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Contacts Despite the fact that the Amiga market is in complete disarray, some products seem to be doing extremely well. The tact that there is no official CD-ROM drive tor the Amiga 1200, and a barely recognisable standard, hasn't stopped this business going from strength to strength in the last six months. And it's not just Amiga-based CD-ROMs that are selling well. PC ones too, containing clipart and fonts are also proving popular, while all main distributors of Overdrive and Zappo drives are sold out at the time of going to press. This development is encouraging from the point of view that the more cross compatible we are. The longer the Amiga will survive in what is becoming a more competitive market place. The Amiga remains serious value for money. See our CD-ROM round up on page 100. It's almost time to order the birthday cake and give your Amiga a little pat on the keyboard. 1995 marks the birth of the Amiga - the A1000 was launched in the summer of 1985. We take a look back at the last ten years on page 30 and next month we’ll be focusing on the future. The nearest thing to Doom may be on its way at last. Team 17 have had Alien Breed 3D under development for nearly a year and we have an exclusive preview of it on page 42. Also featured in the games section, and well worth checking out, are Bloodnet, Pinball Illusions and Clockwiser. For those obsessed with Sensi World (and I know there are a lot of you) we've got some serious tips on page 17 and if you really fancy yourself as a Sensi expert check out the superb competition we've arranged with Renegade and Sensible Software on page 78. You could find yourself winging your way to Europe.

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Onother CU Amiga Magazine spectac- ularl Find out how to link your Amiga to stereo, TV, Video and other household electronic equipment to create your own audio visual studio. Our easy-to-follow guide will show you how to wire up your system without any major expense and show how to improve your Amiga's sound and picture quality! Wow!
• Piccolo SD64 86 Nik Lines tests the first 64-bit Amiga graphics
card - the fastest 24-bit card yet seen.
EX-Unk Modem 90 Andy Leaning goes on-line with a rather nippy V34 28,800 baud modem.
E Blizzard A1230-111 91 Just how fast is the new Blizzard A1200 accelerator? Is it worth the money? Andre Digard goes in seerch of the truth.
It's a hardware bonanza this month. Just about every type of hardware peripheral and upgrade gets a look-in. There's a modem, a genlock, a new Blizzard accelerator and a 24-bit graphics card. Added to this is a round-up of desktop speakers, a new monthly CD-ROM review section and a look at a Digita's impressive new database.
CONTENTS Disk 102 Page 9 Modeler 3D: try out the fascinating world of 3D modelling with this superb £50 package from Oxxi. Plus an Easy Ledgers 2 demo.
Disk 103 Page 12 An exclusive demo of Valhalla Before The War.
The prequel to the original, featuring the Lord Of Infinity himself. Almost one entire level of the game.
Games PREVIEWS Alien Breed 3D Can Team 17 convert the most popular top-down shoot 'em up ever into the new Doom?.
E Worms Could it be the nest Lemmings? Find out more in the first preview of what could be the biggest game this year.
E Frontier 2 Tony Dillon goes head to head with David Braben to find oul what really is happening in his new universe.
42 1 e PGA Euro Tour Golf on a shiny disk.
65 44 U Jungle Strike Chopper combat on a shiny disk.
65 46 eVFM Bargain basement games.
66 48 50 55 56 58 59 60 1 Kingpin 10 pin bowling on a budget.
E Skeleton Krew We love Skeleton Krew. So will you.
E Clockwiser 62 A decent puzzle for the CD32.
Flink 63 Platform fun from Psygnosis.
REVIEWS e BloodNet An 18-rated adventure from MicroProse.
E Lion King Is it better than Aladdin 7
• Valhalla II Well actually it's more like Valhalla ' 12. It's
the Prequel you see, Valhalla Before The War.
• Death Mask Doom or doomed?
E Pinball Illusions They've finally released it and it's brilliant I
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E Vampyra 76 More smart advice and smut from the most adventurous vampire in the universe.
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IIO 123 Contacts Despite the fact that the Amiga market is in
complete disarray, some products seem to be doing extremely
well. The tact that there is no official CD-ROM drive tor the
Amiga 1200, and a barely recognisable standard, hasn't
stopped this business going from strength to strength in the
last six months. And it's not just Amiga-based CD-ROMs that
are selling well. PC ones too, containing clipart and fonts
are also proving popular, while all main distributors of
Overdrive and Zappo drives are sold out at the time of going
to press. This development is encouraging from the point of
view that the more cross compatible we are. The longer the
Amiga will survive in what is becoming a more competitive
market place. The Amiga remains serious value for money. See
our CD-ROM round up on page 100.
It's almost time to order the birthday cake and give your Amiga a little pat on the keyboard. 1995 marks the birth of the Amiga - the A1000 was launched in the summer of 1985. We take a look back at the last ten years on page 30 and next month we’ll be focusing on the future.
The nearest thing to Doom may be on its way at last. Team 17 have had Alien Breed 3D under development for nearly a year and we have an exclusive preview of it on page 42. Also featured in the games section, and well worth checking out, are Bloodnet, Pinball Illusions and Clockwiser. For those obsessed with Sensi World (and I know there are a lot of you) we've got some serious tips on page 17 and if you really fancy yourself as a Sensi expert check out the superb competition we've arranged with Renegade and Sensible Software on page 78. You could find yourself winging your way to Europe.
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DeluxePaintV DIRECT S CUT When you’re creating a new version of an acknowledged classic, how do you go at ¦ V acknowledged classic, how do you go about improving it? By including and improving every feature possible, that’s how. DeluxePaint® V has 30 new features and enhancements over DeluxePaint IV and IV AGA. In fact, there are more features and flexibility here than in any Amiga paint and animation program.
M wk } r. DeluxePaint V gives Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000 owners access to over 262,000 appari 4000 owners access to over 262,000 apparent colours (using HAM8 modes) in multiple screen resolutions. All Amiga owners can now create, edit and save true colour 24BIT RGB pictures and animations in any screen mode. That means greater colour control and better definition for all your graphics and animations.
Automate any feature or perform complex functions at the press of a key thanks to ft functions at the press of a key thanks to Arexx and Macro record and playback.
DeluxePaint V supports painting and animation in every screen mode, from 2 colours to 16.7 million colours. Texture background and media types give drawings and paintings a real world media look, while multiple palette and variable frame anims provide unparalleled control of frame colour and animation speed. There's video overscan support for desktop video recording and editing, plus a huge crowd of extras.
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Modeler 3D ith Modeler 3D you can explore the fascinating world of 3D object creation. Use it to gain an insight into how the stun- I ning 3D images you see on TV, in films and in the pages of this magazine are built up.
If you liked our previous coverdisks - ProCalc, ComicSetter, X-CAD and Directory Opus, wait to you see what we've got lined up for the next few months. We've been working hard to bring you the best programs ever written for the Amiga.
To avoid missing your copy we recommend taking out a subscription. Turn to page 123 for details.
And if you've got VideoScape 3D, which we cover-mounted in November '92, you can even take the shapes you create and animate them! If you're lucky enough to own LightWave you can import your 3D models and render them in full 24-bit glory!
Easy Ledgers 2 Complex accounting made simple - that's Easy Ledgers 2 in a nutshell.
If you read the review of Easy Ledgers 2 in the January 95 issue of CU Amiga Magazine you'll have a very good idea of what this impressive program is capable of. It allows you to manage every aspect of business accounting - from issuing invoices to maintaining stock records to tracking payments. Financial life has never been so simple with Easy Ledgers 2. Now with this exclusive demo you can try it out for yourself.
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Bonus Clipart Yes there's even more clipart for use with the fabulous January ComicSetter disk. To use it just slip coverdisk 102 into your internal disk drive and turn on your Amiga.
Following the loading instructions on page 16. You'll now have a disk that contains a collection of pictures. You'll find all you need to know about using ComicSetter clipart in the ComicSetter manual from the January issue. These are standard IFF graphics files, so you can also use them with any other Amiga graphics program, such as Deluxe Paint, Brilliance or MovieSetter. For tips on creative use of the clips, turn to page 128 of this issue.
Explore the fas- llll!1 cinating world of three dimensional modelling with Oxxi's Modeler 3D.
Pag ' •*••• [mm If I *11 I I ¦ What is 3D modelling?
Ave you ever wondered how the stunning 3D images that Hyou see on TV, in magazines and films are created? Most people have heard of texture mapping and raytracing but these only add realism to the shapes already built. How are the shapes and forms underneath made up?
Now you can find out and have a go at it yourself. Modelei 3D on this month's coverdisk allows you to do just this. Vou can try your hand at building three dimensional shapes, and if you own LightWave or VideoScape you can render and animate them.
In the old days, special effects experts would have a model cralted in clay, or plastic. This would then be painted, positioned, lights would be added, and then the whole thing would be filmed. 3D modelling is the equivalent of building the clay model. But how can an artist sitting at a computer build the equivalent of a clay model with height, deplh and width? After all a computer screen has just two dimensions!
Well in the case of Modeler 3D and just about every other modelling application, you are presented with three windows. These give you three 2D views from which a 3D shape can be visualised. Each of these views shows what you'd see if you looked at a 3D shape from the top. Side and the front. If you're having trouble understanding this don't worry, everyone does at first. Take a look at the picture below, it will help you understand what's going on.
Put the decompressed disk into the internal drive and turn on tho Amiga. Now double click on the disk icon and then on the icon kHH labelled M3D. After a few minutes the pro- Wjj M gram will load and you'll see the throe win- dows mentioned.
|1H To give you a head start we've provided several sample files I3D objecls) that you can load and experiment with. Let's load one Click on the Open Object' option from the HhI 'Proiect' menu and then select the hie ’F15.geo' Heie you cm see how the thiee riews in Modeler 3D relate to a three-dimensional object Fighter plane The three views will now show 2D views of an F15 fighter plane. These show the view from above, from the end and from the side. You can see what the object would look like as a normal picture by clicking on "New Window'.'Preview'. A window will appear with a two colour
image showing the plane. Clicking around the plane picture moves the view point in that direction, changing the view of the plane accordingly.
For the time being close the window. Let’s have a closer look at our 2D views. In each window you'll see a collection of lines and dots. These are called points and polygons. Points form the reference points which you can move (vertices of shapes) whilst polygons are flat surfaces of colour, and can’t be edited. When the 3D object is drawn, only the polygon surfaces will be visible. Imagine that the points are hooks hanging in space, all they do is provide an outline. Polygons are an elastic band stretched around the hooks, and the area enclosed by the elastic band is filled with colour -
giving your outline substance and form. Moving the points will change the shape of the polygon (the band stretches to the new shape) but you can't move the lines making up the polygon on their own. You can however delete the rubber band. If you want a closer look press theand keys. These will zoom in and zoom out of the picture.
So. To recap, we have views of three sides of a shape (a fighter plane) and in each view you can see the points and polygons that make up the shape. Combine these together and an object with height, width and depth is created.
Editing points But how do we edit the points and polygons? Down the left-hand side of the screen you'll see a row of icons. These provide basic object manipulation tools. The first icon, at the top, tells the program you wish to edit just the points. The one below it allows the editing of polygons (deleting them etc). The square below these is a volume mode that changes the number of points and polygons in an area defined by dragging out a square. Next is cut, then delete. The small black circle under these is an 'add point' tool, followed by the curve tool to create a polygon line between
two points. After this is an icon to create a multi-sided polygon between many points. The last three tools allow you to move one or more points, whilst the cross hair allows you to scroll around the views.
The final one will undo the last operation you performed.
To select points, click on the right-hand side of the volume tool, drag a box around the points or point and then select Points from the Edit Select menu. Now click on the move tool and click where you want the points to be moved to. Try selecting some points on the aircraft wings and moving them. You can see the results by using the preview option covered previously.
Spheres!
As an alternative to editing previously-created shapes you can also make your own. Select New from the Project menu. Now click on Sphere under the Generate menu and click on OK. A globe should now appear in all three windows. Highlight some of the points (the middle row on the right hand side in top window) and then move them to the right. Now click on the Polygon selector (the second icon down! And click in the centre of the globe in the top left hand window and press delete. This will remove the top polygons of the globe. Using a preview you should now see something like that in figure
1.
Using ihe other tools under the Generate menu you can create boxes, cones, tubes and other shapes. These can be moved so they join with existing shapes and edited to create new more complex shapes. This is essentially the world of 3D modelling.
Next month we'll have a look at how to build up and edit more complex models. Until then try experimenting with the other options in the program. Although it may seem strange at first, after a little while you'll soon get the hang of it. ¦ AMIGA COVERDISKS 102 Try out the Amiga's latest accounting package from Coverdisk 102.
Asy Ledgers 2 is arguably the Amiga's most pow- Eerful and flexible accounts system, matching many of the heavyweights on other platforms. So good in fact, that it gained a massive 88% in our January issue's review. If you've ever used a computer-based accounts package before, you'll appreciate just how friendly it is. If you've only ever used manual systems you'll be in heaven. Even if you've never used an accounts package before it's worth a try, it might even be your first step on the way to a pay rise.
OPENING THE BOOKS When you first load Easy Ledgers 2 you'll be presented with a simple start-up screen offering you four choices, although only Samples and Quit are enabled. Open Books and Create Books are both disabled in this demo version. Click on Samples to continue. You may see a window that tells you the country off the database is different to the system country. If so, click on Proceed. Now, to get the best out of this program follow the guidelines below ... '.5r£ZL a: I=- teik M Unit* i _£ 1 _jt_j J5-J j-yj & - The Cash Sale option works in almost exactly the same way as the
purchase ledger. Again you can keep track of where you are spending money and store other details such as the order number. VAT First you'll be presented with a row of five icons, as (allows: • Purchase: things your company has bought • Sales: things yonr company has sold
• ledger the accounts equivalent ol a statement
• Inventory: keeps track ol stock • Jobs: tracks the work yen are
currently doing.
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- couldn't be easier to keep your orders ap te date and yen can
keep track ol where you are outlaying "a cash. By double
clicking on the A500 blue bar
* aa can enter any new items that yon hare ordered bom a
particular company.
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ledger section. The central part ol this screen holds a list of
suppliers and their categories. Douhle clicking on any ol the
suppliers' names brings ap their details. Couldn't be easier
now could it?
Sales invoices work in much the same way. There are several ways ol selling things: • Enter Inv: this is lor sales to customers to he billed at the end ol the month • Cash Sale: lor simple cash sales • Card Sale: lor credit card sales Once you‘ve selected a supplier, try entering a purchase Click un the Purchase button. Enter an invoice number, though the program is guite happy without one The date on this demo version is set. But on the lull version the correct date is automatically entered.
Douhle click in the body ol the inventory lorm.
You can then select an item horn the inventory to purchase II you want to purchase something which is not in the inventory, go to the inventory book and enter the new item. Double click on the item you want enter the quantity required and the purchase price. To complete the transaction, click on Post Invoice.
WIZARD DEVELOPMENTS 0322 272908 AMIGA By Vulcan Software Last year we brought you almost an entire level of Valhalla And The Lord Of Infinity, now we bring you the prequel.
Requires 1Mb RAIV L_" - alhalla And The Lord : 1 ‘ jJ JF °flnfini*y was all about a young tpUlwwl* Xk prince whose father _ L.l r L. Utt* y’i was murdered by The Lord Of av!r-jfsssrB - Infinity, an evil dastard chas- ¦ ¦ ¦ ing the throne of the
* -?| • Kingdom of Valhalla. In it you ¦ 7 played the prince and
set out ijr B Q . P T to defeat Infinity and reclaim V the
throne in the name of the old man. Before The War is actually
the prequel to this event, taking you back to a time wiien me
prince was just a nipper, ine gooa i mg uaramonu was King and
Infinity was just a jealous brother.
Here the tables are turned and you play the part of Infinity himself, out to murder the king. We've got the most part of a level for you to try out, and all you need to do is pop the disk in your drive and reboot to play the game.
For those who've seen the first Valhalla this is more of the same, but with less rambling speech, a deeper voice, fewer traps and more involving puzzles. For those who haven't seen the original, you're in for an unusual treat. Before The War is 'The Second Ever Speech Adventure On The Amiga', which means that Infinity looks up and speaks to you when you ask him to do something.
And you will ask him to do many things because the key to the puzzles in this demo is all about looking at, picking up and using objects found on screen. There is an icon bar along the bottom which dictates Infinity's actions and a 'rucksack' icon bar along the top of the screen.
On the left-hand side of the screen is a potion power bar which is raised only when you drink a potion, on the right hand side is a strength icon which goes down if Infinity is hurt. When it reaches the bottom he dies.
You control Infinity with the joystick. Up, down, left and right moves him in those directions (you view the screen from a top-down perspective) while pressing the fire button brings you into the icon bar at the bottom of the screen.
Once you have access to this icon bar, pushing the joystick upwards will access the rucksack and clicking on an object there will bring up a 'use' menu. See the box on the right for a full description of the icons.
And that's about it. Pick up everything you see, most objects have their uses, and watch out for holes in the tiled floor of the castle. Examining these may reveal hidden objects.
If you are having real problems don't worry, we'll print a solution to the demo next month.
Debeh Action Icons Click on the fire button to access this menu.
Compass icon ¦ Clicking on this icon brings up a map of the level.
Eye icon -Looks and let's you know what's in the square in front of you.
Open hand icon - Pick up an object in the square in front of you Spanner icon - Operate anything directly in front of you.
Joystick icon Clicking here will exit the menu.
Disk icon - This disk contains load and save, which don't work in this demo, and restart icons.
Mouth icon - This limits Infinity's speech to the bare necessities.
The Rucksack Press fire, then up to access this menu. Clicking on an object will bring up the following menu; Eye icon - This makes Infinity examine the object selected.
Open hand - This drops the item selected.
Pointy finger - This makes infinity try to insert the object into the square in front of him.
Cup - Selecting this icon makes infinity drink the object selected, if possible.
Joystick - This icon exits the menu system.
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Before doing anything with disk 102 we strongly recommend you make a backup copy This way. Even if you accidentally erase the original, you've still got a back-up Before starting this make sure you have a blank disk handy Making a copy couldn't be simpler.
You can either use Directory Opus (given away with our February issue) or use the Shell ¦ For Directory Opus users select the Diskcopy option from its Function menu Click on the Diskcopy button You'll be prompted to insert the source disk - the cover disk and then the destination disk • a blank disk. It wiB copy the cover disk for you.
¦ For users who missed last month's excellent coverdisk (you can still get it i--------------------------1 I IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD | We go to great trouble to ensure that the CU Amiga Magazine coverdisks will work | on common Amiga models. However if you do experience problems follow this | simple guide | 1: Remove all unnecessary upgrades and peripherals, such as printers and modems
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I If they advise that the disk is faulty, fil in your details in the form below, and send this I form, along with the faulty cover disk and a 28p stamped self addressed envelope to: I CU AMIGA Magazine Disk Returns. DiskXpress. Unit 7. Willow Court. Bourton Industrial | Park. Bouurton-orvtheWater. Gloucestershire GL54 2HQ I (NAME | ADDRESS: . , TYPE OF AMIGA OWNED: . DISK NUMBER
. DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THE DISK from our back issues department (tel 0858 468888) you'll have to use the Shell Boot With your Workbench disk and double click on the Shell icon - this will probably be in the System drawer Now at the prompt type in the following line - exactly as shown: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: and press return When asked for the source disk, insert the coverdisk 102 and press return After a few minutes you'll be asked to insert the destination disk. Insert your blank disk You
may be asked to insert the source disk and then the destination disk a few times on some Amigas Onco finished type endcli and press return The window will now close WRITE PROTECT YOUR COVERDISK!
©ompression is a wonderful thing. It allows you to cram large things into small places, in the case of the coverdisk it means that we can fit Easy Ledgers 2. Modeler 3D and ComrcSefter clipart all onto one disk The one side effect of compressing them is that you’ll need to uncompress the programs and files before you can use them Bui don’t worry it's vory simple First make a back-up copy of your coverdisk (see the panel labelled BACK IT UP) Next make sure you have three blank disks ready and your Workbench boot disk nearby. Now follow theso simply instructions
1. Insert cover disk 102 into the internal floppy drive of your
Amiga and restart it. Or turn it on After a short while the
Workbench screen will appear
2. Move the mouse pointer over the CU 102 disk icon and press the
left mouse button twice in rapid succession (called double
clicking) 3 A window will now appear with three icons in it.
One for Easy Ledgers 2. One for Modeler 3D and one for
ComicSetler clipart Chose one you want to and double click on
it 4 After a few brief minutes the Amiga will ask you to
insert a disk in DFO Now replaco the cover disk with your
first blank disk. Please note that this disk must be write
enabled (the small tab in the corner will be closed). Now
press the return key 5 When asked replace the coverdisk 6
Repeat the process for the other icons in the disk window
Remember to use different disks for the different programs.
USING EASY LEDGERS 2 The Easy Lodgers icon will produce a disk containing a demo of this C200 program To use it restart the Amiga with your Workbench disk in the drive. Once it's up and running insert the Easy Ledgers disk you made and follow, doublo click on the disk icon that appears Now double click on the program icon and turn to page 11 for our guide to using it. Please note that the Easy Ledgers demo will only work on Amiga's with Workbench 2 4 or above A hard drive is recommended RUNNING MODELER 3D Follow the above instructions for uncompressing the disk Boot with the uncompressed
disk Now double click on the disk icon and then on the M3D icon. Now run the program Turn to page 10 for guide to using and understanding the world of 3D modelling COMICSETTER CLIPART Having followed the guide above you should have a disk containing new clipart for ComicSetler (givon away with the January '94 issue) To use this clipart load ComicSetler and follow the manual (also given away with the January issue) for loading instructions HOW TO PLAY VALHALLA II COVERDISK 103 To play this game demo for Valhalla II, Before the War, simply put covordisk 103 into the internal drive of your Amiga
and turn it on The game will load and play automatically Refer to page 12 for playing instructions s Workbench?
©group of Amiga developers are planning 10 develop a new version of Workbench in the absence of any further official Workbench updates, according to reports on the Internet.
Exactly who would be involved and what the new Workbench would offer was undecided at the time of going to press Messages posted on Internet have asked for suggestions as to what features should be in the new version Amongst the many proposals is that the PD utility Magic Workbench should be included as part of the release.
What is clear, however, is that even if no company is officially granted the rights to the Amiga, the woddwide Amiga development community will strive to ensure that the machine has a future, by continuing development.
CU Amiga Magazine will monitor this 'unofficial Workbench' and report any further developments as they happen. ¦ lOOMb Floppy Disks Floppy disks with storage capacities of 100Mb are on the way. Fuji Film has developed a new 3.5" high density floppy disk. In addition to ultra high capacity it's also claimed that the new disks will be able to support data transfer rates some 30 times faster than existing floppy systems. But don't discard your old drives yet - the drives for these disks are still in development Fuji film are on 0171 586 5900 ¦ ? Magic Workbench - gad ol a aaw Workbench7
If you thought the council tax was unfair, you're in for a nasty shock Electronic service provider CompuServe is to levy a GIF tax.
The company introduced the GIF format in the late 1980s as a standard for image files, similar in concept to the Amiga's IFF system.
Since then, anyone had been free to use the format for commercial or non-commercial projects.
Now. However, CompuServe has decided to charge commercial users and developers of software supporting the GIF format 1.5% of the cost of their software. This will almost certainly result in higher software pricing GIF Tax CompuServe is trying to get software developers to agree a contract subject to these terms.
The contract is specifically worded so that only developers working on programs enabling access to the CompuServe network can use the GIF format.
In real terms this means that graphics software will have to be recoded to remove the ability to load and edit GIF format files, and users caught using software that does so will be liable for prosecution! Whilst CompuServe have already issued the contracts and stated that anyone breaking the agreement after 10th January 1995 will face a lawsuits, developers have other ideas. The GIF format is just one of many image formats supported by all major graphics packages for the Amiga, Apple MAC and PC, so the loss of GIF support will be insignificant.
In almost all cases, the choice of IFF ILBM. EPS or JPEG formats is sufficient. ¦ Ohe Speedcom+BF 28,800 baud modem has been upgraded to support the V34 protocol, V34 is the official standard for 28,800 baud modems Until now the Speedcom modem has only been compatible with the popular, but unofficial.
Vfast standard The modem also supports group III and class 1 and 2 fax compatibility allowing it to send and receive faxes when using appropriate software (eg. GP Fax or Trapfax).
Available from Siren Software, the modem has a price of £199.99. which includes all the necessary cables, power supply, software and a ’getting started guide'. Siren Software are on 0161 796 5279 ¦ Panasonic Release New Printer Oanasonic have released a new colour 24-Bin printer. It can print in resolutions up to 360x360. With speeds quoted of up to 250 characters per second in draft mode and 83 cps in letter quality mode. Emulation of the popular Epson LQ-860 means that it should work well with most Amiga software (Epson drivers are supplied with the Amiga) although no dedicated Amiga
printer driver is supplied.
The RRP of the KX-P 2135 is E189. Although Panasonic say that this should fall to around El50 when sold by dealers and mail order companies Call Panasonic on 0500 404041 ¦ Grandslam have released two new sports games ITS Cricket offers a five Day Test Match with nine countries available - now's your chance for revenge against Australia (or a chance for our Aussie readers to rub the salt in)! Among the game's more notable features are digitised player graphics, individual player profiles and playing statistics, digitised sound and music and "realistic" match commentaries. However, cucumber
sandwiches and tea don't seem to have been included.
Compatible with all Amigas, the game also supports hard drive installation. There are options for saving the game, and some form of future expansion disks are planned.
Nick Faldo's GollDeluxe Edition for the CD32 is Grandslam's second new release This apparently improves upon Nick Faldo's Championship Golf. New features include detailed 256 colour graphics, training sessions based on Nick Faldo's videos and two full courses to play.
Both games should be ready for review next month but in the meantime Grandslam are available for more information on 081-680 7044 ¦ Amiga Hotline Commodore UK have set up a hotline to let eager Amiga owners know the state of the buyout. On dialling the number (0628 779655) a regularly updated prerecorded message is played. The answerphone message states that it is the official newsline for Amiga UK. No mention is made of Commodore or Amiga International, which everybody was expecting the new Amiga company to be called.
When CU Amiga Magazine called the number in eady February it stated that The UK management team expect a purchase contract for the worldwide assets to be signed with the liquidator very soon." It went on to say that the bidding process would then be started, which will take a month, If all goes according to the UK management's plans. CU Amiga Magazine would expect Amigas to start appearing shortly after Easter ’95. ¦ New Amiga Show Amiga product suppliers Gasteiner are organising another Spotlight Amiga Show. It will be a showcase event for serious Amiga products, with distributors,
developers and manufacturers from across Europe turning out to demonstrate and sell their hardware, software and peripherals It will run over the 10th and 11 th June 1995 at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith, London.
The last Spotlight show was reported to attract over 4,000 visitors. Tickets will cost £5.00. advanced bookings can be made on 0181-345 6000. ¦ NHL still a possibility Despite reports in the trade press that Ocean are pulling out of the Amiga full price market after TFX is released. Marketing Manager Neil Critchlow. Has not discounted releasing NHL Ice Hockey, an Electronic Arts licence which Ocean still hold an option on.
'No final decision has been made yet... much will depend on the overall performance of titles like Jungle Strike and PGA (,European Tour). We will, however, continue to support the Amiga with hit Squad products." NHL was snapped up in the same deal as PGA European Tour and Jungle Strike last Autumn ¦ Not so Simple Simon Simon the Sorcerer 2, originally scheduled for release this Spring looks as though it may be put back until the Summer. The game is now being developed across several formats, and is being designed from the outsel to have full sampled speech, unlike the first instalment.
Text only versions will be released later. This means that we may see the CD32 version first. More news soon. ¦ AMIGA- GP SOFTWARE Contact Wizard Developments on 01322 272908 for sales or details of your local dealer
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SUMP IT UPS Your Amiga is a very powerful machine. Powerful enough to be the centre of a vast, pulsating network of audio visual equipment. Round up all the electrical gear you can find, and the odds are you'll be able to hook it up to your Amiga (washing machine excluded). Here's Andy Leaning's guide on how to become a control freak.
Most Amiga users have their Amiga linked up to a TV or monitor, and sometimes a stereo.
This will give impressive pictures and reasonable sound. But with the right connections, using a normal household TV, stereo, and a few cables you can vastly improve the quality of your sound and vision. Add a few low cost peripherals and a video to the setup and you suddenly have a great source for sound sampling, genlocking, frame grabbing and much, much more.
Add in some other black boxes (a camcorder perhaps, a satellite system, an S-VHS video recorder or if you're lucky, a DAT recorder) and you're plunged into the world of professional audio visual production without too much effort. You don’t necessarily need state-of-the-art equipment either. You can get away with the most modest of setups if you know how.
Over the next four pages we show you how using two possible household systems you can transform your Amiga. The first one is CU Amiga Magazine's test system for when we review sound samplers, genlocks and other audio-visual equipment. This features a Toshiba wide-screen TV. Sony MHC-7900 Dolby surround stereo, an S-VHS video recorder, a camcorder, a DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recorder, a Nokia satellite system and a Fostex X26 which is a very handy audio mixer, combined with a multitrack tape recorder. We've also thrown in a satellite system as these are fairly common. Our back room can get a
little noisy in the evenings. The second is a more typical home system, featuring a small TV, video and hi-fi. Read on for our step-by-step guide to pumping up your Amiga.
What else but an Amiga?
One of the Amiga's key advantages over other home computers is that it's ideal for interfacing with other electronic equipment. And you don't need to spend a fortune to do so.
