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You should hear the source sound coming through, processed by the effect you chose. Click the left button to exit the effect, and try another. Some effects are better suited to certain sounds than others. Effects such as flange and phaser are most noticeable on the high frequences of sounds, so it's best to turn the internal filter off when using these (click the LED Filter button). The echoes can generate a bit of hiss, so it's best to keep the filter on for these. The variable effects give the program even more flexibility. Use the sliders to alter the parameters, echoes often make drum beats sound jumbled and out of time, but with the variable echo, you should be able to get it repeating in time with the tempo of your song. TREG uses all four of the Amiga's sound channels, so you can't run it simultaneously with OctaMEDot Protracker on the same computer. However, if you can get hold of a second Amiga, you play your modules on one, and pass one or both of the sound channels through TREG running on the second Amiga. 22 RANDOM DOT STEREOGRAM MAKER RDS creates 3D pictures trom 2D IFF files. It does this by randomising’ the pixels in a picture. And reassembling them so that certain parts ot the picture appear in tront of others. In order to see the effect, you need to stare through the randomised picture, focusing your eyes on a point behind the actual image. One way to do this is to set your gaze on a reflection in the screen. We were told it would work . However, we've all strained our eyes trying to spot anything. So if anyone out there sees something please write in and tell us. USING RDS RDS 1.1 can only be used from CLI or SHELL. Refer to the instructions on page 15 to install it on your hard drive or Workbench disk. It works best with non-AGA low resolution pictures.

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¦gas 1994. No part ol th«s magazine may be n any form, either electronic or mechanical, ¦press written permission ol the ) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM : 112.780 JUIY-DECEMBER 1993 CU AMIGA CONTENTS SERIOUS G E 26 EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT STORAGE DEVICES Your essential guide to disk drives, CD-ROM and hard drives - virtually every storage medium tor your Amiga. How they work, what they do, what the tuture holds, and a guide to the best buys.
32 GOING PUBLIC What is this thing called Public Domain? And how can you get a slice ot it? Tony Horgan explains the whole phenomena, otters Dps on releasing your own disks and how to set up your own library.
PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS Lightwave 3Dlinatly hits Europe, and we've got a lull review ol'theofficial release ve'scm Wealso look at possibly the cheapest 4Mb A1200 upgrade, hook up a new tax modem, and tty out a heap ot new textures. And there’s more ... 88 IMAGE BANK TEXTURES A new range ot textures tor ray tracers and multimedia types.
88 ZYDECA1200 RAM BOARD Possibly the cheapest A1200 32-bit RAM expansion.
89 CD REPAIR KIT Got a dodgy CD? It's likely this can iron out the creases.
92 LIGHTWAVE 3D 3.5 We review the official UK release ot this amazing ray tracer.
VstaPro Visi!fute, Terraform and Makepafo in one landscape-generating bundle.
96 MATHVISION Pulsating patterns from complex maths - calling all mad gemusesl 99 SMART STOR A handy removable 30Mb hard drive tor the A600.
101 image mirror With some original etlects up its sleeve, could this be the new standard in image processing?
102 ESSENCE AND FORGE Two top texture generators join torces.
104 ACEEX FAX MODEM Get yourself connected to that digital highway.
Lett: Go number crazy and produce these fantastic swlrty patterns.
CONTENTS CU AMIGA 52 FIRST IMPRESSIONS SCREEN SCENE GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS We reach the merry month ot October, and a veritable cornucopia ot top game reviews and previews. We ve got the lull details on the Ocean EA tie up, Renegade's corking Rutt 'N' Tumble, the unbelievable Defroif from Impressions and, believe it or not, a review ot US Gold's World Cup 941 Read on. Weary travellers.
Once more we take you through the newest and most exciting game previews around, including Megarace from Mindscape and Cybergames - a new beat ’em up from Sweden.
54 OCEAN-ITS DEEP MAN!
The lull story on the big one's Chnstmas titles, including TFXand Mighty Max. PLUS: the tie up ot the year, Ocean’s Electronic Arts licences, including Jungle Strike and Shag FU.
58 BUBBLEGUN Another cute platform game? Sadly, this one isn’t as good as some other efforts, as Tony Dillon soon finds.
62 DETROIT A game where you run a factory might not sound too exciting, but Tony Dillon discovers the joys ot marketing.
64 REUNION Grandslam have been plotting this one tor a while, and Matt Broughton is the man who gets to play it.
67 TOP GEAR 2 It’s a little odd that Gremlin should want to release another racing game, particularly one that isn’t all that hot. Tony Dillon digs the dirt.
70 RUFF 'N' TUMBLE Cule platform games are becoming commonplace, but Tony Dillon is blown away by Renegade’s excellent new offering.
73 GRAHAM GOOCH Audiogenic continue their never-ending quest tor the perfect sports licence, and Andy Nuttall isn't complaining.
74 WORLD CUP USA 94 A month after the game itself ended, US Gold have released the official license, and it’s a little duff.
74 GULP!
What do you get if you drown Lemmings? ICE's new title, that's what!
77 ARMOUR GEDDON 2 3D combat extravaganza this month, with the sequel to one of last year's best strategy titles.
78 VFM A Psygnosis spectacular this issue, as we look at five of the six rereleases in the Summer Madness range.
82 VALHALLA SOLUTION Level two of this enormous adventure is yours for the asking this month, as Lisa Tunnah takes you through her top selling game.
85 VAMPYRA More smut and sorcery this month, as readers get all het up over their tricky bits. It's lucky Vampyra is around to heal their wounds.
86 HELPLINE The world's greatest interactive tips service returns for another month, with more aid than the Salvation Army, so start writing now.
REGULARS COVERDISKS DISK 92 PAGE 8 8 COVERDISKS See panel opposite 16 NEWS A new company rising from the ashes of Commodore UK? No AAA chip planned? Typesmith, Lemmings and Fantasy Football. It's News, brought to you by the bionic pens of messrs Dykes, Dillon and Leaning .
36 CD32 ZONE 'Shiny Disk' Dillon takes us through another fun packed Diary Of A Game, studies Cyberwar and Litil Divil, and gives us some disconcert ing news about Novastorm.
108 PD SCENE Jump straight to page 108 for an eye- full of this year's best demo, plus everything else that's hot on the PD Scene.
115 PD UTILITIES A brand new set of top quality samples, extra modules for Final Writer, and a player for PC animations are just a few ot the bargains on offer this month.
120 ART GALLERY More superb readers' artwork is showcased by resident art critic Combat Collins.
162 POINTS OF VIEW Andy Leaning gets in a state about packaging. Plain brown wrapper, or glossy box of delights - you decide.
Our Deluxe Paint 5 exclusive usable demo tops the bill. Then there’s The Realtime Effects Generator, a Random Dot Stereogram maker and our first Choon of the Month.
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DISK 93 PAGE 13 1 ffl AMIGA m r m Core Design may have just created the adventure that everyone has been waiting for, and we're giving you a massive laste of it. Feast your eyes on this Zetda meets The Chaos Engine style and try out the complete first level of Dragonstone and see for yourself how good it really is.
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GENERATOR STEREOGRAM 3D PICTURE MAKER Is Deluxe Paint still the Amiga’s top graphics and animation system? Find out for yourself with our exclusive Deluxe Paint Version 5 demo!
THE ICON STRIP For those unfamiliar with Deluxe Pain, here‘s a quick run-down of the functions available from the icon strip.
All functions are selected with a single click of the left mouse button, unless otherwise stated.
DOTTED DRAW Suitable for drawing with larger brushes, otherwise lines appear to be broken.
LINE DRAW This draws straight lines. Holding the left button sets the start point, releasing it sets the end point.
FILL Fills the selected area with the current colour, or the pattern defined in the Fill Type box.
RECTANGLE Draws filled and outlined rectangles. Click the top left corner for outline, bottom right for filled.
ELLIPSE Click once on the page to set the centre, then pull out to the desired size and shape. Click again to draw, or hold the left button and drag the mouse to rotate the ellipse.
CUT OUT BRUSH Cut out sections of the screen with this tool. Click once, and you can drag out a rectangular area, which will become the active brush. Click twice, and you can mark out an irregular shape using the connected line technique.
GRID MODE KoM Locks the pointer movement to a god. Right mouse button brings the grid options.
BRUSHES D+«* ?
Choose your ‘pen tip' from this small selection. For a bigger brush, click one of them with the right mouse button, and drag it out to the required sfee by holding down the left mouse button.
CONNECTED DRAW Suitable for smaller brushes.
Can be too slow for use with larger brushes.
CURVE Works like the line functions, but draws curves. A second mouse click sets the apex of the curve.
AIRBRUSH Draws with an airbrush effect.
See the section on Airbrush for details on the new airbrush options.
CIRCLE Works the same as the rectangle tool.
CONNECTED UNE Works like the line function, but the end point of the line becomes the start point for the next. Click the top left corner for unfilled lines, bottom right for filled. Spacebar finishes the current line sequence.
TEXT Allows you fo type iexl directly onto the screen. Drag the cursor with the mouse. Right mouse button brings up the font selector.
SYMMETRY Duplicates pen movements around a central point. Right mouse button brings up the options.
ZOOM Alters the zoom factor of the magnify window. Left button zooms in, right button zooms out.
NEW FEATURES Here's a list of the main new features in Deluxe Paint 5...
• Multiple palette animations
• Variable frame rate animations » Textures lor realistic drawing
I Scrolling and zooming backgrounds I Gradient translucency
»Larger than screen animations »Move requestor enhancements
GENERAL USE Deluxe Paint 5 is a paint and animation program -
you can use it to create static pictures and moving ani
mations. To draw on the screen, hold down the left mouse button
and move the mouse. To select a different drawing mode, use
the icon strip on the right of the screen. To change the pen
colour, click a new one from the palette below the icon strip.
Areas of the page can be erased by holding the right mouse button whilst drawing. All menu functions are selected in the normal way with the right mouse button. What follows is a guide to some of the key new features.
TEXTURES To simulate real world drawing materials more realistically, Dpalnt 5 allows the use of different 'textures'.
These give the impression of drawing onto surfaces such as canvass, stone, marble etc. To use a texture, select Texture - Load from the Eff menu. A file requester will appear with four available textures. Double click on any one of them. Now when you draw on the page, instead of laying down solid colour, you get a subtle shaded pattern showing through.
COVERDISKS CU AMIGA TAKE NOTE This demo version of Dpaint 5 has a few limitations, as follows: low- resolution screen modes only, a maximum of 64 colours, a maximum 25 frames per animation, and no saving of images, animations or settings. All of the other features are in full working order.
Select a larger brush to see the effect more clearly.
To switch back to normal drawing mode, select Texture - On Off from the Eff menu. Try another texture by selecting Texture - Load from the Eff menu once again. These texture files are actually IFF brushes. This makes it very easy for you to create your own textures. Any part of a page can be cut out as a brush, and saved into the Textures directory on the Dpaint 5 disk, and then loaded back in and used as a texture. If you have any other IFF brush files, try loading those in for some interesting effects.
MOUSE TRACK When using large brushes, a lot of colours or high resolution screens, most paint programs find it hard to match the on-screen pen movements to the mouse movements, where curves are often reduced to straight lines.
The Camera Move function uses the screen from the spare page.
Draw a background on your main page, and then select Spare - Copy to Spare from the Pic menu (or press CRTL-J). This copies the screen over to the spare page. Now you need to set up some animation frames.
Select Frames - Set from the Anim menu. Enter 25 in the box, or a smaller number if you're low on memory.
Select Camera Move from the Anim menu (or press Shift N). The three boxes at the top are the main controls. These set the amount of movement in the X. Y and Z axes.
For example, if you wanted the background to move 100 pixels to the left, you would enter 100 in the X Dpaint 5 has a neat option to avoid this. It's called Mouse Track.
When this is turned on, it makes reading the mouse position a priority, and puts the actual drawing on a back-burner. This results in a slightly delayed screen update, but a more accurate representation of the mouse movements. You can turn Mouse Tracking on and off by selecting Mouse Track from the Prefs menu.
CAMERA MOVE The Move requester has long been one of Dpaints most powedul animation facilities, but it can only deal with brushes. The addition of the new Camera Move requester allows you to perform similar functions on the background, such as horizontal and vertical scrolling, and you can also zoom in and out.
Box. If you wanted it to move right, you would enter -100. Simultaneous X, Y and Z moves are possible. If use as the "ease in" period into the Slow in box. Likewise, if you want it to slow down towards the end. Enter a few frames in the Slow Out box.
Try entering five in both of these boxes. If you want the background to wrap around, make sure the Wrap button is ticked.
Instead of moving the background from its original position, to the new position indicated by the X, Y and Z values, you can have the background move in from the X, Y and Z values, into its original position. To do this, click the - 0 button on the Camera Move requester. Before you commit yourself to rendering the animation, you can try and get an idea of what it will look like with the Preview button.
When you're happy with it, click on New. You can then use the animation controls to play back the results (see the flap on the cover of this magazine for animation and other hotkeys).
NEW AIRBRUSH You now get a new type of airbrush to play with. Click the airbrush icon with the right mouse button to bring up the options. Click the Standard button to select the new airbrush mode. You can alter the size of the spray, and the rate of the paint flow with the sliders. Click OK to get back to the page. You'll find that you need to move the mouse a lot slower when using this airbrush, as a lot of antialiasing needs to be calculated, which takes time.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
Unfortunately that's all we have room for here. Deluxe Paint is such a friendly program that you should be able to figure out the rest for yourself. For a guide to some of the main keyboard shortcuts, see the flap on the cover of this incredible issue of CU AMIGA.
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Realtime Effects Generator (TREG) is not only very useful, but
stacks of fun too. It turns your Amiga into a versatile
effects box, capable of processing any sound via a sampler
cartridge. For example, you could plug a microphone into
your sampler, turn on the echo effect, and be instantly trans
formed into a booming ragga MC.
Then again, you could put a drum beat through the sampler, and select the phaser option, adding a kind of up-and-down-wooshy effect to the snares and high hats. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, how about picking out one of the voice changing effects, like dalek or exterminator? There are 19 effects to choose from, many of which can be adjusted to suit your requirements.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
1. Virtually any 8-bit sound sampler cartridge, such as
Megalosound, Mastersound, Technosound Turbo, or Audio Master.
2 A sound source, such as a CD t ayer. Tape deck, record player or musical instrument.
3 A connecting lead from the output of your sound source to f'e input of your sampler. If you're using your voice as a sound source, you'll need a "aerophone.
HOW IT WORKS
* cxxAdnl be much simpler.
Ox* (txj ve connected up your sampler and sound source, you should check that the sound is coming through loud and dear.
Click the monitor button from the bottom panel.
Make some noise from your sound source, and adjust the volume so that the wave just touches the top and bottom of the oscilloscope.
If you get no sound coming through, and there's no wave in the oscilloscope, check your connections.
Press the left mouse button to get back to the main screen. Now select any of the effects from the main panel, and play your sound source.
You should hear the source sound coming through, processed by the effect you chose. Click the left button to exit the effect, and try another.
Some effects are better suited to certain sounds than others. Effects such as flange and phaser are most noticeable on the high frequences of sounds, so it's best to turn the internal filter off when using these (click the LED Filter button). The echoes can generate a bit of hiss, so it's best to keep the filter on for these.
The variable effects give the program even more flexibility. Use the sliders to alter the parameters, echoes often make drum beats sound jumbled and out of time, but with the variable echo, you should be able to get it repeating in time with the tempo of your song.
TREG uses all four of the Amiga's sound channels, so you can't run it simultaneously with OctaMEDot Protracker on the same computer.
However, if you can get hold of a second Amiga, you play your modules on one, and pass one or both of the sound channels through TREG running on the second Amiga. 22 RANDOM DOT STEREOGRAM MAKER RDS creates 3D pictures trom 2D IFF files. It does this by randomising’ the pixels in a picture. And reassembling them so that certain parts ot the picture appear in tront of others. In order to see the effect, you need to stare through the randomised picture, focusing your eyes on a point behind the actual image. One way to do this is to set your gaze on a reflection in the screen. We were told
it would work . However, we've all strained our eyes trying to spot anything. So if anyone out there sees something please write in and tell us.
USING RDS RDS 1.1 can only be used from CLI or SHELL. Refer to the instructions on page 15 to install it on your hard drive or Workbench disk. It works best with non-AGA low resolution pictures.
Save such a picture to your copy of Workbench, or somewhere on your hard drive, then follow these steps.
1. Boot from your copy of Workbench or your hard drive.
2. Open a SHELL window.
3. Type: RDS pathandfilename
4. The pathandfilename above should be replaced by the path and
filename of your image.
So il you saved a picture file called pic into the main directory on a copy of Workbench, you’d replace it with dfO:pic.
5. A 3D version of the image will be saved into the same
directory as the source image, with the same filename apart
from a RDS extension. Use any picture viewer or paint program
(such as Dpaint 5) to view the picture.
6. To convert a stereo picture back to normal, use the UNRDS
command.
CHOON OF THE MONTH Thanks to all who have sent in entries tor Choon of the Month. This month’s choon is from Jose FCO Armas Jorge of Tenerife. Spain. The track Amigas Power was chosen lor its energy and ideas (and because it was small enough to fit on the disk with the rest of the programs).
A mystery prize is on its way.
Songs that use original samples and techniques are preferred, and they don’t have to be dance-orientated. Smaller choons have a better chance ol making it to the coverdisk (certainly no larger than 200K. Preferably much smaller). Send your noises to: Tony Horgan.
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related source code and programs in the world I today. The library Ls run by Lcn & Anne Tucker and I is endoned by Europrcss Software, the publishers of Amos and Amos Pro. This compact disc contains the I entire library from disk I to 620. Each one arranged in it’s own directory and catalogued. The disc contains in excess of 33.000 files with over 1600 Amos source code files. 100 sprite banks. 260 Ctext banks, 800 extensions to Amos & Amos Pro. Workbench is also j k* included as arc Pamet and Sc met to allow transfer of I the contents across a network from both the CDTV
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Fred Fish 800 to 975 Amos PD 478 to 603 74 Utility Disks
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I Art & Fonts £ 9.99 each ounds Terrific £ 19.95 Network CD £ 14.99 CD® Cable £ 19.95 fSnei Cable £ 9.99 COVERDISKS CU AMIGA COVKRDISK93 Once again we’ve managed to surpass ourselves in our games coverdisks. If you loved Zelda then you’ll adore our coverdisk demo of Dragonstone.
THE CONTROL PANEL Pressing the space bar brings up this menu screen, which lets control all the other things your character is capable ot apart trom fighting. This is where the adventure element of the game comes into play.
Your Current Location This window will always show you where you are standing. It can be highlighted when you are in examine mode to give a descriptive account of your surroundings, which can give a lot of dues as to what to do next.
Your Inventory This row of boxes shows you all the items you are carrying. Just move the highlight to select the item you want to look at or use.
Enjoy yourselt wtth this month's spectacular CU AMIGA coverdlsk.
If there is one question that Amiga gamers have asked time and time again, it’s 'When is Zelda coming to the Amiga?’ This mightily popular, top-down view adventure has been regarded as a classic on its native Nintendo formats since conception, and it has always seemed strange that a similar game has never been released for the Amiga.
Well, now it has. Because Core Design’s Dragonstone (originally titled Dark Stone and billed as the sequel to Darkmere) could be described as Zelda meets The Chaos Engine. It’s the tale of a single young man, who has a mighty quest to free his homeland and destroy a dragon. Obviously this tale is padded out with stories of wise old crones and mystical visions in the middle of the night.
FLIPPIN' HUGE Our demo is the whole of the first level of the game, and that’s huge as you'll soon find out. We won't tell you what you actually have to do, as your aim changes throughout the level.
What we will do. However, is take you through the first part of the level to give you some idea of how the game plays. From where you start, stab the fire button a couple of times to swing your sword. Now hold down the fire button and watch the red bar on the right of the screen to see the sword power up. When it reaches the top of the bar and starts flashing, release the fire button to see a fireball fly from the end ot your scimitar.
Now press the space bar to enter the Control Panel (see panel on right), and then return to the main game when you’ve expenmented enough.
Now you know all the controls for the game, you can start to solve your first puzzle. From your starting position. Head right until you can go up, and then go left and up as soon as possible. In no time at all you should reach a house. Walk through the door and talk to the old woman stirring the pot. She’ll tell you that she needs a herb, which can be found near water. Leave the house and head for the river to the right.
Exit Click on this to return to the main game.
VEGETATION CHAOS Now walk along the bank of fhe river killing the plants that open up and fire Use Mode Selecting this will prompt you to select an item to use. Pushing up will select the Current Location window, and pulling down will move the pointer to the inventory. Select what you want to use, and a message will come up to tell you exactly what has happened as a result of your choice.
At you. One will drop a leaf, which is the herb you need. Walk over it to pick it up, and head back to the house. Once there, stand next to the ok) woman and talk to her. She'll take the herb and give you a bottle of potion and a scroll in return. Now all Examine Mode Sometimes words aren’t enough, or so someone sung. In this game, it's the other way around. If you are sick of looking at a graphic of an object and would like to know more, then select this, and the item you want to look at.
Talk Mode Click on this when you are standing near a person and you’ll have a conversation with them.
You need with the si standing j the map.
Now yi and watch next issue HiSoft BASIC 2 is the new BASIC system for your Amiga, fully compatible with all Amigas from a Workbench 1.3 A500 up to an A4000 tower system running Workbench 3.
This exciting package sets new standards for BASIC programmers on the Amiga with full AGA and Workbench 3 support through the use of extensive and complete libraries.
HiSoft BASIC 2 £79.95 This is the system for those who want to program real applications and utilities on their computer - a professional BASIC interactive compiler with an easy-to-use, multi-window editor and medium level debugger, producing super-fast, compact code in memory (for testing) or direct to disk.
The HiSoft BASIC 2 package runs on all Amigas with 1Mb of memory' or more and includes an extensive, 640-page user manual with tutorials, many examples and a complete reference section.
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Clarityl6 is our premier sound sampler allowing rates up to 32KHz in 16 bit stereo and up to 48KHz in 16 bit mono on an A500; accelerated machines can handle faster sampling rates. The software provides extensive features including full edit control, a MIDI keyboard emulator, a sample sequencer, many special effects and FFT analysis. Version 1 5 has an up-to-date Workbench 3 look, in its own window and is fully compatible with faster Amigas.
Megalosound is the new 8-bit, stereo, direct-to-disk sampler package; the software is packed full of easy-to-use editing features, special effects and extras such as the ability to print waveforms and sample information.
The package allows sampling up to 84KHz mono and 56KHz stereo to memory and up to 21KHz stereo to hard disk on an A12Q0.
Supplied with a hardware volume control and an extensive 144-page manual, Megalosound is impressive value at only £34.95. ProFlight The classic Tornado simulator that works on all Amiga computers and provides maximum realism while being tremendous fun to play.
ProFlight is one of the most accurate, and therefore most flyable, aircraft simulators currently available for home computers - everything is there from the correct effect of the tailerons, elevators and rudder through complete navigational aids with auto-pilot up to sophisticated weaponry such as Sidewinder missiles and fly-to-line bombs. The accuracy of flight is top-notch, try this test with your other favourite simulator - tum the aircraft on its wing tips; most will continue to fly straight and level - the ProFlight Tornado will lose altitude, just like the real thing.
ProFlight comes complete with a professional, ring-bound, 190-page flight manual detailing all aspects of flying this exciting aircraft including a full tutorial and a history of the Tornado with archive photographs.
Limited Special Offers As a special offer to readers of this magazine we have some amazing bargains, available only until 31 July 1994 and while stocks last. Order by phone or by mail and quote AX when ordering; please add £2 P&P.
Clarity 16 E79.9S VideoMaster A500 £49.95 HiSoft VideoMaster AGA £59.95 VideoMaster A500 RGB £89.95 High Quality Software VideoMaster AGA RGB £99.95 ColourMaster £49.95 Pronight £10.00 The Old School Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE UK.
Tel +44 (0) 525 718181 Fax +44 (0) 525 713716 © Copyright HiSoft 1994. E&OE.
COVERDISKS CU AMIGA musum EXPANDING DELUXE PAINT 5 WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISK!
You must have 2Mb ot RAM and Workbench 2.04 to use this demo ot Dpainl 5. Also, it has been compressed in order to tit it onto the disk, so betore you can use it, it must be expanded onto another disk. Get yourselt a spare write enabled floppy, and tollow these instructions.
1. Insert disk 92 and reset the Amiga.
2. Double dick on the CU 92 icon.
3. Double click on the Dpainl 5 icon.
4. Swop disk 92 tor the spare floppy when prompted, and press
Return.
5. Ignore bootblock comments.
6. Follow any further on-screen prompts tor disk swops.
7. When all disk activity has finished, boot from your hard drive
or Workbench.
8. Once Workbench has loaded, insert your newly expanded Dpainl 5
disk.
9. Double click the Dpainl disk icon.
10. Double click the Dpainl program icon.
11. Select your required screen mode by clicking once on either
PAL: low res or NTSC Low res.
12. Set the number of colours with the slider in the bottom left
corner.
13. Click the Use byfton to start the program.
DISK VIRUSES We try to ensure that all our coverdisks are completely free 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 cannot accept any responsibility for possible damage incurred by viruses or faulty disks wblch have escaped our attention.
INSTALLING RDS 1.1 The RDS and UNRDS files must be in your current C directory. To function, RDS needs the file IFF.LIBRARY to be in the system's LIBS directory. Here are two example installations, the first for systems with a hard drive, the second for floppy-only systems with no extra drives.
HARD DRIVE SYSTEMS
A. The easy way.
If you have a hard drive, it’s not difficult. You need to copy three files from disk 92 over to the boot partition of your hard drive. There are two files from the C directory of disk 92 (RDS and UNRDS), and one from the LIBS directory of disk 92 (IFF.LIBRARY). Boot from your hard drive, insert disk 92 into the internal drive, open a SHELL window, and enter the following five lines (replacing HDO: with the name of your hard drive’s boot partition if it is not HDO:) cd dfO:iibs copy iff.library hd0:libs cd dfO:c copy rds hd0:c copy unrds hdO:c FLOPPY SYSTEMS
B. The not so easy way.
(Only do this with your copy of Workbench disk, not the original).
We’ll assume you have no hard drive and just one floppy drive for this case. We’re going to make a copy of your Workbench disk, delete some files fo make room for RDS.
And install RDS onto the copy NAME ADDRESS TYPE OF AMIGA 0WNE0 . DISK NUMBER ...... DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THE DISK.
Of Workbench.
1. Boot your Workbench disk.
2. Click the Workbench disk icon and select Duplicate or Copy
from the menus (depending on your of Workbench).
3. Follow the on-screen prompts, inserting a write-enabled blank
disk when requested.
4. Double click the Copy of Workbench icon, then single-click the
Utilities drawer.
5. Select Discard or Delete from the menus, and click OK.
6. Click the disk named Copy of Workbench’, and select Rename
from the menus. Rename the disk to Workbench.
7. Reset and boot from your copy of Workbench.
8. Open a SHELL window.
9. Enter the following: resident c:copy resident c:dir
10. Replace the copy of the Workbench disk with disk 92.
11. Type: cd df0:c copy rds ram: copy unrds ram: cd dfOdibs copy
iff.library ram: cd ram:
12. Replace the copy of Workbench in the drive.
13. Type: copy iff.library dfO:libs copy rds dt0:c copy unrds
dfO:c
14. RDS is now installed on your copy of Workbench.
REALTIME EFFECTS GENERATOR AND CHOON OF THE I Double click the TREG V1.5 icon ) run The Realtime Effects C Double click the Choon of the Month icon to hear this month's F ing. Heart stopping track as cfiosen by our resident mix master Tqny Horgan.
Dragonstone - the Original sequel to Darkmere is almost ready to be released to the masses, and it’s going to be absolutely huge.
We have gone out of our way to get hold of a full level of the game for you to sit down and eftjoy. Yes, hours of fun are confained onjiro games coverdisk, s these brief instructions to s get the most out Of your disk.
J) Switch off yqur machine for at Is, to ensure that the
mqmory'is completely clear of any viruses that might be
present.
2) Insert the'diqkln.tfie drive and switch the machtheon. Now
just sit and wait for the title swpen of the game to appear,
the game.
3) There’s now a short delay white the level data is loaded.
After that, you’re on your own! '2' NEWS AMIGA-THE NEW ERA NO
AAA HID AM FOR AMIGA Commodore UK are now more conlidenl than
ever that It's official. II the management buyout succeeds
then the AAA chipset will be dropped. Commodore UK have said
that the time spent developing the new AAA would be better
spent updating the processor to a RISC based chip. This could
be ready in 12-18 months and is expected to be between 25 and
30 times taster than the current A4000's 68040. More news as
we have it.
SHOW TIME 9-11 December 1994, Wembley Stadium. The time and the place to meet the new owners ol Amiga. Hopetully. Despite continued uncertainty about the future ol the Amiga plans are going ahead lor a consumer show to rival the years’ best, with top soltware houses and pehpherals manufacturers, distributors and magazines all in attendance. Called The World of Amiga Show it will be a fitting celebration il the UK company does indeed get the international rights to the machine. Admittance will be by ticket, either in advance or at the door and il you’re thinking about getting an Amiga or
anything related to it this Christmas then put these dates in your diary. We’ll be there, and hopefully so will you. For more information call Commodore on 0628 770088.
SIMPLY FANTASTIC Sim City 2000 is finally about to be released. However, you will need an expanded A1200 to run the game. "We could have produced it on an unexpanded A1200, but the game wouldn't have been nearly as detailed and much slower", a Maxis representative told CU AMIGA.
For those with lower spec machines Maxis are releasing a Sim C assicscompilation featuring Sim Lite. Sim City Classic and Sim Ant for £34.99. for more information on Sim Classics call Maxis on 071 490 2333.
Their bid lor what remains ol the international divisions will be accepted by the liquidalors and approved by the Bahaman courts. This will give them lull rights to all existing (pasl and present) technology, trademarks and copyrights associated with Commodore and the Amiga plus any R&D and future development. It would also release some ol the current stock ol A1200s . . .
And CD32s held worldwide lor sale although, we understand. * nol all However it would mean that the Amiga would go into production again almost immediately, with the new company concentralmg on At 200s and CD32s lor the UK and some European markets and the A4000 internationally. Several lirms have already approached Commodore UK to produce the machine lor them once the go-ahead is given. ICL. Who currently hold the Amiga maintenance contracl. May be among those being considered lor Ihe job and tl is almost certain that assembly will take place in Britain rather than the Far East. 9
Although not linalised yet. It has been said that il the man- ___ agement buyout is successful then the name Commodore will C032: A no. Version m ine new »ea.- be dropped and the new company will lake its moniker ___ ___ directly from its core product - the Amiga Amiga is a very strong brand " said David Pleasance in a recent inter view with CU Amiga. -... we are likely lo drop Ihe Commodore brand name and concentrate on it The new company will be re-named along Ihe lines ol Amiga International’. Though lull details ol .he name change will not be released until the management buyout has been
successtul. Oiooeanrw It ,s unlikely, however, that the name Commodore will be completely dropped, just sidelined. David Pleasance told us: it [Commodore] will still remain a trademark bul will be used lor other purposes A new companyr livery' |ie logo, colours, symbols and so on ) is being designed and the whole look ol Ihe Amiga name will change shape acco d g y becagse new stocks ol Amiga will have to be manutaclured there is likely lo be a shortage in the oinupto hns.mas However anyone who wants an Amiga A.200 or A4000 o, a CD32 will be able to get one il they can hold out lor a lew
extra months This seems reasonable as it s still the only machine capable ol deliv ering this sort ol 32 bit performance at Ihe price. David Pleasance has also promised value packed boxed .1200 Atiei ,v-o.0an.s»„on iso a,200 w.ii M.m iho u.cxboi.e machines, with a brand new range o software and. Possibly ol Amiga's uk ssios. Additional RAM. Speed and internal storage.
I 11 II you are looking tor an Amiga this Christmas then place an order with your local specialist computer store II the management buyout succeeds then stocks will hit smaller retailers before the major chains. "Independents are champions ol our cause - so they will get our support" said David Pleasance dur- ing the ECTS trade show in Islington. London.
~ Whatever happens, the current team in Maidenhead is fully behind Ihe Amiga and are "not prepared lo let it disappear' In
N. v 'lad Colin Proudloot. Current joint managing director,
claimed Ihal business projections, based on Ihe buyout, will
have Commodore back in prolit during 1995. This will be
achieved by concentrating on their core products and vastly
reduced overheads - no Commodore Iniernaiional sucking the
protils out ol the UK this time. The official announcement ol
success or failure is expected no later than the 17th ol
September “ . Though announcement dates have been made and
broken BsV before) so watch the national press and be sure to
order your November issue of CU Amiga in advance. We will be
hoi on the trail.
Power Computing DESIGN and INN VAT ION MEGACHIP HARD DRIVES POWERSCAN 4 VIPER 68030 SERIES Produce 256 greyscale images (on a AGA machine), scan in 64 greyscales (non AGA Amiga can only display 16), add colour to greyscale images special effects, rew support for 18-bit scanner, add text to scans.
A1200 600 version available.
We can supply SCSI or IDE 3.5'72.S" hard drives in many different sizes. Including cables and installation software.
£199 £249 £319 £149 £199 £249 £349 110MB IDE 2.5" 170MB IDE 2.5" 260MB IDE 2.5” 52QMB SCSI IDE 160MB SCSI IDE 200MB SCSIIIDE S40MB IDE 2.5" MISCELLANEOUS Industry standard 72pin Simms RAM upgradable to SMB RAM upgradable to 128MB* Full Kickstart remapping" Optional SCSI-II adaptor 68882 Maths Co-processor On-board battery backed clock Instruction & Data burst modes Faster than an Amiga 4C0GW0***
• Only on Viper 4060 “Only on Viper 28 50
• ••Only on Viper 40 50 VIPER 28 Increase your Amiga 500 2000
chip RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its
crvm IMB of RAM and drawing extra memory from any other RAM you
have installed in your Amiga No soldering is required.
E I 4 9 £299 £359 (179 £299 MEMORY We manufacture a vast range of memory cards for all the Amiga range of computers.
Please telephone us for prices and availability WORKBENCH 2.1 Release II enhancer, including II software and user gmde manuals.
£10 £40 £40 £50 £369 £109 .£4 29 £449 £249 £299 £419 £459 £479 The new 18-bit colour handscanner produces stunning colours with clarity and verve, bnghtenug up those presentations. With over
250. 000 colours and award winning PowerScan software, anything s
possible!
