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In another statement, Newtek offered the seminal French paint package for graphics card users known as TVPaint. Although Amiga Format wasn’t aware that Newtek even owned the rights to this product, we’re very pleased that something with an official retail value in excess of £500 should be freely available for download. You’ll need a graphics card running either Picasso96 or CyberGraphX to make use of this, but it really is the best 24-bit paint package around. Unfortunately, Lightwave wasn’t included in the source code bonanza, which is a great shame since version 5, the last one released, got a very poor score in Amiga Format because of its many bugs and its inability to work with graphics cards in a stable way. It also looks unlikely to be further developed by the American company and would profit no end from being at least licensed to an Amiga-oriented company for updating to better specifications. You can get to Newtek’s website to download the free version of TVPaint at this address: http: www.newtek.com. but the offer is time-limited and may have expired by the time this magazine is on sale. Hopefully the same address will get you to the source code for Newtek’s other products. Although MainActor Broadcast was warmly received by the press, it didn’t sell well enough to stop Marcus Moenig, its Eric Cantona- resembling author, from leaving the Amiga. Fortunately for us, Haage 8c Partner have taken up the baton in redeveloping this excellent package. The new version is going to support industry standard animation file formats including AVI, QuickTime, MPEG and Amiga styles like YAFA and XFA. It'll also support single images for compilation into anims including all variants of JPEG and PNG. Replacing the rather counterintuitive file list will be a proper timeline that graphically shows the progress of the animation and sound and allows for better composition.
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Order: CD627 £29.99 SIXTH SENSE Investigations Arcade adventure, featuring 32 locations, full character dialog, 3 different worlds, many interactive characters, puzzles and more, aga 4mb recommended. Order: CD430 £19.99 PRO MIDI INTERFACE Connects to your serial port and offers in out & through ports.
Order: PROMIDI £24.99 MEGA-LO SOUND SAMPLER High quality 8bit Direct to Disk Ram sampler. Suitable for use on any Amiga.
Order: MEGALO £34.99 EAT THE WHISTLE jggj| Arcade and Simulation modes. Full spoken commentry, 30 pitch conditions, All 32 World Cup team and more. 4mb recommended.
Order: CD679 £14.99 VIRTUAL KARTING 2 Virtual Karting2 is the fastest Karting Simulation available.
Suitable for any AGA Amiga but an 030 it really moves!!!
Order: CD597 Now Only £9.99 DIGI BOOSTER Professional Features the most advanced “tracker” around. Includes support for ALL mod formats, AIFF, WAV, 8bit & 16bit. Also supports Sound Cards.
Order: DIGIBOOSTER £29.99 SFX Includes Thousands of Sound Effects, everything from household noises, to animals, vehicles, pecple and more.
Order: CD808 £9.99 VULCANOLOGY Contains all ten of Vulcan’s mini series" games. Jet Pilot.
Burnout. Tiny Troops. Time Keepers 1&2, Bograts, Hillsea Lido and Valhalla 1,2 & 3 FANTASTIC DREAMS A far more advanced version of the top rated “Elastic Dreams”, Now includes FunRoom containing 500 premade clips, like eyes, noses etc that you can paste onto your own photo’s... Order: CD798 £59.99 (68k & PPC) GAMES ATTACK Features a whole CD of Action games. Everything from shoot'em up's to Platform games. Most games run directly from the CD so it’s suitable for all ages.
Order: CD763 £14.99 PULSATOR 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. Order: CD670 £14.99 TOTAL 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!
Order: CD672 £9.99 DOOM D-1000 mtSk A staggering 1000 new levels for Doom 2. Supplied with simple to choose level requester to make it real easy to play all these levels.
Order: CD796 £9.99 PUTTY SQUAD The most addictive and sexy platform game ever. Superb sound and graphics... Order your copy Now!
Order: CD801 £14.99 THE SETTLERS 2 Settlers 2 is coming to the Amiga. Pre-order your copy now.. No charge will be made to your credit card until day of release!
Order: CD799 £25 pre-order price!
STAR FIGHTER Star Fighter is coming to the Amiga. Pre-order your copy now.. No charge will be made to your credit card until day of release!
Order: CD704 £18 pre-order price!
VIRTUAL GP Virtual GP (Alien F1) is about to be released. Pre-order your copy now.
No charge will be made to your credit card until day ol release1 Order: CD626 £20 prc-ordcr price1 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 B" Workbench 3.5 CO is coming soon... iHft'.v. i Cma K » CANDY FACTORY PRO Take any common Amiga font and create I a impressive looking logo with light reflections, bump mapping, textures etc.. Extremely easy and to use. Create wicked looking logo’s with ease. Rated 92% Order: CD797 £34.99
(68k & PPC) Sinbram. HD, 030 or higher POV CD-ROM Persistence of Vision is a powerful application that allows a user to easily create fantastic, three dimensional, photorealistic images. Includes a collection of sample scene files and 3D objects that illustrate the program's features and ease of use. The perfect low cost 3D Rendering package.
Order: CD816 Only £14.99 Unbelievable Price!
CONVERTERS SUITE GOLD Includes all you need to convert from files from one format to another. IFF. GIF. TIF. BMP. WAV. SND.
MOD. TXT etc etc... Order. CD624 £9.99 DELUXE PAINT 5 Dei jxe Paint 5 inc udes the most powerfu yet s.r-p.es: to use animation feature you cou d imagine.
Comp ete with full printed manual.
CD499 Only £17.99 100% 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 4 ' , 100% MONO CLIPS 100% Mono Clips is a brand new original collection of over 10jOOO High quality GIF and IFF clipart images. Includes Eye-catchers, Animals, Vehicles, Symbols,; Xmas, Wedding art and more.
Order: CD622 £9.99 • THE OFFICE GOLD An extensive collection of applications for the home or small business. Includes Wordprocessor, Database, Spreadsheet, Diary, Phone-book and more... Order: CD792 Introductory Price £9.99 BUY BOTH CLIPART CD’S FOR JUST £15 ARCADE CLASSIX MKII Arcade ClassiX MKII includes over 1,200 variations of all your favourite arcade games, such as Pacman, Invaders, Tron, Galaxians, Frogger, Tempest, C64 conversions, Q-Bert, Trail Blazer, Scramble, Ping-Pong, Pengo, Missile command, Breakout, Bezerk, Donkey Kong and tons more great games.
All playable direct from CD! Order: CD589 £14.99 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 TURBO PRINT 7 (DISK) H0P The ingenious printer driver system: TurboPrint prints the full colour spectrum from your favourite software package at the very best quality!
(Supports all the latest printers, inc Epson 440 640 740) Order: TURBOPRINT: £39.99 POWER COPY Professional The most powerful disk copier available. Supplied with standard copy software and Parameter Copy software aswell as external “dongle” you fit between the computer and drive.
Order: POWERCOPY £14.99 THE GAMES ROOM I ho 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 othe' Casino related games and far more... Order. CD451 £12.99 AMIGA CLASSIX This great value original CD contains over 50 Full Games.
Take a look!
Amegas, DNA, Testament, Charlie J. Cool, Full House Poker, PP Hammer, Starblade, TechnoCop, Zero Gravity, Boondar and many more. Also contained on the CD is around 300 all-time classic game-demo’s.
Order: CD526 £14.99 (lull games are included with the permission of the authors) REPLACEMENT INKJET CARTRIDGES Printer: Part no: Price Epson Stylus 400 800 800+ 1000 (Black) jb973 £6.99 Stylus Colour II lis (Colour) jb1123 £13.99 Stylus Colour II lls Stylus820 (Black) jb1113 £7.99 Stylus Colour 400 600 800 1520 (Colour) jb2983 £13.99 Stylus Colour 400 500 600 Photo (Black) jb2893 £7.99 Stylus Colour 800 1520 (Black) jb2973 £7.95 Stylus Photo (colour) jb3173 £15.99 Stylus Colour 440 640 (Black) jb3323 £6.99 Stylus Colour 740 (Black) jb3333 £6.99 Stylus Colour 440 640 740 (Colour) jb3343
£12.99 Canon BJC4000 (Black) BJC4000 (Colour) BJC600, (black cl m y) BJC600e (High Capacity Please call it you are unsure of what you need. Other Cartridges available.
Order 5 Cartridges and save £10 on final price (£1 off each cartridge and FREE Pi?
SEQUENCER ONE Plus GOLD A high quality professional MIDI Sequencer which runs on any Amiga.
Steptime recording, realtime pitch shifting, full 16 channel handling, 32 music tracks, bar editor and much more... Order: CD809 £59.99 (CD Version) A1200 - Basic Setup (Mouse, PSU etc) £11G A1200 - 6mb ram, 340mb Hard drive £201 A1200 - 6mb ram, 2gig Hard drive £251 A1200 - 6mb ram, 2gig Hard drive, 32x SCSI CD-ROM £400 A1200 - 030 40,10mb, 2gig HD, 32x SCSI CD £45C 340mb 2.5” Hard Drives pre-installed, Inc cable £s: A1200 4mb Ram Expansion £4-: Basic A500 + PSU + Modulator etc. £51 Call lor more details before ordering. Other configurations available.
Prices above are based on reconditioned A1200 machines.
BLITZ BASIC 2.1 A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL, C and others. Contains the complete series of BUMs (Blitz User Manuals).
Order: CD500 £17.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1997 The second edition of the Amiga’s answer to Encarta.
Order: CD262 Now Only £9.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1996 The first edition of the the Epic Encyclopedia. Okay on almost all Amiga’s.
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 KIDS RULE OK Postman Pat, Popeye, Sooty . £9 KIDS RULE OK 2 Popeye3, Bully’s Darts, Dino Detective £9 THOMAS PINBALL Kid’s pinball game AGA £9 PLAYDAYS PAINT Create posters and birthday cards £9 SOOTY PAINT BOX Colouring-in and painting £9 THOMAS’ COLL. The Big Race and 2 other Games £9 SPECCY CLASSIX ‘98 Play over 3000 Classic Spectrum Games on your Amiga, Includes the latest Spectrum Emulators and thousands of Games.
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. A 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 Inter-ACTv feature which allows you to interact with certain subjects Ike: 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+ j| 1997 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram 1998 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram. 030 or better recommended. (CD also includes special 2mb “NO HardDrive" Version) COMPETITION PRO Pro. 50001 Pro. 5000 MINI2 Pro. Clear3 Pro. Clear MINI4 Order: COMP1, 2, 3 or 4 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 MSX Nostalgia includes hundreds and hundreds of original MSX games all ready to run through the latest MSX software emulator. Games include originals like Mappy and the classic, Galaga and more.
Order: CD673 £9.99 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 £20 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.
MOUSE PEN Eliminates the use of a mouse... simply use as if you were drawing with a pen or pencil.
Comes supplied with MouselT.
Order: MOUSEPEN2 £29.99 The A-Z of Amiga Games is a comprehensive database of information on over 2,000 Amiga games. Information and details, such as screenshots, reviews, game maps, cheats, box scans, compatibility listing are included. (8mb ram) Order: CD682 £19.99 VIRUS FREE - RESURRECTION Volume 1 The first 1000 PD disks of Virus Free PD’s Public Domain Library brought back to life with the release of this essential collector’s CD.
Contains many titles that have never appeared on any other CD.
Order: CD811 £14.99 A1200 HARD DRIVE PREP & INSTALLER £7 A600 HARD DRIVE PREP & INSTALLER £7 WORKBENCH3.0 SET £10 WORKBENCH2.X SET £10 WORKBENCH1.3 SET £8 ZAPPO ARCHOS CD-ROM SOFTWARE £7 100 MISC PRINTER DRIVERS £3 CANON PRINT STUDIO £3 LATEST PRINTER DRIVERS £3 EPSON PRINTER DRIVERS £3 SQUIRREL CD-ROM SOFTWARE £5 IDEFIX’97 (SHAREWARE) £3 GVP HD8 SETUP SOFTWARE £5 ROCHARD RH800C INSTALLATION £5 GAME BOOTER £3 A1200 DEGRADER £2 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. Speech and graphics are used throughout the
CD. “A Great CD for learners” Order: CD672 £14.99 CD REPAIR KIT
Can repair upto 50 CD’s (audio & data). Cleans and protects
new and old discs.
Repairs scratched CD’s!
Order: CDRS £19.99 THE SCENE ARCHIVE Virtually every mega-demo ever made on the Amiga.
From 1988 - 1998, Each year is separated so finding a particular demo is easy.
4 PLAYER ADAPTOR Allows you to use up to 4 joy sticks on your Amiga. Simply plugs into your Parallel port.
Order: 4PLAY £9.99 AMIGA -1084 MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA - PHILIPS MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA - SCART TV £12.99 Dual Joystick Mouse Extension £3.99 Amiga - Amiga Parnet £14.99 Amiga - Amiga or PC Twin £12.99 Amiga TV RF Cable £2.99 Joystick Splitter lead £3.99 Joystick Extension Cable (2metres) £3.99 Amiga A600 A1200 Joysick Mouse Port £9.99 CD32 Network Cables and Software £34.99 Amiga - PC Linkup (Parallel) £17.99 Amiga 4 Player Adaptor £9.99 Analogue Joystick Adaptor £9.99 PC Keyboard Extension £3.99 Printer Cable £3.99 Squirrel SCSI Interface £49.99 A600 A1200 to 3.5” Harddrive £19.99 Mouse IT
(Adaptor & Software) £4.99
2. 5” Harddrive cable (5cm) £9.99
3. 5” Hard drive (standard pc styie)(40pin) £7.99 Female Jack to
2 Phono (Audio Adaptor) £3.99 Stereo Phono Cables £2.99 Amiga
- Amstrad CPC Monitor £9.99 UNIVERSE OF SCI-FI Over 1000
Science Fiction related images, from Batman to Startrek,
Alien, Babylon 5, Terminator2 and many others.
Also on this CD is a large amount of Sci-fi animations and audio clips.. Order: CD793 £14.99 SOFTWARE EXPLOSION CD 600mb of top quality data, Images, over 300 textures, Objects, Samples, Modules, Games, 600 Letters, Demos plus a great deal more. Order: FCD449 Amiga Boing! Mouse Mat » £3.99 Amiga Boring Mouse Mat fA £0.99 Amiga Beach Ball* * fVSBjp £3.99 Amiga Sticker (4”) ‘FREE Simon The Sorcerer T-Shirt £10.99 Official Amiga Mouse & Mat £9.99 SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 2 CD Brand New release includes tons of Midi Files, Images, Colour Fonts, Tutorials, Virtual Computer Pets, and a whole host of other
Order: FCD560 SCREEN SAVERS Tons of screen savers - from flying toaster’s to some rather odd colourful screen effects - Essential for all Workbench users... Order: CD677 £9.99 WINBENCH ‘98 The definitive collection of Workbench enhancement tools.
Drivers, Libraries, Patches, HD Installers, Icons, Backdrops, Menu systems, Tools etc. Order: CD680 Only £9.99 ch9o Other cables and leads available on request.
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variations of your :avoume arcade games. Includes Pacman. Space
Invaders, Galaxians arc Asteroids. BONUS! Games: Defender,
Frogger, Tron and Missile Command.
Only Order: ARC5-2 Any Amiga TOTAL ARCADE!
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Libraries • The definitive 4 disk set.(17-40l0abcd) £8 Professional Mono Clipart -10 disk coll. (GFX13-W) £10 Softmem - Doubles the available fast memory. (SMS3-1J £3 Action Replay (A1200) rip graphics & sounds. (3432) £4 Spectrum Emulator - Includes emulator & 50 games.(SP£5-3J £5 Quiz Challenge - General knowledge Quiz. (QUZ5-2) £5 Compugraphic Fonts - 50 Fonts for Wordworth etc. (PSF7-3) £5 Hardware Projects - Hardware hacks for A500. (HWP5-3) £5 Hardware Projects - Hardware hacks for A1200. IHWP6-3) £5 Gourmet Cookbook - Hundreds of recipes. (GCB3-1) £3 3D Garden Designer - Garden Design
Layout. (GRN3-1) £3 Font Designer - Plus 50ish fonts. (FNT5-3) £5 Disk Expander ¦ Double your Hard drive space. (EPU4-2) £4 Cataloguers - Catalogues CD's, Video's etc. (CTG5-3) £5 Virus Killers - A number of latest detectors (VIP5-3) £5 Startrek WB • Startrek Backdrops for Workbench. (STS5-2J £5 Soft AGA - AGA Emulation for A500+ A600 (17-4511) £3 Agene 5 - The best family tree database. (17-4056) £3 GameZ - 21 Arcade, Puzzle and Action games. (WG3-1) £3 Tetris Mania • 5 of the best Tetris Games. (TET5-3) £5 Puzzle Pack • Six mega-addictive puzzle games (PUZ5-2) £5 CheatZ - Over 2,000 top tips
and cheats for games. (CHT5-2) £5 NibCopy2 - Removes password protection from games?. (2605) £3 Lockpick2 - Removes password protection from games?.(34t0) £3 Maverick Copy - Powerful backup software. (3494) £3 Re-Org - Powerful Disk Oplimiser (Floppy & HD). (4108) £3 Speedy Workbench - Replacement WB (loads in s seconds).(3916) £3 Windows Bench - Updated WB for A500 (like Win95).(2050j £5 Windows Bench 2 - Win95 style WB for A500+ A600. (2479-2) £4 When ordering please quote the items order code, title and price You can order either by Phone, Fax, Email or Post.
Actual screen-shots are shown in most cases. In an effort to continually improve our software packs we reserve the right to change update software as we see necessary. E&OE All listed titles have been tested on A500+, A600 & A1200. Although some individual programs may require an A1200.
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Any 10 for just £5.00 Access • A Cool password program for ya Amiga.
Alt-Tabber - If you know what happens on a Windows-equipped PC when you press Alt-Tab, well you have the exact idea of what Altabber does.
AmSound - Plays random soundfile when booting Amiga.
AnalogMouse - Allows you to control your mouse with an analog joystick connected to the joystick port.
AutoRun3 - Check immediately internal diskdrive and if you insert some DOS diskette, its look For the Auto-StartUp. If the script exists then will be executed.
BootPic - Boot program that shows your system configuration The program shows the configuration with Amiga Logo.
CopyProgress - A replacement for Workbench COPY command- this one shows a Progress-bar.
Day-Tools - Includes DayCopy, DayList, DayMove and DayDelete. You can setup a time to perform any of these commands on a regular basis.
DelZero - DelZero is a AmigaOS 2.x ’3.x DOS util that will change the size of a file to zero, then attempt to delete it.
DirScanner - A very nice and powerful Fileiinder.
Features: Nice MUI-GUI, Search by name, size anf date.
¦ Matching files can be directly started or viewed.
Doodle -Allows you doodle on your Workbench screen. It has six built in drawing tools and it allows you to use eight colours for both the drawing and background.
DrivePrefs - A small CLI command to change the settings of trackdisk device floppy drives (i.e. normal floppy drives), allowing you to set the head step, settle and calibrate delays, number of retries on a damaged track, and to stop the drive click.
EasyTransfer -Transiers files between an Amiga and IBM using a wire serial NULL modem at up to 115200 bps.
Executor1.2 - Executor consists of a selection list from which you can run up to 1000 programs (applications, utilities, tools, scripts, games) with a simple double-click.
Fitter is a program that copies files from one source, most likely your hard drive, to disks. Fitter does this in an automated, optimizing fashion.
FixMWB - Drop those horrible messed up MWB icons onto the appicon. With any luck they will come out looking normal.
FloatingClock - It is basically a digital clock which sits nicely anywhere on your Workbench screen.
FMS - Useful for creating a floppy-like partition on your harddisk (so you can diskcopy to a floppy) WITHOUT actually having to create a special partition for it.
GuideGen is a utility to generate AmigaGuide databases. It allows you to add and remove nodes, edit each node's text, arrange the node's order, and create buttons and link them to other nodes, potentially in other files.
HappyDT - This commodity provide the use of datatypes to ALL software like Deluxe Paint, Brilliance, etc... Iconer is a small program to use from DOS with programs like Directory Opus. It simply creates I replaces icons.
IfNoDrive - Warn or reboot il HD drive not present upon Boot.
JoinSplitter - A program that you can use to split and join files with using a graphical user interlace!
KSCJinyTools -16 Very Small but VERY useful tools.
LastGuru - This program keeps informations about the last software failure and will print out as much information as possible.
MaxMenu - Attractive TooiManager like Startbar- Like Windoze95 MoreTools2 - MoreTools is able to add items to the Workbench "Tools' menu to run programs or execute commands.
MultiHelp is a program which provides you with online help lor almost any program that you may be using from workbench.
MultiRename was spawned trom the need to renumber and or rename files which shared the same base name with numerical extensions.
OverRes - Get 724x566 resolution on a standard CM33ll 1084s.
PCGamepad2Amiga - Describes how to build an adapter for connecting a PC gamepad or joystick to the Amiga and use it as digital joystick.
Physical Disk Repair is a utility to make bad disks re-usable for short term data transfer between computers.
Play16 - A versatile 8 16bit soundplayer tor the Amiga with heaps of options.
Pointers - Eight new Pointers lor WorkBench.
ProPassWord is Password protection for your HD it will ask for a user name and password on start-up QuickGrab - A powerful configurable ScreenGrabDer.
ReBoot - Auto Reboot after 6 seconds. It the main 'system' Partition is not found.
SafeReset - Eliminates many Software Failures alter a soft-reset on high spec Amiga's.
SayMore replaces the Say command. For use with the new nar- rator.device. Size-Toois - Four small tools for deleting, renaming and copying files by their size.
SleepPointers - Animated Busy Pointers in hires for WB3.0+ Sort1.80e - Sorts ASCII-Files, FAAAAST Swipe - An enhanced version of the DOS delete command.
It is able to delete directories with assigns on them by identifying the assign and removing it before the deletion.
TalkMaster - A great speech toy!
TopazPatch is yet another program that will enable you to use a prefered font in place of topaz font.
VCIock_v1.4 - This is a real speech clock. It runs as a commodity, uses little memory, and has some neat features.
Wait-Gui - Replacement for the 'Wait'-Command of your WB.
This one has a Window with a progressbar and some other nice enhancements!
WB-Tidy - A little program that lets you diddle around with the size and position of your Workbench windows.
Win95KeyboardMap - Windows95 GB Keyboard Keymap.
WinFo - Show volume usage graphically - A graphical version of the 'info' shell command.
XtoolBox - A fast and easy to configure menu for Workbench.
YADl is a small cli sheli program to transfer disk images to and from Amiga devices. Similar to DMS but YADl can also make a disk image of a whole hard disk or and image of a PC disk etc. So backing-up your HD is a sinch!
YetAnotherCalculator - A very simle calculator that supports conversion of HEX, DEC, BIN etc ZipMount Mountlists to use PC and Mac formatted IOMEGA ZIP disks with your Amiga. (CrossMAC and CrossDOS needed).
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Amiga group, and, most importantly, our annual reader survey.
This is vital for us to be able to point out the state of the Amiga market to all those developers out there still writing for base machines, and to get them to write more flexibly, using the newer APIs like AHI and RTGMaster (which doesn’t require a graphics card to work). If you have a base level machine then you need to fill in the survey too so we don’t think that the Amiga market is just made up of people with ’060s and graphics cards.
We do this survey every year and it helps us to be able to find out how the Amiga market is progressing - whether we need to change what we’re saying, what we’re covering and so on, so make sure you fill it in and pop it in the post. You know it makes sense.
Rod Hull is dead, long live Rod Hull. He apparently fell off his roof to his doom, but I’d be surprised if emu wasn’t behind the whole thing. Still, it’s been an exciting month for Amiga news, as you’ll be able to tell from our expanded news section this issue.
What with a new line-up at Amiga Inc., the first showings of OS3.5, promises of new machines from AI by Christmas, a new Java Virtual Machine from Holger Kruse and announcements about Newtek about the free availability of TV Paint and the source code for the Video Toaster and Video Flyer, things have been pretty hectic.
Not only that, we have another packed issue for you full to the brim with groovy stuff like Simon Goodwin’s in-depth probing into just how A1200 accelerators work, our cover feature all about how piracy is still affecting the Amiga and reviews of items like the Delfina 16-bit sound card for the A1200, PowerMovie and TurboPrint 7.
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A1200 ACCELERATORS PAGE 58 You asked for more info about accelerators so we're giving you the most in-depth review of two new cards for the A1200.
NETSCAPE PAGE 28 Amiga Format talks to Ben Rothwell and Ian Parker about their port of Netscape to the Amiga.
AMIGA FORMAT MAY 1999 ISSUE 123 MAY 1999 V SERIOUSLY AMIGA 11 52 TUR60PRINT 7 Amiga Inc. demonstrate the new OS and reveal their plans for Classic OS development.
AMIGA INC. RESHUFFLE New positions for key personnel revealed.
G3 G4 ACCELERATORS phase 5 detail their plans for new cards.
62 1 ST nm NEW QS3 EB 50 P0WERM0VIE Problems? Let John Kennedy help you out.
66 76 80 54 DELHNA1266 This tiny card might claim to transform your Amiga's sound but Tony Horgan's heard it all before... The place to find places that stock Amiga goodies.
58 A12S ACCELERATORS Simon Goodwin brings you up to speed on the latest A1200 add-ons.
Rants, raves and rabid debate on topical issues.
GALLERY The best artwork from the Amiga community.
An introduction to FTP with Dave Cusick, Richard Drummond puts you in the picture with a look at this new multimedia application.
Pages are defined in the editor, which uses a simple Gadtools interface.
The highly-acclaimed NetConnect software is one of the main parts of Active's bundle.
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NETSCAPE INTERVIEW As you’ll see from the news stories on this spread, Amiga Inc. have finally girded their loins after two years of seeming inactivity and have released some new information and detailed their plans for the future.
Probably the most important news item is the first appearance of the long-awaited OS3.5 at the Amiga ’99 show in St. Louis in the middle of March. The first new version of the Classic Amiga OS since 1994, OS3.5 has some interesting new features, including Internet access, built-in CD-ROM support, a new icon library and a new GLT based on Christopher Aldi’s ClassAd.
The feature list for the new OS is quite extensive, even though the original intention was to "get something out there quickly”, and even the printer.device has received a much- needed update. It now supports 24-bit printing and makes it easier for third- party add-ons like TurboPrint to make use of the printer device.
As previously stated, the new OS will need a somewhat upgraded machine before you can even use it - Kickstart 3.1 ROMs, 4Mb fast RAM and a CD-ROM drive - but it will take advantage of higher specs, such as the new support for the PowerPC, although it’s unstated as to what form that takes.
CLASSIC OS DEVELOPMENT Finally, although this version of the OS might not have all the things you hoped for (68K emulation, RTG, RTA, USB support and so on), and contrary to previous statements, Amiga Inc. have stated that OS3.5 isn’t the last version of the OS line for Classic Amigas.
They plan to release 3.6, 3.7 and so on to implement more new features and move the platform towards greater PPC compatibility, with version 4 being the new final, incorporating full PPC support in the shape of 68K emulation, PPC native libraries for certain functions (graphics.library, layer.library and possibly more), and even a new version of Kickstart.
For further details on this, check out their official website, which can be found at http: www.amiaa.com. EASY INTERNET ACCESS ¦ TCP IP stack.
¦ Multi user support.
¦ Multi interface support (Internet and Ethernet).
Latest Socks v4 5 client module for firewalls.
Enhanced SANA II support for fast transfer rates.
¦ Internet browser with offline online support.
? New cross-application email library.
¦ General API for sending and receiving emails.
¦ New email client based on the email library.
SUPPORT FOR HARD DISKS 4Gb ¦ NSDPatch.
¦ New standard for 64-bit devices MODERN GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI) ¦ New icon set (Glowlcons).
¦ New complete icon set for all system tools.
¦ New icons for most applications.
¦ New icon library.
¦ Icons with up to 256 colours.
¦ Automatic colour adaptation.
¦ Newlcon and standard icon compatible.
New BOOPSI library.
M Updated Info, Format, Diskcopy Completely new set of powerful BOOPSI gadgets.
U New HDToolBox, S New GUI style.
L Very fast, modular and scalable.
? AmigaOS compatible implementation.
:Z Compatible with existing BOOPSI classes.
New resource library which loads and manages all GUI resources, changes the GUI without recompilation of the application which can be used with any programming language.
; New WYSIWYG GUI editor for developers.
Il Creates resource files that are Training, talking and spending profit share mainly, actually.
I've also been freelancing, writing reviews of Syphon Filter and Silent Hill for Playstation Power and other Future mags.
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mEk , just moved to Jj Bath to start work for Amiga Format, I've mainly been trying to overcome the culture shock of living in a "foreign" country... A bit of an old photo this as I've had a fH ' haircut and now look uncannily like a pineapple.
I've also taken advantage of the sunny spell and have been feeding the squirrels in the park. Aww.
Colin E%jhfegale Art Editor Forget the Oscars, I've seen the film of the year, Dobermann: comedy sex, drugs and gratuitously violent cops getting their comeuppance. If you get the chance, see it.
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Ancient Scot Bill McEwen hasn’t been dropped, although he’s not working- under a fixed contract with Amiga Inc. at the moment, and Petro Tyschtschenko becomes Vice President of Distribution and Reseller Sales, surely a prelude to the two companies (Amiga Inc. and Amiga International Inc.) becoming one, in a move designed to reduce the current confusion over the demarcation of rules that currently exists. To replace Jeff Schindler at the top, another Gateway There has been a shuffle of personnel at Amiga Inc., also announced at the Amiga ’99 show in St. Louis. Although Jeff Schindler stays on
at the new Amiga Inc., he’ll no longer be General Manager
- he’s shifted sideways and is now Vice President of Strategy and
Product Management- Michael Reese and Jim w on at the new Amiga
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staff member moves across. Jim Collas, who was Senior Vice
President of Product Development at Gateway (a very esteemed
position in which he managed nearly 2,000 people), is now
President of Amiga Inc. and is committed to driving the company
forwards with new machines before the year is oul Jim Collas
came to the World of Amiga show last vear and fielded a number
of the questions about the proposed PC-based Developer Box.
Whether this machine is still on the cards is unconfirmed at this time, despite Amiga Inc.’s intention to present developers with a machine at Atlanta’s prestigious E3 games show in May and the autumn Comdex show in Las Vegas.
As well as personnel changes and additions, the whole company is moving from its less-than-glamourous position under Gateway’s wing in South Dakota to the sunnier climes of northern California; San Diego to be precise, although R&D will be based on the Mexican border in San Jose.
In order to staff the new, improved Amiga Inc., they’re advertising for a number of software engineering positions and, as I write this, a number of job offer letters have gone out to potential employees for the new San Jose facility.
¦ Extensive illustrations.
1 Bilingual English German used by the new resource library.
S Automatic localisation of the application.
EXTENSIVE CD- ROM SUPPORT CacheCDFS which is ISO9660, RockRidge, Joliet (Win 95 98) and MAC HFS compatible, and supports multisession Cds, Amiga protection bits and file comments.
D New programmable PlayCD audio player for SCSI and ATAPI CD-ROM drives.
FULL PRINTER SUPPORT M New printer device.
M Drivers for all common printers.
M PPC support.
New functions to print all kinds of bitmaps.
M New API to define page size and page breaks correctly.
Support for the 24-bit Picasso96 DumpRastPort command.
TurboPrint-compatible functions in order to print 8-bit chunky and 16- 24-bit bitmaps.
New printer preferences.
POWERPC SUPPORT ¦ New WarpUp PPC support.
¦ AmigaOS compatible integration M Extensive functionality.
§1 Hardware-independent driver system that's easy to extend.
HTML DOCUMENTATION New comprehensive instructions m Reworked documentation covering Workbench, DOS, Arexx and hard disk.
BUG FIXES i Corrections and extensions.
¦ Accelerated and reworked Workbench.
Extended and reworked ASL library.
Reworked Bullet library.
Reworked Diskfont library.
; New DataTypes for JPG, GIF, AIFF.
M New SCSI mount tool.
Reworked A2024 monitor driver.
§ Reworked CLI commands Join, Status and Type.
C@nSim5s®«l overleaf «* AF23 ¦ Cover feature: The whole truth about 3D, with details about 3D games, 3D on your own machine and chats to games companies about 3D. Andy Beveridge of the Assembly Line team predicted: "...[with] people getting more and more interested in 3D they're going to start throwing hardware at the problem.
We look at what was going on in the Amiga market 100 issues of i AF ago... You'll have a chip with a polygon filler on it."
¦ On the disks: A double disk issue with a complete game. Balance of Power 1990. To tie in with the 3D theme, the other disk has a demo of 3D Construction Kit from Domark to let you make your own Dr 7 er-style games.
Offering A2000 owners their impressive- sounding 85000-40 for a mere £1,162. What was it? Oniy a 40MHz '030 with 4Mb RAM... ¦ Games reviewed included: Gods (Renegade) 90%, Viz (Virgin) 70%, Predator 2 (Image Works) 81%, Secret of Monkey Island (US Gold) 92%, CyberCon III (US Gold) 90%.
¦ Serious products reviewed: ATOnce (Silica) £199, The Emulator (BBC emulator) (Genisoft) £39.95, Superbase Professional 4 (Precision) £349 + VAT (either at 15% or 17.5%!), Pandaal Daatascan (Pandaal) £189.95, Bodega Bay (Amiga Centre Scotland) £350.
¦ News: Details on the fourth Indy game, CDTV, HAM-E and Wordworth launched, plus news about the VAT increase to 17.5% affecting the cost of games.
¦ Notes: See? Even then people wanted to tower up their A500s, with the Bodega Bay. It gave an A500 Zorro II slots and 5.25" bays.
¦ Prices: SSL (Solid State Leisure) were ¦ Pages: 236 Cost: £3.95 Newtek VgwMain Actor mm WM HH HH Nl Hk Although MainActor Broadcast was warmly received by the press, it openup GUI developed for OS3.5. It’s also possible that it’ll have a changeable user interface, much like TCP stack Miami.
There has been no mention of CDXL, the .Amiga’s native multiplexed animation format, in the press material so far, but Haage 8c Partner are very open to comments and suggestions for the new version. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll also welcome any bug reports about the existing version, which indicates that they intend to build on that version rather than starting again from scratch.
Aminet moving to Germany e received this note from Urban Moller with regard to the problems that Aminet has been experiencing of late: "Because of continued file system troubles on the current main site, , we're moving the main site to Germany. Will be back as a mirror when the file system trouble is resolved. The main site will very probably remain in Germany and we're trying to set up a computer of our own as a main site so we're no longer at the mercy of system operators. The most reliable site during this transition should be , with most other mirrors being fully operational immediately or
"I„ cannot predict for how long will be down. Sorry about the inconvenience, but it's really not under my control."
The new servers should mean an increase in the ease with which you can upload to Aminet.
Another announcement welcomed at Bob Scharp’s Amiga ’99 show was Newtek’s revelation that the Video Toaster and Video Flyer source code would be made freely available to anyone who wanted it. While the use for this in the UK or Europe is somewhat limited since neither product exists in a PAL version, the source code may well open up new ways of doing things for other hard vare solutions and.
If nothing else,, will improve the stagnant code for US users of these products.
In another statement, Newtek offered the seminal French paint package for graphics card users known as TVPaint.
Although Amiga Format wasn’t aware that Newtek even owned the rights to this product, we’re very pleased that something with an official retail value in excess of £500 should be freely available for download. You’ll need a graphics card running either Picasso96 or CyberGraphX to make use of this, but it really is the best 24-bit paint package around.
Unfortunately, Lightwave wasn’t included in the source code bonanza, which is a great shame since version 5, the last one released, got a very poor score in Amiga Format because of its many bugs and its inability to work with graphics cards in a stable way. It also looks unlikely to be further developed by the American company and would profit no end from being at least licensed to an Amiga-oriented company for updating to better specifications.
You can get to Newtek’s website to download the free version of TVPaint at this address: http: www.newtek.com. but the offer is time-limited and may have expired by the time this magazine is on sale. Hopefully the same address will get you to the source code for Newtek’s other products.
Although MainActor Broadcast was warmly received by the press, it didn’t sell well enough to stop Marcus Moenig, its Eric Cantona- resembling author, from leaving the Amiga. Fortunately for us, Haage 8c Partner have taken up the baton in redeveloping this excellent package.
The new version is going to support industry standard animation file formats including AVI, QuickTime, MPEG and Amiga styles like YAFA and XFA. It'll also support single images for compilation into anims including all variants of JPEG and PNG. Replacing the rather counterintuitive file list will be a proper timeline that graphically shows the progress of the animation and sound and allows for better composition.
MainActor Broadcast is also going to be able to offer the wipes and fades and so on that the original version did, but will build on them with the likes of morphing and zooming effects.
The new version will also have a new front end appearance, although Haage 8c Partner have not yet decided whether it should be MUI-based or whether it should make use of their new There are also other facets to afb too, such as the calendar function which we use to show the deadlines for competitions and events, the poll function which allows you to give your opinions on a particular topic, plus folders which hold any important information.
You can subscribe to the afb by going to the following website and signing up: http; wywy,egrpups,cp.m list afb If you want news on when the next issue of Amiga Format will be out, we offer that at: It's worth joining both lists since they each offer unique things and the announce list usually only has one email every four weeks.
Nordic Global Inc. unveiled their Daytona project at the Amiga ’99 Show in St Louis. Daytona is a complete Java 2 run-time system for AmigaOS, based on the official Java 2 implementation by Sun. Daytona will be available in three different parts:
1. The basic Daytona distribution will be freely available and
will consist of the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) and support
classes. It will feature a 100% compatible Java 2 API,
multithreading using an Amiga native implementation and
support for AWT (Abstract Windows Toolkit), JFC (Java
Foundation Classes) Swing and Java2D.
