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The most powerful 3D modelling system for the Amiga is » probably Sculpt-Animate 4D Professional (£368.00 Byte By Byte Amiga Centre Scotland 031 5574242). It uses the same basic interface as all the Sculpt series, three windows corresponding to x, y and z or up down, east west and north south. The commonly used gadgets are small icons around the windows, other tools are on menus. SA4D has many new modelling tools including helical spins, and the ability to build and store macros. Its rendering and animation tools are discussed below. The best stand-alone 3D modeller is Modaller 3D (£69.95 Aegis Precision Software 01 330 7166). Again the traditional three windows are used for the three elevations, but a fourth is added to view the complete solid model. All of the normal sculpting tools are provided including lathe (spin a profile) and extrude, plus geometric primitives, layering etc. Modeller 3D is not a 3D CAD system but it is probably the closest thing we have yet on the Amiga. A recently developed technique in professional computer modelling is the use of SURFACE PATCHES. Normal modelling methods tend to look rather mechanical so organic shapes are difficult to produce. Surface patches allow complex multiple curves to be created from a few curved lines. Forms In Flight II (£79.00 MicroMagic Amiga Centre Scotland

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ST Action “A sure winner with the official conversion to the home computer The Comes Machine “There is more than enough action in this one to keep you coming back for more”.
Ace “a superb game with such addictive gameplay”.
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The One “polished in every aspect - from the humorous storyline to the end of the blasting”.
The Games Machine Top Score "... you're in for the time of your life ... fabulous 3D, hours of absorbing play - you name it, Voyager’s got it. And that’s not all: WT*- Ocean throw in a cassette soundtrack which has to be one of the most mind-blowing pieces of music I’ve ever heard”.
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Gillingham DISTRIBUTORS SM Distribution. 6 Leigham Court Road. Streatham. London SWI6 There is no definite date yet for the next Commodore computer show, but two other shows of interest to Amiga owners are on the horizon: the PC Show from 30th September to 1st October and the Computer Shopper Show from November 24th-26th.
MICROPROSE ABOUNDS The PC Show has traditionally been the biggest ‘leisure’ computer show of the year and this year is again at Earls Court. Virtually all the major software houses and hardware manufacturers will be there, showing their wares.
The Computer Shopper show is a new one to the calendar but the organisers are flagging it as the UK's largest event for Commodore users.’ It's taking place in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace. At the show will be the ‘Wonderful World of Commodore' - a sort of show within a show.
We will carry more detail on exactly who is going to be at the PC Show in the next issue, and the CS Show in Issue 5.
Sleepy Tetbury is a positive hive of activity at the moment, now that the 'Prose have inherited all those Telecomsoft games that were in the pipeline when the company was sold. Take Starlord, for example: Mike Singleton’s Maelstrom are beavering away on the computerisation of this immensely popular PBM (Play By Mail) game that promises to be more complex and have a bigger game task than Elite.
Third Millennium - a production company set up within Maelstrom - are also working on two games due for release on the ‘Prose’s Micro Status label.
Survivor is set in a post-holocaust desert world where you have to cultivate land and set about rebuilding the community. You can battle with neighbouring settlements, trade with them, dabble in politics and loads of other things in this strategy game.
Then there's Midwinter, a light- sourced solid 3D game set in the 21st Century that’s also due out on the Micro Status label. In the game the world has suffered a climatic crisis and left most of the world covered in ice. Society has broken down and it's your job to protect an isolated group of villages from attack by the evil dictator from the north.
Talking of global crises, the big M have gone all green and teamed up with Greenpeace, the international environmental pressure group, to bring us Rainbow Warrior: The Computer Game.
Named after the Greenpeace ship that was oft in the news for harrying whaling fleets and such like, you’ll play the part of a Greenpeace supporter determined to protect wildlife and stop the pollution of the natural world. The French government are unavailable for comment on this one at the time of going to press.
On the racetrack there’s RVF, a motorbike simulation based on... wait for it, wait for it..', the Honda RVF. And a game that’s creating something of a stir months before it's scheduled release - Stunt Car Racer by Geoff Crammond, the man behind Sentinel. There are going to be eight gruelling tracks to race round and four divisions of drivers, so don’t expect it to be easy!
Then there's Tower Of Babel from Pete 'Tau Ceti’ Cooke, a puz- zle(ish) game where the player controls a gang of spiders clambering around some towers.
Darkness’. Last but not least, is another coin-op conversion, this time of the Irem machine Mr Heli.
It's a cute horizontally and vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up, where you'll have to dodge the aliens and mind the cavern walls.
On the Firebird side, coming up is a martial arts game called Oriental Games where you can take part in Sumo wrestling, Kendo, Kung Fu and Hollywood Rules (whatever that might be!)
Action fans will be pleased to learn that the coin-op conversion of Sega’s Action Fighter is well under way, so you'll soon be able to bomb and blast your way through four stages of vertically scrolling mayhem.
Staying with coin-ops, Rainbow Islands, the Bubble Bobble sequel, is nearing completion where Bub and Bob are squaring up to face the 'Prince of Python Game Virgin Mastertronic have acquired the licence to produce a Monty Python game. To produce a Monty Python game. I keep getting this funny feeling of deja vu. I never wanted to be a journalist you know, I wanted to be a lumberjack. Out in the forests, breathing the fresh, pine air, with my best girlie by my side. Excuse me, is this a cheese shop? No, it's a news story, get out of it at once and take that bazou- ki player with you.
All right, stop that, it’s silly - and a bit suspect too. These news pages are showing far too much tendency towards silliness. Let's have a nice sensible story about spreadsheets and accountancy packages. When I say cut, cut to the next news story...wait for it, wait for it...cut. It is an ex-news story. It has ceased to be.
A-MAX ROMS WIZMASTER STICK After initial problems with Mac ROM supplies, users of ReadySoft's Macintosh emulator, A-Max, can rest peacefully in their beds in the knowledge that 128K ROMS are finally readily available from the unit’s UK distributors, Entertainment International.
A-Max is now available complete with ROMs for £249.95. Existing A-Max users who require ROMS can purchase them separately for £115.
Entertainment International can be contacted on 0268 541126.
PROFESSIONAL ANIMATION SEQUENCE EDITOR Pure Graphics have come up with a new contender in the graphics arena with the Professional Animation Sequence Editor. It is designed for use in conjunction with animation sequences created using programs like Dpamt III.
As well as producing the SAM Coupe computer, a Spectrum clone, Miles Gordon Technology are launching a new disk drive called the Lifetime Drive. It's a 3.5 inch drive that is also compatible with a whole range of other computers including the ST, PC, BBC and even the Spectrum +3.
It needs the correct cable to connect it up, which, naturally enough, MGT supply as well. The disk mechanism itself is a Citizen, double-sided, double density, 1 Mbyte unformatted. The drive costs £129.95 and the Amiga cable another £18.50. MGT can be contacted at Lakeside, Phoenix Way, Swansea SA7 9EH. Tel: 0792 791100 (...and no, we will not be printing the ridiculous sexist picture that has been used to promote the drive.)
The program can use any correctly-numbered sequence of IFF graphics files in any resolution: low, interlace video, med, high, HAM, EHB and overscan. It will work on a basic A500 but to get the best out of it Pure recommend having 1Mb of RAM.
AMOS UPS STOS PASE has a host of editing and playback facilities like realtime or step-time editing, cut, copy and paste frames anywhere in the sequence, video scratching effects, full genlock compatibility and a lot more besides. It costs £75.00 and we will be featuring a review of it soon.
Further details can be obtained from Pure Graphics, 239A Ivydale Road, London SE15 3DY. Tel: 01 358 0663.
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What is a QS-118? It’s not a John Landis movie and it certainly is not the editor's prison record number: it is in fact the latest in the Quickshot range of joysticks from Spectravideo. QS- 118 a little abstract for you? Well let's call it the Wizmaster then. The joystick features a total of three different conWho says public pressure doesn’t have any effect on software houses? After almost a year of constant complaining from Amiga owners, Mandarin have finally decided to release an Amiga version of their popular ST games writing utility STOS.
MGT Drive The Amiga version, AMOS, is a fully-integrated programming environment that is designed specifically for the creation of games. The core of AMOS is a powerful, BASIC-like programming language that allows complete access to all the Amiga’s extra facilities such as the copper co-processor, the Blitter and the sound hardware.
To help with the creation of of your programming masterpieces, AMOS also includes trol mechanisms, push button finger and thumb control, two different-sized levers, two fire buttons, autofire and a computer system select button. All this for £11.95. The minimalist phase in joysticks appears finally to be over - more knobs, switches and buttons are now fast becoming the in thing.
Tools to aid the creation of sprites, music, sound effects and game maps.
Using AMOS, you’ll have access to 48 software sprites and 32 hardware sprites onscreen simultaneously, which is quite an achievement when you consider that at the basic level, the Amiga only has eight hardware sprites (although it’s common programming practice to get around this by making the copper ‘re-use’ sprites).
According to Mandarin, AMOS offers such a high level of control over the Amiga hardware that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with AMOS that could with either C or assembler.
Expect to see AMOS arriving in the shops at the end of October and in this magazine just before.
THESAURUS Wordsmiths will be pleased to hear of the arrival of a stand alone thesaurus called K- Roget, from Kuma Computers.
It contains over 150,000 words and phrases and a phonetic spelling checker. It needs a two disk drive or hard drive system in order to operate. Until September 30th it is available at a special price of £29.95. Full details from Kuma Computers, 12 Horseshoe Park, Pangbourne, Berks RG8 7JW.
Tel:07357 4335 ABACUS The American publishing company Abacus have added another title to their already impressive range of Amiga specific books. As the name suggest, Amiga C For Advanced Programmers' is aimed fairly and squarely at the more techie types among you.
The book provides an in- depth look into the inner workings of compilers, assemblers and linkers, how to produce wonderful user interfaces using the ROM-based Intuition routines, coping with large C programming projects and other jargon-ridden subjects that only C programmers can convincingly bluff their way through during conversations.
GIGABYTE STORAGE How do you fancy 3 Gigabytes (320Mb) of hard disk storage capacity? You do? Well it will cost between £3,500 and £22,000. The Gigamaster is available in SCSI format from Applied Microsystems Technology. Tel: 01 450 3222. If anybody does get one, let us know about it - we would like to know some rich people.
AMIGA FORMAT 7 POWERPLAY STICKS Powerplay are fast becoming one of the major names in joysticks, thanks to the success of their Cruiser and new Crystal sticks. The innovative aspect to the sticks is the strange colour schemes that they come in.
There are the four types of Cruiser - standard black or blue at £9.99, a clear one with autofire at £12.99 and the unmistakable multi-coloured model at £9.99. The multi-coloured one has been variously described as 'colourful', 'garish', ‘revolting’, 'trendy', 'delightful' and 'novel'.
You will either love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it. The Cruiser also has an adjustable collar on the shaft to change the responsiveness.
The Crystal also comes in four varieties - clear at £14.99, clear with autofire at £16.99, red or green at £12.99 or £14.99 with autofire. All the Cruisers and Crystals come with 12-month guarantees.
HOUND Of SHADOW 'The Hound of Shadow is upon you and you bear its mark.' So stated the ominous, anonymous note that arrived at the AT office, accompanied by a volume of HP Lovecraft’s excellent short stories.
Inside is the eerie tale of The Hound - scarier than having to play Classic Invaders. It is in fact a nice piece of teaser advertising for Electronic Arts’ new game, The Hound of Shadow, which is loosely based on the short story.
What’ll be next through the post - voodoo doggy dolls maybe, or perhaps the odd bloodstained fang?
are extending their involvement with the British football
scene to sponsor a new weekly magazine called Free Kick. They
have already received substantial coverage for their
sponsoring of the Chelsea football team. Commodore will
sponsor the rankings section of the magazine where players
are rated according to their performances. Each month
Commodore are donating a computer to the top-ranked player,
to donate to the school or charity of their choice.
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MES BOARDS A low-price memory upgrade is about to be launched by a new company, Memory Expansion Systems. The 512K memory card costs just £84.95. The card slots into the port underneath the A500 and is equipped with an on off switch. This is so it can be switched off without being removed - essential for some older protection systems that detect the memory and won’t work with it.
Enquiries to Memory Expansion Systems, 2nd Floor, Britannia Buildings, 46 Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7NB. Tel: 051 236 0480 ALTERNATIVE IMAGE HIGH QUALITY AMIGA GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION Commodore has appointed a new marketing manager to replace Dean Barrett, who recently left to take a job in publishing. His name is Jeff Earl and he has previously worked for Toshiba, helping market their portable PC range.
This appointment marks a definite push by Commodore into the PC market, but it is as yet unclear what effect it will have on their treatment of the Amiga.
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HEWSON Stormlord is still awaited, as is Astaroth. Then there's Onslaught, from Chris Hinsley and Nigel Brownjohn (Verminator and Custodian respectively). This is going to be a role-playing adventure set on a large campaign map divided into 10 kingdoms, each made up of 256 locations. Also included is a ‘Kingdom Creator', so expect hours of fun.
MIRRORSOFT The Bitmap Brothers are keeping themselves busy with Xenon II, so keep your eyes open shoot-em-up fans. Tennis fans will soon be able to play Passing Shot, the conversion of the Sega coin-op, while adventure role-playing fans can soon go trolling around some dungeons in Bloodwytch. If you prefer your games in a more lighthearted vein, then Cinemaware have the answer in the form of It Came From The Desert: in which gi-ants (geddit?) Have invaded a town. Do you have the mettle to save the day? Find out on a screen near you... soon!
CCRUXC ccnzxry noux Ry ¦ “When you said we were going Down Under, I thought you meant an Australian holiday..." CRL Lancaster, an action-packed tail gunner simulation looks set to land soon, so prepare yourself for take off and stand by to I ¦ “George... tell Bunny I don't think we'll make it back for the cricket match on Sunday."
Who fancies playing a horizontally-scrolling beat-em-up set in three of the world's most dangerous subway systems in New York, London and Paris? Soon, courtesy of Rainbow Arts, you'll be able to do just that in Fallen Angel. But it that sounds too much like hard work, try the relaxing life of an oil tycoon in Oil Imperium, in which you’ll locate and bring to the surface all that black gold, and wheel and deal to make loadsa dosh. Still sounding too energetic? Then relax with a nice, quiet game of Volleyball, the latest less-than-usual sports sim.
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Down a few squadrons of Messerschmitts: although mortality is high, so some of you won't be coming back. There’s also an action game called Future Sport in the pipeline, which is a multi-eventer viewed in various perspectives. The HyperMedia games are going well and we’ll be passing on more info when we get it.
MINDSCAPE STUNT CAR RACER MICROPROSE Latest from Geoff Crammond, the man behind Sentinel, is Stunt Car Racer: for more news, see the previous pages.
Circus freaks can soon enjoy Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O’ Fun, six events full of slapstick, cartoon humour. There’s also a Harley Davidson riding sim in the pipeline, and versions of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
ELECTRONIC ARTS When you hear that programmers have developed a whole new system to enable them to write a game, you know you're in for something special. That's what the EA bods have done with Hound Of Shadow, an adventure role-playing game set in London in the 1920s and inspired by the Cthulhu mythos developed by HP Lovecraft. The system is called Timeline and has been developed to enable characters from the game to be recognised and remembered in later games in the series.
Next up is an icon driven adventure called The Legend of D’Jel, full of mystery, magic and wizards plus the occasional arcade sequence. For those who prefer their scenarios more down to Earth, there is a simulation of the European Space Shuttle, in which you must positioning satellites strategically... COKTEL VISION And for those of us who just can't get enough of Populous, there will soon be a new data disk, The Promised Lands, enabling you to battle in five new landscapes, including a Wild West scenario amongst the forts, jails and teepees and a Revolution Francaise scenario.
Future releases from the Gallic Invaders include The Quest for the Time Bird, an adven- ture-ish game with the comic book style of earlier games such as Passengers on the Wind. There will be magic objects to use, puzzles to solve, fierce animals to fight and new worlds to explore.
Really big news for role- players is that Gary Gygax, one of the original creators of the immensely popular Dungeons and Dragons series of RPGs, has been working with Info' on a game called Drakkhen. While the programmers put the game together, Gary offers his expert advice.
If wargaming is more your sort of thing, there’s North and South, a wargame based on the American Civil War of the 1860's, which features a few arcade sequences for the player to participate in. Action fans haven't been forgotten though: for a start there is Skrull, a Barbarian-style chop-em-up and Iron Trackers, a one or two player All-Terrain Vehicle racing sim set on an island.
MicroBotics means Amiga-Power!
Whichever Amiga you own-or plan to buy-we have the expansion you need For the For the For the Amiga 2000... Amiga 500... Amiga 1000... Hard Frame 2000 DMA SCSI Interface If your application calls for super-speed uninterrupted access to your hard disk, HardFrame 2000 is your answer. This Is a high end, no holds barred SCSI interface that operates at bus speeds.
One HardFrame 2000 can support upto seven devices.
Word-length data transfer, FIFO buffering, TRUE DMA, mounted on a metal frame suitable for all standard 3.5" SCSI drives (or, if you prefer, connected to a bay mounted or external disk). Available now.
Suggested List Price: £219.95 8-UP! FastRAM Maximum Memory in One Slot!
The FastRAM card that every Amiga owner will eventually come to - why limit yourself to only two megabytes per slot?
8-UP! Will take you all the way to the top of the autoconfiguration memory space of EIGHT MEGABYTES! 8-UP! Is available in two versions, the standard DIP model accepts 2,4,6 or 8 megabytes of 1 meg DRAMS. For maximum flexibility there is the SIMM version which lets you custom configure with mixed 256k and 1 meg SIMM modules, including MicroBotics exclusive PopSIMMs. 8-UP! Is a power- efficient, zero wait state, autoconfiguring design. "The latest and greatest' (Amiga World, Jan. 1989). 8-UP! Is available now.
Suggested List Price: £124.95 MouseTime The easiest to use, most cost- effective implementation of a battery backed clock for the A1000. Passes the port through for joysticks or other devices.
Complete with WorkBench software. Available now.
Suggested List Price: £22.95 M501 Memory + Clock Half a Meg at a Great Price!
As we are all coming to realise, a one megabyte Amiga (at least) is a necessity not an option. When you add the inboard 512k memory and clock module to your A500 make sure its a MicroBotics M501. Note that just like the Commodore and unlike some third party expansions, we use a long lived rechargeable NiCad battery- which you’ll never have to replace. Set the MicroBotics clock using the same WorkBench software as you would use for the Commodore clock. What’s the difference?
You get to keep £25 compared to the Commodore version. The M501 is available now.
Suggested List Price: £124.95 StarBoard2 500 Two Megs PLUS a Choice of Modules.
The premier memory expansion for the A1000 is now available on the A500. Ill it’s own case with an independent power supply strong enough to handle StarBoard2 and a second A1000 style StarBoard2, all the power and flexibility of this great expansion device isavailableto you. Up to 2 megabytes of autoconfigu ring, zero wait state FastRAM, MultiFunction or SCSI module capability for math chip or fast SCSI hard disk interfacing. StarBoard2 also has an LED diagnostic confidence lighttoindicatethe power-up state of your Amiga and expansion. An A1000 style StarBoard2can be connected to the bus
pass-up for a total of FOUR megs and two modules.
"The best ..." (Amiga World, Jan. 88).
Suggested List Price: £224.95 StarBoard2 The Expansion of Choice The superb memory expansion for the Amiga 1000, still going strong! Up to 2 megabytes of autoconfiguring, zero wait state, FastRAM in a sleek, all steel Amiga coloured case plus the capability to accept either of the two daughterboard modules, the original Multi- Function Module or the new SCSI Module. StarBoard2 is powered by the bus (up to two StarBoard2’scan be supported by the A1000) and passes it on.
Suggested List Price: £224.95 MultiFunction Module High Tech at Low Cost Thisdaughterboard installson any StarBoard2. It features a socket and software for the 68881 Math Chip as an I O device (MicroBotics pioneered this approach on the Amiga- now directly supported in the maths libraries of AmigaDOS
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RAM disk - its hardware protection turns it into a solid
state, superfast disk. Parity checking of StarBoard2 RAM can
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clock to set the system time on startup.
Suggested List Price: £65 StarDrive SCSI Module Fast, Low Cost SCSI Module When installed in any model StarBoard2, StarDrive offers you cost effective, pseudo- DMA access to SCSI hard drives and other devices. Fast, easy to install including driver software and disk diagnostics.
StarDrive also Includes a battery backed clock to set system time on startup.
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In Europe: Oasis Services Ltd., 17 Andrews Place, London SE9 2SJ. TEL: (01) 859 4936 In U.S.A.: MicroBotics, Inc., 8111 Alpha Drive, Richardson TX 75081. TEL: (214) 437 5330 A 512K A500 is all well and good, but for true (power computing you need a hard drive and a RAM expansion.
JASON HOLBORN checks out Commodore’s ‘official’ offering, the A590 Hard Drive Plus.
After a couple of weeks of playing around with the A500, most Amiga owners will sooner or later come to the conclusion that to get the most from their new machine some extra cash is going to have to be shelled out. For starters, the vast majority will plump for a second floppy drive which should get you by for a while, but for any serious use of the A500, the addition of a RAM expansion and a hard disk will appear more of a necessity than a luxury.
STOP ME AND BUY ONE Commodore’s A590 hard drive is a complete one-stop solution that will provide your Amiga A500 with an autoboot compatible 20 Megabyte hard disk complete with an unpopulated RAM expansion board which allows up to 2 Megabytes of fast RAM to be added to your machine.
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The A590 unit is a rather stylish, colour coordinated box that features a SCSI port which will allow you to connect devices such as extra hard drives, CD ROMs and optical disks. Unfortunately, it doesn't feature a pass-through connector for the expansion port and so if you already have an item of hardware which uses this, you could be stuck.
The A590 arrives in a box containing the hard drive unit itself, another one of those chunky power supply bricks' to keep the one that came with your A500 company, 2 disks containing the necessary installation software and hard drive utilities, a small but meaty manual and a rather obscure strip of metal that Commodore refer to as a ground clip'.
PLUG IN AND GO Before you can plug in your A590 and get going, the first REVIEW thing you must do is to fit the ground clip to your Amiga. This little insulated metal strip must be inserted between the cardboard sheet and the ground shield on the expansion bus. Once installed (for which, read 'forced in’), you can now slot the A590 connector into the side of your machine, connect up the power supply and you’re away.
If you have Kickstart 1.3, you can now boot directly from the hard drive, but if your Amiga still only has the 1.2 ROM, then you’ll have to disable the autoboot ROMs (using dipswitches on the back of the drive) and boot from floppy instead. If you have taken the trouble of buying an A590, you'd be well advised to fork out an extra £15 to upgrade your Amiga to Kickstart 1.3 to take full advantage of the drive’s capabilities.
The A590 uses a specially developed custom chip to allow the fastest possible data transfer.
For a demonstration of the drive’s speed, a program such as Deluxe Paint 3 loads in just two seconds!
