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CU Amiga Magazine that the UK stores will primarily sell Escom branded Pcs. Including multimedia systems. Escom claim they already produce some 400,000 units (PCs) from their German manufacturing plants. In an exclusive interview Mr Van Tianam went on to say that Escom are also considering moving into telecom- munications, and set-top-box technology. CU Amiga Magazine first heard news of the bid in mid March and it was then reported in the ECTS issue of the games trade magazine CTW. However, when asked to comment on their reported bid Mr Van Tianam would neither confirm nor deny the presence of money on the table and was also unwilling to comment on the the status of the Amiga if they won a bid for it. However, the Amiga's potential as a set-top deliv- ery-box would obviously fit in neatly with Escom’s future plans. I The Amiga would also * provide Escom with a low cost home computer to complement the higher priced PC systems currently sold through its shops David Pleasance, who is jointly heading up a prospective rival management buyout of Commodore's world wide rights, wasn't worried I by the move though, claiming that their bid was I still the most likely to succeed. Either way it is obvious that the Amiga is still in demand, not just by users and dealers, but also by prospective manufacturers NEWS Mac-beating graphics of $ 299.95 but for a limited period Stylus will selling it at an introductory price of $ 199.95. Stylus are also offering an upgrade for users of earlier versions of ProVector, Art Expressions, Professional Draw, Design Works or Aegis Draw, although exact upgrade pricing was still being finalised at press time. CU Amiga Magazine is currently liaising with several UK distributors to arrange UK availability and will bring you full details of UK support, pricing and shipping dates shortly. In the mean time Stylus are on 0101 303 484 7321. ©ne of the best structured drawing programs for the Amiga is to be upgraded. ProVector Version 3 from Stylus Inc will be released shortly.
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Whether you need a printer for DTP, graphics, professional documents or rough program listings, there's something on offer in our round-up of the best ink jet, dot matrix and laser printers. But it's more than just a buyers guide. It's got detailed graphic descriptions of the technology behind the various technologies and advice on which type of printer is best suited to your needs.
• PD Scene 88 An explosion of games has leant this month's PD
Scene a joystick-waggling air, but there's still plenty for
demo junkies too.
PD Utilities 91 Graphic Adventure Creator is hailed as "the best licenseware release ever" in this month's comprehensive guide to the more serious side of the public domain.
Hard drives have never been cheaper and there's never been a better time to fit one to your A600 or A1200. Let's face it, very few Amigas have been sold in the last year, so invalidating the warranty is no longer an issue! We show you how it's done on page
34. It's a lot easier than you might think.
E Which Paint Package? 82 We test the four main paint packages for their ability to produce complete pictures from scratch
- no scanners, digitisers or clip art allowed!
Photogenics 1.1. Deluxe Paint IV AGA. Personal Paint 6.1 and Brilliance 2 go head to head.
AMIGA ¦hmun OctaMED 6 PIUS: clip ait anil utility disk AMIGA AMIGA 106 FULi PROGRAM ProDraw 3 Cover disks Create professional structured artwork with your Amiga.
Baldies 15 Commend an entire race of folliculariy-challenged cuttes in the latest twist on .
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Games PREVIEWS CD32 60 60 62 62 69 50 53 56 56 59 65 66 A f 9y e Brutal - Paws of Fury Cuddly forest animals replace blood and guts In this new beat 'em up.
43 S Player Manager 2 The grand-deddy of management footy sims gets an update.
47 a Fears Could this finally be the Doom clone we've been waiting for?
• Virocop Wipe out the viruses and restore the games arcade to
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48 REVIEWS e Super Skidmarks 2 Car racing gone crazy, with cows and caravans I s Super Loops Taka Plpomanls, changa It a bit. And what hava you got?
S Italia '95 Taka on a top Italian football league teem In e bid for stardom.
S Premier Multi Edit System Editing system for Premier Manager that allows you to customise entire leagues.
• Man United - The Double The best update of the Manchester
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• VFM Award Winners Platinum Edition and Space Hulk get the
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Amiga is dead long live the Amiga. By April 20th the Amiga's
new master should be announced. Will it be Commodore UK who win
the bid. With David Pleasance at the helm? Or will it be an
American distributor, a German PC manufacturer and retailer or
some other outsider? The biggest hope for the Amiga itself has
to lie with the Commodore UK bid. They have the experience and
commitment and they know the market. But no-one really knows
what will happen if it goes to another party. Escom, reported
in this month’s news as a rival bidder, has the retail network
both here in the UK. On continental Europe and in the USA to
put the Amiga or some derivative of it back into the shops
alongside its Pcs, but will it do so? And will it support the
existing user base? With the Amiga out of production for over a
year now it is going to take time and money to get the format
back on track. Whoever wins the bid will have to act quickly
and decisively, for all our sakes.
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Fancy League Results - Month One 126 Results of the first month's games in the Sensible World Of Soccer Fancy Football Laague.
Directory Opus Andy Leaning explains how to give cover disk 100, Directory Opus, artificial intelligence.
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This month we've got something a little special for you. Not only the stonking ProDraw program (worth £200) but also a bladder-busting demo of OctaMED 6.
ProDraw 3 ProDraw is a complete structured drawing package, allowing you to create stunningly detailed pictures. Illustrations, logos and artwork. You can load these pictures into a DTP program for printing or convert them to IFF format for use in any normal graphics program. Even better, unlike with normal Amiga programs, when you resize these images they vyill remain just as good as the original, and won't go all blocky or jaggy. If you print them out (using a DTP program for instancel they will take advantage of the print resolution, getting better and sharper as your printer
Structured drawings work on a different principal to bitmap drawings. Dpaint. Brilliance and other bitmap based programs work by having a screen full of different coloured pixels. Pictures are drawn by changing the colours of the pixels. When the pixels are small, you can’t see the joins, but if they're blown up. The stepped edges become apparent. When you save the picture, every pixel and its colour value is saved.
Structured drawing (sometimes called vector graphics) programs Compatibility This is the full version of ProDraw 3 and works on all Workbench 1.3 and 2.04 systems. However due to bugs in the program, beyond our control, ProDraw does not work on Workbench 3 Amigas - the A1200 and A4000.
OctaMED 6, the exclusive demo, (found on this month's game disk 107) does however work on Workbench 3 systems - have fun.
I Structuied dianing Here we can see a small Bitmap drawing There isn’t much diHerence circle and then the same circle alter its been between bitmap and structured lor the two resiled See how the edges don’t break up as small circles, but look what happens when the ctrde is enlarged. The bit map version is enlarged Feature Overload ProDraw is just overflowing with professional features and capabilities. In fact it’s overloaded with features that both new users and professional graphic artists will find useful.
Amongst the more interesting ones are:
• Text distortion tools
• Wrap text around curves
• Gradient colour fills - radial and linear
• Import Encapsulated Postscript and bitmap graphics.
• Save as Encapsulated Postscript for use with almost every DTP
• Pantone colours for professional colour work
• Utility to convert bitmap pictures to structured drawings and
vice-versa These are all possible with our cover disk. You'll
also find a range of utilities and simple clip art to help you
- all courtesy of your friends at CU Amiga Magazine.
COVERDISKS NULl POINTER TOOL Ceck here to neve or adjnst an existing object Click on the edge of an object.
A set of control points wil now appear, drag these around to change the shape of any object Alternatively click on the edge of an object and drag it to move the entire shape. You can also dick on an object and then doable dick on the Null Pointer tool bringing up a reguester allowing you type ia object positions.
MAGNIFY: This provides a dose up view of yonr work for accurate object editing. Click on the tool Place the crosshairs in the centre ef the area you want magnified and drag the monse out to the edge ef the area. The screen will now npdate showing a blown up view of this area.
PEN TOOL Ceck on this for lines and Berier carves. For lines move the cress baits into the drawing area and cEck once. Now move the cur- sot to another location and click again, a line will appear between the two points. Yon can keep drawing lines aatil Escape is pressed. For Bener corves move the cross hairs to the drawing area, and while holding down the moose button, move the cursor around and release it when Finished A carve will now appear CURVE TOOL: Allows yoa to draw freehand carves. Click oa the tool, move to the drawing area and now press and bold down the left mouse button. Drag it
around - you’ll see a line appear. Once you’re finished drawing release the monse button. The line will now be converted ta a series of Bezier curves which yea can edit to form perfectly smooth carves.
ELLIPSE TOOL For drawing ellipses or circles.
Click once on the drawing area, move the cress hairs away from it and an ellipse wiH appear. Ceck again to draw the ellipse. To constrain the Ellipse to egaai vertical and horizontal radii (creating a circle) bold down the ALT key while moving the ROTATION TOOL Amy guesses what this does?
Select an object. Click oa the rotation tool and with the crosshairs click on either a vertical or horizontal axis. This tells the program which axis the object will be rotated through Move the crosshairs to a different point hold down the left monse button and drag the moase: the object will then bo rotated. Yoa can also route an ohjoct by entering rotation angles in same way as the sizing tool works.
SIZING TOOL With this tool yon can change the sin of existing objects. Click on this and then with the crosshairs that appear click in one corner of an object Now move the crosshairs to a different point (away from the object) and press the moose batten - bat don't release it. As yon move the moase the object sire will change.
Press the moase batten to set the sin. To resize an object more accurately select an object and then double click on the siring tool icon.
DISTORTION TOOL Changes aa object s shape. Select an object A recUngle with control paints on it will appear around the object. Yoa can now drag these points oat to distort the shape of tho object. By holding down the Shift key and moving a corner point the two sides attached will make the sides a straight line. The ALT key makes the distortion vertically symmetrical, and the Control key makes it borizonully symmetrical MIRROR TOOL Imagine drawing a shape and thea holding a minor next to it this is what the Minor tool does. Select the objects yea want mirrored.
Ceck the crosshair cursor on the object - this acts as a centre point of the rotation. Now move the crosshairs to a new point and drag the peiate
- a line will appear indicating the surface of the mirror, it is
a visual gaide only. Drag the crosshairs ia the direction yon
wish to rotate the mirror and release the left moose batten.
On the other hand store only the data lor the shapes that make up the picture, describing them as mathematical formulas. When you expand a ProDraw picture your Amiga looks at the shapes and redraws them at the new resolution, taking advantage of the increased number of pixels. In a bitmap program the pixels are stretched so pictures that looked good suddenly become blocky.
Even if you stretch a ProDraw picture hundreds of times it won't rose any quality - try doing this in Dpaint'. Creating pictures in ProDraw will mean that they always look good, and get better when you show or display them on a high resolution monitor or printer.
Easily adapted It s also easier to change a structured drawing. In Dpaint when you draw a circle it becomes part of the picture - you're just changing the colours of the pixels in the area of the circle. To change the circle size you’ll need to change the colour of the pixels again. A structured drawing program on the other hand holds the picture data as shapes that float on the page - they can be moved and changed at will. To resize a circle just grab the circle and drag it around! If a diagonal line is in the wrong place, dick on it, pick up one end and drag it to a new location
There are other advantages as well. By only saving the mathematical shape data, structured drawing files are much smaller than bitmap IFF files. A black page with a red circle in would be saved as 'draw a page, paint it black. Draw a red circle. 10mm in diameter, in the middle of the page'. Dpaint would have to save every pixel in the page, regardless of the fact that only a small area in the middle was being used.
Over the next few pages you'll find comprehensive details on how to decompress and use this powerful program, and on page 12 you can find out about all the exciting new features in OctaMED
6. Over the coming months we'll also be running a series of
tutorials showing you how to get the most out of ProDraw.
Manic menus Take a look at the panel on the right and try out the various tools. After experimenting them with for a while you should be familiar with the basic tools of ProDraw and will be well on your way to being able to create detailed illustrations and logos.
And ProDraw can do even more.
ProDraw Explained This is the drawing area. Objects (lines, circles, squares and text) are drawn here. To draw an object use the tools on the right hand side. Objects are selected by clicking on the Null Pointer tool and then clicking on the visible edges of objects. To select more than one object hold the Shift key down whilst selecting them or use the Marquee tool and drag a box around the objects.
To delete an object select it and press the Shift and Delete keys at once. You can abort most drawing operations by pressing Escape. You can also force the program to redraw the display at any point by pressing the space bar.
HOOK TOOL Adds extra control points to Bezier carves and other objects - rectangles, circles etc. Select aa object Click on the tool and move the cross hairs to where you want the new control point ta appoar. Press the left monse button. Dragging the mouse instead of releasing it will aOew you U alter the slope of the tangent of the Bezier curve.
CUTTING TOOL Cats Bezier objects into smaller objects.
Select an abject. Pick the cutting tool and cEck oa Ike control point in the Berier where yoa wish to cat the object. Now before releasing the moase button drag tho control point to it’s new location Holding down the ALT key whilst pressing the moase button aRews you ta delete a control point without catting tho carve.
? ProDraw can create stunning graduated fills of different kinds. Here can be seen both linear and radial His in actioa.
Speeding things up Communicating with the world No, ProDraw doesn't have file - this will load into GoldDisk’s Professional Page.
Alternatively you can save the drawing as an Encapsulated Postscript File (EPS) which you'll be able to load into any other good DTP program. To save a drawing as a Clip use the Save option under the Clips menu. For EPS files select Output Postscript under the Project menu.
If you want load your pictures into something like Dpaint you'll need to use another program. ClipMap, for example, which can be found on the second ProDraw disk. To convert your pictures using ClipMap you’ll need to save your ProDraw illustrations as clips.
Structured drawings are made up of mathematically defined shapes. To display these shapes it can often take a few minutes to work out the complex calculations required and as a result you will often find yourself waiting for the program. This is the case with all structured drawing programs, on Macs, Pcs and Amigas. But ProDraw has the answer. You can turn off the full detail coloured display and work with just object outlines, using the full colour mode just to preview and check your work
- making performance much faster. This is how most users work in
ProDraw and other drawing packages. In fact the leading drawing
program on the Mac (Illustrator) has only recently allowed you
to edit pictures in full colour mode, previously forcing you to
work in its 'Artwork' mode.
ProDraw loads with its outline mode 'Wireframe' selected as standard. To view a picture in full detail click on the Wireframe option under the Preferences menu - so there's no tick next to it. To see it in colour click on the Black f» White line under the same menu. By turning these modes on, with a tick, you can make the display update quicker and faster. Working in Wireframe mode has no effect on the picture content, it merely hides the time- consuming detail from view.
Read on to find out more, Here's a further look at some of ProDraw's other features.
It's a wrap!
Under the Special menu You'll find an option called Align Text With Curve. This quite simply allows text to be wrapped around curves
- perfect for creating logos and typographical effects. Create
some text using the Text tool and then create a curve. Select
both objects (using the Null Pointer and Shift key). Now click
on the Align Text to Curve menu and click on OK. You'll now see
the text flowing around the curve.
Fill it If you've created an object you'll undoubtedly want to fill it with bv.mus Bezier curves allow you to draw curves at any angle.
Moving the control points will change the shape of the line. Clicking on a control point and then dragging the tangent line control points allows the angle of the curve to be changed. Understanding this process is vital to working with ProDraw.
Buift.in modem, although if you've got a modem there is a lot of structured clip art you could get hold of from the Internet. If you've created some artwork you'll probably want to use It in a DTP program or another application.
There are several ways to do this. Firstly you can save it as a ProDraw Clip colour or make the border thicker.
This is done from the Attribute menu. Try this out by drawing a circle. Now select the circle and click on the Gradient RII under the Attributes menu. You'll now see a requester allowing you to define a graduated fill (either radial or linear). And alter the colours used and other options. Click on OK and then turn off the Wireframe and black and white display modes under the Preferences menu. You'll now see your circle filled with a graduated tint! Try out the other options under the Attributes menu
- this is fundamental for creating professional artwork.
I object Under the Object menu you’ll find a number of very useful editing functions. The first of these are the Group and UnGroup functions. These allow you to take two or more separate objects and Group them together so they become one. Living in married bliss for ever more, or something... To reverse the action use UnGroup. The Align feature allows you to align several objects so their top, bottom, left or right edges all line up.
Cloned The Clone facility is one of the most powerful functions of ProDraw. With it you can not only copy existing objects, but change the way they are placed on the page. As it copies an object you can also shift it to a new position, scale it. Changing size as it goes and finally rotate it. To try it out highlight an object, select Clone and enter various parameters. You can duplicate the clone operation by pressing the Shift and Tab keys at the same time ¦ Coming Soon!
That's it for ProDraw this month. For now, you could do a lot worse than just playing around with the various tools and options. Learn how to manipulate Bezier curves, and object manipulation in particular. Over the next few months we'll be running in-depth tutorials showing how other parts of the program operate, along with many tips, tricks and hints to get more out of this amazing program. If you have any questions, ideas or work created with ProDraw send them to us (c o Andy Leaning, ProDraw Comer.
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AVAILABLE FOR IBM PC COMPATIBLES AND AMIGA A500 I AI200 107 Preview the amazing new version of the Amiga's best music package, with our exclusive demo on coverdisk 107.
New features I Here's a selection of the new features and improvements of OctaMED 6.
? Multiple commands on each line »Custom screen modes ? 16-bit sample handling ? Loads and saves MIDI files (saving disabled!
? Improved sample editor » Save as executable (disabled) »Enable disable audio channels
* Custom font selection t Arexx port
• Aura and Toccata sampler support Instrument types OctaMED 6
allows you to use a number of different instrument types: Amiga
samples, synthesised Amiga sounds, hybrid Amiga samples and
synth sounds, MIDI instruments.
Aura 12-bit samples and Toccata 16-bit samples.
Obviously you'll need the I Aura or Toccata sampler hardware to use those last two options. Any I combination of these types can be used in the same song. Select the I type by clicking on the Type button from the Main Control panel.
Kit I MIDI loading and saving I Standard MIDI files can be loaded, upon which they are automatically transferred into OctaMED's tracker format. The conversion from MIDI to tracker format can be controlled from the SMF Load Options window, from the MIDI menu. You can assign a command page to each of the MIDI controllers (see Command pages panel for more info). The commercial release version of OctaMED 6 will also allow saving of songs in MIDI file format. You can't use it here however, as all of the save functions are disabled.
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.M CiimhI to lew Frtitt Ckin» JJ Ckirxwl Pmstnrt lloitalatim HkHl M Pitch lend Oetting started: Load the demo module from the disk by selecting Open from the Project menu, then double clicking the PianoNoteslTheme) file which can be found in the MOD drawer Alternatively, try out the MIDI piece. You will need a MIDI instrument connected in order to hear this one We don't have room for full instructions here, but assuming you have some basic knowledge of previous versions of OctaMED (we gave away a complete version of OctaMED A with the July 1994 issue), there should be no trouble getting into
the program. For loading instructions, see page 18. What follows is a guide to some of the most prominent new features.
Sample editor The sample editor can now handle 16 bit samples, and has extra editing features, such as: adjust Y offset, add workspace, overwrite paste, better chord creation, lots of loop controls, a tuning tone, and plenty more. Take a w ». ,.., „,, , ¦ browse through the menus and , experiment. It can also load MAUD. AIFF, WAV, IFF and RAW samples The full version will be able to save these too.
Command pages You can now use more than one command on each line of a track, to define how each sample is played. This is a powerful new feature. For instance, you could play a sample and strobe it on and off with the volume command, whilst pitch bending it to a lower note, and altering the sample offset value simultaneously! No other software gives you this kind of control over your samples and MIDI instruments!
There's no room between the tracks to include more than one command, so each block can be made up of a number of 'command pages Select Block Properties from the Block menu, and you'll see this window. Click in the box labelled Cmd Pages, and enter a number, depending on how many simultaneous commands you want to use. This makes a number of copies of the current block. These copies (command pages) are in fact sub-divisions of the original block. You can cycle through the command pages using the Shift and Tab keys, inserting additional commands on subsequent pages. You'll notice the note
data is carried across from the original, but the commands are not. All command pages are played whenever you play the original block.
Font selection _____ Now you can use bigger fonts for the various displays. Three different fonts can be assigned to the___ general screen, the windows and bOl OOCOO 03000 00000 0-3 »::: £-i t the tracker editor. This is very M2 OOSKI C|3 COOOO f-i (MM 0-3 SCCM I-i t handy, as it frees you from the P® ***} H ~ 5-1 M no - eye-strain of reading tiny letters and numbers, particularly in the Eg s.j s.j r.j g.; JKM h P tracker editor There are no extra E] MOM MOM MM C-i WC10 l-i P fonts on this disk, but you can M tm 1-3 MM C-3 JOOM 0-3 SK33 l-i F*J • use any you may have on
your I* H MOM M3 CHOC MOM 0-3 SKI) l-i "Mil hard drive or other disks. Select Font from the Settings menu to access this feature.
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Management Impressions IBM PC VGA Screenshots r c 1995 Impressions NICE ONE SQUIRREL!
* SCSI I Amiga Format 93% CU Amiga 94% Amiga Shopper 95% JAM **
The best piece oi a • *5' hardware I've ever As you can see,
the Amiga press has gone nuts over our new Squirrel SCSI
interlace tor the A600 A1200. In case you've missed these
reviews, the Squirrel SCSI is a plug-and-play add-on that
allows you to connect up to 7 SCSI penpherals to your Amiga
Just think ot it. CD-ROM, Hard drive.
Scanner, DAT. Optical, SyQuest, Tape Streamer - all on line at the same time! No wonder we named it alter that tamous storage-hungry animal! To go with Squirrel, here are some great value devices.
Bought for my A1200 well done, HiSoft! 99 SuperDouble - int £129, ext £189 SuperTriple • int £189, ext £249 Not all CD-ROM drives are the same Our SuperDouble and SuperTriple drives are fast, modern devices supporting all the SCSI features that you'll need, based on quality units from the world's leading manufacturers of CD-ROM, Sony & Toshiba.
Both drives are cased in extremely stylish enclosures with all SCSI connectors and offer fast access times, stereo headphone sockets with volume control, phono line output.
PhotoCD" multi-session support, CD32 emulation, CD-DA compatibility with the convenience of tray-loaded action. The SuperDouble" CD-ROM drive offers 360Kb sec transfer while the SuperTnpte” attains 510Kb sec. Both far faster than any competitive dnve for the Amiga 90% Amiga Format These are the drives we use tor developing and testing the Squirrel hardware and software - need we say more?
SyQuest Drives SCSI CD-ROM Drives lit 88Mb - int £269, ext £329 270Mb - Int £419, ext £479 Introducing removable SCSI drives for your Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest" mechanisms, these 88Mb and 270Mb units offer transportable, compact, high performance and, above all. Expandable storage for all your computing needs SyQuest is the world leader in this technology across computer platforms which means that you can transfer work between Amiga. Macintosh ’ and PC. With ease We recommend the CrossDOS and CrossMac software packages to simplify portability - call lor pricing. Our drive
prices include 1 free cartridge Hard drives are becoming more and more affordable and we can now offer some tremendous prices on a range of superb quality, Quantum drives in a range of capacities.
These drives offer fast seek times (14ms @ 270Mb, 11ms @ 540 730Mb, 9ms @ 1Gb), large caches and high speed data transfer rates (1.5Mb sec with Squirrel). All units can be supplied for you to fit in your own case or pre-installed in one of our professional Squirrel Storage Cases The Squirrel does not auto-boot external hard disks but you can do this from floppy or from internal IDE hard disk We can supply at leads, larmtnaton we Ptaasa fed free to discuss your exact requirements with our fnandty. Lochncal stall.
Squirrel Storage Systems Twist 2 Twist 2 is the new, friendly, relational database for all Amigas. Twist's range of power features such as its integrated forms designer, its varied 8 multi-level querying, its N:1 1:N & N:M relations coupled with its un-duttered, well-designed user interlace make it ideal for both the first-time and the seasoned database user.
Twist 2 is the only database you will ever need - a product that expands to meet your requirements as they grow. So, before you buy another database, why not take a look at the Twist demo disk?
The latest of our highly acclaimed sound samplers for the A600 A1200 Aura offers high performance 12'16 M quality with drect-to-disk sampling plus a host of software features Octamed 5 04 up compatible 96% Amiga Shopper 90% AUI c I Ordering Information All HiSoft products (see the complete list below) should be available through your tavourite Amiga dealer II you have difficulty in obtaining any title you can order directly from HiSott - lust call us Iree on 0500 223660, by 1 armed with your credit or debit card; we will normally despatch within 4 working days or. Tor an
extra £6. T guaranteed next day delivery (lor goods In stock). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders Al prices include VAT. Export orders can or lax to conSrm pricing and postage costs © 1995 HiSdt. ESOE HISolt products lor your Amiga: Square! SCSI interlace - £69 95. Squirrel Storage Systems as above Aura 12 16 bit sampler - £99 95 Megalosound 8 bit sampler - £34.95. ProMidi interface - £24 95. HiSott Devpac 3.14 - £79.95. HiSolt BASIC 2 ¦ £79 95. IkgtiSpeed Pascal • £99 95. Gamesmim ¦ £99 95, Temxte - £39 95. Twist 2 database £99 95. Maxon Magic - £29 95. Upper Disk Tools
- £14.95. VstaUte me MakePath TerraForm - £39 95 and much more Coming soon: DiskMaglc (disk tools) and Clnema4D.
All our Squirrel Storage Systems come either bare (inf - ready for installation internally within a suitably-equipped Amiga or other computer) or fully-cased (exf) with integral power supply, SCSI in out. SCSI ID selector and audio out (for CD-ROM). The cases we supply are high quality, shielded, snap-together enclosures each with 40W power supply - the back panelof the 5.25' case is shown above These SCSI enclosures are available at £69.95 each (please specify 3.5* or 5.25* when ordenng).
The neat Squirrel SCSI interface « shown on the right The unit simply plugs mto the PCMCIA slot, comes complete with all the software you need together with a cable which terminates in a 50-way Amphenol plug to attach to your first SCSI device.
Afraid of becoming a hedgehog on the Information Super Highway? Donl worry, Termite is so easy to use that even a first time user will feel at home. Yet it has all the power and flexibility to satisfy the most seasoned modem wamorl | Termite is packed with features and comes with 4 superb Button Bar already set up for instant access 8 OX and many BBSs 88% fajga Computin, 95% AUI 88% CU AMIGA Professional game development is made easy with the new Game Smith Development System. Over 3 years n the making, GDS gives you the low level power to create the masterpiece of your dreams in a single,
easy-to-use. Comprehensive environment, using C or assembler. Comes complete with junior versions of Dx» C and Devpac 3. 9o AUI 92% CU AMIGA The Old School, Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE UK Tel: -t-44 (0) 1525 718181 Fax: +44 (0) 1525 713716 HiSoft Termite SYSTEMS COVERDISKS D aldies is a fun mouse- t controlled arcade ¦ strategy game where you must populate the land, construct build- d invent new technologies, actual aim is to cultivate be into the strongest in the ind defeat your enemies.
Baldic" Can you make the world a better place for a crowd of tiny slapheads?
Test your theories in this exclusive demo from Gametek.
W the loading instructions e 18 to load the demo, he demo has started you ice three areas on the The area on the left hand of the screen is the invention panel, the rest of the screen is the game area Ita tout M**' *“ lam tataei BaUi a tan ton, ¦ an tana SoMM tain n into, M a iliU autu utao tain K tatall .tall, tam |«r|ra, ¦ ml ta». X l .
To ti.it .1 tald.es tad is ton, mm taldi.s 'QMS, The landscape can be scrolled by moving the pointer beyond the screen in the direction you wish to scroll Whilst moving around the I landscape you will notice two tribes of people, Baldies Iwhich are yours) and another hairy and slightly ape-like species called the Hairies. These are the current inhabitants of this land and must be killed by your Baldies using a variety of methods.
Begin by assigning some of Demo for Kickstart 2.0 and above, with 1Mb of Chip RAM.
Your Baldies as builders. Building a house gives you vital civilisation- building options.
Housey, housey Clicking on one of your houses brings up the 'house panel'. The house panel allows inventions to be created and other houses to be built. The house panel is also where more baldies are reproduced. If the house gets full the baldies will all troop out. So try to keep a good balance of Baldies.
All four types are vital to success, but you'll need some more than others in certain situations Baldy management is the key Invention Once you have a scientist in the house and at least one wandering around outside it's time to start inventing! Open a house panel and click on the yellow question mark above the scientist fthis icon shows that no inventions are currently being worked upon). A list of possible inventions appears Choose an invention by clicking on it. Click on the main door to exit the house. The invention that was selected will appear on the left- hand side of the invention
When the invention is being worked on, the bar to the right of it will fill up with red. Turning green when it's finished. You can then concentrate on another weapon.
Once you have enough weapons you can scroll down to hairy territory and test them out.
The skunk bomb is a good one to send hairies flying out of their house and if you've set a trap outside the front door they will all run straight into it. There are numerous other ways to dispose of Hairies. For example, try using the map edit icon to get rid of any land that they may be standing on.
This sends them to a watery grave. Alternatively, soldier baldies can be placed in trees to lay in wait and then ambush any hairies wandering about.
There is so much to this demo it's impossible to cram it all in here. It's best to explore all the possibilities yourself - have fun. ¦ iiwqrt Bald. Aaqel Mf Baldif% Map icon fill (left mo.se clicki • delete land ingfct dick).
Hand icaa lifts and drops Baldies aaywfeeie (Rouses. Trees etc) Power icons Shows eoeigy and science levels Red bar roaamg from the top shows amoont ol Baldies mull ting f?m The baldies explained
• Workers (red) are the standard Baldies. Workers are the only
Baldies that can procreate and initially make up the main body
of your force.
