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A20OO and A3000 are registered Trademarks of Commodorc-Amiga, Inc UNIX is a registered trademark ol AT&T. Inc GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. New Address: 600 Clark Ave„ King of Prussia, PA 19406 For more information, or for nearest dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome. Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337-9922 Chief Concerns Amiga is alive and well and flourishing in Britain, and so is CDTV. IN SEPTEMBER I went to jolly old England London, to be exact in search of CDTV applications in progress. I found a whole bunch, but more importantly, I found a country where the Amiga is respected and enjoyed. It's a strange situation, really. Over here the Amiga is often shunned as a "game” machine. People are ashamed ol its great games. Every month we get letters from readers pleading with us to dump game coverage. I hey say it doesn’t belong in a "professional” magazine. Fact is, we get just as many letters begging for more games, and for quicker turnaround on the reviews we do. If people like games, we'll cover them. And if games help sell the Amiga, I’m all for it. While we’re relatively open-minded, Commodore continues to stress the machine’s professional uses, over its pure entertainment value. It's not a bad strategy, but it hasn’t totally worked. Maybe the new U.S. mass-market push will open some eyes to the machine’s purely fun side and give the pro side a boost in the process. Across the Atlantic, the machine is actually revered as a "game” machine. Many users buy Amiga 500s to play The Killing Game Show, and then graduate to video and animation applications. This strategy works. By year’s end, there are expected to be half a million Amigas in the U.K. Ride the "tube,” the London subway svstem. You'll see people reading Amiga magazines. Eavesdrop on your fellow diners in a fancy restaurant. You’ll catch some of them talking about their Amigas. Or drop by a local computer store. Amiga s are in the window. In the U.K., people take their games very seriously. Nintendo is not the force it is in the U.S., because the English don't lake kindly to wimpy, proprietary game machines. They have taste. They have Amigas. Developers in the U.K. are no slouches, either, working to push the game envelope wherever possible. It is therefore no sur prise that the U.K. houses some of the most committed, energetic, and slightly crazed CDTV developers in the wor ld. All of them may not he games, but the applications I saw were a real blast. The U.K. believes in CDTV. Users are ready. Vendors are ready. The only thing that isn’t quite ready is the software. And. As of press time, the box. Ii didn't take long to find this stuif. As soon as the plane slapped the tarmac (at six in the morning) I was off. Blearily visiting CDTV software authors. These cats are cranking, and expect to make big pounds in the Amiga and CDTV markets.

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U. S.A. $ 3.95 Canada $ 4.50 UK £2.50 1 An IDG ion O R W D L : 9. Tsi Check it Out! I Special Buyer’s Issue Software Comparison Guides ? Telecommunications B- ?Video Graphics ? MIDI Music f render it> . V. *>*v L k Llli* . U. 20 Business Programs For Amiga Artists VBBbkaadAl ww cheCk tt O”*1 > . . Software Cwnp «V0uWes IB Expanded Review Coverage Consumer Guide To Mail-Order Shopping UWVVuski ¦ Plus! E “Graphics Arsenal” e Multimedia Scripting ® 6 Amiga Games We're not saying everyone should own a Oigi-View Gold... Protozoa, tor example, have very little need.
• Uses 2 to 4096 colors (including halfhrite)
• Digitizes in 21 hits per pixel (2.1 million colors) for the highest quality images possible
• Has advanced dithering routines that give an apparent !()().()()() colors on screen simultaneously ¥
• Comes with an icon driven slideshow program for presentations using both IFF and Dynamic images
• Offers an unprecedented lifetime warranty and toll-free support line If you want the best pictures possible on your Amiga, then vou need the best selling video digitizer of all time: Digi-View Gold. Only one product lias captured the imagination of Amiga users around the world: Digi-View Gold. It's the most award winning, best-selling and most used Amiga hardware product of all time. When Amiga owners want to digitize graphics they use Digi-View Gold. Period. In fact, we’ve probably sold more Digi-Yiews than any other digitizer on any PC in history. Here's your chance to bring the world into your Amiga. Simply focus your video camera on any object or picture, and in seconds Digi-View Gold turns it into Amiga graphics that glow with vibrant color and stunning clarity. Whether von are creating graphics for desktop publishing, presentations, video, or just for fun. Digi-View Gold makes dazzling images perfectly simple. Digi-View Gold is designed specifically for the Amiga SOO and 2000, and plugs directly into the parallel port. With complete software control of color saturation, brightness, sharpness, hue, resolution, and palette, advanced image processing is as easy as adjusting the controls on your television. Only Digi-View Gold:
• Has exclusive Dynamic IliRes mode for 4096 colors in HiRes
• Digitizes in all Amiga resolution modes from 420x200 up to 768x480 (full HiRes overscan) Digi-View Gold is available now at your local Amiga dealer. Or call 1-800-843-8934 or 1-913-354-1146 wT=k Only $ 190.95 Requires standard aender changer for use with Amiaa 1000 Dvnamic HiRes requires 2 megs of , . . . RAM O.gi-V.ew Gold >s a trademark of Newtek. Lnc“ I DC Alll lgil tlleo Digitizer INCORPORATED C rde 119 on Reader Service card OBITUS You’re in the depths of your own worst nightmare . . . But this time there’s no waking up. Lost and alone in a dangerous and alien world you must discover where you are, how you got there . . . And how you’re going to get out! In a frantic search of the unfamiliar land you explore aMAZEing forests, mines and underground complexes collecting objects and interacting with indigenous creatures. Re-emerging into daylight you race along perfect parallax action scenes, dispatching enemies as you battle ever deeper into the unknown. Impelling RPG with more than a dash of hack-‘n - slash. Screen shots from the Amiga version. 15280 * 17488 u OOOOO jj ooosa 4 OOOOQ y ftcag’.i ;mf3| ARMOUR-GEDDON Post-Holocaust: A power crazed entity desires control of earth. They develop an energy beam and intend to bounce it off a custom-built satellite back to earth . All unprotected life will be wiped out. You select and control up to six diverse hi-tech vehicles at once in a race against time to seek and destroy enemy power lines and eventually knock out their beam generator. Build up your arsenal by collecting enemy resources to help develop and create your own new weapon systems. Featuring a sophisticated head-to-head serial link enabling ‘being-there’ realism between two players. Armour-Geddon: Strategy and simulation synthesized to perfection. Screen Shots from the Amiga version.
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• n. T:nn Sullivan Bluth Presents VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12 DECEMBER 1990 CONTENTS’ AmigaWorld Mini Buying Guides .. 34 l iead-to-head product evaluations in three popular software categories. With comprehensive buyet’s-guide charts comparing program features, plus best-buy recommendations. Guides include: 37 43 47 VIDEO Fonts By Geoffrey Williams . . F> font collections for desktop-video work. MIDI Sequencers By Steve Quinzi. 12 sequencers for amateur and pro alike. Telecommunications By Harv Laser . 10 terminal programs commercial and ED shareware. I I A Portrait of the Artist as a Small Business By jamie Krutz 34 Whether you use your Amiga as a part- time musician, a freelance illustrator, or a professional video producer, you’ve still got to attend to business. If you choose the right software, your Amiga can help you with more than just your art. Dial M. . .For Mail Order 66 By Susan Kaniwec .. Knowing the rules of the game, and your rights as a consumer, can keep mail-order shopping from becoming a nightmare. " j “ " I j L Chief Concerns By Doug Bamey .... 6 Back from London, the editor finds the British are very avid Amigaphiles. Accent on Graphics By Joel Hagen. ..86 Joel forsakes paint programs this month to give you his shortlist of favorite support tools useful to the Amiga artist. POINTERS By Eugene Mortimore . . . ... 88 C programmers will find that mastering the Amiga's console device pays big dividends. Mastering Multimedia By Steve Gillmor .98 Hands-on advice about using script- based programs in this month s installment of our new multimedia column. It's a bonanza of Amiga products in our Holiday Shopper's special: Buyer's guides in music, video graphics, and communications. A double-size Review section. .-1 business software roundup. . .plus a lot more in the biggest issue of AmigaWorld ever!
1) 1 PART Mf MS Repartee .... 8 More salvos lired by .-III’ readers. Headliners . 10 News from all over the Amiga community. What s New? ... 148 Extra new-product listings this month. The PD Prospector By Tim Walsh .. lo2 Tim’s on-line excavations yield a Mother Lode ol PD shareware games this month. Help Key .. 156 Lou’s no Scrooge about delivering the technical turkey for readers in distress. Last Licks . 160 Prime parting shots pepper the posterior. RI, 1K S Power PC Board (Pulsar) . 12 IBM compatibility for A500 owners. Pixel 3D (Axiom) ..13 Easy 2-1) to 3-D conversion software. Professional Draw 2.0 (GeldDisk) . 18 Significant update of a top program. AEHD Drive (Applied Engineering). . . 23 Nifty high-densitv external floppy drive. VlDI-AMIGA (Romho Productions) 23 Inexpensive real-time frame grabber. ADAPT (Lake Forest Logic) ...26 (kSOOO-series assembler with lots of features. TV*SHOW 2 (Zuma Group) ..28 Slide-show program with effects galore. SYNTHIA II (The Other Guys) ...... 122 Flexible scaled-down version of the popular synthesizer. DEB 2000 (MicroWay) .....123 Relieves flickerFixer video-slot logjam. IR Remote Controller (Edu-Vid Research) ...125 Infrared control of A V devices. SAS C 5.10 Compiler fSAS; 128 Major update of the Lattice C compiler. AUTOPROMPT (DigiSoft) and ROLL ’Em (Designing Minds) .132 Teleprompter software for the Amiga. TITLE Page (Eschalon Development) . . 138 Video titler for snappy title screens. Back Talk . 142 The reviewers and re vie wees square off. GAMES CRIB NOTES By Peter Olafson 108 In this one-time-only installment, games- mcistcr Olafson unveils some of his “sweet cheats” for favorite Amiga games. NEUROMANCER (Interplay) .108 Ride with the cyberspace cowboys. Bandit Kings of Ancient China (Koei) . 108 Defeat the wicked Gao Qiu warriors. The PLAGUE (InnerPrise) ..110 Hack, slash, and blast those bcasties! Might and Magic II (New World) ..114 Dungeons-and-l)ragons-style adventuring. Strike Aces (Accolade) ....116 Bombing navigation competition. Blades of Steel (Konami) 118 No-frills hockey arcade action. Active Circuits Delivers Advanced Imaging Solutions A powerful image conversion and 24-bit imaeine svsiem which is t C- - both flexible and expandable. It gives the capability to convert between multiple image formats and output to high-quality, full-color video and digital film for animation and multimedia presentations. Turns the Amiga- into a professional imaging workstation. Supports the following image formats: Amiga IFF, Caligari™ (Rendition™), CompuServe GIF™. Digi-View™ RGB, Macintosh MacPaint & PICT2 bitmaps, PC’ Paintbrush1*', Sculpt™ (Raw RGB), Sun Rasterfile™, TIFF, Truevision Targa5. Turbo Silver' RGBN RGB8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 199.95 (Requires Amiga with I megabyte memory. Not copy protected Arexx compatible.! An ImageLink expansion module which allows direct control of Truevision Tania and Vista frame buffers for true-color video output. Compatible with Microlllusions Transport Controller for 24 hit color frame-hy-framc animation recording to industrial professional VTR’s. Suggested Retail Price: $ 299.95 (Requires ImageLink and Amiga XT or AT Bridgehoard.I CineLink1'1 An ImageLink expansion module which can output directly to high resolution (4000 line. 24-bii) film using digital film recorders from Lasergraphics and Presentation Technologies. Create 35mm slides and prints. Polaroid prints and transparencies. 4x5 and 8x10 film transparencies, and 16 and 35mm motion picture film for your next full-length animated feature. Exposure times as fast as 90 seconds. Suggested Retail Price: $ 299.95 iRequires Film Recorder, liii.igel.ink .mi! Compatible SCSI ctintrnller, Arew compatible, i The perfect complement for your Amiga image processing workstation. The latest in optical storage technology from SONY removes all practical limits on disk storage by providing up to 650 megabytes of storage on a secure, removable disk cartridge. Comes with complete driver support, utilities, diagnostics, cables and 1 piece ot media. Suggested Retail Price: $ 4995,00 (Require compatible SCSI controller. Additional media S250M>, Speeds as Inch a* .’55K per sctoml read. 255K scvoiu! Write. DiskSpeed benclimatks available on requeM. One year warrants included.r Professional Features Offering Outstanding Flexibility For more information or your nearest Active Circuits Dealer, call today. Tel: (201) 974-1616 Fax: (201) 974-1672 Brand and product names a?e trademarks ol their respective companies Stephen Robbins. Publisher DOUGLXS Barney, Editor-In-Chief DANIEL Sullivan, Executive Editor SWAIN Pratt. Managing Editor BARBARA GEFVERT, Senior Editor JANINE L. JaCKSON, Review Editor LOUIS R. Wallace, Senior Editor, Technology; Special Products Manager LlNDA Barrett LaflaMME, Editor. The AmigaWorld Tech Journal TlM WALSH, Technical Editor JOHN WOLFSKILL, Senior Writer, Technology MaRE-ANNK JaRVELA, Special Products Coordinator Gene Brawn, Da id T. McClellan, Contributing Editors Howard G. Happ.Art Director LAURA JOHNSON, Assistant Art Director Ann Dillon, Designer ALAN A Korda, Production Supervisor Debra A. Davies, Typographer KENNETH BiakemaN, National Advertising Sales Manager Michael McGoldrick, Sales Representative Barbara Hoy, Sales Representative Heather Paquette, Advertising Sales Representative, Partial pages & InfoMarket, I-800-441-4403, 1-603-924-0100 Meredith Bickford, Advertising Coordinator GlORGIO Salute Associate Publisher, West Coast Sales, 1-415-363-5230 2421 Broadway, Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94063 Wf.NDIF. Haines MaRRO, Marketing Director Laura Livingston, Marketing Coordinator Margot L. 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• 4 or 8MB of 32-bit wide high performance 80ns NIBBLE MODE DRAM; allows full support and advantage to be taken of the 68030's BURST Mode.
• Built-in Autobooting High Performance Hard Disk Controller with data transfer rates well over 700KB sec.
• High performance 40MB, BOMB or 200MB hard disk drive with an average read access time of less than 15ms (!9ms on write) and 64KB read- ahead cache. If you already own a hard disk, this item can be optional.
• Asynchronous design allowing the 68030 to run ASYNCRONOUS to the rest of the A2000 improving GENLOCK compatibility.
• ZERO SLOT SOLUTION! With the A300I Configuration along with the bundled 40Q or 80Q Hard Disk Drive ALL A2000 EXPANSION SLOTS ARE LEFT FREE FOR FUTURE UNLIMITED EXPANSION! COMPARE: A2000 + GVP A3001 CBM A2500 3Q CBM A3000 “ 68030 CPU Y Y Y Maximum CPU Clock Speed available & shipping Today. 50MHz 25Mhz 25Mhz Factory installed 68882 Floating Point Processor Clock Speed. 28-50Mhz 25Mhz 25Mhz Hard Disk Controller on 68030 Processor Board. Y N Y Number of Open Amiga expansion slots with hard disk drive and SMB Fast memory installed. 5 3 4 Allows user to start with low-cost A2000 Amiga system and grow all the way to 50Mhz 68030 performance without sacrificing anything. Y N N Brand name vendor with solid reputation. Y Y Y Fully implements 68030 Burst Mode up to 33Mhz, Y N N When you compare, the choice becomes clear. GVP is unbeatable for price and performance. IMPACT and GVP are Trademarks of Great Valley Products, Inc Amiga. A20OO and A3000 are registered Trademarks of Commodorc-Amiga, Inc UNIX is a registered trademark ol AT&T. Inc GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. New Address: 600 Clark Ave„ King of Prussia, PA 19406 For more information, or for nearest dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome. Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337-9922 Chief Concerns Amiga is alive and well and flourishing in Britain, and so is CDTV. IN SEPTEMBER I went to jolly old England London, to be exact in search of CDTV applications in progress. I found a whole bunch, but more importantly, I found a country where the Amiga is respected and enjoyed. It's a strange situation, really. Over here the Amiga is often shunned as a "game” machine. People are ashamed ol its great games. Every month we get letters from readers pleading with us to dump game coverage. I hey say it doesn’t belong in a "professional” magazine. Fact is, we get just as many letters begging for more games, and for quicker turnaround on the reviews we do. If people like games, we'll cover them. And if games help sell the Amiga, I’m all for it. While we’re relatively open-minded, Commodore continues to stress the machine’s professional uses, over its pure entertainment value. It's not a bad strategy, but it hasn’t totally worked. Maybe the new U.S. mass-market push will open some eyes to the machine’s purely fun side and give the pro side a boost in the process. Across the Atlantic, the machine is actually revered as a "game” machine. Many users buy Amiga 500s to play The Killing Game Show, and then graduate to video and animation applications. This strategy works. By year’s end, there are expected to be half a million Amigas in the U.K. Ride the "tube,” the London subway svstem. You'll see people reading Amiga magazines. Eavesdrop on your fellow diners in a fancy restaurant. You’ll catch some of them talking about their Amigas. Or drop by a local computer store. Amiga s are in the window. In the U.K., people take their games very seriously. Nintendo is not the force it is in the U.S., because the English don't lake kindly to wimpy, proprietary game machines. They have taste. They have Amigas. Developers in the U.K. are no slouches, either, working to push the game envelope wherever possible. It is therefore no sur prise that the U.K. houses some of the most committed, energetic, and slightly crazed CDTV developers in the wor ld. All of them may not he games, but the applications I saw were a real blast. The U.K. believes in CDTV. Users are ready. Vendors are ready. The only thing that isn’t quite ready is the software. And. As of press time, the box. Ii didn't take long to find this stuif. As soon as the plane slapped the tarmac (at six in the morning) I was off. Blearily visiting CDTV software authors. These cats are cranking, and expect to make big pounds in the Amiga and CDTV markets. I'hey have confidence, having picked a couple of truly hot systems. Compare this to the struggles some of our vendors face, and you begin to long for the land of lish & chips. After a fair night’s sleep, 1 hit the Computer Entertainment Show. Who was one ol the biggest stars? Right you are. It was Commodore, which manned one of the most impressive booths 1 have ever seen. Everywhere you walked in Commodore’s broad expanse, there were joysticks and keyboards with Amiga games already loaded. Reports in the British press suggest that the booth cost nearly $ 400,000. They do trade shows right. In the meantime, we continue here to light the stigma of "game" machine, and the attitude that says if it isn't a PC or Mac, it isn’t a real computer. I'm not readv to turn Limey. I want to keep driving on the right and spelling the word color without any extra letters. And I like my bland American accent. Blit I sure would like to import some of the U.K.'s attitude toward Amigas. Tech Update: As you may have read last month, we are launching The Amiga World Tech Journal I his coming March. Ii is an exciting integration ol disk and paper, and is sure to satisfy Amiga aficionados everywhere. It is also going to take a lot of work. In older to gel this bear out the door, we’ve made a series of promotions. Linda Barrett Laflamme will he Editor of the Journal, but will maintain responsibility for game and programming coverage in Amiga World. If you like the articles in Amiga World* you can thank Linda, because she assigns them, helps edit them, and seems to conic up with at least half of the ideas. If you don’t like the articles, then you’re a candidate for our money- hack guarantee. Plus you can always blame me. Barbara Gefvert. Our sturdy Review Editor has become Senior Editor, and will he in charge of article acquisitions. Perceptive readers will have figured out that Barbara is replac ing Linda. Then, needing someone to replace Bar bara, we tapped Janine Jackson, our feisty New Products niaven, who will now lake over as Review Editor. All of these people have done an excellent job at Amiga Whrlri over tlu* past several years, and Em sure they will he equal to the new c hallenges ahead. ¦ GVP Announces a Technological Breakthrough... SERIES tt THE NEXT GENERATION in SCSI and RAM Controllers for the A2000 GVP’s New SERIES IIA2000 SCSI and RAM Expansion Controllers provide the ultimate hard disk and RAM expansion solution for the A2000. Choose from two new models: Hard-Disk+RAM-Card Space (no components) for direct mounting of 3.5" Hard Disk Drive GVP Custom VLSI Chip Up to 8MB of FAST RAM Expansion GVP’s New FaaastROM SCSI driver and installation software is also available as an upgrade kit for GVP's original IMPACT SCSI controllers, for ONLY $ 49.95. Offers major performance increase over previous GVP AUTOBOOT EPROMs. New Seriesjl 48MB Removable media hard disk drive. GVP now also offers the NEXT GENERATION removable media hard disk drive which offers increased capacity (48MB formatted? And major technological advances in cartridge air flow filtering design and robustness. Call for details. “Let's Standardize” The Series IIA2000 SCSI “Hard-Disk + RAM-Card” State-of-the-Art integration packs a high performance SCSI controller, SMB FAST RAM Expansion and a 3.5" hard disk drive INTO A SINGLE A2000 EXPANSION SLOT!! Saves BOTH a valuable expansion slot and a peripheral bay! Incredible SCSI hard disk performance achieved through GVP's innovative new custom chip design, which provides DMA performance and unique direct dual port memory access to FAS I RAM, eliminating typical DMA side effects under heavy graphics load. Easy-to-install SIMM memory modules allow flexible mcmorv configurations from ZERO through SMB. Supports 6MB FAST RAM configuration for Bridge Board users. NEW FAAASTROM !v SCSI Driver offers optimum performance and includes such features as: y' Supports virtually any SCSI device including, CD-ROMs, Tape Drives, IOMEGA Bernoulli drives, etc. y' Fully implements SCSI Disconnect Reconnect protocol, allowing overlapping SCSI commands to be executed. Hard-Disk-Card y Fully implements Commodore's Rigid Disk Block (RDB1 standard as well as the new DIRECT SCSI interface standard. V Removable media drive support. Automatically senses cartridge changes and informs AmigaDOS, ensuring safe and reliable use ot removable media SCSI drives. V Allows Direct AUTOBOOT from Fast File System Partition. ¦ New INTUITION COMPATIBLE SCSI installation and "tuning" utility included. Major features include: v ICON and gadget based INTUITION interface. V Bad Block Remapping of hard drives. V Auto or manual hard drive partitioning and AmigaDOS formatting. 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* UNBEATABLE VALUE. See $ 99 trade-up offer! The ULTIMATE Trade-Up Offer??? GVP today introduced its new Series 11 nroduct line and announced a hold new trade- L program, which is certain to further bolster GVP's dominant market share in the Amiga hard drive market. Details of GVP’s new TRADE-UP program jjt, ioliows. For SI 09 plus Sf> for shipping (USA only), end-users can trade-up to the new GVP Series 11 SCSI •'Hard-Disk-Card" (without drive) hv simply sending in their present SCSI controller (from ANY manufacturer) losielher with a money order or certified check, pavahle directly to GV P. . Ii trade-in controllers must be sent to GVP FREIGHT PREPAID. . Owners of any GVP or Commodore SCSI controllers, are eligible for an additional Sit) rebate, il they trade-in a FI ELS FUNCTIONAL and working controller. These owners need to submit a certified check monev order for S105 only. . For an additional S39. Existing controllers on be iraded-up to the new Series 11
- Hard-Disk + RAM-Card." Which includes the SMB FAST RAM expansion capability. Populated with ZERO RAM. U» Educational pricing program now available. Series II. FAAASTROM and GVP are trademarks of Great Vfclley product-; hr Amiga and A2000 are registered trademarks of Commodore-A iga. Inc GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. 600 Clark Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 For more information, or for nearest dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337-9922 REPARTEE Comments, complaints, and concerns from Amiga World readers. Lessons Learned who read this to write to Microsoft and convince the company to convert Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other programs to the Amiga. Send vour letters to Bill Gates, President, Microsoft Corporation, 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond. WA 98052. Matt Carrell Puyallup, WA Voting Democratic? Lou Wallace’s article, “Democratic ‘Development,’ ” (Aug.,
p. IS) contains revisionist history that J could not ignore. It strongly implies that microcomputers are responsible for most of the recent and significant developments in software. This is false, although the microcomputer is responsible for bringing us tools and ameni- u O ties, such as the Amiga's windowed, icon-oriented environment, at a price we can afford. Some other points: Computer rooms were not “sterile." Technicians, not "nuclear physicists,” wired the patch panels. Dual Inline Pack (DIP) switches were never on 1950 60 vintage computers; these had toggle rockers. Large programs were not entered via front-pancl switches on regular production computers, hut via cards. Finally, video rcrmi- nals were nor common until the late 1970s. No one expects Amiga World to chronicle the history of Commodore has changed. 1 teach middle school in an Apple-dominated district and have worked in the classroom with these inferior machines. Computers, you may have heard, are supposed to make learning fun. With them, learning presumably becomes some great experience. Believe me, Apple has done a lot to squelch that belief. Most “educational” programs on the Apple Ilgs and SE are deplorable. Those that do offer some educational value run so poorly, have such poor graphics, and take so long to load that anv mistake results in havoc, not education. About two years ago. I began struggling to establish the Amiga as the computer of choice in our school district. During my crusade. I received no support from Commodore. Company representatives told me, “We are not going to buck Apple," and. "Should we give your district an Amiga, it would onlv sit on a dustv shelf somewhere.” 1 did everything I could to convince CBM otherwise. I held my own computer show and attended others. I took my Amiga 500 to school numerous times. 1 showed my colleagues as many program and video demos as 1 could and distributed all manner of magazine articles. The district remained firmly Apple oriented, however. Time passed and so did some rusty Commodore* executives. My next contact was Susan Bengough of CBM’s education division, who immediately went to work on mv j proposal. Before the end of the 1990 school year, Commodore sent our district an Amiga 2500, genlock, and monitor for free! During that week I demonstrated the A2500 to the district superintendent, and a few clays later sent him requisitions for software in excess of $ 600. He approved them all. Imagine our computer class now! We can produce a school newsletter each week, when it took weeks to make an illusion ary one with the Apple Ilgs. Who knows what will happen when our copy of Amiga Vision arrives! John H. Rice Parachute, CO Send Postcards Doug Barney’s letter-writing campaign (“Chief Concerns," Sept. and Oct. *90, p. 6) is an excellent and effective way to give the Amiga the attention and support of more software corporations. I urge all Amiga owners to write to companies about developing applications software. Even if you don t care for spreadsheets and word processors, you owe it to yourself and other users to try to increase the Amiga software base and user base in any fashion. I'm challenging all computing. You have, however, a responsibility to provide correct information when touching on any subject. John Ciena nee Hoboken, Xf ] might have been able to shrug off Eon Wallace's cutesy, pop-mystiquc nonsense about . . Entire cults of white-clad techno-priests. . . .” in his article, “Democ ratic ‘Development,’ ” but the fact that Lou so grossly distorted history has n j me irritated enough to write. Few programmers were “highly trained” prior to being employed before the mid to late '60s. External training was not available except by jobhopping. The claim that microcomputers spurred the development of". . . More powerful, sophisticated, and flexible computer languages. . .” seems ludicrous. With the possible exception of Modula IE all the languages Lou named were established well before the availability of microcomputers. He states that OOP objects are collections of data, when in fact they are collections of private data and procedures. He then concludes by flipping off the folks who started the computer revolution, claiming that they had no further vision of what they started. Hell, it was the)’ who pushed the revolution forward! Foo to Lou!
5. C. Ski nan Scottsdale, A ' . ¦ Advanced Word Processing Power For The Amiga Computer ProWrite1''. Performance That Stands Out In A Crowd. In this highly competitive world, there is always a leader. An innovator. Hie one that the competition looks up to. In the world of Amiga word processors. ProWrite is that leader. ProWrite hits the high performance features you need. A 100,000 word spelling checker that can check as you type. A thesaurus with over 300,000 cross references. Multiple columns with both snaking and parallel text flow. Multiple fonts and graphics. Powerful macros. Exceptional speed. With all this and more. Pro Write stands head and shoulders above the competition. Which is why ProWrite is the best selling Amiga word processor. And the best choice for even1 Amiga owner. Because it is always better to lead than to follow. Look To The Leader In Amiga Word Processing. Like all ol our products, ProWrite combines high performance, an intuitive environment, and easy to use commands. When it comes to powerful yet practical word processing. ProWrite is the target the competition shoots for. So whatever your word processing needs, from A V scripts, to novels, business reports. Storyboards, or letters to Aunt Agnus, go straight to the top. Discover the power of ProWrite from New Horizons. NEW HORIZONS First In Personal Productivity And Creativity New Horizons Software, Inc. 206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109 Austin. Texas 78746 (512) 328-6650 HruM rite i » registered trademark o Nr* Muruurts Software. Inc Amiga i' a registered tr ademarW irf Commodore Amiga. Inc NEWS FROM THE AMIGA COMMUNITY The Software Publishers Association reports that during the first half of 1990, domestic Amiga software sales increased by “a robust
33. 9%” over the same period last year. World recently crossed the Atlantic to check out the latest CDTV' developments in the UK. Although developers on the other side of the drink have yet to receive working units, those we visited are hard at work on innovative CDTV applications and tools. What’s on CDTV? Nothing Today; Tomorrow, Plenty UNITED KINGDOM Arniga- for CDTV, then for die standard Multimedia Corp., a spinoff of the BBC, is creating an interactive program adapted from the children's book. A Iiun for Barney. The animation is by Bill Melendez Productions in Los Angeles, and the voices are by Tom Baker, better known as Dr. Who (the popular one) of the public-television series. Ariadne, maker of the Micro- Text authoring language, is also working on a new, asynchronous multimedia authoring system. According to company officials, the language can work efficiently with slow devices such as CD-ROM drives, because it can load sounds and images while it plays and shows others. The firm is also busv developing a package called Music Maker for the UK-based software publisher. Music Sales. Music Maker allows you to select instruments, play individual notes, play music over another CD, follow die Ivrics on screen, and select songs and rhythms. Ariadne is working not only on broad-based packaged applications, but also 011 tailored interactive applications. One such custom project is for the London subway system. London Underground personnel who headed up the project wanted an interactive system, but specified use of Compaq computer equipment. Ariadne’s solution involves using CDTV as a peripheral that the Compaq can trigger. Good thinking! Another British developer. Logic Plus, is plugging away on Airways, an air-traffic-con no! Simulator that will he available first Amiga lineup. Gramma Software Expands Donation Projects To Assist Needy Ocean, a company that distributes products from a variety of affiliated vendors, has numerous items up its CDTV sleeve. CDTV versions of the games SimCily and SimEarth, scheduled for launch in mid-1991, add more levels and depth to these already well-endowed products. Virgin Mastertronic is hot on a CDTV adaptation of the interactive video, North Polar Expedition. Popular in UK schools, North Polar Expedition is a group-oriented program wherein six explorers work as a team to reach the pole. If one team member makes a mistake, the whole group is affected. Another educational package from Virgin, tentatively called Musi color, is based upon the innovative music learning system developed by Candida Tobin. This system is used widely and has been adopted by Montessori schools. Domark is readv to take the CDTV plunge with Trivial Pursuit, but because the firm does not have US rights, the product may never see America. Their Herewith the Clue, however, should make it ro the States on CDTV. We have only scratched the surface of what is to come from “over there,” and we’ll keep you apprised of exciting CDTV developments. Meanwhile, back stateside, we got in touch with Commodore’s CDTV uiaven, Gail Wellington, to get the skinny on the CD-based Amiga. According to Gail, CDTV will he test marketed in several US locations throughout the holidays. The big push, however, will come in late winter or early spring, about the time we should expect to see the CD-ROM peripheral for Amiga computers, says Wellington. Doug Barney SEATTLE, WA-With the chill of winter descending upon the Northwest, Gramma Software is once again soliciting contributions for its underwear-donation project to aid the area’s homeless. Company co-founder Michael Loyacon began the project after finding out that Seattle shelters have a pressing need for men's clean socks and underwear (see Amiga World's report on the start of the project on p. 10, Sept. ’89). Gramma s community service is expanding in other ways, too. After local ABC affiliate KOMO- TV reported the project on a program called People Helper,” show host Brook Stanford asked Loyacon about the possibility of rounding up used computers for handicapped people and nonprofit groups. “With the help of Amiga enthusiast John Willott. We contacted 100 computer users groups in the Northwest,” reported Loyacon. “The group members and Commodore and Sony Make Plans At Video Expo NEW YORK, NY The Video Expo CAMMP show, held Scpieni- her 10-14 at the Jacob Javits convention center, brought together low-end industrial video professionals and “pro-sumers" as usual. What was extraordinary about the show was the Amiga's touch, as both Commodore and NcwTek displayed their wares. With its Video Toaster, XewTek drew as much interest as Sonv, tradition- ally the Expo’s most popular exhibitor. (The Toaster, incidentally, cleared FCC hurdles and commenced shipping as of September. The firm is flooded with orders, so it may be a while before Toasters hit vour dealer's shelves.) In that ever-popular Sony booth, company representatives KOMO-TV then helped to form the Computer Bank Charity.” Now, equipment of all types is being donated by businesses and individuals. Lsers-group members assemble the systems and help the recipients to gel it 11 p and running. “In one recent case,” Loyacon said, “we were able to set up a computer-training center for underprivileged children 7-19 years old. The program is administered by the local 4H group, and training materials were provided by the University of Washington,’’ People who are interested in donating equipment or finding out more about the project can contact Michael Loyacon at Gramma Software, 17730 15th Ave. N.E., Suite
233. Seattle, WA 98155, 206 363- 041 7, You can send monetary contributions to either Gramma’s Underwear Donation Account or the Computer Bank Charity, c o Puget Sound Bank, 110 Box 55368, Seattle, WA 98155.
