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Payment will have to be made up front in order to be able to book the flight and accommodation and the trip is being organised on a non-profit basis - AmigaSOC are just interested in promoting the show to UK Amigans. AmigaSOC spokesman Andrew Elia said, "AmigaSOC visited Cologne for the first time last year and we firmly believe that if this show is anything like that, you'll be kicking yourself if you miss it. Imagine a show like the generic computer shows that used to be held in Earls Court in the 80s. Imagine a show where 70% of those stands have Amiga stuff in there. Plus, we at AmigaSOC certainly don't want to miss any big announcements." AmigaSOC require all payments and bookings to reach them no later than September 20th, 1998, so you haven't got much time to get organised. For further details, contact The best-known Belgian user group, Waaslandia, have convinced the organisers of Belgium’s largest computer show, InfoMedia 98, that it would be a good idea to have some Amiga attendance. As a result, the biggest Belgian Amiga show has been born. Entry to the 6,000m2, show costs just 250 Bfr. (14Fl. £5 13DM) or 200 Bfr. (llFl. £4 10DM) for big groups. The organisers hope to have a whole hall filled with Amiga exhibitors, from local shops to international developers. There will be seminars, live IRC conferences and web cams. People who are still unsure about getting online can experiment in the “Cyberzone” which will be set up for that purpose. Amiga International will have a stand there and will bring Annex, the performers of the Amiga Theme, to perform their number. For people trying to find their local user group anywhere in the world, UGN will be on hand to help out. Waaslandia are planning group trips from all over Europe, so the cost for visiting Belgium shouldn’t be too high for the weekend. You can visit their website for more details of what’s planned, or for information about how to get to the event, so take a look at: http: titan.alo.be ~waasland infomedia98. Belgian Amiga show! Database in order to pinpoint the nearest user group to you and even get the distance (very roughly). AmigaSOC intend to take this database further by MasterlSo v2.1 now available AIO looks for dep ed We had a plea from this diskmag that we had to pass on: Amiga information Online is a monthly diskmag which is freely distributable and can be downloaded from Aminet in docs mags under the name AIOV??.lha. They are currently searching for a new deputy editor and a new utilities editor. If any Amiga Format readers think they are up to the job, please contact Amiga Information Online.
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Exclusive audio track mere’s a track from the Digital Grooves CD on Dur disc this month Hundreds of megabytes of extra Doom and Quake levels Your contributions rhis month’s Gallery selection contains some Df the best images we’ve ever received software and hardware Go fly your kite A digital camera and a kite can make for stunning pics Your Guarantee Of Value SHADOW OF THE 3rd MOON 3D flight-simulator featuring State of the Art graphics, sound and animation.. Highly Rated Worldwide!
It’s like no other game on the Amiga.
DELUXE PAINT 5 (DISK) Deluxe Paint 5 is without a doubt the fastest paint package available on the Amiga. Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most powerful yet simplest to use animation feature you could imagine.
Includes full manuals. .. vm jpj| Order: DP A! NT5 £17.99 Sequencer One PLUS (DISK) mW k Sequencer One Plus v1.5 (just updated) is an advanced music recording, editing , and replay package. Can be used with MIDI or without. Includes many demo songs.
Send a SAE for a full information leaflet.
A bargain at just £39.99 HIT KIT (DISK) A music composition system and ideas generator for use with Sequencer One. The Hit Kit can help to create professional sounding drum tracks, bass lines, arpeggio pattern.
Order: HITKIT £19.99 THE SAMPLE SERIES (DISK) Professionally sampled Percussion, Effects, Strings, Guitars, Brass, Woodwind, Synth, Vocals and Piano samples, great for use with Sequencer One etc... Order: SAMPLEKIT £19.99 AMIGA CLASSIX This original CD contains over 300 games, Many of which are full versions.
Take a look!
Amegas, DNA, Testament,
J. Cool, Full House Poker, PP Hammer, Starblade, TechnoCop, Zero
Gravity, Boondar, Project X, King Pin, Ruff n’Tumble and more.
Also contained on the CD is around 100 all-time classic Mega-
Demo’s. Order: CD526 £14.99 ELASTIC DREAMS Contains both PPC
and Amiga versions of the Amiga’s answer to KAI’s Power Goo.
Powerful graphics manipulation tool.
See press for review.
THE GAMES ROOM The Games Room is an original compilation of Gambling games. It covers everything from Fruit Machines to Card Games, including Klondike, Poker, Solitaire, Rummy, Blackjack, and Roulette, Darts, Bingo, Pool, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Various Board Games like Monopoly and Cluedo, Mastermind, Pub Quiz’s and a wealth of other Casino related games and far more... Order: CD451 £12.99 A real-time strategy war game incorporating familiar strategy elements with interesting new concepts.
GENETIC SPECIES Furiously invigorating and thrilling 3D action with texture mapping speeds never before seen on any Amiga game. ¦ V% Ji Order: CD482 £27.99 Wli PRO MIDI INTERFACE The Microdeal Pro Midi Interface connects to your serial port and offers in out & through ports.
Compatible with ALL MIDI sequencing software. (Hardware) Order: PROMIDI £24.99 NAPALM: The Crimson Crisis Real-time strategic war-game in the Red Alert Command & Conquer mould. Stunning graphics, and almost real sound effects.
Order: CD627 £29.99 NOTHING BUT TETRIS Around 100 variations of the all-time classic game “Tetris”.
All the games are runnable from the CD.
Makes a great gift for anyone!
AMI-PC LINKUP (DISK & CABLE) Network your Amiga up to a PC and make use of ALL it’s drives, Including: CD-ROM, Zip, Hard drive High-Density Floppy etc, etc. (Hardware & Software) Order: AMI-PC LINKUP £17.99 100% MONO CLIPS 100% Mono Clips is a brand new original collection of over 10,000 high quality GIF and IFF clipart images. Includes Eye-catchers, Animals, Vehicles, Symbols, Xmas, Wedding art and more.
Order: CD622 £9 99 V:' ",!S “'w ' Order: A VID Pre-Order now for just £14.99 BURN IT V2.1 (DISK) BurnIT is the Amiga’s most powerful CD-R burning software. Can create audio and data CD’s. Easy to use and supports 60+ CD-R drives.
Order: BURNIT Standard: £34.99 Order: BURNIT Professional: £69.99 SIXTH SENSE Investigations SixthSense Investigations is an amazing new Amiga arcade adventure, featuring 32 locations, full character dialog, 3 different worlds, many interactive characters, puzzles and more. This game sets new standards for Amiga gaming.
Based on the classic style of LucasArts Graphic Adventures.
Svstem-requirements: Amiga 1200 4000 CD32 2mb ram, 4mb Recommended.
Order: CD430 £call (Also available on floppy disk) ANIME BABES SPECIAL EDITION Thousands of high quality Manga style GIF Images. Contains scenes of nudity and sex.
SIMON THE SORCERER AGA “Simon the Sorcerer” is one of the Amiga’s most loved graphic adventures.“The animation has to be seen to be believed.” CUAmiga The voice of simon is Chris Barrie (Mr Brittas).
Suitable for Amiga CD CD32 Jp| Order: CD563 £14.99 VIDEO CD VOL:2 Amiga Desktop Video CD volume 2 contains hundreds of megabytes of Video related backdrops, fonts, samples, and clip images.
Order: CD404x £9.99 PULSATOR AGA Hold on for the ride of your life in this action packed blast’em away. Unreal AGA graphics and superb sound make this a serious shoot’em up. Don’t miss it!
Order: CD670 £14.99 SAMBA FOOTBALL Samba World Cup’98 is an exciting new action strategy football game.
Featuring detailed graphics and atmospheric sound effects.
CD includes both ECS & AGA Order: CD634 £19.99 DELUXE PAINT 5 Deluxe Paint as a product is the envy the the whole PC world, It’s features and ease of use are not matched by any other graphics package either on the Amiga or PC. Deluxe Paint 5, the latest release, is no exception. Deluxe Paint 5 is without a doubt the fastest paint package available on the Amiga, It’s unique palette feature supports virtually all the Amiga’s graphics modes. Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most powerful yet simplest to use animation feature you could imagine. Direct support for all the Amiga’s animation formats are
included as well as of course the industry standard IFF picture format. Includes full printed manual.
EXCLUSIVE! Supplied with a free bonus CD containing Colour Fonts, Clipart, Piccys etc. ¦, am Order: CD499 Only £17.99 wB BLITZ BASIC 2.1 A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL, C and others. Program any type of software with more power than ever before.
Complete with full manual.
Also available on floppy disk.
The Special CD version also contains the complete series of BUMs (Blitz User Manuals) EXCLUSIVE! Supplied with free bonus CD containing source-code, graphics, fonts & samples. Order: CD500 £17.99 ART STUDIO PRO Image cataloguer, converter and processor Supports IFF.
ANIM. AVI. MPEG. MOV, FLC, GIF, TIF, PCX, PHOTO CD and all the rest, including TIM (Playstation image format).
Full specs are available on request.
Order: CDG03 £44 99 100% COLOUR CLIPS 100% Colour Clips is a brand new original collection of thousands of high quality GIF and IFF clipart images. Includes cats, birds, office equipment, household items, trees and dozens more.
Order: CD621 £9.99 BUY BOTH CLIPART CD’S FOR JUST £15 Pacman, Invaders, Tron, Galaxians , Frogger, Tempest, C64 conversions, Q-Bert, Trail Blazer, Scramble, Ping-Pong, Pengo, Missile command, Breakout, Bezerk, Donkey Kong, Tetris and tons more great games.
All playable direct from CD!
Order: CD589 £14.99 ANIME BABES VOLUME ONE Order: CD191x £14.99 MATHS ALGEBRA upto16 GEOGRAPHY ages5-12 on ESSENTIAL MATHS ages5-12 -99 ESSENTIAL SCIENCE ages5-12 eacf STRUCTURED SPELLING ages3-9 GERMAN ages8-16 MATHS GEOMETRY upto16 MATHS STATISTICS ages6-16 JUNIOR ESSENTIALS ages5-11 a„, 3 EARLY ESSENTIALS ages3-7 MATHS NUMBER upto16 just TABLES all ages l£20 WORDS ages5-11 All 10 10 titles are supplied on floppy disk and are compatible with any Amiga. Other award winning 10 10 titles available!
A 10 10 colour brochure is available on request.
TURBO PRINT 6.x (DISK) The ingenious printer driver system: TurboPrint prints the full colour spectrum directly from your favourite software package. Print at the very best quality! (Supports all the latest printers) Order: TURBOPRINT: £39.99 jl) J| MEGA-LO SOUND SAMPLER (DISK) High quality 8bit Direct to Disk Ram sampler. Suitable for use on any Amiga - Supplied with easy to use sampling software.
(Hardware & Software) Order: MEGALO £34.99 BLITZ BASIC 2.1 (DISK) A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL, C and others. Program any type of software with more power than ever before.
Complete with full manual. Wg Order: BLITZ £17.99 MINI OFFICE (DISK) This superb easy to use office suite is great for the home and small business, It includes a Word Processor with a spell checker, Database, Spreadsheet and more.
Order: MINIOFFICE £17.99 TEN OUT OF TEN EDUCATION (DISK) ANY MOUSE OR JOYSTICK : ANY SINGLE ITEM JUST £10 OR ANY TWO FOR JUST £15 SCIENCE PACK Covers Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Fractals, Geography, Mathematics and loads more.
Order: CD620 £19.99 FLASHROM VOLUME 2 Tons of Emulators covering, C64, Spectrum, Amstrad, Atari ST, BBC, C16 and loads more.
Order: CD623 £14.99 KIDS RULE OK!
Includes three children’s games : Postman Pat, Popeye and Sooty & Sweep.
Order: QS09 £9 KIDS RULE OK 2 Includes three more children’s games : Bully’s Sporting Darts, Popeye’s Wrestling and Dinosaur Detective Agency. Rated 90% Order: QS16x £9 PLAYDAYS The Official Playdays as seen on BBC is available now and includes 13 different children’s activities. It covers : Numbers, Letters, Colours, Shapes, Sounds and more.
Order: QS15 £9 W PLAYDAYS PAINT Create your own Birthday cards, Banners and Calendars, Draw your own pictures and colour them or simply colour in the pictures supplied.
Order: QS01x £9 THOMAS’ COLLECTION Three great little children’s games, each featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. Ages 3+ UFO ENCOUNTERS Thousands of documents and images that you should not see. Covers Rosswell, Abductions, UFO Sightings and much more.
SPECCY CLASSIX ‘98 Play over 3000 Classic Spectrum Games on your Amiga, Includes the latest Spectrum Emulators and thousands of Games.
C64 GAMES ARCHIVE The re-compiled C64 Games CD includes around 15,000 all- time classic Commodore 64 games. It’s very easy to use and the CD has a complete index of every game.
Order: CD182 £29.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1997 The second edition of the Amiga’s answer to Encarta.
Order: CD262x £14.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1996 The first edition of the the Epic Encyclopedia. Okay on almost all Amiga’s.
Order: CD222x £5 c'At CD32 AMIGA JOYPAD The official AmigaCD32 Joypad.
ONE PER ORDER! Order: 32JOY SPEEDKING ANALOGUE STICK More comfortable handling, shorter, faster and more precise joystick than any other. The SpeedKing is also virtually indestructible with its steel shaft.
Order: SPEEDKING ANALOG COMPETITION PRO JOYSTICKS ‘Competition Pro. 5000'
* Comp. Pro. 5000 MINI2
* Comp. Pro. Clear3
* Comp. Pro. Clear MINI4 Order: COMP1, 2, 3 or 4 Order: QS20x £9
SOOTY’S PAINT BOX Create your own Birthday cards, Banners and
Calendars, Draw your own pictures and colour them or simply
colour in the pictures supplied.
Order: QS19x £9 QUICKJOY FOOT PEDALS
* A great novelty for any racing game addict. You simply plug the
pedals into your joystick port, and plug your joystick into the
back of the pedals. Order: PEDALS EPIC COLLECTION 3 The Epic
Collection Volume3 features well over 600mb of the very latest
and only best Amiga games, tools, images and music. It also
contains over 80 disks of educational software. J Order: CD405x
£14.99 Both for just £25 17BIT LEVEL 6 f The very latest 17BIT
disks specially compiled by Quartz.
All the best titles are here.
Through an easy to use interface you have access to around 1000 brand new Amiga disks all categorised into various themes.
4MB A1200 RAM BOARD Durable 4 megabyte ram card with clock for the A1200, gives you a total of 6mb ram.
Order: 4MBEXP £39.99 + £5 P&P AMIGA - AMIGA PARNET £14.99 AMIGA - PHILIPS 8833 mk2 £12.99 AMIGA-1084? £12.99 AMIGA PRINTER CABLE £3.99
3. 5” A1200 HARDDRIVE CABLE £19.99
2. 5” A600 A1200 HARD DRIVE CABLE £9.99 AMIGA - AMIGA OR PC (TWIN
CABLE) £14.99 CONVERTER SUITE GOLD Hundreds of the very best
tools and applications for converting picture files, animation
files, sound and text files from one format to another.
Tools included for Amiga & PC Order: CD624 £9.99 CANNON FODDER OR 1000 C64 GAMEZ!
Over 1000 classic C64 Games & Emulator.
Order: FCD501 or FCD628 PRIMAX MASTER TRACKBALL Ultimate 3 Button serial trackball for use on Workbench.
Silky smooth operation. Can sit in the palm of your hand.
‘Includes MouselT Adaptor v* Order: PRIMAX £39.99 W SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 600mb of top quality data, Images, over 300 textures, Objects, Samples, Modules, Games, 600 Letters, Demos plus a great deal more.
3D SOUND BOX Gives your Amiga real 3D stereo sound. Complete with input cables, power-supply and demo disk. Works with any program. Order: Soundbox £19.99 AMIGA SURVIVOR FANZINE ez.gg News, Previews & Reviews!
Around 30 pages with all the latest software and hardware reviewed along with news from around the World! Regular columns include: Website of the Month, Aminet Ramble, TheTrashcan (Software to avoid) Magnetic Fiction, Joe & Ami Comic strip and loads more. Subscriptions available!
6 months = £17.70 12 months = £35.40 UK Prices SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 2 Brand New release includes tons of Midi Files, Images, Colour Fonts, Tutorials, Virtual Computer Pets, and a whole host of other stuff.
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|jjj CRCDIT CARD OfiDCRS UlCLCOmC EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PARANORMAL An exciting new multimedia Amiga based CD-ROM featuring high-res AGA graphics throughout. Covering subjects like: UFOs & Aliens, Strangelife (Bigfoot, Lochness monster etc), Mysticism, Mind over matter, Myths and Legends and more, This CD promises to give you an “experience”. Also for the first time on an Amiga multimedia CD, there are true “AVI” files (Au Video). Hundreds of colour images, masses of AVI’s, and animations, hundreds of voice-overs, over 40 minutes of presentations around 400 subject synopsis’, and
hundreds of 'cross referenced’ articles. _ Order: CD223X £14.99 Both for just £25 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA The Epic Interactive Encyclopedia is a completely updated product to the extent that it now includes around 20,000 subjectsA. It features a superb new updated multi- media interface with new colour scheme, online help, hundreds of film clips, images, sound samples and subject information text. It supports a multitude of new features including: Colour images, Full-screen filmclips in anim and AVI formatsA, National anthems and a unique lnter-ACTM feature which allows you to interact with
certain subjects like: Draughts, etc. A superb reference and educational title for the whole family.
1996 Edition: CD222 £5.00 1997 Edition: CD262c £14.99 A1998 Edition: CD462 £19.99 1996 Edition - A500+ A600 A1200HD, 2mb+ jfl 1997 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram + 1998 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram. 030 or better recommended.
KEY TO DRIVING THEORY "KTDT" is an interactive test to aid revision of the Highway Code for learner drivers. It consists of all the latest questions. Based on a configurable testing method the user can customise the type and amount of questions asked. The test may be carried out against a time limit if desired as in the REAL test. All photos and related images to the questions are featured in full colour allowing you the same experience as will be given in the actual theory test, used throughout on the CD version. As well as test mode, "KTDT" offers an amount of information which is usually
asked in the theory test or by a driving instructor. This consists of stopping distances, traffic light signals, national speed limits and general things to remember.
Available on CD or DISK (HD Req.)
Order: CD672 £14.99 All You Need For Internet And Comms!
High quality modems netconnect v2 £59.95 £69.95 NetConnect v2 is the easiest and most comprehensive Internet compilation designed to enable any Amiga user, from novice to expert level, to get onto and use the Internet. Based around 11 commercial programs (including the Contact Manager), and worth over £150 if bought separately, you are given all you will need to get the most from the Internet. By using the new Genesis Wizard, a user should be able connect to the Internet in a matter of minutes. Ideal for both an Internet or local area network connection.
Choose from three high-quality branded modems - the top of the range, award winning PACE 56K, the new PACE ‘Solo’ 56K or the middle of the range Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ modem (same colour as your Amiga). All ship with a five year warranty. The PACE modems also ship with free lifetime technical support, UK caller ID (only modem available which supports this), a superb speakerphone, conferencing feature, volume slider control, easy to understand LED’s and nontechnical, easy to read documentation. The PACE is currently the best 56K modem you can buy, virtually winning every single modem roundup
in the PC, Internet and Mac press. All PACE and Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ 56K modems are now v90 shipping ready - the agreed standard for 56K connectivity. Why not treat yourself to the brand new PACE ‘Solo’? The ‘Solo’ be used standalone from your Amiga. Want to go on holiday but need to receive fax and voice messages, but don’t want to leave your Amiga running? The ‘Solo’ is the answer.
11 Commercial Programs within NetConnect v2l AMITCP-GENESIS- Brand new TCP IP stack, kernel based on AmiTCP Professional v4.6. We have added a number of changes - new Wizard, multiple provider support, multi-user support, ‘events’ control, status window (time on ‘net, connection speed), new controllable dialer, new prefs etc. rVOYAGER-NG Voted the best Amiga web browser by CU Amiga - supports SSL for securing ordering, HTTP 1.1 (for the fastest web access) fastmem AGA support (use fast mem to store images), built-in FTP and news support and much more.
©ac® External 56K Modem ace ‘Solo’ 56K Modem AM IRC ..... Chat online with friends about topics, join conferences, organise mass meetings. The IRC is one of the most addictive elements of the Internet - AmlRC is the best Amiga IRC client.
AMTELNET I Telnet into remote computers (from anywhere in the world) - edit files on a computer in Germany from your Amiga, maintain directories for your web pages, check the status of the network, play online games.
• Quality branded PACE 56 voice modem
• v90 ready (new 56K standard)
• 5 year warranty, life time free technical support
• 56000 bps DATA FAX VOICE modem - true v34+ Throughput to
115,200 (230,400 for internal) BPS
• Group 3, Class 1 send receive FAX (14.4)
• V.80 (video conferencing) capable
• Call Discrimination
• UK Caller ID (unique to PACE modems)
• 10 LED’s for full status monitoring
• Analogue Simultaneous voice and data (A.S.V.D.)
• Speakerphone for hands-free operation
• Mute button for secrecy
• Upgradable ROM chip
• On Off switch to rear of unit
• Volume slider for speakerphone control
• Includes headphones microphones - voice control
• Serial cable included (with 9 & 25pin connectors) The PACE
Solo' 56K modem replaces your existing fax, answermachlne and
modem. It can work Independently from your Amiga (so you can
turn your computer off to receive messages, If you prefer). It
contains the features listed to the left and adds:
• Full specification fax voice answer machine with message
replay, time stamping, remote retrieval of messages all
operational in stand-alone mode.
• Stored messages accompanied by time, date and caller-id where
• Stores any combination of approximately 30 minutes of speech or
30 pages of faxes.
• ‘Follow Me' allows the ‘Solo’ to notify your mobile phone when
you receive new messages!
• Group 3, Class 1 and Class 2 FAX (14.4)
• 2 sockets for flash memory expansion modules.
• Memory expansion options upto 32Mbits.
• 5 backlit function keys, 11 function keys LX-ARC X-Arc is the
Amiga's answer to WinZIP™ - automatically decode encode
LHA LZX ZIP files, edit the contents of these archives, create
your own archives.
- DOCUMENTATION CONTACT MANAGER Central management of web sites,
ftp servers, chat channels, friends users. Full multi-user
support via Genesis. You can store a range of information which
is accessible from Voyager, MD-2, AmlRC, STFax Pro, Ibrowse and
Plus much more..
• MIME Prefs • Central MIME prefs interface means that you only
need to setup file types once with on nice interface! This
saves masses of time and effort (especially for beginners).
• Programs are now keyfile based (can be used with any TCP stack
- Miami etc)
• Dock bar - allows you to create multiple dock bars with point
and click ease - just drag the icons you have created into the
icon bar! NetConnect v2 is pre-setup with its own icon bar for
ease of use.
Netconnect v2 CD [contains many extras: datatypes, MIME types (for www browsing) and much more] £59.95 NetConnect v2 Upgrade from v1 [registered NetConnect v1 users only] £call!
Stfax professional £29.95 Dynalink 33.6K External Voice Fax Data Modem £69.95 Dynalink 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £89.95 PACE 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £129.95 PACE Solo’ 56K External Voice Fax Data Modem £189.95 PACE ‘Solo’ requires STFax Professional v3.3 for the Independent Operation Mode features modem pack options £79.95 Various money saving packs are available. These are all based on the Dynalink 56K modem.
Packs based on the 33.6K or PACE 56K or PACE ‘Solo’ 56K modem available.
T- DELIVERY CHARGES
- CO.50 for UK delivery
- C1.00 for EU delivery
- C1.50 World delivery
* C4 for 2-3 day delivery
- C6 for next day delivery
- Ccall for Saturday delivery Make cheques P.O.'s payable to
Active Technologies and send to the address listed opposite. We
can accept credit or debit card orders. For any additional
information call us!
Still unsure about connecting to the Internet? Want more information? Confused by all acronyms such as ‘ISDN’? Confused about the costs? Ask for our free information pack!
• Full Fax Features:
- Full Fax Modem Class (1, 2, 2.0) Support
- Phonebook - store all your fax and telephone numbers
- Scheduler - store fax messages to send at specified times
- Broadcasting - send one fax to more than one recipient
- Reports - quickly see when a fax was sent and received
- Printer Driver - redirect all print-outs to a fax file (print
from Wordworth, Pagestream, Final Writer, a text editor etc!)
- Fax Viewer - view outgoing incoming fax messages
- Fax Forward - forward faxes to another machine
• Advanced Voice Features:
- Advanced Digital Answer Machine - unlimited storage space
- Muitiple-User - assign voiceboxes to individual users. A family
could have a voicebox per member and receive their own voice
- Advanced Voice Scripting - create your own voice network fax on
- Use the Modem as a Telephone - make and receive calls via STFax
Pro and your modem
- Remote Access - listen to your messages from an external
source, ie. From another phone or even country!
- Caller-ID - see who is calling you (number and name of caller),
choose to intercept the call or allow STFax to auto-answer, see
who has left a message and reply’ to the caller via the modem,
attach a personal greeting to a specific phone number and only
that person hears the message.
- External Program Control - start an arexx script when an
incoming call is detected or when the caller has hungup and
control other programs. A music player could pause for an
incoming call and then continue when call has ended.
- Call Screening - blacklist phone numbers. Sick of sales people
calling after 6pm? Nuisance callers? Blacklist their numbers
(you can even blacklist ‘withheld’, ‘unavailable’ and
‘international’ numbers) so STFax either ignores their call or
simply plays a custom greeting “sorry, this household does not
welcome cold sale calls”! You can also set priorities per
caller - STFax notices an important caller, it plays a warning
- Call Scripts - setup scripts to perform an action on an
incoming call, eg. Pause your music software until the call is
• Independent Operation Mode (new in v3.3!):
- Modem works independently from Amiga to store faxes or voice
messages. Download new messages or faxes to STFax Pro and then
view play manage them within the software.
- Software fully supports the Independent Operation mode of the
PACE ‘Solo’ you can upload a greeting to the modem, setup a
remote retieval password, arrange the unique ‘follow me’
feature (modem contacts you by mobile phone when you have
messages) and switches the independent mode on and off (on
exit). 3-Com ‘Message Plus' modem is also supported (but this
modem has far more limited features than the ‘Solo’ and no UK
Caller ID support).
STFax Professional is new commercial fax and voice mail program which enables you to use your Amiga as a digital answer machine, send and receive faxes from most Amiga programs and setup a mini-BBS.
Ever wondered who companies manage to create their voice based operator system? You can do this at home! ‘Press one to leave a message for Mike or press two to leave a message for Sue’. STFax is also ideal for the small business owner: setup a fax on demand service (so customers can receive information about your products 24 hours a day), advanced message box system for the employee’s, log callers via caller-ID, control other programs etc. New v3.3 offers you even more powerful voice features, including: Oval House, 113 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JH Tel : 01325 460116 Fax: 01325 460117
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http: www.active-net.co.uk [miscellaneous software J Various other individual software titles are available. These titles may be interesting to those not wanting to purchase NetConnect v2.
By Disk By Email Miami - TCP IP Stack for the Amiga £28.00 £26.00 Scalos - superb new MUI based workbench replacement!
£17.00 £15.00 Voyager Next Generation £22.00 £20.00 Microdot-ll £20.00 £18.00 AmlRC £20.00 £18.00 AmFTP £20.00 £18.00 AmTalk £17.00 £15.00 X-Arc £14.00 £12.00 Contact Manager £14.00 £12.00 AmTelnet + AmTerm Package Deal
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tor 5+ £20.00 £18.00 PK01 56K Modem & STFax PK02 56K Modem &
NetConnect PK03 56K Modem & NetConnect & STFax PK04 56K Modem &
NetConnect & Hypercoml & STFax £164.95 PK05 56K Modem &
NetConnect & Hypercom3Z & STFax £189.95 DEDUCT £20 for a
Dynalink 33.6K Modem (instead of the Dynalink 56K) ADD £40 for
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your modem pack | Model ¦iffli Hypercoml A1200 1 X 460,800bps
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highspeed buffered serial, 1 x 500K bytes sec parallel port
£79.95 Hypercom4 Zorro-2 3 4 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered
serial ports £89.95 The Hypercom range of high-speed serial
cards offer your Amiga the fastest connection to the Internet,
for comms and fax transfers. Available for the Amiga 1200,
A1200 Towers and Zorro-I based machines (Zorro version suitable
for A1500 2 3 4000 or a A1200 tower).
Igh speed serial cards £44.95 internet informer extra information Pack Contents the WELCOME Month Surely the Amiga market can't be growing? It is in parts, according to the latest analysis by large corporations with the home IBM compatible user in his sights, it is gratifying to see that for ease of use and value for money, connecting an Amiga to the Internet is difficult to beat. While we may not have Shockwave and other Internet plug-ins yet, at least we have TCP stacks which a normal human being can get working, and browsers which can display pages quickly and easily without taking up 200Mb
of hard drive space.
If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, check out our cover feature this month, and perhaps you might like to enter our amazing competition to get online for free.
While we see great advances in these areas, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the future of this wonderful machine.
While the Amiga has been, in terms of development of the platform by its owners at least, “resting” for a while now, there are two major areas of computer use which have more or less kept the whole market afloat.
The first is CD-ROM. As you may remember, we were the first Amiga magazine to bring you a regular CD-ROM edition, and since then, more and more of you have bought CD-ROM drives and become more interested in the technology. We first covered CD-ROM writers over two years ago when they were the expensive reserve of the power user, but as you will see from this month’s issue, burning your own doesn’t have to be ludicrously expensive and it doesn’t require a big- box Amiga either. Check out the reviews of MakeCD and the CD writers in this issue to see what I mean.
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Buddha because it has a flash ROM or because it has a black
circuit board... DATATYPES PAGE 28 The Amiga has an efficient
and easy way of dealing with the myriad of file formats in the
computer industry, but do you know how?
AMIGA FORMAT OCTOBER 1998 ISSUE 115 OCTOBER 1998 152 BUDDHA CUT-PRICE COLOGNE AmigaSOC organises group rates for Computer 98.
REGULARS I : !i« I II Recent competition answers and results.
The latest Amiga audio and 3D modelling Cds get scrutinised by Rlick Veitch.
One of the excellent dinosaur images from the massive Light ROM 6 CD set.
SERIOUSLY AMIGA 54 CD ROUNDUP Dave Cusick peruses PD's finest offerings.
56 WORLD NEWS . Bin 151- mm A little bundle of joy delivered to you every month.
57 AIRMAIL PRO Our ever-expanding list of top Amiga stores.
All your Amiga-related queries answered.
58 MAKE CD 3.2 Can this latest release cut it in the competitive world of CD mastering?
Mick Veitch finds out.
ET 82 NIAIIBAG & GALLERY Write, draw, then send the results to us.
FREE READER ADS The biggest free Amiga market place around.
Stumped by your family tree? Use the net!
Mick Veitch tests out his new MakeCD software on two new CD writers.
Find out how the Mitsumi 2801 shapes up as an Atapi CD-R.
62 READER REVEW Mick Chapman takes a look at the elderly Amos programming language.
Has the classic Amos been overtaken by the newcomers to the programming scene?
Mick Veitch looks at a simple way to expand the functionality of Arexx.
63 REXECUTE 60 CD-Rs Speed up your applications with Rexecute.
Ol RWBCUttVlS AFCD31 Demos of MakeCD 3.2 and Samba World Cup, loads more Doom WADs and the usual top selection of varied stuff.
Open up a r ' whole new world ** and get your Amiga onto the Internet. We explain what you'll need, what it'll cost and what pros and cons await newcomers to the online community. Join Ben Vost for the complete beginner's guide to net surfing.
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KAK& AfTllGA inTGRflET 34 Strap your expensive hardware to a kite and you too could get some stunning pictures.
38 24 READER 40 Jamie Seeney takes a fresh look at the Formula One Grand Prix Editor.
READER GAMES Everything from counting with ickle fluffy sheep to blasting disembodied heads... ULTRA VIOLENT WORLDS Shooting and shopping for Andy Smith as new coders Vorlon go for the shoot-em-up crown.
The second part of our guide to speeding up Quake and the first part of our Uropa 2 solution.
28 DATATYPES A top notch shoot-em-up on the Amiga?
Ultra Violent Worlds comes out with all guns blazing.
John Kennedy explains why datatypes are your friend.
Italian start-up Eyelight are now shipping version 2 of the rather excellent-looking Tomado3D rendering software, and are preparing to launch an even more impressive-sounding professional rendering system called Mage.
Although not previously officially released in the UK due to a lack of documentation, Tornado3D has been generating a lot of interest in the rest of the Europe. In spite of it having a “new concept” in terms of its modelling interface, which is completely different to the likes of Cinema4D and Imagine, some of the results obtained with it are certainly impressive.
Particles benefit from “soft” and “furry” additions, making effects such as realistic explosions and hairy animals easier to accomplish, and the software now includes its own bones and muscles system.
Essentially, it looks like the developers have studied Lightwave and every add-on that has ever appeared for it Eyelight claim makes rendering up to nine times faster than on the '060.
Most of the new features are in terms of new texture effects and additions to the rather excellent particle system.
Fractal textures for ground and sky objects will add more realism, and the software will include a unique landscape generator.
. The Amiga version will be the first commercial product that actually lists a PPC card as an essential requirement Version 2 finally promises proper English documentation and will be available in the UK. It also supports many new features and improved rendering capabilities, including optimised support for the PPC, which I browse 1.
There is a new version of Ibrowse available now.
Most of the updates are bug fixes for the previous version, such as the Print Document feature, which is actually working now.
One of the more important updates is that Ibrowse will now work correctly with Miami's SSL library, allowing Miami users access to sites using secure server technology. Most Internet “shops” use this protocol to protect data travelling to and from the remote server.
Hopefully be able to review this exciting- looking software next issue.
The Mage software is not really a direct relation to Tornado3D, although some of the ideas and concepts about how the software should work have been taken from the experiences gathered from creating it.
Versions will be released for the Silicon Graphics and PowerMac platforms as well as the Amiga, but the Amiga version will be the first commercial product that actually lists a PPC card as an essential requirement.
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You can get up to date information on both of these products from the Eyelight website at www.tornado3d.com, and it is possible to buy the products direct from this site.
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V. l five superb second disk drives We look at what was going on
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regular programme on Radio 5. GVP announce a 50Mb removable
media drive at a cost of $ 999 for the drive and one cartridge.
¦ Prices: Datel were offering a .5Mb RAM upgrade for the A500 with clock (that could be used as fast or chip mem) graphics tablet from HB Marketing, Vista by VRLI, Audio Engineer by Gsoft Emulator by KCS and the Outline Font Pack by Gold Disk.
