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What it means is that they are continuing to trade with protection of the courts while they try sort out their financial affairs and problems. PossOy by linking with another company who can bnng much needed investment to their depleted vaults. It is worth noting that many companies recover trom such situations - Commodore's previous on-site repair company, Wang, for instance. And throughout the process Wang continued to operate in the UK! Thirdly, negotiations are proceeding with a potential investor David Pleasance told CU AMIGA that there Is an organisation very interested, lhat an announcement would be made, hopefully, in the next tew weeks, and if it went ahead this buyer would be keeping Ihe Amiga on sale and supported In Europe. One ol the reasons they have sought the protection ot the courts is to allow these, ‘active discussions regarding investment and re-organisation' to be sorted out. Mr Pleasance also told CU AMIGA that as far as he was concerned Commodore UK would continue as normal with all models of Amigas continuing to be sold and fully supported It is also believed lhat Germany. Scandinavia, Italy and Canada would also all continue CU AMIGA spoke to many of the UK and the world's largest Amiga developers. Dealers and distributors and they all remained very positive about the future. SDL, the UK's largest supplier of Amigas to dealers, said, ‘We believe there is a bright future for the Amiga, no matter what, and will continue to support it and independent Amiga dealers.' In short, while Commodore parent's company are having problems at present. The future is still bright and the Amiga in whatever form is likely to continue being sold and supported

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• Okay, so some of you may have heard recent rumours ol
Commodore's imminent demise. Well, don't worry.
The current I position is fully I explained on
* page 17, and David Pleasance gives his own version of events in
Commodore Writes on page 23.
Let me give you a worst case scenario though: Commodore UK go bust. Their warehouses all over the world are sucked into another dimension and prospective purchasers of their technology (some of the largest corporations in the world) suddenly have a cash llow crisis and can't afford to rescue them. In the short term, the only people likely to be directly alfected would be Chelsea Football club.
I’m not joking. The Amiga is a world computer. Upwards of three million have been sold in the last eight years and the peripherals, support and software industry that has been built around it is worth millions of pounds every year - this is not all going to fizzle out over night. You’ll still be able buy advanced software, you'll still get the best games, you'll still be able to have your Amiga repaired and you'll still have CU AMIGA. Don't panic, your investment is safe for the moment.
Alan Dykes Editor 100 RAGESTREAM 3 The powerful DTP system is nearing release version 3.0, We take a sneak peek.
104 IMAGE FX 1.5 Now that Art Department Protessional has upped the image process ing stakes, can Image FX keep up?
108 HANNA BARBERA ANIMATION STUDIO Cartoon animation made easy.
111 FMV CD32 COMPETITION We've got three FMV-equipped CD32s up tor grabs!
112 GP FAX Turn your Amiga into a tax machine.
115 A1200 RAM BOARD COMPARISON The AmiTek Hawk and Blizzard 1220 02 boards go head-to-head.
118 MICROVITEC 1438 MONITOR Fuzzy images? Blurred vision? Too many bits wobbling around?
You’re getting old - either that or you need a new monitor.
119 SHARP DV-3750H TV Use a TV instead of a monitor and watch Home and Away too!
122 PROGRAMMING GUIDE CU AMIGA'S guide to programming tools, and all you need to get started.
OET SERIOUS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEW PRODUCTIVITY REVIEW We’ve got the lot this month when it comes to serious software and hardware reviews. There’s an exclusive behind-the- scenes look at the new Pageslream update, reviews ot Power Computing s new low-cost hand scanner and the clever GP Fax system, along with tests on the new Microvitec monitor, Hanna Barbara Animation Studio and stacks morel 98 POWERSCAN PROFESSIONAL We take a 400 DPI-look at Power Computing's latest ottering.
99 DISTANT SUNS 5.0 A planetarium in your Amiga - that's what's on the menu in Distant Suns 5.0. 99 DIR WORKS 2 It works, and it's tar trom dire! Dir Works 2 could be the answer to your SHELL nightmares.
99 AMIGA ASSEMBLER INSIDER GUIDE Read up on what’s what with everyone's tavourite programming language assembler.
24 ACID VS PROFESSIONAL VIDEO All over the world the Amiga’s abilities are being used tor much more than just gaming and word processing. Its advanced graphics and video capabilities are utilised by TV production companies, movie makers, museum interactive displays and even the London Underground (though not on the Northern Line we hear, it’s so slow it’s still using ZX81s|. Andy Leaning scoured the USA lor cartoons and movies, hung around underground stations taking down train numbers, and watched days ot television and video to bring you the latest on the best professional Amiga users
around. And Tony Horgan? He just partied around the country. From Land’s End to John O’ Groats, CU AMIGA’S very own VJ has pumped his jam and strutted his tunky stutf to find out who’s who in the underground video production scene. Plus: A buyers' guide to practically every graphics, art, and video package and peripheral you’ll need.
CONTENTS CU AMIGA 5m is f the- rer Robot Building In Beneath a Steel Sky.
Mr Nuts. Not our favourite game.
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266. CO, Airrrol Zone I & 2 £96.50 Sierra are trying their hands
at a Sensible beater, and they might have cracked it. Try a
match lor yourself. PLUS: Loads more ol Tony Horgan's sample
collection plus an exclusive look at the number one song lor
Christmas (well, not quite).
112,780 SCEEEN SCENE
• AMI RIVIIWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS H we told
you we had the greatest review section in the world, we
wouldn't be lying. Where else can you “umb through the pages
and find everything you could want to read about, from the
brilliant James Pond 3 to the not so brilliant Mr. Nuts from
Ocean. We even review Monopoly1.
52 FIRST IMPRESSIONS 73 SYNERGY Puzzle games are a bit of a rarity on the Amiga al the moment.
Imagine our surprise when two turned up at once!
75 MR. NUTS Ocean Software have developed a console-like platform game with a cute and cuddly character. But is it any good?
78 ARCADE POOL Cha«i your pool cue and get ready to play with Arcade Pool.
81 MONOPOLY Invite some friends round, crack open the wine and start buying properly Or you could get Supervision's Monopoly.
82 SIERRA SOCCER Even more football craziness, and yet another good one. Again, if you don’t believe us, check the coverdisk.
84 BENEATH A STEEL SKY SOLUTION Part one of our two-part game solution will show you everything from how to blow up lifts to stealing drinks in clubs.
18 NEWS More exclusives! Frontier 2- The First Encounter announced! CD32 price drop! Plus an in-depth look at the Spring 1994 ECTS.
39 CD32 ZONE CD32 titles galore this month, with games such as Gunship 2000 and The Chaos Engine making the move to CD.
130 PD SCENE What’s the noise? That's not noise, that's Tony Horgan's PD scene 134 PD UTILITIES Thrills and spills aplenty in this month's three-page extravaganza.
142 ART GALLERY Lisa's had a bad day, so make sure your pictures are good.
Another chance to take an early look at some ot the hot new games coming your way, including Elfmania and Ruff n Tumble.
54 SIMON THE SORCERER 2 Can a month go by without us mentioning it? I don’t think so. Join us as we take an exclusive look at Adventuresoft’s sequel.
56 ISHAR 3 Silmarils are about to release their latest in a never ending line of enormous RPGs. Steve Keen gets in the mood.
59 VALHALLA You may not have heard much about it, but Valhalla could be the success story of the year. We take an early look.
61 WORLD CUP USA ’94 US Gold have got the official licence, and they’re very pleased about it. Join us on our American tour.
64 JAMES POND 3 That lovable tish finally reappears on the Amiga, and CU AMIGA were waiting with their fishing rod fo see what they could catch.
69 TACTICAL MANAGER Yet another football management game? Ah, but this is a bloomin’ good one. Check the coverdisk if you don’t believe us.
EEGIELAMES* COVERDISK 83 You’ve always wanted to make blinding music and graphics demos. Now you can with Video Tracker! Perfectly synchronised demos and videos are just a few mouse-clicks away with this fully operational demo-making package, and video users can go one better with the genlock option. Sorted!
AMIGA VIDEOTRACKER VIDEO THICKER Weve got three versions of Video Tracker on coverdisk 83 this month.
The first is written to work specifically on 1.3 Amigas, the second is enhanced for Kickstart versions 2.04 and higher, and the third caters for A1200 and A4000 owners with improved AGA features. See page 15 for instructions on loading the right version for your Amiga.
LOADING THE DEMO There's a demo included on the disk to give you some idea of what Video Tracker can do. Select LOAD VIDEO, and you'll be shown a file requester with two demos. It you’ve got a 1 Mb Amiga, select House (512K). If you have any more RAM, you can load the other demo (House) which is a little larger than the first.
Once it has loaded, select PLAY to view it. Clicking the left mouse button brings you back to the control panel.
WHAT IS VIDEO TRACKER?
Good question. Video Tracker lets you create your own top-notch demos and videos without any programming knowledge whatsoever!
The basic theory is that you load in an OctaMED or Protracker It'ideq to load, House House(512k) Video __ Disks | Parent | Cancel Soundtracker music module, and then build your audio-visual extravaganza around the soundtrack, assigning various effects, pictures and animations to the samples in the song, resulting in a perfectly synchronised flow of sound and vision. For the more adventurous video user, there’s a genlock option too, so you can mix your sound and Amiga graphics with any other video source.
Pretty smart, we think you'll agree.
GENERAL OPERATION Although they look very different, the three versions of Video Tracker all work in the same way. The main differences are the layouts of the control panels. These instructions will apply to all three versions, but before we get onto them, you'll first have to get the hang of working your particular version. Look at the two pictures above. The one on top is the main control panel of the 1.3 version, and the second is the control panel of the
2. 04 and AGA versions.
1. 3 USERS The 1.3 version uses a customised interlace with no
pull-down menus.
Everything is controlled from the main panel with just the mouse. To change the values in any of the boxes, move the pointer over the number, sample name or whatever. And click the right and left mouse buttons to increase and decrease the value, or scroll through samples and effects.
Minimise the risk of losing your work this way. (It can be most annoying.)
Clicking on the boxes with the white lettering has no effect.
To load a file into Video Tracker, use one of the buttons in the panel at the bottom right of the screen. If you want to load in a picture for example, click on Ihe PICTURE button. Likewise, when you want to save a file, use the buttons beneath the SAVE box. Routine Mode can be altered just like the other parameters. But it also has * and - buttons that add or subtract in steps of
1024. This is because a routine can have up to 65,000 variations,
and you probably don'f fancy the idea of clicking the mouse
button 65,000 times do you?
To remove the control panel and reveal the whole screen, click the small box in the top-right corner of Ihe panel. Click the left button again to bring it back. The box in the top left corner quits the program. Be very careful not to click on this accidentally, as there's no "Are You Sure?" Requester - it just quits straight out, wiping your current video from memory.
NB: Save your video regularly to The core of any demo made with Video Tracker is the sound track.
This can be a standard Protracker module or an OctaMED module. Your module is made up of a series of 'song positions’. Each time you add a block to the song in Protracker or OctaMED, you create another of these song positions. For example, song position 0 would be the first block in the song and song position 1 would be the following block in the song, even if you had repeated the same block twice at the start of the song.
For each song position, you can allocate a single visual effect or a string of effects for each sample.
Song position 0 might have a bass drum and a high hat playing. You could allocate a short animation, a picture or an effect to the bass drum, and allocate something else to the high hat. When the bass drum played, your chosen effect would be shown on screen, and the graphics for the high ha! Would be shown when the high hat sample played. If both sounds played at once, and you wanted the bass drum graphics to over-ride the high hat graphics, you would give Ihe bass drum sample a higher priority than that of the high hat. The graphics that are assigned to a sample will be displayed until the
the SONG POSITION counter to zero, and the PRIORITY value to 1.
Change the First Ettect setting to zero, which should also show the name ol the first picture you loaded.
Change the Last Ettect setting to 1.
Which should show the name of the second picture you loaded. Set EFFECT LOOP to ON (a tick mark on the AGA'1200 versions). Select PLAY and you should see your two pictures jumping back and lorth from one to the other each time the sample plays.
MORE AND tion ing
• ed, J is set to ettect r 0, which is Smile.brush (the sr-wey
face graphic in the form ot an rr brush). Last Ettect is set to
e«ect number t. ColourGrid.rot. The s one ot Video Tracker's
"rou- bnes*. Which is indicated by the rot t the filename.
Routines r effects like plasma, . Picture warps and so on.
, the two effects are i simultaneously, because they 9 compatible screen modes.
The Ettect Speed setting ol 1 tells
* e program to display them both, it No other ettects are set
for ) position 1. To check, move II the samples in the sound
track. And make sure that the Priority value IS set to 0 for
all the other samples The settings tor sample number 29 can
be completely different in each block, and are not
automatically 3 forward into the following In other words, it
you move to another song position, sample number 29 w« not
necessarily be set up
o show the lace picture and the colour background.
Move to song position I and go
• trough the list of samples, keeping an eye on the Priority
value to see mhtti samples are used to trigger eases «i the
second block Sample 29 now displays a screen ot concen- nc
arcJes. And then uses the PorreMove rot routine to move it L
ITS now joined by another
• caked -beep' which goes Y a sequence ol displaying four s of
concentric circles.
I Effect lot beep' is set to Ettect ¦wrest 42, while the Last Ettect is
- cr*ar 45 Each time the beep plays, « moves one step through its
amerce Irom ettect 42 to 45. Try cAanpng the first and last
ettect set- wigs for the beep sample, then play hf adeo 10 see
the results Maes around until you've got a ease dee cd how the
thing works, ref fOu can get on with making your own demos and
videos DO IT YOURSELF Up ed* your own demo, you'll weed Mher
OctaUED. Protracker.
Or a ien*ar tracker that saves out . Video Tracker r routine lor so you don't
I) to emulate Soundtracker mod Load your music program and I a
module, preferably using d samples rather than lots of I loops
This will give you more lo cue-up graphics in e music Save
your mod- if you don't have I-Look at the mnif«sont»it» Move
to song BQHon 0. And select sample number 29 Thm ¦ an empty
sample, which wm atokidad ui the original module as a cue port
The Priority value is set to
t. wvuchm the lowest priority. A sam- 0a w» a Pnonty sadlng ol 0
wfl have Load up Video Tracker once again, and select LOAD
MODULE. Leave ttie Video Tracker disk in the drive until the
access light goes out.
Replace the Video Tracker disk with the disk containing your music module. Click on DFO: from the devices list on the right ot the file requester, and then double click on the name of your music module when it appears in the directory listing. II you're running from a single floppy dnve, you'l be asked to replace the Video Tracker disk (referred to as VT). Do as it says. A couple of disk swops later, you should arrive back at the main control panel.
Now you need to load some graphics and ettects. Click on LOAD PICTURE. When the access kght has gone out. Insert the disk containing your graphics, and dick on DFO: Irom the devices list. Select a picture tile from the directory listing by double- dicking it with the mouse.
Once you return to the control panel, move the First Ettect counter forward by one, and then select LOAD PICTURE again Load in another picture. Any ettects or graphics are always loaded into the current First Ettect slot You should now have two pictures and a soundtrack loaded. Select PLAY and listen to Ihe soundtrack.
Pick out one ot the samples that plays in the first block, and get it up in the SAMPLE selector by cyding through until its name appears in the bon. Set OCTAMED USERS There's a bag in the player routine that handles OctaMED modules It a sample stops playing, and there s nothing else playing alter it in the same channel, you get a very high pitched whine. To avoid this, put loops at the end ol all ol your samples Irom within OctaMED. You don't actually want lo loop the original sample, you just want to keep it playing to avoid the whine when playod with Video Tracker. The best thing to do is
set up a very short loop right at the end ol the sample (the last two bytes), and change the volume ol these two bytes to mo.
That way. The loop will be silent Because the samples will actually still be playing, you won't get the whine. This is a bit ol a pain, but Video Tracker is just about the only program that allows the use ol OctaMED modules as well the usual Soundtracker lormat, so don t knock itl much RAM. Keep it short, as you'll need to leave room tor the graphics.
The other halt ot the demo will be your graphics. Use Deluxe Paint or a similar art package to create a lew pictures and animations.
Use low resolution and tewer colours It you need to conserve RAM.
Save these to disk and have them handy for loading into the Video Tracker program. You should now have a music module, and some animations and pictures on disk. Now you can really start cooking.
OKING WITH &?UA Some routines or ettects need data tiles in order to work. For example, the Vector L2.rot routine is for displaying spinning vector objects, but in order for it to work, you first need to load in a vector object file.
Routines such as this will take their object tile trom the ettect slot Immediately preceding them. So, if you wanted to have a spinning vector on screen, you would load a vector otyect file into ettect slot number 10, for example, and then load in the Vector L2.rot routine into slot 11. If you happen to have the Videoscape 3D program that we gave away on the November 1992 issue of CU AMIGA now out ot print and no longer available from the back issues department), you can design your own vector objects with the ROT program that was included on the disk Settings for samples and routines
must be made for each song position. When you move to song position 1 or 2, you'll find that none ol the samples are assigned to any ettects. This is to give you greater freedom to keep the visuals changing from start to finish, but it also means So long as the sound you've just selected doesn't play continuously throughout the first block, you should new be able to assign another etted to a different sample, which should jump in between the first ettect you set up Keeping the SONG POSITION counter on zero, move to another sample that's played in the first block, and then change the First
Effect setting to 2.
Load an ettect from the Video Tracker disk, or Irom your extra Effects disk that you decompressed earlier (see Loading instructions p 15, tor details on how to make up your extra Ettects disk). Change the PRIORITY setting to 2. This tells Video Tracker to give this sample's graphics and ettects priority over the first sample.
Mm There are two ways ot saving out your videos Selecting SAVE VIDEO will save out just the data lor your video.
In other words, it saves out the sequences that you set lot all your samples and animations, but doesn't save the sounds and graphics them- selves.This has the advantage of saving disk space and loading time.
When it comes to loading Ihe video back in, you'll be asked to insert any disks containing the relevant tiles.
SAVE VIDULE will give you an executable tile, which includes all the sound and graphics data. You can then run this from a CLI or SHELL window, or make an auto- booting disk and run it Irom a startup sequence script Belore you can use the SAVE VIDULE option, you first need lo save out your video with the SAVE VIDEO option Now select SAVE VIDULE. And you'll be asked lor a video lo load. Insert the disk with your just-saved video, and select it from the directory listing. Your video will now be re loaded, and you'll then be asked to select a vidule to save. Put you data disk back into the
internal floppy drive, and click on DFO: from the devices list. Enter a filename for your vidule (don't using any spaces or punctuation marks) and press RETURN Your video will be saved out as an executable file.
For into on how to make up an autobooting disk with a startup- sequence, consult the Amiga manual that came with your computer. FURTHER HELP The documentation included on Ihe disk is very good. II there's enything that you're still unclear about, load up Workbench it you have a 1.J Amiga, and double click the document icon. Apart from general instructions, this also gives very detailed descriptions ol each ol Ihe eltects and their many variations. This version ol Video trader does not entitle the user to the support disks that come with registration ol th* disabled public domain demo version.
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Hgfl COVERDISKS COVERDISK 84 After Arsenal’s superb win the other week, we’ve gone football mad in the office. This month, the super football management game Tactical Manager graces Coverdisk 84.
MCTICAL MANAGER What would you say it we said we were going to give you a complete, piay.ih e demo oi one of the best football management games around? How would you feel if we told you there were absolutely no options disabled whatsoever The only catch is that after 9 Premier Division Saturdays or 11 Division One Saturdays, the demo ended, regardless ot any number of friendlies or international challenges.
We know that you d be over the moon. That's why we've done it.
Of course, when you ve got a game of this size, you cant really give full and complete instructions, after all, the manual is around 80 pages long! So what we'll do is take you through a brief tutorial that should outline the main points of the game, and then you're on your own.
Don't worry though, if you’ve played a football management sim before, you’ll feel right at home with this one.
FOOTBALL CRAZY Look at page 15 for full instructions on how to load the game. Once the game has loaded, you'll be shown the main screen, with the Talking Birds logo in the middle, a menu bar along the top and news scrolling up the bottom of the screen, the news for a bit and you'll see just how much information there is in the game To see more, click on the 'Options' menu and select 'Brief News', which will switch to 'All The News'. Now you can sit back and watch the progress of your favourite clubs.
If you want to view any teams at this point, go to the Action' menu and choose 'Select Club'. A screen showing the badges of all the clubs in the currently selected division appears.
Single click on one, and you'll return to the main screen with that club's badge shown on it.
To change divisions, dick on the large square on the left of the screen that is showing the current division.
So you want to check out a team?
Single dick on the badge you've brought to the main screen, and a small information window will appear.
Click through the options on it to see what they do. And then choose the Select' option A squad list will appear, and as you move the mouse pointer down the list of players, see how the large list of statistics on the right of the screen change. With that knowledge ol the game, you should be able to check out your favourite players and see just how authentic the information is.
Still, enough messing around Once you've had a look through the menus and seen what everything does (to get back to the main menu Yes, we ve even managed to cram another game demo onto this disk. If you've read the review this in issue, then you’ll already know how to play this simple but extremely addictive little Columns clone.
If you don't, then here's the basic breakdown: Blocks with symbols on them appear at the top ot the screen, and you have a limited time to position them before they drop onto the see saw below. Get three in a line in any direction to remove them, and try to keep the see saw balanced, as the moment one ot the sides touches the ground, it's game over.
Don't stack the blocks any more than four high, as the see saw drops a level under the weight, and there's no way of raising it again. Skull blocks can’t be removed, so you at any point other than when matches are being played, dick with the right mouse button), it’s time to choose a team Unfortunately though, you can't |ust waltz m and play the team ol your choice.
In the full game you have to earn management points belore you can handle really big teams, so you II have to go in at the bottom end Go to the 'Action' menu and select Managers A list of the current managers will appear, with Fred at the top ol the list. Select Fred, and three menu options will appear Choose ‘Edit’ and enter your own name, and then choose Join'.
A list of all the clubs in the game will appear, and you can select any with a rating ol three ot lower. Once you've selected one, dick with the have to be very careful where you put them. In our demo, all you can do is head for the highest score. In the finished game there are all sorts of challenge levels to work through.
Have fun now!
COVERDISKS CU AMIGA COVERDISK 85 Even more fantastic soccer! Play till you drop with this brilliant football game from Sierra.
SIERRA SOCCER gel some idea ol who are Ihe players lo watch over the next lew weeks.
What you may lind, however, is that your team isn’t among them. Time to sort out your squad Click with the left mouse button on your badge, and dick on Select' lo bring up Ihe squad details, then you’re ready lo go.
To change players around in your squad, click on Ihe first player lo move, and then click on the position you want them to move to. To change a player s style (for players who can either be Midfield or Attack, denoted by M-A after their name! Click on the MID, or ATT after their name If you want to position players manually, click on the word Manual al Ihe bottom of the screen, and you'll be shown a visual layout of the team. Clicking on a shirt allows you to drag the player to their new position Once you have the set-up you are happy with, click with the right mouse button to go back to
the main menu.
That should give you enough of an insight as to how to win in this game. Play around with the transfer list to improve your learn, and in no lime at all you should see Ihe malch results improving.
The game cuts out after eleven Division One matches, and if you aren’t winning by then, all I can suggest is go back lo the start and try it with abetter team.
Good luck' FOOTBALL MAD Before you start moving your squad about let s get straight into the first malch of the season Go to the Options' menu and make sure that me fourth item from Ihe lop reads Highlights'. If il doesn't click on it a couple of times until it does. Then e*ck on the centre circle of the pitch.
" the top right corner of the screen All the matches ot the first Saturday will be played. Wait until , our team appears on screen, and your match will start. Let it run for a the while, and then hold down the eft mouse button over your team’s badge The information window for tour learn will then appear with the
m. rd and fourth lines reading Normal strategy' and Normal play-
ng'. Now you can change the way your learn plays.
Click with the left mouse button on each line to cycle through the codons. And watch the difference it makes to your game. Choose Physical' from the fourth line, and watch how many of your players get booked! See if you can win your first match by finding Ihe right strategy and then return to the main menu after the game.
Take a look at the various tables and information under Ihe Tables’ menu, and you will already begin to What if football management games aren't your thing? Not to worry, CU AMIGA wouldn't want you to feel left out. Just for you we've added a third disk to this month’s issue, complete with a full, playable match between England and the Republic of Ireland in Sierra Soccer -the game so good you'll wonder why they ever spent so much time on adventures. One or two players can partake in this one minute each way, full-on soccer explosion. Reach Ihe end of the match in a tie. And it's into 20
seconds of extra time each way. Still tie at the end ot that, and it's penalty shoot outs. This isn't the kind of demo that Just gives you a minute and then cuts out. The only way out of this match is in victory The controls are remarkably simple for a game of this sod. The arrow above a player shows who you are controlling, and, as a rule this is : always the one closest to the ball. To ¦ take possession of the ball, you sim- : ply need to walk up to it, unless an | opposing player has it. When that happens, you need to perform a sliding tackle, done by simply pressing the fire button
The rest of the controls are just as easy. Pushing in a direction makes your player run that way. And pressing the fire button kicks the ball in the direction the player is lacing Aftertouch can be added by keep ing the fire button held down after the kick and then pressing the joystick left or right. On corner and free kicks you will see an 'arc of fire' which basically points oul Ihe direction your shot will go in. This can be moved with the joystick On throw-ins. Press and hold the fire button, then move the on-field player lo Ihe position you want him in. Releasing the fire button allows
your player to throw Ihe ball.
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Put the Otsk in the internal drive and Sue Amiga on. You will be asked it rut Kickstart 1.3. It you do, enter Y an* press retun. It not enter N and I (If you see a hand It k when you tumoathe"com- Itadiskjfrthfdrive, you t .Smaehtfie) It you enter V lor ve'jDe-r3 version ot Video Tracker be loaded automatically, it you entered N lor no. The disk
• boot up to a Workbench screen.
Double dick the disk icon marked VT then double dick the VxleoTracker drawer icon. II you bar* an A500 Plus, an A600, or any omer Amiga running Kickstart 2 04 or higher, double click the icon I VideoTracker to load the II you have an At 200 or an
0. Double click the oTracker AGA icon.
Rcsmra at order to fit all the Video Tracker routines on the disk, they've all been compressed into a single tile. Belore m can use these routines, they
- eve to be decompressed onto a reparate disk. II you have a hard
dive, and run the installer program
• tars on the disk, these tiles will automatically be expanded
and copied over tor you. Follow these steps to make up your
Routines disk t Boot your Workbench disk 2 Format a blank disk
LOADING DISK 83 There are three | versions ol Video Tracker
included I on Coverdisk 83: one tor Kickstart
1. 3 Amigas.
Other for ' anO a third lorAli 3 ownererwhich mal NG
3. Replace the Workbench disk, double clfck os the Workbench disk
icon. ThenSoun|e click Ihe CLI or SHELL icon.
4. TypetheJpUdwmg pressing " r each line: tc:copy resident c:drr
resident c:list
5. Replace Coverdisk 83 into dIO:
6. Type the following, pressing RETURN alter each line (dIO: is
entered with a zero, not the letter O): cddtO: copy
archived.lha to ram: cddt0:c lha x ram:archived.lha ram: 7
Replace the Workbench disk when prompted, then wait for the
disk activity to finish.
8. Put your blank disk in the internal drive.
9. Tf you are using any Amiga other than an AI200 or an A4000,
enter the following, pressing RETURN after each line: cdram:
copy routine to dIO:
10. A1200 and A4000 users enter the following, pressing RETURN
after each line: cdram: copy routineaga to dIO:
11. You now can load these routines into the Video Tracker
program.
NOT! FOR HARD DRIVI USIRS: A slight amendment to your startup- sequence needs to be made once you've installed Video Tracker on your hard dnve. Edit the startup DISK VIRUSES We try to ensure that all our coverdisks are completely tree ol viruses We always have the most advanced virus checkers available when the disk is compiled and every program goes through rigorous testing on all relevant Amigas However, we can not accept any responsibility lor possible damage incurred by viruses which have escaped our attention.
Sequence by entering: ed s startup-sequence (return) Move down to where the lines read "Assign NIL: etc...". enter the following and press return: assign nil: VT: dnvename: Change dnvename to the name of the hard drive partition where you've installed the Video Tracker program SOUND SAMPLES Both disks 84 and 85 contain sound samples lot OclaMED and other music programs. Disk 85 has nearly 30OK of samples, plus a super tune This can be loaded into OctaMED 4 or previous versions of OclaMED It can also be loaded into OclaMED 5.
But you'll need to load the samples in manually. Disk 84 also contains a tew samples, once again in a directory called Samples.
S you can, two blank, formatted floppy disks, we've had to compress the data to get it to tit - this is a huge demo!
1. WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISK!
You'll be doing a lot of disk swop ping, so move the small black tab in the corner ol your disk up so that the hole is open. This ensures that you don t accidentally write over your coverdisk.
2. Insert Coverdisk 84 into the internal drive of your machine,
and switch on your Amiga.
3. When Workbench loads, double click on the CU 84 disk icon, and
then double click on the Tad icon.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions swopping the coverdisk for
one of your blank disks when prompted.
The blank disk must be write enabled (with the hole closed). This is your program disk.
5 Repeat steps three and four, this time selecting the Tac2 icon, and insert the other of your blank disks This is your data disk.
6. To load Tactical Manager, reset your machine and insert the
program disk. After a while a screen will appear asking you
for your data disk. Swop disks, and away you go!
7. To load Statix. Switch oft your machine and insert the
Coverdisk 84 disk Switch the machine on and wait for Workbench
to load
8. Double dick on the CU»84 Icon, and again on the Statix icon
when it appears. The program will load and run automatically.
Dp-flPalP Make sure disk 85 is write enabled (with the hole cov-
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¦i and Insert the disk into the internal drive of your Amiga.
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Make your game selections from the menu, press fire to play and en)oy!
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COMMODORE
- THE FACTS!
It's been a hectic month tor Commodore. Reports circulated that Commodore France had gone into receivership, then even more reports surfaced, to the atfect that one ol a dozen companies (ranging from the unbelievable to the very possible) would be buying them, and finally, that Commodore had been liquidated! In reality of course, things were very differ ent - but this didn't stop the rumour mongers going overboard.
Firstly, as part of their on-going consolidation process. Commodore France was closed. This was done because Commodore is restructuring its various operations and reducing overheads. As the operations in France were effectively being duplicated by those in other countries, Commodore closed their French arm and are now running their Gallic operations from Germany etc. Secondly, Commodore International Limited (the parent company of the UK operation) sought protection ot the courts in Bahamas (where they are registered) which is similar to Chapter 11 in the USA. This does NOT mean Commodore
have closed down, are in receivership or have folded. What it means is that they are continuing to trade with protection of the courts while they try sort out their financial affairs and problems. PossOy by linking with another company who can bnng much needed investment to their depleted vaults. It is worth noting that many companies recover trom such situations - Commodore's previous on-site repair company, Wang, for instance. And throughout the process Wang continued to operate in the UK!
Thirdly, negotiations are proceeding with a potential investor David Pleasance told CU AMIGA that there Is an organisation very interested, lhat an announcement would be made, hopefully, in the next tew weeks, and if it went ahead this buyer would be keeping Ihe Amiga on sale and supported In Europe. One ol the reasons they have sought the protection ot the courts is to allow these, ‘active discussions regarding investment and re-organisation' to be sorted out.
Mr Pleasance also told CU AMIGA that as far as he was concerned Commodore UK would continue as normal with all models of Amigas continuing to be sold and fully supported It is also believed lhat Germany.
Scandinavia, Italy and Canada would also all continue CU AMIGA spoke to many of the UK and the world's largest Amiga developers. Dealers and distributors and they all remained very positive about the future. SDL, the UK's largest supplier of Amigas to dealers, said, ‘We believe there is a bright future for the Amiga, no matter what, and will continue to support it and independent Amiga dealers.'
In short, while Commodore parent's company are having problems at present. The future is still bright and the Amiga in whatever form is likely to continue being sold and supported ¦
* *r, .• ‘ t 1 1 'iiAfc® ¦ 11 i • 1 P r j "I UPGI users an easy
processor upgrade path. In reality, no further daughler boards
have been announced, and Commodore have moved the CPU onto the
motherboard, although a daughter board socket is still ptesen
Although no reasons were given, it is likely the changes are
part of Commodore's continued drive to cut costs. By including
the CPU and ChipRam on the motherboard Commodore don't need to
produce daughter boards for each A4000.
Thus saving them money Commodore are on 0628 770088.
Commodore have updated the A4000 mother board, although no official announcement has been made. The changes include Ihe 68030 40 moving from ihe daughter board to the main board, and the ChipRam now being soldered onto the mother board.
Previously, the CPU (Central Processor Unit, ie the 68030 or 040) was held on a daughter board, Commodore's original plans were lo announce replacement daughter boards that would hold more power lul CPUs. This would give A4000 PHILIPS ¦ WF DANCES ¦ withB ORION m |hilips Media, distributors ol FMV I major studio to bring further block busters to VideoCD platforms. Including the CD32 with its FMV module Philips have tied up Orion films to bring blockbusters such as Silence ol Ihe Lambs, Dances With Wolves. Robocop.
Mermaids, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
Married to the Mob and Mississippi Burning out on 5' CO disc.
The deal will see 10 titles released at first, and negotiations are currently in progress to sort out when these will appear in the UK and Europe.
Herb Dorfman. Senior Vice President ol Orion Home Video, said: "The high quality video combined with Compact Disc audio is an awesome combination and the ultimate in quality lor the home viewing ol prerecorded movies. " The Orion films will join existing blockbuster films on the VideoCD format already available Irom Paramount and MGM UA, such as Patriot Games. The Hunt lor Red October. Star Trek IV. And Naked Gun Two And Hall.
For further information on the new CD films you can contact Philips on tel: 081-781 8457 ffa t Jfji Co In a surprise move Commodore have slashed the price of the CD32 to just £249 including VATI For this price, you will now get Microcosm, The Chaos Engine, Diggers, Oscar, Dangerous Streets and Wing Commander*.
The move comes following recent announcements by Sega, which has announced a 32-bit games platform of its own. The price cut is obviously designed to preempt Sega's launch and keep Commodore ahead in the 32-bit console market - making it even more difficult for the Far Eastern console giant to compete with Commodore's now market leading system.
The new price also makes the CD32 the lowest priced system available for watching VideoCDs.
Commodore are on 0628 770088.
APOLOGIES TO... First to Softwood Products Europe, in our May issue we reviewed the amazing Final Writer, (an absolute stunner of a program says Andy Leaning!) Unfortunately, a mistake crept in and we inadvertently said that this product would only work on A1200s.
It will of course run on any Amiga lhal has Workbench 2.0 and above. 2Mb of RAM and a hard drive.
We'd also like to point out that when fully installed Final Writer eats up 9.5Mb of hard drive space, this being lor a complete installation. A minimum installation however will only require 2.5Mb ol space.
For users who purchased early versions ol Final Writer (prior to release 2) you can get the new version FREE, Softwood Products Europe do however require £2.95 for administration and postage. For users who purchased Final Writer before March 1st, there is an upgrade cost of £7.95 including post etc. Either way, it’s worth having!
Secondly, apologies to Gordon Harwood Computers for accidentally stating that the Blizzard 1230-11 has a SCSI-II port built-in. It doesn't, this feature is purely optional. The Blizzard A1230-II will have a price point of £89.95 including VAT and delivery.
Sincere apologies to both companies lor these mistakes.
UP WITH A DRIVE!
Iower Computing are planning to release a new low-cost Amiga disk drive. The new drive which Computing invented anti-click disk drives - a mechanism which stops the disk dnve contantly clicking.)
At the time of going to press no prices were available but it is known that the drive will compete with many of the lower cost disk drives available, probably around £49.
Power are on 0234 273000.
SEALED UP Commodore (UK) has introduced an official Seal ol Approval lor Amiga peripherals and soltware. Commodore claim that any product that passes their rigorous tests in Commodore s US and UK offices'' will be a guarantee ol quality.
David Pleasance. Commodore UK's joint-managing director, said: 'We want to give users reassurance when they invest in a machine. The Seal of Approval will provide that reassurance."
Several leading peripheral developers have already applied lor the Seal of Approval, with Power Computing expected to get it lor their scanners, disk drives and RAM cards.
Some industry observers however questioned the value ol the Seal ol Approval, querying whether it would be worth the added cost, citing magazine awards, the CU AMIGA Technical Excellence award lor example, as possibly more cost eftective.
Power Computing are on 0234 273000.
Commodore can be contacted by calling 0628 770088.
FREE SHOW TICKETS FOR SPOT LIGHT 1994 A show dedicated to the Amiga and Atari ST will be held on 28th and 29th of May, 1994, at the Novotel Hotel Hammersmith.
This will be the second SPOTLIGHT show, the first was held last year and received an enthusiastic reception.
Dubbed ‘the thinking Amiga users show' it has been organised by a group of manufacturers, distributors and dealers to cater for all users. In particular, it aims to support users interested in productivity applications rather than games.
There will be a range of products from third-party developers, both new and old, on display. The products will include scanners, monitors, disk drives, applications, and development tools. The show will also provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see new hardware and software, watch demonstrations of different configurations, and ask experts from the many of the leading Amiga developers any questions you may have.
CU AMIGA should be there in force, alongside Power Computing, Golden Image, Meridian Software, Gasteiner, First Computer Centre.
Hisoft and many more.
The doors will open at 10am on both days, with tickets costing £5.00 on the door, or £3.50 for advance bookings. To help get the show off to a good start CU AMIGA have arranged with Gasteiner to give away free tickets to the first 500 CU AMIGA readers who call 081-345 6573 and ask for their free CU AMIGA ticket. If you are too late for a free ticket, call the above number and book your ticket in advance.
FASTER Global information network CompuServe has introduced high speed 14,000 baud modem links for the UK. The new modems will allow CompuServe users to access the information and files on CompuServe much faster than they previously could.
CompuServe has 1.8 million members worldwide, and 45,000 users in the UK alone. For further information on CompuServe call 0800 289378.
NEWS CU AMIGA KEEP TAKING THE TABLETS The boys and girls al First Computer Centre have released Tabby - a compact low cost graphics tablet lor the Amiga. The tablet has a price ol C49.99. which includes tablet and Amiga driving software, and runs under Workbench 2.04 or higher.
