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To back track; if the reader is not aware. Motorola and IBM formed an alliance to produce a new CPU for the '90s and beyond. Along with the Power PC processor they also drafted specification for the so-called 'CHRP' or Common Hardware Reference Platform. This was recently renamed the Power PC Platform. The idea is similar to the standard of 80x86 based Pcs in that the user can buy whatever brand of motherboard computer they like and then add cards and expansions as required. The software for the platform should still function quite happily (in theory) if everything follows the rules. Cheap parts Most computer hardware experts agree that the days are numbered for the custom chip set approach to computer development. The idea is that it's far more cost effective to purchase computer components off-the-shelf than to research and develop an entirely new non-standard chip set. In the past, of course, computers like the Amiga benefited from custom hardware (it graphics and sound hardware allowed it to become the number one games machine of the early 90s), but these days ; there's such a market of high specification cheap parts that this j approach no longer makes sense, i So the idea is that the Amiga, as we know it. Will move away from being an actual proprietary maehine. Instead it will be an operating system running on a Power PC Platform. Many Amiga users might gasp in horror at this I revelation but there are big advantages. The PPC chip is far cheaper and far faster than the 68060. The , PPC Platform uses a PCI bus for expansion. Graphics cards with | specification in excess of even the CyberVision 64 can be bought for far less expense. Any number of graphics and sound cards could be bought for a fraction of I what custom Zorro cards cost for the Amiga. Fortunately the small Amiga presence on the Motorola stand was not the only place Amiga Technologies were on display. The huge Escom construction also played host to Amiga Technologies but this time the crowd was shoulder to shoulder. Here again the Amiga Walker was on display and we were able to speak with Heinz Wrobel, one of the key players in the Walker Project. "Project Walker" - The new Amiga revealed! Amiga Technologies stressed that the Walker is a low end machine. This is music to many people's ears considering its basic specification includes a 40MHz 68EC030, 6MB (2 Chip + 4 Fast). HD floppy drive, hard drive, quad speed CD-ROM drive and a real time clock as standard. Now Amiga Technologies have announced that the big-box Amiga is now the base Amiga. In one example, by including a detachable keyboard and support for non Amiga specific keyboards, AT have told us all that the Amiga is going up market to finally compete with Pcs whilst also starting the move to standard parts.

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This time women hit the circuit.
• Xtreme Racing Disk 51 More tracks and an editor. Value or rip
off? Find out on page 51.
GUIDES e Vampyra 55 More deep debate and dire puns as the Queen of queries solves your rogue RPGs.
E Snip Tips Matt Broughton, the Sid James of tips pages, laughs his way through this month's Snip Tips.
E Odyssey Some top hints to help you through this ever changing platform game.
REVIEWS
• Slamtitt Pinball 41 21st Century are back with a bang with what
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E Tracksuit Manager 2 46 Statistic heaven? Manager's manna? Find out If TM2 gets to Join the pro squad.
E Exile Data Disk 47 Unusual data disk for a popular platformer. But you’ll be glad you got it.
Just how easy is it to find Amigas and Amiga software? Are the constant reports we're bombarded with about its unavailability actually true? We sent the Amiga Police into the nation's high streets to find out.
The quest for Amiga Feature Games e Amiga Surfer 62 The one stop solution to your 'net needs or a vacant blond beach bum?
E Ethernet on Amiga 66 How to create a fast paced network solution for big box Amigas.
E UghtWave 4.0 70 The rendering king gets bigger and better. But is it worth £700?
E Power Tab 72 Not some sort of pep-up pilll It's a valuable device for artists.
E Diavolo Backup 74 Could a backup program ever get exciting? Mat B thinks so .... e I mage Vision 76 Fancy some multimedia authoring?
Then check out this product.
CD-ROMS e CD-ROM Round Up 79 The month's best CD-ROMs rounded up and branded.
PUBLIC DOMAIN PD Scene 83 The latest games, demos and other funky items from the shareware world.
E PD Utilities 86 Not on the net yet? Don't worry there is a way to get all that lovely free software.
ART e Art gallery 90 Lisa Collins showcases this month's selection of readers' art.
Hlirr t Soundtracker Pro II 9 One of the best trackers to have appeared for ages, this will help you get the most music power from your Amiga, whatever system you have.
Plus: Dominator MIDI sequencer demo.
Tune of the Month and some more exclusive earth-shaking sound samples!
Alien Breed 3D2 12 A stonking exclusive cover disk from Team 17 featuring a level from their forthcoming blockbuster 3D game.
You think you've seen it all: you've seen nothing yet. Sorry, all those with under 4Mb, you'll just have to wait a little longer... Welcome to the next generation Amiga! CU Amiga Magazine is proud to present the future and boy it's bright: CD-ROM as standard, enhanced internal expandability, a fast processor and a decent RAM allocation.
All that and a new " version of Workbench.
See our extended news feature for more details.
Then check out s the superb Amiga Technologies competitions on pages 28 and 39.
Imagine 3.0 92 The mysteries, and indeed the raison d’etre of the Action Editor is explained in this month's tutorial.
Editorial Graphics Masterclass 94 A two-pronged attack: first there's a bluffer's guide to caricatures, then there's a top class 24-bit car picture.
Wired World 96 All the latest from the ever changing world of comma and Internet, plus this month's sermon from Net God.
Scala MM300 100 So you have Scala from the Magic HD pack but no manual?
Never fear, Norman Harris is here to light the way.
Frequently Asked Questions 104 Find out how to create your own World Wide Web pages using HTML authoring. John Kennedy is your guide.
Q+A Masterclass 112 It's Arexx time once more, as John Kennedy continues his programming series.
Questions and Answers 114 Your technical queries answered by CU Amiga's expert team of spanner heads and wing nuts.
Points of View 116 CU Amiga Magazine's main men voice their opinions on the brand new Amiga 'Walker'.
Backchat 118 Opinionated readers get to broadcast their own views to the masses in the regular letters page.
Subscriptions 102 A subscription to your favourite magazine is such a treat: have it delivered to your door every month, save up to £1.50 on the cover price ... find out how on page 102.
Back issues 122 Go on, treat yourself. If you've got holes in your CU Amiga Magazine collection turn to page 122 to find out just what you're missing: it's a loti The new Amiga arrived in grand style at the Ce8IT show in Hanover and is due to make its second appearance at the World Of Amiga in the UK. This is the first new Amiga for nearly two years (after all the A4000 Tower is simply an update of the original Commodore prototype) and the first to be designed from the outset by Amiga Technologies. The basis of the machine is still the AGA chipset, Paula and the Motorola 68000, but it's the
up-to-date approach of providing adequate RAM. A fast processor, CD-ROM drive and hard drive that makes this new machine so much more competitive than the ones it will eventually replace. That's not to say that if you own an A1200 it’s out of date though: much of what 'Project Walker', as it is currently known, will do can be done with your machine if you upgrade it, but those considering the merits of buying a new Amiga will have more choice as a result of this development. No doubt it will cost more than the A1200, but you get what you pay for and its specification is correspondingly higher.
As for its looks ... well it has its devotees, not least in this office. It also has its detractors - in this office too. But it's certainly distinctive and that's the way it should be if it is to compete. Let's hope the Walker doesn't lose too much of this in its metamorphosis from prototype to production.
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• Soundtracker Pro II
• Tune of the Month
• Dominator MIDI sequencer
• Sound samples: music and sound effects Soundtracker Getting Pro
II started The first of this month's cover disks is a musical
extravaganza, brought to you by audio master Tony Horgan.
Soundtracker Pro II is an extremely memory efficient tracker program for creating four channel music on all Amigas.
This version is fully functioning with no disabled features. You are free to save out anything you create with the program.
For those few readers still soldiering on with 1.3 Amigas, this month's disk should be especially appreciated, as it offers many powerful features not normally implemented on 1,3 systems, including full on-line help at the touch of a button.
So what's so special about Soundtracker Pro II? First of all it is very small. You could even run it on a 0.5Mb A500 if you were that hard upl However, even if you have plenty more RAM than that it's also a very neat little program The interface is a lot easier to use than most trackers and there are some excellent features available in the sample editor, including a unique three-band graphic equaliser and a 'mod to sample' option. This is particularly useful as you can 'bounce' up to four tracks down to one at the touch of a button! Perfect for those times when you just don't have enough
tracks to spare!
If you've ever wanted to make music with your Amiga.
Soundtracker Pro II is a great place to start. To get an idea of what's on offer, load up the Tune of the Month from the same disk by clicking the Song button at the top left of the screen, then selecting the "mod.extension of light” file. To play the tune, click on Edit from the top strip of buttons, then click the Play Song button. This is the right-facing triangular button marked with a letter 'S'. The other play button is for playing just one part (pattern) of the song.
The song will loop back to the start after a while (70 patterns to be precise). Watch the scrolling numeric display in the top right corner see which pattern is currently playing, If you find the alpha numeric tracker display at the bottom of the screen is rather confusing, take a look at the Trackers section of the free book included with this month's CU Amiga Magazine.
Sample editor You'll find there's a built-in sample editor with some very useful and powerful features. To swop the tracker editor for the
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range of distinctive Rolend TR909 congas and a couple of boss sounds.
The sound effects selection includes crickets, e meaty machine gun, dripping water, a police siren and an electrical hum, just the job for your own games, demos or soundtracks. The Playsound utility is also included in this drawer. This can be used to play IFF samples from the Shell.
Dominator Dominator it a MIDI sequencer with support for Amiga samples. This is a demo version with save features disabled. If you find you would like to use this program seriously you can register for the latest edition of the full version, which will include more features and the ability to save your work. Check the Dominator Guide on the disk for full instructions and registration details. The instructions require the AmigaGuide utility to be present.
OS2.04 or higher and a minimum of 1.5Mb of RAM is required to run the program. Extra RAM is recommended.
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parallel port.
Various processes and effects can be used to alter the current sample. To use any of these, select a part of the sample by dragging out a range with the left mouse button (or click RNG DISP to select everything in view) and then click on one of the effects from, the scrolling menu on the , Mont | caNH [noun .1 U|M mi Pra II Kn| the Smr Min X At w Ut cancr *r tkt icreea right. One of the best features is the three band graphic equaliser.
The three bars in the bottom right corner relate to the levels of bass, midrange and treble frequencies in the sample. By setting these to different positions you can drastically affect the frequency content of the sample. Select Equalize to process the sample with your chosen frequency settings. Use the Sample option from this list to sample your own sounds. You can even convert an entire pattern to a single sample by moving to a blank sample slot and selecting Mixtracks. This means that in effect you can exceed the normal four track limits with good sound quality.
A tracl To record a track of your own. Select one of the instruments using the numeric keypad or load one from the Samples drawer on cover disk
132. To load a sample, click the Sample button from the top row
of buttons and select your sample file as normal, then click
the Edit button. You can now play the sample at different
pitches using the Amiga keyboard (or a MIDI keyboard - see
the documentation for details). To put the program into
record mode, click the circular button on the middle strip.
You can now record onto a track in step time or realtime by
selecting Play Pattern. By stringing together a sequence of
patterns you can create a song that's as long or short as
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I A Satactiaj Miitiacks wil eaataft the carrcat Mack ar Httan ieu i uafta uepla Yae cm thaa aia da On-line help On-line help is available at any time by pressing the Help key or I clicking on the question mark but- I ton at the top right of the screen. I This does not use AmigaGuide, and so it is available for all Amigas without the need to boot I from Workbench or a hard drive. I Consult these documents for detailed instructions on the rest of I the program'.
The author Soundtracker Pro II is the work of Marco Nelissen. If you have e- mail capabilities and you use the program, please send the Marco an e-mail to let him know that you are using it and to offer any suggestions you may have for the program.
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This demo is for 4Mb AGA machines only, which is bound to wind a lot of people up. For this we are very sorry, but that is how it was supplied and that is the sort of specification the final game will be best running on. A 2Mb version is still a month or two away and will be packaged in the same box as the 4Mb version, but big brother here is the genuine article and should give you some idea of the quality of the graphics, the silky smooth movement (if you adjust it to suit your machinel and the stunning lighting effects To load the demo you will need to decompress disk 133 to two disks. Do
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Stingy gun OK, OKI The gun is stingy. It’s a double barrelled shotgun which takes ages to reload and can leave you in a difficult situation, but hey. It’s better than your bare fists and you must keep trying to replenish it. When the demo has loaded up you will see an arrow in front of you with green lines bordering it. This is the map. You can toggle this on or off using the tab button, and in the bright parts of the game it is probably best to have this toggled off.
Bright pans? Yes. TKG is divided up into bright and dark areas.
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Call for further details Since Amiga Technologies announced that they would display a new Amiga at the CeBIT show, speculation ran wild on exactly what it might be. Strong rumours of a strange silver machine or a pizza box Amiga prototype circulated. So. After some manic travel via Germany's rail CeBIT 96 system from Hamburg to Hanover, CU Amiga Magazine's Mat Bettinson rushed over to see this new wonder at CeBIT.
CeBIT is an enormous show.
This year it consisted of just under 30 halls; each one about the size of the Wembley conference centre which hosted last year's World Of Amiga show in London. It is the biggest indoor show location in Europe and the stand on which Amiga Technologies were showing the new machine was a half hour walk away from the entrance, This stand was a huge Motorola construction hosting a number of guest computer manufacturers linked by the fact that they use (or in AT's’case. Plan to use) Motorola's PowerPC (PPC) processor. The Amiga Technologies presence consisted of demonstrations of an A1200, an
A4000 Tower and the Amiga Walker’ accessing the Internet with the Amiga Surfer software.
Vader's helmet Having expected little but a wiry bird's nest prototype in a pizza box, the sight of the Walker in all its streamlined Darth Vader’s Helmet glory (as seen on the front cover of this issue) had many show goers rubbing their eyes as if to remove the illusion. It was not only a prototype but a full working machine which was actually being demonstrated. See right for specific details. Of almost as much importance as the Walker itself were the plans Motorola and other PPC using manufacturers had for the future.
To back track; if the reader is not aware. Motorola and IBM formed an alliance to produce a new CPU for the '90s and beyond.
Along with the Power PC processor they also drafted specification for the so-called 'CHRP' or Common Hardware Reference Platform. This was recently renamed the Power PC Platform.
The idea is similar to the standard of 80x86 based Pcs in that the user can buy whatever brand of motherboard computer they like and then add cards and expansions as required. The software for the platform should still function quite happily (in theory) if everything follows the rules.
Cheap parts Most computer hardware experts agree that the days are numbered for the custom chip set approach to computer development. The idea is that it's far more cost effective to purchase computer components off-the-shelf than to research and develop an entirely new non-standard chip set. In the past, of course, computers like the Amiga benefited from custom hardware (it graphics and sound hardware allowed it to become the number one games machine of the early 90s), but these days ; there's such a market of high specification cheap parts that this j approach no longer makes sense, i So the
idea is that the Amiga, as we know it. Will move away from being an actual proprietary maehine. Instead it will be an operating system running on a Power PC Platform. Many Amiga users might gasp in horror at this I revelation but there are big advantages. The PPC chip is far cheaper and far faster than the 68060. The , PPC Platform uses a PCI bus for expansion. Graphics cards with | specification in excess of even the CyberVision 64 can be bought for far less expense. Any number of graphics and sound cards could be bought for a fraction of I what custom Zorro cards cost for the Amiga.
Fortunately the small Amiga presence on the Motorola stand was not the only place Amiga Technologies were on display. The huge Escom construction also played host to Amiga Technologies but this time the crowd was shoulder to shoulder. Here again the Amiga Walker was on display and we were able to speak with Heinz Wrobel, one of the key players in the Walker Project.
"Project Walker"
- The new Amiga revealed!
Amiga Technologies stressed that the Walker is a low end machine. This is music to many people's ears considering its basic specification includes a 40MHz 68EC030, 6MB (2 Chip + 4 Fast). HD floppy drive, hard drive, quad speed CD-ROM drive and a real time clock as standard.
Now Amiga Technologies have announced that the big-box Amiga is now the base Amiga. In one example, by including a detachable keyboard and support for non Amiga specific keyboards, AT have told us all that the Amiga is going up market to finally compete with Pcs whilst also starting the move to standard parts.
Kickstart 3.2 Some other specifications tell more of the future. The Kickstart shipped with the machine will be OS 3.2 and it will make the move from 512K ROMs to 1Mb. Amiga Technologies wanted to make it clear than the OS upgrade would be minor with big features only to be implemented for KS 4.0 on the Power Amiga '97. Bug fixes and small enhancements will be the order of the day such as an improved CD file system (hooray!)
And removal of the 2GB HD limit from FFS. Development of AmigaOS is being carried out in tandem with the Walker project and Amiga Technologies stated that it would be available as a retrofit upgrade to all machines capable of 1Mb ROMs such as the A1200, A3000 and A4000.
They may farm out marketing and distribution to a third party as was done with OS 3.1 and Blittersoft.
Another exciting development for Project Walker is the inclusion of a generic PC IO card all-in-one controller chip. AT hadn't decided specifically which one they’d use but largely the specifications are similar; high speed buffered serial port s. Enhanced Parallel Port (high speed and suitable for the Zip etc), E-IDE controller and HD floppy disk controller. An obvious patch up to the aging Paula CIA combination in the Amiga, at last high speed serial won't result in data loss. The E-IDE interface will drive the in-built quad speed CD- ROM and internal hard drive as well as leaving space for
another two devices.
New floppy format The new floppy interface proves a sticking point however. Quite a bit of electronics would be needed to be able to switch between the stock Paula CIA floppy controller and the new HD floppy controller. The former would still be necessary if non-OS compliant game loaders would have any hope of working. The later is essential to retain a full speed HD floppy interface instead of the current expensive half-speed hacked HD floppies. It's quite a dilemma and AT weren't sure how it was going to be handled but did reveal that they plan to change the lay-out of the Amiga HD
floppy to include index signals, so it's likely this format would not be compatible with earlier floppy disk formats.
One of the most intriguing features of the Walker is its expansion slot located right in the middle of the motherboard.
In fact it's not really one slot but two slots in line. A card could plug into both or one depending on its function.
The exact details on which slot would do what were PPC Motherboard The Power Amiga, or ‘PPC Amiga 97‘ as AT are calling it, will be based around a Power PC motherboard such as this. Amiga Technologies are likely to make the machine some kind of hybrid which while essentially a PPC platform machine, will have most of the IO, graphics and audio functions built in. Though of course they could be expanded upon further via the PCI slots. This would give the user some degree of graphics and sound functionality with the benefits of a system that can be upgraded with all manner of third party
add-ons.
Economies of scale will mean that both the basic motherboard and any additional cards will offer better value than a custom system.
At CeBIT 96 a variety of motherboards were on show, many with a staggering array of IO options. SCSI controllers, SIMM sockets and so on. Such boards could form the basis of a very nice machine if running the Amiga operating system. So far the only operating systems running on PPC platforms are MacOS. AIX (a Unix flavour) and Windoze NT.
Motorola staff admitted there was no operating system suitable for the home consumer as yet. I directed them to the small huddle of Amigas tucked in a comer and corrected, "Not yet there isn’t".
Project Walker Specifications CPU 68EC030 40MHz Space for FPU. Socket or FPU fitted TBA.
MEMORY 2Mb 32-bit Chip RAM 1 SIMM socket expandable to 128Mb RAM fitted with 4Mb SIMM. Total memory 6Mb.
KS 3.2 (V43) 32-bit 1Mb ROMs.
CHIPSET AGA custom graphics chip trio.
'Paula' - Audio & old floppy and serial ports.
* Tony' - New custom chip with expansion slot support.
Standard multicontroller 10 chip.
Exact model undecided. 2 8520 ClAs (in sockets) unavailable but it's most likely that the rear smaller slot has access to the Amigas video signals. This would be essential for a graphics board which would present a monitor port to the rear of the case. The larger half of the • slot would mainly be a CPU connector akin to the A1200 trapdoor connector but with more signals enabling a simplification of accelerator design.
Aside from these special features, the Walker is essentially an AGA based Amiga which will be largely compatible with the A1200 A4000. Based on a 68EC030 running at 40MHz.
It's nearly six times faster than a stock A1200. Many have argued that a full 50MHz chip should have been used or even a 68040.
Amiga Technologies point out that accelerators will be available as will an official Amitja Technologies Power PC 603 accelerator upgrade containing the new OS to boot. Those serious about speed STORAGE Hard drive (size undetermined) CD-ROM drive - quad speed HD floppy drive 10 REAR: 23 pin RGB video output.
RF output and composite RCA Phono video output.
2 RCA Phono audio output jacks.
Extended Parallel Port (EPP).
Standard 8520 CIA driven parallel port.
Hi Speed buffered serial port.
Standard Paula CIA driven serial port.
Full speed HD floppy controller.
Standard Paula CIA floppy controller.
Would be well advised to remember they're getting reasonable performance in the mean time but not too much expense to throw away when the PPC upgrade comes along in early ‘97. It's difficult to imagine how wonderful a PPC based Walker would be.
An ideal stepping stone Here Amiga Technologies have delivered the ideal stepping stone Amiga. The last in the AGA custom chip-set line with some stop gap hardware to fix the most serious deficiencies.
Couple compatibility with the INTERNAL: Enhanced IDE (EIDE) interface supporting 4 drives (2 used by CD-ROM and HD) FRONT: 2 joy mouse connectors.
1 PC AT style keyboard connector.
Existing software base and some serious expansion potential and what do we have? The best Amiga ever made, that's what.
This is all before taking into account that this machine should I be priced reasonably in the £600- £800 range and is expandable into the next generation of Power I PC based computing.
The Walker is due to be put into production in the summer and on the shelves in the autumn I in time for Christmas. With a base Amiga that includes a hard I drive and a CD drive as standard I with decent RAM capacity and processor power, things are look- I ing good.
Let's hope that this time there's a good advertising cam- I paign to back it up.
Rumours that Amiga Technologies have hired the lady I from the 'Shake n Vac' advert to I promote the new Amiga are entirely unconfirmed.
Inside the Walker The Amiga Walker ¦ motherboard retains ’ many of the custom components of the A1200 but also features some new additions, such as the dual expansion slot.
1. ROMs OS 3.2 (V43) ROMs.
New 1Mb capacity contains many small bug fixes and optimisations to AmigaOS.
2. CPU The Motorola 68EC30 CPU clocked at 40MHz. Surface mounted
and with no built-in MMU, Walker owners would have to look to
some kind of accelerator to gain an MMU useful for virtual
memory and developers' diagnostic tools. The 68EC030 at
40MHz clocks in at about 7.2 MIPs which is around six times
the speed of a standard A1200 with no fast RAM.
4. SIMM socket A standard 32-bit 72 pin SIMM socket capable of
accepting a SIMM module up to 128Mb capacity and double sided.
Will come with a 4Mb SIMM.
5. 8520 ClAs Part of the original A1000 design, the 8520 Complex
Interface Adapters are still present as socketted units due to
the high failure rate of the chips.