¦ Notes: Still no serious review scores and most products were reviewed under 1.3. Hard drives a rarity.
Cost: £2.95 Pages: 220 AmigaSOCsearchabledatabase Over the last few months, AmigaSOC UK have been collecting information about all the Amiga user groups in the UK to publish in an online database on their website. This exercise is part of their job as representatives for UGN in the UK.
UGN, the User Group Network, is an organisation that is rapidly building a list of user groups all over the world.
Thanks to AmigaSOC’s website, you can now locate your nearest user group in two ways. You can either look through a list of groups in your rough geographical area, or better yet, you can use IMM Studio’s Postcode location offering a dealer search facility along similar lines. You can find AmigaSOC’s website by surfing to this address: http: uk.amiaasoc.org. A tSJ fm p=q rf.
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- 32 (0)3 744.13.19 RC5update Although it might seem like the dim
and distant past when we last talked about the RC5 challenge
where computers were used in a distributed effort to break
encryption methods, the fight is still going on.
The current challenge is based on 64-bit encryption and the Amiga team, led by Thomas Tavoly, is lying in seventh place. Considering the sheer horsepower of the opposition, this is a considerable achievement, but it’s actually a drop of one place from our pinnacle at sixth place. To help regain that place, why not go to http: homepaae.cistron.nl ~ttavoly rc5 and pledge your assistance?
The AmigaSOC website now includes a searchable list of user groups.
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Based in Bnstol MmMm 2r. N A AmigaSOC Cologne trip AmigaSOC are organising a trip to Cologne -- y.-- --- for Computer 98. They are extending an invitation to all Amigans in the UK to join them at what is undoubtedly the best Amiga show in the world. They're aiming to offer a cut- 'vfa a w, price trip including accommodation. This will be r jfik based on numbers, but will only be available on a first-come-first-served basis. At the moment, | AmigaSOC are only able to deal with user groups, % H but that should be a good enough reason for you mttSSW to get in contact with your local user
group! UujC AmigaSOC's choice for accommodation is the Vr Hotel Berg ). Who are .. .SlEJtOWUVlEN NICHT offering quite an aggressive discount for groups. ferafrjj »*¦ flW If you wish to stay somewhere else, you'll have „ to organise that yourself, but AmigaSOC are happy to include you in their flights. For other hotels in Cologne, have a look at 1 5! I ; hot:-;! M. AmigaSOC have chosen British Midland for the flight to Cologne since they offer a very good group rate, but there's also the possibility of using EuroStar and people can expect to pay less than £200 in total for the flight or
train journey and accommodation combined for the weekend, including bed and breakfast.
Payment will have to be made up front in order to be able to book the flight and accommodation and the trip is being organised on a non-profit basis - AmigaSOC are just interested in promoting the show to UK Amigans.
AmigaSOC spokesman Andrew Elia said, "AmigaSOC visited Cologne for the first time last year and we firmly believe that if this show is anything like that, you'll be kicking yourself if you miss it. Imagine a show like the generic computer shows that used to be held in Earls Court in the 80s. Imagine a show where 70% of those stands have Amiga stuff in there. Plus, we at AmigaSOC certainly don't want to miss any big announcements."
AmigaSOC require all payments and bookings to reach them no later than September 20th, 1998, so you haven't got much time to get organised. For further details, contact The best-known Belgian user group, Waaslandia, have convinced the organisers of Belgium’s largest computer show, InfoMedia 98, that it would be a good idea to have some Amiga attendance. As a result, the biggest Belgian Amiga show has been born.
Entry to the 6,000m2, show costs just 250 Bfr.
(14Fl. £5 13DM) or 200 Bfr. (llFl. £4 10DM) for big groups. The organisers hope to have a whole hall filled with Amiga exhibitors, from local shops to international developers. There will be seminars, live IRC conferences and web cams. People who are still unsure about getting online can experiment in the “Cyberzone” which will be set up for that purpose.
Amiga International will have a stand there and will bring Annex, the performers of the Amiga Theme, to perform their number. For people trying to find their local user group anywhere in the world, UGN will be on hand to help out.
Waaslandia are planning group trips from all over Europe, so the cost for visiting Belgium shouldn’t be too high for the weekend. You can visit their website for more details of what’s planned, or for information about how to get to the event, so take a look at: http: titan.alo.be ~waasland infomedia98. Belgian Amiga show!
Database in order to pinpoint the nearest user group to you and even get the distance (very roughly). AmigaSOC intend to take this database further by MasterlSo v2.1 now available AIO looks for dep ed We had a plea from this diskmag that we had to pass on: Amiga information Online is a monthly diskmag which is freely distributable and can be downloaded from Aminet in docs mags under the name AIOV??.lha. They are currently searching for a new deputy editor and a new utilities editor. If any Amiga Format readers think they are up to the job, please contact Amiga Information Online.
Email: email@example.com,com, see http wwwamigal .demon.CQ.Mk aio or ® 0831 37 09 22 (leave your name.
Although essentially a "maintenance update", programming speak for a bug-fixed update of the previous version, the latest version now offers support for the following devices, above and beyond those supported by version 2.
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drive Traxdata series of CD-R RW drives You'll note that this list includes support for the Mitsumi drive we've reviewed in this issue, although we haven't tested this software on the drive yet.
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New Amos ¦ TONS OF AMOS MATERIALS Examples, demos, games, sources and extensions. Basically, heaps of material from the Mushroom PD library (the new official Amos library) will be included.
The second step for Amos is quite revolutionary. Because the original Amos was written in a poor style and was only designed for Workbench 1.3, it isn’t really possible to port it across. However, the keen Amos users who have the source code are planning to create a whole new Arao.s-compatible programming language that will work on 68K processors, PPCs and the new MMC that Amiga Inc. have proposed for the future Amiga. As such, it will be known as AmosNG.
There are no more details of this new package at the time of writing, but you can be sure that Amiga Format will bring you all the news as it becomes available.
¦ NEW EXTENSIONS New versions of existing Amos extensions will be incorporated, including GUI, game and other extensions, hopefully including Amos3D.
However, even if you have all the extensions included, you still won’t have the complete development system that this new version of Amos will offer.
¦ NEW TOOLS These will include a GUI-based Intuition editor to allow you to easily make GUIs for your programs. There will be converters to allow you to include GadToolsbox-created GUIs in your Amos programs, and there will also be bug-fixed versions of the standard Amos editors, such as AMAL.
¦ DEVELOPER INFO The new Amos Pro v2.x Developer Kit will be included, with all the extra tools that were never released in the old versions.
Although Amos has been largely discredited as a development language by Amiga owners keen on the portability of C, the tailored attributes of E or the ease of use of Blitz Basic, the sources to all the variants of Amos are now in the hands of some dedicated coders with the aim of bringing Amos back as good as new, if not better.
The plan involves two steps. The first is to upgrade Amos Pro with these features: ¦ EXPANDED BUG-FIXED VERSION OF AMOS PRO AND COMPILER All the existing bugs will be squashed (hopefully) and Amos will be able to use Amiga E symbols and includes. Also, the struct () command will be extended and improved.
Sequencer One Plus re-released Epic Marketing are really getting into music in a big way. Firstly, they are re-releasing Sequencer One Plus, a MIDI sequencer that promises to be easy to use. They are also stocking the companion product The Hit Kit, which is a collection of arpeggios and bass lines and the like, designed for use with Sequencer One Plus.
Epic also have Software Technology's Samples Series A set of more than 200 professionally recorded, copyright-free, 8-bit MakeCD improves IFF support Although not in the current version of MakeCD, as reviewed elsewhere in this issue, the authors of MakeCD have said that support for the Amiga's native 8-bit sound format will be included in a future version.
This will give MakeCD unsurpassed audio features as it already supports AIFF, MAUD, WAV, MPEG and CDDA formats, and even dynAMIGAlly converts mono sound formats to stereo tracks when cutting audio discs.
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Finally, they also have a 3D sound system for the Amiga which can really improve the way your Miggy sounds. For more details on these or other new releases, you can get in touch with Epic: ® 0500131486 or visit their Hi MakeCD currently has the best built-in audio features of any CD-R software available.
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Some updated websites for you this month. If you haven't visited them in a while, prepare for a nice surprise.
Weird Science Weird Science have recently revamped their website. Previously, their complaint was that it took too long to maintain interface linking their product database and their website, the details of their latest products can be updated within half an hour of Weird Science receiving the details themselves.
They have a shopping area with secure Table ol Contents transactions so you can use your credit card Search Weird Science Site Latest News New Releases Asimware, makers of MasterlSO and AsimCDFS, have updated their web pages to give a very swish look to what is essentially a fairly simple site. It's still a handy place to have bookmarked if you use Asimware either of their 1 i f !l!§i5gi§i S99j 5SSSS!l(n Packa9es' especially jjjMpp.' ~C0 ondDVD Saftw«r« Spaciallnea SinCe UpdatCS 3te CO and DVD Saftwnrn Bpuciallnta WF ....- - *¦” available from the site. You can now i also
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Competition winners ou may have noticed this issue that we've included more reader reviews than usual. This is because we are getting loads submitted from you every month.
Now, far from from us discouraging you, we've decided to have three categories for reader reviews that you might be interested in.
The first is the Long Term Test, now renamed simply Reader Review. This is for hardware or serious software.
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There are several ways you can send a report in. The first is by email. Send your report, with the appropriate subject line ("Reader Reviews", "Reader Game Reviews" or "Reader Projects") to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send it in on floppy to the usual address: Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street Bath, BA1 2BW, and make sure you put the appropriate subject line on the envelope.
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Stuff they AFCD31:-ln_the_Mag- lnternet & NETcd2_Lite Spurred on by the numerous calls we receive every day in the Amiga Format offices, we’ve decided to run another Internet feature. Before you start moaning that we’ve done it before, well, we know that, but there are enough readers out there who either weren’t interested in the net when we ran our feature last May, or didn’t know about our excellent guide to getting online to make it worth our while doing another. Over the following pages you’ll find a lot of information about getting yourself online with an ISP of your choosing, along with
some handy tips for the best ways to save money and keep your Internet action going.
Amiga Format has an email newsletter which keeps our online readers informed of the latest news... To start with, getting online really couldn’t be easier. With both NetConnect 2 and Miami, installation is so simple it’s funny. For both, all you need to know is your email address or nodename and a phone number your modem will call, and your ISP will provide you with those.
TIPS We actually did a side-by-side comparison of getting online with different TCP stacks last year, but now that there are only two of significance (Termite TCP in HiSoft’s Net&Web2 pack is no longer produced), and since they both only take a couple of steps thanks to Miami s Miamilnit and NetConnect 2’s Wizard, there’s not even any point in doing that.
Take it from one who had to struggle onto the net using the original AmigaNOS and AmiTCP- nothing could be easier than using either of these packages to get online. It’s easier than getting a PC onto the net, and they get all the software and support.
CHOOSING AN ISP Installing the software is one thing, but how do you decide on an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
Well, that depends on what you want from the Internet. If all you need is an email address and maybe some personal webspace, pretty much any service provider that’s willing to take on an Amiga user will be able to help you out.
However, if it’s your intention to offer Shareware software or your services as a landscape gardener from your website, you might want to check out Demon. Not only were they the most GOING ONLINE £20 still sounds eupensiue. Is there anything Icando?
AI How fast will I be able to download?
How long is a piece of string? It depends on a combination of things.
There's the speed of your modem, the quality of the phone line into your house and the speed of your machine too.
As a rough guide, with a 33.6K modem you should be able to download at about 3K sec (about 1Mb every six minutes). With a 56K modem you can usually expect about 4.5-5K sec, but all download rates depend on what you're downloading, where from and how good your phone line is.
Simon Parry “l'm using Which Online with my Amiga and so far there have been no problems."
A. Hale "Putting my Amiga onto the internet was like opening a
door to a new world and being part of it."
Andrew Fitzgerald "Demon's service is great. Had a few probs at first, but their 24-hour helpline (who even called me at home) was second to none."
Andy Gibson "I would love free phone calls."
Andy Kinsella "I have always found [Zetnet] helpful and friendly and I wouldn't change from choice
- they are also probably the cheapest. I would NOT recommend
virgin - no support for the Amiga, don't want to know and
stupid with it."
Popular provider in our survey, they also allow you a very generous 15Mb of webspace that has two advantages over other ISPs. Firstly, they don’t mind what you use it for. You can use it to show off pictures of your baby kitten or to sell motorbike parts, it’s all the same to them. Secondly, your website will have a memorable address so you won’t end up with something complicated like http7 www.blahblah.com ~users ~webiile s ~sutpea 1285 index.html as your URL.
Instead, you’ll have a very elegant http www.yourname.demon.cQ.uk where yourname is the name of your “node” (basically what your machine is called on the net).
If you really want to have a friendly voice at the end of the support phone line, you could certainly do worse than Ian Aisbitt How much does it cost?
That depends. The usual price is about £10 per month, plus telephone charges. Call it about £20 per month.
Llihat hardiuare and software do I need to get online?
See the "What you need" boxout on the next page.
Illhat about ISPs that say they don’t support the Rmiga?
If you tell them you don't want any support or software from them, ISPs will still usually take your money.
The friendly face of NetConnect 2's Wizard makes getting online as easy as falling off a greasy log.
Hook up with Wirenet, the second most popular ISP in our survey. Neil Bothwick, who runs Wirenet, is an Amiga expert and he can help you with any problems you may have with getting online. Wirenet is a bit more pricey if you pay for it by the month, but its yearly rate is very reasonable.
However, if you’re on a real What do you thmk?
Net quotes from AF Readers "l would like to recommend Demon as a brilliant ISP."
Simon Finnigan Abort " would recommend ClaraNET to other Amiga users, but the drawback is that you have to search for your own software. I suppose nowadays this would be a common occurrence with many ISPs."
P TIPS ¦ PPP is faster than SLIP to get your modem onto the Internet.
Make sure you use PPP in your TCP stack.
¦ If your copy of YAM locks up and you use Miami, make sure you have "Down when offline" checked in Miami's preferences.
Budget, perhaps O- net will be more up your street. As a special offer just for Amiga Format readers, they’re extending their introductory price of just £99.29 for five email addresses and 2Mb webspace forever. That’s right: pay once and you never need to pay again. They don’t offer 56K service at the moment, but I’ve no doubt that it will be available by the end of the year. Have a look at our offer on page 19 for more details.
I’ve mentioned the “survey” that we did a couple of times now, and it’s further proof of the usefulness of the Internet. Amiga Format has an email newsletter which keeps our online readers informed of the latest news much faster than we can in print. I used it to ask for help with this feature, finding out what ISP real Amiga users Continued overleaf What you need: A HARD DRIVE: It isn't really possible to get online without one, and you certainly won't be able to use the net in any useful way. Both email and browser caches are the main culprits for using space on your hard drive, but even
with the amount that I use the net every day, my Internet directory as a whole still only comes to 45Mb.
¦ Lx tC.2 K Any speed is suitable for email use, but the faster the better for things like FTP or the web.
Even 56K modems aren't expensive these days.
Talking of which, you need to know about the two different 56K standards. There's x2, which isn't very popular in this country and is mainly found on USRobotics modems, and there's k56Flex, which is found on pretty much everything else and is very popular.
By the time you read this, everything may have been resolved by v90 anyway. V90 is the new, all- encompassing 56K standard. All ISPs that currently dither between x2 and K56Flex will support v90.
Pretty much any modem is suitable, but the faster the better.
A FAST SERIAL f ORP.
This isn't a necessity but it will certainly make browsing the web more pleasurable as the Amiga's built-in serial port has to pass a lot over to the processor to deal with. A third party one doesn't have to, leaving the processor to get on with decoding images and the like.
MORE MEMORY: While you can be on the net with only 4Mb of fast RAM, things are a lot more fun if you have more, and a fast processor to go with it really helps.
GRAPHICS CARD: This is one thing that really helps web browsing. If you run your browser on a true- or high-colour screen, it won't need to do any dithering, thus making web browsing much faster and prettier.
Graphics cards like the Picasso (left) will speed up your web browsing no end.
i in TCP STACK: This is the core essential bit of software. Without a TCP stack you can't get on the internet at all. Miami is available as a demo version on the CD this month, but a better bet for the beginner would be a complete suite of software, especially NetConnect 2, which, surprise surprise, we've also put on our CD for you. NetConnect 2 Lite contains all the following bits of software.
ImML a I Something to send and receive emails with. If you end up with one of the free email services, they are often based on the web, so you won't need a email program. The best one (and the is YAM, also on our CD. W; WEB BROWSER: Voyager, iBrowse and Aweb are the three best-known web browsers for the Amiga. All of these are available in useable demo versions on our CD every month, and can be found in the +System+ Tools Browsers drawer.
A tool to enable you to download files from Aminet amongst others. AmFTP is probably the best-known and most comprehensive, although Dopus' support for FTP is also very good.
LllCG 1 ; : '¦ ' - . : I ' A tool that allows you to chat on the Internet but you'd better be a fast typist. AmlRC is the best.
News client: Something to allow you to peruse the rambling of the Usenet crowd. Mnews is highly recommended, but you can also use Voyager, The best-known of all the Amiga FTP programs, AmFTP is a cut above the rest.
H*W flic 5 since 24.07.1W8,21=39 lbW4§ Directory m mm 49618 biz dbase 617866 biz dbase 81944 biz dbase 143291 biz demo 1906591 biz p5 585068 comm bbs 252346 comm bbs 556243 comm bbs 496265 comm bbs 112604 comm bbs 139891 comm cnet 23334 comm mail Retdme t I 1 + Sort mfsJha OnyxBaseJha GolemBetaDemoJha ppc-dev-46l9.tha Cit_Docs_8G25.!ha Cit_exec_SG25.lha cit_src 8G25.lha CitJJtil_8G25.lha usered?3.lha pokersquaresJha OctetPurgeJha j | Directory Show: j | Hew Find Disconnect Settings Archie Help Binary arr)ftp AMIGA® WHAT YOU CAN'T EXPECT FROM YOUR ISP: ¦ An 0800 freecall dial-up number ¦ Amiga
support (in 99% of cases) ¦ Free service (see the Freebies box) favoured, what TCP stack, what email program and what they used to browse the web. It turns out that Miami is the most popular TCP stack with more than half the votes, followed by AmiTCP- we haven’t discerned between standalone AmiTCP and either version of NetConnect, just as we haven’t made a difference between demo versions of software and full versions, hence Miami's popularity, I think.
YAM is the clear winner in the email package stakes, with nearly two want to save some money, you Ian whip through a site like The Onion online, making sure that everything has been loaded on each page, then get yourself offline. If you then reload your browser you should be able to load those pages from the cache.
This is generally a good move for any site that takes longer to read than download.
Comigurawe League datafiles for Ligamanager Music File System i .55 - Album database Fast and easy-to-use user database
0. 57 - Business for firms (Polish only) V46.19 ppc.library
DEVELOPER archive Citadel 68K Documenation Citadel 88K BBS
Program Citadel 68K BBS Program Source Citadel 68K BBS Program
Utilities External MUI UserEditor V1.30 for FAME B Poker
Squares V1.0 AmigaDos Door for CN Purges binary data from MIME
spool files WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR ISP: ¦ At least one
email address ¦ Web space ¦ Local dial-up call rate 200 PORT
200 Type set to I. 150 Opening BIHARY mode ht» connection for MOTD (446 bytes).
Received 448 bytes in 00=00*0,13 3.4 kbyte s 226 Trinsfer complete.
1195 files [ 3], 54954K f647K] BE YOUR ISP: Loc»l= fzipT Trwwfer modes AMFTP. 1 * connected with "AmiNet Doc UK" (ftp.uk.gmjnet.org) FREEBIES You don't have to pay for all your online services. BT are talking about offering a kind of ISP-less online existence where you use your modem to dial into a BT POP at a premium rate, possibly something like a penny a minute over the normal local call rate for the time you call, and you're online. You don't get any services like email or web space, but thanks to the numerous free services that there are once you're online, this probably won't matter. If
you want an email address, go to services. If you want webspace, go to http: www.qeocities.com or the like.
The only problem with these free services is the fact that you don't always get what you want by way of an email account name or a website address. If you can cope with being "ben37562954@hotmail.CQm" or having the URL examples, by the way), then so be it - you can be online for (almost) free.
Tie line, but I think the number PTIPS thirds of the votes, but Voyager and iBrowse tie for web browsing and even PC and Mac browsers are more popular than the non-MUI-based Aweb.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN The data gathered from our readers has proved useful to the magazine, but the same is true of data you might want. As an example, how often do you look at a bit of software on our CD and it crashes your machine? How often do you use a bit which is good, but you’d like to have an extra feature? How often have you wanted to send money for Shareware, but haven’t dared send it “blind” in an envelope? What if you’re having a problem with your machine and you don’t know what to do about it?
Being on the Internet means that you have a solution to all these questions and more. You can email authors to find out what the problem is, make suggestions to improve the software further, check to see if your payment has arrived, and this is without pointing out that the net is full of the most helpful people you could wish for.
WARNING SIGNS People may warn you about things like flame wars, mail bombings and other things that sound like they ought to be in a high-octane movie about the dangers of terrorism, but as long as you pay attention and explain that you’re new to the net “scene”, you’ll find a queue of Amiga net users lined up to give you a helping hand.
"l find Demon offer the best and most comprehensive service."
Ash Thomas I'll buy NetConnect 2 when it is available here in Denmark. I can't wait" Casper Thygesen "if you access USA sites a lot then Demon are very quick."
What do you thaik?
Net quotes from AF Readers "I can't really comment on the technical support from Wirenet because I haven't needed any. I connect first time 99% of the time and have no complaints."
"Globalnet are fast and reliable but their email and webspace are less than those of other providers."
UKOnline have an excellent Amiga support ofpeopi abusing the free trial have slowed its Duncan Richardson Gareth Murfin Gus Haines Paul Dale "l use the NetConnect package (2 will be here any time soon now). It really is great."
A QUESTION OF NETIQUETTE Any discussion of being new to the Internet wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of what exactly “netiquette” is, but to be honest it’s reallyjust common sense, like being polite and reading the “Frequently Asked Question” files (FAQs) that you can ask for on mailing lists or websites.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that the Internet is a fairly casual place. Most people are pretty laid back about being asked what might seem to you to be basic questions. After all, everyone has to start somewhere.
I realise that I’ve just made it sound like you’ll be flummoxed, flabbergasted and confused by the Internet, but it’s not true. Sure, if you just dive in and spend days on end on the net then you might end up getting so confused about what you’re doing that you want to give up immediately. However, that won’t happen because there’s this handy pressure valve known as a phone bill to make you more cautious.
EASIER THAN EVER It actually gets harder to write introductory features about the Internet as time goes by. It’s not because there’s nothing to write or any way to present the Internet in a new or exciting way - the problem is that it’s too easy now.
I used to be able to go on for pages about the perils of not setting up the right DNS servers in your config files, but now all this is done for you.
Fortunately, we can ride on the back of the mainstream, taking full advantage of things designed to make the average PC owner’s life easier. There’s no need Continued overleaf 4 4b to worry about all the things that originally made getting online a tough business. Does it sound easy enough now?
What do you thmk?
Net quotes from af Readers WTF's it mean?
TIPS IT STILL COSTS TOO MUCH So the only objection you can possibly have to getting online now is the very real one of cost. It’s true that having a modem is a big temptation, especially if you yearn for the company of other Amiga users, but it can be quite a cheap proposition. All ISPs worth their salt now offer local call access to their services so it doesn’t really matter how geographically isolated you are.
BT and Cable and Wireless have deals whereby you can reduce the cost of calling certain numbers, and cable TV companies often offer cheap telephone services too. Even so, it can still seem quite expensive.
A CHEAPER OPTION?
BT are currently proposing to introduce an ISP-less connection to the Internet which will get rid of the subscription charge that most online Amigans pay every month.
If this comes through then it’s likely that you’ll only pay slightly more than you already do for a local call to get online. The other thing to bear in mind is the fact that in these days of increasing Amiga isolation, getting online presents you with a world of interesting people to supplement your monthly visit to your local (or not so local) user group, or newsagent for your latest copy of Amiga Format.
You can also play an increasing number of games online, such as Quake, Doom, Abuse, Foundation and so on. Not only that, but you can steer the way game development is going and even help with their creation.
If you program then there’s no better way of getting good beta testers and people to translate your program into all the languages of the world, although English is the lingua franca of the Internet.
IN CONCLUSION There’s loads of helpful advice dotted around these pages (although you’ll get heaps more online) and ISPs can be found in any copy of our sister mag .net, so take the plunge and get yourself online - it’s well worth it.
"One thing that amazes me is the modest hardware required to be fully active on the Internet. I did email and minimal web- browsing on an '020 with 4Mb fast RAM and it worked well (enough)."
'The net is a good place to have open to you.
If you have a problem of some kind then there will most likely be someone who can help you."
"I have had no problems with Wirenet and find their service to be very good. I've only got one real question - when does Neil Bothwick sleep?"
For Amiga users who want to use Ami net, [NetcomUK] also have a direct line to imperial College for faster downloads."
' have been very pleased with Enterprise and have never had any major problems with my connection.
For newcomers to the Internet, I wouldn't recommend Enterprise."
James M. Davies Martin Osborne Oliver Roberts Simon Jenkins Richard West Mike Barlow Paul Roberts Ian Urie have found [UKOnline's] Amiga service to be excellent."
For an Amiga-friendly ISP, I recommend Wirenet whole-heartedly " cannot recommend the Netconnect package enough..." Getting onto the net gives you access to all sorts of useful information, along with new James Lowe in common with all the other Internet features, some effort must he made to explain some of the many jargon and acronym terms you'll come across while browsing the net: ISP: Internet Service Provider.
Read The Flipping Manual - often said to people who ask questions that have obviously been answered in the aforesaid tome.
: Rolls On The Floor Laughing - usually posted in response to something witty or just downright dumb.
Point of Presence - where you dial into your ISP. This should not be confused with POP3.
POP3: Post Office Protocol 3 - a means by which your email gets transmitted.
Most ISPs use this method for email i these days.
SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol - an older alternative to POP3. You'll use it for outgoing mail.
HyperText Transfer Protocol - the method by which web pages are viewed over the Internet. A protocol is simply a method by which these things happen. Don't worry about it.
This is just a very small sample of the many acronyms in use on the net Don't worry about committing them to or many variations on the theme. These little punctuation explosions are known as "smileys", or more pretentiously as 'emoticons". There are a whole mass of them. If they don't mean anything to you, try tipping your head to the left and seeing them as smiley faces. You can find huge lists of different smileys on the Internet using them so often that you won't even have to think about what they actually ) and :( HTTP TLH: FTP mean.
File Transfer Protocol - you can use an 'ftp client" (a program on your machine) to download files from the Internet with this protocol.
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AMIGA WEB DIRECTORY The Amiga Web Directory is the first place to stop off when you go online. The new links page is invaluable and its search facilities are a lot more targeted than using a search site like AltaVista.
Not updated quite as regularly as the Amiga Web Directory, it is nonetheless very useful for other stuff and the website for Amiga.org should also be on your daily visit schedule.
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CAMKITE Look, up in the So you have your digital camera connected to your Amiga. What next?
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Now that connecting digital cameras to your favourite computer is becoming more commonplace - there are plenty of software utilities to choose from, both commercial and free - Amiga owners can try to find some more exciting things to do with them.
What’s the first thing which springs to mind after purchasing an expensive piece of hardware like a digital camera?
Why, suspending it from a kite several hundred metres in the air, of course.
Even a relatively low flight will provide you with a completely different view from the ground, and as most cameras have wide angle lenses, the results are even more extreme.
The DC2S has a self timer which makes it possible to launch, take a picture and land without any extra hardware.
THE CAMERA Digital cameras are the ideal image capturing device for attaching to kites.
They’re light, easy to use and lack any form of sophistication, such as focus or exposure controls. Best of all, you can rush the camera home to your trusty Amiga and see the results of your work within minutes.
Believe me, you’ll take a lot of dud images as you learn the techniques. I have dozens of pictures of grass and another dozen of blue emptiness.
THE KITE It's not really fair to expect any old kite to work well with a project like this. You need a kite which has a good lift capability, is reasonably strong and is also very manoeuvrable. A twin-line delta-style kite is probably your best bet, and in this experiment we used a Spectre Club kite. Kites are another one of those hobbies you can quickly spend a lot of money getting involved in, and it's hard to class something like the Spectre as a toy. It might be worthwhile scanning the skyline for existing owners and then talking them into helping you out. You'll also need good strong line
and a sunny day with a steady, strong breeze.
As your kite will weigh more than usual, be extra careful to avoid flying near power lines or civilians. No, it isn't an angel, it's a lovely young lady holding a kite.
For various reasons (alright, cost) my favourite digital cameras are the Kodak DC20 and DC25. Sadly, neither model is currently in production any more, although they are available if you look around. You could try our free reader ads, and the Kodak website also has some pointers to obtaining “re-conditioned” units very cheaply.
The DC25 has a self-timer which makes it possible to launch, take a picture and land without any extra hardware. A word of caution, though: get someone to help you. The self-timer period is short and once you set the kite up and trigger the shutter delay, you have to run like mad to get back to the strings and haul your kite into the sky.
It’s very much a matter of pot luck what the camera will be pointing at when the shutter goes, and you might Most of your shots may well end up like these above, but some will be stunning.
Also want to wear a helmet. On at least one occasion I nearly knocked myself unconscious when I tripped and landed on my head while running backwards pulling the strings.
Sadly, the DC25 is really too heavy for successful aerial photography. With it attached, the kite would only stay aloft in gale force winds and it actually broke the carbon fibre kite spar when landing.
Carbon fibre splinters are dangerous and I think I still have one embedded in my left index finger.
A lot of the camera weight can be attributed to the two batteries and LCD screen, which probably also makes the DC25 a lot more fragile.
For these reasons, the entry-level DC20 is much better. The DC20 weighs almost nothing and uses a single battery which keeps the weight down even more. The bad news is that the DC20 doesn’t have a self-timer and so we need CAM KITE TRIGGERING AND MOUNTING It’s possible to force the DC20 to take a picture by sending a suitable serial signal into the 3.5mm jack connector normally used to download images to the Amiga. Obviously, attaching an Amiga to the kite isn’t a realistic option: even though an A600 is small and expendable, it still needs to be connected to the mains power supply.
The answer is to use remote control via radio. The RC systems used in model cars, helicopters and planes all work in a very similar way: a transmitter sends an encoded signal (using PWM) over the FM band to the tiny receiver circuit in the vehicle.
The receiver has outputs which can directly power small servo motors that are used to alter the steering, move flaps, open the throttle and so on. All that’s needed is a small battery back to power the receiver. Only a single receiver channel is needed, so an RC car system is more than adequate. If you already own a remote control plane or helicopter then you can utilise any spare channels you already have.
To find some way of triggering the shutter remotely.
RC and digital camera nut David Grenewetzki has designed a small circuit which connects directly to a standard RC receiver, decodes the output and triggers the DC20 camera. The circuit uses the now- familiar PIC device (see recent Afs for features on using and programming PICs) to perform various other functions, such as driving an indicator LED and keeping the camera from automatically switching off by sending out “keep awake” signals.
Remember, a kite just happens to be the easiest and cheapest way of getting a camera up into the air. If you or a friend are already into RC aircraft then you have the perfect vehicle.
Again, the DC20 coupled with the PIC-based RC trigger circuit is the best way to take pictures. Happy flying!
The circuit is available in pre-built or kit form directly from David and, although based in the US, he’s happy to supply worldwide. Visit his website at httpi www,wco,com ~dgrenQ for details.
Mounting the camera and RC circuitry to the kite is a matter of experimentation. The camera should obviously be protected in some way and a small amount of bubble-wrap seemed the best bet to me, and it has prevented any damage so far.
Try to avoid upsetting the balance of the kite by trying to spread the load, although you should still try to keep everything as close to the centre of the kite as possible. See the pictures on these pages for our solution.
More advanced aerial photographers who use real 35mm cameras (and larger kites) build special cradles which are suspended beneath the kite’s super-structure. I found that placing a small plastic tube over the central spar and attaching the camera to this, therefore allowing it to swing freely and so sit generally in-line with the horizon, produced the best results.
In the future, I think I might try attaching a servo motor to try to steer the camera so I’ll be able to point it in particular directions.
Getting good pictures from an aerial camera takes practice, and if you look at David’s website you’ll see some spectacular examples. My own modest examples are included hereabouts.
Once you get a working system, you should try taking pictures of your neighbourhood, local town or even some famous landmarks.
READER PROJECT ifTz Thinking of towering up your Amiga? §Qduo@dd already has, and he's got some invaluable advice.
Ring up an There are many reasons to tower up an A4000, the main one being the space (or lack of it) for extra CD-ROM drives and hard disks, as well as the fact that the A4000 only has four Zorro slots. It’s a big job and it’s probably harder and more complex than putting an A1200 in a tower.
I ordered my tower from MicroniK via Blittersoft. The box it arrived in hinted at the size of the thing - 2’6” high, 1’6” deep and 7” wide. The tower comes with six pages of photocopied instructions which have been translated from German. Unfortunately, they’re littered with typos and some amusing spellings, such as ‘whole’ for ‘hole’.
The instructions are also incorrect in a few places, and as a result I wasted a few hours re-doing parts of the construction in a different order.
GETTING STARTED The first thing to do is to find a large work surface that you can tie up for a day while assembling the thing. I grabbed the dining table and covered it with some thick bath towels to protect it.
Then I had to disassemble my A4000 right down to the motherboard. Make sure you take anti-static precautions, such as touching a radiator, as there is such as touching a radiator, as there is no easy way to replace yourA4000 motherboard.
No easy way to replace your A4000 motherboard. Dismantling the Amiga is quite easy - just undo all the screws and take out the drives and power brick.
Taking off the plastic front is really a two person job because of the eight split clips which are used. The Zorro bus board needs a bit of careful force to ease it out of the motherboard.
Once everything is out, store it to one side while preparing the tower.
Remove the six screws from the back and take off the metal casing. Remove the four screws which hold the 3.5” drive bay and slide it out. Lay the tower on its right side. Lay the insulating plastic (which was beneath the motherboard in the desktop case) inside the tower and slide the motherboard into place so that the connectors fit through the cut-outs on the back of the tower.
It’s a tight fit but you can angle the board into place and ease it down. Fix it into place using the screws provided (two of them are metal supports for the bus board). Connect up the cables to the LEDs and the lock and attach them to the motherboard.
The mouse and joystick ports are connected to extension cables that lead to new ports at the back of the tower. I also attached a three-socket plug and cable to the three pins which stick up from the rear of the motherboard.
These pins allow you to mix another audio device with the Amiga’s own sound output.