• Builders (blue) will wander around the landscape until they
find somewhere to build a house. Then they get to work
(providing you have enough power).
• Soldiers (green) will defend your houses (from inside) and
wander the land looking for enemies to eliminate. Soldiers
residing inside houses also make bullets for use in battle.
• Scientists (white) are the brains of a baldies colony ’ wander
around raising the overall science level of your Scientists
inside a house are create weapons.
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The biggest leap forward has been achieved in the last ten years!
WtAmmkadoption of computer generated text as a itew standard, complicated layouts and designs can now hi generated and printed at the touch of a few keys right on you desktop. And it doesn' stop there.
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Final Copy II™ Release 1 is at the peak of achievement when running a floppy based Amiga configuration, whilst Final Writer™ Release 3 is the only hard drive compulsory Amiga word processor - it leaps a stage ahead and doesn’t make any compromises to be floppy disk compatible. Whichever you choose, you’ll be assured of the latest in WYSIWYG technology and reap the benefits of still unsurpassed, easy to use, Amiga software from SoftWood.
Our new Database... Final Data ™, is designed in die mie SoftWood tradition and brings you a program that is not only extremely powerful, but also very easy to use. Indeed, you can leam to set up your Final Data™ database, enter your information and print the results in a matter of minutes... not hours. You'll soon be generating all kinds of reports and label print runs to suit your kind of work.
LATEST NEWS from SoftWood... Final Calc™ Final Calc™ is the answer to every Amiga Spreadsheet users dreams. With its flexible modes of operation.
Final Calc™ is the only Spreadsheet that can start with a minimum range of features (ideal for the beginner), but progress to offer power beyond the levels found nrt I just on any other Amiga Spreadsheet, but almost any I Spreadsheet on any computer system. Multi-layer sheets, advanced PostScript outputting facilities with flexible font handling, comple* I document scaling options, a vast choice of Graph styles I including 3D and animated (to show calculation result progressions) are just some of its comprehensive I and unique features.
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Final Data New Release Final Copy IF Release 2 TM ,TM to gel the most out of an floppy drive based system.
Copy 11™ offers more than crd processing (at which it excels) and opens up a where ‘how the document is as important as ‘what the lent says'.
Final Copy II™ is ideal for that quick letter but also boasts features which arc powerful enough to help you produce end results normally associated with expensive Desk Top Publishing packages... easy to achieve, without the fuss!
I'Mpe features such as F«tDruwlv on screen
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I Final Copy II™ offers the perfect I balance between word processing I and more advanced page layout I creation - in one great program.
Ease and speed of use with total control of the final printed presentation is available on your floppy based Amiga system right now for only £49.95 inc. p&p.
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Hard drive compulsory, this new program is for power users wanting 1 the ultimate performance. As with Final Copy IF™. Excellent output it guaranteed utilising Perfect Print™ and you’ll also benefit from a host o other advanced features including... r
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Your coverdisks will be write enabled when you take them off the cover of this magazine. Make sure you write protect them, by sliding the tab in the corner so that there's a small hole. This will stop you accidentally writing over the original during the decompression process.
IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD ¦ We go to great trouble to ensure that the CU Amiga Magazine coverdisks will work .
1 on common Amiga models However if you do experience problems follow this I simple guide. I 11: Remove all unnecessary upgrades and peripherals, such as pnnters and modems. | . Some trapdoor expansions can also cause problems.
¦ 2 Follow the instructions on this and previous pages exactly 13: If you still experience problems loading the disk call the DiskXpress helpline on 0451 I 1810 788 between the hours of 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday | . If they advise that the disk is faulty, fill in your details m the form below, and send this .
1 form, along with the faulty cover disk and a 28p stamped self addressed envelope to: 1 I CU Amiga Magazine Disk Returns. DiskXpress Unit 7. Willow Court Boulton Industrial I | ftirk. Bourtorvon-theWater. Gloucestershire GL54 2H0. | I I I NAME: . | I ADDRESS: ...... - ... I 1 TYPE OF AMIGA OWNED: . j I DISK NUMBER:.... | | DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THE DISK: | I ....- .. I I I L_________________________I ProDraw You'll need two spare disks to hand, onto which the ProDraw program and data
files will be expanded. Follow these steps to make up your working ProDraw disks.
1. Insert coverdisk 106 into the internal floppy drive and reset
2. Double click on the CU Amiga disk icon.
3. Double click on the icon marked ProDraw 1.
4. Insert the first blank disk and press Return when requested.
5. Swop the first blank disk for cover disk 106 when asked to do
6. Swop the cover disk for the first blank disk once more and
press Return when prompted.
7. Insert the coverdisk once again when asked to do so.
8. Mark your first blank disk 'ProDraw Program disk'.
9 Double click the icon marked ProDraw 2.
10. Insert your second blank disk and press Return when
11. Replace the cover disk one last time when asked to do do.
12. Label your second blank disk 'ProDraw Clip Art'.
13. Insert the disk marked 'ProDraw Program disk' and reset your
14 Double click on the icon marked 'PDraw 3.0 Disk 1', and then on the icon marked ‘PDraw'.
15. ProDraw will load. Now refer to the instructions on page 8.
OctaMED 6 OctaMED 6 is on coverdisk 107 in compressed form. Before you can use it, you need to decompress it onto a blank disk.
Follow these steps to make up your OctaMED disk.
1. Insert cover disk 107 into the internal floppy drive and reset
2. Double click the icon marked 'CU*.
3. Double click the icon marked OctaMED 6.
4. Insert a blank disk and press Return when asked to do so.
5. Replace the blank disk with the coverdisk when asked to do so
6. Label your blank disk OctaMED 6.
7. Insert the OctaMED 6 disk, and reset your Amiga.
8. Double click the icon marked ‘OctaMED 6 Demo'.
9. Double click the icon marked ‘OctaMED 6‘. Click on Cancel when
asked to 'Insert volume Fonts'. Now refer to the instructions
on page 12.
Note: We've squeezed a few bonus samples and instrument sounds onto cover disk 107 in uncompressed form. These can be loaded into OctaMED 6 for use in your own compositions.
Baldies Before you can play Baldies, you need to decompress it onto a blank disk. Follow these steps.
1. Insert coverdisk 107 into the internal floppy drive and reset
2. Double click the icon marked 'CU'.
3. Double click the icon marked Baldies.
4. Insert a blank disk and press Return when asked to do so.
5. Replace the blank disk with the coverdisk when asked to do si
6. Swap the disks back and press Return at the prompt.
7. Replace the cover disk when asked.
8. Label your blank disk 'Baldies'.
9. Insert the Baldies disk into the internal drive, and rese the
Amiga. Baldies will now load. Refer to page 15 for playing
Inners END. WHO NEEDS A SOCIAL LIFE EMMMGS IS A MODERN DAY ASSIC, A MASSIVE AND Trl DNTIER: PLAY THE ROLE OF A SPACE HADB3 DEALING IN ALL SORTS OF BOOHS, LEGAL OR NOT. FRONTIER- ELITE I IS A BEAST OF A GAME WITH UNNING GRAPHICS AND ONCE ITTBI, YOU’LL BE PLAYING THIS FOR IYS, NIGHTS AND MONTHS ON END.
Empire Interactive, The Spires, 677 Hiyh Road, lorth Finchley. London N12 oDA Tel: 018131,3 911,3 Gentians launch sneak attack on Commodore!
One of Europe’s largest PC manufacturers and retailers has been reported as putting in a surprise $ 5 million (C3.2M) bid to buy the assets and trademarks of Commodore International. Escom is a £1.6 billion turnover company which operates in nearly all European countries and many of the old Soviet Block countries.
Escom has major plans for computer retailing in the UK high street market. It already has a chain of 24 shops in the UK as well as a presence in 35 Office World out-of-town stores. It has also just purchased Rumbelows, the UK based chain which was recently closed down after significant trading losses. It now intends to re-open all of the stores whilst expanding its Office World presence too. In total it will have over 300 Escom outlets in primary high street locations, or major out-of-town sites by the end of the year. To run these it plans to increase its UK staffing levels by 1.500 people.
Bernard Van Tianam - Managing Director of Escom Holland - told CU Amiga Magazine that the UK stores will primarily sell Escom branded Pcs.
Including multimedia systems. Escom claim they already produce some 400,000 units (PCs) from their German manufacturing plants. In an exclusive interview Mr Van Tianam went on to say that Escom are also considering moving into telecom- munications, and set-top- box technology.
CU Amiga Magazine first heard news of the bid in mid March and it was then reported in the ECTS issue of the games trade magazine CTW.
However, when asked to comment on their reported bid Mr Van Tianam would neither confirm nor deny the presence of money on the table and was also unwilling to comment on the the status of the Amiga if they won a bid for it.
However, the Amiga's potential as a set-top deliv- ery-box would obviously fit in neatly with Escom’s future plans. I The Amiga would also * provide Escom with a low cost home computer to complement the higher priced PC systems currently sold through its shops David Pleasance, who is jointly heading up a prospective rival management buyout of Commodore's world wide rights, wasn't worried I by the move though, claiming that their bid was I still the most likely to succeed. Either way it is obvious that the Amiga is still in demand, not just by users and dealers, but also by prospective
manufacturers NEWS Mac-beating graphics of $ 299.95 but for a limited period Stylus will selling it at an introductory price of $ 199.95. Stylus are also offering an upgrade for users of earlier versions of ProVector, Art Expressions, Professional Draw, Design Works or Aegis Draw, although exact upgrade pricing was still being finalised at press time.
CU Amiga Magazine is currently liaising with several UK distributors to arrange UK availability and will bring you full details of UK support, pricing and shipping dates shortly. In the mean time Stylus are on 0101 303 484 7321.
©ne of the best structured drawing programs for the Amiga is to be upgraded. ProVector Version 3 from Stylus Inc will be released shortly. Version 2 of the program suffers from several important limitations that have prevented it from overtaking its rival ProDraw as the best structured drawing program. The new version will give Amiga users power previously only seen on Mac drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator.
Version 3 looks like becoming the champion of Amiga vector graphics. Amongst the many new features are powerful clipping paths (allowing objects to be masked out), gradient His, file support for Adobe Illustrator, and numerous new object tools such as blending, skewing, mirroring and warping. The program wtll also provide full Apexx support, on-line help, and other Workbench 2 and 3 enhancements for improved ease of use.
Jeff Blume, Vice President of Stylus, said of the new release, "We are committed to provid- «g Amiga users with a superior drawing program and we will continue to improve the ftoVector family of products".
The Stylus Pro-Pack has a suggested price Raging on Orimal Rage is now scheduled for a September release on all formats. First announced by CU Amiga Magazine back in ¦•eember the coin-op conversion of this ¦HK 'em up extravaganza is now well under hay for the Amiga.
[This is being handled by Mortal Kombat 1 Bad 2 veteran Probe Entertainment and is pvected to be finished by the end of the ¦ wner. The coin-op has a multitude of dif- moves for you to master, but Probe to be able to incorporate all of them I even some extra ones if all goes to plan) using either one or two ... joysticks or joypad. Sounds like fun!
Vel have a Work In Progress on Primal next month.
Ocean teams up Team 17 have signed a deal with Ocean Software to exclusively distribute their games on all formats. The deal, in which both Ocean and Team 17 retain their own separate identities, will increase the Team's software distribution from their current 18 countries to 64 countries and will provide the necessary cash and backing to launch titles across all home entertainment machines. At the moment Team 17 concentrate on the Amiga and PC but as part of the deal games like their forthcoming blockbuster Worms will be released on up to 16 formats.
In the future, games which fall under the deal will be branded with both the Ocean and Team 17 logos. Will Team 17 be swallowed up though? Alan Bunker, their PR manager, was keen to stress that "Team 17's branding will be maintained and we are still 100% independent".
Evasive Action Mindscape have been very evasive about their latest slice of aerial action. We should have had a preview of this 'dogfight simulation' in the games section this month but due to mysterious circum- . Stances (probably something to do with the ECTS) we never got hold of it. It sounds good though, with four different fight scenarios promised: World War 1.
World War 2, modern jet combat and futuristic space combat. Mindscape's PR department has gone to great pains to point out that Evasive Action is not a flight sim in the conventional sense of the term; it is an air combat simulator designed to emulate one on one air combat. Using 3D graphics and arcade style gameplay. Hopefully we'll have that full preview next month.
ComieSetter success CU Amiga Magazine's January 1995 issue ComieSetter coverdisk is being used to illustrate MicroManiacs. A car magazine for Microcar enthusiasts. Although not quite up to Judge Dredd standards, MicroManiacs is now using the program to produce on-page cartoons. For more information on the magazine. Contact Steve Pepper. 42 Charles Avenue.
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If you're thinking about buying a RAM upgrade in the next few months now. Might be a good time to invest. The rapidly rising strength of the Japanese Yen means that far eastern manufacturers are having to swallow large losses when exporting products to foreign countries, and Japan is one of the primary producers of memory chips. In the last weeks of February and early weeks of March alone the Yen rose by an astonishing eight percent. This compounds on the losses manufacturers suffered after Kobe earthquake. The two factors combined are forcing some manufacturers to consider rising prices
Oeteran Amiga book publisher Bruce Smith Books has released a new AmigaDOS programming guide.
Mastering AmigaDOS Scripts'.
Written by Mark Smiddy. It covers all aspects of writing AmigaDOS scripts covering small utilities and bigger programs too.
There are over 100 ready-to-run script programs listed in the book, suitable for AmigaDos 1 .x.2.x and 3.x systems. Each script is explained on a line by line basis to aid the learning process.
To complement Mastering AmigaDOS Scripts Bruce Smith Books are producing a disk that contains many of the scripts listed in the book, it also has several PD Shareware utilities on it to help your programming This is available for £2.00, via a coupon in the back cover.
This book costs £19.95 and is available from major book stores or via the Computer Bookshop on 0121 706 1250. We should have a review of it next month.
Write to your CD!
A German software developer claims to have created a program that allows normal Amigas and CD drives to write to compact discs.
Previously Cds have been read only, which means that while they can store vast amounts of data you couldn't write your own information to them.
Now Ralph Babel and Stefan Ossowski (the creators of the Aminet, Imagine Enhancer and other Cds) claim to have have developed a software application that, enables your Amiga to write to Cds using normal CD drives.
According to details from their German based company - Schatztruhe - the CD Write software will allow you to store programs and configuration data on Cds, rearrange data, remove obsolete or undesired data and change icons.
Too good to be true? Well it is. As we discovered. In reality all the program does is transparently redirect instructions for the CD drive to either a floppy disk or hard drive, giving the impression of having a writeable CD Quite why you'd want this program is anyone's guess, but if you're interested Power Computing are Schatztruhes UK agents. Call them on 01234 273000.
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actually published in the UK by HiSoft and has a price of £99.95. This does nc- 1 affect our rating of this program, which one of the most powerful databases on the Amiga HiSoft have also announced that a raJ version of the program will shortly be able. Contact HiSoft for full details.
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only one CD per customer applies. It you wish to collect, you can exchange this advert tor your tree CD from Epic in Swindon. This otter is run separate from any other otter we are currently running. An upto date CD-ROM list will be sent with your free CD. Please allow 14 days for delivery ESOE Printer Showdown Everyone who has an Amiga should have a printer ... and I most people who have a printer would like a better one!
Ii I We round up ten of the most popular to help you out.
Ofier upgrading the internal hardware of your Amiga, one of the most useful expansions money can buy is a printer. And there's certainly no shortage of printers available
- just look through the pages of any computer magazine and you'll
see all sorts of models But which is best for you? Here's where
we come to the rescue Over the next few pages you'll find
everything you need to know about buying and using a printer
with your Amiga.
It's all here, from identifying the type of printer best suited to your needs, to explanations of the complex jargon. From ecological considerations to getting the best out of it once it's connected to your Amiga. And then of course there's the comprehensive buyers guide to ten popular models ranging from low budget dot matrix to mid range, fast laser printers.
General use But first, there are several important considerations to be made before choosing which printer to buy. The first of these is what kind of document you intend to print. With the obvious exception of price, this is the most important thing to bear in mind, as certain printers are better suited to outputting text, colour graphics or DTP pages than others.
From our most recent reader survey we found that most of you will use a printer for one of four main reasons: general use. Word processing, producing prints of your graphics and DTP If you want a good all-rounder that can handle the odd letter, maybe some program listings and FteadMe files, with the ability to print graphics too, then a dot matrix printer is often the best option.
Dot matrix printers are the oldest of the printer technologies seen in this feature. They consist of three main pans: a print head, a motor and a paper feed mechanism. The print head consists of a square of tiny pins.
Individual pins are moved forward creating the shape of each character or pixel in the case of graphics printing. This shape is then pressed against an inked ribbon which in turn presses onto the paper, forming the shapes on the page. After each character is printed the motor moves the print head horizontally to the next character. When it reaches the far right edge of the page, the print head is moved back to the start of the line and the paper feed mechanism moves the paper sheet up one line.
Finer detail and higher quality results are achieved by increasing the number of pins in the print head. The cheapest dot matrix printers have nine pins, although the much higher quality 24-pin models now cost as little as the nine pin models.
Colour dot matrix printers work by having a ribbon composed of four bands of colour (typically red, blue, yellow and black). The printer can move the ribbon up and down so the print head presses against the different colours. By printing over the same character with the different colour bands, a wide range of colours can be produced.
In recent months the prices of dot matrix models, particularly 24-pins, have fallen dramatically. 9-pin models can be bought for around £100. Although the quality is only really suited for personal use. Higher quality 24-pins can now bought for as cheap as £150. Which is a dramatic decrease as only a short time ago they cost around £300-£400!
Word processing Good text printing is obviously a primary feature if you regularly use a word processor, but with the increasing slant towards DTP that's creeping into most Amiga word processors, it's also likely you'll want to print the odd pic- .
Ture or graphic, maybe with a splash of colour along with your text. So what is the best method of getting a good quality printout of your text which will also do justice to any graphics or colour?
Ink jet technology is the solution. Ink jet printers produce near laser-quality results yet cost only slightly more than dot matrix equivalents. But they also have the capability to print in colour when needed.
Ink jet printers work on a simple principal. A tiny heating element heats up a bubble of ink.
As it gets hotter the bubble expands and finally bursts, sending a splurge of ink through a tube and finally onto the paper which forms a dot.
The remaining ink bubble contracts, sucking more ink in to the vacuum left behind. The new ink is then heated, starting the process again. This process is duplicated with multiple heating elements, ink bubble containers and tubes making up a print head. Typically there are around 64 tubes or nozzles in a print head.
The more nozzles (and hence dots) the higher the resolution possible. Current ink jets achieve around 360 dpi (dots per inch).
Different colour inks are used to produce multiple colour prints.
So far it sounds simple enough. However there are several problems that manufacturers Save money You can save yourself money by refilling your old ink cartridges instead of buying new ones.
Although most manufacturers don't recommend it, several companies claim to offer refills that comply with manufacturer specifications.
Refilling inkjet cartridges can cut your costs considerably. A new ink jet cartridge costs around £20, depending upon the model. Refills on the other hand are available for under £10! Try Grey-Tronics on 0500 737 800 or Care Electronics on 01923 894 064.
Have to deal with. One problem is that the process requires specific ink fluidity. If it's too I thick it doesn't 'spurt' properly, too thin and it I runs as it hits the paper. The ink container must be free of bubbles as this would wreck I the ink flow. However, manufacturers have j overcome these problems and ink bubble jet I technology is now very affordable Prices start from £200 for monochrome ver-1 sions and £250 for colour models.
Graphics The Amiga's capabilities for producing colour I pictures are second to none, so it's not sur- J prising that demand for good colour printers How printers work Laser printers Dot matrix printers Bubble jet printers pands T Elnmont-" Jl J
• round £100. At the bottom end of the scale there are dot matrix
models, at the other end (with prices of £250 and abovel are
ink |M devices Dot matrix technology will produce colour vnages
but it tends to suffer badly from band- »ig - having lines
running either vertically or horizontally through the picture.
This occurs where the print head moves from one character to
the next and there's an overlap or gap between the characters.
You'll also find that dot matrix technologies often produce
prints that are too dark or too faint - although you .
Can compensate for this by altering the original picture and increasing the brightness.
Desktop publishing DTP has always been one of the more popular applications for the Amiga, coming in just behind word processing and graphics in our survey, yet the needs of DTP printer users differ from these two previous types. For DTP work it's quality above all else and there's only one type of printer that delivers the best quality: a laser printer With average resolutions of 300dpi. Which can be improved upon with enhancement technology, and print speeds of at least four pages per minute laser printers have become the favourite printer for professional DTP users. Falling costs also
ensure that they are growing in popularity amongst users on a tight budget.
Ecological considerations There was a time when printers could rightly be accused of being one of the most environmentally unfriendly computer peripherals. Indeed with the amount of toner and paper they get through they still do more harm than most other peripherals. But recently manufacturers have tried hard to reduce their harmful side effects. You may or may not take the 'green cause' into account when you are buying a printer but it's worth taking into consideration the efforts of various manufacturers as they can save you money and protect ol‘ mother earth as well.
For example, some Hewlett-Packard and Epson Stylus printers have power saving devices that shut down the engine, entering a standby mode, when not in use. The HP Laser's power consumption drops by 180 watts to just 5 watts when in this mode. Given that a laser printer is often on-line, but unused for long periods of time, this will save a lot in electricity billsl Ink usage is also environmentally and financially costly, so saving the cartridges must be a good idea. Once again HP score points by recycling your used toner cartridges - they even pay the postage when you return used units to
them. The printer also has a special EconoMode which uses up 50% less toner when printing. This is done by spacing out the dots, producing less dense coverage.
Lasers printers work in a similar fashion to photocopiers. A laser beam is fired at a mirror.
This mirror reflection targets the beam onto a drum, and by rotating the mirror the beam can be moved horizontally across the drum surface. The drum in turn rotates allowing the beam to traverse its entire surface, creating the image of the page on the drum surface The drum unit itself is coated with a material, onto which the image is scored by the laser.
As the drum rotates it also goes past a trough of powdered ink, which sticks to the area marked out by the laser. The rotating drum unit then passes over the paper, transferring the ink to it as it goes. As a final step the paper sheet is then heated to fix the ink.
Laser printers with resolutions above the standard 300dpi are starting to become commonplace. In 1993 Ricoh introduced the LP1200 laser printer providing 400dpi. And other manufacturers (Lexmark. Hewlett- Packard etc) produce 600dpi models.
Paper types Your choice of paper can make a lot of difference to the quality of your printouts. All printers work by applying ink to the paper surface and drying it in some form. Depending on the type of paper the ink will be absorbed into the paper to various degrees and dry at different speeds If too much ink is absorbed the print will look faint, if it doesn’t dry quickly enough it will run. In the case of ink jet printers better results can be obtained by using special paper, glossy surfaces being the obvious choice. An in-between solution is to use 'normal' paper, but higher quality
than standard photocopier stock. CU Amiga Magazine experienced high quality prints when using Conquerer paper.
Other named quality paper produced similarly good results.
Fortunately (or unfortunately) you do get what you pay for when choosing paper. Thick, good paper is expensive, but for jobs where quality is everything, the investment is worth it.
And there's more ... So there you have it. Your choice of printer depends upon your wallet and what you actually do with your Amiga. Over the next three pages you should find our guide to several of the more popular printers available and their relative merits helpful.
DOT MATRIX PRINTERS Dot matrix printers are a cheap and reliable method of outputting colour and black and white pages from your Amiga. The various 24-pin models here start from around £100.
Neither too faint or dark and with minimal banding it won our vote as the best all round budget printer.
Seikosha SL-96 Btel: 0181 309 1111 ¦ Price: £149 Samsung SP-2417 One of the cheaper 24-pin models, the Samsung SP-2417 looks more sturdy than attractive. However, Samsung describe it as having a 'Life Style Design', even though we think it looks like any other dot matrix printer!
We were disappointed with its print quality.
Output of pictures was faint and suffered from an intrusive amount of banding and paper crimping. On the other hand the relative colour balance remained intact. Text fared better although it was a bit rough around the edges.
In the speed trials it also performed poorly, although better than its 160cps draft and 53cps letter quality mode specifications would have you believe. It came in wqll behind both the Citizen and Seikosha models, and tied roughly equal to the Mannesmann Tally T2016.
However, it should be remembered that this printer is cheap, and for your money you still get a 24-pin printer that is faster and gives notably better results than any old 9-pin models.
If you're looking for a low cost printer, and aren't too worried about quality the SP-2417 is worth a look.
Samsung SP-2417 ¦ Tel: 01293 547788 ¦ Price: £129 Seikosha SL-96 Like Citizen. Seikosha have taken the trouble to support the Amiga and a printer driver is provided with the SL-96. Unfortunately Seikosha's driver isn't as good as Citizen's but it's still a lot better than having no driver at all as is the case with Mannesmann Tally.
The driver allows the Amiga to produce prints at the full resolution of the 24-pin SL-96, and get better colour output than would be possible with the Epson emulations supplied with Workbench.
In speed terms it produces a respectable but average 192 characters per second in draft mode, and a maximum of 140 cps in letter quality mode. It also has a 'super speed draft' mode capable of 240cps. But we found the print quality when in this mode to be pretty poor.
But speed accounts for nothing if the quality isn't there. Here however. Seikosha need have no worries. The SL-96 produced the best prints of all the dot matrix models seen here.
Price Type Colour or B&W Resolution Speed 192cps Buffer: Citizen ABC £189 Colour 360 8K Seikosha SL96 £149 D Colour 360 192cps 15K MT 2016 £109 D B&W 180 160cps 2K Samsung SP-2417 £129 D Colour 360 53 cps 14k Star SJ-144 £249 IJ Colour 360
1. 4cps 21 IK Canon BJ200ex
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3. 5ppm 62K MT 7040
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- £559 IJ Colour 720 240cps 64K-
- £574 L B&W 300 4ppm 1Mb MTT9005
- £586 L B&W 300 4ppm 512k ' Type: L=Laser, D=Dot matrix.
Resolution: Maximum resolution without enhancement.
Speed:Characters per second for dot matrix models at 12cpi, pages per minute for some inkjets and all lasers.
The T2016 is a good, low cost, monochrome, 9-pin printer. It's not capable of colour output but if you want a printer only for personal and general use. Program listings and directory prints, it may be worth a look.
With just 9-pins you can't expect great quality outputs, but for the money it's OK.
Prints suffer from banding and paper crimping but this is to be expected with the technology. And it's no worse than any other similarly priced model.
Comparing its output to that of other 9-pin models we've looked at in the past revealed slightly better than average character definition. Noise levels were the most off putting element of the T2016 though. The constant clanking and whirring of the print head gets a bit tedious after a while.
It's cheap and reliable and will be ideal for the those who just want a cheap way to print out text documents for personal use. If you want colour, or higher resolution look elsewhere, maybe the Samsung SP-2417 or the Seikosha SL-96, neither of which cost a lot more but offer slightly better quality output and colour.
Mannesmann Tally Btel: 01734 788 711 ¦ Price: £109 Citizen ABC Citizen are one of the few printer manufacturers who actually recognise and try to help Amiga owners use their printers by supplying Amiga drivers with the ABC. Citizen's drivers are a credit to the company. They provide easy control of the printer hardware and result in higher quality prints than can be obtained using the standard EpsonQ drivers.
As a low cost, general purpose printer the ABC is hard to beat. It's a 24-pin dot matrix model, with resolutions of up to 360x360. In j speed trials it beat both its Samsung and Seikosha competitors, and held up to the claimed 192 characters per second.
Being dot matrix it's not going to produce brilliant print quality, but it's still pretty respectable for home use. Text was OK although a little fuzzy, whilst colours were generally clearer than the Samsung also seen here.
In general operation the ABC came out well. Its paper loading mechanism proved Spurting Canons Ink jet technology was originally created by Canon, with the original patent for the concept recorded in 1977.
Canon introduced the first printer (the BJ-80) in 1985, although they demonstrated the technology in 1981.
The technology was discovered when a researcher accidentally touched a hypodermic syringe full of ink with a soldering iron, and the ink spurted from the syringe.
Faultless during the test period and as a result we experienced very few paper handling problems.
The ABC printer is a good, reliable printer which shouldn't disappoint for home use.
Best of all it can now be picked up for under £150, which is definitely excellent value for money.
Citizen ABC ¦ Tel 0181 309 1111 ¦ Price: £189 - but check advertisers in CU Amiga Magazine for lower prices.
INK JET PRINTERS For affordable colour printing ink jet technology takes some beating.
Star SJ-144 This model from Star was one of the most compact and stylish of all the printers we reviewed. It was also one of our favourites.
Everything about the Star seems well thought out and implemented.
In every respect the SJ-144 stood out from the rest. From its design, the way it stands vertically occupying very little desk space, to its paper loading mechanism (not a single iam in the entire test period), to its print quality which was wonderfully crisp, we could hardly fault it.
Print quality was absolutely superb too, hiding its only average 360x360 resolution.
Colours were vivid and consistent and didn't fade at all across large areas, while text came out gloriously sharp.
As a printer for handling both text and graphics the Star SJ-144 is hard to beat, and at just £249 it's exceptional value too.
Star SJ-144 ¦Tel: 01494 471111 ¦ Price: £249 Canon BJ-200ex This printer isn't a colour model and is really only included here for reference and for users looking for a low cost alternative to laser printers for black and white DTP type work.
