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Amiga Magic! The new Amiga pack will be called Amiga Magic and will include two games. Whizz, from Flair and Pinball Mania from 21st Century. The productivity pack, consists of Wordworth 4 SE (Special Edition). Persona Paint 6.4 SE (Special Edition), Photogenics 1.2 SE (Specia Edition), TurboCalc 3.5, DataStore 1.1 and Digita's Organiser. All of the productivity packages are on current or totally new | releases. Although Whizz was not very well received when reviewed (CU Amiga Magazine June 1995, 55%) Pinball Mania promises to be a good title and the productivity software package is nothing short of superb, especially with the inclusion of the as yet unreleased Persona! Paint 6.4 and the excellent Photogenics 1.2. The big brother of the basic A1200 pack, the 170Mb hard drive version will come as standard with Scala's MM300 multimedia design package as well as the same games and productivity package as the basic unit. This will be priced at £499. The main outlets for the Amiga will be through high street stores (possibly Dixons and others) and mail order outlets. The other surprise was that despite initial doubts (see our exclusive Jonathon Anderson interview in the August issue) the Amiga will appear in Escom stores after all. Just how it will be sold against Escom's own branded Pcs and its Commodore Golf range of Pentiums is not quite clear. Meanwhile rumours that Amiga Technologies have made the decision to release the most up-to- date information on Amiga product releases, strategies, price points and so on, solely to trade magazine Computer Trade Weekly . (CTW)' (reported in Amiga Format , October 1995) were laid to rest at the press conference when it was confirmed that CU Amiga Magazine actually had pricing and distribution news (in our August interview) before anyone else, even CTW. According to Jonathon Anderson this isn't official policy but the trade have a ight to know too: "CTW is a weekly magazine and the Amiga specific magazines are monthly. We are not going to hold back information from CTW just to give it to the Amiga mags first", he said. The solution seems simple: read CU Amiga Magazine!
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EXPIRY DATE SIGNATURE DELIVERY 2-3 DAYS £2.50 NEXT DAY £5 C SAT £10 MINIMUM DELIVERY £2.50 ALLOW UP TO 7 DAYS FOR CHEQUES TO CLEAR ...for product information sheets please call TELEPHO FACSIMILE .EPHONE | i .power 01234 273000 power computing ltd 44A B STANLEY STREET !u 1234 352207 BEDFORD MK41 7RW extents CU AMIGA MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 1995 Public Domain Cover Feature Desktop Dreams 25 Enter the exciting and creative world of desktop publishing with this month's PageStream 2 cover disk! Take a walk through the stages of producing a professional quality newsletter with our expert guide to DTP and
PageStream, exploring and explaining all of trie amazing possibilities available to you and your Amiga. So before you can say 'Robert Maxwell' you should be producing magazines, flyers, posters and newsletters to beat the rest of them.
• PD Scene The classic Load Runner makes an appearance this
month, along with another batch of top demos and games.
• PD Utilities Over 40 public domain utilities are unearthed in
this month's guide to the more useful end of the public domain.
Feature Get Stuffed 32 Massive storage devices are everywhere at the moment, from 100Mb Zip drives to 650Mb magneto-opticals that double as CD-ROM drives. Find out exactly which option is right for you in our exclusive guide to all the current mass storage devices. You'll never want to go back to 800K floppies again!
Real 3D V3 Real 3D is I aged to stay up with the peck, or is it jut • load of shiny beds?
• Multimedia Station 74 Hook your A1200 or A600 up to PC-style
IDE CD-ROMs and hard drives with this towering expansion
E L2000 Genlock 77 Mixing Amiga graphics with video is a breeze with this classy little Super VHS and eMuttiData MO It’saf SCJ'H e Sonnet Doubler 79 Could this 50MHz clocked 68040 accelerator be the power boost your A4000 040 needs?
• PageStream 3-Oi 82 Check out the latest release of this month's
i DTP cover« e CD-ROM Round-up 84 The latest installment in the
famous Ammet Editorial The market Is pretty strange nine moment
One half of it the games sector is in a definite state of
decline. The only way it will recover is for Amiga Technologies
to actually sell the 50.000 A!200s they are oromising very
quickly, with the possibility of another 50,000 sales very
early in the new year. With new games consoles and massive
advertising spends in the PC sector, games companies are now,
more than ever, sidelining the Amiga. Even games like Worms,
developed on the Amiga by an Amiga fanatic, are being held up
just so that their release can coincide with that of the other
versions. Without a CD-ROM drive the Amiga is even more
vulnerable to sidelining. Don't be fooled into thinking
otherwise. This is not a healthy market.
But don't lose heart, the peripherals and productivity side is picking up again (it never really got that bad). Newer and more powerful accelerator boards are being produced and imported, most of the major productivity software packages are on the upgrade path and companies like Power Computing are investing heavily in the future with purchases like GVR This side of the market is still thriving and the lesson to be learned is that the Amiga will not go away.
Games software companies will not destroy the Amiga like they did the ST, several types of PC and all the old home computers. It is not a toy. It will survive.
Alan Dykes, Editor Buyers Guide Video digitisers are under the spotlight in this month's buyers guide.
LOO OctaMED 5.04 Ed Wiles starts his tutorial series for our banging' cover disk from the September issue. • 102 Image FX Let Tony Horgan take you through another session of stunningly original image processing ideas.
104 o. ProDraw Find out more tricks and techniques for use in Pro Draw as Larry Hickmott shows you how it's dona.
106 o C 3 Graphics Masterclass 3D stereograms and Personal Paint are the subjects of Peter Lee's graphics masterclass this month.
- ac o Wired World & Net God 110 All you need to know about
setting up Amosaic, plus news and rants from Net God.
Frequently Asked Questions 115 Why fumble around in the dark, when John Kennedy is Q+A Masterclass There's no need to have a drab old grey Workbench John Kennedy continues his interior design course.
120 Questions and Answers No problem is too big for the CU Amiga Q+A teaml Tony and Mat are your men.
122 Backchat Opinions and views from all the far flung corners of the Amiga scene.
126 Points of View 130 1 Having just seen Alien Breed Mat Bettinson calls for forward 1 compatibility in games. 1 Editorial EDITOR Alan Crispy beef with chilli**’ Dykes DEPUTY EDITOR Liu Mouse special frretf Collins TECHNICAL EDITOR Tony large qoattro formagg., chips and a 7-up luv’ Morgan STAFF WRITER Mat Curried chicken on wtrite ' Bettmson GAMES EDITOR Matt Lettuce Broughton ART EDITOR Helen Crack*-wheat' Danby DESIGNER Anthony TN fust stay here while the rest ol you eat. Shall IY Collins TECHNICAL CONSULTANT John Chib sandwich' Kennedy CONTRIBUTORS Andy Loaning. Peter Lea. Andy Mitchell.
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• Full DTP program
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CU Amiga Magazine and Soft-Logik Publishing would like to express their gratitude to Agfa for granting permission to use the CS Times and Triumvirate typefaces on this cover disk.
These typefaces appear on this cover disk only as part of PageStream and the copyright remains with Agfa. Agfa is a registered trademark of Agfa-Gevaert, AG. CS Times, based on Times New Roman under license from the Monotype Corporation pic, is a product of Agfa Corporation.
©esktop publishing programs are used to create magazines such as CU Amiga Magazine. Until now. They have been too expensive for most people to buy, which is why we have decided to give you Pagestream 2.2, the most popular Amiga desktop publishing program ever.
This is not a crippled program, but the full commercial program that has a RRP of £174.95. It can be used by anybody with an Amiga, a printer, and at least 1,5Mb of memory. While it works best with a hard drive, you don’t even need to have a hard drive or AmigaD0S2 to use it. To fit Pagestream onto our cover disk, a few files such as import modules for Atari and PC graphic formats had to be left out. Some of these will be on next month's CU Amiga cover disk, so ensure you get a copy as soon as it's outl Pagestream is easy to run - j just decompress the cover disk to two floppy disks by
following the instructions on page 14. If you don't have a hard drive, just1 boot from disk one and then double click on the Pagestream icon. An installer is provided for those with hard drives.
If you've never used a desktop publisher before, or if you have a more basic program and wished you could afford one with more features, CU Amiga Magazine's exclusive cover disk is your answerl Setting it up To configure PageStream 2.2 , you need to change tooltypes.
Select the PageStream2UK icon and select the Information or Info command from your Workbench's menus. A requester similar to the one shown here will appear. To change a tooltype (1). Click on it an Amiga 500, 1000, 2000 or 3000, plus 32, 64, 128 or 256 if you have an Amiga 1200 or 4000.
Toolbox: Set this to 'Left' to make the toolbox appear on the left, or to 'Right' to make it appear on the right.
With the mouse. Edit the text in the text gadget (2) and press Return to change it. Click on Save to save your changes. You must do this before you start running PageStream.
Screen: Set this to 'custom' to run PageStream on a new screen, or to 'Workbench' to save memory and run it on your Workbench screen.
Colours: Set this to the number of colours you want on screen. More colours are good for colour documents, but slow down the program.
You can enter 4, 8 or 16 with •p n 2.2 , I types.
UK icon an or r Interlace: If your screen is flickering when you run PageStream, you may want to change this from 'Yes' to 'No'.
Warning: this will cut down the resolution of the screen and it will be harder to read.
If you run PageStream in up to sixteen colours, you can use the Global Change Screen Colours command to choose what colours will be available. If you have an Amiga 1200 or 4000 and run it in more than 16 colours, this command isn't needed because PageStream will set the colours for you.
What is desktop publishing?
Desktop publishing (DTP) is the system used to produce books, magazines and newspapers. Anyone with a DTP system can produce pages consisting of text and images, and have them output to film for printing in multiple copies.
The beauty of DTP systems over conventional computer graphics and word processor packages is that they can use structured text and illustrations, avoiding the the jagged pixelated edges of the host computer's display.
DTP systems evolved from the traditional methods of page layout, so references to cutting and pasting abound.
Colours are usually defined as relative levels of cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK), the primary ink colours used in the printing industry, rather than red. Green and blue (RGB) as used in most computer graphics applications.
It's not essential that a printer is permanently installed with your Amiga; files can be saved and printed elsewhere.
Our guide to PageStream 2.2 When you first start PageStream, all you will see is the toolbox.
Choose the File New command to create a new document, or File Open to open one you have already created.
A. These are the most important tools to learn. The 'A' (Text)
tool is used to type text while the arrow (Object) tool allows
you to select, move and scale objects. The magnifier tool lets
you change the view magnification and the second arrow
(Reshape) tool is for editing complex shapes.
B. The drawing tools (from left to right, top to bottom), are
used to draw text columns, lines, boxes, rounded boxes,
ellipses, arcs, paths and freehand sketches.
C. Click on the view magnification to set a custom view. The
page icons let you use master pages. Click on the page number
to move directly to a different page, or on the arrows to move
to the previous or next pages.
D. To put a lot of text on the page, choose the Layout Create
Columns command or draw a text column with the column tool.
Unlike a word processor, you must create your columns before
entering text. You can put as many columns on the page as you
want, and you can link them together with the Layout Set Text
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E. To write a small block of text, such as a title, choose the
Text tool, click on a blank area of the page and just start
When you resize this text object with the Object tool, the text will change size.
F. To import a picture, choose File Import Graphic and select a
picture file from the file requester. Note that the View Show
Pictures must be on to see imported pictures and that they are
in black and white only.
To draw a shape, choose one of the drawing tools and click the mouse at the start point. Move the mouse to the end point and click again.
Where is the ... The Publish, Subscribe, Update, Information and Break Link commands will always be ghosted out because the HotLinks feature is not included with this cover disk. The spell check feature can't be used with this cover disk because the dictionary is not included. Next month's cover disk will have more files, so be sure to get it.
To learn more If you want to get the most out of PageStream, you'll be glad to know that the official instruction manual is available for a very low price. CU Amiga readers can get the PageStream 2.2 or PageStream 3.0 package for the lowest possible price. Check the offer in this issue for more details For a full introduction to desktop publishing with PageStream 2 and your Amiga, turn to our DTP feature starting on page 25 of this issue. There you'll find all you need to know to get you started on the road to professional DTP As usual we'll also be supporting this PageStream cover disk
with a series of tutorials over the coming months to take you through all of the program's powerful and highly creative features. Now turn to this month's DTP feature! ¦ All Amigas with 1Mb chip RAM ¦ See disk loading instructions on page Another Doom clone, but wait: I car see light on my A500! It works, by golly, it works!
DIS ?*N ou've seen the preview now play the game.
¦ W This three level demo sees you taking the part of a hard boiled loony in his quest to rid a dungeon full of floating golden monsters and baby faced midget terrorists.
There's no mistaking that Predator-style minigun, or the distinctive bobbing up and down of the protagonist. In fact, if you, like our editor, feel a tad seasick by the way he moves then fear not! You can enter the main menu and switch this simulated movement off.
You shouldn't have to do too much adjustment to Fears to get it running fast, even on a basic A1200, but should you want to the F keys will facilitate you. F2 gets rid of wall detail, F3 gets rid of floor and ceiling detail and F4 to F7 give you full to narrow screen areas.
Pick up all the weapons in the first room. You will be able to access them using the number keys. Ammunition must be picked up for these along the way. You may not always have access to medical aid so don't use it up willy nilly.
There is a puzzle aspect to the game and to open all rooms you will have to turn every switch on the level green. If you find that you can}t get anywhere, you've missed a switch. The minigun and the rocket launchers are the most useful weapons, but con serve your rockets until you really need them. Enjoy!
Control is via the direction keys (to move or turn in any particular direction), the right-shift key (which fires your gun), the F keys which select weapons, the space bar which will operate doors and the mouse which allows you to make selec tions by left clicking on what you want. Have a good time.
Oix months ago people were saying that Doom was impossible to emulate on the Amiga.
. No way Jose. Can't be done. Well the message is YOU WERE WRONG I Not only has it been done adequately on the A1200 with AB3D, Gloom and, left, Fears, it’s now available on A500.
In this demo of Citadel you will find yourself in the laboratory. This is a maze of rooms, some of which will have weapons and ammunition, others enemy. To pick up weapons or ammunition simply walk over them, a message will scroll under your screen telling you what you have just picked up.
Fl1200 4000 only See loading instructions on page 14 Don't worry, be happy. This three level demo will warm the parts that only a shoot 'em up can reach.
Remember, you must pick up individual ammunition for each gun. You may have collected 150 bullets for your pistol but they're not much use in the rifle!
Upon loading the game make sure to optimise it for your machine. If you start playing immediately on an A500. 500+ or 600 you'll feel as though your character has 600lbs of concrete attached to his feet. To make it go faster you need to do two things, a) Adjust the size of the screen and or b| adjust the resolution and decide whether you want floors in your maze.
You can get reasonable speec on an ECS machine simply by entering the options screen and adjusting detail to minimum and floors to off. It's also a good ide.
To switch difficulty to easy at first. Once you are in the game you can twiddle between screer sizes and speeds by using the keys 1 to 8 (not the F keys mind 1 gives you a screen the size of postage stamp. 6 gives you a wide screen effect, 7 is almost full screen and 8 is completely full screen. You will get the mos out of the game between 1-5 on slow machines. Try it on 1 if you have a pair of binoculars.
Your health is shown on the digital readout on the left of the screen and the amount of ammc you have for each gun on the right. Remember that keys (whic look like circuit boards) are treat ed like weapons and have to be selected and used with the F keys and right-shift to operate them. There is no training mode in this demo.
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Ks ¦ ¦ ¦ you Making a back-up is easy: copy of your 1. Take a spare blank disk, cover disks before you do 2. Boot with your Workbench disk anything. This will save you and load the Shell program. This endless trouble if you erase or can be found in the System damage your disks. Drawer double click on it.
If you aren't sure about how 3. Now type in the following line to make a back-up just follow and press Return: our guide to the right. Make sure diskcopy from dfO: to dfOi to rename your back-up disks to 4 You'll now be prompted to match the originals. Insert the source disk (115.116 For example, the copy of etc). After a few minutes you'll be PageStream 2.2 will be automati- asked to insert your blank disk cally renamed Copy of Disk 117’ On some Amigas you may have by the Amiga. Use the Rename to swop disks more than once option from the Workbench during copying, menu, deleting the 'Copy of'
5. Once finished type in the fol- prefix. This is absolutely lowing, and then press Return: essential, because the program endcli may not work otherwise. You now have a back-up.
WRITE PROTECT YOUR DISKS Before you do anything, write protect your cover disks. Cover disks 117 and 118 must be write protected before you begin the decompression process, otherwise you may overwrite the original data.
PageStream 2.2 Have two blank disks ready(these must be write enabled). Insert disk 117 into the internal drive and reset your Amiga. Click on New Goodies when asked which part you want to expand.
Press F1 and insert the first of your blank disks at the prompt, then press Return. Replace the cover disk when asked to do. Press F2 to start decompressing the second part. Insert the second blank disk at the prompt and press Return.
To load PageStream. Boot from the first of these two disks.
Double click on the PageStream disk icon, then the PageStream program icon. Refer to page 8 for further instructions on setting up the program.
OctaMED 5.04 Expander Last month's OctaMED 5.04 disk had a bug which meant that it wouldn't decompress on certain Amigas. You can use disk 117 in conjunction with disk 115 lo decompress the OctaMED disks.
Select Expand OctaMED. You'll need another two blank disks onto which the OctaMED system will be installed. Press F1 and follow the prompts as above to decompress the first OctaMED disk.
Repeat the process pressing F2 to decompress the second.
Fears (AGA only) Fears is packed tightly to fit onto disk 118. To decompress it insert your COPY of disk 118 into the internal drive of your Amiga. Reset the machine and after a short while a loader screen will appear which asks you to type ‘Go Fears' to decompress this demo. With a single blank disk ready to hand, 'type go fears' and press return.
Then follow the on-screen instructions which tell you when to insert the blank disk. After it has unpacked you will be asked to insert disk 118 again. This will return you to the original loading screen. Label your new disk 'Fears demo'. To run it put this disk in your drive and reset your Amiga.
iiee l* 1Mb Chip RAM) Citadel is the second demo on this disk and is also tightly packed.
So it needs two swops to decompress it. Put the COPY of disk 118 in your internal drive and reboot. After a short while a screen will appear asking you to type 'go citadel' to decompress the file. With a single blank disk to hand, type 'go citadel' and press return.
Then follow the on-screen instructions which tell you when to insert the blank disk. Aftor this a prompt will appear that states All Done', but it isn't. This is Mat's little joke. It will ask you to return Disk 118 to the drive, so do so. This is because you have to decompress a second part of the disk. When you insert disk 118 back into the disk drive follow the prompts and wait for it to ask you to insert the blank disk again (which should already has one half of the demo on it at this stage). This time when it says 'All Done!' It means it. Replace disk 118 in the drive when prompted to and
label your new disk 'Citadel demo'. To run it, simply reboot your Amiga with your new disk in the internal drive.
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Official: Amiga £399 Os reported exclusively by CU Amiga Magazine last month the price point for the basic A1200 is indeed going to be £399.
Amiga Technologies' representatives at the UK's first press conference were very bullish about the machine's chances of success. Despite what we viewed as a high price point. The UK's allocation of 50.000 Al 200's, which is half of the total pre-Christmas production target of 100,000, has already been sold into retail outlets and distributors according to UK Sales Manager John Smith.
His view is that there will not be enough Amigas available to meet demand. 38,000 of the initial
100. 000 units will be shipped with the 170Mb internal hard drive
The new Amiga pack will be called Amiga Magic and will include two games. Whizz, from Flair and Pinball Mania from 21st Century. The productivity pack, consists of Wordworth 4 SE (Special Edition). Persona Paint 6.4 SE (Special Edition), Photogenics 1.2 SE (Specia Edition), TurboCalc 3.5, DataStore 1.1 and Digita's Organiser. All of the productivity packages are on current or totally new | releases. Although Whizz was not very well received when reviewed (CU Amiga Magazine June 1995, 55%) Pinball Mania promises to be a good title and the productivity software package is nothing short of
superb, especially with the inclusion of the as yet unreleased Persona! Paint 6.4 and the excellent Photogenics 1.2. The big brother of the basic A1200 pack, the 170Mb hard drive version will come as standard with Scala's MM300 multimedia design package as well as the same games and productivity package as the basic unit. This will be priced at £499.
The main outlets for the Amiga will be through high street stores (possibly Dixons and others) and mail order outlets. The other surprise was that despite initial doubts (see our exclusive Jonathon Anderson interview in the August issue) the Amiga will appear in Escom stores after all.
Just how it will be sold against Escom's own branded Pcs and its Commodore Golf range of Pentiums is not quite clear.
Meanwhile rumours that Amiga Technologies have made the decision to release the most up-to- date information on Amiga product releases, strategies, price points and so on, solely to trade magazine Computer Trade Weekly . (CTW)' (reported in Amiga Format , October 1995) were laid to rest at the press conference when it was confirmed that CU Amiga Magazine actually had pricing and distribution news (in our August interview) before anyone else, even CTW.
According to Jonathon Anderson this isn't official policy but the trade have a ight to know too: "CTW is a weekly magazine and the Amiga specific magazines are monthly. We are not going to hold back information from CTW just to give it to the Amiga mags first", he said. The solution seems simple: read CU Amiga Magazine!
Were raised and dashed in seconds at the Amiga Technologies press conference in August when Virtual Products' (a partner company of Escomi virtual i- giasses were first revealed.
The latest, and potentially the best virtual reality headset around was touted as ‘working on the Amiga' but in bet has little real use beyond potential 3D development New Amiga monitor Oake anothe' look at our picture on page 18. No, vour eyes do not deceive you. Amiga Technologies have announced a new Amiga monitor to go on sale at the same time as the A1200 and A4000T. Although the monitor we had access to for the above photograph was not the final specification it is very similar, the AT version being a multisync monitor with a scan rate of 15 to 38KHz and based on an existing UK
manufac- i Axer's product. Internal speakers are expected. No price has been announced yet but Amiga Technologies stress that it will be their product, fully matched to and compatible with all Amigas Vet have an RGB port, and will be competitively priced All those 'which monitor to upgrade to?'
Headaches could be solved very soon.
Ken gets first prize Winner of first prize (an A1200 plus a rears free subscription to CU Amiga Magazine) in our A1200 competition, (en Theobald from Essex.
We had to nail him to the spot to ake these pictures - once he had met he team Ken was eager to get home luickly and start using his prize.
A regular reader of CU Amiga Magazine, he's now a permanent onel and video applications.
The glasses are available in two forms; PC and video. The PC version gives access to a genuine virtual world with headset sensors detecting movement and translating this onto screen These wilt retail at a staggering £899. There are apparently tons of games in development for this. The video version will work directly off the Amiga 1200’s composite output and will give stereo vision, but no games are currently in development for it and it does not have the sensor pack, in reality turning it into little more than a 3D very personal monitor. It costs £599 too: £200 more than a basic Amiga.
Although a movement sensor upgrade is potentially Final Writer 4 release Softwood's long awaited Final Wiiler update to version 4 has iust been announced by UK distributors Gordon Harwood.
Out of the extensive list of improvements and new features, the intelligent grammar correction is perhaps the most impressive.
Known as CorrectText GCS. The grammar correction engine has been licenced from InfoSoft who have had the product under development for many years.
The user interface has also received a major update, making it easier to use and more intuitive. Font styles, for example, may be set from a special tool-bar indicating the status of the text at the current cursor position.
For further information about the new features and the release date of Final Writer 4 contact Gordon Harwood, tel: 0117-836 781.
Or failing that wait until next month's issue of CU Amiga Magazine to get all the facts and the lowdown on this new product as we should have a full review.
Miqraph goes multi-pass Golden Image UK has announced details of a new version of its popular Migraph Optical Character Recognition software, version 1.52. Previously it was necessary to scan each page and convert to text each time. Now with the new version it's possible to make three consecutive scans and then batch convert to ASCII saving much work.
The Multi-pass 1.52 version retails for £49.95 and the standard 1.45 version for £35.00. Call Golden Image on 0181-900 9291 for more details.
Available for the Amiga, no- one we spoke to thought games and applications would be developed for this in the current climate. If you bought it you would be able to watch 3D videos though, of which there are allegedly rather a lot in production. But £600?
World of Amiga 2 There is a possibility that the World Of Amiga Show, first held last December, will be repeated in November of this year.
Following a similar format to last year’s show it could be a much bigger event following the re-launch of the Amiga.
Although no firm details have been released about who will be there it's worth watching out for.
CU Amiga Magazine will print more details as they come In.
Apology Apologies to both Epic and Active for an error in our feature on pornography and sex in the computer industry last month.
We quoted the Adult Sensations CD as being from Active’s catalogue. It was actually Epic who sent us both the Adult Sensations CD and Cover Girl Strip Poker.
Epson Color Stylus and Canon drivers Eyetech have announced the availability of the Endicor V2.0 driver for Epson Color Stylus printers, featuring 24-bit printing support, three modes of colour correction, greyscale mode and a full friendly calibration utility with built-in instructions. An essential product for Epson Stylus owners wanting to get the most out of their Amiga print outs.
Version 2.1 is currently under development which is the Canon 8JC600 and BJC4000 version.