Colour and mono software Full colour manipulation Up to 400DPI 256 greyscale (AGA machine) 18-bit colour (AGA machine) OCR optional extra i n wux VXT Sxrfoio* xa xxo «rU*. » Ow* rwxe U rw« " ***»**« P»xa oH rthotoU*toxoUrEaC€.0«wry"w! to(S 2-3d«(2SO SauUw000w*«w»xk*toe4t, 4 4a b Stanley St. Bedford MK4I 7 R W telephone 0 2 3 4 2 7 3 0 0 0 facsimile 0 2 3 4 3 5 2 2 0 7 External Fax and Data modem Receive and send faxes in the background Full Haynes AT command set supported Supports class 1,2, and 3 fax commands Fax send and receive Auto dial and auto answer Supports error correction and
detection Leased line support All cables and manuals supplied The GT-6500 and GT-8000 24-bit colour flatbed scanners from Epson scan up to A4 in site, with output resolutions of up to I200DPI on the GT-6500 and I600DPI on the GT-8000 in 16.7 million colours, greyscale or line art. The scanners include either fbwerscan or Image FX scanning software.
POWERSCAN 4 El l» POWERSCAN 4 OCR £139 SCAN INTERFACE ESO POWERSCAN 4 S W £20 OCR SOFTWARE £49 GT-6 500 IMAGE FX E6I9 GT-8000 POWERSCAN 6849 GT-8000 IMAGE FX £929 DOCUMENT FEEDER E199 ROM SHARE INC. 2.04 £99
2. 04 ROM CHIP £29 AC E E X MODEM AWARD winning PR DUCTS EPSON
SCANNER COLOUR POWERSCAN £219 COLOURSCAN Full 030 with MMU at
28MHz FPU upto 50MHz BARE BOARD 4MB 28MHz FPU 4MB 33MHI FPU
4MB 40MHz FPU 4MB 5 0MHz FPU EC030 Running at 50MHz BARE BOARD
4MB 20MHz FPU 4MB 13MHz FPU 4MB 40MHz FPU 4MB 50MHz FPU Full
030 with MMU at 40MHz, FPU upto 50MHz 4MB 20MH, FPU 4MB 33MHz
FPU 4MB 40MHz FPU 4MB 50MHz FPU CO-PROCESSORS VIPER 50 VIPER
40 The Power Drive now includes Floppy Expander which allows
you to compress files on floppy disks by up to 50%. Blitz
Amiga Ant-click. Anti-virus hardware. Upgradable to
1. 76MB. Through port Cyclone compatible chip. Built-in backup
hardware and 2 year guarantee "Only if purchased with the
Power Drive.
The XL drive can be used with any Amiga computer; and allows you to store a massive 1,76MB on a h i density disk The drive also acts as a standard 880K drive.
VIDEO BACKUP SCART £65 VIDEO BACKUP PHONO £60 DISK EXPANDER POWER DRIVE CYCLONE COPIER* PC88I A 5 0 0 INT.
PC882 A2000 INT.
PC 8 8 3 A 6 0 0 I 2 0 0 INT.
XL I ,76MB EXT. £89.95 XL 1.76MB INT. £79.95 XL 1.76MB INT.A4000 £89.95 XL 1.76MB DRIVES VIDEO BACKUP POWER DRIVES A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN As you read this, the final touches are being put together for On The Ball - The League Edition. Like the World Cup edition reviewed a couple of issues ago, the League Edition is an English translation of the German smash Anstoss. The reason this one has taken so long to come across is the simple fact that the German and UK soccer leagues are very different, and a lot more changes than simple language changes needed to be made. On The Ball ¦ The League
Edition should be in the shops by the beginning of October. For more information, call Daze Marketing on 071 372 7435.
The Amiga Top 10 Games Charts compiled by HMV.
1 Kick Off 3 ; 2 Sensible Soccer International . 3 World CupYear 94 .. • * * ;
- 4 Beneath A Steel Sky
- » 5 Arcade Pool
- » , 6 Skidmarks?**.
7 Man United Champion 1
- » 8 Elfmania
- 9 Frontier - Elite 2
- » 10 Body Blows NEW PRINTER One of the potential buyers of
Commodore, Samsung, have unveiled a new dot matrix printer. The
Samsung P2417 is a colour dot matrix printer with a price of
£165, and is compatible Epson LQ and IBM ProPrinters.
Other specifications include a reasonable 160 characters per second in draft, 53 cps in letter quality, built-in power on test, and seven fonts (draft, elite, gothic, script, courier, saris serif and roman). Samsung can be reached on 081-309 0168.
N i HOME ENTERTAINMENT?
NEW MAGAZINE IS LIVE!
WIZARD READER OFFERS CU AMIGA have updated their offers pages and are giving you, the readers, the chance to get your hands on some of the best Amiga products around at cut down prices.
For example, for just £49.95, if you order through CU AMIGA you can receive a floppy drive which features anti-click, anti-virus, enable and disable switch and a two-year warranty as standard.
This new look offers page features many other products as well, including disk drives and ram upgrades, all of which have been submitted to thorough examination by out technical wizards (sorry) at CU AMIGA.
For more information about these offers turn to page 136 or contact Wizard Developments on 0322 272908.
From September 20 to the 25th the biggest electronic consumer event of the year, LIVE ‘94, will be taking place at Earls Court. For computers, especially the Amiga, video games, surround sound systems, synthesisers, AV amps, camcorders, Tvs and more LIVE ‘94 is the place to be.
CU AMIGA, alongside our sister magazines Nintendo Magazine System and Sega Magazine will be there in force, ready to answer your questions and waving the flag for the Amiga.
On the subject of HiFi, EMAP Images, the company behind CU AMIGA, is launching a new consumer electronics buyers guide magazine. What Home Entertainment? Will be on sale September 20th, priced at £2.25. ‘Audio, video and computer technology is becoming more exciting and more integrated. What Home Entertainment?
Will combine all of these leisure interests into a fascinating, all-encompassing, jargon free magazine,” said project founder and Publishing Director Graham Taylor.
Ia PJ ,1 FJ P1 i J y I * A J JVTJ • foil If Olch highlights lei you ™ ‘ xl B k I rlVl I 4 *1 watchibeociionbellbybollwilh FOOTBALL MASTERS rs) hoi been dedicoled lo This is o purely monagciiul picket mnnogei gene *hol conceniiolei on lull graphics and oi leolisiic T___tw.
Stiategy and includes pl«nly of lelevant slolislks. The ganu has been sampled sound effects for I - JlnESt designed not developed bv a ue in ol Re spoil. I- isolates everything sigiiiliKnl even's :foj-s, Umpire that o reel manager has lo contend with and it's o lololly unique decisions, etc.). Inleivenlions oie production that anyone with on interest in Crkkel should experience. Permitted ol ony hme lo change bolting ladies oi fielding placings.
A summary ol Ibe moin features is shown below:- *3 Bolting Bowling dossifieotions Inoimol, Attack ond Defend).
• AXA EQUITY 8IAW18 league county teoms, 50 men per gome. •
Choice of 15 different field plocings.
• 4 Cup competitions including Benson 8 Hedges, Nol West. • full
scorecord results wilh best hotting ond bowling figures
• 20 different match umpires with accurate nomes ond strictness.
• Other staff (Physio, Groundkeeper, Scoot) con he hired ond
fired
• Accurate player detoils Surnome, height ond oge. • Annual
leogue fixtures listing. Current week ond lost league results.
• 27 different player attributes. Most skills hare o direct
irapod on the "View current cup competition draws ond historic
recotds.
Effectiveness ol each individuals octions during o simulated motch. • Real time transfer market. Pfayet contract and woge negotiations.
• Easy ployei selection. All gome text is clearly presented. •
Sponsors, Printer access. Finances, Poor ground fines, Monoger
rating.
• Batting ond bowling overages. Top boning ond bowling tobies. •
15 Options to alter gome preferences, lood Sove gome.
• 3 Different training intensities to boost batting, bowling or
fielding. • Instruction book with plenty of exomples.
« Weather, pitch ond light often moke on impact on ground condition. »Plus mony more line detoils thot we ore unable lo list here. _ STABLE MASTERS This gome hos been designed to be os close to leol racing os possible. -- i. --oy-- ' 1°*"“ ‘-"“i ¦ f rve yeors of development by o clever racing expert hos led lo the S,iS-ar'«r ~ -IT'" 7 swjBfiiS* second revision of this flot Hotse Rocing SinxAohon. JpTrsigon * i [BEr' Up lo 4 players can participate as Owner Troinets ’with the primary rrcei ! ’ v* j W' .“ W objective ol becoming the top rated homer, in respect of pnte money I. J I won, ot the
end of eoch racing seoson (Motch to November). There mo bet K&&3 are up to 35 other intelligently controlled computer trainers to compete .
Ogoinst ond compore your personal performance. [I I To ochieve this oim you must discover o potential champion ond horn them so thot they become capable of competing well ond winning any • 20 lockeys who vary in obity ond booking fees, Otdets 8 feedback, ol the 47 big prize money races (Handicap ond Group), eg. The Derby • Formbook ond Win Summory Cords cover the previous 200 races.
To give you on ideo ol the tools provided in this gome to assist you • Animated race display or just the resell. View Declaration list for races, teaching your objective we hove listed the moin features below:- • Very informative report by Head stable lod. Tipsters. Bookmokets.
• 250 horses eoch with over 60 independent vohobles. • Rocecards
simSor to rocing press. Reol life. Hondicops 8 Roce Types.
• 26 different race courses (2 oil weather), reol life
choroclerisbcs • Viruses, Injuries 8 Vets. Lood Sove gome. Mony
othet items included.
JiirronnghiedivenityolracecoixsesuihieUMdesch 24 HOUR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE wmI (0702) 600557bS mail orders Woplri Gup Qpicket Masters | * Kiiitf1 by Rocecoll. Tegulo'ed by the Tote, this program cchreved joint second. This led to o serious approach from a well knownH B national book moker Rejected in favour ol supporting the public Winnings Statistics 104 wins out of 166, os from 2 6 to 1 9 93. ’ f oimulc: This program tells you exactly whot to do. You ore NOT permitteB lo omend our system unlike so mony other similor programs.
How confident con you be in something thot invites amendments!
Research 8 Development: Three yeors Ml hme race analysis ond experimentation to refine ond test the predichon system.
Inside Knowledge: Plenty of unique hints from contorts in the know.
User friendly: No racing knowledge required, eosy to use, tutorial book.
Restricted Soles: As soon os out programs predictions hove o prolific impoct on the betting odds we will stop accepting new buyers.
Monthly Updates: Highly recommended option. If ony update foils to break even we'll send the next one free ol charge, from £25.
Pike Increase: Highly likely. Buy now before success forces incieose.
Professional football Mosters V4
P. F A Editor V4 Stable Masters V2 _ Oiode Horse Tipster (RRP
£99.95) Cricket Mosters _ World Cup Cricket Mostea Wrestling
Mosters POSTCODE SURROUNDED!
Amiga games are so popular worldwide because they combine good graphics, involving gameplay and superb sound for very reasonable prices. So. Now. Just when you thought things couldn't possibly get better they have. Playing your Amiga is about to become a veritable feast for the senses as several software houses are now known to be looking at ways to include surround sound in their games. This means that if your Amiga is wired up to a stereo with surround sound speakers you'll not only get stunning sound effects from the left and right speakers, but also added sound effects from the centre and
rear speakers. You will, for instance, be able to hear your enemies creeping up on you in any direction even before they appear on screen.
» Surround sound audio is set to combine with stunning 3D rendered graphics to keep Amiga games at the forefront of games technology over the coming months. We will hopefully bring you a full report on just who is doing what with surround sound and 3D graphics in a coming issue.
CU AMIGA are sad to report the passing ot an industry legend.
Gremlin Graphics, the company that brought you everything from Monty Mole and Gary Lineker to Lotus and Util Divil has ceased to be. It is an ex-software house. But oh no!, you cry. Whatever will we do now? Don't worry little ones, as it has merely changed its name and image to Gremlin Interactive. To reflect the company’s confidence, the rainbow logo is about to be replaced. Said Gremlin's MD Ian Stewart: ''Of course they'll be some sadness to see the old style go but we do need to reflect the tremendous change in the company as well as position ourselves correctly for the new interactive
entertainment industry. Gremlin never was a graphics company, and there have been times when this has been rather confusing. As for the logo, we'll miss it, but it was beginning to be a bit like wearing flares and platform shoes in a SOFTLOGIK TYPE SMITH SoftLogik, publishers of PageSlream, have released version 2.5 of TypeSmith, their font editor. The new version has several enhancements, including the ability to load and save TrueType fonts. TrueType is the format for fonts found on Apple Mac and Windows (on Pcs) so there are lots of fonts available.
The program can save the fonts out in a file format compatible with normal Amiga applications, has a comprehensive Arexx library - allowing it to be controlled from other programs, and a comprehensive selection of font editing tools. SoftLogik are also nearing completion of the much awaited PageStream 3. This follow up to the best selling Amiga DTP program, PageStream, is now awaiting final printing of the manual. The program complete with text editor, masses of fonts and di- part and a picture editor should be available by the time you read this.
Type SMITH For a sample of what's planned for the new version read our exclusive preview in the June issue of CU AMIGA. For further details contact Emerald Creative on 081-715 8866.
L I your MATES WITH A The new Casio C300 My Magic Diary has a brilliant battle game. And because it’s got a magic beam, you can play it with your mates even when they're not sitting next to you. Or you can try to beat the built-in computer.
ESP Power Battle Result Screen Replenishment Screen And it’s got tons of other fun and useful features.
It’ll keep a record of all your mates names, addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers. Even
* **** BRILLIANT BATTLE GAME- Fortune Telling Telephone Director,
Telephone Director, Using the montage feature you can build a
picture of anyone you like (no matter how ugly they are!).
And you can store things secretly with the secret password function. We've also squeezed in a calculator, calendar and clock alarm. With this many fun features you’ll be beaming from ear £3 CASIOCLUB MAGIC BEAM DIARY I 'm sure you re all keen to know what's happening with the progress ot our attempts to buy Commodore and secure an exciting future for the Amiga. I'd like to be able to tell you the deal is all signed and sealed, but unfortunately we re not quite there. It's getting tantalisingly close, and I'm pretty confident that by the time I sit down to write this column next month I’ll
be able to bring you the good news.
What I can tell you is how incredible the support has been for our bid. I've had letters and faxes from all over the world offering help and support - and even money in some cases! It s really heartening to be on the receiving end of such a lot of goodwill and it makes me realise once again what an amazing phenomenon the Amiga is. I can t think of many products that would generate such a level of feeling in similar circumstances. We've been in the fortunate situation of having a number of different financiers interested in supporting our bid and the partners we've chosen are exceptional.
More about that in the next issue!
While we wait with baited breath, development of new product goes on.
I've recently returned from a visit to the States where I visited the Amiga engineering headquarters in Norristown. I’ve been involved with the Amiga since the very beginning, in fact I celebrated 11 years with Commodore last week, so I'm difficult to impress. But the ideas and developments coming downstream in the next 6-12 months are something special. I guarantee you'll be impressed. Meanwhile the planning of the World of Amiga show goes on apace. The dates have been fixed for 9-11 December at Wembley, so you'll be able to eye an orgy of Amiga goodies just in time for Christmas.
We think this will be the best Amiga show yet. Featuring games arcades, live entertainment and exciting new products Although we've only just started selling stands at the show, interest is high. The exhibitors are as keen as we are to make this show a fantastic celebration of 10 years of the Amiga - as well as its rosy future. We re planning a dedicated area for all of you who belong to Amiga or Commodore user groups. After all your on-going support has been essential to the machine’s continued success and we want to involve you in the show as much as possible. We'll also be running
competitions both before and at the show which will give you lots of chances to win Amiga prizes. Keep reading the magazines over the next couple of months for details.
While I’m on the subject of shows, we re also going to have a major presence at Futureworld from 18-30 October at the NEC in Birmingham.
Futureworld is a part of the Ideal Home Exhibition and the Motor Show which are being run jointly. It will be a showcase for the home of tomorrow' and we re the only company to have been asked to exhibit a computer games platform. Our stand will be positioned at the bottom of a spectacular visitor ride, making us very much the centre of attention. The organisers are expected over a million visitors over the 13 days of the show. Let's make sure lots of them are Amiga fans!
All this talk of shows makes me think of Christmas and I'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what we thing our plans will be. Obviously we can't make it all happen until we know whether our bid has been successful. But we've got all our plans just waiting to be put into action. There have been some rumours floating around that we won't have any products m the stores for Christmas. I’d like to personally reassure you that as things stand at the moment, this simply won't be true. There will be supplies of all our machines around, although not quite as many as usual. That’s because
we haven’t been manufacturing for a while and we'll need to catch up on tost time. This will only be a temporary situation while we get production back up to full speed.
The software publishers are very enthusiastic about the Amiga’s future and have been very supportive of our bid. They've reassure me that there will be plenty of exciting new software around for both the Amiga and CD32 and Amiga 1200. Watch this space* PUBLIC FANTASIES Playtime are gearing up to release what could be one ot the most interesting football games ever. Fantasy Football took off in a big way last year, attracting over 3 million people, as well as producing an extremely popular TV series hosted by popular comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel see pic below). As a result,
Playtime have signed up both the stars of BBC TV's ‘Fantasy Football League' to endorse their own computer version of the game. The game itself lets you form leagues of individual player teams. Each player then builds their own team from existing Premier league players, and then matches are run. The game then draws up a league which is continually updated as you play the fixtures. Where Skinner And Baddiel’s Fantasy Football beats the real thing is in actually providing you with a match result, giving you a Irue points system that reflects the football league.
COMMODORE WRITES It remains to be seen how the game will work in practice, but in theory it's certainly interesting, and quite original to boot. We’ll have a lull review soon, but for more information call Playtime on 071 721 7607.
I EVEN MORE LEMMINGS ¦ net in race unil hart n't hart m uoi in wiso yuu HaUii l HaU R enough of the little blighters to v last you a lifetime. Psygnosis have announced their intention to release even more games based upon those suicidal creatures the Lemmings - All New World Of Lemmings - The Mini Series. Rather ¦•T than be a traditional sequel, the game will be released in four parts over the course of a year, with each episode of the mini-series featuring three tribes of Lemmings and working as a stand-alone game, however collect the set and you get the full story of the Lemmings
surviving a disastrous shipwreck.
In this one you will only start with a handful of the little guys; the rest of the tribe needs to be rescued from wherever they are trapped before they can be helped. The game also features far larger sprites than before, combat stages, more tools to use and over 120 levels plus hidden stages! More news as we have it, but for more information call Psygnosis on 051 709 5755.
3DCD COMES ALIVE Nol a name lor a new android in the new Star Wars movies, but a collection of three dimensional objects on a CD-ROM disc tor your favourite computer. The CD-ROM disc, that can be loaded on any Amiga with a CD-ROM drive, contains not just 3D objects, but also animations. Rendered images and brushmaps. The 3D objects are saved in Lightwave. Imagine and tor PC owners 3D Studio. The disc is produced by Phosphor Dot Productions, tel: 0843 292150.
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The great thing about getting storage devices for the Amiga is that you're not too limited by budget considerations. There are storage products to suit everyone’s wallet. OK maybe the performance increases as you spend more, but your trusty Amiga will get faster even if you spend just £49 on a floppy disk drive! And with prices dropping faster than stones and technology advancing almost daily there’s never been a belter time to increase your disk storage capacity.
Increasing program si»s. High resolution pictures and the tee of sampled sound on Amiga sd ware has meant that having bags dtdisk space is now more important tten ever before. Over the next few pages we examjp rhe numerous storage opj prisiopen to you and reveaUlll dark secrets of Amiga sloffife devices.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE STORAGE DEVICES?
First of all let's look at why we need storage at all. Storage is a crucial concerirfor the Amiga. Why?
Because your Amiga has a very powerful and complex operating system it stores large parts of it on disk and loads them only when needed. Hence the need for lots of disks and disk space.
Loading from disk takes a long lime though (in computer terms at least) and the Amiga has to wait until it has finished loading before it can do anything else, also the rapidly increasing number of Amiga programs using high resolution, full colour, pictures means that unless you want to spend hall yourl waking life waiting on your programs to load or pictures to render you had better gel your hands on some storage facilities.
So what are your options'' Well, each Amiga lloppy disk can hold up to 880k of data, so you can store your information on disk. However, this could mean eternal disk swopping if you wanted to load up a particularly large program. So adding an extra disk drive would speed up matters considerably and because.
Tiib Archos CD-ROM drive - only one at three PCMCIA peripherals.
Technically, you can add up to eight disk drives this course ol action would drastically reduce the amount of disk swopping required.
Remember, disk drives are one oi Ihe cheapest peripherals available lor the Amiga, starting from as little as £49. ¦Mlli The next major storage peripheral is a hard drive. These are very similar to lloppy drives, but have the advantage of being very much taster, with greater storage capacity and are completely sell contained - no swopping here. Typical hard drives on the Amiga can store between 80Mb and (equivalent to 120Mb about 100 floppy disks) without having to change disks once.
Most Amiga hard drives are fitted internally, although there are several models that are connected externally, eg, Ihe Archos Overdrive.
Another popular storage type is the CD-ROM drive. CD-ROM drives are like a combination of floppy drives and hard drives. They have a of approximt and they use a small 5" disc which except for whatever is written and stored on it. Is virtually indistinguish able from an audio CD. The drawbacks are that you cannot write data to them yet. Ie. They are read only, and have slowish access speeds compared to hard drives.
CD-ROM drives are used where very large amounts of information need to be stored (reference programs, clip art libraries etc). Anolher often overlooked advantage of CD- ROM is that the Amiga can read PC and Mac CD-ROM discs, which, although they may contain Mac or PC programs, often contain vast libraries of additional clipart, fonts and images, which you and your Amiga can make use of.
WORKTHEN?
Well, let’s start at the beginning: since the origins of man, back in prehistoric times, the humble floppy disk has been a reliable but slow system of storing and retrieving files. And why is it so reliable and trustworthy (yes Andy. Why? Mine never seems to work - Ed) The reason lies in the use of a tried and tested technology; electromagnetism. Inside a floppy disk drive is a read write head that moves over the disk surface reading data from the floppy disk, and writing it back out. Inside the drive the disk spins with the head moving across the radius of the disk and data is stored in a
series of rings (otherwise known as tracks), with the drive,reading each track and then moving onto the next. The actual reading and writing process works on a similar basis to normal audio tape. The binary data (if you go right down to the very deepest, darkest, core of your Amiga you’ll find everything is stored as a series of zeros and ones - known as binary numbers) is converted to electromagnetic pulses.
These pulses are recorded (when saving data) on magnetic material that coats the.surface of floppy disks. When the Amiga loads files and programs the disk drive head moves over the floppy disk surface sensing the magnetic pulses, which it then converts back to binary data to be saved in the memory of the Amiga all ready for processing.
IT'S A HARD JOB Instead ot having a single, so called floppy disk (even though it’s not that floppy on the outside) which you constantly insert and eject from the Amiga you could use a hard drive.
This is a sealed unit, containing a number ot small magnetically coated disks. By having multiple disks stacked upon one another, each with its own read write head, hard drives can store much more data than a single floppy disk.
By spinning the disks at a very high speed a current ot air is created just above each one, this lifts the hard drive read write head allowing it to be moved around the disk, floating just above the surface, thus enabling the computer to record or read the electromagnetic signals to or from the disks.
A small motor in the unit controls the precise movement of the head over the disk, the speed this motor can move and the disk revolution speed determine how fast data can be loaded and saved from the drive.
In hard drives this floating head is unbelievably close to the disk surface, so close in fact that a grain of dusf or a human hair is big enough to cause major problems, especially if they get between the head and the surface, To keep this potentially harmful problem from occurring all hard disks are completely sealed and cannot be opened.
The storage capacity of floppy disks and hard drives is also determined by the amount of data that can be crammed into a track.
The problem is that technology has got to stage where more information can be fitted onto a track than can be read in a single revolution by the drive head For this reason tracks are further split down into sectors, a sector being the amount of data that can be read from a track at a time, to read all the sectors on a track the disk will then have to be rotated several times.
The storage capacity of hard drives, and to an extent floppy disks, is increasing all the time, and for the immediate future there is no storage system that can rival them for being able to read and write large volumes of data at a comparable cost.
CD TECHNOLOGY The CD-ROM drive mechanism is, unlike the hard drive and floppy drive, not based upon magnetism at all.
Instead it relies on high precision optical engineering. Each CD is made up of a single track, winding its way from the inside to the outside of the disc in a spiral. Along this track are billions of tiny holes - we’re talking atom size here. The presence of holes in the surface represents binary data - a hole or no whole - representing a single binary bit of one or zero.
Inside the CD-ROM drive is a tiny read write head that works its way around the spiral moving around and across the disk at the same time. As it proceeds it shines a laser at the disk which reflects off the surface. A sensor on the head picks up the reflect- km, or not if the laser hits a pit. The sensor then passes the status of the reflected beam (reflection or no reflection) to drive electronics which convert this information into a binary one or zero.
IDE AND SCSI Most Amiga hard drives for the At 200 and A600 are connected via an internal expansion port called IDE.
This is basically a simple hard drive interface and to fit a hard drive to it you simply plug it in. The OverDrive and SmartStor, on the other hand, connect via the PCMCIA interface on the outside of the A600 At200.
Another possibility for connecting hard drives to the At 200 is to use a SCSI interface. SCSI is a more sophisticated hard drive interface than IDE, allowing you to connect up to seven units at once (IDE only allows two), it’s also a lot faster. The problem is that SCSI isn’t built in to the Amiga and you'll need to buy a specific interface if you wish to connect such a hard drive to your A1200. Both the GVP A1230-II or Blizard accelerators cards for the At 200 have optional SCSI interfaces available for them.
A major advantage of SCSI is that you can connect a massive variety of other types of storage devices to the Amiga with them. Syquest drives (a cross between floppy disks and hard drives giving either 44 or 88Mb per disk), optical drives, massive hard drives (one gigabyte and more!) And high speed tape backup systems are all available through SCSI interfaces.
SCSI devices are very popular on Apple Mac, and to an extent the PC, which ensures that such peripherals are also fairly cheap.
TO CPU MAGNETIC MEDIUM in March '94 But otherwise Its highly recommended tor A1200 owners wanting a first or possibly second hard drive. The OverDrive i*available from Silica (081 -309 1111) and Indi (0543 419 . Prices start at £1 SO for a 30Mb capacity, although we rec- 1 you opt lor the biggest you t afford.
Smart Stor is another good, but y smaller hard drive from V full review of this can be d on page 99 of this very issue.
) we won't dwell on it for too long s to say that it's a great little d drive (or the A600 and A1200 s very last, but somewhat lacking sign and is only available in ) and 30Mb capacities which is .1 certainly to small for most i users.
Reasonable, although not brilliant access speeds and the massive amount ol data that a single CD can hold - one 5" disc can store over 600Mb ol inlormation, which is.
Er.one hell ot a lot!
The Amiga has had CD-ROM technology for some time. Way back in the mists ol time Commodore released the A570 CD-ROM drive for the A500. Which sold in great Quantities but has sadly now been discontinued, although if you're lucky you may find one kicking around for about £99. After that came an Amiga with a CD-ROM drive built-in, the CDTV, and latterly the CD32 games console. 1 DISK DRIVES The disk drives we have chosen as the pick of the crop are the: Power Computing Power drive £60 tel: 0234 273 000). Amitek Deluxe £59 (tel: 081 309 1111) and Wizard Saturn £49 tel: 0322 272908).
These drives work on all Amigas and feature anti-click technology, hardware anti-virus circuitry, disable and through port for extra drives.
They are well built and look smart.
They are all standard Amiga 880k CD-ROM is a technology that's rapidly gaining popularity. This is mainly due to Now that you’ve got some idea what types of storage devices are available for your machine, here is breakdown of all the options available.
CHOICES, choi drives (ie can format disks with 880k of disk space) and Power Computing also sell a higher 1,76Mb capacity model at £89.
HARD DRIVES The Archos Overdrive is possibly the best A1200 hard drive. An external IDE hard drive that plugs into the PCMCIA interface of the A1200, it's really easy to install. It is also one of the fastest hard drives CU AMIGA has seen; in tests it clocked an amazing transfer rate of 1430k per second.while the previous record holder (the GVP A530 for A500s) only managed 900k and an internal IDE drive for the A1200 ticked over at 809k!
This is one fast drive.
The only problem with the Overdrive is that lends lo prevent some expansion devices working. This was one of the reasons we didn’t give it a Top Rated award back Earlier this year CU AMIGA exclusively revealed Commodore's plans to unveil a CD-ROM drive tor the At 200 which, as I write, still hasn't been launched. In its place, however, is the OverDrive CD-ROM. Built by the same company that make the OverDrive hard drive. This product has a prestigious family history, and is set to sell by the bucket load.
Like the OverDrive hard drive it plugs into the PCMCIA port of the A1200, and offers a good level of compatibility with games for the CD32. Although it won't be able to play FMV Digital Video Cds. It does support normal audio ones, PhotoCD and CD+G disc formats. It can also load software off normal Amiga CD- ROM discs, including the Fred Fish collection, and numerous other PD discs. For A1200 owners this is a must have product. Once again its available from Indi (0543 419 999) or Silica (081 -309 1111) from £199.
SENSATION !°M As I write these pages my spies have revealed that several companies are already at work developing a CD- ROM drive for the A600. Initial reports say that it’s likely to be closely based on the technology as used in the OverDrive CD-ROM but will obviously not be able to run CD32 games (the A600 was designed before the CD32 came out and so doesn't have the necessary hardware). You will however still be able to load Amiga applications and files, and use PD discs etc. So there you have it. Storage as we know it. But what does future hold?
Well if I knew that I’d be so rich I wouldn't need to worry about it anyway, but there are one or two common sense observations that we can make.
Firstly, the amount you pay for disk storage space, in whatever form it is, will continue to fall. The price per megabyte is currently around £1.50 judging from the adverts in last month's issue of your favourite magazine. This is bound to drop, there's nothing you can do about this - it’s simple economics, whatever you buy today will be cheaper in future - fact.
The only thing you can do is protect your investment and try to reduce the time it will take before you have to buy again. For this reason buy big, go for the biggest hard drive you can afford.
The smaller you get the quicker you’ll need to buy another unit.
Secondly, technology is developing faster now than ever before.
Last year the GVP A530 was the fastest Amiga drive, clocking a transfer rate of 900k per second, in under twelve months this has increased by over fifty percent with the Overdrive clocking transfer speeds of practically 1.5Mb per second. I wortt be long before standard Amiga hard drives can fill the entire two meg RAM of an A1200 in under a second - think about it! Again, there is nothing you can do about this, but this time you can save yourself money. Apart from the ego boost of having the fastest hard drive in town is there any real need to go for the fastest, and therefore most expensive
after all it’s going to be out of date in a matter of months.
Save yourself mbney and give priority to the amount of storage capacity you want instead!
JARGON BUSTER ANTI-CLICK: Amiga disk drives have an annoying constant click when not in use. Drives featuring anti-dick, surprisingly enough don’t have this dick.
IDE: Integrated Device Electronics.
A term referring to a type of hard drive that contains its own interface and controlling electronics.
The last assumption is more of an educated guess. CD-ROM drives that can not only read but also write are already available but they cost a fortune. But how long will it be before they become mass market and affordable - sooner than most people think is my guess. In other words think carefully about where one of these will go. My bet is on the PCMCIA interface, it's therefore probably worth asking yourself if you’d buy a writeable CD-ROM drive, and if so do you want the interface port that it will probably use blocked by a hard drive which could have gone inside the Amiga. I doubt it. My tip
is go for internal hard drives.
POWER UP YOUR FLOPPY!
Did you know that you can double the amount of space on a floppy disk or hard drive?
Simply pop out a buy a procelled Disk Ejcpdnder ir Computing and install on your disk. It compresses ti data on the disk and uncompresses it when you come to load it. By doing so it reduces the amount of space needed on the disk to hold programs and tiles, thus Increasing the amount of space left.
It's a very clever utility and an extremely useful program.
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I A mysteryjlvith a twist in the dragon!s tail.. Available on: Amiga (compatible with 500, 600 and 1200), Amiga CD32.
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55 Ashbourne Road Derby DE22 3FSTelephone (0332) 297797 Facsimile (0332) 3815' oeiNO pulsus WHAT IS PD?
Some would say the public domain system is the backbone of the Amiga community. There are thousands of programmers, musicians and artists, all giving away expertly crafted software for nothing. It sounds like a naive dream, but it’s actually a reality. But what’s it all about? How does it work?
How can you become a part of it? Tony Horgan has the answers.
Public Domain software is created by enthusiastic computer users who want no payment for their programs.
PD software can be whatever the author wants it to be: a game, a word processor, an art package, a music or graphics demo, a magazine on a disk, a slideshow, an educational program, an obscure utility for a minority of specialist users... the list is endless.
Why do people do il? Because they want to. Much of the software on the PD circuit could not be released commercially for a number of reasons. A lot of PD is 'disposable'.
Demos, animations, disk magazines and the like may only be used a few times, then the disks are formatted.
Some are far too alternative for an established commercial distributor to understand, and others may only have a very limited audience. In general though, most PD software is developed for the satisfaction ol the authors, and for the benefit of the rest of the Amiga community.
LEASE The best way to release your own PD is through the PD libraries. These are organisations that sell PD disks for nothing more than the price of the blank disks, and the running costs of duplicating, post and packing and so on. The idea is that the libraries make no profit from selling the disks.
You get your program released to the masses, and wash your hands of all the advertising and mailing chores.
All you do is send your disk, or disks, into any or all of the PD libraries you can find, with a letter giving permission for the library to distribute it for no financial gain, and a statement that says these disks are your own work, just to clarify the situation. You should also put a similar notice on the disk itself, in the form of a text file or
• an intro screen. It’s then up to the PD library to decide
whether they want to add your disks to their catalogue.
Most have some form of quality control, and won’t just accept any disk.
You should try to produce the best product you can, but so long as you don’t come up with a complete pile of tripe, you shouldn’t have to many problems getting it distributed. Look through the adverts in this magazine and you’ll find stacks of PD libraries to target.