Take the standard Amiga 1200 seen here for instance and compare it to a PC system.
Start with the TV. Most households have a TV, and sure enough you can connect the Amiga to a normal TV using a standard RF lead, more commonly known as an aerial cable. What about a PC? Well you'll need a dedicated monitor. You could buy a modulator card but it will cost you.
Next up the stereo. Pcs don't have great sonics, so you'll need to buy a sound card. To interface a PC to a video you’d need some rather costly video cards and then a genlock, unlike the Amiga which has great video sync circuitry built in! With the Amiga £35 is enough to get you on the road to 8-bit sound sampling, which contrary to popular belief, can be good enough for professional work.
TV: - Most people link the TV to the Amiga using an RF cable. However .many Tvs also have scart input. This is a ’D' shaped connector on the back ot the TV. If your TV has a scart connector (also known as a Euro-connector). This can give you a drastic improvement in picture quality. Get a lead to go from your Amiga's RGB port to the scart connector for the best results. You may have to go to your local Amiga dealer. As this is a rather specialist cable. Otherwise, you can connect with a composite video to scart lead, taking the video signal from your Amiga's composite video output socket
(A1200s only).
If you wanted to you could also invest in a chromakey unit for more sophisticated video effects (like the weatherman standing in front of his computer-generated map). A chromakey replaces all occurrences of a chosen colour in the video source with the output of the Amiga or any other video source.
Satellite receiver: Similar to a video recorder, a satellite receiver will give you access to a massive selection of images and films from which you can capture still frames or animated sequences.
Video: Earn yourself a fortune! Get a camcorder, and a video recorder. Plug the camcorder into a genlock, the genlock to the Amiga, add captions and offer yourself as a wedding video producer. You can then produce several copies of the video and sell them for £10 a time to different members of the happy couple's family. Think of the number of guests at a wedding, most of who will probably want a copy - you'll be laughing all the way to the bank! Alternatively, if you've got a large wodge of spare cash lying around, invest in a DPS Par Card. This is a board that works like a digital
video recorder, inside your Amiga.
Warning: digitising any sound or pictures is technically an infringement of copyright (as is recording a program from the TV onto video to watch at a later date). This is not a problem unless you intend to distribute the recorded data. If for example, you were to grab a sound or a picture, and use it in a production of your own. You would first have to gain permission from the copyright holder of the original sound or image. Otherwise you could be subject for prosecution for copyright infringement.
DAT recorder: Recording to analogue tape is OK.
But it won't give you the best quality recording. This is where a DAT recorder comes in. Connecting one of these to either your Amiga phono outputs or the mixing deck will provide perfect CD quality recordings, which can be used as master tapes for duplicating Cds. Tapes and vinyl.
The DAT recorder pictured here is the pew Tascam DA30 Mk2. Which gives extremely high quality recordings. It's available from Teac UK (tel: 0923 8196301 priced at £1.299. We'll have a full review of it soon. Prices for portable DAT recorders start at around £450. 1 1 Mixing deck: If you’re serious about music, you could do with getting a mixer. The one pictured here is a Fostex X26 Portastudio This allows you to record up to six sound sources at once, with pan for each and overall treble and bass control.
The built-in tape deck allows for four separate 'overdubs' to be made, which is particularly handy if you play any live instruments. Obviously you can't play a lead guitar and bass guitar at once, so this lets you record one part, and then go back and add further tracks. This also has the advantage that in effect you can multiply your Amiga's four sound channels to 16! Portastudios such as this start from around £250.
Camcorder: You can overlay Amiga text and graphics onto any video picture, and then record the combination to a normal video recorder. A typical use would be adding captions to a wedding video. In our test we linked the camcorder to the Rendale 9402 S-VHS genlock. Then recorded the output to the video. The camcorder input goes into the genlock, as does the Amiga input (from the video port). An output then goes to the video, and from the video onto the TV. Using a program like Scald, or perhaps Dpaint. You can then create titles and pictures which appear over the top of the images coming from
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Stereo: A home hi-fi is a good source for sound samples You can sample from any sound source, as long as you have the right connector cables. Your best bet is to get hold of an 8-bit sampler cartridge such as Megalosound, which is available from HiSoft (tel: 0525 718181) priced at £34.95. This will give you access to any sound you like, which can be sampled into the Amiga, and used in a wide variety of music, animation and programming packages, such as OctaMED.
ProTracker, MovieSetter and AMOS.
These sounds could be used for music alone, or combined with footage shot with that camcorder.
Aura is a 12-bit sampler which gives better sound quality, but is only compatible with its own editor software and OctaMED 5.04 and above. Aura is also available from HiSoft. Priced at £99.95. S-VHS. Video recorder: A good source of high quality video footage. An S-VHS video recorder gives dramatically better quality output than a normal VHS video, partly due to an increased
- .umber of lines that make up the picture. Most S-VHS 'ecorders
will also freeze frame with greater stability man a standard
VHS video. Link it to your Amiga through a frame grabber. The
results can then be Drocessed in any standard Amiga paint
package or saved as an animation in a similar manner to that
done with a camcorder.
Stereo: To get the best out of your Amiga's sound capabilities, connect the audio outputs of the Amiga to any spare phono inputs on the stereo If you don't have a spare set of inputs use the CD AUX inputs. Select CD AUX on your stereo or amplifier, and the Amiga's sound will be channelled through your hi-fi system.
Once you’ve done this, you can also record the sounds (assuming your hi-fi has a tape deck). Just follow the normal procedure for recording Cds. Alternatively you can link the phono outputs of the Amiga directly to a tape deck or mixer.
Having just about every type of hi-fi gadget and the best video equipment may be a possibility for winning lottery ticket holders, but what about us normal people? We've got a humble little stereo, a cheap 14" TV and a video. Surely, there can't be much we can do? You'd be surprised... Hi-fi: Link your Amiga to a spare set of inputs on the hi-fi or use the CD inputs. It won't do much for a vord processor or spreadsheet, but your games will take on a whole new dimension.
If you don’t have a hi-fi you can still get stereo sound. There are large number of desktop size 'multi- media' speakers that you can add to your setup. As it happens we just happen to have a round-up of such speakers on page 94.
Video: You can use a VHS video for grabbing either single frames or sequences of film, which can then be used in an Amiga animation. The quality won't be as good as that possible with an S-VHS video and genlock but it will still be very passable.
Many videos also have phono out puts for the sound. Using these you could connect the video to a sound sampler and have sound clips from any film you want - Terminator, Alien Star Trek here we come!
Cables If you've got more money than you know w to do with (send it to us!) You might want t consider investing in leads and cables with connectors. These will improve the quality • your audio and video recordings and display They work on the principal that gold has a I resistance, ie the electrical signals can easil pass through them. You'll have to be prepar to pay a lot for them - they are after all mat from high quality material.
T'P: many new Mjf' ’ stereos have Q I sound processors built in, to simulate the effects of hearing music in large halls, clubs and so on.
Try playing your Amiga games with different sound processor settings.
Another option to consider is shielded ca Many phono cables, particularly those bund with stereos, are not shielded. This means t interferences from can affect the signal.
Get Yourself Connected Here are two example set-ups: one for music production, and the other for video production, to give an idea of how everything connects up. You could go on adding extras to both systems for almost as long as your bank balance held out.
Music production Our example music setup is fairly basic, but would still be very powerful. At the centre of it all is the Amiga of course. This controls the MIDI keyboard and the MIDI module. These are connected to the Amiga through a MIDI interface. With a sequencer program running on the Amiga (Music X or OctaMED for instance), you could record separate passages of music from the MIDI keyboard into the computer, which could then be combined into one piece. You could also use the Amiga's internal sampling features for more sounds, and an optional extra MIDI module or drum machine.
All of the sound sources are then fed into the mixer.
Volume levels and other details can be adjusted from the mixer, which channels all of the sounds through a single stereo output. This stereo signal passes through the amplifier, and on to your loud 100 watt speakers.
The most important thing we've left out here is an analogue tape or DAT recorder.
This would be connected to the mixer in the same way as the amplifier.
Video production Again we have a simple example for the video system. The Amiga supplies all of your graphics, animations and titles. This could include digitised sequences, grabbed with the video digitiser. The genlock combines the output from you Amiga with the pictures coming from VCR 1 (VCR 1 could possibly be a camcorder or a home video recorder).
The combined pictures from the genlock and VCR 1 pass through VCR 2, which records them to VHS video tape.
The picture and sounds are then output to the monitor or TV, and the speakers.
50 watt speakers are sufficient for most video production work.
What's that plug for?
Here's a list of the kind of inputs and outputs you can expect to find on most Tvs, hi-fis and videos. Although you may not want to get everything connected at the moment, it's worth thinking ahead, and getting gear with a good range of relevant ins and outs is most advisable.
Video Equipment Scart connectors are the most important things to look out for when buying video equipment. Linking up systems (and not necessarily just the Amiga) via Scart will improve picture quality dramatically. If buying a TV find one with as many Scart inputs as you can find. After all you'll want Scart input for the video, the Amiga and a satellite receiver if you decide to connect them all.
Amplifiers and stereos If you're buying a stereo or maybe upgrading just the amplifier, try to get one with as many different phono inputs as possible. If you've got a good sound system, you may as well take full advantage of it by linking up your video, computer, games console and who knows what else will turn up in future. Buying a stereo with just a few inputs may save you money now, but in the long run you'll almost certainly regret it!
If vour TV doesn't have a O Scan input you can still improve picture quality by using the Scart input of the video which will almost certainly have one) and then link the video to the TV in the normal manner using the RF cable.
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the Atari VCS was the game console of choice. The stubby
joysticks, the version ot Spsce Invaders with 99 variations: we
lived in excitingly technological times as we waited for our
16k ZXSpectrums Meanwhile, in America three dentists had $ 7
million burning a whole in their white pockets, and wanted to
invest in the crazy video games business that they heard was
making so much money for companies like Atari. They formed a
company called Hi-Toro. Which later changed to Amiga, and took
on Jay Miner and Dave Morse.
Jay was the brains behind the custom chips in both the Atari console and home computer: he knew that a fancy processor wasn't enough RJ Mical. An ex-employee of Williams (the arcade games people behind Defender), joined the team to handle software.
The plan was to create the ultimate games console, code-named Lorraine. The design specifications were simple: Lorraine was to include graphics and sound effects which were state-of- the-art. In Silicon Valley, while Amiga built joysticks as a cover, the designers got busy However, something wonderful happened and somewhere along the line, this killer games console started to sprout some odd additions: A disk drive on a games machine? A keyboard connector? Parallel and serial ports? A modem? There was even a hardware PC emulator and digital telephone answering machine in the pipeline.
1983 Although the custom chips hadn't been finished, and only existed as a pile of stock chips and wiring, the heart of the machine was ready to be shown at the CES Show in January
1984. Although hidden behind a partition, visitors passing up
nearby escalators saw glimpses of an amazing machine: the
Boingl demo was unlike anything anyone had ever seen
before.
Unfortunately this all happened at the tail end of the First Home Video Game Boom. Even Atari had made a few expensive mishaps and had been bought by an ex-Commodore employee Jack Tramiel. Amiga too was in trouble, and needed external investment. The decision to add computet interfaces to the original Lorraine 1995 marks the 10th birthday of the Amiga. Throughout the year CU Amiga Magazine will be running articles celebrating the Amiga. This month we kick off the year with a look at the last 10 years of the Amiga and the start of a two-part competition to win one off six new A1200s.
I now looked like a masterstroke: the First Home Computer Boom was only just beginning.
Atari's Jack Tramiel wanted a home computer. And could see what the Amiga team were capable of. He lent Amiga half a million dollars while they negotiated share prices. However.
Tramiel knew Amiga was in trouble and didn't want to play fair: Amiga wanted $ 2 a share.
Atari offered half that. Amiga wanted $ 1.50, Atari offered half again.
With only a matter of days before they would have to accept the Atari offer, the Amiga team were in despair - until out of the blue came a call from Commodore Business Machines.
Commodore bought the shares at $ 4.25, and invested over $ 25 million in Amiga.
1985 Commodore-Amiga made some changes to the Lorraine (the modem vanished, memory was doubled to 265K and double sided disk drives included as standard), and in June 1985 the Amiga 1000 was launched at the Lincoln Center in New York, with the aid of Debbie Harry and Andy Warhole.
The Amiga 1000 was an amazing machine Gone was the pretence of a games machine, this was a Workstation. With a modern PC-style case which could house the external keyboard underneath and that rainbow coloured tick badge, it looked special. There was a two button mouse, a 14MHz Motorola 68000 processor.
256K memory expandable to a whopping 512K and a graphics display which could not only be genlocked but also offered a dazzling 4096 colours on-screen at once. And as for the operating system; no-one had seen a graphical orientated multitasking interface like it. And still today there isn't anything like it. Heck, the Amiga even came with digital sound and speech synthesis. So. By September this $ 1000 * machine was shipping to wide acclaim.
I Great Failures Commodore have had more than their fair share of disasters. The CBM64 was such a hit. They seemed to be under the impression they could sell anything. The Plus4 and C128 proved otherwise.
The Amiga A500 was a terrific hit. And sold more than any other home computer. However, the huge delay in upgrading it (rumour has it CBM lost the plans to the custom chips and had to re-engineer them from scratch) and the eccentric CDTV didn't do them any favours. The CDTV was launched as a multimedia machine, and use of the words "Amiga" or "home computer" were banded. The high price and bizarre marketing policies didn't help, but as sales of the Cdi prove, no-one really wants a hi-fi style box that is more than hi-fi.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to help the Amiga fight against IBM-PC clone domination, Commodore dabbled in selling their own PC clones. Many, Amiga owners were left to feel that the Amiga was a success despite Commodore's best efforts marketing. (Heard on FidoNet: "If Commodore got the contract to advertise Kentucky Fried Chicken they would call it 'Warm Dead Bird") 1986 The Amiga 1000 was cool, but it was also expensive Work started on the successor, the A2000. Two teams, one in America and one in Germany had designs, but the German A2000 version was the one that succeeded.
The Vic 20 and Commodore 64 were popular in the UK, although there were hundreds of other contenders for the title 'best home computer' including Amstrad CPC. Memotech MSX.
Sord M5. Dragon, Lynx, Enterprise. Jupiter Ace even the Spectrum was still going strong.
1987 88 89 The A2000 and A50O were launched. The A2000 came in a huge box. With many internal expansion slots: aware of the growing dominance of the IBM-PC clone, it was even possible to fit a special 'bridgeboard' and use PC style expansion cards.
The A500 was launched in the UK on the 12th June, and did away with the expansion slots (besides a trapdoor' memory and an expansion port on the side) to form a complete, single box unit. It sold for £587. And against its deadly rival the Atari ST it looked over-priced, but extremely well tooled-up.
All through 1987. And for-a few years after, the Amiga ST wars raged. The ST's processor was slightly faster, but the Amiga had the custom chips which gave it the edge. Initially Amiga games software were simply Atari ports, which gave the false impression that both machines were identical: but the ST was cheaper.
Eventually, as more games were specially written, and the first of the unique graphics and sound utilities came along, it was recognised that the Amiga was the better machine. Sales shifted in the Amiga's favour, and the Atari - despite various updates to the ST - lost the war The first Amiga virus programs started to appear, although at first many refused to believe they existed, whilst others went to their doctors for inoculations.
1990 91 Overdue it may have been, but the A3000 was launched with the all-new Workbench 2 Out went orange and blue operating systems and 68000 chips, in came blue and grey and 68030s.
The A3000 was the first 32-bit Amiga, and came packed with features, like the SCSI interface and the ability to use standard SVGA monitors. It was fast, sleek and many Amiga users today still rate it as the best Amiga ever made.
The CDTV also first saw the light of day. At a staggering £699. The CDTV was a 1 Mb A500 and CD-ROM player in an extremely smart black box Ahead of it's time it may have been, but “overpriced and lacking in software" was the popular description.
The VideoToaster appeared, and the Amiga 2000 would never be the same again. Offering untold power to American video users, the Toaster did things to NTSC TV production that would have cost ten times as much without it.
One of the great Amiga injustices is that a PAL version for the European market never appeared.
1992 What was going on? The A500 ceased to be (although the A500Plus appeared as a "limited edition" for a short while) and A600 was launched for £399 It offered less expansion that the A500 and lacks a numeric keyboard and was greeted with a universal cry of "huh?". It sold well to a lot of new users and a misguided few looking to upgrade their A500, but three months later the price was dropped to £299.
The A600 did boast some important clues as to what was to come: the PCMCIA port was Wtth 68030 Perhaps surpnsingly, the A1200 could well be remembered as the "Ultimate Amiga” rather than the A4000 1994 A miracle of cost control, the CD32 had the makings of a world beater as if included the internals of an A1200 and a double-speed CD-ROM drive at a sensible price. We've yet to see how much it will catch on. 1994 also saw the launch of Workbench 3.1, offering a few minor tweaks.
Third party CD-ROM drives invented a new standard for CD games.
As for 1995 and beyond tune in next month when we look at currenl developments and the future of the Amiga ¦ intriguing, and the internal IDE hard drive more than interesting 1993 Featuring the AGA chips and 16 million colours, the A4000 was the first Amiga to use the powerful Motorola 68040 processor, although a cheaper 68030 version was also available.
It was far from perfect though: the internal IDE interface and lack of A3000-type flicker fixer did not go down well. The hardware design was also criticised. The enhancements to Workbench 3.0 were minor at first glance, although substantial improvements were made under the cover.
The A1200 started to appear on shelves. The A1200 was one of the best Amiga's designed, taking the A500 approach but cramming in as much as possible. A 68020 was fitted as standard, the IDE interface was now starting to look like quite a good idea, and the new Workbench was showing Windows users what a bit ot intelligence and some custom hardware could do At 200 expansions are continuing to appear: many running considerably faster than the A4000 Where is the first Amiga crew now?
JAY MINER, widely regarded as "The father of the Amiga" sadly died on June 20, 1994.
DAVE HAYNIE moved on from designing Amigas and chipsets, and now works for SCALA with ex-director of product development Jeff Porter.
LEW EGGEBRECHT is working for a Californian company designing chips, after his stint as Commodore's Vce President of Engineering.
MEDHI ALI - due to libel laws, we are unable to print a description of Commodore's ex-president.
1984 First showing at CES. Amiga bought by Commodore.
1985 Launch of Amiga 1000, New York June 1985.
1986 Work starts on A5OO and A2000.
1989 MusicX released. Viking graphics card and monitor offers a 1000 by 1000 flicker free display in four colours for £1700. 512K memory expansion for A500 is £120.
HiSoft BASIC is launched, and a Commodore A2620 card (14MHz 68020. 2Mb RAM costs £1615).
1991 CDTV on sale (£699). 68030 accelerator for A2000 costs £499.
KCS Power PC Board (a hardware PC emulator for the A500) is £299.
I 1987 A2000 and A500 (£587) launched in March. (Spectrum Plus 3 goes on sale for £250. Atari 512STM is £399) 1983 Hi-Toro formed and Lorraine im designed as games console that can be expanded into computer.
1992 Amiga 600 launched (£399, price drops after three months to £299) 1988 A500 price cut to 499. (Atari 512STM is £299. A2000 is £1250) 1990 A3000 launched. Video Toaster goes on sale. AMOS released.
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Time Line: 1982 Lorraine conceived 1993 Amiga 4000 launched, A1200 launched.
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via a top puzzle game for the CD32: Clockwiser.
On a slightly different note, and looking ahead to next month. Ocean Software have a new Public Relations manager. A certain Mr. Brennan 1 from the Emerald Isle. You'll never guess what he told me today though: "Alan", he said, "I'll have a preview copy of TFX down to you next week". "Declan", I said back to him, "I'll believe it when I see it". So I'm warning you now, next month will either be very exciting and flight sim orientated, or just very exciting. Either way it'll be a very good read.
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i41jen ¦ Due for release: April 1995 ¦ Publisher: Team 17 ®
01924 267 776 ©hat do you do with a game that captured the
imagination as much as Alien Breed? Bring out another one. But
what do you do when you've got three of them, all of which have
sold well but you don't want to rubbish the brand by bringing
out number four and five and six and so on, with diminishing
sales and diminishing public confidence? Change it com
pletely: take the basic idea and turn it on its head.
They told us that Tower Assault was not Alien Breed 3. This is. Alan Dykes looks into the Doom-like world of Alien Breed in the third dimension.
The first three Alien Breed games were top-down view, one or two-player games where you only saw your character's head and the tip of his gun, where the breed looked like bionic snails and you got to see a fair bit of your surroundings. In Breed 3D you play the game from a first person perspective. You will still only be able to see the tip of your gun but you'll be able to see the breed all right - all of them. You'll see their feet, their knees, their torsos, their mouths, their arms, their claws, and, in a new twist to the game, their guns Falling apart You'll also see your own body
degenerating on-screen in a little box below the playing window, as the breed take chunks out of you.
You'll search for weapon upgrades and medikits through texture mapped corridors and rooms, and you'll hear the shrieks of the breed as they sneak up on you and hopefully) bite nothing more than a couple of your bullets Sounds somewhat familiar? It should do. If you've read any magazine about the PC in the last 18 months you'll have heard of Doom. ID Software's shareware follow up to Wollensrien was revolutionary and tremendously successful. It has spawned countless imitators, but none has matched its addictiveness or sales success.
Throughout last year pundits argued about the feasibility of Doom on the Amiga. Nothing was forthcoming from the PC version's creators and although the name and the code were copyrighted by them, the idea certainly wasn't so the door was wide open, or so it seemed. However, at that stage nobody could figure out a way to implement the game properly on Amiga, the main problem revolving around how to get it running fast enough It was a case of small window and high res graphics versus large window and slow, tacky, or blocky graphics. But a lad from the north of England named Andy Clitheroe
now reckons he's got it sussed.
Alien Breed 3D started development last June and the current team includes programmer and designer Andy Clitheroe. Artist Mike Oakley and product manager and designer Kenny Grant. So how does this merry team of 17ers intend to create the game, against all the supposed odds? We asked Kenny Grant “Number one, the coder is very good at what he does and number two the way the graphic effects are placed on screen is by manipulating the co-processor in ways never utilised before. On non AGA machines (ie anything other than an A1200, A4000 or CD32) you can only catch the copper every four
pixels across the screen and this was a major restriction |the copper is a co-processor that is sometimes used to generate backgrounds).
Along came AGA and did away with that, A Tew*. Assault. TH. Us. Clonal Alien Breed game. Snb. Le9V,n9 US Wjth 9 neW restriction of two pixels. Most coders were so used to the old rule that nobody really bothered to develop using the new one, but we are and the result is an engine using a very fast copperlist routine to project the images towards you."
Out with the old ... Above, for one last time is the old top-down view Alien Breed style game.
The action, the suspense, the detailed graphics, the ammo and credits, the keys, the two-player option, the dead people with blood stains in Tower Assault, the bionic snail-like breed, the difficulty. The pause button etc. How it made us laugh and cry. What does the future hold?
Alien Breed 3D of course! Nail biting first person perspective, running around a maze scared out of your wits, blue lightning bolt weapon upgrades, full size breed breathing down your neck, texture mapped walls, ceilings and floors ... as long as you have an A1200, A4000 or CD32. Don't be fooled by those chunky graphics, the speed is up to scratch and the game- play is absorbing. Let's hope it stays that way - or gets better.
Phew! OK, we believe you.
Anyway, enough about the programming, what about the game itself? We asked Kenny how many levels there are likely to be and if, like Doom, there would be a wide variety of enemies.
Evil aliens "The game is destined to be around the 20 level mark and at the moment there are about eight different types of breed planned.
There's an ordinary alien which is unarmed but quite fast; an unsuccessful crossbreed experiment that's basically a bigger, misshapen alien, but armed with a pistol; a successful human alien crossbreed. Also bigger than a regular alien but armed with even more powerful weapons; a fat mutant alien that spits boiling acid and a cybernetic alien that has armour and a plasma rifle. There are more than I’ve just described, but I want everyone to see them as they play the game."
"In terms of weapons, I won't mention them all here but there will be single shot and automatic pistols, a shotgun, an acid gun which propels acid projectiles, a 'Big Gun’ which fires blue blots of flame and an explosive crossbow."
Which is all very well but what about the burning issue of speed?
Will Team 17 be able to reconcile decent playability with fairly decent graphics?
"When the game is run on a vanilla A1200 it runs at a very acceptable speed, but the beauty is that when fast RAM is added there is just such a difference. It was unbelievable when I first saw what the game is like with an 030 accelerator. The faster your Amiga is and the more RAM it has the better the game will get."
Don’t worry though, unexpanded A1200 owners. I’ve played a demo version of the game on a basic A1200 and it's fast enough. The graphics look a bit blocky at first because Team 17 have gone for a genuine Doom-sized window. But the speed of the game coupled with the intensity of meeting breed around just about every corner soon makes you forget about this.
Control was quick and moving around the textured maze was pretty convincing - definitely the best I’ve seen so far, and much better than the initial version I saw before Christmas.
But will AB3D ever be available to non-AGA machine owners?
No FMV "Alien Breed 3D will only run on AGA equipped Amigas due to Ihe immense capabilities of Ihe custom hardware found in these machines. In other words there is no bloody way this game could even exist on a bog standard A500. Short of hacking most of it to bits.” Alien Breed 3D is due out in April of this year, provided the team can cram everything necessary into it without making any detrimental impact on current speed and quality. At the moment there is no plan to do a rendered intro scene for the CD32 version of the game, so Marcus Dyson and Kenny Grant will not get a chance to star
in a sequel to Tower Assault, the B-Movie. However the game itself looks like being realistic enough to keep most people happy. More news soon. ¦ I Due for Release: September 1995 I Publisher: Team 17 © 01924 267776 You can't have three sugars in your tea you know, you'll get Worms. Can Alan Dykes stomach the latest craze from up north?
IIYNAMITK 111 ®ames designers have always been obsessed by animals of some sort. We’ve had wolves, rabbits, birds, dinosaurs, Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course Lemmings on our computers at some time or other.
But Team 17 seem dissatisfied with the list. There is something missing. That something is the worm - the annelid, or in this case the military annelid. You see, one summer's day about three years ago a bright spark from Bournemouth named Andy Davidson was lying on the grass in a park near his home, dreaming of Amos, when he was quite literally mugged by a marauding band of earthworms, armed with rocket launchers and grenades. He decided that since they had just stolen all his money he would make some back by designing and programming a game about them.
Which is obviously a pack of lies, made up by myself to get you interested in the story. But I’ll defy anyone to come up with a better way of rationalising Andy's decision to develop a game like Worms.
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Of course there has been one other game based around a worm
- Zoot, but Worms is nothing like it. For a start these worms
don’t have legs, they don't have masks and they don't have
girlfriends.
A is that a stick af dynamite, or aie yon just pleased to see the Cookie Monster? The resultant eiplosioa is illustrated in the picture at the top.
They do travel around in squads, they're armed to the teeth (metaphorically speaking) and they hate the sight of opposing squads of worms.
JfajPe"9'5 Basically the game is for two to sixteen players and involves moving squads of worms, each of whom is individually named, around a randomly generated landscape, firing homing missiles, throwing grenades, shooting bazookas, tunnelling, hiding and generally trying to kill everyone else's worms. Whoever is left with the last worm wins. As we said in the December 1994 issue it's rather like a cross between Lemmings and Cannon Fodder, with a lot of that old classic 'Tanks' thrown in for good measure. Apart from just shooting at each other you'll also be able to call in supply
helicopters and air strikes.
But what does project manager and bearded space marine commander think of the comparison with Lemmings?
I _ Jy k3!GSr9S- "I think that the comparison with Lemmings is a bogus one. I realised that it would be made so I purposefully drew attention to the Lemming Cannon Fodder cross straight from the start. But it is just the graphics really. How can a game, where the whole idea is the total destruction of the opposition be similar to a game where the whole idea is to save as many of the little cuties as possible? More tellingly.
IIYN.VMITi: II) or modem. Control of a team will be given to whichever machine created that team, so you can have any number of players, up to 16.
Again. It's really been designed so that distant friends can play each other, hands across the world and all that stuff."
Although originally due for release during the spring. Worms has been put back until late Summer or early Autumn, but the test version I saw was incredibly addictive and it's not even finished yet ¦ Lemmings is a one-player game, and a damned good one. But although we have worked hard to make Worms a rewarding one player experience it really is a multi-player game."
Because the game generates a new landscape for each game I just had to ask Marcus how many scenarios the game could technically have. The word 'infinity' sprung to mind, but he was having none of it.
Frqm.here to infinity "Infinity is a big number. No there aren’t an infinite number of levels. I think we are claiming about a million. But there are more.
Sometimes, particularly in a sixteen-worm game, the computer will generate and then reject a level because there isn't enough good space to place all the worms."
And what about network play, which was promised when I first saw the game?
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It has more ships than ever! Tony Dillon ventures up to a
large house in the middle of nowhere to discover just what
David Braben is to release onto the world.
Frontier ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Gametek © 081 988 8888 ©illennium’s Marketing Manager Keith Smith volunteered to give me a lift to David Braben’s new office in Lode, just outside Cambridge.
After an hour of driving around hopelessly lost through waterlogged dirt tracks, he was wishing he never offered. You see. David has left his home surroundings of a fantastic flat in town, and set up office in a large farm house in the middle of nowhere, which provides the perfect setting of peace and quiet to create the monster- piece that is Frontier 2.