Now grab your processor board and clip it securely into the CPU slot. If you have a CPU which has on-board memory SIMMs, upgrade them while you have a chance to. Taking the CPU board out again is very tricky later on. The same applies to the motherboard RAM - fill up those slots to their full 16Mb now.
BUS BOARDS Now for the bus board. This is where most of your £300 went. It slots into the motherboard with a little force. Screw it down, making sure you use the red insulating washers where indicated on the MicroniK instructions.
The next step is to get a Zorro card to see if it will fit. Mine didn’t as the supporting slots at the front of the tower were almost a centimetre too far in and the board just wouldn’t fit. I took off the support (which means dismantling the whole front of the tower) and insulated the metal with some more clear plastic sheeting. You might be lucky and get slots which are in the right place.
Disregard the MicroniK instructions at this point. Instead of putting your power brick in the tower, fill up the 3.5” drive cradle with your hard disk(s) and floppy drive. I fitted my two IDE drives and my Lightwave SCSI drive into the bottom of the cradle. Twist off the two pieces of masking metal on the front of the cradle.
Aligning the floppy drive with the third row of screw holes from the top will allow you to later mask the hole in the tower facade with the rectangular piece of grooved plastic from the front of the A4000 desktop casing.
READER PROJECT Slide your Zorro cards into the bus board (a PicassoIV and an Oktagon SCSI card) and screw them down.
Included with the kit is the lead from the power brick and a power extension cable which needs to clip into the motherboard.
Another cable runs from this to plug into a cable and socket for the ‘Reset’ switch.
The small fan at the top of the casing needs to be plugged in to the extension cable via a two-pin plug. Finally, cable up all the drives, paying particular attention to the orientation of the floppy and hard disk connectors.
Amiga from the front of the casing, a plastic rod is fitted from the button to the push-switch on the power brick.
The rod may need to be trimmed down a bit so the Amiga can be turned off again (I had to cut about 5mm off it).
It ail again to make sure before turning the Amiga on.
It should boot up as normal.
POWERING UP Now you can put in the power brick.
Included with the tower kit is a wedge- shaped plastic bracket which needs to be attached to the bottom of the power supply. Once this has been done, the power supply is held inside the tower with two screws in the actual brick and two screws in the plastic wedge.
Although it doesn’t look very safe, it works and the brick can’t fall. If you want to, you can drill another hole in the back of the casing and put another screw into the brick to be extra safe.
In order to allow you to turn on the FINAL TOUCHES Plug in your monitor, mouse and keyboard. Use the keys provided to ‘unlock’ the Amiga, allowing the keyboard and mouse to work. Check everything, then check it all again to make sure before turning the Amiga on. It should boot up as normal.
If you can hear the drives whirring but nothing else happens, check that the CPU board is really secure.
Once the Amiga is working, power it down and put the outer casing back on. Then turn the tower on its side and screw in the ‘feet’.
Finally, stick on an Amiga sticker and a Boing ball to show the world that the towering hulk dwarfing your monitor is an Amiga - back for the future. CD The rod is then slid into the button and slotted over the push-switch. A plastic collar slides over the slot and holds the rod in place.
You can now fit in any 5.25” devices you have. Twist off the masking metal and pop out the plastic masks in the front of the tower. I put in my two CD drives and used a leftover bracket from the old casing to secure my last 3.5” The dismantled (now unused) Barracuda drive. I also A4000's innards laid connected up one of the CD drives to bare (below left). The cable from the audio connector.
Turn the tower upright. Sliding in the cradle requires some force as the top lip needs to slide along the runners midway in the tower and under the
5. 25” bays. Screw in the cradle with the f is four screws you
removed earlier. It is possible to Fit in the grooved
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place above the floppy drive.
After reading the Workbench section of AF106, where Mr. Nicholas Sherman was asking about A600 HD installation, x Co; .a couldn't help but reveal the A600's expandability.
A600 SET UP ¦ A6000 (NTSC) with 2Mb chip RAM ¦ Full size PC tower case with 230W power supply ¦ Viper A630 68030 40MHz, MMU and 4Mb fast RAM ¦ Squirrel SCSI interface ¦ MediaVision Reno 2x portable CD-ROM drive ¦ Blittersoft's external (converted to internal) 176Mb HD
3. 5" floppy drive ¦ Seagate Medalist IDE 630Mb HD ¦ Western
Digital Caviar WD 210HD ¦ PC keyboard interface by Dart
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problem lies in the fact that the Caviar drive seems to be
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also a problem with the Caviar, even when I used the drive by
I’ve also noticed that my Quadra 950’s ROM image wasn’t saved to the Caviar in the proper size and was therefore unusable, but it was perfect on the Seagate.
¦ Amigen (an NTSC genlock from Mimetics) ¦ Digiview from NewTek ¦ Optivision RGB splitter ¦ Phoenix Midi interface ¦ DeskJet 540C HP printer ¦ CZ 230S Casio keyboard ¦ RCA 6-head stereo VCR (NTSC) ¦ Panasonic NV 210 Camcorder (NTSC) ¦ A1000 purchased in 1986 with 2Mb RAM expansion. Pro MIDI sampler by Mimetics, ECE MIDI interface, all hooked up to the A600 via PARnet.
After five years of usage with all sorts of peripherals and components hanging and spreading all around my desk, a particularly ugly sight, the tower box was a big relief.
Nothing would be accomplished if I hadn’t discovered that Dart manufacture PC keyboard interfaces for every Amiga model. Installing such a device isn’t recommended for the fainthearted because it requires soldering cables in five spots of the A600 motherboard. The tower case’s power supply was a piece of cake to adapt to Amiga use thanks to the instructions in AF99 (Tower of Power).
HARDWARE The box features six 5.25” bays and two
3. 5” bays. The motherboard had to be placed horizontally across
the box with the connectors facing towards the top.
The original keyboard was thrown out of the window as almost half of the keys OTHER PERIPHERALS INCLUDE A600 PROS AND CONS The main object of this review is the A600 itself. If AGA is not of concern to you and you can find an A600 in good condition then grab it. In the five years that I have had mine, the only problem was the keyboard. Commodore wouldn’t have built this machine with SMT (Surface Mount Technology) if it didn’t mean quality and durability.
One thing to note is that you can’t use a hard disk unless you have at least version 2.05 of Workbench as the IDE port won’t work. If anyone has used a software Kickstart emulator and 2.04 downwards then please let the rest of us know if the port works.
PCMCIA is another door to expansion as hooking up the Squirrel brings you into the world of SCSI. Just make sure that you’ve got plenty of power or you’ll be heading for crashes.
I’ve also just got a 16x Atapi CD- ROM by Hitachi for the tower and it passed the test drive so I’ll hook it up shortly. If you take a good look at the inside view of the tower, you’ll notice the extension cables from all of the ports leading to the rear of the tower.
You never know what can be done on the A600 HDT.
I’ve even managed to run Fusion with 4Mb fast and 2Mb chip RAM. If only I could totally understand the usage of virtual memory on this one. The A600 is a great computer that’s let down by the lack of AGA.
The Viper is a big upgrade, giving me a speed that I wouldn’t expect. I have the old 4Mb version because I didn’t want to risk incompatibility with the PCMCIA port.
However, if I had the ability to purchase another board now, I’d go for the 32Mb new Viper. Although clocked at 33MHz, it has an FPU and memory also means a lot. The MMU was tested and it operates well and sometimes I pass the OS to fast RAM for quick startup and fast operation.
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Ddtcl John Kennedy explains how DataTypes make your life easier and take the worry out of programmin, 1 00110''® 1901 1:001 00' WHAT ARE THEY?
DataTypes are a relatively new feature of the Amiga's operating system, introduced with Workbench release 3.0 and onwards. You can find the DataTypes currently installed on your system lurking in the Devs DataTypes drawers on your boot disk.
By default, the operating system includes DataTypes for sound files (8S ~X). AmigaGuide interactive help files, graphics (ILBM) and text (FTXT) but the beautv of the svstem is that vou in which data is stored in files. Writing a computer program is difficult enough, but imagine trying to add support for all the different file formats that exist.
A graphics program alone would have to support IFF. GIF. JPEG. TIFF. BMP.
PNG... the list goes on and on.
These are all legitimate file formats and it's likely that someone, somewhere would need the program to read or write these files. The programmer could spend most of their time simply programmer can leave all the worrying about supporting file formats to the DataType system. The program can assume that all the data arriving and leaving is in a single, common. Amiga- friendly format. When it is loaded or saved, the DataTypes perform the conversion duties.
There are therefore several features which DataTypes make possible.
DataTypes allow a program to interrogate a file to determine what can add many more yourself.
The MultiVieiv utility included with Workbench is the perfect example of DataTypes at work. Although it's only a tin) program. MultiVieii' can load and display almost am standard .Amiga file, including text, graphics and help files.
It can do all this not because it's a smart program in itself, but because it makes use of DataTypes.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
The idea behind DataTypes is to separate an application program from its data, or at least to free the program from worrying about the exact manner re-inventing the wheel by writing code to deal with all these file formats.
Gfc A Once the programmer has w included DataType support in his or her application, they g get some abilities for free. FB I DataTypes allow the programmer to completely forget about supporting all these different file types. Instead, the application is programmed with information on how to communicate via DataTypes. Once this is working, the kind of data it contains. This is actually a rather tricky process to attempt without DataTypes. Other computer systems tend to force files to have a particular filename extension, but this doesn't really apply on the Amiga.
2 The programmer can concentrate on developing the application, not on hm) developing the application, not on processing the many different types of data formats which exist. The DataType code can be built-into the program relatively easily, taking the burden away from the programmer.
3 A program can transparently deal with lots of different file formats, even mixing them on the fly. This is 28 OCTOBER 1998 AMIGA FORMAT Let’s assume that the Datatype we are using is designed to let our Amiga deal with sausages, and is called "sausage". W hen sou sif t through all the files, sou should find three with names like this: sausage.datatype, sausage and sausage.into. It's vers important that sou cops the files into the correct locations.
Place sausage.datatype in the Workbench:classes datatypes directors. I lie sausage and sausage.into file should be copied to devs : datatypes . If vou're lucky, there s ill be an installation routine that s i 11 do this for sou automaticalls.
Because all the data is converted into the Amiga's own internal f ormat bef ore it is used, effectively hiding the conversion process from both the programmer and the user.
4 Once the programmer has included DataTvpe support in his or her application, they get some extra abilities for free. For example, you get the option to easily make use of the Amiga's temporary storage area called the Clipboard.
5 Future proof ing. If a brand new file format appears, all of the existing application programs don't need to be re-written - if they use DataTypes. Onlv DataTypes allow the programmer to completely forget about supporting all these different file types.
HOW DO i INSTALL A DATATYPE?
W hen ou download or copy a file and un-archive it. You'll usually find it contains several f iles. Some authors mav even include their source code.
Although this source code will be of no use to non-programmers, it can encourage f urther development.
A new DataTvpe needs to be created and the programs w ill continue to w ork as before.
For the user (that is. Vou and me) DataTvpes are an extremely usef ul tool.
We can choose the best DataTvpe for a particular task. For example, there are a great number of JPG DataTvpes available. Some might be optimised to work with standard Amiga graphics modes, others might be better suited for use with systems that have graphics cards. Some might be coded to make use of 68030 or better processors and perhaps in the f uture there will be PPG versions too.
As we have to install the Datatype ourselves, we theref ore have the freedom to select the one that is most suited to our needs and our hardware.
Graphics formats often change and evolve, and again, being able to update our Datatype means the application can be upgraded to support the new features, without a major re-write.
In fact, the original application won't actually change at all - only the DataTvpes we install are changed.
WHERE DO I GET THEM?
The best source for Dataiypes is Aminet. Aminet is the repository of Amiga files on the Internet. It's free for anyone to access and is a vast store of software and information.
Authors looking to get their work seen by as many people as possible upload their files to Aminet.
Amongst all its other treasures, Aminet contains a huge number of Dataiypes. These Datatypes can be downloaded and installed only by an Amiga with Workbench 3.0 or later, instantly providing support for a new range of files.
Last time we looked, there were over 120 different DataTypes in the archive. These included support for graphics files (such as GIF and JPG), animations, sound files (including WAV) and even one for ZX Spectrum screen dumps.
When you install a particular application, the programmers might recommend a certain Datatype to install and use. For example, if you are interested in surfing the Internet using a world wide web browser, you might find you need to install a set of GIF and JPEG DataTypes. This is because the Web is dominated by the PC and Mac, where the IFF graphics format is largely unknown.
Dataiypes may also be distributed on magazine coverdisks, or on CD-ROMs or floppies from PD libraries. You will probably find that they have been archived using LhA or LZH compression, so you will need suitable un-archiving tools in order to make use of them.
Remember to check in case there are multiple ersions of sausage.datatype, perhaps for 68060 and 68020. Or PPL and non-FPU v ersions. You must copv the correct one and ignore the others. It vou aren't sure, stick to the 68000 version, although bear in mind that vou might not be using your sy stem to its full advantage.
Using a DataTvpe D easy. In fact, vou might not even know vou are doing it.
Some programs will use the support for new File formats completely transparently. For example. MuItH'ieu should be able to deal with sausages without vou doing am thing special.
Other programs mav require vou to select a special Datatvpe requestor and then select the file tvpe you want to deal with. Consult the documentation that came with the program to find out exactlv how DataTvpes are supported.
DataTvpes used to be unique to the Amiga, but other operating sy stems have started to see the benefits thev provide.
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The summer heat doesn't stop coders. See what HBSk Y WttBKm'' We're all slaves to the clock. After playing the games that came in this month, a new, big-name release arrives just before we go to press.
Now this poses a problem for us. Do we rush the review in or do we hold it back so we can play it some more, and therefore get a better and more accurate view of the game? Regular AF readers will know there's only one answer. Though we want every issue of this mighty organ to be informative and entertaining and full of up to the minute news and reviews, we also want to make sure we get it right. Check out this month's selection of finished and soon to be finished games - I've got some more 'research' to do. Enjoy... you'll be playing come the winter. B pp| Ml ¦¦ £ alMhJ They're uncanny and
they're in a Quake add-on. Find out why you'd want to be killing the X-Men.
You might think England today is a little unruly, but wait until you see what the future holds!
Alien scum dying. Yesterday. Prepare to make your wrist ache as you strive to save the world. Again.
Andy Smith AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY How to get the most from this top game with some expert knowledge Iweaking the game's parameters to suit your driving style gives this classic game a new lease of life.
Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games. We try to ensure we keep you as up to date as possible and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
90+% H The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
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PSKSigHT islctwiu More Quake speed ups and a Uropa 2 guide Ever had a really good game idea? Ever thought you could do better than the so-called professionals? These people certainly have... Average releases with somewhat limited gameplay and appeal. Games in this category tend to be flawed.
Below average games which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet.. 40-49% Under 40% Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
The absolute pits.
The Arena . ....Matt Ward Hired Guns-style puzzle action.
Colour X . Mark Moran You might see red but it's actually yellow.
Armchair Assassin Simon Hitchen Shoot all the Spice Girls (including Geri!).
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Space and super heroes, you’ll be playing soon... The Boot Room.. ...£25 Release Date... .. Christmas ’98 Publisher...... ...TBR Requires .. AGA machine Of course, not every footballer in the league is going to be a David Ginola.
As long as they can play, ehP At the start of a new football season there's a lot resting on your shoulders. The players and the fans are full of optimism, hope and belief. Whether any of that optimism is misplaced, hope forlorn and belief misguided is down to your skills as team manager.
The Boot Room is a new football management game from brothers and coders Peter and Michael Price. The game uses all the real names of your favourite players (FA clearance anyone?) From your favourite teams, whether they're currently in the Premiership, the First Division or whatever.
There is, of course, only one team in the world worth picking... Whether your fave players do any good on the pitch is going to be out of your hands though. There's no arcade section to TBR as this is pure management at its nitty-grittiest.
The game's probably going to feature foreign leagues, although that's more likely to come from end users first who can then pass on the updated information (a la Foundation) to other Boot Room players. The boys Price are hoping to have a lot of user interaction in this way by using The Boot Room as an engine for a kind of real-time play by email football league, played between people from all over the world and run on a central server.
The exact details of this haven't actually been finalised yet but as soon as we get more info we'll pass it on.
For those of you who like to combine their resource management games with a bit of space combat comes Space Station
3000. The general idea here is to build and develop a space
station (spooky, eh?) And get it working for you. That
means making it attractive to all those space traders out
there who are going to flock to your station to make their
Space Station 3000 £TBC Release Date minimi ’98 Publisher ..TBC Requires ..AO i machine Though I haven't had the chance to play a demo of the game, the author, Stuart Walker, seems to have taken a lot of ideas from the MicroProse game UFO in that there's research to be done (including researching those oh so advanced alien ships that are going to be straying within your crosshairs), hospitals to build, engineers to employ and wads of cash to be made.
If you don’t like the look of someone’s space ship, destroy it and collect up the debris. Smart!
Stuart also seems to have nicked a couple of Elite's ideas too, as you can opt for a relatively peaceful life as a rich mogul if you opt to orbit your space station around safe planets, or you can make your life a little more interesting and head off into more treacherous parts of space.
As soon as things start to go your way you can invest your credits in new space on your station for other traders to move in - you're making an out of town shopping complex that really is out of town!
The game is due to be released on CD to start with and you'll need a machine with an AGA chipset to run it (though an OCS ECS version is in the pipeline) and we're expecting a review copy in the next couple of months, so we'll keep you posted.
The price is yet to be decided.
Stretch your intergalactic entrepreneurial skills in Space Station 3000. We can hardly wait.
As is invariably the case with these Quake add-ons, as well as new weapons and new ammo to use in them, these super hero clones also have a range of super powers at their disposal. These powers might be nasty enough when you encounter them in the normal single player game, but if you're one of the lucky few able to play this networked or online then you can even elect to play Deathmatches where it's X-Man vs X-Man, using nothing but super powers. Ouch!
As with Malice, these Quake add- As well as the characters, the game’s scenery is all drawn in the same style as the Marvel comics.
... subtle gameplay changes with good atmosphere can really make the game into something special.
X-Men .Kift.99 Release Date ..ilut now Publisher aiiun MedlnSnft Requires Quaxe Birds with big swords always equal trouble.
Stay dear of ’em and shoot ’em from a distance.
The Quake twists just keep coming and the latest bunch fighting to empty your coffers are those uncanny X-Men (or are the Uncanny X-Men another bunch altogether? Comic anoraks send a postcard to the usual address...). Here's the chance to breathe new life into your registered and installed version of Quake (assuming you've finished it, along with the rather excellent add-ons we've been recommending over the last couple of months, such as Malice) as you enter the Ravages of Apocalypse.
Now, as you'd no doubt expect, this Apocalypse chappie's a bit of a rough sort and not one to mess with on the best of days, but now is definitely not the time to be messing with him. After most of the world has been devastated during the Onslaught (I'm sure X-Men fans will know what that's all about, but it sounds unpleasant) he's gone and cloned a whole bunch of the only surviving super heroes, the X-Men.
Apparently the Fantastic Four proved themselves to be the Floundering Four and all perished, and the Avengers turned out to be the Vanquished, so he's using the X- Men as his secret weapon in his plans to take over the world.
And that's where you come in.
Armed with some eight new weapons, including the pain- inducing Nuclear Energy Radiation Dispatcher and the aesthetically- pleasing Orb Launcher, you've got two new chapters to work your way through as you attempt to thwart Apocalypse's plans (and as you're doing that there's more than just a hint that ol' Apo's not working entirely alone here).
They may be X-Men but they don't Hke being hit with multiple rounds of high explosive shells.
Ons often benefit the most when they're taken out of the whole Quake world and given a new twist.
Instead of simply 'more of the same', subtle gameplay changes with good atmosphere can really make the game into something special.
We're certainly looking forward to getting our claws into this one in next month's ScreenPlay.
REVIEW Ultra violent Shoot-em-ups come and shoot-em-uns go.
FMto Mill’s always around... Those spinning hazard warning slabs (top) can’t be destroyed and must therefore be avoided. Enemy ships are fair game though (above).
A * Don’t worry about the aliens shooting at you as most just fire straight ahead in the hope that you’ll be in the way... New boys Vorlon have opted for a vertically scrolling blaster for their Amiga debut, allowing one or two players to Stage two and life gets noticeably harder - you’ll wish the aliens on the first level dropped more cash for you to spend in the shop at the end.
Nd the last thing we had that resembled a new shoot-em-up was the rather awful Powder a couple of months back. However, here's new German outfit Vorlon's Ultra Violent Worlds to restore our faith in the genre.
Take on the might of the alien invaders, the Zarnaxians. All well and good so far, if a little predictable.
Starting out with a basic ship with basic weapons, the player survives the oncoming waves of Zarnaxians for as long as possible, or until the shop appears at least.
At what seem like random intervals, Zarnaxian ships are in the habit of dropping blue credit discs.
Collect one and you've earned yourself 100 credits to spend in the shop at the end of the stage.
Sadly, there seems to be little rhyme or reason as to which ships are carrying the credits. Despite the fact that there are very definite waves of enemy craft, you don't get rewarded for taking out, say, one wave of a particular kind of craft, or for destroying a certain number of different craft. The credits just seem to appear when they feel like it and this makes forward financial planning difficult.
The playing area's wider than one screen so you can wander to each side of the screen and have the playing area scroll for you. This adds a little something, although it's not quite as effective in two player mode because if your mate decides to stick in the right hand corner of the playing area then there's no way to shift him and get the get the screen to scroll unless you're really quick when he dies.
Curiously, the second player in two player mode has a ship with much better armour than you.
Even then he can simply scroll it back to the right unless you've had the foresight to go and hide yourself in the far left corner.
Survive the onslaught of the first stage, have a pop at the end of level boss (who appears, hangs round for a bit and then disappears, before popping up a few minutes later at the proper end of the level) and the chances are you'll have picked up a few credit discs and can't wait to spend 'em in the shop.
That bubble you've just passed recharges your energy back to full so it’s worth trying to grab.
Here you'll have the chance to either buy yourself a new, harder wearing ship or a better weapon.
Curiously, the second player in a two player game always starts with a better ship than you, but we'll not concern ourselves with that at the moment. All right, so you're perusing the long list of extra weapons available and want to buy something that's going to be a lot more effective than the weedy weapon you're given at the start. Prepare for some disappointment.
This is the weapon you’ll want to buy, but you won’t be able to afford it until much later in the game.
Money problems Most of the good things cost thousands of credits and the chances of you getting to your first thousand on the first level are slim. The credits don't come nearly as often as you'd like and it's doubly frustrating when you destroy a craft near the edge of the screen (assuming you've scrolled as far left or right as the game will allow because there seems little point in hanging around in the middle of the playing area where the action's more intense but the rewards are just as sparse).
At this point, you get to watch that gold-dust blue disc skip off the side of the screen and into oblivion.
On later levels the credits come a little easier because you get more per disc, but then it's usually too late because your chances of reaching the second shop and indulging in some retail therapy are slim indeed.
Assume you have gained thousands of credits by saving them up over the first few levels. There's a large array of weaponry to choose from, which should make getting through the subsequent levels somewhat easier because the difficulty gets ramped right up from level two onwards. Ground-based These spiky meteorites are shielded but well worth killing as they occasionally drop valuable coins.
Installations make an appearance, the alien ships get tougher and the sneaky tricks become more frequent.
Ships come at you from the sides, from behind and from below. Those Zarnaxians just don't play fair.
To be honest, neither do the programmers. Though everything looks nice and moves well, UVW fails to get the blood pumping. The alien waves follow the old 'weaver birds' pattern, whereby they lazily swing from side to side down the screen.
And these are the interesting ones.
Most of 'em just come straight down the screen, firing away. Don't worry about the aliens shooting at you as most just fire straight ahead in the hope that you'll be in the way, which you inevitably are because there are so many of them.
I've been accused recently of single-handedly attempting to destroy the Amiga games market by not giving games super-high scores, whether they deserve them or not. I can see the argument - people want to feel that the Amiga games scene is still buzzing with great new games coming out all the time. The sad thing is that it's games like UVW that are killing the Amiga games market.
It's not a complete dog, it's just so lacklustre. Everything in UVW has been seen and done before and there are no new tricks or twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The gameplay is hardly inspirational and all in all you're left with a very average, very mundane shoot-em-up. There are more enjoyable PD shoot-em-ups and just because this is new doesn't mean it's worth spending your money on.
Sorry Vorlon, there's a lot more work needed here.
After each stage you’re treated to a lovely rendered picture. We just wish the things were animated... PUBLISHER: Vorlon Software (w w yvA or! On soft wa re .con ) PRICE: ETBA VERSIONS: A1200 REQUIREMENTS: AGA, 4Mb CD RELEASE DATE: Out now GRAPHICS: •••00 Smooth scrolling, nice backgrounds but the enemy shots can be difficult to see at times.
SOUND: ••000 Nothing special here. Even the 11 music tracks are less than inspirational.
ADDICTION: ••000 Play it a bit and then consign it to the bottom of the wardrobe. Not enough umph.
PLAYABILITY: •••00 It’s easy enough to get to grips with, it’s just not much fun doing it.
UVW will be lost amongst the thousands of other mediocre shoot-em-ups.
READER REVIEW L Ever since I was two feet high I've been a fan of Formula One racing. I would watch the qualifiers to see who got pole position and get the crisps out for when the race started.
In the first of our reader game reviews, Mi stMffi® gets behind the wheel of the Formula One Grand Prix Editor.
This is your chance to give us your opinion on any Amiga games. Write a fair and accurate review of about 750 words on the best or worst software you've played and you could see We wH also need a good- quality passport photograph of you. Send your reviews to: Format • 30 Monmouth Street Bath* Somerset •BA12BW When I wasn't watching F1, I would play Grand Prix 2 on my old Spectrum 48K, but since I bought an Amiga there was only one F1 Over 1,500 people have registered and considering all the functions it performs, I’m surprised that more haven’t.
Almost every single option in Formula One Grand Prix can be edited to suit your own needs and preferences, from the colour of your driver’s helmet to the frame rate at which the game runs.
Simulator that stood out from the rest - Microprose Formula One Grand Prix. Thanks to FIGP-Ed, it still shines as much as it used to.
Why chug along at eight fps when the edttor lets you soup things up to a sumptuous 24 fps (accelerator board permitting)? Editors are normally a pain but this one isn’t.
F1GP-Ed is up to version three now. It has been developed over four years and has improved by leaps and TIME Andy’s Verdict Mow can you fan to be impressed with this piece of software? It’s as dose as you’ll ever get to coding the thing yourself, hist the way you Hke it. The speed improvements, the abdity to sum the goalposts as near or as far away as you like Q’m talking about the standard of the other driven here) and the chance to get everything looking as you want Is not only good fun but tt breathes new We into a game that’s going to entertain you for months anyway. Though unintentional
perhaps, playing around with editors Hke dlls also gives you a great insight into how a game hangs together, if you’ve ever tried to write a game, you’H know It can take a lot of trial and error to get things right. Here you can alter a couple of things and see the differences almost immediately. Cracking.
Bounds. In that time, it has grown into a huge program with over 22 options and loads of sub options.
Over 1,500 people have registered and considering all the functions it performs, I'm surprised that more haven't. There are so many options it would take quite a long time to tell you about them all, so I'm just going to tell you about the most useful and helpful of them.
One of the most important features is the ability to increase the frame rate at which the game runs.
With my Apollo ’040 25MFIz, I got about 24 frames per second with detail set on low, which is a massive improvement over the standard eight frames per second.
One other important change is the computer competition levels. The 1998 datafile (which is included) brings the computer's driving standards up to date. This makes the game a lot harder because the computer controlled cars will give you a real run for your money.
F1GP-Ed will enhance almost every aspect of F1GP. You can change the colours of the cars, helmets and pit crews. If you're fed up with the old cockpit then you can replace it with one of your own or one of the cockpits supplied with FIGP-Ed. If you want new menu backdrops then you can replace them too.
There were some very nice pictures on AFCD27, as well as the full version of F1GP. Installation is easy: you're asked where you want F1GP-Ed installed and the files are then unpacked and copied to where you wanted them. Simple.
The manual is supplied in AmigaGuide format and it tells you everything you need to know about the options available. The Help key can also be used to bring up the online help.
One other useful option is the Standard Options. This lets you preset all the options in the game, such as qualifying time, oppositions spread, race distance, etc. Once everything is set how you want it, select 'Save to F1GP binary' and you'll never have to set the options again.
Are there any reasons not to buy FIGP-Ed, I hear you say? Well, it doesn't use MUI, it's very system friendly, it's easy to use, it makes F1GP even more fun and it makes a great cup of tea as well. Actually, it doesn't do the last one, but the only reason I can think of for you not to buy this is if you don't like Formula One racing in the first place.
Oliver Roberts has done a fantastic job of bringing F1GP back to life, so pay your six pounds and make F1GP more realistic than ever. D?
DISTRIBUTOR: Oliver Roberts. 30 Tillen Rfl, Norwich, NR3 4BJ. Email Oliver' poboxes.com Also on our CD every month in the -Screenplay- OtherStuff directory PRICE: £6 REQUIREMENTS: F1GP OVERALL VERDICT: Super, smashing, great!
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¦li fffl OH THIS AFCD31:-ReaderStuff- -ReaderGames- Welcome to Reader Games, the section of Amiga Format that attempts to get those creative juices flowing and encourages gamers to produce what could well turn out to be The Next Big Thing.
As most of the previous Amiga stars are now directing their talents at other machines, the time has come for the new stars to come to the fore. Those new stars are you, and here's where you get to show the world that you know a thing or two when it comes to gameplay.
We're not concerned with fabulous-looking games here. We don't even care if they sound awful Think of your favourite game for a minute. What's it got that makes it so special? Can you lose yourself in it? Do you fail to notice the passage of time? Does everything else somehow seem to be not quite so important all of a sudden? Do you wish you'd written the game and enabled thousands of people to enjoy it as much as you do?
If your favourite game is any good then you'd have answered yes to all of the above. Someone, after all, had to come up with the game in the first place, and if they've had a terrific idea then you could too.
Att's first person perspective action adventure is easily this month's winner.
Armed with an array of weapons (minigun, shotgun, sword and so on) the idea's to work your way through the game's sectors by M READER WARRANT when you take another step forward to suddenly find that there's actually a huge wall in front of you.
These quirks aside. The Arena is a whole lot of fun. It could have been smoother, it could have looked better but the basic gameplay's solid. Even though there are some annoying bits (hit a lift switch and fall off a platform and there's no way of reactivating the switch so you have to start the sector over again), it generally hangs together really well.
When you're sending in your submissions make sure you also give us:
1. An address where you can be contacted.
2. Details of the language used to create the game.
3. A recent photo of yourself.
The address to send your stuff into is: Reader Games • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW Everything included on the AFCD must have a reader warrant with it. Just cut it out off this page, sign it and send it in to us with your game and a recent photograph of yourself. A last reminder: if you don't include this warrant we simply won't be able to put your game on the CD - that means you won't be able to have it judged by other readers.
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1. The material is original and does not infringe any other
material or rights;
2. The material does not contain any material which is
defamatory, obscene or indecent and is exempt from
classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984;
3. That there are no legal claims against the material provided;
4. That I have full power and authority to provide this material
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AUTHOR: Matt Ward LANGUAGE: Amos Pro VERDICT: A great puzzle action adventure game that doesn't look great and is far from smooth but plays well arid will keep you entertained for some time.
Solving little puzzles, a la Hired Guns. There are baddies to shoot, switches to throw, lifts to take and teleports to jump into.
The graphics are a little crude and a bit jerky because Matt has employed the jump screen technique, whereby turning and moving happens in jumps rather than smooth scrolling, but once you've got used to that it's easy enough to work out where you're going.
However, it's a little easy to unwittingly fall off platforms. If you press forward a couple of times, the computer takes a short while to think about it before stepping you forward twice and right off the end of the platform, take your time moving around!
The baddies are not the most intelligent of creatures and it can be annoying when they keep hopping in front and then to the side of you and then back, so getting your timing right with your weapon can be tricky. You're given a list of objectives that need to be completed to reach each of the sector's exits and everything has to be done within a time limit. This is just about right for each sector; not too loose and not too tight.
There's extra ammo, health bonuses and key cards to pick up and though the sectors are all small, they can be devious, not least because it's a little disorientating as there's not much depth to the graphics. You can be walking towards what appears to be an open space Sometimes you can almost see the sticky-backed plastic bolting these things together. They are, of course, the... as all we're after is the kernel of good gameplay around which those cosmetic qualities can be built. We simply offer advice on how to make the games better.
What we don't do (usually) is rip games apart and hold them up to ridicule. We all want to keep playing good games and the games of tomorrow are likely to come from a talented, enthusiastic amateur.
There's a £50 prize for the author of the month's best game, so there's even a financial incentive to get you in front of the keyboard. Read through this month's selection and as soon as that inspiration hits you, get those fingers moving. Onwards... OVER TO YOU!
COLOUR COLOUR K Here's a tricky little game that's a lot harder than you might first imagine. Click the mouse button at the bottom of the screen and four coloured words flash up briefly on the screen in sequence. All you have to do is press the first letter of each colour you see. Get 'em all right and you can move onto the next set of four. Simple, eh?
YELLOW Er, no. Mark's been deviously clever here.
Suppose you see red, then blue, then blue and then green. It would be simple enough to type in RBBG and get it right, except the coloured words you see are, well, colours.
Imagine the first word up is red, except it's written in blue. The next one is yellow and this is written in red. You get the picture.
It's surprisingly tricky to do because the words flash up so quickly and there is obvious Murderously difficult when you first try it. Colour X should keep you cussin for a good few minutes.
Confusion when you see the word blue written in red.
OK, so it's a nice idea to start with, but the implementation could have been a lot better. For a start Mark gives us 100 goes and that's far too many. The game's also too sensitive to mouse clicks as you can enter the right colour combination and click the mouse to see the next sequence only to be told you're wrong as it seems to think you've already had another go.
Maybe some kind of points system could have been implemented (and my apologies to Mark here if there's some kind of score system at the end because I have to admit I didn't go through the whole 100 goes whenever I played it) and maybe clicking on coloured icons rather than having to type in the sequence every time would have been easier.
AUTHOR: Mark Moran LANGUAGE: Blitz Basic 2 VERDICT: A devilishly tricky memory that lets itself down with one or two presentation errors. Too many goes per game as well.
Simon's no stranger to Reader Games because this is the second version of this game he's submitted to us (as well as submitting it to our CD contributions section - don't think we didn't notice!). The game is simplicity itself and it's a right laugh too.