2. The DaytonaDev package will also be free and will include a
Java bytecode compiler. It’s intended for developers who
want to write their own Java programs.
Also provided on-board is a single PCI 2.1 interface and 512Kb FlashROM for system software, phase 5 themselves have no plans to implement any add-ons for the PCI interface, but information will be made available to third parties who want to develop PCI backplanes or software drivers for existing PCI cards.
The projected price for the base system is DM1,995 plus local sales tax.
However, due to the uncertain nature of the Amiga market, phase 5 require 1,000 pre-orders for production of the CyberStorm G3 G4 before they will proceed. Customers who do pre-order will benefit from a lower price of DM1,1750. Prices for the card with a G4 installed will be announced as soon as the list price for the new XPC7400 AltiVec processor becomes available.
For more information, or to preorder your CyberStorm G3 G4, visit: http: www.phase5.de amiqa csa3q4e,html In a surprise announcement* phase 5 have revealed plans for the CyberStorm G3 G4, a PowerPC-only accelerator for the Amiga A3000 and A4000. 68K support will be achieved through Haage Sc Partner’s software emulator.
The base version of the card will feature a 400Mhz PowerPC750 and 1Mb of L2 backside cache running at 200MHz. This will offer similar performance to the new' G3 Powder Macs which, according to Apple, are twice as fast as a similarly clocked Pentium II for some benchmarks.
Phase 5 estimate performances of 15- 20 times that of a 68060 at 50MHz. The processor itself will be sited in a ZIF (zero insertion force) socket. This wall allow easy upgrade to G4 (AltiVec) processors when these are released.
The board will support up to 1Gb of memory via standard lOOMhz SDRAMs in two DIMM slots. A peak memory transfer rate of 582Mb s is claimed.
Amiga to get G3 G4 Java2forAmigaOS
3. The DaytonaPlus package will be Shareware. This will be an
add-on to provide additional Amiga features to the basic
distribution. It v Tll contain AWT bindings for native
.AmigaOS displays and will allow GUIs built with Swing to have
an Intuition look and feel. Also to be included are an Applet
.API and run-time system with a standalone Applet viewer. The
API will be accessed through a standard shared library so
The feature list and Shareware fee are yet to be finalised. A beta release of Daytona is planned for this summer.
You'll finally be able to wave hello to Java on the Amiga this summer.
The Amiga Format Bulletin (afb) is proceeding strongly. We currently have 421 subscribers and will probably have more than 500 by the time you read this. For those who don't have internet access, we're putting the digests on the AFCD for you to read.
We use afb for feedback and obviously give the people on it first priority when it comes to getting things like the quotes in the piracy feature in this issue. Although the afb currently has more than 80 messages per day on average, the service it uses is very flexible and allows you to change your preferences so you can read these messages on the web if you don't want to receive that many emails every day.
Menus about IUEWS Motorola have shipped the first Coldfire v4 processors to Hewlett Packard. These are clocked at 150MHz and give 2.1 to 2.5 times the v3 performance. They’re designed to be “a cost-reduced migration path for higher performance 68K system designs”, but don’t implement the full 68K instruction set, just a substantial subset with some extensions. They’re not as complex as the 68060 but they’re a lot cheaper.
LUew Coldfir Motorola say: “By leveraging the 68K programming model and instruction set, the Coldfire family provides a head POWER UP YOUR MEMORY Power Computing have announced the arrival of singlesided 64Mb SIMMs to their offices, suitable for use in Blizzard 1260 and 1230 accelerator cards for the A1200.
They also have 128Mb double-sided SIMMs for those who want even more memory. These should work in a CyberStorm accelerator too, giving you the potential to have a massive 512Mb of memory at your disposal.
Power told us that the 64Mb SIMMs will cost £135.95 each, and since the 128Mb SIMMs are double sided, they're actually less expensive megabyte for megabyte at £199.95. Call Power Computing on 01234 851500 for more details.
Free CD offer EMComputergraphic have offered Amiga Format readers a special deal whereby anyone ordering £30-worth of their extensive range of inkjet cartridges will receive a free Spend £40 or more on inkjet cartridges and get the fantastic Phase 4 CD absolutely free!
Start to designers who are familiar with the ubiquitous 68K family.” The whole chip is just 4.5 square millimetres, built in a
0. 25 micron process (four times denser than original ’060s which
are made at .43). They have simple superscalar optimisations
(branch and assignment folding) and execute most other
instructions in one clock cycle. They have only one integer
execution unit and no FPU, though they do have fixed point
decimal extensions. They use ‘Harvard Architecture’, like 68Ks
from the 68030 onwards, and thus they access code and data
caches in one cycle.
The price ranges from $ 20 to $ 25, from the second quarter of 1999.
They’re not directly relevant to Amigas as only the older Coldfire MCF5102 is fully compatible with the 68040 instruction set, but they’re a sign that Motorola are committed to the architecture, and to making money out of it - current Coldfire designs are worth $ 2.5 billion, in over 200 projects.
The ARM-10T (the next Acorn Rise chip) due to be released later this year is expected to be twice the speed of the Coldfire v4. However, so far we haven’t even seen any prototypes of that.
So there’s more to microprocessors than Intel and, in c fact, AMD’s K6-III is outrunning § and outselling the Intel Pentium | III now. A Coldfire 4 costs 5 % of a J P III for 33% of the Mhz and, typically, a lot more work per Hz.
The AMD is made on the same
0. 25 process scale as the Coldfire v4. IBM have made an
experimental 1,000MHz processor in this process scale, also
touted for the ARM. The next step will be 0.18 microns... Hew
Fujitsu have introduced the first singlechip MPEG-2 decoder.
MPEG-2 is the standard used for the compression of digital
video and audio data. This device, designed to allow the
production of low cost terrestrial, cable and satellite set
top boxes, has a programmable RISC CPU core. It will support
DVB descrambling, letterbox format conversion, teletext
insertion and enhanced OSD.
Ic OtVZN* IMLUMKN RMMO The endless quest to make larger and faster hard drives has been furthered by Western Digital with the announcement of additions to its WD Enterprise range of low-profile Ultra2 SCSI drives.
These new drives will feature a 10,000 RPM rotation speed and will be available in 9.1Gb or 18.3Gb capacities.
Production units are expected to start shipping this summer.
Debian 2.1, codenamed 'Slink', was released on March 9th. Debian is a GNU Linux distribution, a free Unix-style operating system for Intel x86. Sun SPARC, DEC Alpha or Motorola 680x0- based machines.
Although Debian has supported the 68K series processors for some time, this release features the first official distribution for this architecture.
Supported machines include the Amiga, Atari and Mac. Further information can be obtained from their website, which can be found at: httD: www.defolan.ora Perhaps the first steps towards consumer choice are being made in the desktop PC market. Be Inc. claim that Fujitsu Computers are to install BeOS on their new Pentium ll-based Silverline Pcs which will ship in Europe in May.
Copy of their Index CD. Index gave thumbnails and information about a wide range of Cds available on the Amiga at the time of its release. While it may be out of date now, it still offers a good way to catalogue all those older clipart Cds you have. They’re also giving away the excellent Phase 4 CD (worth £40) to anyone who orders £40-worth of inkjet cartridges.
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: netconnect : v2.3 : cd-rom or floppy disks : yes amiga format gold, 96%, cu amiga 94% amiga magazin (DE) 85%, amiga plus (DE) 85% The award-winning 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. By using the new Genesis Wizard, a user should be able to connect to the Internet in a matter of minutes. Containing Genesis, Voyager- NG, Microdot-ll, AmlRC, AmFTP, AmTelnet, AmTerm, Netlnfo, AmTalk, X-Arc and the Contact Manager. Ideal for both an Internet or local area
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External 56K Modem program : dopus magellan II version : v5.8 format : floppy disks P available : yes awards amiga format gold, 95% m Directory Opus Magellan II is a complete Workbench replacement and or file management based system.
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Program : stfax professional : v3.7 : floppy disks : yes amiga format gold, 95%, cu amiga 95% amiga magazin (DE) 89%, Amiga Plus (DE) 96% STFax Professional is a commercial fax voice message program which enables you to use your Amiga as a digital answermachine. Send and receive faxes, create a simple or advanced tree based digial answer system for family members, create a fax on demand service, log numbers via caller-ID, call screen or blacklist phone numbers, setup a mini-BBS. Use your modem as a telephone, control other programs etc.
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£39.95 E49.95T high speed serial cards amigawriter The new lOBlix card offers 4 high speed serial ports and 1 (2nd port option) high speed EPP ECP parallel port to your zorro based Amiga. The parallel port offers both uni and bi-directional modes, offering compatibility for all printers. Parallel ZIP™ driver included. The lOBlix also has a modular interface. Two modules are currently being developed: an AHI-compatible sound card and a SANA-II compatible ethernet card (the lOBIix-E, due soon). The lOBlix A1200-S offers 1 high speed seria port, the lOBlix 1200-P offers 1 high speed parallel
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Fax: 01325 460117 E-Mail: email@example.com http: www.active-net.co.uk You know the drill, we do this every year. Send in the survey so we can try to work out exactly what an “average” Amiga is. We need entries from all and sundry this time to get a better feel for what passes for your Amiga, rather than just getting entries from those who wish to boast, or those with plenty of time on their hands, so get filling in. Please.
Last year’s survey results indicated a pleasing increase in the level of your computers, prompted, I’m sure, by reduced costs. Where once we would have found even hard drives a raritv, they’re almost ubiquitous these days, and we’re hoping that this year we can say the same for CD-ROM drives too, especially in light of the fact that one will be needed if you’re to run WB3.5. Funnily enough, you’ll also need Kickstart
3. 1 to be able to run the new operating system, so I also expect
a sharp upturn in the number of people who are going to be
running this version of the ROM.
We’re using pretty much the same questions as last year in order to compare the surveys more accurately, although references to other Amiga magazines have sadly been removed.
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- •• ad Amiga Format written an : 1 • : article about software
piracy back in the heyday of the Amiga, circa 1992, it might
have taken the attitude that software companies were at least
partly responsible for the problem. We would have concluded
that perhaps the prices asked for games and other software were
somewhat high, and that this contributed to the whole piracy
issue. Fortunes were certainly made in games are now released
at £15 or £20. Serious software hasn’t risen in price either,
and in most cases it’s actually dropped - a title like Amiga
Writer would have set you back about £150 back in 1992 but now
you can get it for a third of that price, with better features
and a free upgrade to version 2, so the cost factor argument
for piracy has withered away.
The other thing that can count towards a general demise in the levels of piracy is the fact that Shareware has become all-important to , oysgi the continued success of the Amiga, and . while it might .
Those days - companies like Psygnosis, Westwood Interactive and Electronic Arts may now be known to all and sundry around the world, but they wouldn’t have been able to get where they are today without blockbuster Amiga titles like Lemmings, Dune II or Deluxe Paint making them the money which they did.
These days, however, games tend to be low cost affairs. While top titles like Napalm or Foundation still cruise at around the £30 mark, many Amina IAN AISBITT I personally think piracy stinks. There are still too many Amigans prepared to get a pirate copy of a program rather than pay the Shareware fee. However, a lot of Shareware authors aren't very realistic. I for one have been caught out twice sending cash through the post, by which I mean I've sent currency and then not received the registered version of their software and thus lost the money.
SIMON FINNIGAN: Even with all the problems the Amiga is having, it's still as easy as ever to get pirated software for it. I know of at least three local BBSes in the Liverpool MAY 1999 AMIGA FORMAT This can either be a verb, as in "to crack a program you need to..." or a noun, referring to a piece of software as being "cracked".
ELITE SPEAK JARGON PIRATE Anyone who copies software and gives it to someone else, or who receives and uses such software.
SPREADER Someone whose job is simply to propagate the dispersal of this pirated software.
A misguided coder who breaks protection routines on software WAREZ Any pirated software, on any platform at ail.
Letters are often replaced by numbers or symbols and cases are mixed in order to give a more "unique" impression. Well-known examples are "dOOdZ" (dudes), "m8" (mate), "eL1T3" (Elite) and so on.
Area that have large Amiga warez sections. There is nowhere near as big a problem on the Internet as far as I've seen. So far I haven't seen a single piece of Amiga warez on the net (I have looked as well) and I've been on the Internet for about two and a half years now.
I think the biggest problem for the Amiga in terms of warez is simply the size of the files. I can download Siamese 2.5 in 4 minutes over a normal 33.6K modem, which costs me 5p maximum, compared to God only knows how much to buy. The PC at least has the advantage that the files are so huge that it gets impractical to download the files for yourself, so a number of people have bought CDR drives for the express intention of making their own warez Cds and selling them to pay their phone bill.
I have to be honest and say that the main reason I stopped using Amiga warez was because of the state of the market. I have no problem at all AMIGA FORMAT MAY 1999 TO QUAKE OR NOT TO QUAKE?
One of the seeming grey areas of piracy is very obvious on the Amiga: QuakePPC, While dickBOOM ported Quake to the Amiga's standard 68K processor, some people maintain that they also promised to port it for the nascent PPC market.
While I have no recollection of ciickBOOM actually promising to port the software, they did make noises about creating it j j for the PowerPC, after Myst. However, whether they do or not, it remains to be said that QuakePPC is a pirated bit of software. There's absolutely no excuse for using what is definitely stolen source code, regardless of clickBOOM's position on the topic. Even if users are buying the full 68K Quake in order to get the .PAK files needed to play the full game, this still doesn't Hmake it right to use the QuakePPC ports. If and when iD Software release the source code for
Quake, legal ports to the PPC will then be possible.
Copies worldwide and that the programmers of the game reversed their decision to create a sequel in disgust. The same is true the world over. GPSoftware took the bold decision to put a trojan horse into their superlative Directory Opus software that reacts badly to a pirated serial number being used, in an effort to prevent the widespread piracy of that title.
What’s worse is that it’s quite hard to police. In these days of the Internet where ftp sites can be anywhere, the crime often has an international flavour o and it’s very difficult and expensive to prosecute over national boundaries.
This doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been done, and although stories about the various law enforcement agencies being apathetic abound, including those 4" Pirated keys for numerous Shareware programs get passed to aiid fro by thieves, without a care that someone who has worked out of the goodness of their heart and who hopes to earn a bit of cash from their the worst. They think that buying lots of hardware keeps the Amiga market going and that they can freely pirate software because ‘they’re supporting programming is going to lose out because of this piracy.
Chris Wiles from Active Technologies told us about his experiences of piracy with NetConnect 2, the universally lauded Internet software suite: “Some countries are worse than others. For example, we get very little piracy from Ireland, New Zealand or America, but central European countries are He also said that the j most galling thing was the people “who ring up or email us for support with obviously pirated keyfiles.
They even ask for updates to the software because of bugs they’ve supposedly found”.
Chris’ experiences are far from uncommon. I spoke to Michael Garlich of Titan K Computers about Shadow of the Third
1. V Moon, the game they brought out early lit'' last year-It was
very popular, but only with pirates, it seems.
P Michael told me that they’d only sold about 1,000 Purchasing blank disks or Cds is much cheaper than " actually paying for software, but it's also wrong 4m with PC warez since the market is so much bigger (look at the size of Microsoft and then tell me that piracy is really hurting them, for example), but on a machine like the Amiga, piracy is just stupidity.
GARETH MURFIN: I think people think Shareware warez aren't as bad as commercial warez, but in fact it's worse in some respects. The Amiga market is largely bedroom coders who don't have a publisher and who rely on people registering the software. When they see people pirating it they're very hurt and out of pocket, so they might not code any more. They may also move to a new platform which they think has more potential sales - on the PC piracy is probably as bad if not worse than on the Amiga, but with such a large user base you're bound to get more registration fees.
A PIRATE: Cds could have kept the Amiga alive as they slowed down piracy, especially playground piracy. However, Amiga companies didn't take enough advantage of Cds while the Amiga still had a fair share of the market. Most people have copied a music tape, recorded a CD to tape, encoded or played an MP3, recorded a film off TV and watched it more than once or even photocopied a book. All this is breaking copyright which amounts to piracy.
I feel that the industry should make a better effort.
PAUL BRAZIER: I think most piracy will be confined to games. On the Shareware side, I try to register for all the programs I regularly use but, believe me, it's not easy to do living here [South Africa]. Nobody wants South African Rand and the banks don't want to transfer money so I usually have to wait until relations send Sterling for birthdays, then send English money for registrations.
AN EX-PIRATE WHO HAS GROWN UP: I, and most others I know, have really turned our ways against piracy. It's wrong, however you want to try to justify it, and it only serves to damage the one computer platform we place any value in at all.
There's all this talk of piracy on the Amiga, and yet surely this is now really a thing of the past as there are fewer users, less software and the cracking crews have migrated to the PC. Not on your life! Piracy of Amiga 20 MAY 1999 AMIGA FORMAT PIRACY There's a new way of pirating Amiga software available now. ADF files are disk images of older Amiga programs, often games, designed for use with UAE or Fellow, the Amiga emulators for platforms like the PC. Before anyone jumps off into the deep end, some of these ADF files are legal and they've been created with the blessing of their original
creators. There are others, like versions of Workbench and Kickstart ROMs, for instance, that are in no way legal, and it's these that should be watched out for. The best legal way of getting an Amiga on a PC is to buy Cioanto's Amiga Forever CD which has officially licensed versions of Workbench and ROMs.
Amiga Disk File Although they aren't ail illegal, there are numerous websites offering pirated software.
Someone to use on their Amiga, but it music” when it obviously isn’t, but we isn't reallv. These things are wrong too. Shouldn’t sneer at anyone who refuses to There's no grey area here - piracy is pirate their Amiga software. They might wrong in whatever form it takes. The just be the ones who are keeping the major difference is that piracy on the platform alive.
Amiga is not only wrong, it’s threatening the existence of the machine. Piracy is still killing the Amiga and it’s doing a better j ob of it now than it ever has done before. We can all sneer at the posters that say “Home taping is killing ¦¦¦Hi Please set the options and insert the CD in the source drive Option-* Base dir-- j Temporary images: _P| Delete tile: Qj ’Vrite Mode; ci :_L Bnfortunately, it's now easier and cheaper than ever to copy Cds, about Britain’s anti-piracy initiative FAST, this shouldn’t stop you from calling your local police station and trading standards offices if you
discover a pirate in operation. As long as you don’t specifically mention what computer platform these people are pirating, I’ve found that the police have been quite keen to appear in their local paper with plastic bags filled with Cds and floppies. They’ll contact your local trading standards authority, but they also recommend that you do to o. It may seem to be a double standard, when people turn a blind eye to people taping Cds or getting the Macintosh OS and ROMs from WHAT TO DO If you have information that someone is a pirate, you should collect the evidence you have and pass it onto the
police in the area where the pirate is. They'll probably ask you to talk to their local trading standards authority too, so you may have to make a couple of long distance phone calls.
You can get these numbers from Directory Enquiries.
Direct to CD writer games, utilities, system software and Kickstart ROMs has suddenly taken off again with a vengeance. The difference between this and previous forms of piracy is that it's now in the open, not an underground activity.
The people grabbing the software don't give a stuff about the state of the Amiga market on the whole, and for the most part probably don't even know they're involved in mass piracy. I'm talking about the emergence of numerous Internet web sites hosting hundreds of game images in ADF (Amiga Disk Format) files for use with the current Amiga emulators that have become available for the PC.
The task of converting these images back to an Amiga disk is academic provided you have the software. I've tested a few of these and it becomes immediately apparent that most of these ADFs are images of the old cracks of yesteryear. I've also tested these images on the PC emulators, and in most cases the cracker's intro screen never shows up so the user has no idea the game is actually cracked.
SIMON JENKINS: I've used pirated software. I can understand why people are using, say, a copy of a game instead of the original because the games do cost quite a bit of money. The latest CD-ROM games cost anything around the £30 mark which, although they do come on a CD, is still a bit much to ask. On the subject of Shareware, people might not register because of the simple fact that they can't afford it, or they begrudge paying anything up to £30 to have the full program, or a keyfile to bring the program up to a full one. I had to pay £20 to register AmlRC 2.1 would love to register all my
Shareware software but I simply can't afford to do so.
ROB MARRIS: I haven't pirated anything since I was about 17 (7 years ago) and never intend to again. Programmers getting ripped off by pirates may be unfair, but the main motivation for me not pirating these days is that if we don't buy the software, they won't keep developing it. I imagine this is the case for most ex-game pirates.
MALCOLM CAMPBELL: I think software piracy is generally a bad thing. I say generally because if it wasn't for all those free pirate games that my friends used to buy at market stalls, they would never have considered buying an Amiga.
AMIGA FORMAT MAY 1999 Bringing you the latest Amiga News from Eyetec Latest News in Brief LIMITED EDITION 1260 75LC 60 MIPS ACCELERATOR Now available from Eyetech - at a price lower than that of the 1260 66!
OS 3.5 UPGRADE PREPARATIONS The fastest 680x0 accelerator for any Amiga is now available (exclusively) from Eyetech. Rated by Sysinfo at toi ’ With OS 3.5 having been 'outed' at last - and on track for delivery in a few months time - now is the time to start preparing your A1200 to be OS 3.5-ready. around 60 MIPS the accelerator is suitable for both desktop and towered A1200s. The integer processing speed of the 75MHz 060 is - in Simon Goodwin's words - ’awesome’, being up to 2200% faster than that of an an 030 50!
According to Amiga International, a realistic configuration srfo The 1260 75 LC comes with a full MMU but no FPU as no internal or external Motorola FPU module will work at these speeds. As most Amiga software is supplied with non-MMU versions, these should still easily out-perform the FPU versions on a lesser processor in all but a handful of cases. And now for the best news of all. You can have the fastest O S-compliant Amiga on the planet for just £299.95!
Amiga International recommend an ’060 processor to get the most out of OS 3.5 - see separate news story.
For acceptable performance is: ‘030 Accelerator & 8mb - ACC-030-40-1 S £59.95 + mem
3. 1 ROMs - SYS-KS31-ROM £24.95 (ROMs only) or SYS-KS31 - MPUG
£49.95 (including WB 3.1 disks and Magic Pack software)
Scandoubler Flickerfixer - EZVGA range from £48.95 Modem -
MOD-56K 56K external modem with cables - £69.95 To take full
advantage of OS 3.5, Al recommends: ‘060 Accelerator & 32mb -
ACC-060-50 £249.95 + mem 16-bit sound card - AOPT-AUD-PL12-DT
£129.95 I O Accelerator - INT-SER-PTJR £29.95 (Voucher price)
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AVAILABLE UNTIL 30 APRIL 1999 I EDVA Beo Vost has twisted our arm and persuaded us to give you an Easter present - in the form of discounts worth up to £110 in total - against some of our most popular products. Full details are in the News Section of this issue of Amiga Format. Look for the aster discount ¥oucher Applies logo.
17” MONITORS DOWN IN PRICE AGAIN The price of larger monitors continues to fall as they start to become shipped as standard with mid-level PC systems.
Reflecting this we have reduced the price of the regular 17" monitor to £199.95 (from £248.95 in December) - with a further £10 reduction if you use the coupon in the News Section of this issue of Amiga Format.
If you are thinking of investing in a high quality graphics card - such as the Bvision, then it is worth considering a high grade engineering-workstation-type monitor, such as the 17" model we have advertised for £399.95 (£389.95 with voucher). This quality of monitor is normally priced in the range of £600-£800 Note that not all PC monitors meet their listed specification and as a result fail to work correctly with Amiga scandoublers flickerfixers in all modes. All our monitors have been selected to be fully compatible with the EZVGA SD FF range.
AF GOLD FOR PRELUDE 1200 In a three page review in the April 1999 issue of AF, Tony Florgan - !Mr Music' of the Amiga magazine world - concluded that the Preludel 200 was "Easily the best A1200 audio expansion we've seen so far" giving it an AF Gold award.
COMPATIBILITY KITS POPULAR A1200 ADD-ONS Current accelerators, internal flickerfixers, the Bvision card, the IDE Flyer, video slot adaptors, Zorro adaptors, clock port accessories, Catweasles and other add-ons all vie for the A1200's real estate, and often there is a level of electrical incompatibility as well.
The range of potential conflicts - and their resolution - is too large a subject to cover in an advertisement feature such as this: it will however form one of the items covered in a forthcoming Eyeline Direct (See separate news story). Suffice it to say that we at Eyetech have been working with many of the suppliers to produce work-arounds to most potential conflicts - so please ring for advice if you have (or suspect you will have) compatibility problems between any of your A1200 peripherals. In most cases we will be able to advise you how to get around the problem.
BMON - A FAMILY OF MONITOR SWITCHES FOR THE BVISION, CYBERVISION & OTHER GRAPHICS CARDS Following the release of the Bvision in late December 1998, Eyetech has completely redesigned its Bmon range of high quality video switches to cater not just for the Bvision, but for all Amiga graphics cards and scandoubler flickerfixer combinations.
The Bmon takes two video inputs - one from an Amiga's AA chipset (either directly or via a scandoubler flickerfixer) and the other from a graphics card (BVision, Cybervision, Picasso, Ateo bus card etc) - and switches your SVGA or multisync monitor between them. Th?
Bmon uses high quality video switchers so - unlike conventional switchboxes - there is no loss of quality from either source. It can also be used - in its Smon form - for switching an SVGA monitor between a PC and Amiga system.
As standard the Bmon accepts input from a Bvision or Cybervision card and from an Eyetech EZVGA internal flickerfixer-2 . It is manually switched by a remote miniature toggle switch positioned - for example - on the front panel of a tower system. An optional automatic switch controller is currently under development and can be easily added later.
The Bmon comes in a self-contained plastic case (approx 55x50x15mm) and attaches to the back of the case using Velcro strips. It can easily be mounted inside a tower system using any available 15pin 'D' type knock-out on the tower's rear panel.
The Bmon is available in six different configurations to suit most graphics card Amiga video configurations as follows: NETCONNECT 2.2 INTERNET SUITE NOW SUPPLIED WITH EYENET PACKAGES If you are not yet on the Internet, f?; now is the idea! Time to sign up.
Just £139.95 gets you a 56K modem, the Netconnect 2.2 internet software suite and a full internet connection with 10 email addresses, 25MB web space and unlimited web access with no ongoing charges (other than 0845 local call charges) ever! And, AMIGA CHIPSET CONNECTION 23pin D-M RGB 15pin HD-F SVGA EZVGA INFF-2 GRAPHICS Bvision, CyberVisionPPC CARD TYPE: Ateo, Picasso, PC gfx card etc ADPT-VGA-BMON A ADPT-VGA-SMON A ADPT-VGA-BMON V ADPT-VGA-SMON V ADPT-VGA-BMON F ADPT-VGA-SMON F The Bmon, complete with manual change-over switch & indicator and EZVGA INFF-2 connecting lead (ie part number
ADPT- VGA-BMON F) is priced at just £39.95. Please see the price list on page 4 of this advert for other prices.
Unlike other ’free' services, there is no extortionate support charges to get your Amiga set up, and no requirement to supply a personal profile for direct mail email advertisement use by the ISP. In fact, the whole Eyetech package with modem and Amiga software costs less than many ISP’s charge for 12 months connection alone!
Afile for ' EYELIN A monthly Amiga newsletter delivered to your door for just 25p a copy!
In the fast changing world of computers and peripherals, and with an ever-expanding portfolio of Amiga products, we are finding it increasingly difficult to provide Amiga owners with comprehensive technical and pricing information via our monthly advertising pages alone.
That’s why we are launching Eyeline Direct - a monthly newsletter for Amiga users full of hints and tips, in-depth technical information on our latest products and - of course - up-to-date pricing information. In addition it has a section devoted to monthly special offers which will only be available to Eyeline Direct subscribers.
The normal price of Eyeline Direct is just £6.00 for 12 issues including UK postage - but if you subscribe before 30 April 1999 we will send you all 12 issues for half price
- that's just 25p per copy including postage!
As well as our current product range we will be including a section on the answers to the most frequently asked questions on our support line - and top hints and tips from other Amiga users - so you can build up an easy-to-access reference manual for your A1200.
To subscribe to Eyeline Direct just ring the Eyetech sales team on 01642 713185 or write or fax us enclosing your delivery address and payment (cash, stamps or postal order please unless part of a larger order). EC customers please add £3, Worldwide please add £6.
EZBUS-Z4 - A new Zorro adaptor from Eyetech featuring regular Z2 slots and 2x 19MB s local bus connectors EZTower-Z4 - A new EZTower specifically designed to take the Ezbus-Z4 EZBus-Z4 Zorro-4 adaptor alone Ezius-ZT introductory price - advanced orders EZTowerZ4, k b adaptor, PC k.b EZTowerZ4, k b adaptor, PC k.b & EZBus-Z4 As above - introductory price - advanced orders Video adaptor (needed for SD FF options) 24-bit local-slot graphics card - target price £149.95 £129.95 £129.95 £249.95 £199.95 £29.95 £99.95 ENTRY LEVEL EZPC TOWER SYSTEMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM JUST £599.95 UPGRADE PACKS FOR
EXISTING EZTOWER USERS JUST £499.95 The EZPC-Pro Tower configurations (featured on the next page) have produced a tremendous level of interest - and orders - from professional and serious home Amiga users alike. We have also had many requests for a lower cost, entry level solution, from those Amiga users whose budget is more modest. So here it is - the EZPC-SLE - giving most of the potential of the EZPC-Pro systems (featured opposite) in an affordable (but expansible) package.
The EZPC-SLE specification is as follows: ? Full EZTower Mk4 with removable side panels & 250w PSU (not with upgrade kit) ? PC Keyboard & EZKey-SE PC keyboard adaptor (not with upgrade kit) ? 10OMHz-bus speed motherboard with 333MX CPU, 1MB cache memory & 4 x UDMA IDE ports ? 2 x high speed serial & 1 x EPP parallel port ? 32MB 100MHz memory ? 8MB SVGA SIS Graphics ? 16 bit 3D sound record and playback ? 3.2GB UDMA hard drive ? 24 speed CDROM ? PC mouse ? Remote Amiga PC keyboard switch ? Siamese 2.1 RTG serial Amiga-PC networking software and cable.
And, to display your Amiga output on a PC screen, either ? A TV Teletext tuner with 24-bit still & video capture and Amiga composite video input or ? An Amiga EZVGA-INSD internal scandoubler and Bmon switch As with the EZPC-Pro Tower systems - a collection, installation and delivery service is available - please ring for details.
You will also need to have Windows 9x operating system and an SVGA pc monitor - see the panel about the EZPC-Pro Tower system opposite for details.
CD ReWriter DVD ROM or CDROM Monitor amp & speakers Removable HD bay A1200 CDROM Biankfor expansion This is definitely one of the easiest solutions to building your own Tower” - Amiga Format The Eyetech Tower offers clever solutions with a Velcro easyfit mentality” - CU Amiga ? The easiest way to re-house your A1200 by far Expand your system with EZPC or Zorro slots 250 W PSU with PC and Amiga power connectors No expensive PCMCIA right-angle adaptor required Available in 5 models to suit different skills and budgets The only tower allowing both PC & A1200 in one case Eyetech Starter
Pack & Starter Pack-Plus Diskette based system as above Just £179.95 CDROM-ready, 170MB HD system as above Just £248.95 (NewS HD pack now includes EZCD buffered i f and ext’! CDROM socket) Upgrade HD system to a 24-speed CDPius unit with PSU for just £59.95 Eyetech PredyotfuiSy Pack 3 170MB HD,030 40MHz MMU FPU 8MB Just £299.95 U g to an '040 25MHz MMU FPU w 16MB & IOOW PSU for just £99.95* 8Jor upgrade to an EZTower-Plus with EZKey & PC k b for just £110.00* (New! HD pack now includes EZCD buffered i f and ext’l CDROM socket) Eyetech MiniTower Pack 3
3. 2GB HD, '040 28MHZ MMU FPU 16MB, 24-speed CDROM, EZ-CD-Mk4
4-device buffered i f & cables, EZIDE s w, MiniTower case with
230W PSU Just £59: Upgrade to an ’040 40-SE MMU FPU with 32MB
for just £69.95 l W -i Eyetech Professional Pack 3
4. 3GB HD, '040 40-SE MMU FPU 32MB, 24-speed CDROM, EZCD-Mk4
4-device buffered i f & cables, EZIDE software, EZTower case,
Amiga k b & i f, 250W PSU Just £798.9 Upgrade to a 160MHz PPC
& '040 25MHz MMU FPU w 64MB for £129.95 . . . & or add a 14"
Monitor & Soandoubler for just £129.951
* With the D1Y EZ-Tower you have to remove the PC tower back
panel and some internal shelving and fix the new back panel in
place All scandoublers flickerfixers allow the Amigas 15khz
modes to display on a PC SVGA monitor. Flickerfixers allow
15kHz interlaced screens to be displayed, rock-steady, at twice
the standard vertical resolution. Other modes are passed
EZVGA-Mk2 Compact, external upgradeable scandoubler (to full flickerfixer) £69.95 EZVGA-Plus Compact, external scandoubler with full flickerfixer £99.95 EZVGA-SEFF Economy external scandoubler with full flickerfixer £89.95 EZVGA-INSD Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler (not upgradeable) £48.95 EZVGA-1NFF Internal A1200 A4000 scandoubler with full flickerfixer £79.95 (Surf) Squirrel* or ethernet card* in PCMCIA slot External SCSI output socket CDROM & Amiga Audio mixer output* EZKey input socket 250Watt PSU with monitor output socket Amiga accel’tor* & optional ¦ Bvision graphics Space for
standard PC motherboard1 Individually removable side-panels All A1200 rear panel sockets are directly accessible AMIGA SVGA MONITORS For use with Amiga Zorro & the new PPC Graphics Cards, Scandoublers & the EZPC-Tower system ? Special pricing on scandoublers flickerfixers bought with monitors from just £45 extra fciiZZ ? Monitor specifications are quoted as the highest vertical refresh rate at the maximum HMF resolution. Higher refresh rates ( =72Hz) at lower resolutions are available and give a I Jr ? Scandoubler flickerfixers have resolutions 911 governed by the Amiga’s AA AGA chipset
and are restricted to a maximum vertical refresh of 73Hz and a maximum usable resolution of 724Hx566V.
? The PPC Bvision supports 1600x1280@72Hz. You will not gain the fu!
Benefit of this superb graphics card without a monitor that supports this resolution at that refresh rate.
14” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £89.95 15” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £119.95 17” SVGA 0.28DP, 1280Hx1024V @ 60Hz £199.95 Engineering workstation grade monitor: | 17” SVGA 0.26DP, 1600Hx1280V @ 75Hz £399.95 AWARD-WINNING UMAX SOS! FLATBED SCANNER ? 600 x 300dpi optical resolution, single-pass 24- _ bit A4 flatbed scanner * ? Comes with Photoscope (Amiga) and Mac software. Compatible with all modern SCSI interfaces - including PPC, .
Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not Surf-Squirrel) ? PCW ‘Best Scanner of 1998’ Award - July 1998; f ¦ PCW ‘Best Scanner’ September 1998 ? Highly-acclaimed ArtEffect-SE v1.5 (normally £59.95) free with this bundle whilst stocks last.... Amiga UMAX Scanner & PhotoScope Bundle now with FREE ArtEffect-SE v1.5 - still just £179.95 The Top-Rated CD-Plus Range for the A1200 “Eyetech have come up with a real winner with this new CDROM drive” - Ben Vost, AF If your A1200 hasn’t got a CDROM then you don’t know what you’re missing!
At these prices there is really no excuse! ? Whisper quiet 24 or 32-speed CDROM mechanism ? £ZCD-Mk44-device buffered interface, 3-connector - • 40-way and 2-connector 44-way cables included ? CDPIus driver software specially written for Eyetech by the author of IDE-fix i Optional Amiga and CDDA audio mixer with Gold phono audio jacks - just £14.95 each i gjfCT " * ? 20-watt CE-approved PSU complete with 13A plug.
? Optional upgrade to MiniTower or Desktop case with : I-*”" 230W PSU (which can also hold extra drives and power your H tarr; V;.. Amiga) just £20 extra! “ ? 2 Free Cds whilst stocks last Complete CDPIus Systems: 24-speed just £74.95; 32-speed just £84.95 Bare mechanisms for tower: 24-speed just £34.95; 32-speed just £44.95!
