on the Amiga.
However, it does suffer from only having four tables lo choose from.
26. Alien Breed (Teem 17) Gauntlet in outer-space! Guide your
super-sokSet across Alien-infested levels picking up the ammo
ckps and blasting your opponents into ntergalectic slime.
27. Robocod (Millennium) One of the best platform games on the
Amiga sees the return of James Pond, fishy spy supreme Buy it
If only to see the incredibly expanding straight- jacket Lots
of levels and lots of laughs Recommended.
26. Risky Woods (Electronic Arts) You'll probably remember mis
from one of our coverdisks a few months ago. Real
hack'n'slash platform antics with massive sprites and tough
guardians
29. Dynablaster (Ubiaoft) The one-player game is a bit pedestrian
even though mere are tons of levels The game realy comes into
its own m the immensley playable bomb'n'blast multi-player
game.
30. Populous 2 (Electronic Arts) The original god-game is
thoroughly updated In Bullfrog's sequel to Populous If you're
a megalomaniac. Then mis Is for you!
Modelled on ihe popular board-game, this is an outstanding interpretation anc features alien-slay- Ing galore.
32 Robocoo 3 (Ocean) As well as designing Epic. D I D were also the brains behind this above-average license. What's happened to ihe film, though’
33. International Sports Challenge (Entertainment International)
Another mediocre sports compilation, although mere s a rather
neat cycling section.
34. Megafortresi (Mlndscape) Pilot a souped-up B52 and blast your
opponents out ot the sky in mis rather classy flight sim.
36 F15 Strike Eagle 2 (Microproee) Pilot me USAF s premier dogfignttng and strike let 8i six world arenas One ol the best flight sime on rne Amiga.
36 Eye of the Beholder 2 (US Gold) RPGs are a bit mm on the ground In the top 40 at 9te moment so its nice to see one of the best exponents ol the genre stiil hanging in there
37. Dune (Virgin) If you're a tan of the film, then youH
absolutely love tNs! Although plodding at times, the game Is
completely addictive
38. European Football Champ (Virgin) A very sad conversion of a
good coin-op
39. Floor 13 (Virgin) If you ve always fancied yoursef as he.
Then ms spy mnaer could be just what head of MI5.
You're alter
40. Dark Queen of Krynn Look, somebody, somewhere buys SSI's AD 4
D stuff but weVe yet to meet them More ol the same Charts
supplied by Mtcrobytr BUDGET SOFTWARE For less than a tenner
there s a vast selection of budget gamos on offer Why not do
yourself a favour and invostiqate some of the new re
releases’* 3 Pang 4 S E.U.C.K
5. Lotus 6 F16 Combat Pilot 7 Panza Kick Boxing 8 James Pond 9
Batman The Movie
10. CJ in America
11. Seymour Goes To Hollywood 12 Bubble Bobble 13 Super Cars 2 15
1st Division Manager 16 North and South 17 Steg the Slug 18
Treasure Island Dizzy 19 Full Contact 20 Pro Tennis No matter
where you live, you can always find someone to chat to and
exchange ideas with thanks to ClX, the Computer Information
Exchange. Mat Broomfield rings the changes.
BITING THE BULLET Over the past few months, we've looked at ways that you can communicate with the rest of the world using your Amiga and a modem. Although bulletin boards are the most prolific type of public communications activity, conferencing services are also tremendously popular. The Computer Information Exchange (ClX) is one of the most popular conferencing services In Britain, so, new subscription In hand (figuratively speaking), I cranked up my trusty modem and set forth on an electronic safari.
SPEAK EASY Unlike bulletin boards which are designed with the exchange of data as a primary objective, ClX is used for exchanging ideas. To draw an analogy, imagine walking into a hall containing 80,000 people split up into hundreds of small groups, each discussing a particular topic. You can wander from group fo group, eavesdropping on people's conversations, perhaps even adding your own comments. That, in a nutshell, describes what ClX is all about.
When a user logs onto ClX, he can join one of hundreds of 'Conferences'. A conference is an area where people who are interested in a particular subject can go to speak to other like-minded people. For example, ClX contains an Amiga conference where anyone interested in the Amiga can speak to other Amiga users.
However, it doesn’t stop there, oh nol Most conferences are further sub-divided Into Topics. A topic is a precise subject for discussion within a conference. The Amiga conference contains topics on programming, CDTV. Software, games, graphics and several other subjects.
KING FOR A DAY Each conference has at least one ‘Moderator1. The moderator is the person who takes responsibility for maintaining order within a conference, and he she is usually the person who set it up In the first place. A moderator may also have to take responsibility for maintaining enthusiasm within a conference, especially If It covers an obscure topic.
He may have to log on daily to make provocative or inspiring comments which will engender debate among members of the conference.
The majority of conferences available on ClX are 'Open', that Is to say anyone can join them at any time. However, there are also a number of Closed' conferences which are usually set up by companies as a place for authorised people to 'talk shop' without fear of possibly sensitive information being divulged to the general public. Many companies use closed conferences as a convenient place for developers and product testers to communicate with each other. If you want to, you can ask a conference moderator for access to a closed conference, and if he gives you permission, you COMMUNICATIONS
YPHONE will then be able to enter the conference as an authorised member.
Although any subscriber can set up and moderate a conference, a moderator has God-like status within his own conferences He shapes il. And can decide whal is and isn't accept** He has total control over the behaviour of Ihe group, for Instance some moderators allow swearing and personal abuse, others do not.
Even If the conference is an open one. A mod- erafor can permanently deny access lo anyone he chooses This right is sometimes exercised lo stop particularly annoying or offensive subscribers from entenng a conference and aggravating the other users! So try not to annoy him MESSAGE PADS When you have joined a tope within a conference, you will be able to read all messages that have been posted (left) within that topic.
Each message Is numbered for easy access, and Ihe first message In a topic is usually from the conference moderator describing Ihe proposed subject for discussion in the topic.
When a message is posted, the identity of the person posting the message is given so that other users know who's saying what. When a conference member wishes to say something, he is prompted for a title to his remark, this title will then appear at the start ol his message When subsequent members wish to remark on something that has already been said, they must comment’ on the message they wish to remark upon.
For example, Joe Smith |olns the Amiga Graphics topic and posts a message titled 'D- Paint Fonts' in which he asks II anyone knows how to install fonts on D-Paint Once his message has been posted, it's available for everyone to read Now let's suppose Jane Jones reads his message and she wishes lo reply to it.
Having just read Joe’s message Jane types 'Comment', then proceeds with her reply. If a subsequent user also wishes to make a remark about Joe's original enquiry, he can also do so by commenting to if. Furthermore, he can comment on Jane’s comment!
Obviously, this could easily become confusing, so to avoid this CIX has a special feature called
• Referencing' By switching reference mode on, a user can start
with an original message, then chronologicalty read all
comments to that message. And comments to the comments, and
so on.
Ad infinitum The original message, and any comments that derive Irom it, are collectively known as a thread (a thread of conversation, geddit?). Most topics will contain numerous threads all running concurrently, and therefore It’s very important to be able to negotiate them easily Because CIX is a subscription service (you pay for every minute that you're on-line), most people don't try and read the different threads on-line. They use a handy piece of software known as an off-line reader (OCR for short) This keeps track of all threads and lets subscribers read al their leisure, free 01
die worry ot either phone bills or CIX fees OLR WARS Al the moment, there is only one Amga OLR avak- able (Amiga Query). Out due to disaaMtacbon about Its reliability, two CIX member* are currently writing replacement programs. Following the Commodore tradition, they have both been given proper names (Lucy and Nicola) and since their announcement, there has been a good deal of fnendly rivalry between the program's auViors There are hundreds of conferences on CIX. And although the maionty are in some way related to the PC work), there are dozens of general interest subjects ranging from
StarTrek lo Punk Rock, from Qertxls lo Evolution and trom Amga to Asimov. Each conference has a different personality’. And this Is dictated by the people m it Some of the serious PC conferences are so formal and snooty that one slight transgression can get ou ostracised trom them, other conference* (the Amiga ones included) are so relaxed that you could slander Ihe moderator's mother and stf ' notice no bad feeling The tone of a conference is often S(pilly regulated by the moderator, who has the power to remove undesirable messages if helahe went* to.
A REAL GOOD EGG One of the most active conference moderators i* a really fnendly guy named Dave Winder, who moderates more than 40 conferences and seems lo spend mosl of his life on CIX! It» ha who moderates the Amiga conference, and ha irrepressible sense of humour and good-win radntaa a glow of friendship throughout the entire conference That's not to say that fierce argument* donl sometimes spring up they do1 On one recent occasion a chap voiced some rather strong and id- informed opinions and he promptly found himself at the start of a long and, at times, vindictiv* thread of
criticism.
This only goes to show that it sometimes takes courage to voice an opinion on CIX! Of course, if you don't want to gel involved, you don't have to. You can simply read everyone else s messages from the safety and anonymity of your computer screen, Cixen (members ol CIX) have a special word for electronic voyeurs; theycal them Lurkers-. People who only ever lurk in the shadows too apathetic or nervous to become Involved.
(What’s wrong with hiding In the shadows wearing your best mac whilst spying on someone - Ed.)
AFAIK IT'S CODE Speaking of special words, you'll find that Cixen have an entire system of codes much nke those used on CB radio. For the most part, these codes have been developed to save typing long and frequently used phrases, for example IMHO' ¦ In My Humble Opinion or AFAIK' * As Far As I Know.
There is evan a specially developed set of character graphics known as Smileys' which are used lo convey the mood of a message poster For exempt*. ':-)' mean* I'm happy’ or Tm joking, don’t take what I just sax) seriously and';-)' a Ihe graphic equivalent ol saying kludge, nudge, wmk. Wink, say no mooore1 On* a*ng that can be said about moat conferences (aepeoaly the technical ones), is that they contain a great number ot experts, moat of whom are only too happy to give advice to professional and amateur akke The Amiga conference is intermittently visited by Commodore and such
programming gums as Jez San and Jeff Minter.
The Star Trek conference is kept regularly updated w*h rSormation that even the official Ian dubs donl have access to. You'l even find that CUAmga ha* a conference1 That's right, by typing St 10 cuamga' you'll be able to leave messages tor our loiters page or |oin in the general' area where anything goes We've not had the manpower to keep It up to date in recent months, but from now on we will try and answer questions within one working day II you want to enter a whole new world ol conversation, education and humour, log onto CIX as soon as you can. But be warned, ifs frighteningly
addictive1 And youH soon find yourself dreatkng the quarterly phone bill.
For more information on CIX, call the CIX Customer Liason Department on 081 390 8446 ® SOFTWARE CITY PO BOX 888, WOLVERHAMPTON WV1 1TP 1 CALL US ON: 24 HOUR CREDIT HOTLINE 0902 25304 FAX: 0902 712751. | YOOfS GREAT ESCAPE SOFTWARE CITY I AOCAS CHAMP FOOTBALL- 398 AUEN9----------------------NEW ? 99 ARTURA ----------------------'99 BAK TO BKOOL -------MS CLW MULTILAYER SOCCER MURRAY MOUSE SUPER COP 33* MYTH______________MS NARCO POLICE--398 NAWMOVtB . MB THE NATIONAL .....MS NEW ZEALANO STORY 3.88 Mofl MANSELL ORAND PrtX 2 98 ON T « BENCH 9EOASU6 BROOE |WAW
GAME) 398 POPEYBI-----------MB POSTMAN PAT 1 OR 2-----------MS PROOOLF (COOEMASTERS) - 3 98 PRO TENNIS TOUR-- 3IB PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER 3 99 PUZ2MC -------MS 018 TANKBUST1R -398 OUATTRO ADVENTURE (OlZZY ETC)__388 OUATRO CARTOON lUTTUPlEflTQ- __ MS OUATTRO CCS* ORS (FAET POOOSTCl . 388 OUATTRO FANTASTC (PUB TRFV1A ETC)-------------388 R ¦ TYPS --- 388 RAINBOW BLANO ....3J8 RICK DANOEROUS ...388 Roeocos------------ms RUQBY COACMiO • H)---------348 SAM FOK8TRM POKER SCYMOLM OOES TO KU.YWOOO SHAOCMOF Tm BEAST-- SOCCER
RIVALS------ STEO-------------M STEVE DAVIS SNOOKER- STRIKER MANAGER - STRIP POKER 2__ STRYKER - Tl« CRYPT OF TROQAN-------- STUN R STUNT CAR RACER SURER CARS SUPER HANO ON SUPER ICVMOUR 398 SWORD 8 SORCERY .1388 SWORD OF THE SAMURAI NEW 3 98 TAICMTORTOWe ...388 TEST MASTER CRKWET NEW 3 98 THOMAS T»« TAM( ENQSC 2 88 TOYOTA CELCA OT RALLY .388 1 St-----338 LAST CRU8A0E MS 7*8 1098 1088 NA VULCAN (CCSO ......338 NA WAR 09 THE ROSES (CCS)9 98 NA WORLO OF SOCCER.....-888 NA WW9 WRES'MAMA 8.98 NA YANKEE (CCS) . MB NA ZULU WAR
(CCSO -MB NA KENTUCKY RACING ......2.98 LEAGUE FOOTBALL ----------Ml LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO CHALLENGE MAGJCtANO DIZTY MAN UNT T- T»« MATCH-----
- .....-...MEW 3 98 MS __MB CROirr CARTAS*--MS CUR FOOTBALL---SSS
OalfV THOMPSONS 0ECATM . 398 DALEY TMOMRSONS OLYMPIC CHALLENOE
..... MB 0EVA8TATW0 BLOW BOXMQ 3 98 OtfZY OOWN THE
RAR10S MS OtfZY PR MCE 09 THE YOLK FOLK Al TIRED MAST__»JS
AMERCAN30 POOL ......38* AM RICAN TAG TEAM WRESUWO _ ..
. MEW MS ARKANOOlORf-----------MS BA0LAN0S
NEW 3 99 BANOER RACER . MS NEW 399 918 OOMSAT
RIOT-------Ml 918 COMBAT PKOT (0«C) TO 9IRST PAST THE
POST ......31 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 3 * FOOTBALL
OMECTOR- Ml FOOTBALL OMECTOR 2 |.20R 2AJ 1ST DIVISION MANAGER
..398 2 PLAYER 80CCCR SQUAD (D4MI3W9 3D
POOL .. W 30 STOCK CARS 2.-----398 4MOST BALLS
BOOTS 4 BRAINS 3 99 CART AIN DYNAMO CASTLE MASTER NEW 3 99
CAVE MAMA ._ .NEW 398 CHASE MQ 399 CMUCK*
EOO I OR 3 MB E3 DOUBLE DRAOON i OR 2 FANTASY WORD OlZZY NEW
398 .2 88 CLUB INFORMATION AMIGA 500+ CLUB 3 Islay Court,
Irvine. Ayrshire KA11 4JQ Clearly committed to providing its
members witn access to me sort ol hardware and software they
might not otherwise be able to use. The Amiga 500* Club has
recently purchased a realtime frame grabber fo complement its
colour video camera. The range of facilities now available
includes assistance In getting both colour IFF and HAM files
for use with DTP programs, and the conversion of slides,
negatives, photographs, video and cine f*n.
These services are free lo members, who only have to pay for a disk and postage Completely free off-line printing will also be provided following the purchase of an H P. HIP laser printer. The club plans to set up a bulletin board in the near future.
AMIGA USER'S GROUP 25 Glen Eldon Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 2AX.
Here is a Lancastrian dub which certainly believes In keeping m touch with its membership. Firstly, it compiles NewsDisk, a monthly on-dak magazine containing articles by members, hardware and software reviews, programming tips. PD programs, listings ol second-hand goods tor sale, and news about forthcoming meetings and Amiga-related events Secondly, it provides a telephone advice line aiming to solve equipment and software problems and help with purchasing decwons.
Membership, including a subscription to the NewsDisk. Is available (or £15 a year (ESSO for six months), which goes towards covenng the costs of this non-profit-making dub. Members with modems can also access the Red Rose Bulletin Board, based in Preston, for an extra £7.50 a year For a membersfvp application torm and further details contact Andy Witknson at the above address AMOS PROGRAMMERS CLUB 6 Brasaey Avenue, Broadstalrs. The net, Kent CT10 2DS.
A recently-established dub which, as its name suggests, hopes to assist people learning the AMOS programming language, and provide a forum in which AMOS users may swap Ideas The dub organiser compiles a disk magazine lor members that includes example programs, samples and. Naturally. Help with AMOS. Future plans include the establishment ol a tree PD network to allow members to exchange programs. Details from the above address COMMODORE AMIOA USERS GROUP 85 Hlghfields Road. Wltham. Eeaex CM8 1LW.
Although thia dub Is interested m mote than gaming. It started iust over a year ago when a group o( triends gathered to run competitions on Me* Off II and Slum Car Racer Hundreds of cheats are currently being compiled by the dub and put on disk, making |us! The sort ot reference material keen gamers are eager to get hold of The 30 members also share PD programs and magazines, and an on-disk newsletter is going to be published soon Somehow I don't think that it will challenge CU.
GLASGOW SPORTS LEAGUE 28 Stemperland Hill. Clarkston. Glasgow G78 8AF.
Not yet up and running, Ihe Glasgow Sports League (a provisional name) hopes to become a fully-fledged football league for devotees ot Sensible Soccer. All the League needs before kick- off Is more members, so computer-looty tans take note. The League will be a non-profit-making dub.
But win charge membership tees to finance trophies and prizes The fees are set at £10 per season for Seniors (over 16s that is). £5 tor Junior* and £12.50 lor Family membership (one senior and one junior). Membership grants entry to the Glasgow League, the Glasgow Cup and a Goal c* the Season contest Members will also receive a monthly newsletter If you're sick as a parrot about your on-screen sports fixtures, but are over the moon about Sensible Soccer and would like more Information on the League, send a large stamped self- addressed envelope to the above address Altogether now: One Sensi
Soccer There's only one Sens! Soccer... THE GURU MASTERS 111 Sherborne Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton WV10 9EU.