6. IO Chip The brand new general purpose IO chip which provides
several new ports including; Enhanced IDE interface capable
of driving four devices. Two of these are the CD-ROM and hard
drive fitted as standard. Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) and
high speed buffered serial ports are also on offer which in
conjunction with the new HD floppy controller solves serious
shortcomings of the outdated Paula.
7. Paula Unchanged since the A1000, Paula handles the four
channels of 8 bit audio, the serial UART and key aspects of
the old DD floppy drive interface.
8. Chip memory Surface mounted bank of 2Mb chip memory as
required by the AGA chip-set and Paula.
9, 10, 11. 12. AGA Chip set Lisa, Budgie. Alice and Gale respectively. The AGA chip set unchanged from the A1200 and A4000.
13. Tony New custom chip that handles the expansion bus and vari
ous parts of the 'glue logic'.
Escom loss fails to halt progress... Zip drive deal ahead who will operate alongside Petro Tyschtschenko during the upcoming period of new launches. Escom and its investors were keen to stress that the company has long term objectives and strategies which will not be effected by the year's loss.
According to reports in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (ABS) and the Economist Escom recorded a loss of 125 million Deutchmarks (nearly £50 million) for the 1995 financial year.
This has resulted in a financial restructuring of the company which saw extra shares being sold at the expense of chairman Manfred Schmitt's holding, despite reports from Amiga Technologies that their German operation in fact made a profit for the year.
This will not effect Amiga Technologies directly, although an new President has been appointed to the company, Stefan Domeyer, Other Escom news is that they have recently made an agreement with Iomega as the first computer manufacturer to install Zip drives in their Pcs. Iomega have been celebrating their millionth Zip drive sale and the 100Mb, floppy disk sized format seems set to become a standard. If Escom are planning to install these in Pcs, what about the new Amiga?
EC law holds up Amiga New laws which came into force in all EC countries on 1st January 1996 have been largely responsible for the delay of Amiga products according to industry sources. Giles Harwood of Gordon Harwood computers has blamed them for the delay of the new SCSI chips for the Blizzard 1260 cards his company distributes. "The new European Community CE regulations which came into force at the beginning of the year have been a nightmare. Under the new law each product has to be tested with every single possible combination of peripherals and add ons to make sure that their radiation
emissions meet the new set guidelines. This is a long, complicated and expensive process and is certainly causing delays to products we hoped to have on sale directly after Christmas.” These CE or controlled emissions regulations mean that anything which fails the test by emitting or failing to shield radiation (depending on what the product's purpose is, with computer peripherals failing because of emission) has to be redesigned and tested again to make sure it passes The A4000T which was designed in America has had to have minor modifications to be sold here because of this, according to an
Amiga Technologies source, and similarly the Q-Drive has had to undergo extensive testing before being released with the approved CE mark. This has caused considerable delay in getting these products to the UK.
Stateside By: Jason Compton With CeBIT and World of Amiga UK occupying everyone's attention, it could be easy to forget to watch the rest of the world for Amiga happenings. But fortunately.
I'm paid to keep a watchful eye on North America for CU Amiga Magazine’s readers.
To try to keep the market on a roll, Amiga Convention '96 will be held in Montreal, Canada on August 3rd and 4th. No guests or exhibitors have been announced yet but the conference organisers are iering inexpensive table space to commercial developers and retailers well as free table space for users who bring their machines petitions for 3D graphics, music, and demos will be held with cash izes. For more information, contact Frederic Tessier, head r, at ++514-649-9756, or E-mail him at moogy@generation.net of the original and long-committed Amiga application developers, Softwood, have
finally kicked their on-line support and presence into high gear. In addition to a graphically impressive Web site at http: www.softwood.com, they are taking steps above and beyond the call of duty to bring innovative services to the net.
They have established an "Amiga User White Pages” at http: www.
Amiganet.com. devoted to listing E-mail addresses and other Web home pages of Amiga users. Of interest to sellers and buyers alike is iftwood's new Amiga Mall, at http: www.amigamall.com. The Amiga provides links and sales service for Amiga developers and retailers to expand their service to online customers. The Mall can be viewed at http: www.amigamall.com, and inquiries about establishing esence on the Mall should be directed to company president Williams, woody@softwood.com or ++602-431-0949.
Systems, the company that provides distribution for Macrosystem’s Draco non-linear editing computer as well as their line of Amiga products, has announced pricing configurations for Draco models to be sold here Low-end systems, without any V-Lab Motion hardware, will be US$ 4750. At the high-end is a Draco with 32-bit Draco Direct V-Lab Motion editing card and 5 gigs total hard drive space for US$ 10995.
Draco Systems and Macrosystem will be present at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in April In addition to the formal launch of the Draco and by far the highest profile presentation of the V-Lab Motion technology to date, the companies will preview the new 32-bit Draco Direct V-Lab Motion card.
This V-Lab bypasses the normal and relatively slow Zorro II bus for a custom Draco bus capable of pushing far greater quantities of data and allowing for uncompressed video images in higher quality, for crisper output and more flexible applications. All in all not a bad month.
The problems of computer and , chip theft were highlighted at a conference held by Thames Valley police in Berkshire at the end of February. The conference, held in Bracknell, the southeast's computer manufacturing capital, concentrated on the millions of pounds being lost by companies due to theft of RAM, which is small, easily transportable, in high demand and expensive. In the Thames Valley Police area alone computer crime cost £17 million in 1995 Low cost RAM security Although the conference concentrated on Pcs. The Amiga uses the same 72-pin RAM chips as most PC systems and because
of the Amiga's predominance in the Graphics industry which is RAM intensive the threat remains high, despite thieves potential unfamiliarity with the system itself.
In terms of keeping RAM safe the conference was the launchpad for a simple system called ID-BAR.
A visible deterrent which is linked to a national database. The bar is permanently attached to a RAM SIMM and is marked with an identity number. If the SIMM is stolen and an attempt is made to pass it on a number on the ID-BAR can be called, and the true owner can be located using the identity code.
The bar and a permanent subscription to the national database costs £4.99, but with 16Mb RAM SIMMS costing over £300 this is a relatively small cost. Perhaps even more significant will be the cost of insurance for small and large companies. Retainaguard, the ID-BAR's manufacturer have had several years experience in the car industry where insurance costs have been significantly reduced thanks to better ty. As the ID- BAR becomes more common the insurance industry has indicated that they would look favourably on companies that take measures to protect their computer equipment.
Amiga equipped companies with RAM to protect should contact Retainaguard on 0181 870 2224 for more details on their computer security devices.
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Things are on the up for our faithful grey wonder and thanks to some kind publishers we can be assured of more releases in the coming months.
Things are on the up. Lots of nice games publishers have released their new schedules and it looks like the Amiga won't be left out in the cold. So come in, put those wet things away and warm yourself with the warm glow that this month's games news generates.
Matt Broughton's Games in view Time Warner Interactive (who you'll no doubt remember swallowed Amiga legends. Renegade, a few months back) have just released a new schedule covering releases up until next Autumn and among those titles mentioned we have a confirmed May release date for the excellent Sensible World of Soccer European Champ Edition, retailing at £19.99. We can also look forward to the much-delayed dinosaur beat 'em up. Primal Rage, trampling onto your screens through the Time Warner Interactive label in June (£29.99). This will be followed shortly thereafter by the
long-awaited Chaos Engine 2 (on both A1200 and A500 600) at the end of June beginning of July for £29.99. Following on from the release of Tracksuit Manager 2 (see my review elsewhere this very issue) Alternative Software have a number of titles to show on the Amiga in the next few months, with the first coming in the shape of more management shenanigans. Rugby Boss is touted as a straight forward management game but rather than being based upon the Tracksuit Manager engine as you might expect, this has a completely new engine, written entirely from scratch. It's due out some time around
the end of May beginning of June and will retail at the budget price of £14.99. All the usual options, features and, er... things will be available, along with the option to fornicate with members of the royal family even though you've got an absolutely stunning wife. Probably.
As first reported in these very pages a few months back.
Alternative Software also have a number of shoot ’em ups in opment. The first sign of these little beauties will come around the end of April, when a double pack is being released at a budget price point. This will include two games; Traitor and Rage. Both promise high-speed thrills and spills in the standard shoot ’em up mould, and Alternative's main man, Roger (which, incidentally, is my gerbil's name - no relation) Hulley is keen to point out that these aren't by any means sub-standard budget twosh, but two excellent romps that they simply thought would work better together as a budget
package.
The third of the Alternative shoot 'em ups is, however, a stand-alone product. Due in June (juice-jangle-jong) Death Angel is described by Roger, as being a 90s version of the popular classic River Raid (substitute the word 'old' for 'classic' if you're under 16 years old). Howeve’r, where the original Activision product
• had rubbisby-looking craft floundering up rivers, this
promises sexy graphics and gameplay ahoy, along with the
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TITLE PUBLISHER 1 Sensi World of Soccer 95 96 Virgin 2 Worms
Ocean 3 Premier Manager 3: Deluxe Gremlin 4 Tracksuit Manager 2
Alternative 5 Ultimate Soccer Manager Sierra 6 Tactical Manager
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And finally, as if that wasn't enough for one news report.
Alternative also have plans to convert their popular PC game.
Pro Rugby, over to yon humble Amiga. This more arcadey simulation game (ie it's NOT management-only) features club teams from Australia. England, New Zealand and France, together with all the top national sides.
Extra touches seen on the PC version included increasingly ragged pitches, different stadia, crunching tackles, big match atmosphere, and even in-game commentary provided by Bsky8's Mick "Stevo” Stevenson and Eddie Hemmings.
Exactly how many of these features will survive and how well they will translate to the Amiga is still under investigation, but Alternative are currently suggesting an Autumn release date.
Roger is a major fan of Rugby League and is equally enthusiastic about this project and has wanted to develop a game like this for quite some while.
"With the advent of the Super League and the game's much higher profile, I thought it must be the ideal time for my own company to come up with one,” said Alternative’s Roger Hulley.
More good news comes from Guildhall Leisure, where the ex- Krisalis product, Legends, is nearing completion. Since being picked up by the Guildhallers, the Zelda-esque beauty has been tidied up somewhat and looks to be with us on A1200 and CD32 from March the 28th.
Unfortunately (and no. I'm not being the Grim Reaper) there doesn't look like there'll be an A500 600 version at any point in the near future. The price point for Legends is set at £29.99 April 18th is another date to set in your books, as it should see the release of Extreme Racing on the CD32, again priced at £29.99. We can also look forward to a data disk for the racing extravaganza at a later date.
And finally (to close on this happy, happy day) the merry month of May will not only see a Gloom data disk for the A1200, but Gloom 2 for the CD32 (on May the 16th to be ambitiously exact).
So there you are! Hardly any bad news at all and, if anything, an excellent indication that the Amiga games scene is far from dead.
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The new Amiga is currently codenamed Project Walker. This is not. However, the name the project is envisaged to end up with when it is launched this summer.
You've already seen the impressive specification of the machine on previous pages, but let's give you a summary here .
To whet your appetite even further. A
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• Future upgradability to PowerPC All this and a completely wacky
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Amiga Technologies' biggest dilemma at the moment is trying to figure out what the final ¦ name of this next generation Amiga will be. 1 And this is where they've asked CU Amiga Magazine's intellectually overendowed readers to help out. Take a look at the computer. Take a look at the specification and then get thinking: they want YOU to give it a name.
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N it at all will succeed in getting past the vast litter bin that is the ne will place one more restriction on the deal. No obviously stupid I no doubt have a good giggle at them we won't insult Amiga I them on to be judged. So before you get smart, remember that Rules
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©eading interviews with software publishers and letters in B8ckchat you would be forgiven for thinking that there wasn't an Amiga or an Amiga game on sale in a single shop in the country. It's been doom and gloom for the last year or so, but games are stilt being published, new Amigas are arriving and this magazine sells by the truckload: how can this be (apart from the obvious fact that we're fab)?
We set out to discover the real level of retail stocking on the high streets of Britain.
As CU Amiga Magazine is based in Farringdon, on the fringes of London's west end, the most obvious place to start off was Oxford Street. Oxford Street has two of the biggest game retailers in London, both occupying massive amounts of space: HMV and Virgin. These are big companies, they like to keep up with the times, stay in touch with fashion so obviously (rightly or wrongly) the Amiga would be low on their list of priorities. Not so.
Just where can you find Amiga software and hardware? By all accounts it's becoming increasingly difficult, so we sent a team out to find out if the allegations are true. Lisa Collins, Alan Bunker and Martin Davies investigate ... HMV's Amiga (and CD32) game shelves lake up two aisles of a single, large floor in the shop. HMV not only supplies our charts each month, it also supplies charts for other publications, some of which are C It's fine, if I can't find a game I want here I just get it mail order. 1 Jama* Harker. Amiga user, London.
Interested not just in Amiga but in all other formats too.
Chart successes According to the HMV chart in the March 11th issue of Computer Retail News, an industry newspaper, the Amiga had entries at number 2, 5 and 18 of the all-format charts. The all-format charts detail sales of every other computer game format... Pcs consoles and sometimes (but very rarely) Macintosh. At number one was a PC CD-ROM product, followed by Amiga Sensible World Of Soccer 95 96, while in third place was a Megadrive game. The first of the New’ formats. Playstation, only mustered in at number 9: four slots behind Amiga Worms. It’s no wonder HMV still give a lot of prime
shelf space to the Amiga.
And what of Virgin? VIE (Virgin Interactive Entertainment), as the games producing side of the empire is called has not produced and Amiga title for ages now: has this attitude filtered down to what is stocked in the stores themselves? Again no.
Although the Amiga section in Virgin Games on Tottenham Court Road is in a bit of a backwater, unlike HMV's it still takes up about six metres of shelf space and was more than adequately stocked with new and old. Full price and budget stock.
Virgin too is enthusiastic about Amiga sales though software is only available in the bigger stores.
The man in the street Just to get an idea of what people on the ground think of availability in shops like these we collared James Harker in the Virgin megastore.
James. 26. From Cirencester actually lives and works in London now and although he uses a PC at work still uses an Amiga at home. We asked him what he thought about availability: "It's fine, if I can't find a game I want here I just get it mail order. There are still plenty of advertisements for games". Some people think that mail order is unreliable though? "I've never had any problems". How often does he buy games? "Oh, only about five or six a year, ones the Amiga is good at like Sensible Soccer, I play other games on my PC at work".
Aiden McGill, who would rather not say his age. From Slough in Berkshire was in HMV on a shopping trip with his son Michael, 9. While his wife headed elsewhere "to spend i lots of money". According to him you can only get games in bigger shops now: "This is great, but there's still I not much variety, not as much as there used to be."
Does he visit London for all of his J games? "There's nowhere decent I stocking games out my way so I always come in here whenever I come up to London - except on match days when I’ve got better things to do with my time! I'm not really very interested in games anymore, but my son here is mad a!
Them. Some of them, like Worms, an and I like him ike him think.
A- Elsewhere?
Next stop was was north London.
I and Wood Green where we 1 out WH Smiths for software I and dived into the infamous i stores, to see if they really 8 as poor at stocking the Amiga as they've been made out to be The first port of call was Escom's l Upper Street, Islington. There t an Amiga on display and the ant there who didn't want to i name was not exactly opti-
- "We had a whole bunch in gh Christmas but there's been s
attempt to actually sell i as opposed to Pcs. Our shop's t
anyway because we don't I have space. There have been a law
enquiries but not very many I k effectively it's dead," he
said, ir. When pressed further as to ere hadn't been a serious
t to sell them he went on to I haven't really been sent any
information about them. I do know a bit about the Amiga. They
need to develop new models and price them . Competitively. It’s
useless without a hard drive, it's all right just to boot a
game off but to do anything serious you’re just continually
swopping disks.
You're better off with an old 486 with hard drive for any practical purpose."
So with weary hearts we trudged . Onto Wood Green's Escom shop and lo and behold our hearts were lifted. In a complete about turn Islington Escom's bigger brother had the Amiga Magic pack on display and even had one Amiga set up and running (which, according to Alan they didn't have a few months ago). Graham, the Technical Manger there was pleasant and friendly and said that, although sales were not exceptional, they were still going to continue the display for the foreseeable future.
A quick call in to Tandys in Wood Green also produced promising results. Although they only sell A1200s (the A4000T is still not available in the UK). Tandys' Ms Williams said that, although currently quiet, they (the Amiga A1200I sold well over Christmas.
Dixons in Wood Green don't sell Amigas. Though the staff there were pleasant and pointed us in the C There's been no serious attempt to actually sell them as opposed to Pcs. I Anonymous salesperson, Escom, Islington. direction of the Escom shop and advised us to "read the Amiga magazines for more information". We told them to tell people to "read CU Amiga Magazine" if they want to find out more. Tee heel Free advertising.
So far though, there was no sign of any Amiga software. However, WH Smiths in Wood Green shopping centre put this right. There was quite a lot of Amiga games on display, albeit at reduced prices. Also. Mark Johnson, the new manger there, once an Amiga owner, is planning a shake up, hopefully involving more Amiga games and is "going to find out from head office what is happening with the Amiga particularly."
Also in Wood Green shopping centre, there was a very prominent display of Amiga games in the Multimedia Discount Shop. Though the sales assistant there did say that they were planning to move some of them to make room for PC CD-ROMs.
Out of town First stop: Luton We sent Alan Bunker, wrapped up in a trenchcoat, with a flask of hot ¦ Let Sint At SttSnt« GAME ahtnt Styi null ha* torA Act At trttl. Al ¦ Fartah Haifa itiuatf M Alta daft) at* aaiti aaaittax Jataa Meharis (rifht) at Lataa'a Silica itera car Aar Ian At Haifa.
Chocolate up north to find out what the situation outside London is like. Seeing that Lorraine Chase almost managed to make Luton sound interesting, he decided his first stop should be this large-ish town. Luton is a commuter town for London, it has an airport and was even featured on Sky One recently in a police programme - did you know their are 9,000 car crimes committed every year in Luton? Fascinating. It is also home to a sizeable indoor shopping centre and this is where our investigation into the availability of Amiga software began.
In demand First to appear was Electronics Boutique, the chain who were once called Future Zone. Being quite a small shop, we were surprised to see approximately 15-20% of their shelf t We do well with Amiga.
Currently, Breathless is the best selling game. J Jason Richards, Sales Assistant, Silica, Luton.
Space given over to Amiga games which was about the same area given to Playstation and Saturn software.
Unfortunately, the three shoppers there were perusing the latest in PC CD- ROM software which left me talking to the store's Assistant Manager.
"Around 15 percent of our sales are Amiga-based. As well as software, we sell joypads and joysticks. At the moment, we have a lot of people waiting for Championship Manager 2."
And what's been the biggest seller recently? “Recently, Worms was big for us. We were constantly out of stock of that game. Since I've been here, Worms has definitely been the biggest seller."
Well, there wasn't much else happening here so next on the agenda was Silica, on the top floor of Debenhams. And it was with some amazement that I saw Amiga related stuff aplenty with large sections set aside for 'productivity' and 'games' software! It was all positioned in full view - in the middle of the floor - with a demo machine set-up and ready to roll. Now this kind of support is more like it!
A bit Breathless Jason Richards, a Silica sales assistant, enthused: "We do well with Amiga. Currently, Breathless is the biggest selling game." Having interrupted Jason from chatting to a paying Amiga customer, we-nailed the browser down and demanded he tell all: "I have an Amiga 500 modified with 1Mb of Chip RAM and an additional 8Mb of memory built in to it. I have a hard disk. CD-ROM, MIDI interfaces and I have it directly linked into a PC. I use my Amiga for editing and sampling music which is mainly for business. There's a group of us who use Amigas. We all find it very good for us.
Particularly because it's got hardware scrolling built in and the music capabilities are excellent - the PC's only just catching up. I come to Silica because I like the service." He continued. "I've been dealing with them since they were originally Amiga people. You get great back-up from here; it's not just buying the product but the help you get afterwards. And if they can’t help, they'll put you onto someone who can."
In fact Silica’s stock of productivity and games software was excellent.
And, of course, machines and joysticks were available too. Whatever you use your Amiga for. These guys would be able to help out. The A1200 set-up near the counter allows potential buyers to try out both hardware and software. Then when you’re ready to leave, Silica will provide you with a booklet all about the Amiga which you can take away and read at your leisure.
Well done, Silica.
Other stockists of Amiga software in Luton are Beatties. The display is very small, though, and the games were well out-of-date: Defender II.
Body Blows and the like. Hmm. Not very impressive although the Scalextric set for £70 at the back of the shop held my attention for some time.
No luck at Dixons, unfortunately.
And if you want to buy an Amiga at Tandy, you'll need a sniffer dog to rummage under the shelves. This way, you may find one tucked away in a corner gathering dust.
The mighty Escom, saviours of the Amiga that they are, have a shop in Luton. Oh yes, a shop full of Pcs. DX.
SX. Pentium ... yeah. But wait, a humble A1200 is set-up at the back of the shop priced at the far from humble £399. No software, no accessories. No salesman prepared to talk us through the system. Mention Pcs, though, and the mood dramatically changes. Don't you just feel that the future of Amiga is in safe hands?
And on to Manchester ... Well, enough of Luton. Let's get big.
Get mentally prepared for the long rail journey to Manchester. Here's another interesting fact for you: Apparently.
Railtrack had a six month working prol it of £515 million pounds this year. Wh) is it, then, that they can't whisk our reporter to Manchester and back without points on the track failing and rear diesels breaking down? Eventually Alan did arrive at Manchester. A splendid city where, to fit in, you gorra wear baggy jeans, have a goatie beard and play thumping music from an XR3i with a broken exhaust. Only kidding. How would the Amiga fare out though?
On the GAME Market Street is the main shopping area of Manchester, where the huge Amdale Shopping Centre looms on both sides. Seeing the attractive ch out assistant in Boots. Alan found hii self drawn inside. In their electrical section, he found a small array of ing Amiga titles at extortionate prices including Hired Guns for £34.99! Thi were no games you could consider 'new'. Boots sales assistant, Brian Smith, explained: "We don't stock a lot ot anything anymore. You're better off going to GAME." He was even kind gh to give me directions!
On the way to GAME, our intrepid tter stumbled upon a three-storey WH Smith's. In this huge floor space, a [ mete dozen or so Amiga games were sred which were disturbingly )f-date once again - Arabian S, that kind of thing. Even more sing was the ‘pick a price and pay' scenario: y'see. Many of the s had various price tags on so you had to scan the box and find the west price. A game could be drastically reduced by 50 percent this way!
[ And the dippy sales assistant who 1 completely shocked at the men- n of 'Amiga' and computer software’ S a hilarious sight in itself I Amiga paradise ” 1 faith in Manchester stores at rock ittom, Alan dragged himself in to i IE. It was a mirage, surely!