- BG demonstrated the EYO-9700 Desk Editor, a Hi-8 tape-editing system that retails for around $ 6000. This product has special significance for the Amiga market, for in the company of an A3000 and a Video Toaster, the EVO- 9700 makes a complete professional video system. It is rumored that Sony and Commodore will do some joint promotion for this setup a great boost for the Amiga's professional image. The new year’s first Video Expo, slated for February 11-15, 1991, will be held at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. For details, contact the show's producer, Knowledge Industry Publications at 800 248-KI PI or 914 328-9157,
- BG Where Do We Go From Here? WEST CHESTER, PA-In a recent Hurry of activity, four executives departed Commodore in rapid .succession: Vice President of Marketing C. Lloyd Mahaffey, Director of Marketing Communications and Consumer Marketing Tom Kilcoyne, Director of Product Marketing Wall Simpson, and Amiga Products Manager Keith Masavage. There lias been no word on replacements as yet. While we have heard that Mr. Mahafley left to join a venture- capital linn, there has been no official comment on the reasons behind the flight of the executives. Perhaps involved is the fact that Amiga sales have yet to see a dramatic rise. Regardless of the whys and wherefores, the departures are sure to put a temporal v (1 imp in the firm's promotional efforts, Doug Barney The British are coming! And the French! And the Germans! American Amiga software companies have been doing some big- game hunting in Europe, and the pelts they’ve won have started to turn up stateside. The European 16-hit game market is a crazy-house version of its US counterpart. Most games come out first for the Amiga and the Atari ST, and then maybe for the IBM PC. So it's fertile ground for US companies looking to expand their Amiga product lines without incurring development costs for wholly new projects. Indeed, a number of American de- v elopers C i n e m a w a re, Data East. Accolade, Interplay, Electronic Zoo. Electronic Arts, Microprose, Mediagenic and others have dipped into the European game pool over the last two years. For Amiga gam e-players, this is a blessing, bringing a sizeable boost in the number of games available. Moreover, to date, most import selections have been top-of-ihe-line, thoughtful, even provocative. Sometimes the games come over as released, save for imAmigas Aid House Painters Banish Guesswork MO NT VALE, NJ-The Amiga continues to show up in the darn- dest places, doing what it does best. Look closely, and you may find one at work in your local paint store. Benjamin Moore and Company makes the $ 4800 Video Color Planner system (VCP), an Amiga-based interactive display for the do-it-yourselfer, available to dealers in its nationwide chain ol paint stoics. Marketed by Colwell General, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, the Video Color Planner employs an A500 and proprietary software. The ar- cadc-siyle display system allows Benjamin Moore customers to see the results of a prospective paint job before lifting a brush. The customer feeds a photograph of his home or room into the YCP’s flatbed color scanner, then selects one of 1800 available paint colors, from within, the Amiga 500 disproved documentation and minor reprogramming to adopt the NTSC standard. In other cases, games improve significantly in crossing the Atlantic. Accolade’s Strike Aces, for instance, is the US version of UK Activision’s Figluer- Boniber with a time-compres- sion feature added for long missions. Cinemaware’s Federation (known as Federation of Free Traders in Europe) also saw sizeable changes before the English game became the US company’s cup of tea. Beyond that, some US companies are going to European development houses to write Amiga conversions of domestic games, as with the recent conversion of SSI’s monster RPG Pool of Radiance, Origin’s Ultima V. and Microprose’s I -19 Stealth Fighter. An attendant development is the growing appetite for imports, A hot game released in Europe may turn up in a US shop ten days later and disappear from the shelves within hours of arrival. Hard-core import fans who don’t mind paying premium prices track them relentlessly. Peter Olafson plays a digitized version of the photo on a color monitor, then invites the viewer to do some "experimental painting" with the built-in trackball. When the results are satisfactory, the customer requests a list of the materials required to complete the project. Sources at Benjamin Moore say the VCP lias been an effective promotional tool, installed in over 500 of the company’s -1500 stores. Other paint-siore chains, including Pittsburgh Paints. Fuller- O’Brien, and Porter Paints also use versions of the VCP under different names. Phil Kenyon. President of the New Zealand-based Target Computers, which developed the system, predicts a large potential market for the system in other "color matching" industries such as textiles, vinyl flooring, and window replacement. John Wolf skill Green Mountain Graphics European Games Emigrate West JOHNSON. VT Cram 14 kids, dnce Amigas, and a few graphics packages into a small practice room for two and a half weeks, and what do von get? "Everything from comic-book-style stuff to some very abstract and expressionism pieces," savs Michael Hanisli, instructor for the Arts Institute of Vermont. An intensive multidiscipline arts experience for high-school students coming from all over Vermont. The Institute this year gathered together 120 teenagers, about 28 of whom participated in the three elecironic-arts (music, graphics, and video) classes. The graphics class met twice daily, although Hanish kept the Amigas Gaining Hold in BC Schools BRITISH COLUMBIA-What do you call a group of ’’Amiga- Using Educators"? Why, AmUsEd of course. With over 100 members, AmUsEd is a significant force in the British Uohmibia educational community. Every year the group meets for several days of hands- on training and interactive discussions. This year’s get-together, on Vancouver Island. Ibcused on a number of hot Amiga topics, including laser discs, genlocks, MIDI, video, sound digitizing, CD-ROM, and Amiga Vision. According to AmUsEd representative Boh H el bison, l lie Promotions in Motion San Mateo. CA Whether you want to get more for your last- minute holiday-shopping dollars, or you need an excuse to bnv some of the hoped-for software that Santa forgot to leave, you should know that Electronic Arts and Sony have teamed up for a promotion. I he deal goes like this: Buy one, two, or three featured EA programs, and receive a Sony Walkman lor $ 15, a Watchman for $ 85, or a Disentail lor $ 120, respectively. Eight Amiga titles are recognized as par t of the promotion: Deluxel’aim 111, DeluxeYideo 111, studio open almost nonstop so that the students could continue working. “Only one [of the kids in my class] had ever worked with an .Amiga before," said Hanish. He was surprised and pleased to see how quickly they took to the machines and the software. "In a day they were comfortable and working, though constantly in need ol advice and ways to get out of the bizarre situations they got themselves into.” Hanish reported that the three clectronic-arts classes worked together on a number of projects, including music videos, animations, a documentary, and a short horror video.
- BG group's goal is to promote the use of Amigas in education. ! Le reports success, as "More and more districts are getting into it.” Primary grades use Amigas with stub programs as Jmil’s The Talking Animator, and secondary schools use them in art and inedia-production clsses. Although the group’s activity is now limited to BC!, Herbison is interested in speaking with people from other provinces. You can contact him at School District 70. Resource Center, 1690 Roger St., Port Alberni, BC. Canada V9Y 3Z4, 604 723-3565. Doug Barney Populous, 688 Attack Sub, Budo- kan, Powermonger. The Immortal. And Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer. The other allowable products are ten IBM titles. The oiler is good in the I S and Canada and expires March 1. Check with your dealer or with EA (415 571-7171) lor details.
- BG REVIEWS Pulsar Power PC Board Two computers in one. By John Wolfskili NO LONGER DO Amiga 500 owners have to turn jealous eves to the A2000 and its Bridgeboards to find IBM compatibility. The Pulsar PG Power hoard, developed by kloli Gnmputer Supplies Bv. Ol Holland, brings IBM software compatibility to the A500. The card is an IBM PC XT-compatible computer (sans video, I O ports, and power supply) that fits into the expansion slot on the AoOO s underside. The auto-conlig hoard comes with a NEC V30 CPU. A battery-backed clock, and a Phoenix Technologies ROM BIOS chip set. While the board uses 512K oi its one megabyte ol RAM to run PC. Applications, it lets you assign the remainder as a virtual RAM disk. A special Amiga boot disk and an IBM disk with MS-DOS 4.01 handle the software side. When von start vour AoOO, the PG Power board reconfigures the machines internal and external drives to emulate up to four PC floppy drives, and, using the Amiga’s video hardware, provides support for a HOG (Hercules Graphic Card) display adapter or IBM’s Color Graphics Adapter (CGA). I be board s software drivers reconfigure the A500 s parallel. RS-232 serial, and joystick ports to work with PC 1 peripherals. Open and Shut Case You can install the board in a lew minutes. Simply remove the expansion slots door, slide the card in place, then replace the door. Setting up the software drivers to emulate the IBM PC. XI s hardware takes a bit more work, but is neither time-consuming nor difficult. You use the PC Preferences program on the Amiga disk to set the board’s clock, configure a virtual RAM disk, and select the wav the board will configure the AaOO's disk drives and I O ports. I’o access PC Preferences, hold down the left mouse button during the boot sequence, then make tlit* appropriate changes. 1 he program stores the new settings in a r i n i R t i r x! When I first tried the Pulsar PG Board, it would not work and immediate!) Caused a guru. I opened the case of my hard-drive interface and took the RAM offline. ‘This allowed the emulator to luiK tion, hut when I installed the cus- tom-clock program, the machine crashed again. The hoard lacks hard-drive support, and the RAM disk does not work well with DMA devices; portions of data destined for the hard drive sometimes end up in this RAM disk. Although the manual is skimpy, installing the hoard is cxtremeh easy. Software installation, however, is rigid and allows only for installation ol the custom clock and RAM driver on a Workbench floppy. This is line unless you have a hard drive. While the emulator does a lairly good job of simulating a CCA or MCA displav, text scrolling can be jumpy and hard to read. My board was labeled NTSC, but I could see only the tops of the indicators that run across the bottom of the screen. The Power PC Board ran all the productivity and telecommunications software I tried on it. Bill Gundlach Sandusky. OH 99870 configuration lilt* that loads each time you boot with this disk. To start an MS-DOS session, boot with the Amiga disk, which loads and configures the drives and I O ports. Next, the Pulsar board takes control and checks its own hardware. At this point, you replace the Amiga disk with the MS-DOS boot disk. When the MS-DOS A> prompt appears, you’re ready to begin. Although the manual claims the Pulsar board will eventually support Microsoft-compatible mice, it currently supports only the less- popular Mouse Systems model. To test the board’s compatibility with PC software, I selected such popular packages as Lotus Development's 1-2-3, Buttonware's PC-Eile (a database-man- agement program). Electronic Arts’ DeluxePaint Enhanced, and a sampling of games, word processors, and shareware applications. The results were mixed. Because the Pulsar board does not support a hard-disk drive, running some PC applications was difficult (sometimes impossible). Although more than enough RAM was available to run these applications, the lack of disk-storage space c aused problems. Eor example. DeluxePaint Enhanc ed refused to install itself on any disk with less than three megabytes of free storage space. Most applications that loaded ran without a bitch. However, during an attempt to transfer a block of files to a laptop PC using T raveling Software’s Eap- link lilc-transfer program, the A500’s serial port did not work reliably. One at a Time Unlike Commodore's PC Bi idgeboarcl for the A2000, the Pulsar board does not provide access to the Amiga environment. Once in MS-DOS mode, you must reboot to return to AmigaDOS. To transfer text files between the two formats. The company provides a copy of Consul- tron's Gross DOS, which lets you read and write MS-DOS and Atari ST disks in your Amiga’s lloppy drive. Although you leave multitasking behind when you use the Pulsar PC board. MS-DOS gains complete control of the machine. The result is excellent performance. In text mode, for example, screen updates are very rapid much faster than a real PC XT running at the same CPU clock speed. The Norton Utilities (version 5) Sysinfo program showed me just how fast: The board delivers CPU speeds equal to those of a 6 Mhz IBM PC AT, which is more than three times faster than a standard 4.77 Mhz IBM PC XT. In addition, the board makes more RAM available (up to 704K) for applications than does a standard PC XT. Is the Pulsar Power PC Board a total solution for A500 users who need to run IBM software? For most games, home applications, and programs that don’t require hard-drive installation, it works as advertised. If you use only these applications, the board’s S498 price tag may be a bargain. The appeal wears thin, however, when you consider the hoard’s lac k of support for modern PC software (such as programs that require IBM EGA VGA video adapters and a hard drive), which severely limits its usefulness. After all. For S300 to $ 400 more, you can buy the real McCoy, complete with hard drive, monitor, and mouse. Pulsar Power PC Board Pulsar Division of Oxide Industries Inc. 410 Maple Ave. Westbury, NY 11590 516 997-6707 S525 'o special requirements. Pixel 3D Enter a new dimension in color! By Harv Laser LOOK! HERE’S A new tool to help you convert flat IFF bitmap pictures into objects suitable for use with 3-1) rendering programs. Like other such software, Pixel 3D contains elaborate algorithms which analyze the structure of an IFF picture. It decides where all the edges are, discriminates foreground from background, and then creates vertices, edges, and polygons from which to build 3-D objects. Pixel 3D differs from its competition, however, in that it can also analyze the color content of an IFF picture and incorporate that information into the objects it produces. (For more information on 2-D to 3-D conversion and other such software, see “2-D or Not 2-D” in the 1990 Video and Animation Special Issue,
p. 106.) Save Me a Spot Operating Pixel 3D is quite simple. The 90K program installs easily on a floppy or hard disk; simply drag its icon over the destination-disk icon. The program manual is compact but completely adequate. When Pixel 3D loads, it displays its “Memory Allocation” requester, which requires you to specify how much RAM you want to earmark for the program to do its work. Click on the large up-and- down arrows to change two coupled values: Maximum Vertices and Maximum Edges. The former has a low value of 2500 and doubles, with each up click of the up arrow, to a ceiling that depends on how much RAM you have. (It topped out at 50,000 in my five-meg machine.) I he latter starts at 7500 and also expands with memory; in my case it went up to 150.000. The minimum settings require 126,600 bytes of RAM. The highest for five megs, 2,532,000 bytes. I his memor -allocation scheme takes some experimentation to master. .After all, how do you know whether a picture you want to convert to 3-D requires a low or high setting? If you are short on memory, you may first have to load vour picture into a bitmap-massaging program such as PIXmate (Progressive Peripherals) or The Art Department (ASI)(t) and reduce its number of colors Continued on j). 16 SupraDrive M Floppy Quiet, reliable floppy disk drive works with all Amiga computers. 1MB unformatted capacity. Pass-through port for connecting additional drives. Iflpilffp ii**i ¦ Compile Hard Disk. RAW Symlom fo« tho Amif« 500 ¦MM SupraDrive™ Removable Syquest™ removable cartridge drive for the A500 or 2000. Great for primary & back-up storage. Comes complete with SCSI interface, or as add-on drive. SupraMod etn zaoczi Makes Your Amiga Even Better SupraModem 2400 100% Hayes™-compatible 300. 1200, 2400 baud modem for virtually all computers. Compatible with all popular telecommunications software. SupraDrive™ 500XP Micro-power hard drive, SCSI interface, & RAM for the A500. Easily expands from 1 2 to SMB RAM. Includes Amiga bus pass-through, SCSI port, software. SupraRAM™ 500RX 1 2, 1, 2, 4, or 8MB of FAST RAM for the Amiga 500. Easy to expand. Zero wait states & hidden refresh. Amiga bus pass-through. SupraModem™ 2400 Plus SupraModem 2400 with MNP5 & V.42bis error correction & data compression protocols. Allows transmissions up to 9600 bps. SupraDrive™ WordSync™ Easy-to-install, autobooting hard disk card for the Amiga 2000. Uses high- performance QuantumIM hard disk & includes SCSI port, utility software. SupraRAM™ 2000 2, 4, 6, & 8MB of FAST RAM for the A2000 & 3000. Easy to expand. Zero wait states & hidden refresh. Four-layer board improves reliability. SupraModem™ 2400zi Internal half-card modem for the Amiga 2000 & 3000. Installs easily in any Amiga bus slot. Supports multiple modems on one computer. 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Syquest is a trademark of Syquest Technologies. Quantum is a trademark of Quantum Corp. Hayes is a trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products from p. 13 and bitplanes. In fact, this is a good general tactic; complex and multicolored pictures take a lot of memory to convert and ultimately produce enormous 3-D objects that can bog down your rendering software to the point that it may not load them at all. Conversion in Particular What kinds of two-dimensional pictures can Pixel 3D take to the next dimension? ITS A BARNEY BEAR CHRISTMAS The excitement of Christmas can help your child learn with Barney Bear Meets Santa Claus. Now children ages two to six can play and learn for hours at a time without your supervision! Barney Bear Meets Santa Claus starts with an interactive story of how Barney Bear gets to travel with Santa to his Toy Factory. Using music, animation, sound effects and speech, learning becomes fun. After story time, your child can enjoy the many learning activities, such as a Which One is Different game, a mix-up-the-parts toy machine, and a full-featured coloring book program. With the Barney Bear series of products, children can explore the world of computer learning all by themselves. So help your child grow with Barney Bear today. Suggested retail price S34.95 Available at dealers everywhere. Barney Bear Barney Bear Barney Bear Goes to School Goes to the Farm Goes to Space Free Spirit Software ~58 Noble Street Sofrware Kutztown, PA 19530 ¦ = (215) 683-5609 You can convert any non-HAM IFF picture or brush, including overscan and superbitmapped images. Keep in mind, however, that it is best to start with simple pictures until you have gained some experience. Pixel 3D's control screen presents you with ten parameter fields to customize. First, choose the type of object you want to generate: Pixel 3D can make “.scene” files for the Sculpt family of programs (Byte by Byte), “.cell” files for Turbo Silver (Impulse Inc.). ".geo" files for Video- Scape 3D (Oxxi, Aegis) and “.DXF” files for AutoCAD (AuioDesk). If you want your 3-D object to inherit the IFF picture's colors and convert those colors to object polygons, click on Yes in the control screen. If you’d prefer that Pixel 3D ignore the picture's colors and distinguish only between foreground and background, choose No. 1 recoin- mend you experiment to determine which choice will yield the best results. The Line Straightening option aids in getting rid of the jagged-edge effect caused when you convert diagonal or curved lines into polygon edges. Higher values entered into this box produce smoother results. II you want your bitmapped picture to end tip as a flat object, leave Extrusion Process off. Otherwise, enter a value in tHis gadget to indicate how thick or deep the object should he. File Side Construction option toggle works in tandem with Extrusion to copv the colors from the front of the object onto its sides. Outline ? 1 INTRODUCING THE EXCITING NEW Micro-Power Drives No fans or external power required, extra rugged Autobooting SCSI Interface A2000 performance with no DMA problems Optional Dedicated External Power Fast, Micro-Power Drive Mechanisms ¦ 1 2, 1, or 2MB RAM On-Board with 256K x 4 DRAM ¦ 2, 4, or 8MB RAM with Add-On RAM Board using 1MB x 4 DRAM SCSI Port & Game Switch Amiga Bus Pass-Through ¦ External SCSI port allows up to 7 SCSI devices ¦ Game Switch lets you turn drive off and leave RAM enabled Easy-to-Access Option Switches ¦ Autoboot ON-OFF Switch ¦ SCSI ID Selector RAM Test Mode THE ULTIMATE V AMIGA®500 PERIPHERAL! With a SupraDrive 500XP™, your computing life will change forever. You’ll be able to use software that your computer simply couldn’t run before, including paint, digitizing, and animation programs that need more RAM. You'll spend more time using your computer and less time waiting for it to transfer files and load programs, because the SupraDrive 500XP transfers data up to 40 times faster than floppy disk drives. You can easily add up to 8MB RAM, additional Amiga bus peripherals (like digitizers), or SCSI peripherals (like removable media, tape backups, or addon hard drives). And if you need help, you can count on Supra’s knowledgeable, friendly technical support staff and one year warranty. SupraDrive 500XP is a trademark of Supra Corporation. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga. Inc Available at your local dealer, or call- I t | AV Supra Corporation 1-80Q'|727-8772 503-967-9075. 1133 Commercial Way. Albany. OR 97321. USA Process builds an object of line segments based on the edges detected in your picture. You can ignore the Front, Back, and Side Colors options unless you are making an object for VideoScape 3D, in which case you enter its “color table codes" for the desired values. It s Ten to Three Pixel 3D’s efficient file requester. Here, you specif)* your source picture and name your output object file; the picture loads and displays on screen in outline form. Now sit back and watch as Pixel 3D performs the conversion. A small information box lets you know what’s happening and a Stop button lets you abort. 1 he conversion can take seconds or minutes, depending on the complexity of your source picture and what you have told Pixel 3D to do with it. Once you have tailored these ten options to your liking, you have three choices: First, selecting Begin Conversion opens MacroPaint: 4096 Colors in Hi-Res! Macro Paint makes it possible to draw with 4096 colors in the Amiga’s high resolution graphics mode. You get colors without sacrificing resolution. Read in, display and manipulate Split-Ham, Dynamic Hi-res, 24 bit or any IFF image. All this with no additional hardware needed! A fully functional bi-directional AREXX port is also provided. Link MacroPaint with your presentation graphics or scanning software or add your own drawing tools, BEWARE!! This is NOT another HAM paint program! This is a Hi-Res program for professional results in 640 x 400 resolution. Adapt - The 68040 Assembler 68000-680)0-68020-680304804048881-68882-68851 Adapt is a comprehensive collection of programming tools for the assembly language programmer. It includes an optimizing 680x0 macro assembler, high speed single pass linker, execution profiler, and program module analyzer. Full MMU and FPU support Adapt supports a fully operational, AREXX port in both the linker and the assembler for your programming convenience. If you own a different assembler, take advantage of our TRADE-UP offer. Send us your old original Amiga assembler disk and a check, money order, or VISA7MC number for $ 49.95 plus snipping and handling and we will send you the latest version of Adapt. For shipping and handling within the Continental U.S. please add $ 2.00, for Canada add S5.50, and for Europe add $ 10.00. (U.S. currency only please.) Disk Mechanic Just think of Disk Mechanic as "Mr. Bytewrench" for your floppies or hard drive. Speed optimize your disks with Tune-Up, back up your drive with Doubleback or repair your Files with Workshop and Disk Repair all done with the series of tools that make up Disk Mechanic. Also included are a number of handy CLI based disk drive utilities for your convenience. What’s next from Lah z porast Logic Disk Cler -The most complete and compact file management utility to ever be available on the Amiga. For the inexperienced AmigaDOS user or for the professional user. Disk Clerk is the fast and easy way to manipulate the files on your floppy or hard drive system. Available January 1, 1991. Ami-Express BBS- The bbs program you have been waiting for is now available for shipment. Ami-Express features working DOORS to run external programs , a remote AmigaDOS shell for off-site file maintainance, and File transfers via the XPR library of protocols, and a full implementation of the Z-Modem protocol which supports resume of aborted downloads and uploads. Ami-Express BBS is the fastest file transfer BBS currently available for the Amiga. Lahc pora t Locjic, Inc. 28101 Ballard Rd. Unit E Lake Forest, II. 60045
(708) 816-6666 fax (708)680-0832 Second, choosing Default returns all ten parameter settings to the values they had when you first loaded Pixel 3D. Fi- s nally, clicking on Quit exits the program. Pixel 3D has no Arexx port, but it doesn’t really need one. It offers a way to operate it totally from your CL1 or Shell prompt without ever touching the mouse. You can choose all the possible parameter settings in Pixel 3D’s interface with command-line switches. Using Pixel 3D this way permits batch processing of many pictures into objects; you simply create text scripts to do the work. Unlike DigiWorks 3D (Access Technologies), the only program I’d name as a leal competitor, Pixel 3D eschews manual vertex and edge-manipulation tools in favor of virtually complete automatic operation. My experiences with both programs have led me to conclude that Pixel 3D is not only easier and less frustrating to use, but produces better 3-D objects more quickly and with less hassle. Its ability to include a picture's colors in the 3-D object and to output in four different formats are benefits. We have a new champion. Pixel 3D is the best 2-D to 3-D autotracing software available for the .Amiga today. Pixel 3D Axiom Software 1221 E. Center St., S.E. Rochester, MN 55904 507 289-8677 $ 89.95 No special requirements. Professional Draw 2.0 The same, only different By Chris Dickman OVER A YEAR ago, I welcomed the arrival of Professional Draw, the Amiga’s first vector-based illustration program. At the same time, I lamented its many shortcomings (see the review, June ’89,
p. 72). Developer Gold Disk seems to have listened, as Draw 2.0 answers many of my objections to the original package. Problems remain, but Draw has now- evolved into a viable production tool for desktop publishers and illustrators. Professional Draw 2.0 is basically the ? “It’s a dynamite little modem. Now there is no excuse not to go to 2400 bps. ” PC Midgazine 6 2 8 8 8 “Real bargains ... operated at least as well as higher priced competitors, and throughput ... proved identical ’ CompuServe Magazine 1 90 DYNAMITE u LITTLE MODEM. JOHN C. 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Supra Modem 2400.'! Aid SupraMcdem 2*00 Plus are tracema-ks of Supra Corporation Hayes .s a tracemark of Hayes Microcomputer Products lr.c IBM IS a trademark g! International Business Machines Corp Amiga r$ a registered trademark of Commodore Amga Inc r i : v i e w s same as 1.0, with an interface similar to Gold Disk’s Professional Page layout program. All the original strengths are still with us, such as its ability to create color separations on a PostScript imagesetter and to output to virtually any print service. But new features, both large and small, are sprinkled throughout. Text Tour Text handling has not changed dramatically. The program still supplies just one serif and one sans-serif font, although you can also import the Compugraphic fonts Gold Disk sells for use in Pro Page. (By comparison, the PG drawing program CorelDRAW is supplied with over 40 industry-standard fonts.) Screen display of type is considerably improved, however, to the point where you can now accurately position letters. Unfortunately, you still cannot edit text once you’ve placed it on the page; instead, you are forced to delete it and I Keyboards' u nr- M $ 4 J J w I ToolBox Cltorus S Bass* Chorus N Biddle D Strings Chorus ' .Arp Chop j(. ''I* ©'SOHW't'b '“'HUE®!® ©1*1 TciT When you're inspired to transform your creativity into melody, you need a MIDI sequencer that understands music. BarsSrPipes Professional was designed by musicians who'd rather write music tlian wade through technospeak or be resmcted by some programmer’s idea of how to compose. Bars&r Pipes Professional incorporates all the features you'd expect in a package of the highest caliber: an unlimited number of tracks and notes, classical notation (display, editing and printing), System Exclusive recording, graphical editing, Control Change curves, automated mixing, event list editing, tempo mapping, SMPTE sync, expandability, and much, much more. Bars&Pipes Professional also features its unique Tools concept. Tools perform musical, technical graphical, and editing tasks so that you can spend more time as a musician, and less as a computer operator. Give your ideas a chance to sing. Buy cl copy now: BARS&PIPESPR0FES midi S:-oi:i-;v .ino for Creative musicians When Being Creative Is Your Job You Need The Right Tools start over. You also cannot specify the attributes of part of a text string. If you want just one word in bold face, for example, you must create it as a separate object. In fact, only the regular weights of the two faces are supplied; if you want to create images containing text, you need the optional fonts disk. It would have been better to provide support for all the resident fonts of PostScript printers, a standard practice of most draw programs. A much-needed ability to align text to a user-defined path has been added, and it comes with a few nice options, such as the ability to spread the text string along the length of the path. However, because Draw has no Undo command, if the wrap is not to your taste, you must delete it and start over. Also new is the ability to convert text to editable line and curve segments a great way to construct custom logoforms and type treatments. In THE BLENDER You can now select two objects and have Draw create a transition between them, in any number of steps you wish, choosing from four kinds of transformations. By assigning different colors to the objects, you can create a range of transition colors. To give a circle a shaded appearance, for example, you could draw a small circle on top of a larger one and give them different colors; Draw would then create a series of circles between them in different sizes and shades. There is still no simple way to fill an object with graduated shades. To shade text this way, for example, you must go through several steps and create an excessive number of objects: Create a box, duplicate it, fill each with a different ? Its handling of graphics is unsurpassed: Pen Pal is the only program I tested that will automatically wrap text around graphics... AmigaWorld July 1990. Number 1 best seller in Productivity Software category. Amiga Insider - From The Top - March, April, May, June, July, August 1990. V Five Stars! The best of the lot by a huge margin... Intuitive and easy to use.. Fast enough that speed isn’t even a consideration. Info Jan Feb 1990. Word Processor:
• Easy-to-learn and use.
• Import IFF pictures.
• Drawing tools for making lines & boxes.
• 100,000+ word spelling dictionary.
• Automatic form fill-in.
• Mail-Merge.
• Search and Replace.
• Automatic text wrap around graphics.
• Built-in Database. Pal by: SoftWood, Inc. 1 (800) 247-8314 $ 149.95 Database Manager:
• Keep track of names and addresses, things- to-do, recipes, tape libraries, and more.
• Merge data with word processing documents for personalized form letters and reports.
