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3-D Studio package for the PC. As an Imagine and LightWave user, Steve was surprised at the relative clumsiness of 3-D Studio's interface and navigating tools. "It’s not close to what we already have in LightWave," he said. There was an "Amrgamaniacs" tutorial, which surveyed the advantages of the Amiga for multi- media developers. John Donovan, Amiga editor for Verbum, suggests that new platform-emulation utilities for the Amiga, the dedicated graphics ancf audio chips, and inherent architectural advantages for video handling combine to make the Amiga the power platform for the future of multimedia. Cur rently the majority of American developers use an expensive Silicon Graphics workstation or a Macintosh computer (which has only one CPU for handling all data, including graphics and audio.) Donovan showed the A4000 and its exciting new object-oriented Workbench 3.0 with Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA), shared palette capability, PostScript-print support, file-formal converter, high-density drives, graphic windows of stored video images, and the "locale library" that supports 17 languages to help developers internationalize applications rapidly. He pointed out that the Amiga's cooperative (versus preemptive) multitasking allows multimedia developers to have MIDI programs running in the background, with Arexx tie-ins between image-processing programs such as ASDG's Art Department Pro and NewTek's Digi-Paint, so that, "a developer doesn’t have to take time to develop macro language; they can set up looping programs to automatically process thousands of images between applications tied together in the integrated environment." Cooperative Development Steve Hicks of Laser Motion demonstrated platform emulation, using ReadySoft's Amax II + to emulate the black-and-white Macintosh series. The Amiga's dedicated graphics chip gave an impressive power boost to such programs as Aldus ? ProWrite 3.3 gives you more power than ever before. More powerful graphic handling, including automatic text-wrap. Print preview. Password protection for your documents. The ability to name and find pictures in long documents. Full clipboard support, for seamless exchange of text and pictures with other programs. And HotUnHs »1 Al support, giving you total integration of ProWrite with other HotLinks-capable programs! ProWrite is the best selling word processor for the Amiga®, and for good reason. High performance. Ease-of-use. Constant updates and enhancements. And now a new low price! ProWrite 3.3 The Best Just Keeps Getting Better Proven Performance Combine this with ProWrites already formidable feature set, and you have the most powerful word processor for the Amiga. Features like multiple fonts and pictures. A spelling checker with over 100,000 dictionary words. A thesaurus with over 300,000 cross-references. Outline font support, jaggie- free printing, for high-quality7 printing on dot-matrix printers. PostScript printing. Macros and AREXX support for power users. Mail merge, for form letters. And multiple columns, including side-by-side columns for writing audio video scripts a ProWrite exclusive! And the list goes on! NEW HORIZONS New Horizons Software, Inc, • 206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109 • Austin, Texas 78746 • (512) 328-6650 Circle 65 on Reader Service card. And of course, ProWrite 3.3 retains the speed and ease-of-use that has made it famous with thousands of Amiga users world-wide. New Low Price! Even with all this power, ProWrite is more affordable than ever before because ProWrite is available now for only S99.95! So you no longer have a reason not to treat vourself to the best! R See for yourself what makes ProWrite the most popular word 'gavv0, processor for the Amiga. Visit your local Amiga dealer and put the power of ProWrite to work for _ you today! ProWrite is a registered trademark of New 1 Iorizons Software, Inc. 1 lotLinks is a trademark of Soft-Logik Publishing Corp. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Features “What you see is what you get" display. Multiple fonts, sizes, styles, and colors. Outline font support. Insert IFF and HAM pictures in your documents. • Automatically wrap text around pictures.
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(306) 242-4000 = IturV ifelrtdf !' 11C1 ¦ mm r I*I Aa b Wo The built-in Pair Kerning lets you visually adjust letter pairs for automatic kerning! Page and Function Genies actually layout your pages for you and perform all kinds of tasks like table creation, drop caps and more. 4.0 has even more time saving Genies. And you get a special Genie Editor chat makes it easy to write your own. Mike: This looks great-..see you at the meeting! ED Industrial Videos Sales Tapes Iris Commercials S3- Multimedia Presentations Import graphics from a wide range of formats and platforms, including: IFF, GIF, TIF. PCX. BMP. Pro Draw. EPS with TIF preview header. PLUS Adobe Illustrator and Aldus Freehand files can be imported and even hot-linked to Professional Draw for editing! THE BEST VALUE! And speaking of money, all this extra value still sells for the same low price of $ 295 msrp. If you already own Professional Page, call right away for your upgrade, a real steal at only $ 75, And if your dealer doesn't have version 4 yet, don’t panic, just buy version 3 and we’ll give you a free upgrade.' You can't lose with Professional Page 4.0, the consistent leader in Amiga publishing. Period, visual page sorter, Professional Page
4. 0 makes professional layout a snap. You can even see and edit two pages at once. Or visually change the kerning of your fonts. And don’t forget the Genies that will iayout your pages for you and even perform mail merge and other time savers. No matter what your business is, from Desktop Publishing to Video Production, Professional Page is the answer to quickly creating great looking documents that make you money. GOLD DISK
P. O. Box 789 Streetsville Mississauga. Ontario L5M 2C2 Canada Circle 154 on Reader Service card, THE BEST PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING SYSTEM FOR THE AMIGA, EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT TO MAKE A CAREER OF IT See Your Dealer or Call 1-800-465-3375 1-416-602-4000 'To get your free upgrade send in jour registration card and proof of purthcse doted between 12 1 92 and 3 1 93. Pleose mart (tie envelope 'Professional Page 4 free upgrade." Gold Disk, Professional Poge, and Professional Draw are registered trademarks of Gold M Inc. All other products mentioned ore trademarks of •heir respective owners, NOW A4000 I AGA CHIP SET COMPATIBLE FOR 256 COLORS ON SCREEN! THE BEST PROGRAM The new Professional Page 4.0 makes It easier than ever to produce professional documents that enhance your image and improve your business. A host of new graphic and text import filters give you greater connectivity to other programs and other platforms. The free hot-linked word processor and paint program make your work faster and changes easier. In fact, from the new font preview to the variable zoom to the advanced Missing link Found You have only 1 video slot in your Amiga®. Only GVP's IV24 nutkes sure yon Like maximum advantage of it. No otiter multi-function video enhancement peripheral links vour Amiga to more video equipment, multi-media and other devices, boards and programs than GVP's 1V24. Check out these features: ? Separate Composite and RGB Video Genlocks ? 1.5MB. 2-i-bit. 16.8 Million Color Frame Buffer ? Realtime Framegrabber Digitizer ? Flicker- Eliminator (de-interlaced video) ? RGB, Composite, S-VHS and optional Gompanent (YUV) Format Compatibility witli the VUJ ? Picture-ln-Picture (PIP) Video-Over- Application or Application-Over-Video Display ? Digital and Analog Key Inputs. GVFS bundled software Ls your link to creative imaging. There’s absolutely no ? Desktop Darkroom limit to your creativity, imaging and fun with “I found a link to a money-making opportunity...” PALL GILMAN. Entrepreneur (Scientist Retired. Kodak), Personal Sports Cards, Penfield, NY "I bought GVP’s IV24 so my grandson and 1 can make and sell personalized baseball cards with Deluxe Paint®. The IV24 Ls die only product on die market with the RGB LN and OUT I needed to connect my video camera to a Kodak® thermal printer. It suits my needs perfectly. I've used many SV24 features including Picture-ln- Picture and they -re all superb.” What's vour link to GVP's IV24? With the IV 24. All the bundled software and vour choice of Vils, our links are endless. Am$ * is a mdtm*rk of Commodra-Axmg*, Inc IV 24, My LAD, MiCfcPjmt, Aid Duk p Dvkrooa rockmerlo of G nti V 11 ty P odvcti, lac All olber tfKkroerfe the pvDpeny of respectve ‘I1 Copyright. 1992 GrtnV*Ilty Proda The IV24 Video Imaging System by GVP is your computer it 1.JJJ? ¦ :• ¦ ¦ t-St ? QlODH ? IquH mmm* laoo 4 ¦¦
9. 1 the full range of software included vvitli vour IV24: Desktop DarkroomIM brings die photo shop to your desktop with filters, special effects and color separations capability from images captured by the IV24 and video camera. VCR. Other video sources. Explore photography's future, today. My LAD'M (My Live Action Director) makes everyone a professional video- grapher with a 3 signal, 2-input switcher and St) spectacular transitions. New, enlianced Macropaint-!V24™ lets the artist in you truly express itself with
16. 8 million color paint and image digitizing that shows your work in 24 bits as you use it. I M" I 'liijiiHWliy Plus, an easy-to-leam video titling system for your videos and multi-media presenta- tions. Its well its an introduction to the exciting world of 3-D modeling. F no IV24'S VIII: Your link to more power and productivity from your current hardware The heart of every IV24 is the Video Interface Unit (VIU) with fully adjustable, software controlled, multiple video format capability for complete versatility and flexibility when H comes to video production signal compatibility. Choose: VllkS (RGB Splitter): Composite, S-Video (Y C) and RGB input sources; sync generation; signal line stabilization; both Composite ond S-Video for video tape recording or standard monitor viewing; input for external digital or analog Composite key source for Chroma Luminance keying. VIU-CT (Component Transcoder): All ihe VIU-S features, plus RGB to Y R-Y B-Y and Y R-Y B-Y to RGB input and output conversions for Betacam MII; VGA-styie monitor passthrough. “ found a link to creating great special effects on Nickelodeon *s Nick Arcade...” Karim Miteff Co.. Producer. Nickelodeon Arcade, Belhea Mkeff Productions, Orlando, FL “I created 24-bii files from graphics to keep their colors intact These images were captured by die Quimtel Paintbox® from die 1V24’S analog RGB output. The Paintbox generated background then captured by the TV'24 via RGB, The most telling testament to the board’s quality is that the FV24 received the best response of all the Amiga-related devices I hare shown broadcast engineers." “I found a link to corporate presentations” Bill Evans, Corporate Communications Technician. Fabmet Corp., Carden Grove, CA “I use the IV24 mainly as a 24 bit display device in an A3000.1 scan in 24 bit images with an Epson® 24 bit scanner, and then network them to a Video Toaster®. The finished product Ls displayed in our training room on two 27" Mitsubishi® monitors J will also use die IV24 with a Polaroid® freeze frame unit.”
- t: : 7 found a link to great animations... ” Tom Hutchison, Producer, Wild Orchid Graphics, Oty Rock, ok “IV24 Ls what I’ve been waiting for. I use it widi Imagine® software to produce animations for a load cable company, i really like being able to use one monitor and have a de-interlaced output diat integrates into die system belter dian any other frame buffers 1 looked at. JCT nr For more information or your nearest GYP Dealer, phone 215-337-8770 today. GVP For technical information call 215-354-9495 GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS, INC PHONE 70 600 CLARK AVENUE KING OF PRUSSIA. PA I 9A06 U.S.A FAX 215* 337*9922 Circle 25 on Header Service card CONTENTS VOLUME 9, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1993 FEATURES Devices 8c Desires B Sheldon Leemon ..30 This comparative evaluation of 13 enhanced- display devices is designed to satisfy your every desire for the richer color and in- creased resolution of 24-bit Amiga graphics. Four Color for More Color By Steven Blaize .39 While our lead article shows you how to achieve greater color resolution on screen, this companion piece will help you output those colorful results on paper via an assortment of'full-color printing techniques. ARTICLES The “Language” of Motion By Mark Jordan .... 43 Learning the secrets of a dynamic new programming tool in the AMOS language will help you put some powerful zip into your Amiga animations, games, and other graphics creations. The Great Amiga Back(up) Off By JeffJames ...49 Seven hungry hard-drive back-up utilities square off in a rigorous test of speed, performance features, ease of use, and value vs. price. Digging into DOS - 4 By Sheldon Leemon ..43 This month’s installment of our series on AmigaDOS 2.0 shows you how to take advantage of the vastly improved font- handling capabilities of Workbench 2.0. COLUMNS Editor’s Drawer By Dennis Brisson .6 The editor spells out some tough decisions users will soon be facing in the wake of Commodore's introduction of the new AGA line of Amiga computers. Accent on Graphics By Joel Hagen ..60 In the second of a two-pai ter on “pulling tilings in perspective," you'll learn how to simulate the parallax effect to heighten the illusion of depth in your animations. "Devices and Desires" p. 30 Dneerjid display hoards for 24-bit graphics. Video Suite By Geoffrey Williams ..62 If you want to do an Amiga video studio on a shoestring, here’s how to pull off a nifty feat of economy using a camcorder as your sole piece of video gear. DEPARTMENTS Overscan .. 8 Four jam-packed pages of Amiga news, new products, and network goings-on. Help Key ..110 Wily Tim Walsh takes over the reigns full time here at the help line to whip your tech problems into shape. AW Product Information ......1 14 To contact the developer of any product mentioned in this issue of Amiga World, consult our all-in-one “Manufacturers’ Distributors’ Addresses” list. The Last Word 120 A healthy dose of reader feedback. REVIEWS SAS C6.0 (545 Institute) ...18 Major overhaul of the world-class (1 development system for the Amiga. Scala Multimedia 200 (Scala) ..20 Moving to the head of the multimcdia- presentation class. PhonePak VFX (G i>) ...24 This slick phone-maiI fax system could be habit forming. Final Copy II (Softwood) .74 A happy hybrid of word-processing desktop-publishing capabilities. G-Lock (GVP) 76 Three-in-one genlock encoder transcoder. OPALVlSION 1.1 (Centaur) .77 Fast release of an enhanced version of the new 24-hit graphics system. TechnoSound Turbo 2.7 (Griffin) 82 Economical sampling editing combo. MorphPlus (ASDG) ......83 Morphing plus a slew of other great special effects. TOUCHDOWN 100 (New Horizons) ..84 250MB streaming-tape drive. (JAMES CRIB Notes By Peter Olafson......92 The maestro unleashes a Pandora's box of nifty Ultima VI cheats and tricks. Lure of the Temptress (Konami) 92 Fascinating animated adventure in the classic mode. CAMPAIGN (Empire Readysoft).....96 Strategy and tactics in the NVWII arena. Compilation Compendium.....98 Four collections of classics revisited. Short Takes 102 Capsule reviews of new Amiga games. The Next Round ......106 Announcements of upcoming titles in the Amiga game market. About the Cover For more details about the full-color Amiga-generated image on this month’s cover, see the box on p. 120. COVER SCREEN IMAGE IVY MARK MILLER COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY EDWARD JUD1CE Amiga World 3 How can we make such a bold statement? Take a look and compare for yourself. I I t 6-LOCK advantages abound ? Real-Time, Software-Controlled Video Processor (Proc Amp) with Complete Video Signal Processing Control. ? Complete 2-Input Audio Processing with Real-Time Volume, Bass, Treble, Mix and Mute Control Add DSS8” Audio Samples to Your Videos. ? Software Controlled RGB Color Splitter for Use with NewTek Digi-View " and Other Video Digitizers. And only G-LOCK offers. • . Full transcoder operation with composite, Y C, and RGB YUV outputs; ECS M kcyer modes control; complete AmigaVision* and Scala" compatibility; and a host of other features only GYP realized you want from a quality genlock but you'd never expect at such an affordable price. Aimpj jrtJ ArfujciVnnh or frjiiurfrd f r*drrrurks i Cornfn*Jtw-Aini£i' Inc GV'P, G-Lctk, and DSS8 arc tradcmirScs of Gmt Valley Produtti. Inc Digi-Vic* 11 t iradc-frurk ofNcwTcfc. Inc C Copyright 1992 Gtru Valley PwdtHt. Inc The differences between G-LOCK and all other gen- ; lock boards start with these time-saving, creativity- | generating benefits only available on G-LOCK: i ? Push-button Control Panels with Intuitive, Mouse-Click Simplicity with Full Arexx and CLI Interfaces. ? Software Switchable between wf 2 Composite Video > . • For more information or your nearest GVP Dealer, phone 215-337-8770 today. For technical information call 215-354-9495 GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS, INC 600 CLARK AVENUE KING OF PRUSSIA. PA 19406 U.S.A. PHONE 215*337*8770 * FAX 215*337*9922 Circle 1 on Reader Service card. Create video and multi-media productions that totally unite your video, audio, and Amiga graphics on demand... at the click of a mouse! CAT’s G-LOCK is without doubt the easiest, most flexible, most capable, high performance genlock you can buy for your Amiga. Amigallbrtd (ISSN 08811-2390) h an independent journal not connected with Commodore Bushier Machines. Inc. .¦ImigtilVorM i' published monthly by lech Media Isibtishing, Inc., an IDG Company. 80 him St.. Ivterixmmgh. Nil 03438. 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• • • • • • £DRAWER Vm Just when you thought it was safe to settle back with your familiar Amiga computer, Commodore forces you to make some tough choices. Commodore Users at the Crossroads You may have survived the multimedia blitz. Or artfully dodged the pitch for productivity. Or escaped unimpaired the entertainment invasion. But you belter brace yourself for the next barrage. We are in the throes of a revolutionary computer change, featuring a new generation of Commodore machines and accompanied by new graphics standards with more colors and higher resolution, faster processing speeds, new hardware features, and a new operating system. Pit)' the poor Amiga traveler. He or she won’t be able to elude the invasion. The only recourse is to get a grip and decide which road to take: the new expressway of AGA graphics, or the old streets, more familiar and secure. Commodore recently took advantage of the Comdex Show to formally intro- duce the new A1200 computer in the US. This follows on the heels two months earlier of the debut of the A4000, Commodore’s 25 Mhz ’040- based computer with expanded graphics capabilities. The A4000, which replaced the ECS chip set with the AGA chip set, is dearly targeting the high-end market with applications for the professional and business markets. Its little brother, the A1200, features a smaller case and less expansion potential. But includes the same audio and graphics capabilities, as well as the new operating system. Commodore emphasized that the A1200 does not supplant the A600 or A2000 computers, whose Fates depend on user demand. With its features and price point, the A1200 is well-suited for the home user or where a back-up computer system or portability, such as in kiosk displays, is warranted. Commodore, with its engineers as busy as elves on Christmas Eve, is to be commended for meeting the needs of today’s creative users from the ama- J teur artist to the video professional. CBM s announcements designed to counter recent moves in other markets that featured the relaunch of two competitive computers (PC and Mac Classic) dearly strengthen the Amiga’s position as the multimedia micro best suited for video, animation, presentation, and graphics. Now, with the release of the low-cost A1200, Commodore is also addressing the needs of non-video users, regardless of application business, productivity, entertainment, education, whatever. Several products both hardware and software for the new machines are already on the scene, and we know that more are on the way. The Com- modorc support market is gearing up to develop and modify its existing products to make sure they’re compatible with the AGA standard and die new operating system. AmigaWorld will report on these new developments as they become available. J It’s an exciting time. Commodore’s new machines have been well-received by users, dealers and developers. We anticipate that this will translate into exciting new products and applications for these machines...and can’t wait to see what else Commodore has in store. What all this means for you, Amiga user, is that you have some tough choices to make. For some of us the choice is obvious: “1 want to ride the cresting waves, so AGA is for me.” Others may be more reticent, preferring to follow in die wake and wait for sales and support to be established. But what about the rest? Will we hit the waves or sit on shore? Dennis Brisson Editor-in-Chief The expansion features of the Amiga only make die decision process more difficult. With Commodore’s new A570, for instance, Amiga 500 owners can add a CD-ROM drive, which opens tip a whole new world of CD storage and capability, CDTV titles, additional RAM, and expandability options. Video artists can use existing Amigas, all of which, to some extent, can be used for video work. And, if you’ve already added an accelerator to your Amiga, you may not need the speed increase of the new machines. For some, die mem- on- of a recent purchase a video card or another hard drive, for example may have diminished your enthusiasm, j as well as your pocketbook, for another high-tech computer. But if, on the other hand, you want the latest in graphics capabilities, then the choice is clear. You’ll have to join the AGA generation. Until someone develops a practical alternative, there seems to be no way to upgrade existing Amigas to the new graphics standards. So there’s the choice: Keep your present system and purchase add-on products that increase its power and productivity or buy one of the new machines. Some Amiga owners, like some car owners, must have the newest model each year, while others are content to keep the older buggy as long as it runs well. It depends on your needs and applications. But don’t wait too long to decide. 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U. SA PHONE 215*337-8770 FAX 215*337*9922 For more information or your nearest GVP Dealer, call 215*337*8770. Deafer inquiries welcome. For technical support call 215*354*9495. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore Amiga, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respectrve owners, © 1992 Great Valley Products, Inc. OVERSCAN News, New Products and Networks Just Imagine If'you're looking for software designed to work with Impulses Imagine, look here. Unlike texture maps or brush maps, the algorithmic textures with which Imagine lets you define attributes contain no pixel artifacts. Apex Software can more than quintuple the number of algorithmic textures that come standard with Imagine. Essence ($ 79.95; R$ 126) gives you 65 new possibilities, ranging from the simple Hex (colored hexagonal tiles) to the complex Fractal Noise (a turbulent, detail-rich natural-looking coloring for such objects as clouds, lire, planets, and so on). The algorithms are fully compatible with the floating-point versions of Imagine 2.0, 1,1, and even its predecessor Turbo Silver; sufficient demand will result in an integer version designed to run on 68000 machines, (Turn to p. 60 to see Essence textures implemented in Bradley Schenck’s “Study” image.) Impulse itself is distributing an Italian program, Morphus ($ 119.95), “a kind of solid modeler.” Morphus accepts a TDDD object or group previously created with other modelers, and then deforms the loaded surface and saves one or more TDDD files with the same configurations as the original object. The structure remains unaltered except for 3-D point coordinates. Because Morphus computes matrices, it involves many calculations and therefore provides increased performance on accelerated Amigas. The amount of memory it The sixth annual Hit.Movie contest will mil April 9-12 in Riccionc, Italy. Categories include still images, animations, and real-time music. All entries must be created on a personal computer, and must be postmarked by March 10, 1993. For more information, write to Bit.Movie '93, do Carlo Mainardi, via Bologna 13,47036 Riccionc, Italy. Or, fax him at 39-541- 646635. Requires depends on the number of points and edges you specify; by default the program runs with 1MB. (RS 127.) CyberArts Reveals Amiga is Positioned for Multimedia PASADENA, CALIFORNIA For those concerned with the evolving worlds of interactive multimedia and virtual reality (VR), one of the most significant conferences each year is CyberArts Internationa!. The third annual show was held October 29-November 1 in Pasadena. Founded by the publishers of Keyboard Magazine, the show feels like a cross between a futuristic Renaissance Faire and an intergalaclic meeting of artists, scientists, developers, and business scouts. The Exhibit Hall is a three-ring circus of exotic futurists decked out in VR helmets and bodysuits inviting visitors to experience new realms of multi- sensory imagination. The tutorial sessions are in- depth demonstrations of the latest hardware and software tools, with practical business discussions on multimedia VR applications for interactive games, education, film production, theme parks, architecture, and industrial design. This year the Grand Hall sessions examined startling new multi- media applications and challenged attendees to consider the social impact of their creations. The very last event of the conference is the Artists' Summit, a dedicated forum for the exchange of ideas and contacts for those seeking technical solutions, sources of funding, and collaborative partners. To locate the vendors of products mentioned, see the "Manufacturers' Distributors' Addresses" list on p. 114. Amiga users may be proud to know that the hands-down hit was Virtuality. Driven by a welt- hidden A3000. It is the first fairway-slyle VR game being installed in malls around the country. Busy conference attendees stood in line 40 minutes to get their turn on the Virtuality cybernaut platform. The Amiga Angle Animator = and AmigaWortd contributor) Steve Segal was spotted looking over Autodesk's highly- publicized new S3000 3-D Studio package for the PC. As an Imagine and LightWave user, Steve was surprised at the relative clumsiness of 3-D Studio's interface and navigating tools. "It’s not close to what we already have in LightWave," he said. There was an "Amrgamaniacs" tutorial, which surveyed the advantages of the Amiga for multi- media developers. John Donovan, Amiga editor for Verbum, suggests that new platform-emulation utilities for the Amiga, the dedicated graphics ancf audio chips, and inherent architectural advantages for video handling combine to make the Amiga the power platform for the future of multimedia. Cur rently the majority of American developers use an expensive Silicon Graphics workstation or a Macintosh computer (which has only one CPU for handling all data, including graphics and audio.) Donovan showed the A4000 and its exciting new object-oriented Workbench 3.0 with Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA), shared palette capability, PostScript-print support, file-formal converter, high-density drives, graphic windows of stored video images, and the "locale library" that supports 17 languages to help developers internationalize applications rapidly. He pointed out that the Amiga's cooperative (versus preemptive) multitasking allows multimedia developers to have MIDI programs running in the background, with Arexx tie-ins between image-processing programs such as ASDG's Art Department Pro and NewTek's Digi-Paint, so that, "a developer doesn’t have to take time to develop macro language; they can set up looping programs to automatically process thousands of images between applications tied together in the integrated environment." Cooperative Development Steve Hicks of Laser Motion demonstrated platform emulation, using ReadySoft's Amax II + to emulate the black-and-white Macintosh series. The Amiga's dedicated graphics chip gave an impressive power boost to such programs as Aldus ? ProWrite 3.3 gives you more power than ever before. More powerful graphic handling, including automatic text-wrap. Print preview. Password protection for your documents. The ability to name and find pictures in long documents. Full clipboard support, for seamless exchange of text and pictures with other programs. And HotUnHs »1 Al support, giving you total integration of ProWrite with other HotLinks-capable programs! ProWrite is the best selling word processor for the Amiga®, and for good reason. High performance. Ease-of-use. Constant updates and enhancements. And now a new low price! ProWrite 3.3 The Best Just Keeps Getting Better Proven Performance Combine this with ProWrites already formidable feature set, and you have the most powerful word processor for the Amiga. Features like multiple fonts and pictures. A spelling checker with over 100,000 dictionary words. A thesaurus with over 300,000 cross-references. Outline font support, jaggie- free printing, for high-quality7 printing on dot-matrix printers. PostScript printing. Macros and AREXX support for power users. Mail merge, for form letters. And multiple columns, including side-by-side columns for writing audio video scripts a ProWrite exclusive! And the list goes on! NEW HORIZONS New Horizons Software, Inc, • 206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109 • Austin, Texas 78746 • (512) 328-6650 Circle 65 on Reader Service card. And of course, ProWrite 3.3 retains the speed and ease-of-use that has made it famous with thousands of Amiga users world-wide. New Low Price! Even with all this power, ProWrite is more affordable than ever before because ProWrite is available now for only S99.95! So you no longer have a reason not to treat vourself to the best! R See for yourself what makes ProWrite the most popular word 'gavv0, processor for the Amiga. Visit your local Amiga dealer and put the power of ProWrite to work for _ you today! ProWrite is a registered trademark of New 1 Iorizons Software, Inc. 1 lotLinks is a trademark of Soft-Logik Publishing Corp. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Features “What you see is what you get" display. Multiple fonts, sizes, styles, and colors. Outline font support. Insert IFF and HAM pictures in your documents.
• Automatically wrap text around pictures.