Ation from Amiga games had sent I delirious. But no, credit where it's
i. GAME had an excellent display pf II and budget priced Amiga
games, l the latest and greatest games are to classics of
yesteryear, all r Amiga software and accessory S could be
found here. Not only flis but GAME were offering a fantas-
Cdeal: three games for the special , | pnce ol £29.99.
Offering his personal opinion on the a scene. Assistant
Manager Phil igan mused: 'The reason the.
[ Amiga is having the door shut on it is use it's been taken over by Escom.
Jl think they'll probably try to support I Fbwer Amiga when it comes out r than anything else. They don't l to have supported the existing a at all, whether it be hardware or
e. It's also a shame that soft- B publishers don't support the s
side - there's a hell of an 1 user base. You have to resort to
bulletin boards to find a lot of software. And some stores
only make a token effort at stocking Amiga games instead of
fully supporting the scene".
“I used to work at Virgin with their Software Buyer and. When I left, the Amiga was still fairly strong with the likes of SWOS and Cannon Fodder 2 being released. There was a lot of support and people were still producing titles. But now look at Domark, for example, who have put back Championship Manager 2 so many times now - basically, it's because they're trying to hedge their bets. They're trying to see whether there's still interest in it. But believe me, Amiga stuff still sells very well.
"The problem is that nothing really stands out at the moment. New in is Breathless. And then you've got Speris Legacy. Some of these titles are good but, I don't know, others give you the feeling that someone got Blitz Basic for Christmas or something and decided 'Oh. I'll try my first game' but they're not great... you know what I mean?" .
The in crowd Giving Alan time for a quick nod, Phil continued on in miraculous page filling fashion: "They're trying to do things with the A1200 that, really, it's not designed to do. They're trying to do these 3D Doom-like games which I don't think is the Amiga's strong point
- you need Fast FtAM and accelerator boards to get into that sort
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But how many people have these? And you have to fork out a lot of money if you want them.
"You want to concentrate on what the Amiga does best, what it still does better than the Playstation and Saturn
- the Playstation's 2D engine is rubbish. You should be
developing innovative, two player games. Worms was a very
simple idea but was done very well. It's the gameplay and
playability that matters, not fancy graphics.
"The Amiga's been out for a very long time and has very good programmers - they've all got brilliant ideas. Maybe the way forward is to get a small group of them together and pull their ideas together. The Amiga should be alive and well."
With this in mind. Phil assured us that GAME would continue to support the Amiga for as long as there was the software. From what I could tell from the display and from the few Amiga consumers I bumped into around the I Some stores only make a token effort at stocking Amiga games ...J Phil Creegan. Assistant manager, GAME, Manchester.
Stores in Manchester, GAME is the place to go.
Nineteen year old Steve, a local student lurking around GAME, said: "I usually buy my games from HMV or GAME. They have the best range of software. I mainly use my Amiga for games. The last game I bought was Worms which I was very pleased with.
It's incredible - so playable, it’s unbelievable. But I do think the emphasis has shifted for the Amiga from games to utilities. You can tell this from what the magazines are now offering on their cover disks."
Andrew Pepper, 20. Whom we talked to at Manchester's HMV seemed to sum up a lot of the games- playing public’s feeling: "I think the market's still quite good. I like the new games such as Worms, etc, and I also use my Amiga for word processing.. But the games on the new systems, like the Playstation and the Saturn, are overtaking the Amiga."
And so ... It's good to see the Amiga still has a good presence among the specialists.
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Slamtilt Pinball Tracksuit Manager 2 Exile Save Game Disks Super Tennis Champs Data Disk Xtreme Racing Data Disk Win a portable TV Tips & Guides Vampyra Snip Tips Odyssey Tips ¦ Publisher: 21st Century © 01235 851 852 Addiction is one of those nasty side effects of playing computer games. Slamtilt should be medically investigated for its effect on people ... high-res table that automatically and smoothly flicks on-screen when extra balls are activated. But there is less flicker and more clarity in the high-res versions of these tables than Illusions.
The tables are based around four themes. Mean Machines is all about car racing, with Rally, Off- Road, Formula 1 and other modes to get into and big bonuses to be won either by getting combos, hitting lit-up areas or timing shots on the graphic display at the top of the machine. Pirates is a sea faring table, with lots of shooting, treasure hunting and sailing to be done. Ace of and the right placed so that it is than the third flipper on any of other tables. Examples of the types of mode in this table include Monkey Business, whit parts of a map back ass monkey who tries to distract you
by jumping around making smart expressions in the score box. Another amusing mode which is played solely in the scorebox itself involves actually futuristic, unlike say. Future mode Pinball Prelude, but it's exciting enough with probably the largest amount of bonus games of any of the tables. The final table, nestling away on disk five, is Night of Demons. This is supposed to be scary, but the only scary thing on it was how low my score was. It's packed with horrible squidgy modes like Bat Butcher, Exterminate Vampires and Grave Digger.
Ohis game caused some confusion in the office for the first week or two of the schedule: someone had mistakenly put it down on the monthly plan as Spamtilt.
Images of a potted meat hero running around vintage World War 2 platforms abounded while I was away in foreign climates on holidays wasting (according to my better half) Francs on a ten year old Indiana Jones pinball table. Things were cleared up fast on my return, but most of the mag were mystified. It's a Pinball game. So what?
It’s by Liquid Design. Who they?
Without going into the usual drivel about 21st Century and Pinball games let me first explain that Slamtilt is absolutely marvellous. If you were disappointed by Pinball Mania please read on because this is one game that will warm your tapping fingers, if not wear them to the bone. I also broke the right Amiga key on my keyboard playing it (the second time I’ve done this with a game) but 21st Century would not accept responsibility: after all I didn't NEED to hit it like a possessed elephant trying to record a jungle beat.
Choices The game consists of four tables, each occupying a single disk. Like its spiritual father. Pinball Illusions, it has a multiball function utilising a AGA only “ is an AGA only game, and a Liquid the Swedish program- jning team responsible for this masterpiece developed Slamtilt for Amiga first and although other format versions are on the way it really shows off the At 200's capabilities - much more so than Mania, which was developed backwards and pretty much stayed backward. Add to this graphic wizardry some superb music and sound effects, with original tracks for each table, and all
the music volume FX volume adjustability that made Prelude so pleasurable to listen to and you're onto a winner.
The ultimate?
Up until now my favourite Amiga pinball game has been Illusions. It took all that was right in Dreams and Fantasies and gave it AGA polish, a beautiful hkes multiball mode and cracking sound effects.
Now Slamtilt has taken over like a new young pup in my affections.
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I'm going to approach this in a logical way by taking you with me on a real-time experience. Rack your bags, we're oft to review Tracksuit Manager 2.
Experience' where authentic commentary was used to represent the action rather than traditional text readouts, and though systems such as this have been revolutionised in recent years by games such as the Premier Manager series and On The Ball, Alternative Software are back, confidently touting the same system with The original Tracksuit Manager, game appeared way back in 1989, boasting a revolutionary 'match a few new juicy tweaks and twiddles. Anyway, back to our chronological journey... first on the agenda is picking up the box itself.
Don't quote me As you may be aware, it's traditional that game boxes are covered with quotes and claims generally attributed to one of the various magazines that will have reviewed the game prior to its release (ie "Best thing we've ever seenl" CU Amiga Magazine!.
However, considering this is the first time I've seen the game and it's already packaged, that little idea would seem to have flown out the window.
But wait, what's this? The box is still coveted in gushing comments. Let's have a little read shall we ... "The most comprehensive club management simulation yet devised" states one. "This will delight football fans everywhere" and "Tracksuit Manager will put j you into the heart of the action" I are further acclaims, while the boldj legend "Football IS Tracksuit Manager 2" even goes as far as to I feature red text for the "IS". Of ] course this would all be very impressive if it wasn't for the fact that these comments don't to have an owner.
This leaves one wondering if the programmers themselves or perhaps Alternative Software's managing director's mum were paid to say whatever the producers thought might sell the game.
According to the box. The game "Plays like a dream fast and smooth yet fully detailed" which is] fine, but according to who exactl And finally (before I stop ranting and get on to actually loading the damn thing) let us enjoy probal the most entertaining of all the quotes, and that's "This is prol bly the best football managem game ever!" Yes, well they wo say that wouldn't they.
You see the thing is. I'm writii this in retrospect and happen to know that it isn't the best footl management game ever. In fact, it’s about as average as things g without earning a complete sla ging. Certainly it’s more up to date than most footy management games around at the moment, but then again, that's because it's the most recent game available.
Yeah yeah yeah. So Asprilla, Juninho and Bergkamp are all in their correct teams, but let’s be honest, I’d rather play a decent game that's out of date than the opposite.
It's all there SMI ill, let’s not be negative alone, s the game does have redeem- ; features - it's just that things n't start too well. Apart from j a fair while to load, you're then faced with a lengthy set-up period that, while reck oned at about eight minutes in the instructions, is actually more like twelve. Once into the swing of things, all of the options you've come to know and love are there, so get stuck in on the transfer market, check the medical condition of your team as the season progresses, and see how far you can get in the various club challenges and cup tournaments. The
presentation throughout is OK if a bit bland, and though there are a fair few photographic backgrounds, it's nowhere near as attractive as.
Say. Premier Manager 3.
Setting the formations and is easy enough, s tables, graph- player statistics are and a manipulate. The games themselves, however, are a bit pap.
Two static digitised commentators sit while speech bubbles come out of their mouths as the machine desperately tries to put together some sort of coherent coverage of the game. The only problem with this is that, after about fifteen minutes of a match you've already encountered all of the computer's vocabulary, so not only is the commentary repetitive, but it hardly gets the pulse racing.
Now I realise that I've had very little positive to say about Tracksuit Manager 2. But I’m also experienced enough to know that quite often, fans of this genre aren't so worried about aesthetics and presentation as they are the finer details. The game DOES have all of the features expected, and DOES do the job. All I can say in closing is that, apart from having a beautifully up to date team database. I've seen many other management games do a much better job. With Premier Manager Deluxe and the Euro version of Sensi threatening. I'd be hard pushed to recommend this to you. Sorry. ¦ Matt
Broughton n the past, computer magazines have oft' been accused of 'spoiling things' and 'giving [the game away' by printing hints.
Its and solutions to games, i general argument suggests [that a player with a solution book i his shelf won't spend as much trying to work things out imately as he would if there isn't the option to run scream- to the relevant page.
The counter-argument to this is that there's nothing worse than getting stuck in a gaijie you're really enjoying - especially when you know that you're only about half way through the game. If you've just spent twenty quid, well, you've only got ten pounds- worth haven't you!
Now. Having a solution is one thing, but what if the game is just too damn hard to play through?
Simple - Passwords. But then again, what if there isn't a password system? Easy, just release a aisK witn twelve saved games; each one at a different stage of the game, thus allowing the player to start from the position nearest their own personal problem. And that's exactly what Audiogenic have done for the excellent-but-often- tricky Exile.
If you don't remember Exile from its previous release (about a year ago) it's actually a remake of an older game, but sharing the same excellent playability. It's a straight forward arcade adventure game, with lots of flying about hunting for specific objects and lots ot tignting weira aliens ana baddiqs. It was, however, pretty tricky in places, so this saved game disk (both in A500 versions and A1200) is a welcome addition.
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The original game is probably the easiest to like and learn tennis game the Amiga has ever had. The options included world tournaments. Doubles tournaments and a very competitive two player mode.
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No cosmetic or general game- play changes are made by these data disks, but the addition of new players does give more variety and the mixed doubles will certainly give those with nagging other halves (watch it - Lisa) the opportunity to play on an equal footing. I still highly recommend this Xtreme Racing -Data disks ¦ Price: £14.99 ¦ Publisher: Acid Guildhall © 01302 890 000 Ot's funny the way people review games isn't it? If you get one Amiga, stick a disk in it Jand play some games for an hour I or so before passing judgement | you'll inevitably get a compro- I mised score. As far as
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When we reviewed it we played it for about a month, in single, two and four player mode qn everything from a standard A1200 to one with a 1230 50MHz accelerator, 16Mb RAM and a hard drive, and every combination in between. And our verdict was based on this. Because of the amount of disk swops, it was rjjled out as far too frustrating on standard A1200S. With a hard drive though, even without acceleration, it was recommended: with acceleration and extra RAM it was highly recommended.
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Adventure Helpline have rescued the princess from I her cell and I am in the room ¦ which has the mannequins and the ¦receptionist in it. I turned off the I light switch, hid behind the man- K nequins and saw the security I guard tap in the security code on I the wall. However, each time I try I to use the code the receptionist I tells me to leave the panel alone.
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KGB 'can't get past the second chapter this game. I've been sent to the H with the secret room hidden !nd the mirror but once I collect B photo I’m stuck. I have no evi- e when I meet my controller at 7am. I have also been killed several times by Chapman when I've fallen asleep in my room. Finally, do I need the bug, because I can't get it out of the locked warehouse office?
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Jinxter I am stuck in the classic text- adventure game - Jinxter. I can’t seem to open the safe in the Post Office no matter what combination I use on the levers.
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You poor old dear. Don't you know that the world has moved on? It’s bad enough that you are spending hours playing with a keyboard instead of spending your time and money attempting to win the love of a good woman, but to be still be playing text adventures is really too bad. I’ll answer your question, but you really must promise me that in future you'll either spend your money on a nice girl like me, or at least buy some modern software. Turn the top right handle. Turn bottom right handle. Turn the bottom left handle. Turn top left handle. Turn top left handle. Turn bottom right handle.
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Simon the Sorcerer It’s the feather that's my problem; I can't find it. If I could find the feather then my girlfriend will love me forever (she says) and I'd be the happiest man alive.
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What exactly do you intend doing with this feather that is going to make your girlfriend love you forever? I think we should be told. Are you simply going to tickle her fancy or what?
Personally I prefer to be tickled by the feel of mink fur but then I'm no chicken. You'll find the feather lying on the ground next to the wise owl who sits in the middle of the wood. I trust you realise that the owl will answer lots of your questions if you persist in asking him questions. Don't be put off if he doesn't tell you what you want to know immediately, like all good things it takes time to get to the best bits.
Knightmare I am stuck in Quest 3 of Knightmare from Mindscape. What do I pay the boatman with? Also where do I find whatever it is? I have been stuck in this part of the game for months now, so any help would be appreciated.
Andy Gilroy, Bognor Regis.
You pay the boatman with money.
What do you think you were going to use: dustbin lids? What you seek is a coin. The solution to your problem is quite funny: You need the funny stick.
There is a large room in this quest containing several rotator pads. There are also lots of fireball launchers which are triggered by a pad. In this room there is a switch at the centre which opens up another area. Inside that area is a further switch, which when operated will reveal a jester.
This guy is a bitch to destroy if you try to use the wrong weapons. However, if you give him the funnystick, he will give you the coin you are seeking.
Beneath a Steel Sky I'm stuck in the Security Building. I used the interface and got the ball.
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Use your card with the Line terminal and choose Security Services.
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Zak McKracken I have got the piece of crystal which lets me control the bird to fly over the cliff painting, but where do I go from there?
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Use the bird to fly to the huge carvings and fly to the left eye where you can pick up a scroll. Now fly to the valley. When you get caught by the alien, retrieve your gear and return to this location. Use the blue crystal on the bird and give the scroll to Zak.
After being thrown in the stupidity machine, fly to London. With Zak and Annie at Stonehenge, use the flagpole with the altar stone. Give the scroll to Annie. Switch to Annie and read the scroll. There that's my lot for another month.
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Ptea.m*scrwquMpsyi**,bi OVC MSWETINO Many thanks to all the readers who've sent in all these lovely cheats - it's much appreciated! I apologise to the readers who've not yet received their free Hit Squad game, but fear not, things are being sorted as we speak. Keep 'em coming!
Worms Ocean imonds and Henry Durrant of lorfolk have been keyboard bashing and have found some 'really great' levels for this superb game.
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ALIEN zzzzzzzzzz 631137362 By changing the digit after the five zeros (on the codes starting 00000... and 400000...) with dif- ent numbers you can get curvy ¦els. The Durrants have also ind a second set of player con- Is. They are: UP=D, DOWN=X, EFT=Z. RIGHT=C, JUMP=Ctrl, FIRE=Space. To toggle between visible names, use the key.
And finally (just in case you didn't catch them first time round) the hidden Prod move is away, away, towards, towards. And (in case anyone might have missed it) the special weapon cheat involves typing in TOTAL WORMAGE over the title screen.
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Mission 6 Ourgan Mission 8 Jmargus Mission 9 .SCag Mission II .Kraken Mission 14 station Mission 16 Gbull Mission 18 statipause Mission 20 Doitnow Mission 23 Shipdeck Mission 25 Globoff Mission 26 ..Behave Mission 29 Maxfuel Mission 30 Pelplay Mission 31 ..Domino Mission 32 steerdart Civilization MicroProse WE HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE! Yep, according to Kevin Coate of Somerset, we're the first people to see this cheat he’s just found, so wrap your thighs round this and
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When you build your first colony, rename it as CHARLOTTE.
You will then see a message stating 'Cheat Mode Active' and find at least 50,000 attractive gold coins in the bank.
Also, as a bonus the entire world map is available to view.
Not bad, eh? Cheers Kev! A game of your choice from Hit Squad should be winging its way to you.
Dogfight MicroProse Terje Karlsen from Norway has a few tips to share with us for the old MicroProse air combat offering. Basically, to win a fight make sure the enemy doesn't have any missile and then stay high, cutting your engines. Use air brakes, and when the plane stalls, push the stick back, turn the air brakes off, and give it full throttle while keeping the stick pushed back.
The plane should then slowly get its nose up but keep dropping like a rock. Fortunately, you won't die when you hit the ground - unlike the enemy plane that follows you. Ah-ha! Very nasty indeed.
Frontier Elite 2 Gametek Now here's an old Chum of Snip Tips that we've not seen for a long time - ye olde Frontier. Well thanks to Andrew Grosvenor of Somerset, here's a nice little tip to finish this month's page with.
Start off in the Ross 154 system and buy as much hydrdgen fuel as you can. Now jump to Cemiess (-2,-2) and go to Williams Relay which orbits Donaldson.
Once there, sell EVERYTHING than can be removed from your ship. Log on to the bulletin board and find Richards Exchange. If it isn't there, simply speed up time until it does appear.
Once at the Exchange, look for precious metals and gemstones.
You'll notice that they have minus numbers, indicating that you get paid for taking them away. When your ship is full of these, go to the shipyard and buy the cheapest ship you can find (not an Interplanetary Shuttle or Lifter - preferably another Eagle) and then sell everything from your ship (engine, etc.) Go back to Richards Exchange and fill up your hull once more (again, using the speed-up trick if it doesn't appear or if they're out of stock) and then buy another ship.
Repeat this until you have enough money to buy a Panther Clipper, then fill-your hull one last time, but this time go to Sol to sell your precious metals. Then buy a 30MW mining laser and fly to Mars. Find one of its moons and keep on firing at it. This will improve your Elite rating and indeed you shall command the entire universe. Or something. ¦ Matt Broughton Keep those sexy tips coming in, and don't forget there's a Hit Squad game for every lucky contestant who gets their tip printed.
Island Equus To the left of the first cave there is a room with a diamond key in it.
Pick this up and use it to open a door in cave one. Fall down the hole. At the bottom of the hole there are two floor switches, two wall switches and a door. Behind the door there is another wall switch which opens the trap door.
Here's some top tips to whose hero changes his more times than Michael .
Platform you the wall and crash square rock (you have to get the speed just right).
In the second cave there is a room below the red key. In here there is a switch on the floor, a switch on the wall and a trap door.
Hit the switch which releases an arrow at you. Hit the arrow back in the direction that it came from and it will hit the switch on the wall opening the trap door.
Island Empeira Go into the first cave, go right until you come to the three floor switches, go across and hit the switch, the door will open below, go back over the switches and walk over to the open door, hit the switch so you open the door above then go round again throw the door above.
Island Gyps On this island use the green men to open doors. The last puzzle in Hit the left floor switch, which will release an arrow, hit this arrow to the left so it hits the wall switch (the door above will open), Quickly hit the right switch which also releases an arrow and fix it to the right so that it hits the wall switch on the right (the switch will fit an arrow through the open doorway, hitting the switch.)
When you have completed the first cave and you get to the next light bulb go left until you come to an archer. Kill him with your sword and go down and left. Look to the right of the screen and you will see a wall with some weak rocks in the middle. If you look to the left you will see some platforms going up in a diagonal fashion to the left.
Go to the top of the platform and turn into a rock, roll to left under tunnel. Start rolling to the right hitting each platform (push forward and up) as you descend.
When you get to the end of the it possible to solve. Here's how.
There is a wall switch and a floor switch. Just keep hitting the floor switch and the wall switch and you should be able to open the trap door. You'll need 35 pieces of gold to collect the bird crystal, if you can't find them all, don’t give up - they are there somewhere.
Island Leo In the first cave go left, then down and right to where there are four tunnels. Go down the bottom one and smash the rock. Then go back and through the top tunnel, smash the rock again and turn into the grass hopper. Go right up to the edge and jump. When you're above the platform turn into the hero, fall down and turn into the grasshopper again, Hint: in this level you will have to use the grasshopper a lot and his different length jumps - so get practising.
Island Vargula In the second cave there is a section with two trap doors one above the other, to the left of the top trap door. There is a switch which fires an arrow from the right towards you. To the right there is a switch that opens this top trap door, above this switch there is a rock. Get the rock and push it to the left and leave it on the trap door. Push the switch and the rock will fall onto the bottom trap door. (Now the hard bit) go over to the wall switch to the left and hit it. Walk right next to the wall, ping you into the bottom trap door with the rock where it the wall which
opens the trap door and _ closes the door The rock will fall I down onto the switches below P and when you hit the switch i the door will open and the trap will open. To get the castle key at I the end you will have to travel through a little maze as the spider. That's your lot. Hope these tips were of help. We'll leave yo with some general hints. I General hints
• Get as many lives as you can.
• When you're low on energy wait for a bit so it recharges.
• Save after every completed island, don't try to save until you
have completed the island.
• If you are not very good at hitting arrows practice at the
beginning of the castle level with the two archers.
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Valid From: (Switch Only) Issue Number: (Switch Only) I enclose a Cheque Bank Draft Postal Order for £ made payable to GORDON HARWOOD COMPUTERS LIMITED GET SERIOUS that there are still The Amiga Surfer goes under the knife and LightWave 4 is dissected in this month's autopsy of technical body parts H sz marketing decisions being made at Amiga Technologies. Removing their ‘multimedia' blinkers for a moment they have realised that the Internet is a major growth area not just for business but for the home user too and have responded with the Amiga Surfer pack, an all inclusive plug-in- and-go
Internet solution that doesn't break the bank. It's not perfect by any means but it should move the Amiga one step closer to the heart of 'the man in the street'.
However, whether the staff in Escom stores are to be briefed on this new bundle is very doubtful if the current state of Escom retail is anything to go on.