Owners of those printers might like to call Eyetech on 01642-713-185 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where it's at.
NEWS The brother of the 1240 for big-box Amigas is the 4040, again with built in SCSI-2. The primary difference is that it sports 4 72-pin SIMM sockets where the 1240 has one and it comes in 28, 33 and 40Mhz versions. Great news also for A3000 users. The 4040 has been constructed in such a way that it will also fit inside the cramped A3000 to provide a significant speed boost. CU Amiga Magazine is on track to bring you a full review of the Apollo 68040 range next month. Those who can’t wait should call Visage on 0115-964-2828 for more information.
Red a 4 atched Demon DISpatches snub the Amiga Demon Internet Services' new quarterly paper based magazine, Demon DISpatches, doesn't feature one mention of the Amiga at all. As the largest UK provider, they are the only Internet provider to offer support for the Amiga even going as far to provide local newsgroups for Amiga users.
So it came as a surprise that there was no mention of Amiga users, the survey page didn't even possess a choice for owning an Amiga computer. Seems that you either own a 386 PC, 486 PC, Pentium PC, 68000 Mac or a Power Mac which leaves all Amiga users to tick the box marked 'other'. We were quick to protest this oversight as Demon are also our net provider.
Why not send them an E-mail to email@example.com to set them straight?
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Might. Hollywood Hustler is supposed to be a genuine, challenging poker game with a difference. The difference is that it contains some very seedy digitised characters. Not the sort you’d invite over for tea and bikkies, but our gambling consultant reckons they're pretty accurate for gambling halls around the world. How good a poker engine it is remains to be seen.
New Apollo A1200 & A4000 68040 accelerators Oisage Computers have announced that they will be distributing the Apollo 1240 and 4040 range of accelerators. The A1200 version is based on a new low power 68040 clocked at 33MHz and features a built'in SCSI- 2 controller operating at up to 3.5Mb s. The use of this new 68040 CPU type, designated the 'SLC' series, will mean that it runs much cooler than the old 68040 chips running at 25MHz. Good news for the cramped A1200 trapdoor which is prone to overheating even with 68030 based accelerators.
©ources close to Macro-Systems told CU Amiga Magazine that a deal was being struck with a major UK based distributor to license the Falcon '040 A1200 accelerator. Having already received good press in Danish Amiga magazines, the unit has yet to find a UK distributor allegedly due to the high price point. The UK deal is said to involve manufacture in the UK in order to reduce the end cost. Like the Apollo 1240, it's based on the low power 68040 CPU which solves the heat problem that prohibited A1200 68040 accelerator design in the past. CU Amiga Magazine wil endeavour to secure a review of the
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©ornin'. Bit quiet this month I’m afraid. Lots of companies seem to be loosening up a bit as far as Amiga releases go, but many are still holding back until the Escom solution becomes more apparent. Machines are, so we’re told, going to be available soon, but after a couple of years being told that "everything will be back to normal next week" most developers are understandably reluctant to pump wads of cash back into the Amiga scene.
Fans ol Frontier are once again put on hold, as Gametek announce that they are yet another company waiting to see what becomes of the Amiga. Frontier: first Encounters was due to arrive about now. But has been put on ice until Amiga Technologies deliver machines to the shops and actually sell a few of them.
However, the other Amiga 1200 Gametek title. Star Crusader, is currently being finished off and there’s even a rumour that, following its success in the PC market, Gametek may look into producing an Amiga version of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo.
Could be interesting ... Matt Broughton's Games in View GOAL!
Asaflf league Meuagei CD32 is M coarse lor the eel el luj.il Rasputin Software are still quoting November as a release date (well, month really) for the graphic adventure. Limbo of the Lost, while the compilation, Trif Fik (aha ha!) Will rear its head later on in the year. This bundle will feature the 'top titles' Charlie J Cool. Quiz It. And Monster Machines - retailing at around £20. Er... can't wait.
Audiogenic have been a busy bunch, with a batch of new projects on the boil, along with some imminent releases. The excellent Exile will be in the shops from early September, with both A1200 and CD32 versions being released simultaneously. Odyssey will also be out for all 1Mb Amigas from mid-September, and though a price has yet to be confirmed, you should be able to pick up a copy for around the £25.99 mark.
Never ones to miss out on ANOTHER cricket game, the Audiogens have a new variation on their famous cash cow. This time with a planned Imran Khan licence although this has yet to be confirmed). Peter Calver assures me that, while Brian Lara's Cricket was just the same old game with a new box and some fresh artwork, this release will be a total rework.
That said, the graphics are much the same, but the fielding and batting code has been completely rewritten. For the first time (in an Audiogenic cricket game anyway) the player will have the option to control the fielding, although the development team have actually had to handicap the computer fielders because they were too goodl There will also be the inclusion of a 'six button batting mode', whereby using combinations of joystick directions and the fire button, the player will have a greater choice of strokes available. This is mainly just a boost in strength, but. Well, variety is
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After £200 worth of phone calls and four weeks hard work here's this month's games news ... Audiogenic (you can see who I've spent most of my time on the phone to this month can't you?)
Also have a brand new tennis game. Currently unnamed, it takes the traditional view point from behind and above the play- ; er. Aiming to be more of a ’fun’ i game than a serious sports simu- [ lation. A release date is as yet undecided, but the project is moving at a fair pace. Look out !
For more preview material in next month's issue.
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LaOt rnii Our Sales Hotline On 0181-715 25 6’S; ics payable t d. Follow our DTP expert Larry Hickmott as he takes you through the the creation of a newsletter, showing you how to produce professional looking documents on your Amiga with this month's excellent and exclusive PageStream 2 cover disk.
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They predicted, would be spread far and wide using computers. As [we know, the experts were wrong (aren't they always), which is just as well because this month CD Amiga Magazine gives you the ¦ opportunity to become an expert desktop publisher using your Amiga and a popular [piece of software called PageStteam 2 from Soft-Logik - born in the United States, j Unlike most other types of programs, a desktop publishing package like PageStream 2 gives you complete freedom toi use the page like an artist usesi a canvas. That may sound [ awfully romantic, but it's a fact] worth noting, because
not all ] programs give you that * option. Drawing programs, i paint packages and word processors all lack those little!
Extra features that let you create great looking pages like the one we're about to i start work on.
One of the most signifi- cant advantages of a pro- [ gram like PageStream 2 is [ that it lets you create columns of text that can i vary in width and height, [ then link them together so [ text flows from one to another. That may not sound very significant, buti just try doing that in a word processor!
If you want to get an idea of what PageStream 2 is all about, try imagin-1 ing how you would ere- i ate a page using objects | (text and pictures) stuck ] down onto a paper grid on a desk, the way newspapers used to be i laid out in the days before DTP I The desk you work on is the artboard that surrounds the page in PageStream 2. The white area is your piece of paper. To create (words, instead of a pen or lead letters, you i [have a text tool which lets you type your text !
onto the page anywhere you like, or if you pre-[ ffer for large articles, import the text from disk. | [Pictures too can be imported and placed on [ (the page, but unlike the traditional methods, i [you can stretch, twist and crop these pictures I to create eye catching designs. But that's just | the beginning, because creating pages digitally!
using a program like PageStream 2 offers you much more which you'll discover as we work (through the creation of our example page.
(Before we start, you'll need to arm yourself [with some pictures and example text files.
[The type of pictures is up to you. I've used some images of a few models that I captured (photographically speaking) in a previous life.
[You can insert a few pictures of your own [and simply change the text to suit the content of the images while still following the example design.
[ This leads to one of the most important (aspects of DTP: preparation. Before you start iany project, sit down and do a 'mud map' of [what you want the page to look like and then [prepare the elements. In the case of this [newsletter, that would mean writing the text in a word processor and cropping the pictures in a paint package. You would then group these [elements together on a floppy disk or a directo- Jry on your hard drive and turn your thoughts to [the next job: actually creating the document.
Column Tool = Your Own Toolbox PageStream has the following tools.
Magnification tool Circle Tools Polygon Tool Page Change Tool Go Beck A Page 1* P PI V nn ?
O © & © Q, 1 035f ? I D 1 A I + Reshape Tool Rounded corner Arc Too reehand Tool Magnification Master Pans Advance A Paav T er newsletter steps to our constructing A We stall oH with a lour column grid and a logo in Ihe top right-hand coinei ? First we create the masthead "EllesBelles" using the tent tools glla Balla ? Then it’s time lor a line underneath it A Mow we import our main picture and stating the date and issue number drop it into the lar lelt column W& SqxmeMlfF** A A calch* headline mm interesting lont always * Insido |8 . 6 In Top |2.8 in BottoH fc.4 in Nunbor of Colu Space
Between Colun On Pages Fron Link CoIumos Mns Across ns (gutter) rnr |1 | To * ox I Cancel I cotemas are regaired for yoar tail you caa choose the Columns menu item nhich will bring op this panel lor p
1) Creating a page With all the elements at the ready, the first
|task is to run PageStream and create an A4 jpage. This can be
done by choosing New ihom the File menu. Now comes the hard
• fdfcng the blank page. In most cases, this difficulty can be
overcome with a rough sketch of |N w you want the page to look.
• can be something you create in your head or a
• copy of one you've seen elsewhere. Another
• method that works for many, is to make paper Jcut outs of the
different elements that make Jup the page and position them
until they fit Jtogether like a jigsaw. Most designers have
jtifferent ways of handling the initial task of
• creating the design, so don't be to worried if ¦yours is
different to the methods mentioned.
2) Structured pages Jtefore we go anywhere with our page, a grid
• s needed. Not the grid listed in the Layout omenu which is a
series of dots that is used for egning objects. The grid needed
here is some columns laid out on the page which di itates how
wide the text blocks will be and [where pictures are to be
placed on the page [You don't have to stick to a grid like this
but [makes the job much easier, i In this example, I've used
the Create (Columns function in the Layout menu to ma!
[four columns that visually divide the page int [four vertical sections. If after you have create [your columns, you can't see them on the pag [make sure that the Show Column Outline ite iis ticked in the View menu, i Before creating the masthead, use one ol [the many keyboard short-cuts to zoom in on [the top of the page. By pressing the Right [Amiga key and then while holding that down ipressing the number 6 key. The page will be magnified so its width fills the screen.
;3) Making a mastheac [The front page has a large top margin to [accommodate the masthead, which is the tit (Of the newsletter. The masthead can be crea led in an art package or in PageStream itself.
[The example here was done in,PageStream [using the text tool to create the words ["EllesBelles' and match them to a picture on (the right of the text.
I Here's how you can do it. With the Pointe [tool selected, choose the File menu item, [Import Graphic. Import Text will be ghosted [because you have the Pointer tool selected.
[Use the file requester to choose your picture Another panel will appear, this time asking yo [to choose the type of picture and object you iwant. For now. Stick to using the PAL IFF-ILBM [filter and Object. When you click OK. The [image will be imported and a square pointer [will appear.
[ This is the signal for you to tell PageStream [where you want the picture. If you just click tonce on the page, the image will be positioned at its default size. If however, you click [and hold the left mouse button down, you can [drag out the area on the page you want the [image to occupy. Choose one of these meth- (ods and then place the image on the top right [of the page. Make sure the picture is in the [correct place, and not overlapping the four [empty columns.
[ Choose the Text tool and then the (Fonts Points item in the Style menu. The Set [Font panel appears. Choose your font, style [and point size. Once you have made your [choices, click OK and then stamp the text tool [down on the top of the page. You can now (type out your heading and when finished, ichoose the Pointer tool.
[ The first thing you should notice is that the [box now has a set of eight handles. This tells [you the box is active. While a box is active, it [can be sized and mov (box will need to move [side lines up with the [Stretch the text if neci ¦holding down the left mouse button, drag [handle to make the text bigger.
] All that should take around ten minutes, [which means it's a good time to save your
• document. At the moment it's untitled, so lyou need to choose
Save As from the file [menu, give the file a name and save it
to [disk. Don’t save the file to RAM. Because if [your Amiga
crashes or there's a power cut.
[you'll lose your work, i The last part of the jigsaw that goes to ¦make up the masthead is a line of text underneath the main heading. This too can jed using the text tool in the same way the [masthead was made, but make sure you ¦select the font and the size before stamping ¦down the text tool. In the example here, I've [used Garamond. 18 point.
It doesn't give me an opportunity to show how you can use Guides (non-printing you can use to help in the position- I
3) Stretching things [We saw earlier that it's possible to
stretch ¦your text but that's not all you can alter.
[Pictures can be stretched too. With the [masthead finished, let's delete the left most [column and put a picture in its place. There [are two ways to approach this.
¦ The first is to import a picture tike we did [earlier and simply size it so that it matches the [column it replaces. That's a bit untidy though Picture Formats PageStream 2 can import a number of different formats including the following; IFF-ILBM, IMG, TIFF, MacPaint, GIF, DR2D, ProDraw clips, GEM metafiles and EPS.
¦the first column and where it lines up with the [ruler. Now move the Pointer to the ruler and [where the column outline intersects the ruler, [click on the ruler. A vertical Guide (dotted line) [will be placed on the page at the point you ¦clicked on the ruler. This guide can be ¦removed by clicking in the same spot on the [ruler. If you now click on the left-hand column [to select it and then press Delete, the column [will disappear, leaving the two guides in its [place. These can now be used for positioning ¦the picture.
[ Import a picture and place it in the space [between the two guides, making sure the [image stretches to the bottom of the page.
¦Don’t worry if your ink-jet won't print to the ¦bottom of the paper because, by using a bit of ¦trickery, you can overcome this. If you've got [an inkjet printer try using a Post-it note (one of [those sticky yellow message posters), to [attach a narrow strip to the bottom of your ¦sheet of paper and after it’s printed, remove [ ¦the strip of paper. This fools the printer into ¦ [printing right to the bottom of the page. I don’t!
[know if it will work with a laser printer or a dot [ [matrix though.
[ Now to create a large heading that stretch-»l ¦es across the three remaining columns.
[Before you can do this you'll need to lower [the columns to make a space for the headii [Do this by grabbing the middle handles on [each of the columns. It’s also worth turning ¦on the Snap to Guides option and using a [horizontal guide to make sure the tops of the [columns all line up. Ensure that when you [place the heading on the page, that the top [of the heading is aligned with the top of the [picture now running down the left-hand side ¦of the page.
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Lower heading, les on turning ing a 3S of the n you the top 3 of the md side ally ects.
4) White out Wow move to the bottom ot the page where pw'H look
at doing a WOB boxout (White text [On a Black background). The
columns on the
• ght of the page need to be shortened to ¦nake way for the
boxout. The boxout will itonsist of a smaller piece of text
with its own Reading, a picture and small story. Don't forget
|lo use a horizontal guide to make sure you get [ffre bottoms
of the columns to line up.
I Once the space is created for the boxout, ¦ciek on the Box tool and draw a box two ¦columns wide. With the box still selected, jcboose Object Fill Style. In the text gadget [next to Style, type in 9 and make sure Black is
• » selected colour. This black box is to ontain a picture on
the right and a headline at fee top of some text. Adding the
picture and [headline is very straightforward.
| One area we haven't covered yet is filling a [box with text. Choose the Column tool and [draw a box to fill the space left after the headline and picture have been added. With the [box still selected, press Right Amiga H and [make sure the Fill Style selected is None. Now [choose the Text tool and click inside the box
* vou just created. Unlike before when you created your text by
stamping the Text tool on Ithe page, if you enter text into a
[» e text can't be stretched when you resize [Uia box.
[ Choose File Import Text and choose a small
• ext file. When the text appears in the frame, «hoose
Edit Select All or press Right Amiga A. [fc change the text to
the colour White, press [R jhi Amiga H to bring up the Fill
[Ckck on Style 9 and make sure the colour [Chosen is White. The rest of the text is
• ormatted using the functions in the Style and [Format menu. A
better way is to use a Style [lag because these let you apply
lots of attrib- [irtes to a piece of text quickly. We'll be
• I this function in-depth in further tutorials to fellow in CU
Amiga. So don't go away!
5) Pull quotes fto top it all off, we have two more objects to
[add. The first is a Pull Quote. This is the large
• ext surrounded by two thick horizontal lines.
I Create a box on the artboard for the text [using the Column Tool. Start the text one line [Sown from the top of the box by pressing the [return key before starting your text. Now make sure the text box is active and choose Object Text Runaround. In the Text [Runaround panel, click on the icon that has
6) Runaround text pur last task is to add an ima e on the right
of Jthe page so I can show how you to flow text around an
irregular shaped object. First limport a picture, preferably
one with a white [background so the text can flow over parts
of [it without getting lost in the image. When the [picture
first appears, it will cover the text, so jchoose Object Send
to Back, i Click on the Polygon tool and create an outline
around the main area of the image. Make [sure you close the
Polygon by clicking twice [near where you started it. With the
shape still [active, choose Object Text Runaround and iclick
on the icon where the text flows around [three sides.
J Finally, because you don't want the line to [be seen, choose Object Line Style and select [no line weight.
I You should now have a stunning looking ipage that you can play with and make your [own. Don't forget to stay with CU Amiga over [the next few months as we bring you even [more in-depth tutorials to help you get the ¦most from this superb package. ¦ Larry Hickmott i [If you have any queries on these or other tuto- [rials, you can E-mail Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org- jnet.co.uk or write to Larry Hickmott, 13 iGairloch Ave, Bletchley MK2 3DH.
Next month Get your stationery here! Next month we start the first of five tutorials showing you everything you need to know about creating your own personalised stationery pack with PageStream 2. To kick off this series, we'll be looking at how to set up different size pages, grids and various types of layouts. Don't miss it.
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Marvellous to own of pub- image prosound sampling and net surfing all have one thing in common: thev all need somewhere to store their data. Amiga data storage used to be confined mainly to floppy and hard disks, but now there are plenty of mass storage devices ranging in speed, capacity and portability.
With so many choices, the hardest part is deciding which storage device best suits your needs. Do you go for the biggest drive you can afford? Should your device be portable? Is access speed important? Maybe compatibility with other platforms is a requirement. To help you make the right choice, we've compiled a number case studies, typical of the kind of questions we're often asked.
For an overview of the contenders, check the specification chart to see which drives shape up to your requirements.
"I've got a stock A1200. I don’t have much money but I want some sort of drive. I mainly play games and I don't want to swop disks all the time."
If all you want to do is play a few games without using floppies, you should go for an internal hard drive. If you don’t intend storing anything else much on it, it needn't be a large drive. However, recently there's not much of a price difference between a small drive and a larger one.
You can either choose a 2.5" or
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Often dealers will sell the drive with many megabytes of PD software pre-loaded on to it for no extra charge.
New Developments With the old SyQuest monopoly shattered by the arrival of the Iomega Zip drive, SyQuest's next move was to introduce some form of real competition. That competition comes in the form of a new drive called the 'EZ135', though unlike the Zip it doesn't use optical technology. It is a standard 3.5" removable hard drive system based in the 270Mb unit only it is single sided with a capacity of 135Mb.
Interestingly, the cost of the media is touted around the £16 mark, which is puzzling as the doubled sided version of exactly the same cartridge has been going for £56 and more.
So either the EZ135 media is a exercise in massive cost reduction or SyQuest were getting away with an inflated price tag while they had the monopoly. Either way the new drive looks inviting considering the low media cost and the much faster transfer speeds than the Iomega Zip. Making it suitable for scratch-pad storage too. CU Amiga Magazine will bring you a review very soon.
Iomega are planning to follow their Zip success with a new ‘secret’ drive known as the 'Jaz'. Prototypes are with key Stateside distributors already. Thought to be based on the same technology as the Zip, the Jaz goes much further with a storage capacity of around 1 gigabyte and a much improved transfer speed.
With the AGA chip-set too.
"My internal 250Mb hard drive is getting full so I need another, but I also want a CD-ROM for my A1200. Can I add both or will I have to replace my 250Mb drive witk a larger internal one and buy an Overdrive type unit?"
There are a few options here. I Indeed replacing your 250Mb uni is an option though you might lilg to check out the Multimedia Station tower review on page 74 You could relocate your 250Mb HD to the tower and add an I CD-ROM into it. There would be plenty of room for another drive in the tower when need Alternatively, you could go the way of of the Squirrel and loop SCSI cable from an external ROM to an external HD box However, it may not be the ti of solutions and it will be more expensive than the tower "I want to add a CD-ROM te| the drive bay of my A4000.
Should I go for the IDE Tandem card or a more expensive SCSI card?"
With the advent of the ATAPI I package (see page 74), there's need to buy the Tandem card you want to add an IDE CD-RGI With this software your mtemdl IDE interface will suffice nicely] would even be possible to bu device lead and add another H (if you know the jumpers to s master slave operation) as w« the CD-ROM. This would be a cheaper solution since no intas) face or SCSI version of the Cl | ROM needs to be bought.
However, if you're thinking of adding external devices at so stage, it may well pay to inve SCSI capability. Then again, y could always get a SCSI card when that problem arises.
In my A590 box on my A500 is not big enough. Could I plug in an accelerator with a bigger hard drive and still use my trusty A590?” Firstly, if you purchase an A500 accelerator HD combo, it will have to plug into expansion slot and there's no way to continue using the A590. Alternatively, you could attach an external SCSI hard drive box to the SCSI plug on the back of the A590 though it's a bit on the slow side. A brand new accelerator come hard drive box would have enough storage space for you to discard the slow 20Mb drive anyway. Alternatively, you could buy a new A1200 with a hard drive
now that they’re shortly due to go back on sale under Escom s new management. That will solve your accelerator problems and bring you up to date ideal, and the two together will cost around £250. Extra blank 100Mb Zip disks cost around £13.
Using CrossDos or CrossMac. You can format disks in MS-DOS or Mac format to be read on all systems. The Zip drive can then be attached to the SCSI interface of any Mac or PC.
"The small 20Mb hard drive as well as the much faster 32-bit Zorro III slots of A3000 and A4000s. For most people considering SCSI over IDE, the major considerations are:
• Does the device you need to connect only come in SCSI?
• Will you ever need to connect more devices?
• If you own an A600 1200, would it be a problem to run IDE leads
out of your machine into an expansion box?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, a SCSI interface seems like the order of the day. Big box Amiga users are spoiled for choice with a plethora of cards available. The Octagon 2 4008 is a particularly good card for speed and software support with one of the better drivers that understands the essential Commodore Rigid Disk Block standard. It also has sockets for 8Mb of memory. Costing £129, it can be obtained from Gasteiner on 0181-345-6000. On the A1200 side, the Squirrel is still the best option if your PCMCIA port is free. It costs £69.95 from Hi-Soft on 01525-718181.
If you answered 'No' to all of those questions and have an IDE equipped machine, be happy. It seems you can make do with your Amiga's internal IDE port. That leaves more money to spend on your storage devices.
"I have an A3000 and vary larga animations, are then spooled out off 270Mb SyQuest and ed to tape. The SyQuast tridges are expensive. I prepared to put up with a performance loss for a cheaper mass storage medium. Streamers are impractical since I near random access."
The SyQuest cartridges an indeed very expensive. Foil Level's new MultiData dm* on the Panasonic 'PD' opno drive may be just the thing1 need. Check out page 78 * review this month. It's not The Small Systems Computer Interface is the most widely spread standard for connection of mass storage devices. The ability of SCSI to manage seven devices off the same interface is a big advantage over IDE.
Several devices aren't available in anything other than SCSI at this time.
A common misconception is that SCSI is faster than IDE. It isn't. It's just that add-on SCSI interfaces tend to pull out all the stops for speed (at a cost) however, it still is an 8-bit transfer standard as is SCSI-2, unlike SCSI 'wide' which doesn't exist on the Amiga yet. IDE has the advantage of simpler drive electronics leading to cheaper controllers and drives. Very fast 3.5" IDE drives now cost very little indeed. Also with the new Amiga ATAPI EIDE software, it's now possible to connect up to four device to the A600. A1200 and A4000 internal IDE interfaces. An accelerated A1200 is
capable of shifting up to 2.5Mb s when used with a fast hard drive - faster than the Squirrel SCSI card will normally perform. For big box Amigas. SCSI cards that offer Direct Memory Access (DMA) have the advantage of low CPU usage whilst transferring data. The DKB4091 and Z3 Fastlane Zorro III controllers are the fastest controllers on the Amiga, supporting the SCSI-2 'fast' subset of the standard A1200, Pcs and Apple Macs.
How can I get them all talking to each other?” You're one of the large group ol people for whom the new Zip drive Is ideally suited. It's compact, fast and cheap. Not only are the disks easily transportable but so is the entire drive since it weighs less than half a kilo. You'll need a SCSI interface too. HiSoft's Squirrel is SCSI versus IDE - the fight is on quick at writing but the cartridges are cheaper than a SyQuest 270Mb cart and they store a whopping 650Mb which is seven pence per megabyte.
For spooling off, they read at nearly 1 MB s so this may be exactly what you need and of course they are random access and work perfectly with your A3000 s SCSI. As an added bonus, it doubles as a quad speed CD-ROM when needed.