HOW TO WRITE PD There are no rules on this score. As PD software doesn’t need to make a profit, you don’t have to pander to any particular market or audience.
You’re free to do whatever you like, however absurd, alternative, weird or original it may be. You don’t have to be a programming boffin either (although it does help), as there are plenty of development systems to help you get your ideas out of your head and onto a disk. Here are some of the main areas of PD software, and the tools you could use to create them. Some are commercial packages, others are PD. The PD programs are preceeded with an asterisk p. Many of the commercial packages have appeared as coverdisks on previous issues of CU AMIGA, so check your disk collection. Look through
the adverts in this issue for the best prices on any you don’t have. Look out for the fully- functioning new version 2.0 of the excellent Videotracker, to be given away exclusively with the next issue of CU AMIGA.
These recommendations are assuming you cannot program in languages C, Assembler or any other low level language, which will of course give superior results in many cases (games, demos and utilities especially).*' Games: AMOS. Blitz Basic.
Demos: Videotracker, ‘Demomaker.
Demomaniac.
Music disks: "OctaMED, *Protracker, Sonix, Deluxe Music Construction Set.
Utilities: AMOS, Blitz Basic.
Animations: Movie Setter, Deluxe Paint, Brilliance, Aegis Animator, Fantavision.
Multimedia presentation: Hyperbook, Can Do, Scala. Mediapoint.
Disk magazine: 'Magnum. Menu.
Educational: AMOS, Blitz Basic, Hyperbook.
GHT Just because you’re not selling your PD disks for profit, you're not exempt from copyright laws. A few years ago, you could get away with sampling a complete song and putting it on a disk (a pointless exercise, but it was a popular activity for a while).
Since then, quite a few PD libraries have had visits from the boys in blue, who have confiscated large numbers of disks. These days you have to be more respectful of copyright, although you can still get away with a certain degree of infringement. Disks such as the Deep Space Nine slideshows, clones of old arcade games, Final Frontier (an unofficial Star Trek disk magazine), and the insane Wayne’s World Pong are testament to this. However, we can’t really recommend you infringe anyone’s copyright. If you do, you should be prepared for the copyright holders to get rather stroppy.
The other dodgy area is pornography. There's plenty of this available from bulletin boards, but most reputable PD libraries won’t distribute the hard stuff, usually drawing the line at topless pictures, or the occasional bit of nudity in a fantasy art demo.
Bury” PD If you want to get involved with PD, but don't fancy creating it yourself, the other option is to start your own PD library. If you want a get rich quick scheme, forget it. The whole idea is that the price you charge for the disk is no more than it costs to buy the blanks, duplicate them, advertise them and send them out.
There are enough libraries that respect the system, so anyone who starts charging too much for their disks won’t last for long with those for competition.
To set up as a PD library, all you need is a selection of PD disks, a disk copying utility, and your Amiga.
However, if you have any plans for your library to grow from a part time hobby into a full time job, you’ll have to be prepared to expand your setup to accommodate the increases in your mailouts and disk duplication.
We at CU AMIGA don’t claim to be experts on running a PD library, so we asked four of the best Amiga PD libraries a few questions to find out just what's involved. This is what they had to say.
THE PD LIBRARIES The following four PD libraries were chosen for their outstanding level of service. Some are big, others are not so big, but all offer the latest PD at a fair price, with a quick turnaround of orders, which are fulfilled by return of post in many cases. How do they do it? We asked them just that.
Lott: Digital Dreams one ol the better examples ot what Video Tracker can do tor you.
Name: NBS PD Year Established: 1987 (PD in 1989) Telephone: 0983 529594 Fax: 0983 821599 Why did you star! A PD library?
Bought an Amiga, and then together with a triend. Started selling blank disks and boxes as a hobby by mail order and to the local Amiga club. Started to collect demos, but never thought ot being a PD library. In spring 1989.
Decided to give it all up. But before we did (we had made enough money trom the previous two ears to buy a printer, a halt Mb upgrade each, and about 12 pints ot lager), we put our remaining protit into one linal advert.
This was the tamed NBS PD EARTHQUAKE! Which in effect cut the price of PD in half, down to 99p. The result was phenomenal! The rest is history!
How much capital did this require We managed to get a £1,000 loan from the bank.
What mistakes did you make in the beginning?
The big mistake all PD libraries have made is an escalation in advertising!
It’s very easy to get sucked into too many magazines. PD is a low profit business, and adverlising takes mosl of it!
How do you promote your disks?
Adverts in magazines, features in magazines, plus our own magazine (it’s grown to a newspaper now).
Where do you get your disks trom?
Many are sent in, some are swopped with other PD libraries, plus bulletin boards and Cds.
How do you copy your disks?
Using a high speed disk duplicator.
Don't you get a sore tongue trom licking all those stamps?
Not these days.
Do you need a big selection of disks for a successful PD library?
Yes! You are expected to have the latest version ot AmiXXXX or whatever.
People will always be asking tor programs not in the library, so a few disks would be a big handicap.
What makes your PD library so special?
NBS is a full-time occupation! We are not based in a bedroom in the evening. OK, we are not the cheapest (not the most expensive either), but we are reliable, and care about our customers. Orders generally go out the day we receive them. One order that gave us a buzz was phoned in at 5.20 one evening, from the Channel Islands. 7.30 the next day he had his order on his doorstep. We also produce the most comprehensive paper catalogue.
We don’t think any other library has anything like it.
Top five disks this month:
1. Assassins games 159 (ASI 159)
2. Text Engine Wordprocessor (PB 020)
3. ASI Virus Killers (PU 460)
4. Artistix Paint Package (E 037)
5. 1.3 Emulator for A1200 (U 743) Most requested disk of all
time: No figures for a precise answer, but probably D-Copy,
Various Virus Killers, or the Puggs in Space demo (A1200
compatible with 1.3 emulator).
Name: Cynostic Year Established: 1992 Telephone: 0203 681687 Fax: 0203 638508 Why did you start a PD library?
To fund CD game development. However, PD took over and has grown since. We all had a massive interest in the Amiga before all this, but the library has intensified it. Quite a few of ex-Cynostic people now do amazing high-end work.
How much capital did this require?
About £500, probably less. We already had lots and lots of disks and some equipment.
What mistakes did you make in the beginning?
We were too naive possibly. We accepted what people told us, often to our detriment.
How do you promote your disks?
Magazine reviews, magazine advertising, catalogue disks, Internet.
Where do you get your disks from?
BBS, Internet, the authors. We re one of the quickest in this respect.
How do you copy your disks?
Using the Amiga itself, or from Diskmasher files from hard drive or CD-ROM.
Don’t you get a sore tongue from licking all those stamps?
Yes! There have been a few nasty accidents. But I won't go into them here, there too rude.
Do you need a big selection of disks for a successful PD library?
Yes! It's essential, and you must know about each one.
What makes your PD library so special?
We re friendly, cheap, quick, honest, love the Amiga and we have a sense of humour about it. Plus, we don’t make any money trom it, which is a bit unusual some would say!
Top five most requested disks of the last month:
1. Virtual Dreams - ‘Breath Taker" (D 0305 abode)
2. The Final Frontier 7
3. Teletext 1.2 (U 0142)
4. Amiga Fax 1.4 (U0182)
5. Zombie Apocalypse 2 (G 0224) Most requested disk of aft time:
Spaceballs - “State of the Art" demo (D 0241) Name of Library:
17 Bit Software Year Established: 1988 Telephone: 0924 366982
Fax: 0924 200943 Why did you start a PD library?
It started as a hobby which paid a wage to a few enthusiasts - an ideal job!
It soon boomed as PD became mega popular, and the company soon had to adopt a more prolessional stance.
How much capital did this require?
Not much initially (just a few Amigasl, but now we have in excess of £35,000 worth of hardware.
What mistakes did you make in the beginning?
Too much advertising. It is possible lo pass a stage where further advertising does not improve response.
How do you promote your disks?
Advertising in several Amiga publications, recommendations and features.
Where do you get your disks from?
Direct from authors, Internet, BBS etc. How do you copy your disks?
Professional duplicating equipment (Tracer Ghostwriting equipment) and Amigas.
Don't you get a sore tongue trom licking all those stamps?
No. We use a very expensive franking machine.
Do you need a big selection of disks tor a successful PD library?
Not necessarily. Quality is more important than quantity (size isn’t everything you know!).
What makes your PD library so special?
Expert technical help, fast 24 hour turnaround, unequalled after-sales service. Strict quality control on all library submissions. Good product range.
Top five most requested disks of the last month:
1. The Curse of Doctor Strange (3151) 2 Klondike 2 AGA (3175 AB)
3 Imagine 2 Buddy System (3161 AB) 4 Morphy Ihe Magician AGA
(3182)
5. Overlander (3116) Most requested disk of ail time?
Jesus on Es demo (2268 AB).
»• Name of library: Visage Computers Year Established: 1992 Telephone Fax: 0602 444501 Why did you start a PD library?
At the time (87-89) we were paying around £3.00 per disk, and as our collection grew, we felt that we could sell them tor less. Also we’re demo and utility freaks!
How much capital did this require?
Not too much at first - around £300, most of which was spent on disks and stationery. Obviously things like advertising, which came later, which cost much more.
What mistakes did you make in the beginning?
Not sending in LSD’s Jesus on Es demo lo be reviewed, as we had it virtually on the day of release.
How do you promote your disks?
Advertising in Amiga magazines. Also sending disks in for review.
Where do you get your disks from?
BBS, Internet and programmers.
How do you copy your disks?
We use Dcopy 3.1 and FEX (a custom-written program for hard drive lo floppy copying).
Doesn't your tongue get sore from licking all those stamps?
No, but we're getting addicted to the glue (not).
Do you need a big selection of disks for a successful PD library?
The more disks the better. It is also important to try to get the latest disks quickly.
What makes your PD library so special?
Being Ihe sole distributors for the LSD legal tools from disk 152 onwards.
Having the latest demos and utilities. Quite a reasonable price of £1.00 per disk.
Top five most requested disks of the last month:
1. Virtual Dreams - Love (AGA)
2. Stellar - Mindflow (AGA)
3. Complex - Real (AGA)
4. LSD Legal Tools 156
5. Rage - Maximum Overdrive 2 (AGA) Most requested disk of all
time?
Fairlight - 242 demo.
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PC REVIEW :o The for news and reviews on the CD32 CD32 ZONE it’s been! On the one hand you have of this year’s most important games; a game shown off the power of our favourite 32-bit console. On the other, however, we see complete levels of Mindscape s Megarace a game that can really show off the power of the machine.
Good stuff. That’s more like it - games that show off the CD32 for what it is - not just A1200 ports or games that look like Amiga games.
The CD32 is going to have some very tough competition soon, in. The way of the SEGA Saturn and the Sony Playstation, and to stand any real chance of blowing these toys out of the water, we have to have a lot more than Zool 2 and a perfect port of Frontier1.
And it looks like we’ll do it no problem if there are more games like Megarace coming our way.
Tony Dillon Games Editor fhat an unusual month I Psygnosis pulling one f that could have really NOVASTORM NO MORE!
In a shock move this month, Psygnosis have announced that the much touted sequel to Microcosm - originally titled Scavenger before its name was switched to the less than snappy Novastorm, has been withdrawn from development. Oddly enough, it has only been taken away from the CD32 platform, and all other versions such as the SEGA MegaCD will continue as planned. The reason for this unusual move? The programmers concerned, who as all Microcosm owners will know are Stuart Sargaisson, Richard Weeks and Pete Marshall, have all been moved across to develop for the up and coming Sony console,
the Playstation, and Psygnosis just don’t “.ave the programmers to spare to continue work on the AGA version.
Whether or not development begins again will all depend on how the
- nachrne performs at Christmas, along with how the PSX performs
when it ftnaiy appears. For more information, call Psygnosis on
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SOUNDS UNUSUAL Weird Science continue their endless support for the more technical users of the CD32 with the release of three more CD-ROM data titles this month, all compatible with PC and Amiga CD-ROM units. Sounds Terrific is the name of a double CO pack for all the budding musicians out there, and unlike standard sample Cds, it features no audio tracks at all. Instead it features thousands of modules, sample files in IFF and RAW formats, Sonix scores. MIDI files plus all the PD sound utilities you could wish for.
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SIMULATION AKRDPROSE Dave can not believe that it has been a month since the last entry in the Diary. He's been so busy with the latest developments in Space Academy that he hasn't even noticed the time flying by.
“I have not seen much of the Summer, having installed black blinds in my studio, but as I look out the leaves are starting to turn Autumnal and the odd leaf is drifting past the window." Very poetic speech wap J-Wle Tonn Jones steele has been awayi “ sunning himself in Florida, Dave Rowe has been given artistic licence with Space Academy. Let’s see how he got on.
John so what exactly has been taking up so much of your time? The answer is their new toy. "John and I each have a copy ot Lightwave and we are working our way through the manuals.
I only wish that I could cram it all into my head in half an hour, but as it is, work on the main body of the game has to progress and only the odd snatched hour, as time allows, can be allocated to the tutorials. John is currently working on developing the wire frame animation based upon our intro section storyboard and will include some frames in next month's entry.
"In the current version of Space Academy we are able to guide our hero around all eight levels of building one using the bright, flat-coloured template rooms," Dave continues. The first two levels have finished graphics installed and, with level three nearing completion and it is exciting to see the finished game coming together. As each level is completed I send it via modem to John and he incorporates it in the next version, making minor adjustments where necessary.
With such focus being placed upon close detail it is easy to feel that the overview is getting lost or out of control, but by keeping regular checks on this we can see that the direction is OK and that everything is coming together as planned."
So with the game rushing towards completion, what else remains to be done? "We still have some refinements to make, like visual puns, non-interactive sprites, droids scuttling around making each scene look busy and so on, but these are best done when we pull the whole thing together once all the graphics are finally completed.
The main character has been animated in all of the eight directions required. Unfortunately, once they were combined with the game the North and South directions were tota crap so we have to scrap those and do them again."
COMPLEXITY One thing the Stellar Genesis Ageno have found is the way that their juice!
Are increasing in flow. "As we produc more levels the complexity of the rooms increases. In the last issue we included a level two room which had raised balcony with connected room!
That were out of view. We are exploit ing this feature more and more for example the template room from level six has four levels of balconies, one above the other. This i as many as we feel will comfortabl; fit the screen, considering the resoli tion of the sprites.
“As the rooms become more complex, so the puzzles grow in complexity. You can see the vital object in the room below your balcony, but there is no access to it. In order to reach the object of your heart’s desire you must plot a course back through the current section of the level you are on in order to arrive in the room below. We are going to get really mean in the later levels, because you will have to work your way not only through the current security section, but also through other security sections on that level and ultimately use the lifts to visit lower levels, cross them and
find another lift shaft to bring you back to the level that you were on in a position that enables you to reach the required room.
‘All this would be an absolute nightmare, but we make sure that it is merely a bad dream by the provision of the laptop. All you have to do is make sure that it is continually updated by plugging it into the videowall stations on each level and recharged by using one of the infrequent power points."
VIDEOWALL However, the 3D elements of the game aren’t the only thing that need work. ‘As we have said before, the laptop contains mapping information of your progress so far, areas as yet inaccessible, location of victuals,arms, ammunition, etc. When you plug it in to the videowall you get a more detailed, full colour view of the floor plan or any floor plan already visited. The video that was playing at the time is reduced to picture in picture top right. With all this wealth of information at your fingertips you can backtrack on your progress and pick up an alternative route with a
reasonable amount of certainty, well maybe, of reaching your destination safely. As the videowall is priming your laptop you can Dave is, in many ways, a traditional artist, and is bringing his arty background to the game. “In producing the final graphics for the rooms in building one we chose to include a large number of framed pictures.
These were produced from my large reference collection of tapes, slides and reference books and treated in much the decide your best route as the map shows you current direction of escalators as well as all the other necessary information. This leaves you merely the unexpected to have to deal with."
Template room where all the work on the colour begins.
Same way as the wall textures, ie grabbing them, reducing them in scale, shearing them and finally colouring them and framing them. With these in place it is possible, for the later levels, to include them in cryptic clues as to the location of invisible floor switches. I do not think that we should say any more about it for now or we will give too much away.
“Whilst working on building one we feel that it is important to keep the whole thing looking fresh and so I tend to only do a few rooms at a time before switching my attention to another aspect of the building which is a castle with six floors. We are giving this building a Medieval feel with an interconnect ing minstrel gallery running throughout each level to the extent that it is possible to explore a floor without ever leaving it. The wall te- tures were grabbed with a video camera appropriately enough from Aberystwyth Castle. The stone blocks in the straight grab were loo large so I
picked it up as a brush anc halved it, applied shear, and stamped it down over the entire page. A translucent blue rectangle applied over the page then produced the basic background wall. This is then embellished with tapestries, flaming torches, oak beams, suits of armour, hidden passages and all those other fiddly bits that give the right atmosphere, coupled with, anachronistical , mobile guardian droids on rails who can suddenly appear .glide past you taking a pot shot or two. And disappear."
AND SO ... As John's holiday is fading in his memory as fast as a Florida sunset (something that even eight rolls of holiday snaps can't help), he really knows that he is back to work now that he is has to change all the masks in level one to take account of all the changes that Dave made to the graphics whilst he was away.
Of course Dave did this, not through any sense of malice you must understand, but through artistic integrity, you understand, r® Below: room seven Is nearing competition.
The Lawnmower Man has done Virtual Reality a lot of damage.
The tale of Jobe and Cyberjobe gave so many people the wrong impression of what VR actually is that when anyone ever goes near a VR helmet, they can only be disappointed. SCI were one of the companies who realised this, and snapped up the Lawnmower Man license immediately, and used it to create one of the most visually stunning CD-Rom games yet.
Unfortunately it never made it to the Amiga or CD32. But that wasn’t too much of a problem because apparently it wasn't a very good game, suffering quite badly from Dragon s Lair-itus; a game syndrome whereby all playability is removed and replaced with fancy graphics.
3D DREAM For the past year, however, the Southampton-based SCI development Mam have been banging away it ot sorts to this game.
The twisted Cyberjobe within the cybercomplex ot the VSI mainframe computer.
It’s taken a team of 12 people Ihe last twelve months to come up with the amazing screenshots you see on this page, using a combination ot 3D Studio on high end IBM Pcs and lull Silicpn Graphic workstations, rendering enough 3D footage to till no less than three full CdsI As you can see, the images are downgraded slightly lor the sake of compression but by enlarging the size of the pixels. SCI are able to run 256-colour animations at high speed, and still leave enough room for a game.
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We'll have a full review of Cyberwar very soon indeed. Watch this space. 2 CRYSTAL MAZE And what a game it is! Take the Crystal Maze, stick it inside a weird metallic world and you've got Cyberwar. There are dozens of combat, skill and agility rooms, all of which need to be solved if you are to make it to the end of the game. The Lawnmower Man - The Game was considered by most to be far too linear, something that SCI have taken note of this time around, and as a result you can now play the games in any order you like!
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M jmtm do you get if you take an idea for an interactive tune, and then wait five years to complete it. Gremlin know the answer, and are willing to whisper it in Tony Dillon’s ear.
One of the first things anyone ever did when the optical medium (CD-Rom Laserdisc) was first used on a computer system was attempt an interactive cartoon. In case you need reminding, that particular game went under the name of Dragon's Lair. The world was wowed by the fantastic graphics and sound, but when anyone actually tried to play the thing, they tended to walk away quite disgruntled. The problem was that it just wasn't playable at all. Being more a case of remembering the required joystick movements for each screen rather than actual interaction.
Since then there have been various attempts at interactive cartoons, but almost all of them have failed.
9f f'V' J dwkiMm A Now Gremlin Graphics are giving it a go with Lilil Divil, a game that has been in production longer than most of you have had an Amiga. In its time it’s been a floppy disk based maze game, then a PC'CD-Rom based puzzle game, ihen a combination ot the two. And now it’s made its way onto the CD32, and to be honest it’s the closest to a fully interactive cartoon yet. But that doesn't make it a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination.
Msh'sis0 You play Mutt Divil - a young but enthusiastic denizen of hell who has been unfortunate enough to be selected for the annual Mission Impossible: to travel to the bowels of the Underworld, through five levels of sheer, well, hell, and then return with a pizza to feed the higher members of the council.
Every year a likely candidate is sent to get the food, but not once has one returned with a ’deep pan meat plate, hold the spicy pork oh and could I have some anchovies on that’ delicacy. As you can imagine, the elders are getting a little disgruntled about this, so anyone who doesn’t return is threatened with a fate worse than death. Unfortunately, if you don’t return, then you probably are dead, k but then again this is hell, and so it all works out ¦ somehow.
V Enter Mutt - W the man (of f sorts) with a mission. Essentially he has to travel through the five enormous levels of the underworld, collecting all the cash he can find along the way and solving puzzles in all the rooms he can find. There are fifty of these rooms in total, and jolly entertaining they are too. As a rule, solving one of them will either open up another section of the maze, or give him an item which he will need for a later room.
Whatever the case, there is one rule that always comes into play when you enter a room, you are never told what it is you actually have to do. In many cases, the solution will be painfully obvious from the start, but in others you really need to work through it to get there. Take the Mermaid room for example. Here you are shown a mermaid with an evil glint in her eye sat in a large oyster.
In front of her are three rather vicious looking piranha fish. She raises her hand, and a mystical symbol appears. Jumping on the fish also produces a symbol, so it’s quite obvious that all you need to do is jump on the right fish to produce the same symbol as the mermaid shows you to complete the screen.
In a more obscure vein however, is the large snake's head that spits spiders at you. This is right at the start of the game, and you can't solve it right away. No amount of stamping on the spiders will complete the screen.
Instead, you need to get hold of a can of insect repellent, which you spray into the snake's eyes to destroy it.
OK. So you've got no way ot knowing this the first time you enter the room, but once you’ve been to the shop, you should know all about it.
SHOPPING AROUND Sorry, didn't I mention the shop?
Why did you think you had to collect cash as you ran around the maze?
(At the end of the level you have to pay a toll to get to the next level, but that's not the only reason to collect money). At the start of each level you'll find a shop with just some of the items you’ll need to get through the puzzle screens. You don't actually know which screens require which objects, but due to the nature of the rooms, you don't actually need to know. You can only use the right object in the right room, so if you don't have it, nothing will happen when you press the blue button.
Util Divil s an incredible looking game, but with all those years of development behind it, it should be.
The animation is smooth and characteristic, with lots of fun spot animations and effects thrown in. Every action has a separate animation and sound effect, and after hearing Mutt hum to himself every time he picks something up, I soon managed to drive the office to distraction by humming the same tune every time I picked something up.
So far, it all sounds marvellous, but unfortunately Util Divil isn't quite as fantastic as it first appears to be. The problem really comes down to the size of the levels.
CD32ZONE CU AMIGA Each level is an enormous maze that doubles over and under itself, and contains tunnels and bridges over different parts of the maze. As there are only about ten puzzle rooms per level, this means that there is a hell of a lot of walking around to be done, which can get very boring very quickly.
Also, the hazards in the tunnel screen just can't be seen most of the time. The view window in the tunnel is quite small, and the sprite of Mutt running into the screen is quite large, making it hard to see anything at all.
That plus the fact that the whole thing scrolls quite quickly means that more often than not you run into spikes and holes rather than manage to avoid them. This soon becomes frustrating, I can tell you.
LETDOWN So Util Divil has finally appeared, and to be honest I feel a little disappointed. It has come so close to being a great game that it's a real shame it has been spoiled by being too big. Not that there's anything wrong with a game being big. It's simply that if you are going to stretch something out over a thousand screens, then you need to make sure that there is enough game in there to fill a thousand screens, I© GREMLIN £29.99 CD32 ONLY GREMLIN GRAPHICS, CARVER HOUSE, 2-4 CARVER STREET, SHEFFIELD S1 4FS.TEL: 0742 753423 RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW GENRE: PUZZLE TEAM: IN HOUSE CONTROLS:
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J the vegetables have fled their patches and run amok, leaving poor Pierre with nothing more than his bare hands and an empty kitchen with which to prepare his world famous Garlic Surprise (the surprise is, it's only garlic!)- So what does he do? He heads out into the wild with a net and a bag ot flour, and sets about collecting some of these wild fruit and veggie edibles.
In this port from the Super Nintendo, Mindscape have created an extremely simple and addictive platform game, in the same way that Bombjack was simple and addictive.
SwrrZ£9LANl You are the small chef with the net who has to swipe all the food running up and down between the levels. Of course the food doesn't actually want to be caught and cooked, and will make a run for it the moment they see Pierre, so he needs to use anything - else he can get his hands on to stun them from a distance, such as a bottle of tabasco sauce with which he cap breathe fire, or bags of flour which he can throw over them. Once he has enough veg in his net, he can drop them in the large cage at the bottom of the screen, ready to be cooked.
Out To Lunch is an incredibly basic platform game, with very little in the way of new or innovative features, but that's probably why the game works so well There are few enhancements from the A1200 version, with the exception ot multiple fire button compatibility, but then the At 200 version was strong enough in it's own right. A highly playable, it somewhat unspectacu- } , lar game, you'll definitely have some fun with it though.
Tony Dillon Here's Pierre doing Zebedee impersonations.
M Make sure you land on the rafts II you don't want to CU AMIGA CD32 ZONE Shadow Software’s blast from the past has just appeared on CD32, thanks to Rasputin. “Hmm”, says Tony Dillon.
Imagine a game that lets you fly almost every combat and stunt aircraft ever devised. A game that can place you in almost any battle . A aame where you need The menu screen shows you |u« now much variety there le In me oeme. Ottering Ihe che nee lo neln In e doien oltlerent sreas Delore throwing you Into bottle situation*.
Almost no knowledge ol Right itself, and can concentrate on pure arcade action. A game with such simple controls that you can become addicted immediately, and never want to put it down again.
A TIP OF THE HAT Such a game is exactly what Shadow Software must have been hoping to produce when they began work on At you can see. Me graphic. Ere tees then Impressive. AnU untonunately may UonT get any better when me thing starts moving... Jetstrike - the multi- tighter aircraft simulator. Released on tloppy machines last year, the game received a real mixed bag of reviews. Some people really loved it.
And found its tip ol the hat to older games quite enchanting. Others thought it was a load ot old pap and wouldn't recommend it to their worst enemy. To be honest I sat on the middle ot the fence, seeing nothing really wrong with it, but at the same time finding little aboul if worth recommending. If still sold credibly well though, and the con- ant Row ol updates to the program tows that there is a very active roup of users out there.
The main menu at the start ot the ame is a good indicaSon ot what ou can expect trom the product, and lere are a hell ot a lot ot choices,
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It you haven’t seen Jetstrike jefore. Then you won't be familiar with how It works. Essentially it's a side on scrolling shoot 'em up. But with unusual controls. Instead ot moving the plane around as you would expect to with an eight way controller (up moving the plane up.
Down to go down and so on), the control is actually rotational, with up on the joypad rotating the plane clockwise, and down rotating anticlockwise. It takes a little getting used to, but it's a control method .U„. fino arvflrt from the fact just judders and shakes all ever the place, which quite destroys lirst impressions. Unlortunately, it's an impression that slays with you as you continue to play the game.
The real problem wilh Jetstrike is that its look and leel is very dated.
The small sprites, wilh the poor scrolling and limited gameplay appeal make ii a little archaic.
Although there have been improvements lor the CD32 version
- extra sound and music - there is really nothing about il that I
can honestly recommend.
I remember when games like this were all the rage. Harrier Attack and Tornado Lour Level are two ol my most favourite games. There was something about them that was just so exciting. Flying a high speed jet skillfully through an intense baffle situation was quite an unusual thing in those days, and even though the graphics were simple and the gameplay simpler, they quickly became classics. That was. However, in
1986. And things have come a long way since then. Graphics have
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Single irame, quarter pixel scrolling has become the normal thing to see.
Along with rendered aircraft and 256 colour images.
Jetstrike trom Rasputin, sadly, is a game that belongs in a museum. Si CD32 ONLY RASPUTIN SOFTWARE, 38- 40 HIGH STREET, GREEN STREET GREEN, ORPINGTON, KENT BR6 6BJ.
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GRAPHICS SOUND LASTABILITY PLAYABILITY ..??68% ...71% .....57% Dated, poor and looks terrible. Leave it well alone.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS A blink. A flash of light. In a fraction of a moment you have taken in everything around you and made your decision. Your opinion has been formed, and it’ll take something really special to change that. I bet you never realised that first impressions could be so exciting.
Anarchy, which was incredibly addictive at the best of times, and it looks like this could be just as exciting, We'll have a full review next issue so, as Shaw Taylor would say:
- keep ’em peeled.'
BEHIND THE SCENES: Zonked has been designed, drawn, coded and completed by the mysterious team known as Flatline.
WHAT'S NEW: The variety of blocks in the game is something a little special. Everything has its own weight and characteristics, which you have to use to your best advantage.
Things might be stuck on glue, or incredibly heavy or even made of ice. To make life easier, there are various things dotted around to help you shift blocks, such as tractor beams and teleporters.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS:, It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. The only game I can think of that was anything like this is the old Hewson game CYBERGAMES Goodness, do we have some games lined up for you lot this month. They’re so hot they’re flaming. So you better not touch. Just give yourself an optical feast with this little lot.
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Cyberpunk Developments THE GAMEPLA Y: It's a beat ’em up, but is being touted as the best and most violent Amiga beat 'em up ever.
Taking a lead from popular games like SlreeWghler 2, Mortal Kombat and even the classic C64 title Barbarian.
And mixing them all together, this could well be the game fo knock the console market down to size.
BEHIND THE SCENES: This is the first title from new Swedish team Cyberpunk Developments, a two man team made up of Bjorn Fogelberg and Johan Lundin, based in the wilds of Angelholm. They haven't worked on anything else before, so there's nothing really at all to report.
I WHAT’S NEW: The mixture of kicking and punching with swordplay make the game far more like the Palace game Barbarian than anything else, but the fact that every ZONKED Psygnosis THE GAMEPLA Y: Zonked is a very simple puzzle game, presented in a totally non-puzzle way. You play a little guy trapped in a building, who has to escape by building a bridge to the exit of each room. To do this, all he needs to do is push blocks around the forced perspective 3D room until they drop into the holes around the exit tiles.
There are obstacles all over the place, of course, such as fixed pillars, immovable blocks and other holes which impede your progress, along with all other items to slow you down, of course.
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They call it the 'lourth quarter' in the software business; we call it the Christmas build up. The time of year when les grands fromages of the industry roll out their big guns to do battle for your cash at the one time of year they are sure you actually have it. And looking at these games it seems as though Ocean are going to pocket a fair chunk of those readies.
Despite rumours of a ‘bad yeaT for Amiga games, and Commodore's recent predicament, we haven’t really seen a dire shortage of software this summer. There certainly seems to be enough in development tor Christmas too, even if it's not as much as previous years. Adding to all this good news Ocean have announced a development and publishing deal with Electronic Arts which has more than doubled the amount of products on their Christmas release schedule
- a deal which included Jungle Strike, PGA Tour Golt, Mutant
League Hockey and Shag Fu. Throw DIDs TFX into this cauldron
along with the Rollerblading conversion Skitchin and an
original Ocean platformer Mighty Max and you've got the
ingredients for success.
Price: £25.99 (Amiga) £27.99 (CD32) Release Date: December With eight full price Amiga games planned for release by Christmas of this year Ocean Software are taking their role as the UK’s largest publisher seriously. Alan Dykes examines the evidence.
MUTANT LEAGUE HOCKEY INFO Price: £25.99 (A500 A600) £27.99 (A1200) Release date: October Have you ever watched ice hockey on TV? Pretty violent eh? Well this is nothing like it - it's even worse. Of course it doesn’t matter if these poor creatures get mangled up, after all they're just mutants, right?
Mutant League, for those who haven't seen it on other formats, is rather like Brutal Sports Football, except better. In fact it’s a pretty good ice hockey simulation, full stop. It contains 23 teams which consist of athletically gifted but deranged lunatics and in play, against either the computer or a friend, you can pick up all manner of dangerous objects to throw at the opposing team. In time honoured ice hockey fashion it's not just a matter of playing the puck.
Mutant League also involves fisticuffs and several other violent cuffs too. And just to make sure you don't miss out on anything there is an action replay facility, allowing you to see that last goal or maiming incident.
EA have a superb reputation for their sports sims and hopefully this will come across in the conversion process. Mutant League is an ideal two-player game and the A1200 version should be fast enough to prove to the console buffs that the Amiga is still a force to be reckoned with. More news soon.
Would you involve Chris Eubank in a Tennis game? Hmm.
This was my tirst question when I realised that the Shaq of the title is in fact none other than Shaquille O'Neill, of Orlando basketball fame. How was I, an un-streetwise London lad, 10 know thal he is also famous as a martial artist - and rapper too apparently? Good for him. And good for us too because it means that yet another beat 'em up is winging its way towards our machines this Christmas.
I really shouldn't need to describe the basics of the game to to you, but for posterity's sake I will: It’s for one or two players. No surphses here. You can choose one of eight fighters including Shaq. Nope, none here either.
Each character has individually tuned special moves and there are lots of nice locations to fight in. All around the world. Nothing strange here either.
Oh. And there is a tournament mode or simple one on one fighting. There '. Shaq Fu. Different eh?
Tori II Amigas and CD32, Shaq Fu is still in very early stages of devel- but then it's only barely ready on other formats, via EA, at this cean are working full steam ahead with the licence and are determined to get it ut by Christmas. On name alone it promises to be a big one.
And with no sign yet of Mortal Kombat II for the Amiga, starved beat ’em up fans will no doubt lap it up.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR INFO Price: £25.99 (A500 600) £27.99 (A1200&CD32) Release Date: October Tweet, tweet. Silence. Ah yes, that’s what I love about golf, Ihe peace and quiet of it all, the sense of well being and control, of one-ness with your surroundings. PGA Tour has always offered me this sort of escape, but usually in America. Now thanks to Ocean and EA I can enjoy 19 holes in my own back yard, well, so to speak - ie Europe. The courses available include ones in England (Wentworth), France (NGC Pans) and and Spain (Valderrama) and they have the wea(her conditions to match the sort of
climate each country has. As usual there are pro contenders to slog it out with and a variety of challenges, including sudden death and match play.
Once again an enhanced graphics AGA version will be available for not much more cash (certainly not much more when you compare the price to other formats) and all versions will have updated sound effects to add a sense of reality.