For those of you ‘in the know', the hard drive has an access time of 80 Milliseconds.
The A590 certainly isn’t the cheapest of hard drives: ASAP's Amdrive offers an extra 10 Mb of storage, and autobooting, for only about £30 extra. The things that really separate the A590 from the 'budget' hard drives are its blindingly fast transfer rates, the useful addition of a RAM expansion board as standard and the sheer professionalism of the whole product. The addition of a RAM expansion board and SCSI compatibility means that you can take your A500 further than you could previously have ever dreamt of. Purchasing a hard drive is very much like buying a can of beans: it really does pay
to fork out the extra cash for a better quality product.
TECHNOSPIEL Until recently, adding such equipment to an A500 was an almost impossible dream for those of us not blessed with a friendly bank manager and a brain the size of planet.
Although adding a hard drive and a RAM expansion sounds simple, it’s not just a case of bunging a board in here and a box on there: there's a lot more to it.
Firstly, all hard drives need a controller card which is basically an intermediate between the hard drive unit and the Amiga hardware which allows the two to converse.
Also, if you wish to boot your Amiga from the hard drive, then you’re going to need a controller card which supports auto-booting (your Amiga will also have to be fitted with the most recent release of Kickstart, version 1.3). "A RAM chip's a RAM chip innit?". Unfortunately, adding RAM to your Amiga isn’t just a case of getting your hands on a set of chips and then inserting them onto a board. When buying RAM chips, you have to check that they are of the correct type and speed. The A590 uses CMOS 256K x 4 (1 Megabit) DRAMS, with an access speed of 120 nanoseconds or faster. You cannot
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The A590's RAM board comes unpopulated as standard.
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include VAT and delivery by courier Since the arrival of the Amiga in our lives, we have all - software writers and salespeople, developers, journalists and users - learned a vast amount about computer graphics. As the TV idents and adverts have grown in visual sophistication, just one step behind has been the Amiga owning public, discovering the delights of bitmaps and ray-tracing.
Now, the first rush of excitement is giving way to consideration of what the amazing combination of Amiga plus software plus imagination can really be used for.
The broad applications - paint, animation, DTP, video, CAD - are well defined and, on the Amiga certainly, are quite ¦ This Image was produced using Sculpt Animate 40... Graphics Editor BRIAN m well covered, though there are some substantial omissions as we shall see. Because of this, rather than being entirely new the majority of recent new software and hardware is either an upgrade of what is already available - offering better, faster, easier to use effects and facilities - or is aimed at a specific niche, or solving a specific need.
This is a very healthy sign for it indicates that computer graphics is not just a gimmick: it is a worthwhile tool used by many people whose needs are developing and becoming more sophisticated.» LARKMAN kicks off his coverage b taking a look at the way the Amiga graphics scene has been shaping up. What follows is a comprehensive look at the best in graphics and animation packages now available for the Amiga.
GRAPHICS SCREEN PRINTING The display on a computer monitor is, in effect, an array of tiny lights arranged in horizontal and vertical rows. Each light can be any one of a range of hues and shades, or off: so almost any image can be composed on the screen by varying these colours. The lights (or PIXELs - Picture Elements) are each controlled by the state of one byte in the computer's screen memory map: so the display is called BIT-MAPPED.
All graphics programs use the bitmap to display representations of their final output, but paint programs operate by manipulating this map in a vast range of ways to transform the screen directly, usually almost immediately.
This technique could be called SCREEN PAINTING. Recent developments include surface, texture and contour mapping where a section of the 2D bitmap is re-mapped onto a representation of a 3D surface, with a range of shading to give the effect of texture and contours.
The two BIG programs in Amiga screen painting are Deluxe Paint and Photon Paint, now in their third and second incarnations respectively.
Deluxe Paint III (£79.95 Electronic Arts 0753 49442) is undoubtedly the ultimate system for use in all the normal Amiga screen modes. Other than animation (covered later), the main new features are: the use of Extra Half-Brite supporting 64 colours, especially useful for shadows and highlights: overscan painting: wrap brush mode for pseudo-surface mapping: tint brush mode giving colour and transparency effects: much better font support: generally much faster operation, especially of perspective effects.
Support though nowhere near as comprehensive as that of DPIII. (Even just a simple VCR- type controller for ANIM's would have been very useful.) Nevertheless, the rest of the new features are excellent developments and enhancements of the original tools, consistent with the general trend of graphics software. New on the menu are: true contour mapping Photon Paint 2 (£89.95 Digipro 0703 703030) has become the primary tool for screen painting in the Amiga's quirky ‘omnicolour' mode, HAM.
It also now provides animation using a ray-tracing algorithm: colour transformation modes allowing a huge range of foreground and background colouri- sation effects: stencil to protect selected areas of the screen: rub-through from an alternate picture: pantograph: and many more useful features.
Two other recent programs of interest are Express Paint 3 and Spritz, (£29.95 Best UK 0698 887770) both written in the same distinctively quirky but feature-packed style by Stephen Vermeulen. Of the two, Spritz has become the best- known in the UK, because it is the latest A500 marketing freebie. It goes its own way to providing most of the tools that an Amiga screenpainter would expect, and a few more: like multiple level undo, fancy borders and an icon editor.
Express Paint 3 is considerably more powerful, especially in terms of page size as it uses a Virtual page’ system that stores part of the screen memory outside the video chip allowing picture sizes only limited by total memory. Other advanced features include flood-fill areas with imported text, and postscript output.
2D ANIMATION Traditional character animation depends on the eye being deceived into thinking that a rapidly-changing sequence of still pictures is actually one object that is moving. Slight changes of position and orientation between frames are read by the eye as smooth movement providing the display rate of the frames is above about 10 frames per second. The same effect can be achieved on a computer in several ways, using bitmap objects or ‘sprites', using structured objects and by page flipping.
One great advantage of bitmap screen painting is that sections of the bitmap can be selected and moved around in memory very quickly. On screen this gives the impression that a piece of the picture has been cut out and moved across the face of the image, like a real object.
Game animation uses the same technique by storing a series of similar bitmap ‘objects' in memory and moving them into the screen bitmap in sequence, ‘flipping’ rapidly between them. By moving the cuts across the screen at the same time as 'flipping' the sequence, an animated character called a SPRITE is created. By defining motion paths and timing heirarchies, sprites can be used to create animated sequences.
Zoetrope (PAL version: ISM tel 0983 864674) also features a wide range of painting tools, but its strongest feature is most probably 2D animation (see below).
ECONOMY OF STRUCTURE A simple geometric object such as a square or disc can be defined by its structure; the position of opposite corners for instance, or the position of the centre and length of radius. On a computer, this sort of STRUCTURED OBJECT can be very economical of memory compared to the detailed description of every pixel for a bitmapped object. Provided it is fairly simple it is also easy to transform the structure or move it so this process can be the basis of an animation method. Bitmap objects and Structured objects are used in many computer applications (DTP, CAD
etc.lthat require blocks of graphics and text to be moved flexibly about the screen. This is known as an OBJECT ORIENTED system.
More complex structured objects can also be transformed across a series of frames by a method known as TWEENING. The position of all the control points or vertices of the structure are defined for the first and last frames of the sequence. The offset for each point from first to last frame is calculated and divided by the number of frames. This provides the offset for each frame allowing the position and shape of each of the inbeTWEEN frames to be calculated and rendered.
JUST FLIPPED PAGEFLIPPING is the nearest computer equivalent to traditional 'cel' animation (in which each frame is painted on CELIu- loid). In effect it is a scaled up version of sprite flipping for a whole page. The moving object is pasted down on each successive page with the required offset or transformation. The finished animation is played by 'flipping' the pages rapidly.
Because each screen takes up a relatively large part of memory yet only a small part is actually changing, several compression techniques have been developed. The most common is called Delta Compression.
The first frame is saved complete, then for each successive frame, only those pixels that have changed colour are saved. (Delta is commonly used in science to denote a parameter that has changed.)
Recent developments include perspective transformations, where the flat sprite bitmap is twisted and moved into the picture in 3D, and AnimPainting, where a sprite is picked up as a 'cut' or brush and painted repeatedly onto a series of screens.
MOVIE MAGIC In attempting to make the process of 2D animation on the Amiga flexible and easy to control a wide range of systems have been developed without, until recently, any standard system being adopted.
Although not really establishing a standard, the two most successful recent systems, Zoetrope and Deluxe Paint III, are based on screen painting and pageflipping, using a number of sophisticated tools to produce smooth and complex choreographies.
Zoetrope (ISM 0983 864674) is arguably the most powerful animation tool so far devised for the Amiga. It is only limited by being low resolution, non-HAM and until recently only NTSC. ISM of Southampton are now marketing a PAL version.
As a paint program Zoetrope is limited to about the level of the original Deluxe Paint - though even that is pretty good. It provides a huge range of special effects and transformations including ripple, shatter, crys- talise and defocus, as well as many useful control tools such as a VCR type frame controller and 'blueing' (showing a blue 'ghost’ outline of the previous frame.)
Deluxe Paint III provides a unique means of controlling animations because it is so familiar to almost all Amiga artists.
Dan Silva has managed to integrate animation into the system in an almost seamless way that is easy to learn and quickly feels like a completely natural part of the painting process. In particular his introduction of the concept of ANIMBRUSHES and ANIMPAINTING is revolutionary. Using these techniques it is possible to forget about separate frames and just ’paint’ the animation onto the screen (until memory runs out - DPIII is the best excuse I know for buying more memory!) Added to that, all the normal drawing tools work with Animbrushes, so animated objects can be sent along complex
curves or into the depths of Z-space (into the screen).
The only real problem with both Zoetrope and DPIII is that some degree of artistic ability is required. Careful positioning of brushes is essential as there is no undo facility, once a whole set of frames have been painted to. With frequent saving this is not a particular problem, but it helps to know what you want to do and what the finished result might look like. Those who can do little more than draw the curtains can still have lots of fun, especially with all the clip-art provided by Electronic Arts with Dpaint. Nevertheless some other packages are probably easier to get quick and
reasonably polished results from.
MovieSetter (£69.95 Gold- Disk and Digipro 0703 703030) claims to use a WYSIWYG approach that takes much of the heartache out of animation. In practice it operates very much like an animated desktop publishing system, Strictly speaking, all computer graphics is Computer Aided Design (CAD) but the term has been hijacked by the technical drawing fraternity to describe the specialised, highly accurate, structured method that they require for output to pen plotters. The use of the term has become increasingly confused by the use of structured drawing methods to construct models for 3D
animation (itself closely allied to 3D CAD), and more recently, for drawings used by DTP oriented ILLUSTRATION systems.
Structured Drawing is used by all these applications for similar reasons - mostly because the output device is capable of a much higher resolution than the screen display. Technical drawing CAD is'usually output to a pen plotter that can draw smooth curves with extremely fine pens on almost any size of paper; the most expensive plotters use rolls of A0 width paper that can produce drawings 10 metres long or more. CAD systems produce structured objects that can be grouped together and used repeatedly, often changing the scale and proportions with each re-use. Vast technical drawings of
complete aircraft or complex buildings can be built up accurately from basic objects.
Or more specifically, like its sister program from Gold Disk, ComicSetter. Moviesetter is limited - like most bitmap object animators - by memory, or the lack of it Nevertheless, provided you have got a good supply of clip art and sound effects, some excellent results can be obtained. The great advantage of this method of animation is that it is object oriented. Each component - or set to use the MovieSetter jargon - can be repositioned at will and re-used in other scenes and movies.
There are still very few 2D animation systems that support HAM. This is not suprising considering the memory that it uses. Only expanded machines can make effective use of more than about 8 frames. Microillusions are producing a series of programs that together will make an extremely powerful, full colour animation system.
So far the Photon Video series includes Photon Paint 2, mentioned above, Photon Video: Cel Animator, Photon Video: Transport Controller and Photon Video: EDLP.
Photon Video: Cel Animator (£99.95 Microillusions and Digipro 0703 703030) is the starting point in this system. It provides pencil testing by showing up to 10 of the previous frames simultaneously.
These frames could be digitised in from paper drawings or, more usefully, drawn using the limited drawing tools in the program. (If only these could have been more comprhensive including bezier curves and other CAD type tools!) Up to 80 twocolour screens can be stored even with only a standard A500, 250 with 2meg expansion. Playback speed, delay factor (for each frame) and sound sync can be added, and notes kept for each frame in an exposure sheet. All of this line drawing can then be loaded into Photon Paint 2 (or Deluxe Paint III) for full colour rendering then output to video or stored
as an anim. As an expensive but professional alternative, Photon Video: Transport Controller could be used to send individual frames to sophisticated video recording equipment.
PV: EDLP is an Edit Decision List Processor used by professional video and film recordists CAD FAT FROM FLAT Using a computer, the traditional ‘front’, ’end’, and ‘plan1 elevations of technical drawing are translated into x, y, and z planes and coordinates. Flat plans can be combined to produce full 3D views of components and buildings, observed from any angle. Exactly this process is also used by graphic designers to produce 3D models for animation, the now infamous RAY-TRACING used for TV station ‘idents’ and adverts. The Amiga now has at least 10 3D modelling systems of
varying complexity and power. None of these is a true 3D CAD system but some are getting close.
Recent developments include helical spin (to form springs and threads), surface patches, and conversion of bitmapped shapes to structured outlines.
CAD has always been a bit of a weak area on the Amiga with no real professional system making its mark. X-CAD Designer (£99.95 Cadvision International 01 603 3313) seems to have changed all that. Providing a huge range of options, it is a very versatile package. Data can be entered either as a series of menu and editors to make sure that all the bits are put together in the right order.
Rather a lot has been written about this system but it represents a major professional use of the Amiga in the future.
Once the Expanded Chip Set and Workbench 1.4 arrive it should be possible for all of this system to be integrated into one program on a greatly expanded machine suitable for quite large animations.
Driven drawing commands or as text commands from the keyboard. Frequently-issued commands can be transfered to an on-screen 'palette' so that a user-defined list can be built up. These commands can be quite complex sets of instructions (in effect they are Macros), so sophisticated transformations can be applied at will. Many other facilities are provided including the ability to load and save files in the industry standard DXF format used by the huge MSDOS CAD system, AUTOCAD. X-CAD Designer can be upgraded to X-CAD Professional, more powerful and more expensive but using a similar
The most powerful 3D modelling system for the Amiga is » probably Sculpt-Animate 4D Professional (£368.00 Byte By Byte Amiga Centre Scotland 031 5574242). It uses the same basic interface as all the Sculpt series, three windows corresponding to x, y and z or up down, east west and north south. The commonly used gadgets are small icons around the windows, other tools are on menus.
SA4D has many new modelling tools including helical spins, and the ability to build and store macros. Its rendering and animation tools are discussed below.
The best stand-alone 3D modeller is Modaller 3D (£69.95 Aegis Precision Software 01 330 7166). Again the traditional three windows are used for the three elevations, but a fourth is added to view the complete solid model. All of the normal sculpting tools are provided including lathe (spin a profile) and extrude, plus geometric primitives, layering etc. Modeller 3D is not a 3D CAD system but it is probably the closest thing we have yet on the Amiga.
A recently developed technique in professional computer modelling is the use of SURFACE PATCHES. Normal modelling methods tend to look rather mechanical so organic shapes are difficult to produce. Surface patches allow complex multiple curves to be created from a few curved lines. Forms In Flight II (£79.00 MicroMagic Amiga Centre Scotland 031 557
4242) uses surface patches as its primary modelling tool.
This enables objects with multiple curves to be created with ease. Unfortunately FiFII has a clumsy menu driven interface, and a complicated singlewindow view of the object.
One of the great strengths of Apple Macintosh software has always been the range of programs that integrate bitmap and structured drawing styles.
The high resolution of laser printed images has meant that structured illustrations are as important as bitmapped ones. On the Amiga the emphasis has been very much more towards- bitmap drawing, structured systems seeming much less glamorous. Recently Gold Disk released Professional Draw (£155 Gold Disk Precision Distribution 01 330
7166) in an attempt to reverse this trend. Certainly, as a first
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This last omission has already been solved to some extent by Digiworks (Access Technologies Amiga Centre Scotland). It easily converts bitmapped paintings or digitised images into structured outlines for Professional Draw, or object files suitable for rendering in SculptAnimate or Turbo Silver. The initial conversion is very accurate providing the original outline is fairly smooth - and if not several tools are provided to clean up the outline. The Amiga Format Future image above was produced quickly and easily using Digiworks.
3D ANIMATION Although several 2D animation systems use 3D transformations of bitmap objects, this is really only 2.5D animation because the objects only ever have two dimensions. True 3D animation can move, rotate and transform real looking objects through real looking space. Light sources can be set and controlled. Surfaces can have texture and shading across them. Objects can be transparent, reflective, metallic or even glowing; one shape can transform fluently into another - chicken flowing back into egg, gun metamorphosing into flower. All this can only happen if the modelling
system is flexible and powerful.
As well as modelling tools to sculpt the object (see above), the object editor must be able to position light sources, camera and target, define motion paths for objects and break down complex animated structures into hierarchies (joint, finger, hand, arm etc).
E-MOTION CONTROLLERS At present only three systems offer any real control of all of the parameters involved in creating a complex and realistic 3D animation, Martin Hash’s Animator: series, VideoScape 3D and SculptAnimate 40 Professional, though there are at least ten 3D animation systems in total. (Most offer good modelling and rendering but poor animation facilities.)
The Hash Animator series (Hash Enterprises. Amiga Centre Scotland 031 557 4242) is a unique and somewhat quirky system of animation that is just too complex to describe here.
In future months there will be a feature describing the whole system.
Tribution 01 330 7166) is the original Amiga 3D animation system. Despite version 2 arriving early last year the basic system has not changed much. The learning curve is quite long and steep because, like most other Aegis products the interface used is VideoScape3D (v2 £143.75 Aegis Precision Dis- rather un-ergonomic and difficult to learn. Nevertheless many fantastic sequences have been created using the system so it can’t be all bad!
Version 2 supports HAM so smooth shading of objects and reflective ’chrome’ effects are now possible. Hierarchies and smooth complex camera motions are provided too.
SculptAnimate4D is my own personal favourite so I am more familiar with (and probably biased towards) it.
The interface seems to be very intuitive and visual, and the modelling tools can also be used to create complex motion paths. All objects and parts can be named (and therefore selected and moved) individually. The names are recorded as part of a hierarchy. Two types of animation are used: key frame (with inbe- tweening) and global (using motion paths). This provides great flexibility. Seven rendering modes allow any balance of image quality to rendering speed. The biggest problem is probably the format used to compress the animations which is not compatible with the Aegis Sparta ANIM
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SPECIAL THE ARTIST BRIAN LARKMAN As well as doing the graphics pages he lectures in computer art and design - a great background for designing a machine with ideal graphic capabilities.
1 C c t e s c 2 a s tl e a jimmy in smu purlsjh b ti s vt V li a tf tl li T Vi si rite ci m fc vr ol hi R, ai “The most important aspect of this ‘ideal’ machine is that it is easy to handle, never getting between the idea and its execution- memory intensive. Nevertheless, all forms of bitmap transformation and image processing that the original Amiga could do on 32 or 4096 colur screens are all available on ‘true colour' ones, and many times faster.
Similarly, all forms of 3D modelling and rendering are many times faster and allow much more compexity while still using AMIGA FORMAT 27 REVIEW A proper 256 (or more) colour mode - HAM mode is pointless.
¦ At least 1 Meg of memory on the base machine.
¦ A 16 Meg 68030 chip at least.
¦ Real time clock as standard.
¦ Real vector support on the blitter - ie actually faster than doing it with the processor.
¦ Hardware sprites of ANY size, so that all the windows are actually sprites, would make windowing OS and scrolly games very simple.
¦ Better make that 2 Meg of memory.
¦ Sprite scaling and rotation.
¦ Built-in Midi for cheaper faster cables for multi-machine games as Being a propeller head (or at least that's what the rest of the Format team calls me!), my dream Amiga would be packed full of the latest and fastest add-on hardware to turn it into a true bank manager s nightmare. For starters, the machine would be driven by a 68040 processor, backed up by a 68882 maths co-processor to give the Workbench calculator tool a little extra spurt of speedl Memory would be a full eight megabytes.
The Amiga multi-tasking system would have to be re-written from scatch (good thing too!) To include support for true task security using hardware-based memory mangement (no more trashing another program's workspace and bringing the whole system down in one foul opcode!).
Screen resolution would be knocked up to 1024 by 1024 pixels with at least 512 colours onscreen simultaneously, picked from a colour palette of over 16 million colours. All pixels must be completely independent of all those around them therefore ridding the well as for music purposes.
¦ The ability to plug a second monitor or TV into the machine, but displaying a different wad of screen memory, for easier debugging AND making multi-player multi-screen games possible on a single machine!
¦ Two mice to cope with the above.
¦ Built-in stereo sound sampler THE PROPELLER- HEAD JASON HOLBORN Jason Holbom, technical editor, has been hooked on the Amiga ever since it first appeared and has tinkered with it so much that there’s not much he does not know about it. So what would he like to happen next?
Machine of the binding limitations of HAM mode.
The Amiga custom chips are all very nice, but my dream Amiga and microphone to let anyone play around with sampling and speech recognition.
¦ Four joystick ports.
¦ Finish the operating system before releasing it.
¦ A standard, multi-button, twist- top joystick like some arcade machines.
¦ Better make that 4 Meg of memory. » would actually use Konix’s blitter in preference to the current one as it is considerably more powerful (ask anyone who has seen it and they’ll agree!) For music, the current Amiga sound hardware would be dropped straight away, and the sound hardware of a Fairlight CMI (version 3 at least!) Installed in Its place! As well as being a Tech Ed on Amiga Format, I’m also a musician and so my dream Amiga wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of a full-spec MIDI interface (two ‘IN's, four 'OUTS' and two THRU's).
Where add-ons are concerned, an 80 MB SCSI hard drive and tape streamer (for backing up the hard drive!) Is a neccessity. Being a bit of a Unix fan, I'd also like to have Commodore's new Amix Unix card installed as standard. For dessert, I'd like ReadySoft's A-Max emulator (plus a Mac-compatible drive) installed internally, therefore allowing me access to an Amiga, a Unix Workstation and a Macintosh at any time. Oh well, time to wake up and get on with my writing... THE APPLICATIONS PROGRAMMER the full pallette. All but the most complex ray-traced animation is rendered in real time, or at
worst, one frame per second. The i860 derivative helps here because it includes 3D graphics routines. It is still necessary to provide other custom chips to deal with graphics and sound, though this type of hardware is a bit out of fashion at present. Full-featured genlock, scanning digitising, frame buffers and MIDI hardware are all plugged into easy-to-access sockets in he rack-mounted CPU unit.
THE GAME GLENN CORPES Bullfrog are the creators of the enormously succesful game Populous- who better to know what s needed for a great games machine. Spokesman Glenn Corpes lists their ideas.
DAVE PARKINSON Ariadne produced the BBC emulator and are heavily involved with interactive video projects.