• Multiple columns, with snaking or side-by- side text flow. Spelling checker with 100,000 word dictionary. Thesaurus with 300,000 cross-references. Full system clipboard support. I lotLinbTM support. Undo anil Redo command. Alail merge. AREXX port. Macros, when used with AREXX. Name and search for pictures in a document. Speaking capability, to read back document contents. Separate odd and even page headers and footers. Paragraph sorting. Automatic page numbering, wirh five different page number styles. Insert current date and time, with five different date formats and two time formats. Word count and readability level calculation. Up to 10 documents open at the same time. Document password protection. User-set document comments. Horizontal and or vertical document rulers, for precise positioning. Custom page sizes. Print preview. PostScript printing, in black & white or color. High-quality graphics printing for jaggie-free output. Print NLQ text and graphics at the same time. Complete printer control, including sideways printing and 4,096 color printing. Automatic rimed saves and backups. Import and export Professional Page text files. Comprehensive keyboard commands. Easy to use “3-D" user interface look. Fully customizable. Full support for Kickstart 2.0. Requires Kickstart 1.2 or later, one megabyte of memory, and two disk drives. Pagemaker. Many develpopers are looking forward to the ability to develop QuickTime movies with the Amiga, but Utilities Unlimited's Emplant board, which promises to emulate the color Mac llci, is not yet available. This could be a breakthrough for developers, as most multimedia- development software and applications are now for Mac, even though the Amiga is inherently more flexible. PC emulators such as Commodore's Bridgeboard and Vortex's Atonce, allow 0 V E R s C A Amiga's multitasking flexibility to toggle between PC and Amiga applications. Centaur's OpalVision, with its 24-bit color graphics tools. ASDG's Morph Plus, and NewTek’s LightWave were among other Amiga products demonstrated. Meanwhile, back in the halls, some techno- trekkies exchanged exotic ideas about the future of direct neural implants, but the greatest excitement was generated by the affordability of multi- media tools, which Stewart Brad (developer of The Whole Earth Catalog and the Well computer network) called "the new peasant technology, within reach of every home." He predicts this technology will progressively replace passive linear entertainment with smart TV systems that are linked to computer exchanges, through which many people can simultaneously play in the same interactive movie and then create their own. Stay tuned, cybernauts. Patrie Hed und Long-overdue praise and recognition is in order for those who enjoy serving as sysop (system operator) for a public BBS. Amiga users have fewer sources of system-specific information than, say, IBM-PC owners, so bulletin- board systems are invaluable to them. As timely sources, they are important tools not only for individuals, but for users’ groups, manufacturers, and anyone needing to collect or distribute files and garner feedback. But, while BBS sysops can rest assured that they are providing an important service, I feel obligated to forewarn, though not discourage, any considering this de- mandingjob. (And long-term stints as a sysop for various BBSs make me somewhat of an authority.) ON-LINE SCAN By Tim Walsh Self Motivation 'Hie task reminds me of my childhood career as a sidewalk snow shoveller. What that lowly position lacked in prestige, it also lacked in compensation. And just when I’d decided that the job couldn’t get worse, neighborhood kids discovered great sport in pelting me with snowballs. Nonetheless, small signs of appreciation from anyone who didn’t slip and fall as a result of my efforts made it gratifying work. Maintaining a public BBS is no sweat physically, but otherwise it’s like having Bruegel the Elder paint endless landscapes of despair deep in one’s psyche. In place of back pain, you get unpredictable hardware, software, and phone-line failures. Instead of low wages, there are (usually) no wages. And, lacking snowballs, errant juveniles hurl grammatically incorrect insults at your message area. Finally, increasing success demands an ever greater price: The time spent maintaining the BBS grows in proportion to numbers of callers, inquiries, and files. If operating a BBS required only a dedication to appreciative callers, a dog could do it. But to be a good sysop, you need unselfish willingness to sacrifice your free time even to the unappreciative. Even the busiest sysops learn that ii pays to answer all posted questions within a day or two, lest the BBS users become restless. If there’s a plus side to being a sysop, a less-than-prompt response to inquiries usually creates little more than mutual bitter feelings, and all but the rudest callers are understanding. But the prerequisites don’t end with time and patience; setting up a BBS demands at least one reliable, hard-drive- equipped Amiga, at least one modem with a dedicated phone line, and, of course, software. Software is where the commercial networks oiler relief There’s no need for a sysop to [dunk down big bucks for a commercial BBS program; shareware and freeware programs are amply supplied on the nets. Software Assistance Because most of these programs are available on all the networks, I’ll list the more popular ones available on BIX, CompuServe, Genie, and Portal: BaudBandit BBS: The most recent version, 5.7, was uploaded to several major nets in mid-November. This Arexx-basccl version seemingly oilers whatever option your BBS needs. There are 99 file libraries and fully threaded message conferences. Numbers of users, files, and messages are determined by storage space. Elite BBS 31: A popular multitasking BBS, with few bells and whistles, for getting up and running in a hurry. Falcon BBS: Available on most nets in two parts that appear as FALCONl.LZH and FALCON2. LZH, this is a much souglu-after BBS. Equipped with Fidonet support, Falcon offers message editors, programmable menus, and up to 100 message bases and file areas. Proteus BBS Engine Package: Another Arexx-based programming package, Proteus comes with the BBS server and system scripts. A working knowledge of Arcxx commands and scripts is mandatory, as Arcxx is used to program all user interaction. Micro Host 1.3: Roughly 27K. In size, MicroHost is probably the smallest Amiga BBS you will find. Sure, it lacks most features of larger BBS programs, but it makes for a great way to quickly familiarize yourself with bulletin hoards. Finally, don’t overlook the vast array of BBS utilities, maintenance files, and BBS- specific games in the Amiga areas. An essential for all Amiga BBSs is Starlight Answering Machine, which appeal's on just about every network, frequently as STARLIGHT.LZH. When your BBS is down for main- r tenance, this program lets callers know when to expect it back in operation. This is just a small sampling of BBSs and related files on the nets. Now that I've warned you of the pitfalls of sysop-hood, I can, in good conscience, recommend that you download a snazzy new »¦ BBS. Just be sure to set aside some time to run it. BIX 800 227-2983 617 354-4137 CompuServe 614 457-0802 800 848-8199 Genie 800 638-9636 Portal Communications Company 408 973-91 1 1 THU IS THE INFORMATION YOU REQULSTEP. U HflT PO YOU__ THWK7 Now, founAmigai 2000 3000 is a Computer, Fax Machine, VoiceMail System, and Answering Machine all at once! GVP's NEW honePak
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o V i: r s ; Increased Force If you’ve got Great Valley Products1 G-Force G40 accelerator for the A2000, you can increase the speed of your floating-point intensive operations simply by adjusting the syntax of your start-up file. Product manager Gary Nusli explained that G-Force 040 owners should find the line in the user- startup file that reads:
* ** GvpCpuCtrl >nil: FastROM and change it to: GvpCpuCtrl >nil: FastROM MoveSSP According to GYP, this modification If You’ve Got It ... Several shows will flaunt the latest Amiga technology in the coming months. Here's the most recent listing: Image World West * February 2-4 San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA 914 328-9157 Image World The Government Show * March 17-19 Sheraton Washington Washington, D.C. Buy Monthly Want to build your collection of textures and backgrounds on a regular basis? Every month, DRC Sequential Graphics' releases a new Digital Collage package two disks containing ten texture files, five 16-color full overscan backdrops, and five to ten Dpaint motion clips. You can buy a 6-, 12-, or 24-month subscription for $ 30, $ 587, or S100, respectively. (RS 129.) Results in rendering-speed increases up to 550 percent. Nush notes that the newest version of the install disk (1.2) will incorporate the new command into the user-startup file. (RS 134.) 914 328-9157 World of Commodore April 2-4 New York, New York 416 285-5950 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) April 19-22 Las Vegas, NV 202 429-5300
* Image World shows incorporate Video Expo and CAMMP Look, No Hands! Polished Publishing The annual World of Amiga show in Toronto introduced only a handful of new products this year, most of them coming from desktop-publishing pros Gold Disk (RS 131) and Soft-Logik (RS 132). Gold Disk's PageSetter 3 and Professional Page 4 should be shipping by the time you read this. Pro Page 4, available to 3.0 owners for S75, promises full compatability with CBM's new AGA chip set, and includes a hot-linked paint program graphics editor for making quick changes to images in your layout. And thanks to new import filters, you can incorporate graphics generated in IBM PC and Macintosh GIF, TIF, PCX, BMP, and EPS formats. PageSetter 3 ($ 99), Gold Disk's entry-level page-layout program, provides an integrated text- and graphics-creatlon and layout solution, with its layout capabilities, word processor, spelling checker, and color paint program all linked together. The AGA-supporting package includes 120 pieces of hires structured clip art. Although details are not available for Pro Draw 4 as of this writing, Gold Disk anticipates a March release for the AGA-supportive software. Contact the company for details. Instead of upgrades, Soft-Logik announced some totally new programs. TypeSmith (S199.95), "the first Amiga font outline editor," promises professional editing capabilities. With it, you can edit and create PostScript, Compugraphic and Soft-Logik's own outline fonts. Whatever you create you can then save in any of these formats or in PostScript Type 3 format. Besides using TypeSmith’s drawing tools to create faces, you can also import characters and symbols from structured-drawing software. TypeSmith supports both Arexx and Soft-Logik's HotLinks data-exchange system. Also totally new (albeit long-awaited) is Soft-Logik's Art Expressions! Structured-draw program (S249.95). The software supports all the major standards, allowing you to convert and load files directly from Gold Disk's Pro Draw, Oxxi's Aegis Draw, Stylus' ProVector, and from the Mac's Adobe Illustrator. It also loads and saves its own PostScript files. Encapsulated PostScript, and IFF DR2D. Among the program's features are an array of basic shape and complex path tools, and editing functions that let you add, delete, move, join, split, and align points in objects. You can also close paths, create text objects, change magnification levels, and throw in some special effects aligning text to curves, warping it inside shapes, or blending objects and colors for shape metamorphosis and shading. After building its reputation with hand scanners, Migraph now releases the PS- 400 Wand, a full-page (8-V2X 14-inch) monochrome scanner. According to Migraph, the wand of fers many of the advantages of a flatbed scanner (including an optional §249 sheet feeder to process several pages automatically) at a lower price. The PS-400 offers four dither patterns for scanning colors and halftones, including an 8x8 pattern that provides up to 256 gray scales via software conversion, plus a line-art text setting, three text-scanning resolutions (200, 300, and 400 dpi), and 31 resolutions for image scanning (from 100 to 400 dpi in 10 dpi increments). The Wand comes bundled with Mi- graph’s Touch-Up software for $ 799; for another $ 100 you also gel Migraph’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. And if you already own a Migraph or Golden Image hand scanner, you can trade up at a special price directly through Migraph. (RS 128.) Minding The Store Running low on cache? When your next paycheck comes in, you might part with a few bucks foi Silicon Prairie's HyperCache (S49.95), a filesystem and device accelerator. HyperCache Professional was designed to work with any device, regardless of its type or the file system you use. Silicon Prairie has tested the software on equipment ranging from C Ltd.’s controllers to the latest CD-ROM systems. And it reports success, particularly with OldFileSystem, FastFileSystem (all versions). CrossDOS, Multi- DOS, and Commodore’s A590. Accelerated systems show the greatest benefit, and 68030 68040 versions are available as well. The software automatically configures itself to a 512K cache, which you can adjust. In addition, you can alter the geometry in terms of the number of lines, sets, and prefetch. (RS 130.) ? WOUND ZONE rsthe .rts With the most powerful, comprehensive 8-bit , Jt Digital Sound Package to ever orchestrate an Amiga -jf IX Digital Sound Studio The Affordable Answer to Your Audio Dreams Record, Edit, Compose... With a high-quality stereo sound sampler; A fast, powerful, easy-to-use sound editor, And a self-contained 4-track sequencer For all the sound effects and music you could ever imagine. ? Record sound samples from any source, including voices, noise, and pre-recorded instruments, to create your own instruments and effects. ? Edit sounds quickly in real time. Add effects like reverb and echo, run sounds backward, alter wave forms, cut and paste sound segments, create loops, eliminate pops and scratches. ? Compose easily using the DSS 4-track sequencer and your Amiga or MIDI keyboard. Draw from up to 31 instruments at a time, in up to four octaves with 8 different variable effects. Mix and modify sounds in real time as you compose, through direct interface with the sound editor. DSS Stretches the outer limits ol 8-blt sound
• Create your own 4-track, self-playing musical compositions.
• Make soundtracks for home video, animation or visual presentations complete with voice-over, sound effects and music.
• Analyze voice patterns and stereo separation.
• Analyze graphic equalization of real-time sound.
• Remove "pops" from old phonograph recordings.
• Create custom instruments and sound effects by collecting and or modifying pre-recorded instruments, voice, or sounds from any source, and use them in your own compositions.
• Save your sound and music to disk or send it out via modem for replay on any Amiga. Chech out these unparalleled features V AmigaDOS 2.0 compatible; written in assembly language. V Multi-tasking operation. V 68020 and 68030 compatible, V Comprehensive tutorial manual helps even beginners get started right away. V Intuition-based graphic interface makes operation easy. V MIDI-in capability. V Direct interface between sequencer and editor. V Hold 31 sound samples in memory at once all shown on screen so they are easy to manipulate. V Effects and processing capabilities include echo, mix, filter, re-sample, sound data inversion, playing sounds backwards, loops, fade-in fade-out and more. V Manipulate sound samples in real time, as you listen. V Create sampled instruments with 1, 3 and 5 octaves. V HIFI recording for highest quality playback.
* Controls for faster slower playback and filtering high frequencies during playback. V Load and save samples, songs and instruments in multiple formats. V Multiple effects for each note. V Stereo and monophonic operation. Also convert mono to stereo or separate stereo. V Auto-playing music modules. V Real-time oscilloscope and spectrum analysis. V Real-time reverberation. » Graphic editing of wave forms through easy-to-use functions, including zoom in out and precision controls for position, frequency and amplitude. V Draw sound waves freehand using the mouse. V Direct editing of individual sample numeric values. V Maximum recording speed of 51,000 samples second (38,908 samples second in stereo). V Savablc Preference settings. V Saves in IFF, SONIX or RAW formats. V' Compatible with SoundTracker, NoiseTracker and SoundFX modules. FX GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. 600 Clark Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 For more information or your nearest GVP dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome. Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337-9922 Making the Upgrade On the upgrade log lhis month are a language, a director)' utility, and a fax modem. Blitz BASIC has been enhanced with an extended command set for writing entertainment software, plus 300 new commands for applications developers. Now handled by Acid Software, Blitz BASIC 2 ($ 159) supports C-type structures, macros, and linked lists. A library management system lets you add your own commands and import others from such standard Amiga libraries as midi.library, arp.library, and so on. Blitz 2 compiles source code into small, 100-percent machine-code stand-alone programs. The upgrade features an inline assembler and supports recursive procedure and function calls. In addition, it comes with an applications designer and live arcade games.(RS 135.) AGA comparability is first on the list of new features for INOVAtronics popular Directory OPUS 4.0 disk- and file-man- agement program. After that come increased audio- and image-llle support, greater customizability, and a more llexi- ble, intuitive interface. Arexx support has been expanded to encompass more than 100 commands, and a new hotkey feature lets you launch any Amiga application from the keyboard so long as OPUS is either running or iconified. New print facilities let you output individual frames from full screen and brush animations. A font-view facility lets you print an entire alphabet of any font. (RS 136.) Users of Supra's SupraFAXModem v32 and v32bis can upgrade to the latest chips, which offer such enhancements and new features as error-correction mode (ECM) and The Silent Answer. ECM ensures the accuracy of fax trans- missions when used with fax software (such as EaxTalk Plus) that supports it. With The Silent Answer, you can use a single telephone line for both voice and fax communication. If the FAXModem detects fax “CNG” tones on an incoming call, it routes the call to the fax software. Otherwise, the modem sits silently on the line while you pick up the call. This free upgrade also improves busy-signal recognition, &V modem settings, v32 v32bis negotiation, and more. For an additional $ 49, those who have Caller ID capabilities (available through many local telephone companies) can identify incoming calls by date, time, and telephone number prior to answering. Because of a reported high demand For this upgrade, it is not being made available to call-in customers: You must order it through the Supra forum on CompuServe (type GO SUPRA to enter the forum), Supra’s BBS (503 967-2444), or by writing to the corporation. (RS 137.) Future Shows Amiga Bright in Britain LONDON, ENGLAND November saw the Future Publishing 16-bit show at Earl's Court in London, which seemed at first to be nothing more than a competition amongst the exhibitors to see who had the loudest PA system. Commodore's presence was as exciting as it was varied. Center stage was shared by the rapidly expanding selection of CDTV titles, and the A4000 and A1200 ranges. The A1200s pricing is aggressive by British standards, £400 buying a single-floppy, 2MB machine, and it is clear that CBM has high hopes for its newest fledgling. Power users and spotty games players dribbled in unison over the A4000, which demonstrated just how fast Dpaint IV can run. Ocean Software has tied up several major licences, with such titles as WWF European Rampage (those nice men in leotards attempt to knock the living daylights out of their European counterparts). Lethal Weapon, and Universal Monsters (which brings Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and other favorites back to the small screen). (RS 120.) Domark had various new products on display, including version 2 of 3-D Construction Kit, which claims to offer home virtual reality and a whole host of improvements over the original. Rampart, a new game, combines strategy with destruction for an effect described as 'like playing Tetris with cannons." AVSB Harrier Assauft promises a multirole strategic, tactical, and operational gameplay scenario. (RS 121.) Gremlin has been busy producing Nigel Hanselt's World Championship, a Formula One racing game that offers 16 different circuits. For those who prefer to race on the highway, Lotus 3 The Ultimate Challenge provides some great arcade or competition driving, along with a course designer. (RS 122.) Psygnosis is ready to release Lemmings II, which promises to be just as successful as the original. Also due out soon are Bill's Tomato Game, an indescribably strange affair in which you assist a tomato across a screenful of obstacles with portable fans, springs, and so on, and Walker, a shoot-em-up with the roles reversed: you defend your robotic wafker from a human onslaught. (RS 123.) Serious uses for the Amiga were also represented. Digita International launched Wordworth 2, a multifeatured word processor with a sharp display and good print output even on inexpensive printers. (RS
124. ) New Dimensions, which is seeking a US distributor, demonstrated the excellent Technosound eight- bit sampling system (RS 125). Two new scanners, one hand-held and one color, were also on display. The Amiga's near domination of the European leisure computer market is now more evident than ever. What is clear is that Commodore at least has its pricing right and software producers have responded to increasing sales. With the new 32-bit machines and continuing strong sales of the first generation Amigas, the future is so bright I’ve got to buy shares! 5’ I it a rt Menges What's Your Vector? Wesson International has three new add-on sector disks ($ 19.95 each) for its Tracon Air Traffic Control Simulator. The new disks Canada, The Pacific, and Australia include a total of 23 international sectors designed to operate with Tracon II. The Canadian Sector Disk contains airspace for Toronto, Quebec, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Anchorage, Alaska. Included on the Pacific Sector Disk are Tokyo, Manila, Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and three Hawaiian sectors Hawaii, Oahu, and Kauai. The Australian Sector Disk, designed by Australian Air Traffic Control instructors, includes Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbaine, as well as three New Zealand sectors Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch. Each of these disks also includes complete voice files and customized aircraft files appropriate to the location to provide the user with a more realistic traffic mix for each sector and airport. (RS 133.) Send news, new products, and network information to Overscan, AmigaWorld Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458. ¦ 14J(ni tuny 1992 No professional art Only ImageFX gives your imagination total image processing freedom. Whatever visual medium you work in photography, graphics, video, animation ImageFX is die one tool you absolutely must own! ? Automatically convert image files to from over 20 different file formats. ? Create true, full motion polymorphic “morphing” animation just like they use in movies, commercials and music videos. ? Generate single and dual It’s like having a professional art department at your fingertips. ImageFX is faster, easier to use, more expandable, more adaptable and more powerful than any other product of its kind for the Amiga®. Here are just a few ways ImageFX expands your visual horizons: ? Scan in or framegrab from a full range of image capturing devices directly into your .Amiga. ? Use your Amiga as an image prepress, color correction system including, CMYK. RGB, HSV and YUV. ? Digitally retouch any image with the most complete set of filters, color gradients, image distortions, masks, and text handling tools available. Image morphs; wave, ripple and spiral effects; water and glass-like distortions; and a wide range of 24-bit transitions. ? Make vour own add-on 4 features with full Arexx™ and C programming language support. ? Enjoy near “real time" painting in 24-bit color. ImageFX is the most exciting and versatile full color, image processing and enhancement system ever made. You owe it to vour imagina- tk>n to buy ImageFX. Image Processing ? Regional I'mcesitye ? Composite Imaging ? RGB. CMYK. M S Adjustments ? Contrast Gamma Adjustment Special Effects ? Full Motion Morphs ? Single Dual Image Morphs ? 24-Bii Transitions ? W axes ami Ripple Effects ? Spiral Effects ? W ater Glass Distortion Image Rendering ? Amiga, I’GVAG V Modes ? IIVM-li. IX.TV. GIF ? Multiple Dither Controls ? IV24, FC24, IKS 24-Bit Output and much more Give your Amiga graphics and animations new magical powers at an affordable price! If you need ImageFX™ morphing power alone, GneMorph is for you. GneMorph transforms any image, or images, from one to another quickly, easily and wilft the professional quality "morph" results you see at the movies and on TV. With GneMorph you can: ? Warp single or motion images, create full motion morphs, merge scenes, and perform digital dissolves. ? Set different speeds for different parts of the morph. ? Work quickly and easily with Amiga style controls, then output directly to any Amiga, DCIV™, or HAM-FM systems 24-bit Display boards like GVP's IV24™. Remember When you're in the market for morphing, and only morphing, GneMorph is the maximum performance morph power. CineMorph is the must-buy morph software. Amiga i.s :t rcgislcntl trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc. limgeFv CineMorph. And lV2t are trademarks of Great Valley Products, Inc All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. £ Copyright 1992 Great Valley Products. Inc 600 CLARK AVENUE KING OF PRUSSIA, PA 19-106 U.S.A. FAX 215*337 * 9922 Circle 1 on Reader Service card r mat co Araifi W“ *, r&!iu. ' ton mm Final Copy II produces high quality, professional looking documents. It combines advanced word processing features, easy-to-use page layout capabilities, and state-of-the-art printing technology into one convenient program. While other programs claim to have quality printing, Final Copy II is the only word processor on the Amiga that will produce excellent quality printouts on any Workbench (1.3,2.0 or higher) supported graphic printer. IF you have a PostScript printer, Final Copy II is the only word processor on the Amiga that has true WYSIWYG PostScript print capabilities - other programs limit you to a few fonts and a limited number of sizes. With Final Copy II you get the same great looking output produced in expensive desktop publishing programs. Final Copy Ips word processing features include: 144,000 word speller; 1.4 million response thesaurus; automatic hyphenation; named paragraph style sheets; master pages; mail-merge; multiple newspaper style columns; search and replace; header and footer support; left, right, center and decimal tabs; paragraph justification; and automatic date, time, and page number insertion. Final Copy Ips graphic features include: object-oriented, structured tools for drawing boxes, ovals, lines, arrow-tipped lines, and rounded cornered boxes; graphic object color fill, line weight and line color: ability to import IFF I IBM pictures and brushes including 24 hit ILBM and MAM; real-time text flow around any graphic; graphic sizing; cropping; object locking; and graphic depth arranging. Final Copy If s outline Font features include: 35 outline typefaces; font sizing from 4 to 300 points; variable line spacing; compressed and expanded character widths; underline, strikethru, and small caps styles; superscript and subscripts; positive and negative text obliging; and color text. Final Copy Ips user interface features include: command ribbon; real-time scrolling; Arexx port; magnified and reduced editable page views; user preferences; WB 2.0 look and feel; mouse zooming; mouse document panning; horizontal and vertical rulers, and page guides. Say good-bye to jagged-edged printouts. Your documents will look more polished and professional than ever before. Final Copy 11 is an excellent investment for your software library. SoftWood, Inc.
P. O. Box 50178 ¦ Phoenix. Arizona 85076 1(800)247-8314 You want a document that reads well in addition to looking good. Final Copy1'1 comes with a 11-1,000 word speller, 1.1 million word thesaurus with definitions, master pages, style sheets, paragraph sorting, math, mait-merge. Automatic hyphenation, and user-defined tub stops to assist you in your writing. Legibility Readability Typographic clarity comes in two flavors legibility and readability. Even though much of the typographic community treats them as such, they are not interchangeable terms. Different typefaces have varying degrees of legibility; while typography should be readable. Legibility is generally considered fa be the ability to distinguish one letter from another in a particular typeface design. Readability, on the olher hand, is the degree of ease with which typography con be read. As a result. It is possible to use a high! Legible typeface and create unreadable typography. While carefully constructed, readable typography can not restore missing legibility to a typefoce design' it con enhance the message presented by a less than idea! Typefoce. For practical purposes, the definitions ore not all that important What is important b that you are aware of the factors that can affect typeface legibility, and the ways readability can be entranced - or reduced - through typographic ar rongement. Studies and Reports Most of us have heard about legibility and readability studies and their resulting reports You know, the ones that typopfi'fies refer fo when they discuss legibility or readcsbility. And supposedly answer all questions about these two topics. Well, referring fo these iep>orts and actualfy Irying to use them can be two very different things In foci, just trying to find them is diffi cult. They afe not in neatly bound volumes readiiy purchased ui the local bookstore Chances are unless you live in a big city, your public library doesn't have them. Teachers of the communication arts do not often make them available to iheir students. And manufacturers of typesetting and printing equipment do not include them in their corporate libraries. So what and where are these mythical studies? For the most part, they were published as articles in trade journals and scholarly magazines, and they were not normally intended for typographers or graphic communicators. Educators, technical writers, journalists and the tike, were their usual far- Final Copy's1 M graphic support is the best there is in any Amiga® word processor. Place IFF
II. BM pictures and brushes anywhere in a document. Draw boxes, ovals, lines, arrows, squares, and circles using Final Copy's'1 M structured drawing tools. Flow text around or on top of any graphic in a document. Style sheets and master pages are Features you can really use to ensure your documents are created in a consistent and well-planned manner. Fully editable page v iews lei you work in several levels of reduction and magnification Multiple snaking columns, left right pages, and tide page options are easy to use. Actual Final Copy II printout. Comparison Chart Outline Fonts Included Master Line,Box,Oval PostScript0 Thesaurus Speller Pages Drawing Tools Support Responses Words Final Copy 11 35 Yes Yes Yes Excellent
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1. 3 and 2.0 Print Quality Final Copy II Yes Yes 25-400% Fast 53 sec. Yes Yes Excellent ProWrite 3.3® Yes No No Slow 2 min. 5 sec. No No Fair System Requirements: Amiga® w ith at least 1 megabyte of RAM and either a hard drive or 2 floppy drives. REV E C language Software development. The SAS C 6.0 Development System from SAS Institute is the most complete C development system for the Amiga. The package has everything you need to write top-notch (and not so top-notch) programs, including a compiler, an assembler, a linker, an optimizer, a text editor, a debugger, header files, on-line help, and utilities. Installation is a breeze. The package uses Commodore’s new menu-driven Installer utility, and there are several options that let you select exactly what is installed. Although the manual recommends you have a hard disk, you can install a minimal system on an Amiga with only two floppy drives. If you have enough hard-disk space, I recommend you avoid installing the compressed headers. This takes a long time, because the installer compresses the headers as it stores them on your drive. Besides, having uncompressed headers around means you can browse through them when you need to look up a structure, tag, or prototype. If you are upgrading from SAS C 5.10 and use TOUCH and WC, I suggest that you save these to the SC:c directory after installation and before you wipe out the older version, as these utilities are not included in the new package. A Major Makeover If you are used to SAS C 5.10 or earlier Lattice versions, you will first notice that everything has changed in 6.0. All Lattice references are gone. The front-end driver, LC, has been replaced with SC, which handles compiling, linking, and library, symbol-table, and prototype generation. BLINK, the overlay linker, is now SLINK, and LMK, die make utility, is now SMAKE. Previous cryptic command-line options have been mercifully replaced with Amiga ToolType-style options that are easier to remember. To locate the vendors of the products reviewed, see the "Manufacturers' Distributors' Addresses" list on p. 114.
2. 0 compatible. SAS C 6.0 Development System SAS Institute, $ 399; $ 197.50 with educational discount. Hard-drive installable. Not copy protected. Accelerator compatible. Minimum system: 512K RAM, two floppy drives. Recommended system: 4MB RAM, hard drive. The mouse-driven SCOPTS utility allows you to interactively modify all compiler and linker options. For example, to automatically generate prototypes for all of your functions, just run SCOPTS, set the Generate Prototypes option, save your settings, and build. Of course, you can change these options from the command line as well. The only thing missing here is keyboard control of SCOPTS; if you don’t set options directly from the Shell you have to use the mouse. 'fhe two-pass compiler executables (LC1 and LC2) and the global optimizer (GO) have been replaced with shared libraries, allowing them to remain loaded even when not in use. A peephole optimizer, which streamlines sections of assembler code for specific processors, has also been added. Precompiled headers have been replaced with Global Symbol Tables (GSTs), which hang around in memory until needed. If you have enough RAM, using GSTs means the compiler never has to load and parse your header files, making life easier (and faster!) For those without hard disks. The libraries and GSTs are automatically unloaded from the system as needed when memory gets low. SC and SLINK are pure so you can make them resident. CPR, the source-level debugger, has been improved substantially and is Workbench 2.0-compli- ant. Some new functions have also been added, including support for debugging multithreaded programs and cross debugging; you can connect two Amiga with a null-modem and debug with CPR on the second. As an added bonus, if you run ' j Enforcer, Bryce Nesbitt’s popular debugging tool that uses the MMU of a 68020 or greater CPU to trap bad memory accesses (called hits), CPR automatically stops where the hit occurred. As quality expectations increase, users will begin to reject software that insists on causing Enforcer hits, so this is an excellent feature. As Amiga developers and Commodore’s programmers will tell you: “No program should cause an Enforcer hit, ever!” SE, the screen editor, has been enhanced and now provides extensive Arexx control, allowing you to compile files and build projects using Arexx scripts. A new utility, SCMSG, is an Arexx- controllable message browser that you can configure to pop up automatically when errors or warnings occur. You can also configure it to run SE or your favorite Arexx-controllable editor and place the cursor on the offending line when you select a message from its window. Compliant and Vigilant Probably the best new feature is the inclusion of ANSI-compliant standard C libraries and headers. Now you can port from and to UNIX without having to create replacements for missing functions. You can even use an option that tells die compiler to notify you if you stray a hit from true ANSI conformance. Also included are the latest 2.0 header files from Commodore. These are perfectly usable under 1.3 as well, as long as you don’t try to use 2,0-specific features without first verifying that your program is running under 2.0. In addition, SAS C comes with some utilities and icons to facilitate program development under Workbench. One utility sets up an empty directory with default options and a project file. To build your project, just double-click on your project icon to invoke SMAKE. Icons for running SCOFFS and CPR are also provided. Many less obvious enhancements have been incorporated, as well, such as automatic Library initialization, user auto-init functions, and function inlining. Automatic library initialization forces the startup code to handle opening and closing libraries for you, Auto-init and auto-exit functions let you specify functions which are called before main() and after exil()t providing more flexible initialization and better error-handling. Function inlining lets you write functions that are substituted, much like macros, directly into the code at compile time. Several standard startup modules have been included, along with source, that allow development of different types of programs: cres is used for resi- dentable programs; cback is used for programs that run and detach themselves from the Shell, eliminating the use of loader utilities such as runback; and catch is used while debugging your program and will generate a trace of your code as it runs. Pragmas, which are provided for the Amiga standard libraries, can be used to bypass the stubs found in amiga.lib. This can speed up your program and reduce code size immensely, and is required when writing pure resi den table code. When you get right down to it, efficiency is important, and in this respect you won't be disappointed. Compiling and linking are much faster than before, mostly because of die global symbol tables and memory-resident shared libraries. About the only thing that needs to be loaded when you compile is your source. But the actual code generation has been improved and sped up, and the linker, which was quick before, is now very fast! Naturally, the more memory you have, the (aster it will work. Hand Holding Off and On Line The documentation is terrific. It comes in two large binders. One contains information on the compiler and development tools, error messages, and Amiga- specific features, and the other houses a complete library reference. All information is well-indexed and organized. There are even sections that help you port programs from Lattice and Manx environments. Also supplied is a smaller booklet with brief listings of all the compiler options, CPR functions, and library functions, with references to specific pages in the manuals. This makes it veiy easy to look up functions without consulting an index. For faster answers, try the new on-line help facility. SAS C is shipped with AmigaGuide, Commodore’s hypertext help program, and all the printed documentation is available in various guide files. You can took up compiler options, CPR functions, messages, utility descriptions, and library functions, all from within SE and CPR or with an included pop-up help utility. You can even browse header files and global symbol tables! SAS C is a fast, full-featured C development system from a company that stands behind the Amiga and provides quality software and support. If you program in C on the Amiga, from simple ANSI- compliant Shell utilities to full-blown multithreaded Workbench applications, there is no substitute to the SAS C 6.0 Development System. Paul Miller ? Professional multimedia production, creation, and development. If'the software battles of the last decade were fought over offering better methods ol processing data, die industry wars of the ’90s will be fought over presenting Scala Multimedia 200 Scala, S495. Hard-drive installable. Copy protected with dongle.