The driver sottware was written by Nik Lines ol First Computer Centre and includes on-line Amiga guide documentation, hotkeys and definition ol the tablets active area.
CU AMIGA will be reviewing Tabby neit month In the meantime you can lind out more about Tabby by calling First Computer Centre on 0532 391444 NO CHEAP FODDER UNTIL 95 Some readers found the recent story on The Hit Squad s batch of Virgin releases a little misleading concerning the release date lor Sensible's Cannon Fodder. Virgin Interactive Entertainment would like to point out that Cannon Fodder, although it has been signed to The Hit Squad, will not be released until January 1995, giving it at least 12 months as a lull-price game.
Sensiblt Jon Hot •» VIRGIN GREENS Sensible Gottis on the way, and by cnkey it looks good I Due for release in November, the Sensible team have abandoned the more traditional view of golf games in favour ol their tried and tested, top view with small characters system.
'Instead of having a boring landscaped 3D view or recreating Leaderboard tor the 35th time, we decided to take our totally original Mega Lo-Mama. Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder style and apply it to golf." Says Sensible chief, Jon Hare. "There are these lour guys walking around the courses, and they each have their own charm and personality. To appease the style- over-content consumers, we have decided to introduce a liberal sprinkling ol big snazzy graphics such as oversized pictures ol each bloke as he takes his shot."
The game looks like it's going to be very original indeed, with some striking new ideas built in. For example, as you play through the tournaments, you can earn money which is spent on better equipment, such as laser guided balls and rocket powered clubs! We'll have more news when we get it.
VIRTUAL REALITY An interesting development eppeared courtesy ol ICE during the ECTS. An American company. VldorMaii Technologies, displayed a virtual reality system that will even, lually work on the Amiga. 'What's so great about that?' You might say. 'I don’t want one ol those two ton headsets lying around my living room!’ Wall tear not, It's an estremely compact system, consisting ol a sel ol stereo headphones over your ears and the smallest possible pair ol television screens mounted just in front ol your eyes. Picture, II you will, a bum bag strapped over your eyes with the Is screens in
the hag pari and two small headphones nn each ol the straps. Now you’ve got it.
The version we saw was running on the PC with a specially developed landscape program and a copy ot Doom. Doom was impressive fit always is) hut it's still basically a ZD game designed lot a regular screen and you also needed to control it with the keyboard, hot this last point wilt be remedied sou. On the other hand, the 30 landscape was stunning The brilliant thing about this mini VB headset is that it worts in exactly the same way as its two ton arcade ancestor When you move your head right or lelt. Up or down, or even sideways. Sensors pick ap the movement and the view changes
accordingly The only part you need a joystick or keyboard lor is physically moving in a given direction or. Ol coerse. Shoot The PC version we saw had stereoscopic vision. Unlortunately, when the Amiga adaptor becomes available It will only allow monoscopic vision, but don't worry you’re not alone here: the Nintendo. Sega, and Jaguar adaptors will only allow a monoscopic view too.
Needless lo say most games will not have been programmed with the headset In mind, but VictorMAxx assure us that this will only involve minor tweaking to overcome.
ICE, who will distribute the system in the UK lor IfictorMaii. Are very conlident ol its appeal. Due lor launch during the summer (it everything goes according lo plan), II should be priced around the C500 mark. Watch this space lor more news.
A ACCELERATES 1000 you've probably been ng speed liy. A 33MHz will be avail.
Pgrade is a piggy-back board v f X-Calibur has a price of £499 » ECTSTv 0 T namt console product, plus Gunship 2000 CD32 and Impossible Mission 2025, the 32-bit update of the game that launched a thousand others. We ll have a full review ot IM soon. Another enormous stand holder was Virgin - they had three in fact - and it was the large tin box on the ground floor that was attracting all the attention. Admittedly, a lot was in the PC sector, but that didn't stop names like Sensible Golf, Crash Dummies' and LostEderf raising Amiga eyebrows (for different reasons).
Mindscape had a large comfortable suite, along with a poor person wandering around the show in a Pierre Le Chef costume, to celebrate the release of Out To Lunch soon. Not quite so comfortable, but hectic and busy all the way through the show were Millennium, with James Pond3 see our review on page 64) and their next big hit, Pinkie. Oddly enough, they didn't have any stuffed costumes, not even their old faithful Pond one. As a footnote, it's worth pointing out the promotional costumes that didn't quite come up to the mark (and there were a few), such as the Snowman who was wandering around
with a two inch gap where his neck should have been, or Nintendo’s Kirby character, who was seen having a terrible time actually trying to get up the stairs into the show. His costume was about two feet too wide!
There were plenty of old favouriles to be found at the show too, such as Cyberspace and Dreamweb from Empire, Nick Faldo from Grandslam, numerous Dizzy games from Codemasters, and even Simon The Sorcerer CD made an appearance. A good time was had by all.
DEVELOPMENT & ANIMATION
* J noIher Pr( uct creating massive interest at the
* fjSTC'* MM ECTS was DPS's Personal Animator Card, or PAR ' 'or
short. This astonishing card was plugged into an A4000,
recording and playing back full motion, full t screen video -
but it wasn’t using MPEG or VideoCD compression standards.
, Instead, it was compressing the video in real time using a variant of the JPEG » compression technology and then storing the images to a hard drive. It pro-
* vides component video and S-Video in and out and will store the
images on
* high capacity hard drives. CU AMIGA will be reviewing this
exciting Amiga card
* next month.
T Elsewhere around the show Amigas in various guises could be found. Long i time Commodore trade distributor SDL was drawing crowds with the CD32 and » FMV card showing various films and pop VideoCDs whilst Empire software » were showing their recently launched Hanna Barbara Animation Workshop.
* Psygnosis were showing a CD32 being used to demonstrate a new
develop- j ment system called 'PSY-Q'.
, In addition to the various organisations with stands there were also a great » many serious Amiga developers wondering around, usually hovering near the » bar. These included Almathera. Hisoft, Power and Amitek.
* Considering that this show was essentially dedicated to games,
the large num-
* ber of serious Amiga developers and users around was surely a
good sign for t the Amiga in the future.
He ECTS was a veritable hotbed of games software lor the Amiga, although disappointingly, almost everything we saw has already been reviewed or previewed. Yes, we know we’re hot and last and everything, but you still want to have some surprises at the show.
Biggest promotion of the weekend has to be Ocean's Interno, which had a whole stand to itself, constantly packed with people wanting to take a look at the PC CD-ROM extravaganza.
Team 17 were inviting all and sundry into their back rooms to see what the future holds in store. The two most interesting screens on their stands were running the long awaited Arcade Pool, and interestingly enough. Superstardust from Bloodhouse.
Quite why Bloodhouse have moved from Daze on this one is unclear, but both parties seem happy with the product move.
Speaking ol Daze, both Robinson's Requiem and Ishar 3 were on view for all to see. And Silmarils boss Louis Marie didn't leave the meeting rooms once! Both games are looking wonderful, even if the Pcs they were running on did crash repeatedly! Just around the corner were Kompart and Black Legend, displaying Demomaniac, the product that everyone seems to want, Tactical Manager-as seen on this month's coverdisk. And Turbo Traxfrom Arcane.
Steve lies of Arcane was as proud as ever, but we re still not going to pass comment until we see it moving, Steve!
MicroProse had their usual enormous stand, displaying a wide range of PC and COMMODORE SHIPS ITS WARES pCTS is primarily aimed at the games ?¦playing market, something particularly obvious with Ihe number of Amiga games . On display at the show. But even so there were, scattered around, several companies , using the Amiga for other purposes.
The most notable of these was, not surprisingly, Commodore. The Big C didn’t just have a stand, they had a whole suite to themselves, in which they were showing otl their wares. All the existing Amiga models, 1 plus several new products, were on display.
These included the new CD-ROM drive for the A1200 (as exclusively revealed in last month’s CU AMIGA) and the new A4000 tower system. The tower system was shown sampling sound and graphics linked up to a high speed SCSI hard drive.
The Commodore suite was also used by several prominent Amiga developers to show off their new products, these included RAMIGA, PREMIER Vision, and other people , from Commodore’s ACE initiative. The products on display ranged from very large, very fast SCSI based hard drives and optical drives to the acclaimed Video Toaster running on UK systems via a PAL convertor.
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This year, the ceremony was held in grand style at the London I Regent's Hotel on the first night ol the Ihree day show. Hosted by Radio I I DJ Mark Goodier with guest appearances from Dominic Diamond and I LAAe Edwards from Jesus Jones, the 18 categories were voted on by a I panel ot editors from games magazines around the world, along with I readers from certain regions. The full Amiga roll of honour is: Most Original Game: SYNDICATE Software Publisher Of The Year: VIRGIN BBC Live And Kicking Award: FRONTIER - ELITE 2 I The other 15 categories were predominantly PC and console based, with I
Lucas Arts scooping three awards tor Rebel Assault and X Wing Reactions to last month's European Computer Trade Show appear to be a peculiarly mixed bag. On the one hand the organisers tell me il was the biggest ever with around 7.000 visitors through the doors. But then again quite a lew delegates bemoaned the lack ot good new software ideas.
I found it a refreshing occasion, if an exhausting one. It was Commodore s first appearance at this important trade show in quite a tew years. That was my decision -1 believe it's crucial lor us to be available to the trade, whether it's publishers or retailers. Good communications has been the loundation of the Amiga's success. I want to keep it that way.
Well, I'm pleased to say that ECTS marked the beginning of some exciting new relationships - at least seven new publishers have committed to developing lor Amiga C032.
They obviously noticed that the machine now accounts for more than hall the CO software sold m the UK.
Those I can talk about include SCI who are working on Cybenraria game in the vein of Lamnmower Man). Maxis who will convert Sim City 2000 and may put compilations of their back catalogue out on CO and WRVTES Empire who are putting Empire Soccer out in about six weeks.
CU AMIGA readers will be aware of the fact that Mirage's Rise ot the Robots will be a CD32 title when it is launched in October.
We're delighted that this Is the case Nothing could really match Robots for the excitement it generated at ECTS What's encouraging for us is that Time Warner Interactive is distributing the title so we re dealing with a global player TWI are currently looking at developing more software lor our format From my meeting room behind our stand I could see what a bur; was being created. Two installations accounted lor this. First, was NewTek s VideoToaster which was being expertly demonstrated by our Californian friends with Primelmage s PAL converter. It s been called the best Amiga peripheral
ever - you could see why il you battled your way past the hordes of stunned onlookers NewTek are setting up distribution channels as we speak When that s all taken care ot I'm confident the Toaster will come to dominate UK broadcasting (ust as it has in the US Secondly, the Amiga 1200 CO drive Alter months of speculation there it was. In prototype form, at last. My position on the add-on is that we have to work towards a fair price. It can't support MPEG and I think this will be a disappointment lor some people unless we price it right. If all goes well, we re aiming at a September launch.
Finally, you may have read about our disappointing financial performance Don't be discouraged. We re on the right track - costs have been cut by 70 percent, sales are motoring. And the UK is still the heartland ot the Amiga. Where else does a specialist Amiga magazine appear amongst the top 100 best sellers as CU AMIGA does? No. The UK is special. That's never going to change TOAST THE SH OF HOW ¦ t was on the Newtek stand that perhaps the most 4 I exciting news ot the entire show could Be found ¦ Newtek are currently in negotiation with several tra distributors to establish an official
network ot UK dealers the Video Toaster and we should see the lirst Newtek supported Toaster and PAL converters available by mid summer. At the time ot going to press SOL are hotly tipped to be Newtek's official UK distributor. The PAL converter ms a £6000 Prime Image system, and II converted the NTSC signal the Toaster produces to an UK PAL signal wonderfully. According to Newtek they are now working on a real PAL Toaster, and although not definite yet, they nope to have versions ready 'sometime' next year.
Newtek are also evaluating the potential lor releasing Lightwave as a ¦aid alone application and selling it to games developers One of the reasons Newtek have at last decided to move into the PAL market is the new genera- son ot games consoles now appearing Modern games are no longer about try sprites and poor animations, but more olten 24-Bit graphics, 3D backdrops and rendered images - Rise ot the Roberts, Microcosm et al. To create such graphics software developers need hefty graphics workstations. Unless ol axurse they happen to have a Toasterl The advantages in speed and intuitive user
interface on display were enough to convince many graphic artists that r»y should spend their money on a Commodore-based system, and that was before they found out how much cheaper an Amiga system was compared to Swcon Graphics etc. It's ironic but Commodore is at last making a name for Nee and doing so by helping games developers on other platforms!
JARGON PAL • The standard for UK TV signals, most UK televisions can only handle PAL TV pictures and not American NTSC, and vice versa.
NTSC • The standard lor US TV signals. The Video Toaster (see Below) is designed to only work on NTSC systems, to use a Toaster in the UK you the pictures must be converted to the PAL standard.
LIGHTWAVE • an extremely powerful 3D image rendering application which only runs on the Video Toaster, and is only available with NewTeks product UGNTRAVE - A very handy software utility that allows Lightwave to be run on most Amigas. Even without a VIDEOTOASTER ¦ The best graphics card available for Amigas in
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CU AMIGA ATURE VideoToaster is an expansion card that plugs into the Amiga 2000, 3000 and 4000 and comes with a suite of powerful graphics software. It allows users to create animations, titles, 3D graphics and effects that are frequently beyond the capability of TV production systems.
It’s also far cheaper than any other comparable system.
The Toaster's appeal is widespread, finding favour amongst hobbyists, corporations, film companies (both small and large), and production agencies.
ROBOCOP The power and the price of the Toaster has created a vast market of professional users (sales of the Toaster have reached between 50,000-80,000!)
Robocop, SeaOuest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Babylon 5 are just some of better- known visuals that some high-end production companies have created using the Toaster. Hell this thing’s even won an Emmy Award for advancing television technology!
Robocop, The Series has also been receiving the Toaster treatment.
One of the most popular sd-fi TV series in America at the moment, it’s an extension of the film, with the same high quality of effects, gloomy future feel and satire of the original.
This American syndicated series is produced by Canadian-based SkyVision Entertainment, and is hugely popular throughout America.
In fact, the second episode got the second highest viewer rating across the United States the evening it was shown! The series has so far proved even more popular than Star Trek: The Next Generation: we re talking millions of viewers here!
The Amiga is used extensively throughout the show, creating many of the special effects both on its own, combined with traditional visual effects, and in conjunction with work subcontracted out to an agency using a Silicon Graphics workstation.
Thanks to the Toaster, SkyVision can save the time and expense of traditional special effects. Combined with the Silicon Graphics workstation, they’ve got all bases covered, as Lee Wilson, SkyVision’s Visual Effects Supervisor explains: “The combination of the two systems incorporates all the elements of visual and special effects design and computer animation with live action, against blue screen and mattes, creating an exciting and totally unique look".
The Visual Effects team use an Amiga 4000 with a Video Toaster, and although the Amiga system was not originally in their budget, SkyVision went for it in the hope that the added computer power would pay for itself. The result was unexpected.
“A few days after the Toaster arrived, I came in to work to find the entire visual effects crew still in the department after pulling in an all- nighter. The outstanding work they deliver is saving the production time and money, creating elements we don't have to sub-contract to other companies." Explained Stephen Downing, Executive Producer, SkyVision.
Typical uses of the Toaster include creating much of the imaging used in Robocop's visor - dubbed RoboVision - showing elements such as targeting, computer feed and systems diagnostics. Many on-screen animations and effects that would normally be either impossible or costly to produce are also produced using the Amiga.
Explosive pucks thrown by Robocop, for instance, are actually animated, and every shot of the puck after it leaves Robocop's hand is created by Lee’s team using the Amiga.
One example of the flexibility and power that the team have put the Toaster to is creating an entire helicopter flight.
Lee elaborated, “In a merging of the two systems [Amiga Toaster and SGI workstation - ed], the helicopter was built and animated in the computer using Toaster and the Lightwave 3D program then flown over Delta City and John Fraser’s beautiful matte painting.’’ Here the artist, John Fraser, created the futuristic cityscapes on the workstation, which were then dropped in, using a blue-screen matte, to live footage shot on a set. And the helicopter (created with the Toaster) was then added.
The end result is people in a city, with city scraper backgrounds and a helicopter flying in over them - yet in reality only the actors and their surrounding set actually existed!
What’s interesting to Amiga users is that rather than simply use the Amiga for static backdrops (if at all) the visual effects team chose to create the moving helicopter with it, and leave the still pictures to an, in theory at least, more powerful workstation! I don’t know about you. But I for one can’t wait for the UK showing. “ SEAQUEST Another guy doing wondrous things with the Amiga in the film industry is Tony Stutterheim from Amblin Images. Amblin are one of the most ambitious Amiga users around, using it to create some well known TV programs in the US. Most notable of these is
SeaOuest DSV.
Nearly all of visuals in SeaOuest are created with an Amiga, to do this they really push their Amigas and pack them with RAM, hard drives and accelerators - in the words of Tony, their Amigas are all 'maxed-out'. As a result they have some of the best Amigas you can get. But even so they would still like more power - particularly to increase the screen redraw speeds.
Most of the work is carried out with Lightwave and Toasters, although they also use Dpaint 4 for many of the graphics seen on the monitors on the ship. AdPro is also used to convert files from other formats.
But it’s not all action and adventure for the Toaster. Another avid user is Guy Bickel, a graphics designer and 3D-animator for Business Video Productions Inc of Denver and Tampa. Florida.
Business Video Productions produces a variety of different types of work for some major organisations and corporations in the states - and charges some major fees as well!
Their customers include Price Waterhouse, TCI International, AT & T, and Novacare. They use the Toaster for a variety of operations, such as video titling, 3D presentations, and business graphics. The work is used in training videos, employee communications, and sales and marketing. In addition to the Toaster Guy also uses Dpaint and AdPro - these and the Toaster run on an A2000 and A4000.
According to Guy they use the Amiga and Toaster because, "it’s both flexible and powerful.’’ He originally started using an Amiga, the A500, because “it looked like a happening machine ". He’s stuck with it ever since, and now feels that “it's more flexible than any other format."
GENIUS Another keen Toaster user, but one with a difference is Stephen Harris.
Stephen is odd. Odd because he is on his way to becoming one of the most sought after Toaster users in the US. Yet he’s only 161 His work is used on TV. Creating visuals for the WTVI TV channel, an organisation that has very high regard for his work - “You’re a genius!” is how WTVI director Stuart Grasberg described him - and he was only 15 then.
Stephen's work has also been seen on the mighty CNN, and on several other nationally shown TV shows.
His most recent work being for a program on women’s health. The animations included a camera moving inside a modelled-womans body and seeing a beating heart and various organs. It also included an animation of a medical balloon that travels in a blocked artery to unclog fat tissue, this will be shown across the USA on June 9th.
Stephen uses an Amiga 2000 with the Toaster and likes it because, “The Toaster is so easy to use and has the capability of a higher priced workstation."
With it he creates stunning 3D images and animations. “It’s fun" he says, “you can be as creative as you want to be.” As well as being fun, it also makes him a lot of money, his company, Optical Art charges about $ 120 an hour for modelling, and $ 250- $ 400 per second for the actual images! And this is cheap for corporate and film video, for which prices often run into tens of thousands of pounds. Steven is doing so well he recently bought himself a Mercedes - his first car! Not bad for having some fun with an Amiga.
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CU AMIGA thanks everyone who assisted with this article. In particular David Bernard who can be reached through the CU AMIGA editorial offices and CIX.
Lee Wilson at Robocop productions.
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in the mid 80s - the Amiga is now doing the same for video. Weirdo videos are taking underground clubs and raves across the country to new-found heights, and you could be a part of it all.
Ith a few bits of ki! Anyone can oecome an ‘ureter grourc video jockey The g about it. Is that you don’t '."a' e-oensive hign end «noc*» ou' the kina o* mind- options a great deal. You II notice that both lists are reassuringly short.
BASIC KIT: Any An ga EXTRA KIT: A genic - Achro'-a*ey A video o gitiser A hard dri e A second VCR A camcorder Check out the buyers gi You ve probably aireaoy got enougl to get started already Just an Amiga and a copy of Deijxe Pamt alone is a ticket to trip-out city, if yo know what buttons to push.
KIT FOR STARTERS Forget Time Base Correctors Jlasti • -ettles and microwa.-r ¦n - you won t be needing via: ic lor now Here s a kst of what yc- neeo tc get started Allowed by a of e*ua k t that win e«pand your 32 Top footballing nations battle for soccer's biggest 9 prize - The World Cup.
W The stage is set for the worlds best players to display their J awesome skills. Flying Dutch wingers, j Masterful Brazilian Playmakers, J Powerful English targetmen. Every m team plays differently and no I two men perform in the ¦ _ same way.
Mos o Published by Anto Software ltd, Unit 7, Millside Industrial [state, Lawson Road, Dartford, Kent DAI SBH Tel: 0322 292513 [ax: 0322 293422 TECHNOHIAD Vjs We've all heard ol Djs. Now there's a new breed ot club entertainer: the VJ. Video Jockeys are the ones responsible tor the visuals that are titillating the eyeballs ol clubbers and ravers at the more expehmental parties around the world People are actually taking their Amigas out and gigging with them, live and direct lor the hoards ot sweaty party people at club nights - like Andy Weatheralls Sabresonic, Heaven's Megalopolis, The
Ambient Club and stacks more regular and one-off events all over the country.
HEX Matt Black ot Hex and Cold Cut. Is one ol the new breed ol Vjs currently doing the rounds with his technology to sample any moving or still image is now available at affordable' prices, and the options tor synthesising your own visuals is limitless. The question isn't so much
• What is it?- as "what ism itr At 200. A copy ol Deluxe Paint,
and a couple ol video decks. Mixing visuals from video tape
with spontaneous animations, created on the lly with Dpaint,
he takes the visual stimulation a step further than the strobe
and spinning lights ol your average do. Wild explosions ol
colour Irom Dpaint are cut up with the clinical animation ol a
ray-traced sphinx, which rotates and zooms around the screen
cloaked in a mass ol video feedback fuzz. Then there are the
slogans that worm their way into the subconscious, and stop-
frame digitised animation loops, not to mention all the rest ol
the weirdness that delies description Hex and Matt Black can
be caught at various dubs and parties around the country. Check
your flyers and the music press lor forthcoming gigs.
SP VISUALS Steve and Pod are the S and P ol SP Visuals. Using their Amigas to sooth the mind rather than hype it up. They supply the visuals lor The Ambient Club, which has recently got oil the ground in London. There's no wallet- busting hardware here - most ol the images and animations are created on a single A1500 (I told you, any machine will do).
Dpaint is the workhorse ol the setup, responsible lor most ol the output. Inventive use ol the animation features, and a good eye lor what works has lead to them building up a bank ol simple but very effective material.
SP Visuals are another collective who like to take their Amigas out with them and play live, but instead ol relying on expensive video protectors to get their visuals to the masses, they use a clever concoction ol slide protectors to combine transparencies ol screens created on the Amiga.
For more inlo on SP Visuals, contact Pod on 081 341 0655, or Steve on 071 281 0512.
DEEP EVOLUTION Exactly one year ago, we ran a small piece on Deep Evolution, an enterprising pair who had just released a 20-minute video called CyberDream.
Which was made up mainly ol fractal ettects, with a lew digitised animations thrown in to spice it all up.
Twelve months on, and Deep Evolution have progressed to lar more impressive things.
Vision man Alix Pennycuick and I DJ Steve Gnffnhs are now up to all sorts ol things. They're the ones responsible lor turtle picture which is gracing our Iront cover this issue.
Deep Evolution is now a major lorce in club visuals. From a humble setup ol an A500 and a video recorder, I they've now expanded the system to I include AGA Amigas and video digi- I Using lacilities. Provisionally titled Narcotix, the follow up to the CyberDream video looks like it'll be I a massive leap forward, with all kinds ol new ettects and tricks com- I ing into play.
The turtle shot is a Irame Irom a I looping animation, which sees the aqua-tortoise flying through a plane I that has sky both above and beneath, converging at a honzon in I the distance The turtle was grabbed I from a video, cut-out, and then put I over the sky backdrop, which was mirrored to give the ellect ol a second sky on the ground. It's nothing you couldn't do with the simplest digitising setup, and looks just amazing when it moves!
Combinations of digitised images and rendered objects courtesy ol Real 3D make up a lot ol Ihe rest ol the video. Even more mind-twisting I is the sequence that has a head being sucked down a plug-hole, and lightning last tunnel sequences Steve and Alix have even wntten- part ol the 40 minute video's soundtrack with OctaMED, and mixed in other MIDI music and bits and pieces from Steve's vinyl collection The real test ol all this is in a party situation, and so tar, the boys have had no complaints. Playing out at some ol the top nights in the North and Midlands. Deep Evolution have been
entertaining the crowds with a vanety ol visuals, with techno-tunnels and computer generated imagery lor the more ravey nights, through to short loops Irom old B-Movies. And digitised real world' images lor the handbag clubs.
For more information on the forthcoming video, or the live Deep Evolution experience, contact Alix on 021 443 3223. Thanks go to UDO Not just another ball game...!
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FEATURE: BUYERS’ GUIDE CU AMIGA Graphics Cards is TV Paint. For value for money we Workbench (i recommend the Picasso II from on it). It can i First Computer. Name: Supplier: Z SPECIAL EFFECTS keyer is the shortened name of a 'chromakey', a miraculous video e which is used all the time in professional TV studios. A specific r in a live video signal can be forced to become transparent, allow- r graphics underneath to show through. For example, in a TV r man or woman stands in front of a large blue sheet. The r is keyed out, and replaced by a computer-generated weather olete with animated clouds
and raindrops. Both CineMorph and i Plus are capable programs, although Morph Plus has our vote.
Tage ot the superb colour range, the extra speed made possible t ROCKEY This is provides really only be lin professional will also need to get hold of a normal genlock (the Getting the lighting right takes time, but with lumakeying and options, this is one smart box of tricks. If you already have and buy one of these ut the best fun you can have with video ar by what you can dream up for it. If you w demo videos, then you must get hold of c some You it).
You’ve seen what the experts can create on their Amigas, now for the definitive guide on the hardware and software needed for Amiga video and graphics. Plus: A complete run down of the latest Amiga paint programs!
With the AGA chipset now present on all production Amigas, you might be tor- given for thinking that the demand hies cards would have , but in reality more
* s than ever want to sir visual style.
All the currently-available Amiga graphics cards offer true' 24-bit colour, which allows any pixel to be a colour picked from a palette of 16 million shades. Most of these cards work at very high resolution, and the better ones have a video output quality which is good enough for television s to broadcast directly.
Jenerally come i of some ling advanAll these cards are designed to fit inside a ’big box’ Amiga, which rules out the A1200 and lesser machines. They provide an excellent way for A2000 and A3000 users to get better-than-AGA graphics. In general they all use an Amiga graphics standard called EGS, and if you are considering buying a graphics card you should try to get one that complies with EGS. This standard is a way of allowing different graphics cards to remain compatible. EGS creates a common set of library calls, which means any EGS program will run on any card.
A popular EGS-compatible program and by the colour data PICASSO II
• est general- I ever, the i a drop-in t for the existing Amiga
graphics chipset.
The video pass-through means you only need one monitor to see the improvements.
Although it is not the fastest card ever, the Picasso is probably the besl al coping wifh fhe Amiga's standard Workbench Recommended.
Name: Picasso Price: £299 (1Mb) £335 (2Mb) Supplier: First Computer Centre Tel: 0532 319444 RAINBOW III The Rainbow is one of the most expensive video cards ever, due to b of high- slhan 5 high resolution, true colour screens) and the extra fast graphics chip used.
The fact that a 32-bit card requires an A3000 or A4000 in order to work may have something to do with it as well.
The Rainbow is also one of the available. It t as standard. Which means a new-look RETINA One of the first true colour graphics cards, the Retina is still a bit special. Not only does it come with the embarrassingly-named VDPaint, but it also manages to emulate the Workbench display which means a single monitor is required. Many existing programs will run directly through the Retina system which makes integrating it into your own system quite easy. One of its strongest features is the ability to SPECTRUM It might be cheap, but the!
Still one heck of a graphics card. It comes with either 1 or 2Mb of RAM, and can support the EGS standard.
An on-board blitter keeps up the pace, and takes advantage of the new slots in an A4000 (if you have the right buster chip). Only one monitor is d, as a special video pass- t system is used, tipie cards can be fitted to the e Amiga, which allows for really s multiple-monitor displays. It also i 7V Pain! Perfectly, so the drum is one of the cheapest ways Name: Spectrum Price: £349 (1Mb) b) 081 3091111 LVISION This was a card that promised so much - even as much as being the PAL answer to the video toaster.
Sadly, not many of the promised options have become available, but it ChartScreen 0425 475515 Supplier: Tel: fine graphics card.
. With a vast hoard of which really puts the rds to shame. The OpalPaint is excellent (rivalling other items of soft- the ease with which the Opal system integrates with existing Amiga graphics. As it connects to ntemal video slot, an isn't required.
Name: OpalVision Price: £350 Supplier: Indi Tel: 0543 419 999 HARLEQUIN The Harlequin is a broadcast stan- . Which has been . The video output is rock solid, and the list of features is impressive, with e alpha channel and c options. Software support is good too
- most of the top graphics packages can be used with it.
A second monitor is needed to see what Harlequin is up to, but Real3D v2 using the card to er on a separate display is a t way to prove the Amiga’s nical dominance to passing PC
5. There are many different ver- of the Harlequin, each with I
amounts of video RAM and ; optional genlocking c Harlequin
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Genlock is a piece of hardware which is vital for superimposing
computer graphics over real, kve video. The mixing can be very
dif
* cult. The signals need to be synchronised, and certain colours
in the computer video signal must be made transparent to allow
the live video to show through.
The more you spend, the better the quality of the output signal, and the more features. With better genlocks it is possible to fade in and out one or both of the two images, pick the colour you want to make transpar ent or even invert the transparent colour. We strongly recommend the GVP G-Lock.
MINIGEN How can you possibly go wrong at this price? The Minigen is an ideal first genlock and will open the door to all sorts of video effects. The image quality, admittedly, is tar from perfect, but it works well, especially with live Video from a camcorder Name: Minigen Price: £49.95 Supplier: Lola Marketing Tel: 0858 880182 MINIGEN PUIS Add £100 and you get some extra keying options, a fader and an extra RGB output for monitoring. The picture quality is better than the Minigen, but far from exceptional Name: Mlnigen Plus Price: £149.95 Supplier: Lola Marketing Tel: 0858 880182 ROCGEN
PLUS An altogether classier genlock, the Rocgen offers good image quality at a very reasonable price. It will fade and dissolve very smoothly, and is worth the extra if you are thinking of getting into Desktop Video.
Name: Rocgen Plus Price: £149 Supplier: Silica tel: 081 309 1111 VIDEOCENTRE Now here's something that looks a bit special - the VideoCentre from G2 costs a lot more, but delivers some really top-notch effects. It works with SVHS or normal VHS.
And offers all the standard genlock features and more besides - a miniature joystick controls video -windows of different shapes and also some rather advanced wiping effects. A recent price cut makes it excellent value for more serious video buffs.
Name: VideoCentre Price: £495 Supplier: G2 Tel: 0252 737151 G-LOCK Possibly one of the most techie looking genlocks available is the G-Lock from GVP. Don't let the little-black- box put you off: there are more features crammed in here than a typical issue of CU AMIGA Not only are the normal fading and mixing effects here in abundance, but the G-Lock will also cope with the much crisper SVHS video standard, as well as providing an integrated audio mixer. To top it all off. All G- Lock s features are totally under the soflware control ot Arexx which makes it ideal for those willing to
experiment. Definitely a bargain at the current price.
G-Lock Name: Price: Supplier: Tel: £299 Silica 081 309 1111 As far as computers are concerned. There are two types of images - those which appear as real live video and digitised graphics Turning one into the other is quite tricky, and will required extra hardware If you want to use your computer and Deluxe Paint to process pictures taken from your video recorder or camcorder, you first need to digitise them Tho process measures the levels of the primary colours: red. Green and blue and uses this mtormation to reconstruct the image on-screen in a standard image format This image can then
be loaded into a program such as Deluxe Paint lor the customary adding ot ndcukous moustaches.
Some digitisers can even capture sequences of video, which can then be used tor animation purposes.
For images which exist as printed pictures, such as an ordinary colour photograph, you'll need a scanner. Scanners come in two types hand scanners, and flatbeds.
Hand scanners, especially black and white ones, are relatively cheap Their great advantage is that you don't need a video signal, any picture will do Their disadvantage is the quality ol picture isn’t perfect Simple kne drawings work the best, but the results from hand scanning full-colour photographs won't be as good as pointing a video camera at the picture and digitising it.
GENLOCKS On the other hand, flat bed scanners give astonishingly good results
- much, much better than video.
The larger ones operate a lot like photocopiers and can capture pictures at very high resolutions (800 dots per inch for example) in true 24-bit colour For digitizers we recommend VLAB. Whilst the Epson GT8000 gets our recommendation fors VLAB From the same manufacturers as Retina. VLAB is an excellent piece of video grabbing hardware It's available as a Zorro card, or as a box which connects to the parallel port, but the Zorro versions are a lot faster Image quality is top notch, and the SVHS version can be used to digrtise entire sequences of video by making several automated passes
Name: Vlab Price: from £289 Supplier: Hobbyte Tel: 0727 856005 VIDI Rombo seem to have been churning out high quality low pnce video digitisers for yonks now. And a large per centage of Amiga owners either have or want a Vidi12 for their Amiga. With care, the image capture quality is pretty good and as all models of VIDI can be upgraded they are a good place to start. The Real Time versions make capturing colour images from live video footage possible.
SI CAN N IEI St: AND FRAME GRABBERS A SWITCH IN TIME?
A Time Base Corrector is essential if you need to combine two live video signals. The problem with video is that to mix it properly using tancy dissolves and overlays rather than basic edits, you need to synchronise the incoming signals perfectly Each video frame changes fifty times a second, and the start of each frame from both sources must be matched perfectly This is where a TBC comes in. Providing the complex circuits needed to sync' together two video sources The Amiga Centre Scotland have recently released their Tri-Code TBC. Which is well worth investigating.
Name: TriCode Price: ETBA Supplier: Amiga Centre Scotland Tel: 0896 87583 Alternatively. GVP also produce a TBC, cunningly called the GVP TBC, which provides everything you'll need in a TBC - CU AMIGA will hopefully have a full review of these next month.
Name: GVP TBC Price: ETBA Supplier: Silica Tel: 081-309 1111 VIDI Name: Price: (Vldl12) (Vldi12RT) Vldl24RT) Supplier: Tel: £99.95 £199 £299 Rombo 0506 414631 VIDEOMASTER One ol the first PCMCIA peripherals, VideoMaster will grab video frames and sound in real time directly into the memory of the A1200. If you experiment, you can create some amazing results, and the new software will allow standard IFF animations to be created Videomaster will also grab colour full-sized screens with quality comparable or better than Vidil 2.
Name: VideoMaster Price: £79.97 Supplier: HISoft Tel: 0525 718181 JXIOO With a scanning resolution of up to 200DPI in 18-bit colour, this miniature flatbed gives some amazing results The supplied software is a bit old these days, but ImageFX will drive it directly. Recommended.
Name: JX100 Price: £399 Supplier: Silica Tel: 081 309 1111 St«%I&0 8000 For top ot the range scanning, these Epson devices are the bee's knees.
With scanning resolutions in the thousands of dots per inch, these devices will scan an A4 page for you in monochrome, greyscale or 24 bit colour. The ultimatel Name: GT6500 8000 Price: E599 E849 Supplier: Power Tel: 0234 273000 » IT’S ALL IN Owning a genlock is only hall the story, you need software to help create and manage the graphics you wish to display. It's possible to get by with a program such as Deluxe Paint, but a dedicated titler is a better bet. These range Irom a program that does little more than allow text to be displayed in different fonts and moved up and down the screen,
through to a true multimedia development platform which will handle animations and sound effects. For video titling it has to be Video Stage Pro.
ISWffl!ira",VB Simple, fast and basic. Allows titles to be entered and displayed in a variety of ways, nothing complex, just simple and easy.
Name: Big Alternative Scroller 2 Price: £59.99 Supplier: Emerald Tel: 081 715 8866 A TITLE VIDEOSTAGE PRO A great drag and click interface, and plenty of options makes the latest VideoStage more than capable of generating your titles.
With an Arexx compatible genlock such as GVP’s G-Lock, some extremely advanced effects are quite possible.
Name: VideoStage Pro Price: TBA Supplier: Meridian Tel 081 543 3500 SCALA More an authoring package than a video titling system, Scala is renowned for its ease of use and professional results.
Super smooth fonts with many different effects makes it the top of the range titler.
Name: Scala MM210 Price: £149.99 Supplier: Emerald Tel: 081 715 8866 Most paint programs handle animation as standard - certainly both Deluxe Paint and Brilliance can be used to knock up some high-quality shorts. There are, however, several programs which exist only to aid in the development of animations. These programs offer an ‘onionskin' feature whereby previous frames can be seen faintly as you draw a new one, in the same way as a traditional animator would use several sheets of cells stacked one on top of the other. If you’re into animations then you should consider one of these,
although we prefer the more pricey Disney Animation Studio.
Animation A good place to starl is the Disney Animation Studio. It offers many features a beginner will need, and can produce reasonable anims, although advanced users may find it limiting.
Name: Disney Animation Studio Price: £79.99 Supplier: Infogrames Tel: 071 738 8199 MINMMnfco This package is aimed more at younger users, and as such doesn't have as many features or capabilities.
It can still create some basic animations though. (See the review on page 108 of this issue for more details.)
Name: Hanna Barbera Animation Studio Price: £49.99 Supplier: Empire Tel: 081 343 7337 Recently everyone needed to be able to morph to images. Why exactly this was so is open to question, but suddenly the ability to transform two images over several steps has became a much sought after feature.
CINEMORPH GVP’s first venture into software brought forth CineMorph, which is actually included in the image processing program ImageFX. It works by stretching a grid over the two images.The position of the points on the grid forms focal points for the image transformation, and when done properly the finished animation is impressive.