Dave Parkinson is part of their development team and has some interesting thoughts on the technical side of things.
Besides obvious things - higher screen resolutions, more colours, more (and faster) memory, 16-bit sound etc - I would like to see the provision of a Memory Management Unit and an alternative object-orientated DOS.
Ideally it should be possible to run old and new DOS programs simultaneously - though not on the same disk partition.
The MMU would have to be capable of putting old-DOS programs all together in one big 'public' memory pool; this is because “I would like to see the provision of a Memory Management Unit and an alternative object-orientated DOS” although the original system does make some provision for MMU compatibility with flags like MEMF_PUBLIC, this is not much used by existing software.
New-DOS programs would run under the control of the MMU, so that it was not possible for a new-DOS program to crash and bring down the whole machine. The DOS would be built on a version of Exec, extended to handle the MMU, and would provide memory and resource tracking etc, so that it would be possible to say ‘that process has gone rogue - kill it.'
The new-DOS would work not in terms of files but of 'objects' “Get with it Commodore” with a number of attributes, including (optional) iconic information, so that there would be no more .info files. The filing system would be reorganised for maximum possible speed of access of objects given some key, not on filename.
The feasibility of this? Tricky but not impossible, and ARP (AmigaDos Replacement Project) has made a start already. Get with it, Commodore!
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‘My Dream Machine would need to run as fast as possible with a little extra in the graphics department, based on an Amiga with three processors and several ROM sets. It would have a 33MHz 68030, or similar speed 68040 if available, 68882 maths co-processor, and regular 8MHz 68000. I would include the ordinary 68000 so that all those sloppily written arcade games would run and leave it at 8MHz so they would still be playable!
To really make the most of a 68030 Kickstart 1.4 would be needed, but for backward compatibility Kickstarts 1.2 and 1.3 should also be supplied so you can switch between them as required. In fact reverting to the old A1000 concept of write-protected Kickstart RAM would allow any version of Kickstart to be used.
Apart from having the standard Amiga graphics, an Obese Agnus chip would be included that allowed, say, 8 Megs of chip memory and some much more useful screen modes, with flexible high resolution modes combined with a vast number of colours, like the Mac II range. Some hardware support in the form of a new custom chip to help out render- “I would include the ordinary 68000 so that all those sloppily written arcade games would run” ing text on the screen is also long overdue.
The final addition would be some industry-standard network hardware, such as AppleTalk, which is easy to implement, cheap to expand but extremely useful for many power users.” ¦ Multi-format drive that takes 1 and 2 Meg 3.5 inch disks as well as 5.25 inch disks, CD's, LP's, 7 and 12 inch singles, cassettes, VHS, Betamax (sorry, got a bit carried away there).
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THE GAMES PLAYER ANDY SMITH Andy Smith, Reviews Editor, knows exactly what he wants from a game and, therefore, exactly what the hardware has to deliver. He has some novel ideas on how to develop the ultimate games machine.
The ideal machine for a games player should have is at least three built-in drives to stop infuriating “make the keyboard completely waterproof” disk swopping once and for all.
Then it should have four joystick ports and a mouse port - all in an easily accessible area. The monitor (doesn’t have to be built-in) should have the ability to turn into an ordinary television at the flick of a switch.
A separate pause key on the keyboard, so you don’t have to fiddle around trying to find the right key - then every game could use the same key to pause the game, oh and make the keyboard completely waterproof.
THE MUSICIAN JON BATES What should the Dream Machine sound like? A man with strong, well informed views on that is Jon Bates, the keyboard maestro who writes the music pages.
Obviously the first thing should be the inclusion of on-board MIDI ports to save all the hassle of interfaces and also free up the serial port. With only some minor expenditure on some audio filters and DAC routines the sound, which is already good, could actually beat the quality of professional “It would be able to give good synthesisers a run for their money” samplers. Equally important would be a built-in ROM to give sensible control over the sound peripherals which should give you something approaching FM type sounds. Just to spice up the flavour it would be nice to have the option to add
an additional Paula sound chip to the board so as to double up on the sound: extremely complex waveforms could then be created and it would be able to give synthesizers an extremely good run for their money."
You have read and seen what just a few experts think the next Amiga should be like, so what do you think? Write and let us know and with a bit of luck some of the bright ideas will reach Commodore. ¦ The sun's beating down, Rock n' Roll music's playing, it's time for Beach Volley - let’s take on the world!
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PLAY THE RATINGS EXPLAINED GRAPHICS Good graphics are an important part of any game: if the power is there, it should be used to the full. Both still and moving graphics come under scrutiny in this rating, but remember, graphics alone do not a game make... SOUND With stereo capabilities the last thing you want to hear are Spectrumesque beeps, right? Title tunes and effects all add atmosphere to a game and good sound can greatly increase your enjoyment of a game.
INTELLECT How much real thought do you have to put in to play the game? Just because a game’s mindless doesn’t mean it's bad, but a game with a high Intellect rating says immediately you'll need to think to gain maximum enjoyment.
ADDICTION How easy is a game to pick up and play? How much sheer fun will you get from it? Will you keep coming back? Important questions that are answered when you check the Addiction rating.
OVERALL A percentage mark that takes into account all the above ratings, plus the added extras like price, packaging and documentation.
THE TEAM Andy Smith, who was with ACE right from Issue One, is a ‘twelve-hours-a- day’ games fan and one of life’s natural gamesplayers. He loves any type of game, be it a shoot-em-up, strategy game, arcade adventure... Bob Wade started reviewing with Personal Computer Games and has worked for Zzap!64, Amstrad Action and ACE.
There’s no-one in the business with a better idea of what makes a game.
Near misses and close calls are the theme of this issue. Rick Dangerous, Sleeping Gods Lie and others all came very close to attaining the coveted Amiga Format Gold
- perhaps twelve months ago, they all would have - but only Kult
scooped it.
Amiga games at present are getting better by the month, and we have to alter our outlook slightly to reflect that. Still, the next twelve pages are all action-packed, so grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy.
THEY’RE BACK! ” INDY Antf gND RETURN PLUS: KULT ¦ RICK MRCiROUS ¦ PCPT ¦ EIRE MMM AMIGA rw GOLD INFOGRAMES £24.95 Mouse Subtitled ‘The Temple of Flying Saucers' this game has more than your average scenario. It has a whole world built around it: a world which has become divided since The Burn, a world in which Protozorqs and Normals share an uneasy coexistence and where PSI- mutant Normals, Tuners, are despised by everyone.
BARS ¦ XT' -£ X! - iwtn their God, Zorq, is about to return and have set about destroying as many Normals as they can get their Zapsticks on. It’s during one of these fights that you - a young Tuner called Raven - see your girlfriend, Sci Fi, taken by the Protozorqs to their temple.
The Protozorqs are a primitive but powerful race. They worship hideous Gods who, they believe, will save them from their miserable lives of shame and guilt. The Normals are weak and are subject to the discreet rule of a group of Tuners know as the Netwerk.
Recently, the Protozorqs have become blood-crazed. They believe This is where the icon-driven adventure cum puzzle game starts.
You’ve become an Aspirant, a Normal who must undertake five tasks and receive a skull for completing each, in order to become a Divo, a messenger of Zorq. This status gives you access to the second level of the temple where you think Sci Fi is being held.
Controlling your actions involves moving the cursor around the screen until it changes to red on an object or doorway indicating that you can interact with it. Click the mouse button and a representation of your brain appears with various thought nodes surrounding it.
Point to the nodes and decide which action you’d like to take. For example, click on something in your possession, say a goblet, and your thoughts will be: fill goblet, empty, put down, put in, throw, throw away, give or inspect. Select an option you think is best (put in, for example) and then move the mouse pointer to the area of the screen you think appropriate (perhaps that statue’s open mouth?)
Suppose you decide to undertake the tasks - bursting out to the second level can prove tough because the place is swarming with Protozorq guards who are Zapstick happy - you’ll soon find that you need an object to complete each one. The goblet is required to solve the room know as The Twins, and once solved you receive a skull which you can take to the Trader.
Give him the skull and you get a GRAPHICS AND SOUND Visually, Kult is typically French, with great graphics often presented in a comic-book fashion that add heaps of atmosphere.
The sound effects, of which there aren’t too many, are also good.
All round, it’s good looking, good sounding and great to play. Let's hope Ere can keep producing games as good and as varied as their last three have been.
Chance to change your object for another you need, but only if you can beat him at a game of 'find the lady.’ Fail and the problems start.
How are you going to solve The Wall room without the dagger?
Simple, you can’t. Your only hope is to find another Aspirant - there are several wandering around - and either trade items or mug him.
There is however, at least one room that can be solved without an object (you're a Tuner, remember, so you do have some special PSI powers you can call on from time to time) and you can come out of it with a skull and an object to trade, so don’t despair.
Suppose you solve all five rooms, become a Divo and are allowed access to the second level, you’ll find your problems only just beginning as you try to solve yet more, and not so obvious, puzzles in rooms and avoid ending up as a sacrifice to temporary god Delios.
A great plot, good gameplay, mean puzzles which can all be solved logically plus the simple but effective game structure and a massive game task all add up to make Kult a superb game.
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Now available for Amiga soon out on Atari ST, C64, Amstrad and Spectrum SKATE OF THE ART The crazy game for all Skateboard fans Out on the Amiga from mid July.
Don’t miss it... Distributed by SOFTWARE SUCCESS MARKETING LTD Alban House 24a White Pit Lane Flackwellheath Nr High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP10 9HR LINEL Products MERIMPEXI Am Schragen Weg 2, 9490 Vaduz Principality of Liechtenstein Tel: 01041 75 283 68 Fax: 01041 75 206 56 RICK DANGEROUS FIREBIRD £29.99 Joystick GRAPHICS AND SOUND OVERALL 89% The man with the hat, the silly grin, the little legs and the pointy stick is here, and this time he's brought his gun. Stamp collector and part-time explorer Rick was searching tor the lost Goolu tribe when he crashed his plane in the Amazon. He was
grabbed by the Goolus and taken to their temple, from which he must now escape.
This side-on viewed platform game is full of puzzles, timing problems, nasty tricks and... fun. Armed only with a six-shooter, a fistful of dynamite and a pointy stick, Rick works his way through the temple collecting treasure for points and either avoiding or destroying the Goolu guards. Most of the guards follow strict patrol paths, so it's It's an old game style so don’t expect stunning 3D: the backgrounds are all very nicely drawn, though, and the sprites are great. The animation is fine too and the sound effects are nice but nothing spectacular.
A fun game that will take you a while to complete, but it’s addictive enough to keep you trying.
Often just a timing problem, but some guards who ‘home in’ on Rick can be a little trickier to dispose of.
Fortunately, guards only prove deadly if you actually touch them, in which case you lose one of an initial six lives. Most can be disposed of from a distance, but ammunition is limited and boxes with fresh supplies are few and far-between. If you should run out of bullets, you can always use the dynamite, though this is best saved for blowing up blocks that conceal secret tunnels and piles of rubble that obstruct the path.
Nothing can be taken for granted on the trek through the temple.
Get too close to some blocks and nasty spikes spring out: move too slowly along a platform and nasty stone heads spit spears: jump too late or too early over a chasm and you'll fall to the bottom of a spike- covered pit. Nine times out of ten you'll be killed by an entirely unforeseeable trap, but with progress further into the game you'll start to recognise the danger signs and learn to take evasive action where and when necessary.
The temple is large, but with several restart points so you don’t need to go all the way through it every time. Rick’s next adventure is in an Egyptian pyramid where things are similar if slightly more puzzle-oriented. A final expedition takes Rick to an enemy fortress, which is very tricky to negotiate.
For an old-style platform game, Rick D is fun to play. The puzzles are tricky and the gameplay is very satisfying. With lots of trial and error and a bit of concentration you’ll solve each puzzle eventually, and have lots of fun along the way.
• Andy Smith ¦ Left - Rick clambers around an I Egyptian temple
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Rocks (initially) can be found lying progress to the next. In fact, Destroy the bandit, give the map around as potential weapons, and that's the way to play the game: to the hermit and he'll tell you you automatically pick up any- find a person who needs your how to get to the next kingdom: thing you walk over, including help, complete a task and where you'll find a Prince who beefier weapons such as slings receive a clue as to how to reach has lost his crown: and so the and crossbows. By destroying the the next land. The Hermit, for game progresses, until finally nasty peeps you can also keep
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Your ammo stocks up because _ _ . ... . ...... they to leave behind 1 GRAPHICS AND SOUND juicy throwing things when they die. Obviously The sound effects are more than a little limited and the animation is not so very hot. Most of the landscapes have little detail to them, so they can look rather bland at times.
But on the plus side, everything moves quickly, and although the 3D is not the best ever seen it works sufficiently well.
Takes a toll on your stamina, so . - : . - • --- : you'll have to keep topping it up KSEaSX3S5S9Q J|| j GRAPHICS SOUND INTELLECT ADDICTION OVERALL 80% by finding apple trees, berries or Jgl | | the occasional carrot and mush- - % j room patch which you can jft 1 jr j scrump to replenish your energy. HySEuuZ Bf iy K The eight kingdoms of K22iMjjDB B V Tessera are comprised of various BfflffffyWTffifflillliB ¦ D B sub-kingdoms, which you can I move between (some are LOAOED DARTS Hoidmo the lantern carefully, you scramble down into the ancient-hewn The Man with f he Haf is hack!
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In the grand tradition of Elite, new recruits to FOFT attempt to make a fortune by skimming the spacelanes, trading and running missions for the Federation.
Members are united by ‘Galnet’, a comms network through which they trade and take new orders.
Missions are dealt out according to rank, the more prestigious and financially-rewarding jobs going to higher-ranking officers. As more missions are successfully completed, the player moves up the hierarchy, with the ultimate goal of making Admiral and Head of FOFT.
The scope of the game is vast, with a purported eight million planets to explore. Travel between planetary systems, each represented in one of the spectacular 3D galactic maps, is available via the ever-so- convenient Hyperspace, while short jumps speed you between planets.
Ming language called SIMPLE, which allows basic programs to be written. Presumably this is included as light entertainment for all combat-weary programmers out there.
Elite, for those unfamiliar with its many pleasures, was structured so that every piece of equipment ‘bought’ was the product of much blasting and trading. For most of the game you felt that you were only making it by the skin of your teeth, and success was all the sweeter because of it.
Gremlin’s effort has removed this by allowing the player to amass his fortune within the first half hour, simply by playing the market: buying low and selling high. In this way, the ship can be fully equipped before leaving the first space station and the need for any further trading (apart from the occasional binge to fill the coffers or to indulge in black marketeering) is negated.
FOFTs challenge, then, lies in the successful undertaking of its missions. Those doled out at cadet level are less than entertaining, and It’s during interplanetary jaunts that enemy ships are encountered, and the player's weapons come into play. However, over-sensitive controls conspire with rapid movement of enemy craft to make cfogfighting tricky, if not downright frustrating.
Having neared the target planet, the player has the option of docking with a space station (the docking computer has a rather unnerving tendency to crash your precious ship without so much as an apology) or diving to the planet surface.
At this point a pseudo Virus landscape appears, where you have to avoid flak from ground-based gun emplacements prior to landing at a friendly airstrip. Rolling green hills mark a welcome break from the inky black of space, but limited flight and combat controls detract from the impact of the experience: it doesn’t take many flights before the whole process grows repetitive.
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Often confusing due to a scarcity of instructions. However, things liven up with progress through the ranks as you put your neck on the line.
Perseverance reaps its rewards but be prepared for a dull time until the later missions can be attempted. True to their word, Gremlin have improved FOFT, but it's still no Elite-beater. • Steve Jarratt And this time he's brittcsine* his Dad!
!2-llb3-H I Main picture, top - Coming in to land on a Wrus-esque planet surface.
Above - In combat with an alien craft in the vicinity of another planet.
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FIRE BRIG PANTHER MINDSCAPE £29.99 Mouse and or Keyboard Fire Brigade is blessed with an extremely user-friendly game system which, combined with the helpful manual, allows even a complete novice to get into the game easily. If you enjoy wargames you’ll find Fire Brigade very satisfying, but even if you don’t already, it’s a good place to start. • Andy Smith GRAPHICS AND SOUND GRAPHICS 5 SOUND NA INTELLECT 4 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL sS CO CO November 1943, and the Russian army continues to push the German forces back toward the Dneiper river. It’s at the Dneiper that the Germans hope to pull
themselves together in final preparation for the inevitable fierce Russian winter and the consequent continuing Russian offensive.
That's the state of play at the start of this wargame, running on Imeg Amigas from Australian software house Panther. It’s a one or two player game, so the first thing is to decide whether you’d like to olay the computer (in which case you can select a skill level to suit) or a fellow human being. Against a friend you can’t alter the skill level, but you can choose to play remote via a modem or cable.
Once you’ve decided who will command which army and have chosen to play the basic or advanced game (you have more options and greater control over your forces in the advanced game) it’s time to select a scenario.
Each scenario will last a set number of turns, and each turn represents one day. The first is the full campaign, lasting 50 turns from November 3rd 1943 until December 23rd, which starts at a point where the Russians have the upper hand and the Germans are struggling to hold ground. The second scenario lasts 38 turns, beginning on November 15th with the Germans in a better position to counter-attack thanks to the arrival of much-needed reinforcements.
The third scenario lasts 18 turns from December 5th, when the Germans are ready to launch yet another counter-attack, now aided by the famous 48 Panzer Korps.
For each scenario the game structure is the same. Using menus and icons selected using either the Not much you can say about a wargame's graphics: the icons are fine and everything is clear and well detailed. Don't get too excited about the sound either: there is none. It may not be terrific-look- ing, but it plays extremely well.
Mouse or keyboard, orders are issued to your forces' HQ units who then pass the orders on to their subordinate units. When you’ve issued orders (telling a unit to head for a certain objective, for example) and assigned supplies or airborne support to the units that need them most, the Movement phase begins.
Combat is resolved instantaneously during the Movement phase, which continues until 6am the next day when the Orders phase starts again. Victory is awarded to the player who has acquired the most victory points during the game. These are awarded for capturing various strategic and tactical objectives such as railway junctions and towns.
¦ Decide what orders to issue then click on the unit's HO to implement them. Here the 48 Panzer has been ordered to assault Brusilov, but those Russian infantry and motorised units are going to prove tough.
L. J .::n. LINEL £24.95 joystick moves, and the idea is to hit
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Each opponent has a different style of boxing, so it takes a while to learn which moves each is more susceptible to, but even so it’s not an impressive game. The gameplay is as poor as the animation, and it offers nothing new to the genre.
• Andy Smith This one or two player boxing game, endorsed by the
World Boxing Council, pits the player against twelve opponents
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Before you get the chance to go for the title, you’ll have to prove your self by taking on lesser opponents, and to defeat them you’ll have to undergo training in the gym.
There are three training routines: skipping, punch bag and punch ball.
During the fight you have a total of eleven defensive and offensive 11 ?
»A ¦ The start of the first round and already you've put your opponent on the canvas. He's ahead on points, though, so don't get over-confident.
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Armed only with a bow and arrow, Joey can accumulate more weapons along the way. Beware of the malicious rabbits, boomerang throwers, deadly frogs, blood-sucking bats and many, many more villainous creatures. ' in Software Limited 6 Central Street • Manchester - M2 5NS V- Ofi1 -TpIpy* AAQQ77 nCFANCr. . Fav OAAn I'm Rock Hardy, me. This is me mate Ace Gunn, reet. And we're that 'ard, us. (Switch to government-approved, BBC middle- class accent.) OK, so they have stupid names, but they certainly need to be hard to take on the Xybots, vicious robots defending an underground complex.
The most obvious and interesting things are the 3D perspective and two player mode. The split screen gives both players an over-the-shoulder view of the characters they control. This means you can see some way down the corridors as they taper into the distance. The players can move around with total independence of one another and, because the corridors run in all directions, they are able to turn through 90 degrees to face any which way.
The complex is divided into levels, each of which has one or more exit doors to the next level.
You must battle to the door, picking up objects along the way to make the going easier. Exploring the complexes is made much easier by the map at the top of the screen, flanked by status information on the two players. The map identifies everything using colour coding and symbols.
There are two weapons: a forward firing gun, and a zapper that freezes the robots for a time.
However, nearly all the robots shoot back, damaging your shield: rapidly with the nastier robots.
The objects in the complex include coins, energy capsules, keys and extra weaponry. The extra weaponry doesn’t last very long but gives you impressive firepower for a time. Regular energy capsules are essential in the long war of attrition. Keys open up areas of the complex containing useful items and level skips. Coins are also important at the end of the level when entering the shop.
In the shop you can buy many supplies, such as increased shot power, better shielding, guard mappers, faster shots, keys and so on. These are vital for progressing through the levels because the opposition gets heavier and the maps get bigger.
If a player dies on a level it has to be restarted. Even worse is the confrontation with the Master Xybot which can send you back several levels. The Master Xybot appears every few levels and is no easy task to deal with.
GRAPHICS SOUND INTELLECT ADDICTION WBM OVERALL 77% XYBOTS TENGEN DOMARK £24.95 Joystick or Keyboard GRAPHICS AND SOUND The graphics are best described as functional. They are garish, but this is not obtrusive. The perspective works very well and when you get up close to objects they also display a lot of detail. The fact that each of the split screens only takes up a quarter of the display is also of little importance because that is all you need. There is no music but the in-game explosions, warning noises and speech create a good atmosphere.
The two player action in Xybots is amongst the best to be found anywhere: particularly because the two players can split up to clear out levels, so they do not always need to be in the same place. In the arcades it was not one of the greatest ever hits, but it translates very well indeed as a one or two player game.
• Bob Wade DOMARK £19.99 Joystick or Keyboard I 4 fa V IBJ
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The game has six distinct parts, involving all manner of violence and mayhem, and arranged into three main sections. The first part requires you to pilot a heliThe world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, is once more appearing on a computer screen near you. Licence to Kill, the game, is based on the film starring newcomer Timothy Dalton and faithfully follows the movie’s plot. It ¦ Sanchez makes a break lor It in his jeep. Smart shooting can slow him up, but the final confrontation is going to wait for later on... $ * *¦ 43' copter along a vertically-scrolling roadway, trying to
blast Sanchez who's making an escape in his jeep.
But naturally he’s firing back, so you must gain and lose height to avoid not only his shots, but also other shots emanating from the occasional ground installation.
At the end of the stage Bond must jump from his chopper and fight Sanchez’s henchmen on foot.
Blasting away on the run won’t help much in this part, because you can’t aim effectively on the move.
Instead, a firing sight appears when you hold down the fire button and by moving left or right you can adjust the aim. Then when you start moving and press fire, the gun fires in the direction you last aimed.
At the top of this vertically- scrolling piece Felix is waiting in the helicopter, and to complete the first section Bond must jump in and spin off in pursuit of Sanchez, who is making a dash for Cuba.
Bond lowers himself on a rope from the ‘copter to attach a tow- rope to the tail of the arch-fiend’s plane: tricky, tricky.
