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Amino’s promises ¦ MOO is cancelled-Amiga explain ¦ Motorola’s G5 revealed The new Z4 busboard. Could this form the backbone for a new classic Amiga? And I thought last month was interesting... this month we’ve had to deal with the fact that Amiga aren’t going to make the MCC as it currently stands any longer, but are concentrating on offering those things that make the Amiga unique, to all and sundry (like they deserve it!). All that on top of the fact that as I write this I’m about 16 hours from getting on a plane to go on my first holiday in more than six years - what a time to pick! Oh well. There’s been plenty of other stuff happening this month too. I have been eventually very impressed by OS3.5. Some people are moaning that it only comes with demos of A Web and Miami, but they are possibly the same peopje who’ve never paid for a bit of software on their Amiga anyway, and spending the cash for OS3.5 is going to be enough of a wrench to their pockets as it is. To them I say, “Get a grip!”, the software that comes with the OS was never supposed to be the be all and end all of all net software. Concentrating on the fact that you get demos of Aweb and Miami is to ignore the fact that you also get (for free!) A newer version of FFS that copes with large hard disks; an updated version of HDToolBox to better cope with it, together with an integrated version of CacheCDFSto look after your Cds, an Arexx port and online help for Workbench; a new icon format that is suitably colourful, together with an updated and powerful icon editor and plenty of other stuff that makes it an extremely worthwhile upgrade. The only potential fly in the ointment is if too few people upgrade their machines with this new version of the OS. Not only will the Amiga be stuck in the limbo that affected us in 1990 when OS2 first came out, but there won’t be a 3.6,3.7 and so oh if sales of 3.5 aren’t good enough. The Never let it be said that the Amiga industry isn’t an interesting one. Fleecy Moss, whom you should all "emember as the man who got the boot from Amiga for his outspoken but visionary ways, and Bill McEwen, Amiga’s erstwhile PR guy, have joined together with one other person to form Amino. Amino is their idea of how the new Amiga should proceed and What Amiga users need right new is someone to say this is what we're going to do and do it They don't want any more broken promises is intended to be an easier upgrade path for current Amigans than the complete remodelling that Amiga are intending to do. They are planning new hardware, and new software along the lines of Fleecy’s original inspiration for AmigaOS 5, with GUI personalities (to work better on varying display devices) and many other new ideas in interface design. The acid test mentioned in the headline will be whether Amino can actually produce their dream platform. AF spoke to both Bill McEwen and Fleecy Moss with regards to this potential new machine.

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Issue 130 82 AFCB45 AND DISKS Shoot it, blast it, browse it, paint it, point and click it, (deep breath) convert it, read it, organise it, tidy it, play it and of course you’ve already checked it for viruses. What more do you want?
50 THINGS YOU SHOUID KNOW ABOUT YOUR AMIGA 28 PREVIEWS Stunning screenshots from Hyperion’s port of Heretic II.
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30 FOUNDATION DIRECTORS CUT Richard Drummond plays god with lots of little people.
Mm Why ifiP' ilon’iyou N naughty little Wf ii hoys turn to W" pane 12 right now, or l might have to punish you .
V after school 34 STAR FIGHTER Plundering the galaxy sounds like it should be fun... 35 TURBO RACER Paul Cavanagh goes for a Sunday afternoon drive.
36 GAMEBUSTERS Stuck on a game? Get your inside information here.
38 RUB SAKS Discover what other readers think you should be playing.
HOME HIGHWAY At the speeds he’s reaching, Errol Madoo should get a ticket.
Accelerate now to keep up with the communication revolution.
Tr-jc?: :into: .Titte Tim* 02 01 01:52 10:40 19:55 14:49 E02S 44 APOLLO Z4 Simon Goodwin tests the latest way to expand your 1200.
48 ALLEGRO ISIS It’s far more interesting than a filing cabinet.
50 INFRA-RED KEYBOARD Find out if wire-free really is the best option with Simon Goodwin.
51 SILVER SURFER Speed up the Internet with this nifty little serial port.
52 STFAX 4 Leaving an answerphone message has never been so exciting.
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Cnag-ot l. Getana Starec 80 COMPLETE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WORKBENCH No, put your power tools away and find out what Workbench really is.
rt 1 Using JavaScript in Navigator hapter 1 Getting Started i 77} $ chapter introduces JavaScdpt. Discusses some of the | provides basic examples It shews JavaScript code in actio m the example code as a starting point Simon Gooawin helps with the unfathomable.
Concepts of JavaScript m navigator i begin writing your own scripts fmme 64 PRACTICAL JAVASCRIPT Neil Bothwick introduces a webtastic language.
You’re all mad and we've got proof in writing.
66 USEFUL AREKK Nick Veitch decides to make life easier by adding a GUI.
80 GALLERY Captivating designs for your viewing pleasure 08 PROGRAM PERFECTION Just when you thought it was safe to program, Richard Drummond starts testing.
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70 SYNTH STUDIES Tony Horgan goes a hunting for goodies that were meant for Pcs and Macs.
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KEY: Bregulars ¦Games ¦Serious ilCreative Hreaders Stuff I Mellor tells us how it all works 581 l'J m -D There’s life in the classic Amiga yet! News has reached us that a consortium of 12 Amiga hardware designers are getting together to offer a new classic Amiga motherboard.
At the moment they are waiting on licensing issues, but we fully anticipate the new machine to be available from them by the New Year.
Further to this, discussions recently with Blittersoft have revealed that, notwithstanding the obvious scepticism that people have for the BoXeR, it is actually now in the final stages, and will be made available by the Koln show to developers and, hopefully, punters. Obviously it’s very hard for Amiga Format to get excited by announcement after announcement from Blittersoft regarding this new motherboard, but here’s to hoping that by the time you read our next issue, we’ll have had one in our sweaty mitts for a time.
Although details at this time are sketchy, the new machine is planned to be backwardly compatible in every sense with existing Amiga 1200s (mainly), but will offer increased flexibility and power. The new design is thought to be based around the new Z4 concept offering extremely low cost Zorro II, accelerated Zorro II and Z4 connectors to allow for plenty of upgrading, while keeping the things that have made the bog-standard Amiga 1200 so expandable, like clock ports and the ever-useful "Wo, honest, I have nearly finished it"' says Mick Tinker.
Power Computing have called together a group of designers to create a motherboard with plenty c essential peripherals for the user accelerator port. The group of designers called together by Power Computing come from all walks of Amiga hardware design, and the motherboard will possibly incorporate fast serial ports, flicker fixers and plenty more of the wjf peripherals Amiga users consider WL essential today. H It is likely that the new motherboard will take the standard ATX form, allowing users to have them in tower or desktop PC cases which are cheap and readily available, and that it will
almost certainly have a faster processor than the now ancient 68EC020. It may also include new items, such as USB directly on Tony Laniri of Power - the mastermind behind this DECEMBER 1999 AMIGA FORMAT the motherboard, but this is speculation at the moment.
While nothing further is known about the details of the motherboard, we can conjecture that, since Power have the design rights to phase 5’s popular range of non-PowerPC products, a version of the CyberVision64 3D will find its way either to the motherboard or to a new Z4 version of the card which will offer near-Zorro III speeds in a much neater package. Power are interested in comments from users on what they’d like to see in a new Amiga motherboard, bearing in mind that they want to get it finished as soon as possible.
So if you have a burning desire for a particular item to be included, ring them on 01234 851500 or email them at newamiaa@powerc.demon.co.uk In addition to these revelations, it seems that there is an as-yet-unnamed American company that have produced their own version of the A4000T motherboard design, an important point for people crying out for these most powerful of Amiga H Power to build new classic motherboard ¦ Amino’s promises ¦ MOO is cancelled-Amiga explain ¦ Motorola’s G5 revealed The new Z4 busboard. Could this form the backbone for a new classic Amiga?
And I thought last month was interesting... this month we’ve had to deal with the fact that Amiga aren’t going to make the MCC as it currently stands any longer, but are concentrating on offering those things that make the Amiga unique, to all and sundry (like they deserve it!). All that on top of the fact that as I write this I’m about 16 hours from getting on a plane to go on my first holiday in more than six years - what a time to pick! Oh well. There’s been plenty of other stuff happening this month too. I have been eventually very impressed by OS3.5. Some people are moaning that it only
comes with demos of A Web and Miami, but they are possibly the same peopje who’ve never paid for a bit of software on their Amiga anyway, and spending the cash for OS3.5 is going to be enough of a wrench to their pockets as it is. To them I say, “Get a grip!”, the software that comes with the OS was never supposed to be the be all and end all of all net software. Concentrating on the fact that you get demos of Aweb and Miami is to ignore the fact that you also get (for free!) A newer version of FFS that copes with large hard disks; an updated version of HDToolBox to better cope with it,
together with an integrated version of CacheCDFSto look after your Cds, an Arexx port and online help for Workbench; a new icon format that is suitably colourful, together with an updated and powerful icon editor and plenty of other stuff that makes it an extremely worthwhile upgrade. The only potential fly in the ointment is if too few people upgrade their machines with this new version of the OS. Not only will the Amiga be stuck in the limbo that affected us in 1990 when OS2 first came out, but there won’t be a 3.6,3.7 and so oh if sales of 3.5 aren’t good enough.
The Never let it be said that the Amiga industry isn’t an interesting one.
Fleecy Moss, whom you should all "emember as the man who got the boot from Amiga for his outspoken but visionary ways, and Bill McEwen, Amiga’s erstwhile PR guy, have joined together with one other person to form Amino. Amino is their idea of how the new Amiga should proceed and What Amiga users need right new is someone to say this is what we're going to do and do it They don't want any more broken promises is intended to be an easier upgrade path for current Amigans than the complete remodelling that Amiga are intending to do.
They are planning new hardware, and new software along the lines of Fleecy’s original inspiration for AmigaOS 5, with GUI personalities (to work better on varying display devices) and many other new ideas in interface design. The acid test mentioned in the headline will be whether Amino can actually produce their dream platform. AF spoke to both Bill McEwen and Fleecy Moss with regards to this potential new machine.
Bill, suffering from near-pneumonia, was still his enthusiastic self about the prospects for their computer project, “We have the backing we need, and things are looking very bright for Amino.” Fleecy, who has been accused of wanting to discuss things to death rather than do something, also maintains that, “what the Amiga market needs right now is some kind of dictator - someone to say ‘this is what we’re going to do’, do it and then tell people what’s been done. Amiga users don’t want to hear any more broken promises.” Tom Schmidt, the new CEO of Amiga, has decided to cancel the Amiga MCC
machine due to go on sale early next year. The net community took this as a great affront which Schmidt decided to try and take head on. According to him: “The ideals and spirit of that original Amiga are alive and well today. But to limit Amiga to just one box, one product, one OS, is to keep Amiga from ever seeing its full potential. Think about it... The original Amiga never did really reach its full potential despite its technical advantages and its cost and ease of use advantages Why? Because it never became ubiquitous.
The company’s early vision was probably too limited for the vast potential that Amiga offered. The original Amiga was all about multi-media, so why not have Amiga running on every type of device imaginable, on top of every other OS out there?
“If you think that Amiga was just a box, you’ve missed the point. Amiga is about a better way.
We are continuing to focus our resources on setting software standards for the coming generation of Internet appliances. We are not planning to offer hardware devices, but will work with hardware manufacturers who want to license our M WWW VJS ......
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drawn to the Amiga computer in years past.” Although the demise
of the MCC might shock some people, here at Amiga Format we’ve
been more excited by the prospect of a new classic Amiga in the
next few months than a hypothetical shift to a new system.
We’ll keep you abreast of any further changes going on in the
new-style Amiga company as soon as we know them, but prepare
for further Iwm AMIGA CANCEL youlose Although we’d said that
Iwin was likely to be a hoax in the last issue, and people all
through the Amiga market were pooh-poohing their claims, there
has been no sign of their mythical Amiga-clone machines. As we
write this, there is supposed to be a press conference covering
details of the machines on Saturday October 2nd. Flowever, no
Amiga mags have been invited and no-one else at Future who
works on PC titles, or for that matter any other computing
titles has been invited.
The question remains though, why hoax us? What possible reason could a company have for wanting to perpetrate a hoax ron this scale? We’re trying to find out the story behind Iwin’s sudden appearance and we’ll let you know as soon as we Motorola have just launched their new breed of PowerPC processors but are already talking about the next generation. Hot on the heels of the release of the PPC7400, the first of their G4 line, Motorola have released a roadmap detailing their future strategy.
This roadmap demonstrates Motorola’s commitment to the PowerPC architecture and expands upon their current range of microprocessors and embedded units.
Evolution is major component of their Motorola are confident about the technological progress of their PowerPC processor.
Strategy in the guise of a proposed G5 and G6 series.
The G5 will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions and is pencilled to ship within two years at initial clock rates of 2GHz. Pundits believe the G5 could be a real Merced-killer. Merced is the codename for the first in Intel’s IA-64 line, their 64-bit replacement for the Pentium. It achieves legacy compatibility, rather inefficiently, by emulating a 32-bit processor. The 64-bit G5 on the other hand, can run 32-bit applications natively. The smaller size and power consumption of the proposed G5 series also means it is more suited to the desktop than Merced.
Motorola are not resting on their laurels with the G4, either. G4 fabrication will move over to Motorola’s SOI (Silicon-on-insulator) process, a technique which allows up to a 35% boost in processor speed. Clock rates for the G4 will be cranked up to 1 Ghz and embedded versions will be produced for the communications and consumer markets.
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The price for a card set, packed in transparent case, amounts to the equivalent of 15DM. Any local dealer should be able to carry them as the game Snap! I've got every one of them Amigas, I have.
AF30 January 1992 SflCover feature: Past, Present and Future - Amiga Format does its now-regular look back at 1991 and picks some of its favourites for 1992, as do a number of game developers.
M On the disks: Two disks with complete packages as a Chrissie pressie for readers, Sequencer One and Graphics Workshop, but you would have thought that AF would have shouted more about the fact that they had an exclusive add-on for Lemmings in the shape of the Xmas Lemmings demo.
We look at what was going on in the Amiga market 100 I issues of | Afago... S ¦.foul""*'1* News: AF teams up with Commodore to offer in-the-box magazines for new A500+ owners, still worrying concerns about games lacking compatibility with WB2+, a small piece about the World of Commodore show, DCTV for CDTV, HAM E and the GVP 40MHz A500HD8+ were announced.
SB Prices: A brand new A50O+ Cartoon Classics pack with Lemmings, The Simpsons, Captain Planet and Dpaint lit would set you back £369.99 from Special Reserve.
M Games reviewed included: It was a top issue for games reviews, with such classics as Populous 2 (Electronic Arts) 95%, Birds of Prey (Electronic Arts) 88%, Microprose Golf (Microprose) 90%, Microprose Formula One Grand Prix (Microprose) 92% Serious products reviewed: Spectracoior for HAM-E (Oxxi) 90%, ProWrite 3.2 (New Horizons) 84%, Directory Opus (iNOVAtronics) 89% fl Notes: A huge issue and a Christmas crossword puzzle!
O Vital Herman Product News...Product News...Product News...Product Spitfire v0.23 - a complete desktop for the Palm Pilot and derivatives has been released. It works with the Palm IIIx, and with most other Pilot versions, and allows you to synchronise between your pilot and your Amiga.
During the pre- Gateway limbo years there was no shortage of people willing to suggest that we, the Amiga community, should get together and make a bid to buy the platform and orchestrate its regeneration. I used to dismiss such ideas as well intentioned but hopelessly naive dreams.
Virtual Grand Prix , from Epic - although the first version pressed was the wrong one, Epic are busy re-pressing as I write this and we’ll have a review next issue.
0S3.S still held back for final testing of all components, but should he available by the time you read this if not by the end of October 1999.