ARMCHAIR ASSASSIN 2 Armed with a variety of weapons, from shotguns to mini-guns to photon torpedoes, all you've got to do is waste the little characters that run around the screen. Simple, bloodthirsty fun. There are a couple of new additions to this version of Armchair Assassin, the first being that if you shoot someone in the head you only wound them and they wander around the screen dragging a bloody leg (don't ask me why) and if you shoot them in the body they explode in a mess of blood 'n' bones.
Once you've wasted all the characters (and you want to do it in as little time as possible to get onto the high-score table) you get the chance to shoot their heads around the screen. Again, don't ask me why.
Cunningly, Simon's added a character creation program that allows you to add your own little characters, so if Mr. Briggs from Maths has been really getting on your case lately then it's time to teach a few hundred pixellated versions of him a lesson. Good stuff.
The sound effects are great, the animation's funny and all in all this is a great little stress reliever. Personally, I don't see much point in the head shooting business, but the rest of the program's well done and well presented.
Armchair Assassin is mindlessly violent but it's a good giggle nonetheless.
AUTHOR: Simon Hitchon LANGUAGE: i! M 1 i VERDICT: Updated lovely little time-wasting program. Maybe we can have some of them shoot back for version 3?
Depending on the difficulty level chosen, you're presented with up to seven randomly placed animals (sheep, cats, pigs and so on) around a field on screen and then you're asked how many are present. Choosing the correct number is easy enough: simply click on the right number on the bar at the base of the screen.
Get it right and you're rewarded with a Fred Flintstone "Yabba dabba doo!". Get it wrong and you're treated to an "Oh dear, that wasn't right".
UT’S COUNT And erm, that's all folks. The speech is well done, the graphics are bright and cheerful and I can see your average four year old finding this entertaining for a few minutes. I do think that it's lacking enough variety, though. As well as animals, why not have objects? Why not have different backgrounds too?
Children's attention spans are notoriously short so you've got to keep them entertained while they're learning, and with the same animals on only one background, I can see little Johnny finding it all a little dull.
Well put together but needing more for it to be a really effective tool, and why just up to seven? What's wrong with up to 10?
AUTHOR: , lark Sudlow LANGUAGE: Blitz Basse 2 VERDICT: Nicely done but too li a child interested for very long. More variety is required for this to be as effective as it could be.
After last month's guide to speeding up Quake, I will assume that you now have Quake running at an acceptable rate and that you are acquainted with the game itself. This month it gets even more technical, so if you're a beginner, take your time and use the examples on the cover CD.
Controlling yourself Quake features a true 3D environment which means you can't use a simple control method like you can with Doom. The best way to win in both single and multiplayer mode is to use the mouse and keyboard simultaneously. Usually the mouse is controlled by your right hand and the cursor keys by your left hand.
Aliases allow you to attach a whole string of commands to one word, which can then be binded to a key.
Attack ...Mouse 1 Jump swim up ...Enter Walk forward .... Up arrow or mouse 2 Backpedal Down arrow Step Left ...Left arrow Step Right .Right arrow Configuring your control method like this will make things a lot easier because you can freely look round rooms, sidestep and run or fire without having to look down once. I recommend using sidestep a lot to dodge oncoming gunfire instead of trying to backpedal and run.
You should also remember that the 'Help' key zooms in on the opposition so you can accurately hit them even if they are in the distance.
If you are using a PC keyboard then the help key should be 'Page Down'.
The Console Quake features a 'Console' which allows you to access otherwise inaccessible commands and normal commands more quickly. Think of the console like a Shell in Workbench - it even features tab completion of commands and a command history.
To bring up the console, press the tilde key (~). Here are some useful Console commands: Record demoname.dem map [track]
- Records your own Quake demo with optional CD audio track. For
Record AF.dem E1M1 5.
Playdemo demoname.dem - Plays back Quake demos. For example, Playdemo AF.dem. (MMS fflfflOfflD shares some Quake tips and cheats while lilmfflw MTTii introduces you to a new walkthrough for Uropa 2.
Mm Ping - Use this in net mode to see the speed of everyone's connections - the higher your ping, the slower your connection is.
Screenshot - Takes an exact screenshot of your current Quake game and saves it as QuakeOO.pcx. (Use Ppaint to view pcx files. The full version of Ppaint 7 was included on AFCD26.)
Crosshair 1 - Turns gun crosshair on for aiming (crosshair 0 to switch it off).
Impulse 1-8 - Will swap to a different weapon: 1 is shotgun, 8 is Thunderbolt.
+attack - Makes you constantly fire your current weapon until -attack is entered into the Console.
Bind key command - Attaches a command to a key. Bind R " impulse 7" means pushing 'R' swaps your current gun to the rocket launcher.
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HIIMTS & TIPS i Tz Bindings nnd aliases Binding is a great function of Quake as it allows you to attach long, tedious commands to one key on the keyboard. This allows you to perform long-winded functions in seconds.
Aliases allow you to attach a whole string of commands to one word, which can then be binded to a key. Here are some examples of possible bindings and aliases: bind S "save AF" - Binds 'S' so you can save your game as AF by pressing S at any time.
Bind D "Record AF.dem E1M1 5" - Binds 'D' so that you can record a demo by pressing D. Alias rocket "impulse 7; +attack; wait; - attack; impulse 3" - This alias will make you get out your rocket launcher (impulse 7) then fire a shot (-i-attack) then swap back to the shotgun (impulse 3).
Bind R "rocket" - This binds R to the Alias 'rocket'.
Fixing a Save Game ne Every once in a while, Quake will crash. If it happens to crash while you're trying to save your game then it could corrupt the data so your save game won't load any more. This could mean losing hours of play and having to start all over again.
However, there is a solution.
Make a backup of the save game file and keep it somewhere safe. It will be in Quake id and you will recognise it by the SAV prefix on the end. Load the save game file into a decent text editor such as GoldED or Blacks Editor. Go to the very end of the text file and find the last characters. If there is no " on the end, add one manually.
Now you need to add the closing brackets, so you must add underneath the last line }11 oarh r‘n a separate new line, game file could look "absmax' *-223.000000
1361. 000000 -87.000000' "origin'
* -224.000000 1360.0000 After fixing, it should look like this:
1361. 000000 -87.000000' "origin'
* -224.000000 1360.0000' } } Now Quake can understand the save
game file again, although it isn't 100% fixed. You must play
the game until you finish the current level before you save
again so Quake can generate the missing data itself.
Custgmising the hitroducden As soon as Quake starts, it plays an introduction showing you how to play the game. This is quite good but it gets boring after you've seen it a hundred times, so wouldn't it be good if you could make your own introduction? Here's how.
First you need to record your own Quake demo, as described earlier.
Record an interesting demo and then fire up your favourite text editor again and make a simple text file with the following text in it: Now save this file as autoexec.cfg in Quake id1 . If this file already exists, simply add the words to the bottom of the file. Now load up Quake and voila, you have customised the introduction. It even returns you to the Console afterwards so you can start a game.
If you want to make your introduction play behind the main menu instead, just add 'menu_main' to the bottom of the script.
Next month we'll have an in- depth look at playing Quake deathmatches on the Internet and we'll look at how to make scripts that ill help you win.
Wgttmaro level is only for Quake experts. Continued overleaf Like all id Software games, there's plenty of cheats. Here's a selection of the best (they will only work in single player mode).
God - You can't be killed (on off).
Fly - You can fly (on off).
Impulse 9 - Full weapons and ammo.
Impulse 255 - Quad Damage.
Impulse 11 - Gives you a Rune.
Nodip - Walk through walls.
Notarget - Monsters don't shoot you until you shoot them.
Give S N R C H x - Gives you x number of: S=Shells; N=Nails; R=Rockets; C=Cells; H=Health Points.
Give - Gives you weapon x (1 to 8).
Map EeMm - Skip level; e is the episode number and m is the map number (for example, MAP E1M1).
Sv gravity 1-3500 - Changes gravity: 1 is low, 3500 is high.
Sv_friction 1-1000 - Changes the friction: 1 is low, 1,000 is high.
Rocket jump cheat - There are some secret rooms in Quake which cannot be reached by normal jumping, so you must use a special technique called 'Rocket Jumping'. This involves aiming the Rocket launcher at your feet and running forwards. You then jump and when you are about to reach the peak of the jump, fire the rocket launcher directly down while still pushing forwards. This will result in you being thrown up into the air much higher than a normal jump so you can get to the really secret rooms. Be careful as you will lose about 50% of your health. It's better to practise first in one player
mode using infinite weapons and health. There's a Quake demo file on the CD showing you how to do this.
Roeket jumping can be fun.
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SECRET DIFFICULTY SETTING Quake has literally hundreds of secrets and I couldn't begin to explain them all here, but this one is excellent as it will keep you playing Quake for a lot longer. It's a completely new skill level, aptly called Nightmare. It really is just for advanced Quake users because it's very difficult. To access it you must do the following: Walk through any of the three halls and proceed to the entrance of the fourth episode. As you drop through the pool, keep as close to the side as possible and pull backwards. If all goes well you will land on a high, narrow beam which
leads round to a door on the left. Go through the door and you'll find a teleporter.
Just before you enter this, shoot the button on the wall. This will give you access to another secret level later on in the game.
There's a Quake demo file on the CD showing you how to do this.
Bored of the Quake introduction? Why not make your own?
Dear Amiga Format, Can you help me Shadow of the Beast 3 from Psygnosis, please?
Ben Koljonen, Sweden I Okey dokey. On the title screen, type DADDY DRAW THIS FOR ME and hit return. Theshuriken should turn into a smiley face with some letters under it.
During the game, use the right cursor key for invincibility and the left cursor key to return things to normal. Hope that helps you out.
Level 1 you 'II be able to get the access code to use on the second. Don't fret if you mess up because there's a base card in the second section that allows you access to all of the security rooms in the base.
? Go back to the transporter room and insert the instruction chip into the transport computer. Transport to the Translink room 1 and you'll change to a Kapone Commander. You will have approximately 12 minutes to destroy the Comms room before the morphing wears off and you're a Tekite again.
? Locate the supply room and buy a detonator. Search the Armoury and locate the high explosive hidden behind some blocks. Join the high explosive to the detonator to form a primed explosive. This will need power applied to the detonator to make it explode.
Erm, not really. You should actually use the vacuum cleaner to suck up the wasps in the jungle and you should then give it the witch doctor later on, along with the coconut.
There you go. With the security code for all level one doors, moving around’s going to be a lot easier.
In Flight of the Amazon Queen, when using the vacuum cleaner to clean the dust off the floor to match the embossed markings to the wall, I had no luck. Can you help me?
M. White, Grimsby.
Enter the base of Castalia and travel to the research room. Download information which tells of the research about metamorphing the Tekite shape to the Commander shape through the programming of the Transport Computer. Go to the storage room next door and search it in order to locate the program instruction chip.
? This room has a Kapone in a cabinet. If there is not too much delay, the Kapone will not turn and notice you. If you're seen, you must destroy the Kapone before leaving this part of the base.
? Continue to search section one of the base and you'll locate a credit card on a dead colonist, an ammunition clip and an autofire weapon enhancement. Another room will contain some colonists.
Lead these folk back to the main transporter room and transport them to the Elderado Station.
T There's a Timed Explosive Device (TED) in the workers' quarters which is needed to gain access through the security door. Both security rooms are level 0, which means once you gain access to the first by using the TED, ? Take these to the Comms room. On the way to it, you should locate a corridor with a switch. This needs to be turned off as it powers the communication device in the Comms room. Go to the Comms room and insert the primed explosive in the comms device.
? Return to the corridor and throw the switch. The Comms room should be destroyed. Now find the real Commander and kill him. There's a lockup key being carried by a Kapone in this section which is required to free the locked colonists. Rescue them and that's the first level done.
Level 2 Before starting this mission, you should buy as many LS1200 or HG0500 missiles as possible from the Hovar supply computer in the Elderado foyer. The foyer is located in the Elderado Station and is accessed by either F3 or the mouse.
? From here, transport to the surface and locate sector 60:07, killing enemy ships along the way. Once you have reached this sector, slow down. There are four enemy missile turrets on the Don’t do things the hard way on the surface of a planet - read the dps and discover how to sneakily bypass the hard bits.
Far outskirts, surrounding the base.
There are five communication towers that need to be destroyed and the only way to take them out is with your missiles.
Uropa 2 has great tension and atmosphere - if you know what you’re supposed to be doing!
? To do this you need to select missiles and target each tower one at a time. Quite a few missiles are needed to penetrate a tower's shields.
T One way to do this is to travel into the centre of the base near the middle building and stop. You will be just out of range of the missile turrets and you can target the four outer towers. You will need to move out to target the central tower (avoiding all the incoming, of course). Once you've done this, you're ready to go back underground.
Level 3 You start this level in base Aurora.
Make your way south to the supply room that contains numerous colonists in hiding. Walk back to the main transporter room and wait for them to file in. Select the 'starship' option on the transporter and wait for them to be transported.
? Now transport yourself to the first translink room. Search the box at the back of the room to get a TED.
Transport back to the main transporter, then west towards the first security room. Use the TED to blow the security door, then go in and access the security computer to get the access code and also to unlock the doors.
? Now go north and enter the colonist's room to the west of the first foyer. Search the bed with the dead colonist on it and collect the credit card. Go east, then north and turn east after reaching the hydroponics room. Continue north and enter the room east of the next foyer. Destroy the Kapone here and pick up the weapon container it'll drop. You now have a gun.
? Go west and pick up the hidden hologram projector on the north wall.
You need to take out the Kapone commander to get a base card, so be careful. Once in the commander's room, search the bed to find an empty fuse. Travel south and then west to find two colonists.
T Make your way back to the first foyer north of the security room. Tell the colonists to stay there. Enter the security room to the east and then go out of the north exit. Travel until you get to the lockup and rescue the colonists. Travel back to the foyer and then to the main transporter and transport the colonists to the starship.
T Now go to the supply room to the south and buy a 100amp fuse wire with the credit card. Now, using the inventory window, drop the fuse wire on the empty fuse and you'll have a complete fuse. Go west past the first security room until you reach the second security room. Enter the room to the south, destroy the Kapones and pick up the control key. Head back to the first security room and then south to the T-junction. Enter the control room to the west.
T Read the number on the key via the inventory and use that number to access the computers. Examine the generator to find the power fault.
Head east to the reactor room and insert the fuse into the generator.
Head back to the control room and enable the generator.
Note: There is an armoury room to the east of the security room that is near to the lockup. You should go back there after gaining your credits and spend them on some better weapons or ammunition. D?
On don't know what to do once I've got the combination to the safe.
Can you help?
S £ Cartwright, Derby Once you've opened the safe, look inside it. Then go to the hut with the dog guarding it and use the key on the padlock. Get the SWtand walk to the fortress. Go to the jetty the go to Sloth island. You m take it from there... Obviously this guy s an| with In ology he roustl t (and The in-game map’s a terribly handy feature that you’ll be using time and again.
If you've got some hints, cheats, tips or general good advice on any Amiga games
- especially some of the newer ones like Genetic Species.
Foundation or whatever, then don't keep them to yourself - send
them In so we can pass 'em on to other gamers out there who
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HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA12BW AMIGA FORMAT OCTOBER 1998 (SoasBeDs casts an inquisitive eye over the latest batch of PD and Shareware gubbins.
Beat Box 2 BY: James L Boyd and Curt Esser WARE: Share PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: One PRICE: £1 + 75p P&P Beat Box is an easy-to-use music program, designed to enable those who can’t fathom out sound-trackers and their hex number systems to sequence tunes using four tracks of IFF samples. The original release made it onto the AF cover CD last year; now the authors have drawn on . ¦ vyyuooQ Mj12' * * _ their increased experience with Basic, in which the program was created, and they have released a new version with fewer bugs and several additional features.
Once you’ve got the program up and running (which will involve copying a font across onto your hard drive, and probably also changing the program preferences so your Amiga won’t try to use the nasty interlace screen mode which is set as the default mode), you’ll be confronted with half a screen full of boxes and a selection of buttons. You can place icons representing sound samples into the boxes.
The program makes use of a block system so that 16 inserted into one block, and blocks can be sequenced. It’s essentially the same system that trackers use, but it’s rather less daunting to the beginner and the blocks are slightly smaller.
The sequencing process consists of picking the blocks you want to comprise your tune from one listview, whereupon they appear in another listview.
While the interface isn’t the most advanced you are ever likely to see, it does the job quite adequately and ensures that you won’t need to be a rocket scientist (to use a nasty Americanism) to get the thing working.
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games that first appeared several years ago, but has recently
started reappearing in PD libraries thanks to it having a
dedicated page on its author's web site (in this case.
You've been given a plasma bubble - a state-of-the-art transportation device. While the bubble protects you from most elements, it's not advisable to let it come into contact with iron, because this particular element will mess around with the delicate balance of gases which power the vehicle (or so it says here), leading to a rather large explosion. Your task is to explore various mazes in your plasma bubble, collecting treasures along the way.
Essentially, all this talk of a plasma bubble is just the author's elaborate attempt at kidding you into thinking you're playing something other than yet another Boulderdash clone, but unless you were at the back of the queue when the brains were dished out, you'll immediately see the game for what it is.
To be fair, it's certainly not the worst Boulderdash clone I've ever set eyes on. The first few levels are very straightforward and ease players into the game gently, but some of the later stages will have even the most experienced arcade puzzle veterans scratching their heads.
The game makes use of a password system, which is just as well when you consider that it boasts over 100 levels, divided into five difficulty levels - you won't be ;|¥| w A map is available if you become bogged down with the enormity of the levels.
Finishing this particular offering in a hurry.
What's more, there's even a level designer so you and your mates can design fiendishly difficult screens for one another, should you feel the need.
The graphics, while quite simplistic, are large and colourful, and although the sound effects are non-existent I suppose we're at least spared any irritating warbling music. In saying that it's the gameplay which counts and Boulderdash has spawned so many imitators precisely because it had bags of it. Plasma Bubble may not be cutting edge, but it's certainly challenging and engaging.
BY: Pontus Lundwall and Willis Lauskis WARE: Francis Irving PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: One PRICE: £1 + 75p P&P Collect the crystals and watch out for the tumbling eggs in this space age Boulderdash clone.
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Ractals are groovy things. In fact if I was Prime Minister, I would attempt to get Parliament to introduce a national fractal day, a bank holiday on which everyone would be encouraged to wear wacky fractal T-shirts. I reckon it'd be a widely supported policy. After all, just think back a few years, when for a brief while the world and his uncle seemed to be walking around in t-shirts featuring Mandlebrot sets. Geometrical analysis has never been so populist or something.
Benoit Mandlebrot who nowadays most people have probably heard of, was the chap responsible for really drawing together and advancing fractal modelling. He joined IBM in 1958 and his work involved the increasing use of computers to produce visual representations of what we now call fractal geometry. It is his classic Mandlebrot set which generally springs to mind when we talk about fractals, but to this a great many other fractal images have been added over the years (I have always been more of a Julia Set man myself...). Fractint is a port of a PC program which is probably the most
sophisticated and versatile piece of fractal exploration software in existence. It offers over 100 different types of fractal, all of which are explained in considerable detail in the accompanying documentation, much of which makes fascinating reading, providing your mathematical knowledge stretches to complex and imaginary numbers.
You'll need four disks to get Fractint up and running properly. First you have to copy the contents of a disk containing the main support files onto your hard drive. Then you'll need to copy the Fractint executable. Here you have a considerable choice as there are no fewer than six available, for machines using a plain vanilla
* 020, with or without an FPU, right up to those containing *060
CPUs. Make sure that you state which one you need when you are
ordering Fractint. You will also want the two Fractint extras
disks, which contain archives you must join, with the supplied
JoinSpliter program, and then extract.
Once you have done all this messing around, you're in business. Generating a fractal image can be as straightforward as picking a type from a listview and zooming in on a part of it that interests you, or as complex as specifying particular parameters with which the equations should operate. The resultant images can be saved as GIF files so you can print them out or piay around with them in your favourite art package.
There are faster fractal generation programs around, but undoubtedly there are few that come anywhere close to Fractint in terms of features and flexibility. Whether your interest in fractals stems from a fascination with complex mathematics or from a soft spot for colourful, pretty patterns, you will absolutely love playing about with this.
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BY: Terje Pedersen WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: OnLine PD NUMBER OF DISKS: Four PRICE: £3.00 + 75p P&P be absolutely no use whatever to you.
You are certainly not going to be able to produce a Brian Wilson-esque masterpiece with it; indeed, you’d be lucky to out-compose Brian Harvey.
However, if all you’re after is a straightforward program that lets you play around with a few sound samples, Beat Box is certainly up to the task and will prove well worth the five pounds registration fee.
Music Bugs BY: Jigsaw Design WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Roberta Smith DTP NUMBER OF DISKS: One PRICE: 90p + 50p P&P Every once in a while the PD Select mailbag will contain something a little bit different, something other than the latest clone of an early eighties arcade smash, or yet another crappy AMOS drawing program. Music Bugs is one such iamond. It represents rare of things - a new idea for a piece of software.
The concept is wonderfully uncomplicated. Your Amiga sends several bug things across the screen and when they walk over a colour they play a note, with a pitch that depends on the particular colour. You can doodle on the screen using a variety of colours, with a couple commam bugs run into these, they will change direction. The idea is that you just play around and see what sort of beats and effects you can create.
The program comes with a set of samples assigned to particular bugs, but you can reassign samples or use your own should you so desire - chip memory permitting, you can have up to twenty available.
Music Bugs is one of those brilliant, pointless programs you can spend ages fiddling around with. It’s the sort of application for which computers were really invented. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a waste of time - let’s face it, it’s more creative than playing Quake and a whole lot more enjoyable to use than an accounts package or a word processor... This is an Amiga Club International disk, available from ACI c o Roberta Smith DTP. If you’ve got an AGA machine, order it right now.
Continued overleaf mvoicer v2.87 PUBLIC DOMAIN BY: Peter Hughes WARE: Share PD LIBRARY: OnLine PD NUMBER OF DISKS: One PRICE: 75p + 75p P&P A mate of mine works for a graphic design company and he always seems to be absolutely snowed under with work. Having already done a full week, he ends up going into the office most Saturdays and Sundays so he can stay on top of all the paperwork. It’s now so bad that when several of us took a short break recently, he actually ended up bringing a pile of paperwork with him so he wouldn’t get too far behind.
I think I’ll lend him my spare old A1200 and my copy of Invoicer because it could save him an awful lot of time spent issuing and following up invoices.
As the tutorial section of the documentation illustrates very effectively, this is an extremely easy program to get to grips with. First of all you will need to input a few company details (which will obviously be printed at the top of all your invoices). Then you create an item for which the invoice is to be issued, inputting a code, price and description. Then you key in the customer details, hit the save button and print yourself off as many copies as are required. And that’s all there is to it.
There are a whole load of useful features, such as a Review function which comes fairly close to providing a batch invoicing option, a customisable label print-out function, an end-of-the- month print-out and clear-out function, the option of producing a summary of invoices issued on a certain date or between two specified dates, and a lot more besides.
Invoicer is the sort of program on which the entire Shareware scene is founded. It is a piece of software written by an enterprising programmer in order to fulfil a very specific role and it does its job admirably.
It’s not bristling with flashy features that you will never want or even need to use, but it is more than capable of alleviating a great number of everyday invoicing headaches. What’s more, if you like it then it’s yours for a measly ten pounds.
Darts 501 BY: Eric Park WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: FI Software NUMBER OF DISKS: One PRICE: 8Gp + 75p P&P his has been quite a month for talking games. Although Darts 501 can’t offer quite the The enigmatic Clowny, waiting in prison for the best moment... Although I shouldn't mock the author's English as it's infinitely better than my French, the Cross Country introductory screens are wonderful: "One day in prison a clown was waiting for his best moment... He was called Clowny. Clowny was ugly and swore to run away. It didn't take long, he escaped from his jail. He did the worst things. He
kidnapped the princess, cut the tail of a fox, he had a bomb built in his circus-lab. Fortunately he forgot a detail; the fox whose tail he cut will he be able to save the world?" And all this to some offbeat chase-style music. Superb.
Cross Country is a "jump jump" game. As the heroic fox, you must leap over obstacles as a rural landscape scrolls quickly past and that's about all there is to it. What we're talking about here is a simple five- level arcade action game. However, you'll need extremely good reactions, a decent knowledge of the levels and a fair amount of luck to reach the finish as foxy travels so fast you won't necessarily see an obstacle coming until you are practically on top of it.
Cross Country is beautifully presented. The graphics are extremely attractive throughout, the game scrolls smoothly and swiftly, the music's all pretty good and the sound effects are excellent. The fact that Cross Country is pretty challenging too (despite numerous attempts, I couldn't get past the second level) will only add to its appeal for action game fans.
This is the sort of polished ¦nHH arcade romp at which the Amiga has always excelled, and for all its apparent simplicity this is quite an enjoyable offering.
Leave your wrist joints shattered in this frenetic platform game, similar to the riding sections of Crash Bandicoot 2.
BY: Daniel Labriet WARE: Gift PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: Two PRICE: £2 + 75p P&P I r» Rssoc i at ton With My M unity et's all say a hearty "Hurrah!" For Mummy's Playtime, which is without doubt the noisiest kiddies program ever to have graced the pages of PD Select. Mummy's Playtime (or Mummies Playtime, as it calls itself periodically, despite its grammatical incorrectness) comes on four disks which need unpacking to your hard drive, and the reason is that the various games which make up the package are absolutely jam-packed with sampled sound effects.
After a cute little voice reads out the credits, you're presented with Mummy's menu.
Mummy, for all her friendliness, isn't what you'd call a looker. Indeed, she seems to have a bizarre skin complaint, her face featuring more lines than Hamlet, many of them greyish in hue.
On offer: Go Troll, Bangman, Choo Choo Shoe Shoot and Chase The Troll. (Note, if you will, the slight troll fixation.)
Select Go Ttoll and Mummy's subtle Yorkshire accent suddenly veers several hundred miles south, proclaiming, "That's- a good-a game," in a bizarre mock Italian voice.
¦k l|gr J jt: :: : . - Haw.: w 8*e.ss»«: t aw nw mt ms am m? Mr mr Score? 1000060 H i t : 4 Shnp ;: 1 Go Troll appears to be a strange, card-based game. Mummy sits there behind the card table and periodically prompts you with phrases like "Come on. I'm tired", "Mummy thinks you're clever", and "Ooh, you're so good", the latter sounding just like it's been lifted from a tacky late-night Channel 5 soft porn film.
PUBLIC DOMAIN That I couldn't work out what on earth was going on in Go Troll was of minor importance; hearing Mummy suggest that I "Grab a troll, sweetie lips" and then proclaim that "I got what I wanted" was just too darned entertaining for me to care.
Bangman ("Great, l'm-a like-a Bang-a Man- a!") is essentially the traditional Hangman game, except that here when you get a letter wrong, some poor businessman gets "Dynamite in the pockety-poos".
Choo Choo Shoe Shoot involves shooting at some shoes when they appear at the windows of a train carriage (don't ask me, I just tell it like it is...), while in Chase The Itoll you have to swttiit CORDS O onnks a nunriY CARDS 10 Rnmcs (i Business man meets his maker after one of mummy's trolls blows him up.
Guess which cards, face down on Mummy's card table, feature pictures of particular trolls. For this last game. Mummy's had her face ironed and she's gone all hip, proclaiming that "Yeah, we're rockin'" with alarming regularity.
While I'd have to question the educational value of any of these games, bar perhaps Bangman, they nevertheless provided amusement for everyone I showed Mummy's Playtime to, and I'm sure they would keep kiddies occupied for some time. In the words of Mummy, "Rock and roll, mate.
If your kids need a synthesised northern mum with a soft spot for trolls then this is the game for you.
BY: Silly Software WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: F1 Software NUMBER OF DISKS: Four PRICE: £3.20 + 75p P&P level of silliness as Mummy’s Playtime, it’s an altogether better game and it does use speech samples to good effect.
“How can you computerise darts?” I hear you ask. Well, the idea is that you use the mouse to aim roughly where you want to throw your darts, with the computer randomly wobbling your sight around a bit. This works surprisingly well.
While computerised darts isn’t quite the same as throwing a few arrers at the oche in the local after consuming a skinful of your favourite poison, it’s still a decent game in its own right.
You can play 501, 301 or Round the Clock, or simply practise if you so desire. Games can be against a friend or the Amiga, which is represented on screen by a strange, rendered bloke wearing a natty, bright top with trousers and glasses.
There are three difficulty settings - on the middle setting I beat the Amiga in my first game, only to be completely annihilated in the next match. There’s also a season mode in which you play against a series of 11 computerised presented and thoroughly enj game, and the digitised score-calling is a nice touch. Get the beers in lads, it’s a bit of a laugh, this is.
f. The music’s atrocious, but otherwise Darts 501 is a well All
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- .wmM RDWCWteVU VM£ lash Buddha is the new version of Jens
Schoenfeld’s multi-purpose Zorro expansion card, tastefully
redesigned on a small black circuit board and slimmed down, yet
with even more expansion potential. The original was named for
its six ‘arms’ - potential connections to IDE master and slave
drives - after the Buddhist goddess Shiva. The new version
could make even an octopus jealous as its array of ports rivals
baby hedgehogs for prickles.
Measuring just 129 by 55mm, Flash Buddha majors on connectors.
The 100-way Zorro card edge has unused connections missed out, PC- style, to reduce costs, and the remainder are tinned but not gold-plated. Half a dozen surface-mounted logic chips contribute to the interfacing, along with a few tiny decoupling components, flush with the board.
The two biggest components are the socketed MACH210 gate array, which is common in semi-custom Amiga expanders, and a 28-pin permanent memory, the only old-style DIP chip on the board. This replaces the conventional boot EPROM with 32K bytes of electrically re-programmable 20 nS memory.
Flash Buddha brings an A1200 dock-port expansion, and much more, to Zorro systems.
Installed in your Expansion drawer. Such disasters should be rare and the chip is socketed so it can be changed without having to return the whole board.
PRICKLES Flash Buddha communicates through six gold-plated pin-fields, numbering two to 40 pins per set. It has two buffered IDE ports for cheap hard drives, ATAPI Cds, IDE Zips or LSI20 removables. If two master and two slave drives won’t suffice, each port is also compatible with IDE splitters which double capacity, allowing up to a maximum of eight drives.
One 80cm cable is provided for the first pair of drives. Additional 40-way cables are available from Power Computing and generic PC shops.
Buddha’s ports are fully buffered, unlike the A1200’s internal IDE, but you should still keep the total length of Less than half the space is used at present, leaving 18K for future enhancements like code to boost startup speed... FLASH BIT The ‘Flash ROM’ on the board permits autobooting from any IDE hard drive in standard format. It worked at once with the IDE drive from my A4000, and on the A3000 too. It does not yet boot from CD but this is planned. The ‘flash’ feature means it can be upgraded in place, from a floppy, with no need to juggle chips or even open the box.
Less than half the'space is used at present, leaving 18Kfor future enhancements like code to boost startup speed and a double-scan monitor driver so BootMenu will work on non-TV rate displays. This will be great when it works, but if the update crashes you could lose the autoboot facility, reverting to the old boot software Buddha's bounty - loads of bundled IDE software.
Cables you connect as short as possible - unlike SCSI, IDE specifications are only intended for internal drives. They lack termination, reflection and radiation control for fast, reliable communication on longer cables. Elaborate Bytes recommend no more than 1.8m (70”) of cable in total.
This is just enough to allow full use of a big tower case or an external drive in an adjacent box. Users of IDE CD- ROM writers should dedicate one IDE port to that drive, permitting hard disk access through the other port without interference to time-critical CD writing.
Two LED port activity connectors are a welcome bonus. The top one indicates activity on drives 0 or 1 (master and slave respectively), and 2 or 3 if an A4000-style IDE-splitter is fitted there.
The second connector monitors activity on drives 4 to 7.
LEDs and wires are not provided but they’re readily available from electronics suppliers. Alternatively, you can usurp the Drive, Turbo or Power lights of a tower case. LEDs only work one way round, so if they don’t shine first time, flip the connector over.
There’s no option to pass through existing hard drive signals so that all drives use the same indicator, though this could be improvised by linking ports with diodes.
Like other Elaborate Bytes products, Flash Buddha has a custom expansion port at the edge, suitable for Catweasel 2, MPEG audio and future products.
However, the neatest innovation on Flash Buddha is the A1200-compatible ‘clock port’, a fine-pitched 22-way connector above the square socketed gate array (see box).
REVIEW k MECHANICS Flash Buddha works anywhere in a Zorro backplane but is best installed in the last Zorro slot, giving easy access for cables. Each time I fitted it I had to power down, adjust its position and reboot a couple of times before ShowConfig recognised it, but thereafter it worked consistently.
Buddha’s too small to use the ends of the slot for connections or mechanical support, but it doesn’t obscure much beyond it and you may be able to squeeze a half-size ISA card or video slot adaptor into the adjoining socket of the same slot.
The installation instructions are cursory, mainly warnings about getting the connectors the right way round. A diagram would also have helped.
The main documentation consists of 35 single-sided A4 pages of typeset text, in English and German. Much of it is reminiscent of Oliver Kastl’s IDEfix and it’s all the better for that. It clearly explains the full ATAPI, CacheCDFS and CD32 emulator (for AGA only) software bundle.
There’s no index, but the copy on disk can be searched conveniently. The detailed information about Cds is excellent, but several small Buddha extras are only mentioned in screens displayed during installation. However, an update is scheduled.
SOFTWARE FEATURES Without software, interfaces are just expensive heaters. Flash Buddha comes THE CLOCK PORT - AN A1200 AFTERTHOUGHT functionality out of the A1200 design have extended the potential of the 'dock port' beyond Commodore's intentions, to the point where it's a useful extra for other Amigas, including the Zorro equipped A2000, A3000 and A4000. Now they can connect cheap A1200 expansion hardware without clogging up another precious Zorro slot.
Drivers needs tweaking to address this port as it must not clash with the motherboard equivalent; you may be fitting Flash Buddha into a real A1200 with Zorro expansion. HyperCom and Catweasel 2 have already been modified and Red Skull's serial accelerator should also work. Jens expects a patch for the Melody drivers soon, and the forthcoming low-cost A1200 internal version of Prelude should also be compatible.
Use J Last minute updates from Buddha's installer.
