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The Amiga computer does what it does and very well I might add. VIScorp has its work cut out; but they will have my support and that of many others . cheerleaders if you will, singing the praises of the Amiga and hoping against hope of V!Scorp's great success. Thank you for listening! Keep the faith! Sincerely, Patrick King President FDCUG( Fort Dodge Commodore User's Group) Fort Dodge IA Digital Video/Multi-Media Production & Presentation Products Information Line (416) 690- 1690 Toll Free Order Lines: Canada 1-800-567-8481 US 1-888-0K-AMIGA Visit Our Showroom @ 35 Lucy Ave, Toronto, Ont M 1 L l Al Help Wanted! Amiga Sales & Technical Circle 130 on Reader Service card. Dear AC, I found Ralph Hawker's account of the problems he had trying to get his Amiga repaired very depressing; as was the report of the delay in the sale of the company to V!Scorp. Hence, I about convinced myself that there was no way I could justify spending anymore money on my flock of Amigas.

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14 The 3D Table Building The AmigaZone has moved, P.9 by R. Shamms Mortier Without realizing it, you have at your disposal some of the most unique development tools for creating 3D objects imaginable: your word processing and painting software.
20 The Gothic Church: Part 3 A Tutorial in Aladdin 4D by Charles F. Cavanaugh Mr. Cavanaugh explores a set of tools used to create magical special effects. The tools are gas, wave, flare, and fountain systems all fully integrated into the Aladdin workspace.
3D Objects from a wordprocessor, P.14 27 On Line by Rob Hays More Web authoring tools available on-line, plus the latest news on Protal and more!
30 Web Typesetting, Part 9: Frames Gothic Church Part 3, P.20 by Randy Finch Frames are the next big thing on your web site. Also, more reader's sites from the web.
34 Using an 1DE ATAPI CD ROM with an Amiga 1200 or A4000 by Dave Matthews On-Line, P.27 Since IDE supports two devices, if you only have a single hard drive, wouldn't it be nice to use the free IDE port for a CD-ROM?
42 This Old Workbench; DEPARTMENTS Editorial 4 FeedBack 6 Index of Advertisers 40 Episode 5 Renovation from the ground up!
By Dave Matthews What would you want to see in a new Amiga Operating System?
What Should the New Amiga OS be?, P.42 m E i nrrrn Amiga Spirit Amazing Amiga JL -A.t c MruTiNC.
Amazing Computing AMIGA1M ADMINISTRATION I thought we had done a good job this month bringing the latest news to print.
After all, we have a great conclusion to Charles Cavanaugh's Aladdin 4D series.
We have a unique 3D modeling idea from Shamms Mortier. Dave Matthews has not only demonstrated how to attach a CD- ROM drive to your Amiga 1200 or A4000 but he has also raised questions and suggestions on what is possible (or just dreamed about) for the next Amiga Operating System. We even have new packages for the Amiga being announced by the North American Amiga production company, QuikPak, in our New Products column. But, a quick look through the New Products section just now, reminded me that we had forgotten someone.
Mall Marketing For those of you who have not received faxes or noticed the postings of Dwin Craig, then you may have missed this unique application of the Amiga. Mr. Craig has used his Amigas to start a new business, Mall Marketing.
Mall Marketing uses the Amiga to create advertising screens and animations for clients. These are then shown on monitors and televisions in different areas of a shopping mall. People passing through the mall stop to see the animated advertisements as they scroll past.
Dwin can easily place 20 ads on an Amiga 1200 or A600. He charges each advertiser $ 100 per week to appear on the system per location. This means that each of his Amigas can generate $ 2,000 per week and more.
Dwin says 20 advertisement sequence plays completely through in about 10 minutes. This way his clients' advertisements are seen in high traffic areas about 432 times per week during an average week. That also means that each client is demonstrating a product, service or their company in color animation to a continually changing audience at just over 23 cents per showing. There is no other advertising medium with the same power.
Mr. Craig also emphasizes that making changes to the advertising sequence and creating new ads is extremely easy. All you need is one Amiga at the office for production and then you download the new ads to the mall Amiga and off it goes.
Managing Editor Next month, we will be sure to have the complete information from Dwin in the New Products section. Until then, if you are interested in Mr. Craig's operation, please contact him at: Mall Marketing Corp. Dwin R. Craig 6971 Rooks Ct. Frederick, MD 21703 FAX 301-698-2676 Dwin has stated that he is starting a franchise operation shortly. 1 suggest that if you are interested, you should contact him as soon as possible.
The Spirit Aside from the obvious fact that Dwin Craig has a good idea, 1 was also struck by the enthusiasm that he demonstrated. He is retired, but he has plans for taking the Mall Marketing concept to all Amiga owners. He wants as many people as possible in the business environment making money with their Amigas.
Mr. Craig believes that the best way to get exposure for the Amiga is to show it doing something like this to as many people as possible. In the letter 1 just received from him, he is reminding readers that they can only do this economically with the Amiga.
1 am often asked about the future of the Amiga. People want to know what I think will happen if so and so does this or this company does that. The truth is, the future of the Amiga has always been in the hands of its innovative users. From Tim Jenison's Digi-View to Dwin Craig's Mall Marketing, it has been the users that have advanced the Amiga far more than any company or even the Amiga's owners.
As we have seen over the past few years, it is important to have a good company providing support and creating new versions of the Amiga, and VlScorp is aware of this need. But, as it has also been demonstrated from the past few years, the growth and determination of the Amiga market is in the application of this tool and that is completely in the hands of the Amiga users.
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Dear AC, I have been a computer enthusiast for a very long time and it seems a little excitement came with every new computer I purchased; but nothing compares with the excitement 1 felt when the first Amiga came into my life. I ate, slept and lived at my computer! My friends knew that they would be subjected to the praise of this marvelous machine; most were as amazed as 1 myself. A true multi-tasking computer with so many wonderful applications.
FEEDBACl a. Jpgs A Little Faith The Commodore User's Group 1 was involved with suddenly found themselves with a fanatic on their hands.
My life was complete and then it happened; Commodore was no more! 1 mourned its passing and yet 1 was hopeful that someone would pick up the ball and finally run with it. I read everything 1 could get my hands on concerning the Amiga computer. 1 read magazines; including your fine publication! I went live on-line via the internet to keep in touch with the die hards and whatever other source I could find.
During this time I became the President once more of the local Commodore Computers User's Group; I did my best to keep the spirit of the Amiga and other Commodore computers alive. Some losing faith fell; yet others worked even harder.
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Many have said the fall was due to lack of advertisement; hog wash! The USA was a weak market; and again hog wash! Two things stand out in my mind; one no product available and two lack of professionalism on Commodore's part in the beginning.
Every dealer I was acquainted with said one thing over and over again, 'nothing to sell'. The Amiga sold itself and anyone could see the advantages of such a machine; but when any semi-technical or even a question of procedure arose the system failed every time. In most cases the user or potential user would have to turn to another source such as AC magazine or local user's group. This was somewhat satisfactory for the personal user but a far cry from the service needed by the professional business purchaser.
I was somewhat dismayed by the pricing index of Escom but thought it was a small propitiation to put the Amiga back on dealer's shelves. Now that VIScorp has purchased this technology; 1 can only hope that wisdom prevails in regards to the Amiga platform. No need to compare the Amiga to other platforms; there is no contest any longer! The Amiga computer does what it does and very well I might add. VIScorp has its work cut out; but they will have my support and that of many others... cheerleaders if you will, singing the praises of the Amiga and hoping against hope of VIScorp's great success.
Thank you for listening! Keep the faith!
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Dear AC, I found Ralph Hawker's account of the problems he had trying to get his Amiga repaired very depressing; as was the report of the delay in the sale of the company to VIScorp. Hence, I about convinced myself that there was no way I could justify spending anymore money on my flock of Amigas. As coincidence would have it, I spent the next day attending a workshop in a lab filled with Pentium 120 Pcs. I left thinking I'd better buy a spare motherboard for my maxed out A3000 and thank goodness I have that option. I cannot begin to convey the frustration of repeated crashes under Windows 95
and the lethargic operation when they did run. The time the class spent waiting for reboots alone caused many participants to quit the training session early.
As an aside, wouldn't it be ironic if Mr. Hawker's entire problem was that the Video Director interface cable really was at fault. Afterall, why should anyone believe being told that the cable was okay when those same people told Mr. Hawker they were going to send him a new one and they didn't?
Thanks. And, stay the course Amigans, one and all.
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QuikPak QuikPak, the North American Distributor of the Amiga, has announced several new products. QuikPak has also announced new Amiga pricing: $ 1997 for an A4000T-540MB 6MB, $ 2699 for an A4060T-540MB 6MB, $ 3249 for an A4060T-2GB 18MB 6X-CD, or $ 3999 for an A4060T -4GB 34MB 8X-CD. The Amiga Internet Kit with Netcom, which is included with every system, is selling for $ 29.95. You can order through your local Amiga dealer, your favorite mail order distributor or through QuikPak Direct at their toll free number 1-888- QuikPak.
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A Change in AmigaZone AmigaZone, formerly found online on Portal, has announced that they have shut down and moved. The Amiga Zone & Full Internet Access is now on CalWeb, a full service dialup online Amiga resource. Proponents claim CalWeb is an easy to learn menued system with built-in help and it is professionally maintained. With it, you can access over 20,000 Amiga files in 100 libraries and 1100 Fish disks and other disk collections.
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PowerFootball - For screenshots, see file "FOOTBALL.LHA" in AmigaUser Forum,lib 7 CompuServe.
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"All the world's a 3D stage, and every element a possible actor upon it". Perhaps Shakespeare would have written his famous quote this way, if only he had lived to witness the development of 3D virtual reality worlds. Let's face it, unknown thousands (millions?) Of creative people spend endless hours in front of a computer screen, creating their own versions of reality with 3D software tools. Most of the individuals that do this have little interest in becoming employed in the industrial or broadcast workplace as a recognized 3D genius, but are content to share their creations with their
peers and friends.
They do this through the exchange of disks with saved files, or through an interchange of videotapes that display art and animations they have spent long hours producing.
The Amiga community is especially blessed with creative 3D adventurers, always looking for a new 3D twist to explore.
When it comes to placing 3D objects on a digital stage, it is commonly thought that there are just two options. The first is to sculpt your own 3D object, and the second is to use 3D objects developed by someone else. To sculpt your own, you have to master extrusion, lathing, and gluing or combining an object's parts in whatever 3D software you use. Though the tools for this differ somewhat among ali applications, they are similar enough so that once you get the hang of it you can pretty well master similar processes in any 3D application.
Ut.u w ru & x m 1 I I & - o I -Vt »hpd1 Coppotilte 1 Iransfornl Size mill Render I Load I Sj' Print | Prefg L*~~ Render as a B&W graphic As for using models someone else has developed, these usually reside in libraries that came with your 3D software or objects you purchased (or downloaded) from another location. There are thousands of 3D models available on the Web alone, and these are free except for the cost that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) charges you for the monthly pleasure. Models of every type can also be bought from a large number of developers who do nothing but sculpt
them for you all day. But are the choices for adding 3D models to your library limited to these two options alone?
Not really.
Your Trusty WordProcessor and Paint Programs Without realizing it, you have at your disposal some of the most unique development tools for creating 3D objects imaginable: your word processing and painting software.
There are some other tools you will need in order to get your creations in the proper format so that your 3D software can interpret the results, but the main creative work can be accomplished in your word processing and bitmap painting software.
We are going to dwell on your word processor here, as I am sure you will be able to incorporate graphics from your paint programs once you get the drift of what we are doing.
Besides, a word processing program seems to be the least connected to 3D design, so we will use this farthest removed source to demonstrate some creative alternatives.
Looking for a Bridge Now think a moment. What items or attributes are shared by both a word processor and a 3D application? Give up? The answer is "text". A word processor uses alphanumeric groups of objects, usually going under the name of a Font family. These objects are written to the screen as you press the keys on your keypad. They come in various flavors TrueType, PostScript, and other formats.
A 3D program can import certain 3D object formats as well. Common to both is the PostScript format, and sometimes the EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format. So if you save a file in your word processor in PostScript, you should be able to import it into a suitable 3D application, right?
Well, not exactly.