Photogenics 4.2 released - the new version incorporates tool tips, new paint-on modes, faster processing and tweaks to the interface. Look out for the updated review in next issue.
¦ ¦••••••••••••••••••••••a .... ... ..... Andreas Kleinert has released new versions of his JPEG, PNG and TIFF datatypes that support PowerPC.
WarpSNES hits version 4.1 and is now based on the source from SNES9x 1.25. It includes PowerPC support and AHI-hased audio.
A JHV3. CO2npll0F called Jikes has been uploaded to Aminet just recently. We haven’t had time to check it yet, but you can find it in dev lang.
Product News...Product News...Product News...Product Who were we to perform such a task? We’re just a bunch of enthusiasts, small business people, software and hardware developers, journalists, artists, IT professionals, distributors, retailers and a few former PR-cum-marketing types. Hmm... Now, in the wake of countless farcical changes of direction and personnel at the Gateway-owned Amiga, it doesn’t seem such a bad idea after all. With that breadth of knowledge and experience, great things might just have been possible.
All this Digital Convergence stuff is fine, but while that’s been at the heart of Amiga’s strategy, I think it’s also been at the heart of its problems. We know a computer is a computer, and we know what people want to do with a computer.
More importantly, we know what people could do if they were given a decent system to work with.
Amiga, it seems, can’t make up their mind whether a computer should be a computer, or whether it should be a TV, Internet terminal, washing machine, video recorder, hi-fi, burglar alarm, steam iron or a combination sandwich toaster and indoor barbecue. Or all of the above. Or just the bit that controls them all from little box in the cupboard under the stairs. So is it any wonder we seem to be going nowhere fast?
As the media and IT industries become evermore closely linked, they seem to be working themselves up into a frenzy of buzzwords, desperate not to miss any of the gravy trains that are now boarding on platforms one through to 255. Let’s just hope Amiga don’t end up missing them all. If they do we can always pass round a hat and when we’ve got a few billion quid, we can buy the company and do it properly Doing a story on WCS provides a suitable excuse for very nice pictures on the news pages.
Ourselves. Tony Morgan Continued overleaf 4 Freenet with Wirenet Wirenet Amiga Internet is going to be offering free weekend access to the Internet from November. All subscribers will be able to log onto the Internet using a FreeCall 0800 number from midnight Friday until midnight Sunday, at no extra charge.
For money are far more important that simply offering the cheapest deal by cutting corners. The new 0800 service means that your subscription money will go further.
U-NET have invested heavily in a quality network, including a 155MB link to the USA, with two backup links, and multiple links to Europe. There is now plenty of spare capacity in the network, more than enough to cope with the increased usage that 0800 access will bring.
For more information, contact Wirenet on 01925 791716 or visit their web page at http: www.wire.net.uk Removing the restriction of the “ticking clock” while online can completely change the way you use the Internet. You can check your email every half hour, or pop online to look at a single web page, without caring about adding another minimum call charge.
Or you can spend half the day on IRC, chatting to your friends, without it costing a single penny.
The 0800 access will be available to both modem and ISDN users, starting in November. Existing subscribers will have the opportunity to use the service from October. For anyone using the Internet for more than a few emails, this can present a tremendous saving. Most Internet users spend far more on phone calls than the cost of an ISP subscription. Now everyone will have the chance of flat-rate access, rather than paying for every minute spent online.
Wirenet was set up in 1996 to provide quality Internet access for Amiga users.
They have teamed up with U-NET to provide the best possible quality of service and support. Wirenet’s customer approach is that quality of service, reliability and value Wirenet fight back against the "free" ISPs by offering free dial-up at the weekends.
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Newsflash:Web space increased to 25MB With immediate effect all new and existing Wirenet accounts have had their web space allowance increased to 26M8.
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FAQ Answers to the most frequently asked questions, plus the chance to add your own question to the list.
Support Useful information for subscribers such as details of software upgrades, services available and how to use them. _ A patent newly issued to the Transmeta Corporation seems to support the rumours that the cloak-and-dagger Silicon Valley startup are indeed working on some kind of meta-CPU. Transmeta’s code-morphing technology is a software translation layer which sits over the hardware morph host and permits the execution of programs consisting of any CPU’s instruction set. The obvious target for such a technology is to build processors that are smaller, cheaper and faster than the
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Apple say they are unable to export their new G4 Macs because of restrictive US export laws. People who live in 50 countries such as Russia, China, India, Israel and Pakistan are currently unable to buy one of Apple’s desktop “supercomputers” because, according to Apple, the US Government classes these new machines as supercomputers and restricts their export for reasons of national security. In actual fact, these laws have recently relaxed. A more likely reason for the restriction is that until Motorola can ramp up protection of the G4 processor Apple cannot build enough machines to satisfy
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50 THINGS 3 The A4000, and AGA, were originally intended as upgrades for the A3000.
You were going to be able to buy a replacement motherboard with AGA, Ethernet and a DSP, but still with SCSI and a hardware flicker fixer. Commodore got stuck in and made the A4000 the way it is today... GSYOU 4The original name for a system software failure on the Amiga was a Guru Meditation. The name comes from the early pre-Commodore days of Amiga development. As a smoke-screen for their real activities, the Amiga HiTorro team pretended to be making joysticks and other game controllers. One of their designs was for a joyboard - a surfboard which could be used as a input device. When a
software failure befell one of the gurus creating the OS, he had to sit on the joyboard and meditate.
OW ABOUT Ben Vost Richard Drummond One advantage of having such a historically significant machine as your main computer is the fact that there are absolutely loads of snippets of info that may have slipped your personal knowledge net. We’re here to put that right, by giving you 50 things that you really should know about your beloved machine.
They aren’t organised in any particular fashion, being more picked out of the late summer air and noted down as time went by, but we hope that there’ll be enough that you didn’t already know to surprise, entertain and inform you.
The selection we’ve included is admittedly quite arbitrary, but only includes solid factual information that will be useful to you every single day of your Amiga use.
Ithe A1 OOO’s case has the signatures of all the Amiga’s designers in it - including Mitchy the dog!
2 The A4000’s chip memory jumper that allows you to switch between 2 and 8MB chip RAM (it doesn’t work before you get your hopes up) was termed the “free beer” jumper by Dave Haynie.
Some of the information should prove pretty useful to you as a permanent reference, and while we don’t want you to mutilate your copies of Amiga Format, we’re more than happy to point you towards our back issues department who will be able to send you another copy of the magazine, if you can’t find one in the shops, for a very reasonable price. Simply turn to page 12 to find out the details.
Wouldn't it be great if you could play with this jumper and get free beer and 8MB of chip RAM?
Well, you can't.
SamigaOS will be largely unaffected by the Millennium Bug that is causing panic in the majority of the computing world. The AmigaOS timer.device measures system time as the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1,1978 - which it stores as a 32- bit number. This will overflow some time in
2114. Problems occur with some other AmigaOS components, however,
since they treat this 32-bit number as signed. From January
19th, 2046, 03:14:07 the number of seconds elapsed will be
negative and so the date will be invalid.
7Amiga-spotting is a popular past-time for the die-hard Amiga enthusiast. It involves noting down every television and film appearance made by an Amiga computer. Amigas have popped up in Red Dwarf, Inspector Morse, The Krypton Factor, The Net, Rolf’s Cartoon Club, Sledgehammer and The Bill.
8 Although by default Arexx is assigned to S: on a standard startup-sequence, one of the first changes you should make is to assign it to its own directory, saving your S: directory from getting clogged up.
6 Sam Jordan, the creator of the WarpUp PowerPC kernel for the Amiga, is a bit of a Trekkie. One of WarpUp’s housekeeping tasks is called Enterprise and another Voyager.
Jens Schonfeld joins Sam on the final frontier. To discuss Dilithium probably.
Continued overleaf 50 THINGS The more partitions you have on a Jli«yl hard disk, the more memory you lose when you boot your machine. A good compromise is to have three or four drives, one for Workbench, one for programs (and if you have another partition you can divide that into two - for instance work and games) and one for data, where you can keep all your pictures, sounds, and other files. This should also make it easier to back up your drive since you probably won’t need to back up the work or games partitions too often - just concentrate on the ever-changing Workbench and Data
9 If you use Directory Opus as a Workbench replacement you can find a couple of hidden features there too. One is to open the About requester, hold down Shift then click on the animated logo repeatedly. The other is to make use of the Eliza program in the Opus shell by typing “Help me eliza!” c:f Work on the Amiga I © started back in 1982, and the original investors that came up with the cash to build the machine were three dentists.
Jay Miner - A T e *irst reP'acement case f°r I W Amiga - the A1500 from Checkmate Digital - was tested for strength in Amiga Format by standing on it.
17 the “father of mm fgjpjjjjj $ % A Keyboard shortcuts make life a lot the Amiga” Heasier- Most programs these days also designed * y make use of RA-q to quit, but they are also the Atari 8-bit likely to use the following: Lynx for Atari. 1 xffiSjSMLfr3 (mainly text, but can be pictures or sound) Jay Miner - famous for his Hawaiian shirts RA-C ...Copy and chip designs. RA-V ...Paste .....RA-p ...Print RA-s ..Save csg ® People inside the
Disney RA-o.....Open (load a file) 1 lU§ Corporation, Lucasfilm, Virgin, RA-i......info (for icons) Stena Sealink, the Barbican theatre, and RA-Shift- About even Microsoft are probably using their (brings up a program’s “about” requester) Amigas while you are reading this feature! .. m The ConClip function called in the Jii9startup-sequence allows you to copy text from the shell. You can also use MCX or MCP’s EditHook function to allow you to copy text from textfields, or requesters. A lot of MUI textfields also have
this ability meaning that you have to do far less retyping of important text.
The word Amiga I I is not Spanish for girlfriend, that would be “novia”. It just means “female friend”. There, you see, you’re not that sad, your girlfriend isn’t made of silicon, plastic and metal... fan.
.....„..... jatiiis.Vi .
Amsgdajitis nf tonsillitis AMIGA, a fa mivo, a] a _ nmif friend; wnaniei lover; ser ~ de algo to be fond of sth; ser may ~s to be close friends amilanar [amila'narj vt to scare: ~se vr to get scared amsnorar jamioo’rarj vt to dimuush; sreducir) to reduce: ~ la marcha to The names for the custom chipset I Jb originated out of a need for secrecy, much as the original name for the Amiga - Lorraine - did. It made it easy to talk about the work in a bar without giving the game away (although the conversations must have sounded pretty strange to outsiders).
* 4 A Once upon a time, what are now I J the two Amiga keys on
your keyboard used to have a Commodore logo and the familiar
Amiga “A” on them.
H Don’t format high density disks as Jm w double density (880KB) disks.
They become far less reliable when you do that. If you don’t have a high density drive, don’t use high density disks!
* 31 Although the official Commodore 1 Installer is the default
used by programs for their installation, it has never been
installed itself with a Workbench installation.
Dt If you open up your Amiga, you A© must give a sacrifice to the Blood God! Without doing so you’ll almost certainly find that your machine doesn’t work properly when you put it back together again. The sacrifice usually takes the form of an irritating scrape of the knuckles across the cheese- grater-like surface of the back of a Zorro daughterboard, or the slicing open of the fingers on an unfinished piece of your Amiga’s casing.
It’s not a good idea to run Ma 1 Workbench 3.1 on Kickstart 3.0 ROM chips. Although you might not get into trouble, this combination can cause problems with datatypes, graphics cards and ATAPI devices. You’ll need Kickstart 3.1 for when you upgrade to Workbench 3.5 anyway.
With the AFCD installer you can have as little or as much control as you want.
Mour Cds are snapshot using fonts that can be found on the CD every issue. We use FuturaB 12 for the screen font, and Xhelvetica 11 for the icons.
If you use these fonts you’ll find nat the snapshotting will be perfect.
Jk Arexx, the Amiga implementation I nt of Rexx was written way back in 1987 by William S. Hawes. However, it didn’t start to gain in popularity until it was bundled in free with Workbench 2.
Nowadays, it’s very rare to find a program that doesn’t have some kind of Arexx port, making the Amiga the most interconnected machine out there.
Possibly the least used command in JL § AmigaDOS is MagTape. Its purpose is to control a tape drive for backups. The second least used command is probably DiskChange. Its intended use is to notify AmigaOS of when a new floppy is inserted into a 5.25” drive. Unlike conventional Amiga floppy drives these didn’t support a hardware disk change line.
C Although it seems strange for I 3 Amiga to be including third-party software in OS3.5, most of the decent software included with Workbench versions If you want the Cds to look like this then make sure you use the same fonts.
A A The name Zorro - A O which applies to the
- miga’s proprietary expansion bus - s derived from the codename
of the Trst A1000 prototype board to ¦eature an implementation
of this bus.
REASON COLOUR An error was found in the ROM.
AAA tool called Disk Doctor was shipped with Workbench up to .ersion 1.3 for repairing damaged disks. It relabelled disks that it resurrected as Lazarus. Disk Doctor wasn’t any good at its ob and was dropped with the advent of WB2.0. Green An error was found in the Chip RAM. * The keyboard processor also Blue An error was found in the custom chips. Performs a se,f ,*“*•'lf the Caps Lock light will flash.
Yellow The CPU found an error before the error trapping software could be activated.
AffiyThe Amiga was intended to have a m better DOS than it did. Due to financial problems the original project was dropped and the emergency backup plan used instead. AmigaDOS as we know it was created by the British company MetaComCo, writtten in BCPL (a forerunner of C) and based on their experimental TripOS. The inconsistencies between the BCPL interface of dos.library and the C interface of the rest of the OS has been in a thorn in the side of Amiga developers ever since.
* 8 B ou don’t actually need a mouse to 219control Workbench:
the mouse controls can be simulated from the keyboard. Press
and hold down the left Amiga key. Then pressing the cursors
will move the pointer, left Alt will operate as the left mouse
button, right Alt will operate as the right mouse button.
It might have cost a lot of money, ¦;j but it was black |j and stylish and all your friends thought it was really cool.
A A CDTV, the first dU Amiga-based
• enture into the digital convergence market, doesn’t stand for
what you might think. It actually means Commodore Dynamic Total
Ooo®ooooocoooeoooocflooooooo®o«®o®eoooooeo©®o«»oooooo D° y°u ever §et annoyed at being interrupted by a system requester while typing? You don’t have to reach for the mouse: requesters can be replied to with keyboard shortcuts. Lamiga+V operates the leftmost button, Lamiga+B the rightmost.
OOOtJ Bttooc A «*§ One of the first 9 i designs for a next generation Amiga was Commodore’s Hombre system based around a Hewlett- Packard HP-PA RISC processor.
Mthe Amiga’s famous HAM screenmode was an experiment by Jay Miner after a seeing a flight simulator in action. The original specification for the Amiga chipset was for composite video output only. When Commodore agreed to have RGB output as well, Jay said there was no need for the HAM mode and wanted it removed from the final silicon. However, since removing it would have left a gaping hole in the chip or required a costly redesign, it stayed. The rest is history.
Please insert volume disk?
In any drive Cancel ocoo«ooooocoooo«o»o&oeooeoooo»oo6 A *!g If you forget the syntax of a shell 9 command, you can get a reminder by entering the command name followed by a question mark. For example, typing Copy ?
Will display FROM M, TO A, ALL S, QUIET. S , BUF=BUFFER K N CLONE S , DATES S , NO PRO S,CCM F FIFi: F This is the argument template for the copy command, a comma-separated list of all its parameters. Each may also have a modifier or modifiers specified to define its type.
This parameter is a boolean variable. If the option name is supplied, its value will be set, otherwise unset.
K Keyword.
This option will not be used unless the keyword is supplied. For example, in the COPY command above the BUF option will only be filled if you type something like ‘BUF=20’.