In case you didn't know.
Frontier Elite 2 is one of the best selling Amiga games ever, standing consistently high in the chans for the last year and a half. The logical extension of the classic Elite, its mix of space trading, space combat and space travel made it appeal to the masses like no other pretender to the throne could. Braben knows the secret formula, and he's not telling anyone. Instead he’s doing it all over again with First Encounters - the game that takes Frontier and adds just about everything you could possibly want Setting the scene Here's the plot. The game is set fifty years after the original
Frontier, in the same solar systems. The colonised systems are spreading further and further out from the centre New alliances have formed and the military systems are becoming more complicated. However, as a result of this outward growth, one of the outside planets has made contact with aliens.
Thargoids to be precise. If you don’t remember them.
Thargoids were vicious, reptilian creatures who used to hide in the wormholes of hyperspace and trap ships as they went through. Callous and psychopathic. These were not creatures to deal with lightly. And now they're back, but not many people know about it.
This sets the scene nicely for an adventure campaign in which the hero of the game - that's you
- gets to go out into deep space and sort out the aliens. This
takes the form of a series of interlinked missions which you
can choose to take or reject as the case may be.
But one word of warning; the missions are played whether you choose to take them or not. Pass them up. And a Non-Player Character will do them for you, so you could find yourself out of the campaign very quickly.
The actual plot of the campaign
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Hying into a sunrise - you could jnst spend hoars floating
around in this game!
Is a twisted one. Full of double takes and surprises, but we're not allowed to tell you about it.
Braben wants to keep this story a well kept secret, but let me tell you that there are several endings to the mission, and some of them are going to make the rest of your gaming life very hard indeed.
Mind you. You can just skip the whole campaign if you want, and read about how exciting it all was mthe journals.
Read ajl about it Oh, I haven't told you about the bulletin boards yet. Have I?
Basically, one of the ways the bulletin boards have progressed from the last game is the inclusion of five different journals or newspapers. That tell you what's going on in the galaxy. Obviously some have military bias, and will report things differently, so it's useful to read as many as possible. Who knows, perform a particularly dar- «ig attack, and you could end up news yourselfl Feel the.
Textures!
Where the big changes are, however, is in the graphics. At the moment. David and his team have been working mainly on the PC version, with an aim of converting as much as possible across to the Amiga version, and as you can see
* *om the screenshots here, the PC version is looking pretty
amazing.
However, the way it looks still is
- othing when compared to actual- . Seeing the game moving.
The first thing that David has done is to create a whole host of new ships and spacestations, and ¦~en texture map them properly to make them look as real as possi- r e These are a far cry from the t -r ple geometric shapes of the ginal Elite. My favourite has to be the strange space station with four semicircular plates sticking out from the side, which revolve slowly never quite colliding.
Simply fantastic.
With the new ships and other objects in place, David addressed the planets. In the last game, these were by and large featureless orbs with blue water, green ground and a city here and there. In the new game all of the planets have full landscapes, fractal generated with mountain ranges, valleys, beaches, coves, planes and just about every other land feature you can think of. To fly to a planet from space, and then get down to around 500 metres above sea level and fly around the cliffs is quite an experience. I can tell you.
You could almost forget the point of the game and spend the rest of your life taking therapeutic flights!
The other big question is 'has combat been made any easier?’ This is something that David is addressing heavily, both by cutting back on the physics of the original Frontier and by adding a whole host of new toys to your ship, including a combat computer, which works like a cross between your main ship scanner and the 3D system map.
The last major change concerns the controls of the game.
The cockpit has changed dramatically since the last game, and no more will you have to cycle through a hundred and one options to get to the one you want. This new console means that almost all the controls are on screen at once. It looks a bit complex at first, but it's infinitely more playable once you've got the hang of it.
All in all. Frontier - First Encounters looks like it's going to be something really special. By correcting all the things that people didn’t like about Frontier, and then adding a whole host of new features, David Braben is certain of securing himself the number one slol in the *"*"* t""i"** t"*‘*l ‘* games charts from here to next Christmas. ¦ mm Fji 3dNet Ohree things immediately struck me about BloodNet. Gametek’s conversion of the classy Microprose PC original. Firstly the box and artwork are superb - this is a game that reeks of value for money from the outset. Secondly it has an 18
certificate because of its violent theme. As I spend much of my free time scouring markets for dodgy video copies of Natural Born Killers and the like, this was a surefire way of grabbing my attention. Lastly though, the box blurb describes the game a ‘Cyberpunk Gothic’. A Cyberpunk Gothic what exactly? I assume Gametek is referring to the two distinct and popular genres that BloodNet encompasses These being particular faves ol mine. I ripped the box open with glee ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Gametek '0 01753 553445 Wandering around the streets kl with a vacant stare is nothing new to
Rik Skews, so he seemed the ideal candidate to look at Gametek's vampire heavy Cyberpunk adventure.
The smile soon disappeared when I saw the 12 disks inside.
Although it’s possible to run the game from floppy disk you'd have to be very, very bored and quite mad to do so We re talking 25 disk swops just to get the game started A hard drive is a necessity then, and once I'd sat through an equally unappealing 30 minute installation, it was into the game proper. Now it becomes apparent why Gametek used the term ’Cyberpunk Gothic’. Opening with a wonderful intro which mixes animation
- and still screens to great effect, it paints a bleak picture of
Manhattan in 2094. This is real Blade Runner territory where
the world is an information tyranny ruled over by the
megacorporation known as TransTechnicals. Think of a phone
company, international bank, software giant and the CIA all
mixed into one supremely powerful entity, nastier than a two
week old haddock left to rot in the sun. and that’s
TransTechnicals in a nutshell The central character of the game
is Ransom Stark, former employee ol TransTechnicals.
While working there he spent too long in cyberspace and ended up contracting Hopkins Brie Ontology syndrome, a condition which meant he could no longer tell the difference between actual and virtual reality. Not exactly Claire Rayner types. TransTech sacked Ransom and dumped him onto the streets of Manhattan to fend for himself Thankfully there’s still some trace of humanity left in the future, and a friendly street gang took him to Deirdre Tackett, scientist and enemy of TransTech.
Unfortunately the only way to save Ransom was to implant a highly intelligent computer in his brain, a talking Amiga if you like, but the upside meant that Stark could start a new life as a street mercenary.
¦ A Travel round the various game locations via the map. More locations Income available as Stark learns about them It's here where the intro picks
- 0. A mysterious woman hires Stark as a hitman. Once he's done
the job. He goes back to her pad to collect his cash.
Unfortunately her father turns out to be one Abraham Van
Hesling, vampire lord and cyberspace guru who plans to become
more powerful than TransTech. Hesling promptly bites Stark with
the aim of turning him into a vampire and one of his cronies,
it’s only a partial success though, as Stark's computer implant
manages to prevent him becoming a vampire immediately, allowing
him to escape to Deirdre's lab in the process.
This is where the game starts, with Stark having only a few days to stop himself turning into a vampire. Worse still. Tackett has been kidnapped by Hesling as part of his megalomaniacal plans, so as well as trying to find a cure for himself.
Stark must also try to find and rescue the scientist too. Of course being part vampire poses another problem for Stark. He needs human blood, and regularly too.
Apart from any moral dilemmas thrown up, Stark's problem is just who he should indulge in a bit of the old sucky sucky with. It's quite easy to dispose of someone who seems worthless only to discover later on that were in fact necessary to the completion of the game.
These problems form a game which is best described as an RPG.
But is fairly action orientated and reminded me of Core Design's Universe. Virgin's Beneath a Steel Sky and Gabriel Knight on the PC. A map is used to travel around various locations, and more destinations become available as you progress. Tips are most often found by interacting with other characters in the game, from the roaming street gangs to the neurotic cyberspace hackers. Indeed character interaction forms a large part of the gameplay. And like real life, progress comes from dealing with the right people.
Regular dips into Cyberspace are possible via any number of computer links. It's important to remember that Stark's physical body is vulnerable when he's engaged in cyberspace, so it's a good idea to enter it from a safe location - Tackett's lab is about the best bet place. Once in cyberspace there are two options. Either wander around freely, looking for other users to interact with, or find a FATS terminal. This is the best choice as it's illegal to search through cyberspace, and despite numerous cloaking devices (which can be upgraded during the course of the game! Sooner or later
TransTech will track down Stark and put an end to his interference (via death or massive brain damage).
FATS system Using a FATS terminal isn't simple however. A passcode is needed, as official access is limited to TransTech employees. If you can't find the codes then it is possible to hack into the system illegally, but this is even more likely to end in sudden death.
Once into the FATS system. Stark can track down WELLS; literally wells of useful information set up by the cyber underground.
Stark's character has to be generated, either randomly, or via some clever multiple choice questions which form a character more suited to the player's individual style of play. Once the selection process is complete Stark will have numerous statistics. Stark begins his quest with a certain amount of money and this can be used to pay other characters to join his party.
As in all good RPGs. It’s important to strike a balance between recruiting characters with brains as well as brawn. Money can also be used to buy brain enhancing drugs, better weapons or information.
Combat is very RPG-orientated too.
And even the 'Quick combat' option is still remarkably in-depth.
Pay attention BloodNet demands a lot of attention from the player. There's plenty of Cyberspeak to be read, understood and scoured for clues, then there's the jury-rigging to be mastered and cyberspace to be conquered. The control system is not very straightforward, and moving objects around is very cumbersome. Still, this is only a minor criticism, and as long as you have a hard drive. BloodNet comes recommended.
Graphically the game is a treat.
The finely detailed backgrounds match the clarity of the PC originals and show that given a talented programming team, the A1200 is still a match for a PC. The music complements the game perfectly but it’s a shame there are no sound FX.
Especially in the combat sections.
BloodNet is an excellent RPG, and the absence of warty old witches and dragons makes a refreshing change. Even if you're not a fan of Gibson and Sterling-based Cyberpunk fiction, the compelling story and informative manual will soon convert you- it's fangtastic! ¦ CYBER DICTIONARY Without thorough «|rouii«l- inq in Cyberpunk spc.ik you'll end up lookiuq more of .1 nerd tli.in someone dressed in .1 dark brown tank top and navy coloured nylon slacks. Here's .1 quide to some of BloodNet's more obscure words and phrases.
Cloak: A chip with resident software designed to shield a cyberspace traveller from detection.
Data Angel: Person who frequents cyberspace.
ICE: Intrusion Countermeasure Electronic. A security system guarding WELLS and clusters in cyberspace.
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Nanomachincs: Microscopic machinery cap iblc of being injected into the bloodstream.
Rage Gang: The 2094 equivalent of gang culture.
Soul Bom: A chip with resident software designed to maintain the integrity of .1 character's mind while interfaced with cyberspace.
TransTecIi: The megacorpo- ration dominating New York in 2094.
The Lion King ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Virgin © 081 960 2255 Ohe ‘90s have seen Disney firmly in the big time. It was Aladdin that catapulted Disney to the top and this success has been sustained by a timely re-release of The Jungle Book and most recently The Lion King.
Which looks set to be one of Disney's most successful films yet.
Virgin have recently turned them all into computer games, a similar The Lion King hype-mobile is still going strong, and it's just delivered the Amiga game. Rik Skews wants to be King.
Platform format across the board.
The Amiga Lion King follows on from the generally well received console versions released towards the end of last year.
Unfortunately three of the original levels are missing from the console versions. Surely Virgin could have included another disk? Even so, one of the missing levels. 'Can't wait to be King' was arguably the worst in the console game, so that's no great loss.
The remaining levels stick pretty closely to the film's plot, charting Simba's progress from a cuddly youngster to a fully fledged scary lion.
Simba believes he's responsible for his father's death, and enters the wilderness to find inner peace (man). It was actually Simba's wicked uncle Scar that killed him, but Simba doesn't find that out until later. Along the way he faces a number of challenges, both from the complex platform environment and the numerous nasties.
Levels include 'The Elephant’s Graveyard', where Simba has to make his way through crumbling elephant bones while avoiding pouncing hyenas and circling buzzards. Hazards in 'Simba's Exile' include massive boulders which come crashing down the corridors.
'Stampede', an excellent 3D level, breaks up the platform action half way through the game and lets the player control Simba as he runs towards the screen in an attempt to avoid the rampaging buffalo and jagged rocks.
Gameplay?
All the usual pick-ups can be collected to help Simba in his quest.
The African Red Bugs in particular are rather handy as they increase Simba's health line, essential if he's to survive the final encounter with Scar. There's also a couple of nasty pick-ups like spiders which will lower Simba's health. In the frantic action these are quite easy to accidentally collect so be careful!
Simba can scare off the other animals with his roar, which is charged up with every blue beetle he collects. He can also use the tried and trusted "jump on their heads" method, and once he's an adult can use his claws too. His defensive repertoire is topped off by a ducking manoeuvre and a roll, which can also be used to burst through scenery.
All too beautiful Just like the film, the Lion King game is beautiful to look at. Both the backgrounds and the animation in particular are a work of art. I particularly love the way Simba hangs onto a ledge for dear life, with his little legs scrambling around. Sound and music are first rate too. The whole game excels in the audiovisual stakes, but then what do you expect from Disney?
Gameplay is competent - Simba is as easy and fluid to control as Aladdin, but the general game design is uninspired. Younger children may not get as much enjoyment out of it as they should due to its steep difficulty curve.
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Infinity only speaks when asked to.
And it makes the game a damn sight more playable for that.
Other than that, the playing area has been increased to show more of the surrounding world, there are far more characters to interact with than before (with all voices supplied by programmer Paul Carrington - even the female onesll and the puzzles, while being just as devious as the first game, are a lot more logical and straightforward. Although that doesn't mean the game is much easierl Charming Valhalla Before The War has all of the charm of the first game, retained by carefully pruning out all of the things that caused the original to get one or two less than 80% marks, while keeping
the little looks up to camera and all the small touches that made Valhalla 'cute. It's a very enjoyable game for those who want to spend a few hours lost in a story, and there's enough here to keep you playing for a couple of weeks. If you liked the first one, you'll love this. ¦ came to rule Valhalla, and a very enjoyable tale it is too.
The game itself is pretty much the same sort of stuff as we've already seen. The main character occupies residence in the centre of the screen, and his little world scrolls around him as he walks.
He needs to collect objects, interact with other characters and solve puzzles by use of both of these methods to progress through the four huge levels. This could be something as simple as placing a stick in a hole to make a switch, through to arranging giant VALHALLA 2 £25.99 The same idea as before, only much more lun Valhalla Before the War ¦ Price: £25.99 ¦ Publisher: Vulcan Software ® 0705 670269 The talking adventure returns to the Amiga once more, and Tony Dillon can pretend, again, that he has an army of friends in his pad.
Before, along with a little imagination and creativeness to build one of the most characteristic games ever seen on the Amiga. Some people didn’t like it because they found it too slow to play, others just didn't find the logic in the layout of the puzzles. Many, though, thought it was great. I was in the latter group.
Valhalla, however, wasn't without problems. The fact you couldn't skip through the opening animation once it had started was a constant bone of contention. The fact that the little guy always said something when you did mundane things like collect an object soon became grating. Although the flaws in Valhalla were only small things, collectively they tended to put some people off. Something Vulcan Software are all too ready to admit, as they release the prequel to that game (that means the story that comes before, whereas a sequel is the tale that comes after).
Valhalla Before The War tells the story of how the Lord Of Infinity Oove it or loathe it, you can't deny that Vulcan Software's debut into the market last year - the first ever talking Amiga adventure, otherwise known as Valhalla caused a bit of a storm.
Created in a living room, with a copy of AMOS Professional and a sampling cartridge, this top-down view adventure used speech where only CD based games had gone I¥J2jsJ ¦ Price: £25.99 ¦ Publisher: Alternative V 0977 797 777 "We're all doomed," according to Rik Skews, who's just recovered from a session with Alternative's 3D shoot 'em up.
Music". It sounds terribly exciting, so what's it all about?
Set in 9030AD, on the planet Hiba. The player is cast as a member of an elite military force known as the Death Mask. Hiba is home to numerous biological misfits, the result of 80th century scientists cracking the genetic code and having a good dabble with it. Things could have got a whole lot worse after the meddling human population managed to blow themselves up nuclear style, but the mutants' altered genes allowed them to resist a massive radiation dose and certain death. Things gradually returned to normal and all looked rosy, until one day their survival comes under the threat of a
massive alien invasion. It's here where the Death Mask team comes into play in the shape of Hiram and Seth, two of the squad's bravest fighters.
Oeware hyperbole Especially when it's on the back of a computer game box. Alternative s latest, a Doom style blast 'em up.
Has reams of the stuff screaming out its praises promising" 100% excitement", "Special 3D system concept", "Atmospheric sound and Doom wannabe Playing as Hiram (along with Seth if you've got a friend handy) the player must venture through a total of 35 alien-infested levels. Gameplay takes the form of the classic PC blast 'em up Doom. So far, no-one has managed a decent adaptation of the full-screen 30 scrolling graphics of Doom on the Amiga, Death Mask settles for an unimpressive quarter-screen window.
The 3D levels are filled with various baddies armed to the teeth Some are mere cannon fodder, while others are found guarding a number of randomly placed objects, such as reactors or breeding pods.
These must be destroyed before you can reach the exit to the next level. To help the players, a number of weapon power-ups can be found and collected, as well as the more common ammunition clips and medipacks. A two-player battle mode is also available, complete with a simpler collection of mazes, in which the two combatants can try to blast each other to bits. As well as the regular weapon power- ups there are also 'special' power- ups, such as invisibility.
Any good?
Death Mask is initially appealing simply because it's about the closest thing yet to Doom on the Amiga. But it's not long before numerous weaknesses begin to show themselves. The game looks good, but only until it starts moving.
The animation of the walls and objects is poor. When you turn through 90 degrees, you don't actually get the right animation frames to give the impression of turning.
Instead, the graphics 'slide' horizontally to reveal the updated view, as if you've taken a step to one side.
The baddies are so wooden, they could be extras from an edition of a dodgy soap. Their intelligence is also very limited. They tend to either stand around a corner waiting to ambush the player, or they just wade in with guns blazing, making no attempt to avoid being hit. The levels themselves lack variety and imagination too. It's seems like there's a never-ending supply of bland stone walls from one level to the next, with no markings to break up the monotony.
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Spring mechanism for shooting the balls. The tables aren't actually set up in a way that is affected by the initial speed of the ball, but this facility, which was about the most realistic thing about Ultimate Pinball Quest, would have perfected Illusions.
Other niggles include the sound which, although good enough in the music stakes, doesn't recreate the genuine pinball experience which should include flipper noises, ringing bumpers and so on. I also didn't like the choice of pink as the colour for the surround on the Extreme Sports table. It doesn't seem fitting. The high res versions of each table are enhanced graphics (the game is A1200 A4000 only) do two things. They not only increase the realism of the tables, which scroll up and down, but they also a owed the me u- sion of a ®y first on-screen pinball outing was Devil Crash on
the PC Engine, and what a game it was.
But I didn't have a PC Engine of my own and the friend who did eventually moved away.
Then Pinball Dreams dawned on the Amiga, followed by Pinball Fantasies, and happiness returned to my household. Then it all went quiet, until this year when a poor attempt called Ultimate Pinball Quest darkened my disk drive.
Then around last September, plans for Pinball Illusions were announced and there was great rejoicing. This game was to be the most realistic yet. With AGA graphics. Detailed tables and much improved sound. But it continued to be an illusion, with the rest of the Amiga press giving it middling )ite 21st high resolution full screen mode.
The screen snaps from low resolution to hi-res interlace when you get a multi-ball, so you see twice as much of the table, allowing you to keep track of both balls. You can switch between the high and low resolution modes at any time with the F9 and F10 keys.
The three tables are called Law N' Justice. Babewatch and Extreme Sports, and each comes equipped with three flippers. Law N' Justice has 17 scoring missions, and is based around police chases, jailbreaks and hostages. Scoring includes everything from simple ramp combos to more complicated specific targeting. The Babewatch table involves scoring in more ways than one: the idea behind it is to attract babes by surfing and lifting weights, and it even has a gambling casino. The Dangerous Sports table is inhabited by the likes of the bloke from the Volvo 850 TV advertisement (the ’control
freak’). It’s all about living life to the limit, scoring combos, climbing cliffs and bungee jumping by shooting ramps. If 21st Century had been on the ball they might have even got the table sponsored by Pepsi Max. True to life These are definitely the most realistic Pinball tables yet. The ball has a beautiful sheen and the lighting and scoring panel are pretty convincing. The flippers are also realistically sprung and the ball movement off the bumpers is very accurate. However, I would have liked a more realistic press and release although toggling between high and low res is both
easy and fast, so this isn't really any disadvantage. It's really more a sort of stunted advantage.
Still the best If Pinball Illusions is the last ever pinball sim on the Amiga (21st Century will not confirm or deny this and nobody else has plans for one at the moment) then it’s not a bad game to bow out on. It's beautiful and addictive and although it doesn't excite me as much as its predecessors, it’s still a top game. It doesn't quite give you the same feeling as a genuine pinball table, but for computer pinball fans it's pretty much an essential purchase.* Of there’s one thing that Team 17 have proven over the years, it's their ability to consistently produce top-notch Amiga games,
without sticking to any particular formula or game type.
Shoot 'em ups were revolutionised by the awesome Project X. the platform freaks had Superfrog.
Overdrive sorted out the racing fans, and even pub-fans had Arcade Pool to play (once they'd been kicked out of the pub presumably).
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Spinning balls Kingpin avoids any major criticism simply because it achieves all that it sets out to. Unless you're a serious bowling enthusiast, the main question is not 'how accurate is it?’ but 'is it likely to be any fun?'
Well, it's easy to get into, with an extremely intuitive control system, and simple, uncomplicated graphics to guide you along the way. First you select whether you want to make your approach from the right or the left Push the joystick up or down to select a power level and then press fire to go.
At this point, a lovely little arrow appears at the front of the lane and zips back and forth; its speed is determined by the power level you previously set. You now have to take part in what really boils down to nothing more than a glorified reactions test, in the vague hope that the ball doesn't immediately sod off down the gutter. With this, the ball trundles down the alley.
Where upon the screen changes to a zoomed-in view, showing the final collision between bail and pins. The animation is a little bit jerky, but is believable enough, and even includes the mechanism that collects the remaining pins, along with the little flap that drops down and shovels off the dead ones.
Added extras Fortunately, Team 17 have managed to include a few random elements in Kingpin to avoid the standard sport sim complaint 'I've got the knack. I’m now invincible'. This comes mainly in the form of differently waxed lanes that set the ball spinning in odd ways; sometimes pulling to the left, some pulling to the right. There’s an action replay facility available and before you crazy wild speed freaks get all panicky yes, it is in slow-mo.
You do have the option to create and save a player to disk. In this way. Rather than just having a new version of ’you' every time you load up, you can call back your own custom geeza (complete with custom coloured shirt) and work towards building an impressive set of performance statistics. Kingpin goes down as a competent bowling sim, and though not exactly the sort of thing you'll show your PC mates to impress them, it does come into its own when played among a group.
The controls are simple but effective and the graphics and sound do exactly what you'd want them to do (and there are some particularly nice speech samples in the A1200 version to keep the atmosphere up as well).
Hmm. A ten pin bowling simulation. Just what the Amiga is gagging for. Then again, who's Matt Broughton to argue with Team 17?
Kingpin ¦ Price: £12.99 ¦ Publisher: Team 17 © 0924 385 903 The score for Kingpin may seem slightly light considering the generally positive comments I've made throughout, but that's simply because I'm worried about Kingpin’s long-term appeal, coupled with the thought, 'are many people really that interested in a ten pin simulation?' Still, it's worth a go if you're tickled by such things. ¦ KING PIN £12.99 ASM A500 -*- ¦ nsfkbeach rersioa .13 + ¦ aaa.ke.al disks ......1 ¦ RAH 1Mb ¦ hard disk iastallable.....m Oke eton Krew has brilliant music.
It's not often that you can say this about a game, and it's even less often that it warrants opening a review on, but this game has been endowed with a particularly good theme tune. It's a hip hop style rhythm, with tastefully sampled and sequenced drums and vocals and it's just a pity that some variation on the theme doesn't run throughout the game once you actually start playing, Skeleton Krew reverts to run of the mill sound effects.
Shoot 'em ups invariably have a loopy storyline and Skeleton Krew is no different. An evil genius named Moribund Cadaver has taken over a place called Cyro City and inhabited it with nasty Cadaver spawn known as Psykogenics, a variety of mutant animals, ranging from deformed humanoids to wasps and octopuses.
A group known as the Military Ascertainment Department (or MAD for short) are more than a little worried about this, but instead of sending in massive legions of vicious stormtroopers. Or nuking the place like I would have done, they decide to recruit some cryogenically stored mercenaries to do the job. Your job.
Should you purchase the software, is to control one of these mercenaries and do MAD's dirty work.
Wqll-armed We starved Alan Dykes for six weeks before letting him get his hands on this, the latest shoot 'em up from Core Design.
Opine The three mercenaries are known as Spine, Rib and Joint and one or two players can take a character into action. The best character by far is Joint He's a little slow but is massive and well armed. The token female is known as Rib and in a rather sexist twist to the plot, is the weakest member of the squad. Spine is fast and reasonably well armed and provides the ideal second player accompaniment to Joint.
The game takes place in what Core Design describe as Supergorescope, which basically means that it has an isometric 30- style view. There is eight-way scrolling, but because of the size of the playing area in most levels, this feature isn't really taken advantage of in a big way.
The characters are teleported into a combat zone with three lives and you can pick up credits which are littered around most levels.
Once a character loses a life he or she disappears and is replaced by a shadow on the floor, which can be moved up to four squares in any direction. Then, once you press the fire button, the character will be resurrected on the selected square After you have lost all three lives the game finishes.
You however are given one continue which allows you to start off again at the beginning of the level you died on.
Rather than the beginning of the game again.
Skeleton Krew isn’t too difficult, in fact I would say that they've got the balance just about right - which is just as well because there is no option to select or change the level of difficulty. When I first played the game, the perspective and the style of gameplay reminded me of the old Mirrorsoft classic. Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, if anyone can remember back that far.
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The weapons, which include lasers and grenades are very effective. But once again a quirky control method when using Joint conspires to make them more difficult to use than a square peg in a round hole. Once you've rotated to face your enemy you’d think that pressing the fire button would send the dreaded Psykogenic into laser blasted oblivion, right?
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Supergorescope Once you get used to the controls Skeleton Krew does become fun to play. The sprites are fairly well defined and the sheer variety of enemies is such that every new level brings up a new challenge.
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Once I got used to Skeleton Krew I enjoyed it. It's not a groundbreaking blockbuster, it's just a good shoot ’em up, if a tad quirky There are control problems, and some of the smaller levels are a bit tedious, but it’ long enough and playable enough to keep you absorbed until the end. ¦ ¦ ¦ workbench version ..3.0 ¦ number of disks 3 ¦ RAM 2Mb ¦ hard disk installable no yip.moo .... sound . 85% lastability ... 86% playability . 83% SKELETON KREW £29.99 Twisted Mm* AGA
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Jim Conway always looks puzzled, so he seemed like the right
person to review Clockwiser. After three trips to the
psychiatrist ... Clockwuser ¦ Price: £25.99 ¦ Publisher:
Grandslam D 0181 680 7044 Oggghl I hate puzzles that I can't
sort out and I've met one in Clockwiser You see.
There are these little bombs that explode once they are dropped onto another little bomb or any surface, setting off a chain reaction with anymore bombs in the immediate vicinity. I'm sitting in front of a screen full of them at the moment and I cannot figure out a way of leaving just one, unexploded. In the middle of the bottom of the screen. And that’s what I have to do if I want to get any further in this game.
Clockwiser is the first original puzzle game available for the CD32 It's an object motion and time game, where you have to match the pattern of objects shown in a box on the right-hand side of the screen by moving those in the box on the left lelt-hand side Each screen has a variety of blocks, known as elements. Of these, only the metallic ones cannot be moved or destroyed. These form platforms and walls which usually provide stumbling blocks that prevent you from simply moving all the other elements into place The other elements are as follows: anti gravity blocks: which can be moved
horizontally and allow other elements to float above them.
Brick blocks: which are not sensitive to gravity and can be moved in any direction. Diamonds: which are highly unstable and will multiply if dropped onto another surface.
Transporters: which will transport elements that are dropped onto them to the location of another transport pod. Bombs; which are round and black and will destroy anything they land on. Sandstones; which are like metallic blocks but can be destroyed by bombs. And finally gravity blocks; the most basic and useless of the lot of them. They come in a variety of colours and generally make your life a misery And so to the complicated bit.
The reason the game is called Clockwiser. Is that you move all of the blocks around in either a clockwise or anticlockwise rotation And there are rules to be obeyed. You cannot select sandstone or metal blocks because they can't move.
You also need to be careful about moving diamonds and bombs. If you inadvertently drop a diamond you will get several more for your trouble. Likewise, if you drop a bomb you will not only waste it. You may ruin your chances of completing the screen. The joypad is a bit cumbersome here, but luckily there is an option to use a mouse.
There is a time limit set for each puzzle and this will vary according to the difficulty level. This is a good way of judging how many moves you have to make to complete a screen. Two minutes means that it's quite complicated. Three Seconds (I joke not) invariably means that there is only one or two moves The clock doesn't start ticking down until you've actually started rotating some blocks, so there is plenty of time to logically plan your moves before you start.