First, not many 3D applications read PostScript text files, though some allow EPS imports. Word processors, however, do not write out EPS files. That is the prerogative of vector drawing software (which we could also add to our actors here if we wanted to). The Amiga especially needs something to bridge the gap, a translator that can transform A into B so that the targeted 3D application can digest it.
The Bridge Though we have some choices here, the best bridge that I have ever come across for this task is PixelPro from Axiom Software. Axiom Software no longer exists as such (at least Scott Thede, the head of Axiom, is working on other non- Amiga projects while waiting to see what the Amiga is up to). But that doesn't matter. If you don't own PixelPro 2, Figure 5, When saved as a Lightwave object and exported for rendering, the graphic that started as a Table has a whole new personality to play with.
Figure 3. ImageFX is a vital part of this procedure, allowing you to translate the grabbed image into a B&W graphic.
Figure 4. Once imported into PixelPro, the Table graphic becomes an object with discernible depth and volume.
|(lfi !nui P llndo M 17.49 1 MJ.m '.I . I. r TRU H rl Figures 6A to 6C (Left top to bottom) and Figure 6D (opposite page right). A new virtual city springs up where once a humble word processor Table stood.
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The magic of PixelPro in this exercise is this: PixelPro can take in an IFF graphic and translate it into a 3D object. It will do this with any IFF graphic, although we will remain close to our present topic here to show you how to use your word processor as a graphics engine in this regard.
Tables as more than Tables Let's start with your word processor, and generate a special graphic form, a table. At present, the best Amiga word processor for this task is FinalWriter from SoftWood, since the latest version allows you to configure Tables and place them on the screen in seconds.
Why are we interested in Tables?
Tables are forms that can be generated with even sides and perfectly symmetric contents. Your choice of any number of Rows and Columns are automatically generated so that everything is in perfect squared-off balance.
If you have ever tried to generate this type of form in a 3D program by hand, you recognize how difficult the process can be. Everything has to be aligned and glued exactly, and the precision can be maddening. So in this case, we will use a process that can easily be accomplished in one piece of software to act as a basis for a process in another unlike application that will produce the final result.
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The same time, and it would helpful if you are running an Amiga 4000 40 as well.
(You don't have this? Well, be an Amigan and use the tools you have in smaller steps. Remember, it is the idea and the process that we are discovering, the application can take many different forms ED.)
Step by Step
1. Open FinalWriter. Version 5 has a brand new Table generator,
and it is one of the best I have seen on any platform. Go to
Table Create in the menu bar. A requester comes up that allows
you to input the necessary data.
Under the Settings Tab, input 10 columns and 5 rows, and make the dimension read .75 inches
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(this really won't matter much, because we will change the dimension in LightWave later). Go to the Lines Tab, and change Interior, First Row, and First Column Weight to 4 points. We need some thickness to make the object read right later on. Select "USE", and generate the Table on the screen.
2. Open ImageFX with FinalWriter still open and showing the newly
created Table. In ImageFX, go to the Buffer item and click on
it, selecting the Grab Screen option. Grab the FinalWriter
screen, which should be displaying the new Table. Go to the
Crop function in ImageFX, and crop the grab so that all you
have left is the new Table. Render the Table as a simple 2
color black and white graphic (very important). After it is
rendered, go to the Toolbox Color button, and select Negative.
The reason for doing this will soon become apparent. Notice
that you have created a negative image of the table, so that
what was black, the outlines, are now white, and vice-versa.
Render it as a two color graphic again, and save it out as a
Rendered IFF (not as a 24 bit file!). You can now quit both
FinalWriter and ImageFX.
3. Open Pixel Pro 2. Now here's the reason we had to make a
negative of the Table graphic. Pixel Pro translates the Black
color of an imported IFF image into a background, while it
reads the white as the part of an image that can receive 3D
alterations. This is because Black is usually the background
color. But no matter what you think of this, or how you might
love to criticize it, that's the way it is. The only images
Pixel Pro will allow you to translate to 3D basics as far as
IFFs are concerned are two color black and whites.
Go to the LOAD button, find the Table graphic, and bring it into Pixel Pro. Once you do this, select the Table as the active graphic. Go to the Modify menu choice, and select "Extrude". Choose "Selected Polygons", and set the extrude number to 30 (you can experiment with this number later). When the object is extruded, it will look like the Table has depth, making the "holes" formed by the rows and columns appear like recesses in a solid rectangular form. Save the object out as a LightWave Object File. PixPro allows you other choices, so if you plan to use a non-LightWave 3D renderer, select
one that fits. Caution! Do not select the Draw4D and Aladdin save options as they are dysfunctional with later versions of that software. You can save the object as a VideoScape ASCII file to export to Aladdin 4D. Save the object out as six different file names.
4. Open LightWave or your favorite 3D Tenderer. Find the Table
object 1, and import it. Alter its dimensions by using the
Stretch command, and place it on a plane as a standing
building. Import the other Table saves and do the same, making
each one a little different.
Place the objects so that they form an interesting composition in LightWave's 3D world. Texture a ground and sky to your liking, and place a surface on each Table (now "Building") object so that the result is an interesting overall arrangement.
You can either render the results as a picture or bravely configure an animation. You will be able to fly through the "Windows" of each Building. A further step might be to add a 60% transparent surface to each face of the Building, so that there is some appearance of an enclosed space. You might even set the planes that form these walls to be inset a bit, so that it appears you have frames on the windows. Render and enjoy!
We will use this same procedure in later issues of Amazing to walk you through ever more intriguing compositions for your 3D worlds. With the right translation software, you can even save out the results as VRML interactive worlds for the Web. Till then, enjoy! See you in ROMulan Space.
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The beauty of Aladdin 4D lies in the depth of its tools and the profound sensation it gives the artist of being truly immersed in a 4 dimensional universe (the fourth dimension is time as in animation). In the last two installments of this series, I explained some of the basic 3D work involved in creating a Gothic Church. This material is fairly standard for any 3D package: one needs to create models and scenes, and then provide the color and detail that give these models and scenes a sense of realism.
In Aladdin, there is a set of tools that go beyond these basic requirements into a world of superb and beautiful effects. These tools captivate the imagination, and in one fell swoop make you feel like a god and a magician at the same time. The tools I speak of are the gas, This image exemplifies the ‘‘mechanical Wave” effect in Aladdin.
The altar cloth has rippling folds like a curtain or drape.
This yellow ball is an example of the many flare images supplied by the Aladdin program which I used in the images as flares or fountains.
Wave, flare, and fountain systems that are fully integrated into the Aladdin workspace.
These are the tools that will go beyond the stark realism of our scenes, and provide a potent and compelling atmosphere. I might add at this point that the new release of Aladdin by Nova Design (which may very well be available when you read this) will augment these features to an extent that will be mind-boggling.
Let's begin with a fairly simple effect which is quite necessary for the interior space of my church. The altar is an essential aspect of the church structure, and requires a certain atmosphere to evoke a sense of the sacred. I created a raised floor in the altar section with 2 steps leading up to it.
In the center of the floor I placed a large rectangular solid for the altar which I shaded and texture-mapped with a procedural texture called Noise:Open. The next step was to drape this block of stone with an altar cloth. The problem here is to create a polygonal model that will look soft and wavy, like a curtain. 1 used the spline tool to create a simple curve, converted this into a poly, and then extruded the poly to a length slightly longer than the altar stone. In order for this technique to work, the drapery model needs a fairly large number of triangulated polygons, for we will actually
make this model ripple in space with our wave tool.
Actually, Aladdin has two Wave tools. One tool moves polygons in space in a wave-like pattern, the other creates wave-like patterns in the shading or texture map applied to the object. The one used here is the "mechanical wave" generator for a very realistic 3-dimensional appearance. The wave tool created for this is an animation path which the drapery is assigned to. If we created an animation without further modifications in this scene we would actually see the model of the altar drape "ripple" in space (which might be very cool if the stained glass windows were to suddenly fly open).
But for our purposes, in the still, quiet atmosphere of the church, the drapery must retain a kind of static ripple, which doesn't move.
This is a texture map applied to one side of the gas container to modify the density of the gas so it seems like it’s streaming from the window.
How do we do this? Aladdin offers the user control over animation, which includes a spline control that allows you to "freeze" a point in animated time.
Once we have our wave path in place, we preview the animation in wireframe and observe the animation frame that gives us the desired "ripple" effect. We then use the spline control to draw a straight line with the value of the wave effect held at that frame across all frames of any intended animation. Aladdin is designed for animation, so even if you just want to create a single portrait of a scene, it would still be considered a "frame" of an animation. A cloth-like texture map was applied to the altar drapery, with This star is also an example of a flare image by Aladdin which I used in
the enclosed images.
0 hardness, and low reflectivity for the final effect.
Aladdin has its own global and local light sources which do a good job of illuminating our scenes, but for this project I wanted something a bit more dramatic, I wanted to see the altar and beveled cross (easy to model with the beveling tool) bathed in an otherworldly light that comes from the side window. This is where the gas tool comes in quite handy.
Gases in Aladdin are "held" in rectangular containers. Once you call up the gas tool, the container will appear in your 3-dimensional space, and you can then manipulate the gas to your heart's content. The tool window for the gas container (called the "Gas Object Control") allows you to change the form of the gas (spherical, solid, etc), the density, turbulence, strength, fall-off, and numerous other options. The color and transparency of the gas is actually controlled through the attribute list, and, amazingly enough, you can "shape" a gas by using texture maps on the sides of the
This is the approach I used when designing my gas to serve as a light stream that, in essence, "bathed" the altar with a palpable illumination.
This is a tricky task, and it took me a great deal of time to get it right. One of the tricks in using gas as visible light is to set the samples pix setting in the Gas Object Control to a high setting so the gas is very smooth. This, unfortunately, increases the rendering time a great deal, and made me long for an '060 board for my 1200 (or even better, a Dec Alpha processor running at several hundred megahertz. Anyone at VIScorp reading this article?).
Anyway, there was much trial and error in this process, but the results are very satisfying. Here are the steps for anyone trying to reproduce this effect:
1. Render a 2-color image with the window flat-viewed against the
side of the gas container. This is much like the process used
to create our stained-glass window in part 2 of the tutorial.
2. The gas uses the luminance of a texture map to determine the
density of the gas (like an alpha channel), so you use shades
of grey, with white providing full density for the gas, and
black providing no density.
3. Take your 2-color image into a paint or image-processing
program and paint it as you wish with shades of grey to create
the density setting you desire. (I did a couple of flood fills
with a dark to light range of greys so the light would seem to
come from the window at an angle.)
4. Back in Aladdin, apply the image as a texture map to the side
of the gas where the light will be coming from (the side that
butts up against the window).
5. In the "Gas Object Control" window, click the density button
for the side(s) you desire, set the sample pix to a high
setting (24 or 36; the higher the better), set the strength of
the gas at 10, the falloff at 1, and turbulence to 0.
Click on the buttons for the sides that you applied color to (through the attribute list I applied yellow to the top of the container, and red to the bottom).
Set the attenuation to Solid.
This is pretty much a basic procedure with lots of room for experimentation. It should be noted at this point that gases are fully animatable. If I desired an animation of this scene, I could increase the turbulence of the gas over time, the color could change, the gas container could grow till it filled the entire altar space, and, astoundingly enough, the texture map applied to the sides of the container could be animated to create subtle changes in density over time!
One may place gas containers that mingle with each other and overlap in 3-dimensional space, and then have a camera plunge through the whole affair. If I am getting carried away here, it can't be helped. In musing over these possibilities, you realize that Aladdin was, and is, way ahead of its time. With the new features added by Nova Design, we are going to need new, more powerful Amigas to fully explore all that this program can offer.
Special Effects Particles Let's move on to another powerful special effect tool, the Aladdin particle system called Fountains. When 1 bought version 3 of the software two years ago, the fountain system had just been implemented. As I worked through the fascinating tutorial by Greg Corby, 1 remember feeling a sense of awe at the magnitude of this tool, and the possibilities it offered for creating marvelous effects. I also remember the subtle warning offered by Greg at the beginning of his tutorial
- Fountains are not for the faint of heart. They are, most
definitely, a challenge, but every step of the way towards
their mastery provides the user with a sense of joyful
This image uses the gas effect in Aladdin to shed radiance on the altar.