Buddha Speed Tests Seagate ST51080A Tatung ATAPI 6x CD ‘060 50 BUDDHA, DEFAULT SETTING A3000, Kickstart 2.04 A4000 ‘060, Kickstart 3.0 ‘060+RAM, Kickstart 3.1 BUDDHASPEED 7 (MAXIMUM) A3000, Kickstart 2.04 A4000, Kickstart 3.0 ‘060+RAM, Kickstart 3.1 823K sec, 21.0% 823K Sec, 26.8% 813K Sec, 20.1% 1141K sec, 3.2% 1140K sec, 2.3% 1141K sec, 2.5% 823K Sec, 51.6% 823K Sec, 49.0% 818K Sec, 57.9% 1182K sec, 43.5% 1166K sec, 31.9% 1189K sec, 41.7% COMMODORE A4000 INTERNAL IDE PORT A4000, Kickstart 3.0 1565 K sec, 42.8% Softbooted, Kickstart 3.1 1553K sec, 43.7% RawSpeed tests show Kb per second and
percentage CPU time remaining.
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Buddha outruns an A2091 but consumes more CPU time.
With an 880K floppy holding the best software support of any board I’ve reviewed. Unix drivers are not included but they are freely available.
The installation script copies files, builds a mountlist, finds your CD drive and mounts it, all within three minutes of selecting ‘Novice User’. You get everything you need, apart from Commodore’s HDToolbox and bonuses like BuddhaSpeed and Park commands, PlayCD and LSI20 tools.
Drives are partitioned with HDToolbox and formatted in the usual way. ConvertDrive rotates words from Intel to Motorola order, fixing data recorded by GVP or Apollo controllers.
Drives formatted with a Commodore interface work without change. Like Commodore’s IDE hardware, Buddha masquerades as ‘scsi.device’ unless a real scsi.device or another surrogate is found. It will then promote itself to 2nd.scsi.device or higher. Either way, HDToolbox spots Buddha drives automatically.
RAWSPEED Buddha consumes a bit more CPU power and is slightly slower than Commodore’s internal IDE port which bypasses Zorro, but Zorro 3 DMA would be a bit much to demand at under fifty quid. The performance falls short of Power’s Flyer and true DMA systems as Buddha, like most IDE interfaces, relies on the CPU to carry data to and from each drive. It still had no trouble keeping up with my 6x CD drive, and it delivered reasonable, if not sparkling, performance on my ‘MultiMedia Ready’ Seagate Medalist hard disk.
The BuddhaSpeed command offers Buddha's 'dock' port is compatible with the header nestling between the memory and the Kickstart chips in an A1200. Commodore never seemed to really know what to do with this header. It originally had twice as many pins to allow plug-in expansion of a cut down A1200 from 1 to 2Mb.
When they decided to fit the A1200 with 2Mb of chip RAM as standard, the redundant pins were pared away. This left just enough signals, or so they thought for an OKI or Ricoh real-time clock chip and battery, to store the time and date while the computer was turned off.
If this port was only suitable for a clock it would be insignificant especially as most trapdoor expanders for A1200s include the clock and battery. However, efforts to squeeze extra Note: Enter "LoadIDE file SYS:ExpansIon BuddhaIDE reset" behind SetPatch in your startup-sequence to load a newer IDE driver without changing the RON on the BuddhalDE controller!
Use "Ship" to park your harddisks!
"NountXDE force" to nount additional Syduest cartridges!
Please click PROCEED now.
Abort Install eight IDE data transfer rates. This leaves more time for the Amiga’s main processor (as the table shows) if your drives support faster handshaking, but the Zorro 2 implementation remains a bottleneck. Elaborate Bytes reckon Buddha can manage 2.5Mb per second with a fast drive on a 68030, close to Zorro 2’s theoretical limit of 3.58 Mb second. While it did not manage half that in my tests (on a 50MHz A4000 ’060 and a 25MHz A3000 ’030) it delivered sufficiently consistent results to indicate that the CPU was not the limiting factor, though it would be in an unaccelerated A2000 or
adapted A500 slot - yes, it works there too!
RawSpeed performs 512K sequential reads, number-crunching in the background to gauge processor time left over. Real performance depends on the entire system, but Buddha offers great flexibility at a fairly typical speed for a polled IDE interface.
Price, software and added value set Flash Buddha apart. Schoenfeld and Kastl have done the near-impossible: they’ve made IDE cool and turned an existentialist into a believer.
NThe best software support package I've ever seen.
N Works reliably at typical polled IDE rates.
N Small and neat hardware design.
? Very good documentation on CD support but scant on fitting.
OVERALL VERDICT: A gold medal gadget with loads of potential.
SUPPLIER: Power Computing (01234) 851500 PRICE: £49 REQUIREMENTS: One free Zorro slot, Kickstart 2.04 or later.
Pros and Cons % CD-ROM Sights and sounds abound on these new Cds, so OcfeUs Wonted gets his eyes and ears around retro arcade music and the latest 3D artwork.
Li A: s usual, it’s a pleasure to receive the latest Light ROM CD because .it’s always chock-full of the highest quality 3D artwork and models for Lightwave you can possibly imagine.
Most of the work submitted is by professionals who are showcasing their talent, but thankfully they provide complete scenes, not just final renders, so you can see for yourself how their various images were created.
This is the best form of tutorial for people who know a little about what they are doing because you can analyse how particular effects were created and adapt them to your own work. Of course, there are plenty of free to use models as well, which could come in handy for complicated scenes that have Light Rom to be created in a hurry, or just to see how other people have tackled the problems involved in creating particular types of model. However, all this only takes up one disk, and the Light ROM set includes four!
The second disk is devoted entirely to Dean Scott’s Atom Bomb Lightwave scene. There is a large AVI of the whole scene, some demos and other scenes, as well as all the objects and textures used. It is a phenomenally detailed anim, and well worth the asking price of the set to see.
There are also several very realistic dinosaur scenes here, again with AVI files for you to see them in action (you’ll need to get hold of Cyber AVI or AVId). Disk three is full of tileable textures, most of which can be used in your own work with impunity. It also contains a demo of a project made by combining Lightwave and World Construction Set footage. Unfortunately, Questar, the producers of WCS, haven’t yet released version 2 on the Amiga (although it is still promised), but the technique remains the same for earlier versions, and is quite illuminating.
The final disk in the set is the Desktop Video CD, which contains loads of backdrops. These are quite handy if you are too lazy to make them yourself. As ever, the disk isn’t presented very well, but the quality of the content more than makes up for that DISTRIBUTOR: Weird Science (0116) 2463800 PRICE: £29.99 OVERALL VERDICT: Once again, an invaluable CD for serious raytracers.
Digital Are you the sort of person who hums the tunes from games over and over, driving your friends and colleagues totally nuts? If you can’t get enough of the cheerful little ditties which accompany your favourite games, you must make a point of buying the Digital Grooves album.
Digital Grooves is an audio CD composed by Audio Works, a group which specialises in writing games music for all the top consoles and Pcs.
I lowever, Digital Grooves is different, as all twenty tracks have been entirely composed and performed using little more than an Amiga A500.
To keep the low-budget, good-old- days feeling, even the sampling hardware has been home-built and the entire project sequenced using OctaMED 3.
The quality is distinctly 8-bit, apparently done on purpose to maintain the authentic in-game feel.
The tunes vary in style but are unmistakably game-y in nature. I did detect several influences in them, including a little Tubular Bells in at least one of the tracks. For your money, you get over seventy minutes of almost-but- not-quite-familiar tunes, any one of which could potentially etch themselves into your brain if you’re not careful, re- emerging as you hum to yourself on the bus. Don’t expect the latest in hi-fi and you won’t be disappointed. The quality is distinctly 8-bit, apparently done on purpose to maintain the authentic ingame feel.
Music on the Amiga seems to be undergoing something of a renaissance, what with the continuing development of MIDI sequencing tools and soundcards, not to mention the Amiga Theme CD (ATI 14). It’s good to see Amiga musical talent like this striving to get heard, so congratulations to Audio Works, and here’s looking forward to future releases.
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OVERALL VERDICT: Authentic in-game tunes.
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The first is the non-standard, MUI- based installer that Toysoft use. It doesn’t add anything over the standard Commodore Installer program and causes suspicion because you aren’t certain of what it will do. However, there are other more serious things that will crop up all the time in use.
Ugliness. The fact remains that it is still a very powerful news reader, as most Unix programs are.
So, can WorldNews offer anything more usable than the hoary old TIN?
The answer, very definitely, is yes... to a certain extent. If you’re after a program with MUTs looks, then WorldNews is the one for you. If, however, you want an offline newsreader, WorldNezvs might not be your first choice. Unfortunately, it has been programmed for the United States where people enjoy much lower local call costs and so don’t mind being online for extended periods, unlike in the UK where every moment costs.
There is a batch downloader, but it isn’t very easy to understand the way it’s been done. In fact, there are quite a few things about WorldNews that ought to be changed in order to bring it in line with other modern net tools.
You can't just edit the entries. Oh no, you have to hit the modify button too!
World Usenet has never been areas of the net, but For instance, websites can be clicked on to send your browser to them, but websites that don’t start with “www.” are ignored. Also, you can’t edit your MIME entries in the way you’d expect - click on the entry, edit it, hit return. I did this for all the picture entries, which were defaulting to use Multiview and it was only when I got to the end that I realised I hadn’t changed any of them. Instead, you have to also hit the “Modify” button. It’s not a big deal now that I know, but it’s a bit pointless and annoying.
It would also be nice if WorldNeivs took advantage of some of the more useful new MUI MCCs (MUI Custom Classes), like Gilles Masson’s Nlist or Allan Odgaard’s excellent text editor class. It doesn’t even offer balancing bars where they’re most needed.
It also leads you to believe that it is multithreaded so you can carry on doing other stuff while articles download. However, the pointer rarely changes to a busy one and you’re still locked into doing what you’re already doing. Finally, there’s no threading, so it’s hard to read through an argument.
The fact that it can share an address book with AirMail Pro is excellent if you are already using that emailer... MflTWW audo au audfo basic HbEiGMb au iff Mmm rum mi multiview dsound * audio iff audio mod aucHo Vav iff mod wav dsound multiview multiview image bmp bmp multiview image grf image iff image joed 9tf Iff fcsa ... Cvtewtefc multiview fttigKfaft__- . ... T f MmeType; image bmp | Mme Extension: |bmp Program Name-. |multiviow Mottfy he statement that there are no Amiga news readers is, of course, false, but it’s certainly true that this area of the
Internet has received less attention than email, IRC or the web. While there are a few news readers for the Amiga, there are also a lot of people who stick with TIN, despite its age, obvious Unix roots and its There are points in WorldNews’ favour, though.
The fact that it can share an addressbook with AirMail Pro is excellent if you are already using that emailer, and even though WorldNews uses external programs to decode files, it does so in a transparent and user-friendly way.
Even so, it won’t cope with multipart Usenet postings (you know, the kind that have (3 45) in the subject line) which TIN could do, and you’ll still have to spend a good deal of time online selecting what you want to read before you can download it all.
Of course, this means that you won’t need to read all the obvious spam, but it does mean you have to sift through the whole newsgroup first. It’s up to you whether this is acceptable or not.
In conclusion, I would have to say that WorldNews is a good step in the right direction for an Amiga newsreader, but it really needs to be looked at in a critical way. There are other newsreaders out there, from MicroDOT II and THOR to Mnexvs, and it would be good for Danny Wong and the other people at Toysoft to look at them before they continue work on WorldNews.
N User-configurable interface, links with AirMail Pro.
? Needs to be online for most operations.
Not good enough use of MUI.
OVERALL VERDICT: Needs more work.
SUPPLIER: Toysoft bi&* ) MACHINE TESTED ON: A4000, A3000 PRICE: $ 35 US ($ 65 US with AirMailPro) REQUIREMENTS: Hard drive, MUI, Internet connection Pros and Cons Is there a need for a commercial email package on the Amiga?
[iMRliM doesn't think so. KifflIwmij AFCD31 :-ln_the_Mag- Toysoft AirMail Pro could be so good. It has some lovely features: forms which can even have sounds, the ability to see what’s on the server before you download it, mail and spam filtering, a very configurable MUI interface, multiple email boxes and more. Unfortunately, it’s not quite there.
The big default buttons are ugly and not very informative as to their functions.
For a start, taking your inspiration from Quickmail, the mail package we used to use at Future on the Mac, isn’t the best ideal as it’s rather clumsy and slow. The Amiga makes it faster because the Amiga’s interface is much more ) ... coming hot on the heels of '-s YAM, which is FREE, it's difficult not to be hard on Toysoft's commercial program, f ) f fluid than the Mac’s, but all the same, QuickMail is not a good starting point for an Amiga email package.
There are far nicer email packages, even on other platforms, but the Amiga has tools like YAM, MicroDOT and THOR already there, doing things better than most email systems.
The main in-box window with text buttons this time.
Unfortunately, although it's very easy to drag and drop emails, it has no purpose.
Furthermore, there are just too many windows. Why do we need to have about six different windows for a simple email package? It’s confusing for the beginner and unnecessary for the experienced user. The forms are also Re: HI Ben- rVwCi nwVICrKBy CvujwfufnuinrhfiTfi rvww'TwnwW'W ZiPsvasRfrMassiveMal Salvatore Stito 1998 07 2210:11:44 1998 07 22 10 11 44 1998 07 23 23:13:12 13960727 10:33:43 1998 07 27 13:14:51 1998 07 2? 13:58:35 S*v«toreS«o Meaves Amos Johnson Jr.
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This harshness is also justified as there are other problems with the package, such as the lack of online help. You can download an HTML version from Toysoft’s website, but it won’t be context sensitive like the ageing, but standard, AmigaGuide.
INSTALLATION PROBLEMS Talking of standard, the installer you use to get AirMail Pro onto your hard drive isn’t exactly conventional. Just like WorldNews, AMP uses a MUI program to get the software onto your machine.
I have no objection to people using a different install method if it offers something more than the standard Installer program, such as better version checking, faster decompression, etc, but this one doesn’t. It does say which versions of the MUI custom classes that AMP needs will be installed, but I still had to find out which versions I already had.
In use, AMP is alright, although both the large and small icons are confusing rather than clear, so I swiftly resorted to the text buttons. This required a restart of the software to work properly.
Although you can have up to ten different .sig files, there’s not much explanation of how to go about creating them, and having random tags added is not much consolation as they can only be 80 characters.
The signature also doesn’t change if you select one of the other sigs available, only seeming to add another sig to the bottom of your mail.
Also, the different columns in the InBox window use Nlistviews by Gilles Masson, but aren’t saved when you snapshot or quit the program. This means you have to either reorder and resize each column every time you open the window, or just get used to the way Toysoft have set it up.
As I said right at the start, it’s a shame, but AirMail Pro really hasn’t convinced me that I should go out and spend money on a commercial email package when there are offerings that are either free or Shareware that are so much better.
SUPPLIER: Toysoft MACHINE TESTED ON: A3000, A4000 PRICE: $ 40 US ($ 65 US with WorldNews) REQUIREMENTS: MUI, Internet connection Forms are very nice when traded between AMP users.
Spam filtering on the server.
PROBLEMS ¦ No online help.
¦ Can't import or export email or address books from other mail packages.
¦ Ambiguous requestors.
¦ Can't forward to people not in address book.
¦ Not much Arrexx - YAM has 54 commands (not all implemented), compared to AMP's 17.
¦ Ugly and difficult to understand interface buttons.
¦ Uses external programs for MIME encoding and decoding.
¦ Doesn't automatically sense MIME type for attachments.
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No migration features OVERALL VERDICT: Not improved enough from the version we reviewed previously ?
It's software to make Cds, it's reached version 3.2 and it's really impressed KfME There are some areas of Amiga software which seem rather under-subscribed. How many top class spreadsheets can you think of?
What about CAD software, or even desktop processing programs?
'akeCD The Shareware version of MakeCD3.2 can be found on this month's CD.
You can check through the compatibility documents and try the software for free!
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CHANGES Laoal I Features | Probably the greatest changes to MakeCD, in terms of the way the software is used, are with the user interface itself.
In response to the pleas and suggestions of many of its users, it now features a novice mode. Although MakeCD always allowed a huge degree of control over the process of generating image files and burning Cds, it was still very daunting for the inexperienced user.
Lapia I Beginners I Index of keywords The online help is context sensitive and very thorough.
ON THE FLY could run into problems, especially if your source is a drive connected to an interface that doesn't manage DMA transfers very well. The more CPU time taken up in actually transferring data around the bus, the less there is available to actually create the image.
If you are duplicating Cds, it is important that the device you are reading from is CDDA compatible. Some older SCSI and ATAPI devices aren't and these will be useless for transferring tracks from other Cds.
Having said all that on the fly recording works very well, even on a moderately expanded Amiga.
Although this feature did exist before, thanks to the new interface it is much easier for the novice to use.
MakeCD has included on the fly recording for some time, but this useful feature has been enhanced by the CD copying feature of the software.
To record on the fly, the source has to be read, processed into an image stream in the buffer and then transferred onto the disc. The advantages of cutting disks in this way are immediately obvious: speed and space.
As the image is created at the same time as it is written to the CD, it saves a lot of time. It also means you don't need to have 650Mb of free disk space to store the image file before cutting.
This type of recording is more susceptible to write failures if your hardware isn't up to scratch.
If you are running an unaccelerated machine you In novice mode, it is a simple matter of choosing the source of your CD, whether that be another CD, a prewritten image, a directory of an AmigaDOS device or even a Block device. Then you are ready to write.
You now get to choose whether you reckon you are an expert or a novice.
Novices are shielded from potentially confusing settings boxes and defaults are assumed. The defaults will work perfectly well most of the time and many of the settings are only there either for completeness or for people cutting special Cds.
All the buttons feature a bubble help system which explains what function the gadget the mouse is currently over performs. Thankfully you can turn this feature off - in my experience, the “bubbles” pop up far too quickly, obscuring the window when I’m in the middle of doing something.
EXPERTS Those of you who consider yourselves experts will be pleased to know that you can still change just about everything to do with the way the CD is written.
MakeCD has always offered unparalleled control over what is actually written to the CD and this hasn’t changed.
If you really need to control things like catalogue numbers, pause blocks between tracks, audio track block lengths and so on, you still can, but even experts may benefit from running the software in the Novice mode when they don’t need to do these things. The result of this is a much clearer and friendlier interface.
AUDIO MakeCD has, without doubt, the most comprehensive tools for creating audio discs, either as strictly audio or as data with audio. In fact, this month’s data and audio cover CD was mastered with MakeCD3.2. Some of the features, including direct support of MPEG-A, are so far unique to MakeCD.
Virtually all Amiga sound formats (except 8SVX) are supported, as well as popular formats like WAV and, obviously, CDDA. MakeCD now also supports AIFF- CD files and can exchange these directly with Samplitude. If you select mono files, they can automatically be converted to 16-bit stereo by the software.
If nothing else, the audio handling of MakeCD is a great place to play back your audio files, with all the usual controls. If you are creating a DAO volume, you can use the playback functions to place new index marks in tracks as you listen to them being played, and this is an amazingly useful feature.
RELIABILITY Amiga Workbench With MakeCD now at version
3. 2, it is what one might describe as a mature product. This
means that most bugs in the software have been dealt with by
now, even those introduced with release 3.0. Of course, it is
beyond the scope of this «wru i The difference between expert
mode (right) and novice mode (below) is the disappearance of
potentially confusing options.
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Shareware. You can download it and use it for free. There are
some obvious restrictions, but none that will prevent you from
getting some use from the software and seeing exactly what it
is capable of doing. The Shareware version will permit you to
write Cds in TAO mode and to test-write them in DAO mode. You
will not be able to change the Publisher name for any volumes
you create, or give the volume a name, but you will be able to
cut working Cds with up to ten tracks.
For a fully registered version, you can either register direct with the authors for DM75 (or 115 for DAO) or in the UK it can be purchased from Hi Soft for £39.95, or £49.95 for the DAO version. Also look out for deals and special versions from Power Computing and Eyetech.
These are the prices for the private use version. Rates for software licensed for mastering commercial Cds are negotiable with the authors.
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MtyiiftceU Options - Start dock- R Eata Formal CD copying couldn't really be any easier (above).
Having three windows open at once can still be a little confusing (above).
Review to test every kind of operation on every kind of Amiga with every combination of CD writer.
It is impossible for the authors to do so personally as well, but the benefit of having a Shareware distribution is that there are effectively hundreds and thousands of beta testers.
MakeCD is extremely well supported, with regard to both the on-line mailing list and the For DAO mode, new audio index points SUPPORTED WRITERS The list of writers supported by MakeCD has grown rather too large to fit into this review. It does support all the popular drives from major manufacturers, but it is wise to check that you have the most up to date Firmware for your CD writer (from the manufacturer) first, and that it is included in the huge AmigaGuide file of supported devices.
You'll find this file on our CD in the MakeCD drawer, and also on the MakeCD website at http: www.core.de or on our CD.
Can be specified.
CONCLUSION MakeCD has improved dramatically over the time it has been available.
Commendably, the upgrades have been freely available for registered users too.
Over time, it has added support for various new drives (now including ATAPI CD-Rs), audio formats and writing formats. It is more rugged and reliable and performs a creditable job. I feel sure it will continue to improve, DEVELOPER: Angela Schmidt, Patrick Ohly (http:;Vwww.core.de). SUPPLIER: Direct or from HiSoft.
Bundle version available from Eyetech and Power Computing.
PRICE: From £39.95. REQUIREMENTS: CD writer, hard disk.
Tested on: A4000 060, A1200 '060 + Power Flyer, HP4020i, Mitsumi CR 2801, EZWriter CD-R, Power CD-R.
Pros ard Cons Thorough documentation.
H Easy to use.
Great audio support.
OVERALL VERDICT: MakeCD has won the battle of features and is now becoming easier to use. Try it now!
% Make you own CD-ROMs, or drink coasters, with ffiOteth Mitsumi This Mitsumi mechanism is IDE based, and therefore of particular interest to A1200 owners. It can be connected to an A1200 via the ribbon cable trailing out of the casing method, though it would be advisable to use some sort of buffered interface, or perhaps a Power Flyer. The latter is recommended if you intend on the fly usage, especially when transferring data from another drive on the IDE interface. A fast processor is still needed to make this work reliably.
With an 8-speed read time in addition to double speed write, the unit is handy as a normal CD-ROM drive too.
In tests, the double speed write proved reliable with a fast processor (’060) - whether you’ll be able to manage 2x depends on a number of factors, including where you are reading the data from, what sort of data it is, buffer usage, etc. I’ve been assured by one of the authors that MakeCD had no problems with this drive on a plain A1200.
This CD-R is one of the drives the authors of MakeCD used to create CD-R drivers, so it should work flawlessly with that software. It should also work with version 2.1 of MasterlSO. The CR2801TE doesn’t support DAO writing through MakeCD. The drive itself does, but MakeCD doesn’t support DAO on Atapi drives, although you can write TAO without a gap between the tracks.
In appearance, the drive is what you might expect; understated, simple front panel has a volume control and headphone socket with two lights. One indicates a disc is in the drive, the other is green for reading, red for writing.
If you’re thinking of using this drive as an internal unit, it’s around two inches longer than a standard CD-drive and won’t fit into a standard A4000 bay.
Eye tech’s EZWriter is essentially a Mitsumi CR2801 housed in an external case. The unit is connected via a ribbon cable from an IDC header at the rear of the case to the internal workings of your IDE interface, preferably via some sort of buffered IDE splitter. The new SE version is a “no-frills” option, lacking the rear panel audio connectors. An audio kit is available separately for £19.95. The CD-R writer currently featured in Power Computing’s adverts is also based on the same Mitsumi mechanism, but the case has audio outs and a transformer-based PSU. For a bit more cash, Power are also
selling the drive complete with a buffered interface, three Kodak CDR74 discs and a copy of MakeCD3.2. The MakeCD software is also supplied by Eyetech with all versions of the Ezwriter. CD mastering has never been cheaper!
DISTRIBUTORS: Eyetech (01642) 713185 or Power (01234) 851500 PRICE: £269.95 (EZWriterSE from Eyetech with MakeCD) £259.95 from Power (or £299.95 with buffered interface, three blank CD-R discs and MakeCD).
OVERALL VERDICT: A good value drive for those stuck with an IDE interface.
Power Dual CD The Power Dual CD external box is like a mini tower unit, capable of housing two standard 5.25” drives. The drives that Power have chosen to include are the Mitsumi 2801 (exactly the same drive as above) and a standard CD-ROM drive.
The CD-ROM Drive is a Pioneer DR- A32X mechanism, one of the reasonably successful range of Pioneer CD mechanisms. As its title might suggest, it is capable of reading data at 32x (or 3600k s), though in practise you are likely to be looking at slower transfer times, mainly as a result of the out of date IDE mechanism of the A1200, though a Power Flyer would enable the drive to go faster.
This particular drive also has a rather low seek time of 75ms. Which again adds to the impression of speed.
In practise, on an A1200 you are likely to find that this mechanism gives a level of performance similar to that of your hard drive.
Although the above setup is ideal for doing duplicates of existing Cds or remixing your own audio discs into a personal “The best music we could get a good deal on at the moment in the world... ever, vol 64”. Power will also be supplying this case with a hard drive instead of the CD-ROM, which would be an ideal place for ISO images or raw files waiting to be written to the CD.
Both drives are master slave on one cable, so if you have an existing IDE unit, you will need a splitter or a Power Flyer (which can be bought at a special price if you buy it with this unit).
The Dual box itself is sturdy, stylish, has a kettle lead power in and through socket and audio outs on the rear. An integral fan keeps everything cool and it seems like the ideal solution to storing multiple external drives.
DISTRIBUTORS: Power Computing (01234) 851500.
PRICE: £389.95 (CDR and 32x CD- ROM), £429.95 with 2.1Gb HD.
TESTED ON: A1200 030, Power Flyer with ’060.
OVERALL VERDICT: Probably the best multi-drive solution for A1200 owners, and at this price, good value too.
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READER REVIEWS puts the ageing Amos programming language to the test.
Obfefe Poor old AMOS. The world and his wife have kicked this once- great programming language to death. Nowadays it is showing its age and lack of development. There is no AGA or RTG support, it cannot cope with modern music formats and many new Amigas need to be degraded to run it at all. It cannot properly handle Intuition screens or Workbench and its hardware-hacking ways are too slow.
Clearly, with a logical order and helpful tutorials, both on paper and on disk.
The reason for AMOS'S lack of speed is twofold. Firstly, it compiles each instruction as it encounters them and secondly it controls a lot of the Amiga on its own, under interrupts.
It does double-buffering with automatically-animating bobs and sprites with full collision detection, all under interrupts. Once AMOS has been told what to do, it gets on and does it, whether you like it or not. This slows the Amiga down a lot since it is allocating time for tasks that you do not necessarily want to be executed.
This method also makes for terrific ease of use. New users can concentrate on learning techniques while the tedious technicalities of the Amiga are dealt with behind the scenes.
Do not be fooled by the makers’ claims, however. AMOS is useless for writing either arcade games or applications. Modern games need to be fast and smooth, whereas AMOS buckles under the strain of more than a couple of bobs. Only the most simple of games can be programmed effectively.
However, games with limited graphical activity, such as Vulcan’s BEN'S VERDICT Of course, there's apparently a movement afoot to bring Amos into the new century with PPC support and the like, but the bog standard version that everyone has is not to many people's taste when it comes to running the programs.
Personally, I won't even run something that has an Amos icon if I can help it, and I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of hate mail for saying that... Valhalla series and Hillsea Lido are quite possible. Once you have reached this stage, however, you would be better off with a copy of Blitz Basic (which it is very easy to transfer to). As for applications, people only want proper Amiga DOS interfaces these days, even for PD.
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those beginning to program. The manual is superb. It is seven
times the size of the Blitz Basic manual, simply because
everything is explained so clearly, with a logical order and
helpful tutorials, both on paper and on disk.
The on-line help system is great, with links to an example for every command. The debugger is the most user-friendly I have encountered.
Couple this with the supplied sprite, animation and menu editors and AMOS looks like a very well-rounded package.
It is sad to see that development has stopped on AMOS. Even new PD libraries are hard to come by these days.
One of AMOSs plusses was that someone was always bringing out a new library to help with commands that would be hard to construct routines for, such as 3D support and ability to load in Player6 modules (a modern, compact Pro tracker re placement fo rm at).
There are also a couple of libraries around which claim to add AGA, Reqtools and Intuition support. Some of these work, others are slightly incomplete. The original AGA library, for example, cost £10 and didn’t even allow bobs on AGA screens, making the whole effort a total waste of time. With a full arsenal of these add-ons, AMOS becomes very powerful, but, YOUR REVIEWS Have you got any software or hardware you couldn't live without?
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Send your reviews to: Amiga Format • Reader Reviews • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • Somerset • BA1 2BW unfortunately, just as slow as ever. Diehard AMOS fans are still pleading with Europress software to release the source code so that it can be updated, but their efforts have been in vain.
To conclude, AMOS is the ideal way to teach yourself programming. The end results can be disappointing, and for goodness sake, do not plan to write your masterpiece here. I often wonder if my now-unused AMOS Pro disks were a waste, but of course they were not.
Through die brilliant demonstration programs (including Tetris, a shoot-em-up and a platformer) AMOS taught me the skills I use all the time today in other languages. Look at where it got Vulcan Software!
If you ever fancied a bash at programming but felt a little daunted by the likes of assembler, get a copy of AMOS, and, with a little time, your dream will come true.
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Emk yfeKteDo is interested... changing them, such as those which come with Ppaint7 or the ones for your favourite wordpro, although you will have to write short loader scripts as these programs will call the RX command to execute the macros.
The compiler is neat, provides object code for use with C programs and compiles the admittedly short average Arexx script in the twinkling of a gadget press. There are full tracing facilities and you can even use it to generate linkable or runtime libraries.
I deeply dislike the big splash screen which appears every time you run the software, mainly because it’s a waste of time and chip RAM. The font rendering seems suspect, some of the demo scripts assume where you have installed the software (SYS:) and the GUI is a bit suspect. However, in terms of actually producing executable scripts, it works just fine.
Impossible for prying eyes to look at or alter the code, which might be useful if the Arexx program is the basis of some commercial product or Shareware release.
Obviously, the major disadvantage is that you can’t then alter the programs unless you alter the original source and recompile it.
This isn’t a major problem for scripts which you use often without Arexx is without a doubt one of the best kept secrets of the Amiga operating system. While Workbench itself doesn’t support it (yet!), almost every other bit of commercial software does. This means that you can write scripts to perform all sorts of otherwise tedious tasks, and also control one program from within the confines of another.
As an example, when we did a feature on stocks and shares I wrote an Arexx script which, every working day, connected to the Internet, downloaded share price information, processed it, opened AmiBroker and loaded the data.
Rexecute takes the functionality of these scripts further by compiling them into executable programs. This has two immediate advantages. The first is that it runs a great deal faster than the original script as it is a compiled executable. The second is that it is SUPPLIER: Weird Science (0116) 2463800 PRICE: £19.99 REQUIREMENTS: Arexx, Hard drive % HD Menu well documented and it genuinely seems to be a lot less flaky than your average bit of Freeware.
However, at the end of the day, ToolsDaemon is just as easy to set up (with the advantage that you can easily reshuffle all the entries), and if you really like floating menu bars, I would keep saving and buy Dopus Magellan.
The thing that clinches it for me is that if you install HDM2 as a Wbstartup commodity, you get treated to a huge Horizon Software splash screen every time you run it, which is extremely tedious and unpleasant.
Easy way, Arbitrarily Capitalise The First Letter Of Every Word On The Box Artwork. And, perhaps more to the point, you have to ask what makes this particular button Those of you who want the functionality of a Directory Opus floating button bank, but are too tight to actually buy Directory Opus (or don’t have enough memory, have an aversion to Australians or any other reason), may be interested in this.
Essentially, it’s exactly that: a button bank which sits on your Workbench, that can be used to perform functions and launch other applications.
It’s useful because it is a rather small, memory efficient, proper commodity and it can be configured to do all sorts of complex tasks. However, I am naturally suspicious of People Who bank-type application any better than the dozens which are available as Shareware or Freeware from Aminet.
The answer is, sadly, not a great deal. It is probably better in terms of reliability, functionality and efficiency than anything you might find on Aminet, but it isn’t really sufficiently different to make it worth buying.
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Can provide help on most serious subjects. Full Amiga range with a good selection of second hand hardware. Aminet Cds are available, as well as the most common applications.
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Stocks games, although it tends to be a bit slow on new games.
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CD EXPANSION I own an A600 with 2Mb RAM and a 170Mb hard drive. I want to buy a CD- ROM drive for my Amiga, but as I have only recently started using my Amiga for serious use instead of just games, I am unaware of what I will need to operate a CD-ROM. Could you please tell me what I would need, as well as advising me on a good priced product as I don’t want to spend a great amount on software?
Also, could you explain the different types of CD-ROMs, IDE, SCSI, etc? Which would be best?
I would also like a sound sampler but I don’t know if they are compatible with A600s, where to get them or if they are expensive. Is any software required to run them?
Gordon Walter Dublin To use a CD-ROM drive you need the mechanism itself, a power supply and case, some connection cables, an interface to connect it to the Amiga and some driver software. You can pick up all this lot for under £100 from Power Computing, Eyetech or several other Amiga dealers.
Tor this price you will get an IDE ATAPI CD-ROM mechanism. SCSI CD-ROM drives are considerably more expensive and the benefits of SCSI are only clear if you are building a larger system, probably housed in a tower case.
Sound samplers are compatible with all Amigas and usually attach to the parallel port. HiSoft and Power Computing both sell the hardware and it should come with basic editing software. If not, there is plenty of good Shareware or Freeware to choose from.
SoundProbe is the best commercial editing software and you can buy it in a bundle with a sampler from HiSoft.
MAGIC MUSIC I recently bought the Amiga audio CD Digital Grooves from Audio Works.
Having been blown away with the quality of the music found on this CD, I have become very interested in how I can create such music myself. I own an A1200 and would be grateful for any advice regarding the best music packages, samplers, etc. Having spoken to Audio Works on this subject, I was told that David Dewar (the CD’s composer) only used OctaMED v3. If so, could you tell me if and where this package is available?
Neil Sharpe Streatham quality hut try HiSoft as they seem to have some special offers on at the moment. They are also selling MIDI interfaces cheap in case you are thinking of expanding your musical setup to incorporate a proper musical keyboard or some external sound hardware, such as a synthesiser or drum machine.
OctaMED is certainly still in development and has become OctaMED Soundstudio. The latest version remains v 1.03c and it can do remarkable things like replaying up to 64 sounds at once through the Amiga's standard hardware. It's available from http: www.octamed.co.uk. or from RBTSoftware, 169 Dale Valley Road, Hollybrook, Southampton, SO 16 6QX.
68060 PROBLEMS I have an A1200 with a Conner 420Mb hard disk and I’ve just installed a Magnum 68060 66 with 8Mb. My problem is with Blitz Basic 2. Everything works fine until I want to compile anything, then it crashes my machine.
Things that I’ve already programmed work so it must be something about mistakes in newcode.