2. 0 compatible. Accelerator compatible. REAL 3D CLASSIC™ now for just $ 179 REAL3D CLASSIC™ is the full version of REAL3D Professional 1.4.2. We have just given it a new name and the best price. This winter a new version of REAL3D™will be released. First shown at SIGGRAPH in Chicago, this new program, REAL3D V.2™ demonstrated the most advanced 3D features ever seen on an Amiga. Particle animation, collision direction, inversed kinematics, depth of field, and much, much more will soon be in your grasp. Buy the Classic version now and pay only the difference when upgrading to REAL3D V.2™. Look for more press releases and reviews in you favorite magazine. For more information, updates, and upgrades contact us at: Activa International Inc. Telephone: (519)436-0988, Fax: (519) 351-1334, BBS: (519) 436-0140 REAL3D™ Is a product of Realaofl. Amiga la a registered trademark of Commodore Amiga Inc. only if they present the material in an engaging way. Full-motion video, still- video snapshots, laserdiscs, and CD- quality sound have become the crucial commodities in the graph ics-presema- tion market. Amiga presentation software takes another great leap forward in these vital areas with Scala Multimedia 200 (MM200). This program redefines the standard in power and ease of use not just for Ami- gas, but for all computer platforms. Scala Multimedia is a great improvement over the first release. Where the original was adept at creating standalone applications with moving text and gorgeous backgrounds for video titling, the new version is a real tool for multi- media professionals. Plus, it’s even easier to use. It can create everything from information-kiosk displays with impressive laserdisc video sequences to interactive-training programs with synchronized, customized voice-overs to business presentations with Xapshot photographic backgrounds. It takes a powerful system to run Scala, but the program gives back a lot more than it asks for. Excellent Expansion The most significant improvement over the original Scala is MM200’s system for easy control of such specialized input sources as laserdiscs, still-video players (Canon’s Xapshot, for example), MIDI playback, and CDTV audio. The Scala EX external program system lets you load special modules that link powerful devices to the easy-to-use interface. The publishers have promised to follow up with new modules, opening up a larger world of fantastic audio and video, including VTRs and 24-bit graphics boards. Putting such heavy-duty hardware in the hands of Amiga users is no small matter. Because video is rapidly becoming the new literacy, this development has the potential to unleash a big- detecting 95% of all writing errors. Use it with your favorite word processor to identify and correct embarrassing errors that your P . Word processor can mSr not detect. I errors, indicates how to correct them, and lets you decide whether to make the change or not. By using Proper Grammar II you will have confidence in your writing, and increase your grammar skills. Grammar usage is a reflection on you -- make sure it is correct. SUPPORTS:
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All these programs are tied together by the Administrator which allows you to set up, schedule, and perform any or all of these tests with unmatched ease and ultimate flexibility. Ami-Back $ 79.95 msrp Ami-Back Tools $ 79.95 msrp Ami-Back Plus Tools $ 129.95 msrp This intuitive editing system has been further improved with the addition of special video effects, better button support, and a preview mode called Shuffler. The new video effects make text and graphics fly on and off the screen in interesting ways and control the way screens overlap one another. Scala now provides a full plate of more than 80 wipes and fades, such as flow, stretch, and cube. Each effect is selected through an icon with a shorthand representation of the effect. Scala Inc. advertises this striking array of effects as “the software toaster.” While this claim is a trifle exaggerated, the results are undeniable. It’s hard to believe that these incredible effects are all happening without additional hardware. The new button system simplifies making screen hot spots, setting variables, and branching through the program. Creating a branch to a page causes the editor to display the new page in miniature, giving you immediate feedback. You can launch new scripts or whole programs from the buttons. MM200 does not have all the programming resources of such programs as Can- Do (INOVAtronics) or AmigaVision (Commodore), but it is easier to use. The very useful Shuffler lets you view the whole presentation in miniature. It provides a strong sense of continuity by placing as many as 112 pictures on the screen at once, storyboard style. You can then drag and shuffle these miniatures for instant script changes. Quicker Loads Most multimedia systems suffer from long load times. The sense of immediacy and involvement are lost if the user has to sit through an extended pause while the system loads large sound and animation files. Scala Multimedia addresses this with a package of speed techniques such as buffering, planned preloading, and the ability7 to play animations and digital video directly from the hard drive. These features can really boost performance, especially on systems with a lot of RAM. Rounding out the package is support for ColorFonts, overscan, Arexx, Digital Creations’ DCTV, and Commodore’s new AGA chip set. A special utility converts animations, and another prims scripts. Two disks of demos provide an excellent tutorial and are a rich source of ideas. Tying the whole system together is a unique synchronization feature that lets you record the timing of the sound and video and EX input devices all in real time. All Scala scripts are editable text files. Power users can edit and even construct ? Unsurpassed Landscape Artistry! Fctapro 3.0 Iviilnres U«iiHrd li«ul«iliml l.mdwapu IcMuiing! Generate left K right images lor M) dewing! User-friendly "point and dick" interface based on a camera target model Direct support for FireCracker, DCTV, and HAM-E. Save images as IFF, IFF24, Turbo Silver objects, and in 24 bit RGB for frame buffer output, or print directly from the program. User definable screen resolutions, including overscan. Gouraud shading, combined with high resolution and interlace, produces near photographic-quality scenes of unparalleled beauty. Variable focal length "camera" lens, unlimited number of lighting positions, dithering, roughness, and blend controls. User-defined color palette, night sky, stars, tree line, snow level, waves, haze levels, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, buildings, and roads. 3-D wire frame preview saves time - modify the camera settings until you have the exact view you want. Upgrades available. Please call or write. Virtual Reality Laboratories, Inc J * R i; V I E w s feated while a presentation is running. Second, the program is copy protected with a dongle: a hardware key that plugs into the joystick port. 11 you ever lose the hardware key, all work must stop until you order and receive a replacement. I can understand the publishers protecting their product from theft by requiring the dongle for creating animations. But they also require the dongle for playback of the stand-alone applications, as well. This means that each run-time Scala presentation must be sold with a hardware
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- ..JMj ReadySoft RmdySeA hcwpflriW Richmond Hu, anuria, Caved¦ UB 1BI 1*1: (did) 711-417! Fu:(41*) 764-tM7 % * iV their presentations using direct, low-level commands. Each command is now properly documented in the manual, as well. The manual is comprehensive, well- written, and profusely illustrated. It has a tutorial, an extensive reference section, and (finally) an index. Appendices include displays of the 17 fonts and 60 backgrounds available. Unfortunately, this fast, fun program is not without flaws, and one flaw is serious. First, all Amiga multitasking is deThe Amax 2.5 software also features: support for Amiga hard drives, mouse, keyboard, disk drives, serial and parallel ports, processor accelerators, RAM, all normal video modes and screen sizes, de-interiacers, playback of Macintosh digitized sounds, Apple ImageWriter* emulation for 9 and 24 pin Epson* compatible printers, and access to Macintosh SCSI peripherals through a hard drive controller's SCSI port. A-Max N and Amax II Hut are trademark! Or ReadySoft Incorporated. Apple, Maclnio*h. Mac. AppleTalk. LaserWriter. Locarralk. ImageWrtter are reglitcred trademark! Ol Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademark! Are the property of their rclpcttive owned. _ V* r* Circle 152 on Reader Service card key. 1 fear that this will limit the use of an otherwise excellent program. Out in Front Nevertheless, Scala Multimedia 200 is powerful multimedia contender and puts the Amiga squarely in the forefront as the price and performance leader of this critical field. 1 have used presentation packages on all the major computer platforms, and Scala stands shoulder to shoulder with anything on the PC or Mac, and towers above most of them. Animation and text manipulation are breathtaking even on slow systems, and far smoother than the animations running on even the fastest Pcs and Macs. A considerable level of thought and planning went into this program. The best tiling I can say about it is that it works just like you think it ought to. It’s easy to build rich presentations without cracking the manual, and that’s just about the highest praise I can give a user interface. Daniel Greenberg A full-featured voice-mail and fax system, PhonePak VFX is one of those products you won’t get really excited about until you start to work with it. Then voii’U he hooked. While it can be used in a home environment, this hardware- and -so ft w a re combination really shines as a business- productivity tool, saving you a great deal of time and money. In my office, I had three answering machines, each with its own dedicated phone line. With PhonePak, I no longer need them, and a single phone fine handles calls for all three. Of course, I have to keep my Amiga on all the time, but a screen-blanker protects the monitor. One of the fines handled calls to for the Amiga Video-Graphics Guild, many of which involved only simple requests ? PhonePak VFX Great Valley Products, $ 449. A2000, A3000. Internal, CPU slot connection. Installation: Easy Hard drive installable software Not copy-protected
2. 0 compatible Accelerator compatible Minimum system: 2MB of RAM. Recommended system: 2MB + of RAM, 10MB + of hard-drive space for messages. Voice mail and fax management. Mmm atch your computing capabilities soar with the new Amiga® 4000 and 1200. Save up to $ 1,500* on the A4000, including DeluxePaint® IV AGA and Art Department Professional® software. Save up to $ 440* on the new A1200, including DeluxePaint IV AGA and Final Copy® 1.3 word processing software. Both computers feature the Advanced Graphics Architecture™ that lets you display and animate graphics from a palette of 16.8 million colors. You also get a 24-hour Helpline and optional on-site service.** This offer is only good from January 1,1993 through March 31, 1993. So take off for your Amiga dealer today. Or, call 1-800-66 AMIGA. O Commodore AMIGA € 1992 Commodore Business Madges for.. Commodore, the Commodore logo, and Adrarsied Graphics Architecture are trademarksof Commodore Electronics Ltd Amigs is a trademark of Cnmmodote-Aimg*. Foe. DihixePaira is 3 tegweted trademark of EkcuonkArts. An Department Fwfessiwul isa registered trademark of ASDG Inc. Fad Copy s a nsdrnark of Sofcwiwf Inc. ’fed on MSRPffi 5IC47 lor the A1200bundle aid 54*93 fc the A40Q) bundle. * ‘A wniabfc or.!}- on systems purchased m the U 5. Through an authorised Gonmodore-Asuga dealer. Cusoraer activation required. Noatrul fee for some options. For information and a return call. Thanks to PhonePak, such callers can now hear a recorded message about the AVG, have faxes of the information sent to them, or leave their names and addresses to receive the information by mail. PhonePak eliminated a lot of return calls for me, making it well worth the money. It also gives me more time to earn money. When I'm on a project deadline, I can t take sLop to talk to anyone but my client. With PhonePak, I can give the client a special code number that instructs the program to page me over the speakers connected to the Amiga. I can even make it seem like the call is being transferred, as the person on the other end will hear a simulated phone ringing. If you have Centrex or a compatible system, PhonePak can even route the calls to other phones. At its most basic, PhonePak is a sophisticated answering machine that records incoming messages as standard Amiga IFF sound files. (Eighteen 30-second ASTER SYSTEM "The MegAChip 20(10 500 should be standard equipment on ever.’ Video Toaster System." Jim Plum • Publisher Editor Video Toaster User “The MegAChip 2000 500 is a must own for anyone that wants to use Toaster I'uiiu ' or Multitask with the Video Toaster." Lee Stranahan - Former NEWTEK employee & writer of the tutorials for the Video Toaster 2.0 manual. Featured in the Desktop Images Video Toaster Tutorial series. “I would advise Toaster users who make use of Toaster Paint or LightWave"' to add DKTCs MegAChip 2000 500 to your system as soon as possible." Tim Doherts • Video Toaster User 318069-1} 6375 199? 20VQD Tlie MegAChip 2000 500 allows you to upgrade your Video Toaster, Amiga A5QQ & A2000, and CDTV to 2 Megabytes of Graphics Memory. The MegAChip 2000 500 is a needed addition if you are using your system for Desktop Video, 31) Rendering & Animation, Multimedia or Desktop Publishing. The MegAChip 2000 500 is compatible with the Video Toaster"*. OpalVisioiT, VutT. IV-2-T, DCTV ", Ham-6 ", and most genlocks and framebuffers. Contact your local dealer or call for information. Dealer inquiries welcome 50240 W.Pontiac Tr. Wixom, MI 48393 Sales 00)960.8751 FAX (313) 960-8752 Technical Support (.113) 960-8750 MegAChip 2000 500 is a trademark of DK.il Software. Video Toaster is a trademark of New tek, Inc. CDTV, A500, and A2000 are trademarks of Commodore-Amiga. Inc. IV-24 is a trademark of Great Valley Products. Inc. DCTV Ls a trademark of Digital Creations. Hani-E is a trademark of Black Belt Systems. Opal Vision is a trademark of Centaur Development. Circle 26 on Reader Service card PhonePak VFX automatically monitors, stores, and forwards your voice mail and faxes. Messages consume about 10MB of storage space.) What makes it really stand out, however, is its voice-mail capabilities. The voice mail gives the caller choices from a verbal menu. When she calls, a recorded voice tells her to press 1 now on her touch-tone phone if she’s calling my production company, 2 if she’s calling the AVG, 3 if she’s calling my wife’s magic company, or 4 or 5 for personal messages for either of us. Friends have special access numbers that page us immediately. All calls are screened; I never hear the phone ringing. If a caller needs to talk to me, the system pages me. Mail Call The system is very easy to set up. After you pop in the board and plug in your phone lines, you determine the mailboxes you want. For each mailbox, you set the length of the incoming message and an optional password for access to it. You can also type a script in the transfer box for Centrex transfers or audio paging. The Operator script language, which can be used through Arexx, lets you automate things in very sophisticated ways. The program even lets you specify whether you’re in or out, and will not page you if you’re away. For each mailbox, you also save a greeting for die software to play upon access. Recording is a breeze. Select the Local Connect menu option, pick up your phone, click on the record button, talk, and then press the stop button. The next step is to route the boxes in the switchboard. You can set up as many mailboxes and routes as you need. Use the Add Route menu option, enter a number of up to nine digits (a menu choice or extension), then click on the corresponding mailbox. When the caller presses the number, he is routed to the selected mailbox. PhonePak automatically detects and receives fax-machine calls, and it can Continued on p. 74. Finally, true CD quality 16 bit audio is available for your Amiga! SunRize’s new AD516 gives you eight tracks, plus a time code reader and a DSP chip. Included with the AD516 is Studio 16,m version 2.0. This new release of our popular 16 bit editing software puts a complete sound studio on your desk!
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- ------- Professional Digital Sound for Your Video, Music, and Radio Productions Video Production The Video Toaster goes a long way towards solving your video problems. But what about sound? Do you want to do ADR or voice-overs? Do you need to synchronize background music with 0 w your productions? How do you add footsteps. Door knocks, and other sound effects to your video or animation? Do you need to fade, cross fade, or eliminate sections of audio? Can you edit your audio, or are you stuck with the first take? M• Studio 16 solves all these problems by turning your Amiga into a complete sound studio. With Studio 16's cue list and SMPTE support you U can lock sounds frame accurately with your video. Audio triggers reliably. At the same spot, every time. Or you can slip your audio effects, trying them at different spots. And since Studio 16 plays directly off hard disk, the number of sounds you can trigger is unlimited. Mixer and Meters Each of Studio 16’s eight tracks can be metered and mixed. Unlike two track systems. Studio 16 can combine multiple tracks with no generation loss. And it can record two tracks while playing up to eight! AD516 The AD516 hardware provides stereo in out connectors, plus a SMPTE in. Just plug your VTR, CD player, radio, tape deck, or other audio source directly in. Then record in stereo, direct to hard disk, with 16 bits at sampling rates up to 48,000 samples per second. Plus, the AD516’s efficient design allows 8 track playback direct from hard disk. The AD516 can synchronize and chase SMPTE 0 time code at 24. 25, 29.97, and 30 fps (drop or non-drop frame). Designed to exceptional audio standards, the AD516 offers 15Hz to 22KHz frequency response and 85dB dynamic range. DSP Supercharger The AD516 includes a special sound coprocessor - the advanced 2105 DSP. The DSP allows Studio 16 to handle those eight tracks while performing real time mixing. The DSP can also do high quality 16 bit effects such as echo, flange, delay and chorus. Low Prices, High Performance Studio 16 2.0 comes with either the AD516 (16 bit, 8 track, stereo, SI495 list) or the AD10I2 (12 bit, 4 track, mono. $ 595 list). Also available is the DD524 digital I O card for direct interface to DAT. Call today for a free Studio 16 information packet Teh (408)374-4962. Fax: (408)374-4963. Can be edited per window. .And edits can be non-destructive or permanent. Zoom, scale, fade, reverse, echo, normalize, loop FFT. Resample, and many other functions are available. Named regions can be defined and used in the cue list or transport modules. Waveform Editor The Studio 16 sound editor graphs the audio waveform and allows you to cut, copy, and paste audio. Up to eight samples hurnpciin Kcprcscnumvev FINLAND Power Computers +.158 118) 781 8992. FRANCE Storm +33 (I) 43 57 46 57. GERMANY AS&S +49 (069) 5 48 81 30. ITALY AP&S +39 0432) 759264. SPAIN PiXcLSQFT +34(088)71 27 00. SWEDEN DisplayDuta -4ft (0457) 503 80. SWITZERLAND Microrron +41 (032)872429. UNITED KINGDOM HB Marketing +44 (0753)686000 Studio 16 is a trademark of Sunfiize Industries. Viltev Toaster is it trademark of Nc»Trk, Inc. Amiga is a trade murk ofCBM Seeing is Believing The Reviews Are In. The Experts Agree. OpalVision Sets A New Standard of Excellence. “Quite simply, it’s a spectacular product.” Amiga Computing Magazine "Undoubtedly the finest, most professional paint program to arrive on the Amiga.” Amiga Format Magazine "OpalVision is awesome!” 24-Bit Graphi p Video System Create title screens combining scanned images, clip art and other elements using OPAL PAINT’s wide array of tools and modes. Camcorder Magazine "Professional quality at this price can’t be turned away." Amiga User International Magazine "OpalVision is an amazing delight." Hank Tucker. Producer for Disney TV Animation “The verdict was unanimous brilliant ” Amiga Shopper Magazine "OpalPaint is in my opinion the best paint program currently available in the United States for the Amiga." The Amiga-Video Journal (AVID) OpalPaint's image processing modes will alter any area or an entire image. More than a paint program, OpalPaint is a complete creative environment. Airbrush Pencils Chalk OpalPaint OPALPAINT’s exclusive real-world Artist’s Tools and paper types bring a new level of artistic creativity to the Amiga. The OpalVision Main Board A true 24-Bit frame buffer and display device with 16.8 million colors available for every pixel. Uncompromised, 24-Bit higher-than-broadcast-quality. Crystal-clear images, Standard Amiga graphics and animations can appear in front of or behind OpalVision images on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Performs double-buffered 24-Bit and 15-8it animation in medium and low resolution modes and 8-Bit double-buffered animation in all resolutions. VLSI graphics coprocessor enables resolution changes, stencil modes, a host of transition effects and smooth scrolling between screens. "Palette-Mapped" design updates screen colors in real-time. Fade pictures in and out and change their palettes on the fly. Double buffered full 24-Bit, 15-Bit and 8-Bit true color modes, 24-Bit and 8-Bit palette- mapped display modes. Dual Playfield and Overlay Priority stencil modes. Priority mask definition specifies foreground background areas in 24-Bit images. Microcode graphics processor for system control, priority switching, hardware scrolling and panning. 20ns video switch fo freely mix Amiga and OpalVision graphics. Expansion connectors for available Framegrabber Genlock and Scan-Rate Converter hardware modules. Expansion socket for the "Roaster Chip," a live video special effects processor, Automatically self-configures for NTSC or PAL operation. 24-Bit RGB output with video bandwidth >7 Mhz. Equipped with 1.5 MB of display RAM. An internal card which operates in any Amiga computer with a video slot. OpalPaint Everyone is excited about OpalPaint. Fn fact, nearly everyone who's spent any time using it says it's the finest, most professional paint program on the Amiga. And with good reason. It's Fast. Real-time. Full 24-Bit. OpalPaint gives you complete control over OpalVision's 16.8 million color palette. Includes a full- range of drawing tools and an expandable library of image-processing modes with adjustable parameters, complete texture-mapping capabilities, transparency and color gradients, multiple work modes, nozzle brushes, predefined palettes end many other comprehensive tools. Unique and powerful features like real-world "Artist's toofs'' and paper types, multiple stencil types, virtual memory support and compatibility with the pressure-sensitive Wacom drawing tablet provide a level of support for artistic creativity never before available on the Amiga, OpalAnimMATE Our powerful new animation player lets you run OpalVision animations at rates of up to 60 frames per second. It works in 8, 12. 15, 18 and 24-Bit modes and features selectable screen sizes from 32 x 20 to 768 x 286 pixels. Features an easy Workbench interface, dynamic DMA allocation for best frame rates on slower machines and will play animations directly from a hard drive. Our delta compression feature creates small files and fast playback rates. Create 16- million color animations using your favorite 3D rendering package and play them back through OpalVision! Also included are Opal Presents!, an icon-driven presentation program, OpalVision Hot Key. A powerful and very useful image display utility and the world's first 24-Bit game. King of Karate. Amiga Developers Create OpalVision Software OpalVision displays all standard IFF 24 images and is instantly compatible with virtually all Amiga 24-Bit software. At the same time, all of the important Amiga developers are creating new versions of their programs which directly support OpalVision-specific, advanced features. Here are just some of the titles that are already available or soon to be released: Activa International - Real 3D ASDG - Art Department Professional and Morph Plus Adspec Programming - Aladdin 4D Black Belt Systems - ImageMaster SCALA - MultiMedia 200 and InfoChannel GVP - Image FX and Cine Morph Octree Software - Caligari 24 RGB Computer & Video - Amitink Video Editing Products Amazing Computers - Transporter single frame recording software Texture City - Texture City 24-Bit image libraries TecSott - TV Paint Progressive Peripherals and Software - 3D Professional OpalVision also works with the Amiga 4000 and the AGA chipset! The OpalVision Roaster Chip transforms any video signal in real time. A wide variety of complex DVE’s are included, or create your own! V Created by; [.H Opal Tech I Sydney, Australia Manufactured and Distributed by: Centaur Development
P. O. Box 4400 Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Phone: (310) 542-2226 FAX: (310) 542-9998 BBS: (310) 793-7142 For information: 1-800-621-2202 The OpalVision Main Board is the core of a complete video system. Enhancement Modules are on the way which add exceptional graphic and video features to the OpalVision Main Board. Create a complete video production studio by adding some or all of the OpalVision Expansion modules. The modules connect directly to the Main Board without tying up Amiga slots. Frame Grabber + Genlock Module 24-Bit real-time framegrabbing and befter-than-broacJcast-quaiity genfocking with S-Video, RGB and composite inputs and outputs. Real-Time video effects, transitions and color processing. Quad-input Production Switcher Complete video switching capabilities. Includes four S-VHS, four composite and one RGB input. Three outputs: Composite, S-Video and RGB. Combine two live video sources, 24-Bit OpalVision and Amiga-generated graphics. OpalVision Scan-Rate Converter Perfect for desktop publishing and graphic arts applications. Generates flicker- free 24-Bit and Amiga graphics. Can also be used as a separate 24-Bit frame store for multimedia applications. OpalVision Roaster Chip Amazing, complex Digital Video Effects. Real-time processing of live video. "Picture-in-Picture" capability. Includes pre-made effects and provides for the creation of custom effects. Whether or not you’re a fan of PI. James, you'll appreciate Inspector Leemon's detective uuork as he unravels the mystery of flmi?a display devices. Our comprehensive dossier-with comparative evaluations of 13 ?raphics boards- should satisfy your every desire for enhanced color resolution. Irst and foremost, the Amiga has always been a graphics machine. That’s why enhanced-dispiay devices rank high on the “want” list of so many Amiga users. These devices can improve your display output in a couple of different ways. The ones with greater color resolution allow you to display more than the standard 4096 colors on screen at once. The extra colors help to display smoothly-shaded images with photographic clarity, which is great for video and graphics design work. Increased pixel resolution, on the other hand, allows you to work with highly detailed images, and is mostly used for applications like CAD and desktop publishing. Most Amiga users lind incr eased color resolution to be more important than greater pixel resolution. For one thing, many existing Amiga programs are able to cr eate images with millions of colors, while applications that By Sheldon Leemon can take advantage of a 1024X1024 screen are at present almost nonexistent. For another, a high percentage of Amiga owners need to be able to take their display output to videotape, and there just aren’t any devices that can output a screen larger than the Amiga’s standard 1448X482 SuperHires display (1448X566 PAL) to composite video. Whether you wish to enhance the color resolution, the pixel resolution, or both, beefing up the Amiga display is 110 simple matter. The problem, ironically, is the Amiga’s own custom display chips. In order to offer maximum performance, the Amiga’s operating-system software is inextricably linked to its own proprietary display hardware. This makes the challenge of software compatibility much more difficult than on the PC or Macintosh, where even the standard display hardware conies on a plug-in card that is addressed as an external device. Sim-1 ply put, normal Amiga Workbench applications will not run on any screen other than the native Amiga display (although, as we’ll see. Some upcoming boards will try to use software trickery' to make this happen). Hardware manufacturers, therefore, have been forced to come up with elaborate and ingenious ways it) get around this limitation. This, in turn, has caused a lot of confusion about what these boards do and how then' do it. Fortunately, when you learn a few of the terms and techniques used, much of the mystery disappears. The Display Dilemma: 2 Solutions Most devices adopt one of two general approaches in their efforts to overcome this inherent display limitation and the compatibility problems that go with it. The first is tf) use the enhanced display as a separate framebuffer with its own separate monitor, unconnected in anv way to the normal Amiga display. This is the approach taken by DMFs Resolver and Vivid 24, Impulse's Firecracker 24, Progressive Peripherals’ Rambrandt. And ACS’ Harlequin (as well as the upcoming Visiona board to be distributed by Micro Pace and the GVP EGS card). The advantages are that you can control multiple displays with one computer, you aren’t limited to the Amiga display resolutions, and you don't tie up the normal system display which means that these cards can coexist with devices like the Video Toaster. The main dis- advantages are the need for a second monitor (or, alternatively, a switchbox) and limited software compatibility. All of these devices can be used as a passive display to show 24-bit images made with programs such as 3-D tenderers, using the display software included, or image-p ro- cessing software (such as ASDG's Art Department Professional and Black Belt System’s Imagemaster) that closely supports these devices. If you want to run interactive applications like CAD, 3-D, or desktop-publishing programs on these displays, however, you’ll need custom versions designed especially for the board you use, but such programs have been very slow in coming. To increase compatibility, some manufacturers have tried to modify the system software so that the Amiga Workbench will run on their boards, DMI has delivered a preliminary version of its DMI Workbench program for the Resolver, and it promises a version for the Vivid 24 board that will be compatible with all Amiga applications. The soon-io-bc-released Visiona board promises a Workbench emulator program that will run most applications software at resolutions up to 1600x1200. And GYP lias already shown the Workbench run nine o on its upcoming EGS-110 24 boards, at sizes of up to 1600x1280. 1 he second approach to solving the compatibility problem is to connect the enhanced display to the normal Amiga display, so that you can overlay normal Amiga graphics on top of the enhanced display (and, in some cases, vice versa). This method (with some variations) is used by Centaur’s OpalVision, GVP's TV24, Digital Creations’ DCTV (with RGB option), INOVA- l tonics* forthcoming Avideo24, and even to some extent by NewTek’s Video Toaster. (Optionally, the Firecracker can also be used in this way. You can attach the board to the internal display via an external cable and then use only one monitor for both kinds of display.) These boards display 24-bit output from applications that support it, yet allow you to run normal Amiga applications at lower color resolution on the same monitor. The drawbacks to this approach are that you are limited to a single display, that the size of this display cannot exceed normal Amiga screen resolutions, and that (with the exception of the Firecracker) you cannot use other cards (such as the Video Toaster) that In into the video slot. Many of these cards offer only an interlaced display, which makes them suitable for use with a 1084- compatible monitor, but which also means that the screen will flicker in modes more than 300 lines high. Although you can run normal Amiga software on these boards, you will need special software just as with the secondary displays to take advantage of their enhanced capabilities. Before You Buy, .. When shopping for an advanced Amiga display, you should also consider price, performance, and bundled software. Two 24-bit boards, Rambrandt and Vivid 24, use the TI 34020 chip and optional math coprocessor chips (which make them more powerful computers than your Amiga!). This power comes at a cost, however, as price tags for these boards start at around S3000. And you may not be able to find much software that can take full advantage of their near real-time rendering capabilities. Moderately-priced (S1000-S1500) boards, such as IV24 and OpalVision, do not provide the same level of performance, but come bundled with a selection of very useful graphics programs, such as paint and presentation applications. Be sure to check the minimum hardware requirements for these boards. They range from a 68000 svstem with 3MB of RAM to a 68030 with 8MB of RAM. Also, watch for a new super-low-cost external 24-bit device from RCS Management. Another pertinent issue is animation. Although nobody has yet found a way to animate full-screen 24-bit images at 30 frames per second, several boards claim to support real-time animation at somewhat lesser sizes and color depths. DCTV, though not a true 24-bit device, was the first to offer animation of enhanced-color images. Of the 24-bit boards, only OpalVision currently provides software to compress a scries of images into an animation and play them back in real time. But, so far, there is no paint animation software on the 24-bit front that equals DeluxePaint in the realm of Amiga- made graphics. While most of these boards share a few basic characteristics, like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike, which makes comparing them difficult. Not only that, this held of products seems always in a state of flux, as new hoards appear (or threaten to appear) and old boards are updated. The following brief, board-by- board rundown should give you a Iccl for the display enhancers currently available, and lor those you may see in the near future. The boards are presented in two sections, corresponding to the two basic approaches described above. In addition to descriptions of the hardware, you will find information about software bundled with the board and about third-party support for the device. A third section includes still another category of displays: composite devices. While these are not strictly 24-hit RGB displays, they serve a similar displav-en- hancement function and are presented for comparison. Finally, we’ve assembled a chart for side-by-side comparison of the boards currently on the market. KMM DnPLfly Devices AS STATED EARLIER, secondary display devices arc not tied to the normal Amiga display. This means that it is possible to install more than one of these boards in the same system. Their independence from the Amiga display also makes them more likely to work without modification in the A4000 and future Amiga machines. All require a second monitor (or a multiscan monitor on a switchbox), and those that oiler noninterlaced resolutions greater than 1024x768 will probably requite an expensive, large-screen multiscan monitor. Harlequin ACS Haitex Although only recently imported to US shores by Haitex, Harlequin has been available in Europe from its manufacturer, ACS (Amiga Centre Scotland), for quite some time. I he Harlequin board plugs into any expansion slot on the A2000 or A3000 (and, according to Haitex, the A4 000 as well). Because of a small plugin board on the side, however, it is so wide that it may preclude use of the adjacent slot. Four models of the board are available, ranging in price from $ 2298 to $ 2898 somewhat high fora board without graphics accelerators or math coprocessors. All models offer 24-bit color at the somewhat unconventional screen resolutions of 740x486, 832x486, and 910x486 (576 lines in PAL). The Model 2000 includes an eight-bit Alpha channel for variable transparency, the 3000 oilers double-buffering for animation, and the 4000 provides both. All versions of the board can output graphics either in an interlaced format that can be displayed on a 1084-style monitor, or in a noninterlaced format on an inexpensive VGA or multiscan monitor, such as the Commodore I960. The software that comes with the board includes TV Display, a program that displays a 24-bit graphics file and provides some scaling and Ibrmat-conversion features; and Slide-32, a script-based 24-bit slide-show program with more than 30 transitions. The package also includes a demonstration version of TV Paint, a full-featured 24-bit program by the French company Tecsoft. (This program, first available on the Harlequin, is now also available lor most of the boards listed here.) Fhe demo version of TV Paint lets you paint interactively on the Harlequin screen (as long as you have a minimum of SMB of RAM), and it contains all of the imagc-manipulation features of the full program. But you cannot save your images unless you buy the registered version, which comes with a hardware key that plugs into the disk-drive port. TV Paint contains a number of advanced gradient-fill and transparency' options, plus numerous drawing modes, such as airbrush, smooth, blur, and smear, and such image-processing functions as convolutions. Finally, the Harlequin comes with a wealth of programming information and libraries that allow users to create original software that takes advantage of all of the board’s capabilities. Among the third-party software that directly supports 'the I larlequin board are ADPro, Imagemaster, Galigari Broadcast (Octree Corp.), and Real3D (Acuva Pro grams Plus & Video). Although 1 have yet to see any animation on the Harlequin, ACS says that Anim24, a program that creates 24-bit real-time animations at screen sizes, should be available soon. Harlequin includes connectors for genlocking external video and hoover laying 24- on- ive video, connecting the board to existing video hardware will take some expertise on your part, as there is no simple “plug- and-play” solution that uses standard Amiga genlocks. Digital Micron ics has a couple of en- hanced-display boards based on the Texas 1 nstruments 340x0 series of graphics processors. These processors offer graphics acceleration plus enhanced resolutions. DMFs 34010- bascd Resolver displays 256 colors in resolutions up to 1280x1024 noninterlaced and 2048x2048 interlaced (on the proper monitor). The latest, Vivid 24, is based on the more powerful 34020 chip, and displays the same resolutions in 24-bit color (16.7 million colors). While the Resolver starts at under $ 1300, the base price of Vivid 24 is $ 2995, and a fully-equipped model could run more than $ 9000. You get considerable graphics power for the money, however. DMI claims that a Vivid 24 board with four math coprocessors can perform 160 million floating-point operations per second, more than twice the performance of a $ 200,000 Silicon Graphics workstation. That’s enough power to render complex 3-D objects in less than a second. While ? Neither provides composite output as a standard feature, Vivid 24 offers an optional genlock encocler module. Both the Resolver and Vivid 24 come with a small paint program, a configuration program that easily allows you to create whatever oulput-resolution mode von wish, and a Workbench emulator program that al* lows you to run some existing applications software at larger screen resolutions. With Vivid 24, DM I also plans in otter DM I-Render, a 3-D renderer that accepts and loads objects in a number of 3-D formats. Third-party support for these hoards is facilitated by the SAGE libraries, a software standard set by DM1 and Progressive Peripherals, which let software made for any 340x0 board on the Amiga o work with any other board. There is already SAGE support in AD Pro, Image- master, Aladdin 4D (Adspec), and Presentation Master (Oxxi). DM I also indicates that there will be a version of TV Paint for its boards and SAGE versions of several other programs, including Rea!3D and 3D Professional 2.0 (Progressive Peripherals), as well as such specialized software packages as Surf X (a 3-D modeling and rendering program) and Animator Broadcast (an interactive image- processing program). The real development to watch for, however, is 3-D and image-processing software that can take advantage of Vivid 24's math coprocessors. “Skull,” Created by Joel Hagen, using DCTV Rambrandt and Rambrandt Personal Progressive Peripherals The Rambrandt board from Progressive Peripherals is also based on the 34020 chip, but Progressive Peripherals has chosen to go for versatility, rather than the brute floating-point power of Vivid 24. This board features a 40 Mhz 34020 with a 34082 math graphics coprocessor, 8MB of Video RAM, and SMB of DRAM for programs. In addition to 24-bit displays at programmable resolutions upwards of 1024X1024,1 his board has both inputs and outputs for composite video. This allows it to do framegrabbing, genlocking, and picture-in-picture effects, as well as real-time video manipulation and image processing. Although Progressive Peripherals has sold some ol these boards, mostly to developers, the official launch was set back by a fire that disrupted Progressive’s operations. The company assures that things are back to normal, and iL plans to reintroduce the original Rambrandt board at $ 3995. In addition, there will be a new7, lower-priced ($ 2795) version, Rambrandt Personal, t hat supports S-VI IS output but provides no inputs, al- ihough Progressive claims that this board delivers better video quality than the regular one. Both versions come with Progressive’s 3D Pro 2.0 software and a battery of utilities. Since Progressive has codeveloped the SAGE libraries with DMI, the third-party support should be the same as for the DMI boards, A2410 Commodore Business Machines Commodore’s A2410 ($ 998), also known an the Lowell hoard (because ii was designed at the University of Lowell), is an eight-hit board that (like the DMI Resolver) uses the Texas Instruments 34010 graphics chip. While this board has been available for quite some time, Commodore has offered only half-hearted support for the product. CBM positioned the A2410 mainly as a Unix display, on which you may run X-Win- tlows. The only real Amiga DOS support for the A2410 comes in the form of an Art Department saver that allows you to display eight-hit graphics on the board. Considering that DMI offers Unix and X-Windows support for the Resolver, as well as AmigaDOS support, ii seems a better choice unless your interest is mainly in Unix. Coming Attractions Although not available in the US at this time, two other hoards have generated a lot of interest on this side of the Atlantic. One or both may be ready to ship domestically by the time von read this. Visiona MicroPace Visiona plugs into a normal expansion slot on the A2000, A3000, or A4000, and provides a wide range of programmable resolutions up to 1924x1024 in 24- bit color and 8192x4099 in monochrome. Its variable output scan rates allow you to use a 1084 monitor in either PAL or NTSC modes, although a second, high- resohttion Super-VGA monitor is recommended. The hoard is based around a custom Inmos processor that runs at speeds of 85-135 Mhz, depending upon the model you choose. Suggested prices range from from $ 2600 for the 85 Mhz board with 2MB of VRAM to $ 5600 for the 135 Mhz version with 4MB of VRAM. Visiona has no direct composite-video support, but it does have RGB and sync outputs that can he plugged into a standard video encoder. Visiona will be packaged with the 4V Paint demo and V-Painl.24 Jr. Also included is a Workbench emulator program, which is said to let you run most applications software at resolutions up to 1600X1200. Visiona Animator, an animation program, is due out a few months after the board’s debut. The full IV Paint version will cost an additional $ 1495. Third-party support includes display modules for ADPro and Image- master, as well as some European CAD software. EGS-110 24 Great Valley Products GVP’s upcoming EGS-1 10 24 is unique in that it connects directly to the 32-bit expansion bus on any of the GVP Combo board 68030 or 68040 accelerators for the Amiga 2000. This allows the processor to read and write the video RAM directly, just like its own 32-bit memory, for very high performance. The output of the board is completely programmable, allowing resolutions of up to 1600x 1280 in 24-bit color on appropriate monitors. The 4MB and SMB versions have suggested prices of $ 2699 and $ 3399, respectively. The EGS board has no direct support for composite video, but a composite encoder can be used to convert its RGB video, and the board includes a sync-in connector that allows it to genlock to an external video source. The software that comes with the EGS will include MacroPaint and a demonstration version of IV Paint. The full version will cost an additional $ 995. Also bundled with the board will be EGS programming libraries, full programming information, and a Workbench driver that will allow existing Amiga applications to run directly on the EGS board in reso- ? Rfea(tuKf Gomfya Hson: SO« (tniya display QietHC.es Toaster DCTV Firecracker 24 IV-24 A241Q Resolver_Vivid 24_Rambrandt OpalVision Harlequin Manufacturer NewTek Digital Creations Impulse Great Valley Commodore Digital Micronics Digital Micronics Progressive Peripherals Centaur ACS List Price S2495 $ 495 (S595 PAL) S1000 S1995 S998 $ 1295-52195 S2995-S9300 $ 3995 S995 $ 2298-2898 Output Type Comp. Comp.