Name: CineMorph Price: £25 MORPH PLUS MorphPlus is the rival system from long-time Amiga graphics experts ASDG. MorphPlus is a set of extra plug-in operators for The Art Department Professional, and besides morphing (or warping), various other effects (spiral blur, twisting, perspective) are provided with typical AdPro control. Arexx makes creating complicated processes possible, although the animation support is still a little tricky to get to grips with.
Name: MorphPlus Price: £139.99 Supplier: Silica Tel: 081 309 1111 IMAGEFX At last, a true rival tor AdPro.
ImageFX otters just about everything that AdPro does (load and save images in every tile format you can think ol. Process the image in a zillion ways m between) but does it in a different way. The image is always displayed onscreen. Which means you can actually draw on it or specify sections to process You might prefer this approach, but somehow AdPro has a more stable teel to it.
Name: ImageFX Price: £199 Supplier: Silica Tel: 081 3091111 ART DEPARTMENT The King ol Amiga graphics programs has recently been given its most impressive upgrade yet.
Out is the tamiliar grey button festooned screen. In is the increasingly common multiple window treetorm interface The same features are here, but support tor a multitude ol graphics cards has been added. Still the best choice tor all sorts of image manipulation.
Y ZY i from perts extra d
g) . Vari- vided Rexx pro- Name: Art Department Professional 2.5
Price: £199.95 Supplier: Meridian Tel: 081 543 3500 VIDEO
TOASTER la America, the Video Tower it the one peripheral
which hit told more Amijij than any other Al one point, It wat
even possible to hoy a complete Video Toaster system without
knowing there was an Amiga inside. The Toaster is an NTSC-only
video manipulation system. It otters |ust about everything
that a prolessional TV studio or production house could need.
Irom simple video titling to astonishing special ettects which
put dedicated equipment to shame. Included In the Toaster
package is Lightwave, Ihe most advanced 30 rendering system
the Amiga has aver seen. More powerful than Imagine and Real
30 rolled into one.
Lightwave has been used in many television programmes to generate everything Irom submarines IseaOnest OSYi to spaceships Ibahyten 5).
Newtek are currently in negotiations with several UK companies to establish a distribution network and make the Toaster and its powerful 30 Image creation software - Lightwave - available In the UK. CU AMIGA will bring you lull details iust as soon as they are available.
DIRECTORY OPUS Possibly one ot the most useful Amiga programs ever written, Directory Opus soon becomes a vital part ot your Amiga. Not only does it make copying and moving tiles a lot easier, but you can view images, listen to samples, use archiving tools,alter dates and protection tlags
- in tact, anything you can do from the Shell or Workbench.
The following is a collection ot general utilities and programs that CU AMIGA highly recommend. II you intend to work with graphics or video on your Amiga, you'll appreciale Ihe power and flexibility that these programs provide.
Nome: Directory Opus Price: £49.95 Supplier: Emerald Tel: 081 715 8866 VISTA PRO Vista is a program which can be surprisingly useful tor quickly knocking up a tew backdrops for genlocking or painting purposes.
The 'Lite' version will work in only 2Mb ot RAM which means even owners ot unexpanded A1200S can experience the joys ol terralorming.
Name: VlstaPro Lite Price: £39.99 Supplier: Emerald Tel: 081 715 8866 The Amiga is very well served with excellent paint programs Most borrow heavily trom the grand-daddy ot them all. Deluxe Paint, which is the standard against all others are judged How do the current batch ot programs compare? Would the contenders take to the ring please... DPAINT Price: £99.99 Supplier: Electronic Arts Tel: 0753 549442 Dpaint was originally the program chosen by Commodore to be included with Amigas - and remained so until recently Over the years Dpaint was upgraded and improved, to the extent that is now
both powerful and very user friendly It is probably one ot the most used Amiga applications.
Dpaint is a classic Amiga application with menus along the top, tool bar down the right-hand side and a drawing area in the middle. Pressing F10 on the keyboard removes the menu and toolbar allowing you to you draw over the entire screen area. Features indude all the basic drawing painting tools you 11 need, simple text entry control, flexible block handling fallow ing you to cut. Paste and distort sections ol a picture), and a respectable number ot image manipulation facilities letting you rescale, rotate.etc. You can also create small animations (dependent upon memory available).
Dpaint supports all the normal Amiga display modes and new enhanced AGA screen modes.
PERSONAL PAINT Price: £59.95 Supplier: Meridian Distribution Tel: 081-543 3500 Personal Paint has now replaced Dpaint as Commodore’s chosen graphics program and has a very similar look and feel. Unlortunately. However it doesn't support the AGA or HAM display resolutions or, lor that matter, have any ol Dpalnts animation capability. The slow loading and saving times, and often confusing user interface may make you wonder why Commodore even considered Personal Paint.
Well it's not all bad Not only can Personal Paint support different tile formats, but it will also work with many third-party video cards (EGS and Picasso lor example). It also has a number ol file image processing facilities built in and has some impressive printing capabilities such as Postscript printing!
BRILLIANCE Price: £149.95 Supplier: Meridian Distribution Tel: 081 543 3500 Whilst Dpaint and Ppaint may be slugging it out. Another application, Brilliance, is tar in advance.
In the Jan issue ol CU AMIGA we compared Bnlliance with Dpaint and came to the resounding conclusion that Brilliance leas the only Amiga graphics package that can take Dpaint on and win Bnlliance otters all the tools that Dpaint has, but improves most ol them.
Brilliance has a vast range ot drawing and painting tools, pretty similar block brush handling, support for the AGA resolutions, animation and similar brush ettects.
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CD32ZONE CU AMIGA To fill or not to fill, that is the question. I had quite a lengthy and enjoyable debale with Acid Software’s Mark Sibly alter the ECTS concerning ! Amount of space on a CD. And whether a developer really has to fill it to make it value tor money Take Frontier this month, for example, which appeared just too late to make it into our review section. The CD32 conversion ot the game is a straight port I with no added trills, such as improved music or the initially proposed texture mapping. The reason?
Gametek didn't think that the sales would deserve s amount of work that would have lo go into it.
I Obviously, there are two ways ol looking at this. From I one side, Frontier is a great game anyway, so why should it be improved?- especially it the price remains 1 the same on CD. On the other hand, Frontier only takes 1 up 650K ot the available 650Mb - which means that there is a lot of space lett over (some would say wasted). So ' which way does a developer go? Do they |ust bung on a ’ tew extra audio tracks, or a 15-mmute rendered intro, or ! Just stick to producing quality software and hang I the size. I honestly don't know, but it’s going to be tun ‘ tinding out.
1 Tony Dillon i Games Editor IT’S A MONSTER!
PC owners have been getting more and more excited at the prospect of Cryo's fabulous new adventure game Lost Eden. Now CD32 owners can begin to : tremble at the prospect of this monster ol a game thanks to Virgin, who are releasing the mammoth dino escapade in November. Set in a tantasy work) where dinosaurs exist alongside humans, you play Adam, alone against the : dinosaurs which are led by a mammoth T-Rex. Your basic role is to build a : citadel to keep the humans in and the dinosaurs out.
As you can see from these PC screenshots, it's an incredible looking game With breathtthwig rendered 3D dinosaurs and scenery, including caverns, forests deserts and undersea areas.
: it’s certakily one ot the most amazing games we ve ever come across We II
• have a lul preview m a couple of : months, but don t worry - we
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SC toMhUytrz.-. ixTneSaies | C*g e W- CUT* ' working on the bigc -si CO game to date Cytrerwar II us- s the same gapf»c technology as B e* tea teg CO game The Law mower Um, based or the tilm ot the same name Taking up no less than three compact discs the game features stacks at ti screen ren- derec animations, and is quite a sight to behold. As lai as the PC version ol Cybermar goes, Doth an FMV and a style.
Ide, plus Pagan.
Printer sale 15 1-1 256 colour version are to development, with a C032 verson I due to be released lateronintheyear.lt ‘ has yet to be oeoded whether an FMV $ i C032 versor w* be ; Revolution Software are currently : putting the finishing touches to their j PC CD-ROM version ot Beneath A ; Steel Sky, one ot the best adventures : ever released in CU AMIGA’S opinion.
• Why are we telling you this? Because ; it's about to be
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CU AMIGA DIARY OF A GAME Out in Wales, where men are men and sheep are plentiful, two fine, upstanding members of the community are coding a game.
¦¦ fie story so far: John Jones I Steele ana Dave Rowe, other- I wise Known as the Stellar Genesis Agency are busy creating the ultimate CD32 game, featuring the kind of features you can only get on CD. The game idea has been developed and accepted by Mindscape. And John picks up the story. "Can four weeks have passed already? It seems that no sooner had I transmitted last months installment than this one became due ’ Firstly, tor those of you concentrating on the story so far. Last month there was a reference to an accompanying screen shot ot one of the rough mock-ups we are using to
speed up development "You will have noliced that it did not appear. Hopefully, this month you will be able to see this in all its glory (screenshot, far right). Also to be seen this month is the first view of the look and feel of the final "dressed" (ie complete with textures) room. This shows some of the features we will be using in the game, with realistic shadows from the wall lights and transparent walls (these walls have influenced the way the sprites are accessed - see later in the article).
BEGIN THE BEGIN , "As I said at the end of the last article, the full design of the game had now been accepted by Mindscape.
So the real work ot producing the game could start."
Even with the full design ready.
John still can't start coding It's the bane of a programmer's life thal they are always waiting around for other people to deliver the goods.
Before I could start properly on programming the game, the first level's rough art-work needed to be completed, along with the skating sprites. This was going to take Dave ¦ about two weeks so it ¦ seemed like a good idea ‘c' ¦ me to take a break Son was off to Gran Canaria tor ¦ iwo weeks ol serious Space ¦. Academy research (il you t ¦ believe that you will believe ¦ anything).
• » 1 Suitably refreshed, it ¦S. 1 was back to the grindstone and
or to Dave s lor an 9B update on progress The first thing that
had become apparent was how essential the models had been (see
the pictures of the models accompanying this article) To
produce the rough rooms.we only needed to rotate the model to
the correct viewpoint and then the room could be drawn "As can
be seen from the dressed room, the current room can be seen in
full, with lull lighting and shadows and with the adjoining
rooms visible - but with subdued lighting. As you leave one
room and enter the next, the viewpoint switches to tbe next
room by Hipping. As tonfl as memory allows, we are hoping
that the next room on either side can be cached in mem ory so
as to keep the delay between rooms to a minimum.’ CODER'S DREAM
Finally the coding can begin, and this is where the Stellar
Genesis Agency have to start putting their talent where their
mouths are.
Obviously, because the game has been designed by a programmer, the actual coding is already worked out.
All John needs to do is get typing "With the first 42 rooms, one level s worth, in my possession, the main programming could start Earlier, I said the spntes were influenced by Ihe graphics. There is one ofher reason The finished game will be coming out on both CD32 and DIARY OF A GAME CU AMIGA P?
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behind glass and through shadows can easily be realised on a
system with 1 byte per pixel, but to do this on a pianar
system, as the AI200 and A4000 have, would be very time
consuming.
¦Luckily on the CD32 we have the Chunky-to-Planar hardware that allows last conversion between PC- style sprites and the normal Amiga video hardware.
‘The way the effects are achieved is that as a sprite is being plotted to the screen, each pixel is checked to see if it is behind glass or in a region of shadow. I! It is. Then tne pixel is modified either darker for ¦he shadow region or lighter it it is behind a glass panel. This effect GOALPOSTS When creating a project of this size, oevelopment teams have to set milestones for themselves to break the whole thing down into manageable ks. SGA are no different.
- The first programming task, after me usual screen setup, was to
produce maps of each room which contained the positions ot
the walls to J«ow collision detection. With this i the main
character can now ? Around quite happily bumping mo the wall
position.
• With this in place the first problem should be visible in the
screen shot of the jily-dressed room."
Into the and remove the skating c ters. He has I also Been working with the textures we mentioned last time, producing various flooring brushes ana waiipa- ( oer brushes
- eady for the task of completing the I fully dressed rooms |
once all the roughs are finished "At this point, I realised
that to go between the floor levei and the balconies I needed
the stairways to be available! We had already decided that all
stairs would actually be ani- mated escalators, so Dave
beavered away producing the animations for all views ol these
moving staircases.
• As I am typing away at this month’s episode. Dave is on his way
over with these animations. This article can now be
transmitted up to CU AMIGA'S modem and I can get on with the
ups and downs of the game1" And so we leave him at his key
board for this month, and look forward to next month's even
more exciting installment! occurred. In a usual isometric
game, the rooms are built up ot standard blocks which can then
be used for masking off the sprites legs or arms or whatever
happens to be behind them.
'In the design of Space Academy.
We are aiming for a fairly unique look for each room. With Dave busy creating different wall shapes, balcony barriers, doors and furniture tor each room, this technique witl not work.
"The answer to the problem has been to store depth masks of each object our hero can get behind along with a mask plane that holds the position of the shadows.
- This does mean that there is an enoimous amount of data stored
for each room, but that is what CD games give us, a huge amount
of data space on the disk itself along with more RAM in the
console so that this data is readily access.ble and does not
need to be reloaded from disk each time it is required."
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has beei human population has been mutai of monsters. The only solution is to team of men to find the machine and blow it to bits.
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There are four monster-infested worlds to explore, CHUCK ROCK 2 SON OF CHUCK CORE DESIGN £14.99 OUT NOW As the title suggests, the loincloth clad Neanderthal, Chuck Rock, has been passed over for the sequel to the popular Amiga platformer in favour of his much cuter son. Chuck Junior's his name and clubbing’s his game and we don't mean the get down and boogie variety either.
Junior's got to rescue his pa from the filthy Brick Jagger and to do this needs to swing his way through the jungle to the bad lad's lair.
The caveman kid starts each game with a full baby bottle of energy and when it's empty he loses a life. Simple stuff, but thankfully, if you lose one of those precious lives, you can just continue where you left off and not have to go back to the beginning. Junior may look as cute as apple pie, but you’ll notice that he comes complete with a rather hefty club. As you'd imagine, he can give out a fair old bashing with the weapon, but it also serves to protect the tot too. By pulling down on the pad you can balance the baby on top of the club, thus avoiding certain monsters that can't touch him
at this loftier height. In fact, there are a whole host of controls that are not at first obvious to those of us who prefer to use game manuals to rest cups of tea on, rather than read them. Junior can swing the club high to attack low flying dinos, he can leap on the back of some monsters who'll carry him safely forward and he can even jump on ropes and vines and swing like a veritable Tarzan across the screen.
The graphics are pretty dreamy, with six different scenes comprising of scores of varying zones. Junior can interact with some backgrounds by bashing them with the club and move rocks across the screen. This enables the youngster to move boulders over spikes and get over obstacles unharmed. There are quite a few surprises in store for the adventurer, with nice graphical touches including cavemen dressed up in dinosaur suits that disrobe as they get hit and huge walking dinosaurs that take up most of the screen.
What with all the different club antics, including a feature that allows Junior to set the club on fire to illuminate parts of a map. There's enough variety to make this quite an attractive romp. The sluggish Amiga cartoon intro has been speeded up to make one of the finest intros ever - the CD32 version finally does justice to the brilliant animation.
Chuck Rock 2 is now a well recommended purchase Steve Keen Flying througn me trees with the greatest ot case The naughty ones are John and Jim.
They've been trapped in the fantasy world of an evil king and the duty of traversing the five worlds and getting them back to their own land rests squarely on your shoulders. All you have to do is complete the various rooms that hold the heroes prisoner and then you can get back home.
Naughty Ones can be played as a single player game or you can team up with an equally mischievous buddy for simultaneous two-player fun. Each room consists of a cunning array of platforms, each patrolled by devious demons in various guises. Indistinguishable blobs scooch up and down the platforms whilst more sinister robots and mechanical contraptions have taken over other levels. Each of the five worlds has a different theme. The first. Mad Mechanics, has a mechanical mood to it with deadly cranes hidden cannons and heat seeking missiles standing between you and freedom. One of the more
devious worlds is Furious Fire, inhabited by compulsive pyromaniacs On this stage you have to extinguish all the beasts before they set fire to the level and bum it and you to the ground!
A platform game without pick-ups just wouldn't be on, so there's an ample smattering of objects to collect before you reveal the key to the level s exit You can pick up bouncing killer shots to take out baddies with, extra lives, immortality and extra speed to name a few. The monsters you encounter will also drop coins when they've been killed and it’s advisable to pick these up quickly to boost points and progress Naughty Ones looks cool enough on the CD32, but the main sprite graphics are pretty small, with some objects almost being missed due to their minuscule rendering However the game
possess some nice details such as conveyer belts and lifts to take you further into the game and some freak elemental problems such as flooding. Hidden levels and secret rooms are also included, scattered through out the five worlds and you'll notice that as the game moves along it gets harder with the enemy sprites CD ZONE CU AMIGA GUNSHIP 2000 MICROPROSE OUT NOW £29.99 G unship 2000 is regarded by many as one of the best Amiga flight simulators, if not actually the best. The one thing it had above all others was a realistic undulating tenain. Instead of taking a flat green landscape and iust
adding the odd pyramid. Gunship 2000 has a true terrain that you can property interact with, hugging the hills, following valleys and generally flying the game the way it was meant to be flown.
Coming from MicroProse. It goes without saying that the game is realistic, and a superb simulation, bul Gunship 2000 has much, much more than your normal flight simulator.
Now it's available tor the CD32, and boy are you lucky CD owners in for a treat. MicroProse have taken the Amiga version and enhanced it beyond all expectations For a start there's the wonderful intro sequence, where an AH-64A Apache chopper flies low over a lake and then goes into battle along a valley There's improved sound and music There's the 256 colour graphics There's increased speed and even a much smoother update Best of a«. Though, are the controls. On Amiga, Gunship 2000 used all sorts of key commands to do everything. On CD32. Only the important functions are kept on the joypad,
with all weapons, power settings and navigation controls at your fingertips. Secondary actions, such as changing your view of the game and examining the map, are brought up on a menu when the game is paused If you thought a flight simulator couldn't work on a console, then think again.
Gunshp 2000 deserves to be one of the big CD32 sellers. It's got stacks of action plenty of visuals, more explosions than you actually need and you can machine gun camels What more do you need?
Tony Dillon each with (our sub levels What makes Chaos Engine so mlnguing though is ts artificial intelligence. Each levet is slutted with different paths so that even
• hen a work) is completed you can go back and discover new
avenues to k*ow By picking up different coloured keys you can
move parts of the scenery to find hidden rooms and weapons or
by activating the various nodes in different order you can
reveal other levels. When most monsters a-e killed they throw
up all kinds of surprises, like weapons or special gadgets ot
destruction, allowing each player to have his abilities beefed
up.
With improved graphics, a cool intro and brilliant sampled CD speech Chaos Engine more than stands tall on the CD32. In fact I'd say it’s one ot the best games you can buy for the machine. A classic shoot 'em up that's even better on the CD32. Definitely not one to be missed.
Let s hope that the team are working on some spectacular CD32 specific products - they'll be monstrous!
Steve Keen l pop video should be available by the time you read this. The movies on show this issue are The Hunt for Red October, Ghost, Naked Gun Two and A Half and the first music FMV title - Eurythmics, Greatest Hits.
This month sees the release of a film Alan's is just itching to get his hands on - yes Ghost has finally floated in. Quite why Alan wants to watch this timeless tear jerking romantic drama is beyond me, maybe something to do an unhealthy admiration of Patrick Swayze (heck he even knows how to spell his name!). Anyway, Ghost is a classic film, loved by practically SOUNDS All. RIGHT If you've got the CD32 and an FMV module and all you have it plugged into is your TV then you’re missing out on some amazing sounding experiences.
On the back of the CD32 are two phono jacks. Using standard phone cables connect these to your stereo via either a spare input connectors or the inputs for your CD player - remember CD32 has CO quality audio!
Next time you watch an FMV film or play a game, turn on the stereo and listen to the sound coming through, using your stereo to amplify the sound will enhance the FMV film experience even more.
Every woman I know, and more than a few men will admit to enjoying it - when pushed that is. As such this FMV version is probably going to go down a storm, and rightly so.
The sound is wonderful, with a depth and clarity that is up to anything yet produced. The visuals are pleasing, although there is a slight loss of detail in dark areas, but overall this is a good conversion. Ghost is a real eye-lash-drencher and worth adding to your collection.
Quick hand me a tissue!
DIVE, DIVE, DIVE!
The next film is one of my all time favourites, an absolute rip roaring semi-political, action drama. Originally released as the real East West cold- war was coming to an end, The Hunt for Red October charts the activities of a Russian captain trying out Russia’s newest and most deadly submarine. But instead of following orders he has his own plans and creates more than a few waves between Nato and the Warsaw pack in the process. A Strong plot, with the acting staring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin adding to a powerful atmosphere set both below and above the waves!
Like Ghost the conversion quality of Red October is well up to scratch. The sound in this film was particularly better than from my VHS video version, and came out wonderfully through my Dennon surround sound system (see box out).
The visuals were also more than up to recent levels and showed none of the fuzz that can be seen in early FMV films.
JUS? A£§EPT IT!
After overdosing on emotion with Ghost, and The Hunt for Red October getting more political than should be allowed, it’s time for some humour, and why not!
Naked Gun Two And A Half is fast paced, slap-stick comedy along the same lines as Airplane, and Police Squad. The film follows the antics of Frank Drevin as he stumbles his way through another investigation, if you find Police Squad humour enjoyable you'll love this.
It’s laughs a minute with this film, and unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Sadly, Naked Gun has suffered very badly in the transition from master tape to FMV format - it’s the worse I've seen yet, apart from very early promotional titles. The picture blurs regularly, with a definite fuzziness throughout the film and there was also a loss of detail in several frames. Unless you’re a diehard Frank Drevin fan, avoid this one.
SWEET DREAMS When Commodore first unveiled the FMV card for the CD32 one of their biggest claims was that there would be a load of video Cds from the world of music. So far however, there haven’t been that many, zero to be precise, but now the first is about to arrive and it is a fine example of what is coming.
Eurythmics. Greatest Hits is, like the films reviewed, a double CD. As you would expect it features both the audio and video tracks to many of their best tracks, including Sex Crime, There Must Be An Angel, It's All Right (baby’s coming back), The King and Queen of America, and Would I Lie to You. There are 22 songs on the two Cds and added to this is a Eurythmics disography. The last track is a collection of still frames (why only still frames?) Showing their previous work.
BMG, the record company behind it, are also working on several other FMV titles, although no details were available at the time writing.
However BMG are one of the UK’s largest record company’s and represent other major artists like Lisa Stansfield and Whitney Houston so we should hopefully see some big releases in future.
Typical to the music business, which always tries to charge as much as possible, music Cds will be priced at £19.99, rather than the £15.99 that the films are being sold for.
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Their hair is clean.
Their nails have been manicured.
Their shoes have been polished and their shirts carefully pressed. First Impressions can be so important, don’t you think?
SUPERSTi TEAM 17 THE GAMEPLA Y: Take Asteroids, add a bit of Asteroids, and for good measure top up with generous dollop of Asteroids. Alternatively, take the previous game Stardust, and add some more Asteroids. If you think you could be overdoing it slightly with the Asteroids, then add a stunning 3D tunnel sequence for variety.
WHAT'S NEW: Not a lot since the previous game. This is essentially an upgrade of the standard chipset game released through Daze Marketing late last year. Glorious 256 colour graphics, more ray-traced chunks of rock than you could shake a stick at, and the tunnel sequences have been greatly improved.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Bloodhouse, a Finnish company, are the team responsible, with their only other release to date being Stardust itself. Don't worry, though. These clever Finns aren’t a single dimension enterprise. They've got plenty of other games to come, and they aren't all based on Asteroids'.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: We loved the first game, so of course we are going to be a little biased towards this one. Provided they don't change the playability of the original too much (although it could be slightly easier?) Then this is a sure fire hit.
An Itchy trigger linger Is |ust j what's needed to play I Superstardust. And Tony Dillon?
He's Itchy all over.
THE GAMEPLA Y: Elfmania Is a beat 'em up lo end all others. A fat king has taken over a land by force, and you have to hire combateers to go in and rescue the turf that's rightfully yours. Every fight you win marks a cross on the board that is MEGADE A CU Screen Star Is for games scoring 85%- 92%. If a game gets one of these, It'll be of lasting quality and you can rest assured that. If you decide to purchase It.
You won’t be wasting your money.
¦I it 93% and a game's worth a Superstar. We hardly throw them around, but II a game gets one It'll be completely outstanding.
SUPER STAR FIRST IMPRESSIONS THE GAMEPLAY: Naturally a large Dart of the gameplay is actually Sensible Soccer, upgraded and
- pdated, but this time around there is a hell of a lot more to
see. How about every team and every player in every eague there
is? Pick a continent, pick a country and pick a division - all
your favourite teams are there.
WHAT’S NEW: The number of teams the game. There are games around "¦'at allow you to tailor leagues and cups like Sensible World Of Soccer does, but there aren't many that let you do it with African Second Division teams! All the strips are correct and even the colours of the players heads and hair is right. How do they get so much detail in there?
BEHIND THE SCENES: If you can't guess from the title, then you shouldn't be reading this magazine.
Of course it’s all been coded by Sensible Software. Who else keeps turning out games with very small characters? OK, DMA Designs... FIRST IMPRESSIONS: If I said it looked anything else but wonderful, then I'd get lynched. It's Sensible Soccer, so you can’t really go wrong with that, and it's been cranked up to a new level. It will go to number one and stay there for a year, as usual.
THE GAMEPLA Y: A fast platformer where you. As Ruff, have to race around enormous colourful levels, collecting a set number of coloured marbles to take you to the next world. Jump on thmgs to kill them, or shoot them if you can. And do all the other cute and crazy things that we keep seeing m platform games.
WHAT’S NEW: Not a tot. As far as I can make out from playing the game.
It’s a platformer. Borrowing as much from others as they aU do That isn't to say it’s not a good game, it just isn't completely original.
BEHIND THE SCENES: The game is being coded by Jason Perkins, who you will know from his previous work on Apocalypse.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: As I've said, it doesn’t come across as entirely original, but it’s playable enough and looks good enough to appeal to a wide section of gamers. At the moment there are a few playability bugs to be sorted out, but once they're done I’m sure it will be great.
The world, and when you get five in a i«ne you win! You only have a limited amount of cash, so being frugal at the start means you can splash out on the really big battles.
WHAT'S NEW: The Connect 4 idea.
:or iheTfrst time, we have a beat em mpletely mindless.
: fust having to work your dozen very similaf to play a rripre ling a pf ?__ Tiole d by t not bse new to com- t Stav was Nor some of the biggest t games eVer, particularly when ne to the ZX Spectrum.
Welcome to the Amiga, Stav.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The game is in quite a playable state at the moment, being only a month from review, so I can easily say it’s a great game. An excellently coded product, it’s almost guaranteed to fly off the shelves as soon as it hits them.
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ing 10 make his big return. To some, i! Might seem like he has
never been away, but since the lirst game was finished the boys
and girls at Adventuresott have been beavering away like mad to
create the ultimate graphic adventure. There are those who may
think that Simon stands up quite easily against anything
other programming teams have to show But be prepared to be
amazed. Simon The Sorcerer 2-the lion the wizard and the
wardrobe really does look like it's going to be a whole lot
better
- We've really gone to town," proclaims Mike Woodrolfe, beaming
Irom ear to ear.
¦We've got seven full-time artists now, alter silting through over 300 applicants Irom one advertisement.
It's surprising how you can work through so much high-quality art. And end up with a shortlist of 20 to 40 artists, and then tind out just how many can't make the jump to computer art. One bloke came in lor a test, and walked out in an hour. He did superb artwork, but couldn't hack it on a machine.* With the CD32 version of Simon The Sorcerer out of the door, Adventuresott gets stuck into his second escapade.
Tony Dillon discovers that things are looking better than ever in wizard world.
FRUITY IMAGES Take a look around this page, and you’ll see the fruit of these seven graphic artists. Although the game is easily recognisable as the sequel to the original, the actual quality of the art is streets ahead.
"The artists started work on the something goes wrong, and Simon s dumped outside a shop belonging »o the good wizard Calypso, and hriarious consequences follow.
«awK wN YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED The puzzles in Simon 2 look far more complex than its predecessor - there e no way Vampyra is going to solve one in a day. For example, when Smon arrives outside Calypso's tf»op in the Wardrobe. Calypso tells
• **n that he'll need to get some Uucosade to generate the 1.21
G awatts of power needed to get the wardrobe going again. To
get some c* the Mucosade, you have to get nto the Royal Castle.
The King is ooking for a new magician, so he holds a
competition. When you arrive there are all these crusty old
wizards. And there's no way Simon could compete against these
guys with their heavy-duty magic. So the only way to win is to
cheat. He goes to the Street Of Traders, and buys a
Do-It-Yourself stink bomb kit. Then he has to get some swamp
stew from the Swampling who, in the meantime, has gone upmarket
and opened a chain of restaurants called McSwamplings and
doesn't make stew anymore. At this point things start getting
really complicated, and without wanting to give too much of the
game away, a Swampling costume is made, the stink bomb is let
off. Various things are done to various people, and then...
well, you’ll have to wait and see.
FAMILIAR FACES Once again, Simon Woodroffe, the author the of the Simon games, has borrowed copious amounts from popular fiction throughout the script.
¦Simon does this a lot," explains proud father Mike. "If you read through our games, you'll find quotes from all over the place. People like things they're familiar with. This is why Simon 1 has been so successful. They know the story of the Three Billy Goat’s Gruff. They know the story of Rapunzel. It all works for them. It’s familiar ground.” There’s no shortage of familiar faces in Simon 2, just in case you were wondering. Most will have already got the connection with the title (a tip of the hat to C.S.Lewis) and quite a few will have got the Back To The Future storyline, but there is
much more to it than that.
The Three Bears make an appearance in this game, but in this case Goldilocks is a persistent offender, and as a result the Bear’s cottage is like a fortress - they are so fed up with Goldilocks coming in and raiding it. The Lady Of The Lake makes her own waves in the game, dressed in a wetsuit and oxygen tank. You will need to get past her, but she won't let you until she sees the royal seal, which in true Simon tradition will .
Actually be a seal - the kind that do tricks with balls and catch fish!
One thing that Mike is taking into consideration for the sequel is the move to CD-ROM and CD32 platforms. Whereas the first game was a text-based adventure that moved eventually to CD. The script for the sequel is being written with the spoken word particularly in mind. And Mike has laid out for a Hollywood collection of sound effects for the game, which, when combined with the new improved script make the game just as enjoyable to watch as to play, as the running demo Adventuresoft showed at the ECTS proved. The inclusion of sound effects will also be a welcome relief for fans of the
original game who only had the choice of music or silence. Mike has listened very carefully to criticisms and praise for the original game, and is confident that Simon 2 will be the first graphic adventure to get it completely right.
The game should appear somewhere towards the end of September, so don’t hold your breath for it. We’ll have a full review as soon as we can, but until then, just drool over the screenshots.
0Daze software is fast becoming one of the largest RPG adventure specialists in Europe. Steve Keen gets the latest chat, straight from the intercontinental fax, on their latest spectacular creation.
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WORK IN PROGRESS and taverns RPG fanatics on! Uro* that adventure games are loaded with options and features, and to mt be pleased to see that Ishar 3 la re different Players can choose thee own names, race, class, appeararxa and characteristics from over 100 1 different personalities. These indw* ual characteristics also affect the action in the game.
"We’ve given every character hisrher own individual style." States Louis Mane. ‘Some may be prone id stealing, others may not be trustworthy and lie a lot, whilst another grouo may be murderous and do away wr !_»]¦ *ftyg party members. The Hsrdpsflif programming le.r- "ave created real lr Mfj righting with wilj RfeptflJS tactical screens and ¦KM even impleniented a SyaVyJTB System mat can ,-¦¦¦ ruct co -bat ivo'y ™9hi 10 rta* * 1M lshar 3 ls l0,al|f mous« driven and all the actio- iwflttauj takes olace with the Ira ditional ooint and dick PpiWl interface. From first impressions Ihe sfyle
LvsHarK) leei ol ,,,e 9ame are m a class of Iheir EBB|Q own and. With its varied suo ccts - ”.r .- • is ’ inileiy not as JsHBJEJ stra ghttonvaid as other RPGs. Marie adds: "Linear is not a word you oould use to desenbe Ishar 3. There are always dil- lerent routes to take and alternate avenues to follow."
Although Siimarils have put humungous efforts into Ishar 3 they reserve the title of Most Technically Advanced Game that they've produced for the soon-to-be-reteased Robinson's Requiem. However, Ishar 3 is looking stunning and is delinitely one of the most eagerly awaited adventures we've seen tor a long time.
Louis Marie concludes:"Ishar 3 is an extravaganza of an RPG with undoubfably the finest graphics and Ihe best plot we've come up with yet Fans ot the previous two games will not be disappointed" And we’re certainly not about to argue with him. For now © I to ini oui exactly the right place at the right ¦ ¦* HiUJH ¦ snores m time, whenever imt tune may be.’ » .yrV 3 ® % June .I'd i • .-Kf program •let time s I'JtriW, IfluDy' •' '' mersSImanls are constantly factor n the enure Siimarils praduc »' ••V-MMdSf y&i updating me code, they are conliden: tio- schedule Tie.- u'ogrammers tdji that it
II keep its protected release have been beavering away on Ishar daw “-eolot for the third adventure Jforo.er yea- ¦ .v Out it 'ooks like goes like this: The evil wizard it s been worth the wan Shandar from s'iar3has made a "The AGA version teatures gor* surprising comeback His plan is to geous 2S6 colour graphics Nl¦»?!!¦ SBbAI tfj reirv arnat.- ¦ ms»n f anorhe- lorm enhanced vcurtl ..-nets a'd • iMer so the search is on lor another body gameplay than jusl about any other Putting out all the stops the mad wiz- RPG around." Continues Louis Marie.
Ard decides to come back ns a head ot the company s production lUNl ~ anflSW t,g ;-EllSrta'J gigantic 2.000 year old winged team "The CD32 version will feature Z-'' lure is immortal and the last mated li m sequences that we ve yet EB r-aSPf* I Wirr ~ remaining member ol the Black to announce All the action m ishar 3 H|CL Dragon race So it’s down to you to is in first oersor 31) ano the graphics B g? 55?®!® 8 destroy the mr-c-ta dr agor be'cve nave even tw. Dec- and -..ma-n Shandar can take control ot nis soul. Able atmosphere man the previous iplf "We’ve introduced a two games What we've
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stunning plot. For us, Ishar 3 is rich portfolios. Every one
has their own back in time and in dream like images, colour and
personality and they develop as find the key plot sound and is
the closest anyone has individuals as the game goes on. A Ant,
points scattered ever come to producing a Tolkien- whole web ot
sub-plots keeps the . W throughout history like adventure on
computer." Game ticking along so that even by using the senes
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novelty of because mere are always equally the past.
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The Portsmouth based trio of Terry Carrington, Paul Carnngton and Lisa Tunnah are extremely excited Towards the end of last year they came together as a brand new software house, called Vulcan Software, with the aim of righting wrongs, fighting injustice and showing the world just what the Amiga is capable ot. Three months into production of their first game, coder artist Paul is sitting in the bath when he ones the proverbial ‘Eureka' and runs screaming to his keyboard. And so, Valhalla was bom
- the game that looks likely to revolutionise adventure games.
TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE Valhalla is the tale of a sweet young fellow who has returned to his homeland to stake his claim for the throne which is rightfully his.
Before he can do this, though, he has to work his way through an enormous tower, puzzle solving all the way. Battling past guardians, pits, spikes, traps and just about anything else you can think of.
Still, he’s a resourceful young fellow and with a little luck and ingenuity, he will succeed at this most i impossible of quests. Oh, by the I way. This is where you come in.
LOOKING UP Playing the game at this early
e. things are looking quite S3S$ 88g:S amazing Ignoring the
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insights into the work ing of the castle as you trundle around
fixing injustices Why else did you think Paul cried 'Eureka?
Okay, so CD owners might not be immensely impressed, but the
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The intention is to give you a character to play with, one you can identify with and enjoy controlling.
There is little text in the game, and the simple control method (five icons, indudmg the save and load menu!) Means that players will be able to concenea* on the game without worrying about missing anything or not using anything in the correct way If you try . The tttle guy on screen will look up at you w«h those imploring eyes and say 1 can t do that' SPEAK CLEARLY Vulcan are conwieed that this is the way forward for adventure games, and playing the fv* level of this five- level game, I’m indmed to agree.
Obviously, the samples aren't as dear as a CD adventure and they are limited to a couple of seconds at a time, but they do add to the gameplay a lot. Even Ms early on.
The one concern that Vulcan did have was that there was to be no disk swopping at all. Somedsng they have succeeded at. You switch disks between levels, but that s as far as it goes. Running from floppy will mean a slight lag Between selecting an option and heanng the speech, but as this will Be less than a second. There is no danger of floppy users losing out With some very dever programming and recording techniques. Vulcan Software have come up with a groundbreaking piece of software. As I speak, the game is about three weeks from completion - quite a feat considering it's only nine
weeks ok) at time of writing Quite why the game has developed so quickly is a little hard to pin down, But it could just be that Vulcan Software are a very dedicated and enthu- siastic Bunch, who love great games and are iri HP ' love wilh ihis one. Or JfM perhaps because Ihe only cnrrprses three people, the wailing time lor all the ¦ different elements of the game such as sound, graphics and so on is dramatically reduced because there are fewer channels for all the components to go through.
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Anyone who even halt reads any of the popular Amiga games magazines should already be more than slightly aware that we’re about to be set upon by a large huddle of footy games. (Incidentally, if anybody thinks they know the correct collective noun for footy games, please feel free to write in to us on a postcard - just don't be surpnsed il we bum it immediately). What you might not be aware of though, is that US Gold is the only company to have the official World Cup licence, and as a
• esult wili be producing what promises to be a real stonker.