User-friendly Graphically Clockwiser looks better than the average puzzle game, and the different types of block are easy to see The presentation is good and there are three difficulty modes, all designed to have you pulling your hair out. The first 12 or so screens are designed to show you the ropes so you're not thrown in at the deep end straight away.
The music quality is good but I found the tunes themselves really annoying after a while.
Passwords Clockwiser is certainly a well thought out and reasonably original puzzle game. Its frustration factor is high, but there is a stop button that restarts each scenario without having to go back to the beginning, which is really handy What's really welcome is the fact that on completing each screen you get a password, which allows you to go back to the game and pick up where you left off.
I'm not a puzzle game fanatic.
The only one I've ever gone back to is Tetris, but I like Clockwiser.
Although it doesn't have that. 'I'm going back to beat the last high score' competitive quality about it.
It does make you think a lot. Even while you're not playing, about how to solve the latest puzzle it’s thrown up. In fact, you can even create your own puzzles and let a friend tear their hair out trying to solve them. Unfortunately though you can't save them on the CD32.
I'm used to PD puzzles on the Amiga, which come cheap, so paying for a full price one seems a bit much. But then again, for a game with Clockwiser's quality finish, that you can play whenever you feel like it on a machine that doesn't have much else to offer in the way of puzzles, it could just be worth it.
Anyway, back to those bombs ¦ The Mis-adventures of ¦ Price: £14.99 ¦ Publisher: Psygnosis e 051 709 5755 CD32 owners have at last got an exclusive game that they can really shout about, reckons Andy Nuttall.
And it's from the makers of Microcosm. Good grief!
Making brilliant use of the CD32.
The guardian baddies, too. Are incredible: huge, screen-sized monsters made up from many sprites move smoothly and slickly. I defy you not to be astonished by them.
©ainright is a bloke who enjoys walking. A lot, in fact, to the extent that he wrote books on the subject something, which I think is rather sad. As I consider the old pied-a-terre' to be something that only happens when your car breaks down.
It's curious, then, that Psygnosis has chosen the Wainright monicker for the baddy in its second CD32- only game (Microcosm was the first). Curious, because Flink is neither dull nor boring, and has only one noticeable thing wrong with it.
More about that later Flink. You see. Is a young apprentice wizard. He’s charged with the retrieval of his four masters. Who were banished to the ends of the earth by the aforementioned Wainright. It’s a slow, thoughtful platformer. With nothing more bloody and violent than Crackmg surrealists The levels span six different graphical scenes including a rather surreal 'Metaphysical' level. One of the main differences between this and Uonheart though, is that you can also go back to previous levels, to have another crack at some of the puzzles that maybe you couldn't solve earlier.
Ingredients must be picked up. Spells mixed and cast.
We’re not talking Eye of the Beholder or Call of Cthulhu but it's certainly more mind-laxing than most games of this sort.
For example, perhaps you need a spell to shrink you down to get through a tiny door, but the spell you need doesn't show up until later on in the game So. You mark the points where you get stuck, and then return to them later with a fresh approach and a few newly- created spells. It manages to weave this sort of semi-cerebral puzzle cleverly into the action, which means that it even appeals to young arcade-loving upstarts like me.
But then, of course, it's also a rather excellent action game, albeit a reasonably slow-paced one.
Faster than Mario, slower than Sonic, it uses some of the most stunning graphics you'll ever see on an Amiga (hell, on any format) for the backgrounds, the main isomet- ric-3D map. The huge sprites bouncing on the odd baddy to dislodge him and steal his belongings. It looks very much like Thalion's Uonheart.
And not surprisingly, really, because it's written by the same team!
Up with the best In almost every way, Flink is up there with the best Amiga games.
Almost. There's one huge, glaring omission that doesn't so much kill the game off. As place a large, ugly Wart on the side of its nose. Where, oh where, are the level codes? Not giving you the option to save your position in an adventure game of this kind is bad; but forcing the player lo return to the beginning after ploughing through many of the large, gruelling levels is unforgivable. I must have played through the first few levels a good 20 times before I got anywhere near the end of the game; and I would, quite frankly, have killed for a save-game option. Oh, how I'll never understand
software publishers.
But there's a positive counter for even this. Just as I was about to rate Flink at a well-above average, but mildly-flawed 81 %, news came in that Psygnosis has signed an exclusive deal with the game chain Future Zone, meaning that Flink is to be sold at a meagre £14.99 Hey, it's got a flaw, but it's not that bad and for a little under 15 sovs this is. Quite possibly, the CD32's finest hour. Buy. And enjoy. ¦ 0SSM SALES HOTLINE 01322-272908 PRODUCTS FROM DEVELOPMENTS IMS FLOPPY DRIVE 49 A1200 8MB RAM BOARD OMBlUJffl 2mb 4MBPTOI"!
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coverage of the real Operation Desert Strike in the Persian gulf. In the same way as some companies bring out film licenses Electronic Arts brought out a war license, and they made a mint on all formats once they converted the Megadrive original to the Amiga and the rest.
Unfortunately the Amiga was well behind the consoles this time too, it received Jungle Strike at about the same time as the 16-bit machines saw Urban Strike. And now the CD32 version has arrived, courtesy of Ocean. Never mind, it was worth the wait.
The At 200 version was notable for its reduced loading time over the original, but the CD32 version beats them ail. The interscene cuts are still there; this is really just a port of the original, but the fact that there is no disk swopping makes life much easier, especially as Strike is the sort of game you just want to get into and start playing straight away.
Once you flip the lid. Stick the disk in and start playing you'll find yourself in what look like familiar surroundings, but if you compare it to Desert Strike, you'll realise just how much the graphics have changed. For a start this is an AGA only game, so there s more subtlety in the colouring. Also, although called Jungle Strike, the game's scenarios are actually spread out between city, desert, sea and jungle backgrounds, and so the variety is greater while colour and detail are improved immensely. The sprites are also very well defined.
Your chopper is completely new too, a Comanche instead of an Apache, and comes equipped with cannon. Hydra and Hellfire missiles. The latter being the most powerful weapon, but also the most scarce. However, although you start each level in the helicopter, certain parts of the mission need to be dealt with by other types of combat craft, and thus you get to fly an F117A Stealth Fighter, ride an Assault motorcycle and pilot an armed hovercraft.
DESERT STRIKE Jungle Strike is not only more detailed, varied and graphically beautiful than its predecessor, it's also more difficult. Even getting past the first level will take a while, and if you blow up the wrong vehicle or die more than three times you have to start the entire level again - and it's a large level. Still, there's no ifs or buts: Jungle Strike is a great shoot 'em up.
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PGA European Tour features five courses, one each in France, Spain and Switzerland and two from the UK. There are a wealth of viewing options and an impressive hole browsing facility that gives you complete control over the camera as you fly over each individual hole.
But the real selling point of this version is its new high resolution pseudo-texture mapped graphics. Gone are the days of 32 colour Amiga 500 backgrounds and players; welcome to CD32 AGA heaven.
This, combined with an updated but still smooth control system, variable weather conditions and. Quite frankly, some damn good courses, makes PGA Euro Tour the best golf game available on CD32 (though I will admit there's not much choice). The only game which could possibly change my mind will be the next version of Nick Faldo's Golf. It's coming soon with over 200Mb of sampled speech and similarly updated graphics and animation. We'll see... ¦ BUDGET SOFTWARE OvrM DUNE II: THE BATTLE FOR ARRAKIS £14.99 HIT SQUAD TEL: 061 832 6633 There's a big change of emphasis in Dune 2. Away from Ihe
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We chose to play Barnet from the third division. Buying a goalkeeper was the top priority, especially for teams this far down where overall skills are not great. After searching the domestic transfer market we bought Newcastle's Hooper for a bargain £500.000. Unfortunately, a lack of funds meant that we had to include top scorer Lee Hodges in the deal.
However this has paid off, and after playing a tight defensive position for most of the first season, Hooper conceded only a handful of goals and is now worth £750,000 The rest of the defence have seen their values increase too.
After promotion and a good cup run we bought players to cover the next two most important positions, striker and centre midfielder. In the shapes of Oldham's Darren Beckford and Sheffield Wednesday's Graham Bressington respectively The defence needs strengthening too Only Koeman resides at the back and although brilliant he’s more of a sweeper than an out and out stopper. Notice also that there are no spare ???
TOP OF THE TIPS It's best to stay clear of the super teams until you’ve become competent at playing. Even the best teams, like Barcelona here, have their problems, not least of which is being in a league full of other superstars. Still, with the likes of Romario. Stoichkov and Hagi they're worth persevering with! Here's a guide to tightening up Barcelona, but these tips can bo adapted to suit any top class team.
The first thing that needs changing is to get Hagi out of the reserves. Leaving any player worth more than £2 million in the reserves is stupid; not only will they decrease in value but you won’t get anywhere near the maximum potential of your team. We've decided to swop Hagi with Bakero. Not necessarily because he's better but because Bakero is only' valued at £2.75 million and is much more likely to be sold than Hagi. Who at £9 million is out of reach for just about every team in the world defenders in the reserves, so if Koeman is injured, a midfielder would most likely take his place This
is not good as players perform poorly out of position. A defender is needed then, and from the transfer market we buy the Rumanian Belodedici for the asking price of £2.25 million. We chose him because he had skills which matched our style of play PLAYERS GUIDE | With their attacking flair Barcelona also require a better goalkeeper than the £600.000 rated Busquets. We couldn't find anyone to fit our requirements in the the domestic or foreign transfer markets, so we made an audacious bid for Inter Milan's Pagliuca. The best goalkeeper around. Despite our ovontual bid topping £5 million
(Pagliuca is valued at £2.75 million). Inter aren't interested and so we turn our attention to Blackburn Rovers, where remarkably they accept our £1.9 million offer for Tim Flowers. Hurrah! We’ve also decided to change the team formation from 3-5-2 to an equally attacking 4-3-3 but with the increased defensive coverage this offers.
The next step is to try and claw back some of the cash we've spent by sticking surplus players onto the transfer market Not only is this essential to get more revenue, but it also stops the players' total wages bill becoming unmanageable and plummeting the club into debt, something that can happen surprisingly quickly at this level. Busquets and Bakero are both placed on the transfer market, along with the spare striker Jordi Cruyff and the reserve goalkeeper Lopetegui. After selling these players we’re left with enough cash to buy two more defenders, one of which was Franco Baresi of AC
Milan for £5 million.
TOP GOAL SCORING TIPS Corner: If you're an Arsenal supporter you’ll know all about the goal scoring chances that can be created from a corner. And the same rule applies here. With the mass of bodies hovering around the penalty box it can bo difficult to keep track of the ball, and before you know it's in the back of the net.
Goalie Pass: Look for one of the central defenders mov- ' ~ ing forward in as the goalie releases the ball move in quick with a striker, take the ball off the defender and shoot it diagonally (without any aftertouch) past the goalkeeper before he gets back to his line.
Neoounu. I ! "w" . L. : I in Sensible World I of Soccer, the _ chance of a rebound is much higher than previously. One striker shoots on goal, the goalie parries it and the other striker follows through and scores before the goalie has a chance to get back on his feet.
Far post strike: A classy shot : - tricky to get ‘ _ | right. Approach the near goalpost and hit and hold the fire button hard, applying no aftertouch, to shoot the ball straight past the goalkeeper into the far post - hopefully.
J L , . J-| The Slide: This “ is a fairly similar _manoeuvre to
I. the rebound.
The slide can either be attempted from Lhm a rebound or a pass. It's quite simple really, all you have to do is run into the ball, hit fire and apply acute aftertouch If the angle of the ball doesn't beat the goalkeeper then the speed of it probably will.
That was a com- apply slightly less aftertouch to the shot, but still a considerable amount For the best chance of getting Ihe ball in. Place your man to the far right of the goal, just outside the area and at a 45 degree angle.
GENERAL TIPS Cup Run: Progressing as far as possible in the cups is extremely important. A good cup run will draw in the crowds and bring in some welcome extra revenue. The European Cup in particular is one serious cash generator, takings of £1 million pounds or more per match are not uncommon.
Because of their importance it's best to field a weakened squad in the league match before any cup formation so as not to risk any injuries to players, or if they’re carrying a knock, to make sure it doesn't got any worse. It's also a good idea to leave out any players who might be booked and banned from the match, especially if they are key players.
Job Offers It's always flattenng to get job offers, but unless it’s the |Ob of managing your country's team, don’t leap at the first offer that comes your way as it will usually be for a worse team than the one you'll currently managing, especially if your team is about to get promoted.
Positions: Try and keep the players in their correct positions. It's acceptable to place a defender in a left or right back position while the usual player is suspended or injured, but that's as far as it goes Whatever you do don't place an attacker in the defence or you'll spend the match picking the ball out of the net.
Injuries: If a player’s carrying a knqck, it's best to leave him out for a couple of matches if you can, in order to let the damage heal rather than risk it becoming more serious. Most clubs are happy to accept a seriously injured player in an exchange deal, but be prepared to pay more more cash than usual to compensate.
Tactics: There's a very comprehensive selection of tactics already preset and these are more than adequate for the majority of situations. The only changes we've found really useful are: Super Defence: Defend those precious 1-0 leads by shoving most of the team in your goalie's area. Leave a midfielder and striker upfield so you can punt the ball up to them for the odd goalscoring chance or simply to waste time.
MOVE UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL FF H 3 H V N V9IWV 03 SENSIBLE GOLF - £19.99 Those little Sensible Software characters are back, this time playing golf. A top down view golf simulation, presented well with a high level of playability. Have hours of tun going around the courses with a player. Features a zoomed closer display when on the green ready for putting. Simple to use, great fun to play and fun competition, especially when playing against a friend. Release dale March 1st.
MORTAL KOMBAT 2 - £19.99 Recent Reviews; 92% Amiga format Gold. 95% CU Amiga Superstar. The Amiga conversion of this game is pretty good. There is a surprisingly great satisfaction in whipping your opponents and knowing exactly how you did it in this game. Great finishing moves, friendships, babalities. Hidden surprises. This game has strength, whatever type of games you're into, this should be worth a look.
4 ALADDIN A1200 - £19.99 A great animated platform game. The character and background graphics have a rich cartoon feel to them giving the player that much more pleasure in playing this game.
5 FIFA INTERNATIONAL SOCCER - £19.99 Superb range of animated players. Success on the consoles. Converted to the Amiga very well.
6 FOOTBALL GLORY A1200 - £19.99 A strong challenger for the best football game against Sensible Soccer. Plenty ol features. Diving headers, ball juggling, bicycle kicks to name a few.
7 PGA EUROPEAN GOLF - £18.99 Classic PGA golf game. Updated with silky scrolling and animation. With good playability to offer the player a good game of golf.
8 PREMIER MANAGER 3 - £16.99 Excellent football manager game updated with further options. Good playability value with a new game display method of player and ball positioning al different stages in the game.
9 RISE OF THE ROBOTS A1200- £27.99 Metal fighters battle it out in this superbly presented fighting game.
LO SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER - £19.99 Ahec Sensible Sensible Software come up with this brilliant football game combining both playing and managing.
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Beneath A Steel Sky I am having problems on the factory level. I get Joey a new shell, but when I get the key I lose it on the way out.
Darrell Casaletto. 8righton Yes, you definitely sound as if you’ve lost - it. Don't worry that the man takes the key when you exit the storeroom, as you'll recover it later. What you do need is the putty from under the grating. This isn't silly putty: it's really plastic explosive and you will still have it after you've been searched. I won't ask you where you hid it. But let's hope it still works!
Now what you should do is go back down the hallway and use the ID card (which you should have found on the dead security guard) on the line terminal. After having a play there go to the far left of the level and into the power station.
Use the spanner to loosen the two jammed buttons and tell Joey to push one while you push the other at the same time.
A pipe will burst and the silly old man will leave you to get on with the serious work. Pick up the lighthulh and push the switch. Put the smelly putty in the light socket, and detonate it by switching on the current.
Once you've blown off the control panel you’ll be able to reach in and push both switches which supply power to the elevator outside.
Leisure Suit Larry III I’ve been stuck with this game for ages and now I'm out of ideas. I found a membership card for Fat City in the Divorce Decree, then I found Patti, but she won't go with me because I have a pot-belly. I went to Fat City, but I don't know the combination for locker 69. Please tell me how to find the combination.
PS. Please print this letter because none of the other magazines ever print my letters.
Karhan Rassad. Wigan.
Your wish is our command. Not only are we printing your letter but we are helping you out of this jam as well. Turn the key- card over and look at the shop names.
Adverts for these shops are found on certain pages in the game manual, and those page numbers are the combination.
Police Quest III At Aspen Falls the people say that there is a madman claiming that the aliens are coming. When I go up to him he steals my badge, throws it in the water and then jumps in after it.
If I go in the water he drowns me.
Please tell me how to arrest him.
D. Hebb. Thorngumbald.
Once the man has jumped into the water you should search his clothes to find his ID and keys. Throw the keys in the water and the madman will get out to attack you. I don't know why he gets so angry, he thought it was funny to throw your things in. As he comes towards you show how upset you are by bashing him with your night-stick. Handcuff him. Take him to your car and search him. Take the knife that you find then drive back to the police station.
Zak McKracken » help me. I’m stuck in Zak McKracken. I’ve looked everywhere, but I can’t find the lighter!
Jonathan Harvey. Cumbernauld The lighter is hidden under the front seat of the aircraft, hut to get to the front seat you first need to get that damn air stewardess out of the way.
Don't you just hate air stewardesses?
If all the air stewardesses were laid end to end -1 wouldn't be at all surprised!
Go to the toilet and use the toilet paper in the sink. Turn on the water, push the call button then head for the front of the plane.
Kings Quest VI I’m stuck in two places; the first is the Catacombs - in the room with the descending ceiling. What do I need to put in the cogs? The secon- problem is on the Isle of Wonder. I have managed to get past the five dwarves, but cannot seem to get a book from the bloke with all the books. I think I need a book to give the bookkeeper in exchange for a magic book.
Steven Long. BFPO 16.
Stick a brick in the cogs to stop yourself becoming the sixth dwarf. The bookw will exchange his rare book for a dangling participle (I’m not at all sure what that is. But it sounds rude). You can find this strange thing dangling from a tree a the Isle of the Beast. You'll catch it by using the string of letters which is found floating in the water shortly after you've gone past the five dwarves. ¦ Vii n can m y i:r choosi: BI-TWKKN TWO KY ICS, THAT'S YY IIY I III I St Ni l A GO LOOKING LOU Y THIRD.
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V pOR A500 AND PC AU 00, CD& If you succeed in your first missions, your scientists and engineers will copy the alien technology to create more powerful weapons and craft for your forces to use. Gradually, you’ll build up a terrifying picture of this Unknown Enemy, and their real aims and desires, then you’ll have to work out a strategy to stop them.
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IBM PC screenshots shown. Actual screens may vary COMPETITION FANCY FOOTBALL LEAGUE and The One For Amiga (the best Amiga magazine edited by a Welshman) have teamed up with Renegade and Sensible Software to bring you the ultimate magazine football competition. The Fancy Football League, run over the next four months, will test your knowledge of football and footballers to the limit Hey. Even if you know nothing about football it will test your luck to the limit. Anyway, once the men have been sorted from the boys, the real men will be sorted from the just average men until finally a total
super-human football genius (or spawny git) triumphs and wings off to see his (or her. This is an equal opportunities competition) favourite European football team in action on their home ground. But that's not all! Every month there is a team strip (of your choice) up for grabs by the person whose team performs the best! And it’s all courtesy of Renegade Their generosity knows no bounds.
It all starts off this issue with the coupon printed on page
80. All you have to do is choose a team from the 22 top sides
we've printed here, within the budgetary constraints that
Renegade have set. And they're not as generous with notion
al money as they are with the real stuff! You've only got
£17million to spend - roughly what you would get if you were
JOPS ATHLETIC!
I Here's a sample team chosen by Sensi's Jon Hare. | No. Name Team Code Price J 1 LuisHenrique Atletico Minero 0401 £3M J 2 Stig Inge Bjombye Liverpool 1216 £650K| 3 Paulo Negro Lazio 1112 £550«[ 4 Dave McF*herson Rangers 1812 £1M J 5 Miguel Lasa Real Madrid 1914 £750KI I 6 Vadamir Jugovic Sampdona 2127 £1.9M| 7 Michel Real Madnd 1925 E2M j 8 Antonio Come Juventus 1027 E950KI I 9 Jason Wilcox Blackburn 0729 C7CXX | 10 Mark Hughes Man Utd. 1431 £3 ! M J 11 Sergio Araujo Atletico Miniero 0431 C2M I AC Milan (Italy) M 'f.frl.llk.M ¦ Pne 6 Roberto Donadom Italv 8 Marcel Desaillv M 0128 Ranee
10. Deian Savicevic A Yuooslavia Ajax (Holland) 2 Michael
RoiZKjer 0212 Holland raooK A Frank De Boer 6 Frank Rijkaard
0226 Holland 8 Jari Litmanen 10 Patrick Kluiven A Arsenal
(England) M 0328 Sweden Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) 2 Andre
0417 C2 2SM
4. Paulo Roberto 0414 Brazil 6 Valdir 0426 Brazil M Brazil
COMPETITION formance of each Fancy League manager (using our
wiz computer) and we'll print the top 50 league table. At that
stage we'll also announce the winner of the monthly prizes.
Confused? Let us give you an example of a team we prepared earlier (see boxout on opposite page entitled Jops Athletic) with the help of Jon Hare out of Sensible Software.
We re certainly not suggesting that you use this team of course, oh nol is a lose le.
»ge ides tion- were (he Fancy In* fotow ¦Ha M £2 7M A £8M homas Helmet £3M Christian Nerlmger
8. M eh met Scnoll Germany £1 8M Blackburn Rovers (England) M £1M
0814 Brazil £950K £850K Russia £1 1M uventua (Italy) Liverpool
(England)
10. Robbie Fowior m ip w* Jurgen KoWr Angel 3o?o Roberto Baggio
¦iMfi ¦H fib IP IP hfi Stiq Inge Bjornbye a factory
worker in the midlands who has just won the lottery.
You can spend the money on any player from any of the 22 teams (that's 242 players to choose from, for your information), but you must recruit 11, 'cos otherwise you won't have a football team. Also, you can only recruit a maximum or 2 players from each team supplied Want a super striker? Go for it But remember, you have to leave enough money to get the rest of the team together.
Howdo fincy League Every month all 22 teams in the league will play 14 matches (this is the Fancy League, after all!)
With each team played by members of Sensible Software. Renegade. CU Amiga Magazine and The One. At the end of the three month period, each team will have played 42 matches, making up a full season.
Each player you have selected scores points based not only on his team s performance, but also on his individual goal-scoring or defending So. After each match, every player s individual score is calculated, and after 14 matches we’ll print all the individual scores.
UUK M 0528 Span Barcelona (Spain) mm bfiltiblfi Using the scores for each of your 11 players, you can then add up your team's total score for that month You'll be pitting your wits against lots of other managers from around the country, but if you’re |udged to be one of the top 50 managers in any of the three months, your name, team name and score will be printed in a manager’s league table in both CU Amiga Magazine and The One.
All you have to do to enter is write down your choices on the coupon on page 80, then phone the telephone number supplied and carefully tell the computer at the end of the line what your selection is. Alternatively you can post a photocopy of your coupon to the address printed on it. You must keep the original as proof of your entry. Entering the competition is free but the phone call, or the stamps, or the photocopies aren't. The phone call will cost you 36 pence per minute off peak or 48 pence per minute at all other times and the call shouldn't last more than an average of 3 minutes. If
you’re not responsible for the phone bill make sure you get permission from the person who is before you call The Fancy League line.
Then, beginning with the May issue of CU Amiga Magazine, and continuing for the next three issues, we'll be keeping an eye on the perQalatauray (Turkey) i mtm _ 1014 Germany 1214 Ireland
- - Jorwavr ports (*4) tor every goal they score, three points
1*3) if their teem doeen I concede any goals, or lose one point
1-1) for every goal their team concedes Midfmldots score four
points * 4) for ovety goal they score Attackers score three
points (• 31 for every go* they score Player* who 1*4 to appear
through suspension or ayjry neither awn no* lose ports for
matches they m«t 8 E» y month. For die n« three rrontfe. Both
CU An ard The One for Amge wN port the results and goeMccrers
of matches played dunng that month 9 A league table w* be
pnnted evety month showing the top 50 Fancy League teams and
thou respective totals. Pnzes of a full football strip of your
choice we be awarded every month for the men it of the top team
1 Each*n*srthe*C17mfcnnWB wth which lo ccrwrnct h*Aw Fancy
Lmjuoieam Any teem emedrg thstoWwtfbovod.
2 Each fancy league team must compnso the following player* one goalkeeper, tour defender* tom m-HieWers: and two attack an (11 players n total) The play «* pom u are a* speeded a* G goafteapw D - defender. M m-Jfteld r A attacker Only the po*t * speafted next to me player* names w* be accepted Any teem not conforming to the formation above wH be void.
3 Each entrant can pic* a maxi- mum o' TWO players from any single team |i e. you can't have th'» Manchester Onrted defend ar*. Or the four A«ax mid-fioder*| in the form printed cn the next page bnforehend to cut down the length of your call.
5. The F ancy League Telephono Hotline w* be set up to reject any
team not conforming to tho above rules Average length of cat
three mnme* C»»s cost 36 pence per met off-pee* (that’s 6pm
to Sam Monday to Fnday. And ad weekand). And 48 pence per
mmuto at all other times Please check with the person who pay*
the bill before diall.no Lines w4l bo open 24 hours a day from
2tit February 1995 to 3rd April 1995 You mu si enter your M
f*eachloy lane. Smnal. Stvopshiro TF118PJ 11 After each month,
the top manager will win the full looty town Stnp Of hd (or.
Mdeed. Hen c» ce At the end of the compew i. The manager with
the most points we wm a fabulous week end for two people, to
the E uropoan lootballmg destination of their choice In the
event of a tie. The learn that has scored the most goals we
win.
12 EMAP Images cannot behold responsible for any inaccuracies or technical problems which may OCX The Editor's d dosing date, t Fancy lee ie will begin Each teem we play each other twsce.
Making a total of 42 matches
7. Players will score points for ouch match they play in a* fol
lows Goalkeepers gam four points (* 41 for keeping a clean
sheet (not letbng m any goeKt or lose on port for every goal
they more than two players horn any one o* the 22 fancy league
teem* we be void 4 Once you have selected yo team, ring the
Fancy Football League Mot-line number on the
- -------n oaoe 80. You must e phone to enter 13 EMAP Images
reserves the nght to cancel the Fancy League competition at any
time, for any raeson. Without liability.
RULES AND HOW TO ENTER: you can afso enter by or photocopyng the form below, and After the dosng date, the Once connected to the Fi SMS ???
Mamelodi Sundown (South Africa) 2.
C30QK Moses Morooi M 1328 South Africa EA50K Lovemore Chafunya Malawi ¦ Manchester United (England) - k 8 "oy Keane M 1428 Ireland Eric Cantona A 1430 France 9 Neguya Grempas (Japan) Toshiyuki Kosugi 4 Toshihisa lljoma Japan £350K 6 Jorainha £1 6M Elivelton M 1528 Brazil £1 6M Gary Lmeker Newcastle United I England I 4 Philippe Albert D 1514 6 RuelFox M 1526 Paris St-Germam (Francel FANCY FOOTBALL LEAGUE ENTRY FORM r"THE D 1712 France D 1714 Brazil C1.8M M 1726 8 Vincent Guerin M 1728 France £950K Valdo M 1720 Brazil C3M Use this form to write down your Fancy League team This will make it
easier when phoning through your selection ft also doubles as an entry form if you don't have a toucMone telephone' Remember, onfy send a photocopy, not the coupon itself TEAM NAME NUMBER
1. POSITION ..GOALKEEPER..... NAME PLAYER CODE
VALUE
2. ..DEFENDER
3. DEFENDER 4 DEFENDER
5. DEFENDER e______________ MIDFIELDER
7. ..MIDFIELDER
e. ..MIDFIELDER 9 ..MIDFIELDER
10. ..... ATTACKER
11. ..... ATTACKER . TOTAL
VALUE .. Note You must have 1
goalkeeper. 4 defenders. 4 midfielders and 2 attackers.
Players cannot play Out of position. Fill out this form
carefully before you phone, and make sure that everything is
just as you want it. Phone and postal competition entries can
be made from 21 February to 3 Apnl 1995 To Enter Call: 0891
615640 i Address: Fancy League Entries. Computerize, Unit 1.
Neach Hill. Neachley Lane, Shifnal, I Shropshire TF11 8PJ.
For postal entnes please include a stamped self addressed
envolopo with your I namo and full address so that we can
notify you of your competition entry number.
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Addro-book. Graphics GET SERIOUS INTRO Get Serious LEANING OVER THE EDGE With all tha attention the National Lottery has been receiving recently, everyone'* been wondering how they'd spend £8 million. What about, however, If you won a slightly smaller amount than £8 million - not enough to p change your life but enough to play about with. What then? Imagine for instance you had to share the lottery winnings and ended up with a modest £40,000. If I won this amount I'd probably spend a large portion of it on finding out the vital statistics of a supermodel - Cindy Crawford for instance.
Naturally this would mean entertaining her for a day or so which would (I'm only guessing) cost some £25,000. This leaves me Just £18.000 in the bank. Or I could always save myself some money and find out her statistics for myself the easy way by consulting the new database that I created with Digita’s new Datastore database (page 85).