(1) RGB RGB Comp. RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB Horizontal Scan Rate 15 Khz 15 Khz 15 Khz 15 31 Khz Programmable Programmable Programmable Programmable 15 Khz
(3) 15 31 Khz Genlock Compatible? Includes Optional (U External includes No Possibly (5) Encoder optional Includes Optional extra Possibly (5) Displays Workbench? No No Yes Yes No Yos, via emulator Yes, via emulator No Yes No Amiga Models Supported 2000 All 2000 3000 2000 3000 2000 3000 2000 3000 4000 2000 3000 4000 2000 3000 4000 2000 3000 4000 2000 3000 4000 Color Resolution 2-4 million 2-4 million 16 million 16 million 256 256 16 million 16 million 16 million 16 million Max Pixel Resolution 768x480 lint) 768x480 (int) 1024x480 (int) 768x480 (int or non) 1280x1024 (non) 1280x1024 (non) 2048x2048 (int) 1280x1024(non) 2048x2048 (int) 1024x1024 (int or non) 768x476 (int) (3) 910x486 (int or non) Multiple Devices? No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Video Standard NTSC NTSC or PAL NTS C PAL NTSC PAL NTSC PAL NTSC PAL NTSC PAL NTSC PAL NTSC PAL NTSC or PAL Toaster Friendly? NA No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Deinterlacer Friendly? Partial
(2) Yes Yes Includes deinterlacer Yes Yes Yes Yes No (3) Yes Video Digitizer? Frame- grabber Slow- scan No Frame- grabber No No No Frame- grabber Optional No (4) Notes:
(1) Separately available RGB adapter enables use with a genlock.
(2) The Toaster works only with deinterlacers that do not use the video slot.
(3) Does not work with third-party display enhancers, but provides 480-line noninterlaced 31 Khz display with its own optional deinterlacer module,
(4) Although there is no built-in video digitizer, optional TV Paint software supports digitizing with such third-party boards as DKB's imminent V-Lab,
(5) Does not work out of the box with normal Amiga genlocks. With custom cables, it may work with Amiga genlocks or professional video encoders scan converters. E If A C E I) - I) I S P I. A V D E Y I ; E S Unions of up to 1600x1280 in up to 256 colors. And considering GVP’s track record, with extensive software support for the IY24, there will probably be other applications available by the time the KGS board is released. (OIRBIMlTIOfl UJORKB£fl(H [flHfinCED DEVICES THESE DEVICES SUPERIMPOSE their graphics on top of the normal Amiga Workbench screen, allowing you to run normal- and enhanced-mode programs on the same monitor. Some of them take up the video slot, which means that it is not available for devices like the Video Toaster or deinterlacer boards. Their interaction with the system display hardware also makes them more likely to encounter problems with theA4000, particularly in some ol the new display modes (although you are less likely to need one of these boards if you have purchased an A4000). OpalVision Centaur Development One of the hottest new Amiga display boards, Opal- Yision takes a unique modular approach. The basic board, which plugs into the video slot, offers 24-bit color (plus an eight-bit alpha channel) at a resolution of 768x476 interlaced on a standard 1084-stvIe monitor. By early 1996, Centaur plans to offer a video-input module that will add frame-grabbing and overlay-gen- lock capabilities, a deinterlacer that will let you display noninterlaced screens at VGA scan rates, and a switcher and digital video-effects module that will give you some of the Video Toaster's capabilities. The base unit costs only $ 995, and even with add-on modules, OpalVision should be quite competitive. The software bundled with OpalVision includes OpalPresents, a slide-show program, Opal Hot Key a presentation program, and OpalPaint, a full-featured paint program. OpalPaint, in particular, includes such state-ol-the art features as tolerance ranges for stencils, fills, and bl ushes that are not found on any other .Amiga paint program, including TV Paint versions that sell for over SI000. Centaur has enhanced this program considerably since its initial release, adding image-processing functions and full Arexx support. In its recent 1.1 release, Centaur also added Opal AnimMATE, an animation- creaiion and playback system that is the first of its kind for an enhanced Amiga display. Such animations take up an enormous amount of space and processor power, but AnimMATE can play a sequence of 320x200 lo-res 12-bit color images at up to 20 frames per second or 24-bit images at up to 15 frames per second on an Amiga 3000. (For a more detailed look at the capabilities of the new OpalVision 1.1, see the review on p. 77.) Third-party software support for OpalVision has been outstanding. An impressive number ol leading Amiga graphics packages, including ADPro, Morph- Plus (ASDG), Imagcmaster. .Aladdin 41). Scala (Scala Inc.), Caligari Broadcast, Desktop Darkroom (CAT), TV Paint, 3D Pro, and Real3D, all support this board. Firecracker 24 Impulse Available for S1000 or less, Impulse’s Firecracker 24 remains the basic, no-frills workhorse for 24-bit display on the Amiga. Although it plugs into a normal expansion slot, by connecting the output of the Amiga video port to the board via an external cable, you can turn it into a combined display in which the Workbench is superimposed on top of the 24-bit images. Its output of up to 16,7 million colors at resolutions of up to 1024x480 interlaced comes out of a normal 23-pin Amiga video connector. This means that you can use not only your regular 1084 monitor with the board, but also your normal external genlock. Firecracker 24 comes with display software, as well as Light24, a middle-of-the-road paint package that, unfortunately, has not been updated in quite some time. Impulse’s Imagine 3-D program (available separately, although some retailers bundle the two products) naturally supports the Firecracker. Third-party software support includes ADPro and Imagcmaster (a special Firecracker version of the latter allows you to paint right on the Firecracker board). IV24 Great Valley Products Versatility is the strong point of GVP’s Impact Vision 24 (SI995). This unique board is the only one designed so far to take advantage of the special combination video slot found on the A3000, although the board also works fine on the A2000, where it plugs into the video slot and connects to a normal expansion slot via a rib- bon-cable adapter. Current versions of the board do not work on the A4000, but according to GVP new production runs incorporate A4000 compatibility. As a basic 24-bit display, the IV24 allows you to show as many as 16.7 million colors on a 768X480 screen. Its RGB output can be set to either an interlaced display on a 1084 monitor, or a noninterlaced VGA display. Using the included Video Interface Unit ( U). The board has both inputs and outputs for composite video. This allows it to genlock and overlay both standard Amiga graphics and 24-bit graphics on top of live video, to capture video frames on the fly, and to display an external video image in a small window on the Workbench screen. The VIU even has connections for two inputs and allows you to switch between them. The IV24 software includes a control program to activate the board’s various modes, a picture-in-picture program, a simple framegrabber, a 24-bit display program, and several applications. Initially, these included cut-down versions of the presentation package Scala and the Caligari 3-D rendering and animation package. By the time you read this, however, GVP will have replaced these with Desktop Darkroom (a lull-featured image-eapture and -processing program), My Live Action Director (a program for swirching between two live video sources using a number of transition effects), and an updated version of MacroPaitu 24. GVP has been very active in its software support for the 1V24, and it has demonstrated several turnkey systems for vertical markets based on the board. These include a T-shirt printing system and ADDI, a digital composition system meant to compete with professional video gear that costs ten times as much. Delayed Releases In the coming-auractions department for these combination-type boards, we find a pair of boards both ? '040. Progressive PeripheralsZZsUoZ9 PROGRESSIVE 040 Soon- 28MHzI33MHz '040 Power + 32MB RAM Expansion! S'- YOUR NEED mm ? ™ P°wer 2000™ and, 33MfZ f040 acce,eration to Amiga 2000 systems, for high-speed procession ! , , times faster than '030-based systems With today's PAM-intensive and processor intensive software, and upcoming ‘040-optimZ'rt graphics software, you'll get more out of vour Amiga 2000 'than ever before with the Proaressh '040. The Progressive '040 is compatible wifh a wide range of hardware and software, plus AmigaDOS 1.3,2.0, and 68000 mode is softwam- selectable. RAM expansion costs LESS for the Progressive '040 than most '030 accelerators! Compare the cost and performance of a 16MB Progressive '040 to a 16MB '030, and the choice is clear. Put the power and performance of the Progressive '040 to work for you, at a lower price than ever before. See your local dealer or call Progressive Peripherals for more information. AmnhL°cfeSS nal, deskt°P video Production, ° and dtSot0p Pu ishing are faster than ver before with Progressive's Zeus. Zeus is the y rue FAST SCSI-2 DMA hard drive controller or access up to TEN times the speed of other controllers. Still using an '030 accelerator in your Amiga 2000™system? Since August 1991, over 2,000 nrnfoec- have turbocharged their Amigas with a p™°nals
040. Proaressivp Peripherals was first to 68040 acceleration to Amiga Zeus is available in 28MHz and 33MHz speeds
o it your budget. Zeus is economical to expand - irom 4MB to 64MB in over a dozen RAM configurations, using industry standard, low-cost IMBxB and or 4MBx8 SIMMs. Zeus is packed with features and performance: autoconfiguring RAM, software and hardware 68000 fallback mode, AmigaDOS 1.3 2.0 compatibility, external SCSI-2 port and more, all on a single easy to install board. Progressive's state of the art SCSI-2 utility and 040 software makes Zeus the most powerful, compatible, and reliable '040 accelerator on the market. Call your local dealer and turbocharge your Amiga 20007’'system today!
• |Street Lakewood,Colorado 938 Ouail Street (303) 235.060o • 24-Hour q1 (303)238-5555 dema 0f Commodore AmiQ320W Circle E II V C E I) - I) I S I1 L Y DEVI C E S from the same developer without a release date, and apparently on hold. Avideo 12 24 INOVAtronics In mid-1992, INOVAtronics advertised that it would soon begin shipping Avideo 12 and Ayideo24, low- priced 12- and 24-bit graphics boards that plug into the Denise socket of the A2000 ancl A3000. (AVideo 12 also works with die A500.) These boards allow normal Workbench graphics to be displayed on top of an enhanced background, using normal monitors and genlocks. Although both boards have been in limited release to developers. INOVAtronics has delayed the general release of these products perhaps to rethink and reposition them in light of the introduction of the Amiga 4000 and A1200. (quipome Devices STRICTLY SPEAKING, THE remaining boards do not really belong in the category7 of 24-bit RGB displays, because they are multifunction devices designed mainly for composite-video input and output. Although composite video presents a somewhat blurry picture with somewhat fewer colors than the 16 million offered by RGB hoards, these devices allow you to record their output directly on vour VCR. Since they do provide enhanced color from your .Amiga, they represent an alternative that should be considered. The Video Toaster Ne.wTek The Video Toaster ($ 2495) provides so many video- production tools that it is hard to think of it as a display device. Nonetheless, with two broadcast-quality framebuffers, frame-grabbing capabilities, and a complete paint package, the loasler does perform many of the same functions as the other boards presented here. Apart from that, of course, it offers all the switching, digital effects, luminance keying, color effects, and 3-D rendering and animation capabilities that truly make it a “1V studio in a box.” NewTek, however, makes no pretense that the Toaster is a “multimedia" hoard of any kind. But if video production is your goal, the Toaster should be the first place you look. DCTV Digital Creations DC1V is an external box that plugs into the RGB port of any Amiga. It may not provide the high-quality output of the loasler, but at about $ 500 it is much less expensive. The standard DCTV unit requires a composite monitor, but Digital Creations recently released an RGB adapter for DCTV that allows you to use the RGB mode of your 1084 to display the picture. With the included parallel-port cable connected, DC IV also can digitize a still-video picture in under 10 seconds. Unlike most display devices, DCTV does not provide its own independent display. Rather, it takes the data from the normal Amiga display and interprets it as compressed analog video data. This means that you cannot display normal Amiga graphics at the same lime as DCTV graphics, because DCTV uses up the normal Amiga display. It also means, however, that DCTV images can be stored as normal hi-res Amiga IFF files, about 100.000 bytes, which compares favorably with the 800,000 or more bytes required for a 24- bit image. These DCTV pictures can be displayed by any software that displays a normal IFF picture, including Amiga Vision (CRM) and similar presentation packages. They can even he compressed into normal ANIM liles for high-color animations that play back in real time. All of this serves to enhance considerably the already formidable software bundled with DCTV, which includes an image-processing program, the video digitizer. And DCTV Paint, one of the more highly regarded video paint programs for the Amiga. The latest version of AD Pro supports the creation of DCTV-com- patiblc IFF images, as well. Don’t Forget the A4000! If you are considering enhancing your current Amiga display, don’t overlook the option of buying an Amiga 4000, or even an A1200, both of which contain the AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chip set, the new standard for built-in graphics. Among the several new display modes are a 1280x480 256-color interlaced mode for video and a 736x480 mode that uses hardware compression to give you 18-bit color (262.000 shades) for only eight hits of data. With its powerful 68040 processor, the A4000 will let you animate fullscreen high-color images at 30 frames per second. Although software support is limited as of this writing (only AD Pro and Pro Write 3.3 take direct advantage of the new graphics modes), a whole host of AGA software should soon be available, including updates of existing programs (such as Electronic Arts’ Deluxe- Paint IV) and brand-new ones (such as Brilliance, Digital Creations’ paint animation package). After all, AGA is the standard for all new Amigas. The Future: Retargettable Graphics Although the tight link between the graphics chips and the operating system has made it difficult to integrate new displays with the Workbench, that situation won’t last forever. In a keynote address at last fall’s World of Commodore show, CBM's VP of Engineering, Lewis Eggebrecht, indicated that AmigaDOS 4.0 would incorporate retargettable graphics (R I G), T his means that operating-systcm graphics functions would no longer write directly to the hardware, but instead use an intermediate library of functions. This will enable a display manufacturer to write a simple driver allowing all well- behaved software to use the new display automatically. Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of the operating system have already laid the groundwork for this system by allowing software to enquire about the characteristics of the display and, for example, to select colors by asking for “the closest available shade of green,” rather than specifying a hardware color register. II things go as o n n n planned, in the next year or so you may have an even more bewildering array of enhancetl-display devices from which to choose! ¦ Sheldon lunation is a respected authority on the Amiga and author of srueral hooks, including Inside Amiga Graphics. Ile recently finished the fourth edition oj the AmigaDOS Reference Guide (Compute! Rooks). When he's not uniting, you ran often find him at Slipped Disk. A Detmit-ami Amiga dealersh ip. Ith the help of a full-color display device, 24-bit graphics look great on your screen. But how do you get that same great look on paper? Let’s explore the basics of full-color printing, the tools available, and the people you will work with to see your production finalized. For More Color While there are other techniques available, we will focus on the most common production method, lithographic (“litho”) printing. The litho process involves placing a thin layer of ink on a Hat printing plate, which is chemically treated to repel ink in the nonprinting areas, and then pressing that plate onto paper. The plate is typically created by exposing a film negative of the print image to the plate surface. This negative can be created using traditional methods or from a computer file sent to a high-end laser printer that handles film output. Such printers are commonly available to desktop-computer artists through service bureaus. Print Types To understand 24-bit printing you must understand graphics printing in general. Any production includes type, art, or a combination of the two. The artwork can be either line art (black-and-white), halftone, spot color, or full color. Line art and halftone images are produced with one pass through the press; the ink and the paper combine to create the final image. .Although the ink is usually black and the paper white, they may be any combination of colors. Halftone images are the kind you see in newspapers. Look closely at a newspaper picture and you will see that the shades of gray are created by altering the size and placement of printed dots. Light gray is created with fine dots widely spaced; dark gray is achieved with large dots closely spaced. Traditionally, this pattern is created by placing a fine screen between the original photograph or image and the negative used for creating the print plate. Computer software can also create this screen pattern (line screen) from your original image. The required line screen will vary depending on the final print requirements. For example, magazines use a much finer line screen than do newspapers, which is the reason photographs look better in magazines. ? How do you get your fidl-color graphics to look as good on paper as they do on screen? Via the print industry’s four-color process. BY STEVEN BLAIZE 24-BIT AMIGA-GENERATED ILLUSTRATIONS BY PHIL WOL5TENHOLME AmigaWorld 39 Line screens are cited in terms of lines per inch = or lines per centimeter outside the US). Typical values are 133 to 150 for magazines and 75 for newspapers. Line screens should not be confused with the common computer-printing measurement dots per inch. (The difference will become apparent in a moment.) Color is added to a production with additional printing plates and ink colors in the form of either spot color or full color. Spot color is useful when highlighting areas of special interest. For example, to bring attention loan ad fora big sale, you could print the headline in red ink with the rest of the ad in black. You can specify any number of spot colors in your production, but each one requires an additional printing plate. L ull-color photos and artwork are typically reproduced with a technique called four-color process. The images are broken down into components of cyan (C), yellow (Y), magenta (M), and black (K), which are referred to as CYMK separations. Line screens are also used in production of four-color separations. Lite size, shape, and placement of the dots ailed the final printed image. The dots are overlapped and thus combine into millions ol possible colors. CYMK is simply a method of defining color; any color can be produced by combining specific values of cyan, yellow, and magenta. This method is the exact inverse of RGB (red, green, blue) color combinations your computer monitor uses. For example, 100% each of red. Green, and blue gives you white on vour screen. But 100% of cyan, yellow, and magenta yields black (actually, it yields a dark, muddy brown; black ink is added to achieve true black). Understanding how colors are represented on screen versus how they print becomes critical when you want your hard copy to look like what you see on your monitor. Getting What You Want The term WYSIWYG (Wliat-You-See-Is-Wliat-You-Get) became popular with the growth of desktop publishing. It is applicable to black-and-white images, hut not to full color. Why? Quite simply, variations in monitors’ brightness and contrast settings alter the screen image. Sure, the colors in your image represent specific values, but how you view them depends cm monitor calibrations. Developers for other platforms have produced methods, using hardware and software, for producing reliable output ol your screen image. I n fortunately, we are still waiting for this ability for the Amiga. Variance between screen and print pixels poses more potential trouble. Print dots have a one-to-one aspect ratio, hut the Amiga supports many resolutions and pixel aspect ratios. For example, pixels on a 640 by 400 hi-res display have an aspect ratio of six to seven. Also, many multisync monitors let you adjust the display both horizontally and vertically. This means that what appear on your monitor as circles and squares may print as ovals and rectangles. Thus, you should prepare to adjust your graphics using image-processing software before incorporating them in a layout. Today many programs permit you to create color PostScript iilcs. Load full-color 24-bit images, and specify spot-color areas in your designs. The differences among them lie in how they control your printed output. For example, with a graphics program such as Electronic Arts' Deluxe Paint IV you can create any bitmapped graphic image up to 4096 colors but you can output this image only to an Amiga Preferences printer. If you want to litho print this image, you must use other software to create four-color separations. ASDG’s Art Department Professional 2 can load bitmapped images and generate CYMK color separations. And desktop-publishing programs such as Saxon Publisher (Saxon Industries), Professional Page (Gold Disk), and PagcStream (Soft-Logik) can handle complete layout wit h output of four-color or spot-color separations. (See “Separating the DTP Pack,” Sep. ’91. P.
29. For more on the separation capabilities of these layout programs.) What are the benefits and drawbacks to using spot- color vs. four-color separations? Spot color provides predictable output: II you specify a color, you can be certain that the final ink will match. Both the Pantone and TruColor systems let you determine exact colors using preprinted swatches (available from graphic-de- sign supply stores). The disadvantage here is that each color requires a different print plate, and each plate requires either another setup and pass through the press, ora more sophisticated, multicolor press. Either option increases the cost of the final production. To keep costs down, most multicolor productions are done with four-color separations. The problem is that you must depend on the software to correctly analyze and print the correct size, shape, and position of the CYMK dots that will re-create your image. In addition, the printing press must be registered in position correctly or an undesirable moire pattern will appear. The ? C&fnn V mnt HERE’S A CHECKLIST for producing high-quality color prints given current Amiga technolog)*:
1. Create your images and layouts with the knowledge that you must do some type of color proofing. Remember that what you see on your monitor is not quite what will be printed.
2. Use software that produces the output you require, either spot-color or Four-color separations.
3. Use spot color sparingly, either in work involving fewer than four colors or when a color must be matched exactly.
4. Contact the final printer and find out the type of negatives required (i.e., emulsion side down, right reading, screen line, etc.).
5. Contact the sendee bureau and find out the file requirements (i.e., source files vs. PostScript-print files, screen line, etc.) and the type of color proofing it offers. Also check on any output warranties, if corrections must be made. SB Everybody's talking multimedia revolution. Allow us to light the fuse. Of apples were bruised in we first introduced la, the professional pres- ation package, th the new Scala altiMedia MM200, they 11 be blown into oblivion! Us introduce a few of the latures that make Scala 1M20Q combined with the miga the world's most powerful multimedia environment: Scala EX A revolutionary new plug & play system, for the integration of laserdisk, still video, MIDI, or CDTV sound in your Scala presentation. Extra EX'es, such as 24 bit graphic support and VCR control are also available. Scala Wipes More than 80 amazing, smooth and professional transitions provide possibilities previously unseen on the Amiga. Scala Sound Enhance your presentations with voice-over, music and special sound effects! Scala offers total control of recording and play-back. Scala Shuffler Instant viewing of your whole presentation! You can see up to 112 pages at one time. Simply shuffle them around with the mouse! Scala Snapload A series of advanced techniques make Scala load and display pictures and animations faster than any other package! O Scala Buttons Creating interactive hotspots has never been so easy! Scala MM200 even includes full support of variables. Scala LINGUA The multimedia language Lingua with its close link to Arexx puts the advanced user in total control! AnimLab With this bonus program you can make your animations play up to four times faster! The press writes: "The word multimedia has been battered and misused... Scala on the other hand, know exactly what multi- media is and what to do with it!" Amiga User International (UK) "...the best program in show business." Amiga Format (UK) "Scala MM200 is the kind of software that many serious users simply cant't afford to be without." Amiga Computing (UK) Scala MM200 for video titling, training, business presentations, interactive use or any multi- media combination. For a close look at the market leader in multi- media software, contact your dealer today! With thekihd Quittance of X? ' -.Thom EMI International ‘ Sy X X , T A T Encyclopaedia Britannica £¦'»«1. V 1 Filmed an location in ShaV rtpnarn r . I X'V Country * 4' .yw jjSWI'y Brfl 1 . ' V MuP!it by SCALA - ' UJ Directed by Daniel Bloch X>?Produced by Jan Ivrir.Bruaray
• • •! '* ¦> I - ; Scroll text by Scala. SCALA Inc. 12110 Sunset 1 lills Kd„ Suite 100 Heston. VA 22090, USA Tel: (703) 709-8043 Fax: (703) 709-8242 SCALA Why make it harder? Circle 60 on Reader Service card ability to correctly separate colors and control the separation files is developer dependent. For example, if you want only to print a bitmapped image, ADPro2 works perfectly. Yon can control the Under Cover Removal (UCR) and Gray Component Replacement (GCR), which helps compensate for the black film and the impurities in printer's ink, respectively. This works only for pictures, however. If you have text and graphics, you will need a desktop-publishing program to produce the separation files. True Color What do you do with four-color separation files once you have created them? The most cost-effective solution is to output them through a service bureau. You can find service bureaus in most metropolitan yellow pages, and in magazines that specialize in desktop publishing. Most bureaus can handle files either by mail or modem. Most service bureaus use a PostScript or PostScript- compatible laser printer to generate either paper prints or film negatives. For paper output, you must pay additional costs to produce the required negatives. While it is easy to create the PostScript files (you simply print the separation files to disk), the service bureau will have no control over the output. Bureaus that handle Amigas prefer that you provide a source file; they load the image into the application and generate the separations for you, and then tweak the separation files to adjust the results. Before choosing a service bureau, ask what type of files it handles. What it can produce, if it can handle source files, and. If not, what settings it needs to produce the output you require. (If the outfit has no experience in dealing with files from Amiga software, look elsewhere.) Settings such as the line screen and the line angle will alter your final output. Often you must get these specifications from the printer who will be handling the output; ad requirements, for instance, are based on the capabilities of the magazine or newspaper in which it will appear. Generally, service bureaus can also produce a color print if you provide them with a color PostScript file as well as the source file. This may be a good way to check whether the output is close to what you expect. Remember, though, that the output of a full-color file to a color printer is not the same as four-color separations printed on a litho press. Alter this point, you would use a color key, chromalin, or other form of press proofing to verity color. These methods use the actual four-color negatives to produce a similar output on the final press. The negatives are exposed to a color-sensitive transparency that will produce a specific color; these are then layered on top of each other to produce the facsimile of the final output. Here the production process comes to a turning point. These color keys are made by your final-press printer, who is using negatives produced by a service bureau. The printer has no control over these negatives, and if they are washed out or have incorrect color values, the fault will be turned back to the negatives. To make corrections, you will have to produce new negatives and new color keys prior to printing your final output. The only way to be completely certain of the output is to request a press proof from your printer, which requires the actual setup and printing of the final piece. While this is generally costly in terms of both time and money, it is the only way to be assured of correct final output. So, in the long run, is it better or more cost-effective to produce color separations by computer than by more traditional methods? While the costs and risks may seem significant, these problems have always existed in full-color printing. Traditionally, images would be scanned and then separated, spot-color areas would be stripped apart by hand, and color correcting and tinting would be done by hand or on expensive, high- end workstations. You now have these controls at your hands on the desktop. Even ifyou have to reprint color- separated negatives through a service bureau, it will cost far less than having new separations or touch-up work done traditionally. J Full-color processing for print is still evolving on the desktop. While it is considerably better than even one year ago, it is not foolproof. So consider your requirements, software, service bureaus, and your final printer carefully. Find out what each party can do for you. And do not hesitate to ask each of them which part of the process they will take full responsibility for. Most vendors will tell you how well their productworks; the question is how well it will work with the other pieces in your production. ¦ Steven Blaize is owner of Creative Fire, a multimedia-pre- sentation company, and co-owner of Texture City, developer offull-color backgrounds and textures. He is an author, lecturer, and consultant on Amiga and DOS Windows platforms specializing in graphic design and 3-D animation. The N ot 0 ¦§> If you ivcmt to put some zip into the games or other graphics you create, AMOS’s special animation sublanguage, AMAL, can deliver smooth motion at blistering speeds. WHEN I FIRST got Microsoft AmigaBasic for my Amiga, I couldn’t wait to try out the sprite and BOB commands that looked so promising in the documentation. What luck! There was even a sample program on the disk. I booted it up, sat back, amL.uh, wait a minute, isn’t this supposed to be the world’s most powerful graphics PC? Those sprites didn’t dart across the screen, they trudged. Later, other BASICs entered the market, but the story was always the same. Trudge, trudge, trudge. I thought Td died and gone to Siberia...and I began to doubt my Amiga. ? BY MARK JORDAN T II E 0 E M 0 T I 0 L A (i I A (i E Now I must apologize. It rook a piece of software from England written by a Frenchman to reaffirm my faith in the American computer with the vaguely Spanish-sounding name. I he program is AMOS = $ 1 10, Furopress Software see “Manufacturers' Distributors’ Addresses” on p. 114). It’s a BASIC language for all the world to speak (even in Siberia!), with more than 500 powerful, creative commands. And not only docs AMOS have this huge vocabulary, it has AMAF, What’s AMAL?