The preview matenal for World Cup USA 94 is a hefty okt Bundle and features Strfcer, the World Cup's mucol very heavily ndeed As if to gloat in he faces of their com- peMors US Gold have slapped the footballing dog lust about everywhere. And have mvnated him, and I duote in 'a light- hearled and humourous way to show-off his ball control and lead the player through the generous opeons' (i.e. pranong around with the be! At every possible moment) From this port on its options ahoy and it's as good as guaranteed you’ll be playing the game exactly as you want it If Mr Perfection is your
middle name (like Tony Dillon, or is that Mr Plonker'?) Then you re ttely to be well satisfied by the package, as set piece practice a probably the most impressive option here The player is able to rehearse lust about any aspect ot the game, including kick- offs, comer kicks, throw-ins. Free kicks and penalties - you can even decide whether you want to play as the shooter or the goalie during penalty practices.
With each of the game’s training options you will be able to play either against a second player, the computer, or just an empty pitch (and if you've seen some of my tactics you'd be forgiven lor wondering it I could score even then!)
All of the qualifying teams are included in the game, but patriotic folk (i.e. those genuinely upset by tho fact that the British team was too sad to compete) will be glad to know that a special sad donkeys step this way' option has been included to allow you to play as any national team you fancy. This is done by editing the teams that are actually supplied, and yes, this even includes the sad bunch of rejects that is the England squad (let's not forget it was under Graham Taylor's rule at the time!)
More standard options are at your finger tips too. Allowing you to affect the players speed, the balls glue factor' (Well, Graham Taylor could be descnbed as a bit of a Pritt Stick), as well as the pitch type and weather You'll also be able to switch the offside and back pass rules on and off.
As far as individual teams go, you can not only change their appearance using the strip editor, but can also use the formation editor to either modify existing formations or to set up your own from scratch, allocating set zones to each player.
World Cup 94 hopes to inject atmosphere throughout, using a number of graphical drop-ins showing refs faces, cards issued, etc. as the game progresses, and after each game you'll also be able to enter a debnefmg screen which will show both teams' overall performances and various items of statistical data Though we stand to see many, many tooty games before the year's out. World Cup '94 promises to be a game to be reckoned with. But then again, don't they all! Tune in for a lull review next month (hopefully). S) Put Your Finger on the Buttons of the ‘Very Best Amiga Word Processor’
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SUPERSTAR Ask anyone to name one ol the most influential Amiga platform games ever, and they'll invariably mention James Pond in one of his previous incarnations. Taking what made certain console games the huge sellers they are and making them better is what made Robocod the smash hit it was, and I'm pleased to be able to announce that in he sequel to the sequel, Millennium have gone even further. If you only ever « CCCC CCCC cccc cccc ¦ buy two platform garjjies for your A1200, this is vr one of them. (Bubble N’ Squeak is the other, but you don’t need me to tell you that).
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Starfish couldn't be further trom that only down to the intense speeds original smash, flobocodwas tar this runs at. However, betore I get more in tune with Mario than this you all excited over the game itself, game, which teatures more than a tip how about a bit ot the plot to get you of the hat to Some The Hedgehog, if really moving?
Play around with, and each one is absolutely huge, easily 20 to 30 screens long and who knows how '.many high. You'll find almost no similarity between Stem either. It's not as rl you can work out a strategy for completing levels like you could with Rohocod. The only thing that remains the same about each level is the fact that you start at one end and somewhere near the other end is a transmitter that needs to be activated by collecting a number of much of a level you complete when you reach the end - for example, il you only collect the bare minimum ot teacups to activate the
transmitter, instead of all the teacups on the level
- then more than one path can be displayed. Depending on how you
play, there are literally dozens ol ways to work through the
game, and the only levels you need see twice are the very early
ones.
As I've already said, this game takes a lot more from, say, Sonic than it does Mario Sure, there are still lots ol hidden blocks to head bang against, and there are plenty of enemy sprites to leap upon and destroy with your leet. But the whole thing is considerably taster than the last game In Robocod he rolled along at a leisurely pace most ol the time, occasionally building up speed when he came down a slope. In Operation Starfish, James has a , gearbox. You start the game * in walk’ | mode.
IfllP 81 TNI S!HPshpu SSY- Doctor Maybe, the ever pre- " k sent enemy of F.I.5.H., t has been keeping quite a I low profile lately, ever since being defeated at . The the end lot "Agents were ’ put on his tail after the battle I at the Toy factory, but he soon slipped surveillance, he next thing of any importance to happen was the disappearance ot a NASA Space shuttle. Maybe held a secret meeting in the desert, from which a large ftash was seen streaking heavenward.
Only one conclusion can be drawn - Maybe has taken the shuttle and set up a base on the moon! What else can F.I.5.H do but send their top undercover agent to that large ball ot cheese in the sky to track down Maybe and close down his opera-
• ons lor good.
In true secret intelligence style, Pond has been decked out with all f* latest equipment, such as boots
* »at allow him to move without the dscomlort of reduced gravity
and sized breathing apparatus I let him run around freely in an
5 environment.
As always there are dozens of
• ms left lying around for him to up and use to his advantage.
Provided you can figure out where to use them You don’t need me to tell you that Operation Starfish is a platform game, but what a platform game it is!
Easily the biggest seen on the Amiga, there are over a 110 levels to t you race around each ol the Imll.
There are all sorts ol goodies uniting lo he discovered Here is just a selec I lion ol Ihe toys on otter.
Ir crossing large spaces, Ihe I umbrella slows Pond s descent lo an I almost standstill, allowing him to make far I longer jumps than ever before.
GATEAUX GU this tiros a selection ot ditlerent trait, depending on the number ot power-ups you have collected lor it. It starts oft tiring bouncing apples, but as you increase its s -ae punch The whole thing is held together with an enormous map which, in true console fashion, grows as you work through it. At beginning, there is only a small section and a single level displayed.
Complete Ihe level and the path to the next one is shown Interestingly enough, only part of the 111 levels in the game need to be completed to reach the end. Depending on how capabilities, you can work all the way up to homing cakes. This gun is handy lor dear ing a path along the ground, but needs a little practice to make good use ol H when in the air.
Can be thrown at enemies, or especially at large boxes ol TNT. A short (use means that it will explode shortly alter being thrown, so you best get out ol the way as quickly as possible.
Evur lancied taking a piece ot moon roch home with you The cheese can he thrown at enemy sprites as a weapon, or can be used as a stepping stone to allow Pood to reach higher platforms around at , controllable . Rate but k can't 1 climb the J sides of ' mountains.
R Pressing the space bar takes him into 'run' mode, where no surface is too sheer, even hanging upside down Yes, Pond's boots recreate a field ol gravity, but they do it on any surface. Not necessanly the one that forms the crust of the moon Remember, this time Pond isn't racing around inside a conveniently-designed building. This is the moon we are talking about, and you couldn't hope tor a more uneven surface to run around on.
Still, unless you actually jump, Pond sticks firmly to the ground he's walking on, and as a result can often end up running upside down, up the side of a wall and even round and round a single block if you aren’t careful.
All this has made for some very dever level design, and Chris Sorrell stands to be heartily congratulated for the. A finer designer of platform games has never walked this earth, in my opinion. Even though the game is so large, you are very rarely left wondering where to go next. Every screen is packed with clues as to what to do, even if said clues aren't particularly blatant. A tree might extend above the top of the screen, or you might come across a blank wall with a considerable amount ol open space in front of it. It doesn't give the game away, but it does add a very nice puzzle element
to what is already a superb game Take the first level, for example.
Right at the very start there is a block just hanging in mid air. Leaping oft it » GAME REVIEW kfiRMM: m Mf-BfflMA m mis nm msi ei MnwffB Rfnet jt m 6f BMMMHVO!
Energy or a life, you know why and you know you could have avoided it.
There are no hidden, nasty surprises, and the controls are good enough to allow you to fly through the early levels.
FLIPPER GREAT!
The ultimate follow up? I think so.
Millennium have the Pond series (town to a line an now. And I should think so too considering the numbev ot platforms that Robocod got put out on. II you've seen the incredKNe Megadrive version ot this game, then you'll be happy to know that this is identical.
An amazing game - it's |ust a crying shame that non-AGA owners will have to miss out.® V'f v 'm4* 1 means mat it will take some people weeks belore they segpalt ol it.
There are enemiea just as tough as Pond, and it you can get through w level two without losing energy within the lirst titty times ot playing 1 me game. I'll Oe very surprised | It isnl frustratingly hard.
Mwtf| though, and that's partly .-.'•.ri man's me g.nvp so addictive.
Whenever you lose accomplishes nothing, nor does hitting it. Yet running along a hit you tind a bomb. Drop the bomb on the block and when it explodes, it takes the block with it, opening up a wormhole to a secret S bonus room Theresa f _ prize ot five games ot 3 « your choice to the lirst person to map out all the secret locations in this game!
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Yep. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but Jim's Pond 3 - Opention Stirlish will not be available on anything but the A1200 A4000 series.
The reason lor this? The game is just tar too big to lit on the typical A500 set-up. There is no way the levels would ever lit on a 1Mb machine, and rather than take a risk on ruining the game by cutting it down. Millennium have cancelled the A500 version. It you really want lo see il on your non-AGA machine, then gel your 2 Meg upgrades now. And start p MILLENNIUM £25.99 O SOLE O MIO!
Visually, the game is wonderful.
Although it is very different to RoOocoa and Aquatic Games m mat it is nowhere near as colourful (but what do you taped when it's set in space?). It also doesn't seem as cute as me last two games Instead, mis is a tougher, meaner Pond we're seeing He's a fish ol action, not silly little dances and cute expressions. There’s bags of character in the game, too, although some ot the cuteness gets used against the player.
Take the sweet little chicks, tor example, who rush to meet you when you walk near them Happily they waddle across the landscape, until they reach your leet, at which point they explode taking some ol your energy with them. Gits.
One thing this game is, though, is very, very tough. The size ol it alone n our Pond expert. Smokey McArel.
As he takes a nostalgic look back at the bistory ol this incredibly success- to! Computer character: JAMES POND It all started as a tiny little platlorm game, with a t.sh who swam 1 a lot and rescued I other lishes. Erstwhile I CU AMIGA Dep Ed Jon Sloan swore by this one.
Thinking it to be the best ¦ thing since sliced bread.
Ii -i M | while current Dep Ed Lisa Collins is right behind him I on that one. 01 course, looking at it now it I does all seem quite primitive, with little ot I the charm and character that have made I Pond such a leading character, but at the I time, well, what can I say.
IS YOU* ROBOCOD The game dial made die llsh. Millennium really hit the nail on the head with this one. Taking the Mario lever that was sweeping die land and creating the perfect game with it. Dressed in a metallic body suit, Pond could extend his waist vertically to enormous proportions, allowing him to reach high pladorms and other interesting things in the sky. He had a whole selection ol vehicles and gadgets to play with, and one ol the most whistle-able soundtracks ever heard In a AQUATIC GAMES Bit ol a no-no. This om. It looked great, and played well, but there |ust wasn't enough game in
there to keep Joe public interested. Aquatic Games featured all sorts ot cute sntics and cuddly characters, but Ihe sight ol Pond in shorts just didn't leave much lor the imagination.
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Jobs that ed in any all of whom 'XSXQN ONE Cammie is the man behind the successful Football Tactician series of games, a mail order only set, hailed by many as the most realistic available. The reason they are so realistic is that the whole thing really is j feasible. All the teams in t Tactical Manager ate set up M as they are in real life and A the highly-detailed player statistics aro as dose as you are kkely to get. The end result is realistic scores between teams, and authentic looking transfer deals. TM isn't about having a lot of money and buying the best players, unlike most ou could
care to mention. It's more about using the team and the limited finances you have to come top of the league.
TM features a multi-player system which allows up to 42 human players to play at once (any player can step in at any time to per- J form the act! Ons they want) so Jf no more tedious messing about [ with turns wth computer play- ft ers I lling all the gaps. It's your V job to win every singe league ¦ and cup you can. Wb le raising your own profile Each manager has a rating, and that rat ng decides the level of team you can manage. You won't be ablo to loac it the first time and manage Manchester United, for example, but after a couple of seasons, if you've played well enough, your rating
should be high enough for you to apply for the job.
WALK ON... This game has more menus and options than I could easily mention here but you'll already know that if you've played this month's coverdisk.
You'll also know that the matches aro presented in such a way that you actually want to watch j- them. Three fwrwnrS***"- levels com- ¦ mentary let you in on the ¦AAJ action. The simplest, and fastest commentary ft shows you the goals PW only. The second com- UfV montary gives you all the » match highlights and the third gives you ball-by-ball action.
The highlights work best, as far as I can see. Especially if you enter the 80-minute point a goal down. As you are only told the interesting parts, with a small rectangle moving up and down a drawing of a pitch to show position, things can actually get quite gripping. Try it for yourself, it's true!
Tactical Manage- might not be everyone's cup of tea. It doesn't have the smooth and flashy presentation ol many games, and it's simplistic layout may put some people off. However, underneath all of this it has a superb management engine grinding away.
Overall, TM is a very absorbing tactical game - one for the kit bag.
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SCREEN STAR The game starts with a brief description of what you need to do to finish the current level (build a certain number of lines in varying directions), and then all hell breaks loose. Pieces appear at the top of the screen, and you have a couple of seconds to position the block before it drops to the bottom. There The skull blocks cen't be removed, so you need lo be very carelul where you place them.
Who's been playing particularly badly then?
On* more block on the left, and this clown's had It.
Are five different types of block, and getting three in a row removes them from the pile. Essentially, all you have to do is make sure that neither side of the see saw touches the ground, which can be extremely tricky when you have the whole thing heavily loaded, and then you drop a block that removes half a dozen pieces from one side. To play this game well, you need to stay half a dozen paces ahead of yourself.
With various ways to I play the game, from a simple one-player set of j levels to a two-player challenge, this will keep you hooked for ages. Slatix is : not a very exciting game I to look at, but as far as I | am concerned it is a very j exciting game to play.
Admittedly, there are peo- pie out there to whom this p won’t appeal at all.
FtggS However, if you loved Mtetris, you’ll get a real kick out of this.
This is another unusual puzzle game, as far away from Statix as you can get. If you can remember US Gold's E-Motion, then you’ll have a fairly good idea as to what this game is about. You start off with a group of two or more balls at the start of a small maze and you have to get them to the other end. To do this, you fix one of the balls in their current position, while the others orbit it in a geometrically satisfying way. To move around, you need to change between balls by clicking on them when they are in the position you want. It might sound complicated, but in practice it's quite simple.
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Ocean have been very quiet recently as far as the Amiga is concerned. Even though they hold in their hands two of the most awaited Amiga games to date (Inferno and TFX), for quite a while now we've had little cause to chase the cheeky Mancunans for review software. So quiet were they that I almost didn't hear this package drop through the letterbox. While Millennium are jumping up and down with joy at the release of James Pond 3, Ocean are whispering that Mr Nuts has arrived.
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little squirrel who has to save a planet trom the clutch ot
evil chickens from outer space.
Okay, so the plot might reek a little ot Allred Chicken, but we ll gloss over that tor the moment.
Using all his skill and judgement.
Mr Nuts has to work across the huge maps that make up the planet, systematically closing down all the chicken bases while helping his triends Mr Hitpoint, Mr Rabbit and Mr Pigeon.
He does this in two ways. Firstly, there's the scrolling platform bit, which looks absolutely gorgeous in these screenshots, you have to admit. Bright, vivid colours, large n levels these spaceships tly around ir some strange reason.
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animation - oh, it would take your breath away. This is
only a small part of the game, however.
The real game happens in a Zelda- style scrolling walkabout around the map, finding bombs, opening chests, talking to characters and so on. For some reason this all takes place in a window that takes up no more than an eighth of the screen, which is incredibly frustrating. Mr Nuts is, basically, a mapper s dream, as they mark down all the paths with their twists and turns along the way.
Using teleporters, ladders, rafts and bombs you work through the map until you close down an island. Then it's off to the next level.
Looking at the game, it's quite obvious that the whole thing is perfect for the younger market. The characters are all done in a cute, colourful way. There are no real taxing puzzles and the platform sections are over as soon as they start. This is no justification for the low mark, however.
SHORTY The relatively low mark I’ve given it has come about due to the one major shortcoming that Mr Nutz, like so many before it, has suffered from: there is very little gameplay.
The map section is far too simple to be of any real value to a games- player, and the fact that everything happens on a tiny screen is unforgivable. Why not make it full screen? It would have made all the difference!
OCEAN SOFTWARE LTD, 2 CASTLE STREET, CASTLEHELD, MANCHESTER M3 4LZ. TEL: 061 832 6633 RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW GENRE: PLATFORM TEAM: NEON CONTROLS: JOYSTICK NUMBER OF DISKS: 3 NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 HARD DISK INSTALLABLE: NO MEMORY: 1Mb It’s the platform section where the whole game falls apart. Mr Nuts can run at approximately 130 miles per hour. However, levels are only playable if you move at 20mph.
Interestingly enough you can belt from one end of the level to the other at top whack in around fifteen seconds and only lose a small Great presentation.
Shame about the rest.
Amount of energy. This game will only pose a problem to real games- players if they let it.
Just as well, really, as the colour scheme renders everything in the platform sections little more than a multi-coloured mess. I’m all for using hundreds of colours, as long as they aren't all garish green! What is the point of having a game so colourful that you can't actually tell where ihe backdrops end and the sprites begin?
I was getting hit by things I couldn’t see until they’d hit me, and avoiding things that ended up being nothing more than on-screen ’furniture'.
NO GOODY It’s just a real shame that this had to come out at the same time as James Pond 3. It really is. Not that I want to get too negative or anything, but there really is no competition. One is a last, playable platformer with puzzle twists and various other interactive elements, and the other is bright, colourful but ultimately thin and characterless. RfTT, OCEAN £25.99 Try out all the latest, greatest games at LIVE '94, the UK's most exciting consumer electronics event.
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I Name: | Address: .... Quickshot Steve Keen snatches up his Balabushca and rests his sweaty palms on the green baize table once more, as he tests out the latest pool game.
'm a bit of a pool demon and as such, I was really looking forward to playing this latest super-value release from the Team 17 stable. Call me Mr Opportunist, but when this month s software was up for grabs I grasped it with both hands and made a speedy retreat to my bedroom with a four pack of Tizer and family-sized packet of smokey bacon crisps. I just couldnT wait to rip the vacuum packed ding film off it!
MCAD I POT LUCK A lot of people can I understand the fascination poof gurus have with thumping a pack of different coloured balls around a cushioned table, but to most it's as addictive as a caffeine- filled Quarter Pounder with eirtra cheese. The version is specially tailored for enhanced Amigas. But win run adequately on most (1 Mb and upwards). The inclusion of the British red and yellow ball game, with English rules, is long overdue and. Particularly in the mode, the game has a distinct pub feel. The use of a cue that pops up every time you take a shot and actually draws back to the edge
ol the table is a lot better than other systems, where you just click a mouse button and stand back as the balls start to shoot off all around the table.
Now, you might think that playing Arcade Pool will be a doddle after hanging out with the big boys down at your local pool hall, but you couldn't be more wrong. The control system is simple enough, just drag the cursor over towards the ball you want to hit and place it down. In certain conditions and on certain levels a staggered white line will appear showing you exactly where the cue ball will go after II has made contact with the pack.
This Is very useful for positioning shots as you can quite accurately judge where Ihe while is going to slop by watching the animated shadow that follows the path of the white before you take the stroke Down on the bottom right of the screen are the power bars and a white ball with a tiny cursor in the middle of It. You can dick on this and drag it around inside the while to add side and screw-back, an acquired skill in both real pool and the computer variant.
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were slightly bigger on the Yank tables, as they are in real
life, but a greater percentage of shots that I took whilst on
the blue baize table, were sank than on the green.
IN THE BLACK Loaded with options, the game has just about everything a would-be e MflQIO SRUOIfl hustler could want. Different table frictions, skill levels, shot aiming aids and set ups are just a few Most notable are the eight different versions of the game you can play, such as 8-Ball UK. 9-Ball US. Slraighl Pool and Survivor or Killer, as it's more commonly known in pubs. This is where you get together with up to eight mates and take lums to pot any ball. Every time you miss a pot you kill off a life and the last player left in the game wins.
There's even an option to try out those fancy trick shots and a custom pool game that allows you to practise plays Aside from the obvious versatility of Ihe game, not everything in the garden is rosy. The control method, a cross-haired cursor affair, requires absolute pin point accuracy if you want to avoid ricocheting the balls off the cushions in unexpected pinball fashion, and il lakes a trustratingly 9C3DPQ long lime to master. I play pool with a great deal of instinctive intuition as to what angles to use and had to totally readjust my aim on every shot.
Also, the computer Is a hustler in disguise - il hardly ever misses a shol. However, if you can keep up with all the different rules used in the different pool variations and have the patience lo learn the game again from scratch, it's quite a laugh. Alter watching the computer pot its fifth ball in a row off four cushions was left feeling well cheated! Therefore, lo gel the best out of the game play against a friend. --T.
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boardgames don’t have to be bored games.
Tony Dillon gets out his dosh and dabbles in real estate.
I have to say, I am one of those people who actually enjoys a good game of Monopoly, as long as it doesn't go on tor any more than an hour and the people I’m playing with know the rules. However, this situation is very rare as many people will point out. That’s why I was so pleased to see this little offering from Supervision. Aha, I thought to myself, here’s my chance to waste whole evenings going round and round a small n board trying to be a big |Ufl shot, and I won't have to H wait for anyone to take c me«r tum plus an the fid ,,, dly rules about things like mortgages ana auctions can be
figured out by the computer. Not quite heaven, but a good time to be had by all.
CAR, BOOT... If you’ve never played Monopoly, then I have to say you’ve missed out on something that everyone should have the chance to enjoy be subjected to.
It’s a game about buying and selling property Various streets around London have been divided into groups called Monopolies, and the aim is to buy as many of them as possible, develop the areas by building houses and hotels on them, and then bankrupt everyone else in the game by charging them a ridiculously high rent every time their counter lands on a square owned by you. Run out of money and you can sell property to the bank. Run out of property and money, and you’re out of the game.
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T IP3 :t it i ; whpn rtp ;rrihpd likp No, you have to select the icon to demand rent, but you only have a couple of seconds to do it in. So you’ve got to wrestle the mouse off the previous player as quickly as possible.
TOP HAT, BOAT... The presentation of the game isn’t at all bad, if a little Simplistic for the (Left) All the usuel statistic* are In there.
(Below) Everywhere you go, you get a little animation of your piece arriving.
Presumably adult audience this game would entice. A collection of slightly amusing characters sit around the board and animate slightly when it’s their turn. For each move you see a little animation of the piece arriving at the destination on the board. Okay, so the places don’t really look like that, but at least the London skyline is realistic.
So what’s with the low mark then, you might ask. After all, Monopoly is a proven game, and one that has riv- etted families for years. Surely there can’t be anything wrong with a computer version? Unfortunately, there are a few things about the game that I don’t like, the biggest one being its speed of play. Okay, so Monopoly was never a fast paced game, but a lag of a second between selecting an icon and it actually registering just isn’t on. This renders the game very testing to play. There isn't a lot going on at any one time, and the rules of Monopoly aren't all that hard for a computer
to follow, so I can't see any reason for the pauses between every action. At times, I wonder why software houses put out games like this.
Why can’t they see that there are itibvious playabBRy flaws whicflPw I the game? I know that it's all too easy to get wrapped up in production to the point where you can’t see the wood for the trees, but if a game veers too far away from the original concept and mars your enjoyment, then all the effort will have been wasted.
DOG AND IRON Monopoly has all Ihe makings ol a great computer game. I have played a version of it on a Macintosh and could happily recommend that, but this Amiga version just falls between two stools. On one hand, it’s an adult board game, full of terms and rules that younger players wouldn’t have the patience for. On the other, it’s been presented in a way that will best appeal to a young market. As a result, it doesn't seem to fit anywhere ® SUPERVISION £27.99 A500 9 A500. 9 A600 9 A1200 9 A150oO A2000 9 A3000 9 AA000 9 SUPERVISION ENTERTAINMENT LTD, UNIT N3 METROPOLITAN WHARF, WAPPING WALL.
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The computer asks you to do very little. Leaving you to your own devices to figure out what’s going on. When someone lands on one ot your properties. Rent isn’t charged immediately.
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Football lever hots up some more as Sierra release Iheir own entry into the computer game World Cup. And I'm pleased to be able to report that it's a very corvjbetent and extremely playable arcade soccer game. Falling somewhere between Striker and Sensible Soceer, the game is based around tie World Cup draw itself, and one of the most instantly playable arcade football engines yet seen.
Let's begin at the beginning.
Although the game is based around this year's World Cup. It is by no means an official licence. As a result, you can either play as a team in the official World Cup draw, or take part in a random one Up to eioht oeople can play at once, each selecting a team and playing through their respective groups until victory or rejection. Naturally, the team you decide to play has a large bearing on whether or not you actually stand a chance of getting through - Italy are far better team than England, for example, and because of that you are going to have a harder time with the latter. It's an
interesting way of setting the difficulty level for the Sierra? Doing a football game? And it isn’t an adventure? Tony Dillon is intrigued - he checks it out.
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Before each match, you are presented with the only managerial aspect of the game - the chance to alter your squad. You are shown all the players in your team, including all reserves and all the relevant statistics. If you like, you can move players around by simply clicking on the one you want to move, and then clicking on the person you want to swop them with. Adding or removing parts Tean Selection c iff Beasts nr nr iT7 riN fit nr h i»FiHau A nrnrnrn rrnTT
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thought they would keep this one as simple as possible.
Then it’s out onto the pitch, where the game really comes into its own.
Whether you’ve an A500 or an A1200, you'll be amazed at the spectacular animation of the players on the pitch.
Over 4000 frirfles of animation have the players running, jumping, sliding, falling face down and there’s even a fully mobile referee, complete with working whistle.
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The game is viewed from about 45 degrees looking north, similar to the Striker viewpoint. Except the KIT 1 IH-S-2 2 Dcyi Mi-1 Ovw.-• !.!
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' tart oil by , snapping ’ oil Ihe rung lo the left e walkway and use it on the door 3 right. When you go back inside,
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Examine the droid, then talk to Hobbins. He will tell you what is wrong with the droid. Then tell Joey what's wrong and he will lix it.
When the droid activates the lilt, quickly jump down the hole. When Joey arrives ask him to open the door Search Reich's corpse and take his belongings. Go right, then right again into the building next door which is the factory. Chat with Anita and when Lamb arrives, tell him you're security. Now go right, put the spanner in the cogs and then take it back out again.
Go left, examine the droid, and use the spanner on it.
Chat to Joey about a new shell and then go right. Try walking through the top-left door, then ask Joey to check out the storeroom. When he returns, tell him to disable the fuse box and when he has done this, walk into the storeroom. Pick up the walkway and get the small lump ol putty beneath it. Show this to Joey and he will reveal that it is a plastic explosive.
Tty Cut L J PILLOW TALK Leave the factory, go to the building to the far left of the walkway - this is the steam room. Inside, use the spanner on both of the buttons on jr Reich seems pretty UP about itjf COMPLETE SOLUTION CU AMIGA the boiler. Ask Joey to press the but ton on the right and simultaneously press the button on the left. When nan leaves, go to the left ot i and pull the switch.
»the light bulb and put the plastic explosive in the socket. Pull the switch again and two more switches will be revealed. Pull the one on the right downwards Now leave the steam room and go to the lift near the factory entrance Use Reich’s card in the slot and enter the room. Move the pillow and pick up the magazine. Leave and continue past the lift you have just been in.
Going right, you can now enter Travelco. Chat with the man there as much as possible, hand him the magazine and pick up the ticket Leave and go back to Reich's it door. Wait for Lamb outside and chat with him when he arrives. When he mentions going away, hand him the ticket.
Go back to the factory via the lift and chat with Lamb again. After the tour he will leave you outside the storeroom so now go right and talk to Anita. When she asks for your ID card, hand her Reich’s. Talk to her some more. Leave the factory and Use Reich's card with the LINC terminal. Select 4 and enter the code from your security manual In the game box. Select 2. Then 1 then 1 again, then 2 again. Exit the il and wait for Lamb Chat 1 him and he will authorise you to er his apartment.
BIODEGRADABLES Before going down In the lift, locate the cable to the right of the screen and ask Joey to cut it. Go down in the lift and pick up the cable. Now go to the apartment and use Reich's card in the slot on the right. Go into the apartment and use the machine on the right. Pick up the video on the left and leave. Go to the far left of the long walkway and you’ll find Burke s Bio-Surgery. Go inside and chat with the holographic protection and ask Joey to persuade the hologram to open the door Go inside and chat with Burke Offer Burke your testides(!) And hell give you the Schreibmann
Port.
Chat to Burke some more about everything. Leave the surgery and go right until you reach Anchor Insurance (next to Travelco). Examine the statue, then chat with the man about everything. Be sure to enquire about a special policy and tell him that Burke sent you. When the man leaves, ask Joey to use his welder on the Anchor. Pick up the anchor when Joey has finished. Leave, and make your way to the top level again.
Now go into the building opposite the steam room and you’ll find yourself back at the starting position. Go up the stairs and out of the door. Use your anchor with your cable to make a grappling hook and use it on the security sign on the wall of the facing building. Go through the door to the right and use Reich’s card in the slot next to the interface. Sit in the interface and. Once in LINC-space, pick up the ball. Now head out of Ihe right exit and use the Open program in your Inventory on the carpet bag. Use Decompress on the compressed data and Decrypt with the document FIND YOUR
WAY Go through the nght exit. Use one of your password programs with the Boor and then go right Put down another password, go left, pick up the password. Go up, put down, go nght. Down, pick up. Up. Put down, left, pick up. Up.
Right, down, right, down, put down, up, up. Then exit the room. Once through, collect the bust and the book, now Decrypt your two new documents.
Now Disconnect.
Use Reich’s card with the LINC machine and select 4. Enter the security number then select 1. Read all Ihe documents then select 0. Now select 2 and 2 again This gives you special authorisation and you should now exit the system Use Reich's card L H in the slot next to the lift and enter the lift. You are now in the Security Station. Leave, and make your way to the other lift. Use It and then go left to the next lift Your card , will now be able to access this lift, so use it. At the bottom, wait for the tat woman with the dog '. JCA Chat to her and then go left and chat with the club
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NEXT MONTH Okay folks, you’re getting there It this lot hasn’t helped you finish Steel Sky then tune in next month for the final breakdown.
Then through the top left exit. Use the Oog Biscuits on the plank are) wait lor Mrs Piermont and her dog to turn up.
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Wear the radiation suit that's hanging in the middle locker and go right.
NUCLEAR REACTION Access the control panel and select 2.
Exit, and enter the reactor room. Just to the nght Of the core you’ll llnd Anita s card on the floor. Pick it up, eave the room and close the door With the control panel. Go left and change back into your coat. Leave the factory and go back to the LINC- soace interface via the Security Station's lift Use Anita’s card In the interface slot and sit in the chair.
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Its surface, shortly followed by a par of waving hands that sides. Hang on a minute! This isn’t Pot Black. No, it's Jim Whirlwind Snooker and it certainly did make a few heads 1 spin) when it was first released.
Even today Jimmy White's game is the most accurate: tion you can get on any format. Every conceivable tool is table as realistic as In fact some have er - the game is ce who are afraid of mouse a good working over. The control menu can be displayed eit the side of the screen or. Much better and more discretely, running the top. You can rotate the table around 360 degrees, view it from a elevated angle and even zoom in and out on any ball.
Different tournaments and championships are available, as well trick shots and a choice of computer opponents that vary in skill.
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HIT SQUAD OUT NOW £14.99 Graphic adventures seem to be ten a penny on the Amiga now. But there was a time when you'd have to walk 10.000 or more miles to find a decent point and click romp. The Secret Ot Monkey Island.
From LucasArts. Was the one that REALLY started it all. And hot on its heels came Lure Ot The Temptress, rich in atmosphere and loaded with new ideas on how to present an adventure.
You play Diermot. Imprisoned in one of Turnvale’s darkest dungeons while an evil race of marauding mutants, the Skorl. Led by the machiavellian Sorceress, have just hit town. In classic Great Escape mode you've got to figure a way out of the hellhole and find a way to finally rid the land of the evil monsters.
Lure Of The Temptress placed big emphasis on its character intelligence system, called Virtual Theatre. The principle was simple. All the characters that you meet on screen actually existed within the game as independent people. So. Rather than disappear from the game as soon as they're out of sight, they continue to wander around and you find yourself bumping into them later on. They may not be doing anything particularly interesting, but it’s nice to know that a guy you spoke to about the weather in the courtyard a few hours ago could very well end up sitting next to you in the pub at the
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long enough to see the end credits! So, when the game of the film was first released, I didn’t really go out of my way to give it a whirl, but now I realise what I missed.
I won't go too far into the plot, suffice to say that the game is a lot easier to follow than the film. You take the role of Paul Atreides, son of a Duke who lives in the palace on the planet Dune, which is under constant threat from invaders who crave Spice, its precious mineral that aids space travel.
It's your job to make sure that there's a constant stock ot the stuff in the warehouses and that you recruit enough people to mine the substance.
You can travel around the planet in a number of ways. At first by omithopter, a mechanical insect style aviation machine that skims the desert surface and flys you to you destination. Sooner or later you'll have top venture out on foot, but take care, stray too far into the desert without a life support system (a 'stillsuit') and you'll fry, or worse still, be consumed by one of the giant worms that burrow under the sand and burst up through to the surface, taking you by surprise.
Graphically, the game goes for basic-looking locations and backdrops, but some of the desert scenes, animations and travel are visually stunning.
Of particular note is the cunning use of tinted colours that give the illusion of turning night to day. Best of all though is the music. So often in adventures this is put to the back of the list of priorities, but in Dune it's orchestrated with great style and atmosphere (just like the movie). The game's easy to control too, with little disk swopping and very fast updating, allowing you to move between locations quickly and with minimum fuss.
Dune in 1994 is well worth giving a whirl and if, like me, you never could get along with the film or books, don't fret, this adventure is much more accessible.
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parts ol the game require you to make a human bridge out ol Ralph to prevent the boy tailing to his death level p b sleep, but ( gerous object he’ll 1 is as smart as a dolp tactics to keep the j behind, Ralph cart Quite a nice idea lor a game, but the whole thing appears lo have been a bit rushed (due perhaps to the deadlines imposed by its original Comic Reliel launch date) and the game graphics and variety ol levels leaves a bit lo be desired (although Ihe At 200 specific version has been enhanced).
Bonus levels are included, where you guide Ralph around a level collecting balloons tor extra lives and special icons. II you collect all Ihe objects in every round you'll be able lo see an extra animation when you've completed the game.
Variety ol gamepiay is what ultimately lets Sleepwalker down. Every level's against the dock too. So It's quite normal lor you to be sent back to the beginning ol a certain level, alter nearly completing it, because the lime’s run out. As far as I know, none ol the money lor Sleepwalker goes to charity this time round, and without the hype surrounding Comic Reliel this is a trustrating substitute lor lop platform- ing tun.
POOL HIT SQUAD £16.99 Not only have the Hit Squad acquired the superb Jimmy Whites Whirlwind Snooker from Virgin, they've also snapped up the rights to Archer Maclean s follow up. Pool. It may not be as comprehensive a game as Team I7's Arcade Pool, but it still contains all the rules lor US and UK 8-ball and US 9-Ball matches.
Using the same graphic engine as Jimmy While's, with some speed optimisation (believe me. This thing really shifts on an A1200I) wllh a lew minor modifications, the game has the same natural leel and realistic gamepiay ol the former, with a lew minor twists. The big ditlerence comes in the US games, where the balls are spotted, striped and numbered Sadly, the balls don't actually roll like they do in Arcade Pool, gliding along the table instead, with the numbers always lacing you. But then the maths involved in creating rolling balls are beyond Ihe At 200's capabilities What do you want,
realism or speed?
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CURSE OF ENCHANT1A I am stuck on the Curse ol Enchantia. In the Ice Wortd How do you get into the Castle? I've found the bits of ice sticking out. Do you have to play them in a certain order?
If so. What is it?
Andrew Humphrey, Chipping Norton.
T|7r know how I get into castles.
VV I jssst fly up to the battlements then crawl down the ivalls until I find an open window, but then don't suppose you know how to turn I yourself into a bat do you ?
You are quite correct that playing the pieces of ice is the solution. But you've got to push and pull them in the correct order.
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Shortest to longest). Get that bit right and the door will open.
MONKEY ISLAND II I have been reading CU AMIGA tor two years now and never had a problem worth writing to you about.
BENEATH A STEEL SKY bought the brilliant Beneath a Steel Sky from Virgin after reading the review of it in your magazine.
So far in the game I have gone through the security headquarter’s window with the anchor and cable. However, when I i entered the Interface, the eyeball zaps me when I go towards the exit. The posses sions I have are the Charon, the passwords, the Phoenix program and document, the decompressor and the brief- i mg plus report documents. I | have also used the decrypter on all of the documents.
Jaaon Russell, Bristol.
JjfrU I haven’t actually W had time to get my teeth into this game yet, as I've been too busy biting more interesting things, so I rang ' the help line 081-9648242, (me ringing Virgin's Help Line, that's a laugh for a start!) And tried to explain your problem. The very nice lady at the other end told me you shouldn t have any problems providing all the question marks have been removed from your documents, plus a little man.
Welt that sounds like an interesting concept I thought. She went on to explain that if you look at the question marks using the magnifier they will disappear. She asked me if you had looked at But times change, and now my dear maiden I've got a tew lor you concerning Monkey Island II that need solving.
1 How do I get the pcture ol the parrot near the real one?
2. How do I get the book on Governor Phatt’s bed?
3. How do I win the spitting contest?
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Your little man with the magnifier? I told her that I hadn 't liked to ask as it seemed so rude. Is there a little man on your documentsif If so, what have you been doing to himf She also said you are supposed to ensure that you are disconnected from the interface. I hope that helps If not, fear not CU AMIGA has come to the rescue yet again (those heroic devils) there’s a solution in this very mag Stealth. Indiana Jones. Monkey Island I and II. Kyrandia and Enchantia, but Future wars has us beat. We have gone through the shuttle port, up the escalator, and been captured by the C rug
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Mrs L. Butler, Nottingham.
TM hat you must do is remote the VV grille from the air duct, insert the gas canister, then place a newspaper over the grille to pment the gas seeping back into your cell.
The gas canister is found hiding beside the glass case which the girl was encased within in the Medieval World. The newspaper is obtained from the vending machine on the station platform.