The second main section of the game sees Bond underwater for the first part armed only with a knife, dodging boats that fire at him and contending with divers. Manage to survive until the plane arrives and it's time for a spot of barefoot waterskiing as he harpoons the seaplane’s pontoons and attempts to haul himself aboard to take control, all the time avoiding high-speed catamarans that have with strict orders1 Survive ar Jsstraight into the section of the game, a where Sanchez is trying to make a run for it with the drugs (a dash with the stash?) Hidden inside petrol tankers, after you
thoughtlessly destroyed his drug factory. Destroy all the tankers successfully and you’re left with Sanchez (who is armed with Stinger missiles for projection)' irnnHasnruawm Mi you go, and why not indeed?
Licence to Kill has been nicely done, and that in a sense is what it’s there for. Some sections are very playable, but though it’s fun for a while, it is not likely to keep you playing for months. Still, it does follow the plot of the film accurately and it’s certainly tough and addictive enough to grab your attention for a good while. • Andy Smith GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 7 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 71 % ¦ 'hfA 0 }ewa°°otf eJoo, tdZsP**0 _
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The Computer Store Tel: 021-770-0468 Unit 82 In Shops, 2-8 Greenwood Way Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, Birmingham B37 5TL ACCOLADE £24.95 Joystick Ferrari, McLaren, Williams. Big names in the world of Formula One motor racing and deservedly , so. Not many of us will ever have : the chance to drive one of these 1 examples of high-performance machinery: the closest we’ll probably come is watching them as they hurtle round Brands Hatch or SilVERSIONe. Unless you own an Amiga. Thanks to Accolade, of Test Drive fame, Amiga owners can now drive all these cars around up to eight Grand Prix
Your view of the track is from the car’s cockpit as you thunder round at speeds of over 200 mph.
Travelling that fast with a 960 hp V6 engine propelling you is not easy, so you are well advised to select the novice level for the first few attempts. In this mode the competitors treat you nicely, the gearbox is automatic, and you can't spin out or blow the engine up. Once you become more familiar with the game, you can up the reality level until you’re changing gear yourself and running the risk of losing control or destroying the mechanicals through overwork.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND The game allows you to either practice, take part in a single race or compete in a championship in which you race on each circuit in turn. Every race allows for one qualifying lap to determine grid position, after which you’re straight into the competitive action. The length of each race is determined by the player, up to a max of 99 laps. During the race there’s a small map of the entire circuit in the top left corner that shows your position on the track and where the other cars are, but in a long race your position will probably be affected by the need to make at least
one pit stop to change all the tyres, or just those on one side.
The computer-controlled drivers all have different driving styles, and it doesn’t take long to work out who not to overtake on corners. The cars also handle very differently: the McLaren, for example, is the fastest on the straight while the Ferrari has terrific cornering and acceleration.
Once familiar with the cars, you can choose which make of car best suits your driving style: but remember, you can’t switch teams halfway through a season.
Grand Prix Circuit is a good driving game. One criticism is that the graphics don’t give as great an impression of speed as some games, but the cars handle well and the various kinds of cars and circuits you can choose add some lasting interest. • Andy Smith Gremlins have infested a building those Gremlins out. Viewing your site and it's your job to keep them character side-on in 2D, you move skyscrapers going up and sort round the site picking up and then placing vertical girders and planting horizontal blocks SCREEN 7 £19.99 Joystick or Keyboard on top. At least five consecutive blocks
and two you need to pick up to retain your Gremlins, you can lob spanners at vertical girders make up a energy. Then there are the them, but this doesn’t work for all floor and as you progress Gremlins: the first few you meet Gremlins: some simply deflect the through the game the simply fall out of the sky and are spanners, knocking you out.
Number of floors you are relatively harmless unless they hap- High Steel is a disappointing required to build increases, pen to land on yer 'ed. Later in the start for Screen 7. It's all nicely All the equipment is game, the Gremlins start to eat the done but the actual concept and delivered by a crane from floor-blocks and some just stand gameplay is like something from ¦ There’s an energy-giving Thermos flask the toP of the screen, around waiting for you to bump five years ago when the Spectrum available at the bottom of the screen, but including your sandwiches into them, removing one of
your was still a fashionable machine, that wibbiy Gremlin could get in your way. And Thermos flasks which lives. To counter some of the • Andy Smith GRAPHICS 5 SOUND 4 I INTELLECT 2 I ADDICTION 5 I OVERALL 39% AMIGA FORMAT 53 PHOBIA IMAGE WORKS £24.99 Joystick or Keyboard which increase your fire power when collected: so your drone can shoot too, which makes things a whole lot easier.
As you fly along the horizontally-scrolling planets, you'll notice small, round Key Generators which need to be destroyed as you progress, because they power a shield at the end of each system which protects the world's end-of- level guardian.
Shoot-em-ups don’t come much tougher than Phobia, and you'll be thankful it has a two-player option.
But it's just a shoot-em-up and, though it's as good as most and despite a few nice touches, is not one of the best. • Andy Smith A Galactic President’s lot is not a happy one at the best of times, but when your daughter goes and gets herself kidnapped by the evil Lord Phobos, Master of Fear, it can ruin your whole day.
Still, there must be somebody out there brave, courageous and foolish enough to make a rescue attempt. No?
Erm... all right, you’ll do. Lord Phoby has stashed his captive on the Sun and, because he’s a smart chappie, he’s realised that a rescue attempt will be made and has designed a series of worlds that must be passed through by any prospective hero before he gains access to the Sun. These worlds are slightly out of the ordinary in that every one is fashioned on common human phobias, from spiders and other creepy crawlies to flying insects and dentists.
OVERALL 72% GRAPHICS AND SOUND Some nice Copper Listing (thanks Tech Ed, for the enlightenment) and other effects including the novel screen mode switch between Hi and Lo Res are all very clever, though the sound effects leave a little to be desired. Nicely done but nothing spectacular once the novelty of the aliens has worn off.
Guess what? It's a shoot-em-up where all the nasties are really nasty. Not only must you struggle through the planets and collect nine shields that allow protection from the Sun's heat, but Lord Phobos has sent out his Sun Troops who try to cut you off by building Light Barriers between worlds that will destroy any ships passing through.
The only way to counter this is to go to a moon round a planet and pick up a drone which you can sacrifice in a Light Barrier: unfortunately, not all the moons are accessible, so you'll have to plan your route ¦ Pick up those blue pods in order to increase your firepower.
Carefully. Suppose you do pick up a drone and then go to the planet proper, you'll find that by shooting the various aliens and ground installations they leave behind pods 1 ___ Sports management games have always had a small but dedicated following and fans of the genre will soon be able to try their hand at this basketball sim management game from US outfit Sport Time.
BASKETBALL PH MINDSCAPE £24.99 Joystick or Keyboard One or two players take part in the league, which is made up of two conferences (East and West) of two divisions. Your team(s) start at the bottom of their respective divisions and the general idea is to get them to the top. Loads of options are included: to trade players, to send them off to training camps, to recruit new ones and so on. Plus heaps of statistics to keep juggling with. During each game you also get the chance to choose which plays to make, if you so desire.
Everything a basketball sim or management game should have is included, the only shame being the actual matches where tne gameplay lets things down somewhat. Still, regard it as more of a management than an action game and you won't be disappointed. • Andy Smith 3| SPORTTIME 1 2:19l L . A .
¦ The start of the first quarter and already you're three points down.
Still, if Rice makes a quick pass out you could be on for a fast break.
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In the film, Indy (the part-time mild-mannered college lecturer) is just about to take things easy after a hectic adventure trying to get hold of The Cross of Coronado, which belongs in a museum. Then startling news comes to him that his father has gone missing while searching for the legendary Holy Grail. So, Indy must go find his dad, and the Grail too if he has time.
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Initially, you have only a Jeft hook to keep you out of danger, but you can pick up a bullwhip, which gives you a maximum of five lashes so use it sparingly. There’s no time limit as such, but the torch you're using gradually fades so unless you ¦ The boy Indy learns that treasure hunters have found The Cross of Coronado - which belongs in a museum - and makes a grab for it.
Zeppelin. For the final task Indy has to jump his way along a tiled pathway, each tile inscribed with a letter. Jump on the right letters and he can progress, jump on the wrong one and you lose a life.
This is definitely the best Indy Jones game. The gameplay is old hat (groan) and is terribly frustrating at times, but if you like the platforms and ladders style of game then you'll find it enjoyable. As a tie- in to the film it works very well, but it stands up as a game in its own right too. • Indiandy Smith manage to find another one, you’ll end up trying to negotiate deadly jumps in near darkness.
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MAST announce the 'Amiga-a-Tosh" Macintosh compatible 3.5" Floppy Drive for use with Macintosh Emulators on the Amiga. Run Macintosh system disks directly with AMAX. "Amiga-a- Tosh" even features software disk ejection!
Complete with spedal cable and 1 Year Warranty for ONLY £199.95 inc We also have the AMAX Madntosh Emulator available with or without the 128K ROMs. The basic AMAX is £134.95 inc. and the ROM set (2 128K ROMs) are £199.95 per pair inc The complete AMAX Amiga-a-Tosh ROM package is available at the very Special price of £499.95 inc Limited Quantities of all of these items are available ex stock. Please add £5 for each order to cover PSP.
? * NEW .. NEW..BOING MOUSE ... NEW...NEW * * At last an alternative to the existing Mouse! The Boing 'Optical' Mouse Is the highest quality professional mouse you can use with your Amiga. There are no moving parts and the 200 dpi sensitivity is twice that of the standard Amiga mouse. The buttons have superior tactile and audio feedback. There is a third button for A2024 software and Xwindows and the pack includes a large mouse pad with non slip backing. Compatible with ALL Amiga computers. Spedal Introoudory price ONLY £79.95 Inc. Highly Recommended for all Art Design Packages.
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JUMPDISK is the number one selling magazine on a disk for the Amiga. Like to know why? Consider buying the August issue with programs like FIXDISK - a new disk salvage program that offers options others don't. CELDO - Superlative animation system. ILBM - The very latest version. ELEMENTS - Maybe this will help you pass physics chemistry. TILES 8 MAZE - Updates of two popular games. CALCULATOR, AREXX EXAMPLES, JOUST and many more. Articles include a report from the Amiga Developers Conference, Tutorials on the S Directory, AREXX, Basic and ILBM. The latest PD listings, Tips and Amiga news
from the USA, All for only £8.50 inc. Better still why not buy the latest version (V1.6) of our PD Library Pack, usually sold for £4.99, and the August JUMPDISK tor only £12.50!
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Most of these demos require 1 meg
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UPDATE After last month's ‘Top Ten special’, PD Update mom up into top gear. JASON HOLBORN takes a look at the very best in PD software and, in particular this month, the finest demos.
MIDI UTILS FISH DISK 154 Who says the Amiga is starved of quality Public Domain MIDI software? Not so, matey! Look hard and you can find an absolute feast of useful utilities to help with your music making.
The MIDI Utils disk is a collection of small programs based around the midi.library from Fish Disk 101 and MicroSmith’s arp.library which can be found packaged with most serious software these days (if you haven't got it, then it’s available on Fish Disk 123). As a result, to use these programs you’ll need to invest in a copy of at least Fish Disk number 101 and probably Fish Disk number 123 as well.
The MIDI Utils consist of seven programs which will carry out individual MIDI functions such as the storage of System Exclusive Data, MIDI echo generation, MIDI data filtering and a program change utility.
Because of the nature of the MIDI library used, all the programs can run concurrently, allowing some very impressive MIDI multi-tasking (try doing that on a PC, Mac or ST!) If you’re an Amiga MIDI enthusiast, then you’ll find the MIDI Utils a definite must.
MANDLEVROOM FISH DISK 215 Mandlebrot generators have certainly come along way since the 'Type in an extremely complex number and then sit back and wait for a few days’ type of program on machines such as the PC. The Amiga, too, has certainly had its fair share of Mandlebrot generators, but this latest release has one special feature that makes it stand out in a crowd... it's multi-tasking.
So what’s so special about a program that multitasks? Almost every program that runs under AmigaDOS will multi-task and so it doesn’t sound that amazing.
MandleVroom, however, allows more than one Mandlebrot to be generated at the same time: you could in theory have as many as 100 Mandlebrots being generated simultaneously (although it would probably take 100 times as long!)
Most Mandlebrot generators, in fact most pieces of PD software, lack in the user interface department, but MandleVroom comes up tops here again. The whole program, down to every gadget, is professionally produced using those bas relief graphics that were so trendy a few years back. If you’ve already purchased a commercial Mandlebrot generator, then you’ll kick yourself when you see MandleVroom. It is quite simply the best Mandlebrot generator on the Amiga (and quite a few other machines!)
AMIGA PLOT TBAG 26 Amiga Plot is a three-dimensional mathematical function plotter.
Sounds boring, doesn’t it? Well, surprisingly, it can be an awful lot of fun (as fun as mathematics possibly can be, that is!) The program takes a mathematical function and then calculates coordinates to be placed into an XYZ system. The results are then plotted using a three-dimensional solid model which looks a lot more interesting than the graphs most people were forced to draw in maths lessons at school.
Many aspects of the plot, such as rotation and aspect, can easily be redefined at any time and some startling results can be obtained.
BEST OF THE REST With the arrival of the latest batch of Fish disks, there's loads of high- quality PD software that's new to these shores and is well worth » investigating. Programs worth checking out include: CALC (Fish 210) - Do you need a scientific calculator that also includes function plot? How about a programmer’s calculator and a standard calculator? Well matey, what you need is Calc!
TEACHER (Fish 204) - Another of those popular ‘Screen hacks’.
I’m not going to tell you what it does: suffice to say that it is one of the best available.
HAMCU (Fish 204) - Bored with your four-colour Workbench? How does a 4096-colour Workbench grab you?
TOP TEN PD GTS Title 1 Mega Games Pack 2, Disk 6 Air Warrior 2 Flafschbier Game 3 TBAG 31 4 Star Trek 5 3D Extravaganza 6 TBAG 28 7 TBYB 8: Dungeon Master Demo 8 Fish 196 9 Chet Solace Shareware Extravaganza 10SACC 23 DEMOS CORNER After leaving demo collectors a touch out in the cold last month, we thought it was about time we set the record straight with a closer look at a few of the demos currently doing well in our exclusive 17 Bit Amiga Format Top Ten. All our demos were supplied by 17 Bit Software who can be contacted at their headquarters on 0924 366982.
WALKER DEMO II DISK 255 OK, it's an oldie: but it most certainly is a goodie, as its high position in the Top Ten confirms.
The Walker Demo II is, not surprisingly, the follow-up to Bill Williams’ highly-acclaimed Walker Demo that had many a jaw hitting the floor at last year's PC Show.
The current release of the demo is still only a 'taster' of the final product, which should be available later this year. The complete Walker Demo II will only run on an Amiga with at least 2 Meg of memory but thankfully, the demo version of the demo (!) Will run quite happily on an Amiga with only a megabyte (once again, many apologies to all 512K users). The demo portrays an Imperial AT-AT Walker from the Star Wars movies under attack from a helicopter gunship in downtown Chicago (which is a far cry from the AT-AT’s last assignment on the planet Hoth!)
The most impressive aspect of the demo is the quality of special effects that all come together to make the Walker Demo II a classic alongside the likes of Eric Graham’s Juggler demo.
TITANIC’S ACID HOUSE DISK 412 Aciiieeed! What a lot of fun we had with this one! We’re usually a fairly serious lot where work is concerned (Tell me about it! - Ed), but when the Titanic’s Acid House disk arrived, the office was transformed into a massive Acid House party. There were Andy and myself, getting down to the Acid groove, while Damien controlled the lighting (ie, flicking the office light switch on and off!) And Bob complained about the racket.
The disk contains seven different arrangements in the popular Acid and House music styles. Although all the tunes were produced using the ubiquitous Sound Tracker utility, they show none of the traits that have made previous Sound Tracker songs so predictable. Even if you don't particularly like either House or Acid, these music demos are great fun and a vivid demonstration of the power of the Amiga’s sound hardware. ¦ TOP TEN DEMOS 17Bit Disk Nos throughout 1 (353) Ghostwriter 1.2 2 (319) Intros Demos Disk 2 3 (255) Walker Demo II (1 Meg 4 (404) Supreme Sounds Music Disk 5 (423) Agatron Star
Trek Animations 6 (412) Titanics Acid House 7 (262) Walker Demo 1 (1 Meg) 8 (280) Intros Demos Disk 1 9 (426)Mahoney Kaktus Music Disk 10(329) Star Trek Dry Dock (1 Meg) SUPPLIERS The following companies are responsible for the distribution of Amiga Public Domain software in this country. For their full address, check the advertisements in this issue of Amiga Format, or give them a ring.
QUICKSTART III PACK... Three discs packed with utilities, games, music and demos plus issue six of our very popular disc magazine to act as the ideal introduction to the PD scene, plus the bonus of FREE membership to 17Bit and access to our massive library of top- notch PD software. Quickstart III is just £51!
THE AMIGA FORMAT PACK... This special PD pack comprises of five discs, the first is the Utility disc featured in the Quickstart pack, the second is a special art-disc featuring some superb ray-traced images, an excellent music disc, a disc of Star-Trek animations plus our disc-magazine and membership for just £10!!
DISC-MAGAZINES... PUBLIC DOMAIN NEWS 17Bit produce what is regarded as the best value-for-money disc-magazines available, and at just £1.50 per issue you can see why! Subscribe to 8 issues now and get free membership for just £10. Truly remarkable value for money! Watch out for NEWSFLASH! The new European disc-magazine coming very shortly to the UK via 17Bit of course!
New Chiron Conceptions Chiron Conceptions are a great new collection of Public Domain Compilation disks. Each disk is just E4.00 and is packed with programs relating to a specific area of interest. Below is a listing of just some of the disks in the collection. If you would like the full list send an SAE or phone.
NOTES: Ail I’D packs are guaranteed free of any viruses (killer included with the packs) and will work on 1.2 1.3 Amigas in 512K.
A full catalogue of ALL the 17bit PD discs is available on request for just £2 (On disc). The range of PD discs is open to members only.
You can order by post with a cheque postal order credit card or over the phone with Access Visa (24 hours - Answerphone after 5.30). Seventeen Rit Software PO BOX 97 1st Floor 2-8 Market Street, Wakefield WF1 1XX Telephone 0924 366982 Access 1 (24 Hours) r------------ rut amkda m li&zazy 140 Rushdale Road, Sheffield S8 9QE 7T (0742) 588429 Chiron Conceptions £4.00 each CC16: Ray Tracing - create your very own ray traced pics.
CC25: Utilities - some useful utilities for a variety of tasks.
CC33: Games & Demos - includes Milestone, Startrek, Zoing! & more.
CC35: AmigaBasic Progs - full of Games, Applications & Educational programs.
CC49: Sound Digitizer CC50: Animation Demos CC51: NASA Digi Pics - HiRes digitised photos of the Space Shuttle taken at NASA.
Other Disks at £3.00 each O FISH 1-204 O FAUG 1-75 O PANORAMA 1-72 O SLIPPED DISK 1-40 O AUGE 1-25 O TBAG 1-23 O AMICUS 1-16 Catalogues available write or phone for details.
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Telephone (0279) 757692 ,' The Amiga Format coverdisk brings you the very best in public domain and reader software. JASON HOLBORN takes you on a guided tour of this month’s collection of binary beauties.
It’s lime to strap yourself into your armchair, get out your joystick and prepare yourself for some of the hottest arcade action ever with our exclusive demo of Virgin Mastertronic's latest arcade conversion.
Let’s face it, the 'official' icon editor as supplied by Commodore on all Workbench disks leaves a lot to be desired. Icon Meisteris designed as a direct replacement that offers everything that IconEd ever did plus alot more besides.
Who ewer said that the Amiga is no great shakes when it comes down to being serious? Spread is a powerful spreadsheet that'll help you keep your pounds and pennies firmly under control.
¦ The fun and frivolity continues this month with another generous helping of the cute but useless Workbench screen hacks.
GEMINI.PRG The gutter press certainly have a lot to answer for. Writing stories such as ‘US President involved in hippy satamc rights acid house party scandal’ was pretty tame compared to the headline that greeted readers of the Tuesday Space Holo-edition of that infamous rag, the SoonDay Spirit. After having to suffer ¦ There are some strange creatures among the hordes of aliens.
Several centuries of ‘green men invade Earth disguised as Shish Kebabs’ headlines, aliens (and green men) throughout the universe started to get rather miffed about the whole affair.
This really is quite understandable: why should they have to suffer being constantly slandered by a pitiful little race of carbon- based lifeforms whose greatest achievement was the invention of a device that could wipe out its creators in a split second.
Those four words may seem to be just words to you and I, but they single-handedly triggered the most bloody galactic war ever to ravage the universe since Larry Grayson stopped hosting the Generation game. Every Customise your Workbench screen with this handy little utility. With DropCloth, you can brighten up your Workbench with any standard 640x200, 4 colour IFF picture.
ART GALLERY professor by submitting your art work to the Amiga Formal coverdisk art gallery.
Once you’ve viewed any of the pictures on this month's disk, you can then load them into a paint package and modify them to your heart’s content.
£800 ¦ And here he (she?) Is, complete with a deadly load of balls.
Civilised alien race throughout the galaxy set out to rid the universe of the Earth, mankind and particularly SoonDay Spirit journalists.
This, then, is where you come in. As you’ve probably already guessed, it’s up to you to save the Earth from the hordes of aliens that want only one thing: to turn the Earth into one enormous potato floating in space.
You must jump into your Gemini Wing class fighter, a top secret spacecraft designed specifically for just this kind of emergency, and thwart the aliens' plans » We must be insane! But it's true: we want to give you money! All you have to do is write a super-hot program for the Amiga and, if we decide to use it on the Amiga Formal coverdisk, you could be living it up in style! See Page 68 for details.
Then see page 68, fast!
Before the universe gains the first intergalactic baked spud in its history. Go for it!
Getting Going You can load Gemini Wing by inserting your cover potato into the internal drive at the ‘Insert Potato’ prompt when your Commodore potato is first turned on. To play, you’ll need a potatoshaped joystick plugged into the second control port. Game controls are the standard left, right, up, down and fire. To access extra weapons, simply keep the fire button depressed.
ICON MEISTER PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: ICONMEISTER, ICONMEISTER.DOC Creating custom icons for all those Amiga programs and their datafiles can be a difficult task unless you really know your stuff.
Commodore’s Icon Editor, which is provided on every Workbench disk certainly doesn’t help: because it really is atrocious!
Icon Meister (which means, incidentally, ‘Icon Master’ in German), was designed as a direct replacement for Commodore's ‘official’ offering. As well as offering the same features as Icon Editor, Icon Meister has the following additional features: ? A HOD I An extra four colours certainly do make an enormous difference!
EXTRA LARGE ICONS - Small icons are boring! As you’ve probably already noticed, we use extra large icons on our coverdisk which gives our disk a very individual look. With Icon Meister, you too can create extra-large icons.