• an acronvm for Amos Animation Language 4 O O
• a BASIC machine language hybrid that sends sprites gliding, BOBs bobbing, and entire screens moving to and fro with silky smoothness
• a fast, powerful, and slightly hard-to-learn doorway to interrupt-driven programming Let’s start with a quick overview of the AMAL concept and then take a look at some real-life AMAL programming in action. Strings, Grammar, and Channels AMAL is a sublanguage within AMOS with its own set of 14 commands and 15 functions. None of these, however. Can be used directly from BASIC. So how do you access them? Via strings, as in: a M$ =uLet Y = Y +1" You must write your entire AMAL subprograms inside of BASIC string variables, which takes some getting used to. II your program becomes very long, you’ll need to add strings together, like so: MS = M$ +"Let X = X + 1" For debugging purposes, it’s a good idea to use global string variables so that you can print our the entire AMAL program in direct mode to study. It doesn’t take much perusing through the AMAL section of the AMOS manual to see that AMAL has, shall we say, a peculiar syntax. The most important deviations from BASIC you will have to deal with are: 4
1. Only single capital letters have meaning to AMAL.
2. Semicolons, not colons, are used as command separators.
3. Colons are used to designate labels.
4. If has no Then, just a Jump.
5. For Next loops use registers, not variables. Channels are another important AMAL concept. Channels are to A MAI, programs what file numbers are to disk files. Once you’ve assigned a channel to a particular object (say, channel 1 to sprite 8), all AMAL operations under that channel will apply to that object alone. AMAL allows up to 64 different channels, which means you can have up to 64 sprites, BOBs, and screens moving around simultaneously. Or, you can dedicate more than one channel to a single object. For instance, you might want to assign two channels to the same object one to move the object and the other to perform a “gravitational” pull on it. Since AMAL programs continue until you stop them, a single call lo the gravity channel would work throughout the program. I here’s some real potential here. Interrupts Interrupts are a part of any computer’s operating system: Every 60th of a second the CPU drops whatever it is doing and jumps into a special program that does chores (such as reading the keyboard) most of us aren't even aware of. Once finished, ii goes back to its main business, the program at hand. Here’s an oversimplified sequence of events: Step I: Signal lioni timer: Ii's time foi* an interrupt. Step 2: Stop main program, jump into interrupt. Step 3: Do interrupt routine. Step 4: Go back to main program. Machine language programmers love these interrupts because they can sneak their own private routines into the machine’s interrupts, thus giving their programs a form of multitasking. While machine language used to be the only route into interrupt programming, with AMOS, interrupts can now be used in the music commands (that's how you can have music playing while the program continues), timer, menus, and several other areas. That’s nice, but these are predefined interrupt chores. AMAL, however, lets you write the routine itself where it wedges nicely somewhere in the middle of step 3 above. Closely related to interrupts are screen refreshes, which also occur 60 times per second. AMAL can coordinate your program to the period between screen refreshes (called the YBL, for vertical blank period). This gives the BASIC! Programmer as much power over object movements as any language, even machine language but more on that later. Once AMOS programmers begin to get used to AMAL, they will find themselves wondering when it’s best to use AMAL to move objects and when to simply do it in AMOS. The answer is: When it works line in plain AMOS, do it: otherwise, use AMAL. If you don’t have the AMOS compiler, you will probably choose AMAL most of the time. AMAL is capable of creating virtually an entire game, with the main program’s only tasks being to start the action, keep the score, and announce the winner. AMAL in Action Once you understand the main AMAL concepts, the next step is to learn the AMAL commands. Although the set is small and the manual explains each command fairly well, getting a handle on them isn’t so easy. Rather than rehash the manual, we can learn more about these commands by creating a sample AMAL program that reads thejoystick and then moves a sprite accordingly. This routine is part of a simple game 1 created, a variation of good of Pong, which is included here as Listing 1. I present it primarily for edification, but don’t let that slop you from typing it in and playing it. It’s fun. We'll use sprite 9 as the one we will move (i.e., the IT HAD TO HAPPEN... We put the creators of Deluxe Paint ST™, Deluxe PhotoLab™, and DCTV Paint™ together with the goal of developing the most awesome paint and animation software ever for the Amiga. After many man-years of inspired design and programming, it is simply... BRILLIANCE! IT’S AMAZING... 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Quickly and precisely control all paint and animation features with the dynamic menuing system. It gets out of your way at the press of a button. A help window assists in identifying controls as well as current modes. The stacking menu bars can be user configured and recalled with function keys. You can even save your own configurations. IT’S BRILLIANCE... Once and for all, in one easy to use package, the total paint and animation system for the Amiga. Best of all, it's from Digital Creations. Works with all Amiga models. Minimum memory requirement: 1 Meg. Graphics modes supported: Register based 2, 4T 8. 16, 32, or 64EHB Colors. 6 bit HAM. 12 bit true color, 24 bit true color. With the new A4000: Register based 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64EHB. 64,128. And 256 Colors. 6 bit HAM. 8 bit HAM, 12 bit true color, 24 bit true color. (True color modes are represented with HAM mode displays however they are maintained in lull fidelity internal representations.) DIGITAI ZTTT
P. O. Box 97, Folsom CA 95763-0097 C REATIONS Phone 916*344*4825 FAX 916*635*0475 Brilliance and DCTV Paini are trademarks of Digital Creations, Inc. Deluxe Paint ST and Deluxe PhotoLab are registered trademarks of Electronic Arts. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga. Inc. Circle 63 on Reader Service card T II E I A X (i I A (; E 0 F I 0 T I 0 packlle). Let's start by creating the AMAL string: MS = "Loop: If J1&1 = 1 Jump Up;" Like most AMAL programs, this one starts with a label, in this case the word “Loop." The reason for this is that AMAL programs, for the most part, are loops, and a label is AMALs only way to identify jump points. The only letter that really matters here is the L. The rest, all lowercase, are simply reminders of what this label does. When writing AMAL subprograms, you must remember not to use two labels starting with the same letter or AMAL will get confused. Now things get cryptic: What’s this “J Sc " business inside an If statement? JI is one of AMALs built-in functions, and it reads joystick I. As for the “& 1,” the ampersand (&) is AMALs way of performing a Boolean AND. While there is not enough space here to explain Boolean logic, all you really need to know is this: AND- ing the joystick values with 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 will tell you. Respectively, if the joystick is being pushed up, down, left, right, or the button is being pressed. If JI AND 1 ([ l&l) is true (greater than 0), then the joystick must be being pushed upwards. Now we can see what this If statement is doing. If Jl&l is true, we jump to the Up routine. If the statement is false, then we fall to the next command: M$ =M$ +"lf J1&2=0 J L;" First, note the use of string addition. Also note that each line ends with a semicolon. While semicolons are not always required as command separators, it’s safer to include them. The If statement here looks a lot like the previous one, the only differences being that (I) it tests for down pushes (via &2) and (2) it works in reverse, jumping on the condition the joystick is not being pushed down. By the way, notice that I have dropped the lowercase reminders on the Jump Loop command so that it simply reads, J I..“ It works the same, saves some typing, and after you use AMAL for a while, it will make perfect logical sense. Okay, so if we fall through, the joystick must be pressed down. Now what? Try this: M$ = MS+"lf Y>228 J L; Let Y=Y+1; J L;H Tilings look fairly logical just another If Jump except for the “Y." It, as well as X and A, are reserved registers (variables) inside each AMAL channel that report the Y (vertical) coordinate, X (horizontal) coordinate, and sprite image number, respectively. Since this paddle routine will be channeled to sprite 9, the value in Y will always be the Y coordinate of that sprite. If this Y value is greater than 228, we will be at the bottom of the screen, in which case we'll do nothing and jump hack to the beginning. If it is not, we’ll increase the value of Y using the Let command. Then we jump back to the beginning. Want to make your paddle move faster? Just add 2 (or more) to Y. Want to make your paddle move slower? | list place a Pause command at the beginning of your loop, like this: M$ =flLoop: Pause ; If Jl&t Jump Up;" Pause halts the AMAL routine until the next vertical blank (VBL), in effect coordinating AMAL programs with the screen refreshes. This means that your AMAL program will do only a single loop each interrupt, which is not a bad idea because it speeds up your main AMOS program without any loss at all of animation movement smoothness. In fact, von can use Pause and increase object speed just by upping the pixel increments without any loss of resolution (for example, Let Y=Y+3). Another way to achieve the same thing is to include a For Next loop at the same spot, as in: M$ ="Loop: For R0=1 To 5 ; Next RO ..." The For Next option is very flexible because of the way AMAL deals with For Next loops: II performs onlv a single count per internipt. In other words, it provides a built-in Pause at each count. The line above would slow your paddle down by a factor of five. As you might expect, the Up routine (lor when the joystick is pushed north) is pretty much the same as the Down routine: M$ = MS+"Up:lf Y 52 J L; Let Y=Y-1; J L;rl Here we reduce Y if it is greater than 52 and then jump back to the loop to start all over again. Our AMAL routine it.sell has now been written. The AA'IAL can create virtually an entire game, with the main program’s only tasks being to start the action, keep score, and announce the whiner. All photographs are of actual DCTV screens, pusmrc who process y*IWTl _!*•*» HHKE isSfciX am. »M | ouit I iV2; A T,».t. fri*.' Cor.* Tmft Prdr LWST HCSET Digitize and process full color composite video images in millions of colors. Efuturels
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Recommended i Animate video quality DCTV images in real time using popular Amiga animation creation tools. DCTV (Digital Composite Television] is a revolutionary new compressed video display and digitizing system for the Amiga. Using the Amiga as a compressed video buffer, DCTV creates a full color composite video display with all the color and resolution of television. CREATIONS Telephone 916 344-4825 FAX 916 635-0475 ~1992 Digital Creations. AMIGA is a registered trademark of Commodore Business Machines. Patents applied for. Circle 16 on Reader Service card. I II E 0 F VI 0 T I 0 X I, A (; H A G E Listing 1. Dim SC0RE(2) Global N$ ,S1S,S2S,0FF,GAME0VER,SC0RE(),LEVEL Do SETUP MOVEPADDLE Repeat STRTPOINT MOVEBALL SCORE Until GAMEOVER Loop Procedure SETUP SX=0 : S1 =0 : S2=0 : GAMEOVER=0 Rem create ball sprite Screen Open 0,320,200,32,Lowres Curs Off: Cis 0 : Hide Ink 14 : Circle 9,9,5 : Paint 10,10 Get Sprite 1,0,0 To 15,15 Rem create paddle sprite Cis 0 : Ink 15 : Box 0,0 To 6,20 ; Paint 1,1 Get Sprite 2,0,0 To 15,20 Rem select level, players Cis 0 : Centre “Choose level: 1 (hard) - 5 (easy)" : Print Repeat : AS=InkeyS : Until AS >'" LEVEL=Val(A$ ) : If LEVEL>5 Then LEVEL=5 Centre "1 or 2 players?" Repeat: AS = InkeyS : Until AS >“* TWO = Val(AS) : If TWO >2 Then TWO = 1 Rem draw Pong box Cis 0 : Ink 4 : Box 0,0 To 319,199 Rem set sprites for collision detection Make Mask : Hot Spot 1,S11 Sprite 9,128,130,2 : Sprite 10,441,130,2 SCORE(1)=0 : SCORE(2) = 0 End Proc Procedure STRTPOINT Sprite 8,283,0,1 : Amal Off 10 Rem drop ball to start point Amal 8,"M 0,241,73 ; Let RA=Y" : Amal On 8 Rem wait till it stops moving While Chanmv(8) : Wend Rem turn on computer's paddle Amal 10,N$ : Amal On 10 End Proc Procedure MOVEBALL OFF=0 : RV=-1 : If Rnd(1) Then RV=-RV Do Rem RV will decide which way ball should travel, RX which angle Z=0 : RV=-RV : RX=360*RV : Amreg(3} = RV Rem SP is speed of ball, AD affects ball's angle Y=Y Sprite(8) : SP=Rnd(40}+60 : AD=Rnd(5)+1 Rem prepare Amal Move command for horizontal move at SP speed B$ ="M"+Str$ (RX) + ,i,0," + StrS(SP) Amal 8,B$ : Amal On 8 Rem start ball travel loop Repeat : Rem check if ball past either paddle If Y 54 Then Y=54 : AD=-AD If Y>241 Then Y=241 : AD=-AD Rem change ball's Y placement directly from Amos, not Amal Add Y,AD : Inc Z Rem but wart till vertical blank to move it Wait Vbl : Sprite 8„Y, Rem set Amal register 0 (RA| with ball's Y value Amreg = 0) = Y Sprrte(8)-10 Rem if ball past either paddle exit both loops SX X Sprite(8) If SX 122 Then OFF=2 : Exit 2 If SX>452 Then OFF=1 : Exit 2 Rem other way out is if ball collides with a paddle Until Sprite Col(8) and Z>5 Amal Off 8 Loop End Proc Procedure MOVEPADDLE Rem paddle routine is explained in article MS="Loop: If J1&1 Jump Up;" MS = MS+"lf J1&2=0 J L;u MS = MS+Mlf Y>228 J L; Let Y = Y + 1; J L;“ MS = MS+"Up:lf Y 52 J L; Let Y®Y-1; J L;“ Amal 9,MS : Amal On 9 Rem if two-player game, convert all Jl's to JO's (other joystick} If TWO=2 NS=M$ : Do : P=Instr(NS,“Jl"}+1 : Exit If P=1 : MidS = NS,P)="0" : Loop Rem if one-player Else Rem Find difference between ball's Y (RA} and paddle's (Y) N$ =N$ +”Loop: Let R1 = RA-Y Rem Insert diff as Y distance in Move com mand Rem and at speed selected by LEVEL NS=N$ +"M 0,R1,"4-Str$ (LEVEL4-2)-f-";J L" End If End Proc Procedure SCORE SCORE(OFF) = SCORE(OFF) + 1 Pen 5 : Paper 0 Locate 7,1 : Print SCORE(I) Locate 30,1 : Print SCORE(2) if SCORE(OFF)>19 Locate 6 + (OFF-1)*23,2 : Pen 3 : Print "Win ner!" GAMEOVER = 1 : Wait 240 End If End Proc users’ group exists in the UK: The AMOS Club, I Lower- Moor, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, N. Devon, EX32 8NW, UK. ¦ Mark Jordan is a high school English teacher and longstanding writer on computer programming. Write to him c a Amiga- World, Editorial Dept., 80 Elm St., Peterborough, Nil 03458. OR MANY AMIGA owners, backing up a hard drive can bring on a stomach ache mighty fast. No one wants to spend an afternoon feeding piles of diskettes into an insatiable back-up program. How do you spell r-e-l-i-e-f? Look for a fast, well-designed back-up program with lots of neat features. Fortunately. Amiga owners can choose from a broad selection of products offering a wide range of prices, performance, and feature sets. You can pay from $ 25 to $ 80 for a back-up program. You can find fast and slow operators, and support for just floppies or for a range of back-up devices. And that’s just the beginning. What this means, unfortunately, is that finding the back-up program that best matches your needs can be a challenging task at best. The Great Amiga Back(up) Off! Get out the maple syrup and butter we’ve rounded up seven disk-devouring hard-drive back-up utilities for an all-out speed features competition. Bring 021 those “flapjacks,” Gertie! To help you in your search, we've organized a buyer’s guide offering comparative evaluations of seven leading commercial Amiga hard-drive back-up utilities. By Jeff James Programs were tested on a variety of back-up configurations, including a SCSI tape drive. For a standard of comparison, we included a shareware back-up program (Felix R. jeske’s BackUP v3.5) to match against the commercial offerings. II A R I) - I) R I V E II C K - I P li I I I, I T I I*] S In addition to rating back-up times for each program (see the accompanying graphs in Figures 1-3 for results), we also prepared a comprehensive comparison of the many other features and capabilit ies of these seven programs. Fables 1-6 present the major features of each program for side-by-side comparison. Although not stated in the chart, please note that all programs are Amiga DOS 2.0 compatible and support standard 880K floppies. Programs were timed in three different back-up tests. The first involved backing up 5.3MB (5,322,140 bytes in 537 files) of data from hard drive to floppy disks with the utilities' file-veri Ft cation option turned off (see Figure 1). The second test was the same as the first, except that verification was turned on (Figure 2). Finally, three of the programs were tested with a SCSI streaming- Figure 1. Floppy back-up times (verification off). Tape drive, backing up a 29.6MB (29,608,594 bytes in 1438 files) hard-drive partition to New Horizons’ Touchdown 100 streaming-tape drive (Figure 3). Ami-Back 2.0e Moonlighter Software Development
579. 95 Although a relative newcomer to the Amiga back-up software scene, .Ami-Back behaves like a seasoned veteran. It landed squarely in the middle of the pack in the non verified floppy back-up test, moved up to second place in the verified test, and took first by a mere second in the streaming-tape benchmark. Ami-Back’s solid performance in those back-up tests is bolstered by an impressive features list, Ami-Back can back up and restore to a lengthy list of devices, including removable hard-disk, streaming-tape, and digital- audio-tape (DAT) drives. Other features abound, including support for Commodore’s new AmigaGuide on-line help system, a “911-recovery” mode that can grab data from crashed hard disks, and a slick, icon- driven back-up scheduler. Ami-Back is not completely without faults; although improved from earlier revisions, the instruction manual still needs some revamping. Ami-Back also ranks in a tie as the most expensive Amiga back-up program on the market. However, if you’re serious about your hard-drive backups, take a close look at Ami-Back. Byte'n'Bcck 3.1.1 Spirit Technology $ 29.95 If speed were king, Byte’n’Back would rule over the back-up pack. Although Byte’n’Back narrowly came out on top in the nonverified floppy backup, it rocketed through the second test nearly a full minute ahead of its closest competitor. Developed in the liK by the programming house Bytes n Pieces, Byte’n’Back sports a packaging claim that “blitter chip and disk hardware [are] used directly for optimum performance.” Whatever the reason, Byte’n’Back was the fastest program tested in both floppy categories. Unfortunately, this speed is offset by an almost embarrassingly small list of features. It can handle a maximum of only two floppy drives and lacks support for tape drives, removable cartridges, and other mass- storage media. The included 18-page manual looks as if it was hastily run off on a photocopier. Regarding the format in which the program saves data, inserting a Byte’if Back-format back-up disk into any standard i Amiga floppy drive caused the shareware program Vir- usGhecker v6.15 to flag each of Byte’n*Back’s back-up disks as having hoot-block trouble. Such problems aside, if you just need support for floppy drives and speed is your only consideration, give Byle'n’Back a look. ExpressCopy 1.56 Express-Way Software
549. 95 Developed in 1990 and distributed by Express-Way Software, ExpressCopy is beginning to show its age. Comprising two separate programs (ExpressCopy and ? Finally! True Cinematic Quality Morphing For The Amiga®! ASDC is not the first to advertise "cinematic quality morphing" for the Commodore Amiga". Having seen the other products, there's obviously more than one way to define that term. To us, "cinematic quality morphing1 means these things:
• Morphing must be fast. In a production environment, time is money. ASDC's MorphPlus" is the fastest morphing product available for the Commodore Amiga". MorphPlus" powers through complicated full overscan morphs 3 to 11 times faster than the other products. Fastest ....MorphPlus" Easiest-To-Use ...MorphPlus"'' Highest Quality .MorphPlus™
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• Morphing must be high quality (so that it truly can be used for cinematic or professional video applications). MorphPlus" is already in use in Hollywood productions, replacing high end systems. This is what we mean by "cinematic quality morphing." If these are the criteria you would use, then MorphPlus" is the choice you should make. See it at your local dealer! 925 Stewart Street Madison, W! 53713 608 273-6585 What's The Plus? And More! Back-up Utilities: Features and Options Product Information Program Ami-Back 2.0e Byte 'n' Back 3.1.1 ExpressCopy 1.56 FlashBack v2.Q5 MRBackup Pro. 1.12 QuarterBack 5.0,2 SuperBack 2.0 Backup V3.5 Moonlighter Publisher Software Spirit Technology Express-Way Software Avanced Storage Systems MR Software Central Coast New Horizons The Disc Company Felix R. Jeske List Price S7S.95 S29.95 S49.95 $ 79.00 S25 (Direct) S75.D0 $ 39.95 S15 shareware tee Table 1: System Requirements RAM required 1MB 512K 1MB 1 MB 1MB 1MB 512K 1MB AmigaDOS 2.0 interface • O O 3 3 • O 3 Ease of installation Excellent Good Fair Good Fair Excellent Good Good Table 2: Backup Features Format ol Backup Disks AmigaDOS O O • O • O o O Proprietary o • • • • Data compression • • O o • • o + Adjustable data compression O O o o • • o o Target Devices AmigaDOS file • o o • • • o o Max of 880K drives supported 4 2 4 2 4 4 4 Applied Engineering AEHD * O ? * O O O Removable hard drives • O o • • O O SCSI tape drive • O o 3 • • O O Backup Types Full backup • • • • • • • • Image backup (AMAtyMS-DOS) • o o O • o o Recovery backup • o o O o o o Backs upw archive bit set • • • • • • Backs up after specified date • 0 • • o o Backs up within data range • 0 • o • o o Backs up by directory • • • • • • • • Backs up by wildcard filename • • • • • • o • Duplicates disks during backup O 0 o o o o Table 3: Restore Features Restores to a different directory • • • • • • • Restores to a different drive • + • • • • Restore to multiple devices • o o o o o Prompts before overwriting files • • m • • • • Selective tile restore • o + • • • • • Table 4: Tape Drive Features Direct SCSI tape control o 0 o • o o Retention tapes • o o ** • • o o Rewind tapes • o o • o o Program Ami-Back 2.0e Byte ’n' Back 3.1.1 ExpressCopy 1.56 FlashBack v2.05 MRBackup Pro. 1.12 QuarterBack 5.0.2 SuperBack 2.0 BackUP v3.5 Erase tapes • O O ? * • • O O Scan tapes O O O ** • o o O Table 5: Other Features Arexx support 3 o • O • • o o On-line help o o • O 0 o 0 Keyboard equivalents • o • 3 3 • m 0 Password protection o o 0 O • o o Hard & Softlinks support • o 0 0 O • o o Saves user configuration • • • • • o • Supports macros O o 3 o • • o o Amiga voice support o o 0 o • o o o Backup Scheduling • 0 3 3 3 3 o o Graphic-based • 0 O O o O o o Script-based o 0 3 3 3 3 o o Other Utilities Included o 0 O O file mgmnt. O o O Table 6: Docs & Tech Support Overall documentation quality Good Poor Good Good Good Good Good N A Glossary o O • O O O • N A Index • O 0 O • O a N A Tech support number • • • • • • N A Tech support BBS a o • 0 0 o o N A Tech support FAX • • o • • • 0 N A Legend
* Applied Engineering's high-density floppy drive (AEHO) is supported, although it will work only
• Program does specified operation completely. Under AmigaDOS 1.3. 3 Program does specified operation only to a limited extent. Flashback does support SCSI Tape Drives, although it requires that a stand-alone SCSI driver O Program does not support operation in question. Be supplied by the SCSI controller’s manufacturer to function. ExpressCopy Restore), ExpressCopy lias a respectable features list, including support for up to four 880K floppy drives, Applied Engineering’s high-density floppy, and a healthy set of file-inclusion and -exclusion options. Only it and MRBackup Pro save data in Amiga- DOS format. Back-up times were a little on the slow side, with ExpressCopy ending up near the bottom of the pack on both lloppy-disk tests. In the features race, ExpressCopy is simply outgunned by such feature-laden programs as Ami-Back, Quarterback, and MRBackup Pro. ExpressCopy’s interface is somewhat cluttered and confusing; during backups, the program flips between the back-up screen and an unusual system of windows oil the Workbench screen. ExpressCopy does have a number of things going for it. It’s the only back-up program tested here that can make duplicate copies of back-up disks, and the informative spiral-bound manual is a pleasure to read. If you have a pressing need for back-up disks in Amiga- DOS format, ExpressCopy is worth a look. FlashBack v2.05 Advanced Storage Systems S79 Flash Back placed well in both floppy back-up tests, coming in third in each case. In terms of features, FlashBack falls squarely in the gap between the floppy- oriented back-up programs (Byte’n’Back, SuperBack, and ExpressCopy) and the feature-laden back-up juggernauts (Ami-Back and Quarterback). FlashBack is one of three back-up programs (including Ami-Back and Quarterback) to support Image file backups, allowing MS-DOS and Mac partitions (accessible through an emulator) to be backed up to a back-up device. FlashBack does support SCSI tape drives; however, til at support requires a tape driver supplied by the manufacturer of the SCSI controller. Since the A3000 I used to test these programs does not ship with a SCSI driver (none of Commodore’s machines do), FlashBack refused to recognize the SCSI tape drive used in those tests. FlashBack was designed with support for Advanced Storage Systems’ own Nexus SCSI controller in mind; if you own one, FlashBack is an excellent choice. MRBackup Professional 1*12 MR Software S25 Formerly published by the now defunct 1 1R development, MRBackup Pro has been available in one form or another for quite some time, A commercial version of Mark Rinlret s popular shareware back-up program MRBackup, MRBackup Pro is now distributed and supported directly by its author. ? AmigaW'orld 53 In terms of back-up speed, MRBackup Pro came in dead last in every test, including backing up to tape drive. Configuring MRBackup Pro to include or exclude certain files during a backup a point-and-click operation in other back-up programs requires that the user create script-like “filter” files. HARD-DRIVE BACK-UP UTILITIES Slow back-up speeds and script-file profusion aside, MRBackup offers a wealth of features. It’s the only back-up program we tested that can save data in both AmigaDOS and variable (12 16-bit) compressed formats. Its Arexx support was the best of any program tested, with nearly four dozen available commands.