Find the coin in the returned coin slot, then use it twice to make the machine work. Remove the grille from the duct using the key.
INFIDEL I recently bought an ancient text adventure, Infidel by Infocom, from a chanty shop. Do you or any of your readers with long memories know the answer to the following puzzle? I am in the pyramid, in a room with a recessed panel containing nine numbered bricks in rows of three.
On the assumption that there is a secret room somewhere in this area, what do I have to do with the bricks to gam entrance?
Mrs A. Bird, New Malden.
Tl Wi this could be difficult, for I J V know from personal experience that the ancient Egyptians got up to lots of tricks with bricks, some of which were quite painful.
Have you heard of their technique concerning the 'bricking' of camels?
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On one drink of water a camel can travel across the desert for a week, however there are some regions where there is no water available for at least two weeks, and only by - 'bricking' your camel can it make the As all fairies know, giants love a fried egg so obtaining one is your next task.
Get Fingus to stand behind the chicken while Winkle picks it up. Once the chicken ii firmly grasped, get Fingus to smash it on the head with a sausage and it will lay an egg. (And to think that you thought free-range eggs were cruelty free!) Once you get the fire going, use the egg on the fire.
LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS I know Lure of the Temptress is old hat. But I am still stuck at the beginning. I know I have to get a potion from Taidgh's house, but I have nothing to put it in. I have a broken glass, a knife, a gem, a lockpick, a diary and a few groats.
Kerry Clayton, Fife.
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FUTURE WARS We are lour mature RPG enthusiasts having struggled with and completed games like Operation Oh no, not more questions about birds looking in mirrors. You know why girls are called 'birds' don't you ? It's because they pick up uorms!
Anyway, it’s not the picture of the parrot you need, it’s the mirror itself.
You can simply buy the packet of par- rot chou and then put the picture on the hook near the vain bird. Now you can pick up the mirror.
Go to the library and use the card index to find any book title you like, plus the Joy of Hex and the Pirate Quotations book. Ask the librarian for a temporary card to borrow the books. In the Governor's bedroom, use the extra book from the library on the book on the Governor’s bed.
To urin the contest you must buy a selection of drinks from the bar first.
Mix the blue drink with the yellow drink. Blow the ship's horn, and when the Spitmaster moves away, pick up the flags and switch their places. Use the green drink with the crazy straw then move to the Fault Line, launch your spit when the woman s sash flaps and the wind will give it some extra help. (My God this is gross).
As to the sudden departure of our former editor, Dan Slingsby, it was nothing to do with me. On the other hand I'm quite partial to our Games Editor Tony DiUon. Mind you, it’s well known that I'm partial to a bit of heavy metal head banging.
GOBLINS II We are having a little problem with Goblins II, and it is driving us mad.
The items we have collected so far are the stone, the bottle, the matches, the wine and the sausage.
We have lit the fire next to the giant, but that is as far as we have got.
Please, please help us.
Keith and Ian Worley, Warrington.
'm not a big fan of Goblins, but I do like fairies - they are always so beautifully dressed. Why is it that 'no- one loves a fairy when she's forty’?
Believe me boys, older girls are so much better.
I. 1 journey. The trick is to lead your camel to an oasis and let
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To solve your problem you first need to get the Scrolls, (another painful condition). Starting from the Room of Selkis: get the ruby, go southwest twice, get Ihe sack and climb the rope. Drop the sack, wet your torch with the liquid, get the sack, go west, east, then south.
Drop the sack and get the scroll.
If you read the scroll it will show you that you need to take out the third brick and then the fifth to solve your little problem.
Fl' i Once again the bat on the wall says it's time for bed, so I must love you and leave you. One final thought girls: any woman who wants to be the equal of men. Is seriously lacking in ambition!
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™ TEL: 0543 419 999 FAX: 418 079 Pro««M M MUMIJ innurt I noun I r"P* I FT. T- I | Scan... I Print fj Mt«rory | Usad 98 POWERSCAN PRO DISTANT SUNS 5.0 DIR WORKS 2 ASSEMBLER GUIDE 100 PAGESTREAM 3 104 IMAGE FX 108 HANNA BARBERA ANIMATION STUDIO 111 FMV CD32 COMPO 112 GP FAX 115 RAM BOARD COMPARISON 118 MICRO VITEC 1438 MONITOR 119 SHARP DV-3750H TV 122 PROGRAMMING 130 PD SCENE 134 PD UTILS 142 ART GALLERY get SERIOUS Got those utility blues?
Got that ‘must buy, but can’t find the right thing’ feeling? Well look no further. You have entered the information zone.
The CU AMIGA lop rated accolade lor non-gamet products scoring o*er 90%. They will definitely be worth the money and are likely lo act as a benchmark tor future releases.
400 dpi, 256 Grey scale, hand-held scanner The Powerscan is a 400dpi. Grey scale model scanner, capable ot creating 256 grey scale images (on AGA machines) from a scan head capable ot recognising 64 grey scales It you own a pre-AGA Amiga (A500 or A600 tor example) you will still be able to use this scanner, but it will only allow the viewing ot 16 greyscales.
The Powerscan Professional does a good job on most black and white images and has a good crack at colour pictures too. At 400dpi, the results are. Given sufficient time, very impressive I say given enough (me because there is such a large vanety ot drawing tools and basic image manipulation controls In the software that accompanies the scanner. For example, features include picture smoothing (takes olt the hard edges and remove the dots that so often plague scanned images), darken and lighten, edge outlines and bas-relief effects. These ettects are complemented by a selection ot drawing
tools which allow you to make pixel corrections and changes to your scans. These tools vary from freehand to till and shape (box. Circle etc) drawing. You can also add text and colour it you wish.
With Power's reputation I expected this scanner to be a good all round product, and in most cases it meets these expectations.
There are. However, a lew problems. For instance, the hardware interlace box which plugs into the Parallel printer port ot the Amiga blocks access to the RS232 serial port. It you use the scanner with a serial printer you have to disconnect the scanner interface before using the printer1 Another problem is the sluggish response times to user interaction Irom the software (at bmes. The response to keyboard and mouse activity was so slow I found myself wondering it I'd actually pressed the mouse button! This is most obvious when entering dimensions for the scanning size requester).
Niggles aside the Powerscan Professional is a nice hand held scanner, which, it given time, can produce some very impressive results.
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Darfn | Lighfrn PrOMM StOOiD | OutWf I Astronomy Program oPJM£RKS 2 Very few humans can comprehend the true enormity ot the universe. One who did get close was Douglas Adams, author of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As Adams put it, 'Space is big. Really big... I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the pharmacy, but that’s just peanuts to space."
Adams' words may seem rather I unscientific, but it’s these words that introduce Virtual Reality Laboratories' I new Distant Suns 5.0, a program designed to allow Amiga users to roam I the known universe without having to I hitch a ride from a I passing Vogon spacecruiser.
Distant Suns displays what can best be described as an interactive planetarium on your Amiga. Once you’ve set the date and the direction in which you’d like to look, Distant Suns then displays an accurate representation of the night sky. You can then click on individual stars and planets and read lots of interesting facts about them. It's perfectly possible to recreate famous events in space - the passing of comets and asteroids, the alignment of planets (the so-called 'Jupiter Effect’) and so on - simply by adjusting the date.
Most of us probably think of space as a rather dull place where the only interesting thing you’re likely to see is the occasional comet. With Distant Suns, however, the night skies come alive, revealing more detail than you could shake a lamb at.
With a single click of your mouse button you can view the movement of stars, star 'trails’, constellations (including the rather naff Canes Venatici’ - it's just two stars joined together!) And you can even zoom around the solar system viewing the planets as you go. Distant Suns’ rendering of the planets is well handled allhough the planets do look rather ’flat’ as they lack any texture. Some form of texture mapping certainly would have made the planets look far more realistic.
Animation is another interesting feature of Distant Suns. Instead of simply viewing the skies as a static collection of stars and planets, you can create animated voyages through space by turning on Distant Suns’ Time Lapse facility and then recording the results into a standard IFF Anim file.
You could, for example, view the orbit of Hailey’s Comet as it passes the inner most planets of the Solar System.
Distant Suns may not be the most immediately satisfying program that you could buy for your Amiga but it’s certainly one of the most fascinating. Even if you don't enjoy staring at heavenly bodies for hours (don’t worry, I’m not going to crack a tired double entendre about heavenly bodies). Distant Suns is one of those programs that totally envelopes you in its subject matter.
For budding astronomers everywhere, Distant Suns 5.0 is a must.
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Tel: 081 543 3500. Price: E59.95 I f you're the sort of person that has about as I much technical knowhow as your average high street electrical store salesman (which, I can assure you, isn't a great deal), then you’ve probably already been tempted to buy yourself a Directory utility, one of those oh-so-useful little programs lhat allows you to get to grips with the Amiga's disk operating system without having to swot up on the Shell beforehand.
Possibly the most popular Directory utility available for the Amiga is INOVAtronics' Directory Opus 4.0 which can be found running on more Amigas than any other program. A new challenger to Opus’ throne is Dir Works 2.0 which has been expertly written by Chris Hames, the author of the infamous 'PC Task’ emulator package. Chris’ program looks very similar to just about every other Directory utility available for the Amiga with the usual Source’ and Destination' directory listing windows accompanied by a wide variety of buttons that allow you to perform such disk maintenance tasks as copying and
deleting files, formatting disks, playing sound samples and modules, and the list continues.
Nothing special so far. Indeed, so far Opus still leaves Dir Works 2 standing simply because of its elegant design. What makes Dir Works somewhat more interesting, however, is the sheer level of configurability that the program offers - what this basically means is that if you don’t like any aspect of Ihe program (including the screen design), Dir Works 2 allows you to change it. Indeed, you can even create a whole new user interface from scratch. What's more, the final result doesn't even have to be a Directory utility - Hames himself includes a demo user intedace that gives full Workbench
control over GVP's G-Lock genlock!
Rating a product like Dir Works 2 is surprisingly difficult. On the one hand it fails to even come close to the one product that it is aimed at (Dir Opus) but on the other hand it offers such a high level of control and flexibility that calling it a Directory utility just isn’t doing the program justice. If you want a Directory utility then buy Dir Opus 4.0 but if you want a program that will allows you to create Workbench front ends for any Afiexx-compatible programs or AmigaDOS commands, then Dir Works 2 is worth checking out. Perhaps the publishers should consider a change in direction for
the product?
Meridian Software Distribution Ltd, East House, London SW19 1AR. Tel:081 543 3500.
Price: ETBA AMIGA ASSEMBLER INSIDERGUIDE Book Following on from its successful At 200 and A600 Insider Guides, Bruce Smith Books have launched the Amiga Assembler Insider Guide. Written by Paul Overaa, the prolific author of a number of BSB's famous Mastering Amiga... books, Amiga Assembler is a compacf and easy to follow guide to programming your Amiga in its native language. 68000 assembler.
The book starts with a leisurely stroll through the basic architecture of the Amiga’s processor, its various components and how these relate lo assembly language programming. Paul then moves onto the more practical subject of addressing modes, data and address registers and he even finds time to introduce a few basic assembly language instructions. Before you know it. You’re ready to go head first into OS library calls and 'LVO' values. Personally though. I would have thought that it would have made more sense to have built a solid understanding of the 68000 instruction set before moving on
to such an advanced subject!
Mga The flow of the book’s content is broken up still further when the book seems to take more than just a couple steps backwards by looking at how to operate the PD assemblers A68k. Blink and HiSoft's DevPac. Surely this should have been at the start of Ihe book near the chapter introducing assemblers?
The book then moves onto more code-intensive subjects including macros, programming under Intuition and a brief overview of the Amiga’s graphics functions.
Documenting such a complex subject as the Amiga's operating system would obviously need a much larger book but I still can’t help thinking that perhaps Ihe author presumes too much prior knowledge from the reader. Indeed, you really need the Amiga ROM Kernel manuals to be able to follow many of the examples scattered throughout the book.
Covering the OS routines is all very well but you can’t expect the reader to automatically know the parameter formats of every OS routine! In lairness, however, Paul does try his best to document many ol the routines that he discusses. I still feel, however, that it would have been a much better bet to have built a more solid understanding of the language itself before getting too bogged down in OS coding.
The Amiga Assembler Insider Guide is a brave attempt to introduce assembler language programming to the layman but unfortunately it fails to hit Ihe mark as the language used may still be too technical for most beginners to understand clearly.
Bruce Smith Books, PO Box 382, St Albans, Herts AL2 3JD. Tel 0923 894355.
Prlce:£14.95 FASHIONS DESIGN SOCIETY PRESENTS,,, that tream is one of the DTP applications on ja. Now Softlogik I version 3, it beats the QuarkXPress on and leaves issional Page for Leaning takes id first look to s me of the new js it will offer.
R EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW PageSlream has always been one ol the muscle men ol Amiga DTP heavyweights. Yel. No matter how many steroids Sottlogik pumped into it PageSlream never developed enough muscles to become the Arnold Schwarzenegger ol Amiga DTP software.
ALL-IN-ONE AND ONE-IN-ALL Al £299. PageSlream 3may, af first, seem expensive, but before putting your credit card back in your wallet and going home consider what you will get lor your money. PageSlream 3, the package, is far more than |ust a OTP program.
In addition to the page layout program, you also get a bitmap graphics editor, BME. For creating and editing pictures, a text editor called PageLiner and a whopping collection ol over 50 fonts.
Although £299 may seem high, you will getting everything you need to create documents with and as such it has to be good value. And, of course, existing users will have an upgrade path, which will allow you to upgrade for less depending upon which version of PageSlream you have Now, however, with the imminent release ol version 3, PageSlream may be ready to kick sand all over Ihe competition PageSlream has changed considerably Irom its original design. When first released on the Amiga, it was more or less a straight conversion Irom the Alan ST implementation. Over the years, however.
Softlogik have adapted it to look and behave more like a proper Amiga application NEW LOOK On loading PageSlream 3, It s obvious lhal the new version is more than just an update to keep up with developments in Workbench refinements, indeed Softlogik claim the program was completely I rewritten for the new version. Although the familiar menu, window and drawing tool pallet Balow: paragraph formatting haa unrtergona Borne aubtla bui significant Improvements.
Nation has a completely new command tool bar, a feature that’s becoming increasingly common on Amiga applications. Many of the most popular commands are available as buttons, providing access to options such as Undo. Redo. Cut.
Copy, Paste. Change Page. Magnify. Open, Save and Prtnt. The Left indent o- lefore to p|Relative (X) Eirst line i- after to ?|Relat ive (X) Sight indent i- P|Justified | ? Drop cap Foot Mantique Olive Bold Keep together |Lines 1 Characters (1 | L "«[5 Start [3 | End [3 | LisJ apply 1 JancMj EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW CU AMIGA I J P»g*Str&am before and after. PageStream 2 verses PageStrMm 3. Notice the new tool bars and edit pallets.
Drawing tool pallet (called the toolbox) can also now be customised, changed to lie either vertically or horizontally and can be displayed in two different sizes (like Wordworth 3).
The Edit pallet provides information on objects, text etc such as the position, width, height, and rotation angles ol objects. You can edit all the settings via the pallet (rather than working your way through menus), which can be automatically increased and decreased via ‘nudge’ arrows.
Anyone who has used QuarkXPress will recognise the power and speed that this window will bring to PageStream and it is, in my humble LET'S COMMUNICATE PageStream has always had the potential to be better at communicating with other programs than almost any other Amiga application. Sottlogik were one ol the first Amiga developers to use modules lor Importing and exporting files to other programs whilst the Hotlinks system allowed PageStream to automatically update tiles In a document as they were changed in other applications.
Etely 9W the idow allet icar- jm- y °f com- Dle ling such )ut.
Inge pen, he With release 3, however, Sottlogik have gone even further. Amiga lovers will swoon when they find that at long last an A ton port has been provided, better yet, it's a full command set.
It’s been a long time coming, but worth the waitl The import modules have also been enhanced, with the ability to read text (with the style and attributes intact) from Final Copy, Final Writer. Word Worth, and ProWrile to name just a few. Perhaps the most dramatic new facility however is the ability to import ProPage files, the manual also documents the different concepts between the two programs and also provides on-line help for ProPage users!
Assuming all these features make it into the final version, PageStream could well become the AdPro of the text and DTP market - the ultimate in file convertors.
Opinion, perhaps the single greatest improvement to PageStream, as it allows experienced users to edit and change their documents far faster than previously possible.
Iype ?iLeft A4000 or A1200 owners will now be able to see pictures in full colour. Although a major upgrade to PageStream, this facility has been available on ProPage tor some time, and isn't really that significant, although it’s still a welcome improvement.
PRODUCTION If you use a DTP program for serious work you'll probably miss some of the advanced document handling facilities found in QuarkXPress on the Mac and PC. For example, the problem of not knowing what files, fonts and graphics are used in a document. A classic instance would be going back to edit an advert or flyer sometime after it was originally created, only to find that when printed the pictures are missing, or you haven’t got the correct fonts installed. Previously, the only way around this predicament in PageStream was to wade through the document looking at every font and pic
ture, to reinstall them. This got more difficult as the number of fonts and images increased.
Quark users have long had the benefit of simply being able to call up a list of the fonts and pictures used in a document, but there's never been a similar facility in any Amiga DTP package. Until now, that is. PageStream has requesters telling you exactly what fonts, pictures, and articles are used in t t r t EiU P | Eos it ion |2~ | ftelgte | apply Tab stops can now be set very easily precisely where you want them, you can also choose to fill the tab spaces with a character of your choice.
A document and where they are! Even better for frequently-used files, the program keeps individual revision numbers so you can be sure that the file you are editing is the most recent.
The applications’ tools for long documents has also been dramatically overhauled. Now, not only are there tools for formatting the contents of documents over one page (chapter subchapters, chapter numbering, automatic indexing and table of contents) but also a massive number of structural layout editing facilities which can be used to manipulate the location of pages, double page spreads and master pages.
To long-time PageStream users many of these will seem like a wishlist come true. You can, for instance, now change the objects on a master page for each individual page without effecting others, and join two single pages into a double page spread.
Softlogik have, at long last, followed the rest of the DTP industry and adopted Pantone colours. The Pantone system is a means of
- i specifying a colour via reference numbers that denote how
the colour is made up from Cyan.
Magneta. Yellow and Black components. Using these numbers you will be able lo generate exactly the same colour no matter what system you create, output and print your documents on.
Pantone is a true industry standard tor colour repro and its inclusion in PageSlream is well overdue, but very welcome.
Along with the new look and improved production aids, the programmers have also incorporated a number ol new graphics tools and page creation aids. Sadly, there are far too many new drawing and obiect handling abilities in the program to do them all justice in the small space available here, however, as a taster: objects can now be placed across page spreads, graduated colour fills are now available, variable shaped text frames (rather than just square rectangle) can be created and edited, objects can be anchored to text, drop cap creation and automatic scrolling pages as you drag objects
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Edit Pago: Edit tha page setup and choose tha nastar page.
Bo to Page: Choose a page to view and adit.
Previous Pago: View and adit tha previous page.
Next Pago: View and adit tha next page.
Custon Scale: Set tha view nagnificatIon.
Execute and edit PageStrean nacros.
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Opan: Opan an qxlsftlno docunrnl.
Sava: Save tha currant docunant.
Print: Print tha currant docunant.
Cut: Cut tha aalacted taut or ebjacta.
Copy: Copy tha aalactad taut or objacta.
Paata: Paata tha clipboard contanta.
Craaa: Dalata tha aalactad taxt or objacta.
Undo: Undo tha laat action.
Rada: Redo tha laat undona action.
Link: Link axlatlny taxt fron Unlink: Braak tha link botwoo Paragraph: Sat tha paragraph Tab: Sat tha tab stapa.
Haw: Craata LOGIKAL UPGRADE I've known Softlogik for a great many years, being one of the very first people in the UK to see the original versions of PageSlream almost five years ago. Back then it was called Publishing Partner Master and was released on the Atari ST. When Softlogik originally released PageSlream it was nice to look at. But get in close and you'd up getting frustrated with some of the features PageSlream has now grown up. Providing Softlogik releases PageSlream 3 in a bug-free state they've got a winner, and one which will take GoldDisk a long time to catch up with, if at all.
Contact: Meridian Software Distribution Ltd, Tel: 081 543 3500. ® graphics
• Contrast Control • Irregular plctare cropping • Display
pictures in colour (AA support) • List all pictures in a
document • Split drawing into paths shapes
• Extend objects across page spreads • Colour gradient tills •
Fill line strokes with a fill style • Merge and spirt drawing
paths NEW FEATURES IN BRIEF Typography 1ex! Handling
• Automatic drop caps • Automatic bulleted paragraph
• List loot! Io a document • Variable slaped teat Irames
• Hanging Punctuation • Baseline grid Interlace
• Toolbar for common menu commands • Edit pallet for object
coordinates etc • Drag page lo scroll • Auto scroll
• Areix Support Wort Procouiag
• List snides in a document • Dot leaden (for tabsj • Smart
quotes 1 Dashes • Showltlide Invisible characters Object:
Select, nova, scale and nanlpulato objects.
A Or A Reshape: Manipulate paths. Crop EPS. Pictures and drawings.
Magnify: Increase and decrease tha view nagnificatIon.
Layout Aids
• User defined grid coloir and grid strength d Adjustable ruler
offset and zero point • Mix rr ment in system fields Colunn:
Draw taxt colunn objects.
Lina: Draw diagonal, horizontal and vertical lino Box: Draw rectangles and squares.
A ?
O Sl A Al Rounded Box: Draw rounded rectangles and squares.
Ellipse: Draw ellipses and circles.
Rrc: Draw arcs and pie slices.
Polygon: Draw regular polygons (triangles, haxago Pan: Draw connected paths of Unas and curves.
Freehand: Draw connected paths by sketching.
Long document handling
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1. 5 has all the hall-marks ol a major league application. It's
all there; huge box. Thick manual, and loads ol disks (lour of
them in all). Starting couldn't be easier. All you do is pop
in the first disk with the install program. This is a standard
Commodore installer which takes you through the various
options and away you go.
CHOC A BLOCK Once it is set up and running, the size and scale ol ImageFX is amazing. Not only does it have most ol Dpamts drawing and painting tools, this program also has a huge selection of image composition, manipulation and processing functions, the like ol which only ImageMaster could only hope to compete with.
Budding artists will welcome the support lor numerous types ol hardware such as graphics cards, scanners, and trame grabbers. This wide selection ol hardware input devices ensures that ?&iYR°Hjl ORPH Cmtmorph is GVP'S ether sttsmpt St stand Slone software.
It is a software application mat lets yon create animations where one Image Is magically converted to another.
Similar effects haie been soon in films snch as Tirmliulor I and tar too many car adverts Why am I twittering on about CineWorph in a review ol ImaitFX. Simple. CmMogih is inclnded in the price, and not only has ImapeWbeen upgraded, but so has the special effects program.
The new version ol Onamorph doesn't include any ma|or league new features, but has heen tweahed internally to take advantage ol Ihe AGA chipset and Workbench
3. 0. and also make response times laster - particularly
mid-operstioa cancels Whether these improvemenls will see
their way Into Ihe standalone Is anyone's guess. Cinemorphwas
undecided at Ihe time ol this article going to press.
TEST SILICA £149.99 j orogram v e fftefti iMck out thanks to its ability er 20dmWr0nt file formats.
A graphics package to rival those on the Mac and PC.
OVERALL 91% SAVE TO BE LOADED Just like AdPro ImtgeFX is modular, allowing you lo add loaders' and savers' as you wish. Loaders and savers allow the program to read lile formats other than its own, letting you process and edit artwork created in foreign' applications. You could, lor example, create a picture In say. Windows Paint, then load it. Make some changes in tmagaFX and finally save it In Mac Paint format ready for further editing on the Mac. Unlike AdPro however you get a great many loader and saver modules with the program, you don't need to buy them at a later date With the program,
there are some 30 different loader saver modules supplied, these Include the common (.GIF, JPEG. PCX, TIFF. ANIM, IFF Including 24-bit. DCTV, Retina. HAM-E) and the not so common (Alias. DPIIE BMP. Flick..ICO. Impulse, info. PPM and PGM. Sculpt. Rendition. Targe.
IFF FAXX) There are also plans lo release further loaders shortly, and several PD software developers are already looking into writing some more loader and saver modules.
Terns from one area of a picture to another whilst drawing and painting. You can, for instance, paint in third eye on a face, and because you are drawing with pixels picked up from the original eye you can get far better results than a straight block copy operation would provide - wonderful!
There is a facility very similar to Pantograph in Photoshop on the Mac and PC. And its provision in ImageFX is very welcome It gets better. In addition to these drawing and painting tools you can you should have no problem getting raw picture material into ImageFXfor further processing. And if you already have your desired artwork in a com- r tilesv tpe program will allow you to convert Jnc Other tools include pens, draw (more of this later), airbrush, smudge and finger-paint, freehand draw, Sne and arc. Rectangle, ellipse, polygon and, last of also leather’ the edges ol any new drawing Edge
leathering takes the edge ol the new drawing and blends it into the background image. The blend lasts tor a specified number ot pixels trom the edge, either away from and into the new drawing area. Using this facility you can mix new elements into an existing picture without any ot the rough edges that normally occur FABULOUS FEATURES Alongside the actual drawing and editing facilities are a whole bunch ot other tools which I lump together under the title ot image composition and manipulation functions. Facilities include making changes to the colour space of a picture ie changing the colour
components, and a vast number of other snappily-named effects including Motion Blur, Sharpen and Unsharpen Masks. Dynamic Range. Wave Distort, Oil Transfer, Implode, Explode. Black Hole and Spiral to name just a few The composition functions are both powerful and flexible. Composition is the process ot taking one image and combining it with all Of[ another image and formst "" number of art apply a merge Map composition to combu Merge combines two im.
Replace any colour in ther_ contents ot the buliu uiflyuu can specify t colour and how dose to it other colours should be before they are replaced with the buffer image data. Add and Subtract will add or subtract the value of the buffers to the pixels of the main buffer, this makes bright pixels brighter and dark pixels darker. The Image Map paints the hue and saturation of individual pixels in Ihe main buffer with those of the swop buffer without touching the contours and textures of the main butter.
All these functions, and indeed all others tionsin ImageFX. Are yoursatt button.
SHELL SHOCK!
In addition lo controlling toojoWwitn Dio mome. Ton i alio summon up a dodlcaled ImigeFXcommand shell. This allows ydu lo access most lunctlons In the program tla lls own lert command soguenca You may ash win such a leature has boon incorporated Into the program, and the answer Is ono which Is hound lo causa endless arguments. For experienced users the ability lo typo In commands will provide a taster method ot operating than the normal moose gadget combination No you probably don I believe it. Neither did I in tho past, but consider this: In the lime it takes you to move tho mouse lo a
gadget, click on II. Move through several reguestert and then finally select the desired gadget, last typists could have tapped a lew keys and achieved the same thing. And lor straight lile conversions etc. this is all that’s needed - so it does work out guicker!
[you _ 1 through the eye16 I|S 8,8 ftool bar which lies across the bottom of the screen, from this tool bar every feature of the program is controlled - there are no menus in ImageFX.
PROBLCMS GVP. Have on the whole, got «n*« Tknn now ever, a couple of areas that codd be noMC "me handling could be easily enhanced a reamer e ing tor text is not particularty outstarxJng But mtm really lets the program down, is the tact fob you can only enter one line ot text at a time. Some ot»» requesters are not overly intuitive or helpful either Another annoying oddity is the xiabdity to speedy a magnification level - yes you can magnify up and down on an Image but you can't set a percentage CONCLUSION ImageFX 1.5 is a diamond of a program. It shines in practically every respect, making
other applications look like cheap gemstones by comparison. But unlike the average Diamond,«isn't expensive, in fact, it’s exceptional value for money given the pnce ot similarly capable applications on Macs and Pcs.
All that remains is for GVP to file off some of the rough edges and ImageFX will become the crown jewel of Amiga graphics programs Owners of previous 1.5 should gel the new version immediately, admittedly it's not a major upgrade, but the subtle changes make all the difference in the world. ® PIU ON THE ADD-ONS ImillFX 1.5imports 1 matsivt range ol luntwjm addons lor the Amiga These cao broadly be brakes down in to two categories.
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Horgan tries his hand as a cartoon film maker with Empire’s new
animation package.
Until now there were two main choices tor Amiga cartoon animators: Movie Setter end Deluxe Paint- both very different, but both very capable. Hanna Barbera's Animation Studio now otters a third alternative, taking a more traditional approach to cell animation. Bather than go tor an all-out bells and whistles extravaganza, the designers have decided to make Animation Studio as easy to use as possible. Maybe inevitably, this means that you won't lind a stack ot ground breaking features. Instead, the emphasis is on simplicity, with a customised icon system replacing the normal Amiga menus.
Ixe Paint, Animation trames into two parts: still backgrounds, and animated foregrounds. Each animation can have just one backdrop, over which all the action happens.
The foreground frames are created on a separate screen, and then overlaid on the backdrop. Once you've created your first frame or cell, you can move onto the next. Thanks to the "onion skin" feature, which means that the previous few frames show through as progressively lighter images behind the current frame. As the program doesn't have any tweening features, this is essential when you’re moving a character or object across the screen, in order to get a smooth transition.
The drawing functions for creating your backdrops and foregrounds are very simple. All you get are the basic tools: line circle, box. Freehand, fill, undo and dear. There are also a tew different brush sizes to choose from. Amazingly, there's no way of loading in foreground cells or backdrops that you might have created in another program.
There is no support for IFF images at all - it won't load them or save them. Even your tinal animations cannot be saved as standard Anim tiles. An animation package that can't use IFFs? Strange but true I'm afraid. The result of this is that everything has to be created from within the program, unless you have a VIDI digitiser.
The digitising section is by far fhe best feature of the Animation Sludio. Connect your Amiga up to a Rombo VIDI digitiser and a video source, and you can grab black and white images tor use in your animalions. Anyone trained in traditional cell animation could use this to transfer hand-drawn trames trom paper or film to the screen. You could also make your own stop-lrame animations, or “n Captain Pugwash- style cartoons using cardboard cutouts. There's more potential here than meets You might not be able to match tho excellent demo animations, but you'll have tun trying.
The whole program la controlled from picture icons like these, which should make It more accessible to younger kids.
The eye, and with a bit of imagination, you could easily build some very original animations in a matter of a few minutes.’ ring-bound boofc of black and white outline images comes with tflifc.
Software, including animation frames to be digitised, as well as a dismembered Fred Flintsone for you to cut out and animate.
KIDS' STUFF Animation Studio is designed for kids, which explains the simplicity. It’s easy to use, the VIDI support is excellent, the little animations that come with the package are great, and ¦ there's even a tutorial video included in H the package, but it still has some major ¦ flaws and omissions.
It would have been nice to see some simple sound eftects features. For exam- pie, IFF sound samples could have been tagged to certain trames. This would be an H incredibly easy feature to implement, and ¦ would add a great deal lo the tinal cartoon H • after all. What is a cartoon without sound ¦ eftects? Then there's the incompatibility H with IFF images and animations, which is ¦ inexcusable. Moving backdrops and multi H pie scenes aren't on the menu, and there's SB59 no way of replaying your animations out- mQQ side of the main program.
Animation Studio would make a good starting block for young animators who don’t want to do anything more than construct a short cartoon sequence over a still backdrop. It's certainly not rival for Dpaint.
If you want powerful paint an animation, you know where to go. If you want to give your little ones a chance to make their own cartoons, then this is definitely a better bet. GU EMPIRE £49.99 4500 9 4500.9 4600 9 41200 9 41500 9 42000 9 43000 9 44000 9 EMPIRE, THE SPIRES, 677 HIGH ROAD, NORTH FINCHLEY, LONDON, N12 ODA.
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If you’re a regular CU AMIGA reader you’ll know how impressive the CD32 games console is.
With its state-of-the-art 32-bit internals. Near photographic quality graphics, stereo sound and Amiga compatibility the CD32 can play some really impressive games.
For gamesplayers the CD32 is simply unrivalled. Whilst other console manufacturers announce new super consoles, the CD32 is already out and about, and it's a true 32-bit system to compete with the new models from Sega, whenever they arrive.
But it’s also got a lot more. If you've read the review of the CD32 FMV module in our February issue and the review of the first FMV films in the May issue you’ll know how stunning Commodore’s CD32 upgrade is.
If not, take our word for it, with a CD32 and FMV module home entertainment will never be the same again!
Wire up the CD32 and you can watch top films like Patriot Games, Star Trek and Black Rain with better than video quality pictures, CD sound, and perfect digital freeze frame - amazing!
You're probably already thinking about buying one of these amazing beasts. Let’s face it, with a new price of just £249 for the CD32 and and £199 for the FMV card there's never been a better time.
But how would you like to win both of them right here? Thanks to Commodore we've got three of these stunning combinations to give away, all you need to do to stand a chance of winning one is answer these three simple questions:
1. How many games are now available for the CD32?
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CU AMIGA PRODUCT TEST Class War has raged long and hard in Amiga Comms, but at last peace has broken out thanks to the very latest version of GPFax.
All modems you can buy these days come with lax capability. However, nine hundred and ninety times out ol a thousand the software in the box will be something like WinFAX Lite-a very good piece ol software, but unfortunately it is only compatible with the PC Also, the majority ol the Amiga software that you can use has what's called Class 2 Fax Capability This is line il you have a modem such as those made by Supra, but most ol the low-cost modems trom USRobotics only support Class 1 The difference between these Class 1 and 2 isn't great, but it is enough to prevent the favoured Amiga
program.
GPFax. From working After spending £250 on a small-but-perfectty-formed Sportster, it was incredibly frustrating not to be able to use the fax facilities with my Amiga.
Thankfully, help is at hand. At last, due to popular demand, GPFax has been updated to include both Class 1 and Class 2 modem support. Now, both USRobotics and Supra fans (and any ofher make of fax modem) can make the most of their tiny little bleeping boxes THE FAX OF LIFE Using GPFax is brShanNy simple Before you can send a fax you must first convert text files or pictures to a suitable fax format, a process which takes GPFax only a few seconds You can then take a name from your on-screen phone book, or type one in directly. Adding a cover page is simplicity itself.
You hit 'transmit' and the modem dials a number and sends the fax. End of story.You can also choose to have the GPFax program appear as an Icon on the Workbench when loaded, which is handy if you want to include It in your Workbench Startup drawer Although converting a text hie is dead easy, believe it or not there is an even easier way to create suitable faxes GPFax can be set-up to intercept any files which have been sent to a pnnter.
Which means that any program which has a ¦Print' 0 I-' -fl The main control screen can be displayed on the Workbench, its on screen or even collapsed into a single Icon. Even when iconitted, it le always ready to spring into action and answer the phone, or redirect printer output option can be used to create suitable faxes When combined with a good page publisher such as Fetal Writer ot WordWorth. The results are extremely professional looking. In fact to get similar results with a standard fax machine you would need to DTP your letter, send it to a laser printer and feed it in by hand. II you
use a fax for business, having a fax modem and GPFax will actually save you a lot of bother Receiving a fax Isn’t a problem either. You can trigger the fax reception by hand (useful if you have a main telephone switchboard to get through) or invite the modem to automatically pick up the call. Received faxes will be converted to standard IFF images which means you can display them on-screen before deciding it they merit being sent to a pnnter. It goes without saying that this is the cheapest way to get a plain paper fax machine - no fading or curling pages (unless your printer is broken). You
don't even need a printer as most laxes are perfectly suitable for keeping in IFF format on disk, which can be a lot safer in a security conscious environment.
The excellent Arexx support offered by GPFax means that system operators who run bulletin boards will be able to add fax support to their sys terns. Details are given in the manual to integrate GPFax with Trapdoor- the popular electronic mailer program When set up properly, it's possible for the BBS to accept faxes on behalf of the board's users, and forward them automatically as image files. This sort of system requires a Class 2 lax modem in order to work, as only Class 2 systems will correctly differentiate between a fax call and a normal modem data call.
JUST THE FAX M'AM There are only a few little biddy bugs and omissions in GPFax at the moment - for example, when using the redirected printer output, the software spits up an error if you happen to be running an application in an AGA screen mode. You can ignore it. But it s a pain. It would also be nice to see multiple faxes onscreen. And be able to rotate incoming pages m steps on 90 degrees too.
You should remember also that GPFax won t produce ASCII text from received files, only an IFF Them ere many opttons avadabte lo ft no-tuna your particular setup, Including fai resolution and auto-answer Soma option* are only applicable id good old Claes 2 modems, but at least the Sportster can now be used.
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I first? Read on and see... ¦ t doesn't take an AI200 owner to realise that r I they need more memory and more speed A I hard drive may solve the 12 disk dance ol mis ery which certain Word Processors impose, but il you’ve tried using large pictures you'll know by now that simply adding some memory to the trapdoor expansion slot will have the added benefit ol freeing up the graphics (or ‘chip’) memory and boosting performance.
Programs will automatically load into this Iasi' memory, and a doubling ol the standard A1200's speed isn’t unknown. Some memory cards will improve things even further by including an FPU (or Floating Point Unit) on the card Maths inten sive programs, such as ray tracers or Iractal landscape generators, will use the FPU to cut processing times still further.
DEAL THE CARDS The two latest cards to come into the CU AMIGA testing labs are the Amitek Hawk and the Blizzard
1220. Both promise extra memory, a real time clock and a good
injection ot steroids to boot Both lit into the trapdoor
expansion ol Ihe At 200. And so the on-site warranty is
therefore left intact.
The HAWK card is quite large, mainly due to the inclusion ol a single SIMM socket Using mem ory in the SIMM package means that upgrading can be done in steps, Irom 2Mb to 4Mb to 8Mb Unfortunately, the provision ol only one socket means that you'll need to throw away the SIMM that's already present when it comes to upgrade The size ol the HAWK makes lining a little tiddly. And It certainly looks a lot less hi-tech than the superslim featherlite Blizzard. The Blizzard is a 'hall height' trapdoor card, which comes with 4Mb ol RAM surface mounted. Another 4Mb can be added by clipping on an extra
card which tills the remaining trapdoor space.