Starry, starry night, TFX Is In full flight. The detail is incredible - let's hope they can make the animation run smoothly.
TFX INFO Price: 39.99 (A1200only) Release dale: November '94 e destined to fly In TFX H you're lucky enough to o Just one of the advanced lighters you an A1200 (and a fast one at that).
The one that'almost got away. Potentially Ocean’s biggest lish ot the year, and the longest awaited. They've been promising this for the best part ot twelve months now and a tinal release date, late November (that's 1994 folks), has finally been confirmed. For those not alive last year when the PC version swept the charts. TFX is the flight sim to end all flight sims. The title stands for Tactical Fighter experiment and the game gives you the opportunity to fly, in combat missions over what are still topical regions of the globe, one of three fighter-bombers. Only one of these, the F117A.
Better known as the Stealth Bomber, is actually in production at the moment, both of the others, the Eurofighter 2000 and Locheed F22 do actually exist in prototype form, as aircraft of the future.
It's a similar sort of scenario to Wing Commander only much, much belter in terms of both graphics (AGA only graphics), control and realism. Because of the AGA graphics and the need for speed TFX will only be available for the A1200, which should also avoid Wing Commander’s deathly slow pace.
There promises to be over 5 million square kilometres of bitmapped landscapes, with 120 pre-set missions, in five war zones: Somalia, Colombia, Yugoslavia, Libya and, er, the South Atlantic)?). TFX promises to offer something tor all types of player with options to play an 'arcade' style game where you don't have to worry too much about the planes themselves, just enjoy some (hopefully) fast paced action, or a 'full military simulation' ie. A more traditional flight sim where a working knowledge of the real dynamics of aircraft flight fs necessary.
We hope to have either a review or a more in-depth preview of TFX next month but if it ends up anything like the PC version, TFX will be the most significant Amiga game of the year. It's also likely to be the most speed and memory hungry - and most expensive.
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SKITCHIN INFO Price: £25.99 (A500 600) £27.99 (A1200) Release date: November '94 Skitchin is an arcade roller blading game that involves winning races against ruthless opponents on the wild streets ot urban America. Anything goes in the quest for success, including tagging lifts trom cars, performing stunts and knobbling your opponents with various street weapons, collectable on the route. At the end ot a race. It you're in the money, you can upgrade your kit.
Another console conversion. Skitchin looks like a rather unusual combination ot lighting and racing and although I personally didn't like it very much on the other formats I'll reserve judgement until I see the final version of this one.
No! Danger Zone? What avar gave my Amiga that Idea? There are only two SAM rocket launchers In the immediate vicinity. Only two. Aggh!
October it will feature AGA enhanced graphics on the A1200 and CD32. The control method promises to be the same as the previous version and the animation as smooth. Unfortunately I haven't been able to play the Amiga version at first hand yet, but trom what I can see so tar it's at least as good as the Mega Drive version.
Excuse me, but this dMsn't look much like a lungle, does It? Those wily tty boys have obviously triad to slip pit lo Mont Blanc on a skiing holiday and run Into ttoubta on the way.
There is a trend in the Amiga platform market that is more.evident now than ever before - cuteness. Bubble N Squeak, Buff TV' Tumble, Brian The Lion, Kid Chaos and now Bubblegun. In the goodibad old days, the emphasis was on fantasy art, with games like Shadow Of The Beasl and Barbarian, and now that the Amiga market has grown up we are bombarded with small characters with wild haircuts and garish outfits, firing oversized weaponry at oversized enemy sprites that, let's face it, don’t look like they could hurt a fly. The only saving grace with these obviously console inspired Th.
Crossed eyes say il .11. Tills Is one crocodile who has no Idea what Is going on.
GAME REVIEW It’s got a cute name, it’s a cute main character, it’s got some cute animations ... and we’ve got an ugly games editor to review it.
TRAPPED The story behind Bubblegun is a simple one.
You are a small crocodile 1 with a gun that can fire bubbles (hence the inspired name) who is trapped in a castle and has to find their way to freedom. Quite why they are trapped in a castle, or why they are carrying a large gun, or indeed why they are trying to escape isn't made clear at any point, but then who really takes any notice of game plots these days?
What you are left with is a very basic platform game, where you begin somewhere in the middle of a four-way scrolling maze. Dotted around the maze are a variety of objects, such as points bonuses, energy bonuses and time bonuses, but the most important things to look out for are sections of keys. You can carry three items at once, and there are three sections to each coloured key, so it isn't too much trouble to build up a complete key. Once you have the key built, all you need to do is find the chest with a coloured lock that giatches it. Open the lock and fruit and gems fall out. If you're
really lucky, a block with 'Exit' written on it will appear. This is the key that opens the level exit, and is the one thing you are looking for.
POINTLESS games is that they've been damn good. With the possible exception of Bubblegun, that is.
Possibly the most pointless thing in the game is the Bubblegun itself. When you I start the game, you . Have the gun and three pellets for it, and more pellets can be collected around each levpl. Once . You've fired all three of your pellets, the gun is rendered useless, and you have no other means of attack, so you have to be very sparing in your firing of the weapon. The problem is that the bubbles that you fire travel almost no distance at all, so you have to be quite close to the thing you're firing at. Also, you have no way of telling which creatures are affected by the bubbles and
which are not, so you don't actually know when you're firing whether or not you are going to waste a pellet. Mind you, if the shot actually connects, and the enemy you connect with is one that can be caught, the creature is encased in bubblegum, and you can jump on them to burst them (yuck!)
And collect the bonus objects that they leave behind.
The controls are a little too fiddly for my liking. The character slides along rather than have any real contact with the ground, and while it's nice to have a smooth animation of the character turning to face the other direc- I tion when you With a spr1r g In his step, Croc finds out that ha’s, once again, run out ot bubbles.
Move the joystick, it does take time to perform the animation which slows down the responsiveness of the game.
Bubblegun is a weak title, that lacks the class and polish of any of the recent platform games. I have to say avoid this one. Simply because it just isn't worth the money.
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SCREEN STAR Tony Dillon dons his fedora and starts smoking cigars... ( f et up, everybody's going to !¦ lose their seat. You've got to lose your mind in Detroit Rock City". OK, so perhaps a very tenuous link with an old KISS song isn't the best way to start a review, but as it's has been swirling round and round in my head since I started playing the game, I just needed to tell someone about it.
After the success of Bullfrog's Theme Park, the buzzword at the moment is business simulations. Out the door go flight sims and combat sims and in comes accounts, marketing and producing consumer goods.
Impressions already tried this a while back with their airline management simulation Air Bucks and didn't do too badly with it, but this time around it seems as though they have really hit the nail on the head.
BIGGER AND BETTER Detroit is all about empire building (as opposed to Empire State Building
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selling cars 6 la Henry Ford, but there's a lot more to it than
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tory, a small amount of money and the plans for a single car -
the Model One. From this position you have to create the
automated modern world, which isn't easy considering you
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concept. The overall aim is to make it all the way to the 21st
century, developing new hardware and custom options as you go
along, making more money all the time and generally trying to
keep ahead of the other three car manufacturers, all of whom
are fighting for that lead position too. I know it sounds
horrendously complicated, and it seems like you'll just have
too much to do at once, but bear with me while I explain.
There are really only five screens tor you to work in. The first one you'll come across is the administrative office, where'all your hiring and firing is done, among other things. In order to get things moving you will need staff and it's here that you recruit technicians and assenfbly workers (provided there are enough available) and assign them to various tasks. For example, there are seven major areas of design in a car (bodywork, engine, suspension, cooling, brakes, luxury items and comfort items) any of which you can assign technicians to design. Obviously, the more technicians you
assign to a task, the faster you will get results. Similarly, you can assign assemblers to any of the six production lines in a factory, and you will receive a larger return from having more staff on the line.
However, having loads of staff costs i lot of money, and you have to make sure you have a genuinely good product to be able to support such high overheads.
FROM A HAT Once you have your office and factory up and running, you have to come up with a product. For the first year, you aren’t going to be able to build anything new. Simply because your technicians will need that first year to start developing new kit for you to play with. As a result, your first year in business is all about making loads of cash, and to do this you have to make and sell cars. The first real decision is where to sell the cars. As the game has been made as autherv Your factory and production plant in all Its glory. Click on the buildings to enter.
'x as possible, you already know fr*a! There is little point in trying to sell your wares in places like South America and Australia in 1908, but
- “ere is a market in the more developed parts ot the United
States and Northern Europe, so that’s where you open your sales
offices. Then you have to set your marketing strategies,
deciding how much you are going to spend in each sales area on
advertising in magazines, newspapers, billboards, TV, Radio and
any other media that might become available as time goes on.
When selling any product you need to build awareness, so be prepared to spend quite a bit on advertising.
The last thing you need to do is set the price of the car, and to see how you should be pricing it. You need to go back to the admin office and check your office reports. Here you can view almost any aspect of the game, from how much profit your competitors are making to the estimated market demand for your cars worldwide. You can also find out exactly how much you opposition’s cars are selling for in various parts of the world, and adjust your market strategy accordingly.
COWBOY BUILDERS The real secret of the game, however, has to be the car design itself. Don’t worry though, you won't need a degree in automotive engineering. At the start you are given a set of blocks to work with, from body shapes to the various internal parts of the car, from which you have to try and build the most exciting, inspiring and must have' vehicle ever seen. Once you have created your ideal car, you can choose the colour, give it a name and build a prototype, which you can then test for speed, braking and road handling, at the end of which you are given a percentage score for
the car - the higher the better.
It all comes with the standard quality of Impressions packaging, with two game manuals, a cheat card to get you going plus a concise history of the motor car through the years, just to give you some idea of how the market has developed in real life, which you can apply to your game strategy. It isn't often that a company puts this much effort into their packaging, and it really does add to the quality of the game. Three cheers. I say.
Detroit looks great, as you can see. With watercolour images making up all of the screens. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t have the animations of the PC version, but because the only part of the game that actually uses this is the testing screen, which isn't completely necessary, this failing is not much of a problem.
EASE OF USE Playing Detroit is actually very easy.
The layout ot the program is logical enough to leave you with little reason to reter to the manual. Everything is accessible from the mouse or keyboard. And there are more than enough shortcuts to get you to what you want with the minimum ot effort.
One particularly nice feature is the tact that when you click on the 'next month' icon a screen appears with a checklist ot all the available things you can do in the game, with ticks by all the things you have actually done.
This serves as a handy reminder for things you may have forgotten to do.
So that you don’t end up losing the game simply by being forgetful.
Detroit is an excellent game. The nicest thing about it is the fact that Impressions have taken a topic which should inspire many, and presented it in a way which is (Accessible yet deep strategy game. Very involving, h Very entertaining. J OVERALL 85% Your own oftico In Admin has (ho nlcesl sola in tho game.
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I y the end of the 26th century.
B I man was reaching out to the ' stars like never before.
Enormous colony ships were sent out to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to search for Earth-type planets.
After many many years of exploration, one of these ships discovered a likely system and travelled nearer to claim it in the name of human-kind.
Unfortunately, a collision with an unchartered asteroid field damaged the warp generators, and though the ship arrived safely at the new star system, the stress of deceleration caused the generators to explode, leaving the crew to escape using safety pods. Most didn't make it, and those that did were faced with an awesome task; to build a new colony
- a New Earth.
PRESENT DAY Well, that’s all history now. The date is 2927 and New Earth is a thriving community; self sufficient, stable and free from conflict and disease. Having achieved a technical level to rival that of your ancestors, the people of New Earth have, not surprisingly. Decided that it s time make contact with their parent planet once again, and as President of New Earth, it has been put to on the you t0 |ead thjs glorious expedition to Earth.
WHERE'S MY COMPASS?
You start the game as a lone leader, charged with the task of creating not only a technically advanced exploration force, but one able to defend itself against any hostile beings encountered along the way. To do this you need to call upon the services of a number of advisors, each an expert in their own field. There are four areas to be covered; development. Fighting, building, and piloting, and each offers three likely counsellors. Fairly obviously, the more expensive the staff, the higher the level of skill they display which becomes very important once you start to really develop in
your level of technology.
A major part of your strategy lies in the research and development of new technologies, along with the exploration of new worlds for colonisation and mining (absolutely necessary if you want raw materials for your projects). In this way, you cover your losses and expand your personal ‘empire’ and subsequent base of operations.
Reunion takes a lot more explaining than I can hope to do on a single page, but suffice it to say (and this is a severely inadequate summary) Reunion is a very clever mixture of strategy and planning, with a bit of God-sim-ness in there to boot. Time and money must be spent on exploration and collecting mining produce, but never at the risk of falling behind in technology or military might.
Some inventions will only be ’thought of’ once you’ve come up against a specific problem, so, for instance, you’re not likely to come up with a translator until you’ve actually encountered an alien race. You will also find that some of the aforementioned aliens are willing to help you advance, which can. If dealt with correctly, save you a lot of time and effort.
The player interface is friendly and well thought out, giving the player a number of different ways to access the same area of he game, as well as letting the user move his attention between different forces, planets and craft,.and ... er etc. BUT ... Unfortunately (I'm sure you thought it was too good to be true) Reunion is a nightmare to play unless you've got a hard drive. Even with an A1200 and an external drive (which is how I played it for most of the time) the disk swapping is hell. I realise that Grandslam are trying to push the Amiga and bring us nice PC-style games, but I’d advise
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The other criticism that I’d level at Reunion is the learning curve initially, there’s just not enough to do.
You’ll probably have one game of Reunion where you make all the wrong decisions, and generally cock- up all over the place, but once you do know what to do, there’s a lot of sitting about waiting for things to develop. You can fast forward time, but then you ultimately suffer, as precious minerals remain on distant planets, uncollected.
Reunion is a clever, interesting and absorbing game, but doesn't quite collect a classic rating because of its anti-floppy speed and the lack o pressure timing that. Say. K240 has.
However, if you’re a hard drive owner who likes good, long exploration adventures though, this could be righi up your valley.
Oh dear. I do believe that sending my six lighters up against that alien horde wa9 a bad Idea.
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GAME REVIEW CU AMIGA If there is one mainstay that Gremlin Graphics is famous for, it has to be the racing game.
Supercars. Lotus, Nigel Mansell and others have always been the secret of their success. Most people thought that Lotus 2 and 3 were the definitive Amiga racing games and even Core Design’s superb Jaguar XJ220 couldn’t topple the Sheffield racers from the top of the pile. Which is why TOPGEAft* Gremlin have held the Amiga racing game crown for some time now but will they hold on to it with conversion? Tony Dillon gets behind the wheel and goes “brummmm”. (Actually he can’t really drive).
1 find it so interesting that they should feel the need to convert a SNES racing game, and not a particularly good one at that, to the Amiga. Still, my lot isn't to reason why. (You're right, it’s to get on with the reviewI - Ed) STANDARD START As you may have guessed, Top Gear 2 is a racing game, and to be honest it’s a pretty standard one at that. You simply have to race around the world in a league against 19 other drivers, through various weather conditions, with the aim of coming first every time. Naturally, your car goes faster than all the others, yet it seems to have tremendous
difficulty in gripping the road on a comer, and so you have a far harder time actually completing a lap of any given course than the other drivers on the road. Sound familiar?
Lor each upgrade and as usual Ihe besl cosls the most. As you can probably tell by now, this game isn't exactly packed lull ol surprises.
As well as receiving championship points at the end of each race, you also receive an amount of money reflecting your final position.
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There are three levels HINDSIGHT Playing this game, you realise what it was that made the Lotus trilogy as popular as they were - smooth animation and a nice, solid and responsive feel to the car. Although the update of the track and objects is running in a frame most of the time (it comes down to about three frames when rain or any other conditions are overlaid onto the screen), the game just doesn't look anywhere near as smooth as its predecessors. This is really down to the fact that the scaling on all cars is terrible. You are given no real sense ot distance or perspective simply
because the competition go from being the same size as your automobile to dots on the horizon in about five steps, which just isn't acceptable these days.
Also, the game just doesn't feel right. The car is quite slow to respond most of the time, and you end up fighting the controls more often than not, where you should actually be in tune with the game itself. I know it might sound like a load of hippy nonsense, but the key to this kind of game is when you forget about how you’re controlling the game and just play it intuitively, er, use the force as it were.
At the end of the day, Top Gear 2 is a real let down. It's an adequate racing game, with no frills, but it really just does not match up to Gremlin's glorious past. For those of you who have never played a racing game before it’s worth a look. If, however, you've already played games such as Lotus or Jaguar XJ220- avoid. GREMLIN £25.99 MOO 9 MOO. 9 MOO 9 1200 9 11500B 12000 9 13000 9 14000 9 GREMLIN GRAPHICS. CARVER HOUSE.
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.i«K»w5SStti What’s this? Renegade are releasing another platform game, and claiming it’s the best ever? Tony Dillon investigates with a raised eyebrow.
TUMBLI SUPER STAR I know that I've said it before, but this game has to win the award for having the strangest plot ever devised. Ruff (who is the young fair haired boy of the title) enters a fantasy world after playing near a mysterious rabbit warren. When his marble rolls down a tunnel, he leaps at the chance to be transported to another world to battle with the evil Dr Destiny and his Tinhead army.
Armed with a variety of weapons.
Ruff battles through four worlds and 16 levels to defeat his enemy. Weird or what?
As you can tell from the screenshots, or if you've already taken a sneaky look at the genre box in the verdict panel, Ruff N’ Tumble is a platform game. What you won't be able to tell from the screenshots is that it’s a platform game in a class of its own. It doesn't look like it should be on a console. It isn't even remotely cute in its handling of weapons. It's extremely violent. You don’t kill enemy sprites purely by leaping on their heads, no there's a lot more to it. But more on that later.
LOW FAT SPREAD The game is spread out over four worlds; forest, caves, factory and Dr Destiny’s Castle, with each world being made up of four huge levels. The aim on each level is always the same, however, which is to collect a large amount of marbles of all different colours, a set amount of which must be picked up before the exit to the next level is opened.
Naturally enough, when you reach the end of the world, you have to go against a giant sprite in the guise of an end-of-level monster.
There are coins dotted all around the levels too, a hundred of which guarantee the player an extra life, along with all manner of other bonus objects which just increase the player's score.
This is nothing really new here but what does make Ruff 'N' Tumble special is that it is an extremely playable and polished product.
Jason Perkins (code) and Robin Levy (graphics), have managed to create what could almost be described as the perfect blend of platform game action and a shoot 'em up. Like I said, you don’t jump on the bad guys, and you don’t get to be cute at any point. What you do get is to go up against some fairly mean robots who will do everything from headbutt you in the stomach to driving a drill through you, and you also get to carry a very large gun. But that’s dnly part of the fun.
When you start the game, you have a fairly weedy weapon. Collect a couple of power-ups and your puny little pop gun can be'turned into a rapid firing machine assault rifle with enough kick to saw a house in half. But that’s not the good part. The good part is when you get to collect some of the other weapons in the game, such as the laser pulse rifle or, best of all, the flame thrower. I can't explain why.
But there is something about swinging a stream of fire around the screen, wiping out everything in sight that is just so satisfying. (I’m getting worried about Tony - Ed.)
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©UAMia* 0CT8SEBW GAME REVIEW The thing that really strikes me about cricket titles is that they’re attempting to simulate a game which is quite slow and tedious to watch. While I was always fond of playing cricket back in school, since then I’ve found test matches only marginally more exciting than snooker in the telly-watching stakes.
Every time it’s on I find myself vocally urging the bowler to hurry up. Especially the allegedly ’fast' bowlers who spend aeons sauntering back from the pitch before getting a good run up for the bowl.
Last year, Audiogenic swept the board with their first cricket sim. This year they’re going to do it again, according to Andy Nuttall.
Playing Amiga cricket, though, is potentially much more interesting.
Even the poorer cricket simulations which have appeared on the PD scene over the years have been superior to their non-interactive TV counterpart, simply because you have some control over what goes on. A year ago. Audiogenic released Graham Gooch World Class Cricket, a game which was widely acclaimed for combining a decent game engine along with believable graphics and sound effects. Always a winning combination, I find.
I*$ t mmcm mion Now, the same company has released a special Test Match edition of the game, to coincide with, er, the Test Match between England and South Africa (which is probably over by the time you read this, incidentally). The improvements are few, but the game presumably warrants an update anyway simply because this is a new cricket season, bringing in new names, faces and. Of course, the South African test side, so long out of world cricket.
Gooch Cricket has a comprehensive database of world cricket, pulling in all sorts of data which doesn’t just include player’s names, but also their abilities and strengths
- so you quickly find out which batsmen are the strongest, and
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you really need a working knowledge of cricket, but the
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soon pick up the basic rules (silly mid-otfs, bowling maiden
overs, that sort ot thing).
The Test Match edition, as well as being more difficult than the original, also includes a long list ot actual matches which are saved halt-way through so you can continue trom where they left off - a bit like "What happened next?* trom A Question ot Sport, except you get complete control. Some ot the most popular test matches (apparently) are saved, including the recent West Indies vs England in Antigua (where Brian Lara scored his record-breaking 375 runs), and the perhaps less well- known England vs Australia in (902.
Yes. Well... Thankfully, even though Audiogenic has built a good simulation, the actual in-game graphics are great. Huge sprites form the bowler, batsmen and in-fielders, so the game looks like a coin-op rather than a computer sim. Which should satisfy the less cricket-knowledgeable among you. Gooch Cricket really is cricket tor the masses, because it has something to satisfy everybody, and only some pretty lengthy disk loading to work against it. As a one- player game the Amiga puts up quite a good tight (depending on the quality of the teams being played), but, like most sports games,
it's best played with two people.
And hey, even the presentation’s good, so white setting up the many options in-between matches isn't CHEAP UPGRADES It you already have the original Cnlam Gooch Cricket, it might be wodh giving Audiogenic a quick bell about a cheap upgrade to the Test Match edition. We re not promising anything, but mention that you read the review right here In CU AMIGA, and you just might get It lor, oh.
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event was well and truly over. Obviously this only came about due to programming slippage, as often happens, but it’s still quite amusing to see that one of the selling points of the Bgame is that (as the flash across the box proclaims) it contains a free souvenir wallchart, in which you can fill in the results of the matches you finished watching a few months ago. Still, nobody buys a game purely on the strength of the name, so let’s brush all that aside and take a look at the product itself.
Naturally, it’s an arcade soccer game, along the lines of everything from Kick Off to Microprose Soccer- a field that has been more than adequately tailored for recently with titles like Empire Soccer and Sierra Soccer. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t come anywhere near as good as either. Empire Soccer is fun, Sierra Soccer is fast, World Cup is bordering on unplayable. The control method is awful, with your players scooting with the ball.
The ball movement is jerky and unconvincing, and there is almost no sign of computer intelligence at all. A bench test showed that the computer players did the same thing from kick off five times in a row - three diagonal runs and then a shot joes nowhere near the goal, he worst thing about the game is the menu system at the start. Surely football games have evolved far enough to have a menu that you can use without referring to the manual.
Maybe US Gold see this collection of meaningless icons as a bit of a problem, or they wouldn’t have devoted almost all of the manual to explaining what it is. Basically, World Cup is a big let down.
US GOLD £25.99 OUT Tony Dillon ICE £25.99 OUT NOW Gulp!is ICE’s first release since the rather ill-fated Total Carnage, and it’s nice to see that it’s actually a reasonably good _ game. As you ) probably ¦, ¦ tell from screenshots, it’s got an awful lot to do with m fish. To capture the essence jj of Gulp in a nutshell, it's w Lemmings underwater, but ' 'S with much more interaction ¦j with the background.
The aim of each level is to get a certain number of fish from the inlet pipe to the exit, while avo»d*ng everything it : possible. The player is allo- i ¦ cated a certain number of HH ’morphs', which can be applied to any fish you care to tLri mention. By selecting one of these special abilities and clicking on a fish, you can change them from their usual physical appear- | 1 ¦ ance to jj.
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The levels are large, and fairly intricately laid out. Most people will find Gulp! Incredibly hard to play for the first hour or two, simply because there is so much to watch out for, Could H bo that Ihe ghost ol Davy Jones himself Is out to stop you?
And so much going on at once.
Thankfully, you are able to pause the game and scroll around the map, so you shouldn't find it too much trouble planning your route; it’s just the execution that’s the hard part.
Gulp! Isn't a bad game at all.
Although it sometimes can get very confused on screen, there are some really nice ideas in there. It won’t hook everyone. In fact, I don’t even think it will hook everyone who liked Lemmings. You’ll either love it with a passion, or you'll play it once and never look at it again. It’s a time-honoured statement, but I think with this one you’re really going to have to try before you buy.
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GAME REVIE ARMOUR-GEDDON 2 CODENAME HELLFIRE SCREEN STAR It’s
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What is it about Armour- Geddon 2 that I find so maddeningly addictive? On the one hand it's a kind ot extended flight sim, using all the known MicroProse-style techniques to make you believe you're actually in the air (or rolling along the ground, should you be commanding one of the many ground craft available). On the other, it's a sheer test of nerve and reflexes, as you attempt to juggle between controlling one cratt and up to five others simultaneously. Not easy. And on the.
Ah, third hand, it's packed with strategy as you attempt to rid the world of the disgusting Hellfire.
It's the future, you see, and Hellfire is an intelligent defence satellite which once threatened to cloak the earth in a nuclear shroud. At the last moment, just betore it pressed the metaphorical red button', it malfunctioned, and the Earth Defence Network (EDEN) breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Now, though, it has begun its countdown to doom again, but this time EDEN, and you. Are determined to be ready for the onslaught.
WHIRLYBIRD The idea behind Armour-Geddon 2 is to build a rocket which can destroy Hellfire before it does more damage.
At your disposal you have a number of air and land craft, some capable of fighting, some carrying cargo.
Somehow you have to use all of your resources to mix together all the available components from all around the planet, and create this rocket which could just save Earth. The Hellfire’s cunning, though, and has control of a whole army of fighter planes and ground attack vehicles, hell bent on stopping your mission. However, If you can beat these enemies and gain control of their bases, you will capture extra resources (and technology) all of which will help you create a bigger and much more efficient rocket.
The vehicles at your disposal aren't difficult to control (except the helicopter, obviously), and I reckon it's possible to complete the game using each vehicle separately. It's definitely advisable, though, to multi-task and get used to controlling more than one at the same time. Some of the not a sitting target waiting for the enemy to come along.
Journeys you're likely to make will be shorter than others - moving the larger components of your rocket, for example, will need a good long journey by land - and while that motors along the landscape it’s useful to aii-out war tau t it? Have at least one aircraft solely to defend it against enemy attack.
Longer journeys can be set via a series of coordinates on the main map screen. The craft will then begin moving, and make its way towards your marked destination. Although the vehicles carrying valuable cargo will be armour-plated, you can place guns and other weapons on them so that if they do happen to get stranded in the middle of the desert, at least they're FITTING THEM OUT Each of the vehicles can be equipped with a variety of weapons and support kit. In addition to the usual list of lasers, there’s a range of missiles and nice technical add-ons like night- sights, cloaking devices and
teleporters.
Of course, as with all the best games of this type, you're not just handed these weapons on a plate. In fact, most of them are unavailable 9t the start of the game: instead you have to plough money into the inventions screen, enabling your scientists to busily invent new equipment as you progress.
The enemy is not passive though.
It has an intelligent strategy for dosing in on your base, knocking you out and saving Hellfire. This is where your strength as a strategist and tactidan is tested. For the whole game you need to finely balance your attention between defence and attack, in a way those familiar with Dune 2 will recognise. Except, of course, Armour Geddon 2 is played out in excellent first-person 3D.
Armour-Geddon 2 is one of the most difficult games I’ve ever played, but also one of the most enjoyable. I haven't been tempted to burn the midnight oil to finish it, because I think that’s a long way away, but for me it’s a game which is nice to dip into every now and again. The balance between shoot 'em up action, strategic manoeuvres and the economics of inventions is superb, making it an allround game that has something to satisfy everybody.
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• ?87% A bit like juggling plates, only lun.
OVERALL 87% CU AMIGA BUDGET GAMES WALKER PSYGNOSIS £12.99 OUT NOW DMA came up with one of the most bloodthirsty arcade games ever when they, with the help of Psygnosis. Released Walker to the waiting world in February of last year. Coming soon after the release of the first Robocop movie, the idea of a large, super destructive walking robot was fairly fresh in most people's minds, but they never pictured something like this - a 40ft tall beast that can fire in all directions, and has gone a little haywire. The army are sent in to take it out, and the player, as Walker, must defend himself.
It's an extremely playable and addictive game and has been quoted as being ‘A fast and frantic blast that won t disappoint.' The attention to detail is magnificent. Every tiny sprite is superbly animated, and the cumulative effect is one of overload - the game is just stupendously violent.
One thing that most people will find confusing. Though, is that you need both the mouse and the keyboard to play the me Keyuuai u tu pray lMC Lining up your guns, you prepare 10 blow away the little guys, tt you 4 game - the mouse moves to shoot them, you con walk Oh them instead, the gunsight and the key- . , board actually moves your walker back and forth. It all works a lot better than it sounds and before you know it you'll be blowing the little guys out of helicopters faster than you can say: ‘Die in your beds, you English pigdogs. Ghnarg ghnarg!"
Flight simulators are a funny thing sometimes. Take A320 Airbus for example. Extremely popular in some quarters and totally shunned in others. The reason? It's just too realistic for its own good.
Then take something like F A-18 Interceptor, which was just as popular to others, for completely the opposite reason.
Combat Air Patrol was an attempt by Psygnosis to blend the arcade action of one with the realism of Ihe other, and a surprisingly successful attempt it is too.
Basically it's a very fast, very smooth simulation of a multi-role combat aircraft in a battle situation - no surprises there. You get to take part in a variety of missions spread over a campaign, taking out a wide variety ot targets with a myriad of weapons. Excitement abounds as you soar over the landscape, pulling almost impossible turns and and humming tunes from Top Gun.
Combat Air Patrol has nothing particularly new. But it is extremely playable, although I have to say I doubt the testability of it. A fun flyabout, and worth getting hold of if you don't want too much of an aeronautical challenge or a flight sim that's overly realistic.
WIZ PSYGNOSIS £12.99 OUT NOW Psygnosis really struck gold when they released Wiz N Liz In The Frantic Wabbit Wescue test year, turning it into an unexpected multi-format smash hit. Take a very simple platform game format - one where the two main characters just have to run around a horizontally scrolling, wraparound map. Collecting objects. Now make the graphics small and unbearably cute, and then make the whole game incredibly fast, and you're somewhere along the way to creating a near perfect arcade game. ... The plot is as strange as they come, the tale ot a wizard and a witch, who love
their pet rabbits with the fervour of RSPCA activists.
Unfortunately one day a potion they were creating went slightly wrong, and all the rabbits vanished, leaving Wiz and Liz depressed and lonely. Getting their furry friends back paves the way for frantic two-player split screen action. At the stait ot the game you II have to collect ingredients for potions, then, as the game continues, you'll find yourself doing anything from catching bagloads of bunnies to collecting letters from Ihe alphabet that float oddly above the ground.
If you haven't got Wiz N' Liz yet. Then you obviously weren't paying attention when the original reviews came out. It's a great gamel So now's your chance to go and grab yourself a copy, well cheapish. Do sol avivi IS too. „!
Fast, very smooth Simula- « £ rat aircraft rte 1 VFM Psygnosis are on the budget rampage this month, as Tony Dillon discovers when he tries out a little summer madness.
Stompins th.ou0n th« elt, the 4011 high well... cue.
Chao. And destruction wherever he goes.
NnH3DD ?5 r V BUDGET GAMES CU AMIGA Glob, the little cutle, shows how he can hang upside down wrthout looking the slightest bit scared.
PRIME MOVER PSYGNOSIS £12.99 OUT NOW If there is cne thing that Psygnosis have never really managed to do, it’s come oul with a good motorbike racing game. Games like Red Zone and Prime Mover always showed bags of promise, but when they appeared, they just completely failed to deliver. Take Prime Mover, for example. Coded by Inferactivision - the people behind The Naughty Ones and based loosely on Super Hang On and all other games of that genre, this third person perspective racer (where the player views themselt from behind) has the player racing all over the world, on a variety ol similar
looking tracks with different backdrops, using a selection of different persona and a choice of bikes.
It all sounds marvellous, and in fact at first glance it doesn’t look that bad, but when you start to actually play the game, all sorts of problems start to occur. For a start, your bike doesn't really seem to grip the road while the track itself is simply centred on screen with your bike weaving around all over it! This unusual viewpoint means that control is difficult and you really can’t judge where you are on the road when it comes to comers. Sure, it's all very fast and smooth, but that counts for nothing when the game itsell just isn't any j tun to play.
This Is I he tranquil seen© before the potion makes everything go horribly wrong In the game WTWmn Globdule is a game aboul a small blue ] blob who is charged with a mission to col* IB' VTH iect lots of, er, IhtiJH things. That's about it really. No, I'm sure there is more to it i B»4f|A 1 than that: Glob is a ; PI jJjjj sticky blue blob, who searches cav- HM erns and other ‘'H. Lgjaas atmosphertc loca laatBH tions in search ot BMPIOn gems, sweets and HTVPtM cakes. Yes. That's pr*4. LyJ|j the lull story. I knew Kl I fKff ,he,e wasn l much T11 ¦ •?' ' * lo the plot, i Uuw S Glob is a capable
little chap. Able to leap large distances and stick to any surface, with a healthy disregard for gravity. What the screenshots here can't show you is the sprite’s fluid animation. When he hits a surface, he splafs' slightly before returning to his original shape, he also pulls strange expressions, hangs from things in odd ways, and has dozens of other cute movements.
When Psygnosts se: cut to do . '&rf, a eule game they no it with style, -w - I T y-W Just look at Wiz N' Liz or Lemmings to sen how attention to HL-i minute detail pays olf. Giving Km ‘*|A|i these games tons of character. T ' ' T ' While Globdule certainly has ’ " "' v,,' ” my cpi'ion too. A hook , 1 play time Not that :h.:n:• a-ythr-y very w'o-g w f : T-eie |u!t s-• rttai v r u h to il that's exot no or addictive. Having said that Giobdure is s: I '.vert- o nying.
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But Pore are betlei - - , J9H games around rv_- CU AMIGA COMPETITION So! Been reading VFM again have you? Hmm ... You’ve seen how lo blow away all the little guys in Walker. You've read excitedly about how to take Saddam out with a multi-role combat aircralt in Combat Air Patrol.