Although the printer has a standard ink jet resolution of 360 x 360 dpi, it features smoothing technology' that enhances the pnnt resolution, making its prints look like 720 x 360 dpi. In this mode its output was better than its normal 360x360, but not as good as that from the Epson Stylus.
For users who want good quality mono prints for DTP use, but are on a tight budget, the BJ-200ex is a safe route to follow.
Although slower than a laser printer its quality will be more than good enough for most users looking for above average output.
There are Amiga drivers available to support the printer, although these aren’t provided with it. You'll need to contact Canon.
Canon BJ-200ex ¦ Tel: 0121 680 8062 ¦ Price: £259 J l ijiesmann Tally Compared to the Star and Canon printers, the T7040 looks more like a relic from the sixties than a home printer of the 90s. The T7040 is ugly, with flimsy bits of plastic sticking out at odd angles. If the Star and Canon printers were supermodels, this must be Nora Batty.
This is all rather unfortunate because in other respects it's a good, solid workhorse that produces perfectly acceptable results.
Although it only supports a resolution of 300x300dpi, printed matter is clear and clean.
The colours could be more vibjant, but in general there are no major gripes. The final verdict? A good printer spoiled by poor design and finish.
Canon BJ-200ex ¦ Tel: 0121 680 8062 ¦ Price: £259 Epson Stylus At approximately £559 the Stylus is a very expensive ink jet. So what does it offer to justify the rather large hole it puts in your pocket? The answer can be found from the first print you produce: quality!
Whilst other ink jet printers spurt out 360 dots per inch, the Stylus pumps out an astonishing 720dpi, This is a true 720dpi and is not achieved by enhancing a 360dpi mechanism, and as such gives higher quality prints.
However, it's worth pointing out that you'll need to get the correct printer driver for your Amiga to print at this resolution, and you'll also need a higher quality paper than normal.
See the 'Print it with JAM' panel on the next page for driver details. Custom paper is needed because normal paper stock can't hold the ink, with individual dots 'bleeding' into other dots. Once you've got the right driver and paper it produces wonderfully detailed prints.
Another feature of the Stylus is that it uses a custom print head. On other ink jets when the cartridge runs out you'll need to replace the entire print head.
With Stylus technology, however, you merely replace the ink well - new ones clip onto the top of the printing head. This system also allows you to have two ink cartridges, one for black and one for colour.
One thing we didn't like about this printer however was the start up time and paper loading system. It seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get going, with lots of odious noises and clicks coming from it for several minutes before it was ready for action. The paper feed system also seemed to take some time before it would print.
Definitely one of the best printers in this round-up, the Stylus is highly recommended.
Epson Stylus ¦ Tel: 01442 61144 ¦ Price: £559 IGA Print with JAM If you've got a Canon BJ, Citizen 240c, Epson Stylus. HP. Star LC-24 or j m Panasonic KX-P1124 W F printer, do yourself a favour and gat Studio II Professional. This is a snappy printer driver utility written by Wolf Faust that will significantly improve the quality of your printouts. We covered the latest version of this program last month in the April 1995 issue.
Print Quality - Check it out To test the printers we hooked them up to a standard Amiga 1200 and printed the sample files using Wolf Faust's Studio II drivers. This demonstrates the various printer capabilities, rather than the limitations of the Workbench drivers.
In essence it replaces the standard Amiga drivers for certain printers with new custom written versions that take advantage of the specific advantages of each printer. In addition the software allows you to change colour values prior to printing to compensate for different ink qualities and the like.
At £49.95 it's expensive but worth it if you want to get the most out of your printer. It's available from JAM on 0895 274449.
LASER PRINTERS The creme de la creme of printers.
Laser based printers offer superb quality prints but at a price.
The 4L is a great little printer for desktop publishing and other monochrome print jobs. Its compact size, styling and design make it almost perfect to sit alongside the Amiga In use it's impressive. Pumping out a reasonable four pages per minute it's no slow coach and with a resolution of 300dpi it’ll give you the kind of print quality you could only previously have dreamed aboutl Fonts and structured graphics come out wonderfully clear and detailed. HP's 'Resolution Enhancement Technology' ensuring that text, curves and diagonal lines are smooth and jaggy free The biggest downer with
this printer is that there are no controls on the-device itself - apart from a single reset activate button. To print from it you can use a standard Laserjet driver, or PCL5 driver (if your DTP package has one). 8ut there's no way to change its internal settings.
Even without the PD driver it's a good printer and ideal as a DTP workhorse. As an accompaniment to your word processor it's wonderful, although you might find the lack of colour a problem.
HP LaserJet 4L »Tel: 01344 360000 ¦ Price: £574 jH smann Tally Here's a printer that looks, acts and works like a traditional laser printer. We ran page after PrintiHc og ouJ, Although there's no soft- ff Ka ware supplied with the S m HP 4L to let you print V B from your Amiga there is a solution and it's cheap!
A PD utility called 'HP' allows you to print from Workbench. This is available on Aminet sites, on the various Aminet Cds or from other PD suppliers. This allows the resolution enhancement and EconoModes to be turned off amongst other things.
Page through it and experienced very few problems with the printing process.
Sadly the actual print quality and specifica- I tions let down this good start. Whilst a bare ® 300dpi laser will produce notably better ou than any other type of printer seen over th pages, it's now pretty poor compared to laser printers available. With no resolution _ enhancement its output was significantly poor-1 er than that from the HP model, and at times I was below that of the Epson Stylus and Canon!
BJ200ex ink jet printers.
Dare I output I these I ) other I What really let the printer down however, was the minimal 512k of memory it comes with. This isn't enough to print a full page of graphics, or a page of large bitmaps and fonts I
- as such it's really a bit useless for DTP work I unless you
upgrade These two facts, combined with a relatively high price,
prevent me from recommending the T9005. If the price was lower
and it had 1 Mb of RAM it would be okay, but as it stands I
it's expensive and under specified.
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It’s hard to describe just what a difference a hard disk makes to your system. Not only is it staggeringly faster than a floppy only system, but it allows a huge degree of customisation and convenience. Imagine never having to swop disks when printing from word processing or loading a paint program.
The only disadvantage to adding a hard drive is that they are not cheap. You will need to be prepared to spend more than £100: probably £200 or more for a good drive.
However, the good news is that prices of 3.5" drives (as used in Pcs and the Amiga 4000I have never been lower. It's a perfect time to add a hard drive to your system, so long as you know how.
The options Selecting a hard drive for an Amiga A1200 or A600 can be a tricky business. Both these machines include IDE interfaces and have the necessary firmware built-in to work with the hard drive. They even have LEDs which are all ready to light up when a hard drive is accessed.
Unfortunately, the Amiga is1 rather a small computer and space considerations meant that the designers concentrated on making it possible to fit 2.5" hard drives. Inside the case is a special drive cradle which will hold the tiny 2.5" mechanisms securely in place. This would be fine, and indeed many Amiga owners are very happy with their 2.5" drives. The problem with
2. 5" drives is that they are expensive, only available in
small capacities and not very fast.
By comparison, the larger 3.5" drives are now extremely cheap, available in sizes of over 1Gb and are very speedy. The price of 3.5" hard drives has fallen dramatically and you can now buy a bare 428Mb drive for about £120 excluding VAT and delivery. Of course, this still leaves the problem of how to connect the larger drive to the Amiga. There are several problems: 1 Physical space. The A1200 and A600 are not large machines, and there is a limit to the amount of free space available.
2 IDE Cables. The IDE interface inside the Amiga is designed for 2.5” drives which have I cables of different dimensions to 3.5" drives. I All the same signals are present, but in inconv I patible connectors.
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3 Power. The 2.5" drives take a single 5 volt I level from the IDE interface. They are designed I to work in portable Pcs where power is at a minimum. By comparison, the 3.5" drives needs two connections, one of 5 volts and one I of 12 volts, and draws more power. The inter- I nal IDE interface cannot supply 12 volts.
Housing shortage The problem of space means that a tempting option is to house the drive outside the Amiga in an external box. There is nothing wrong with doing this, and I know of many Amiga users to use their hard drives in this way. If a simple plastic box is all that is required. Maplin Electronic Supplies (Tel: 01702 554161) have a suitable one available for £6.49 (the Project Box D-014). Alternatively, the many SCSI drive housings available will also provide a good home, many of which include a Power Supply Unit as standard, and so will also provide a method of powering the drive.
The interface cables can then be led into the Amiga case, either by cutting a hole in the side or filing away some of the plastic lip. Great care ' must be taken not to over-tighten the case and severe the cable.
Step-by-step procedure Here is how an A1200 can be fitted with a 3.5" drive in full technical colour. This operation was carried out using a cable kit supplied by Eyetech Group Limited, and a Seagate ST3491A 428Mb FAST IDE drive. If these instructions do not seem comprehensive enough for you.
Contact a company such as Eyetech tel: 0642 713185 who provide extremely detailed notes with their wiring kit.
During this installation it was decided to remove the metal shielding totally. The Eyetech instructions include details on how to mount the drive without having to do this.
Before you start the job of installing the drive you'll need a good, well lit desk and some screw-drivers and pliers. An earthing strip is a very good idea. You'll also need tin-snips and a drill depending on how you decide to mount the drive internally.
Warnings Neither CU Amiga nor the author can take any responsibility if you damage yourself, your Amiga or your hard drive by attempting these procedures. You must carry them out at your own risk.
Warranty If your Amiga has any warranty on it, as soon as you open the case, the warranty expires.
However, it is possible fit the large drives ) the A1200 case. I've heard of drives I fitted into an A600. But I have never pted it. If you want to fit a drive internally. It must be a 'Low Profile' type drive, and Ou must be prepared to make some alterations inside the case.
There are two options. The first is to
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the drive away in the ( space under the keyboard. The problems
asso- r dated with this procedure are as follows: 1 It's very
easy to cut yourself badly when I removing the metal shielding.
2 The Amiga keyboard is connected to the I motherboard via a small ribbon cable. The cable is very short and care needs to be taken m fitting the drive around it.
3 The drive needs to be insulated to make [ sure it doesn't touch the motherboard. If it did.
I 4 could short circuit both the drive and the I motherboard causing damage A The shielding cannot be replaced. This means the Amiga is now in breach of FCC reg- I ufations. Which means very little except you [ might notice some radio interference.
Sometimes, if the drive is extra small, it is possible to remove only the central portion of the internal shielding, and still have room to slide the hard drive under Ihe keyboard.
The second procedure is slightly more tricky (believe it or not) but provides a much more secure way of fining the drive One fixing rail of the hard drive is removed, and a small portion of the internal shielding is cut away with tin snips. Two holes are drilled at the very back of the Amiga's plastic casing, and two screws inserted to hold the drive in place. With a piece of plastic shielding, this method provides a very stable and reliable way of housing the hard drive.
Cables and power The cables themselves are the next problem, and there is no easy solution. The keen DIY fan will buy two cables, one for 2.5" drives and one for 3.5" drives, cut off the spare connectors and solder the wires together.
Alternatively it's possible to re-press the IDC style 3.5" connector onto the 2.5" cable Both are very tedious and error prone procedures and I cannot recommend them There are 40 wires to connect, and life is too short to waste on fiddly things like this.
A much better approach is to buy a set of cables already made up. Several Amiga advertisers sell cables, and the price is not much more than if you had bought Ihe individual components and made them up yourself.
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Internal IDE interface only contains 5 voits, and
3. 5" drives require 5 and 12 volts. The easiest location from
which to 'borrow' the extra voltage supply is the floppy
drive, which uses both currents. Using a specially adapted
connector it is possible to connect both the floppy and hard
drive power cables to the Amiga motherboard. Both the floppy
and hard drives will work perfectly after this procedure.
With the drive housed, cabled-up and powered, it's only then a matter of prepping the drive and installing the AmigaDOS Workbench onto it.
Static Static electricity kills chips. When poking around inside an Amiga with the lid off, you must make sure you aren't going to destroy the circuits inside. If possible, wear a proper earthing strip available from Maplins) or a DIY one made from a length of wire wrapped around your wrist and connected to a radiator or water tap.
Power The standard Amiga power supply brick is not an infinite source of energy: there are limits. If you have a memory expansion and some bits and pieces such as sound samplers you shouldn't have any problems when you add the hard drive to the load.
However, if you have a lot of extra kit hanging off the various ports (such as an accelerator, a CD-ROM drive taking power from the Amiga and external floppy drives) all going al once, you might experience problems.
One way to check is to discover the power requirements for all the extra kit you have and compare them with the rating of the power supply unit (it's on the underneath of the box).
More powerful power supply units are available from several distributors.
Cable lengths The IDE interface is not intended for operating over vast distances: the cable to an internal 2.5" drive would be about 10cm maximum. Unlike a typical IBM-PC IDE interface, or that in the Amiga A4000, the A1200 and A600 connectors are not buffered, which makes them even more prone to errors with long cables. Try to keep all lengths to 30cm or less to avoid problems.
Spurious errors IDE is a standard, but some drives seem to be more standard than others. A good drive, such as all modern Seagate and Connor drives, should present no problems. The drive should auto-mount (allowing booting from Workbench stored on it) from power-up, not just from a warm reset. If you switch the Amiga on and hold down both mouse buttons, the drive should be on the list of available devices.
Some drives don't seem lo like doing this, although there are a few tricks. First of all. If you are using a Connor drive try altering any jumper settings which specify the drive 'CAM' setting.
Secondly, try disconnecting Pin 1 from the IDE interface. This can be done by cutting Ihe wire on the cable or bending Ihe pin.
Some drives cause the Amiga to crash when copying large blocks of data, or simply have read write errors. Sometimes some hard drive-installed games don't run. If this is the case, use the software for 'prepping' (preparing to operate) the drive to alter the MaxTransfer Speed, save the settings, reboot and try again.
These warnings are meant to protect you, not scare you off. I have to point out that over a year ago I built an interface myself from scratch using two ribbon cables, a piece of Veroboard and a lot of soldering. This cable has been driving a Seagate 80Mb 3.5" drive since then very happily: or it did until I dropped the drive onto a concrete floor and broke it. It has been replaced with a 120Mb drive which is still working fine.
Software Unless you bought your drive from an Amiga dealer, before it can be used it needs to be ¦prepped'. In the old days of SCSI drives, it was necessary to Low Level Format a disk drive. Because of the way in which iDE drives work, you should NEVER low level formal an IDE drive. If you do, you could damage it permanently. A normal AmigaDOS format, as though formatting a floppy disk is fine, but ignore any Low Level Formatting options in special hard drive software.
Although Ihe Amiga is under the impression that the drives you added are actually SCSI (because the operating system uses the scsi.device to control them), the drives are and remain IDE devices. To repeat: do NOT low level format them.
Prepping the drives requires special software, such as Commodore's HDToolBox or RDPrep. Your local Public Domain library or BBS should be able to help you out.
When run. The prepping software should detect a hard drive is present, although it will probably refer to it as of 'unknown' type.
There will be a 'Define type' option, and when you click on this you should be able to select an option to read the type of drive directly from the drive itself.
You will then need to partition the drive. This allows the drive to be split into two or more separate disk drives: or at least it appears that way to the Amiga. Typically, you make the first partition about 10 to 20Mb and call it Workbench. Make sure that 'Bootable' is set.
The second partition is usually called Work and it takes up the rest of the space on the drive.
Save the changes to continue, but you also need to format the drives. The prepping program will have decided on the name for the Eyetech's Cables The cables used in the above procedure came from the Eyetech Group Limited. They can provide the cables by themselves (for about £15) or as part of a complete kit including earthing straps, full instructions and a suitably prepped and adjusted hard drive. For example, a 545Mb drive and all the kit required to kit it is available for £224 remarkably good value for money.
The instructions which comes with the drive are extremely detailed, and are fully illustrated.
The black and white images here are taken from the manual and illustrate various aspects of the procedure.
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out for the Amiga?" We ask. "Maybe".
Some games are totally out of reach of the Amiga, 64-bit wonders like Sony's Ridge Racer for instance, but there's no reason why publishers can't port a PC game - even a CD-ROM title, or develop it on Amiga and port it to PC. The amount of CD32s and CD-ROM drives for A1200s should justify this, and it's certainly worked in the past - Simon The Sorcerer was originally an Amiga developed title which is now mega popular on PC. If you own a CD-ROM drive and you want to see games for it then write to me at the usual address and I'll voice your opinions. Otherwise write to your favourite software
'Maybe' we can get things rolling.
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• ECTS show report 40 We report from Europe's
biggest games trade show. Giants were formed, new formats were
shown off and the Amiga didn't do too bad either.
ECTS SPRING 1995 Spring is traditionally the time of year when new software titles multiply, when embryonic games first see the light of day. I Did ECTS '95 follow suit? Let's see ©ven though March's European Computer Trade Show was dominated by the new 64- bit CD machines, the Amiga and speculation about its future refused to go away. The rival Commodore bid, from German PC manufacturer and distributor Escom was front page news for the trade paper Computer Trade Weekly, and Amigas were present on rather a lot of stands.
Although David Pleasance was quick to dismiss the Escom bid, the show was buzzing with talk of new investment, PC cards for big box Amigas and Amiga cards for Pcs. The latter idea seemed to have gripped quite a lot of people, the reasoning being that a lot of people currently using Pcs would prefer to use an Amiga some of the time and may already have software for it. Also there is still a large amount of quality Amiga games available at a lower cost than current PC titles, including platformers and football titles which have never translated well on to the PC.
Big fish The show was full of big fish who had swallowed little fish: Psygnosis (who. In their time were big fish) could be found lurking under the massive columns of the Sony stand, while Renegade were, for the first time, on the Warner Interactive Entertainment stand after being bought lock, stock and barrel by the multinational giant last year. Both Sensible Software and The Bitmaps have signed up for long term deals with Renegade Warner Interactive Entertainment, but unfortunately Sensi Golf (still to being distributed through Virgin, not Warner) and The Chaos Engine 2 are the last
products which these two developers are planning for the Amiga. Across the aisle from Warner Interactive Entertainment was Time Warner Interactive. If only Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment had been there it would have completed the trio of competing companies all eventually owned by the massive entertainment multinational Time Warner. Sounds confusing? Let me explain.
Time Warner has many strings to its bow: it's into publishing films, music and cable TV networking and each of these is a separately managed giant entity.
The three different Tnteractives' are offshoots of three of these divisions. Time Warner Interactive, the oldest, came to the fore last year by distributing and marketing Rise Of The Robots This year's biggie from them (in fact the only Amiga game they are producing in 1995) should be Primal Rage Warner Interactive Entertainment, now proprietors of Renegade, is part of the Warner Music group and will be releasing Chaos Engine 2, ViroCop and Flight Of The Amazon Queen before the Summer They also haven't ruled out releases later on in the year if the right software comes their way. Warner
Brothers Interactive Entertainment is part of the movie wing of the company, but is highly unlikely to produce anything for the Amiga.
- Team work As reported in this month's news.
Team 17 have tied up a deal with Ocean Software to exclusively market and distribute their games on a worldwide basis and on all platforms. This deal ensures tl the Team's biggest release of year, the Amiga developed Worms, gets maximum publi And judging from the response jealous rivals at the show it I* like being a massive hit - it realli could be a Lemmings-esque sue-1 cess story. In fact, so pleased | were Team 17 with all this news 1 that they were impossible to get hold of - unless you wanted a L game of Worms that is. That was 1 the magic word. If you said it * loudly enough members of
the Wakefield based development house would suddenly appear I four bars in Eatls Court 1 hall, eager to show off I with the bazooka, blow f guided missile, f just like to publicly ! And now that Martyn l Creative Director of Team ' unscrupulous cheat. I had I his worms nailed - dead
e. but I can now exclu- I that he told me to "... I bungie, go
on". I did. I I off the top of a cliff and I on a mine which
blew my ' up, leaving his unharmed, r changes in the game
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Impressive sions had a, well, impres- line up of games for the a, all due for release I now and September, r were being fouled, three of l we've already reported on.
I the versions we saw on PC »all but finished, while the I ports of two of them are I a month or so away. These get Ultimate Soccer Manager, i Seas Trader and Frontlines sions were also demon- ) PowerHouse, a new busi- simulation where you run power companies and get paid a lot of money. Hmmm. Fantasy mimics reality. The first of these games to be released, Ultimate Soccer Manager, on A1200 only was actually 95% ready on Amiga when we saw it and we'll review it next month.
Ascon. The German developer responsible for the On The Bait series was also at ECTS with a new management sim. This time based around the world of Formula 1 racing. Titled Pole Position, it will feature the current circuit of race tracks, all Ihe relevant financial and management issues, technology, rules, the press and temperamental drivers, some of whom may have Groucho Marx moustaches and large eyebrows.
Black Legend were showing an impressive line up of product at their stand, from various development houses. These included racing game Leading Lap, Doom clone Evil's Doom, an indoor version of Football Glory, an isometric RPG shoot ’em up tilled Tower Of Souls and Ihe AGA version of Turbo Trax.
There was good news for the CD32 too with Mirage indicating that they intend to produce versions of Rise 2: Resurrection, the follow up to ROTR with a new story line, more speed, more moves (thankfully) and more other things, too numerous to mention or even hope for until we actually see them in operation. They are also hoping to release The Adrenalinfe) Factor, which is described in their press blurb as being an isometric 'Cyberpunk strategy blast 'em up'.
A CD32 version of Pinball Illusions is on its way from 21st Century and Pinball Mania, an all new all Amiga pinball game was touted as being possible Legends is the next big title ttm: Cei w hull*.
From Krisalis. Who this year wisely and popularly decided to get a sound proof, air conditioned meeting room (ECTS is is noisier than a row with Spanish fishermen in a police siren testing factory), (or both CD32 and A1200, and this Zelda-like game has positively exploded. The demo we previewed last year inhabited four disks, bul the release version will have al least eight: the result of protracted development and improved graphics. Krisalis didn’t rule out further releases this year, but like many other software houses they are looking for outside developmenl and talent rather than
developing Amiga software in-house. They are currently evaluating products both from the UK and abroad.
Development This attitude seemed to be the theme of the show. Even Team 17 were making noises about halting in-house development of Amiga games now that they've entered the big bad money-spinning world of true multiple platform development. However, they haven't forgotten that what could possibly become their biggest selling game yet. Worms, was originally developed by an independent (and soon to be very rich) Amiga programmer. If you reckon you have a top game in you, then contact software houses like Krisalis. Team 17 or Black Legend.
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he or she can actually perform: basic punches and kicks essentially. As you work them through the levels of the game, they pick up moves and new techniques, improving their chances of success considerably while giving the player the chance to master the controls of their chosen hero, without all that hassle of learning how to spin the joystick like a windmill at precisely the right speed just to perform a simple fireball Naturally the computer opponents will progress at the same speed, so the combat doesn't actually get any easier, just more intricate and involved.
Harmless fun Gametek are adamant that this game will be suitable for all ages
- something that parents and other moral bodies have been
Streetfighting is for wimps. There's only one way to kick some
serious bottom, and that's the furry way.
One with the busted knuckles.
Brutal is something quite different, although the onus is still on combat. Like any other beat em up. You can select your character and then battle your way through a selection ot opponents, with an aim of outwitting them one by one in a ring of combat, until you eventually, meet the grand master in the closing chapters of the game.
Unlike most beat 'em ups.
However, there is more of a reason to beat each opponent than merely reaching the next level of the game. Gametek are including what they call the Belt System, which allows you to progress the ith any new or reborn | genre, a trend of fol- r low ups always seems to follow. Once you i your 'serious' contender, ch as the arcade licence that i everything off. You invari- i get the dozen or so copycat Wes. That try to emulate the look.
I and theme of the original, illy quite poorly And then i the versions with the slight- |T altered plotlines. Finally, and illy the one worth waiting for.
Es the cute variant. See for urself if you don't believe me - esis becomes FI-Type which omes Disposable Hero before ting up as Apidya Way 01 The ding Fist went through a t of different guises before turning into Ihe rabbity Yosagi Yojimbo Samurai Warrior.
Flavour of tne month Take a look al the games that have been causing a stir in the last twelve months, and you'll see that current flavour of the month is the beat-em-up Mortal Kombat I and 2. Super Streetfighler 2, with added turbo, combo and a whole line of other extensions with the letter 'o' on the end, not forgetting Dangerous Streets, Body Blows - the list goes on and on. A whole bunch of bloodthirsty combat lilies where the kicks hurt, punches land with a solid smack and the last one standing is the Stars of the show There are no less than ten different characters to select, all of
which carry different philosophies and very different styles of fighting. What's more, each of the characters has been designed to suit different types of player! Here's a little rundown of the kind of person you have to be to fight with these guys: TAI CHEETAH KENDO COYOTE RHEI RAT KUNG FU BUNNY Style: Relaxed Paw The sort of person who chooses Kung Fu Bunny is kind and considerate.
Nothing will give them greater pleasure than seeing how they have helped another succeed. However, they will have problems when it comes to making decisions and sticking to them.
Style: Tai Chi Chuan Devotion seems to be the name of the game if you want the hand of the Cheetah. Clinical is another.
Rock solid with your friends, yet cold and impassive towards the enemy, you are modest, happy to hold your ground rather than rush towards goals and 'success'.
Style: Kenjutsu To take control of Kendo, you need to be an out and out winner - the sort of person who won't let anything stand in their way. All setbacks get brushed aside as you race ever forward, over confident at times and reckless amongst other things.
Style: Thai Boxing Rats are generally affectionate creatures, but Rhei Rat is something totally different. You have no tolerance for the people you class as fools. You have trouble making friends, as they always seem to embarrass you with their ignorance.
A Ell loir Ml ID rn boote* worried about since the dawn of computers By using professional cartoon animators to actually create the graphics for all of the characters. The game has taken on a decidedly unrealistic look, leaving behind the blood and gore of Mortal Kombat 2 and replacing it with Tom and Jerry cartoon action, where the player's body seems to stretch and bend against all laws of physics and biology, giving a look and feel that is every bit as effective as StreetHghter 2, but far more humourous and therefore pretty harmless.
One of the neat touches is the instant replay feature. If you are ever lucky enough to see Nintendo Magazine's Gary Harrod play Streetfighter 2. You'll discover that a beat' em up, when played properly, is a lot more than just hammering the fire button and hoping to club the enemy When well choreographed, and played between evenly matched players, it can be an exciting thing to watch, and the instant replay facility 'captures’ the entire match. This allows you to watch the whole thing from the start, frame by frame if you wish, as a means to gloat at your opponent after you’ve given them a
right royal hammering.
This sort of game is best played with a group of friends, and so the game includes a full eight player tournament facility, where you and up to seven of your _ friends can play at once, as part I of a league. P But what happens when you I can't get that many people together in one room, you may 1 ask After all. It's all very well I having this option in there, but I what if you have just moved to 1 the Outer Hebrides, or some- I where equally as remote like i Shepherd's Bush, and you can't I get anywhere near your friends?!
This is where support for the Pf I Magic AT&T modem device comes in handy. This little phonj connection for your machine allows players from anywhere to| link into your game and join in. I rather like a modem link.
On l • I will !« I The game is nearing con tion as you read this, and will t available in the shops from Jund on Amiga and Amiga At 200, I priced at £29 99 We should have a full review I next issue, so until then, watch | this space. ¦ Tony Dillon branches AMIGA 32 CRITICAL ZONE OEXAIVS.
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. Yes, you‘ve heard that ) before, but this time ' we really have found a top notch Doom e, and it looks brilliant! Fears f that the Amiga still has ne of the most talented ers and developers in the . Bomb Software have been ering away on this for some e, determined to prove the doubters wrong, and it looks like they've succeeded.
The French team's 3D shoot 'em up is the most technically advanced of any we've yet seen.
On a standard 2Mb A1200, the screen generally updates somewhere between five and 10 frames per second, which may not sound very fast, but is sufficient to be playable, and very impressive for a full screen display. Add an accelerator and some extra RAM, and rates of 50 frames per second are common when things aren't too busy. The developers are confident of doubling the speed in time for the game's release.
All of this technical wizardry would be useless if the game was no good, but there seem to be no problems on that score either.
Fully animated scary monsters lurk around every corner, waiting to be splattered across the walls with your wide ranging artillery.
Details such as authentic walking effects and ominous background noises are being included to keep the tension running high.
Fears is very close to completion at the time of writing, but so far no definite publishing and distribution deal has been finalised.
We'll keep you posted, with a full review to follow shortly. Until then, just watch your back ... ¦ TH Player Manager 2 For Release: April 1995 Publisher: Anco © 01322 292513 he news that Anco recently. The new version is designed for up to four human managers (in normal management mode, there's also a Fantasy Football-style dream team mode in which eight can play) and features the usual management tasks of dealing in players, satisfying the board, transfers, ground staff management and coaching.
, software are produc- I ing a new version of Player Manager, six whole years after the nal was first released doesn't ! As a surprise. The original » a major success because it the most advanced and pro- sional management game of , but the opposition has ght up and got ahead of it To bring everything up to date however the graphics have been completely overhauled League Manager, reviewed last month and Impressions Ultimate Soccer Manager. PM2 will feature 'realistic' newspaper coverage and commentary on your skills as a manager and abuse and ridicule from your computer opponents.
Best team against up to eight other players and the ubiquitous, never ending management Sim where you keep on going until you are a complete expert and buy another game. You can also take to the field as a real ’player manager' and control your man on the field - however he's not exactly at his peak of skills and fitness, so things may not go according to plan.