Fast Zorro III controller is needed such as the Z3 Fastlane or the DKB4091 coupled with another very fast 'AV rated hard drive. The AV’ is a term used to describe a drive capable of very high performance demanded by this kind of audio-visual application Obviously you're talking about a lot of money here. Best to assess how much you're willing to spend and talk to one of the dealers that specialise in high end equipment.
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which I want to edit later and then re-record. What kind of
hardware would I need? Could I store this on a Zip drive7"
That's not an easy thing to do. If digitising at a measly 320
x 256 at 256 colours, it's still over 2Mb per second that
needs to be recorded. The Zip manages 1 Mb s on a good day.
Whilst many cheap hard drives and controllers can manage this
during raw bursts, a continual read write to disk usual- y
results in lower performance.
Then there’s the hardware needed to grab at that rate. Currently, the solution is to use some spe- hardware that does some DPS Broadcaster are Then a very ige 74.
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The "My Overdrive is currently occupying my PCMCIA slot.
How do I add a CD-ROM from here? My accelerator doesn't have provision for a SCSI interface, so will I have to replace the card with a SCSI-equipped alternative?"
No. There are two ways you can go Obtain a long IDE cable, trail it out of your A1200 from your IDE interface and plug it into a cheap IDE CD-ROM. You'd have to find housing for this drive and get a copy of the ATAPI package so you can use it with your IDE port.
Alternatively there's a new product known as the Dataflyer. This interesting product plugs into your IDE connector inside your A1200 and provides a SCSI socket on the rear of your machine by using that blank socket panel. It's not very quick but it would be perfectly adequate for a CD-ROM. It's not cheap, at £70 from Siren Software on 0161 -7965279, but it will at least allow you to use a standard external SCSI CD-ROM as provided by Power Computing and the x. more option.
Boot. Since speed is of a major concern, this is the better option over the Dataflyer which tends to be fairly slow. The Phase 5 Blizzard 1230 range also has provision for SCSI, though it comes as an extra expense in the form of a small add-on daughter board. All you need then is an external HD box attached to the SCSI port on the back of your machine.
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"I run a big BBS and mail system on an A1200 with an Overdrive CD and a 540Mb internal drive. I need to add a big fast hard drive and some serious acceleration to my expanding system. What do you recommend?"
An Apollo 1230 from Visage on 0115-964 282 will not only give you a major speed boost but also provide a very fast SCSI interface to FEATURE i jjaraoh Having worked with high tech equipment on programs such as the Making of Michael's Jackson's Moonwalker, Terry Jarvis explains why he chose the Amiga for his latest project.
Just wanted to create | characters that could " come off the page of a comic book and come to life, a bit like they're doing now with Judge Dredd, the Mask, Batman, Dark Knight and Casper," Terry Jarvis says confidently of his latest project. Spirit of the Pharaoh.
O Terry has worked in broadcasting for many years now with people such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and The Pet Shop Boys. He has also worked with incredible expensive equipment but for his own company's first production he chose the Amiga to bring his characters to the sliver screen. He told us exactly why ... A lefty takes sine time to cket fcefote the scieeeieg el Spirit el the Pheteeh begin Spirit of the Pharaoh is a culmination of Terry Jarvis' childhood doodlings and fantasies. It is an animated adventure with comic characters all created and illustrated by Jarvis
Currently on video (but there are plans to make it into a game) Spirit of the Pharaoh's hero is a young hip hop star Raymund whose body is taken over by Ra'mun, an ancient Egyptian, in a bid to battle the evil God of chaos Seth.
This project is a twofold landmark for him. First it is a return back to his first love - comics.
"My real love is in comic books. I first started on comic books and I love everything from the writing to the illustration. I helped start the first British Comic Book Price Guide and one of the first high street shops selling comic books and of memorabilia."
Secondly. Sprit of the Pharaoh is the first to be pro- by his newly formed company Future Promises.
"Future Promises is a company that I started outside of my TV activities to work on new product developments, my TV activities being that I worked for the BBC for 12 years and did things from the making of Michael Jackson's video, Brit Awards and a lot of news and current affairs programming."
Amiga's role Despite having access to mega expensive equipment, Jarvis choose to work with the Amiga because of its ability to produce the goods at a reasonable cost.
"I come from broadcasting, where we never even used to look at an Amiga until we heard what people were doing with the Amigas. Now when you look at most independent producers they're using Amigas because of the flexibility and the cost. I've used some of the most expensive pieces of hardware you can imagine and I wasn't as happy as I am on an Amiga because it's not about how sophisticated or clever the machine is. It's about the power of one's imagination. If you can translate ideas with an equipment that is affordable, then you don't really need to go and spend £90,000 worth of
So how did he hear about the Amiga? "I was sold on the Amiga by a company called Alternative Image. Henri Bujko one of the directors there sent me down some work that he’d done through a mutual friend of ours, and I was very impressed by what he'd done on the Amiga. Mike Adams, who is the mutual friend was very much into putting sound together, and once they'd combined the artwork; and the sound it was amazing howj much the image had come to life.” I For the people Jarvis is also very impressed witN how the Amiga is making animation available to more people than before and thinks that it
Help the animation industry as it I has done the music industry "It (the affordability of the Amiga) reminds me of the recordl industry in a lot of ways. In the I H days it was so prohibitive to go ko a studio and make a record Inereas now when people can ¦•ke records from their bed-
• oms. You've had such a growth N the industry And I think in
terms ¦ what people are doing on laegas and bridging with
people l» myself in broadcasting I don't Nr* you have to make
the Imywood block busters, I think PRJ have to find your own
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"I think it will become cult and expand” and here the Amiga comes in again "because it's quick to turn around. For a start with Amiga you’ve got an instant turnaround time, not like when you're doing traditional cell animation where there's vast amounts of people you need to turn it around. The Spirit of the Pharaoh package was literally a threesome. Characters were designed by me. The artwork was done by Ian Peterson. David Oxford. Ian was the foreground artist, David the background artist. The 3D modelling effects were done by Henri Bujko and his team at Alternative Image."
Should we expect to see a game soon? "We've got a game in development which is on the virtual reality headset and we're planning a release on CD-ROMs. And what about the Amiga? "We probably will release one on the Amiga because Henri (Bujko) just loves the Amiga."
Spirit of the Pharaoh is currently being considered by the BBC for its autumn schedule. ¦ Lisa Collins Head to Head ©loom and Alien Breed 30 arrived into the office last month, much to the chagrin of Nintendo Magazine System, who share our penthouse offices at Priory Court, and who had just received the official Doom on SNES. They were lording over us all month and still crowed while I played Gloom on my A1200. "It's not Doom though, is it?" They all chanted, stating the obvious. A little while later the tables were turned though.
There's nothing better than a bit of competition to set the adrenaline pacing through your veins. Two player games have been around for ever, but with a serial cable things can get even more interesting ... i nnis TRILOGY With Mat Bettinson sitting in the games room shouting "I'll get you ya %$ *()$ @" at the top of his antipodean lungs and Tony Horgan quietly sniggering away at his desk. Nintendo mag wanted to know what was happening. There were several clues. Number one was the simultaneous sound effects and music emanating from both the games room and Tony's hi-fi. Number two was the cable
running along the floor from Tony's Amiga into the games room.
A Lam I bay spin tctapa play, tails 2 aob rnabeai capability Gloom (rated 91 % in CU Amiga Magazine September 1995) is the first of the Doom clones to hit the streets and while it's excellent in single player mode there's nothing like a two player game to spice things up. In fact Gloom is an excellent game to illustrate the effect of a null modem link up as opposed to conventional two player single machine wisdom.
Like Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge it has a split screen mode which allows each player to independently move around the maze in either the top or the bottom half of the screen.
Unfortunately, with two separate rendering jobs going on at the same time on the same machine this slows things down. It also restricts vision. But.
Because it has a null modem facility you can The console boys were foxed.
They may have an official version of Doom but it’s one player only.
That's why they should have got a real computerl alba aiabe A poll atadeai bob A Glooai is |iaal is iwcplayei ills by I Imb allows loll sciooa. Ml spaad play aa link up two Amigas through their serial ports and get the benefit of full screen action, double sound effects and no loss in the speed stakes. In fact Lotus Turbo 2 opted for this type of two player game as well.
This sort of interaction is achieved by the two machines communicating with each other via their serial ports using a three core cable. Although there is ostensibly two different games being played at the same time (two sets of software are required), they communicate with each other, with one machine sending co-ordinates and information to the other followed by an echo return. Thus my opponent's machine knows where my marine, my plane or my car is at all times and can display them when relevant.
Speed wars This sort of information is distributable not only between, say. Two A1200s but also between various Amigas and even outside platforms like the PC (if the games were compatible and you know someone sad enough to have one). Some titles only play at the speed of the lowest common denominator though. If you have a standard A1200 linked up to an A4000 040 (or instance, AB3D will decrease the advantage of the A4000.
Not so with Gloom, which pi at the pace of each machine om if they are unevenly matched. ¦ competition for speed in our ol became ridiculous playing this I game: after Tony had stolen all weapon power ups and energyn bottles on the first few levels 4 realised that there was a accelerator in his Amiga. The Following day Tony was cl to a 'fairer match' - our the accelerated A1200.
It's just the screen refresh thMj speeds up. Not your progress through the levels.
The instincts - competition camaraderie - raised by a hAMj player link-up game are fascv* In Gloom the best two player i is actually side by side, help- ch other out. But in most r games, like Knights Of The v ous, Powermonger IAB3D or Super Skidmarks 2 tie against a human adver- t that provides the spice. In and Powermonger you ose to be good or evil, in 5 you are either the red or the i driver, in Knights you're r Tommy or the Hun. Alien 9d 3D (93% reviewed nember 1995) is the latest and.
11 say (with the possible eption of Knights), greatest two »er null modem head to head ntoat game.
FEATURE i keeping with the theme you to be either The Master' or l Slave’ when you link up. This ¦rmines little of consequence
• pt where you start off on the i you've chosen. Gloom fails in
two player head to head stakes ¦use its mazes are all on the i
level. Breed 3D has upstairs nstairs multi layers in »maze,
along with water and r hazards. This means that you i a high
vantage point and t down on an opponent with- i ever seeing
you, or you come a hazy shadow in the
r. Tension and sweat ensue.
Fortunately good. Honesi | B3D ge of hich plays line even hed. The our office g this i len all the ;nergy ivels Mat 40MHz The ;hallengei t4000 vs i are looking for the ultimate ng experience and you’ve got nd with a second Amiga then I modem cable and the fol- g games should be right up street. RRPs for Gloom and (both AGA only unfortunate- xjgh Mark Sibly has been
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Gloom) are £29.99 but through a games club like Special Reserve (01279 6002041 you may be able to get them cheaper. They advertise both titles for £21. But you have to join their club which costs £7. Both are shoot 'em up heaven.
Knights Of The Sky is still available on the Kixx budget label for about £12 from mail order firms like Post Haste (01227 764204) who advertise in this magazine.
As a flight sim it's superb. They also sell Populous and Powermonger. For strategy fans, on the Hit Squad label for under a tenner. Super Skidmarks 2 has a low-res facility for non-AGA users and is definitely the best null modem racing game, allowing several players to use each machine. It sells for about £20 from either of the above sources.
Cables can be relatively expensive but if you share the cost with your opponent partner then this can be reduced. A 1.8 metre (approx 6ft) null modem cable can be bought as standard from Grey-Tronics (0181 686
9973) for £11.99. If you need a longer one they can also supply
various lengths to order. An 8 metre (approx 25ft) cable
was quoted at around £20. This would allow you to play in
another room, creating even more isolation, atmosphere and
volume (shouting at each other is an integral part of this
sort of game).
So go ahead, banish that idea that computer games players are loners, get gaming with some friends and get your Amigas communicating now. ¦ Martin Davies Build your f dream team ij) and take pole position Final til A new branch on the SoftWood family tree ?
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The Limbo of emptiness that is the autumn games desert. The place where software enters at its peril, where A1200 software especially fears to tread, even if it could sell well. Soon you will learn the ways of the dark side, for if Amiga Technologies don't get their act together fast and sell the 50,000 A1200s they're promising it will rule the games world foreverl Alan Dykes PREVIEWS
• Pole Position ...44
• Citadel ...44
• Pinball Mania
• Virtual Karting ..46 REVIEWS Pole Position I
Due: Nov ¦ Developers: Ascon © 0171 372 7435 Of you're a
management fan looking for something a bit different then
Ascon could have the answer Pole Position was first announced
last April at the spring ECTS and promised to provide F1 fans
with the answer to their dreams: become Frank Williams or
Silvio what’s his name over night. Manage your own team, boss
Nigel Mansell around, make him shave off his moustache. Flo!
Hoi How jolly.
Day planning turns into week by week planning, turns into planning® for thp npvrt 03 :nn Anri vaii'vp I for the next season. And you’ve got to handle it all at the same time. If you thought that Ascon’ I never really realised how much goes into Formula 1 planning and management. Day to Citadel
• Odyssey .....53 I Due: Sept ¦
Developer: Arrakis Software ® 11438 !
• Club and Country .56
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• VFM .... .....59 I PLAYERS GUIDES
• Valhalla 2 Solution ...60 © Vampyra
• Matt's Snip Tips ...66 ©lack Legend have a bit of
a reputation for picking up promising Eastern European
programmers' output and publishing it here in the UK. They
did it to great success with Football Glory from Croatian
developers Croteam and are now attempting to do it with Citadel
from Polish developers Arrakis Software.
The team consists of Pavel 1 Matusz (protect manager!. Artur I Badowski (programming), Radek I Czeczotka (graphics! And Artur I Opala (music).
Citadel is the latest in the 'Dorxd clone stakes but with one b*g dcffew ence it's compatible with any Amiga with 1Mb RAM ... that’s r M it'll theoretically work on an A500.
However the version which we’ d seen is very, very slow on an I A500. Even on an A1200 it's J slow by comparison with i of its competitors.
To compensate for this i' you have the option of reducing the amount a detail on screen and.
Similarly, reducing tt» size of the screen u| to eight times.
Full screen anmng The Ball was complicated then e a look at this.
Team management functions lude (like On The ball) dealing h complex personalities, but
* mo frp flame grilled jest like the coleoeli recipe. New you’ve
pot to tor him to disintegrate before getting oesL Any ketchup?
Mode is slow in the extreme on al
- ut the most accelerated Amigas, it there are diminishing
returns 0 scale by reducing size. Making 1 faster means you
can't see what's going on. Let's hope this Bn be addressed in
the full version.
Part of the reason for its ardiness is the quality of the 'Doom' 3 differ- V t's right.
I we've n an )0 it's vith anv this in of unt of and, ng the en up graphics. Walls still look like walls close up, enemies still look like enemies even if they're in your face.
Most of all though, weapons look like... weapons. No pixelated imitations here. A shotgun is a shotgun and a minigun is a minigun. There is an animated heartbeat scanner which measures stamina, a health readout and a handy directional pointer to tell you where you're going.
Citadel has a wide variety of weapons all accessed by the F keys. Weapons and ammunition must be picked up and include a pistol, a high power automatic rifle, a sort of molotov cocktail projector, a minigun a laser gun and more. After selecting a weapon a window just underneath the playing screen displays it and another tells you how many shells you have. You can also pick up red, blue and green keys which are also accessed through the F keys, first aid boxes and, apparently, beer, which makes you drunk ¦ also include complex ¦ mechanical problems with J the cars, a very real problem 9
if you know anything ¦ about F1. The cars are H often more temperamental than the drivers. Ascon claim over 100 variables which can effect a particular car driver combination's performance.
There are the standard
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Management functions of salary and sponsorship negotiation, public relations, looking after finances and loans etc. but it's the mechanical development and maintenance of your cars that really sets Pole Position apart.
Here you've got to keep your current cars tuned up, invest in new technology, examine all areas including engines, exhaust, drag efficiency, tyres, fuel etc. You also need to design new cars for the following season while the current one is still in progress.
All this means that Pole Position could be one of the busiest management simulations ever. The Amiga version will be for Al 200 only and although the PC one has Silicon Graphics rendered race scenes and one hell of a lot of disks, this is going to be the last part implemented in the A1200version. The reasons for this are largely related to the The object of the game is to destroy the Citadel which is achieved by collecting pieces of a bomb and bringing them to the top level where they are assembled for the day of reckoning. Along the way there are an assortment of enemies with varying
degrees of survivability. As well as your weapons you will be able to confuse them into killing each other and use items like fuel barrels to blow them up.
It's such a pity Citadel is so slow. Our preview copy still had number of disks it would take to do the equivalent, especially keeping in mind the limitations of playing off floppy.
The management element looks good at the moment though and the graphics are pretty impressive. Ascon have a lot to live up to after On The Ball - let's hope they can get this one right. ¦ Alan Dykes its on-screen text in Polish but this didn't take away from its effect. On a 50MHz accelerated A1200 Citadel gives the opposition a more than a run for its money. If the programming team get CitadeTs speed up to scratch on a basic A1200 then it could do well. ¦ Alan Dykes A Aid so. Where do yea start? Designing a car is net a simple basiaess. This drawiag beard helps.
J2J r Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: 21st Century © 01235 851 852 HU?' -y fter . Pinball ' A Illusions ' there was some doubt ou£t at its publishaft 21st Century hether another Rnballaamg ould be r the Amia. Pinball Mania had been toute as a possible non-AGA game wnkrh would fill the gap on old?
Machines that couldn't rui inball Illusions, but then its develc ment was put on hold. That Vas in February, this is now ... Pinball Mania has grown frd rumour into a fully blown prodil at for non-AGA machines t originaH aDned. Yes, like its older brotherTftlsiajjsJVfanra is AGA only game withrabfctables.l presumably because makingr compatible meant SVGA ancU effort of developing the EG er- sion would have cost ot. This is a pity because theradre a lot of Dreams and Fantasies fans out there who wiMje disappointed.
And tha e changed developers. Yeo or undisclosed reasons DigijarIllusions are not behind this 5e of work. The new developers ?re Spidersoft. And no I haven't heard of them before, but let's hope they know their pinball.
Back on familiar ground. Pinball dania has four tables. In this jtance they are Tarantula well it
• Spidersoft), Jailbreak, Jackpot ick Off. Initially the tables
look a lot less busy than their predecessors, but, according to
21 st Century this is for a reason. Scoring.
They reckon that 2ns it was too easyl high score, so they've implemented a lot more combos and made things
a. bit more skill and strategy orientated Most of the activiff
takes place in the upper regions of each table and a second
sj of flippers has been provide o keep the ball rolling up
ttrere. The graphics are good bul he hi-res multi ball Yt been
carried over f rotffIllusions. An excellent sounder: k has
been composed for each table though, in the unfinished version
we saw, the2ound effects were not st ng enough.
We'll have a full r iew soon.
Alan Dykes Virtual Karting Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: OTM © 01827 312 302 Ohave to admit that I was a bit dubious about this when it first came in. OTM are the people behind our PowerBase cover disk a couple of months ago. Which was great, but they are also behind the launch of British Touring Car Challenge, a management sim that that was about as useful as old burned out tyres. So ... good for utilities, bad for games eh?
Well, let's take a look at Virtual Karting and see.
A"" w HUE GramnN VK is all about driving a go-cart around a racing track. Said carts come in two forms. 100cc or 125cc and they go like the clappers. Between 25 and 50 frames a second is claimed by OTM and the effect is good on an A1200, very smart on an accelerated one.
Unfortunately my poor brain was not ready for the experience and I felt pretty nauseous after about two minutes, but OTM were quick to say that this IS just a development copy and this effect was being looked into. In the meantime I’ve plugged in a joystick extension and am playing the demo about six feet away from the screen.
The three tracks in the demo we received were dangerous, with hairpin bends and plenty of fast paced shenanigans, with a little pair of feet on the front of your cart doing the accelerator-brake shuffle as you hit the bends and the straights.
LrtfM = 26 "04 LHP 2-23-20 LHP3=24-7I LOP4-2Q 12 Sound was mightily impressive too - it really was a bit like being on a cart and they have injected a sense of humour too: if you drive into the water the game goes ¦glug glug' as you sink in. The theme music is cool too.
There are four viewing angles to choose from but sadly, at the moment, no two player option. If OTM get their programmers to smooth out the background graphics a bit, make the tracks a bit more interesting and tweak the gameplay here and there the British Touring Car Challenge debacle will be forgotten in an instant. If they added a null modem two player option Virtual Karting would be stunning. Good for utilities and good for games?B Alan Dykes I Rowlandson Close, Leicester, Leicestershire. LE4 2SE Telephone 0116 234 0682 Fax. 0116 236 4932 Brand New release Multimedia Toolkit 2 (Double
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Mr Ben wasn't a patch on this geezer One of the game's finer points is the unusual benefit of being able to change form as you go through the game.
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For a change Why the need to turn into a nasty creepy crawly? Well, I would if I was faced with an unsurmount- able wall. Eight legs are better then two in these situations. A large part of the game involves working out which animal is best to get through each level.
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The restart icons (see screen shot) come in handy when you are trying to navigate through an underground maze and thankfully there is a save option after each island so all your hard work doesn’t go to waste.
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Tel: 01302 890000 Having only just recovered from the excitement of football results in black and white-O-Vision (ASP), I now find myself faced with the task of reviewing an incredibly bland global nuclear was simulation.
Yahoo! No, really Devoid of even enough wit to sample "Hello Doctor Falkener.
Shall we play a game?”, Bravo Romeo Delta is set shortly after NORAD picks up the first incoming nuclear warheads, targeted for US air bases, with less than six minutes to impact.
You are Chief Target Planner at the Strategic Air Command, and apart from having enough time to boil an egg. Twice, it's down to you to launch a limited secondary strike - with targets demonstrat- g the resolve of your political leadership, while not escalating the »nflict‘ - and it said that on the box (although how you can lob enormous nuclear .* ,-t t missiles at some- m one and not expect things to 'escalate' is really beyond me).
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BRD is certainly impressive in its obvious depth, but the presentation goes no way to welcoming you, and whether you go for a Bravo. Romeo. Delta, or Armageddon attack, you can be assured of a messy display for company, not to mention a rather drab offering from the sonics department. Still, the sort of folks that would enjoy this product probably won't mind too much anyway.
The planning itself is controlled via a number of windows, specialising in either assessments, communications, or the main plan generator.
In honesty, I'm the worst person to review this, because I like Project X. This is clever but dull, and only serious war-heads will get a thrill out of it. ¦ Matt Broughton Valhalla vnj3j Welcome to the final part of our complete solution to this puzzle game where it's not so 'good to be the King' when someone's out to get you.
Ast your thoughts back ¦ to last month and you will remember that we left you in Mestophiles' chamber with your soul filled with evil. Now. In your damned state pick up the light bulb and walk into the next room. Talk to the monk between the two chests. He says 'The Lord be with you. Operate the floor tile nearby and underneath you will find a laurel wreath. Walk to the left, operate the second floor tile that's hidden beneath a book, and take the apple that's underneath it. Pull the lever, go through the door and operate the third floor tile that's hidden beneath a book, there you'll find a
vanish spell. Take this and go to the lamp near the knight. Put the vanish spell on the floor between the knight and the lamp, then put the bulb in the lamp. You now have access to the piece of paper that says 'Also with you'.
Go and stand opposite the monk and look at your piece of paper. When the chests open take the stamina and the flower. Go back to the place where you found the vanish spell and walk down the river, making sure to top up your stamina when it gets too low. At the end of the river you'll find the 'Tomb of the King's Knight Caesar Petal'. Put the laurel wreath and flower here and take the stamina that appears in their place.
Insert the door key into the locked door beside the monk and enter the room where you will notice a courtier who has the hiccups. Operate the floor tiles near the pianola, take the rosary beads and the firework. Return to the previous room and drop the rosary beads onto the fountain of confession and take the prayer book.
Drop the book and the apple on the 'Tomb of the King's Knight Eve Holywords'. Take the stick and go back to where you found the rosary beads. Explore the passageways until you find a hole in the wall. Insert the stick into it. Pull the lever down and open the door.
When you walk into this room the door locks behind you. Operate the two floor tiles in this room and take Excalibur and the deflated balloon. Drop Excalibur onto the hand that's sticking out of the water, which then disappears allowing you to access a vanish spell and a lever that opens a door to get back out. Drop the vanish spell between the knight and the sweetie jar, then take one of the sweets that are lying around and put it in the jar.
Once the knight vanishes you can get to the King's watch and the piece of paper that says 'I’ve found your watch'.
Wind power Leave the room and go back to the fountain where you put the rosary beads. There is a wind stone next to the fountain. Put the balloon on the stone to fill it with air. Put the inflated balloon down in front of the hiccuping courtier so when it bursts, it frightens him enough to get rid of the hiccups. He gives you a picture of twins gratitude.
Put the picture on the fountain of Gemini in the room where you found Excalibur. Take the double action potion. This potion allows opens the troublesome door controlled by two levers near the pianola. Now you can get into the room where the Baby Prince lies peacefully in his cot. When you try to take the sun symbol he cries, so take the piece of paper which says 'The baby is crying'.
Cream cakes Leave the room and travel further down the passage way. The monk in this room asks you if you ret your sins (of course you don't).