N Number.
This parameter is a decimal number.
17 Toggle.
A boolean variable similar to a switch but, supplying this option causes its value to toggle.
A Required.
This parameter must be supplied.
F Rest of line.
The entire rest of the line will be taken for this parameter even if other keywords appear.
M Multiple strings.
This argument will take any number of strings.
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JAY MINER deceased CARL SASSCNRAJH Preskkfrt. Rebel RJ MtCAL Former VP, 3D0 DALE LUCK Master Software Architect, 3D0 ANDY F1NKEI Met@box Infonet DAVE1MW1E-
V. P. Technology, Met@box Infonet MICHAEL S1NZ NextBus (produces
information systems for public transport) 39 50 THINGS a
23pin-15pin converter so that you can connect the VGA lead to
your Amiga’s RGB port. If the VGAOnly monitor driver is
present in your DEVS:Monitors drawer then the Multiscan,
DblPAL and DblNTSC modes get tweaked to VGA frequencies. Also,
if you specify the Mode Promotion option in Workbench’s
Icontrol prefs, then AmigaOS will open DblPAL and DblNTSC
modes when PAL and NTSC are requested, respectively. You will
still have problems with OS-unfriendly software, particularly
M Arexx is one of the Amiga’s most Tr I powerful features. It is a scripting language which can be used to communicate with application software, and even to transfer data between packages which otherwise would not be capable of co-operation. The RexxMast program, your Workbench’s System drawer, must be run before any Arexx scripts can be executed.
This is not performed by a default Workbench setup. To correct this, you can either drag RexxMast to your WBStartup drawer or add the following line to your user-startup file (located in the s directory of your boot disk) with a text editor.
Run NIL: -SYS:System RexxMast A AmigaBASIC, the version of Microsoft BASIC that was shipped with AmigaOS up to release 1.3, is not very Amiga-friendly. It multitasks poorly, uses some 68000 instructions which are privileged on higher processors and will not work on machines with 32-bit memory such as A1200s with an accelerator card.
BasicBeHos fools It's very basic - hence the name and should be avoided at all times.
And you manage to hit the right keys, them are many secret messages to be found within Workbench A A * ie AmigaShell can be frustrating for those brought up on UNIX because at first sight it seems to lack some important features. This is not actually true, it’s just that some features are well hidden.
For example, the Amiga equivalent of the UNIX V to represent the current directory is simply the empty string, To copy the file RAMToobar to the current directory, type: Copy RAM:foobar By default, the AmigaShell does not handle pipes very well. This can be improved with the Pipe command. However, it is not shipped with AmigaOS by default, but is available from the Aminet at util cli finkelshelltools.lha. You can then do things like Pipe List | More to display the contents of the current directory with More. This can be made even more UNIX-like with an undocumented feature of the AmigaShell.
If you set tne local variable _pchar, you can use pipes without explicitly calling the Pipe command: the shell expands things for you automatically. For example, if you set _pchar with Set _pchar "|" You can perform the above example more Accented characters and how to get them (on a GB keymap and not alt fonts have all these characters (and tl|ere are more) - your mileage may vary): quarter fraction----------- alt+5 V4 half fraction ...... alt+6 V2 three-quarters fraction.----alt+7 . V4 Degree Alt+w ° Double angle bracket left .. alt+9 ..... (French: guillemet open)
Acute (aigu) ..Alt+f then letter e Grave Alt+g then letter e Circonflex .., Alt+h then letter...----e Tilde Alt+j then letter n Diaresis (umlaut) Alt+k then letter d German hard s (esset).....Alt+s . a with ring T alt+q _____ a
o with slash alt+o ....o Cap. O with slash
alt+shift+o ...0 eth ...alt+d
? ...0 Cap. Eth ... alt+shift+d.....f)
thorn .------------ alt+t......______. J Cap.
Thorn alt+shift+t ....,..., I* Cedilla
c ..alt+c .....q Cap. Cedilla
c ...alt+shift+c £ Spanish query mark ....
alt+shift+m.....____i Spanish exclamation mark.. alt+i.....____
i Diphthong ..alt+a .... as Cap. Diphthong
. alt+shift+a .. A. Double angle bracket right .
Alt+9. -----...» (French: guillemet close) micro (Greek: mu)
. alt+u .... p
Plus Minus alt+z .....± Divide ..
alt+shift+x . + “Proper” multiplication sign, alt+x x
logical not sign .. alt+shift+z .. -i €yiT ncy
Pound sterling sign . Alt+I ....£ US dollar sign
.... shift+4......____ $ US cent ... aIt+4
.....----- t Japanese Yen sign alt+shift+y ......¥ Euro
sign.....____________alt+y ....C Copyright .....
alt+e .... ca - Registered trademark......alt+r ..... ™
Bullet ..... alt+8 ..... *
Paragraph . alt+p ..... f| em dash .....
alt+n . section sign alt+shift+s ..§ Superscript
1 ....;...,... alt+1 .1 Superscript 2 .....
alt+2 .....2 Superscript 3 .., .. alt+3
.....3 d iSSl ;.fX: 1' A g It is possible to use hard
disks 3 greater than 4GB in size with the current AmigaOS, but
care should be taken. This is because the majority of software,
including the Fast File System itself, accesses disks via
32-bit arithmetic: me largest number than can be stored as a
32-bit number is equivalent to 4GB. Some programs even use
signed arithmetic, meaning+ - 2GB are the limits. There are
.arious possible solutions. Use a patched version of FFS or a
placement filesystem, such as PFS2. It is still a good idea to
keep partition sizes smaller than 2GB and remember when
formatting partitions that are located after the 4GB limit on
the disk to perform a quick format only. All of these problems
are fixed in the forthcoming update to AmigaOS, OS3.5. It will
ship with new versions of FFS, Format and FIDToolBox all
capable of handling large capacity disks.
A £L EarlV Startup Screen was an TrO invaluable addition to AmigaOS 3.0. This screen is accessed by holding down both mouse buttons while powering-up or resetting your machine. It provides controls to select the device you wish to boot from, disable any partitions or devices, turn off CPU caches and force the AGA chipset to emulate the earlier ECS or OCS versions.
These last two are particularly useful when trying to get old software (particularly games) to work on expanded machines.
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Snip!} as: Li = i More ~~e variable _mchar can also be set to specify a command separator for the shell.
S will allow you to enter more than one command per line. For example, setting _-zhar to will allow the following: Join filel file2 to file; Execute file (Mt frtiass... Cispiay Britans.., | Expaasl® totrd SussmKc.
F1: System Software: Carl, Neil & Kodiak F2: Graphics Software: Dale, Bart, Jim & =RJ= F3: QA: Jon, Bruce, Stan, Kim & Jerry F4: LG Support: Caryn, Dave, Victor, Terry, Cheryl & Nancy F5: CBM software: Andy, Barry, Dave & Eric F6: Pics: Sheryl & Jack F7: Docs: Rick, Mitch, Peggy & Rob F8: Chips: Jay, Akio, Glenn, Edwin, Mark & Dave F9: HW: Dave, Bill, ChrisR&Josh F10: Moral Support: Joe Pillow & The Dancing Fools dislocating your fingers), then select “Last error” from the Workbench menu.
Now press both Alts, both Shifts, press any of the function keys and eject DFO: all at once and you’ll see: J§k The “return” message was changed pp|k in Workbench 1.3 to the r™ ‘ following message: Still a Champion ’Jr If you have Kickstart 1.2 (v33.180) you can find the following messages at the list locations, although there’s no information on how to get to it: FC6FF8 The Amiga Wizards bring this power to you.
FE0DC6 Brought to you by not a mere Wizard, but the Wizard Extraordinaire: Dale Luck Jk ® Workbench 2.04 Messages © Launch a program from Workbench (anything will do, I used Calculator), click back on Workbench, then select the following menu items while you hold down the Control, both Alts and both Shift keys.
Let go of the right mouse button first, then the keys and the appropriate messages will appear in the menu bar. Again, you can use last message to see them again if they disappear too fast.
Clue: Control the alternate menus to shift into an enlightened state The Amiga, Born a Champion Whilst still holding the keys, insert a disk and you’ll get the following.
If you have WB 1.2 you’ll see: : ' I:''*?}, We made Amiga, They f* eked it up (actually £' oesn t Qu'te say dt, but close) ji 3 Workbench 3.0 Messages tI There are two ways of going about this. The first is to first make sure that you don’t have more than 15 tasks running on Workbench (the easiest way is to boot without startup-sequence, load setpatch, assign env: to envarc: and type loadwb - as long as you don’t have anything in WBStartup. If you do rename the drawer before you start). Then hold down both Alts, both Shifts and the Control key and start opening About requesters. Don’t
close them, but keep opening new ones and the fifteenth one you open should have the secret message.
Now, you can find the hidden messages by taking the harder route, but it’s much easier to simply install MultiCX (or MCP, but MCX is easier to install just for this. It can be found on all our Cds in the +System+ Tools WB drawer) so that it replaces the default About requester with its own. Clicking on the more button will show you the secret requester.
Clue 1: Control is given to those who are shifted four from the start and do not give up on the alternate course.
Clue 2: When it is about time to learn the secrets of the master, one must also qualify for the enlightenment.
We made it... OS Group: M.Sinz, P.Cherna,
D. Greenwald, R.Jesup GFX: S.Shanson,
C. Green, B.Whitebook, A.Havemose SP:
E. Cotton, M.Taillefer, D.Junod, P.Pawlik,
K. Kuwata Net: B.Jackson, G.Miller, K.Dyke Others: Bryce, Jimm,
Duck, Kodiak, Porter, Lauren Others: Andy, Carolyn, Steve,
Ned, CATS, SA C A Workbench 3.1 Messages 911 The same applies.
Use MCX or MCP to get to the message.
Although the method was the same for OS3.1, the message was slightly changed to reflect the different people who had a hand in 3.1 development.
We made it... OS Group: M.Sinz,
D. Greenwald, R.Jesup, J. Horanoff GFX;
S. Shanson, C.Green, J. Barkley GUI: P. Cherna, M. Taillefer,
D.Junod, K. Kuwata NET: B.Jackson, G.Miller, K.Dyke SP:
E. Cotton, P.Pawlik Others: Porter, Bryce, Lauren Others: A
Havemose, Ned, Carolyn, CATS ® Iflsl Hith (to Startnp-Sweat*
Quit Backdrop Execute Update Redraw Last message About Where
shall I boot from? Should I turn anything off? Decisions,
Jt Workbench 1.2 1.3 Messages a These messages were included with Workbench Kickstart 1.2. To see them, hold down both Alt and both Shift keys and press the following function keys. If you don’t have enough time to see them (because you are recovering from We made it... Better than ever!
OS Group: Bryce, Michael, Peter, Darren, Randell GFX: Allan, Bart, Spence, Steve, Chris, Ray SP: Eric, Martin H., Bill, Martin T., Brian, Kevin Other: Andy, Dale,Jimm, Kodiak, Ned, Porter, Carolyn, David, CATS, QA Thanks to: Bill Hawes, Software Distillery UM'kfeescit Sc Men H:5Sg Ke nafe it... fiS few: It.tiK, 8.6re«wil !, R.Jesup, i.ferwtff SfX: S.SbacsM, L&rtt*, J.Sirkley HI; P.ttww, H.Tailtefer, K.Kuwts Kt: S.JacksM, S.IUUee, K.fifce
E. Cattee, F.fanUk fibers: ferter, Sryct, l«r» fibers: S.iwensse,
Red, (UTS Stuff The Workbench 3+ messages are easier to find
if you use MCX or MCP.
Mil RHEftn in the road Comin WOVE MORE - mST m | As the compiler of the AFCD, I am forced to spend a great deal of time online. Despite trying to be as sensible as possible and restricting big downloads to evenings and weekends still found that I was paying an average of £210 a quarter on phone calls and line rentals.
There are several ways to reduce these costs and after a great deal of research I found that installing ISDN was the way to go for me.
The modem was a breakthrough in computer communications, allowing computers to converse with each other by converting their digital information into analog signals that can travel through public phone networks. Most people are unaware that there’s an upper limit to the amount of information that an analog telephone line can hold and currently this limit is 5,600 cps, which is why commonly available modems are restricted to this speed. To further hinder the modem’s efficiency, its speed is also governed by, and limited by, the actual quality of the analog phone line connections between it and
the modem it’s connecting to, so real-world transfer speeds average only 4,500 cps.
Time than it woi usually take just fo log on Integrated Services Digital Network, or ISDN for short, is a system of digital phone connections that allows multiple digital channels to be operated simultaneously through the same regular phone wiring used for analog lines. Therefore, the same physical wiring can be used, but a digital signal, instead of an analog signal, is transmitted along the line. In addition, the latency, or the amount of time it takes for a communication to begin on an ISDN line is typically less than half that of an analog line.
This basically means that you can connect to your ISP, pull your emails, download a 150K file and log off again in less time than it would take you just to log on with a standard 56K modem.
1. Home Highway is charged on a monthly basis but for simplicity
I have quoted its prices on a quarterly basis.
2. The built-in call allowance for both Highways, excludes
various type of calls including: calls to the BT operator,
fixed-to-mobile calls, Select Services, Information Services,
Directory Enquiry calls, calls to non-geographic national
numbers (eg 0990) and calls to BT Click+ (not BT Click Free).
3. The unused call allowance cannot be carried over to the next
billing period.
At the time of writing, these prices were only valid until 31st October 1999 but will probably be continued for a longer period.
Please confirm pricing with BT beforehand, if you decide to get Highway installed. One additional point to mention is that BT Business (Business Highway) customers should get priority service when things go wrong.
In principle both the Home Highway and Business Highway are the same thing with the only apparent difference being the ongoing monthly quarterly costs.
COSTS Home Business Until recently the cost of having ISDN installed and the subsequent running costs was prohibitive to all but high-powered business users. British Telecom, possibly influenced by the impending launch of both cable and ADSL high speed services, introduced their Home and Business Highway ISDN services late last year. For the first time, ISDN was brought into the reach of us common folks. Initially, neither of the Highway services proved to be very popular and as a result heavy discounts were introduced earlier this year. Now, if you spend around £15 a month on phone calls,
with the discount Highway schemes in force, there’s very little difference between the price of a normal phone line and ISDN Highway’s line rental.
Once you have decided which Highway service you want all you need to do is give BT a call to place your order. They’ll do a quick check while you are on the phone to see if your current line is compatible and if that passes you’ll receive an order number.
You’ll then need to wait three to four days while BT do a complete system and exchange test survey and if this goes well they’ll call you back to arrange an installation date.
Instead of tapping your fingers, this waiting period is an ideal time to arrange the purchase of your ISDN terminal adaptor, or TA for short, which is the modem-like device that connects between your Amiga and the digital socket of the Highway linebox. You should also check that your Amiga’s serial port is up to the job and capable of at least 115,200 baud.
The engineer should arrive at the appointed time with your new Highway linebox underarm. An average installation should take only 20 minutes plus a further 20 minutes to set everything in motion in your local exchange. Your new Highway linebox has not one, but four sockets and these break down as two analogue phone lines (each with their own numbers) and two digital data lines (with a combined number for both). Rather than explaining all Continued overleaf 4 SOCKET TO ME Once you have the Highway linebox fitted, it’s time to get to work setting things up.
Firstly, plug your phone into one of the white sockets (labelled 1 and 2). Socket one is normally your primary number and the second socket is your secondary (new) number and you can plug either a phone, fax or even a modem into it. Next comes PROBLEMS, PITFALLS AND MORE SPEED Here’s a quick guide that should help you avoid all the problems and pitfalls that I encountered.
Make sure that you purchase an ISDN TA that is known to work correctly with the Amiga. Looks and price aren’t everything and perhaps it’s worth spending a little extra money if it will save you a lot of grief.