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• Print mailing labels and reports. The Pen Pal documents shown below have text placed over filled backgrounds reproduce IFF and HAM pictures in their original palettes, automatically flow text around irregular shapes of graphics, and use multiple fonts, styles, and sizes. Make no mistake about it - no other word processor can produce documents of this quality on the Amiga. For features, price, ease-of-use, quality, and customer satisfaction never settle for less than the best. Ask for Pen Pal - your best choice in a word processor
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A Con Version rhe ability to automatically convert bitmapped images to vector format has been available for several years on the Mac and PC sides. Autotracing transforms a mass of bits into a collection of closed paths, resulting in smaller, fast- printing files that you can resize with no loss in print quality. These files can take advantage of higher resolution primers (such as PostScript imagesetters), and they are editable in vector-based programs. Typical applications of autotracing include the conversion of bitmapped clip art, public-domain graphics, and scanned images. Many artists draw a quick sketch freehand using conventional media, scan it. Autotrace it. And finish the image in a drawing program. The rather mundanely named Trace program, included with Pro Draw 2.0, converts IKK files (excluding MAM) up to 1008 x 1008, producing Clip files that can be imported into applications such as Pro Page. Its operation is simple enough, hut ii does not allow much control over the resulting liles. The essential Fit parameter is adjustable, so vou can produce a trace that follows the bitmap more or less doselv. Vou can also instruct Trace to lill dosed areas, and to create a separate closed, colored object for each color it encounters in the bitmap. This is fine for simple images containing onlv a few colors, but creates unworkable complex liles in many cases. I found Trace handy for converting scanned logos and images from clip art books, but I missed the controls found in PC and Mac applications. Pro Draw’s Trace lacks centerline conversion abilities, for example, which makes il awkward for converting scanned images such as technical illustrations. Without centerline tracing. Trace almost invariably converts lines as thin filled objects, making editing difliculi. Another common feature dial's missing is the ability to specify whether long lines should be converted to straight or curved segments. Without this, the slight jaggedness in a scan sometimes fools Trace into converting long lines into unwanted curves. Because vast quantities of bitmapped images are available in Mac and PCI formats, it's regrettable that Trace can only convert ITT images. The PC version of Streamline can convert MacPaint files, for example; why can’t Trace? These interplatform links are all too rare on the Amiga, a fact that helps to keep it in a desktop-publishing ghetto. While Trace is a welcome first effort, Gold Disk should not rest until il provides Amiga users with the functionality offered on competing platforms. Draw Backs Although Gold Disk claims that Draw 2.0 runs “up to ten times faster’’ than its predecessor, it still crawls through many operations, such as importing bitmaps and displaying object fills. As with the earlier version, when vou deselec t an object, holes are displayed where the nodes were. Objects with many nodes, such as letters that have been converted to curves, sometimes disappear when deselected in the fu11-page view. Why Gold Disk does not fix this is hard to imagine. Pro Draw 2.0 is great and extremely versatile. 1 use it to produce architectural, technical, and medical illustrations. And cross-hatching that looks like engraving. The be .ier curves and editable circles ate wonderful! I think the IFF-import facility was added primarily to let you trace images to create structured drawings. But you can also combine them with type, charts, logos, and so on, to produce comps for print ads, magazine covers anything! Because you can shrink and tile IFFs to create very hi-res images, you can even produce a finished product. The manual Barely tom lies on all the features. Vou must figure out strategies to apply those features to your projects. I wish CBM and Gold Disk would sponsor university programs to teach the skills necessary to use this package. 1 hope Pro Draw 2.0 gets the recognition it deserves, so that Gold Disk can continue upgrading with features such as math-coprocessor support, some means for correcting the aspect ratio of the screen image, and better control over the foreshortening aspects of perspective when using the distort and blend tools. Jim Silks Xnr York, XY You still cannot deline colors in terms of the Pantone Matching System, and the lack of an Undo command is unforgivable. They’ve also switched the manual from wire binding to a perfect-bound format that does not stay open on your desk. In addition, it is full ol typographical errors and has a terrible index. Pro Draw is now an extra hundred dollars, but the added functionality has resulted in a truly useful tool. Gold Disk still has a long way to go to catch up to similar Mac and PC draw programs, but this update indicates that the company is serious about Pro Draw. That's good news for Amiga desktop publishers and illustrators, as Draw remains the only show in town for creating freehand, vector-based images. Professional Draw 2.0 Gold Disk
P. O. Box 789 Streetsville Mississauga, ONT Canada, 1.5M 2C2 416 828-0913 $ 295 One megabyte required. AEHD Drive More mileage from a drive By Sheldon Leemon EXTERNAL FLOPPY-D1SK drives are among the most popular of Amiga peripherals. And yet you'll rarely see a review of one. That's because for the last five years, such drives have all been prettv much alike. Some have offered a pass-through connector to let you hook up additional drives, some a power switch or a design that eliminates the usual clicking sound that occurs when the drive is empty. Their main function, however leading and writing standard 880K Amiga format disks has remained unchanged. While other computer systems have switched to high-density, 3.5-inch floppies having double the capacity of standard models, the Amiga has been plugging along with its original drive, leaving frustrated owners to ask themselves, “If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we put a high-density floppy in an Amiga?” Through Apple-Colored Glasses The first company to provide some kind of answer to this question is Applied Engineering. A company best known for its Apple II peripherals. The Apple connection is apparent in the styling of the AEHD high-density drive for the Amiga. It looks identical to the Macintosh version of the drive, right down to the Mac- platinum color. In fact, the company has not even changed the packaging, which identifies the drive as an 800K unit "compatible with all Macintosh Series, Apple 1IGS, IIC Plus, He,” and bears an endorsement from Steve Wozniak, co- founder of Apple. (I always figured the Woz was an Amiga fan at heart.) Applied Engineering’s origins seem to have given the company a different perspective on the Amiga market. This drive differs in several respects from the standard .Amiga unit. It s got a stylish plastic case (as opposed to the bent metal case of most inexpensive Amiga drives). It features a dual-color activity LED that glows green when the drive is reading, and red when it is writing which, if nothing else, tells when the drive is working instead of just hung up. More important, it features an electronic drive-eject system rather than a mechanical one. The eject button is actually a soft-touch switch that sends an electronic request to the drive, asking it ? Mohbu Boord, and Catoi no Card ore f radorrcrki of logical D« gn Works ..itered traderriorks are she propers.es of iheir respecfrvc holders about toot Internet 9ot to power to eject the disk. If the drive is busy when you press the button, the unit pol- itelv ignores your request until disk activity is safely finished. This completely eliminates the possibility of ejecting a disk before a write operation has been completed, an action that often results in the dreaded "Volume VitalWork: lias a Read Write Error” message. Although electronic ejection is easier and safer, it works only when the drive is connected to the computer and the computer is turned on. When the power is off, you must use the back-up mechanical eject system, which involves pushing the end of paper clip into a small hole on the front of the drive. Data Demon The AEHIVs most significant feature is its ability to store over 1.5MB of information on a single high-density floppy. This capability is not automatic; to take advantage of it, you must install a device driver (which patches the normal track- disk.device) and add the device to the system using the MOUNT command. The drive comes with detailed instructions for installing the needed software, as well as an installation script that takes care of it automatically. I ’his script does not alter your startup-sequence file so that it automatically mounts the high- density drive, but this is a fairly simple task to accomplish for- anyone familiar with text-file editing. T he driver- software does work on a 3000 under 2.0. Once mounted and installed, the AEHD drive acts as two drives. When you insert a standard-density floppy, the computer recognizes the drive by its usual AmigaDOS designation (elf 1: for the first external drive on a 500, df2: for the first external drive on a 2000). If, however, you insert a high-density disk (these have an extra square hole opposite the write-protect hole and the letters "HD” printed by the shutter), the system recognizes the drive hv the name under which you mounted the high-density device (usually dfo: for the first external drive on a 500 and df6: for the first on a
2000) . Applied Engineering handles more data by simply slowing the drive’s disk- rotation speed. Originally, the company had planned to double the normal disk capacity to 1.76 megabytes hv slowing the drive to half speed, but this did not work. T he final version stores onlv 19 sectors per track instead of 22, for a total of 1.52MB per disk. As a result, the drive is unable to read 1.44-meg, 1BM- fonnat disks as originally advertised (though it can read a 720K MS-DOS disk, with the help of a format-conver- I have put my AEHD drive through its paces for copying files and formatting both standard and high-density disks, and have used scores of programs to access the drive and check on its general performance. I have had virtually no problems with its operation (although the auto-eject system does spit disks out rather forcefully) or its compatibility with Workbench 1.3. The installation instructions are flawless. People should be aware that there is a big dillerence between standard (880K) and high-density disks in terms of their magnetic properties. Putting an extra hole in the shell of a standard disk and using it as a high-density one can put many holes in your data! Doug Snyder San Jose, CA sion utility such as Consultron’s CrossDOS). The Arithmetic of Reading and Writing As you might expect, slowing down the drive affects the speed at which it reads and writes data. Using the Diskspeed program to measure it, I found that the high-density drive writes at just 525 bytes per second, instead of the usual 3000 bytes per second, in actual practice. However, writing files to the high- density disk turned out to he only about 1 purchased the AEHD Drive, hut ended up exchanging it for two low-riensity drives. The reason is that in high-density mode, the drive works only with the more expensive high-density disks, High-density drives 1 have used on other machines allow you to pack twice the data onto normal disks and use them in high-density mode (although this is not a recommended practice). Rather than having to keep tabs on two different kinds of floppies, 1 opted to double my floppy capacity with the other two drives, which together cost the same as the AEHD. Al Mullen Redjord, Ml 20-25% slower than writing them to a standard floppy. On the other hand, disk reads were consistently 20-25% faster in the high- density mode. This means that under normal conditions, in which you read from disks much more frequently than you write to them, the high-density mode should he faster than standard mode. Yon will probably iind that high-density mode makes the process of hacking up a hard drive a little faster than usual because of the reduction in floppy swaps. As with most new products, the AEHD drives had some hugs to shake out. The first unit 1 tested worked unreliably (due to production problems in the initial run), and the original manual had numerous typographic errors. The second unit worked flawlessly, however, and came with a cor rected manual. All told, 1 was quite impressed. While the AEHD does not offer double the storage, it does provide more capacity than comparable IBM drives. And even in normal-density mode, the electronic-eject button is an important safeguard. Most important, however, the AEHD Drive represents a much-needed step away from the status quo, paving the way for new generations of improved floppy drives on the Amiga. AEHD Drive Applied Engineering 3210 Belt line Dallas, TX 75234 214 241-6060 $ 239 No special requirements. Vidi-Amiga Grab it live By John Wolfskill A REAL-1 IMF. Frame grabber, Vidi- Amiga lets you capture video images from a black-and-white or color video source (a camera, laser-disc player, or computer) and display them directly using your Amiga’s RGB monitor. The accompanying Vidi-Grab software allows you to replay a series of these lo-res (320x200), 16-color, gray-scale images as an animated sequence or store them as individual IFK-1LBM files for use with other programs. Vidi-Amiga s hardware consists of a 3' ...-inch square box with a pair of controls to fine-tune the contrast and brightness of the incoming video signal. Inside is a high-speed (6 Mhz), flash-type, four- bit converter chip that transforms the incoming analog video image into a stream of digital data. 1 he data is temporarily stored in a high-speed, 32K RAM buffer before being transferred to the Amiga for processing. Because Vidi-Amiga captures low-rcsolution 16-color images, it can grab 50 frames of live or recorded video per second. The Amiga, however, can process and display the information at the rate of only three frames per second because of the data bandwidth limitations of its parallel port. An A500 with one megabyte of RAM can store a sequence of approximately 22 frames, with a capacity of 32 frames for each additional megabyte. Blocked Off Installing the Vidi-Amiga system lakes only a few minutes. You attach the box to your Amiga's parallel port (A 1000s need a gender changer), plug the power cable into the Amiga’s external floppy drive port, then install the Vidi-Grab software. For input, connect your NTSC video source to the Vidi-Amiga hardware via a standard video cable with male phono connectors at both ends. Although A500 and A1000 owners won’t have a problem, many A2000 and A2500 owners will. The box blocks the A2000’s video connector, which makes attaching your RGB monitor cable impossible unless your A2000 is equipped with a video card in the video expansion slot. Also, the Vidi-Amiga hardware has no pass-through connector for parallel data and control signals, so you'll need to buy a switch box if von also want to use a parallel printer. With the hardware setup complete, load and run Vidi-Grab. 1 be program s VCR-style controls are intuitive and easy to use. Simply by clicking, you can grab and store a sequence of video frames, protect any captured frame in the sequence from being overwritten by subse-1 a-***' Ve 0, % x i. V s and 19 area. S* ¦ ¦ "A ve wiounti ¦-•Ad. IV .r.’ v. ¦ %’H 'te, fcJ- ate ’v; quent grabs, adjust the playback speed, and save frames and sequences to disk. The image-editing options include a clipboard to cut and paste portions of frames and a quantize option that permits you to copy frames to unused locations within the sequence. After you’ve captured and stored a sequence of frames, you can manipulate them using the program's editing and control options. Win is an overlay function that lets you record a video sequence as a partial screen window within an existing sequence. The Pal option allows you to reassign frames individually to one of the program's nine adjustable, 16-color palettes. Mixed Reception The first sequence of frames I captured came out ghostly. Light and dark blobs of pixels covered large areas of each frame. After checking mv Amiga and the video source for potential problems. I called American Software Distributors (the US marketers of Vidi-Amiga). The representative told me that technical support was available only from Rombo Productions, the European manufacturer. A lengthlv overseas call yielded no solution. Later, I discovered a misad- justed scan-width set screw was the culprit. Although the manual identifies the small recessed screw on the case’s side, it doesn’t explain that incorrect adjustment can cause blotching. With the Vidi-Amiga hardware up to speed, 1 began to see some value in the system. Without muss or fuss. I grabbed several live sequences, saved them as IFF-1LBM files, loaded the individual frames into DeluxePaint III (Electronic Arts), and assembled them as AN1M files. Although the frames Vidi-Amiga generates are not of sufficiently high quality for serious production work, you can enhance their sharpness and clarity considerably by converting them to hi-res in DeluxePaint. I also tested Vidi-Amiga with Vidi- Chrome, an optional S39.95 software package that lets you produce 4096- color HAM images using the Vidi-Amiga hardware. To process a color image, you point a black-and-white camera at a stationary object, then hold one of the supplied filter squares (red, green, or blue) in front of the camera lens. The Vidi- Amiga hardware grabs a single frame of information from the source and stores it in RAM. You repeal the process for each of the three color planes, and then select the Create HAM option from the program menu to build a HAM image. However, after several days of experimenting with various video cameras, lighting conditions, and a multitude of brightness, contrast. And program settings, I could not produce what I considered an acceptable image. I ended up with mixed feelings about Vidi-Amiga. Unacceptable Yidi-Chronie software aside, the system worked essentially as advertised. If vou like to experiment with video and animation, it has much potential lor a reasonable price, but if you’re looking for a dependable and easy-to-use system that lets you quickly grab and process high-quality color images, 1 suggest you dig deeper into your poc ket and look elsewhere. Vidi-Amiga Rornbo Productions Livingston, Scotland 0505-11-1631 SI 99.95 Xo special require me nt s. Distributed in the US by: American Software Distributors 502 E. Anthony Dr. Urbana, IE 61801 217 384-2050 800 225-794 I ADAPT The Rolls Royce of assemblers By Bryce Nesbitt IF FEATURES ARE what you want in a 68000 assembler, ADAPT (Amiga Developer’s Assembly Programming Toolkit) is the one to buy. It is the most featureladen of all such packages currently on the market. While most assemblers support only the original 68000 processor, ADAPT supports all current 68000-series microprocessors and coprocessors, including the 68000, 68010, (>8020, and 68030, the 68881 and 68882 floating-point coprocessors, and the (>8030 and (>8851 Memory Management Units. Developer Lake Forest Logic is even working on support for the 68040 proccssor-a chip not yet available for sale. ADAPT was written by the author of the CAPE 68K assembler package from IXOYAtionics. (CAPE and six other assemblers were reviewed on p. 16, Oct.
88. ) Not surprisingly, ADA PI starts where CAPE left off. What's Here Like the CAPE assembler, ADAPTs ? The Malibu Board "SCSI Controller and Catalina Ram expansion daughterboard.
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• Video and co-processor upgrade options coming soon. Contact your local dealer for more details or call (408) 378-0340 Your Access To The Future HX68 assembler, the heart of'the package, supports a bewildering array of options and switches. Highlights include base-register addressing, direct executable generation, overloading regular instructions with macros, direct binary generation and the ability to pre-assem- ble include files for greater speed of assembly. 11X68 supports a healthy set of code optimizations, which allows the assembler to automatically choose the best way to generate your code. Hlink is a small, fast, limited-capabil- itv linker. It supports most of the features that assembly programmers need, without the overhead or speed penalty inherent in the Alink and Blink linkers that other products employ. (Although ADAP T fully supports Alink and Blink, these are not part of the package.) With Hlink. Von miss out on overlays, some Table 1, ADAPT-able vitals. The following chart gives you ADAPT S vital statistics at a glance. For those wishing to compare ADAPT to the seven assemblers covered in the Oct. 88 issue. I used the same test file to clock assembly speed and listed the same criteria used in that chart. Please note that although 68030 support is not listed (that processor was not available at the time of the '88 review), ADAPT does offer it. Base relative code? Y Linkable code? Y Direct to executable? Y Absolute code? Y 68010 processor? Y 68881 floating point? Y 68020 processor? Y Optimize backward branches? Y Optimize forward branches? N* Debugging symbols? Y Debugger at base price? N Speed (in seconds} 15 Temporary labels? Y Listing flexibility good Chip and or fast RAM control? Y Estimated compatibility** 99% Documentation fair Minimum ‘'working" size 80K
* gives a warning for non-optimal branches but does not fix them
* * with Metacomco standard map-file options, prelinking, and batching ability, hut gain the power to output in S-Record format, a standard used in PROM programming. You can control both 11X68 and Hlink via Arexx. H Prof is a run-time profiler designed to help optimize code for speed. It wakes up every few milliseconds to record the part of the code that's executing. When your program finishes, 11 Prof prints out statistics. Unfortunately, H Prof has some severe limitations. For example, only samples within the first hunk of a program are counted; large complex applications do not profile. Also, Hprof shows onlv your code; statistics lor operating- system functions are not possible. Hprof is the only part of ADAPT that does not function under Amiga DOS 2.0. PM A, the Program Module Analyzer, allows you to examine the insides of any object file or executable program. It provides options to dump CODE. DALA. And 68000 instruction timings, and to analyze the hunk structure oi files. And Whats Not Unlike the CAPE pac kage, ADAPT does not include a text editor. This should not present much of a handicap, however, as most programmers already have a favorite editor. You can control the assembler from any editor that supports Arexx. The manual has a spiral binding that allows it to lie Mat on the table. On the inside, however, ii needs work or at least an index. I found myself constantly searching, page after page, for the information I needed. One optimization feature conspicuously missing from 11X68 is the ability to automatically turn long forward branches into short forward branches. This means you must either spend a lot of time fiddling with the As" specifier on branches or live with bigger code. While 11X68 does point out which branches can he improved, it does not perform the action. All in All. .. Lake Forest Logic provides support for ADAPT on the BIX and People Link electronic networks and also on their direct- dial BBS (bulletin-board system). Although the Lake Forest BBS was busy when I tried it, response to my queries on BIX was quick and satisfying, l he documentation promises an ADAPT Extras disk, filled with examples and utilities, upon return of the registration card. The assembler performed well in all tests, never crashing, corrupting data, or assembling code incorrectly. I used O ' j ADAPT to assemble several large projects, including a large chunk of the Amiga system ROM, and detected no er-
o J rors or problems. The extended processor support works satisfactorily, too; other assemblers I have tested often assemble the more obscure extended instructions incorrectly or confuse new and old addressing modes. ADAPT is a mature and stable product. It provides everything you are likely to need in an assembler package. If you plan working heavily with assembly language, or if von have outgrown your present assembler, ADAPT is a sale choice. ADAPT Lake Forest Logic 28101 Ballard Rd., Unit E Lake Forest, IL (>0045 708 816-6666 SI 19.95 Xo special requirements. TV*Show 2 The second general ion strikes out on its own By Gary Ludwick IF THE NAME sounds familiar, it is. TV*Show was a slicle-show program included in the original TV*Text titling package. Free no more. TY*Show 2 is now a much more sophisticated program with a huge variety ol eilects and controls, and the "slide show” label doesn’t begin to do it justice. Cut to Wide Overview While slide-show programs are mostly limited to presenting graphic images in succession, TY*Show 2 goes much further. Not only can it display any IFF graphic file, hut it also handles Anim5 animations (produced by DeluxePaim III from Electronic Arts and other pro-*- exus is a unique combination of state-of-the-art hardware and software designed to meet your current and future storage needs. The Nexus features a high performance SCSI interface, 4 megabytes of memory expansion, space for a 3.5" hard drive and the most complete storage software ever assembled. The Nexus is fully compatible with Amiga 2000 and 3000 series computer systems, the PC Bridgeboard and the A-Max emulator. Easy To Install You can install Nexus in your Amiga in a matter of minutes. To make the installation completely effortless, Nexus includes intuitive configuration software. The easy to follow instructions take you step-by-step to a successful installation. 1-800 Customer Service When you need help for any reason, we are just a toll-free phone call away. When you call you will talk to a knowledgeable person who cares about you and who will go to any length to assure your satisfaction. Exclusive 5 Year Warranty Nexus is superbly engineered and uses only the finest components to give you many years of trouble free operation. We stand behind our products by offering an exclusive 5 year v arranty on parts and labor. Focus On Storage Systems By focusing our development exclusively on storage systems, v e deliver complete storage solutions and not just a hodgepodge of hardware components. Nexus Hardware A high degree of component integration allows the Nexus to combine a SCSI interface, a 3.5" hard drive and 4 megabytes of memory on a single card. Mounting your 3.5' hard drive directly on the card leaves your drive bay open for future expansion. High Performance SCSI Interface Nexus uses an innovative SCSI design, giving you the vast storage of a hard disk, while simultaneously approaching the speed of a RAM disk. Imagine reading from your hard disk the equivalent of an
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All other producl names aie trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies R E V I E N S grams) and integrates free-standing, sound-effect files. In addition, the program can harness the Amiga’s internal speech capability to provide spoken narration for your presentation. TV*Show works on the basis of a script that the program generates as you make choices in Editor mode. In simplest terms, you begin by creating an “event”: the selection of a single picture, an object (brush), an animation, color cycling, a program or animation loop, or the assignment of an action to one of the Amiga’s function keys. Once you have chosen an event, an editing window opens to let you determine how that event arrives on the screen and leaves it, how long it remains there, which sound effects or speech will accompany the event, and color cycling. You can even select delays between the events. While that description adds up to just one paragraph of words, it represents more power and flexibility than has ever been available before. Fade to Closeups The two aspects of editing that best illustrate the power of TV*Show are its Transitions menu and its sound capabilities. Looking almost identical to a televi- sion-studio switcher board, TY*Show’s Transition menu offers more choices than Brigham Young had wives. On the left third of the panel are gadgets for r YOUR TURM TV*Show 2 is a great companion to TV*Text. The two programs interface well together, and both are friendly. TY*Show 2 is fairly intuitive and nicely laid out. I had it up and running in 30 minutes, and almost didn't need the documentation to learn the software. The manual serves very well as a reference for the program’s finer details, but could benefit from greater detail and more examples. I would also like to see more transitions, including finer dissolves. For the work I do, I don't need anything tremendously powerful. TV*Show 2 suits me well. I use it all the time! Joe Rose So7i(a Maria, CA eight varieties of whole-screen pushes, reveals, rolls, and wipes, plus Cut and Fade boxes. The center section offers a choice of 25 pattern wipes from checkerboard to Venetian blinds that introduce or clear the image. Finally, 12 symbols in the upper-right third of the panel allow you to move objects from any edge of the screen to the center. That's a lot of effects, and each is completely programmable in terms of speed and duration. .Although the speech and SFX (sound- effccts) controls are not as extensive as those for visual effects, their capabilities bring a new dimension to slide-show programming. Choose the Soundtrack icon from the Edit menu, and you are taken to a soundtrack-editing facility. For spoken narration, you must import words into a speech file from a text editor or word processor in ASCII format. The soundtrack editor allows full control over playback speed and volume and, in the case of spoken text, lets you choose a male or female voice and select either expressive or robot-like delivery. As with graphic images, you can loop or repeat sound effects any number of times. Although you can synchronize sound tracks with images and animations, the Amiga’s internal priority for images over sounds can cause occasional problems, both for synchronization and for playback quality. A little care in planning, however, can overcome this hardware limitation. Playback TY*Show can handle images in any combination of resolution, overscan and screen depth, including HAM and Extra Halfbrite modes; the only limitations appear to be chip memory and taste! You can either time playback or advance the frames manually by using the mouse or function keys. In fact, you can even use function keys within the scripting process to provide an interactive video function that lets viewers decide which sections of the video show they wish to sec. With a little practice and a genlock, you can also use TV*Show in a video-editing session as a special-effects generator and video switcher. Using color 0 as a transparent background, vou can animate charts, graphs, titles, and even captions over live video with relative ease. TV*Show is not nearly as easy to use or as intuitive in its interface as Elan Performer, another very good image-display program. But while Performer lacks transitions and effects, TV*Show is teeming with them. TV*Sh nv also earns high praise for its power, flexibility, and sound capabilities. .As usual, you pay for power 1 like TV*Show 2 very much. I'm a video producer, and find it nice for the kinds of titling I do. It’s also easy to use. It tends to crash a little more than the first version, but it has so many more features that I don’t really consider that a problem. TV*Show and TV*Text, Zuma's text generator, work well together; in fact, you really need TV*Text to make effective use of TV*Show. Curtis Cox New Orleans, L Continued on p, 12 Check the fax. You’ll choose a DataLink™ 1U H H! V 0 u hi h n t s [•¦¦I t»M %**M* *3 SONY i i A .t 2000 cations by delivering unparalleled reliability and unmatched technical excellence. Combine the raw power of your Amiga with the utility of a modem and the indispensable conven ience of a fax machine - and you’ve got a DataLink Send-Fax™ modem from Applied Engineering. Send faxes directly from your Amiga’s screen* without ever printing a “hard copy” of the information. The exclusive AE Send-Fax™ software Installs itself as a printer option in “Preferences”. Faxes can then be sent as simply as printing. Or even easier with our programmable “Hot Key”. Go back to what you were doing, while AE Send-Fax operates in the background, or watch progress in an unobtrusive window. You’ll automatically receive a report when the fax is completed. Compile your own fax-number phonebook for instantaneous dialing. Preview your faxes even program AE Send-Fax to send faxes to entire distribution lists. And you can fax to lengthy distribution lists late at night, when rates are lowest. The next day a report confirms your faxes were received. Best of all, AE Send-Fax comes with the finest modems you can buy the DataLink series; 2400 bps modems that redefine the art of telecommuni- The result? Standard features like complete communications software included free, full Hayes AT compatibility, asychronous data format, auto answer, non-volatile memory, automatic tone and pulse dialing, remote access, built-in diagnostics, FCC certified designs, free tech support, five year warranties and more. And upgradeability to MNP-5 with 4800 bps throughput speeds and error-free data transfer. DataLink 2000™ (top) is an internal 2400 bps modem for A2000 3000 series machines. It can be configured with the MNP-5 Send-Fax package or either option individually. DataLink Express™ (bottom) works externally with ALL personal computers and features another AE exclusive, our “Line Engaged” indicator to show a shared phone line is in use. The MNP-5 data compression and error correction option must be present on DataLink Express in order to include AE Send-Fax. Order today! To order or for more information, see your dealer or call (214) 241-6060 today, 9 am to 11 pm, 7 days. Or send check or money order to
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P. O. Box 789, Streetsville. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5M 2C2. GOLD DISK Professional Page is a registered trademark ol Gold Disk Inc, Pantone. Inc's check-standard trademark for color. ILU S I RAH.n HY CATHARINE BKNNF.T1 14 Di'Ct'mbrr 1990 Nl Buying Guides Check out some valuable buyers guidelines as we rate the leading contenders in several popula r categories of Amiga software. 'hether you're shopping for ihe right program for your favorite Amiga enthusiast or just shopping around for a good buy for yourself with some extra holiday cash, check out the Amiga World Mini Buying Guides in the following pages, f or the 1990 holiday season, we have selected three popular applications areas: Graphics Video, Music, and Communications. Within each of these broad fields, we have focused on a specific product category to evaluate and compare leading software in terms of performance, price, features, and individual program strengths. In the graphics video area, we'll examine 5 Video Fonts packages that handle a variety of titling and text-overlay tasks. In the music field, we’ve singled nut 12 MIDI Sequencers that will suit the requirements of both amateur and professional Amiga musicians. Finally, well look at 10 Telecommunications programs that meet your on-line services needs. Feedback from readers has convinced us that product comparisons like these are more useful than the previous AW Buyer's Guide, which, despite being comprehensive, was able to devote only one brief line of description to each product. Therefore, we have decided to be more selective and detailed in our coverage. You have been telling us you want more product evaluations, buying advice, and comparisons of programs in terms of features, performance, and value. We’ve been listening. In addition to the three product categories presented here, we have also cited similar comparative pieces (see the box below) that have run in Amiga World in 1990, which we hope will aid you in your software and hardware buying this holiday season. Dan Sullivan More 1990 AW Product Roundups Optical Scanners “Scanning the Competition," p. 20, 1990 V ideo & Animation Special Issue Paint Programs “Gang of Four," p. 48, Spec ial Issue Genlocks “Who’s in Sync?’’ p. 54. Special Issue Video-Titling Programs “Say It With Style.” p. 92. Special Issue Image-Processing Progra ms “Global Operations,'' p. 1 12, Special Issue MIDI Editor Librarians “Patchwork,” p. 26, Mar. ’90 Word-Processing Programs “Word Power.” p. 44. Jul. '90 Archiving Utilities “Pack It In!” p. 46. Aug, '90 Animation Utilities “That Ain't All. Folks!” p. 30, Sep. '90 Video Equipment “The Studio Builder s Relerente Guide," p. 30, Oct. '90 Networking Products "Playing Closer to the Net," p. -IS, Nov. *90 Games “Top Fen Games," p. 2f>, Nov. ’90 Legends tell of a time dKn fear ruled the land. A timewltlnno man, woman or child was safcrfrom the spread of evil. A time when a fierce Demon sent his evil minions to roam through the land and make the Kingdom his own. That time is upon us once again.. You have been summoned by the King to defend the realm, rescue the Princess, and rid the Kingdom of the evil Demon before all is lost. Your quest will lead you through caves, swamps, temples and castles before reaching your ultimate challenge... the Demon himself. Wrath of the Demon combines spectacular graphics, animation, sound aiulplayability, featuring:
• 3 Megabytes of graphics data
• 600 screens of action
• 1,400 frames of animation
• over 100 monsters, some larger than half the screen
• more than 100 colors on screen
• smooth 60 frames per second, 15- level parallax scrolling for realistic 3D effect ReadySoft Incorporated, 30 Wertheim Crt, *2 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4B 1B9 Tel: (416) 731-4175 Fax: (416) 764-8867 © 1990 ReadySoft Incorporated. Wrath of the Demon is a trademark of ReadySoft Incorporated Ctrde 87 on Reader Service card Video Fonts housing a well-de- signccl font set. Is an essential consideration in the creation of almost any kind of commercial work on the Amiga. Desktop video, especially, relies on the use of good- looking fonts Jot titling and text overlavs. The descriptions of five leading Amiga font collections below an l the comparison chart that follows are designed to help von select the best font packages for your video work. Although many users generally take font packages Ibr granted, the people who design them fortunately do not. An enormous amount of work goes into the creation of a set of fonts. Each letter, both upper- and lowercase, along with all of the punctuation marks and numbers, must he carefully designed. They must all have the same style and a consistent look: even small discrepancies can be perceived with little more than a casual glance. Font design requires a great deal of skill, a keen eye, and a lot of knowledge about how type should he constructed. The results of such expertise and effort are clearly evident in the best font collect ions. Masterpiece Fonts I he largest collection of fonts for the Amiga is Masterpiece Fonts, from Arock Computer Software. There are live sets, comprising 1 10 different font styles, and, unlike many collections, most ol them are acceptable for video work. (See the sidebar “Choosing Fonts for Video" for guidelines determining whether particular font sets arc appropriate lor use with video.) At $ 190 for the complete 20-disk collection, ii is the most expensive font package on the market. You do get your money’s worth, however, because you also get 144 screens of border art and two disks of brushes. While it is possible to buy the sets individually. I would never he able to decide which parts of which sets I needed most. Instead of being designed on the Amiga, the fonts were digitized and then cleaned up. To create this many fonts By Geoffrey Williams from scratch would probably have taken a lifetime. A problem with this collection, though, is its organization. There is no separation of the fonts into categories or types, so you have to flip through all live manuals to find the font you want. For instance, font 97 (the fonts are given numbers rather than names) is a negative version of font 100, with two pages separating them in the manual; they should be side by .side. I will probably wind up disassembling the manuals and reorganizing them into various categories, something that the developer should have done. Included with the disks are six manuals (one is for the border-art collection), with a printed version of the full character set of each font and instructions on assigning and moving them. ()verall, there are a lot ol Usable fonts lor the money. Skip the (InlorFonts, however, as they are poorly executed. Professional Font Library Classic Concepts’ Professional Font Library ($ 79.95) wins hands down in the category of best manual. Besides a great deal of useful information on Amiga fonts in general, it also contains specific information on using fonts with 15 different programs and on how to use fonts in programming, video, photography, and for effective printouts. The manual is well organized and provides full character-set printouts as well as a Ibnt-referencc summary and a listing ol disk contents. There is even an index! 1 wish all manuals were this well done. While most of the fonts are more appropriate to printing, there are still many you can use for video. 1 especially like the (dlmfonts, which are well designed, attractive, and useful. Some of them, however, do use colors that are too hot for video and must be adjusted. A lot of care went into the design of these fonts. They are well kerned ("kerning" refers to the spate between individual characters), and you have pixel-width control over the kerning, which is important for- making the text look balanced and properly designed. This is much easier ? Than having to cut the letters out as a brush and stamp them down to kern them. Baselines, underscores, and line spacing are all handled properly. The Classic Concepts people know fonts. Y M I I B I V I (i (i l IDES To make life easier, they have also included some very useful font utilities. Fontpath lets you assign new font directories from the Workbench. Preview shows you all the characters of a specific font. Most useful of all is Super Font Mover. Normally, when you move fonts to another disk and delete some of the sizes, you have to run Font Fixer to update them. Super Font Mover works just like a directory utility, but it automatically fixes the font for you if you do not move j j j all of the sizes. Zuma Fonts There are five volumes of Zuma Fonts (with a sixth promised by the time this article appears in print). The first three volumes come free with the Zuma Group’s TV*Text Professional video-titling program (S 169.95), or they can be purchased as a set for S59.95. A second set (Vols IV-V1) is also available at the same price. Each font style comes in both a hi-res and a me- dium-res version, and each is available in a wide range of sizes. All styles have large, bold versions suitable for video. The fonts are attractive and professionally designed. Each set comes with a six-page pamphlet that gives von basic instructions on use, but 1 would like to see t a full character-set printout ol the fonts. There is also a Font Librarian utility that lets you view, copy, and delete fonts, as well as make customized font paths. A panel of 12 buttons allows you to select customized font libraries that you create. These libraries assign only the hints and sizes you want to use. The same font directory could be set to display sizes for desktop publishing only or sizes for video only. Kara Fonts The Mercedes-Benz of the font world, Kara Fonts comprises three Color Fonts packages, every character of which is a work of art. Not only is pixel-width kerning built in, but you can also pick up most of the fonts as a brush and drag them to create three- dimensional edges. Currently available are: Headlines ($ 79.95), Headlines 2 ($ 69.95), and Subheads ($ 69.95). Each of Kara’s fonts come in two or three large sizes specifically designed for video applications. In addition, there are also three AnimFont packages ($ 49.95 each). Each consists of one complete Color Font set along with an ANIMbrush of each character. Letters in ChromeSCRIPT appear as if they had been written across the screen. Bullion has each letter rotate towards you as a glint of light streaks across the face. Capsule is a rounded font that appears in a sparkle of glims. They are unique, beautiful, and I would not want to be without them. Gold Disk Type: Video Series Deciding what fonts to include in a package is tricky. Providing many different sizes takes up a lot of disk Choosing Fonts for Video THERE ARE A few simple rules for determining whether a font is suitable for video. Most important, it must be big enough to be easily read from a distance. Move several feet away from your monitor and see if the text is still legible. Most fonts smaller than 20 pixels in height are too tiny to be used in video work. The other rule is to avoid fonts with single- pixet-width lines. The fine detail may be lost, and the thin lines will cause annoying flicker. There are simple techniques, however, to make even unacceptable fonts work. Type in your text in DeluxePaint, pick it up as a brush, then move it down one pixel and stamp it again. As you can see on the left side of Figure 1, this fattens ABCDEF SS0'S)!A (Z ABCDEF §g = ) S}ffi2 Figure 1. Examples of fattening up certain fonts too fine to be suitable for video work. Up the horizontal lines and makes them a lot more legible. In an outline font. Such as the one on the right in Figure 1, you can pick up your text as a brush and use the o key to fatten up all of the lines. For fonts with fine detail, where these techniques will not work, you can always fatten up the thin lines by hand. It is much easier, of course, to use a font that works well with video in the first place. Certain ColorFonts may employ color settings that use illegal NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) colors, which creates problems when transferring them to video. A general rule is that all the color settings in your palette should be set to 12 or lower (except for grays). You may have to adjust the ColorFonts to get acceptable video colors. ? GW PERFORMANCE... Saxon Publisher The inevitable product of development with efficiency foremost in mind. Its quality has made it the first desktop publisher to be certified compatible under Workbench 2.0 while its advanced capabilities have attracted a loyal following of satisfied customers: "...Saxon Publisher is by far. The best desktop publishing program to use in any professional setting. Not only is it the fastest and most dependable, but it also provides the highest quality, most accurate color separations of any Amiga program...Technical support has always been excellent. " Mike Gritten, Technical Director, Visual Effects, Inc. " The combination of Saxon and ProVector™ gives the Amiga just what it needs, and though I own all of the publishing programs, I'm using Saxon almost exclusively. With an AegisDtaw or Xcad import module and more fonts, I could free up a lot of hard disk space by deleting PageStream, ProPage, and CilyDesk...Congratulations on an outstanding first effort! " Mark Needham, graphic designer, Good Idea!, Inc. " Thank you for an excellent desktop publishing product. I've used Saxon Publisher for a week now and have been very impressed with both its power and ease of use. It has many of the features I've long waited for in a DTP program on the Amiga. The use of text and style tags alone would be worth the cost of the program. ... I was especially impressed by the clarity of the Monologue and Colorlogue files. It is rare to see clear and well-commented PostScript prologues. Obviously somebody in your organization cares about this product. ” Joseph Simunac, Kansas City, Mo. Currently available is Version 1.1, a substantial improvement to an already exceptional program, incorporating such new features as Pantone and CMYK color selection, variable tabs, point and pica measurement, automatic hyphenation and an intelligent approach to manual kerning. The first quarter of 1991 will see Saxon Publisher Version 1.2, with full dot matrix and Compugraphic support, an integrated text editor and proprietary PostScript compression routines for faster output. Trade-In Offer With a host of powerful support products to be released throughout 1991, there has never been a better time to make the switch to Saxon Publisher. Until January 10, 1991, registered users of any other Amiga desktop publisher, i.e., Professional Page, Page Stream, City Desk, etc., have the opportunity to upgrade to Saxon Publisher for only $ 199 ° at less than half of the suggested list price! Please contact us directly for more information about this special, limited-time offer. For additional information about Saxon Publisher, please write to us or give us a call. Enclose $ 2.00 in your correspondence to cover shipping and handling (refundable with purchase), and we'll also send you a copy of our self-running demonstration program. Commodore AMIGA 3000 Saxon Industries 14 Rockcress Gardens, Nepean, Ontario, Canada. K2G 5A8 Phone: (613) 228-8043 Fax: (613) 563-9596 Saxon Publisher is a trademark ol Saxon Industries. All oilier products incnlions'd in this advcrliscmcnl arc I he property ol llicir respective owners. Circle 18 on Reader Service card. Mmmm Video-Titling Tips and Tricks IT IS DIFFICULT to make single-color fonts stand out when they are genlocked over a live video background. Fortunately, there are a number of simple techniques you can use in DeluxePaint III to make your text eye-catching. The simplest method is to pick up the text as a brush, select a contrasting color from the palette, and press the o key. This puts an outline around your text in the selected color. Remember that single- pixel-width lines do not show up well in video, so press the o key at least twice. You will be amazed at how much more readable your text becomes. Drop shadows and three-dimensional edges can also help. Pick up the text as a brush and press F2 (Color mode); then select the color of your choice. Stamp the colored text onto the screen and press FI to restore it to its original color. Depending upon how much you offset the original text when you stamp it down, it will appear as either a drop shadow or a 3-D extrusion. Another interesting effect is to use hollow text and give it outlines. Pick up your text as a brush and hold the Shift key down as you press the o key. This removes a single-pixel width from around the text. Do this two or three times. Press F2 and select a contrasting color. Line up the reduced text over your original so that it is centered, and stamp it down using the right mouse button. This stamps the text down in the background color, cutting out the center of the text. To create a neon effect, pick up the hollow text as a brush and outline it with light- to-dark shades of blue. Color Fonts show up much better against a busy background than monocolor fonts, but most take up the first eight colors in your palette. What do you do if you want to use two different ColorFonts with entirely different palettes? It’s easy. Load in the first eight- color font and use its palette. Exchange all of the font colors with colors in the next color row in the Palette requester. The font colors oil screen will be all messed up, but go to the Picture menu and select the Remap option under Change Color. After a second or two, your on-screen font colors will be restored, but their position in the palette will not change. This frees up the first eight palette positions. Load the next eiglu-color font, use its colors, and they will be placed in those freed-up palette positions without affecting the palette positions of your first font. ? GW space, and, while one large size that can be reduced seems a good idea, lontsdonot always resize properly. Identical letters may come out slightly dilferetu when picked up as a brush and reduced. Using the li key to reduce them ( to hall size) is the only way to ensure that proportions are properly maintained. Gold Disk may have a better solution: Conipu- graphic fonts. Two Compugraphic font sets are included with I he latest version (1.3 -2.0 is sc heduled for release by the time this appears} of the company’s Professional Page (S395). And it has recently released several collections for individual purchase. Rather ? Smooth Titling Moves: Antialiasing RESOLUTION IN VIDEO does not allow for absolutely straight, angled lines and smooth curves, so many fonts will have a jagged appearance (as in the magnified example in the top part of Figure
2) . The method used to make these jagged curves and angles look smooth is a process called antialiasing. Additional pixels of color merging from the font color to the background color are added, blurring the edges of the font into the background. It fools the eye and makes the font look smooth. You can antialias any font in Deluxe- Paint III. The simplest way is to add a range of colors between the font color and BC BC BC A8C ABC ABC Figure 2. Antialiasing smooths out fonts with jagged edges caused by poor resolution. The background color and use Dpaint's Smooth function. Phis does serve to reduce the apparent thickness of the font, and if it is used over the entire font, as you see in the middle part of Figure 2, the text tends to look blurry. Use antialiasing only on jagged lines; leave the straight, nonjagged lines alone. The bottom part of Figure 2 was done bv hand, i used two colors between black (background) and white (text). I added the lighter color (closest to the text color) on top of each jagged pixel. 1 then placed the darker color next to the lighter pixel. ?