29. 6 MB SCSI tape backup without verify WsrsjT 5 hi;- Best 29,608,594 bytes in 1438 files Figure 3. SCSI streaming-tape back-up times. Finally, the included file manager allows users to perform a wide range of file-management operations, such as copying, moving, and deleting large numbers of files. If you need a powerful set of Arexx commands in your back-up program and don't mind tangling with script files, MRBackup Pro is the program to get. OuarterBack 5.0.2 Central Coast New Horizons $ 75 Ch er several years and quite a few revisions, Quarterback remains one of the most popular Amiga programs available; the latest version of Quarterback is the best version yet. QuarterBack turned in solid performances in all three tests, coming in second in the nonverified floppy back-up, fourth in the verified test, and a close second in the tape back-up benchmark. These respectable back-up times are supported by a lengthy features list, including support for a wide range of back-up media and a wide range of back-up options. Like Ami-Back, Quarterback supports SCSI back-up devices directly (unlike MRBackup Pro, which requires a software tape handler and editing of your mountlist file, and Flash- Back, which requires that the SCSI controller have its own tape driver). Quarterback’s AmigaDOS 2.0-adherent interface was arguably the cleanest and most uncluttered of the bunch, making finding a certain feature or option quick and painless. Quarterback’s developers have taken a good program and made it a great one. SuperBack 2.0 The Disc Co, $ 39.95 SuperBack lias been available in the Amiga market for quite some time. Developed by Mksoft and published by The Disc Company (which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision), SuperBack like Byte’if Back and ExpressCopy supports only hard- drive backups to floppy drives. SuperBack had a mediocre showing in the floppy- disk back-up tests, ending up in fifth place in both of them. SuperBack’s interface proved to be rather archaic and unintuitive. Unlike most of the other back-up programs tested, SuperBack does not allow the user to change floppy disks until all of the disks in the backup drives have been filled. In terms of features, Super- Back has only three major back-up options, and it does not allow files and directories to be excluded on the basis of pattern matching or wildcards. A few years ago, SuperBack may have been one of the best back-up programs available for the Amiga. Today, SuperBack is an average performer without any exceptional features. Rating the Pack After all of the testing and comparisons, most of these programs fall within one of two broad categories. Programs like ExpressCopy, Byte n’Back, and SuperBack concentrate primarily on backups to floppy drives, with correspondingly small feature sets. At the other extreme, Ami-Back, QuarterBack, and MRBackup Pro take the kitchen-sink approach, throwing in a wide assortment of features and capabilities. FlashBack falls between these two camps offering advanced features such as tape support, image backups, and on-line help, hut lacking others such as Arexx support. So which back-up program is for you? If you perform a limited number of back-ups, don’t need support for media other than floppy drives, and want to get your back-up done in a hurry, Byte’n’Back is a good choice. Keep in mind, however, that Byte'n’Back is a one-trick back-up pony; it offers great speed, but not much else. At $ 25, the best value is undoubtedly MRBackup Pro, which boasts a robust range of features and a bonus file- management utility. MRBackup’s heavy reliance upon script files, however, may deter novice users. As for the best overall back-up program, that award is shared between two solid candidates: Ami-Back and QuarterBack, The gap between these programs and the rest of the back-up utilities reviewed here is a wide one, with Ami-Back and Quarterback both offering impressive lists of features, quick back-up times, and slick, responsive interfaces, Ami-Back and Quarterback herald a new era in Amiga utility software; whichever you choose, you won’t he disappointed. ¦ JeffJames has been using hard-drive equipped Ami gas for more than four years, A frequent contributor to several computer publications, he is currently a student at Colorado State University where he is majoring in Technical Journalism, Contact him c o AmigaWorld, Editorial Dept., SO Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458. Workbench 2 provides some much needed enhancement to the Amiga’s system of handling different si .es and stvles of text. Before In part 4 of our series we tell you how to use the bitmapped and outline text fonts included with AmigaDOS 2. A SERIES THAT EXPLORES THE AMIGA’S RELEASE 2 OPERATING SYSTEM 4 the release of AmigaDOS 2.0, the only Workbench application that could make use of the various fonts provided with the system was Notepad, a program that was eliminated in
2. 0. As far as the Workbench itself was concerned, you could choose any style or size of text that you wanted as long it was Topaz 8 or Topaz 9. By contrast, the new AmigaDOS gives you the freedom to choose the typeface in which Workbench text appears, and supplies more font styles and si .es from which to choose. Workbench 2 retains the traditional bitmapped system fonts, and adds support for Compugraphic outline fonts. Having two different kinds of text fonts available can be confusing, but is much less so once you understand their relative strengths and weaknesses. The main difference between bitmapped fonts and outline fonts is the way in which thev store information about 4 the shape of text characters. Bitmapped, or raster, fonts contain information about the actual dot pattern that forms each line of the letter (“three blank spaces, then two black dots, then two more blank spaces,” etc.). Outline, or vector, fonts contain instructions for how to draw the lines that form the character (“ascend from the baseline at a 60-degree angle for 78% of the character’s height, then descend at a 60- degree angle for the same distance”). Pros and Cons The traditional Amiga system fonts are bitmaps, and their font files contain pictures of each text character at a fixed size. Release 2 does provide some tools for scaling (changing the size) of bitmapped fonts, but even so, it is not possible to produce smooth text characters at large sizes. At best, characters that use slanted lines or curves have a jagged, “stair-step” look to them. At worst, characters may be misshapen, with one side enlarged more than the other in order to fit a particular size. For really good results, you need an individ- ? BY SHELDON LEEMON DOS 2,0
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o Fountain: Jfcdify Existing Typefaces... ually designed font file for each size of a bitmapped typeface that you intend to use. On the other hand, bitmapped fonts are quick to load, and their file sizes are generally smaller than those of outline fonts. The font data and rendering software for die new 2.0 outline fonts is provided by AGFA Compugraphic, a large vendor of typefaces. Because these font files contain instructions on how to draw the characters, and not just pictures of their shapes, they permit applications to generate type at almost any given size from a single font file. And among the text generated, large characters look just as smooth and well-rounded as smaller ones. This makes outline fonts particularly useful for output to devices of differing resolutions, such as monitors (about 75 dots per inch) and printers (180-300 dots per inch). Outline fonts give you good- looking printouts even on a dot-matrix printer. B itnap Font Outline Font Bitmapped fonts retain their blocky shape when enlarged, but outline fonts take advantage of higher resolutions to present a smoother appearance. Fl ft Existing Outline Typefaces [HB; Fonts I Caslon548 CGTtnes C6Trtmv irate CooperBlack (SCenturySchoolbook (SCenturySchoolbookBI CSCenturySeboolbwkBold CSCenturyScNoolbookltal CSIKZapfChaficeMI |Caslon54B Size 68 Ralatfi Timtfirfi 1 fldd Size freate Bitnap| Uclclc lypeidLC telete Size delete Bitnap r T *:v* r:-? -: ' ' ' • Perfora Changes Cancel You can use the Fountain program (called Intellifont in 3.0) to change the default sizes for Compugraphic fonts appearing in text requesters, and to generate system-bitmapped fonts. The major drawback to outline fonts is that generating text characters from mathematical instructions is relatively slow and requires a fair amount of processing power. You cannot even see a preview of the type style until your computer has generated the entire character set, a process that takes about ten seconds if you have a hard drive and accelerator, longer if not. .Another disadvantage is that small text may not be as well-formed as larger characters, because it is difficult to draw a line at a precise angle when you only have a small grid of dots to work with. The Compugraphic technology used in Workbench 2 is just one of many that are currently in use on personal computer systems. Adobe’s PostScript font technolog)' is probably the most famous, but other popular formats include Microsoft's TrueType and Bitstream's outline fonts. On the Amiga, Final Copy II uses a proprietary system of outline fonts. Although these systems operate on the same general principle as the Compugraphic fonts, none of the fonts themselves are directly compatible. In fact, several different versions of Compugraphic’s own font technology have been used at various times by Amiga programs such as Professional Page and DynaCADD, and even these cannot be used interchangeably with the current version. It is possible, however, to convert some Type 1 PostScript fonts to Compugraphic outline fonts using the FontManager utility included with Gold Disk’s Professional Page program. There are many public-do- main PostScript fonts, and quite a few of them have already been converted to 2.0 Compugraphic format. You can also purchase a wide variety of additional Compugraphic typefaces from Gold Disk, or from AGFA Compugraphic itself. In Practice Once you have release 2 installed, how do you take ad- vantage of the new fonts? The short answer is that you use them just like the old fonts. When a program c hecks to see what fonts are available, the system software reports that Compugraphic fonts such as CGTimes and CGTriumvirate are available in default sizes of 15, 30, 45, 60, and 75 pixels high. There are, however, no actual bitmaps for these fonts stored on the disk. When you select CGTimes 30, for example, the operating system uses the outline-font data to create a system bitmap of the CGT imes font at size 30. What if you want to use a size other than the defaults? If the program you are using takes advantage of the new AST font requester that is provided as part of release 2.1, you can create a new type size very easily. In addition to presenting a scrolling list of available sizes, the requester has a selection box in which you can specify the type size by clicking in the text gadget and typing in the numbers. If you type in a font size of 100, that is what you will get. Because Workbench 2 includes bitmap-scaling routines, this procedure works even with the normal bitmapped system fonts such as Topaz, Diamond, and Ruby. T he difference here is that while you can make the system fonts bigger, they will not look very good at the large sizes and may even appear distorted. You should also note that there is a limit to how large you can make your fonts. Many programs will not recognize fonts that are taller than 160 pixels. What about those older programs that do not use either the ASL font requester or a similar requester that v rJ Finally... affordable high-resolution hand scanners for your Amiga! AlfaData introduces the AlfaScan and AlfaScan-Plus hand scanner packages. AlfaScan and AlfaScan-Plus connects to all Amiga models via the parallel port. They allow you to scan images in up to 256 grayscales in 100, 200, 300, and 400 dots per inch (DPI). Compare us to the competition! Do they offer 256 grayscales? Do they offer state of the art 2.0 style software interface? Do they offer real time on screen scanning display? Both packages come with Merge.lt version 1.04 and everything you need to connect to your Amiga. AlfaScan comes with Scan&Save version 1.72. AlfaScan-Plus comes with Touch.Up version 3.02.g Requires AmigaDOS 1.2 or higher and a minimum of 1MB RAM ALFA =- DATA S. For more information, contact your nearest Amiga5* dealer. Dealer inquiries welcome 109 South Duncan Road • Post Office Box 6990 • Champaign. Illinois 61821 Telephone: (217) 356*1962 * Fax: (217) 356-4312 Amiga, WorkBench and AmigaDOS are registered trademarks of Commodoro-Amiga, Inc Commodore is a registered trademark c1 Commodore Electronics. Ltd Circle 191 on Reader Service card allows you to specify type size? You can still use custom type sizes with those applications through the Fountain program in the System drawer (on 3.0, the name of this application was changed to Jntellifont). When you run Fountain, you will see a list of the fonts in the current FONTS: drawer, and a button in the lower-right corner marked Modify Existing Typefaces. Pressing that button takes you to a screen displaying all of your Compu graphic fonts in a list. When you select a typeface, the default sizes for that face appear. You can delete any of the default sizes or add new ones. Once you’ve made all of the changes you want, press the Perform Changes button and you will have a new set of default sizes. From then DOS 2.0- on, when an application requests the available sizes for those fonts, it will see the sizes that you set. Although Appendix D of the 2.0 manual states that you can change the default sizes for all fonts at once by setting an environment variable called Fountain, ibis does not seem to be true in the current version (if it ever was). If you want to change the default sizes, stick to using Fountain. You can also use Fountain to create and save actual bitmapped system fonts for any size Compugraphic font. Although this takes up more disk space, it will be faster to load that particular size font, because the system won’t have to generate it each time. The fonts you generate can also be used on 1.3 systems, and can be converted to Video Toaster bitmapped-font format using the ToastFont program. ¦ I1 A K I 4
o Select Screen Text courier ¦ CSCenturySchoolbook CSCenturySchoolbookBI A CSCenturySchoolbookBold y 14 ¦ 15 | 18 A 24 y courier @0 123 AaBbCcDdEeFfC l °K | Cancel| 1- -------- ---- The 2.1 ASL font requester not only presents a scrolling list of available type sizes, but also lets you enter a size not already on the list. Sheldon Leemon, a respected authority on the Amiga, recently finished the fourth edition of the AmigaDOS Reference Guide (Compute! Hooks), o guide to using the Cl.I under opera ting- system releases 2 and 3. When he’s not uniting, you eon open find him at Slipped Disk, a Detroit-area Amiga dealership. Amiga Artists A migaWorld wants to see your stuff... still images in 2D or 3D, or even collages containing Amiga-generated works. We're building a new catalog of Amiga artists and we want to include you! We'll keep your submissions on file and, if your work or style fits our needs, contact you. If we call, we will either ask you to create an illustration, or contract a completed work. We find it easiest to work with a slide, photo, or printout of each image accompanied by an IFF file (preferably JPEGged at 100% quality)- Please indicate whether your submissions have been used elsewhere, and what software you used to create them. If you've worked previously as an illustrator or have other related experience, send along a resume or short bio as well. Address vour package to: AmigaWorld Art Submissions 80 Elm Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. "To paint a fine picture is far more important than to sell it" said Edward Alden Jewell. But selling your artwork is nothing to sneer at, eh? Faster than a speeding bullet , it's Bars&Pipes Professional 2.0, everything you want in music software and more! Like dozens of tricks, effects and time-savers designed by professional musicians. And awesome features like music notation, multi-track recording, automated mixing and time-line scoring. § Plus, Bars&Pipes Professional 2.0 includes Media Madness, exclusive multi-media enhancements that rival leading authoring fj packages. With Media Madness, you can combine animation, slides, ToaJL video, sound effects and music to create spectacular presentations. NspJr* The Media Madness Tool set controls Toaster transitions, ANIM file '" W playback, SunRize sound effects, genlocks, video decks, Arexx and __ more. The Media Madness Recorder saves aii i i «ttii.wi a> ii- i.wm imimi, in. Play It sec ft your presentation, while the stand-alone, “TTTHil change freely distributable Player performs on any :: nflll Amiga and can be controlled by popular i+iiiiiimM J j 111| programs like Imagine and Real3D! 1 But Bars&Pipes Professional is first and foremost a MIDI sequencer, and to that end, we've added excitingt features like tempo tap, groove quantize, mbato, and Create, narrate, animate, automate! Sequence trigger. Pattern-style rhythm design with drum mapping, jV pi event-specific recording, HI it* % guitar tablature, and global The PatchMeister and Super JAMS fit inside! Llrji Jli f| transport. And, we've even Hr JiL i rl included dozens of updated isSBSSEI Tools and Accessories from from our best-selling Add-on Series. Plus, we designed Bars&Pipes Professional 2.0 to work seamlessly with the One-Stop Music Shop, our 16-bit multi-timbral soundcard. Now you can turn your Amiga into a full-fledged music machine for less than the cost of a MIDI setup! ------ For more information call, write or fax: Venture Center 1605 Chantilly Drive Suite 200 Atlanta. Georgia 30324
(404) 315-0213 fax 1 Bars&Pipes Professional 2.0 : Order will amaze and astound you. YourS After all, here at Blue Ribbon, Today! We don't miss a beat! All specifications subject to change without notice. The Blue Ribbon SoucdWorks. Bars&Pipes Professional. Media Madness, and One-Stop Music Shop j are trademarks of The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks. Ltd. All other brands and or ... . Jr product names are trademarks and or servicemarks of their respective holders. Orcle 72 on Reader Servrce card. ON GRAPHICS 48 A continuing scries of tips, techniques, olid tricks for creating more imaginative Amiga graphics. By Joel Hagen LAST MONTH'S COLUMN explored using aerial perspective as a method of achieving an illusion of depth in landscape painting. In illustrating the technique, a landscape was painted in a series of simplified overlapping planes. This same approach serves to explore the phenomenon of parallax as it applies to animation. The Parallax View Parallax is defined as the apparent displacement of an observed object due to a change in position of the observer. Our stereo vision is the result of parallax due to the separation of our two eyes. Close one eye, hold up your thumb, and stare past it to a point across the room. Now switch eyes and stare at the same point. The thumb appears in a different space relative to the rest of the room. Astronomers use parallax to measure the distance to stars as the earth changes position in its orbit. When you are riding in a car looking out a side window, notice how parked cars, fences, and anything else near you whips by at a pretty fast speed. Objects farther from your eye, however, seem to move past your field of view more slowly. And very distant areas
• J hardly move at all. Amiga animators can simulate this parallax effect to heighten the illusion of depth in a moving scene. One way to do this is by- painting the image in independent layers that can be scrolled at different rates. If these animated layers are seamless loops, an effect of continuous motion results. You frequently see such loops scrolling behind running cartoon characters. For example, in the accompanying illustration, the top-left panel depicts a stationary background image 320 pixels wide, which you can then copy to even- frame of a 100-frame animation. J The middle ground image (center left) might be 480 pixels wide, and would be moved its own width over the course of the 100 frames. The foreground image (bottom right) might be 960 pixels wide, and also be moved its own width over the 100 frames. Thus, each successive layer travels faster to cover a greater distance in the same time period. You can paint and animate as many layers as you like, each one wider than the last. .As you might guess, there are some tricks to this, so let’s take the process step by step in DeluxePaint (Electronic Arts). First, create and save the background as a Picture at whatever resolution and screen size you intend for the finished animation, for instance 320x200. Next, create the middle ground image. Id do this, clear the screen and select Page Size from the Picture menu. Enter a new width greater than 320 that is a multiple of 16, for example 480. You can scroll left and right to paint within this image space by using the left and right cursor (arrow) keys. For the middle ground layer to play in a continuous loop, its right edge must exactly match its left edge. One way to do this is to paint a finished section of this layer in the middle of your screen, about 100 pixels wide. Then use the right mouse button to cut a brush that divides this section in half. Using the cursor keys to scroll, carefully place the right half of the landscape section on the left side of the screen and the left section on the l ight side of the screen as illustrated in the “Middle Ground” panel. Now, complete the landscape making sure not to approach the edges of the screen as you paint. Save this middle ground as a Picture. Repeat the same process for the foreground, with a Page Size wider than that of the previous layer, for instance 960, another multiple of 16. You can create as many layers as vou J J J Perspective tricks in Part 2 show how simulating the parallax effect can heighten the illusion of depth in your animations. Like in this manner, each wider than the last. Save each layer as a Picture. Ready to Scroll To create the parallax scroll animation, load the background image as a Picture and enter 100 for Set of Frames in the Anim menu (or whatever number of frames your animation will be). Next, load the middle ground image as a Brush. 1 repeat, as a Brush, not as a Picture. This allows you to manipulate images larger than the screen. Make the background color transparent in the brush by first selecting that color with the right mouse button. Next, in DpaintT, select Change Transparency from the Brush submenu of the Color menu. In DpaintS, Change Transparency is in the Change Color submenu of the Brush menu. A bug in DpaintB requires you to perform this operation twice to have iL take effect. Use another right mouse-button color the first time, then the proper right mouse-button background color the second time. Next, press the All-x keyboard combination twice to shift the handle to the lower-left corner of the brush. Drag your cursor brush-handle completely to the lower-left corner of frame I, stamp it down with the left button, and click on Undo. Bring up the Move requester and enter the width of the brush as the N Distance. Preview and then press the Draw button. When the Draw operation is complete, verify that you are again on frame I and then press Alt-x again to shift the brush-handie to the lower right of the 480-pixel brush. Drag the cursor again to the lower-left corner of frame 1, stamp it in place, and undo. Return to the Move requester, preview again, and then click on Draw. The result should be a continuous, seamless scroll of the middle ground in front of the background hills. (above), the landscape ani m a 11 on represented on the right is composed of the layers shown on the toft. Each layer Is scrolled at a Load the next layer as a Brush and repeat the entire process. Use the new brush width as the X Distance in the Move requester 960 in the case of our foreground example. Press the 4 key to play the animation in an endless loop. The nearer sections ol landscape scroll faster than those more distant, mimicking the parallax phenomenon and adding a powerful illusion of depth to your creation. Experiment to determine the best brush widths for successive layers. A seamless parallax loop like this is a good backdrop for a walking or running character like the road- runner animbrush shown in the illustration. Joel Hagen's credits include work in art, astronomy, science fiction, and software development. Write to him at 10512 Sawyer, Oakdale, CA 95361. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for a reply. The Camcorder Can Do! VIDEO With a little finessing, you can get a camcorder to serve you well as the sole or major piece of video gear in your Amiga studio. SUITE By Geoffrey Williams GETTING INVOLVED WITH computer video can be expensive. Instead of drooling over a $ 200 piece of software or even a $ 1000 24-bit board, you find yourself hungering for video gear starting at $ 2000 to $ 10,000 and up. This does not mean, however, that video is only for the fiscally endowed. It is possible to do video work with a very small investment. The key is to know exactly what you need and get only that. If video is more of a hobby than a vocation, it is especially important to spend your money wisely. File most important first purchase is your video recorder. What is the best type ol recorder for someone getting started on a budget? That miracle of miniaturization and modern technology, the camcorder. With a single purchase you will acquire a means for recording live video and a recording deck for laying down Amiga graphics onto tape. After discussing the basics of how to choose a camcorder, I'll explain how you can make it work with other equipment, and describe some of the really neat things you can do with it through your Amiga. Formats and Features Selecting a camcorder is tough, as there are so many choices available. But as the market increases, prices decrease. Now, most camcorders require a reasonably small investment. Even an industrial-qualitv Panasonic SATIS camcorder costs only around SI300, and others are much less. The type of tape format you want to use should be* one of your first considerations. 1 here are three basic types ol camcorders: VHS, SATIS, and Hi-8. If you plan to make copies of your tapes or do editing from them, you can rule out VHS. Copying from one VHS tape to another does not yield a very good final product, especially with Amiga graphics, which tend to bleed and crawl on tape. SATIS and I Ii-8 both give you very good picture quality, and you can get reasonably good results by copying to a second tape even to VHS. The important thing to remember, though, is that you cannot play either of these tape formats clirectlv from most home VCRs. S-VHS tape comes in two varieties. The regular format comes housed in a cassette the same size as VHS tape uses. Camcorders that support this format can also play VHS tapes and record onto them in the VHS format. The other format, S-VHS-C, comes in miniature cassettes. It is used in palmcorders and similarly small cameras, which cannot play or record regular- size VHS tape directly. You can buy adapters, however, in which to place the smaller tape so that you can play a small tape recorded in VI IS mode in your home VHS VCR. Hi-8 is another small tape format. Hi-8 cameras, correspondingly, tend to he very small and light. While they are not compatible at all with VHS, they have a slight edge in the ability to record audio and a slightly better picture. What features should you look for in a camcorder destined to take center stage in a video studio? Because it will be your only video recorder, vou will need to be able to use it for editing. This means that it should have living j n erase heads and the ability to do both video and audio inserts. You might also consider a video digital freeze; this will prove very important if you want to digitize video images using Digital Creations' DCTV. You Can Make It Happen Producing a video using only a camcorder requires much planning. Lacking the ability to edit from one deck to another, it is best to shoot everything in sequence. If you must shoot out of sequence, figure out the precise length of the sequence you will have to leave room for between your other si nils. Then record with the lens cap on for exactly that amount of time at the j place you will enter it on tape (you cannot do a video insert on unrecorded tape): Using the video-insert capability, set the starting and ending points for the camcorder. Press the button and the camera will start recording at precisely the right spot, and t hen automatically stop recording when it reaches the end of the section you have set up, making for a seamless insertion. You can use the same technique for ? Circle 40 on Reader Service card inserting Amiga-generated titles or images. Figure out ahead of time how long you want the computer graphic to appear on the screen, and record black (with the lens cap on) for that amount of time. It is then a simple matter to insert the graphic right where you want it between your video segments. With an audio-dubbing capability, you can then go back and add music to your Amiga graphics and to any part of the video. You can even redub voices if there is background noise when someone is talking. Before fiddling with the audio, though, it is a good idea to make a backup of the soundtrack onto an audio cassette. That way if you make a mistake you can always restore the original audio. With only one recording device, you cannot genlock your graphics over live video. But don’t think that hinders your ability to convert graphics from RGB to video. All you need to accom- plish this is an encoder. Preferred Technologies makes a very good one called VIP that has both S and composite out for around SI00. With DCTV and a camcorder with a digital still vou can even create an
o J effect very similar to genlocking. At the end of a video sequence, use the camera’s digital-still feature to freeze the last frame, then digitize this image using DCTV7. With DCTV Paint, add titling over the image and start recording from the same point on the tape. The appearance of the text will mask the slight difference between the video and the DCTV image. Although a camcorder-only setup does not lend itself to the same A B- roll transitions you can do with New- Tek’s Video Toaster, you can simulate them with careful planning. When you want a transition between two video sequences, make sure that the end of the first and the beginning of the second shots show no movement, and leave enough space for the transition. You will have to figure out how long your transition will be ahead of time. If you want a five-second transition at 15 frames per second, then you will need a 125-frame animation. Time your animation and your insertion space very carefully before actually adding the insert. But don’t plan your insert down to the second; give yourself a little extra room on the tape in case you make a small error in timing. You can create just about any type of transition. By putting the second image on the swap screen, you can rub through to it or make some kind of enlarging pattern to reveal it. Save each frame with a name and sequential number as you go; when you finish you can load the frames into DeluxePaint or any Anim compiler. You can gel a lot clone with only a single camcorder... you just need lo plan your production carefully. Using image-processing software you can create even more interesting effects. Programs like ASDG’s Art Department Professional 2 let you composite two images with different levels of transparency. By decreasing the density of the incoming (second) image in equal increments from full transparency to complete opacity over a number of frames, you can create a very effective dissolve. With software that provides morphing capabilities, you can transform one image into another. Most programs that offer morphing also provide other special- effects capabilities; inserting these animations using DCTV can create some very interesting effects. It is important to master these techniques before shooting your video. This will give you the expertise to know how long to record blank spaces and how to time out transitions. Go out and shoot some video that you can practice with, and try different transitions and effects. Souping Up When you’re ready to add to your j j J camcorder-centered setup, take a look at some of the peripherals designed just for cameras. One of the more exciting new products, designed for cameras weighing under four pounds, is the Steadicam Jr. ($ 595, Cinema Products). It is a downsized version of the regular Steadicam used for steadying motion-picture and professional- video cameras. When a television or movie scene follows a person walking up the stairs or running through a twisting trail, chances are a Steadicam was used to give a smooth feel to the motion. While not as sophisticated as the $ 30,000 models, Steadicam Jr. Allows you to do very smooth fluid pans, booms, tilts, and dollies. You hold it in your hands and use your
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- ¦ J and voice messages to a remote number. Dial Direct On the out-going side, the program includes a database for organizing names, addresses, and phone numbers, with autodial and a redial queue. In the Quick- dial screen, you can specify a list of 36 frequently called numbers for one-click dialing. Databases can be password protected, and you can index any field. You can send faxes in several ways. You could convert an ASCII file to a fax, but would lose such formatting as boldface and underlining. Pictures convert to faxes more easily. The best way to go, J O 7 however, is to use the Print-to-Fax option: Change your Preferences printer driver to the provided Fax printer driver. Now you can use any program for sending a word processor, a desktop- publishing program, or even Deluxe- Paint (Electronic Arts). Print from them as you normally would, and a requester pops up asking to which mailbox you want the fax saved. The scheduler then pops up, letting you specify when to send the fax. You can send a fax or a voice message to several numbers or a single number. There are a few tilings that I would like to see PhonePak do differentIv. Like many people, I have two lines running though a single phone cable to my two-line telephone, and PhonePak does not pass through the second line (a problem with many phone-related peripherals). Also, when sending faxes, 1 often wish PhonePak offered a customizable cover sheet that automatically inserted the time, date, and the names of the sender and recipient. The Line Manager, a small utility7 that must be run for PhonePak to answer die phone, should have a customizable window with the names of mailboxes you want to monitor for messages. These names should be checked when a new message has come in, so you don't have to inn the PhonePak software to check for messages. Clicking on the name should load PhonePak with the corresponding mailbox active so that you can play the messages. Even without these features, PhonePak VEX is a very sophisticated combination of hardware and software at a reasonable price. It will quickly save you the money you invest in it. Final Copy II lets you tailor your text around graphics. Geoffrey Williams Final Copy II Softwood, 599.95 Hard-drive installable. Not copy protected.