That aside, we've got a very varied bag of goodies on display for you in our reviews section. For the affluent or professional 3D artists among you there's the amazing Lightwave 4.0 reviewed by John Allardice (the man responsible those stunning Team 17 CD game intros), a new multi- media authoring system in the form of Image Vision, an Ethernet networking system, a new Amiga- converted graphics tablet, a top hard disk backup system and all the latest releases from the land of CD-ROM and public domain.
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Tony Horgan Technical Editor Amiga Surfer AT's new Amiga Internet bundle Is here! Mat Bettinson gives it a thorough workout.
Horgan's Organ Ethernet on Amiga Ethernet is king when it comes to networking solutions.
John Kennedy tests two systems for viability.
Lightwave 4.0 After lengthy delays, the Amiga's best 3D graphics system reaches version 4.0. John Allardice checks it out.
Power Tab A graphics tablet is the most natural way of drawing on a computer. Helen Danby doodles with the Power Tab.
Diavolo Backup Corrupt hard drives are no fun. With Diavolo Backup there's no need to worry, as Mat Bettinson discovers.
Image Vision Multimedia authoring takes another step forward with Image Vision, so says John Kennedy.
CD-ROM round up More from the land of the shiny silver disc. This month’s include fonts, an atlas and a CD full of Tetris games.
PD Scene Swinging back to a more games orientated month, PD Scene is here with plenty of fun ideas for the cheapskate.
PD Utilities The best and most recent uploads on the Aminet are covered, with availability for non-modem users too!
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Grab your shorts, sunnies and few tinnies and get ready to ride the internet waves. The Amiga Surfer pack is here promising quick and easy access to the internet. Our resident net expert has picked it apart bit by bit to see what you net hungry dudes will be getting. All your dreams come true or just the beginning? Find out ... Amiga Surfer Under £600 hardware and software bundle £90 for software only Developer: Various ¦ Supplier: Amiga Dealers see ads in the magazine ®hile clued-up Amiga users have been connected up to the Internet for some time, a large number have been put off by the
many complexities involved in setting up a computer for 'net access. Now. At last, there's an Internet solution for your Amiga that cuts through most of those hassles: the official Amiga Surfer pack. Based around the Amiga Magic pack, the Amiga Surfer adds a 14400 baud modem and Internet software, including a Pack Contents Hardware:
• Amiga A1200 (2Mb Chip RAM) 270Mb Hard drive
• 14400K baud modem Software:
• Internet software including a World Wide Web browser
• Personal Paint 6.4
• Wordworth 4 SE
• Turbo Calc 3.5
• Wordworth Print Manager
• Datastore 1.1
• Organiser 1.1 World Wide Web browser, to a package made up of
an A1200 (2Mb RAMI and productivity software in the form of
Personal Paint, Wordworth. Turbo Calc, Word- worth Print
Manager. Datastore and Organiser. Photogenics SE and the two
games from the Magic pack are not present. The Internet
software will be available separately for existing Amiga
owners. This review will concentrate on the Internet-specific
hardware and software in the Surfer bundle.
Highly complex On any machine, a working Internet system is highly complex.
Before any of the E-mail or Web browsing software can do anything useful, there needs to be an interpreter part which handles communication between the Internet and any software that is used to access it. This part is known as a TCP IP stack. TCP IP is the protocol of the Internet.
Almost all Amiga users currently connected to the 'net use NSDi’s AmiTCP to perform this function.
Commodore developed their own TCP IP stack some time ago with the uninspired name of AS225. This has since been updated and reworked by Interworks and renamed Inet225. Inet225 forms the basis of the Amiga Surfer 'net software. However, the version of Inet225 in the pack is restricted. Even though AT own Inet225. They are asking an additional fee of around £25 for users to upgrade to the full version. This is puzzling in light of the high cost of the software-only pack.
No Demon The version of Inet225 in the Surfer pack has been restricted so that it cannot run a server. A server could be an FTP daemon that controls your own FTP site (from which other 'net users could download files) or it could be a World Wide Web daemon to run your own WWW pages. Those aren't major restrictions since few people opt to do so.
The only major side effect of this is that it will not work with a particular server which collects E- mail via a special protocol called SMTP’. This means that the Surf pack will not work with Internet providers who only provide SMTP delivered E-mail. This includes Demon Internet Services. The Amiga Surfer software will not _ work with Europe's largest Internet I service provider and the most ® common among Amiga users in the UK. Oh dear.
Inet225 needs to talk to your modem to get on to the Internet.
There are two protocols in this _ area: SLIP and PPP Most providers I support the latter and fortunately * the Surf pack comes with both. _ The only drawback here is that the I driver doesn't support the ’EOF' ¦ mode of the serial device. The result is that CPU usage is very high whenever any data is being _ sent or received Fortunately it can I be replaced with a better driver available from the public domain. I Now that you have a basic line I of communication between the I blips coming down the modem I line and your Amiga, it's time to I set up your client software - these I are the only
parts of the software I you will see and use when surfing I the 'net. The clients provided cover I the vital areas of WWW. E-mail, I News. FTP and IRC.
Many, the most attractive . pect of the Internet is the World [Wide Web. With its mouse- ntrolled windows, pretty pic- res and foolproof links to mil- ns of diverse sites around the 'be, the web is responsible for
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Web browser Why MindWalker?
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to this game. Although ' game was well over the hill decided
the name was cool, their freshly developed ) browsing software
monly known as Voyager s renamed MindWalker.
Oliver Wagner, the super pro- nmer who created MindWalker just three months, still secretly s to the browser as 'V' in pri- and among beta testers.
MindWalker is a good looking browser with a stability that contrasts nicely against Amosiac, the Amiga's first web browser which is known for its tendency to crash at the wrong moment.
Like Amosiac. MindWalker requires Magic User Interface to be running. MUI is a kind of Workbench operating system enhancement and development tool. The advantage is that MindWalker has a nice interface, but the downside is that MUI slows things down and consumes more RAM. A version of MUI is included in the pack.
The usual features are built in such as a comprehensive Address Book facility and support for proxy caches to speed things up. Not all providers offer proxy caches so it's worth asking before you sign up. MindWalker also implements multiple sockets which means that it will open several connections to the remote WWW server in parallel, which greatly speeds things up compared to a single- tasking browser. Other than these features, MindWalker is a fairly basic but solid browser that fits well in the pack.
However, when compared to the latest versions of the Ibrowse demo and the soon to be released Aweb browsers (a demo of which was featured on last month's cover CD) it's clear that there's a lot of room for improvement. Fortunately users of the Surfer pack are entitled to updates of MindWalker as it’s still very much under development and improving all the time. These updates should add better behaviour when it comes to text formatting and so on.
Stop Press Just before going to press, Oliver Wagner revealed that MindWalker is indeed due for a release outside of the Surfer pack. He added that a public demo of the package will be available in the future though he couldn't elaborate on a release date. The full MindWalker will be an extended version of the program featured in the Surf Pack and will feature full HTML-3 support as well as tables and frames.
Oliver even hinted that Java support might be on the cards in the future. Java is the brainchild of computer giant Sun and looks set to become the defacto-standard Internet language making the dream of running applications which only exist on remote servers a reality, so don't rush out and buy a bigger hard drive just yet.
Internet relay chart of the most immediate forms Internet communication is real- text-based conferencing, n as Internet Relay Chat ). It works like a party line ! System, on which hunt's of users can exchange text ments to one another in real- ~. The Surfer pack comes with ¦ are specifically designed for called AmlRC, also written by : Wagner.
' Amiga' is the name of the stently busy channel where ..y Amiga enthusiasts hang out talk to like-minded people the d over. IRC clients aren't that n in Internet software ‘as for other platforms, so it's hing to see one in the Surf since the IRC is a valuable rce for Amiga owners. The s people make here can information exchange to hips and further. See the Net Wedding feature the February 96 issue of CU Amiga Magazine for more on that Highly polished AmlRC is possibly one of the most polished Internet clients ever seen on any platform let alone the Amiga. Oliver has also created an
alternative IRC-like network called Arcnet which is compatible with AmlRC. Amiga Technologies themselves prefer Arcnet since they can run a server on their own Amiga 'net box and it doesn't use too much of their valuable bandwidth. You can often find members of AT staff on Arcnet in the MAIN channel.
AmlRC has already proven itself to be the best IRC client around. While going to press.
AmlRC 1.0 was released onto the Aminet as a shareware product.
The list of numbers in the server 'phone book' could do with the additions of 'ircd.bt.net' and 'stork.doc.ic.ac.uk' for the UK market. Otherwise it's simply a case of running the program when linked up and typing join Amiga to enter the Amiga IRC channel. More powerful features hide inside the comprehensive configuration options but these will only be of interest diehard IRC fans (such as yours truly).
The Internet has a standard for transferring files (as opposed to E- mail and WWW pagesl called File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP is often used as a verb when talking about downloading an FTP file, in which case, the file would be 'FTPed'. The most famous collection of files for Amiga users is the Aminet. This awesome collection of Amiga software is 'mirrored' or exists physically in several countries around the world. The term for this collection of files is an ’FTP archive'. In older days these archives were accessed via a text based interface similar to the AmigaDOS shell. It didn't
take long before graphical interfaces were developed to perform those commands automatically.
FTP client AmFTP is the FTP client in the Surfer pack and takes this graphical approach. It looks a little like a miniature Directory Opus. Local files on hard drive of the user's machine are displayed in a window on the left, while the right window lists the current directory on the remote machine to which you are connected. Once you click on the Receive button AmFTP switches to a download screen with a list of selected files and a progress bar.
AmFTP is certainly not unique in this respect. There are other FTP clients but AmFTP is widely regarded as one of the better examples if not the best available.
Unlike AmlRC, there is some healthy competition in this field but AmFTP has some strong features which are very useful indeed.
Built in Archie AmFTP contains a built-in 'Archie' client. Archie is a system whereby you can search FTP archives for particular files by sending a search request to an Archie server.
Normally one would use a separate Archie client but now this can all be done within AmFTP The results are noted and then retrieved by logging in to the site where the files were found. So a Surfer pack user could find any publicly available file or program they desired. The value of such a resource unimaginably.
At any stage AmFTP is happy to be iconified so that it will continue to download the files in the background. AmFTP also supports s| cial 'ADT' servers. When logging on to those, a recent list of new files will be displayed automatic which is a very handy time saving function. AmFTP A very worthy addition to the Surfer pack.
E-mail client Voodoo is the Surfer pack's E-mail handling package. Developed quite recently, it doesn't depend on MUI like the former clients but uses a new GUI system called ClassAct. Although this is simpler but faster than MUI, Amiga Technologies have taken some flak for creating a package with two different GUI systems included which will need to run inside the tiny 2Mb memory available on a stock Amiga.
This gripe aside, it's otherwise easy to see why AT chose Voodoo. It's good looking, easy to' use and laden with features. It has built-in support for private PGP encrypted E-mails for the paranoid and MIME attached encoded files for swapping those Worms custom levels.
Unfortunately Voodoo is hampered in the Surfer pack by a bug which will cause E-mails written when not linked up (off-linel to be lost irretrievably. A representative of AT told me that this bug would be fixed soon and that they would be looking at the issue of providing SMTP mail support. Voodoo has a nice feature of displaying a MIME attached picture inside the message lister by simply clicking on an icon representing the MIME encoded part of the message. It would be difficult to find a more simple and easy to use E-mail package. While it's not specifically to my taste it is a quality
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? Cute. Simple and functional describes Voadae. It may not be the most camplei bat it bandies attacked Hn nicely and is very easy to use.
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Amiga Technologies have firmly aimed the Surfer pack at novice users who intend to buy an all- in-one Internet solution either complete with an Amiga set-up and a modem or just the software for an existing Amiga system.
The Surfer pack does the job very well indeed, although there are flaws such as the bug which loses off-line mail. I'm satisfied that it's as easy as it's going to get to set up, configure and dial in to one of the many Internet Service Providers around (except for Demon).
On a stock Amiga the functionality is going to be serious hampered by memory usage but that's more the fault of the standard 2Mb RAM than anything.
As for existing Internet users or more expert Amiga users, an alternative is to obtain the AmiTCP system, usually found in the form of an all-in installer on many BBSes.
All of the clients in the Surfer pack are available to buy separately (or will be soon in the case of MindWalker). This means that if you are capable of carrying out the complex configuration by hand, you could substitute Inet225 for AmiTCP for a superior set-up. The bottom line is that existing Amiga users have to weigh cash against an installation nightmare that can all too easily go horribly wrong. There's nothing to lose by trying to set up the free AmiTCP system first (check the back issues of the Wired World tutorial for the details). If that fails, the Surfer pack is a more
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That's really all there is to this card. Recommended. ¦ John Kennedy The A1200 Ethernet Problem Trying to find a way to provide an A1200 with Ethernet is extremely hard without resorting to an expensive solution involving a Zorro slot expansion system. Although the PCMCIA slot on the Amiga is a recognised standard, no-one seems to have developed the necessary software to drive the PCMCIA Ethernet cards which are available for notebook Pcs.
The AniiLink networking system reviewed in the January 1996 issue made use of the floppy disk drive socket and presents a standard SANAJI interface. Similarly, Liana is a SANA II compatible networking solution which makes use of the parallel (printer) ports. Parallel ports aren't particularly fast but they are a cheap way of doing things and a lot better than nothing. Some PD software on Aminet also aims to provide a SANAJI system using parallel ports so it's worth a search for a program called 'magPLIP'.
All these systems could therefore run Envoy, or alternatively run AmiTCP and connect to another Amiga. This Amiga in turn could have an Ethernet card and act as a gateway into a LANs full of Pcs, Apples and even a link to the Internet. Sounds complicated? Too right!
High-performance networking hardware on the Amiga might not be as scarce as you would think.
We check out two options The Ariadne Windows95. And the transfer rate was a very respectable 444 Kb second. It is a very useful card and although priced higher than its PC equivalents, it is still strongly recommended.
The Ariadne hardware is a single Zorro II card which can be placed into any free socket on an A2000. A3000 or A4000. There were no problems using it with an third party Zorro expansion systems, so lucky A1200 owners should be fine. It comes from the same stable as the Picasso video card and the only distinguishing feature is a bank of four red LEDs (light emitting diodes) which flash when data is sent or received and so may be useful in tracking down errors in your set-up.
The business end of the card features three connections: a standard printer style 25way female connector, a BNC-twist style plug and an RJ11 socket.
These last two are for connection to the Ethernet leads and the printer-style socket looks like a printer socket because that is exactly what it is.
The supplied disk of software contains several main elements: the network drivers, some networking software tools, the Envoy network software (vl .6) and software to drive the parallel ports.
The network drivers are totally SANAJI compliant, which means they can be used with any existing Amiga networking software, including the excellent (although Amiga only) Envoy system.
The network tools will keep an eye on the number of packets of data passing by. And the parallel port software creates two new printer ports which you can use from any program which allows you to select the printer port by name. This includes parallel port networking software. The second The Ariadne What is Ethernet?
Ethernet is a communication standard which has been around for many years. It's used to create 'LANs' or Local Area Networks from a pool of PC or Apple machines in an office. A LAN allows the machines to share printers, files and send electronic mail messages to one another. There are two cabling standards, 10Base-2 and 10-Base-T. The most commonly used in small set-ups is 10Base-2, which uses low-cost co-axial cable. Machines are all linked to each other in a line and special 'terminator' packs are attached to the each end of the cable. Each card has a unique hardware address and each machine
has its own unique identity as well. Data is sent in packets and each packet contains the ID of the receiver. Therefore only the data which is meant for the particular machine is intercepted. Ethernet is said to transfer at 10Mbit s, which is faster than modems but isn't the fastest networking technology available.
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Typically you can use the PC slots present to plug in standard PC I O cards, modems, and of course, Ethernet cards. In my system I have been using the GG2 to drive a I O card (providing an extra serial port for an external modem and parallel ports) and a network card. The hardware you can use depends on the drivers supplied, and currently support is included for serial and parallel ports, IDE hard drive interfaces and support for NE1000 (8-bit) and NE2000 (16- bit) Ethernet cards. As PC Ethernet cards are cheap, the GG2 represents a very real way of connecting your Amiga to a LAN.
Many Ethernet cards swear blind they are NE2000 compatible, or 'true NE2000 clones'. Be care- full Many cards no longer have jumpers on them to set the IRQ and Memory address. Instead they rely on utility software to make changes and store them in special memory: this presents problems for Amiga owners. PCTask claims to support any hardware on the GoldenGate 2, but programming an Ethernet card may be beyond it.
Experiments with Netware Lite and PCTask 3.1 proved unsuccessful.
The GG2 has no support for the PC's DMA system. This rules out any hardware using DMA and this includes Soundcards. Rumours of a driver for PC video cards have also been circulating but at this stage they seem unlikely ever to appear. The serial port driver is excellent and will drive both internal and external modems. I have been using it with the superb USRobotics Courier and have achieved excellent data rates.
However, the ability to use a PC Ethernet card could be the deciding factor in choosing to buy a GG2. My system has been working happily for many months, and using the same test file as with the Ariadne, the GG2 and NE2000 card had a data rate of 397 Kb second.
The GoldenGate 2 is a useful item of hardware at the right price and if you have some slots spare in your Amiga, you should consider it. The only snag is that older A2000s may not be compatible and all systems must have a processor with a MMU included.
You’ll need to make sure you have slots free: if you already have a few Amiga cards you may need to splash out on a Tower system. ¦ John Kennedy The GoldenGate 2 system requirements: 0S2, Zorro ll PC processor with MMU ease of use performance.. value for money OVERALL A30DU Sounds like a bit of a bodge .. but works very well indeed.
SANAJI and AmiTCP By default, the Amiga can't network.
I There is (currently) nothing in the oper- I ating system to support it. It needs help and one solution was the creation of the SANAJI networking standard.
I SANAJI is in the middle ground between software and hardware. If the I networking hardware comes with I SANAJI drivers and the networking software can support SANAJI, then | operation is transparent.
Both the above networking solutions I are excellent examples. Both come with SANAJI drivers and will therefore work I with any software which is SANAJI I friendly. If all the machines you are connecting are Amigas. Then you may I as well use the excellent Envoy net- I working software. Envoy runs on anything which supports SANAJI and is a first class piece of work and provides everything from directory security to shared printers. Release two of Envoy is available from Blittersoft.
Although networking two Amigas via Ethernet is useful, why stop there?
Ethernet is a cross-platform standard so once your Amiga can understand it, all sorts of things are possible. To start with though, you'll need to speak using a standard protocol. The Ariadne comes with a driver for a Novel Network client, but sadly obtaining the client software itself is difficult as the producers, Oxxi, don't seem to be with us anymore. A more useful solution is TCP IP, the networking software often used for Internet connections. AmiTCP is the main Amiga implementation (others are available), it fully supports SANAJI and so it is only a matter of configuring some
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Therefore we should be able to look forward to things like real world physics, collision detection and particle systems becoming an integral part of the LightWave interface, rather than separate.
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The first application of this L new architecture becomes appar-1 ent when you go to save an * image and you're presented with a huge amount of image forma' For the real tech-heads out then Newtek have also supplied all the ightWave 4.0 is one of the new breed of Amiga power applications that is available Anyone still not convinced that CD-ROM is the way forward only has to take a look at this. Along with the main LightWave program you get over 80Mb of surfaces, objects, scenes and images - everything from a prehistoric cave complete with flickering campfire, to the „ classic Tyrell
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Plug-in extras When you fire up LightWave 4.0 for the first time you could be forgiven for thinking you'd started your old version by mistake. On closer inspection however, the subtle but very important differences start to become apparent, You'll start to notice small buttons in the various menus referencing 'plug ins'. These hint at the total overhaul the program has gone through. Both LightWave and Modeler (Lightwave's own object building tool) have been reconstructed from the ground up with what's known as an 'open architecture'.
This means that any third party for managing to handle the graphics for a two-hour big budget pilot with just eight Amiga 2000s.
The rest of the world got in on the act soon after when Lightwave was released from its dependence on the NTSC-based VideoToaster by a little third party routine called LightRave. Newtek, the manufactures of the Toaster very quickly retaliated with Lightwave 3.5. Almost overnight, Lightwave became an obligatory piece of software for all serious Amiga 3D artists.
Now, little over a year later, Newtek has released Lightwave 40.
Loper documents necessary u to be able to write your plug ins.
Ser friendly 't let all this techno-babble ive you into thinking that need a degree in software 'neering to be able to use the am. LightWaue still has one the most accessible and user dly interfaces around. From ¦eption it has always been igned for ease of use. The us are simple and concise construction of your first ani- ¦ion can be accomplished ' in an hour, even if you've ¦¦ animated anything before.
I, its surface simplicity almost lead you to think it lacks any real depth or lety, but look at your average Lde of Babylon 5 and
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Jnplished that. All the tools there, and you won't have to too
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y. Modeler seems to have ' .'gone very little change version 3.5,
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it. The addi- of 'nurbs modelling’ (a kind aehand drawing
approach to ~t design) would have been e - maybe we'll see
that in the t version. The solid moving still has trouble
working in ing except the default display resolution, but the
addition of a much faster 'frontface' view helps
considerably with tracking down those annoying flipped
polygons.
Layout improvements The Layout section is where your models are given surfaces and textures, animated and rendered.
It's this section that has been given the most thorough overhaul. The Scene menu now has a handy little feature that can show or hide all bones, lights or objects instantly, and if you're working on a complex scene that can be a boon in clearing up the interface.
The Objects panel has its intriguing new addition of Displacement Map Plug-Ins and Object Replacement Plug-Ins buttons and it will be interesting to see what the third-party developers come up with to fill these.
There are also new Unseen By Rays and Unaffected By Fog options, which will be of most use to those power users who are dealing with image compositing and mapping live video into their scenes.
Texture previews The Surfaces panel now has a preview option which allows you to render any texture onto a sphere before assigning it to an object (as seen in Imagine 4 and Texture Studio). This saves a huge amount of time as you don't need to render the whole object or scene to see the results of your texture settings. Newtek have also upped the number of procedural textures with the addition of the disgusting 'veins: and the wonderfully flexible 'crumple', which can give one of the most realistic looking rock textures I've seen outside Vista-Pro. Another addition to the surfacing
functions is the new Glow feature, which is likely to become as overused as lens-flares were. This enables you to give an angelic halo effect to any surface group, which will be particularly useful for enhancing plasma and rocket flames.
While we're on the subject of fun and flashy effects, the lens- flares have been given an upgrade too. Hidden in a sub-menu of the Lights panel, the flares can now be fully customised. You now have the ability to tweak the density and streakiness of the surrounding halos, adjust the level of cinemascope distortion and most importantly, rotate the little beggars. This means that they can now look far more like an integral part of the scene rather than a post-produc- tion process effect for lazy animators (we've been guilty of this in the past, myself included!).