Is your serial port up to the job? The standard Amiga serial port or the Multiface 2 card’s serial ports aren’t fast enough for ISDN transfers. If you have a third party serial board or card installed in your Amiga you must make sure that it is capable of, at the very least, 115,200 baud. If it isn’t, it’s time to buy more serial power. There are several available and Active Technologies, Eyetech or Power Computing should be able to assist you.
I’d advise you not to be tempted, as I was, to buy the cool- looking BT Speedway TA because it uses CAPI2 application-to- hardware protocols and there is no support, or need, for these protocols on the Amiga since most of what CAPI does is already built into the Amiga ROM. Simply put, your Amiga will not talk to the Speedway TA and had I known this in advance I could have saved myself an awful lot of frustration and hair pulling.
OPTION 1 OPTION 2 Allows you to use a digital 64kbps ISDN line while still being able to use either a phone or fax machine at the same time.
Allows you to use two separate computers, each with its own 64kbps ISDN connection to access the Internet.
OPTION 3 OPTION 4 m By combining both digital channels you can access the Internet or send data at a speed of 128kbps.
OR c You can either use two analogue lines for two phones or a phone and a fax machine together.
Depending on the TA you buy and the sockets on your serial card, you may need either an adaptor or conversion cable in order to connect the TA to your serial port. Serial ports can have either 9-pin or 25-pin connections and these could be either male or female. Check before you buy to avoid any last minute problems.
Both the BT Highway and most Tas also support what is called Dual Bonding which, in its simplest terms, is a method of combining both of Highway’s 64K lines into one 128K line.
Currently neither Miami or Genesis support Dual Bonding but it can be achieved by setting registers in your TA and forcing it to connect at 128K. If you have the MagicXpress you can try the “AT&FB42S53=1 r” Init string if you want to give it a try. Be warned though, dual bonded connections have to be supported by your ISP and they are charged at double the normal phone rate, which negates their appeal as far as I’m concerned. Sure they transfer at twice the speed but they will cost you twice as much, so unless you are in a blinding hurry, stick with 64K.
The TA hookup and in terms of connections it is the same as a modem so connecting shouldn’t pose much of a problem. The RJ45 cable, which looks similar to a modem cable but has the clip on the bottom instead of the side, needs to be run from the TA to one of the blue sockets on your Highway linebox. Next comes the serial hookup (you did switch your Amiga off didn’t you?) Plug one end of the cable into the TA and the other end into your Amiga’s serial port.
Lastly, you’ll need to connect the TA to its power supply. Double check your connections, just to make sure and power up your Amiga.
Much of the TCP IP stack software (the software you use to connect to the Internet) on the Amiga should be similar in its operation and settings so explaining the settings for each individual stack is pointless. Since most of you will probably already have your Amigas set up to use a modem, setting up the ISDN TA to work with your Amiga shouldn’t really involve anything other than changing a few items in your TCP IP stack software. Probably the most important setting that needs attention is the “Init String” setting which is found in the modem settings window. Although simpler init strings
could be used, I found that the “AT&F&K3&C1 &D0 r” string worked best for me with the MagicXpress.
Other settings that may warrant some attention are the serial speed settings, which should be set to 230,400 baud (if supported by your serial port) and the number you dial to connect to your ISP.
Your ISP will probably have a different number for ISDN connections.
Once everything As you can see, BT Highway is very flexible is set up correctly, it’s time to try connecting to your ISP. If all goes to plan, you’ll notice big changes straight away.
Firstly, the TA connects to your ISP silently, which took me a little off-balance as I was used to hearing dial tones and a series of squeaks and squawks. The next change you’ll notice is that it takes less than 10 seconds to connect and verify your ISP’s DNS servers. After connecting the only real change that you’ll notice is speed, and boy does it fly!
I headed straight for Future’s server and downloaded a 11.5MB file in less than 24 minutes, averaging 6,750 cps and in less than half the time it would have taken with my old 56K modem. I then headed for the web and spent quite a while surfing with my newly acquired speed - webpages seemed to load as if stored on hard disk and the whole experience was very enjoyable. Now, with more than a month of ISDN use I m not saying that 64K ISDN connections are the fastest available but on average I have found ISDN to be quick, reliable and at least twice as fast as the connections I got with my old 56K
CHECK WITH WHOEVER PAYS THE BILL FIRST * Before having Highway installed, I had to make sure that it would be cost effective.
My two existing business phone lines were costing around £40 each per quarter and the combined phone bills averaged £130, bringing their total cost to around £210.
The quarterly charge for Business Highway is £157.16 (including the £67.56 call allowance) so it doesn’t take much to figure out that ISDN isn’t costing me any more.
Home Highway is billed slightly differently, in that it is charged monthly, so for £40 a month you get an additional phone line along with the digital lines and a £15 call allowance which effectively reduces its cost ;o £25 per month. For two phone lines and two digital lines that isn’t bad, is it?
BT can bill you for all three telephone Lnes separately or can arrange to consolidate your bills together. If you would ike to have Highway installed the separate numbers and billing could be used as a great argument with either your parents or other half. Yes folks, it is quite possible for you to have your own phone line and digital data line while not affecting the normal household telephone line at all and when it comes to bill paying time, it would be quite easy to see who had to pay what!
You would of course have to agree on who got the £15 call allowance.
EUPHONY FOR LESS WITH THESE PEOPLE Although this is by no means an exhaustive list of the potential savings available, it should give you a fair idea of the types of savings that are available to you. As already discussed, Highway doesn’t exactly cost the earth and you’ll be pleased to know that there are even more potential savings to be had. Euphony, for example are a telecommunications company that save you money by offering discounts over normal BT rates.
Once registered with Euphony, your billing is passed directly over to them and BT will only charge you the monthly line rental (but you will lose your call allowance) and you’ll start saving money on all your phone calls. The big plus point with Euphony is that all evening and weekend local calls are free but they are limited to 10 minutes a call. After this, calls will continue but will be charged at normal (lower than BT) rates. Although this may not sound very enticing at first, remember that you are using ISDN, which can connect and reconnect almost instantly, so its a relatively simple
job to nr Arexx script while you are online to disconnect arc reconnect the TA after nine minutes and 40 seconds giving you free calls. Neil Bothwick, of Wirenet fame, has already proved that this can be done successfully.
The big snag with Euphony is that they allow you to have free evening and weekend LOCAL calls rather than LO-CALL calls so you will have to make sure that your particular ISP has a POP server local to you before signing up with Euphony.
Serial driver (PPP CSUP iP) Speed 230400 j |S ||;T7 I Ue®0 v protocol [»j Bsym PPP | Flow contra! Q] RTS CTS; | f OF mode J |_onto | Serialsjode pi SNI !
¦ ,pIVpe PI I dynamic j j j jPaddress MiMiliill Multicasts pi disabfed j MTU [5Ba"~"~r i minutes You will need to set the serial driver and unit numbers correctly in Miami's Interface window and don't forget the serial speed.
Jolt string [ AtaF&KagClIPOV fxitstring Dial prefix [ATPP Dial *uf fix [ E ""' Ji Loggmg rs“1 Windows m- «W Socks Miami is now offline.
Getting the init string correct is critical to correct operation. This one works fine for me with the MagicXpress.
Another possible option to save you money on Internet calls is to sign up with an ISP that gives you free calls. BTInternet o~ers _se~s "ee weekend calls via an 0800 nrixr. 5 Aftfi BTInternet will set _.c«j bac« £" "5 5 rortr so_.ol have to make sere ;¦ a: : .**ouc re cos: efecm.e or you. If you iiterari. Spend al *ee»:end every weekend online you «xj : *e save lots of money.
Screaming.net have hit the headlines recently because, not only are they a free ISP, but they also offer customers free unrestricted evening and weekend telephone calls. However, this is subject to you signing up with their sister company LocalTel - a company similar to Euphony that offer call discounts over standard BT rates. Sign up with LocalTel and Screaming.net at the same time and you’ll have the luxury of free evening and weekend access to the Internet, free evening and weekend local phone calls and discounts on your national and international phone calls. So what’s the snag? Well there
isn’t a really big one, only a couple of little ones. Firstly, you will lose your £15 Highway call allowance and secondly, if you have an established Internet account with a thriving website, it’ll be a real pain to let everyone know that your ISP has changed.
LOOKING FURTHER DOWN THE LINE There are two forthcoming technologies that will be of great interest to Internet fans both offering very high transfer speeds.
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and cable modems are both sitting in the sidelines ready to show their faces but initially both of these services will only be available to a select few of us, possibly won’t work with the Amiga and will more than likely involve the installation of separate dedicated phone lines. Although you may feel that it’s worth waiting to see what happens, Highway is available now, offers transfer speeds around twice that of a 56K modem, works with your Amiga and, best of all, it doesn’t cost the earth, CONTACTS AND USEFUL INFORMATION You can find reviews of both
the MagicXpress TA and various serial port upgrades in the following locations: MagicXpress review in AF125 p55 HyperCOM reviews in AF128 p46 lOBlix reviews in AF121 p52 MagicXpress ISDN T A and HyperCOM I O cards Active Technologies Tel: 01325 460116 saies@active-net.co.uk http: www.active-net.co.uk lOBlix serial cards Eyetech Tel: 01642 713185 White Knight Technology Tel: 01920 822321 http: weicome.to whitekniaht BT Home and Business Highway BT Business Connections: (freephone) 0800 526586 http: www.homehiahwav.bt.com index.htm http: www.businesshiqhwav.bt.com index.htm Euphony
http: www.euphonv.co.uk Screaming.net and LocalTel http: www.screaminq.net Wirenet Amiga Internet http: www.wire.net.uk Threw your old copies of AF out did you? Lot that be a lesson to you because we've already reviewed all of this lovely stuff.
Fiii* ®mI8 9 99 MMHBk fllSIS Mt- ¦ mm IFX4 is, and why we are so pleased to have been chosen as its exclusive UK distributor by Nova.
Offer ex uuiui uy BMON SMON CONFIGURATIONS control out control in , A - 23pin F plug
- --- - i j - INPUT Bvision CVision BMON F -10 way IDC F plug
- OPTIONS OPTIONS 15pin HD.M SMON | S -15 pin HD-M plug GFX
AGA Card ADPT-V6A-SM0N F 44.95 ADPT-VGA-SM ON V 49.95
44.95 ADPT-VGA-BM ON A 44.95 OUTPUT 15 pm HD-F socket to
All scandoublers flickerfixers allow the Amigas l5Khz modes to
display on a PC SVGA monitor. Flickerfixers allow !5KHz
interlaced screens to be displayed, rock-steady, at twice the
standard vertical resolution. Other modes are passed through
£69.95 £99.95 £89.95 £48.95 £79.95 £89.95 Compact, external, upgradeable scandoubler (to full FF) Compact, external scandoubler with full FF Economy external scandoubler with full FF Internal AI2OO A40O0 scandoubler (not upgradeable) Internal AI200 A4000 scandoubler with full FF Internal AI200 A4000 s doubler with full FF for BMON EZVGA-Mk2 EZVGA-Plus EZVGA-SEFF EZVGA-iNSD EZVGA-INFF EZVGA-INFF2 4 clock ports Properly terminated Zorro bus Standard AT style power input 5 x Zorro 2 slots, one with video slot (video slot adapter needed) 2x19 MB s Z4 slots for graphics card and or fast EIDE
controller Optional 19 MB s 'Fast Zorro 2' mode And the price - lust ¦ £119.95 until 31st October 99 (£149.95 thereafter) EZBus Z4 & EZTower Z4 - just £199.95 until 31st October 99 Win95K b & adptr - £29.95 A4000 K b & adptr - £39.95 MAIL ORDER Monday-Friday +44 (0) 1642-713-185 EZPC TOWER LINUX OPTION If you do not require the retargetable graphics capability of the Siamese system we will be shipping the EZPC tower systems with the option of Linux installed on the PC side (with drives etc networked to the Amiga as in Siamese-based EZPC systems) from 1 September
1999. As Linux forms the basis of the development system for the
Amiga-NG, and subsequent versions of the Amiga-OE, this
forms the ideal platform for developers and users alike. As
an added bonus you will not need either Windows 9x or
Siamese software licences - so the cost of ownership will
be lower as well. Ring for further details.
MAGIC PACK UPGRADE SPECIALS WITH FREE HARD DRIVE There are still a lot of Amiga users who call us who have only got basic floppy disk A1200s. If that applies to you - or to someone you know - then here is a very special deal. Get the full Amiga Magic Pack software (Wordworth 4SE, Photogenics 1.2SE, Personal Paint 6.4, Organiser, Turbocalc, Datastore 1.1, Pinball mania, Whizz and SCALA MM300) for just £44.95. This software is shipped fully licenced, ready to run on a 170mb 2.5” hard drive (but without backup diskettes or manuals - this is your responsibility). Although you only pay for the
software the hard drive (which is otherwise unused) is yours to keep. Limited stocks are available. Offer expires 30 September 1999. Please specify whether you have 3.0 (V39.x) or 3.1 (v40.x) Kickstart ROMS when ordering.
DIMAGE V CAMERAS BACK IN STOCK When we announced the availability of the Dimage Camera 2 months ago we were inundated with orders and sold out completely within days (some purchasers were so impressed they ordered a second camera immediately after receiving the first!) Well, we have managed to buy the last remaining stock of this superb camera and the bundle price - complete with the acclaimed CamControl software for the Amiga (as well as Minolta’s own Mac & PC software) is still just £259.95. (These cameras sold for over £800 just a few months ago).
Please ring or write for further details.
BACKUP CD BURNING HAS NEVER BEEN CHEAPER We have just purchased a batch of 2x2x6 bare CD ReWriter mechanisms - suitable for towers priced at just £139.95. or £179.95 complete with MakeCD software and one rewritable 650MB disk. Gold (write once) blank Cds are just £10 for 10 when purchased with any CDWriter ReWriter mechanism.
MONITOR SPECIALS FREE COMPAQ MONITOR If you buy an EZVGA-Plus external compact scandoubler flickerflxer and a pair of 240W PMPO amplified speakers (SPK-240W) jjntil stocks are exhausted, we will give you a 14" SVGA Compaq ERC Monitor absolutely free (normal delivery charges apply). These monitors are ex-corporate replacements, fully tested and without screen burns or scratches. Call for further details.
Now is the time to buy a MK4 EZTower Until 30 September we are selling the MK4 Ready-to-Use EZTower for just £99.95 including power supply, LED adapter, floppy drive cable, faceplate and either a PC olA4000 keyboard adapter (PC keyboard £12.95, PC wireless infrared keyboard £39.95, genuine A4000 keyboard £34.95). And why not add a 24 speed CDROM, EZCD-XL buffered interface, cables and CDROM software for just £59.95. MAKE YOUR AMIGA ETHERNET READY (with SANA II drivers) Hydra Z2 Z3 Ethernet Cards now back in stock - just £99.95. A1200 PCMCIA ethernet cards and drivers just £79.95 (all A1200s
need a CC_RESET fix to operate reliably with any PCMCIA ethernet card).
New Scandoubler Flickerfixer-compatible 15” monitors with 3 years on-site warranty from just £119.95, 17” monitors with 3 years OSW - just £189.95 NEW!! ENGRAVED AMIGA TOWER
CLOCK UP 4-way clock port adapters are finally in stock - quote order code: ADPT-CLK-EXP - £19.95. SEND FOR LATEST DETAILS ON THE FULL EZPC TOWER RANGE NET FOR NOWT All modems and internet software now include optional free internet connection with 10 email addresses and 25mb of webspace. Make sure you ask for ’FREE ISP’ when ordering.