An unusually-named dub which is actually a demo group producing utility and demo compilations, digitised slideshows, sampled songs and remixes (they are currently working with some songs by a group called Purple Mouse, which I am assured are very lunny). In existence for two years, and with a membership of twenty. The Guru Masters are working towards lull coding ol demos and would particularty welcome new members with knowledge ol this lieid. And of music and graphics Enquiries shook) be direded to The Sheriff at the above address.
THE KENT YOUTH COMPUTER GROUP CLUB CALL The North Youth Centre, Essellsr Road.
Ashford, Kent.
In September this dub moved its meeting place to a purpose-built computer room at the above address. Meetings take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, with a 50p entry fee (40p to existing youth dub members) Other computers are covered besides the Amiga.
For airing ideas, posing problems and sharing solutions an Amiga club can help you get to grips with your favourite computer. If you haven’t joined one yet read on and learn more.
NORWICH MASKED HEROES 276 Aylsham Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 2RG.
Is It a bird? Is It a plane? No. It's an East Anglian Amiga dub1 Aiming to help local Amiga users, whatever their computing problems, the Norwich Masked Heroes boast a membership ranging si age trom 12 to 72. An on-disk magazine is available to members who supply a disk for it to be copied onto Contributions to the magazine are invited, so If you have any ideas, or just want to lom the dub yourself, write to the above address lor further details THE PERTH AND DISTRICT AMATEUR COMPUTER SOCIETY 14 Imrte Place. Hlllyland, Perth PHI 2QN.
Covenng the Perth (Tayside) area rather than the Perth (Australia) ragkm, this dub meets every month and supports all types ol Amiga and other varieties ol computer. Talks are given on a range of subjects Interesting to Amiga-users. Such as the pros and cons ol buying a CDTV, animation. MIDI, programming and into on the best hard drive to purchase Demonstrations are performed, advice Is available lor those having problems with their computers. End members may use the Society's PD library A bulletin board is also being established Membersh* coats £6 per annum and further details ol this dub
may be obtained by sending an
S. A.E to the above address SAINT-LO 16.32 MICRO 132 Rug
JearvFollaln, 50 000 Sslnt-Lo, Francs The club meets on a
monthly basis and publishes a fanzine entitled The Fun Flash
Cool II'. In spile of its name It is written entirley *1
French. If your tngusbc skills ere up to It you can obtain
further details trom me address above GET IN TOUCH!
If you run a club specifically aimed at the Amiga owner, get in touch. Weil promote your club through these pages, as well as provide a free subscription to CU Amiga. Send all entries to: Dan Slingsby, Amiga Clubs, CU Amiga, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, Farringdon, London, EC1R 3AU.
CU’s resident knight in shining armour rides forth on his white steed (well, beige at least!) To put an end to your Amiga problems.
POTTY AMPUF1ER I would like lo Si* comment upon the DIY article in your September Issue. I think that they are a good idea as hardware costs so much. I was particularly interested in the Audio Amplifier so, with Maplin's catalogue in hand, I worked out the cost of the components needed. It only came to £7, very cheap compared to other sound systems I was just about to place an order tor the parts listed when I noticed that there were six pins on the potentiometer (pot) in the illustration, but the list stated that a 10kohm loganthmic pot was needed As far as I know, they have three pins
(like the one in the photograph in the article) and not six, so what happens to the other three wires?
Steven Clugeton, Troferlh.
North Wales You're right, the Illustration does show a six pin pot as opposed to the three pin version shown in the photograph. The reason for this Is that dual pots (six pins) are far easier to get hold of than the single version itemised In the parts list. If you use a dual version, the other three pins should be left unconnected as they aren’t required.
STICKY BOX HELP I'm writing in |6r response to the 'Sticky Box’ tutorial that was featured in your July issue.
Being an electronics technician, the project was well within my capabilities and I duly assembled it. However there are some hidden pitfalls for Amiga users not intimately associated with chips and a soldering Iron:
1. The board supplied has got holes in it to join the tracks
between one side and the other. This cuts the cost of
manufacturing the PCBs.
The final design may not work if the two chip holders are only soldered to the bottom of the board. Try to solder the tops of the legs of the 1C holders as there are about four tracks which may be 'open circuit' on completion ol the unit.
2. The legend on top of the PCB relating to the two LCDs is back
to front. To clarify that statement, the flat of the LED
should be fating towards the Integrated Circuit
3. The manufacturing quality of the board I received was quite
low, and I found that a couple of the tracks were broken.
These can easily be repaired by touching a section of tinned
copper wire across the offending track.
4. The box may not work with analogue joysticks. This phenomena
occurs because the box uses pin 5 as a connection to ground.
Amlgas use this pm to connect to the potentiometer within Ihe
analogue stick, so a voltage will be present which will affect
the grounding of the board.
TIP: Solder all connections to both sides of the board (with the exception of the two plugs - it's impossible!!). Buzz all the tracks from one place to another to check the continuity, thus identifying broken tracks, bad joints, etc. C-J.Terry, Gravesend, Kent Thank you for your tips. If anyone is Interested, our DIY feature returns next Issue where we’ll be undertaking a number of different projects.
PARTS PROBLEM I went to London to I buy the parts ' to make the pause switch in your September issue, but I couldn't find them anywhere. Can you tell me where to get them from please?
Steven Summers, Redhitl, Worcester
W. H. Smiths sells the Maplin's catalogue, and from there you can
order any electronics components you could possibly require.
Alternatively, you can contact them directly at Maplin
Electronic Supplies Ltd, 284 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,
Essex. Tel: 0702 554000.
A530 MUSINGS ©Having recently taken an interest In Amiga hardware, I was hoping that you could answer the following questions:
1. Will the GVP A530 Turbo hard drive be A500» compatible?
2. Is it possible to upgrade to eight megabytes of Chip RAM on
either a 1.3 or 2.0 Amiga with the A530 fitted?
3. Are GVP working on some kind of Chip memory expansion for the
A530's mini-slot?
4. As far as D-Paint (Vis concerned, how much more effective is
32-bit wide Fast RAM in running large animations (compared
to Chip RAM)?
5. Same question as above but with 32-bit wide Chip RAM?
6. Animations in D-Painl IV run at a maximum of 30 frames per
second. Is 50 FPS possible using an accelerator?
7,1 have in mind the following set-up: A530 with four megabyte of 32-bit wide Chip RAM, eight megabytes of 32-bit wide fast RAM, 120 Mb hard drive and a maths processor. Is such an arrangement possible on an A500 or 500*?
D. WhKe, Wslsall. West Midlands Taking your questions In order:
1. Yes, the A530IS Amiga 500* compatible. It automatically
installs an appropriate Workbench when you first Initialise
It.
2. It Isn't possible to upgrade to eight megabytes of Chip RAM on
ANY Amiga. On 2.0 machines the limit is two megabytes, for all
others It's one megabyte, ' 3. There's no need for a mini-slot
expansion aa the A530 lets you add up to bight megs (Fast RAM)
of SIMMS Internally anyway.
4. As far as I know, D- Paint Vis no more efficient In handling
animations with an accelerator fitted, although obviously
using the full 8 Mb upgrade potential of the drive means that
you . Can have larger animations than usual
5. There's no such thing as 32-bit wide chip RAM on the A530. All
SIMMS added to It are Fast RAM.
6. D-PalntlV s able to run animation at up to 60 frames per
second anyway, however this speed is not Improved by an
accelerator.
7. Bearing In mind the fact that you can’t have four megabytes of
Chip RAM, the rest is exactly the same as the set-up I have on
both my 1.3 A500 and 2.04 A500* computers. A great set-up! I
tend to think of the A500* setup as a poor man's A3000 (even
though the A530 runs faster than a standard 3000!).
UPGRADE UNCERTAINTY .»¦»- I have an Amiga 500 and I am thinking of buying a hard drive. The only thing is I won t have the money until early next year, and I was wondering if it would be a better bet to upgrade to a higher model which already includes a hard drive?
I use the Amiga mainly for games and word processing, although in the past few months I've also become interested in programming. Bearing these facts in mind, would It be best to buy a hard drive, an A600 HD, a 1500 and hard drive, or should I wait and see what the new Amlgas are going to be like?
Incidentally, I have designed a replacement Workbench, what's the best way of getting public domain distribution for it?
Chris Voule. Malden. Essex There are some very impressive herd drives svailable for the A500, and unless you require the expansion facilities of a machine such as the 1500, 2000 or 3000 there’s no point in spending additional money on one of them.
If you think that you are likely to require expansion slots for peripherals such as PC-Emulators, 12 16 bit samplers, 24-bit cards, etc. then it would be wise to choose a machine accordingly.
With the Imminent release of the A4000.
Prices for the 3000 range of Amlgas have plummeted to less than 50% of their previous levels.
Currently, the only new Amiga to be released in this country by the new year looks like being the A4000, a hlgh-spec. High- end machine which is almost certainly going to be outside your price range in any case.
As for getting PD distribution for your program, the easiest way Is simply to send copies to any PD Companies that take your fancy. The 17-Bit and Fred Fish libraries are among the largest In the world and will probably provide you with the widest possible audience.
SUPERJAM!
SUSPICION I’ve Been try- £j» ing lo make music using my MIDI keyboard and a sequencer.
Presently I'm using OctaMED and Protracker, but they both sutler from the same problem: namely that
• tern Is a slight delay between pressing a key on my keyboard,
and the note appearing on-screen This makes it impossible to
synchronise my playing with drum loops, etc. I've been
thinking about buying SuperJamt, but is it any good, or does it
sutler trom Ihe same problem?
It Guomtuspath. Norway r with the problems you’ve mentioned, but I know that SuperJamt Isn't the answer. Although SuperJamt la an excellent program, It Isn’t a sequencer, and won't be able to do what you want Greatly simplifying Its capabilities, SuperJamt Is s rhythm creator rather Inta the auto-rhythm sections on n contains dozens ol styles, and these can be modified both subtly and crudely.
It'a designed so that you can quickly work out a rift or accompaniment part for any songs you may be composing. It's also great fun (for a while at least..). At the moment, your choice Is between Music X, Dr Va ACS, Bara and Pipes and Sequencer One.
Dr Vale the moat professional and expensive of the packages, whilst Bara and Plpea Is s much more user-friendly rival. Mualc X la well regarded by many musicians, but It's a little dated compared to the previous two packages.
Sequencer One Is a very popular budget package that may be adequate for beginners, but professionals will probably find it lacking.
You may find It worth waiting for either Mualc-X version 2 (no release date specified), or Have (a vary promlalng new budget package that Is both powerful and easy to use which Is due for Imminent For more about Or re, SuperJAM! And Bara and Pipes contact Zone Distribution at S Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9LA.
Tel: 071 738 5444. For Information on Rave and Mualc-X f.f and 2.0 contact The Software Business. Cromwell Business Centre, New Road. St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE17 4BG. Tel: 0480 498497.
Contact Qa|lts tor Sequencer One at l-ttai House. 40 Princess Street Manchester. M1 6DE.
Tel: 081 236 2515.
HIGH DENSITY DILEMMA . 11 ¦ a . I'm currently trying to connect a high density drive to my Amiga 500 Can you lei me whether new chips or interlace cards are required, and If so where can they be obtained? I thought it may simply be a matter of connecting it with a non-standard disk drive cable?
* 500 Car Kil I'm quite useful at eiec- tromcsprogramming. So any
solubone Involving either of the above wil be useful The drive
that I'm Hying to connect» manufactured by Chmon. And carries
the product code FZ-357 It functions perfectly when used with
normal floppy disks, but gives up the ghost when used with HD
ones.
Why have no third party manufacturers released high density drives for the Amiga, as I'm sure there is a market for them? Commodore now supply such drrvee as standard on their top of the range models. I wonder when they will filter through to ordinary mortals who own lesser machines.
Stusri Breyne, Sheffield I'm very surprised that the drive worked at all on your Amiga, but there la no way that you will get It to read or write In high density mods. You sre correct In assuming that the drive requires specisl controller chips which sre indaed fitted on some A3000 and A4000 systema. To the beat of my knowledge, these chips cannot be bought separately, and even If they could I don't think that the A500'a architecture la capable of supporting them.
ICONS IN DRAG ® When I'm using my Amiga for long periods oftime. I often drag commonly used applications such as Pen Pal, etc. onto the main Workbench screen. This is incredibly time saving and means that I don't have to clutter up my screen with dozens ol windows Is there a way that I can make this permanent and have a row of icons on the bottom of my screen on boot-up?
RAM I'm in the process of buying a hard disk and I'm sure that this would be a lar better system than opening loads of windows to get to my software.
David Walker. Eaai Halting.
If you are using Workbench 2.0, Icons can be moved out of their windows (without actually changing their location within the directory etruc- ture of a diak). Simply drag the required Icona to their new location (I.e. the Workbench screen in your case) and eefect 'Leave Out' from the 'Icons' menu. To position the icons In s row along the bottom of the screen simply drag them there then select ‘Snapshot AH' from the Window' menu.
If you are loading Workbench from floppy dtek and you have relocated all of your program clicking on any of them will mean that you must Insert the appropriate program disk In order to load anything. Herd drive owners won't have this problem because the various programs will presumably be Installed on their drives.
If you are using Workbench 1.2 1.3 there Is no way to relocate icons other than by physically changing the location of their associated pro- grama data on the disk.
CHIP MUSIC HI I PI INI HAN0 II you can help wild any ol ihe unanswered questions raised this month or yon haw any osetol adnce ot lips lor lellow users please lake Ihe lime In write in Tom contribution really does mailer Anernalrveiy il yon ha*e any questions (not about qames please - send Mem lo Play lo Win| drop me a line Ihe address is Mai Broomi.eid Q4A CUAmiqa Pnory Court. 313? Farnnqdon lane London IC1R3AU
• I have just .started to use my Amiga to make music and although
I have tried various samples I much prefer the Commodore
64-style 'chip- music' that you often hear in PD demos and some
games The problem is, I can’t lind any programs which support
chip music.
Are there any such programs available (PD or commercial)? How big is the demand for chip musk: among Amiga owners?
Oma Doughty. Poplay 1, If by 'chip' music you are referring to the rasping sounds generated by the Commodore 64, It is possible to create a comparable noise (I) on the Amiga using its internal sound generator. A number of packages support this feature and even let you define the composition of the waveform to be used.
The only real advantage to creating music in this way Is the great memory saving over using sampled sounda. Most Amiga users do NOT find the quality of such sounds acceptable to them, and therefore prefer to suffer the memory overhead of the memory of my AMN- io three megabytes Is this possible Internally, and il so how much w« il cost? If It isn't possible, how much win an external expansion cost?
I would also be grateful If you can also possibly recommend a good external diskdrive?
Georgs Mscksy, Thurso, Caithness As yet, I don't think that there are any Internal expansions which will take an A500* beyond two megabytes. 1.2 1.3 owners can use the AddRAM 540 to expand their machines Internally up to six megabytes. You can get further details on this by contacting Silica Systems at 1-4 The Mews, Hatherley Road, Sldcup, Kent, DA14 4DX. Tel: 081 3091111.
You can buy an external expansion for the A500 and 500* which will let you add up to eight ¦ ei .ulinln ,1 axUMlnael megaoyies 01 auaiiionai RAM. And simply plugs Into the expansion port at the side of the computer.
They cost between £112.99 for a two megabyte version and £259.99 for an eight megabyte model. Find out more by contacting Evesham Micros. Unit 9.
St Richard's Road.
Very reliable enamel disk drive for about £80 and the Power Computing range of drives ere equally very popular. You can buy the Cumana from Silica Computing are at Unit 8, t Road. Woburn
I. MK42 7PN. Tel: 0234 843388.
ADVERTISERS INDEX 1st Computer Centre . 16 32 . ....16.17 Midnight Oil...... I- 152 17 Bit .148 Mindscape SS.sS ACS ...... ..106 MJC Supplies .... - 100 Amiga Nuts ..... .ISO Neon Software 1 14 r: -a • ¦! - • .154 Ocean ...11.30.62.OBrl 1 Audition ComDutcr Services OlvmDic Disks . 132 .142,143 On Line Entertainment.
Battleuxe ..... .124 Orion PD .. 154 BCS . .....34.35 Pandall 105 Bmcc Smith Books .132 Pentire PD . 146 ¦ Calculus .126.127.128.129 PD Direct .. 115 Cammat Delev elopments Care Electronics .. .132 Premier Mail Order .... 163 .132 Pro Disk ... 162 Comodi ire .
..22 Psygnosis .. ...12 Dan Computer Serv ices. .. ________112 RC Simulations ... 112 Daiagcm 40 Datcl ..... .136 Renegade .. 86 Digital Integration ... _________.43 Rom bo ...... IBC DMS .. .112 Sad Beckv ...... 13?
1 DvnamitE Comnuters 78798081 Silica 71 133 141 US 1 r
ll. ;C. ... ....130 Snan Comnuter Sunnlies 116 1 Entertainment
International .14 Software City ...
158 ESP .. .105 Software
Swaps ... Europress Software ...
...82 South Lines PD ... 106 Evesham
Micros . .....56,57 Special