Kinematics Finally we see the introduction of 'inverse kinematics". This joints, all you have to do is grab his hand and pull it and all the connecting sections will follow along automatically, bending to limits set by yourself. This powerful new feature doesn't take that long to get to grips, with and surprisingly, doesn’t appear to slow down the inter-' face that much.
Conclusion Lightwave 4.0 is an upgrade aimed squarely at the more experienced animator. Most of the features seem to be aimed at putting Lightwave up against the high end competition like Alias, Wavefront and Softimage. I get the feeling that an essentially Amiga-developed software package will be giving the big boys some considerable worry in the future.
LightWave 4.0 is still king of the Amiga rendering scene by a long shot. Let’s hope we see the same level of development commitment continue over the next year. ¦ John Allardice Power Tablet ¦ Price: £199.95 ¦ Developer: Power Computing ¦ Supplier: Power Computing D 01234 352207 Frustrated by dodgy mice? The Tablet offers a neat alternative.
Be touching the tablet for it to register. In fact you only need to touch the tablet when you want to draw or click on an item. The communication between the pen and the tablet is very precise. So even the lightest of touches will register.
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This is like a three-button mouse with a crosshair mounted on transparent plastic. This is particularly useful for tracing images or precise transfer of any printed image.
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By overlaying a pre-defined template on the tablet, certain areas of the tablet can be used to select specific functions of your software, so instead of controlling the menus and buttons with the pen in mouse emulation mode, there are buttons set up on the template which you can click on directly. The tablet islarge enough (41cm x 41cm square) to accommodate quite a few function buttons on a template.
Power Computing have written their own software which allows you to design templates for any program, and this comes with template files for Personal Paint.
Deluxe Paint 4 AGA and Dpaint 5.
Your templates are printed from the Power Template program onto A4 paper in a number of pieces to build up the final template. Hard copy of the Dpaint and Ppaint templates are also supplied.
In art classes, so we drafted in the considerable talents of Helen Danby, the Art Editor, to give us a professional opinion.
Running on a 50MHz 68030 A1200 with Dpaint in super high res interlaced mode, the tracking of the pen is surprisingly fast, easily matching the_response time and fluidity of mouse control, allowing for smooth natural strokes.
Compared to similar tablets on other platforms, the Power Tab stacks up well and definitely gets the thumbs up for freehand drawing.
For a well constructed tablet of this size, the price is quite attractive and would certainly be justified by the increased level of precision and control it offers. A good investment for Amiga artists. ¦ Tony Horgan Conclusion If you've always found that mice hamper your natural artistic style, upgrading to a graphics tablet is a very good idea.
Even though some of the support software and documentation is a little rough around the edges, it all works well enough to encourage you back to freehand drawing.
Mouse emulation In its default operational mode, the Power Tab is used to move the mouse around the screen.
This can be rather disorientating at first, because your instinct tells you to make a number of strokes with the pen across the tablet to move from one side of the screen to the other. However, the position of the pen on the tablet is mapped directly the pointer's onscreen position. So for example, if you moved the pen away from the tablet, then introduced it at the top left corner, the pointer would jump straight to that corner of the screen. The pen doesn't have to ©espite the mouse achieving world domination at home and in the office, when it comes to freehand drawing it's just not the
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Good looking Like many Amiga users I've made do with the PD program AmiBack.
So Diavolo would have to be something special to justify the outlay of SUPERSTAR this much cash when there's a free alternative. It took all of five minutes to realise that Diavolo is something very special. I'm a sucker for a good looking clean OS compliant GUI. Diavolo's is gorgeous. Who said a back-up package had to look boring?
Diavolo is laid out so logically that it hurts. You can back-up to conventional floppy disks (of which DD and HD disks can be mixed) or a single file on any medium or removable direct storage. Back-up and restore preferences are activated from the menus and are so basic I doubt many will need to even refer to the adequate 48 page manual. A powerful query routine is used to discover the characteristics of a device so that Diavolo can learn the layout and then write directly to the device's media for optimum speed. Speed is probably where Diavolo got its devilish name. It's so quick.
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Drag and drop The main window on the ImageVision screen is the 'Script window' and it represents the various processes which make up a multimedia project as icons. To add a picture showing routine, you drag across the picture icon from the tools bar. You think like the icons together to define the flow of control’ through the project.
Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it?
It really is easy too. Each icon can be double clicked and up pops the control settings where you can The ImageVision ImageVision comes in a CD style jewel case and contains one double-density floppy disk and one CD-ROM. The ImageVision program is contained on the floppy, so a CD-ROM drive isn't essential.
It would be useful though, because the shiny disk is crammed with the sort of data which makes putting together impressive presentations easier than ever. On the disk are many superb textures in many different colours and resolutions, ready to use as the basis of a page in your project.
After the delight at the beautiful backgrounds, your excitement may wane a little as the rest of the disk contains some fonts, some buttons and symbols. Sound sound samples and three sound modules are also present, but more would be welcome.
The novelty of the CD-ROM cannot be denied, and I can only wish that other software companies think hard about using this media too. The extra convenience of having megabytes of resource material on hand makes ImageVision stand out from the crowd.
CD-ROM V. When software like this arrives, it's easy to start remembering what the Amiga is good at. And what is the Amiga good at? Multimedia of course: the combination of graphics, sound, animations and anything else close to hand to produce a presentation'. The history of the Amiga is full of multimedia authoring systems. From Deluxe Video and Amiga Vision to Scala.
ImageVision is the latest tool on the market and it is designed to make it as easy as possible to put together a presentation (interactive or not) consisting of static images, animations, text and sound.
If ever an application deserved to win awards for the appearance of its user interface, ImageVision would be up there on the podium This latest software tool reminds us that the Amiga is still the best when it comes to multimedia.
Enter the name of the image to be displayed or the sound file to be played. In fact, it's so easy that no instruction book is supplied - all the documentation is in the form of online help. Normally I like a good thick book to explain the basics but the well written AmigaGuide document includes several tutorials and a good reference section and so I didn't miss the paper instructions too much.
As well as the script display, there are two other editors: the Graphics Editor and the Click Editor. You use the Graphics Editor to design the pages in your project. For example, you may have a nice textured backdrop loaded from the CD-ROM in which case you would use the Graphics Editor to position text or load in a brush image Let's click The Click Editor is used to outline an area on the screen which is sensitive to mouse clicks. Regions may be rectangles, ellipsis or polygons but all achieve the same thing: a move to another icon in the flow diagram on the Script wirv dow. This means
there are no 'buttons’ as such, only areas on the screen which trigger a move to another part of the project when clicked on. This means that it's hard to provide any visual feedback - a button won't depress Creating a presentation with ImageVision A 8. Return to the Meoo screen end ose the Click Evilor to outline the buttons. Nett associate them with the Tools the? Will move to when clicked. Voile! The linished multimedia presentation, reads lor release or to be recorded onto videotape.
Ten clicked - which lessens the teractive element.
That's really all there is to it.
Tere is no text-based scripting iguage underneath the graphical terface: the active components are the tools which display images and animations, as well as trigger- sound effects and sound module playbacks. Animation support is flexible in that CDXL animations are allowed, and if you have suitable hardware (Pegger or Scala’s MPEG replay board), MPEG playback too. Animation formats ANIM5 and ANIM8 are supported (no 7 sadly) and playback direct from hard disk is allowed.
No can do It's easier to get across the level ImageVision works’at by mentioning what it doesn't do: although there are several wipes to chose from to animate the screen displays, there are no built-in animation tools. If you want to create footage of a logo or text whizzing around the screen then you’ll need to create a stand-alone animation in Deluxe Paint or something similar first. You can create vertically scrolling text by using the ‘push up' wipe option but there is no horizontal alternative.
Wired for ... Sound effects are easy to add, and as with animations, long samples can be spooled from disk.
Modules and samples can be synchronised to images which makes for snappy slideshows. However, unusually for a multimedia program. There is no support for MIDI.
This flaw is compounded by a lack of an Arexx port or in fact any method of launching an external program. This makes ImageVision rather a closed shop, and limits its use in more demanding situations.
And so ... Overall, ImageVision lacks the power and flexibility of programs like Scala and CanDo. However, thanks to the attractive interface it is tremendously easy to use: it's certainly a lot more fun than Optonica's MultliMedia Experience. Here's hoping that version 1.1 won't be the last and subsequent improvements will build upon what is a very impressive basic authoring tool.
ImageVision is perfect for knocking together slideshows, but the quality of the effects will depend on your skills with existing animation packages. ¦ John Kennedy REPAIRS WHILE-U-WAIT 111 COMPUTERS AND MONITORS s,o™p"‘Se"!!
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Fresh Fonts Vol 2 DTR graphics and video tasks The Fresh Fonts Cds are a great source of fonts, and Volume 2 now comes with a booklet that includes examples of all the typefaces on the disc, as well as all the fonts from Volume 1. They're divided into seven categories: deco, non- Latin, pictures, sans serif, script, serif and Thienen.
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However, if you like the idea of playing a different version of Tetris every day of the week, there's always that option.
Needless to say, this is a disc for true Tetris addicts only.
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Price: £9.99 plus £1 P + P. 70 drawers according to which package was used to create them. Overall, a very neat, useful and accessible collection for all 3D animators and artists.
Large text in a scrolling display, although this is generally rather basic, with population figures, primary industries and other general information.
World Atlas was compiled using Optonica's Multi Media Experience and while this is very apparent due to the interface and overall look, example of what can be achieved with the system.
A Quit button is one obvious omission, although the program can be closed with a Shift-X keypress. Even though it lacks any real depth as far as information goes, for a quick and easy visual reference guide to the globe.
World Atlas is very attractive.
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Creating your own objects for 3D rendering can be the digital equivalent of building a model of Westminster Abbey out of matchsticks - fine if you've got the patience and time but most of us would rather get on with the serious business of rendering, keeping the object modelling sessions for those special personalised constructions. The 3D GFX CD, from the same people responsible for the 3D Arena disc, has plenty to offer 3D artists and animators using Imagine. Lightwave, Cinema 4D and Pov Ray. There are objects and textures for all of those packages and textures and extras for users of Real
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This is the kind of thing we were always promised CD-ROM would bring us. World Atlas is an atlas on a CD and is rather better than you might imagine.
Primary school geography teachers take note.
Previous geographical reference Cds have consisted of poor quality maps backed up with slack production. Worid Atlas on the other hand is a very neat package which uses consistently detailed maps of the whole world. When you select a country you're presented with a sequence of maps of the same area which loop round, each detailing different features of the One of the most instantly appealing aspects of this disc is the collection of animations, most of which are ready to run from the CD While these aren't going to be of direct use in your own renders, they're a good source of ideas and
inspiration for future creations. If you have facilities for spooling MPEG movies you can view a few of those too. A demo version of Cinema 4D is also present, along with a generous selection of rendered images, filed into area in question. This is handy if you want to look up exactly where Aunty Agnus is living in the Ukraine.
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13000-1- titles, that’s more than a library with less than that!
PD SCENE PD Scene You want cheap thrills? You got 'em! Tony Horgan takes a look at the latest offerings from the PD goodie bag.
Lee Majors to Advocates... I've found it! We were sent this slideshow KftsooGDo some time ago but it was sucked into the void of anti-matter more commonly know as my bottom drawer. Now it's resurfaced, I thought it deserved an I 4A airing. It's a slideshow in which the great Lee Majors (of Six Million I * I Dollar Man fame) is H depicted advocating a I number of bizarre practices, including 'wearing one's pyjamas - - -,, • .... | IvWMOT « UMIVM * during maze navigation', the desert burial of Richard Gere', 'heading them off at the pass' and my personal favourite 'taking on the spirit form and
haunting William Shatner'. This is volume seven of the series, which by now is probably up to number 1325 or something. Anyway, no Amiga is complete without it!
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Available from: Benjamin Cowdall, 23 Barn Way, Cirencester.
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Price: £2 including P + P. Pic It game 'Say what you see' is the irritating catchphrase from the irksome, in my opinion, __ presenter of the TV quiz i m IK1NIH’ show. That's the basis for . J Pic It. It's a multiple choice general knowledge quiz in which up to four players can take part (there are no computer controlled opponents).
A picture board is covered with nine squares which flash in a random order waiting for a mouse click.
Depending on which square was highlighted when you click the mouse, you'll get a question based on one of a few subjects, such as geography, science, sport and so on. If you answer the question correctly the square disappears to reveal part of the picture behind it. There are two sets of pictures: famous faces and phrases. The object is to amass as many points as possible in the quiz and put a name to the face or guess the phrase before your opponents.
Pic It is one of the better 'pub quiz' style games to have cropped up, and although it probably won't take long to exhaust the question banks, it's plenty of fun for trivia fans while it lasts. An extra disk of questions and pictures is available from the same address for £3.
Available from: Rob Massey, 65 9 Yoxall Road. Shirley. Solihull, ¦¦ West Midlands B90 3SD. I 1-w c Tel: 0121 745 1011. Price: £1.50 ¦ ¦ including P + P. Boris Ball I haven't played an i __ Arkanoid clone for a while, so this was a pleasant trip I | down memory lane for ten " minutes or so. If you're a . " ¦¦ saddo sample spotter like myself, you can glean extra entertainment by identifying the sounds effects which have been grabbed from a diverse range of sources, including Rolling Thunder, the classic platform shoot 'em up coin-op of yesteryear.
Recommended if you need a decent bat and ball game.
Available from: F1 Licenceware, 95 77 31 Wellington Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 9DU. Tel: 01392 493 580. Price: £3.99 including P + P. game The obvious comparison here is with Lemmings, because the idea of the game is to guide your 'Teeny Weenys' to the exit of each level, using a bank of remote controls and any objects you find along the way. These will help you bridge gaps, blast holes in obstructions and so on.
Fans of cute and colourful games will find plenty to fawn over, even if the sprites look like they've come straight out of Lilliput. If you're easily annoyed by intrusive and repetitive sounds effects you should turn off the musical option before the effects drive you insane. This is one of those games you can take at your own pace (although there is a short time limit on each level) and as such would be well recommended to the younger Amiga gamer - it's more about exploration and logical thought than manual dexterity and reactions.
Roswell Crash Slides slideshow Teeny Weenys Yet more alien conspiracy theories, this time it's the Roswell Incident.
The story goes that some aliens crash landed in America some time ago and were captured. A post mortem was carried out and filmed, which showed an archetypal alien I figure being dissected. We don't have room here for the debate on its invalidity but it is quite interesting all the same in a kind of 'how do they do that?' Kind of a way.
The pictures are small greyscale GIFs which are rather slow to load (IFFs would have fitted and would have been faster). A useful addition to the collection of any alien fan.
Available from: OnLine PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX. Tel: 01704 834 335.
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Price: £1.50 plus 75p P + P. Liars AGA demo Talk about conspiracy theories! This demo from Nerve Axis has enough to feed the most paranoid imaginations for years.
Most of the demo is taken up with a trip hop sound track and captioned pictures detailing how various American presidents have been involved in alien cover ups for the past half a century. Apparently a band of aliens gave the American government the information needed to develop its 'Stealth' aviation technology in exchange for not disclosing details about the aliens' visit. Oh, and John F Kennedy was killed (by the driver of his car) because he was going to expose the whole thing.
That's all according to this demo of course, and who am I to question it? As if out of obligation, there's a short section of wobbly graphics between the conspiracy theories and the credits. If you've got video tapes of every episode of the X-Files arranged in alphabetical chronological order on your shelves, then this is for you.
Cfnnxa x ii Available from: F1 Licenceware, 31 Wellington Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 9DU. Tel: 01392 493 580. Price: £3.99 including P + P. game What an unfortunate name for a game in which balls feature so prominently.
Scrotax is a shoot 'em up of the simplest order but still maintains an original twist.
You control a ball which constantly bounces up and down
- all you can do is shift it left or right. I + - .
Aliens appear from the right of the I_ screen and zoom across to the left. Your objective is to shoot them and avoid bumping into them.
Sad, simple stuff but it may find its takers.
Available from: Your Choice PD, 39 Lambton Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0ZJ. Price: £99p including P + P. Radar Issue 2 disk magazine p “ Now get this: Radar is the T)€ RADAR MAGAZINE OFFICIAL Pennine Amiga Club International disk .£.! Tm-H magazine, not just some " ¦ •- unofficial imitation! What r..i. . *«r«r»-.r would possess someone to make an unofficial version is ••»¦*" m™'m ' beyond me but rest assured: j, this is the official mag!
It's come on a lot since the first issue. There are enough articles to make quite a good read, including reviews of commercial and PD software, hardware reviews, letters, opinion columns, adverts, a reader survey, news and plenty more too. While you read there's a choice of three hackneyed modules to tap your foot along to. If it's a clubby low-end games and PD kind of vibe you're after, then Radar is worth a read.
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Nice one.
AmiCDFS 2.6 CD-ROM filesystem AmiCDFS is We're pretty sensitive about virus checkers at CU Amiga Magazine after the scare we had with our last CD-ROM cover mount. One thing is certain: a virus checker needs several essential features before its any good at catching the latest, nasty so-called 'link' file viruses.
Firstly it has to be as up to date as much as possible.
This can be a problem if you get PD and such forth off the 'net, where you're risking attack from a brand new virus. Secondly the program must be able to unpack and check compressed files as a virus infected program could otherwise simply be packed and then not recognised by the checker. Lastly, and this is something which I've only really seen VirusZ and Xtruder support, the virus checker must be able to scan the contents of LHA or LZX archives.
Xtruder does all this and while it doesn't have a small inoffensive GUI like Virus Z, it is still highly configurable with a mass of powerful features such as automatic time scheduled virus scanning. This is probably what makes Xtruder the choice of BBS operators who must always be on guard. It's always a good idea to have a couple of packages keeping watch on your hard drive and as Xtruder is a high quality, feature laden virus checker, it's just about essential to organise a copy every time an update appears.
Thankfully you need only update the libraries.
Available from: Your Choice, see box out on page 87 for details. Aminet path: util virus Xtruder24.lha (282K) amazing. It's the fastest CD-ROM filesystem I've ever seen. Check out these benchmarks for copying Aminet9's tools to RAM: AmiCDROM 1.15 = 72 seconds. AsimCDFS 3.5 (commercial) = 56 seconds.
CacheCDFS 2.6 (commercial) = 44 seconds. AmiCDFS 2.6 = 35 seconds. How can it be? PD software (even uncrippled) performing far better than expensive commercial alternatives! What's more, AmiCDFS even works with the atapi.device for IDE CD-ROMs on Amigas. This is most definitely utility of the month and even though the author doesn't demand a shareware fee, he darn well deserves it. Only a fool wouldn't use it to read the next CUCD.
Available from: Your Choice. Aminet Path: disk cdrom amicdfs26.lha (121K) Everyday Organizer Personal Organizer I needed this utility. I need to get organised. So Everyday Organizer was recommended to me by some 'net buddies and boy oh boy does it look good. Based on MUI, it might not look like everyone's cup of tea but it's sure got what it takes. There's several different organizer clients in the package. 'Locate' is an essential address book that has a search facility. 'On Time' is an event scheduler which is shown in the accompanying screenshot here. This can tie in to the next package
'Alarmist' which will be activated on startup and audibly warn of any important events. On Time is amazingly comprehensive. I loved the date calculation function which gives the time between two dates to get an idea of how far away it is.
Some support programs included 'Talk' which is a replacement for the Say command but with many more features and 'Sam' which is a datatype sound player.
Finally 'Coder' encrypts files from prying eyes. Overall a lovely professional package and 100% freeware. If you need organising like I do, get it now.
78 CyberShow 6.0a Picture Viewer CyberShow is dif- ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦»- ferent from your r ___ standard picture viewers. Firstly it * ,, j:y f ¦ |hM| doesn't support £¦¦ any special custom _j screen modes such p- ’ V as HAM. All it does Hwp ¦¦ is display the cho- sen pictures on a poj '-j public screen in a -I window. The more colours the screen ,. -T", ¦¦¦ has the more accu- ¦¦ ¦' "¦ ¦ rately CyberShow can render the picture (if it has a lot of colours). CyberShow was really designed for GFX board users who run the CyberGraphX RTG system.
This system can actually open standard intuition screens in up to 24 bit colour depth. CyberShow will produce a proper true-colour picture in a window of photorealistic quality. It's very handy and a one of a kind for GFX board users, but it's also still very useful as a picture viewer for Workbench. This is because of the staggering array of picture types supported, including IFF, PhotoCD, Jpeg, PPM PGM PBM, QRT, Targa.PCX.BMP. TIF, EGS7. DEEP. YUV, VLAB, RGB and a whole lot more, plus any datatypes available. It will even busy itself loading the next picture while you're viewing the last
in slide show mode. There is a major catch though: it only displays greyscale unless it’s registered which costs 30 German DM or about £15. It could be worth it though. 0 0 How to contact Your Choice Almost everyone has heard of the Aminet archives on the rnet, the largest collection of Amiga software in the ~d. ’Your Choice PD' has come up with an excellent 'on for Amiga users with no net access. Your Choice has packed the massive Aminet index file including a search utility browser on to two bootable floppy disks. By ing £1.00 plus 70p P+P to Your Choice, you can then se the index, select
as many Aminet files as you like to fit on as many floppy disks as you care to order.
Each floppy disk of Aminet files costs £1.50 + 70p P+P r order. Your Choice can be contacted at 39 Lambton Rd. Chorlton, Manchester M21 OZJ. Tel: 0161 881 8994.
Vark 12 Utility compilation Another Vark util compilation which packs a lot of stuff on the floppy for your quid. Much of it is excellent material
• vhich I've not even seen on the Aminet. Included is another
CD filesystem re-written from the AmiCDROM source.
Although not as good as AmiCDFS, it's still capable.
There's also an updated screen driver for ShapeShifter which is much faster than the original and the Breathless
1. 1 engine update is there too. The excellent FastExec program
speeds up machines with fast memory and an IFF to ASCI
producer plus details to fix the floppy drives on AT's new A
1200s. Also useful are an ASL file requester patch to make
directories appear first, a hard disk RDB back-up program
and the excellent UrouHack utility which makes windows look
amazingly different. This is a superb. Just one thing though
Vark, make it accessible from WB please.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden II II q Suburb, London NW1 6JE. Tel: 0181 g o 4551626. Price: 90p plus 50p P + P. Available from: Your Choice. Aminet Path: gfx board cybershow60a.lha (98K) StarBlank Screen Blanker It's a compilation of screen blankers. I never saw the problem with turning the monitor off myself. Seriously though, I use the screen dimmer in MCP for functionality to avoid the very real threat of phosphor 'burn-in' which can and does leave images permanently on your screen if it's left showing a bright display for too long.
Blankers (or screensavers)are really for fun and this is an entire collection to have a laugh at including StarBlanker which gives the disk its title. This provides your screen with a nice moving starfield.