A1200 EZWriter and EZReWriter CDROM Burners Make your own music and data CD’s, back up data for less than 0.15p MB ... IBB ? Both are IDE ATAPI reader writer units with MakeCD ® Amiga writing software ? EZWriter units cut ‘Gold’ CD blanks at 2x speed & read CDROM’s at 8 speed +• igggfpP3 ? EZReWriter units cut ‘Gold’ CD blanks and CD rewritable disks at 2x speed and read conventional CD’s at 6 speed Ay "77, ? Gold 650MB CD blanks (for use with either model) are available at ten for £10 at time of purchase Ly'1 -y ? CD rewritable disks are just £5. Each when bought with „.,Wmrnmik the
EZReWriter j EZWriter EZReWriter Options EZWriter-Bare for A4000 or A1200 Tower (bare drive-no MakeCD) £179.95 EZWriter-INT for A4000 or A1200 Tower (with MakeCD) £209.95 EZWriter-SE External A1200 unit with separate 10Ow PSU £249.95 EZWriter-Gold External A1200 unit with int 40w PSU, Gold Audio skts £279.95 EZWriter-MT Mini-Tower-cased unit with 230w PSU which can house an additional LS120 Zip CDROM & power your A1200 £269.95 EZReWriter-Bare for A4000 or A1200 Tower (bare drive - no MakeCD) £199.95 EZReWriter-INT for A4000 or A1200 Tower (with MakeCD) £238.95 EZReWriter-SE External A1200 CD
ReWriter with separate 10Ow PSU £279.95 IDE interfaces EZCD-SE l F, 44-way & 40-way cables & CDROM s w - add £20 if required ... EZCD-Mk4 l F, 44 & 40-way cables & EZ-IDE s w - add £30 _IDE-Flyer or IDE-Express l F, cables & s w - add £50 Apollo Accelerators for the A1200 1230 40 TURBO PRO MK3 High performance 1 or 2 simm entry level accelerators for A1200 desktop consoles or tower systems MMU, FPU & 1 SIMM socket to 32MB only £59.95 1|P|SP MMU, FPU & 2 SIMM sockets to 64MB only £69.95 A1240 28 ‘040 28MHZ MMU FPU* (21 MIPS) £127.95 A1240 40SE ‘040 40MHZ MMU FPU* (30 MIPS) £167.95 A1240 40
‘040 40MHZ MMU FPU* (30 MIPS) £184.95 p III I A1260 50 ‘060 50MHZ MMU FPU* (39 MIPS) £264,95 A1260 66 ‘060 66MHZ MM U FPU * (51 MIPS) £349.95 A1260 75LC ‘060 75MHz MMU* (60 MIPS) £299.95
* To 32MB. Optional 2nd simm socket (tower only) offers 64MB
total The Apollo A12SQ 7§1£ is the fastest Operating
System-supported Amiga accelerator currently available Tip; Buy
your memory with the accelerator to ensure full compatibility
20% off memory prices when bought with an Apollo or phase5
accelerator phase5 PowerUp A1200 PPC + 040 060 Accelerators
Without SCSI (not upgradeable) inc. MMU & FPU 160 Mhz 603e PPC
‘040 25 MMU.FPU only £199.95 § 160 Mhz 603e PPC ‘060 50 MMU FPU
only £479.95 " 240 Mhz 603e PPC ‘040 25 MMU FPU only £319.95
~ 240 Mhz 603e PPC ‘060 50 MMU FPU only £549.95 Add £69 to the
above prices for factory fitted on-board Fast SCSI li Interface
Blizzard Vision PPC 8MB Graphics Card Unbelievable qualify and
speed - 1600x1280@72HZ!
No Zorro slots needed!
NEW! 8mb card - £159.95 or just £139.95 with a PPC The fastest, most highly specified graphics card you can buy for your A1200 A1200 Clock Port Expansion Cards For non-Zorro expansion A1200 owners the best I expansion route is via the (unused) clock port "JEL Portjunior 1x 460kb serial port 39.95 lOBIixl200S 1x 1.5 MB s serial port 49.95 lOBIixl 200P 1x EPP parallel port 49.95 (Drivers for PC parallel port scanners, Zip drives etc., available shortly) PortPlus 2x460kb ser & 1x800kb par port 69.95 Catweasel-2 HD Amiga PC floppy controller 49.95 Preludel 200-DT 16-bit f d sound card for
desktop A1200 129.95 Preludel 200-TW 16-bit f d sound card for tower A1200 149.95 ClockUp 4-way clock port expander 19.95 Parallel & Serial expansion for Zorro-based systems I0BLIX expandable 121 0 card for Tower Systems 2xS, 1xP - £89.95 Complete A1200 IDE solutions TurboPrint 7 - The essential partner for your digital imaging work ? The most comprehensive, fastest replacement printing system for all WB2.X+ Amigas (? Supports more than 70 printers including the latest models from Epson, Canon, HP printers - including the Award-winning Epson Stylus Photo series j ? Integrates seamlessly with
ScanQuix scanning software |L- j3 and CamControl digital camera software ? Poster printing, image tiling, colour correction, print ~ | spooling, multiple copies*, postscript emulator, screen grabber*, photo optimisation etc, all included I? Selectable parallel device for use with high-speed interfaces such as the PortPlus & lOBIixl200P 1? 20% off the price of the the PortPlus & lOBIixl 200P - o' j when purchased with TurboPrint._ | Amiga Digital Imaging Software hum Andreas Gunther ScanQuix4 Software just £59.95 - Upgrade Just E29.9S % 24 bit scanning with full range of editing options.
! Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package r" (AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint. Photogenics, ImageFX, Sca&Uulx. - XLPaint, Pagestream 3, L)Paint5) via AREXX.
? ‘Scan-to-disk’ option in Jpeg or IFF.
? Unique calibration program which automatically y£ compensates for scanner and printer deficiencies allowing photo-realistic output on any high resolution, Turboprint or Studioil supported, colour printer. ...r% * ? Interpolated resolutions to 20000x20000 dpi.
? Colour photocopy option when used with a one-pass colour scanner
• Supports Epson, HP, Umax, and some Mustek & Artek SCSI
scanners & Epson parallel scanners.(Umax ScanQuix4 is £69.95,
Photoscope £59.95) s Compatible with all modern SCSI
controllers including PPC, Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not
CamConirol Amiga Digital Camera Software now just £29.95 Serial connection versions available for most popular models of Kodak, Minolta, Olympus, Casio & Fuji digital cameras , § i Picture transfer, camera control & sideshow ' options (camera dependant) Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package (AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint, Photogenics, ImageFX, XL Paint, Pagestream 3, Dpaint 5) via % Selectable serial device for use with high-speed interfaces like the. , PortJnr or lOBIixl 200S 20% off the price of the the PortPlus & lOBIixl200S when purchased with CamControl software.
Complete A1200 IDE solutions ? All drives come ready to use with WB3.0 pre-installed & WB2.X install script ? All drives over 200 MB come with over 45 top quality utilities (not shovelware) and Mme multimedia authoring s w pre-installed, configured & ready-to-run LS120 & Zip Drives (ATAPI i f & EZIDE needed) LS120 (HD Floppy 120MB Cart) - £79.95 3 x 120MB carts £29.95 Zip Drive (Mac emul. Compatible) - £79.95 3 x 100 MB carts £29.95 TowerDrives (3.5” drives, 25mm high) 2,1GB - £89.95 3.2GB - £109.95 4.3GB - £129.95
2. 5” InstantDrives for the A600 A1200 SX32 20MB Entry-level
drive for the SX32 A600 £29.95 170MB Entry-level drive for the
SX32Pro A1200 £49.95 260MB Entry-level drive for the
SX32Pro A1200 £59.95 * 720MB A drive for serious A1200 SX32
Pro users £99.95 1,4GB A high performance drive for power
users £129.95 ¦-v;~ ¦, -v
3. 2GB Ultra slim drive for A1200 600 SX32 £179.95 Amiga Genlock
Superimposes Amiga-generated graphics on a composite PAL
video stream. Just plug in and go!
* Substitutes incoming video for any ‘transparent’ colours in
your paint package, titling or multimedia presentation
T Create stunning transition and titling effects with packages such as Scala MM300 (which is included with A1200 hard drive Magic Packs).
|R”Sg-- * gg.wj Now just £69.95 Turn your CD32 into an At200! GSi ?All models come with keyboard, hard & floppy drive, serial parallel, RGB & VGA video interfaces |St i ?Pro models have '030 40MHz or 50MHz cpu and u; .
Optional PC keyboard i f. Pro-50 has full MMU, HI ?Mk2 takes up to 8MB & FPU; Pro models take up to lllJl 64MB & FPU.
SK32 Mk2 £149.95 Th( SX32 ProSO £249.95 SX32 Pro40EC Abridged Guide to Buffered Interfaces A buffered IDE interface is essential if you are considering expanding your A1200’s storage capability. Not only does it give you the option to attach up to 4 hard drive CDROM LS120 Zip etc devices but it also protects your A1200 by putting back the buffering electronics that Commodore AI left out of the A1200 design. Some interfaces can also significantly speed up the data transfer to and from your hard drive and or CDROM ... but you will need to choose the right interface for your particular setup -
see below, ring for details or send a stamped addressed envelope for an IDE Interface Fact Sheet. Note that the EZCD-SE is equivalent to the ‘standard’ interface offered by some other suppliers. See also the EZIDE software panel on this page.
NB If you are thinking of getting a hard drive larger than 4.3GB then get the IDE-Flyer or wait for OS3.S which properly supports them and gives new, compatible versions of FFS, Format & HDToolbox programs Interface Max Xfer Suitability EZCD-SE 2MB S 68030 40Mhz or slower no accelerator.
EZCD-Mk4 3MB S 68030 50, 68040 xx, 68060 xx accelerator.
IDE-Flyer 8MB s 040 xx, 060 xx, UDMA HD & 24 speed+CDROM EZCD Buffered Interfaces SE Mk4 4-Device Buff Interface & CDROM Software £18.95 £28.95 CDROM s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables £28.95 £38,95 EZ-IDE s w, 3x40 & 2x44-way cables £38.95 £48.95 Eibox IDE Flyer I F& CDROM file system ( 4.3GB HD Support) £54.95 ? Autodetects and remaps Amiga & PC keyboards V Plugs directly into the ribbon cable slot on the A1200 EZKey2 alone - for A1200 only - just EZKey2 and Windows keyboard EZKey2, A4000 k b & 6-to-5 pin adaptor ? Separate models for Amiga & PC keyboards ? Amiga version & k b detects all multi-key
combinations EZKey-SE Anraiga - for A1200 & A600 - just £18.95 EZKey-SE Amiga A4K k b & 6-5 pin adaptor £48.95 EZKey-SE PC - for A1200 & A600 - just £24.95 EZKey-SE PC and Windows keyboard £34.95 AMIGA MAGIC PACK UPGRADE PACKS AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES The ideal way to update your Commodore A1200: ? 3.1 Kickstart ROMs ? Photogenics 1.2SE 4 x ? 3.1 Workbench (6 disks) Efca : ? Personal Paint 6.4 j 4 Wordworth 4.5 SE ? Organiser 1.1 ? Turbocalc 3.5 ? Pinball Mania & Whizz ? Datastore 1.1 ? Workbench 3.1 manuals ? Magic Pack application software manuals..... all for just £49.95!!
EYETECH GROUP LTD The Old Bank, 12 West Green, Stokesley, North Yorkshire TS9 5BB, UK Tel: 07000 4 AMIGA ~ 07000 4 26442 - +44(0)1642 713 185 Fax: 44(0)1642 71363 Net: sales, info @eyetech.co.uk._www.eyetech.co.uk. UK Bank BS Cheques, Visa*, Mastercard*, Switch, Delta, Connect, Solo, Electron.
Postal Money orders accepted. (*A 3% charge applies to all credit card orders). Due to space limitations some of the specs given are indicative only - please ring write for further details. Please check prices, specification and availability before ordering. If ordering by post, please provide a daytime telephone number. Goods are not supplied on a trial basis. A1200 items are tested with a Rev 1.D.1 motherboard - other boards may need modification. Items subject to manual wear & tear (eg keyboards) are limited to 90 days warranty on those components. E.&0.E. All prices include VAT at 17.5%.
Orders sent outside the EC do not incur VAT - divide the prices shown by 1.175 to arrive at ex-VAT prices.
UK Next Day Insured Delivery Charges: Software Cables, EZCD l F = £3.00
2. 5” Drives, Aecelerators, Manuals = £7.00,3.5” Drives, FDDs,
PSUs, SX32 = £9.00, CDPIus, Minitower, Desktop = £11.00, EZTW
& EZPC = £15.00, Worldwide in 2-7 days from receipt of faxed
order & payment details.
Due to variations in exchange rates the prices of some products may change - up or down • from the prices shown Please ring or check our website [www.eyetech.co.uk MAIN APRICE.HTM] for the latest prices before ordering.
EYETECH AMIGA PARTS & PRICE INDEX MAY 1999 TEL: +44 (0)1642-713-185 - 07000 4 AMIGA 40w-F x3 HD CD IDE cable 20+40=60cm o a Custom cable 3x40way IDE up to 1.5m 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector, 13cm o a 44way (2.5" HD) cable 2 connector, 60cm o a 44way (2.5" HD) cable 3 connector, 12cm o a 44way (2.5" HD) 7+17cm,3 connector,24cm o a Custom cable 3x50way IDC SCSI + 1xCent50-F 60cm
19. 95 erfaces and Adapters: EZ-Key & DIY Tower Components
9. 95 Mk 2 Amiga PC k b adpt - A1200 kbd direct connect A1200
EZKey MK2 6p - 5p adptr A4000 kbd bdle Mk2 Amiga PC
k b- A1200 dir connect +Win95 kbd EZKey-SE Amiga 5p DIN k b
adapter for A1200 A600 EZKey-SE Amiga + 6p- 5p adptr + A4000
kbd bundle EZKey-SE PC 5p DIN k b adapter for A1200 A600
EZKey-SE PC k b adapter for A1200 A600 + Vvin95 kbd T-EZK2
PT-EZK2-A4K PT-EZK2-W95 'T-EZSE-A T-EZSE-A. K T-EZKSE-P
T-EZKSE-P K T-HD-2 3 T-HD-3 5 PT-KBD-5P6P "T-KBD-6P5P
- KBD-MF T-DFO-FP Replacement A1200 600 int FDD 880KB Bare
1.44 880 Sony FDD for tower (needs EZDFO Catwsl) 19.95 Twr int
880Kb FDD(Sony EZDF0 cab bundle) 29.95 Twr intl 880Kb FDD
(Sony EZDFO) No cable 24.95 21 MB 2.5" hard drive 90 days
warranty 29.95 170MB 2.5" hard drive 49.95 260MB 2.5" hard
drive 59.95 1,4GB 2.5" hard drive for Amiga 129.95
3. 2GB ultra slim 2.5”drive, 9mm high (2 fit in std A1200) 179.95
9. 95 Power converter cab HD-M - FD-F HD FD power splitter
HD-M- 1xHD-F 1xFD-F FDD power splitter 4pM- 2xFD-F HD CD power
splitter 4p-M - 2x 4p-F 15cm HD FD power splitter
HD-M- 2xHD-F 1xFD-F HD power splitter HD-M - 3xHD-F 4p-M -
4p-F HD CD power cab ext 90cm 23p-M-floppy - 4p-F HD CD power
2. 5GB 1"x3.5” IDE drive for tower
3. 2GB 1 "x3.5" IDE drive for tower
4. 3GB 1 "x3.5" IDE drive for tower Panasonic LS120
floppy optical 1.4 120MB Single 120MB cartridge for LS120
drive 3-pack of 120MB (nominal) LS120 carts Single 100MB
(nominal) Zip cartridge 3-Pack of 100MB (nominal) Zip
cartridges Bare ATAPI !DE Zip drive internal 44way (2.5" HD)
cable sold with CD HD 13cm Metal slim
case-FDD IDEZip SyQuest LS120 External 3.5" HD case no psu
Removable drive case for 3.5" HD (metal) no psu days free net
support, s above ISP as above ET-ISP 2 + NET-ISP
- ISP as above , Portjnr i f + NET-ISP as above
49. 95 space, 10 email address 128Kbps ISDN 128K ISDN 128K ISDN
128K ISDN 56 Kb fax voio 56Kb fax voice
69. 95 “-VGA-BMON V T-VGA-BMON A T-VGA-SMON F “VGA-SMON V 56Kb
fax voice mdm, Netconnect 2 + NET-ISP 56Kb fax voice mdm,
Ptjn, Netconnect 2 + NET-ISP 56K Voice Data Fax Modem
External inc serial cable 128K External ISDN terminal adapter
inc serial cable Internet Reference Book by D. Winder
Netconnect 2.2 software T-VGA-M2SD T-VGA-PLFF T-VGA-SDUG
- VGA-INSD T-VGA-INFF T-VGA-INFF2
- VGA-SEFF T-VGA-15M9F T-VGA-9M15F
FAN-60MM KBD-A1000 KBD-A1200 KBD-A4000 KBD-WIN95 MOU-WHI PSU-100 PSU-200 PSU-230 PSU-A1200 SPK-16W SPK-60W-INT
44. 95 CD-SE-24X CD-SE-32X CD-DT MT-24X CD-DT MT-32X
ADPT-AUD-CDSE CAB44-CD-13C CAB40-DDC CD24-BARE CD32-BARE
Amiga 23pD-F- 15pHD-F VGA adapter Amiga 23pD-F - 15pHD-F
buffered adapter for A4000 ProGrab 24-RT Amiga par. Port
video digitiser (no psu) PSU for ProGrab 24-RT EZ-Gen
composite video Genlock for A1200
* 35.9: '95.9!
2 €&3 54A*
249. 95 269-95 T935 CDR-BARE-2X8 CDR-IN-2x8 CDR-SE-2x8
CDR-DT MT-2x8 CDR-PL-2x8 CDRV.-BASE-2:= cds'.,.!‘+::6
CDRW-SE-226 CDRW-PL-226 CORCOSE-OG CDR-CDM4-UG CDR-CDFL-UG
CDR-DSK-10 CDR-DSK-10-SP CDRW-DSK CDRW-DSK-SP DVR-MCD-TAO-P
129. 95 Preiudel 200 for A1200 DT console only Preludel 200 for
Tower w ribbon cble audio I O brict, CD i f 149.95 Upgrade
node from PL12-DT to PL12-TW 19.95 Prelude Zorroil 16-bit
full duplex sound card 139.95 Samplitude Opus 16 charnel,
virtual projects, FFT Steering 149.95 Six
19. 9: ADFT-P*«-PPC Accelerators:
- IDE-FLYR T-FL.R-SPC-SP "T-FLR-SPC
- 12I-EZCD4 C
- 12I-EZCD4 CE
- 121-EZCDSE C
- 121-EZCDSE CE
20. 0 ACC-060-66 ACC-060-50 ACC-040-40 ACC-040-40-SE ACC-040-28
ACC-030-40-1 S ACC-030-40-2S ACC-4 60-SSKT
38. 95 CASE-DTZ4 CASE-DTZ4-PL CASE-DTZ4-PLZ4 CASE-DTZ4-PLZ4-S
CASE-RTZ4 CASE-RTZ4-PL CASE-RTZ4-PLZ4 CASE-RTZ4-PLZ4-S
ADPT-Z4 ADPT-Z4-SP CASE-FT-A4KUG
14. 9 Portjunior - 460KB serial i f for A1200 lOBlix 12S -1.5Mbps
serial i f for A1200 lOBlix 12P - EPP parallel port i f for
A1200 PortPius - 2x 460KB ser + 1x 800KB par i f for A1200
lOBlix 12 - 4x1,5Mbpsser + 1x EPP par port Zorroli 1x EPP par
port expan for INT-IOBL-Z2 (to 4xs+2xP) ClockUp 4-way clock
port expander for A1200 Interface for std Sony FDD for DF0
49. 9 SYS-WB30-DSK SYS-WB31-DSK SYS-KS31-ROM SYS-KS31-SET
SYS-KS31-MPUG EZPC-Tower & EZPC-SLE-CF1 EZPC-HSE-CF1
EZPC-DVE-CF1 EZPC-XLS-CF1 EZPC-AMP-CF1 EZPC-SLE-CF1 -UG
PSW-W9X SS SYS-SIA-ETH SYS-SIA-R25 SYS-SIA-R21 SYS-TCP-MIA
14. 95 CASE-FT-DIY CASE-FT-DIY-PLUS CASE-FT-RTU CASE-FT-RTU-PLUS
CASE-DT CASE-MT CASE-FT-A4KUG CASE-FT-EX KT ADPT-AUD-EZTW
ADPT-SCSI-EZTW ADPT-PWR-PPC CAB-SER-SSQ SVGA Monitors
- B-AUD-CD B-AUD-MIX
- .B-AUD-2M2M 5-AUD-MJ PH PT-AUD-RCA PT-AUD-RCA-G B-IEC-1.5M
9. 95 B-SER-EX2M XB-SER-EX50C
- SER-NUL10M PT-SER-25F9M PT-SER-25M9F
85. 00 MON-15-.28 MON-17-.28 MON-17-.26 ADPT-MON-SEFF
ADPT-MON-M2SD ADPT-MON-PLFF ADPT-MON-INSD ADPT-MON-iNFF
ADPT-MON-INFF2 AMP-STR-FDD AMP-STR-HD2 AMP-MCD-PK3
AMP-PDV-PK3 AMP-PDV-EZT AMP-PRO-PK3 AMU-STH2-CDUG
B-SCS-25D 25D B-SCS-50C 50C
* -SCS-50H 50C B-SCS-50H 25D B-PAR-FULL Digital Cameras and Amiga
Digital Camera Software
30. 00 DVR-CAM-CAS DVR-CAM-FUJ DVR-CAM-KOD DVR-CAM-MIN
12. 95 PT-SW-S K PT-SW-S K M B-KBD-MM AB-VGA-MF AB-VGA-MM
30. C ACC-4 60-SSKT PT-MBD-1200 PT-EXT-PLCC PT-ATM-9 PT-DTM-14
FIT-EZ-MAIN FIT-EZ-XTRA REP-AM-2B 1D4 REP-AM-PCMRST
2. 5" (44F) to 3.5" (40F) data cab adapt for A1200 30cm Power
splitter floppy drive to hard drive + floppy 44- 40way 3.5" HD
data & pwr cabs - A1200 A1200 full 3.5" hard drive fitting kit
22way-F x2 A1200 clock port cable 9cm o a 34way-F x2 FDD
ribbon cable for tower 50cm 40 way IDE cable 2 connector 20cm
40Way IDE HD CD cable 3 connector 1m o a len
3. 5” Zip SyQuest FDD HD brkt pl - 5” bay Amiga PC k b adapter 5p
din-F - 6p m d-M Amiga PC kbd adapter 6p mindin-F - 5pd-M 5p
DIN M - 5p DIN F k b ex cable 1.2m Tower faceplate adapter for
A1200 int FD erfaces and Adapters: A1200 Ethernet, SCSI
T-PCM-ETH-C PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga PC drivers
T-PCM-ETH-H Hydra PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga drvrs
- UPT-X60C Crossed twisted pair RJ45 for Sisys 60cm T-SCS-CSQR
Classic Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI i f 50pCM & Adapters:
Flickerfixers, Genlocks, Video Digitisers A Adapters, Monitor
Switches, Monitor Leads
- VGA-BV8M Bvision 8MB gfx card for A1200 (needs PPC)
T-VGA-BMON F SVGA Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn & EZVGA1NFF2
SVGA Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn &15pHD In Ex SD FF M Sync
Monitor Switcher - Bvisn CVisn & 23p RGB socket SVGA MonSw -
Ateo Picasso 15pHD Gfx & EZVGA 1NFF2 SVGA MonSw - Ateo Pic’o
15pHD & 15pHD In Ex SD FF
- VGA-SMON A M Sync MonSw- Ateo Pic'o 15pHD & 23p RGB socket
T-VGA-AMON Auto Amiga CV64-3D m sync monitor switch EZ-VGA-Mk2
compact external s doubler PLL u gradable EZ-VGA-Plus compact
external SD+FF 23F-15F PLL SDBL2 to SD+flickerfixer u g EZ-VGA
internal A1200 s doubler non-upgrad'le EZ-VGA- internal A1200
scandoubler w flickerfixer EZ-VGA- internal A1200 SD+FF for
use with BMON EZ-VGA-SE scandoubler+flickerfixer 23F-15F Xtal
Adapter from 15p HD-M VGA to 9pD-F Monitor adapter 9p D-F to
15p HD-M DB25-M - DB25-F RS232 extn cab 2m DB25-M - DB25-F
RS232 extn cab 0.5m Null modem cable w D9F & D25F at each end
2m Null modem cable w D9F & D25F at each end 5m Null modem
cable w D9F & D25F at each end 10m 25p-F to 9pM serial RS232
adapter 25p-M to 9pF serial RS232 adapter PT-SCS-50 50CF
Centronics 50p-F to Centronics 50p-F (for Squirrel)
B-SCS-25D 50C SCSI cable DB25-M - Cent50-M 1 m SCSI cable
DB25M-DB25M mac type 1m SCSI cable Centr50M- Centr50M 1m SCSI-2
cable 50h pDM- Centr50M 1m for PPC SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- 25D-M
1m for PPC Bidirectional printer cable all pins connected bles
& Cable Adapters: VGA, Keyboard, Switchboxes, Cables, art
Cables (See also BMON, SMON autoswitches above) Eibox 4-dev 32
bit high perf btrf’d A1200 IDE i f ROM spacers for Elbox
IDE-Ffyer purchased w IDE-FIYR ROM spacers for Elbox iDE-F .er
purchased else .'.-ere Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f w AIPU w A1200
CDROM s w Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44 13cm cabs, CD s w
Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44 cabs, EZIDE Economy 4-dev
buf IDE i f w A1200 CDROM s w Econ 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40,
2x44 13cm cabs, CD s w Econ 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44cabs,
EZIDE 4-device EIDE i f for A4000 w CDROM s w EIDE ATAPi
HD CDROM ZIP LS120 SyQst drvr P x upgrade to EZIDE from
competitive product EIDE ATAPi enhancer CDROM Software Bundle
Price CDROM invt’d T audio cab .6m + 2xRCA pig RCA(phono)-M -
RCA-M+RCA-F T mixer lead 1.8m RCA(phono)-2xM - RCA2xM stereo
3. 5mm st minijack- 2xphono-M plugs 1.2m RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F
adapter ‘Y’ mixer RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F gold plated adapt ‘Y’
mixer AC power cable 13 A plug - I EC skt 1.5m AC powerstrip
1xlEC-M - 4x13A-F mains skt Rewirable IEC monitor pig for
PSUs MT DT Dual monitor & k b switchbox Dual monitor, k b &
mouse switchbox 5p DIN M - 5p DIN M k b cable 1.2m 15p DM-HD
-15p DF-HD VGA ext cable 2m 15p DM-HD -15p DM-HD VGA cable 2m
Amiga comp video (RCA)+2xAudio to SCART Amiga 23p+2xRCA to RGB
TV SCART + audio bles: HD, CDROM, Floppy, Clock Port Data &
A1200 HD Power & Adapters - Serial, Parallel, Floppy & Clock
port expanders bles & Cable Adapters: Serial, Modem, SCSI,
2. 5" 44way - 3.5" 40w+4w adpt & 2.5- 3.5 mtg bracket 11.95 bles
& Cable Adapters: Audio & Mains & Adapters - IDE ATAPI &
software B-PD-40F44F AB-PD-2F B-PD-30C 5-HD-KIT AB22-2W-9C
B34-2W-50C B40-2W-20C B40-3W-1M
34. 95 erfaces and Adapters: A1200 Sound cards & software
Samplitude-LE 4 channel, virtual projects, FFT fitering 49.95
T-VGA-UNBF T-VGA-BUF "-PGB-24RT T-PGB-PSU T-GLK-COMP
T-VGA-15M23M VGA 15pHD-M - 23pD-M Amiga RGB adapter
CamControl s w for Casio QV10 100 300 700 CamControl s w for
Fuji DS5 DS7 DX7 DX9 CamControl s w for Kodak DC20 DC25
CamControl s w for Minolta Dimage V Portjnr hi-speed ser i f
pur with CamControl s w Amiga Printer Software Drivers
DVR-ENPR EnPrint. Amiga printer driver for pre-03 97 Epson
Printers DVR-TBPR7 TurboPrint Ix Amiga printer driver
(English) DVR-TB6 7-UG TurboPrint 6.x to 7.x upgrade (Send
TB6 disk w order) Amiga Image Conversion Effects Software,
Scanner Software, Scanner Bundles and Adapters SCN-FBA4-BDL3
UMAX award-winning SCSI A4FB scanner with Pscope 179.95 Free
ArtEffect-SE v1.5 with above whilst stocks last 9pDM- 9pDF
SurfSq EZTwr ser extn cab 50cm require Scandoubler and or
Flickerfix to use all Amiga modes MON-14-.28 14" dig SVGA
0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz 15" dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz 17"
dig SVGA 0.28DP 1280x1024@60Hz 17" dig SVGA 135MHz, 0.26DP
1600x1280@75Hz EZVGA-SE ext flickerfixer purch w monitor
EZVGA-Mk2 ext s dblr u g'able purch w monitor EZVGA-Plus ext
flickerfixer purch w monitor EZ-VGA internal s doubler purch
w monitor EZ-VGA internal f fixer purch w monitor EZ-VGA
internal f fixer purch w monitor for BMON EZWriter Mechanism
(no MakeCD) EZWriter 2 8x with MakeCD for A4000,Tower
EZWriter-SE external 2 '8x with MakeCD EZWriter Desktop
Nfcniowef 2 5 speec MakeCD EZWrxer-Goid ecer-s pSx. Wit MaeCD
EZReWnter MecharKsai x MacCD EZRe’ftrter 2*2*6 • M*eCD xr
Milk EZSeW-isr-Sc rcsr-a 2*2*6 * UsksCD EZReWrier-Gold
zxzsr~3 Zx2*6 * MaeCD EZCD-SE+4I-i-*3. Cacs - CDEZ’-'s » «
CCS EZCDMk4-40-44way cabs - EZIDE s w w CDR IDE-Fher
high-speed IDE i f, s w, cabs pure-' w CDR Recordable CD
media (WORM) 650MB x10 Recordable CD media 650MBx10 pur
w EZWriter Single Cdrewritable disk 650MB Single Cdrewritable
disk 650MB pur w EZReWriter MakeCD TAO (P) Amiga CD rec s w
w ATAPI DiY EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, LED adpt, FD cab fp DIY
EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp DIY EZTwr-Z4,
EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp Z4 slots DIY EZTwr-Z4 & Z4 adapter
as above until April 1999 Ready-to-Use EZTwr-Z4 250W PSU, LED
adpt, FD cab fp 109.95 RTU EZTower-Z4 250W PSU, EZKey, PC
kbd, FD cab fp 129.95 RTU EZTwr-Z4 250W, PC kbd adpt, FD
cab fp, Z4 slots RTU EZTwr-Z4 & Z4 adapter as above until
April 1999 Z4 adapter for A1200 5xZ2, 2xZ2, 2xclock ports Z4
adapter as above 1st 100 orders EZ-Tower upgrade from PC to
A4000 k b (time of purch) DVR-SQ4 SeanQuix4 +1 driver
(Epson HP Artec) DVR-SQ4-U ScanQuix4 +1 driver (UMAX)
DVR-SQ4-UG ScanQuix3 to SQ4 upgrade (trade-in & receipt reqd)
DVR-PHS PhotoScope UMAX-SCSI Amiga Scanner Driver
CAB-SCS-25D 50C-S SCSI cable DB25-M - Cent50-M 1 m pur with
scanner CAB-SCS-25D 25D-S SCSI cable DB25M-DB25M mac type pur
with scanner EZTwr Mk4 kit w 250W, FD cab fp, bkpl for self
conv’n EZTower kit w 250W PSU, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp
Ready-built EZTower 250W PSU, LED adpt, FD cab fp Ready-built
EZTwr w 250W, EZKey, PC kbd, FD cab fp Desktop case with
200W+ psu for HD CDROM MiniTower case wth 200W+ psu for
HD CDROM EZ-Tower upgrade from PC to A4000 k b (time of
purch) EZ-Tower conversion kit - No PC Tower EZTwr audio
mixer adapter for A1200 CDROM EZTwr SCSI adpt 30cm 2xCent50F,
1xlDC50F CDPIus-SE system 24 speed with CDROM s w CDPlus-SE
system 32 speed with CDROM s w CDPIus Desktop Minitower 24 x
with CDROM s w CDPIus Desktop Minitower 32 x with CDROM s w
CDPIus-SE A1200 CD audio mixr adapter 44way (2.5" HD) cable
purch with CD HD 13cm A1200 IDE skt adptr 40F-40M with mtgs
15cm Bare 24 speed CDROM mechanism for twr A4k Bare 32 speed
ATAPI CDROM mechanism for twr A4k EZTower Systems,
MiniTower Desktop Cases & Accessories CDWriter ReWriter
Systems inc. EZ-Tower & MT DT Bundles CDROM Systems including
EZ-Tower & MT DT Bundles 2nd A1200 m bd powerfeed adapter (if
req’d) for PPC acc 19.95 EZTowerZ4 Systems, Z4 busboard
expansions NET-EYE-1 NET-EYE-2 NET-EYE-3 NET-EYE-4 NET-EYE-5
NET-EYE-6 NET-EYE-7 NET-EYE-S MOD-56K MOD-ISDN NET-REF
9. 95 New ¦ ISDN Term Adapters, 56k Modems & Net Access Bundles
CABPW-1W-1F CABPW-2W-1H1F CABPW-2W-2F CABPW-2W-2H
CABPW-3W-2H1F CABPW-3W-3H CAB-HD-PWXTN CAB-HD-FD 4 Cables: HD,
CDROM, Floppy Power Splitters - Tower Systems CAB40-3W-60C
CAB40-CUST CAB44-2W-13C CAB44-2W-60C CAB44-3W-12C CAB44-3W-24C
CAB50-CUST Amiga WB3.0 disksx5 + Eyetech HD install Amiga
Workbench 3.1 disks x6 (w HD inst) A1200 Kickstart 3.1 ROM
chips (2 chips) A1200 K s 3.1 ROMs & WB3.1 dskx6 (no manuals)
A1200 Mag Pk u g 3.1 ROMs,WB3.1,appln s w, manuals Siamese
Systems & Components EZPC SiSys RTG2.1 entry level system EZPC
SiSys RTG2.5 system Home Studio Edition EZPC SiSys RTG2.5
system Digital Video Edition EZPC SiSys RTG2.5 system -
ultimate Amiga expansion A1200 Magic Pack 24x 3.2GB etc
EZPC-Tower upgrade 399.9 EZPC SiSys RTG2.1 entry level u g (no
EZTWR kb adpt) 499.9 Windows 9x & Lotus SmartSuite bundle
Siamese System2.5 w PC, Amiga ethernet Siamese System software
RTG v2.5 Siamese serial s w RTG v2.1 (ref'ble agnst v2.5)
Miami TCP IP stack for Amiga (reg'n fee paid) CD32, SX32 &
Accessories ADPT-KBD-SX32P SX32 Pro PC k b adapter cable 10cm
CD32-JOY CD32 SX32 joypad CD32-PAL CD32 console with
18Wpsu joypad RF lead SX32-MK2 SX32 Mk2 Ram Clock FPU expander
for CD32 SX32-P40EC SX32 Pro 030EC 40MHz Acc Ram Clk FPU to
64MB SX32-P50 SX32 Pro 030 50MHz Acc Ram Clk FPU to 64MB A1200
Magic Packs, Accessories and Upgrade Bundles Cooling fan for
A1200 60x60x25mm 5 12v A1000 keyboard with 6-pin mini-Din cntr
Replacement A1200 k b w ribbon cable A4000 keyboard with 6-pin
mini-DIN plug Windows 95 keyboard with 5-pin AT DIN plug Amiga
Mouse 10Ow PSU for Amiga (fit your old lead - inc
instrns.cntrs) 200w PSU for Amiga (fit your old lead - inc
instrns.cntrs) 200 250w replacement PSU for MT DT FT A1200 23W
PSU (original) 90 days warranty 16W PMPO speakers w PSU 3.5mm
jack. AC rrarss ZS_
5. 25’' Bay Internal mounting 60W PMPO soesce-s : Accelerators:
PowerPC with 680x0 Co-processor ADPT-VGA-BV8M-SP Bvision 8MB
A1200 gb card p_ « C 3:: ACC-PPC-'6-4025 Bsz’d PPC503
16G'-*Vox: 15 FP. -c S3 ACC-PPC-16-6050 Sfe d PPCS&3,16©V
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* r 9c:* fiSi BfedrKsss :-:*•» =.: =¦.-csca MI C-KS4«25 KiffCWlMb
¦fe'd PFOWMIg %dc-ppc-24S+5:s: st- -c-v. S: m. scs-: Zrc - fed
- afcper - -2: : s 2 kz Apollo SSOxx Apoio 06C MVL TTMHz A1200
aa rr aa ApoBo ‘060 Mmli FPL 66MHz A1200 acc (fen amD Apollo
‘060 MMU FPU 50MHz A1200 acc (iim avail) Apollo '040 MMU FPU
40MHz A1200 accel Apollo ‘040 MMU FPU 40MHz A1200 accel (20%
o c) Apollo '040 MMU FPU 28MHz A1200 accel Apollo ‘030 MMU FPU
40MHz A1200 accel 1 simm skt Apollo ‘030 MMU FPU 40MHz 2 simm
skt Apollo 1240 60 2nd simm socket & fitting Memory: Simms, Zip
RAM & FPU’s - Please ring for latest prices MEM-32MB-72P 72 pin
32 MB 32 bit simm for Amiga (+£10 for single sided) 54.9
MEM-16MB-72P 72 pin 16MB 32 bit simm for Amiga MEM-8MB-72P 72
pin 8MB 32 bit simm for Amiga MEM-4MB-72P 72 pin 4MB 32 bit
simm 70 ns WB Disks, Kickstart ROMS, Manuals etc
CAB-SCS-50C 50C-S SCSI cable Centr50M- Centr50M 1m pur w scnr
CAB-SCS-50H 50C-S SCSi-2 cable 50h pDM- Cent50M 1m for PPC pur
w scnr 10.0C CAB-SCS-50H 25D-S SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- 25D-M 1 m
for PPC pur w scnr 10.0C ADPT-SCS-CSQR-SP Classic Squirrel
PCMCIA SCSI i f 50pCM pur w scnr ACC-SCS-BLM4-SP SCSI Simm
socket for Bliz 1230 50 Mk4 pur w scnr ADPT-SCS-50 50CF-SP
Centronics 50p-F to Centronics 50p-F (SQ) pur w scnr
ADPT-SQ3-PAR SQ3 adapter Epson scanner - parallel port cable
CAB-PAR-FULL Bidirectional printer cable all pins connected
Hard & Floppy Drive, CDROM, LS120 & Zip Mech. & Cases A1200 Mgk
pk 170MB '030-40, 8MB & EZTW+ A12 EZTwr Pro2
‘040-40 32MB 4.3 PCkb 20xCD 24 x CDROM upgrade for AMP-STR-HD2
w PSU AMU-MCD-4040 32 040 40 MMU FPU 32MB u gw MCD-PK3
AMU-PDV-4025 16 040 25 MMU FPU 16MB +1 Oow ug w PDV-PK3
AMU-PRO-HAB 64 160PPC.040 40 MMU FPU 64MB ug w PRO-PK3
AMU-PRO-MONSD Int Scandoubler +14” Digital Monitor ug w PRO-PK3
AMU-PRO-LS120 LS120 120 1.44 0.72MB drive ug w PRO-PK3 Tools,
Test Equipment, Motherboards & Workshop Services Apollo 1240 60
2nd simm socket & fitting Replacement A1200 m b w VID & RST
fixes (no ROMs) PLCC extractor tool for 33Mhz FPU 9-range
analogue test meter V, I, R, battery tests 14-range digital
test meter V, I, R, battery, diode tests A1200 to EZ-Tower
fitting - A1200 + floppy drive Fitting testing per
customer-supplied periph into Eztwr A1200 m b rev 2B or 1D4
manfact’g bus timing fault fix A1200 motherboard CC_RESET
manfacturing fault fix A1200 m b VGA-modes video tearing
manfact’g fault fix A1200 Starter Magic pack FDD vers w s w
A1200 Starter Magic pack w 170 HD, EZCD i f, skt & s w 248.S
Amiga M P 24xCD 2.5GB ’040-28 16MB MT 598.S A1200 Mgk pk
170MB ’030-40 8MB, EZCD i f, skt & s w328.!