You've giggled at the messy exploits of Globdule. You let your head spin trying to orientate the world in Bob’s BadDay. You've got out of breath just reading about the high speed scrolling of Wiz TV Liz and Prime Mover, and now you’ve got your cash ready to rush out and buy these magnificent games.
Well hold your horses. Five of you could actually win a complete set of them. Psygnosis are feeling so nice and friendly this month that they've decided to GIVE Ihe things away.
Yes. You could be one of ihe five lucky winners to get a complete set of the games featured in this month's VFM delivered directly to your door by Psygnosis. Personally. Probably.
All you need lo do is answer Ihe following three simple questions, which are relevant to some of the games reviewed on the previous two pages, and then send your answers on a postcard to: Psyggy Psensatlon', CU AMIGA, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R3AU.
A) The Bump
b) The Lid
c) The Dome
3. What kind of vehicle do you ride in Prime Moveri?
A) A motorcycle
b) A Thundersly Invacar
c) A Roller Skate There, that wasn't too difficult, was it? So
get cracking.
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ins mnmrr I In part two of our complete solution to Vallhalla,
Lisa innah guides you through Ithe second level of this great
Jadventure game.
PART Welcome lo level two, territory ol the shamen. In the first room operate the floor tile with a hole in it and take the raw chicken. To open the door pot the chicken on the grill, cook it and then feed it to the stone beastie.
Hunt around this section of corridor until you find another floor tile you can operate. Take the key from under the tile and open the door round the corner. Pull the lever then enter the room where the Shamen of Time bars your way. Take the small tile and operate the floor tile, under it Is a strength potion Go back to the previous room, drink the strength potion. Pick up the urn and get the chest key that lies behind it. This key fits the chest in the room where you started so go there and pillage and plunder to your heart's content, you should now be the proud owner of the book of hours
and a wind charm.
Put the stick in the hole WhM could be under that broken paving stone? Try It and aael which is nearby, operate it to open the door to the room where the Shamen of Impurity is lurking. Put the book of hours in the fourth dimension and take the watch, there is another lever in here that opens a door to a passageway, this is a shortcut that will prove useful later on.
LOF'FQW Put the watch on the altar next to the Shamen of Time, if you give Shamen the wrong objects they tend to get cross. After receiving the watch the Shamen allows you into the room behind him, take care though as the door slams behind you. Pick up the silver key and melt it on the grill, put the liquid metal on the key stone and take the new key that fits the door.
avptttatA Who save we neve* give you enough help. Not only are we helplul enough to tell you how lo get through the second level ot the game, we'li even show you the code to gel to the levell Find the room this door conceals, inside you will meet the Shamen of Holy Trinity. Operate the floor tile and take the cheat key that tits the chest in the room of the Shamen of Time. Take the tankard and fill it with ale from Ihe room below. Put this on the mould and present it to the Shamen of Impurity.
You can now walk safely past him.
Find the operable floor tile and take the resist cold potion, drink this and take the ice. Put it on the stove and the eye of heaven is revealed, put this on the sundial where it is exchanged for the Stone of Leo. Put this on the lion's head to be rewarded with the sun symbol which when placed on the deactivation stone engraved with the same symbol allows you to remove the first magic ring.
IP) Mi 1 ' 5SH22222S2 jlffi l s . - I XtaMt 'Rwr 5"! 2 9 V A CHASM CRAZY Head for the room filled with chasms and put the nng on the first altar. This disappears so you can take a door key. Find the door that it fits and operate the floor tile that is hiding a chest key. Pull both the levers and return to the room where the ale is located. Take the ashes and the chest key. Put the ashes on the flame of the phoenix and take the wooden cross that appears in its place. Put this on the bible in the closest room to you and take the gold cross.
This is just what the Shamen of Holy Trtnity always wanted and he is so pleased that you're allowed passage into the room beyond. Grab the Gem of the Four Winds, the small title and put the red gem on the portcullis that has trapped you, there are two floor tiles to operate, find a chest key and some blood.
This key fits the chest in the room where the Shamen of Impurity lives.
Take Arthur’s potion and the door key. Open the corresponding door to find a broken stick and the third small tile. Travel back from whence you came and put the stick on the glue to fix it. While you are here put the small Hmm, some ice end some mould. Whel should I do next?
CU AMIGA COMPLETE SOLUTION tar 1 m -m r* h 1! « V1 ".-j IS jr put it in the sulphuric acid to reveal its contents. Inside is a blank parchment. Place this on the ink and read the writing that appears, as this is a suicide not, place it in the flame of ruin, you are now the proud owner of the Skull of Death which should be placed in the water of resurrection, fake the immortal chain and put it in the immortal flame, you now have in your possession the gold symbol which deactivates the device that protects the holy grail.
Fill the holy grail with ambrosia and present it to the Shamen of Immortality, now walk past him and placing the sword across the hole pick up the key to the last door and the end of the level.
Tune in next month for the solution to level three. IaJ "It** a sundial,' th Prince tells you In his cheery way. But whatever does It do? Can you figure It out?
Cent moon. Present this to the Shamen of the Moon.
Inside the room he was guarding find a gem then find the hole that your green stick fits and operate it. In this next room retrieve a money spider and pull the lever which MM opens the chest in the room where you found the Sliver of Light.
Put the money spider on the Altar of Affluence and take the gold bar which the Shamen of Wealth requires. In this next room there are four silver keys, before taking one read the book under the floor tile which tells you which key to take, it is actually the key in the north-west corner, this fits a door which allows you to steal the last wind charm.
Put the wind charm on the weather vanes to gain access to a small font, place in here the gem of the four winds and take the gold symbol. Put this on the corresponding deactivation stone to disarm the device protecting the third magic ring. Place this on the last altar in the room where you disposed of the other magic ring.
THE HOLY GRAIL Traverse back to the room where you left the sword, remove from the now-open chest the magnet and the wind charm, before you leave this room pick up the sword. Put the magnet on the altar next to the metal box, you can now take it and tiles down to make a path across the gaping holes. On the other side open the chest and take the gem that's inside. Operate the floor tile and take the wooden symbol.
Find the hole that the stick fits and use the gem to dispel the portcullis.
Take the silver stick and operate the floor tile to take the Rock of Selene.
Next, find the right hole for your new stick, then pull the lever.
The door slams shut behind you so put the blood on the sacrificial tree to make a lever appear, pull this to escape. Before you leave, pick up the chest key.
This key fits the chest in the room where the Shamen of Holy Trinity lives, take the liquid metal and another wind charm. Place the wooden symbol on the soft stone to make a mould, add the liquid metal and take the gold symbol. This fits a deactivation stone, you can now remove the second magic ring. Put this on the next altar in the pit-filled room, pick up the pound note, put this on the stone of change and enter the next room.
Dnnk Arthur's potion and and take the sword called Dilos (solid backwards), leave the other one which spells Fragile.
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Deadlier than the male, Vampyra returns to sing her siren’s song once again.
As shadows fall over the graveyard wall And the Living Dead Rise from their beds, And go out to prey on you and I. Beware the vampire’s kiss my friend And flee the soft velvet dream.
Those hands so soft Which are caressing you now, Will hold you while you scream.
WAXWORKS Please could you tell me how to get into the tailor s shop so I can get a disguise in the Jack the Ripper section of Waxworks, because I keep getting arrested whenever I try to go in there.
M. Sutcliffe, Glasgow.
This game involves dirty work in dark alleyways, so I hope you are up to it.
The first thing you must do is pick up the rope which is to be found behind the Hardware Store. Find the spot next to where the dog barks by the barrel. Co u'esl then turn North. Enter the doorway and look in the barrel to find the rope. Return to the alley by turning east and moving four steps. Turn left and enter that doorway. Use the rope on the chimney then lower yourself into the open window.
Sms?R I've got problems playing Cruise tor a Corpse. The clock keeps sticking at 9:10 although I think I’ve tried everything. I’ve talked with everyone I can find (Suzanne, Tom and Julio) about everything possible. In my inventory I have the piece of paper that I found in Niklos’ study and a Cartier Bill. Is there one special item I have to find to get time moving again?
Marc-Rene, Ebach, Germany.
heard of a crocodile which swallowed a 'lock. The poor thing had lo eat a whole packet of laxatives just to pass the time after that. This game has a number of annoying faults that make it more difficult than it need be. The first of these EYE OF THE BEHOLDER II In Eye of the Beholder II, I'm stuck behind a big green shield, and I think I need a hammer to break it.
Please help.
Nathan Mead, London.
TIM, don’t look at me. I haven’t got VV one. I assume you are talking about the Azure Seal which lies on iMtel faults occurs right at the beginning where you are stuck. Take the note and show it to the barman. I can’t remember exactly what the difficulty was, but most people found this an awkward thing to do. As I recall the game’s controls are very clumsy and ’showing the note causes problems.
Once you have done this, the barman will give you a bible belonging to the priest and some information which you can use to talk to the others about.
While I ha e your attention I’ll also tell you that there are times when you must not use the quick map method to move around the ship otherwise you will not meet people when you need to. You must also pay close attention to the clasp on the necklace when you finally find it.
I have a video recorder and some blank tapes from the recording studio and l‘ve just flown in from New York on a plane. I can't get the ladies at reception to speak to me and I don't know how to call a taxi to take me into the city. What do I do now?
Darren Lack, Bedfordshire.
n Britain you simply have to speak, and people will know from your voice whether you are important or not. In America it’s different - only money talks.
If you want to get some attention in the US you have to flash the cash’. Stand in front of the VIP lounge and show your gold credit card (found back at the studios)i lo the security monitor and suddenly everyone will realise just what a very important person you are.
2 of the Temple, behind the entrance which is sealed against all who do not have the Mark of Darkmoon. The mark is gained on Level 3 of the Silver Tower and you will also find that a green crystal hammer +2 (with the subtle name of Shieldbreaker) can be found here. Try searching in the northeast section of the level.
DARKSEED I have managed to get the mirror to become operational, I've opened the grandfather clock, and I've got the paper from the book in the library.
What now? How do I get into the barber shop? What can I do in the alien world (I've got the binoculars) but most importantly, how do I open the front door in the alien world or use the skull staircase?
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RT~'here are a number of secret doors in J your house and once you W got them open you should leave them that way. You can forget about the barber shop for there's nothing there of interest.
On the second day return to the garage and listen to the radio for the message that explains that two secret doors must he left open to allow you to walk through them in the dark world. Go to the hall and collect the piece of mirror. Use the shard to repair the minor then walk through. Use the gloves (found in the car’s glove compartment) to pidl the lexer in the dark world and this will open the front door for you.
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If you have Azap or a similar program, you can change the file 'CIVILx.SVE' to give you infinite cash. To do this, write down the amount of cash you have, load the file into Azap, convert your cash figure into hexdecimal, then search for this number on the first page of the file, change the figure to'7530 for 30,000 in cash.
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IMAGEBANK Textures There seems to be have been a surge of textures and backdrops sweeping through the Amiga market over the last few months. And it's continued this month with Visual Promotions release of ImageBank - Textures Volume Two.
ImageBank is a collection of 'photorealistic' images for video titling and presentation applications. 3D rendering applications or DTP programs.
This collection contains 20 textures in full overscan resolution (736 x 566) and come in a variety of formats (JPEG, HAM8, JPEG or 256 colour GIF). They are neatly packaged in what is quickly becoming the standard packaging for texture disks - a VHS video case.
However, despite the neat presentation. The quality of the images lets the package down. The images vary from below average to extremely poor quality and most of them suffer from terrible pixelisation, where edges of shapes break up into squares. If you are intending to use the images as backdrops for Scala presentations where the viewer will only see them from a distance you might get away with this poor quality, but avoid if you plan to use them for DTP and 3D texture mapping.
It's pity that the quality of the pictures is so poor because while there aren't that many pictures (20 in all) the selection itself is wide and varied. The range varies from from marble, wood through to grass, bncks and sky.
If Visual Promotions can improve the quality of these images, maintain the price and variation of picture type supplied they’d have a winner on their hands. However, as the package stands, the images are only really suitable for basic work or video backdrop presentations.
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ZYDEC RAM CARD A1 200 RAM upgrade The Zydec RAM card is a trapdoor board, which fits into the expansion bay underneath the machine. It is available in a variety ot configurations, increasing memory by 512k, 1Mb, 2Mb and 4Mb using ZIP DRAMs, (although ZIP DRAM chips are relatively easy to fit, SIMM sockets may have been better).
The board comes with a battery backed clock and if you wish you can add a maths co-processor (PLCC or PGA). There is also an option (via a jumper setting) to disable the extra RAM - a very nice touch!
One thing I really liked about this board was the labelling on the circuit board itself. Every jumper switch, setting and socket is clearly labelled stating exactly what it does and what settings to use - outstanding! But if you do need lo refer to Ihe manual there are two and half pages of information detailing practically everything you could possibly want to know about its operation and configuration. This is well worth reading, as there is a wealth of useful information to be found.
Installation was a simple painless process and the board functioned flawlessly. Performance wise the board clocked in at 2.69 MIPS - according to the Amiga benchmark program, Sysinto. This performance rate is identical to the Blizzard 1204 RAM board, and approximately 1.99 times faster than a standard A1200.
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There are some products that you can't help feeling sceptical about. You know the sort I mean: new miracle wonder memory retention techniques','car zine polish - protects you car against tire, acid and scratches'. Normally such products come with unbelievable claims, backed up by testimony Irom so-called experts or scientists (ot one sort or another).
CD Repair System claims to be able to repair damaged Cds ot any sort and then protect them trom future harm. It appears to have some of the outward symptoms of a gimmick product ie: daims such as 'the ultimate alcohol free deaner', with sdentitic evidence backing the daims - Iried and tested on Tomorrow’s World' no less. So, ever the cynic. I approached this kit with some trepidation and decided to put it through its paces. Luckily, I happen to own several audio Cds that, over time, have become scratched and damaged. It seemed a perfect opportunity to put the kit to the test.
The 'kit' comes in three bottles containing various fluids: a cleaning agent, a repair fluid and and protector. These are applied in order, removing smudges and other surface damage, filling in small scratches and then covering the disc in a protective film. The process takes about live minutes in total and the kit includes fabric wipes to apply and polish the disc.
Although I initially approached this product with more than an unhealthy scepticism I have to admit to being impressed. My Pointer Sisters CD no longer jumps, and my Queen CD is. Once again, a kind of magic with the skips and repeating tracks seemingly banished. But what about CD32 and CDTV discs? We didn't have any scratched or scuffed Cds around, but this wasn't about to stop us. In the cause of product testing we look a CDPD demo disc and tortured it for a couple ot minutes, we dragged it across the floor, scratched it and generally kicked it about the room. We took another disc and did
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THURROCK Deretlun 0708 860066 Fed up of sitting around doing Jean Luc Picard impressions in his new polo neck Andy Leaning seemed like the best person to review a product that has made a major impact in the US and is about to make one here.
Lightwave is a seriously addictive application.
Alter just a lew minutes using this excellent 3D rendering package you're hooked. So what exactly is so great about Lightwave to make us and stateside animators so excited?
Well, the first thing that strikes you is the sheer size of the package. It comes on seven disks with a 300-page manual. These disks contain Lightwave itself, various tutorial tiles and numerous objects and surface textures all ot which must be installed onto the hard drive using the standard Commodore installer. Once installed you have the option ot loading one ot lour programs: the modeller, the rendering program and secondary versions ot each especially written to take advantage of Amigas which have maths coprocessors fitted.
To create a 3D image, the first port ot call is the modeller program, where the shapes and forms (objects) which make up a 3D image are composed.
In this program you can fiddle about with the objects to your heart's content, ie resize them, rotate them and add special etfects before you finally set up lighting conditions and then render the scene. In the modeller program, you can also create animations and save the resulting tramps out to disk. The rendering program is where the program creates the images for you (from your composition) taking care to calculate where the shadows fall, removing objects hidden behind others and tracking beams of light as they bounce oft surfaces.
The modelling program is based around a fairly standard three-view system (front, side and top down) allowing you to see your object as it is built and manipulated trom different view points. A fourth view is also available allowing to view your objects in perspective. On this fourth display you can create forms and shapes from a variety ot basic geometrical tools such as: box, ball, disc, cone, and a freehand sketch tool. These are used to create an object in one dimension which can then be extruded (ie depth added) in other dimensions, building a 3D form. There are several extrusion
facilities, allowing you lo extrude along a curved palh (ideal for creating organic shapes) or in a set dimension.
Drawing with these tools will build up a collection of polygons and points. The polygons form the flat parts of an object to which you can add colour and texture to give the object a solid look.
The points are generally the interconnecting location of polygons and are used as reference points. Polygons can be given surface names which can then be referred to in the rendering application when changing their attributes.
RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB A! First, I thought that this rather limited amount of tools would be a potential problem for creating more complex forms. Admittedly, the grouping of objects into larger shapes is possible, and the freehand sketch tool could create Sqme cool shapes but I was still sceptical. However. I quickly discovered that once a basic object has been set up there are numerous tools available to distort it beyond recognition such as: drilling, shearing, twisting, bending, bevelling, tapering and subdividing an object into its individual elements (a square becomes four straight
lines for instance).
Using the combination of these facilities allows the generation of every shape imaginable.
Complex objects can also be created through the Opposite page: This Lightwave image, which was created on an A4000 with a Gforce 040 accelerator, took 17mlnutes 30 seconds to render.
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Use of layers. This is a system whereby different objects are stacked upon one another, and the 'layers' to be edited and viewed can be determined by the user at will. This prevents the accidental moving or editing of the wrong objects when building up multi object shapes.
Other aids to help in the creation of objects indude being able to load a background image (over which you can trace), and of course, the ability to cut, copy, clone, rotate, and scale objects.
The modeller's grid is an unusual but handy feature. In most packages, when you zoom in on the One ot Lightwave s dominant leatures is it ability to create animations. This is a particularly strong point and one it completely excels in doing - you need only take a look at the stunning images ol space ships Hying around the orbiting space station in Babylon 5(Monday. Channel 4 6pm) to see just how good it is.
Animations can be created very, very easily. The program works on a key Irame basis, ie you create keytrames over the duration ol the animation and Lightwave creates all the trames in between.
To have a space lighter lly out trom behind a planet, under an alien battle cruiser, twist and tly back over the top all you need do is set up trames with the lighter behind the planet, under the alien ship, to its side, above it and then back towards the planet on the 0. 25.50, 75. And 100 trames. Lightwave will then figure out exactly where the ship should go. And what operations are needed to change rotation, size etc between trames and build a 100 trame animation lor you!
Not surprisingly waiting lor Lightwave to render the animation could take ages, so a quick wiretrame render is also possible allowing you check positions etc. You can also build up movement paths in the modeller and use these as object (light paths, further increasing the ease with which animations can be built up.
Grid upon which you create objects changes tends to go out of view and hence you lose your reference points. In Lightwave, however, the grid rescales as the view zooms in and out so it maintains constant reference points - it's a bit odd at first but you quickly realise how useful it is.
Having created objects you can save them as files, or export them directly to the rendering program. Jumping between the two programs is, incidentally, made easy by having a button on each which when clicked on automatically takes you to the other program.
Once in the rendering program they are viewed on a grid surface, this acts as a ground zero base line. Unlike the modeller program, with its three views, the rendering application has just one view point - a 3D perspective. This perspective means that you can view objects from any position.
Manipulation of the viewing angle is simply a matter of selecting the type of movement required and moving the mouse - the view is changed correspondingly to the mouse movement. In fact this mmrrwr Imagine 3 (reviewed in CU AMIGA September 94 page 110) is probably Lightwave's main rival. Another possibility is Real3D which is apparently about to be upgraded, but as we've got no solid information trom its UK suppliers regarding this upgrade we can't comment any further. Imagine 3 is available trom Emerald Creative on 081 715 8866. For Real30 contact Activa UK 071-371 5241.
Approach of clicking on the button describing the action required and then moving the mouse is used throughout the program to control object movement and viewing angles.
Having loaded an object its surfaces (ie the colour, texture and look of the outside of a shape) can then be set using either procedural textures, IFF texture maps or straight polygon colour fill.
Backgrounds can be added, other objects loaded around it, and light sources can be chosen and positioned. Three types of light are available: spotlight, ambient light or point light. These lights can be positioned and the colour set to achieve various effects such as if a lense flare is to appear (popular in space shots). You can alter the light in many ways such as: the amount of fall off the light has over distance. Whether it should glow when behind other objects, and the dispersement angle (ie how wide the beam is etc).
When you are happy with the scene (ie the light and object positions) you can set other factors which will determine how the final image will look. These include factors such as: resolution, anti-aliasing levels, colour pallet range (6 or 8-bit HAM. 24-bit etc) alongside more subtle and important considerations, including the film type (11 sizes), the focal distance, lense F-stop, whether it should add motion blur and the amount of detail required (fully ray traced, shadow mapped, quick shade, wire frame etc).
It is Lightwave's ability to accurately recreate different camera effects and film types that has made it popular with film producers in the US.
CONCLUSION Lightwave is an astonishing program. It may not be the fastest 3D rendering program on the Amiga but it is certainly one of the easier to use one we've yet seen, and also the most flexible.
For ease of use it’s simply outstanding, although it took me a while to master some of the more complex functions. I had impressive still frame and animation rendering within a remarkable short period of time.
In terms of reliability it's hard to fault it. In fact, the only time the program did something I didn’t expect was when asking it to render images that were to big for the amount of RAM installed, and then it crashed. But in a month and half of use finding just one bug is unbelievable! Recommended to anyone who is serious about 3D rendering - it’s simply a great program.
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INNOVATION ??????????92% An impressive range ol eltects that other Amiga render f The best Amiga 3D rendering application. J 93% OVERALL CU AMIGA PRODUCT TEST Ah, those mist covered mountains, trails of lonesome pines and, almost certainly, islands in the sun. Vistanian Rhapsody.
You will. I'm sure, have come across several landscapes created with the near ubiquitous Vista series of programs. They abound in the latest demos. If you are lucky enough to have Vista yourself then you’ll know all about the number of man hours lost trying to find that particular landscape using all manner of connected numbers.
Once you have exhausted all of your friends’ phone numbers and have entered as many barcodes as you can find, it tends to get a bit dull trying to create your idea of paradise.
Never fear, Terratorm's here! Terraform is a program specifically designed to create personalised landscapes. You could even use it to recreate a genuine landscape. It has some simple tools to modify the map; rough, smooth, freehand, mountain, crater and flatten. It also provides a 3D close-up of the map, allowing you to touch up the exact altitude and gain an overall impression of the final scene.
On the whole Terratorm works very well, letting you edit any Vista or Vista Pro DEM file. So, if you've discovered that your mouse's serial number makes some lovely little archipelagos, you can now add your own final touches to it. The manual is brief and. Whilst a little unclear in places, provides all you need to know without pussy-footing around.
However, there are a few problems with this little program. The first and definitely the most aggravating is that the program will only work in ¦MMMMFiJj'ij'jl 28J Andre Digard checks out some Vista utilities which are available either as a package or separately.
Vista Landscape Generator ¦ NTSC mode. This means that every time you want to use the program you must either boot into NTSC or select an NTSC monitor from preferences. If you're swopping between Terratorm and Vista then, for convenience, preferences is the only sensible option as it will switch between NTSC and PAL without you having to reset.
Worse still, especially from the average user's point of view, Terratorm will only work if you have some 'fast memory.' So if you're .using Vista Pro Lite on an unexpanded A1200, or any other machine with only chip memory, it will refuse to work properly. Using a PD program such as FakeMem, available from most good PD libraries, solves this problem but you must change screen mode from preferences.
While to get it working but it was definitely worth the wait. If you've already lost a few pleasurable years to Vista just wait until you can design your own landscapes. Terraform 2.1 will keep you enthralled for far longer than almost any game. If you use Vista professionally, this is a must. Best of all is the price, which is what most utilities should cost, so I automatically forgive most ot the faults.
WARNING: You must have Vista, Vista Pro or Vista Pro Lite for this program to be any use.
Available from: Emerald Creative Technology Rapid House, 54 Wandle Bank, London SW19 1DW. Tel: 081 715 8866.
Price: £9.95 Lastly, I managed to get the program to flop a couple of times. This means you have to save your work very regularly or risk losing it, worse still the program gave me the option of either retrying the failed operation over and over or to quit, no option to cancel. I was not impressed.
Well, maybe I was. Despite these unfortunate shortcomings, Terratorm is lots of fun. It took a MAKEMIH VISTA UTILITY Another little ground shaker for Vista.
MakePath is used to create wonderfully- smooth animations ot landscapes. The program is based around what Its name suggests, that ot making a path tor the camera to tollow.
What immediately sets it up as an essential is that the path will always be smooth. MakePath calculates a nicely curved, mathematically defined flightpath for the camera, following contours and corners with extraordinary grace.
The path you have defined can be edited, with extra points added or removed, the number of frames changed, the speed of animation altered or even just some little tweaking ot the exact flight path. It really is very easy to use. You can chop and change as much as you want to. You can define your vehicle from a number of presets, including helicopter, cruise missile and dune buggy. You can also define your own vehicle or modify the existing ones. This is done by specifying the altitude, roll rate, pitching and acceleration.
There are also a couple of added effects like the fact that you can 'barrel roll’ your camera or you could choose to 'spin' around the landscape (or even both at once, but not if you want to keep your lunch). You can also set the camera to 'shoot' at just one point, giving the effect of looking out of the window of the vehicle.
Once you have defined all of your undoubtedly stunning animation (you'd have to try really hard to make a bad one using this program), you can ask MakePath to show you a preview of the flight. It's a little slow, more than a bit clunky and done in wire-frame graphics, but it does give an idea ot the end result. This is the only part of the program that could do with a serious upgrade.
In combination with Terraform, Vista becomes a whole new program. Being able to create your own landscape and then easily define a flight path over it is something else. It will absorb you for months.
For less than a tenner this program is an absolute must. It brings Vista to life in an amazing fashion. You can expect your Amiga to be rendering for days, your hard drive to be filled by ever more ambitious animations and you'll be insisting that someone buys you a canvas director's chair. If you've become bored with Vista, get this.
If you're a regular Vista user, sing for joy while you're looking for your credit card.
WARNING: You must have Vista, Vista Pro or Vista Pro Lite for this program to be any use.
Available from: Emerald Creative Technology, Rapid House, 54 Wandle Bank, London SW19 1DW. Tel: 081 715 8866.
Price: £ 9.95 VISTA PRO PRO LITE Landscape Generator It you don't haw Vista and are interested in treating your own landscapes and animations then Emerald Creative are running an otter that should grab you. For the princely sum of just £49.95 you will get Vista Pro or Vista Pro Lite with MakePath and Terratorm. For £59.95 you get this package with Distant Sons included. Vista Pro requires 4Mh or more ol memory and Vista Pro Lite requires 2Mb or more. Both programs require a hard disk, preferably a big one. Check with Emerald lo lind out which suits you best. It's a great oiler and will keep
you captivated lor more hours than you thought you had.
Available from: Emerald Creative Technology. Rapid House 54 Wandle Bank, London SW191DW. Tel: 081 715 8866.
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Using MalhVision is rather like using a programming language, complete with all those syntax errors. You set up a few variables, and then write a list of instructions to perform mathematical functions on them. As you might imagine, you never know quite what's going to happen when you run your little sequence ot sums.
Quite often you’ll end up with something as unspectacular as a line, or perhaps a couple of circles. Other Always a sucker for swirly colour patterns, Tony Horgan takes a look at a new form of scientific I ctnulHfa, set(d,1IMM) ) "init distance, find win, return color confute I null( fb M,8),fb(.81,.59,1), fb(-.31,.95,2), fb(-1,l,3 , fb(-.31,-.95,4 " pass distance and re9ent to accunulator i1), set(c,a2)), 0 ) "set color for snallest distanc i2)) "euclidean distance The perfect gift for all maths addicts.
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I thought this was going to be one of those idiot- proof kaleidoscope programs, where you press a few buttons and get lots of pretty patterns. I was right about the patterns, but there's much more to Malh Vision than that... MalhVision is a kind of fractal generator, although it does a lot more than just the usual Mandelbrot and Julia patterns. In fact, the manual does its best not to mention the word 'fractal' at all.
The keyword here is maths, rather than fractals. To get the most out of the program, you've got to be prepared to get your hands dirty with some equations and algebra. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the claim on the box that MalhVision is A tool that feels like a game’ is way off the mark.
The object of MalhVision is to create abstract images. It creates these images from a series of calculations. Different calculations lead to different images. However, unlike most fractal generators, with MalhVision you have to write the formulas yourself - or at least edit the example formulas.
OPEN UNIVERSITY Once you’ve created your list of maths functions, you can plot them with one of three options: simple. Contour or perspective. These decide how the calculations are translated on-screen. The simple option plots lines, and is usually the least spectacular of the three. Contour is a good choice if you want screens that look like the ties worn by Open University presenters. Perspective draws up a transparent cube, and then fills it With a kind of 3D graph. Each of these three methods has its own set of parameters, which can be tweaked from the menus. By changing these
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Times, you might strike it lucky and generate a wonderful screen of pulsating colour. Usually, you'll get something between the two.
CONCLUSION If all you're interested in is freaky pictures, then all of this might seem like a lot of hard work - and you'd be right- but the results can be spectacular.
However, if you like messing around with complex maths, just for the hell of it. Then this is tailor made for you. You could go on tinkering with it tor years, exploring all of its little quirks, features and miscellaneous extra bits. If you get adventurous, you can even write your own hooks, and expand the program to suit your requirements!
To get the most out of MalhVision. You'll have to be prepared to work through the daunting manual, which explains maths functions with the help of stomach-churning analogies using cabbage juice. If you can get through those without throwing up, then you have my congratulations. RJJ) an almost infinite amount of different images from the same formula.
MalhVision is more than just a tool for making pretty patterns. It's almost as if the graphics are an excuse for a session of good hard maths. If you can get your head around it, there are loads of things you can do with the program. It comes with a selection of 'hooks', extra modules that can be loaded into the main program to expand its features. These include fractal routines, features for representing maths as sound, and stacks more. It also comes with a number of other add-ons, like the simple paint program that uses semi-random routines for its alternative drawing tools, and there's
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Rather than complementing, the casing of the A600 and A1200. This somewhat unappealing presentation is for a reason, though. Unlike the OverDrive which uses 3.5” hard drive mechanisms, the SmartStor is based around smaller 2.5" drives, and so Archos designed the casing to surround these tiny drives with the minimum of wastage, saving money. For this reason SmartStor drives are very cheap.
The SmartStor connects to the credit card PCMCIA slot on the side of the Amiga, in exactly the same manner as the OverDrive and takes its power from this interface - there is no external power supplied input available here.
Once connected you simply turn on the Amiga and up it pops as a new device. Workbench, however, hasn't been pre-installed on the system in advance, so you’ll have to do this before you can use SmartStor.
WARP SPEED Once it is up and running and everything's been installed it's very pleasing to use. I encountered no major problems whilst testing it, and loading applications and data revealed fairly rapid access times and transfer speeds. It’s not quite up to the speed of the OverDrive one of the fastest drives CU AMIGA has ever tested), but it's certainly faster than many of the internal A600 hard drives that are available.
The Archos Overdrive is well known in the Amiga market as one hell of a hard drive for the A1200. It has established a name for itself as the fastest hard drive available, whilst also being the easiest to fit - it just plugs into the PCMCIA interface on the side of the Amiga. S However, the Overdrive wasn't the first Amiga 1200 hard drive Archos developed. It was actually their second model, its predecessor being considerably smaller, and in many senses more practical.
Unfortunately, it was never released in this country, and so has until now been relatively unknown.
Now Indi have rebadged it and released it under the name of 'SmartStor', and. As luck would have it they are also selling the OverDrive under the name of the SmartStor Plus.
Although SmartStor is an earlier version of the OverDrive, it differs in a number of ways. Firstly it is much smaller, and doesn't have the slick styling or elegant design of its predecessor. Instead, it comes as an ugly black box, that conflicts with.
R Y L” m The diminutive physical size and easy plug-in- and-go operation of the unit also makes it the most portable hard drive yet for the Amiga. It's great being able to load up your programs, unplug it, nip round to your friends and have the programs instantly available. A major advantage for Amiga users on the move!
MISSED OPPORTUNITY The Amiga has a long tradition of external hard drives and since GVP launched the HD8+ for the A500 it’s been popular for developers of such peripherals to also build further expansion potential into them - ie extra RAM, pass through ports and the like.
After all if you've got a box housing the hard drive, why not fill it with other stuff. However, Archos have not followed this tradition and the SmartStor is nothing more than a hard drive - a missed opportunity if ever there was one.
CONSIDERATIONS For A600, and to some extent the A1200, the SmartStor will be a welcome and useful expansion, providing an easy and simple hard drive upgrade.
The only problem is the limited size of the configurations available, ie, just 20Mb or 30Mb. This is definitely not big enough for use on an A1200, but is passable on the A600 - but you’re likely to run out of space sooner rather than later.
It could also do with a proper manual, in this month's Points of View (see page 162) I have complained about companies releasing product with awful packaging and manuals and, as if to prove a point, SmartStor turns up with a single A4 sheet for a manual! There is definite room for improvement here!
These limitations and the poor casing design mean that I can't give SmartStor as high a rating as the underlying technology deserves, but if you can live with the small capacity and styling it's an extremely good product.
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Warped mind? Tony Horgan twists a few There are surprisingly few image processors available for the Amiga. Art Department Professional, Image Master and Image FX are the main three, but now there's a new alternative in the shape of Image Mirror.
Before you can do anything with Image Mirror, you’ll need to free up at least 10Mbs of hard drive space. As the program uses its own form of virtual memory (using the hard drive for temporary storage to reduce the amount of RAM needed), you can't use it on a floppy system.
Once it’s up and running, you're presented with a couple of windows. Scoot up to the menus, and strangely all you get is a Save and a Quit option. All of the image manipulation is carried out by moving icons around in the windows. These are arranged with all the 'tools' or effects in the left window, and the other functions (loading, saving and so on) in the right window. When you load a picture, it appears in the right window as a little icon.
To pass it through an effect, you need to drag a tool across from the opposite window. You can then drag the picture icon over the tool icon to start the process. Are you still with me? It's what they call a drag and drop interface.
ICON UNDERSTAND IT All the icons are captioned to let you know of their function. It's a good job too. Because otherwise you'd never guess what they did. The icon for Render Picture’ has a man sticking his head into a microwave oven. The Archive' icon shows a man wheeling a shopping trolley past a couple of Egyptian pyramids, and the 'Rename' icon depicts the same man doing magic tricks with a cat in a box. It's more fun than drab menus I suppose.