Others include Zodiac, Twilight, Rotor, Spliner, FracPlank, Star, PBIanker, FancyBlanker (which kept guruing on me, so I can't comment on it) and a hell of a lot more. All have their own peculiar graphical effect on offer. Some are better behaved than others, most are at least commodities so they can be removed and have their preferences appear by talking to them with the Workbench commodities exchange program.
The best effort on the disk was Bserver which had a range of blankers which it would choose from random or by your own preference. It will also use you desired screen mode and some of the effects are quite neat for pose value.
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GRAPHICS MASTERCLASS 94 Creating a caricature can be fun and it's very easy to do. We show you how in Graphics Masterclass.
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Lights, cameras and the Action Editor Imagine 3.0 The Action Editor is where it all happens with Imagine 3.0. Want to grab some? Here's how ... One trick when making animations is to render a backdrop (for example, a detailed planetl and use the image as the backdrop. This means you don't need to re-render the background over and over again. One rather irritating thing though is that the backdrop image must be the same size as the image you are rendering in the Project Editor, so remember to set both the same.
The backdrop picture will completely replace any background 'sky’. It is not a rendering object, it is simply plonked down and added to the image.
It therefore won't appear in reflections and won't show through transparent objects. If you want a background to show through an object, make a plane and map the texture director onto it instead.
Ows and so on in image match the position lights in the foreground.
It may look confusing but the key to Imagine animation is mastering what happens in the Action Editor. It's where all the most subtle and yet powerful options are hidden away.
There are two reasons for using the Action editor. First of all. It defines how the objects loaded and placed in the Stage Editor change over time. Animations are fine-tuned here. You can create roughly what you want to happen in the Stage Editor and then control it to incredible accuracy in the Action Editor.
The display is of a grid, with the objects listed vertically and the frames in the animation listed horizontally. Every attribute of the objects can be controlled individually for each frame or the objects can be made to morph from one setting to another. As Animation is such a huge subject, we'll start our look at the Action Editor by examining its secondary purpose: controlling the global appearance of the world which you are rendering.
Globals Every time you start Imagine, two special objects appear in the Action Editor display. The first is the camera, which always needs to be present otherwise it would be impossible to view anything at rendering time. The second is called 'Globals' and it defines the environment of your virtual world.
You can open up the Globals object by clicking on its entry in the Action Editor Grid. Click on the coloured bar in line with the Actor' setting, This should open a requester like the one in Figure 2.
From where you can adjust the various settings.
We'll now go through the settings one by one. To see anything sensible, you should go back to the Stage Editor and load and position some objects including at least one light source. You can then try adjusting the Globals settings and go back to the Stage Editor for a QuickRender or move to the Project Editor to render the scene in detail. The Global Brush does not appear directly in a scene, however if any of the objects present are reflective you will see evidence of it. Imagine you want a shiny logo to appear against a black background. What would you see reflected in the shiny material?
Unless you have a global brush, you won't see anything reflected which makes for a boring image. Use a digitised image of clouds or even a blurred image of blue and white air-brushed patterns to make your reflections more interesting. The Global brush can be any size.
And will show up in either Scan line or Ray Tracing modes.
Click on the Browse button to bring up a file requester Backdrop The Backdrop image appears behind all the objects in a scene. You could use it to add a background, such as clouds or a cityscape.
Spheros with no global mapping set
- Number of frames in the animation 'Camera object Globals
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poiotiii white dots inkle a black sphere.
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Ambient RGB Meeting the right positions for ht sources in a scene is a real
dll. If you want to know the best locations, ask a photographer
get a book from your library, be Ambient light values are a
isure of the amount of stray ight in a scene. Ambient light
is no direct source but it illumines everything. It will
therefore ake shadows less dark and tcrease contrast. You
will need set it according to the objects iu are using, the
number of ght sources in the scene and 1 No ambio nt light R
= 5, G = 5, B = 5 1 R = 50, C =
50. B = 50 R = 150. G= 150, B= 150 the mood you are trying to
create. In these images, there is only one distant light
source and different ambient light settings.
Horizon zenith If you don't want to use a Backdrop image, you can still adjust the colour of the sky. This is achieved with the three sets of three light settings: horizon, positive and negative zenith. The horizon is the centre of the screen and the zeniths are the very top and bottom of the sky (not the screen). If you move the camera up and down, the colours will move to reflect the change.
The shading looks great and adds a lot to a scene with minimal effort. Obviously if you have a Backdrop image selected, you won’t see the cplours.
Star field effect you have been waiting for.
Simply enter a number other than zero into this field and you'll get an instant star field. Small numbers work best - try 0.01 to start with. Higher numbers look a bit weird. Sadly the stars never seem to show up well in print, so I've made the sky reddish and included a magnified view. In Imagine 3 the stars don’t animate well and so for epic productions you may wish to create your own starfield by creating a black sphere and painting white dots onto the inside. For parallax effects: well, that's a different story all together.
Fog settings The global setting which adds most to the ’atmosphere' of your scene, is the Fog feature. There are six values to set: three of which are the red, green and blue colour of the fog. The other settings are vertical dimensions of the fog (for example, set bottom to -100 and top to 100 for a bank of fog 200 units high) and the distance from the camera at which an object is halfway buried. It takes a lot of experimentation to get the values just right for your scene. This image has the following settings: Fog Bottom: -100 Fog Top: 100 Fog Length: 500 Fog Red: 25 Fog Green: 25 Fog
Blue: 25 Try these settings in your own image and then fine-tune them as necessary.
Miscellaneous The Start End Frame values are for when animations are being created and so we'll look at that next month. The same goes for the 'max seq’ which allows backdrops to be animated, and 'Transition frame count' which defines how different global settings merge from one to another. Next month we really start to get things moving as we look at Imagine's powerful animation facilities. Order your accelerator cards and larger hard disks now) ¦ John Kennedy Caricatures Graphics Masterclass Creating a caricature from a digitised photograph is not only fun but surprisingly easy to do, at
least in a rather basic form.
Caricatures work by exaggerating certain features to comical degrees. A skilled artist will be able to look at a face and see .
Immediately which features need most attention. Basically these will be the most dominant aspects of the face. For example. If anything is unusually large, make it much bigger. The same goes for small features, .
Which should be reduced.
Sometimes it’s not individual features that are the key - the overall shape of the face or head can often be the most outstanding aspect of someone's appearance. For example, a caricature of John Cleese might extend the height of the entire head with very little exaggeration of the individual features.
It's also worth taking into account the perceived personality of the character - are they brash and bold, shy and retiring, rough and ready? All of these points can be taken into account.
How to cheat You want to cheat? OK, the easiest and quickest way to make your first caricature is to get hold of a digjtised photo of your subject and cut the face in half horizontally. Try making the cut just below the eyes and around the bottom of the nose. Now pick up each part as a brush and expand the top part and shrink the bottom part, then paste them back down again. Hey presto: a basic caricature!
If you want to do the job properly you need to cut up the face into its component parts: hair, forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, ears and chin. Put these aside on a spare page.
Now you can set about resizing each part and putting the face back together. One final trick is to use the original shoulders and body of the subject but make this much smaller in comparison to the head. This alone will give your characters an instant puppet-like appearance.
Due to the amount of cutting and pasting that this technique involves you will probably find it best to use Image FX. Dpaint.
Ppaint or Brilliance as they all have good brush handling options. If Photogen- ics is your preferred tool you might like to use the following techniques instead.
The warper tool is very handy for quickly expanding or shrinking individual Fast cars, strange-looking men. Anything's possible when you know how.
And we're here to teach you.
Features. In the Mel Gibson example his mouth was altered by dragging out a warp area that matched the contours of his cheeks. Depending on the area you are changing you'll need to use different warp settings, positive numbers to expand and negative to shrink.
Both the George Bush and Mel Gibson pictures are taken from the Nothing But GIFs CD from 17 Bit Software. See their advertisement in this issue for details.
Speed limit liis rather stylish Sure of a highly sirable Mercedes iulwing is the result I of a fair bit of work ising Image FX and ttogenics. The ginal picture came from the lothing But GIFs CD from 17 Ibit Software. It’s included on t month's covermounted CD |in the CUCD:17_Bit_PD 17BIT- SIF GIFS DIGITISE TRANSPORT awer and the file is called
4. GIF’. The idea was to take the stall picture and inject some
I and excitement into the ene. Subjecting the whole lage to a
simple motion blur cess is the obvious solution, tthe results
would be a lot i dramatic than this.
Let’s start off with the back- und. Which was created in age FX using the Remove Iture option from the Effects nu. The original picture was ded and then the left half of jtwas deleted by dragging a ge black box over the area to B removed. Now when the move Feature option is ;ted. The remaining graph- i on the right of the screen B smeared across to the left.
Motion blur Next the car was cut out from the background. The easiest way to do this is remove the background with a big paint brush, then carefully remove the parts around the edge of the car. You can then pick up the car using the Scissors icon, clicking it twice to turn on the automatic background detection. This is much easier than trying to outline the whole car by hand in one go.
With the car isolated it was then loaded into Photogenics and subjected to a motion blur process with an angle setting of 270 degrees (right to left) and a length of 50 pixels. This was repeated to emphasise the effect.
The same could still be done from within Image FX, it’s just a matter of personal preference. Then the car was moved into the secondary buffer and the blurred background was loaded. The background was then composed with the blurred car using the Brightness Key option to fade the two together.
Finally to add some definition and detail, the original cut out of the car (not the blurred version) was loaded into the secondary buffer and the Compose function was used once more, superimposing the sharp detailed image over the blurred main picture. ¦ Tony Horgan Wired W |Uj|1 ig) This month we set up an FTP and WWW sei our Amiga. Now all we need is cheap perm 9 I connections and we're sorted.
When we were covering the FTP client’s February Wired Word, we promised to explain how to set up an FTP service on your own machine. Here is that explanation; the daemon we’ll use as an example is available on any Aminet mirror under the path commAcp mlftpd 14.lha. There are other FTP daemons available and the techniques are similar though most tend to be more complicated than the one supplied by Magnus Lilia (of AmiFTP fame).
The first step is to copy the ftpd' executable into the AmiTCP:Serv directory. Then load the config file inetd.conf into your text editor. This configuration file details what to do with each service available on your AmiTCP set-up. Ensure there is no line that starts with FTP and if there is, comment it out by placing a hash ( ) in front of it. Now add the line m figure 1.
Save the config file and then load your AmiTCP; Serv passwd file into your text editor. This file details the users able to log in to your system. It would be a good idea to add a couple of lines as in ’ figure 2.
Note that the path embedded between the bar characters at the end in figure 2 is Maim ftp This should be changed to describe the location of the root directory of , your own private FTP site. Decide where it will be and fill in your own path here. You might like to make an assign and use this to disguise the actual physical drive names on your system. Always a good security precaution.
Now two more text configuration files have to be created: ’ftpusers’ and ’ftpdir' must be created and saved in the AmiTCP db directory again. The ftpusers file is a list of users who are effectively banned from using your FTP service. This is another security precaution to make sure no-one can log on to access all your drives with your own privileges. Just copy the ftpusers file from the mlftpd archive into AmiTCPdb.
’ftpdir’ is a little more involved. It details all the directories to which anonymous users can gain access to. Anonymous users would normally be everyone who logs in remotely. An example would be; Maim ftp Main i ftp incoming W This means everyone can log onto Main:ftp (which may contain directories which users can enter).
The second line has a special W flag afterwards which means 'Write’. Anonymous users can upload ONLY to this directory. Copying this kind of format is advised. Lastly, there's a couple of text files which users will see when the log on.
Firstly, 'ftpbanner' should be a nice text file which will be displayed to everyone who logs on. It should be left in the AmiTCPdb directory again. Secondly, ’.welcome' will be shown to anonymous FTP users and has to be installed in the first line in your ftpdir config. In this case that would be Main:ftp. You’re ready to go! Test it out by logging in via your FTP client to ’localhost'.
When you link up users should now be able to log into your machine and upload into the incoming directory and download any other files present.
Why would you run an FTP site with a dial up account? It’s a lot less messy than sending binaries via E-mail and such forth and no- one need bother you with the access to your machine. I keep my favourite module collection in the FTP-demon for people to access and upload any other module they think I might like. In practice it’s of most use when many people know you are linked up such as being present on an IRC channel etc. Securityl One of the configuration files within Amitcp:db is called inet access and it controls which IP addresses have access to what services on your machine. Most
people will not have many services, daemons or other automatic systems running on their niTCP set up but one very com- 1 sen ice is an SMTP daemon r Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.
Ithis is the program that waits for [ SMTP mail if your provider uses l a service. Those users with sir own full domain such as non users will have SMTP mail, tfortunately the Amiga SMTP non isn't 100% foolproof and i be crashed by some nasty per- i writing illegal characters to ur SMTP port (TCP port 25 for [the technically minded).
Unfortunately if we lock every- i but the actual provider out of i SMTP port, other machines on't be able to deliver SMTP mail irectly to you and will instead lave to route it via your host. This m't a large problem though and 9 extra security makes it an ential addition until a rock solid Pd comes along for the niga. An example of locking out eryone but Demon Internet vices via your inet.access file is 1 in figure 3.
The first entry indicates that we I are talking about the smtp service [ as defined in the Amitcp:dbAnetd.
Infig file. The next is a simple dcard system. The first line :ified Demon's IP address with I number on the end. All of the P addresses that match this pat- i are Demon themselves. The t keyword is obviously to allow deny the access. Lastly, if logged on you'll see the result in the AmiTCP log CON: window. The reason that they're two lines is because AmiTCP will try and match each in turn. If Demon accesses your SMTP daemon, it'll reach the first line and see that access is allowed. For anyone else the first line doesn't apply but the second does since it matches everyone and will hence
deny them access.
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addresses. Assuming that your friends are using a provider which gives them a static or non-changing IP address of their own. Many providers assign IP addresses only when the dial-in customer logs-in though so this techniquewill not work in that case though you cpuld apply wildcards to the entire provider if need be. It's quite common to lock out certain American providers famous for their quantity of irresponsible customers.
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difficult. The most difficult bit will be creating the HTML pages themselves. Check out John Kennedy's FAQ thi? Month for some pointers to creating HTML pages.
First of all we need to FTP Mike Meyer's excellent Amiga Web Server by FTPing to either max.physics.sunysb.edu pub amig a amosaic aws or ftp.phone.net pub amiga aws then retrieve the following files: a-097.lha html-097.lha aws-amitcp-20. Lha The last one can be substituted to aws-amitcp-OO.Iha for the 68000 version if that's the CPU you have.
Now create an AWS directory in your AmiTCP: assign. Next set up an AWS: assign to this newly created directory. Add an assign to your user-startup or even your AmiTCP: Bin Startnet script. I use MCP to handle my prefs so it's a simple matter of adding AWS in the GUI prefs editor. I recommend such a utility for people using AmiTCP and such forth that requires a lot of assigns to be assessed frequently.
Now via the Shell, change directory (CD) to AWS: and extract all of the archives in place with LHA.
AWS is basically installed now. If you’ve attempted to install some other WWW server on your machine, ensure that any port 80 or http entries are deleted from Amitcp:db services and - Amitcp:db inet.config. If you're running a stock AmiTCP set-up, you won't have to worry about that.
There is a configuration file which resides in AWSxonf and is simply called ’aws'. The one installed is of no use but there's a completely commented config file called 'configfile' inside the HTML directory which you may use for reference. Incidentally the HTML directory is the documentation for AWS in HTML format. To read it.
Load up your WWW Browser and select 'load local' or the like and pick AWS:HTML index.html. An example configuration would be as in figure 5.
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158. 152.*.* allow log ftp
* .*.*.* deny log The vital bits to change are the server name on
line 2 which would be your full E-mail address minus the
username. The second is an E- mail address for errors and such
forth. You can make this your own address. Leave everything
else as it is except the final entry which should be the
location of your HTML pages for you site. In this case it’s
Main:WWW. Save the file as AWS:conf aws. Now all that's
required to run AWS is to run the server itself. To do this,
add this line to your Amitcp:bin Startnet script at the bottom
or activate it by hand when needed; Run nili AWS iAWS If all
goes according to plan you now have a working WWW site on your
Amigal Test it out by accessing http: localhost via your WWW
Browser. When you link up, others should be able to surf your
own site and you'll have a record of their accesses and errors
in the two logfiles in UUSpool: called http_access and
http_error. Don’t forget to check out the HTML AWS
documentation as there's some very nifty features such as Arexx
scripts which can be employed to great effect. Enjoyl ¦ Mat
Bettinson Surf's up!
A new Amiga causes slightly more than a storm in teacup, Hi-Soft release their own surf pack and net training via video.
PLQ BBS 1.1 update DLG's Jeff Grimmett recently announced a bug-fix and enhancement update to version
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and versatile than it has been in the past.
DLG owners looking to upgrade should turn to their local support site or the author's FTP site at ftp.bitno- va.com DLG. The UK support site is Tony Miller's 01 for Amiga BBS on 0171 247-9240 or 2:254 500 via Fidonet.
Better Concepts Incorporated, of Garnerville New York, have announced the arrival of a new Internet tutorial video inspiringly titled 'The Connect Your Amiga To The Internet Video’.
The 60 minute duration video is claimed to walk the would-be I'netter through every step necessary to set up their hardware and software. Better Concepts say that the teaching method will involve 'following along step by step as you watch.
Live, an actual Amiga monitor along with our experts, getting on-line from scratch.'
Makers of the the video say it will incorporate tutorials which will cover AmiTCR several Amiga mosaic programs, Thor and much more. CU Amiga Magazine will review the video shortly which is available in PAL for Euro Amiga users. Retailing at US$ 34.95 with two floppy disks of software, you can E-mail darkuni@qed.net. WWW to http: www. Qed.net.bci or even fax an order to +1-914- 786-1708. Finally you can snail mail Better Concepts Inc, 36 Dye Street Garnerville NY 10923, USA.
HiSoft Internet in a box Hi-Soft will soon be shipping Squirrel Surf Packs, their answer to the Amiga Technolo Surf Pack. Based on AmiTCP 3.0 and the commercial release of Ibrowse, the 'Squirrel Surf Packs’ will be a _ high power alternative I to AT's product. What’s f more the hardware L software bundle comes with a ready to run F one month trial service with Frontier I Communications.
Each bundle includes a Surf Squirrel with its high speed serial port, Internet soft- j ware and the choice of a 14K4 a 28K8 modem. The details of the other clients, such as mail and news, haven't been finalisi We will print more details whi available. So far it looks like Hi Soft's entry, starting at £199.
The Internet-in-a-box market will, compare favourably in the UK to AT's own Surf Pack. Mail Hi-: at hisoft@cix.compulink.co.uk call them on 01525-718181 for more information. ¦ NetGod is a freelance journalist whose identity is kept secret to ensure confidentiality.
Frontier mirror Aminet Since the Amiga Surf Pack software will not function with Demon Internet Service's SMTP mail aystem, another provider is needed for usera of the Surf Pack. A representative of Frontier Communications, Kieron Robbins, pointed out that they offer a Dynamic I P POP3 mail account for only £8.50 per month +VAT) with 512K Web space free. Frontier have 100% UK local call access and charge a £25 tet-up fee if you're not paying for a year's service up front.
Mr Robbins, an Amiga user himself, it keen to make it known that Demon aren't the only choice and says that Frontier Communications have a range of other packages available such as a Static IP SMTP mail service akin to Demon's servics all the way to BBS and ISDN accounts.
Frontier. AKA TheNet in the UK, has also implemented a Aminet FTP archive mirror at ftp.thenat.co.uk pub amiga aminet. This is a welcome alternative to the sometimes unreliable Imperial College mirror. Well done Frontier!
For more information browse to http: www.frontier.co.uk or call their sales team on 01273-795400.
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. Scala MM30 Did you buy a Magic Pack complete
with Hard Drive, only to find that the copy of Scala didn't
include a manual? If so, this tutorial will soon get you
going.
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begin by creating a plain background to fade a title into.
Click once on 'NEW' and a standard Scala requester asks you
to choose a background page:'. As we don't want to load a
picture, just click the 'OK' button. A new requester appears
asking us to choose the resolution of our background. Select
'hires-interlaced' set colours to eight and click 'OK'.
This takes us straight to a screen where we could enter text, but as we just want a blank screen select 'OK'. You will see that Scala has already named this page 'Blank'. Let's change this, so clear the text requester either by using the Backspace Key or with a RtAmiga-X and type in 'Blue'.
Pressing the Return Key or selecting 'OK' will take us back to the main screen with the name of our.
Page at the top. You should also notice that a Wipe has been set and a Mouse icon appears in the Pause column. We will leave these as they are for the time being.
The next step Now we need to create a second page on which we will enter some text. Repeat the first few steps, keeping the resolution and colours the same. You should now be looking at our page make-up screen which should have a plain blue background with a cursor at the top left. The text menu and colour palette is at the bottom of the screen. Try pressing the right mouse button a few times and you will find that the menu will alternately disappear and reappear.
Type in 'Scala MM300'. Click on the 'Font:' button on the menu and select 'Compact' font in size 64. We also want to change the colour of the font, so click on the yellow colour in the palette and then on the coloured box in the 'Front' button. This will be our heading.
This heading probably isn't in the best position so let's move it.
Click and hold down the left mouse button on the text and it will change colour. This indicates that we can drag it around the screen with the mouse. Move it close to the top of the screen before releasing the mouse button. Now we will move the text to the middle of the screen by clicking on the 'Centre Justify' button, (that's the middle one of the three under the button marked 'Layout').
If the cursor isn't at the end of the line of text move it there using the mouse or the cursor keys and press Return. Notice that the Font, Face Colour and Justification remain the same. Now type in the following two lines of text pressing Return at the end of each line: Sfcia tutorial will balp mm gwt started with wy copy of Move the mouse to the top left of the word This' and, holding the left mouse button down, drag the mouse to the bottom left of the text. As you move the mouse a box will be drawn. Make sure the box is below the bottom line of text L before releasing the mouse button. |
Click anywhere inside this box and, holding the mouse button down, move the box toward the bottom of the screen. Notice that this time the block of text within the box moves when you release the mouse button.
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screen, any changes will affect all the text within it. Try
this out by changing these last five lines to white. Select
white from the palette and click on the 'Front' button colour
box.
We have now finished with this page, so click on the first text line to recover the cursor and select ¦OK'. Name the page Seals’. And click on 'OK and Clear' to create a new page. This time type the following. But instead of pressing 'Return' at the end of the line use the down cursor key to move to the next line.
Scala Multimedia Computer Amiga Tutorial by Norman Harris Note that the attributes from the previous page have been carried forward. The first line has yellow text and the rest white. We will make some changes though.
Move the cursor to the second line and, by clicking on the font button, change to Compact 31. Do the same for line four. Then move each line to improve the spacing between them When it looks about right, select 'OK'. Rename the page to Tutorial' and this time select 'OK and Copy'. This duplicates the page, as the next one is going to be very similar. It will also give us the opportunity to use another of Scala's features.
Select the ‘List' button and you will be taken to another screen which, funnily enough, lists all the lines of text in numerical order.