FDD-ITL-1200 FDD-ITL-BARE FDD-ITL-D C I FDD-ITL-D I HD2-21 HD2-170 HD2-260 HD2-1.4 HD2-3.2 HD3-2.5 HD3-3.2 HD3-4.3 HD3-LS120 HD3-LS120-CT1 HD3-LS120-CT3 HD3-ZIP-CT1 HD3-ZIP-CT3 HD3-ZIP-IDE CAB44-CD-13C CASE-ZIP CASE-HD-ECON CASE-HD-REM Keyboards, Mice, PSU’s, Misc. Hardware
179. 9 One of the quickest ways to move files between Amigas and
other computers is by file transfer protocol (FTP), but it
has certain limitations. For example, FTP doesn’t allow
remote file systems to be mounted for easy access locally.
Furthermore, FTP doesn’t let you print on remote printers.
Since FTP wasn’t intended to be a distributed sharing system, it can’t be expected to perform these tasks, but there is a fantastic file and print-sharing non-Windows computer systems. Samba is compatible with LanManager protocols, giving it compatibility with DOS-based network clients too.
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Y that provides windows compliant network services to non-Windows systems. I Macintosh and Solaris.
Samba uses the TCP IP protocol so any machines that you wish to connect using Samba must have this protocol installed.
See last issue’s piece on networking for details about TCP IP protocol suites for the Amiga.
STEP 1 The Amiga Samba server: share your Amiga resources with other platforms on the network Download the Amiga Samba Daemon solution available for the Amiga and for other platforms.
Samba is a software system that provides Windows-compliant network services such as file and print sharing to With Samba, your Amiga can share its file and print resources with any Windows networking or LanManager- compatible computer system, including Windows, DOS, Linux, NetBSD, from this site amba downioad and unpack it into a directory. Note the contents of the archive, including smb.conf, the main NETWORKING IMEJ games on My_amiga Pirates Gold Quake 1 object(s) selected Double clicking on 'my_amiga' will get whatever drawers are shared - here, it's my games: drive and its contents.
Configuration file for the Samba Daemon (the server agent for the Samba system).
The Samba Daemon expects to find this file upon startup. In order to reflect configuration changes, the Samba Daemon will need to be restarted.
A Windows NT domain can have loads of machines.
Here it's just my Amiga and my PC.
NETWORKING RESOURCES Samba home page: http: www.qbar.dtuJdk 4§37 Afnjga $ arnba dQMllogd Samba documentation: ust.samba.org samba docsT Samba mailing list: rask-samba-reQuest@kampsmMuM (with subscribe in the message).
STEP 2 THE AUTHOR Announce the Amiga’s presence as a server on the network By editing the smb.conf file with an entry like the following, you’ll specify the NetBIOS name of the Amiga.
NetBIOS is a Windows-centric addressing protocol that allows computers to announce their names and their resource names on a network.
[Global] Netbios name=My_amiga This setting gives your Amiga the NetBIOS network server name “WMy_amiga”. Under Windows, network servers are preceded by two backslashes.
The server’s shared resources follow the network server name, like ‘ My_amiga My_Epson_Printer”.
STEP 3 Share an Amiga volume or directory with Windows The main Samba configuration file (smb.conf) allows you to establish file svstem shares so that other computers on the network can access your .Amiga's file resources. Consider the following entry in the smb.conf file on the Amiga: [games] path = work:games writeable = false guest only = yes This share appears on the network as “ My_amiga games” and allows readonly access to the games drawer of the work: volume on the Amiga. The “guest only” flag sets public access to the resource, meaning that a user name and password aren’t required
to read from the shared directory.
In the Windows Network Neighborhood, the share you’ve set up will appear as “games on My_amiga”.
STEP 4 Start the Samba Daemon on the Amiga Since you’ll probably want file sharing sendees available at all times to the other computers on your network, you should add the Samba Daemon (smbd) command to your S:user-startup file.
Edit your path command, usually found near the beginning of the s:startup- sequence file, so the system will Pantheon Fite Edit View Help lipMy_amiga windoze box 1 objects) selected recognise the directory in which Samba is installed as a part of the Amiga’s command path.
Though you can start Samba at any time by issuing the smbd command from the CLI, it’s best to have the daemon start automatically upon startup. To accomplish this, add the following to S:user-startup: smbd -s path to configuration file NIL: From now on, booting your Amiga will launch the Samba Daemon and enable the services you’ve configured in the main configuration file.
STEP 5 Secure the Amiga’s resources using workgroups or NT domains When browsing the network, the Amiga’s shares should appear as file folders under the Amiga Server in the tree of network hierarchy Depending on how you configure your Amiga's Samba Daemon, the .Amiga may appear as a pan of a workgroup or as a pan of a Windows XT domain.
A workgroup is a peer-based grouping of network resources, meaning that no single server controls security measures for resources that claim membership in the workgroup.
Workgroups are usually used when there’s no NT server present on the network, or if the network is small enough not to warrant more advanced security measures.
Resources shared by the Amiga using Samba can be limited to members of specific workgroups, but not to specific Windows NT users who have been authenticated and logged on to an NT server.
Windows NT domains are secure groupings of network resources whose security measures are managed by a Windows NT or Samba file server called the Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
Every NT domain must have a PDC. In situations where a lot of users exist on the network and the most complete listing of these users exists on the PDC, the Amiga’s Samba Daemon can be instructed only to allow access to certain users that have been authenticated and logged on to the PDC. Samba itself can act as the PDC if no Windows NT servers exist on the network.
For beginners, workgroups are much easier to handle since they don’t truly enforce network security upon users. However, in real-world scenarios with many users on the network, NT domains are the only way to ensure adequate user authentication to the resources you’ve chosen the Amiga to share.
3@jq talks to the Free Amiga project and finds out how the port of Netscape to the Amiga is progressing.
On a sunny day in the middle of March we took two of the people involved with the Netscape porting project AmozillaX out to lunch to talk about their work.
C5 Tell us more about the AmozillaX project. Is it just something to get the other browser authors in gear? They certainly seem to have announced new versions since you announced AmozillaX.
When are you likely to have a final version ready?
Ian Parker: It’s not just a prod to improve other browsers. It’ll be a few months until the first release and probably the end of the year for final release, but it’s an ongoing project.
£? How are you doing for support?
Ben Rothwell: There’s a lot of people who like it and who are supporting us.
We had over 1,500 requests to be beta testers, but there are also people putting us down at every attempt.
Project C5 Do we really need another browser?
Ben Rothwell: Why should Amiga owners have to pay for something that’s free on other platforms? Basically, you have to buy all three Amiga browsers right now if you want to get the full range of functionality.
The Mozilla source is POSIX- compliant, isn’t it? Are you transferring all of the library calls into native Amiga calls?
Ian Parker: The main core of it, the NSPR, has a lot of incompatibilities because the Amiga can’t support the POSIX things, so a lot of it wall have to be written from scratch so it can work.
Why should Amiga owners have to pay that surcharge? I don’t want to kill off the competition, but there’ll come a time when the industry won’t be big enough to support all three.
... there'll come a time when the industry won't he big enough to support all three Amiga browsers.
How much code is being taken from the original Mozilla project?
Ian Parker: Well, as much as possible, but there are bits that won’t be compatible because of limitations in the Amiga’s OS, like threads for example.
We’ve had to rewrite parts of it so it’ll even run on the Amiga, but we’ll stick as close as we can.
Will this mean that you’ll be using completely new MUI custom classes?
Ian Parker: Yes, quite probably. They’ll be fully external mccs and we’ll release them for general use.
The name of the software keeps changing. So far it’s gone from being mozilla to Amozilla to AmozillaX What’s going on?
WHAT WILL BE IN AMOZILLAX?
Ben Rothwell - Project manager. Not directly involved with AmozillaX.
Stephen Grifiths - Head coder for AmozillaX.
Ben Rothwell: When we were going to do a straight port it was Amozilla, but it quickly became clear that that wasn’t possible, and it wouldn’t be fair to say that it’s a straight port. There will be differences, so we decided to change the name to stop that assumption.
Have you had contact with Mozilla?
Ben Rothwell: Yes, we’ve had contact with them, although they didn’t really respond. However, part of the Mozilla public licence states that the code can be used as part of a larger work.
O If you’re rewriting a substantial part of the code, how are you planning to keep the source tree similar? Any upgrades to Netscape, the Gecko layout engine, for instance, will mean that it’ll be superseded, surely?
Ben Rothwell: The layout engine will be the most current one, and we hope that it’ll be easy to update. It obviously won’t be completely in line with the source tree because of the way that our code changes it. I don’t know much about the intricacies of the OS, but that’s the way our team look at it.
NETSCAPE INTERVIEW dip You said that the code could be used as part of a larger work, but really you’re suggesting a smaller one, especially now the mail part of the program isn’t going to be included.
What about the other parts of Netscape, like Composer, Collabra and so on?
Ian Parker: A lot of stuff isn’t actually included in the source anyway, including the mail client - they haven’t been released.
Ben Rothwell: They’re moving to a Java mail client anyway, and while we can run Java through Kaffe, it isn’t going to be fast, so YAM will still be your best bet for email. We spoke to Marcel Beck to ask if he wanted that to be part of the project but he declined.
Dip We’ve had Kaffe for quite a while, but what about the Abstract Window Toolkit and so on? Are they going to be ported too?
Ian Parker: Yes, they’re about halfway through porting now.
Have you spoken to any of the other porting efforts?
Ben Rothwell: Yes, we've spoken to the people who are porting to BeOS and MacOS, but the Oses are so different there’s little we can share. They have a far more POSIX-comp 1 iant system.
But could you use the Geek Gadgets stuff for the Amiga? I know you’ll still have a threading problem... Ian Parker: The threading problem is our whole problem with it because it relies so heavily on it.
Ben Rothwell: The other thing we’re doing, as Free Amiga, is a port of GTK (Gimp Toolkit), which should be starting in about a week or so’s time.
Dip So you won’t need to run an X- Windows server or client or anything?
Ben Rothwell: Nope.
Dip So you’ll be able to run programs like GIMP (a high-end graphics application, a bit like Photoshop for Unix platforms) immediately? It’ll just be recompiled for 68K PPC?
Ben Rothwell: Yep. Things like GIMP will just be straight recompiles. We’re just forming a team to do that.
On day Woyagar crashed on me,i was fed up with it and i wondered why I didn't have Netscape on my machine.
Ben Rothwell: Yeah, there’ll be GTK, GIMP, eventually, and Free Builder, which is a Java visual toolkit. We’re getting people to tell us what they’d like to see and then we’ll get people working on it. A lot of people have asked us for GTK so we’re doing it.
Dip GTK has been a bit of a holy grail.
What makes you think you’ll be able to do it?
Ben Rothwell: We’ve got a really good guy on board, Hans Jorg Frieden. He volunteered for Free Amiga and there’s another team that’s going to be working ¦with him.
Dip How did the project get started?
Ben Rothwell: Well, one day I was sitting at home and Voyager crashed on me. I was fed up with it and I wondered why I didn’t have Netscape on my machine. Everyone was saying that the Netscape source was around and that an Amiga port would be here soon, only it never turned up.
Ian Parker: Yeah, everyone expected it to be like the Doom ports... Ben Rothwell: It’s not the sort of thing that one person can do. We saw that five or six people were porting Descent and we just thought that one team could do it quicker and better.
Dip There has been a lot of duplication.
Again, there are five or six different ports of Doom.
Ben Rothwell: With help from Amiga Inc. we could finish the Netscape port in time to put it in Amiga OS3.5. Ben and Ian showed us the version of AmozillaX they had with them. It still didn’t run very safely and, although they’d been up all night trying to code it, the version we saw still had the old layout engine in it, so all it really did was just download the pages on its own - there were no graphics.
However, we’ll be keeping in close touch to see how it develops, so keep an eye on our news pages for more up to date information. & Did you know that many of the most famous musicians from the Amiga scene have now gone on to produce game music, television music and even fully professional commercial CD albums?
Chris Hulsbeck has released 9 self-published Cds, most of them with synthesizer remixes of game soundtracks.
Bjorn “Dr. Awesome Crusaders” Lynne has landed a record contract with Cyclops Records, where he produces CD albums for commercial release. In addition, he has also released a few self-published Cds with more “scenelike” music. He has released 9 Cds in all, with two more coming in the spring 1999.
Allister Brimble remains one of the most prolific and succesful freelance game composers in the UK, and has released 2 great Cds.
Gustaf “Lizardking” Grevberg still lives in Sweden and has produced two brilliant pop dance albums.
For the first time, all this great music is now available from one place in the UK: Lynnemusic distribution. Bjorn “Dr.
Awesome” Lynne himself has started this mail order outlet in order to provide fans of his own music, as well as music by other Amiga musicians, with a place to get their hands on this music. Ail Cds are normal audio Cds to play in normal music CD players.
All Cds are £12 each, plus £1 each for p&p within UK.
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TZd PREVIEWS Putty platforming, Formula One racing and an update to Napalm get Ben Vost drooling in anticipation.
F1 racing that started on an AF coverdisk (above left) and the long-awaited Putty Squad (above right) VULCANOLOGY Richard Drummond steps back in time with this retrospective collection.
There's little excitement on the games front this month, certainly nothing that can compare to having Napalm last jgj month. Except possibly the news that an Jjlj update is already Jm scheduled for ¦ release, so check out previews for more JSHy details. While you're there, take a look at Virtual Grand Prix, a game which started off on an AF coverdisk as a bedroom coded effort but which impressed Epic so much they've given it the professional makeover.
It just goes to show that your homegrown efforts can often outperform commercial releases, so make sure you check out the Reader Games for some cracking efforts. You could even try writing one yourself and sending it in... Mark Wheatley V AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Bograts (above) is just one of the 10 games included.
Classic retro adventure can be found among Vulcan's collection.
WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAN Et2 ZOMBIE MASSACRE Richard Drummond is used to the shambling undead after seeing the rest of the AF team first thing in the morning.
Eveiy 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 ven best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
These games are ven good, but due to minor flaws they're not the finest examples of their genre.
Lots of undead beasties who are just waiting to be killed.
Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
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.. Oven vhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
40-49% Under 40% The absolute pits.
Tin READER GAMES Blocks, bugs and blasting feature heavily as Mark Wheatley looks at your homemade games Jazznic ...Costas Pagomenakis Block-based puzzler. No death involved.
Flea Byte. ..... Mark Farrell Arcade parasitic fun. Spikes cause death.
Getsome 4...... Mr. A. Cole Death, blood and death. With added death.
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We show you how to get there and why it's a good place to find.
Es you the lowdown on some of the games r way very soon.
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That notwithstanding, it's still great fun to play and the demo on this issue's CD will have you yearning for more, and looking back nostalgically to the times when not everything had to be in 3D to sell. For more details, contact Alive mediasoft on 01623 467579.
Game. It's an old-skool platformer with great graphics and nice little touches. Because of its age, it's not going to be suitable for anyone who wants a game on a graphics card, or one that'll use your expensive Joystick News live have recently got a huge load of joysticks in from Saitek. As you can see from the photo, they're quite good-looking and have all the usual features, like a turboswitch and suction cups to stick it to your mate's forehead.
It's called the Saitek MegaGrip II and you can get it from Alive mediasoft (01623 467579) for just £9.99. utty Squad was to be System 3's last game for the Amiga, but although it was pretty much finished and had already received a rapturous welcome from Amiga games mags, it was never actually released.
Fortunately, Alive mediasoft picked up the baton and are now ready to release the PREVIEWS Long time readers of Amiga Format may recognise this little game from opr CD. It used to be called Aformulal and it was the obvious prize winner for our AFCD14. Epic Marketing also spotted it and contacted the author, Paolo Cattani, with regard to him turning it into a proper commercial game. After 25 Cds of waiting, the game is very near completion and it looks pretty good.
Still using full 3D for your car and your competitors, it also uses accurate tracks to give you a taste of the world's best circuits. Although the game doesn't have any official sponsorship, the advertising on cars and hoardings is still present thanks to some tricky copyright avoidance by cleverly altering the names of various companies. The new demo is on this CD and you'll be able to get Virtual Grand Prix, as it's now known, from Epic soon.
For more details, contact Epic on 0500 131486.
] eeping up with their decision to keep ( supporting Napalm, dickBOOM are J releasing a patch for the game, only a month after the game itself came out.
The patch provides slightly better stability and a rather nifty zooming frame when you select a unit. This patch is only available to people who've registered the game, so make sure you send that registration card in. You can buy Napalm from most Amiga software dealers.
As you can see. Virtual Grand Prix should be worth waiting for.
Vulcan have been one of the major publishers of Amiga games in the post-Commodore era. Strangely, I somehow missed every single one of these games when originally released.
I had no idea what I was in for... The Valhalla Trilogy Valhalla was the game that made Vulcan's name and is billed as the first speech adventure. The gameplay is derived from that '80s genre, the arcade adventure. In this game you get an overhead view of your character, who you control through a scrolling map with a joystick. Problems are solved by manipulating objects you find via an icon-driven interface and any feedback is given in sampled speech, because it's a speech adventure, okay?
Burnout is something like Robot Wars and the only saving grace of that show is the lovely Phillipa Forrester... The graphics and speech are good.
My main problem with the game is the laggardly pace. Your character waddles about leisurely and even changing direction takes an age. The game is slowed down even further by the speech, which becomes irritating once the novelty has worn off. The portion of the game map viewable on screen is tiny, making it difficult to see where you're going.
Vulcan claim that each of these ten games is an award winner. This may be so, but they haven't stood the test of time well. Not only is the gameplay dated, but so is the target Amiga that the games are designed for. Eight of the 10 will run on any Amiga and as such they take no account of modern hardware. None of them will multitask or permit screenmode promotion.
Nevertheless, Vulcanology does offer a wide selection of different games styles at a cheap price. This is a chance too good to miss for the average game- starved Amigan.
Despite these faults, the game is quite engaging once you get used to it. The problems aren't always logical, but the game really instills a genuine desire to progress.
The two sequels were Vulcan's attempt to reprise the winning formula to varying degrees of success.
Valhalla II and III have only minor modifications from the original and so have similar merits and faults.
Timekeepers Hands up all those who remember Lemmings. Well, Timekeepers is a clone and it's undoubtedly my favourite game on this disc.
The idea is to guide your army of Timekeepers through sixty levels, split into four worlds, in order to defuse 20 nuclear devices planted by some nefarious baddy. You must negotiate your troops through each labyrinthine level, avoiding obstacles, crossing bridges and, of course, killing whatever inhospitable residents you come across.
The major difference from Lemmings is that you get an overhead view of the play area. And, instead of clicking on your players to issue commands, you select command icons and place them in the paths of your troops. You may think this is an odd idea but in practice it works well.
You can lay out a whole string of commands while your army is milling about in a safe place, then drop an initial command and watch them all scurry off.
The graphics are sufficient but rather minuscule. You get the same restricted view of the scrolling play area as Valhalla.
The game is quite tricky to play, sometimes frustratingly so, but it's still quite surprisingly addictive.
Timekeepers II was initially released as an add-on data disk for the original. It's basically a collection of extra levels with exactly the same gameplay and graphics.
The rest The remainder of the games on the CD are of variable quality. Tiny Troops will be familiar to fans of the Command and Conquer style of game.
The graphics are cute and colourful but the game is just too slow, the method of control too hit-and-miss and the level of difficulty too low. It's not bad, but basically it's just not interesting enough.
My first real disappointment in the collection was Bograts, a platform game which I was unable to play. Even when installed onto floppies it kept asking me to insert disk two. Doing so achieved nothing.
Next up, Jetpilot is supposedly an exceptionally realistic flight simulation. Too realistic, perhaps, as they've sacrificed gameplay to accuracy and it's terribly tedious. The selection of planes you can choose to fly is odd too, with the English Electric Lightning, the Lockheed Starfighter, etc. None of these has seen active service for years. The final nail in the coffin, though, is the featureless graphics which limp along, even on an ‘060 machine.
The study of the planet Vulcan? No, it’s a collection of ten games, as Bn (MM Gdoanmmr: B finds out.
Penultimately, we have Hillsea Lido, which is touted as a Seaside Management Simulator. What a bizarre concept for a game. Need I say any more?
Last and definitely least is Burnout. While the game has fantastic rendered graphics (albeit displayed in eye-straining interlace), the game is just pointless. The idea is to control a car and bash all the other cars out of the arena. It's something like Robot Wars and the only saving grace of that show is the lovely Phillipa Forrester. Without her, Burnout is a definite non-starter.
DEVELOPED BY: Vulcan Software SUPPUED BY: weird Science (01162) 463800 PRICE: £12.99 RELEASE DATE: Out now Pros and Cons Great value for money.
Poor support for modern hardware.
OVERALL VERDICT: Cheap and cheerful.
Prepare to see dead men walking in Alpha Software's latest release. GmbhE BrammsiDDtfl braves the challenge.
The engine The hardware Remember - the only good zombie is a dead one!
DEVELOPED BY: Alpha Software SUPPLIED BY: Epic Marketing 0500131486 PRICE: £19.99 RELEASE DATE: Out now Pros and Cons Doesn’t require a high spec machine.
Doesn’t take itself seriously.
Gameplay tails to sustain interest.
General unpolished feel.
H Collect the weapon power ups to wreak extra damage on those animated corpses.
Setting the scene The Zombie Massacre CD features a 65Mb FMV animation of the "actors" stumbling about in zombie poses and mouthing zombie grimaces. The plot as superfluous as they come, is voiced over by a what sounds like a Geordie on valium. The story is some nonsense about biotechnology, genetic engineering and a supervirus which turns any ordinary Joe Public into a ravenous revenant with a lust for human flesh. Guess who has to clean up the mess?
All of this fails to build any atmosphere, however, and just adds to the amateurish, home movie feel of the package. Perhaps this is a deliberate allusion to the many films which obviously inspired the game... OVERALL VERDICT: There are better 3D shoot-em-ups available.
65% What do you get if you cross George Romero's horror B- movies with the game Wolfensteinl Answer: Gloom. And, in the true tradition of the video nasty, they just didn't know when to stop.
Gloom, Ultimate Gloom and now Zombie Massacre. Yes, it's yet another zombie-infested, fake 3D shoot-em-up.
The gameplay and controls of Zombie Massacre are all too familiar.
The idea is to play through each of the 30 levels, obliterating the armies of undead. To progress to the next level you just have to find the exit.
Self defence comes in the form of a plasma cannon for which you may collect power-ups and luckily someone has left these carelessly strewn about each level. You may also pick up health power-ups to repair any damage.
Two player games are possible via a null-modern cable or a modem, in either co-operative or combat modes. The former mode allows teamwork: it shows both players' views on the same screen, players share lives and cannot hit each other.
The latter mode is a head-to-head game like Quake's deathmatch.
Graphically the game is adequate, if a bit repetitive. Some of the patterns used for walls, doors, etc, are nicely drawn but there's too much repetition, making it difficult to distinguish one corridor from another. The zombies themselves are amusing, but poorly animated. I imagine zombies are supposed to shuffle, but a bit more life wouldn't go amiss.
They do explode rather extravagantly when you blast them, though. There's even an option to turn the blood effects to 'dirty', where the ground becomes littered with dismembered body parts for you to trample on.
The sound effects also merit a chuckle or two. While playing Zombie Massacre in the office, everyone mistook the gurgles and groans of the zombies for a bout of terminal indigestion.
My main gripe with the gameplay is that the levels are just too empty; there's too little to do.
Couple this with the unvaried graphics and the end result is Gloom indeed. The degree of interaction with the game world is too low.
In fact, the lack of feedback can be bewildering: doors open for no apparent reason, or upon walking into an empty corridor you suddenly get teleported somewhere else.
Another problem lies in custom screen. However, the game setup utility offers an option to leave WB open and you can run in the screen of your choice; in practice this doesn't work too well.
For me, it would crash in any screenmode other than NTSC, and NTSC just isn't high enough because the screen display is chopped off and you loose the status panel.
The verdict The question that strikes me with regard to Zombie Massacre is why another Gloom release? It doesn't offer much more than the previous games in the series. Moreover, the game engine hasn't aged well.
Amiga gaming has evolved considerably in the last year and a half. We've had Doom, Quake, Descent and now Hexen and Heretic.
Technically, these are all much better games, and they're all much more engaging to play.
Requirements for Zombie Massacre are modest. The absolute minimum spec is an '020, AGA and 3Mb of memory, although, as usual, the more power the better.
The game engine has been upgraded from Gloom and is now allegedly about 20% faster. But curiously, given the simplicity of the game engine, on an '060 the game feels less responsive than, say, Doom.
Upon starting Zombie Massacre, by default the multitasking is switched off and the game runs in its own- While playing Zombie Massacre, everyone mistook the gurgles and groans of the zombies for a bout of terminal indigestion.
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Yes, the daffodils are out, the sun is shining and... that's a complete lie. As I write this, it's cold, wet and windy. The perfect sort of day, in fact, to spend huddled round a warm computer, carefully programming the next classic game.
It’s spring, the time when Amiga programmers blossom into life.
Piucks some You should know what we expect by now. We want games that are addictive, original and, well, that's about it. Of course, it helps if we can get them to work (as mentioned later on). Stunning graphics and sound are things you can add later - we just want a game that'll give us joystick strain, so come up with a concept (a multi-level, duck- based platforming quest, an arcade 'poke a badger with a spoon' game or whatever), then get coding and send it in. We'll give you the benefit of our advice and possibly a fifty quid note for your efforts, which never goes amiss. A few tweaks
later and voila - worldwide fame and fortune await and you'll have all the gold you can eat. Perhaps.
At the very least you'll have the satisfaction of having your game featured in the world's best Amiga mag and played by thousands of people. And who knows - maybe if it's good enough, the fame and fortune might actually be waiting just around the corner... m. TjjJK ijT TtjH u're sending in your submissions make sure you also give us: SIR
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O KCHHV : 0-30MM CAMNOK i-il IT i"i 2-SADDAM SPECIAL 3- BOMB 4-GREASE SUN S-MftC- IO qt&vrraiN t C«“C4 CHARGE 11 -MIHI ROCKET CAHNOM You play the role of a flea and you've got to reach the top of each scrolling level. As far as game concepts go, it's one of the simplest ones you're going to get.
The backgrounds are all pretty nice, in a Worms sort of way. Your character may be extremely small, but it's excellently animated with a lot of detail - the way your little legs move when you jump will have you saying 'Aww, isn't that cute' to a flea for the first time in your life. Unless you have a particular fondness for the itchy little bitey parasites, of course.
Speaking of jumping, you have to hold down the fire button of your joystick to leap around - the longer it's held down the higher and faster you jump. This can get a bit uncontrollable and you'll find yourself ricocheting off the outcrops of rock above you if you're not careful. This won't kill you, but if you happen to then land on one of the nasty spikes littered around the levels then that's gonna hurt you bad... Controlling your jumps is all important, but it's quite tricky to change direction while in the air as you only seem to be able to move from side to side as you're falling back
down, making it hard to hit that little nook in the cavern wall you were aiming for. The controls will definitely be too fiddly and precise for some, but most gamers should persevere with this one as they'll find the game becomes a lot more enjoyable as you get used to the quirky controls.
Not surprisingly in a game about a flea, there's a bit of a bug.
When you're jumping up the walls you can occasionally get stuck in the rock. Repeatedly jumping, while trying to move up or to either side, should eventually free you, but this can be a bit annoying.
However, this game is still a lot of fun to play and it moves smoothly, looks simple and tidy and is definitely a challenge - it took us an embarrassingly long time just to complete level 2.... This is basically a copy of Bugaboo the Flea, but it's well worth trying and you're bound to get sucked in. It also only took two days to program, so think what it could be like if more time had been spent on it.
AUTHOR: Mark Farrell LANGUAGE: Blitz 2.1 VERDICT: Like a flea bite - a bit Irritating but you'i! Keep scratching away at it... At the current rate it’ll take a year ana a nan to give you the solution to Quake, so ©he fflM decides to speed things up somewhat.
Secret 1: Get the Pentagram of Protection from in front of the ziggurat (it's the big pyramiddy building so you can't miss it!). Drop into the lava and swim away from the ziggurat. You should eventually see a hole above you. This is the first secret on this level.
Rather than run you through each level in its entirety, I've decided to concentrate on letting you know where the secrets (and secret levels) are. I'm not going to cover the secrets for the first three levels since I've already described them. As there are quite a few secrets to get through, plus the secret levels to describe, we've decided to put up the Gamebusters section from two pages to four, so we can finish the whole of Quake in two issues.
Then we can concentrate on showing you how to get through Sixth Sense Investigations...
4. The Grisly Grotto Secret 1: This one's fairly obvious - it's
the two dagger tiles at the very start of the level.
Secret Level; Ziggurat Vertigo Secret 2: When you get to the edge of the lake and you've got the biosuit and dropped into the water, there's a very small room about half way up the wall to your right.
Follow our expert guide to find all the secret areas in Quake, and learn why they’re worth seeking out. To get extra weapons, armour and health, generally... Head down the stairs to see what awaits... Secret 2: At the exit, turn to your left and, following the wall, walk past two lights in the floor. When you come to the third one, turn right and you should see an odd section of wall. Shoot it.
5. Gloom Keep Secret 1: Jump off the right-hand side of the first
bridge and go to the entrance which you should be able to see
under the water.
HINTS & TIPS Secret 4: Just after this bit, you should be climbing some stairs and at the top of these there'll be a slipgate.
Go through it from the back and you'll get to the last secret area for this level.
Make use of the lifts to seek out those hidden areas.
Continued overleaf 4 Secret 2: The little tower with the ogre in it at the foot of the stairs (where you get the yellow armour) is your next secret area.
Secret 3: Where you get the perforator, stand under the torch and jump up. Look behind the column for a new room.
6. The Door to Chthon Secret 1: There's a Quake tile on the wall
of the first room you're in, near the rocket launcher. If you
shoot it and run to the right you'll get into a secret
Secret 2: You know the spiked wall bit? Wait until it goes past you, then run behind it and you should be able to see a slipgate.
Secret 3: At the point where you create the bridge to cross the lava you'll notice a new item on the middle column of the room. If you shoot it, the steps up to the doorway on your left will drop down. Go in there for the third secret area and wait.
7. The House of Chthon No secrets here, but if you haven't worked
out what to do, keep running and get onto the top level.
There are three Quake tiles here and you need to step on the paired ones to drop two bars down on either side of Chthon. Then get to the third one and step on it to give him the shock of his life - involuntary ECT.
A couple more of those should give him the full McMurphy treatment, although you won't have to hold a pillow over his face.
Realm of Black Magic
1. The Installation Secret 1: Ignore the green armour and go for
the red. There's an angled bit of wall on the left-hand side
of Secret 2: There's another tunnel under the water here where
you can get a variety of stuff.
Secret 4: In the same key room there's some sludgy water under where the guy was shooting at you.
Drop into that, turn right, follow the path and you should come to a raised area which is another secret area.
Secret 5: There's a room with a big round pool in the middle. Drop into it and shoot the grate you see at the bottom. Drop through the grate and shoot the next grate you see three times. You may be running out of air by now, but there's also a biosuit underwater here so get that and keep going. By exploring further you'll also find some ammo, a slipgate and a pentagram of protection.
The big room with the diagonal bridge across the water, near the start of the level. Swim over to the left and you'll see an opening in the wall. Look Secret 3: In the room with the gold keycard there's a flashing light on your right, up a sloping bit of wall. If you persevere you can jump up and through the fake wall here and get some stuff. You can walk back through the wall when you've got everything you need.
The secret areas often contain armour, and the biosuit is an added bonus here.
Over the first lift into the bit behind it to get the ammo. Shoot the wall to get the quad damage.
Secret 7: Use both lifts to get up to the bit where you're going down some stairs with the cage to your right. You'll see a bit that's open so step through and drop down to get the yellow armour.
2. Ogre Citadel Secret 1: Kill the bad guys in the citadel by
shooting one of the dagger tiles, then shoot the other. Make
sure you kill whatever's in the moat and then drop down into
it and head for the left-hand side. There'll probably be a
zombie there so take him out and use the lift to get the
Secret 2: Go out and follow the water (you'll see yellow armour on the bridge). You'll come to a dark passageway and there'll probably be some nasties waiting for you, but one of the exits goes up some stairs and opens a secret door into some ogres.
Secret 3: Once you've killed the ogres around you, you'll see a window through which there'll be another ogre shooting at you. Kill him and leap from your window into his via the bridge with the yellow armour on it.
3. Grypt of Decay Secret 1: Go to the bridge (if you turn back
now and go back down in the elevator, a new door will open and
you can get more nails). Get the green armour. Turn to your
left and drop into the water. Swim back on yourself, turn
right and you should be able to see a door.
Go through that, kill some rotfish and carry on until you see a passage on your right. This'll take you to a slipgate and some red armour.
Secret 2: Once you've killed the fiend and the ogres, you should be able to cross a bridge. On your left you'll see some zombies putting themselves about. Shooting them opens a passage from near the gold key door to their platform. You can get some rockets from here.
Secret 3: There are three alcoves next to the gold key. One of them is lit up and it's here that you'll be able to open a secret door.
Secret 4: Go from the tower in the middle over the last bridge into the room on the left and you'll see a dagger tile in the ceiling. Shoot it and get the megahealth. There's a Quake tile here and pushing it opens the entrance to the secret level which is in the water, leading to secret 3.
Secret level: Underearth Secret 2: There's red armour under the slime after the gold key door.
Secret 3: There's a special secret if you shoot all the demon faces on this level, but I always forget to do so - it's only a message from the level designers, anyway.
4. The Ebon Fortress Secret 1: The first secret on this level is
quite tricky to find. Try going to the underwater bit opposite
you and then to the right of the zombie platform out of the
water right near the start.
Secret 2: You'll go down some stairs to the gold key door. Turn around and go down the ramp to the most banal "secret" area of the game.
Secret 3: Shooting the wall on the second set of stairs after the gold key door opens a hole in the wall which you can then use to get the Pentagram of Protection.
Secret 4: Get some red armour and a biosuit by jumping off the moving platform into the area with the fiend and an ogre, then dropping into the caustic slime just to the right of the fiend's platform.
5. The Wizard’s Manse Secret 1: There's a secret area inside the
column that holds up the bridge into the castle. Jump off the
bridge when you've got the nails and then walk around the
column until you find a lift.
Secret 2: After getting the gold key, walk back along the walkway and turn right. Look right just before the beam over the walkway and you'll see a suspect bit of wall. Shoot it to get the red armour and carry on to get the quad damage.
6. The dismal oubliette Secret 1: After you've opened the bars to
get upstairs, if you drop into the water you can kill two
zombies and get the first secret, which is a quad damage.
Secret 2: This is near the elevator that you take between floors. Sorry I can't be more precise - you get it just after you've killed a death knight.
There's an area of wall you can shoot to get a Pentagram of Protection, some ammo and a megahealth.
We'll bring your the last two chapters next month, along with a complete list of bad guys.
If you’ve got some hints, cheats, tips or general good advice on any Amiga games - especially some of the newer ones like Hapalm, Sixth Sense Investigations or whatever, then don’t keep them to yourself - send them in so we can pass ’em on to other gamers out there who might be having more problems than you.
Also, if you’ve got a query about a game (and no, we don’t really mind people asking about The Secret of Monkey island), then drop us a line and we might be able to answer it in Helping Hands.
HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA12BW [mMm ©esQgDs trawls through of some choice catches.
Run Old Games Basically, what you get are copies of KickSwitch and Degrader, plus a couple of icons which use the IconX command to call these with simple one-line scripts.
We’re not exactly talking rocket science here, and in all probability experienced AGA users will have set up similar icons on their hard drives for running their favourite old games several years ago.
Still, those who’ve come to the Amiga more recently may find the scripts to be of some use.