Even when everything works first time, if you try to compile a second time then it’s Guru time again.
This is obviously a compatibility problem with my '060. Is there a patch or something I could get, or a certain Cache setup that will stop the problems?
Leon Pennington St Helens A nasty problem indeed. No-one promised that the 68060 was going to be totally compatible with all Amiga software, and sadly Blitz seems to have stopped development. You could try turning off your processor's caches and running the very latest SetPatch you can find. Other than that, I'm afraid I don't know what to suggest.
Feedback CRUEL AND UNUSUAL I have been in prison for just over two years and it has been that long since I've bought Amiga Format.
Being in prison meant that I have been forced to use Pcs, which is far worse than the punishment of having my freedom taken away from me. Anyway, while using these Pcs I have come to notice that all the prices for printers and scanners in the PC market are much lower than those advertised for the Amiga.
Can I buy an Epson GT5000 scanner and an Epson Stylus 600 printer from a PC dealer and be sure of finding suitable drivers for them? Would Turboprint 6 support the Epson range of printers, including the Photo 700? Finally, could you tell me if Sensible World Of Soccer 96197 is hard drive installable?
Capablance Ashbourne Yes, you're going about it exactly the right way if you want to save money. First track down the software for the hardware you have your eye on, then buy the printer or scanner as cheaply as possible.
Of course, when you buy something from an Amiga dealer you can be sure that you will get DOUBLE DRIVES I have an A1200 with an Apollo 1240 25 accelerator and a 4Mb SIMM, a 4x speed Compaq CD- ROM drive connected via a Squirrel SCSI interface and a 340Mb Toshiba 2.5” internal hard drive. I’d like to know: 11s there any way of connecting my old double speed Zappo CD-ROM drive to my system? It used to connect via the PCMCIA port where the Squirrel is now.
2 How can I make AFCD25 work on my system as the CD-ROM drive won’t recognise it?
3 Is there any software available that will utilise the photographic printing capabilities of my Canon BJC- 240 colour bubblejet printer?
Andrew Hunter Chorley g I TurboPrint QrapfiicaPubl 6 The AF Gold TurboPrint 6 software should support most printers.
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the cheapest option might not always be the best deal.
I recommend you contact an Amiga dealer like Eyetech to get a price for a scanner or printer and the associated software. You might get a better deal than you realise, and you'll certainly get better support. A Shareware installer can be used for SWOS 96 97.
Y You can only use the .1 Zappo if it is a SCSI mechanism as you can chain up to seven SCSI drives to one interface.
However, I suspect that the Zappo is an ATAPI IDE drive, in which case the simple answer is a “no ”.
2 You need a more up-to- date CD-ROM filing system. We usually put several on the magazine coverdisc.
5 Wizard Development ’s EyeTech j TurboPrint 6 claims to support a huge range of printers, including latest Canon models. Should be worth a try.
PARNOT I want to use my CD player with my A1200 so I bought a new parallel lead and PARnet software from Weird Science. The problem is that the A1200 won’t talk to the A500.
I .EPICS I’ve tried everything. I know the lead and software both work as I have connected my A500 to my wife’s unexpanded A500 with Workbench 2 and they connect up together with no problems. Is there a way in which I can test the parallel port on my A1200?
Tony Noble Milton Keynes I would really check the software before assuming the worst about the A 1200’s parallel port. Make sure you have the very latest version o PARnet and that the Many thanks for answering my son's letter about the problems with his IBM hard drive (Workbench, AF113). It may be of interest to other readers to learn of an alternative method of ensuring that programs work from these drives.
After suffering increasing frustration at his lack of success with the various programs mentioned, like Ppaint and Dopus, and knowing full well that he had no problems with these programs running on his original hard drive, he found that an archived backup copy of Ppaint he had on a floppy disk worked perfectly when unarchived to his hard drive partition using the DZA utility which he had been experimenting with. Bingo!
Now every program will run, provided it is first compressed with LhA or LZX and then decompressed to the hard drive. He is now content with the drive but can anyone explain why all this is necessary?
Michael Williams Westcliff on Sea I'm writing with regard to the letter sent in by Unknown of Lancashire (AF113), asking about using a long IDE cable so they can put their CD-ROM drive into a Midi tower. Your answer surprised me as I have already done this with a mini tower and desktop case, which I am using now. I've got both my HD and CD-ROM drives in the case, separate from my A1200.
The lead I'm using is just over three feet long (after connecting a three footer to my Amiga to PC lead). I haven't had any problems with my HD or CD drives since doing this just over a month ago. All I need to do is find a way of fitting my A1200 motherboard into the desktop case. As for the CD- ROM, I found it best to have it as an active device on a pull down on Workbench instead of activating on startup as it's two seconds faster.
Jamie Stockdale You canny change the laws of physics, as someone once said. I'm glad your extra long IDE cable is working, but it's not designed for this. Make sure you have a good buffer card fitted to your software is supposed to work with Workbench
3. 0 and a 68020 processor. PARnet can be stupidly picky at times
and it’s worth persisting. The best way to test the parallel
port is to use something connected to it: any printer or a
sound sampler, for example.
DEVELOPMENT FRENZY I recently sold my PC and made a nice profit too. I used to own an A1200 back in 1992 and I want to get back into the Amiga way of things and never have Continued overleaf 4 4" anything to do with Pcs and the M word any longer. I have £1,200 to spend on a new system, so could you advise me on the best one to get? The only constraint is that I must have a 17” monitor due to the high resolutions I’ll need for some of my planned projects.
I’d also like to know if Devpac, Highspeed Pascal or Blitz Basic have been updated since 1992.1 have versions 3, 1 and 1 respectively. As a systems programmer, I have been using TASM and Delphi very heavily for the last three years and was wondering if there were any new programming products available. I’m particularly interested in FORTH. Thanks for your help, it’s great to see that AF is still going.
Russell Willis Newtownards, Northern Ireland AF is still going, and still going strong.
Sadly, the same can’t be said about Amiga development languages. Pascal and Blitz have more or less died, but DevPac is still being sold and supported by HiSoft.
It’s still at v3 I believe, although you should contact HiSoft to see what minor upgrades there have been. It s included as part of the Storm C++ development package.
The real action lies with C++ and PPG cross- compilers at the moment.
There is still no real visual development language like Delphi anywhere in sight, which is a crying shame. Something like that could have revolutionised the Amiga. As for FORTH, there is little need for this language on the Amiga. Compact and fast it may be, but trying to store OS structures on a RJJN stack could hardly be described as a sensible thing to do. Or “do to thing sensible a ”, as a FORTH programmer might say.
Your spending spree. Get the monitor first, then track down an A4000 Tower. Buy a new graphics card and a Cyberstorm PPC board. Add the biggest hard drive and a truck load of memory and you 7 have a monster machine.
You must be the only person ever to have sold a PC for a fmjit and I hope you enjoy STUDENT HARDSHIPS I have a revision 1-D4 (slightly odd) A1200 with a RAMS expansion and a
1. 2Cb 3.5” Seagate hard drive.
Imy first problem is with the hard drive. When loading data quickly, spooling animations from disk, copying big (lMb+) files around partitions and using some applications, like Scout, Web Plug, Wordworth, SoundProbe, etc, the hard drive makes a loud clicking noise and temporarily stops data transfer.
When this happens in rapid succession, such as spooling animations or using VMEM, the hard drive motor seems to lose speed and then winds back up again. This doesn’t sound healthy.
Raising the max transfer to OxOfffff helped but did not solve the problem.
This should give me 2.5Mb per second but I only get around 300K.
2 Is there a cable that can directly convert from a TV aerial to my Philips CM8833 monitor without going through a SGART video or the TV amazing?
31 need more CPU power and an MMU for VMM and Enforcer. I FIRST STEPS Please forgive my ignorance but I am a total beginner with little knowledge of Amigas. I recently bought an A1200 with 8Mb RAM FPU RTC board, but only 4Mb RAM, totalling 6Mb.
I have decided I would like to add more memory, to a total of 10Mb. A friend told me if I wanted to upgrade to 10Mb then all I had to do was buy 8Mb SIMMs instead of buying a new 8Mb RAM board. Is this correct? I also have a CD drive fitted to a SCSI Squirrel via the PCMCIA slot.
According to some adverts in Amiga Format, upgrading to 8Mb is not PCMCIA compatible. Can you enlighten me about this?
Peter Conroy Cambridge Welcome to the world of the Amiga, and don't worry - if think the Amiga is confusing, you're lucky you're not dealing with Pcs! How you go about upgrading your new system really depends on the hardware you currently have. Most memory expansions are achieved by using a slot-in card, fitted with a SIMM, although some expansion cards have memory mounted directly on to them.
If you look at your card it should be obvious if you have a SIMM or not. If you are lucky there will be a second, empty SIMM slot, but it's more likely that, as your friend suggests, you'll have to take out the if I were you, and would suspect the power supply isn 7 up to powering your drive.
It’s also possible that the drive is being squashed if it is shoe-homed into the A1200’s casing. The drive is operating slowly but the IDE port isn ’tfast, especially when no accelerator card has been fitted. An '030 would make a big difference.
2 You mean you want to turn your monitor into a TV by simply feeding it with the cable from an aerial ? Without using a TV tuner ? Sorry can 7 be done. You need some way of extracting the TV signal from the RF signal. Hoiu would you tune it, for example ?
TV tuner boxes occasionally turn up for fifty quid or less, so keep your eyes open.
You can 7 get something for nothing (as a student you should know this) and just because you borrow power from the floppy drive doesn 7 mean you are pulling it out of thin air. You will need a larger power supply, and as this could be the root of your hard drive problems, this is a priority before you think about a 68040 card. If you do get the 68040 card, your SIMM should work fine as long as it’s not stupidly slow.
A Copyright laws, I’m afraid. We don 7 own 1 SimCity and the people who do are still making money from it, so they aren’t likely to want us to give it away. Then there are the rules for putting full games on magazine coverdisks. Honestly, we ’d do it if we could.
51 don 7 know about Gateway, but five minutes with a search engine is all you need. Apparently... fancy an Apollo 1240, 25MHz. However, these things apparently get quite hot and guzzle power.
Can I splice more power from my FD port (I have a 3.5” HD) for the fan as I don’t have the cash for a tower (thank God Enforcer and Dice are free).
Will it take my double sided SIMM from my RAMS or would a 1230 be sufficient for Doom clones and programming on a small student grant?
4 What about putting SimCity 2000 on your coverdisks, even if the later levels have to be on the next issue? It’s impossible to get hold of these days.
5 What are the chances of Gateway putting the ROM kernel, Library and Device manuals, etc, on their website as RTF as a thank you to the people who have supported their intellectual property and profits, and because most of them are out of print?
After all, it’s not like they’re selling any or losing any royalties over it. All they could do is help the Amiga community.
Matthew Fletcher Leicester | Hard drives shouldn 7 make loud JL clunking noises if they are working well.
I do remember a few that made worrying noises when bored: they would give click when moving their heads out of harm ’s way.
However, this most definitely didn 7 cause the motor to change speed. I would be worried existing 4Mb and fit an 8Mb SIMM in its place.
As for the Squirrel, it's certainly true that some expansion cards can cause problems. Some cards don't map the second 4Mb of an 8Mb expansion properly and this causes a conflict with the PCMCIA port. The result is that one or both won't work. You can tell if this is going to happen in one of two ways. The first is to simply try it. The second is to look at the card, determine the make and then contact the manufacturer.
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The surname Cusick isn’t amongst the most common you’re likely to encounter, but on several occasions over the last few years I’ve received emails from other Cusicks online. These messages are generally along the lines of, “I ran a search using my name in such-and-such a search engine and out came your page.” But it’s also not unusual for them to ask whether I know much about the history of my family and whether we might be distantly related.
The answer to the first question is no, I don’t know much about it, but I’ve become increasingly interested in finding out exactly how many online Cusicks are actually my relatives. The obvious place to conduct a little genealogical research seemed to be the Internet, but don’t worry, I’m not about to start advocating responding to those irritating “Learn all about your family history” pieces of Spam email. There are plenty of places on the Web where you can obtain free information which can help you piece together a little of your family history.
As with most subjects, if you run a web search using “genealogy” as your key word, the vast majority of the sites you’ll unearth will be American. The situation is even more extreme than normal because in the States (which is, after all, quite a young country) attempting to trace your family history is enormously popular.
However, many of these sites offer interesting and useful advice for budding genealogists, so don’t dismiss them instantly. What’s more, some of them provide excellent pointers to some less well signposted English genealogy sites. Take Cyndi Howells’ site, for instance, which contains a page that lists more helpful English resources than any other site I’ve come across (http www.cyndislisLcom england.htm). As a total newcomer to genealogy, I was particularly interested-in obtaining the advice of the experts. The Gen- Newbie site features a series of lessons YOUR AMIGA ONLINE (T- should be
able to find it on our CD and on Aminet at biz dbase Scion507.1ha. It is an understatement to say that it’s highly unlikely that one Sunday afternoon sat in front of your Amiga will furnish you with enough information about your family history for you to be able to compile a definitive family tree.
Despite a great deal of digging, I’m little nearer to discovering exactly when the Cusick family moved from Ireland to England, or where they initially settled.
Tracking the history and movements of your ancestors is obviously an exceedingly difficult and time consuming process.
What is clear, however, is that as with so many hobbies, a network like the Internet can play a very important role in helping those with an interest in genealogy to compare notes, exchange findings, offer one another advice and generally share their passion and experience with each other. fzi Information is sorted at four jg different levels, so on the top i level you can specify whether
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Basically, it’s then a case of looking anywhere online for historical traces of your family. The Public Records Office has an interesting website at http: www.pro.gov.uk. and if you follow the link from the main index to their guide for family historians then you’ll quickly get a feel for the sort of ways in which the Internet can help you. Their introductory leaflet for beginners is also available online.
One good way of tracing your family can be through the use of historical census results. A chap called Ron Taylor runs a site through which you can take a look at some of the names of people who moved from one area to another around the time of the 1851 census, a time when a great many families were on the move due to the industrial revolution. Ron’s UK Census Finding Aids and Indexes can be found at http: rontay.digiweb.com . The UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service (Genuki) is another worthwhile stopping point. Compiled from information supplied by over fifty volunteers, Genuki
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Amiga X-Cad available FREE from our Web site! - http: www.firstcom.demon.co.uk uide to getting the most out of your Amiga To everything turn, turn) there is a season (turn turn), a time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to finish up some tutorials and start new ones. Okay, there isn't much of a connection between the seasons and J learning how to draw icons or discovering the hidden secrets about Amiga graphics, but there is a time for them to come and go.
The graphics series finishes this month, and we are on the penultimate episode of our icon designing tutorial too. Don't worry though, because we have plenty of tutorials lined up, so if you're interested in MIDI music, IRC or HTML, stay tuned.
Of course, our other tutorials on C programming and the excellent Under the Bonnet series continue apace. You'll be surprised how much you can learn in a few pages! If you would like to see a series on a particular topic, please drop us a line.
In the penultimate tutorial in this Illuminating series. Ash Thomas gives you some tips on making better icons.
Icons. Everybody has them, not everyone knew how to make them - until now!
In the final part of this excellent series, someone very clever discusses the ultimate image accessory, graphics cards - how they work and why you should want one.
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All the tracks, chips, resistors and connectors in a graphics card, like the one pictured here, result in a pretty picture for you.
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EiJ C FOR YOURSELF Pull down menus are, er, on the menu in this episode of John Kennedy's eye-opening series on programming the Amiga in C. H Open cipc» w mmssm, sehbexgbt, XtfWTEITI HEWBTOGGLEI ITEBENABLED | BIGHCOBP.
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Multitasking - how it works and how it could work better, according to systems expert Simon Goodwin.
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AMIGA FORMAT OCTOBER 1998 CHAPTER FIVE fXi How to add the finishing touches to your own icons, explained by Imjh TttocBim Artwork can take a long time to look the same way as you picture it in your head. To go from an idea to getting it onto the screen can take a lot of work. It is harder with icons as you have the extra restriction of space and every pixel counts. When your image would look great if only you had just one more pixel, it can be very frustrating. I have sometimes found that leaving hours of work alone and starting from scratch can prove to be beneficial, as sometimes the new
image is much better than the original one. An amalgamation of both may also produce a perfect result, too.
Contents Chapter T. Background and icon systems Chapter 2. Drawing your own ¦F Skfe jflEr' IK Jubk i . Vsmr 3 3SNf 3.S Chapter 3. Drawing methods Chapter 4. Advanced drawing methods Chapter 5. Development Chapter 6. Not just icons Missed a tutorial in this series? Call our back issue hotline on 01458 271102.
Leaving hours of work alone and starting from scratch can be beneficial... A good way to start drawing an image as an icon would be to get the shape of the object to fit into the icon’s area. Once this has been completed the real drawing can begin without worrying if you are going over the edges. The shape will change as antialiasing is added, but the basic form will prove to be an indispensable guide.
An example would be my paint program icon that is a brush and an artist’s palette. Firstly, I tried to capture the shape of an easel on an angle which was quite tricky to get right. Once this black object had found form I made an outline around the shape using the four APPLYING TEXT Putting text into a Newlcon can be tricky as you have to make it part of the isometric view. You would have to be a good artist to do this from scratch, but there is a much easier way. First pick the font and do the text, then improve it by anti-aliasing it or adding shades of colour. Put a black box around the
image and cut it out as a brush. Go to the Brush, Rotate, shear menu and drag it until the box is isometric (i.e. goes up one pixel for every two pixels across).
Tidy up the image and you have some great isometric text.
Compass points around the easel.
Using light colour at the top and the left and a darker version of the colour at the bottom and the right (like a button) I gave the easel some depth.
Quite quickly after the basic shape was defined, the image has started to look like what it is supposed to represent.
Some basic anti-aliasing has been used to reduce the jagged appearance and some colours have been added as a guide. In the final version, I have added some depth below and used a wide variety of colours to be the splodges of paint.
The brush was relatively easy to draw and the cylinder shape was explained in an earlier tutorial, with a light reflection to make it look round.
The brush part was coloured red with a (Top) The image without any work done on it. (Bottom) The final version.
CHAPTER FIVE S limited to 32 or even eight colours and a definite size, this can be a real challenge. With the picture stuck to the side of your monitor you can work on getting the basic outline onto the icon, but even this can be quite tricky.
After seeing Aes’s great icon of King side of your monitor you can then work on getting the basic outline onto the icon... drawing the image. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep subsequent versions of Tut as it would have been good for you to see how it progressed. The version on the screenshot is far from complete, but now I have the basic shape on the screen I can do the real artwork like shading, colouring and working out how the light will be reflected off his head.
The King Tut icon I'm working on, which is about 30% finished.
Converting a big logo into an icon is a huge task and I have only done a few in my time. I have done the Picasso96 logo, the Football365 picture and the AmigaSOC title. Being a member of AmigaSOC, I decided to convert their title into a Newlcon (sorry, but MagicWB just didn’t have the required colours) A challenging way to draw an object is to try to copy one from a picture. This is hard enough on a true colour 800x600 screen, but when you are * . . .
HM- * JSSSt Wbm H»J(j % f m. M Parts of the F36S icon. I have kept the patches separate so I can easily change the shading on the ball.
Stuck it to the side of my monitor and drew a round shape. I then put the patches on the football, which was quite tricky as space was limited and each pixel felt huge. Some clever anti-aliasing was needed to overcome this problem and make the pattern look detailed.
Some shading was also required to make the ball look 3D, but this wasn’t drawn directly onto the image.
I manually darkened the bottom and right areas of the ball and then put the patches over the top. I did keep a copy of each part as I later decided that it wasn’t dark enough, and more shadowing was easy to add on.
Light source to make it look like it has wet paint on the head. The same technique has been used for a MagicWB icon and a screenshot shows the MagicWB version which was the original
- doing flat objects is much easier!
Drawing the football for the F365 program (http: wv w.football365,CQ.uk, by AmigaSOC) was quite simple. During the World Cup it wasn’t hard to get a picture of a football (I spotted one on a leaflet at Tesco). I cut out the football, map of the UK. I started by filling in the missing parts of the Amiga logo and anti-aliasing the image to make it smoother. The map didn’t need too much work; it looked a bit jaggy and had some holes in the land which were fixed to produce a good map of the UK. The Soc image had a lot of holes that you will always get with resizing brushes. These were filled in
and the colours were redrawn to get a nice gradient effect.
Redrawing the shadow would have taken too long so I used the effect I have mentioned before. I pasted down the “Amiga” image and used the blur effect in Ppaint. Some fiddling and size reduction later and I had an impressive shadow underneath the Amiga picture.
Each part was then overlaid in the same position as the original and the final icon looks much more impressive than the reduced version.
For this tutorial. It can also be used on our products for the readme. The first job was to convert the image into one that uses the same palette as the icon set.
I cut out the 256-colour image out as a brush and used Ppaint's remap feature as I loaded it into my Newlcon image. The next job is to resize the image until it fits the icon size, and by now the image looks horrible. Don’t give up here, though, as your artistic talents will make the logo look great. All you have is a guide of size and colour.
The best way to start is to separate each part of the logo and work on those parts. If you then put these pieces together the logo will look great.
On the AmigaSOC icon I have split the image up into the “Amiga”, the shadow to the Amiga, the “Soc” and the CONTACTS If you have any comments about the program or about this tutorial, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found on IRC (ANet and IRCNet) as Abstruse.
In the final tutorial in this series, KO0ete W@0fe[jQ looks at different video and graphics cards.
Although the Amiga had phenomenal graphics power when it was released, as the years wore on it became apparent that some of the custom chips were actually a bit of a liability. Graphics cards, which had once been the preserve of video professionals, soon became desirable to more and more users.
Even the AGA chipset can’t display 24-bit images, and because of the nature of Amiga graphics, its deeper bitplane modes tend to be rather slow for a lot of purposes.
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Devices may be decided by loi the course of development of the next Amiga.
As we explained in part one of this tutorial, the way the Amiga internally stores and displays images relies on bitplanes. While this makes exceptionally smooth scrolling a doddle, it isn’t quite so useful for work that involves primarily chunky objects, like software sprites.
Graphics cards address both the problem of speed and depth. All graphics cards have their own memory in which the display is stored. As it is local and addressed in a way that makes it easy for the graphics chip to access, the results tend to be faster.
Aso, the chips actually driving the display tend to be an awful lot faster at doing their job than the Amiga’s internal circuitry.
EGS EGS was an early standard for Amiga graphics cards that was designed primarily to make it easy for software developers to support this type of hardware. If everyone had come up with their own way of handling graphics cards, the result would have been mayhem (rather like in the PC market), with some cards being supported by particular applications and some not.
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The time. There wasn’t anything badly wrong with EGS, but it was slow and cumbersome. However, unlike previous systems, the EGS devices properly patched the operating system’s display database so you could choose EGS screens for any application which allowed you to select a screenmode.
Many applications refused to work properly with EGS, though this was at least in part due to poor programming.
P96 CGFX The two most successful graphics cards of modern times are the Cybervision64 (and later the CV64 3D) from phase 5 and the Picasso from VillageTronic. It isn’t surprising that both manufacturers developed their own driver software, in the form of CyberGraphX and Picasso96.
The modern software properly adds screenmodes to the display database and also allows the user to define new screenmodes to match the exact display device you are using. This is by far and away the most complicated area of setting up a modern graphics card.
You will need to have the handbook for your monitor open at the relevant specifications page because trying to drive the monitor at the wrong speed could damage it.
The speed of the display (and the speed of the card) determine its actual useable screen area. A 1024x768 screen won’t run on a 1084s monitor, simply because the monitor can’t handle the refresh speeds that are necessary for that size of display. This means you have to take into account the monitor you are going to be using when considering a graphics card.
As a rule, graphics cards can be programmed to support higher frequency displays, and so use the less expensive SVGA VGA monitors. You don’t need to get a specific monitor to display Amiga low res frequencies too, unless you want to play old games.
Bizarrely, the Cybervision card from phase 5 has an optional plug on-board to provide scandoubling of the native signal (avoiding the problem of low res displays) and to switch between native and graphics card modes on the same monitor. These functions are usually built into the card in the first place.
OPENGL After developing standard graphics cards capable of moving large amounts of data around 24-bit screens with ease, the technology industry started designing display chips that could handle 3D graphics.
These chips use their own processor for on-board texture and light mapping, 3D rotation and so on. As it is a custom chip and has no overhead on the native processor, such display chips can generate much faster, smoother and more realistic displays.
In order to establish some sort of The Virge on the Cybervision 64 3D in action.
Define graphics modes to suit your particular monitor.
Common ground amongst these chips, a standard known as OpenGL was developed. Chips supporting this standard could then be addressed by generic software, which didn’t really care what exact make or speed of card it was dealing with. OpenGL had varied success but is quite widely supported in professional applications, such as rendering software. Indeed, all the other versions of Lighwave, bar the Amiga one, support OpenGL.
For some reason, manufacturers of Amiga graphics cards have been slow to include 3D processing chips. This is presumably because nobody has written any software that can use them.
However, the Cybervision 64 3D does currently boast such a chip, the Virge 3D processor, but as you might have guessed, there isn’t a lot of software to support it.
Newtek could easily support it with Lightwave, but they seem rather reticent to release any more Amiga versions of this seminal package.
Phase 5 themselves have produced a Lightwave object viewer which utilises the Virge, and their MPEG player, Isis, uses another Virge function, the overlay mode, to produce scalable output that doesn’t affect playing speed (i.e. a large window plays back at the same speed as a small one).
As far as third party commercial support goes, the Virge is currently only supported by Tornado 3D, which makes use of the faster renders to produce an almost real-time shaded perspective preview. It is countless times faster than waiting for the main CPU to render the image, even on a PPC Amiga.
VillageTronic also plan to introduce a 3D processor add-on for their successful Picasso graphics cards. There aren’t yet any details on software that will actively support it.
FUTURE PLANS The next big graphics card we will see released is the CybervisionPPC. This is potentially of most interest to A1200 owners who, without the benefit of Zorro slots, have never been able to attach a graphics card before. The CybervisionPPC will attach to the special slot on the Cyberstorm and Blizzard PPC cards and promises greater speed than the current phase 5 cards.
The real future for graphics devices may be decided by the course of development of the next Amiga. Having a PCI-based Amiga box would enable manufacturers to easily create graphics cards for the Amiga, Mac and PC markets. The actual hardware would be more or less identical and the savings this is likely to make for manufacturers is considerable.
Both of the current Amiga graphics card manufacturers already produce graphics cards for the Macintosh platform. However, such devices will remain on the drawing board until a true PCI Amiga is released.
That brings us to the end of our look at graphics. We hope you have found it informative and useful. If you have any further questions about graphics on the Amiga, please write to our Workbench section at the usual address: Workbench, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW.
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C PROGRAMMING CHAPTER SEVEN enus are a key part of the Amiga user interface. Every program has them and there is a recognised standard for the way in which they are laid out. This makes it a lot easier to use programs because you can be sure of things like being able to save and load data by using the Project menu. Menus are used for commands, such as save or print, and also to select options, such as fast, medium and slow.
For Yourself Waiter? I appear to have an Amiga in my soup.
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Simple (OS legal) graphics Chapter 6.
More graphics | Chapter 7.
Menus j Chapter 8.
Simple 3D graphics Chapter 10.
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The menu text Menus are also one of those features which look as through they could be a nightmare to program.
When a menu pops down, what happens to the area of the screen underneath? Who has to redraw it?
What about handling menus which have submenus? What about creating shortcut keys? What about the little tick which appears when a menu option is active? What actually happens when a menu is selected?
AMIGA OS MAGIC As you might have come to expect by now, the wonderful Amiga operating system looks after most of these points.
You don’t have to worry about storing and redrawing the contents of the screen for a start. Like moving a window around the screen, that’s one problem the OS deals with.
In the same way that clicking the mouse button sends an IDCMP message to your program, selecting a menu option sends another message. The exact message depends on the menu option selected, and so by decoding the message your program knows what to do. This is another facet of the Amiga’s “wait for something to happen” multitasking approach.
Your program can effectively go to sleep and let the CPU worry about other tasks, until the user selects a menu option from your program.
DESIGNING A MENU I hope no-one is still struggling with a Workbench version less than two, so we can safely assume that we have access to the GadTools library. This simplifies the creation of menus by adding about six useful function calls. The key, as always, is knowing how to set up the data structure to pass to these functions.
LISTING 1 struct IntuiText xnenutext = 0,1,JAH2,0,1,NULL,"Open",NULL}, (0,1, JjlH2,0, 1,NULL, "Close",NULL) , 0,1, JAH2,0,1,NULL,"Exit",NULL}, ; Every menu item must first be defined as an item of text.
We effectively build up the menu structures in reverse, starting with any submenus and working up to the topmost level. However, let’s start with something slightly more simple and add a single menu with three options to our standard window program.
The first step is to define the text strings that will be displayed in the menu - yes, we do need to go down to quite a basic level. These text strings must be part of a standard Amiga text format, which can include information LISTING 2 The menu items struct Henultem menul Open option Smenul,0,0, HENWIDTH, HENHEIGHT, ITEHTEXTI HENUTOGGLE|ITEHENABLED | HIGHCOHP, I f 0, (APTR)£menutext,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL , Close option Sroenul,0,HENHEIGHT, MENHIDTH, HENHEIGHT, ITEHTEXTIHENUTOGGLE|ITEHENABLED)HIGHCOHP, 0, (APTR)Smenutext,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL , Exit option
NULL,0,HENHEIGHT*2, HENWIDTH, HENHEIGHT, ITEHTEXTIHENUTOGGLE| ITEHENABLED|HIGHCOHP, 0, (APTR)fimenutext,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL U The menu bar struct Henu menustrip[l] = ( NULL, 2,0, 64, HENHEIGHT, HENUENABLED, "Project", Smenul , Menu name , }; The menu has two structures: one for each item, and one for the overall menu strip at the top of the screen on the font as well as colour and drawing modes. It looks like overkill, but it’s part of the standard ultra- flexible way of using the Amiga.
DEFINING THE STRUCTURE Listing 1 contains the structure of text strings. We can then move on to defining the structure which describes the menu itself. As you would expect, it points to the relevant text string, but also includes a lot of special options (the uppercase words) which tell the OS about the menu option.
For example, the OS has to know if the menu option is text or graphics. It also needs to know how large the menu is, if the particular option is currently active and so on. We use some constants to make it easier to alter the size of the menu later on, if need be.
The first element in each menu is a link to the next menu in the list. This chaining process is a very common technique in Intuition and always reaches an end with NULL. Finally, we need to define the menu strip itself and assign an overall name to the menu. All these settings are defined in Listing 2.
INTEGRATION Once we have the structures defined, we can start to integrate them into our familiar program. There are several stages to this. We have to include a special flag in the window definition to make sure it will pass IDCMP messages when a menu item is selected. We also have to link the menu with the current window, and this is done using the function SetMenuStrip().
Once the program ends, there is a matching ClearMenuStripO function which disconnects the menu from the CHAPTER SEVEN C PROGRAMMING ifTz II The window struct Tagltem win tags
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include intui.ti.on intuition.h include
intuition intuitionbase.h include graphic3 gfxmacros.h
include graphics gfxbase.h include clib exec protos.h
include clib dos_protos.h include clib intuition
protos.h void main() ( struct Library *IntuitionBase;
struct GfxBase ‘gfxbase; Open the graphics library!
Struct IntuiHessage *msg; struct Window ‘win; int flag - TRUE; UWORD menununtoer; UWORD which_roenu; UWORD which item; IntuitionBase - OpenLibrary("intuition.library",37); if (IntuitionBase!“NULL) ( gfxbase-(struct GfxBase *)OpenLibrary("graphics.1ibrary",33L) ; if (gfxbase!-NULL) Some constants define HENWIDTH 64 define HENHEIGHT 10 II The menu text struct IntuiText menutext - 0,1,JAH2,0,1,NULL,"Open",NULL), 0,1,JAH2,0,1,NULL,"Close",NULL), 0,1,JAH2,0,1,NULL,"Exit",NULL), ); The menu items struct Henultem menul II Open option tmenul[l] ,0,0, HENWIDTH, HENHEIGHT,
ITEHTEXT)HENUTOGGLE|ITEHENABLED|HIGHCOHP, 0, (APTR)«menutext,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL , Close option tmenul,0,HENHEIGHT, HENWIDTH, HENHEIGHT, ITEHTEXT|HENUTOGGLE|ITEHENABLED|HIGHCOHP, 0, (APTR)Cmenutext ,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL , ( II Exit option NULL, 0, HENHEIGHT*2, HENWIDTH, HENHEIGHT, ITEHTEXT|HENUTOGGLE|ITEHENABLED|HIGHCOHP, 0, (APTR)Cmenutext,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL win-OpenWindowTagList(NULL,win_tags); if (win!-NULL) ( SetHenuStrip(win, menustrip); while (flag) ( WaitPort(win- UserPort); Wait around for message while (msg - (struct IntuiHessage *)GetHsg(win- UserPort)) ( switch
(msg- Class) ( case IDCMP_CLOSEWINDOW: flag-FALSE; break; case IDCHP_HENUPICK; menunumber-msg- Code; which_itero-ITEHNUH(menunumber); which_roenu-HENUNUH(menunumber); printf("Henu number:%d n",which menu); print£("Henu item:%d n",which_item); if ( (which_menu 0) ££ (which_item 2)) flag-FALSE; break; II The menu bar struct Menu menustrip[l] ¦ ( ( NULL, 2,0, 64, HENHEIGHT, HENUENABLED, "Project", cmenul, , LISTING 3 The final listing includes C to decode the IDCMP message and discover which menu has been selected.
Window. Don’t leave it out, unless you want your program to crash or refuse to release memory.
DECODING THE MENU Now we can turn our attention to working out which menu option has been selected by the user. As in previous programs, this revolves around the IDCMP message which has arrived at our program from the operating system.
By waiting for an IDCMP_MENUPICK message and then looking at the MenuNumber and ItemNumber value associated with it, we can eventually get a numeric value that indicates the menu option which has been selected.
This can look a lot like a magic spell at this stage, but remember that part of the complexity is due to the Amiga being so flexible. The operating system needs to be able to detect every menu item on an individual basis, even those nested in other menus. Even though our program only has one menu, the method remains the same.
You can see this in action in our final listing, Listing 3. This is the final program, which incorporate the menu and window definitions, as well as the code for handing the menu options.
The menu options won’t actually do anything (apart from the last one) but you should be able to see where you can ReplyHsg((struct Hessage *)msg); ) ) ClearHenuStrip(win); CloseWindow(win); CloseLibrary((struct Library *)g£xbase); ) CloseLibrary((struct Library ‘)IntuitionBase); use SetMenuStripQ to add them back in again. The user probably won’t even notice that it’s happened.