Unlike most rival programs, Image Mirror will not Osplay pictures in anything less than HAM-6 mode (4096 on-screen colours), even if your original picture only had two colours. You can change the bsplay to HAM-8 on an A1200 or A4000. And there are also options for viewing in 24-bits through a Video Toaster or Opal Vision board. All processes carried out in 24-bits. You can only save out 24- bt files. This is very limiting, unless of course you k with nothing other than 24-bit images.
Amazingly, there are no options for loading or saving file formats other than IFF. When you’re forced to work with 24 bits, it's totally absurd not to have the option of saving images as JPEGs, which would use far less disk space.
Use a separate utility for JPEG compression, you could find you soon run out of hard drive space due to the large 24-bit files.
I couldn't recommend Image Mirror over Art Department Professional or Image FX. Both of which are far superior in most aspects. However.
Image Mirror does have some unique effects, and as such would complement a more powerful image processor. © EFFECTS Effects are Image Mirror's strongest • feature. Although there aren't stacks of them, some are quite entertaining.
One of my favourites is the Mandelbrot option, which takes your image, and uses it to plot out a fractal pattern. The kaleidoscope is another good one for creating those freaky abstract pictures. Animations of effects can also be created. The complete list of effects is as follows: rotate, twist, flip, reflect, bubble, frayed, vignette, tiling, parm, kaleidoscope, pic.
Wave, bright, chromakey, noise, zoom, fade- through. Mandel, stretch and morph. Most of these are geared towards distorting your original image, rather than touching up or improving poor- quality screens.
SHORTCOMINGS Although there are some nice features here, there are also quite a few omissions and shortfalls.
Speed is one problem. Many of the processes take ages to render - far longer than they should in some cases. For example, the tile option takes a specified rectangle of the image, and fills the screen with it. This could be done in a matter of seconds, but instead it plods along as if you've got a lifetime to waste.
The assumption that everyone wants to work in.
24 bits is unfortunate. There are no options for converting images to different resolutions, or for changing the number of colours. These are basic requirements for any image processor. Unless you EASE OF USE ??????????80% The icon-used dreg end diop system is simple enough to operate.
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1,Fun as a secondary image processor but major limitations keep it well behind the m leading pack. J OVERALL Andy Leaning gets down to the essence of 3D textures and forges ahead with some simply stunning new surfaces.
Essence, in a nutshell, is an excellent collection ot 3D images which wrap around shapes and objects in 3D ray tracing programs to give the images a realistic finish. It's a superb program.
Testament to this is the tact that Essence I &II received a CU AMIGA top rated award when they were reviewed back in December '93. Despite the high score there was one major drawback though - you could only use Essence with Imagine. This was frustrating as Essence's infinite selection of textures couldn't be used with other 3D programs such as Lightwave and Real3D. Now, thanks to Forge, Essence textures can be used with any 3D program.
So what exactly is Forge and how has it lead to this welcomed ability to use Essence with any 3D program? And while we're about it why couldn't Essence work with any other program apart from Imagine in the first place? The answer to both these questions lies in formats. For example, rather than using standard IFF or jpeg formulas Essence uses complex mathematical formulas which, before Forge, only Imagine could use. Essence's textures are not straight graphics files. Instead they are files containing mathematical definitions
- otherwise known as 'procedural textures'.
This means Essence uses mathematics to create the textures rather than the standard series of dots or iff files.
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look the final ).I.. ..|| image completely - from a chess board H to a city with roads and housing blocks.
There is of course the possibility that someone smart enough could write a program that would load these formulas, let you to change the parameters and then save the resulting textures out as IFFs for use in other programs. This is exactly what Forge is. Essence.
And the program Forge, are now sold in a pack by Emerald Creative which allow you to not only save out Essence textures as images for use in other 3D programs but also create an amazingly diverse range of new textures.
Forge provides a very user-friendly front end into which you can load the various Essence procedural textures. On loading each texture you are presented MANUAL OVERRIDE Computer manuals are notorious lor being difficult to understand, badly written and too technical. However, the Forge manual is clear concise and easy to read. Not only is it easy to understand and follow, it has a good index and explains everything you need to know, but the author also has a sense ol humour which comes across in the manual There are lootnotes throughout, many ol which are informa five, but a great many are
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With a series ol sliders, on the righl-hand side of Ihe | screen, that effect Ihe look of the texture. To the let of the sliders is a display which shows you the results of your changes. This view can be either spherical (a ball) or rectangular allowing you see how various textures will wrap around comers etc. In the previewing display, resolution size and the the time taken to redraw the image are in direct pr» portion to each other. For example, you see a low resolution sample of the effect your changes extremely fast, however higher resolutions vi VERY ANIMATED One ol the great things about
Imagine is that surfaces a move. Not only can you have a object moving and rotatir but its surlace can also move, this allows you to not only create impressive shapes and lorms. But also create gas and smoke effects that would otherwise be impossible to produce.
One ol the kicks in the aimoury ot Forge is lhal you a also creale these animated lexlures. Jusl like Ihe static r sions. This further adds lo Ihe programs flexibility and makes it a powerful tool lor 3D animated images.
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Lake longer. Whilst not being instant this approach allows you to see the changes far quicker than waiting for a full resolution render.
Then, once you've come up with a texture you like the look of you can set an anti-aliasing level (making sharp edges look softer) and then render it out at various resolutions and then save the file out in a variety of different formats: 24-bit IFF, JPEG, TIFF, and PPM. The rendering can also be carried out in the background (whilst you work on another screen) and a status bar, telling you how much longer the rendering will take, can be displayed on the Workbench screen.
Having saved the file out as an IFF you then then load this into a 3D rendering program such as Lightwave and use it as a surface. Given the variety of textures supplied with Essence, and the ability to change these with Forge you have an infinite range of potential surfaces covering every possible requirement. You can create some amazingly realistic surfaces with the program, and some of the organic textures are very effective.
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In all Essence and Forge make a superb package.
The only downfall however, is the rendering time. Even on my accelerated A4000 040 running at 40MHz a texture of 256x256 pixels can take three or four minutes, whilst higher resolutions can take much longer - 768x768 images ran over an hour in some cases.
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Once you have a modem, though, you quickly realise that the bills are no joke. However, they’re definitely worth it though.
Andre Digard reaches out, touches Cyberspace, sends his phone bill into orbit, faxes himself around the country and loves every second of it.
It’s tempting to spend an entire weekend on the Internet but unless you are independently wealthy or get free phone calls that’s just not practical. You soon become adept in the art of ‘surfing’ (ie logging on, quickly uploading or downloading then logging off to check out what you caught). The occasional prolonged chat or conference happens but usually it's wiser to create mail and carefully select files before calling anyone. Most bulletin boards, however, let you download a list of files and conferences for you to peruse, so you can check it out and then call them when you know where
you’re going. It makes life much easier (and cheaper).
BUILT FOR SPEED The Aceex modem isn’t going to win any awards for beauty but it comes out tops for speed. It always achieved above 1,600 characters per second (CPS) when transferring archived files. As an example a test file of an archived graphics file sized at 287,462 bytes was transferred in just two minutes and 54 seconds, at an average of 1.651 CPS. Theoretically, with the modem using its compression. It could reach speeds of up to 57.600 bits per second (BPS) or 7200 CPS. In practice this is virtually impossible to achieve, the best average you should hope for is around 28,000 BPS or
3,500 CPS. This is true of all 14400 modems.
You should also bear in mind that almost every file you come across on a bulletin board is likely to already be compressed, which renders the modem s compression practically useless. Hence the speed test results of an average 1,651 CPS is closer to what you are likely to achieve.
SETTING A TRAP FOR FAXES One of the best features of the Aceex, or any other similar modem for that matter, is its ability to send and receive faxes. Power Computing actually gives you the chance to buy TrapFax with the modem and it would be churlish not to consider it. The chance is too good to miss.
Theoretically it’s possible to run TrapFax from a floppy disk, but to use a modfem like this you really must have a hard disk, and a big one at that.
Once installed the program works beautifully.
It’s a little frustrating at first as TrapFax is not one but several programs so you have to read the manual to find out how it works. Thankfully, the manual is well written and clear, though it does use quite a bit of jargon.
One great advantage of TrapFax is its size. The individual programs that make up TrapFax are fairly small so leaving auto answer on takes up a far more sensible 70K in comparison with GP’s 230K, most welcome if you cherish your memory.
What's more. TrapFax works in conjunction with TrapDoor, an absolute must for FidoNet users.
NOT ALL THERE One surprise was the communications software provided or rather the lack of communication software.
Ncomm 2 is provided and it’s a good sturdy choice.
The surprise was the missed opportunity to provide' TrapDoor with the modem. It may not have been used by everybody, but surely the price of a disk would gain immense good will from customers.
The other missing item was any kind of reference to the Amiga. There wasn’t even an A4 sheet telling you how to connect it up. Admittedly most Comms users wouldn’t need it, but these days we are trying to make Comms available to everyone.
CAVEAT SURFER If you intend to connect a 14400 BPS modem to an unexpanded A1200 be warned; because of the lack of FastMemory the modem will be limited to a top transfer rate of 38400 BPS.
However, this often gives faster transfers when uploading or downloading files (see Speed Test, far right).
CONCLUSION The choice of modems on the market is definitely hotting up.
The Aceex has several minor niggling points. For example, it's not the best constructed modem in the world - the LEDs weren't quite lined up properly on the review machine and the stencils were badly printed. Another problem was its sensitivity, a pie of times I knocked the modem whilst I was on-line and it disconnected both times. However, modems seldom win prizes for beauty. What matters is how they work and the Aceex does its job admirably.
And with the addition of TrapFax the whole thing becomes an excellent package. If you want to sen and receive faxes it performs perfectly, sending better quality faxes than you can with a dedicated fax machine.
Overall, whichever 14400 modem you choose, you'll be making the right choice. They all work at about the same speed, they all have similar functions and they all increase your phone bill. The Aceex is a good little machine, if you want a modem you should consider it.
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Find out what the fuss is about in this month’s PD Scene... r SOME JUSTICE 94 VGA demo Yes mister, I'll take two please! This is the best demo of the summer by a long shot! It's a sound and vision extravaganza, with the best soundtrack ever to grace an Amiga demo. Released to promote a new EP trom Urban Shakedown, it's a remix ot Some Justice, the STARWOIDS game I know it looks like just another Thrust clone, but Starwoids really is a bit spesh.
It's a cross between Oids and Thrust, with a Star Wars theme. There are three levels in this version - a PD taster of a bigger shareware game.
Alter the easy first level, it gets pretty tricky. It you're a Star Wars fan, there's plenty to get frothed up over. Loads ot the music has been sampled trom the films, and there are loads of other details through the game, such as the At-Ats, C3PO and R2D2. You even get to shoot down some Tie Fighters. Whether or not you wear Luke Skywalker pyjamas to bed, Starwoids has enough meaty gameplay to keep any zap fan happy.
Available trom: _ On-Line PD, I 1 The Cloisters, I Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 I 3PX. Tel: 0704 834335. Price: £2.25 including I P*P hardcore anthem ot 1992, produced by Urban Shakers themselves, and reworked into a colossal bass-heavy jungle stomper. Stick this through a decent hi-fi and you just won't believe the sub-bass!
If that wasn't already enough, it's even got that brilliant Ce Ce Rogers vocal see PD Utilities for the Urban Shakedown sample library). The graphics are just as hot too. Jungle-lined tunnels, warped animations, slippery plasma and hard-hitting strobes. Combined with the soundtrack, it's a complete brain-scrambler. Okay, so I did the visuals, but I'm not biased! (not hall. Edl Would I lie to you? Don't take my word tor it - get yourself a copy now (and check out the EP while you're at it)!
Available trom: Cynostic PD. Otfice 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7JJB. Tel: 0203 681687. Price: £2.75 including P+P PD SCENE CU AMIGA SPECTRUM AGA 1.3 spectrum emulator This is one of the better Spectrum emulators we’ve seen. This disk is bursting at the seams coming complete with 19 different games in all such as: 1943, Airwolf, Atic Atac, Batty, Bomb Jack, Fernando Martin, Jet Pac, Jet Set Willy. Knight Lore.
Livingston, Manic Miner. Match Point, Pheenix, Sabre Wulf. Sai Combat, Sir Fred. Spy Hunter. Starquake, Starstrike, and Tarantula (an adventure game in Spanish).
There’s a neat little front-end to the emulator, which lets you type in pokes (cheats) before you load a game. You can also type in programs in BASIC, if you can remember where all the commands are on the keyboard, stead of loading cassette games through a sound sampler, this one needs special interface plugged into the joystick port. There are illustrated tions for it on the disk. This disk is well worth a go just for the sheer variety of games on it.
Available from: On-Line PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX. Tel: 0704 834335. Price: £1.50 including P+P.
Buckets of blood and dead flesh are the main attractions with Zombies 2, the sequel to the Operation Wolf clone that was released with Blitz Basic. This time around it’s a bit slicker, with better sound and graphics, but gameplay remains the same.
Zombies have overtaken the world, and you’ve got to wipe them out with your mouse-controlled pistol and grenades. As the zombies get blown away, they litter the screen with detached limbs and hunks of meat, all to a stomach-churning soundtrack of splats and gurgles. Rather disgusting, but quite'satisfying all the same.
Wailable from: On-Line PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX.
I: 0704 834335. Price: £1.50 including P+P.
AGA SLIDESHOW 2 slideshow Considering there are four disks in this set, there aren’t many pictures in this slideshow. However, those that are included are quite impressive: hi-res interlaced HAM-8, and very neatly rendered. The main problem is that they're just not very exciting.
You can see the technical prowess, but a ray-traced scene from an MFI shop window is a bit yawnsome.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687.
Price: £6.00 including P+P. 3Mb RAM required.
MINI ONLINE INTROS demo compilation How's that for a bargain? You’ve got 12 demos crammed onto one disk! A few of them are a bit old, ranging from 93 to 94, but even so there are some excellent visual effects and plenty of tinkly ditties.
They’re mostly BBS intros, with contributions from Lemon, Virtual Dreams, Models Inc, Avalon and Lego among others. There's plenty of wibbly visuals for the jelly- heads like myself, and if you’re into chip’ music that sounds like a Commodore 64 with a wasp stuck inside it, you’ll love the tunes.
Recommended especially this month, as all the demo coders seem to have taken a summer break.
Available from: On-Line PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX.
Tel: 0704 834335. Price: £1.50 including P+P.
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It's Goit. Did you guess already? We’d have to get up pretty early in the morning to catch you out wouldn't we? Gort is a conversion of the coin-op of the same name. It’s a bumper bonanza ot Space Invaders, Galaga, Galaxians and a couple of other shoot 'em ups. You get one tevel of each game, until you complete the lot, and it all wraps round to the start again.
This isn’t an amazing conversion, but if you really want to get back to those 'good old days', it’ll keep you quiet lor a lew minutes or so.
Available from: Magnetic Fields, PO Box 118, Preston, Lancashire PR2 2AW.
Tel: 0772 881190.
Price: £2.50 including P*P.
Animation I though! This was going to be funny at first. Maybe it was the ropey sampled speech, or the similarity to those old Eric Schwartz Gulf War cartoons. I was wrong. Actually, on second thoughts, I was right. It is funny, but I don’t think it’s supposed to be. Here's the plot.
A Stealth Bomber appears on an enemy radar, which locks on and fires a missile. The plane takes a hit and plummets towards the desert floor. A nearby soldier suddenly realises that there's 1,000 tonnes of black metal heading straight for the mess tent, and tries to stop its advance with his rifle, but to no avail. The troops’ dinner is rudely interrupted by the arrival of the plane, which rips right into the tent. The end.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7Ntf.
Tel: 0203 681687. Price: E2.75 including P+P.
Requires 1.5Mb. PLEASE RELEASE ME animation This one rales fairly high on the stupid-o-meter. It is quite amusing the first time around, however, it quickly loses appeal after a while.
What we have is a glamourous cartoon crooner, wailing out the opening line of the country song APOLLO 11 HYPERBOOK diskbook I love all this stuff about going to the moon. Even though it's had plenty of coverage with the recent anniversary, the moon landing it is still fascinating stuff - if you’re that way inclined.
This is a multimedia presentation kind of thing, created with Hyperbook.
There's text, detailing the various aspects of the mission, and fuzzy digitised illustrations, mostly taken from video. You also get a few sound samples, including the 'One small step...' quote, and the countdown sequence.
A third disk of pictures is available from the author, although the registration document didn’t work on my copy.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687. Price: £3.50 including P+P.
'Please Release Me’. The singer's head is, in fact, a balloon, which is promptly released on demand, and sent farting around the screen as it deflates. And that's it.
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CLE41 BASICALLY MEDICINE A title written By members ot the St John’s Ambulance Orgade. This is a superb Kile covering Disoasos.lreatment, Medicos A Drugs. Health A llnoss. Base opjpment needed A the medcai pioneers who helped peale modern Medicine! A ready useful Ode Conies on two dsks £4 95 .
Basically Mdm CLE051 PAINT PASTE 5 DRAW TINS is a Murrmg diawingcolocrmg book. Containing lots ol Background pctureB. Brushes 10 paste on. Pus editor lo design your own . You can even add your own artwork to the pCOjre A supert»y presented program, this one is a must lor young cNiamnl 1 disk £3.95.. CLE54 TITANIC Yes. A book covermg one or the most tnmous ot all passenger shps The Titaisc and its tatetul maiden voyage. This Doe a iteraHy crammed with tacts and tiigures on one ot me most taecmadng ships ol all time, a shp when was Ihoughi to be unsmkabiei Comes on 2 disks and is priced ai
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CLE58 TOTAL CONCEPTS! STARS A GALAXIES to this TCI Chrle Hill lakes you trom the coniines ol the Solar System to Ihe Universe beyond. Just about everything is covered Irom star birth* lo Black Holes A Quasars over sixty images ol such quality thal you will think that some are Hamfl This program Is a must* 3 disks only £5.95.. CLE59 A TOUR THROUGH TIME This is an eieltent Introduction to all me ages ot the earth! Starting with the big bang, you progrst* through time . The beginning ol life in the see through the tishes, reptiles A finally the age ol birds A mammal* A man upto the space ege.
Boo* your trip NOWI 3 disk* only t5B5.. CLU03 TYPING TUTOR A pogram hero now lor all you buddrvg oHioo dorks, lea mog to type can be a real pan. Lesson* cob’ a fortone. Txit not when you havo an AMIGA ' This pogram wll take you step by slop through a fun typing course, showing whoro to F*»ce your fingers and lots mere. Before long you’ll be able to type as last as I can ! Pree £3 95 - CLU032 POWERTEXT 2 This is a stporD A powerfu wordpocessing program, teatunng embedded commands, automatic sanng. Mail merging, built in spelling checker, user definable function keys, wordwrapping A much much
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Professional CD £17.99 New! 2.831 Adobe Type 1. 188 CG. 1.369 True Type Fonts (over 32MB) and PCX. GIF. EPS. TtFF Cupart (over 162MB) Many other loots etc. CD works on Amiga and PC computers. This CD Is a CD for everybody 's collection t CDPDIV £17.99 The latest in the range ot CDPD Disks. Contains Fish to 1000. TBAG collection. AM FM coHection and much much more. .. AMOS CD £17.99 The entire official AMOS library (uplo 621), 1600 Amos source code files.
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He slips at least 100 of ’em into his Amiga every month!
SOUND MACHINE Sample Converter Sound Machine converts PC WAV and VOC sound sample files into Amiga IFF files. It also converts from IFF back to WAV and VOC.
The controls are minimal, just a few buttons to specify the format and sample rate, and a play button so that you can check the sample.
Nothing outstanding, no bells, no whistles, but it works, and it's fast.
It may not be much use to the every Amiga user, but it's very useful for programmers. What might be of interest to you though, are the samples included on the disk.
These are just great when used with OctaMED. There are all sorts of odds and ends including a very silly mix of John Cleese and Clint Eastwood.
Available from: Valley PD, PO Box 15, Peterlee, Co Durham SR8 1NZ. Tel: 091 5871195.
Price: 99p plus 50p P.P. ' FINAL WRAPPER Final Writer Macros If you were one of those people who, like myself, spent ages deciding whether to buy Wordworth 3 or Final Writer, and eventually settled on the latter, then this program is for you. Digita, Wordworth's creators, hyped the program’s Text Effects engine and its ability to wrap text into circles and spirals, and more beside. Now Final Writer users can do the same thing, thanks to this ingenious set of macros.
Let’s make a big admission first. These effects are bordering on the useless. They'll probably get used a couple of times and then be completely forgotten (ask any Wordworth user). However, this little package is so well programmed that it deserves attention. What's more, the other macros on this disk are very useful. There's one which will centre an object in the middle of the page, another to expand objects to fill the page, another to roll your text on a sine wave, and there's also the wonderful SizeNOblique. To use the latter, you set your largest size and or oblique character at one end
of your text, the smallest at the other, highlight them and select this script. The macro then scales each character in the text from largest to smallest, or vice versa. Neat. In short, if you bought Final Writer then buy Final Wrapper. It’s great fun. It may even prove useful one day.
Available from: Scribble PD, 2 Hillside Cottages, Burstall, Suffolk IP8 3DY. Tel: 0473 652588. Price: £1 plus 75p P.P. URBAN SHAKEDOWN SAMPLES sound samples You want top sound samples? Look no further! These are from Urban Shakedown's extensive sample vaults, and show just how good your Amiga can sound - big beefy bottom ends, bright sparkling top ends, and virtually no noise or hiss. The six-disk collection is geared towards dance music, and includes breakbeats, basses, vocals, stabs, chords, rhythm loops and drums. For an idea of what can be done with them, check out the Some Justice 94 AGA
demo (reviewed in this issue's PD Scene), and keep an ear out for the new Urban Shakedown release on PWL records this month. Highly recommended.
Available from: NBS, 1 Chain Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5QA. Price: £9.95 . 50p P.P. TEXT ENGINE I TextEngine W.l, Copyright S Nicholas Harney Word Processor TextEngine V4.1, Copyright Nicholas Harvey, 1991 -93 This could be just the ticket If you don't already have a word processor.
Tent Engine is no competition for Final Writer, but it works well enough. J As Ihe name suggests. Ihere are no j facilities tor graphics, and even the text features are limited - no what- you-see-is-what-you-get here.
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However, it's an elegantly designed little program, ideal for knocking out the occasional letter.
There's a competent 36.000 word spelling checker, which, although a bit on the small side, is big enough for most modest tasks. The text formatting is quite adequate, allowing you to produce all of the standard effects available from cheap dot matrix printers. It doesn't cater for different fonts: only the standard bold, underline, enlarged, italic etc. There's a simple find and replace option, and reasonable cut and paste features. It s got everything a beginner would need.
If you re a new user, or strapped i. nmn, ------- for cash. Tent Engine should suit you down to Ihe ground. It s well programmed, easy to use and simple enough that even a tolal novice could be bashing away within minutes _ Available from: Cynostic. Office 01. New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Ind.Est., Old Church Road. Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 6816 87. Price: £2 including P.P. 90Do CU AMIGA PD UTILITIES Educational Wow! Excuse me, I Ihink that's my jaw down there by your toot. You might guess that this is something good You're absolutely spot on. This is a quantum leap towards
educational soltware lhat really works. It's just a little colour the alphabet' program, with a tew olher bils and pieces thrown in tor good measure but the presentation is simply superb.
It's tun to play and would best suit tour to six year olds, though younger children may still get something out ot it. For older children, or even adults, there is a lesson on binary. For programmers there is a painting package to learn trom. It you have pre-school children, get this disk. II you program edu cational soltware. This disk is also must. The programmer. Duncan Moran, deserves great success. I wish him peace, and many children.
Available trom: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way. Hampstead Garden Suburb. London NW11 6JE. Tel: 08t 455 1626. Disk No. BU170.
Price: 90p plus 50p P.P. Q ¦n Animation Player Another animation player? You mean we don'l have enough already? Ah.
Once, though, it's true Flick plays PC FLI animations and nothing else Nol much cop you may think, and lor the most pari you would be right. PC animations tend not lo be up to Ihe quality ol Amiga animations. It's nol that the PC isn't capable (though even a Iasi 486 isn't as good as an Amiga
1200) . It’s lust that Ihe craze is about three years behind on
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routines, which seem Iasi convert PC screens lo Amiga ones,
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70% TWO CAN PLAY Education There's some great educational software around, like Kids Disk, but there's always going to be some rubbish. Take this one for example. The screens have very little colour, and the whole thing looks very amateur. The games are dull and slow, with pointless clicking between turns. The author should take a long hard look at Kids Disk, which outclasses Two Can Play in almost every respect, as I'm quite certain that its author is capable of producing something equally good. As it stands. I simply cannot recommend this disk.
Available from: F1 Licenceware, 31 Wellington Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 9DU. Tel: 0392 493580. Price: £3.99 Including P.P. VIRUS WORKSHOP 3.8 Virus Killer This has to be the most comprehensive virus killer I have ever seen. The number ot options is fantastic. If you're lucky enough to have never had a virus, then here's a quick explanation. A virus is a program that copies itself from disk to disk. Depending on the type of virus, the consequences could be system crashes, erased disks, corrupted files and so on.
Virus Workshop is a very thorough system, and unlike most virus killers it will even check a hard disk. Beginners could find it very difficult to use, but if you know your Amiga, it's well worth getting hold of.
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You got it! The Amiga Workshop section is dedicated to giving you a triple dose of tips, tutorials, advice and inspiration, whatever you use your Amiga for. The world’s top Amigaheads explain how to get the most out of your favourite computer, from graphics and animation, to music and netsurfing.
It’s all here in your tip top number one Amiga Workshop.
Adverts aren't always what they seem. The small print might look insignificant, but it could hold key information about the service you can expect from the advertiser.
Andy Leaning explains the jargon, and marks out the potential pitfalls.
Tony Morgan is one of the few people who can tell a breakbeat from a heartbeat. This month the amazingly musically’ talented one shows you how skillful use of OctaMED s commands can revolutionise your music making. So get groovin’ with CU AMIGA'S funk master.
PETER LEE'S ANIMATION MASTER it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of -- imagination and a copy of Deluxe Paint or Brilliance.
Broaden your horizons with yet more tricks and tips from the top man in Amiga animation, as Peter Lee lays bare his amazing trade secrets.
Some questions seem just too silly to ask but there’s no problem too big or too small for CU AMIGA. How do you program your Amiga? What is Kickstart? What use is the little slot on the side of the A1200? All of these and more are answered by the sage-like Kennedy-Leaning team.
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158 BACKCHAT That's the letters page to you, guv’. You need an introduction to the letters page? Okay, well people write things to us, we print ’em, and then we print an informative and occasionally witty reply. You also get to meet the CU AMIGA team and Hnd out what they’ve been up this month. You even get a side-splitting Far Side cartoon!
162 POINTS OF VIEW Do we want big tlasby boxes with shiny pictures and glossy manuals, or would you rather receive your new RAM board in a drab brown carton with nothing more than a serial number for decoration? Andy Leaning admirably manages not to use the phrase boxing clever’ in his assessment ol the matter.
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buyers’ guide has covered the process of how you buy a product,
this month Andy Leaning shows you how to interpret an advert.
PART Looking through the various advertisements in CU AMIGA you'll quickly discover that there is a vast amount of information hidden away in the text and photos on these pages.
Most of these adverts are fairly clear and helpful, but there is still the occasional ‘ad speak‘ sentence or vague statement waiting to catch you off guard. Here we examine a typical advert and explain statements like: at home warranty, whilst stocks last, e&oe, next working day and price match, same product - same price mean.
Whilst Stocks Last: Exactly what it means. The advertiser has secured limited stocks of a product. When they run out the offer finishes.
At Home Warranty: This means that if the product breaks down a repair man will come to your house to repair it rather than you having to send it away.
When comparing different advertisements, check the callout time - ie how long it will take for a repair agent to turn up.
The normal callout times are 8, 24 and 48 hours.
Next Working Day: Most peopie make the mistake ot believing this to Be the day alter they've ordered, it isn’t. II you order goods on a Friday or, say, betore a bank holiday they will not arrive until the following Monday or Tuesday - not Saturday.
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to price match.
E&OE: Errors and Omissions Excepted.
Adverts are usually produced to very tight deadlines ie they are produced quickly. In the computer market product specifications can change overnight, so mistakes are occasionally made. This abbreviation essentially means that the advertiser can't be held responsible for mistakes in the advert and accepts that mistakes may occur.
The key to OctaMEDs full power lies within its commands.
This month we take a look at how they work, and what they can do for your tunes.
PART s COMMANDS Many of OctaMEDs more powerful features are accessed through the commands. The commands are all those letters and numbers next to the notes.
Look at the diagram below to see where the commands sit on each line of fhe block.
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Commands change the way instruments are played. Instead of just playing the sample from start to finish, with commands you can create volume and pitch slides, arpeggio and vibrato effects, and loads of other variations. All the command numbers and their values use hexadecimal, apart from the volume command, which can be switched between hexadecimal and decimal.
ARPEGGIO OO This creates simulated chords, by changing the pitch of the instrument three times in quick succession. The resulting sound is similar to the pseudo-chord sounds heard in old C64 game music. The root pitch of the chord is specified by the note you enter on the block. The two value digits specify the next two notes of the chord, as semi-tone steps up from the original pitch.
00047 00047 00047 00047 00047 00047 00047 00000 In the example on the left, the instrument will be played as a major C chord, using notes C. E and
G. The note entered was C. which is the root pitch.
The values of 47 specify E (4 semi-tone steps up the keyboard from C), and G (7 semi-tone steps up the keyboard from C). To sustain the arpeggio effect, enter more commands in the following lines.
1046 0046 0046 0046 0046 0046 0046 SLIDE UP 01 Use this to create upward pitch slides. It decreases the period of the note by the Amount of the value on each timing pulse. Don't worry if that sounds 0 00 C - 3 “ 10 00 1 00 002
- --00 003
- --00 004
- --0 o 005
- --00 006
- --00 confusing, as you can create pitch slides without having
to enter any pitch commands. See the panel on command slides
tor the easy way to make pitch slides.
SUDE DOWN 02 As above, but slides down.
PORTAMENTO 03 You can use this as an alternative to the slide commands. The value sets the speed of the slide. Take a look at the example below.
The note would first be played as a C. When the third line is reached, the note E is not played, 000 C - 3 10 0 0 0 00 1 00000 002
- -- 0000 0 E-3 1 0 30 5 004
- -- 0 0 3 0 0 005
- -- 00300 006
- -- 00300 007 00300 but the slide is staded. The E specifies the
destination pitch of the note which is still playing
(currently as C). The number 05 sets the speed ot the pitch
slide. The following commands of 3 continues to slide the note
up until it reaches its destination pilch of E. All podamento
commands after this has happened will be ignored.
VIBRATO 04 Vibrato changes the pitch of the instrument up and down very quickly. The first digit of the value sets the speed of the vibrato. The second sets the depth (the amount of pitch fluctuation). You can 000 0 0 1 002 003 004 005 006 10 OO use this to add some movement' to a shod looped instrument, or just to add strange gargling effects to other sounds. It can also sound like the motor's packed up on your tape deck.
SUDE AND FADE 05 Protracker compatible.
This is a combination of the podamento and fade commands. Set a slide going by using the podamento command as explained above. The 5 000 1000 0 0 1 D - 3 1030 002 0030 003
- -- 0050 004
- -- 0050 [11111111 command can now be used to continue the poda
mento effect, and also set the sound fading out.
The value is the fade speed.
VIBRATO AND FADE 06 Protracker compatible.
As above, but this combines the vibrato and fade 000 C-3 104 0 0 1 004 002 --- 00?--- 006 004 --- 000 [11111 commands. The value is the fade speed. Set up a vibrato, and then use the vibrato and lade command to continue the vibrato at the previously defined rate, and fade out at the rate specified by the value.
TREMOLO 07 Protracker compatible.
This is described as a kind of volume vibrato - it changes the volume of the sound at a specified rate. The first digit of the value sets the speed, 000 D-3 107DF 001 00700 002 while the second digit sets the amount ol change in volume. To continue the eflect. Insert 'blank' tremolo commands on following lines, as shown here: SYNTH JUMP OE When this is used with a synthetic or hybrid instrument. It triggers a jump in the waveform sequence list. It will jump to the line that corresponds to the value given after the command. For example, in 000 C-3 1 0000I 001--- 0 0 0 0 0] 002 --- 00E03 003
--- OOOOOj 004 --- 00000 005 00000 i HOLD AND DECAY 08 You can set the hold and decay values with this command. The first digit of the value is the hold length of the note, and the second is the decay rate. Lower decay rates give longer decays. Use
- |- (entered by pressing Return) in following lines to extend
the hold further than the specified length.
SECONDARY TEMPO 09 This sets the secondary tempo (the number of timing pulses per quarter note). The value can range from 0 to 20.
POSITION JUMP OB The song plays up to this command, and then jumps to another position in the play sequence.
The song will then loop back to this specified point when it reaches the end of the song. This lets you have an introduction sequence which would only play once. The rest of the song could then loop forever, without repeating the intro. For example, to jump to position three in the play sequence, use a value of 02. A value of 00 would jump to the first position.
SET VOLUME OC This sets the volume for the instrument, which overrides the default volume set in the instrument parameter panel. However, it does no override the relative volume of the track, set from the VOL panel, but it will be affected by it. The volume command normally uses decimal numbers tor its value, but you can change to hex by clicking the VOL: HEX button from the main Play panel.
Volumes can be changed when the instrument is first played, and also while it continues to play. The example above sets the initial volume to 30, and then increases it to 60. By changing the volume on each line, with a fast tempo, you can produce strobing effects that work well in dance tracks.
000 C-3 10000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 00 3
- -- 0 0 0 0 0 004 E-3 1 OFF D 005
- -- 0 0 0 0 0 006
- -- 0 0 0 0 0 nTtVA NEXT MONTH We continue with explanations ot
all the remaining commands next month, including all the MIDI
commands VOLUME SUDE OD Slides the volume up or down. The first
digit of the value is used to slide the volume up, the second
to slide it down. This has the advantage of being smoother than
changes with the C command. In this example, the instrument
is played with a volume of 40, then the volume is decreased
over two lines, and then pushed back up to its original level.