OS 3.5 Realistically we expect to be shipping the OS upgrade around mid- October. OS 3.5 requires 3.1 Kickstart ROMS, so if you haven't fitted them already now is an ideal time to upgrade - quote order code: SYS- KS31-ROM-£29.95. phase 5 PPC G4 & Cyhervlsiosi HG cards We will be the first to have these new cards in stock so why not reserve yours now? No funds will be taken until the goods are shipped.
LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF Although the basic Amiga International desktop console Magic Pack still represents excellent value for money (see the box-out below) more and more customers have been asking us for new Amiga 1200s which are already EZTowered up. So here they are, five pre-configured systems to suit different applicants and budgets. All systems come with brand new KS 3,1 WB 3.1 disk and manuals, mouse, 2mb graphics memory and a fantastic productivity software bundle including Wordworth 4SE, Turbocalc 3.5, Datastore 1.1, Photogenics 1.2SE, Personal Paint
6. 4, Organiser 1.1, & Pinball Mania & Whizz games. Hard drive
versions also come with Scala MM300 preinstalled.
A i 20GT-LE (A 1200 T - Light Edition) This is the best choice for existing A1200 users who want to upgrade . R . AI200T - System Components LE PS4 PS4 XL SE SE XL to a new Workbench 3.1 machine and add their existing hard hard Mk4 EZTower Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes drives and other peripherals and accessories themselves.
PC keyboard & keyboard adapter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes A1200T-PS4 (AI200T FvoSystem-4) The A1200 Professional System 4 comes complete and ready-to-run with 3.2GB hardware, 24-speed CDROM, EZCD-XL buffered interface, '030 40 accelerator with MMU, FPU, 8mb and a CDDA Amiga audio mixer output. Other options available - see table on the right.
Upgrade to A4000 k b and k b adapter, AI200 motherboard with K S 3.I WB3.I +£20 Yes +£20 Yes + 120 Yes + 12U Yes +t2U Yes Sony floppy drive & EZDFO interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Magic Pack productivity software + 2 gamesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Upgradeable to full EZPC Tower system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Scala MM300 multimedia software n a Yes Yes Yes Yes A! 200T-PS4 XL (AI200T ProSystem-4 XL) This system is configured as for the A1200T-PS4 but with a faster EZCD-XL 4-device buffered interface n a Yes Yes Yes Yes EZTower CD audio Amiga audio mixer n a Yes Yes Yes Yes CDROM and an 040 28mhz accelerator
with FPU, MMU, 16mb
3. 2GB Tower drive wit WB3.I installed n a Yes Yes Yes n a memory
and a pair of mains-powered 240w PMPO stereo speakers.
4. 2GB Tower drive with WB3.I installed n a +£20 _i_ on +£20
_L. on +£20 Vnc Yes r% ¦ A1200T-SE (A 1200 T - Studio
Edition) This is the system for serious Amiga-based multimedia
work. It is configured as the A1200T PS 4XLS but comes with an
LS120 drive (reads & writes 1.44 PC diskettes & 120MB Amiga PC
cartridges), an EZVGA scandoubler flickerflxer and a 15” SVGA
digital monitor.
LSI20 with I cartridge & EZIDE s w CDRom CDReWriter + 10 gold disks n a n a + LOU 24x
• LUU 32x les 32x n a CDRW+GD 1230 40 MMU FPU accelerator - 8
MIPS n a Yes n a n a n a 1240 28 MMU FPU accelerator - 21 MIPS
n a +£60 Yes Yes n a I240 40SE MMU FPU accelerator - 30 MIPSn a
+£100 +£40 +£40 n a 1260 66 MMU FPU accelerator - 51 MIPS n a
+£250 +£185 +£185 Yes AI200T-SE XL (AI200T - Studio Edition XL)
Memory included (ring for upgrade prices) n a 8MB 16MB 16MB
32MB This is the ultimate A1200 multimedia tower system. It is
s configEZVGA scandoubler with flickerfixer n a +£80 +£80 Yes
Yes ured as the A1200-SE system above and uprated to include a
15” SVGA monitor n a +£110 +£110 Yes n a CDReWriter with MakeCD
software and 10 blank CD-recordabie 17” SVGA monitor n a +£190
+£190 +£75 Yes disks, a 4.3GB hard drive, an 060 66 accelerator
with 32mb memo- Prelude 1200TW hifi full duplex sound card n a
+£140 +£140 +£140 Yes ry, a 17” digital SVGA monitor, a Prelude
1200TW full duplex hi-fi sound card and software and a 600 watt
PMPO amplified sound system with stereo speakers and subwoofer.
Amplifier (PMPO watts), speakers (+ subwoofer] n a n a 240W 240W 600W+SW Cost with options as specified: £299.95 £549.95 £669.95 £999.95 £1799.95 If you don’t have the need or the space for an A1200 Tower System then we can still supply brand new A1200 desktop console Magic Packs - either floppy drive only, or upgraded to a 170mb hard drive, EZCD-XL buffered interface and external CDROM socket with CDROM interface.
A1200 170MB HD desktop console Magic Pack A1200 diskette desktop console Magic Pack - & CD ROM Interface - £248.95 £179.95 GRAPHIC CARD SWITCHING AT A KEYSTROKE!
A brand new A4000 keyboard adapter (to fit the A1200 or A4000) allows you to use a single keystroke to toggle your monitor between the Amiga's AA chipset output (via a scan- doubler fiickerfixer) and your graphics card output (eg Bvision) using a single keystroke.
The adapter works in conjunction with either the MK1 or MK2 BMON SMON range of video switches from Eyetech, replacing the existing manual toggle switch connection.
By default the blank key (which is next to 'return' on international keyboards) is used to toggle the display, but a jumper option allows the F10 key to be used instead. The adapter fully supports all multiple press key strokes and has a microprocessor-controlled reset circuit for proper detection execution of the 'ctrl-Amiga-Amiga' keystroke combination. The EZKey SE A B is priced at just £29.95, or £59.95 complete with A4000 keyboard (international model).
OFFICIAL! Eyetech Is now the exclusive UK distributor of Nova Design products Nova’s product range includes Image FX - probably the best image processing package of all time available for the Amiga - the Aladdin 4D solid modelling and rendering package and Wildfire animation effects and sound integration package, if you have read Kermit Woodall’s series in recent issues of AF then you’ll know how powerful FIVE MEW PRE-CONFIGURED MK4 EZ-TOWER MAGIC PACK SYSTEMS Design. As an introductory offer you can get 15% off the price Nova Design’s products (including add-ons and upgrades - pro September
1999 by sending in the coupon from the editorial sec EZBUS-Z4 ZORRO ADAPTER IS HERE!
Sorry for the delay but you'll find its worth the wait - ¦ a Superlative graphics, animation and effects software for your Amiga from NOVA Design.
IMAGE FX4 - £149.95 IFX20IFX4 u g - £99.95 IFX3c IFX4 u g-£74.95 Powerstation IFX Module - £74.95 ALADDIN 4D - £59.95 WILDFIRE - £99.95 The best ever presentation and video editing software [for the Amiga with extra backgrounds & fonts. Guaranteed to make MS PowerPoint users’ jaws drop.
MM40Q - £59.95 MM300 MM400u g £39.95 The most comprehensive still image and animation conversion software available. Has over 130 built-in effects, batch conversion, QT AV builder w audio, etc UC4 - £39,05 UC4 bought with SQ4 £29,95 ScanQuix The definitive Amiga scanner driver for most Epson HP, Artek, Mustek & Canon SCSI scanners & Epson parallel.
Also ScanExpress 6000P via the IOBIix12P.
SG4 - £59,95 3 03 504 u g £29,05 PhotoScope Mmm W: • & Software specially designed for the award-winning UMAX 610S, 1200S & 1220S SCSI 30-bit A4 flatbed scanners by the author of ScanQuix.
PHS- £59,96 PHS ArtEfx Umax Sorter- £149,96 A1200 Clock Port Expansion Cards If? Iisii-lsrre HlfOffs tfi@ Bssf expansion ipnfe is vis tfts fynussdl clock pore PortJunior Mk2 1x 460kb serial port 39.95 IOBiix1200S 1x 1.5 MB s serial port 49.95 IOBIix1200P 1x EPP parallel port 49.95 (Drivers for PC parallel port scanners, So drives etc, available shortly) PortPlus Mk2 2x460kb serial & 1x8G0kb parallel port 69.95 Catweasei-2 HD Amiga PC floppy controller 49.95 ClockUp 4-way clock port expander 19.95 Phase 5 G4 Accelerators We will be carrying the full range of phase 5 G4 accelerators for the
A1200 - and all accessories - including the unbelievable Cybervision Graphics Card - at unbeatable prices from the date of their first release. (Target availability (phase 5’s statement says mid-October 1999, realistically (based on past experience) we would say Nov Dec 1999).
Blizzard Vision PPC 8SVSB Graphics Card Unbelievable quality and speed - 1600x1280@72HZ!
No Zorro slots needed!
NEW! 8rnb card - £159.95 or just £139.95 with a PPC The fastest, most highly specified graphics card you can buy for your A1200 EZReWriter Options for A40Q0 or A1200 Tower (bare drive - no fvlakeCD) for A4000 or A1200 Tower (with MakeCD) rZReWriter-Bare EZReWriter-tNT EZReWriter-SE IDE interfaces ? Required.,. Externa! A1200 CD ReWriter with separate 100wPSU EZCD-SE l F, 44-way & 40-way cables & CDROM s w EZCD-Mk4 l F, 44 & 40-way cables & EZ-IDE s w - IDE-Flyer interface, cables & s w - ''Easily the best Ai200 sound card so far” -Tony Horgan.Af April 99 Clockport fitting - no Zorro slots
required v Simultaneous recording, playback and mixing 2’ VT-T v* MIC, CD, AUX (Amiga audio) & line 3.5mm * * EZWriter Internal jack inputs. 3.5mm jack output to speakers, y Mixes CD & Amiga audio etc., automatically 'v on bootup without invoking application programs.
Y Extensive software support including Samplitude, Octamed SS & AHI drivers & PPC-based MPG3 audio playback Desktop: £129.95 Tower: £149.95 Zorro: £189.95 Digital Camera serial interface control & download software for the Amiga for most popular Kodak, Fuji, Casio, Minolta, Mustek and Olympus digital cameras.
CamCorstrol - £29,95 The definitive Amiga hard disk recording, sampling and FFT filtering package. Samplitude Opus allows virtual (nondestructive) projects of 16 tracks (4 in LE) SampOpus - £149.95 SampOpus-LE - £49,95 The out-of-the-boxAmiga-to-PC networking software which also allows you to use the PC’s screen as a high res Amiga graphics card. 2.5 uses ethernet, 2.1 serial SiSysRTG-2.1- £19,05 SiSysRTG-2.5- £69,05 The best CD-burning software for the Amiga, with extensive audio-CD support. For most SCSI & some ATAPI CDWriters ReWriters. Bundled with EZWriter.
MCD3.X- TAOPrivate - £38,95 The all-in-one internet package for the Amiga including 11 highly, integrated programs covering all internet-related activities from email and Web to newsgroups.
MC2.X - £39.95 MC3.X & NET-JSP - £49.96 A120G TOWER & INSTANT DRIVES
- - All drives come ready to use with WB3.0 pre-installed & WB2.x
install script v 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 Priv@s
(ATAPI Mi & 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 TowerOrives (3,5s5 drives,
25mm high)
2. 5GB-£89.95 3.2GB-£99.95 4.3GB - £109.95
17. 2GB drive for EZPC system or IDE Flyer - £199.95 2*S,s
Instamt&rfves ter the A600 A1200 8X32 20MB Entry-level drive
for the SX32 A600 £29.95 a ’ ~QMB Entry-level drive for the
SX32Pro A1200 £49.95 260MB Entry-level drive for the
SX32Pro A1200 £59.95 3 Jltra in ¦ ft i ' e m 5X3 4 ", fetGB
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Concentrates on Heretic II for this issue’s S' previews section Heretic II There’s been a couple of disappointments this month, what with Starfighter and Turbo Racer 3D being not nearly as good as the hype said they would be.
What a shame, especially in the case of Turbo Racer, as the Umiga really does need a decent 3D racing game.
Richard got the best game of the month to review, with Foundation Directors Cut, which I haven’t played, but it looks simply gorgeous.
I’m hoping that in the next issue I’ll have copies of Putty Squad and Virtual GP in for review, but I can’t guarantee it. Tales From Heaven and Whales Voyage 2 are nearly ready as well, but we it just n«±ve iu wait aiiu acc how long it takes before there are copies ready for release.
It’s great news for Umiga gamers that there are plenty of games on the way that look so promising.
28 Previews Hyperion's port of Heretic II should be released in November.
Ben gets the low down.
30 Foundation DC Rich indulges his megalomania with this re-released clone of The Settlers.
34 Star Fighter The advertising made this game look fantastic, but does it deliver the goods?
35 Turbo Racer At last! A 3D racer for the Amiga. We check under the bonnet of this new release.
36 GameBusters A selection of hints and tips that you, our loyal readership, have requested.
38 Reader Games More from you lovely reader people. This time in the form of a varied selection of games.
Although it hasn’t been long smce we announced the impending port of Raven’s Heretic 11 (AF127) to our favourite platform, it seems that the Hyperion team have been going great guns in their port of it. All the screenshots you see on this page are actual Amiga screenshots of the game running in 640x480 resolution on an Memory consumption is a problem but we are confluent that on an 060 equipped with a lfiRGE or Voodoo card we will get a playable result 060-equipped Amiga.
I spoke with Hyperion's spokesperson Ben Hermans about the situation so far: 0: Those are actual Amiga screenshots?
I’m impressed.
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Yes, they are. Software renderer only mind you. The hardware renderer is still in the works and should prove quite spectacular.
How much memory does it need right now?
Our biggest problem is memory consumption. These things happily eat away more than 50MB if not more. We are targeting'32MB machines (we are talking PPG users here) but that still leaves us short a few tens of megabytes.
How fast is it moving right now?
Only about 2-3fps but that’s just the software renderer (which needs quite some optimisation) on an 68060. These figures are really irrelevant.
Basically, what we are trying to achieve is that an 060 with 3D acceleration (say ViRGE and definitely Voodoo 1 with the PIV) can run the thing in Low Res. At the moment, as I said, the game is running on the 060 in a purely unoptimised, software 3D version, but we are confident that on an 060 equipped with a ViRGE or Voodoo card we will get a playable result, possibly even in 640x480, and certainly in 320x200 240 256.
PREVIEWS A pure software renderer version is probably only playable on a low-end 604e and we have found that on a 604e at 180MHz the software renderer does 10 fps in 640x480 and 30+ frames in Low Res. All software renderer figures, heavily unoptimised. But it's too early to tell yet just how fast it will go, we are just concentrating on making things work right now £ : How are you going to convert the software-based 3D engine to a hardware-based solution?
Hans-Joerg Frieden is subsetting OpenGL into a MiniGL sitting on top of Warp3D so that even a lowly CyberVision3D would get decent results on a 060 or low-end PPC. With ever intended as a game for 3D hardware, which means that there’s no software 3D renderer for it and we’re having to build it from scratch. I haven’t got any screenshots for you right now, but I hope to have for next issue.
Mid November, and we'll distribute it through Titan, who are charging 89 DM for it pre-order and 100 DM afterwards.
There could be screenshots for Shogo by next issue but Herectic II will be ready by mid November REVIEW Foundation was one of the big Amiga game releases of last year. It was initially published by Sadeness, but, alas, died a premature death with its publisher. Some sharp talking between Epic Marketing and Foundation author, Paul Burkey, at this year’s World of Amiga show has fortunately led to its resurrection and re-release.
The original Foundation was reviewed in AF113 and, perhaps rather harshly received a score of 78%. In some ways this score was justified, because the game was incomplete at that time.