Next up I'd throw a party, and naturally the music would Have to be LOUD!
For this I'd buy the rather tasty Sony HiFi which we used in our cover feature (page 22). This would set me back a modest £1,600. Extra speakers would probably come In handy as well, and as I've really grown attached to the Aiwa TS-D20 subwoofer and satellite combination we reviewed in the speaker round-up starting on page 94, they would be the obvious choice.
Now I'm left with just over £13,000 which is still a fair amount. A chunk of this would have to be spent sorting out Commodore's problems, so I'd fly out to the Bahamas for a week to help them sort it out- all in the name of work you understand! Back in England I'd need some way of adding titles and information to the documentary video I'd made when I was out there. For this purpose the Amitek Fusion genlock, reviewed on page 92 would be just fine.
With the remaining £5.000, I'd buy a nice fast modem (like the X-Link tested on page 90) and accelerator. Naturally the accelerator would have to be the fastest one available, and there's only one 50MHz card around for the A1200 at present, the 1230-111. Which you can read about on page 91. With my new modem and accelerator I'd set up a high speed Internet link to download and process lots of glorious 24-bit pictures with which to sample the delights of LCMIVIIXU graphics card (page 86).
Finally, I'd have to spend £3,500 on Emma, my girlfriend. After spending so much time reviewing this lot I'd forgotten about Valentines day, oh dear.
A hardware bonanza this month. No matter what your interests, you'll find something to tickle your fancy - be it modems, genlocks, accelerators or graphics cards. Then of course there's an exhaustive test of desktop speakers and a new column on CD-ROMs. Could you ask for anything more?
• DataStore 85 What
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Digita's Datastore database enhance Andy Leaning's home
information bank? Or would Claudia Schiffer's vital statistics
be better off in another product?
Ot firsl glance I thought that Datastore was much too simple to warrant the name of a serious piece of software. It just looked too uncomplicated to be considered powerful.
The data presentation consisted of a bright colourful display, with two panels of icons and little else.
Moving the mouse over the menus showed up an even more simplistic selection of choices.
Alien Data If you decided to buy Datastore you may want to import data from another earlier database.
Have no worries, although not outstanding. Digita's product can read in other file formats.
Superbase, until recently the most common Amiga database, is supported directly with a custom import facility. Other database formats can be tackled indirectly. Load up your existing database and save the data in ASCII format (any good program will be able to do this). You can now read in this ASCII file into Datastore and hey presto, your data is transferred.
There’s something wrong here. I thought, surely databases are difficult things revolving around fields, records. Boolean search operators. Reports and various other means of extracting information But Datastore didn’t seem to have any of these. On the surface at least it looked like a simple card file. So to find out more and to put it to the test I set about creating a database of a subject close to my heart: supermodel statistics.
Simple power Creating the test file was easy. In this example I created fields' (the areas you want to cover in the database) for each supermodel's name, a picture and their statistics.
It was a simple procedure to set up.
Clicking on the various toolbar icons you can create fields by 'drawing' them onto a blank page.
Calling up any of the drawing tools creates a box. Which calls up a requester asking for information pertinent to the type of object being drawn. For boxes, this is the colour, position and size. For text it's the font, colour and text to be displayed. The addition of coloured boxes, headings and picture boxes make the data input form easy on the eye and simple to use.
The fields requester controls the type of data that the field will hold Along with the type of data entered, it’s also possible to have the program change what's entered to lower or upper case automatically, and set whether the field has to be filled. In this example for instance, the name and statistics are vital, but you might not have a picture of each model handy. In this case you could set the picture field to be non- mandatory. When we enter data the program will force us to enter names whilst letting us skip the picture field at that time.
Once the form is completed we can then enter some data by simply typing text in and adding pictures as iffs. Then pressing the tab key its on to the next field. Once a complete record is entered we can move to the next and so on until complete.
It is by hiding all the requesters until they’re actually needed in the creation of fields that Digita have managed to make Datastore look deceivingly simple on the surface whilst covering over of the power of a traditional database.
Just browsing Once your database is established you can search through your records for a particular item using a word processing style search requester. Or you can browse through your records using the record browser - a simple icon panel containing video recorder- style fast forward and rewind buttons. Plus single record advance and rewind buttons Even more complex search operations are possible. For example. You could create a 'query'. This builds a sub-database consisting I only of records matching a given search pattern. It’s possible to check the contents of two fields at a time
against any text or numbers.
From now on the record browser will only step through this sub database. Using the query creator it’s also possible to produce a listing of the records showing only particular fields, if you wish Datastore ¦ Price: £49.99 ¦ Developer: Digita ¦ Supplier: Digita t 01395 270 273 So far Datastore has proved very capable, yet simple and easy to I use Unfortunately. I have a few niggles. I would like to be able to specify more than just two fields in the query-building requester. I couldn't, for instance, search for all models with a waist of 24", height of five feet eight inches and light
brown hair - in this case Cindy Crawford. It would also be nice to have more layout tools, such as grouping functions. Alignment and the like. I'm also surprised Digita provide only a rectangular shaped area of colours, what about circles, ovals and lines?
Conclusion Datastore is a powerful program, and provides what most people need in a database whilst being very simple to use You can create a comprehensive database using fields, pictures and the like It can also check the data as you enter it.
Search for specific records, sort and print them. However, I couldn't recommend it over Final Data due to its minor limitations and the fact that it costs £10 more. However, it's still an excellent product ¦ (4Mb) ¦ Developer: Ingenieurbiiro Helfrich 220196 Price: £299.99(2Mb) Supplier: Bittersoft © 24-bit graphics are getting more affordable all the time. Nik Lines plugs in the latest Piccolo visual booster board.
Pretty good. For this review, the card was fitted inside an Amiga 3000 with Kickstart 3.1. 10Mb of memory and connected to an NEC 4FG monitor. Installation of the hardware was easy; plug in and play If you want to use the SD64 with an NEC monitor, you’ll need to get your soldering iron out to join two links on the board. This is not a job for the clumsy or faint hearted. It would have been sensible to put this information in a prominent part of the manual, rather than hidden away at the back. It made me sweat!
The SD64 comes with three pieces of software: the EGSsystem.
TVPamt Junior and PicoPamter EGS (Enhanced Graphics System) is an attempt to lay down a standard for channelling Workbench compatible programs through 24-bit displays. There is a version available for other graphics cards, such as the GVP Spectrum The SD64 comes with Version
7. Which was pretty stable in our tests. TVPamt has become the a
standard for 24-bit Amiga systems; f a 24-bit graphics card
can display 16 million colours, then a 64-bit graphics card
must be able to display squillions. Right?
Wrong, because the Piccolo SD64 is both a 24-bit and a 64-bit card Up to 16 million different shades of colour can be displayed (that's the 24-bit part), but all of the 'buses' or channels are 64-bits wide, so things happen a lot quicker than usual. There's no point extending the colour range beyond 24-bits anyway, as the human eye would not be able to perceive any improvement.
The Piccolo SD64 is a Zorro 11 111 type graphics card for Amigas 2000, 3000 and 4000. It's based on a fast graphics processor that comes with either 2Mb or 4Mb of RAM. The board contains a surprisingly small amount of chips, and the 2Mb version has an ompty slot for a future 2Mb upgrade.
At the back of the card, there are four connectors. One is a pass-through input for your Amiga’s standard video output, which is channelled to the main output on the board. The second is a standard 15 pin VGA output SUPERSTAR connector to which a monitor is attached. The third and fourth are a video output jack and an S-VHS output jack. Unfortunately, neither of these two work without an optional upgrade, which doesn’t actually exist at present At least one of these outputs would have to be operational if you wanted to output graphics to video tape. No definite announcement has been made about
this, so we'll just have to wait and see.
The pass-through input to the card is one of Piccolo s handiest features because when the Amiga is generating a normal display, the card becomes ‘transparent', and outputs just the standard Amiga graphics. This saves the need to swop cables around Or. If you have two monitors, you can use them simultaneously.
However, before you reach for your credit card, check that your monitor will do justice to this lump of resin, plastic and silicon. The card will output to single scan Amiga monitors (such as the Philips
8833) but this is a criminal waste of opportunities: it's like
buying a Ferrari and putting bicycle wheels on it. The
manual recommends using a monitor supporting horizontal
scan rates of up to 48KHz.
This will give you resolutions of up to 1120 x 832 pixels on the screen without flicker or interlace. For the more technical amongst you. The chip will output 1024x768 screens with a refresh rate of 70Hz - this is Junior is basically a cut down version and Picopaintet is a good support package written by the board's developers Installation of the package is very easy, using Commodore s standard installer. A monitor file is placed in your Devs Monitors' drawer, allowing access to the new screen modes. Also, you can initialise the EGS system using WBStartup to make sure it ran auto
matically on every boot up.
Workbench emulation Once up and running, the list of screen modes available to your system will have the PICOa: range of entries added to it. These range from 320x200 to 1280x1024 pixel resolutions, all in up to 256 colours (even on Kickstarts prior to 3.0 with a bit of fiddling). For day to day use, the high 70Hz refresh rate 1024x768 mode will be good enough for most people. The card also restricts available screen modes to those which can be handled by your monitor. As you can see from the shots, it improves the look of a basic Workbench screen no end.
Another tool provided is PicoRetarget, a screen retargeting tool which lives in WBStartup. This little program looks for any screens opening and gives you the option of forcing the screen into a different resolution. As an example, Pagestream 2 does not give you screen mode options, but with PicoRetarget you can run in a 1120x832 screen with no troubles
- stunning.
This works with most packages with a few exceptions, such as ProDraw 3. Directory Opus had a couple of hiccups, too: the package starts fine but does strange things to the screen after running the configuration program. Even using the program's in-built screen mode requester caused this problem. However, using the PD utility Newmode instead of PicoRetarget fixes this problem The stability of the Workbench emulation is very important.
The only thing the card doesn't do is allow you to drag screens, but this is no great loss as you can still stack and swop between multiple screens.
Support for some specific packages has been included also. Real and render 24-bit 3D gains a library for "i-MM. Rendering to an EGS screen, as does Imagemaster. A saver is thrown in for ADPro too.
Which works well providing a high colour EGS screen is open before running ADPro - if it isn’t, the chances are that ADPro will snaffle too much memory and not allow a high colour screen to open.
Speed!
The 64-bit architecture makes this quite a nippy board. However, on windowing operations it just about manages to keep up. This suggests that the software is not as optimised as it should be.
Although this is currently being sorted out by the programmers.
Quotes of "three times faster” are being mentioned, but take these with a pinch of salt.
The bad news All is not quite rosy with the SD64.
Though. One major bug rears its head all too often - after opening an EGS full colour screen (for PicoPainter or a viewer program) and then closing it, memory is not fully released. OK, so it's only 20K that isn’t freed - nothing in a 10Mb system. However, this 20K fragments the memory badly. From having a largest free block of 6.5Mb of memory, this drops to 3.2Mb. Many image processing functions require a large chunk of memory, so this could present major problems.
Conclusion The speed is great, especially on native EGS screens. 24-bit windows can be thrown around with impressive speed. Text scrolling on the workbench is superb - useful for those who use CLI and the SHELL a lot. Other Workbench operations are fast, but not as quick as they should be.
Workbench emulation is stable and well implemented. The manuals are excellent. To conclude.
A great buy for anyone in the market for high colour and high resolutions. They're not getting this one back either: I’ve bought it. ¦ WHAT IS IT?
m The SD64 is a 24-bit graphics LA card using a
o » 64-bit BUS.
The 24-bit means that it can display pictures with 16million different colours on screen at once. But this isn't new. So why is the SD64 special? The answer is the 64-bit Bus which means that it can move 64-bits of information around at once.
Other graphics cards can only move data in chunks of 24 or 32 bits. So with the SD64 operations such as window display, painting and filling are much faster.
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This month's award for most stylish Amiga peripheral goes to the X-Unk modem. Andy Leaning reveals exactly what makes it worthy of this accolade.
Ohey re deceptive little things, modems. Take the X-Link 288E for example As modems go, it's pretty stylish, even though to look at, it’s nothing more than a plain black box.
However, hook it up to your Amiga and a phone line, and it can link you to virtually any on-line computer system in the world, from the bloke next door to NASA headquarters If this modem was to be likened to a military aircraft, it would have to be a Stealth Fighter, because it's sleek, black and fast.
The X-link is extremely fast offering speeds up to 28,800 bps (bits per second). This is great as it means you'll spend less time on the phono and therefore pay less to Auntie BT. Baud rates of 28,800 are currently the fastest commonly available speeds, and the modem supports both V.34 and
V. Fast standards. Internet providers and BBS systems are
gradually switching to 28,800 bps.
Which will soon become the standard rate.
It’s the most stylish modem we've seen in a long time. The sleek black finish gives it a very modern look. It also has little red icons that light up to indicate what's going on.
With its compact size and flashy lights, it’s almost a coffee table conversation piece (but not quite).
Jzss,Kgk$ he fax Another advantage of the X-Link is that it turns your Amiga in a fax machine. When combined with the Gpfax software, faxes can be sent to and received from any Group 3, Class 1 or Class 2 fax. Gpfax is available from Wizard Developments for £35 when bought in conjunction with the modem X-Link comes complete with the popular public domain Ncomm software. This is one of the best Comms programs available for the Amiga, and provides all the features you'll need.
However, to take full advantage of Ncomm (saving settings and so on), you'll need to pay a registration fee.
Conclusion I really like the X-Link. It’s elegantly designed and compact whilst offering wonderfully fast communication speeds. I have no hesitation in recommending the X-Link modem for anyone who wants the fastest possible access to bulletin boards and the Internet ¦
V. WHAT?
Anyone considering buying a modem will 1 pA have come up J i" ige or jargon, most of which seems to be prefixed with the letter V: Vfast. V34. V32 Terbo it's all very confusing.
These abbreviations have been created by the modem manufacturers, and describe the various standards the modems use to communicate with each other. The original standard was V21 which enabled communication at a painfully slow 300 bits per second If you're looking for a
28. 800 baud modem you're likely to come across the following:
V. 34: The latest standard for modems talking at 28,800 bps.
Blinjdfll 1230-111 50MHz 68030 Accelerator board ¦ Price: £229.95 ¦ Developer: Phase 5 Digital Products ¦ Supplier: Harwood ® 01773 836781 SUPERSTAR fasted Al 200 accelerator? Andre Digard is on hand with the speedometer.
O here's something spectacular about going from a standard A1200 to a machine that has an accelerator. Everything happens before you get a chance to blink. And that's just with a normal accelerator. With the Blizzard 1230-111 fitted, the whole thing becomes almost frightening. One look at the speed comparison chart (top right) will tell you why - it really shifts.
Low cost As you've probably already realised from the name, this is the third in the Blizzard 1230 series. The Jargon Busters Mhz ¦ : tho spoi l .it wiiv-h MIPS Mil.ion 68EC020 68EC030 A tstuihtiv .rut ilO'.ui oi component count has been reduced, which has the benefit of lowering production costs, which in turn leads to a lower retail price. A few parts of the previous 1230 board have been discarded: one of the SIMM sockets has gone, and now there's a socket for PGA-type FPUs only, rather than both PGA and PLCC types.
However, like the previous version, the 1230-111 has a connector for a SCSI2 card, which is ideal for connecting to large hard drives or tape streamers, though they'll need to be external to your A1200.
The change to a single SIMM 68030 68040 68060 SIMM Warning: some accelerator bo.ml-, arc 'clocked'. This mean* th.it the processor is recommends. This (educes the life expectancy ol the processor quite coi Hidof.ibly. The Vipei bojidi .md the lliu.id 1220 4 arc both clocked, but according to their distributors.
They are both still within Ihe chip's tolerance lends. Neither the The GVP range ol accelerators nor the Billiard 1230 series are clocked.
Socket will make future RAM upgrades more awkward. Instead of just adding more RAM chips, you'll need to swop, sell or discard the existing RAM SIMM to free up the socket for a bigger SIMM.
Perhaps now is a good time to discuss the Blizzard's one set back in life. The memory expansion seems a little fussy. There were several programs which either refused to run or ran incorrectly However, these programs were all PD demos.
All the normal 'system legal' Workbench applications we tested worked perfectly. However, this mean that not all games will run with this accelerator either as due to speed factors not all games are programmed to be system legal'.
Speed queen The most important thing about any accelerator though is speed, and it’s here that the Blizzard scores its points. Spell-checks happen almost instantly. Database sorts are invisible. Blink and you'll miss your spreadsheet recalculate. There’s no time for a coffee while you wait for Imagine to render a screen, especially if you have the optional maths coprocessor. That's what it's all about really. The extra memory makes multitasking a far more viable option, even with RAM-hungry applications like DTP Performance-wise, this is the best accelerator for the A1200. It simply
flies past all the opposition.
It blows away most other accelerator boards such as the 40MHz Viper and GVP 1230-11 both in terms of price and performance.
This board is special. Its price to performance ratio is excellent .It's not only faster than the competition, it’s also considerably cheaper, and only an Amiga 4000 040 is faster. If you want a 68030 in your A1200. This is the one to get.
The only problem with Blizzard 1230111 is the incompatibility with certain software, which could be a major stumbling block for anyone regularly running games and PD demos. However, this shouldn't affect anyone using Workbench- compatible applications. ¦ Looking for an easy route into video production with your Amiga?
Tony Horgan hooks up the genlock from Amitek.
O hat’s a lie. The bit about going to the moon for £99 and getting a free T-shirt (see pic below). One day though... But that's the brilliant thing about genlocks - you can make up your very own TV adverts, whether they're completely false or not. Just for the hell of it.
Alternatively, you could do something more useful with your Amiga and a genlock, like editing The Chart Show, adding banal captions over the music videos If you don't feel up to producing a show for national TV quite yet. A steady income could be gained from hiring yourself out for wedding video shoots, overlaying romantic titles, cupids and that sort of thing with your Amiga. You could even attempt a kind of Roger Rabbit- style live action and cartoon animation combination There's a hell of a lot you can do!
The key to all of this is a genlock. And this new one from Amitek seems to be a pretty strong contender for any budding videographer's money.
The connections on the back are as follows: composite video input for the video picture, composite video output for the combined picture. RBG monitor for viewing just the Amiga picture on a separate screen. RBG input, and an input for a chromakey. Amitek plan to release this chromakey add-on in the near future.
Included free with the genlock is the Scala HT100 video titling software (as cover-mounted on the February 1994 issue of CU Amiga Magazine). See the Scald HTIOO panel for details.
Build quality Just as I was about to praise the apparently robust build quality of the Fusion, it broke down The picture output started rolling, and bore no relation to either the Amiga nor the video input The suppliers.
Silica, say that this is due to a resistor missing from certain versions of the A1200, which can blow part of the genlock circuitry. We are told that this missing resistor is to be included on all the Fusion motherboards on sale from now on. So you should be able to buy one off the shelf with peace of mind. If you do happen upon one of the early models of the Fusion. Silica will replace it for no charge.
There are three modes of operation: video picture only. Amiga graphics only, and overlay The first two modes can be used for monitoring and simple cross-fades between Amiga graphics and the video input. The overlay mode is the important bit. This combines the Amiga graphics with the video picture. Which shows through the parts of the graphics that are drawn in the background colour. The fader can be used to adjust the strength of the overlaid graphics in relation to the video picture.
Conclusion Amitek Fusion Genlock ¦ Price: £99.99 ¦ Developer: Amitek ¦ Supplier: Silica © 081 309 1111 Picture quality is good, better than the pictures on this page might suggest. The Amiga graphics survive the genlocking process with most of their original definition, and there isn’t any significant degradation of the video picture The main limiting factor is the composite video input and output Composite video signals are prone to saturation and interference problems, but the quality is good enough for amateur work and even certain types of professional use (such as visuals for
clubs and raves for example). The £99 price tag. With the free Scala software makes it a very attractive option for anyone wanting to get started in video production. ¦ FREE SCALA HTIOO One good idea is the inclusion CTKm of the Scala O 1 HTIOO soft- ware. It comes free with every Fusion genlock, and although you don't get the manual or the two clipart disks from the full Scala HTIOO package, there's enough to get you started.
HT100 is very good for adding simple, professional-looking titles and captions to your videos, and it's easy enough to figure out even with no instructions. Basic instructions are included on a single sheet of paper, but the full manual is available direct from Scala UK for £14.95. Tel: 0920 444 294.
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Andy Leaning tests eight desktop speaker systems.
®e all know the Amiga has amazing stereo sound capabilities, right? So why waste all that raw music power by squeezing it through a tiny TV or monitor speaker ? What you need is a decent amp and speaker system to it justice.
You could hook up to your hi-fi, as detailed in the cover feature on page 22. But that's not always possible. Fortunately there’s an alternative: stand-alone amplified speakers specifically designed for use with personal computers Over the next three pages, we rate nine of these systems, testing frequency response, clarity, depth and overall power „ _QuickShot Sound IVIate 4 Considering their mere 4 watt rating, this pair are capable of making quite a lot of noise.
Volume, bass and treble controls are on the front panel, and there’s a balance knob on the back The speakers connect to the sound source (in this case your Amigal with a stereo mini jack plug. This means that ypu’ll need an adaptor cable to link them to your Amiga's phono sockets Mains power is fed into one speaker, which then connects to the second with a short wire.
This wire is only about two and half feet long - barely enough length to fit one speaker either side of a monitor. Another couple of feet of cable would have gone down well Don’t expect much in the way of sound quality These are the cheapest in the test at just under C20. And as you might expect, you're hardly going to get hi-fi reproduction If you already have a monitor with built in speakers, then these probably won't offer any improvement. They're only worthwhile if you currently have no sound output at all.
Special Reserve. 0279 600204 70% ¦ ZyFi Speakers Attractive they're not.
But these turned out to be one of the most robust speaker systems in the test. A metal grill protects the front whilst a tough single piece plastic case houses the rest. These also use a mini jack plug, so a convertor will be needed to connect to Ihe Amiga’s phono sockets.
Although both speakers have independent volume controls, you can't adjust the bass or treble levels. Fortunately the general sound is well balanced, so this isn't much of a problem These ZyFi speakers are the most versatile of the lot. Coping well with both game sound effects music. You won't get any earth-trembling bass sounds, but this could be cured by adding a sub-woofer.
Evesham Micros. 0386 765500 86% ¦ ZyFi 2 Speakers The stylish ZyFi 2 speakers are a dramatic improvement over the previous ZyFi models reviewed The front grill arches back in a gentle curve. The back is even stranger, with most of the internals housed in a semi-circle enclosure which rests on a square base Despite their trendy looks, the plastic used feels a little weak, and I wouldn't recommend dropping them Two small tone and volume knobs are situated on the front. The volume knob is a little too sensitive. Becoming rather loud after turning it only a slight amount.
They reproduce midtones reasonable well, although bass end was definitely lacking. They make Alien Breed 2 s triple phase gun sounds more like a water pistol than a hightech weapon of the future.
Evesham Micros. 0386 765500 a20 ctive Speaker ystem Now we're talking. This is a combination of a bass sub-woofer and two satellite speakers.
On the back of the sub are two phono sockets for the sound input, and four sets of spring clips for connecting the speaker wires of the satellites. On the front is a power switch, a bass boost control for the subwoofer and an overall volume dial.
Having the volume controls on the subwoofer could be a problem. In typical usage the bigger box housing the woofer will sit under the desk, while the two smaller units sit either side of the monitor. Using a setup such as this, you’d have to crawl around on the floor to adjust the volume. A main volume dial on one of the satellite units or even a remote control might have been a better idea.
Even so, the Aiwa system produces a nice clean sound, with a rich deep bottom end from the woofer. Hook this up to a shoot 'em up, and you'll hear all kinds of things you never knew were there! While the woofer kicks out the bass, and the small tweeter satellites give a good top end. The mid-range doesn't get much of a look in. This leads to the kind of sound you would get from a club sound system - great for pop and dance music, but some music purists may not like the dull mid tones.
The price is a little high, compared to a low cost hi-fi amp and speaker system, but then again Cl 29 is the recommended retail price, and it'll probably fall once dealers get their hands on it. With its subwoofer and'two satellite units the TS-D20 is a great all-in-one sound system to add to your Amiga.
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Aiwa. 0181 897 7000 88% ¦ QuickShot Bass Machine A bit of an odd one this. For your money you don't get two small speakers that can sit either side of your monitor. Instead you get a single largish box which is heavy enough to warrant being positioned on the floor. Yes, it's a subwoofer. A unit designed to reproduce just the low frequencies - deep bass tones. Adding a subwoofer to a speaker system will result in much deeper, reverberating sounds. Explosions, gun fire, and engine noises can sound much more realistic with a subwoofer.
To hear mid and high tones you'll need a pair of normal speakers. The Quickshot Bass Machine assumes you've already got a pair of desktop speakers or that you're buying them with the Bass Machine and want to add extra bass to them.
So does it succeed in its aim? In short, no. It maybe cheap (£39.99) but no matter how much you pay you should expect a subwoofer to add depth and weight to your sound - that's the whole point. Sadly the Bass Machine sounds empty and hollow. Most of the time we were pushed to even Notts a difference!
Quickshot's other speakers reviewed here were reasonable and worth checking out.
But take our advice and pass over the Bass Machine.
Quickshot. 081 365 1993 (or all reputable Amiga dealers).
50% ¦ Aiwa SC-C55 Having looked at Aiwa's TS-D20 these came as a surprise. The subwoofer system was black ash-ish colour, these however are cream white. In fact in a dull light they could be mistaken for being the same colour as the Amiga 1200.
They produce a nice loud and clear sound.
Strangely where as the TS-D20 was lacking in mid tone reproduction these were quite the opposite.
Both mid and high tones were ably generated, although I felt they were somewhat lacking in bass - ideal for a subwoofer combination?
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Audio quality is reasonable Laser fire from Guardian on the CD32 sounds punchy, whilst Tony Horgan's sound samples showed an admirable attempt at recreating bass, mid and high tones. High tones seemed particularly well catered for. A fact substantiated when we tried out various pop music tracks.
Dimensional Services, 01844 345406 81% Slightly expensive compared to the other speakers here, they were none the less very capable and came out well in all our tests.
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s. Priory Court, 30-32 ¦ Labtec CS900 Labtec seem to have a big
misconception about pricing Take these CS900 speakers for
example. They're very stylish, look _ good and produce a
good sound. Yet why are they £89! If priced more sensibly
under £50 for instance they'd possibly make a reasonable buy.
Pricing issues aside they are very nice speakers. Slider controls, rather than dials favoured by all other manufacturers seen here, are present for bass and volume. There are nice responsive pushbutton switches for the power and enabling the treble.
Audio quality was excellent. For games and music alike they easily equalled every other speaker on test, although classical music had a tendency to sound a little flat.
In summary, these are fine speakers, well styled but let down by silly prices. If the pricing can be bought into line with existing UK speaker pricing they'll have a good seller on the hands.
But for the time being at least the price prevents me for giving the CS-900 a high score.
Dimensional Services, 01844 345406 70% ¦ Labtec CSIOOO Hmrnm, gadget freaks will love this. It's certainly the most uniquely styled speaker set in this round-up. Rather than two boxes that sit either side of a monitor the CS1000 is a rectangular box that that the monitor can sit on. In this box, on either side, are speaker grills a third grill can be found on the underside.
In between the two grills on the front at tone and volume knobs, plus a socket for a pair of headphones and a power switch. It looks rather groovy under a monitor.
In performance terms I wasn't particularly impressed. It produced bass, mid and high tones reasonably well but the sound didn't sound that much better than that produced by the ZyFi or Aiwa speakers. It certainly didn't sound £60 better which is what it costs.
Sound seemed dampened or slightly muffled to my ears. If I had a chose I'd much rather spend a few pounds more and opt for Aiwa's subwoofer system.
Dimensional Services, 01844 345406 60% ¦ Labtec CS600 Unlike the other Labtec models reviewed here this one probably won't win any awards for styling. Instead it's got a functional casing.
The ritual volume control is STOP PRESS As we were going to press QaickSkot informed ns that the SoondMate 4 and Base Machine were both to be superseded. Ne farther details were available at the time. For farther information contact QnickSbol on Bill- 365 1813.
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Aiwa are a name to watch. Aiwa value are now bringing CD-ROM drives, DAT drives and multimedia speakers to the Amiga market.
Although you may not have heard of them before as a supplier of computer products you'll almost certainly have come across their HiFi systems. They are also lead the modem market in Japan and have long supplied other computer and peripheral manufacturers with raw drives.
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Town of Tunes Hopes were high for this one. Billed as "a compilation of 1000 of the very best MOD' tunes ever made". It's been designed to be used on Amigas and Pcs. But the Amiga compatibility seems to have been an afterthought The Amiga section is filled with obscurely named files, which turn out to be SouncfTracker format music modules. However, trying to find a suitable player or tracker on the disk is far from easy. The filenames give no clues to what they are (most are listed simply as alphanumeric codes), making the whole CD very unfriendly to use. Sure enough, it does have plent of
modules, which could be very useful to many musicians. It's unfortunate that it’s let down by such a shoddy organisation.
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Tel: 0924 366 982. Price: £19.99 plus 75p P + P. Amiga Raytracing 1 & 2 These two discs offer something for users of practically any Amiga 3D rendering program, with obiects and fonts for UghtWave. Imagine. Real 3D. Caligari. Sculpt and others. For many objects a small picture is also supplied allowing you to quickly see what the objects will look like. Added to these objects and fonts are a range of textures which can be used in any 3D program, along with a selection of attributes and textures specifically for Imagine.