I thought 1 would employ the fountains in a simple way in the altar scene just to demonstrate their usage for this tutorial. I used fountains for other effects in the overall creation of the Gothic Church. If you recall the primary image used in the first tutorial, which showed the church nestled amidst snowy hills, fountains were used to create the stars, and the subtle mist that hovered about the walls of the church.
The fountain is basically a straight, vertical line in space (I think of it as a magic wand) that emits particles from its lower point. The particles have a life span, and an infinite capacity for movement and growth. Fountains, like all other aspects of Aladdin, were designed for the 4th dimension of time.
Fountains have an incredible range of uses; the most obvious being stars, but I have seen them used to create clouds, waterfalls, and tornadoes. In this drawing, I used one fountain with 120 particles assigned to it to create a magical sparkle to the gas radiance. Fountains, like flares, have texture maps assigned to them. The texture map can be opaque, or have degrees of transparency according to the varying degrees of luminance in the image, and, yes, these texture maps can be animations.
The control panel for fountains is packed with options for controlling the particles. There are settings for size, strength, distance, rotation, drift, life, and so on. There are also controls that open new windows for further subtle maneuvering of the little critters such as PreRoll, which sends the particles on a predetermined voyage before the animation begins, and allows further control through the particles' old age! We don't have room enough here to delve into the further complexities of fountains. Let's just say that most of the settings for this image are at their defaults.
This image adds the Fountain particle system of Aladdin to add magical sparkles to the radiance.
I set the distance of the particles so they would stretch the length of the gas. To assist in this effort, I employed the drift factor settings so they would follow the downward slant of the radiance, and move in a bit towards the camera. I also employed an obscure setting for attribute independence near the top of the control panel.
Fountains can have attributes like color assigned to them, as well as texture maps. I reduced the color setting in the texture list window so the particles would use the colors derived from their assigned attribute list. In the attribute list I assigned an entry color of yellow, and an exit color of red. By clicking the attribute independence button on in the fountain control, and giving it a random setting, each particle in the stream takes on some varying shade of yellow or red. This fits well with the color scheme of the gas (also having a yellow to red range).
To give you a further sense of Fountains, I have included an image of the texture map assigned to the fountain used in the altar scene. Note how the primary image in the texture maps fades into a black background, which is completely transparent in these drawings.
Flare The final element in our tutorial is the flare object, which is perhaps the simplest effect to use out of the whole roster of effects. Flare objects behave like individual particles in the fountain system. They use texture maps and attribute lists, and they, too, can be opaque, or have varying degrees of transparency.
Flares are handy to use with particles when you want one or two elements to stand out from the others (such as one large star in a field of smaller stars). In this case, I wanted to create the impression of the radiance causing a flash of light as it hit the cross on the altar.
I poised the flare object (basically a flat triangle) over one arm of the cross. In the Flare Source Control window, I adjusted the size so it would be slightly bigger than the particles from the fountain. I used a star-like image as a texture map, and used the bluish-white color of the bitmap as its color in the drawing, rather than create a new color with an attribute list.
That's basically it for special effects in this tutorial. I hope I have given you some idea of the possibilities inherent in the Aladdin program. I am sure you realize at this point that these will not he mastered in a day, or a week, or even a month. After two years of working with this program, I still get the sense that I am only scratching the surface.
What new levels of power will be added to Aladdin by the team at Nova Design remains to be seen, but I have a strong sense that the new version will be unparalleled in its range of effects and new tools. Hopefully, 1 will revisit these pages again with a new tutorial using version 5 of the program.
Until then, do yourself a favor.
Rub the lamp, and conjure up your own dreams and wishes. You will be amazed at what you can do.
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Q Copyright 1996, lonyAntonictii |Fx, All Rights Reserved Pi p amiaa telecommunications Y~ la More Web authoring tools available on-line.
Plus the latest news on Portal and more!
This month we begin by continuing last month's discussion of HTML authoring programs. Unfortunately, I ran out of space before I got to Magic WWW files Maker, from Massimo Baglione.
MWM MWM operates on existing ASCII text files, containing no text editing functions of its own. When started, three windows of various sizes will open (Figure 1). The largest of these shows your text file. By clicking the mouse on a line of text, you highlight that line.
Now you can select actions to be performed on this text from the icons at the top of the window, or corresponding menus. These include the normal HTML size, style, and formatting codes, as well as Hypertext links, and image codes. These often open their own windows of further options (Figure 2). If you wish to work with individual words in a line of text, double-clicking on the line will place it into a newr window which allows you to drag-select the desired words.
The window to the left of the main window contains a short description of the HTML modifications to each line of text, and the window along the bottom of the screen is a log file of modifications made. Both of these windows can be toggled off if you prefer. By defining the path to your favorite browser in the programs preferences, a click on the "View" button will save your file, start the browser, and load the file for viewing.
MWM is shareware, with a $ 25 fee to unlock some of the features, and requires OS3.0 or above. As of this writing, version 1.08 is the most recent, and can be found on AmiNet in the comm www directory as mwml08.1ha. Ibrowse Plug Ins If your browser of choice is Ibrowse, then you will want this site (Figure 3) added to your hotlist.
Maintained by John Wingell, this is the place to go for all sorts of programs to enhance Ibrowse. John has collected not only the programs, but also detailed instructions for integrating them with Ibrowse. Whether you are looking for an animation player, audio player, or the latest picture viewing Datatype, go to: ht tp: home.eznet.net -wingell ibrowse A notice posted as of this writing indicates the site may be moved soon, and lists an alternative URL as: http: www.rit.edu -jbwO577 ibrowse SASG The Standardized Amiga Shareware Group has a new web site up (Figure 4). From this site you can
not only learn about the group, but download the latest demo versions of v vlallaS 6ft hav nraa othar raciorv.
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problems, a visit to the SASG site can result in receiving your
keyfile in as little as 24 hours.
The Amiga community has enough challenges to overcome without driving away the talented base of programmers we have. Abuse of the shareware system is doing just that. If you use shareware, pay the author for their work. Visit the SASG site at: http: www.aaag.com This site vnl] be shwtyW A tempotary site will be set up st hny-'V-v.iy nr v'h~- H vC*i77.'ibr jjj' Cwue here to pe* all the latest Ibwv'se 'ptusjn?' Ujidjnstroxaons oa how to use them Mow ujsuij the AftUiiet Global Flit Server Courtesy of vwls a idjfflf These are oil anuMnca plsyWk programs diet c la be cc rtfigGMd to be w-td by
iBnwrse in die F:ctcrn-1 View cj seras a of die Otuieral pteltfcjire j_ Rednt I ftp wrurd cxhi Anuuct GlobrtI Flic StfVtff Installation Instruct mtui Cybc v i nphX AVI Atuti i r nqn Rjty«| get Cvfe«rAVi1 4 Itm Get CybaAViH tht IbrowsemgqjjI|noD.mjtra gonjj Preass* IIAVJ AiumtifionlTaytf ! Get rjjpavililh* Gel tapovUhOin (dmastmciaHiftUjjtpjctnu ggjEI their programs. These include Magic User Interface, which is required for all Amiga Web browsers with the exception of A Web. Also here is Magic WorkBench, Magic CX, and DFA.
Magic CX is a super Commodity Exchange program that includes many different options, and DFA is an address database program.
Shareware is a great idea in computer programs whereby you get to try out a program before buying it.
It is not without its problems though.
Many people fail to buy the programs, even though they continue to use them. They rationalize this with tales of how difficult it can be to register the I ttacj 1 I £3 & % I Eorvard I (feme [ edond Load Images Find locrtcn [Mtsy tw.Knel naV-vngal fcrovit OwHartwcal Anwwl I Htaoft I Figure 3. Maintained by John Wingell, this is the place to go for all sorts of programs to enhance Ibrowse.
The .. se "Plugins" Homepage I Workbench Screen a Ilill! WWW Test Pattern HTML as a standard presents a moving target to developers and users alike. Version 2.0 is the current standard, with a version 3.0 being finalized. Unfortunately, competition between Netscape and Microsoft for supremacy in the PC Web Browser field has muddied the waters a bit further. Each company, in an effort to add new features, has introduced certain HTML codes that are not part of the existing, or proposed, standard.
These have become known as the Netscape and Microsoft extensions.
If you want to see how your favorite Amiga browser handles the latest variations in this evolving standard, check out: http; www.uark.edu wrg This site (Figure 5) contains examples of all version 2.0, many 3,0, as well as Netscape, Microsoft, and Java codes. This is also a good site to see examples of how these new codes are used. Have your browser display the source of a particular page to see ready-made examples.
Updates You would have to look long and hard to find a more dedicated Amiga supporter than Harv Laser. As the head sysop of the Amiga Zone, he has spent the last ten years providing invaluable assistance to many Amiga owners. In fact, Harv is probably beginning to feel a bit like the Amiga.
The Amiga Zone began on a system called People Link, who decided to close their doors suddenly.
He then moved all of the files (many of which are available nowhere else) and user messages to Portal Online System.
As of September 30, Portal has ceased to operate as a online service and internet provider, so Harv has been busy moving things again. The Amiga Zone is now part of CalWeb Internet Services. An extra bonus is that CalWeb is run by a long time Amiga owner. Visit the new Amiga Zone Web page at: http: www.amigazone.com and say "hi" to Harv.
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On a personal note, as of December I will be discontinuing my Delphi membership. This is no reflection of dis-satisfaction with Delphi, or any of the fine people who make up the Amiga section there. Rather it is a reflection of the changing face of telecommunications. When I began this column, Delphi was one of the few ways for non-university people to access the Internet. With the advent of local Internet Service Providers, this is no longer true.
I will be continuing my memberships with CompuServe, Genie, and my Internet account. I will also most likely open an account with the Amiga Zone when they get up to speed.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Here are some more Amiga BBS numbers as supplied by readers. The first is an updated listing. If one is in your area, give them a call and check it out. Tell them Rob sent you!
NAME: South of the Border BBS PHONE: (502) 877-6490 SPEEDS: Up to 33.6kbps NETWORK: Clink! KY HUB 911:6490 0.0 CONTACT: Gringo (Patrick Greene-Sysop) gringo@kvnet.org Grim Reaper (John Wells-CoSysop) johnw@kvnet.org Figure 5: http: www.uark.edu wrg contains examples of all HTML version 2.0, many 3.0, as well as Netscape, Microsoft, and Java codes.
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EMAIL: tduddy@goodnews.net If you run an Amiga specific BBS, Happy Holidays to all of you and send me the information callers will yours! That's all for now. See you on need to access your system. Phone line!
• AC* Web Typesetting Part 9: Frames by Randy Finch Frames are
the next big thing on your web site.
Also, more reader's sites from the web, Get read}'. You are about to be framed.
No, I am not setting you up to take the fall. I am setting you up to take advantage of some of the latest technology in Web production. It is so new, that it is not yet in the HTML standards. I, of course, am talking about frames.
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The tags and attributes for coding frames was developed by Netscape for their Navigator Web browser and is gradually being added by other companies to their browsers.
You might be asking, "Why should Randy be covering frames when Amiga browsers are not yet up to speed with this technology?"
Well, it's just a matter of time before Amiga browsers will support frames and it's always good to be ahead of the game. So, let's get started.
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Frames divide a browser's display area into rows and columns similar to tables.
However, unlike tables, each "cell" or frame can contain a totally different Web page. For instance, a title page could appear in a frame that spans the entire width of the browser window at the top of the viewing area.
Another frame to the left of the remaining area could be used to display a page containing a hypertext table of contents. The frame on the right could be used to display another Web page based on the user's selection in the table of contents.
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I Ats4ij« ’floxi Itxfrm i‘atV - vU jOagjuhFAtf ffe.Dt.iiin i l |'L ~aWN9 AuitF ItJlU This is exactly what I did in Figures 1 and 2. The title appears at the top. The table of contents to the left show the names of Web sites created by readers' of this magazine.
These names appear as hypertext. When you click on one of the names, the home page for that site appears in the frame to the right.