ANIMATED ICONS - No longer will you have to use IconEd to produce two independent icons files and then join them together using the Mergelcons tool on your Extras disk. Icon Meister allows you to create animated icons from within the program.
EXTRA COLOURS - Although your standard Workbench screen can only handle 4 colours (just wait for Workbench 1.4 though!), Icon Meister can create icons which can use up to 8 colours. Several software producers have produced enhanced Workbench programs (such as Icon Paint from Hi-Tension) which will allow you to take advantage of the 8 colour icons.
EXTENSIVE EDITING TOOLS - With Icon Meister, you can quickly and easily create or modify any aspect of an icon including its colour, size and icon type. All editing functions are accessed from either the pull-down menus or from onscreen icons(l) Getting Going You can load Icon Meister using the usual 'point and double-click’ method which every Amiga owner has grown to love. Full instructions are available within the Icon Meister drawer.
SPREAD PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: SPREAD, SPREAD.DOC Like it or not, every so often the fun has to stop and one has to » ART GALLERY PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: SEXYROBOT, SACHS. VILBM, ART.DOC Have you produced any works of pixel perfection that you’d like to have displayed before the eyes of thousands of adoring Amiga art connoisseurs? If the answer is yes, why haven’t you sent them for inclusion in the acclaimed Amiga Format disk gallery?
To display either of the pictures on this month’s disk, we’ve included the best PD picture viewer available, Vilbm. To use Vilbm to display the pictures couldn't be simpler - all you have to do is to double click the left mouse button on the picture's icon and Vilbm will automatically be loaded and the picture then displayed before your very eyes. To return to the Workbench screen, just click on on the left mouse button.
¦ Think you could produce better artwork than these fine examples of the pixelizing art?
Well, send them in to Amiga Format pretty sharpish then!
Force oneself to actually do some work. I know, it's a dismal state of affairs but it has to happen occasionally. When the worst does come to the worst, Spread will help you get your financial affairs out the of the way so that you can go back to the more important task of saving the universe from three-headed martians with ten eyes and webbed feet.
Spread is (surprise, surprise) a mini Spreadsheet program that should help you keep track of those depressing facts and figures. The program supports a 36 by 60 column worksheet with variable width cells which can contain either text, numeric data or a formula, all of which are controlled from a nice friendly Intuition-based environment.
Getting Going You can load Spread by doubleclicking on our Spread icon from the Workbench. Read the instructions, in the Spread drawer, to get the most from this power utility.
DROPCLOTH PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: DROPCLOTH, DROPCLOTH.DOC, AMIGA FORMAT BUTTERFLY Is your Workbench screen a bit on the dull side? Like it or not, blue on white isn't exactly going to win any prizes for imaginative design.
DropCloth is a neat little utility that allows you to place any standard 640 by 256 (or 200 if you’ve got an NTSC Amiga), four-colour IFF picture into the backdrop of your Workbench screen. Anyone who has used a machine such as a Macintosh or an Sun Workstation (we can only but dream!) Will know how much a DropCloth utility can brighten up a dull work screen.
Getting Going To use DropCloth, the first thing you must do is to either create a medium-resolution picture in your favourite paint package or alternatively, suitable pictures can be found in abundance in the PD libraries. Once you’ve got a picture that you’d like to use, you must alter the picture's icon so that when you double-click on it, DropCloth is loaded instead of the program that was used to create it. This is achieved by clicking once on the picture’s icon, and the selecting ‘INFO’ from the Workbench menus (which are accessed by pressing the right mouse button). After a few sec
onds (and possibly disk swaps), a window will pop up containg all sorts of useful information about the picture. Next, locate the ‘DEFAULT TOOL’ string gadget, click once within it, erase the old contents and type in 'DROPCLOTFT and press return. Finally, select ‘SAVE’ and you’re ready to go. Now all you have to do is to double-click on the picture’s icon and it will be loaded into the Workbench screen (note that the DropCloth program must be in the same directory as the picture). ¦ WORKBENCH HACKS PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: TARGET, MELT, WAVEBENCH, HACKS.DOC All these serious and techie
programs can soon get to you unless you’re getting a regular dose of something a little 'different'. So just what does the doctor order when you need a little light refreshment? The Amiga Format Workbench hacks of course!
This month, we've got three hacks for your perusal instead of last month's two. The first, Target, is a fun little mouse-pointer hack which will let you unleash your fury on any poor, unsuspecting icon. The final two hacks are true screen hacks whose sole role in life is to do rude things to your Workbench screen.
Getting Going You can load any of the Workbench hacks by double-thumping the left mouse button on your electronic pet rodent. Full instructions)!) Are available (as always) within the WB Hacks drawer.
HOW TO USE THIS DISK BACKING UP YOUR DISK Before using your Amiga Format disk, you should make a back-up of the master disk as soon as possible. This is very important!
Copying the disk may sound like a complicated task suitable for techno-buffs only, but it is surprisingly simple provided you read the following instructions carefully:
1. First, turn on your machine and load Workbench, Once the
Workbench screen appears and the disk-drive light goes out,
remove your Workbench disk and insert our cover disk.
We have done our best to check that the programs on the Amiga Formal coverdisk are simple to use, error- free and have no known viruses. However, we cannot normally answer telephone queries on using the software, and we do not accept liability for any consequences of using the programs.
If your Amiga Formal disk is faulty - and out of the tens of thousands duplicated, some are unfortunately bound to be - you should send it back for a free replacement within a month of the cover date to: AMIGA FORMAT SEPTEMBER DISK. DISCOPY LABS, UNIT A, WEST MARCH. LONDON ROAD. DAVENTRY, NORTHANTS. NN11 4SA.
If your Amiga refuses to accept the disk, try using the DISKDOCTOR utility on your Commodore Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. Full details of DiskDoctor can be found in the user's manual that came with your machine.
2. Next, click once on the coverdisk icon and then press the
right mouse-button and the Workbench menus will appear. Now,
while keeping the right mouse- button depressed (you can cheer
it up afterwards!), move the mouse pointer over to the
'Workbench' heading and a menu will drop down.
Move the mouse pointer over the 'duplicate' menu option and then press the left mouse-button.
3. After a few seconds' disk access, the Workbench DiskCopy tool
will be loaded and run. Now just follow the on-screen prompts
and your Amiga Format coverdisk will be copied to a backup
When the machine asks for the destination, insert your blank disk into the drive. Further instructions can be found in the user’s guide that comes with your Amiga.
USING THE PROGRAMS All the programs on the Amiga Format disk are specially set up to make them as easy to use as possible. If you can use the Amiga’s Workbench then you can use our coverdisk! If you do have problems with a program, full instructions on loading and using the programs are included in the disk pages and these should get you up and running. If you still have problems, you should read the documentation file (.DOC) that is included with every program.
To run any of the programs on this month's coverdisk, all you have to do is follow a very simple procedure. Unless specified differently within the disk pages, just double-click on the program's icon on the Workbench and the program will load and run. Full details on how to use the programs once they have run are included with the disk pages and as a text file accompanying the program.
To display a documentation file, just double-click on the appropriate .DOC file to be viewed and a window will open containing the file's contents. Pressing the space bar will advance a page at a time.
COPYING THE DISK Unless specifically stated, the programs on the cover disk are not in the public domain and the copyright remains with the author. Selling or distributing these programs without the author's permission is against the laws of copyright.
YOUR PROGRAMMING SKILL COULD EARN YOU £800 If you’ve got any programs for the Amiga which you think other readers would find useful, interesting or amusing, we’d like to know about them.
1. Make sure your program is foolproof to use.
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I ¦ VI 1 : ' Graeme Kidd begins a complete round-up of Amiga Desktop Publishing packages with a little advice on how to be an editor... if Desktop Publishing entered the litany of computer buzzwords a few years ago: invented, so some cynics say, as a new way of selling computers.
Without doubt, DTP sells computers: mostly IBM PC compatibles and Macintoshes, rather than Amigas.
Could this mean the Amiga is just a games machine, unsuited to DTP?
Traditional publishing involves producing text as type-written ‘hardcopy’, rekeying it into a typesetting machine and printing it out as ‘galleys', effectively just columns of set type in strips. Typeset galleys are then cut up and stuck down, together with pictures, to make artwork from which pages may be printed.
Apart from expensive cameras and typesetting equipment, much glue and sharp bladework is involved in producing artwork by traditional methods. Even more expensive equipment is needed to make pages that are to be printed in full colour.
In theory at least, Desktop Publishing takes much of the pain and expense out of producing final artwork from which pages may be printed. Text can be keyed into the computer and manipulated, producing most, if not all, of the effects achievable on expensive typesetting equipment. Pictures can be drawn on the machine itself or be scanned in as image files, and then edited, retouched and placed on a page held in memory. Once words and I pictures have been combined in a layout and embellished with tints, rules and other fol-de-rols, the whole document can be saved as a file.
Print out the file, and you have final artwork from which a printer can make plates and do his job.
Setting up a desktop publishing workstation around your Amiga could easily involve spending £10,000 on extra hardware and the software to drive it. Fortunately, for most purposes a few hundred pounds is all that's needed to get going, even if you’re starting out on an A500.
Desktop Publishing can be fun and rewarding: financially rewarding with the right mix of skills, equipment and clients, but getting that mix right can be a little tricky. No- one seems to be offering training courses in Amiga DTP, and while some DTP design courses would be applicable, you’re going to be on your own so far as getting to grips with the software.
The first thing to sit down and think about is how much work you want to do on your DTP kit, and what sort of quality you really need.
To flash up a simple newsletter that appears once a month, you might get away with a wordprocessor and avoid DTP packages altogether.
Similarly, if the odd poster is all you require, an art package might solve the problem, without recourse to page makeup software.
With a basic A500, a nine-pin dot-matrix printer and around £100 of DTP sofware, quite serious work can be undertaken. The next step up involves investing in a 24-pin dot matrix, or even an inkjet printer, a Megabyte memory upgrade and one of the more expensive DTP packages. Remember, however, that there's no need to splash out on expensive output devices to obtain really high definition output: step forward PostScript, a page-descrip- tion language that is device-independent. Providing your DTP package can produce PostScript files from your pages, it will be possible to use a friend's
laserprinter, or pay a bureau to produce laserprinted (usually 300 dpi) or imageset (1200dpi and up) pages from your disk.
A hard disk drive is probably next in line as a DTP system upgrade, as it makes life easier.
Add on several thousand pounds for the convenience of a PostScript printer sitting next to your Amiga, and you have a professional-quality DTP workstation at a fraction of the price of a Mac or PC compatible system with the same power.
Once the plunge has been taken, the potential for spending money is enormous. A hand-held scanner could be added to the system for a few hundred pounds more, or even a high-quality flatbed or photographic scanner for a few thousand pounds could be tagged on. Throw in a top-quality art package such as Dpaint III, invest in a large-screen display and you have a system that few professional outfits equipped with Macs or Pcs could find fault with.
Without doubt, the Amiga can get up there with the high-end PC compatibles and Macintoshes. People are producing entire magazines on Amiga systems, but few corporate-type people seem to realise that it can be done effectively. Pcs and Macs - with their high price tags - dominate ‘Professional Pub- CITY DESK The first painful obstacle encountered when attempting to master City Desk is the manual. While all the information needed to drive this powerful package is contained in the manual, it is pres-ented in a form that only arch propeller-heads will appreciate.
City Desk was used to produce its own manual, and tellingly there isn’t a section on design. Only three illustrations are offered to help the new user get to grips with it, and one of those is a wedge of cake in a sample page!
City Desk takes a different approach to getting text and graphics on the page: there isn't a frame or frame tool in sight. The system relies on the creation of ¦ With a laser printer like the one shown above, you can begin to get very close to print quality, though it does cost.
Lishing’ as really serious DTP is called these days.
Next issue, we’ll be revealing how the Amiga can be used to produce full-colour magazine pages, as well as taking a really close look at the two most competent Amiga DTP packages: Professional Page vl.2 and PageStream. Flow do they compare with DTP programs such as Ventura, PageMaker and Xpress that cost over twice as much and have become 'publishing industry standards? Find out next month. ¦ columns and text format defaults before text is flowed into a document. Select a text file for import, and it is flowed onto the page, placed in position with a cursor, according to the page and
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Style information is embedded as command codes in the text file and is automatically carried into City Desk when a file is imported.
Text can be edited for content and typographical style once on the page, using a weird one-line editor: to put a word into bold, for instance, you have to scroll through an entire chain, find the word and then insert [b] in front of the word: and then the appropriate command in square brackets inserted after the word to ensure that the remainder of the text chain is not emboldened.
A simplistic graphic editor is part of the City Desk package, and it boasts basic drawing, rotating and fill tools with which quick sketchettes may be created or imported IFF files tarted up.
Graphics can be cropped and sized on the page, and a small, rather tasteless library of clip art is supplied with the program.
Rules in several patterns may be drawn around text or graphics, and drop shadows added in different configurations.
Conclusion City Desk is, without doubt, a powerful page creation package, but the user interface in these days of WIMP environments leaves a great deal to be desired. In some respects, you are expected to 'program' layouts rather than design them and make fluid modifications as work progresses. Only saints will avoid hurling the manual across the room several times during the learning process. If long documents that stick to a basic style are what you need to produce, however, City Desk is well worth getting to grips with because all the text format commands can be entered in the file as
it is being written, and PostScript output is supported if posh results are required for your books or manuals. ¦ Coming Soon... City Desk V2.0 has been released in the States, but has yet to make it to these shores according to Precision Software. From an American flyer on the new version, City Desk would appear to be much enhanced. A full screen text editor, a new graphics editor and the ability to move columns seem to the be three major improvements. A brand new manual is also promised, which could add up to a much more friendly product. Look out for the details in a forthcoming issue,
but in the meantime it might be worth giving Precision a ring to see if they have any Version 1.1s going cheap... CITY DESK CITY DESK V 1.1a £130.39 plus VAT ¦ All Amigas Precision Software Ltd 01 330 7166 SHAKESPEARE Recently reduced in price by almost a third, Shakespeare is the only budget DTP package that allows colour on the page to be carried through to hard copy. Providing you have access to a colour printer, then type, tints and images can be produced in glorious hues. Don't expect too much: the software doesn’t produce colour separation sets for full- colour offset printing, and
even if you have spent a five-figure sum on a colour PostScript printer, Shakespeare's PostScript output is greyscale only.
Mes from the Alley In use, Shakespeare is perfectly friendly, if a little idiosyn-cratic.
Once the basic format of a document - or ‘issue’ - has been set, frames are drawn on the page.
Text and graphics, known as ‘articles’, may then be placed in frames and manipulated. Page elements need to be pre-loaded into memory via a Chart menu before they are available. It is still possible to key text directly into a new frame, but it won't be saved unless a dummy file was loaded into the frame from disk and amended.
Vollme 6,N u«b er 4 . Published bp t'e Mid-Valley Bowling League ¦ While it is great for anyone with a colour printer, Shakespeare is a bit awkward to work with, especially on long documents... This way of working isn’t really intrusive once mastered, encourages orderly filing, and has the advantage of warning the page designer when memory limitations impose restrictions.
Unlike most DTP packages, Shakespeare doesn’t offer a magShakespeare: The Page Integratop Ne»sletters_Ienplate League Champions Make Themselves Known nify function. An optional page preview display gives an overall impression of a page, but all work is carried out at full-size. Rules at the top and left of the work area are used in conjunction with alignment markers to place frames on the page accurately. Up to nine IBS mm HQ ?HI nfl columns may be created across a page, with or without vertical rules, and can be used as layout guides or filled directly with text.
Text loses any bold, medium, italic or underline format attributes when it is flowed onto the page, and has to be adjusted by hand, which proves a pain with long documents. Once a text file has been loaded and selected there are two ways of getting it onto the page: it can be flowed into a series of frames drawn on the page with the frame tool, pouring into the frames as they are drawn, or it can be poured into a set of empty frames already placed on the page. Unfortunately, there's no indication that a text file has overflowed a set of frames, and it would be possible to 'lose' text in a
long or complicated document. Text reflows automatically when the text is edited or the frames are resized or deleted.
While it is possible to mix point sizes and fonts inside a frame or group of frames, thereby producing crossheads and so on, an 'insert frame’ tool allows a new frame to be inserted between two t active text frames in a text chain, or at the head of a series of linked frames. In this way, headings, captions and titles can be placed at discrete points on the page without being affected by reflows of body copy. With a little practice, text can be shuffled around the page very accurately.
Shakespeare imports colour graphics in the IFF format, but prefers them to be saved as brushes and can't cope with with HAM graphics. Each graphic brings its own colour palette with it, and this palette is applied to the whole document on screen when the graphic is selected as the active frame. The palettes for individual text or graphics frames can be altered, and depending on how memory-rich you are, the number of colours in the display (up to 32) and its resolution can also be changed. Changes to the display do not affect the final output on a colour printer, which produces all colours
from all the palettes.
Conclusion Shakespeare is a powerful DTP tool, supported by a clear and informative manual, but it is let down as a serious tool for producing long documents with complicated text formats by its inability to import format information with text. While graphics can be cropped and sized, once imported they can’t be edited and there are no drawing tools for the designer to play with. Printer setup could prove a bit fiddly, and until you get the program and the printer in tune with one another, What You See Won’t Quite Be What You Get.
Brilliant for anyone with a colour printer, Shakespeare is best suited to single page work, and isn’t top choice for mono. ¦ Without doubt, this package is the best DTP deal available on the Amiga. Not only do you get a copy of PageSetter VI .2, but the full-featured word processor KindWords is included, along with a disk of clip art, a disk of headline fonts and LaserScript, a utility that allows PageSetter files to be output on PostScript printers. All this for £20 more than the cost of PageSetter
vl. lon its own... So what about all the 'extras’ accompanying
the DTP software: are they useful or mere padding?
KindWords is a powerful word processor in its own right, capable of accepting graphics files as well as a range of fonts other than those supplied with the Amiga system. A ICS © IMLfM Pagesetter VI.2, part of the Publishers’ Choice package. A powerful set of tools allows frames and their contents to be manipulated on the page: there's even a wipe tool to clear the contents of a frame.
Spelling checker and thesaurus help with proofing and creating text, and such frills as headers and footers are also offered. With a little thought, KindWords itself can accomplish many basic DTP tasks.
The clip art collection supplied is respectable, and is supported by a Headline Font Pack. Finally, LaserScript is more than just a PostScript back end to PageSetter: it can be used to make pages from several PageSetter documents... not obviously useful until you try!
PageSetter itself is effectively three functions rolled into on: text editor, graphics editor and page layout device. Following the analogy of a page on a desk, PageSetter allows text and graphics to be cut and ’parked’ outside the page, much as a paste up artist might work in the real world. Thus elements can be placed on the desk while a layout is being revised.
Flipping to the text or graphics editor takes you away from the layout desk into separate workscreens; once the text or graphic work has been completed, you return to the layout board.
The text editor can load text from a variety of other word processors and offers basic block manipulation functions, find replace and mark exchange operators. It would be perfectly comfortable to write all your text inside this editor, though using KindWords confers the benefits of spelling checker and thesaurus. A pop-up text-editing window can be used as an alternative for writing short captions and headlines.
The graphics editor would make a respectable, if simplistic, stand-alone package. Solid and dotted line and curve facilities are offered, along with an airbrush, a fill facility, text input, and frames as well as a set of cropping and sizing functions: in fact, all that's needed to create, amend, size or crop graphics is present.
PageSetter works on the frame principle, and a grid system can be enabled to assist with the positioning of frames. Units of measurement on the grid and rulers can be in inches or picas. When text is imported, the order of flow can be governed by the order in which frames have been chained together.
A chain of boxes containing text can be treated as a single item.
The attributes of a frame control the attributes of the text it contains, including justification style, font and size, so inserting crossheads in body text requires separate frames.
Conclusion While the package bills itself as an integrated solution, the fact that the programs it contains were not written as a complimentary suite means that the level of integration is not perfect. Text prepared in KindWords. For instance, does not arrive in PageSetter with font and hyphenation information intact. Nitpicking aside, the pack offers all you need to get started, and more, and is accompanied by an excellent manual that makes the learning curve painless to ascend.
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PROBLEMS WITH THE EDITOR Help! I’ve got problems with my Amiga which the official Commodore manuals don’t even get near answering.
1. I have tried using the Amiga's Command Line Interface, but I
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Can't seem to be able to edit the 'StartUp-Sequence' file that controls the boot sequence of my Workbench disk. I've tried ED and EDIT, but neither would even display the file.
2. The Workbench font editor, FED, which is to be found within
the 'Tools’ directory of my Extras disk, doesn't allow me to
edit fonts from other disks other than those on my boot disk.
How can I tell it to edit the fonts from my 1.3 Extras disk?
3. The new fonts on my 1.3 Extras disk sound pretty good, but I
can't seem to be able to access them. Please help.
Corin Pearce Bedford, Beds
1. Are you entering the filename of the file to be edited when
first invoking ED? If you enter the correct filename including
the full path, there shouldn't be any problems at all. Try
entering ‘ED S:STARTUP-SEQUENCE' to edit the StartUp-Sequence
of your boot disk. This should work.
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2. The Amiga fonts are always read from a logical device called
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3. Simple! You can either copy all the fonts on your Extras disk
to your Workbench disk, or alternatively, use the ‘ASSIGN’
command as detailed in the answer to the second question.
PUTTING THE BOOT IN Could you please help me on the subject of making a disk bootable.
I have tried to make my Amiga BASIC disk autoboot by moving the C directory, S directory and System directory from the Workbench disk to my-AmigaBASIC disk. I've even tried using the CLI 'Install' command but have yet to have any success with it.
N Sowler Merseyside Making a disk bootable is fairly straightforward, and from what you’ve already said, you’ve almost cracked it. To make a simple disk that will boot to Workbench, you'll have to create an S directory, a C directory and a LIBS directory. Firstly, copy the files toadWB' and ‘EndCLT from the Workbench C directory to your C directory, and the file ‘icon.library' from the Workbench LIBS: directory to the new libs directory on your disk.
Next, you'll have to create a 'StartUp-Sequence' file. This file, which must be located in the S directory, is a batch file that is executed by AmigaDOS when you first boot your Amiga. For the sake of example, just create a StartUp-Sequence that contains the following two lines: LoadWB EndCLI The final step to making your disk bootable is to actually write a boot block to Track 0 using the AmigaDOS ‘Install’ command. If the disk to be made bootable was in Drive 1 and your Workbench disk in Drive 0, you would enter ‘INSTALL DF1:'. You now have a bootable mini- Workbench disk which can be
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DISK COMPLAINT Why is it that the Amiga disk drives are so slow? Before I upgraded, I had a C64 and with the help of a special cartridge, all my games and other software would load in under 9 seconds.
I am also considering buying a 68010 in the hope that this will speed up my machine. Could you please answer the following questions concerning this upgrade.