King asks you to tell the Queen he loves her. And gives you a rose so you can say it with flowers. If you give the King his watch he puts it on his watch stand but does not reward you in any way. Use the piece of paper to tell the King the baby is crying. When he leaves take his watch. When the King stands beside the child you can't give him the items he asks for. To make him return to his place you have to tell him the tannoy his ken. Take the door key and nighti gale before you leave the room. .
Travel up the passageway and find!
The locked door that your key opens. Inside this room is a courtier who seems to be slightly deaf and another knight who is preventing you from reaching some altars near a jewellery box. | Operate the floor tile and take the cream cake back to the baby'sj room. Nearby there is a lever that I opens a door into another room where .there's a monk who wants to be your friend. Also in here is aj machine gun and the 'Tomb of tt King's Knight Fawkes Eclair'. Put the firework and cream cake on here and take the slimfast poti Go back to the room where weighing scales are and drink th potion before
standing between the two chests. Stand on the scales and before you can say "Barry Bethel" the chests will o revealing a stick and a paper with "I love you" written on it. Go to the room where you found Excalibur. Insert the stick into the hole, operate the lever and enter previously unexplored territory. r fou I i bro-1 jhlirvl 5 is a nurse's bag Put the 3 on here to get the t lozenge Operate the floor t and take the vanish spell. There a shortcut between this room I the room with the courtier ) can't hear you properly. In the
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Fthe King's chambers. He opens f door allowing you into the ¦n's chambers. The Queen K you a note for the King in ¦urn for the rose but she appears want nothing more than an end- B supply of chocolate.
Toperate the floor tile and take B chest key and pick up the ke of jewellery from the In's table The key fits the fst in the same room as the nurse's bag Inside is a paintbrush.
Put the vanish spell down between the Knight and the jewellery box, then put the jewellery in the box.
The knight vanishes as he goes to take it. You know have access to the first emerald altar and the potion of repentance which is perched on top of it. Return to the monk who wants you to repent your sins, drink the potion and look at him. When he asks you if you repent you reply "Yes".
He lets you have the white rabbit from the chest beside him. Put the white rabbit in the hat in the same room to open two further chests, take the prismatic orb and the marksman potion. Before you leave give the note to the King who rewards you with a hearing aid and asks you to bring his sceptre. Go and stand behind the machine gun, drink the potion and operate the gun, This time you hit the lever which opens the door below you. Open the floor tile and take the umbrella.
Bring the hearing aid to the deaf courtier and take the quiet potion Drink this whilst facing the courtier who asks you to whisper the password. Look at your piece of paper which says “I love you".
He opens the locked door. Go into the room and take the picture of night and day off the floor. There is also a battery charger in here. Put this picture on the fountain of opposites in the room with the nurses bag. Take the emerald, and put it in the emerald altar. Take the altar ego potion from the next altar.
Go back to the room with the friendless monk, drink the potion and talk to him. When you have made friends with him take the sceptre out of the chest which is nearby. Take this sceptre to the King who rewards you with a sovereign which you put in the King's fountain near the weighing scales.
Take the ankh that appears and put it in the fountain of Egypt next to the Queen Take the third emerald and put it on the next emerald altar Take the picture of Notre Dame which you can place on the 'Tomb of the King's Knight Quasi Da Vinci' along with the paint brush. You now have another vanish spell so proceed back to the Queen's chamber and find the door bell. There is a locked door nearby. Place the spell in position just outside the door and operate the door bell. When the knight vanishes you can now explore the room he was guarding. Put the umbrella on the barometer and take the
emerald that appears Put one of the Queen's bars of chocolate in cyanide, and give it to the Queen. She will stop asking you for chocolate, and gives you the combination to the chest guarded by the monk nearby. Stand in front of him and look at the numbers in your rucksack to open the chests. Take the prismatic orb and the picture of the holy ghost. Drop the emerald into the last emerald altar, take the battery, the vanish spell and the numerical potion that are behind it.
Return to the battery charger and charge the battery before putting it in the power pack that drives the train.
The train steams down the track and pushes the paternal potion into a position where you can reach it. Drink the paternal potion and take the sun symbol from the princes room. Travel to the room where you changed your battery and locate the fountain of the father which contains two locked doors that prevent you from reaching a monk. Drink the numerical potion and look at the original piece of paper take the last prismatic orb and the drinking vessel.
The end is nigh Go back to the last remaining knight and put the vanish spell between him and the barrel. Put the drinking vessel under the spout of the barrel and operate the tap. When the knight disappears take the chest key. Open the chest in the baby’s room. Take the theory of relativity and put it in the fountain of Einstein, near the barometer Take the genius potion so you can do the IQ test. The chest besides it opens and you can take the superglue.
Go back to the room with the laser. Put a prismatic orb on each lightning altar, put the watch on the floor and put the glue on the floor. Tell the King you have found his watch through the tannoy then wait for him to appear. When he walks over to the watch he gets stuck in the glue. Operate the laser and the King gets fried to a cinder.
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Helpline Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade bought this
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• e. I’ve got to the library in ice but which slab is it to
Craig Dutton, London.
Wonder what they mean when they things a classic? I suspect it ns something which is getting on bit, but it's still got a bit of life left it. By that reckoning I suppose ¦» becoming a bit of a classic self Getting underground is quite J really, you just need to hang ~ut in graveyards in the early :rs of the morning and things
* rally work out that way.
In this case you need to find your ' fr's diary which is found in Dr 's' office along with the rest of mail. Once you are left alone in library, consult the diary and it ’ show you a picture of a stained s window and mention an ription. Search for the window the same pattern, (pausing only find a copy of Hitler's book - 7i Kampf).
You should also grab a steel pole a red cordon rope. When you the window you must find the correct slab. The inscription is the clue here. If the book said, 'second on the right’ this means you should examine the pillar on the right and look for the second number on it.
Walk to the correct slab and use the pole on it to break through.
Incidentally, there are many ways to finish this game and one way involves finding the sticky tape which is stuck on the hack of the bookcase in Henry's house. Push the bookcase to find it. Use the sticky tape in the jar, back at Indy's office, to get a key. This key opens something at Henry's house.
Leisure Suit Larry 3 I have found a sharp knife, soap, beach towel and orchids. I know I have to find a Fat City membership card in my divorce papers, but I don't know what to do to get to that point. Can you help?
G. Jones, Exeter.
Can I help? Do bears pooh in the woods? Of course I can help. The secret is in the knife. First you must go to the Casino and sharpen the knife on the steps outside. Next go to Chip ‘N’ Dale's and cut the grass outside with the knife. You can weave the grass into a kind of skirt to cover Larry's modesty. (It won’t need to be very big!)
Finally search for a piece of grandillo wood in the first jungle scene after your house screen. You could now carve an extremely rude piece of native sculpture with the knife.
The Secret of Monkey island Please, please help me. I've defeated the Swordmaster and stolen the idol but I can't find the treasure anywhere. I've got 164 pieces of eight, minutes, a rubber chicken, breath mints, sword, shovel, staple remover, stewed meat. 100% cotton T-shirt, a yellow petal and a map which looks like dancing steps.
Dean McGill, West Yorks.
From the overhead map, go to the fork in the road. From here you simply follow the dance steps on your treasure map. It's really quite simple.
Back is the back of the screen, while left and right means that you go off the screen in that direction. You will eventually come to a screen with an
* X' drawn on the ground. Use the shovel on the 'X' to reveal
something really great, then take it back to the pirates in the
Incidentally I'll tell you that certain flowers are used by drug-heads to send themselves to ‘cuckoo land’ so be careful what you do with those petals you’ve found.
Police Quest III Having been to the Locker Room to get my equipment, I go back to the office and find a Computer ID Request form. I've no idea what to do with it. I’ve tried putting it on desks and in trays, but no luck.
Please tell me what to do.
David Parrish, Banbury.
I love forms don’t you? I especially love computer departments who won't let you use the computers until you fill in a request form and then you find out that all the forms are held on the computers. Does that ring a bell with any of you? In this case you simply take the lift to the third floor and give the memo to the Head Technician and he will give you a computer access card.
Secret of Monkey Island II I am having major problems on the last part of this game. Le Chuck has just announced that he is my brother and 'warped' me into the next room. No matter what I try to do from there on. He finds me and ’warps’ me again.
Please tell me how to get past this wretched part of the game.
PS. I am playing the 'light' level of the game.
Richard Adams, Nuneaton.
You do realise that the ‘light’ level is for wimps don’t you? Well I'm not surprised that you are having trouble with your brother, for after all, that's what brothers are for.
There is no easy answer to your problem, you simply have lo persevere in what you must do to defeat him. It will take time but you must go to the storeroom and get the balloon and the voodoo doll from the boxes.
Go to the First Aid room and get the syringe from the medical drawer, the surgical gloves from the trash can and your father’s skull. Go to the room with the broken grog machine, fill the gloves and balloon with helium, then press the coin return on the grog machine. Wait for Le Chuck to appear then give him the hankie.
Return again to the grog machine and press the coin return once more.
When he bends down get his underpants. Go to the lift and enter. When Chuck appears pull the lever. Pick up the beard and put it into the bag along with the doll, underpants, hankie, and skull. Find Le Chuck. Use the syringe on the doll. When Le Chucks walks away, follow him and pull the doll’s leg off. Remove Le Chuck's mask. B Got a problem with an adventure game? Vampyra has the answer. Get your conundrum onto paper, and send it in to Dear Vampyra, CU Amiga Magazine, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
MATT THE MEDIC Hello and welcome once again to Snip Tips. Thanks for all the letters you've been sending in keep it up! Don't forget, there's a free Hit Squad game for every tip printed.
Hudson Soft A simple cheat for an oddly named game this one. Type 'wel- traumkakalaken' to allow you to top up your lives by pressing the '}' key. You can also now skip levels by hitting the T key. Thanks to Dave Taylor for that one.
UFO: ENEMY UNKNOWN Micro Prose A jolly handy tip from Michael Kelly, especially if you want to use any raw materials or money when manufacturing items (and who wouldn't?) Go to the manufacture screen and click on the item you want to produce. When it asks for the number of engineers and items, leave them both as 0 and then 'OK' everything. Now select it from the list of things being produced and allocate the number of engineers and only produce one item. You'll now find that you have a brand new item without having spent any of your precious Elerium. Handy eh?
POPULOUS 2 Bullfrog Someone's sent in a billion codes for this excellent game, but space doesn't allow for all of them, so here’s a small selection to keep you going. Also, a nice little cheat is to activate lightening, hold down the left mouse button and key number *1'. Now release the mouse button but keep T held down and the lightening will continue flashing without draining your mana. Also, try typing MUSIC as a special code for different music and click on the writing that goes around the game area for special effects.
Anyway, those codes ...
100. ADPEAT 200 . . .....OPEMAK 300
400. QUABAG 500 .EGGHAC 600
700. INCCAK 800 .LDQUAB
999. WOITAB Robert Speight earns himself a free bit
of Hit Squad software, courtesy of his mission cheats.
Take it away Bobby ... DEATH MASK CHEATS: LEVEL CODE
LOCATION MISSION 1 00000 Entrance Go to the exit shown on
2 52385 Engine Room Destroy reactors and escape.
3 22428 Genetics Lab Destroy embryos and escape.
4 84843 Briefing Room Destroy bad guys and escape 5 22087 Storage Room Deactivate mine and escape.
6 38641 Titan Nightclub Deactivate mine and escape.
7 06395 Prison 1 Find exit.
8 33224 Research Room Find exit.
9 35527 Penal Colony Shoot skull poles and aliens.
10 48962 Office Destroy all aliens and escape.
11 65074 Weapon Room Find exit.
12 62438 Transport Bay Destroy all robots and escape 13 28283 Security Zone 1 Find exit.
14 85325 Security Zone 2 Destroy all robots and escape 15 10769 Alien Cruiser Destroy all aliens and escape.
16 25324 Space Research Find mine and destroy aliens.
17 43542 Dilithium Refinery Destroy all aliens and exit.
CANNON FODDER 1-2 Virgin A right old mixed bag of hints from Paul Giles, but I'm sure they'll be of use to someone out there! OK ... In some of the alien missions you have to destroy a fence to proceed. This can only be done with a tank, but on the Franz Clammers Revenge mission, you have to complete a series of jeep jumps in order to reach the tank first. This will take a lot of practice.
Another top tip is to let enemy turrets blow each other up when you're restricted on the amount of ammo you have. A good example of this is on phase one of mission seven, where you have to destroy guns after blowing up their buildings.
As with the first Cannon Fodder when you're attacked by helicopters, the best tactic is to run around in a-circle until the chopper lands, and then blow it up with a rocket launcher.
On mission 18 there's a four star general icon under the second gun turret on the right. Also, on the first part of mission 21. You can achieve a huge number of enemy kills by collecting the DEATH MASK Alternative armoured car on the bottom rigtJ of the complex. Destroy all the I enemy buildings and vehicles. I except for the main enemy build-1 ing in the middle of the complex I Park your armoured car outside I this building and leave it there, I where upon the enemy will pro- 1 ceed to blow themselves up withj hand grenades. If you leave theml doing this for 10-15 minutes, you I end up
having a soldier with a huge number of kills.
The final phase of the last m | sion is by far the easiest of the I game. It has a group of your so*-l diers lined up in a firing squad and all you have to do is put enemy leader out of his mis (Paul goes on to explain exactly what happens when you com- ¦ plete the game, but I won't spoil it for you!)
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Real 3D is here, but is it all up to be? We give it a thorough toasting reveal the results.
, on from this issue's storage device guide we've got an intriguing 650Mb mag- drive that also reads CD-ROMs in its spare time and a solution for frus- A1200 and A600 users to hook up IDE CD- ROM drives and extra hard drives in the Multimedia Good news too for owners: the IDE CD- drivers can be used on your machines!
The accelerator wars continue with the Sonnet a 50MHz clocked speed-hungry . Users, while Lola us a remarkably high S-VHS and composite Want to know all about .3.1, the upgrade this month's brilliant cover Flick to page 82 for all details.
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• Real 3D v3 ....70
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9 Multimedia Station ...... 74 Want to add an IDE CD-ROM to your A1200 or A600? Why not turn it into a tower system at the same time with the Multimedia Station.
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PD Utilities .. 95 ©ince LightWave was 'de-dongled' and released for standard Amigas rather than just the VideoToaster, Real 3D seems to have taken a back seat.
However, LightWave definitely plays second fiddle to Real 3D when it comes to sheer power.
¦ Price: £399.95 ¦ Developer: RealSoft ¦ Supplier: Activa Inti © 0181 4025770 ¦ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Amiga's most powerful rendering package gets another major revision.
The two systems work in a rather different fashion. While LightWave is a surface modeller (just like Imagine), Real 3D is a solid modeller. Solid modelling has the advantage of being able to create transparent objects, such as glass and lenses, through which the virtual light can pass adding realism to scenes and objects.
Surface modellers use thousands of tiny polygons all joined together to give the impression of a solid object, which causes problems with translucent objects. This is where the ’Real' in Real 3D comes in. With proper spline (curved line) modelling, there's no need for facets (flat faces! At all. Smooth real life curves can be created with much less memory but with a negative impact on rendering time. Realism is the major selling point here There are so many different techniques that can be added to simulate a real live situation that Rending improvements Rendering times of B-Splines is said to
be between two to 10 times faster depending on complexity. This allows the use of splines more often without turning rendering time from hours into days. Auto box rendering will create frames by dividing the image into a grid and drawing each square separately, as seen in LightWave. Reducing memory needs and increasing speed. Due to popular demand, render settings can now be named and saved out for future re-loading. 8 bit alpha channel output has been added to IFF file rendering and finally JPEG saved output has also been added for those low on drive space. JPEGs can also be used as
textures for mapping onto objects. That's certainly handy.
We couldn't begin to cover them all here. One area concerns the simulation of photographic side effects such as depth of field and motion blur, along the new lens flare feature, previously a trick LightWave called its own. Glow effects have also been added, so Real 3D should now be able to handled all those flash Babylon 5 type scenes with laser bolts, glowing engines and copious lens flares. These have been a long time coming, but they fit well into the package, even if lens flare is only available as a post effects module. You can even simulate the sparkly random streaks seen when viewing
lights in the dark, which is an excellent touch. Watching glowing objects change colour as they pass behind coloured translucent material is gorgeous.
A IW nuaw. CUI If. • ft iriu nmilM Hd n •« lir ..til The horrible seams that use to occur when images were mapped on to spheres is now banished by applying 'Freq X Y infinite tiling’ to make the texture more dense in places in order to fit. Small improvements like this abound in] Real 3D which shows that RealSoft have been listening to users' pet hates and fixing them I as they go along. It would be nicq if upgraded versions of Imagine and Lightwave contained so r fixes for long standing prob and requests.
Manual override The old manual has been re by a new and impressive telephone book sized volume.
Unfortunately it only covers the Windows version of the pack and as such all the windows an menus in the example screen shots are different. This is fairly 1 annoying but it isn't too much of 1 problem since the packages are ¦ generally alike, with exception of | a few minor features. The new instructions for the version 3 r sions come as an additional s plement to the manual I would have preferred it to be integrt and a machine specific version especially with a £400 package Shrink-wrapping j Continuing RealSoft’s apparent obsession with being able to model attractive women faithft yet
another new feature has t added, and it's a corkerl Cling Wrap enables you to wrap one surface around another, either ifl| direct contact or with a prede mined offset or gap between t two. The example given is a !
Made from a cling-wrap surf a plastered on a model of a girl. 1 skirt will then cling in all the rigfi places even after the model of i girl is set in motion. The mind I boggles at the possibilities (monster skin, moving objects within Iwobbly bubbles and plenty morel.
Editor changes 1 3D has always impressed »ith its solid objects and skeleton functions which are used to realis- cally animate multi-part objects lowever, there was a problem with some bends not behaving as they would in real life. Girls knees particular foxed Real 3D V.2 well we all have our fascinations), bviously not wishing to distort female form, RealSoft added Ihe ability to define the radius of a bend either globally or in specific eases, even for a portion of a lend by picking key spline knots.
Ng to I them be nice wgine so many iblems airly ich of a | s are ion of lew 3 revi- il sup- ould grated I can generate some amazing- I realistic organic like objects.
Both LightWave and Imagine s a skeletal function known as nes'. Once surfaces are ached to the bones, handling I bones will then move the sur- es. Real 3D calls its bones sletons' and with version 3.
sub-skeletons can be tied to I main ones - fantastic, as a ilex limb could be moved at s end and the other joints will ite realistically to fit the move- . It's a wonder to behold The new time line function »objects that have been i a motion path to inherit nplex movement patterns I upon nested time lines. A uickly oscillating time line ached to a slow ramp will cre- S a jerky speeding up and down nent along the path, upled with the enhanced skele- f structure handling and the powerful Real 3D kinemat- s handling the physics, complex rtures can be created and set I motion leaving Rea! 3D to
work out how it should look when it interacts with other objects in the scene; walking up a staircase for example.
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Programming language Real Piogrammtng Language goes to show how ridiculously powerful the entire package is. This built-in programming language loosely based on Fourth has been updated for version 3. RPL programs can now be placed in Real 3D's own 'S' directory to be activated automatically upon start up. And RPL creations can have their own graphic interface too.
Most users would steer clear of the complexity of RPL but there’s plenty of power behind such a system if the inclination is there to use it.
Steep learrtir learning curve Real 3D’s steep learning curve hasn't improved at all with this version. Most of the operational changes are more shortcuts and features. It'll stiff take three times as long to learn how to drive Real 3D as LightWave The biggest problem is that unlike LightWave. The entire interface used to construct the 3D objects and scenes has to be arranged by the user. This may be more of a hassle than it's worth if you'd like to spend all your time rendering rather than reorganising the interface. LightWave has the ease of use but then again, if you were to try
animating a perfectly smooth sphere cutting a hole out of a glass object, then flying in a sheet to cover the contours of the hole you'd have your work cut out with LightWave (quite why you would want to do that is another question altogether - Ed). Maybe you could do it in LightWave but you'd probably need days oh end and at least 64Mb of memory.
Once you've learned the complexities of Real 3D. The next step is weeding out unnecessary features in your scenes to avoid bloating rendering times dramatically. Wire frame previews of B- Spline objects take ages to draw even on a 25MHz 68030 or so. To use Real 3D on a low to medium power CPU you'd need to use plenty of quick boxes to avoid 3 minute redraws and many hours for simple renders.
New Features Here are some of the new features to be found in version 3.
E 2 to 10 times faster B-Spline rendering e Lens flares e Glow for simulations of fire, gases, lasers etc. e Auto box rendering e Save load render settings e 'Shrink-wrap' skin rendering e Seam removal from wrapped textures e In-built programming language e JPEG input output If you take your rendering seriously enough to want to spend £400 on a rendering package, some kind of 68040 accelerator would be essential. Even then it would be easy, adding motion blur, splines and glowing objects, to create a simple picture that would take a week to render.
This package is tricky so you should allow at least a solid unproductive week to get to grips with it.
An absolute beauty of a beast, all Amiga users out there should be as proud of this as they are | of LightWave. ¦ Mat Bettinson REAL 3D V3 £400 M32S."
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©ith the recent shortage of big box Amigas, it's little wonder that many A1200 users are looking to expand their existing set-ups. As a result, a number of big box expansion systems have started to crop up to give access to more storage and expansion devices.
Solutions usually revolve around Hi-Soft’s Squirrel SCSI interface plugged into the A1200's PCMCIA slot. The SCSI cable is then fed into a PC tower case providing cheap housing and power for the bare drives. However, this means that a SCSI interface must be purchased and SCSI drives are more expensive than their IDE counterparts. ICS have addressed this problem with their Multimedia Station expansion, giving an At 200 access to PC style IDE CD-ROMs - a feat previously impossible due to Commodore's IDE driver not supporting the necessary standard.
This advance is thanks to some software called ATAPI. Which ACS are selling with the Multimedia Station and as a separate software package with a lot of other utilities.
Four IDE drives The ATAPI system, developed by Elaborate Bytes, is a clever bit of software that allows you to plug an IDE CD-ROM drive into an AGA Amiga. Making its debut on PD while in testing, the package has now been stitched together into a bundle containing the ATAPI driver.
Cache CD File System 2, IDE-fix.
CD32 Emulator and the PlayCD audio disk player.
Additionally there's hardware available to complement the software - most importantly the A1200 adapter and a four-drive adapter cable, giving the Amiga access to four IDE drives from the IDE interface frather than the standard 2).
The software is on two disks and comes with two manuals: one for IDE-fix and the other for the Cache CD File System 2 package.
Both use the standard Commodore installer utility. The IDE-fix manual is a bit of a token effort referring the user to on-disk documentation.
The Cache CD File System 2 supports an impressive number of CD formats (ISO 9660 Level l+ll.
RockRidge. Mac HFS, Photo CD and multisession diSCSI With built- in audio disk support, and comes with good documentation.
Performance is pleasing too. With no lengthy waits for Cds to spin up to fetch the next directory. The CD32 emulation program worked on around 50% of games we tested which was a nice little bonus.
Multimedia ICS have constructed what they refer to as the Multimedia Station.
With the ATAPI software lying at the heart of the system It's a PC mini tower with the necessary cables terminating in a IDE socket that pokes out a few inches from the base.
A second lead needs to be plugged into the Al 200's IDE socket on the motherboard, which then connects to the socket on the tower case.
Unfortunately this means the tower must sit tight against the left side of the A1200 keyboard as there isn't enough cable length to reach further. In practice the tower may crowd your left hand when typing. There's just enough space for a Squirrel interface in the PCMCIA slot but it's a tight fit.
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The first allows you to either fade your graphics up into the video, or cross fade between graphics only and video only, depending on which of the key switches is pressed. The second slider fades the entire output to black. These sliders are well balanced and very smooth in operation.
What really matters though is how it performs. Here the L2000 is unlikely to disappoint. Video is passed through without any signs of degradation. Graphics are sharp with very little evidence of dot crawl, and smearing of colours is kept to a minimum. Overall it produces very pleasing results.
Everything about the L2000 oozes quality, from its build to the smoothness of operation. For the money. Lola’s L2000 produces quality output and is top value. ¦ Norman Harris ne of the first realities you have to face when it comes to DIY video production is that each you copy your master tape e quality degrades and to mix :les with video tape means iking a copy.
S-VHS or Hi-8 equipment, with higher bandwidth, offers enor- advantages over VHS or 8 gear when it comes to 'ing. But to get the best from is equipment you need to use its cabling and that means getting »Y C capable genlock. Thankfully, llowing on from their successful LI 500 genlock. Lola have now leased the £299 L2000 complete Y C capability.
Fine detail V little larger than a standard VHS assette. The L2000 is powered by i separate mains unit. There are hree video inputs: Y C, composite nd Amiga RBG. The combined Amiga and video image is output through both Y C and composite connections and there’s an RBG pass-through for monitoring the graphics on a separate screen.
Hooking up the unit to your Amiga couldn't be simpler as Lola have thoughtfully fitted different connectors for the computer and monitor leads and the manual provides excellent instructions for connecting up your video gear.
The Y C channels use standard mini-din sockets, while the composite video input and output use BNC connectors. BNC to phono adaptors are supplied for those with phono-orientated set-ups, although the BNCs will give better results. This fine attention to detail goes as far as them also providing a small screwdriver to tighten the screws on the BNC sockets.