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Look at Listing 1 to see the code for Figures 1 Riuirh Fkwh'i AC'Amiga Rudan' mg Randy Fbwh'i AC Antiga Reader** Unto Randy Fkr. H*i AC Vinta? Reader*1 Unto Rtndr Finch’* AC Amiga Reader*1 Unto and 2. Basically, frames consist of a series of FRAMESET and FRAME tags along with their associated attributes. According to Netscape, the FRAMESET tag and the closing FRAMESET tag replace the BODY and BODY tags in regular HTML code. But Netscape Navigator allows the BODY tag to also appear in the code as in Listing 1. However, the FRAMESET tag must appear outside of the BODY... BODY tags.
Some browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, allow the FRAMESET tags to appear inside the BODY... BODY tags. As Amiga browsers begin to support frames, be careful.
Just because the frames code works with one browser does not mean it will work with all frames-supporting browsers.
Unlike tables, each "cell” or frame can contain a totally different Web page.
FRAMESET is the basic structure for creating frames. Its attributes, ROWS and COLS, allow you to define how the rows and columns of the frames will be laid out.
Looking at Listing 1, you will see that the first FRAMESET tag defines ROWS as 60,*. The 60 indicates that the first row should be 60 pixels high. The * indicates that the next row should contain all the remaining space.
The method by which you can define columns and rows is very flexible. A percent sign can be used after a number to indicate that a certain percentage of the available space should be used for the frame. Also a number can be used in front of an asterisk to indicate relative size. For instance, suppose you wanted to divide the browser window into four rows where the first row was 50 pixels high, the third row used 20% of the vertical window space, and the second and fourth rows took up the remaining space with the second row taking up twice the height of the fourth. The following code would do
this: Figure 3. A Framed Web Page Using a Combination of Pixel, Percent and Relative Sizing _ Figure 4. Super Mouse at http: www.nexusprime.org personal smouse index.htm FRAMESET ROWS="50,2*,20%,*" Notice that an asterisk is used twice. This means that these two rows should use the space remaining after allocating 50 pixels to Figure 5. Kids Travel at http: www.tol.net kidstravel TV pfeh-t * rxftfl lo ba th* b«tesl Ffluuih Am n-pwsP Figure 6, R.C.H at http: www.sci.fi ~rch row 1 and 20% of the space to row 3.
However, since a 2 appears in front of the asterisk representing row 2, this row should use twice as much space as the row 4 (Figure 3).
You need to be careful how fancy you get when coding frames. Remember that different people will have different size browser windows. You could end up allocating all the available space to rows or columns defined with pixels and percentages and leave no space for the rows or columns defined with asterisks.
Once the initial division into rows or columns has taken place, each row or column can be further subdivided by using a nested FRAMESET tag.
Ultimately, however, the FRAME tag will have to be used to define how each frame will appear. The FRAME tag has several attributes: SRC, NAME, MARGINW1DTH, MARGINHEIGHT, SCROLLING, and NORESIZE.
SRC allows you to define the Web page to appear in the frame. If this is not defined, the frame will be blank.
NAME defines a name for the frame so that it can be referenced by another Web page. If no name is specified, then it cannot be referenced.
MARGINWIDTH and MARGINHEIGHT allow you to specify how much of a margin, in pixels, should be used within the frame. If these attributes are not used, then it is left to the browser to decide appropriate margins.
SCROLLING can be set to YES, NO, or AUTO. YES indicates that a scrollbar should be displayed by the frame. NO indicates that no scrollbar should be displayed. AUTO indicates that the browser should display scrollbars as needed. The default is AUTO. NORESIZE is a flag attribute that instructs the browser to not allow frame resizing. By default, the user can drag the frame borders to resize frames.
As you can see in Listing 1,1 use a FRAME tag and a nested FRAMESET tag within my initial FRAMESET tag that divided the browser window into two rows. The FRAME tag specifies that an HTML file named acreaderslinkstitle.html (Listing 2) should be displayed in the first row with auto-scrolling.
The nested FRAMESET tag further subdivides the second row into two columns. The first is 180 pixels wide and the second takes up the remaining space. The FRAME tag for the first column specifies the display of acreaderslinkstoc.html (Listing 3). This file is a bunch of hypertext links to other pages on the Web. The FRAME tag for the second column initially displays my home page, home.html. However, this frame is named ACReadersPage. If you look at Listing 3, vou will see that all of the hypertext links specify a TARGET of ACReadersPage. Thus, when someone clicks on a link in the left column, a
new page will appear in the right column. I think this is pretty cool and I think you will, too. If you have access to a browser that supports frames, check out my Web site, http: fly.hiwway.net ~rcfinch, to see how this works.
More Readers’ Pages Since my last article, I have received the addresses of more readers' Web sites. Here is a brief description of each.
Super Mouse This site (Figure 4) was submitted to me by Hal White. It is currently under construction, but already contains some interesting links. He plans to add some artwork in the future. The address is: http: www.nexusprime.org personal smouse index.htm. Kids Travel Rodney Volkmar submitted this site (Figure 5). The main topic at this site is the Kids Can Travel desk that kids can use while traveling. Take a look at this site, especially if you have kids that get bored while on those long rides to Granny and Peepaw's house. The address is: http: www.tol.net kidstravel .
R. C.H Here's a Web site all the way from Finland. Roy Hallila
plans to have the largest Amiga site in that country. However,
at this point, he is still working on it. The address is:
http: www.sci.fi ~rch. Roy will be adding information about
games, hardware, utilities, and posting links in the near
FRAMESET Well, that about wraps it up for this time. Although I have covered frames as defined by Netscape, remember that other companies can always add new features to their browsers. Already, Microsoft has added border-less frames to its browser. I know it's hard to keep up, but it's always fun to have new toys to play with. Remember to keep sending me addresses for your Web sites.
I wanted to let you know that 1 have accepted some additional responsibilities related to a conference I attend each year. Therefore, I will have less time to write articles. I plan to conclude this series next month. However, I still intend to write stand-alone articles about Web publishing on a non-regular basis. If you have a topic you would like for me to cover, send me Email at rcfinch@hiwaay.net. If 1 know anything about the topic and can write a halfway decent article, I will do so, time permitting.
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• AC® ifla 1200 or MQQQ by Dave Matthews , i Life in the nineties
just doesn't seem complete without a CD-ROM. The majority of
new Pcs and Macs come with the CD-ROM built in. The Amiga,
while somewhat late to the ball, is gaining more and more CD-
ROM applications and many programs are beginning to ship on
CD-ROM (Lightwave, Personal Paint, Distant Suns etc.) not to
mention clip art, texture and picture Cds.
While the Amiga has almost exclusively used SCSI CD-ROM, the price of the IDE (ATAPI) CD-ROM has plummeted. A typical ATAPI CD- ROM might cost half what a comparable SCSI CD-ROM does. Moreover, stock 4000s and 1200s will also incur the additional cost of a SCSI adaptor.
Since IDE supports two devices, if you only have a single hard drive, wouldn't it be nice to use the free IDE port for a CD-ROM? Well, you might just be able to!
ATAPI Atapi.device, by Oliver Kastl, Elaborite Bytes, allows you to access an ATAPI CD-ROM, just as if it were a SCSI device. Basically, this software translates the normal SCSI calls to work with the ATAPI drive. You can find a demo either on your favorite BBS or on Aminet, Atapi93.1ha. Elaborite Bytes also offers CacheCDFS, a CD-ROM file system, and a CD32 emulation package to run CD32 games on your Amiga CD-ROM.
Before you rush out and buy a CD-ROM, you should take a moment to plan out the new addition. First, on the 1200, an IDE CD-ROM will require a special cable (more on that later).
Since most IDE CD-ROMs will be internal models (some manufacturers may have external models available, but these will be more expensive), A1200 owners will need a 5.25 drive enclosure. These are widely available, starting at under $ 50.00. You will also need some way to power the CD-ROM. Many people buy PC cases with a power supply built-in. This solves both the enclosure and power questions. Note, if you have replaced your stock Amiga power supply with a power supply like Micro R & D's Bigfoot (which I Figure 1: The Author s Mitsumi FX410A IDE CD-ROM.
Highly recommend) then you can power your CD-ROM from one of the extra power leads. In a pinch, you could wrap the CD-ROM in thin plastic or cardboard. This is not very hi tech, but should suffice.
Note, by the time you take all these matters into consideration, it may seem like the IDE CD-ROM is not so cheap, but you will still need cables, enclosure and power for a SCSI CD- ROM, plus an enclosure if it is not an external model. The price is still much less for an IDE drive than for SCSI.
The Hardware First of all, make absolutely SURE you are getting an ATAPI drive.
Almost all new IDE CD-ROMs will be ATAPI, but if it doesn't specify it, ask!
Older IDE CD-ROMs used custom interfaces and will NOT work.
The author of the ATAPI device recommends several drives, including: Mitsumi FX 400 (4x speed) Chinon CDS-545 (4x speed) Toshiba XM-5302B (4x speed) mw ;-,i FinriCD scsi.device dlskspere.device hardfile.device xpkdlsk.device static.device Show CB-Fto* only Use Scan Cancel il CWSp«(t Scan first for I Cl ISO 96681 SCSI direct __l No Chanoeint I Motor off Bulet __| Butlers [Te Data cache Line Cache hln Direct RAM (kBytes) Convert spaces Resource |.rare Data I Save | Use Unfortunately, even with the correct cable, you may have trouble using two IDE devices on the 1200.
Some drives will either not work period, or fail to operate with a second device. This has been reported with drives from Maxtor, IBM, Conner, and Quantum. Currently, there is not a comprehensive list available of usable drive models. According to Hydra, who wrote the IDE2AMI docs, the Western Digital Caviar 2250 and 2420 (250MB and 420MB respectively) work well.
The Conner CP2044PK, on the other hand, works fine alone, but refuses to mount with a 2nd IDE device, whether a hard drive or CD- ROM. From what I could determine, the 1200's reset procedure interferes with some IDE drives. There is a program which will serve as a work around for this problem.
I myself have a Mitsumi FX410A (FX400 successor). This is a fine drive, quick and very affordable, around $ 70 street price. When you install your drive, make sure it is jumpered for SLAVE, even if you don't have a hard drive. And yes, you can install a CD- ROM on a floppy based system, in fact, it's easier, as you don't have to worry about hard drive conflicts.
On an Amiga 4000, installation will present no particular challenge.
You may have to buy a replacement internal IDE cable, as the factory 4000 cable is rather short. However, this is a standard item, widely available and inexpensive. If you are lucky, the drive will fit right into the 5.25" bay.
This may be a tight squeeze, but most drives will fit.
The 1200 presents a bigger challenge. Because Commodore, in their infinite wisdom, chose to use the smaller notebook style 44 pin IDE connector, attaching an IDE CD-ROM and or a 3.5" IDE hard drive requires a special cable. This cable connects the 44 pin header to the 40 pin 3.5" IDE connectors. The 2.5" drives need the extra four pins for power. 3.5" hard drives and IDE CD-ROMs have a separate power connector, and thus only need 40 pin cables. Depending on your needs, there are several ways to do this.
If you already have a 2.5" drive installed, you will need a cable with one 44 pin connector and one 40 pin connector. If you want to attach a 3,5" hard drive and a CD-ROM, you will need a cable with two 40 pin connectors.
These cables are somewhat hard to find, at least in North America, but construction of such a cable is relatively easy for someone with technical skills, so you should be able to find an Amiga dealer or repair shop that can make you one. I bought mine for well under $ 20.
If you wish to build one yourself, download Hydra's IDE2AMI5.1ha, which contains thorough documentation on this type of project. Actually, anyone planning to add an IDE CD- ROM, 3.5" hard drive or both should have a look at this file.
The file Rsetl200.1ha, by Carsten Sorensen contains a small program which resets the Amiga in a manner which bypasses the problem reset code. This is not a perfect solution, but it does make some recalcitrant drives (like my Conner) usable.
If you can, buy your CD-ROM from a dealer that accepts returns.
Make sure you have (or have a source for) all the cables and other gear before you buy the drive. This is probably not a problem in Europe, but may take some digging here in North America.
Ideally, a dealer could do the cable fabrication and installation, and testing for you. Figure 1 is a picture of my 1200, with the Mitsumi CD-ROM connected to the Conner hard drive.