1. What is the speed increase?
2. Will all my existing games software load with the 68010
3. Is the machine code the same?
S Gregory Lowton, Warrington The Amiga disk drives are indeed slow at times, but what you must consider is that the Amiga is loading considerably more data into memory than a C64 drive has to transfer when loading a game. This obvious problem will hopefully be rectified with the release of Kickstart and Workbench 1.4 which will see the arrival of the brand new 'FastFileSystem' for floppy disks.
The fast file system has already been incorporated into hard drives and typically, speed increases of about seven times have been achieved.
It probably isn’t worth upgrading your machine to a 68010 if you use your Amiga primarily for games. The 68010 won’t speed up your disk drives and will probably not make a great deal of difference to the vast majority of games. However, for heavy number crunching applications, the 68010 will speed up operations between 8% and 50%.
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My problem may be a simple one, but it's been bugging me for months. How can I change the shape and colour of the mouse pointer on my Amiga? I know that I could use the Workbench Preferences program to edit the pointer on my Workbench disk, but how about PD disks? I've been trying to change the pointer on a Seventeen Bit Software disk without any success. I have even copied the Preferences icon from my Workbench disk to the PD disk, but it still does not work!
Arash Shababi Kingswood, Surrey When you boot a disk, the Amiga reads all the details it requires about screen colours, printer configuration and, yes, pointer definition, from a file in the 'DEVS’ directory called 'sysfem- configuration'. To copy the pointer definition from your Workbench disk to your PD disk, all you have to do is to copy this file to the DEVS directory of the PD disk. Simple enough, really.
AZTEC-NICAL AS YOU LIKE I have just purchased 'Amiga C for Beginners’ by Abacus and have already stumbled upon a problem.
On Section 3.2 (Page 19), it gives two listings to bring the compiler into use. After typing in a simple C program, I tried using the instructions in the book to invoke the C compiler.
Unfortunately, all that happened was that the machine told me that 'CC' was an unknown command.
I have looked in the C directory, but cannot seem to find anything resembling the commands referred to within the book. Could you please tell me whether I have to buy either the Lattice or Aztec C compilers to be able to use the programs in the book.
A Messengur High Wycombe, Bucks To be able to compile C programs, you will indeed need to buy a C Compiler. Although both Aztec and Lattice will compile the same source code (programs), they use different filenames to invoke the compiler programs themselves (Aztec uses the Unix- like 'cc' and Lattice uses ‘Icl The Abacus book is written using the Manx compiler as the basis for all examples and so if you want to stick word-for-word to the book, Aztec C is your best bet.
Currently the best (and most complete) C compiler system available for the Amiga is Lattice C version 5, which is available from either HiSoft (0525 718181) or MetaComco (0272 428781) for around £250. ¦ TURBO CHARGING AMIGABASIC Anyone who has used AmigaBASIC for more than a couple of minutes will soon grow tired of it’s oh-so-slow redraw rate. If you've never noticed, try moving a window in front of the BASIC 'List' window and then remove It and you'll see AmigaBASIC redrawing the program text at a phenomenally slow rate.
The reason for this is that AmigaBASIC uses the Intuition SIMPLEREFRESH1 technique to redraw the screen. This basically means that the AmigaBASIC program has to manually redraw every time you bring the ‘List’ window to the front of a group of windows.
The short BASIC ‘patch’ below cures this by changing the 'List' window's definition from 'SIMPLEREFRESH', to the faster 'SMART REFRESH'. Smart Refresh is faster because the window contents are remembered by Intuition every time a window obscures it.
When the window is then removed, Intuition simply uses the blitter to paste the window contents back onto the screen. Clever eh!
Charles Bernasconl Ashow, Kenilworth DEFLNG a-Z CHDIR "Extras:BasicDemos " LIBRARY "dos.library" DECLARE FUNCTION xOpenf) LIBRARY f=xOpen(SADD("Extras:AmigaBASIC"+CHR$ (0)),1005) CALL Seek(f,22289,0) CALL xWrite(f,SADD(CHRS(0)),1) CALL xClose(f) I0IBAS1C: dainl Connodore Aniga BASIC Version 1.2 Created 6 Oct 1986 Copyright (c) 1985, 1986 By Microsoft Corp. LIBRARY "arp.library" LIBRARY "exec.library" DECLARE FUNCTION FiLeRequestfi(bufferfi LIB DECLARE FUNCIION BaseNaiie« pathPtrS) LIBRA DECLARE FUNCIION FindlaskSttaskS) LIBRARY DECLARE FUNCIION GetFi1e fi1enaneS,texts DECLARE SUB
IackOntpathS,fileS) LIBRARY 3682840 Bytes free in Systen 25880 Bytes free in BASIC Ok WAIIRS : 128 * 64 * 16 'Backdrop Bor SCREEN 1,328,256,5,1 WINDOW l.’SuperPaint 2",(8,0)- 311,242),W WINDOW OUTPUT 1 ScreenPointerS : WIND0M(7 *46 Divert DOS: Hornrlir i ndTaskMB) _I I AmigaBasic in action: but it could run so much more quickly.
RE-ROUTING DOS When you open a custom screen using AmigaBASIC, or in fact any language. AmigaDOS still sends all requesters to the default Workbench screen. Programs that have not taken this into account are easily spotted because the Workbench screen pops to the front every time a requester is displayed: which is not only shoddy programming, it's also very annoying for the user of your software.
As always, there is a way of redirecting AmigaDOS so that instead of writing all requesters to the Workbench screen, they are instead sent to your custom screen. The code below is a short AmigaBASIC stub that should be included directly into your main program after your custom screen has been opened to achieve the desired effect.
LIBRARY "exec.library" DECLARE FUNCTION FindTaskS (tasks) LIBRARY MyProcS = FindTaskS(0) Temps = PF.F.KL (MyProc&+184) POKEL MyProe&+184, WINDOW(7) To restore DOS routing to the Workbench screen, just enter the following line at the end of your program.
POKEL MyProc&+184, Temps And there it is. Simple but effective, professional-looking re-routing. ¦ FFS: FAST FLOPPY SYSTEM?
Users who purchased Workbench 1.3 may have been disappointed to find that the new fast file system is one available to hard disk users (look out for 1.4 though!) However, with a little bit of tinkering with the MountList file in the DEVS: directory of your boot disk, FFS can just about be talked into working with floppy disks.
The MountList entry below must be appended to the end of the existing mountlist and provides system information for a new floppy drive device called FFO:.
* Mount Entry to allow use of FFS on floppies * FFO: Device = trackdisk.device FileSystem = 1:FastFileSystem Unit = 0 Flags = 1 Surfaces = 2 BlocksPerTrack = 11 Reserved = 2 Interleave = 0 LowCyl = 0 ; HighCyl =79 Buffers = 20 BufmemType = 3 Mount = 1 DosType = 0x444f5301 stacksize = 4000 Globvec = -1 Note that the ‘ ’ is very important.
Unfortunately, not everything is rosy in the fast file system garden, and there are a couple of ‘ifs and buts’. Firstly, the fast file system and the old (slow) system are incompatible, so you cannot boot from an FFS disk. Secondly, when FFO: is mounted, there must be an FFS format disk in the drive or else the machine will complain bitterly. To get around this, the first time you mount FFO:, you must instantly format a disk with the FFS using the ‘FFS1 option on the Workbench 1.3 'Format' command.
J. Forrest Sunderland, Tyne and Wear PARLEZ VOUS AMIGA?
If you're lucky enough to have upgraded your Amiga to Workbench 1.3, then you may not have noticed a very handy little addition that enables the Amiga to read text files without having to use the system Say’ command (although it's still there if you need it).
Workbench 1.3 added a new device handler called SPEAK:’ that can be used in a similar way to other devices such as ‘PAR:’ and 'SER:' to allow files to be redirected to them without the hassle of having to initialise data structures etc. The most common application for this is for CLI users who wish to have a text file audibly read to them (a bit like having a proof reader on a disk!). For example, to copy a text file called 'Fred' to the SPEAK: device, you would type: COPY Fred SPEAK: or alternatively: TYPE SPEAK: Fred AmigaBASIC users can also use the SPEAK device as an alternative to
the standard ‘SAY’ and TRANSLATE’ commands, to allow immediate access to the speech synthesiser. All you would do is to open a channel to the SPEAK: device in the same way as you would open a channel to the PAR:’ or SER:’ devices using the following command: OPEN "SPEAK:" FOR OUTPUT AS 1 PRINT 1, "HELLO THERE" Ollie Alderton Bath, Avon WIMMING SPOOL When using the CLI, you don't want to have your CLI window tied up while a long text file prints out. Thankfully, with a multi-tasking operating system such AmigaDOS, it is fairly simple to implement a printer spooler that will print out
The batch file below will (surprise surprise!) Do the job very nicely thankyou. As well as allowing you to print in the background, the batch file also allows you to send a file to the printer as a hex dump using an extra 'HEX' parameter.
To use it, all you have to do is to enter 'Execute Spool filename*' and press return. To access the extra hex option, you would have to enter ‘Execute Spool filename* HEX’. Note that Workbench 1.3 users can make the batch file executable by using the Shell environment and the 'Protect Spool +S’ command. ,
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New releases sent on day of release. Tel orders: 0268 590766 VISIONARY The Vision Factory, in Zetland Road, Bristol, originally covered many kinds of Audio Visual work including conferencing and projection, but now concentrates on video production, Its current major project is a series of documentaries for a Middle Eastern industrial firms. Although the stuff is filmed on 35mm by international crews, it is then transferred to video in London and Steve is responsible, alongside the director, for all post-production work: editing the pictures, and then adding computer graphics, titles and
The computer graphics are exclusively produced by specialist firms on high-end dedicated machinery, such as Ihe £1.5m Symbolics or Quantel Paintbox graphics systems currently used m many a TV ident. "Even Kings have logos", explains Steve, “and if they’re going to, then they might as well have the business.” Similarly sound, both effects and narration, is produced through expensive chip-based hardware. No synchronised sound is recorded on location: instead, the best possible example of a particular sound (say, for instance, a bulldozer moving) is sampled and then looped or repeated as
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This also allows doctoring to improve the quality of the sound. A Casio FZ1 keyboard takes the samples, and they are then transferred to an Audiofile and literally played back from the keyboard to fit in with the picture. A gadget called a Synclavier is now available that can alter the duration of a sound without changing the pitch, which will allow the voice of a narrator to be altered to fit a required space: particularly handy for squeezing in an overdub of a foreign- language translation into a less compact language than English.
In competition with such advanced hardware, even the Amiga can become lost. However, Steve admits that relatively cheap Amiga products even now can "give a taste of similar applications that do cost a fortune.” Partly he blames lack of investment for the slow development Steve Haley, who will be providing our video coverage, is the mastermind behind The Vision Factory.
DAMIEN NOONAN chatted with him.
Of the Amiga's support in this area, believing that companies make a faster buck knocking out games: partly, he acknowledges that professionals such as he are reluctant to believe that one single flexible piece of hardware can reproduce the results of expensive, dedicated, specialist kit.
Steve bought himself an Amiga A500 with the insurance money when his mountain bike was stolen, and his main uses for the small machine since have been as a wordprocessor, for invoicing and basic accounts for the business, and - of course - for playing games. As a great fan of Carrier Command and Leaderboard, and having been somewhat disappointed by Populous, Steve is clearly excited by the potential of the computer to create its own internal realities in much the same way as a film or a video does, and consequently loves games in which the player becomes deeply and credibly involved.
Steve stresses that the upgrade path of the Amiga is going to be of great significance, but he has yet to fully explore the possibilities of a larger » POP GROUP Non m:i soon set il on The Chart Show and MTV the video features the face of Mark Stewart.erstwhile leader of The Pop (irmip.
His lace distorted as mam weird and wonderful images are projected onto it. This remarkahle low - budget affair was pul together h Steve Hale), the man behind production outfit The ision Factors Amiga in his work as a video producer.
He has plans to start with rough sketches or storyboards, perhaps using Dpaint III, for the major animation sequences that he contracts to specialised companies: and eventually to produce key frames, around which the animation will be worked, for himself.
Already, he admits that many of the 3D ray-traced demos on the Amiga are showing more imagination and polish than can be achieved using the ‘serious’ heavyweight professional gear.
If nothing else, remember this: given the right attitude and imagination, Steve himself has proved that, even with minimal amounts of the vital ingredient of all video productions, money, you can simulate what the big boys are doing, and HOME STL 10 Steve Haley finds one package containing everything but the kitchen sync... The makers of Video Sludio make a number of ambitious claims ranging from the comprehensiveness of its facilities to the ease of use and the straightforward nature of the hardware needed: so let’s start with what is actually required to use this package with any real
purpose in video programme making, at any level.
A meg of RAM and two disk drives is assumed, the packaging states cheerfully. However, it should be stressed that on the A500 a memory expansion with a real-time clock is definitely preferable, because many functions use the clock. Using a memory expansion without a real-time clock could extend the start-up procedure by quite a while, particularly as there seems to be a bug at the start which could leave the beginner in some distress. This can be overcome, and providing the clock is correctly set there should be no more specific problems. The A1000 and A2000 will run Video Studio but,
again, you may need to re-program the start-up sequence before you-do.
A Jaguar without Petrol The next claim is that no previous computer experience is required. No previous experience required??? Even though the keyboard-driven menu interface is very friendly, I can’t help but feel that this is an exaggeration. Even less credible is the assertion that the program can be used without a genlock. Certain parts of a Jaguar VI2 will operate without petrol, and certain parts of the Video Studio will even go one better. The images on this page were all produced with the aid of little time or cash. With the Amiga’s help, Steve says, you can "do things that look as
if they're real.” And perhaps that’s what it’s all about. ¦ operate without a genlock: but neither of these prospects offers a fraction of either product’s potential. Somehow, though, I can't see Jaguar describing petrol as non-essential, so let's come clean. A genlock with the potential for foreground and background modes is necessary to use a very large part of Video Studio. Two video machines, or one video camera and one video machine, are also required to produce and record results. A basic art package is also highly recommended (see below for details). This information is not intended
to worry potential users, but to help avoid disappointment and frustration.
Video Studio has been developed exclusively for the Amiga as a complete video post-production utilities package, not as just another video titler: it also provides a range of functions that can be of use in many different types of video production. The manufacturers ZVP are trying to sell to the professional market » Professional D G r ?
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Time for a Title The Video Studio is not just a titler, but this doesn’t mean that the titling has suffered as a result. There are 4 main titling programs with 20 good quality high res (interlaced) fonts and user options for bold, italic and underline also there are outline and drop shadow rendering options. A sequence titler allows multifont, multi-page titling, and there is a scroll titler with relatively smooth vertical and horizontal scrolling. The scroll titler also has options for some interesting masking effects.
The subtitler, with various display options, is impressive and easy to use, although feature-length professional applications may eat up memory. The subtitles can be against a solid, transparent or semi-transparent box. Inputting subtitles is fairly straightforward, though things can get a bit messy near the edge of the window. Finally there is a captor program, a title screen program which is useful for a variety of general requirements and when used with IFF graphics can be useful for scoreboards, map overlays and so on.
Colourful Imports Logos and other graphics can be imported into various parts of Video Studio from any IFF paint package that is capable of working in PAL interlace and overscan modes. In practise, the possession of at least Dpaint II is essential as Video Studio has no brush or picture edit facilities. Fonts too may be imported and exported using other packages. The Video Studio fonts are clean and useful.
The combination of high res fonts in low res menus is very thoughtful and eases the strain on those using low res monitors, probably most of us. On the whole the handling is simple, all through the keyboard, and results are impressive.
Special Effects Video Studio contains a number of ‘Graphic Special Effects’. There is a selection of Wipe Dissolve patterns for use with genlocked video, but here the range of commercial applications narrows as quality and cost play their parts.
The likes of low-budget industrial and celebration videos can be reasonably well served but they don't look good enough to go further. That is no slight on low-budget wedding videos or on Video Studio either, because for the price I can see the mixing patterns as a welcome bonus for many users. They are on the messy side, though, and I had to spend some time in preferences centring and generally improving the screen position. But these are an interesting start nevertheless, and deserve separate development.
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Other effects include several fairly sketchy border patterns or frames: binoculars, rifle sight, camera viewfinders.
Colleges, training facilities and the home video maker might find something useful here. Personally I found them pretty unconvincing and almost out of place.
The Picture-in-Picture effect allows you to overlay IFF pictures over video.
As the IFF pictures could be digitised or frame grabbed there are some good creative possibilities here although they are likely to require quite a bit of time, memory and again some additional hard software.
Clocking up a Test Linder the title Time Functions there are a number of useful clock options. The 40 second start-clock which counts down with an automatic fade at 5 seconds or a choice of several other counters over video. (It’s not time code, but it could be useful). There is also a conventional analogue station clock which can, like the others, be customised with logos.
Video Studio has a set of several different test signals - colour bars, test card, greyscale - and although these are definitely not broadcast spec, they will be of use in training or low-budget work.
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Imaginative and diverse tools. It is ideal for use in video training or education, or for use by a wide spectrum of video producers, both amateur and low-budget professional. Companies with in-house facilities could easily use it.
Despite the apparent high cost of the kit you might need to use with it, if you compare the cost of the video hardware required to provide the same basic options Video Studio is very good value for money. This version seems a little bit roughly put together in some respects, but for enhancing both the production process and the finished programme the Video Studio does work and is a good step forward in satisfying demand rather than merely trying to create it. ¦ VidcoStudio A TIP FROM SIDEWINDER Sidewinder’s Tip: A500 memory expansion without real time clock. Startup sequence should
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F. ndcli Nil: The cheat machine gets its cogs turning once
again to bring you the latest and best hints and tips to get
you to that end screen. Have you any recent tips you could
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Not only are we bringing you some tips, they're straight from the programmers, Binary Vision, so there’s no-one better to give you the definitive playing guide.
1. Quick on the Spore: always kill evil spores (the red flashing
stars) as they are the evil portals of the (very near) future.
Leave them be and you'll always be lagging behind the forces
of Darkness. Listen out for the distinctive sound effect as
they come into existence.
2. Establish a 'Beach-Head': select an area of the screen which
is (comparatively) easy to defend and establish your
‘Beach-Head’ here. This is what you'll be using a base to
expand across the screen. Exactly where you set up your
stronghold depends on the specific screen, but certain areas,
such as corners, have a natural defensive advantage.
3. Keep a 'Springboard': As good spores can only be dropped on
existing good growth to create a new portal, it’s a good idea
to protect a few isolated growths on a distant part of the
screen to the 'Beach-Head'. Good spores can be settled (and
good portals created) on this 'Springboard' to attack away
from the beach-head once it has been secured. Failure to do
this often means that you have gained the upper hand but don't
have time (keep a watch on the red bar) to grow right across
the screen and secure victory.
WICKED 4 Einkreisungspolitik (phew!): an expression used by Bismark meaning ‘encirclement strategy’ or, to you and me, pincer movement. Surround the enemy with good portals and make him fight on two or more fronts (divide and conquer).
5. When you’re getting good, skip the first two constellations at
the start. You can come back to these later to get easy (!)
Extra lives and have a brief respite from the battle.
6. Scoring: the secret to megascores is completing the last few
constellations (easier said than done) but there are a couple
of bonuses throughout the game:
A. A smallish bonus for shooting and destroying special power
crystals. If you don’t want the power it gives you, rack up a
few points by obliterating it.
B. If you’ve got all four extra lives stars lit up in the screen
corners, collect another extra life despite the fact you don't
really need it to gain a big bonus.
~7 Kill off pockets of evil growth close to your good portals.
Otherwise, if you miss an evil spore, it might settle close to your portals and overrun them. Evil spores can only settle on existing evil growth.
8. Careful shooting: shoot out a pathway of growth from your good
portals to his bad ones. As good growth can only cover dead
evil growth, it is channelled between areas of living evil
growth towards his portals. Don’t shoot evil growth that’s not
a threat as it wastes time and diffuses your attack.
9 If you concentrate good portals in one area, huge good growths will be created. These fall quickly to evil forces if they come under attack, just as huge evil growths can be shot away and grown over rapidly by good growth: so take care.
10. All portals produce a limited amount of growth. Once they
have done this they can continue sporing but stop growing.
Look out for evil portals which have exhausted their growth
capability: they are far easier to knock out.
X X. When the drum heartbeat begins, to indicate that time is short, don’t be distracted. If you concentrate you can often finish off a daunting screen, as many of the evil portals will have used up their allotted growth. Should the timer run out and the screen fill up with evil portals, don't sit back and wait. Remember to protect yourself against the Guardian or you'll lose another life to him in the second or so before you actually lose the screen.
12. Don’t send the Guardian back to Pandemonium immediately day
breaks, as he will return as night is falling. Knock him out
as day is about to turn into night so you are shot of him
when he’s at his most dangerous.
13. It's one thing to learn to read the cards and know what they
mean but quite another to really understand them. Double fire
or triple fire (with the extra-fire stars) doesn’t go away
until you lose a life but don't pick up another power such
as invulnerability or multi-fire as these will replace your
extra-fire stars. Extra lives can be collected without losing
these stars. Multi-fire is useful for clearing away swathes
of enemy growth (especially if you’re in it up to your neck)
but it prevents you adopting the careful shooting tactic as
described earlier. There are a number of tricks you can play
with the cards:
A. One card (which shall remain nameless!) Inverts the position
of your strength (the white arrow on the snake bird dial),
reduce your strength to near minimum before picking it up and
you’re back to full strength. But be careful not to go too far
and kill yourself (sounds stupid, but it does happen) and make
sure you catch the crystal before the maggot pushes it off
the edge or you'll feel a right bozo.
B. The Aladdin syndrome - what? Beware collecting extra-fire
stars. Generosity has its limits.
C. The Maggot and the Moon.
During day, on screens with the Giant Maggot, collect the moon icon and rush behind the vermin.
This pulls it towards you, slowly enough to blast it back to Pandemonium.
14. The Guardians: There are seven of these, here are some tips
on three:
A. Firefly - It's easy to avoid the Firefly's servants, all you
need is rhythm. They fly out in a pattern, cyclically: thrice
diagonally followed by once straight.
B. The Devil - The Devil’s red globular servants are the meanest
of all so give yourself extra space to shoot them out as they
close in much faster.
C. The Maggot - at first the hardest adversary, but the easiest
once you understand his ways. He always appears at the same
vertical position as you and moves from left- right. During
daytime, wait until he reaches the right hand side of the
screen and is disappearing, then move to an open space and
fire to the left - he will appear and move right into your
attack. The Maggot will duly appear at the same height as you
on screen, and you can return to your original position.
1 5. The growths and intelligence: at first, evil growths grow randomly but as play progresses they get smarter. Their level of intelligence is indicated by their shape: Round = stupid random growth Diamond = slightly intelligent Cross = intelligent Octagonal = highly intelligent On later levels it is essential to use the evil portals’ own intelligence against them. If you get within a few growths of an evil portal it will revert to a simple defensive strategy of growing towards (and trying to knock out) the nearest good portal. Plant good portals on all sides of intelligent evil
portals, gradually dropping them closer. Back this up with steady attack fire against the portal and you should be able to overrun it. Another approach is to place a decoy good portal to one side of the target portal then amass many good portals slightly further away on another side. Fire from the decoy side to protect it against being overrun while the other massed portals attack the evil portal from the rear.