If the Run Old Games scripts don’t BY: Aid© Blanchi WARE: Postcard PD LIBRARY: FI. Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: 80p + £1 P&P As the highly imaginative title suggests, this is a collection of programs and scripts which enable you to run a variety of old Amiga games on AGA machines.
Shareware mailbag in search enable you to get a particular game running, the author makes a tremendously helpful suggestion: buy an Amiga 500. Well, blimey, I’d never have thought of that. That’s almost as good as his suggestion that if you don’t like the appearance of the Run Old Games icons, you should send him a bomb.
His final PD and Erm, right.
The disk also contains a copy of Peter Hutchison’s A-Z Dictionary of Amiga Terms 1.0, which is an extremely comprehensive glossary of common Ithough it might not be hot off the production line, as daft simplistic graphical adventures go, Mobsters City isn't a bad effort at all.
The scene is set in the rather odd ReadMe which accompanies the game. "Detective Sargeant Silly was singing in his bath whilst playing the banjo overlooking a basket of vipers doing the conga when suddenly the phone rang.
Jumping out of the bath D S Silly grabbed the nearest towel to cover his expenses, and skipped along to the phone..." And so it goes on.
The game itself is no less bizarre. Essentially you have to visit various locations in and around Mobsters City and ask passers-by pertinent questions. The objective is to rid the city of twelve gangsters, collecting pieces of a map which will lead you to the Big Boss along the way.
Locations you can visit include the Mobsters City Police Station, wherein you can view a list of wanted gangsters, complete with mug shots and descriptions; the local bar, which is a regular haunt for some of the mobsters; the street corner paper stand where you can pick up important leads; and the local card hall where you can play pontoon and try to raise some much needed funds to help you in your efforts.
Mobsters City isn't at the cutting edge of adventure gaming, but it's enjoyable enough all the same and the humour which is present throughout the proceedings helps to keep the interest level reasonably high.
Despite the statement at the start of the ReadMe saying that Mobsters City is Freeware, it's actually Shareware. If you enjoy playing it, the author, Dean Sharpies, requests that you send him a fiver for his trouble.
BY: Silly Software WARE: Share PD LIBRARY: F1 Software NO OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: Sop 4- £1 P&P Quest has been around for years, but it's a real gem of a platform puzzler which is as fresh and original today as it was when it first appeared.
The game has fifty levels and on each the objective is to free your master, who is held captive, and find a route to get the pair of you to the exit. Along the way there are monsters you'll have to avoid and some awkward platform layouts to overcome.
Wbzy's Quest Wizzy has a special magical trick up his sleeve: he can conjure up platform blocks from thin air and then make them disappear again once they've outlived their usefulness. He can use these blocks to give himself and his master a way of moving around the levels when no other route presents itself. He can also use them to restrict the movement of monsters which might otherwise cause problems for the two magicians.
There are also a host of other objects and puzzles scattered around the levels, such as keys for locked doors, magical transporters and so on.
Graphically and sonically, Wizzy's Quest is competent but unexceptional, but where this game really excels is in the playability department. It's thoroughly absorbing and extremely challenging as you progress deeper into the game. It might sound remarkably simplistic, but in actual fact this is one of the most engaging puzzle games I've played in a very long time.
Amiga terminology. If you don’t know your Boopsi from your Buster, or your SANA-II from your Static Ips, then this is well worth a look, although you should be aware that at the time of writing this column version 1.1 has just appeared on Aminet.
EvenMore BY; Girls Perver WARE: E-Mail PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga S NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 + 75p P&P How many variations have there been on the More theme over the years? More, PPMore, MuchMore... the list is a lengthy one and yet people are still designing new text viewers for the Amiga.
In the case of EvenMore though, there’s actually a point to the program.
If you can imagine a program with the text viewing capability of Multiview but with a host of enhanced functionality to complement this then you’re somewhere close to picturing EvenMore.
The program is, of course, font sensitive, and offers smoother scrolling than many of its rivals. It also provides a
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Configurable user interface which lets you get at the features you want with the minimum of hassle, a bookmarks system which lets you pinpoint positions in the document that you’d like to be able to return to quickly, a fairly decent Find function and many other useful features too.
You can open up to 1,000 files simultaneously (memory permitting, obviously), either on any public screen or on the program’s own public screen.
You can even move the program window between different public screens if you need to.
A document viewer might not sound like the most exciting new program in the world, but if you think about how often you use software of this kind then it’s easy to see the value in having an easy to use and highly functional program such as EvenMore on your hard drive.
BY: jyan Antoni© G 'WARE: Share PD LIBRARY: Classic - NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1 * 75p P&P Successive levels come as you might expect, with Increasingly mean baddies.
BY:. Csuid© & Soren Ap'pen WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: F1 Software NO OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: 80p + £1 P&P who were into Those of you computing in the early to mid ’80s may well have owned, or at least known somebody else who owned, an MSX computer. The MSX family of * computers were an early attempt at creating a standard home computer system which could be manufactured by a whole range of companies. MSX machines quietly faded into obscurity as the ’80s wore on, but there are still a die hard bunch of MSX users out there, as a glance at the dozens of MSX sites on the web will confirm.
The MSX2 was an 8-bit machine introduced in 1985 and manufactured by various companies, including Sony, Sanyo, Yamaha, Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Philips. It was based on the original MSX machine which used the Z80A CPU, but the MSX2 featured 64K of memory (or 256K in the case of Sony MSX machines) and ran MSX-BASIC, which was an enhanced version of Microsoft BASIC 4.5. AmiMSX2 is a Shareware program which emulates the MSX2 on the Amiga. It doesn’t do it in a particularly system friendly way as it freezes Workbench in an effort to produce Continued overleaf PUBLIC DOMAIN smoother emulation,
and it’s not entirely compatible with '040 and '060 machines, although it runs quite happily on '020 and '030 systems.
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appeared recently on Aminet. The idea behind it is nice - to
provide a clean, quick and easy way of uninstalling programs
as, for instance, on Windows Pcs.
However, as you'll know if you use Windows machines regularly, programs not written to take advantage of the uninstallation software invariably fail to uninstall properly.
The Amiga Uninstaller, unfortunately, requires programs to specifically support it if they are to uninstall cleanly, and of course, as yet, nobody has written a program which does support it. Still, it might be one to watch for in the future. For more details, check out the support page at The first MegaDrive emulator for the Amiga has also just appeared in beta form. It's available via Aminet or from the author's homepage at ' and it comes in standard 68000, '040 and PPC flavours. Of course, downloading and using images of MegaDrive cartridges probably breaks copyright laws, but as a quick
search of Altavista will confirm, there are plenty of people who trade the things anyway.
Finally, there's been a minor update to SongPlayer, the versatile audio file player.
SongPlayer is capable of playing samples in IFF, WAV and AU formats amongst others, and can also play MPEG 1 layer 3 (MP3) files. Version 1.53 really only includes a couple of small bug fixes, but if you haven't taken a look at this excellent program before then it's high time you did.
Cantinas fbeul Exit The '80s revival continues apace... Capta BUZZV (inict _G!c BY: Am lot Loic WARE: E-Mail PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NO OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1.+75» P&P How's your French? In the years since most people stop learning it they endeavour not to employ any more French than is strictly necessary, to the extent that they can more than happily ask for a flame-thrower, describe a room as having lots of cupboards, ask a penfriend about their hamster and, frankly, say very little else.
Fortunately I'm still able to read the language reasonably well and can make educated guesses as to what's being said. This is just as well since the documentation for Buzzy is entirely in French and without the ability to read at least some of the documentation I might have passed over this extremely slick little platformer.
You play a bloke who, along with his family, has been abducted by aliens in the middle of a dark, stormy night, and has apparently turned into a bouncing ball for their amusement. You awake to find yourself stranded on a strange island and you must find your family by travelling through this Captain Carnage, which is subtitled Alien Extei'minator, is a run-around-and-shoot-things game in the mould of the ancient 8-bit hit Icarus, not to mention the classic Amiga game Alien Breed.
BY: Dan Reynolds WARE: Licence PD LIBRARY: FI Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £3.99 * £1 P&P curious place, collecting lollipops and eating mushrooms along the way. It really makes you wonder what some of these computer game authors get up to in their spare time, doesn't it?
The island is made up of a series of scrolling platform levels. These are littered with the aforementioned mushrooms and lollipops, along with trampolines on which you can bounce in order to gain access to awkwardly located platforms.
There are also plenty of nasty spikes scattered around too, and if you land on these too many times you'll puncture yourself and that will be the end of your adventure.
Buzzy is tip top platform entertainment and even if there isn't an awful lot of variety in the gameplay it's hard not to enjoy it immensely. What's more, it comes with an editor which, if I've understood the documentation correctly, enables you to create your own colourful, fully interactive worlds so that you're free to let your imagination run wild. How's that for a translation then, Madame You play the part of the eponymous Captain, charged with the task of single- handedly saving the Earth. A large alien vessel has been detected on the edge of the galaxy and it’s destroyed all of the
starcraft which have been sent to investigate it. It’s currently heading straight towards the earth and unless you beam on board and blast every last occupant to high heaven then it looks like curtains for humanity.
The action is viewed from overhead and you have to race around the levels zapping every alien you encounter with your trusty blaster, or whatever extra weapons you can find along the way or purchase from conveniently located weapon-dispensing computers.
You’ll need to keep an eye out for various pick-ups, such as first aid packs which restore your energy levels, bombs, and keys with which to open locked doors.
Captain Carnage offers good, clean, uncomplicated blasting fun.
Graphically it’s far from stunning but the action moves at an impressive pace and there are some nice beefy sound effects and a few bits of sampled speech which add to the gaming experience.
As this is a complete Licenceware game, there’s a whole set of levels to explore, which should keep action fans busy for quite a while.
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Us of hardware and software that you can trust In-depth revie POWERMOVIE Tony Horgan keeps us up to date with the latest version of this print package.
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:ets animated about Power's new movie creation software.
While other platforms have formats like AVI and Quicktime (now becoming as popular on the PC as it has been on the Mac), the Amiga has been a bit left out.
The structure of these formats doesn’t lend itself well to display on the Amiga’s native screen modes, and such translations of the AVI and QT players which have been made are rather slow and unpredictable. There’s definitely scope for an Amiga-specific animation audio format which can deliver near real-time speed, and also take advantage of the Amiga’s natural video capabilities.
The XFL format used by PowerMovie is reasonably compact, includes provision for an 4-channel soundtrack and spot effects. The effects can be synchronised to individual frames ,so you can make an action-synched full audio video sequence if you have the patience. There are no timeline-type editing tools as you might find in other video editing systems so everything relies on you individually marking particular frames.
Although PowerMovie can theoretically support DataTypes.
It can take a while to encode the XFL, though you should be used to this sort of wait if you’ve managed to generate all the frames in the first place. A 100-frame HAM8 anim will take around 10 or 11 minutes to create on an '040- based Amiga.
CONTROLS It’s a bit odd having the frame counter in the top right of the screen, rather than down with the actual morion controls, but you can get used to it. By selecting new start and end frames, you can save or delete a selected range of the animation. This is very useful for final editing, but you’d really be a lot better off getting the whole sequence straight from the beginning.
The layout of the main PowerMovie screen is a little cramped. Although everything is legible and easy to get at thanks to the section tabs for audio, sequence, all you have to do is ft prepare a number of frames in a suitable format.
Load XFL Save XFL Sound effects can be loaded or saved as a "packet" - the XFL holds the timing info but the packet holds the location for the iff samples.
Resolutions. 320x200 gives verv smooth results and is great for video.
PowerMoine uses an intelligent frame gathering system so it’s only necessary to specif}- the first and last frames and it’ll grab the whole sequence, if the frames are numbered consistently. Another thing to bear in mind is to render the frames to an Amiga screenmode and save them as IFFs as using different file formats is just going to be problematic, Only two forms of animation are supported in PowerMovie - 256-colour mode and HAM8 mode. HAMS gives a better approximation of true colours, but it also requires a bit more processor power.
Unfortunately, because of the nature in which the software works, the programmers tell me it'll only work with AGA machines. In other words. Just because you have a CyberVision or Picasso board on an older Amiga doesn't mean you can run this software - it requires the AGA chipset.
Future versions may address this problem though, so keep watching the AF news pages.
For some reason, the editor itself opens a standard Amiga screen when it should be possible to redirect it through a graphics card (in fact you can with various Shareware utilities). Updates of the program will hopefully offer the choice of more pleasant screenmodes to work in.
To build a PowerMovie sequence, all you have to do is prepare a number of frames in a suitable format. A number of modes are supported, but if you want to be able to see the results played back at a reasonable speed on an average Amiga, you’ll want to stick to small MODES IN REAL TIME 3 Copyright Underground Softuare 1998 2882 PowerMovie v 1.08 The CDXL format was essentially the first CD-based file format which could deliver something approaching full motion video, albeit in a reduced screen size. The problem is simply one of bandwidth. A 256-colour screen at a standard video resolution of
640x256 (i.e. without interlace or overscan) is equal to 160K of memory. Now try running that at full motion speed (25 frames per second, although some animation is done at 12 frames per second) and you'll discover that you need to be able to shift 4Mb of data a second, never mind the audio data.
One solution to this is to compress the information in the file, which can be done in a number of lossless (RLE, Huffman, etc,) or lossy (JPEG, MPEG, etc) ways to reduce the required bandwidth to a more reasonable level. Remember that with a standard 4-speed CD you're talking about a 600K second maximum transfer rate.
The only problem with this is that your processor now needs to be capable of decoding all the image data and writing it to the graphics memory on the fly, and just to make things worse, the better compression methods tend to require more and more processor time for uncompression.
5o what you essentially end up with is a compromise between the bandwidth of the storage media and the processor power of the machine you're running on.
PowerMovie strikes its own balance on this seesaw and adds some cunning tricks with the PAL display modes to get the best ratio.
Why is the ability to display full (or near full) motion video so important? Well, if you could get a reliable display speed you could use it to dump animations onto video easily and, more to the point, you could display animations in all their glory on screen without having to dump them to video. Multimedia presentations, intro sequences and real animations with high colour resolution graphics then become a real possibility.
Elected Fx Frow liF To j |~~ Tming; 13M8 PowerHovie v 1.88 You can scan existing XFLs for information on effects already allocated, and find out which channel they use.
Frane [1 Screen size I Screen type ; Audio buffer; Frequency : Load XFL 1 .ITTLTJJiiil'fflMif1 Save XFL - j 4255 Append XFL Creating the XFL takes some time, around 10 or minutes for 100 frames on an '040.
Be loaded in when the standalone player is used. You can play the XFLs you’ve created directly through the editor so the standalone player is only useful for distributed files.
In playback it works fine. If you’ve seen the demo of the game Golem which was featured on our CD, you’ll know this already. Of course, you have to be aware that some people might not have the same spec of Amiga as you, but at 11 Pros and Cons Smooth playback.
E2 Supports HAM8.
E2 Multichannel audio and effects.
£| Cluttered interface.
OVERALL VERDICT: Has a few quirks, but that it works at all is fantastic.
Frame gatherer can work out your indexing system, confused sometimes.
The intelligent but it does get narked franes Frow 111 To Iff Tining: IT Screen Type Screen Size i Q H»8 1 5 Fall l Selected Inages Aj vl Select Franes to encode Create | AUDIO Matching audio to your frames can be just as tricky. Like the old tools for creating CDXL files, you have to allocate a sound buffer which represents the number of bytes per frame which will hold sound data.
If your sound is the background music for your animation then you’ll obviously want it to last for the complete sequence, but you’ll have to fiddle the buffer numbers up and down to get it exactly right - too much buffer and the sound plays too quickly and is over too soon, too little buffer and it sounds terrible.
The effects can be added in to start on specific frames, and using specific sound channels if you want to recreate some particular stereo effect. The effects are stored as “packets” which can game Golem on our CD, you'll know this already.
This is something you'll see a lot - it only takes a few seconds to remap a HAM8 frame, but it seems like much longer.
Video and effects, you can’t help thinking that it would’ve been better off using floating palettes on a larger screen.
In playback it works fine, if NIGGLES Aside from the interface, there are a few quirks to the software.
Make sure your sound files are in a proper IFF format for a start, otherwise results can be a bit unpredictable. Editing isn’t the easiest thing to do as when you scroll through the frames with the slider bar, you have to wait each time you stop for the image to be remapped and HAM images aren’t always displayed properly on the editor screen. Overall though, the results are well worth the hassle and hopefully future updates will fix these few niggles.
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Low Res NTSC resolutions you should alwavs get a fairly smooth playback.
RboPrint tests the latest version of this printer manager.
Could only view the full page, so any precise alignment of objects had to be done by entering measurements into little boxes, but now you can zoom in to make precise alterations.
We output a page using Graphics Publisher to drive an Epson Stylus Photo printer at 720x720dpi. The source image was a 1152x900 pixel JPEG.
Printed at roughly 10x9cm, a keen eye could make out the original pixels, which is testament to the clarity of both The Graphics Publisher Is a modest but incredibly useful tool, best used when you want to print a single image... the printer and the software driving it.
Printed at half that size (we did both), the naked eye could only detect very subtle dithering when scrutinised at close range. In short, it passed the photo realistic output test with ease.
GHOST IN THE MACHINE The GNU Ghostscript interpreter is probably the biggest addition to version
7. Detailed instructions are included in the version 7 manual
addendum for printing as Postscript from AdPro, DrawStudio,
Final Writer, ImageFX, PageStream, Picture Manager, Turbo Calc
and Wordworth. This should lead to higher quality output and
faster print As with so many features of our Amigas, the
standard printer driver system is well out of date.
Originally designed when dot matrix printers were commonplace, the printer.device can only handle outputs with a maximum of 4,096 colours or 16 greyscale shades. Fortunately, like so many of those outdated features, third party software has stepped in to bring us up to date with photo realistic 2 Tbit printers. TurboPrint provides a replacement for the printer.device and a lot more to boot.
You can use TurboPrint in a number of ways. In its simplest form, it’s a transparent software printer interface that allows for high quality output from any application with a print function.
Once you’ve set it up you could forget all about it - there’s no need to go messing around with it each time you want to print something new. However, if you want to get the most from it you’ll need to know about the other bits and pieces that make up the full package, namely the Graphics Publisher, TurboSpooi and GNU Ghosts nipt.
THE GRAPHICS PUBLISHER This is a modest but incredibly useful tool, best used when you want to print a single image or a selection of pictures, maybe with some text. It’s simplicity itself to use. Just select the size of your paper, then load and position your pictures on the page, scaling them as you like. Text can be added using any fonts on your system, either typed directly onto the page or imported.
Smoothing options are included to improve the output quality of enlarged images. This is especially useful if you use Graphics Publisher in Poster mode, in which you can output massive posters made from tiled pages of A4 or A3, or whatever size of paper you’re using. I’ve never managed to get it to print right up to the edges of the page, which is a pain, although I haven’t found out HI Postscript device emulation.
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NEW FEATURES TURBOSPOOL Finally there’s TurboSpooi, a background print manager that takes care of all your output. It intercepts your documents on the way to the printer and puts them into a queue. Now you can print multiple copies of a document via TurboSpooi even faster than before because it doesn’t process the original file each time it’s printed.
TurboPrint is an essential purchase if you want to use a modern colour printer with your Amiga. This is a real ‘package’ in the sense that you get a proper manual (well, one manual and two comprehensive addendums), which is becoming something of a rarity these days. It’s got a whole load of new printer drivers too, so if you haven’t done it already, now could be the time to upgrade that crusty old teletype machine sitting under your desk. © n Photographic output from modern printers.
Provides direct output of Postscript files.
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OVERALL VERDICT: An absolutely essential purchase if you use a modern printer.
Times. GhostScript also offers a brilliantly simple method of outputting Postscript files that you might receive from other DTP systems, from the net or CD-ROMs. Just open a Shell and copy the Postscript file to PS: (for example, “copy frontcover.ps to PS:”).
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E3 icturesque is a simple hypertext system. It consists of two components: a freely-distributable viewer for displaying finished documents and an editor to create them. The viewer’s navigation controls will be instantly familiar to anybody who’s used a web browser.
The system is provided on three floppy disks and installation is via a custom tool. While this is prettier than the official installer, software should employ the standard one, if only to give a consistent and reliable interface. The supplied documentation is in the form of a Picturesque project. This is clear to follow and is a good example of how to use the system.
A Picturesque project is made up of pages. A page can either be a picture (any IFF ILBM or DataType-supported graphic format), an animation (IFF anim 5 or 7), ASCII text or a script.
Each page must be constructed externally; pictures in Ppaint, say, or text pages in a text editor. Projects may additionally be accompanied by a tracker music module.
Pages can also contain “hot areas”, boxes in which the user may click to perform an action. This feature works in a similar way to image maps in FITML.
A hot area may transport the user to a new page or execute an AmigaDOS script, and optionally play an IFF sound file. Such sound effects aren’t played asynchronously; that is, the user must wait for the effect to finish before proceeding. This slows down an already slow system. Combined with the lack of any visual feedback on clicking hot areas, the end result is frustration.
THE CONTROL PANEL It isn’t possible to mix page types.
The only way to combine text and graphics on one page is to do it with a paint package. Text pages themselves are basic. There are no layout commands provided: the text is formatted exacdy as in the source file.
The text font and colour may be altered, though, bv means of HTML- style tags.
The Picturesque iewer will display the current page with a control panel at the foot of the screen. Pages wider than the screen get clipped; taller ones may be scrolled up or down via the control panel or cursor keys.
Controls are provided to move to the next or previous pages and to return to the home or menu page. A retrace feature is also included, but doesn’t function in the way you’d expect: if you were to view the pages A, B and C in sequence and then press retrace, you’d be returned to B; pressing it again gets you to C. GETTING IT TOGETHER The editor is the storyboard in which you link together the components of your project. It has a simple Gadlools GWSMfillS n [7 TfvI SOUND NUMBER JQ[
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dreaded system-default topaz font.
The main part of the GUI is where you define the pages. Pages are identified only by number; you merely select the desired page number via an up down gadget and tell the editor which file is to be used for that page via a string gadget pop-up requestor combination.
If a particular page is an animation, its characteristics may be configured by a pop-up window. Hot areas are defined in another window and are again identified only by number. You may select the number of the page on which the hot area appears and the destination page: if this target is a script, you flag this here. The position of the defining box may be drawn on the target page with the mouse.
Although the editor isn’t complex to use, it is tedious and non-intuitive. A better method, for example, w ould have been to use labels to identify pages. These could then be shown in a standard listview gadget with add and remove buttons. Pages targeted by hot links could be selected by drag and drop or via a pop up list. A rethink is definitely required.
IDENTITY CRISIS The main problem with Picturesque is that it doesn’t know what it wants to be.
Picturesque began life as a simple picture viewer; unfortunately, it hasn’t progressed far enough from there.
Badly designed editor GUI.
Poor text layout ability.
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Ding ding, round two. Delfina 1200 of Best A1200 Sound Card.
Stake its claim for the title A selection of other bits and pieces is included for setting up the preferences and keeping a check on the DSP load.
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Last issue I looked at Prelude 1200.
There’s another one called Melody 1200 just around the corner, and this month we’ve got Delfina 1200. It’s a bit of a mystery as to why it’s taken so long for everyone to catch on to the possibilities of the clock port, and why everyone seems to have had the same idea at the same time, but let’s not grumble. Better late than never.
The trump card up Delfina 1200's sleeve is that it's based around a DSP (Digital Signal Processor)... Cctfec rate If you really wanted to you could have got a 16-bit sound card for your A1200 by adding a Zorro expansion, but that’s a lot of expense to go to if a sound card is all you want. More recendv there's the cheaper option of a single Zorro expander, but these clock port sound cards still seem to make more sense if you’re not interested in any other major expansions.
The Delfina 1200 card - it's actually surprisingly small The trump card up Delfina 1200’s sleeve is that it’s based around a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) rather than just a 16-bit in 16-bit out sound chip.
This means that alongside the normal sampling and playback features, it offers things like delay, phaser and distortion effects in real-time with no extra strain on your Amiga’s CPU. In theory, the DSP could probably also be used for n-musical jobs, such as tphics processing, but there’s no aware available for that right now.
Te hardware is ‘full duplex’ which mmmsi PROCESSED CHEESE The DSP on the card is a Motorola 56002 chip, rated at 37MHz. That might not sound verv impressive in today's world of 400MHz Pentiums and G3s, but remember that all it has to do is deal with sound data processing, unlike your CPU which has to run your whole computer. It uses 24-bit bandwidth for its processing, which allows for cleaner effects than 16-bit bandwidth, although sampling and playback is in bit. The card uses three SRAM chips, ¦ U ' ' each of 32K, as temporary buffers for storing sound data for delays and such like. The
size of these limits the effects to a degree, such as the maximum time you can set between delays (echoes). Some developer tools are included with the hardware to allow Assembly and C programmers to devise their own effects software. For the rest of us, a program called DelFX is provided for controlling effects and creating new settings. See the box on that for more details.
Aside from DelFX, there’s very little to get excited about with regard to software. You get a few tools, such as D elf Load which shows how hard the DSP is working with a little scrolling graph, DelPrefs which is used to set input and output sources and volumes, and a few CLI commands. A customised Delfina version of AudioLabl6 is included (see the Prelude review for more on that) and you get a registered version of the sample editor SoundFX which can be used with Deifina 1200 via AHI. Which is also included. It’s a bit of a rag bag of software, and nexi to the solid marriage of Prelude 1200
and Samplitude, the Deifina package is left looking like a job half done.
Like Prelude 1200, Deifina 1200 comes with an alternative toccata.library to allow it to be used with Toccata- specific software, although only playback features are supported, so the News reached us right as we went to press that a Deifina 1200- specific version of Samplitude Opus is going to be forthcoming.
Even though Deifina 1200 can generate its own real-time effects, you'll still find that you need the services of a dedicated sample editor, such as SoundProbe.
Functionality of Samplitude, for example, would still only be partial. This should allow you to use it with OctaMED SoundStudio (you need this because the built-in Delfma output mode doesn’t work with Deifina 1200). However, my continued attempts to get it to play ball have lead to nothing but crashes and freezes. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
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It’s fine for occasional recording or playback of 16-bit audio files, spooling long MP3 files and that kind of thing, but you’d need a lot of patience to rely on AHI for the bulk of your music or audio editing jobs. Games are increasingly using AHI for their music and sound effects Quake, for example), although if you’re that much of a perfectionist that you don’t want to use 8- or 14-bit Paula AHI output with your games, I’d assume you also have a graphics card, in which case you’ve probably got a Zorro’d Amiga.
Then again, you could have a BlizzardVisionPPC. But that's not clock port-compatible. Oh dear, I think I'll stop trying to guess what system you have.
Aaaanvway... I do wonder when hardware developers will learn that without good software their products are wasted.
If you get it working with SoundStudio via the toccata.library, or if you’re a fan of AHI, you shouldn’t have a problem. Delfma 1200 desperately needs direct compatibility with at least one big audio application. It’s not as if this is a new bit of hardware - it’s virtually the same as the Zorro version, so there’s been ample time to get some good software up and running.
The unique selling point of Delfma 1200 is its DSP and DelFX is the only bit of software that gives you any access to the DSP functions - that hasn’t been updated since 1997.
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WmmmmSmsM HARDWARE INSTALLATION It's not until you see how small these cards are that drill a few holes in the case if you needed to. I'm expect to round up all these disparate bits of software and expect them all to work without a hitch, but then neither should it be up to the user to spend time trying to figure out which of the applications, libraries, drivers and handlers are clashing with each other.
And to think how we Amiga users loved to gloat over PC IRQ conflicts problems... what goes around comes around, 1 guess.
You realise how unnecessarily large Zorro cards are not impressed with this method, mainly because (that's 14 year old computer standards for you, I the audio cables are left hanging off the fragile guess). There's precious little space inside an A1200 jumper-style headers on the card and could easily as it is, and like its rivals, Delfina 1200 has to be yanked off by accident when connecting up to squeeze into the small area around the clock port other devices or even just when moving things on the motherboard. It's slightly smaller than the around on your desk. Disconnecting the cables
digital part of the Prelude and this makes it a lot would be annoying enough as you'd have to open easier to get into place.
Unlike the "• ": two-part ~~~ • - *»*- Prelude 1200, A"' _ ..... M SOUND QUALITY As for the hardware performance, it’s a bit disappointing. With your Paula output routed through the card, the DSP seems to accentuate any noise that’s already there, though to be j fair it could just be the higher rated J§ output of the card making it seem that way. Even with nothing m connected to the inputs, my card j still emitted a very high pitched whine. Maybe this was interference from the internal hard disk that sits right next to the card.
The manual suggests you cover the card with a metal shield before use.
Unfortunately, the bit of RE shielding that has to be removed from over the clock port doesn’t fit back on again once the card is in place and no alternative shielding is provided.
Delfina 1200 is just a single MW card. Prelude 1200 has a second JBF card with ail the audio connections on it, but Delfina 1200 fakes a more f primitive approach. There are four audio connectors (line out, two line ins and a CD audio in) on the card, resembling CD DA connections from an internal CD-ROM drive, and these must be connected to the supplied audio cables.
These connections are ail internal so you have to trail the wires of the A1200 case l to your other audio equipment. The % obvious route is through the spare Sbk blanking plate behind the floppy drive, but you could push them out through the trapdoor or even ¦p- up the | computer and H reconnect them, % but worse is the N danger of actually pulling the audio Ip connections off the card altogether. As a precautionary measure, I decided to tape the cables to the side of the A1200.
) ) ...its a nice card with some handy DSP trickery on offer, a bit messy when installed and subject to some noise. H ) I I had no such problems with the Prelude 1200, which uses a separate card for audio ins and outs, insulated by a ferrite band on the Connecting cable.
There are some things for which you might find Delfina 1200 particularly useful. For example, the DelFXprogram can be used as a basic sampler by routing the output to disk. You can pass the input through the DSP, so that means you can record samples with effects on them. This in turn means that a SoundStudio user could sample different parts of a song and add different effects to them accordingly, before putting them all together again Presumably the d developers have in mind a variety of uses for the hardware, so why not share them with the rest of us? It can’t add that much to the unit price
to have a decent-sized printed manual, complete with suggestions for use and detailed descriptions of the hardware and software, not to mention the odd mini-tutorial. The attitude of “it’s a sound card, figure it out yourself’just isn’t good enough.
CONCLUSION When reviewing a piece of hardware, there’s always the question of how much you take into account the level of software support it has. If Delfina 1200 matched Prelude 1200 on that front I’d say it would be a toss up between the two as to which was the better buy; Delfma’s DSP versus Prelude’s superior interfacing and sound quality.
However, without a strong software base, Delfma 1200 will never fulfill its potential and that’s the main reason it’s got a lower score. I’d like to think that there are all kinds of software tie-ins in the pipeline, but seeing as so little has appeared so far, I’m not particularly confident of that.
So it’s a nice card with some handy DSP trickery on offer, a bit messy when installed and subject to some noise. It’s flawed, but despite all my moaning and whining it’s still quite a good little gizmo. Had it been the first clock port sound card I’d seen it probably would have made a better impression, but with two others out there vying for your greenbacks, it’s got some stiff competition.
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Real-time DSP effects Works with a standard A1200 A bit noisy, Lacks software support OVERALL VERDICT: A good sound card that needs more software support.
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The 68030 accelerator card (top) and the 68040 (bottom right).
Tropical desktop machines. The 68040 is the hungriest and may drain more of the 5V supply than is safe for reliable operation if your internal hard drive relies solely on that supply. Most 3.5” hard drives split their load between 12V and 5V rails, so they’re a lot less likely to be a problem.
If you have external drives without their own power supplies, want to use two SIMMs with either board or just want to play it safe, an uprated power supply is strongly recommended. The stock A1200 supply is enough for one or two less-than- greedy add-ons, but beyond that you’re pushing your luck.
Memorv speed, giving them a reputation for fast boards that are less than perfectly stable. In recent weeks I've tested the latest versions of their products with and without the Ateo tower slot expansion and found them rather less bleeding-edge than hitherto, and probably all the better for that.
The most amazing thing is the price: the 68040 version has more grunt than the A4000 'Q40 I paid Commodore almost £2,000 for a few years ago, yet it costs only £125. The full 68040 is generally faster than any 68030 system, making ’030 upgrades seem like false economy. But when Eyetech can hangout 40MHz 68030s with memory management and floating point rocessors at £60, comfortably ling the stock A1200’s ducts have their shall see, there’s a If you're strapped for cash, rds offer a lot of the these hoards POWER LIMITS These aren’t top-speed designs and don’t push the limits of the A1200 power
supply or heat flow so power unit in non- Overloads lead to crashes or erratic hard drive response. The A500 power supply is a bit beefier so you may get by by swapping it with the A1200 one if you’ve still got an old machine and moved your peripherals over.
MEMORY SPEED The Apollo accelerators were each supplied with one socket for a 72-pin SIMM memory expansion board. Some sort of expansion is vital, even if it’s just a 1Mb SIMM, worth around a quid; programs using it will run many times faster than those limited to chip RAM, where the custom chips get four times as much memory access time as the processor, whatever its markings.
You must budget for some fast memory and at least 8Mb for serious multitasking or graphics.
Aiiisiiii Irlf" s* wOTwiaw« »K« - ¦ saasMi* Fast memory doubles the s 5 stock A1200’s 141 more essential to potential speed of faster processors.
These boards put the SIMMs on the same trapdoor card as the fast processor, giving it direct access, uncontended by motherboard activity.
They also extend the address range of the A1200 from 24 bits - the same 16Mb space as the original 16-bit Amiga, with room for no more than 8Mb of fast RAM - to full 32-bit addressing, offering a theoretical 4Gb of space and no PCMCIA clash.
In practice, these boards support up to 32Mb in each SIMM, plus hardware memory management so you can extend memory to the limits of your hard drive in rare cases when sheer address range is more important than speed. Both units have provision for a second SIMM socket which Eyetech can add for an extra £20, either at the time of purchase or later.
SYSTEM . w ord long multi word long multi Acces s • Apollo A1230 40 READ 1W0TE ¦ Standard Std 4- Burst Std 4- MMU Apollo A1240 28
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22. 4 23.0 22.6 ¦ Burst 4- MMU CyberStorm 1 68060 50
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asynchronous CPU cycles hamper 68040 transfers to and from
68040 and 68060 (with the same SIMMs, for comparison) always use burst and memory management. Test program: utillmonlbustestlha by Michael Van Elst.
Maximum Banduiidth 68040: f gjjp 68030 J. ..dVHT R1ZOO Chip ROM The sockets support 32-bit SIMMs and 36-bit IBM ones, with redundant parity check bits in capacities from 1Mb to 32Mb each (1. 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32).
Look for parts with a nominal speed rating of 70nS or lower - 60nS parts are faster, and common now; but bear in mind that this rating measures only one dimension of the memo" speed.
VARIATIONS The boards were designed for Fast Page Memory but should work with cheaper EDO PC SIMMS, like those now shipped by Eyetech: a 32Mb SIMM on the '030 and a 16Mb single-sided one for the '040. You'd be wise to get a swap- back agreement with your supplier in case of timing or mechanical problems.
The single-sided 16Mb SIMM worked in both, but the raised pins of the 68040 on the other side of the board meant the double-sided 32Mb one wouldn’t quite latch into the Turbo 1240 SIMM socket. Caveat emptor.
Both review boards are somewhat overclocked, using processors rated by Motorola at a lower speed, but the boost is relatively slight and shouldn’t cause problems; they don’t run the processors at anything like the maximum possible speed for premium- priced chips.
Either Apollo board boasts five to 50 times more raw power than the stock A1200, but they're little threat to the 68060.
These boards should work with all issues of the A1200 motherboard but further-expanded systems could fall over because of subtle oroduction faults. Eyetech have a detailed understanding of these flaws, which stem from the non-arrival of a chip set revision intended to remove the need for patches on the board. If necessary they can add the missing bits to tame the Gayle and Budgie chips on Escom revision 1D4 and 2B motherboards for £30 plus carriage. This makes them as stable as Commodore’s 1D1 revision, most common in the UK.
APOLLO '040 28 The 68040 board uses a nominal 25MHz processor clocked at 28MHz. In fact, the socketed crystal ticks 56 million times per second as all 68040s are ‘clock doubled’ in Intel terms, but this is normal and means the processor core runs a little faster than the chip in a stock A4000 '040. Syslnfo rates it at a bit over 20 MIPS (Meaningless Instructions Per Second), which is around 30 times faster than a 68000- based Amiga.
This is ample speed for web browsing, JPEG decoding, vector fonts and most games. You don’t need more speed unless you’re heavily into realtime signal processing or 3D rendering, and even then you’re likely to find that other aspects of the system hold you back more than the raw CPU power.
33MHz and 40MHz versions are also available, but these are the hottest 68K chips available and push the limits of the A1200 and SIMM memory. An all-CMOS 68060 runs substantially cooler, despite greater speed, but you pay through the nose for its design refinement. This model has a fan on the back of the processor which makes fitting a tight squeeze, but it’s vital to reliable operation in the A1200 trapdoor slot. You need a tower if you want to use two SIMMs with the A1240 as there’s just not enough room in a desktop A1200.
The 68040 caches are much larger and faster than those on earlier processors, substantially boosting speed.
Without caches, an A4000 '040 is slower than the A4000 '030, but with them on it jumps ahead by a factor of three, despite a slower memory interface. The problem on the A1200 is that a lot of games written specifically for the 68020 just about work on the 68030 but fall over on 68040s.