The Software Once you have the CD-ROM drive hooked up correctly, the rest of the Figure 2 (top): FindCD, ATAPI device utility.
Figure 3 (bottom): CDFSPrefs, CacheCDFS prefs.
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Story is pretty easy. There are two parts to install for ATAPI drives, the actual ATAPI device, and a CD-ROM filesystem. The ATAPI software installation is very easy, using the included installer script. You can use the ATAPI device with CacheCDFS, or most any other CD File system, such as Commodore's 3.1 CD Filesystem, or AmiCDFS, AmiCDFS221.1ha, Martin Berndt's shareware CD-ROM filesystem. I was unable to test it with AsimCDFS, but judging by the flawless performance under the three CD filesystems I did try, I foresee no difficulty.
One thing you may have to do is replace the "SCSI.device" line with "atapi.device" in the CDO mountlist in DOSDrivers. This is handled automatically for CacheCDFS, but may require manual editing with other file systems.
Figure 2 is an example of the FindCD util and Figure 3 is an example of the CDFSPrefs. Both are included with CacheCDFS.
The Fun Stuff Once you have the hardware and software installed, you will find a wealth of cool stuff at your disposal.
One of the neat things you can do is play Music Cds while working on your Amiga. Unlike some computers, the Amiga is perfectly capable of playing music Cds while multitasking all your other programs. Both CacheCDFS and AmiCDFS come with nice CD Audio players. See Figure 4 for Boris Jakubaschk's MCDPlayer, bundled with AmiCDFS.
You can also play at least some of the CD32 games, with a separate CD32 emulation package (the ATAPI device author has written one, and Cronus also offers CDBoot, which should work as well).
And of course, you will have access to clip art collections, fonts, 3D Objects and textures, images and animations, and well, the list goes on and on.
Final Words Sadly, adding an IDE ATAPI CD- ROM to the A1200 cannot be considered plug and play. To be fair, many hard drives may work perfectly with the 1200 and a CD-ROM, though I was able to test only my hard drive, which has problems with two IDE devices.
With the hassle of getting or making a cable, and the compatibility issue, you may find it well worth the extra money to go with a SCSI device. If you don't mind (or even relish) the extra challenge involved, or SCSI is not an option for you, then the ATAPI CD- ROM may be just the way to go.
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T ’ T v,ntHff -j »tI uu Volume 11, Number 3; March 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, TelevEyes Plus from CeV Design, a new Amiga SX, a CDROM just for A1200 A4000 owners, a CD- ROM of commercial titles, all Kara Fonts on one CD ROM, plus a new Web site from MegageM.
PC-TASK, A software utility to run PC software on an Amiga. The Amiga OS is still superior in numerous ways but we are still required to deal with the MSDOS computing community, reviewed by Marc Hoffman.
ScapeMaker 4.0, Combine the power of Digital Elevation Models from Vista Pro with the abilities of other programs to create your own 3D virtual worlds, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Putting Amosaic to work on the World Wide Web, learning protocols, searching the hot new web sites, hints and tips, and more in this month's column, by Rob Hays.
Creating Candle Flames with Imagemaster and Aladdin 4D, Imagemaster is a program that has a durable history of innovative image processing techniques.
Amiga in Business: Easy Ledgers, The debut of this new column features a review of an accounting package that would make any bean counter look twice.
North American Amiga Dealer List, Check the current list of Amiga specialists and dealers in this issue.
Personal Commentary: What Trees do they Plant? Shamms Mortier asks us to do more than use our computers make a difference.
Volume 11, Number 4; April 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, New Productivity Cds, Specialized Speech Utilities, A New Amiga Game Company, and more.
Amiga Atlanta Inc., Amiga Atlanta Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary with a celebrity banquet. Discover how this Amiga users group attracted attention from Amiga notables, television celebrities, and the Governor.
Creating Artwork with ImageFX, Alter your photographic images so they appear as if they were created by the hand of a master artist and not the camera, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
Cinema 4D Object Sculpting Techniques, Explore object sculpting and creation options.
How they work, and the unique objects that they can provide, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
Web Typesetting Part 1: Introduction, Discover the tools available on other platforms and what you can do with your Amiga to begin creating Web pages on the Internet, by Randy Finch.
Termite 1.1, Has Oregon Research created the ultimate Amiga telecommunications program or have they just come close? By Rob Hays.
On-Line, Comparative shopping for the best on-line services with cautions, by Rob Hays.
Petro Tyschtschenko, ESCOM announces record losses. Amiga Technologies changes distribution structure. One man is in the center of all this activity to keep Amiga strong, spend and afternoon with AT's top exec.
Hot Amiga Web Sites, From Eric Shwartz's animations and graphics to web information guides, check out what other Amiga users are doing on the internet.
Volume 11, Number 5; May 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, Nova Design acquires Aladdin 4D, SofTalk Programmer kit available, 'Professional' 3D glasses, and much more.
Dpaint Tiled Backdrops, Creating 3D space in a 2D environment. Among its specialized features, Dparnt has intuitive tools for creating perspective tiles. Learn how to utilize one of the hidden talents of the Amiga's well known paint program, by R. Shamms Mortier.
A Truly Brilliant Idea! TrueBrilliance's capacity to address and incorporate ANIMbrushes gives it another plus as a tool for the creation of digital artwork on the Amiga, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Amiga multitasking advantages and three new Web programs: AmiTCP IP, Ibrowse, and A Web. Learn how to maximize the best feature of the Amiga while you are working on-line, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench Episode One, Tired of a lackluster performance from your current Amiga WorkBench? Try the techniques and programs in Dave's new series, by Dave Matthews.
Web Typesetting Part 2: Basics, Creating a Home Page with your Amiga requires a little knowledge of the intricacies of HTML, by Randy Finch.
An Interview with QuikPak's David Ziembicki, Amiga Technologies has selected a new sales organization for the Amiga in North America. Meet the person chiefly responsible for marketing the Amiga as well as developing future Amiga markets on these shores in this AC Exclusive.
Web Warning! The same Home Page can yield decidedly different results. Start creating a Web page with the Amiga that everyone will be able to read.
CD ¦ Volume 11, Number 6; June 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, Amiga Internet Starter Package for Canada, Personal Paint for the Internet, new Sample Wrench Sound Editor, five new CD's from GT1 GmbH, and more.
NAB '96, The National Association of Broadcasters held their annual event in Las Vegas, but the Amiga is slowly disappearing from the show floor, by Don Hicks.
Travel Through the Digital Universe, Learn about people, astronomy, spacecraft, astronomical terms, constellations and stars through this CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) program from SYZYGY Research and Technology, Ltd., by R. Shamms Mortier.
Dpaint Morphing, Although not as advanced or controllable as the high-priced morphing programs, Dpaint offers Amiga users unique and exciting alternatives in their morphs, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Use client programs to bypass obstructions and ease your way on the Internet, as two shareware programs, C.ui-FTP and WebMaker, are discussed, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench Episode Two, The Workbench as art: personalize your work area with backdrops, icons, and menus. In this episode is covered the GUI aspects of Workbench renovation, by Dave Matthews.
VISeorp Buys Amiga Technologies, VIScorp is purchasing Amiga Technologies and will be working with Amiga interests all over the world. Read what the executives of this Chicago firm have had to say so far to the Amiga community.
Web Typesetting Part 3: More Basics, Your home page is only a few keystrokes away with these HTML code samples in your documents, bv Randv Finch.
Ml Volume 11, Number 7; July 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, GVP has a new home, Amicom introduces a new web installer, Blitz Basic is back, Paxtron has Amiga parts, Shamms Mortier introduces Grafx Tidbits, and more.
Non-linear Video on a Budget: V-Lab Motion & Movieshop 3.2, Can't afford the high priced video systems for non-linear editing? The answer may be the V-Lab Motion and its new Movieshop 3.2 software, by John P. Jackman.
Fun with Lyapunovs, Create 3D environmental terrain models from the chaotic graphics of Lyapunov space. They are a class of fractal associated algorithms used to visualize a specific condition of fractal space, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Amazing Symmetry, Textured tiles are extremely easy to create and offer the digital artist a few very interesting opportunities.
This tool, embedded in Dpaint, will help in your obsession to find newer and unique textures, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Travel the internet with the newest Amiga browser, Voyager 1.0, and discover more excellent Amiga web sites, by Rob Hays.
JAZZ.BIT 96, Why is a major computer art competition held in Finland? An interview with Martin Keitel, the arts manager of JAZZ.B1T 96, interviewed by Marc R. Hoffman.
Amiga Wars, There is a battle for the Amiga user raging on the internet between old and new Amiga firms and a few others. For a system many have tried to write off, the Amiga is attracting a lot of interest.
Web Typesetting Part 4: Publishing & Tables, How to get your beautiful Home Page on the Web for the world to see. Also, delve into one of the most popular additions to the HTML 3.0 standard known as tables which allow data on a Web page to be structured in a row and column format.
Volume 11, Number 8; August 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, VIScorp reaches Amiga Technologies agreement, Cronus distributes new Cds for Developers and more, Sony Electronics releases DKC-1D1 Digital Camera, World Construction Set Version 2, and more!
ImageFX 2.6, The Amiga's premiere graphics manipulation tool has just taken a quantum leap in abilities, reviewed by R. Shamms Mortier.
An Interview with the Nova Team, Amazing's Graphics reporter and admitted ImageFX and Aladdin 4D addict discussed Nova's current plans with the Nova team, by
R. Shamms Mortier.
Amiga Handshaking, The Amiga's IFF standard allows users to utilize the best of several different programs to create a unique image or animation, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, There is a mountain of powerful software in the Aminet collection. Protection for your SCSI and IDE hard drives as well as a better CD-ROM OS utility which includes unique audio CD ROM capabilities are just a few, by Rob Hays.
POV Ray Tracer 3.0 Sneak Peak, Persistence Of Vision 3.0 is now in beta testing. Discover the new tools and features as well as learn where you can try it out for yourself, by Dave Matthews.
Amiga Wars Part 2, Amiga Technologies is sold to VIScorp as pios and phase5 continue to jockey each other for market and negotiating positions.
Olafson's Guide to Amiga Baseball, Tired of the nation's pastime passing you by? Peter has composed al list of some of Ami's times at the plate that you can find from dealers, Amiga swap meets, and maybe in your own library.
Web Typesetting Part 5: Forms, Creating forms on your web page is incredibly easy and the information gained can help you build a better page, by Randy Finch.
Volume 11, Number 9; September 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, New Amiga business software, a new Aminet collection, and the Amiga is seen working at the Olympics!
The Not At All Complete Graphics CD-ROM Compilation Digest, There is a world of possibilities in every graphic CD-ROM, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Cinema4D Animation Tutorial: Part 1, Although AC will stick to the basics, don't think that Cinema4D is capable of anything less than a professional application.
Cinema4D is capable of Keyframe, path, hierachial, inverse kinematic, and special FX (explosions, melts, and more), by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Frustrated with your attempt to connect to the Web? Try a trip to Miami, by Rob Hays.
Web Typesetting, Part 6: Reading Form Data, Catching user information from your web site, by Randy Finch.
This Old Workbench, Part 3 Compression on the Amiga, Create needed space on your Amiga on-the-fly, by Dave Matthews.
Make Do With What You Got, In art or in life, it is not always how much you have, but what you do with it, by R. Shamms Mortier.
ESCOM Dies The Amiga Lives! Hear the behind the scene story from the two main characters, Petro Tyschtschenko of Amiga Technologies and Bill Buck of VIScorp.
Gold From 1990? What does this array of equipment from 1990 have to do with current events? The Amiga's influence is continually being felt.
Indfliw 9 m LID LJ Volume 11.10; October 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, New Game collections, printing solutions, Amiga software repair, backup software, designer software, and more.
The Gothic Church: Part 1 A Tutorial in Aladdin 4D, Tired of the prominence of futuristic themes in 3D design, then take a look at this first part in a series of tutorials explaining the process of modeling in a 3D setting that evokes the past, by Charles F. Cavanaugh.
FinalWriter 5, Each release of FinalWriter has added new tools and techniques to its abundant reservoir of options, and release 5 is a very major upgrade that adds a whole list of enhancements, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Join Team Amiga, fix old games to play again on your upgraded Amiga, find old friends or classmates, and more, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench, Episode 4: Just when you thought it was safe! Our intrepid adventurer has discovered even more ways to improve (or at least confuse) your WorkBench screen, by Dave Matthews.