Reserve ... ..4.5.111
FCC .. ....26.27 Star
Micmnics ... 102 I
Harwoods ..70.88.89.90.91 Strictly PD...... 120
1 Hawkwell Electronic Services. 112
Thailon .....
74. 92 Hobby tc .... 44 45 United Pn 94
95 Home Based Business .132 U.S
Gold .1FC.8.18.24.109 1
ICE ... ....50,64 Video
Ware ...... 110 Jumping Bean Co.! .
..... 76 Wack PD 116 KG Leisure ...... 154
Walkabout Music ..... 154
Kosmos .... 157
Krisalis .... 49 PD SUPPLEMENT Live
Wire _____132 5 Star
PD .. 16 Mail Order
Express .... .110 Amiga
500+ ..... 16 Manor Court Supplies
.140 Diskovery .. OBC Media
Scene .~176 Ground Zero . 16
Microdcal ...58
MCPD ... , Microprose ......
...69 PD Soft .....
...31 PREMIER MAIL ORDER lilies markeil are not eel
iirniliible mill icill be seal mi ilny al release, lease send
elieatie I’ U'cess I 'Isa Xo. Mill ex tin' dale (Chei nes &
Ill's livable In Premier Mail inler) la: I Kill Cl II. I
n britij’c i.Ul lo. Tinkler siile. IkisiUlon. I 'm.n SSI i
U.K. riease stale make ami imiilel af canipnler a lien
anlerinp. PC-1‘ inc. I K an orders arer S.5.IMI- less Ilian X
5.00 ami III rape mill XI.(HI per Hem. I Isen here please add
£2.00 per Hem far Air mail These offers mv mailable
lililorder only. Telephone orders: mini I ri ' ainJpni.
alnrilar lOamApm.
Lux orders: 026b Vtbb'b. Lei (tillers : 1126b Wl'l i ext liny Serrlce ariifliible rilift for details Top Quality Unbranded Disks 10 3.5" DSDD----------5.9* 20 3-5" DSDD-10.99 50 % AS" DSDD---23.99 100 331" DSDD____44.99 10 20 X15” DSDD-ISO 50 X 3-5" DSDD-16.00 100 X 3i" DSDD-3040 Leisure Suit Larry 2 £14.99 Colonel's Bequest £12.99 Cadaver Now Only £12.99 WHICH PRINTER?
Rm thinking ot purchasing a printer My pries range is £200 to £400 Could you please recommend a lew models? Colour would be nice, il poeeibte PsMr Omhaan. Otwsstry.
Second) It has quite a low print speed. The newer BJ-10ei I* slightly better because It's Epson compatible and It supplied with more fonts on-board.
The Star SJ-48le also based on the Canon BJ10 engine, so quality le pretty much the same. Choose whichever one le the cheapest.
As tor monochrome dot matrix printers, the Star LC200 and the Citizen Swift 24 both have similar space, and provide reasonable output, although not at the tame high-quality as the bubble-lett The Citizen it easier to get started. And Is mors user- friendly. But the Star has some really nice fonts bultt In. You can also buy font cartridges tor the Swift at about £35 each.
Both printers are much faster and noisier than the bubble jets, and are considerably cheaper to run.
For colour, the Star LC200C and the Citizen Swtft 24 Colour ere again comparable. They're OK lor spot colour end printing graphics for home and amateur use. But their dot matrix nature means that colour mixing Is not too convincing end print-outa are often quite streaky (they have bands of light or dark running across them). Citizen now provide a special Amiga driver and printing software which vastly Improves Its performance, giving It a alight edge over Star’s offaring.
However, to get the ultimate performance from any colour dot matrix printer you should really PRINTERS SPECIAL I receive far more letters concerning printers than on any other subject. To be honest, at least 50% of these questions could be answered if people would simply read through the manual that comes with their printer, or refer to the relevant sections in the Workbench manuals.
However, I appreciate that printer manuals can be hard to understand, especially for beginners, so this month I'll be answering as many printer-related questions as I can get through.
Graphics printing software such as Flexidump. In my opinion, this software is so essential that It ehould be bundled with every colour printer sold to an Amiga owner!
When you look at colour bubble jet printers, apart trom the HP Deskjet, you're talking about serious money. The Deskjet prints at 300 DPI. And It’s tine for home end semi- professional use. The colour mixing le far better than Its dot matrix rivals, but like all colour bubble lnk-Jet printers, It't quite expensive to ran.
The HP Palnt|et still costs about £1000. And the results, at only 180DPI. Do not |ustHy Its price teg. It le lar better to do colour separations on e monochrome bubble |st and get twice the resolution. Ot course, the Canon BJC-800 gives much better results tor just under £2000, and for a cool £2999 you can get 24-bit photographic quality prints from the HP XL300.
If you ever go to computer auctions, you csn sometimes pick up laser printers tor £300 and less, and although these give excellent results, the Ink cartridges can be extremely expensive.
T-SHIRT PRINTER I'm creating a range of designs on my 2000 for priming on T-shirts. Can you fell me which printer to buy in order to do this?
Jeff Chan, Holland You need special Ink for printing on T-shlris, and at the moment this Ink Is only available on ribbons from Cere Electronics (who also sell FlexIdumfi).
I believe these ribbons ere only available for the Star end Citizen range ot printers, but phone Cere on 0923 88234 tor confirmation or further details.
RESTLESS RIBBONS Care Electronics sell a colour upgrade kit for mono poolers Does it have three or four separate ribbon cartridges which need swapping every time the printer makes a pass7 If this is the case, then Isn’t it a bit impractical tor printing anything larger than a postage stamp?
Steven Clugston, Trofarih, North Walee Yes, It does have tour rib- .bont which need to be Inserted tor the separate passes. However, you seem to have misunderstood the meaning of the
• IDTSIllOO OBSS6S A pass does not mean printing one single
line of colour then changing ribbons, rather It refers lo the
way that Flexidump will print an entire screen using one
coloured Ink before you must change the ribbon and repeat the
process for each ot the colours that are required to build up
an Image.
Of course, you’re right, the process does take much longer then It you were to use e colour printer In the Arst piece, but with Flexidump. Mono printer owners don’t have to pay hundreds ot pounds tor e colour printer merely so they can print the occasional LASER PRIOTER I have some money to spend, and I was thinking of purchasing a laser printer I started to look through some catalogues to find a printer that would work on my A500*, but I couldn't find any I need a reasonably pnced printer lor both graphics and wordprocessmg. So could you please tell me which printers (If any) will work on
my computer, and any additional things such as drivers I'll need? Finally can you recommend somewhere to buy It all trom?
A. Jarvis. Wsst Bromwich, In general, printers are not designed
to work with any specific computers, therefore any printer
that uses the serial or parallel port (99% ot them do) will
work to some degree with your A500*. Most laser printers havs
advanced features not tound on dot matrix printers, some of
which you may not be able to acoess from your Amiga.
For example, some printers use e page description language called PCL5, n ¦! M - M| - X-1 X *- - roBiscnpi wnicn can oniy be used with certain Amiga programs.
You will stHI be able to use the basic features such as text end graphics printing, taxt styling, etc. you |uat won’t be using the printer to Its maximum potential.
To uss any printer wAh the Amiga, you will need an appropriate driver.
Check your extras disk or Amiga manual to tee to you, then try to buy ¦ printer which can emulate one ot these. You should be able to And a decent laser printer tor £800 to £800.
Silica Systema aall a rang ot laaar printers. For advice or further information ring them on 081 309
1111.
WORDWORTH PRINTER KNITS A number of readers have wrinen in asking about how to use their printer’s fonts with DigAa's page publishing package Wordworth The mam manual supplied with the program la surprisingly reticent about this feature, aAhoogh registered users should have received a booklet tAled Upgrade notes to Instruction book 1.1’ which explains Ails subject a little (owners of Aie 1.1 version should have received these instructions when they bought Aie program).
To clarify the situation: Wordworth can use lour types ot fonts: monochrome bit-maps (standard Amiga fonts). ColourFonts (also bitmapped). Compugrapfuc (scalable) fonts and pnnter fonts (both standard and scalable [Postscript)).
If you have a Postscript printer (probably a laser or high-end bubble jet), you will have access lo a default selection of 35 Adobe typefaces. And these should appear m the font requester.
If you are using a non- Postscript printer, you will need to specify exactly which one you're using not JUST in Workbench Preferences, but in the printer install program provided with Wordworth. This program contains a list of over 400 popular printers, and each entiy in the list contains information about the fonts and pitches (sizes) that a particular pnnter is capable of producing. If your printer doesn't appear in the list, chances are it's because it doesn't support multiple fonts. If In doubt, you could try selecting a When you've used the Printer Install program, your printer's fonts
will be listed in black in the Fonts requester and will usually be prefixed with the name of your printer. I.e. Star-Courier24, Canon-Roman 17. Citizen- Helvetica15, etc If you select one of these fonts, Wordworth will use a comparably sized bit-mapped font to display on the screen, but the selected printer font will be used if the document is printed via the NLQ or NLQ+Graphics printing options.
If your printer doesn't contain extra fonts, you can still use Wordworth 's bitmapped or Compugraplw ones to add variety to a document. By priming a document using one ot the Ultraprint options, these fonts can be printed at a much higher quality than ordinary bit-mapped fonts usually produce.
MUDDY COLOURS When I come to print colour screens from D-Paintlll using my Hewlett Packard DeskJet (which you rated as the best all-round pnnter lor DTP use), the colours on the paper appear much duller than those on the monitor.
At first I thought It was the paper causing the Inks to merge with one another, so I bought some of HP's special coated paper but that didn't improve the situation at all Then I tried usmg the colour correction options from preferences, but that made no difference either I spoke to Hewlett Packard about the problem.
There was sometfsng wrong with my printer driver, but I'm using the correct one I don't mind altenng my easting driver il needs be Can you help?
Timothy N. Clark. UckfWW.
I’m afraid you've encountered one of the harsh realities of Amiga printing,
l. e. It never looks the same on paper as It does on the Hewlett
Packard have a cheek suggesting that your driver was at fault,
as they know about this problem on Pcs as well as the Amiga.
In fact they've just made a big fuas about releasing the first
True colour' driver for Pcs and Apple Macs which compensates
for the way that screen colours are Interpreted on paper.
I think that the root of the problem comes from the difference In the way that colours are generated on the screen and on paper. On paper, the printer adds a combination of the three Ink primaries (magenta, cyan and yellow) until the desired colour Is created (black may also be used to produce shading).
Therefore a maximum amount of these primaries produces the colour Mack.
On the screen, the computer subtracts prt- I - jifi, M * marie* in ? Ittor on i amounts to reach a specified colour. The screen primaries are red, green and blue and the maximum mixture of these produces the colour white.
System Insight produce special colour enhancement paper which greatly Improves the brightness of all colours (from bubble jet printers), and I wholeheartedly recommend using this. Contact them at 120 Wordsworth Court Herts, AlfO OEF. Tel: 0727 827200.
An even better solution is to use Plaxldump from Care Electronics. I know I seem to be mentioning this package In response to virtually every letter about printing, but as I've said before, you should consider It to be as important as your printer's power cable!
Plexldump features a special menu which you can use to ad|ust the brightness of the printed colours until they match those on the screen. It also features Gamma correction (tor colour other for dot matrix.
CAN IT COLOUR?
I was hoping to upgrade from my Citizen Swift 24 to a DeskJet 500 and I was wondering t it can do colour separations in the same way as the Canon BJ-tOex can.
Or do I have to fork out an extra £200 for a colour version of the printer?
KeirWUklnson. Surbiton.
Surrey Various readers have requested into on printer drivers So. Here it is: COMMODORE MPS 1550C the Nl 10. Most Stars can emu Requested by Gary Evans late some sort ot Epson It Aberdare tours emulates an Epson with 1 can hnd *o tpecitx reference a 0 in the title IL 0800 etc) 'o the 1SS0C NTBr then use the EpsonQ driver ftre Cimmttorp tnren ertht Ol which mn help K At printer ,s Commodore MPS 1000 or 1888 itSt compatible use the MPS100 driver ff il is tpseocompaUHe hr the fpsowX tnrtf Anyone know be«rr’ mits name fX80 etc) then use either the IpsonX(Old) or tpsonXtCBM- MPS 1250) drivers Yea,
It can do colour separations, as can, In principle, any monochrome printer.
Contact System Insight (address In previous answer) for colour Inks cartridges.
CAN'T PRINT WON'T PRINT I've just bought a Star LC-20 printer and despite all my efforts I cannot get it to print I keep getting a message from the Amiga about being unable to open the parallel drive (or something!).
Ive tried using all the Epson drivers listed In the Workbench but nothing seems to work and I'm really stuck I read the letter about another reader's LC-10 in the August edition, to which you told him to use the EpsonX(C8M-MPS-1250) driver and set his printer to Epson emulation, but I don't know how to do this. So far my printer has been unused and I'm afraid that I've wasted my money.
HELP NEEDED There now follows a list of printers for which people require DRIVEr DIP switch information II you can help, please take Ihe time to drop me a line Barry Simpson. Glasgow, Scotland Let's start by getting your printers a mulsh on mode set: Inside or on the printer there should be two banks of liny switches called DIP (Dual Inline Programming) switches These are used to specify numerous things about the way that It works. Including Its emulation mode.
The first bank contains eight switches, whilst the other one contains lour.
Every switch In bank one should be set to On (the up position), whilst only the Drat and last In bank two should be on. Thanks to Ian Cook of Bumopfteid for that Information.
Now for your main problem. In order to print using Amiga preferences, e number of crucial flies need to be correctly eon- the disk from which you booted (loaded) Theee are: system-conflguration.
You’re tlon and .device fUee should be In the deva STAR Mill Requested by Steve Broadley.
Newton Nottingham Although I ve not encountered OLIVETTI JP101 Requested by Steven H.nk.ns Southgate London ANA0EX MODEL C Reguested by G Burton Boston Lines CENTRONICS 702 Requested by... V (someone whose writing is loo bad to read hiS'her name'lot Great Costedon 0KIDATA MICROIINE 192HCI PLUS) Requested by Basie laaper Amsterdam. Holland directory of your boot disk, whilst thee should be In I sub-directory of devs.
Whilst you may have Is copy a suitable driver from another disk, the Workbench disk that comes with your Amiga will definitely contain the other files In the correct place (provided you haven't deleted them!).
Make a back-up copy of your Workbench disk, then using the preferences program included on It, configure the backup to work with your printer. When you want to load a utility (e.g. a word processor), load the configured version of Workbench first, then load the required utility by either double clicking Its Icon, or using the CU to load it by name. The utility will then automatically uee whatever preferences you specified on the Workbench disk.
CANON BJ130 Requested by Robed Bums Ashstead Surrey There is » specific BJI30 driver, end it s available tree tr tint C in tin Phone them on 081 773 3173 to get» copy OKIDATA MICROLINE 183 Requested by Ian Baker Hadburn Cleveland CITIZEN 65X 140 PIUS Requested by Dale Frameli US forces USA SHINWA AV 8052 Requested by Matthew Wood Normanton West Yorkshire HONEYWELL R32 Requested by John McCoii Paisley Scotland DIGITAL LQP45(0aisy wheel) Requested by Robin Brown Smithton. Inverness BACKCHAT SOUND IDEA I am writing to enquire if the audio outputs in your Amigas are still working. Why? Well, in
September's issue, out of 17 game reviews, only two mentioned the game's sound.
Now that hardly inspires Amiga musicians to go out and create better quality soundtracks and sound effects, does It?
Out of an 800 word review surely 20 words could be spared to comment on the game's sound.
Unfortunately, this is a trend developing in most major Amiga magazines. I can only hope CU Amiga re-takes the initiative and brings sound back Into game reviews.
Jonathan Day, Gosport.
A good point Jonathan, Tinny, repetitive tunea and uninspired sound effects can certainly Irritate. Conversely, well arranged music greatly enhances the atmosphere of a game, whilst creative use of sound effects add life to the events which unfold onscreen. Have we been remiss In our coverage of sound? Hopefully not In the future.
ROAD TO RUIN Your reply to Steve Ellison’s letter (GB Route, CU September 1992) concluded by saying that GB Route was all we had on the Amiga (as a route-finder). Well I’ve got something much better. Auto-Router Is available for the ST (ugghl). Use It through an ST emulator and it works very well. GB Route has only two 25k files for map data - Auto-Route has two full disks and the detail is outstanding! The tiniest hamlet is there.
Get this -1 asked G0 Route for a map from Leicester to Lee (north Devon). I was sent to Leeds I Auto- Route gave me a choice of eight Lees and asked me to pick one.
Terry Williamson, Leicester.
But Terry, surely being hideously misdirected Is just one of the many pleasures of road travel?
The smell of the diesel, the roar of the juggernauts, the msny hours of playing spot the workman' on the coned-off sections of the M1, the endurance test heralded by a No Services for 40 Miles' sign - all part of the romance of motoring. Happy times!
WHY DIY?
I was looking through the September issue when I read the letter from Darren Smith of Manchester complaining about the Amiga’s speed.
Much to my surpise, Mat Broomfield mentioned fitting a 68010 main processor insjead of the usual 68000.
He'd read this in 'Best Amiga Tricks and Tips' by Abacus. I've had this book for some time and in August I fitted a 68010 to my machine. I therefore have some advice to anybody doing the same - DONTI Why? For £25 and an hour's work the chip is fitted and then you see how much faster it is. Without careful timing you won't notice any difference whatsoever - my best estimates put the speed increase at between 3% and 6%. This is not even worth the effort of fitting the chip, let alone the cost of the device.