Both the Y C and Composite inputs can be connected at the same time, but the unit always uses the Y C input if there is a Y C LOLA L2000 GENLOCK I system requirements: Any Amiga with one video source (VCR or camcorder) and a video recorder.
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¦ Price: £352 ¦ Developer: Lola ¦ Supplier: Lola ® 0858 433 501 Mixing titles with video tapes always meant having to accept substantial quality loss, not any more ... signal present. This is handy if you have Y C and composite video sources, as both can be connected with the genlock automatically sensing which is in use. An LED highlights the operative one.
The L2000 fully transcodes Ihe video, so irrespective of the input, both Y C and Composite outputs are usable. Even if you are using composite video at the moment, owning this type of genlock will serve you well if you lafer upgrade any of your video equipment.
Pure quality You can switch between any of the three genlock modes via independent push buttons. The video only and Amiga graphics only modes are self explanatory. The third mode. Key on. Replaces colour 0 normally the background colour) in your graphics with the video picture. All the switches are glitch free so you can instantly jump from one mode to another without it creating any problems with your recording. Each of the switches also sports an LED to confirm Lola 12000 Genlocks Composite vs Y C Video decks such as VHS or Video-8 pass picture information along a single composite
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S-VHS or Hi-8 can use a Y C lead which keeps the colour and brightness components of the video separate, thus preventing cross-colour disturbance and increasing the resolution.
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MultiData handles Cds just like any other CD-ROM except for the fact it's a quad speed unit, capable of shifting over 600K S off the prolific silver disks. Alternatively, just pop a magenta coloured cartridge into the MultiData's dual purpose platter and it turns into a 650Mb read write optical drive.
If you buy this from Fourth Level Developments you also get a blank disk and some really excellent software: Mo-Miga and AFS. Thrown in as well.
MO-Miga The Mo-Miga software is incredibly complex and otters lots of advantages over conventional hard drive prepping. Mo-Miga automatically handles assigns when the device is removed and reinserted. It dismounts all the assigns to that cartridge when it is ejected and reinstates them when the cart is reinserted. The direct upshot is that you could leave software in situ and run from the cart direct. The read times of the unit are perfectly acceptable for this kind of use.
The actual cart prepping software is nothing short of brilliant. The carts can easily have partitions deleted and replaced with new ones without losing any data on the rest of the disk.
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Directly aimed at 'data ' by post', it would be possible to create a newly formatted cart have access to the cart between a certain time frame when it must be passed on to person Y. What each person would have access to or even see on the cart is controlled by the creator.
Access can even be given by some users so that they may change what access others users have.
Confuse you? It did me and I’m still thinking of applications for this idea. Thankfully, unlike SyQuest cartridges, these carts are alleged to be much more robust so as the prospect of posting 650Mb of data on a regular basis seems like a viable option.
As well as Mo-Miga software you also get AFS thrown in when you buy trom Fourth Level Developments. The access time of the drive is very slow compared to hard drives and AFS improves performance times greatly. Formatting with various file systems is also made easier with Mo-Miga.
Performance Writing at around 350KB per second and reading at 888K S according to DiskSpeed 4.2, speed is not MultiData's main claim to fame (I just had to say that). However, it's fast enough to be quite usable as a shovel device if not as scratch pad storage. In this light, the drive is aimed at people aiming to store large quantities of data and possibly transport that data. In this case, the high price tag may well be justified though the unit is well out of the range of the home id Such users would be better off | with the faster and cheaper drive anyway. MultiData is value in terms
of cost per megabyte. The cartridges cost I whopping £50 each but consk* ing that's only 7.7p per Megabyte and Zip media is 13& per Megabyte, it's actually pretM darn good. ¦ Mat Bettinson & MULTIDATA 650Mb £644 system requirements: Any Amiga with SCSI interface.
Ccelerating the Amiga to modern day computing speeds is an expensive business.
“Ously, the cheapest 68040 'erator for the A4000 cost in ess of £750. That's before t-ou even get started with extra smory and the like.
An overclocked accelerator could improve performance beyond belief.
Sonnet Doubler nearly makes it.
Sonnet Doubler ¦ Price: £399.95 ¦ Developer: Sonnet Technologies ¦ Supplier: Bittersoft © 01908 261466 Obviously there’s a real need r realistically priced accelera- and this is where US based "net Technologies have come . Targeted at A4000 40s only.
‘ Sonnet Doubler replaces 25MHz 68040 CPU on the CPU card present in '40s with a daughter board “ bly that plugs into the old 's socket.
Overclocked | The Doubler has its own 68040 eked at 50MHz. This is sus- ct because 50MHz 68040s aven’t yet been produced by Motorola since they moved onto | the 68060 for the necessary tech- ology for such speeds. So the 040 is evidently ’overclocked’.
I Annoyingly, the actual chip speed rating has been covered with a black blob of glue. This is out of I order as the part could be a 125MHz unit for all we know.
Hot air worries The overclocked 68040 poses a problem as the stock 25MHz part already has a heatsink. Sonnet Technologies have pulled out all the stops to try to cool the CPU.
On top of the CPU there is a Peltier Effect heat pump. Passing current through this component will make one side cool and the other hot.
Often used in solid state fridges, in the Doubler the cool side is placed on the CPU and the hot on a large heatsink assembly on top. Finally a small cooling fan tops off the unit.
The heatsink can get very hot indeed and you can actually feel hot air being passed out of the unit. I was worried that the unit would fail inside our A4000 with the office temperature soaring to 30* degrees in the heat of summer. So, not wanting to risk it. I left the case off for much of the testing. In norrhal ambient temperature conditions I presume the unit will be fine but with no ambient air temperature ratings provided with the Sonnet Doubler this is a very real concern. Fortunately, it’s covered by a year's warranty.
The Sonnet Doubler does provide a healthy performance boost though it’s definitely not twice the stock A4000 40’s speed. One reason for this is the infamous crippled memory bus interface on the 4000 and 3640 CPU board combination.
Some activities are hardly affected at all with the CPU being clocked at 50MHz but the memory access remaining at 25MHz.
However, since the 68040 has a large 8K cache, any programs running within this area will run at the full speed capability of the 50MHz 68040. Very fast indeed. This can give misleading benchmarks. For example.
Syslnfo’s CPU benchmark code fits entirely in the cache and so a staggering result is returned. However, the more comprehensive benchmark program AIBB can test many different aspects of the machine's performance including memory speed. Here we can see the weakness of the 3640 and Sonnet Doubler combination on many tests. The machine didn’t feel much faster with the Doubler in place though that's mainly the AGA chip-set holding back the machine’s display as usual. CPU intensive tasks did get a good boost but some activities such as archiving with LHA or LZX hardly changed at all, obviously
due to the heavy memory bus access of these programs.
Selling limbs The Sonnet Doubler is good value for money if you compare it to an expensive new 68040 based accelerator and believe the Syslnfo benchmarks. However, as we've seen the Syslnfo benchmarks are not a true representation of its capabilities.
Coming with only a single photocopied sheet of instructions and a CPU extraction tool, the Doubler is not great value for money at a price tag of £400 I only hope Blizzard will reduce the price of its Cyberstorm accelerator drastically once the mass production of the unit for the new Amiga 4000T 60 begins. It would be my recommendation to either lash out on a accelerator board that offers more or stick with the stock machine unless you really feel that an extra 50% performance or so is essential and your budget only stretches this far. ¦ Mat Bettinson SONNET DOUBLER £399.95 system
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COLOUR LIBRARY INTERNET Pagestream 3.0i ¦ Price: £134.95 ¦ Developer and Supplier: Soft-Logik Publishing © 001 314 256 9595 (check special offer page for other prices) On this issue there is a special offer for CU Amiga readers. First you can register your cover disk Pagestream 22 for £24.95 and get lots of goodies in return. Then for an extra £110 you can upgrade to version 3.0 and get your hands on this package and you get a free upgrade to version 3.1. Confused by all these version numbers. Let me explain.
You've got PageStream 2.2 on this month's cover disk. Now check out the latest update: 3.0i, forerunner for the much awaited 3.1. When released late last year, PageStream 3 turned out to be a total rewrite of the previous version. While PageStream 2 will run happily on a fairly standard Amiga, one without a hard drive for example, PageStream 3 is for power users. Version 3 requires a hard drive and at least 6Mb of memory if you want to use the program creatively. It will run in less memory of course, but I wouldn't recqmmend it unless your documents are very simple indeed. I also found
when using it on an un-accelerated
1200. It was a tad slow To illustrate how large PageStream 3 is.
The program file alone requires 1.2Mb of disk space and
that's without any of its support files. Add those to the
arithmetic and you'll find PageStream 3 eating up 2.5Mb of
disk space for a minimum install and 12Mb plus for all the
files in the package. The weight gain is due to an increase
in the number of features now found in PageStream 3 What
else is on offer?
If PageStream 3.0i is a little too heavy on your pocket, hardware or perhaps sounds a bit daunting, what other options do you have? First up, there's PageStream's old sparing partner. Professional Page 4.1, sister program to Professional Draw 3 which appeared on CU Amiga's June cover disk. Priced at £49.95 (LH Publishing 01908 370230), one of ProPage's principle features is that it lets you send drawings back and forth between itself and ProDraw 3. It also comes with a 200 page DIY book to teach you about DTP using ProPage.
You could also try a word publisher like Wordworth or Final Writer. These are starting to get more and more DTP like features as each upgrade comes and goes. They also have many features like thesauruses and grammar checkers not found in PageStream or ProPage. Final Writer (Softwood Europe (£74.95, tel: 01773 836 781) has just been upgraded to version 4 and now has a grammar checker among other things. Wordworth 3 (£69, Digita International 01395 270
273) meanwhile is also being upgraded and although nothing has
been made public yet, I can assure you it's going to make a
big splash when released.
Learning how to use it though may be a bit tough. Unlike version 2. Which is fairly simple and intuitive to use, PageStream 3.1 will have so many functions and functions within functions, it might be bewildering for a casual user.
Made up of word processor, paint program, drawing package as well as page layout features PageStream 3.1 Is set to be one killer program. As well as the program you get a very good stand-alone art package called BME and another program called F’ageLiner for editing text.
That's not all. Many of you will have heard of Art Expression, a drawing package published by Soft-Logik that was recently discontinued. The reason it disappeared off the shelves, was because Soft-Logik are busy placing many of Art Expression's features in PageStream 3. We took a look at 3.0i the forerunner for PageStream 3.1 and were very impressed by what we saw.
Flexible friend Experience with PageStream 2 will be a big plus if you intend getting to grips with version 3.1. The biggest and most noticeable thing about PageStream 3.1 is the flexibility of it all From creating a page to printing it. Every function I along the way is packed with options. For the power user who 1 wants this level of functionality, J PageStream 3.1 may well be the I ultimate publishing tool when it's 1 finished Yet for those who are easily over-awed by such things. I PageStream 3 I may also be a right handful to start off with. But I then, this discomfort is to be expected
at this end of the market I The key to PageStream 3.1‘s I power comes with its handling of I text and graphics. Looking at text I first, as well as being able to use I PostScript Type 1 fonts. Intellifont I fonts and Soft-Logik's outline fonts. Pagestream 3.1 can also make use of True Type fonts thanks to one of the many external filters extensions that are available I as extras. Text effects is another I optional feature. It may I be considered a bit gimmicky by many but I’ve always believed that the more tools you have in your toolbox, the better equipped you will be when called upon to
create something 'gimmicky'.
Expected highlights of version 3.1 All-in-one page layout, bitmap editor, word processing and drawing package Powerful text formatting features such as a dual tagging system Integral Pantone colour catalogue Text Effects (optional) Wordworth document Import Filter (optional) Flexible font support Arexx Gradient fills for objects Extensive manual and on-line help Import PageStream 2 and ProPage documents Multiple documents open at once (memory permitting) High-end professional options for colour output Superb Edit palette Entry.
A Aayooe needing a high end DTP piogram, should take a good look at PageStream 3 when it's finished. It is without a douht. The most powerful DTP package on the Amiga, perhaps any computer.
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,7'S ing of it text : use ilifont e ilso ixternal railable 5ther It may bit iny. But ived iols you (box, ped n called iome- A text feature many will find useful is PageStream 3.1’s text ditor called PageLiner. This mini ord processor lets you edit large nounts of text in a program dedated to word crunching. Just like he Article Editor in Professional ’age. You can swop text back and I forth between PageStream 3.1 nd PageLiner. As and when you ed to change something. Text [ can also be checked for spelling nistakes, and bits and pieces cut | and pasted in an environment here such tasks can be
accom- [ plished quickly. All I ask is for ft-Logik to let me hide the for- atting codes, as it makes an article confusing to edit.
Page layout Dne feature which I've missed on he Amiga for a long time, was jing able to easily place text in a ape. So many documents con- aining short pieces of text, could »livened up simply by placing 5 text in the shape of an object.
»t’s say you're designing a leaflet out a telephone service. With KpageStream 3.1. you can create a ving in the shape of a telehone and then insert ex into
• at drawing.
Which leads me to graphics, vrmed with PageStream 3.1. not only can you import a variety of graphics formats, but they can be exported as well. For me though.
PageStream’s 3.1 greatest graphics feature is its ability to create and edit structured drawings. So many people prefer to work with structured drawings because of the excellent printed quality you get, that a drawing package is always a necessity. Most of you already have one as ProDraw 3 appeared on a recent CU Amiga cover disk.
Though it seems to work best with ProPage.
With Art Expression gone, there isn't a sister drawing program for PageStream 3 any more, but then that doesn’t matter too much because you get all the necessary drawing and editing tools included with the program.
This enables you to do most of what Art Expression was capable of, without having to ha eArt Expression. One of the few functions missing in PageStream from Art Expression, is text on a curve, but with the optional 'Text Effects' filter, that too has been taken care of.
Bitmap editing Almost as significant as all these drawing tools, is BME. A program for editing bitmap images and sending them back and forth between itself and PageStream 3.1. Not for the first time have I wanted to crop an image after importing it onto my page. With PageStream
3. 1. this and much more can be done Without any tears. You might
for example, print your document and decide a picture lacks a
certain something. With BME, that something can be added
very easily providing you have plenty of memory. One of the
Amigas I tested PageStream 3.0i with, has only 7Mb of memory
and whereas for normal use that amount is fine, running
PageStream 3.0i and BME at the same time, soon used it all up.
BME can be run on its own though, enabling you to crop, add effects, colourise and scale pictures without having to reach for another image processor or paint program. Sharing data with other applications that don't come with PageStream is also possible thanks to PageStream
3. 1's Arexx support.
As someone who makes a living from DTR producing the Amiga publishing magazine Em and books like Digita International's Wordworth Companion, PageStream 3.1 will be a blessing when Soft-Logik have fully sorted it.
Nothing bad The only negative things I could come up with are PageStream
3. 0is price and its state of readiness for the market. Many
Amiga owners who do the odd bit of DTP might find the price
That's not a criticism because this is a powerful program packed with features and I don't expect such power to be cheap in Amiga terms. As for its stale of readiness, the version I have is a bit rough around the edges, but then it is a beta copy, so bear that in mind in relation to the comments made.
The version to wait for is 3.1. If that has all the promised features, (and only a few are now missing in
3. 0i| and Soft-Logik can speed it up so you don't spend all day
waiting for some functions to complete their tasks. PageStream
3.1 will be ready and waiting to clean up.
Soft-Logik do. However, still have a way to go before it's a hundred percent reliable but having seen the advances Soft-Logik have made in the last 10 months, it shouldn't be too long before we have the first killer DTP application on the Amiga. ¦ Larry Hickmott CO-ROMS it Hnhiiniiif CD-ROM Round up CD-ROMS The latest in the epic Aminet series rubs shoulders with a top quality DTP fonts collection this month, with something for AMOS fans too.
Aminet 7 Each volume of the Aminet series is not qfjite a whole new set of files, but the majority of data is either completely new or updated versions of previously published files. Aminet 7 boasts 500Mb of brand new material. The files are split into a number of categories: business software, comms, demos, development tools, disk tools, documents, games, graphics software, hardware related utilities, miscellaneous, modules, music software, text software, utilities and images. Images is the theme for this volume, and there are 10,000 them here.
Almost all the files (apart from a few JPEGs) are stored as LHA archives, which can be a bit of a pain if you just want to browse, but there are plenty of indexing and unarchiving tools to help you out.
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There are sprites stored in 100 AMOS sprite banks, music banks, 800 sound samples, over 1600 source code files and 250 text banks.
Workbench. Sernet and ParNet are also included for networking a CD TV or CD32 with an Amiga for CD-ROM access. If you're one of the thousands that have been bitten by the AMOS bug, then you'll find plenty to get your teeth into on this CD.
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Planet M AGA demo The second demo from Melon this month offers another sequence of bright, inventive graphics and music, this time of a more technoid persuasion. Pop-art cartoon graphics are mixed up with doctored digitised stills and animations.
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Radar September issue This launch issue of Radar, a diskmag run by the Pennine Amiga Club is aimed at just about all Amiga users. It covers commercial and PD software. It includes reviews of Final Writer 2, Lightwave 3.5, PageSetter3, Dreamweb and Bloodnet There are also solutions for Legends of Valour. Ween.
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Available from: Seasoft, Martello Enterprise Centre, Courtwick Lane, Littlehai 7PA. Tel: 01903 850 378. Disk no. ASI 241. F r . ... Assassins 241 game compilation Lode Runner is the star of this three-game compilation from Assassins. Unlike many • other ‘classics’ that leave you wondering what you saw in them all those years ago, Lode Runner is still highly addictive and this is a particularly accurate conversion, essential for platform fans. There's also a good version of the card game 'pairs' with cute cartoon graphics, in which you have to find matching pairs of cards using as few moves
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Demo competition Listen up all you aspiring demo creators out there. A demo competition is being held on the 21st of October 1995 at the Gibbet Hill Refectory, University of Warwick. Coventry.
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The unresponsive controls add to the frustration. If this was reprogrammed (maybe with Blitz Basic) so as to increase the speed, it could well be a decent little game.
If you like a game of cards, you won't want to be without this, the latest in the Excellent Card Games series. It comes complete with five different games: Poker; Czarina; Colours; Scottish and Napoleon. Each game comes with instructions, and those games that require extra players have computer-controlled opponents.
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PRINTER FREE FREE UMAIY DISK POST A N ON AU ORDIRS Utilities Learn French, make records, process pictures and generally increase your productivity with this month's serious PD, as perused by Tony Horgan.
Disk Helper 9 utility collection There are 14 utilities on the disk. Icon Image 1.06 is a tool for renewing icon graphics. Easy WB 1.2 allows you to drag data files onto an icon, which automatically launches the relevant application. Fullbench gives your Workbench screen an extra centimetre or so by removing the menu bar from the display until the right mouse button is pressed.
Wasted Time 1.1c lets you know how much time you've wasted’ (used) since you last booted your Amiga. Clear RAM 1.01 deletes everything from the RAM: disk except disk.info, ENV T and Clipboards. HD Sleep turns off your hard drive motor (but didn't do anything to ours). Makefast converts Chip RAM to pseudo Fast RAM for compatibility with certain programs, CalClock 1.0 is a neat clock and calender combination, Smart Copy 1.4 copies files from a hard drive onto multiple floppies, allowing multi-selections greater than a single floppy capacity.
Chunklt 1.0 is a hex editor that leaves the file's contents formatted according to its type. Fill
2. 0 is another intelligent file copy utility.
Cybernetic Attorney 1.0 is a collection of legal documents. Drop n Act is a file viewer player utility. All Workbench users should find a few things here to boost productivity.
Available from: Seasoft, Unit 3, Martello EnterMuttivision 9 graphics utilities A handv collection of graphics utili- ties has been thrown together on Mullivision 9 and although each on may only have one or two features that you find useful, together they're a handy set.
ArtPRO 0.87 is a simple image i converter with a few processing ols. It loads and saves the basic i-friendly formats and has ne handy realtime colour balance ontrols that act directly on the screen palette (apart from in HAM ode). D-Pix 1.1 is a clever program that uses anti-alias routines to pixelate expanded graphics, which it does in just two colours, ) it's useful for DTP clipart in particular. This version has the Load ption disabled. ChipRip is a standard graphics ripper, GFX Con 1.4 1 an accomplished image file converter with a lew processing )ls. And GIF to IFF 2.0 converts GIF images
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French Tutor language education The PD version of French Tutor is unfortunately limited to just a few vocabulary lists in the form of a Hyperbook document. The best part is the brief quiz, but there's still not enough on offer to tempt the casual French student to register to the full program. A French-English dictionary might be more useful.
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BBS: 01704 834 583. Disk no. OU179. Price: 75p plus 75p P+R PD UTILITIES Disk Helper IO utility collection Yet another collection from the Assassins brings more obscure tools. Jonathan Potter's OSK 1.2 (on-screen keyboard) could be a lifesaver if your keyboard ever fails. It draws a keyboard in a window on the Workbench, the keys of which can be clicked on with the mouse to enter text into other Workbench windows. MFT 1.3 is one command that can be used in place of many standard CU commands and XPK Knight 1.03 is an XPK compression decompression tool with a graphical front end.
CD32 Disk Saver allows you to save CD32 game positions onto a floppy instead of the 1K of non-volatile RAM, Wbx is a Workbench LHA file extractor. Find Crunch digs out crunched data from within files. AGA disables AGA modes. ResRun is useful for low-memory machines, as it resets the Amiga and then runs your selected program. SerMouse permits the use of PC mice with your Amiga.
This is a particularly useful bundle of tools, and though dedicated net surfers may regard some as rather old hat, most others should get plenty of use from them.
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Price: £1.50 trial, mi I Car*m PrMticr-tell Hart Te NftM lOM »it» ... u Autoboot 5.0 boot disk preparation Making an autobooting disk is not as simple as it ma sound. Depending on what is going on the disk, you'l need to include all manner of supplementary files in the system drawers. Finding out which files need to 9 where can be a pain, as can actually compiling the system folders themselves.
Autoboot aims to make the whole thing a lot easier by doing all of the hard work for you. Unfortunately this version is marred by a bug that makes you wait a few seconds after each menu selection for no appar ent reason (when tested on an A1200). This aside, the program works well, and is recommended for anyone wanting to put their own productions onto autobooting disks.
Office Helper 4 productivity tools It's productivity time! OK. Don't get too excited, we'll take this collection one step at a time. Amiga Diary 1.13 is first off the blocks, and unsurprisingly it's a diary that sits on your Workbench and saves you flicking through one of those old fashioned paper books to find out what's happening in the near future.
Quick File 2.02 is a neat little database system, FH Spread 2.01 is a spreadsheet and It makes a change to receive a disk of good quality, useful sound samples. These sounds are aimed primarily at dance music producers and come with a selection of brief example modules.
Synth stabs and chords make up a hefty portion of the disk, along with a few TR 909 drums, a couple of percussion loops and the odd sound effect thrown in for good measure.
While not actually PD, it's offered for a PD price.
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OCTAMED 5.04 102 • Of you’re looking for something a bit spesh. Then turn to page 102 where we try our hand at creating some special effects.
IMAGE FX 104 • See our heartthrob designer transformed before your very eyes with some of Image Fxs special features.
PRODRAW 106 • Get behind the eight ball with a flourish in the final part of our ProDraw series SRAPHICS MASTERCLASS 109 Wow your friends with some funky 3D stereograms created in Personal Paint.
COMMS no • Exploring the World Wide Web is made simple thanks to the only Amiga WWW browser Amosaic: we show you where to get it and how to use it.
NET GOD 112 • Our internet guru returns with news on what's happening on the 'net and he’s got a few things to say as well.
VIDEOTRACKER 1 COMPETITION RESULTS here were masses of entries to our VideoTracker competition, we finally managed to come up with some of the best and the ultimate winner.
FAQ 115 You've got the accelerator you wanted, it should be simple from here on shouldn't it7 Maybe not Find out what the common problems are when it comes to accelerators.
C 3 Qef-A MASTERCLASS 1 20 There are lots of Public Domain programs around which are designed specifically for your Workbench We take a look at the Aminet 6 collection.
CU Q+A 122 The boys are back and this time they're taking no prisoners. Anyone got a problem with their Amiga? Well these two troubleshooters will sort it out.
BACKCHAT 126 What's happened to the One. What's up with Escom; just two of the questions posed in your readers forum and a little bit of religion thrown in as well.
POINTS OF VIEW 130 In with old and out with the new’ that was Mat Bettinson's games motto until he saw Gloom and Alien Breed that is.
O Oideo digitisers were once a novelty but now they're an essential part of any computer graphic artist’s setup.
With a video digitiser connected to your Amiga, the possibilities for creating photo-realistic pictures and animations are boundless. No longer are you restricted to mouse doodles in Dpaint or pictures pulled from CD-ROM and the net. Now you can use the full potential of your Amiga's graphics, importing still frames and animations from just about any video source, including domestic VCRs and camcorders.