Web Typesetting, Part 7: Using Form Data, Getting your data from your web site. Plus, a look at several reader's sites from the web, by Randy Finch.
Amiga Convention '96 Montreal, Canada was home to the Amiga once again as Dealers and Developers met with hundreds of Amiga users.
ASIMware has released PhotoCD Manager for the Amiga, See what our resident artist has to say about this and other applications to help Amiga work with Mac & Win resources.
Volume 11 Number 11; November 1996 New Products & Other Neat Stuff, SoftLogik announces both PageStream 3.1 and 3.2, Amiga Fest '96 planned for Toronto, Checkbook Amiga, and more.
Cinema 4D: Tutorial 3 Basic Keyframe Editing, Shamms uses some of Cinema 4D's object design and texturing tools to begin a dedicated look at its animation options.
The Gothic Church: Part 2 A Tutorial in Aladdin 4D, In this installment, Mr. Cavanaugh shows the Amiga user how to produce stained glass windows to rival the masters.
Real Chaos and the Computer Artist, Musings on a Muse, In computer art, a pinch of chaos in the recipe is the spice of a creative and worthwhile adventure.
On Line, A quick comparison of some of the Web authoring tools available through shareware.
Web Typesetting, Part 8: Image Maps, Create images that, with a few clicks of a visitor's mouse, make your home page truly interactive.
PC2Amiga: Connect Your Amiga and PC, Finally a way to use those clunky old MS DOS machines. PC2Amiga allows you to mount your PC as an Amiga device.
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By Dave Matthews Up till now, this series has covered sprucing up the Workbench and Amiga Operating System (OS) with available utilities, patches and hacks. But what about the future? In this article, I would like to present a few of my ideas for the next generation of Amigas. This is in no way connected with VIScorp, PIOS, Phase V or other parties, living or dead, and any resemblance thereof is purely coincidental. I have also included an updated idea for a tower case for the PowerAmiga.
All the Workbench "screenshots" were created using Personal Paint, Brilliance, and ADPro, using ideas from Workbench (along with 3rd party Workbench enhancement programs) as a base. The tower design was produced in Aladdin4D.
Many of the ideas presented in this document have already been accomplished, either on the Amiga or other platforms, so I make no great claim to originality. These suggestions may be unpopular, unlikely, unworkable, unwise, illegal, immoral, fattening, or just flat out wrong hey, I'm taking a shot in the dark on some of this! My goal is to stir up discussion rather than create the perfect OS, though I would surely love for this to be MY next Amiga!
AMIGA OS 4 for PowerPC "Is this over the top? I can never tell..." -The Riddler, Batman Forever First of all, it should exist! I feel strongly that there should be a new generation of Amiga, new hardware and new OS. I also feel that "There can be only one!" (with apologies to The Highlander). I'm all for Amiga clones, but without a single unifying vision, the power and elegance of the Amiga will end up scattered to the winds.
General What else? A new OS should be fast, responsive, optimized, and lean. It should also be object oriented, retargetable, hardware independent where feasible, but able to use whatever hardware exists (processors, video cards, etc.) to full advantage.
The OS should start with a tightly written kernel (Amiga OS Lite, comfortable in a 4MB system) which supports the basic features like multitasking and memory protection, while allowing the more advanced features, multiprocessor, networking, etc. to be added in a professional upgrade. Tire Lite version should be fully upgradeable to a pro version, assuming sufficient resources (memory. Hard Drive space, etc.) exist.
There should be support for extending ROMS beyond current size limits as well as emulation for earlier 680x0 software. The OS should be able to emulate 1.3-3.1 OCS ECS AGA at least tolerably well, particularly with well written applications. However, in all fairness, present and future performance should not be compromised to do this.
Don't forget preemptive threaded multitasking.
There must not be an OS limit on the amount of RAM accessible. Any OS should be able to use all or almost every byte a CPU can address.
Memory protection no application should be able to bring the system down. No application should be able to interfere with another application, its resources (memory, etc.), or cause it to crash.
How about a built-in ability to uninstall programs? Is it possible to give the computer the ability to remove errant programs and free resources, memory, screens, windows, file locks and more?
This alone would place us leaps above any current Windows OS.
The system should be able to gracefully "defrag" memory, or avoid fragmented memory altogether. Memory pools?
Resources should be extendable "on the fly." Unlike the Mac (or ADPro), a program should be able to request more memory and get it (if available), Virtual memory (this is the ability to use the hard drive space as extra RAM).
No OS limit, if tetrabyte hard drives become available, Amiga OS can use the entire tetrabyte for virtual memory.
This is a good place to talk about chip RAM. Why not allow any RAM to be addressed as chip RAM, and any RAM as fast RAM. Normally, you would have (say) 4MB of VRAM for video, and however many MB of fast RAM. If you needed more chip RAM, and had free fast RAM, you could tell the OS to 'change' some of the fast RAM into chip RAM.
This would be best if it could happen on the fly (no rebooting). The new chip RAM would appear to the system as real VRAM (only probably slower). Likewise, if you were not using all your VRAM, and you needed an extra meg or two for a huge program, you could hijack some of it.
Symmetric Multiprocessor Support The system should accept and use multiple processors (up to 64000 8-). Ok, maybe the world is not ready for massively parallel Amigas, but the Amiga certainly should not be hard wired for only two or four. This should also include distributed processing, where the OS shares processor load over a network of machines, local or otherwise.
Integrated networking, peer to peer or client server, tcp ip the Amiga should be able to access network resources, hard drives, printers, even FTP and Web sites as naturally as local resources. This should have multi-user support as well as security features.
Why not an optional "Wintel" (any OS which will run on an Intel box: Windows 95, NT, OS 2 Warp, Linux), MacOS, Unix (XWindows, Motif, NextStep), or future OS support? The Amiga OS could act as a virtual machine and pseudo network, with the capability to run multiple platforms simultaneously.
All the resources could be shared among the OSNet, including hardware multiple CPUs (if available and SMP supported), memory, hard drives, printers, modems, video and monitors, etc. and software: clipboards, filesystems (read write Amiga Mac PC disks from any platform), handlers (for instance XPK XFH style compression on any platform), datatypes (OS handles conversion to loadable file format for any applications), etc. How about the ability to launch programs on any platform from the Workbench? If an application is for the Mac, Amiga OS will Boot the MacOS (if it is not already running) and
then launch the program. By adding this feature, as well as the ability to run multiple operating systems, the Amiga will have no limit on its possible markets.
Visual Arexx, interprocess communications (including other OS if they support Rexx), extensive Macro facilities, including on-the-fly macro recording and menu driven "visual" macro rexx programming. Use this in a standard installer, so experts can plan out installation in advance, and control the process to their hearts content. Also, within the installer could be a built-in uninstall with ability to scan the system for files which should not be removed as well as orphan files, libraries, etc. Files to be uninstalled could either be deleted or archived.
Object Oriented, extended datatypes style document sharing, including Acrobat Common Ground style bridging for font, stylesheet, graphic, sound animation, 3D format, text format, etc., between all applications and platforms should be included. There should also be full support for 1FF32, PNG, JPG, AN1MS, MPEG, QuickTime, most sound formats, etc. The Amiga is definitely an international computer. Therefore it is paramount to have better localization to make it easier to customize the system for different countries. This means that a system or standard must be inherent in the OS to
anticipate the difficulties between languages before someone needs to translate their software and not afterward.
The new Amiga OS needs a more powerful shell, better editing, menus, open on screen, scroll-through history buffers, and better cut and paste editing.
By the way, please add cut and paste to all text requestors.
The OS should include Postscript, Truetype, Compugraphic and Bitmap 32 bit color fonts. Why not a clipboard with a history feature, visual browsing, datatypes? How about system wide notification (when files, icons, screens, etc. are changed).
Set the Internet world on its ear, change AmigaGuide to HTML 3 4, etc. and attract a completely new market area.
This should include full HTML On-line with a context sensitive multimedia help system.
Don't forget three button mouse support. I believe there should also be a provision for multiple boot configurations, including multiple WBStartups, preferences, etc. And why not a more dj ajj f , ill | ,4 ry J] -- I Iociit m|j complete Early Startup with more advanced system control (CPU, memory, video, etc.) plus the ability to work with any monitor available?
File Systems Make File Systems faster with no limit on partition size (or at least no less than a tetrabyte ceiling). Allow full support for standard high density floppies, at full speed. (Probably more of a hardware thing). Include better error handling. The new OS should be able to map out errors and format bad floppies.
Let's include better and faster handling of alien file systems, particularly, less annoying gronking while the system tries to figure out what kind of disk has been inserted. There should also be less thrashing when operating on multiple floppies (also probably more of a hardware thing).
How about better control over small hang-ups? When saving a file to a floppy, and an error occurs, the OS should be able to completely cancel the operation and not just the current block.
'Click on Peel CHTfcen The Amiga OS would be greatly enhanced if we could include Integrated XPK XFH style 'on-the-fly' file compression as well as a better backup program, with 'cron' features and XPK compression, support for all removable media, floppy, tape, zip, etc. What about drive mirroring and RAID support, striping data on multiple drives?
* * We will need support for all SCSI 2,3, fast, wide whatever,
IDE, E1DE, IDE-2, Hds CD ROMs, Zip, 120MB floppies, etc. It
should be easy to add new types of hardware without ROM
upgrades. And let's not forget anti virus support as well.
SYSTEM HELP IS ON AND VERBOSE VOICE GENDER 15 FEMALE | voice tone ts warm VOICE ACCENT IS AUSTRALIAN 3CX EMAIL IS ON FOR ALL ACCOUNTS MULTI PROCESSOR MODE IS SYMMETRIC Graphics User Interface (GUI) First of all, there is a fine line between an interface that is beautiful inside and out, and one that is just pretty to look at, but horrible to use. While I think that a 100 Mhz 603e or similar processor can handle all my ideas, without being bogged down, I think it's important to avoid the Mac 'do it our way or no way at all' paradigm. (Agggh, 1 said the paradigm word, 1 hope Dilbert isn't
reading this!) Let the user decide where that fine line is. Thus, the Amiga GUI should be customizable to fit each user's needs, from shell-rich minimal graphical maximum resource available to a full blown 32-bit color animated singing and dancing, vertigo inducing multimedia spectacle.
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Wnnuup yon canocl j|ct bark wbar you delete' Is it ok tu dr Inc 17 file* and 2 dnwas, lusinp. 101 ?K of rlLsli *|*i e'7|i Why not multiple monitor support, full multitasking for all Workbench operations, including drag-n-drop copying, etc. and 32- bit color Workbench with real palette editor? Should we license 32 Quickdraw or make something better? The new system should provide a wealth of very efficient standardized GUI resources for programmers.
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Also, you should be able to turn a menu off if you want the extra screen real estate.
There could be integrated docks, text, graphical, animated. Consider banks of docks stored in rotating 'lazy Susan' style, so access to multiple banks is easy. We could also save integrated prefs "suites", including screen modes, fonts, backdrops, docks, menus, etc. that could be changed completely with one mouse click.
Please, no rotten "Please close all Windows except Drawers" requestors when changing screen modes, thank you very much. In a like vein, changing fonts should not cause all the icons to scrunch up in the corner.
One item l believe would be most noticeable on the Amiga is an animated pointer. An animated pointer could be developed for both normal and wait busy states. What better way than to dramatize the Amiga's inherent superiority in animation than with its own special pointer?
File requesters must have all view by name features plus both shift and rubber band select for multiple files. The Preview option could generate a small preview of the graphic. A system "browse" would let you open a small window to look at graphics, text, fonts, sounds, (right, you While on the subject of icons, let's not forget about better icon 'clean up.'
Why not add a snap-to-grid feature, etc.?