Paul has released at least 20 free update patches for the game since then and these have corrected some of the you in charge of a new settlement. You must manage its resources - mine the raw materials necessary for building and grow enough food Your mission may be to seize control of part of the island, perform a daring rescue or capture the enemy’s headquarters THE SACA CONTINUES The Foundation story doesn’t end here, however. Paul Burkey says he’s working on the sequel, Foundation’s Edge, which will also be published by Epic. The game engine is to be re-written in C++, all the graphics are
to be redrawn and the control system redesigned. Versions for 68K and PPG Amiga planned.
To keep your citizens happy Some missions are that simple: you just have to develop your village.
Others are more involved. The gameplay takes place on an island which, more often than not, you share with other tribes. The goal may be to seize control of a certain percentage of the island's land mass, perform a daring rescue, capture the enemy's headquarters or whatever. Combat, then, is also an important part of the game.
Your population is made up of different classes of citizen. The peasant is the workhorse of your society; they perform all the mining of resources, all the manufacturing and all the fetching and carrying. Other people in your town play more specialised roles. Guards and knights are there to defend you from attack and to wage war on your enemies. Scientists develop your technology. Wizards wield magic, a force necessary for erecting and dismantling buildings. And last but not least, the function of maidens in the non- PC world is the begetting of children.
Each building in your settlement has a different function. Your headquarters is used as a base of operations and for storage. The barracks is for training peasants into guards, scientists and wizards. The mine produces coal, ore and stone; the forester’s hut produces wood. Food is grown at the farmhouse and water comes from the pumphouse.
As your technology progress you are able to build more exotic buildings like a bakery; a brewery and a food factory The trick to Foundation is juggling the raw materials that your society needs and the products that it creates.
Each building needs a certain combination of man power and resources to be able to create its product. But you also have to ensure that your population is getting a balanced
• diet. If they become ill-nourished, they lose inclination to
work and desire to reproduce, With small settlements this
juggling act is relatively easy but by the time you’ve
developed a bustling metropolis it really becomes quite tricky
Various options allow you to view the average consumption and
production of resources and show which you need to create more
of, but it just makes me glad I never pursued a career in
(Below) The humble beginnings of a mighty empire.
(Left) The next island hoving into view.
SIGHT ARID SOUIUD The things that strike you from the moment you load up Foundation is the effort that’s gone into it, the sheer attention to detail. From the first time you see the glorious animated introduction, view the strangely bucolic title screen, listen to the eerily peaceful soundtrack or watch the fractal-generated island scenes between missions, you know this game has been a labour of love, The in-game graphics aim for cuteness rather than realism, but they are no less accomplished for that.
Buildings belch smoke as a sign of activity, peasants wander about raping the landscape for raw materials, chopping down trees, quarrying rock and sitting beside the water with fishing rods. A thriving society is accompanied by all manner of bangs, clatters and crashes as sound effects. It’s almost as much fun just to sit back and watch the game, rather than play it. The only annoying thing is the twee sampled select one of your citizens.
GETTING GRAPHIC The most obvious change from the original game is the new rendering engine which performs gouraud shading and blending to make the main screen look a lot less blocky The game is also now optimised for better performance on graphics cards. You can play in a variety of different resolutions, but 640 by 480 is really necessary to get a big enough picture of what’s going on. Zorro III graphics cards can handle this size effortlessly but the limited bandwidth of Zorro II means you’re probably better off sticking to AGA. It is supposed be possible to run the game in a window on your
Workbench screen, but I couldn't get this option to work (although Ben could).
Foundation is a deeply absorbing game.
Okay so the control system isn’t perfect and the missions really are not varied enough, but eventually you’ll get caught in it’s spell.
It’s not as compulsive as Civilisation, though. I never found myself suddenly realising that it was six o'clock in the morning, having utterly lost track of the previous ten hours. But, nevertheless, it’s a game that will draw you in and you’ll keep going back to. £ SUPPLIER: Epic Marketing TEL: 08700 110013 PRICE: £15 REQUIREMENTS: AGA or graphic card, 030 processor or better, 8MB RAM and CD-ROM drive Pros and Cons Gorgeous production quality ?
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A long time ago, anyway). So it’s about time that we got something new. But is it any good?
Well, to be honest, it’s not bad, but it isn’t nearly as good as it should be. It has the potential to keep you playing for a long while - there are plenty of missions which can be attempted as the good guys, the bad guys or as a rogue trader, who is only in it to make money.
There are some fairly impressive cut scenes and a music score that ain’t half bad. The gameplay can become quite involving, but to be honest this game really doesn’t impress me very much.
There’s a distinct lack of imagination in the use of colours, almost everything on the screen is either black or grey which is bland So what’s the problem? Well, there’s more than one, but let’s start with the graphics. The only thing you see during gameplay are lots of stars, with other ships zipping about. No suns, planets, or interesting space stations to look at. The ships in the game are crudely rendered and the graphics are messy and glitchy. The cockpit design of the ships is also fairly crude, there’s a distinct lack of imagination in the use of colours, almost everything on the screen
is either black or grey which means that the game is terribly bland. If your ship is shot the whole screen flashes, which just looks messy, as though the game is bugged. Most of the time the game runs fairly smoothly, and it feels as though you are floating through space, but there’s just not enough polish here, and there’s certainly nothing that would make you want to sing the praises of Starfighter, which is a shame. The Amiga is more than capable of running these sort of games with lot more style than is on offer with here.
Another problem is that there just aren’t enough features in this game.
There are no external views - you can’t even see what’s happening behind you without turning your ship around. There are only two different weapons - lasers and missiles. You can upgrade the power of the lasers and missiles, but it would be better if you could buy new types of weapons (you know the sort of thing - you start with concussion missiles and build your way up to supersmart nuke-type homing missiles). While there are eight different ships, they’re all fairly similar, it’s just that they have varying top speeds, turning circles, weapons capacities etc. Selecting a different ship
doesn’t radically alter the gameplay style, m fact, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between them.
Another feature that would have been welcome is trading. Even though there is the option to play a rogue trader, there is still no option to actually engage in trading. As a rogue trader, the objective is to hang about until ships are destroyed, and then pick up the debris.
At the end of a mission this debris is automatically sold, and you are credited with the proceeds. There's no option to wait until market prices improve and you can’t select different types of commodity, so a potentially involving aspect of the genre has been completely neglected.
It’s worth pointing out that the copy of the game that I was running is bugged. On a few occasions the game just crashed for no apparent reason, and I found the save game system to be unreliable. Epic Marketing say that a .
New version of the game will be shipped soon, so I hope that these problems have been addressed.
If you like this sort of game, it’s probably worth your while buying it - it’s not bad, but don’t expect to be amazed. It really is a shame that a little more work and imagination couldn’t have been put into this game, because it’s got a lot of unrealised potential. & SUPPLIED BY: Epic Marketing 01793 514188 PRICE: £20.00 REQUIREMENTS: 2MB Chip RAM, 4MB Fast, CD-ROM, 120MB hard drive space aaassa up his makes own sound effects for Oh how I do love a good 3D racing game! It was Ridge Racer that persuaded me to fork out the folding green stuff for a Playstation and then the realism of Gran
Turismo made my jaw slacken with its stunning visuals. That’s all very well, but what is there for the Amiga? Not a lot; so I’ve been looking forward to playing this particular game in the hope that it would give those PlayStation titles a run for their money What a shame then, that not only does it come nowhere near to even equalling those games, but it’s also considerably worse than some games that have been out for the Amiga. Jaguar XJ220 is a better game by far, and those Lotus games were so notably missing from the Gremlin Collection offer more in terms of playability and lasting appeal.
Like I said, a real shame.
THE NEED FOR SPEED I hardly know how to start explaining why this is such a disappointment, but I have to start somewhere, so I’ll plump for speed. It should go without saying that any game with the word turbo in the title should run fairly fast. This game runs like a Robin Reliant going up a very steep hill whilst towing a big caravan. The disc contains two versions of the game - Low Res and Hi Res. On the office 1200 the Hi Res version runs, but boy is it slow. The Lo Res version runs at a playable rate, but at top speed (230km h) it feels more like 30mph. So I tried the game on Richard’s
A4000 ‘060, Brrrm brrrm! Screech!
This racing game Another problem with the game is the lack of options available. The choices that you are given are whether to use a manual or automatic car, whether you are playing against the clock, or are trying to finish within the first three positions, and if you want awful music number one or awful music number two. And that’s it. You can’t select from a number of tracks to race on, you can’t choose from an interesting selection of vehicles, you don’t have a wide range of camera angles from which to view the race. All of these options are standard for 3D racing games on other
platforms, so why are we Amiga owners denied such simple pleasures? You get to have a red car, with the camera A game with the word turbo in the title should run fairlv fast. This runs like a nobin Reliant going up a very steep hill whilst towing a caravan which did improve things.
However, it was only the rate at which the car moved from left to right that got faster; the forward momentum was barely affected. Even on the Hi Res version, the graphics are chunky and quite messy, and the obstacles that appear in your path don’t really seem like true 3D objects.
The trees, rocks, cones etc, are all heavily pixellated, and I’ve seen better in the classic 2D racing games I named earlier.
Above and behind, race a single lap of each race in a specific order and no arguments, please. What really bugs me is that you can’t redefine the controls, so you must use ‘up’ for accelerate, when I always prefer to use the firebutton. This is such an obvious omission as to make it completely unforgivable. Oh yeah, and I wasn’t joking about making up my own sound effects, either. If you want screechy braking sounds you have to do it yourself. Pants, basically I’d love to end this review by saying that the gameplay is the saving grace of this title, that if you somehow manage to overlook the
glaring omissions and tortoise-like speed there’s an addictive gem to be found, but I’d be lying. To begin with you do want to try that course just one more time so that you can complete it and move onto the next one.
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Pros and Cons Got sick of seeing that old game stuck on the shelf because it’s 'There are loads of you out there who are completely stuck in Flight of the Amazon Queen. You all seem to be baffled by the part where you have to push buttons that match a mosaic in order to open a door, Press the symbol that corresponds toY, and the symbols change. Press A, repeatedly press Y then B. Then YC, YD, YE andYE I’m sure one of these solutions is bound to work! Good luck.
It’s little wonder really because I’ve consulted back issues of AF, various books and the Internet, and have come up with three different answers! I don’t know which is the correct one, so you’ll just have to try them all out! What is certain is that you have to vacuum the mosaic first. After that, try the following: Move the button on the bottom row, second from left, then move the button on the third row down, third from left.
Or: Push the button on the bottom row, second from left, then move the third button from the left on the row above the bottom row. (I think this is slightly different to the above solution), Or: This solution seems ridiculously complex, but if it works, who cares?
Right, if you take the following as a representation of the grid of buttons: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T u V w X Y Z 1 2 3 4 Vizz is stuck on the second part of the game and is looking for two parts of the map, He says that he already has Captain Marley and the Antique Dealer’s map portions. Vizz is also stumped when it comes to opening the trap door in the' cottage and winning the drinking contest. I hope the following will help.
Go to the Antique Dealer and buy a 'beware of the parrot’ sign from him. Put the bag of parrot food on the. Hook where the sign was and wait for the parrot to move. Next, buy the mirror.
Now you can have your drinking contest.
When you receive your mug of booze, empty it in the tree. Now use the near grog (this can be found in an envelope that is in the cell in which Kate was imprisoned) on the mug. When you have won the contest use the mirror on the mirror frame, open the shutter and leave the house. Place the telescope on the statue, go back into the house, and you should be able to get into the basement and retrieve a part of the map.
Now to get Rapp Scallion's part of the map. You need to buy a saw, and go to the laundry on Scabb Island. Use the saw to remove the wooden leg of the man sitting on ledge. Leave, and enter the woodman’s hut while he is distracted, where you can nick his hammer and nails. Go to Booty Island and visit Stan’s Used Coffin Emporium.
Ask Stan to demonstrate his deluxe model, and use the hammer and nails to trap him in the coffin.
Monkey island Take the crypt key and head for the mansion on Phatt Island. Distract the guard by telling him about the three-headed monkey and enter the governor’s bedroom. Use any library book and you should be able to get the 'Book of Famous Pirate Quotations’ from the bed. Go into the library and look up ‘Recipes’ and take a book called ‘The Joy of Hex’. Then go to the cemetery on Lee game, except for for help with this much I can offer, codes. I hope they help.
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In order to open some of the doors you need to get hold of an ID card. To get this you need to find an old man who has been attacked by mutants. From the starting position go right and down until you get to a point where there’s a bridge that needs to be activated. Go right as far as you can, and then up and right and you’ll find the old man. He’ll tell you that he needs his teleporter. If you find it and return it him, he’ll give you the ID card. It’s not really that difficult to finish this level, so I won’t give you a full walkthrough, as it’d be more fun to do it on your own. To start with
though, you need to find a power cell and charge it up in a recharge point and then use it to generate the bridge. Go over the bridge and then left and then head up to find the teleporter. Good luck.
Mr M White wants to know how to find the A500 VERSION Level two 8EB75C3D Level three DE5FB8C5 Level four EEE77740D Level five BEB75C25 Level six AEA7542D Level seven BEA7542D Level eight CE5FB0C5 Level nine FE6FA8DD Level ten EE77780D Level eleven 9E074035 Level two E54C67AA Level three D5F4AB62 Level four E5C4B37A Level five 95B48B42 Level six 85A4834A Level seven B584935A Level eight 85B48B42 Level nine F54C6FAA Level ten C57C77B2 Level eleven D564A762 A1200 VERSION SUPERFROG Just a couple of level codes to add to the ones printed in our last issue. I still haven’t managed to finish the last
level, so if anyone has got the code for the final section where you have to defeat the witch please send it in to me. Ta.
Ice World level 2 -131072 I also seem to have got a bit confused as to which level was which in the last issue, as I thought the only code I was missing on Ice World was level 4, but it wasn’t. So, while I’ve supplied nearly all of the codes now, be aware that some of those in AF129 may not be in entirely the correct order. Sorry!
Project F - 564897 BENEATH A STEEL SKY Alex and Kirk Bunston are stuck on a bit where something nasty comes and gets them through a hole. I think the answer to the problem is to have a light bulb in your inventory (it’s in the power plant at the factory). There’s a light socket by the hand rail for you to stick your bulb in. If you do this you should be able to get past the hole in safety.
Not all of the creatures in this game are nasty.
Scabb Island and use the key to enter the crypt.
When it comes to hiding treasure pirates aren't the brightest, so always look for a big X first.
You need to use the quotations m the book to work out which coffin Rapp Scallion is in. Open the coffin and take his ashes. Go and visit the Voodoo Lady in the swamp and find a jar labelled Ash-2-Life. Ask her about the potion and she’ll make you a brew. Go back to the crypt and use the Ash-2-Life on the ashes and you’ll resurrect Rapp Scallion.
Have a good old chin wag with him and he’ll complain about leaving the gas on and give you a key Go to the Steamin’ Weenie Hut on the beach and enter it using the key. Turn the gas off, return to Rapp Scallion and then he will give you his part of the map.
The rest, as they say is up to you.
Have you got hints, cheats, tips or general good advice for any Amiga games? We’d especially like some for the newer ones on the market. Or, if you’ve got a query about a game, give us a brief explanation of it, where you’re stuck, then drop us a line and we might be able to answer it in Helping Hands. Please don’t send us SAE’s though as we’ll just steal the stamps.
Name of Game(s): Point where I’m stuck: Send all tips and questions to: HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW jam Mark Botfield’s eight months of hard work has resulted in this snazzy little Space Invaders clone. I think it’s great fun, and strangely addictive; and although I should be heartily sick of this sort of game by now, this one keeps me coming back for more. Just a bit of practice on Bugz can yield interesting results. You see, if you manage to collect a few different power-ups without getting hit by the bad guys you can build up some pretty awesome
firepower. At one point I had double-shot combined with a plasma type weapon along with a satellite gun.