000 C-3 1 0C40 001--- OODO 1 002 --- OODO 1 [111] tllJKi [Hi] OCTAMED 4 TUTORIAL the case above, the synth sound would jump to line five in the waveform sequence.
MISCELLANEOUS OF This command has a number functions, depending on the values entered after it.
OFOO: This makes the song to jump to the next block in the play sequence. It you are just playing one block, it jumps back to the top of that block.* • 0FO1-OFFO: change primary tempo. This changes the tempo of the track. The value must be in hexadecimal, but will be displayed in decimal on the tempo slider. Tempos between 01 and OA are compatible with Soundtracker. For more accurate compatibility, use the 09 command (in which case the secondary tempo should be set to 33).
0FF1: plays the note twice. A line reading C-3 20FF1 is the same as two consecutive lines reading C-3 20000 at double the tempo.
0FF8: turns the low-pass filter off.
0FF9: turns the low-pass filter on.
OFFD: changes the pitch of the sample currently playing, without re-triggering it. This is very useful if you don't want a noticeable jump back to the start of the sample, when you've got a long instrument sound, but you want a change in pitch.
The example below plays the instrument at C-3, and then changes the pitch to E-3.
OFFE: stops the song playing. This can be entered by clicking the STOP button whilst holding down the shift key.
OFFF: stops the instrument playing in that track.
This also works with MIDI instruments, and is handy for songs using more than four sample channels.
COMMAND SLIDES OctaMED 4 has a handy function lor creating volume fades, and with a bit of trickery, you can it to create slides for use with any of the commands. To create a volume slide two notes, both of the notes must have ir volumes specified by the C command, as the picture below.
Move to any line between the two notes, and the VOL button from the RANGE panel, _ sure that edit mode is active. The lines between the notes will be filled with volume commands, ranging trom the value of the first volume to the second (see below).
By creating a volume slide, and then changing all the Cs to another number or letter, you can have automatic graduations of any other command. All the other commands use hexadecimal values, so you should first change the volume setting to hex. Do this by clicking the HEX button from the PLAY panel. Now your volume slides will be in hexadecimal.
If you want to keep your volume commands n decimal, remember to click the DEC button next to the HEX button after you have created the slide.
PITCH SLIDES The pitch slide functions are similar to the volume slider. Enable edit mode, and position the cursor over the first note, or the line from which you want the slide to begin.
Click the SLIDE: 2 button from the RANGE panel, and the appropriate slide commands will be inserted to the following lines. Alternatively, use the SLIDE: 1 button, which creates a portamento type of slide.
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«f»r_scrtpt Project 1 58 18192 | In this month’s masterclass, John Kennedy helps you do away with the Shell by adding icons to scripts.
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I JUNK Sometimes the boundary where the Workbench ends and AmigaDOS begins can be a bit hard to cross. This is especially true it you are experimenting with AmigaDOS scripts and want to create your own icon so that the scripts can be executed trom the Workbench like any other program.
Thankfully, there is quite an easy way around this problem, by making use ot a special command hidden away on the Workbench disk. ICONX (short tor Icon execute) lives in the Workbench C: directory, and it is used to tie a script to an icon.
Let's create an example trom scratch. Once you have grasped how it works, it will be easy tor you to transform your own AmigaDOS programs into dick-and-go icons.
First, let's create an AmigaDOS script - a script is nothing more than a plain text tile tull of Amiga DOS commands. The commands will be executed in order, as though you had typed them by hand at the Shell prompt. Use a text editor (not a Word Processor) to create a tile containing the following: echo "Performing listing of disk directory...’ dir echo ‘All done..." It you don't have GoldED (public domain) or Cygnus ED (a commercial product), use the Commodore supplied ED command to create the tile. It is important to use a text editor to ensure that no extra text formatting or style codes are
allowed to sneak into the text. Save the tile to the fljglilrsijljlihii RAM Disk (RAM:) under the name DIR_SCRIPT.
You can check the tile to make sure it's correct with the TYPE command at the Shell: type ram:dir_script Note that the case of the letters and filenames isn’t important at the moment. Normally you could get this script to run by using the EXECUTE command at the Shell prompt, like this: execute ram:dir_script You might even have gone so far as to make the script execute automatically by setting the Script flag. The concept of file flags might be news to you, so from the Shell enter the following: list ram: You should get a list something like this displayed: I Canctt I rw-d Today 09:54:44 ENV
Dir I rwed Today 09:54:42 Clipboards Dir j rwed Today 09:54:35 T Dir I rwed Today 11:13:15 3 files - 3 directories - 216 blocks used J The Hags’ are the series of letters and dashes that appear after the size of the file. One of the flags is the Script flag, and you can set it using the PROTECT command: protect rara:dir_script +s Now when you perform a list, you should see the extra flag present beside the dir_script file. You can unset the flag using ‘-s' instead of ‘+s’. The other flags mark the files as read-able, write-able, delete-able and execute-able - you might want to experiment
with them, but use your own test files rather than important Workbench utilities.
There are others flags (such as hidden, pure and archive) which are less common. The flags are really only of use when third-party disk backup programs are being used. In any case, when the dir_script has the ’s’ protection flag set, it will now execute automatically at the Shell. All you need to do is enter its name, like this: dir_script DRAW AN ICON This automatic execution is very usetul, as it allows you to detine your own new AmigaDOS commands. You can even pass parameters (such as filenames) into them, but that, as they say, is another story and it's still far from being our
dick-and-run solution. Returning to that particular challenge, the next stage Is to use the Icon Editor program to create an icon.
Make sure you set the type of the Icon to be a Project icon. This is important, because if you gel it wrong the necessary information can’t be stored in the icon's .info file, if you load in an existing icon rather than draw one. Remember to check that the type hasn't been reset.
Save the new icon using the same name as the script, and in this case put it in the RAM: disk too. Don’t worry about the script getting overwritten - it won’t be, as the ‘.info’ suffix will be added lo fhe name.
Now leave the IconEdit program and use the Workbench Icon Information command (from the icon pull-down menu) to get a display ol icons. You now will need to alter the Default Tool to read IconX - nothing more, nothing less. Don’t try and JOBS A GOOD 'UN Amazingly that’s all there is to it. When you click on the icon you have just created, iconx will load and execute the dir_script file: just like that. Note that the script file doesn’t have to have the 's' bit set. IconX will run it anyway, but if look al the Workbench Icon information window you will see that it is set to be a script. This is
another way ot setting the protection flags if you don't like the Shell, (is there anything that can't be done trom the Workbench?)
There is one thing you will have to make sure that ot. And that is when you copy the icon anywhere other than the RAM disk the script is copied too. This will usually be done automatically when the icon is dragged, but check to make sure.
ICON EXTRA There are few extra facilities ottered by IconX, controlled by adding items to the ToolTypes list. First ot all. You can specify the length ol time (in fiftieths ot a second) tor which the script window opens. This is done with the DELAY, command. If you put DELAY-0 the window won’t disappear until you hit Control C with the window active. Be careful. As the case of the letters is important in the ToolTypes list.
Secondly, you can control the size ol the Window which the script opens, it you add the following to the ToolType list: WINDOW=CON: 0 100 600 200 My Script Window and a window 600 pixels wide and 200 lines long will be opened at coordinates 100 down and 0 across on the Workbench display. The title of the Window can be anything you specific in the ToolType.
If you don't want the script to open a window at all, you can specify the window type like this: WINDOW.NIL: This can be useful for some utility programs - tor example, I use it to run my Internet dial-up software.
EXTRA PARTS If you are planning on improving your Workbench, and especially it you have installed Magic Workbench, there are plenty ot other icons around waiting for you fo use. The best place to look tor them is on the Aminet. There are quite a tew archives ot icons buried away, and you can see some ot the best in the screenshot bottom tar left ot this page.
When using these icons, it is usually best to use IconEdit to load the original icon image, and then load the replacement icon over it. You must make sure that all ToolTypes and Stack sizes are maintained: you can check by using ‘Information’ trom the Workbench Icon menu. 3» DIR WORK TUTORIAL The excellent DIR Work was September’s coverdisk demo. Continuing on from last month’s coverdisk pages, Andy Leaning explores some more features of this fantastic program.
PART Last month I covered the basic file tools of DIR Work, such as Copy, Move, Delete, MakeDir, Show and Run etc. This month I’ll be covering the DISK functions of the program. But before doing so I'll briefly explain the remaining buttons that I didn't get around to covering last month: these being INSTANT. PLAYSS, PLAYMOD.
INSTANT: will analysis the file type currently selected and make an intelligent guess as to what can be done with the file and carry this out. A program for example will be run, a sound file will be played, whilst a graphic file loaded and displayed.
PLAYSS: Will load and play sound files in the 8SVX file format, whilst PLAYMOD will play ProTracker and SoundTracket audio files.
FORMAT: Clicking on this button will format the disk in the Destination drive.
Using a normal AmigaDos format command.
The DISK functions (Format etc) can be accessed by clicking on the DISK button or the menu option 'FLOPPY DISK COPY INSTALL'.
The program can handle normal or high density disks, and when selected brings up a window containing a series of buttons. Clicking on these buttons allows you to select which disk drives to use and what functions to carry out. The screen- shot below shows the requester that will appear when you click on this button, on the next page you'll find a similar picture covering the SYS button. Next month we’ll examine how to configure the program.
FFS, Cache, International: These affect the directory structure of disks when formatted. FFS (Fast Filing System) means that the disk will have faster access times.
Cache has a similar result. International will format the disk using an international text structure which can be recognised in other countries.
WRITEBUF: Allows multiple copies of a disk to be made. If two disks are present and they are the same, DIR Work will keep the contents of them in memory. If you then insert a new disk into a drive you can click on this button to write the contents of memory out to the new disk without having to read the disk in first.
DISKCOPY: This copies the entire contents of the disk in the drive identified as SOURCE to that marked as DESTINATION.
INSTALL: Makes the source disk bootable.
DISKNAME: The name of the disk after formatting; EMPTY for example.
The Floppy Screen DISKCHECK: When you click on this button the program will try to read every bit of the disk in the SOURCE drive and test the disk for reliability in the process.
Fornat DiskCopy Fornat Quick | Jinternationa I DiskCheck STOP: Aborts the current operation: Disk Copy, Format etc. SOURCE: The buttons below this label determine which disk drive holds the disk you wish to copy from, or check.
The contents of this drive will be copied to the disk in the 'destination' drive.
QUIT: Status: Jumps back to Dir Work main screen.
STATUS: A status window telling you how far the current operation has got.
VERIFY: Clicking on here will double check every time the program writes something to the disk - making sure it has been written correctly.
QUICKFORMAT: Similar in result to the normal Format command, but uses a quicker technique. This does not format the entire disk, but rather just the tables at the start which hold the information about the disk contents - formatting these fools the Amiga into thinking that the disk is blank.
DESTINATION: The buttons here signify which drive holds the disk that the source disk will be copied to. These are the- buttons on which you click to Install, Format, and Format Quick.
The SYS button on the main DIR Work screen provides a range ot diagnostic tools revealing the content and capabilities ot your Amiga. Clicking on the SYS button brings up another window, this time containing a row ot buttons at the bottom ot it. From these buttons you can find out practically everything you could want to know about the current state of your Amiga.
These buttons cover both the hardware and software configuration of your system. The pictures below give you an idea of the kind of displays and information each button reveals.
DOS DEVICES: What device handlers (software) are linked to which DOS devices, ie what driver you've loaded to control the floppy drive, internal hard drive etc. CARDS: If you have a big box Amiga (A1500 to A4000) this will show what Zorro expansions you have.
GENERAL: Tells you information about the operating system and chips inside the Amiga, including the processor, maths co-process, which version of Kickstart and Workbench and the type of graphics chipset that you have.
RESIDENT: TASKS: Similar to RESIDENT, giving information about which tasks are loaded.
Shows all programs, tasks and libraries resident in memory at the moment.
DEVICES: The names and addresses for the various software drivers for the hardware interfaces, such as the keyboard, and system timer.
SCREEN,WINDOWS: Ever get confused about all the windows and screens that are open on your system, DIR Work to the rescue!
LIBRARIES: If it's been a while since you spring cleaned your boot disk you’ve probably got loads of unused libraries floating around.
This will help you find out what libraries are being used.
VIDEO: Need to find the resolution of a particular screen mode? Click here to solve your problem.
FONTS: Pretty obvious really, what fonts are in use.
RESOURCES, - INTERRUPTS, PORTS: These three buttons are probably only uselul to programmers, and reveal what software drivers are being used.
PRINT: Prints out the current display, giving you a hard copy of the information current on screen.
IAISHD The fourth in our unique series of expert animation guides mixes fun and professional projects using DeluxePaint or Brilliance.
PART O Right click the Stencil tool (the letter S) to bring up the stencil requester. Now I know this can be a bit confusing, but here's how to protect every colour but one - and that’s the colour we used for the lectern, which is so badly in need of wood-grain.
Click on Clear to start with a clean slate, then dick on Select, and click on the main lectern rectangle.
Why animate? Anyone who has created an animation will know the answer - it's a combination of the sense of achievement in actually getting a computer to turn your dreams into reality, and the chance to let your imagination loose and create the impossible.
And the bonus for those with high ambitions is that you can use your sequences as video titles or as opening scene-setters for a display of static graphics. Like the genius demo-makers who spend months on a five-minute flash of inspiration on the Amiga, it can just be Art for Art's sake.
So whatever your reasons for developing your animation skills, this month's tutorial will hopefully offer some new ideas and a little inspiration to help you get the very most out of your Amiga and your chosen drawing package, whether it’s DeluxePaint or Brilliance, 0 Select Freehand draw, and with your brush active, you can paint on-screen now to your heart's content, safe in the knowledge that you won’t harm any of your drawing; paste the grain brush randomly on the lectern - remembering to leave a fair amount of the original colour intact - until you are happy with the woody feel of it.
Bear TUTORIAL V BRILLIANCE: JjlLI JlUJl&jJ Object: using a morphing brush, to melt one object into another as a title for a wedding video.
Mode: Brilliance, 32 colour low-res; default palette; 20 frame sequence Although this example would make a good video title, the techniques used can be employed for any animation where part of one object morphs, or changes into another in a surprising way. In this example you’ll also learn how to make quick and easy wood-grain effects .
O The lectern on which the book stands is made up of two rectangles. Select mid brown as the foreground colour and draw a filled rectangle in the middle of the screen, as in the illustration. Using a brown which is one stage darker, draw the thin rectangular lips on the top and bottom, and add a light brown high-light on the fop edges of the thin rectangles. The stand is simply a vertical rectangle centred under the larger one. With a thin rectangle acting as a 3D slide on the right-hand side.
© Rectangles again, this time they are for the book resting on the lectern. First of all draw out a white book-shaped box. Then use a thin grey rectangle on the left of this to simulate the spine. A little hand- drawing on the top edge and you should be able to curve the spine realistically. Add a single-pixel unfilled black rectangle slightly inside the edges of O Switch off the Stencil with a click of the pointer on the S. Call up the Animation menu (click on the tool which looks like a movie camera) and enter 20 as the frame count after clicking on the Set button. We'll be doing some
intermediate drawing work now, so press key j to move to the Spare screen. Draw out a ribbon-shaped long-red rectangle for the bookmark, and add a few tassels on the lower end using the single-pixel freehand tool.
Right click on the A tool to bring up the text tuester. And choose a medium-sized lont (mine was 48pt). Draw two short lines ot text, using your own names it you like. Cut out the ribbon as a brush, and with the darkest ot the grey range ot colours as your foreground, press the o key to outline the edges, so it can be seen better, and paint it back down. Do the same with the text, as it helps the letters to stand out.
AMIGA WORKSHOP ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP O Cut out the ribbon, and right dick on the Scissors tool to bring up the Brush menu, then click the brush into storage slot one (the first ot the stamp-sized redangles in the requester). Similarly, cut out the text, but place it in the second slot © With your text as the currently active brush, call up the Animbrush menu (right dick the icon showing sdssors and projector together) and enter 20 in the Frames box in the Morph section; dick on the small number 1 under the From sedion, to indicate you want the brush in slot 1 (the ribbon) to morph
into your current brush (the text). This will take a while as the process completes. You should now store your Animbrush in slot 3 ot the brush menu requester tor sate-keeping (right-dick on the sdssors tool to access).
© Switch back to your main drawing screen (key j), and call up the Path ot motion menu (you can call it up by clicking on the Tweening icon, which looks like a stack of papers, or press keypad 3, which is the menu hot-key lor animation). Ensure your Animbrush is currently active (if it isn't, retrieve it from the brush storage slot); Position the first cell, which will be the original ribbon, where you want it on the book, and right dick the mouse button.
Immediately do two things - press key u to return your image to the way it should be, and press key 7 to move the Animbrush back a cell.
© On the path ot motion requester, dick on start, then brush to set the position you just registered.
Now press key 8 until your Animbrush reaches the last cell, which shows the text. Position this on screen where yog want it to appear, and as in stage 10, Undo this adion (u), and move back a cell (7).
On the motion requester, click on End, and From Brush, to set the final position ot the Animation. TIP: Space bar will clear the overcrowded menu clutter, and return it after you’ve finished drawing.
© Click on Draw to see your Animbrush drawn on screen, beginning life as a bookmark, then changing over 20 frames to spell out the message - moving as it morphs. An elegant use ot some very powerful features.
Ideas: How about an outline map of a country morphing into it's name? Or a seedling morphing ’ - into an oak tree to show stages of development?
DRAINT: mmm mm Object: to simulate a movie theatre showing an old silent movie, to act as a title for your own art display or video.
Mode: Dpainl, 32 colour low-res; default palette.
It's a nice, ironic twist, to use the metaphor of a silent movie as part ot a computer animation.
The snow la aboul lo bagln.
It’s also a doddle to do.
O Possibly the hardest part ot the sequence is the movie theatre itself. But it you look closely at the illustrations, you'll see It's constructed purely ol rectangles. First of all, select dark blue as the background colour (right click on it in the palette) and clear the screen.
Folds to these by using a darker red, and the straight-line single-pixel drawing tool.
© Switch to the spare screen (j).To create the ’audience’, seled the treehand filled drawing tool, and using dark grey as the foreground colour, draw out the shapes ot several heads on a block around 4cm deep. Don't worry it they look like turnips - it’s not very precise! Cut out these heads as a brush, and with mid-grey selected as foreground colour, press key o to outline them and give them a cinematic halo. Paint them in front of and below the screen; press key x to flip the heads brush horizontally, and paint them a tew cms lower down the screen, slightly off-set trom the first row.
» Q Tidy up the audience to give them straight left, right and bottom edges. Call up the Anim Frames Set It menu, and create 25 frames based on this image.
O A lot of the old movies began with a countdown ot numbers, and it the projectionist was a bit dozy, the audience would see them. We can create that ettect now. Switch to the spare page (key
j) , clear it and draw out a hollow mid-grey circle ot around 6cm
diameter using the medium round brush. Cut out the circle, and
paste it on screen tour times. Using a large font, add the
numbers 5, 4 and 3 to a circle in turn, leaving one blank.
Q Cut out the 5 circle, and switch to trame one of the animation. Paint it down In the centre of the screen. Switch to the spare screen again, and cut out the 4 circle. Switch to the animation screen, and position your new brush over the first one - but don't click the mouse button yet; advance a frame by pressing key 2, and now paint down brush two, which will be in the right place provided you haven't moved the mouse! Cut and paste the 3 brush in the same way, and use the empty circle for frames 4 and 5 of the animation (for some reason the numbers 2 and 1 are never used on the film
leader).
O Go to the spare screen, and dear it. You can now enter your text - I've used two items, a title 'Home Movies', and a credit by-line. I wrote the text in dark grey, and cut it out as a brush; before going to the animation screen, outline the text by selecting black as the foreground colour, and pressing key o. Swop back to the animation (key j) with your first portion of outlined text; you should be on frame 6. Advance a frame (key 2) so there will be a t -frame pause between the numbers finishing and the text appearing.
O Paste down the text centrally on screen.
Don’t move the brush and press key 2 to advance a frame and paint down the text again.
Now here's a novelty - I WANT you to move the brush a few mm up, down or from side to side before painting it down. Do this for the next six frames. The reason is that it will make the text appear to jump, like an old film might in a rickety projector.
Do the same with the second portion of text, pasting it on screen until you reach the end of the animation. (Remember to move it slightly from frame to trame).
Playing back the sequence now (key 4) shows a nice, clean effect. But we need to degrade it to give it a fake old feeling. To do this, switch to the spare screen, and using the straight line tool draw streaks of around 6cm down the screen in light and mid grey - as if a comb with teeth missing had been dragged down the screen. These will be our 'authentic' celluloid scratches. Cut out the lines as a brush, and go back to the animation screen, beginning at frame 1.
© To protect your drawing from having scratches put in the wrong place, make a stencil of everything except the colour used for the screen; Call up the Stencil requester - Effect stencihmake) and select the colours to protect. Click on Make Stencil.) Now you can paint your scratch brush on the screen; just one click of the button to place the lines, then advance a frame (key 2) and move the brush down slightly and click again. Do this throughout the length of the sequence until you're happy with the effect. When you are, turn off the Stencil.
© The showman-like lettering above the screen is flashy and quickly achieved; write out your text on the spare screen, add a dark drop shadow and outline it before cutting it out as a brush.
From the Brush menu, select Brush bend verti- cal, and push up the brush until it forms a nice curved arc. Place this manually on each frame, remembering that this time the brush shouldn't move between frames!
Ideas: Once your cinema is set up. You can indulge in 50's style wipes and fades using different shades of grey. Or place a digitised sequence in that setting for a lovely effect.
TUTORIAL 3 MM* AUH The pvn, * nice touch lo the Imege. Is e combination ot filled gradient rectangles and single lino hlghllghte.
A feature much-loved by dramatic movies for things like calendar sheets flipping over, this is a simple version of the turning page effect.
Although we do not curve the top sheet realistically ad it turns, at the rate the animation plays and given the added difficulty, this is still a very competent and rewarding effect.
O The blotter backdrop is optional, but you should try to do it for a couple of reasons; it provides a frame of reference for the viewer, and could be useful for other projects you might like to base around it. The basis is a large green rectangle which almost fills the screen, whose background is set to mid blue.
The cork effect is achieved by speckling four I light shades of brown on a dark brown 3cm x 3cm square. Use the single pixel brush to dot speckles randomly, then cut out this area as a brush. Call up the Fill requester (Right click the paint can tool), and following that select From Brush and Pattern.
Now, when you draw out a filled rectangle, it will be filled with a repetition of the brush. Draw a rectangle for the cork over the green as shown in the illustration, leaving 3 cm at either edge. Add a single-pixel light green highlight line to the top edge, and one to the inside edge of the right- hand side of the blotter.
O The pen, another touch of realism, is made of I two thin rectangles filled with a horizontal grey- gradient. To select a gradient, call up the Ranges requester from the Colour menu and place a dark grey colour at one end of the placement bar, and white at the other. Then call up the Fill requester again, and select the horizontal fill feature (click on the button showing arrows going left and right). The nib and gold pocket clip were drawn inj key F2 to turn your brush black. Select the line drawing tool, and place your brush at the lower left corner ol the screen.
With your linger continuing to press the Alt key, draw out a line to the top left of the screen, and lei go ol Ihe ALT key. The wipe brush will work up screen, one frame at a time, erasing portions of Ihe while rectangle as it goes.
Alter il has finished you will need lo tidy up the animation by filling with black Ihe bits of white magnify mode, and are simply straight lines. Cut out the pen, and outline it in black (key o with black selected as the drawing colour) before placing it in an appropriate place on the blotter.
© To add realism, using the magnify mode draw a dark edge to the right ol the pen as it rests on the blotter. This creates a really great shadow and gives the pen a really solid teel to enhance the gradient highlights.
© Now the background is complete, save it. We have other things to do now, and we need to clear tha decks tor the animation. Don't worry, we'll be loading it back soon.
© Clear the screen to black now. Go to the till requester and click on Solid. Draw out an A4- shaped white rectangle, which will be our sheet ot paper. Create 10 frames based on this simple image (Anim Frames set pull-down menu).
©Go to the spare screen (j) and select the tilled polygon tool; dear away the menus by pressing key FI0 (return it the same way when you need it. For now we need to work on the entire screen area).
Draw a white polygon which starts in the top- right corner, goes to the left bottom corner, moves 5cm to the right, then slopes upwards at the same angle as the first line to 5cm below the start ot the drawing, then joins the start position.
This is more difficult to explain than to do; a glance at the illustration should be a big help!
This is our wipe tool, so cut it out as a brush, and go to the first trame of the animation.
Ing page now. Call up the Stencil requester, and protect ever colour EXCEPT the white used tor the sheet ot disappearing paper. Choose light grey as the drawing colour, and call up the Fill requester again and ensure the fill type Is Colour.
The next addition to the drawing requires a little imagination. Go to trame 1. We’re adding the 'turned' portion to the paper, so the amount of turn1 should roughly be equal to the bit of the page that's missing.
So choose tilled rectangle as the drawing tool, and place your crosshair where the bottom and right edges ot the paper would have been, it we hadn't wiped them.
Draw upwards, and let go of Ihe button when the top and left edges ot your new rectangle are in the position from where the white paper has been cut.
Repeat this for each 'nibbled page', advancing rectangle left BELOW the path ot the wipe brush.
Erase all traces ot the paper alter frame 10.
© Phew! A quite complicated description, but it you followed it OK you should have an animation now which shows a rectangle ot white disappearing gradually by being wiped trom its bottom right corner to its top left.
© We're going to add the 'underside' of the turn- (D Do this for the remaining frames, overlapping the top left ot the white paper as the turned portion becomes larger than the section which is left.
To do this, turn oft the stencil to allow you to draw on the background.
You will reach a stage when there is nothing left of Ihe while rectangle, but you should still draw your grey rectangle, disappearing off the top left ot the empty screen.
© On the spare screen, draw out a red rectangle the same size as the white one we've just been animating, and cut it out as a brush. Go to frame one ol the sequence, and call up the Stencil requester. Protect every colour EXCEPT black, the background. Hand position the red sheet ‘under' the white one, and paste it down on every single trame.
As the frames progress, you should see the white one uncovering the red one. Once all frames are completed, turn off the stencil.
© Go to the spare screen and load in the blotter (remember that?). Go to frame one ot your animation. And trom the PicturetSpare menu, select Merge In back (American tor behind), and tell Dpainl to do it to all frames.
You will see your blotter appearing behind your animation. We did it this way to avoid overcomplicating the animation process, and it's a technique you can use to make your lite easier, building up an animation a piece at a time.
© The lettering is up to you. You could well save the animation as it is now to be used as and when needed.
When placing the words, it's simply a matter ot activating the stencil and protecting every colour except whichever sheet you're placing the words on; keep white unprotected tor writing on that sheet, and keep the red unprotected tor writing there.
A wordy tutorial - though no excuses; it avoids problems over uncertainty, and opens up more complex ideas tor you to try, and to mould into your own needs.
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NEW WB FOR ME Having read , p a w . Your August issue, one small article leapt out at me-the news that Blittersoft were offering an official upgrade to version 3.1 of Workbench, even for my humble Amiga A1500. What does upgrading indude? Does it matter that I don't have an AGA chipset?
I also have a GVP 030 50MHz Combo accelerator. Will this present any major problems should I choose to upgrade?
Mr. P. Taggart, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
The upgrade kit Includes a new Klckstart ROM version 3.1 (or two ROMs tor the A4000 A1200), six disks and a set of manuals. It provides an operating system that looks similar to Workbench 2, but includes all the extras In version 3 (such as datatypes) and a few more nice bits and pieces (such as support for CD-ROM drives).
To upgrade the A1500, you will need to open the case, remove the old ROM and Insert the new chip.
You will then need to Install the software by following the onscreen Instructions. It should take half a hour maximum - the hardest part is remembering not to grip the ROM too hard and letting It spin round In your lingers and stab you. John has done this several times and It leaves an extremely weird scar.
The fact that the AGA chipset Is not present In the A1500 is not a problem - In fact, it was partly for this reason that the upgrade was made available In the first place.
Now there is a standard Amiga operating system platform and any Amiga, from the A500 up, can use Workbench release 3 programs and utilities.
Even better, If you have a graphics card such as the Picasso fitted to your A1500 (which would be a very smart move on your behalf by the way) you'll now be able to open what were up to now AGA-only Workbench displays. The GVP accelerator should continue to work perfectly, so your A1500 will be almost identical to an A4000 030.
Unfortunately, the 3.1 ROMs will not work In the CDTV - although 3.1 contains CD-ROM code, it's not the right CD-ROM code. The CDTV remains the only Amiga locked Into Klckstart 1.3, as the relevant 2.04 ROMS never made It beyond developer status.
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FASTER (BUT NOT TOO FAST) My Amiga . 11 a o . Set-up con-
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hard drive and 4Mb of Fast RAM. I use it mainly for Desktop
Video work and DTP.
I am interested in accelerating my Amiga with the Supra Turbo 28Mhz card which plugs into the side expansion ot the A500.
I would like to know your opinion on these type of accelerators, as I do not wish to upgrade to an At 200 as a lot of gear is not compatible with it.
I would also like to know if accelerating the A500 will speed up printing with Wordworlh and PageStream. Thank you.
Francis Laus, Mosta, Malta.
Looking for trouble? You’ve come to the wrong place. The troubleshooting Q&A team are here.
If only GVP had kept their promise of upgrading the A500HD+ to the accelerated version there would be an obvious upgrade path to the much faster 68030 tor you. Yes, the Supra Turbo will speed up your system but not by a very great deal, as the CPU remains a 68000 which Is cramped by the 16blt memory bus. An A5000 020 or B5000 030 card would be better, these were manufactured In the UK by SSL. I have been using a secondhand one I bought for £50 and have never had a problem with It However, you really must consider upgrading to an A1200. The improved graphics capabilities will make your DTV
material look a lot better, and the faster Chip RAM (It's now 32-bit thanks to the 68020) will speed up your DTP programs. There are several good degrader programs which should help any stubborn old programs work with the new Klckstart, but best of all if you keep the A500 system you'll be able to use ParNET to provide your A1200 with a cheap (albeit slow) hard drive system.
Any speed-up system will reduce the time you spend waiting for these programs to print - although even with an A4000 you can wait a long time when fancy scalable fonts are being used.
I Andy r- (Leaning: “Awfully sorry, I really can’t ... talk now ... I ... just ... gotta ... go and ray trace.” Ijohn Kennedy: “Bah! My new 68040 turned out to be two 68020s glued together.” TOO SLOW?
I own a 1 Mb ¦ 4**o. A500 which until recently has worked perfectly. Now it has started crashing all too frequently.
It may be a coincidence but It only seems to happen with my 1Mb games.
Whilst looking through some coverdisks I found Syslnfo and discovered that apparently my 68000 is running at 6.94Mhz (not 7.14) and my 512K expansion is actually Slow RAM! Please help?
Jonathon Sears, Essex.
The speed of your 68000 is within the margin of error, so don’t worry about that. Also, your 512K expansion is Indeed Slow RAM. Only the latest A500s had a new Improved Agnus which could address more that 512K of Chip RAM. Syslnto should be able to tell you which yours is. On 512K Agnus computers the extra trapdoor memory is called ‘Slow RAM’.
If you have a 1Mb Agnus, you can alter the A500 to use the trapdoor as Chip RAM (more samples and more screens open at once) but as you only play games there would be no real benefit.
However, II sounds as though your memory expansion Is starting to play up. If the RAM chips are In sockets, It Is possible that a chip has worked Its way loose slightly, so take the card out and press all the chips firmly.
You should also get 17 Bit Software (tel: 0924 366 982) to send you their disk full of diagnostic programs, which will test the memory thoroughly In case one of the chips is malfunctioning.
SMALL AND BLURRY ’ecently bought an M2QQ with an 80Mb hard drive. The Workbench display is far smaller than it should be and It is blurred. The computer shop that I bought it from has closed down and I can’t get any help.
Colm McKenna, Armagh, N. Ireland.
How small a display? Blurred In what way? Are you using a TV or a monitor? You should be able to see our problem here Colm - It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, but here are some guesses.
First of all, use the Preferences program called ScreenMode to change the display type to PAL HIRes In 16 colours. Save this setting. Next use the Overscan preferences program to centre the display and stretch It out the screen size as much as possible.
Save these settings too.
You should now have a Workbench display that Is at least 640 by 256 pixels big. If you want a large display, you can use HIRes Lace, which will double the display to give you 512 lines but at the expense of some flicker. These Instructions will work If you have a TV or a normal monitor (such as a Philips CM8833).
If you have a multisync monitor use the DblPAL, Super72 or Multisync Productivity modes Instead for a larger and flicker free display. Always remember to boot- from the hard disk (not a floppy) and save the settings you make.
As far as the blurred screen display is concerned - well, that depends. Are you using the normal RF out into a colour TV? If so, the display won’t be perfect and you will need to experiment with tuning the TV. Older Tvs simply won’t work well at all and there is not a lot you can do about it. If you have a modern TV with a SCART socket at the back, get a specific lead to connect the Amiga’s RGB output to the TV.
Most computer hard and game shops sell these for about £10 and they make a big difference EASY PRINTING I have an A600 with a 1 Mb upgrade, connected to I a Citizen "y J Project 11 Inkjet printer.
What software would you recommend for printing graphics? It must be easy to use -1 tried Deluxe Paint III and could not get it to work.
Mlcheal Foster, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
You couldn’t get Deluxe Paint to print? Bad news. I’m afraid it would be difficult to find something that is simpler to use.
Check the manual carefully and try again. Make sure you have selected the correct printer In the Workbench Preferences Printers program.
If you slill are stuck, you might consider some of the Studio Printer software which Is available from JAM, 75 Greatflelds Drive, Uxbridge UB8 3QN. (tel: 01895 274449).
COMMS QUERIES I have owned ®my A500 for over three years, and have been reading your excellent magazine since I first got It. I have recently become interested in Comms and have a few questions:
1. Is CompuServe a free phone modem number which comes with a
monthly subscription?
2. Where can I get more information on CompuServe?
3. Do modem calls cost less that normal telephone calls?
4. What modem would you suggest buying to a first-time buyer?
Also, ’ what Comms software would you suggest I get?
5. Can you tell me of any numbers of Bulletin Boards local to me?
Now, finally, for a non-Comms related question:
6. My Escape button hardly ever works anymore. Can I fix it, or
do I need a new keyboard?