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- . .¦ - .. .: -- . . . - ¦ * GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. 600 Clark Avenue, King of Prussia, PA T9406 • For more information, or for nearest dealer, call today. Deafer inquiries welcome. Dealers Circte 245 on Reader Service Card Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337-9922 Consumers Cirde 127 on Reader Service Card VIDEO FONTS CojVJPARJSOjJ NAME OF SET Professional Font Library Masterpiece Fonts Zuma Fonts (l-lll and IV-VI) Kara Fonts (6 sets) Gold Disk Type: Video Series MANUFACTURER Classic Concepts Arock Zuma Kara Gold Disk PRICE $ 79.95 $ 199 $ 59.95 $ 49.95-579.95 $ 59.95 Complete set Complete set Per set ot three Per set Complete set FEATURES Total Fonts 68 120 15 28 3 Video Fonts* 17 100 15 28 3 Color Fonts 13 10 0 28 0 Sizes Per Font 2-7 1 6 2-3 Unlimited Point Size Range 7-88 78-160 12-100 55-104 Unlimited Full Sample Printouts? Yes Yes No No Yes Font Utilities? Yes No Yes No Yes Adjustable Letter Spacing? Yes No No Yes No RATINGS** Design 9 9 7 10 10 Aesthetic 9 4 8 10 10 Documentation Excellent Good Good Very Good Good NOTES:
* Fonts designed specifically for video. Some fonts, although designed for printing, serve perfectly well for use in video. Fairly simple techniques exist to make some other nonvideo fonts acceptable. For more information, see the sidebars Choosing Fonts for Video” and ‘‘Video-Titling Tips and Tricks,” as well as the individual sections on each font.
* * The “Design” and “Aesthetic” ratings are based on the evaluations of Ernie Potvin. A professional font designer for over 30 years. The Design rating is based on the percentage of fonts that follow basic rules of typographic design with 10 being best. The Aesthetic rating is based on the designer’s overall choice of fonts, execution, and variety with 10 again being best. Documentation quality was rated on the amount of useful information provided on using the fonts in general and with specific programs as well as on clarity and layout. Than bitmapped, these fonts are created from outlines that can he rescaled and rendered on screen with a minimum of jaggics. I he look well in am size. The Gold Disk Type: Video Series (Sa9.9o) is a set ol three Gomptigraphic fonts that Gold Disk suggests for video work: Fulura 11 Bold. ( Jarendon, and o Doin Casual. It also includes a utility that will scale and convert am of the fonts into bitmap Amiga fonts that can be used with DduxcPainl III (SI I9.95. Electronic Arts). Fhe advantage of this approach is I hat vou can make am size font vou need as ou need it. Any of the other C'ompugraphic font sets can be used as well. Gompugraphit fonts are more expensive than standard bitmap fonts, and consecjtientb there is a smallei selection to choose from. I'here aie no colored ot ornate louts. Ijecau.se tbe are designed primariK for print. Fven so, thev are a very useful addition to your font collection, especially as they can he used as bitmap Amiga fonts, down-loadable Post script fonts, and scalable sc reen fonts for Professional Page. 42 December I van In summarv. I would c hoose Kara fonts as the best designed and a ¦‘must-have.*’ I he* Professional font o
I. ibrarv isa good choice il'von want a well-documented variet of' professional!) Designed lonts. Including smaller si es and video lonts. Some* ol its (.olorfonts have t he design si l ength of Kara fonts, and the utilities O Ct included in the package are most useful. Fhe Masterpiece Fonts collection suffers from poor organization and too mam' similar fonts, hut vou still get a lot overall, tuna fonts includes a number ol i lassie fonts and oilers a wide varietx of sizes and versions designed lor medium-res. Its fontLibrarian in Hit alone is almost worth the cost of the disk. 1 lie ( old I )isk Video Series prov ides high-quality, scalable lotus that work well w hen vou need a variety of sizes m am i es >Iution. ¦ (,tu> n Williams is Executive Producer f or C.reatrve Business (unnnnuiicahon and head of the Amiga I idco-(>raphu's (,ui d. L 'n e In him r o Amiga World Editorial Dept., SO Elm St.. IV 1 thorough, XII 01 IS. O longer is the Amiga the orphan of the computer music field. It is now well supported by music software companies, and any Amiga user puttin g together a computer-music system has a selection of first-class software from which to choose. MIDI Sequencers The most important software item is a good MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencer iliat will handle the demands you put on your own particular system. I low sophisticated or how basic your needs are will determine what features and functions you require from your sequencer. The chart that follows offers a fairly exhaustive comparison of 12 Amiga MIDI sequencers, covering a broad range of prices and capabilities from the professional-level Master Tracks Pro at $ 395 to the entrv-level MRS at $ 39. Before we go on, however, let's define exactly what we mean by a sequencer: It is basically a program with which you can record MIDI data (notes, controllers, and so forth) either in real or step time and then manipulate that data in order to realize a musical performance that utilizes MIDI-controllable sound sources. The real-time qualification knocks a few old standbys (Sonix and Deluxe Music, for instance) out of the running, because they cannot record in real time and thus cannot be considered sequencers by contemporary standards. Because sequencers deal with music, a medium that is by nature difficult to categorize, the sequencers themselves are often difficult to compare. This is evident in the drastically different approaches to the art of music making taken by the programmers of these 12 sequencers. Despite this, however, we have managed to come up with quite a number of features basic and not so basic that can be compared across the board. (See the sidebar “About the Chart” for information about some of these comparative features that may need to have further clarification.) Sequencer Hit Parade Although the chart is there to help you make up vour own mind about which sequencer is best for you, let me sum up my own findings and make some recommendations. Of the 12 sequencers, I consider Bars and Pipes (Blue Ribbon Bakery), KCS 3.0 and KCS 3.0 Level'll (Dr. Ts Music- Soft ware), Master Tracks Pro (PassPort Design), and Music-X (MicroIllusions) to be professional-level products. My co-favorites are KCS and Master Tracks, although the two are very different. Master Tracks is graphically based, very easy to use, and powerful. KCS, especially Level II, is more powerful but not as easy to use. A strong plus in KCS’s favor is its MPE (Multi-Program Environment). Any number of MPE-compatible programs can run concurrently, such as the AutoMix animated-fader program, the Copyist notation program, and a wide array of patch editor librarians. This is an important factor to consider if you want to put together a large-scale system. I also like Bars and Pipes, and it is my first choice for “fun” projects. It does most of what the others do, but in a dramatically different way. Its pipeline mechanism is enjoyable to work with, and it allows for such advanced features as nondestructive real-time editing. It would be my last choice, however, if I were under a deadline, because its open-ended design results in a kind of fragmentation that I find distracting. Although I don't like its sequencer at all, Music-X has powerful mapping and zoning features that help in a five Amiga performance. In the entry-level category, Tiger Cub (Dr, Ts) and Trax (PassPort) are both excellent programs graphically Text continued on p. 46 By Steve Quinzi About the Chart SOME OF THE categories in the chart may need clarification. Type, for example. Refers to the basic approach that each sequencer takes to recording MIDI data. Some use the drum-machine, or “Pattern” approach, in which segments of music are recorded separately and then chained together to create a song. Others use the tape-recorder, or “Linear” approach, where MIDI data is recorded beginning to end in the same way that audio signals are recorded by a conventional tape recorder. Texture is at one end of the spectrum as a completely pattern-oriented sequencer, while Master Tracks Pro is at the other as a linear sequencer. KGS. On the other hand, implements both approaches thoroughly. The Number of Tracks offered by a sequencer can be misleading; a large number of available tracks is not necessarily any more useful than a moderate number, because there are limits to how much simultaneous information the MIDI data stream can support. Resolution, the number of pulses that subdivide the quarter note, is also a black hole of sorts. Some people feel that any resolution higher that 240 pulses per quarter note (ppq) is negated by the limited speed of MIDI. I do agree that the difference made by a higher resolution is a subtle one. But if I can get a higher resolution, I prefer it. As for sequencer file types, the most versatile programs allow you to save and load entire songs or parts of songs, such as tracks or sequences. Rather than list every file type supported by every sequencer (which would take up too much space in the chart), I confined this category to whether the sequencer supports SMF (the Standard MIDI File format). The most unifying idea to come along in a while. SMF allows you to load files done on one sequencer into any other sequencer that supports the format. A sequencer that supports SMF will keep you musically compatible with the rest of the world. ? SEQUENCER Bars & Pipes KGS 3.0 KCS 3.0 II MANUFACTURER Blue Ribbon Bakery Dr. Ts Dr. Ts PRICE $ 299.00 $ 275.00 $ 375.00 Type Linear, Pattern Linear, Pattern Linear, Pattern No. Of Tracks Unlimited 48 48 Resolution (ppq) 192 Adj. To 384 Adj. To 384 Supports SMF? Yes Yes Yes IFF Samples? Yes Yes Yes SysEx Messages? No Yes Yes SYNC Ext. MIDI (SP)? Yes Yes Yes MTC? Yes No No SMPTE? No Yes6 Yes Multitask MIDI? Yes Yes Yes Keyboard Shortcuts Moderate Extensive Extensive MIDI Remote Control? Yes Yes2 Yes9 Qwerty Keyboard? No No No Multiple Meters? Yes Yes Yes Multi-Channel Record? Yes Yes Yes Rechannet? Yes Yes Yes Auto Locate 2 cue points 6 cue loops 6 cue loops Go to Meas. Go to Meas. Auto Punch? Yes Yes Yes TRACK Solo Mute? Yes Yes Yes Group? Yes No No Tempo Range (BPM) 10-250 10-999 10-999 Graphic Editing? Yes No No Event List Editing? No Yes Yes Standard Notation? No15 No No Cut & Paste? Yes Yes Yes Extract Data? Yes Yes Yes Random Variations? Yes17 No Yes'3 Edit Macros? Yes No Yes Copy Protected? No Yes Yes NOTES: ! Uses control track to trigger sequences. 2 Sequences are single-track rather than the more typical multitrack. 3 When sync’d to other devices, the maximum resolution is 96 ppq if SoundScape is the clock source, and 48 ppq if it's the slave. 4 MIDI file conversion is done by a PD utility. Problems arise when it tries to read a file originally done at a resolution other than 192 ppq. 5 With optional patch librarian. 6 Dr. T’s hardware SMPTE synchronizer. Master Tracks Pro MIDI Magic MRS Music-X SoundScape Texture 1 Texture II Tiger Cub Trax PassPort Clrcum Design Dr. T’s Microlllusions Mimetlcs Sound Guest Sound Quest Dr. Ts PassPort $ 395.00 S149.95 $ 39.00 $ 299.95 S179.95 $ 145.00 $ 230.00 $ 99.00 $ 99.95 Linear Pattern Linear Linear, Pattern4 Linear, Pattern2 Pattern Pattern Linear Linear 64 16 8 250 Unlimited 24 24 12 64 240 Adj. To 480 Adj. To 384 192 963 Adj. To 192 Adj. To 192 Adj. To 384 240 Yes No No Yes4 No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes5 Yes Yes Yes5 No No No No Yes Yes (no SP) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No Yes7 No No Yes0 No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Moderate Moderate Moderate Extensive None Extensive Extensive Moderate Moderate Yes Yes6 Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Go to Mark. Go to Meas. None 1 cue loop 4 cue points 2 cue points Go to Pat. Go to Beat 7 Go to Pat. Go to Beat 1 cue loop Go to Meas. Go to Mark. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes'0 Mute only Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No 12-240 28-240 10-999 10-300 1-240 16-240 16-240 20-600 10-240 Yes No No Yes’2 No Yes'3 Yes Yes No Yes14 No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes” No No No No No No No No Yes'6 No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes’* No Yes20 No Yes20 Yes Yes21 No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No 15 But it can display piano-roll, style-bar shapes on a grand staff. 16 QuickScore, which comes with Tiger Cub, transcribes Cub sequences in a display-only format. 17 Rhythmic variations are available from the main program. Some of the tools can also effect some melodic and harmonic variations. 18 The PVG can vary MIDI data in almost every way imaginable. 13 Rhythmic. 20 Swing factor. 21 Velocity and after-touch. AmiiiuWorUl 4 5 About the Chart, continued SysEx refers to the ability to record system-exclusive messages* Usually associated with patch librarians, such capability can prove a very handy feature to have in a sequencer, especially if you are using it for live performance. The ability to synchronize to an external MIDI timing source with song pointer [Ext. MIDI (SP)] is essential if you want to do any kind of tape lockup. For the most time-critical applications, MTC (MIDI l ime Code) and or SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture ancl Television Engineers) Time Code support are necessary. In fact, 1 do not really consider any sequencer a professional product if it does not support either MTC. Or SMPTE. With the exception of the Pass Fort products, most sequencers allow you to Multitask MIDI applications. In most instances, this involves freeing the serial port so that another program, such as a patch editor librarian, can use it. Only KCS, however, through Dr. Ts MPE mechanism, can multitask interactively so that different MPE applications can actually run at the same time. The only other feature in the chart that might need explanation is the Random Variations category. Here 1 have included everything from a simple "swing" or "humanize” factor available on some programs, to the heady stuff offered by KCS Level II. ?
- SO. Using the Step editor (top) in Master Tracks Pro, you can Individually edit up to 64 separate tracks. In Track mode (bottom), KCS 3.0 Level II uses a similar, tape-recorder- style method to record up to 48 tracks, although KCS's Open mode allows you to combine track segments In up to 128 different combinations. Telecommunications though no radially new Amiga erminal programs iave appeared in he last year or so, quite a few existing programs have been revised and updated, streamlined, bullet-proofed, and given more features than they ever had before. As Senior Chairman (Sysop) of People Link’s Amiga Zone Clubs, I look at terminal programs as the tools of my trade, and 1 am always on the prowl for any program that will help me do my job better. Modem jockeys do get religious about their favorite terminal software, though, and a program that lacks one or two features I require might he enough for me to reject a title. For the purpose of this comparative guide to Amiga telecommunications software, however, I'll try to be a bit more objective. Your needs will almost certainly be different from mine or the next guy’s. If you are a beginner at .Amiga telecomm, you have your work cut out for you in sorting through the good, the bad, and the ugly. T he descriptions of individual programs and the the more detailed comparison chart that follows are designed to help you evaluate 10 leading Amiga terminal programs to see which one best suits your needs. There are a great many more communications packages available than these, but it would be impossible to present all of them in the space allowed. An interesting point about .Amiga terminal programs is that, unlike word processors, paint programs or most other software categories where commercially sold titles dominate terminal software is split fairly evenly between commercial and freely distributable (public domain free- ware shareware) or “user-written” programs. You need not spend any money at all (or perhaps just a token shareware payment) to get perfectly usable, capable terminal software. While this article should help novices looking for an Amiga terminal program, 1 think that a lot of the detailed information in the chart will also be of real interest to more experienced telecomm users who may be searching By Harv Laser for a better alternative to their present setups. In addition, please note that program version numbers, where mentioned, indicate the latest version available at the time of writing. Commercial Programs The latest incarnation of Oxxi’s powerful A-Talk series (which is upgraded every few months) is A-Talk III (vlic). A-Talk’s forte is terminal emulation, and professionals who need to communicate with Vtnnn or Tek- tronics machines would do well to investigate this title seriously. Although its appearance is rather generic, a lot of power lurks behind the plain-looking interface. The “Talk” in A-Talk Ill’s name refers to its ability to speak, through the narrator.device, any text going to or coming from the modem most helpful for sight-impaired users. .Although not flashy or glamorous, A-Talk III is a highly useful package without serious problems. The Arexx port and script language are important pluses. The winner in the “most-bang-for-the-buck” category is Baud Bandit (vl.50) from Progressive Peripherals. This inexpensive little wonder is the successor to the public - domain program GT. Instead ofpull-down menus, Bandit employs a plethora of slide-up screens and pop-open windows for user input and program control through either mouse or keyboard. A phone book of unlimited length, an incredibly versatile Arexx port, and the ability to use almost any font are important and valuable features. The built-in script pairs are easy to program, and they speed log-ons. The program multitasks within itself, allowing you, for example, to peruse its review buffer while performing file transfers. Full of power-uscr touches, it is still easy to use. Bandit lacks any specific terminal emulations apart from ANSI, but it has the full range of file-transfer protocols, runs in different screen modes, and perforins well with high-speed modems. A peculiar program, Dr, Term Professional (v2.0), from ? Progressive Peripherals, was originally called ‘ Tele- Craft” and was written for Commodore back in 1985, before the Amiga 1000 was released. We’re talking ancient history here, and it shows. Dr. lerms user interface is cumbersome. Modern file requesters alone would make it much more friendly. In its favor. Dr. Term sports a built-in mini BBS and a powerful “command language” not unlike that of CrossTalk XVI, a program familiar to CP M and MS-DOS users. The glory days of this kind of interlace, however, are past. Programs with Arexx ports which Dr. lerin lacks are the future. Buy this one only if you are bored or prepared to suffer though its idiosyncrasies. One of the earliest commercial terminal programs for the Amiga, Micro-Systems Software’s Online! Now available as Online! Platinum Edition (v3.03) is big and capable, and has much to offer. Strange quirks of earlier versions have been corrected, although some remain, such as the slightly eccentric lile requesters with which owners of other MSS products will he familiar. One of Online! Platinum's slickest features is its powerful script mode with a “learn” feature for total automation of repetitive sessions. Spend some lime mastering the scripts, and you can have Online! Platinum dial vour favorite BBS, log you on, collect new messages, and log von ofl with just a couple of mouse clicks. Online! Platinum owners can use the unique “Sadie" protocol, which allows bidirectional file transfers with simultaneous chatting. This feature, however, is for head-to-head use only, as no BBS software vet supports Sadie, not even MSS’s own BBS-PC. The latest version of the program now sports an Arexx port for interprocess communications. Online! Platinum’s menu-driven interface is no radically new development; rather, it is reassuringly conventional and user-friendly. The version of Online! Included with The Works! Platinum, vl.l is identical except for the lack of Arexx capabilities. (The Works! Is a word processor, spreadsheet, database, and terminal collection, driven from a centralized interface, and it is available from MSS lor S 199.95.) Programs whose packaging shouts "the ultimate.” “the best,” or, in the case of MichTmn's VTX On- Line (vl.O) “the Complete Telecomm Package” are asking to be challenged. The fact that VTX On-Line does not include Windowed Xmodem (People Link's fastest protocol) and that it frequently crashed unless I ran it on my A2500 in 68000 mode were but two of many reasons why 1 was less than charmed with it. In addition, a drawer filled with enticing "demo” files led nowhere; the manual did not explain how to load or view them. One of the program’s claims to tame is its ability to let you view CompuServe RLE graphics files on line while downloading them. This is of marginal use. As RLE files are verv low-resolution. And no one creates them on Amigas, anyway. V I X On-Line s most useful feature for beginners is the built-in, context-sensitive Help facility (which even points one to the right pages in the manual). I he two-paragraph Arexx section of the manual, however, has no examples at all (nor are there any on the disk); it merely refers von to the scripting chapter another dead end. MichTron reports that VTX On-Line has not been upgraded since its release well over a year ago. Either the company thinks the program is perfect, or the programmers found something better to do. Freely Distributable Programs All of these titles are available from many different sources. You can download them from Amiga on-line information services such as People Link, Genie, BIX. And CompuServe (see the “Manufacturers’ Addresses” box on p. 52 for phone numbers), or find them on published disk collections, the Precl Fish series, uscr-group disks, and the like, [Included [or most of the programs below are the People Link AmigaZone lihran and file numbers, the Genie Amiga file numbers, and or the CompuServe Amiga User (Library 5) filenames, Eds.) Access (vl.42), bv Keith Young, is a great I v enhanced shareware rewrite of Comm 1.3-1 (see below). I am tempted to call it "a dolled-up Comm” because Access is trulv one of the prettiest-looking terminal programs in use with very colorful gadgets and requesters, and even drop-shadowed text. Last revised in 1988. However, the program shows its age. While 1 have heard conflicting reports about the author’s plans, I was not able to confirm anything by press time. If a new version does surface, it should be a winner, fP Link, Lib. «S 3990; Genie, 5 15: CompuServe, ACC 142,AEG) While it has also become a senior citizen among software. Comm (vl.34). bv Dan James, is still the perfect public-domain terminal for beginners, it is also one of the very few accompanied by its C-lan- guage source code, which allows programmers to customize and modify it to suit their own needs and manv have done exactly that. Avoiding glitz and bare in appearance. Comm is a very stable program with lots of nice tone lies, such as a pull-clown 44- number plume book, macros, and a chat window. There is no Arexx or scripting here, but you can’t beat the price, and it is a good place to start in the telecommunic ations game. (P Link, Lilt. 8, 6003; Clinic, 1921: CompuServe, IS IOCC,,1 PC) There are several variations of Comm worth mentioning. Ncomm (P Link, Ed?.S. 22882; Genie, 8219; CompuServe, XCOMM .LZH). a European version, lacks Wxmodem support, but adds other protocols and a scripting language. S.S. Patel’s AZComm Text continued on p. 52 j O O M jVJ U j I J 0A~rJ OJ'J 3 3OFT VV PROGRAM Baud Bandit A-Talk III Online! Platinum VTX On-Line MANUFACTURER Progressive Peripherals Oxxi Micro-Systems Software MichTron PRICE $ 49.95 S99.95 $ 69.95 S79.95 Protocols1 X, Wxt Y, YB, Z. B + X, XPR, WX. Y, YB, Z, K X, WX, Y, YB, Z, K, B, QB, S X, Y, K, B Scripting? Yes Yes Yes Yes Script “Learn” Mode? No Yes Yes Yes Arexx Port? Yes Yes Yes Yes FONTS Load Other Fonts? Yes Yes Yes Yes Internal Fonts? No Yes Yes No External Fonts? Yes Yes No Included Phone Book Max. Entries Unlimited 60 40 64 Queue Dialing?* Yes Yes Yes No Chat Conferencing Mode? Yes Yes Yes Yes Variable Chat Window? Yes Yes Yes No othePi shrial support Built-in Support? Yes Yes Yes3 No “Zap" Code for Support?4 No No No Yes Baud-Rate Range (bps) 300-38.400 300-57,000 300-57,000 300-19,200 No. Of Macro Keys Allowed5 30 20 20 20 Clipboard Support? Yes Yes Yes Yes Backscroll Review Buffer? Yes No Yes Yes Intelligent File Requesters6 Yes Yes Semi Semi On-Screen ClockTimer? Yes Yes Yes Yes SCREEN OPTIONS Runs on Custom Screen? Yes Yes Yes Yes Interlace Mode? Yes Yes Yes Yes Borderless Mode? Yes Yes Yes Yes Workbench Mode? No Yes Yes No Speech Options? No Yes No No Internal Multitasking6 Yes No No No ASCII Text Send-Speed Control? Yes Yes Yes Yes Creates Icons for Downloads? No Yes Yes Yes CPS Speed Counter? No No Yes No Built-in “Mini” BBS? Via Arexx via Arexx No No TERMINAL EMULATION3 DEC Vtnnn Types? No VT 52 100 102 VT 52 100 102 VT 100 220 Zenith? No H19 No No Tektronics? No 4010 4014 No 4014 IBM ANSI? Yes (w Font) Yes Yes Yes Amiga ANSI? Yes Yes Yes Yes Skypix? No No No No Runs in Workbench 2.0?9 Yes Yes Conditionally No 1 H MINI I! I V I N 1 (i y 1 I) i: s kUD ) r1 HL U M SYI n j Dr. Term Pro Comm AZComm Access JR-Comm Handshake Progressive Peripherals Dan James
S. S. Patel Keith Young Jack Radigan Eric Haberfellner $ 69.95 Free (PD) Free (PD) $ 25 (Shareware) $ 30 (Shareware) $ 25 (Shareware) X, WX, Y, K, B X, WX X, Z X, B + , Z X, WX, Y, Z, B + X, Y, YB, K, XPR Yes No No Yes No via Arexx No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No Yes Included Yes (8x8 only) Unlimited 44 44 60 9999 20 Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No 110-38,400 300-9,600 300-19,200 300-19,200 300-57,000 300-19,200 40 20 20 20 40 6 No No No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes7 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No VT 52 100 No No No VT 100 102 VT 52 100 102 220 No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Not Completely Yes Yes NOTES 1 Protocol Abbreviations: X = Xmodem Xmodem-CRC WX = Windowed Xmodem Y = Ymodem YB = Ymodem batch Z - Zmodem K = Kermit B = CompuServe B B+= CompuServe B + QB = CompuServe Quick-B XPR = External Protocol Libraries 5 = Sadie 7 Queue dialing allows you to click multiple phone- book entries and then have the terminal move on to the second number if the first number is busy, and so on until a connection is made. 3 Via Icon ToolType. 4 Using a Hex file editor such as NewZap, one coufd go into the actual code of the program and change Hex ASCII data to tell the program to look for a serial device or port other than the standard Amiga serial port. 5 Some terminals allow you to load a separate group of macros for each number in the phone book. The figures shown here indicate how many macro keys can be active at the same time through the use of various combinations of the function keys. 6 “Intelligent” describes a file requester that can be made fully mouse-driven so that it does not require the user to click on a text box and then enter the name of a disk, drive, directory, device, or the like. 7 Inherits interlace mode from Workbench. A Internal multitasking refers to whether you are able to do anything else (such as look at the review buffer, open a requester, or choose a menu item) inside the terminal program while uploading or downloading a file. 9 Some of these programs have already been upgraded for version 2.0 of the Amiga’s operating system. I tested them in September 1990 using the Developer’s Kickstart 2.01 then in use in the Amiga developers' community. Kickstart 2.02 (or whatever Commodore calls the actual “ROM-ed” version in the final release of 2.0) may possibly yield different results. There were some mixed results with a few of the programs, such as Access, which functioned reasonably well under
2. 01 except for the fact that the graphics were messed up, and Online! Platinum, which opened up a huge window as if it were running on an A2024 monitor. The user, however, can perform a “zap-patch” with information obtained from Micro Systems Software to solve the latter problem. Graphics, Animations, From p. 48 (R I.ink. Lib. 8. 3842; C,Lnii 5149; CompuServe. AZCOMM.ARC), which I have included in the chart, has a Zmodem protocol that is one ol the faster il not l ir fastest on the Amiga, and it gets raves from high-speed modem owners. CommPIX ( *71.ink: Lib. S, 75849), by Steve I ibbctt (of VinisX lame), incorporates proprietary ’‘backslash" commands used in People Link’s conference area to send highlighted and colored text to other CommPIX users. CardComm (R Lnik, Lib. 8, 18263), by John I loflinan. Lets Plink members play card games (with graphics) in conference. For inexpensive 1101) emulation, look no further than Handshake (v2.20B). by Kric Haberiellner. Designed as the perfect V'Fmni emulator for the Amiga, the* latest version adds an Arexx port, external protocol capabilities (via XPR libraries), and third- party serial-port communication without having to "zap" into its code. (P Link, Lib. 8. 15215: (Umfm.SVnr. IIS212A.ARCA Judging front the response of the user community, it appears that JR-COMM (vl.01). hy Jack Radigan. Has picked up where Sounds? Good Show! With TV'Show™ you can showcase your graphics and animations with just a few clicks of your mouse. Using TV-Show's mouse and menu driven Script Editor, choose from a wide variety of exciting image transition effects. Grab your audience by the ears with sound effects and computer generated speech. Experiment all you want You can play any portion of your script anytime during your editing session. Alllmage Formats
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• Synchronize sound with screen event or animation frame TV-Show is the complete special effects slide show for you and your Amiga®. Version 2 is at your Amiga dealer now. TV-Show is a trademark ofZuma Group. Inc. Amiga is a registered trademark ol Commodore Business Machines, Inc. DeluxePaint is a registered trademark ol Electronic Arts. E&ZumaGroup Zuma Group, Inc. . 6733 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Phoenix, AZ 85015 TEL: 602.246.4238 FAX: 602.246.6708 American People Link 165 N. Canal St., 950 Chicago, IL (50605 800 524-0100 Arock Computer Software 1306 E. 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JK's wide arrav ol protocols and lerrninal emulations (with Skypix recenth added hv popular demand) can’t he beaten. It does lack an Arexx port and scripting capabilities, but both of these are promised in the next version. (Version 1.0 only: 0 Link, Lib. S 25 V55; Ceuie. 8722; CompuServe, JRCOM9.ZOO) Another major factor in JR's success is Radigan's support BBS and his constant presence on all four major Amiga-supporting commercial net works. The man is everywhere, providing extremely aggressive maintenance for his labor of love. JR’s high-speed modem support is also excellent. W hile I don’t care for the single- line chat mode, and I feel that the initial set-up phase could have been made easier for beginners. I think J R-COMM is still a splendid do-it-all program at a low-ball price. ¦ Haro Lowr is Chairman of People Link s AMIGA Zone Clubs and u tiles extensively about the Amiga. Write to him c o AmigaW’orld Editorial Dept., SO Elm St., Peterborough. XII Old58. Id ril H!3ISG8B3»SiaMffMM IffiSKffiilJKHESfcMflHglli i a g m & m m m m m m m si mu m ¦ i£ im, sm p-” ¦ 1 1km kr ‘fu- 8 'hi IJ . 'An mFonts and STARFlElDS are compatible with DpAlNT lit. DVIQEO 111 and other programs [hot use the AnlM frnd Anim Brush format Requires 1 REG (keyboard). 1.5 MEG (AnimFonts), 2 MEG (Slarlields), 2 Disk Drives or HD*1 Disk Drive. KARA COMPUTER GRAPHICS 2554 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 1010, Marina Del Rey, CA 90291 (213) 578-9177 Kara Computer Graphics 2554 Lincoln Blvd. Suite 1010 Marina Del Rey, CA 90291 213 578-91 77 MichT ron Microdeal 5285 Lapeer Rd. W. Auburn Hills. Ml 48326 313 377-8898 Microlllusions PO Box 3475 Granada Hills. CA 91394 818 785-7345 Micro-Systems Software 12798 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 202 YV. Palm Beach, FL 33414 407 790-0770 Mimetics PO Box 1560 Cupertino, CA 95015 408 741-01 17 Addresses Progressive Peripherals 8c Software 464 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204 303 825-4144 Sound Quest 1573 Eglinton Ave. YV., Suite 208 Toronto, Ont. 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Uppercase two plane slimy font. 2 Disk Set - Sug. Retail S 69.95 STARFIELDS' NEW! Animated Hi Res ~o->~6C overscan Starfie'd backgrounds m 3 views' From. Oolique. And Side Each comes in a 2 color version for tasi loading and transferring to video AND a 16 co'or version to induce- 2 different KARA FONTS or one KARA FONT with l of the 4 included animatec objects (Asteroid. Comel Earth. Satell te). Includes a utility to install ALL Kara Fonts Packages on Ham Drives pH llliMi HEADLME3 SubHeads 19 K9fSBES9SStKaa«IBB BUBS Bi HBSlSilllllRHBBlia AnimFonts’ 3* NEW! CAPSULE *s a Hi Res. 8 color, metallic, uppercase, contemporary, rounded gothic font which "sparges on" from the middle revealing characters to the top & bottom. Then, an "X" gparVe highlights each letter towards the right A separate X" sparkle for custom effects is included. Comes m botn a keyboard anc AmmFon; with palettes of Chrome Go:d. Metallic and Silver ONE DISK - Sug. Retail S 49.95 AnimFonts"2* BULLION is a Hi Res, 8 color beveled dimensional, highlighted, uppercase gothic font and comes m a keyboard and AnimFonb The AnimFont rotates unto the screen 90 degrees on the "Y“ axis to the eft while a elm p- linht goes across the face from left to right. When used as nsfructed the glint travels coritmously across the wo?d = s). Included are palettes of Gold Metallic and Silver ONE DISK - Sug. Retail S 49.95 AnimFonts 1 * ChrcmeSCRlPT is a Hi-Res 8 color formal, scohisticated roman style script m caps and lower case and comes m a keyboard and An re Font. Each letter of the An-mFont appears to be handwritten across the screen. A variety of treatments can ce achieved with the included color palettes such as Chrome, rellective Gold, copper, bronze and other golden effects One Disk - Sug. Retail $ 49.95 mMjm J s