Naive coders trying to wring the ultimate performance out of the stock A1200 use selfmodifying code that gets caught up on later 68040s or 68060s because the caches are so much larger and copyback optimisations delay costly writes. This is the price of progress: the faster your machine, the more likely it is that you’ll have to slug your system with commands like CPU NOCACHE or switch to better-written software.
APOLLO '030 40 The 68030 board is clocked at 40MHz, making it about half the speed of the 68040 on computationally-intensive tasks. As anyone who’s waited for a Continued overleaf ¦* a budget design can’t push them all to the optimum. Trade-offs are necessary and may be significant.
The Mark 3 Apollo 1230 board has provision fora PGA chip as Motorola only supply the fastest 68030s in that up-market gold-pinned package, but the review 68882 was a socketed KPGA part with the CPU in a low-profile surface-mounted CQFP package.
They’re nominally rated at 33MI Iz, inexpertly scrubbed off the 68030, but should in practice work fine at 40MHz.
If you have any problems, t he UK Sale of Goods Act protects you - this is sold as a 40MHz accelerator.
The 68030 burst transfer actually slows down AIBB's interleaved read write memory test, here compared with the same board with the default setting (no bursts), stock A1200 ’020 and A4000 '040, plus the 28MHz Apollo 1240 (towered up, incidentally, with Ateo's Pixel64 graphics).
These aren't top-speed designs and don t push the limits of the A1200 power supply or heat flow... You push it further at your own risk.
The 33MHz rating is clearly marked on the FPU but I’ve never seen a 68882 that wouldn't work reliably at 50MHz, whatever the marked speed. There’s only one soldered down clock oscillator FASTER KICKSTART Both systems benefit substantially if you copy Kickstart into fast memory with the MMU, using Commodore’s CPU FASTROM (for 68030s) or my QuickROM (on Aminet) for later processors. The MMU was designed for UmY-style virtual memory, which is possible but a bit of a gratuitous hack on Amigas designed to work without it.
More usefully, the Freeware MuForce and Enforcer can detect, prevent and report program errors with MMU magic; memory management can also speed up some emulators.
The 68040 and 68060 are optimised for bursts and inbuilt hardware memory management and this speeds up access to adjacent words in fast RAM but requires a line read to initialise the cache before each write can update it.
Also, the differences in processor architecture require extra logic in order to convert to old-style '020 signals, resulting in a significant cost in price and performance.
The only way to get top' 040 '060 speed and fast access to the motherboard is to add queues and synchronisation logic on the accelerator. So far only phase 5 do this, which goes some way to explain the higher price of their boards.
CONCLUSIONS These accelerators are pedigree products, mature upgrades that transform the A1200. You don’t get any software but it isn’t needed because all A1200s ship with the CPU command and 68040.1ibrary. However, Thomas Richter’s mmu.library (in Aminet’s util library drawer) could help you make best use of the MMUs, and the commercial OXYpatcher boosts 68040 transcendental FPU emulation.
A 68060 would be a lot faster but several times more expensive, with most of the difference down to Motorola. If you’re serious about SCSI, get a board with a true DMA controller - this isn’t an Apollo option. But if you’re strapped for cash, these boards offer a lot of the power for a fraction of the price of a top-notch Amiga.
Driving both chips, and the 40MHz Apollo Turbo 1230 Mark 3 Apollo 1240 Turbo speed seems a sensible choice. The main processor in a 50MHz 68030 accelerator gets seriously hot and elbows SIMMs towards their speed limit.
The CPU DATABURST command mrndm MKM speeds up the '030 on BusTest, which uses separate reads and writes, but AIBB1 s cyclic memory test favours the SPECS: 40MHz 68030, internal MMU and 68882 FPU.
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Default, with 128-bit burst reads disabled in favour of sequential 32-bit accesses. Some accelerators adjure t '030 burst mode, but Apollo give you the choice. Results vary, so suck it and see.
Notice that this 68030 is as fast at whereas the 68040 is aboi needing half as much tin: This is because the same cvcle i i ¦ ® !I Ta BIBBA ¦ afaa : A:BBB • Ba B :B: . A ¦ Hhi 8k Pros and Cons Good 68020 compatibility.
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Unexceptional code speed.
OVERALL VERDICT: A vast improvement for the stock A1200.
Big, fast caches with copyback, Excellent FP arithmetic speed FPU transcendental emulation Slower motherboard access OVERALL VERDICT: Worth the extra for serious applications.
Onnecting your Amiga to the ; i world may seem expensive, *¦*4 over-rated or simply daunting, but the Internet pack reviewed here may well change that preconception.
For under £110, it consists of a V.90 MagicXpress modem, the latest NetConnect and STFax software, plus the necessary cabling to connect the modem to a telephone socket and either your Amiga’s standard serial port or to an add-on serial card such as the lOBlix. For a little extra investment, Active can supply a clock port serial card, but beware that vour Amiga may not like it (see Bad Timing).
A full installation of SetConnect requires 12Mb of hard disk space, a little of which can be reclaimed if you have MUI and some media players like CyberQT and aMiPEG already installed on your system. It copied swiftly from the CD-ROM, partly due to its time- saving installation options, and STFax was correspondingly efficient.
Once installed, it’s easy to add a button to the NetConnect dock bar which will start STFax. Indeed, STFax complements NetConnect by utilising the Contact Ma?iager, the hub of NetConnect, which simplifies the management of your email addresses, bookmarks for Voyager, fax numbers and so on.
IpsiliSttsiimm uzz&O'&z ~ y zmm&a2g'~' ', . -77-v.j t -""7 ¦ ~.-:-:-r-7rr-irr:' Ne- Before use, a few parameters need to be defined within the TCP IP stack so your Amiga can talk to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). To do this, Voyager in action, downloading the 2.3 free upgrade to NetConnect. Groovy.
. The installation process asks if you want help from the Genesis Wizard, which is recommended. It simplifies the configuration of connection protocols by taking the most rudimentary information from you before dialling- up the ISP’s number and completing the task. However, I found that when £ I r*.3* BEN'S VERDICT Active's NetConnect bundles certainly offer great value for money. If you can afford it, I'd recommend going for the more expensive Pace 56K Voice modem as it's the only one which supports UK Caller ID, which is useful to have with STFax. It also gives you faster speed, but even the
cheapest pack provides a great way to get online easily.
Adjusting Genesis Prefs further, the CD-ROM’s inlay book contained directions to select the “Provider” option which, unfortunately, was not to be found. Consulting the HTML documentation through the newly-installed Voyager revealed that the features of this Provider option now seem to be contained within the “Interfaces” option instead.
Once completed, I was immediately able to log in to my ISP, register and surf away. The integration and usability of this software is impressive and immediately perceptible. When browsing the web with Voyager, for instance, Microdot appears every five minutes to check for email. You can browse new web pages while downloading and un-archiving software thanks to X-Arc, and this really illustrates the advantages of friendly software multitasking smoothly on capable hardware. In fact, hardware makes a lot of Jj difference in this equation, and while a Super72, 64-colour AGA screen and '030
processor can just about cut it, I reinforce the “just”. Give this software some '060 and graphics card muscle and you’ll be rewarded with a smoother, faster and generally more pleasant experience.
The web is simply a technologically demanding communications medium.
Voyager is a very capable browser in this respect, but occasionally it mangles pages a little by offsetting text which should be relevant to a margin or picture. From experience, though, I maintain that even an '030 set-up displays anim-GIFs on web pages more BAD TIMING If you have an A1200 motherboard revision 1,d.4 or 2.b, beware that it may require attention before being used with a serial card connected to the clock port. Ridiculously, the clock port (located by the Kickstart ROMs) suffers timing problems (doh!) Which manifest themselves in transmission errors when attempting to transfer
data at a high speed. Fortunately, these problems can be resolved. Both Eyetech (01642) 713185 and Power Computing (01234) 851500 can advise about this, or, if possible, consult Eyetech's web page at: htt p: www. Eyetech ,co. Uk S U PPORT S12 for more details.
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Smoothly than a 150MHz Pentium.
With NetConnect, however, you get more than a just browser and email news facilities. AmTerm has a small, friendly interface, and within minutes I'd dialled-in to a BBS and was downloading a rave demo. Similarly, AmFIP allows an easy connection to Aminet (or any other FTP site) and permitted a more efficient file-transfer than from the web, due to its multiple file selection and lower system overheads. STFax is an impressively self- contained piece of software. Apart from sending and receiving faxes it can act as the front-end of your own BBS.
Alternatively, it can be used for voice mail; recording telephone messages into relevant directories on your hard disk, to be replayed through a connected telephone handset, modem- connected headphones, AHI or even directly through Paula. If you plan to run a business using your Amiga, this software compendium is essential.
In use, it sustained an error-free connection of about 45Kbps every time, and this is with Freeserve, so it only costs lp per minute at weekends.
I’d recommend this pack to any • prospective net user. It’s definitely more than the sum of its parts, and Active provide friendly and informative customer support, to boot. 1 .. 'T?
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BLITZ BITS I’m writing a fantasy football stats programme using Blitz Basic 2 and I have two items that I need help with.
Ihow do I load graphic images into a Window, i.e. “IFF” files?
2 What commands are used to send information to a printer? I know you’ve covered Blitz tutorials in the past but I can’t recollect you covering this.
Graham Wylie Tyne & Wear 1f You load the file into a bitmap, which JL you can then display. Here’s an example: Screen 0,3,'Test Screen" ScreensBitMap 0,0 LoadBitMap 0,'testpicture.iff',0 Use Palette 0 MouseWait End 2 As Blitz was primarily created for games, printer support wasn’t high on the list.
You might find you have to re-direct your text to a file which is opened (with OpenFile) pointing to the raw printer device. Yucky, I know, but it’ll work for plain text.
PC SHARING I have a friend who has a PC and has been kind enough to download some stuff from Aminet for me to use on my A1200 tower. My problem is this: I have CrossDOS 6, Opus 4 and GUI 4 Unzip on my hard drive so I’m able to read a 720K PC floppy but I’m unable to unarchive some HD installers, etc, in the LhA or LZX format, plus any programs that need to be unzipped.
Secondly, could you tell me if it's possible to use a PC external modem on both an Amiga and a PC? Could you please help?
Robert Bentley Bolton I’m wondering when you say you ’re unable to unarchive these files, is that because you haven’t used the right tools ? For example, to unarchive a file compressed tvith LHA you need a specific un-LHA program, the same as for LZX formats. You ’11 find many utilities like this (in uncompressed form) on Amigas, and, on the AF cover CD. As long as your PC- owning friend, downloads the files in a binary format which won’t alter them (preferably using an FTP client, as some web browsers can mess them up), there’s no reason why you won’t be able to unpack them on your Amiga.
Just remember that an unzip program is for unpacking zip files, and not necessary for all packed files.
The problem you describe with your hard drive is very common. Many Amiga users find they need to perform a warm reboot (ctrllAmigalAmiga) in other to get the hard drive to be recognised.
Many reasons have been put forward for this, including the observation that it seems to happen more in cold weather! Whatever is going on, there seems to be a timing issue at the heart of it. There are a few things worth trying. Firstly, try (temporarily, if possible) breaking the Pin 1 connection on the IDE lead as this seems to work with some 2.5" IBM drives.
If you're using a Connor 3.5" IDE hard drive there's a jumper marked CAMIGAL, and swapping this can also make the drive boot first time. I'm not sure if playing with the MaxTransfer setting makes a difference, but it's worth a try. One thing is almost certain: renaming the hard drive won't make a blind bit of difference.
Your Scala problems have stumped me.
There's clearly something amiss if the pointer won't vanish. It might be worth checking to see if you've selected any other video options from Workbench, or whether you've installed any screen mode promotion utilities, anything which might be causing the pointer sprite hardware to vanish. I've got the Scala MM300 manual, but can't find any reference to "Net" either. A way of linking Amiga's running Scala together perhaps? I know that Scala has been used to create video-wall solutions, and this may be something to do with it.
Some PC files can be converted and others can't. For example, a program such as SoundStudio can load WAV files. Some animation programs will cope with AVIs and there are certainly versions of Unzip around to unpack compressed files. However, most of the others are proprietary to particular packages and even on a PC there are problems with different versions. Although there are Amiga programs which could convert Microsoft Word or Excel files these may not work for files saved from the latest editions.
Instead, save the PC files in a traditional way - plain text for documents, CSV files for spreadsheets - and you should have more luck.
An .exe file is a program so you can more or less rule that one out totally, and a PC emulator simply isn't practical. Chances are that the .exe is a Windows95 98 program, so that simply won't work on an Amiga, full stop.
Yes, there should be no problem using the modem. All external modems use standard RS232 serial ports so you can even use the same lead. Just plug it in and get online.
ALL QUIET., I have an A1200 with Blizzard 1230 IV '030 50 with FPU, 16Mb, a 16x CD- ROM and 1.3Gb hard drive in a sidecar tower connected with an IDE cable and buffered interface. This set up is connected to my SVGA 15” PC monitor via a flicker fixer, scandoubler and switchbox. I also have an adaptor to connect my phono plugs to the powered speakers. I’d be pleased if you would answer two queries.
II have the mini ATAPI player mounted and while I’m able to activate audio Cds, eject them, skip and so on, I can’t hear any output from the speakers. All other Amiga programs output faultlessly so what’s wrong?
21 have the VGA driver in monitors as well as several others and run Multiscan Productivity. However, on some programs there’s severe ‘bowing’ at the left and right of the screen.
Changing the screenmode to PAL interlaced or other settings doesn’t cure the problem, nor does altering the monitor’s settings. I have no problems with the PC. Any ideas?
David Thomson via email if There's no physical connection between JL the CD drive’s audio output and the Amiga’s internal sound. While the CD drive is happily playing the songs, the audio signal is going nowhere. If you look at your drive you ’U notice a small 3- or 4- Feedback I don't know if this will be any help to Sam Byford from Benfleet (AF121) about his noisy fan on V the Apollo 1240.1 have a 1240 too and yes, it had a very Gj jD noisy fan as well. It seems to v T J be common. Anyway, I put up with it for as long as I could but eventually it failed altogether. I have my A1200
in an Infinitiv tower, but even so the space restriction is still tight. I went out to the local computer shop for another fan. At first sight it looked way too big, but only in length and width, which was about the same size as the '040 itself.
Once you unscrew the fan from the heat sink it's the same size in height as the Apollo one though, and so it fitted in nicely and is very quiet tod.
David via email Some people like to keep their Amiga's cool, while others (see More Boot Problems) need to keep them warm. Only the Amiga... With regard to Chris Goff in's Power Problem (AF121), the problem Chris described sounds very familiar to me: it sounds like the same one that I experienced when upgrading to PPC After a lot of testing, I found the culprit to be the buffered IDE interface that I'd bought from Eyetech. I was experiencing things like none of the IDE devices being recognised on bootup and games locking up.
All my games now work just as well on my PPC card as they did on my old 1260 card.
I had been using the latest EZCD-Mk4 interface.
To cut a long story short, I got a new interface from Power Computing and this solved all my problems.
This turned out to be the same as the cheaper EZCD-SE interface which Eyetech advertise as not being able to work with an ‘060. However, the reverse was true in my case - the Mk4 didn't work but the SE did.
You'll just have to trust me on this - it may sound silly, but believe me. I've looked into this problem comprehensively. I also know at least two other people who had the same problem and, after dumping their Eyetech buffered IDE interface, everything worked just fine.
From the system specs, it sounds like Chris has also got one of these interfaces. I'd either suggest getting a new interface from Power Computing, or contacting me as I have a spare, virtually unused buffered IDE interface identical to the one I'm using in my A1200T which I'm willing to sell for a very reasonable price.
Oliver Roberts Norwich In reply to Chris Goff in's letter, I have a few suggestions which might help. I expect he's using the Zip drive via the SCSI connector on his PPC. Take a look on the phase 5 website and see what you can find, or try contacting the company which supplied your PPC. They should be able to give you the necessary drivers. As for Worms DC, just press both of the "2" keys on your keyboard when booting up to disable the accelerator.
Stuart Walker The letter I'm referring to is "Power Problem".
Chris Goffiri has the same accelerator as me, the Blizzard PPC603+ 240MHz *060, and is having a problem with Worms DC crashing if a worm falls into the water. I had this exact same problem.
All he has to do is disable the CPU caches by typing CPU NOCACHE NOBURST before running Worms DC and the problem no longer occurs. You suggested disabling as much of the PPC as possible but this isn't necessary; only the CPU caches need to be disabled. -*asrr~~~~ s Stephen White Thanks to you all, on Chris' behalf, for taking the trouble to write in with some excellent suggestions. If he can't get his system working properly after working through that lot, I don't know what will help him.
This is where the sound is leaving the drive and to hear anything you ’11 have to connect a wire to it, take it outside the Amiga and connect it to your powered speakers.
There is a way around this problem.
Some CD drives are “CDDA ” compatible and can actually pass the digital sound information down the data cable into the Amiga. Some Amiga CD players can then take this sound and pass it through the standard Amiga sound hardware, and so the sound appears at the back of the Amiga, ready to enter your speakers. This will only work if your drive is CDDA compatible and you ’re using suitable player software.
Now even A1200 owners can have a graphics card!
2I’m afraid the screen distortion is quite common when using the Amiga with PC monitors. The Amiga’s video output just isn’t 100% compatible with VGA monitors and differences in timing inevitably result in some problems. On my own system, I had to reduce the horizontal width of the screen and put up with black borders about an inch wide on either side of the screen. The only true solution is a graphics card, and thankfully an A1200 compatible graphics card is now available.
MIDI CONNECTIONS I was thinking of buying a BoXeR or a PCI Amiga, but since I use my Amiga mostly for music I have to know if I’ll be able to use my MIDI programs with it. I know that my Amiga MIDI interface probably won’t work since it takes its power from the serial port. A normal PC serial port is different and can’t power the MIDI interface.
If the Amiga MIDI interface doesn’t work, will I be able to use a PC MIDI interface instead? Could I use my Yamaha MU80 as a MIDI interface since it has a host input for a PC computer?
Andreas Chatzakis via email It’s not only the power requirements which makes the Amiga’s use of the serial port for MIDI interfaces the connector of choice, it’s also the support for the high speeds which MIDI uses. The PC uses a fairly basic UART in its serial hardware which just isn’t flexible enough to be pressed into use as a MIDI port.
A PC MIDI interface is commonly part of the sound card; the joystick port doubles up as a MIDI interface when used with a special cable. There are a few parallel port MIDI interfaces, mostly for notebook computers, but these take advantage of the flexibility of the PC’s printer port and it’s very unlikely that they ’d work on an Amiga.
The reason why, as always, is software.
The physical connection is only half the story as it’s the lack of driver software which is the main problem. As you say, a lot of MIDI gear is appearing with a “Host” mode, which is a simple RS232 connection. In theory this means the MIDI hardware would simply connect to the serial port of an Amiga.
However, unless software is written to take full advantage of this, it may not work as expected. I believe that this Host serial port technique will work without special software on a standard Amiga, and so it should work Continued overleaf on any new Amiga compatible device.
Personally I feel that the serial and parallel ports have had their day, and any new Amiga device should have a USB port. Of course, that leads us back to getting drivers written for each new item of hardware... FLOPPY PURPLE I have what is probably a fairly common problem. I have an absolutely standard A1200 but I decided to try to upgrade it a little. It came with an ancient Praretek 20Mb hard drive and I was given a 6x ATAPI CD-ROM for Christmas. It came from Power Computing with a 4-way buffered interface and IDEfix 97.1 took the top off the A1200 and connected just the interface and
nothing else, as they advised me to do in their manual.
The computer booted onto the screen with the purple animation of the GETTING HARDER I own an A1200 with an internal 2.1Gb hard drive and a Viper Mk IV upgrade ('030 processor and 4Mb fast RAM) and I'd appreciate your advice on the following points.
I don't want to sound daft but I'd never used a hard drive until I purchased one for my A1200 a few months ago. Since then I've noticed that with Pcs the user has to wait to be told that it's now safe to turn off the computer before switching off.
Am I supposed to be doing anything similar with my Amiga hard drive?
2 I'm experiencing problems with some of my games. With Worms, the program displays the message 'better have disk one again' after a few seconds of loading from my hard drive. I've tried everything I can think of (including the obvious task of inserting disk one again) but nothing seems to let me get beyond this point and I have to resort to playing the game from floppies. Do you have any suggestions?
3 Similarly, Beneath a Steel Sky is finally getting a chance to be played after ail this time, but seems to have an obsession with crashing whenever I move my character to another screen (the graphics go all fuzzy, though I can still move the pointer). I've tried removing and re-installing both of these games but with no change in the results. Am I doing anything wrong or have I missed a step somewhere?
4 Finally, I have a few rogue drawers on my hard drive that I'm eager to get rid of but can't.
When I try, I get the message "Error while removing 'name:' (222) object is protected from deletion". How can I remove this protection and get rid of these unwanted files?
Mark Harrison Sutton-in-Ashfield floppy disk. I then connected the CD- ROM to the interface and it booted instantly to the purple floppy screen, without the usual pause.
When I connect the hard drive, however, it makes noises a little, pauses and then stops, rather than testing the floppy drive and then continuing its boot sequence.
As it’s an ATAPI device I can’t use it without IDEfix and I can’t use that without a hard drive. I phoned Power, who tested the interface to make sure it wasn’t faulty. They assured me it was in perfect working order and advised that it was probably the HD being a slow spin and that I should get a new one.
I was reading a back issue of AF when I noticed a clause: ‘You don’t need a hard drive to use a CD-ROM drive...” Is this true, and if it is, how? If PC owners generally need to be told exactly what to do, but us Amiga people can usually get by with common sense. As long as your Amiga isn't actively writing to or reading from the hard drive you can pop it off at any time. Wait for the disk activity light to go off and then hit the switch.
You don't need to close all your applications, although it's generally a good idea to do so in case they've kept a file open. Probably the only exception is if you're using a virtual memory system, in which case you should make sure you've disabled it before you power down.
2 Have you installed the software specifically to hard drive or merely copied the files from floppy to a new folder? If you've just dragged the files, the software could still be under the impression that it's running from a floppy and will look to the floppy drive when it needs more data.
You may need to set-up some ASSIGN statements to make sure that when the software looks for data it looks to the folder you copied the data to.
I know Beneath a Steel Sky should have a proper installer because it was me who actually wrote it. Yes, my first professional programming job was to fix the installer for this game, and in payment I got some PC software. Something wrong there, surely? Anyway, make sure you use the installer - it's slow but it works. If you have, you could have the dreaded MaxTransfer problem which can occasionally cause programs to crash (usually games, usually Monkey Island) when reading data from a hard drive. Use the HDToolBox to reduce the MaxTransfer value associated with each partition on your hard disk.
4 If the files are protected you'll have to change the flags which control this kind of thing.
If At one level, ivhen you create a partition JL for these alien file systems, the last thing you want to do is let AmigaDOS near them.
AmigaDOS will take one look at the Mac Select the file and then pick Information from the Icon menu. You'll see a new window and a list of flags (check boxes) in the top right. Make sure "Deletable" is turned on.
Amiga Workbench ShapeShifter Mac OS . Coj.ytljhl*1985-1909!live. Getting a Mac on your Amiga isn't too hard.
It isn’t, is there a cheaper option than buying a new hard drive?
Leo Hancock Castle Cary It sounds like the hard drive isn’t enjoying sharing the IDE interface. Does it work when you connect it by itself to the board? If not, you’ve confirmed it. A 20Mb hard drive is only just better than nothing and a larger , one would really be a good idea.
If the hard drive only fails to work when the CD-ROM drive is connected, make triple sure you’ve set any jumpers properly. Do you need to make one drive master and one slave ? Or are both masters using different channels on the IDE interface? These are the things you ’11 have to check.
The reason I would say you don’t need a hard drive is because you create a floppy disk to boot from which will let you use the CD-ROM but an HD is the real solution.
Don’t forget to perform a warm reset after you power up to see if the hard drive is a slow starter and needs more time to get into gear.
ALIEN PARTITIONS I have a few questions I’d like to ask concerning partitioning and formatting a hard drive with another type of file system, such as DOS or Mac.
Iover the years, I’ve used or tried to get programs like PC Task working (I eventually got this up and running but verv slowly and even to the extent of configuring the CD-ROM drive correcdv), plus ShapeShifter, and only ever with a Hardfile on PC Task.
Try as I might, I don’t seem to be able to get Workbench to recognise either a partition or hard drive partitioned with MS-DOS or Mac file systems so I can’t format them because no icon appears on Workbench. Can you help me and, I’m certain, a lot of other Amiga owners with this very spooky problem?
What model of Mac is best to use ROM images from?
Do I have to have something like CrossDOS to make Mac emulation work and, if so, where would I get it as CrossDOS comes with the Amiga?
Les Crons St. Helens MORE I hope you can help me with my problem as it's driving me nuts. The problem is this: I've recently upgraded my accelerator to 32Mb of RAM, having previously had 8Mb, and now my Amiga refuses to boot from cold for anything between 10 to 15 minutes.
The symptoms are that I turn my Amiga on and there's a flash from the hard drive light. It resets, I don't touch anything and it then starts to boot up again. This time the hard drive light stays on for a little bit longer before it resets again. This goes on and on, going further into the startup sequence until finally my Workbench appears.
During every reset I get the dreaded GURU error 8000 000B Task: 16009FE0.1 did think it was a fault with the RAM so I sent it back to Power Computing, but the replacement they sent me back behaves in exactly the same way.
If I put my 8Mb of RAM back into the accelerator and boot from cold it works perfectly. Also, if I run my Amiga with the 8Mb in for some time and replace it with the 32Mb while the accelerator is still warm it boots faultlessly.
It seems to me that the accelerator needs to be warmed up before it can cope with the 32Mb of RAM. If this is so, how can it be when it works with my 8Mb?
D. Downing Great Yarmouth Cor, what is it with winter and Amiga's
refusing to boot? Is it because they were all designed in some
American state where the sun shines all the time? Yes, it does
indeed seem as though your accelerator needs to be warmed up,
which is just too weird. I notice you have a few other
peripherals hanging off your Amiga so it's possible that this
is a power thing and you'll need a beefier PSU unit.
Otherwise, try the suggestions in the previous boot problem
Formatted partition and decide that it’s corrupted and then do its best to nuke it.
However, ShapeShifter can mount one of its partitions as a drive called MAC: which I could then read and write to from the Amiga side while Shapeshifter is running. It’s an easy way to get data such as images onto the Mac side of the system. It should work fine with a real hard drive partition, or a hardfile, although be aware that the hardfile method is sloiver. If you read up on the documentation that comes with ShapeShifter you should find something on using the Mountlist or a DosDriver with your particular system.
2 One of the older ones, before all the PowerPC business came long. I use an LCIII which works very well.
3 Do you mean is there a program to read Mac formatted disks? Yes, there was: it was a commercial program called MacDOS.
I have no idea if it’s still available now though, I’m afraid.
MISSING DRIVE My son has an A1200 into which we’ve installed a Western Digital Caviar 2540
3. 5” IDE hard drive (540Mb). The hard drive powers up okay but
when we try to prep it, using ‘first install’, an error
message comes up saying “SCSI device not found” and we’re
unable to proceed. Why is this and what should we do about it?
C. R. Fulford W Bridgford Although the SCSI part of the message
is confusing, you can ignore it. For a reason PROBLEMS lost in
the mists of time, the Amiga’s internal IDE interface appears
to the Amiga as a SCSI interface. Daft, I know, but there you
The error effectively means that the software, and therefore the Amiga, can’t see the hard drive. There are four possible reasons for this:
1. The hard drive is faulty or configured in the wrong way.
2. The Amiga’s IDE interface is faulty.
3. The cable between the two is faulty or connected the wrong
4. The software has been configured in the wrong way.
Taking the drive first, make sure that its jumpers are set up so that the drive is a Master with no Slave drive present. IDE hard drives can be Master or Slave devices so you can fit two to each IDE port. If you set up a drive as a Slave and no Master is present, the Amiga just won’t see it.
It’s possible that the software is looking at the wrong interface. Make sure it’s looking at scsi. Device and not something more esoteric.
Try other hard drive prepping software: if you can find HDToolbox (our CD has HDInstTools) somewhere, use that.
LOCK AND ROLL I’ve just bought an Amiga 1200 with a hard drive, CD-ROM and a blizzard 1230 with 16Mb of memorv. I have three questions for you.
11’m now using my PC for the Internet but I want to use my Amiga. The problem is that on my PC I have a program named Telcost which keeps a tag on my phone bill but I don’t have such a program on my Amiga. Is there one?
2 I’m using my PC monitor for display with a scandoubler. Every time I switch on the Amiga the display is moving. After a while the display becomes normal, but why is this happening? It’s a Microtek scandoubler.
3 My machine is second-hand and always boots from hard disk so I don’t know which Kickstart ROM is present. Is there a way to find out without opening up the Amiga? I’ve looked on the Workbench but it gave me a version number I didn’t understand.
Eric Nelissen via email 2 There are quite a few on Aminet, including Phonelnfo, Online Meter, MUI Phone Dialer and DialTimer. Have a look in the Comm Misc part of Aminet.
2 The Amiga may roll a few times until the monitor locks on to the display frequency.
This is because the monitor is expecting a true PC video signal and the Amiga one is probably a tiny fraction outside those specs.
The monitor eventually locks on to it, but not until it’s rolled a few times. Try adjusting the Vertical Sync if your monitor allows it.
5 Hold down both mouse buttons after switching the Amiga on. You can then select several options, including temporarily disabling the hard drive. With no hard drive, the Amiga won’t bool and you ’11 see the purple Amiga Kickstart screen. From there you can see which ROM is present.
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CONTACT I can be reached with comments, suggestions and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via my website at http: www.dcus.demon.co.uk . The number of emails I’ve received in recent weeks has shown that scores of you have seized the opportunity presented by the emergence of free Internet Service Providers to finally make the jump onto the Internet. If you’re one of these new netizens, we wish you a hearty welcome to the online Amiga community.
Existence which comes close to offering the functionality a decent FTP client can offer.
With this influx of new blood in mind, perhaps it's time to devote some Amiga.net column inches to a type of Internet application which long term users take for granted, but which newbies could be forgiven for knowing very little about: the FTP client.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. Once upon a time, before the web appeared, the standard means of transferring files over the Internet was to use a command line-based FTP program to upload or download archived software to or from a remote site. In those days, locating a file on a remote site involved using a tool called Archie. Using the appropriate software you could query a database stored on an Archie server which contained details of files stored on a host of public FTP sites around the world.
You could download files from Aminet using your browser but it's a much more pleasant experience with an FTP client.
Nowadays you can query an Archie server on the web, although you can also perform searches from within many modern graphical FTP programs.
With the popularity of the web, FTP has rather fallen by the wayside and USEFUL URLS LS-FTPD - http: www.buass.org lsftpd ls-ftpd enq.htrol AmFTP - http: www.vapor.com many Net users nowadays don’t know what Archie is, and certainly don’t make regular use of it.
Most web browsers offer a degree of FTP functionality in that they can initiate downloads from remote FTP sites. However, there isn’t a browser in existence, on any system, which comes close to offering the sort of functionality that a decent graphical FTP client can offer.
ADVANTAGES TO FTP For a start, with an FTP client you can upload files to a remote site, something very few web browsers let you do. If your ISP provides free web space and vou want to make use of it, you’ll need a decent FTP client to upload your pages.
Public FTP sites don’t tend to ask you for a password before you enter, but if a friend has some files on his hard drive which he’d like to make available to you and a select few others, he could run an FTP server on his machine and allow Internet users to access the site only when the appropriate password was supplied.
FTP clients almost invariably provide site address books which let you store the addresses and passwords of the remote sites you access most commonly. You could use this, for instance, to store the details of the server to which you have to upload pages for your website, as well as nearby Aminet mirrors, or other file archives you regularly visit.
There are numerous other advantages to using an FTP client rather than a web browser for downloads. The most obvious is that if your connection is dropped when you’re downloading a file in a browser, you’ll have to start the download again from scratch.
By contrast, FTP clients almost invariably let you resume a download from the point at which the connection was lost. Not all FTP servers let you resume downloads as some older servers don’t run software which supports this, but the vast majority of them do and it’s a real time saver.
Another nice feature supported by the best Amiga FTP clients, such as UPLOADING FILES TO A WEB SERVER For FreeServe, this needs to be "uploads.webspace.freeserve.net". Since the majority of FTP connections are normally made using port 21, you should leave the port setting alone unless your ISP instructs you otherwise.
The site listview. The Profile Name can be anything you like; this is just to identify this site profile in the site listview. Your ISP support pages online will give you the address of the site you need to access; this goes into the Host Name.
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Proportion', of the whole uploading operation : v-: y t When AmFTP has finished uploading the files and returned to the main connected screen you can either upload more files or click Disconnect to finish the FTP session.
When all that's done, go online and click Connect To FTP Server. Ail being well, you should fee able to connect to your ISP's web server quickly and a - X-c* rYvi into o ¦; .. ?e-:t Aor? iy*h'i:h v i; -v' my website which I created using the MakeDir command some time ago) and moved into my Amiga folder locally. Then I can simply select the files I want to upload in the window on the left and hit the Send button.
Make sure the boxes marked AST Server and Anon Login are both -uftchecked.'and enter y name. For my Demon account this is just "dcus".
' .;'*,: *vV ¦ C V - ¦ -."v 7:'V' v*' fin:.' Viifi'W *'• ..*'.. ¦ r. .v'V : enter "dcus Jreeserve.co.uk" or the equivalent.
The password will fee your normal dial-up account password. The local; Directory is the folder on your hard drive in which your HTML files live. You-almost certainly won't need to enter a ¦Remote-Directory- * AFFFFF AFi ¦ software of course; something like LSFIPd will do the job nicely.
If your ISP gives you a static IP address, as Demon and several other large pay-for-access ISPs do, then you have an advantage because once you’ve publicised your IP address people will be able to access your FTP site whenever you’re online.
If your Internet Service Provider allocates you a different, dynamic IP address every time you go online, anyone wanting to access your FTP site will need to keep pointing their FTP clients at different locations. D?
Client available, and other popular popular programs include AmiFTP, GLT- FTP and MFTP.
ALTERNATIVES If you don’t fancy working with a conventional FTP client, programs such as FTPmount (available from Aminet, unsurprisingly) and Directory Opus’ excellent FTP module allow you to access remote sites as if they were ordinary drawers on your hard drive.
It’s not particularly difficult to turn your own computer into an FTP server on the net either. You’ll need the appropriate This is AmiFTP, one of the many Amiga FTP clients.
mFTP; is the Amiga-specific function, VDT. ADT lets you view files which have ¦ecently been added to Aminet; you can dew files uploaded in the last week or brtnight, or those which have been iploaded since you last visited.
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BANGING THE METAL The intricate way in which the custom chips work together is explained by Simon Goodwin.
F ortunately for Colin, he is being retired from his brief stint as the Creative Intro Model.
Unluckily for me and perhaps you), I'm his replacement. Oh, well... We only have three tutorials for you this month, but there's so ¦ much packed into , these three that your f brain cells will be amply exercised until the next issue.
. K Two new series began last time around. This is t early days still but we've already had an enthusiastic response on the af b mailing list for both. Simon continues Banging the Metal, the tutorial for those of you not afraid to dirty your fingers with the nuts and bolts of their Amiga's custom hardware. For users content to experience life afjjf a higher level, Nick explains arithmetic and decision making in his quest to make Arexx useful. Finally, Neil's HTML series is progressing steadily. In this instalment he takes a look at how to create forms and allow users of your web pages to input
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HTML il Bottwick Arexx sums up how to use mathematical
functions and variables in your Arexx scripts.
Ext Chapter 2: Maths and variables tions Last month we talked about variables, which are the bare essentials of a program.
Variables in themselves are no use though, unless you can do something with them, so this month we’ll look at some more ways you can manipulate them, by comparing and checking them, and also how to perform maths.
The first is error correction on values entered by the user.
Chapter 5: More Commands The first thing we have to understand is how to set up the comparisons. The standard command for this kind of work is the IF statement: mt-n mme sf you've missed any tutorials in tills series, call our. Back Issue hotline on 01458 271102 Used with further boolean statements like AND (which uses the ampersand *&’ symbol in Arexx) or indeed, er, OR (which uses the bar symbol ‘I’), you can combine comparisons: IF (age 18) | (age 30) THEN SAY 'You can't join our tacky holiday club" Note that the individual comparisons are enclosed in brackets which makes them easier to
understand, and this also means that they’re evaluated before the rest of the comparison.
The other boolean statement which can save you some typing is NOT. This is expressed in Arexx by the tilde symbol and basically inverts the result of whatever it is applied to: IF ~(filetype = 'JPEG') THEN SAY "I only deal with JPEGs'7 In this case, if the variable FileType holds the string ‘JPEG’ then the condition inside the bracket is true, the NOT statement makes it false and the message isn’t output. Another dimension to conditions is added by the ELSE statement: IF dogtype = 'poodle' THEN say 'I used to have a poodle too' IF filetype = 'JPEG' THEN SAY "Oh goody, I like JPEGs" ELSE SAY
"Boo! I want a JPEG" The simple equality statement is by far the most useful one, used for checking when certain things should or should not happen, but you can use other comparisons too. For example, use this statement to check whether a number is higher or lower than a given value: You could extend this even further by adding more conditions: IF filetype = 'JPEG' THEN SAY "Mmmm... JPEGs'7 ELSE IF filetype = ' ILBM' THEN SAY "Mmmnu.. bitmaps' ELSE SAY "Boh! What are you trying to do?"