There are loads of modern management sims around at the moment, but PM2 is looking good. We'll have a review soon. ¦ AD and new features include an in-depth play designer and Alan Flansen giving you the benefit of his vast knowledge before and after matches. There is live on-pitch action and a play designer that allows you to create your own set piece strategy for taking corners and throw ins. In common with Audiogenics Super There are four modes of play in PM2: the Personal Challenge, which involves playing to a set target; a Knock Out competition where you are up against the other managers
in a promotion relegation battle; the dream team 'Kick Off' mode mentioned above, using real footballers to see if you can select the Due For Release: May 1995 Publisher: Team 17 © 01924 267776 Ohave never, ever understood cricket.
Yes, it's a good, establishment approved sport for gentlemen, played on village greens, in The Oval, in parks and stadiums all over the Commonwealth. And yes, I have sat watching it for whole afternoons - but I still haven't got to the bottom of how it is scored, why it is played and why the hell everyone isn't asleep after the first two hours. But it's popular all right, despite the efforts of Q- dimwits who think the game will be made more exciting (and more profitable) by dressing the players up in various coloured shell suits.
Team 17's Alan Bunker reckons that Final Over might be very useful to me though. The players are all dressed conventionally, all the national and international league teams are in there, a variety of match lengths are available from 1 to 5 day and limited overs and.
Above all. He reckons, it’s a dream to play and easy to understand.
They've gone for 'Sensible' style ? V-"r presentation with small sprites and a multi directional scrolling playing field, one or two player mode and arcade style play, as opposed to the more traditional management and stats adopted by most other cricket sims.
The game certainly looks interesting because, unlike most other cricket games I've come across, it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. The sprite size and character make the game more accessible and interesting and the umpires are reputed to make dodgy decisions, which is likely to drive you up the wall, but is pretty close to real life.
The best news though is that Team 17 are releasing it at £12.99 on disk and £14.99 on CD. As part of their Arcade Sports series of simulations, of which the best so far has been Arcade Pool and the latest KingPin. If this quality to price ratio is kept up. Then Final Over should be worth a look.
One final word though on t subject of Team 17 press relei (of which we collected many i the ECTS). Their new marketing slogan is: Team 17. 100% Gameplay 0% Bullshit. Now i this, about Final Over: “it's ano er fine addition to the Arcade Sports series that has already thrilled Amiga games-players to unthinkable realms of gai ing heaven." Time to get the out. Something smells. B MD
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Virocop O Virocop is set in a 'virtual holiday theme park' called GameDisk, where fun is the order of the day until a nasty strain of octopus-like viruses invaded the*park and caused mayhem. Enter DAVE, or the Digital Armoured Virus Exterminator, a little robot on wheels who, armed with over twenty different weapons, is capable of destroying all the viruses and returning the GameDisk to relative peace, or something.
Due For Release: May 1995 Publisher: Warner Interactive Entertainment © 0171 391 4300 For one or two players. Virocop is good fun but difficult. On the first level, known as the Sport zone, the viruses have whipped various sporting objects into a frenzy and DAVE has to contend with fast bowling footballs and snooker balls as well as virus spawn. Because he is mounted on wheels DAVE is limited to climbing up ramps and sometimes can only go in one direction because of this. Various weapons and power ups appear out of the floor and whenever you knock off a baddie.
L. _L- U DAVE doesn't eat things. I have to chase objects th
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AMS J*CJ ©ver wanted to know how to build your own four player joystick adaptor? If so. The instruction manual to Acid Software's latest. Super Skidmarks 2. Should point you in the right direction. Rather amazingly. The manual includes detailed instructions on how to build such a device, complete with circuit diagram. Still, this is the sort of thing we've come to expect from New Zealand-based Acid Software.
They first hit the scene at the tail end of 1993 with Skidmarks.
Amazingly written in Blitz Basic. It breathed new life into the overhead racing game genre, with its pseudo 3D viewpoint, responsive controls and ultra fast gameplay.
Super Skidmarks ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Acid Software © 01302 890 000 Thankfully Acid Software's sequel to their best known title plays an awful lot better than it sounds!
Hunting high and low If you have a standard A50O this probably won't be of much interest to you so don't read the rest of this until you've upgraded. Ah. You're back, that's better isn't it? As well as the standard low-res mode, AGA owners can also enjoy the delights of hi-res while playing Super Skidmarks
2. What's the difference? Well... Wipe out Skidmarks is now
regarded as something of a classic, and Super Skidmarks 2 was
originally designed as an upgrade to the original package with
extra tracks as well as an editor for creating new layouts.
However, a full sequel made more sense as the product had
expanded so much in development, plus of course it would have
to compete against the likes of Team M's AH Terrain Racing as
well as Acid Software's own Roadkiii.. Unfortunately there’s
no track editor on offer in Super Skidmarks 2. But it is
possible to render your own sprites with imagine, and import
them into the game. Although the sprites are very small and
use only a few colours, you could still do some interesting
things with this feature, such as racing with digitised faces
of your mates instead of cars for instance. You can also use
your own custom sound samples.
Of more use to me is the fact that you can incorporate and use the tracks from the first Skidmarks, which at least stops the original game from becoming redundant as it so often the case when you buy a sequel. There's not really any need to use the old tracks though, as 12 new ones have been included, all of which are superb. Some courses are fairly basic, straightforward affairs, but most are packed full of hazards like sharp dips and steep ramps. The cars from the original game have returned to race on these tracks and there's a whole host of new models including the Mini. VW, Formula 1 and
That's right bovine fans, one of the championship courses is called California Cows, and requires the player to race a complete with its own set of wheels, against other similarly _ equipped cattle! It might sound I bizarre, but it's tremendous fu A As I §«¦» progresses Dm trsek starts M Its mu and leer cassep bj tbs itiUag can SUPER SKIDMARKS £29.99 I workbench version ..1.3+ mber of disks ......8
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Car power car has its own handling :eristics, so the Formula is extremely fast, while the Mini has exceptional handling. In you were wondering, the cows e in fact the fastest 'vehi- de' featured in the game. Just oes to show the power of methane eh?
The different characteristics of i cars aren’t too important however, as the difficulty level be altered to suit everyone from eginners to experts. The other major new feature is the split screen multiplayer option allows up to three people to i against each other using Amiga.
Super Skidmarks 2 has plenty f benefits for AGA Amiga own- . These include music on the ns screens, up to eight cars competing at once as opposed to four on other Amigas, and a hi-res mode which shows more of the screen at once but might prove too cluttered for some. But even on an A4000 there's still some noticeable slowdown in the two or three player mode. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't hamper the gameplay in any way and even makes some of the faster cars like the F1 easier to handle. That isn't the point though, and considering the obvious technical prowess of the Acid Software programmers
I don't expect to see slowdown in one of their games.
That's just a minor niggle however, and overall Super Skidmarks 2 is a much more polished and complete game than the original. The realistic racing element is still the key to the game's attraction but that wacky humour certainly helps too. Graphically everything is considerably more detailed than it was in Skidmarks 1 and I particularly like the light sourcing on the cars.
The sound has been smartened up too (not that I know what a cow with an internal Formula One engine sounds like!) And the ability to beep your opponents with a horn is a laugh (as in Micro Machines 2), if slightly pointless.
Too tough Other than the slowdown, my main worry about the game is its steep difficulty curve. If you're expecting to breeze through the courses like you did in the original Skidmarks, forget it. Super Skidmarks 2 is tougher than a rubbery old pork chop. The computer cars have obviously been to driving school, as their intelligence when it comes to keeping on the track is considerable, so expect to finish in last place on a regular basis for the first few games or so. This is probably a good thing.
The original game's lack of difficulty gave it a kicking in the lasta- bility stakes and only the multi player option saved things. But then how many of you were able to take advantage of the preferable modem link up option?
The car's the star A choice of eight cars await your driving skills in Super Skidmarks 2, each of which features different handling characteristics.
Exactly. With a comprehensive and challenging selection of one player games and a simply superb multi player option, this is a title that will find itself being booted up far more than the original ever was.
Super Skidmarks 2 is one of the best games I've ever played, certainly the best so far this year and definitely the best game yet from Acid Software. And for once us Amiga owners have got it all to ourselves. Hurrah! ¦ Rik Skews The Muscle: The muscle is one of those trucks with huge wheels and consequently has great control but is fairly slow.
The Porsche: Classy stuff indeed. Like the Mini, the Porsche is hard to categorise, but one thing's for sure - the girls love it!
The F1: Super fast and super lacking in control, the formula car is definitely best left to the expert drivers out there.
The Cow: This isn't a car, it is a fully fledged heifer. Moves faster than Tony Horgan at a rave but is easier to control.
The Mini: The Mini is Mr or Mrs average that doesn't excel at anything really.
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Super Loops ©ho needs a plumber's apprenticeship when you've got a game like Super Loops?
WKHIowmg similar lines to the classic Pipemania, in its simplest form Super Loops is a puzzle game which involves linking up bits of pipe to create as many complete loops as possible. You get all sorts of bizarre shaped piping thrown at you at random and you’ve got to quickly flip, move, and rotate it until you find somewhere where it can slot in.
This is OK when you only have about two or three bits of piping on screen but later on in the game it’s no joke when the grid starts to fill up and you’re trying to squeeze big zig-zag pipe into a tiny gap. However, I found the best way around this was to lay piping down for huge loops and then try and fit smaller ones inside it, that way there is less chance of overlapping and messing up your plans to create that perfect loop.
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To liven things up a bit there are various other options, such as two player challenge mode, bonus games and variations where you are shown the final shape first and then have to try to recreate it from memory.
You can use either a mouse or joystick to move and position the blocks. I tried playing Super Loops with a joystick at first and found it virtually impossible.
Mouse control is much easier to use.
Sound and graphics The graphics in Super Loops are OK. The first few levels are set in a tree and every time you form a loop, the monkeys living in said tree let out a big cheer.
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Championship Manager Italia '95 puts you in charge of a team from Serie A or B, with the aim of getting them to the top of the league.
Once you've endured the lengthy initialisation sequence, you can decide which team you want to manage. With 37 Serie A and B Teams to choose from, you're spoiled for choice. Next comes squad selection which takes time as it is near impossible to remember all the different requirements of each player, and you have to flick back and forth between several different pages of team info.
After picking your team and starting the season, you have a couple of weeks to make transfers This is far more awkward statistics to be aKered. From trivial things like his name and photo, to more important features like length of contract and which team he manages Next up is the ability to edit player data. This is an area where self control needs to be exercised because it's possible to change every player's rating to 99%, which quickly makes for dull that it needs to be.
Instead of giving you a list of all available players and letting you take your pick, it demands you specify the exact abilities of the kind of player you're after. More often than not. There's no one who exactly fits the bill, so you get the reply "No players available". You then have to go through the whole procedure again, with different statistics.
The fun starts once you get to play some football. You don’t get to see the action, but a screen keeps you informed of the score in text form. It's immensely satisfying and strangely addictive. The results update and transfer news goes on a bit, breaking up the flow.
Gameplay I recommend trying it with at least one player though!
The third icon is more of an extension of the second and allows players to be moved from team to team without the need for transfer negotiations You want Stoichkov at Wycombe? You got it!
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The next two options allow you to completely rebuild league tables and change the countries and stadiums at which cup final matches In between the delays and long-winded selection screens.
Championship Manager Italia '95 is a very engrossing management sim. Anyone who doesn't mind nipping off to make a cuppa every ten minutes would do well to take a look.
Take place. So you could construct a league entirely from superteams or have the European Cup Final take place at a non league stadium!
Perhaps the best and the most amusing option is the one that allows you to change the terms used for player ratings, so instead of being good' they could be termed groovy’. You can change the names of injuries and how long they will keep a player out of action. In my version an upset stomach now affects a player for 23 weeks!
It's hard to rate the Premier Multi Edit System as it isn't a game in its own right. Assuming you can stop yourself from mucking about too much then you'll find it a very useful prod- ; uct. Especially if you want to I keep your favourite team as up to date as is possible.
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The main addition to the game engine is a comprehensive editor, which works in a similar style to Gremlin's Premier Multi League Edit System for Premier Manager 3 (as reviewed on page 56). Unlike Gremlin's editor. The Double concentrates purely on the editing of players. Everything from their names and skin colour to their various skill ratings can be altered, or if you want, players can be created from scratch.
Leagues can be built up in the same way, while a nifty kit design option completes the editing package. Players can now be bought and sold too, courtesy of a transfer feature.
Gameplay remains exactly the same as it did in Premier League Champions, which is hardly a bad thing. The excellent Tacti Grid is back. If you’re not familiar with the system, it allows precise control over the positioning of a team's players on the pitch, regardless of their overall formation. Use it well and it's a sure fire way of increasing your chances of winning. For such a powerful system it's a big sticky piece of chocolate cake to use (that's a good thing) and puts the tactics system in Sensible World of Soccer to shame. Other key features of the game include up-to-date
squads and numbers, as well as bookings and suspensions. Some of the team selections are dodgy however. If you’re a big footy fan like myself, you'll wonder what the likes of David Kerslake are doing in the Spurs defence when more regular first team players are sitting in the reserves. Also some transfer values can appear conservative. But these are alterable by tinkering With the player's skills.
Anyway, player valuations are next to useless most of the time, whoever would have thought that Andy Cole would have been sold for £7 million for instance?
The quadruple more like. Krisalis bless the Amiga with its fourth Manchester United game.
Trying too hard The original Manchester United Premier League Champions had its critics, but I preferred it to FIFA and rated it a close second to Sensible Soccer. The problem for The Double is that it has been released at a very unfortunate time with two competitors offering better products. In my opinion, as far as the arcade game is concerned. The Double is beaten in every department other than sound when compared to the seemingly unbeatable Sensible World of Soccer. I also think that Gremlin’s Premier Multi Edit system mops things up as far as the editing options go.
Don’t think that The Double a bad game, because it isn’t. The control system, once mastered, is excellent and the presentation and graphics are much clearer than those in SkVOS. The transfer option adds plenty of lastability to the game and stops the annoyance of seeing the likes of Andy Cole still at Newcastle months after he has left, a problem which plagues Ski OS (you’ve got a thing about Andy Cole haven’t you? - Ed). If like me you’re nuts about football and footy games then The Double is an ideal second purchase. But if you're after a game which is the best in its market then I’d
recommend Sensible World of Soccer for arcade fans and Premier Multi Edit System for football management lovers. Unfortunately, The Double suffers from that old problem of trying too hard to appeal to all gamers. It succeeds but there are other titles out there which, in my opinion, do a better job.
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Despite the subject matter. Theme Park isn't a white-knuckle thrills extravaganza.
Quite the opposite in fact. There's all the fun of the fair, but you don't get to go on any of the rides. Instead you play the manager of the park, with the job of building an entertainment centre to rival those of Walt Disney.
Before you start, it's advisable to read the 'New Business Portfolio' (why can't they just call it a manual?) As it's nigh on impossible to get into the game without any background knowledge. The instructions are bigger, longer and chunkier than a box of Yorkie bars, but then big games call for big manuals.
The trippy 3D cartoon intro sequence gets things off to a good start. As the game loads, it checks to see whether you've got a joypad or a mouse connected, and adjusts itself accordingly. If you choose mouse control, you can't enter your name and details on the set-up screen, unless you have a keyboard attached. However, you can with a joypad.
Strange but true.
There’s a built- in beginner's guide to help you get started, although it's still a bit confusing to the first time player. Once A Whae - all the fan af the fair. I you've passed l("m r* * cBc“ to'!
The Olympian task that is the beginning, bought a few rides, deciphered how to open your park and started the game properly, things become more fun.
Watching your little customers milling around with their balloons is quite entertaining and the sound effects and music are very pleasing. It's like Sim City with rollercoasters.
If you have been playing for a couple of hours and you want a rest, you would think it wise to save. In this version, you cannot save your actual park, only your details and the amount of money you have. This means that next time you come back to it, you have to start with an empty park, which detracts substantially from the game.
You can set the game to run at one of four speeds, which is handy if you want to get rich quick, but the top speed is a bit of a scunner as all the animations skip a few frames and end up looking like something from a weird Eastern European cartoon.
There's plenty of satisfaction to be gained from building your park and watching your customers enjoy themselves, but the lack of a proper save game feature spoils it all. Having to rebuild the park every time you play is demoralising, and will be enough to put many people off for good.
SLW ©arning itself a respectable 85% last month in its standard Amiga incarnation, A77? Is now available for the CD32. It's a direct port from the original floppy version, so even though there's nothing added, there’s nothing taken out either.
What we've got is a scrolling top-down racing game, in the vein of RoadkiH and Micro Machines. There's a choice of three futuristic cars: the 4x4 Jeep, the Ultra Buggy and the Formula Special, each of which handles slightly differently. Before you race you can do a bit of shopping, upgrading your car to suit your driving style. Nervous drivers could go for extra grippy tyres, while speed freaks can
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You really have to know the track before you race it. Also, some of the obstacles are so small and unobtrusive that they look like bits of the background, until you crash into them It really gets the adrenaline going though and in the end, the sheer excitement and playability win through and you forget about the minor faults.
I would have thought they would add CD quality sound during the conversion, but no matter. It's thoroughly addictive and. Like a good record, you'll keep coming back to play the best bits.
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Th® due ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Neo © 01438 840 004 ©ed up having to work hard for a living? Well. The Clue could be just the game for you. It teaches you how to plan and pull off robberies ranging from little jobs such as your Aunty Emma’s corner shop to the Tower of London.
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Team 17 have tried to make KingPin as close to real bowling as possible, so you also have to contend with waxed floors which have slight curves and bends. To combat this you can choose from a variety of ball weights and can increase or decrease the strength of your shot accordingly. Thdre's even an option to muck about with your opponent's statistics to give you that extra edge.
KingPin on Amiga received a very respectable score of 76% when it was reviewed in the March issue of CU Amiga Magazine. It was credited with good graphics. Involving gameplay and intuitive control, and nothing whatsoever has changed on the CD32 version. Control is just as simple: you jump into a taxi and are told that you have won a year's free supply of taxi rides - just the job for any budding criminal. Give a false name at the Ugly Dog Hotel and you get a room from where you can plan all your blags. Plotting a coup involves staking out and investigating all the locations on the screen,
talking to everyone to find out who might be useful and what percenta_ge of the takings they want.
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The hotel phone is just the job as it links you directly to any contacts you've made earlier.
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Award winners t's a testament to Civilization's addictiv- ity that the name of it s creator. Sid Meier has become so famous in the computer entertainment world, and that the game still ranks among the top three favourites if you ask games players and journalists now - four years after it was first released.
Ptaftinum edition I Price: £34.99 ¦ Publisher: Empire © 0181 343 7337 In Civilization you have to guide your people from the stone age through to the space race, trying to keep at least one step ahead of the opposition by building cities, controlling economic conditions and the military. Mining and exploring territory and developing new technologies, products etc You can have up to seven computer opponents and can play the game on Earth or on another, custom built planet. You start the game in 4000BC with very little opposition but as the boundaries of science and discovery widen you
will encounter the other civilisations and war will ensue.
Millenia later, if you are not destroyed you will see rockets, jet aircraft and atomic power, and if they don't destroy you, well, you're God.
Lemmings has sold over 2 million copies world wide and has been Psygnosis' biggest success story. The concept is simple enough, but the practice is mind bendingly addictive. Lemmings are suicidal rodents who. Every year in the Fjords or Norway, take it upon themselves to jump off cliffs en masse. In the game they are equipped with a number of devices and tricks which the real animals don't have, such as shovels and umbrellas, and if you get sick of them you can press the nuclear self destruct button with hilarious results. The basic idea is to stop them from dying though. Oh come onl If
you don't already know about Lemmings you've been living on the moon for the last couple of years.
Which brings me to Frontier, in which you can start off on a moon if you like.
Frontier is the product of David Braben. Who became famous in the 1980s for Elite. It's the follow up to this game and involves trading, fighting, mining and exploration of a vast uqiverse, building up your status and power and the size of your space ship. The ship (and game, for that matter! Can be viewed from a variety of different angles and all communication with the outside world is carried out from within its confines, You're not just limited to the same ship though.
As you become richer and more successful you can upgrade, which in turn increases your range and money making possibilities.
Frontier is possibly the biggest game ever packed on to one double density disk. You can choose from a wide variety of 'careers' to make money, including transport, mining or military and both your skills as an overall strategist and as a ship to ship space combat- eer will be tested to the full.
Although it's a good game I must admit that I'm not mad on Frontier, but the general consensus of everyone else in the office is that it's brill.
There's only one flaw in Empire's marketing strategy, though Surely everyone has these games already, don't they?
AD On space everyone uses the same cliches, especially when trying to describe a game where a squad of marines infiltrates a space ship to destroy enemy aliens. But I won't. Once upon a time Gremlin produced a game called Space Crusade, based around Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 series of tabletop role playing games. It was best played as a 2D game but there was also an isometric 3D view, which was slower, but more illustrative.
Not content with this admittedly rather good effort. Games Workshop teamed up with Electronic Arts to produce an even more realistic game, where the main view was first person.
When a Soul Sucker attacks you.
You can see him coming through a central screen on a control panel (see left), and it's not a pleasant sight. This control panel also allows you to view what up to four other Marines can see and has an overhead map, showing your location in the 'hulk'. There is also an overhead 2D viewing and weapons screen and the action takes place in real time.
Space Hulk held pole position for this type of game until Doom appeared and few other role playing games have the same sort of shoot ’em up action and genuine suspense as it. To succeed at the 50 odd missions you need to know the controls inside out. It'll take you a while to get acclimatised but Space Hulk is an enjoyable and rewarding game once Space Hulk ¦ Price: £14.99 ¦ Publisher: Hit Squad © 0161 832 6633 AD Dream web Hello again and welcome to our second and final solution to Empire's top adventure game, Dreamweb. Sitting comfortably?
Then we'll begin ... Tips The TV Studio Chapel's House In the Dreamweb, talk to the keeper once more and then examine and use the right hand door in the main corridor. Use the key on the plinth as usual. Ryan will materialise in a car park.
Go left and examine and take the wire cutters from the back of the car. Go to Chapel's House via the travel screen. Walk to the wall, examine and then use it. Examine the cartridge and then take it.
Return to Ryan's flat from the travel screen and put the cart from Chapel's house in Ryan's interface.
Use the network interface and LOGON with the tag BECKETT. Type SEPTIMUS as the password. Type CARTRIDGE and then READ BRIEF.
Go to the TV studio. Walk as far right as possible, then as far down and go left. Use the gun on the old security guard. Examine the barrier controls and use them. Walk left and up into the studio. Pick up the passcard which is hidden under the brochure. Go left and down into the storeroom. Examine the fusebox, use it with the screwdriver and take the fuse. Now go far right and up the ladder. Examine the winch control and then open it. Replace the blown fuse with the one from the storeroom. Use the winch control. Splat, one dead General!
Sartain Industries Once back in the Dreamweb, talk to the Keeper and pay special attention to what he says about, 'knowing someone well'. Go as far south as possible and take the purple crystal.
Go as far left as possible, examine and then use the door on the bottom right. Use the key on the plinth as usual. You'll materialise outside Sparky's Bar and from here use the travel screen to return to Eden's house. Walk left to the bed and examine the organiser hidden under Eden's purple shirt.
Use the organiser and keep pressing the N or P keys until Sartain's address comes up. Go back to the lift doors and take the cartridge marked 'Sartain Industries' which is resting on the table. Leave Eden's flat and return to your own flat via the travel screen. Pick up any mug and stick it in your inventory, you'll need it later.
Use the network interface with Eden's cart. Use the network in the usual way and type LIST CARTRIDGE.
Now type READ CODE and take down the number. This will let you into Sartain Industries. EXIT the network interface. Proceed to Sartain Industries via the travel screen and enter the doorcode 7833. Walk to the computer and use Ryan's gun on it.
Go left and enter the malfunctioning lift doors. Examine and then use the lift controls. Use the crystal.
Head down, walk to the briefcase and examine it. Take and use the papers to get Chapel and Underwood's addresses, as well as other useful gossip. Walk to the door on the right, walk up the steps and then walk to the doorstep. Walk to the tarmac and use the gun. Boom, there goes person number three!
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The Ruined Church nee again Ryan will return to the Dreamweb so talk to the keeper ain for the latest gossip. Go to the bottom left corridor and use 3 far left corridor. Hey guess what? That’s right, use the plinth t the key again. Return to the travel screen and go to the ruined rch. Walk to the gate, examine it and use the wire cutters on it.
Ik to the step. Once inside the church, walk to the hand.
Walk down twice, then walk to the cloth. Take the cloth and en drop it. Examine the altar and then the hole. Use the hole with i hand. Examine and use the altar, then examine and use the
e. Now examine the jar, open it and take the gem. Walk to the ne
slab and use it. Now examine and take both gems. Examine 1
take the rock. Now walk to the stone tile and use all three ns
on the stone tile. Walk right and then up. Walk to the statue,
amine and then use it. Match the image with the one in the
diary i madman. Push the crystal once you've matched the
I hear a noise and this means the gate blocking Ryan's path to i south is now open. Search the entire area for another seven
s. They're all pretty obvious but the one in the room to the bot-
i right can be difficult to spot. It's sitting tucked away at
the top it. Once you've collected all the rocks, walk to the
mine cart, amine it and use it eight times with the rocks
3 full, use it again and it will shoot off down the screen and ash through a wall. Go through the wall, down and take the first ft. Go down again, walk to the hole examine and use it. Now go left. Up. Up and left.
Hurrah, you've finished the game!
Almost. As soon as the dialogue finishes go right. Now it's finished for good and so's Ryan judging by the amount of bullets he takes... ¦ The Boathouse ¦•turn to the travel screen and go to the boathouse.
Examine and then use the railing. Walk to pipe and use the ?*pe with the mug which you collected from Ryan's flat.
Go right and walk to the junction box. Use the junction box. Firstly by itself, then with the railing and finally the mug. Walk to the Hole in the balcony, I examine and then use it. Now examine the hole in the win- I dow and examine and use that too.
Walk to Underwood. I talk to her and then use the gun.
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I In order to hold on to your new conquests Bou will need to make sure that your home Bounty is connected up to them, otherwise you pill lose control. If an enemy army invades or ¦he peasants rebel in an intermediate county Bou will not only lose your far flung realms, any pasties you have built will disappear too, leaving the occupying army stranded. To avoid this.
By to order your conquests so that they always ¦hare more than one common border with bther counties under your control Remember Bktugh, the same thing will happen to oppos- pg nobles and to avoid having to destroy or lake all of their castles, why not make them pagically disappear by cutting them off from ¦heir home county.
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Leap frogging Taking and controlling every county you come across uses up valuable resources and will merely make your job more difficult in the long run. If you completely surround a county then just leave it alone, it will not bother you again When you're done with most of the other Lords you can then conquer it if you want - but as long as it's not bothering you there's really no need You can also station soldiers in unconquered counties to spare your own food resources Beware of these counties, though, they may seem empty and undefended but they can contain a surprisingly large amount of
peasants and may need a large army to con- • quer if you wish to do so.
GAME TIPS Manually controlled battles can be fun - if .
You have a 50MHz machine! They are slow and laborious otherwise, but you will need to take control if you adopt hard level warfare because the enemy will beat you easily if you don't.
Taking control is also terribly tedious if you are fighting with less than 500 troops. If you've read your handy guide to hit and defence points you’ll discover that swords are best for both, bows have the longest range and crossbows have more power but less range than regular bows Knights are cool too, but expensive Move your army forward a little (leaving some swordsmen or knights in reserve), placing archers and crossbowmen just behind the swordsmen Target the enemy with your archer's bows and let them come to you. You will pick off a lot of troops this way. Once they have nearly reached
you set your swordsmen on them. At this point withdraw your archers back to their original position. See how the battle is going and if necessary send in your reserves to speed things up and finish them off.
If all is not going well and you are being really slaughtered, withdraw your troops and set the archers firing at the enemy again Let the enemy follow your troops into the fire and then release your reserves on their flanks. The white flag is basically useless: you might as well fight on until all of your troops are dead Siege warfare When besieging a castle don't try to storm it straight away. Reduce the amount of fighters to zero and increase the amount of builders to the maximum Then build as many trebuchets (large destructive catapults) as possible. Build ladders with any spare men. Leave
this screen and wait until the next season. Continue building trebuchets next season until you have at least three, but the more the merrier. Target the first season's catapults at the weakest and lowest outer wall, but don't send in any ground troops yet. If the walls are large you may need some siege towers but these take a lot of men to build and may not be of use.
Once you have knocked plenty of holes in the castle wall it's time for a mass assault. This should take place in season three or four, and if you have destroyed enough walls each season with your trebuchets then it will fall very quickly. Remember, when using ladders or assault towers your troops can be doubled up.
You may also be able to take a castle by aiming all your trebuchets at the flag. Keep on pounding it with enough firepower and it will fall.
To defeat all of the other lords you may have to neglect parts of your kingdom, and peasants may oust you from some counties; don't worry about this too much (but try to police rampaging peasants and ex-soldiers or they could make things difficult). Once the serious opposition has been defeated you will be made Lord Of The Realm whether you control them or not. ¦ BREAD STREET. PENZANCE. CORNWALL. TR18 2EQ TELEPHONE 01736 33199 FAX 01736 331777 HARD DRIVES
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I received a letter from a Mr Archer who wanted to see
pictures on his Amiga Ilka thosa on a Mac. I explained that
for life-like photorealistic quality he'd need an AGA Amiga
at least, or buy a big box Amiga and add a 24-bit card. But he
said he didn't have the money and wanted to know why his Amiga
couldn't do it as standard.