2. 0 compatible. Accelerator compatible. Minimum system: 1MB of RAM. Recommended system: 2MB of RAM, hard drive. General word processing and small-scale desktop publishing. Improving on an already popular word processor, Final Copy II is loaded with new and unusual features. All of its original amenities are still present, including a spifly Workbench 2.0 interface, crisp output using outline fonts, robust support for IFF graphics, and a lucid manual. Final Copy II adds paragraph style sheets, master pages, a suite of object-oriented drawing tools, a 1.4-million word thesaurus, support for 24-bit IFF files, and a plethora of other enhancements. Style Setter Accessing all of Final Copy II’s new features is simplified by several interface enhancements. Arexx and the Amiga clipboard device are fully supported, and an attractive button bar at the top of the screen allows instant access to commonly used functions. On this strip are buttons for toggling line spacing, paragraph justification, tabs, hyphenation preferences, and master-page selection. Final Copy II’s master pages should be old hat to veteran desktop publishers. With this feature, you can create a set of guidelines much like o a template- to which all the pages in your document conform. The Lext and graphics placed on a master page appear on every7 page in your document, perfect if you’d like to add a graphic holder to each page in a newsletter or brochure. Master pages work well for books and small desk- top-publishing projects, where stylistic cues such as page accents (lines and shaded areas) are repeated on each page. On a related note, Final Copy II’s style sheets do for body lext what master pages do for the page itself. Style sheets act somewhat like document-wide macros, adjusting and formatting your text according to a predefined set of user-specified guidelines. For example, using a style sheet, you can tell Final Copy II to format the body text in your document in a 10-point serif font, with headlines of a size 18 font and subheads weighing in at 14 points. Instead of manually editing each page, you can have the style sheet do it automatically. Final Copy II supports up to 16 named style sheets that can be saved and applied to other documents. Master pages and style sheets make the often arduous task of manipulating large documents a snap. Once the underlying structure of your document is taken care of, Final Copy II offers a number of tools to help you fine- tune your prose, A 144,000-word spelling dictionary7 is included, as is a hefty
1. 4-million-word thesaurus and a useful albeit limited document-statistics option. The dictionary supports user-entered words, and the thesaurus suggests alternative word choices at a mouse click. Unfortunately, the thesaurus offers only two options: find and replace. Being able to selectively look for synonyms or antonyms alone would cut down on time spent on searching for unneeded words. To Illustrate a Point In the graphics department, Final Copy 11 now supports color text. A new oblique- percentage feature also lets you slant text to the left or right, ideal for special text effects. IFF pictures of all stripes are supported, ranging from lowly two-color images to palette-bursting 24-bit creations. Regardless of the pixel depth of the graphics, Final Copy II easily scales, crops, and resizes loaded images with real-time text flow around each graphic. If you need only a line or shaded box to spruce up your document. Final Copy I Fs st nicmreel- drawing tools allow you to create filled and unfilled lines, boxes, and ovals. Planting your document is where Final Copy II truly excels. The program relies entirely upon a proprietary outline-font format for output, resulting in crisp, readable text that can be printed at the maximum resolution of the output device. Unfortunately, Final Copy II does not support standard Amiga fonts; if you want additional fonts, you must purchase Softwood's. The 11 fonts that are included with Final Copy II are suitable for most uses and the majority offer several type ? . THEY’RE BACK”.! With new skills, for a new world 12 BRAND NEW TRIBES OF LEMMINGS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN SKILLS f SKIERS, SURFERS, BONGO PLAYERS SNAKE-CHARMERS & MORE | PUZZLING PROBLEMS WITH HILARIOUS ANIMATION SAVE THE TRIBES & WIN THE TAUSMAN 8-WAY SCROLLING ENHANCED SOUND SUPPORT WITH DIGITISED LEMMING VOICES production designed by RIVETING GAME PLAY IN THE LEMMINGS TRADITION Psysnosis 29 Saint Mary's Court Brookline. MA 02146 Tel: (617) 731-3553 Fax: (617) 731-8379 styles. PostScript printer owners will be able to use Final Copy Ips PostScript printing options. Getting Final Copy II onto a hard drive is easy, thanks to a slick, icon-driven installation routine. Amiga owners with a scarcity of hard-drive real estate should know that Final Copy If occupies a tad under 2.8 megabytes of space when installed. Workbench 1.3 and higher are supported, although Final Copy II was certainly designed with 2.0 in mind. As impressive as Final Copy II is, some weaknesses are apparent. The lack of Amiga font support is a notable although not crippling foible, and the slow typing speed in large documents may deter some fast typists. Some of the features that are de rimeur in manv other
o _ . Word processors timed document saves, user-selectable default document paths are conspicuous by their absence. Minor faults aside, Final Copy II is a superlative piece ol work; Softwood has indeed created a winner. Supporting features often found only in expensive desktop-publishing programs, Final Copy II does have some serious competition; New Horizon’s Pro Write 3.3 and Micro- System Software’s excellence! 3.0 are very capable products f rom seasoned Amiga developers. Final Copy II. However, pulls into the lead of the Amiga word-processing pack. JeffJames G-Lock Great Valley Products, $ 495. All Amiga models. External, RGB and joystick port connections. Installation: Easy. Graphics overlay and video-format conversion. Graphics overlay and video-format conversion. Genlocks, encoders, and transcoders have been common equipment in Amiga video studios for quite some time. So, is the brand-new G-Lock new technology or just another genlock choice? First some background: Basically, video equipment and computers all use specific types of signals to display pictures. Computer signals are generally RGB Format, while video can be composite. Y C (Hi-8 and S-VHS), or YUV, among others. Different video standards, NTSC, PAL, and SECAM add more complications. Basic encoders convert a computer's RGB signal into a specific video format. Genlocks encode an RGB signal, mix it with a video signal, and output the combination. Transcoders convert among multiple signal types and typically cost more because of extra circuitry, inputs, and output. The G-Lock incorporates new integrated circuits and provides all three abilities in one device and adds simple audio mixing. Installation of the six-bv-fottr-bv-one- inch black G-Lock box takes only a few minutes. The supplied six-inch cable connects your Amiga’s RGB port to the G-Lock, while a Fixed cable plugs into your joystick port. Hook your monitor cable to the other end of the G-Lock, and you’re done. You have a choice of either two composite-video inputs or one Y C (S-VHS or I Ii-8) with one composite, Y C, or YUV output. You can simultaneously output either of two monaural audio inputs. All composite video and audio connectors are RCA type, while Y C video plugs are the standard four-pin mini-
1) 1 N. In a standard configuration, video output is always available on each of the RGB, composite, and Y C connectors. The YUV output is accessible only with a break-out cable (not supplied) in place of the RGB output and without any of the other video outputs available. G-Lock operation is handled through software interface panels, hot keys, or Arexx. While the Video and Audio control panels are available with a standard installation, you must change your ToolTvpes to reach the other four Advanced-Video control panels. The TECS Control Panel is accessible only if your Amiga has the ECS or AG A chip sets. The G-Lock software also lets you save and instantly switch among up to three sets of set-up parameters, meaning you can save and use color-correction (enhancement) settings and so on that are specific fur a production. Two for One Both genlock and transcoder functions ate handled by settings within the G- Lock. You can select a standard Amiga image only, an overlay of Amiga graphics on external video, external video only, or external video inside an Amiga graphic key. G-Lock doesn't stop here; it adds extra features. A full-featured proc amp provides control over brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation values, as well as many other fine video-signal adjustments. 1 he G-Lock also includes an electronic color splitter for slow-scan digitizers, such as NewTek’s Digi-View. A supplied Arexx script assists in automating this process. GVP also includes an Arexx script to provide “transition effects between two composite-video sources (A B roll).” This sounds great but is very questionable. The script uses the brightness and contrast of the proc amp to fade out one video source and then fade in the second. First, A B roll alludes to a cut ability, not r a fade to black; second the documentation never mentions that to switch smoothly between multiple video sources, you must have time-base-corrected (synced) video sources. G-Lock contains three major unique features. First, by virtue of its transcoding ability, the G-Lock allows you to convert from a composite-video signal into either a separated Y C or YUV signal. Second, it can work with Amiga de-interlacers so that you don’t have to disable them for your standard Amiga output. Filially, with the special keying abilities, both standard bitplane and chroma keying are available to EC'S- or AGA-equipped Amigas. The built-in keying abilities alone make the G-Lock cost effective. A standard Amiga genlock drops out Color Zero and replaces this area with the external video. When inverse keying is available, Color Zero appears while all other colors drop out to external video. The G-Lock software lets you select be- tween either bitplane or chroma keying. Bitplane selections of 0 through 5 (ECS) or 0 through 7 (AGA) arc controllable. Chroma-key values of up to 32 (ECS) or 256 (AGA) colors are valid, letting you achieve very convincing effects. While I found the audio control veiy limited, it proved convenient fora simple video-mixing situation. You can switch from either of the mono audio inputs or mix the two channels (same level) into one mono output, GVP suggests that il you have stereo audio sources, you should use a simple Y-cable to combine them. Since 1982 L $ AMW 2-93 800-554-9980 ’C.on.bume'c jC ectton PROFESSIONAL & DESKTOP Panasonic AUDIO VIDEO MIXERS 48£ WJ-AVE3 WJ-AVE-5 WJ-MX12 WJ-MX50 EDITING VCR'S AG-7650 AG-7750 AG-1960 AG-5700 MONITORS with tuner & remote CT-1383VY CT-2082VY without tuner CT-1383Y CT-2082Y VIDEO COMPUTER INTERFACE Sony CI-1000 Vbox CALL! Hi-8 COMPUTER VIDEO DECK Sony CVD 1000 Vdeck CALL! Without Toaster Software Control AmiLink Cl System; 2 machine .CALL! With Video Toaster Software Control AmiLink Cl; 2 machine CALL! AmiLink Cl System; 3 machine CALL! AmiLink Cl System; 4 machine CALL!
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* ’Beat any price' guaranty may not apply to certain items. 115 Route 35 Eatonlown, RJ 07724 Trifecta Interface Supcrfast SCSI controller. AUTHORIZED AMIGA SALES : SERVICE CENTER and you can even view images that are larger than the screen. The operator is very interesting, allowing you to call Opal- Raint from ADPm and share the same image between both programs. Therefore, if you are using ADPm and you want to retouch a picture, for example, you can easily take advantage of OpalPaint’s great tools via the new operator. It is a pleasure to use a package like OpalVision. I can hardly wait to see the new hardware add-ons. If they perform well, the OpalVision package may be very serious competition to the Video Toaster. Not only are support for Y C, YUV, and composite planned, but also chroma and luma keying. OpalVision is already starting with an advantage over the Toaster, as NewTek strangely refuses to allow third-party developers to access the Video Toaster framebuffers. So. Keep an eye on OpalVision. It may be a very smart choice. Paulo de Andrade TechnoSound Turbo v2.7 Griffin Systems, S99.99. All Amiga models. External, parallel-port connection. Installation: Easy. Hard-drive installable software. Not copy protected. Not 2.0 compatible. Accelerator compatible. Minimum system: 512K of RAM. Recommended system: 1MB+ of RAM, hard drive. Eight-bit sampling and editing. TechnoSound Turbo is yet another eight-bit sampler from the European Amiga community. While it shares many features and much of the look of this audio wave lapping our shores, it does present a few twists of its own. A hardware software combination, TechnoSound Turbo comes with both an audio sampler and editing software to manipulate your samples. The sampling cartridge is about the size of a pack of cigarettes, plugs into the parallel port, and has two RCA phono jacks for connecting to your stereo system or other sound source. The package also comes with a cable that links the cartridge directly to the headphone jack of a Walkman-type device. You’ll need an adapter, however, to use a microphone. There is no pass through, so you’ll be swapping cables to use your printer. The screen is laid out in a manner similar to most sample editors. The top half of the screen represents the waveform, while the bottom half displays twin oscilloscopes and an array of buttons that control recording, editing, and effects-processing features. The buttons on the left handle such functions as recording, playback, and zooming in on the waveform, while the buttons on the right bring up submenus for editing, disk access, and the like. Cool Special FX TechnoSound Turbo sparkles when ii comes to the special effects and the loop functions, in particular. As with most sample editors, TechnoSound Turbo lets you process previously recorded samples through a variety of echo and reverb effects, in addition to adding real-time effects to your sample as it is recorded. Real Time Edit puts your sample into an infinite loop, letting you adjust it on the fly. (You’ll be able to spook the neighbor’s cat by processing your voice through the Voice Synthesis and Dalck synth effects.) Editing features can also create unusual effects. Use the Mix to create r-r- rap stutters, or Hip any portion of the sample around with Flip. User Echo lets you define your own echo parameters, setting the delays and relative volume levels for each of the four Amiga audio channels. You’ll have all the control you want over your samples with Techno- Sound Turbo. You can link your samples into songs, using TechnoSound Turbo's Song Sequencer. The process is similar to linking verse and chorus sections in a MIDI sequencer to compile a song. While not meant to compete with music-creation software, the Song Sequencer can produce a nice string of special effects or even a looping music-and-sound-effects bed for a title screen or short animation. The MIDI Sequencer feature allows you to trigger samples from a MIDI keyboard or from your Amiga keyboard. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get this feature to function on TechnoSound Turbo or any of the other European sampler editors I’ve looked at, either from a MIDI keyboard or from the Amiga keyboard. Hammer Time There is much to like in TechnoSound Turbo. It performs basic editing and recording functions adequately without a lot of hassle. As with all things, however, it could stand a bit of polishing and refinement. TechnoSound Turbo gave my A3000 all sorts of trouble. As a matter of fact, version 2.7 of the program didn’t want to function under
2. 04 at all, although it performed just fine on both my A30U0 and A500 under
1. 3. Oddly, the demo version I received did work under 2.04. Pointer positioning could be improved, as well, and the scrolling bar didn’t always display. Both pointers were offset to the right by about an inch under 2.04 on my A3000. All scrolling controls could use a fine-tuning option. Ever)' arrow or button used for changing pointer locations, sample rate, and so on scurried so quickly that it was rather difficult to make a selection with any degree of accuracy. TechnoSound Turbo bogs the system resources and muliitasks grudgingly at best. You must manually type in your path if your program and files are not on floppies or in your dh(): partition. I lie requester windows are similar to those in other European samplers, and hence are nonstandard by domestic reckoning, and take a bit of getting used to. You can only quit the program from the disk submenu. As with many sampling products, TechnoSound Turbo could use an Undo button. If you process your sample through an effect and are unhappy with the results, you must reload lhe sample f rom disk. If you didn’t save your sample to disk first, well, you’ll have to start all over. If you want to dip your toe into audio sampling, TechnoSound Turbo is a reasonable starting point. T lie editing, looping, and effects are first rate, and the pricing and interface put it in the hunt for your sampling dollars. Even though there isn’t enough in TechnoSound Turbo to place it unquestionably above all other similar products, it certainly oilers enough to be worthy of your serious consideration. Rick Manasa MorphPlus ASDG, $ 295. Hard-drive installable. Not copy protected.
2. 0 compatible. Accelerator compatible. Minimum system: AmigaDOS 2.0, 4MB of RAM. Recommended system: 2.0, BMB of RAM, hard drive, accelerator. Special effects, image processing and animation buttons and gas-gauge meters that give feedback on a job’s progress. Head to Head, Face to Face M or piling is a complex process, but MorphPlus makes it easy. After starting MorphPlus and Morph, you open a new project and specif)' the source (morph from) and destination (morph to) images. Central to the main Morph screen is a large image area where the source and destination images are shown as gray-scale pictures superimposed on each other. The effect is similar to that of an onion skin or light table, where one image shows through the other. You have total control over the amount of transparency, brightness, and contrast of each image. If a picture detail is tough to distinguish at first, you can usually make it stand out clearly by adjusting the contrast sliders. Two simultaneous effects combine to make a successful morph. The first is a cross dissolve in which the source picture fades out as the destination picture fades in. In the second, more crucial aspect, parts of the source picture move to match ? Tlit* best wave to come along in several years for animators and graphics professionals is the morph. Transforming people to animals, animals to machines, and machines to people is big business in the video world. Unfortunately, the price of the required software has been equally big, too . . . Until now. For $ 295, MorphPlus gives you morphing and more perspective transformations, perfect rotations, rippling bitmaps, and other wild pixel twisters that make producing jaw-dropping effects easy. MorphPlus is not one program, but three separate ones. The first is Morph, where you set up the actual animated sequence. The main program, MorphPlus, renders the sequence from Morph’s parameters. Finally, FRED (FRame Editor) processes entire animations. MorphPlus runs on its own, but both FRED and Morph require that MorphPlus run in the background at the same time. The look and feel of the main interface is similar to ASDG’s Art Department Professional, with 3-D-style THE AMIGA PDIMEfl The perfect companion foreuery Rmiga DESKTOP U1DEQU0L.1 Features production techniques and the Rmiga. DESKTOP UiDEO UQL.2 Features aduanced desktop production, Rmiga and Uideo Toaster. Here's hoiu to make your projects professional, entertaining and profitable -order today! DESKTDP UIDEO MASTED'S EDITION Start to finish production. Features Uideo Toaster. Rmiga and Macintosh. UIDEO TORSTEO Ehcetlentoueruieuj of the Uideo Toaster, Release 1. THE HRGIC OF MUSIC RND NIDI The best intro to music and MIDI anywhere! CHLL HOIU TOLL FREE! 1.Qnn.QQC-R?71 1 KA 1 • rmjm . 1 8:00 RM to 6:00 PH RS.T. UUU liJJ UJI J FOR CUSTOMER SERUICE, CRMROIRH RHD FOREIGH ORDERS 1-005-251-2223 • FflH YOUR ORDER 24-HOURS A DRY 1-805-2S1-B584 SHIPPING IS mm CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS rod RPPRDPRIRIE SRIES TRK. AH brar.d names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks ol their respective holders Riwa a not affiliated with Commodore Business Machines Apple Computer. Inc or NewTek. Inc and Is an independent producer cl educational ufleos Cooynghi© 19184.108.40.206 by Raa.*a Video USA Ail Rights Reserved 01-2 the location of corresponding parts in the destination picture. Morph Plus gives you superb control over both facets. I he most time-consuming portion of creating a morph is getting all those parts from one area to another and defining the motion paths. Consider morphing one face into another. The outside of the head, eyes, nose, and mouth must be animated over the duration of the morph. For a more detailed look, you can move the top and bottom of lips, eyebrows, eyelids, hairlines, and other features over time. T his easily adds up to quite a task. Morph Plus attempts to make this difficult process easy, and includes an arsenal of tools to help with the animation. You define the animated portion of the move with a series of lines, called vectors. They contain the start point, direction, mid end point of the move. Vectors can animate in any direction ancl can be grouped and named for easy access. If the work area gets crowded, you can turn groups off and on. You can also cut, copy, paste, erase, mid flip them. For example, you could animate a face’s left eye group, then copy and flip it over for use as the right eye. The vectors move and push the image along with it from the beginning position to the final position. Each vector can even move at a different speed, if you like. For example, the eye vectors could change quickly, while the mouth vectors move slowly. You can modify vector speed on a graph and set the location for each frame, or you can define the speed on a user-designed straight or spline path. If you think all this sounds cumbersome, you're right; it can be. Lots of files are generated during the creation of the morph. Luckily, Morph Plus keeps track of all the housekeeping through the use of projects. A project contains all the vectors, pictures, and other elements that Morph- Plus needs to perform the morph. You concentrate on the anima-tion; Morph- Plus handles the files. Even better, Morph Plus is completely configurable, so creating a custom environment is a snap. Shout About Twists If morphing isn't your style, MorphPlus is still worth having for all the other clever tricks it can perform. Pictures can be warped, wrapped on spheres, moved in perspective, twirled, and rippled. Even better, you can animate anv of J these effects. For example, the ripple effect is particularly interesting. Imagine having a picture made of water into which a stone is dropped, creating waves that emanate from the impact point. The ripple effect emulates this and more. You can specify multiple waves coming from different points (even off the picture’s side). The waves can collide with each other and set up new wavelets. You have complete control over the number of waves, starting points, wave heights, speed, and duration. Waves can increase, decrease, or stay constant over time. In the fine ASDG fashion, the manual is excellent. The tutorials are easy and J fun, helping you along ihe learning curve very quickly. Every function’s keyboard equivalent is discussed, as is the Arexx port. There are a couple of gotchas. MorphPlus needs to have plenty of memory in big contiguous blocks, especially when working with 24-bit images. The onionskin view works fine, but seeing both pictures side by side would save lots of sliding back and forth through transparency levels. Staying Power Despite these minor points, MorphPlus is an excellent package. It has a huge range ol capabilities much more than just morphing. The other tools are just as impressive and lots of fun to play with. Even if the morph craze fades away, you’ll be more than ready to tackle new markets with MorphPlus. Derek Grime Touchdown 100 New Horizons, S650 A2000, A3000. External, SCSI connection. Installation: Easy 250-megabyte SCSI streaming-tape drive for hard-drive backup. Thanks to the ever increasing size of Amiga graphic and animation files, large hard drives some of them weigh- ing in at more than 120 megabytes are becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity for professional Amiga users. While jumbo hard drives can solve large data-storage problems, they can simultaneously turn the often tedious task of backing up data into a painfully time- consuming ordeal. A 40.MB hard drive can be backed up in less than an hour; a 300MB drive may take an entire afternoon. Therefore, understandably, an increasing number of Amiga users are dumping their floppies and moving to more effective solutions for hard-drive backups. One of the most popular alternatives to a stack of floppy drives is to use a tape drive, such as New Horizons’ new Touchdown 100 ($ 650), a 250-meg SCSI streaming-tape drive. Easy Addition The Touchdown 100 is an external unit, about the size and weight of two stacked textbooks (9x10x3 inches). A 12-page manual, a power cord, and a 25-pin to 50- pin SCSI cable complete the package contents. Strangely, ihe drive doesn’t ship with a blank data cartridge; you must purchase it separately. Because the Touchdown 100 is compatible with two of the most popular quarter-inch tape-cartridge formats DC-6150 and DC-0250 finding blanks should not be a problem. 1 managed to locate a 150MB DC-0150 cartridge at a local office-supply store for around S25; the larger 250MB DC-0250 models run about S30. Because the'touchdown 100 is a SCSI device, connecting it to an Amiga equipped with a SCSI interlace is a plug-and-play operation. Touchdown 100 is a “terminated" SCSI device, meaning that it must be situated at the end of a chain of SCSI devices. If you have any other peripherals such as an external hard drive or CD-ROM device you’ll need to connect them be- tween the Touchdown 100 and vour J Amiga’s SCSI interface. Installing the Touchdown 100 isn't difficult; after plugging the SCSI cable into your Amiga’s SCSI port, connecting the power cable, and inserting a blank cartridge, you’re ready to begin backing up your hard drive with your favorite software. The tape drive is covered by a 90-day warranty should disaster strike. New Horizons’ telephone support is excellent, although a technical-support number is noticeably absent from the installation instructions. (If you need it. It’s 512 328-6650.) Stuck on Tape So how well does the Touchdown 100 work? O er a period of several weeks I performed a number of backups and restores teaming the Touchdown 100 with a variety of Amiga hard-drive back-up utilities. Using New Horizons’ own backup utility Quarterback 5.0 it took a fraction over 60 seconds to back up my
4. 4MB System2.0: partition, for example. I’m pleased to report that from tiny partitions to entire bard drives, the Touchdown 100 streaming-tape drive based upon a Caliper CPI50 drive mechanism performed without a hitch. Aside from somewhat skimpy documentation and the lack of a blank back-up cartridge, the Touchdown 100 is a first-rate mass-storage solution. JeffJam*s ¦ YOU NEED THE BLACK KNIGHT Fly . . . Power Peripherals that don't cost a King's Ransom! With the best. , P | 1 Scenery Animator 2.0 ' :• '' . .]
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CD. Suitable for use on all Amigas. Includes parallel pass thru. List $ 129 CRYSTAL SOUND Scenery Animator is a 3-D landscape rendering and animation program. You can fly through real-world landscapes from US Geological Surveys (Yosemite and the Grand Canyon included), or explore imaginary fractal landscapes like the one shown above. "...I highly recommend this piece of software. Scenery Animator is a versatile, powerful, and extremely satisfying program that will bring you many hours of enjoyment,” Amiga World. December 1991 Circle 179 on Reader Service card. Scencrv Animator 2.(1 features;
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S. A.M. ! This versatile unit is indispensable for the professional musician or videographer. !t is a combo Time code unit that reads & writes SMPTE, and converts it to & from MIDI Time Code. It also indudes a lull featured MIDI Interface. This product is perfect for locking audio and video tapes to a computer or to multiple MIDI instruments.SAM can be used to stripe SMPTE onto video tape. List $ 199. EPROM PROGRAMMER The Must have Thingamy! There are not many programmers that can burn | EPROM's compatible with the Amiga ROM socket I - this one doesl It also plugs into the parallel port of any Amiga, it is also cheap. Go for it! The Skeleton is a bare bones kit (groan), that can I program Amiga compatible EPROM's. It is great ; value at 569, however, ft needs soma assembly, the addition of a case, and a 12 volt ac plugpack. The Budget Programmer (list $ 99). Will suit most j users. It comes complete with everything to get you up and running. The Deluxe Programmer ($ 149) I is for the more advanced hackers, who need to : programa muftitudeof different EPROM s including 27C64, 27C128. 27C2S6, 27C512, 27C0W. 27C020, 27C040. 27C080. 27C102J. 27C2Q48. & 27C40Q. It you have a legitimate requirement to backup your OS Rom, to bum a disk file to EPROM, or to create you own OS. This product is for you. Do j Not breach any copyright by making illegal copies i of software. Blank 40 pin EPROM's $ 29.95 Dealers Wanted Don't Forgst-Other grea! Products include The Fast Lane - our new chip RAM accelerator. Quicknet that will economically allow you to network multiple Amigas together on a peer to peer basis, MIDI Express our $ 49 MIDI interlace Around the corner is our new range of CPU accelerators and video products. It your the experimental type, why not sting us 25 bucks & oin the Beta Testers Guild - lots of benefits. KICK 2 and KICK 3 Double and Triple Rom Switcher The most compact rom switchers on the market. No noisy fiat cable. Hardware switched, yet compatible with No More Switches. Uses high quality machined sockets for added reliability. With NMS, Kick 3 is capable of electronically switching 4 versions of the OS. Kick 2 $ 29.95 Kick 3 $ 39.95 NO MORE SWITCHES For Total Control of Your Amiga NMS is a battery backed, software controlled unit. Ihat can replace up to elghl hardware switches, it is easily installed in the Gary socket. Best of aJI it remembers the last used state on power up - nothing else does ! This software hardware bundle can be used with our Rom switchers or the competitions. Either way you get total control. While you're at it why not electronically switch fast ram, autobooting, the amount a! Chip ram or your accelerator. Also suitable for use with existing hardware switched rom adaptors. Includes eight leads. Great value at $ 39.95. Circle 30 on Reader Service card. Amiga Artists AmigaWorld wants to see your stuff... still images in 2D or 3D, or even collages containing Amiga-generated works. We're building a new catalog of Amiga artists and we want to include you! We'll keep your submissions on file and, if your work or style fits our needs, contact you. If we call, we will either ask vou to create an j r j illustration, or contract a completed work. We find it easiest to work with a slide, photo, or printout of each image accompanied by an IFF file (preferably JPEGged at 100% quality). Please indicate whether your submissions have been used elsewhere, and what software you used to create them. If you've worked previously as an illustrator or have other related experience, send along a resume or short bio as well. Address your package to: AmigaWorld Art Submissions 80 Elm Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. "To paint a fine picture is far more important than to sell it," said Edward Alden Jewell. But selling your artwork is nothing to sneer at, eh?