X 6. On later screens there are hidden High Power Portals. On the leftmost star of Taurus, for example, the top left good portal is growing three times faster than all the others on the screen, making it an obvious choice for a beachhead and certainly one to protect.
But watch out, there are evil HPP’s too and the only way to spot them is to keep a careful track on what damage they're doing.
And there you go! By the way, has anyone got as far as (and completed) Sagittarius (without pokes)? If you have, the Binary Vision lads would like to hear about it, so write in. ¦ MORE MILLENNIUM... Here’s a handy tip to help you start out.
When you start making your solagens and have a Mk2 or above, you will start to get attacked. Instead of going straight to the defence dome go to energy and shut off your most powerful solagen and change it for a Mkl. Now go to the defence screen and deal with the attack.
At the end of the attack you will find that the solagen has been destroyed so go back to energy and put on your most powerful solagen. Make sure you have a few spare Mkls so you can change as soon as you're attacked. By using this tip you’ll not only save time, but will have a constant power source for the really big production items, and if you go straight to defence there's always the possibility of letting the solagen become damaged even if you stop the attack.
P Ranee, Canvey Island FOOTBALL DIRECTOR II Short of money? When in the main menu, press CTRL and C together to stop the program and enter: AI=AI+500000 (RETURN) CONT (RETURN) Now look at your cash - don't give yourself too much though, because the directors will take some if you have too much. Want to win some games? While playing a match you can add to your score by pressing CTRL and C to stop the match and entering: R=R+S (RETURN) CONT (RETURN) And if you want to stay on ’easy’ level, press CTRL and C on the main menu and enter: AB=2-3 (RETURN) CONT (RETURN) F'*-vTB ALL DIRECTOR Then go to
the change level section and you'll find you can go back to 'easy'. Remember, when a player's 26 or under you only need pay him £1 per week!
Should you wish to leave a club, sell 100,000 shares and the board will sack you. Go to offers negotiations and choose yourself a new club.
Ian Brooks, Birmingham DENARIS Having problems getting through this superb shoot-em-up? Type in this listing and make life a whole lot easier for yourself.
10 REM POKE FOR DENARIS 20 CHECK=0 30 CHEAT=253952& 40 FOR N=CHEAT TO 254106& STEP 2 50 READ AS 60 A=VAL(“&h"+A$ ) 70 CHECK=CHECK+A 80 POKEW N,A 90 NEXT N 100 IF CHECK 545742& THEN PRINT “ERROR IN DATA":END 110 PRINT “INSERT DENARIS DiSr 120 PRINT “THEN PRESS ANY KEY" 130 A$ =INKEY$ :IF A$ THEN 130 140 CALL CHEAT 150 DATA 2C78,0004,207C,00FE,88C0,43 F9,0007,1000 160 DATA 303C.0145,12D8.51 C8.FFFC.22 FC.DBFC.0000 170 DATA 22FC,007E,4E5D,32BC,4E75,70 04,0139,0007 180 DATA
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10 REM VOYAGER CHEAT 20 CHECK=0 30 CHEAT=459108& 40 FOR N=(CHEAT-30) TO (CHEAT+30) STEP 2 50 READ AS 60 A=VAL ("&h’+A$ ) 70 CHECK=CHECK+A 80 POKEW N,A 90 NEXT N 100 IF CHECKo 204889& THEN PRINT “ERROR IN DATA":END 110 PRINT: PRINT “PLEASE INSERT THE VOYAGER DISK" 120 PRINT: PRINT “AND THEN PRESS ANY Ker 130 A$ =INKEY$ :IF A$ ="” THEN 130 140 CALL CHEAT 150 DATA 41FA,0010,347C.4EF9,0130,294 8,0132,4EEC 160 DATA 000C,33FC,4E71,0002,01E4,4E F8,0800,2C78 170 DATA 0004,207C,00FE,88C0,43F9,00 07,0000,303C 180 DATA 0145,12D8,51C8,FFFC,4EF9,000 7,001A Press W and then the DEL key on the options screen -
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Ean Blackwell, Chatham MICROPROSE SOCCER Keep banging them goals in with these tips.
First, change the banana kick power to high on the control panel. When playing the game, always pass to the forwards with a full-powered kick to NW or NE depending on where you are.
Once you have the ball, try and run at the goalie’s box at an angle (either NW or NE) and blast the ball in at full power from just outside the box. Then again, you could try getting to the edge of the goalie's box and wait for him to rush at you - then just move as far right as possible and position yourself for a banana shot into the back of the net. Also when it's raining and your opponent is running at your box, run directly behind him and do a sliding tackle
- hopefully the ball will go skidding into your keeper's safe
And, if you get the chance, when your opponent is attacking, move your goalie out to block him and grab the ball - saves a heck of a lot of goals that one!
Dickon Channing, Huntley FOFT Fancy loads of credits? Follow these steps.
1. Load game and press F8, then Net to get access to Network.
Then HELP (return) and your trading name. When asked for a new name, type Y and note the code sequence.
2. Exit Net (type Q), then QUIT (return), then BACKSPACE to exit
station. Locate a friendly ship and lock on.
3. Press F8, then Net, then your code then T. If it’s friendly
you’ll establish transmission.
4. Ask trader if he's selling (be persistent!)
5. When he offers something, offer him 1 credit then LOGOFF.
6. Hit T again and ask again if he has anything to trade -
persist until he does, but don’t barter.
7. When he has offered, hit any Alpha key (a-z) until he asks if
you want his goods or not.
8. Now hit Y and transaction will be completed.
9. Check your credits by hitting T and space to see what goods
you have in the hold. Any problems, re-establish contact and
go back to Step 5.
10. Repeat Step 5.
11. When you make your bid, make it high (5,000) credits.
12. Trader will inform you that you don't have enough credits and
13. Re-establish contact and ask if he wants to buy - make sure
you DO have something.
14. He'll ask for confirmation, just press Y.
15. When he asks how much say 10 credits.
16. When transaction is complete, check inventory -especially
your credits!
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DATEL JAMMER A top quality stereo sampling system at a
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.Records two tracks simultaneously .Separate microphone input with built in amp .Samples up to 42,000 samples per second, 20,000 samples per second per channel in stereo .Sliding volume input control .Ribbon cable attaches to parallel port, and can be used with a Data switch unit .Easy to use software editor with many features .Full support for all hard disks .Supports RAM disks & VDO devices .Works with all Amiga operating systems including 1.3 and the new FastFileSystem Monitor input through your Amiga from the Digitizer . Uses expanded memory where available, up to 8MB .Save your sounds in
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Tel:0895 444433 This ad created by Advanced Technologys DTP System Call 0923 817548 Amiga is a trademark of Commodore Amiga Inc Aegis AudioMaster II is a trademark of Aegis Developments Inc FutureSound 500 Is a trademark ot Applied Visions Inc. So the dictionary has it. But how does this apply to the musical ambitions of an Amiga owner? In order to give you a run- in to the world of sequencing it is perhaps best that we give you in these pages a crash course in sequencing. If you feel that you are pretty well clued up on this then skip a few paragraphs until you come across something that you
don’t understand. If, however, you are a complete novice start right here with..... Sequencing: A Duffer's Guide Just as a word processor is capable of moving text about with immense freedom, so a sequencer is rather like a ‘music processor'. Chunks of music of greater or lesser proportions can be shuffled about, placed anywhere, shifted up or down in pitch and generally interfered with.
There are two types of sequencer: step-time and real-time.
Step-time is usually a rather laborious process where you assemble the score note-for-note on screen. This is usually achieved with a displayed palette of notes from which you pick the one you want and place in the relevant position on the displayed stave.
This frequently puts a fair amount of people off the whole idea, since it does rather presume that you can read music and unless you are copying the music from a score it also means that you need to work out the note values in your head.
Real-time is much more user- friendly, particularly if you are musically illiterate. You just play the piece and the program records every action you make.
The one flaw in this is that you really need to use MIDI as a communications language to external instruments - if you’ve ever tried playing serious music on the qwerty keys, you will know exactly what I mean.
With a real-time sequencer the idea is that it should be your servant: just like a word processor captures your thoughts on the wing (ha ha!) So the sequencer notes down your every passing fancy and lets you firm it up into a constructive piece of music. Once recorded in data form you should then be able to chop it about, fix up the notes that are out of time or just simply wrong, and then fix it into an arrangement.
“7o Sequence... To arrange two or more things in successive order... an arrangement of notes or chords repeated several times.” Sources and displays With Amiga of course we have two types of sound sources. The external tone sound generators accessed via MIDI, and the internal voices, usually in the form of samples. Any sequencer for the » TRACK24; DIGIGRAM MUSILOG ¦ £75.00 ¦ Soundbits: 021 733 2063 'Alio ‘Alio. Ze French stump up a pretty decent sequencer for the Amiga and jolly colourful it is too.
Not withstanding that, it is quite comprehensive with several unique features, especially considering the price.
Mai Ill II Track 16: Bass 1 As you might guess it is a 24- track sequencer. The main screen has the tracks running across the top with highlighted options for either record or solo, in which case all the other tracks are muted. Tracks 23 and 24 have special functions that they can also perform. Track 23 is subtitled C, which stands for chords. If you put your backing chords on this track the program will actually recognise the chords you have put in. However it will also reverse the process, so you can enter chords simply by clicking on the comprehensive menu of chords provided. Quite
unique this, and it could prove useful if you are copying from sheet music, if a little laborious. The other track is monophonic (one note at a time) and is for any lead lines or main melodies which might benefit from this kind of treatment.
The program is very simple to use and has copious functions above and beyond the tune of its price. To whit: track mixing and demixing, copying and chaining tracks (arranging), punch in out, transposing either individually or generally, editing of tracks using traditional notation, memorizing the MIDI configuration of any setup, step-time input, and defined block transposition with cut, copy and paste facilities.
IBS E One other feature is its ability to remember a 'live' mix down.
You can alter the tempo in realtime, switch tracks off and on and the program will remember these and play them back just as you did them. It’s a bit disappointing that it does not take advantage of the internal Amiga voices. One for the update, mes amis.
Nn ¦ Selecting a track for editing.
The only other minor niggle is that it uses traditional note editing and on the display for each track it will only show a monophonic line of notes at a time. You quickly get used to this, though. The quantization could benefit from a few more options than just the basic note-on, too. Criticisms apart, this program is definitely my pick of the month.
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Amiga should ideally be able to manipulate these as part of
the musical chain: it should be able to use these sounds
within the sequence.
Sequencers have evolved standardised ways of displaying and controlling the information.
The display on the main screen should have a track listing: these may well be named by the user.
Other information such as length in bars, instrument name, and part which the track is playing, viz; Bass 1 - Channel 7 - MT32 - MUSIC RECORDING STUDIO; DR T E49.95MCM 01 724 4104
17. 00.00. This tells me that the bass part is on MIDI channel
number seven, connected to a Roland MT32 tone generator and
is not 17 but in fact is 16, yes, 16 bars long, because the
beginning of the first bar is numbered 1 (think about it!)
Recording and editing The controls are usually laid out like those of a tape deck and suitably designed to look like them: fast forward, rewind, play and record. Sometimes there is an additional fast locator which either fast forwards at at hyperspeed or runs to a preset locator.
Most multi-track tape recorders allow you to 'drop in'.
That is to say, you can enter and record at a specified point in a track and exit again with disturbing the data that occurs before and after. The ability to 'drop-in' which is also called ‘punch-in’ is relatively simple for a sequencer and should certainly be part of the specifications.
Your sequencer should be able to let you edit the notes you have input. To do this you will need some sort of visual display of the events. At the worst, which usually also means the cheapest, you have a whole screen full of numbers scrolling from top to bottom in neat columns, all of which adds up to a major editing headache. Each row across will refer to a note or other event.
Your task is to sort out what that string of numbers means in terms of sound. Accurate it may be, user friendly it ain’t: it’s about as much fun as slitting your wrists with a banana. Because you need to hold a translation of those numbers in your head.
¦ Recording a part on Track 2: but it won’t be longer than Track 1.
Why not display traditional music notation? Well, that’s OK if you can read music accurately, but it is actually not exact enough for the notes. I could launch into a long harangue about music notation and freedom of interpretation but suffice to say that music notation is merely a script the player has to enact. With a sequencer we are seeking to capture the actual performance so therefore greater accuracy is needed.
An accurate and easily-understood form of graphic notation is needed. The established way of doing this is by using oblong shapes fixed to a moving graph.
The length of them determines the length of the note and the background on which they are displayed has lines on it to show the position in which they occur in time. Usually you can click on any oblong note and drag it about, either altering its position in time or its length depending on which Originally conceived for the PC, this eight-track MIDI recorder is not a bad introduction. On booting up, you see the main screen with eight tracks on display and record flashing away in the first slot. Fine. Record merrily away and when you finish click on the right mouse button: the program
halts a little then plays back your efforts straight away. Record flashes away on Track 2 now.
Dr. T's MIDI Recording Studio You will then find that you can’t record beyond the length of Track 1. What a dumb idea! The well-written guide happily tells you this with all the aplomb of an insurance claim clerk pointing out the small print. You can’t even type in a silly amount of bars so as to give yourself a bigger bite of the cherry.
Flip to the edit screen and sadly we are faced with a long string of data. Now I will gladly admit that the options that you can apply to this data are quite laudable. It will cut and paste, delete, clear, reverse, alter the timing, and gradually increase or decrease the velocity and timing as you wish. These functions are part of the shape you hit.
Sophisticated programs have this display running alongside a data stream so that you can translate from data to shape and vice versa. You can also see the other things like velocity and after-touch as well.
Achieving perfection But suppose that your recording is nearly perfect, but significantly and audibly inaccurate? To go through and nudge each note into line would take an age and a half.
If this were the case then sequencing software would be litall best handled by numbers: in fact it is the only way you can sensibly handle them. However, when it comes to note lengths and manipulating the quantization and notes it is a real serious pain, and no mistake.
It is quite surprising that whilst it can cope with the functions mentioned above, the quantization is quite basic. There is no automatic back-up in case Copyright § 1988 by Ernie Tobenfeid you don’t like the correction value you have set which makes experimentation a long-winded process. The correction values are fractions of 96, so to correct the notes you find yourself flicking through the manual for a conversion table to something resembling note values you understand. Why not simply have the musician’s values on screen and not the programmer’s more complicated mathematics?
You can alter the start of the note and the duration of the note together or separately although the manual is long-winded in putting this point over. Having said that, it is incredibly detailed in what I would consider fairly tle better than the tape recorder.
But since the data is digital, then a little maths applied to the data can automatically line it up. This is the feature known as Quantizing.
New types of quantization occur with virtually every piece of sequencing software and large confusions arise. However the basics are very simple. The user is asked to what nearest value the notes are to move up to.
Let’s take, for example, a bass drum that plays on every beat of the bar. In some bars you (as the usei1) have taken it away' from the beat a little. To fix this I minor functions of a sequencer: the ability to invert pitches, reverse whole melodies and also split tracks either by note assignments or by separating non-note events such as pitchbend from the actual notes played. All this is fairly heady stuff.
In the final summing up, MRS is very detailed and comprehensive in some areas but they may not be the immediate areas that a novice would want. I liked the ability to put the whole program on the back burner while running another program which could be another music utility, and I though it was a reasonable idea to allow use of the qwerty keys to record notes, although I would recommend this only for touching up parts. The annoying things were the quantize and the editing data stream.
I liked the use of internal samples but really loathed the idea that the whole piece was determined by the length of your first input: very restricting. It is possible to fool this by pretending to clear the track first and then entering an inordinate number of bars to allow you a fair amount to go at. All in all, not my favourite of the three.
You ask the program to correct it to the nearest beat, shown either as a traditional crotchet quarter note (European and American terminology respectively) or simply as the number four.
Provided that you haven’t been grossly inaccurate you should end up with a spot-on four beat to the bar bass drum. Gross blunders will result in gaps on the pattern, because if you have erred too far towards the preceding or following beat the program will adjust the note accordingly.
These are the basics. There are plenty of other quantization values to choose from. But the plot thickens. All we have done so far is to move the starting time of the notes. The ending of the notes will be the same as it always was.
Right, so it would make sense to offer the user the choice of either correcting the whole note and thus moving its position without altering the length, or adjusting the start time and thus alter the lengths, the position of the ending remaining the same.
The choice of quantizing formulae can be amazing. You can have everything of one particular note value, no notes above or no notes below a certain value, you can even quantize things such as pitchbend and note pressure so that they, too, occur evenly. The latest is the 'humanise' factor into which you can set a degree of inaccuracy so that the track is not exactly mechanically on the beat.
It is important that the edit screen allows you to hear the edited version and there is some temporary buffer that holds this new version so that you can return to the old if necessary.
MIDI options MIDI records every action that takes place on the instrument: changes of touch, finger velocity, timing, volume, pitchbend, modulation. This should be faithfully reproduced by the sequencer and capable of fine tuning. There are no compatibility problems with MIDI interfaces and the Amiga: any interface will run with any software. There are 16 channels of MIDI to go at which in theory should give you control over sixteen separate instruments.
However, watch out for coming developments which will give the ability to control more than one string of 16 instruments, all from within the same program.
Building a Piece Having recorded the separate parts of your song you should then be able to chain them to flow one after another using some sort of arrange mode. Oh, and while we are talking of recording the parts, I have never really been in favour of programs that ask you to specify the length of the particular part you are about to record: they tend to stifle the creativity.
Obviqusly you will need to save your efforts. There are a couple of options here for the Amiga. You could use the IFF format, you could use a MIDI file format or you could save it in the format specific only to that piece of software and relatives.
Sampling software nearly always saves in IFF, but this is not true for current sequencing software, which tends to save it in their own sweet format. That's fine until you upgrade to a superior program.
To work on your old material you will need to transfer it via MIDI to your new program and then save it. This can be achieved by using a friend's computer to run your old program and tunes and then interfacing the MIDI of the two machines and re-recording the tune from one machine to another.
Another way is to use a separate dedicated sequencer, which records your original program, holds it while you boot up the new one and then plays it back to be re-recorded into the new one.
Pretty tiresome. ¦ Dawn of a New Era We are in the dawn of a new era as far as sequencing programs go for the Amiga. Instead of seeing older programs merely crossed over to the Amiga, we are starting to get programs that are either written exclusively for the Amiga or ones that when they are re-written have extra sections added to take advantage of the facilities that the Amiga has to offer, usually by way of multi-tasking and using the internal voices.
On the test bench this month are three programs. There were two more planned for inclusion but unfortunately, for one reason or another, they failed to materialise.
One was Music X, which is the subject of legal injunctions and litigations at present regarding its distribution in Europe. I have seen the demo and it is quite staggering, with complete sequencing, including graphic notation scrolling as you record, playing both internal and external sound sources. It will also program the voices of other synths via MIDI without having to re-boot the program. The other was Steinberg's Pro 24, one of the world’s most successful music programs now written for the Amiga. Delivery was put back by a month owing to difficulties in the disk protection module.
While the release date of Pro 24 is as yet indeterminate, we will be bringing youMusic X in a big way next issue.
In future issues I'll be running tutorial sessions on sequencing as well as other music- related subjects. Hang on to those back issues; I shall be asking questions! In the meantime, any questions or queries you have, send them to me at the usual address. Next month we take a look at the basics of voice creation and how this can be best put to use.
KEYBOARD CONTROLLED SEQUENCER (KCS) VERSION 1.6a DR.T. £159.95 MCM 01 724 4104 This is the father of the MRS system and in essence suffers with the same inherent design faults.
It is bigger and better in that it has 48 tracks to record on. It also has features like punch-in and punch-out, a step-time recording option and the ability to merge tracks. Sequences recorded can also be chained together using a song mode, which is the same as an arrange mode.
The more expensive Level Two KCS can generate variations on tunes and combine small segments of music in larger pieces if .CHJYP.NOIEVEL.DUR 1 ON A 4 64 11 ! ON A 5 64 65 [Backup Copy Track to Track Split Vary Append Sen to Track Delete Track Copy Seq to Irack Copy Irack to Seq Seq to All Tracks All Tracks to Seq Clear Double Play Record Step Tine Irack Load Save Sounds Set Options Colors OPEN Mode SONG Hod i ON 0* 5 64 7 Transpose Auto ! (41 F 5 64 7 Insert Adjust 1 ON E 5 64 7 £ut 1 ON D 5 64 7 Km : 1 ON C 5 64 7 Paste : 1 ON B 4 64 7 Delete I ON A 4 64 7 Erase : 1 ON 0 4 64 7 pText Hap
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You so wish. Make sure that your version has the ‘a’ suffix. This is an indication that it will also sequence Amiga internal sounds.
The files for MRS can be loaded into KCS should you wish to upgrade and they are all compatible with other Dr T software such as the Copyist, which is a profes- sional-quality scoring package.
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I I I I I I I I I I i Name Signature Address Postcode Tel No: After an overwhelming response to Issue One of Amiga Format, Bob's managed to ‘Wade’ through a massive pile of your contributions: and three have earned a prize of an Amiga Format T Shirt and binder. You, too, can win these much sought-after consumables: simply send your ideas, problems, disasters, humour, criticism, offers of money etc. to Bob Wade, Amiga Format Letters, 4 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 IE] for our Editor to practice his Origami with... BACK TO BACKING UP Perusing Issue One of Amiga Format, I noticed an advertisement
on Page 22 which mentions a 64 emulator for £55 halfway down the page.
I recently upgraded and have a lot of Commodore 64 games which I used to really enjoy playing. I didn't know there was a 64 emulator, so could you please tell me of anything else that will give me backups of my collection?
On Page 23 of AF 1 a program called X Copy is advertised.
Do you know if this is any good, or of anyone who could answer my question?
I know we need laws to protect software from pirates, but now is the last chance for any of us who just want to make backups for personal use to do so.
Karl Drinkwater Manchester Yes, you can believe your eyes: there is a 64 emulator. However, you are better oft playing on your 64 it you've still got it, because emulated games run slower on the Amiga than on the 64.
As for backing-up devices becoming illegal, it looks as though the legislation being passed is not watertight. Devices or software that might possibly be used for legitimate purposes will not be illegal, apparently.
Which just goes to prove that even when the government does pay attention to the computer market, it still does not know what it's doing. How many Mps do you think know a ROM kernel from a walnut?
IN A BIND I've just read the first edition of Amiga Format so I thought I'd just contribute a few words of wisdom. Overall, the magazine hasn't changed much, thankfully, but there could be a little fewer games pages. It's not that I'm against games. On the contrary, I spend a great deal of time whacking my joystick around the place but if I want games reviews then I read a games magazine.
It's a pity that ST Amiga Format ended at Issue Thirteen since only twelve fit in the ST AF binder! Perhaps you could produce some stickers to cover up all the Sts' in the magazine and on the cover and we Amiga owners could rip out any ST articles thus renaming ST AF Issue 13 as Amiga Format Issue Zero! Are ST AF binders still available? I'd rather have one of them than put all my old issues in the new AF binder? Is there any discount on the old binders... heh heh?!