I hear this argument frequently.
| The Amiga is a fantastic computer and its basic hardware is better than Pcs and Macs which cost much more. However, Mac and PC owners constantly upgrade their systems (how many 286 Pcs are still around?) Adding 16-bit sound cards, graphics cards and are therefore able to edit and display much higher quality pictures.
Unfortunately, some Amiga owners don’t seem to realise this. They assume that their unexpended Amiga will be able to do everything that expanded Pcs do and when it | doesn't they complain. It's [ Commodore's fault, Amiga soft- ire Isn't as good, developers aren’t supporting the Amiga etc, etc, etc. Strangely it's never their fault.
They don't seem to consider that If they spent more money on their Amiga, software developers would be able to produce better programs. Let's face it, Microsoft Word would never run on 286 Pcs, It's only because PC owners have upgraded that Microsoft have been able to develop and release such a | powerful program.
If Amiga owners would do the same the Amiga market would be a lot stronger than It Is now.
Likewise software developers wouldn't be held back by the slower systems and could develop big powerful do-everything applications. As a result we could gloat at the over-priced Pcs that our neighbours had bought. If you chose to buy a basic model Amiga don't expect It to do what the super expanded Pcs and Macs do and don't complain when it doesn't. ¦ Serious If last month's Got Serious pages were a hardware bonanza this months are a software spectacular. Firstly there's a detailed test of Amiga paint programs and a look My-Money - a new financial package. But it's not all software;
there's a super new genlock tested as well. It's all here in the next few pages.
• CTV Micro Studio 2000 .. 72 It'* big. It'* covered in
knob* and Tony Horgan's in lova with thi* all singing all
dancing genlock, chromakey and mixer.
• My-Money 74 Got a problem with your cash flow? Andy Leaning
checks out this financial planner.
Will it help or is it not up to scratch?
• CD-ROM Round-Up .....78 Another slew of silver slivers
elide elowty into the CU AMIGA Magazine CD-ROM mecheniem (who
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• Graphics Comparison ...82 Andr* 'Monet' Digard test
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SVHicre Studiol Make your own pop videos, sci-fi epics, grass roots documentaries and corporate presentations with CTV's new video ¦ Price: £750, £1100 (with TBC) ¦ Developer: CTV Multimedia ¦ Supplier: CTV tel: 01206 330670 A Flashy pop-yideo tyye effects era possible with the chreeuhey eel lomakev (eatwei.
©s we mentioned in our animation feature last month, CTV have released what's potentially one of the most powerful tools ever available for Amiga video producers. The Micro Studio 2000 is a video mixer that combines two video inputs, chromakey, lumakey and genlock mixing of Amiga graphics, four types of wipe, three channel stereo sound mixing with bass and treble EQ, noise reduction, and separate audio and video monitoring. It's available in two versions. With or without an internal time base corrector. It all sounds very impressive, but can it live up to such a promising features
Connecting up Getting hooked up is a simple enough affair. A lead comes with the Micro Studio to connect it to your Amiga's RGB output. The lead that came with our test model was actually too short to reach around to the back of a big box Amiga (A4000 for example), although we are assured this oversight will be rectified on units supplied to the public. Along with the Amiga, you can connect up to two A In night into day with Mother leying efiecL A In il a strobing color bockdrop fvooi year Amiga.
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Video sources. These can be either S-VHS (Y C) or composite sources, although both sources must be of the same type.
There are three sets of video outputs, plus a through port for keeping an eye on the computer graphics on another screen. The main output offers both S-VHS and composite connections, and there are two of each, giving greater flexibility for monitoring and recording. The third video output is a composite connection, which takes its signal from which ever channel is assigned to the preview monitor. This allows you to monitor one of the video sources on a separate screen, prior to fading it into the main display.
On the audio side there are two stereo line inputs (phono sockets), plus a monophonic microphone input (mini jack socket). The combination of these sounds is output through a pair of stereo phono sockets. There's also a monophonic line level phono socket which can be used to monitor any of the three separate sounds, prior to fading into the main soundtrack.
Most Amiga genlocks overlay graphics onto a single video picture. With the option to fade the I graphics in or out. In general, that's about as far as they go.
This is fine if all you want to do is I add some titles or logos to your video productions, but if you're serious about making your own films, you'll need more inputs, more outputs, and more features. I The Micro Studio opens up far I more options, giving you the power to create professional-look-J ing videos that cut and flow neat- I ly from one shot to the next.
Four wipes are included for transitions between the video sources. They slide one picture over the other, either diagonally. I horizontally, vertically, or from the top left corner of the screen.
They're hardly dynamic, but can I add a bit of spice when used spar-1 ingly. There's also the option to W switch or fade to black and white.
This can come in handy for transitions between mono and colour footage, when you don't want the change to be too intrusive.
Chromakey The main attraction for most users will be the chromakey and lumakey functions. These replace parts of the video picture of a cr tain colour (yellow in this case) or brightness with the image comil from the Amiga. This is brilliant for creating special effects and abstract visuals. For example, if you were to place your subject against a yellow backdrop, you could then 'key out' the back- Overlay Sensible Check out all those knobs and sliders ill IIIIH tltil Ml ADJUST: The chromakey and Inmakei modes can be set according to the amount of colour or light in the yidco picture, to
obtain the best possible affect.
Tohf CONTROLS: Bass and trahle controls ars included for adjosting the freqeencies of the cemhieed microphone and two stereo line signals.
NOISE RE0UCT10N: Optional noise reduction system to eradicate unwanted background sounds.
| a Tie genlock feature works wed. handy for adding | and credits to your productions.
¦ ground and replace it with the I Amiga graphics, transporting your ¦subject into a whole new world.
¦Alternatively, the lumakey could |be used on an outdoor shot to lace the sky with Amiga graph- or animations. Slip in a 3D ren- animation of an alien rship behind the skyline, and i've got an instant sci-fi epic!
You're likely to experience le fringing around the edges your keyed subjects. This can be reduced by careful adjustment the lighting in the video shot, fine tweaking of the Key ljust knob.
Genlocking Amiga graphics on of video pictures is easily ie. The background colour of Amiga picture is cut out and laced by the video, which ¦s through from behind.
Audio mixing As part of the Micro Studio's mission to give you everything you could ever want in one box.
Ihere's a decent audio mixer built in. This offers two stereo channels and a microphone channel, each of which has its own fader.
Either of the stereo channels can be assigned to the audio monitor output phono socket. This works like the monitor output on a DJ mixer, although you can't plug in headphones directly; you'll need to route it through a hi-fi or an amplifier first. Bass and treble controls allow you to tweak the overall sound, and the level of cut and boost is enough to make a substantial difference. Finally there's the noise reduction switch, designed to take out rogue frequencies picked up from camcorder microphones. Sound quality is fine, and the addition of the noise reduction and tone controls is very
Conclusion The Micro Studio certainly has some mouth-watering features, and in general, they're implemented pretty well. The ‘metal effect' plastic casing is quite sturdy, and the fader travel is fairly smooth.
One extremely irritating feature is MONOCHROME SELECTOR: Allows au instant switch between a colour and black and white picture, or a smooth lade between the two.
WIPE ANO CUT FADERS AND SELECTORS: The main controls for general lades and cuts.
KEY INVERT: Switches the position of keyed graphics with the video picture.
That if your video source isn't assigned to the time base corrector, and there's a break in the signal (such as when a camcorder switches from camera to tape mode) your Amiga is likely to crash. If the TBC is assigned correctly, this shouldn't happen, but it's easily done all the same, especially during the setup procedure. The other problem regards regards compatibility with certain Amigas (in our tests, A500 Plus, A1200 and A4000). This was rectified on our second review model with a stop-gap fix, although we're assured that units shipped from now on will include this fix as
standard within the box.
Those problems aside, the Micro Studio 2000 is a wonderful tool. The combination of audio and video mixing, chroma and luma key effects, genlocking, multiple wipes and stacks of inputs and outputs makes this a very powerful bit of kit. Compared to your average £200 genlock, it’s not cheap, but then it really is so much more than just a genlock.
The option of S-VHS and composite VHS connections gives compatibility with lower-end equipment, but also takes advantage of superior S-VHS picture quality when available. The time base corrector will be a necessary expense for those using domestic VCRs and camcorders (ie non stable sources). If you use only stable sources however, then you can save yourself some money on the overall price. A TBC can be fitted at a later date if the need arises.
The Micro Studio 2000 comes PRE-FADE LISTEN: Sends either or both of the stereo line signals to the audio monitor output for cueing up sounds before fading them onto the videotape.
AUDIO FADERS: Adjust the levels of the three audio channels.
Recommended to anyone who is serious about using their Amiga to produce professional looking videos. It's also worth noting that it's the only chroma lumakey unit still available for the Amiga, as RocTec's RocKey has now been discontinued. ¦ Tony Horgan My-Money ¦ Price: £25.00 ¦ Developer: My-Soft ¦ Supplier: My-Soft Conclusion My-Money has the makings of a program.
Just that. ¦ Andy Leaning Yet another financial planner for your income. But does this one match up to the rest?
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My-Money. Their first program, is a financial planner. All programs of this nature work in a similar manner. They allow you to record and track your income, spending and savings. The bigger. More professional programs like Easy Ledgers, provide company finance management, taking into account invoices, purchase orders and so on.
But My-Money isn't a heavyweight program. In fact it's tiny by Available from My-Soft are selling My- Money direct. Their address is 71 Springfield Avenue. Whitehaven CA28 6TT. No telephone number was available at the time of writing.
Comparison and is aimed at individuals who want to plan their own fiscal well being. It allows you to set up records of your bank balance and savings, to automatically calculate regular incoming and outgoing payments and then monitor them individually or as a whole, showing your total financial status. That’s about the extent of it.
Keep it simple What makes My-Money special, however, is the ease and simplicity with which you can set up, maintain and track the movement of your money. To a large extent this is because it's far more limited in what it can do, compared to the bigger alternatives. It avoids the 'features overload' syndrome suffered by similar programs. The basic range of facilities is all that it needs, and anything extra would compromise and confuse its functionality.
An example of this is the way regular transfers, payments, incomes and bills are handled.
The program can keep track of your money no matter where you choose to keep it. You can set up savings accounts, current accounts, and have it regularly allocate money to your pocket.
This is something I particularly like. I’ve tried accounts programs before that allow you to define salary payments, and transfers to savings accounts but they fail if you forget to record when you've taken small amounts out of your account, and before long the program is completely out of sync with your actual balance.
Pocket money With My-Money, however, you can have it transfer £100 a week to a 'pocket' account. If you do take more out you can of course still record it. You could do this with other programs, but the ease with which My-Money lets you do this seems to have an effect on the subconscious, and I found myself make an effort to keep it up to date.
Unfortunately, it's not all good news. The program has bugs, and we're not talking head lice here either, but bloody great big cockroaches that scamper across the floor. It crashed with alarming frequency, requiring a complete reboot of the Amiga. Some of the graphs were impossible to read as some of the tops of the bar graphs were outside the viewing area. Error messages appeared that were completely meaningless, and at times the program just locked up, forcing yet another reset Another annoying aspect about My-Money is that once you've started entering data there's no way to abort the
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However, the Multimedia Toolkit is different. It features a simple menu- driven program that allows you to pick the type of file you want to work with: images, samples, demos etc. Click on this and a list of corresponding files pops up. Click on the file and then on an action button (view for instance) and hey presto there's the file. Wonderful!
Multimedia Toolkit also contains a wodge of reasonable quality fonts, colour and mono clip art, music modules, and samples which are accessed via Workbench. In brief, this isn't the biggest or best collection, but it certainly is the easiest to use.
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Fm 121 Sr _ ¦ The Beauty of Chaos If you like fractals you'll just fall in love this disk because it’s filled with nothing but fractal images. Some of them are impressive, some are rather dull. There are 507 pictures in all of the mandelbrot set. These are saved in mainly IFF or GIF formats and a viewing program is supplied on the disk.
However, we had problems opening many of the GIF files in any Amiga GIF reading graphics program. There are also a number of TIF files on the disk, should you want to see the fractal in more colours (the GIFs store pictures with just 256 colours).
It would have been nice to see a collection of fractal generators on the disc as well letting you explore the world of fractals yourself. And maybe some fractal animations, let's face it we’re not pushed for space are we!
Not having these on the disc is definitely a missed opportunity. Still if you're into this kind stuff you'll love it, otherwise avoid.
70 PD Soft, 1 Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-sea, Essex SS1 2YD.
Tel: 01702 466933. Price: £19.99. o Q ¦ 00 O II LU I DC LU z • o o r :: * '--.if TL' . ¦ „ ~ t* z * I z LU Imagine Enhancer This disc offers a wonderful collection of fonts, attributes, backdrops, and objects for Imagine. There's also a gallery of wonderful pictures all produced with Imagine. The discs holds roughly 100 new attributes, 25 fonts, 10 image backdrops, eight reflection maps and 12 vehicles. This isn't much, compared to some of the Cds available, but the detail in the objects, the quality of the attributes and the definition of the fonts makes it worth having. The biggest
problem with this disc is that many of the file names are in German (particularly drawers - Bilder, Wolken, etc aren't exactly helpful) but it won't take too long to figure out what they stand for.
If you use Imagine this disc is definitely worth having. If. However, you work with a variety of rendering programs [UghtWave and Real3D, for instance) then the Amiga 3D Raytracing volumes (reviewed in the March issue) or the 3D Areana disc (see opposite page) are probably better bets as the offer objects, textures and files for the other Amiga rendering applications in addition to Imagine.
Gordon Harwood, New Street, Alffreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BP.
Tel: 01773 836781. Price: £49.95. Another month has crept up on us and sure enough another batch of Cds arrive in the CU Amiga offices.
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the problems with many CD clipart collections is that the
authors cram the disc with loads of images, and in the race to
fill the disc grab images from anywhere, often sacrifice
quality for quantity. Serious users, however, want quality, not
quantity. A better approach would be to cut the number of
images, ensuring each one is well scanned, supplied at decent
resolution and cleanly edited.
Field of Vision have taken just this approach with their Art Backgrounds disc, it contains just 60 pictures all of which are very well produced. The images supplied are mainly colour tones, atmospheric effects and washes.
Each image is supplied in a variety of resolutions (from 128 by 192 to 2048 by 3072) so you won't need to resize them (losing quality in the process) too much. The only downer to the disc is that the images are in PhotoCD format so you'll need to something like PholoGenics to use them. If you're looking for a collection of professional, high quality, abstract, backdrops get this disc.
91 Field of Vision. 45 Beversbrook Road. London N19 4QQ.
Tel: 0171 263 5054. Price: £40.
CD Clipart In recent months I've seen bucket loads of Cds claiming to offer professional clipart for DTP users but in reality offer nothing more than a rather crap collection of black and white, low resolution, pictures.
On loading this disc however I was pleasantly surprised. This disc contains bitmap images, structured images and EPS files. The structured clip art is in the form of ProClips for ProDraw. Handy for this month's coverdisk.
There's also a collection of CorelDraw images (not very useful for an Amiga owner)!
The real surprise, however, is the bitmap images. As usual there's a collection of black and white pictures but there's also a large number of Amiga painted colour graphics. This are all impressive quality, looking much like the painted images to be found in old style encyclopedias.
For DTP orientated users the Weird Science Clipart disc is well worth having.
Weird Science, 1 Rowlandson Close. Leicester LE4 2SE.
Tel: 0116 234 0682. Price: £9.99. 3D Arena Almathera have been doing CD discs for a while now, ranging from Aminet collections to professional clip art discs. Their latest CD is yet another collection of objects for 3D rendering packages.
3D Arena provides a collection of objects and textures for Lightwave.
Imagine, and Real3D. There are also files for 3DStudio and DXF if you happen to have access to these PC based rendering programs.
The objects are of impressive quality, and certainly up to the mark we've come to expect of Almathera products recently.
The textures are also very tasty, although I'd like to have seen some more innovative textures: marble, wood, stone etc are a bit common these days.
We'd probably buy this disk because it's got some useful objects on it.
Although, in our opinion, there could have been a greater variety and choice of textures.
Almathera. Southerton House. Boundary Business Court.
92-94 Church Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 3TD Tel: 0181 687 0040. Price: £24.95.
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©reating a picture from scratch is still one of the most satisfying methods of producing computer art. We took the Amiga's four leading paint packages, Photogenics, Deluxe Paint, Personal Paint and Brilliance looked at them from the point of view of an artist who wants to paint a picture with nothing more than the mouse, the Amiga, and the software. No fancy scanning tools, no ray-traced texture mapped backdrops, and no composition of digitised video images.
Tools of the trade All four packages are based around a set of basic drawing tools. We start our test with a comparison of the i main tools available to the artist. _'J: The contenders PHOTOGENICS 1.1 The new boy of Amiga graphics, Photogenics is a 24-bit paint and image processing system. Looks like f hot contender with its many simulations of natural drawing mediums.
BRILLIANCE 2 The favourite of many Amiga artists, developed as a direct rival to Dpaint.
Brilliance 2 - acclaimed lor ils speed and usability Curves I Photogenics doesn't have any curve drawing tools. Curves must therefore be drawn by hand. In certain situations it's possible to use the ellipse and circle functions, discarding the unwanted parts to leave a curve, although this is usually more trouble than it's worth.
Brilliance and Personal Paint both have options for normal curves and bezier curves.
Bezier curves are drawn using four points instead of three, allowing lines to be bent through any angle. Deluxe Paint settles for normal three-point curves.
Undo features The undo function is essential for I correcting mistakes.
Photogenics uses a strange kind of undo system. Permanent changes to the picture aren't made until you click on the Photogenics I I - lores conventional artists with its many simolations ol real lile painting materials.
Speed and special effects are Brilliance's strong points.
PERSONAL PAINT 6.1 Personal Paint has found many fans thanks to its speed and flexibility.
DELUXE PAINT IV AGA It's long been the favourite for most Amiga painters, but has recently lost ground to increasingly sophisticated competition. Dpaint 5 may reverse this.
Fix button. This allows you to draw for a few minutes (or as long as you like), and then if you’re not happy with it. You can delete the I whole of the last few minute's work by click- j ing Undo. You can't undo any changes until J they've been fixed. Depending on how you litoj to work, this can be either a pain in the back- i side, or quite handy.
The best solution is again offered by Brilliance and Personal Paint. They both offer l multi-level undo redo. On both programs you j can set the number of levels and amount of memory available for the undo. If you have enough memory, these undos can take you J back for miles. Once you’ve used them you'll I never want to use anything else.
Deluxe Paint is quite basic on this front. It I will undo the last operation only, which can be very limiting. If you are drawing with the icon j bars turned off. And then turn them back on to access the Undo button, that key press counts i as the last operation, so the Undo does noth- ] ing. The way around this is to use the U key to I undo when the icon bar is hidden.
Filling areas |The ability to fill an area with a colour, an image or a pattern is |essential for any paint program.
Photogenics' best aspect when it ] comes to filling, is the variable tolerance level I This allows you to fill all pixels of a similar colour, rather than only those of exactly the I same colour. Otherwise, filling an area of a 2A-1 bit picture would be impossible. However, that's the only frill you get with the fill options I Brilliance is very good at filling areas with 1 brushes. It can stretch a brush to fit the size I and dimensions of any shape. Its gradient fins I are quite good too.
Personal Paint has the most useful gradier* fill available. Its Shape gradient was used to I produce the seats in the picture of the car. Arm took me about two minutes. The gradients I also have the smoothest dithers of any 256 colour package Brilliance's dithers are pretty much its equal). However, these are Personal Paint's only advantages when it comes to fills It has no circular fill, no angled linear fill, and no decent brush fills.
Palettes Palette and colour range selection is another I important factor. In order to set up a decent I gradient from one colour to another, you noodl Brilliance has some image processing, though it's strictly limited. All of its processes are set and cannot be adjusted or fine tuned.
This is definitely a major downside.
Personal Paint scores best out of the traditional paint packages. It is the original crossbreed. It has image processing features to write home about. It can do anything from tinting to producing a stereo image random dot 'magic eye' picture. All of the processing can be adjusted to your heart's delight. They work well and you will certainly use them extensively. There are some annoying exceptions like anti-alias, pixelise and texturing, but it makes up for this by letting you edit the functions or even create your own from scratch.
Deluxe Paint dies in this section. It has hardly any image processing features. Tint, anti-alias and transparency are the only notable ones. All of them are really basic.
To define Ihe colours, and set them up as a range.
Photogenics uses the whole 24-bit palette at all times, so there's no need to define a 'sub palette'. However, it has one glowing feature, its long list of predefined colours such as apricot, midnight blue and forest green.
Brilliance has a nice simple palette, and the range selector is OK.
Personal Paint lacks some of the range but it has a few tricks up its sleeve, is the fact that it shows RGB and HSV functions at the same time. It also has better colour spread options, palette merging and colour reduction.
Dpaint used to have a really easy range selector (prior to Version 4), which only needed start and end points to be picked. Now you have to pick up each colour and place it on a line, which is limited to 64 colours. The palette is simple enough though.
Image processing Image processing is the use of special effects to alter parts of a picture - effects such as blurring, sharpening and false colouring.
Image processing has been used extensively to produce all kinds of effects. The woman's face and hair (abovel went through several darkening processes to produce the heavy shadow effect. The trees were blurred to produce a better motion effect. The road behind the windscreen was darkened to account for the effect of the glass.
Photogenics is primarily an image processor, so it scores pretty well here. It has a which can be 'paint mode'. If you decide you effect you just used, you can change it to another before it's actually ‘fixed’ onto the image.
Hease of use is just as important as advanced features, especially when it comes to keeping the creative juices flowing.
Photogenics almost certainly has the best front end. Everything is in windows including the picture being worked on. This means you can drag things out of your way easily. It also has lots of really neat features, like the screen selector which holds a small cameo of all the pictures currently loaded. Move a cameo to the second box and you can rub bits of it through onto your main image or use it as a texture. It does still have a fair amount locked away in the pull down menus, which is a pity as this is the only use it makes of the right hand mouse button.
Brilliance has a user interface that's been designed from the ground up. Initially the program is a major pain to convert to. After a while you get kind of used to it and although I doubt I'll ever love it, it does have its advantages. Chief amongst those is that there are no pull down menus. This makes navigating the program so much easier. It also has a little box which constantly tells you what you are pointing at. Neat. The biggest pain for me was the way the menus obscure the screen until you switch them off.
Personal Paint has a similar front end to Deluxe Paint. Almost. The major difference is that Personal Paint works the way Deluxe Paint should. The whole thing feels responsive, the menus are all clear and everything happens quickly. The windows can be dragged around the screen so that you can see what they are affecting. It is modern whilst still being traditional. Anyone familiar with Deluxe Paint will pick it up instantly and after a few days be completely hooked. Most of the keyboard short-cuts are the same as Deluxe Paint too, accelerating conversion.
By comparison Deluxe Paint's user interface is old, cranky and worn out. Far too many options are hidden at deep level within some menu or other. It’s still not too far behind most of the others though.
Natural media Ethe latest fad in computer art programs is ’natural media’. This means airbrushes which work like real airbrushes, chalk which leaves little flaky bits on the paper and watercolours which saturate and almost run.
It also means having the screen behave like canvas, paper, blackboard or another real world surface.
Photogenics is the only one to have these simulated pen and paper types. They work best in high resolutions. If your pictures are going to be rendered in HAM-6 or HAM-8, the fringing can be more obvious in lower resolutions. However, with a bit of practice, some realistic effects are possible.
Deluxe Paint 5 promises some of these.
Our October 1994 cover disk demo version of Dpaint 5 allows you to try these out. They use IFF brushes as texture guides, to give the impression of painting onto various surfaces.
It's a rather crude system, but can actually work quite well, and has the advantage of allowing the user to create his own, simple by saving out custom brushes into the relevant Dpaint directory. Neither Brilliance nor Personal Paint offer these features.
And so we have the results Photogenics 1.1 Producing the drawings in this feature with Photogenics would be tricky. It differs from the other three packages in that it's not a ‘what you see is what you get' program. If you want to be able to specifically define each pixel in the picture, you'll have a hard time of it, as you're always painting onto a representation of the actual 24-bit picture.
However, there’s so much you can do with Photogenics that is impossible with the others.
Top of the list are the simulations of different pens and brushes, which allow very subtle shades to be added with little fuss.
Photogenics is best suited to the artist who wants to output images to high resolution 24-bit systems. If you want to design a title screen for your latest game or demonstration. You'll probably be better off looking elsewhere.
Deluxe Paint 4.1 AGA Everyone uses Deluxe Paint, don't they? In many ways, it's started falling behind the opposition, and the delayed release of Version 5 hasn't helped that. Nevertheless, it didn't get where it is today without being a damned fine program!.
In its favour, it's the standard that all the others have had to live up to. While it does get beaten by the competition in quite a few areas, no one package can boast all of its features. Dpaint has always been a favourite for Amiga artists, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Once Version 5 hits the shelves (it's due out any day now), it should consolidate its position. A bit slow, a bit quirky, but still up there with the best.
Personal Paint 6.1 Personal Paint has some of the best features of the lot. The user interface is remarkably free of clutter. The image processing is remarkably useful. The ability to edit the image processing functions gives it even more flexibility. Its automatically scaled magnification is very handy. You drag a box over the area you want, and the magnification is calculated appropriately.
Colour reduction and palette merging prove to be incredibly useful too. Multiple brushes changed by a single key press are invaluable. It also has a virtual memory function which seems impossible w live without once you have used it.
Personal Paint may lack certain features from the others but makes up for it by being the best workhorse. It's especially good if you're upgrading from Deluxe Paint.
Brilliance 2.0 The star of the computer press. Brilliance is somewhat different from the others. It comes close to Personal Paints usability but not quit close enough for my liking. The menu system it uses is a big step in the right direction but ii a long way from reaching its target. It just get in your way a little too often.
Otherwise, this is the program to go for if you like plenty of features at your fingertips. _ Almost anything Deluxe Paint can do Brilliant*¦ can do better. It has multiple brushes like P Personal Paint. It also has the best brush han- I dling. Its ability to fill a shape with a brush is r the best I've ever seen.
If you need an art package but can only I afford one. Brilliance should be it. It can do I almost anything. It's a long way from being an ideal tool, but it has the best combination of I features and usability.
The bottom line So which one of these well known paint pact-1 ages comes out on top after all this extensr*«| testing? Can you stand the suspense? Well. I just for you here are the results at last; in 1 descending order we have:
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Game This is another game that promises plenty, but doesn't quite deliver. It’s basically Defender dressed up with digitised pictures of the planets, which form the game’s levels. As far as I’m concerned, the best things about the original Defender were its speed, the ship’s unquenchable laser gun, the brilliant sound effects and the daredevil flight manoeuvres.
Witness doesn't capture any of that particularly well. Fast, unpredictable or intelligent aliens are out. In favour of slow moving blobs that have to be shot umpteen times to be destroyed by your sluggish ship. How about a new improved Witness 2?
Available from: Saddle Tramps PD. 1 Lower Mill Close. Goldthorpe.
Club Mix IV music demo Featuring substantial sample* I from Jam and Spoon, Elevator I and N-Trance among the beat*. I Derek Heasley’s Club Mix IV Iwl plenty of potential. The seven I minute mix chops from one trad!
To the next a bit too impatiently I for my liking, sounding more Hfl a TV advert for a dance compel tion album. That's OK. But I drawl the line at Cotton Eye Joe sarrv I pies. Please1 Oh well, if you a bit of pounding Euro techno. ¦ and you can stand the Rednex I interruption, give it a shot.
Available from: Derek Heasley, 8 Hazelwood Grove, Artane, Dublin 5, Eire.
Price: £2.50 South Yorkshire S63 9BY.
Tel: 01709 888127.
Disk no. CLG 69.
Prict): £3 95 including P+P.
Dead Cyberdroid game All of the effects are viewed through a half-screen window in this brief demo from Oxyron. Most of the graphics are pretty chunky, but impressive all the same, such as the wormhole, the fire, the texture mapped vectors and the voxel landscape. I'm told it needs 6Mb of RAM to run, but I suspect it might work with the standard 2Mb and a bit of Fast RAM.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath. Willenhall.
West Midlands WV12 5NH. Price: £1.50 including P + P. Cyberdroid has the makings of something special, with its ray traced sprites and fancy title screens. Unfortunately, the horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up gameplay is spoilt by two things. First, is the grey colour scheme used for all the sprites and most of the background, which makes it hard to pick everything out.
Ing P + P. Requires 2 Mb.
Second is the way the main character is rendered helpless for a split second, every time you turn around or land on a platform. The frames of the rotating droid are all very nice, but while he's performing his little tw you're a sitting duck for the aliens. Apart from that. Cyberdroid is a * little game, and still warrants attention from frustrated zap fans.
Available from: Saddle Tramps PD, 1 Lower Mill Close, Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire S63 9BY.
Tel: 01709 888127.
Disk no. CLG 69.