There was plasma flying everywhere and those alien bug things didn’t know what had hit them. Great fun. If only I could do it again - grrrr! The variety of pick-ups is what makes this game that little bit different from most other Space Invaders clones. They improve your ship’s speed, weapons and shields. The flip LE iEL I1 REMOUR 13 SC0RE:1958 those flying saucers are worth points, hot they're hard to get.
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READER WARRANT Signature: controls pick-up is a bit of a pain, but it adds a challenge. It’s actually pretty difficult to collect the icons, and it’s really frustrating to watch them fall out of reach as you career about trying hopelessly to catch them. Well done Mark, you’ve come up with an attractive, slick and fun little game, which is pretty impressive for your first attempt in Blitz Basic. Have £50 for your troubles.
As you can see from this issue’s selection, there’s always a mixed bag of goodies in the little parcels of software that come streaming into the AF office. Every day I tear open the jiffy bags with gay abandon and pop those floppies into place, eager to see what unexpected delights will unfold before me. So without further ado, let’s have a good peek at the little treasures AUTHOR: Mark Botfield LANGUAGE: Blitz Basic VERDICT: A fun and addictive little game that proves the oldest ideas can sometimes be the best.
OVER TO YOU These two AMOS programs have been sent in by David Sykes from Halifax. Dream Holiday isn’t really a game, but it’s worth looking at nevertheless.
It allows you to choose the features that you are looking for in a holiday destination, and based on these choices will suggest a number of resorts, and give you some basic information on them. Soccer League Manager is a text based football manager game, where you get to control all aspects PGS 1 2 3 A 5 6 7 & 9 18 11 12 13 1A 15 FTN 9 5 10 1 18 8 7 18 18 8 7 5 A 8 7 MR 7 1 8 7 1 8 4 1 3 7 8 3 7 4 3 18 7 Take your joystick in your hand and waggle furiously.
That’s all you have to do in this game.
Once upon a time there were legions of sports simulations that used this method of control to get athletes off the blocks. It’s stamina sapping, and that’s the whole point. I think these kind of games died a death after people began to get cheesed off about having to throw joysticks in the bin on a weekly basis.
Then Repetitive Strain Injury hit the headlines, and people decided that joystick bashing might not be quite such a good idea. So this game brings back memories of when, as a spotty adolescent, I used to waggle my joystick about habitually down my local youth club. Ahh, those were the days.
Rune Bernstenn and friends coded this game in Assembler, and it’s turned out to be a bit of a giggle, so get waggling.
Survivor This is another one of those game that is simple, yet strangely compelling. The game can be played with two to four players, and the AUTHOR: Rune Bernstenn LANGUAGE: Assembler VERDICT: A slick little game that's guaranteed to give you wrist-ache and a broken joystick.
Computer can take the role of any (or all) of the players. During a turn each player can make two moves. In the first, the player moves one square in any direction, and in the second the player removes a square adjacent to an opponents piece. The idea is to remove enough squares so that an opponent can no longer move. Once you start playing, you realise that the rules are very simple, and it's very easy to pick up the gist of the game. You would be well advised to play against human opponents though, as the computer is not very clever, and doesn’t try very hard to get out of sticky situations.
This really is a fun little game, and there are quite a few options to add mterest.
Thanks for sending it in Scooter (aka TM Belch).® Why do my teams always lose so badly?
Of managing a soccer team from finances, including buying and selling players, to tactics for the beautiful game itself. You control substitutions, formations, whether to play defensively or in an attacking style. There’s plenty here to keep you going for a long time.
These pages are for you! It’s a great place to show other Amiga owners what you’re capable of, and if we really like what you send us, we’ll send you the lovely sum of £50. Nice!
So send your reader games to: Reader Games, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
SEND US YOUR CURRENT SQUAD - 11 Press Return to cont inue S=SWRP dnfr" Fereday Harris Lloyd Taylor stored a fine selection of wares for the dark autumnal months ahead but he's always willing to share... Soft Ci The Amiga, despite being the first real multimedia computer, does not cope well with today’s processor-demanding multimedia formats. This is partly because the major players in this area of technology will not deign to support the lowly Amiga. The other is that the Amiga’s ageing hardware architecture is just not up to the job. But, wait a minute, you think. It’s an ideal task for that
muscley PowerPC board I splashed out all those pennies on. Well, we’ll see.
SoftCinema is a player for QuickTime and AVI movies, the formats currently in vogue for delivering audio and video content over the Internet, and runs only on PPC Amigas. It supports several of the standard codecs (particular methods used for compressing the audio and video components of the stream) including up to version 5 of the Indeo codec. It cannot handle streams packed with the Sorenson Video or Qdesign Music codecs as supported by QuickTime 4 and employed in most new QuickTime movies on the Web. Apple own the exclusive rights to these algorithms and they are not about to license them
to an Amiga developer.
Nevertheless, the author claims that he is working on a way to port these codecs.
SoftCinema requires either an AGA or CyberGraphX display and can generate video output to a window on your Workbench screen or, currently on AGA systems only, to a custom screen. On my system, however, the latter option always caused a system crash. Sound playback is only via AH I, the third-party retargetable audio standard for the Amiga. This requires more processor time than purely native playback, but the up-side is that you can spool the audio to your 16- bit soundcard.
The author claims that SoftCinema is the ultimate movie player, but this is just not borne out by tests. For example, with the Lithtech movie we provided on AFCD43, SoftCinema could only manage a measly 4fps when playing back both the audio and video streams. The rate crept up to 11fps when the audio stream was dropped. CyberAVI, an AVI player for 68K processors only, could manage the full 15fps playing both audio and video. Tbe advantage of SoftCinema, though, is that the brunt of the load is born by the PowerPC co-processor. CyberAVI consumes virtually all your 68K’s spare cycles during
playback. SoftCinema, on the other hand, leaves you with about 70 per cent of your processor time free - which means you can get on with other things while watching a movie.
SoftCinema requires the PowerUp kernel to run, although it will work under the PowerUp emulation for WarpUp. Alas, its even slower under emulation, though, crawling along at about two thirds of the speed of the real McCoy.
I was disappointed by the performance of SoftCinema, but this is yet early days for this package. At the moment you would be better off sticking to CyberAVI. The only use for SoftCinema is streaming movies from the Internet - where fidelity is not paramount and you don’t want your machine to grind to a halt while decoding data.
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Ormattingyour hard disk partitions with PFS, Greed’s bombproof replacement for the Amiga’s standard FastFileSystem, gives many advantages: file access is much faster and it is virtually impossible to invalidate a disk. The disadvantage, though, is that most low-level disk software just doesn’t work any more. This is not such an issue with the new PFS3 which includes PFSDoctor, a program to repair damaged PFS partitions - but there is still no disk optimiser compatible with PFS.
The only way at the moment to defragment a file on a PFS disk is to manually copy the whole file to a new position on the disk. This works because PFS tries to write new files in sequential disk blocks. A bit of a laborious job, however.
PFSDefragTry is a tool to automate the process.
It calls PFS’s DiskValid command to get a list of all fragmented files on a disk and then tries to relocate each file. It copies them all to a temporary disk of your choosing, deletes all the originals and then copies them back. Simple, but effective. Note that PFSDefragTry is not always capable of optimizing a disk, especially if it is nearly full.
The crucial flaw with PFSDefragTry, as it stands at the moment, is that it completely ignores all file attributes. When a file gets written back to the original disk, it’s creation date is updated, it’s protection flags are set to the default ‘rwed’ and file notes are irrecoverably lost. Not only that, but file links completely baffle PFSDefragTry.
Despite it’s limitations, the method that PFSDefragTry employs is sound. With a bit more work it could become a truly useful tool. If anybody feels like taking on the job, the source code is included with the archive.
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When I find myself having to do a calculation, it’s usually easier to scribble it on the back on an envelope rather than trying to unearth my calculator. If you find this scenario familiar, then TotalCalcmW be a boon to you, too.
TotalCalc is a software version of your garden- variety, 13-digit, hand-held scientific calculator.
Hence it has the all the usual numeric, arithmetic, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions that you would expect to find in such a calculator. Usefully for computer people, it also features hexadecimal and binary modes in which you can perform the standard logical operators including, more unusually, logical and arithmetic shifts.
Visually, it is similar to the Calculator tool that Commodore shipped with Workbench - but more heavy-weight. Like Commodore’s offering, TotalCalc has a simple GadTools interface, but unlike the former it is split between three windows. The first is the main calculator with the numeric and arithmetic buttons. The more advanced and less used functions are operated from a second window. The last window lists the contents of TotalCalc’s 10 item memory. The GUI is configurable but only by setting tooltypes in its icon.
TotalCalc is a commodity. This means you can shove it in your WBStartUp up drawer, forget about it, and pop it up with a hotkey combination whenever you need it. Another nice feature is that you can cut and paste results to the system clipboard. This makes importing figures into other programs a breeze.
My only complaints with TotalCalc is that it definitely needs more keyboard short-cuts - it’s a pain having to reach for the mouse to use some function - and it would be nice to able to log calculations to a file. Nevertheless, TotalCalc has become a permanent addition to my Workbench.
SoX can be made a lot easier to use with AmiSoxGUI.
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The game asks you a series of arithmetic questions, either a simple addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Get the answer right and your car is shifted into top gear and propelled forward; get it wrong and it comes to an abrupt halt. If you delay in answering, the car shifts down the gears and eventually stops. If you answer the questions quickly enough, the car will maintain its speed and zip around the track.
You can choose either to play against a fellow human or against a randomly chosen computer opponent. These all have silly names and varying levels of intelligence. You can also select how difficult the questions are.
Brain Race is a neat idea for an educational game. I’m sure it would take the chore out of teaching maths to kids. It’s also not bad for adults who wish to brush up their numeracy skills.
The Sound Exchange or SoX, is a universal sound translation package. It exists for a host of different platforms, can handle any sample format you can possibly think of and can perform a range of effects into the bargain.
SoX understands all the common sample formats such as 8SVX, AIFF, CD DA, WAV and can cope with RAW files in several binary formats. It can perform run-of-the-mill effects like altering the sampling rate and converting from stereo to mono, but what makes it more interesting is that it includes a box of effects similar to what your average axeman would be equipped with: chorus, reverb, flanger and phaser.
SoXs range of effects is a real trial and error process; a large section of tips is included in the manual to point you in the right direction.
One of the nice things about this version of SoX on the Amiga is that it is just a straight build of the UNIX code under the ixemul system. This means you can get the source yourself and re-build it for your specific processor (68000 and 68020 binaries are included in the package), even for the PowerPC under the PowerUp kernel.
Continued overleaf 4 BY: Various WAREs Freeware FR@!f! AmiNET£mus edit sox-12.16-bin.lha SIZE: 267K REQUIRES: ixemul.library Using SoX takes a bit of practice. It can be run only from the command line and takes a string of UNIX-style parameters. Life can be made easier for yourself by creating some scripts to automate frequent tasks. Alternatively, you could use AmiSoxGUI, available from the Aminet, which provides a graphical interface to the SoX program, albeit for an earlier version. Getting the best from PD SELECT t WordConverter 0.9.8 The most popular stand-alone FTP client for the Amiga
is probably Vapor’s AmFTP. This package is showing its age somewhat these days (it’s even being replaced by the new mFTP in the NetConnect3 package), so you might be looking for a replacement.
SimpleFTP is what it says, a no nonsense FTP client. Don’t be fooled, though, it’s still very usable.
Its interface is built with MUI and consists of a single window divided into three pages. The first is for configuring a list of FTP sites, the second is a current directory listing for the site your are logged into and the third is a log window (which reports all FTP commands sent to a server and any replies).
SimpleFTP lacks AmFTP’s double lister mode - that is, you only get a listing of the FTP site’s directory not any local ones. To upload a file to a server, for example, you have to pop up a file requester and select a file. This method is more cumbersome than drag and drop supported by AmFTP. SimpleFTP also does not have a special mode for handling Aminet sites. The point where it scores over AmFTP, though, is that the log window is always visible - so you can easily find out what’s going on. Another nice feature is that it can put an Applcon on your desktop which will upload any files dropped
on it to the current site.
Configuration of SimpleFTP is performed only via tooltypes in its icon. For instance, you can select a tool for viewing files here. Note that it doesn’t If it allows you take wiarfk Iwnte fr»isi the office* When it comes to handling the multitude of different file formats out there, the Amiga is king. This is because, unlike the Mac which is easily fooled by a wrong filename extension, Amiga software typically examines the internal structure of a file before deciding what type it is. But while the Amiga software is deft at interpreting graphics files, it is generally not so good with
proprietary document formats such as MS Word files.
A solution to this problem is WordConverter.
It is able to convert documents from Word for DOS or Windows versions 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 97, Word 2000 and Word 4 or 5 for Mac documents into vanilla text, RTF (rich text), AmigaGuide or FITML. Decryption of password-protected documents is supported.
WordConverter is operated by a simple graphical interface. Choose the source maybe WordCesiwerter isn8t sack a f§«s©i§ idea... document, the output filename and the desired output format and hit the convert button. That’s all there is to it. It may also be called silently from the shell, a handy feature for integrating it with other software. Arexx Scripts are provided for CED and PageStream to use WordConverter to directly import documents.
This version of WordConverter is restricted to saving only the first thousand characters of an output file. Paying the £10 registration fee will get you the full version.
WordConverter is a simple, well-executed concept and it could be a real life-saver for transferring work between the office and home.
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EvenMore V0.54 For some reason the Amiga has always lacked a powerful text viewer - which is odd, since it is such an everyday piece of software. The system standard, More, looks incredibly crude by today’s standards and Multi View, while great for handling datatype- supported filetypes, is utterly devoid of features, not even possessing a search function.
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EvenMore is an attempt to provide an up-to-date, feature-rich environment for viewing text files. It is highly configurable and allows string and pattern searching, bookmarking and printing. It supports the XPK system for loading crunched files, has on-line help, is fully localised, has Applcon and AppWindow functionality and can open on the screen of your choosing. EvenMore even has a primitive filetyping system, which can system clipboard, but it does so in a non-intuitive way. Text is marked by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking lines on the screen; you can only mark complete
lines at a time. What’s wrong with the standard left-drag operation to highlight text?
Be used to spot non-text files and pass them over to another tool instead of trying to load them itself. EvenMore is one of the few Amiga text viewers to be able to copy marked text to the While EvenMore does what it does well, I feel there’s just too much crammed into it. The main interface is clean and easy-to-use, but the menus are overloaded and the preferences window is rather cluttered. I cannot fault EvenMore on features, but the author has really gone for overkill. I just wish somebody could write a text viewer with a better balance between elegance and power.
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Even with the current furore about the future direction of the Amiga taking place all around, there’s plenty of innovative hardware and software being released for the only Amigas that exist right now - the "classic” range. As Af has always said, the new machines will doubtless be great when they eventually come out, but in the meantime, your current Amiga is capable of so much, and there are so many ways to improve it now.
That’s not to say we aren’t looking forward to the almost mythical machines from Mick Tinker, or, more recently, Iwin, or even whatever will replace the now defunct MCC, but users need to realise that these machines aren’t available, but all the stuff we review is and can make your Amiga’s life so much better.
After all, you wouldn’t take me seriously if I said I was waiting until videos were the size of your little fingernail, could record for 100 hours and only cost £50 before buying one, would you?
The problem with an A1200 is its limited expansion potential. Apollo aim to cure this, with an expansion backplane boasting a dozen expansion slots - five largely compatible with the 16-bit Zorro II standard, two new 32-bit Z4 sockets, four eight bit ones, based on the much-perverted A1200 internal ‘clock port’, and an optional A4000-style 25-bit video slot.