That warning aside, you also want opinions on the percentage system of scoring reviews. Speaking personally, I haven't even bothered looking at review percentages since they started using them In ‘Sinclair User' days, because they always struck me as being figures pulled out of a hat - however impartial a reviewer pretends to be, his own prejudices will be colouring his scores. At least the text gives some idea of these prejudices. Best results would probably be obtained if at least two reviewers looked at each game and contributed to the review.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
Your magazine has one of the best balances between technical subjects and joystick mauling, and it would be a pity to change.
Paul Knlblos, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
WHY, OH WHY, DIY?
Wow* DIY electronic projects lor Ihe Amiga (CU September 1992)' Out came my multimeter and pliers, elc. But as I began to scan the lull live pages dedicated to this article my enthusiasm started to dwindle Why? No circuit diagrams. The pages were covered with pretty isometric diagrams ol switches and the witty text watlled on about Blue Peter and Captain Scarlet (ho-hum), but there were no circuit diagrams A circuit diagram would clarity oven the simplest circuit, leaving no room lor error Belore you say it, anybody not understanding circuit diagrams should not be pertormmg open heart
surgery on their Amiga anyway. With regard to clarity, may I reter to Ihe diagram Romswap *3 on page 29. II it is so essential that you wire it (the DPDT switch) correctly', why are you printing the diagram in mud brown on a black background?
You may think I am being lar too lussy. But many people are going to risk the hie of their Amiga lor these projects As lar as your Blue Peter OIL socket is concerned. I certainly wouldn't recommend it the margin lor error is lar too high (dry |omts. Shorts, and so on). Ask yoursell tins il somebody approached you with this project completed, with that bodge underneath. Would you plug it into your Amiga? I could pick holes m your other projects (thore are plenty of them), but I won t, I think I’ve made my point Changing topics completely. I would like to air my views on your Scores on the
Doors debate By raising the issue you have made it clear that you are not happy with Ihe current percentage scoring system and neither are many readers, including myself. The core issue is. Thereloro.
What the replacement lor this system should be Whatever system is employed must, obviously, be stuck to Irom issue to issue and review to review lor ease of reference. I am now going to oiler my layout, very closely based on your current one. And would urge other readers to do the same Hojjelully you can then amalgamate all these suggestions and come up with a solution to please the majority The layout should consist ol a large (1 8-1 4 page box) summary including the following Game title and price: Most important Release date: Who knows?
Genre: Chaotic dwarl bashing (apologies to dwarves) Team: Spntely games Control: Mouse, joystick, mouse keyboard Number ol disks: 1? Add comments on disk accessing swapping problems, il any.
Hard disk installable: Yes'no.
Number ol players: 1 -? Include any pros or cons o1 single multi-player modes Computer linking?
Memory: 512K. 1Mb Compatibility: A500. A500*. A600. A3000 Graphics: Screen mode used, number ol colours, use ol colours.
Sound: Intro themes: Good or bad? Long or short? Exact timed length?
Effects: Are thore any II so - sampled'synth? Good or bad? Many or lew?
Lastability: How long. I.e. will you stop playing this game alter two hours (Epic), one week, one month, one year, never (Populous II). Why?
Playability: How last does it play (can you keep up without a MegaStar 3 Turbomatic joystick)? Do you die too often?
Recommendations: Should it only be played with two floppy drives lor best results? Is there a belter equivalent game?
AND PLEASE NO OVERALL MARK WHATSOEVER. LET THE READER DECIDE II your reviews are accurate your readers will end up buying less junk and more quality software.
R. S. Barrow. Nottingham.
Thanks lor the DIY game review layout. With regard to our own DIY. We respect that you are obviously quite competent with electronics and the projects may have been clearer to you if we had included the more traditional style ol circuit diagram. Unfortunately, it isn’t a prerequisite ol using an Amiga that you have any familiarity whatsoever with electronics. So the diagrams were based around vero-board track layouts. These are a bit more complicated to decipher from the electronics point of view, but on the other hand they are a lot easier for people to build the projects from.
In a perfect world we could have printed both, but space constraints and the sheer volume ol the information we tried to include in the feature conspired against us. We are sorry that you may not have been impressed with our efforts, but the whole point ol the leature was that people who knew very little about electronics could complete these projects.
Judging by the number of congratulatory letters we have received regarding the same article it would seem that we succeeded.
Meanwhile, back on the game review front, fierce skirmishing continues... WORDS WORTH It would seem that I am alone In finding the percentage scores a good Idea While they can be a little cloudy sometimes, they still seem to be the best way ol expressing how good a game is. It would, however, appear that the system wiS change M* I U AF Ia gooo a no excoiioni, which, io my mind. Is a great disadvantage Surely the difference between good- and 'excellent1 would be Ihe same as the difference between, tor example, 80% and 90% There are also people who would like lo make up their own
minds without seeing the reviewer's final verdict.
I suggest that It would be a good idea to have two more separate pages included in Ihe magazine One could contain the reviewers’ percentage scores and the other the 'good', excellent’ comments. This would surely make everyone happy and also make it easier to compare games’ scores.
Jon Whltcutt, Bradford on Tone.
Somerset.
I think your scoring system. Jon.
Would amount to a rather unwieldy sideways |ump.
Divorcing the percentage scores (and or good’, ’awful' comments) trom the reviews would make them Irrelevant to anyone who hadn't first read the reviews to discover what types ol game (shoot 'em up. Strategy, platform, adventure, or whatever) were being graded. Needless flicking to and fro between pages would result.
Both Jon and R.S. Barrow seem to think that the overall percentage mark prevents readers from making up their own minds about the quality of a game. I thought the whole point of a games review was lo show clearly what the reviewer thought of a game. Why does Paul complain about a review demonstrating a reviewer’s prejudice - the review indicates how the game prejudiced the reviewer tor or against It! Readers can follow or dismiss the critic's opinions depending on their view of his track record, comparisons made wllh games with which they are familiar, and so on. The overall Impression
left by a game is surely the single most Important element of a review. If you are left knowing that the reviewer thought a game had 20% ( bad-) sound and 90% ('excellent') graphics are you any wiser when It comes to deciding If the product la worth buying?
MY UP. MY UP, AND MAY THE GAME I am a woman of 35. NteHgerrt. Educated, and totally addicted to my Amiga computer games. I buy lots ol games and magazines, spending more on this than anything else. I am not well oft: I live alone with a huge mortgage and ordinary income.
I do not begrudge a penny ol Ihe cost ol my mam Interest and wrttt because, having read and delber- ated on at the reasons', excuses and statements relating to high game cost and piracy. I totally disagree with what appears to be the majority of gamers, who slate lhat high prices lead to piracy and games should be cheaper NO, DON'T LAUGH Okay. I loo would Ike. In a perfect world, lor games to be much cheaper, but I do not expect something kx notang and certaxtly would not expect experts to work cheap or sacrifice their much-needed profits. I am sure some people In the computer game
mdustry are wealthy as a result of their successful work, but they deserve it. Surely its al a case ol what your priorities are? I prefer to spend on this and can aflord to as I donl have a car. Holidays, alcohol, oggMS. Expensive clothes, etc Those who choose computer games also choose how they spend their money, and if they are unwilling to fully reimburse the manufacturers they should go without.
Arcade machines eat up money much faster than computer games, as do videos. If I buy a game tor £26 and en|oy H tor 200 hours I consider it excellent value and instead of complaining or seeking to escape payment I am grateful I am self- employed and know what It's like when 'customers' try to utilise your abilities lor cheap or for free with no reaped tor your needs I wonder II the people who complain would still say games are too expensive If they received a percentage ot Ihe Carmen Brulez. Ilford. Essex.
You make a good point. Carmen, In addition to reminding people that computer games are by no means exclusively adolescent and male. I think It Is fair to say. How- aver, that moat computer gamers are of school age. Whilst they may accept the argument that a game Is good value for money when the hours of en|oyment It provides are borne In mind, finding £26 (or more) as a lump sum with which to buy a recently-released game may be quits a challenge for many of them.
On the other hand, you may be right In considering computer piracy as being largely unrelated to the price of software. Home taping of music, the collecting of favourite TV programmes on video and photocopying useful sections from expensive books all seem to be condoned by largs numbers (probably a majority) of ----1 X- » I - * 1 , - ¦ ,,|1 IM poopie. Uopyngm inTnngvfnani in all Its forms does not attract sufficient condemnation for It to be discouraged Under these circumstances It Is not surprising that people taka advantage of the seae with which games can be copied.
Perhaps we all should follow the lead of the music Industry and lobby for a tax to be levied on all blank disks. What do you think?
The reason my friend and I v Tfw» first 6001 had would copy disks bul Ihe copies would nol run on tin liue wt*en they say they don I make ihom fake they used lo' If only 11 ha- Richard Twyninq. Mansfield Nottinghamshire.
Very sad g [IIMH Software Supreme 139 High Road Loughton Essex IG10 4LT Kraght of the Sky 23 49 l«t Nir*» II 16 49 l«z*»squad2 16 99 leander 15 99 legend 18 49 larry 1 93 99 l*-y2 1499 larry 3 94 99 larry 5 93 49 lemmogs 15 99 lemmogs 9 15 99 lemmogs Data Ov 13 49 lemmogs Stand Atone 15 99 U*e 4 Death i 16 49 iced Of the He'S* 90 49 lord of the R*ing Sun 15 99 lotus Tixbo Challenge n 16 49 lotus Turtx Challenge W 16 99 lure of the Terrptress 19 99 links H D 93 99 UverpoO 16 49 m 1 Tank Platoon 19 99 Maddog w.ikarm 90 99 Magic Pockets 15 99 Man Utd Europe 15 99 m cxtka Utt f Bali 18 49
Me3atraveller 9 90 99 Megaspom 16 99 Mcgatwtns 16 49 Mercenary 3 90 99 Merchant Colony 90 99 Microprose Golf 93 49 Midwinter 9 93 49 Mig 99 fulcrum 16 99 Mig 99 Super fulcrum 19 99 Might 4 vag 3 1999 Moonfaii 1S 99 Moonstone 19 99 Monkey island 15 99 Monkey hland 9 94 49 Mystical 15 49 Myth 1599 Meg lo Maraa 90 49 Hare 799 Ha*y Seals 15 99 nebulas 2 15 99 Nigel Manse Is World Champ 91 49 Naga Cokecton 13 99 no Great*- Glory 93 99 Nova 9 99 99 Omar Sheriffs Bodge 93 49 Operaton Stealth 16 49 Outrun Europa 16 49 Otxtus 19 99 Ok 1599 Pacific islands 18 99 Paperboy 9 16 49 Parasei stars 15 99
Pegasus 16 49 PGA Golf Tour. 17 99 PGA Course Disks 1099 Pinball Oreams 15 99 Pitfighter 16 49 BUDGET TITLES Advanced fruit Machine 699 K02 Return to Europe 8 «9 After Burner
- 99 last Ninja 2 699 Altered Beast 699 Licence to Kill S 99
Arkanovd 4 50 Lombard RAC Rally 699 Arkanod 2 699 lotus Espnt
699 Awesome 899 Manchester united 699 Baal 599 Mamc Minor 799
Batman The Movse 699 Michael Jadaor. MoonwWker 6 99 Beach voNer
699 M»dnight Resistance 699 B*ood Money 699 Moonshine Races 699
BoukJerdash 699 New Zealand Story 699 Cabal 699 Operaton
Thunderbolt 699 California Games 699 Operaton Wolf 699 Carrier
Command 699 Outrun 699 Carthage 1 vv P»n3 699 CeitKa GT4 Rally
C 99 Panza Kick Boxmg 6 99 Centrefold Squares 6 99 Pipe Marva
699 Chase HQ 7 99 Platoon S 99 Cloud Kingdom Colossus Chess 699
Predator 699 699 Pro Tennis Tour 699 Conflict in Europe 7 99
Puzzmc 699 Crackdown 699 Raooow islands 699 Crazy Cars 699
Ramoo 3
- 99 CJ n the USA 699 Resolution 101 699 Defender of the Crown 7
99 Rocket Range- 8 49 Deluxe Strip Poker 699 Robocop 699 Double
Dragon i o* 2 699 Rowing floor.
999 Dragon No* 699 R Type 699 Emlyn Hughes Socce' 699 Run the Gauntlet 6 99 '16 Combat Piot 699 Shadow of the Beast 699 Fantasy World D”.
Shadow Warro- 699 Gauntlet 2 1 99 Sfc.or De 899 Ghouls ft Ghosts 699 Speedcai' 7 99 Ghost Busters 2 699 Stargi-de- 2 699 Golden Axe 699 Superoiex 699 Hard Drvm 699 Supe- Off Road 9 99 Head over Heeb 699 Sherman M4 699 James Pond 699 Shmot 699 Jet Set Willy 7 99 Shuttle Puck Cafe 699 John lowe Ultimate Darts 6 99 Strike force Harrier 699 Kid Gloves 599 Stunt Car Race- 699 KQ2 Final Whistle 8 49 COMPILATIONS 91 49 1499 T6 99 1699 16 49 93 99 1699 90 99 19 99 90 49 90 99 93 49 90 99 AJ 49 90 49 14 49 19 99 1599 90 99 16 49 1799 1999 17 49 1599 16 49 11 49 15 99 1999 91 49 19 49 999 1599 16 49
1599 1999 90 99 90 99 1399 99 99 Plan 9 Outer Space Player Manager Profit Pooh of Darkness Powermonger PoputuvSim City Quest for Glory Race Drtan Railroad Tycoon A Tram ..... A390 Airbus ...
93. 49 24 49 Oaykght Robbery 16 49 7 99 A10 Tank loner Erhanccd
Abandoned Places Adams family .. • 21 49 17 49 1649
Das Boot Deliverance Deathbnnger 1999 1599 IS 99 Adv Tennis.
Air Warrior ...... 16 49
1649 1649 24 49 Oemomak Ocutorus Devxxn Devgns D
Generation 1999 15 49 1599 16 99 Allen
Breed Ajcatraz . Alpha waves
16. 49 1649 1699 Dec pies of Steel Demonsgate Deluxe Pant 4
17. 49 22 49 5849 Altered Destiny 91 49
16. 49 Do Jo Dan ...... Double Dragon 3 16 99 16
49 Amos (Easy) 17 49 .23.99 Dftells Wonderland Dizzy
Collection 16 49 1749 Amman ..- ......
AmosComcaer 2399 1999 Dread Noughts Dune 23 99 1999 Amos The
Creator Aquaventurer Arachnaphobla ...
Armageddon..... AfMf .- ...... 36 49 16 49
1599 1499 16 49 Dyna Blaster Of Ekwa Mistress of Dark Emra 1
• Cerberus Ehsra The Arcade 20 99 1699 21 99 23 49 1699
Arsenal fC ... Ashes of Empire
Ahfc ...... Archer Macleans Poo1
A. TA.C ..... Atomoo ..
1699 17 49 16 49 1699 93 49 8 49
C|Mc - ..... Ecoquett European football
Champ Eye of the Beholder Eye of the Beholder H E span id
Games 92 18 49 22 99 1699 1999 22 49 18 49
AlMM- ...... 117 flymg fortress Back to the
future 3 Bane of the Cosrvc forge 899 21 99 16 49 11 49 24 99
f 14 Tom Cat M5 Stnkc Eagle » F17 Stealth fighter F19 Stealth
FiWrter F29 Rctafcator face Off ice Hockey 1899 22 49 21 49 19
49 1599 WVUWWI I Bards Tale 3 .....
»A.T.I ..... Battle Chess II 8 49 22
49
16. 99 falcon 3 Fantastic voyage 23 99 1699 699 Battle Comnand
Battle We Battle We Data Disk 1399
1899 1349 Final Blow Fmal Fight Fire 6 Ice
¦ 1699 16 49 1599 Battle Master ..
BIRylheKid BlgRim .11.49 17 49 849
1599 1649 fire Force FntSamana Fkght of the Intruder floor 13
football Crazy 17 99 1649 15 49 1999 1699 Birds of Prey
Crypt ...... Blue Man
. Hues Bros
23 49 1649 1849 .1599 fuzzbaR formula 1 GrandPnx Fists Of
Fury G loc R360 1399 22 99 1599
16. 49 Boston Bomb Club Bountiful HO Scenery Buck Rogers
Bonanra Bros 1649 1399 1999 20 99 Gauntlet
il Global Effect Germ Crazy
Godfather 16 49 1699 1599 1899 17 49
16. 49 Gods Golden Shot 1549 1699 Bubble Bobble
CedRw.. ... ..... 1399 1699 Graham Gooch Cneket
G-aham Ifl-'or 20 99 16 49 Cadaver The Pay Off .1099 GutsfkP
2000 21 99 CaWoma Games 1 Captive.-------------------- Cad
lewis Challenge 16 49
15. 99 .1599 Goblins .. GuySpY
Hagar the Horrible 1699 20 99 15 99 Carmen - Europe
Camten-Tme Caimen • US-A ... 22 49 22 49 22 49
Hard Drrvm II . Hanequm Harpoon 1 meg 1299
1649 1899 Carmen World ...
CaaBes ... Castle Of Doctor Bram 22
49 17 49 .22 49 Heart of Chma HeimdaR Head to Head 24 99 19
49 23 99 Charpiontfi.p Manager Chaos Engme
. 17 49 16 99 Heros Quest Home Akme
... 1699 1799 Chart Attack...... Champion of R«
Centurion Cisco Heat 17 49 9 49 16
49 .11 49 Hook Hostile Breed
Hum .. Ian Bothams Cricket 1599 1799 1699 17 99
Celtic legends C VS Air Combat Code Name Assassm 20 99 20 99
1699 Indy Heat .... Khar legend Fortress 1
Jones fate of Atlanta 1699 1799 18 99 Conquest for the
longbow 99 99 Covert Action ..93 49 r__m •
Jaguar XJ220 Jkrmy White Snooker 17 49
15. 99 15 99 Ouse for a Corpse
- pvV r rrv Tv nc 17 49 16 99 J Madden footbaR Jim Power
. 16 49 1» oo sw UW. IWWI* Conflct Korea 23
99 Kaiser ...... 1 o TT 16 49 Cun* of the
Enchanter (• iaityr 23 49 2349 Kick Off II Kick Off Winning
Tactcs 13 49 7 99 Cyberion ¦ ...... Daffy
Double Horse Racmg Dark Queen of Kr nn
16. 49 1399 22 49 Ktd Gloves N...... Kings Quest IV Kmgs Quest V
15 49 22 99 23 49 Daiwn.- ..... 1599
Knightmare ... 1699 JTYFR k OPEN
* 6 DAYS Robospons RodMnd Rookies R T pe 9 Rubicon Rugbv worta
Cup Rules of Engagement Savage Empire Secret of the Silver
Blades Sensible Soccer Shadowtands Shuttle the Strr Silent
Service Sim Ant S*n Earth Simpsons Sleep walker Smash TV Space
1889 Space Ace 9 Space Gun Space Crusade Space Quest 1. 9. 3, 4
Special forces Spot Of EaCAtlbur Starhghter f Steel Empo Stereo
Master Storm Master Strike fleet Strike- Super letns Super Sk
9 Super Cars Super Space invaders Supremacy Suspicious Cargo
Switchblade 9 Sword of Honour SdyPutb Termnetor Test Or iv« 3
Their finest Hour Their finest Mission The Manager Thunder Maw*
Thunder )a*s Tpp off Titus The *o« Tearaway Thomas Team Yankee
Team var*ee 9 Terms Cep 9 Terminator 9 The Games (soa a The
Godfather The Perfect Genera Toki Top Wrestling Top Banana
Troddkrs Twilight 9000 TV Sports Base by1 Ultima Under World
UMSII UmS Planet Editor Under Pressure Utopia Utopia The New
world vengeance of E«cahbur white Death Winter Sports wix Kid
wolf Child wo* Pack ww» Wing Commandd waiy Beamish ZoO_
Ordering Service Award dinners 16 99 Air Comoat Aces 8 99
Action Pack 15 99 Par iand and Sea 93 99 Bitmap Bros Yol 1 16
99 Bitmap Bros W» 9 16 99 Big Bo« IS 99 Board Genius 16 99
Champions 13 99 Cartoon Collection 16 99 Double Double B* 14 99
falcon Classic Collection 91 99 flight Command 14 99 Grandstand
17 99 HoBywood Collection 18 99 9 Hot 9 Harx»e 18 99 MONEY OFF