Quite complicated conditions can be constructed in this way, but after two or three lines you might begin to lose the plot. There’s another way to choose a path of action, depending on the values of a variable or variables; the SELECT statement: SELECT WHEN filetype = 'JPEG' THEN SAY "Processing a JPEG now" WHEN filetype = 'ILBM' THEN SAY "Processing a ILBM now" WHEN filetype = 'PNG' THEN SAY "Processing a PNG now" OTHERWISE SAY "I don't understand this file" There are two special things to take note of here. The first is that the SELECT statement requires an END statement to close it off - if
you don’t put one in, things will go wrong.
The second thing is the OTHERWISE statement. It’s like a global ELSE, and what follows it will be executed if none of the previous conditions are met. It isn’t required, but get into the habit of using it - if there’s no OTHERWISE statement IF number 20 THEN... IF number 20 THEN... ARITHMETIC SYMBOL EXPLANATION EXAMPLE RESULT + Addition SAY 1 + 10 11 Subtraction SAY 3 - 4 -1
* Multiplication SAY 10 *1.2 12 Division SAY 12 10
1. 2 % Integer (whole number) division SAY 12 % 10 1 Remainder
of integer division SAY 12 10 2
* * Exponention (raising to a power) SAY 2 ** 8 256 END and none
of the previous conditions are met, the program wall generate
an error and will stop.
Okay, it’s time for a sample program. In Listing 1 I’ve utilised some of the techniques we’ve talked about to create a program which will roughly evaluate the value of your music collection (very roughly). When run, the user types in the type of music (for example, CD for Cds), and then how many there are of that type. It then goes back and asks for another music type and so on until the user presses end.
This program illustrates two useful programming techniques. The first is error correction on values entered by the user. The second, the DO...FOREVER loop, won’t end until the user has entered a valid input.
The LEAVE command is a special Arexx statement which causes the program to immediately exit the current DO loop (whatever type it is) and jump to the next line after the END statement. Using this in conjunction with the SELECT statement is a flexible way of scanning for input. The program can easily be changed to accept other entries, simply by adding another WHEN condition.
Incidentally, you’ll notice that the WHEN condition only checks for the words entered in upper case, but the program will still accept “Tape” as a valid input. This is because PULL automatically translates characters into upper case, but we’ll explain more about that next month.
The second technique is the use of a flag. A flag is simply a term used to- describe a variable which is used to indicate to some part of a program that a special condition has been met.
In this case, we rather cunningly used the Factor variable as a flag by setting it to a value it could not otherwise be unless we had specifically set it to that. The program takes this as the signal that the user wants to end the program and get the total, so it quits the main entry loop.
I suppose another technique demonstrated in this program could be said to be a flexible input structure.
There’s no limit to the number of entries the user can make and there’s no reason why they can’t enter 12 Cds, followed by 15 Cds if they want to - the program keeps looping around and adding up the totals until the user wants to quit.
I hope you can understand what’s going on in this listing as it’s a bit more complicated than last month’s, but I reckon that you’ve got a month to figure it out and we want to get moving quickly so we can write more useful programs.
Play around with this listing, try entering some more types of music and experimenting with the loops and I’ll think up some more devilish examples for next month. ® ;check the type of music * : SAY "What type of music (TAPE SINGLE*'CD or END for the total) Pull type * Now we use select to check for a valid entry * '* and set a miltiplicetion factor T SELECT WHEN type = 'CD' THEN DO FACTOR - Cost_of_CD LEAVE END WHEN type - 'SINGLE' THEN DO FACTOR - Cost_of_Single
• LEAVE .... . . . ‘ ‘ ' END WHEN type = 'TAPE' THEN DO FACTOR =
Cost._o£_Tape LEAVE END * if the user has typed end, we can
set * . * the factor to zero to act as a flag * WHEN type =
'END' THEN DO FACTOR = 0 LEAVE END OTHERWISE SAY "Invalid
entry" END * This line ends the select statement!* * If the
factor is 0 the user entered END and we should * * exit this
loop too * IF Factor = 0 THEN LEAVE *. Ask how many,
calculate value and add to total * SAY "How many of this
PULL number total = total + (number * factor) * Now we go back to ask for another type of music * END * SAY "The total value of your collection is roughly " total "pounds!"
EXIT i * Set the total value to zero ~ we don't need to do this, but * i : * sometimes it makes it easier to read the program if you do * * declare important variables at the beginning * Total = 0 Set up values for each type of music *71 Cost.. cf_CD' ~ 12 Cost_of_Single -3.5 ! Cos tape - 11 ;DO Forever f* immediately we start another loop to: DO Forever j * The main program loop starts hero - don't worry, we can * i 7* really get out. Of it! * END Banging the ©®®dto0Do reveals how the Amiga custom chips work together.
Amiga system timing revolves around the video beam. Every 64 microseconds, or faster at Multisync scan rates, a line of up to 1440 pixels must be generated. Every pixel could be a different colour, and sprites in contrasting resolution and colours may be superimposed on the line.
Meanwhile, the Amiga maintains four- channel audio and disk data transfers, leaving spare time for three or more co-processors.
The beauty of synchronising operations with the video scan is that it facilitates feats that leave other systems standing, splitting displays into ‘slices’, varying colours and resolutions, switching from one scan to the next, gaining smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling with virtually no CPU overhead.
Draggable screens show just how powerful this technique is.
Updates synchronised with the beam prevent glitches, common on Last month we saw how the custom chips fit into the Amiga’s memory. Now we investigate how they’re synchronised in time. Display, sound, disks and processors share chip memory, communicating with over 25 Direct Memory Access (DMA) channels, in the most elegant part of the Amiga design. Urgent sound, video and disk data transfers are given priority, leaving spare slots for the Copper, the Blitter and the main processor.
This advanced tutorial series explodes the myth that only hackers and tamers program the Amiga custom chips. It reveals and explains things that are possible given an intimate knowledge of the Amiga custom hardware, and programming it directly. Each month, files on the AFCD support and extend the tutorial on these pages.
If wifdioi ujr active but only gains priority over the CPU for a tew microseconds at a time... lesser computers, where graphics change part-way through the scan, revealing momentary mixtures of old and new images. Beam avoidance saves memory and data copying, using just one display area rather than flipping two or three copies of the frame which is the costly alternative cure for flicker.
Overlaid sprite patterns can be moved with a single instruction, without disturbing the backdrop. They’re re-usable so one screen can have literally hundreds, with up to eight per scan line.
Demos add scrolling starfields this way, independent of the main picture.
DMA TIMING CHART The Timing Chart builds upon Figure 6-9 of the Amiga Hardware Reference manual, the key page in that generally illuminating tome. It shows exactly how the Amiga shares time between DMA devices during each display scan, in 280nS slots.
When the display is active, much time is spent fetching playfield data.
The more planes, the greater the demand on chip RAM. If possible, the Amiga leaves alternate slots free, striped in yellow, for other processors to access chip RAM. If less than four planes are in use, the blitter can use the odd slots which have been left vacant, If more than four fetches are required they encroach on Copper, Blitter and CPU time, shown by reddish bit plane DMA stripes overriding the yellow processor DMA ones, with five to eight planes active. The extreme cases are 16-colour OCS HiRes or 256-colour AGA SuperHires, when the processors only gain access during the border.
Screen border time is used for memory refresh, sound, floppy disk transfers and up to eight sprites, leaving rather a wide left border in Multisync modes on non-Amiga monitors. Other processors compete for alternate cycles.
Scrolling and extra-wide (overscan) video displays reduce the number of sprites available. The minimum is one, m ..... DMACON ... .... DSKBYfft
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... Right audio 1 .. ... Data bit 0 SAMPLE DMA REGISTER BIT ASSIGNMENTS |' Hardware addresses : CUSTOMS --&HDFF0Q0 : DMACOM R A. - C USTOM& -.2 : DSKBYTES. -:CUSTOM& ¦* SH1A ;LOCATE 2,1 :PRINT¦" Sound channel status " PRINT " Floppy disk activity " i REPEAT poll DMA I PFEKW DMACONRS i : LOCATE 2,24 PRINT R K'HTS " 000" -L5iTT$ (DMA % AND SB! Ill),4) ; DiS.kr lags%-PBEKW (DSKBYTRS) : LOCATE 3,24 IF (D i skF1ms% AND & BO100000 0 0 0000000)=0 PRINT "Idle ELSE IF (DiskFlags% AND &B0010000000000000) PRINT "Writing* ti.O£: OPTT . END IF END IF Delay &10 ¦' Update 5 or 6 times per second END
REPEAT DC STOP ' Control C, then press any key, to Quit Hisoft BASiC Amiga DMA Monitor Sound channel status 0011 Floppy Disk activity Idle DMAmon active in a Workbench window.
For the mouse pointer; the maximum is eight, with no overscan.
EXAMPLE PROGRAM The listing uses HiSoft BASIC to monitor disk and audio memory access. It works by checking the DMACONR and DSKBYTR registers at regular intervals. The only explicit system call is to Delay, in the DOS library, linked by the first couple of lines.
This prevents the program from hogging the CPU, updating faster than the eye can see, by periodically surrendering time to other tasks.
The value after Delay, near the end, counts display fields before the loop repeats. Press Control C to stop the task.
On my PAL A4000, Delay &20 permits updates two or three times per second, draining less than 1.5% of the CPU time. Delay &10 updates twice as fast, six times per second on NTSC displays, and so on. Alternatively, you might give the program a negative priority so it defers to foreground tasks.
Scattered 8cs indicate HiSoft BASIC long word values, versus % for 16-bit integers. &H precedes hex values (like $ in Assembler or Ox in C) such as the custom register base, &hDFF000, and &B denotes binary.
DISK DMA The floppv disk DMA channel can read or Tite data to up to four drives. The second and third most significant bits in DSKBYTR show when this is happening.
The second (bit 14. Masked out with binarv in the listing) is set while disk DMA. Is in progress. The third (bit 13) is set during floppy writes.
This helps reveal why your drives are grinding away. Some programs leave the drive motors running when there’s no DMA so disks can safely be removed.
Beware of removing a disk even when apparently just reading; the system may switch to writing before your finger reaches the eject button. You’ll soon learn when this is likely with DMAmon as your guide.
SOUND DMA It’s similarly useful to monitor active sound channels. Sound channels are a scarce resource and should be shared.
Some applications require channels and a few nasty ones hog them, even when not in use. DMAmon shows the status of each of the four channels dynAMIGAlly, with 0 signifying a free channel and 1 if the channel is in use.
You could recode this to use graphics or left right grouping rather than hardware channel order. I’ve done it the obvious way for BASIC, extracting four adjacent bits with AND, then converting to binary with BIN$ . The prefix “000” and RIGHTS(,4) make leading zeros explicit.
Amiga registers normally combine several functions, assigning distinct control to each bit. Each one- or zero- bit indicates a distinct state in the underlying hardware. The table on the previous page lists the significance of bits in DMACONR and DSKBYTR.
DMACONR is a read-only version of DMACON. Like other crucial controls, the ‘top’ (most significant) bit indicates setting or clearing of other bits, so a single write with one bit set CLEARs just that bit. If the top bit and others are set, those are added to the ones already set.
This brilliance saves reading, masking and writing values back, and eases Copper programming.
These are readily accessible, but not the onlv DMA control bits. BPLCON ISDFF100) determines the number of bitplanes in use. There's no BPLCOXR so vou must record changes. DMAmon doesn't monitor bitplane DMA as it's static for a given display mode and you won’t see anything if it’s turned off.
Sprite DMA could be monitored but most programs disable sprites by changing to a small transparent pattern or parking them in the border, rather than stopping their DMA.
The Copper is constantly active but usually only gains priority over the CPU for a few microseconds at a time. It would be interesting to monitor Blitter activity but difficult in Amiga OS windows; the system uses blits to update them so you can’t report the Blitter’s status unless it’s idle.
SMEXT MOMTH We’ll delve deeper into the custom chips with details of the general-purpose CIA registers, including parallel port and disk control lines, in the next tutorial.
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m m ? COPPER* BLITTER OR CPU CHAPTER SEVEN HTML Everything
we’ve covered so far has been about creating pages that can
be viewed. Apart from the basic mailto: link to let visitors
send you an email, there’s been no way of generating
feedback from visitors to your site. In this tutorial we’ll
do something to fix that and look at how you can use forms
to generate some two-way traffic for your site.
DMD ©©iIjimGOs explains how to use forms on your websites.
Forms use a CGI program (see boxout) to process the data. Most ISPs don’t permit the uploading of custom scripts for home pages because of security issues, but they generally provide a set of pre-configured scripts for form and guestbook handling. You should check with your ISP’s technical support or website for the exact'details INPUT GADGETS The INPUT tag can be used to create a number of different input gadgets: This is the same as TEXT except that the data typed in appears as asterisks. Note that the data is still sent as plain text - this only protects it from being read directly from the
Creates a checkbox. Each one requires NAME and VALUE attributes that are returned if the box is selected. You may have multiple checkboxes with the same name and different values; the browser will return the name and value for each one that's selected.
Creates a radio button. You would normally have several RADIO tags, each with the same name and a different value. Only one may be selected at a time; selecting a second unselects the first.
Uses the image specified in the SRC attribute as a submit button. This returns the co-ordinates that are clicked to the script so it can be used as more than just a fancy submit button.
There are several attributes that are applied to these tags: This is essential for any item that returns a value, otherwise the value won't be assigned to anything.
This has several meanings. In a TEXT tag it's the default value placed in the field with RADIO and CHECKBOX tags it's the value returned when the gadget is selected. For SUBMIT and RESET buttons it provides alternative text for the buttons themselves.
This specifies the width of the TEXT and PASSWORD boxes in characters.
The longest string that can be typed into a TEXT or PASSWORD box. If MAXLENGTH is larger than SIZE, the text will scroll.
Only used with IMAGE, this gives the URL of the image to be used.
Only used with IMAGE, this has the same effect as when used in the IMG tag.
Makes a radio button or checkbox selected.
You need. For now, we’ll use the formmail.pl script available to Wirenet subscribers.
This is a very popular script used by many ISPs.
Let’s get started with a very basic form: F0RM ACTI0N="http: www.personal.u-net.com cgi-bin formma.il.pi" METH0D="POST" We open the form by specifying the program to handle the form data and the method used to send it.
Name INPUT TYPE= 'TEXT' NAME ="name" SIZE=40xBR Email cINPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="email" SIZE=40 INPUT is the main tag used in forms and it creates a gadget v *ith which the user can input information. TYPE=”TEXT” tells the browser that this is a string input gadget and SIZE=40 makes it 40 characters wide. The NAME attribute is sent to the script along with the data in the gadget. If I were to fill this form in with my name and address, the browser would send “name=Neil+Bothwick&:email@example.com”. INPUT TYPE="SUBMIT" INPUT TYPE="RESET" These are two special cases of the INPUT
type. Each creates a button, the RESET button clears the form and the SUBMIT button sends the data to the URL in the ACTION attribute.
F0RM Finally, we close the form container.
This form will send the information the user types to the formmail.pl script but the script won’t know what to do with it. To tell the script what to do with your data you need some more INPUT tags: INPUT TYPE= "HIDDEN" NAME= "RECIPIENT" VALUE = "me@myisp. Cora" INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="SUBJECT" VALUE="Results of my first form" INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="REDIRECT" VALUE="http: www,me.myisp.com formreceived.html" You won’t be surprised to hear that formmail.pl sends the form contents out by email, so it needs to know your mail address. This is given in the first line, the subject for the
mail is given in. The second and the third line contains the URL of a page to be sent to the user as confirmation that their submission has been received.
TYPE=”HIDDEN” means that these input fields don’t appear in the form - the value they return is given in the VALUE attribute, formmail.pl accepts two more hidden fields.
INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="REQUIRED" VALUE="name,email" INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="'SORT" VALUE="order:name,email" The first makes certain fields compulsory and the script sends back an error message if all compulsory fields aren’t completed. The second gives the order in which the fields should appear in the mail. This is useful if you want the mail to be automatically processed by an Arexx script. INPUT provides various ways of collecting data but there are two other tags which are used within forms.
TEXTAREA creates a multiline text box suitable for free form text input.
Information Request Please complete this form to receive information on local amenities aid events Emaii address trattew:e»-.cc.u* i veto! Penketh? Jyes Jno C5 I am resident iteveycue TEXTAREA NAME="address" R0WS="6" COLS="50" TEXTAREA provides a box of six rows of sixty characters for the user to type their address. ROWS and COLS set the physical size of the box, but this doesn’t restrict how many characters or rows may actually be typed. Any text between TEXTAREA and TEXTAREA appears in the box.
SELECT will render as a cycle gadget, popup menu or list box, depending on its attributes and the browser used.
B What is your main use of your Amiga? B SELECT NAME="MainUs e" OPTION Word processing DTP OPTION Graphics OPTION Music OPTION Internet OPTION Games OPTION Other SELECT BR ¦- INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="Other" SIZE="20" This sets up a SELECT gadget with six choices. The text from whichever option is selected will be sent as the value, such as “MainUse=Internet”.
This only allows one item to be selected from the list. For multiple selections you need to add the MULTIPLE attribute to SELECT.
If you do this, you also need to use the SIZE attribute. This is the length of the list as rendered on screen. It defaults to one, rendering the list as a cycle gadget or popup menu which is unsuitable for multiple selections.
SIZE=5 will show a list which is five lines high, with a scrollbar if there are more than five items.
OPTION can take two attributes.
SELECTED makes that option the default. VALUE is the string to be returned if that option is selected; it defaults to the option text.
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xTD Err.51 3. Address -cTDxINPUT TYPE • ""’EXT" NAME-"email - 3JZE-40 TABI.Xv P ; TABLH TR VALE?5N- TOPxTDx!i liave you over vis i ted Penketh? B I‘U INPUT 7Y?Lv "HAL) 10" NAME-"Visited" VALUE- "Yes" Yos I3R INPUT TYPE="RADIO" NAME-"Visited" VALUE="No" No BR INPUT TYPE="RADIO" NAME="Visited",’VALUE="Resident" I am resident TABLE P TABLE TR VALIGN-TOP TD B Se1ect the items you would like information on B TD INPUT TYPE="CHECKBOX" NAME="Info" VALUE="Hotels" Hotels & Restaurants BR INPUT TYPE="CHECKBOX" NAME="Info" VALUE="Ent" Entertainment BR INPUT
TYPE= "CHECKBOX" NAME= "Info" VALUE-:"Sport" Sports facilities BR INPUT TYPE="CHECKBOX" NAME="Info" VALUE="Events" Upcoming events TABLE P TABLE TR VALIGN=TOPxTDxB If you would like to receive literature by post, please give your full postal address here B cTDxTEXTAREA NAME= "Address " COLS = "60" ROWS= " 6 " x ' TEXT ARE A TABLE P TABLE TR VALIGN=TOPxTDxB Where did you find out about this site? B cTDxSELECT NAME= "Where" SIZE=1 OPTION Search engine OPTION Tourist Information OPTION Newspaper or Magazine OPTION Other SELECT TRxTDxTD If Other, please
specify BR INPUT TYPE='TEXT* NAME='Other" SIZE='20" TR VALIGN=TOPxTDxB Would you like to be included on our mailing list? B TDxINPOT TYPS="CHECKBOX" NAME='maillist' CHECKED Yes TABLE P TA3LE WIDTH="70%" ALIGN=CENTER TR ALIGN=CENTERxTD INPUT TYPE= "SUBMIT" VALUE=" Send Form "xTDxINPUTTYPE= "RESET" VALUE=" Clear Form " TABLE FORM
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• REQUIRED = name,email
• SORT = order: name, email
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• email = firstname.lastname@example.org
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Entertainment i&J Sports fac*ies Upcoming events Forms, and
other HTML features, make use of programs running on the web
server. These use the Common Gateway Interface standard so
you'll normally see them referred to as CGI programs or CGI
scripts. A CGI program can be written in any language the
server understands, the two most popular ones being Cfor speed
of execution and Perl for speed of development. Perl is an
interpreted script language, mainly used on Unix servers, but
there is an Amiga version.
When you click on a link to a CGI program the browser sends information to the program, such as the contents of a form or the co-ordinates you clicked on. The server then runs the program and returns the result, usually as HTML. This means that testing any CGI-based pages needs to done online, unless you install a web server and Perl on your Amiga.
There are two methods used to send the data to the CGI program: POST and GET. GET is the older method, where the data is simply tacked onto the end of the URL. This means you can only send a small amount of information. POST sends the data separately and should be used wherever possible. You may see some forms that use a mailto: link as the action. This is a non-standard action used by Netscape and it isn't supported in all browsers so it's best to avoid this.
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Since-form elements are rendered among the other HTML of the page, a mix of text and HTML will normally look quite messy. This example makes use of tables to keep Wdere «*d you *nd out afaoil this site?
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Listing 1 to the NCSA form test program.
Everything aligned. Figure 1 shows how this HTML is rendered in a browser.
TESTING FORMS There’s a test server running at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). If you want to see exactly what your form is sending to the CGI program, temporarily replace the FORM tag with one of the following, depending on whether you’re using the GET or POST method: F0RM ACTION="http: hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu cgi-bin post-query" ME?HOD="PQST" F0PM ACTICN= "http: hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu cgi-bin query" METHOD= "GET" The server will return a page showing the the names and values submitted by your form. There are also query and post-query programs supplied with Amiga
Web Server (AWS), but it’s probably only worth installing this if you’re going to be doing quite a lot of form testing. Send vour letters
• Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street * Bath • Somerset • BA12BW or
- putting 'Mailbag' in the subject line.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS I’ve been very surprised at the reaction I got for criticism of parts of one issue of Afwhich is now ages old. It was, after all, only a bit of criticism from my point of view - not exactly important. If I’ve learnt one thing from newsgroup flame wars, it’s that there is a time to say let’s agree to disagree and leave it there. I think it’s long past that we forget such minor issues, so I won’t be corresponding any further on this subject.
W. dneid.y 17 M.xh 1999 'SEE YOU IN I hope that you’ll print this
small letter, especially given that I wasn’t expecting either
of the previous ones to be printed.
I’m sure it would be nice to close the issue in a sensible and mature manner. And yes, I really do believe my views, or anyone's, aren't that importanL although that shouldn't stop them from being expressed.
All the latest footy news and views, in * an Amiga-friendly environment too.
Thanks for the good magazine and keep up the good work. Your hard work is appreciated, even if you have misunderstood me, whether that’s my fault or not.
Chris S. Handley via email .
Let’s agree to disagree and leave it there.
Long letters with loads of points.
Complaints that AFCDFind and AFCDView don't work without any info as to why.
Your missives on why company X should port their latest PSX PC title to the Amiga.
Letters asking for Richard's job.
Technical questions which should be addressed to Workbench.
THEY SHOOT THEY SCORE I I’d just like to say well done to Football • 365, a website that actually recognises that operating systems other than Windoze and Mac exist.
Richard Broughton via email Perhaps the fact that it was put together by IMM Studios, whose staff have a high level ofAmigaSoc attendance, might have something to do with it.
WISE WORDS I have a couple of tips you might want to pass along to your readers. I myself have experienced this personally, and many people have posted to the Usenet groups about this.
If you buy an Amiga 600 without a hard drive, you might need to upgrade your Kickstart chip before adding a hard drive. When the A600 was shipped without the hard drive, hard drive What you want to see in OS3.5. Whether you'll pay a deposit for one of phase 5's new accelerators.
Your ideas for the shape of the Amiga's future.
General questions you want answered (not technical ones - that's what Workbench is for!)- support was disabled in their Kickstart ROMs, so if you have an A600 and are planning on adding a hard drive, check which version of the ROM you have.
The way to do this is to right-click on the Workbench screen and pull down “About” from the Workbench menu. If the version number ends in a 9, you need to get a new ROM that has HD support (might as well get the 3.1 ROM!); if it ends in a 0 or 5, it’s HD- ready. Or you can learn the hard way by getting the hard drive, putting it inside the computer, booting up and not getting an icon.
My other tip is for the opposite, the A4000.1 recently got a great deal on a used one and the previous owner was a software developer. He’d apparently been using a lot of equipment before he sold it to me and had failed to remove some of the third-party drivers.
I found this out when I tried to run TurboPrint and got a visit from the Guru.
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Wiw -the pregnancy, [ cny (pofhes don't fit righ Check out Sabrina Online af http. Aww.coax.net people erics PPC PONDERINGS After a rather serious, though perfectly AMIGAble, debate with another Amiga user on the Internet, I'd like to bring the subject to the readers of Amiga Format to see what they think.
His argument was that people should ignore all the PPC boards out there and wait for the new super Amiga as supporting these accelerator boards would dilute support for the new machine.
Furthermore, he argued that the new machine should make no reference to its Amiga heritage as PC users would just ignore it, saying, "Well, it hasn't got Windows so it can't be any good."
I must admit, I can see where this chap's ideas are coming from, but I really have to disagree.
Consider this - no current Amiga users buy PPC boards for their machines, waiting for the super Amiga, which subsequently fails to appear. In the meantime, producers of PPC boards have ceased production, due to lack of support. You're then left in a position where you want or need to upgrade, but there's nothing left to upgrade to.
My argument is this: hope for the best, prepare for the worst. If it's out there now and you can afford it, buy it. Don't wait for what may be just over the horizon as it may never come, though we all seriously hope it does.
On his second argument, all I can say is that it won't have Windows in it anyway, whatever you choose to call it. Apple recognise the iMAC as a Mac and it still sells well, so call the machine an Amiga and see what happens. What's required is some good advertising to show peopie what the machine is capable of. That way, the people with a mind of their own can make an informed decision.
It turns out that TurboPrint was accessing the ppc.library, but there was no PPC chip in the machine. I deleted the ppc.library file and TurboPrint worked fine. In short, if you buy a used Amiga, check for any libraries, device drivers, etc, and delete any files you can recognise as being specifically for a device you don’t have.
Sean C. Courtney via email All good advice, perhaps better suited to the Workbench section next time though, Sean.
SIZE CONCERNS I’m a subscriber to this excellent magazine and I’ve got all the mags from while the blinkered Microsoft brainwashed devotees... well, it's their loss and I doubt that anything could convince them of their error.
Before I go, one last word to those who like a good debate and have Internet access: pay a visit to amirc on Undernet because you couldn't hope to find a more friendly, helpful and intelligent bunch of people.
Steve Challis via email I agree with your viewpoint Steve. It's like buying a PC (bear with me). Do you buy one now or wait for the Pentium III machines to come down in price? I know,r hold off buying, save up and do without a computer for another two years. The same can be said of video recorders, digital cameras or any technology really. Things will always be faster, better quality and cheaper in the future, but to make that future possible people have to spend money now. If no-one had bought the PlayStation when it was still 400 quid, you can bet that Sony would have given it up as a bad
job by now.
The PPC side of the question is a little harder to answer, but if you want a faster Amiga it's your only choice once you've got an '060, and if you have an A1200 then it's a very good way of getting a graphics card.
As for the name legacy, I think the word Amiga has a lot of respect generally. Sure, we're seen as second rate citizens now, but bring out a machine that beats all others at a lower price and people will still flock to it. How else do you account for the popularity of kitchen equipment makers Smeg?
ATI04, December ’97, and they’re all CD versions. When I got your April issue, AF122,1 also got your Backstage leaflet and I read what Ben Vost had to say. Oh no, it’s decreased its number of pages even further! Please, any smaller and it would be able to be made into a paper aeroplane it’s getting so light!
So are there only three people making the magazine? If this is true, well done for what you’re doing, but can’t you keep the same amount of pages and have more input from Amiga Format readers, with their contributions of reviews, reader reviews, Gamebusters cheats or whatever?
If you need help then ask people to become full time assistants with the magazine. I wouldn’t mind helping out as I have some hardware knowledge and a pretty extensive variety of old and new games. I recently sent you an email with my hardware specification and my Workbench screenshots.
As you know, the Amiga magazines have been dropping like flies, as did the software companies, so please let us help and keep the Amiga going until this next generation machine comes out.
Simon Hawley via email s monhaw ev@s monhaw ev.f reeonUue .co .uk The number of pages that a magazine has is in direct relation to the number of ads. The more stuff people buy from advertisers, the more they advertise and the more pages we can have. As for reader contributions, we welcome everything we get, but people could always send in more.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
I wonder if the new Amigas will have custom chips with special names. You know, like Paula, Denis, Lisa, Angus, etc. It’s a small touch, but better than, say, an AMD-K6 80586 300MHz or anything else. What should the new chips be called? I suggest Stuart... Stuart Brown via email Continued overleaf "Iomega makes computers?1 4* If one was called “Format ", people would be ringing up Amiga Inc. saying “In’t that Amiga Format chip brilliant! ". It could be a good idea, although I’m not sure how many people would go for the Stuart chipset. By the way, it's Agnus, not Angus.
INTERNET FREE FOR ALLS I’d just like to say that I am now online using Free4all. I wrote in to say that their service is really easy to set up and has instructions on setting up on an Amiga using Genesis and Miami.
Sometimes I’ve had problems getting online, but it’s really easy to use and easy to add new email addresses, unlike Freeserve. I can recommend it highly. Anyway, thanks for a great magazine. Keep up the good work.
Simon Preston via email Regular readers will have noticed that a lot of the letters here in Mailbag are coming from email addresses rather' than postal ones these days. Simon's letter is just one of many we've received all saying the same thing. It's easy to get online, it doesn't have to cost the earth and it's a great ivciy to stay in touch with the Amiga scene.
AF GREATS BUT... I would like to say that most of the criticism aimed at Amiga Format in recent times has been unfair. For instance, it isn’t possible to review more software than is actually released. I think you’re still producing one hell of a mag, considering the situation the .Amiga market is currently in.
However, even the master can improve and I've got a few suggestions and ideas for you.
1 Although .IF looks professionally done, the layout of the mag isn’t especially exciting. Try to generate „ mMi ** , - •S-A ' ... THANKS, CUCKBOOM!
, everyone about 1 just wante o tlaatxhad a veryyce “ceived an open and s oAefrorndrCBOOM.
Empty envel P copy Oh no, drat wa ien. The next of Jnapalm had ef ooM and asked day X emailed click a reply, what to do. Half an orW- They saidThey copy immediately, dee of Amg-Now that’s good service* paaken ch g Copenhagen ~0h jr That’s excellent to hear. Anyone
* * i7T- VC . ‘ else got any ' . * A heartwarming A stories of
good service from Amiga dealers?
They may seem
m. lJm Uke war-loving, vicious types, but they're jolly mce
chaps, really- more attention and not pretend to be one of the
crowd - after all, it’s not just another PC mag. The front
pages of the last five issues have looked verv similar with
the same colour scheme and the same stvle.
Don't be afraid to experiment a bit.
Browsing through some old mags I saw that one of your competitors ran a series of articles called ‘Meeting of Minds’, where people of the industry discussed the future of the Amiga and other issues.
Some of the views expressed there were quite interesting.
I see that it might be expensive to get ten ‘famous’ Amigans physically together in one room because of transport costs and all that, but maybe the Internet could provide a solution?
3 There’s too few surprises these days!
Before, we used to see cover mounted books, extra disks or Cds and extra special magazines with the mag. It wasn’t every month, just every now and then. Maybe a small pack of crisps?
4 Would it be possible to do an emulation special, mainly for users of other systems? You could advertise your mag in PC Format and other Future Publishing titles that month.
We, as Amigans, need to show everyone that we’re still alive, and maybe this could attract a few more readers to Afas well. Maybe you could bundle Amiga Forever or something like that with the magazine as an extra CD that month.
5 When the first PowerPC Mac emulations come out for the Amiga, do a huge article on emulation of this machine. A lot of people don’t seem to realise they can have Word, Excel, Photoshop, QuarkXPress and so on I'd first like to let fellow readers know how good the service I had from EyeTech was when I towered up my Amiga. I phoned several times and received good advice with no fobbing off. I'd recommend the EZTower to anyone.
I also want to let you know that I've just gone online, due to Freeserve. As a older person (52) I thought that for the use I wanted on the net (i.e. browsing) a charge of £12.00 plus wasn't worth it.
I bought the whole kit of modem, NetConnect2 and STFax Pro from Active Technologies. The setup of a system with Genesis is easy, even for a novice like me.
Within 15 minutes I'd connected to Freeserve using your instructions in the mag.
Any novice surfer thinking of going online should try Active because they're very helpful with plenty of information.
The main reason for this running fast, bug-free and every bit as easy to use on their Amigas. Some switch to another platform because of incompatibility hassle or lack of good games. I’m not saying that Amiga software is bad - if it was, I wouldn’t be writing this on my Amiga today, but there are still situations when you need to have compatibility.
Letter is a request for an archive of all the subs disk passwords for the Cds. I have all the Cds but have used the floppies for other things. I'd like to be able to de-archive from CD but haven't taken all note of all the earlier passwords. I hope this is possible as I think that many other subscribers may be silly like me.
J. W. Hodgkinson via email Hmm. Well, if anyone who's lost the
subscriber passwords wants them again, they can always contact
our subs department and ask them. The best way is probably via
email ), but the 'V'.W 6 A feature on patches that improve
compatibility for old games. I’m sure many people haven’t even
heard of WHDload and JST. These enable owners of '060s with
lots of memory and AGA Amigas to run old games that would
normally crash on such setups. The games will now run directly
from hard drive as well, and most of the time they add a ‘quit
to WB’ option.
AT. A phone number and address are at the back of the mag as usual.
Such an article would also give you a great opportunity to have a second look at some great classics from the A500 days and to tell us where we can buy them from.
Lots of praise for the Eyetech EZTower and for their 'no fobbing'’ help service.
7 The demo scene is one of the places where the Amiga is still respected j • • _ .. ..... UVE JUST CAN'T GET RID OF HIM... Just a quick note to ask where Nick Veitch is going.
David Durand via email I figure Nick needs to answer this in his own inimitable way, so: Hello! I haven't left the worid'of. .
Magazines, In fact I'm in the process of ¦ launching a new one, which is, m about magazines. Computer ¦r,-; N U: a DTP mag which will, obviously, be concentrating on iUNv-wprrgNsey. TnN of liW Co cNaNrz actices, idem techniques and whatnot.
It'll also have a CD which will have a fair ¦ A Mr -: ¦ M which you can use with the right software) and copyright free images (JPEGS), as well as some EPS clipart which might come in handy.
Hf v.vtv famines, flyers or your own Amiga magazine teady,..h it's worth looking at Or w finished it anyway Oh, and thanks for all the supportive emails and letters Eve recmved - ft is nice: fee5 -• ~ Nick Veitch Editor, Computer Publishing and well used. I suggest you start writing reports from The Party, The Gathering, Assembly and other big scene events.
I know the scene isn’t very big in England and many of your readers might not what it is at all, but this wouiu be a great opportunity to introduce it to them. If you’re in need of writers, tell us. Articles on the scene written by non-sceners tend to suck, really. Well, in my opinion, that is.
8 Continue telling people how wonderful graphics boards are.
They can really change the life of an Amigan. No more palette trouble, really fast and huge resolutions, high refresh rate, access to flat PC monitors with a crisp picture, Doom runs faster... Do I sound like I’m a marketing guy?
Well, I was impressed when I first got my CyberVisionSD board. It helped speed up web browsing tremendously, as well as the many other tasks that had to run in 256 colours or more.
9 Would it be economically impossible to drop the floppy edition of the mag? Surely it must mean a lot of extra hassle and there can’t be that many readers without access to a CD-ROM drive these days. Anyway, it’s just a suggestion.
Whatever you think of my ideas, please keep up the good work you’re already doing. Thanks!
Even Sandvik Und&iid 2 I’m not sure what you mean here. We can ’t radically change the way the mag looks every month because people wouldn’t know what to look for. No other magazine does this either, except for those who do it as a conscious design attempt. Having said that, we’ll listen to any ideas that anyone sends in about a new look for AF.
2 We’ve done it too in our past, and I’m sure we’ll do it again soon.
5 Unfortunately, the cost of these things makes them prohibitive. We don’t make enough of a profit to be able to fritter it away on other covermounts, I’m afraid.
J§ We only recently did an update to our I long-running emulation feature by Simon Goodwin, and we’re unlikely to be able to afford to put Amiga Forever on our cover as a separate CD.
5Don’t worry, when PPC emulation of Macs and Pcs is available we’ll be very swift to come out with a feature about it.
However, I’m not sure about your assumption that Word el al. Run in a bug- free fashion. Pm sure that Microsoft and the other software houses involved xvould love them to do so, though.
You’ve got a good point there, actually.
€ One feature about old Amiga games coming up soon!
7 Unfortunately, in my opinion, a lot of sceners can’t write for toffee either, so it’d be a difficult job. I do want to cover these events though, since they make quite a refreshing change from, the regular sales that go on and get covered.
0 What can we do ? How can we say more?
1 It’s true, graphics cards are wonderful.
They make Amigas so much faster' it’s unbelievable and they open up lots of new ways of doing things that you wouldn’t otherwise think of ? Are still a lot of readers out clinging to their floppy even though some of us 1’t touched a floppy disk in
- s. At the moment, the floppy rsion o Amiga Format will
BARBARIANS AND SWEATSHIRTS I saw The A-Z of Spectrum Games and in the bottom left hand corner you’ll see the box cover to Barbarian 2 for Speccy, C64, Amiga and Atari ST. Well, on the Speccy and C64 cover the bloke on the right is surely Wolf from Gladiators. Do I win a nice free Amiga Format t-shirt or sweatshirt? Please don't send me one of Nick's old ones.
Chris Seward via email Unfortunately, were right out of sweatshirts, Nick’s or otherwise. However, we do have a nice half-ea,ten apple and a peculiar sock that no-one at Future wants to claim if you want them. Seriously though, send me your mail address and I’ll put a bu ndle of stuff in the post for you.