For the lucky high-powered Amiga users among us. There are broadcast quality digital video recorders boasting 24-bit graphics with 16-bit stereo sound. A1200 owners are spoilt for choice with plenty of low cost units that exploit the AGA chipset, and A500 owners also.have a wide choice with prices starting' from under €30.
How they work Video digitisers, also known as video grabbers. Work on the same basic principal as sound samplers. An analogue signal (the video picture) is passed into the digitiser hardware, where it is converted into digital data by an analogue to digital (A-D) converter.
This digital data is then passed on to the . Computer, which can then display it as a digitised reproduction of the original video picture. Manipulate it and save it out to disk.
Price: £129.99 (+ £29 for optional PCMCIA interface) ProGrab 24RT Plus is surely the people's champion when it comes to affordable video digitisers. The original ProGrab 24RT was released last year and wi well received by the Amiga world. The only criticism levelled at the original version was the limitation of the composite video input. This has been rectified!
In the new Plus version which adds among other things a Y C input for finer picture quality.
It can be used with any Amiga running Workbench 2 or above with 1.5Mb « RAM. 24-bit colour grabs are taken in realtime, and 'downloaded' from the grabber unit to the Amiga for rendering in your chosen screenmode.
Alternatively, the entire 24-bit buffer can be saved to disk even on non-AGA Amigas, for use on other platforms. Animations can also be digitised, although frame rates are fairly low even on the fastest of Amigas. Audio can also be sampled simultaneously.
An optional PCMCIA interface is available for A600 and A1200 users, which raises the maximum frame rate for animations, and generally speeds up the grabbing process.
However, there are a number of different methods of transmitting analogue video signals. Composite video (aka VHS) and Y C (aka S-VHS) are the two formats commonly supported by amateur and semi-professional video equipment such as VCRs and camcorders. So consequently these are also supported by most Amiga video digitisers.
Some support one or the other while some can take both.
Composite video is good enough for many applications, although it combines the colour and brightness information into one signal, and so can lead to some distortion.
Y C is superior as it treats the colour and brightness information separately, combining them only at the destination (the screen).
In order to use a Y C grabber you must of course have a Y C video source, so check the output connections on your video source before deciding on any particular grabber.
Here's a look at some that are on offer.
Tony Horgan ProGrab 24RT Plus Supplier: Gordon Hardwood Tel: 01773 836 781 VIDI Amiga 12 24RT 24RT Pro Video Digitisers Make the most of your Amiga's amazing graphics with a video digitiser. Whatever level you're at, there's one out there to suit you.
Supplier: Quantum Tel: 015606 461 917 Price: £69 £149 £249 The VIDI Amiga digitisers have long been a favourite, and are now being sold through Quantum rather than Rombo, their original developers.
VIDI is currently available in three guises: 12, 24RT and 24RT Pro. All three offer both composite and Y C inputs, and support the AGA chipset. I VIDI 12 digitises in 12-bit colour (or mono in realtime) and is compatible with all Amigas, while the 24RT and 24RT Pro versions grab in 24-bit colour in realtime, and require Workbench 2 or above.
Like ProGrab 24RT Plus, all three of the VIDI series come with fairly accomplished image processing tools built into the digitising software - not that they're anything to rival dedicated image processing systems such as Image FX and AdPro, but they're handy for minor adjustments and colour- changing effects.
Ib Y C Vlab Motion Supplier: White Knight Technology Tel: 01920 822 321 Price: £999 plier: White Knight Technology (I: 01920 822 321 e: £349 ab Y C is a bit special, as it can gitise complete sequences of full- een video in full 24-bit colour om a conventional Y C video order. While other realtime digi- ers can grab single frames, the niga doesn't have enough speed or dwidth as standard to be able to ab 50 frames of video every sec- nd. A typical uncompressed frame f 24-bit digitised video could be as ge as 1.5Mb, so to pass 50 of ese through the system each sec- nd would call for storage
rates of 75Mb per second. Fast hard drives can store around 2Mb per second, so Vlab Y C employs a clever trick to get around the problem.
For serious digital video editing, Vlab Motion is well worth looking into.
Although it could be thought of as the big brother of Vlab Y C, this Zorro card works rather differently, digitising and replaying 25 frames of 24 bit video every second. These frames can then be cut and pasted and played back in redefined order. Soundtracks can also be recorded simultaneously with a Toccata sound card, linked to the video, and edited accordingly.
It pulls off this amazing feat using JPEG compression and decompression hardware. JPEG is a popular format for 24-bit images as it can drastically reduce file sizes compared to other formats, but there's a trade off between file size and image quality (ie. Smaller files=lower quality). With Vlab Motion, you can set the JPEG compression quality according to the speed of your storage device and CPU power. A very fast hard drive is essential if you want to get the best results. If you are going to pay nearly a grand for one of these boards, it would be foolish to undermine its power with a slow
With CPUs and storage devices getting cheaper and faster by the day, Vlab Motion should have a healthy future.
It works by memorising start and end (key) frames from a sequence ®f video tape. You define these frames, and replay the section of video, starting the tape just before the first required frame. Vlab starts digitising when it sees the start key frame, and saves its grabs to RAM or your selected storage device. Not
• II frames can be grabbed in one pass (as explained above), so
• sks you to rewind the tape so that it can take the frames it
missed the first time around. Depending on the
• peed of your Amiga and your hard drive, it will need to take
several more passes until the whole sequence has been captured.
An infrared video transport controller s available as an add on
to save you winding the video back yourself.
Three ¦irly Vlab Y C is available a Zorro card or big box Amigas, and as a plug in for all other Amigas with Kickstart 2 or higher and 3Mb of RAM. This is recommended for anyone who wants professional results, but doesn't quite have the budget for the likes of a Vlab Motion or Personal Animation Recorder.
Personal Animation Recorder Supplier: White Knight Technology Tel: 01920 822 321 Price:£1849 (PAR card)£999 (flD3000card) Personal Animation Recorder (PAR), like Vlab Motion, is a dedicated realtime digital video recording and playback system based around two Zorro cards. First there's the PAR card, which handles the compression and decompression of the video frames, storing them and playing them back from your hard drive.
However, if you want to digitise live video sequences, you'll need to add the AD3000 card (a combined analogue to digital converter and time base corrector) which comes with S- VHS and composite video inputs.
A variation of JPEG compression decompression is used to attain the 25Hz frame rate. Amiga-generated animation sequences can still be recorded and replayed at this rate.
Sound sampling requires the addition of a Sunrize AD516 card.
VideoMaster Supplier: HiSoft Tel: 01525 718 181 Price: £69.95 VideoMaster is a very clever bit of kit, and you don't need a powerful A4000 to use it. VideoMaster records video and sound at up to 25 frames per second on standard Amigas (A500 upwards). The inevitable compromise comes in the form of reduced screen sizes and numbers of colours. Audio is digitised at a maximum rate of 16KHz, which is fine for most sounds. For anyone who wants to grab sequences for PD demos, game intros or stylised video projects, VideoMaster is an excellent choice.
Both AGA and non AGA versions are available. Don't expect to be able to produce professional quality videos with VideoMaster, but for specialist use it's excellent value for money. It also doubles as a standalone sound sampler, for use with music programs such as OctaMED.
Fideo Digitiser Features Comparison lib of 'ROOUCT SUPPLIER INTERFACE INPUT OUTPUT TEALTIME ANIMATION HD RECORDING 24 BIT AUDIO PRICE ProGrab 24RT Parallel or PCMCIA Compasite + SVHS nit To.
Yes Yes Yes Yes (PCMCIA version) £129.95 fidi 12 2424 Pro Quantum Parallel Composite ¦fa Yes Yes No es (24 versioas Ne £69 149 249 Hob I C White Knight Zono card Composite + SVHS Composite 4- SVHS Yes Yes Yes Yes Ni £349 flab Motion White Knight Zorro card Composite 4 SVHS Composite + SVHS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (with Toccata) £999 MeoMaster HiSoft Parallel Composite ¦fa Yes Yes No No Yes £69.95 tideo Digitiser 2 Oatel I I 1 1 Composite nit Yes No No No No £29.99 PM OPS Zona card Composite + SVHS Composite + SVHS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (with AD512) £29.99 OctaMED &o Player Commands Combines commands
03 04 and Odxx.
Use after a slide vibrato to keep the effect going while fading. Use level 01 or 02.
3EMOLO): A 'volume vibrato'. Use a high depth.
Jumps to a new line (the command level +
1) in the playing sequence.
D (VOLUME SLIDE) Very smooth. Use level 01 or 02.
Depends on the command level 01 to FO changes tempo. 00 skips to next block, F1 to F5 repeat the note in several ways. F8 F9 switch the audio filter on off, FD changes to the new note without replaying the instrument (this one’s good).
AT LINES): Enter a 1600 somewhere, then e.g. 1603 somewhere else to repeat the portion marked by the two commands three times.
Plays a sample from somewhere in the middle. Use together with Generic Slide for a great effect.
PLAY LINE) Replays the current line’s player commands (not notes) the number of times given by the command levei.
We kick off our OctaMED
5. 04 tutorial series this month with a look at special effects.
®e were tinkering with OctaMED last month, and we tried our hand at a simple drum beat.
This month we'll extend the complexity of our music by examining player commands'. Player commands add bells, whistles and tinselly bits to your music; they are codes for functions and special effects that change the way in which a sample is played. You enter them in the mysterious four digits to the right of the notes.
These digits are called the 'command digits'.
Take a typical note: C-2 10C32. The command digits are 0C32. And they represent player command type' OC at 'level' 32.
Type OC controls volume, so the note will be played at volume level 32. So as you see. Player commands are split into type and level bytes.
You might have guessed that the numbering system isn't standard decimal; in fact, it's hexadecimal. Now and again you'll need to convert decimal numbers to hex when using player commands. (but not in this month's tutorial). Check out the box-out on further player commands for a quick guide anyway But enough talk, let's do something! Have OctaMED S 04 freshly loaded and at the ready.
Speaking volumes Let's continue our look at the much-used volume command (type OC). We ll need to load an instrument to test it out and you'll find one called AcGuitar on this month's cover disk in the Samples directory. Load it as instrument number 01 by following the steps in the Loading Instruments panel.
Loaded fine? Yes. Now play it using the keyboard. Now. On line 000 track 0 (you should be there anyway), enter note G-2 with this instrument (the T key). We did it last month but to refresh your memory see The Quick Guide To Editing panel. Next move down to line 016 and enter another G-
2. But this time put an 0C32 player command beside it.
Done? Good! Listening carefully. Click Play Block (top left).
Notice the softer volume on line 016? The maximum (and usual) volume level is 64. So our level of 32 plays at half volume. Zero level (0C00) is silent. Simple really Turning it down a bit Now here's a cunning feature for you! Stop playing (Stop button) and put an 0C64 command beside the G-2 on line 000. This won't have any effect but we'll need it. Now move to anywhere between the two G-2s (line 005.
Say) and select Edit menu - Volume Slide.
Wow! A whole host of Ocs appear, turning the volume down from 64 on line 000 to 32 on line
016. Play the block to hear this.
To slide back to level 64. Put a 0C64 on the last line (0631. Move to anywhere between lines 016 and 063 and select Volume Slide again.
Another useful volumey feature is 'note echo*. Firstly, find the row of blue buttons above the picture. This switches track!
Off; try clicking Play Block and f you'll notice that the notes track 0 are completely ignori OK. Next move to track 1 line C and enter A-2 10C64 (hopefu this shouldn't be too much t ble by now, A-2 is the Y key remember). Refer to the September issue for the keyboard map.
By the way, use the space I to stop that guitar sample I ming on whenever you press I key. Now select Edit menu - Range Current Track, and track] should turn white. A 'range' marks a set of notes to be ah ed by some function, just lik marking text in a wordproce We’ll cover this later.
Open the Note Echo wind (Edit menu, right at the botl and click Do Echo. Close the I dow using its close gadget c Exit button and play the I Now OctaMED's added se new notes, together with 0C commands which halve the» ume of each successive r Cool isn't it? You may have noticed two numeric boxes «| Note Echo window: try exp menting with these values. ti need to clear the track (Track T menu - Cut), enter another i 10C64 and range the track experimenting. When you hid finished make sure to close ¦ Note Echo window.
Cut short in their prime Just one more feature for nod Command 0FFF cuts the noMB any) currently playing on the I track on which it’s entered H the editor, and click on the one I marked 0' to turn it grey as in Loading Instruments Select the required instrument number (left right arrow Click on the top row's small GetFile gadget (highlighted with shift key).
In red in the picture).
Double-click on the required instrument name in the file requester. Use the volumes button to change disks and click on a drawer name if necessary.
To load several instruments at once, click on each name in turn while holding the shift key, then click OK e key- spaceI Pie 1 press I enu- J nd tn inge' be i ust I Quick Guide to Editing
• Switch on the Edit tick box (top left, just above the Tracker
• Select the required instrument (left right arrow with shift
key). Also see the Loading Instruments panel.
• Move to the required line (up down), track (left right with
Alt), and cursor position (left right). To enter notes, make
sure the cursor is a long horizontal box.
• Enter note or command digit. For notes, see last month's
• Press the Del key to erase a note or digit.
• Function keys F6 to F10 move to certain important lines (first
line, quarter-way through, half-way, three- quarters-way,
• Click the Space tick box (beside Edit) to automatically skips
lines. Set the number of lines to skip in the Keyboard Options
window (Settings menu).
• Also in Keyboard Options, selecting Auto Advance Cursor Right
(top right) eases the entering of player commands.
Se the dget c e blod d sevei ith OC e the v e note lave oxes * expef lues. Y (Track Advance Trac Don’t advance Prev track Next track J iothe*I rack I you hMI close« Keypad Napping Alternative Space = Dfistructive Spacing Auto-Round Spacing in e for r he t on the ered. I r of blue buttons, switch track Off and track 0 back on (just ck it again). Now enter an 0FFF nmand on any line of track 0 - ow about 019? And play the bck. So it's a sort of 'Hey, who lulled the plug out?' Effect.
Enough of this block, but ifore we cast it aside let's erne it. Select Block menu - t Properties and type in some scriptive text in the box. This txt will appear in the information ndow whenever the block is sleeted. Close the window and hy not save the song (Project fenu - Save, pick a filename nd click Save).
Invading the pitch OctaMED has three pitch-sliding (layer commands: 01 (slide up), K (slide down) and 03 (bit of loth). They're particularly fiddly b enter on inferior Tracker programs, but not on OctaMED!
Add a new block first. Select menu - New- Append, arrow with on track 0, put a B-1
01) on line move to line 016 (key F7 is easy wayl and add a B-2.
Line 008, then select menu • Pitch Slide - Type bottom left .
2 (Cmd 1 2). Play the block.
Holy portamento! In a twinkling, OctaMED's added all the necessary 01 and 02 commands to create a smooth slide. The routine for making a pitch slide is: enter starting note; enter finishing note: move cursor to where the slide is to begin (somewhere between the two notes obviously): choose Pitch Slide from the Edit menu.
Going solo is simple But what about command 03?
You may have noticed that there's another type in the Pitch Slide sub-menu; let's try it out. Make sure the cursor's in track 0, then select Track menu - Copy. A copy of track 0 is now in OctaMED's 'copy buffer'. Move across to track 1 and select Track menu - Paste to copy the copy buffer to track 1. Dead easy.
If we're going to try out command 03, we’ll have to remove all the 01 and 02 commands from track 1. So move to line 000 and hold down the Alt and Del keys together until all the commands are back to zero. OK? Next, move to line 008 and select Edit menu - Pitch Slide - Type 1 (Cmd 3).
Play the block.
Can you hear the difference?
Try switching tracks 0 and 1 off alternately (actually, here's the tip of the month: 'solo' a track by clicking on its blue grey number while holding shift. Turn all tracks back on using the Set button on the right).
With commands 01 and 02, the ending note is actually played; with command 03, the ending note is not played. I prefer 03 myself, it's kind of smoother and, well, that's me.
You say vibrayto Vibrato' is that wobbling effect that virtuoso string players are Advance Line J Don't advance Jur ( Down Keypad (lode Select Instr | Ihord Reset | Erotracker Shortcuts 1 fidvance with sound famed for, and OctaMED supports it in the shape of command type 04. So add a new block (see start of last section) and enter G- 2 10472 at the start of track 0. To keep the vibrato going throughout the track, we need a string of 0400 commands, and to add them quickly, move to the third digit on line 001 (where the 4 would be entered), and hold down the 4 key for a bit. Play the block.
The first digit (7 here) is the vibrato speed, the second the depth, so have a good experiment. Remember it's in hexadecimal so you can use digits A to F too, although depth F really is very silly.
A final command: add an 0FFE anywhere and play the block. Hey, it stops! Although the guitar sound might not stop - you'd have to add 0FFF commands before the 0FFE for that.
Actually, I didn't say but the way to really add an 0FFE is to click STOP with Shift held down.
Well, I hope that I've whetted your appetite for now. Ta-ra till next month! ¦ Ed Wiles Image FX 1 1.5 Make your graphics stand out from the rest with another batch of stunning Image FX tricks.
Oy now you've probably experimented with many of the 'off the shelf’ effects available from the Image FX button menus.
Some of them can transform images into wonderful works of art, while others seem to just mess them up. Others are fun but don’t seem to be very useful. The Spiral process from the Hooks menu fits into the latter category, but can be put to good use in a number of ways.
The examples here, a black and white logo was used as the source image. This was run through the Spiral effect using the implode option set to its maximum level of 40 pixels. The original logo was then dropped over the blurred version to redefine the outline.
Be prepared for long rendering times when using the Spiral effect. If you want to test out a process but don’t want to wait ages to find it’s not what you wanted, then first prepare a scaled down test image and work on that instead. Rendering times will be halved if you half the size of the image.
Despite its name, the Spiral effect doesn’t have to twirl your picture round - it can be used to implode or explode the image. In Take a trip through time This nifty effect was created with the Remove Feature option from the Effect menu.
The original image was around 300 x 500 pixels in size. This was loaded in and then the Swap buffer was set to 700 x 500 pixels. The picture of the girl was then cut out using the automatic background detection mode (double click on the scissors) and pasted down on the far left of the Swap buffer.
Next, Free was selected from the top left control button (the one that normally reads Full).
All of the screen to the right of the centre of the girl's face was marked out (as the area to be affected), and then the Remove Feature option was selected from the Effect menu. Finally, switching back to Full mode, the picture was then run through solarize and negative processes.
Painting by numbers [ In most cases, applying effects to itures using Image FX is just a natter of picking one from a menu and hitting the Go button. However, on the hidden picture - not the picture you can see as you draw. To check on the progress of the tracing, press the J key to jump to the Swap buffer.
In this case a 'paint by numbers' style was the required result. First the hair, face and shoulders were traced using the filled freehand tool.
Colours matching those of the original image were selected by clicking on the Palette button and then on the Pick button. At this stage the pointer changes and you're expected to click on an area of the picture that matches the colour you want to paint with.
Features were then gradually added working from the outside in. Leaving the lighter colours until last.
Different results can be attained by tracing through using alternative drawing methods.
Tony Horgan I if you're prepared to work just a little [ bit harder there are plenty of other ot so obvious options available. The cture shown here is an example of [what I mean. The aim in this case [ was to create a stylised portrait that ould look hand painted from a digi- I original.
The key feature that made this ossible was the Trace Through draw node. This can be selected from any I of the standard drawing tools (line, I freehand, fill etc) by double clicking | their icon and changing the Mode etting. For this to work you need a I main image and a secondary image [ in the Swap buffer). When Trace irough mode is active, the shapes ) you draw on the screen only appear J1 ProDraw The final part of this tutorial comes over all artistic as we try out some of ProDraw's more creative features to come up with a pretty picture.
I these are the elemeats you need lor tha I tutorial The half circle is produced by f reducing the circle by SON and then using ti Cutting tool to cut the circle in half.
0 On this final look at ProDraw. I want to show you a few of the more creative tools you should be getting to know. One of the things I've learnt over the last few years using ProDraw is that if you don't want to be behind the eight ball, you need to experiment and keep on experimenting so you can exploit all of ProDraw2 s tools.
To get the ball rolling on this month's tutorial, I want you to start by drawing a circle. Hold down the Alt key while you use the Ellipse tool to drag out your circle. When you have finished, give the circle a solid, red fill with no line weight.
Right Amiga-F is a short-cut to the fill colour.
3The Distort tool is used to create au e around the test. You are then free to grab • handles on the envelope and mould the test il desired shape Press the space bar to see the ¦ Press the Tab key to produce a duplicate of the circle. Before we cut the circle in half, it needs to be shrunk by 90% using the Sizing tool. With the circle active, double click on the Size tool and enter 90% into both X and Y text gadgets. Choose the Cutting tool from the toolbox and then cut the circle in half. You do this by pressing the left mouse button once either side of the top and bottom control points on
Only the control points on the right-hand side of the circle should be active. If this is so. The right- hand side can be deleted by pressing Shift-Delete. If the right-hand is not active, click on it, and it should become active.
Take the text tool and type a number eight on the page, scaled so that it fills the circle. Now place the half circle over the top of the main circle, positioned it so its sits on the left of the vertical axis.
Select both circles and choose Make Compound Object. Follow this by placing the eight in the centre of the newly formed compound object, then select all the objects and choose Make Compound Object again. The finishing touch is applied by turning the compound object a few degrees using the Rotate tool. Double click on it and then enter a figure like 15 degrees.
Mirror image Now create the text 'Countdown' and place it over the eight ball.
Double click on the Distort tool and make sure that General is selected. You should now have six handles to distort the text just like a piece of Plasticine. Once done, with the text still selected, press the Tab key to duplicate the distorted text. Give it a lighter fill colour and then select the Mirror tool. Click once on the left of the text, keep the mouse button held down and in a horizontal straight line across the page, click again on the right of the text.
The duplicate should now be a mirror image of the main text.
Using the Distort tool again, mould the text so that it fits the text above it. The image is now finished. You can jazz it up further by placing a background behind all the elements and then add some 'embossed' shapes to give the background some depth.
This is achieved by making the objects a slightly lighter colour than the background.
More help Thai wraps up the tutorials for the ProDraw cover disk. There is so much you can do with this great program. The examples that we've worked through over the last few months are only the tip of the iceberg. Many of ProDraw's tools have a number of options which aren't readily apparent and the manual is very useful in explaining these points.
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DESIGN TUTORIALS Last moot* we gave you a brilliant hjii-pnce graphics package. This montfi we show you bow to use rt. On sale October 15th. Don’t miss TUTORIAL Personal Paint I Learn how to create your own 3D stereograms in the first of our tutorials.
Types of filter used to achieve this effect: SIRDS, which automatically create an image composed of random dots, and SIPS, which do the same but use a picture to form the stereo image. SIRDS are the easiest filters to use because the computer does it all. A And bn's Ihi toict if blarney I mada using Its closer trust nut With SIPS you have to 11 * * use some judgment over what kind of brush to use, using trial and error to get the desired effect.
Greys for use on objects nearer the front.
If this is your first time using Personal Paint then stick to simpl grey shapes. You can use Ppainf gradient fill for special features.
The contour fill is good also but r can come up with unpredictable to be effective, the simple method and get great results than end up frustrated by using too sophisticated a methoc to begin with.
Designing your grey image needs a little forward planning: which objects are background, mid-ground and which hit the onlooker in the eye. You have to build up the picture from the back layer to the front, so it helps to rough it out on paper first. Use the filled tools to draw with - single pixel brushes are too thin to be caught by the 3D interpretation. Text, too, can be Let's begin Whichever method you chose, you need a starting image for the filter to work on. This is drawn on the spare screen, which ideally should be in the same resolution as your main screen, To do this, start the
program in the screen mode you use (I have used high res 256 colours for this tutorial), then copy the blank screen to the spare with a shift J key press.
While the software can work on any colours when composing a 3D picture, I prefer to work with the range of greys which come with the default palette.
There are 16, which is enough to begin with.
The golden rule is that the darker the grey, the further back ’into' the image it will be. So white will be 'in front' of every other grey on screen in terms of depth perception.
The colour you choose for your background is important. If you have standard black, then everything you paint will be 'in front' of this. If you choose mid grey, then by painting with darker greys, you will appear to cut into the background and still be able to have lighter Cor ig inal cherry brush Of. Like me, you’re fascinated by the hidden world of 3D, you should be bowing at the feet ot the programmer who included stereoscopic filters in the latest version of Personal Paint. It's an astounding feature for a budget art program, though one which is difficult to control - until now
Personal Paint 6.1 has many special-effects filters, but the most 'special' have to be the ones which turn a flat grey-scale image into one with real depth when viewed properly. There are two 4 Using Ike strawberry image which comes with Ppaint I created a Wallpaper stereogram. Just by repeating an
• at different spacing levels to show depth. Ike strawberry is
the same image threughoirt but flipped and ly re-sired lor
Screen, switch back to the main screen, and right click the filter toolbox icon to bring up the requester. We're starting with SIRDS, so scroll down to that section and decide on the option you want most.
The options are self-explanatory really, but please note that 'More Levels' gives a greater perception of depth to any image, and Help signifies the printing of two dots at the right distance on the top of the generated image to help people focus better. Once you've made your choice, click on the Filter tool with the left mouse button and drag out a rectangle to enclose the area your greyscale image covers, and watch as the program works its magic.