TESTING TESTING In use. The HAWK turned in a rather poor set ol figures. Compared to the older Power PC 1204 it flagged badly, and even lining a jolly last 68882 FPU didn’t give it too large an improvement over the Power board's 14MHz chip. By comparison, A1200 memory cards for a spin around the block.
Which one makes it back John Kennedy takes the current batch of the Blizzard nearly flew off the desk.
The blurb on the box promised a huge speed increase due to an -automatic memory dock doubler, something I originally put down to advertising license. However, the results from the tests were so good I removed to card to get a better look. Guess what? There in the corner was a 68020 processor, clocked to run at twice the speed ol the original 68020 lined the A1200. Obviously Motorola 68020’s are gening pretty cheap these days... Frighteningly, the Blizzard card ran faster man my A4000 030. Which leads to me mink (a) evil thoughts, and (b) me original A4000 isn't as good as I first thought it
was Perhaps CBM will send me a new A4000 Tower as a goodwill gesture In conclusion, the Amitek HAWK is definitely just another memory board', and not a very good one at that. The Blizzard on the other hand gives some bargain 68030 cards serious competition. II you can live without the MMU which lull 68030s come with, this could be best way to-get A4000 performance Irom an A1200.
TEST DETAILS In the test on me right, both versions (Integer and FPU) ol Imagine were used to render exactly me same image on various Amiga systems. The result given is me length ol time in seconds which the computers took to perform the render.
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Does your family take particular satisfaction in watching Easterners when you really need the TV to play Chaos Engine on your CD32 or write a letter to the Frontier fan club on your A1200? Yes? Then why not kill two birds with the one stone and invest in a secondary TV. You'll be able to play and watch what you like - and tell your siblings to get lost whenever they want to watch It.
With this in mind I took it upon myself to check out one of the sharpest Tvs available, the Sharp DV- 3750H TVI It would be wrong to describe this Sharp unit as a dedicated display for the Amiga, or even a monitor, it isn't. It is a ordinary, low cost TV that is now available from many Amiga dealers. And as such it can be used as a secondary TV as well as a display for your Amiga.
Setting it up is fairly straightforward. Plug it in using either a normal RF aerial cable or the supplied Scart lead. Using the Scart lead is Since Christmas there hasn’t been very many new Amiga compatible monitors available - in fact there’s been none!
Now however, a UK based monitor manufacturer has produced a monitor capable of working on all machines. Andy Leaning tried it out.
If you've tried to buy a monitor recently you'll have hit a slight snag. That aren’t any!
Stalwarts of the low resolution Amiga market, the 1048S and Philips 8833, aren't available anymore. Neither are the AGA hugging 1940 and 1942 models.
So what can you get instead? Well, since Christmas there hasn’t been an obvious alternative. Sure, you could get hold of PC SVGA EGA thingy monitors but trying to use these in low resolutions on an Amiga will prove troublesome.
Now, however, MicroVitec are making a concerted push into the Amiga market, with a monitor suitable for any Amiga. But is this MicroVitec 1438 monitor any good?
MONITOR MONSTERS Unless you happen lo be wearing a NASA radiation suit, don't even consider using a monitor. Yes, the radiation levels coming out the back of your monitor will distort your DNA and turn you into a hideous monitor the like ol which could only be matched in the ugly stakes by our very own Tony Dillonl Seriously, the rumours regarding the amount radiation coming out the back ot monitors have been doing the rounds almost as long as monitors have been usedl In reality, monitor radiation is far less serious than most people believe. But if you are worried about such things, or
environmental concerns, you’ll be pleased to know that the MicroVitec addresses several of these issues and complies with the Swedish MPRII standards for environmental standards. It has also passed stringent tests by the EEC (directive 90 270 EEC, passing both EW 29241 Part 3 and 2H1-618 If you're interested).
Well, where looks are concerned it's certainly no super model, but it's also no worse than any other monitor on the market. It quite happily sits on top of an A4000, and whilst being slightly larger than the now sadly extinct 1084. It should fit on most tables, computer desks and shelves (or whatever else your Amiga is used on). Its colour scheme (being white-with-a-hint-of-Commodore-Grey) will go nicely with most Amigas, whilst the tilt and swivel base will allow you to position the screen conveniently for most locations.
Connecting it to the Amiga is slightly more difficult than other monitors but is still easy enough for even the most inexperienced of users to handle.
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EASE OF USE ??80% You shouldn 't need to mess around with adaptors when you 're paying 1300. Otherwise very slraightlorward VALUE FOR MONEY ??????????90% Not brilliant. But good value tor money, and pretty cheap compared to what you could end up paying EFFECTIVENESS ??????????85% Does what you 'd expect and does it well, although it should have internal speakers FLEXIBILITY ??????????85% Handles alt Amiga screen resolutions, what mote could you want?
INNOVATION ??????????80% Doesn't really break any new ground, but then what can you do with a monitor as tar as MO is concerned?
£ Any Amiga owner would ® appreciate this monitor.
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OVERALL 84% recommended as this will give better quality pictures than a normal aerial cable. You’ll also have to use the Scart connector it you have a higher end Amiga, such as an A4000, as these don’t have TV modulators (the slot where the aerial cable normally goes).
This is really a television, which means that it doesn't automatically display the pictures trom your Amiga. To do this you must first tune it in. This isn't hard to do (it's the same as having to tune in a video recorder) as the remote control has buttons tor searching and it's simply a process ot selecting the auto channel search and letting it hunt through the various channels until you can see the Amiga display and hear the sound. Then all you need do is fine tune the picture (although this may not be necessary) to give the best results and you’re away.
Given the higher price ol this unit compared with cheaper models available it would have been nice to see some kind ot channel numbering indicator while searching, instead ot the natf on- screen display which simply consists ot a row ot dots, along which an indicator bar moves as it changes channels -1 mean, it could be a lot more informative.
ARTHUR, MICHELLE..• Having tuned in there’s not a lot else to it. Contrast, Colour, Brightness and a picture sharpen mode (picture tone) can all be controlled via the remote control, but there aren’t any buttons on the front of the set. This last point actually proves quite annoying after a period of time as you often need to change the brightness and contrast and rather than just leaning forward and pressing the button, you need to keep the remote control close by. Given the intended use with an Amiga, and that most users will therefore be using it at close range (and would simply be able
to lean forward to change the contrast etc) it is strange that most dealers have chosen a TV that doesn't have these controls within easy reach, requiring instead, as it does, you have to hunt around for a remote control, which will frequently disappear under a desk of paper work!
The pictures are bright and clear, and the sound respectable. The only slight niggle I had concerned the sound. It was a little tinny and lacked depth. Also, the review sample had a minor fault in the tube producing a slight blurring at the top of the picture but this glitch was only present on the first review sample and didn't appear on others I checked. Other than that there was little to fault with this product.
GRANT AND PHIL This Sharp TV presented me with a problem.
How can I describe it? It offers pretty standard picture quality (for a TV), reasonable sound reproduction (if a little on the tinny side) and is fairly simple to use.
If you’re in the position of sharing the family TV, and the evening entertainment is a choice between Eastenders and Microcosm then the Sharp TV could be the answer. It provides a simple, cheap- ish, alternative to the main family box, and in this light does all it sets out to. As long as you don’t buy it expecting to get a display that’s superior to a TV’s then you won’t be disappointed.
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¦ves annoying and il should really com pre-tuned VALUE FOR MONEY ???????? A lillle expensive compared lo some ol the Tvs Irom high street multiples, hut not excessively: (?70V.
Has Ihe advantages ot a Scart socket which is o missed on cheaper Tvs EFFECTIVENESS ???????? ?*sx II does its job lair and simple, and does it well ? ?80V.
It's a TV, its a monitor what more do you want! Suitable lor all types ol serious application ? ?70 V. Nothing new or exciting.
A good, solid, secondary TV “ suitable lor use with an Amiga. No more, no less.
OVERALL 80% PC, which explains why the cable coming Irom it has a 15-pin D type plug on the end (standard for Pcs) which won't directly fit into the Amiga 23-pin monitor port. To solve the problem a conversion cable is included, which goes between the two, providing a 23-pin plug that can then be fitted into the Amiga's monitor port - just fit the conversion cable in place and away you go.
One major omission in the 1438‘s specification is speakers, or rather lack of them. This isn’t really surprising as it was originally designed for the PC market and as basic Pcs don't have very good sound capabilities PC monitors haven’t until very recently needed them.
On the Amiga, however, it's a different story, and any Amiga monitor should have built-in speakers. However, don't give up just yet. Most dealers that are selling the MicroVitec are providing speakers with it, and in several cases they are including them free, so you'll still be able to hear the latest CU AMIGA OctaMed samples on on cover disks!
This is a fine monitor with decent picture quality. It does practically everything you'd hope for and its internal circuitry is well put together. It is also priced very fairly for what it offers.
It would have been nice to have built in speakers, but as some Amiga dealers provide external speakers with it at no extra cost anyway this isn’t a big problem. All in all this is a peripheral that's worth purchasing in a monitor starved world. ££ In display terms the monitor can handle all Amiga display resolutions, from low res, through ECS productivity, and up to and including AGA resolutions. As such it is a considerable improvement upon the 1084 and 8833 (which couldn’t handle the new AA chipset resolutions of the A1200 and A4000), whilst also offering a slight improvement over the
later Commodore 1940 and 1942 models which couldn’t handle the Super 72 mode.
But what about picture quality? Well, the .28 dot pitch ensures that all pictures are crisp and sharp, which means that gamesplayers will appreciate the clear, well-defined detail on screen and clean colours. Serious users will find the quality even more pleasing, with all resolutions displayed sharp and well focused.
For reliability and stability we chucked the monitor through a battery of tests to identify various flaws in the monitor's design. These all showed that the 1438 is built to a good standard.
Intensity, image size regulation and colour accuracy trials all produced results that more expensive monitor manufacturers would be Dieased with.
The only minor glitch in the display was that monitor tube produces a slightly dark image, resulting in slightly dim colours, but this can be corrected by increasing the brightness.
Overall, colours and picture quality are clear, sharp and clean.
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At times, programming the Amiga may seem to be an impossible task. The Workbench may be user-friendly, but the Amiga can sometimes appear almost impregnable to would-be programmers, leaving its excellent graphics and sound hardware totally out of reach.
Older computer users will probably remember a time when home computers came with a programming language (usually BASIC) built-in, but now the younger contingent ot users may look at games such as StarDust and think, 'How could I even start to write something like this?'
Thankfully, rolling up the sleeves and getting into the Amiga needn't be difficult, and there is an ever growing number of ways of doing it.
From the politically correct Pascal to the hard-hitting Assembler, possibly the only language missing trom Ihe Amiga developer's toolkit is COBOL.
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WHAT IS A lSSS8SSB,ng At the heart ot the Amiga is a micro-processor. The microprocessor unit (also know as a CPU - Central Processor Unit) is the chip which controls the rest of the computer. The video display, the disk drives, the keyboard; all these devices are controlled by other chips but all are orchestrated by the CPU.
In an Amiga computer the CPU runs a program, a list ot instructions, called the Operating System. The Operating System (OS) provides a way of loading and running application programs, including the Workbench environment, as well as games and utility programs The OS makes it easy for these programs to share the computer's resources, such as memory, disk access and use ot the parallel and serial ports lor input and output. The OS resides internally in special permanent memory chips called ROMS, and is also partly loaded from disk at boot-up time.
In order to create your own programs. You need to produce a list of instructions which the CPU can understand. These instructions are called Machine Code, and they are the only instructions the CPU can work with Every program must be converted into machine code at some point in order for it to be executed It's possible to program directly in Machine Code using a program called an Assembler, such as HiSott's DevPac. DevPac will allow you to enter a list ol assembly language instructions which it will convert into machine code ready tor execution It's almost an understatement to say that
programming in Assembler is a very time consuming task.
Something which can appear very simple, like displaying a letter on the screen, can take many, many lines of All aspects ot the AittmMr - which chips your computer Is using, whether the code Is to stand alone1 or be mixed (linked) with other code - can be set from the editor.
Machine code instructions to achieve.
The next step up from Assembler in the language evolutionary ladder is called C. A program wntten in C looks a lot closer to English than Assembler, as unlike Assembler each C instruction can represent dozens of lines machine code.
Creating functions and subroutines is a lot easier in C, and it's also possible to handle complicated data structures. The advantage of C is that it loses hardly anything of the power of Assembly language, but yet it is still possible to deal directly with the computer hardware.
AC source file (the list of C instructions) must be compiled' into machine code before it can be used A typical program to do this is DICE or SAS C BOOKS It you plan on making use ol tha Amiga's Intuition operating system, or you need lo know what makes the Amiga tick you'll need some documentation. The official works are best - make sura you gal Ihe dark grey third edition - and start olt with the Libraries volume, as this Includes general tips on many aspects ol Amiga programming. The source code In these books (all ioC. By the way) Is widely available from many Bulletin Boards ¦ tor cm*
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Pascal is a programming language which, at first glance, looks at lot like C. It is subtly different though and, in fact, is a lot more more 'user friendly' and forgiving. Many colleges and universities use it to teach the fundamentals of programming.
Pascal is an elegant language which tries to be as straightforward as possible, whilst still offering much in the way of functionality. Pascal is another compiled language, and therefore it runs quickly. Like C, Pascal is a very structured language - code is packaged into clearly separated functions which helps minimise errors.
BACK TO BASICS BASIC has always been a popular programming language on home computers, and the Amiga is still well served. AMOS and Blitz Basic are derivatives of BASIC which have been heavily expanded to include many Amiga specific extensions. For example, if you wanted to write a program in C to load an image from disk and display, it would take many lines of code. You would need to prepare the screen, access the floppy drive, decode the graphics data stored in the file and then work out a way of copying it to the screen display. With AMOS and Blitz this can all be achieved with one or two
simple commands.
The disadvantage of these COMPARISON CHART Assem Arexx Amos Oevpac Blitz SAS BASIC HiSott BASIC CanDo C Patc l__ 4 4 5 C 5 C______ 4 I 3 There are C compilers in the Pubic Domain (DICE, NORTH C) but the best is SAS t from HiSott. Likewise there are PD Assemblers available, but DevPac is the best. Note that Blitz, SAS C and HiSott’s High Speed Pascal include an integral assembler.
Hisoft tel: 0525 718181 • Europress Software tel:D625 859444 • Meridian tel: 081 543 3500 • Emerald Creative Technology tel: 081 715 8866 Key: 1=poor, 5=excellent BASIC programming languages are mainly those of BASIC: it's not a fun system to develop large programs in, and depending on the implementation, you tend to loose control over the finer points of the hardware. Blitz is, by default, another compiled language, so it runs very quickly. AMOS on the other hand is interpreted -ie each line of AMOS BASIC is processed one at a time. You can buy a compiler for AMOS if you need some extra
speed and the capability to make programs ‘stand alone' without the need for a BASIC interpreter. Arexx is a BASIC-esque language that is supplied as standard with all post Workbench 1.3 Amiga systems. Its main purpose is the expansion and inter-connection of existing application programs - for example, adding a word count feature to Cygnus Ed or linking The Art Department with a third party video digitiser. Arexx can also be used as a programming language in its own right, but unfortunately as it is interpreted rather slowly; Arexx isn’t a particularly fast language by itself.
However, it is still eminently suitable for file manipulation programs and general small utilities.
There are other development systems available; CanDo and Helm are two which actually use a heavily graphics orientated approach to creating programs, as well as the programs themselves.
These systems are great for producing multimedia systems, such as graphic adventures or Point of Information Sale systems.
You can even write basic file maintenance programs if you put your mind to it, but they won't run particularly quickly.
INTUITION POWER The Amiga’s operating system is an incredibly powerful and flexible system. Arguably second only to the SlS, state-of-the-art NeXTStep platform.
Intuition is a fully multitasking operating system which can be relied upon to create a reliable and consistent user interface; but only if you want to use it.
It’s entirely possible that your program won't benefit from pulldown menus (how many arcade games have you seen which do?), but if you're writing an application it makes sense to use the code that’s already present.
How the Intuition system can be used depends largely on the programming language you are using.
At the most basic level, using Assembler or Cwill require you to set up data structures and call the operating system routines or 'libraries'. This isn't a particularly easy thing to learn about (one mistake and you Guru the computer), but once you have written one application you can usually re-use your code with only minor alterations.
A more user- friendly development system, Blitz Basic 2 for example, includes BASIC commands for controlling the Menus and Requesters. This simplifies the construction of normal application programs greatly. The user of your program normally won’t be able to tell if your program was written from scratch in assembler, or using Blitz as the Intuition menus all look the same.
Mumm1 There are many different programming environments available, and picking the right one can be a difficult business. If you want to jump right in at the deep end by equipping yourself with C, a good compiler and all the necessary documentation, it could cost you over £350 - but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives.
Perhaps the easiest system to start with is with Blitz Basic. The integrated editor and compiler makes writing programs quite straightfonward, and GE TOOLS No matter what you might think at 3am when you need to squash that bug, you are not alone. Other programmers have been before you, and the more altruistic ones have left some tools to help you.
Take GadToolsBox tor example. Here is a program that will save you weeks it you use standard Intuitions menus and gadgets in your programs.
Using GadToolsBox you can actually draw your program's user interface onscreen, and then click a button to generate the source code. You will still need to know what to do with the code, but believe me using a program like this can not only save your sanity but improve the appearance of you program.
Blitz is certainly powerful enough to create both serious applications and stunning arcade games: check out Skidmarks if you don't believe me.
If you have your heart set on learning C, the DICE compiler is an excellent place to start.
Unfortunately, the PD version won't come with the Commodore Include libraries - the routines which you need to access the operating system. You can either get them directly from Commodore for about £25, or else pick up the March April Fresh Fish CD-ROM (reviewed on page
134) which happens to contain a drawer with them all inside.
Remember to check out the PD libraries for more obscure languages: E is one to watch for, promising the power of C in an easier to use way.
Your choice of programming language is determined by several factors. Do your programs need to run extremely quickly? What previous programming experience do you have? Will graphics and sound be important to your programs?
How much can you spend on the programming environment?
In the chart to the left, the most common Amiga development languages are rated. Please remember that although C has a low score for, say, graphics support, getting hold of the necessary C source isn't very difficult - if you know where to look.
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process is blinding (especially after using a C compiler) and the many processor and optimisation options means that the code can be tailored to your exact specifications. If you need ultimate control, there is no EJ, other way. The integrated m®* environment makes The DevPac Assembler cc with Its own text editor, w will save you a lot ol both 0(A4) C(A4) ),D0 clever way. C++ is an 'enhanced' version of C, offering much more in Ihe way of data structures and object orientation. With C++, data can be packaged into units which include their own sptecial functions. The result is an excellent
development system for large and complex sys- processed into standard C files which are them compiled in the normal way - a rather time consuming business. SAS has managed to indude the C++ parts of their compiler as standard, which means that there's no mucking around. Even j using the excellent iy with is many text editors a good run tor their money. With multiple files, split screens and integration into the C compiler, you won t need to spend any more cash on a good entry system. The on-line help comes in idy when you can’t CodePmbe system, C++ code can be examined in every detail.
For time critical applications, the special profiler will examine your pro- ak down the amount tion which come in the box. As long as there are programs of this quality available, no one can ever say the Amiga is in trouble.
This is truly professional level software.
GhSpegd fiscal vl .10 is not only to teach but it powerful in its own right, than stop with a t only implementa- ’s Highspeed is with all the libraries, or ‘units’ as they to write proper Intuition based programs. It’s even possible to hit the hardware if this is your cup of tea.
The typical HiSoft environment is very well designed, with an excellent editor allowing full control over all the At first glace, Pascal programs look a little like C, but on closer inspection they are actually rather easier read and therefore write.
HiSoft Pascal Is compiled directly to machine code, In the same way as a C compiler. Pascal programs won’t hang about, which makes It very useful tor commercial software development and for teaching.
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UE CLE049 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS 3 IS the latest TCI to join this exeWm wm & uses a nr* layout giving you ¦ dino tnage ft into button* onever, page' it octodes mo now superstar ol the dno world VotodraptOf ¦ you ara at all ntcrested in Oinoaaurs thee a must lo complete your Dino*aur ttorary'!
Over 30 images stOpliM on 3 disk* only £5.50. The Central Licenseware Register 'onwicrcuil Quality nrcerann. Til a PI) priie CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS OINOSAURS Have your children ever wanted to know about the anoent world c tho dinosaur? ¦ so then ihH is tor you an interact** encyclopedia covering Jtxasaic. Than* ft Cretaceous penod* compMno «th pictures and intormabon. This program is pka corr* att to ft comes on two disks only £4.50 • CLE41 BASICALLY MEDICINE A Title wntlen by members ol the SI John * AmOjlance brigade. This « a superb title covering Ooeases.troatmwnt. Medicine & Drugs. Meath
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SOLAR SYSTEM Now our most popular Mia I The one invites you to
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CLE15 PAST FRET 8y Keith Klatworthy. This program Is a guitar scales tutor, the very thing lor the budding lead guitartsll Wil play the scatos through tha Amiga* sound chip with ayustmenl ot speed lor every level ol skit required' There are many exorcises in many scales so you too can become the ne«t rock legend!
Supplied on one disk pneed £3.50 - BMImlelMx ijoiifwll-r . «i - ... & r ' .V CLG041 Ft RACER This « a very professional game. 3d graphcs in a Formula one type vein as viewed trom the dnving seal Speed is subject to the speed of your machmo (it really tooms on an Amiga 4000!) Loss ot ton tor anyone who Him driving games with super graphics ft sound! Very wnpressrre game I (Ask £3.50. • CLE035 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM 2 In tois sequel lo our most popular title. Chns Htl brings you tho very latest on Ihe Solar System! AS the very latest planetary misoons are covered ft I you thought the .mages
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CLE 16 KINGS ft QUEENS A history lesson! 2 daks 4.50.. CLE 17 THINGAMAJIG An electronic fgsaw. 1 dsk 3.50. .
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For now, though, let Tony Horgan take you through the latest games and demos in the public domain.
MELLOW GABBER VOL 2 music demo Mellow gabber, what a strange concept (considering gabber is the fastest, most insane lorm ol dance music ever devised! Spookily enough though, this demo starts oil sounding pretty good, and spookier still, it sounds like mellow gabber A distorted bass drum kicks away slowly, while scary noises and voices wash around in the background.
Alter a while it inevitably speeds up to a more danceable tempo. Irom where it turns into a slightly more anarchic variation on the 2 Unlimited theme.
Cheesy organ rills loop over some hard beats and basslines. Tempting me to rip the tune and remix the better bits Should lind plenty ol Ians though.
Available Irom: Express PD. Magazine Business Centre. 11 Newarke Street, Leicester, LEI 5SS. Price: £1.65 including P.P. ' FLYING LESSONS animation Meel Bob. A cuddly little blue thing One day. Whilst sunbathing in the park. Bob dreams that he can tly. Waking up to lind that he can't he decides to rectity the situa-1 tion and sets ott down to the garden shed to knock up a rocket pack. The results ot this and his later attempts are predictable but tun In a Road Runnel kind ot way.
However, it looks original - not just another Eric Schwartz rip-ott. It's quite tunny too, although the lack ol any sound ellects is a shame. Animation tans shouldn't miss it though.
Available Irom: 17 Bit Software, 1st Floor Otllces, 2 8 Market Street. Wakelleld. West Yorks.
WF1 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982. Disk no. 3026. Price: £2.00 including P.P game compi As usual, this Assassins compilation is a mixed bag. There are three games: Darts, Ouackers and Karate Champ. Fans of the sport of darts will no-doubt squeeze a bit of entertainment from the first, simple as it e Ouackers is the most impressive of the three. It's a simple platform game with no frills, but it plays okay Then there's the hilarious Karate Champ. This is a hopeless clone of the coin-op that invented the beat em up theme. The sound effects are the best bits: “000!'' 'Ouch!" 'Oof!". Who needs commercial
games eh?
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, ..ondon NW11 6JE. Disk no. AS1156. Price: £1.40 including P+P.
DISKMAGS UPSTREAM ISSUE 8 This is a mag for anyone who is seriously into the demo scene - not just the demos themselves, but ill the gossip and bitching that goes on between the various coding teams. It’s a bit like Coronation Street ot hackers really - Whiplash has renamed himself Fizban. Stranger has been thrown out of DCS, and Terminal Silence received a phone bill for $ 1422! Exciting isn’t It?
ASSASSINS 1 56 game compilation Apart from that kind of stuff, there are opinions Irom around the scene (make demos hard disk installable), and other general scene-related rants and leatures. Upstream is totally dedicated to text articles, so you won t find any utilities or demos on the disk, although there is a tune to keep you entertained.
Recommended for the scene-junkie, but not for the casual demo fan.
Available from: Cynoslic PD, Office 01. New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate. Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687 * I Disk no. 00263. Price: £2.00 including P+P.
FRIDAY AT EIGHT demo A shortie, this one. But a goodie nonetheless. It gets my vote from the off, thanks to its high-speed 3D zoom tunnel effects. Then it’s over to some | zooming 3D logos, followed by a load of blurred kaleidoscope effects, building up in speed and j intensity to a bit of a sexy crescendo. After all that ement, it sits back up and mellows out with I another tunnel effect, this time a more chilled version, followed by the credits. It’s over almost before it’s begun, but it's good while it lasts.
Available from: Visage Computers, 18 Station Road, llkestone, Derbyshire DE7 5LD.
Tel: 0602 444501. Price: £2.00 including P+P.
5SJL" D STIMPY For those who have never seen it, Ren and Stimpy is just about the maddest, most stupid cartoon series ever, featuring the childish exploits of a dis- gusting-looking Chihuahua dog, and his brain-dead mate that I think is supposed to be a cat - not that you’d guess to look at him. This is a slightly disappointing slideshow taken from the Haunted House episode. All the pictures are displayed as quarter- screen HAM images, and although the digitising is okay, there’s not much colour in them. Full-screen 64 colour pics might have been a better option.
Still, there are enough frames for you to be able to watch the slideshow almost as a cartoon in itself, following the story through from start to finish.
Available from: David Parkes, Freestyle PD, I 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV12 5NH. Tel: 0922 404023.
Price: £1.65 AM FM ISSUE 18 Aimed at Amiga musicians, AM FM is one of the more individual disk mags around. Instead ol cramming the disk full of as many articles as possible, AM FMs creators concentrate on publishing more interesting and useful articles, leaving room lor some handy utilities on the disk.
Issue 18 includes reviews of the Toccata 16-bit sampler, Aural Illusion, Cds and readers demos. There are also leatures on buying your first synth, 16-bit sampling on the cheap, letters and news. In general the articles are very well written. All ol the writers on the diskmag seem to know what they're talking about, and give good advice in the reviews and the occasional tutorial features.
On the software side, you get a demo version of the Aural Illusion sample editor, General MIDI Patcher 1.1 demo, and ApercKey a drum machine system). Two tunes are included, and there's even a batch ol MIDI song files too. With all this software in addition to the magazine, it makes a very worthwhile buy lor any enthusiastic Amiga musician.
Available Irom: Cynostic PD, Office 01. New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687 Disk no. 00251. Price: £2.00 including P+P.
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Amiga collecting the best f ind sometimf*4orstj of the tree software available and collating them to produce his famous 'fish disk;.
Recently, F red made the decision to change from distributing floppy disks to selling CD ROMs, but in the process he has done a lot more than simply copying the disks across. Infect his Cds otter probaWy the best way ever to get the latest in Amiga programming talent Ihe CD which we were sent came from PD Soft and is dated MarctvApnl 1994 Fred hopes to produce a now disk every one to two months each one being a mixture of old and new rnatenal. In theory you should be able to buy every other disk and still obtain all Ihe programs and files.
This CD-ROM contains 639Mb of software, ot which approximately 69Mb is totally new material (Fish Disks disks 951 lo 975 and programs from the Aminut library The »ost of the disk contains some amazing tmds, including 284Mb of useful utility programs such as the GNU C* * compiler and PasTeX-a Ml TEX (a text based DTP system Programmers will love this disk Not only is there a full complement of utilities, compilurs and programming tools, but the distributable Commodore Native Developer KU m also included. If you do any C programming on the Amiga you'll know tiow tricky it is to get tiold of
the right information well here it is. All on one disk. In the other drawers you il tmd plenty of text files (sucli as hardware and software reviews) and a comprehensive Amiga FAQ list (Frequently Asked Questions) Tiiere are one or two games present, but this is a collection tor the more dedicated Amiga user Fred has really paid great attention to the way files are stored on the disk Not only are the useful utilities ready to run*, but many tiles arc* already archived for the owners of SuNetm Board Systems to provide on line 1 you'll need .i CD I tOM dlfVO lO Ute this disk but that be a major
problem If you don’t have a big box' Amiga and a CD-ROM drive, the Commodore A570 drive is still available tor A500Plu*. Owners, and (assuming you have an external floppy drive) any spare GDI Vs can easily be hr ought bark into service. I vert CD32 systems can be used using the new veal cable adaptors (see elsewhere for review i Available Irom PD Soil. 1 Bryant Avenue. Southend on Sea. Essex.
SS1 2YD. Tel 0702 466933. Price: £19.95 (plus Cl P*P). Or available Irom Fred Fish, Amiga Library Services. 610 N. Alma School Road.
Suilc 18. Chandler AZ 85224-3687. USA or fax 0101 (602) 917- 0917, Price:$ 19 95 plus $ 5 lor airmail costs.
PD UT No mon, no fun. Don’t worry because Tony Horgan is here with this month’s latest batch of PD releases.
TELETEXT 1.20 teletext receiver This is hall ol a software and hardware project that allows your Amiga lo receive leletext. You need to use it in conjunction with a TV (or VCR), but Ihe TV doesn't have to be teletext compatible Once you've got your pages, you can save them out as ANSI. ASCII, IFF or the program’s TT lormat.
Instructions tor building the hardware are on the disk. However you'll definitely need some electronics experience il you want to build the hardware.
I ll level wrth you on this one
- the DIY bit was beyond me. So I can t say how well the system
works Accordingly, I haven't scored the program, but if you
like to mess about with a soldering iron and fancy a teletext
compatible Amiga, it should be worth looking at.
Available from: Cynostlc PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre. Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road.
Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no.
U0293. Price: £2.00 Including P.P. AM FM SAMPLES 18 sound samples How appropriate, the 18th sample disk released by AMPM diskmag people contains exactly 18 samples. The sounds themselves are all big pads' (big synth atmospheric sounds) sampled from an exorbitantly expensive synthesiser. Some ot these ambient, moody sounds are looped, some are single notes, and others are included in a number ot chord variations, ranging Irom 30K to 65K in size. There’s a bit ot top-end noise on quite a few ol these samples, but this can be remedied with some filtenng Other than that, the sound quality is
well up to scratch Available trom: Cynostlc PD. Office 01. New Enterprise Centre. Little Heath Industrial Estate. Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. .
Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no. S0220. Price: £2.00 including P.P. J MULTIMEDIA BACKDROPS video backgrounds II you watch TV news or sports programs you'll know that you can't escape the speckly backdrops that reside behind all the league tables, pie chans and other screens ot text. This tour-disk set is lull of these unobtrusive backdrops, all in full overscan using 128 colours. It you have an AGA Amiga, the program leaves you another 128 colours for any graphics or text you might lay over the top. They're all textures of some kind, and come in various colour schemes.
Anyone producing posh titles for TV or video should get hold of them pronto.
By they way, they're not actually PD (Swerve Video retain the copyright).
Available from: Swerve Video, 99 Park Lane, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 9PT. Tel: 021 502 4681. Price: £4.75 Including ARTWORKS CLIPART Original images for lire computer. NOT public domain Each disk cowains between 115 and 270 original, high resolution, Ivgh quatty mages lor use with Amiga art. Desk top pubfishmg and video programs • Deluxe Pamt Photon Pmt.
Pagesetter. Pro Page. Pagestream, Wordworth. Penpal Scala etc I Pets 2. Castles, cottages and churches 3 Trees 4. Signs and I
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quality... a barga AUDIO. MAGIC VI sound utilities Best known
for their game compilations, the Assassins are branching out
into other areas these days. Volume 6 of their Audio Magic
series brings you seven useful sound and music utilities.
Play It 2 is a simple tracker module player, Sound Effect 2.1 is a sample editor that can work with both 8 and 16-bit samples, M Play is another module player that’s controlled from a mock hi-fi system. Quadra Composer is a new tracker (reviewed in last month's PD Utilities). Sound Machine converts samples between IFF. RAW and the PC formats VOC and WAV. D Sound 1.3 plays samples from a hard drive, and FM Synth
1. 1 is a decent sample synthesiser along the lines of E-Z FM.
Which was reviewed in the March 94 issue of CU AMIGA. Yes
indeed, a handy disk and no mistake, missus.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb. London NW11 6JE. Disk no. MUS709. Price: £1.40 including P+P. -'V* THE NO.1 HORSE RACING SOFTWARE The software which predicted Nortons Coin at 100 1 to win the Gold Cup is now available by mail order. To set your hands on a copy of our No.1 sellins Horse racing software, The Tipster™, please send cheques or postal orders payable to Sidmouth Software for the sum of only: £24.95 inc VAT, P&P The Tipster Professional (uses the Racing Post) is available on the Amiga, Atari and all PC compatibles. A Windows™ version is
available for £64.95 which includes the Dos version.
Tipster International (uses daily papers) is also available at the same price, this software is designed for users who are just beginning to use their computers to predict horse race results.
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Europe = +20p per disk; R.O.W. = +40p per disk I .Vole: Prices are per disk and nor per set COURSE FORM horse ratings II you like a flutter on Ihe horses, Bui lind working oul Ihe lorm a Bil ledious, this could be jusl whal you need. Course Form ads on the information published in the racing section ol most national newspapers You enter the figures into the program, and it comes back with a rating that tells you how likely the horse is to win. It's as simple as that Available trom: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Disk no. MUS709. Price: £1 40
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I i 4 icm taid*. Iron IrnMn Smrlcm i J AJ v LA tions Inst Horkbench MINT ME A STORY story maker Fancy making your own illustrated children's stones? Paint Me a Story is designed exactly lor lhat. There are two parts to the program The first is the drawing sedion which has a lew very basic and quite awkward drawing tools (freehand, line, fill etc.) lor you to create the illustrations. The other part is where you enter the text lor the story. The text and pidures are then combined. And on you go onto the next page With a some patience, you should be able to put together some reasonable pidure
books, but Be prepared lor a bit ol a struggle, as it's not the most helpful program in the world Available trom: Essex Computer Systems. 118 Middle Crockertord, Basildon, Essex. SS16 4JA. Tel: 0268 553963.
Price: £5,00 including P.P. CYNOSTIC UTILITIES 22 utility collection They're breeding like rabbits1 It must Be the time ol year ol something, I don’t know, but you just can’t move lor utility compilations in the PD cupboard this month. Number 22 in the Cynostic series includes some multi-colour AGA icons lor your own use, Halt 'n' Hall (turns 1 MB ol your At 200 s Chip RAM to Fast RAM). Mem Clear 1.7 (tidies up your unused RAM), a dock, Fast Dir to speed up diredory listings. TMC and Copy Mem (speeds up RAM access), and Run Sh'Ha replacement lor the CU command RUN. Which disables AGA lor
backwards compatibility) You've seen the menu, is Sir ready to order yet?
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CYNOSTIC UTILITIES 25 utility compilation The most uselul program on this disk is Multi Tool 2.0. This is a file-handling utility along the lines ol SID and Directory Opus. Moving files around using the Shell or CLI can be a teal pain, but Multi Tool makes these operations much simpler. Two directory windows (one source and one destination) are used in conjunction with a lew buttons, and everything is controlled by the mouse, so you don't have to remember and type in long contusing path names and so on.
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Available Irom: Cynostic PD, Ottice 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road. Coventry, CV6 7NB.
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Over the next few pages we cover Comms, programming, questions and answers, your letters and even throw in the opinion of one of the oldest, sorry, wisest journalists in the business.
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Regulars 1 66 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Got a problem? Then our two wondertuds John and Andy are here lo answer your techie problems in a beautifully prosaic way. If you can t understand a byte Irom a bit then you need John and Andy!
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POINTS OF VIEW This month we let Steve Keen get a word in. Not that he needs a chance. Steve looks at the new consoles supposedly coming out and contemplates what expect from the C032 In it we can Not only do we give you ultimate programs on our cover disks, but we also show you how to use them. Is there no end to our generosity? Apparently not. Sit tight and fasten your headphones as DJ Horgan and the UnDead Kennedy gmde you through the sample edrta. Synth sound editor and the uruque e ht channel mode - gosh!
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In space no one can hear you you scream. Unless of course you program in Blitz Basic, in which case you can do what you want with the the alien, or even aliens (how about aliens3). This month. Daniel O'Connor explains how to control more than two aliens on screen at once.
PART This is the opt rj.: i ikiiuLut This is too qui IfilULULUl Last month we gave away the amazing OctaMED 4. This month we continue the step-by-step comprehensive tutorial to this massively powerful music program. CU AMIGA’S resident sound experts Tony Horgan and John Kennedy are on hand to guide you through the sample editor, the synth sound editor and the unique eight channel mode.
IHE SAMPUE EDITOR One of the best things about OctaMED is the sampler and sample editor section. If you have a sampler that connects to the parallel port of your Amiga, you can use this with OctaMED to grab any sound when it suits you.
As the sampler section is built into OctaMED, there’s no need to quit out and load up a separate piece of sampling software. To enter the sampler section all you have to do is click on the SMPED button which is near the top right corner of the screen.
SAMPLE RATES Betore you start sampling, you need to know about sample rates. When a sound is recorded, the computer takes thousands of snapshots of the incoming sound wave. When the sound is played back, these snapshots are strung together to form one flowing sound wave. The rate at which these snapshots are taken is known as the sample rate. A higher sample rate will give a more accurate reproduction of the sound. Think of it as a digitised picture - a low sample rate is akin to a low-resolution digitised picture. A high sample rate is like a high resolution picture. If the sample rate is too
low, the high frequencies in Ihe sound will become distorted, and there’s likely to be a ringing overtone to the whole sound. The advantage ot a low sample rate, however, is that it will use less memory.
Instea of using kilohertz to define sample isurement called a Dwer for higher sam- ligher for low sample rates. When oads up, it's default period setting good unless you desperately iy samples, so you'll need to u change it to depends on IG A SOUND V'ou’lt need to be connected to a sampler cartridge to be able to record your own samples.