That’s it for this month. We haven’t had time to go into all the menu options, but we’ve covered enough for you to add some menus to your own programs. For more information, consult the Amiga ROM Kernel Reference Manual on Libraries. Another book, The Official Amiga Style Guide, explains how to go about designing menus which will conform to the standard appearance that all Amiga programs should use.
Next month we’ll have a look at another way of getting input from the user. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com- Please note that if you insist on asking me if I am related to a certain US president, I WILL lie to you.
Insert the code which is executed when the option is selected. It’s more common to place calls to your own functions at these locations.
CHANGING THE MENU It’s possible, although not always a good idea, to make changes to the menu after the program has begun. For example, you may want to add a new submenu or change some options, depending on the current state of the program.
The danger in this is that you might confuse the poor user by constantly shifting the menus around, so think carefully before doing it.
If you do think altering the menus on the fly will make your program easier to use, you must use ClearMenuStripQ to disconnect the menu from the window. Make your changes and then fiooo®oQ ©axMMto explains the brilliance of Amiga multitasking. Ujjg The Amiga’s ability to run several programs at once, or multitask, has always been one of its strong points, but it also presents some potential traps for the unwary. This tutorial aims to explain multitasking and how to tame it.
If you're using two or more busy-waiting tasks, give them each the same low priority so they share residual time... input.device, it strangles the system, preventing further input and requiring a reset to recover.
Standard GadTools system gadgets are updated at once by input.device, before the corresponding message reaches the underlying task. This accounts for the snappy display updates, and for the unfortunate lag on heavily- loaded systems before the corresponding change is actually acted upon.
MUI gadgets are updated by the task, rather than the input.device, so they react more slowly. When they do change, it confirms that the underlying task has got the message.
ARTM (Amiga Real Time Monitor) homes in on Final Copy.
AMIGA SCHEDULING The part of the Amiga’s system software that determines which task is to run next is called the Scheduler. This keeps tasks in two lists, depending on whether they are ready to run or waiting for something to happen.
Every so often, after an adjustable time known as a ‘Quantum’, it interrupts the task that is currently These are some of the multitasking tools in the ln_The_Mag- Under_The_Bonnet drawer on your AFCD: ARTM - Amiga Real Time Monitor - point and click.
CHANGEPPCTASKPRI - PPC PowerUp task prioritiser.
EXECUTIVE - Shareware alternate task scheduler.
MULTITASKING - Task tutorial for C programmers.
NICE - Launches tasks at reduced priority.
QUANTUM - Adjusts the time between task swaps.
STEAMYWINDOWS - Prioritises the active window.
TASKPIE - DynAMIGAlly shows Executive CPU usage.
TASKPRI - Command to set priority of any task.
TASKX & TASKY - Monitors and controls tasks from WB.
XOPA - Command-driven task controller.
Running and looks through the list of ready tasks. The task with the highest priority is selected as the next to run.
The scheduler saves the registers of the current task on its stack, restores from the stack of the next task, then carries on. If there are several ready tasks with the same priority, they are run in turn, in a ‘round-robin’ fashion.
‘Events’ move tasks from the waiting list to the ready list. Another task may send a signal or message, a time delay might expire or hardware may generate an interrupt, indicating its need for attention.
Well-behaved tasks periodically give up the processor to others by telling the operating system they’re finished for the time being, so it can move them from the ‘ready’ list to the ‘waiting’ list.
REAL TASKS The highest priority task regularly running on an Amiga is input.device, which handles user input from the mouse and keyboard. This has a high priority of 20 to make sure that inputs are not missed, and to give a prompt response. If any task runs continuously at a priority higher than that of CHAPTER SEVEN USER GUIDE fXi Thursday 30-Jul-98 17:50:22 5 alftS 0,19 0.13 0.00 0:00:27.97 9.49SO 0:04:28.02 90.5580 43319 r The list of tasks gets pretty daunting as your SYS: partition fills up. My Amiga regularly runs more than 100 simultaneous tasks, but at any given time most are idle,
waiting for free time and an appropriate event to start them up.
The Xopa screen illustrates system activity while copying files. The top lines identify the CPU; Xopa predates the 68060, but version 2.04 is compatible.
After Xopa itself, FUN0: (the task for the SYS: partition) and RAM: take about five per cent of the total time used, with Commodore’s dummy scsi.device ferrying messages between them.
Small slices of time go to input.device and multidisk.drivertask, checking for button presses or disk changes. This is just a fraction of the list, though. The lion’s share of the time goes to Directory Opus, which is orchestrating the transfer.
AVOIDING HANGUPS If your system goes dead slow, a task is probably locked in a loop, known as ‘busy waiting’. Xopa shows you where the time is going. Some of these loops are inevitable, such as real-time emulation or ray-tracing, but they’re bad news if you’re concentrating on something else.
ARTM and Xopa let you ‘freeze’ a task, temporarily suspending it. You can typically, Xopa itself takes the lion's share of CPU time.
Signal and prioritise Amiga tasks with TaskY.
Executive is a replacement scheduler for Amiga tasks. It requires Kickstart 2 or later and takes advantage of MUI if you have it. The English installation requires 2Mb of hard disk space. An uninstaller is supplied to restore your system if you decide you don't like it, so it's safe to try Executive, even if you're dubious.
It causes the Amiga to use dynamic priorities, rather like Unix. This reduces the risk that one greedy task will hog the entire system. It's a major system patch and it clashes with PowerUp. Executive requires fine tuning for each system and set of applications, so you must read the documentation (an AmigaGuide about 320K long) to make sense of it.
It has strong reporting features but its rescheduling is a mixed blessing. Many programs rely on the Amiga's default behaviour and grind to a halt if dynAMIGAlly re-prioritised.
Handlers and devices are not scheduled and this limits Executive's effectiveness, as well as its risks. However, it's worth trying, not least for the documentation and neat interactive AmigaGuide tutorial.
Priorities range from -128 to 127, although real tasks cluster around the middle of this range. Applications usually run at priorities from -1 to +1, with device drivers at intermediate priorities; lower than input devices, higher than applications. This means they’re promptly served when they need attention, but not at the expense of interactive control.
Device control code runs at priorities of around +10, and handlers, which are less time critical, at +5 or so.
ALTERNATIVE PRIORITIES The simplest way to fine-tune an Amiga system is to adjust the priority of the tasks you run. To do that, you must know what they are and there’s no shortage of programs to tell you.
I favour ARTM (Amiga Real Time Monitor) to tweak tasks and Xopa to report on them. Alternatives include TaskX, TaskY, the Freeware SIP (System Information Program) and a clutch of Shell commands. Even Syslnfo has a go, without revealing much.
Xopa is command-driven and powerful, but hardly intuitive - a tutorial in its operation would merit a series in its own right. It shows percentages of ‘used’ CPU time by default, so totals add up to 100% even if the processor is mostly idle. The ‘usage’ option tweaks things to show percentages of potential, rather than actual, time.
EXECUTIVE comes because the Amiga OS operates with a closely intertwined list of lists, with no quick-release cord for each task (‘resource tracking’, as on Qdos or Unix) and your system crashes if you remove a link out of order.
TAMING CPU-HOGS You can do similar things by shuffling task priorities, but it’s risky.
If you must run a task that busy-waits, like a game or an emulator, give it a priority lower than well-behaved tasks so they get the time they need, and whatever is left over goes to the greedy task.
If you’re using two or more busy- waiting tasks, give them each the same low priority so they share residual time, otherwise the one with the highest priority will nobble the others.
Quantum adjusts the round-robin time-slice so competing tasks take turns more or less frequently. Quantum 1 swaps control most often, for smoothest multi-tasking. Quantum 8 swaps half as often as usual, reducing the switching overhead at the expense of choppier response. A bug in Workbench 1.3 means that interrupts cause re-scheduling before the full time has elapsed, so the Quantum is ignored.
You can temporarily freeze tasks you’re not using, but SteamyWindows offers a neater approach, giving priority to the task associated with the current window. Beware of suspending a task that Workbench (or something else inevitable) will later call because you’ll force a deadlock.
You won’t always be able to avoid problems by tweaking task priorities and it’s wise to save your work before embarking on radical experiments, but in the long run, familiarity with the Amiga’s multi-tasking internals will give you a smoother-running system, helping you save time and avoid deadlocks.
Go further; if a task is definitely unwanted, you might try to free up the resources it uses. This is possible but tricky. It can postpone, but rarely eliminate, a reset.
The trick is to close all the windows owned by the task, then the screen it uses (if any) before trying to remove the task. The risk If you're not happy with the coverdisks, let us know what you want on them!
No option due to software limitations on my beloved Miggy. Now I have to admit that The End Is Nigh, when my bible of all things Amiga has run out of coverdisk programs. 501 Darts? Tetris?
Pacman? Iconian and a few WB hacks that you can get off the net? Is this the end? What should I do?
I come home and switch on my Miggy; no silly loading problems, no ‘Close Down Your Computer’ when I’m fed up. I just click on my hard-drive and away I go! Please save my sanity.
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ATTENTION MR BRABY Please can you prove to my father that the Amiga can go on the Internet and look at PC websites in the same way that it can read PC Cds? I am trying to persuade him to buy us a new Amiga.
Thomas Braby London Okay Thomas. Mr Braby, look at the picture.
See ? I can tell you from personal experience that iBrowse on an A4000 goes much faster than Netscape on the office PowerMac, too.
Reader Ads, which is a whole section devoted to this sort of request Ones which are properly addressed, • which we might read His name and address so we • can teach him otherwise New Amigas OLD TIMER I have bought Amiga Format from day one. I have never written to you before, either to complain, request software or claim some bloke down the pub said the Amiga was dead.
I jumped with joy when Escom saved our bacon... NOT! I smiled smugly when Amiga Technologies made ‘We love the Amiga’ noises.
I waited and waited and I bought every issue of Amiga Format. I refused to believe that such a great computer could die. I only use my PC if I really have Naturally, the Amiga is capable of full Internet access, new Amiga in the Braby household quite soon then... Looks like there'll be a brand "One Chinchilla's Idea of Romance1 You qot WHATLTM Poarr*led. IV* on SJ Jmy honoy moon now Wco+~ you say yourp on your honeymoon right1 houJ _____ Readerrespon and a CD-ROM drive. I would think that a second hand A4000 would go down well too. Yes, we do really use them here, and very handy they are too.
I don't know if any of our other readers in your area can help with the details of a local shop. There must be one nearby, surely?
A4000s - we love them, but does anyone sell them in Cove?
Ji KETTLES AND POTS In response to Jonathan Openshaw's letter in AF113, titled 'Pots and Kettles', I'd like to say a few things in my defence.
Firstly, I didn't publish Ultimate Gloom. I merely provided Gloom 3, which was supposed to go alongside Classic Gloom and Gloom Deluxe to form a collection of Gloom games, old and new. However, there was a major cock up and Guildhall forgot to include Deluxe and Classic. I was as disappointed as anyone when I SCHOOL'S OUT I would like to reply to the point made in July's AF by Leon Brown about using Amigas in schools. I would like to point out that the video production department at my school in Cove does use Amigas for their amazing graphics capabilities, reliability and value for money.
Sadly, the department is still using A500s and A500+S, which (sorry to any A500 and A500+ users) are a bit outdated. There are a few A1200s in use but none of the computers have hard drives or CD-ROM drives fitted. An A4000 or two with PPC capabilities would be gratefully appreciated. I'm sure!
I would also like to make a point about the amount of shops stocking Amiga produce, especially hardware. I have tried looking in your ShopWatch section and even the Yellow Pages, but there just isn't anywhere near me.
Personally, I would advise Amiga Inc. to set up their own chain of shops around the UK and the world as this would make Amiga products much more accessible. Finally, do you really use A4000s at AF?
Mark Glanville Farnborough I'm glad to hear that you do still use your Amigas, but perhaps the school ought to organise a fete or something to raise some money for, at the very least, a few hard disks realised what had happened. If it's any consolation, later releases of Ultimate Gloom came with a sticker on the back explaining what was missing.
I assure you I do try my hardest to make sure my products are the best they can be.
Keep an eye out for Zombie Massacre if you're a fan of Gloom games. Thanks for buying my game. If you're on the net, why not check out my website for details of exciting new releases ( t: t v vv vv v w. e I c on; t o 1 I]) h a - so ft yv, )?
Gareth Murfin Alpha Software ( ) Thanks for clearing that up.
FREE C In AF112, under the header "Room for expansion", Nick Lamburn from Braunton asked for a C Compiler that was cheap or even free, if possible. For some reason you omitted the relatively new VBCC. It can even generate PowerPC code and it is possible to use the PowerPC to speed up the compiling process.
Regarding the CBM include files, you will be better off buying a CD like Geek Gadgets 2 or the Amiga Developer's CD and using a free compiler, rather than going for one of the commercial compilers.
Carol Meilicke via email Thanks for that update Carol.
VBCC was included on AFCD26 if you want to try it out, Nick.
Feeling Gloomy? Try taking a visit to Gareth's website... Well, were open to suggestions. I’m sorry you weren’t happy with the disk, but we always seem to upset someone. When we put full games on the disk, people complained. When we put Personal Paint on the disks, people complained. What do you really want to see on your disks ?
CANON CAN'T I’ve just bought a new Canon 4300 inkjet and use it with either Turboprint or Print Studio, and very nice it is too.
This machine can also boast its own scanner. However, there isn’t any software for the Amiga to run it, and what’s more, I’ve been told by a dealer who sells them that Canon don’t seem to be in the mood to create one either.
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part of the machine’s potential?
After all, they do make a driver, so why don’t they go all the way and complete thejob?
What’s the matter with people today? They’re always starting something and never finishing it.
Would it possible for you to find out if anyone, professional or amateur, is going to do anything for the 4300 scanner part?
F. Mizon Huddersfield I'm afraid getting Canon to do it seems
rather difficult, which is odd considering their good support
of the Amiga in the past.
The best bet is that someone might create a Shareware driver for it. Just to get you started, AF will pay £50 to the first person to create a working driver, which we will forward to you immediately, Mr Mizon.
AD BUSTERS First, let me thank you for creating a really fab magazine. I have been reading it since issue 30 and now subscribe. It’s great, but I really need your help. I’m doing a GCSE Graphics Product project where I have to design a promotional information pack and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show what a brilliant machine the Amiga is.
My problem is that I need information on all the old Amiga ads and lots of info on new Amigas, along with screenshots and specifications. It would be great if you at AF, or anyone who reads the magazine, could help me by sending me any old mags with Amiga ads in them and pictures and screenshots of new Amigas on disk or
CD. Please help, I’m only 15 and don’t have a lot of resources.
When I have completed my project I will send you a copy of the final product, which I hope will be great.
Finally, on a different topic, I think the new Amigas that I am hearing about are all great. The developer machine PIC ON SOMEONE ELSE I'LL HAVE ANOTHER Was Nick Veitch drunk when he said it was OK to print the latest AF (112)7 You charge a pound more than PC Format, you have around 60 less pages (excluding adverts), the paper that you print on is almost as crummy as the stuff in the back of CU Amiga and to top it off you tell us that you could fill many more pages if you had the space.
Now, with this in mind, could you please tell me why in the hell you waste five whole pages telling us how to program a PIC!? I would bet my Amiga (and I love it very much) that less than two per cent of your readers will do the project and I'm sure that this is not the only letter of this kind you've received. [It is actually - Ed.] Those five pages could have been used to expand your Java feature which was packed onto two sides.
Also, you should advertise your reader calls day a bit more. I only saw it while I was looking for your email address.
Finally, I know why AF doesn't put music mods on the cover CD, but why doesn't this stop other PC mags from doing it? They're full of copyrighted sound samples.
Matthew O'Neill Matthew, you raise a number of points, some of which are even worth responding to. If you don't want to buy AF, fine, don't buy it I still think it represents good value and maintains a high standard of writing and reviewing not matched by many other magazines. PC mags can be cheaper because a lot more of them are printed and sold, it's as simple as that.
As for what we choose to fill our pages, we know that not everyone will be interested in PIC programming. Some people have been though.
I'm sorry you weren't but it’s the nature of magazines that there are going to be some things you aren't particularly interested in. The PIC feature needed five pages to explain it and to print the diagrams large enough to be useful. I pay my TV licence and I reckon I probably only watch or record about two or three things that actually interest me each day, but do you hear me complaining?
The reason we don't promote our calls line is because it is already overused. It is a free service and we don't have ten dedicated experts answering the phone - it is merely the editorial staff.
The line was intended to help out readers who had serious problems that they couldn't find an answer to. A typical day consists of about 30% of calls from people asking for a phone number (for advertisers, which are in the magazine anyway), 30% of people having difficulty getting something on the CD to work (because they don't read the magazine), 15% of people having problems with software or hardware they have bought and haven't bothered to either a) read the instructions or b) speak to the people who sold it to them and 15 % of people asking frankly ridiculous questions which we aren't going
to know the answer to (like, "How much will the next Amiga cost exactly?", "What are the Dip switch settings for a Lexmark 3520", "How will the financial situation in Japan affect the future of the Amiga?").
The final 10% of people actually have valid problems. Unfortunately, many of the people with real problems never get through because the other idiots are clogging up the phone line.
As for other magazines breaking the law, that's a matter for their conscience and their legal council. Several magazines have already had to pay out huge sums of damages for just this reason.
Take your PIC let us know If you want to see more PIC programming In AF.
A while ago I bought a commercially available PC to Amiga keyboard interface which was based on a PIC chip. I never could get it to work and I've still got £45 worth of PC keyboards. It's handy that you have this PIC programming series as I may be able to make my own keyboard interface.
I've seen the A1200 circuit and source but I'm waiting for the exact connection details for an A500+. I've built the Maplin project, although items like a zif (zero insertion socket), plastic chip extractor and prototype plugboard are more or less essential. I verified the hardware (once I'd set env ppdebug 1) and AmigaPP wrote the hex to chip correctly.
I could not get Picax to compile Listing 1 but Picasm did, although its hex file output put strange control characters at line ends. Once removed, AmigaPP wrote it with no problems. Picasm did not like the line "msb equ 8". It seems to count from 0. Change it to "msb equ 7" and it's OK.
A possible use as a robot brain would be to read or sample the output from a digital camera slung underneath its chassis. If the picture data is unchanged after several samples, the forward or backward motion is obstructed. I don't know what input reading is possible with this chip.
Perhaps you could show some examples? Your article on Java was good, but not in enough depth. The Kaffe package is (apparently) usable, but all I get from compiled code is "trap error no. 3" and it's hard to see how to correct this with the documents included.
R. Mclaren London I'm glad you've got the programmer working -
you're half way there! I'll have an answer for you on the
A500+ connections next month, as we seem to have "misplaced"
our A500 service manual at the moment.
There are a number of uses. A robot would certainly be one of them.
The PIC, at least the 16C84, could not easily interpret the analogue signal from the camera directly, but you could couple it with an ADC to perform that task. A robot is one of the projects we have been looking at, so look out for it in future issues. Unfortunately, we couldn't get Kaffe to work at all on any of our Amigas. I even downloaded the version someone had compiled and posted on the Internet, but to no avail. I understand some people have it working, but it's difficult to say why it won't work here.
We will, of course, be following up on Java in the future. In the meantime, if anyone else reading this happens to know if the connections would be the same for the 8520 on the A500+, please let us know.
I C i '*•' Li - U I ¦ ta §9 R* Richards Nottingham rf* • assist' «- I’m thinking about buying the excellent SWOS. There is one thing that puts me off, though: hand ache. My joystick was never designed for hours of football playing. There is, however, a joystick that was: the Bug. Does anybody still sell this? I can’t find one. Do I resign myself to endless hand ache or can you help me?
Mark Weldon Wigston They are indeed the required joystick for that particular activity.
Unfortunately, they are no longer manufactured. All of the AF ones are, as I’m sure you can imagine, irreparably broken now, although Simon Goodwin did pick one up at a car boot sale for me. Your best bet is probably the Reader Ads section of the mag, or your local paper.
SWOS - definitely one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to destroy all your joysticks... PREMIER ZZZZZZ to Thousands to apoear r. u Am«a owners ar,. Amjga. Am I "¦» *» * *JSS2r** " highiights 2 tnh *?’ b°ring game with 3D pSSaSsSS* ¦ hem, not some cm h games start to o e cut d°wn dross. Appear on sounds perfect for my family as it will have PC and Windoze compatibility, which my parents must have (damn them!) And an Amiga which will use the PC as a slave machine. This is without mentioning the high resolution graphics and all those other things that come cheaply on the PC.
However, this doesn’t mean I won’t buy the new super Amiga. I just plan to get the developer machine as a temporary solution to make everyone at home happy. Viva the Amiga!
Davinder Kundi, 5 Mansell Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 9EP.
® 0181 5755147 ve seen the PSX version BUGS VIDEO NATION My main hobby is video. I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that a computer would be cheaper and more versatile for adding titles than a dedicated title generator. When it came to selecting the computer for the job, I was totally computer illiterate.
A great deal of research led me to the conclusion that the A1200 suited my needs and I duly bought a fairly new second hand one.
Since buying it, I’ve added a printer (useful for cassette labels and box sleeves), a frame grabber, a genlock, more memory and a hard drive (how did we ever manage without them?). I hope to add a CD- ROM drive soon.
As well as a title generator, I now have an image manipulator, a word processor, an accountant, a calculator, a diary (sorry, scheduler), a road map (Route UK), a log of all my videos and other essentials, a lottery checker, an address phone book and a great games machine. I also have the ability to produce animations (other than titles) to keep the grandchildren amused, all for about the same cost as a decent dedicated title generator.
What great value!
I bought some ready-made animated titles, but find it much more fun making my own using Deluxe Paint TV. I do have your coverdisk of Personal Paint but I seem to fare better with Dpaint.
One program I couldn’t manage without is AnimatED, which really is a Godsend. If anyone uses this excellent software, don’t forget to register it as it’s well worth the measly ten quid.
All in all, the Amiga has given me totally professional video production at a very reasonable cost. Long may it reign!
F. J. Hudson Derby The Amiga is still difficult to top for basic
titling and genlocking operations. It is capable of driving a
standard composite video signal straight out of the box, which
is a great headstart on any other computer platform. Thanks to
its integrated video circuitry, genlocks are cheap and fairly
There weren’t that many advertisements for neiu Amigas in the pages of older Amiga magazines as Commodore preferred billboard and newspaper advertising. I’m sure some of our readers will be able to help you, though.
As for the specs of the new Amiga, they were revealed more fully last month, so I hope you got that issue!
I’m sure there will be many people who join you in opting for a “November Box ” as a stopgap until some new hardware arrives.
I've included a copy of this text because it really annoyed me. OK, maybe I'm a bit fanatical, but I hate to see a good computer die, especially one that I think handles better, or should I say smoother, than the others. It's a computer I'm used to and I must say it's obvious that with stuff like this dictionary out there, people aren't taking the Amiga seriously.
I guess in some ways I can't blame them. How could I take a computer seriously if I'd never heard of or used it? Why would I want to use the Amiga after reading stuff like this dictionary? It just makes me question the Amiga's future and makes me wonder how they intend to make themselves not only known to people but taken seriously as well.
I still have faith in it because I know if it's marketed well and new technology is put into it to make it up to speed then anything is possible. I have seen stupid stuff marketed so well that it sold to the point of brainwashing. Go figure... Oh yeah, Bath is beautiful!
Roy Rudder Dorchester, USA I think the Amiga has enjoyed a bit of a media revival recently, with news stories popping up in PC magazines and national newspapers too.
Although a lot of people persist in believing the Amiga is no more, I think we can expect to see a lot more attention when the November Boxes appear.
Poor press for the Amiga In this dictionary, but It's getting better all the time... Would it be possible for you to give a plug for my new diskmag called Buzz?
I need articles, news, advice, ideas and general information about the amiga.
John Adams J Ada ms1644@aol .com 17 Abbey Gardens, Belfast BT5 7HL No, I don't think so.
Snippets fTz SHARE YOUR VIEWS TOWER OF TRIUMPHS In response to your request for stories of towered up Amigas, here goes. I decided to move my A1200 into a tower last October. I chose the Eyetech tower, simply because it seemed the easiest solution. I also purchased a keyboard adaptor, a 4-way buffered device and a
4. 3Gb hard drive from them. After following the sometimes
ambiguous instructions, I got the whole thing assembled and
ready to power up.
Opportunity is unique and none of the other shops in this area would have made the same offer.
I know that if the owner of this shop saw a lot of Amiga repairs coming into the shop, he would start to stock hardware and software as well. I would appreciate it if you could include this shop on your ShopWatch page as this may bring some business in and persuade the owner to think seriously about Amigas.
I'm a student so I can't afford any decent advertising, but I'd like to point out that I'm not in this for the money - I'm just trying to raise the profile of the Amiga around here and to give it a bit of support.
Paul Williams, Hyde Vortex Services 13-15 St Michael's Square Ashton Under Lyne Lance OL6 6LF Excellent we'll feature you in ShopWatch next month. I'm sure that if there are so few places offering proper Amiga support in the area you will soon pick up a bit of custom. Perhaps Amiga owners in the area should call in anyway, even if their equipment isn’t broken.
Alas, it was not to be. The keyboard showed no sign of life and the 8x speed CD drive constantly gave read write errors or totally locked up. I returned the items to Gasteiner, who replaced them. At least the keyboard now worked. After much testing, it came to light that my Blizzard 1230-IV was not happy with the buffered device.
I contacted the suppliers of the Blizzard (Harwoods) but all they said was, “The Blizzard was never meant to work with IDE devices.” Eventually it emerged that certain revisions of motherboards were having problems with IDE devices when accelerated. I duly contacted Eyetech and dispatched my motherboard.
Then, shock horror, the engineers at Eyetech told me that my board revision was a late AT one and that the timing problems had already been rectified, although if I returned the buffered device, cabling, etc, they would check those. It transpired that the problem was with the 4-way buffered device which for a small fee they replaced with an upgraded version.
At last, everything works in perfect harmony. My Amiga looks great and I’m a happy chappy. Just a word of warning to all those intending to upgrade to a tower: be sure your system is fully compatible and if it doesn’t work straight away, stick at it. And don’t forget the sweatshirt you promised!
I. A. Hewitt Scunthorpe Well, some people manage to get
everything to tuork straight away, you know. I'm glad that you
ve finally got everything working, and don't ivorry, your
sweatshirt should be on it’s way to you right now.
SHIVER AND QUAKE I own Quake and have to ‘play’ it at its absolute minimum setting. I want more and I’m willing to pay for it, so I have a choice: buy a 160MHz '040 25 PPC card for £250 or an Apollo ’060 50MHz for £270. It would seem the PPC is the way to go, but: II have just read that Quake PPC is not likely to happen because not enough people own PPC.
IN HIDING I live in Hyde on the East side of Manchester. There are no shops supporting the Amiga for several miles around, the nearest being in the middle of Manchester. Stewart Electronics in Ashton recently featured in your ShopWatch page, but this shop only stocks a few old games and some PD disks.
They say they can no longer afford to employ a technician as they mainly deal in consoles which are just thrown away and replaced when they go wrong. While there are some shops stocking games, such as Electronics Boutique, there is nowhere supporting the serious side of the Amiga.
Recently, my friend and I got an offer from the owner of a PC repair and upgrade shop. Vortex Services, which is a short distance from Stewart Electronics in Ashton. He said that if we thought it would bring money in then we could take on Amiga repairs and upgrades through the shop.
We have upgraded our own computers and those belonging to our friends several times so we have picked up a working knowledge of Amigas.
We therefore decided to try to see if we could bring some business in. We've had some leaflets printed and several people have taken them, but we have not yet had any actual responses.
I am writing to you because we want to do something to help the Amiga in this area. This Has everyone forgotten that PC owners upgraded to play Doom and Quake as the machines weren’t already there? People like myself are waiting for Quake PPC before shelling out on the hardware. Your survey shows the proliferance of the ’030 owner and there must be a few like me who want to upgrade to PPC and are just waiting for the software.
2 Have phase 5 released sales figures of PPC cards? Public announcements on sales may give more credibility to PPC software development and this would encourage others to PowerUp. I bet 99% of PPC owners would buy Quake.
3If I bought the '060, what sort of screen size and speed would Quake run comfortably at? I assume you’ve looked at the illegal PPC port. How does it compare on a 160MHz PPC to '060 Quake?
What is the developer feeling towards PPC now that AmigaNG has been announced? How about running an AF feature on this?
4 5 Have phase 5 considered subsidising Quake PPC with, say, a profit share after so many are sold?
What with the chicken and the egg affair that’s currently happening with software developers, it may be their only way to recuperate PPC R&D costs. Even if AmigaNG arrives on time (haha!) That still gives 18 months before we can buy the hardware, and then there'll be the same problem that every Amiga suffers - a wait of at least a year for the software.
That’s plenty of time for PPC to establish itself, with quality games from ClickBOOM, World Foundry and Alive.
If everyone waits for AmigaNG, I doubt Aewill still be in print.
Jonathan Day Thirsk 1t is a chicken and egg situation, as we JL have said before. Software developers aren 7 going to spend time and effort developing applications if they can only sell a fexu units of them.
2Sales of PPC cards number in the loiu thousands. Even if every one of them bought a copy of Quake PPC at full price, it isn 7 a substantial amount of money.
Obviously, we can 7 answer for Clickboom because toe don 7 know the dynamics of their business, the margins they trade on and so on, but it certainly doesn 7 look like a surefire money-spinner. Especially, you have to say, when nefarious crackers have already released a Quake PPC player, as you yourself mention.
2It depends on so many things, like how much memory you have, whether you have a graphics card, etc. On the office '060 machine with a graphics card, it ran at a playable speed on a full screen.
Yf Well, both phase 5 and Haage and
* Partner have committed themselves to continuing development on
the PPC, with the possibility of releasing a new version of
Workbench for it in the future.
51 don 7 think phase 5 have considered such drastic action, considering they are hardly rolling in it themselves. However, that really is a matter for the companies themselves to address.
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© Blizzard 1230 IV turbo accelerator board with 68882 50Mhz FPU. Still under warranty, cost £130 accept £60 ono. ® 0116 2830704 and ask for Ben, or email email@example.com. Classic Squirrel, brand new, unused, including software and manual, £35 including P&P. W Tony 01803 858018 (evenings).
® Power colour handheld scanner, including OCR software. Boxed, hardly used, £65 including P&P. ® Tony 01803 858018 (evenings).
£ 24 Amiga games, all boxed, £80.
Embryo, Alien Breed 2, SimEarth, Risky Woods, VideoKid, Chart Attack, ThunderHawk, Frontier, etc. Must be local (Tyrone). ® Glenn 01868 747787 after 6pm. Can deliver.
Goliath PSU, £20 plus postage.
SCSI external Zip, cable, Zip tools and Amiga software, £80 plus postage.
SCSI 2x CD-ROM internal external, £20 plus postage. ® Scott 01483 576840.
® CD32 SX1, 6Mb RAM, 540Mb HD, external floppy drive, lots of software, Star LC200 printer, 9600 bps modem, £295 ono. Stephen « 01236 428240.
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© A1200, 68030 50MHz, 10Mb RAM, 240Mb HD. 2x SCSI CD-ROM, two external floppy drives, Commodore 1084 monitor, Citizen 24e colour DMP, Wordworth office, loads of games magazines, £450 ono. May split.
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& Blizzard 1230 IV with MMU and FPU at 50MHz and 16Mb of EDO memory. Selling due to upgrade. £100 including P&P. « 0411 715548.
® Apollo A1230 accelerator with MMU, FPU and 16Mb RAM running at 50MHz with twin SIMM sockets, two 8Mb SIMMs, £100 ono or swap for EZ- Tower. ® 07771 778080.
® A1200, accelerator, fitted '030 50, FPU, 26Mb RAM, 1.6Gb HD SCSI, Syquest EZ135, Microvitec multiscan monitor, CD drive, uprated power supply, Opus Magellan, lots of other software. » 0181 5037814.
'$ Eyetech 8x speed CD-ROM (external) with buffered interface, cables, software, instructions, as new, £60. GVP '030 50MHz board (needs RAM) £35, Imagine 4 £20, Imagine 5 £35, Lightwave 3.5 £50. Tr 01405 860798 any time.
4Mb 72-pin SIMM, 32-bit £6.
Buyer pays postage. « Daniel 0181 5205238 (after 6pm).
Commodore MPS 1270 inkjet printer, black and white, includes user guide and printer cable. OK for Amiga and PC, £30, buyer collects or pays postage. Sale due to upgrade. » 01282 698012.
OnEscapee £14, The Strangers £12, Heimdall 2 CD32, Subwar 2050 CD32, Fish, Vindicators, Minskies Abduction, £5 each. Curse of Enchantia, Legends, Operation Stealth, Police Quest 2, Sabre Team AGA, SWOS, £8 each, w 0161 3049471.
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® James 0181 6476973.
© Manuals: User's Guide to Workbench 3.0, £7.50 and User's Guide to A1200, £6, including P&P. ® 01782 566115.
® PC-Task 4.4 PC emulator, manual, registration card, boxed, £55. ® 01563 530482 after 6pm, weekdays.
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©A1200,1230 50, 10Mb, monitor, Squirrel, CD-ROM, Zip drive, BJ200 printer, mags, 45 CD-ROMs, 1000s of disks, EB 3.0 and manual, over £1,000 spent. Bargain at £450. « 0113 2778766.
© Head Over Heels, Jahangir Khan Squash, Qwak, Simulcar, Switchblade 2, £3 each. Alien Breed 2 AGA, Arcade Pool, Benefactor, Leander, Overdrive, Project X, Wing Commander, £4 each.
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© Microvitec 1438 multiscan monitor.
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Disks 1 and 2 needed as mine are faulty.
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© Large memory accelerator for A1200. Will swap AlphaPower controller with 8Mb fitted and 175Mb hard drive (A500-A500+). Plugs straight in. ® Gary 01273 415907. 9am-4pm weekdays only. Leave message if no-one home.
© Amiga Format coverdisk 55a (Disk Master 2). Please send to Mick Galvin, 84 St. Cuthbert's Crescent, Albrighton, Nr. Wolverhampton, WV7 3HW.
© Desperately wanted: Amos Pro with all manuals. Will pay good money, a 07970 952246.
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© Commodore A590 external hard drive, compatible with Commodore A500+. Must be in full working order.
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© Looking for *040 or cheap *060 accelerator with or without RAM for my A1200. Blizzard or Apollo preferred.
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© Wanted to complete collection: Amiga World issues 6, 64-66, 68 and over. Also PCMCIA memory and 68030 for A600. Write to Philippe Dumont, rue Lombry 7, 4920 Nonceveux, Aywaille, Belgium. Penpals welcome!