VOUCHER WITH 1ST ORDER Max-Extra 1 7 99 Magnum 4 16 99 Mind
Games 14 99 No* Collection 13 99 Power Up 16 99 Power Pack 14
99 Rainbow Collection 13 99 Soccer Mania 11 99 Super Sun Pack
2T 99 Super Sega 90 99 Super Heroes 17 99 Sports Best 90 99 TNT
9 90 99 Test Drive 9 Collection 90 99 4 Wheel Drive 17 99 Quest
for Adventure 93 99 Please make cheques & P.O’s payable to
SOFTWARE SUPREME P & P £1 per item U.K. Elsewhere £3 per item.
New titles sent as released and subject to price reviews Name..... Address.
..Tel ..... ..Exp Date.
Ch n P&P_ TOTAL Card No.
Access f Visa | | BfiBSa In the first of our reader reviews, Colin Yarnall takes a look at Highspeed Pascal and reckons this programming language lives up to its sporty name.
WHAT'S THIS? A READER REVIEW?
VERSATILE The original Pascal language was designed by Prolessor Worth way back m 1971 It was put together lo teach good programming habits and modular programming design rather than with sound and graphics In mind Highspeed Pascal brings the language bang up to date and introduces features more commonly found in Borland International's Turbo Pascal on the PC.
Furthermore, it allows the programmer to access all of the Amiga’s operating system routines In much the same way as any commercial Amiga C compiler. This means that you can make lull use ol the Amiga's hardware, or if you prefer, write programs that are portable between the Amiga, PC and Atari computers To do the latter you would, of course, need a compiler for each machine THE PACKAGE The package contains four disks and two manuals.
Two of the disks are program disks, one being for WB1.3 users, the other for WB2.0 users There are also two units disks, again one for each version of the operating system The unit’s disks contain software interfaces that allow the user to access the ROM Kernel routines.
All user programs will run under both versions of Workbench However, It is recommended that the WB2.0 unit's disk is used regardless of the machine used for development This Is to make It simple for WB1.3 programmers to use WB2.0 features when they upgrade, or when they decide to start using them EdfTING The editor supplied with Highspeed Pascal has all the features that you would expect of a good text editor. It Is also integrated with the compiler. This means that you can compile and run your program without leaving the editing environment. When the compiler points out an error, or you
spot one at run-time, changes can be made with a minimum ol fuss since you are already in the editor The editor Is simple to use and has some very nice features One of these Is the ability to use projects. Essentially, a project Is a collection of the source files that make up a program. For example.
The main program may be m one Me. The graphics procedures in a second file and sound procedures in a third. Each of these may be loaded Mo the editor as a separate window under tie same project it is also possible to work on several protects at the same time.
Another useful feature of the eiMor ¦ the aCskty to set up bookmarks. A bookmark s a way of labelling any pomt in the program text Havng set up a bookmark it Is then possible to move qucWy to that point from anywhere withm a project COMPILATION The compiler performs the task of translating Pascal programs into machine code exceeOngly quickly, hence the prefix Highspeed By de«au«.
The compiler makes extensive use cf RAM wrath further reduces compilation time. In fact » ¦ eo fast that you'll hartty notice the process of completion unless you are working on a large project.
To realty test the compiler. I wrote a program that contained 2.500 lines of source code Under normal circumstances the source code wrald be.
Loaded into the editor and the compiler invoked from there However, as the program was so long I had to invoke the compiler from the CU to provide sufficient RAM for compilation This meant that the program was first read from disk, compiled, then the resulting executable program written beck to disk. The time taken lor the compiler to do Ma Job onastandard 1 Mb A500 was |ust 22 seconds Had the program been compiled on a machine wfti more RAM and from withm the ed*or. The compae- tlon time would have been very signdicanBy shorter. While on the subject of memory. I should point out that HiSoll
recommends at least 1S Mi of RAM when using the compiler with the WB2.0 unit’s disk. However, if you are prepared to use the CU It is possible to get away with using less.
As already mentioned, It is possible to invoke the compiler from the CLI or from withm the editor Both these environments allow the programmer to configure the compiler to perform such tasks as stack checking. IO error checking and range checking as well as many other options From withm the editor the options are chosen Irom the menu while the CLI options take the form of command arguments KILLING THE BUGS The debugger Included with the package B called MonAm which wiH be familiar to Devpac users. It is designed with the low level programmer m mind, rather than the Pascal programmer. High
level programmers are not usually interested in debugging a disassembled version of their program.
Unfortunately, this Is what MonAm was designed to do It was disappointing to find that HiSoft had ignored the needs ol the Pascal programmer and considered that a modified version of the Devpac debugger would suffice CONCLUSION Highspeed Pascal is a quality product that B, on the whole, well thought out. The compiler lives up to Its sporty name and S a dream come true for Arrage-owning Pascal programmers Anyone familiar with either Pascal or the Amiga's operating system should not have too much trouble using I |. . . Nv u DnaAivt mgnupeea rascal.
It's worth mentioning that the manuaB do not attempt to teach the Pascal language They do, however, provide a bnef summary and point novices m the direction of suitable texts. It is also worth noting that most Amiga programming books require a little knowledge of the C programming language Therefore, It may be that Highspeed Pascal wM not achieve the success it deserves but should prove popular with students and experienced programmers WEIL SUPPORT YOU EVER MORE business II. After consulting Ihe manuals, you are still stumped, help is not far away. The technical support provided by HiSoll
is excellent and is available over the telephone or by ¦etum ol post For the first 30 days alter regis- tenng with HiSoft this support is available lor £19 95 and is worth every penny Owners ot other HiSoft products who have paid lor Silver Support will receive the same service tor Highspeed Pascal free of charge HIGHSPEED ... a I a glance
• liti.i’i.if.il I'n.i-rmimiiij: vmiuhiiiu in • I i i Mil
I”1"..... * I " 11. In vaUttjai mmKv • I.. I.nt. tl support by
phone or |*osl fcMrnt M.ghSpeed Pascal is available from HiSoll
The Old School. CreonfWM. Bedford. MK24 Sof Telephone nn 71*101
HI-SOFT £99 .05 A dream come true for Amlga- ou nlitg Pascal
programmers.'
EASE OF USE 92% VALUE FOR MONEY 94% EFFECTIVENESS 90% FLEXIBILITY 96% INNOVATION 84% OVERALL 8 9% creative MEDIA STORE LTD Price Breakthroughs From BANNER ROLLS Banner Rods, 45 feel with no seans or perfs!
Creating large messages was never easier. Say goodbye to seams, perforations and tape! Now you can produce professional banners and signs mth Banner Roll This revolutionary computer paper it a contnuou* tractor feed ro* of medium weight quality paper that has no cross perforations and microperf edges tor clean, finished output Print your next sales promotion, convention slogan or party message on a Banner Roll.
Forty five feet of paper m 15 fabulous easy to use colours.
COLOURS include: • Powder Blue. Harvest Gold, Pastel Veiow. Arctic White. Neon Orange. Neon Green, Neon Red. Neon Pink. Bnte Red. Bme Wtow. Bnte Green. Party and Holly Only £999 tack.
NEW Banner Rols now avaaabie tor 132 column pnnters. Available m ftowder Blue. Pastel Yellow and Arctic White. Only £1299 mc*i.
NEW Banner MANIA PC supplied on both 3%* and
57. '£39.t*. HEAT TRANSFER PRODUCTS Print your Tstwts with our
special heat transfer nbbons colour pens and your printer.
Our special heat activated mfc transfers an image from paper
to a T-shirt, penetrating the fabric for a long lasting
washable image feu will get from 25 to 90 transfers per
nbbon.
Depending on the size and density of your graphics. Simply print the image on computer paper with the transfer ribbon and use our colouring pens tOgive your transfer colour. Then iron the transfer onto a T-shirt or other fabric and you have it! Our complete, clear instructions are included.
In onfer to print our words you need a software program which reverses the printout. However, reversing graphics is usually not necessary tor graphics that don't have words.
Star LC 10 UM C«enl20O 112.99 Epson MI FX80 112 J9 Panworvc WP11B0 IM H Epson U80 UM Star Nl 10 112.99 FABRIC CRAYONS CONTINUOUS LABELS ¦OTA** 1*041 CMOS uzt quantity Pinct nwh 100 1«* it At
1. 1 T5 PK* U*l 3'VA 250 pk* 12-4* 3' lV. 100 » * 1IM 3' i*lV.
100 P*® 14 At 2 2‘A 100 MO U« Set of 8 crayons, ideal tor
children £499 FINE PEN SET Set of fine tip marking pens m 5
colours 11299 JUMBO PEN SET Set of 5 wide tip for large area
filling 114 .99 3' ,' DOUBLE DENSITY DISK PRICES PRODUCT
DESCRIPTION SIZE QUANTITY PRICE 621 OoubleOensJty 3%* 10 1495
522 Double Density W 25
19. 95 558 DouDe Density 3%* 50 11991 559 DouWeOensfe «* 100
13995 523 Double Density 3*A' 250 19590 524 Double Density
3%‘ 500 117595 525 Double Density 3%’ 1000 132590 550 Doube
Density 3%' 1500 149590 HOWTO ORDER ill prices include VAT •
17.5%. to Kder by mail write your order tetaiis on a piece of
paper. Add he relevant postage packaging & nsurances charge.
Make your Jveque postal order payWe to Creative MEDIA STORE
Ltd, or
• rite your credit card details and ost your order to us at the
Ktdress below. Credit card orders »re accepted by telephone,
please tave your order ready before PURCHASE ORDERS Government
County Council, Health Authority and Education Purchase Orders
are welcome.
Postage, OROER AMOUNT CHARGE insurance £499 ti2s . £500-11999 £300 an0 12000-13999 132S Packaging 14000-17499 1300 CM* SALTERS LANE. LOWER MOOR. PERSHORE. WORCS. WR10 2PE E3 W ®x° 0386 SS SSS MODEMANIA US ROBOTICS 14.4 USR MODEMS _£440.00_ ? Fully British Telecom approved.
? Supports V21, V22, V22 BIS and the HST' standards.
? Allows transfer of whole Amiga Disk in approx 5 mins or less.
? Receive and send files at 2000cps (120K per min).
? As used by the fastest British and International bulletin boards.
FOR FURTHER INFFORMATION CALL: 071 - 737 - 6726 _9.00 AM TO 6PM_ ALLOW US TO QUOTE FOR ALL YOUR COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS To order send a cheque postal order to: MODEMANIA, 21 Abbeville Mews, 88 Clapman Park Road, London SW4 7BX or call in person.
SCOTTISH BORDER CONSULTANTS WE ARE LOOKING TO PURCHASE MAIL ORDER COMPANIES WITH OR WITHOUT CASH FLOW PROBLEMS.
FINANCE COULD ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE TODAYS RECESSION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL OR WRITE TO: MR JOHN PETERSON SCOTTISH BORDER CONSULTANTS 54-56 HIGH ROAD BUSHY HEATH WATFORD HERTS WD2 3JG TEL: 081 420 4209 white pattern of vertical zig-zags In the Waveform window. As you listen to the sound being played through your sampler, you should notice that loud parts of the music generate high peaks and low troughs, whilst quiet b smaller ones. When your sound s is playing something loud, set the volume or input level so that none of the white zig-zags actualy touch the top or bottom of the black Waveform window. If they do. Either turn down the volume
on your sound source, or if your sampler has an adjustable input level dial or slider, decrease that until the waveform falls ju9t short of the top and bottom borders of the window. Take care not to decrease the volume or level too far, or your sample will be unnecessanly quiet.
Your objective is to adjust the level so that the loudest parts of the music generals a waveform peak or trough that is only just short of Ihe border.
This will produce a sample with maximum volume and clarity. When you are happy with the input level of your sound, click MONITOR again to switch monitoring off.
SIMPLE SAMPLING Although most samplers are supplies with their own editing and recording software, nothing is more frustrating than being right in the middle of a song and finding that you have to spend ages loading additional software, just to record a one-second sample. Luckily, you don't have to go to all that bother because OctaMed includes a recording and editing section of its own, which you can see by clicking SMPED in the options palette.
To record a sample, you'll need to own a sampler that plugs into the parallel port, and of course, it should be plugged in BEFORE you switch your computer on.
SETTING UP Let’s jump straight in and record a sample. Switch on your sound source (a Walkman, amplifier, CD player or Hi-Fi, for example), so that there is music playing into the sampler, then click the MONITOR button in the Sample Editing Options. Assuming you have your sampler connected properly, you should hear sound coming out of your speakers or TV monitor, and the Waveform window (the large black one above the Sample Editing Options) should display a constantly changing waveform If this doesn't happen, check that your hardware is correctly connected, and that there is sound coming
from your source, e.g. CD player. It you still don't get any sound, it's possible that your sampler isn't compatible with OctaMed Without changing the hardware setup, try your sampler with its own software just to check thal the hardware is still functioning, if it is then I'm alraid you won't be able to record samples with OctaMed. Although you can still edit them.
Assuming your sampler does produce a sound when you click the MONITOR button, look at the waveform that appears in the Waveform window.
We're going to adjust the input level so that when you come to record a sample, it will be dear with no distortion or hissing (caused by the volume being too high or too low).
The waveform appears as a wildly changing RECORDING A SAMPLE Before you can record a sample, you must tell OctaMed how much memory to allocate to it. You can do this by entering a number in the BUFFSIZE requester at the left-hand side of the f To test that your sample has been recorded property. Dick PLAY DISPLAY and you should hear It being replayed.
SAVING THE SAMPLE At the moment, our sample has no name, and it doesn't occupy one of OctaMed's Instrument positions. This means that you will be unable to hear the results ot certain changes that you may wish to make to it (looping, for example). To remedy this, we must save the sample, then load it back into one ot the instrument positions, so let's move on to do that now.
The sample can be saved in two forms: 'Raw' (for use in packages such as Protracker and other Soundtracker clones), or IFF lor most other programs. At the bottom ot the sample edlling window there is a small button labelled SAVE IFF. If you want your sample to be saved in IFF format, this button should be highlighted.
Now go to the options palette at the top of the screen and click FILES to open the file requester.
For now, type In 50000 and press Return. We've now set up a 50K butter to record a sample into.
Click the RECORD Button and provided your music is still playing, you should see the dancing waveform appear as it did when we were monitoring the sound earlier. When you come to a bit of music that you wish to record, click the left mouse button and OctaMed will start sampling. The screen will be blanked out whilst this is taking place, but don't worry. After about five or six seconds. The screen display will return and your sample will be waiting in the Waveform window ready tor you to save or edit as you require.
OCTAMED Editing Options. The maximum memoty that you can allocata to a single sample is 130000 Bytes (130K). Although this may not be anywhere near the maximum RAM capacity ot your Amiga, the OctaMed sampler is not designed tor sampling entire songs or albums! It’s designed so that the user can sample and edit individual instruments or loops tor use within a song.
Using the devices list, or by typing a path name directly into the DIR requester, specify where you want to store the sample Now enter the name you want to give it in the FILE requester, then click SAVEINSTR to save the sample.
Once the sample has been saved to disk or RAM, it can be loaded into an instrument position.
Because we've only just saved it, the instrument details will still be in the appropriate requesters so click LOAD INSTR and the sample will be loaded into instrument position 01, and you should see its name appear In the Major Status bar.
If you now press any of the note keys (most of the letters and numbers) on your Amiga keyboard, you should hear the sample being replayed.
Obviously the pitch and speed at which it’s replayed depends on the key that you press.
Provided you haven't pressed any of the function keys (so that octaves 1 and 2 are still selected) pressing the letter 'Q' will replay the sample at its original pitch.
MIXMASTER Returning to the sample editor, let's explore some more ot its features. We'll start by mixing two samples together. Your original sample should be visible in the Waveform window. Click S CBUFF to copy the sample into the Copy Buffer. Now we have two copies of the sample: one on the screen and another In the Copy Buffer (which we can recall if we need to).
Look at the left of the Sample Editing options and you'll see two related options: RNGSTART and RNGEND. These are used (or defining a range within the sample. A range is a highlighted area upon which you can perform special operations without affecting the rest of the sample.
At the moment both range requesters contain the number 0. So let's change that now. Click in the black box beside the RNGEND requester and enter the number 25000, then press Return. We’ve just defined the end point of the range, and because the start point (RNGSTART) is 0, a range is created from 0 to 25000 bytes. If you recall, we specified a sample size of 50000 bytes earlier on.
So you’ve probably already realised that the range covers half of the entire sample. The highlighted range is shown in inverse colours in the Waveform window. If you click PLAYRANGE. You'll notice that OctaMed only plays the highlighted portion of the sample.
A side-effect of mixing two samples is that the overall volume of the sample is decreased. The easy solution to this is to use the BOOST option to 'pump up' the volume to its maximum level. To do this click on the RANGEALL button, then on the BOOST button. After a while, you'll see the overall height of the waveform increase until Ihe highest peaks are |ust touching the borders of the Waveform window.