Most varieties are compatible. Press F2 to change the selected octaves to 2 and 3. Now find the Pitch and Destination boxes on the far right of the sample editor window. Move the mouse pointer so that it’s over Ihe upper of the two boxes that currently read C-2 (see above).
Hold down the left mouse button, and press O on the keyboard. This should change the value 428 in the adjacent box to 214. If nothing happens, press F2 to make sure that you have the DEST £££¦¦ C- This is too loud an CHRNGE RATE correct octaves selected, and fry again. If you're going to sample something that contains high frequencies, such as a drum loop with cymbals, or a vocal that includes "S" or T sounds, change the rate to 170 or less by pressing the E key instead of Q when you click in the Pilch box. Otherwise, you’ll find the sample is a bit scratchy.
Click on the INSTR button, then click in the long box that appears at the top of the screen.
Type in whatever you want to call the sound that you’re about to sample, and press return.
Next, you need to set the size of the sample you’re about to record. This is measured in bytes.
For now. Set the sample size to 80,000 bytes (80K). This will give about five seconds of sampling time at the sample rate you just set (214), To set the size of the sample, click in the box marked BUFFSIZE, found on the far left of the sample editor panel. Type in 80000 and press return (bearing in mind that there's already a zero in the box, so you only need to enter 4 zeros. You now have a blank space to sample into.
Now you need to get a good sound level coming into the sampler. Click the MONITOR button from the sampler panel, and the blank slot in the middle of the screen should turn to an oscilloscope display. This lets you know whether the incoming sound is too loud or quiet. Connect your sampler to your sound source, and start the source playing. If you don’t see a sound wave moving around in the middle box, check your connections and try turning up the volume at your source. Once you've got a signal coming through, watch the wave and see whether it’s flattening out at the top and bottom. If so,
reduce the volume so that the loudest part of the sound just touches the top and bottom of the box very briefly. If the wave doesn’t move far from the central line, then turn Ihe volume up. Look at the examples on the page if all that doesn’t make any sense at all.
When the levels are correct, click the MONITOR button to exit monitor mode, and then dick the RECORD button. The oscilloscope will come up again, allowing you to cue up your sound. Just before the bit you want to sample, click the left mouse button a second time to start recording.
The screen will go black while it concentrates on recording, but will automaticaliy jump back to the sampler screen once it's filled up its allotted 80K of sample space.
EDITING SAMPLES You now have a sample - hurrah! Press any of the normal keys to play back your sample at different pitches. You can now trim the unwanted parts from the sample.
Use the right mouse button to highlight an area at the start of the sample. If you want to extend the highlighted area (referred to as the range), hold down the shift key when you use the right button.
Use the PLAY RANGE button to hear the selected area. Click on SHOW RANGE to magnify this area to the full width of the screen.
Locate the parts you don't want, highlight them, listen to them with the PLAY RANGE button, and then click on CUT when you’ve highlighted to unwanted parts. Use the ZOOM OUT and SHOW ALL buttons to view more of the sample.
PlflV RANGE . .ML* r.IHCM OctaME SAVE FORMAT ITTm LORO SONfl ¦ SftVI IQN dir-- JJ FILE: | SAVING A SAMPLE To save out your sample lo disk, click on the FILES button. Wail tor Ihe drive light to go out. And insert a formatted disk in the internal drive. Click on DFO: in the devices list on the right ol the screen. Click in the FILE box and type in a name volume level.
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Echoes can be put on the sample with the ECHO button. This uses the three parameters to deline the gaps between each echo, the decay rates, and the number of echoes. A random white noise creator is also included, activated by the NOISE button just left of the echo button The value to the right of the button is the level ol noise, which can be changed by clicking in the box and entering a new value. You can use this to mix in some hissy noise over an existing sample, or just i some pure noise in a blank sample You OCTAMID 4 TUTOII41 NOISE might warn to use the BOOST option to emphasise the
noise. This is particularly handy for generating your own drum and cymbal sounds.
Freehand is a useful option that lets you edit the sample wave by actually drawing it on-screen with the mouse. As soon as you dick the FREEHAND button, the sample window zooms in close on the sound wave. You can now draw in the sample window by holding down Ihe left mouse button. Try this if you need to remove tiny clicks or pops from a sample.
Just to the right of the freehand button you'll find the CHG VOL button. This stands for Change Volume - can you guess what it does? The first parameter is the volume for the start ot the sample (as a percentage ot the original volume), and the second is the end volume. This means you can create volume fades by using two different values. The default values are both 200%, which would of You’ll be asked if you want to halve the samples as soon as you enter anything over lour channel mode Press Y for yes This will halve the volume of * the samples currently have loaded, and wd automatically
do the same to any samples that are loaded in from now on. If you don't halve the samples, when the channels are mixed, the combined samples wd be too loud, and will sound distorted In order to use the luff eight channels, you'll need to set the number of tracks in each block to eight. Do this by clicking on BLOCK, then on the eight button. The display changes to show all eight tracks at once, which can be a bit hard to see on a TV, but unfortunately there's no way around this. The speed control is now limited to so you need to use the one on the right. A lower value equates to a laster tempo.
You'll notice that UOL: DEL INS* to* the sample and press return. Ckck the SAVE INSTR button to save the sample.
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the sample. To counter this, highlight the whole sample (or the
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To enter eight channel mode dick one of the buttons marked 4-8 on the main PLAY panel If you only want to use five channels, dick the five button.
There's no point in getting the program to mix eight channels if you're not using them all - on slower Amigas there's a very noticeable loss of speed, which is minimised by selecting fewer channels.
12 ? 4 THIS SPLIT the secondary tempo doesn't allow for as tine tweaking as the primary tempo If your Amiga has an accelerated processor (68020 or higher) you can use the HQ button to squeeze some extra sound quality (most notably treble response) from the 8 channel mode.
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arrow is pointing to the left, and dick on one ot the
quick-set waveforms (the sine, square, saw. Ramp or random
wave) The wave should appear on the scope, and if you press
the normal OctaMED keys you should be able to hear it.
STAGE THREE You can edit the wave by drawing over it (select the PIXEL, LINE or MIX) buttons to see what difference Ihey make. If you are brave, you can try designing a waveform from scratch. If you select RANGE ALL.
The buttons marked DBL and REV will start to have interesting effects (DBL doubles the pitch of the sound. REV reverses the wave) Remember the UNDO button when you get carried away Unfortunately, simply squlggling like this is unlikely to produce top-quality results. In tact, you'll probably end up with a pretty unusable tarty noise.
Time to move onto the next stage.. STAGE FOUR OctaMED comes with its own programming Ian guage to help you control how sounds are made There are two lists of these special OctaMED control Instructions over at the bottom righthand side of the screen. The one to the left controls the volume, the the one to the nght offers more control over the waveform itself.
The default setting is a volume of '40'. Which Is in hexadedmal. In decimal terms this is '64': the maximum allowable volume. Let's make the volume decay with time.
First press the ESC key to enter edit mode, and use the INS button to create two new lines. Alter the list so It reads 40.CHD.2 (as seen below). To do this, move the small red square cursor to the far left position, and enter 40. Now move to the next line down, and press D on the keyboard, which will enter the CHD command. If you just hear the note play, check that you are in edit mode. Enter 02 into the next line down.
Press ESC again, and then a few keys to trigger the sound. You should find it decreases in a much more musical fashion.
STAGE FIVE The waveform control instructions are used in the same way. You can add some vibrato with VBR.
And also slide the pitch up and down with CHU and CHD. If you enter a number by itself, OctaMED will swop between different waveforms to make the noise Although only one waveform is displayed at a time, it's possible to have up to 127 different patterns This can lead to some pretty excellent sounds
- filter sweeping is only one possibility.
If you are worried about the prospect of entering all 128 different waveforms by hand, you'll be delighted to learn that OctaMED can create them al automatically. You can actually 'morph' between two sounds: all you need to do is supply a start and an end and let OctaMED do the rest Use ADD (on the left ol the panel) to create a few new waveform slots, and then click on the Square wave button Now go back to the first waveform (which should still have the Sine wave) using the plus and minus buttons next to the WF indicator, dick START and go back to the last waveform and dick DO!. OctaMED
will morph the waveforms in-between Irom the Sine to the Square - but you won't be able to hear anything other than Ihe first waveform if you don I alter the settings in the programming table.
STAGE SIX You II see that the default number is 0 »i the programming table - which means play waveform zero’ H you alter this (remember to hit ESC first it you're not in edit mode) you can play any of the other waves you have created.
However, things start to get realty interesting when you add more than one waveform. Use the INS button to add more positions, and then enter
0. 1.2.3.4,5.6.7.8 (or whatever your last wave was) and
8,7,6,5,5,4,3,2,1. When you play this (hit ESC again, first)
you'll hear a nicely flanging sound.
There are many advantages to creating your own sounds in this way - not only are you virtually guaranteed a bit of originality, but the sounds you create will use up a lot less RAM that sampled sounds.
See the panel to the right on volume and waveform instructions for further info on creating your own sounds. 35 SYNTHSOUND PROGRAMMING Here is a very handy list of tommands for use in the synth sound editor as described in this article.
The symbols ?? = a hex number, for example 00,02 or 2f.
VOLUME IHSTRUCTI0NS ?? Set Volume When 0 hex number from 0 to «is used with no commend nome.fis sets he volume loan absduh level.
CHD ?? Change volume down Press D. Ihe number wlih appears beneath the CHD command is tie role ot nftith die volume decreases.
CHU ?? Change volume up Press U. The number which appears beneath the CHU command k te rob at vihith t* volume increases.
JMPTPJump Press J. 4 IMP ml skip to the supated fate number, thus allowing loops. You must ensure there is al least one other instruction in the loop (a WAI even) or the program vdl hltiL Press H. Hah wil pause Ihe control Sst, but a jump can be used to avoid t. WAI ?? Wort Press W. This will delay the instructions list far the follawing number ol lime cycles.
WAVEFORM INSTRUCTIONS The fel waveform instructions include JMP and HLT, as well A number by itself is the woveform b be played.
OiD ?? Change pitch down Press D. Decrease the pitch at the rah specified.
RES Reset Press R. Reset the pitch to initial level.
ARP ??... ?? ARE Start end arpeggio definition.
The numbers between he ARP otJaRF are die offsets from the bossnoto. Try ARP, 0,3,5, Art VBD7? Vibrato depth.
Press V. The degree of vibrato VBS??Vtroto speed.
Press SHIFT V. The rate of vfeato.
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The Amiga’s Shell is an incredibly clever thing
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Unfortunately, Commodore decided not to include a manual on using AmigaDOS with the A1200, which means a lot of users know virtually nothing about how to use it. By trial, error and a bit of looking around you should be able to work out a few basic Shell commands. Once you have the shell open, you should at least have a fair idea that DIR will produce a list of the files in the current directory - but that can be the limit.
The table below contains a handy run down of some of the more useful Shell commands for you to keep as a reference.
SIMPLE AMIGADOS COMMANDS Example newshell endd edshxt-up sequence delete com:plop.bak fistdfO copy dfOtplop to df I: Press [St ondO to quit without soving, and ESC and X to save and quit.
Base a Fie As DIR but with mote iifofmotion and options Duphcote o lile Workbench only had a CLI, which lacked basic editing facilities. For example, you couldn't press arrow-up to get the last thing you had typed.
Run is useful if you need to do several things at once. If you open a Shell window and enter: run copy dfOrplop to dfl: QUIET You can carry on with other commands whilst this copy process is done in the background. This is what the Amiga's 'multitasking' operating system is all about.
Sometimes you can't close a window if a task is still being processed. If this is the case, use the following listing: run nil: nil: My_program_here This will 'redirect' any input and output which 'My_program_here' may generate to a non-exis- tant device, and suppress any messages or replies. It is especially handy to use in the Startup-sequence to stop programs opening tedious little windows.
UTILITY One ot the Amiga Workbench's better features is the ease at which extra programs can be integrated into it, to make life easier.
TOOLSDAEMON One the many such programs I find almost invaluable is called ToolsDaemon, written by the incredibly-busy Nico Francois. ToolsDaemon offers an easy way to add your own menus to the Workbench, and each item is really one of your favourite programs. Instead of having to wade through dozens of drawers and directories trying to find Deluxe Paint, you can create a menu called 'Graphics' and include Dpainl as an entry. When you select the Dpalnt menu option, the program will automatically load - handy or what?
ToolsDaemon is best used with a hard drive system, although if you give your floppy disks sensible names and stick to them, you might be able to use it with a floppy-only system. It's available from any good Public Domain library, so do yourself a favour and get a copy.
TRASHICON I rarely, if ever, use the Trash Icon that comes as part of the Workbench. In fact, when formatting disks I always used the NOICONS option to make sure one is created. The main reason I don't use the Trash icon is that it can't be left out on the Workbench - it can only stay within the disk window. To get around this, Mark McPherson has written a program called Trashlcon which can't be left out. In fact, it's a program which has an icon instead of a window. Whenever something is dropped into it, it get's deleted. It’s much closer to the Apple Mac's Trashcan, and as a result a lot
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Incidentally, the snazzy looking requesters are created by a program called ARQ. It patches the system requesters to include little animated pictures and when used with MagicWB it looks really good. © copy I dfO:pictures ?if£ ? To dfl: If you wanted fo re-create the directory, include the name of the new directory, like this: copy dfO:pictures ?iff ? To dfl:pictures This will create a new directory, and copy only Wildcards are an incredibly useful way of saving your fingers from wearing out. These can be used wherever a normal filename would occur, but can speed up a lot of operations.
There are two symbols that AmigaDOS uses: the ' ' hash symbol (known as the pound' symbol by americans) and the '?' Question mark. If you are used to the PC and MS-DOS then you'll have some re-learning to do, as the “' star isn't used by default.
When used in a filename, a'?' Means ‘any character' so the list of following filenames are all equivalent: testfilel,dat cestfile?.dat cest???l-dat ?estfilel.da?
The 'hash' mark is used to mean 'any number of (or no) characters', so the following filenames are all equal: Now the combination of the wildcard symbols is what makes them most useful. The lollowing files are all equal. Remember lhat AmigaDOS is very flexible with filenames, and certainly doesn't limit them to a group ol eight characters, a full stop and three more characters.
Cture.iff cture.l?
.iff my_p: Zj my??
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Now for some practical examples. Say you had a list of images which you needed to copy from one disk to another. All the pictures had different names, but you had the foresight to include iff somewhere in their names.
For example, they might be like this: John.iff, BindyTheCatlFF, IFF_of_Sam.
You can copy all these files | with one command: copy I dfO: ?iff ? To dft: The wildcards will get anything which has 'iff' somewhere in it. Note that AmigaDOS is not case specific. If the files are all stored in a directory called 'pictures' you would use a CLI command like this: the files with 'Iff in their names into it. If want to see a list of filenames, but end of the command, like this: copy dfO:pictures ?iff ? To dfl: ture3 QUIET With Workbench 2 and up, a new and useful little symbol was added - theor tilda. (It’s obtained by shitting the key beneath the ESC key). The tilda means
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Things can start to get tricky, especially when you use the T symbol, which means 'or'. For example, to list all liles which have 'iff or ‘gif in their names, use the following: list lt?iff»?l ?gif ?)
If you want to miss out any files ending with 'into' (in other words, the icons), use this: list ?gifl ?iff) lM ?in£o)) You can see that although wildcards are powerful. They can quickly get well oul of hand.
Sometimes you spend more time thinking of the combination of 's and ?'s and |'s to use than you would have copying each file in turn. That’s computing for you I Deleting old files is an essential chore that you need to do before you fill your entire hard or floppy disk with rubbish. Wildcards can speed things up: delete «?.bak will remove any old files. It s worth testing the command by swopping 'delete' with a 'list- before you accidentally nuke something important. You especially don't want to enter: delete »?
Or you might loose everything... If you want to remove a directory and the contents. Use a command like this: delete dfO:pictures ?
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November 1992 Cover: A4000.
On Disk: Videoscape 30 animation package plus playable demos ol Legends ol Valour and Sword ol Honour.
Inside: Amiga 4000 first test, which Amiga should you buy? Lethal Weapon and Shadowlands and Office 2 reviewed.
December 1992 - Sold out!
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July 1993 Cover Full motion video.
On Disk: 1 it System v2.0, plus playable demos ol The Patrician and F1 Challenge.
Lnside:Full Motion Video examined.
Syndicate, Ishar 2 and Dune II reviewed, plus Vista Pro 2 and buyers guides to DTP packages and joysticks.
August 1993 Cover CD32.
On Disk: Interword, a completely spilling word processor, plus a playable demo of Virgin's Apocalypse.
Inside: Muscle Up - a roundup ol RAM expansions, V-Lab digitising system, Deluxe Music Construction Set 2.0, Brutal Sports, Jurassic Park.
September 1993-Sold out October 1993 Cover: Star Trek 25th Anniversary On disk: Flexidump 2.5 • the ultimate image processing and printing tool, plus playable demos ol Wonderdog and Mean Arenas (1Mb only).
Inside: A meeting ol minds - CU chairs an Amiga user's debate. Star Trek 25th and Space Hulk reviewed plus Digital Creations.
November 1993 Cover: Frontier.
On Disk: The absolutely superb graphlcs DTP package, ExpertDraw (1Mb only), plus unbelievably brilliant demos ol Frontier, Qwak and Magic Boy.
Inside: Gummph! There's an extra magazine included - a complete guide to the Amiga, plus tons of hardware and software reviews, including Frontier.
December 1993 Cover Amazing!
On disk: Aegis Animator - the animation program and Spectracolour, plus demos ot Turrican 3 and The Settlers. Wow!
Inside: Exclusive 52 page Deluxe Paint guide.
Christmas buyers guide, Microcosm on CD32, Terminator 2 Arcade Game, Alien Breed 2 and The Settlers.
January 1994 Cover Animation and graphics special.
On Disk: Sensible Software s Shoot em up Construction Kit, Font Grabber, plus a fully playable demo ol Mortal Kombat (1M Inside: Dpaint vs Brilliance: If Vidi 12 24 RT, MediaPointn Beneath a Steel Sky. Cannon Fodder, Zool 2.
February 1994 CoverScala Multimedia.
On disk:Scala, the top rated h (1Mb only), plus a completely lab d Simon the Sorcerer (1Mb only).
Lnside:Scala: the n ~ “ reviews ol Fractal Pro 6.0. Craft. Aladdin 40, Goblins 3, Simon the Sorcerer and Skidmarks.
March 1994 Cover Don't get lost in n On Disk: Softwood Hie d Amos prot pletely spiffing d Inside: Full I*
o of K240 (1Mb only).
VideoMaster vs Sound and Vision and TV Paint 2 reviewed, plus Manchester United and super Methane Bros.
April 1994 Cover. Cash in - turning ideas into money on the Amiga.
On Disk:Adorage, Task Force. Master Virus Killer, King's Quest VI and Dots.
Inside: Reviews ol Demomaniac, Imagine
2. 9, Darkmere, Naughty Ones, King's Quest Vi,Switch Quiz, and
Simon The Sorcerer.
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Commodore and the software houses of your opinions and
preferences. Send your completed surveys to: Readership Survey,
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ABOUT YOU
1. Are you: Male (] Female I ]
2. How old are you?
Under 7 [] 8 [] 9 [] 10 [) 11 I) 12 (1 13 II 14 [I 15 [) 16 I) 17-191) 20-231) 24-29 U 30 or over [1
3. Are You?
In junior school In secondary school In 6th Form 6th Form College j j In higher education (University) j j In lull time employment In part time employment Unemployed Other [ 1
4. What do you do In your spare time? Please rate how keen you
are on each ot the following (10 = hyper keen, 1 = couldn't
care less) Play video games [) Playing sports [ I Watch TV I)
Watch satellite j j Watch videos [) Listen to music (j Listen
to the radio Play arcade games Go to the cinema ll Other j)
5. On average how much time do you normally spend playing video
games or using your Amiga lor other purposes every week?
Less lhan 1 hour I ] 1-2 hours [ 1 2-4hours jj 4-6hours (j 6-8 hours [j 8-10 hours]) 10-20 hours More lhan 20 hours 1)
6. How do you play your games?
On my own [ ] With a friend (] With a group [)
7. On average, how much money do you earn get given each month?
£0-9 (1 £10-£49 I) £50-£99
I) E100-E499 11 E500-E832 [] £833-21249 II £1250-21666
1) £1667-22499 (1 Over £2500 11
8. Which of the lottowing do you regularly buy?
Cds I) Tapes 11 Videos 11 Clothes II Shoes Trainers 11 Sweets 11 Crisps (1 Drinks 11 Takeaway food 11 Books 11 Comics 1) Other II
9. Do you have a bank account?
Yes [ I No U YOU AND YOUR AMIGA
10. Which of Ihe following describes your technical competence
on the Amiga?
Expert [) Competent [) Beginning to get the hang ot most things 11 Complete beginner (]
11. Which of the following Amlga(s) do you own?: CD32 U A500 [J
A500 Plus [J A600 A1000 U At 200 At 500 (1 A2000 A3000 [)
A4000 030 [ ] A4000 040A4000T jj
12. Do you plan to upgrade your Amiga in the next 6 months, II so
to which model? .....
13. Which version ol Workbench are you running? (If you have more
than one list the highest) 1-2 1) 1-3 1)
2. 04 2.05 I) 2.1 11 3 ll 3.1 (I
14. How much memory (RAM) does your Amiga have?
,5Mb I) 1Mb (I 2Mb U 4Mb 11 8Mb or above 1 j
15. What size hard drive do you own (II any)?
20Mb [] 40Mb 11 60Mb (I 80Mb [] 120Mb or above |!
16. Which ol Ihe following peripherals do you own?
Disk drive 11 Monitor [ I Video digitiser jj Printer [j Modem [ j Genlock j J Sound sampler () Accelerator j j CD-ROM drive [ ] Emulator j j Graphics enhancer (24-bit) FMV capability (it available) j j Networking interlace PCMCIA Hard drive [ j
17. Which following types of software do you use. II you
purchased a program, rather than getting it with your Amiga
elc, please lick the purchased' column as well.
”Mtu pi uuccoui j j Spreadsheet (] Database Painting program j j Drawing program j j DTP Comms program [ I Sound sampler [ j Midi sequencer j) Program language (j Multimedia system j) Image processor (] Rendering software I j Graphics utility j j Utility j j
18. Is your Amiga linked lo a HIFI?
Yes (I No []
19. What are your main inlerests?
Graphics video () Music I] Programming [ j Business j j Public Domain j j DTP I j Comms j j Games j j Other I)
20. Do you lind the lechntcal reviews: About right [) Too
technical [) Not technical enough
21. What do you think ol the overall content of CU AMIGA?
About right Too little game reviews previews jj Too much game reviews previews j ] Not enough tech'serious reviews j j Too much tech serious reviews j)
22. How much do you plan to spend on hardware In the next 12
months?
Under£50 [1 £50-£100 [I £100-£200 [1 £200-2500 [] £500-£1000 [) Over £1000 [1
23. Do you have, or intend to buy In Ihe next six months, sny ot
the following items?
Disk Drive Monitor Printer Modem RAM upgrade Sound sampler Video digitiser Genlock Accelerator CD-ROM drive » Emulator CU AMIGA READERSHIP SURVEY Graphics enhancer FMV capability Networking interlace Hard drive
24. Apart from games, what else do you use your Amiga tor?
Education [) DTP [) Business presentation multimedia [ j Music (midi and sound sampling) [ j Graphics 8 animation General word processing Programming Personal finance 11
25. What type of Amiga Games are you Interested in?
Arcade style (shoot 'em ups, etc) [ ] Board and puzzle (Chess Tetris) [ j Flight sims Graphic adventures (Tentacle etc) [ j Platform (Flashback, Zool, etc) [ j Role playing strategy games [Ultima, ADS D, etc) [] Sports simulations (Sensible Soccer, Formula t, etc) [) Games with FMV included
26. What do you think would make the best CU coverdisk offer?
No disks and reduce price to £2.95 () Two disks at 3.95 Three disks at £4.50 1 CD32 disk at £4.99 [) ABOUT YOUR GAMES
27. Which of the following machines do you (1) own or do you (2)
have access to (perhaps
31. How much software (games and or utilities) do you get or are
via a friend)?
Given (as presents etc.)?
1. Own 2: Access None (| Sega Mega CD ] 1) A couple every year
39. How many other people apart Sega Mega Drive 1 11 One every
three months from yourself will see your copy of Sega Game
Gear I II One every couple of months [ 1 CU AMIGA?
Sega Master System ] 11 One per month Nobody else [) One [) Nintendo SuperNES ] II Two per month Two [1 Three (J Nintendo GameBoy 1 11 Over two per month Four jj Five jj Nintendo NES ] (1 More than five jj Atari Jaguar 1 (1
32. How many different games do Atari Lynx ] 11 you play in a
month - either on your
40. How often do you (1) buy or (2) Atari ST Falcon ] (] own, at
a friend's or elsewhere?
See (perhaps a friend's copy of) Amiga A500 1 n None [] 1-5 [] CU AMIGA?
Commodore CD32 ] n 6-10 [] 11-15 [) 1: Buy 2: See Amiga A1200 I it 15-20 [) Over 20 () Every month [ j (] Apple Macintosh ] n Every couple of months i j i j Acorn Archimedes ] ii
33. How long have you been playEvery three months (j i j PC I n
ing computer and video games?
Less often . Jj jj PC CD-ROM 1 n A month or less | J1 -3 months [) PC Engine ] n 3-6months (]6-12months [j
41. How long have you been buyNeo Geo 1 ii 12-18 months [] 18
mths-2 years |j ing CU AMIGA?
Philips CD-i ) n 2-3 years [j 3-4 years |j One month (J 1-3 months ] 3DO ] ii 4-6 years (j Over 6 years [ j 3-6 months jj 6-12 months jj 12-18 months j j 18 mths-2 years j j
26. Which machine do you want to
34. How much do you spend on Over 2 years i j buy next?
Soft hardware goods on average Amiga 1200 ii in a month?
42. Would you ever buy a game Amiga 4,000 ii Nothing [j Under £10
[J without seeing a review first in a CD32 ii E10-E25 [j
£25-£50 jj copy of CU AMIGA?
FMV ii £50-£75 [] £75-£100 [] Yes (] No [j Sega Mega CD u E100-E150 jj £150-£200ij Sega Mega Drive n Over£200 [)
43. How would you rate CU AMIGA Sega Game Gear u as a computer
mag? (10 = brilliant, Sega Master System n
35. In order of preference, which 1 = rubbish) Nintendo SuperNES
ii of the following are the most 1 [] 2 I) Nintendo GameBoy
ii important things that help you 3 II 4 [] Nintendo NES ii
decide which software you would 5 II 6 (I Atari Jaguar Atari
Lynx Atari ST Falcon Amiga A500 Commodore CD32 Amiga A1200
Apple Macintosh Acorn Archimedes PC PC CD-ROM PC Engine Neo
Geo Philips CD-i 3DO Sega MultiMega Sega Mars Mega-32 Sega
Saturn Nintendo Project Reality Sony PS
29. How many games do you own?
None [] One [ 2-5 (j 6-10 [ 11-25 [j 26-50 ( More than 50 [ j
30. On average how much software (games and or utility) do you
buy?
Never buy software A couple every year One every three months One every couple of months One per month Two per month Three per month Four per month Five per month More than five per month like to buy? (1 = most Important, I] 8 [] 10 10 = least important) Computer magazine review [) Computer magazine preview Recommendation by a friend [ j
44. What do you think of the different sections of CU AMIGA?
Good Average Poor Advert in a computer magazine [ j Editorial in other magazines [ j Saw it on TV !
Saw an advert on TV i ] Saw a poster Saw it at an exhibition i ] Shop demonstration ( i Rent to try out first Other [l
36. Where do you normally buy your software and hardware?
Dixons (] Virgin (] Woolworths [j Argos I j Comet Ij Boots [j Toys R Us [jwHSmith (j Microbyte Games [j Our Price I j HMV [) Curry's [) Rumbelows [j Future Zone [ j John Menzies (j Game [ j Blockbuster Video [ j Ritz Tandy [] Beatties j) Specialist shop [ j Mail Order j ABOUT THE MAGAZINE
37. Where do you usually buy your computer magazines from?
WHSmith [ ] John Menzies [ ] Martins jj Fourbuoys [ ] Tesco [j Sainsburys [j Asda [ j Local newsagent | j Subscription [ j Somewhere else [ j
36. Who pays for the magazine?
You i ] A friend (] Your parents other relative Covers Cover gifts Coverdisks News Game previews () Game reviews [ J Features Tech. Reviews [ J PD Scene [ j PD Utilities [ j Art Gallery [) Tutorials [J Sound Lab [ j Q+A (J I II Backchat Points of View [) Competitions [ j I)
45. What other magazine do you normally buy or see and how would
you rate them out of 10 (where 10 = brilliant and 1 =
rubbish)?
Magazine Buy Rating The One Amiga [ ] (] Amiga Action Amiga Format [ j Amiga Shopper [ j Amiga Power Amiga Pro Amiga Mart Amiga Comp.
Amiga User [ ] [ ]
46. How did you first find out about CU AMIGA?
From a friend | ] In a newsagent | ] From a magazine advertisement j j At an exhibition j) From a TV show [ j Leaflet in a hard software purchase j j From a radio ad( | Other
47. How interested are you In seeing the following promotions
in CU AMIGA? (1=not Interested; 5=extremely interested):
Tipsbooks [j Supplements (eg, buyer's beginner's guides
top 100 games etc.) | J Money-off vouchers Exclusive CU AMIGA
Offers [j Gadgets - ie mousemats etc. [ j
48. Would you like to subscribe to CU AMIGA?
Yes [] No (] If you have any suggestions that you feel may be of interest to us please feel free to include them on a separate piece of paper.
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01. 99 mm- RECYCLED lSSdsi 10051 There’s never a dull moment in
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every morning. John Kennedy looks at what’s what.
REACH OUT AND TOUCH... What is FidoNet? It's a huge network ol amateur buletin boards spread ocross the world. There ore over 26,000 boards taking part and each board is used by many oeo tYou con log onto o Fido board just ike another BBS, when you go to the messaging oreas youl see a bed of the lot ol interesting stuff dying bode ond forward.
Fido boards link up at night, and share messages between one another. This means that as wel as having loail areas, most boards have national or even interno- tional sections.
Early every morning, before the postman comes round, my computer uses its modem to dial a local number After a lew seconds the transfer is finished, and I have a new sack of mail to read through.
The mail ranges from everything from personal messages from people I’ve never met, to general comments about the Amiga s operating system.
It’s all down to Comms, the hobby that’s growing in popularity every day To take part you need a computer, a modem, a standard telephone line and some software - and It s easier to get started than you might think.
Xwith excess to a Fido board can take (wrl in which are on-going conversation everything under Ihe sun. The Echos broadly o what the conversations ore about (Astronomy, .
Mogazmes. Gomes consoles) and inside each Echo are different 'threads' an related topics.
If possUeinleod of relying an reodmg and teolyina to messages whist your modem is connected, you should rgethald of an‘off-tne reader'program, such as 0- or AnyBW These programs alow you to read and answer messages whilst not octuafly on-line - your messages ore all bundled up ond sent when you have finished. QBIue and A tyBWore freely available from most boards, under the nomes of Q-BLUE10.1HA ond AMYBW20I.LHA. Alternatively, you should consider becoming a 'port an a Fidoboard. Ask your local board’s sysop about it. And hel tel you of Ihe odvanloges and help to gel you started. You must ask
your sysop before becoming a Point so they con give you a point number Don’t worry, becoming a point is free, and in retort you get to have your own miniature buletin board system. The best software for the job is Spot (written by PPMore author Nico Francois), and youl also need JropBoor to do the mailing. Both programs ore short- ware, and easy lo get hold of.
PLUG CORNER Here are some new echoes to pester and annoy your boss about: CAVING (moderated by Neil Croft).
This board is all about, erm. Caving. II your boss doesn't take this echo you can get it yourself Irom the following boards: Aspects (tel:06!-708-9330).
Cassiopea (tel:0223-411066) and Cavern: (tel:061-796-1770).
PHATCHETT A widely available echo all about Terry ’Discworld' Pratchett.
REGION25 This is good for a laugh. It’s where the real fighting goes on. There is nothing so bitchy as a sysop scorned. Here’s a list ot some interesting boards to log on to: I’m told this one has a friendly Il you writ your fn.ourne board mentioned or want O N .
Of local pieces to call or just wont to mole some comments: • write or [moil lo Wired World.
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COMMS [Scpeen I Phone Dial What’s this, even more Comms information?
Well, you asked for it and now you got it.
So, your eyes are not deceiving you.
Graham Mason gives you the low down on Ncomm 3.
January 1994 marked a milestone in Amiga modem users lives. The long-awaited update for Ncomm 2 finally hit the scene.
Ncomm 2 has long been a product that modem users the world over have sworn by, a yardstick against which other terminal packages on the Amiga have been measured by. Could a new version ever manage to live up to this reputation?
More to the point, would it be radically different enough to warrant upgrading to?
GET IT ON Upon booting up Ncomm 3 one thing becomes immediately apparent: the author of Ncomm 2 has suffered so much at the hands of users who have taken advantage the program but never registered that he has disabled all the save functions from the program. Thus, while it’s easy to configure the program on a session by session basis it gets to be so much of a chore that you will end up registering the package If you use it frequently.
Changes from version two to version three also become obvious: the bugs which caused the old version to crash have largely been ironed out while XPR protocol support has now been included. The XPR system is like a large library of file transfer protocols, (eg, zmodem is called XPRzmodem) and this file support means you can use many older types of file format. Major detail has also been paid to the way that the screen is laid out. For instance, the screen modes which are selectable to use with Ncomm is no longer limited to plain high res. Now, if your Amiga has an enhanced graphics card,
Ncomm 3 will be more than pleased to use it. Gone also is the rather limited Ncomm character set, this time any type of Amiga character set can be displayed on the Ncomm 3 screen.
Close attention has also been paid to Aroxx support. In fact its now possible to talk to Ncomm 3 solely via Arexx and not have to use the menu functions at all. Should you wish to have a script executed at, say 6pm, dial a friend, upload a file and then log off the facility, this has now been built in. Close attention has also been paid to today's UPDATE Registered users ol Hcomm 3 will now get version 3.04 whidl has further enhancements to the program os well os some added utils.
Registered version available from Tortsiel Lndberg Pilotveien 10, N-0384 Oslo, Norway.
High-speed modems and the rate al which they can Iranster and receive data. With the need lor highspeed modems lo have serial port rates ol 38400 bps and 57600 bps it's nice lo see that these and greater speeds are also supported.
The way the screen handling routines have been optimised becomes apparent when you see the rate at which text just tlies onto your screen.
This is best illustrated by the tact that you don't notice that much difference in screen capabilities with trying this program running on an A4000 and if you compare it to a standard 1 Mb A500.
My last point relates to tile transfer: Ncomm 3 covers every aspect ol the zmodem file protocol, and any luture updates to the protocol, il there are any, will covered via a configuration menu system.
GOLDEN OLDIES Unfortunately there are a lew memory problems lor users of older Amigas. The programmer (a Mr. Torkiel lodberg) recommends that Ncomm 3 isn't used on Amigas with only 512K RAM, and to be honest I can see why; with the program using around 200k and with all the other file options that are built in, you would soon run out of memory.
This really isn't a limitation though, I wouldn't think that there are that many 512k users left, especially among the Comms fraternity.
All is not lost lor older machines though, provided you have over 1 Mb ol Ram. Its nice to see that the reqtools.library has been used extensively which allows a Workbench 1.3 Amiga to look like a Workbench 2.0 Amiga. In tests on my HST dual standard and on an A4000 the program performed effortlessly. I transferred a lew programs to local BBSs with no problems and noticed that, if anything, the rate of the transfer performed about live percent better than Ncomm 2.
CONCLUSION This program has been a long time in the making and well worth it. If you check out your local PD libraries and bulletin boards you will find it, but it’s more than well worth while registering for the complete package. Since starting to use this version my old Ncomm 2 has been sent into retirement.
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MUMMY SAYS... ®l am a novice Amiga user and I know absolutely nothing about how to use my brand new A1200. Please can you give me some advice and a few pointers.
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1. My Amiga has no hard drive and no external floppy drive, and I
find the constant disk swopping very irritating. I'm also
worried that it might damage my machine. My mother says that
the machine must be built for this, is she right?
2. 1 would like to learn a programming language to create demos
and games, but I find most languages very hard to use - even
Easy Amos.
3. 1 cannot understand Amiga- DOS at all.
4. 1 have very little money, and I would like some good cheap
software? Where could I get some?
A. N.Other, Forrest Hills, Camberley, Surrey.
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ASK THE EXPERTS of Amiga. It won't be long before you’re an Amiga expert just like me [big head - ed), so keep on In there. To answer your questions:
1. Always listen lo your mother.
Although swopping disks is a time consuming and tedious task, as long as you don't use excessive force the drive should continue to work for a long time to come.
Remember, your Amiga has a year's warranty. I've been using an A500 for many years now, and the drive still works perfectly.
2. You can't understand Easy Amos? Really? Do you have the full
package, with Ihe manuals and everything? If, you try reading
through the manuals again they should be able lo help you.
3. Don't worry about AmigaDOS, most people don't understand if.
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4. Ask your mum for some pocket money, and send it off to 17 Bit
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Ask them for the best A1200 demos they’ve got - Nine Fingers Is quite clever.
MISSING RAM I have an Amiga 4000 030,4Mb of fast RAM.
2Mb of chip RAM and a 240Mb hard drive. However, my RAM disk always has 75K occupied even when there aren't any programs or background tasks running. When I search Ihe RAM disk in the Shell, there appears to be three directories using this space: ENV, Clipboards and T. I have tried To delete these three directories but the computer tells me that they are in use, even when they appear not lo be.
This is extremely annoying because it eats up my precious RAM! Can these files be installed on the hard disk instead? Why are they there and how can I delete them?
Sfeven Browne, Darby Green, Camberley, Surrey.
Personally, I think 75K Is a small drop In the ocean of a whopping 4Mb of RAM. The flies you mention as occupying too much space are actually good things - you shouldn't delete them.