The biggest problem for UK and US users is that all the files and descriptions are in German. If you can put up with this handicap (and are prepared to wade through the files making your own catalogue! It’s a great disc to have in your collection. We marked this down 10% because unless you can read German it can be confusing 17 Bit. 1st Floor Offices. 2 8 Market Street. Wakefield. West Yorks WF1 1DH.
Tel: 0924 366 982. Price: £19.99 plus 75p P + P per disc.
Music Mod & Sound Effect CD This is far better than the Town of Tunes CD. Although it’s still not perfect. It contains a huge collection of sound samples including instruments, effects, spoken words and sentences - there's even a drawer allocated to Beavis and Butthead (huh. Huh, huh. Eerr) If you’re into creating your own tunes you’ll love the instrument collection, as there are masses of them on the disc. There’s also a collection of memorable clips from TV programs and films, including Robocop, the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and several cartoons. Most, if not all of the samples have
been taken from the public domain and unfortunately the quality can veer from awful to acceptable However, if you don't mind a bit of noise here and some distortion there, or if you can't be bothered to grab your own. There’s plenty to get your ears round on this CD-ROM 17 Bit, 1st Floor Offices. 2 8 Market Street. Wakefield. West Yorks WF1 1DH.
Tel: 0924 366 982. Price: £19.99 plus 75p P+P.
LightROM Produced specifically for 3D artists and Amiga UghtWave users, this disk is a must have It's packed with objects, surface attributes, bump maps, textures and 3D objects for UghtWave. Imagine and Sculpt and Vista users (no support for Rea! 3D however). As seems to be the case with most CD-ROMs, there's plenty of rubbish among the good stuff Most of the material on the disk ranges from good to average, and there are enough objects of reasonable quality to make up for the poorer ones.
For Vista users the disc is also worth having as it contains a large library of DEM files (Vista landscapes). Although mainly American they're still very useful It’ll certainly stay in my collection.
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Tel: 0924 366 982. Price: £19.99 plus 75p P + P. |AMIGA| Space and Astronomy If vou're fascinated by space, this is the CD-ROM for you. Space and Astronomy contains masses of images and text files showing and describing the work of NASA. The pictures (all
1. 080 of them! Show Earth, the planets, space ships, astronauts
and other astronomical objects, whilst the text files include
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man's exploits in space since 1962.
AMIGA] 75 Howeyer, it's not all as good as it sounds. For starters, like most other discs reviewed here it's PC orientated, with an attempt made at Amiga compatibility. As a result the image files are in GIF format, so you'll need something like AdPro, ImageFXor Photogenics to view them.
Apparently there's a file viewer and keyword search program on the disk, but the drawer 'Amiga' wouldn't open on our systems so we couldn’t test these out. However, if you've got a program that will display GIF images, and want to read up on mankind's exploits in space, it’s highly recommended.
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BCI NET Yet another collection of Amiga related material from the Internet, compiled in December, so it's fairly up to date.
Well organised and well thought out. The disk is split into a collection of drawers - games, multimedia. Applications, demos, programming, diskmags and so on. Inside each of these are individual programs (many of which have been compressed in LHA formatl. These can then be copied to a floppy or hard dnve and decompressed for later use. A simple menu program allows you to move between drawers, view the files, copy them to other drives and unarchive them.
This disc is a good source of the latest Amiga Internet material for PD library owners, or anyone who wants the latest utilities. However, with it's mass of LHA compressed files, it's not really suitable for those who want an instantly available on-line source of utilities and programs.
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Professional Clipart & Fonts Vol 1 Clipart and font collections are one of the most enduring types of CD-ROM. This one from PD Soft has been compiled from the public domain.
The images are classified first by file type and then by subject matter. The image file formats are EPS. GIF, JPG. PCX and TIFF. You’ll need an image processor to convert them into IFF format for use with most other Amiga programs. The same largely applies to the fonts provided. Unless you own a font convertor you'll have a hard time using most of the typefaces supplied. There are some for ProDraw. ProPage and other standard Amiga programs, although the majority are Adobe Type 1 or True Type fonts. As for the quality, most of the images and fonts are good enough for sub 400dpi DTP work
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GoldFish Vol 1 Despite the ’fishy' sounding name (excuse the pun) Fred Fish is no cod-der (sorry did it again) he has been around a long time, pumping out good quality PD software. Goldfish Vol I features the entire Fred Fish library from disks 1 to 1.000. The twin disc pack contains both archived and unarchived versions of every disk, which makes it suitable for both PD library owners and those wanting instant on-line access to the massive collection of FredFish utilities, programs, demos and games In all. It's reasonably well put together with a simple text search program for tracking down
those elusive bits and pieces. Good value for money. If you're a fan of Fred Fish, then this collection is a dream come true.
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UTILS 1-1500 17 Bit PHASE 4 LSD TOOLS II LIGHT ROM SPECTRUM SENSATIONS “COLD FISH II tSS* £21.9 ULTIMEDIA 1+2 CLIPART CD PRO plJPART £21.99 VISIONS Picture unavailable at time of gomgto press ZOOTJE AGA demo This is a record month for top quality demos and games. Tony Horgan is your guide to the PD goldmine.
AMIGA This one ,s completely mad. Off n c n v fii,ls ,ro**®v*an(*a coup,e U lIVIIJ giraffos short of a safari park OP THE The stars of the domo are a cou- monte p*e°*°s,r'c es- w °s,rutup and down to some heavy rock, before giving way to the essential Beavis and Butthead section Then it's back to the ostriches, who are joined by a few of their friends for a digitised animation loop that accompanies the credits Available from. - Freestyle PD. 108 Wodilsirle Way. Slwirt Heath. Willenhall.
West Midlands WV12 5NH Tel: 01922 710985. Price: £1.50 including P + R A REQUEST Do you remember when you used to have to press the mouse button to move onto the next part of a demo? It's seems to have gone out of fashion now, but it was a good way of skipping the boring bits and savouring your favourite effects.
It's frustrating to see some really good visuals pop up, and then disappear seconds later. I hereby request a return to that system. Please?
Roots is a one-disk demo that's packed with just my kind of stuff. We could fill a couple of pages with pictures from it.
But unfortunately we don't have room for that1 There are the super-smooth morphing tile patterns that spin in and out of the screen, the brilliant Rescue on Fractalus-style landscapes, impressionist paintings. 3D morphing vector dots, weird chunky animations and more besides You even get an excitable soundtrack with swearword samples - brilliant! Not to be missed by fans of demos and visual psychedelia.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath.
Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel 01922 710985. Price £150 including P*P ALONE AGA demo M il • w A * A. T There's a bloke, right, and he's smoking a ciggie It goes on for about 20 seconds in stylised digitised video. Is it crap, or is it art? Or is it crap art?
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH Tel 01922 710985 Price £1 50 including P+P Heath. Willenhall.
ROM ISSUE 2 diskmag rum REMARKS sea*r If you're one of those people on the scene’ when it comes to demos, you'll go for this diskmag. As it's all about the gossip that goes on between the various demo groups.
To anyone else, it will make no sense at all.
But for a potted view of the current demo scene, it would be hard to beat. The writing is well up to scratch, and it's got a neat front end.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath. Willenhall.
West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel: 01922 710985 Price: £1.50 including P+R ZAXXON game Bignonia do pixel-perfect conversions of old Commodore 64 games. Zaxxon is their latest release, and it's well up to their usual standards. For those who don't remember. Zaxxon is a right-to-left scrolling shoot 'em up with an isometric 3D viewpoint There are two versions on the disk, one for 512K Amigas. And another for Amigas with 1Mb or more. Within each of these versions, you also get two options, original C64 graphics, or enhanced Amiga graphics. The C64 graphics are very simple and chunky, and the Amiga
graphics aren’t much belter! Even so. If you liked the original, then this will keep you happy for a while, and it takes up hardly any room on a hard drive Good fun.
Available from 17 Bit Software. 1 st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street. Wakefield.
West Yorks WF1 1DH Disk no. 3518 Price £1 plus 50p P+P BLUES SYMPHONIES music disk Nine tracks are spread across two disks for this music compilation.
Production quality is very high throughout, with the styles encompassing just about the entire 'non-techno' side of Amiga demo music. Within the tinkly, organ-plink-plonked format, there are examples of reggae, funk, jazz and the odd one or two that sound like home keyboard presets. I'm trying not to let it show that I didn't actually like any of them - I'm not doing very well am I? If you think there should be more to Amiga music than raging techno beats, then get yourself a copy.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath.
Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel: 01922 710985.
Price: £2.50 including P+R THE LOST PRINCE The other half of this disk is a scene magazine, which features a report on the recent Party 94 gathering among other bits and pieces.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath, Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel: 01922 710985.
Price: C1 50 including PREY AGA demo Each time I dip into this month's PD selection, I seem to pull out a cracking demo! Prey kicks off with a spooky voxel landscape, followed by some mutating slime. Once the decent Euro-techno soundtrack kicks in, we’re treated to some extremely smooth ripple effects, tunnels and video feedback. You want more? How about the plasma, or the alternative tunnel routine?
Available from: 17 Bit Software, 1st Floor Offices. 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorks WF1 1DH.
Disk no. 3518. Price: £2 plus 50p P+P A PACK OF FUN 13 demo compilation diskmag The best thing about demo compilations is that the demos have to be very small in order to get them all onto one disk. This usually means that the visual effects are of the less memory-intensive kind, so you don't get long loading times and short animations. Instead, it's all real- time-calculated plasma, zooms, voxel and fractal effects, which are really the best parts of most demos if you ask me. Unfortunately there isn’t usually room for any decent sound samples, so the music tends to be 'chip' generated -
the stuff that sounds like a chorus of stylophones.
The demos here are from Stellar, Polka Brothers, Complex. Passion and Fresh Prince, and most of them have something special on offer.
Brothers. Twisted slaps you round the face with a moist haddock stuffed full of smart new effects.
What have we got then? Well there’s the cartoon part, the simulated video wall that spews out a stream of random colours, the copperlist plasma- style patterns, a storming tunnel (on a par with those in Super Stardust), the 3D vector zooms and patterns. And loads of digitised animations. Although it comes on four disks, there's hardly any waiting time while it loads the sections. Tops.
Available from: 17 Bit Software.
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Andre Digard looks at the best in applications, educational and utility disks.
VARIETIES %OFPD Public Domain Software that can be shared and copied free of charge Freeware Can be copied and shared as long as no profit is made.
Shareware Like freeware but you must ’buy’ the software for CIO or something similar Licenseware You cannot copy the software and all profits go to author.
C+ + , which is a more up-to-date Object-orientated programming language. GNU C is powerful enough to incorporate both of these languages without compromising the functionality of either You need to be prepared to get your hands filthy if you want to get the best from this C implementation. Assuming that you are willing to do so, there's a lot here to make it worth the effort. With the exception of an editor, there’s just about every tool imaginable.
There’s a distinct lack of example programs files to be compiled.
Here’s one to break your floor when it drops through the letterbox. GNU C comes on ten disks. If that wasn’t enough, the ten disks are full of compressed files. The full installation takes up a whopping 16Mb of hard disk space. The actual programs and files are pretty special too. For instance, there's even a whole load of Unix utilities mixed in amongst this lot.
What does it all do? Well, for a long time now C has been the language of choice for professional programmers C also has a bigger, bnghter brother in the form of Utilities GNU C, C++ AND OBJECTIVE C 2.6.3 c and C++ language compiler which is not very instruclive to anyone new to programming. So this program is only really ol use to those who already know what they are doing There is. However.
4 5Mb of AmigaGuide instruction files which've been written by people who know what they’re talking about, but unfortunately aren't very good at getting the information across in a novice-friendly way. If you already have a reasonable knowledge of C you should get along fine though. If not you are probably better off with DICE C. This compiler is the next best thing to SAS C. I wouldn’t want to use it for a commercial project unless funds were really tight, but for anyone who doesn’t want to splash out Cl 79 on SAS C it might be just the job. OK maybe it could have been a lot more user
friendly, but there are more include’ files than you could possibly use. A truck load of Unix utilities and even a special manual browser. If you’re a C or C+ + programmer you owe it to yourself to check it out. But remember that you'll need 16Mb of hard disk space, at least 4Mb of memory and Workbench 2 + .
Available from: Pieces of Eight.
24 Deeping Close. Weston.
Southampton S019 9QA.
Tel: 01703 432955.
Price: C10 plus £3.50 P+P It’s not too often that a really useful utility disk appears Most are a real mixed bag Enter Scribble Utilities 16. However, one of the best collections we've seen in months SCRIBBLE UTILITIES 16 workbench 2+ utilities There’s EdWord 5. A really neat text editor. It doesn't have a spell-checker. But has excellent facilities for programmers, such as the ability to capitalise keywords. Then there’s Virus ZII.
Quite possibly the best virus killer available for the Amiga. There’s also Invoice, a none-too-special business program. Dialling Codes will tell you the corresponding region for any British dialling code, and it can also handle some international codes. In addition, there are some useful libraries for maths coprocessors and a couple of sus- picious-looking Workbench hacks.
What really stands out though is a little utility called CacheFont.
Which is absolutely wonderful. It creates a list of all the fonts in your Fonts: directory and keep the list in memory. It might not sound too useful until you remember just how long it takes programs like Dpaint to fetch even a small list of fonts. This is a perfectly respectable little disk. It won't change your life but it will make it a whole lot easier.
Available from: Scribble PD, 2 Hillside Cottages, Burstall, Suffolk IP8 3DY. Tel: 0473 652588. Price: £1 plus 75p P+P per order.
COMMS GUIDE VERSION 2 Comms Guide is a text and graphical guide to Comms. Modems and the Internet, designed to explain the whole thing to anyone who wants to get involved. Comms Guide VI didn't get a very warm reception when it was first released, but now it's been completely revamped for Version 2 and it’s looking good. It is much more user friendly - there are now lots of example pictures, accompanied by easy-to-read text and hot- link keys for easy access around the system Available from Paul Moore. 62 Braeside Avenue. Milngavie.
Glasgow G62 6NN.
Scotland. Price: £1.00 plus 50p P8P ACCOUNT'ABILITY 2 accounting system If you need a simple accounts system, without all the complications of a big spreadsheet, then Accountability fits the bill perfectly. All you do is input your incomings and your outgoings and you’re sorted Account ability is a sensible little program.
It automatically assumes the date of the transaction is the day you enter it (though this can be easily changed). In addition it has a little pop up calculator which is very handy indeed.
It also has a basic graphing facility to give you a good pictorial representation of what has gone on The demo version reviewed here is limited to running two accounts and 30 entries. The full version can handle five accounts and 1.200 entries and comes with tons of other software, ranging from accounts to games All is not rosy in the garden sadly and there are a couple of disappointments. Firstly the windows in the program cannot be moved, so if you create a graph or use the calculator you can t move them to see what is underneath them. Secondly there is no VAT option anywhere in sight,
not even on the calculator. Apart from those problems, it’s a fine little system especially if you are after something easy to use Available from: Jack Pritchard. 5 Parklands Close. Gosport. Hampshire P012 4XJ.
Price £1.50 including P + P for the demo version or £12 including P+P for the full version with extra software package.
Hi DB 2.3 database and other utilities The title program. DB 2 3. Is a simple database program. It s extraordinarily easy to use. The options are simple yet reasonably powerful There are some wonderful aspects lurking under the covers too. Like an Arexx port It uses the Amiga Clipboard so you can cut from it and paste to other programs, there’s a modem dialler for comms users and plenty of other neat little features A DB2.3 sbowmg«fcat nin.but So what’s the catch Well, unfortunately it is not as good to set up as it could have been. The reason for this hullabaloo is that to define a
database of your own you must create something called an RFF file. It means going into the Shell and almost programming the database It’s a big flaw in what is otherwise a good utility If you are quite happy with Shell and simple programming, this may not be a major problem In contrast, the other bits on this disk are quite fun. There's DoAIIData.
A little icon which sits on your Workbench and when you drop a file onto it, it 'does' the file. In other words, if you drop a picture onto it. DoAIIData will display the picture The same goes for sound files. LHA archives and many others.
Then there’s BootPic. Which displays the picture of your choice while your Amiga is booting. Lastly there's Backpack, a collection of Workbench backdrops and a high resolution mouse pointer It's almost worth getting the disk for this alone Most of the backdrops are a bit cheesy but there’s one called Letters which is an absolute beauty Available from: Saddle Tramps PD, 1 Lower Mill Close. Goldthorpe. South Yorkshire S63 9BY Telephone: 01709 888127. Price: 95p plus 50p P+P COLOUR IV1ATHS educational Ah, another educational disk which means I have to turn the house over to those little darling
nephews.
Grrrrrrr. Colour Maths is a simple idea that works quite well The sprogs are ~ 1 ji~[j -I presented with several colour-by- r'7 «•» 1 « numbers screens ¦i . WiV -t -1 Each bil of Ihe screen to be
- coloured in has either some dots in it or a maths problem It’s
definitely a parental supervision kind of program.
A Caiur Haiti, caaid tth ti tkt pfojiam to but one that has the advantage of M| nar Ml III 1 ttan’ being wr;uen 0y a Sch0ol headmaster who had plenty of opportunity to test it. The screens are plain at first, becoming a hot of colour pretty quick- ly There are plenty of screens to be coloured in. And it covers all the basic maths skills.
However, there were three worries. The first is a niggling one but important where small children are involved. You have to click on the numbers themselves rather than anywhere in their block. It frustrated the hell out of the sample four year old. Who has enough problems with the mouse as it is. The second is sticky fingers on the screen The third is the most worrying of the lot. My eleven year old nephew got really stuck on some screens. It was his education that was the problem not his intelligence.
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DIRECTORY OPUS 116 It was (he kind of cover disk that goes
down in the annals of history. In years to come old men will
sit in bars saying 'I remember the day when CU Amiga Magazine
put Directory Opus on its cover disk - those were the days.”
But for now you'll have to make do with Andy Leaning's
tutorial.
Issue 27 March 1995 VIDEO IDEAS 120 » Special effects is the theme of part 1 of this exciting new video series. This is a wedding video-free zone, dedicated to exploring fun. Original and effective production techniques.
CONVERSIONS 122 Did you know you can use cheap, high specification PC monitors with your Amiga? Andre Digard shows you how.
SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 123 • It’s no wonder the shops sell out of CU Amiga Magazine so quickly! Make sure you don't miss out with our top subscription offer.
PROCALC 125 • Andy Leaning continues his ProCalc tutorial. This month it's all about functions.
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COMIC SETTER 128 If you liked ComicSetter you’ll love Peter Lee's tutorial. This month he shows you how to make new comics and scenes by adapting the clip art we’ve supplied over the last few months COMMON QUESTIONS 137 • Accelerators are the subject of this month's frequently asked questions, as answered by the all-knowing John Kennedy MASTERCLASS 144 A RADical approach to cutting down the amount of disk swops you have to make with some applications is offered in this month's Masterclass.
SOUND LAB 140 • The mysteries of MIDI are explained this month, as John Kennedy takes a guest starring role in the Sound Lab.
If you've got one of CU Amiga Magazine's recent cover disks then this is the place to be.
We've got in- depth tutorials to help you get the most out of ProCalc, Directory Opus, X-CAD and more.
These pages are just oozing with tips, tricks and facts to help you exploit and get the most from your Amiga.
There's also Tony Horgan's Sound Lab (by John Kennedy this month) with an introduction to MIDI recording, a guide to hooking up your Amiga to PC monitors, and a bundle of technical problems solved in the ever-popular Q+A section.
Directory Opus nOur in-depth tutorial to last issue's Directory Opus 4 cover disk gets underway as Andy Leaning looks at configuring the program, hard drive installation and more.
MISSING BUTTONS In last month's tutorial we showed how to use the major functions of Directory Opus, such as copying and deleting files, creating directories and so on However, due to space limitations we weren't able to cover all the buttons.
The Comment button allows you to add a descnptive text to files.
Highlighting a file name and clicking on the Comment' buttons allows you to enter this comment. To see the description text for a file, use the scroll bar beneath the file listing window. Scroll past the creation date, and you'll then find the comment The question mark, ’EFCIQ’ buttons at the bottom right of the main screen call up the Help, DOS error code analysis. File filter, and Configure options respectively The T button allows you to iconify Dopus. Ie return to the main Workbench screen, with the program shown only as a small window. Click once over this window with the right mouse
button to reactivate Opus. 'Q' quits the program.
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is a veiy powerful file manage- m & V mem system. One of its
strongest aspects is its configurability. You can easily change
it to suit your exact requirements For example, my version of
Directory Opus automatically compresses and decompresses DMS
archive files at the touch of a button. This makes it very
easy for me to test and check our cover disks.
I've also doctored it to automatically call up the Work: partition of the hard drive in the left hand window and the RAM: disk in the right hand window as soon as it loads.
New file types have been added so it can decompress ZIP files. I've also created a massive set of Arexx macros to interact with other programs and carry out repetitive tasks This is all possible thanks to the program’s powerful configuration capabilities. Dopus can also be changed in far more subtle ways.
For instance, to change the default paths for the source and destination windows, click on the 'Configure' option under the 'Project' menu. All being well you'll now see a window with a column of buttons down the left hand side.
Each button allows you to change a particular aspect of the program.
You could change the action of the main buttons, or the result of double clicking on a file. Then again, you might want to alter the colours and site of the various gadgets.
Change In our case we want to change the default paths (the two drives or directories that automatically appear when you first load Opus), so click on the System’ button.
The window will now change to display a different set of choices.
Click on 'Startup' and you'll see. In the right hand side of the window, various settings that determine which directories and Arexx macros Dopus will read and execute upon loading up. This is how the whole configuration system works. Click on the button to determine which aspect of the program you want to change, and select subsequent buttons accordingly. Each button narrows down the available choices.
We are now presented with two lines showing the current startup directories. Selecting the magnifying glass icon will allow us to chose the directory with a standard Amiga requester A quicker way is to type in the path. Enter 'DFO:' on the keyboard and press 'Return' In the bottom left of the screen you'll see a button labelled ‘Okay' - click on this. If you weren't happy with your choice click on 'Cancel'. The buttons will now change to their status prior to when we clicked on ’System'. To permanently save our changes click on ‘Save’ and then 'Okay'.
Quit Dopus and reload it.
Assuming you followed the previous instructions, the left hand window will now show the contents of DFO: rather than trying to read the hard drive Try experimenting by making some more changes. Next month we’ll look at datatypes, hopefully buttons and some of the other configuration options in more detail. We’ll also have a little Dopus surprise from the author of the program on the cover disk. Plus, we hope to have a full review of the new version of Dopus. All this and more in the March issue of CU Amiga Magazine ¦ TROUBLE SHOOTING Over the last few months CU Amiga Magazine has fea
tured some outstanding cover disks - ProCalc, X-CAD, ComicSetter, NyperCache and most recently Dopus. We hope you were able to get the most out of them. If however you experienced any problems you might find the following tips helpful.
~ HYPERCHACHE as normal, using Workbench disk Then load ihe Shell' (found in Ihe System drawer). And replace Ihe Workbench disk with your INSTALLING ONTO A HARD DRIVE Installing Dopus on your hard drive is remarkably simple It's made even easier because we don’t need to faff around much with the Shell. Instead we can use Dopus itself Follow the simple instructions below and before you know it the program will be happily sitting on your hard drive. Once you've done that, you'll start to appreciate how much easier it is to use Dopus than Workbench and the Shell.
1. Load Dopus as normal.
2. Click once on the right hand window and click on the button
labelled 'DFO:' in the bottom left of the screen.
3. Assign the left window to the directory on your hard drive
where want to put the Dopus program. You can do this by
clicking once on the line labelled Vvork:' shown in the
picture above, and typing in the path. We recommend you type
in ‘Work:’ or whatever your hard drive is called 4 Click on
the ‘Makedir’ button to create a drawer directory with a name
of DOPUS’ and then double click on this directory
5. Now copy the contents of the Dopus disk to the directory you
just created - highlight all the files in the right window and
click on the Copy’ button
6. Change the left window to ’SYS:libs' and the right window to
’DF0:Libs 7: In the right window click once on the file
'DOPUS.library’ and select the button labelled 'Copy'.
8. Quit the program and run the Shell.
9 Type in ‘ECHO "ASSIGN DOPUS: WORK:DOPUS” » sy s:s user-startup’ and press return. Type in everything within the single quotes, including the double quotes. This will add an ASSIGN to your 'user-startup' sequence.
Now reboot your Amiga, load last month's excellent cover disk from the icon on your hard drive and give yourself a good round of applause You've just installed Dopus.
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program type in "HyperCache -v DFO’’ in the Shell.
If you want to cache the hard drive typo Ihe above lines in but change “DFO" to "HDO” or the name of your hard drive You can also cache a CD-ROM drive by changing the reference of 'DFO' to 'CDO'.
Or than name of Ihe CD drive.
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forget to change DFO to HDO for a hard drive Note If you're
running this on an A1200. A4000 or any other accelerated Amiga,
change all references of HyperCache' to DIRECTORY OPUS A few
people had problems with the default startup paths. On
loading Directory Opus the program will try to bring up the
contents of the hard drive If you don't have a hard drive,
click on ’Cancel' when the requester appears.
Now click on the button labelled ’DFO:’ in the bottom left hand corner of the screen This will tell the program to look at the floppy disk from now on. If you wish to change Directory Opus to do this for you each jop -y;j Breed 3D, Worms, :s Galore, King Pin, All-Terrain Racing, kidmarks 2, Akira, Skeleton Krew A football weekend for two anywhere in Europe!
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Video Ideas SPECIAL EFFECTS Of you've ever wanted to make your own version of Star Trek. Doctor Who or Red Dwarf, there's never been a better time. With prices of camcorders, genlocks, digitisers and graphics software dropping to all time lows, you don't need to be filthy rich to have a go. Most of the special effects and tricks in this tutorial will only need a modest home video setup, consisting of your Amiga, a video digitiser. A camcorder and a genlock. Take a look at the "What you'll need" panel for more information on the kit.
The effects covered are designed to be added to video footage with a genlock. Using your Amiga to generate special effects is often a lot easier than actually mocking up the effects for real when you're filming. How else could you blow up your own house, or explode your mate's head with a photon torpedo?
Anti-Aliasing If you want your computer generated effects to be convincing, you’ll need to get them to blend into the video without looking like something you've added over the top. This involves antialiasing. Anti-aliasing is when you smooth the edges of your graphics by subtly fading the borders into the background colour.
Let's say that you've got a scene you shot on a beach, with the sea as a backdrop You then go home, load up Dpaint, and start creating the special effects to lay over the top. Dpaint will boot up with a black background but, as we all know, this will be transparent when you connect it to a genlock, so it makes no difference what colour it is, right? Well it does in this case, because if you use anti-aliasing with a black screen, all of your graphics will develop a thin black edge around them. When this is overlaid on your footage from the beach, the black edges will have the adverse effect
of making the graphics look even more detached from the sea and sky-coloured background of the video The answer is either not to use anti-aliasing at all. Or to change the background screen within Dpaint to the same colour as the background on the video tape. The exploding house sequence below is an example of what can happen when anti-aliasing is not used properlyl Wipes and Fades Generating your own wipe and tade effects can add an original angle to your productions.
Simple animations can be created with Dpaint or Bnttiance and used to cut between different scenes Select a 2 colour overscanned screen mode, and a black and white palette, with black as the foreground and white as the background What you'll need Not all of these items are essential, but obviously the rror«- . .*? Got the more scope you Amiga the A1200 and A4000 are favourites here for their superior graphics and speed, but earlier Amigas are still very capable machines.
Animation software Deluxe Paint and Brilliance are both recommended. Check ads in this magazine for the best price.
Camcorder - this is essential if you want to record your own footage Genlock - a genlock lets you mix your computer graphics and video together in a special way. Instead of just performing a fade between two pictures, a genlock overlays the graphics on the video picture. The video picture shows through the parts of the graphics that are drawn in the transparent "background" colour Video digitiser this will let you grab still frames or animations into the computer for manipulation with your graphics and animation software. Prices start at £129.95 for the ProGrab24 (rated at 86% in the
January 95 issue of CU Amiga) VCR a VHS video recorder will allow you to record the resultant mix of your video footage and computer graphics. Remember, a camcorder cannot playback and record simultaneously Chromakey - while a genlock will overlay graphics onto a video picture, a chromakey can put parts of a video picture on top of computer graphics (or any other video signal).
Blow your house up Ah. The old "house blowing up" trick. If your special home edition of Dr Who is turning out to be more like an episode of Coronation Street, try this classic attention grabber In frame number one. We see the house. Perhaps someone has just entered it. Or more likely, someone has just come bolting out of the front door.
Rather than try to be too ambitious, and have all of the windows blowing out with flames and smoke (which would be very difficult to do). I’ve opted for a simpler illusion. The explosion animation is actually 10 frames in length (edited down here to fit on the page). The explosion fireball was grabbed from a single frame of video recorded from the TV. The fireball was cut out of the grab, and saved as a brush using Dpaint. With the help of Dpaints Move requester, the fireball was then expanded, and slightly twisted through 10 frames. Some pixelisation can occur when expanding graphics to
this degree, but this can be corrected using Dpaints Smear. Blend and Smooth modes to iron out the jagged edges If the animation is played back fast enough, and a quick cut to another shot is used directly after the explosion reaches its peak, this can be a very effective trick.