Simon P. Mallard, Carlton, Nottingham.
That’s what we like to see - a loyal reader. Since you get CU AMIGA so often, I hope you have had the good sense to subscribe to It - H not do It now, and you can now save some money on the excellent Bruce Smith Mastering AmigaDOS 3 book (tel:0923 894 355).
1. CompuServe do charge monthly (under various different schemes
for different users) but you also need to pay for connection
time. There are local access points everywhere, but you still
must pay your telephone bill when you dial them up.
2. Ring 0800 289378 and ask for an Information pack.
3. No, modem calls cost exactly the same as normal ’voice’ calls.
The telephone company don’t know (or care) what you send down the line as long as you pay tor It at the normal rate.
Remember that BT’s weekend cheap rate makes using boards further afield a lot less painful at the end of every quarter.
4. Don’t get anything slower than a 14,400 baud modem - the
USRobotics Sportster 14,400 FAX Modem Is one of the best for
beginners (see August's Issue for a review). Recent reductions
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COPYCAT I give up. I know it can be done. It must be possible. I have tried but I still can't do It. I have read countless books and tried to do it countless times, but to no avail. If you only have one disk drive how do you copy the music files from your brilliant coverdisks to a blank disk? It appears to have copied the tiles but then asks for the coverdisk back even when it is in the drive.
Chas Mitchell, Stafford.
It's not that difficult really, Chas.
The easy way is to make a note of the disk names and always use them instead of dfO: (which refers to the current disk in the drive, not the drive itself). In other words, don't enter: copy from: dl0:sound to dfO: but something like: copy from CUDISK:sound to MYDISK: The problem Is that the ‘copy’ command has to be read from disk before It can be used. You can get around this by making It resident, » which means II Is stored In memory. Enter resident copy and see it thst helps. Or you can perform the copy In two stages - firstly to copy the files to the RAM Disk like this: copy from
dtO:sound to ram: and then to the new floppy - copy from ram:sound to my floppy: Or from the Workbench drag the icon Into the RAM disk, and then drag It to the new floppy. See?
There are dozens of ways of doing It. You could even duplicate the original floppy with DiskCopy and then erase all the tiles you (that's enough ways thank you - Ed).
BAD MEMORY I have an A1200 with a Commodore fitted 80Mb hard drive and have some problems with the Amitek RAM board from Silica. It kept crashing so I sent it back and got another one.
This also didn’t work.The third one I have crashes after about 20 minutes.
An ICL engineer checked the computer, found no faults but replaced the motherboard anyway.
Chris Hill, Bsrnet, Hertfordshire.
Commodore didn't sell any A1200S with drives fitted - but that’s another story. It sounds to me like a power supply problem, so try one with a little more oomph, such as one from an A500. For even more power (grunt, grunt) you could write up a spare PC PSU. You need +12 volts, +5 volts and -5 volts DC - nothing out ot the ordinary.
METAL BASHING I've been programming my C64 since
1985. And I have a lot of experience of 6502 assembly language.
Poor me, I thought that 68000 programming would be nothing more than learning all the new hardware addresses. In December I bought an A500, but recently moved over to an A1200 with a 240Mb hard drive. I bought Devpac 3 and some books, but now I’m still next to nowhere because the only things these stupid books teach me is how to open windows and stupid stuff like that.
It's a computer with a superb multitasking operating system. There are therefore two ways of programming the Amiga.
1. Pretend it's nothing more complicated than a games console
and poke at the registers until they squeak.
2. Use the operating system to take off everything.
Now, technique one Is initially very attractive but you soon come across problems. First of all, there have been many revisions and improvements In the Amiga custom chips and if you dive In and write a game for the A1200, you may well find It falls over totally on an A500 or an A4000. Secondly, It you want to write games which will work on new hardware
- say the CD32 - you can’t possibly know whether your program
will work.
If you use the second technique, you can be sure your program is completely Amiga- friendly. Contrary to popular opinion this doesn't mean that it has to be deadly slow and written In C without any fancy copper lists but you do have to request the resources from the operating system first. A game written properly In this way will work on any Amiga and be able to make use of advanced features present on new hardware platforms.
Isn’t there something decent available like the C64 Programmer's Reference Guide? And what are those Native Developer kits? They sound just what I'm looking for - but I'm not a native.
Pieter Frenssen, Hasselt, Belguim.
Ah, Pieter - a common problem and one which has caused a lot of problems for many budding programmers. The Commodore 64 was actually rather a simple beast to program, with all the work done by special chips which could take a good poking In order to work.
The Amiga on the other hand, Isn't a lumped up games console - Road, Maidenhead, Berks SI6 7XA.
Tel: 0268 770088) costs £23 and contains disks crammed with the details you'll need to program the Amiga properly. There are testing and debugging programs, new v3.1 Includes for assemblers and compilers and lots and lots of advice.
But whatever you do, remember the Amiga Isn't a games console or a C64 - It's an Amiga, so treat It with some respect.
DRIVE DILEMMA I am planning on buying a GVP HD8+ Hard drive for my A500+ very soon. I would like your advice on how to partition the drive - in other words, how big the partitions should be. Also I could probably only afford a total of 4Mb of extra Fast RAM in the drive, so if I bought 2Mb now and 2Mb later, what combination of SIMMs would I need?
Adnan Hussain, Edmonton, London.
The standard way of setting up an Amiga hard drive is to create two partitions: one called Workbench (for all your Workbench stuff surprisingly) and the other which is called Work.
Unless you plan on having an extremely large number of fonts or Blitz Basic Is an excellent language with which to leam about the various Amiga hardware features avallsble, and you can also Integrate 68000 code directly to speed things up (Blitz has an integral assembler). However, If you Insist on bashing the hardware directly, keep a look out for the file HOWTOCODE7 by Comrade J which will provide you with all the register addresses you'll need, and also some handy hints on being nice to the opersting system at the same time.
The Native Developor kits (available from Sharon McGuffie, Commodore UK, Commodore House, The Switchback, Gardner libraries, you should be able to get I away with 8 to 10Mb for the Workbench partition. The Work partition will take up the rest of the I drive. It Is not usually worthwhile creating more partitions as each one consumes some precious memory. If you feel you need more organisation, create a drawer and leave it out on the Workbench where it can behave like another partition - without using RAM.
Remember that It you run out ol space, other SCSI drives can easily be connected the SCSI port at the rear ot the HD8+.
The GVP HD8+ has lour SIMM sockets, so get two 1Mb SIMMS to start with (they should cost less than £30 each) and another two when you can afford it.
VIDEOSTUDIO FIXED I was sorry to read in April’s CU AMIGA that you wrote off Video Studio v3 for I the A1200 when replying I to W. W. Windsor of Winslow. It works very well on my A1200, indeed even better than it did on the A500.
VideoStudio is set up on two disks (VS1 and VS2) for use with Workbench 1.3 or Workbench 2 but it does work perfectly with Workbench 3 if a few small changes are made on the VS1 disk.
Delete the following: C, Devs, L, .
Libs, S, System, Go_1.3, Install 1.3, Install 1,3.info. Install 2.0 and Install
2. 0.M0. Rename Go_2.0 as GO.
Remove the boot block (from Shell type INSTALL DF0: NOBOOT) Copy Prefs Overscan and its .info file from Workbench 3.0 to the root of Vst but renamed as Preferences and Preferences.info. Copy the Translator.library to Workbench3 Libs from Libs in either Workbench 1.3 or 2.0. Now boot from the Workbench 3.0 and insert both VS1 and VS2 into the drives. Click on the VS2 and the program should run.
To run VideoStudio from a hard drive, just copy VS2 and the modified VS1 into a single drawer on the hard drive names VideoStudio. Assign both disks as given in the manual, alter Ihe default tool on the Link icon to identify the new path for GO and that's it! I hope this will be helpful to those who, like me, find VideoStudio a versatile and useful video utility.
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q. Can I switch off the power to my Amiga at any time?
A. No! You shouldn't switch ott the power supply unit until the
disk access light has gone out. This applies to both floppy
drives and hard drives. Some games will keep the light on per
manently - In this case wait for a couple ot minutes to ensure
the disk Isn't being accessed and then remove the disk betore
switching off the power.
Always use the switch on the power supply unit, and switch it ott at the mains when H is not In use.
Q. When playing games my Amiga doesn’t seem to have any sound,
why not?
A. The Amiga doesn't have any speakers built- in, Instead there
Is a stereo sound output at the rear: |ust like with a hl-fi
separate CD player.
You can buy small battery powered speakers to connect here.
Some monitors come with speakers which you can take advantage of by linking the output of the Amiga to the audio Inputs on the monitor. It you are using your Amiga with a Television set and RF output (or with an external modulator) the sound will come trom the TV's speaker. It It doesn't, check the tuning and volume settings ot the TV.
Q. What actual ditlerence does using a computer monitor make?
A. A dedicated monitor will provide a much
A. Each Amiga has a chip called a ROM (Read Only Memory) Inside
It. This chip contains Information the Amiga needs to operate,
part ot this is called KlckStart. Amiga SOOs come with
Kickstart 1.3 or 2.04, Amiga 600s have 2.04 or
2. 05 and A1200s and A4000s have Kickstart
3. 0. Kickstart 3.1 is now available as an upgrade to all these
machines.
O. Why don't some older games work on my A1200?
A. Some games use quirky routines in the older Kickstarts and
can't work with Kickstart 3. The A1200 also has new graphics
chips (called the AGA, or Advanced Graphics Architecture,
chipset), and again some games won’t work. A tew games fall
because ot the taster processor in the A1200 which causes
timing problems tor the games.
If you can't get a game to work, you can try holding down both mouse buttons when you switch on and switching OFF the processor caches and selecting the original chipset trom the menus that appear.
Sometimes a program such as Degrader (available trom any Public Domain library) will also work.
Q. How can I change my Kickstart?
A. The best way to change Kickstart is to buy an official upgrade
pack. You can get an upgrade to 2.04. and recently version 3.1
has become available.
To perform the upgrade you will need to replace the ROM Inside the Amiga. This upgrade will probably be ot most use to A500 and A2000 owners.
MEMORY QUERIES
Q. How can I add more memory?
A. The A500, A600 and A1200 have special trapdoor expansion
slots. You can buy extra memory on cards which fit Into these
slots to increase memory.
The A600 and A1200 can also use PCMCIA memory cards, although these are both quite expensive and relatively slow.
The A2000 will require a memory expansion board, but the A3000 and A4000 can have memory fitted to the motherboard without an extra card.
Q. What is Chip Ram and Fast Ram?
Better display, It is generally crisper and sharper. It you have an A1200 or an A4000 and a particular type ol monitor known as a multisync or dual scan, you'll be able to display quite a lot on screen at the same time.
A. Chip RAM Is special memory used tor sound samples and
graphics, Fast RAM Is normal high speed memory used tor
programs and program data.
Q. What's the PCMCIA credit card slot for?
A. The PCMCIA slot can be used to add memory, hard drives,
CD-ROM Interfaces and video digitisers to the A1200. The A600
also has a PCMCIA slot, but there are fewer peripherals tor It
- see page 99 ot this Issue for a review of Smart Stor - a
PCMCIA peripheral.
KICKSTART
Q. What is Kickstart?
DISKDRIVES See our lead feature this month for more intro- matlon on disk drives.
Q. Why do I need to load Workbench trom disk?
A. For total flexibility the Amiga keeps most ot Its operating
system on disk, and loads It In when needed. Although it can
be very slow when used with a single floppy disk, it works
extremely well with a hard disk drive.
Q. What Is a hard disk drive?
A. A hard disk drive Is an extremely large capacity disk (usually
trom 20Mb to 2,000Mb - a floppy disk holds less than 1Mb)
which works extremely quickly.
Other than that, the hard drive acts like a huge floppy drive and can be used to store various items such as Workbench, Amiga programs, data and some games.
Q. How can I add a hard disk drive?
A. Adding a hard drive to an A500 requires a single cllp-on unit
that attaches to the expansion port on the left-hand side ot
the machine.
These drives are usual make use of the SCSI standard. The A600 and A1200 have IDE Interlaces built-in, and hard drives can be fitted internally. It s also possible to connect hard drives to these computers via the PCMCIA port The A2000 requires an Interface card and drive to be fitted Internally. The A3000 has a SCSI interlace built-in, and the A4000 has an IDE Interface built-in.
Q. What is a CD-ROM drive?
A. A CD-ROM drive Is like a disk drive which works with CD-ROM
disks. A CD-ROM will hold about 600Mb of data.
ODDS AND SODS
0. 1 have an A1200, where are the manuals?
A. The A1200 doesn't come with AmlgaDOS of Arexx manuals. If you
need them, you can either buy some third-party manuals (try
Brucd Smith Books tel: 0923 894 355) or get the 3.1 I
Kickstart upgrade which includes manuals. J Chief cybernaut
John Kennedy serves up another volley of words on the global
network that is Comms.
N- leo I rot to- messaging area. If you can't, ask the board's Sysop to get it tor you - it's on the Fidonet Backbone which means it isn’t hard for him to get hold of it on your behalf. When you gain access, it's your chance to discuss whatever you want about your favourite Amiga magazine, so don't be afraid to say hello.
PmftffRSEAND PROSE&VERSE is like an electronic poetry and prose (either factual or fictional) magazine where anyone can publish without the fear of being laughed at... unless of course they read P&V_DISC where works posted in PROSE& VERSE are freely discussed and analysed.
The two echoes are already available from several systems and the moderator Matthew Revell (2256 501.0) is waiting for information on backbone status. Matthew’s board is the largest mail station in the North East of England - well worth investigating.
And there’s more ... Other echoes worth hunting out include: CHESS (for playing games via Summer is traditionally a lot slower in Comms land, as most sensible people refuse to pack a portable computer and a battery- powered modem in their suitcase as they nip off on holiday.
That said, there has still been plenty ot news and gossip (mostly about CBM) floating around the networks and it would take a long, long time to sit down and read everything which has been posted in the FidoNet echoes or Newsnet comp.sys.amiga." groups.
TRAPDOOR 1.85 No sooner does TrapDoor 1.84 come along and get a plug in the September issue, when along comes Trapdoor 1.85 to fix a few lurking bugs.
This patch file (you need 1.84 in order to use it) is available from the Internet or most other BBSs in the country - including the CU AMIGA Information Vault.
TrapDoor is a mail packing program which is used in conjunction with a reader like Spot to read FidoNet mail and echoes off-line.
FIDO UPDATE AMIGA_MAGS ZZZzzz ... Cor blimey, everyone seems to be asleep in the Amiga_Mags echo. Mind you my net teed went down tor a while so I might have been missing everything -1 hope there weren't any more comments about my ears. Just a reminder that it your local BBS is part ot the FidoNet system you should be able to access the Amiga_Mags COMMS NEWS Two excellent pieces ol news for CU AMIGA readers this month. First of all, the CU AMIGA Information Vault is open. This is an area on a BBS which contains the various freely-distributabie files which have mentioned in the magazine.
The primary vault is situated at the Heart of Gold BBS (tel: 0247 274919 - thanks to Sysop Colin Turner for donating the space) but other Sysops are more than welcome to mirror the site.
Please contact Andy Leaning at the CU AMIGA office so we can keep a record of the Boards involved and publish their numbers.
If you are setting up your own BBS please jot down all the details and send the details to CU AMIGA , Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU or Email to us at CUAMIGA@
cix. compulink.co.uk. Would the woman who phoned us about her
son’s BBS please contact us again. ® NO KEYBOARD There's no
keyboard I Considering this is a musical instrument, the
lack of a keyboard is surprising, and also a little
off-putting. However, it sits comfortably in both hands,
and feels just like a Game Gear. All the parameters on the
LCD screen are controlled by 12 rubber buttons. Notes are
entered by moving a dot up and down a minuscule stave, and
pressing Enter when you get to the right note.
The stave display then automatically scrolls off your entered note to make way for the next. This is unless your are in chord mode, in which case you can enter all the notes of your chosen chord before moving on.
Pocket-sized sequencing that actually fits in your pocket! Tony Horgan takes Yamaha’s QY8 for a rail trip around Britain.
I really like the idea of making music any time, anywhere. Inspiration can strike when you’re sit ting on the train, or watching your Y-fronts go round at the launderette. By the time you get home, you’ve usually forgotten the potential masterpiece you'd just mentally composed. That’s where Yamaha’s QY8 comes in. Metaphorically speaking, it's been designed as a kind of pocket- sized bottle for your creative juices, if you like. You can pour all your ideas into it while they’re fresh, put the top on, and open it up again when you get back home. Literally speaking, it’s a portable sequencer
and multi-timbral sound module rolled into one. The idea seems to have been to produce a cheaper version ot the similar QY10 and QY20.
SING-ALONO-A-STYLE The composition process is based around preset styles and accompaniments. Yamaha envisage QY8 users selecting a style (dance, rock, rhumba etc), and then building on this to create their own tracks. This is fine if you don’t mind your ideas being coloured by the predictably naff auto-accompaniments, but it’s not much good if you want to write some basic tunes from scratch. However, you can mute the four backing tracks, or select a ‘blank’ style, leaving you to compose with the remaining four. You’d be onto a winner if you wanted to go busking on Blackpool seafront.
SOUND QUALITY AWM samples are used for all the instruments.
AWM (Advanced Waveform Memory) is Yamaha's 16-bit sound generation system that's used in their PSS series ot home keyboards. There are no effects, no filters, and no oscillators to mess around with. Even so, the sounds themselves are clean, and cover the main areas (drams, bass, chords, lead, guitars and brass). The drum kit is k. surprisingly good, with solid kicks, and quite a selection of percussion sounds, including a few TR-808-style noises. It's hard to believe they're all coming out of something this small!
The MIDI ports at the back allow you to hook up the GY8 to an external sequencer or MIDI keyboard. This way, you can play up to 8 of the QY8’s sounds at once, without having to use the extremely awkward built-in sequencer. Four of the sounds are dictated by those used by selected style - you get to choose the other four yourself.
You can also use a MIDI keyboard to enter notes when using the built-in sequencer.
FIDDLY SEQUENCER There's stacks of potential in this little box, but it’s locked away behind one of the most finicky sequencers ever devised. The stave section of the screen can only show one note or chord at a time.
Once you enter a note, it's scrolled out of sight to make way for the next, so you never get a visual representation of the melody. To make matters worse, the stave can only show two octaves, so when you move above or below the current octaves, the note cursor jumps back up the display, which is now representing higher or lower octaves. This is all very confusing.
Trying to program a dram beat is hell. The note cursor moves to notes that are in the specified key signature, but the drum sounds are spread right across the range of notes. This means that to enter certain dram sounds, you need to find the note next to the one you want, and then go and change it to a flat or sharp. If you want to enter more of the same sound (a high hat line for example), you have to repeat the process each time (although you can copy and paste sections to save time).
Also, there’s no indicator that tells which note you I are on, so if you’re not au-tait with sheet music, you can spend ages just trying to tind the right sdund, and then have to go back and delete all the wrong entries you had to make to try out all the sounds along the way. The sequencer has a list of frustrating features and omissions as long as your arm. A bit of a joke really, when It's supposed to be a spontaneous composition tool.
CONCLUSION The OY8 is very nearly a brilliant little music box.
What it needs is a mini keyboard, realtime note entry, and a basic sequencer that’s easy to use.
Removing the keyboard (from the original QY10) will have kept costs down, but it’s had a devastating effect on the usability. If the guts of the machine weren't up to much, it wouldn't be much of a loss, but it's really a very powerful unit, considering its size and price. How about a revised musician-friendly OY8 Mk 2? QY8 SPECIFICATIONS Price: £225 Stereo sound: mini-jock socket Pitched voices: 40 Dram sounds: 5) Polyphony: 28 notes MuMnint 8 16 ports MIDI connections: MIDI In & MIDI Out.
Power 6 AA botteries or 11.5 V mains Dimensions: 188x104 x 33.5 mm BACKCHA AMOS?
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried to save CU AMIGA'S July coverdisk game: Valhalla And The Lord Ol Infinity, Why? Because when I did so an AMOS requester popped up on the screen, saying that the disk was write protected. Gosh, was I surprised! Not because the disk was write protected, but because the program was written in AMOS! Or am I wrong? It I'm not wrong, then this must be the best program ever written in AMOS.
Anders Bakkwold, Haugesund, Norway.
You're not wrong Anders, Valhalla And The Lord Ol Infinity was actually written In AMOS Professional In almost no time at all. You're also right In pointing out that It Is easily the best game ever written In said language. The mere tact that most people iust didn't spot that It was an AMOS game says It all when It comes to the Ingenious design.
COMMODORE NICE?
Having read so much about Amiga owners' complaints concerning Commodore UK Ltd’s customer service, I telt I had to put the record straight and relate my experience to you and your readers.
I purchased an A1200 last December and only recently I had a problem with the supplied software; Workbench 3.0 and Dpaint An 1’ disks. A telephone call to Commodore's customer services resulted in prepaid address labels arriving the very next morning and just seven days the replacement disks arrived. Commodore not only replaced the faulty disks but the entire Dpaint and Workbench set. I think you will agree that this is very good service and should receive recognition as such through your columns. Keep up the good work.
Peter Harrison, St Leonards On Sea.
Well readers, has anyone else had similar good vibrations from Maidenhead? It Just goes to show that even a big company like Commodore values its customers.
USA FIGHTING BACK Is it me or are all the other console, PC companies and users ganging up on the Amiga? How much longer is it before these people realise that the Amiga is here to stay alongside their machines.
They boast about how great their machines are and how it has this and that, and then they rubbish the Amiga saying: 'oh the Amiga fs crap, it's so slow no- one uses it". Well, think again.
I'm not denying that there are more powerful machines out there. But why can't they Just stick to their machine and be happy? If a computer does what you want and you're happy, then that Is all there is to it. Who cares if my Amiga 500 is not as fast or has less colours than a SEGA Saturn or 3DO. They must be so insecure about their own machines that they have to slam Amiga users at every chance. Perhaps they are actually jealous.
Look, they can keep their CD-ROM, DSP chip.
Fractal, light sourced, blah blah blah. Their games just don’t cut it for me. I've played games on many machines and the majority of Amiga games are usually superior in playability. The only decent games on other formats that aren't Amiga conversions are Aladdin and Streets Ol Rage 2. The Amiga programmers are just about exhausting its capabilities, hence the recent standard of excellent games being released. The new releases on other formats, however, are just the some old ideas witH flashier presentations.
There is an advert for a PC magazine that says the PC is the greatest games machine ever.
KKKEEERRRAAAPPPP! The machine can't scroll for peanuts (the Commodore 64 leaves it for dead for Pete's sake). Soundblaster is nowhere near as good as the Amiga's sound (forget specifications, just listen to both of them) and Sensible Soccer on the PC just didn't match up to the Amiga version.
And, isn't it interesting that Sensible Software always develop their games first on the Amiga.
Tell me PC owners, which machine is used to do the graphics for Babylon S dr SeaOuest?
Which computers are TV networks using to produce promos and graphics on? Which machine has the best operating system? Poor PC, all those specs but nowhere to go, such a boring machine.
Look, console and PC owners enjoy your machine but just don't rubbish Amiga owners. The Amiga is my favourite machine. So kindly shut up or else we will get nasty and tease you with a copy of Sensi Soccer, Goall or perhaps WorkbenchI Wayne Psaila, Kllbum, SA.
Don’t give us any lip. Just write it down and send it in.
Go on, we dare you.
Strong words Indeed, But there will always be rivalry between machines when it comes to magazines, something that I personally have always found a little sad. Your advice is spot on
- be happy with your own machine. If It does the |ob you wanted
It to do, then what's the problem? Stick with the Amiga mate!
SLAP HEAD I am 40, lighting a losing battle against being a slap head, and have a 50% share of an Amiga 1200 with my 10-year-old daughter. I was one of the few souls who purchased an MSX computer and have lived long enough to witness a program load by cassette, so as you can imagine working with the A1200 is like comparing a Trabant to an F1 Racer.
Now, apart from being lost at the endless applications available lo the Amiga as well as being computer illiterate I have come across a major problem. To wit, I have tried to follow the Arexx tutorial ir CU AMIGA every month but I cannot get the follow-, ing characters to type out: When I try it turns to an @ and a small star: *. Is there any hope for me I all? Be gentle with me. Nice and slow - no fancy computer speak.
Ed McCann, Belfast.
Your problem is a fairly simple but common one. Because the Amiga Is sold all over the world the operating system (Workbench) has been designed to work with keyboards from all over the world. Unfortunately, It Is preconfigured for American keyboards which are subtly different to UK versions, Ie some of the keys an in different places. The perfect example of this is that when you press the key that has the "" characters on It It thinks you are pressing the ALAN DYK 0 Then I thought: i odd, nek ..., Jf with the hammer once ogoin. All quiet, when suddenly, out of the loo... TEAM TALK Everyone
needs companionship. Some people have pets but Andy Leaning? No.
Our Andy’s different (and richer accord* ing to this version of events)... ALAN DYKES 11 couldn't help noticing thot there wos something strange obout Andy thot day. He didn't hove his usual devil-may- care attitude and __there wasn't a single egg sandwich in sight. He olso hadn't mode his usuol early morning comments about monitors, the Internet oc 3D modelling, in fact he didn't say anything at all _.
USA COUINS I I »ras too busy with my torture implements to notice anything at b on reflection Anchr's face was definitehr I redder than usua being o conscientious sort of person I busie mysdfwith ‘ 1 'Ihafsodd, os though he's just obout to explode' but key that has Ihe @ symbol on It because that's what the American keyboard has on this key Getting around this Is very easy. In your Preferences drawer double click on the Input' Icon. This will allow you to change the keyboard type from US to British (right-hand side of the requester). Having clicked on the British option click on the save
button at the bottom of the requester and reboot your Amiga. You should now be able access those keys you've been missing. The • character Is produced by holding down the shift key and pressing key 8 along the top row.
THI FAR SIDI By GARY LARSON FI FRENZY Like many people, I suspect, I find Formula One Grand Prix way too easy. However, it is possible to make the game a bit harder by speeding up the cars with the help of the PD program Newzap. On the FIGP number two disk there is a program called
• flgp'. This is the main program. Using Newzap, find block 940
of this program.
The information controlling the cars’ performances is at cursor position 140. Each team’s speed is represented by two bytes. All you have to do is increase these numbers and bingo - the cars are much faster. There is a limit to how fast the cars can go before they slow down again, but even an increase of 40-50% should make the cars' lap times give you a good run for your money.
The dala regarding the driver's racing and qualifying skills is at cursor positions 168 and 190. By lowering these numbers you increase the drivers' ability or make them all FF and watch the drivers spin off at every corner.
Robert Newman, Wolverhampton.
What, THE Rob (or Bob) Newman. The funny one? Personally, I never expected one of the blokes from History Today to know so much about hacking Into games, but there you are.
There Is also a piece of PD software that allows you to edit the game from a simple front end, rather than going through a whole series of meaningless figures with a disassembler.
TEAM 17 REPLY In response to your letter from Alan Heywood (Letters, September CU AMIGA 1994), sure, we would be the first to admit that disk accessing using an Overdrive on the Amiga leaves a lot to be desired, but if Alan had studied your review before purchasing that game, he would have been forewarned about this. Also, as you stated in your reply, we are resolute In our support for the Amiga. Martyn (Creative Director) and myself both have Amigas on our desks, and we do much of our work on them.
Alan seems to be a little obsessed with Team 17's actions in the PC market while ignoring the fact that some other much-championed ex-Amiga developers have totally abandoned our great machine in favour of other platforms. Our Media Manager, Alan Bunker, protested strongly when the PC magazine Mr. Heywood referred to implied that we were reducing our commitment to the Amiga. That simply isn't true. Wait until you see what we’ve in store for the Amiga in 19951 Whilst we sponsor' that [PC Home) page by giving our games as letters prizes, we have no control or prior approval on its editorial
content.
On the subject of HD installability and Team 17, games like Alien Breed 2 and Body Blows AGA were both HD installable. Tower Assault and Super Stardust will be too. This has only become feasible with the A1200. Making a game HD installable involves using the operating system, which takes memory. Since most of our game are technically demanding on the machine, making the games HD installable on machines with less than 2Mb would involve making compromises in the gameplay, which we are not prepared to do!
Marcus Dyson, Development Co-ordlnator, Team 17.
And there you go. Straight from the, er, horse’s mouth. Team 17's origins lie In Amiga development and they are proud of the fact that they are still supporting the machine. Most companies need to evolve to survive, and this means producing games for more than one platform.
AN AUSSIE SPEAKS What is happening? The Amiga is out for the count in Australia. I mean look at it. Commodore Australia was liquidated earlier this year, and it looks like others will follow. On top of this, there have been rumours everywhere about Samsung taking over the whole show. Is the UK the last stronghold for the Amiga? I wish Samsung (or whoever) is taking over Commodore International, would hurry up. The longer it takes, the worse it will be for the Amiga. I predict that it will take a lot for the new owners of Commodore to get the Amiga back on its feet again. Even if we are
optimistic and say that the Amiga will live, in Australia it won't be any good because you probably won't be able to buy much software (let alone games). You see, they're bringing in a new law to classify all computer games. For every game title that is imported, there will be a fee - this makes only the biggest-seliing games worthwhile importing.
If the Amiga makes it through, will I as an Amiga owner living in NSW have to order games from the UK? It's not a nice predicament.
In hindsight, you can point the finger for the demise of the Amiga at two main causes: Commodore themselves (for marketing bungles); and all those horrible software pirates out there - for not only making games more expensive but helping to discourage would-be Amiga developers (eg, the Australian team SSG, who are not making an Amiga version of Warlords II, surely the coolest strategy game ever).
In summing up. I purchased an Amiga 1200 with a 200Mb hard drive three months ago (and being a poor student, that was a big investment), If the Amiga goes down for good, will my hard disk always be only one third full? (No, I don't want to fill it up with pictures and Protracker modules, besides, I have already got enough).! Sincerely hope that I (and everyone else) will be able to go out and buy a Christmas hit for my Amiga this year. In other words, Commodore may be dead, but the Amiga (let's hope) is not dead and will make a big comeback worldwide.
Harley Kingston, NSW, Australia This Is Just one of the letters we are currently receiving from all over the world from concerned Amiga owners. It's quite disconcerting to hear of the Import tax levied on computer games In Australia, as I have always felt that Oz Is a largely untapped wealth of programmers and artists, (eg Acid Software). Hopefully, very soon, soon this whole mess will be cleared up. Check out the news this issue for the latest developments.
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POINTS or VIEW IX Andy Leaning rants on about the importance of good-quality packaging and the perils of dull, brown boxes!
At it - this is a basic premise of FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and consumer goods marketing - packaging is one of the key ingredients in the marketing of the product.
Some companies don't realise this, which is one of the reasons why the larger Amiga developers have grown so big in the first place. GVP, Power and others have treated packaging and manuals as key aspects rather than afterthoughts and in doing so have succeeded in getting their products recognised as quality peripherals and thus sold more.
BONE IDLE?
Perhaps another consideration is lack of commercial knowledge.
After all the Amiga is a home computer, and a lot of these users go on to try and sell products they have created. Because they might not be experienced in marketing they don't realise the importance of packaging and don't bother witf it. Yet these people need only walk into a dealer showroom and look at the products on the shelves to realise how important it really is.
No, unfortunately I suspect the reason, is laziness. There are several Amiga developers, thankfully not many in this country, who ship products in brown boxes because they can't be bothered with the hassle of crealing colour packaging. They can't be bothered! They're content to just sit back, develop a product, flog it to a few users and earn a little money.
Developers who go to considerable lengths to include everything needed, write decent manuals for their products and spend many thousands of pounds on the design of the product. Some of the best known; GVP, Blizzard, Power Computing, and Amitek all immediately spring to mind.
But there are many other companies who don't and ship shoddy-looking products. Yet when you speak to them about it they don't seem to realise that they are letting not just their customers down but also themselves by doing sol Why is it that in the Amiga peripheral market there are companies, admittedly not many, who will spend bags of money developing a product and then forget about the software and packaging. They distribute their technologically-astute new product in nothing more than a brown cardboard box and then wonder why it tails to sell in any great quantity.
Even when you find a company that has obviously gone to some length developing their product they invariably let it down with crap packaging, shipping in just a brown box, or including a flimsy photocopy as a manual. Or even worse, don’t bother supplying all that is needed - a certain company springs to mind who recently shipped us a plug-in peripheral for the A1200 but didn't bother to include the software needed to use it or even the 9volt power supply (without which it wouldn't work!).
Honestly, if you had spent many thousands of pounds developing a product wouldn't you want the packaging to reflect all the hard work that you put into developing it? After all, no matter how spectacular a piece of equipment is. If the packaging is poorly put together then most customers will probably assume that the product itself has been thrown together in a similar fashion and so will shy away from buying it.
Don't get me wrong, there are many Amiga Personally I abhor companies like this. If they're in business they should be there to win. To increase turnover and raise the bottom line - their profits. If they're not. Why be in business in the first place?
But what you should consider is that if a company can't be bothered to spend a little extra on packaging, what else in the product couldn't it be bothered with? Is the product, whatever it may be, really likef to any good if They canT be bothered’?
WHY, WHY, WHY?
So why do they do it? The obvious answer is cost; producing colour packaging, proper manuals and decent software all costs money. Yet if they can't afford to do a proper job and give customers value- for-money and quality products they shouldn't be in the Amiga market in the first place.
And besides, not spending money on packaging etc is a shortsighted view in the current Amiga climate. Not so long ago you could rely on store sales reps to sell your products for you, but those days are long gone. Nowadays sales people have got other things to worry about, and there is a vast range of other products that have to be sold as well as Amiga I Your product will have to sell itself, and the only way to do this is via decent packaging which will prompt customers to pick it up and look THE MORAL OF THE STORY The lesson to be learned here is watch out for these products, they won't
jump off the shelf at you, so you'll need to look for them. And when you've found them, check them very, very carefull before you spend your hard earned money.
Of course you may come across the odd gem in this sea of faceless products. It’s often the case that innovative small developers who really know about engineering can’t afford colourful packages or don’t understand marketing. For this reason always ask around, read the reviews and check with your friends but be weary of the dull, brown box! And beware suppliers - the proverb 'don't judge a book by its cover' doesn't apply_here. Gel it right and your product will do better, 'it* 3°% the tfyV u. S vaW Giwjs 3avfe ** Ut Use*-the pypp'8- ®t W&t Coit rtt Kt “....Awesome...!
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