Find the line that reads 'Computer' and click on that line number. A cursor will appear on the line so that we can edit the text. Change 'Computer' to read 'Magazine'. Do the same to Amiga’ to changing it to read ‘CU Amiga'. 'Tutorial by’ to 'Directed by' and 'Norman Harris' to XXXXX (you can put your own name here). Leave the first line 'Scala Multimedia' as it is. Select 'OK' to take us back to the page, 'OK' once more. Rename the page to 'Directed' and select 'OK' to return to the main Scala menu. By now we should have four pages set up. Let’s do one more before we're finished. Instead of
creating a new page we will duplicate an existing blank page. The first page is ideal, so click on the number 1 and a Page Control menu will pop up. This menu is used to rename, copy, move, insert pages and to switch pages on or off.
In this instance we need to copy a page to the end of our script. We do this by clicking once on 'Copy', change the To after page:' to 4. And select OK’.
Double click on this page so that we move to the edit screen. Type the following words onto the screen, pressing Return after each 'Outline' 'Shadow' '3D Text'. Pick your own fonts and you should be able to guess which of the various features to set for each word.
New order On the next line type 'These' then click on the button to take us to the List screen. Select '4' so that the cursor appears after the word 'These', and continue typing the following: 'are a few of the effects that can be achieved with my copy of Scala Multimedia 300', before pressing return.
Scala running in 2Mb?
Scala won't run on a 2Mb Amiga. The reason for this is that Scala needs Fast RAM and as we all know a 2Mb A1200 only has Chip RAM. Apart from adding extra RAM you could prevent your Amiga from knowing that it doesn't have this essential Fast RAM. Move NoFastMem from your System drawer to the WBStartup drawer, add the tooltype DONOT- WAIT and then re-boot: your Amiga won't even know it's missing this RAM. You may need to de-archive Scala manually but it will now run. Remember to move NoFastMem back to the System drawer when you fit extra RAM Now press and hold down the left mouse button
over the text you have just typed and move it to the top of the list. As we will see.
Scala processes each line in the order it appears in this list.
Go back to the page we are working on by clicking on 'OK' and once more click on our page for a cursor to appear. This time we are going to type the word 'Colour', but after each letter I want you to press the 'Enter' key (that is the bottom right key on the keypad), and select a different Front colour.
Pressing Enter' instead of Return' just separates the letters, and we could even select a different font for each. Remember that in this instance each letter is handled individually, and we must draw a box around them if we want to move them as a group.
Select the List screen once more so that we can set a few effects. Click on the Wipe In' column for line 1 (our long line of text) and select the Crawl' effect - it's a chevron on a black background Next click on the Wpe In' for line 2 and select a 'Random' effect - the question mark. Click on To end' and select 'OK'.
Now go to the 'Wipe In’ for the first letter 'o' in 'Colour', select the 'Link' effect, and again select To end'. This action links all subsequent lines together with the wipe set for the letter 'C'.
Repeat the actions on the Wpe out' column but don’t bother about our Crawl line. Notice how Scala splits the Wpe In and Wipe Out effects. As the effects are processed in order, we now need to move all the Wpe Out effects to the bottom of the list. Finally move the crawl line so that it is the last of the 'In' effects and move back to our main menu, naming the page Effects' on the way.
All we need to do now is to set some Wipes for our pages, so click on the Wipe column for the first page and select a Fade’ wipe.
Notice that the name of the wipe appears at the top of the Wpe menu, and that we don't have to select 'OK' until we have set all the wipes and pauses.
Set the 'Smooth north' wipe for the 'Scala' and 'Tutorial' pages, a 'Superimpose' wipe for 'Directed' and a 'Random' wipe for the last page. When you've done that click on the Pause' column and set all the pauses to 0 seconds apart from the 'Tutorial' and 'Directed' pages which we will set to 5 seconds. Now all we need to do is select 'Run!' To see the results. As the script loops, you will see examples of fading, scrolling, cross-fading and text crawling. The last page appears diffetent each time due to the random wipes. ¦ Norman Harris QUIDS IN!
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Frequently asked questions ¦35 ~ ¦ Q_ How do I create my own Web pages?
¦ A. Creating Web pages is quite easy, as the pages are only plain text files, such as those saved by the AmigaDOS Ed program or text editor, such as Cygnus Ed or GoldEd. Images are stored in GIF or JPEG format, The appearance of the pages is determined by the use of special codes in the text files, called HTML tags.
¦ OL What la HTML?
I A, HTML is the HyperText Markup Language. It's a set of special tags which control how a Web page looks and defines any link to other pages. HTML is easy to use: for example, to make a line appear in bold you include it within the tags for bold. b like this , b .
The symbol b denotes the beginning of the word or sentence to be in bold and b denotes the end. There are dozens of ot|ier tags and these define the size of the text, the inclusion of images and any links to other pages or other parts of the document.
I CL How can I adit my Web pages?
H A. Any text editor will do.
You can simply open a new document and start typing away, including the HTML tags as you go. There is nothing magic about it. You can then preview your pages by loading them into a Web browser such as Amosaic or Ibrowse. Each of these programs has a load local file option and this is the one you need to use.
I CL What about graphics for my pages?
I A. Graphics need to be saved in GIF or JPEG format. The art program Personal Paint will save in both these formats. All you need to do is draw or load images and then save them out in GIF (for simple images) or JPEG (for more a detailed image, such as digitised pictures). You can add a HTML link to the image.
I CL How do I handle links to graphics and other pages?
¦ A. The HTML tag for images is imo SRC-'filepath Itllsnaas* and the tag for links is A HR*r-"f iInpath fi 1 anana * link text s . A potential problem is what to put in for the filepath and filename. The easiest thing to do is put the HTML document and all the images and other pages in one directory. You can then reference them all by leaving out the filepath totally, like this: IMQ SRC-"picture.gif" Or if you create a new directory in the same directory as the HTML document, you can reference them like this: ISO SRC-"plcturna pic- ture.qif" The point is that you shouldn't include a
full filename like this: IMO SRC - "workbench t wnbetuff pictures picture. Gif"» If you include a full path then it means that if you move the document about (for example, copy it to another disk or upload it somewhere) the filepath will no longer be valid and the image will not be displayed. The same holds true for links to other pages: keep the references local to the current document.
Essential HTML HTML pages are plain text files with additional special codes to alti the text attributes, create links or trigger the display of pictures anc other external files.
The easiest way to see what a HTML file looks like is to use the save option from within a Web Browser such as Mosaic and then load the file into a normal text editor or word processor. The HTML codes are all contained within greater-than and less-than signs, anc if you remove them you can see that the HTML file is more or less plain English.
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Becomes part of the Internet, j This means that you can contact 1 remote computers, but also that I remote computers can contact I you. If you run a Web server pro- j gram (called a http daemon) then I you can store all your pages locally on your machine: when I someone uses a Web browser I with your IP address they will I access your machine. The only 1 drawback is that your server will 1 be online only when you are dialled into your ISP - which of 1 course costs you money. The program you need is called "httpd" and it was written by the authors of Amosaic. ¦ Learn to wow your friends and
family with your own fancy designs and personalised World Wide Web pages.
¦ QL Where can I put my pages?
¦ A. If you have a dial-up account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) they may give you some space (1Mb for example) on their own Web server. Some companies don't give space for free and you'll have to pay for it on a monthly or yearly basis. One way around this problem is to run your own Web server.
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Lit m. in ft TEKKEN 2 ARTWORK - NAMCO 1995. 1996 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Were you one of the lucky ones who bought a copy of last month's superb cover mounted CD-ROM? Yes. Well, try to tear yourself away from it for a moment and see if any of the queries here apply to you.
¦ Q Why doesn't CUCD II boot on my CDTV?
¦ A The CUCD was labelled as being bootable on the CDTV which is correct. To make it really clear we should have added that you need Workbench
2. x as a minimum to boot. So you'd need updated Kickstart ROMs
in your CDTV to boot the CD and to use most ol the software
on the CD.
¦ Q Why doesn't CUCD II boot on my SCSI CD-ROM?
¦ A CUCD was created as a bootable CD designed to work on CD32s. Any system capable of booting from a CD should have some level of CD32 emulation software. Many problems have been encountered with some CD32 emulation software which either doesn't work correctly (a few workarounds had to be BA DataWorld needs an AGA machine with 4Mb and a few libraries to work. If you try booting from the CD and the libraries are not on your Workbench the animation will not run. The solution is to copy the libraries off the CD onto your Workbench drive. Boot from your Workbench and type in made to the CD
to work with units such as the Squirrel's emulation) or has been changed by the reader with startup-sequence modifications and so on. The solution is either to obtain better CD32 emulation software or reinstall the original.
Figure 1.
Copy CUCDilibs xpkaaster.library libsi Copy CUCDilibs xpkTAST.library libai Copy CUCD:libs math ? Liba: ¦ Q MUI 3.2 is on ths CD but thsrs’s no installer for my HD?
¦ A Correct, we mistakenly installed MUI directly to the CD image which is fine to run from the CD but the Installer didn't include the MUI installer to copy to CD.
The solution Is to drag the entire MUI drawer onto your hard drive and add the following lines to your user-startup script in the S directory of your Workbench partition; Assign MUI l HardDri vs tMUI Assign libsi MUIilibs ADD 'HardDrive' should be replaced with the name of your hard drive partition and or path where you have dragged the MUI directory.
I Q DataWorld animation doesn't work.
Figure 1. Now clicking on the demo should play the animation from CD. The smoothness and speed of the animation is dependent on the speed of your CD- ROM drive.
¦ Q I haven't got an Amiga CD-ROM and on my PC CD- ROM CUCD doesn't work.
CUCD is a standard CD-ROM which is compatible with PC CD- ROMs but because the Amiga has long filenames as standard, the CD will not work in PC CD filing systems which aren't capable of these extended filenames. One solution is to use a better CD filesystem on the PC such as with Windoze '95 etc. A better solution would be to take the CD-ROM out of the PC and attach it to the Amiga where it belongs.
B Q Why don't some AGA games work on my CD327 BA The simple answer is memory. Though the CD32 has 2Mb.
The CD-ROM drive consumes some of this valuable commodity as does booting the CO Workbench system. You can see this in the quantity of memory displayed free in the Workbench title bar. These games usually only just manage to work in an A1200 by running from floppy disk and avoiding the memory consuming Work bench boot process. These problems don't affect A1200s and CD32s with extra memory though on the CD32 side this isn't easy to achieve. The SX32 expansion unit, as reviewed in the April Issue, will allow extra memory to be added as well as a keyboard and floppy drive to turn your CD32 into a
proper Amiga computer. So equipped a CD32 will run lots of games and applications software.
B O Why doesn't program x work?
¦ A There could be many reasons. Either your machine doesn't have the necessary requirements or the software conflicts with your own Amiga system software if you’ve customised it. Reading the documentation provided with each of the packages is not only highly recommended, it's essential when things don't work. There is so much material on the CD.
Some of it is bound to work and some of it is bound to fail. You'll have to put on your diagnostic hat and try to figure out why it's not working. It may be worthwhile contacting the author of the software if you're sure it should work and all else fails. ¦ Mat Bettinson Masterclass Here's how ... Using Arexx with other programs can add new features and automate existing ones.
We've already seen that Arexx is a powerful and elegant programming language in its own right.
However, the real power of Arexx comes when it is combined with other programs.
Remember that the Amiga can multitask many applications at once without any effort, and so you can run. Say a graphics program and, simultaneously, start an Arexx script running. It's also possible to make use of specific features of the graphics program from the Arexx script. Here's how.
Arexx port For an application program to be used with Arexx, it must have what is referred to as an Arexx Port'. This means that when the operating system sends a command to a certain location, the application program will recognise it. It's up to the application to deal with the Arexx command and perform an action or return a value to the Arexx script. For example, an Arexx paint program may accept commands such as 'Plot' or 'Circle' and perform a suitable action on the screen.On the next page there's an example of how you would use Arexx to work with another program. In this case we'll
use AdPro (the Art Department Professional) as our Arexx compatible application program.
Remember that an Arexx program or script is simply a plain text file and so it can be created with any text editor and saved to disk or to RAM disk. Most programs have their own linle foibles when it comes to dealing with Arexx and AdPro is no exception. If you create the script and save it to the directory ADPROSCRIPTS: with a filename such as 'f8.adpro'. when you press the Function8 key AdPro will run the script.
This is very useful, as it saves you from opening a Shell window and typing 'rx mypro- gram.rexx' everytime - although occasionally this is exactly what you want to do, especially in long batch processing jobs.
Our exmple porgram shows what an Arexx script looks like, line by line. Arexx works by allowing the host programs to make new functions available, and so some of the commands don't look familiar and certainly won't work with other host programs. This is simply because they are AdPro commands, not Arexx functions.
Arexx compatible programs Here is a list of some of the more popular programs to feature Arexx ports. If an application program has an Arexx Port, you can write an Arexx script to call various features of the application or create macros for use within the program. For example, as both the V-Lab video digitiser and AdPro image processor have Arexx ports, you could write a script to grab frames from video, scale them, re-colour them and save them to disk: all automatically.
Disk back-up and maintenance suite World Wide Web browser TCP'’IP networking suite AMOS Professional Programming language Art Department Professional Image processor Bars b Pipes Professional MIDI sequencer and multimedia authoring tool Blitz Basic II Programming language CanDo Programming language and multimedia authoring tool CygnusEd Professional Text editor MOD player Directory Opus File management File management Distant Suns Astronomy program Final Copy Page publisher Use modem as fax machine ImageFX Image processor Image renderer Animation player Mathematics engine MIDI sequencer
Terminal emulator Disk back-up and maintenance suite Image renderer SnoopDOS System monitor FidoNet mail manager Terminal emulator Thor Mail news manager TrapDoor FidoNet mailer Font editor Landscape generator Video digitiser Xi-Paint Paint package Example program using AdPro All Arexx programs must start with a comment ADDRESS "ADPro" This tells the Arexx system which host program to use. This is the special Arexx ‘Port name’ you hear about. If you get it wrong, the script won't work as the AdPro commands won't be found. You must get the upper and lower case letters correct tool OPTIONS
RESULTS This is a special Arexx command to inform the system that some commands will be returning values to the script for processing.
SETFILE This is an ADPro command, not an Arexx command. It makes AdPro put up a file requester and ask for a file from the user.
Filename - ADPRO_RESULT This is an Arexx command - the variable called 'filename' is set to the value returned in the special variable called ADPRO RESULT.
In this case, ADPRO_RESULT will contain the name of the file the user selected.
Okayl "File name is* filename This is an AdPro command. Rather than use the Arexx SAY to print test to the Shell, this AdPro command opens a window on the AdPro screen and displays the text Speeding up Arexx programs Arexx is an interpreted language, which means it is always going to run rather slowly. One way to speed up Arexx programs is to compile them and there are one or two programs which will do this available. However, it's simpler to simply stream-line the existing script as much as possible and that is exactly what the program 'RexxOpt' I found on Aminet does. Take a look at the
following extracts from an Arexx script, showing before and after. Although this is clearly not good programming practice, it is a fair way to get a little extra speed from programs you have already written and tested. Make sure you keep a copy of the original though!
Lformat "universal" This is an AdPro command and it sets the loader to be universal i.e. automatically detect and load the file.
Load filename The is an AdPro command and it loads the file passed to it - in this case the name was stored in the Arexx variable called “filename" .
»ize ending in ?bak, and then delate them If necessary.
_ John Kennedy • I * Use AmigaDOS • This is an AdPro command to get the width of the loaded image file.
X-ADPRO.RESULT • First, generate list of files 6 sizes • Say “Making list of all files in current directory...." test=right(r 'list lformat “%p%n %l" all files t:templisf • Now. Search for those ending in bah • This is an Arexx command to assign the width to the variable called "x".
Ysize y-ADPRO_RESULT As before, although this time the height.
Itflle=’outfile' total_slze=0 number=0 call open (outfile.'t:report','w') call open(infile."t:templlst".V) okayl -File is ’ x "vide and - y
- tell. ¦ This AdPro command (which should be on one line only)
will print text in a box on the AdPro screen.
1 with RexxOpt 1.7 * command;Say • You can see there is really nothing to it.
Because AdPro does all the hard work for us.
All we do is automate the pressing of the buttons by calling the relevant commands directly. The AdPro documentation includes full details of all the commands which are available, and many example script are supplied. Some of the scripts will process all the frames in an animation or animate ripple effects. Anything which AdPro can do can be automated, which is an excellent way to save time.
1 files in current directory..,.*; %l“ all files t:templist';Say * sizes.. “;inlile='infilo';outfile='outfile';total_size = 0;number=0;call open(outfile,'t:report’,'w');call open(infile."t:templist",'r'|;do while ~eof(infile);data=readln(infile);tf data~=" then;do;parse var data namepath " " size;if size=’empty' then sizesO;test=rlght(nsmept (test='.bak'| then;do;total_size=total_slze+size; number =number-t1;call writeln(outfile,namepath);end;end;end;call close|infile);call closz(outffie) This is what 'batch processing' is all about. You set up the computer to repeat a task, and then you
go on and do something else (such as going to bed) whilst it gets on with it. You can perform tedious operations such as loading in a thousand images in JPEG format, scaling them and re-saving them in GIF format.
A batch job You can also use batch processing in a creative way. For example, you might want to make an animation in which the screen fades out and fades in - an AdPro script can load each frame in turn, adust the colours and resave it. Or you might want to add ripple effects as though the image was underwater and rain drops were falling on it. Once again, an Arexx script can handle all this for you.
Sadly AdPro is rather hard to get hold of these days, so hopefully the next release of Photogenics will feature an Arexx port. Don't think that graphics programs are the only applications which benefit from Arexx. Final Writer is an superb Amiga 'Page Processor' program, and the authors were smart enough to include a full Arexx port. As a result, hundreds of Arexx macros have been written and many are available for free from the Aminet (either the CD-ROMS or the Internet site). You'll find scripts which will write business letters for you, draw graphics, wrap text in circles and auto
matically create drop shadow effects.
Advanced Arexx users can take advantage of the many libraries and routines available.
For example, it's possible to create a graphical front end with gadgets, windows and requesters all from an Arexx script. We'll take a look at these next time. ¦ John Kennedy do while eof(inftla) data=read!n(infile) if data *" then do parse var data namepath " " size if size-'empty' then size=0 H (tests'.bak') then do total_size=total_ number=number+1 call writelnloutfile, end end call close(infile) call dose(outflle) “%p%n Logos, meanings and mysteries: I RAM, those problems especially and music
- I love 'em.
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Amiga E jgm I began to start programming fiF Amiga E around November time ymum ancj | was delight- ed to find you were giving a book and tutorials away about this language. In your magazine and in the accompanying book you mentioned the Amiga Rom Kernal Reference (Libraries)'. Do you know I can purchase this book?
Richard Lake South Humberside Most large book shops should stock it in their computer departments. In fact, hang on Inips down to local WHSmithl yeah it's still there.
Alternatively, you could get it from your local library, they should be able to order it for you-it's published by Addison Wesley.
Clip art corner I have an Amiga 1200, with 3Mb RAM. A 450Mb hard drive, an Epson LQ-100 printer and a Zappo CD-ROM. I have a couple of questions. Firstly, where can I get some .CGM clip art from? I have Wordworth 3.1SE and am fed up with the poor (jagged) print quality of bitmap graphics in my documents. I am aware that Digita sell .CGM clip art but I feel that this is expensive compared to the amount of data that can be stored on a CD for about twice the price. Do you know of any Cds that have .CGM clip art on them? I have a lot of .EPS clip art which unfortunately Wordworth
3. 1SE does not support. Are there any converters available?
Secondly, where can I get a colour VGA monitor from? About how much will it cost? I use a portable colour television at present but I am fed up with the poor quality picture especially when doing DTP work.
Gareth Moyle [no address supplied] CGM clip art isn't a common standard for the Amiga, but worry not you can still get it. Give the lads at SELECTAFONT a buzz on 01702 202835, they do a good range. VGA monitors come in all shapes, sizes and scan rates and it’s the scan rates you need to won.
You can get bargain I i produces - you won’t, for instance, be able to use it for playing games. This is why there are lots of cheap VGA monitors around but few sold by Amiga suppliers - most of them won’t be any use to the majority of Amiga users. Your best bet is the recently introduced Amiga Technologies monitor, although slightly more expensive it will support the major resolutions you need.
Atari music For the past few years I have been recording songs using a sequencer on an Atari STFM machine and therefore I always save the in the standard MIDI file (format 1) to Atari formatted floppy disks. Now the question is how do I get sequencers on the Amiga (Bars And Pipes etc) to read and load the MIDI data from the Atari disks? Whenever I put the disks into any Amiga drive the disks aren't even recognised.
D. A. Ledder E. West Yorkshire An Atari user huh? You have our .
Unfortunately you don't say which model of Atari STFM you
have. If it's one of the later 1040 models you shouldn't have
too much of a problem. These had a disk format very simitar to
PC MS-DOS and as such most Amiga PC disk converts DOS-2-DOS
etc will be able to read them. If it’s not you're on a boat,
without paddles, heading downstream towards piranha invested
rapids. Get your ST to save the MIDI files to PC (MS-DOS)
formatted disks and the Amiga will be able to read them as
standard (if it's an A!200).
Webbed wonder As I am into 'j . ComPuter graphics and programming I'm thinking of starting to develop my own of WWW homepages. My first option is to enhance my old 286 PC and try to obtain an HTML developer's package. Another option (my preference) is to use my HD equipped A1200 but is it possible? Does serious HTML software exist for the Amiga? I mean I tried out Hyperbook, which was good fun, but seriously outdated and certainly not fully compatible with the A1200. Through your January 95 issue I then learned of AmigaGuide (I have V.39.11). but is it any good for my purpose - like does
it have graphic capabilities? Does it play back sound and ani- mation or is it just a basic text linking tool? Where can I learn more about Amiga Guide? L Another thing that's been bugging 1 me is the PC Mac Amiga ‘cross- * platform' problem.
Would it be possible to a 3-in-1 computer - based f the Amiga of course? An i ated tower cased A1200 v a 486 or Pentium card and a Mac Emplant - could it be done? Could it be made 100 percent compatible to a real Mac or PC, and would it be on par speed wise?
T. S. Nielsen Langaa. Denmark Into the Arc Just a quick
message in relation to the letter sent in by 0 Hodgson (Q&A
Feb '96) regarding getting MultiCX and Arq to work together |l
thought you said it was quick - Ed| I too have had a little
trouble getting both Arq and MultiCX to run from the WBStartup
drawer. Anyway the suggestion you made doesn't seem to clear
up the problem - resulting in a variety of different problems.
However I laboured over the problem for a evening and came up
with another way of getting Arq to run.
1. Install MutliCX in the WBStartup drawer as usual Arq must go
somewhere else though -1 put it in a directory call 'Arq'.