Chris Clifford Neath, West Glamorgan Tragically, the old ST AF binders have already sold out - so no chance of scabbing a freebie there I’m afraid. If you insist on ruining Issue 13 of ST AF then use liquid paper - it will be far cheaper than stickers.
Alternatively get yourself a pair of ST-sensitive sunglasses that go black at the sight of the letters ‘ST'.
NOT GENTLE LET DOWN Just a few lines to say I wasn’t over impressed by your first issue of Amiga Format. The mag is about right, although 16 pages smaller, and I am concerned that 14 pages were Game Reviews against 11 pages in ST AF 13. It is too easy to pad a mag with such stuff.
The disk, old son, was a big let down. Greg Ingham said, 'Readers will get twice the amount of programs on disk...', and I expected you to pull out all the stops for your first issue to show us what we could expect in the future, the aspect of which is decidedly less than rosy if this disk is an example. When compared with ST AF 13, which had a game demo plus three other programs, the new Super Disk had a game demo plus four other programs, one of which, Vilbm, you had already supplied in Aug '88!
As a regular reader from Issue One of ST AF, I very nearly sent you a subscription order for your new mag, on the strength of this one I'm glad I didn't. You have to realise that it is the Disk alone that tempts readers to shell out £3.00, without it the mag is worth no more than £1.50. It is in your best interests to preserve the integrity of the Disk contents, which until now, has been very good. Apart from the program Trackmon, I shall bin this one straight away.
Tony Melling Hyde, Cheshire The 'decrease' in issue size is deceptive. Every single page of AF is for the Amiga - unlike ST AF where there was a considerable amount of ST coverage that was no use to an Amiga owner. So although the issue size was 16 pages smaller, you got a lot more Amiga into for your money.
As for the disk - well, there's no pleasing everyone, obviously.
DEMOS, WIBBLE, KICK OFF, WIBBLE You told me to write in, so I have.
An excerpt from my questionnaire was printed on page 107 of Ish One. I didn’t like the game Wicked, because it didn’t grab me. I know it was only a demo, and you can’t really tell what the final product would be like, but it was just boring!. Most game demos aren't anything like the end product, as there are usually a number of changes made. Take for instance the Purple Saturn Day demo. It wasn’t even playable. It was just a pretty looking demo. When I played the game at our local computer shop I thought it was terrible. All it is is four games with near to nothing gameplay, covered up with
amazingly pretty graphics!
I suppose the problem before was that half of the disk was for the ST, and after a naff game demo for the Amiga, there was not much room for anything else, but all that has changed, for the good!
The other thing, I suppose is that you get loads of dosh from the company which produces the demo for you, nod, nod, wink, wink, know what I mean?
If you did classified ads you’d have to be careful, as in Zzap!64 Amiga, they say that they will not print ads from pirates. Yet you see in the penpal section ads like 'Amiga Contacts Wanted to Swap latest Software’, it never mentions original software, and if they aren’t swapping copied software, then I am a yellow banana with six legs and a beak, and called Andy Smith!
There is one thing I totally HATE in a computer magazine, Role Playing sections such as the one in C&VG, and articles that creep into computer magazines that aren't relevant such as comic reviews, and book reviews about ‘The revenge of Batman’s wooden leg’, and 'Killer Wax Candles of Mars'!!
I would just like to add that I have ignored all of the Amiga only magazines that are out, because I think they are terrible, and I reckon you have got the content 100% correct. Amiga Format is what I have been looking for in an Amiga magazine for ages.
I have got to get this final niggle off my chest. It’s about Kick Off. I like the game in general, but there are many flaws. Why is there no offside? If there had been an offside I would have won every game. Why does the goalie keep lobbing the ball out to one of my players, when he is surrounded by about 5 Ruskies? Why is it, when he eventually kicks it out, it ends up at the feet of the opposition?
The only thing I have so far perfected on this game is fouling the opponent, which I have got off to a fine art! Why is it you end up controlling the man furthest away from the ball? Why is it that the goalie never comes out of the 6 yard box? Why does the goalie never save the easy shots, but always saves the hard shots?
Once I shot the ball and it went just inside the post, but the computer said it was a goal kick.
On the league game, passing is almost impossible because as soon as you try to press fire to pass, the other side has tackled you! The only team I have ever beaten is the Froggies as these are the slowest team, even slower than England!
Julian Smith Sheffield PS I liked the game demo for once, the stuff on the disk was excellent. My T-shirt size is medium. I’d like a white binder, plus a free sub, and a yellow Ferrari with specialised licence plates of ‘IAM-UPEE’.
I liked the game demo as well. I thought the disk was excellent too. My T-shirt size is large. I'd like an orange binder with blue stripes, plus a free frigate, and a green Skoda with personalised plates reading ‘NO CHANCE’.
As for the minor ‘bug-ettes’ in Kick Off - most of them are quite entertaining and don't crash the game. Offside is for cissies - maybe you should take up netball instead.
? PG3021 HHWiOH COMPACT AND BIJOU It’s time I voiced my frustration over the lack of development of Compact Disk Drives or CD-RAMs.
We all know they exist, but why aren’t they being mass-produced?
Third Coast released a 12-inch CD Read Writeable back in May for the Atari ST, but at just under £5,000 what use is that?
If it is possible to produce a CDV 12-inch player for under £500, it must be possible therefore to produce a machine with the extra circuitry to enable it to act as a VCR and Disk Drive for under £1,000?
If I were designing the new machine I would add a little extra hardware to give it more appeal to a wider range of buyers. These would be as follows: all the features a top-of-the-range video would have, eg fast teletext, picture in picture etc, at the flick of a switch it would act as a hard drive.
The best feature I would add would be the ability to mix RGB Computer display with RGB, D- MAC or CDVideo and record it on another Video Disk Recorder. It's quite easy to do - simply have 2 Scart Connections on the back of the machine to act as input signals and a D-Socket (like the Amiga's monitor out) and a Rotary dimmer- type Control to mix the displays, ie have TV on the left and computer on the right and in between the perfect overlay fade control just like Balance Control on your stereo.
This would in effect be a standard machine wanted by just about everyone. I really can’t see any reason why this machine could not be built within a year, and at around £1,000 loads of people would invest in it.
If anybody feels the same way as I do, please write in and maybe we can give Sony and others an incentive to make a machine to my specifications.
Dickon Channing Aberdeenshire There are some great ideas there: the trick is to get anyone to take notice of them. It's a nice alternative view along the same lines as the Dream Machine article. Let's hope at least some of them get incorporated. Have a T- shirt and binder.
FORK OUT The free disk is now improved. I disagree strongly with Julian Smith who, in your letters page, said no demo games. I think that these are an addition to a review because we can try out games before forking out £20-plus (not all shops allow us to view a game before buying.)
New Zealand Story was great1 Do you intend running a series giving help on music programming? By this I mean using a package like Sonix and showing how to program a composition with a bass line and drums (and without the use of MIDI).
Craig Thornton Lincoln, Lines Music programming is very much on the cards but obviously we can’t deal with all the software at once, so you will have to be a little patient.
? PSDgd (LlWllO ILLOGICAL, CAPTAIN Firstly, may I congratulate the production team on a thoroughly good magazine, offering everything to everyone. But may I ask why the magazine cannot be constructed in a logical format - ie, a section for the programmer with reviews of new compilers etc, a section for the semi-business user with all new business based applications, another for the out-and-out games user, and finally a section for adverts. I feel that I, as a computer dealer and user, would like to look at the parts of the magazine that would interest me first, then scan through the rest of
the mag for other inputs. At present Amiga Format, and every other mag on the market, is a hotch potch of articles for users of various ability and adverts.
Computing is a logical hobby way of life - why can nobody create or edit a magazine to show the distinct areas of interest in their own subsections, without running interesting articles into adverts games hardware reviews.
Please keep the letters section to a high priority since the readers are the people without whom you would be looking for another job.
I also feel that another interest would be a day by day guide to system creation and expansion.
There are very few dealers who would have sufficient time to spend answering questions about what to do, what to buy, and where can I go from now, and this is only due to the cut throat marketing ploy of some hardware software dealers. The margins are not there to spend the time on the end user any more, especially where the games-user wants to expand to bigger and better things.
You must remember that these 68000 based machines are far more than an expensive toy, they have tremendous uses beyond the myriad of games on the market. If the trend in the UK was towards showing the end users what was available, and how to get there in 10 easy lessons, then I feel that there would be a lot of people who used computers for more than just games.
Why is it that US magazines show off the business software as much as the games software - answer - since there are many users interested in the machines as a home office, home account helper they show off what’s available. Making the end user aware of these features would open up a new field for the magazines with an endless source of editorial material.
Tony Rayer Barry Logical it may be, but it creates ghettos which can repel people.
Make any section too specialised and the majority of users who, as you say, use their Amigas for all sorts of things, will feel left out of a section because it's not aimed specifically at them. Far better to keep things more open and friendly, allowing everybody to pick and choose what interests them. Nevertheless, the issues you raised were all interesting and thought-provoking, though - have a T-shirt and binder.
HOW GREEN IS MY MAGGY Can you do an article on how Format is put together, from the editorial stages right to the printing of the mag?
New Computer Express and Format are enjoyable to read and I like NCE on the chlorine free paper. What about Format?
Oh, why doesn’t Jason use a cruncher programme on the cover disk? It will give at least 30% extra disk space.
Gary Fenton Write a mag about writing a mag - surreal. Chlorine-free paper would be nice but all those lovely screenshots would not look half as nice.
Jason does use a cruncher on the disk and we hope he will start using it on his wibbling.
? PCS OSS (LSWBB WARNING, WARNING, DANGER APPROACHING I have a problem that occurs intermittently since I got my A500. The machine seems to be particularly highly-strung, and as such takes moods when it just doesn’t want to do anything. One way it achieves this is by swearing at you with a damn great red alert box at the top of the screen, occasionally being civil enough to let you save your valuable data to disk.
The other, and perhaps more frustrating, way is to just not let you do anything with either the keyboard or the mouse at all (although the disk drive still appears to function!) Perhaps you can tell me what it is that I should avoid doing in future?
I am a very practical kind of computer user, and I would have thought that, as Commodore has aimed this machine at a quite broad spectrum of users, they should have made it more or less idiot proof, instead of which anything remotely illegal seems to crash the whole system. Surely I am not the only one who finds it less than satisfactory to have so much of the hardware relying totally on the actions of the user?
It seems to me that good though the machine is, there are far too many features that are not able to be readily utilised (such as function keys), and not enough safety devices to cope with whatever it is that causes these frequent software failures. It would also seem sensible to me to have allowed an icon for the printer so that files and output could be ’dragged’ to it in the same way as we drag them from disk to disk.
This is just one of many examples of things that should have been included with the machine so that they are available to you if you so wish.
Niall Davies Midlothian, Scotland An idiot-proof computer, now there’s a novel idea. All you would need to do is supply it in an unopenable rubber box. T-shirt and binder on the way - both are idiot-proof.
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Please, please, please could you print this plea to the nation. I'm starting up a game of Empire on the Amiga and so I need a few Amiga owners to contact me who wish to play.
If you’ve never heard of Empire before then it’s not so much an adventure but more a multi-player game of politics, economics and war. Put simply, it’s a game where you control your land strategically and try to wipe out the other countries, ie the other players.
A typical game can last about three months. It's not the kind of game for all you arcade freaks! If any readers are interested, then they can get more details by sending an SAE to this address: Chris Clifford Empire Query 54 Wern Road, Skewen Neath, West Glamorgan SA10 6DL If you do print this plea then thanks for your help - I may even name a country after you!
Chris Clifford ‘Ere wait a minute, Chris Clifford, you've been on these pages already. It's not going to get you a prize you know - three or four countries required for that.
INFECTIOUS DEITY Help! I’ve got a virus, I think.
Maybe it’s a practical joke by the programmer.
Anyway, there I was playing God and having a great time bashing the opposition (you guessed it, Populous) when this green bug about 1 2 inch in size started to crawl up the screen. I had to follow it to see what happened.
Nothing. It just got to the top of the screen and vanished. As no damage appeared to have been done, I ignored it. Then, a few days later, while conquering another world, something appeared on the left hand side of the screen. This time it was a little wizard on a flying carpet and he was throwing stars to the left and right. When he crossed to the right of the screen, he vanished. Again no harm done.
Is it a virus? Or a gimmick by the programmer? Or am I just going nuts and seeing things?
Nope. Both actually happened.
Walter Lane St Ninian's, Stirling It's not a bug or a virus - it’s supposed to be there, and oddly, is similar to Virus, the game. The monsters appear randomly and move in straight lines, killing things in their path and leaving behind swamps, trees and stuff like that. Of course, this does not mean you're not going nuts - hope that sets your mind at rest.
SUPER HANG UP I own an A500 running under Kickstart 1.2 which is just over a year old. I recently purchased a copy of Super Hang-On which refused to load. This was replaced by my supplier with another copy which again refused to load. This time I sent it to Activision who replaced and tested it on a machine with the same specification as mine before sending it to me. Again I had no joy so I got somebody else to test it for me on their machine and they had no problem.
Now I know I’m not alone with this problem but nobody seems to be able to offer any positive help.
Activision say they think it's down to the disk drive, that I'm unlikely ever to get it to load and that they can only offer me an alternative game. Because I’ve been messing about returning copies in the belief that they're faulty, the warranty on my machine has expired and consequently the dealer I purchased it from doesn't want to know, suggesting another company to contact who say it’s going to cost me around £50 just to get the drive looked at.
What I don’t understand is why I only get problems with this game (so far). I've got around 50 others which give no trouble at all. Have Commodore used drives with different specs in some of their A500s or is their setting up of the drive alignment not all it could be?
Alternatively, is the copy protection used asking the drive to do something marginal which mine (and others) fail on?
One thing’s for sure, it’s not the game itself. I know this because someone gave me a cracked version to try and this worked perfectly. How many other pieces of software will I be unable to use in the future because of the copy protection employed. It seems ironic that although I’m prepared to pay for this game, the only way I can run it is to use a pirated copy.
Stephen Thoman Yatton, Avon If software houses start using copy protection that demands too much of the majority of drives, you will soon see something done about it. There’s nothing like angry customers and loss of business to get anybody into action.
A FEW SNIPPETS... BIKEBUSTERS Coming back from the newsagents I ran into one of my friends. We were both on bikes and collided. The first thing that sprung to mind was AF - was it damaged? Fortunately it was not, but my friend's bike had four broken spokes - two were ripped out.
Andrew Davies Kilmacolm We make 'em robust here at AF - a bike? No contest. Mike Tyson would have trouble surviving a couple of rounds with AF.
PARTICLE-WAVE DUALITY, MAN I noticed a letter asking about quantum mechanics. I have written a program which solves the Schrodinger equation for a bound system. If you are interested let me know.
L West Horsham, Sussex You don't catch me out with all this wave-particle duality stuff - you are in fact Erwin Schrodinger's cat trying to get your own back for being stuck in the box all this time, and I claim my £5 prize.
LITERARY STRIP You were wrong in pointing out that the only ‘strip’ games are poker games. There’s a game called Centrefold which is a strip Othello. So there.
Eyal Teler Jerusalem, Israel Shakespeare must be doing 10,000 rpm in his grave... ¦
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Turbo ..12.50 HARDWARE U.K. ONLY AMIGA A500 &
TV Modulator .369.00 As above with !0 GAME PACK .389.00 AMIGA
A500 & 1C84S MONITOR ,619.00 A501 1 2 MEG EXPANSION CLOCK 135
259.00 MINIGEN GENLOCK ...105.00 Precision Blank
Disks x 10 .14.95 Disk Box (Holds
120) ..11.95
• = Available on Release Prices all include VAT & 1st Class
Postage in U.K. (Europe please add £2.00 per item) Return of
Post Service on When you are buying disks you obviously want
the besi, disks that will last a lifetime and disks that you
can use time after time, trouble free.
Our disks specified here are unbranded and manufactured by Verbatim to the highest degree, they are completely 100% error free, with a full lifetime guarantee which means full replacement or moneyback.
We won't settle for anything less than high quality for our systems and neither should you, and as we now supply thousands nationally within both the professional music and computer industries, it seems they won't settle for anything less either.
All disks are despatched sameday and include VAT. P&P and also come with user labels. If you are serious about your computer ihen you should be serious about your disks too. Quantity discounts are available also: £15.80 - 20, £23.80 - 30, £29.80 - 40, £36.80 - 50, £70.00 - 100 You should consider us first before trying anyone else as we know you won't regret ii. All trade, government and educational establishments welcome for the best prices. Phone now or send your order w ith cheque PO for immediate despatch to: IF YOU NEED FAST HARD-COPY FROM YOUR AMIGA GRAPHICS, THEN YOU CAN RELY ON IMAGERY
Joy of life arts, 45 elswick, skelmersclale, lancasbire wn8 6bx, telephone: 0695 24 7.52 35mm SLIDES KICK OFF CLIMAX In a rousing finish to the season the big two from Amiga Format in Kick Off Division One met in the deciding game. Wade's Wibblers and Smith’s Mahoons clashed head on in a winner-takes-all match.
The Mahoons triumphed 4- 2 to take the Championship: with the Wibblers in second Gum's MEDITATIONS THE SECOND ONLY FUNNY COMPUTER JOKE... EVER How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
None, they try to fix the old one.
Thanks to Andy Howard from Sound Broadcast Services in London for faxing us that one.
Place and Noonan’s Nutters in third, this was a major triumph for AF over the other mags at Future Publishing.
After the match the defeated Wibbler was “gutted, absolutely sick as a parrot, Brian." Mahoon was unavailable for comment after failing to get over the moon but succeeding in getting out of his skull.
V Captain Whinge “...too high. I said, of course they’re not too high, 25 quid for a game is far too low once you've taken into consideration the retail margins, distributors’ margins, software house profits, authors’ royalties, disk costs, wear and tear on shoes, bribes to journalists, cat food, trusses, the Peruvian national debt and the price of new toothbrushes they might as well be paying the public to take the games away, now serious software is much more realistically priced, give me a nice spreadsheet at 4(X) quid any day for real value for money, and as for the TV licence it’s
preposterously underpriced at £66, it should be at least £500 and the death penalty for any non-payers not to mention the dog licence..." OH DEARY, DEARY ME Big-bodge count for Issue One: two. The management expresses its sincere apologies for two glaring errors in Issue One. Some text at the beginning of the Music section was repeated twice. Some text at the beginning of the Music section was repeated twice. Also one of the screenshots on the Kick Off review was upside down. We would also like to apologise for the omission of the word ‘dismal’ from Issue One. The word 'shameful' did appear
but this was clearly of little comfort. The fault has been rectified in this issue and we hope it will not be repeated.
UNCENSORED After a spirited response from the readership, an overwhelming vote of 2-0 in favour of printing a picture of the Amiga Formal team was received (what a response). The search is now on for a photographer brave enough to face the task and, after conciliation talks at ACAS, it should prove possible to assemble the team in one spot, without a fight breaking out. Long enough for a picture to be taken. Watch out next month for the picture and a pair of 3D glasses to enhance the Editor's ears.
PLEASE SEND ME A FIVER: 2 The fiver was nice, any chance of a tenner?
NEXT MONTH ...or what ought to be in next month's issue: but there's bound to be something that doesn’t quite work out. Any inconsistencies will probably be due to the rail strike, phases of the moon, sun spots or seasonal variations in the temperature of the beer in Hatchetts, the pub.
Part Two of the DTP series looks at a couple of exciting new products. An educational special looks at the Amiga's role from several viewpoints.
Reviews will include the Videocenter, Rombo’s digitiser and the long- awaited Music X from Microillusions. The graphics tutorials will kick off with the Dpaint series.
And of course all the regulars like Screen Play, Workbench, PD, Gamebusters and Letters.
16 Bit Centre .....102 ADVERTISERS INDEX 17 Bit Software ....63 Ace Supplies 64 Activision IBC Alternative Image ..8 Amiga PD Library 63 Applied Visions ....96 Ashcom ....69 BBD Dust Covers 93 Blitsoft 64 Calco Software ....83 Castle Software ...80 Club 68000
....22-23 Databrain .77 Dataplex .108 Datel ...94-95 Delta PI ....98 Digicom ....16 Entertainments International 21 Evesham Micros .29 First Micro ..104 George Thompson Services 60 Hammersoft 113 Harwood Computers .38-39 Hobbyte Computing ...78 Home Based Business ...98
Imagery ..113 Joy of Life Arts ...113 Ladbroke Computing 101 Linel ...36 Main Media ..78 Mandarin Software .....63 Matrix Software ...98 Maze Technology 87 MD Office Supplies ....93 Megaland 50-51 Megasave 93 Memory Expansion Systems 74 Micro Tech ..... ....113
Miditech .. ......98 Mindscape ..... ......45 Mirrorsoft .9 MJC Supplies ......88 Oasis Services Ltd ... ......12 Ocean .IFC-3. 32. 46. 52 Page Play Systems .. ......87 Palace Software ......49 Photofile . ......88 Postronix 24-25 Premier Mail Order ... ......84 Quadsoft Computers ......87 Ramsoft .. ......88 see
S. D.C ..... ......70 Selec
Software . .....113
Senlac .... ....108 Silica
Shop .... 59
Softsellers 73 Softville
PD ..64 Software
Express 69 Software
Superstore ..83 ST UK
Purple ......64
Telemap ...26 The Computer
Store ..52 Tonic
Audio ..98 Track Computer
Systems 15 Treble H Computers ...56 UK Amiga
User Group ...87 US
Gold ......42, 43, OBC Virgin
Mastertronic ....55
W. A.V.E ....78 Westoning
Software .113
Worldwide 15 WTS
Electronics .64 Xenon
Technology .....30 © It's silent, it’s
cunning, it’s spreading it’s... Forgotten Worlds'* - Two cool
dudes, one hot situation, eight megallthlc adversaries ...It
all adds up to a whole lotta trouble.
IBM PC, ATARI ST & CBM AMIGA £19.99 Vigilante” - New York ... when street gangs rule the city, your last chance Is Vigilante. This time It s war.
IBM PC £19.99, ATARI ST & CBM AMIGA £14.99 Unequalled quality, unparalleled excitement, unrivalled selection - there is one standard that stands above the rest... Gold Standard. The finest range in entertainment software.
The Games Summer Edition” - Eight exciting events to exhaust your body
- pole vault, parallel bars, cycling, hammer throw, diving,
hurdles, archery and gymnastic rings.
IBM PC £24.99, ATARI ST & CBM AMIGA £19.99 Indiana Jones” and the Last Crusade
- The Action Game. The greatest action scenes from the greatest
Indy movie of all time. Red hot, slam bam, action In true
Indiana Jones stylel IBM PC £24.99, ATARI ST & CBM AMIGA £19.99
US Gold Ltd, Units 2 3 Holford Way, Holford, Birmingham B6 7
Tel: 021 625 3388.

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