FAULTY MEMORY CHIPS?
Though I don’t think you reply to letters, I’m going to continue on the off- chance that you’re in a sociable mood.
Reading your venerable publication many moons ago, I remember coming across the first review of an '060 board for the A4000.
In this literary masterpiece I’m fairly sure that reference was made to an 80MHz revision of the '060 chip, though my memory could be failing me, as it so often does.
Given that various innovative creatures now seem to be drawing on even- last line of the .Amiga’s outdated architecture to keep it alive. I was wondering why this chip hasn't been exploited - an overclocked version would break 100MHz and make the PowerPC board even more sparkly and shiny. I know Motorola dumped this series years ago but there must be some knocking about.
Yours in desperation as this problem has wracked my every waking moment and is trying to penetrate my dreams - please help me.
Graeme Doran via email I think that the mists of time have become entangled in your memory. I certainly lurote a news piece about the possibility of a fast ’060, and originally the '060 range was supposed to include an 80MHz version, but Motorola never made it.
The fastest '060s around now are 66MHz units and we’ll be reviewing the first 75MHz '060 accelerator based around one of these (overclocked) chips next issue.
Your tip was just what I needed, as published under 'Snippets' in the March 1999 issue of Amiga Format (AF121), about how to keep all incoming mail at a Freeserve 'family account' separate. Very, very helpful.
J. M. Wasilewski TA FOR THE TIPS by Jaimes' Pass f Waster James's
excellent render takes the prize this month, not only because
its subject matter is one close to our hearts but also because
of the realistic modelling and lighting.
Fjj 3§l * “ Terminator by MaA Neesam We enjoyed Mark's cartoon animation so much we thought that it deserved a special prize.
The amount of work that must have gone into this humorous, violence-free spoof of James Cameron's SF film is astounding. Watch out for the exploding custard!
Truck by jyha-Pekka Jokela This is an unimaginatively-titled but otherwise sound composition. The foreground was modelled and rendered using Imagine and Cinema4D. The fractal mountains in the background were created with VistaPro.
Purples Skies and Honda CBR by Auburn Hodgson While neither of these two hand-drawn images are outstandingly original, the moody purple lighting certainly adds a lot of atmosphere.
If you'd like to enter your work for The Gallery in Amiga Format, read the Reader Submission file on the CD or simply send your work to this address: The Gallery, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW. Please make sure you include the reader warrant from the CD pages in this mag.
©aw© Tfeg DcDGP gets stuck into a new version of this sowerful AmigaGuide tool and introduces another cumper collection of utilities, including the great Selector.
Heddley We all remember Heddley, don’t we? Heddley is the best AmigaGuide authoring system out, if only because it’s capable of so much, including exporting the project as HTML. This version is a stable beta release that has only just been released by the author through one of Heddley § fans.
Unfortunately, development seems to have stopped on the system, but the new features, including error checking, were so good that we thought that everyone should have the latest release.
If you’ve ever tried authoring an AmigaGuide document by hand you may well have thrown your hands up in despair, given up and gone off and had a cup of tea or coffee, whatever’s your poison. Heddley takes all the pain out of the process by giving you a fantastically easy to use front end.
Before starting, you need to appreciate the basics of how an AmigaGuide is structured. An AmigaGuide is a single file database where individual pages are nodes within the database. You can link from one node to another by setting up buttons and they allow you to leap to specific line numbers of nodes.
When Heddley is started you can load in an existing AmigaGuide and you’ll see that every node is displayed in the list of documents within the database. You can view each node separately and work on them.
Hprfrf PI 9 » V»* « Vra m V* If out of the process by giving you with a fantastically easy to use front end.
All pi cm ISTir 1 * NEW INSTALLATION This month's coverdisks introduce a new Workbench driven installation procedure. To use the disks you must have a Workbench 3 Amiga with all the WB3 commands correctly installed. Boot from Workbench and then insert the coverdisk. Double click on an icon and follow the on-screen instructions. You can install directly to a hard drive, and a collection of some of these utilities can also be installed to a floppy disk if you don't have a hard drive.
If you're installing to a floppy, make sure you have a completely empty, pre-formatted floppy before starting. The script won't be able to format the disk for you. Let us know what you think of the new installer - after all, we've done it to make your lives easier.
AN AMIGAGUIDE IN 5 MINUTES Let’s start though by creating our own AmigaGuide from scratch. Click on the New button in the top row of buttons.
This will create a new guide with the only essential node, Main, in the database. The Main node is the only document in the database that you cannot rename and a Main node has to be present in the AmigaGuide in order for the viewer to be able to display it.
The main node is the table of contents, where you place the introduction and the links off to all the other documents.
Before we start editing the document you should click on the Attrib button in the bottom row of buttons. This opens up the attributes for the document. In the second box down you can type in a name for the document. This title will be displayed in the titlebar of the .AmigaGuide document whenever this node is viewed. Enter something like “Amiga Format - From the top..The TOC button sets which node is going to be loaded when someone clicks on the Contents button when viewing this node.
Similarly, the Next and Prev entries are the ones that will be used to define which node should be set after and before this node in the document. This is so that when users click on the Browse backwards or Browse forwards button in AmigaGuide, they’ll go to the node you want. Obviously, as we’ve only just created this database, there are no other nodes for you to select, but when you’ve created some more you can come back here.
You can type in a node or use the pop up requestor which will display all the other nodes in the database for you to choose from. There are other self-explanatory options too, like Font and Word Wrap.
ENTERING CONTENT When you’ve accepted the attributes you can then click on the Edit button, which allows you to actually set up the content of the node. When you click on this for the first time you’ll see an empty window.
You can’t type text directly into here.
This is the markup screen, not the text entry. To get the text into your node you have a couple of choices.
The first is to import an existing text file. This is easy; simply go to the Document menu from the new window and select Load New Text. This will give you your test for you to mark up in the MORE EXTRAS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT, This month we really do have a bonanza of goodies for you. There's not enough room to cover all of them, but here's a few more of the choice ones we recommend you investigate.
Selector is an impressively flexible launching tool that allows you to do more than simply start programs. As it can use variables, you can also work with input back from the user.
Everything about your windows is configurable and there are many new commands accepted in this version. To get started you can play with the example scripts that are supplied, and the best way to do this is to load up the AmigaGuide documentation and work through the QuickStart tutorial.
Selectors is the which runs off A internal commands Remember that in order to use Selector scripts, you need to create a .Set script file for Selector and, additionally, an AmigaDOS script to fire it up. All of this and more is explained perfectly in the documentation.
BENCHTRASH This is one of the most complete and easy to use Workbench Trashcans we've seen. Like the counterparts on Windows and Mac, you can throw away documents and retrieve them from the trash. This is a good way of spring cleaning as it means you can work through everything and then if something you come across reminds you why you needed that document, you can get it back. Of course, if you do want to get rid of the files you can simply empty the trash. It's like the old Trashcans from OFS floppy disks, except for your hard drive, and much better.
My Format remains a favourite. The program offers a greatly enhanced interface which allows you to format disks.
ALSO ON THIS DISK: SIC Library - This is required by the version of BeatBox from the March issue of AF AF121). Place these libraries in your libs:.
Guide Check - This is included for those of you who don't need the power of Heddley. It checks AmigaGuides for errors.
Dir2HTML - This will create an HTML listing of a drawer's contents.
TextView - An advanced text viewer.
Info - A replacement Info command.
MyFormat - The latest version of the popular Format replacement.
PortHandier - An improved version of l:port-handier.
DrawerSize - Shows you the size of a drawer - dur!
Window. If, however, you need to write the text from scratch, select Edit Text from the Document menu.
This will open up the text editor (Ed, by default) into which you can type your text. If you don't like using the default editor you can set up a different 1sl¥ Not very exciting looking, we know, but from within the markup screen you can load the text editor to change the text for that node.
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and you can then open up the Text Style requestor and change the colours and style.
The font is set up in the document attributes.
One to be used in the Heddley Icon information. When you’ve finished typing in the text for the node, close the text editor. If this is Ed, when you click the close gadget you’ll be asked if you want to save the changes. Press Y to do so.
The text will then be transferred back to the markup screen. Here you can now wand over words or phrases and turn them into links. To do this, drag the cursor over the part of text you want to use as a button and then go to the Buttons menu and select the Make into Button menu item. A requestor will open where you can choose what sort of link the button should be. The most common sort is an Internal Document Link which allows you to link to another node within the database.
You can either type in the name of the node, or select an existing node from the pop up requestor. If you want to link to a node that you haven’t created yet, click on the Create Doc button and create the node from here.
This is the same as doing it from the main part of Heddley. If you want to jump to a specific line number within the node then you can enter that line number here too.
As well as internal links, you can scroll through the other options and create links to execute Arexx scripts, AmigaDOS commands, external file links (to pictures or whatever) and even a Quit command to close the database.
STYLE OVER CONTENT You can also change the style and colour of text in the document. Again it’s accessed from the Buttons menu. Wand in the text, select Apply Text style and another requestor will then make it easy to change the style.
You now know enough to enter in more nodes and create a complete AmigaGuide. Don’t forget that you should edit the attributes for each node to make sure the whole AmigaGuide functions properly. When you’ve finished you can check the database from the Projects menu in the main window. You can also export it from here, either as plain text or as a set of HTML documents.
Heddley is a powerful and extremely easy to use package, and although it proved very stable in use for us (it never actually crashed once, in fact) bear in mind that it is titled as a beta release, so save your work frequently. © WHAT'S ON YOUR DISK?
®©w® CmCm? Introduces this month's double whammy of two stonkingly excellent new games - a Dune II clone and a ghostly puzzler.
Ipigjgi BUILDER ENGINEER TECHNOLOGIST Remember Dune ID I do. It was responsible for several missed night’s sleep, late arrivals at work and many arguments. It was the precursor to the massively successful Command and Conquer series of games on the “other side” (Windows).
Recently, several Amiga programmers have been releasing their homages to the genre and this latest offering is an advanced one, with many refinements to the ideas brought in to the gameplay by the original Dune II.
Flavours and are obviously you, military personnel for - defending and attacking. I ) Q fire on your vehicle. If you let them get away with this, they’ll soon blow it up and it’s game over, man. Luckily there’s away to dispatch them. As soon as you can, click on your vehicle and then click on the Personnel button in the bottom right of the screen. This will give you a list of the units which are inside the vehicle.
Click on the Commando and then on the Move button. Then click on the outside of the transport towards the bottom right of the part of the game screen that isn’t fogged over. The Commando will come out and stand near to the vehicle so it can guard against attack. When the bad guys come, he should be able to deal with them for you.
You can now cancel the Personnel menu and click back on the transport.
There’s also a build option. Click on this and you can start to build a structure to place. To move through the If you start playing the game like this and don't get your personnel out to defend your vehicle, the little soldiers in the bottom right will blow you up. This is definitely not a recipe for success.
Need military vehicles and you’ll need personnel. In order to be able to train new personnel vou’ll need to have a Living Quarters building and you must move one of your units into it in order to train additional units of that type. To move a personnel unit into a building, simply click on the units, then on Move then on the building.
ESTABLISHING A BASE It’s also true that you need personnel of specific types within buildings in order SURVIVING THE ONSLAUGHT When you start the game for the first time you’ll find that you have a standard mobile unit. Within a minute you’ll be attacked by the enemy soldiers who will STARTING WARGROUNDS First of all, you do need to do a few things to be able to run the game - we couldn't make these changes before creating the coverdisk due to distribution legalities. The easiest way to play the game is to open a CLI and then CD to the game directory. Now type 'execute Wargrounds'. If you want
to make it easier to do through Workbench, you'll need to add a project icon for Warground with a default tool of IconX. If that sentence doesn't make sense to you, simply follow the instructions for launching the game through the CLI.
Additionally, if you're running an A1200 you can squeeze better performance out of the game by renaming the wargroundcpu68020.lib in the program directory to just warground.iib. Again, if that's all gibberish to you, don't worry about it.
Structure types, click on the Next button at the bottom of the screen. When you click on Build, the structure will be started. They take time to be built but when they’re ready the menu adds a Place command. Click on this and the map will show in the top of the right hand bar. Right click on a position in this map (keep it close to where you are now) and the transport will move and place the building there.
In order to advance in the game you need to build more than just the structures - you’ll to use them. For example, you can’t build vehicles without an engineer in a Weapons Factory. When you’ve built a vehicle you need someone to get inside it in order to be able to drive it around.
With nobody inside, you won’t have the option to Move.
The refinery doesn’t need Iboot up with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
T- fron df§: to df8: copy fron (SOURCE disk) ia device BF8 begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: Yes, it's a very odd title and the game certainly continues in the same vein. When you start you have to click the mouse button until you get down the options to the Start Game part. Then press the Space button. When the game itself starts you'll find yourself controlling a ghost with the mouse. The ghost can move around like a normal pointer - walls are no problem for it. However, the aim of the game is to move a bubble through a set of levels without popping it. The bubble will burst if it hits
To move the bubble you put the ghost behind it and press the Space bar to blow.
The bubble will head off in the opposite direction. You can move the ghost behind it to keep the bubble moving, but if you hold down the Space bar for too long the ghost will run out of breath, so watch the bar down in the bottom right.
SUPER IUBBLE REMIX The first level is simple - just blow it off to the left. From here on though, you need to navigate the bubble up and down through tunnels and this is a bit more difficult. If you press the left mouse button the ghost will rotate anticlockwise and you can then blow the bubble in diagonals. Rotate the ghost to the correct angle and blow on the bubble.
If you click the right button then the ghost rotates clockwise.
It might sound quite easy, but believe us, by level 3 you'll be less sure of yourself. Watch out for extras on the levels too - for example, on the second level you can blow out the candle and earn yourself an extra thousand points.
Also, check out the different video modes where you can play normal, "old movie" and "game boy". Crazy!
2 Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter O), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOPY PROM DPO: TO DPO: 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.
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK personnel inside and harvesters (yes, very similar idea to Dune 11 here - harvesting brings in the dough) will use these automatically.
There are more buildings than these but you can find out about them as you go, or alternatively read the documentation which covers them.
The personnel can also perform different tasks. You start with a Builder, Engineer, Medic, Technologist, Commando and Soldier. The Builder is required to build any structur es and the Engineer, as we said, is needed to go inside certain buildings in order to use them. A good idea here is to take the Engineer into the Living Quarters and train up some more because the more personnel you have in the Weapons Factory, the faster they can build new vehicles.
The first building to create is the Living Quarters.
Place some of your personnel here in order to train more units of that type.
The Medic will heal all personnel inside the same structure or vehicle as themselves. This isn’t instantaneous.
The Technologist is used to build improvements to buildings and weapons.
The soldiers come in various flavours and are obviously your military personnel for defending and attacking.
MORE TO WAR The game can also use team orders, which is done by selecting multiple units and then pressing Ctrl and F1-F10 to assign them to a team. With teams you can also record a set of moves you want to be performed so they can be used as delayed orders. More instructions on this can be found in the documentation where there’s also a list of “god” keys to help you cheat. Tsk!
Also, if you click on the options button in the interface you’ll get the chance to change things like screen size and some game options, as well as the Quit button.
It’ll take you a while to get used to the interface and the commands, but we think you’ll find there’s plenty in there to keep you playing. 4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it j will ask for the Destination disk, insert it and press Return. AH information on this disk will be destroyed.
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Nsert disk to copy fron (SOURCE disk) in device 0F8 'ress RETURN to begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: nsertSdiskVtoncopy7to (DESTINATION disk) in device DF ‘ress RETURN to continue or CTRL-C to abort: Verifying cylinder 79, 8 to go ,WB3.0: endcti 5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks.
Finally, type endcli to close down the Shell.
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The 39th Amiga Format CD-ROM has almost 640Mb of software on it; so much stuff, in fact, that it's easy to get lost. [SBdteird] is your guide.
We have an explosion of Internet software on the CD for you this month, including the latest versions of some older favourites and some completely new software to improve your browsing.
This the latest version of this extremely capable and impressive TCP IP stack.
It’s been available for a few months now, but it’s this version’s first appearance on an Amiga Format CD.
Pi '"7J' ...... It's our never-ending quest to make our Cds better .
And easier to use. This month there's yet another evolution towards this goal.
Firstly, it's now possible to unpack LhA, LZX, Zip and DM5 archives just by double clicking on them and selecting the path you want to extract the archive to. If you aren't using the default AFCDPrefs, you'll have to modify your Prefs settings to permit this. The file AFCD_Changes will tell you how to do this.
Secondly, we've included the floppy cover disks on the CD as DMS archives. This is so that users without CD-ROM drives on their Amiga but with access to one on a PC can take the floppies off much more simply.
The third modification is more weeding out of redundant system files on the CD. From now on we no longer have anything from WB3.1here, but you will always find the latest versions of third party libraries and commands in the libs and c drawers.
The next difference is a visual one. Programs for the PowerPC now have a special icon for their drawer so you can easily tell what's for the PowerPC. Note that this change is for Newlcons only at the moment; users with standard icons won't be able to see it.
Finally, we've started including digests of the AFB mailing list on the CD in the drawer +System+ Info AFB_Digests. This is so that users without Internet access can follow the discussions.
If you haven't signed up for it yet, you can go to httPL Avww.earoups.com list afb and join in the fun.
Watch out for drawers marked with that stylised microchip - they're for the PPC, Jack into the net with Miami and join the communications revolution.
- Seriously Amiga- 0omin$ Qther Thor 2.6 There are the two types
of Amiga user: those that find Thor utterly bewildering and
those who say it’s the most powerful and flexible mail and news
reader available. This latest release is a minor upgrade to fix
some bugs and introduce some new features.
STARGATE V1 I
- Serioas!y_ftmlfla- Comms Other Stariate Stargate is a new email
client from impressive by itself as it's incredibly fast and
copes well with frames and tables. In fact, the demo will work
as a standalone offline HTML browser - try using it to view the
websites on our CD.
- Seriously Jmgs-ZComsns li After a long period of apparent
inactivity in the Amiga browser market, things now seem to be
hotting up. Not only do we have the Amozilla project and new
versions promised for Voyager and Ibrowse, there's the less
famous Iprobe. The man behind Iprobe will be familiar to many,
though; he's Alan Odgaard, the creator of many a MUI custom
Iprobe is suffering from delays so Alan has decided to release its HTML layout engine as an MCC so that others can benefit from it. The supplied demo is BROWSER WARS If HTMLview is an,; appetiser, for: Iprobe, bring on; the main course!
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I was origins worratg on a Janzme called DEMO-UTION Ih3t covered new unsigned metaJ rock bands but that folded after issue so due to a total l&ck of mterest from potential readers - the bands featured were pretty pleased with a, even toe ones we gave crap reviews to8) which was abflo Sam Webb As well as the music, I am a huge fen of SF, fantasy and horror I have been since ) was about 9 when fay softer too?, me to see Star Wars and 1 got hooked') 1 had also )ust re-started wrifing myself and having little success to getting any of my stones accepted 1 thought rd start something myself (and,
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T,Vnks II jf et again we're suffering III - from a lack of Readers' ||§||||||jjj Li contributions this } month. Come on you lot, get B§ your acts together! ' itSMi Bp With that moan out of j tlllSll-Bi the way, it's time for the j IIBBm!
Prize.. This month's winner for the best contribution is Sam Webb for sending us the February 1999 issue of his online magazine dedicated to the Amiga, SF, fantasy and horror.
Amithyst, which can be found on the web nets him £50 because of its elegant layout and neat graphics. Good work!
Samm ¦ ' Toysoft, the makers of AirMail. The full version is stuffed, with features, including multiple email accounts, colours forms with sound and PPC support for MIME encoding. This demo is restricted to one account and a maximum of five folders.
This new section is proving to be immensely popular. Have a look at other readers' desktops, maybe for inspiration, maybe to drool with envy. If you think you can do better, send a grab of your Workbench, to the usual address, marked WB Screenshots.
IRIS 1.8 “Seriously UiHga Comms lris This month’s third email client is Iris.
Unlike most Amiga net software, it uses the BGUIsystem. The author, Jilles Tjoelker, says he wrote Iris because other Amiga mail readers were slow, unstable or lacked the features he needed.
BLACKIRC “SeriousIy„Ami9a* Comms 0ther BlaGklRe For some time now, Vaporware’s AmlRC has been the .Amiga's flagship IRC client, even causing PC owners to look on jealously. There's now a contender for its crown, though.
BlacklRC by Felix Schwarz also employs a MUIinterface and has several unique features, such as support for video conferencing and the abilitv to view several channels in one window.
BlacklRC is Shareware and the supplied version is time limited.
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WHAT'S GAMES, GAMES, GAMES DISCLAIMER If that isn't enough, you can also find the latest ports of Hexen and Heretic, and for those who prefer a more sedate level of gaming we've got ProGammon 2.8 and FreeCell. ProGammon is a great version of the old board game favourite, with a strong computer opponent. FreeCell, a type of Solitaire, is based on the game with the same name which is shipped with Windows and which, next to MineSweeper, is probably responsible for the greatest waste of computer time in the '90s.
Dig out the popcorn and take a look at Ripley, the MPEG movie player.
- SerlQBSly„Aml9a- &faphics MystfieVlew MyslicView is a powerful
user- and system
- friendly picture viewer. It uses DataTypes for picture loading
and can display any picture, irrespective of screenmode,
resolution and palette, on any selected public or custom
It can dither images if the target screen has too few colours and can scale images to the required dimensions automatically. MysticView is highly configurable, with support for slideshows, animations and rudimentary image processing.
RIPLEY 0.4 “Serioiisif„Ainiia“ 6rapliics llplsi Ripley is to MPEG videos what MysticView is to pictures. It too will run in any screenmode or on any public screen. It features support for PPC and PicassoIV PiP. MPEG animations can be displayed in any number of colours or greyscale and can be scaled to any size.
FLASHMANDEL 1.S “Senoaslyjimiss Brapfifcs Fiisr laidel Fractals may be rather old hat by now, but this new version of FlashMandel is well worth a look. It supports all 68K processors and any ECS, AGA or RTG screenmode. On machines without an FPU, FlashMandel uses 32-bit integer maths, while on those with an FPU it uses FPLT registers directly. This means it’s very efficient on any machine. The author, Dino Papararo, promises a PPC version for the future which will do realtime fractal rendering.
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ADFI Application, Avenue de la Liberation 47, 63000 Clermont, Ferrand.- b 4 7334 3434 Distributor of many titles translated into French and have a special agreement with Haage & Partner to sell French versions of their software.
Mygale, Boulevard Raimbaldi 31, 06000, Nice.
B fax 4 9313 0635.
Software Paradise, Rue de Lamouly 39, 64600 Anglet.
B 5 5957 2088, fax 5 5957 2087, visit httpy yyww Par8diss,Qm Official MicroniK distributor Ateo Concepts. Le Plessis, 44220 Coueron, Nantes.
B 2 4085 3085, fax 2 4038 3321, visit email Manufacturer and distributor of Ateo products, such as the Pixel64 card.
Pragma Informatique. Route Departementale 523, 38570 Tencin.
B 4 7645 6060. Fax 4 7645 6055, visit | FRANCE Video Spotronics Ky.
B 09 8735 435.
Offers a repair service.
M. A.R. EDV Systeme, Karlsplatz 1, A-1010 Wien.
B 1505 7444.
+49 GERMANY Sells hardware and software and offers an Amiga repair service.
Point Design, Jurgen Schober, Muchargasse 35 1 4, A-8010 Graz.
B 0316 684809, fax 0316 684839, email products and support, or order a product.
+32 AFI (Applications & Formations Informatiques), Clos Del 'Me 21, 4431 Loncin (Liege).
* 4239 0093, fax 4239 0224, email Can provide help on most
serious subjects. Stocks the full Amiga range with a good
selection of second-hand hardware. Aminet Cds are available, as
well as the most commonly used Amiga applications.
B 02 438 9870, email Click!, Boomsesteen Weg 468, B-2610, Wilrijk.
B 3828 1815.
B 09 7001 8580, visit | Sells a good range of accelerators and other items of hardware.
Gentle Eye Ky.
B 03 363 0048, email aefofipM The staff are very skilled and the shop stocks most new products.
Hat Data Huolto Oy.
B 09 769 314.
Offers a repair service.
Karelia Computer Ky.
B 013 897 088.
Has a good supply of most of the older Amiga hardware and.software. ADX Datentechnik, Haldesdorfer Str. 119, 22179 Hamburg.
B 040 642 02656.
Hardware and software reseller.
Softwarevertrieb Kanzmeier, Senator-Balcke-Str. 85, 28279 Bremen.
B fax 04 218 31682, email +98 Ganjineh Afzar Pooya, 30, Alley 4th, Abouzar Str., Seyed-Khandan, 16616 Tehran.
B 021 866755, email I Sells most hardware and software.
Robymax, Via Varvariana, 14, 00133, Rome.
B 06 2042 7234, email mbymaKmrndrnkM.
Stocks a large selection of CD-ROMs, games and hardware.
AMIGA RETAILERS Kvarnplan 6, Jakobsberg, ® 08 5803 7300, fax 08 5803 7302. Visit or email +41 +64 i i i I Address I I I | Telephone Number I Amiga Products ... i Shop Name +7095 Country Initials Surname Postcode Hardware and software supplier.
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® 31 10 4517722, email firstname.lastname@example.org Sells most Amiga products and helpful staff Courbois Software, Fazantlaan 61-63, 6641 XW, Beuningen.
© 024 677 2546.
All hardware and software, with many second-hand products at very low prices.
Document House Xerox, Postbus 542, 8901BH, Leeuwarden.
® 058 280 0530 or 058 275 2384.
Stocks all Amiga hardware and software.
Amigis, Spanjaardstraat 53. 4331 Ep. Middelburg.
011 062 5632, Amiga hardware and software.
Sells most Amiga products.
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® 7354 0375.
All new products, very good support.
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Darkage Software, Via Cacciatori Delle, AlpI G5, 06049, Spoleto (PG).
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Non Solo Soft, Casella Postale 63, 10023, Chieri.
® 011 9415237, email Sqlo3@ch8erinet.lt Stocks a complete range of Amiga software and hardware.
AmigaLine, Moscow, Zorge 6.
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Amiga Service, Office 309, Bumazhnaya Str 3, Sankt- Peterburg, 198020.
« 812 1868842.
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N 0934 55533, fax 0934 55485. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http: www.yidamns.se Stocks a wide range of Amiga hardware, towers and serious software, including the official Swedish version of Final Writer.
LA 222 +31 Barlage-Denhaag, Rabarberstraat 142a, 2563 RP Den Haag, Holland.
® 070 448 0282, email bariage@maiSbox.hoi.nl s 22B!
+34 Club Byte, C D. Juan de Mena, 21 bajo Izq, 46008 Valencia.
® fax (96) 3921567.
Comp Karori, Karori Shopping Mall. Karori.
® 0447 60212, fax 0447 69088, email httpt MAM,compkarori.co,nz or .-com E3 S +46 P?* : NEW ZEALAND I RUSSIAN FED, 16 32 Systems, 173 High Street, Strood, Rochester, Kent. ® 01634 710788.
Stocks games plus new and used hardware, with a helpful staff.
Dr. Flays Amiga Clinic (a The Global Lounge. Unit 13, Lemon Street Market. Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2XS.
® Fax: 01872 274037, email d_r..f|ay@hptm?iUpm or email@example.com or visit http www. Gj ofegJipu n e.cp. y k Only stocks PD at the moment, but can order anything with good prices on phase 5 hardware. They are an Internet shop and make websites, do design work, advertising and promo material and can also build custom Amiga Siamese setups.
Gamestation, Unit 29, The Market Vaults, St. Helens Square, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
Stocks hardware, games and utilities. Helpful staff.
HardPlay Software, 2 Broad Street, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2BU. ® fax 01637 850909.
Level 7, 113 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
« 01253 859004.
SES Computers, 88-90 London Road, Southend-On- Sea. ® 01702 335443.
Loads of software, peripherals and second hand hardware.
Limited stocks of new hardware, helpful staff.
Cavendish Computers, 144 Charles Street, Leicester.
® 0116 2510066.
Hardware (old), games and utilities.
Classic, 11 Deansgate, Radcliffe, Manchester, ® 0161 7231638.
PD, commercial games, Clr , CD-ROMs, hard drives, CD-ROM drives, A1200s, floppy drives, disks, modems, Free fitting service on hard drives.
Mays, 57 Church Gate, Leicester city centre.
® 0116 2516789.
Computer Solutions, Unit 2, Mill Lane Mews, Ashby- de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HP.
® 01530 412983.
New and used software, hardware, stocks full range.
Planet Games, 3 Royal. Oak Buildings, Waterloo Road, Blackpool. ® 01253 348738.
Electronics Boutique, Unit 120, 3 Russell Way, Gateshead Metrocentre, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
® 0191 4602637.
A small selection of about 40 different games and utilities, mainly older but some new. Also some peripherals.
Applimatic SA, Rte-de-Montreux 49, CH-1618 Chatel-St-Denis, Switzerland.
®41 21 931431.
Digitronic, Chr Merian - Ring 7, 4153 Reinach.
Full range of Amigas.
Amiga Shop 2000, Wallisellenstr.318, CH-8050, Zurich. ® 411 3221414.
Hardware, software and skilled staff.
Amigaland, Butzenstr.l, CH-8038, Zurich.
® 411 482 4750, visit http: www.amigalarid.ch Sells a full range of Amigas.
SWITZERLAND Stocks Infinitiv towers, phase 5 products and plenty of other hardware, but very little software.
GGS Data, Korsklevegatan 30, Goteborg.
® 031 532526, fax 070 7112492.
Games, some hardware, possible to order hard-to-get things. Small, but surprisingly resourceful.
Chips, 8 Watchbell Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.
® 01983 821983.
Lots of classic games and older Amiga hardware.
Swops, Corner of Bold Street, Fleetwood.
® 01253 776977.
Allsorts, 51 Park Road, Wosbrough Bridge, Barnsley.
® 0589 272940.
Games, PD, disk drives, monitors (all used).
Game, Sheffield Town Centre. ® 0114 2729300.
Sells various Amiga games, utility disks and other items of software. Customers can reserve games in advance.
Electronics Boutique, Gallowtree Gate, Leicester city centre.
Stocks most games, although it does tend to be a bit slow on new games.
Tech-Exchange, 3 Forest Road East, Nottingham, NG1 4HJ. ® 0115 9100077.
All Amiga products and a helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Vortex Services, 13-15 St. Michael’s Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancs, OL6 6LF.
Electronics Boutique, 81 High Street, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield. ® 0114 2569060.
Games, utilities, mice, educational software and can order software. Helpful staff.
Electronics Boutique, Unit 19, St.John’s Centre, Perth, PHI 5UX, Scotland. ® 01738 637807.
Software and peripherals and will order any Amiga games you require.
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® 01484 864184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. O Blizzard 1240 accelerator, £150.
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© The Forum! BBS online 24 hours, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Over 35 members, 2,000+ files available, including games, pics utils, etc. Sysop: Jamie Maguire. Run by a software development student.
® 01563 540863. 36K.
© Bill's BBS, Cumbria, online 24 hours (mail only between 2.30am and 3.30am), ® 01229 434393 or 0870 7878615. Sysop: Bill Clark.
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© X Zone BBS, supporting the Amiga for over two years. Do you want the latest files? ® 01635 820590, 6pm-1 am, modem callers only (33.6K). Call now.
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© West Lancs Amiga User Group meets Sundays 1 pm-4pm at St. Thomas the Martyr School Hall, Highgate Road, Upholland, Lancs. ® Stephen 01695 625063 or Ralph 01695 623865. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. © SEAL, South Essex Amiga Link.
Meets twice monthly at Northlands Park Community Centre, Basildon, Essex. Offers help, advice, tutorials and presentations on popular software and hardware. Also scanning, printing, email and a 36 page A4 magazine. Contact Mick Sutton, 20 Roding Way, Wickford, Essex. ® 01268 761429 (6-9pm). Email email@example.com or visit http: seal.amiaa.tm. © As well as sales stands, there were numerous gaming competitions taking place on the stage.
Reports from the second Kickstart sale.
Almost a year has passed since the last World Of Amiga show in London, and although there have been other Amiga shows such as Infomedia ’98 (Antwerp) and Computer ’98 (Cologne) that are within reach of the UK, not everybody can afford the time or money to risit them. One Surrey-based Amiga user group, Kickstart, decided to redress the balance by organising their own .Amiga events.
The second Kickstart sale was held at their regular meeting place in Ottershaw, Surrey, on February 27th.
While this might not sound like the most prestigious place for an .Amiga show, it’s actually in a prime location, being only minutes away from the M25 and haring ample free parking. Oh, and it’s right opposite a pub, for those of you who need that little extra incentive.
Building on the success of their first sale last August, Kickstart managed to cram 14 stands into the admittedly small hall. The majority of the stands consisted of individuals and user groups offering second-hand hardware and software, although there were a few Arnica retailers such as Forematt Home O Computing and Ramjam Consultants selling their catalogue of Amiga goods and offering special show discounts.
In addition to the sales stands, Kickstart had organised a games and demonstration area. Various members of the group were on hand all through the afternoon to demo and give advice on a number of wide-ranging subjects, including PPG, Mac emulation and various hardware configurations.
A number of games competitions had been arranged, the most popular being Doom and Sensible Soccer, both of which kept pulling the crowds. As an extra incentive, Kickstart had arranged prizes for the winners of each competition. Towards the end of the afternoon the winners of the gaming competitions and the raffle were announced and presented with their prizes. In addition to a number of smaller prizes, Kickstart had persuaded Amiga International to donate an A1200 Magic pack as their star prize, won by Jamie Winter from the Power Amiga Users Group in Portsmouth.
As well as members from Kickstart, who organised the sale, a number of other Amiga user groups were in attendance, including SEAL, ANT, and PAUG (all of which will be featured over the coming months), and for many of us the show was not only a chance to pick up some great bargains or that illusive peace of software we’d been searching for, but also a chance to meet other user group members face to face for the first time.
While the Kickstart sale didn’t have all the glamour and excitement that’s usually associated with big shows, there was a feeling of team spirit and camaraderie that you don’t get at a large, impersonal show like the World of .Amiga. .After the success of their first two shows it seems likely that the Kickstart sale trill become a regular event, although it looks like they may need to find a larger venue before too long. For more details on Kickstart, or the Kickstart sale, risit their website at http: www.furrv.demon.co.uk kickstart or phone Rob Gilbert on 01932 562354 Over the coming months
we’ll be bringing you all the user group news from around the UK and beyond, as well as featuring individual user groups. *25 Kickstart are based in Surrey and meet on the last Monday of the month in Ottershaw. All Amiga users are welcome for fun, help and general Amiga usage, plus tutorials and Amiga surgery.
For more details, contact Rob Gilbert: 01932 562354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org KICKSTART INFO & This month there are two new user groups starting up: ANT (Amiga North Thames), contact Michael Carrillo on 0181 5247544 or email: micbaeixarrnhlbton 01 Leicester, contact Sam Webb, email: email@example.com or visit http: V' ww.eqroups.c6m list lauq AF 123 - MAY 1999 Associate Editor: Ben Vost Production Games Editor: Mark Wheatley Art Editor: Colin Nightingale Staff Writer: Richard Drummond Contributors: John Kennedy, Simon Goodwin, Dave Cusick, Dave Taylor, Tony Horgan, Nick Veitch,
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£629.95 Power Tower 4 Power Tower plus A1200 motherboard,
mouse, PC keyboard, FDD, Typhoon 68030 40MHz, 40MHz FPU, 32MB
of RAM, 32x IDE CD-ROM drive, Internal IDE Zip drive and 1
cartridge, 3.2GB Hard Disk, internal Scan Doubler inc. Flicker
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drives 4 IDE EIDE ATAPI devices support
• 2 x 3.5" connector, 2 x 2.5" connector, separation and
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* Works with A600 1200 (kickstart 2.04) Up to 10% faster than
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HDD 4GB (up to 32GB) by way of automatic HDD split into 4GB
logical units, which guarantees 100% compatibility with the
Operating System Allows large disks to operate with every
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1 Optional extra not included in standard EZTower system 2 know it’s par for the course these days, but the eight page ‘manual’ is jgjnalh inadequate. You do get some docs on the disks, but these only go so far into explaining what could be done.
3 have an A1200 with 8Mb of fast RAM and an A5000 PSU, to which I recently fitted a bigger IDE hard drive (IBM 330Mb), since which I've encountered a few problems.
Sometimes on cold starting I get the 'load Workbench disk' symbol, but it boots okay if warm rebooted. I've tried ensuring a good contact at the interface and HDD connectors, which for a little while seemed satisfactory, but the problem soon returned. I've named the boot partition HD0 but would it make a difference if it was renamed Workbench?
I have the AF DD coverdisk version of Sca a on which the Sca a Player has never worked so I've just run it from the main program. Since loading it onto the new HDD I can't get rid of the pointer when the program script is running, whether the pointer tick box is ticked or not.
This is despite twice re-installing the program.
How do I get rid of it? I've figured out most things on Sca a but can you please tell me what 'net' does?
At work I use a PC. Sometimes, using CrossDOS and Image Studio, I convert and transfer bitmap files between it and the Amiga.
Can you tell me if there are programs available to convert other PC files, such as .doc, .ppt, .xls, .wav, .avi, .wmf, .exe, etc. Also, are there any available that can zip and unzip Winzip files?
F. J. Hudson Derby I:': • ! I U ’ ' T V * U V-' & J: y C ft ;y y.
to your Amiga, you may have trouble loading them.