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Small surprise: They began to pay heed to the state of the art in Amiga adventures only toward the end. That standard is high and getting higher. The animated adventure is in the throes of a renaissance, and Sierra’s absence is likely only to raise the industry’s batting average. An Amiga version of Virgin’s gorgeous Legend of Kyrandia is just out as I write this, LucasArts' Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Core Design’s Curse of Enchantta and Darkmere are around the corner. Right now we have Lure of the Temptress (Konami, $ 49.95), which, I'm happy to report, is an absolutely splendid example of the craft. It’s from an outfit called Revolution Software from England where Lure was originally published by Virgin that is practicing a pleasant form of magic called Virtual Theater. The premise: A character isn’t simply a sprite that’s turned off when lie leaves the room, but a little computer person who exists within the game independent of the presence of your character. These nonplayer characters aren't automatons waiting for you to interact with them; they have lives, agendas, and schedules. If a character is not where you are, he can be found somewhere else. The game itself can perhaps he best described as a hybrid of a LucasArts adventure it has the same ease of play, and your character has a friendly trace of Guybmsh Threepwood about him and a game from Delphiue’s Cinemathique line. No icons here, though; if you want to investigate an object or person, you simply click on it and a menu of the relevant actions pops up. Yes, it’s the same old, tired beat-the-cvil-wizard story, only this time the wizard is an apprentice sorcerer named Selena, who’s behind an uprising in the community of Turnvale. And yes, it’s essentially another Object Quest, although I have to say that once the game really gets underway, it doesn't feel like one. LO’IT’s dynamic is a curious one; at times it’s pure Mon- Conthrned on j>. 95. After two month’s worth of cheats, I can't resist delaying our adventures in Ultima VI: The False Prophet (Origin, $ 69.95) with just a couple more. CRIB NOTES By Peter Olafson There's an extensive editor built into the program- a little Ultima construction kit, in some respects and with a bit of work it’s possible to retile the landscape to your liking. = Thanks to Anthony W. Wilson of Shelton, Washington, for his tips.) One big fat caveat first: Use this cheat at your own risk. If you care at all about your progress in the game and the integrity of your disks, use only backups. I’m not clear at all on what some aspects do this cheat cries out for detailed documentation and correspondents tell me it's possible to crash the program and permanently change the shape of Britannia with some elements. So watch your step, and for heaven's sake, don't save afterward, eh? (And if you do, please don't tell me about it.) You can invoke it anywhere. Simply start up a conversation with lolo and say spam, spam, spam, humbug, with a carriage return (but no comma) after each word. = Evidently the programmer was a Monty Python A Christmas Carol fan. Or maybe he just liked spam.) For each spam, he'll tell you to talk to Shamino about it -the typical Ultima VI way of saying "dunno" but just persevere, and you'll be rewarded with a five-item Secret Cheaters Menu: Get Items. Set Flags, View NPCs. Edit Party and Edit Player. You're in. (You can get out now by just pressing Return.) We'll start at the bottom with the cheat to display karma the game's otherwise invisible measurement of your goody-goodness or baditude that I promised last fall. Use Edit Player to see, raise (up to around 32,000), or lower your current reading and to set a quest flag. There are ten flag settings. From 0 to 9, and I couldn't tell you what any of them mean, except that they evidently determine whether or not you're on a holy quest. 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None are quite new; but there are a few classics in the bunch Cine- maware’s Sinbad and Activision’s Shanghai in particular and at about $ 5 a pop, you won’t do any better. Tengen’s Arcade Hits By contrast, Tengen’s Arcade Hits (Domark, $ 39.95) surfaced well before Christmas, and it is exactly the kind of compilation we need: five primo-to-decent European-made arcade games all conversions from Atari arcade machines from the late 80s and early ’90s, none of which saw domestic issue. We’ll take it from the top. Escape from the Planet of Robot Monsters alone is almost worth the price of admission. This is a near perfect rendition of Atari’s isometric arcade game. You control a little fellow who runs around turning on escalators, destroying machines, blasting robots who look like popsicles with a bad attitude, and just enjoying the game’s genial weirdness and technical smarts. Hours later you discover it is 3am. It would have been hard to go wrong with Klax, and Domark didn’t. It’s a creative, addictive turn on the Tetris theme: colored rectangular pieces on a series of conveyor belts rolling toward a hopper that you use to drop them in various configurations. Hard Drivin’ II: Drive Harder has gotten only so-so press abroad, but I liked it: four tracks, a track editor, graphics that pleasantly approximate the original sit- down arcade game, and better speed than I’d been given to understand. 1 do wish you could pop from the editor to the driving game without rebooting, and control remains a weak point, but this really isn’t bad. The other two “hits” are, alas, more like near misses. All- Points Bulletin shouldn't be one of them; it’s a delightfully detailed police game the buildings beside ihe streets loom up in three splendid dimensions and the animation when you lose is a riot. But its screens are oddly murky, and it hasn’t been compressed onto the smaller NTSC screen from the original PAL version, so your car is out of sight at the bottom of the screen. Finally, there’s Toobin’, which has you paddling downriver in a frail inner tube. It’s a pedestrian conversion that makes all the correct sounds and moves, yet somehow lacks the Lotus Land quirkiness of the arcade original and has the brittle, con- version-by-numbers feel of games like 1945. Toobin’ just doesn’t float. Do note that all five games were designed for pre-A3000 era machines and that some may cause later models to spew and rhumba uncontrollably. If you have an A500 or A2000, however, you’re in business. SHORT TAKES By Peter Olafson Fighter Duel Pro The best Amiga-specific flight simulator since F A-18 Interceptor just got better. Fighter Duel Pro ($ 59.95} is, in a sense, the real version of Jaeger Software's earlier Fighter Duel. It's not quite as charmingly homemade as the original, but has all the little perks you'd demand of the big boys: lots of additional planes, two computer opponents, variable difficulty levels, and the option (with a bit of extra hardware} to use a second machine for a rear view. I had a bit of trouble getting it going from hard disk on a 512K chip RAM machine, but it still makes flying feel like ice skating. Plan 9 from Outer Space Plan 9 from Outer Space ($ 39.95) is not one of Konami's better European acquisitions, I'm afraid. The idea for this graphic adventure from England's Gremlin is kind of cute recovering bits of the awful movie of the same title and there's some good spot animation during play. The reality is rather ugly: The style of play is antique, and I couldn't get any of the three copies Konami sent me to install on hard disk without getting I O errors at the tail end of Disk 2. With four game disks, this is sort of a drag. OK, we've seen Plan 9. What's Plan B? Utopia Pure gold. Utopia (Konami, $ 49.95) is a superb synthesis of two great concepts: SimCity's community management and PowerMonger's game of conquest. You're charged with establishing and defending an off-world colony, initially, this just means laying out various task-specific buildings from a nice bank-camera perspective and trying to make colony folk happy. But at length, aliens begin to turn up on your lawn and you can bet they're not from Welcome Wagon. Right then you'll begin to appreciate the real depth of Utopia that this rather still and empty-seeming city has a life below the surface, that weapons factories put out product, that your researchers can invent improvements. Add this to the Best of '92 list, would ya? Data Disks Redux By and large, a data disk is only as good as its parent game, and both of this month's entries live up to their parents' high standards. 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Plus, it installs snugly on a hard drive. In fact, think I'll nip away right now and do some, uh, spell-checking. Deuteros and Paladin II We have a nice pair of sequels here: one unfashionably early, the other unaccountably late. It can take a couple of years for a followup game to reach market. Deuteros (Activision, 39.95) has beaten that mark by virtue of Paragon's thoughtful import of Millenium last year. Folks who thought they'd happened on a great new game in fact, Millenium 2.2 was released abroad a good bit earlier now can have the satisfaction of playing its descendant now. This elaborate, atmospheric game of resource management set a thousand years after its predecessor is even more complex, not to mention better looking and better sounding, and there's just the right amount of stuff going on simultaneously, so you're never at a loss for something to do. Quibble: It's been inadequately compressed from the PAL version, and you may find yourself peering down the cowl of your monitor for the missing portion of screen. The latecomer is Paladin II (Impressions, S59.95). It's essentially a prettier version of 1988's Paladin i.e., a tactical wargame in the style of Breach 2, but with a medieval ethos and swords instead of lasers. And mainly the news is good. The graphics (32 colors, from all appearances) are top- notch the quests you perform really look like little games now the animation and sound fine, and the built- in construction set is still versatile and easy-to-use. I don't detect scads of extra features here, which isn't necessarily a disadvantage. (Paladin's very straight-forwardness was part of its appeal.) But the game is slow on a 68000-based machine when loading anything larger than a new palette and the hard-disk installation routine is its own little slice of chaos. Look, folks, just use CBM's own routine. At least it has the advantage of working. Discovery: In the Steps of Columbus Discovery ($ 59.95) actually follows in the steps of Impressions' earlier Merchant Colony a mundane trade conquest game for which I professed a less than deep and abiding affection a few issues back. They got it right this time; this is a comparatively involving game of exploration and colony-building. It plays more intuitively (though a tad more slowly, and with control still arcane in some areas); is full of thoughtful features; and there's simply more to do and more fun to have doing it. (Love all the buildings you can erect in port.) F did have the sense now and then that I was playing in a computer- inhabited vacuum, and an option for multiple human players would have been nice. But Discovery: In the Steps of Columbus is a step up. Not great, but solid stuff. Cyber Empires SSI is whittling its roster of Amiga ports down to nothing; Spelljammer and Great Naval Battles have joined Dark Sun on the list of cancellations, and Matrix Cubed is looking iffy. However, at the same time, it seems to be stepping up its imports from Europe. (Huzzah!) This enjoyable and detailed amalgam of strategy, arcade, and wargame elements a five-way battle for the heart and mind of the planet Orion is one of them. (Over There, it's a Millenium game called Steel Empire; here it costs $ 49.95.) I like it. It's slick and smooth, and there's a little something for everyone tactical combat is handled in arcade mode and despite being something of a stylistic hodge-podge, everything seems to works well with everything else. Anything else in that black bag, SSI? Lotus III If Core Design hadn't released Jaguar XJ220, I’d probably be gibbering and drooling over how this third entry in Gremlin Graphics' Lotus series was a knockout blow in Europe's car war to build a better Outrun. As it is, this is quite good and runs like a demon on the A3000 but also compares to Jaguar quite closely, both in terms of speed and features. I'll give a slight edge to Jaguar for realism. Can't stand those checkberboard roadways in Lotus III (about $ 40). What is this, Space Harrier? ? If a software company doesn't make a game for the Amiga, make it yourself. That seems to be the prevailing dictum behind this crop of PD and shareware clones and copies. STILL MORE SHORT TAKES: PD AND SHAREWARE The Mad Bomber, Jungle Search, and Qube Hopper are Amiga renditions of the venerable 8-bit games Kaboom!, Pitfall, and Q- Bert, respectively. They're not ooo-gotta-get-it great, but they look better than the originals, play substantially the same, and the only real weaknesses aside from jerkiness in spots on the first two are those of limited playability, which were inherent in the originals. Qube Hopper even comes with a level editor. (These three are shareware. You can get them from the Amiga Arts games library on CompuServe.) Donkey Kong, on the other hand, isn't a clone but an almost flawless, note-for-note copy of the primal jumping-climbing-and-run- ning game, with an alleged added level to boot. To date, I've seen it only on DevWare's FD 81. (I've heard there's also an Amiga version of Muse's Castle Wolfenstein in this same school.) Then there's Sonic the Hedgehog. Long have there been rumors and wishes on the nets that Sega's trademark Genesis character would make it to the Amiga in some form (the little blue guy's speed would translate perfectly) and it seems to be happening. This is only an automated demo quite a good replica, too, in both speed and style but the scrolling text describes it as a "game preview," so something more may be in the works. Stay tuned. (This one is available via certain FTP sites on Usenet.) Now, if only I could talk someone into making PD versions of
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TC14AB: AMIGAFiie is a database and address book Graph 3-D lets you visualize complex data in a 3-D manner and save jhe results Snectrogram analyzes and displays digitized sounds. Pteronadonaball an animation by Lou Markoya. Also includes (LQ ll£ las Toe 3-D objects, food clip-art. And sampled sounds TC13AB: SrrucGen lets you create gadget, text, bitmap, and window structures and wntes the C source code for you UfeCvcles plots your biorhythms Create spectacular images with Mandclbrets. Look,, a CLI utility that helps you find fifes on your disk quickly and easily Plus 3-D objects, holiday dip-arf an Amiga Flight animation drive head cleaning arc technical discussion on how AmigaDOS stores m'ormaSon on disk. TC11: DiskSalvage will fix corrupted disks and recover deleted files IconMeisief is an advanced Icon editor AhenDuel is a last shoot em-up game Crystal Caverns ts a cotorfufi graphic adventure game like the arcade game. Also includes an animation, sound samples, 3D dinner table objects, and Hi-Res monster dip-arf Special Edition Toolchest RK1 f.r. gnBnli - This disk contains the full-relesse version of MegaBall, complete with the level editor to create your own challenging worlds to conquer. This game Is quite similar to Arkanoid and allows two players with stereo sound and 5 soundtracks! Special RK price, $ 14.95. HK? Upi riiu - This remarkable utility will allow you to record any mouse elk* or keypress and play It back as a macro at any time. Inside any program. Also provides memory Into clock, alarm, screen blanker, mouse accelerator, mouse-to- menu, sunmouso and window cycling. Special RK price $ 19.95. RK 3 3D Objects an amazing collection of some ol the best 3D objects we’ve ever seen. Also Includes texture maps to wrap around some of the objects l 5UB ol data In an! $ 14.95 RK4: Home Manager This program will help you keep track ot your life! Complete address book, appointment scheduler, notepad, auto-dlaler (requires modem), area-code utility and complete Inventory of an your possessions and credit cards. Extremely useful Requires 1 Meg. $ 1455 AmigaPlot featured on TSP14 n i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i J The AmigaWorld Toolchest 11835 Carmel Mtn. Rd 1304-T12 San Diego, CA 92128 Please rush me these disks (Use product ID code- ¦i.e. NOTE: All "TC" disks count as TWO disks Total disks @ $ each _ Total for special "R1C scries disks .....$ _ Toolchest Subscription (S54.95) ...S_ CA Residents add 7.75% Tax $ _ Handling ...... $ 3.00 Foreign Shipping ..$ _ Total enclosed ...$ Most orders shipped the following business day. No shipping charges within the USA. Canada add 5.25 per disk. Foreign add $ .50 per disk for air mail delivery. Payment in US funds only. CC : [ ] Visa ( j MasterCard = j Discover [ j Check Money Order Expiration Date: Name: Address: City: St: Zip: Phone: ( ) ¦ Orderline (800)677-0416 Technical Support (619) 486-9538 I L 1__"! ___ P51: The Intrepid You control a tank m the frozen arctic trying to rescue hostages P50: Grinder This uselul utility will convert between the (allowing graphics lormats: Harr.-E, TIFF. Targa, PCX, Neochrome, Degas, GIF andJPeg' P49: Mona This is a vast adventure game that will require hours of dedicated adn- ng to crack You must traverse an absolutely huge world dungeon to dofeae forces awrl 1 Meg, harddnvo installable. P4BAB: The A-64 Package This is a complete Commodore 64 emulator, lulales saphics . Everything (no fast loaders or limmg sensilive software ) Works on y Amiga with t meg Two disks, counts as two P47: Chemeithetics This program will generate calotto modols (3D full-color IFF tocules Qude beautiful pictures ol even the nastiest molecules P46: Drafting Mcad and Plans are both object oriented drawing drafting programs uctured graphics) with all the pribjects you need to create any object. Landscape is ;AD (Computer Aided Design) program for laying out landscapes, once taidout. The mputor wiinerate a stylized 3D representabon of your landscape P45: AmigaDOS Replacement Project (ARP) This is the result of a very ibitous project to completely reptoce ail cl the AmigaDOS c commands (OlR. LIST,
• SIGN. INFO, etc )with more powerful, feature-tided programs These programs are ly corrpatabie with thoir Workbench 1 3 counterparts, tut also offer many more (labilities including groatfy enhance wildcard support and more help for each com- tnd P44: MechFJte is a role play ng game where you control a giant robot and explore irtds, buy or find itoms. Fight against other rooots and aliens you are also required to lill some tasnd complete missions. P42: 3D Master Explore the world ot 3D modelling wilh ths high-powered software aato realistic raytraced 3D images. 3D Master is perfect to got your (eat wet in 3D. It 1 require some experimentation to get the most cut ot it Req 1 MB P4t: Sealiinee Go on patrol in your nuclear Tndent submarine and clear the seas the vormen that pollute it, A complete simulation with all tactical weapons and fensive systems. 1P39AB: Catacomb A well done graph»c dungeon advonlure game Discover the crels A treasures of tho uderground maze and try to slay al vol P38: Virus Utilities VirusX. KiflVirus. Vnus-Momotv Killm. VK36Q and ZetoVirusl!) I lol yoj sleep al night knowing your Amiga is 1000% virus-froo IP37; ChockBook Accountant This program has full budgetings nn&actton record- I capabilities This program turns the chore of balancing your checkbook into a 2 nute treat! IP36: Animation Two beautiful animations Sago! And Watch Beth of these were fated with 3D animation programs and are truly beautiful and smooth iP35: HackLlte This is a dungeon-adventure game ol tho highest magnitude . An solute y huge world to explore that will task even the most hardened dungeon plorer tor weeks on end' iP34: MoehForce Any numbe' of players can control up to 24 giant robots with IMS missdes, |ump-jets fa get you airborne to do battle in teams against each other against the computer ugh y addicting' P33ABCD: Complete Guide to Programming the Amiga In "C" This lour d-sk t features tutorials, sample programs and inside tips to the special programming eds ol the Amiga Four disks counts as three IP32: Classic Arcade Games Defender and Missile Gomrnand-need we say ire? Descender is a clone o1 the classic Tempest. IP3l: DataBases Contains alltlavors ol databases Bbaselt is n highly Amioa- ed database. DalaEasy is another powertul database Mag Man is specially signed to help you reference articfes in magazines iP30: Educational This includes WoridDntaBase. DrawMan--which draws detailed ips of countries WordGame. Metric Convnrter SoeH2- on Ingenious spelling chal- iger. EflUEttClfl--everything you always wanted to know about our Solar System IP29ABC: King Jomos Bible The complete text ol the biblo is included cm tins 3 ik set (counts as 3) with printing and searching capabilities. IP2B: Bitmapped Fonts This disk contains 67 fonts for the Amiga all under 25 ints in size a tont lor every occasion! P27: Octa-MED This remarkable program doubles the sound capabilities of your uga trom 4 channels ot audio to 81 Almost completely identical to MED, this 5 a ly remarkable program P26: Directory Utilities Contans ail ol the best pubhc domain and shareware Me d disk utilities available lor the Amiga including UtilMastw. FilfiMan. M2DU Sto and Master. 1P25: SpacoGames Contains MoonBqsq a very graphically detailed lunar-ianoer me. Space Wat a two player (either in person or over tho modem) space battle tula is a 3D world you must delend definitely commercial quality P24: Prtntlng Utilities This disk contains a very nice Banner maker that wtil use y AmigaDOS font with full-color printing RobsLabelCreator writ allow easy creating labels tor your diskettes. PrintSfudio allows easy printing o4 text graphic images with at control over page numbering,!!: ling, etc P23A6: Tobias Star Trek A graphic space adventure where you’re the captain of jr own starship Travel through the universe, stop tho Romulans and Klmgons and mptote your missions Two disks counts as two ¦MNNMMMhhrmhhihhhhi The Intrepid featured on TSP43 P22: 3D Ob|ects This disk contains 10 different vector-objects lor use with Sculpt f Imagine Some of the objects ncfude train engine. Synthesizer keyboard Arnga
0. Space station P2t: Disk Duplicators This d-sk contains all the best ufilties to backup diskettes luded are XcoovMI and fJlB which will backup copy protect programs Also ludes SilPtdDuOflf which is an incredibly last AmigaDOS copier Frwernny will nove copy protection trom many popular commercial programs P20: Board Games Includes Checkers Dominoes Clue. Jeopard and fAonpppiy ow away your dice and let your Amiga take care of tho details, hours and hours ol nly fun! PT9: PacMan Classics Contains Mazemnn Zonix and PncM.wR7- ail groat imply- ntafions ol the ongional arcade classic P18: MS-DOS Emulation Contains PCTasK and IbeM. Two shareware I8M-MS s emulators for your Amiga. Also included are utilities to allow Amiga drives to d’wnto 720K lormat MS-DOS dtsks-Mulidos and MSN PI 7: Printer Drivers This disk contains over 70 printer drivers (or many popular iters PIG: Telecommunication This disk contains two first-class modem programs, amm and Access This disk is ter the beginner or expert telecommumcatOf, leatur- all the popular communication protocols, including X Y and Z-Modem Ncomm i very advanced script capabilities for performing automated log-in*. Downloads and oads P15: MED This disk contains the premier music package. MED (Musical Editor) It allow you to use digitized sound samples as your instruments and use them in your i songs Its tremendous editing power makes MED more o' a musical word proces- An extremely well-done program Many commercia! Software companies use this kage to create soundtracks for their entertainment programs ®14: Plotters This d sk contains several ot the best mathematical plotting programs nlablo tor tho Amiga Includes Amiga Plot-a 3-cfirnensional mathematical function iter (pictured). Ac!oi2.0 and PlotXY TC34AB: Optimizer will permanently speedup your hard-dnve or floppy disks. LCD Cato is a nice tuli-screen calculator Bbaselt is a useful database program RxD’sk will correct many problems with disks BzCaJc is a loan analyser Interferon is a Tetns-type game Nebula is a 3D space game P'cBase will alow you to track aB tho IFF images you have Hate is a groat Zaxxon clone TC33AB: Measures i 0 is an tnaedibfy useful utility that will convert any type of measurement to another Disk Labeler is a database designed for storing and printing 3" disk labels Jewels is a Tetris-esque game of action and strategy Switch is a fun board game. Gfxciiooer w« allow you to grab any screen and save it as an IFF picture Soffba'I Manager is a database lor storing stats tor sottball any number ot leagues may be tracked WBEr.ec allows you to execute CL' commands from within the Workbench. Several Clipart images are also included. TC32AB: Computer Cotonng Book is a delightful program for children of all ages comes with 15 pages of pictures to color again and again, Listmaker lets you make, edit, combine and print lists of words great for those spelling tests! Moresmooth1 scrolls text filos smoothly on the screen and allows easy pnnting Pocket Billiards lets you choose from several of tho most popular pool games with realistic action. Texture allows you to create, manipulate and save (m standard IFF format) realistic fractal tax- tured surfaces. Plaouo is a monster maze game Also includes Screen Fader, Snowbench. And FlipBench TC3IAB Calendar Publisher is a prefossioral-calibor calendar maker mat is customizable. CrossCircmt is a 1 or 2 player action logic game mat calls tor ‘ast reflexes and thinking. APR is a much-needed printer utility. Pizza Delivery Man is a maze game where you deliver pies in your neighborhood Multiplayer is a single program mat will let you see iff pictures brushes or playback IFF sound samples Also includes RAMgauge. 3-D vector objects and Hi Res IFF brushes cf maps and Rags of European countnes TC25AB: ScrflfnTolFF captures your scroon to an IFF tile PooCotors lets you change the colors of your Workbench screen Warrior is a fun shoot em-up adventure game for one or Two players ftaleidaiCQPfl » a line drawing program BocKSusiets is a game where you got nd ol blocks by pushing matching blocks into them Am.demo will Show-cff your Am gas ability to do solid polygon animations M-c-oscooe tots you examine memory at any location Also includes Hi-Res IFF brushes of all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces, nine digitized sounds and Two small dsk utilities and printer utility. TC24AB: TabfeMaher is a tool lor ettorttessly buid-ng numerical tabfes Kooties is a tun game where you have to assemble a Dug before the computer beats you to it Hype-Tekl tots you put links in a text file to other text, graphics, sound, animation, Arexx and other applications Hie Little Black Book is a wonderfully uselul telephone and address book Color Logic is a MasterMind-type game Also mctodes several disk and memory utilities and some animal sound effects to top it off. TC23AB: Wherein tots you quickly and painlessly find a misplaced lie on your drive Select creates a window from which you can run your favorite programs. MatheMagic lets you tind the day of the week tor any date in the century, also lets you enter statistical data to be analyzed, graphs data, and solves linear algebraic equations. Pointer List Maker lets you create your own pointers or import pointers from other programs and save them in a d sk file Dyno-Wars requires more strategy and thought than your regular checker board game. Also includes fcdr_ Monster and Trifion games, 3-D objects, six sound effects and an animation of a protzoi TC22AB: Amiga CiiechbQOfc is a fast checkbook manager with check printing ability, budget analysis, and a report writer ArmCrypt Is a file encryption.decryption tool to password protect any fife a must tor security WavaSyn lets you oesign musical instruments and waveforms for use in other programs It also lets you play your key - board like a piano CtftCQ is a game where you try to get five X s in a row before your opponent Coes AjterCLI tots you change attributes ol your CL! Window (width, title, depth, height, location, colors) with a single command very useful for scripts. Also induces an animation by renowned Amga-artsl Lou Markoya. As welt as 3-D objects TC21AB: C'-ce is a fesk style’ game whore you battle me computer to take over the planet. Batch man allows you to execute CLI programs batch fifes and Arexx scripts by simply clicking on a gadget Colors prints cofer test sheets ana assigns RGB values to printer and screen output absolutely invaluable to achieve the best color printing results Easvfile is a powerful database lor home or a small business Some TSP13: Tetris Games This d sk contains 6 llavors of the dassc game "Tetris " Some have artificial intelligence, others a variety ol play-stytesskill levels number ol ptayers. TSP12: Clip Art This disk contains severa! Excellent bitmapped images for use in Desktop Publishing or similar programs. TSP10: Fractals Scenery (pictured) will create realistic tractal landscapes Genesis allows the creation of various landscapes with user-definable levels of complexity Also included are various Mandelbrot generators, including Tmandel. Mandel- Mountains and FracGen TSP9: Utilities *1 IconMeister an icon editor with a complete set of editmg'paintmg tools T.IFnrmat a disk lormatting program that will format disks that AmigaDOS wont, ChgflM ygr a graphing tool that allows you to generate and save ditterent graphs in IFF tormat Granh3Q lets you visualize complex data in 3-D and save the results StructGen lets you create gadgets, text, btmaps and windcw structures and the program will automagically write the 'C‘ source code tor you. Label Maker jS a very easy to use. Full featured (abet printer. PfojpfePfini lasciiitates pnnting of text files on both sides of paper T5P8: Clipart Eiack A Whits and colorful clipart lor a variety of needs including desktop publishing video People, holiday related, school items, scrolls, food, monsters fish, lobsters, symbols and tots more TSP7: 3D Vector Ob|ects 2 Books. Early American telephone, ba-rels. Gun. 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• Based or smgieosk pricing vicfedtng handling Canadian subscnp&ons odd $ 500 shipping, al om*r Foregn add $ 10 00 shipcxng G A M E I* K E S E R V E MORE SHORT TAKES That odd blip on the radar scope the one coming out of the Bermuda Triangle is Wesson International's long-delayed air traffic controller game ($ 34.95). Admittedly, keeping planes from running into each other is more an acquired taste than, say, flying them yourself, but the game (set over any of nine metro areas) feels scarily accurate at times, and I can easily imagine this stylish balancing act becoming a mild addiction. (I do wish they'd used digitized voices throughout, rather than the witless toy voice of the Say utility.) May your planes always stay on the glidepath. Celtic Legends Larry Bird does not have a featured role. Different Celts, y'see. This UBI Soft release is a rare breed the swords-and-sorcery wargame and it's right up there with SSG's Warlords. CL plays swiftly and elegantly and a decidedly French flavor is preserved throughout. And there's also something intangible going on here that sticks with me, makes me smile even when I'm not playing, and keeps drawing me back. I guess that's called atmosphere. Celtic Legends (S49.95) has tons of it. Fslope, no Larry Bird, but still a three-pointer from downtown. MiG-29 Fulcrum Sorry about the age of this one, folks; it sort of slipped through the cracks. MiG-29 Fulcrum ($ 49.95) is a plain, yet serviceable, flight sim from England's Domark label (based around the fabled Soviet fighter) whose very ordinariness comes as something of a relief. It's also a pleasant change to fly for the other side (even though they're not the other side any more). But while MiG-29 is a bit old for review, it feels even older as though it came out, say, around 1987. Try before you fly, comrade. The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers (S49.95) is a little gem. Titus's name has never been associated with superior Amiga games over here, but that's likely to change on the strength of such offerings as this vast platform game based around the antics of Jake and Elwood Blues from the movie and the forthcoming Crazy Car 3 and Titus the Fox. Here, the little Ray-Banned characters are kind of adorable, the graphics superheated, and the difficulty is pitched just right pleasantly tough. The levels are lovably extensive and, in their goofy way, realistic. They're on a mission from God. How could you stand in their way? No Greater Glory The best Amiga wargame to come out of SSI in ages. For $ 69.95, it's an excellent conversion of Ed Bever's ultra-accessible strategic-level game of the American Civil War. Bever (co-author of some of MicroProse's early wargames) pulled off a neat trick giving you control over all sorts of elements without ever burying you in detail. And now with Amiga menus, yet. Alas, there does seem something a bit half-hearted about it where's the Amiga version of Battle Hymn of the Republic? And only the graphics can be installed to hard disk. But I can live with that. It's that good. HOME IMPROVEMENT THE NEXT ROUND Long to be the architect of a COMMUNITY, NOT JUST A CASTLE? IF SO, TRY YOUR HAND AT CASTLES II: Siege & Conquest (Interplay Productions, S59.95). In it, you BUILD AND DEFEND YOUR CASTLE, OF COURSE, PLUS YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO ATTACK AND DESTROY OTHER PLAYERS' CASTLES. YOU AND YOUR COMPUTER OPPONENTS MUST SHAPE ADMINISTRATIVE, DIPLOMATIC, AND MILITARY STRATEGIES WHILE EXPLORING NEIGHBORING TERRITORIES, DEFEATING NATIVE MILITIAS, SUBJUGATING THE LAND WITH CASTLES, FEEDING AND APPEASING THE PEOPLE, AND NURTURING DIPLOMATIC ALLIANCES. IF YOU ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS TOO QUICKLY, YOU CAN SIMPLY STEP UP TO THE NEXT DIFFICULTY LEVEL. (RS 101.) ARMCHAIR COACH Pit your football team against a friend's over a modem or the computer in Tom Landry Strategy Football (Merit Software). Customize YOUR OWN FORMATIONS OR CHOOSE FROM MORE THAN 2500 OFFENSIVE PLAY OPTIONS AND A MULTITUDE OF DEFENSIVE SETS, THEN WATCH THE RESULTS. (INSTANT REPLAY IS STILL ALLOWED IN THIS LEAGUE.) As IN THE NFL, YOU'LL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH WEATHER, SCOUTING INFORMATION, AND SUBSTITUTIONS. NEED HELP FROM THE PROS? GET ADVICE WITH THE Ask Landry command or let the COMPUTER CALL THE PLAYS FOR YOU. IF YOU'D LIKE TO EXPERIMENT BEFORE GAME TIME, USE THE SCENARIO EDITOR TO CREATE AND SAVE GAME SITUATIONS. Super Bowl, Here you come! (RS 102.) VIRTUAL REALITY FLIGHT Don your 3-D glasses AND TAKE AIM AT A FRIEND OR THE computer in VR Slingshot (Ixion Inc., S129). The action in this COMIN'-AT-YA 3-D FLIGHT SIMULATOR TAKES PLACE IN A CLOSED SPACE THAT CONTAINS A SPHERICAL GRAVITY GENERATOR. To PICK UP ATTACK SPEED OR ESCAPE YOUR ATTACKER, SLINGSHOT AROUND THE GENERATOR. THE GOAL IS TO DEPLETE YOUR OPPONENTS ENERGY RESERVES BEFORE YOU LOSE yours. Besides good reflexes, YOU'LL NEED AN ANALOG JOYSTICK (AN ADAPTOR IS INCLUDED) AND, FOR 3-D MODE, 60HZ 3-D GLASSES (SUCH AS Haitex's X-Specs). Should the GLASSES NOT BE AVAILABLE, A 2-D MODE IS. (RS 103.) KINGS AND CADDIES Compute Books wants you to IMPROVE YOUR GAME. THE OFFICIAL Book of King's Quest, Third Edition ($ 16.95, ISBN 0-87455- 274-5) will help you raise your King's Quest (Sierra On-Line) scores, while Pro LINKS: The Official Guide to LINKS and Microsoft Golf (S16.95, ISBN 0- 87455-269-9) will LOWER your golf average. Written by Donald Trivette, The Official Book of King's Quest provides maps for all King's Quest adventures, HINTS AND STRATEGIES, AN INTERVIEW WITH CREATOR ROBERTA WILLIAMS, and more. Pro LINKS by Peter Scisco DISCUSSES COURSES HOLE BY HOLE AND COVERS ALL VERSIONS OF LINKS from Access Software (BUT LEANS HEAVILY TO THE PC SIDE). A LIST OF GENERAL STRATEGIES, CHARTS OF PUTTING, CHIPPING, AND DRIVING FOR ALL CLUBS, AND A GLOSSARY OF GOLF TERMS ARE ALSO INCLUDED TO KEEP YOU OUT OF THE ROUGH. (RS 104.) WATCH IT GROW dark Seed from Cyberdreams may give YOU NIGHTMARES. IN THIS GRAPHIC ADVENTURE YOU PLAY MlKE DAWSON, WHO SIMPLY WANTS TO MOVE INTO HIS NEW HOUSE AND WRITE A BOOK. WHILE AWAITING THE MOVERS, HE FALLS ASLEEP AND AWAKES, NOT TO HIS FURNITURE, BUT TO THE DARK WORLD. Its ANCIENT CIVILIZATION IS DYING AND rrs EVIL BIOMECHANICAL INHABITANTS HAVE CHOSEN MlKE TO HELP PROCREATE the race. You'd better find a WAY TO ESCAPE! THE GAME COMES WITH A HINT BOOK (IN ENGLISH OR German) and is lavishly illustrated by H.R. Giger's surrealist DRAWINGS. (RS 105.) JOIN THE FUN DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW GAMES ON THE DRAWING board? Don't keep them to yourself! Tea us about them. 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Q. I've read that the A4000 ran read and un ite MS-DOS formatted disks. Tv a small business owner with both a DOS laptop and an A5Of), I’ve had no luck trying to get my Amiga to handle MS-DOS files. I have several MS-DOS utilities for my Amiga, hut no disk that I format on my laptop can be read on the Amiga. Randy Myers Boulder; CO A, The A4000 comes with a program from Consultron called CrossDOS ($ 39.95) that allows the computer’s disk drive to read and write to PC- formatted disks. Because the A4000 has a high-density (1.7 MB) floppy-disk drive as standard equipment, ii also handles high-density PC disks created on most newer laptops. You didn’t say which type and model of laptop you're using, but it’s probably safe to assume it’s a newer model that uses a hich-densitv drive. With tlie u J exception of a limited number of A3000s, virtually all Amigas that predate the A4000 are Fitted with low density 3' 2-inch drives, which makes them incapable of handling high- density PC-formatted disks. J The solution’s simple: Formal the PC disks in low-density mode on your laptop, or, better still, use one of your PC- compatible utilities to give them a low- density PC format on your Amiga. That will ensure their compatibility with the Amiga drive. Almost all the major telecommunication networks and Amiga PD disk collections offer an MS-DOS utility called MultiDOS. A freely distributable j program written by Kjell Didriksen, it allows all Amiga floppy drives (and high-density drives) to double as MS- DOS drives with no ill effects. To install it, you simply copy its Files to their appropriate Workbench libraries (L, Devs, System) and follow the instructions. (Note: Those unaccustomed to the Shell will find the pro- 15 y Tim Walsh gram requires more than a passing familiarity with CL1 commands.) Lo minimize the typing MultiDOS requires, I’ve listed three scripts that work on all Amigas equipped with AmigaDOS 1.3 or higher, ( The CD command on the first line is optional with AmigaDOS 2.04 or higher.) First, type in the following two lines and save them with the Filename “PCFMT” in your C director)': J J CD SYS:SYSTEM PC FORMAT DRIVE MDO: name MS-DOS Next, type in this script and save it to the C directory as “PC”: 4 CD SYS;SYSTEM PCMountAII Finally, save this script in the C directory as “KILL”: CD SYSiSYSTEM PCKill All Finally, open a Shell window, type CD SYS:C and set the Protect bit on each of the above Files to make them executable from any Shell. The syntax for doing that is as follows: PROTECT filename +S Once the above procedures are complete, to activate MultiDOS, just open a Shell window and type PC. Formatting an MS-DOS disk in drive df(): is as easy J as entering PCFMT. While vou could
o keep MultiDOS running in the background, it does add additional devices to all file requesters and occasionally interferes with obscure tasks and disk operations. The “Kill” script deactivates it from anv Shell window. Z There’s no need to get a PC-compatible emulation board for your Amiga unless you plan to run MS-DOS programs on it, and these cards won’t allow your A500 to read high-density PC disks. I’ve reviewed PC-compatible boards for the A500 that come equipped with CrossDOS to transfer files between Amiga and PC formats. DBASE on Amiga?
Q. I've read that the files created with dBase III can be used on Amiga databases. After asking several local Amiga experts, they all had similar techniques for copying the files from my 386 PC-compatible at work, but none knew how to manipulate them o)i the Amiga. Can I upload these files to my A3000 and work on them at home? Len Carter Albany, NY
A. You need Superbase Professional 4 (Precision Software, $ 495) for your A3000. Superbase and dBase, though widely different in design, perform much the same. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume you have a name and address list on your PC that needs to be on the Amiga. You don't need to use modems to upload the file to your Amiga a disk utility.' Such as MultiDOS (see above) is faster and easier. Since Superbase can import dBase files, the first step is to create an empty copy of a data file with a structure that matches the dBase file field by field. If the dBase file is large (100K+), copy it to your RAM disk to make the process as fast as possible. Next, select the Import function from within Super- base. Select the file to be imported and the computer does the rest. If the dBase file was imported from die RAMdisk, your new Superbase ilie will be in RAM as a series of three or more files, too. Immediately copy them to another device for safe-keeping. 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