ECHO, ECHO, ECHO Echoing can add a great deal of depth to a sample, and lhat's exactly what we're going to do now. We’ll start by recalling our original sample, so click the Button labelled CBUFF»S. When you click the button. The original sample should replace the existing one in the editing window, but you might like to play it just to confirm that this has happened... Because we're going to add an echo to the entire sample, we'll need a bit of extra blank space at the end of it for the echo to go into. At the moment the BUFFSIZE should read 50000, which is what we set up when we recorded
the sample.
Change that number to 51000 and press Return.
As you do so, a message appears at the top of the screen saying 'Press C to clear sample, R to retain it. Or Esc to cancel'. Clearly, we want to retain the sample so press R and you should see a bit of blank space appear at the end of the sample.
Look at the bottom of the Sample Editing Options next to the ECHO option. There are three requesters labelled RATE, DECR and N. For now, we're simply going to change the RATE. This represents the distance In bytes from the original sound, to its echo. As we extended the sample by 1000 bytes, enter the number 1000 In the RATE requester (its default is 400) then click the ECHO button. The word 'Echoing...' will appear at the top of the screen followed by the number 2, which decreases to 1 before the echo is completed. This number relates to the number of echoes that are Click DEL at the bottom
of the Sample Editing Options to delete the highlighted range. Now click MIX to mix the contents of the Copy Buffer with the sample on the screen, then click PLAY DISPLAY to hear what you’ve created. In all probability it sounds pretty awful, but the principle should Be clear enough!
Play the sample to hear the difference that the echo makes... Quite impressive eh? One thousand bytes represents quite a small echo offset, so had you wanted the effect to be more pronounced, you would have added more space at the end of the sample, ano typed an appropriately larger number In the RATE requester. As a matter of interest, very low echo rates (1-400) can be used to create a ton of Oalek electronic effect CHANGING VOLUME Although you can change the volume of a sample in OclaMed's Track Editor, this is quite imprecise compared to the volume changes that can be added in Ihe Sample
Editor To see what I mean, reload your original sample (either from disk or from the Copy Buffer) and select It all using the RANGEALL button Beside the CHG.VOL button, there are two requesters both of which contain the number 200 at the moment These represent the stan and end volume of the sample expressed as a percentage Therefore it you clicked the CHG.VOL button right now, the entire sample's volume would be doubled (increased to 200% ol Its former level) We re going to use this feature to perform a fade- out on our sample, so change the first number to 100 and the second one to 1. Then
chck CHG.VOL You'll see that the average height of the waveform gradually decreases to nothing moving from left to right across the sample We've just performed a quick and easy fade-out. Of course, it's |ust as easy to pedorm a fade-in: |ust swap the numbers 1 and 100 over in the volume requesters LOOP-Df-LOOP Let's finish by looking at one of the most powerful and useful features of the Sample Editor - looping Reload your original sample and dick the LOOP ON button Two Purple bars should appear at the extreme ends of the Wavelorm window These are the loop markers and they're used to
specify the start and end points of any loops you want to set up.
When a loop Is defined, and the sample is played. It will play normally until the second loop marker is encountered. At this point OctaMed wiU jump back to the first loop marker and start playing from that position From then on. The loop pan of the sample win be continuously played unfit you decide to stop it.
Looking at the Sample Editing options you'll see that the letter S next to the LOOP ON option is currently highlighted This means that the Start Loop Marker is currently active, and any loop ackust- ments that you make will aftect that marker If you want to adjust the End Marker, select the letter E instead.
The markers can be moved in one ol four ways.
By moving the cursor into the Waveform window and clicking the left mouse button, the selected marker will immediately jump to current cursor position. It you keep the left button pressed down and move the mouse left or right, you can drag the marker along the waveform Beside the letters S and E there are two sets ot arrows The plain ones ere used to move the markers by two bytes at a time lor making ultra-line adiustments Unless the wavelorm is highly magnified, you're unlikely to see the loop markers moving when you use these arrows The other set ot arrows (with the Os in them| are uaed to
move the markers to points In the sample thal have a value of 0 This can be particularly useful when trying to create a smooth loop OCTAMED HISTORY point.
Using the start and end markers, try definmg a loop somewhere in the middle of your sample You won't hear the effect of the loop by cScking play DISPLAY or PLAY RANGE, you have to play the sample by pressing one of the computer keys AS WE'VE HAD SUCH A GREAT RESPONSE TO OUR TUTORIAL SERIES WE LL BE PUBLISHING A SPECIAL Q&A SOON. DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO OCTAMED. SO. IF YOU'VE GOT ANY BURNING QUESTIONS THAT NEED AN ANSWER, WRITE TO MAT BROOMFIELD AT THE USUAL CU AMIGA ADDRESS.
IF OUR FABULOUS SERIES HAS INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE A MASTERPIECE THAT YOU WANT THE WORLD TO HEAR. THEN SEND IT TO US. WE'VE RECEIVED LOADS ALREADY AND WE'LL FEATURE THE BEST ON A COVERDISK.
Soum frariw program. Af the I using the DOC Sounillracker IV, and I he found il easy enough fo use, he was dissatisfied by its inability to operate under Kickstart 3 or multi-task.Tei|o created version 1.0 and an acronym for Music Editor.
His own words it was Not released... V1.0 quite pitiful'. When he released version the public domain, it was placed in library, thus beginning a worldwide flood ot enthusiasm lor the program.
Teijo continued his steady development of and it gradually achieved classic mupiaiviM Unuauar ifarnitn Hut musicians, nowever. Despite me re sending in their most people were United, a UK PD company, a Itcenceware agreement with Tei|o.
Tar all his hard work. From version had to pay lor the pro- they could use it. Amiganuts a Itoad of criticism and abuse from PO companies about taking the pro- oat ol the public domain. This abuse that they were lorced to number and bring the those same abusive PO are now distributing their own By the time Teijo had reached version 3.00, he produced a major re-write which supported up to eight internal samples simultaneously.
This gave rise to a dedicated eight track version called OetsMED. Also, at this time Amiganuts published a specially commissioned manual lor OetsMED. Thus making the As soon as CU heard that Teijo was working on OcliMED Professional, we decided to do everything we could to get the program so that you could see what all the luss was about.
Alter successfully outbidding rival magazines, CU proudly brought you the program on our July coverdisk. This version represents many Improvements, and brings the program into al users with the addition ot numerous MIDI features. We hear that version 4.00 Is now underway, and of course we'll be bringing you details as soon as 1 »Bl del rwy-1 STOF HAVEFOfef DliPLW RANGE SHBH WNSE SHON ALL 2Wl Out RANGE ALL ¦:« » see:-- zepo SEEK LKP SE3 REPEAT LOOP VOLUME : NS LOO: ORIGINAL SAMPLES Tired of using other people’s samples? Tony Morgan shows how to inject some individuality into your
soundtracks.
I'm sure when the great inventor Sir Edward G. Sampler created his namesake, he must have had all kinds ol difterent ideas for its use. I shouldn't think he envisaged it Being used by the world and his wife for the same old James Brown samples time and again. So what else are you supposed to sample if you’ve had enough of using other people’s sounds? How about some of your own?
Shock horrorl Not...‘original samples’? Surely a contradiction in terms? Well, with a microphone in one hand, and a mouse in the other, the wacky world of original samples is right under your nose (or over your shoulder, or wherever you happen to point the mike).
THE KFT Let’s begin with a rundown of the expensive hardware you’ll need: a microphone, or a tape recorder with built-in microphone. Hardly going to break the bank is it? Just about any mike will do. Your best bet is to get down to Tandy and pick up one of the cheapest you can find. As for the tape recorder, your home hi-fi may well have a built-in mike. In which case there's no need for any outlay at all.
LIVE OR RECORDED?
If you decide to use a separate microphone, you have the choice of sampling straight into the computer, or first recording sounds to tape, via the tape deck’s input socket. The advantage of connecting your mike directly to the sampler, is that you get a first generation' recording. Recording to tape, then sampling from that, introduces another stage, during which your sound will inevitably become slightly degraded by background tape noise.
On the other hand, you can hardly take your Amiga into a forest to sample the birds singing. In this case, you might find a portable tape recorder )ust a bit more convenient. Another advantage of putting sounds onto tape first is that you can sample one-off sounds, over which you have little or no control, such as your dog barking, a plane flying overhead and so on. Once you've got something down on tape, you can mess around setting up your sampler for as many takes as you like. By the way, ifyou’re using a handheld mike, you'll need to amplify it unless your sampler has a line mike con
trol on it. This is easily done if your hi-fi has an input marked MIC. Connect your sampler to the hi- fi's headphone socket, and away you go.
WHAT'S COOKING?
The kitchen is a very good place to start your DIY sampling. No. It’s nothing to do with a warm humid atmosphere, or the inspiring smell of last night’s curry remains. What we’re Interested in are good old fashioned kitchen utensils.
Suddenly the cheese grater becomes a skiffle board. I wouldn’t advise playing it with bare hands, unless you like the sound of grated fingernails (then again, realistic screams can come in handy for those spookier tunes...). Run a knife along Its variously punctured surfaces, and you’ve got a handful of alternative percussion samples. Grab a saucepan, give it a whack with a wooden spoon, a tea spoon and fork, and you’ve got three very individual cowbells. Use a bit of imagination, and you can come up with a whole culinary drum kit. Stuck for a Bass drum? Step outside and give the dustbin
some grief. For some tuned percussion or instrument sounds, try milk bottles, glasses and beer cans, hit with various pieces of cutlery.
There’s no need to stop there either. Just about any two metallic utensils offer useful sounds when banged or rubbed together. As for sound effects, apart from the crashes and Bangs created by baking trays falling to the floor, you can mock-up raging infernos by recording the chip pan in full flow, or simulate Niagara Falls by running the taps Into the sink. Play your tap water samples at a slow speed to get that big sound.
Bluep »ge, | I SOUND CHECK | Istimpling TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR Unless you can sing, or do a good line in 'Can you feel lt?'-style MC impersonations, you’ve probably never considered sampling your own voice. That’s most likely a good thing, but it is worth checking out some ot the voice-changing teatures of most sampling software. A bit ol reverb or echo isn't going to make much difference, but a realtime pitch-changer or robotiser1 effect could transform you into Darth Vader, As far as I know, there isn't yet a package lhat can sample and affect the incoming sound at once, so for now you'll
have to record your processed speech to tape, and sample it trom there. There are some voices however, such as mine for one, that even the best Amiga sampler can do nothing for. This can be quite a problem, when your voice still sounds as monotone and boring as ever, but you can't find a sample that says what you want.
There is still an option left open, but it won't always be appropnate. Remember showing your mates how your computer could talk? Well, why not let your Amiga be your voice? OK, it's not the best speech synthesiser around by a long shot, but at least it won't mar your music with a grating Liverpudlian Mancunian Cockney drone. Yes, I know you can drone just as well in other parts of the world, so no letters please.
If you've heard enough of the Amiga’s speech synth to last you a lifetime, how about digging out that old Speak and Spell, or even sampling one of those talking dolls? Reversing vocals is an easy way ot creating new sounds. For something a little more out of the ordinary, rather than simply reversing the whole phrase, try flipping each syllable separately. Vocals are also a good source for homemade synth sounds. Let's say you had the word 'love' sitting in your sampler. By looping the 'o' and cutting off the end, you've just added a brand new instrument sound to your collection. For an
example of this technique, cock an ear at the recent hit from Was Not Was. Shake Your Head', in which the word 'head' is used to play back that catchy little riff throughout the song.
REAL UFE Sounds from the real world can do wonders for a track's atmosphere. Probably the most often used sound effect is that of the thunderstorm. Recording your own thunder claps could be a bit of an ordeal, but rain shouldn't pose too much of a problem. For your more racey tunes, how about sampling a lew car engines? A bit of pitchbend can do wonders for the mosquito-like drone of a Reliant Robml If you live near an airport, try grabbing some aeroplane sounds. Those with more rural surroundings could take their tape recorder down to the farm. Pigs, sheep, cows and dogs are transformed no
scarey monsters when their honks and tweets are played back at half the original rate.
MY (INSTRUMENTS There are a few ways of creating new instrument sounds. MED includes a synthesiser section. DiA It's far from user-friendly. Alternatively you could use one of the sample-synthesis programs (such ' as the PD utility Sample Maker) to come up with new sounds.
Even if you don't fancy either of these opsone, you can still have a crack at making some ongnaf instrument sounds with no more than your sampler. Maybe you've got a few bass samples that you like, but none of them Is quite what you're after Possibly one has a nice biting attack lo it. But no beef, and another is good and bassy. But has little character. Combining the strengths ol both into one sample is an easy job. First make sure that both samples play the same note If not tune one of them to match the other. Now load up your first sample, and copy the attack into the buffer.
Next, load up the second sample, and mix the attack you just copied over the start of the current sample. By repeatedly using the mix function, you'll get more and more of the attack supenmpoeed on the second sound.
Combining bells with pianos, choirs and strings gives your samples a bright top end, and makes them even more effective as lead sounds.
Variations of this technique can be used to customise your drum sounds. As well as layering snare sounds, it's also useful lo combine a few snares with bass drums. That way. When you're sequencing, you’re not faced with the dilemma of dropping the bass drum when the snare comes in, or using an extra track.
Getting back to the subject of basses, you can get some excellent sine wave basses by sampling feedback. Different set-ups give different results, and you may end up with whistles rather than hums, but I found my 4-track creates an excellent sub-bass sine wave if you route the output to the input. Beware though, feedback can be dangerous If it gets out of hand - you have been warned!
EXPERIMENT Experimentation is the key. Subject your sounds to Phaser effects, delays and reversals, and the variations are endless. Even if you come up with a totally off-the-wall sound, It’s worth saving it out to (*sk- Once you load it into a tracker or sequencer, and start to play back a tew tunes, you'll be surprised at how useful some of your mutated samples can be. Thafs all for this month. Happy sampling! C The Ultimate Hints 'n' Tip* Guide Be the beet and beat the real The most comprehensive playing Guide for Amiga games produced to date. Over 1000 individual dps on every type of
game. Over 20 pages.
You can't play seriously without it All this for only £S inc. P+P.
Please send cheque or P.O to: 13 Street Lane, Bewerley. Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorks HG3 5HW Includes free copy of new disk magazine.
What more could Amiga gamcsplaycrs want?!
SELL OUT Plra.se can I have an Ad in Sell Out ddress ... local number of words Post to: Ad Dept, CU Amiga, Priory Court, Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
Unaut Jop par worfl lo prfwH MmttM • 20 won* min 40 «w0a iwMii 40p par word to dauiftad & SamnlMiXay atfiamung ¦ prt-payM* Ail ciauiflad *» art tuoiaci 10 span iva*B«y AWKWG • N la Hag* 10 tali pint* copaa ol wmctfar gamat Tha on* toftwara ihal can ba aoNJ agftmMaty thrta h ouf ciaaatfkaO tatfoii ara Qanura tapat. ®att 0* carffdQat bought trora atop* * ______________________________ Shieldsoft PD (Amiga) All disks 50p to 80p inclusive. Catalogue disk tree. S.A.E 13 Churton Road, Rhyl, Clwyd LU8 3MB or telephone 0745 343044.
Over 450 games cheated, tipped and sent by return post! Simply send name and address, with £3.50 to: Mark Smith, 60 Foxfield Road, Westgate, Morecambe, Lancs LA4 4SS.
Amiga Contacts wanted send lists and disks to: Paul, 2 Friar Grove, Heath Grove, Buxton, SK17 9EN. 100% reply.
Chic: The best Amiga user group.Contacts PD secondhand goods & much more. S.A.E for details - Chic (CU) Box 121 Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL9 9JP. 0753 884473.
Amiga Contacts wanted all over the world. Send lists to: K. Liukkonen, Fjallgimmen 1, S-42449 Angered, Sweden. 100% reply teed, contacts wanted to swap games send lists to: Angelo, 44 Ambleside Gardens, Gunthorpe, Peterborough, Cambs PE4 62Y or Tel: 0733 325011.
Amiga A500 games for sale at bargain prices.
Old and new games. For a list of the games and prices send a S.A.E to: 27 Llys Nercwys, Mold, Clwyd, North Wales, CM7 1HR.
Wanted: to buy PD library. All letters answered. Details to: R. Winstone, 63 Downman Road, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9TY.
Horror slideshow.