Computer pyrotechnics aren't just limned to blowing up houses. In this sequence. Ex-CU Amiga Magazine Games Editor Tony Dillon finds his head bursting into flames Spontaneous Combustion Using a similar technique to the previous example, a freeze frame of the video tape is grabbed into the Amiga, and used as the basis for the flaming head animation, which was created in Brilliance. Okay, so it s not exactly Star Wars quality, but that's only down to my own lack of artistic talent!
In scenes like this, it's important to use a fixed camera position for the whole shot If you jumped from the video footage to the digitised animation sequence in the middle of a left-to- nght pan for example, the cut would be very obvious, as the background would suddenly stop dead in its tracks You should also pay attention to any movement that might occur in the bee* ground. If this was to be used in a proper production, the presence of Andy Leaning in the background could have been a problem, as he would no-doubt have been moving slightly during the video footage, before freezing up
during the animation sequence. Then again, he looks like he‘s just keeled over and passed out anyway, so maybe we could get away with this one.
To create the effect of cutting from a black screen to a video picture, start by filling the first animation frame completely with black Now you can gradually remove all the black in subsequent frames, in hundreds of different ways When this animation is overlaid onto video with a genlock, the video picture will be revealed as the black part of the graphics is removed. Try using using different techniques, such as rubbing out areas by hand, or create a sequence of tiled fill effects that uses progressively less of the foreground colour. These wipes can be used to bridge the gap between
screens of credits or titles and the video footage. Alternatively, you can use them as effects between two scenes.
PC CONVERSIONS Monitors If a decent monitor is what you really need then Andre Digard has some good advice.
Ony time I open a PC magazine the pages always seem to be dripping with bargains - the sort of hardware I want is lined up in ad after ad at dirt cheap prices. With the absence of Commodore monitors from the market for nearly a year now the wide variety of PC monitors available is especially attractive, but you do have to know what you are looking for if you’re going to invest in one.
Really matter whether you really understand them or not. You just need to make sure your monitor conforms to them) and have enough persistence to track down a good bargain.
The kind of monitor that is most useful is called a multi-scan. If you have an AGA Amiga, ie an A1200 or A4000. Then this kind of monitor is essential if you want to get the best out of your machine's advanced graphics capabilities.
Other monitors will work but they won't show all the screen resolutions your Amiga is capable of generating.
Everybody Hertz There are two key factors to consider in finding a monitor to suit your Amiga, and they both There are some really important factors to watch out for when buying a PC monitor for your Amiga. Buying the wrong sort can be fatal
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pop up m classified adverts and second hand dealers This list is fat from exhaustive Call your nearest dealer and ask him to check his suppliers for monitors which fit Ihe descnpnon They should be able to fmd quite a few. Though it may lake some effort on their pan relate to technical capabilities of the monitor; its horizontal scan rates and its vertical scan rates. These determine the amount of flicker and the resolutions you can see. The higher the vertical frequency (measured in Hz or Hertz) the less flicker, while the horizontal frequency (measured in Khz or KiloHertz) determines how
high a resolution you will be able to see Lower Amiga resolutions require horizontal scan rates of around 15KHz, whilst higher modes (AGA SVGA) need approximately 30KHz. The most important thing is to make sure that the monitor in question can equal or better your Amiga's output.
An AGA Amiga produces horizontal scan rates of between 15KHz and 30KHz; its vertical scan rate being between 48Hz and 73Hz.
Although monitors which can produce some of the frequencies in this range will work, they won't handle all of the graphics modes your Amiga is capable of. Remember, low res modes are just as important as high res. Especially if you play a lot of games.
However there is no point spending extra on a monitor which has scan rates that are much higher than those your Amiga can output. Try to match the monitor to the machine.
The final problem is connecting the monitor to your Amiga, but thankfully, nothing could be easier, although it does add a little to the cost of your purchase A PC monitor has a narrow input with three rows of pins. In order to connect the wide, two row. 23 pm Amiga RGB cable to it you'll need an adaptor. The most readily available one is from Power Computing and retails at £15.
You can get PC monitors from a variety of sources, including mail order, high street retailers and used or reconditioned machine dealers: Remember. Pcs have usually been supplied complete with monitors for the last few years so there should be no shortage of VGA monitors around. Another source of bargains are monitors which are being deleted from companies’ current lists.
One extra thing to remember is that none of these kind of monitors have speakers so you will need to use an existing Hi-Fi or buy a new set of computer speakers. Check out our round up of speakers starting on page 94 ¦ Don't miss out!
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Accordingly The operators available are equals greater than ’ '. Less than * '. Greater than or equal to less than or equal to ' =’ and finally not equal to ’ ‘.
If you wanted to find which of two cells contained the lower value, you’d use the following If (A1 A2.A1,A2) This uses the 'IF' function to carry out a test, and then respond with one of two alternatives if the answer is TRUE or FALSE. So it asks if cell A1 is bigger than cell A2.
If so return A1. If not A2 To try this out. Enter 20 in A1 and 30 in B1 In cell A3 enter '=if(A1 B1.A1.B1)' and press Return You should now see 30 appear m cell A3 This is because cell A1 (20) is not greater than the number contained in B1 (30) so cell B1 is returned (displayed). If you reverse the contents of A1 and B1. 20 will be displayed in A3.
Try this, and also try changing the greater than symbol with less than and equals to get a feel for how these work Take a look at the screen below left for an example of this. Understanding the concept behind Boolean operators, the difference between functions (try out the SUM function covered previously). Labels and text is vital before we can move on.
Next month, we ll create some useful spreadsheets and show how to use functions ¦ Oy now you should be able to enter data into ProCalc. Edit it. Change formats and create graphs. Now it's time to start using formulas and other types of cell content.
Cells can contain three types of data: fixed numbers (numeric constants). A formula or a label. We've already looked at labels before - they’re just text. Labels can contain any combination of text, numbers or punctuation, but they mustn't start with either an equal sign or a number So you could have Andy 100' or Tony2’ but not '2Tony' or = Smith' The reason for this is that any cell content starting with a number is taken to be a numeric constant.
These are cells that contain nothing but numbers, upon which other calculations are performed. In the process of the calculation they don’t change, although you can change them at any time. Don’t worry If you need to have a cell that starts with a number or equals sign Simply add an apostrophe to the front of the cell contents. This tells ProCalc that the following should be treated as text.
Cell contents starting with an equal sign tell ProCalc that the cell is a formula A formula is a combination of numbers, numeric and Boolean expressions, cell references and functions We ll explain exactly what these mean, as their correct definition is often misunderstood.
Numeric expressions can contain numbers, mathematical symbols. Operators or numeric functions Numbers are obvious (100.
10. 1. Etc) Mathematical symbols are things such as addition,
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functions are combination of these two.
Operators compare two values and return a value of TRUE or FALSE.
Using other functions you can check the returned value and act 2+2 ISN'T 4!
Enter a mathematical expression into a cell and ProCalc will figure out and display the return. Try this jyr KA out by typing in 2+2 in Al. And pressing return The O f B figure 4 Should now appear Now try typing in 2+2*3. Then type in (2+21*3 in another cell. You'll see two different result What's going on? In the first example it multiplies 2 by 3 (resulting in 6) and then adds this to 2. Giving 8. In the second example it first adds 2 and
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X-Cad Designs The last two months have built up your drawing skills, this month Andre Digard covers more advanced techniques.
PRINTING TRICKS AND TIPS yp X-CAD has two frus- 04 trating features for those of us stuck with an ordinary printer; firstly it expects your printer to be able to handle paper as big as the sheets you create, and secondly it will only print properly with a plotter.
Here are the solutions: On Fred Fish disk number 373, available from most good PD suppliers, is a really handy program called “PLT!"
Which makes your printer pretend to be a plotter.
Once you have PLT: in place, you can create sheets in X-CAD up to the size your printer can handle (e.g. most printers are A4 vertical) and use viewports to put the correct dimensioning on your drawings (see tutorial 3 on the opposite page).
If you already have drawings which are created for a paper size too big to fit, turn the drawing into a symbol using the CREATE SYMBOL option. You can then use DRAW SYMBOL SCALE to resize the drawing to fit onto a smaller sheet. Again, use a viewport to make your dimensions the correct size.
Ohe techniques shown in this tutorial should be of use to anyone using X-CAD However, as with all of the previous tutorials. I highly recommend that you follow them on-screen rather than just reading them. Actually doing the tutorial will help you gain a finer understanding of X-CAD and will also show up any pitfalls. The more you use the program, the better your skills will become.
In this tutorial you'll find that the drawing of the house from the first installment is used to demonstrate the functions described. It is just as useful to use any drawings you have created yourself. If you are having problems with a particular function then save your drawing and experiment. Often you'll find the problem is something minor (like my most common one: forgetting to click on NEXT).
TUTORIAL 1 This month we'll start off with something a little abstract: using X-CAD to design and draw signs.
There are all kinds of programs which are better than X-CAD for doing such things, but X-CAD certainly has its advantages, not least of which is that the signs produced should have a very professional look to them.
For this tutorial I've drawn the sort of sign you might expect to find in a hotel. The drawing was produced using RECTANGLES.
CIRCLES. FILLET and then DRAW POLYGON to fill it in. The screen and knobs on the television were left blank by using CHAINLOC from the LOCATION menu (remember to use NEXT between each CHAINLOC). Drawing the TV as shown here should only take a few minutes, and then you can try something sneaky.
One thing you'll find using a design program to produce signs, is that the default lines are all thin.
However. X-CAD has a great little feature which allows you to produce lines of any thickness. The command is hidden away in the EDIT menu and even then it isn’t obvious. It's called CHANGE FONT.
In fact it has nothing to do with fonts of the textual kind - the command won’t even work on X-CAD's own text. The command can be used in several ways so here's a little break down: CHANGE FONT STYLE -X-CAD has 16 different line styles, 0-15.
Try experimenting with them.
WEIGHT - This increases the thickness of a line on screen only.
WIDTH - This is the big one. You enter the width (in current units) of the line. You can then choose to have the line FILLED.
The results from a standard CHANGE FONT can be seen in action in Figures 1 to 4.1 suggest that you use this feature sparingly as it can produce unusual looking drawings. Remember that making a slightly smaller copy of a drawing using MO-COPY SCALE, and then filling it using DRAW POLYGON with the CHAINLOC option is likely to produce far better results.
TUTORIAL 2 Next up is dimensioning. After all.
What is a CAD program without the ability to add the dimensions? For the purpose of showing X-CAD's abilities on this front I have used the isometric drawing from the first tutorial. The DRAW DIMENSION command in X-CAD is probably the most complex feature there is.
Fear not though, it may seem complex but it's quite easy to use as it's yery logical.
The most important thing to do first when drawing dimensions, is to set up a suitable grid size so that points can be placed accurately.
Select DRAW DIMENSION from the DIMENSION menu and you are presented with the staggering popup menu shown in Figure 6.
Thankfully the options are easy enough to get to grips with. Most of it is an amalgamation of the DRAW LABEL and DRAW TEXT commands.
The most important option is TYPE This refers toX-CAD's ability to measure several different sorts of things. The TYPE options are: HORIZONTAL - The distance dimensioned is horizontal only.
VERTICAL - The distance dimensioned is vertical only LINEAR - The distance dimensioned can be at any angle.
ANGULAR - Dimensions the angle between two points from an origin.
DIAMETRIC - Dimensions the diameter of a circle or arc.
RADIAL - Dimensions the radius of a circle or arc.
In the drawing of the house we need to use LINEAR for most of the dimensions as most of the lines are at 30 degrees.
In the figures shown on these pages you might have noticed that the arrows used in the dimensions are all solid. This is done by selecting the DIMPARAMS option followed by ARROWHEAD and FILLED. Try experimenting with different arrowheads to find which suits you best.
Next comes the essential bit: drawing the actual dimension itself. You must click four times when using HORIZONTAL. VERTICAL and LINEAR, each click being as follows:
(i) The point you want to measure from (ii) The point you want to
measure to. (iii) A point which you want the dimensioning
line to pass through, (iv) The point where you want the text
to start. You must click on all four for DIMENSION to work.
Remembering that X-CAD calculates angles anti-clockwise starting from the "three o'clock" position.
ANGULAR dimensions need the following points:
(i) The origin you want the angle measured from, (ii) The point
to be measured from which is most anticlockwise from the
origin, (iii) The point to be measured to which is most
clockwise from the origin.
(iv) A point which the dimensioning line should run through, (v)
The point where the text should start.
All five points must be clicked on for it to work.
DIAMETER dimensioning is done with three clicks:
(i) Select the circle to be dimensioned. (ii) Click on the
point you want the dimensioning line to run through (iii)
Click on the point where you want the text to be If you leave
out the third click, the dimension text will be placed with
the line. RADIAL dimensioning works in the same way as DIAME
TER. And that's dimensioning. All that huge menu for
something that turns out to be really easy.
TUTORIAL 3 Next up comes something a little more esoteric called VIEWPORTS.
Again they're quite simple to understand but the lead up can seem a little daunting. A viewport gets rid of certain problems I II assume for a few moments that you have drawn a floor plan like the one in the X-CAD Tutorial book we gave away with the December issue.
That was drawn with everything in real size ie - the paper size was the same size as a real bathroom, in this case ten metres by ten metres.
Not too many people have printers that big.
So, X-CAD has a handy solution to this problem. What you do is define a sheet that is small enough for your printer to handle and then open a viewport The viewport acts as though the A4 sheet you just defined is actually several times bigger or smaller than it really is. Try this: Assuming that you still have the drawing ol the house as shown earlier (you can use any drawing if you really want to), you might notice some useful things about it. Firstly it's drawn on a reasonable sized piece of paper, in this case A3, and secondly it works very well to assume that it is 1:100 scale.
Make sure you can see the whole picture (ZOOM ALL) Then select a suitable grid, preferably one the same size as that used to create the drawing The tutorial picture was created using a 5mm isometric grid Then Irom the VIEW menu select DEFINE VIEWPORT.
You need to give the viewport a name so.. Click on NAME and then either use the on screen keyboard or type in a name such as FULLSIZE (you can use any name you like).
You don’t have to. But in this case we will enter the required scale Click on SCALE and enter 100 (followed by a space) You can change the units of measurement by clicking on UNITS followed by the type of units you want to use Then comes a fork in the road.
You can either enter the dimensions of the viewport manually or you can do it visually with the mouse To do it manually, click on CUSTOM and enter the size you want the viewport to be This is important It should be in the current units For example, the house shown in Figure 5 is drawn on an A3 sheet which is 420mm in width.
To create a viewport 100 times bigger. The viewport must be 42000mm or 42 metres wide. The origin should normally be set at
0. 0 Then click on ACTION and click on the point where you want
the bottom left hand of the viewport to be.
To use the mouse method, click on ACTION and draw a window around the area you want to work on (in this case the house) X-CAD will then ask you for the ongm I suggest that you just press RETURN as this will set the origin to 0.0. Deselect any grid you have on by using ECHO GRID ALL OFF from the DISPLAY menu. Then use SELECT VIEWPORT Irom the VIEW menu to activate the viewport you have created.
There are several things to take notice of when using a viewport.
Chief among them is that anything you draw belongs to that viewport. If you delete the viewport, you delete whatever you have put in it. Be careful! You should also have noticed that this is the perfect way of working on scale drawings Any dimensions you enter are entered as the viewport’s size, not the size of the sheet. You can have up to 31 viewports, all of different sizes and scales if you so wish. Using LIST VIEWPORT for the sheet you are working on. You can create a viewport as big as your drawing That's it for this tutorial. Take special notice of the Printing Tricks and Tips Happy
designing! ¦ ComicSetter By mutating the clip art we've given away for January's ComicSetter cover disk a whole new world of possibilities is opened up.
Peter Lee demonstrates.
As NTSC screen-sixed images chock-full of different tf PA poses . They're in 16-colour high res mode, which is a 9 bit fla,,v roa"v' becaus« at 6A0 x 256 pixels, the image ratio is more than 200*Vo wider than it is deep (the pixels are not square, but shaped like tall oblongs).
This only becomes a problem when you start rotating brushes clipped from the screen. You can flip horixontally or vertically, but if you rotate the clips, the disproportion has strange effects. You could of course convert the images to low res, then halve their length, but you lose so much detail from what are really crisp and fine images to start with, that there seems little point.
Taking stock of our selection, we've got lots of images of body parts from male models with bulging pecs, some lumpy space costumes.and a few decent sized head shots. Oh, and some really nice, offbeat backgrounds. We'll take these ingredients, mix them with Dpain t and see what develops ... I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The 16 colours used in the clipart are not really good enough for even the barest of effects in Dpaint. So launch the program in high res mode with 32 colours. You can still load the clipart screens into Dpaint, and when asked if you want to change to the format of the image (i.e. 16 colour), click on No, and the picture loads, giving you an extra 16 colours. These extra colours appear as shades of grey, and while you can safely edit them to suit your needs, I left them untouched for this tutorial.
Oou don't have to be lazy to take short cuts - just sensible, which is why we included plenty of clip art with our ComicSetter cover disk. The beauty of it is that you can use any of this clip art with other graphics programs, and this will allow you to manipulate and expand your library.
This month’s tutorial leapfrogs the ComicSetter program - after all.
The free manual was pretty comprehensive, wasn't it? We're focusing on ideas and techniques that use the treasure-trove of images supplied, moulding them to specific needs.
• Tutorial 1 Our first example mimics a schlock-horror movie
poster of the 50s; it uses three clipart images.
ASPECT RATIO The clip-art and Dpainfs Transparency feature.
Oh. And there's a spot of drawing for us to do too - it wouldn't be much fun otherwise.
Load in the Space2 background.
Switch to the spare screen (press key j) and load in the image MALE MED AND CLOSEUP .
Choose whichever of the two faces you like, and cut it out as a brush.
Switch back to the main drawing screen (j again) and place the image at the top right The beams travelling from the eyes use Dpainfs Translucency.
Select white as your drawing colour, and from the Effect Translucency pull-down menu, set Translucency On. Using the freehand filled polygon tool, draw out two long triangular shapes, beginning at the eyes, across to the left of the image (see the first illustration above). When Dpaint fills the triangles, you will be able to see through them to the background beneath.
The object of this x-ray vision is the hapless head, stored in the same file as the helmet we just used. Switch to the spare screen again, and switch off Translucency from the Effect menu. Edit the head image, removing a slice of hair, as in the second illustration.
Using a grey colour, draw around the contours of a skull, and then the gory bit - using reds and pinks, draw the underlying brain tissue (OK, brains are grey, but this is the world of comics, remember!).
Using the Translucency effect again, lighten the top of the head by covering it white a white filled polygon. Remove any translucent fills which may have encroached onto the black background (simply turn off Translucency and fill the areas with black), and cut out the image.
Back to the main screen now, and place the head so the top portion looks as if it, too. Is being struck by the rays we drew earlier. Now it looks as if Zelton is looking right through the person's head.
Next comes the gaudy comic text typical of B-movies. This uses the Outline function of Dpaint.
Write your words, cut them out as a brush, and select a bright foreground colour before pressing the “o'' key to outline them; you can outline as many times as you like in different colours, and in our example I used diminishing shades of grey for a glowing effect.
The finished product should have taken you around 10 minutes thanks to the availability of the images - that's not being lazy, just smart!
• Tutorial 2 In this case a picture speaks a thousand words. Take
a look at the illustration. I loaded in the clip art head
again, and made five different characters from it. By altering
the profile slightly and dyeing the hair, the man can be made
to look younger. Alternatively an aging process can simply be
achieved by the addition of a double chin, moustache and
greying hair - plus a pair of glasses. The native American in
the picture (below left) looks good He was made by adding a
translucent red war-paint effect to his face, blackening his
hair and drawing a feathered head-band.
• Tutorial 3 Another simple combination shows how you can build
up striking tion shows a gymnast; all you have to do to turn
him into a Power Ranger or Superman is to clothe him. As these
super heroes insist on wearing skin-tight Spandex cossies, it's
just a matter of drawing black lines for cuffs to keep his
hands and face from being coloured in, and flood filling the
pink body. You can create your own design for the costume. As
there are several of these semi-naked hulks in the clipart
collection, you can assemble them into action- packed sequences
if you like. A portion of a cityscape background completes the
effect of the Man of Steel flying over Metropolis.
The finishing touches were the whizz-lines showing the path Superman has taken. Comics use this feature a lot, showing arms or legs in past positions. To do this in Dpamt. Cut out the drawing as a brush, outline it in white and draw on screen with it. The black edges will periodically be drawn, and give a tasty speedo effect.
• Tutorial 4 As they stand, the gymnastic drawings aren’t a lot
of use; but dress them up and you're in business.
Here I've taken various body parts
- legs, torso, head and one arm flipped and used twice, to assem
ble Mickey from the film Natural Born Killers. The T-shirt
effect was created using a flood fill of white brush, flip it
vertically (key y), and paint it down so it looks like a
reflection, as in our example The directly onto the torso, with
the muscle contours coloured grey.
The trousers were drawn in two parts, using the freehand filled drawing tool for each leg.
The useful thing about most clip art is that even when you cover it up. It does actually give you the shape and proportion of a body to work with, and these are often the trickiest aspects The shadow, by the way. Was created by cutting out the figure as a brush, pressing key F2 to change to colour mode with grey as the foreground colour, then bending the image from the Brush Rotate Shear pull-down menu.
• Tutorial 5 No clothes here - just a stunning statue effect.
Using the rather weird gymnastic guy. Drawn from the back. I
created something quite mysterious By colouring him grey, and
adding a base composed of small, grey-filled polygons it was
easy to simulate a stone carving.
You can do this to good effect with any of the clip art people. Cutting out the image as a brush, I flipped it horizontally (key x) and pasted it alongside its clone After drawing a disk, the rays were created quickly by Dpaint by using the single pixel brush and the Line tool, drawing with the CTRL key held down
• Tutorial 6 Just look what you can do with two images from the
ComicSetter clip art collection! The background image is from
the BKGDS SPACE1 IMAGE. Once loaded, clip it out as a sombre
liquid effect was achieved by turning on Translucency and using
dark blue as a rectangular fill on the lower half of the
screen.
Then an arm was culled from the MALE MED POSES AND PARTS screen, and flipped vertically to look as if it’s rising from the pool. The arm’s reflection is just another use for Translucency, this time on the flipped image Ripples of light blue were added to reinforce the liquid effect, and text added to convey a message. Again, a few minutes and you have a striking image.
• Tutorial 7 This final onslaught into the clip art bonanza shows
how you can use the great painting effects of Dpaint to create
your own mini cartoon strip. OK, the joke s as old as Terry
Wogan. But you get the drift... The two characters are com
prised of parts from the A Thnt are the tw« charac- tars In in
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MALE MED SPACE SUIT collection, just loaded into a spare Dpamt screen, and pasted into position on the drawing screen I have already ? Ui a caaph • acbaa babbtoi ta tha characim taba* Ml to starr worked out the sequence of the panel, so I can now paint the last two frames; the third one shows the right-hand guy's plasma jet barking into life, and the final one is the punchline. To get the flame effect I streaked reds and yellows with a small brush, and smeared then effect. For the glowing boot, I copied the left guy’s shoe, and drew his toes onto it to show it being exposed by the blast The
smoke and spurts of red are purely cosmetic, as no life-form was injured in the making of this cartoon Moving on to the spare screen, I loaded in another free background (BKGDS INTERIOR-TECH), and split it into panels by drawing an angled white line from top to bottom.
Next I added the speech bubbles by drawing out ovals and editing angled lines towards the mouths. I cut out my cartoon from the spare page, and pasted it down onto the background.
NOTE - to ensure your speech bubbles do not allow the background to show through, fill them with white before typing in your text, that way they will be solid when clipped and copied.
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TONY HORGAN "With a few more pictures of the team, this would be like the start of the Brady Bunch. " PROCALC Plug-in hardware of any kind: scanners, disk drives etc. I am still unable to print a graph produced with your November 1994 ProCalc cover disk. I have a Star LC10 serial printer.
Answers to queries on particular pieces of software.
Music, sampling, MIDI and anything that makes a really loud noise.
Miscellaneous tools to keep your Amiga running smoothly.
AC Mansfield, Stockport Unfortunately you don ’ give much detail as to what you've tried or what happens when you try to print so it’s very difficult to provide any real assistance. However, we covered graphs in the last issue (Feb. '95) and I can only suggest you work your way through this tutorial and try again. If you still encounter problems by all means drop us another line, but please supply more detail next time.
DODGY DISK DRIVE Form-feeds.
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®Four months ago I bought my first computer: the A1200 Combat pack. Since then I've acquired a fair amount of software. All of which runs OK. A few weeks ago. I bought a box with The Chaos Engine, 72.
Cannon Fodder and The Settlers. Only The Settlers disks will load from any of the games. I've also since bought Sensi World of Soccer, which also refuses to load. The software was checked in the shop, and it worked perfectly, but as soon as I try to load the games I get the same problems.
They'll load okay for so long, then the disk drive makes a grinding noise, then nothing at all. The drive light stays on and the screen stays blank.
Thanks for ProCalc and X-CAD Designer, and especially for the tutorials. Beginning hasn’t been easy, but CU Amiga has probably helped the most.
PD, Chesterfield.
There's definitely something up with your disk drive. The most likely cause is a misalignment of the read-write head.
This will mean that the disk drive can’t read the disk very accurately. Your Amiga should be covered by Commodore's on-site maintenance warranty, which means someone should come out to your home and fix your computer for free. Call Commodore on 0628 770088. However, if you desperately need a quick fix, and can t get any satisfaction from Commodore, you could try installing a replacement drive yourself. Power Computing (tel: 0234 273000) do a wide range of internal and external floppy drives, with prices starting from £30.95. NEW AMIGAS?
I bought an Amiga 600HD about 2 years ago, and now it is seriously outdated. I would like to know if and for how long Commodore are going to support the 600 series. Next year I’m going to upgrade my Amiga.
Do you know of any new models that will be coming out in the £400 to £550 price range? If so. Do you know if there will be a trade-in offer available? I have a few other questions I would like to ask:
1. Whenever I type the pound sign I get the hash symbol. I have
tried typing in 'Setmap GB" with no success.
2. Could you tell me where I could purchase the game HATE? It
is extremely old and I can’t find it anywhere..
3. 1 have seen various teletext programs that display teletext
through your Amiga. Could you tell me who they work, and do
you need a teletext TV?
4. Are there any cheats on Frontier for extra money?
5. Are there any programs on the Amiga to create games,
especially PD ones? I've heard of the program called SEUCK but
I understand that you can only create scrolling games. Where
can I get SEUCK. And how much does it cost?
6. I bought a Citizen ABC colour printer in Summer 94, and I
have found its performance brilliant, but every time I switch
off my Amiga, the Citizen print manager settings revert back
to 180x180 dpi, as opposed to 360x360 dpi. Can I avoid this?
7. 1 have an acoustic modem which doesn't dial itself. Could you
tell me where I would finds some software to use it
(preferably PD)?
Please publish this letter as it is the 3rd that I have written. Keep up the good work and producing mind-blowing coverdisks. CU soon!
Samuel Powell, Stoke-on-T rent On the subject of support for your A600, Commodore are unlikely to develop any new products for that machine. As for new Amiga models, the rumoured A1400 (a kind of improved-spec A1200) was confirmed by Commodore in December '94. If and when it appears is anyone's guess. Now for the rest of the questions:
1. Entering "Setmap GB" (without the quotation marks) in your
startup- sequence should work fine.
2. Scan all of the adverts in this and past issues of CU Amiga
Magazine.
3. You won't actually need a teletext TV.
Because the teletext information is encoded in a few "spare " lines of the standard TV signal. This information is stripped out of the signal by the software, and decoded into your Amiga.
4. Go to Lave. Sell everything. Go to the BBS and accept the
woman who wants passage to Leesti. Go to the shipyard and try
to sell your ship in pan exchange. You will be told you can't
sell it. But your account will be credited.
Continue trying to sell your ship until you have enough money.
5. SEUCK last saw the light of day on the coverdisks of CU Amiga
Magazine.
It came free with the January 1994 issue. If you ’re very lucky, you may still be able to get a copy of that issue from our back issues department (tel: 0858
6. You probably haven’t saved the settings. When you set the
resolution you'll see three buttons (one marked with a ’+ ’
symbol, one with the word ‘exit’and one labelled 'okay'). The
*+ ’ will save the settings, whilst ‘okay’ will save them
atulexit. Clicking on 'exit' won't actually save the
settings. These are covered in more detail in the Citizen
manual and there is on-line help for more details.
7. You might try HiSoft (01525 718181) who are selling a super
little comms program called Termite. Failing that your only
other choices are the PD programs Term and Ncomm.
NAUGHTY DISK ® DRIVE My Amiga, thus myself, is in desperate trouble. I own an A1200 which I bought new from a shop. The only thing that has been added to it is a 40 Mb third-party hard drive, which I've never had a problem with. Also connected to it is a BjlOex and a joystick.
However, my internal drive is causing me real problems. When I boot the computer up from the disk, the drive first starts to read the disk, then goes dead. It reads the disk sporadically for a while, then just resorts to spinning at high speed, while the television screen goes bright grey.
Now this would normally indicate to me that the drive is shot, and I should go out an buy a new one.
However, when I boot up using the hard disk, the internal drive seems fine. For example, from Workbench I'll insert a disk and then launch a program, and it’ll work fine. Therefore I am confused as to whether it is the internal drive that has a problem, or if it's something to do with the startup chip (if there is such a thing). If the drive is broken then I can buy another one and fit it myself.