© Monkey Island 1 and 2, floppy, for A1200, complete with manual. Official book for Cannon Fodder wanted. Send list and prices to John Levett, 40 Rue Grates, B-1170, Brussels, Belgium.
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Xenophobe by Kevin Cullen jy The only reason Kevin didn't win this month was because of the fact that his story was originally produced in 1991 for a small press Comic, but the amount of work that's gone into it is outstanding and he deserves our admiration, if not our fifty quid. 91's a long time ago now Kevin - let's see some new stuff from you1.
Trot* Hie Kings Tomb by Andy Kinsella Wald by Marfctis Pohlmann This VistaPro (?)
Rendered image has had a nice moon added to it to give it more personality. In case you're wondering, "Wald" means forest in German.
Another huge image. Andy even had to boot with his machine completely stripped of good stuff to be able to edit it. The effort paid off though, since it looks gorgeous in print.
Staphylinus Stag Beetle & Staphylinus by Marcus McMullan We liked the "museum piece" look of these anatomical illustrations. Were they produced for a particular project, Marcus?
WHAT'S OIU YOUR DISK?
AaflOA FORMAT It's not often that a fully fledged image processor appears on a coverdisk, so ®awBc£l TfewOcDm is rather p eased to introduce this month's capable offering.
PPT is a rather effective image editor that allows you to load, add effects and then save out your work in a variety of formats. The biggest part of the program, as you can see, is given over to effects that you can add from a window.
When the program is started, you’ll see only a few windows open.
You can open the others from the Window menu on the right.
The windows available are Loaders, which allow you to load an image from one of the supplied file types... The windows available are Loaders, which allow you to load an image from one of the supplied file types; Effects, which applies one of the many effects detailed here; Selected Area, which shows the details of any selection within an image; and a List of Frames. Frames are the pictures that are open. You can have more than one picture open at once and they will be shown in a list here.
If your screen gets a little crowded, you can hide a frame using the option in the File menu or using the gadget in the preview of the image. The gadget is at the top right corner, along with the Bring to Front and resize gadgets.
Aside from the obvious Opening and Saving of images, the menus drive other features, like the multiple undo feature, zooming in and out of an image and correcting the aspect ratio of an image, where you can resize the preview windows by dragging out the bottom right handle and correct any stretching of the image that occurs.
The two other areas you should investigate are Main Preferences from the File menu and Display Preferences from the Display menu. The first allows you to change settings like the directory, to be used as virtual memory which will allow you to open more images than your RAM can handle. This is one of the reasons why the program requires a hard drive. You can also set up the screen settings for the editor, including size and fonts.
The Display settings refer to the render screen. When you edit a picture you are working on a preview screen, but when you want to see exactly how the proper image looks, you can render it from the Render menu and it is these settings that will then be used.
The best way to progress with PPT is to get stuck in, so look at all the effects on offer and start making some changes to your picture collection. Manipulation is the name of the game.
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H -J J JL Save J Use Cancel Most of the effects from the Effects window have a requestor like this one where you can set parameters and values for the effect. This makes the program very flexible and able to do things to the degree you want.
The Preferences are the only two parts of the program that you should look at before starting so that it is tailored to your system.
The original image before we started adding any of the included effects to it. When you add effects, you can either add them to the entire image or to a selection.
A selection is made by dragging out an area on the image with the mouse. This Effects section contains most of the effects offered by PPT, but you can also add others using the Scripts which are supplied that make use of a number of effects at predefined levels to produce another overall third effect.
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1 AND THERE'S MORE... GREYSCALE Turns a colour image into a greyscale one.
HISTEQ Equalises the histograms of the colours in the image. A histogram is a graph of the colour values used in an image. The spectrum of colours appears on the X-axis and the proportion of the image using that value in the Y. The effect levels out this graph.
MEDIAN The Median filter averages the values of pixels surrounding each one according to the amount specified. Essentially, it just blurs the image.
REMOVE ISOLATED PIXELS. No hermits allowed.
This feature removes pixels whose values differ from those around it. Useful for removing marks.
RES 12 Resizes the picture to a new height and width, as defined in pixels. The image remains the same size, only the canvas size is changed (see Scale).
ROLL: Remember how Tvs sometimes used to lose the picture when not properly tuned and the picture would roll? This allows you to roll part of the image both horizontally and or n CONVOLUTE: Makes adjustments to the pixels surrounding the centre pixel. The centre pixel is shown as a 1 in the centre of the Convolute matrix. You can load preset convolutions and create and save your own. For example, there is a blur convolution ready, as shown here.
BRIGHTNESS; Where the Add Constant effect adds to one or multiple colour values.
Brightness adjusts the overall values so you can increase them all and make the image brighter or reduce them and make the image darker, as we have done here.
AUTOCROP: Allows you to reduce the size of the selection in height and width by selecting the number of X and Y pixels you wish to reduce the image by. A preview panel gives you an idea of how the picture is being affected.
Enhances the differences between colours, so the lighter colours become lighter and more pronounced and the darker ones are deepened to fall away. The inverse effect can also be applied by using a negative value.
COLOR MIX (SIC): This effect mixes colours so that the new one is a linear mix of the old colours.
ADD ALPHA: This allows you to add a greyscale alpha channel to the image. This is used to allow cut-outs on other processors.
EXTRACT: Extracts all the colour of one type (red, green or blue) from the entire image. Here red has been extracted so that the G and B values are removed, leaving only shades of red.
CONTRAST: NEGATIVE: Obvious really. It inverts the colour values so you have the opposite of what you started with, in exactly the same way that the negative of a photograph is opposite to a print.
NOISE: This effect adds noise by percentage and by adding or removing from the colour values of pixels.
COLOR CHANGE (SIC): This is a quite a neat idea actually, and would be especially useful in editing cartoon art or clipart.
You can select a colour in the source part of the requestor by choosing its values using the RGB sliders and then choose a new colour using the destination sliders. With a tolerance slider at the bottom, you can also choose how close to your choice of exact colour value a colour has to be in order to be included in the effect. For example, by using this you can choose to turn everything red in an image to yellow, or green to blue as we have started to do.
The best way to implement this with photographic images is to start at the low end of one colour band, use low tolerance and change that set of colours to one in the low end of the colours you want to end up with.
For example, change the deep greens to deep yellow.
Then move up through the colour by changing the values of both source and destination. In this way, you'll end up with all the shades of the new colour used in the same ratio as in the original colour.
Vertically so the other part comes in from the other edge.
ROTATE Turns the selection through a defined number of degrees.
SCAL Changes the selection or image size.
This allows you to resize so the picture changes dimensions. You can retain the original aspect ratio or stretch the image. You can define this in pixels, per cent or mm.
SHEAR Shears an object as defined by per cent, either horizontally or vertically.
SHIS Moves an image a defined number of pixels in any direction and leaves any remaining space black.
THRESHOLD The simple thresholding of an image's colours.
TRANSPAR Sets up the transparency information in an image, through which you can see items below. This is only of use in certain situations, but the requestor does allow you to choose the colour s and any tolerance you want.
TRUECOLOF. Attempts to turn a greyscale image into a colour one.
When you add this effect a requestor gives you three sliders that allow you to choose how much of each of the RGB values of every pixel are in the selection.
Using this you can add or subtract different amounts of red, green or blue from each pixel. Here we have added a moderate amount of red.
ADD CONSTANT: Strange though the name may be, KAK has become a well-rounded adventure game that should keep you quite entertained.
Introduces the two demos on this month's disk.
KAK The name of the game gives you an indication of its mischievous demeanour. Kak is a graphical adventure that lands you in the role of a lowly serf named, amazingly, Kak. Our eponymous hero has grown up as an orphan, outcast from the village and raised begrudgingly by those who feared him. “Feared him?” I hear you ask. Yes, for Kak has the mysterious ability to command dung.
All this unlikely nonsense sets the scene for a game where you play a very unlikely hero who has the rather handy ability to throw dung. Thus armed, you can fight your way around the playing you. You with can be active at once. You can switch between objects by using the cursor keys, and the Enter key on the numerical keypad will switch you between object sections. Press the Space bar again to close the object screen.
The active object for the different sections is shown in the bar at the top of the screen, along with your life force.
This is shown as a set of hearts that decrease when you are hit. To drop or use an object you use one of the arrow keys. The three sections, Weapon, Utility and General have different windows showing the current object in the top tool bar. The left arrow uses the Weapon, the down arrow the Utility and the right arrow the General. If you want to interact with things, press fire when pointing at them.
For example, to open a door, push towards it and press fire. To talk to any characters you meet, face them, press forward and press fire. If you’re able to talk to someone, a Talk icon will appear in the gem part of the top bar.
Area, solving puzzles. The game has been written to take advantage of a CD32 joypad, but can be played equally well with a normal joystick.
The controls are simple enough.
Directional controls move the character and fire shoots a low-power dung shot.
You can also increase the power of a shot by holding down fire and then releasing it. If you come across an object you can pick it up and it will be added to your inventory.
To open the object screen, press the Space bar. The objects are split into types and are displayed in different sections. Only one object per category that lurk, firing blobs at can defeat them your dung... When you press fire, a dialogue will be started and you can press fire to move through the parts. All the speech attempts to be humorous, so make sure you read it as it will not only give you clues on how to proceed, it also pokes a little fun at the genre.
As you travel around the garden, beware of the angry fungi that lurk, firing blobs at you. You can defeat them with your dung, but every time you’re hit you lose valuable life power.
FINDING YOUR WAY You have been sent to the castle from your village to take on a new position.
However, when you arrive you can’t get into the castle because an evil has struck the place with, well, let’s be honest, big mushrooms. These have the people in a flap and the castle has shut its doors.
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requires a hard drive. This game remains a favourite, even
after all the years since I played it on a Sinclair Spectrum as
a nipper, so this new game with tons of new features is well
worth the space on my hard drive.
When you've unpacked the game and started it, you'll immediately see that the programmers have spent their time polishing it. There are several options on this screen where you can find out more about the game and how to buy the new version or see a demo.
To play the sample levels, select Game.
The controls use the mouse. When you start the game you'll see your paddle at the bottom of the screen. When you press the mouse button the ball will be launched. The game is simple enough. Each time you bounce the ball off a brick you will either destroy it or weaken it. Not all bricks can be destroyed by one hit and different colours have different strengths. Some tiles are totally indestructible, but these can be used to your advantage. When the ball hits a tile it also bounces off it even if it has destroyed it. The game really consists of judging angles. The ball will come off the brick
at the inverse angle it hit it at so if you hit it at a 45 degree angle from the bottom left, it will come back down at 45 degrees to the right. You need to make sure your paddle is ready to knock the ball back up. Obviously, the aim of the game is to stop the bail from being dropped and to destroy all the blocks. To do this, you can try to knock the ball up to the top of the pile of bricks because it will bounce off the walls and a ceiling, so if you can get it up there, it will destroy the wall from the top, doing your job for you. Likewise, indestructible bricks will knock the ball back up
if it is hit from above as they would knock it back down if you hit them from below. These are the basics of many games of this type. Where this game differs is the amount of power ups. Some bricks will drop items as you hit them. Some of these will be damaging, but they will mostly have a range of useful effects. For example, one which shows a set of arrows pointing out will expand the bat so you have more chance to hit the ball. Another will power up the ball and yet another can turn it into a cannon ball. This will only bounce off walls, not bricks, and simply cuts through all the bricks in
its path, except for indestructible ones. There's one that will teleport you directly to the next level and another to open up your bat so that instead of just knocking the ball back up, you catch it. Then you can move and fire it back up by pressing the mouse button. This allows you to aim your shot more. Best of all, you can also get one which gives you a weapon so you can shoot the bricks as well as knocking the ball off them.
The only thing to note about this is that it's easy to get carried away and forget that you have to keep your eye on the ball too. The full game can be bought for £16 from the address in the game. For more details, see the Fullgame section in the demo.
The graphics have been updated and polished, but the gameplay remains as addictive as ever.
DECONSTRUCTION 4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the Destination disk.
Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
3 When asked for the Source disk, insert your write-protected Coverdisk and press Return. All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter O), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... Iboot up with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
01 norntwnch fig or When you start, walk up the screen and you’ll find your first nasty. When you run into these, shoot first and don’t bother with any questions. You should find that you can also outrun most baddies and run rings around their shots and this is the key to being able to kill them without taking any damage.
Also note that the closer you are to an enemy, the quicker you can fire. This is because you can only fire one dung shot at once. Less distance to the target equals less time so you can dispatch them quicker, but be careful - once your life bar hits zero, the game is over. As you get into the garden you’ll find you have to explore and talk to anyone you find.
The first person will be a lady who has lost a necklace to a bird of prey. To get it back you need to tempt the bird down and you should find what you need in a house nearby (no, you can’t just throw dung at it - do you want the RSPB down on the lot of us?). This is pretty much all the introduction you need.
We don’t want to give you the full game solution but you should have enough here to know how to solve the sort of puzzles that you’ll encounter. To quit the game, press FI 0 at any time. CD Here's little Kak wandering around the garden. Watch out for the mushrooms.
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NEW THINGS TO SEE * MAKECD 3.2
- Seriously Amiga- Commercial- MakeCD_3.2 If you haven’t read
our review on page 58 yet, you probably won’t know that MakeCD
has been seriously revamped for this release. If you live in
fear of German user interfaces with their multitude of buttons
and gadgets that just overwhelm you, it should come as a
MakeCD has now been drastically simplified for the novice and even though it maintains all the configurability that made it great for expert users too, the design for the GUI is now much clearer than before.
The version that’s on our CD is only a demo, but be sure to read all the information on suitable CD-ROM writers on the MakeCD website (also on our CD) before you rush out to get the full version and a CD-R drive.
If you're a Newlcons afficionado, the first thing you'll notice about this month's CD is the fact that we have a new Newlcon for the disc itself. This was drawn by a talented American reader called Robert Miller.
What's more, he's got a whole set of custom-drawn Newlcons to go on our CD next month, all in his own inimitable style that's not as cartoony as the default Newlcons set. I'll bet you can't wait... AUDIO TRAOC: ' This month's CD might seem a bit light on content compared to our normal 645Mb+ blockbusters, but would we give you a CD that wasn't chock-a-block full? Of course not. The reason that the disc reports itself to only have about 550Mb is because the other 90 or so are taken up with a track from one of the audio Cds reviewed in this month's issue. The track is called Deadly Strike '98
and it's from the Digital Grooves CD, reviewed in this issue.
AFCDFIND: Two things to do with AFCDFind on this CD. To start off, we've archived up the indices for AFCD1-10 on the grounds that a) the stuff on them will probably have been updated by now, b) you can't get them any more and c) we needed to use the space they took up to give you more stuff and less system. The second thing is an updated Arexx script to interface with Dopus. Some of you have had trouble getting it to work because the necessary library wasn't being called in time. The script on this CD sorts that out, or you can make sure you have something else call the rexxsupport.library
NEWICOMS: which promises to be both a management game and an actual take- part-yourself extravaganza, should be with us in time for you to play this demo, so you can review it yourself and let us know what you think.
There are no instructions for the demo and I found it particularly confusing, so let us know if you can get it to run.
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- ScreenPlay OtherStuf! Doom WADS Last month we gave you several
hundred WADs to play with. Finished them all?
Good, good, because this month we have more than 100Mb of new ones for you to sort through.
There are actually 284 new WADs here for you, some Deathmatch, others single player, some more puzzle- oriented, others bloodbaths. The only problem for us is that they are all PC levels created by PC owners. When are we going to have some nice Amiga Doom levels created by you lot on our CD?
We put DEU, the Amiga port of the best-known Doom level editor on the CD every month, so let’s see you use it!
UHE8THE3 ;- WF ¦' m .La * 3E-SI And it's in the net! Celebrations all round for England as they draw level with the villainous Argentinians.
Samba World Cup demo * Samplitude demo * Roughly 45Mb of stuff from you this month, and quite a varied batch it is too. For a start, we have Mark Klocek's little Workbench toys, a doodling package, a clone of that hoary old game Bomber that runs in a WB window (and that I first played on a PET back in the seventies!) And Asciimilator, the nattily-named, bitmap-to-ASCII text converter, suitable for all those huge ASCII art sigs. Then there's Danny Shepherd's FileMagic, a simple yet useful file manager (everyone should have one!) For those who don't have Dopus.
Peter Hutchinson narrowly misses out on the reader prize again for his selection of hand made printer drivers for deskjet and other printers, while EdScape from Stephen FUNCTION'S UIPWTES Strickland puts you in charge of a lunar lander (another flashback to the late seventies for me). Glenn Robinson has created a real labour of love with his hardware reviews guide file, which details a lot of the stuff we've covered in AF since time began. Trevor Taylor has sent us a huge amount of Lightwave material, so much, in fact, that it has to be spread over this CD and the next one, but it's Stu Mackie
who takes the biscuit.
• wmwwr- i wmgr- , MOW His colourful and fun Blitz Basic
creations have won him the reader prize this issue. He gave us
two programs, Metrix and QuizMaster. Metrix is a unit
conversion tool that would probably have better suited a more
sober approach using an Intuition GUI so you could have a
window on your Workbench, but it looks great. It also gives you
all kinds of units people probably haven't used since the dark
ages. Quizmaster is one of those pub quiz machine-type affairs,
with a tricky "move around the board to get your prizes" kind
of thing. It's easier to play it and see for yourself than for
me to describe it, so give both a go. Well done, Stu!
Stu's colourful programs are the nicest we got this month, so he wins the Reader Prize!
TAKE A BREAK FROM QUAKE
- ScreenPlay- OtherStuff Quake_Addons If you’re fed up with the
doom and gloom that is typical in a normal Quake session (ooh,
that music especially gives me the chills... brr), then perhaps
you might like to take on the more cerebral pursuit of Chess,
hmm? Fortunately, you don’t have to give up playing Quake to
play Chess since there’s a TC (as total conversions are known)
that allows you to do just that.
If you recall BattleChess from Interplay, all those years ago, then you’ll have some idea of what this is: a 3D version of that, basically. If you’d rather fly about than stroke your chin in deep thought, perhaps AirQuake will be more up your street. In this TC, all the monsters are converted into different sorts of vehicles and you yourself are in a plane. Neat, huh?
- Seriously Amiga Comms Other AmiBabel Here’s an interesting
one. If you’re online, you probably know about the various
translation servers that exist, which search engines use to
translate web documents in a foreign language into something
you can understand.
AmiBabel does exactly the same thing, only with text you input yourself into its main window. You can then choose which language you’d like it to be translated into and it’ll go off onto the net to change it for you.
The translations aren’t always very good, but they’re better than nothing if you can’t speak another tongue.
- liMhe Mag- MegaDemos Again, we have four new demos for you this
month. As always, we check these demos for rude words and
content and they are all fairly harmless, but there are
occasional bare breasts and the like. If you’re easily offended
by such things, remember that we did warn you.
- ln_the_ Mag- Reader_ Requests Our ever popular Reader Requests
section on the CD gets calls for all manner of items every
month. Please note that no, we won’t be able to put Real3D2 on
the CD again, or Ppaint, or Imagine or any of those other
commercial bits of software that we’ve run in the past, so
please don’t send us requests for them.
However, we can put things like the Aminet index for the day we compile the CD, GlobalTrash, a preview of Gloom 3, a game where you have to splat pies in Bill Gates’ face and such like in this drawer. And whaddya know? That’s exactly what’s in there this month.
- Seriously_Amiga- -Commercial- Samplitude Demo Simon Goodwin
reckons this is the bee’s knees and he should know. It’s a demo
of a German sampling package made by Continued overleaf
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ACT’s expert, Marc Albrecht. It will handle audio playback from your hard drive at CD rates and more. This is only a demo so don’t expect to save out loads of work, and you’ll have to remember to set the assigns before you start or it’ll complain, but it truly is amazing if you have a need for professional quality sampling.
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A1200 SCSI interface ..£59.95 j Original keyboard and interface
(interface allows you to use any PC Keyboard) Keyboard &
Interface . .£49.95 NEW Phone Fax 01234 B554DD POWER COMPUTING
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* All screws, port labels and leads Power Tower 1......£129.95
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* Power Tower and keyboard
* A1200 main board ‘ 1230 33MHz, 8MB RAM, 33MHz FPU accelerator
card 1 Floppy disk drive
3. 1 Workbench
* 3.1 Manuals c Wordworth 4.5SE 1 Turbocalc 3.5 Spreadsheet
Datastore 1.1 Database Photogenic 1.2SE t Personal Paint
6.4 Organiser 1.1 ‘ Pinball Mania Wizz games Power Tower
2......£399.95 I ¦ B «- Power Tower and keyboard «- A1200 main
board t 1230 40MHz- 16MB RAM accelerator card 24x IDE CD-ROM
2.1GB hard drive f 4 way IDE interface IDE Fix 97
* Floppy disk drive l 3.1 Workbench
3. 1 Manuals l Wordworth 4.5SE
* Turbocalc 3.5 Spreadsheet Datastore 1.1 Database Photogenic
1.2SE Personal Paint 6.4 Organiser 1.1 i- Pinball Mania Wizz
games Power Tower 3......£629.95 As above but with 1240 16MB
RAM accelerator card add . . . .£149.95 New !
4 Way IDE Buffered Interface i IDE Fix 97 Software 1 Fully Registered Interface+IDE Fix .....£30.95 Interface+A4000 IDE Fix £25.95 I I 1 n u:| I M 2.5" Cable
* 3.5" 3-Way 40-pin IDE Cables ....£9.95 It}M I I A II
I Internal ZIP Drive Cable, IDE Fix 97 Power Zip Tools 100MB
Zip disk 4 Way IDE buffered interface Internal Zip Drive .. .
.£149.95 External Zip Drive ... .£169.95 For the Power Tower
Suitable for ext. Connection 5 Up to 7 devices internal 1 Fits
Viper Mk5 or any other SCSI device for int. Connection Int SCSI
adaptor £19.95 ! 120MB Floppy drive l Cable, IDE Fix 97, 120MB
disk 1 4 Way IDE buffered interface LS120 External
......£149.95 LS120 Internal ......£129.95 LSI 20 Internal no
IDE . .£95.95 LSI 20 Disk ...£12.95
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- A1200 2MB 020 14.3MHz ACA Chipset « Software Amiga Magic Pack
. . .£179.95 A l .H- A MUNI-* I I 1 Amiga 1200 Magic Pack ! 4MB
RAM Card included Amiga Bundle £239.95 ! LAC'l I
'1,'IVI *: ! Inc. cable and software
3. 5" 2.1GB ..£119.95
3. 5" 3.2GB ..£149.95
3. 5" 4.3GB ..£169.95
3. 5" HD Stack Cable . . .£12.95 I ¦'.iWl.U VOWIi.K ADLM Zorro
(Please call for information) ...£CALL Zorro
III (Please call for information) £CALL
PCMCIA V adaptor (allows Squirrel to be fitted internally) .
.£19.95 External audio port (for internal CD-ROM)
......£15.95 SCSI-1 adaptor (internal 50-way pin
header, ext. 25 way) .. .£19.95 SCSI-II (micro high density
connector, int. 50-way header external micro HD connector)
.....£25.95 SCSI-Ill (3-way ultra wide int.
Connector, ext. Micro HD con) £45.95 SCSI-Ill (7-way
connector) .£69.95 SCSI-Ill
Terminator ......£39.95 3-Way IDE
ribbon cabie (suitable for HD's, CD-ROM) £9.95 3-Way
SCSI 50 pin header (for HD's, SCSI CD-ROM) £15.95 PC Keyboard
interface (works with any PC Amiga keyboard) £29.95 Printer
switches - in stock ..£call 25 Watt
Speakers (inc. Adaptor cable) ...£19.95 260 Watt
Speakers (inc. Adaptor cable) ..£49.95 200 Watt
Subwoofer (inc. Control box) ..£55.95 , " -v ¦ v
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AI 200 68060 Accelerator Apollo 1260 50MHz £269.95 Apollo 1260 66MHz £319.95 66MHz is clocked up Bvision PPC for Blizzard 603e e+ 4MB SGRAM . . .£169.95 Cybervision PPC for Cyberstorm PPC 8MB RAM £199.95 http: www.powerc.com £99.95 Amiga Monitor £119.95 . .£19.95 . .£24.95 . .£99.95 Ai i A ,U A ADA H A2000 68030-50MHZ Upto 64MB RAM
* FPU optional Bare .£169.95 Inc. FPU
.....£199.95 ' . A "ff o l, l i;i r.iB d A d A1200 68040
Accelerator Apollo 1240 25MHz . . .£129.95 Apollo 1240 40MHz .
. .£189.95 ViAAU ,VJi 3 »AI 200 68030 40MHz i Full MMU Viper
MK2 Bare £79.95 Viper MK2 8MB £94.95 Viper MK2
16MB .....£104.95 Viper MK2 32MB .....£119.95 Viper MK2 64MB
.....£199.95 ' ! 3 A Q U O A500 Accelerator Card " 68020EC
33MHz without MMU
- t PGA FPU Socket 33MHz Only i Space for IDE 2.5" Hard Drive
- 2 x 40-Pin CD-ROM HD Socket n 8MB RAM On-board
3. 0 ROM inc. software ~ Fat Agnus slot to fit mini-chip Viper
520CD ...£99.95 _ 4MB 72-pin SIMM ......£9.95 8MB 72-pin
SIMM......£15.00 16MB 72-pin SIMM.....£25.00 32MB 72-pin
SIMM.....£40.00 32MB Single side Blizzard£89.95 Special Offer
Flicker Fixers Monitor Bundles o- Internal Scanmagic for
£49.95 when you buy a 14", 15" or 17" Monitor.
Scanmagic with internal flicker fixer £79.95 3 year on-site warranty 14" Digital ....£99.95 15" Digital ...£129.95 17" Digital ...£249.95 jry L n’ Official 1084s inc. speakers 1084s Amiga Monitor . .£119.95 (Monitor not shown) 4MB only not upgradable A1200 4MB RAM ......£39.95 40MHZFPU ...£15.00 r • • w * I 4MB RAM .....£45.95 8MB RAM .....£55.95 40MHZFPU ...£15.00 _ , . - - , .. , , , CDTV 2MB RAM £49.95 A500 2MB RAM £49.95 j A1200 PowerPC Card j 603e PowerPC with 68K CPU No SCSI, cannot be upgraded Up to 128MB
RAM 160MHz with 68040 25 £249.95 160MHz with 68060 50 £469.95 200MHz with 68040 25 £299.95 200MHz with 68060 50 £539.95 240MHz with 68040 25 £359.95 240MHz with 68060 50 £609.95 A600 Accelerator Card 68030 33MHz Processor Up to 32MB RAM (1 x SIMM) FPU Included, PCMCIA friendly A600 0MB 33MHz......£75.95 A600 4MB 33MHz......£85.95 A600 8MB 33MHz......£95.95 A600 16MB 33MHz____£115.95 A600 32MB 33MHz____£150.95 Same specs as above
* Includes DMA SCSI-2 interface 160MHz with 68040 25 £299.95
160MHz with 68060 50 £539.95 200MHz with 68040 25 £359.95
200MHz with 68060 50 £569.95 240MHz with 68040 25 £399.95
240MHz with 68060 50 £629.95 A3000 4000(T) PowerPC Card 604e
PowerPC with 68K CPU Ultra wide SCSI-3, inc. FPU MMU 200MHz
with 68040 25 £619.95 200MHz with 68060 50 £779.95 233MHz with
68040 25 £629.95 233MHz with 68060 50 £839.95 Not PCMCIA
friendly IDE Buffered compatible 33MHz inc. 33MHz FPU
Compatible with IDE CD-ROM 1230 Turbo 4MB £59.95 1230
Turbo 8MB £69.95 20MHZ (PLCC) £10 33MHZ (PLCC) £15 40MHZ
(PGA)......£20 50MHZ (PGA)......£29 A500 1MB CHIP RAM A600 1MB
CHIP RAM 1 MB Mini Mega Chip Special FPU prices when purchased
with any accelerator card.
Special Offer Id £79.95 :um Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI Interface External Power Supply Unit Chaos Engine CD-ROM Oscar Diggers CD-ROM h ?
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CD-R Writer Options New CD-R "Twin Box
Q. r-J r- 't . •- Lj L) 1 i i miaht no; ha 98% Amiga Format on
the Power Flyer H £49.95 ;f:v3p For A1200 600, A500 call * ”
J Kjl 4Way buffered interface + IDE'97* Chaos Engine*
Oscar Diggers CD-ROM* A Power Supply Unit* 24x Internal
...£49.95 24x External ...£89.95 32x Internal
...£59.95 32x External ...£99.95
* Only comes with External CD-ROM drives. Internal drive is also
suitable for the Power Tower system - requires IDE interface
and IDE Fix '97 A convenient "Twin Box" designed to give you
the flexibility to choose a CD-R writer with either a 32x CD
ROM or a built in Hard Disk. What's more, you can pay a little
extra and swap the IDE Buffered interface with the award
winning Power Flyer!
Any size Hard Disk £POA ©Create backups, build your own music CD's or even make a backup of any other CD.
Free make-CD SOFTWARE & 3 Blank CD’s IDE Interface CD-ROM FROM U O • Rpm ‘1 uNr External CD-ROM Drive Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI Interface Chaos Engine CD-ROM Oscar Diggers CD-ROM 24x External CD-ROM . .£169.95 32x External CD-ROM . .£189.95 £169.95!
I M if j Li Li Hi i Li O '* I iTtJd 24x Internal CD-ROM . . .£89.95 32x Internal CD-ROM . . .£99.95 CD-ROM comes with 3 way SCSI cable Free make-CD software & 3 Blank CD’s IDE Interface j ' U ' WrLrrT, 8x Read, 2x Write Inc. Make-CD Software 3 Blank CD-ROMs External Case New CD-R Writer CD-R Writer Sx Read - 2x Write £99.95 32x Int SCSI CD 24x Ext CD vvi n ! ¦ f- ¦ iMn [CD-R WITH 2.1 GB HD CD-R WITH 32x CD-ROM CD-R Writer 1 Power Flyer CD-R Writer 2 £429.95 £389.95 £299.95 £69.95 £359.95 1 v -1 , 1 - v ~ TT TIT
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TOTAL SIGNATURE ..EXPIRY ISSUE No ...... DELIVERY (UK Mainland Only) 2-3 DAYS £5.00 ? NEXT DAY £8 ? SAT £15 ? Northern Ireland £15 ? Monitor & Tower £8.00 Q (UK ONLY) SUBJECT TO PRODUCT AVAILABILTY. DELIVERY TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES £POA Fax 012 34 855400 Phone POWER COMPUTING LTD UNIT 82A SINGER WAY KEMPSTON MK42 7PU 01234 851 500 AMIGA
- ? £10.00 EXTRA CHARGE FOR WHILE-U-WAIT SERVICE PICKUP &
DELIVERY CHARGES £7.05 EACH WAY MONITORS 14" DIGITAL SVGA
£99.95 15" DIGITAL SVGA .....£139.95 3
YEARS ON SITE WARRANTY IR C A500, A500+ & A600 A*l 500 A2000 &
A4000 Quotation A1200
(49. 95 m is MEMORY UPGRADES
SCANDOUBLER ..£68.00 | Upgrade to 1 Meg I
£13.95 | Upgrade to 2 Meg ¦ £19.95 - Upgrade to 2 Meg El
9.95 FLICKER FIXER ....£98.00 INTERNAL
FLOPPY DRIVES A500 A500+ A600
A1200 ....£24.95 These drives work as High
Density in A1200 . 4Mb ( Upgradable to 8Mb) C39.95
8Mb . ..... C54.95 LOLA GENLOCKS
L1500 .£169.95 L2000S.....£349.95 MODEMS APOLLO
ACCELERATORS BABT APPROVED + NCOMM SOFTWARE + CABLES
33. 6k .£69.00 56k ..£89.00 SCSI CD-ROMS QUAD SPEED
SCSI + SQUIRREL £119.95 ..£68.00 ..£119.95 .£128.00 .£188.00
.£268.00 .£309.95 IDE CD-ROMS 20 SPEED ......£39.95
1230 Lite 1230 50.. 1240 25 .. 1240 40 .
1260 50 1260 66.. SIMMS 4Mb .....£9.95 8Mb ....£14.95 16Mb ..£24.95 32Mb £39.95 RING US FOR SCANNERSf PRINTERS and other Amiga peripherals not listed here.
X I HARD DRIVES SALE
1. 80Gis ..£149.95
2. 10Gig ..£169.95
3. 20Gig ..£199.95 A600 A1 200 KEYBOARD
....£29.95 SCART LEAD ...£14.95
MONITOR CABLE ....£14.95 SQUIRREL
INTERFACE ..£50.00 SURF
SQUIRREL .....£89.00 A520
MODULATOR ..£18.00 IN YOUR AMIGA FOR A PC WE
BUY DEAD OR ALIVE A1200 AND A4000 Ring us for a reasonable
offer for your A12001A4000 computer (or just motherboard) - in
any condition AMIGA COMPUTERS A500 With PSU + Mouse +
Mat .....£79.95 A500+ With PSU + Mouse +
Mat ...£89.95 A600 With PSU + Mouse +
Mat .....£99.95 A1200 Magic
pack ...£189.95 A1200 With 80Mb Hard
Drive .....£239.95 A1200 With 340Mb Hard
Drive ...£269.95 A1200 With 810Mb Hard
Drive ...£289.95 A1200 With 2.1 Gig Hard
Drive ...£359.95 A2000
(Available) ...£Call A4000
(Available) ...£Call INTERFACE
& IDE FIX-----------------£29.95
2. 5" IDE HARD DRIVES All hard drives are pre-formatted,
partitioned with Workbench loaded and include cable & software
2. 5" IDE Cable & Software (if bought
3. 5" IDE HARD DRIVES
2. 1 Gig ....£99.95
3. 5" SCSI HARD DRIVES
540Mb ...£99.95 2.1
Gig ..£17. 00 1
4.3Gig ..£225. 0
Please call for other capacities ROM 2.04
....£18.00 ROM 2.05
....£1 9.00 A500 A500+ KEYBOARD
....£29.95 AMIGA MOUSE + MAT ..£14.95
A500 A600 A1 200 CIA .....£12.00 A500 A600 A1 200 POWER
95 A1 500 A2000 A3000 A4000 POWER
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1 recommend you change the Quake default settings to the following: freelook on, lookspring off, lookstrafe off. This will allow you to freely look around the rooms using the mouse.
Now change the mouse sensitivity to about 15, as this allows fast 360 degree rotation so you can kill people who decide to creep up on you. Now go to 'Customize controls' and make sure you have the following set up: 2 ownwri 3 Name and full postal address of your Bank or Building Society branch