Price: £3.95 including P + P. ¦ 77 X Sa, ¦ yM - Lrrrr ix wSjk Double Shuffle game
• *uzzle games with squares - don't you just love 'em? I don't
usually, but this one's OK. You're presented with an
irrangement of immobile squares and a small number of movable
The object of the game is to move the counters into the positions indicated in the box at the bottom of the screen. You can slide the counters up. Down, left and 'ight, but they only stop when they hit an immobile square, so you have to plan your moves carefully. A neat I, a Pu“,e 9ame.
M w9 ¦ Available from: Freestyle PD.
_ 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath.
Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 ¦, sil l InJ.' LiHT 5NH. Price: £1.50 Slavaa t I B aM pcavsa a including P + P. Poker Mania game Cross a fruit machine with a game of cards, and you'd end up with something like Poker Mania. You don't play against a computerised opponent - instead you win money according to the amount you bet and the odds for the hand you end up with. To keep it from gening boring, you also get bonus games such as 'Higher or Lower' or 'Find the Ace'. Bright graphics and good sound effects make it an entertaining diversion. Worth checking out for a bit of fun.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way.
Short Heath, Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Price: £1.50 including P + P. Imlt t IU III IMJ Hill -air r tA t* 1 (??J : i : tanr ¦ ~'W icnn I mm j M*A*S*H game Apparently this game has been in development for two years, so instead of calling it a Worms clone, it seems the opposite is true.
Either way, M"A*S"H is very similar to Worms. It's also a bit like Lemmings, but instead of saving the little critters, you've got to blow them up! You start at one end of .the level, with the enemy at the other. Your aim is to annihilate the enemy base with a barrage of missiles and bombs. In the meantime, the enemy potatoes (yes. Potatoes) come charging over the hills to do the same to you.
You have the combined forces of your own potato army, plus a few tanks. There's plenty of violence, but who can condemn a game that victimises potatoes? This is the shareware version. The full version can be obtained for C7. There's also a swirly patterned freak-tastic kaleidoscope sequence at the start - hurrah!
Available from: Chris Gregan, Sheaf O’ Wheat, Dunboyna, Co. Meath, Ireland. Price: £1 plus 50p P+P.
Songs music « m D-nmi r J t W b tf¦ fr.STt Tt s Rack music disk Nine tracks of chugging techno are on offer here, well produced with clean samples and neat arrangements. Innovation is in short supply, but if you like a bit of melody with your bleeps, then these should do just fine.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way. Short Heath.
Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH.
Price: £1.50 including P + P. Anhalortium Lewini demo The latest from TRSI never quite gets into top gear, although it threatens to on a number of occasions. There are some of those 3D plasma clusters, some shaded vectors, a bit of wobbly text, a handful of dot effects, and a passable techno soundtrack.
Available from: 17 Bit Software, 1st Floor Offices. 2 8 Market Street.
Wakefield. West Yorkshire WF1 1DH.
Tel: 0924 _ 366982.
Price: £1 plus 50p P + P. PO SCENE ZXAM 1.6 - spectrum emulator The latest version of this ZX Spectrum emulator comes in versions for AGA and non-AGA Amigas (Kickstart 2 and above). Both versions need a 68020 or higher processor. A 68030 is recommended to keep the speed up.
We received two variations of this disk which include different games.
The disk from 17 Bit Software comes with the following: Ollie and Lisa, Pitfall 2. Ouazatron 2, Repton Mania 1 +2, Saboteur, Skool Daze, Space Harrier 1 *2, Speed King
2. Spy vs Spy and Thrust.
The Kew = ll Software disk includes Airwolf, Atic Atac, Bom Jack, Cyclone, Knight Lore, Manic Miner, Spy Hunter, Starquake, Tarantula and Uridium. Take your pick.
Mosaic AGA slideshow Graphics Junkies can get their teeth into the 15 top quali ty pics on this disk. Most are in a cartoon style, with plenty of colour and lots of nice smooth 256 colour shading.
Available from: Freestyle PD. Me---- 108 Woodside Way.
Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 -w . ' 5NH. Price: £1.50 ' ' r including P + P. Software, 1st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982.
Price: £1 plus 50p P + P.
b) Kew = II Software. PO Box 672. South Croydon.
Surrey. CR2 9YS.
Tel: 0181 657 1617.
Price: £1 plus 50p P + P. Istanbul Style slideshow Not quite as professional looking as Mosaic, but a good selection of artwork all the same. Istanbul Style is made up of 14 fantasy scenes, most of which include throbbing barbarians, with the odd sword-bearing wench thrown in for good measure. Trolls and monsters also get a look in.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Price: £1.50 including P + P. Infection ... games disk Normally I hale puzzle games with squares, but this month I've already recommended one. Double Shuffle, and here are three on the same disk all getting the thumbs up!
Infection is a bit like draughts, except four people play at once, and the object is to infect the opposition by occupying the adjacent squares. Toobz was reviewed in PD Scene not so long ago. And Confuzion is a cross between Pipe Mania and a sliding block puzzle. Lots of fun for everyone.
Available from: 17 Bit Software, lit Floor Office*. 2 8 Market Street.
Wekefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982. Price: £1 plus 50p P+P.
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1230 MklI OMB RAM £229.00 I_ PD PD UTILITIES Utilities They're calling it the greatest piece of licenseware ever. Find out what it is in this month's selection of PD Utilities.
Guitar Companion musical aid e main program in this
- ies of five is an old 'ourite of mine. Guitar ord Directory,
- n updated to Version 2.
S designed to teach guitar ords. It’s really simple to
e. Pull down a menu, lect a chord, and up pop ree variations on
that ord. Neat.
Rvludic 2 The number of chords s been increased to 276 ' ith 1,008 positions. That obably makes it the most nprehensive list available any format. Good news r USA users is that the ¦gram is now NTSC com- ¦tible. It still shows the fin-
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“ing too. Not a major update, but worthwhile all the same.
There's a companion program too. 8ar Chord Index shows all of the power ords. It would be even better as part of Guitar Chord Index.
There's a simple tuner - a good idea, well implemented but the samples are a I rough. Then there's Song Book, a simple program detailing 22 songs by their ords. Lastly there is MusicZTab. Pump in some standard music and out comes e tablature.
The only things missing from this compilation are vertical chord diagrams and a st Fret style program. This set of programs is essential for any guitarist. When
- d in conjunction with Fast Fret (CLR Licenseware) they make for
a killer learn- g environment.
Available from: PD Drome, Tel: 0191 584 0917 Price: £5.25 including P + P. GRAC adventure creator GRAC is the Amiga's first true graphic adventure creator. No boring reams of text. No repetitive strain injury from too much typing.
No dull still backgrounds. This program is designed to make point and click adventures. Like Monkey Island, Simon the Sorcerer and Beneath a Steel Sky.
There's no real limit on the number of rooms you can have. You can speak to hoards of characters. Music and sound effects are reasonably well catered for and it can use various fonts. The design and functions of the control panel are left up to you.
Best of all. GRAC has its own scripting language. This allows you to have control over the game. It means you can play an animation when two objects are placed together, or have a cut scene like in a film, with the action switching to a different location. Or i thtn is limit aa the number ol mars ton csa maybe you *iti gbac - it's w ta rmi- could have some object come crashing down when the character walks over a particular spot.
However, there are limitations. There's no AGA support, which is OK if you want to save disk space, but not so good if you want stunning graphics. There's no sprite scaling, so characters won't shrink as they walk into the distance, and multiple player characters, such as the gang in Maniac Mansion, would be impossible.
Character animation is also rather basic, which can limit the camera angles for your scenes.
The whole thing is admirably rounded off by Lethal Formula. It’s an example game on the second disk.
Whilst it's not quite Indiana Jones, it is considerably better than some of the old Sierra adventures. It doesn't have too many locations but manages to do very well considering that it fits on a single disk.
You do need to have a little programming experience to use GRAC. It wouldn't be half as good if you didn't. It will take you a little while to get to grips with it, but then all the best programs do. Every adventure fan should have this. It won't turn you into the next LucasArts, but it will give you just about everything you need to get damned close. To the best of my knowledge this is the first program of its kind on any computer. GRAC is easily the best licenseware title ever.
Available from: F1 Licenseware, 31 Wellington Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 9DU.
Tel: 0392 493580.
Price: £4.99 including P+P.
Gas Trick bill calculator Little Blue Plastic Disk I fc.li.ll Here's a nice simple one. Gas Trick is a small program designed to calculate your gas bill. It's written in Amos, designed to be really easy to use. So far so good.
Gas Trick lets you save your workings and load them at a later date. Useful if you get more than one bill or even just like to keep a separate record. It has a good on-line help system. Wherever you move the pointer, the program tells you what that area of the screen does. It's simplicity itself to use: enter the start and end of quarter meter readings, click calculate, and you're given an accurate figure for your gas bill.
There is one major flaw though. You can't change the background figures. If British Gas change their pricing the program becomes useless.
A VAT change would do the same. Gas Trick is a good program while it lasts, which may not be for long. Let's hope version two is a little more configurable (and includes electricity too).
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP.
190 Falloden Way. Hampstead Garden h Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Tel: 081 II 0, 455 1626. Price 90p plus 50p P + P IV II per order. J l ml various utilities Bar Clock is a small pr which puts the time and date on the Workbench t4 bar. Last Alert 2 is a boon I programmers. It gives you information on any softwa failures without you havinjj to scribble down numbers from Guru meditations.
Zpeed Up is a supposed Zmodem accelerator. It’s meant to increase modem transfer rates, but in prac- . W+ot 1 w. a. -tmk Bu rum lei- rw w, tice I didn’t find any rea a ¦ a n b* far tk. mm.. »•* ~*-l ference. Keys Please is a neat little on-screen keyboard which shows you Rawkey values There are also three real goodies. Installer vl.24. Commodore's install program now with Workbench 1.3 compatibility.
SnoopDOS 3 is a must for anyone who regularly compiles disks I installs software. It will tell you what program files are missing if a program doesn't work. Lastly there is Mformat 1.2. It’s a replacement for the standard Workbench disk formatting program. It does useful things like automatically installing the disk. It can’t really replace format as it doesn't have a CLI option and won’t format PC disks from scratch Still good if you format lots of Amiga disks though.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Tel: 0181 455 1626.
Price 90p plus 50 p P + P per order.
Music 104 music utilities An unusual disk this one. It can’t quite decide what it is. It's trying to be useful to everyone. The featured program is Composer, an easy to use music notation program. It can do just about anything in the way of putting music onto a stave. It can even play the result.
Unfortunately, none of its support files are included on this disk, which is bad news as the program just refuses to work properly without them.
Hunter III is a music ripper. It looks through memory for sound samples or SoundTracker modules, which can then be saved out to disk - useful for borrowing tunes and effects from games and demos. Also included is SuperPlay, a standard SoundTracker module player.
Inlay Maker is designed to print out inlays for your cassette collection. Just type in a list of the tracks and print. Nothing to write home about. Last is Dsound. Which plays sound samples from RAM or direct from a hard drive.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Tel: 081 455 1626.
Price 90p plus 50p P+P per order.
P Virus Workshop 4.6 virus killer Back to the essentials.
For a little while now Virus Workshop has been the most comprehensive virus killer around. It's aimed squarely at people who know their Amiga.
Beginners and nonexperts should head for Virus Z. Virus Workshop is for the technically adept user. StepT- *** "**“ The options it presents are comprehensive to say the least. It will do anything from a simple boot block search to checking the operating system vectors. It has full support for hard dr ves, and there’s a ream of documentation on hunting vr This is the virus killer to get. Beginners might do well te get it so that they can learn more about the Amiga. This pr gram is full application, so if you just want a little progr.- that pops up in the background, again, head for Virus
Z. Solid, reliable and trustworthy. This is the program te get if you suspect an infection. It will track down anything unusual.
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PROCALC 100 Spread-meister Andy Leaning shows how ProCalc's complex and IF functions can be combined to solve difficult spreadsheet problems.
BUYERS GUIDE 1019 It’s all a question of credit in this month's Buyers Guide. Our resident shopping expert gets the credit for writing this month's column, while you can get credit by reading it.
GRAPHICS MASTERCLASS 102 • Peter Lee reveals the secrets of mixing pictures together using the powerful composition tools of Photogenics.
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Q+A 116 The questions and answers crow are ready to answer your most challemjimi technical questions yet Q&A MASTERCLASS 1 20 less is definitely more as Mi Kennedy finds out when he delves into the 1i |ht spot that is compression softwaie BACKCHAT 124 What’s on the minds of Amnia users around the woild? Users from across the W qlohe voice then opinions, views, hopes ami feais POINTS OF VIEW128 What's this? Mi Internet himself sla | |in | off bulletin hoaids? Stitely not1 Quick, rush to pope 128 to find out more Directory Opu In this month's tutorial learn how to teach Directory Opus to act
intelligently, automatically loading files into their relevant applications.
Oast month we showed you how to set up buttons to load your most commonly used programs However, there's an even quicker way of loading those programs, which doesn't involve creating new buttons.
It's possible to configure Directory Opus to load specific applications by clicking on files in the directory windows.
For example, you could tell Dopus to automatically decompress any files with a .DMS extension.
Alternatively you could have Dopus load your word processor whenever you clicked on files ending with a WP extension. The files would then be automatically loaded into the relevant application.
DMS decompression As an example let's set up Dqpus to decompress DMS files in this way. DMS is the compression program used for our cover disk programs. You'll find it in the C directory of most of our recent 'technical’ cover disks. It's no problem if you normally use a different compression system, as this example can easily be adapted to work with alternative programs.
Dopus doesn't automatically understand the concept of a DMS file, so we need to tell it what to do. In this case we need to create a I new file type, so select File Type from the ] Configure menu and click on New The requester that appears lets you chose the typa of operation that the new file type will carry I out. In this case it's an AmigaDos style com- I mand so click on AmigaDos Program From the next requester, click on the butWB to the right labelled Edit Class. Yet another 1 requester pops up. In the middle of this one I you'll see a line called File Class and next to ¦ another field
called Class ID. Change the tea I in the first one to DMS Compression and the I next one to DMS. Having done this click one*I on the word Match in text field below - it J should turn red and the cursor will be placed | in another text field below this that is now orange In this field erase what's already thee and type in: On the same line as this instruction you'll seed magnifying glass Click on this and in the nnarl requester that appears click on the line that I reads MatchName and finally press Return. 1 File types What you've just done is set up Dopus to J watch out for files of a certain
type. In this case it's now looking for filenames that end with the extension of DMS. The operation* I we're about to set up will only be carried am on these files. This allows us to perform j selected operations on specific types of f*e I and we can check for files in a wide variety of ways.
In this case the ".dms' line you typed in j was a file name pattern You could type in j any AmigaDos wild card pattern here The I MatchName reference tells the program to j take this pattern and compare it with the selected file names.
You'll have noticed other types of compaf son in the requester that appears when yea click on the magnifying glass. From here yd can tell the program to watch for files creaL on a specific date. Time, or that have com-1 ments and so on.
Now you can click on OK. Next you can I define the operations that are carried out. Dl_ what actions the user needs to do to pertd them. In our case we want to invoke the 01 program when a DMS file is double clicked.
In the box next to the word Events ... click on the line that reads Action Double-Click.
In the field below this box labelled Event Description, type in something to the effect of 'UnDMS files to DFO'. This text is just for your own notes, so it doesn't really make any difference to the actual operation.
We've now told Directory Opus that whenever you double click on a file it should check to see if the file name has .DMS at the end of it. If it does it can perform an operation we're now going to specify.
Click on the New button on the left-hand ide, half way down the screen. A cursor will iw appear in a text field just below this, pe in: write (f) Don't press Return just yet. Instead click on the button to the left of this field, changing the operation type to AmigaDos (just like we did in last month's tutorial). Now in the box next to the word Flags move the scroll bar down and click on the line Output Window.
You can finally press Return and click on the OK button.
All being well you should now see the windows we saw at the start, just before clicking on the New button. This time however you'll see a new line added showing the new DMS file type.
Click on OK and then on the next OK button that appears. You'll now be back in the main Dopus screen.
Try it out Tross your fingers, because it's now time to try it out for yourself. Insert a recent CU Amiga Magazine cover disk into a drive and copy a file with the .DMS extension from the :over disk to the RAM disk. To do this move the mouse pointer over the left-hand window and click on it once.
Move the mouse pointer down to the buttons in the bottom left-hand corner and click in the one labelled DFO:. Now move the touse over to the right-hand window and :lick once, and then click on the button :. In the left-hand window you'll files, one of which has the letters end of it. Click once on this file and then click on the button below labelled Copy.
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Kara we caa aaa pome al dm types al aaatch patterns it caa turtle Now remove that disk and insert one you don't mind overwriting - making sure it's write enabled first. After a few minutes you'll see the DMS file appear in the right-hand window. Move the mouse pointer over the file and double click on it. A window will appear and up comes the DMS program, which decompresses the file to the floppy disk. This may take a while on some Amigas.
You’ve now added the DMS file type to Dopus. If we wanted to we could have set up a button to do the same thing using the examples from last month. Why not have a go? In this case you'd click once on a file and then on the button. The result would be the same, but double clicking on the file is simpler. Once you've understood what's going on, have a look at the other file types that come supplied with Directory Opus and see what else is possible. The best way to get to grips with software is to experiment. There's very little you can do to permanently damage your Amiga using software, but
just be careful when you’re deleting files.
Next month we’ll explore some of the menu function configurations. ¦ Andy Leaning Diroetory Opus 5 thin t ii 101 id I lovmo -fitiy () n» J, the World'* lioil Amitjn utility lliin wrt» ulven (iwoy on the lehiuoiy iaaoe of t!ll Amine M«u«;ine 1*» ortlei Veiaion t» of Poptta. Which looka like heinu one of the heat ¦ eleoaea of Ittfttl. » oil Wiroul l evelu|»inent« on O 1 .t'JJ J J'Wtl It ahouhl ho nvoilohlo hy the lime you leail thin ProCalc Tutorial Thinking about buying a peripheral and want to work out who offers the best interest rates? It's easy with ProCalc - we show you how.
Ohis month we show you how to build a handy little spreadsheet that allows you to compare interest rates from various sources to find best rate of return.
A typical example would be if you were to compare the interest rates offered by a bank, a hire purchase company and a credit card to find out which is best for you. Although it might seem obvious at first, deferred payment and deposits can make this a fairly complex process for the human brain to handle. ProCalc. However, eats such calculations for breakfast.
The first step is to set up a spreadsheet with the three different payment terms (see figure one). Here we enter the start date, the initial price (£299), the number of months over which it will be repaid (24 months) and any deposit required. We also enter the percentages for the three financial lenders, in this case the shop, the bank and the credit card company. The rates I've used here aren't meant to be realistic, so don't try finding them in the highstreet.
Note how percentages are entered as 19' tor 19%. You can set the display for currency ¦ and percentages using the numeric format option under the format menu.
Get to work Notice how we only enter the amount, price and repayment period data once. We'll be spending this amount and paying it back over the same period of time no matter where we go, so there's no point in creating it three times.
Having entered this data we can now put ProCalc to work. In figure two we use the PMT function (as shown last month) to work out the Keypad Problems Several readers have experienced problems using the numeric keypad of the A1200 and A4000 with ProCalc - our November cover disk. It will work with the keypad which can be used for either cursor control or to enter numbers.
To use the Numlock hold down the Shift key and the Numlock key. As you do so you'll see a message appear in the window title bar saying Numlock is turned on or off. For data entry, turn numlock on. For cursor movement tum it off.
Monthly repayments given the data we already have. Three PMT functions are used to calculate the repayments for the shop, bank and credit card. As the shops will often let us put down a deposit, the shop's PMT arguments differ from those of the other two. With the deposit being subtracted from the total amount to be spent first (see figure two).
Adding deposits We've now got all the information and in most cases it will be obvious which lender offers the best terms. But if deposits come into play it gets a bit more difficult. Let's put ProCalc to work and get it to work out the best deal.
Here we use an IF function (covered in earlier tutorials). We need to test the three rates of return, to find out whether the shop, bank or credit card company is the lowest. Thankfully using nested Ips. Ie one IF function inside another, and string arguments this can be done.
The complete IF function reads: '=IF((E13 A14).IF(A13 E15"Shop"."Credit Cann.lF(E14 E15 "Bank" "Credit Card"))' This asks if the shop offers a lower rate than the bank. If so then it compares what the shop is offering to the credit card and then returns a string - 'Shop' or 'Credit Card' depending on which is the case. If the first question returned false, then the bank offers a better rate so this is then compared to the credit card and the better of these two is now returned - 'bank' or 'credit card'.
If the IF words are put in quotes, this ensures that the words will be displayed in the cell. Figure three shows the results of this function. Try changing the percentages and the initial deposit. All being well the cell containing the IF function will change to show which is the lowest interest rate charger.
And there you have it. Although not the most vital spreadsheet in the world this example does start to show some of the real power of ProCalc. Using the program's powerful financial functions to work out otherwise complex sums, and then using it's IF functions to identify the best option for you. Rgure four shows the results when deposits come into play and works out what is best for you in that case.
Next month we'll be giving the world of high finance a break and exploring some of the program's other capabilities. ¦ Andy Leaning BUYERS GUIDE ®alk into any shop these days and you'll find hundreds of bright notices tempting you to part with your money. One of the most favoured mechanisms that high street retailers use to lure you into spending your readies with them is credit.
Buyers Guide . Buy now PAY LATER'- Instant Crn.riit Pay as I'rttiE as £10 a month ¦EBS9 fur fit nwttK. NTTfWt ca e®sfor To some people instant credit can seem like a dream come true It all sounds so simple You see something, a monitor for instance, you want to buy but your current funds won't allow it. Enter instant credit and you can have the item you want that second and pay the company back at nice affordable monthly installments. All you have to do is fill out a few forms - simple Or is it? There is a catch. You must pay interest on the amount borrowed and unfortunately the interest rate
is generally fairly steep. You may thus end up paying way over the odds for the item that you are buying.
For example, most interest repayments are described as Typical APR 25.5%'. This means you pay 25.5% more than the price of the goods Watch out for this. The higher the percentage the more you pay. In a quick survey of interest rates advertised in the high street and dealers the average interest rate hovered around thirty percentl If you are looking to buy via credit shop around and see what the various interest rates on offer are, the difference can be surprising.
Buy now pay later might sound ideal but there are pros and cons to purchasing goods on credit. CU Amiga Magazine looks at both sides of the coin.
Is it worth it?
But if you haven't got the cash readily available and want a new printer or monitor surely paying a Tittle' extra is worth it. After all you won t notice the difference in the monthly payments and you get to use that shiny brand new Microvitec monitor and AGA screen modes now rather than in 18 months when you've finally saved up for it.
Well yes, it can be. But there are other options. Why not take out a bank loan to pay for it? Bank interest rates (whilst still being steep) are generally lower than credit companies' rates. You may think that saving 10% over a year is small change, but just consider that it could also buy you something extra for your Amiga - a 400dpi mouse or a RAM board, for example.
Then of course there's your flexible friends. We've covered the advantages of buying on credit cards before so I won't dwell on this. But one point to remember is that credit cards often offer the best of both worids. Instant availability, average interest rates and protection if things go wrong.
At the end of the day the choice is yours. There are certainly times when it's worth paying extra. For example, if an end-of- line model is going for a song or if the bank refuses you a loan (even if you have a perfect credit history). But if. For whatever reason, you do decide to buy on credit tread carefully - it's easy to take a wrong turning and end up in an uncontrollable debt situation.
Interest free However, not all credit deals are nasty pitfalls waiting to drag you into the arms of the debt collector There is such a thing as interest free credit which means you can still borrow the money to buy the goods instantly and pay it back over a period of time, but you don't pay any extra for the privilege
- there's no interest - it's freel This really is customer care.
The shop is making it easy for you to purchase the goods without any disadvantages. This is the best arrangement and is increasingly common amongst big retailers Another payment scheme appearing is delayed credit, the buy now pay later' scenario. Here you pay a deposit, get the goods and only start paying for it at a later date. These are invariably hire purchase arrangements, where you pay more than original price.
This approach is very popular with large household goods (freezers.
HiR etc) but is now starting to appear in the Amiga market.
Just like hire purchase check the amount of interest that you will have to pay as well as the principle ie the final amount payable It may be tempting but is it really worth paying hundreds more? Could you get a better interest rate from your bank? This month's ProCatc (page
100) tutorial shows you how to calculate the interest payments
and find the best credit deal. ¦ Andy Leaning Ohis month, a
two in one tutorial; the rudiments of text manipulation
within Photogenics and our first attempt at image
processing. The aim is to convert a digitised picture into
something which looks like an artist’s sketch. If you glance
at the finished item now, you'll see just how close we can
get using the most basic of skills.
One of the most powerful image processing abilities of Photogenics is Composition; with it you can blend two images together seamlessly. CU Amiga Magazine explains the technique.
Graphics Ma Unlike most other art packages, text is created in its own image window in Photogenics. On the plus side, this means you can transform it in any way you like before committing it to your main picture; the downside is that you have to go through a number of steps before you can actually place your text where you’d like it.
For the first part of the tutorial we re simply going to write our text, and turn it into highlighted gold lettering. On the way we 'II learn about masking, mode effects and placement Start Photogenics and from the pull down menu Images select Open as Other, and choose the Text loader The font we re using came with the software, so it will be listed in the directory of fonts (provided you installed it with the program); it’s called Stengun and we want to use it at size 74.
You must enter your text before it’s rendered, so type in the words star profile, and OK that. The text is now drawn into a separate window, or buffer as it’s called. As it stands now, you could copy this onto another image window, but we want to add some sparkle to the lettering, and to do that we need to make a mask (which is another name for stencil - something which protects certain areas of a picture).
From the Project menu, select clone and a copy of your text is created on screen. We will smooth this new image to give it more subtle 3D characteristics so, from the Image menu, select Blur Gaussian Blur, and choose a radius of four. Once it's completed this lengthy task, select the original text window, and make this the Alpha (or mask) image by pressing key 3; a miniature of the picture will locate itself in the Alpha box at the lower right of the screen in the Images toolbar Text effects Now we begin work on our text I Select the blurred image, and crfl up the Mode requester; click on I
Emboss, then on the Fill screen I gadget (the white tool above the | word Fix on the menu toolbox) I and watch as the words take on 1 a raised, solid look. 'Fix’ this effect now. As this saves the on- 1 screen changes, and allows you J to experiment to get the best ] look for the text.
Try the Antique mode for a j gentle glowing effect, or how | about a Gradient Fill to simulate I gold, by using yellow as the palette colour To create a dap- I pled, stone-like quality you could I try the AddDust or AddNoise L modes; to try anything out, seletM the Mode, then click on the fill W screen icon If you’re not happy I with the results. Undo the proc*-l dure (click on the icon to the of Fill Screen) and start fresh. I As with anything in Phologenics. If you like an effect, you must 'Fix' it before going onto something else or you will lose your changes. Frequent saves are also
recommended because you'll find yourself developing ideas on the fly which you may want to change later.
Going back to a previously saved image can be a life-saver.
He aterclass Once you're happy with the text, save it. For the record, my text uses a yellow gradient fill.
Move the icon representing the completed text image, as shown on the bottom display bar, to the slot marked Secondary at the far right. You can delete the Alpha image now. As it's served its purpose in protecting the area around the text from being altered .
Next job is to load in an image onto which we can position the text. For this tutorial, open up the girl.jpg file which comes with the program. It shows a rather refined woman, but of course you could load in any digitised image: for the time being though, stick with this one.
To add our golden text to this new image, move your text image icon into the Secondary slot, and select the Image Compose option; this brings up a requester, and also superimposes the text onto the colour picture. Using the mouse you can position the text anywhere on screen; place it directly at the top of the screen.
Note the handles on the corners of the text image box; these allow you to re-size the image horizontally or vertically.
You'll notice that I retained the black background on the text, as a severe contrast to the image.
But don't worry, if you're wondering how to simply place text on screen, we'll clear that problem up in a short while.
Once the text is placed, OK Compose, then 'Fix’ the image and save it.
Artwork For this second part of the tutorial. We're going to simulate artwork using the powerful mode and drawing tools in Phologenics.
The first step in our art-forgery is to get rid of the image colours; we’re aiming for a pencil charcoal effect after all. So using the filled rectangle tool, draw out a box starting below our text (which we want to leave intact) and including the remainder of the image. From the Modes menu, select Greyscale. Once the image is converted to monochrome, 'Fix' the changfes and save it.
Now from the Mode menu, select LineArt, and drag out a similar filled rectangle to remove many of the in-between greys, leaving us with an outline and a touch of subtle shading.
'Fix' the changes you've made when you're happy with them, and add a shadow behind and to the left of the woman's head by using the filled polygon drawing tool in AddDust mode. Set the dust count to a value of 12% to get a nice, strong textured shadow. To set a Mode value, click on the tool to the right of the Mode button.
To add a 3D effect to the image, you can Paint with a white coloured chalk pastel brush (size 6, pressure 39%. Transparency 38%) on the cheeks, forehead, chin and lips. Check out the illustrations to see what a difference this makes, bringing the 'dead' image to life.
'Fix' the changes and save. The final touch is the Mystery Girl text.
As I mentioned before, here's how to make the background of the text invisible: use the Text loader, and using the Bodacious font type your words.
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FI S6 OIPOY S - it.99 Sequel to the Best Public Domain Game ¦Giddy’ TYHNO TUTOR S teats A must for beginners and experienced typiela wanting lo anprove (hear skiHa £3.95 OTUTi The conclusion to our Modeler 3D tutorial looks at the remaining menu options and dishes out some tips for serious modellers.