A You CM use hand-drawn objects h* your bi when creating SIPS; here Tve drawn a clover leal and | painted it down many times tn build up a block of leaves. To add randomness I flipped the brash horizon- tally and vertically bom time to time. Then I cut ont a [ rectangular area to act as the 30 brash.
Iroblem unless you have it quite arge - 72point, say.
More depth Once you have drawn your drab- ooking grey image on the spare If there are any problems with mmm A By caitnq up the All requester shown here, you cm define the start and end of a cotow gradient by cfeckag on the start colour with the left mouse button and the end colon with the right button. Horizontal and vertical fills ml have objects starting at the bach of the image and coming forward, while contour fills give some semblance of bo*.
A Multi-coloured SIPS. Just define Me brash and apply it In yon grey image.
Colonise the same brash using the Tint fiftet and apply the SIPS filter to any part ef the image. The brush has the same tenure so you won t see the join.
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* ' r'ir»V»’,,V v“‘•» vTW **•- A Another SIPS image, this time
nsiog a miniature version ol the Cheetah drawing which comes
with Ppaint. This high quality render bides a simple globe with
the continents raised.
The depth, you can go back to the spare screen and alter the colours of the offending objects before repeating the process.
Remember, there's no problem because your grey image will always be sitting there on the spare page whilst the 3D picture is generated on the main screen.
New technology Ppaint also takes advantage of the latest technology to allow users to create images based on brushes. This may not sound like much, but it is a major breakthrough, allowing recognisable primary images to be used as the foundation for the hidden 3D picture.
Your brush will be the size of a postage stamp but will have plenty of information on it. You can either load in a brush and size it down, or make your own using swirls of pattern appropriate to the image. Check out my examples to get a clearer idea of what constitutes a good working brush.
TIP - Do not include any background colour around the edges when you clip out your brush, as this will show as regular lines on the generated image. In fact, use the magnifying tool to clearly see where to clip the brush.
TIITHRIAI anything at all?
How do you 'see' the hidden image? Generally you have to try to focus twice as far away as the image you're looking at - which means crossing your eyes slightly.
To achieve this on a computer monitor is easy - just look at your reflection, not the image, then move your eyes onto the picture without re-focusing. How does it work? Five second explanation - by tricking the brain into making assumptions about objects it discerns within the hidden image. It is the distance between dots belonging to an object which determine the perceived depth. Four day explanation: read Bela Julesz' 1972 book 'Principles of Cyclopean Perception' then write in and tell me what it's about?
To create the effect, draw your greyscale image as before on the spare area, and choose one of the SIPS options from the Filters requester. The options here are more important than for the SIRDS as they not only control the feeling of depth of the new picture. But also how degraded your original brush image will become.
It’s a trade off if you want greater, smoother depth then this will be at the expense of the quality of the original brush.
Experimentation and personal choice are the keywords here.
It's also good to use a brush appropriate to the hidden image - it’s a sort of in-joke which also gives a visual clue to what to expect; multiple images of a bunch of grapes hiding a 3D bottle of wine, for example.
Finally, look at the examples this month and see 9 how easy and effective it is to create stunning 3D images on your Amiga. And think of all the money you're saving by not buying overpriced books and posters!
B That's it for now next month I'll be taking a look at some more special filters to help you get the most out of your Amiga and your imagination. ¦ Peter Lee This month we enlist Amosaic to surf the World Wide Web and see what the fuss is all about.
©orld Wide Web (WWW), the easy to use graphical database spanning the world, 6s received7norj Share ot coverage recently.
' Compared to th? Rest of Internet activity which Bends to go on in t the drab command line DOS shell environment. t's little wonder tfiat most peoples idea of what tha Internet is, rlvolves around the WWW. It's a dam essential thing to have running on your Amiga college Aminet mirror site. Since it's in the UK, it's very quick compared to trying to FTP to the USA or elsewhere. After this, you should Mpext appearj trom this h what's what) trusty prom FTP connection toTRI FTP hasrnuch in co with AmigaDOS. The co 'cd', 'dir' and Ts' work as in AmigaDOS. Except when yo move around and get
directi you are acting on a large co er system pver the Internet.
Enter cd ®ub aminet anc should enter the vital Amine archives. Ftom here we can obtain the oulk of the softwa that we require.
FTP the following files. I've given the patl p too which are gel ¦ijjalh'af!
Filenames is required. 'Get' is th' :ommand required to 'download ist.
Anyway T Amosaic is fie name ot the ojiiy currently available Amiga 'V browser. Easy as it may be to lise when running, like most Amiga Internet software, it's a pig to Jet up. CU AmigalMagazine pulls r punches and ctiows you how to . Set Amosaic ufAfrom scratch. Tafe i deep breath.
The tl fatatype ’needed to decoc invariably ird file is the fast that I know of. Tl 0 Amosaic know the images whi the GIF standarc on YouHrrlBedat least OS 3.0 and a hard drive to set up. Next we need MUI (Magic User rluerface), a controvkjsial GUI library'that Amosaic requires to build itscfront end. The easiest place to get i from is the Amine We need a lot ofWtware from ’ the Aminet this month ssjt's time for a big FTP session. 'NCF have been installed on your sy?
Tern when you installed AmiTCP from the Demon installer package.
So jump into a shell, 'CD' to a space on your HD where there's room and type 'NCFTP'. You should be greeted with an 'ncftp ' prompt after some text, assuming you are linked up. If not, you'll get a complaint that AmiTCP isn't running. At this stage, enter open sunsite. Doc.ic.ac.uk to log onto the London Imperial them Europe lutatcO J % the Da ir88*o‘f°3'?sB Gysafp-dS: i Ucd Aug 9 U.SUSS IMS.
In Tag* rtodif led on Sun.Jul 9 22 i31t life 21 19V3 - 31 darn A there’s a hind, leeaet mirret ia tha till located at the Laadaa Imperial Callage. Hare we caa abtaia aipst ol the soltware we need this month at good speed ' 1 T 1 * jZdf 11•dRon°R r» 17 18( 8182 1994 - 296 1 A Mow wo oeed (o FTP to New York to grab a copy of the latest versioo of Amosaic.
The file specified. Remember (at% this is Unix so it's casefeen- . Ynii'll nccq riq t nr Lastly. XheiAMosaic 1.2 1 itself. Unfortutately, this ve yery unstable and bug-ridde ttone to crashing often, it's t est mass distnbuted vers buhthere's no way I can ad it's i e We Intation andteupport fil but thmctual program we will cp ace witluhe later ersion 1 1 releSse 5. To obta this, j need has a nice installer. If you don't have it already just unarchive the contents somewhere safe and then run the installer.
The second is the grapevine IRC client. A wondrous thing that er in next month's issue.
1 it now for the latest ver- i library provided in library.
You might like to obtairj JPEG datatype from this slme directory qn the Aminet sd time. JPEG pictures are oc ally used ok the Web. If yd a nice GIF ifatatype installe won’t need to bother down| jpg thin nnaJ doiaic nd turning. This il the daiigr with Rtarr lieki re ether psefel glades 1 the file doesn't ) are the files: Then FTP this vital archive' u rt‘* GUI: Graphical User Interface. The display you look at and click on to use. Amosaic's is built with MUI.
FTP: File Transfer Protocol.
The the method used to fetch files over the Internet.
NCFTP: The Amiga FTP client installed with AmiTCP. This program is used to 'download' files from FTP 'sites' over the Internet.
Losaic AMosaic 14beta5_AS225.lha If you want to be clever, you uld open another shell and )eat the FTP process at the me time as the first one is wnloading any of the above is. That's right, there’s no hmg stop you from FTPing to is tny sites as you have me cry d bandwidth available to lard i downloads. In fact, if yc.jr F IP es are slow, being logged on to my and downloading sjmujiane- sly will actually improve tne al throughput and get ,yo unites less time.
Expert readers may ob sur- sed that we have opted for the !725lversion of Amckaic. There lasiorv tions_Gr€at.
T» lovwiiite sites to iestietlr installed. There's documents in the archive but essentially, it just is a good reason for this. It seems the Amosaic developers in their infinite wisdom decided to not support any version of AmiTCP lower than 4.0. Since us and almost every-, on else is running tne mam ¦ vmmn ; ;ieXc b 2, we nee:: to It'* slow. Employ a trick to get Amosaic to ork.
W Tha trick is the sock NwY (end we now need to exti ict iP from th i grapevine archi ;. CD to where our grapevine arc live resides Enter thr v mr rp.lha grapev ne socket_libl Llha.
Tha should extract th 5 socket library rchive from the apevine archive which is all we rled for |now blit keep the Grapevine archive safe and sound Jwe’ll need * later.
. Nav avtrant thw rnrftents of the sbcket library arcMve and copy the library 'sodret.library' intof our libs: directory. This library allows us to iretend we are running the ’A 25' Internet softwalfe and then .
me obviously run the ¦¦¦¦¦ AS2£5 version of ¦E'-v l Amosaic Don't ask, j; jyst trust me it urorks.
I .Next up is the jlF ’ vT j full archive'to some ] piace and rood the Isisill y " * ' I i i unfamiliar vvtfc the Mosaic Documentation »a direc- lere it which only ion of Amo again (isn't our pho e-bill takjwspi carte eg today) end idee click on the A Mosaic ® If II went Amo aic attempt to negotiate conr action to the Amosaic 'home page. Yes that's right most otgkg the Amosaic docume natiow*® newer versions and ifuoimation is or theWorld Wii Tnrassiroraws when it's first m I You'll notice tl plays fhe text fir; pictures adilittle diagramr boxes at firSf. Then it will ate the transfer of the
GJ tures, pijnp through thS datatype and finally disgu the 66xes were. Because th higher the colpGroBp ur screen, thy'better A ly where 'of this.
To display GIFs with many colotxs. The down side is 'Njat this will staw your machine doW| since MUIrsn't the fastest GUI auhe best of tfflies let alone under ™gh colour del*h Workbench- Those readers lucky enough to oton a graphics board will hardly nonce. Matters cambe improved by getting Amosaic nprn nn it; gwn yrnrrr V y Tou can resize Mosaic to whatever size you require and run a4 many copies as memory permits. All may be logged on to different WWW sites. Remember it’s easy to jump to a site with a very bad Internet Connection and you may discover that you1' ».aot to download a
fancy the prospect at 1 p bytes per second. Click Oj the snazzy boupcing ball Stance) any transfer underway. Moving off to another site can be accomplished either By re' -.sing y«ir steps with the left arrow 'back gadget or opening a new sitervia the ’Open’ button. Possibly selecting a site pre-entered into the pnone-book.
Clicking 'Add'cri the one bookjbar will instantlwibclude the current si® and pqiitiaa into the pKone- mook forinstanraccess in the future Ttrerejjbu have ff you go npwj te Arnica home-page.
'TUfljJFfT a bigXutton for it on the mMosaicQ 6 . ¦ Mat Bettinson Net God Speaks I'll go for the throat this month with a longstanding gripe of mine; why is there no commercial Internet software, besides AmiTCP
4. 2, on the Amiga?
Before you flame me I should tell you that I value shareware most highly. Only a cyber- nerd would deny that it's because of shareware we have any hope of surfing the 'net at all. Still, we haven't got the killer applications.
No out-of-the-box easy- to-install and fully functional web browser for instance. AlVlosaic is a valiant attempt but it could be better. If there was a commercial WWW browser and it was wicked, raise your hand if you'd fork out 30 sovs for it? Thought so. Now repeat for mail and news software.
Surf's up Net God calls for commercial net software.
Plus what's new on the scene.
There's some reasonable shareware around in those areas but I bet that there's many a net head that doesn't enjoy delving into the depths of uulib:config. Lord knows we've spend many an hour trying to figure out what some PD, compiled from Unix source, is actually looking for in the bizarre TCP cum UUCP mongrel breed that lies at the heart the netted Amiga.
Now Amiga Technologies UK boss, Jonathan Anderson has has invited the developer community to come up with the ultimate easy-to-use Internet solution to be included with the Amiga. So get busy.
New would-be Amiga net heads need you.
Net news FTP for Directory Paw 5 GUI FTP clients have come and gone in the past but none has caused more interest than the Directory Opus 5 FTP add-on. It miraculously turns listers into FTP site representations, while the files which appear can be copied to and from this lister and the FTP add-on will perform the business end via AmiTCP and its own FTP client. It's even possible to perform operations such as directly reading the contents of a text file or displaying a picture.
Due to be released in a public demo version, the FTP add-on will be included with the Opus 5.2 upgrade. The demo is limited to only a few anonymous sites in its Phonebook, no abort function and only one session at a time.
CU Amiga Mailing List Now that CU Amiga Magazine is netted up directly, we've implemented two mailing lists which you may subscribe to The first is 'cu-announce', a one way only list in which we'll post news, special offers and noteworthy events regarding the magazine. This will be a low traffic list. The second, 'cu-amiga', is a general two way mailing list for comments, suggestions, criticisms and ideas for the magazine. Naturally it will contain some traffic so be prepared.
To subscribe to these lists, mail ' with a line containing 'subscribe cu-announce' and or 'subscribe cu-list' in the body of the message. Please read the messages that are sent back to you carefully as they'll detail the rules and how to remove yourself from the lists if you want later. To send a message into the 'cu-amiga' mailing list, send your posts to Flowever it will give a taster to what Opus 5.2 offers the 'net user. The demo can be found on the Aminet comm TCP Opus FTRIha. The prospect of having multiple FTP listers open simultaneously will prove an attractive incentive for
Directory Opus 5 users connected to the Internet to upgrade. For more information, why not subscribe to the Opus 5 mailing list by sending a mail to Ma j ordomo@bi rch .apana.org.au with 'subscribe dopus5' in the body. Posts to the list need to go to dopus58birch.
The popular and powerful BBS software package, Xenoiink Pro, has changed hands in a surprise move by a group of Xenoiink sysops buying out the rights to the software a demo ot Opus 1f°m the author Jonathan Forbes.
The group of 12 sysops took two months to finalise the deal under which they took control of the distribution and future development of the package. That's good news for Xenoiink sysops that saw development falter as Jonathan Forbes lost interest in the project in favour of his LZX archiver.
Most of the team, calling themselves 'Xenoiink Inc’, are programmers themselves with plans to add serious new features to the package. The UK support site is the Darkside BBS, managed by Robert Dale. You can reach Darkside on 0181-771-911X5. Fidonet: 2:254 524.
E-Mail: robdale® darks ide.demon.co.uk It's traditional that the traffic across Fidonet falls during the summer months. The unusu impressive summer of this has had many Amiga Fidon outdoors rather than partici in the Amiga specific echos in comfort of their homes. Also th«| international AMIGA echo has o its stateside connection reducinj the phenomenal hundred messages a day to just a couple wtj has left die hard Fidonet lurkers | no choice but to hang out in the main echos such as AMIGA_UK and WORKBENCH with the smd er echos falling into disuse.
Pemon in Flames Demon newsgroups are alive flames and accusations concerning the constant presence of a j few people who have, to their | credit, supplied help and PD ut*- ties to the masses. Some say these people play god and that their word is law. To make up .
Own mind, add ’demon.ip.sup- J port.amiga' to your Newsgroups file and check it out for yourse • VIDEOTRAKER Tli© brilliant VideoTracker 2.0 AGA was given away with the November 1994 issue of CU Amiga, giving every reader the chance to create Low Spirit by Michel 'DMX' Bagmeijer, Holland Thudd by John Leach, Liverpool using state of the art effects but with no need for any complex programming.
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Frequently asked questions H O- I have an accelerator card for my Amiga. Can I make it go even faster?
¦ A- Probably. First make sure you have some extra 32-bit RAM.
The card's processor uses this extra RAM directly and it works much, much faster than memory on the Amiga. For example, fitting an 030 card to an A1200 will be a waste of time unless you get memory for it at the same time. If you do a lot of image rendering, get a Floating Point Unit as well.
I CL How do I add more memory?
¦ A, Normally the memory is in the form of Simms (Single Inline Memory Modules) which clip into place. The card will have either one or two Simm sockets on it - which is a good reason to get the largest Simm you can to start with, Iso you don’t have to throw the old one away.
¦ CL Don't some Simms cause problems with the PCMCIA port?
¦ A. The Amiga A1200's PCMCIA port is mapped in memory to the same location that some accelerator cards would place their second bank of 4Mb - this can cause problems. You can check where your memory is with the showcon- fig command at a Shell. Memory starting at $ 2000000 will be a problem, memory starting at $ 1000000 will be fine. When buying ah expansion card ASK in advance if it clashes with the PCMCIA port, or you might have problems if you want to add a CD-ROM drive or external hard drive (internal hard drives will be unaffected).
¦ Q. What speed of Simm do I need?
¦ A. Simms are rated by speed in terms of nanoseconds (1e-9 of a second), and common speeds are 80ns. 70ns and 60ns. The smaller the number, the faster the Simm is at providing access. Depending on the speed of your accelerator card, you may need Simms rated at certain speeds - this can depend on the make of the card, the Simm and the weather. However, a good rule of thumb is: Speed of Speed of accelerator memory card 25-28 Mhz 60ns, 70ns, 80ns, 33 Mhz 70ns, 60ns 40-fMHz 60ns As you can see, it is possible to use faster memory in slower cards (for example, 60ns memory with a 25MHz card).
Some cards allow you to put slower memory in faster cards (for example, 80ns in a 40MHz card) by setting a jumper, but there is a speed penalty.
¦ Q. How can I tell the speed on my Simms?
¦ A. There will be a number on the Simm ending in -6 or -7 or -8, or possibly -60. -70 or -80 corresponding to the speed in tens of nanoseconds (-7 and -70 will be the same thing - 70ns).
¦ CL Can I speed up my accelerator by making it run faster?
¦ A. Every CPU needs a clock signal, and every accelerator with a CPU on board (for example, a 68030-based card for the A1200) will use a clock circuit to provide a constant 'tick'. The clock is the component that determines the speed of the processor the 33MHz or 50MHz where 'MHz' stands for 'Megahertz' and is a measure of the number of clock cycles per second. For example, 50MHz is fifty million 'ticks' a second. Quite a lot. Huh?
OK you've got the accelerator, now you want even more speed. It's not all plain sailing you know ... The clock circuit needs to be accurate, and so it depends on a quartz crystal. The crystal is packaged into a little oscillator chip (about a 1cm square with four legs) which is usually silver or black. There will be a speed rating on the oscillator, such as '50.000" for 50MHz.
Sometimes it is possible to replace the oscillator with a faster rated one to get more speed, however there are problems.
¦ Q. Oh yeah? Like what? I heard all the chips were the same and they just printed whatever speed they wanted on them.
¦ A. For a start, the accelerator card itself might not be able to run at 50MHz even though it worked at 33MHz - this has nothing to do with the CPU used, but crosstalk and line effects on the PCB itself.
Most manufacturers design their boards so they do work at different speeds because then they can sell different models. However, the RAM might not run fast enough as we discussed.
However, there are big problems associated with running a CPU faster than it was designed for - in other words, running a 25MHz 68030 at 33MHz might not work properly. You'll hear a lot of discussion about this on the Net, and there are plenty of loudmouths around who will happily claim to be running a 16MHz 68020 at 100MHz.
Think carefully before you try experimenting with clocking. Bare these points in mind,
• Run a chip rated at 25MHz at 40MHz and it will probably not
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• The physics of electronics tells us that if you run a chip
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to take heat away. 68040 chips get so hot than a miniature fan
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¦ CL Can I swop CPUs?
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YOU Masterclass This month there's plenty of ideas to help you
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Ohere is a lot of fun to be had. Not to mention time to be saved, by experimenting with the hundreds of small programs which folks have written to alter the way in which Workbench works. This wealth of programs is a consequence of the very flexible design of Workbench, which means updating the system to use new features or tricks is quite straightforward.
From programs which have no real main function but are fun anyway to some damn handy utilities there's a lot to choose from.
Here's a run down of some of the utility programs I've been playing around with this month.
All the software looked at in this article came from the Aminet 6 CD-ROM. You can find it in the utils wb drawer either on this disk or on the real Aminet Internet FTP site. Alternatively, many BBSs will have it - including The Heart of Gold on 01247 274919 because I put it there myself because that's the type of considerate guy I am.
Bend and____ Try stretching your Workbench. How does 1024 by 1024 sound? Big enough? Good, ail you need to do is click 'off' the default settings in the Screen Mode requester and fill in some larger values.
Once you have selected USE your Workbench will be redrawn (remember to shut down any Shells or other programs so the Screen can be closed and re-opened) and your new bumper size display is at your disposal.
Simply move the pointer to the left or bottom, and the screen will scroll to display the extra area.
Rings VI.1 Let's start with an easy one - a Workbench utility that has no earthly purpose whatsoever: Rings by Tim Kreuzer. It's described as a public-screen 'Moving Ring' graphic display, and that's exactly what it does.
It has no purpose other than to sit on your Workbench and well. Ring.
That's all it will ever do. Why?
Because that's what it is suppose to do. It's 'eye candy', and if you don't like it.
You don't have to use it do you?
FreeSpace It's fairly obvious, it works. If you need to keep an eye on the amount of space free on any AmigaDOS devices, try FreeSpace by Barry McConnell.
Incidentally, the C source is also included, which is very valuable by itself.
WB Extender If you do like your Workbench screen title bar, and you also want a handy way of checking your hardware (in case someone sneaks into your room and swops CPUs on you) you'll be interested in this commodity. Written by Martin Berndt, this extension will keep you up to date on your hard- Pretty picture Add a decent pattern to get rid of that boring grey colour in the background.
If you don't have a lot of extra memory, you can use a simple repeating texture from the Prefs WBPattern program
- remember that as well as using the example textures, you can
draw your own if you want. If you do happen have a little RAM
to spare (and a graphics card helps a lot here, as it takes the
screen memory from Fast RAM rather than Chip RAM) you can add a
huge digitised pic- ture with hundreds of colours. I spend days
at a time creating various abstract textures in The Art
Department image processing program. Try loading Photogenics
and having a bash with the Plasma textures.
Remember to lighten the pattern so that dark text has a good contrast and can be read against it, and also to send in your examples so we can pick some good ones to print in the magazine (and make available via the cover disk, Internet or BBS).
Ware and provide other little snippets of news in the title bar.
AAVD14 Now here is something more useful - Almost A Virtual Desktop in fact. AAVD was written by Jimmy Westerlund and if you have ever used an Xwindows system you'll know all about it What, you haven't? Well, remember that bit about resizing the Workbench and scrolling around inside it to get more space to work in? No Well Do this now Stop your Workbench acting as a backdrop window, by closing down the first item in the top left menu.
Save the window along with the rest off your normal disk and icon positional settings. Why? Because it's pretty useless and if you are running a standard PAL screen it takes up valuable space.
Read the boxout entitled Bend and... now. OK done that, welcome back. Now wouldn't it be nice to have a little snapshot of all the windows in the display, so you could find each one quickly?
That's what AAVD does - it displays a minute copy of the Workbench in a little Window all of its own. AAVD even allows you to move and resize the teeny little Windows as well and it's actually a lot of fun.
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Xsize32 Here is another Xwindows inspired utility which adds a little bit extra to your Amiga. Carsten Melberg and Gunther Rehm have created a utility which alters the way in which you size windows on the Workbench. Try it - you might like it.
How to handle your new display If you find making it all the way back to the menus a little tedious with your new wide screen (see stretch box out), hunt out the Control program, which is also in the Prefs drawer, and click on the 'Screen Menu Snap' button. From now on when you select a menu, no matter where you are, the screen will snap back to the menu displays.
This extra large display track can be very handy at times, and a lot more than a gimmick. Imagine for a moment that you are using a program which opens a long display and detailed window, and you need to use a scroll bar to step up and down. There will usually be a noticeable delay as the new screen contents are redrawn. Now make a huge screen, and drag the program's display window down into the unused space. Now you can scroll up and down in a jiffy, because nothing needs redrawn. The extra Workbench space is already used, and the Amiga only needs to point the Workbench viewport to a dif
ferent location. This trick is especially useful for use with DTP and World Wide Web browsers and It even works on graphics cards too, where the Chip RAM limit is removed you can have some seriously gigantic displays.
System Profs In a similar vein, Richard Korber's System Preferences editor will provide you with an easy-to-use way of altering CPU settings. It will be of most use to 68040 owners, who have the various caches at their disposal. Quite why they would want to switch them off and slow down their system is of course, a mystery. Perhaps if you only switch them on for half an hour a day you appreciate them more.
Mag icCo fours So you like MagicWorkBench do you? (I still like it better than Newlcons for some reason) but found that using more than a few colours in my Workbench preferences caused my icons to gc all funny. As ever, this was a consequence of the Amiga’s liking tor screwing up any but the first four colours. The MagicColours utility forces them back to sensible blues and greys essential if you have a graphics card like I do (smug mode on). ¦ John Kennedy mysteries: CD 32 queries.
ParNET and various other CD ROM-related I RAM.
And processors Me too, I like to lend a helping hand as well. Only I'd like some Internet queries that'd me glowing for sure.