- f* J* J .J i I* I* sr. R :U| I : mamy Acclaimed Amiga artist Sandra Fiiippucci in her studio office. As a Small Business Choosing the right software, and using it to its potential, can make your partner in creativity your Amiga the business manager who keeps your enterprise in the black. By Jamie Krutz 'oit’t'e happily doing what you do best with your Amiga; writing, making music, producing videos, drawing, painting, or animating. Suddenly, a hurricane of invoices, statements, proposals, IRS schedules, and client addresses and phone numbers descends, swirling around you and sapping your creative energy. An ominous voice booms from the heavens, "YouYe a business!” “Help, you cry weaklv to your Amiga. W hat makes the Amiga such a good environment for business use? I he same thing that makes it so great for everything else: multitasking! While the screen redraws the last frame of vour client's animation, you can calculate the total bill for i J the project and check vour schedule to see if you have time to get the package in the mail before vour afternoon appointment. Chances arc that as a creative Amiga user, you already have the hardware necessary to take full advantage of multitasking especially if you work with sound and graphics. Hardware essentials include three or more megabytes of memory and a hard disk with at least *10 megabytes of spare. On the software side, there are many options. I choose software based on power, ease of use, and support of exciting Amiga features like Arexx and the clipboard that allow programs to work together (see the sidebar “Power to the Business” for more information on these “power features.” I have based my recommendations on a goal of set ting up the most flexible and convenient business software system possible. If you arc just starting out. You can get away with lower priced, less capable software, and you can use fewer types of softwar e to accomplish your goals. You are likely to find this type of setup limiting, however, so as vour business grows, you’ll b i s i i; s s so f t vv r i: i o k t ii i; r ti s t tamm 1 2l-Sop-9H 9:01 AM MjtxiP 1 an- 111 13.6) Menurv n Mi__ Pup Iicat 1 on Shipping Budgeting and graphing, MaxiPlan style. Wani 11> move up to 11 it* best software tools that are available. Tracking Your Cash Do vou keep a shoe box full ul receipts, checks* and deposil slips and then drop the whole bundle oil to tbe accountant every year and hope for the best? Or perhaps vou keep a notebook of earnings and expenditures, and try to wacle through the whole mess yourself at lax time? By pulling vour financial information into your Amiga, you can not only get a good estimate o! What the accounting results will be, but also produce formatted reports, which can save you or vour accountant time and therefore save you money. Beyond that, it can help you make informed decisions about when to invest in more equipment and when to borrow money. It can also tell you who your best clients are, what kind of work makes you the most money, and what months are vour most profitable. To keep track of your business, you can use a spreadsheet, a database, or a dedicated accounting package. For simple cash tracking, spreadsheets are the most flexible and the easiest to set up. While a database makes data entry easier, it is cumbersome for doing math bevoncl simple addition. A program like Service Industry Accounting (599, Brown-Wagh Publishing) requires a clear understanding of tlouble- entrv accounting. Although it provides a basic structure capable of generating IRS-ready reports, yon still must invest time setting it up to (it your business, ('.hec k with vour accountant to see il vour business can benefit from the structure ol a dedicated accounting package. A spreadsheet can total your income and expend- itures automatically. You can build 111 formulas to calculate percentages for the IRS or total your net income and taxes at auv time. One expense category I use is depreciable business equipment, which includes inv Amiga. Some spreadsheet programs let vou sort entries to extract valuable information. You can sort by client, tor instance, to gel the necessary numbers for IRS Schedule 0. MaxiPlan 3.6 (5249.95, Intuitive Technologies) is a serviceable, noncopy-prolectecl spreadsheet program with an easy-to-use interlace and Arexx control of its macros. It can generate Iff bitmapped graphs from your data, although the jagged-edged images look amateurish in prim. MaxiPlan does not support die Amiga’s clipboard, so vou cannot cut and paste information directly between it and another program. You can. However, export information in ASCII format. MaxiPlan has a reputation for being easy to use but prone to bugs. In version 3.6, some trouble- plagued features that appeared in other late-model versions ate disabled. Setting up a range of data to sort in MaxiPlan is as easv as dragging the mouse across die area to highlight it and giving the range a name, felling MaxiPlan how to sort it is a little more involved. You must specifv "sort criteria” somewhere on the spreadsheet itself (a mouse-driven requester would be easier). You can have multiple scu t criteria for any named range, and vou can sort on more than one column at a time. Superplan (5149.95. Precision), another capable spreadsheet package, offers pull-down menus and some mouse capabilities. Although it supports Arexx, it does not make use of the Amiga's clipboard. Like Maxiplan, it lets you define macros for command sequences. It can sort onlv one column at a time, however, and cannot store sort criteria. Superplan has a sluggish feel and uses IBM-style slash-key commands. With its special printer drivers, Superplan can print higher-1han-screen-resoIulion graphs. L nfortu- nately, however, it cannol save graphs as IFF-DR2D files for importing into programs that support object- oriented graphic s. Super'plan is protected with a dongle (a hardware plug that must be attached to the second mouse port in order for the software to run), but a version without a dongle is available for an extra S10. Both Superplan and MaxiPlan work well for creating bids, and both can create Gantt charts (graphic depictions of the steps required to complete a project) For job scheduling. Superplan's time-sheet and crit- ical-path analysis capabilities are a plus. Both spreadsheets claim the ability to import and export in Lotus 1-2-3 formal, and Superplan has provisions for saving in dBase II and III formats. These features allow you to exchange files with programs on other machines. Although it s not perfect, I choose MaxiPlan for its ? V * 1 ‘ * j r Jj A NEW DIMENSION TO NO. 1 • XCAD 3D is here! With speed and performance that outguns our No. 1 rated Amiga CAD software - XCAD Professional. XCAD 3D is the Amiga's only 3D wire frame construction and surface modelling CAD software. With emphasison ease of use, XCAD 3D makes the transition from 2D to 3D a fast and intuitive process. Unlike3D animation and raytracing programs, which create graphics. XCAD 3D is designed to create three dimensional models and drawings with incredible speed and accuracy * up to a millionth of a millimetre ... or inch. The flexibility of XCAD means that drawings can be quickly converted from metric to imperial measurement, resized and even recolored - giving you total control of your designs. Powerful enough to satisfy institutions such as Rolls Royce and Lucas Aerospace but priced to suit all Amiga users. XCAD 3D gives 2D designs stunning impact for visualisation, print-outs and presentations. Feature List True 3D database Z Dynamic Views - rotate design in any axis - X. Y or Z ? Instant perspective with user definable eye & vantage points Z Real time rendering n Automatic hidden line removal ? Unique command within command processing ? User definable tablet & screen menus Z User definable construction planes Z Supported surfaces: planar, tabulated cylinders, surfaces of revolution. Z Printers: Preferences supported printers. HPGL pen plotters, u 4096 Colors (Depending on available memory). R" a OT d EVIDI C AhlHl CDICKIHM Read XCAD Professional. XCAD Designer. AutoCAD DXF. Aegis Draw rMO I , rLtZAlDLC MriU rnltZNULY. Draw 2000 Write AutoCAD DXF. SCULPT format. Turbo Silver. DPAINT Dealers Only Please Call 800 362 9653 Hazlitt Mews. Hazlitl Road, London WM OJZ. Superior interface, which makes short work of project budgeting and general accounting. Listless? Try a Database! While database managers are not the perfect solution for tracking your finances, you can't beat them for storing, managing, and sorting lists of everything from shooting logs, graphics, and MIDi-svnthesizer patch descriptions to clients' names and addresses. For professional use, my favorites are Professional DataRetrieve ($ 295, Abacus), sional ($ 349.95, Precision), and Microfiche Filer Plus ($ 179, Software Visions), Superbase Profes- Professional DataRetrieve and Superbase Professional are both relational, which means that they allow multiple Files to share data Fields the Files’ basic building blocks. For instance, il you set up your inventory and sales files to share a quantity field, the stock quantity will automatically decrease when you post a sale. Also, both support files limited only by the, size of vour hard disk. Both programs let von design templates (Pro DataRetrieve calls them masks; Superbase Pro calls them forms) to see and print vour data in various configurations. With this facility, you can show only selected fields and arrange them in any order. It lets vou create attractive and colorful screen displays and design printed reports, invoices, mailing labels, and so on. Professional DataRetrieve lets vou create and save different masks for the screen and printer, and it lets you view multiple screen masks in separate windows. Masks are simple to set up (although the program does not accurately register mouse movement during mask creation), and you can make multiple masks for each database and edit them at any lime. A professional Data Retrieve screen, with masks, showing a client record and budget log. Creating templates in Superbase Professional is also easy, but it's not as convenient, because the included lorms-design utility is a separate program. I nlike Professional DataRetrieve, Superbase lets you view only one template at a time. Yon can, however, combine fields from different databases in a single template. Professional DataRetrieve supports the clipboard, but not Arexx. Superbase Professional supports Arexx, but not the clipboard. Both have their own programming languages for advanced applications. Despite its YCR-stvle buttons that let you move easily between records. Superbase Professional is less intuitive than Professional DataRetrieve. Without a template. Superbase's data display is boring and reminiscent of IBM screens. The program does not use windows, its lack of a good lilc requester is inexcusable. And its documentation is mediocre. On the other hand. Professional DataRetrieve provides keyboard commands for most functions, but sometimes forces You to use the mouse. Although both Pro DataRetrieve and Superba.se Pro can store IFF pictures in files. MicroFiche Filer Plus is the best for looking through graphics databases. It lets vou scan through vour records as il vou i O * t were using a microfiche reader, and it displays scaled- down versions of vour IFF files, which you simply click on if you want to see the full-size picture. MicroFiche Filer Plus keeps your database in RAM, which limits file size to the amount of RAM you have, but also makes for a quick response. MicroFiche Filer Plus is not relational. Abu can accomplish some relational functions bv running several copies of the program and connecting them via Arexx. But this involves some work. MicroFiche was one of the first programs to adopt Arexx as its macro language, making it a good choice for integrating with other programs. Like Superbase, it lacks a good file requester and clipboard support. There is no clear winner in the database field. All three work, well to keep track of data. They all store text and IFF graphics and have math capabilities. Superbase Pro is probably the most powerful, while MicroFiche Filer Plus’s unique metaphor lets you quickly browse visually through your records. 1 choose Professional DataRetrieve because it is the most intuitive, but 1 11 keep mv eyes on the other two. Time Savers Electronic phone books and calendars can save you time. If you have a modem, an electronic telephone book can dial calls for you automatically. A calendar program is helpful for planning your lime and reminding you of appointments and deadlines. I log m every upcoming event in my calendar program. 1 do not use the alarm feature because I’m not alwavs at my Amiga, but I do check it every day to see what's coming up. It helps me schedule ap- ? CARTHAGE Feature Packed Action and Strategy As a Carthagian hero you must not only repel Roman Invasion by successful troop strategy but also maintain your armies’ ever-waning supplies by running the gauntlet on your chariot to deliver much-needed money. Survey the detailed North African landscape and zoom in on your troops to administer strategy. Decide which of your armies needs a cash injection then grab the reins for a mind-boggling first-person-perspective 3-D chariot race to deliver the money . .. Strategy and arcade action superbly combined to give you a taste of ancient history so real you can almost smell the elephants! Screen shots from the Amiga Version AVAILABLE ON THE PSYGNOSIS LABEL AWESOME Your galaxy is about to self-destruct! You have to get out before it explodes but fuel for your ship is an incredibly rare, unaffordable commodity. You need tons of it to make your escape ... an’ you ain’t got it. From the creators of Beast and Beast II comes this awe-inspiring combination of shoot-’em-up action and trading stratagems. Featuring innovative hyperspace sections, full-screen aliens and a whole galaxy to explore: AWESOME will take you beyond the final frontier. Screen shots from the Amiga version AVAILABLE ON THE PSYGNOSIS LABEL NITRO Choose your car, grab the wheel and go! Speed through the cities, deserts, forests and wastelands competing in over 30 gruelling races day and night in a mad dash for the finishing post. Race against the computer or friends. Pop in the shop to enhance or repair your machine. Pedal - to - the - metal fun! Squeals on wheels! Lead - free frolics! Screen Shots from the Amiga version AVAILABLE ON THE PSYGNOSIS LABEL Carthage Awesome Nitro Amiga Amiga Amiga PSYGNOSIS 29 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 02146 Telephone: (617) 731-3553 Fax: (617) 731-8379 pointments and keep them from conflicting. Who! What! When! Where! (S79.95, Blue Ribbon Bakerv) is an integrated calendar and phone book that can transfer data from the phone list to the calendar. It can handle multiple schedules and it supports Arexx. Unfortunately, WWWW does not support the clipboard, which makes it impossible to cut and paste names, addresses, and phone numbers between it and vour database files. I’m currently tailoring the phone-book and calendar utilities that come with the CanDo (S 149.95, 1 NOVAtronics) authoring system to fit my own needs. CJ 4 Unfortunately, CanDo lacks clipboard support, but it does support Arexx, so you can, for example, create applications that exchange information between your CanDo phone list and your database. Words and Images Writing letters, reports, proposals, scripts, and so on demands a Iasi word processor that handles multiple type styles, color, and graphics; supports both resi- dent-printer and bitmapped fonts; supports PostScript output for presentation-level prints; and shows vou a decent approximation of printed output on screen as you write. The latest versions of excellence! (S199.95, Micro- Svstems Software) and ProWrite (SI 75, New Horizons) are fast enough to challenge the text-only word processors. Excellence! 2.0 fits the above criteria and supports the Amiga’s clipboard. It can generate an index and table of contents, can handle a document larger than RAM, and ii lets you set up your own keyboard shortcuts with an easy-to-use macro facility. Our Economic Vote It multitasks internally, so you need not close the spelling checker, lor instance, to correct something else on a document. I! It ollered script columns. Arexx support, and kept lip to speed on large documents. Excellence! Would he hard to heat. ProWrite 5.0’s speed, features, and Arexx potential make it niv pick. It is easily the fastest for entering, cutting, and pasting text. It handles parallel columns for video scripts and can give you a word count very quickly. ProWrite does not support PostScript directly, but does so via a companion program. Pro- Script ($ 49.95, New Horizons). ProSeript, however, needs to be updated to support columns. ProWrite does not support the clipboard or multitask while printing. 1 would also like to he able to search and replace bv text color and style, and to automatically reformat noncontiguous sections of text (all subheads, O ' for example) without selecting and reformatting each one individually. Part of being in business is looking good. This means that vou need professional looking invoice forms, rate sheets, business cards, brochures, and advertisements. For invoices, statements, and rate sheets, you can use a word processor, but for really professional forms with boxes and lines, vou need a desktop-publishing program. Design know-how is an additional requisite for producing your own business cards, brochures, and ads. Any of the top three pagc-layout programs, PageStream ($ 299, Solt-Logik) Professional Page ($ 595. Gold Disk), or Saxon Publisher ($ 595, Saxon Industries), can handle these jobs well. "Those who do not have PostScript printers will appreciate the AS THE AMIGA software market matures, enlightened developers will support more features that make your life easier. Here are some things to look for when deciding who will get your busi- ness-soltware dollars: monitors, including the Viking Moni- term and Commodore 2024.
• A mechanism for storing defaults, including the number of colors, color palette, font, and a path to the place where you normally store that program’s files.
• Support for outline fonts, where this is applicable.
• Support of the Amiga clipboard for culling and pasting vector graphics (using the standard Amiga IFF-DR2D format) and text between applications.
• Internal multitasking of all processes capable of running concurrently.
• Arexx support for controlling one application with another, automating information sharing, and creating large integrated applications by combining several off-the-shelf applications and then controlling them through your own front end.
• Functional, easy-to-use lile requesters akin to those of Amiga DOS 2.0.
• Compatibility with AmigaDOS 2.0.
• Thorough, easy-to-undei stand documentation with tutorials. Finally, we also need Commodore to get O behind an IFF lorniatled-lext standard (or RTF) and a standard for outline lonts. ~JK with books from Abacus C for Beginners • Introduction to learning the C language Explains the elementary concepts using many examples. Describes C library routines, how 'he compiler works, many programming examples. 284 pp ISBN 1-55755-045-X Suggested retail price $ 19.95 , -----I TS." ' U I Blrfe C for Advanced Programmers - Learn: how compilers, assemblers and linkers work, using Intuition, combining assembly language and C programs, using jump tables and dynamic arrays, designing and more. Includes complete source code for a C based text editor. 650 pp ISBN 1-55755-046-8 Suggested retail price $ 34.95 Graphics Inside & Oul - Graphic programming in C with examples of points, lines, rectangles, polygons, colors, more, Comolete description of the graphic system - View, ViewPort, RasfPort, bit-maps. 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Speed up data transfer, how copy protection works, how viruses in!ectsystems,DOSfunctions,loadng ,saving sequential and random files, boot blocks and more. 345 pp ISBN 1-55755-042-5 Suggested retail price S29.95 Advanced System Programmer's Guide - follow-up volume with explanations to accessing facilities provided by the libraries, input and output ol Amiga programming hardware. EXEC structures, multitasking; more Covers Workbench 1.3 Info 570 pp ISBN 1-55755-047-6 Suggested retail price $ 34 95 Best of Amiga Tricks & Tips - Easy to use techniques for al! Amiga owners. Accessing libraries from BASIC, custom character sets. AmigaDOS, sound, important 68000 memo-y locations, hidden messages, disabling fast RAM. NewCon and Pipe devices much more. Replaces Tricks 8 Tips and More Tricks 8 Tips. 400 pages with companion disk. AikKxrs ISBN 1 55755 107 3 Suggested retail price. $ 29.95. AmigaDOS Inside and Oul • covers insides of AmigaDOS. 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PixelScript can print any Postscript file and works best with high- THANKS TO MULTITASKING, no Amiga program is an island. But while multitasking makes software integration possible, you also need other tools to tailor your system to your needs and to increase your efficiency. What can macro languages, the clipboard, Arexx, and other tools do for you? For the purposes of explaining all this, I have divided the use of computers into four levels. The longer and more demanding!)' you use your business software, the more you will ' see a need to move to the higher levels. Level One: Loneliness The first level involves using your Amiga software without custom macros and without sharing information with other applications. You can certainly get work done in this level, but even if you run multiple programs simultaneously, these applications coexist as strangers in an elevator: riding in the same box but staring up at the numbers and not talking to each other. Level Two: Muttering Programs operating on level two are also lonely, but at least they can talk to themselves. Level two brings us to macro languages, which allow you to customize specific programs by adding everything from keyboard shortcuts for often-used commands to complex database or spreadsheet applications. Macro languages vary from program to program; some are fairly easy to master, some are tougher, and for the most part, each program employs a different system. The exceptions are programs that use Arexx as a macro language. .As more programs do this, you’ll have to learn only one macro language for many programs. In addition, the doors will be opened for you to move on to level three. Level Three: Conversing With Others Two standard Amiga means for your multitasking programs to communicate are via the clipboard and Arexx. With programs that support the Amiga’s clipboard, a buffer-like device, you can cut or copy text, bitmapped brushes, or structured drawings from one program and paste them into another. The clipboard has traditionally not been well supported on the Amiga, but that is starting to change. One reason is that Commodore has made clipboard support easier with AmigaDOS 2.0. Programs that now support the clipboard use it for text, usually in the recommended IFF-FTXT (Formatted TeXT) form. I hope that developers eventually agree on an expanded FTXT format specification to allow the exchange of text between programs without loss of complex formatting. There are also IFF formats for bitmapped (IFF- ILBM) and structured (IFF-DR2D) graphics, and programs ought to support those as well, .ARexx is another standard that is getting growing support. It is a programming language (specifically, an interprocess and macro command language) with some of the simplicity of BASIC but with the added power to connect other programs and let them share data. Arexx also lets you add features to programs. For example, ProWrite comes with an Arexx macro that allows it to do math calculations, and MicroFiche Filer Plus can use Arexx to dial a client's phone number. You can build an integrated application from any combination of Arexx- compatible software. With Arexx, for example, you could set up your word processor to open a database, locate a name and address, and put these into a letter you are writing at the touch of a key. As another example, the integration of Office's word-processing and page-layout programs is die kind of feature Arexx makes possible between any Arexx-com- patible word-processing and page-layout programs. Level Four: Singing In I-Iarmony To make your Amiga really sing, you can use an authoring system such as Can Do or Amiga Vision to create your own programs. You can then tie these programs into other applications by using Arexx. Using authoring systems to build front ends for combinations of programs makes the .Amiga a modular software construction set, even for non-rocket-sci- entists. As a nonprogrammer, I used Can Do to build, in just a few hours, a replacement environment for the Workbench that lets me start any program on my hard disk from a pull-down menu or key combination. I am also modifying the calendar and phone-book example programs that come with CanDo, and plan to make them work with ProWrite via Arexx to move addresses and scheduling notes back and forth. Eventually, 1 will also program the phone book to dial, time, and log my calls and calculate my business phone bill for tax records. Getting There How do you get to stages three and four? First, buy software that supports the necessary features (see the sidebar “Your Economic Vote,” p. 60). Arexx is included with AmigaDOS 2.0, or you can purchase it separately. Then, to learn more about Arexx, check out the macros and examples that come with Arexx- compatible software. You can also find Arexx macros For a variety of programs on BBSs (electronic bulletin-board systems), Users’ groups and magazines are other good sources for new macros and advice. Finally, do not be intimidated by the idea of adding features to programs, making software work together, and creating your own customized applications using authoring systems. You will find that these powerful capabilities will benefit both your business applications and your creative work. ? ~JK et simple enougi or the novice. Ltv to create int program Onion Skin
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The word processor offers flexible support for printing black-and-white and color bitmapped graphics and fonts or combined bitmaps and printer fonts, but does not support PostScript. It is reasonably fast and lets you include lines and boxes in documents, but does not support Arexx or the clipboard. All in all, this package is better for the home market than for business. Micro-Systems Software offers The Works! Platinum ($ 199.95), which combines five programs (spreadsheet, word processor, database manager, telecommunications program, and print utility), four of which the company also sells separately. Clipboard support lets you copy and paste between the programs, but the package does not support Arexx. The Critics’ Choice ($ ‘2-19.95, The Disc Company) is a repackaging of a word processor, database, and spreadsheet, ail from different developers. The programs included in both these systems are not up to professional level. Can Gold Disk Office ($ 295, Gold Disk), with its text-processing, database, spreadsheet, page-lavout. Anufacturer’s Addresses and graphics programs do it all? Judging from a prerelease version. Office looks to be a combination of some existing Gold Disk products. These programs are not really integrated, however, except for the fact that the text processor can share data with the page- lavout program and the spreadsheet's cell notes. Only the spreadsheet supports Arexx. Curiously, none of the programs supports the Amiga’s clipboard (the manual says the spreadsheet does; maybe the final version will), so moving data between programs means saving it to disk in one program and then loading it into another. ()flice's database program is not powerful. The text processor does not support multiple fonts and graphics, hut relies on its tie to the page-layout program for those capabilities. The spreadsheet looks adequate, and while its structured business graphics are laudable, you cannot save them in IFF-DR21) format. Although the integration of Office’s word-processing and page-layout programs is useful, a combination ol PageStream and ProWrile is a better choice. Our “portrait'' of the Amiga artist as business person may not be finished, but I hope that you can begin to see yourself in at least a rough sketch. Your creative assistant I he Amiga is a capable business assistant, loo, and, with the right software system, it will enable you to devote more energy to your most important resource your creativity. ¦ jamie Kmtz is a ire ana' writer* editor, composer, and iddet) p rod are r d i rector edilo r ph atogra phe r. Abacus 5370 52nd St. SE Grand Rapids. 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CIA 92129 800 527-7014 SoftWood Company PO Box 50178 I1 hoe nix, AZ 85076 602 431-9151 The Disc Company I 1040 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90025 213 478-6767 If you ever wondered just how smart you were when you bought your Amiga, get AmigaVision? U inwiiji. I B'.d-v A i:-v HwffiliSSwi™ .. -A - A ¦ • m W Laser Disc sr I? Sound fx Brush Video Aniis I, f ¦ G Convnodori' j ' Remember your original reasons lor getting an Amiga? Ol course you do. Silly question. Well, fast-forward now to April 24th, 1990, the day Commodore introduced AmigaVision. Jf jj AMIGAVtoion 10 an authoring oyotem for a mere $ N9 that allow the Amiga to live up to ito full potential. The easy-to-learn, easy-to use iconsyou see up on the screen and on this page call up music, animation, text, video in whatever order or even simultaneously and i create, well, any type of presentation or courseware. Also, AmigaVision takes full advantage of Arexx, your Amiga’s hie lormat standards and its multitasking capabilities. As you might imagine, you don’t have to be a programmar to turn your abstract ideas into reality. All you have to be is you. "1 © 1990 Commodore Business Machines, Inc. Commodore and the Commodore logo are registered trademarks ot Commodore Electronics, Ltd. Amiga is a registered trademark til Commodore-Amiga, inc. AmigaVision and The Computer lor the Creative Mint! Arc trademarks ol Commodore-Amiga, inc. dBase III is a trademark ol Ashton-Tate. Inc. Can it extend the use of application software you already own? Is there multitasking interaction with other programs? Is it dBase III™ database compatible? Yes...yes...yes, to all these queries. For business people, il can create presentations that persuade. For people in education and training, it can help create interactive instructional programs. For anyone, anywhere, it can liberate the way they communicate, whether they are delivering information or entertainment. Wife. Call 1-800-66-AMIGA soon to find the location ol your closest Amiga dealer. For vou, it s another conhrma- » C i- tion ol what you knew before most people: namely how smart Amiga is and how shrewd its owners were when «w¦ they bought one. Amiga*.The computer for the creative mind. Commodore' hile Alfred Hitchcock would have chosen murder (or some lesser order of mayhem or malevolence) to he lurking on the other end oi the line in one of his is, most computer mail-order shoppers would prefer their calls to go oil without the slightest hitch, so to speak. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. While many mail-order companies are reputable, unexpected problems frequently arise. If you don't know the rules of the game and your rights and methods of recourse you may wind up an unwitting actor in a consumer nightmare worthy of a macabre Hollywood B-movie. Whether you are a veteran who has assembled a complete system without ever stepping foot through a dealer's door, or just a novice considering ailing the plunge for the first time, there are a few things you should know about the mail-order game before you pick up the receiver. Dial M . . . For Mail Order j Mail order is the most efficient and cost-effective way of purchasing merchandise, but, as in any game, there are those who excel at ordering by mail and those who do not. Knowledge, technique, and strategy are the keys to good play, along with mastering the basic formula: shopping for, purchasing and receiving merchandise, and, if necessary, returning it. With coaching and effort, you can improve your game and avoid the pitfalls. Prepare To Plunge. ,. And Watch Those Hidden Costs! The first rule of the game is to know what you want. Take stock and assess your needs, browse through magazines, read reviews and talk to other computer users. If possible, try to observe the product in action at a computer show or on a friend's system. Decide which version you want, and verify compatibility and memory requirements. When you’ve done your homework on the product, start scanning mail-order advertisements to find out who has what you need. Investigate the various companies that offer your product by calling them. While you are on the phone, take note of various clues: Do they answer the phone promptly in a professional manner, or do they leave ? The art of driving. Introducing the ultimate driving machine, the AE HD (high density) Drive, Applied Engineering’s new high density 3-5 drive (above, at right). The first and only high density drive for the Amiga, it runs circles around the competition. The FCC certified design supports both standard 880K and 1.52 MEG 3.5" disks. The new AE standard device controls both the high density mode and built-in electronic disk ejection. 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Once your card is charged (you can call your credit-card company and ask for the exact date), your merchandise should be shipped within 30 days. You have much more leverage using a credit card rather than a personal check. Your card company can intervene, if necessary, to dispute a charge, or you can instruct them to withhold payment until you receive the goods in satisfactory condition. Call your card company to find out more about your options in such cases, Take That Back! No matter how well you have managed your strategy up to this point, the mail-order game is by no means over. For one reason or another, merchandise often must he returned. Be aware of the rules concerning refunds, exchanges, and return of damaged goods or products under warranty. Returns fall into three categories: damaged goods, manufacturer’s error, or customer dissatisfaction. The most obvious reason for return occurs when you get an unpleasant surprise instead of what you ordered. In this case, the vendor should pay lor the return trip. If the carton is damaged or opened when it arrives, you have the right to refuse it. Write “refused” on the unopened box and it will be returned by the US Postal Service lbr no extra postage. Call the company, explain what you did, and ask that your merchandise be sent again (they will wait to receive the returned package). If it was shipped UPS or Federal Express, don't sign for it if you suspect the contents may be damaged, and they will return it. If you open the package and the product is broken, smashed, melted, or otherwise mangled or inoperative, call the company. Some require a return authorization code (RAC), and it is always a good idea to get one. You should always save the original box. Instructions, and packaging in case vou actually have to return the product. W hen shipping an item back to the company, use Graphics SpectraColor, the first 4096 color paint program with animation... 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(800) 441-4403 (603) 924-0100 80 Elm Street Peterborough, NH 03458 The Newsletter of Creative Computers, serving the Amiga community i uteis A Message from the President... The Amiga is finally catching on. In the last year we have seen many new substantial products from Commodore which are making it lot easier for us to sell Amigas. Have you ever thought of how hard it used to be to sell an Amiga 2000 to anyone who wanted to DTP and explain why the display flickers or why they needed to shell out an extra $ 1000 for a flicker fixer and a multiscan monitor? The Amiga 3000 and current solutions for the Amiga 2000 series are state of the art technology. The Amiga 3000 is a speed-demon with its 25Mhz 68030 chip, its flicker-free display, a super-fast hard drive, a well-designed and polished user interface, and plenty of 32-bit expansion to boot for a price that won't make a dent in your checkbook. Did you know that the expansion bus in the A3000 is driven at 25Mhz while Nubus on the fastest and most expensive Mac Hfx runs at lOMhz? This is not to mention that the Amiga has been multitasking (i.e. able to run many applications at the same time) while the Mac's multitasking is still an unrealized promise. New introductions from Apple are a clear indication that Apple wanted to cost reduce the Mac to become more competitive. What they ended up with is a $ 3800 20Mhz box which has only one expansion slot and the math coprocessor is an option! They went on to discontinue some of their best selling CPUs which had more slots because they were costing them too much to build. I don't know about you, but to me the choice is clear. Now more than ever we need to stand behind Commodore and sell Amiga 3000 technology to everybody we talk to. We also need to sell Amiga 2000s with GVP accelerators and Video About the cover... At Creative Computers, our philosophy is to help bring you the tools to make your Amiga more exciting, more productive, and more fun! That's why I chose the theme featured on the cover of this issue of The Creative Edge, which in its creation is the best example I can imagine of the progress we've made over the years. Granted, we Amigans were never in the stone age, but the incredible tools that have become available to us since the inception of the Amiga almost make it look that way. The background was a scanned photograph of a cave painting, modified to introduce our figure. ASDG’s Professional ScanLab and The Art Department, along with the Sharp JX-450 color 24-bit scanner, were used for this purpose. Both the Creative Computers logo and the space age version of the figure were ray-traced in 24-bits by Impulse s Turbo Silver SV, rendered on an 25MHz Amiga 3000. The marble texture on the figure is from Microiilusions’ Photon Paint Expansion Disk. Greg Niles, Advertising Manager Toasters to anybody in video (yes, the Video Toaster is here and our price is $ 1495). The Amigas are doing well. We at Creative Computers predict that this will be the Amiga's best Christmas. We will make sure that we do everything we can to help make that happen. We support Commodore. We support our vendors. And most importantly, we give unequalled support to our customers. Like our new 30-day money-back guarantee on hardware (check out the ad for details). You can't go wrong in purchasing the item you were waiting for. If you don't like it, send it back! If you do, keep it and chances are that your productivity will increase manyfold while you would be supporting the vendors in the Amiga community. You're looking at 8 pages worth of Creative Computers space in Amigaworld. No company has ever taken that much space in any Amiga magazine, EVER. That's because none has been willing to spend the associated costs - until we did. The truth of the matter is that it's hard to justify that kind of investment in the Amiga business. But to us that doesn't matter; we are committed to bringing you information, the best service, and the best products for the best prices. And when Commodore becomes a 4 billion dollar company, we will still be your number 1 source for Amiga products.