Exorcist, Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust, Aliens - special edition, Evil Dead 1 & 2, Thing, Allen - Widescreen, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. All titles 2 disks, 2 drive.
Amiga+ compatible. £3.00 each + 60p P&P.
K. Howell, 54 Collin Road, Brislington, Bristol. BS4 3SD.
Colour Printer unused £99; "Battlehawks 1942" (Dogfights, Dive-Bombing: Medals promotion) £15; ¦Populous 1 +2 ‘£15.
(Best ever Amiga games?) 0885 410231.
For sale. Commodore Amiga games for sale!
Over 30 games including many classics. Some still packaged unused. 211 originals including Elite, Champions of Krynn (RPG). Wheels of Fire (Racing compilation) and many more. Phone Gary after 6pm for lists + prices (London area) Tel: 081 550 8458.
Amiga software for sale. Games £1.50 per disk. To obtain lists and info write to: Jake Cannon PO Box 214, Ilford, Essex IQ3 8RT London.
Amiga PD software (plus and A600 compatible) send stamp for catalogue. PFPD 41 Marion Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 4NA.
Amiga contacts wanted please send lists on disks to: Johan Jonkers, Raysstr. 108, 5921VS„Venk , Holland.
100% reply guaranteed.
Amiga Pen Pal Club, for Information and enrolment form send a
S. A.E to: J.P.S 81 Dunedin Way, Hayes, Middx UB4 9LQ.
Cheats solutions over 500 latest solutions, Hook etc. All on 2 disks only £4.
Send S.A.E To: G.Smith 85 Byron Crescent, Northfleld Aberdeen.
Amiga software sale.
All of my collection must ri, for list-disk send
A. E to: 5 London Road, Long Sutton, Lines PE12 9EA.
Amiga contacts wanted to swap games. Send lists or disks to: Rizwan, 253 Manley Road, Chortton, Manchester, M21 1RE, 101% reply.
READ THIS! Amiga contacts wanted fast!
Send your list and disk to: Starquake +CCP 2 Bessfield Park, Carrickfergus, N Ireland BT38 7BY 101% reply guaranteed.
A500 + A600 AMIGA from 35p, Amiga accessories, unique offers
- something for everyone!
For free details and disk catalogue, whip two stamps off to, Redlaw Resources PD, 74 Durban Road, Patchway, Bristol BS12 5HQ. Overseas customers welcome!
Send two blank disks.
QCSE programmes for Amiga. Send 2 first class stamps for details. G. Symonds, Greenroofs, Thrope RD, Haddiscoe, Norwich. NR14 6PP.
Artman PD, all the latest and greatest, 85p per disk inclusive. Blank disk &
S. A.E for catalogue and two free games. 40 Northwell Gate Otley
West Yorkshire LS21 2DN.
Public Domain from 50p - 85p 1000's of titles.
For free catalogue and game send S.A.E to: M. Darby 7 Ash Grove, Shireibrook Mansfield MG20 8QA.
NEXT MONTH KXTMOHIH CHANGES...PART 3 I! Must be something in the water! No sooner have we added an extra 32- page supplement to tha magazine, but we've got Itchy leet again. I don't know, we just can’t sit stitl tor more than ttve minutes without sticking our nose into something. Starting next month, we re going to completely revamp our Blue8 Pages. For starters, they're going to be renamed 'Amiga Workshop' and will be chocabloc with tutorials, reader reviews, buyer’s guides and slep-by-step features - anything, in tact, that helps you get the most out ot your Amiga.
Inside Information and Helpline will be moving to a new home eartier on in the mag, and various columns and guides will be taking their place. What else?
You'll just have to wait and see!
'TIS THE SEASON The CU offices will be full of Christmas cheer (beer, more like) and there’ll be lots of silly features, end of year round-ups and other such tomfoolery on offer next month. Plus we've got the results ot our Fat Agnus Awards. We’ve had literally thousands ol entries for the inagural presentation of these prestigious awards, and next month we'll tell you who the winners and losers are. And, as a special treat, we’re going to do a special Year in the Lite of CU Amiga, dragging up a lew skeletons from certain people's closets and generally having a bit ot a laugh.
IN THE BIN Join us on the grabage heap ot software as we review the games that have ended up in the editor's bin over the last few months. Let's lace It - tor every quality release thal we review in CU Amiga, there are at least five which quietly get swept under the carpet. Which games will receive the dubious accolade ot appearing in this brand new leature? You'll have to buy next month’s magazine lo find out.
PRINTER SPECIAL If you've ever bought a printer, you'll know how frustrating it can be getting decent results out ot the blessed thing. Following up this month's Q&A printer special we've commissioned a special fealure on how to optimise the quality of your printer's output by using some ot the special programs created to help you gel better results.
ART GALLERY SPECIAL We've been deluged with entnes tor this popular section ol the magazine and most have been ot an incredibly high standard. In a specially extended Art Gallery, we'll be showing off some ol the best submissions we've received over the last couple ot months. If you want lo improve your drawing technique, or merely want to oggle at some of the amazing pictures we've received, then pull up a chair and pick up some hints and tips VIDEO SPECIAL Let’s tace it, everyone can lay their hands on a video camera these days. So why not borrow Auntie Lucy's pride and joy lor a day or two
and use your Amiga lo spruce up the tamily wedding, birthday party, christening, holiday or embarrasing school play?! Find out how in our in-depth tutorial.
OPAL VISION REVIEW Probably the most talked about 24-bit graphics system since the Harlequin we will be taking apart Centaur's newest piece of kit to give you the definitive low-down. Is Opalvision really any better than the mediocre pseudo-cards that have been appearing here in the last year? Will it be worth the (probably) phe- nominal asking price? Only your newsagent knows for sure, so make sure you reserve your copy todayl We will also be exploring the world of 24-bit graphics in general and analysing how the advent of the latest A4000 with 24-bit capability will permanently change the
lace ot Amiga software MORPH WARS Imagemaster (reviewed last issue) may not be king ot the hill tor long, as the next tew weeks will see the release ot image effects software trom Impulse, Mirage and ASDG. All these packages will be evaluated to the usual stringent CU standards so at the end ot the day you'll be left in no doubt as to which is the package tor you.
THE DEATH OF THE NEXT MONTH PAGE Why do we bother? To there any point? You know as well as we do that almost everyMng on this page will be cancelled at the last mmute and you'll be served up any old reviews in their place. It’s got to stop, I tell you, and it will.
This could very well be the last Last Month page you'll ever read in CU Amiga.
QEX3 GAMING SPECIAL Our special 32-pege supplement concentrates on Amiga games lor our special Christmas edition aod gives an extended CU AMIGA guide to which games often oustanding value tor money. There’ll also be a whole host ot tips, features and other such titbits included in our tribute to the best games machine evert Don't expect one of those boring top-100 guides thal seem to be all the rage - instead, we ll be taking a look al all the different gaming genres that exist and nominating our top games trom each one.
QXZ3 2 BRILLIANT WHITE-HOT COVER DISKS We aim to please and our December coverdisks will be something a bit special! To give you something to play over the Festive season we've lined up 3 playable demos of the hottest games around. That alone is sure to be something special, but we've also got a red-hot productivity deal in the offing. Once again, the only way to find out is to wait until next month's issue hits the streets.
Contents may be subject to change without notice.
CU AMIGA - DECEMBER ISSUE ON SALE 26TH NOVEMBER Are we getting just a little bit too demanding when it comes to hardware? Nick Veitch explores a future where computers have nothing left to prove.
Me* VsMcft. CtTs Tscfmfcel EdMor rMOng on the only ptace ol human technology he really trusts Or dkl trust Owl Is. BeceuM tost month It m stolon from oulsMo ttw offtco. So V anyone offers you a neerty-new O**rM0 A4 you know who lo eel... bigger, better, faster.
A4000 DEBUT So. The A4000 has boon released al last The new spec, features an 040 processor significantly taster than any Amiga before, even taster than many ol the accelerator upgrades available trom third parly manufacturers. The graphics have been dramatically enhanced by the new custom claps (with yet another bevy of girls' names to remember) and resolutions ol stunning proportions are possible with a paletle ol 16.8 million colours to choose trom.
It’s not surprising then that people are already complaining. Why? Well, because the A4000 still only has four channels ol 8-brt sound Wei. That's clearly not state ol the art is It? It s nowhere near CD quality. Everyone will easily be able to notice the deference between 8-bit and 16-bit, wonl they?
Why do people warn CD quality sound? Well, obviously music professionals will be quite interested in being able to use the Amiga as a hl-quality source, maybe lot processing sounds or using the machine as a real-time effects unit That's a specialist use though, the kind of thng that people expect to have to buy extra hardware to do. Not a standard feature of a machine - not even on a top-end Macintosh or PC. So why else would they want it?
BETTER GAMES Ah yes. The hordes ol boggle-eyed leisure junkies raise their voices m protest? Games would be much better, wouldn't they? Okay, the A4000 is not a games machine (not at that price) but everyone knows that these developments gradually filter down the line - the new chipsets will be used In all new Amigas, so no 16-bit on the 4000 means no 16-bit on the 800 either (or whatever they call the next one). The gamers ttwik they are being hard done by. For example. Sensible Soccer would be twice as good if the referee blew his wtBsde in 16- blt stereo, wouldn't It? Streettighter 2 would
be so much better if those grunts were rendered In CD quality sound? No. At least, not that much better' There is only so lar you can go with some things With graphics there is no point in having a- ¦ palette of more than 16 8 million colours, lor the simple reason that the human eye is limited to the number ol shades and hues It can distinguish between A picture using 16.8 million colours is going to look exactly the same as one using 4300 m»on The physical resolution, the image area, can only be enhanced to certain limits before the resolution of the retina is exceeded (which at the moment
is not a problem wrth the technology, only a problem ol technology at a cost).
And what will we do then? Sound has already reached its boundary with 16-bit samples at sampling rates in excess erf 44KHI. The human ear can! Cope wilh anything better and in fact, very lew people would be able to tell the difference between 12-bn and 16-bit sound. There is nowhere to go m that direction at all. Except add more channels - but you only have two ears anyway In many ways the demands a game makes on a computer are far In excess ol those required by normal business use. A spreadsheet has no use of eight-direction scrolling at 25 frames a second A wordprocessor has no use of
16-channel sound.
The fact that the Amiga Is any good at serious1 applications is testament to this fact - It was originally designed purely as a games machine. So. It seems the people who are driving us ever upward (or at least commercially supporting such developments) are games players SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE THEN?
Everybody knows that technology has no upper limit. Already chip marvulacturers are exceeding the absolute limits they set themselves less than a decade ago Semiconductor windows can be cut in terms of a lew microns now. Instead of a lew hundred and the pace ol advance dnves us relentlessly into smaller and more powerful machines.
Technology seems to reach on into Infinity, but will there come a point when it can no longer do anything useful for us? Once sight and sound are solved the only traditional direction left to go lor the harr»*are manufacturers is In making machines faster - bul taster lor what? Apart Irom business use where processing a 200.000 item database might be made a slightly less time consuming task, the average home user soon won ! Notice the difference. The limitations are not In our stars or In our hardware, but in ourselves.
What will we develop next? WUI new fields ol technology be opened to develop a digital way of stonng smells? Or will we artificially enhance our ability to perceive the universe by extending our audio-visual capabilities? WUI hardware companies and the pressures of consumerism force us fo have SCART sockets fitted to our heads, just so we can experience Oft No. Stit More Lemmings Volume XXI In a Better than Reality"' environment? A whole planetfull ol hardware manufacturers are going to have to come up with something new or face bankruptcy.
The worrying thing is that this experience horizon' is approaching rather rapidly. A little over a decade ago we were lucky » have 197x256 mono resolution and no sound capabilities at all on a home computer Now we whinge because we don't have CD quality over two stereo channels Protect that curve a lew years into the future and the results are scary No longer do we need lo rely on science fiction for tacky plots about machines out-evotong us.
There may be no limits to the bounds of technology, but it's time everyone realised there are limits to the fields of the human expenence. It may seem like a long way to go yet. But sooner or later we may find that we've amused ourselves to death, o J ¦4, VISfQN, SOUND AND-AtHMATIftfr- ' 't ; s*: FROM ROMBO • . ; 'W£ WQMD$ BldQCST AND'B&T' 1 4 *, ’* f f j.' 1* AfcGAAf J-IASTERJ.
Professional Animation with Optional Imago Capture OVERVIEW Take 2. As uiod In • Rolft Cartoon Club" It the ultimate multi-level animation package. Offering REMIX (with many sampling feature*).
EDIT (for sample manipulation).
DISK (for saving and loading etc).
JUST LOOK AT THE SPEC. COLOUR IMAGE CAPTURE FOR ONLY American Son»are (U S A) (2171 384 2050 Arkololo (Spam) (341 3301 0020 Centres*!! (U.K.) (441 021 6253388 Darius Sutl (Austria) (43) 123 4555 Gem Distribution (U K I (44) 0279 442842 Goldbill Associates (Export) (44) 081 9062009 M B Marketing (U.K.) (44) 0753 686000 £99.95 me.
Rombo Ltd.. Kirklon Campus. Livingston SCOTLAND EH54 7« Tel: (44) 0506-414631 Fax: (44) 0506-414634 Sales Hotline: (44) 0506-466601 CARTOON LAND GONE BAD!
Whilst publishing his underground comic Jack Deebs has unwittingly created a parallel universe inhabited by cartoon characters known as DOODLES.
You are transported into COOL WORLD and seduced, through engaging messages, by the Doodle vamp... HOLLI. Visual jokes and gags punctuate your adventure as you hop to and fro between reality and COOL WORLD.
But Holli's dream is to shed her Doodle indentity... to become a real woman
- with a real interest in Jack! 11* I . ** A DREAM THAT COULD i'
». DESTROY BOTH WORLDS! ?
?1I€0SCAPE 3D 'A ORGANISER DISK ATTACHED?
EGBIDS OF WORD OF NO DISK ATTACHED?] « YOUR NEWSAGENT LAND GONE BAP!
S underground comic Jack Peeks An lhabited by cartoon characters kmm I into COOL WORLD and stdtte* oodle vamp... HOLLI. Visual jnkti
• u hop to and fro between reality awd to shed her Doodle
indentity... t» * t in Jack! !
HAT COULD OTH WORLDS!
1 WE ONIV SLPPLV MEMBE RS BUT THERE IS A SURO*RQE OF Mp PEI (PLEASE PRINT IN BLQ$ K CAPITALS) 2 12 Brand Sew Tribes of Lemmings, each «rilh iheir own skills.
* Skiers, Surfers, Balloonists, Archers...
* 2S6 Brilliant VGA Colours
* Hilarious Animation Psygnosis Limited South Harrington Budding,
Sefton Street, Liverpool L3 1BQ. United Kingdom.
3 On-line help provides details of the command at the cursor position - another dick takes you to a fully documented working example.
• A new editor with drop-down menus, keyboard macros, advanced
undcVrcdo, and multiple windows on screen.
• IFF animation playback that runs faster than in DpainL
• MED music library’ support with MIDI data send. Noise Tracker
support, easier access to the printer, serial and parallel
ports and much more.
• MOUTH commands to link sprites to speech output from the SAY
command to create a realistic talking head.
4 THE WILD. THE W1ERD * THE I WICKED I A* PACK OHE. But excluding Deluxe I Paint III ¦ PLUS FREE 3 GAME PACK ¦ GRAND PRIX by Mircruposc I PUTTY by System 3. PUSHOVER by IsPECIAl PRICE _L £.139.5 It PK71.AMK AGE I AB. HARD DRIVI I PACK I AS PACK ONE But excluding Deluxe ¦ PAINT III PI US 20MB BUILT IN' HARD ¦ drive PLUS: TRIVIAL PURSUIT IN ITHREIi DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
I liPIC by Ocean. ROME by Millenium.
I MYTH by System 3 ¦ .SPECIAL PRICE ...... £469.9v GVP 52Mb Hard Drive PLUS 8Mb RAM Bsurd W as £3.19 99 Now £324 991 CiVP 120Mb Hard Drive PLUS 8Mb R AM Hoard ..1439.991 GV P COMBO 40Mh Accelerator PI US 120Mb Hard Dnve PLUS 8Mb RAM board all in one case ..£749.001 GVP 2Mb SIMMS for above £59.991 GVP I6MIU PC286 Emulator p fe GVP Hard Dnve ....1229991 4Mb SIMM for above (tilted FREE if required l .£169.991 APPO ANKVA5U04 Hard Drives - lake up I h 8Mb of SIMMs, mouse opctmcd Gi Switch. SCSI through port. 12 month warranty.
PPO AVUMOMb Hard IX.se l2*W99 APPO A50t*»OMb llard Dr.se 1349 99 5 FREE OVERNIGHT DELIVERY On aH hardware order* shpped m fie UK mainland
• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPLINE: Taam ol technical exports at your
service.
• PRICE MATCH: We normally match competitor* on a 'Same product -
Same pnce’ Basis
• ESTABLISHED u YEARS. Proven trade record in professional
computer tales.
• C12 MILLION TURNOVER (with 60 staff) Scid. RefcaWe and
prcrtable
• BUSINESS * EDUCATION . GOVERNMENT Votuma Oacount*
avaJaWe061-308 0«8B
• SHOWROOMS Demonstration and training facilities at our London &
Sidcop branches
• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: Al ot your recrements trom one ftJpf6
• FREE CA TALOGUES Wl* be mated to you with offers • eoltwaro and
peripheral deta*
• PAYMENT: Ua)or credit cards cash, cheque or monthly term* 6
Before you deode when lo buy your new later primer, we suggest
you Sunk very c-t-«tM)y about WHERE you buy it Consider what «
wll Be like a low momha after you have made your purchase, when
you may require t*XKtonal peripherals or consumables, or help
and adnce with your new purchase And. «tf the comoany you buy
from contact you wnh dettita X new products'* Ai Smca System*
we ensure mat you *-¦ have nctfung lo wooy about. We have been
established lor akTOt U years and.
W«h our unrrvaied «*«»«* and expertise. We can now claim to meet our customer* requirements w«h an cmdertttndng wfsch « second lo none But don't |ust take our wcrd lor it Compleie and return the ecu pen now for our latest FREE literature and beg* lo expeneree the S*ca Systems Seiwce*