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CU Amiga Magazine, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London, EC1R 3AU. Alternatively email us at Q-i-A@cuamiga.demon.co.uk. RAM muncher I have a standard A600, to which I have recently added a r pieces ;, sampling.
Gastemer 120Mb hard drive. The problem is that I cannot run any of my 1 Mb software, as the computer says it does not have enough memory available, even though it does from floppy.
I have contacted Gasteiner about this, and although they were polite, they were of little help. The engineer told me that the hard drive uses up some of the RAM, so 1Mb games will not run from it. Even though they install perfectly all right and those that do run will probably be slower. He said the only way to solve this was to add more memory. So I have two questions: preferences and lots lots more!
Monitors, Tvs, modulators, screen-modes and all that stuff
1. Is there any way to get the hard drive to write itself off the
memory as the software loads, or any PD software that can do
2. Are there any ways to add more memory to the computer, as the
trapdoor slot is in use?
Dave Simmons Hitchin Gasteiner were right, but the solution is simpler than you think.
1 . The hard drive uses some memory to load the Workbench system and some more is memory is used for a buffer whenever the hard drive is enabled, so you don’t have a full I Mb once it has booted. You can reduce the amount of RAM that’s used during the boot sequence by holding down both mouse buttons on power-up and selecting Boot With No Startup-Sequence. You can then run programs directly from the Shell (bearing in mind that you’ll also have to enter the relevant assign commands).
Spreadsheets, . Databases, organisers, Everything you need answering about the internet
2. The hard drive is connected to you Amiga’s internal IDE
interface, which is not the same as the trapdoor expansion
port. Buy a memory expansion to plug into the trapdoor and
your problems will be over.
There are also RAM cards for the PCMCIA slot though this memory is more expensive and slower.
Interference I am the happy owner of an A1200 with an interna! Nard disk, an 030 accelerator and 4Mb fast RAM. My free hard disk space is beginning to run low, so I am going to buy some more. Naturally. I want a PCMCIA hard di'sk, rather than having to discard the one my Amiga in favour of a one. Can you tell me if my GVP A1230 Turbo + accelerator is interfering with the PCMCIA interface so I can't use it? If not will it if I add another 4Mb of RAM?
Sune Johansson Denmark You are right to be concerned about the trapdoor accelerator memory interfering with the PCMCIA port.
However, this generally occurs if the trapdoor RAM exceeds 4Mb. So currently you could add a PCMCIA hard drive but could not if you added accelerator. One option might be an external box allowing you to connect another drive to your IDE port along with your existing hard drive.
However, it’s our recommendation that you consider getting rid of the smaller drive and buying a larger 3.5" IDE unit. Prices of these drives have fallen and they’re much faster too.
Adorage tutorial ®Will you be doing a tutorial for the marvellous cover disk Adorage 2.0? In April 1994 you gave away ¦ 1.81. Unfortunately I was never able to get very far with that one even though I followed the instructions carefully. This time I can actually get all the demos and effects to work. I thought "Great, now I can really blind them all with the effects I j want to show". Alas again I am stumped, although I have used Interlace and stretched low resolution pictures and saved them as interlace. Adorage will not accept the files. What am I doing wrong? J I have a bog-standard
A1200 with an internal and external floppy. Following the instructions I get nowhere even with all the peripherals disconnected. I am using a MicroVitec monitor and the disks must have copied OK or I would not be getting the pro- i gram to the point that I am. The Adorage program statement says "Incorrect File".
Alan Rushton Tenerife H e will no I be the magazine for can ' Amstrad emulator ®1. Do you know of an Amstrad CPC464 emulator for the Amiga? I have seen one advertised for the PC, so if there isn't an Amiga specific emulator, could I use the PC ones with PC Task?
2. Could you settle an argument between me and a couple of
friends? I say that the Amiga (be it A1200 or CD32) could
handle the PC range of Star Wars games X- Wing, Dark Forces,
etc) if there was less detail on the graphics.
Could the machine handle it, or am I living in high hopes? If the Amiga can handle it, when will we see a conversion?!!?
3. This is more of a plead than a query, but does anyone out
there have any old games they would like to sell or swop? I am
particularly looking for Barbarian (the one on one sword
fighting version), Ikari Warriors, Renegade, and the Star Wars
arcade conversions (the 3D ones), and loads more!
PLEASE HELP! I'm desperate for Barbarian I'll swap FIFA for Barbarian 1 or 2 Help!
Yours hopefully, David Campbell. 212A Broomhouse Rd, Edinburgh EH12 9AD.
1 . We've never come across any A ms trad emulators for the Amiga. In theory you should be able to run the PC Amstrad emulator program on the Amiga using PC Task, but don’t count on it being a worthwhile mission. Why not just buy a real Amstrad 464. But then again, why bother at all?
2. A year ago most would have said the Amiga couldn't handle
texture - mapped 3D games like Dark Forces, but Gloom, Fears
and Alien Breed 3D have proved otherwise. Whether we’ll see an
official Amiga conversions of Dark Forces depends on how
soon the major software publishers regain their faith in the
Amiga games market.
Self-booting disks ® Could you please help? I have just completed two games constructed on Shoot Em Up Construction Kit SEUCK (as given away on one of your cover disks) and I wish to put them on a self booting disk. I have tried the methods described in your SEUCK tutorials but neither worked, the second method coming up "Unable to open your tool ': lconX“ Is there any software to enable me to make my own self booting disks, plus software to enable me to put in graphic intros with music, and that will let me make my own menus etc. I have heard that some good software programs are available on
PD. If so could you please tell me which is the best and the easiest to use.
Alan Caton Northampton There are a few utilities in the public domain to help you create autoboot- ing disks. AutoBoot 5 will do this, and although it isn 't actually Public Domain, it's available fori I plus 50p post and packing from C Yarnall, 93 Manchester Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire. To add a menu to the disk, try WB Menu Launcher (disk no.
U758) from Software 2000. Check their advert in this issue for details.
The reason why the IconX method failed was due to IconX not being in the current directory. Edit the icon information and insert 'C:IconX’ in instead.
Serial killer I have an A1200 with 2Mb of Fast RAM. I CyjWL just sold the grand- mother to get a US Robotics Courier modem. The full V34 28,800 baud jobbie. Now the question is, since the manual recommends that it's run at 115,200 baud between the computer and the modem. I'm worried that my A1200 can't handle that rate since I have been told by my chums that no more than 38,400 should be used. Does that mean I can’t take advantage of 4 to 1 compression for a higher throughput? What is the highest rate that I can safely use on my A1200’s serial ports? Do the third party PD serial devices
Anthony Brice North Harrow The original Amiga designers didn't see a need for a fast and powerful serial port on the Amiga. Alas only now are we beginning to feel the effects of the inadequate I byte buffer that it has. We recommend that you use 57,600 baud. This is about the maximum your machine can handle without errors and should perform faultlessly if you are careful to keep your machine's activity to a minimum while transferring data. The third party serial devices can be more bother than they are worth. The Commodore V38.4 serial device provided with your machine is perfectly adequate.
DTP Solutions I currently own an A1200 (only 2Mb I'm afraid) with an 80Mb hard drive I am inter- ested in producing pamphlets, small catalogues, leaflets etc. preferably including those of a glossy nature.
I am also interested in programming (just learning Easy Amos), with a view to producing educational software. I would like to produce some animated works too.
1. Aside from the obvious need for more memory (how much?)
What software and hardware would you recommend in my pursuit of excellence?
2. Should I swop my Citizen ABC for a different printer?
3. How can I put my camcorder to good use with these projects,
and what software is best for this?
Trevor Jones Lincoln PageStream 2 is on one of this month's cover disks and is an extremely powerful DTP package. We also recommend PageStream 3.0i (or PageStream 3.1 when it’s released).
See our review on page 82 of this issue. You could upgrade your printer, but don’t expect to be able to output glossy leaflets directly from your Amiga to a printer without spending a very large sum of money. For this work you should supply a printing company with your documents in Encapsulated Postscript form on disk and let them handle the printing.
Your camcorder can be put to good use as a video digitiser source.
Check out ProGrab 24RT from Gordon Harwoods on 01773 836 781.
They now have both a composite video and an S-VHS version available. S-VHS gives superior results, so go for that one if your camcorder is S-VHS compatible.
Zippy drives Having read your review of the Zip 2&R d,ive'1 can 1 he wi,h~ out this amazing device any longer.
However, my A1200 has no SCSI provision at the moment. My trapdoor is free and I’m don't know whether to go for one of the cheaper SCSI-only cards and possibly the Squirrel PCMCIA interface or an accelerator with a SCSI provision. It seems to be that the accelerator add-ons are 'DMA' where the SCSI-only cards and the Squirrel are not. What is the difference between the two and would I notice it on the Zip device?
E. Johnson Texas Aside from the benefit of the speed of the
accelerators, 'DMA' or Direct Memory Access, is indeed a
valuable feature. This means that the SCSI controller can
transfer data directly to the memory on the accelerator board
without bothering the CPU with the process. The internal WE
interface on the A1200 also has DMA. In this case the CPU has
a lighter load, which keeps other programs running at speed
while you load and save files. Access times are also improved
with DMA. The Zip drive’s transfer rate of I Mb per second
will not tax a SCSI interface, so access times will only be
slowed if the CPU has too much to do at once.
CyberGraphX I have a Picollo SD64 graphics board which I use with all my graph- ics related packages to maximum effect and I'm most happy with it generally. Currently I'm running the EGS
7. 1 system on it because although the CyberGraphX RTG system is
better, the screen mode editor sucks rocks and I can't create
the screen modes that I have under EGS. What can I do? Can I
port the EGS monitor definitions across to CyberGraphX
somehow? Any help would save me the inevitable EGS crash and
burns that I suffer on a daily basis and I can move to
K. Hennesey Dublin We also found CyberGraphX to be the superior
RTG system to run on graphics boards. Certainly it’s gaining
rapid acceptance in new applications and viewers and may at
last be the 24- bit intuition standard the Amiga needs.
However, we too have had problems using ‘CV Mode' to create
new screens. The only advice we can offer is that you write
down the numbers in the EGS ‘tweaker' and attempt to enter
them into the CV Mode program. With some perseverance,
starting with getting the key values like Pixel Clock
correct, you should be able to replicate your favourite screen
modes in no time. With the advent of CyberGraphX turning into
a commercial product for all Amiga graphics boards, let’s
hope this weak aspect improves with future development. B NO
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I------------------------------1 BACKCHAT Back chat Some people say "Opinions are like bums; everybody's got one". True, but unlike bums, opinions aren't kept hidden away in underwear all day, they're here in print for all the world to admire. If you want yours put on show to the Amiga world (opinion that is), get it to us via the address on th6 opposite page.
Australia, and murder all the men you can even if they only look slightly like one of your ex-husbands.
J Barryson, Saffron Walden.
Hmm. It's a crazy idea and hey it might just work.
Who knows maybe any software developers reading this might take up the idea. In the meantime may I suggest therapy? All that anger can't he good for you. Breath in deeply and repeat after me: "In with anger," now breathe out slowly chanting the words "out with love". Don't you just feel better already?
Letter of the month It Can Be Done!
Having seen some of the incredible demos on the PD scene I found myself thinking: "Why don't software companies gives these people jobs so they can create incredible games”. If you watch "Brain State In A Box", one of the sections looks a lot like Magic Carpet on a high end PC. Surely it wouldn't be too hard to use this code in a game? If games like this came out for the Amiga there would be a lot more interest in the machine. Escorn could get involved and they could use graphics from the game in adverts on TV.
Programmers like Mark Sibly and his Kiwi mates have shown what a fantastic games machine the Amiga can be. I hope they keep up the good work, as currently their games and those made by Bullfrog (will they do any more games for the Amiga?) Are the only ones worth buying, ft is good to see that games like Super Skidmarks outsell over-hyped turkeys like Rise Ol The Robots and limited console games alike.
If there is any justice Gloom should make more money for them than Cannon Fodder 2 did for Sensible Software (a cash-in if ever I saw one).
Robert Simpson, Exeter.
CU-THe One Amiga?
As a subscriber to both of EMAP's Amiga magazines. I was really down when I heard about the The One's closure It was better than Amiga Action and Amiga Power and it always had the best disks, previews and reviews. It seems strange that EMAP chose to close the magazine at a time when things seem to be looking up for the Amiga thanks to Escom’s takeover. You have made a move I really don't understand. Why does the best Amiga games mag have to die? I got the 'new' CU Amiga with The One inside it yesterday, and I don't like it. The reviews are still CU Amiga like, there was only one preview. The
thing that has made me most angry is that as a subscriber to The One I have just renewed my subscription for another year, starting in June. Surely EMAP must have known sooner that they were going to close the magazine?
Now I have paid £50 for just one issue. I now have the option to subscribe to another magazine (but EMAP don't have another Amiga title) or get a refund, but when the bank changes the money it gets 30% of it. This is very unfair behaviour, and if EMAP don’t do something about this I will not renew my subscription to CU at the end of the year. It is a real shame they closed The One, and I hope they reconsider and release it again, because it was the BEST games mag.
Maybe you will print my letter in the still great CU Amiga, and I hope you don't get incorporated into PC User.
Michael Rupprecht, Germany.
Good news: The One has been bought from EMAP by another publisher, and will once again grace the newsagent shelves as a complete magazine. All previous subscriptions will be honoured.
High powered women Having a high pressure job. I play computer games to CALM DOWN. I like games where you can go completely mad, killing everyone in sight, ripping their limbs from their.mutilated bodies. How about a game where you travel to exotic locations such as Singapore and The best game ever I have just purchased Gloom, and I reckon it is one of the best games ever. It says in the box that there will be data disks available in the future. It would be great if there were new things such as water, vehicles, different weapons, and other people like civilians, or soldiers who were on
your side. If you think any of these ideas are possible could you pass them on to the developers.
Gary Beadle, Huntington.
Consider them passed on. Look out or Gloom 2, plus some esclusive data disks coming soon ... Not the best game ever I have been reading so much about Gloom and I really want to play it. But I only have a 1 Mb A500. Are there any good substitutes, I can't afford to upgrade?
Philip Larson, Clacton.
I have a collection of BBC games on a 3.5" disk and I am desperate to play them again. Is there an emulator that will allow me to play them on my Amiga, and if so A: How fast B: Where can I get it from?
Matt Barlow, Loughton.
We haven't come across any. But if anyone else knows of one, fill us in.
Amiga back on course When will Escom actually get some Amigas into the shops? Its been months since they bought Commodore and they’ve been flogging Pcs in Rumbelows for ages. I have heard they intend to charge £400 for a regular A1200I At this price the Amiga is doomed unless Escom make it a super charged accelerated sex machine. If I see the man from Escom 'investigating' round my way I'll stick a dodgy PC up his trench coat.
BACKCHAT Dan, Luton.
There should be Amigas in the shops by the lime you read this, or failing lhai, ‘real soon now’.
The Amiga will be sold through Escom’s self-titled high street retail shops, well in time for Christmas.
See the News section in this issue for all the latest developments.
I own a CD32 and I was wondering why none of the games look anywhere near as spectacular as those on the Sega Saturn. The CD32 is 32 bit and has a CD drive like the Saturn, so why don’t we see games like Daytona available for it?
I am unhappy with my CD32 because even though there are some very good games for it.
You can get games just as good on an A1200 or even a A500.1 think that it will probably go the same way as the CDTV which would be a real shame.
Colin Curly, Newcastle.
The reason the Saturn and Playstation can handle games like Daytona is that they have custom hardware specifically designed for animating 3D graphics. Sega have the advantage of their coin-op technology, which can be filtered down to a cost- effective consumer level and squeezed into a console. Escom seem to want to sw’eep the CD32 under the carpet, with no immediate plans to put it back into production in its original form. However, there's a chance that it may resurface in 1996.
Abandon ship The closure of The One has got me worried.
Will CU close too? I hope not. I think this closure is a sign that everybody is getting ready to ditch the Amiga and jump on the PC super console bandwagon.
If something pretty amazing doesn't happen to the Amiga soon all the rats will have left this sinking (but repairable) ship.
S. Sharpe, Hunstanton.
As we all know, there’s plenty of life left in the Amiga. However, one of the problems it will face after its relaunch is that the A1200 is still being sold off the shelf with 2Mb of RAM and a 170Mb hard drive as an option. As these are the only two configurations in which Escom are supplying the AI200 to retailers, perhaps the retailers themselves could start making up their own powered-up systems (as they do with Pcs), with bigger hard drives, SCSI interfaces, extra RAM and accelerators.
This way the Amiga could be seen by the public to be on an equal footing with sub-£I .000 PC systems as far as specifications go, with all the added benefits only the Amiga can offer. Finally, don’t CU Amiga Magazine will be here for a long time to come yet.
It's true - I swear On reading the March issue of CU Amiga I noticed the game called The.Patrician (VFM page 66). And thought that you may be interested to know that there are currently a group of people called 'Patricians' who encourage people to apostleship.
This religious group was founded by Frank Duff in 1955 to build up the religious knowledge of the people, to teach them how to explain themselves and to encourage them to apostleship.
Mrs Patricia Walsh, Dublin.
Well, you learn something every day don't you? By the way, thanks for the neat little book. Spy thrillers and horrorfanlasy novels are more our style, but we’re open to a bit of apostleship conversion from time to time.
Cheap sales trick Do you really have to resort to putting pictures of women in swimsuits on your covers in order to sell your magazine? I was under the impression that this was a computer mag. Not some second rate 'adult interest' rag. Please don't let it become a habit.
Nick Russel, Ayreshire.
According to most comments, it was well liked... Congratulations!
May I congratulate you on your best ever cover!
It's all very well putting Amigas and disk drives on magazine covers, but that picture of Pamela Anderson was just the best! Don't let those party-poopers tell you it’s sexist either - it’s just the same as girls' mags having a topless shot of some hunk in his boxers on their covers?
James Barlow, Sussex.
Send it in, go on Go on , you know you want to. Write it down and send it to us at CU Amiga Magazine, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. TEAM TALK It's September and it's back to school time.
Except for the CU team, who have bunked off to discuss their most embarrassing back to school moments.
ALAN DYKES On returning to school after the sum- met holiday. 'Dykesy' os he was then known, sat himself down for registration at the front of the class and waited lor his name to he called not. Some time latet it finally dawned-Oyhesy was now a third year and should have been in the upper school huildiag!
LISA COLUNS Poor Lisa. Whilst she was chatting up the man of her dreams on the first day back, she thought she had her hand in her pocket. Unfortunately her hand was gradually opening the side of her skirt revealing everything to all and sundry. To this day she is thankful that no one noticed.
TONY HORGAN ¦ These days Tony wouldn't object to having his clothes ripped off by a bunch of enthusiastic young ladies, but the ritual de-bagging session suffered in the cloakroom by this fresh- faced first year was a different story.
What a good job it was that his mum had sent him out with clean Y-fronts.
MAT BETTINSON Mat's most embarrassing school moment was when he fell asleep in the computer room with his head on a keyboard. The real humiliation came when his teacher made him dean up all the dribble from the keys in front of the dass. Of course that sort of thing happens all the time in the CU office.
- L.. ' Mild-mannered Ms Dauby was once a f rebellious punk
complete wrth a spiky 1 i mobican. During one of those post-
Sommer etpenmeotal phases she ! Colour ed her barnet with a
water-sol- JB VB uble spray. A Rain shower was all it
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Teapole Tudir T-shirt.
JOHN KENNEDY Most kids get to know theit new classmates with a combination of conversation, playground japes and general social interaction. Howevet John sought a more direct route when it came to bis lemale classmates, preferring to crawl around under the desks ta eiamine their underwear so, NEXT MONTH All you ewer waited to imm about CD-ROM
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• CD-ROM drive buyers guide
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• CD-ROM QerA Next month we're producing two different versions
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interested in getting a CD-ROM drive you'll just love what's on
offer. November's CU Amiga Magazine will give you the option of
purchasing either the standard, top value two floppy disk CU
Amiga Magazine or a special CD-ROM edition with a single disk,
providing you with over 600Mb of utilities, demos, games, fonts
and clip art. And if you've been following this month's desktop
publishing feature the CD-ROM will provide you with absolutely
tons of material to work with!
Not in November ... Worms. No, despite our promise of a full review this month someone left a bag of salt near Andy Davidson's Amiga and Worms has slipped by two months. We'll heve it in December.
Plus: Cinema 4D The pretender to the rendering crown.
After minor development delays it's finally ready for review: we put it through its paces next month.
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didn't seem to matter that your hero looked like a banana
milkshake and the advancing alien scum resembled out-of-focus
nose pickings. Those were the days when the C64 reigned
supreme, and gameplay was more important than anything. We
didn't expect fancy graphic graphics because we knew it just
wasn't possible to represent anything resembling reality.
Ilitv at co But now ... If like me, you grew up with appalling graphics, you may not hold much stock in the games that excite the youth of today. I fail to be impressed by awesome monsters who look frighteningly realistic but couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. See Rise ot the Robots for an example of this Give me a good old top down looks- like-nothing-in-reality vertical shoot 'em up any day. You can keep your modern gaming efforts and I'll stick with the past.
Asks Mat Confound it all then if I wasn't dragged kicking and screaming into the 90s game scene when I saw Mark Sibly's Gloom for the first time. 'They' said it couldn't be done on the what? It wasn't long before demo coders started earnestly lashing up Doomesque 3D texture mapping engines.
Old and new game players alike can't fail to be drawn into the atmosphere of this game. It could just be what the Amiga needs right now.
Gloom has been programmed to play as fast as possible on anything from a basic A1200 upwards, with the option to expand the display right up to full screen size, even though a full screen display is rather slow on a low-end Amiga.
This means higher-spec Amiga users get to play the game to the best of their computer's abilities.
Another game which has catapulted me forward into the 90s is Team 17's Alien Breed 3D This a slightly more complex game then Gloom (technically speaking) and has extra work to do with its multilevel floors, stairways and vector objects. It's been aimed at lower- end Amigas. And has had its gameplay window reduced in order to keep the speed up, regardless of whether it's running on a 50MHz 68060 A4000. A basic A1200. Or anything in between The problem here, though, is is not really type of graphics. Without going into the it takes to draw a single dot on the Amiga's screen than a PC type
chunky' screen. So at the end of the day. The CPU is overtaxed by having to convert between the different formats. The graphics co-processor helps but it still . Means these games can be a pale shadow of Doom on the PC.
Unless of course, Amiga enthusiasts decide it's time to stop putting up with it and power-up their machines to make the most of the available software out there. When Doom arrived on the PC. Suddenly the PC owner's 286 wasn't enough.
Doom was the Mario Brothers of the PC, the killer game that people would spend serious amounts of money to play because it was so damned good. The same scenario has now descended on the Amiga platform. Sure these texture- mapped games work on a stock A1200 but you’re in for a long wait between frame update times.
Alien Breed 3D really DOES need some serious CPU to move along at a decent frame rate. Even though it occupies a measly letter box in the centre of your screen.
Best upgrade if you want to get the best out of these games.
Pulling power People will upgrade if they're given an incentive. They want full screen action and they'll buy the hardware ] to get it. Obviously playing a Doom clone won’t be the only re son since their serious applications 1 will certainly benefit but I argue that for many, the lure of these games will be the major reason for buying an accelerator I just hope that games developers will realise that just r sure their products work on a stock A1200 is not enough. How hard can it be to allow the sen to be expanded or the resolution increased? Why not support the now popular range of 'chunky'
24-bit graphics boards? Perhaps there's too much foresight involved there but maybe, just maybe, the software will drive the market. Now all I need is a multi-tasking Doom game so I can pop back to my word | sor when anyone looks.
Mat Bettinson The Power CD-ROM for the Amiga 600 1200 plugs directly into the m ® POWER CD-ROM PCMCIA port and provides a direct SCSI-1 and SCSI-II interface, allowing up yo six additional devices to be connected. What’s more the Power CD-ROM features a 'Hot-plug' which allows you to connect and disconnect the CD-ROM and any other additional devices even when the Amiga is switched on.
The CD-ROM drive comes with a SCSI interface, PSU, manual, audio lead, mains lead and software which includes Audio CD, CD32 Emulator, MPEG Film Decoder and Photo CD.
AMIGA 600 1200 «2 SPEED CD-ROM INC SQUIRREL £199 X4 SPEED CD-ROM INC.SQOIRREL £299 AIWA X2 SPEED INC.SQUIRMI . £209 AMIGA 4000 DOUBLE SPEED CD-ROM £159 QUAD SPEED CD-ROM .£259 AMIGA 4000 SCSI-INTERFACE £129 SCSI INTERFACE REQUIRED FOR AROOO quad-speed ;i ivg 110V 240V SCSI 10 COOUN SWITCH FAN double-speed G SCSI * AUDIO CONNICTORS IN OUT I ’ va »: ir SCSI CONNECTORS AUDIO IN OUT £199* dual-speed IP £54 80 watt
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VIPER 50 BARE ...£199.95 VIPER 50 2MB ....£279,95 VIPER 50 4MB .....£349.95 VIPER 50 8MB £479.95 VIPER 50 16MB . ... £649,9S FPU's complete with crystal. Please state for Blizzard compatibility.
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