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A special roundup of useful support programs and relevant hardware of interest to Amiga artists. Creating more imaginative Amiga graphic’s. GRAPHICS ON A continuing series of tips, techniques. 22 and tricks for By Joel Hagen WHILE THE MAJORITY of “Accent" columns focus on tips and techniques using major Amiga paint programs, let’s shift gears for the moment and highlight some of tlie supporting cast of software and hardware providing assistance to the Amiga artist. The items in our sample all represent products that 1 have found interesting and helpful over the past couple of years. Editor's Sole: TI)e public--domain and shareware programs mentioned below are available on the People Link (P I.ink) and (iEnie networks. Both sou ires are given after the name of the program where possible. In the P Link references, the Library (Lib.) Number refers to the P Link "AmigaZone" library in which the file is located. I he file number following the Genie citations are, of course, the (iEnie “Amiga File" numbers. Contact People Link at 800 521-0100: Genie at 800 638-9636. Lovely Landscapes and “Sharing” the Wealth Mam Amiga graphics enthusiasts are frustrated by their limited rendering skills. Interesting programs exist to generate images from scratch that can either stand alone or provide a starting point for a painting. Scene Generator, a commercial program by Brett Casebolt (S49.95, Natural Graphics) creates beautiful fractal landscapes with rocks, vegetation, water, and clouds. You can adjust the level of detail, overscan, viewing angle, lighting, and other parameters prior to rendering. You can save the image as an IFF file and load it into a paint program for further work as I did in the illustration that accompanies this column. I he images also serve as great backgrounds for 3-D objects, providing welcome relief from checkerboard floors. Fracgen (P Link, Lib. 5, 1 2070), shareware hv Doug Houck, lets vou draw seed lines from which the software generates fractal forms. There is an excellent library of seed segments in its Nature library, including "beach grass,” "fiddle- head." And “evergreen." T hese produce natural forms that, again, you can save and use in paint programs. Evergreen which 1 also used in the accompanying illustration makes wonderful trees that you can stamp as brushes into your painted landscape. Other libraries include the classic geometric fractal seeds. Hermes’ Formula ((iEnie, 1279; P Link, Lib. 4, 17025), shareware by Hermes, allows you to enter simple or complex 3-D spatial functions to be graphed in color by the software. It also includes a good library of useful formulas. Beyond its direct value as a math package, Formula can also produce effective IFF images you can use in spacecraft bridge displays, fake map grids, and other fun, pseudo-scientific or artistic imagery. A really odd but addictive shareware program is RGS (GEnie, 0007; P Link, Lib. 7, 16938) by J. H. H. Lowengrad. A sonic spectrum editor, RGS allows you to paint a sonogram using specialized brushes and tools, then synthesize and play the corresponding audio waveform. 1 find it fascinating trying to paint sonograms that will synthesize as speechlike sounds, and I have managed to create interesting alien speech this way. Although RGS has extensive built-in paint capabilities, I often load RGS s screen into DeluxePaint III ($ 149.95, Electronic Arts) in order to use the latter’s Shade and Blend tools. RGS also allows vou to analyze sound files, converting them into playable visual sonograms. You can map any IFF image into the sonogram window for instance, you could synthesize the sound of your favorite Richard Nixon picture. Makeanim (GEnie, 4417; P Link, Lib. (). ] 1903) is one of several public -domain utilities that converL a list of I EE tiles into a standard Anim. This is a simple way to create HAM animations, and Makeanim is a great utility for experimental animation. Showanim (GEnie, 581 I; P Link, Lib. Fi, 17939), Gary Bonham's freely distributable Anim player, offers low memory overhead and good Anim controls. It becomes especially handy combined with Diskmaster ($ 49.95, Progressive Peripherals), which allows you to customize eight-character commands. I rename Showanim as "anim" and enter it in place of Diskmastcr’s command 1 as “anim -c” (the suffix is showanim's looping command). This configuration allows me to show Anims from Diskmaster by clicking on a series of animation files and then sequencing through them with the Escape key. While the technique works for version 1.1 of Diskmaster. I have not had the same success with later versions of the program. Image-Processing Programs and Fun Gadgetry One often finds it desirable to have several IFF images share a common palette. This allows for clean compositing of picture elements with a paint program (as in last month’s "Accent") or via such presentation software as The Director H ($ 129.95. Right Answers Group), Can Do ($ 149.95, INOVAtronics), or Deluxe- Video III ($ 149.95, Electronic Arts). Makepal, bv Keith Dovle and on 1 he Director’s Toolkit disk ($ 39.95), does a good job of automating this task. Makepal analyzes a string of IFF files and computes an optimized average palette. Through such programs as PIXmate ($ 49;95. Progressive Peripherals), The Art Department ($ 89,95. ASDG), and Digi-View's software ($ 199.95, NewTek), you can then use Makepal to remap all tlie images to a common palette. Speaking of The Art Department. I would like to emphasize that this newcomer to the image-processing arena is an excellent, high-performance piece of software. Anyone serious about Amiga graphics should take a good look at it. Bv storing all images in 24-hit format, the program can carry out all operations at the 24-hit level before rendering those images to the screen. The resulting quality is remarkable. The Art Department produces the best scaling of IFF files I have seen. Power Packer (GEnie, 5248; P I,ink. Fib. 4, 19910), by Nico Francois, is a handy shareware utility packed with features. Its main function is to compress other programs a useful bit of economy that allows the Amiga artist to put more programs onto a hard drive, RAM disk, or floppy. For instance, a program such as PIXmate can be compressed to about (>09f of its original file size. Nothing special is needed to decompress and run the programs. On the hardware side, my recommendation is more for fun than anything else. VoRecOne ($ 159.95, Impulse) is a trainable voice-recognition device. .Although its level of reliable vocabulary recognition puts it more in the experimenter's realm than in the professional's, 1 have a lot of fun with it as an interface to paint programs. By training a VoRecOne script to activate keyboard commands, 1 can turn all menu bars oil on the Amiga screen, put a microphone around my neck, and start painting away. The brush becomes a magic tool as it changes character in response to voiced commands. I use Color, Shade. Blend, Comma, Brush, Pixel, Spare, Fill, and a few other commonly used tools from among the Dpaint shortcuts. As long as f limit the vocabulary, I can attain a fairly high level of reliability, although I still find myself occasionally suckcred into fills when 1 shout "Blend.” Remember, something like this is really for experimental use, not bread-and-butter assignments. So, in the future, don't limit your choice of graphics tools to just one paint program. Look around and use anything and everything that can help you create a better, more satisfying image. ¦ joe! Hagen's credits unhide work in art. Astronomy, science fiction, and software development. Write to him at 10512 Sawyer, Oakdale, CA 9.5 361, Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for a reply. Information and Ideas on Amiga Programming Console Device Controls By Eugene Mortimore The Amiga's console device is always working for you. From the moment you boot, it automatically cooperates with AmigaDOS, Intuition, and most other built- in devices to assure proper machine input and output behavior. Its automatic keyboard-reading and window-writing mechanism springs from a hidden set of internal communication rules. The Intuition window consolc-device linkage is managed by specific types ol control strings defined by the ANSI 3.64 terminal- definition standard. To control the console-device window linkage in a C-language program, you must learn how to represent these control strings in Alter hooking the console device to an Intuition window (see the program below), you can control the text displayed in your window with console-device, control-siring bvtc sequences. The console device’s internal routines were written to recognize these strings, which your program can both send (write) and receive (read). Write Away For writing, each complete control-hyte sequence consists of a set of control-byte subsequences. Each of these is preceded by a control-sequence “introducer” byte. The entire byte sequence ends with a “null" (0x00) byte. The usually helpful Amiga ROM Kernel Reference Manual: Libraries and Devices presents a cryptic summary of these control strings, so I'll try to clarify its descriptions and give you some useful examples. For instance, the manual tells you to set the top offset for window text display as: 9B offset> 79 Now, how do you translate that description into a C-language programming sequence? You do it by sending strings to the console device in the form of a hex-bvte character stream, a series oi individual bvtes. These control stringsalwavs start with the 0x911 command introducer bvtc and may contain one or * more command-specific control bytes that inform the console device which command is being requested. Between these two you can include some optional command-specific “information" bytes. Be sure to terminate the whole string with a null (0x00) byte. For example, to turn the window’s text cursor oil (make it invisible), you declare and send the following null-terminated, five-byte hex string: = 0x9B, 0x30, 0x20, 0x70, 0x00} This string has three control bytes packaged between the first and fifth bytes, hut has no information bytes. Notice that each individual character byte is preceded by the "Ox" hex descriptor. Each comma-separated entry in this string is a distinct console-device byte, and the last one is the null byte. This string therefore defines precisely five byte characters that you are sending to the console device. Bv console-device, internal-routine convention, the j first bvte (the control-sequence introducer) is a 0x9B byte. This tells the console device that all subsequent bytes until the next 0x9B constitute a distinct control suing. The null bvte tells the console device where the string ends. If you later want to make the text cursor visible again, just send the following four-byte, null-terminated hex string: f 0x9B, 0x20, 0x70, 0x00} This string has two control bytes sandwiched between the introducer and null terminator bytes, but, again, includes no command-specific information bytes. To set a window’s text display to begin at the oath raster scan line, send the following null-terminated hex string to the console device: = 0x9B, 0x35, 0x35, 0x79. 0x00} Notice here that each 0x35 is the hex code for decimal ? Actual DCTV screens. SBB& «'M m Capture a videaTqme m lO ieconds fjiin any colw video (cnn . (Also resolotion images. A Animate in Min. 7 Meg. Required DCTV™(Digifal Composite Television) is a revolutionary new video display and digitizing system for the Amiga. Using the AMIGA's chip memory as its frame buffer memory, DCTV™ creates a full color NTSC display with all the color and resolution of television. 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5. (While this string tells the console device to begin displaying text at the 55th raster scan line, yon can fill in any other appropriate position.) Unlike the others, this string has two command-specific information bytes (each one 0x35) and one command- specific control byte (0x79) following the 0x9B introducer byte. Now, to accomplish both of the preceding actions with one write string, send the following: = 0x9B, 0x35, 0x35, 0x79, 0x9B, 0x20, 0x70, 0x00} Here you have two 0x9Bs, each introducing a new control string; again, the entire string has to be null- terminated to tell the console device where it ends. To both home the cursor and clear the text window to its very end, send the following: = 0x9B, 0x48, 0x9B, 0x4A, 0x00} To send a request to the console device asking for reports that tell your program when a specific window becomes active, a gadget is pressed or released, or a disk is inserted or removed, use the following string: = 0x9B, 0x33, 0x37, 0x38, 0x31, 0x35, 0x31, 0x36, 0x00} Finally, to request that the console device send your program a report of the current text cursor position, send the following: = 0x9B, 0x6E, 0x00} Character Reading The console device also creates and then sends a continuous stream of byte characters that merges all input-event bytes with all bytes that represent specifically requested window-related-event reports. Vour program continuously monitors (reads) I his byte stream in order to recognize any such byte subsequences. For example, the cursor-position write string shown above would be especially useful il you were developing a word-processing program and wanted in monitor a window's text-cursor position at all times. You would send (write) that string to the console device, and it would thereafter report the current cursor position as part of your program's consolc- device read byte stream. Then, whenever your program needed the current cursor position, it would read the (onsole-device byte stream and look for a current cursor position report. Each report entry would come to your program as a column row position. For example, the string = Qx9B, 0x34. 0x30, 0x3B, 0x31, 0x32, 0x52} indicates that the cursor is currently at column 40 (0x34. 0x30) and row 12 (0x31, 0x32). The 0x3B bvte represents the ; character, often used as a byte separator for the information bytes. Notice, once again, that each decimal digit is represented l>v a hex code. Here, the initial 0x9B byte and the later 0x3B and 0x52 bytes sandwiching the actual position-inforniadon bytes enables your program to recognize this position report in the console- device s reading of the byte stream. Automatic Rewriting In illustrate some of the above ideas, Listing 1 shows a small program that reads consolc-device-supplied keyboard characters, displays (writes) them in one window and then displays an expanded set of related characters in another window. Study this program to understand how the console-device reading and writing mechanisms are set up and used. Eugene Mortimore is an Amiga developer and the author of Sxhex's Amiga Programmer’s Handbook. Write to him at 2620 denier St., Bethel Eurk. PA 15102. Listing 1. Console read write demo program. (Tested with the Manx 3.6 and Lattice (now SAS) 5.04 compilers.) 4 include e>:ec types . H> rinciude exec memory.n> ri:ic1ude intuit ion intui tion.h> 4include stdio.h> char wReadWord[] = = "a", "b", "c”, "d", "e", "f", "g", "h", "i", "j”}; char *SubVJord[] = = "address", "byte", "character", "device", "error", "flag", "gadget", "handle", "input", "jack" }; char v riteString; char consolePrep(] = = 0x9B, 0x35, 0x35, 0x79, 0x9b, 0x30, 0x20, 0x70, 0x00}; struct IntuitionBase * IntuitionBase; struct Window *windowl, * window?; struct MsgPort *msgPortl, *msg?ort2; Struct IOStdReq *readRequestWincow1, *writeRequestWindowl, ‘w:iteRequestWindow2; struct NewWindow newWindow 1 = = 10, 10, 200, 100, 0, 1, CL0S3WIND0W, ACTIVATE, NULL, NULL, (UBYTE
* )"Windowl", NULL, NULL, 5, 5, -1, -1, N3ENCHSCREEN}; ? 2865 Sunrise Boulevard Suite 103 Rancho Cordova CA 95742 Telephone 916 344-4825 FAX 916 635-0475 ©1989 Digito! Creations. Amiga is a registered trademark of Comodore Business Machines iwitdt iefedable ove are ionfri !???r®en2000s 2865 Sunrise Boulevard Suite 103 Rancho Cordova CA 95742 Telephone 916 344-4825 FAX 916 635-0475 ©1989 Digital Creations, registered trademark of Comodore Business Machines Circle 29 on Reader Service card. :t NewWi ndov: newWindow2 = = 230, 10, 200, 100, 0, 1, CLOSEWINDOW, NULL, NULL, NULL, (UBYTE *)"Windowz", NULL, NULL, 5, 5, -1, -1, WBENCiiSCREEN); m a inn 1 char ConsoleRead(); void ConsoieWrite = );
i. nt i, j, openWindovl, open.Wir.dov2; IntuiticnBase = (struct IntuitionBase *) OpenLibrary("intuition.library”, 33L) ; window1 = (struct Window *) OpenWindov; (SnewWindowl); window2 = (struct Window *) OpenWindow(&newWindow2); msgPortl = (struct MsgPort T) CreatePort("Window 1 Console Device Message Port”, OL); msgPorc2 - (struct MsgPort *) CreatePort("Window 2 Console Device Message Port", OL); readRequestWinaowl = (struct IQStdReq *) CreateStdIO(msgPort1); writeRequestWindow1 = (struct IQStdReq *) CreateStdIO(msgPort1) ; writeReguestWindow2 = (struct TOStdReg *) CreateStdIO(msgPort2); readRequestWindowi->io_Data = (APTR) v.indowl; readRequestWinaowl->io_Length - (LONG) sizeof ('windowl) ; openWindowl - OpenDevice ( "console-device", OL, readRequestWindowl ,OL); wri t eRequ es tWi ndowI-> io_Dev i ce = r e a d Re que s t Wi ndow1-> i o_De v i ce; w rite Request W i r. d o w 1 - > i o _ j n i t = r e a d R e q u e s t W indowl->io_Unit; w riteR e q u e s t. W indow2“>io_Dar.a = (.APTR) v; i n d c w 2 ; writeRequestWindow2“>io_Length = (LONG) sizeof (*window2); oper.window2 = OpenDevice("console.device", 0L, wriceRequestWindow2 ,0L); ConsoieWrite (wrIteReguestWindov;! , consolePrep) ; ConsoieWrite (wr 1 teRequestWir.de v2, consolePrep) ; w r11 oSt r i ng [ 1] = r 0'; for = 0; i 10; i + +) 1 w rite S t r i n g [ 0 ] = Con sole Re ad (read Re cu e s t W in.de w 1) ; Cor.soleWr: te (writeRequestWinccwl, writeString) ; fo r ( j - 0; j 10; j * *) ( if (sir cinp (w riteString, Re a d Wo r d ( j ] ) = = 0 ) = ConsoieWrite(writeRequestWindow2, " "); ConsoieWrite(write Requ e s t W i n d ow 2, SubWord[j]); ) } } C1 oseW i ndow (windcw 1) ; CloseW: :.dow (v;; ndcw2) ; ei t ( C ) ; } ¦. - • ..... . . .... J char ConsoleRead(ioStdReq) struct IQStdReq rioStdRea; char readChar; i o S t ri Req - > i o_D a t a = & r ea dCha r ; ioStdReq->io Lencth = I; i o S t dReq->io_Command = CMD_READ; (void) DolO(ioStdReq}; return readChar; } void ConsoieWrite(ioStdReq, string) s t ru c t IOS t dReq * i o S t dReq; char * st ring; = ioStdReq->io_Data = (APTR) string; ioStdReq->io_Length = -1L; ioStdReq->io_Corrimand = CMD_WRITE; (void) DoZO(ioStdReq); Now *4.95 StopsThe Clock On Over 100 Genie Services. Learn from our online encyclopedia Send and receive electronic mail news Play single player games Check current stock closings Dowis of informative bulletin boards. Shop ewer 25 popular stores A ¦his with Now enjoy unlimited nonprime time usage of over 100 popular Genie Sendee features. For just $ 4.95 a month * You get everything from electronic mail to exciting games and bulletin boards. Nobody else gives you so much for so little. Plus enjoy access to software libraries, computer bulletin boards, multi-player games and more for just $ 6 per non-prime hour for all baud rates up to
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Q Media Multi Scripting Suggestions MANY PROFESSIONAL programmers are already using the new wave of Amiga authoring systems to speed their prototyping and development. For the rest of us, putting windows and buttons on the screen is easy, but the underlying scripting that makes things happen is another story. Even Amiga Vision, with its iconic flow-chart metaphor, requires you to deal with variables, IF-THEN-ELSE, GOTO, and all those scary-sounding programming words that you hoped would be taken care of by some artificially intel- ligent interface. Don’t give up, for plenty of help is available. Not only are there an increasing number of example courses, decks, and stacks that you can dissect and cannibalize, but also in the case of such event-based programs as UltraCard (Intuitive Technologies, $ 50 ) and Can Do (1 NOVAti onics. S 149.95), there is a wealth of applicable HyperCard information in public-domain stacks and The Complete HyperCard Handbook by Danny Goodman (Bantam Books, S29.95). UltraCard’s script language (Ultra- Falk) is similar in syntax and power to its Macintosh counterpart, HyperTalk. Both of these and CanDo's CanDoSpeak are English-like in that they do not mask the meaning of their commands. Even if you have never used UltraCard. You can i J probably guess that the statement, “Jump to Maine 5 of Stack ‘Help’ ” tells the program to go to a collection of frames entitled Help and to put the third frame on the screen. If you can't decipher a command, you can test it by bringing np UltraCard's Chat window (press F6) and typing the lines in question. All the stacks that come with UltraCard (or the freely redistributable browser), including the Control- Room and Help, were constructed with the program and are good examples to study for techniques. You can view and edit these or design vour own bv enter- ing Modify mode from the menu (or F2) and selecting Script from the Edit menu. Let’s construct an example slack that illustrates some basic scripting strategies, and then well see how the same application would appear in Can Do. Click and React Before jumping into the code, always write down a plan of what your application will do. First, our example displays a button for each Amiga model. Depending on which the user dicks, the program jumps to a screen with buttons lbr the various types ol peripherals available lor that model. After the user picks a category, the program shows a shopping list of peripherals. .-Vs the user clicks on each item of interest, the program should accumulate and display a running total cost. By the same token, do not try to prototype the complete application from start to finish; begin by supplying the minimum frames, objects, and scripts to get the system running. Then, once you verify' the expected output, you can go back, optimize the scripts and fix problems. Irt's assume that our stack for the example will display an introductory frame with live button objects labeled A500, A1000, A2000, A2500, and A3000. Open the A500 button and enter the following script to drive it: Select.Up: global computer.type put "A500” into computer.type jump next End_Select.Up Select.Up: in UkraTalk corresponds to mouseUp in HyperTalk and Release in CanDoSpeak; all alert the program that the user just clicked and released the left mouse button and that it should perform the following commands. Vve then designate the variable computer.type as global, so that it can be accessed from anywhere in the stack. Next, we put the string “A500” into that variable, and finally jump to the next frame. The other four button scripts are identical, except for what they put in computer.type. 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Excellence in Electronics 2804 Arnold Road Salina, Ks. 67401 Dealer inquiries welcome The "next” screen to which each button advances the user is a screen of new buttons that identify various choices of peripherals and software. Each button (Memory, Drives, Monitors, and so on) contains a script that evaluates the contents of computer.type, then jumps to the appropriate frame. The straightforward approach would be: Select.Up: if computer.type is "A500'' jump to frame “A500Memory” end If if computer.type is “A1000” jump to frame “AlOOOMemory” end if and similar IF statements for each model End_Se!ect.Up Here we evaluate the global variable com- puter.type and jump to the frame of appropriate Memory board choices. T hese If statements can begin to add up. You can direct the program’s flow more efficiently by using the concatenation operator (&&). Instead of the lo-line If statement approach, all you need is the line: jump to frame computer.type && “Memory” No longer does the program have to test each If statement. By attaching the value of the variable computer.type (“A500" for example) to the string “Memory” (the example button’s value) in the Jump command, you are telling the system to go to the frame AoOOMemory, the next in the sequence. You can test the concatenation operator (or any other command) in the Chat window. Open it and type the following line: put “A5Q0" into computer.type Press the Return key and type: showmsg computer.type && "Memory” Press RETURN again, and the computer will display (showmsg) the concatenated value: A500Memory Call Scripts from Scripts Following I his line, the program branches to the A500Memory frame, with its set of option buttons representing products. Instead of jumping to a new frame when the user clicks a button, this time I he script calls a subroutine that adds the product’s price to a grand total. Here’s the script for the A50l button: Select.Up: call Add.To.Total(149.95) - -calls user-defined function End_Select.Up The second line calls the subroutine Add.To. Iota I and passes it the price of the A50I board. 149.95. All UltraTalk subroutines are saved in the Stack script, which is shared bv all the other scripts. Subroutines are user-defined functions that allow you to conserve ineinorv and reduce development time by storing a series of commands in one place, instead of duplicating them word for word in multiple scripts. The descriptive phrase after the two dashes is a comment: it's ignored by the interpreter when the script is compiled for execution, but serves as a signpost to the programmer. Now that we’ve called it, let’s examine the Add.To.Total subroutine: Add.To.Total: global grand.total add parm(1) to grand.total put grand.total Into display.total End Add.To.Total The 149.95 in the Add.To.Total call is received by the subroutine as parm(l) or the first parameter. (A second parameter would be parm(2), and so on.) T he routine then adds parm(l)’s value (149.95) to that of the global variable grand.total. Finally, it displays the new grand.total in the display.total single-line field at the bottom of the frame. Same Words, Different Language While the syntax in CanDo is somewhat different, scripting is equally easy, as you can use the extensive interactive editing system to learn the language. Editing a button script gives you a choice of (Tick, Drag, Doubleclick, and Release options. For example, click on Release and type the first line ol the A500 button: Let CompuierType = “A500” If you leave off the Let, Gan Do’s error system tells you that statement is an unknown command and refuses to let you leave the editor until you correct the problem. You can click on Help to get information about commands, functions, and variables, and to choose from a scrolling list of icons that facilitate script generation of graphics, text, AmigaDOS, Arexx, and other commands. Following the A500 branch of the UltraCard script, the next step in the program is to display a new screen. While we used “jump next” in UltraTalk, here vou click on the Deck icon and se- led the button labeled Next to insert the following script line: NextCard Again, copy, paste, and edit the other four buttons, and you’ve finished scripting the first card. Most object names are descriptive enough that you will not need to comment your script. If you do prefer a verbose mode, set Can Do’s AUTOCOMMENT ON Tool Type in the Info requester on Workbench. In the editor, you precede your comments with a semicolon (instead of UltraCard’s two dashes). II you try to place a comment on a line with no other instruction, CanDo will strip il out when you exit the editor. To make it stick, use the NOP command at the beginning of the line: NOP ; this is a No-Operation with a comment CanDo features a concatenation operator, as well, to make your scripts for the Memory and other buttons on the second card equally efficient. The CanDo statement looks very similar to the j UltraCard line, but note the different concatenation operator: GoToCard ComputerType “Memory" As with the previous language, in CanDo you create Routines (subroutines) separately from objects and store them in a common pool, roughly analogous to UllraCard’s Stack script. To call a Routine, we embed a Release script in the A501 button on the third card, such as: 00 "AddToTotar.150 1 rounded ofl the A50l's price to compensate for Can Do’s lack of support for floating point. The AddToTotal Routine itself follows: Let GrandTotal = GrandTotal + arg1 SetText “Disp!ayTotar,GrandTotal To access the SetText command, click on the Field icon in the editor. To set up the syntax, dick on the “Set this field’s contents to. . .” gadget and type Grand-? AMIGA 3000 QUALITY IS ALREADY ON YOUR DESK WITH FLICKERFIXER New Options: Genlock Compatibility allows simultaneous use with popular genlocks; Denise Extender Our DEB 2000 board allows you to install flickerFixer without using your video slot Accolades include: Best of 1988 Award, Commodore Magazine; T Reader’s Choice Award, AMIGAWORLD. FlickerFixer is made in the USA and is FCC Class B approved. 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(577. 95, Interplay Productions, 3710 S. Susan, 00, Santa Ana, CA 9270J, 714 549-2411. One megabyte required.) Of honor, fame and. Of course, fortune. Your ultimate goal is to gather enough political and By Peter Olafson WHOEVER SAID THAT cheaters never prosper didn't own an Amiga. Fact is, people who use the cheat modes, or
• ‘backdoors," that are built into most Amiga games prosper very nicely, thank you. They are rich in memories of final screens, high and hidden levels. And. Sometimes, hidden messages. They go swiftly to places the rest of us labor mightily with joystick and mouse to reach. The idea behind this column has never been to show you how to cheat, but to give you a companion on the dark staircase or to translate a riddle into lay terms. So I haven't run any cheats until now. Maybe I'll regret this in January, but as a holiday gift, here are some cheats that I've assem- bled from a variety of sources over the last three years. I'll even admit to using one or two.
• Let s start with a fairly new one: the easily accessible Invincible mode built into Shadow of the Beast II (Psygnosis. S59.99). Rather than whacking senseless the first bloke you meet the one who challenges you just respond to him, ‘Ten pints." No one can kill you now you can t even quit the game, in fact but you still can be caught in various traps and forced to reboot. (Maybe with ten pints in you, you just think you're invincible.)
• Last month, I said I knew only of code-based cheats for Blood Money and the original Shadow of the Beast (Psygnosis, $ 39.99 and $ 49.99, respectively). Naturally, no sooner were these words set in type when word arrived of a noncode-based cheat for Shadow of the Beast that bestows unlimited lives (hold down mouse and joystick buttons during part or all of POWERMONGER'" From the designers of the award-winning Populous comes an unprecedented game of Power and Strategy. Fight, invent, bribe, spy and make alliances. Stunning 3D graphics make this game come alive! CHUCK YEAGER'S ADVANCED FLIGHT TRAINER® Experience white knuckle flying thrills. Fly 18 different aircraft with accurate aerodynamics and realistic 3-D graphics. Includes a Flying Insights audio tape by Chuck Yeager. THE IMMORTAL " Venture into a richly designed labyrinth of puzzles, traps and surprises. Save your lost master, Mordomir, in an innovative 3-D adventure of intrigue and betrayal. TEAR OUT AND SEND IN WITH CHECK, DATED RECEIPT(S) (NO COPIES) AND NAMES OF TITLES PURCHASED. CHECK THE SONY GIFT YOU WANT when you buy 3 featured titles _ WALKMAN (Model SRF-29) - S15 + $ 3.50 SHIPPING AND HANDLING" WATCHMAN (Model FD-230J - $ 85 + $ 5.00 SHIPPING AND HANDLING" DISCMAN (Model D-11) - $ 120 + $ 5.00 SHIPPING AND HANDLING** " Residents of the following slates must odd soles tox: CA = 7.25%, CT = 8%, IL = 6.75%, MA - 5%, TX - 6.25% Canadian orders: please add $ 1.00 to the total for extra handling charges. Name_ Address_ City_State_Zip_ Daytime Phone (_)_ Age_ SEND CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, COUPON, AND ORIGINAL RECEIPT(S) TO: Electronic Arts Sony Offer, PO Box 7530, San Mafeo, CA 94403 All orders must be postmarked by 3 1 91. Allow 3-4 weeks lor delivery. Offer good while supplies lost. For questions roll: 800-245-4525 = 8om-5pm, M-F, Pacific Time) Offer not available outside North America. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore Amiga, Inc. Walkman, Discmon, Watchmen and Sony ore all registered trademarks ol Sony ELECTRONIC ARTS® Circle 2 on Reader Service card (J A M E PR E S E R V E popular support and military power to overthrow the dastardly Gao Qiu (an iron-listed ruler who seeks to unseat the true Emperor) by 1 127, when barbarians invade China. You start the game as an exile and must quickly settle in one of the 49 provinces. As its new owner, you must cultivate and build the land to generate income, hunt or buy food to feed the people and any armies vou build. Your administra- tive duties include traveling to province towns to recruit followers, visiting markets to sell excess food and fur, and buying or building weapons and ships for the wars that will inevitably engulf your region. You must not only train ;lnd equip your troops well, but also play politician. Make alliances with other bandit heroes and ensure your followers’ loyalty, either through bribery or by swearing brotherhood with them. Can you overthrow Gao Qiu and bring peace to ancient China? You’ll soon discover that BK.AC is as much role-playing as it is strategy. Your character, as well as the other “non- playing” characters, have such attributes as strength, wisdom, integrity, mercy, dexterity, and courage. These variables influence your success (or that ol your chieftains) when hunting, making weapons, training, waging war, or forging treaties and alliances. Men also get tired and must rest, or riots, desertions, and other ills can occur as loyalties flag. Before long, you'll have the The Plague By David T. McClellan MY FINAL IMPRESSIONS first: The Plague is appropriately named. There's a plague of recent hack slash blast arcade games on the market, and The Plague is one means to expand into unsettled territories. (The color- coded map of China continually updates who controls which provinces.) You can promote followers to become chieftains with varying levels of authority. You can administrate the new territories yourself, issue orders as to how the chieftains should rule, or give them autonomy. Each rules ac- cording to his abilities. If alliances break down or you refuse to pay the exorbitant taxes demanded bv Gao j Qiu, war will come to your region. If one of your autonomous chieftains governs the territory attacked, the battle is quickly resolved and the results displayed. If you or a sworn brother is occupying the territory, or if you initiate the
* war, the scene switches to a hexagonal map, complete with terrain obstructions, castles, more of the same. The plot is familiar: Blast your way through enough plague-mutated beasties to finish a level so you can blast more beasties on the next. On a weather, and wind direction. You may take up to ten armies into battle, and your strategy must revolve around effective use of your generals' abilities. Magic, archery lire and clever use of terrain all have variable effects on the outcome ol the battle. BRAG is a easy to play, yet can only be mastered il you understand much ol the political and social philosophy that is at the heart of ancient China's culture. The game does not base its world on what you are doing; uprisings, natural disasters, and political upheavals occur independent of your actions. With astounding depth. Bandit Kings of Ancient China will challenge and delight you for hundreds of hours. (559.95, Koei, 1350 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 93010, 315 348-0500. One mega byte requ ired.) Given level, the same monsters (lizardnien, bouncing bloodshot eyeballs, acid pools) occur at roughly the same places, so there’s little surprise involved ('.ontinned on ;. 113 the intro sequence), along with a spirited bulletin-board debate over whether it works. As far as I can tell, it doesn't. I've heard, however, that it does work with the British version.
• One of the earliest Amiga cheats to emerge was for Arkanoid (which, sadly, is no longer on the market). Pause the game, type "Dsimagic' (no quotes, however; here or for any of the other quotes below) and resume the game. A capsule labeled DS heads your way. Catch it, and the B, C. D. E, L, P and S keys will trigger other capsules, each with distinctive properties. F takes you straight to the end game.
• Dust off your copy of Sword of So- dan (also vanished from dealer's shelves), get the highest score and type in "Nancy” as your name. Unlimited lives is your reward in your next game, even if you aren't Nancy.
• Another oldie: In Barbarian (Psyg- nosis. $ 39.99). type 04-08-59. The background turns from black to dark gray, and you'll be next to invincible. Careful: A couple of things like falling into pits can still wipe you out.
• Here’s one to help you sample a very difficult game. At the title screen of Batman: The Movie (Data East, $ 44.95), type "JAMMMMM.” (I've seen versions of this tip with both fewer and more M's.) You'll see a "Cheat Mode On" notice; then F10 will take you through the levels and you'll have lives to burn.
• What miniature golf course doesn't have a "19th hole”? So naturally, the nine-hole Zany Golf (Electronic Arts, $ 19,95) course has a tenth hole. On the ninth hole, if you ever get there, you'll notice a little mouse hole at which eyes occasionally appear. When the eyes turn red the mouse has perhaps been kept awake by your bad putting tap your ball into the hole and you’ll be there.
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• You can obtain enhanced characters in Drakkhen (Draconian, S59.95) by typing in “314159927" as the first character name and then type “supervisor” as the next one. When play starts, hit Control and go scale those dragons.
• You can make a lot of money with little experience and great benefits in Bard's Tale (Electronic Arts, S19.95). Pool your gold, remove a player from your roster and then bring him back. Repeat the procedure for the other members of your party. Turn off the computer. When you resume play, you’ll find that each member has the amount of gold the full party had before you turned sleazy.
• Type “freeride” at the outset of Ikari Warriors (Elite. $ 39.95), and that’s virtually what you'll get.
• Type ‘crash’’ as your name on the high-score table for Thunderblade (Mindscape, $ 49.95). and the Help key will take you through the levels.
• A nice one, because it facilitates play while not taking away all the challenge: The word “Pooky" entered in the high-score table for Rick Dangerous (Medalist. $ 34.95) will permit you to continue play at the level on which you died.