All window gadgets should be customizable, as well as borders, drag bars, etc. Users could also control where gadgets were placed (add scroller arrows on both top and bottom, left and right for instance). Windows should feature animated opening and closing, "explode", :fade in out", "Warp in out", etc. As with icons, windows should be able to have transparent areas. Windows should have an option to be iconified. You should also be able to snapshot a window in both min and max sizes. How about the power to snapshot any window in any view mode no matter what mode the parent is in? Windows
could also be moved and sized using opaque, transparent or outline mode, Customizable menus, MagicMenu style popup, plus peel off and pull down menus would add a great deal of visual excitement. Let's add graphics to menus, including Icons for menu items and image backdrops. Menu items and shortcut keys should be configurable.
Can't look at sound, but you could listen to a portion!), etc. In a new system, all requestors could have more than one row of buttons, including those generated by requestchoice, etc. There could be a GUI generator for shell tools. AmigaDOS and Arexx scripts, could be able to parse all the available args and create a nice GUI, including saving an icon.
One major advance and a primitive strike toward the voice recognition and even the Artificial Intelligence markets would be better speech synthesis. This should include the ability to "speak" requestors as well as the ability to read English and other language text. Speech should be customizable for language, accent, quality, and tone as well as gender. It also should be capable of being very human sounding. Speech recognition, as soon as the technology gets real, would be an extremely important addition to the Amiga's OS. In fact, include OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and you have
the ability to read text, and possibly even the ability to learn how' to pronounce words correctly.
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It should be very modular. CPUs, BUS, IO, etc. should be plug in, and plug-n- play, The basic motherboard design should be very clean and uncomplicated.
Memory should be placed on a CPU card or a RAM card, not on the Motherboard.
Use surface mount devices when reasonable, but not on any chips which are likely to be replaced or upgraded such as IO controllers, CPU, etc. These days there are three words which define the abilities of a system bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth! It doesn't matter how fast the processor is if the architecture can't handle high throughput. Remember, don't push EVERYTHING though the CPU use coprocessors when they would be more effective. I believe we should support PCI, and be prepared to support faster, higher throughput enhancements when required. The I O should support standard off the shelf
PC style floppy drives. Of course there should be faster serial and bi-directional parallel ports.
While support for PCI video cards is good, a custom 'chip set' (on a PCI card) would almost have to perform better.
Almost all current PCI video boards are specifically tailored to the 'WInteT architecture. I don't think you need to design the graphics sound chips themselves (the PC market is rife with excellent video processors), but the Amiga's video subsystem should be put together with the Amiga in mind. This card should be full 24-bit with resolution of up to 1280x1024 non-interlaced 24 bit or higher and have both multisync 31Khz and high quality Svideo composite out.
Of course, it should be very fast, support 3D rendering, and maybe MPEG2 video.
All of this should be feasible (and relatively cheap) with mainly off the shelf chips. Every consumer Amiga should ship with this card. Vertical market boxes could be shipped with the basic video card and or with some other video card suited to their need. This would give game and video developers a high performance video standard to write to, while still giving the Amiga all the benefits of retargetability and access to plentiful PCI peripherals.
Price is always a part of the equation and we should work toward continually reducing production costs. We need to constantly refine each Amiga system to make it cheaper to build, more reliable, and easier to repair or upgrade. Please note: cost reduction is not an excuse to use inferior parts or assembly practices!
Quality has to come first.
Basically, the core hardware should be nimble enough to keep up with improving technology (without a complete redesign every two years), flexible enough to use the cheap and plentiful PC peripherals, and powerful enough to outperform competing systems. Also, a laptop or notebook would be nice.
Applications The Amiga desperately needs big name applications, if you want to sell beyond the faithful. Toward this end, first, tout the fact that Amiga can run Mac and Windows applications, and sell lots of Amigas in those markets.
Second, create powerful and easy to use cross development tools. Then (hopefully after the profits start trickling in) start a full scale campaign to port and create new Amiga applications. Every Netscape, WordPerfect, Lotus, Photoshop, Snappy, etc. ported to the Amiga means access to another group of people who will now consider the Amiga, since they can run their favorite program.
Mention the fact that Microsoft is NOT porting to the Amiga, so Netscape, Lotus, etc. will get a head start without having to compete with that 800 pound gorilla.
Marketing Sigh. This topic is such a fairy tale, I'm not sure I even believe it exists. First, it is probably not possible to compete with clones pricewise. But, every effort should be made to market an affordable 'consumer' level Amiga system (MPC603e, 4MB fast RAM, 2MB VRAM, AmigaOSLite, hard drive, CDROM, monitor, decent software bundle, under $ 2000) as well as high end workstation level machines, where the sky is the limit.
Secondly, please advertise in the Amiga mags, and in related vertical mags like 3D, computer graphics, multimedia etc. Be specific, i.e. don't advertise gaming features in computer graphics publications. Advertise in Byte, PC Magazine, Mac World. Get the Amiga reviewed in PC and Mac magazines. And keep it up, every month. In short, get the Amiga name out there.
Your Input, Please!
That's about it for now. Whether you agree with my thoughts here or not, I hope you found them interesting enough to spark a few ideas of your own.
Comments, accolades, dissents, flames are welcome. If you have a better idea, and I am sure you do, the readers of Amazing would like to hear about it. You can contact me via email at: dm05438@navix.net or by snail mail at AC’s address below.
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040 Accelerators $ 495.00 up Videophiles! A4000 040 $ 1795.00 Y C Plus $ 475.00 ‘Limited quantity on some items, 1st come - 1st served.
A500 Refurb $ 89.95 Composite Studio $ 99.95 A2000 Refurb $ 395.00 Directory Opus 5.5 $ 89.95 Aminet CD Set 1, 2, or 3 $ 38.95 Worms CD32 $ 29.95 System Booster CD $ 19.95 Sensible Golf $ 29.95 Asim CDFS V3.4 $ 77.95 Killing Grounds $ 37.95 Amiga monitors Available. We have hardware, SW, & accessories for the Commodore C64 & C128.
All Major Credit Cards Accepted.
SORRY NO REFUNDS Circle 105 on Reader Service card.
48 Amazing Computing Incorporating large clip art as a design or background element creates impact and adds interest to a page. "Bleeding" clip art, or positioning the graphic so that a portion lies off the page, gives the impression that the subject is simply too "big" to be constrained by the page's boundaries.
The technique to print bleeds is simple enough, but requires a workaround if the services of a professional print shop are not in the picture. Soft-Logik's PageStream 3 was used for this example, but any desktop publishing program or word processing program will do if it imports clip art and, more importantly, scales output.
Step One: Place your clip art on the page. Enlarge it and position it so that a portion "bleeds," or spills, off the page. Keep a couple of things in mind when working with large pieces of clipart. Bitmapped graphics, such as IFF, PCX, or TIFF, may become "blocky" and jaggy if they are significantly enlarged.
The size of vector graphics, such as PostScript's EPS format, can be modified without any degrading of the image. However, beware: large complicated vector graphics can suck up large amounts of printer memory.
Step Two: Add your text, headlines or color as needed. Now the tricky part. When you are ready to print, you will run smack into a hardware limitation. Namely, most laser printers can't do "bleeds." In other words, they don't print to the edge of a sheet of paper, but leave about an eighth of an inch blank (continued on page 47) Paxtron .AMIGA ItlA’IAIIvMIAT CIIII'S A Nil SYSTW1 UHKKAIIKN PMIran Pa (ioii is North America’s largest wholesale supplier of Amiga replacement and upgrade chips REPLACEMENT & UPGRADE CHIPS (Factory New) PRICE
1. 3 ROM O S $ 12.50
2. 04 ROM O S .$ 24.50
2. 05 ROM (V37.350) (A500 & A2000) ..$ 19.95 2 04 ROM
A3000 (Sel of 2 Rom 0 1} ..$ 34.50
2. 1 Workbench for ftoppy users (ccmplete O S
v. nhcui support ftiel. $ 7 95
3. 1 ROM (A500 A2000) .$ 52.50
3. 1 ROM (A3000 A4000) .. $ 62.50 3 1 ROM
IA12001 . $ 62 50 3 1 ROMis) $ t?4 00 $ I37 50 ROM
Switch Switch-iti w4h speaker. $ 17 50 3 1 manual
only .. $ 69.95
3. 1 Software . $ 10.00
3. 1 Workbench Sor floppy users (complete O S without support
life) ....S7.95 A2091 7 0 ROM Upjrade
$ 22.95 A2620 30 7.0 ROM
Upgrade ...$ 22.95 8520
CIA ....$ 11.95
8372A 8375 Agnus with diagnostic disk guide ...S29.95 8375-B
(2MB) (A3000) 318069-03 ...$ 25.50 8375-10
Agnus (318G69-10) PAL .SI7.95 8375-18 Agnus
1318069-18) 2 meg PAL ..$ 17 95 Agnus PLCC Chip
pultor .S6.50 Pawa (8364) A50C
A2GC0 .$ 10.95 Dervse (8362)
A50 yA2000 .....$ 10.95 Super Denise 8373
w'diagnosix: disk .$ 19.95 Gary 5 19 A5O07A2OO0
$ 1095 Busier 5721 (A2Q0C) ..SIC 95 68000-8MHz CPU (DIP)
$ 11 50 68000-i6MHz CPU (DIP; ..... .$ 22 50 68030-RC50
PGA.... .$ 84.50 68882 ?5 PGA $ 24 95 Western DrgitaJ SCSI *up
0A ..$ 27 50 V?deu Hybrid ¦ (A50C
390229-03) .$ 9 95 GVP Upgrade Chip Series
If ...$ 34.95 6570-01 (71) (315107-01)
Keyboard. 1C ......$ 14 95 SURFACE MOUNTED DEVICES (For
A1200, A3000. A4000. CD32) 8520 PLCC
(391078-02) .....$ 19.50 Amber
(390538-03) .....$ 24 50
(390537-04) S34.50
Lisa (391227-01) ...$ 24.50
Ramsey (rev.4) 390544-04. S19.95
Ramsey (rev. 7) 390541-07 ....$ 36.50 Alice
8374 (391010-01) ...$ 25 50 Gal (XU9)
(390123-01)) .$ 21.95 Gayle
(315107-02) .....$ 19.95
Budgie (391425-01) ..$ 33.95
Super Dfrfiise (391554-01) .$ 29.95 6571
Keyboard Chtp (391079-01) .$ 14.95 6570-036
Keyboard Chip (328191-02) $ 14.95 Paula 8364
(391077-01) ..$ 27 95 Gary (390540-C2)
$ 32 95 Super Busier Rev 11
(390539-11) .$ 34.50 Bfidgelte (391330-01) $ 29
50 Video DAC (391422 01) $ '9 95 68O00CPU (39008-1-07) $ 13 95
68020 *6 (391506-01) . . . $ 18 95 MC 68882RC25A PGA New
(39C434-01) $ 19 95 MC 68882RC2CA PGA $ 30 00 MC 68882RC33A PGA.
. ...S37 50 XC 68882RC40A PGA $ 69 95 MC 68030FE258 0FP
(390399-05) ...$ 19 95 MC 6803QRC50
PGA ......$ 89 95 MOTHERBOARDS (Factory
New) CD32 (no RAM memory) NTSC .....$ 89.95
CD32 complete with RAM tasted NTSC .$ 109.95 CD32
complete with RAMdeslod (PAL) ....$ 89.95 CD32
replacement CD mechanism $ 39.95 A50O (rev. 3)
inc all chips (see below) $ 49 50 A5Q0 (Rev. 5 6) with Super
Denise ..$ 89.50
A60G ..$ 99.95
A*'200 (NTSC; Umiled quantity 3.0 O S ali irorwy New $ 289.95
A120Q 'PA-1 Unitedquanftty jQ Q$ ail rnerog New...$ 279.95
A2000 LATE Rev. 8372 2.05 .S399.95 A300Q
(16MHz) .S299 95 A3000
(25MHz) .$ 359 95
A3000T (Tower) 25MHz .. $ 389 95 A4000
(rtmlffid quantity) CALL SXI (for the CD32)
......$ 189.95 C64 (refurbished,
tested all chips), $ 29.95 C64 untested, all chips
clearance 2 S25.Q0 C65 inc, all chips, latest ROM
(PAL only) .$ 69.95
C128 .$ 49.95
CI28D ... S69.95 1541
II ..$ 17.95 1541 Alps
(15000401) ...... $ 17.95 157t Newlronics
(310420-01) ....$ 17 95 AMIGA FLOPPY DRIVES
(Factory New) High Dens. External floppy for all
Amigas ..S114.95 Hrgh Density Inrerna! Floppy Drrve.