Ollowing on from last L month's look at some
* of the Modify menu commands, we con- s series by concentrating
on the remaining options from the Modify menu, along with some
general tips for 3D modelling.
We're jumping straight in where we left off last month, so it might be a good idea to have a quick scan of part one of this tutorial before you get into this one.
Merging points The Merge Points function is used for reducing the number of points in an object. This has the combined advantages of speeding things up and saving memory. It looks at every point in the object and compares it to every other point. If two or more points are closer than 1 1000 of the total object size they are replaced by a single point. This distance can be altered with the Merge Distance function.
Merging points can be quite time consuming with large objects, so you get a progress bar to let you know how long you're going to have to wait.
The next option. Quantize, is useful for creating odd symmetrical shapes. This moves every point to the nearest grid intersection. In the screen shots shown below I used it with a globe to create a ridged satellite type shape. Use the Grid menu option to change the grid size.
The Array command creates duplicate copies of selected points and polygons. It can create as many copies as you require and offsets each copy by a fixed amount that you can specify.
Once you've done this you may need to use the Autoscale option to resize the objects so they can all be seen on screen at once, as a shortcut press the A key.
That's it for the tutorial. If you've got a 3D rendering program, Lightwave or Imagine for instance, you can have a lot of fun with Modeler 3D. Whilst it lacks the power of the dedicated modelling tools built in to these applications, in some instances its simplicity makes it faster to use. If you don't have one of those programs, then we hope this has given you some insight into the wonderful world of 3D modelling.
TRICKS AND TIPS To finish off the series here are a few tips and tricks we picked up whilst using Modeler 3D.
The key element to creating realistic 3D objects with Modeler is understanding the program's many tools, and as usual, experimentation will bring rewards. Play around with K and learn what the various functions do.
Once you've got an understanding of the program you can then start thinking about constructing complex shapes.
Look around you at everyday objects and try to imagine them not as one complex image, but as a collection of lots of smaller shapes. How would they all fit together?
Other tips include keeping the number of polygons to a minimum whenever possible. Try to get into the habit of using large polygons (this saves processing time), and use Merge Points whenever you've used Quantize or another function that's likely to result in overlapping points. When you do use Merge Points, try to select an area first - it will save you lots of waiting time.
To save time when building up objects, save common objects and build up a library. When you've established a reasonable library you'll be amazed at how quickly you can knock up new shapes. If you want to move a point, first select it. Now hold down the Shift key and click where you want it to be moved to - for individual points it's quicker than the Move Points tool.
Program VideoScape 3D. If you've got this you'll be chuffed to learn that VideoScape 3D is the companion program to Modeler 3D.
You can load and animate your Modeler 3D creations in Video Scape. To do so save your objects as Binary (ie click on Save As - Binary). Now load Video Scape 3D and load your binary Modeler 3D file. Following normal VideoScape procedures you'll be able to move it around and animate it. ¦ Andy Leaning y ieBscape 3D In November 1992, CU Amiga Magazine cover-mounted the nifty Modeler 3D © cludetne ser In «m Qunatue in ai.lion Inti ciaala a ylukr yon II had (.lobe nndei lb* r.*Hntal« mean You thnald aaw are tamelhiaq like lint applied llaentifr moving all Ihe point', lo Ibeii arairat this Data il
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¥ideo Ideas Colour Cycled Effects Liven up those drab videos and graphics with some rather excellent colour cycling effects.
Tracers It's easy to create a motion-blur effect with colour cycling. For this example, set up a range of 16 colours, so that the first 10 colours are black (assuming that you also have a black background) and the following six colours fade from black, through grey, to white. Turn on colour cycled drawing mode and select the first colour in the range as the pen colour.
Using a small brush and either continuous or dotted drawing mode, have a quick doodle on the screen. The lines you draw will be invisible in places, but then fade back into view for a short length, before disappearing again. This is because 60% of the line is drawn in black ink on a black background, while the rest is drawn in white and shades of grey.
Now press the tab key to start the colours cycling. You'll see the white 'head' of your line tracing around the screen, with a grey blur following in its wake. This can be used to simulate rain, fireflies or tracer bullets. Alternatively, you can just use it as an effect to exaggerate or stylise any part of your animation. The screen with the tiny men running across it is an extension of this basic technique. When you press the tab key, you get a stream of little people running around. Instead of using a normal brush, the trails were drawn with an anim brush. If you want to replicate this,
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Oaint programs such as Dpaint. Personal Paint and Brilliance allow you to define a range of colours within the palette. These colours can then be 'cycled', so that each colour in the range is changed to the colour of the one preceding it. The colours are shunted along the sequence, with the last colour moving to the first position in range. When colour cycling mode is turn on, those parts of the picture drawn with these colours appear to throb or move. The effects you can achieve are ideal for livening up videos or any of your graphics. Here’s a run down of the effects available.
Fairground Lights If by any chance you want to create a fairground style notice board effect, complete with flashing lights that run around the border, then this is your lucky dayl Select gridlock mode and a circular brush. This brush will be the template for your light bulbs, so scale it accordingly. Select cycled drawing mode, and paste down your light bulbs around the edge of the screen. The gridlock will keep them all evenly spaced and in line. If you want a bit more realism, you can make up a little highlight using a non-cycled colour and add this to each of the bulbs.
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Choose either 'cyclic' or ’mirror’ in this case. For a simple tunnel effect, change the number in the ’order’ box to something high, such as 60. This gives you 60 clones of your brush, which appear in a circular formation around tha centre of the screen. Click OK to get back to the main screen.
Now you can start drawing. It’s best to move the mouse quite slowly, as the computer has its work cut out drawing 60 copies of the brush each time you move. If you move too fast, you won’t get a very smooth greduetion. It's best to keep the colour cycling off at this stage (not to be confused with cycled drawing mode, which should still be turned on) as it slows things down evan mora. As you move the mouse in or out of the screen, the trails form a set of concentric circles. When you start colour cycling (with tha tab kay), the circles appear to move in or out of the screen, depending on how
you moved the mouse.
Time Tunnels This has got to be the most instantly gratifying usa of colour cycling. You'd need Oe uxe Paint"* symmetry functions to get the most out of it, although similar effects can be done with other software.
Here's the plan. Set yourself up with e range that graduates smoothly between two or three colours. Turn on colour cycled drawing and select dotted drawing from the icon ber.
Pick e nice big round brush, by selecting a small one, and dragging it out to about 2cms in diameter. Click on the symmetry icon from the tool bar using the right mouse button.
The other method is to use the filled circle drawing tool.
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If IDE information I have just got myself a 4" Conner CFS420A 420MB IDE Hard disk drive. It Is actually meant for an IBM PC but since it is an IDE standard drive. I assume there should not be any major problems getting it to work with my Amiga A1200.
However, I need a cable to connect it to my Amiga as the IDE interface on the A1200 and the drive are of different sizes, as you are probably aware.
Please show me how to make such a cable or where I can get one from (in the UK). I know that the four pins on the right are for the power supply. I have no problem getting an external power supply for the unit but I am not sure how to connect the other 39 pins to the 44 pins on the AI200 motherboard. Please please please help me. I shall be forever grateful if you could solve my cable problem.
Incidentally. I have also just acquired a modem. Is there any way I could E-mail you guys over there?
Turn to page 32 for the answer to your hard drive problems. You can E- mail us at: cuamiga&eix.compulink. co.uk with any views you may have.
CAD questions I am studying Autocad Release 12 part time at college and would like to know if I could run it on the Amiga, and if so where I can purchase the above program. I have asked some of the big suppliers who advertise in your mag but they cannot help me. What are the system requirements I would need to run the program and print hardcopy? I have an A1200 with 130Mb hard drive. Power 2nd drive.
Commodore 1081 monitor and 120D printer.
If this program is not available for the Amiga could you tell me if there is another program available which has the same functions and commands?
Autocad is not available far the Amiga, but there's good news. The December 1994 issue of CU Amiga Magazine came with a complete fally-functianal version of X-CAD designer, plus a full manual. You can order a copy from our back issues department, on 0858 468m. X-CAD Designer runs on any Amiga with 1Mb of RAM or more.
I own an Amiga 1200 and have a couple of questions. I would like answered:
1. Is there an MSX emulator for the Amiga?
2. I am thinking of buying a CD- ROM drive for my Amiga. Should I
buy the Zappo CD-ROM drive or wait for Commodore's CD1200?
Would it be worth the wait?
1. There's no MSX emulator available for the Amiga.
2. Don 'I hold your breath for any official Commodore products.
The CDI200 is unlikely to appear for some time, so take your
pick from the Zappo and Power CD-ROM drives.
Should £g’5S$ Pcker .,ici I want to thank Peter van Campen and, of course, all of you at CU Amiga Magazine for VideoTracker 2.0 AGA (coverdisk 94 of your November 1994 issue)
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The brush needs lo be in HAM-6 mat, with a maximum height and width of256 pixels by 256 pixels, long as those requirements are met there shouldn't be a problem.
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It worked fine with PCMCIA peripherals in all of our tests.
Fftfarftsreak I am writing to you on the subject of genlocks; I have an Amiga 1200 and I am becoming a bit ncerned about the state of the Amiga peripherals market, in particular genlocks. I was in the market for a genlock for my Amiga to go with the rest of my video equipment so I went to my local Amiga dealer and asked what was on the market at the time. I was told there was a new genlock out by Amitek. This had been advertised in most Amiga magazines as 'Amitek Professional Genlock' for all Amiga computers, so I purchased my new genlock, wired it up as per the instructions, pow
ered my machine on and. .. and ... nothing happened. I was faced with a blank screen. The power light was on but nobody was home. I unplugged the cable from my extra drive, the genlock and my printer and tried again, still nothing. By this time I was looking for the insurance documents for the Amiga because I thought it had blown up. I then realised that I had left the cable from the genlock still connected to the computer and phew, the Amiga was still with me. I presumed that at least I had found the fault, a dodgy lead I A couple of days later I :eived a new lead. This did exactly the
same as the first cable, so I asked my local dealer to try the genlock on one of their "mputers. It did exactly the same on their A1200 and A500.
The next day I received another genlock, which we tested in the shop, but this too failed to run. By this time I was getting very nnoyed. I was refunded my beer tokens and shot off to a camera hop that I noticed had a secondhand Rocgen Plus for sale, only to be told that this would not work on the A1200.
I was now beginning to wonder whether any genlock would .vork on the A1200.1 ventured back to my local Amiga dealer to pose this question to him. He was nsure as this was the first time he had noticed the problem. He en offered to sell me his
- ndale 8802 FMC because he as due to change his. This orks
perfectly all right until you put an external video source to
the CVBS IN connector. When this has been done the RF signal
goes black and white but the genlock signal is still colour.
Does any genlock work correctly on the A1200? Are the genlocks tested on all Amlgas as it stated on the adverts? Do magazines that test genlocks and other peripherals test them on all Amigas?
Anthony York, Northampton.
Firstly we can assure you that CU Amiga Magazine thoroughly test the products that we review, although we can’t comment on the testing procedures of other Amiga magazines. Depending on the type of product, everything reviewed goes through a battery of tests to check for performance, ease of use, value for money, and how they compare to competing products.
The Amitek genlock in question for instance was tested on several Amigas, and indeed failed on an A1200. On further investigation it was found that the genlock had a problem on the A1200 and the genlock manufacturer assured us that a revision had been made to the circuit board so, that models now shipped don’t have this problem. A second unit tested showed no sign of the fault. This was all reported in the review on page 92 of the March issue. It’s probable that you were unlucky and got two early models.
The Rendale and Rocgen genlocks should also work on the A1200.
Try calling Silica on 0IS1 3091111.
They're the main suppliers of Amitek products and also have a technical support team who should be able to iron out your hardware problems.
ProCalc I buy this magazine regularly and was very pleased when the ProCalc spreadsheet appeared in the November issue. I missed the December issue but bought January 1995.1 checked out several newsagents to try to obtain the December issue. Is there any way that the tutorial for ProCalc (Part two) can be obtained? Is there any way I can print what is shown on a screen? I have tried to print out graphs from ProCalc but can't use the drop-down menu for printing. Can a keyboard command be used?
Mrs Clarke, Wigan.
If you click on the Output function tor card for my A1200 that will allow 8Mb or more fast RAM to be added without disabling the PCMCIA slot. I have written to a number of magazines (including CU Amiga) but to date no one has published my queries.
Hardware retailers have given me lots of conflicting advice (even from different branches of the same organisation).
In your FAQ section on accelerator boards in the March 1995 edition you mentioned this problem so I was surprised to find your review of the Blizzard 1230-111 in the same issue failed to indicate whether this board was PCMCIA compatible. I appreciate that when reviewing hardware it is impossible to test all hardware combinations for compatibility but in the case of the A1200 accelerators popping something into the PCMCIA slot surely would not be too inconvenient.
Now that there are PCMCIA interfaced hard drives. CD-ROMs, SCSI interfaces, samplers and others of the 4Mb memory limit compatibility problems of certain boards is a point of utmost under the Project menu you’ll be able to print out your spreadsheets.
For graphs go to the ‘File’ menu and select Output. You’ll then be able to print them. You can order a copy of December CO Amiga from our back issues department, on 0858 468888.
Accelerated trouble Since buying an Overdrive Hard drive unit over a year ago I have been trying to find an accelera- importance when choosing a model. Would it be possible for CU Amiga to test A1200 accelerator boards for PCMCIA compatibility in the future? I’m sure it would be useful.Could anyone let me know of a compatible model?
Paul Davis, Somerset.
The problem of PCMCIA card and accelerator incompatibility lies in the Amiga operating system using the same area of memory for both - so they conflict. The solution is for developers of the accelerators and PCMCIA peripherals to work around the problem, as Phase 5 with their Blizzard cards and HiSoft with the Squirrel have done. Sadly it's not easy to test this in reviews as each card and PCMCIA device is different, and without testing each and every card we couldn't give a definitive answer.
However we are looking at ways of testing for PCMCIA compatibility and will hopefully announce this in an imminent issue. In answer to your immediate question the Blizzard card will work (with 8Mb RAM) and an Overdrive. ¦ NO SAES PLEASE We regret that we cannot respond to readers' queries by post or over the phone.
Please do not include stamped addressed envelopes with your letters, as we simply don't have time to answer the thousands we receive.
Responses are only possible through the pages of the magazine.
40 FREE UPDATE Yes, it's true! The official Sensible update disk, getting rid of all those unwanted bugs and niggles in Sensible World of Soccer, will be ~ with your next copy of The One Amiga magazine! Sellotaped to the front of the May issue, on sale 28th of April, the update will come in a blue, attractively square package, just ready for you to slot into your Amiga. Simple!
SsH Kills all known SWOS bugs, dead!
Frequently Asked Questions I CL I want to get 'online'. What should I do?
CU Amiga Magazine gets to grips with common modem questions.
I A. First, you'll need a modem. The modem is the device that transmits data through the telephone network linking you to the Internet, where you can dial anywhere in the world for the same price as a local call.
I CL What sort of modem should I get?
I A. There are internal and external modems. The internal sort are bare circuit boards designed for IBM-PCs. Any external style modem will work with the Amiga, all you need is a standard RS232 25 way cable to connect it to the serial port. Some Pcs have 9 pin serial ports, so check your leads. Try to buy the fastest modem that you can afford; don't get one slower than 14,400. If getting a fast 28,800 modem ensure it supports the V34 standard (rather than the Vfastl.
¦ CL What software will I need?
I A. Modems always seem to come with PC software in the box, which is no use to the Amiga.
If you buy your modem from an Amiga dealer they will probably '“elude a disk with several Public main Shareware programs such as Ncomm or Term. You can also buy a program such as Termite vailable from HiSoft, tel: 01525 18181, reviewed in CU Amiga Magazine, February 1995). All of these will let you log onto a BBS.
¦ Q_ Will H work as a fax machine?
I A. Nearly all modern odems will operate as fax
• chines but you need the neces- ry software. Although modems
come bundled with fax software, it's generally PC stuff. The
choice of Amiga software is limited to GPFax (First Computer
Centre, tel: 0113 231 9444), TrapFax (Blitter- soft, tel: 01908
220196) and some PD utilities. Check, before you buy a modem,
though, as some will not support faxes.
¦ Q_ Will any Amiga work with my modem?
¦ A. Any Amiga can drive a 14,400 baud modem with no problems. A 68020 or a higher based Amiga (such as the A1200) is required for reliable 28,000 baud connections. There are several programs around which claim to speed up access. A500 or A2000 owners might find these useful.
¦ Q_ What's the difference between the Internet and BBS?
B A. A Bulletin Board is a site where groups of users communicate with each other about common interests. You can swop messages, transfer files etc. The Internet is a world wide network of communication lines set up by the US military, which can be used for free transmission of data. It links thousands of BBSs around the world.
BBS come in two flavours: commercial systems and non-com mercial systems. The commercial boards charge fees and include companies such as CompuServe (tel: 0800 289378), Almac (tel: 0324 666336), CIX (tel: 01492 641
961) and Delphi (0171 757 7080).
The non commercial systems are a lot smaller, but usually free.
On the Internet you can use tools such as FTP (for downloading programs), Telnet (for logging into remote computers) and Mosaic (for using the World Wide Web). The Internet is fast, if you send an electronic mailmessage to someone, it will reach their site in a few seconds. To use the Internet you need to either get a dedicated account with a company such as Demon, or use a gateway through a BBS such as CIX. CompuServe or Delphi. The dedicated account allows you to run mail, nets and Web programs on your Amiga, rather than using text-only programs on the gateway system.
¦ OL Which should I try first?
H A. Try some of the amateur Bulletin Boards listed to the right.
These are all systems which are part of the FidoNet network.
FidoNet is a network which includes tens of thousands of bulletin boards, all sharing mail. You can post a message to a FidoNet chat area using your local board, and everyone else will be able to read it the next day or so. Most boards also have file areas with all the latest Public Domain software for you to download.
Hi O- I have a modem that works at 14,400 baud. I've set my comma software to work at this speed but nothing happens. What's wrong?
H A. Although the modem will claim to work at 14,400 baud it works faster due to the data compression algorithms. Most 14,400 modems will only recognise speeds of 19.200 baud. This might sound confusing, but there are two different speeds at work. First, there's the modem's transmission speed to the modem at the other end of the telephone. No matter what, this will remain at the modem's stated speed: in this case 14,400 baud. However, due to the data compression the amount of data being transferred is higher, so the speed of the link from the modem to the computer is about
19. 200 baud. ¦ John Kennedy My own board I Q. I want to start a
Bulletin Board. What software do I need?
¦ A. Now you’ve opened a can of worms... there are several programs to choose from.
Some, like Max's BBS. Are Public Domain. Some like XenoLink are commercial (available from the Darkside BBS).
The best thing to do is ask around, and log into as many boards as possible to see what features are offered.
Board name: Heart of Gold Modem number: 01247 274919 Board name: 1024 BBS Modem number:01952 - 419664 Board name: The Slimelite BBS Modem number:0181 230 1566 Board name: Slimelite BBS Modem number:0181 230 1566 Board name: Backyard BBS Modem number:0181 424 2065 Board name: Ethereal Cereal Modem number:01707 275 567 Board name: Darkside BBS Modem number:0181 771 9100 Board name: Autopilot BBS Modem number:01332 660 768 Board name: Amnesia BBS Modem number:0151 606 1984 Board name: Crooked Spire Modem number:01246 551 626 Board name: Frost Free BBS Modem number:01484 842 341 Board name: Shades
BBS Modem number:01670 787672 Board name: The Lakes BBS Modem number:01768-866059 Board name: Zeons Lair Modem number:01768-899420 AMIGA 9 Masterclass Following on from last month's discussion on data compression, we take a look at the much-used LHA system.
Oast month we touched on data compression, and how it can save on disk space and downloading times for modem users. The standard Amiga archiver has always been LHA, which you can see for yourself if you log onto a BBS and see all the files ending with the lha suffix. You'll find the LHA program itself lurking on magazine cover disks or on your local BBS, and you should add it to your collection of Amiga utilities as soon as possible.
Recently a new archiver called LZX has been popping up a lot in FidoNet conversations. LZX promises to run faster and work better than LHA; so of course it deserves some attention.
You can download LZX from the usual on-line places (such as the Aminet, which is where I got it) and Bulletin Boards such as Creations (modem number: 0181 66598871. It is used in exactly the same was as LHA, that is, from the Shell with commands like: lzx a my archive This will bundle up all the files in the current directory ending in .iff and store them in a new file called my_archive.lzx. In order to check out the claims for LZX, I performed the following tests. First of all I archived ten large IFF image files (which usually don't pack up well as they are already encoded slightly) and
secondly I archived a pile of text files.
Graphics Text Files Files Original Size 6284520 2284752 LHA Size 5063205 805418 LHA Time 2m 03s 0m 44s LZX Size 5018060 710674 LZX Time 1m 59s 0m 46s LHA version 1.38, LZX version 1.00 As you can see, in both cases the LZX compression was slightly better especially with text files. The time difference however was minimal (and slightly worse for the text files).
Whether or not a change over to the LZX system is merited remains to be seen. An update to version 1.01 is expected 'real soon now', and this will be worth checking out. In any case, if you find that you need to pack up a lot of data it will be worth your while to see if LZX makes any difference.
Interestingly, both these coding systems rely on the LZW (Lev Zemple Welch) compression system, which was at the heart of the recent CompuServe to charge for GIFs' stories you may have read in the computer press. The GIF graphic file standard belongs to CompuServe and it uses LZW, which was developed by Unisys. LZW belongs to Unisys, and they want to get some money from it - hence the proposed GIF-tax. It will be fun to see Unisys try to get money for all the programs which are compressed with LHA or LZX.
Workbench icon replacements Have a look at the nice Workbench pictures J shown on these pages. Look a bit different from yours? Well, unless you have Newlcons installed on your Amiga, it should. Like Magic Workbench. Newlcons is a set of replacemer* icons to smarten up your Workbench display Also like MagicWB. It's available from the Aminet Internet site and many BBS and PubK Domain libraries.
Many folk are worried about using new icons, especially as some users have reported unexplained crashes. First of all. The original programs like MagicWB contained icons which were only that - icons. When you loo* at any files stored on your disks, you'll see files ending in .info. These are the files which contain the information the Amiga uses to d* play the little graphic. They are not programs in their own right, and are stored separately from the programs they are associated with The Workbench clock program for example. • J actually two individual files: the program itsdl and the .info
icon file. Without the .info file, there would be no icon display but the program could still be used (either from the Shdl' or by using the 'Display All Files’ option from the Workbench menu). Thus there is no way that the new icons themselves could interlay with the program. If things do go wrong wtml experimenting with icons, there are a few things that should be checked: 1 .Icon type Icons are classed into different types, in oada to inform the Amiga's operating system if it is working with drawers, disks or programs.
If you copy an icon from a program file and make it into a drawer you may forget to alter the type, with odd results. You can check the type by loading the icon into the Icon Editor program supplied on the Workbench Extras disk.
Although unless you can display a DblPAL or Multiscan image on your monitor you may find your screen starts to become a little too cluttered.
I'm quite happy with this setup. Which is a collection of bits and pieces I’ve collected over the years. And by the way, the line of icons which appears in several of the images is produced by the ToolsManager program. This provides you with an easy way of leaving programs out on the Workbench: especially handy if you have a hard drive. As with all the programs mentioned here, keep a look out for it on-line or from your library.
Wallpaper Something else you should watch out for is the Wallpaper collection.
There are hundreds of well drawn textures for you to tile as a badk- drop pattern. They range from the usual mottled shades or grey to pictures of that girl from Twin Peaks who everyone apparently fancied a while back. These patterns are widely available so try 'em out. None are quite so tacky as 'Sexybench' which includes several, in my opinion, very poor Manga-style cartoon drawings of the female form. Not the sort of thing you want on your Workbench when our Lisa walks into the office ... ¦ John Kennedy Remember that if using the Workbench
3. 0 Icon Editor that it sometimes goes bonkers and saves a large
outline around your images. If this happens, your only
recourse is to use the Workbench 2 editor, or a third party
program such as Iconian (available from the usual Public
Domain libraries shareware outlets).
2. Tools The .info file stores the graphical data, but it also
has a secondary purpose: storing tool types. If you examine an
.info file using the Information option from the Workbench
(highlight the icon and press Right-Amiga-I) you might see a
list of tool types associated with the icon. This method is
used to customise programs: for example, you might want the
program to use certain screen colours or certain keyboard
If the program has been written to look at the tool types then these can be changed to reflect your own purposes. The stack size is sometimes set from within the .info file as well - the stack is the amount of memory which a program is allocated. Problems can arise if you simply replace one icon with another: you might overwrite the .info data and lose all these settings. If you are changing icons, remember to look at the tool and stack settings first. The install program with MagicWB and Newlcons will try and retain all these settings and therefore there shouldn't be any problems.
3. Disk and memory usage All the new icons are considerably more
detailed than the standard icons and so use up more space. For
the best visual effect you can run your Workbench with more
colours than you are used to (8 or 161. This will use up more
chip memory than normal which can lead to problems on
unexpanded systems. If you are running totally from floppy,
you'll have to think carefully about using an icon replacement
scheme as it will slow things down ever so slightly and use
Beat the system Newlcons works slightly different in that it virtually re-writes the way the icon system works. It adds some programs to your startup sequence and alters the system to display the new images. It sounds a bit extreme, but it has the advantage of fixing the short-com- ings with the Workbench palette system.
Have a look at the example pictures and if you decide you like what you see, either get the file from the Aminet or local BBS or PD library.
The newer versions of MagicWB also includes some 'active' parts, specifically some programs to make sure the palette is Soundlab Make four sample tracks sound like fourteen, with some cunning mixing tricks.
©ace it. Four tracks are never enough. Even the most minimal compositions easily can eat twice as many sample channels, so how on earth are you going to compete with professional 32-track productions?
With a bit of ingenuity and some clever tricks, that's how.
The first time you laid down a drum pattern using a tracker like OctaMED or ProTracker. You probably put the bass drum in one track, the cymbals in another and used up the remaining two channels with snare and assorted percussion arrangements In an ideal world or an expensive studio, that wouldn't be a problem, but it is in this case, as that's just taken care of your entire sound output capacity, Although the Amiga can play no more than four internal samples at once, it doesn't mean that it can only play four sounds at once. As far as the computer is concerned, it makes no difference
whether each sample is a recording of a single bass drum, or an entire orchestra Replaying the orchestra sample puts no greater strain on the Amiga than playing the bass drum - after all, they are both just sound waves. You can use this fact to your advantage, to make your Amiga sound as if it’s playing far more samples than it actually is.
Use peaks as guides for inserting re-pttdied notes Mixing samples The basic trick to learn is sample mixing. Drum patterns can often be squeezed onto a single track by mixing the right samples together. Before you get started, it's a good idea to make up a new set of samples from your standard drum sounds. Load up the basics, say a bass drum, a couple of high hat cymbals, a snare drum, a crash cymbal and a hand clap. Using all four tracks, build up the kind of rhythm you're after.
Now look at the block, and see where two or more samples are played at the same time. These are the samples that you'll need to mix.. Keeping your original samples intact, copy the waves into blank sample windows and use the sample editor's 'mix' function to combine them. It's likely that there will be parts where the bass drum sounds with the high hat, but another place where the bass drum sounds with the high hat and the snare drum. In this case, you'll need to make two new samples.
However, although it might seem obvious to combine the bass drum, high hat and snare drum for the second sound, you could leave out the high hat without making any noticeable difference. Certain sounds use similar frequencies, and so mask each other out. As is often the case with snare drums and high hats.
Each time you combine sample waves, you lose a little of the definition from both sounds, as they both have to share the same space. Reducing the amount of mixing will help keep the fidelity of each individual sound.
Depending on the sample editor you use. Your mixed samples may come out at half the volume of the original waves. Check for this, and if they need boosting, amplify them accordingly. Usually a 200% volume boost will get them back up to their original volume. Once you've got a string of combined drum sounds, save them out for future use.
Now you can create a new block, and using the initial four track drum pattern as a guide, you can recreate the rhythm on a single track with your new samples. The only places you might need to use two tracks would be when there's a sustained sound, such as crash symbol, which overlaps with a following sound In this case, you'll need to use an extra track.
Breakbeats Breakbeats, complete drum loops, are very effective at saving tracks. A whole percussion arrangement can be contained in a single sample, and if you want to break away from the monotony of a continuous loop, you can always chop it up and rearrange it. What can save yet more tracks, is combining basslines or riffs with your breakbeats.
This sounds complicated at first, as you would need two identically pitched loops in order for them to match up, but you don't actually need two loops, just the breakbeat and a single bass or synth sample.
The trick is to make use of your sample editor s pitch change or re-sample feature, and mix repitched copies of the synth or bass sound into the breakbeat Using two tracks, lay down the breakbeat and your bassline or riff. Once you've got this running, jot down the order and pitch of the notes in your bassline. Use your sample editor to make repitched copies of the bass sound for each different note in the bassline. This is so that you can mix these samples into the brea«- beat sample Now set the block playing, an call up the breakbeat sample wir dow. As the sample is played, you’ll see a
scan line running through it. This tells you which part of the sample is being played. Listen for the notes of the bassline. While you watch the sample scan line. It's likely that the notes will sound as the scan line passes the peaks of the breakbeat wave. Watch to see where the scan line is on the breakbeat wave for each note of the bassline.