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TV*Show 2 Zuma Group 6733 N, Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix, AZ 85015 602 246-4238 S99.95 No special requirements. Synthia II Patch me through so I can mix it up! By Michael Hanish IN THE BEGINNING, synthesizers were composed of hardware modules connected by patch cords. One module generated sound, then passed the signal to the other modules, which processed and mixed it along a path. The results depended upon which modules affected the signal, and at which points along the way. Synthia II, a scaled-down version of Synthia Professional (The Other Guys), emulates these modules through its software control of Amiga's internal oscillators, presenting each tone generator and effects box in a separate window. The program’s synthesizer, effects, and sampler windows all open onto the Workbench, which provides stability when multitasking with other programs, 'fhe synthesizers are the sound sources, and are similar to the sine- and square- wave generators of old. Eight kinds of synthesis are available: subtractive, additive. Pseudo-additive, plucked string, FM PM, i nterpolation, drum, and noise drum. Each is optimized for creating a particular kind of sound. Additive, for example, allows you to stack up any combination of waveform harmonics; it is especially useful for creating certain woodwind-instrument sounds. The Interpolation Synthesis window lets you change up to 32 waveforms aiqaioi DhwStoper TraKftf Table The waveform editor window. From one to another over time. Each window contains a multitude of specific yet similar gadgets and options which, though dizzying at first glance, are presented logically. From each synthesis window, you control such sound-creation parameters as waveform, envelope, modulation, mix levels, sample rate, number of samples, and looping. After you set the options, click on the Make button, wait for the program to synthesize the sample, and then try it out, using either your Amiga keyboard or a MIDI instrument. Windows to the World Once vou have established a basic sound, there are still more possibilities. Each item on the Effects menu opens a separate window for such things as amplitude, ring or angle modulation, chorus, pitch shill, phase llange, graphic equalization, distortion, filter, and echo reverb. You can apply effects in any order you wish, hut only one at a time. The win- Synthia II adheres more closely to the Amiga user interface than did the original Synthia. Menus now predominate, but lost to us are other features, including the ability to sketch across the harmonics sliders. The Load and Save requester (which serves both purposes, sensibly) is easy to use in navigating as long as your drives are entitled dll):, dliO:, and so on. When the requester opens a directory, it alphabetizes the files before allowing you any control. With 200 instrument files, this can take almost 10 seconds! Synthia II cannot load sounds created in Synthia! Also, some samples sound a noticeable click or snap as you trigger them. The Keyboard window of Synthia II lacks the enjoyable button marked ¦‘waveform" that the original offered. This allowed you to tailor a fundamental waveform and hear it right away. I do appreciate the new ability to save window environments, although this feature does have limits. Joel B. Couch Arlington, ATI dows are set up dearly and are analogous to the hardware they represent. The Graphic Equalizer module, for example, is equipped with virtual sliders for each frequency hand that you click and drag to the required cut or boost level. The Undo option takes you back to the instrument sound before processing, which is very helpful for comparing pre- and post-processing. The range of effects is adequate for just about any task. 1 especially appreciate the Echo Reverb window, with its 24 preset effects, level and mix controls, gate, and filters. 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Unless your genlock is designed to display on a multisync monitor, however, you will need a standard Amiga monitor for the gen- locked video in addition to the multisync monitor for the flickerFixer display. DEB 2000 is a must-have for flickerFixer owners who want to use hardware designed for the A2000’s video slot. I'lie price is quite reasonable, the installation is fairly straightforward, and, most important, it works! DEB 2000 MicroWay PO Box 79 Kingston, MA 02364 308 746-7341 S75 No special requirements. IR Remote Controller Seeing red By Gene Brawn WITH MULTIMEDIA MOVING out of the rarefied air of academia and into the real world, would-be producers are applauding the arrival of software that turns their Amigas into interactive powerhouses. Both AmigaVision (Commodore) and VIVA (MichTron), for example, support laser-disc players. Compatible with Dr.T's KCS and Level II V3.0, Bars and Pipes, Presenter, Showmaker, and software from Hash Enterprises. Dedicated computer-controlled laserdisc players are way out of reach of the average consumer. As a result, multime- me back to the days of the “garage guerrilla,” whose home-brewed hardware powered the first growth of the personal computer. That era is king gone, and, rather than being nostalgic, I was disappointed with the box’s appearance: T he Amiga deserves better-looking peripherals than this. The heart of IR Remote is a small, programmable remote control. VCRs, compact-disc players, and laser-disc players are potential candidates for interac- ? Dia mavens are turning covetous eyes to the couch potato’s best friend the infrared remote control. "If only I could use my Amiga to control my VCR and laser-disc player. ..." they muse. Well, you can do so with the IR Remote (for the A2000 and A500 only) from Edu- Vid, but you will have to “roll your own" software to do it. From the Guerrilla’s Garage My first glimpse of the IR Remote swept ‘The (Phantom SMPTE Synchronizer and MIDI interface For Amiga 500, 2000, 2500, and 3000 computers Features include: ? Offset with BIT Accuracy T MIDI-IN Y 2 MIDI-OUTS ? SMPTE-IN ? SMPTE-OUT ? Serial Thru Y 24, 25, 30, 30 drop frame Y Dropout protection ? Load save configurations Y Easy installation ? FCC Approved live command by this infrared impersonator. Simply “teach” the IR Remote your devices s key codes, and connect it to your Amiga’s parallel port. Then, point the 1R Remote at the slaved machine and take control! The IR Remote can memorize the commands of four different devices. Regrettably, however, each set of stored functions must he selected manually by flipping a switch on the IR Remotes keypad. A software switch would make this feature useful for those of us trapped in the real world. Curious fingers are another potential problem; it is ridiculously easy to change or erase the key codes stored in the remote’s memory. A cover over the keypad would discourage unauthorized user experimentation. The package includes an off-the-shelf Universal Remote Control (Radio Shack catalog number 15-1902) modified to connect to a custom circuit board. Roth components are housed in a plain, gray- metal experimentor’s box. A loo-short ribbon cable from the hack of the box connects to your Amiga's parallel port. Four cables are supplied for connecting the RCA jacks on the side of the case to a VCR’s audio and video input output jacks, A fifth RCA jack provides connection to anv multiresolution monitor I have not gotten very familiar with the IR Controller yet. I plan to use it a little differently than the developer intended. As 1 am an amateur user, the package seents a little over my head; it looks like it could be very helpful for people who know what they’re doing, though. Alan J. Cook Temecula, CA whose display mode you can control from a remote location (EDU-VID recommends the Sony PVM I‘390). The only trouble I had was with the cable that connects the unit to the Amiga. Ideally, the IR Remote should face the device that it is to control. Unfortunately, however, the cable is barely ¦ j long enough to allow the box to sit on top of an A2000, and too short to let you orient it toward equipment on the same table or shelf. 1 did not appreciate having to alter my hardware setup just to accommodate this device, although once I had everything arranged I had no more problems. The hardware is well constructed and performed flawlessly with my video equipment. The Kitchen Sink Emulating a hand-held remote control is but one of IR Remote’s many functions. For example, using the supplied software, you can record touch tones (the beeps you hear when you dial your push-button telephone) at the beginning and end of each videotaped sequence in your presentation. 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You could even use touch-lone codes to program vour home VCR in Albuquerque from a phone booth in Berlin. The IK Remote also offers full Arexx support, complete with example programs illustrating its use with DeluxeYideo 111 (Electronic Arts) and Microfiche filer (Software Visions). THEAAMIGA CENTER Fcnreriy The 64 Store CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-388-2700 10 AM to 6 PM Mon - Sat To control a piay-onlv device such as a laser-disc player, you use IR Remote's video-detect circuit, which simply determines whether the device is actually displaying a picture. If the sequence you want to display is preceded by black (i.e., no video signal), you would use video detect to sense the point where the picture begins. T hen, using your Amiga to keep track of the elapsed time, notify the IR Remote to stop the VCR when the time limit expires. Details, Details The manual is, in a word, dreadful. Most of its pages are dedicated to explaining the ou-disk programming examples included with the hardware, but, regrettably, none of these programs are reproduced in the manual. Woe be unto him who misplaces his IR Remote software! More than 20 sample programs are included on disk. .Alas, none is a complete application. Instead, the programmer opted for the ‘Toolkit" approach and created BASIC programs demonstrating selected features of the IR Remote. II you can read BASIC, these programs do a better job of explaining the IR Remote than the documentation. On the hardware side, if you study the manual and software long enough you may be able to determine the hint tions of the various pins in tHe parallel connector. The nine dip switches on die end of die box, however, remain a complete mystery to me. A diagram of both would be most welcome. Both the hardware and software perform as advertised, and the developer provides a money-back guarantee, but there’s no denying that die IR Remote is a backer's dream. Incomplete and unclear documentation, unexplained switches, lightly commented software, and the I-built-it-myself design all provide a fertile field for discovery. If you are a software explorer who craves a i; w s challenge. 1 highly recommend the IR Remote Controller. IR Remote Controller Edu- Vid Research PO Box 149 Pembina, ND 58271 204 f >68-2062 S 199.95 Avj special requirements. SAS C 5.10 Compiler For AmigaDOS If iron program, so can you By David T, McClellan A PEW MONT IIS ago. Lattice sent out a Iree update disk, numbered 5.04, lor the Lattice C compiler. Now SAS, Lattices parent companv, has taken over the product and released a much larger set of improvements. Version 5,10, a $ 40 upgrade, includes features that make it easv to edit, compile, link, and test Irom the Workbench, so you are not stuck working from the CLI. T he six-disk set also oilers faster tools (SAS has sped tip the blink linker, lor instance), AmigaDOS
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2. 0 header files. Donald Hunter Nashville, TN ists. LMK builds one, compiling the .C and .ASM in the directory and linking them. You can set compiler and linker options for LMK (and LSE, il you compile there) to use via a Preferences-like Options editor. Both the LMK and CPR tools work fine and almost completely save you from having to go through the Cl.I. 1 he one thing 1 did have to do via CLI was to add the directory containing the compiler, linker, and so on, to my path in the startup-sequence file. (1 then reloaded Workbench to teach il the new path.) Other 5.10 enhancements include the compiler’s ability to align variables and structs on specified n-byte boundaries. The compiler can also generate function prototypes with typedef names for parameters and return values, and automatically promote "near" data to "far" if you overflow the "near" area. It also now has larger pragma libcall limits (for registerized calls to Kernel functions) and larger define macro-expansion limits that you can set. One particularly nice addition is struct cquivalencing. If you have two structs, the larger of which differs from the shorter one only by adding fields to its end (e.g., the Kernel "Message" and "IntuiMessage" structs), the compiler considers the longer one equivalent to the short one for function calls. This saves you a lot ol warning messages and type-casting. The compiler also has some new warning messages for things like nested comments and if ifdef without endifs to help you track down typographical errors. Strides in Running The run-time environment is also a bit improved. S.AS added a feature that has long been available on the MS-DOS version of the compiler: a global variable named _stack. If you initialize this variable in your program to some numeric value, the compiler will guarantee the stack to be at least that large. This ?
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You can also increase and decrease the size of the shadow, but at the cost of scrolling speed. Having no built-in word processor, Roll ’Em requires you to enter your text in a text editor or. Word processor and save it as an ASCI I file with a numbered file name in a special directory. Roll ’Em looks in this directory and loads the files in numerical order. For random access, use the Goto command: Pressing the Amiga-G key combination and typing a file number jumps to that text. If you break up your text into logical topics or by speaker, you can quickly bring up what you need using this feature. While there is no horizontal scroll window for the insertion of additional text, you can add text while the program is scrolling. Create your text files either in advance or on another machine and save them on a disk named Flash. To insert this text on the bottom line of the screen, press Amiga-1. When the program finishes scrolling the insertion, it returns to the point at which you interrupted the main text. Joystick speed control is easier to adjust here than in AutoPrompt, but there is no reverse- scroll option, instead, pressing up and down 011 the joystick increases or decreases the delay at the end of each line. Other nice features include an optional end-of-file marker to distinguish the different files; the ability to dynAMIGAlly change the text or background color to one of the four palette choices; and instructions on how to build a foot switch. You can change all options (font, color, shadow, and so on) while the text is scrolling, and save them. Scroll On By? If voii combined the features of both these 4 programs and added multicolor text, highlighting capabilities, text mirroring, and gliding mouse control of scrolling speed, you would have a very capable professional-quality leleprompter well worth S300. 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Installing Title Page on a hard disk is relatively simple, thanks to a thoughtfully designed install program. Just click on the install icon and follow the instructions; Title Page copies the programs to your hard drive and presents you with a blank drawing screen. Title Page contains nine Amiga-compatible fonts and a pair of color fonts that can be used to create the text and special graphic “brushes” that make up each title screen. You can also select a rounded, or anti-aliased, font outline. Basic title screens are composed of text strings against a colored background. You can add graphics to these screens using a limited set of drawing implements, including line, ellipse, and rectangle tools. Twisting Your Words To create a title screen, you first select a screen background color from the Tools menu. The Set Prefs option establishes the color attributes for the text foreground, background, shadow, and light source, and lets you specify justification, depth of extrusion, and so on. Next, select a font and font style (bold, italic, or other) from the Edit menu, and enter a single line of text in the dialog box. 'Title Page takes a few seconds to create a new brush, which it then displays. You can color, skew, scale, stretch, and shape your basic brush using an array of editing tools, including a special set of attributes called effects (ETX). To transform a simple brush into a more stylized one, you can load one of over 40 effects files. These files contain data to modify your current brush. Among the variations are emboss, glow, circle, outline, cross, and punch designs. Click on the Generate option to see your basic offering take on the attributes defined in the effect file you ve loaded from disk. The Title Page editor creates effects by assigning different colors and dot patterns to different layers. 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• School purchase orders accepted. Gram adds a new copy of the effect to the current brush each time you click on the Generate option. Hence, the brush grows deeper, depending on the number of times it is regenerated. When you have produced a brush you are pleased with, you can position it and stamp it onto the screen wherever you like and as many times as you like. Changes in Effect Most of the predefined effects are quite attractive and should suffice for a variety of production situations. If none strike vour fancy, however, you can create your own using the Effects editor. Alter you define a new effect, you can use it immediately or save it to disk for later use. J 1 found the Effects editor somewhat cumbersome to use. The changes = colors, patterns, positioning, and such) you make to the various graphic layers of the effect are not applied to your current brush immediately, but to the sample word “HELLO” that appears in the Effects editor’s work area. An effect that looks great on the sample text often looks quite different when applied to your current brush. To compound the problem, the colors vou assign to the various graphic layers must be chosen from I lie Tools menu. This means you must close the Effects editor, choose Set Prefs to select the new color, and then restart the Effects editor. Mv favorite Title Page feature is the Dlisl editor. Its purpose is to create attractive backdrops for your title pages by taking advantage of the the Amiga’s graphics coprocessor (copper) chip. With the Dlist editor, you can define for both the background and foreground pal- ette-display lists that the copper then uses to assign a different color to each raster line on the Amiga's display. This allows you, for example, to create a background with a palette composed of hundreds of colors, even when the Amiga’s video is operating in two-color mode, 'fhe program’s various options allow you to select coarse or fine gradation, color cycling, or rainbow effects. The visual effects of the Dlist editor arc stunning. On Display After vour title screens are complete, you can use TPMake. Title Page’s script editor, to create a script for displaying, sequencing. And manipulating the screens. TPMake offers 15 commands for producing scripts. One command lets you choose from 45 dilferent screen transitions. Including wipes, spirals, drips, slides, randoms, checkers, docks, stretches, and slabs. The TPPlav utility allows vou to cxe- »¦ cute completed scripts. If you own the ? Coming Soon! The AmigaWorld Tech Journal, the one and only source to turn to for the hard-core technical information you crave. Look for details in next month’s January issue of Amiga World. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $ 100 Order Toll Free I WANT YOUR BUSINESS ! 9AM 10 8PM EST M-F, Sat. 10AM-5PM Video VIDEO SOFTWARE 3D Professional AmigaVision NEW $ 99 Broadcast Tiller 2 Deluxe Video III Director Photon Video E0LP Pro Fills Disney Anim. Studio Special $ 99 Pro Video Gold Pro Video Post TV Graphics TV Show V2 TV Texl Pro owm nitle Page Video Tools Vista VIDEO HARDWARE DCTV Wagni w controller MimGen Productivity Adv&ntocjG B-Graph Excellence 2.0 Kindwords 2.0 Page Stream 2.0 New $ 185 Pen PaJ S Video Genlock Bundle for A500 2000 ProVideo Gold with Super Gen $ 825.00 Super Gen 2000 Call ProGen Supergen Supergen 2000S Video Toaster New Cal! Prowrite 3.0 SPECIAL $ 94 Saxon Publisher Service Industry Acct SuperBase Personal SuperBase Pro Top Form 2 WordPerfect $ 225 S245 $ 50 SI 99 $ 56 S156 Hardware (mlsc) A200Q Internal Drive AMAX 2 Package Mega Midget Racer 25Mhz PC Power Board 500 Perfect Sound 500 3,1 Boing Optical Mouse Cordless Mouse Goldenlmage Mouse Goldenlmage Opl. Mouse Mouse Master Switch Hand Scanner w Softwaro JX100 Scanner w Software BatHandle Joystick Boss Joystick Slik Stik Joystick Tac 50 Joystick Arntrac Trackball $ 94 $ 449 S699 $ 499 $ 69 S94 $ 89 $ 37 $ 59 $ 29 $ 309 $ 749 527 $ 15 $ 7 $ 17 $ 71 MUSIC SOFTWARE Bars and Pipes Delx Music Consl. Set Dr. T's Copyist Pro Dr. Ts K C.S. levej II Getting Started w Amiga $ 24 Video Graphic Technique S34 Color Cycling Animation $ 34 Digitizing for Effect S34 Guide lo Amiga HardDrive $ 42 Ultimate Amiga Guide to Video Production $ 34 Tho World of Turbo Silver $ 24 Pro Techniques w Dpaint III $ 24 Director Tutorial $ 29 SupraRam 500(512Kw clock) SupraRam2000 2rrb SupraRam2000 4rrt> SupraRam2000 8rrta Flicker Fixer Bundia with Multi scan Color Monitor, and cable SPECIAL $ 899.00 Supra Modem 2400 W Software and cable Special $ 149 A'ftJTank Killer S31 Anarchy S25 Arachnophobia Call Arenour-Gcdden 528 Awesome S37
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W Clock & 880K External Drive Combo Price $ 159 GVP Accelerator A3033-4MB 80Q 33mhz, 4mb RAM. Borob HD Special $ 2449 AE Drives - 3.5 Q80k external S99 1,52MB external $ 209 Hardware All the lute at tiltiea In stock Cal for those not listed All He latest UlUes In stock Can for those not listed Free Shipping on Orders Over $ 100 ooip .w*i«>mad $ 3.00 per order charged for orders under S1 CO. No surcharge for Visa. Mastercard. COD charge S3.30, (established customers only) 15% restocking fee for all returns unless exchanged for same rtemAny returns must be marked with FtAff issued you by our Customer Service Dept. Shipping & handling is not refundable, and is the responsibility of the purchaser. Arexx authoring language (included with AmigaDOS 2.0 or available from William Hawes), you can start and run TPPlay directly from the TPMake script utility using Arexx commands. Otherwise, you must dose TPMake and start TPPlay from the CL1 each time you wish to test a script in progress. I'm afraid that I found this procedure both tedious and time-consuming. Some general-purpose tools are provided to select screen modes and display sizes that are appropriate for RGB, NTSC, or PAL video monitors. Another tool is Title Page's screen-centering test pattern. A screen with standard video color bars is also available to fine-tune your video equipment for use with the program. Transmission Trouble Title Page’s manual starts out well, but quickly slides into a mire of technical terms and concepts that are difficult to grasp. After the first chapter, which discusses tile basics of using the Amiga's keyboard, and a tutorial that shows you how to create and save a simple title page, vou are on your own. Although each command and menu item is explained (in what seems like an ongoing glossary of terms), the manual never steps back to show you how you use them together. Having been already familiar with many of the terms and con- CANDID RESPONSES TO AMIGAWORLD REVIEWS J cepts presented. I still found using the package initially frustrating. Also, while the company offers free technical support for the life of the product, the documentation does not list a telephone number. T itle Page is a competent and technically rich package that produces attractive title pages ot professional caliber. The manual, however, needs a more robust tutorial to flatten the learning curve for I he inexperienced Amiga user, and the inconsistent interface may keep experienced users from quickly reaching full potential. ¦ Title Page Eschalon Development 2354 Cote Ste-Catherine Montreal. Que. Canada H3T 1A9 604 520-1543
5199. 95 Xo special requirements. TAKE YOUR TURN! We want to know what you like and don’t like about your new Amiga hardware and software. Some products we are looking at for upcoming issues are: A2024 (Commodore) A2320 (Commodore) AdSCSI 2000 with Q40S (ICD) A-Max II (ReadySoft) Draw4D (Adspec) Elan Performer 2.0 (Elan Design) Home Front (Designing Minds) Mega-Midget Racer (CSA) B A C Why was a competitor Joel Hagen, who is associated with Right Answers Croup allowed to review our product? In his review of DigiMate III (Sept. ’90, p. 77), Mr. Hagen omitted to mention that all the processes that generate animations are totally open and modifiable. In stating, “I can do this kind of animation with the pub- lic-domain program MakeAnim and a list of IFF files. Digi-Mate is more convenient, but not more powerful," he misses the point that convenience translates into time and money saved. It’s true that the Help feature is not fully implemented on the boot- able-disk version of the program, but the Help files can easily be copied to the bootable disk. We have one known bug, which is mentioned in the manual. It is the type of thing that you can easily avoid once you become aware of it. The chip RAM situation, however, is a well-known Amiga problem not a bug of Digi-Mate. Mr. Hagen criticises the fact that the screen pictured on the box does not correspond to the screen on disk or in the manual, but does not mention that the actual screen display is better than the box photo! Finally, the suggestion to wait for a “more sophisticated and better-tested version” is a stab in the back, telling potential cus- Music-X Jr. (Microlllusions) PageStream 2.0 (Soft Logik) Pro Video Post (Shereff Systems) Sketch Master (Dakota) SuperGen-2000S (Digital Creations) Top Form (Designing Minds) Trax (Passport Designs) VidControl (Integral Systems) To comment on these, write us (Your Turn, AmigaWorld Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458) or call (800 441-4403, ext. 346) by Nov. 19, 1990. K T A L K turners to avoid a utility that costs S27 mail order a big layout! In failing to do its job right, AmigaWorld is numbed to the pain it can impart to others who struggle. Bob Maludzinski Mi nduhi re n te niafio nal I was excited by Mindivare's claims about DigiMate III as an animation product, and I reviewed it as a professional artist and animator demanding quality and power. In my opinion, DigiMate is embarrassingly weak in both those respects. I searched for ways to be kind in the reinew. I do not see that my association with Right Answers Group makes me a competitor. Director 2, a language geared for interactive presentations, is in no way similar to DigiMate. It relies on using pictures, sounds, and animations created by other products. Director 2 can use animations created by DigiMate, but is not itself designed to generate or process them. Anyone using Director would find a HAM- animation generator helpful; in fact, Director sales would indirectly benefit from sales of a HAM animator. Joel Hagen Yakkity yak, . . Do talk back! Send J your comments on reviews to Back Talk, AmigaWorld Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458, Letters may be edited for space and clarity. ¦ WHEN YOU WANT MORE THAN EMPTY [MMM1S, "I consider Project D to be akin to a well equipped luxury automobile; it gives a smooth ride and lots of easy to use operations." - AmigaWorld "Project D is certainly one of the most sophisticated, yet easy to use, disk utility packages available for the Amiga." - Amiga Sentry 'The user interface is wonderful..." Info Rated: 4+ stars - Info Magazine Introducing the most complete disk utility system ever created for the Amiga. Project D includes a powerful Amiga disk copier, a special format copier, a software indexing utility and a disk editor. Project!) Also represents over three years of continuous support and enhancements. BackupTool gives you the power to protect your software investment by making backup copies of your Amiga floppy disks. It will copy both non-pro tected and protected disks, deprotecting most of your favorite copy-protected software with ease. It supports up to four disk drives and lets you copy to multiple drives at die same time. OmniTool allows you to duplicate disks that you may have for other computers. It is able to copy most protection schemes used by other computers and will even copy software that cannot be duplicated on the host machine! The OmniTool is able to duplicate the Atari ST, MS-DOS, CP M and Xenix disk formats. It will also allow you to quickly duplicate most music synthesizer disk formats including Ensoniq and Roland EditorTool will give die expert user complete control over AmigaDOS floppy disks and haid drives. You can examine and edit disks at the sector level in HEX and ASCII. Features include data and bitmap block checksumming as well as boot block checksumming, You can search through the edit buffer for vims text, hidden passwords, messages and hex values. 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1. Noun A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members 4 Noun the manner in which somethir way. System method te order Nnd. Type nature sort lot, variety description mold species, cut, feather creed, persuasion, stripe, stamp, caste, ifc 2 Noun S verb To describe with a word or te call characterize, desig a distinctive way of expressing oneself style, tone, fashion, vein mode
3. Noun 6 Verb To give a name or title to can name, entitle, destc denominate. A habitual way of behaving way. Use. Practice, habit custom usage habitude, praos. Won 4 Noun jBehavior through which one reveals one's peisonafity You won't be at a loss for words with Electric Thesaurus. A Fresh Sketch in the same proportions as the finished output. Draw4D's war chest of drawing tools includes group, extrude, sweep, rotate, resize, bend, warp, and pipe. The package also comes with a font editor and supports the Amiga’s HAM and Overscan modes. (Adspcc Programming, PO Box 13, Salem, Oil 44460, 216 337-3325.) RS 50S. WHEN YOU USE Draw4D ($ 249), a 3-D drawing and animation package aimed at the desktop-publishing or video professional, intelligent algorithms allow you lo create sin- gle-frame animation or animated sequences with a specific duration. The program presents your work on screen Store More Board 1 Noun A distinctive way of stressing oneself tone, fashion. Vein, mode 2 Noun Behavior through which one rim mgnrer • 4 meanings air, manner, presence, tj( word ro be locatec 3 Noun j?PPPPilr""~ jThe current custom ¦t “ thing, fashion trend, mo CONNEC I 1BM-compatible hard-disk controllers and drives to any Amiga with a MAX-125 Autoboot Interface Adapter (AIA, from SI49.95 to SI89.95). The MAX-125 provides compatibility with many 8- or !6-bii S 1506 4 12 and ESDI hard drives. Each exteranne manner Assemble Here, Mate! DESIGNED FOR USE with M(>tc>! (>la-6800() picx'esst>r technology, Macro68 (SI50), a Macro assembler, lets you convert source files for use with the latest chips such as the MC68030, MC68882, and MC68851. Features include the ability to customize directives and runtime messages from within the assembler, and a shared-code library that allows you to use ju t-assembled include files for increased assembly speed. An Arexx innal card supports two hard drives and attaches to the A500 or A1000 with a system-bus ex- tender card. Some assembly and soldering are required, and you provide the encasement. (Palornax. Inc., 424 More- boni Rd., Hatboro, PA, 19010, 215 672-6815.) RS 510. Terface jnovides a link to your favorite text editor. Output formats include executable and linkable object, binary image, symbol table, and Motorola S records. (DigiSoft, Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, (il 7 277- 3255; distributed by The Puzzle Factory, Inc., PO Box 986, Veneta, OR 97487, 800 828-
9952. ) RS 511. ? R ii'VMbrJ L)jsJc WB12: Disk Utilities 1- This great disk is loaded with wonderful utilities lor everything including making disk labels, disk cataloging, disk optimizing, disk and fiie recovery, archiving and organizing, and all sorts off file and directory minipulation. Greatiy reduces CLI use. A real must have! New Disks FD37a & b:Taclical Garner. Empi-e (2.2w) Tms game comes highly recommend Now with a lull featured graphic i'Oni end Empire is a r.ch simulation ol international polices. Economics and war which is played over a period o' a few of months by 2 0‘ more people P ayers Can run their counjr.es from the norma Amiga keyooard, or via a modem at 300 to 2400 baud Counts as two disks. FD39a & bfToblas Star Trek Tnis is a new comp etely different version of Star Tran man that fcurc on FD12. This ere was created by the german author Tobias Excellent'" Counts as two disks Requ>res 512*. Memory a 500.2CG0 cr Pa; Amiga FD4i:Games nciudes Cap toi Ga rs an stcc* market game, Bai. A Arkno ds type cl clone with many great twists. And Desert Shield a shoo fern up with a destroy and conquer theme. WB53:Graphics- The disk contains C light The easiest to use myUacing we have seen to dale This ore start our life as a lull featured commercial product similar to Sculp!3d Also. Smovie a full featured video text titter smular to ProV deo, Broadcast Tiller Great video scrolling, wipes. Specia ejects and mere... WB54:PrirUlng This disk centals severa rout res to nep wtn the chore o' print.ng Including Gothic F naily a Banner printer tor the =D. PrintStud o a well imp'emented all-purpose printer-utility with a very comfonao e graphic T.terface arc many advanced features L a - with ease, print ASCII F es to a PostScript pr rter, anoy r:o*e WB55:Applicaiion Xcopylll ¦ a full featured disk coo er. Make backups of write crctected disk with this ere RoaaRoute - ft no the quickest route from one city to another, highway dosenpt or included. Dairy a diary program | ke "Dougy Howard M D Cal a calendar program Magman a database tailored to maintain records on articles and publications, and more WB58:PageStream ClipArt Sample images from Hi'TuchNpw s
• pro Quality Collect on" WB59:Business - contains a great, very fun featured stock market technical analysis and tracking program, also an appointment calendar, and more WB60:Animatlon This d«5k has iwo outstanding "Movie" style animations, Insect jr and Hotan rn WB61 tlntermedrele Utilities Includes programs to help to draslidy decrease f ckyr m interlace and hi res modes janMlick] an Atari-st emulator an epromm pruqramer turn your amiga into an
e. ght channe digital data analyzer cr Octl CSCOpe. And more WB62:Midi Utilities Several useful m ci utilities including O-CGrams to transte’ to and from several music programs to m.c n midi syse* handler, a mid recorder with i.meoase d splay mid mfo. Tie sequence player, and a few scores. W863:Disk Utilities 3 Several highly recommended programs to a c in removing duplicate tiles Irom your hard drive, performing file- oackups. Binary editing, fast formatting hie recovery, disk track recovery, and forced DISK VALIDATION of corrupt disks WB64:Amiga Vision Domo This well done interactive presentation walks through the entire A3000 computer Great example of the power of Amiga Vision Useiui for Amiga dealers and Am ga vision owners and programmers WB65:Educalion includes Answer me1 a question and answer authoring system, Crayon a young users paint program FastFncts a solar system educational toot, SoeHmaster a spel ng tutor DD70:Game construction parser tool - ADL (which stands to-