A3000'A4000 (specify) ....S104.95 A2000 5109.50 A500 Internal 880k .....$ 38.95 A600 1200 Internal 880k ...$ 47.50 A600.M200 new Amiga Tech. Special release button $ 1.95 A2000 Internal 880k .$ 44.50 A30QO Internal 880k ..$ 49.95 A4000 Internal 880k ...... $ 49 95 CD32 Replacement CD mechanism ..$ 39 95 GVP SCSI Controller 40C6 OK .$ 119 00 1541
(refurbished) ......$ 39.95 1541 II External (complete package) ..S69.95 1571 (limited quantity) ... S49 95 POWER SUPPLIES (Factory New) A500 .... . .. $ 38.95 A500 A60CVA1200 Big Fl (200 Watt) Micro R'D... .S79.95 A500 power Supply (used; 220 volts .$ 19.95 A590 ...$ 19.95 A1200 110 vafts original factory ...$ 38.95 CD32 Ongmal; Factory r 10 vots) $ 21 95 CD32 Ongtnal Factory (220 volts.) $ 14 95 CD32 B g Foo; (200 Wad) Micro R'D
.. $ 74 So A2C00 110 220V internal orrainal ......$ 89 95 A2C0U Big Foot (3CO W.itll Micro R'D . $ 144 : C A3C0u internal 1101220 vofts) .$ 99 95 A3000 Big Fool (250 wa'ls) Iwcm A D $ 144 SC A3000 Tower ....$ 124.00 A4000 internal (110 voitsl ....$ 119.00 A4000 int. 300 Wat! Big Foot (exchange) .$ 169,95 1084S Philips Flyback Translotmor only .....$ 34.95 1084-Dl Phn'lips Daewoo Flyback only S34.50 I084-D2 Dae.voo Flyback Transformer only $ 34.50 I084S new Motherboard Flyback ..see below 1Q84S
power supply board (refurbished) S29.95 C64 nonrepayable ..$ 14.95 C64 repairable ....S 19.95 C64 5.2 amp Heavy Duty false 1750 REU). . ..$ 39.95 C65 220 Veils .Si 2.50 C65 110 Volt ......$ 21 95 $ 24 95 $ 39 95 .....S7.50 Ci28D Internal . .
C128 external 5.2 amps ... 154111 1581 (Smiled quantrty).. KEYBOARDS (Factory New) C$ 4 $ 17.95 C65 (Specia* Keyboard’ .$ 19 95 A500 (limned quantity)... $ 39.95 ArOO $ 26 50 C128D (Smiled quantity) ......$ 24 95 A1200 .....- ..$ 34.95 A2000 US vetsmn $ 74 50 A3000 US ver&iQO $ 74 50 A4Q00 US ver yon .. ,$ 4 50 Amiga compatible *iBM keyboards* see below A2000 keyboard adapter to A4000 ...$ 8.95 A4000 keyboard adapter to A2CJOO .$ 8.95 6570-01 (71) (315107-01) Keyboard 1C ....$ 14.95 ADD ON
BOARDS (Factory New) 68020-030 (A4000) ..S67.95 A386 (25MHz) Brldgeboard SW instr ..S264.50 A386 (20MHz) Bridgebcard SW Inslr $ 259 95 A2088XT AT Bridgeboard Kit drive.
Manuals (A2000) .$ 29.50 A2058 (0K) (A2000) Expansion board 8K .....$ 69.95 2091 Hard Disk Controller OK new ROM ..$ 89.95 A501 original Ram Exp. -512K (A500) ..... $ 17.95 A590 external A500 Contr. (no h d) with p s ..$ 169.95 A590 HD controller, latest ROMs.
2MB RAM, 1C0MB H D. Power Supply ..S369.95 ICD Trilecia 500 EC: IDE hard dove 16 bit conlrdder. Up 10 8 megs of tesi RAM, space lor hard dove .....$ 159.95 ICC Ad Ram 540 (GK! Up to 4MB $ 69 SC ICD Ad RAM 540 IA500) w 4 Megs . . .$ '99 95 iCD Ad RAM 510+1 MB 'or A$ QQ- , $ 59 95 ICD Ad SCSI 2000...... ...$ 89 50 ICD AdSCSl 2080 (A2000) S 9.95 ICD An Speed . ..$ 99.95 iCD Richer Free V deo $ 248 95 Microway FhcksrtiJi".... . $ 224.00 Sbngshol Pro pass thru (Micro R'D) .. $ 3 50 A1050 RAM Expander (A 1000) 236K $ 10.95 A3000 Daughter Board $ 105 00 MOUSE CONTROLLERS (Factory
New) Amiga 1352 $ 22.50 Wizard 3-button (lor all Amigas) ...S22.95 A4000 .....$ 26.85 Amiga CDTv $ 15.95 Amiga A1200 mouse port replacement kit $ 7.95 CD32 controller ...Si 1.75 DIAGNOSTICS A500.'A2000 Emergency Start-up Kit $ 89.95 Amiga Techlopics (enttre library) . $ 99.00 Advanced Amiga Analyzer (see below) . $ 59.95 Final Test diagnostic disk by Am;ga ......S7.95
Amiga Troubleshooting Guide ....S7.95 Commodore Diagnostician II ..... $ 6 95 C64 128 Dead Test cartridge manual S19 95 Service Manuals ..SEE BELOW CLEARANCE SALE CD32 Network: CD ROM cable ...$ 53 75 VGA 15-23 pin RGB Adapter (390682-01) $ 24 50 A520 (New) Video Modulator Adapter kil cables instruclions $ 12.50
2. 04 3.1 Rom Switch - (Switch Itt) wrlh speaker....$ 17.50 256X4
RAM for A2058 expander, etc .....S4 50 Monitor Cables •
30 Different types ..CALL C64 untested
motherboard all chips ....2 for S25 00 Cl28 untested
motherboards'all chips .$ 19.95 Monitors- 1084S.
1950, 1802, etc SEE BELOW PC power
supply ...$ 16.50 CDTV
modulator $ 2.95 CDTV unit (No
Cabinet) ..... CALL Laser printer memory
board OK (All HP units). $ 24 95 Sony QD6150 daia car I
ridge $ 9.00 A1200 top boltom
case $ 19.50 A30OO
top bottom case ..S24 50
Joystick - Captain Grant (for all Amigas) ..... S2.99 An
Inexpensive Diagnostic Analyzer That Works On Ali Amigas ?
Commodore GmbH Germany, Commodore Philippines (manufacturing) and Commodore U.K. Ltd., have liquidated their entire Amiga inventory. A sizeable amount of that inventory was purchased directly by Paxtron U.S. We also are receiving a sizeable amount of hardware from Commodore subcontractors. Also included is the entire stock of chips and parts from Service Management Group (SMG).
ADVANCED AMIGA ANALYZER 2.0™ A complete diagnostic hardware and software analyzer (uses point and click software interface.) The analyzer cable plugs into all Amiga ports simultaneously and through sophisticated software, disploys 8 screens to work from. Shows status of dato porfs, memory (buffer) checker, system configuration and auto lest. Reads diagnostic status of any read write errors from track 0 to track 79. Software automatically tells whal errors are found and the chips camponents responsible. 85 to 90% of the problems presented to service centers ore found with this anolyzer. Saves
you lots of money on repairs and no end user or repoir shop can affard to be without one. Don't be fooled by its low cost. Simply plug in cables from the analyzer box. This diagnostic tool is used by end users and Amiga repair centers worldwide and is the only ane af its kind. Over 9 15,000 sold. New low price AMIGA REPAIR KIT by Cronus - CD ROM format only Contains the following 5 programs: DlshSalv 4 saves your valuable data and rescues and restares most damaged, corrupt and even deleted files from floppies, hard disks, etc., within minutes. During the process it will attempt to fix all
problems caused by software failures, physical damage or improper handling of storage media. Also fealures sophisticated Back Up-and Cl eon Up-fund ion s. RDB-Saly: A professional program that allows you to restore your valuable data even if Ihe Rigid Disk Blotk RDB) has been destroyed Or overwritten. Recovery is a file recovery program. PS Backup allows relevant informal ion about the slructure of a disk to be saved, PiskSaly 3 and a selection af Shareware programs ..$ 47.50 A5QO COMPUTER with power supply and latest chips (ag: 6372 Agnus. 2.04 O S). Includes your
choice of the following software books: Starter Kit, Discover Kit (inc. Kind Words, Deluxe Paint II) or Deluxe Kil.
Also includes tree Amiga Troubleshooiing Guide ($ 7 95 value). 90 day warranty, tested & ready to go.
Fantastic price . ......$ 119,95 Options: A501 t 2 meg expansion memory board installed add $ 10.00. • With 3 1 O S ROM add $ 48.50. • PAL unit wilh 220V power supply add $ 29.00 • A500 A2000 EMERGENCY DiAGNOSTiC REPAiR KIT (Spare parts ot Ihe future) Each kit contains 8372 Agnus. (2) 8520 CIA, 8364 Paula, 5719 Gary, 8362 Denise. 2.04 O S Rom. Pico fuse. Burndy PLCC chip puller, Amiga Troubleshooting Guide. Final Test disk. All chips are new and plug into sockets on the molherboard. A $ 1 59.00 value
(save $ 59 00) .....$ 99-95 A501 original CBM 512KB Memory Expansion Card with clock, calendar battery for A500.
In original box instructions and warranty S 17.50 A520 Video Modulator Adaptor Kh with cables and instructions (NTSC) Run any Amiga on your television .... S12.50 AMIGA COMPATIBLE KEYBOARDS - (Just released (rom Germany.) KB1QQ is a sophisticated in-line adapter box lor use wilh IBM keyboards. Use ihe K8100 on your A500 A2000 A300Q A4000.
(A600 AI200 require soldering.) $ 49.95 Coming soon An IBM-lype keyboard with KB100 built in .$ 64.95 Complete service manuals. Some manuals may be photocopied. 5 day delivery on some maouals.
A500, A500+. 590. A1000. 1230 printer. 1802, 1902. I902A. 1934, 2002. 2091. 2300. 2630, CDTV, 1581, €65 S 19.95 A500 schematics. A600. 1084S. 1084S-D1, 10&4ST. 1936A. I960. A2000 .$ 34,00 A1200. A3000. A3000T. A40QQ, CD32 $ 39.95 1084S MONITOR MOTHERBOARD WITH BUILT IN FLYBACK TRANSFORMER - This new board will cure 90 percent of 1084S monitor problems Simply switch the molherboard and your monitor problems are
solved! This molherboard wilh the flyback factory mounted is the exact replacement and works wilh 1084S models only, it’s easy to install ..$ 69.95
• AMIGA MONITORS - We have a large supply o1 refurbished 1O04(S),
1902. 1930. 1002 1702 monitors, etc. For example, the t064(S)
la $ 169.95 wtlh cable. 90 day
warranty .....CALL
• A1200 MOTHERBOARD - Paxtron has purchased a limited supply ol
new- A1200 motherboards, both NTSC and PAL. They come with 3.0
O S, all chips. 30 day warraniy. Specily NTSC or PAL. Very
limited quantily, very rare
lind ..$ 389.95
(Optional - 3.1 O S and diskettes, installed add $ 56.95.)
• SUPERGEN (Internal Genlock) lor A2000 - By Progressive image
Tech Digiial Creations. Most flexible Genlock and video overlay
device for ail Amigas. Supergen provides a flexible broadcast
quality Genlock al a very, very affordable price Comes with
external control box and cable includes a 90 day warranty
instruction book. This is a factory relirb unit selling for a
fantastic low price
of ....$ 189,95
(internal Supergen sold initially lor $ 650.)
• A1200 ZORRO EXPANSION MODULE - Have ihe advantage ot expansion
to make your A1200 really tty. Calf for into and pricing
(Specify) .....$ t04.95
A20QQ ..$ t
• A2000 MOTHERBOARD: Newly manufacturer, latest revision with
2.04 ROM. 1 meg Agnus. 16 Mhz CPU. 90 day warranty ....
$ 399.95 We are taking LOTS of orders tor these boards To assure
yours, got your order in quickly!
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