Copy the first bassline sample and then move to the breakbeat sample. Zoom right into the po*- tion where the note occurs, high- light the area, and click on 'mix' Now get the next bass sample into the copy buffer, and mix it into the next spot on the breakbeat wave Repeat this hght aiong the breakbeat, until you've overlaid the whole bassline. If necea- J sary. Boost the volume of the mixed sections. You now have drums and bassline on a single [ track, leaving the remaining thiea for new sounds. ¦ Tony Horgan 'Pxcmiex Tjtact Oxdex Please Send Cheques PO s (made out to Premier Mail Order)
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LETTER OF THE MONTH On the up I hnvn ii thiiiirful notn to tdtl to tho ongoing riohatn conctrninu tho futuro of tho Atni(|4i I work for Forto, 4i hitj hotol chain which him rocontly now TV ay»tmn« in thoir Potthoufto*. Through thi* aytjtom, Intolvuion. You cart m.cu**
• ill your (fot4tiU on acroon ( i.o hillin'), w ikoup call* otc).
* tato-of tho-4irt graphic* channol (hopl iying nil tlio«o
facihtlo*. And guo** what I «aw whon tlioy cauio to inatall tho
*y*t«mi? Vo*, an AMIGA 4000 030 running Scuta.
Now thoro aro 01 forto Po*thou*i * in tho UK and tlioy aro all hnkod up via rnodorn to tho control offico whoro tho itriptt aro uploadod to tho unit*, hut oach hotol will ho uhlo to adapt *oftwaro to include thoir own topic* rolativo to tho hotol. Who'* worriod nhout tho part tho AMIGA lia* to play in futuro tochnolotjy I cortainly ain't.
Finally, for tho pooplo who will novor got onough of 30 animation, watch Rohoot, a cartoon *orio* which i» shown on ITV on Tuo*day* at 4.00 put Home business I am a fanatical Amiga 1200 user, who originally purchased my Amiga for its vast array of superb games. However, since reading magazines such as yours. I have become more and more interested in the more 'serious' side of of computing. An area which has particularly caught my eye is public domafn software, which I use regularly. I now want to set up and run my own PD library from home. I have all the equipment that I need already, so
all I need now is some advice. I am concerned over the legal aspect of the business especially but I also need some general advice, on contacts and ideas especially. I would be eternally grateful if you could help me out in this venture, as I am looking forward to running a PD library of my own.
Daniel Strangward, Berkshire.
PD works on the basis that the author of the software releases his or her program into the public domain. Whilst they generally retain the copyright (meaning you can't alter it) you can copy it and pass it on, which is what PD firms do. As for sources of good PD software, get hold of the April issue of CU Amiga Magazine. This contains a PD Special showing some of the best PD titles around and where you can get them.
A foreign affair Hello Amiga people. I live in France. The Amiga is great. I have a problems with your coverdisks, though, because I don't speak
• much English and your coverdisks are all in English. So. Could
you do two versions of the coverdisks - one in French and one
Pierre Monto, Paris.
Sorry Pierre, no can do. The problem is that we couldn 't fit two versions of the programs onto our cover disks because the disks are always overflowing with goodies and there just isn't any more room unfortunately!
Tell me more!
Greetings from Birmingham. I've been buying CU for more years than I care to remember.
However. I've only just recently noticed an alarming trend - you only seem to be covering the Amiga. Commodore produced Pcs. And you're called 'Commodore User Amiga Magazine' so why don’t you cover the Commodore PC I’ve got? I await your answer.
Paul Jenkins, Birmingham.
Greetings!! You’ve been reading CU Amiga Magazine for a while have you? Well, if you have you should have realised by now that we’ve never covered Commodore PC (except in news), in fact it’s been several years since they've even been made.
Looking at the front cover of this magazine you’ll notice that the word Amiga is rather large, and the ‘CU’ bit is rather small. This is because we're an Amiga magazine, nothing else. The Commodore reference is because Commodore make the Amiga.
If you want to keep reading the magazine, why not upgrade from your PC to an Amiga?
Where's the disk?
For a long lime now I have thoroughly enjoyed all your coverdisks. They and the magazine have been a great source of enjoyment. I've only ever had problems with two of the coverdisks. The first one was replaced within days without a hitch. The second disk, Director, Opus, (coverdisk 100) however, is causing me great concern. I returned it approximately one month ago but I still haven't received a reply or replacement since. I rang DiskXpress and was told that a replacement disk would be forwarded to me but I have received nothing since.
May I appeal to your good offices to lend a little weight to having a replacement disk forwarded as speedily as possible? I have also checked the March issue for any news about what migl* be causing the delay but to no avail.
D Steele. Kent.
There was a slight problem with this disk concern- ing individual Amigas that did not happen on any of our test machines. However, if you contact DiskXpress they’ll now be able to supply you with a decompressed Directory Opus coverdisk which will work on your Amiga.
Absolute pants In response to Jonathon Robbins' letter moaning about Sensible World Ot Soccer (Backchal March 95). I think he is talking absolute pants' The improved goalkeepers add a new dimension to the game but can actually be beaten - by long distance shots, the odd clumsy deflection and even the occasional normal effort.
In my first attempt at a career I took BACKCHAT lei us cover mount our own. However you could try calling Silica on 0181 309 1111 who did have some ProCaks left in stock. You might be able to get a manual, as part of the complete package, from them.
Red alert The situation is becoming critical here in Portugal. I'm an A1200 owner with a 240Mb HD. As a loyal reader of your magazine, I’m writing to leave an important message: here in Portugal it's becoming very hard to find a place to buy hardware and software for the Amiga. If we want Amiga software, the only way to get it is to import it from other countries. Even some stores that had the Amiga, now don't have it.
The reason? Most people don’t know the Amiga and the ones that do think it's only a games machine. The Amiga is being crushed by the other computers. Don't let the Amiga die.
Luis Santos, Portugal.
USA COLUNS TEAM TALK Last month's video and animation feature made a big impression on the CU Amiga Magazine team.
Or maybe they've just been watching too much TV ... ALAN DYKES Still preparing for his own wedding, John has been singing things like Tm getting married ia the morning' (ason though ha isn't gaita) aad watching Four Weddings Funeral. His Hugh Grant image isn't helped by this particular photo- though and tbe foueral will be s unless we change it soon. Perhaps wo coaid pat a photograph of tbe happy coaple ia instead. We ll see.
A ProCalc - one ol the best s Torquay Utd lo the top ot the premier in successive seasons, knocking out top teams in cup competition and never had problems with needing two defenders to clean up at the back.
My only grumble is that the computer teams are a bit too predictable as they try to get the ball back to the middle of the pitch all the time. Also the computer team's players never get injured and taken off as yours can; and there is no African Nations Cup. It's still great though, so Jonny Robbins, get some talent, Sensi rules the world (when I’m in control), Giggsy of the South West, Torquay.
Even more ProCalc I am new to the Amiga 1200, having just upgraded from the Commodore 64. Because of the differences in the two machines I am finding it difficult to get to grips with. For example, I have been following your tutorial on ProCalc (Coverdisk 94, November 1994) and while the program is exactly what I want, being a novice, I am finding it hard to get on with. Will you be publishing a manual for the program?
C. R Weston, Kent.
GoldDisk, who originally published the program, no longer have any manuals and were unwilling lo ¦np r hi * Green with envy I have seen many advertisements for ‘green’ Pcs. Which are kinder to the environment, and this seems like a load of rubbish to me. How can something made of plastic, metal and silicon be environmentally friendly? Still, it’s all comparative I suppose: some will be better than others. Which brings me to the Amiga.
Surely Commodore could advertise the fact that not only are their machines cheaper but also more environmentally friendly. They use less plastic and metal, smaller motherboards and less power than any of their crappy competitors, so come on, sell the benefits.
Seamus Googe, Dublin Er, we don't mean to be negative here, and we're sure you've researched this properly, but since Commodore have not produced an Amiga for at least a year now and haven 7 advertised one for even longer, the message is unlikely to get across.
Pop videos Thanks for your animation feature in the April issue. It convinced my older brother to get a second hand Amiga 1200 with an accelerator, RAM expansion and a hard drive, instead of the PC he was saving for. He's been asked to make a video for his mate’s band, but until now hadn't been able to afford all the kit. Now he's got a brilliant set up for a really good price, and the video's looking good so far.
The best bit is that now I get to play Sensi World of Soccer, Cannon Fodder 2 and Super Skidmarks, and I can also mess around with OctaMED when he’s not using it! I thought I was going to have to wait another six months before he saved up and I got to play all those games every talks about at school! Thanks.
Alistair Dean, Norwich.
No letter You sent us an empty envelope, sealed, with a first class stamp. Mr John Cawley of Glasgow.
JOHN KENNEDY ANDY LEANING TOIMY HORGAN HELEN DANBY MATCH SCORES MONTH 1 The following are the full results of all matches played in the 14 rounds of month one of the Sensible Soccer Fancy League. Use these figures to find out how many goals were scored against your goalkeeper and defenders.
Remember, if your goalie's team concedes no goals you get a +4 bonus, if any of your midfielder’s teams have a clean sheet you get a +3 bonus.
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phoned or posted your entries by now, and you've probably told
all your mates how brilliant your team is. But Sensi has a way
of being unpredictable, especially in the clammy hands of jaded
EMAP journalists. Here are the results of the matches and the
goal scorers for each team.
Thirty points! Luis Henrique in goal. Dave McPherson in defence and Sergio Araujo are the stars of the show, while Paolo Negro did well: he would have had a negative score but for his goal. Both Miguel and Vladimir Jugovic are strong in midfield but might have performed better considering they were both bought for around the £2M mark. And just what does Stig Inge Bjornebye think he is up to?
7-0 to AC Milan against Liverpool? Pull your socks up boyo!
JON HARE'S TEAM Just how sensible was Jon Hare's choice?
Name Position Code Value Goals m t3M MAN UTD 2 ARSENAL 2 NEWCASTLE 1 REAL MADRIO 1 AC MILAN 1 PARIS ST GERMAIN 1 NEGUYA GREMPUS 1 JUVENTUS 2 LAZIO 1 BARCELONA 1 Round 2 AJAX 3 RANGERS 1 GALATASARAY 1 RIVER PLATE 1 BAYERN MUNICH 0 BLACKBURN 1 FC PORTO 2 UVERP0010 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 1 ATLITICO MIMEIRO 2 TOTTENHAM 1 SAMPDORIA 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 NEWCASTLE B ARSENAL • REAL MADRID 1 MILAN 5 NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 PARIS ST.GERMAIN 1 LAZIO 1 JUVENTUS 2 BARCELONA 1 Round 3 RIVER PLATE 0 AJAX 4 GALATASARAY 2 RANGERS 4 FC PORTO 1 BAYERN MUNICH LIVERPOOL 1 BLACKBURN 1 SAMPDORIA 2 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 0 TOTTENHAM 0
ATLETICO MINEIRO B REAL MADRID 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 ARSENAL 2 NEWCASTLE 1 JUVENTUS 1 AC MILAN 0 BARCELONA 3 PARIS ST GERMAIN 1 NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 LAZIO 4 Round 4 AJAX 1 BAYERN MUNICH B GALATASARAY 1 LIVERPOOL 1 BLACKBURN B RANGERS 2 RIVER PLATE 1 FC PORTO 1 MAMELODI B MAN UTD 1 TOTTENHAM 1 ARSENAL 1 ATLITICO MINEIRO 1 NEWCASTLE 1 SAMPDORIA 1 REAL MADRID B LAZIO 1 AC MILAN B PARIS ST.GERMAIN 3 JUVENTUS 2 BARCELONA 3 NEGUYA GREMPAS B Round 5 LIVERPOOL I AJAX B BAYERN MUNICH 3 GALATASARAY 2 FC PORTO B RANGERS B BLACKBURN ROVERS B RIVER PLATE 1 ARSENAL 2 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 2 TOTTENHAM 1 MANCHESTER
UNITED 3 REAL MADRID B ATLETICO MINEIRO 1 NEWCASTLE 1 SAMPDORIA 1 AC MILAN B BARCELONA 1 PARIS ST.GERMAIN 4 NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 JUVENTUS 1 LAZIO 1 Round 6 BLACKBURN D AJAX 1 FC PORTO 2 6ALATASARAY 1 RANGERS 3 BAYERN 1 RIVER PLATE 4 LIVERPOOL 3 NEWCASTLE B MAMELODI SUNDOWN B TOTTENHAM S AC MILANA AtliTICO MINEIRO 1 PARIS ST.6ERMAIN 1 SAMPDORIA S NEGUYA GREMPAS 2 MANCHESTER UTD 2 JUVENTUSD LAZIO 1 ARSENAL 1 REAL MADRID 2 BARCELONA 3 Round 7 AJAXO FC PORTO 0 GALATASARAY 2 BLACKBURN 0 RANGERS 2 LIVERPOOL 1 RIVER PtATE B BAYERN MUNICH 1 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 1 REAL MADRIO 2 PARIS ST.GERMAIN 2 TOTTENHAM 2
ATLETICO MINEIRO 2 AC MILAN B SAMPDORIA 3 JUVENTUS 2 NEGUYA 6REMPAS B MANCHESTER UNITED 1 BARCELONA 1 ARSENAL 3 NEWCASTLE!
LAZIO 3 Round 8 AJAX 2 MAMELODI SUNOOWN 2 GALATASARAY 1 TOTTENHAM 3 RANGERS 0 ATLETICO MINEIRO B RIVER PLATE 1 SAMPDORIA 3 BAYERN MUNICH 1 MANCHESTER 1 LIVERPOOL B AC MILAN 7 BLACKBURN 2 PARIS ST.GERMAIN 2 FC PORTO 1 NEGUYA GREMPAS 0 ARSENAL 2 JUVENTUS 1 BARCELONA 3 NEWCASTLE B REAL MADRIO 2 LAZIO 4 Round 9 TOTTENHAM 2 AJAX 1 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 2 GALATASARAY 2 SAMPDORIA B RANGERS B ATLETICO MINEIRO 4 RIVER PLATE 2 BAYERN MUNICH 1 ARSENAL 2 LIVERPOOL 2 PARIS ST.GERMAIN B AC MILAN 2 BLACKBURN B LAZIO 2 FC PORTO 1 MANCHESTER UTD B BARCELONA B NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 NEWCASTLE 3 JUVENTUS D REAL MADRID 1
Round 10 AJAX 3 ATLETICO MINEIRO 3 GALATASARAY B SAMPDORIA 2 RANGERS 2 MAMEIODI SUNDOWN fl RIVER PLATE 2 TOTTENHAM 1 NEWCASTLE B BAYERN MUNICH B NEGUYA GREMPAS 4 LIVERPOOL 2 BLACKBURN B JUVENTUS2 FC PORTO 1 BARCELONA 2 LAZIO 1 MANCHESTER UNITEI1 ARSENAL 1 AC MILAN B REAL MADRID 1 PARIS ST.GERMAIN 1 Round 11 SAMPOORIA « AJAX 3 AiliTICO UINEIRO ] GALATASAAAT 1 TOTTENHAM 2 RANGERS 1 UAUELOOI SUN DO UNI RIVER PLATE 1 BATERN MUNICH 2 REAL MADRID 1 UYERPOOl 1 LAZIO 3 BARCELONA 1 BLACKBURN S AC MILAN B FC PORTO 2 PARIS ST GERMAIN 1 MANCHESTER UTD 1 ARSENAL 7 NEGUYA GREMPAS 3 JUVENTUS 1 NEWCASTLE S
Round 12 MANCHESTER UTD 1 AJAX 1 CALATASARAT 1 ARSENAL 2 NEWCASTLE 2 RANGERS 3 RIAL MADRIO 1 RIVER PLATE 1 IATERN MUNICH 1 MAMELODI SUNDOWN 1 JUVENTUS 1 UYERPOOl 1 BLACKBURN 1 NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 FC PORTO 1 PARIS ST GERMAIN 0 LAZIO 1 TOTTENHAM 1 BARCELONA 1 ATLETICO MINIIRO 1 AC MILAN 1 SAMPDORIA • Round 13 AJAX 1 ARSENAL 1 MANCHESTER UTII GALATASAAAT 1 RANGERS 3 REAL MAORI! 1 RIVER PLATE R NEWCASTLE 1 TOTTENHAM 1 BAYERN MUNICH 1 UYERPOOl 1 BARCELONA A BLACKBURN 0 LAZIO 2 FC PORTO 2 JUVENTUS 2 MAMELOOI SUNDOWN 0 AC MILAN • NEGUYA GREMPAS T ATLETICO MINIIRO A PARIS ST.GERMAiN 2 SAMPDORIA 5 Round
14 NEWCASTLE 2 AJAX 4 REAL MADRID 5 GALATASARAY 3 AC MILAN 1 RANGERS 2 PARIS ST GERMAIN 4 RIVER PLATE 3 NEGUYA GREMPAS 1 BATERN MUNICH 3 UYERPOOl2 MAME100I SUNDOWN 3 BLACKBURN 1 MANCHESTER UTD 2 ARSENAL 3 FC PORTO 2 JUVENTUS 2 TOTTENHAM • ATLETICO MINEIRO 3 LAZIO 3 SAMPOORIA 1 BARCLLONA 1 resmoa coot mo or AC MILAN (ITALY) Sebastian Retsr 6 B1BI GBAiS • Chnsttaa faaacci D BI 12 • Freece Rami D Bin 1 Nnurti Cosucart.
0 1114 1 Peele Maldiai 0
• 111 1 Roberto Doaadoai M 0128 1 Oametno Albert,., M B127 1
Marcel Desadly M 1121 3 Giaelergi leatiai M 1121 4 Dejan
• 131 5 AIMSaadn Mali A
• 131 1 AJAX (HOLLAND Edana Vaa Nr Sar G B2B1 • Mickad laiiigar B
• 212 I BanyBlted D 1213 • freak Be Baer B 1214 • Mgaarga M B22S
1 ftaab Rqkaard M 8221 2 Edgar Dadds M
• 227 • Jan Utaaaaa M 1221 2 Marc Bnraian M 1221 4 Patrick
Kteivart A 1231 1 RaaaM la Baer A
• 231 11 ARSENAL (ENGLAND) Dand Seaaaa G
• 311 • LaaOiioe D
• 312 1 Steve BaaM D
• 313 • Taay Adams D 1314 1 B 1318 • Baridhfter M
• 328 1 Jake Jeasea M 1327 • Sttpkea Sctam M 1321 1 Pad Manaa M
1321 3 Rada Campkafl A 1331 1 laa Wrifkt A
• 331 7 ATLETICO MINEIIO (IRAZll) Lais Heankee 6 Mil • Mn D
• 412 I Nets D
• 413 • Paale laberto 0
• 414 1 AH.sa.dro 0
• 415 1 VaMir M 0426 2 Cristave M
• 427 1 Cartes M
• 421 3 Teaaaba PttTtira M 1421 2 Raaatea A
• 431 3 SariteAraaia A
• 231 IB BARCELONA (SPAM) Cartes teM 6
• Ml • AftartFarm B
• 812 • DaaaU Katmaa B
• 813 • AkalarHe Fer Maker B
• 814 1 GaHtema Amat M
• 52 S 4 Migael Aagel Nadal M 1826 1 Jasef GaatdioU M
• 827 2 Jasa Maria Bafcars M
• 821 3 Sergi Barju.n M 0521 2 Hrnto Staichkov A
• 831 7 Romano A 1831 8 BLACKBURN ROVERS (ENGLAND; Tim flower*
Heaaiag Bet j TeayGate Code Headry FC PORTO (PORTUGAL) Aagak Bi
• Ml GOALS SCORED MONTH 1 The following figures relate to the
total amount of goals scored by each player in all 14 rounds
played this month. Use this to calculate the plus points for
defenders, midfielders and strikers.
CAIAIASAIAY. (TVHEY) 1
• 812 • • 1814 1 H
• 628 2 H
• 828 1 M
• 827 1 M 1828 1 M 1821 2 A
• 831 3 A
• 631 7 INO) G 1781 • D
• 712 1 1 1713 • • 1714 • • 1718 1 M 1721 • M
• 727 • M
• 721 1 M
• 721 • A 1731 • A
• 731 6 G
• 111 • 1 M12 1 B
• 113 1 •
• 114 • 0
• 116 1 M 1826 2 M
• 827 1 M 1828 2 M M2t 2 A
• 831 2 A
• 831 4 G
• Ml I • Ml 2 • • M13 I • M14 • B Mil 2 M M2I • M M27 1 M 0121 •
A 1831 1 A 1831 « A
• 831 1 G INI 1 • 1112 • • 1113 1 I 1114 • • 1116 • M 1128 1 M
1827 • M 1121 1 M 1128 • A 1131 6 A 1131 1 G 1111 • • 1112 1 •
1113 1 1 1114 1 • 1116 3 M 1121 3 M 1127 • Ml 2 Paal Gatctigae
M 1121 7 Roberta Di Mattee M 1121 1 Gr.SMpeS.9Mn A 113B 6
Atealaksk A 1131 7 UYERPOOL (EBGUUB) Band James 6 1211 •
RabJaaM I 1212 • Nedladdach I 1213 • Philabb 0 1214 • Jaka
Scales D 1216 1 St | laf. Bferabre D 1211 1 Stan McMaaaaiaa M
1227 • JnMolby M 1221 1 Jaka Baraas M 1221 1 Robbie Fowler A
1231 6 Alaa Rash A 1231 18 MAMELOOI SUNDOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)
Crai| le Graage G 1311 1 Samad Kamhale D 1312 • Jakaaaas Madaa
• 1313 • lathy Mated • 1314 1 Jms Magatego • 1316 1 Eraast
Cnirarak M 1321 1 lahkteMtripa M 1327 1 MatM Hand M 1321 • Zaae
Mass M 1328 2 Unman Ckdaayi A 1338 6 BaaMtt bUsragt A 1331 2
MANCHESTER UNITED (ENGLAND Patar Schme.chel G 1411 1 Paal
Parbar 0 1412 • Stave Brace 0 1413 1 Gary Fillister D 1414 1
Deaais Irwia D 1416 1 Aadrai Kiachelskis M 1421 1 Pad lace M
1427 1 BayKeaa.
M 1428 1
* -*•** M 1428 4 Erie Caataaa A 1431 1 Mart Hagkes A 1431 1
NEGUYA GNEMPAS (JAPAN) ftcb Haveaaar 6 1M1 • Taskiysbi Ktsag •
1112 1 Garca 0 1613 1 Tesbrbisi lljaaia • 1814 • Hrsataki
Fajihawi D 1616 1 M 1628 1 Mabata Yeaakara M 1627 0 llivaltaa M
1621 3 Tetsaya Nahanishi M 1628 1 Gary bather A 1631 1 Shifoo
Sawairi A 1631 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED (ENGLAND) Pavel Srakah 1 1M1
• Mart Hangar 1 1112 •
• ante Peacock 1 1113 • Ptekppa Albert B 1114 • Jaka Bensterd 0
1616 • RaalFH M 1626 2 Barry VeaisM M 1627 2 Rabert lee M 1621
1 ScattSalten M 1621 1 Peter Beardsley A 1631 I Aady Cole A
1131 1 Paris St-Genaiia (France)
B. r.ard lama G 1711 • Joss Cabas 1 1712 • Alaia Rack B 1713 1
Ricard. Gomes 1 1714 • Patrick Celtetar • 1716 1 Daaiel Bravo
M 1721 1 Paal la Gaea M 1727 2 Yiacaat Gaaria M 1721 2 Oand
Giaala M 1728 8 Vatea ¦ .
1728 1 Gaarya Weak A 1731 7 Raagers (Scattead) Aady Garam G INI • Dave McPkersaa • 1112 • Alaa Mclaree • 1113 1 Basil* Bali B 1114 1 Band Robertso.
D 1116 • Craig Moere M 1121 3 Smart McCall M 1127 1 Plater Haistra M 1121 • Briaa Laadrap M 1128 8 Ally McCeist A 1131 3 MarkNateley A 1131 • REAL MAORIS (SPAM) Fraacoca Bay* 6 INI 8 (Mm B 1812 • Rateal Atearta D 1I1S 8 Mig Usa B 1814 1 Mckat M 1821 1 Feraaada ladaada M 1826 • Feraaada Hierra M 1827 1 Mickaal Laadrap M 1821 2 Rated Martia Vaigau M 1828 4 Jase Emilia Aauvisca A 1838 6 Ivaa Zamwaao A 1831 • RIVER PLATE (ARGENTINA) Laaaarda Agairre G 2881 • Ricardo Altamiraaa 0 2812 8 Guillermo RivaraU 0 2813 8 Roberta Clerico D 2814 8
• teg. Caeca • 2818 8 laaaarda Astrada M 2821 8 Jaka Ter esam M
2827 8 Bart M 2821 1 lamaa Medtea Bale A 2138 2 Ateyaadrt
Araada A 2838 1 Waltar Sinai A 2831 8 SAMPDORIA (ITALY) Waltar
Zaaga 6 2181 8 Manaa Maaniai D 2812 • Riccarda Ferri D 2813 8
Pietro Vierchawod D 2814 • Sinisa Mihajlavic D 2815 3 Attiha
Lombardo M 2828 2 Vladimir Jagavic M 2127 1
• avid Plan M 2121 4 Albenge Evaai M 2128 1 Raad Gaftt A 2831 1
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T * a POINTS OF VIEW % ft1;') Oulletin Boards are boring.
Before you rush to the end of this rant to find my E-mail
address and toast me with a flame, please hear me out. I don't
mean that I think that Bulletin Boards are dull and tedious by
definition and are used by dull and tedious people with a
tenuous grasp of true social interaction. Far from it, my local
board has given me a great deal of enjoyment thanks to the
FidoNet system where I've met and chatted with other comms
enthusiasts from all over the world. And they were not dull,
tedious or socially inadequate.
Bulletin Boards are boring because they are based on ancient technology. The first boards were slow, text-only systems, where users had to register, log in, then pick options from on-screen menus by selecting the right keypresses.
Once into the system, they could look through message and file areas, struggle with options and maybe get to download stuff.
And what has changed since those first boards? Practically nothing. I recently watched an intelligent computer literate adult use a BBS for the first time. He was stuck within minutes. This is the problem. Comms is too damn difficult. It's a crazy situation. Look at the Mosaic browser for the World Wide Web system on the Internet. It's brilliant click here, click there, colour graphics, sound, animation. It's the way comms should be: not some archaic system of ANSI character sets. The Worid Wide Web works because the pages of information which make up the text and pictures you see
are all based on special embedded codes called HTML. It's a brilliantly simply system: you just used codes like i this i to make changes to the text style.
You want a picture? Easy, add something like this img scr="pic- ture.gif" . This is all possible thanks to the ‘Client Server' systems. The client program runs on your computer, the server runs on the remote system. Rather than just display text sent from the server system, the client acts intelligently and can display graphics or sounds, or move icons and windows around the screen. For example, the server might transmit the code ' b ' and instead of displaying the letter 'B' the client executes a routine that changes the font into bold style.
Recently I've been working on a system called Balloo which tries to take the HTML standard and hammers it into a form that Bulletin Boards can use. The problem is not with the B8S Host Software, but with a suitable client. To this end I've been coding a new form of comms terminal for the Amiga. It looks like any other, except when text from the BBS host arrives in HTML format. It is rendered properly. This includes graphics and buttons that the user can click on: clicking on a button simply returns a key-press, so the host system doesn't have to do anything clever. The only changes the
SysOp has to make is to include an HTML option for the menu screens he has on-line.
There are problems to overcome of course. The Internet was originally designed on the principle that connection was never a problem: machines were on-line permanently. If you have ever seen a really fast Internet link running a program such as Mosaic, you'll know what a really smart tool it is. And how trying to use it with a 14,400 or 28,800 modem link is really a bit of a joke. Mosaic, and most Usenet news readers and E-mail systems. Are all geared for on-line use: there is no off-line option for the reason that the originators were always on-line 100% of the time. Besides, the World
Wide Web works because all the other systems are on-line and there is so much information to choose from that trying to make an off-line system is ludicrous.
Bulletins Unfortunately, in the UK the majority of modem users know that every second they spend online costs them money: and as my telephone bills will testify, it's not cheap if you have to use it a lot.
What we need are new tools, specifically tailored to the needs of the home computer user.
Mosaic isn't enough, and a normal BBS is too limited and down right difficult to use.
So we have to capitalise on the facilities we do have. The latest modems, the V34 28,800 modems are far from ISDN links, but they are probably as fast as we can expect to get down a telephone line and they are getting cheaper. So is off-line storage - the other day I got a SCSI 21 Gigabyte drive for less than I spent on a drive of only a third of that capacity a year ago.
We've got fast processors, and great graphics. In theory we have a terrific platform on which to run a stunning client system.
What can we do about it?
The Balloo project is a start I know there are systems such as RIP out there, but I feel they are probably not the direction in which we should be moving. If you think you would like to help or have any comments please get in touch with me either by post through the magazine or wa : electronic mail. ¦ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FidoNet:_2:443 13.4 Next Day £S.OO I 2-3 Days £2.50 Saturday £ 10.00 fceliveries are subject to stock availability r o" up to 7 days for cheques to clear TELEPHONE 0 1234 273000 POWER COMPUTING .
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