Click image to download PDF

Merci pour votre aide à l'agrandissement d'Amigaland.com !


Thanks for you help to extend Amigaland.com !
frdanlenfideelhuitjanoplptroruessvtr

Connexion

Pub+

55% 
9.8% 
3.8% 
3.5% 
3.1% 
2.3% 
2.2% 
1.2% 
1% 
0.9% 

Today: 50
Yesterday: 90
This Week: 140
Last Week: 732
This Month: 2066
Last Month: 2867
Total: 77454

Information cookies

Cookies are short reports that are sent and stored on the hard drive of the user's computer through your browser when it connects to a web. Cookies can be used to collect and store user data while connected to provide you the requested services and sometimes tend not to keep. Cookies can be themselves or others.

There are several types of cookies:

  • Technical cookies that facilitate user navigation and use of the various options or services offered by the web as identify the session, allow access to certain areas, facilitate orders, purchases, filling out forms, registration, security, facilitating functionalities (videos, social networks, etc..).
  • Customization cookies that allow users to access services according to their preferences (language, browser, configuration, etc..).
  • Analytical cookies which allow anonymous analysis of the behavior of web users and allow to measure user activity and develop navigation profiles in order to improve the websites.

So when you access our website, in compliance with Article 22 of Law 34/2002 of the Information Society Services, in the analytical cookies treatment, we have requested your consent to their use. All of this is to improve our services. We use Google Analytics to collect anonymous statistical information such as the number of visitors to our site. Cookies added by Google Analytics are governed by the privacy policies of Google Analytics. If you want you can disable cookies from Google Analytics.

However, please note that you can enable or disable cookies by following the instructions of your browser.

Visitors

Visite depuis
03-10-2004
Visite depuis
23-02-2014