The reason they are 'in use’ even when there aren’t any programs running is because the operating system is using them.
Therefore It would be extremely Ill- advised to delete them.
The T drawer Is a temporary 1 programs use 1AM speeds up storage place. Many f It, and having it in RAM speeds up a lot of operations. If you edit the startup-sequence you can alter It to reside on the hard disk If you really want, although the benefits are negligible.
The clipboard is an extremely useful concept. Many programs allow cutting and pasting, but the really clever ones will all support the clipboard. This means one program can cut some text, and another program can paste it. In the meantime the data is stored in the clipboard's directory.
During the startup-sequence, the ENVARC drawer is copied from the Workbench partition to the ENV drawer in RAM. This ENV directory contains all sorts of useful information. Some applications will keep their settings here, but you’ll also find default icons and all sorts. ENV is a very useful thing, so don't try and nuke it!
If you really want to save RAM, always switch off the Workbench screen when running an application. Most programs should have this as an option. If you can't do this, make the Workbench use as little memory as possible by cutting the colours down to two, and shrink the screen down to 640X
200. This setting can be saved as a preference file, which you
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Incidentally, I hope your A4000's fast memory is made up from a single 4Mb SIMM. If you have 4 x 1Mb SIMMs fitted, you’ll have to throw them away when you need more memory. Actually, I had a bit of luck with a dealer that was prepared to give me a good trade-in deal on my two 1 Mb SIMMs, so shop around.
INSTALL BLUES , I have an Amiga 1200 with 4Mb of RAM, a co-pro- mV cessor and a r (J 185Mb hard W Mr drive. I have tried lo install Star Trek and Deluxe Paint IV but neither ot these programs will run. How do I get these programs to run?
Also, how can I get programs such as Maxiplan4 to use the higher resolution screens available, now that I am the proud owner of a Microvitec monitor?
Adrian Bemascone, Shoreham-by- sea, West Sussex.
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And, is it easy to fit at home?
Graham Gordon, Birmingham.
No, you don’t need a multisync monitor. As the A1200 can be used with an ordinary television set, the video output must be about 15KHz. This means it can work perfectly wtth a standard colour monitor such as the Commodore 1084S.
However, try this. Adjust your workbench screen so that It Is 640 by 512, the screen will be in an Interlaced mode. Looks nice doesn’t It? Lots of room for Icons and windows. Notice how the fonts In a DTP or Page Publisher program look great. Pity about the flickering though.
With a multisync monitor, the flickering will disappear. It's as simple as that: larger displays, no flicker. If you can live with smaller- sized screens or you don’t mind the flicker, then you don’t need a multisync. You can still use all the extra colour modes offered by the AGA chipset.
All games use the lo-res modes so that they can be displayed on television, and so a multisync would have absolutely no benefit If that Is all your Amiga is used for. On the other hand, most productivity software titles now make use of the new screen modes and so, when using Final Writer or Wordworth, the screen displays are all correctly proportioned and very easy to work with.
The value of the hard drive depends on if it has a 2.5 inch or a
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expensive. The 3.5 inch drives are cheaper but require a bit
of effort.
I still think 64Mb is too small, and you should try for 130Mb or 214Mb for a first drive if you can possibly afford it. Certainly, any less than 64Mb and you will be wasting your money - you’ll fill It within weeks.
HONESTY WINS lam 15 years old andlownan Amiga 600.1 have dabbled with AMOS and have come to the conclusion that it is crap. I apologise tor the language, but I like to be honest and straight to the point, and I hope you will be too (no boffin (argon please).
I want to use my Amiga to learn to program, in the hope that one day I will be the number cruncher behind some future Amiga titles, but I have come to realise that AMOS is not the way forward. I have sold my copy ol AMOS and now I would like to ask a lew questions:
1. Is the next step C?
2. I've had a peek at Blitz Basic 2, is it worth taking a better
look?
3. Is there an Action Replay cartridge available lor the A600?
4. II not, why not?
5. What is the ditlerence between Cand Assembled
6. Which program is used by the biggest percentage ol software
houses? Can you name two top games written in this.
7. Which program is likely to lead me to:
a. A career in programming?
B. Griel?
8. Where can I get any ol these programs Irom. And how much are
they likely to cost?
9. What do you advise me to do?
Please help I am serious about wanting to code, and really want to make it more than just a hobby.
Mike Howard, Runcorn, Cheshire.
I'm sorry that you've written oil AMOS so quickly. AMOS is a good programming package, as it offers an Integrated programming environment (editor, Interpreter and so on) In one easy-to-use unit. It Is also very fast and allows good use ol the Amiga hardware. Many fine programs have been written In AMOS.
By the way, the term number cruncher' normally refers to computer hardware, you don't want to grow up to be a microprocessor do you?
1. The language C could well be the next step, but It depends
where you are going.
2. Blitz 2 Is vary good.
Unfortunately, It Is also BASIC- based like AMOS, so you might think It's crap. I think It Is an excellent system though.
3. No, there Isn't an Action Replay cartridge for the A600.
4. There Isn't a suitable expansion port on the A600 to stick
It In.
5. They are completely different languages. C uses vaguely
engllah-llke statements: int I; for (i=0;U10;l++)
(prlntf("% M|-);) Assembler uses more simple Instructions
like: move* *10,dO .loop (sr prlntnumber dbl.w dO Assembler Is
very machine specific (th* Amiga and Pcs us* totally different
assembly languages) but very quick. C is also last, but It
Is also platform independent - apart lor the graphics and
sound parts, a C program will run on an Amiga, a PC or a Mac.
When writing games It Is usually best to use a combination of both.
Neither language comes with any graphics or sound support, It's entirely up to you to write it all.
This la what makes AMOS and Blitz so easy to use - all the hard stuff has been done lor you.
8. Most software houses will use assembler, although some of the
more tar-slghted use C and C**. Pick any game In the Amiga
charts and It will be almost totally Assembler, with bits of C
here and there.
7.
A. The best language to learn would be Cor C**.
B. It could be C. It's not easy, but try COBOL lor some real suf
fering.
8. You can get good C compilers Irom most Public Domain
libraries. Look out lor DICE and North C. There are also
Assemblers In th* Public Domain too. Such as ASM68K.
9. Th* choice ol programming language Isn't half as Important as
the way you program. Most software could have been written
In any language, It'a th* way you write It that's Important.
Learning to program Is Independent of which language you use.
If you want to make programming your career, do some A levels and go to university. Get a Bsc or Beng In Computer Science and start work lor IBM, ICL or any other big company. Some colleges are starting courses specifically In programming video games, so ask your careers teacher at school.
Alternatively, leam to program (trying as many languages as possible) and bluff your way onto a large computer company's aptitude test.
ANSI ART ATTACK ®l ve been buying CU AMIGA lor a year and a hall now, and I've read all the tutorials.
However, I haven't seen any tutorials about ANSI ASCiI art. What about a tutorial or an ANSI ASCII art gallery? I know it's a lot to ask but will you al least think about it?
I am co-sysop ol a board called Blue Steel BBS and the boys and I have just started to draw some brand new screens which will hopefully impress our users Why not come and. Have a look at the ANSI screens? Call our BBS on 0742-874054 Craig Mellon, Swallownest.
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Why do I get the leeling that your letter was |uat some poor attempt at getting a free plug for your board? Anyway, to those lor whom ANSI art Is a complete mystery, let me explain.
Normally, when you use your modem to dial onto a Bulletin Board System (BBS) you get pretty boring on screen text.
However, II your software (for example Ncomm or the labby TERM- both available from public domain libraries), supports ANSI graphics you can view some coloured picture*. The resolution isn't great (about Teletext standard) but anything Is an improvement on boring text.
Craig, II enough people send In ANSI screens I'm sure there can be an Art Gallery special. In the meantime, please send some ol your best pictures to Illustrate the Wired World column.
Incidentally, any other Sysops wanting a plug, please write to Wired World, or drop me an Email do Fidonet (my address Is 2:443 13.4 and my Boss Is Colin Turner at The Heart ol Gold - tel: 0247-274919).
BASK APPROACH Please find enclosed a copy ola letter that I sent you In December 1993, and as yet I have had no reply in CU AMIGA, which I can't just understand.
As I pointed out, I am a newcomer to Amiga computing, and I thought you would give a bil more thought to us novices, besides which I thought your magazine was maybe the best one to buy as I have heard a bit ol praise Irom others who read it Well that takes care ol my little moan, now maybe you can help me with the following questions
t. How do I go about entering BASIC into my computer, and what is
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2. Do I have to buy special software lor the above?
3. How do I make any ol my programs bootable!
John Robinson, Hartlepool, Cleveland.
I'm sorry, but there simply Isn't space to answer every letter sent to Q&A. The space Is limited, and we have to make best use of what we've got. Your last letter just didn't make It.
1. The Amiga doesn't have a programming language built In.
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SOUND LAB r 'I , - I J r rJ OctaMED 4 just isn’t complete without a sampler plugged into it, but which one should you buy? Tony Horgan emerges from the lab with some answers... as! Month we gave away the brilliant OctaMED 4 I music program, along with a stack ot samples tor you to use. There are even more samples on this month's coverdisks, but if you want to get the most out of OctaMED.
You should start sampling your own sounds. Betore starting to do this, however, you'll need a sampler cartridge. There are quite a tew to choose from, with prices ranging trom around £30 to over £200. Here's a quick guide to the main contenders to help you choose the one that's right tor you.
PART mm SOUND I I B nice system but it is geared towards aeatir Set Vrskm |f$ j7?2744407)Prire:" ru.ik. r i„. I.. cheaper option ofrl 1 H 3671). Unlike tl All sampler cartridges come as a combined software and hardware package. The hardware contains the essential analogue-to-digital convertor (the part that turns the sound wave into numbers that the computer can read). Just about all samplers plug into the parallel port at the back ot the computer, and are compatible across all Amigas. Sound reproduction quality vanes trom one cartridge to another, but not to a great extent.
AUDIO ENGINEER PLUS 2 £159.99 HOBBYTE TEL: 0727 856005 As if is tho most expensive 8-bit sampler available, you might expect Audio Engineer Plus 2 to be the best, and it is.
Unlike most other samplers that plug directly into the back of the Amiga, Audio Engineer's hardware has a short connecting ribbon, allowing you to place the unit on top of the Amiga, from where you can easily twiddle the controls on the front panel (users ot the “big box" Amigas will find it less accessible) There's a “gain" knob on the The other side ot the coin is the software Now that you have OctaMED. You won't have to use the software that comes with the sampler Even so.
Quite often the sampler's software will have extra editing features that you won t find in OctaMED.
Such as extra effects routines, real time effects processing, sampling into Fast RAM, hard disk | recording and so on. So, bring forth the samplers... I OttoMW INK rite AMIGA's standard 8 bit sampling and playback routines, so you cau l use if directly with a 16-bil sampler.
However you could sample your sounds in 16 bits, and convert them lo j oils. Ibis might sound pointless, but the down-graded samples wl sound dearet than if™ hod just sampled with bits in the list place. Hie Sunrize A0516 board, together with the S udtio d software is the leadng 16 bit Anaga n der. It's a 274 4407) Price: £1,000.
Clarity 16 is a far cheaper option ot £150, available Itom Microdeal (tel: 0525 713671). Unlike the Sunrize system, Clarity doesn't sample lo o hard drive, choosing instead to play oil its samples direct from RAM. The software is very basic, but allows trigger up to lour samples from an eiternol MIDI source, os your Amiga is fast enough. Clarity is probably best a sampler for use with o dedicated sompfe-pioyoadi unit.
Sampler to give you more control over the incoming sound level.
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Time stretching is when you alter the speed ot a sample, without changing the pitch, or vice versa It's very useful for getting long loops and vocals lo fit in a different tempo, when you don't want to alter the tuning. Even if you don't need that, the software is still the most comprehensive and user- friendly of the lot. However, whether It's worth paying four limes as much as you would for a budget sampler is a question worth debating DSS8 PLUS £69 SILICA SYSTEMS TEL: 081 309 1111 A clear plastic case gives DSS8 a trencVer look than the other sub-dOO samplers, but apart trom that, it
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WS6 6NE - AMIGA WORKSHOP BLITZ BASIC liel O’Connor looks at
Blitz Basic’s data structure to find out why it’s the games
programmer’s best friend... GAMES PROGRAMME WITH So far all
the demo programs we've written have been very basic Indeed,
consisting of no more than two ob|ects (shapes) moving around
the screen. However, whilst this might be enough for a very
simple game like Pong or Break Out. It's perhaps a little bit
too limiting for most games. Imagine how bonng a game like
Project X would be if there were only two aliens to kill at any
one time!
Keeping track of just one or two of shapes is very easy indeed, but what do you do if your game uses many differenl objects all of which may appear on the screen simultaneously, yet they move independently of each other? Using the rather amateunsh approach of assigning each Obtect a set of separate variables, keeping track ot just four or five objects could be very code intensive! Take a game like Allen Breed, for example. Because the aliens do not move around in fixed movement patterns like a squad of soldiers. Each alien needs its own set of parameters which defines where it is on the
screen, what it's doing and so on.
Of course the simple solution would be to assign a set of unique variables to each alien: ALIEN1X, ALIEN1Y. ALIEN2X. ALIEN2Y and SO on. Okay, so it would work but you'd soon end up getting completely bogged down in code What's Ihe solution? Well, ask any games programmer and regardless of their background or the types of game that they write, chances are they'll give you the same answer time and time again - the data structure. Fact is, the i ‘ haps the most importanUdgredient in any r programming project a(t8 once you've i the theory, you'll find I games that you cant i The data structure is
one?
Aspects of languages such as • but it's been strangely absent trom i BASIC implementations. Unlike AMOS,.
Ports true data structures using its powerful 'NEWTYPE' statement. This is a much more | ertul facility than the conventional (and rather limited) arrays that AMOS games programmers have to contend with.
DATA DESTRUCTION A data structure provides the games programmer with a quick and easy method of grouping together several unique items ol data under a single heading - ALIEN, for example Say you wanted the following items of data to be held on each alien in your Alter Breed Dealer XPOS: the X screen position of the alien YPOS: the alien's Y screen position STATUS: the alien's status. What la the alien doing?
DIR: the alien's direction of movement You would therefore create a ‘NEWTYPE' structure that held all this information in the form of a data structure. And, in true Blue Peter fashion, here's one I created earlier... NEWTYPE .alieninfo XPOS.w YPOS.w e's a couple :! Points worth noting about the . For starters, note how i the name of the data struc- t as it tells Blia that this is Ja data structure in its own right, [command does is tell Blitz the i structure, it doesn't actually cre- I Itself. Think of it as drawing up i for your data structure.
Rdone any form of 68000 assembly ) then you’ll recognise the lit- after each vanable definition Just I language, these tags tell Blitz the type of data that the variable will be expected to handle. Blitz supports a number of data types (not to be confused with the data types facility offered by Workbench 3.0), each with their own unique identifying letter.
Here's a quick rundown of the more commonly- used data types:
- b - Byte * .w = word (2 bytes, 16 bits) XI'US.W sHl'Psilluil
WI'US w W I’d s itmn SPUD Spent SI AIUS Snip Status MIAMI
Auiiiiiitiiui I Mini' I Mil NIWIYPI Every object In e gome tree
lie own Seta structure that tails I Blltr how mo ob|ect should
behave and Its current alatua.
.1 ' longword 14 bytes, 2 words, bits!
.f = float (floating point nuntbep Defining a data structure using the NEWTYPE command is only half the battle as it is nothing more than a definition that tells Blitz how to store data, in order to set aside the memory which will be used to hold the actual data, you need to create an array using the DIM' statement like so: DIM alien.alieninfo(50) This would give you 50 copies ot the same data structure and would also automatically set aside the memory necessary lo hold all Prat data In memory. Note, how the name ol the data structure is split into two halves with a full stop separating
them. Look carefully and you'll notice that the second half of the data structure definition is the same as the name we used when defining the format of the data structure with the NEWTYPE command What we re doing is telling Blitz to create an array of data structures called alien' using a newtype called alieninfo'. Once the array of data structures has been created, we fClGMT * SO
* Hi fM - | P'CrS. I T I Anyone who has studied computer science
should teel at home with the linked list. For the benefit of
those of you without HNDs though, a linked list is a complex
array that provides instant access to the elements within an
array that are actually used. What's more, they need to run in
order like a conventional array) - Blitz Basic automatically
handles an 'index' that points to the next used element within
the linked list. So what?
I hear you ask. Well, linked lists are very useful in games programming as they allow you to write routines that process only those elements within an array that are actually in use. Say, for example, you had an array that handled your aliens. If the array handled a maximum of 100 aliens but only three aliens were actually on the screen, there would be very little other 97 empty arra retically do this w Blitzs linked lists In order to create a is to use the Dim Ust' 'Dim' command when you first This tells Blitz that the array should be rather than a conventional sequential conventional
array, you should never linked list array element unless you know what you're doing. Instead, you should use the mands that Blitz offers thal allow you to move and forth through the structure of the linked list Check out the box below for a complete rundown the commands on offer. 'gt) LINKED LISTS RESETUST: Goes to the very first element in the linked list. Even if there aren’t any items in the array, this command must be called CLEARLIST: Empties the specified array.
ADDFIRST: Allows you to insert data into a data structure which is then treated as the first element in the linked list. This causes all other elements to be bumped' forward by one.
ADDLAST: Allows you to insert data into a data structure which is then tacked onto the end of the linked list.
ADDITEM: Allows you to insert a new list element directly after the 'current' element.
KILLITEM: Kill the current linked list element.
PREVrrEM NEXTlTEM: Move back and forth through the linked list.
FIRSTITEM LASTITEM: Jump directly to the first or last elements in the linked list.
THE LOOK 're writing an arcade shoot ‘e«i ng the lines of Prq ecfXor of the most important sign is the attack patterns marauding aliens that fly across attack the player's ship.
Most amateur games pregf stick with the simplistic 'straight!!?
That moves your aliens from one stdsi screen to the other with little or n6 variaflflW iiT their flight pattern. Although this can be effective if the screen is hectic enough, just about any games player worth their salt will be able to beat your game just by moving their ship to the right position.
A far more interesting and more challenging method of controlling groups of aliens is to use 'movement paths' or 'attack patterns' as they are also known. A movement path defines what directions a shape or a group of shapes) must travel to get from its start position to the point where it leaves the screen (if it gets that tar). For more complex patterns involving many changes in the direction and even the speed of a shape, games programmers use what is commonly known as a look up table'.
Although the name may sound very grand, look up tables are a very simple programming principle. A look up table contains a list ol coord- nates that defines the path of an object as a series of steps. How many steps you have in the look up table defines the complexity of the object's movement path. For example. 4 you have just two steps in the path, the obiect would appear, move once and then disappear - hardy awe inspiring.
The data in a look up table consols ot sets ol co-ordinates that define what programmers caI ‘delta’ moves. Delta moves are nothing more than relative values that define where an obfect should move relative to its last position If. Lor positioned at 100,200 HQ* move allows them to (c cflsk as cc ore ymtc way that write yourmmgre held in the loola ‘runtime’. That is On* of th* mo*t powerful aspects of th* Bltti language I* Its NEWTYPE' facility which allows you fo use true C-llke data structures and linked lists.
Roll up your sleeves, get pen to paper and look intellectual. Tony Dillon enjoys a good argument or a chat.
LETTER OF THE MONTH NO MOTION So Commodore have finally announced lhal Ihey are going lo release the CD-ROM drive lor Ihe A1200. Surprise, surprise there is no FMV card in it. Is this the same drive that they've been developing lor the last year? The one that they weren’t going to release because they couldn't lit an FMV card to it? Or is it a completely new drive? That would explain the fact that It isn't going to be released until September, an irritatingly long time considering the number ol people who, like mysell, bought an At 200 with the definite aim ol upgrading as soon as the
then-proposed drive became available WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG I Okay, so the drive won't be able to hold an FMV card So what? I can't see any situation where lull motion video would be any use, except tor watching films, and my VCR tits that purpose quite respectably at the moment.
Perhaps Commodore think that FMV-only games are going to be the way forward Quite why I don't know, as the PC CD-ROM market has had MPEG lor a while now, and there is no sign ol any true-colour only games. Even companies like Sales Curve, who are developing FMV games, are developing 256 colour versions at the same time.
The reason? Only a few people actually have FMV on their machines at the moment.
Anyone who released for that small market would not make money, so software houses have to play to the lowest common denominator. I'm |ust a games player, and this has been apparent to me lor quite some time. Why has it taken so long lor Commodore to get it?
Danloa Reddy, Use.
I agree with you totally as regards the FMV- only side, however, there will be FMV games appearing, although they won't be exclusive.
The whole software world Is turning to FMV at the moment, end there Is the chance that one day It will become as standard as a low resolution 32 colour screen is now, so you can't blame Commodore lor wanting to be on the wagon, can you?
GO FASTIR STRIPES I read with interest T.S. Nielson's letter in the April issue ol CU AMIGA concerning the rumoured existence ol an accelerator lor the A600 Well, does it exist or doesn't it? Your magazine is supposed to be up to date with the latest in Amiga news, so I would have thought that you would be in a position to find out and inform your readers, after all it is in their best interests. I suspect that it s not in Commodore's best interests as it will stop people forking out for an A1200. Frankly I could not care less about Commodore and their financial problems as I am one ol the
many who bought an A600 when it was being marketed as the replacement lor the A500.
I now have the extra 1 Mb up the trapdoor, the 4MB in the PCMCIA slot and an 85Mb hard disk. I could really use an accelerator, more memory and Maths co-processor but I'm not going to spend £299 on an A1200 just to be able to add to it. Who cares about AGA chipsets? Their new display modes aren't genlockable anyway I think a lair example ol Commodore's marketing and sales ability is the tact that they allowed 1084S monitors to go out ol stock over the Christmas period. I wanted to get one but couldn't, so in the end I bought a Mitsubishi Multisync with a .28 pitch that can display the output
(with an adapter Irom Trilogic) Irom almost any computer and very sharp it is tool I wonder how many other sales Commodore lost because ol their ineptitude.
Okay, so we all know that Commodore don't really care about what happens to their customers but we don't have to accept it. We don't have to play their game. Perhaps il third-party manufacturers knew how many A600's were sold (and still are) It might make them consider that a range ol products lor this machine are still a viable commercial enterprise.
So to Mr Pleasance I say, service your existing client base and stop warbling on about how wonderful the CD32 is - or lose future repeat business You need to deal with existing problems before going out and creating a whole lot morel I look forward to hearing Irom manufacturers concerning new products lor the A600 Alan Paterson, Aldershot.
Andy Leaning answers: Firstly let me assure you that Commodore do care! But as Is often the case some things are beyond their control, the monitor problem was |ust such an Instance. To answer your question about A600 peripherals I spoke to the several of the leading Amiga developers: GVP, Power, Amitek, etc. As I write this none of them are planning an A600 accelerator. The reasons glvan ware all the same: lack ol demand. None of these major developers believe A600 owners want an accelerator and therefore have no plans to produce one.
The root of the problem Is that Commodore did such a good |ob on pricing the A1200. As you point out the A1200 is only £299 - a good accelerator for the A600 would start at around £150 and rise to about £250 with extra RAM.
Moat developers feel that average users won't want to spend £199 on an A600, and then another £200 (total £399) on an accelerator when they could buy a A1200 lor £299 which would have the same power!
But it's not all bad news! Amitek, Power and GVP would consider changing their position If they thought there was demand It. So If you want an accelerator tor your A600 writs to and tell them, the CU AMIGA team would also be Interested, drop us a line letting us know why you think an there should be an A600 accelerator and what you would Ilka In Itt Remember, it’s in your hands!
MARKUPS In reply to Alison Klerk's reply (April) to my letter (March), she is totally missing the point. What I was saying was that the music industry charges reasonable (II?) Amounts lor its goods making only a 500% profit (I!!) Whereas the software Industry is making a 2000% profit on its goods.
I know we are all being npped oil left right and centre, but maybe a bit more by the software houses than anyone else.
50p lor a can ol coke! Ee by eck lass, yer want t' move up North. It's only 3Sp a can up ere, by gum lass!
P. Clague, Wlrral.
35p! With savings like that, how can you be concerned with software industry price Inflation? But Coke Is getting cheaper here in the south too. All you've got to do Is go to France!
TEAM TALK: What sort of Carry On is this? Asked publisher Mike Frey, after catching the entire team playing doctors and nurses on the fourth floor of EMAP Towers. And he was right to ask the question... ALAN DYKES USA COLUNS Attempts to petsuode lisa lo imitate Barbaro Windsor fated mserabty: "Carry On movies are degrading and sexist, said I "Cany On AMIGA” said Alan, doing his damndest lo imitate someone's name he can't Irom Iter soap box.
%stt ence and Witty minds'. Ptiwoonr lisa's lovely when she's mod.
N infamous Corry On movies ”KI keep ?
£ sS7sS (ho, ho). Very sad.
Bui it gels worse.
[ 9 IMPRESSIVE SKIDS Just a couple of days I bought Skidmarks tor my A500 and was completely amazed by the quality ol the game It just shows how the Amiga 500 can still thrash any Jap crap console when it comes to playable, smooth running and graphically amazing games. Many ol my friends have Sega Mega Drives and claim that the Amiga would never be able to have a game as good as Sonic The Hedgehog 2, but why we want a game which to complete you just need to wedge the joystick nght and select autoflre.
I am also the proud owner of a CD32 and have recently bought Microcosm for It, and was also amazed by it. I am now waiting lor the SX1 expansion module and keyboard which may one day emerge so that I can play Skidmarks with AGA cars.
It is good to see that software manufacturers are putting the playability before graphics, unlike on the consoles I hope Acid Software will bring out some games tor the CD32 and it is also nice to see that the price for CD32 games has stuck around Ihe £25-£30 mark (unlike the Mega-CD) and the CD is now not just being used for CD soundtrack padding, but used to Its full potential.
Long live Ihe Amiga and as the Commodore poster says, To be this good will take Sega ages."
P. S. Tony D. should win an Oscar for Click.
R. Frost, Wakefield.
We always welcome positive letters, and yours Is one of the most positive we’ve come across In s long time. It's a shame you had to bring Click up though, as Tony ran screaming from the room as soon as someone mentioned It.
HONEST POUCY I must thank you for the first honest review ot Labyrinth ol Time for the CD32. Yes the graphics are stunning but the game itself is so boring! You wander around for hours doing very little except getting stuck occasienally. When you do find an object to pick up or use It Is usually required way over in another area of the game and you spend the next 20 minutes trying to get back there to see if il really does do the job.
As for the surreal maze, you can slick that In your basket of oranges. It's pretty and weird, but so annoying. This is the one place you need the automapping, and it doesn't work!
I would also like to thank you for being the only magazine to point out the worry I had. Every review spoke only of superb CD32 stuff - none of them mentioned that the box said the game would run on a bog standard A500 or CDTV. I kept thinking I had been ripped off and had the wrong version!
Steve Calkin, Canvey Island.
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RAMBLING FREE It's been quite a while since I've felt compelled lo write to a computer magazine but a friend (Mr I Fereday) and I have spent the last few years contemplating life, the universe and everything Not so long ago we came upon that hallowed subiect subject ol the computer games industry We reminisced on years gone by. Those heady days when the Commodore 64 ruled the computer world Oh how we would sit and wait rune or ten minutes for the games to load. It was in those early days that we learned patience Games were aplenty and you would never go short, some of the better games
costing only two pounds But that's all in the past and now we have moved onto bigger, brighter and better machines There's just one large difference between the older machines and the new, apart from the obvious, and that's the competition that used to run between companies to make better games. It seems that there are only a couple of international corporations (with hedgehog and plumber fetishes I that chum out mediocre games dressed up with pretty graphics and sound and sell because of the media hype rather than creating hardcore, kick ass playable games (eg Cannon Fodder. Men Breed It
seems that one company's idea, no matter how good or bad. Is copied and decorated with drtferent graphics After all what difference is there between Street Fighter (1.2,8 Turbo editionsl. Mortal Kombat and Body Blows when they are all stripped down to the bare bones Some people might argue that it's the extras that make Ihe game, but those different extras cost, and can leave you feeling cheated and broke at the end of the day NB we aren't just targeting these tew games but all games that are essentiaty cheap clones of any idea Essentially, what we are saying is that now we have better
computers let’s use them. So. When al you console kids have finished playing with your toys, get some programming done and frm in the ranks of real men and women (and small tuny creatures from Alpha Centuri) playing, and leave a mark on the history of computer while it's still fresh. (It will be something to tell your grandchildren about !
Heath Robinson and Ian Fereday, Wolverhampton.
Words of wisdom there mate. The market needs you, and you need the market. The software industry is crying out for fresh, new talent, so if you’ve got a great design, or consider yourself to be the best coder ever, then get out there and show what you can do I ANGRY OF AMERSHAM I am very angry. Being a CDTV owner I am getting extremely sick and tired over all the CD32 hype. Yes it is a great machine, but what about Its predecessor?
CDTV owners, like myself, have been left high and dry by Commodore. What ever happened to the rumoured trade-in offers where existing CDTV owners could possibly upgrade to an A1200 or CD32? Instead all we are left with » a bloomin' expensive A500 with a CD drive, shoved in a biack box and a rapidly diminishing software selection. I have written to Commodore on several occasions regarding upgrades and trade-ins.
And I am still awaiting a reply.
So on behalf of all the CDTV owners, I would like to ask you:
1) Are there going to be any trade-in offers? If so. How much and
when?
2) Are there any upgrades available to bring a rapidly dating
machine up to the current spec’
3) Is it worth ditching my CDTV and saving up to buy a PC which
will not date as fast as an Amiga appears to.
Finally, I would like to thank Commodore lor showing us CDTV owners the kind of support we showed them when we bought the machine NOT!
G Pollard, Amersham.
At time of writing, Commodore were unable to make any comment on rumoured trade-in deals, although we would like to stress that these were only ever rumours. As fsr ss upgrading the machine, you can add extra chip RAM, but that's as far as It goes. If you want to buy a new machine, why go for a PC? What * wrong with an A121X1, or even an A4000? When you say that a PC will not date as fast' ss sn Amiga don't forget that people who bought 286PC a few years ago have now been left high and dry In terms of software support while the 386 Is almost at the same stage. And a new 486 costs three or four
times as much ss an A1200.
JOHN KENNEDY The star performer (wel, well) of Amiga Q+A was outraged this month: 'you can’t do lhat you devds, RMSr ocooooool'nesaid as his glasses steam- t&ZSL ed os the food food fighto TONY DILLON Hie Sid Jomes ol tomputer games was on top form oldie EOS, legging it around the show with his Ikw down, hankonlooooer!).
'I do Bee to keep myself abreast of die latest software' said ANDY LEANING This innuendo master ol Ihe technical world, our Andy wasn't holding anything bock this monlh (ho, ho!).
'WSot do you gel if 3rd front of your trousers ond some hardware down Ihe bodcr.
• Underwent!'soid he (giggle).
TONY MORGAN ‘Oooooo, nooooo*, said Tony, who spent ihouj uaiwiim «w« most of last month in bed (yuk vaik). *The Q+A was outroged fte Hides of Mordi ore ss** infill (ooo!) By the minute.
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MASTERING AMIGADOS 3 TUTORIAL Mastering AmigaDOS 3 Tutorial is the complete introduction to AmigaDOS; designed to help the beginner become the expert. Chapter summaries and a Workbench AmigaDOS pnmer are among a number of new features designed to make this subject accessible to the novice user.
From formatting a disk to writing scripts, using pipes and multi-tasking, over 400 pages spans every aspect of the Amiga’s operation.
This book is packed with useful DOS one-lines and programs. The current version Is completely updated for DOS 3.0 on the Amiga A1200 and 4000. RRP £21.95 TOOU, BKHNNU'S AMMADOS, I TO WOCK, FONTS, OPAMttCS, E MUSIC A SOUND UPOAAMNO VIRUSIS, INTRODUCTION TO I ' ? £96.50 ROW ZONE 16 ZONE 2 AIRMAIL I METHOD OF PAYMENT: a Cheque I Postal Order International Money Order made payable lo ? Access Visa i i i r i i i r i r i i i expiry dale _ _ (Maslercard. Diners Club. Amei. American Express also accepted) IEUROPEflOW: ? EM M SURFACE ROW. ? EM M EUROPE I EIRE AIRMAIL I B “Hi, I’m Tony
Dillon and this is the CD32 Next month I’ll show you some pictures of Cyberwar on it and you’ll probably faint with excitement.” Valhalla - Oh my god! Just when you thought a cute adventure was impossible!'
Robinson’s Requiem - If you’re ever likely to get stranded on a desert island you’d be well advised to read next month’s review.
Ishar 3 - the sequel to the sequel. If you’re going to spend any money on software this summer don’t miss CU AMIGA'.
PLUS: FOOTBALL MANIA CONTINUESi Mmm&mSmZ Following this month’s top cover disk, Videotracker, and our Graphics and Video feature we’ve got some top new products lined up including Video Creater, GVP’s Time Base Corrector and the DPS PAR card. Vie also hope to bring you an exclusive review of a brand new graphics package. Plus: they’ve done it, they’ve upgraded Wordworth 3.0 to 3.0a. Will it make the grade ? All this and more!
CU AMIGA July 1994. Coming to a shop near you.
Don’t miss it!
After years of experimentation CD technology is about to take off, with four major players on the console starting blocks.
But, with the industry’s past track record in delivering the goods on time, Steve Keen asks if it will ever become a reality.
Oh yes, the future is almost here! (to coin a certain lower-selling magazine’s phrase!).
Remember CDTV? How can you forget it.
That sleek black box was touted by Commodore as being the future of game technology and, to a small extent, Commodore was right, I still use mine to check out the latest PD disk and play the odd audio
CD. Over the last few years Commodore has passed eight different
pieces of hardware under our noses only to have them
discontinued or replaced, often as little as six months after
initial release. So what sort of future can we expect for its
newest ‘marvel', the CD32?
BACK IN TIME Although the CD32 was released nine months ago it's only at this stage that quality games are finally beginning to trickle through. Liberation has won over many, but with the announcement of the new £249 Spectacular Voyage Pack, including six games of Chaos Engine, Wing Commander and Microcosm quality, things are looking better.
What’s taken so long to program games that really show off the machine's capabilities though? Well, it takes any new machine time to establish itself and for programmers to get used to the hardware.
However, since the CD32 is basically enhanced Amiga technology with a CD drive strapped on, this is not much of an excuse (although trying to fill up 650Mb might be!).
H I la A 1 UP TO SPEED CAN YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE?
However, the market is rapidly changing, and more companies than ever are poised to pounce on the high street punter with their own, all singing, all dancing machines.
3DO, the much hyped company set up by former Electronic Arts big wig, Trip Hawkins, has been pushing its latest technology, licensed by Sanyo and Panasonic, hard. Early last year 3DO promised fantastic quality graphics and gameplay on a CD based machine due for UK release in April this year. But that date has already slipped twice: first to May and now to September. Even worse than that, rumours of machines released before Christmas in America suggest that the software keeps crashing due to problems with the CD drive. In the UK computer trade paper, CTW, 3DO admitted to being
'overambitious'.
Japanese giants Sega didn't escape being tarnished with the over-hype brush either. Now poised to reach new heights of hype with its future console, the Saturn, and wonder add-on the Mars, it wasn’t too many moons ago that Sega was pushing the rather less than awesome Mega CD. Supposed to revolutionise games playing, the Mega CD has far from delivered the goods. Initially, claimed to have a maximum disc accessing time of 0.5 seconds, the last game I clocked one it sported gaps of more than haff a minute between plays! And does anyone remember the Sega home virtual reality unit? No? Well
that's because it never materialised! Least said the better.
As for Nintendo, its new machine hardly exists on paper, let alone as a concrete development. The optimistically-titled Project Reality couldn't be much further from fruition. It's a long term project between Nintendo and Silicon Graphics, the computer graphics and film specialists behind such hits as Terminator 2. Nintendo have been raving about Project Reality to the press for months, but so far nothing more than a short demo has appeared and that’s only on Silicon Graphics' £250,000 development machine, the Onyx Reality Engine 2. Rumour has it that the Project Reality machine itself won't
see the light of day for another two years.
Maybe this will be the year that Commodore’s arch nemesis, Atari, will break back into the home console market. Not so long ago Atari single-handedly ruled the home market with its phenomenally successful VCS2600 console and having tried its hand at the hype market before, this time it’s gone for a more reserved approach with the 64-bit Jaguar console. Instead of trying to blind punters with buzz words and fantastic claims of performance Atari have been attempting to wow programmers and software publishers first. This approach seems to have paid off because out of all the new systems due
for release, people in the know are tipping the Jaguar most likely to to succeed. However, even though launch is only two months away, there are only a handful of games even remotely close to completion, and several of those are tired old shoot 'em ups and conversions.
To make matters worse the CD add-on for the console has been cruelly dubbed ‘the toilet’ by the industry, due to its resemblance to an Armitage Shanks flip top model. Hardly a prized purchase.
BIG BOYS' TOYS Out ot all the new machines that will emerge over the coming year only one has really caught everyone's imagination - Sony's PS-X. This CD based phenomenon has caused a stir throughout the industry, with tales and screen shots ot better than arcade quality graphics and coin-op perfect conversions ot multi-thousand pound machines, such as Daytona Racing. However, all these wonders are still months or years away and launch dates can prove notoriously slippery.
So what can Commodore otter with its CD32?
Well, tor a start it’s here now! And with the new value pack it hardly costs an arm and a leg.
Software support is strong too - there are over 80 games already available tor the machine. But most ot all, the CD32 has a new FMV cartridge, allowing movies and the like to be played from compact disks. Every one ot the 5000 advanced units a has already been sold.
CD32 is still in there and you can be sure that Commodore are not going to give bp on this one.
Hardware manufacturers' hype machines will continue to come and go, Commodore’s, no doubt, included. There’s always something better on the horizon.
But it's important to remember that some horizons are closer than others - at least with Commodore and the CD32 it's not somewhere over the rainbow.® Sieve Keen is a jownafcl and (ommenloloi P who writes mcfcrid for compote* ond home enlettanmem magazines as well os lot the lelc-
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