In the meantime, this means that I can't use any programs that have their own startup, which writes off all my games for a start. I really hope that you can help me.
A 66MHz 486 DX2 compare to an accelerated A1200?).
My main uses of the new machine would be 3D modelling and photorealistic rendering of still images (I’m also interested in animation, but that can wait), and would require as professional-looking a result as is possible within the limits of my budget.
Given that I’ll have no more than £2000 to spend, what kind of Amiga hardware (model. RAM. HD size) but it’s unlikely that you ’II find an option that’s as friendly, powerful, cost-efficient and flexible as the Amiga. For about £1000 you shouUI be able to afford an A4000 030 with a 500Mb hard drive.
With your remaining £1000you should be able to increase your 2Mb of RAM to around 8Mb, and add a 24-bit graphics card, and some decent software.
Russell Lawson, Mid Glamorgan.
This could be a number of problems.
Firstly a green screen on startup would normally indicate a problem with the Chip RAM. The disk drive fault maybe one of too much power being drained as the computer starts up. With both the hard drive and the floppy drive using power at the same time. It !v worth calling the on-site repair company and asking them to have a look at your system.
WHICH COMPUTER?
Atici Having exhausted the possibilities of my Atari 520 ST (now eight years old and long past retirement) I am considering buying a new machine, but am bedazzled by the choices on offer. Currently I'm torn between an Amiga, a Mac. And a PC.
But I know very little about any of these systems apart from their basic specifications, from which it is difficult to make comparisons (just how does and software would best suit my needs?
Nick Concamon, Cheshire Take a look at our February 1995 issue, and you ’II find your questions answered in a 5 page Amiga vs Mac vs PC feature.
For a shorter answer, you can rely on the Amiga for all your 3D rendering, animation and general graphics needs.
It's used professionally by many graphics and video production companies.
Thanks to the VideoToaster and Lightwave, it's an industry standard for video production in the USA. Although there is no PAL version of the VideoToaster (it s only available for USA NTSC TV output), you can still use the very powerful Lightwave 3D rendering software on PAL Amiga systems.
There s plenty more to Amiga graphics than Lightwave however. On the 3D rendering front, there’s Imagine and Real 3D. While AdPro. Image FX and Photogenics are also on hand for professional image processing. There are also plenty of aninuitwn packages, digitisers, scanners and 24-bit graphics boards available.
You could take the PC or Mac route, BACK TO BASICS I have been given a book on Amiga Basic, but I can't use it as my Workbench and Extras disks are
2. 5, and they don’t have the Basic program on them. Do you
know how I cm get hold of copies of Workbench and Extras disk
with Basic on? I think they are on 1.2 or 1.3. D Hughes,
Manchester To be honest, Amiga Basic was pretty dire, anti I
really wouldn i bother with it.
A better bet would be to use AMOS, Blitz or HiSoft Basic. AMOS is particularly suited for simple games arul general programs. Blitz is better for pure games (it’s faster) whilst HiSoft is our favourite for serious applications. Best of all. Because Basic is a fairly standard language you shouldn't luive too much trouble adapting the programs in the book to whatever Basic you end up with
- although the graphics and sound commands will probably
change.
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OlDLF1 trtrQili LriCnJLELjpirirtS THE GREATEST BALL BREAKING BEAT EIVI UP EVER AVAILABLE OIXI LIMITED EDITIBM PE CD-ROM - PC CD-ROM ¦ PC SVGA - PC VGA | - ALL AMIGA FORMATS - AMIGA CD3E 1 M ¦ SEGA GAME GEAR |M I RAG Elf m What difference to the computer does the processor make?
An awful lot, and not just speed either.
The first Amigas have a Motorola 68000 fitted, operating at about 14MHz. By today's standards the 68000 is rather on the slow side.
Frequently Questions Go Faster Boards Speed and processor questions answered by John Kennedy.
The Amiga A1200 comes with a more advanced 68020 chip. Not only is the 68020 faster internally, but it also supports maths co-processors.
The Amiga A3000 and A4000 030 have a 68030 fitted, which not only goes faster than the 68020 due to large internal memory caches, but also is available in units which can be clocked at faster speeds. This chip is also common on A1200 expansion boards. The 68030 can also have a maths co-processor fitted.
The 68040 is fitted to the A4000 040. And can be added to the A2000, A3000 and A4000 030 as an upgrade. The 68040 is a very fast chip with two large internal caches, and the full chip has a built-in maths coprocessor and memory management unit. Unfortunately, the 68040 consumes a lot of power and gives off a lot of heat which makes it unsuitable for connecting to an A1200 trapdoor.
The 68060 chip (there is no 68050) is starting to appear, and a few accelerator cards (such as the Cyberstorm) have been sighted. We have been promised that the 68060 is faster, cheaper and cooler-running than the 68040 which is good news all round, and means a card for the A1200 is theoretically possible.
¦ Q Can I change the processor in my Amiga?
¦ A Yes. But in most cases it is more than simply plugging in a new chip - although a 68010 could be fitted in place of a 68000 the increase in performance is only about 5%. Which isn’t worth the hassle.
The A500 was usually upgraded by connecting an entire circuit board in place of the 68000. And all processors up to and including 68040 where available in this form.
An A1200 can be upgraded by fitting a new processor on a card to the trap door expansion, although currently a 50Mhz 68030 is the fastest (see the review of the new Blizzard accelerator on page 91).
The A2000 has a special processor slot and can accept '020, 030 and '040 speed-up boards, and the A3000 can also be upgraded to '040 status.
Both models of the A4000 can also be improved upon, up to a 40Mhz 68040 with local high-speed memory.
What difference does processor speed make?
The 68030 and 68040 are available in several different clock speeds, which determine the rate of the internal operations. A 25Mhz 68030 will work at half the speed of a 50Mhz 68030, however neither will work as fast as a 25Mhz 68040. A 33Mhz 68040 is faster still, and a 40Mhz 68040 is currently the fastest widely available processor.
On a smaller scale, one A1200 memory expansion from Blizzard works extremely quickly because it has a 28Mhz 68020 fitted. This card can give slow 68030’s a run for their money. If you can’t afford a fast (50Mhz) 68030, then the Blizzard makes good economic sense, and you might have enough cash left over for another 4Mb of memory or a CD- ROM drive.
However, there are other factors to take into consideration. The Amiga's internal chipset which handles the graphics and sound still trundles along at it's original speed, no matter what processor you have fitted.
¦ a Do I need a maths co-processor?
¦ A Only if you use maths intensive software. If you are into ray tracing (for example. Imagine or Lightwave) or sound sample manipulation, a maths co-processor will speed up some operations. If the program you are using is available in a specially written maths co-pro version, this will run even faster. The 68881 was the first maths co-processor, but it has been completely superseded by the much improved 68882. Maths co-processors are available in different speeds, although the speed does not necessarily need to match that of the main 680x0 chip. However, connecting a 50Mhz 68882 to a
25Mhz 68030 is a bit of a waste of money. If you run both chips at different speeds you will also need a separate crystal oscillator for both.
¦ a How much memory should I get?
As much as possible. Any Amiga benefits hugely with the addition of so- called "Fast Memory". This is 32 bit wide memory that the processor can access directly without interference from the custom chips. On the A1200.
It attaches to the trapdoor and on the A4000 it fits onto the motherboard or into a Zorro slot.
It is common to fit memory in the form of a 4Mb SIMM, and unless you have a particularly fast accelerator fitted. The speed of the memory (80ns or better) is not important.
On an A4000. A speed increase can be obtained when a 68040 is fitted if a "local bus" memory card is used. For example, the Warp Engine and GVP A4000 accelerators include sockets for memory, and moving the motherboards Simms to this location improves performance. In this case, memory rated at 60ns is recommended for best results.
¦ Q What should I look for in an addon card?
How easy is it to add-on extra memory? If the board comes with 4Mb, is it possible to add more? Is there any extra Simm socket? Or will you need to throw away the memory fitted? If the memory is not in the form of a Simm. Is it possible to add an extra memory card at a later date?
Is there a socket for a maths co-processor?
Is their a socket for a separate crystal oscillator? Is the maths coprocessor socket PLCC (plas- x tic leadless chip carrier) or PGA (pin gate array)? You will need to check on the availability and price of a maths co-processor of suitable shape (PGA or PLCC) if you want to add one.
Is there a battery backed clock on the board? If not. You can add a clock externally to the parallel port although an internally fitting one is neater.
Is it possible to add any other peripherals? Remember, you only have one trapdoor. Some cards have their own expansion ports which allow SCSI2 interfaces to be added - this means adding a CD-ROM drive and other faster hard drives is possible.
Will any memory fitted cause problems with the PCMCIA slot? This can be a problem if you want more than 4Mb of extra memory, and also need to use the PCMCIA port (with a CD- ROM drive for example). Check before buying. I IfesteitJass Tired of swapping disks all the time?
John Kennedy looks at ways of cutting down your wrist exercises and speeding up your Amiga into the bargain.
Ol you have a plain vanilla Amiga 1200.
With no extra disk drives or memory cards attached, then you must be a very patient person.
If you try to run software like a word processor or even a paint program, you'll find that you spend a high proportion of your day simply following the onscreen instructions to remove and insert disks. If you have managed to do this more than once without throwing the computer out of the window, then I suggest you get a job as a telephone help-line operator for Windows users immediately.
If you are like me and don't have the patience of a saint, then you'll most certainly want to know why Reading and writing PC .....s you need to swap so many disks, and what can be done to stop it happening, or at least smooth out the process a bit.
First of all, let's look at why it happens When you understand what is going on. You won't feel so bad about all the hard work your little Amiga is doing in the background.
Please insert volume "Workbench" in any drive When you use your Amiga to do anything other than play games, you need to load up the Workbench This is the "graphical user interface" operating system which all other programs need to operate. As you can imagine, a great deal of data needs to be loaded to enable the Workbench to run properly The list includes fonts (the text which appears on-screen), libraries (special program routines for handling everything from doing sums to drawing images).
AmigaDOS commands (held in the c: directory). Keymaps (to make sure when you type a pound-sign, you get a pound-sign) and Preferences (a record of settings you have made and saved previously).
These are not all "loaded" at this stage in the proceedings, as not all are required until a particular program is started. For example, the maths libraries aren't really needed until a program is started (eg. A ray tracing program) which requires them. However, the Amiga still needs to know where the libraries are so that it can find them when it needs them When the Amiga first boots from the Workbench floppy disk, the paths to the various fonts and libraries are set to their corresponding directories, usually on the same Workbench disk.
You can check them by opening a Shell icon and entenng ASSIGN.
You will see many different settings scroll up the screen, including fonts: and libs: to name two.
When you pop another disk in the drive and click on an icon to start, say. Your favourite word processor, the Amiga loads the program and executes it. One of the first things the word processor will do is try and open some libraries or devices in order to work. Internally, it will contain an instruction like "open the diskfont library" and the Amiga will remember that libraries are in the libs: directory, which is on the original Workbench disk. So you'll need to swap disks. Then the word processor tries to open a file it needs, but because this file is on the word processor disk you'll be
asked to swap disks again. This process can happen many times, depending on the complexity of the program and the number of external files it needs to access.
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5. Workbench: dlskcopy fro® df8: to rad: Insert disk to copy
fro® (SOURCE disk) in device DF0 Insert disk to copy to
(DESTINATION disk) in device RAD “ress RETURN to begin copying
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a loppy disk ta RAD: will o.l, lake a ai.ole a two Reaeaber
that tbe aaly way t* get rid af RAO: is ta switch the Amiga
off-a wan. Reset wil aot clear it Please insert volume "Work"
in any drive One way to speed up the process would be to copy
the program you wish to run onto the Workbench disk. This way
the main program, libraries and fonts would all be on the same
disk, and you wouldn't need to swap anything.
The problem is that the normal Workbench disk is filled to capacity, and so there isn't any room. You could try deleting some files that you are sure you don't need (and we're talking about a copy of the Workbench disk here, so you can always get them back off the original if they are needed) or use some form of compression program to make more room. Note: Never make alterations to your original Workbench disk. Always work with a copy, otherwise you could render your Amiga useless. However even removing files like this is unlikely to get you anywhere unless your application program is
extremely small.
The second way is to obtain another disk dnve. By adding a second floppy disk drive, you can keep your Workbench disk in the internal drive and your application program in the external drive. This will save a lot of swapping and in the long run would be £45 to £60 well spent.
If you have more money to spare, a hard drive is the best solution.
Hard drives are like very high capacity floppy disks, so you can keep your Workbench and application software on it all the time. When you switch the Amiga on. The Workbench automatically loads - and as a hard disk is much, much faster than a floppy it will take only seconds before your computer is ready to use. Disk swaps for most applications will be banished for ever but if you put a bootable disk in the floppy drive it will still load first, so don't worry about not being able to play games or cover disks any more.
The downside is that hard disks are quite expensive, and a sensibly sized drive (200Mb or more) will cost .you at least £200 (although prices of 500Mb 3.5 inch drives have recently fallen drastically if you are willing to try and squeeze a 3.5 inch drive into a 2.5 inch hole: something we'll discuss another time).
RADical action So far all the workable solutions to disk swapping have cost money, which isn’t very useful if you are still broke after buying an Amiga in the first place. Here's a trick that will work if either your application doesn't require a lot of memory, or if you happen to have adcfed some extra memory to your trapdoor expansion.
It makes use of a special type of RAM disk (a fake floppy disk held in memory) called RAD: or "Recoverable Ram Disk”. To the Amiga. RAD: looks exactly like a floppy disk. The only difference is that it lives entirely in memory and is much faster than a floppy. As an A1200 comes with 2Mb of RAM in total, and a RAD: will take about 900K there is just about enough space left to be useful. Of course, if you have added a 4Mb SIMM to a trapdoor card you're really in business.
First of all, you need to mount the RAD: device. The device driver is not on the Workbench disk as supplied by Commodore, and instead lives on the Storage disk in the "Dos Drivers" drawer. When you find it, double click on it to start it working.
You should be able to see the amount of free memory drop, and you now have a disk-sized gap in memory. Put the Workbench disk back into the drive, and open a Shell window.
Then enter: dlskcopy from dfU: to rad: This will make an exact copy of the Workbench disk, including its ability to boot the Amiga. When the copy has finished you'll see an extra disk icon on the Workbench, called something like "Copy of Workbench". Rename it Workbench, and open it up. You should now notice how much faster it is than loading from floppy.
Of course, you aren't limited to copying the Workbench disk into RAD:, but the advantage of doing so is that it makes operations a lot faster. For example, if you now reset your Amiga with the CTRL, Left Amiga. Right Amiga keypress and remove all disks from the drives. The RAD: will boot the computer up much more quickly than from disk. You can then pop your application disk in the drive and try it out.
All being well, and memory permitting. You'll have saved yourself a lot of disk swapping! ¦ Add some MIDI equipment to your setup, and you'll be in audio heaven. John Kennedy leads us through the Pearly Gates.
Soundlab
m. m *----1---- mMoavmo -i vjjijj WORKSHOP Os anyone who has
heard the latest Amiga tracker modules will tell you, a lot
can be achieved with 8 bit internal samples Unfortunately,
there is a limit to the Amiga's hardware: its four channels
can be stretched into 8 or more, but the quality starts to
deteriorate rapidly.
Even adding an external sample replay system like Aura can't solve all the problems, and sooner or later it's time to turn to MIDI.
Using a sequencer program such as the excellent MusicX2, the Amiga can record and replay MIDI information. For example, you can play a piano tune into the sequencer using an external MIDI music keyboard, correct the timing and any bad notes, save it to disk and play it back. MIDI offers a lot more than this though: each MIDI interface has 16 different channels through which note information can be transmitted and received 16 channels of MIDI messages can all use the same piece of cable simultaneously, but each instrument is only set-up to respond to information on a certain channel.
A drum machine might only play sounds when channel 10 is used.
Another tone module might be setup so that it plays a piano on channel 1 and some strings on channel 2 A lot of MIDI equipment is ''multi-timbrar. And a good sound module such as the Korg Or5 W can replay up to 16 different sounds over each MIDI channel The audio outputs from all the instruments must then be piped through a mixing desk (and optional effects such as Reverb and Equalisation) before going to tape.
The equipment is pricey, you'll need about 61000 or more for what many would regard as a professional set-up. But second hand gear is affordable. Even the addition of a single MIDI instrument (a €250 synth or drum machine for example) can vastly improve your musical options.
Knock out some tunes Recording using MIDI equipment is a relatively straightforward process: once you have sussed out how your sequencer works, and how to set the channel information and voices on your synthesisers.
Here’s how you might go about creating a short tune The pictures at the bottom of the page illustrate the process.
1 MusicX 2 is a good choice of MIDI sequencer: it's cheap but pretty powerful. Version 2 adds only a few more features to 1.1, but is still worth getting. When loaded up we have a lot of blank tracks and a metronome to keep us in time We also need to set the tempo at this stage.
2 We'll start off with a bass and snare drum riff After tapping in the rhythm from an external key.
Board or drum machine, the quantise option will help sort out any timing problems.
3 Next, on a totally different track, the high-hat and cymbals can be played. This image shows bne of MusicXs 'features' - the end of track marker (the vertical dashed yellow line) must be just within the end of bar marker or it won't repeat properly. Take off the SNAP TO GRID option and nudge it into place 4 After quantisation, the high- hats sounded a bit too loud, but the MusicX velocity scaler allows them to be fine-tuned.
Adjusting volumes now offers more control than trying to mix everything at playback time.
5 Now some pleasant string sounds can be added Quantisation is important here, but not too much or a lot of information can be lost. I find it's best not to quantise the very start of each note, or if I do I then shift them back or forth ever so slightly to avoid too much of a mechanical sound.
6 I've added a pulse-y bass note using a nearby Novation BassStation (terrific piece of kit, by the way) and now I'm ready to start the song Beginning with another blank track, and with grid size set to max, I can add each of the previously recorded tracks as PLAY SEQUENCES.
MusicX is unique in that it can trigger notes or entire tracks in the same way.
7 Each track can be moved into place, and used as many times as you like Here you can see that the kick and snare pattern starts first, and everything else starts a few bars later. It's also possible to transpose the sequences or double them up for a thicker sound.
8 And here's the finished sequence. Switch off all the tracks except Song' and sit back and enjoy. Now you can adjust the tempo, save it all to disk and get ready to master it to DAT for delivery to your record company.
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BACK Information Hype-way Every year throws up another technology bandwagon that's hijacked by the mass media, and blown out of all proportion by people who don't understand it.
Previously it was VR and then multimedia, and now it's the Internet that’s got everyone foaming at the mouth. According to these self-titled experts, it's going to change our lives. We’ll do everything over the Internet. We'll do all our shopping and socialising and day to day work from computer terminals in our own homes. It s going to replace shops, pubs, the postal service, radio. TV. Clubs, banks, magazines ... we ll even be having sex over the Internet if you believe the hype!
Frankly, this is a load of crap1 We've had modems and bulletin boards for years, but it's only been a small percentage of the most technically-minded computer users that have been interested.
Why should it all change now? This time next year, everyone but the propellor- heads will be bored stiff of it all. And the popular media will have dropped the Internet like a hot potato. Then you'll see its coverage retreat back to the specialist press. The world will have realised that the disappointing reality of cyberpunk culture isn't as they first thought. It’s not a cross between Robocop and Sid Vicious, it's the far more mundane image of a lonely computer freak tapping away on a keyboard at 2am.
Gordon Stamp London N18 Talk is cheap I am writing to you concerning the growing number of software titles that fall into the "talkie" category. This includes Valhalla and most CD-based games, where the programmers for some obscure reason have substituted the spoken word for the more usual written text This is all very well, but why does everyone seem to think that this practice improves the gameplay? I can tell you that it does not.
And I can also tell you why: imagine you are deaf, ok? Now try playing Valhalla. Oh dear.
Terrible isn’t it?
Fortunately. I realised early on that this was an entirely speech-based adventure. I immediately boycotted the program, as I am deaf and have been for ten years. I object to this type of program, as it excludes me. Don’t you think deaf people can play computer games? If I want to be discriminated against. I'll go to my local pub and act stupid. I don't expect to see discrimination in the computer store. Think about it. As that is exactly what this is.
I don't object to all speech or indeed sound.
I‘m definitely pro-sound, but it is bloody annoying that when you have lost your hearing you start to be excluded, and computer games, for me. Have always been an escape. It pains me to be excluded from them The forthcoming Magic Carpet from Bullfrog is apparently going to have loads of speech I'm going to beg people like Peter Molyneux and others to include an option to switch between either spoken word or written text.
THE FAR SIDE Ian Anderson Leicester I'd just like to say ... There's been a lot said, all guess work, about what the new Amigas should be like, in my opinion all of it without vision; so here's what I would like to see ... (cut! - Ed) James Gilfillow Hexham, Northumberland Afraid we'll have to stop you there. We don't have room to reproduce your letter in full, it came on six sheets of A4 paper (written on both sides) and takes this month's prize (nothing) for least environmentally friendly correspondence.
Chat How not to scrounge Please may you send me free Megadrive and a book How are you? Me I am fine.
Musckiwa Lewis Harare, Zimbabwe We are fine thanks. Buy your own Megadrive!
Bag of Sensi I recently bought Sensible World Of Soccer after reading your 96% review. I loved the game s previous incarnations and waited for this version with baited breath. However, after playing it non-stop for a couple of weeks. I have started to wonder whether it is all it has been cracked up to be. For instance, I have just been knocked out of a competition by Derby County 3-0. When I was Manchester United. You would expect more from a Sensi veteran like myself.
The reason for this embarrassing result was that the Sensible boys, to cut down on score- lines. Have made even goalies from the First Division invincible. A better way to keep results realistic would have been to make defenders better, but now they're even worse. You now need two defenders to dispossess a striker: one to bring him down (I?), and a second to kick the ball away.
There's no doubt that SWOS is a great game, but I think the Sensibles have tried to improve the game's realism in the wrong way. If they were to make the defenders have inspired games and not let the goalies save dead-cert goals, then they'd have a real epic game on their hands, Jonathan Robbins Abingdon, Oxfordshire Sound advice I'd just like to say thanks for consistently excellent music coverage in CU Amiga. As music is my main passion. I often scan the rest of the Amiga mags for music features and reviews, and I'm usually disappointed. Half of them seem to think that we musicians want to
know things like the ins and outs of the MIDI file format specification. We couldn't care less! We just want to make good music, not learn to program!
The one suggestion I would like to make, is that you could try covering a bigger variety of Amiga music software, not just concentrating on OctaMED (excellent though it is). It would be brilliant if you could give us the same level of help with say Music X and Bars and Pipes, and Protracker of course, which is probably the most popular of them all. Thanks especially to Tony Horgan for the continual stream of honest reviews and sound advice, and long may it continue! By the way. I'm not the bloke out of 808 State. I've just got the same name!
Graham Massey Crewe DIY PD I am interested in selling PD disks and I was hoping that you might point me in the right direction. For example:
1. How do I obtain PD disks to sell?
2. How do I go about cataloguing the disks on disk?
Your help on this matter would be appreciated.
Phil Hillier Clwyd, Wales
1. You can get PD disks from a number of sources, such as
bulletin boards, direct from any programmers you know, or from
other PD libraries.
2. Keeping a catalogue of these disks is simple. You start with
disk number one, give it a number (let's say 101 so as not to
look like you've got a small collection), and you enter its
details into a database program, or simply make a list of your
disks with a word processor. If you want an auto-booting
catalogue disk, order one from an established library, and
replace the text files and logos with your own. That should
give you a head start. Now, that wasn't too difficult was it?
Comic Comments What a brilliant coverdisk ComicSetter was (CU Amiga Magazine January 1995). "Serious" software is all very well, but I'd much rather use my Amiga to make comics and posters than do home accounts! And with the free manual, it really makes the complete package. I’ll be sending you the results of my hard work pretty soon. Until then, keep up the good work, and don't stop giving away those great full price programs. By the way. Would you prefer my comic when it's finished on disk, or as a print out?
Craig Willis Doncaster We've had a tremendous response to the ComicSetter issue. It looks like being one of our most popular coverdisks ever! We'll print the best reader comics in a future issue. They'll reproduce a lot clearer in the magazine if we have them on disk, but hard copy printouts would also be appreciated. Going by those we've received already, there's a lot of talent out there. Anyone who missed out on the January 1995 issue of CU Amiga Magazine can still get a copy from our back issues department while the limited stocks last. Call them on 0858 468888.
Telly Games I was watching the TV the other day. And they had one of those games you play over the phone - you know, when you shout "North", and someone hidden behind the screen is supposed to move the joystick up. But normally moves it left instead or something, and you have to go round collecting worms and dodging the cactus. I thought, they've probably got a really expensive computer to play that game, but it's still a load of rubbish, probably because it runs in 16 million colours which makes it too slow. Then I thought, why don't I offer them one of my games, written in AMOS? I’ve writ
ten versions of Pacman. Snakes, and Light Cycles. They could ditch the expensive computer and save a lot of money. Do you think my games would be good enough for them?
Ian Muggeridge Bury St Edmonds You do go on a bit don't you. Haven't you heard of the magic of TV, as promoted by Wogan, Edmunds etc? Still, we had a quick show of hands in the office, and agreed that Pacman, Snakes and Light Cycles must be the oldest, simplest and most tedious computer games in history. Based on that, we would say yes, the TV companies would probably jump at the chance of using them.
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GRAPHICS AND VIDEO You've seen how your Amiga can be connected up to almost anything (kitchen sink excluded). Next month we show you how to make the most out of camcorder and video sources. For everyone, from beginner to expert, you'll be amazed with what you can do.
PUBLIC DOMAIN SPECIAL Public domain, shareware, licenceware; whatever you call it you know you're on to a good thing. Every month in CU Amiga we review the best and the cheapest software, utilities and collections available on disk and CD - next month we give you the complete guide to all essential PD. Featuring: GAMES UTILITIES FONT AND GRAPHICS LIBRARIES CD-ROMS AND MORE ... PLUS Directory Opus 5 Octamed 6 Dpaint 5 (if we're lucky) Photogenics 1.1 Modems Printers ... (you get the idea) AMGA 144 1
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money you spent on Shearer paid off, or would you have been
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Alan Dykes thinks so ... O can't do anything these days without hearing 'The Internet’ being mentioned by someone or other. On the street, in pubs and restaurants, on trains and planes, in my own home on the radio and television and. Of course, the national newspapers The Internet' is bandied about like some magical solution to the worlds problems. It casts a spell on the audience and bestows great importance on he who has just mentioned it. It- implies that the speaker is not only up to date with current trends and technology but also has some deep, mystic knowledge which most ol the
population will never, ever grasp.
Let’s get things straight. The Internet cannot hope to solve world famine It can not and will not Improve the lives of the homeless children who are being shot by hired guns on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
You will never be able to contact God on the Internet and it will never prevent a nuclear war In fact if a nudear war actually happened, even a limited one. The whole Internet would become useless as global communication is thrown into electromagnetic turmoil.
Of course the Internet itself, the physical backbone of the system that is, has been designed to survive this eventuality, but you can be sure that BT won't be sending engineers round to your house too quickly And so comms would become once more an abbreviation for sitting around a camp fire in the midst of winter (nuclear) talking about the weather.
Unless we have lost the use of our voices altogether by that stage.
If you stretched the reasoning of some Internet prophets far enough, we could all be communicating online in the not too distant future, making our vocal chords redundant in much the same way as standing up and halting our consumption of grass and shrubs has made the appendix little more than a useless and painful reminder of our past.
Don't get me wrong, the Internet is a brilliant innovation. Anything which allows me to me contact the USA. Australia, Hong Kong or Bognor Regis in moments and then download software, graphics files, text music or whatever I like gets full marks in my book But it has become an 'information superhighway' or 'infobahri in more ways than are immediately obvious from association with these two overused and cliched phrases.
It has sprouted and grown in much the same way as its concrete counterparts, and is as difficult to police effectively. Viruses and hackers (and their effects) could be viewed in the same light as earthquakes and terrorists. But for me the most annoying similarity is with some of the users, not the thing itself There are slow users and fast users People using it for pleasure, profit and theft. People with fast modems and slow modems, with all sorts of different models of computer. And there are show offs.
The people who come up behind you at 1 Oomph on the road, flashing their lights, honking their horns, with their bored out V8 engines, massive egos and unrivalled knowledge of everything on planet earth And they're on the bloody Internet. They've even invented their own language! I'm sorry, but although I use the Internet I do not want to be referred to as an info- naut or cybernaut. I do not surf the world wide web', I surf in the Irish sea. I don't use the 'information super highway'. I'm not breaking any "electronic frontiers'. I'm not part of any digital revolution', and I sure as hell
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It might sound boring but I 'leave messages’ in other people's mail boxes. My Amiga is connected to the rest of the world through a phone socket' and I generally use 'English', though anyone who has seen me typing fast might doubt it.
Go on-line, you won t regret it.
There really is a whole wide world out there to explore, but beware of the road hogs, flash gits, prophets and geniuses along the way Be especially wary of anyone remotely connected with self promotion or profit making via the Internet: those selling server space, bulletin board access, comms packages, modems, hard drives, magazines, their personal knowledge of the mystic 'net etc. You need advice and equipment but don't be forced into anything because it is overhyped and heavily marketed. The basic concept is still simple Vested interests and major corporations have ruined many things in
the name of profit, and while everything is either free or relatively inexpensive now you can be sure that, like satellite and cable TV. It will become expensive in the long term.
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