* Adventure Definition Language") is a programming language and run-time environment assignee for ‘he convenient imp emer.tatian of Adventure like text games Other Great Disks FD5: Tactical Games Bull Run ,i Civil war battle game Metro you play the role of a city p artner Dm d w seiy and your system wi I oe a success, but poor planning will lead 'o disaster and financial ruin Very very habit forming FD6: GAMES! This disk is chocked lull of games including Checkers. Clue Golo A new Slide tne pieces puzzle, Jeopard An enhanced vers on ol Risk, RushHour - Sirprisingiy addicting, and SpaceWar - Best described as a cross between Combal-Tanks and asteroids Please sentTme theloHowmg: Enter disk id (Ex. DD17, FD5, WB3 FD7: PACMAN This disk contains several pacman type games educing PacMari87 MazMan and Zonix FD9: Moria This has great graphic controls, multiple spells, similar to Lari and Rack Play | me several weeks' FD10: HackLito fi dungeon adventure game Considered a must nave classic This is the second release of this game on the Am g.i Great Am ga qnphic interface Play time several weeks1 FD12A,FD12B: Star Trek, The Game - Th s is by far tne pest St.r Trek game ever written 'or any computer IT features mouse contra good graphics, a oozed sound effects and great gamep'ay Counts as 2 disks. Reg ‘ Mb arc two drives (or nd;- FD13: Board Games cordons muf.player Monopoly. Dommces. Paranoids and others FD14: Dungeon Master Hints and Arcade Games DM maps spe'ls. Item location, and hints and more, also on this disk. Hbat! An arknoid break out type game. Tux a Gu type clone FD16: Strategy Games Includes Diplomacy and Empios. Both great conquer and rule multiplayer games similar m concepl to Simoty and Popuias Also includes biackbox hearts and others Fdt7: Educational Games This disk mcuaes several games fo- the younger memwers including geography, math, science and word games, also includes Wheel of Fortune FO20: Tactical Games MecbForcei'3 72): A game that smu ates DevWare,11835 Carmel Mtn Rd., 1304-A9 San Diego, CA 92128 Orders Only! 800 879-0759 Support & Questions 619 673-0759 combat between two or mo'e g ant. 'oOot-i.ke machines. Simple words can; pegn to give you the fee1 o' piloting a 30 - 40 toot tan. F re b-eatnmc, eain shaking colossus that obeys your every whim FD26:Arcade Games Marti n si de, truly this s a commerc al quality game Similar to a Lucas game named PipeDreams excellent p'ayabl .Ily and entertainment. Mutants . A small version of the arcade game of the same name, also Super Break out a pong arkno cs type game $ 3.95* ea 25+ Disks Anti-Virus Free on all orders with 15 or more disks! Public Domain Library We are the Offical Public Domain Library of Antic Amiga Plus, we have been the Offical PD library of Amiga World. Find out why these magazines choose us! Each of our disks is packed with nothing but the best programs. The first two letters on each disk indicate the orientation of the disk: DD intermediate to advanced - often contains source, WB general interest - most programs can be run from the workbench, and FD games and entertainment. Order our disk based catalog and receive a coupon for a FREE volume on your next purchase. We always use only SONY disks! FD27: Arcade Games This disk is loaded with some great games. Includes. Raceorama a great racing car game with ten different courses. MimBlasi a helicopter gunship type clone. Shark m the same class as frooer. And Sbreakout the original breakout. FD29: Shootem up’s WVVII your the p.lot of a world war II plane fly rg through enemy territory, you’ve just been spotted, good luck on you mission. SpKiller - try and penetrate enemy fmes'with inis a3me. And Retai ator - another great came FD31: Games' Air Trati c Coniroi a good ATC simulation game, Black Jac* Lao a full featured set of card games, CnessTel p ay chess with your fr end n. distant ana -emote p aces with this game and a mocem abyrnth a wei> done text adventure game (like an rdocom game and MquseTrap ¦ a 3d maze game F032: Game Cheats and Flight Simulator Includes an nstrument flight simulator for a DctO Also Cheats and H rts for the following games. Earl Weaver, Falcon. It c.f t d . SimCity, Space Ace Space Quest. Test Drive hd install, and Extract a program that gets all of the text from within a game (or other) Which neips cheating easier Also several football teams (.team files) FD33: Arcade Games Ffreddy a mano brothers fype of game. Gerbils a target practice game, Pipeline a germany interpretation of Pipe Dreams, tron a’light cycles version, and wetrcids a wonderful version of asteroids w ih a hilarious twisf FD35 Omega tv t 3) A new dungeon and outdoors adventure game in a similar vam as hack, rouge and moria This version is considerably faster ana better that all prev cus versions Play t me seve-ai weeks or months. WB4:Teiecommumnication Tn sdsk contairs several excellent pd communication programs designed to get you on ime Qu Ckly and easily. Access t 42) - A very nqe ANSI term program oasec on Comm vi 34, but wdh ne addition of franste' arotccols Comm (' 34) • Last version ol one qf the best public domain communications P'oqrams ever made on the Amiga Handsnqke (2 12ai Hardsnake IS a Full featured VT&2 100 5 02 220 WB5 - Fonts 41 Several *onls (35} for the Amiga also included are five PaceStresm fonts .and ShowFoni a fan: display program WB7: Clip An This disk is loaded with b ack and white clip art An includes, irees watches, fools US and State maps, and more WB1Q:Virus Kiflers The latest and best Vi:usX = 4.0). Kv(2 1). And Zero Virus( 1.3). VVB13: Printer Drivers and Generator - over 70 different dnvers. And if these cor’t do It. With PftDrvGen you can make your own. WB15: Business Th s d sk contains a spreadsheet, a database, a D'o?ecE time managerren; program and financial analysis 'stocks.) V B16: Business Th s d sk contains an inventory manager a ioan analysis program a great calendar schedular a rolidex program and penny-wise a good ‘Cash 9cok" account rg for home or OhiCe V BlS- Word Text Processors Th s disk contains the oest editors that we ecu d find trciudes. WorcWr.gntivo 2) a full ‘eatu'ec word P'ocesscr witn mail merge and outlining capacity, Dmetvl 35) a great progra.me-s eo.tor with strong macro featuresTexEDlv2 8) an ennarced Emacs type editor, and a seel checker V B20: General fnierest D.skSaiv vi 42 adiSk recovery program for all Amiga file syslem, FixD sk V1 0 another file recovery program with features DiskSalv doesn’t have. 3DLook; gives a 3D appearance to your WorkBench, Clean VI 01 a program to de fragment memory. Tracer - trace any pari of 1hat image V B23: Graphics and Plotting Riot (20b) n three dimensional mat hem ,n i cal (unction ploiter Can pot any user defined function, BezSurfZ produces awesome p'.ciures of ob|ec‘s one could t jrn on a Lathe Can also mac ill image fifes onto any surface that it can draw Now compatible wdri most 3D packages and Vscreen makes a visual screen anywhere great for DTP WB25:Educational On this c«sk are two orbgrams that can generate macs of crtfering types. World Data Base uses the CIA s data base to generate detailed maps of any enter user global coordinate Also Paradox a great demonstration of A sen E ostein Genera1 Theo'y o' Relativity WB26: Disk Utilities 42 MrBackup. KwckQackup -twowe done utilities to help with hardd.sk and 'loppy d'Sk backups Fi eMast a binary file editor, Lablepr nler D sk label punter with very powerful features WB27: Nagel - 26 Patrick Nagel pictures of beautiful women. J Payment Enclosed j Please charge my ] Visa j Master charge Account Signature. Name Address City_ ST Zip WB29: Graphics and Sound This d-sk has several different Mandelbrot fype programs for generating stunning graphics. Includes. MnndeiMouniains ¦ a realistic terrain generator, Fracgen - generated recursive fractels from user input, Mandelbrot and Tmandel • two fast mandelbrot generators, also Mostra - the best IFF disp'ay program Jo dale, will display ALL IFF's including Dynamic HAM, and Sound ¦ a great IFF sound player, will play anything. Try this disk, you IJ love it! WB33:Circuii Board Design several terrific routines ter the elecironic enthusiast. Inducing PCBtool a circuit board design tool, LogicLab - circuit log c tester, and Mead (1.26) a well done new release of this PD cad program, now comes with predrawn common circuit components for insertion info schematics WB34: Uhiities Several wen done utilities some will require moderate knowledge of a CLI or Shell for setup. Chatter Box ¦ this one will play any user cefmed sound after any event (ie disk insert, mouse dick, disk removal . Artm The Amiga real time monitor gives ycu full control of the Am ga OS very powerful program. Helper • help program to make earning the CLI easier setfon! A working version that changes the system font to user specified font, and many more VVB36, Graphics On this disk are several programs to create stunning qrap-h cal images including Mpath creates swirling galaxy images, Roses - produce an unlimited number of variations of images that a symmetrically similar to a rose. SimGen ¦ display those spectacular images as part of your workbench screen, and RayShade ¦ a very good raylracng program, create your own beautiful 3d graphics. V B38: Plotting and Graphics - Plotxy is die most powerful full featured plotting package Used by many colleges and universities. A welcome addition to our library1 Highly recommended Plans • a incredibly well done Computer Aided Drafting program very full featured Tesselator - a program that helps generates fantastic looking, recursive M.C Ecsher type p ctures WB39: Music • Intuilracker is an german offer of an exquisitely well core prog'am that allows you tc p ay Amiga music as :f from a CD like controls Lets you strip cut muse from, your favorite games or others anc include them -n your mu sc library. WB40: Music "CD on a d Sk", 90 minutes of modern music on this well Sresented collect on. _ B4i: Music MED an incredibly wen done full featured music editor Create your own stunning music directly on your the Amiga Similar to Sound Tracker but better Very powerful easy to use program OD47: Pascal - This disk conta ns everything needed to program in pascal includes. A68k (i .2) 60000 assembler, Bi.nk I nking software and PCG (1 0) a modest Pascal sub set compiler, DD49: C Compiler - contains zc(i 011 fully K&R. Zcc(t 0) front end. A68k(1 2) assembler. Blink tinker DD51: Circuit Analysis - As pice 2-3) A lull featured program for electric circuit analyse. DD54: Compression - This disk is loaded with ALL of the best Me compress on programs and aids lo» the Amiga Many of the programs can be used by fhe new user Includes Arc = 2 3). Lharcfl 0). Lhwarpi 1 03). Pka*(i 0). Pow$ rPacker(2 3a) a must have Py all, Zipil 0) Warp(2 04), and Zoo(2 0) Also iFFcrunch an excelent compression for IFF files DD55: ARP On this disk you wi I find the CompFete ArpRelS 0 release including tie full user oocs, tne full Developers guide, and Conman (1.4). ARP is the offic al AmigaDOS Resource Project (ARP) release 13 ARP makes many improvements to AmigaDOS and makes your system easier to use from the CLI. OD57: Advanced Utilities - Msh ¦ like Cross dos. Cop-es files to and from MS-DOS. Pal-NTSC - convert any pal program to NTSC and visa versa, Also several utilities that improve your startup secuence. Plus 25 more programs DDG2; Basic and Xscheme Cursor a full featured Amiga Basic compiler, sbnsic and (text - several wonderful routines Id hefp in basic programers. And Xscheme ¦ an interpreted object oriented programing language DD65 C Tutorials - Several wen cone tutorials on how to program the Amiga Includes tutorials and working examp’es on Device dnvers. IFF reads and writes. Sound implementation Arcade game design and implementation. Double Buffering and others A must have lor Amiga Programu'S SONY Blank Disks: DSDD 3 5 10 for $ 11.90 (1 19 cents ea) 25 for $ 23.25 (.93 cents ea) 50 for $ 41.50 (.83 cents ea) 100 for S77.00 (.77 cents ea) Sony QD-6150 data cartage $ 24.00 ea. No shipping charge lor ort USA blank disks orders. Canada and Mexico add S 05 each. Sorry no foreign. Anti-Virus Now Only $ 19.95 ???? , INFO Sep 89 ???? , Amiga Resource Oct89 Anti-Virus(c) is not Public Domain Foiiowirg nay snipping in nosl cases No shipping chAfges «viihiri USA Canada adB S 75 ea-efi Fcneign ad f 5 50 pp' d'SX Tof 3'r mA|J Culivorj Payner.l in US ijntsr. A in rvmum of $ 20 00 rnquiiop on crodil card *e»ns each $ Total disks x$ Exp_ Disked based catalog (add $ 2.50) $ Anti-Virus (add $ 19.95) $ CA residents add 7.25% sales tax $ Sony Blank Disks Foreiqn Shippinq Total Due U I! A T ’ S IN Fl Vi ? Facing Multiplicity Give Me Speed .. .Hold the Cheese lel-interface timer, and a dual- asvnchronous receiver trans- j mitter. (Pre’spect Technics, PO Box 670, Station H, Montreal, Que., Canada H3G 2M6, 514 954-1483.) RS 506. INCREASE YOUR I O options with MultiFaceCard ($ 349)* an external parallel- and serial- port expander. It gives your A2000 or A3000 simultaneous output from any port, a paral- YOU SAY IT took a week to render that ray tracing of Jupiter? And you routinely polish off a large pepperoni pizza while your A500 loads Workbench? Adspeed (S349), a 14.3 Mhz, 68000 accelerator card, allows applications and programs to It Is Written THE DEPTH OF the castle’s evil has gone unplumbed far too long nearly 120 years and an object capable of causing great misfortune, a pernicious pen, is still at large. In Bane of the Cosmic Forge ($ 59.95), your quest is to search the castle, assisted bv j characters you empower with special skills, until you discover a mysterious power for run up to twice their normal speed, according to I CD. Plug AdSpeed into the CPU socket and the card’s 16K static-RAM cache provides zero wait-state program execution. (1CD, Inc., 1220 Rock St., Rockford, IL 61 101, 815 968-2228.) RS 509. Good. By caring for your crew seeing that they rest and take nourishment you build their stamina as various events and encounters tax their reserves. Magic, mayhem, and unexpected help await, (Sir-tech Software, Charlestown-Ogdensburg Mall, PO Box 245, Ogdens- burg, NY 13669, 315 393-
6451. ) RS 5J3. AND then some He s Mean and Hes Mad IF YOU CAN make it through leagues of caves, swamps, temples, and castles, you can undertake to challenge the big ‘‘I)” himself in Wrath of the Demon (S49.95). restored honor for your king, but freedom for the lovelv princess, as well. (ReadySoft, 30 Wertheim Court, Unit 2, Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada L4B 1B9, 416 731-4175.) RS 507. Your success reaps not only A SUPPLE WRIST is not as important as index-finger dexterity when you play Power Pinball ($ 39.95). Just drop your simulated coins into the slots, pull back the plunger, hit the right Amiga key and launch the ball into a bell-ringing, bumper-banging soujourn around the table. Control your flippers with your left- and right-Amiga keys. Power Pinball comes with a design of its own, but you can construct your own game by importing IFF graphics and sounds. (KarmaSoft. PO Box 1034, Golden, CO 80402, 303 277-1241.) RS 514. If you use CanDo to produce your multimedia presentations. CanDo Pro Pak 1 ($ 39.95) can help you get more out of the program. The Pro Pak comes with ready-to-use applications, utilities, CanDo-generated games, and a paint program. The CanDo Intro Pak ($ 39.95). a tutorial-intensive guide to learning the ins and outs of CanDo. Includes seven applications plus a manual that walks you through step-by-step descriptions of how they were created. (INOVAtronics. 8499 Greenville Ave.. Suite 209B. Dallas. TX 75231, 214 340-4991.) RS&515. The recently refurbished pressure- sensitive graphics tablet. Easyl 1.3 (S349) offers increased speed and automatic adjustment to either NTSC or PAL modes, as well as Overscan and AmigaDOS 2.0 support. Current Easyl owners can upgrade for $ 24.95, (Anakin Research Inc., 100 Westmore Dr., Unit 11C, Rexdale, Ont. Canada M9V 5C3, 416 744-4246.) RS 516. Do you often leave your Amiga unattended? The System Integrator ($ 274) monitors system events and detects errors before they can lock up or crash your computer. If an error is found, System Integrator's hardware and software resets your Amiga and logs it in. (Pro-Tronic Systems, 720 Sixth St., Suite 227, New Westminster, B.C. Canada V3L 3C5.) RS 517. Your child can learn the alphabet by fishing for letters, "eating'' alphaoet soup, and playing beat the clock. ABCgames ($ 30) teaches letters through a five-level series of games that familiarizes children with keyboards and mice. (Parth Galen, 6281 Trotter Rd., Clarksville, MD 21029, 301 531-3527.) R$ 518. The programmers and engineers at Interactive Microsystems have been busy preparing a new line of video interface components: The MediaPhile MP2.0A Infrared Controller ($ 295) controls infrared-controlled devices and provides two Sony S-port outputs and one universal infrared output. The MediaBase Program Disk (S195) provides interactive access to presentations created with the Media- Processor Program Disk (5195), a post-production, edit-decision list pro- gram that controls video decks, camcorders, and genlocks. You can operate video equipment via C or BASIC programs with the Programmer’s Toolkit (S195), which includes linking libraries and bitmap tiles. The Arexx-compatible Media- Servers Program Disk (S195) links in- teractive-presentation and database programs with video equipment. You can bring video-tape counter information from a variety of devices with one of Interactive MicroSystem's new controllers: MediaPhile 2.OP Universal Tape Deck Interface Controller (S159), the MediaPhile 2.0M Sony 8mm Video Interface Controller (S139), and the MediaPhile 2.0S Sony CTL-L Port Interface Controller ($ 195). (Interactive MicroSystems, 9 Red Roof Lane. Salem, NH 03079, 603 898-3545.) RS&519. Do you periodically forget the names you’ve given your image files? Image- Finder (S65) lets you scan a visual index of all your images stored on disk. ImageFmder creates sort criteria to help you locate images by size and depth, color, and density. (Zardoz Software. 6114 LaSalle Ave., Suite 304, Oakland. CA 94611, 415 339-6280.) RS&520. Good things really can come in small packages: You can get a hard-disk system in the configuration of your choice, with up to 8MB of Fast RAM installed, all in one small box The 500XP hard drive with autobooting SCSI interface comes formatted and ready to use. The drive’s external SCSI port allows up to seven-SCSl devices. You also get a game switch that lets you turn the drive off without disabling RAM. Prices begin at S679 for a 20MB drive with VSMB of RAM installed. (Supra, 1133 Commercial Way. Albany, OR 97321, 503 967-9075.) AS 521. A flurry of activity at Microlllusions produced Music X 1.1 ($ 299.95), and Music X Jr. ($ 149.95), an upgrade and a consumer version of its well-known sequencer. The scaled-down version features the engine of the major package, but without the extras the professional requires. Music X 1.1 features event sculpting, velocity flattening, view controllers and channel locking, and it increases the package’s multiserial capabilities. An upgrade to the Microlllusions educational game. Discovery 2.0 ($ 39.95), features expanded question types, and five new ships explore and save. You can create scenery and then fly through it with GENESIS the Third Day (S149.95), a fractal-landscape generator with animation capabilities. GENESIS supports Arexx and lets you create geographical locations throughout the Universe. (Microlllusions, PO Box 3475, Granada Hills, CA 91394. 818 787-7345.) RS&522. For Amigas on the go. Left Hemisphere Carrying Cases let you keep your investment by your side. The A500 bag (S89.95) houses your CPU, power supply, mouse, and two siim, floppy drives or one hard-disk drive. There’s also room for paper, mouse pad, pens, floppy disks, or your favorite magazine. The monitor bag loosely holds a Commodore A1084 or more snugly, an A1950. (Left Hemisphere, N. 1825 Ash St., Spokane, WA 99205, 509 325-0115.) RS&523. Explore Australia’s national parks, minerals, climate, and wildlife without leaving home with Australian Graphic Atlas (S69.95), With it. You can watch a slide show, get population statistics with layouts of capital cities, and view single or multiple maps. Each map is IFF compatible, so you can use them in paint programs or desktop publishing. (HC Software, GPO Box 2204, Adelaide, S. Australia 5001.) RS&524. Desktop Publishers, you can stop stamping your feet and let out your breath: Pro Page 2.0 ($ 395) features style tagging, muitipage preview mode, allows 1000 colors on screen at once, supports 24-bit color files, and rotates text and graphics. Pro Page 2.0 comes with a built-in word processor and dictionary. (Gold Disk. 5155 Spectrum Way. Unit 5, Mississauga. Ont., Canada L4W 5A1, 800 387-8192 [from within the US] or 416 602-4001.) R$ 525. Here’s a prospective gem. The Sapphire A 68020 68881 Accelerator ($ 399) promises to increase operation speeds with software that enables the 68020-cpu cache capability. This 3VB x4V* x 72-inch board plugs into the cpu socket (sans 68000 chip) making it compatible with any Amiga. (TTR Development, 1120 Gammon Lane, Madison, Wl 53719, 608 277-8071.) RS&526. Would you like to add 2MB of RAM to your BASEboard? The XRAMboard ($ 139.95) daughterboard, which comes with 512K installed and sockets for up to 2MB, can do the tnck. The board's four-layer construction makes it compatible with any DRAM, according to the manufacturer. For $ 99, you can buy an autobcot SCSI interface for your A2000 that's compatible with most hard drives. The DataFlyer is non-DMA, and comes with an optional 4 or 8MB plug-on memory board. (Expansion Systems, 44862 Osgood Rd., Fremont, CA 94539, 415 656-
2890. ) RS 527, * Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation I A. Title !•( public .ilion: AmigaWorld. 1 B. Publication no.: 08832390. 2. Date of filing: Sept. 6. 1990. 3. Frequency or issue: monthly. 3A. No. Of issues published annually: 12. 3B. Annual .subscription price: $ 29.97. I. Complete mailing address ol known oHi e of publication: 81) Elm Street, Peterborough. Hillsborough Countv, New Hampshire 03-158. 5. Complete mailing address of the headquarters of general business offices of the publisher: 30 Elm Street, Peterborough, Hillsborough Coumv, New I lampshire 03 153. (>. Full names and complete mailing address of publisher, editor, and managing editor: Publisher: Stephen Robbins. 30 Elm Street, Peterborough. NH 03458, Editor: Douglas Barney, 80 Elm Street, Petei Ijorough, Nil 03458, Managing Editor: Swain Pratt, 80 Elm Street. Peterborough. NII 03458. 7. Owner: International Data Group. PO Box 1450, 5 Speeri Street, Eramingham, MA 01701. 8. Known bondholders, mortgagees, and other security holders ow ning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities: Bat rick J. McGovei n. PO Box 1450. 5 Speen Street. Framingham, MA 01701 9 For completion by nonprofit organizations authorized to mail at special rates: not applicable. 10. Extent and nature ofcirculation:
(X) Average no. Copies each issue during preceding 12 months; (Y) Actual no. Opies ol single issue published nearest to filing dale; A Total no. Copies (X) I 77,5 12 (Y) 169,766. B. Paid and or requested circulation:
1. Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales:
(X) 39.105 Y) 39.808. 2. Mail subscription: (X) 54,039 (Y) 52,488. C. Total paid and or requested circulation: (X) 93,144 (Y) 92.296, 1), Free distribution by mail, carriet or other means (samples, complimentary, and other free copies): (X) 3,770 (Y) 2.00-1. E, Iota! Distribution: (X) 96,914 (Y) 91,300. E. Copies not distributed: 1. Office use. Left over, unaccounted, spoiled after printing: ( i 3.427 (Y) 2,94 I 2, Return from news agents: ( ) 77.171 (Y) 72.525. G. Total: i ) 177,512 (Y) 169.766. AMIGA Programmers Wanted! The AmigaWorld Tool Chest has created a fantastic opportunity to publish new, uncirculated Amiga programs. If you’ve written something special for the Amiga, and would like to earn some extra money, please contact us for our Tool Chest Author Guidelines. Perhaps you'll be the next Tool Chest Star! Amiga World Tool Chest Submissions Dept, Amiga World Magazine 80 Elm St. Peterborough, NH 03458 PD PROSPECTOR Venture on down the trail to 'where THE the good games abound. Compiled by Tim Walsh This month we’ll look at some of the most popular games available on the networks, with lile numbers and library locations. People Link LOTTO-WORKS.LZH (AinigaZonc Section 10, file 24710) Lotto-Works shareware. Lottery-winning program. SPADES.LZH (AinigaZonc Section 10, lile 24689) Spades card game, where you play against three computerized opponents. Freely distributable. TOBIAS-TREK.( 1-1,1 -2,2-1,2-2)WRP (AmigaZone Section 10, file s 24631- 24634) An entirely new version of Star Trek composed of four files. Documentation in German; prompts in English. SIMPSONS-GAME.LZH (AmigaZone Section 10, file 23793) Get into trouble with Bart. Lots of action and excitement. When asked point-blank for his favorites, Plink's Amiga Zone Chairman Harv Laser seems to favor the antics of Bart in the Simpsons Game over most of the others. CompuServe SYS,LZH (Library 2. AmigaArts) Eastpaced arcade game, where you zoom around the screen chasing and killing disk viruses. SA265.LZH (Library 2. AmigaArts) Don’t let its nondescript filename fool you. It's version 2.65 of Streets & Alievs solitaire. RAPS.LZH (Library 2, AmigaArts) Opens a small window on vour Workbench, where you can play this tinv, checkers-like game. CITY.LZH (Library 2, AmigaArts) Blast away at with two guns (left and right mouse buttons) at attacking aliens. The epitome of mindless fun. CompuServe’s assistant sysop for the Amiga Forums, Betty (day, also recommends Wheel of Fortune (WHEEL.LZH) and Welltrix (WELLTR.LZH), both of which reside in AmigaArts Library 2. Genie MINIMAZEY2.ZIP (Amiga Library 9, file )I 15) Places a small, mouse-driven maze on the Workbench screen. K1DSGA ES.ZIP (Amiga Library 9, file 9098) Two golden oldies. Concentration and lowers, constitute ibis 17K file. DESERTS III ELD. LZH (Amiga Library 9, file 9083) Pilot a state-of-the-art lighter jet over the Saudi desert sands. 11 Id IWAYPAi’ROL.LZI I (Amiga Library 9, lile 104 1) A fast-paced shnot-em-up that lives up lo its name. Shoot everything that moves and everything that doesn’t. Alter hours of playing Mini Maze (MINIMAZEY2.ZIP). I found it to be one ol those rare, challenging games that can remain on the Workbench screen. Includes a nice maze editor for designing vour own. Good entertainment lor long downloads. Prospector’s Perch: The prospector looks at games. FROM SHOOT-EM-UPS TO strategy games, the networks offer plenty in the way of entertainment software. Like most computer veterans. J favor the capturing of utilities and applications as the best way to spend quality time on the networks, but I've been known to download a game or two. All in the name of broadening my editorial horizons, and I find it's usually well worth the time and trouble. Downloading public domain and shareware games certainly otters advantages. The price is right, at least when compared with paying big bucks for a commercial game. Furthermore, worries about infecting your hard disk with a troublesome virus is practically nil, since the games are reviewed and approved by experienced sysops before being made available to the public. As always, if a game is listed on one network where you don't have an account, you can use another network's keyword search to try to find it. For instance, SPADES.LZH on Plink is available in CompuServe's Amiga- Aus Library 9 as SPADES.ZOO. Eventually, nearly all of the files make Iheir way to all of the networks. If a game or other file is not on your network, check out the Fred Fish disk collection and other sources of freely distributable software. When downloading games, be aware that some of them are European imports of questionable origin. You may find the documentation in some language other than English, Some use the European PAL (Phase Alternation Line) video display, rather than the North American NTSC = National Television Standards Committee) video, thus chopping off the bottom portion of the screen, t encourage everyone with network accounts to check out at least some of these exceptional games. If you want to establish an account with any of the above networks, here are the voice numbers to call: CompuServe: 800,848-8199 614,457-8650 from within Ohio American People Link: 800 524-0100 Genie: 800 638-9636 For those without modems or network accounts, send an SASE and S1 to Fred Fish to find out the availability of the above PD programs on disk. Address correspondence to: Fred Fish 1346 W. 10th Place Tempe, AZ 85281 Stay tuned for the next exciting installment of The PD Prospector! ¦ AMI ALIGNMENT SYSTEM A memory and drive diagnostic utility for the Amiga line of personal computers. Test your speed and align your drives. DOCTOR AMI Allows you to test the integrity of system RAM (including expansion) and both floppy and hard disk media. Errors are located, identified and mapped out. Doctor AMI uses a full intuition interface and is quite simple to use. NOW Add S4 00 Shipping and Handling - Add S3 50
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Ij I call it with zero [CALL Paitse(O)], the program waits until I either press a key or click the left mouse button. I be pressed key is stored in psS and returned to the mam program. Phis routine works quite well, except for one glaring flaw. When Pause(O) is called, the p:. . . CO TO p line in the routine puts the program into a very tight loop that eats up CPU time like crazy a very bad programming practice in a multitasking environment. I have tried a number of other techniques to get around this problem, but so far with no success. Are you aware of any way to accomplish the function oj the routine without eating up the computer's CPU time? Robert Bromley Midton, Ont., Canada By Louis R. Wallace A: First let me say that I was quite impressed with vour routine. It does exactly what you want and does it welt. The problem lies in the fact that Amiga- Basic does not have an On Key command, which would have taken care ot the busy wait problem. So your loop sits there and chews lip significant amounts of the computer's power. .After thinking about it for a while, 1 had one of mv irregular bursts of brilliance and called Commodore's Amiga- Basic expert, Carolyn Scheppner, who suggested using the WaitTOF( ) function in the Graphics Library. WaitTOF stands for Wait ‘til Top Of Frame. When called, it waits until the video beam readies the top of the screen and completes the vertical blanking sequence. It also waits until any routines that execute in the j vertical blanking interval are complete. Because the vertical blank occurs 60 times a second, the WaitTOF will wait of a second. Bv placing one or more of these in vour Pause loop, vou can de- J I * crease the number of times the keyboard and mouse are polled, which will lessen the strain on the CPU during your loop. If vou call the Wait I OF function once within vour loop, your GOTO p routine can run, at most, only 60 times per second. If you call it twice in a row, the loop will run onlv 30 times. 1 made some slight modifications to your program to incorporate the WaitTOF routine. First 1 opened the graphics library using the Library command. Then 1 added a simple loop to call WaitTOF six times inside the p:. .. GO TO p loop. This causes the loop to run at most 10 times per second, greatly reducing the CPU strain. Checking once every tenth of a second should be enough, but you can alter the frequency bv increasing or decreasing ihe length of the WaitTOF For. . .Next loop. The result should not hog the CPU. Modified Pause using WaitTOF graphic function ’ to monitor ten times a second. LIBRARY “graphics.library” n = 0 CALL Pause(O) END SUB Pause (seconds!) STATIC SHARED psS IF seconds! = 0 THEN WHILE MOUSE(0)oO:WEND WHILE INKEYSo" ’:WEND P: FOR ii = 1 TO 6 CALL WaitTOF& NEXT Ii ps$ = UCASES(INKEYS) IF ps$ = “ ” AND MOUSE(O) = 0 GOTO p ELSE TimeNow& = TIMER WHILE TIMER (TlmeNow& +seconds!):WEND END IF END SUB HD Floppy as DFO:? Q: was broking at the ads for Applied engineering's High Density floppy drives and wondered if it is possible to install one as DPI): in an Amiga 2000 or 3000. If it is, could boot with the III) floppy? Shawn Wyatt Smyrna, Delaware A: Applied informs me that at this time their High Density drive is for external use only. They do plan on internal versions. Hul wouldn't commit to any .specific dale for a release. They did tell me. However, that they're now including a Workbench 2.0 driver with their HD floppy. Users of the new Amiga operating system can make use of the increased floppy storage. ¦ YOU CAN DOIT! InfoMarket HEY DIGITIZERS! 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NewSpec, if you recall, brought us DlgiPhewl, the first software to stimulate your senses with its unique scratch and sniff interface. NewSpec appropriately chose this show to debut the long- awaited VideoPoster, a wafer-thin computer monitor that you can hang on the wall. People were snapping these up left and right.. .it'll sure save on desk space! Several hardware manufacturers on hand were involved in a contest to see who had the fastest accelerator board. When they booted their machines, every one of them was launched through the open cargo-bay doors with such force that they hurtled off into space. If you happen to be hit by one or more of these spacey CPUs, please try to determine how fast it was going when it struck we're still trying to figure out who won. IN AN EFFORT to spread the Amiga word to the rest of the world, a group of Amiga enthusiasts recently bought some space in the cargo bay of the space shuttle "Spitball" and launched a show. Yours truly was lucky enough to be chosen to report on this first-ever orbiting Amiga show. Appropriately enough, the first thing I saw was Really Virtual’s booth and a demo of the company's ever-popular educational program, Really Really Far Away Suns. In this version, you can click on a star and not only get its name, approximate distance, and coordinates, but also its star-tan factor rating. A company representative said that the long- awaited Pretty Close Planets and Asteroids In Your Neighborhood are currently in production, Next, a drift over to the Electronic I TOLD THLW WE WERE KI T" specially marked Spectrum 1 foloByte games. T he promotion starts November I, and the drawing will be held in early March, 1991. Prizes include a three-day course at the Jim Russell Racing Driver School at the liiguna Seta Raceway in Salinas, CA, plus a week for two in Monterev; a half-day class at the nation's only civilian Top (>nu school, Air (ajinbat USA, in Fullerton, CA, plus a seven-day trip for two to southern (ialilorma; and a ten-day tour for two to the Soviet Union. (Spectrum HoloByte, 2061 Challenger Dr., Alameda, CA 94501, 415 522-3584.) Middle East note. Ironically, a little more than a year ago, Commodore Electronics Ltd. Participated in the Peace and Friendship Games in Kuwait. Over 40 Islamic countries took part in the games, during w hich an A2500 controlled the stadium’s video scoreboard. Uh-Oh, Mac emulators... According to the September 24th issue of IriJnlVnrld, Apple Computers stopped selling Mac ROMs for general consumption since “too many were ending up in Mac emulators." Big Bad Byte. The word on the streets here in Peterborough, NIT, (where Byte Magazine is located) is that Byte is upping its Amiga coverage. Hmmmm.. . Pre-birth update. Our sources say that although some of Commodore's CDTV units will ship before the end of 1990, it’s really beginning to look like a 1991 product. Commodore only plans limited test marketing this Christmas. You could win! Commodore's AmigaVision Script Contest is your opportunity to flaunt your creativity. To enter, develop a 15- to 30-minute script in one curricular area (math, science, English, social studies history, art, music) using AmigaVision. When it’s finished, just port your script to videotape and submit it with a one-page lesson plan describing how your script would work in a classroom. Send in your entries before January 15, 1991 to Commodore Business Machines, AmigaVision Contest, Education Dept., 1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester, PA 19380. Prizes to be awarded include three A3000 25-40s as first prizes, three A20()0HDs as second pr izes, and three A500s as third prizes. Questions should be directed to Susan Ben- gough, Commodore’s education marketing specialist for grades K-12, at 215 431 9100. Or try this one. Gamesters might he interested in Spectrum HoloByte’s sweepstakes. You can find official entry forms at participating software retailers and in Golem Drives Europe’s Largest Amiga Developer || yoiem l ower Put your A2000 in the Golem Tower and clean up your desk! Fits all your external units, such as hard drives (up to 1 gigabyte), 2 3.5" floppy drives, 2
5. 25*' floppy drives, a tape streamer and much more. High quality Amiga floppy disk drives with a pass through buss, On Off switch, dust proof casing, built in LED track display. Track Display for the Amiga 2000 shows actual position of stepper and heads of both internal disk drives. There’s no drop in disk speed or software required. Golem SCSI 11 Controller
• State of the Art * High performance SCSI controller with 16 Bit SCSI II bus system, DMA Free data transfer, up to 1.42 MB sec transfer rate. Available as either an internal card tor the A2000 series or in a external case for the A500 or A1000. Inc. • 42! Hudson* M12 « New York, NY ® 10014 fel; (212) 727-0548 * Fax; (212) 627-3965 : on Reader Service card GraPh*c Demonstration 0'A smwx ctSixWW Different Brilliant Colors cviMOtA | M Jm fl Crayola SHA»P£NHR Deluxe Paint III has 32 colors* and costs $ 149.95. Digi-Paint 3 gives you 4096 colors and costs $ 99.95 Get the picture? N=wT= Which one of the artistic tools pictured here would a child choose? The answer is obvious, the more colors the better. The choice is just as easy when it conies to Amiga paint programs. Digi-Paint 3 works in the Amiga’s powerful Hold-And-Modify (HAM) mode which allows you to paint using all 4096 colors simultaneously. By comparison, Deluxe Paint III (by Electronic Arts) operates in less sophisticated modes, restricting you to a maximum of only 32 colors* What does this mean to your Amiga art? Simply put, the program with more colors makes the better pictures. But that's just one of the reasons Digi-Paint 3 is the ultimate paint program. Other advanced features found in Digi-Paint 3:
• 1-t drawing modes including colorizing, range painting, and texture mapping
• Powerful tools including: magnify, rotate, cut-and-paste, and variable transparency Digi-Paint 3 ,s a trademark of NewTek Inc CRAYOLA, chev nandse en ine designs are reg.stered trademarks ol B.nney & Smith Inc . Used with permission. Deluxerant of Electronic Arts
• In some modes an addilional 32 half-intensity shades are available.
• Anti-aliased fonts give sharp edges and a crisp television look
• Paint 011 canvases up to l()2-» x 102-4 with auto-scrolling
• Supports all Amiga display modes and resolutions
• Compatible with the Amiga 3000 and WorkBench 2.0 AmigaWorld magazine recently compared the leading paint programs in a head-to-head showdown. A dear winner emerged: “Digi-Paint 3 is the one to beat for speed, versatility and professional applications.” After six pages of detailed evaluations they concluded with. "If you are really serious about owning only one paint program, we would have to recommend Digi-Paint 3." Digi-Paint 3 is available now at your local Amiga dealer or call 1-800-843-8934 or 913-354-1146. 1 to Headliners, AmigaWorld Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458, 2 6 Record start only. 3 Microillusion’s hardware SMPTE synchronizer. 4 is graphic editing is more comprehensive, it supports Amiga samples, it loads SMI S (Simple Music Score) files (if vou are upgrading Irom one ol the old Amiga standbys), and it includes Dr. 'T's QuickScore, which offers simple yet useful transcription. On the other hand. I rax does oiler external sync making it more suitable for recording purposes as well as having mote tracks (although it does not offer controller editing). Texture I and Texture II (Sound Quest) head up the rest. These are basically the same program, although Texture II is spruced up with some interesting use of color and a graphics-based data-displav - onlv window. I recommend Texture to anyone who really likes pattern sequencing and an IBM-style environment. It is efficient, but cryptic. MRS (Dr. TV) is a solid program that might be good for someone who needs onlv eight tracks and doesn't inind the uglv look of the older Dr. T programs. MIDI Magic
(C. Ircum Design) is the weakest of the bunch sparse on features and possessing a few quirks that lead me to believe the program still needs some work. One other program that is available. SoundScape (Mi- mctics), is not one I would recommend. ’These are. Ol course, my own personal recommendations. In browsing through the comparison chart or experimenting b yourself, you may find your own favorites based on vour own special needs. Making music is a creative, highly individualistic pursuit so c hoose what suits vou best. Good luck! ¦ Slew (hunzt composes music u'ilh his AMIGA and writes about the profess. Write him c o Amiga World Editorial, SO Elm St., Peterborough. XII Oi fiS. 5 Standard keyboard shortcuts for common operations. For example. Right Amiga-S. -X. -C, -V and -Q key combinations for save, cut. Copy, paste, and quit functions, respectively.
• Both mouse and keyboard access to every command, button, and requester gadget, with listings of key combinations for commands in the pull-down menus.
• Support for both medium and high- resolution screen displays (with or without overscan), and for high-resolution 6 I’s OminnE vi tnw.*:it t SAONI.Yi. r Ri.*h Sv.k Oneludcs Evcilo Ri.it II.huiii. Ostmsphi M2.i»» * V2 '(iPl.k 11 l:M niui-i k- iiwiiw! B) 12 5’iHut i iVinriit Vlad I SA W )II i hilliJi1' AIVlTIIJi. ( jivcUAIi'i nil *i* IK). I lihti Furi'icn VI IK) Haiullitijr - Vi.iu.il Ship|WK - In-iii.iiue 7 Dunn and Bradslreet Number Upon Request * I'm keeping my eye on AdramA.K.A. Super Sleuth • *F.B.I.-Find Barney Immediately WE ACCEPT SCHOOL PURCHASE ORDERS * OVERSEAS SHIPPING IS OUR SPECIALTY * Conlinent.il U.S. only.

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