2. Next load a text editor, start a new document and type:
SYSiC run B1Li SYS:Arq Arq HILi Now save this text file as
'Arc.script' and make sure it goes in the WBStartup drawer
along with the MultiCX program.
3. Load IconEdit (Workbench Tools ) and set the icon type to PRO
JECT. Now draw a nice picture of a scriptfile or something and
save this as Arq.script.info'. Again, make sure this goes into
the WBStartup drawer.
4. Close all your programs (so you can see the Workbench screen!
And take a second look in the WBStartup drawer. Click on the Arq.script icon once, and then from the Workbench menu select INFORMATION. In the window that appears click on the DEFAULT TOOL box and type: SYS iC ZconX Now press Return and close the window with Save.
5. Finally check you have IconX and RUN in the C directory of
your hard drive boot partition. Then reboot your system and
everything should run smoothly.
Mark Crawley Leeds While it would certainly he pottible to create HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language! Pages on the Amiga you can't do it using programs like Hyperbook - they work using a different format. Instead you’ll have to write the scripts that WEB pages are made up from In a text editor and then view them with something like Amosaic. If you've had any experience of programming you shouldn't find this too difficult. As for upgrading your PC, kindness is the hest option - put it out with the rubbish.
As to creating a super Amiga- PC-Mac machine it's certainly possible and a number of people have already done it. But, there are several considerations. Firstly, it’ll cost you more to build such a system than buying the different systems in the first place.
Secondly, you’ll never gel the same performance as a real PC or Mac. Still if you want to do it, it's your money.
For the tower give Intrinsic a call on 01474 335394. The Mac PC Emplant is available from Power Computing on 01234 273000. If you're serious you'll also want a bigger power supply, which Dale I (01782 744707) can supply.
DOOM for CD32?
I have a CD32 and an Amiga 500 (with 1Mb upgrade). I was thinking of upgrading to an A1200. Would it be better buying one or buying the SX-1 for the CD32? Can I get the AGA chipset separately? Are any Amiga game publishers thinking of bringing out any big name games, or 3D beat 'em ups for the CD32? I feel the license has been wasted slightly and the lack of big name games has disappointed me. Surely if the SNES can do Doom then so can the CD32I And lastly most of the games which contain intros for the CD32 have been packed into a box in the middle of the screen. Is there any way I can get
them to cover the whole screen?
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Andrew Burridge, Liverpool Without any doubt your best upgrade path would be to get a new AI200.
The CD32 and the stock A1200 aren't really powerful enough to run modem big name games - more of this in a second - but at least with the AI200 you can upgrade it with accelerators to increase its capabilities, you can’t with a CD32. This is the reason why the film intros of CD32 games occupy such a smalt area of the screen. The CD32 just doesn't have the processing power to play a full screen film sequence at near acceptable frame rates. It would be possible to have a film occupying the entire screen but it would be so jerky and slow it wouldn't be worth watching. The same problem is also
one of the reasons that software houses aren ‘t releasing their big name games on the CD32 anymore.
The other being that they believe there aren't enough users to buy their games and thus recoup the money it takes to develop the games.
Getting systems like the SNES and CD32 to play Doom takes a lot of work and money but with the SNES developers can be sure it’ll sell millions of copies - something the CD32 version will unfortunately never deliver. On the AI200 this isn't so much of a problem as there are still plenty of new innovative developers who are creating similar games.
Finally, lo take advantage of the AGA chipset you'd need the latest version of Workbench plus a major upgrade of the motherboard so U’s not available separately.
Fixed flicker After loading PageStream 2.2 the screen flickers and the window and menu is compact. The toolbox is also juddering The same happens with Protext V. but this doesn't happen with Wordworth AFC and Interword V1.63. Do I have to reset something on PageStream and Protext?
E Fountain, Cheshire What you're seeing is interlace screen flicker, which is used to show higher resolutions. This allows more to be displayed on the screen, but this is only possible by splitting the picture into alternate pictures that flick from one to another very quickly (updating at 25 frames per second rather than the standard 50 frames per second).
Select the PageStream2UK icon and select the Information or Info menu command. Click on the
• Screen' and change it to Workbench before finally clicking on
Save.
Next time you load the program it shouldn't judder. Refer to the Protext manual to see how this is done in that program.
Lying around I have upgraded my Amiga 1200 hard drive to an 850Mb IDE 3.5 drive. That leaves me with a hard drive sitting around. I am wondering how I would connect up my old drive to be a slave to my new hard drive.
Nigel Avock Whitminster With IDE hard drives you can connect a second drive to the first, haring two of them running at the same time. The second drive is known as the slave, the first being the master - nothing like a bit of domination! Unfortunately Nigel you don’t give the make and model number of your old hard drive, so we can’t give specific details.
However, on the drive you should see a selection of dip switches and one of these will set it to be the slave drive (if you’re lucky U’U tell you the settings for master and slave on the unit). Put a jumper on the correct switch and then connect it to the fust drive, you can get IDE cables with two connectors from most dealers.
Finally, you'll need to get a power supply splitter - one that divides the power lead up into two plugs, one per drive, again your dealer should be able to supply these for a small cost.
The other point is that you may not have enough power in your Amiga to run both drives, again without knowing the make model of your drives we can’t say for definite. If you run into problems try upgrading to a Goliath power supply. ¦ Points of view by Alan Dykes The position with Escom stores has not been satisfactorily resolved yet.
And to tell the truth I'm sick of it. I'm sure Amiga Technologies are sick of it too, but corporate loyalties won't let them admit it. Yes, as we have been told recently, the Amiga is still being sold in these ex-Rumbelows outlets, but the word 'sold' is surely being applied very, very loosely.
Available would be a more apt description. Reluctantly available might be better.
Last month. John Smith told us that steps were being taken to make sure that the Amiga was displayed in these stores. Fine. John would like nothing better I'm sure and he’s probably put plenty of pressure on his Escom colleagues to have this edict carried out but I'm afraid it's not working. It is of course possible that somewhere in the country a nice Escom man is welcoming prospective Amiga purchasers with open arms, but I've not heard about it yet.
Please write to me if any of you have but I don't think we'll break Robert.
Unfortunately no one in Benahiem has endowed the Amiga Magic pack with hands, legs and a mouth of its own to go out there and sel itself ... !j| our Postman's back with the deluge.
Prove me wrong if you can. There's nothing Td like better.
This is based on personal experience and what other reliable sources have told me. I’ve checked: neither Wood Green or Upper Street (both in north London) branches of Escom had an Amiga on display with a monitor hooked up. Running animations in Personal Paint; running anything at all. They didn't even have one out of its box. And I swear there was dust on top of the boxes themselves - even the cleaners wouldn't touch them. One horror story related, first ¦ ii« Mn it hand, to me from a different part of ca taqi the country was of a middle aged ¦¦Hi Do something Escom man walking into an
Escom store actually expressing a serious interest in purchasing an Amiga but being continually turned towards a PC. The conversation went something like this: Shop assistant: "It’s good for graphics sir. But a bit slow. Potential purchaser: "Oh, I'm into graphics, can I see it running". Shop assistant: "Er, no. Have you seen that PC. It's good for graphics too". Potential purchaser "But could I see an Amiga running?".
Shop assistant: "We don't have one plugged in right now". And so on.
Interestingly enough an Escom manager wrote in to backchat this month complaining about the lack of training for staff in the ways of the Amiga. Perhaps this would be a start towards a solution.
Selling itself David Pleasance was the first person to tell me that the Amiga could sell itself and he did know a thing or two about them. Set it running in a shop window with some nice animations or a stunning game and people will ask about it.
Since then new Amiga bosses.
Petro Tystschenko. Jonathon Anderson and John Smith have echoed this. And they're all absolutely right. Unfortunately no one in Benshiem has endowed the Amiga Magic pack with hands, legs and a mouth of its own to go out there and sell itself, so sadly we've got to rely on partisan human salespeople to put them in shop windows, talk to people about them and SELL them.
And some sort of advertising back-up wouldn't go amiss either.
Dear John Smith and Petro Tyschtschenko, walk into an Escom in store in Britain and try to buy an Amiga (without flashing your business card). You'll soon find out what's going wrong.
Perhaps the new Amiga will create more interest but in the meantime what’s available presumably has to be sold. Let's hope something more positive can be done about this.
Just in case ... And just in case you think I'm always whinging like an old windbag I'd like to congratulate Amiga Technologies on the specification of their new Amiga. I also applaud the speed at which they're trying to develop and launch it: by all accounts it should be available by summer, as anyone who has read our news piece on the Hanover show will already know.
They realise this market needs a new machine and. As promised in last month's exclusive interview with John Smith, it's really on the way.
But blow me down if it doesn't look like the box cover off my mum's old sewing machine. At least from the pictures I've seen. But I'll reserve final judgement until I've seen one in the plastic.
What's terrifically exciting is the fact that it seems likely that more than one internal expansion port will be available. How about a processor AND a graphics upgrade?
This is something that more advanced AGA users have been clamouring for for ages. The PCMCIA slot has been dropped, but with fast serial as standard, this is not going to be a serious problem: no doubt SCSI will be an optional add on at a later date.
No, if the price (and packaging, but more of this at a more appropriate date) is right a machine with this specification will sell like hotcakes.
And if the sales problems I touched on earlier can also be remedied then Amiga really is "Back For The Future". Hold on to your seats.
By Tony Horgan "But it doesn't look like a PC!" Comes the cry from onlookers as the prototype 'Amiga Walker' is unveiled.
You’re damn right it doesn't and why the hell should it look like a PC? Now that the general public have been brainwashed into the notion that “computer = PC clone" it would be foolish for Amiga Technologies to box up a new Amiga in PC clothes. If they had. Imagine the scenes as Joe Punter walks into his local Escom shop on the lookout for a good value versatile computer... Punter: I'm after a computer.
Assistant: Certainly Sir, what did you have in mind? Punter: Well my mate knows about computers and he said it's no good unless it's got the following things written on the box: Pentium, Plug and Play, Windows, Internet and Multimedia. How about this one, the one that says Amiga on it? Assistant: Well it hasn't got a Pentium, or Plug and Play, or Windows but it can do those Internet and Multimedia things. Punter: No, I want to fulfil my checklist: Pentium, Plug and Play ... How about that other one then? Assistant: Certainly Sir, this is our latest cheapo bundle which will register all of your
buzzwords and have you walking out of the shop with a PC that can barely find enough spare RAM to display an 'out of memory' error message once it has booted Windows. Punter: I'll take it! Oh, and while I’m here, do you sell vacuum cleaners?
OK, so I'm being a little generous toward the shop staff there: assuming that the sales assistant actually knows anything at all about the products that are on sale in his shop.
However, if you encourage people to compare an Amiga, buzzword for buzzword, pound for pound, against a cheap PC it's bound to lose out, especially when there is no-one on hand to argue the Amiga’s side of things.
The Amiga should not be chasing after the PC. The Amiga is, and I hope will always be a special computer bought and used by the c If the new Amige looks different, then maybe it will catch the eye of those who are looking for something a little different under the bonnet. J discerning customer. If it looks like a PC then people will assume that's what it is, only a lesser variant because it doesn't bow to the PC's buzzword agenda. If the new Amiga looks different, then maybe it will catch the eye of those who are looking for something a bit different under the bonnet.
That's why the majority of us are using Amigas now. We want something a bit special in our computers, and we want to do special things with them, regardless of what the rest of the computing world is currently being spoon-fed by the mass media.
The Amiga has always been a machine that has captured the imagination and it must continue to do so in its future forms in order to maintain its position as the main machine for original, creative and inventive computer users.
If that means dressing it up like a hoover, then so be it.
To suck or not to suck?
By Mat Bettinson We heard all the jokes. The new Amiga (codenamed project ‘WalkerT, when finally revealed at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, was radical but also mildly ridiculed.
AmiVac 5000 and Amiga Hoover+ jokes raised quite a few chuckles (see pictures in news pages). However, at the end of the day what Amiga Technologies have produced in Project Walker and what I said it should be in the past, were all uncannily well matched. 6Mb of RAM, stock hard drive. CD-ROM and real-time clock is what we all knew it needed. Then there's the new 10 chip which will finally give us high speed serial for comms use and more.
This baby was designed to be fully expanded to a Power PC processor with an official AT upgrade in early '97. It's a great low-end Amiga now and yet miraculously it can be expanded to the highest levels of modern computing capability - all housed in a 1950's-style juke-box-radio-cum-vacu- um cleaner case (which, incidentally, I love). Given that AT surprised us by getting A1200s out the door so quickly and have surprised us again with a completely new working machine where we expected a circuit board in a pizza box (a flat desktop-style machine had been proposed), I feel congratulations
are in order.
In complete contrast to AT's design largesse. Motorola showed a range of PPC based computers at CeBIT and not one of them looked anything different from a PC. And certainly none of them had an OS suitable for home use. The 'Walker' with a PPC and If s a great low-end Amiga now and yet miraculously it can be expanded to the highest levels of modem computing capability. J graphics board will kick major butt and should see massive success. This is the first time in ages I’ve seriously looked forward to the next Amiga.
Now all they have to do is get those A1200s in Escom stores turned on and booted up (with a nice WB disk), sell some and pay for this prodigy's manufacture. The rest of us can dream of PowerPC equipped vacuum ¦ iui uanm it Cl cleaners in the mean time.
OStriw Backchat NFA fight back, Escom manager gets hot and bothered. Bucket of water please for this month's selection of readers' letters.
Oi, cheery Mat. NO!
To the bloke with cheezy beard (Mat B). I’m here to set the record straight. 8eing a member of NFA and the coder of enLOCK I was just a little annoyed at the comments you made in the March issue of CU Amiga Magazine. With reference to: ’it didn’t work because the installer was hopelessly broken'. What are you on about? In the same month Roberta Smith DTP supplied the exact same disk to another Amiga magazine which managed to install it perfectly and even awarded it Utility of the Month. So what are you doing wrong, are you so hopelessly stupid?
The Amigaguide documentation which you go on to attack is another thing you managed to get wrong. The default tool is incorrect, you say. How can Multiview be incorrect when it worked on everybody elses’ setup, including the many registered users! Yes that's right I’ve got registered users too. You did test enLOCK on Workbench v3.0 didn't you?
I don’t see how you can make assumptions that enLOCK hadn’t been tested at any time .
During development. If you wanted to contact me before publishing an untrue statement then why didn’t you write to me at the address which is supplied in the Amigaguide documentation? Everyone else seems to be able to find it. The PO box address in the documentation was for joining NFA or getting hold of the latest NFA productions directly from HQ.
As for the Ask Elite references in the bulletin board adverts at the end of the installer, they are used in place of the numbers to remind people that the board is running. The ASK-ELITE is to prevent people from calling the BBS and wasting time leaching software (PD) without uploading anything in return.To get the number you’d have to know the actual BBS sysop or a friend to use the board which would probably mean you knew somebody in the group. It's not because there’s pirate software on the boards but just to allow traders to get hold of and spread the NFA productions without the hassle
of using a busy public BBS.
Escom man bites back I am an Escom store manager who is completely dedicated to the revival of the Amiga and.
Contrary to popular belief, a good quantity of Escom staff are as well. What your readers fail to see is that there is very little support from either the public, media or AT. The availability of training and supportive literature is limited which makes it difficult for Escom staff to become competent at using and demonstrating the Amiga. This is also compounded by Escom not stocking any add on peripherals or Amigas with hard drives.
I bet most of you are thinking what is this guy on I What does he mean about no support from the public. Let me explain, how many of you can honestly say that you have written to Escom asking why are they not stocking Amiga accessories or that you went to your local store to see if you could offer ten minutes of your time to an uneducated Escom sales person who after all is not trying to have a lack of knowledge. You are the professionals; not many people know more about the Amiga than the people reading this magazine.
And as for the media AT why don't you stop pointing the finger and get off your backside and do something about this lack of awareness of the Amiga. Why not arrange a joint competition between the media and AT to design a demo to run in all Escom stores highlighting the benefits of the Amiga showing what this quality machine can do.
Most of you may read this letter and say I can't believe what this guy is saying, he is expecting us to do all the work. If that’s your opinion then that’s fine but just remember it is all too easy to blame someone else.
Nigel Stone. Wiltshire.
PS these are my personal feelings and not those of Escom UK or Amiga Technologies.
The advert on the installer was targeted at both the PD buyers and NFA members. On top of all this: I don’t even own a modem.
Saying that Roberta Smith DTP had made an oversight with enLOCK is untrue. In future if you have trouble getting a piece of software from a PD library to work why not make helpful coitiments as to what's wrong if you must review it, instead of picking on lots of small points and filling the rest of the review with plenty of bull.
Mike Carter. NFA.
Firstly, yes the installer was broken. It didn’t work on two machines and Mat, cheesy goatee or not is no stranger to installers and was able to fix it. This is obviously not something a potential PD buyer should have to do. We can't speak for other magazines but maybe their standards of review are not as rigorous as ours. We haven’t seen this review.
Interestingly, you tell us that ASK ELITE in a telephone number means that it’s not a public BBS, but later on you say you don’t even own a modem. How do you know? Mat having been involved in comms for many years has lived in the belief that ASK ELITE does infer piracy, as do most of his comms colleagues and correspondents, not to mention Roberta Smith DTP who knew well enough to remove the disk from their PD catalogue.
To devote the space to more worthy PD Utilities.
Ones that worked and didn’t contain dubious messages in their installer. We also thought we might be doing NFA a favour since they are so obviously against piracy. You wouldn't want people getting the wrong impression because of misunderstood words in the installer, would you?
We could have spent more time detailing exactly what was wrong with enLOCK but decided Change direction It was good to see for once that your feature Software 96 (March CU Amiga Magazine) was more than simply a list of threatening statements from various developers predicting their departure from the Amiga market. OK there was the usual piracy problem piece but on the whole it was very positive in respect to the Amiga's future.
Picture comer I read your Alien Breed 3DII preview and thought the pictures were superb. Inspired, I got on my A4000 030 and whipped up some illustrations, which I hope you like.
Trond E Haveland, Norway.
I couldn't help wondering though, is piracy the real problem or have the software developers and the publishers simply become victims of their of their own propaganda. I admit, piracy is a problem across all formats including carts and CD-ROM but have the software companies ever actually done any research into why sales of software has declined.
Looking back ten years, like many people I spent possibly two hours a day playing games and so brought at least one new title per month but as my Amiga expanded so did its capabilities. I’m still a heavy user of my Amiga but most of my time is spent writing and answering mail and I can honestly say that I've not looked at a game for over two years.
Is it possible the Amiga has in effect grown up? Looking at all the people I know personally in the Amiga community which is quite a few.
All of them have expanded machines capable of running the latest games like Breathless etc but their interest in games is almost non existent.
So could it be that the decline of the Amiga games market has been like so many other things, not the fault of the pirates or Commodore’s demise but a victim of affordable technology. OK not everyone has the financial setup but they are fast becoming a minority.
So perhaps it's time that the developers and everyone else involved in the Amiga games industry took a good look at the everyday Amiga users and actually asked what we.
The Amiga community, want from them.
Personally speaking, if I were asked whether I wanted a high tech spec all encompassing Doom clone to while away the hours each night or if I would prefer to see their talents spent developing a new generation of Amiga specific internet software I know what my choice would be.
Maybe the answer for the software developers is not a change of format but simply a change of direction.
Mark Godley, South Yorkshire.
Dirty tricks It seems that a lot of Amiga owners either can't or won't spend any money on their beloved computer. In fact I'm sure a lot of these people haven't got a bit of original software in their collection except for what they get from your dirty tricks’. By dirty tricks I mean the Cds and floppies on your mag cover.
Don't get me wrong, I think these disks are great value for money and not "Oooh, I got that CU Amiga last month and the software was brilliant, but it was all just a trick to get me to buy the magazine". Of course you've got to buy the magazinel Don’t people realise that no sales means no magazine? Please trick me again and again.
People with this attitude make me so mad. They say they want the Amiga but are Ym kaow that im lm%» k*s uprfc ¦ •'!»» «P h i ctU swui ifttr to* km pliyii Um In* 312 to -ffct Mm prepared to do nothing to save it. Thanks for a great magazine and all the 'tricks'.
Bob Andrews. Cambs.
Dear John: hands on hearts, none of have ever done tricks for a living!
Ford versus Jaguar I feel that the negative comments made by many of the contributors to your letters section about the inferior performance of the Amiga against the PC need to be redressed. I work in the motor industry and I would find it inconceivable if a Ford Escort were to be compared to a Jaguar XJS. This, however, is the situation the Amiga constantly finds itself with regards to the PC. Whilst I think that the PC is technically superior it is also, in most cases, three to four times more expensive than an Amiga.
A standard Amiga can create video titles, platform games, word process and has numerous other applications. However, with many Pcs before you can use similar applications you have to purchase different graphics.
The Amiga is a very capable machine and purchasing extras can turn it into a PC beating machine. Comparing an Amiga to a Ford Escort is I believe a valid comparison as the Escort is a practical vehicle capable of fulfil- ing all the needs of a motorist without the need to spend large amounts of money to keep maintaining it.
However, spending a modest amount of money on performance parts can give it similar performance to an XJS. Likewise adding a hard drive, accelerator board, monitor and extra memory can produce PC-lie performance at a fraction of the price. This, I believe, is the line Amiga Technologies should use when promoting.
Kevin Coate, Somerset.
Bravo Having recently upgraded my A1200 to a 6Mb CD system. I was gratified to see CU Amiga Magazine publishing a CD for a magazine. I represent the portion of your readership that can not afford to buy and upgrade a PC but I find that I can (just) keep up with the Amiga and therefore keep up with the latest advances in computing and general technology.
I read with interest Mat's diary file concerning the compilation of the CD and I think that having done it twice you will get more efficient as you go on. Well done Mat POB (pat on back). I believe the future of the Amiga and therefore CU Amiga Magazine lies in this growth area. With a view to this I suggest a new section in your next CD for those of us who can not afford to use WWW or internet but who are interested. A HTML drawer with various local browsers (AWEB).
The home pages of various WWW sites. You could have a section in the magazine for the readership to write in and request various sites pages. I believe most site owners would be more than happy to have this (free?)
Advertising of their site and larger businesses could use this as a way to gather the names of people who receive direct mail.
Stephen Malakos, Surrey.
We’re glad you liked the CD and your suggestion of including entire WW'tV sites on our next CD is a very good one. There’s a wealth of excellent Amiga sites maintained around the world and many of them have first rate material which is both informative and interesting. Mat promises to include much more HTML on the next CD.
Also we’d like lo take this time to announce that wr will be starting our own very comprehensive WWW site soon.
Unlike other publishing houses on the 'net, we’ll be integrating the CU Amiga Magazine 'home page’ into the routine magazine operations for a constantly changing site hopefully of value lo Amiga users all over the world.
Saturaiiy we’ll also be putting the site on the next CUCD. Stay tuned, the URL will be in the next issue of CU Amiga Magazine.
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