PACKAGE German manufacturers Apollo supply just bare boards, but the bulk of their sales will Power's Tower slot guides scarry on a couple of positions below the last Zorro II slot on ie 24 backplane.
44 Apollo Z4 The latest way to add slots to your A1200 goes under the AF microscope.
M 48 Allegro CDFS The first way to be able to read DVD-ROMs on your Amiga is here. We take a hard look.
50 Infra-red keyboard Fed up with having to sit so close to your Amiga to type?
This may soive the problem.
51 Silver Surfer The latest serial port adaptor for the A1200's clock port is so tiny, and yet so fast!
52 ST Fax4 Turn your plain home answerphone into a professional voicemail and fax service.
54 AHI PPC AHI has been around a while offering retargetable audio - now it goes PowerPC!
M come from fully expanded systems, based around the Z4 and Amiga 1200 motherboard. The real test of the effectiveness of Z4 expansion is how dealers like Eyetech and Power Computing build it into a complete computer.
Eyetech’s demonstration Z4 system came with an A1200 motherboard and lower case, an Apollo 040 40-SE accelerator, phase 5 Cybervision64 3D graphics card, four lOBlix Zorro II serial ports and a Portjnr high speed serial interface on the primary Z4 clock port. The whole lot was screwed to a piece of plastic coated chipboard shelving, pending adaption of their tower case, restricting access to the PCMCIA slot and IDE expansion.
Eyetech have integrated the RTG and AGA graphics through an external keyboard adaptor, using the blank key next to Return on the A4000 to switch between RTG and AGA. I used a true multisync monitor to maintain access to intermediate AGA modes like Super72 and HiGfx, but most people be happy with PAL AGA for games, flicker- fixed interlace for old applications, and ©Qcifeflm seriously expands an A1200 that might yet rival his A4000 PCMCIA I O will require a right angle adaptor in most towers.
Apollo's stylet REVIEW CyberGraphX for modern applications.
CLOCK PORTS The 14 board has four independently addressable clock ports, but most drivers only recognise the first one, which appears to software like the A1200 motherboard port. Eyetech say that Harald Frank of VMC will change his Hypercomm drivers to support the other three positions, and Jens Schdnfeld’s Catweasel drivers could also be patched. Prelude designer Marc Albrecht has agreed in principle to but his Prelude 1200 boards will only fit in clock port position 0, which has normal A1200 addressing.
The clock port is a spin-off of the general-purpose expansion designed into the A1200 chips, before it was clear what the final hardware configuration would be.
The full header, fitted in a minority of machines, includes chip RAM signals, intended to allow a cut- down system to be expanded from 1MB to 2MB chip RAM, but like the A4000 020, this crippled design never became a product, though provision for it remains apparent on the circuit board.
Instead Commodore left 22 pins at one end of the dense 2mm-pitch connector, leaving only those needed for a real-time clock card - missed off to save a dollar
- and potentially cheap network expansion, based on PC chips. In
practice the port’s been diverted far beyond Commodore’s
original intentions. Real-time clocks were made, but soon
supplanted as a cheap extra on almost ail A1200 RAM and
accelerator cards. Now you can plug in sound cards, Catweasel
disk controllers, and a host of serial and parallel ports, all
benefiting from cheap, simply-adapted - albeit slow and cramped
- PC expansion chips.
Both are compatible with cheap SVGA monitors thanks to the internal flicker fixer and video switcher integrated into the keyboard-controller. This is a good combination.
Power Computing shipped their 14 system in an Elbox tower case, with a Picasso IV graphics card, swiftly transplanted to Ben’s A4000, a Power Flyer 32-bit IDE accelerator, and a 40MFIz Blizzard 1240 with 128MB SIMM. The Z4 backplane overlaps the Flyer and PC keyboard interface, so don’t expect to remove those easily once you have cards plugged in. It’s not as bad as the MicroniK one which blocks almost the whole A4000 motherboard. Power get the prize for making it all fit together well, albeit at a higher price. Only the lower four Zorro II connectors line up with the back panel slots, and the
other three card positions lack support for the front edge; however this does ease IDE cable access on a combo Buddha Catweasel Zorro card in the first Zorro slot.
Accelerators. The A1200 has an autoconfig output, used by accelerators, but they understandably fail to provide an output for other boards when they’ve finished. Two jumpers allow 0 to 3 autoconfiguration cycles - for accelerator ROMs and interfaces - before Zorro II cards get Apollo have solved a major problem to make autoconfiguration work with all 32-bit US New-style 96 pin Z4 slots R* A1200-style clock port headers 9 Inputs for optional video slot In fact the A1200 clock port works very much like the PC’s ISA slot, with the same read and write control signals and timing. This is natural,
because the same signals are already needed for PCMCIA and IDE ports, so the GAYLE chip can provide them to the clock port at no extra cost The difference is that ISA slots are wired in parallel, sharing 16MB of address space, while clock ports have ready-decoded signals, fixed at a small range of addresses.
In theory most clock port drivers could be patched to use alternative addresses, but there might be mechanical problems. It would help if a general solution for clock port addressing could be proposed, to save having so many variants for all clock port gadgets, but it’s hard to see who will do it, given that their competitors might benefit. Hypercomms already have more than a dozen sets of drivers, differing only in addressing, even without clock port variations.
Clock port addressing uses a 64K area, normally holding 1024 copies of the same registers, only using the second most significant byte of each of 16 long words. Not even PC manufacturers would attempt a clock port video card!
14 splits this into four 16K areas, still only using 16 bytes each. This is simpler than RBM’s approach, which switches multiple ports through the default space, but we must still wait for adapted drivers. Physically many combinations overlap, and ports 2 and 3 are so close that one device in them will need a flying lead.
A dock card for the A120O dock port - now there's a novelty.
Tested. Set this to match the number of ROMs on your cards, or zero for later phase 5 ones that hide internal configuration cycles. All Apollos, Vipers, Blizzards and Typhoons should work.
GVP-M cards have only 24-bit addressing, so they’re incompatible as their RAM clashes with the Zorro II space. I got the FPU but no fast memory when I tried one on 14. Old ‘PCMCIA unfriendly’ Blizzard 020 and Apollo cards are similarly incompatible.
AMPS AMB V@LTS The Z4 board is powered from standard P8 and P9 power input sockets from a PC AT power supply. This then powers the complete Amiga, via the trapdoor and Z4 accelerator pass-through socket. There’s an extra floppy-disk style power output socket for PPC and Bvision combination that overloads the trapdoor edge connector. At Eyetech’s suggestion, phase 5 have promised to put a floppy-type power bypass on the G4 cards, so Z4 backplanes have a matching one. There’s one A4000-style video slot, ideal for Picasso IV, but this needs extra connections to the custom chips, via a socket in
the corner of the Z4 board and an extra-cost adaptor.
There’s also provision for a lead carrying parallel port controls to the same sockets, for some Genlock and scan modifiers and Video Toasters, but this is not implemented on initial production.
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from the design of the A1200 trapdoor slot. Z4 clashes with
PCMCIA memory, and cheap accelerators that put up to 8MB of RAM
in the Zorro II space. Some old Apollo and GVP-M boards deliver
the FPU but no fast memory, because the Z4 usurps the address
Six boards working on a Z4 expansion: we tried Picasso IV, CyberVision64 3D, Catweasel, GVP I O, Multiface, Buddha, Octagon, Sunrize AD516 and Emplant cards successfully.
If yours supports RAM expansion beyond 8 MB, you need not worry.
Z4 slots cannot support DMA, because A1200 accelerators don’t expect to have data squirted into them through the trapdoor port, and lack input address lines beyond the motherboard space. So if you made, carefully and pragmatically designed, but £130 may still seem a lot for a bunch of connectors, however ingenious need fast SCSI, the Blizzard daughterboard is the only way to get Direct Memory Access; DMA transfers let the processor get on with real work.
Basic Zorro II, Typhoon and Squirrel ports will work (with a right-angle adaptor if using a tower case) but they’ll slow the processor with constant polling. PCMCIA I O cards should still work, including modems, Ethernet and SCSI, but there’s no address space left for credit-card memory.
BUS COMPARISONS - MAXIMUM CAPACITY AND SPEED A3000 and A4000 owners, take heart. There may not be many Zorro III cards around, but there are more than there will ever be for Z4. Zorro III supports much more address space, faster interrupts, and Direct Memory Access. It could go much faster but no- one, except perhaps Mick Tinker, seems likely to revise Buster to remove the bottleneck in existing Zorro III implementations, which is not the cards or the processors, but the bus interface between them. For now, Z4 should match the raw speed of any existing Amiga expansion bus.
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second will be less than these maxima. Zorro III could be
much faster if the Rev. 11 A4000 Buster was updated. Older
Busters are even slower, lacking multiple transfer cycles.
OWEHALL Z4 is an impressive product, but it does not yet merit a Format Gold award, because there’s too much we’re still awaiting. So far we’ve got a solid five slot Zorro II interface, itself an impressive development for 1200 owners, and a lot of potential. Z4 is beautifully made, carefully and pragmatically designed, but £130 may still seem a lot for a bunch of connectors, however ingenious.
Soon drivers should support the extra clock ports, allowing bargain expansion, although Zorro II cards are more efficient and easier to fit. Fast Zorro II cards seem sure to come - including a 5MB s Flash Buddha - though availability might be erratic for such niche variants of existing production, it’s already attractive in price and compatibility, but true Z4 expansion boards, and in particular the graphics card, with transform the potential of this motherboard.
If you were looking at Zorro II, look no further. If you were considering a big box Amiga with Zorro III, this might give you pause for thought. Given a Z4 graphics card, you could buy 4MB of 32-bit RTG and Z4, with 10 spare expansion slots, of various types, for less than the cost of a Picasso IV, let alone the Zorro III system!
Either way, the old criticism that the A1200 is ‘unexpandable’ no longer holds water.
FROM ZORRO T® Z4 The competition comes from Zorro III systems, including new A4000T production relocated to Germany, and secondhand A3000 and A4000 systems, and perhaps Ateo’s ISA-based tower if the French firm makes usable drivers for more than Picasso96.
Zorro III has uncommon advantages.
Silicon Studio multi-track cards are Zorro III only, and necessarily so, but not many people need eight simultaneous audio channels with 20-bit resolution. Another 20-bit multi-track card, California’s Soundstage Pro, was Zorro III specific, but is no longer made. A4091 and Fastlane DMA SCSI cards were re-released by DKB and phase 5, but are no longer in production, following the move to SCSI integrated on CPU cards. Zorro III RAM expansion allows high capacities but is limited in speed compared with motherboard RAM, although a vast improvement over Zorro II.
Zorro III offers much larger address capacity thanks to 32-bit addressing, which does not clash with the limited space - about 8MB - for Zorro II or Z4 boards. The need for extra address space means that VillageTronic’s forthcoming Voodoo graphics accelerator can only work on Zorro III systems.
Zorro III is an asynchronous protocol, so it goes as fast as all the links in the chain - processors, bus controller, and card - will let it. At best, Zorro III can do around 58MB s (65ns to transfer four bytes) without ‘burst’ transfers and around 123 MB s (256 bytes within 2 microseconds) with multiple transfer cycles, only supported by Buster Rev EYETECH PRICES 14 expansion: £129.95 To follow: 14 in tower inc. PSU, EZ Keys 2 and PC Keyboard: £199.95 Video slot adaptor: £29.95 Z4 Graphics card: £99.95 A peek behind Eyetech's shelf shows how the Z4 sits over the A1200 motherboard trapdoor
slot - the through port for accelerators is under the Z4 backplane, connected by a , couple more VME- type sockets.
% The top speed of Zorro II is the same as A500 fast memory - a little over 3.5MB per second. In practice it’s typically half to two thirds this figure because of the need to synchronise and convert each 24-bit address and 16-bit data value en route between the processor, bus controller and Zorro card. Apollo’s Z4 backplane solution is less ambitious, but easier to implement.
FASTER zorro 11 Five of the slots use the normal Zorro II 100-way connector, and the first three run conventional Zorro II cycles, but without DMA. The last two ‘fast Zorro II’ slots can be jumpered to cycle at double speed, using the same 7MHz clock as 16-bit Amigas, but managing one transfer every two cycles, rather than one every four as on a standard Zorro II card. Specially modified Zorro II cards will be needed to take advantage of this, but the modifications should be quite simple - perhaps no more than a re-programmed ‘glue’ logic chip.
The Cybervision 3D card shipped with Eyetech’s Z4 prototype supports Zorro II and Zorro III. Either way transfers to and from the 4MB video RAM are limited by Zorro bandwidth. My
11. In practice the Zorro III implementation in Commodore’s
Buster bus controller retards this, so transfers that have to
go through the motherboard manage no more than 25MB per
Retina, Picasso IV and CyberVision graphics benefit from the extra speed of Zorro III, although slower Zorro II versions were generally available. The market for Zorro II cards is bigger so prices are lower and there’s more variety. Over 200 distinct Zorro II cards have been produced, with a choice for most applications, including Ethernet, 16-bit sound, graphics, and I O cards, and some of the best remain in production.
Ifyoi' can liv 5 with the address limits, shared interrupts and lack of DMA, the raw speed of ZA is comparable with any 32-bit Amiga backplane POWER COMPUTING PRICES Z4 expansion: £125.95 Power Tower inc. PC Keyboard and interface: £119.95 To follow: Video slot adaptor: £24.95 Z4 Graphics card: £99.95 Z4 fast IDE flyer: £TBA PRICE COMPARISON Cyberstorm 2 sustains 16.5MB second into this card on Zorro III. 40MHz 1240 accelerators manage at just 2MB per second from Z4, comparable to the aging Picasso 2.
At best, the ‘fast Zorro II’ version of this card could be twice as fast. Some of the theoretical maximum speed of Zorro II is soaked up by accelerator and video synchronisation, although the display overhead is slight unless you’re running 24-bit Hi Res modes; I was happy with 256 colours, at the 840 by 560 resolution limit of the ex-IBM single-scan monitor I bought for £5 from a charity shop.
Even at that modest resolution, updates over Zorro II are noticeably faster than AGA in DoubleScan modes, chunky pixel games avoid the need for data conversion, and the on-board blitter moves images in video memory up to 10 times faster than AGA. Scrolling and line drawing benefit substantially in 256 colours, and you can step up to 15-, 16- or 24-bit colour without HAM restrictions. Extra pixels benefit big monitors, too.
DCE boss Thomas Dellert is building the Z4 backplanes for Apollo, and CyberVision 3D under licence from phase 5, so he’s building a ‘fast Zorro II’ version of the graphics card. This performs normally if transplanted to Zorro III, but won’t work in normal Zorro II systems because of the double-speed cycles.
At best, fast Zorro II promises a bit over 7MB per second - rivalling ATEO’s overclocked ISA bus, but no rival for Zorro III or processor-local graphics, a recent luxury from phase 5. In fact it’s no faster than 32-bit transfers to AGA chip RAM on the best accelerators, so you’re unlikely to see any improvement in speed over AGA at video scan-rates. At 25 frames per second, full screen NTSC or PAL animations will drain the majority of your CPU time in display updates, on AGA or fast Zorro II alike.
The benefit comes at higher resolutions, where graphics cards have bandwidth to spare - AGA bandwidth may drop below 1 MB second in HAM8 or 256 colour overscan SuperHires or Productivity modes, while graphics cards allow far more colours and pixels with negligible loss of bandwidth.
HEW m SLOTS Fast Zorro II is just a stop-gap, while new cards are designed. These fit the Z4 slots.
Their simple interface is almost identical to that for A1200 fast RAM expansion, but through a three-row 96-hole socket, reminiscent of Apple NuBus, Sinclair QL and SAM Coupe slots. These connectors are popular in industrial systems and more robust than edge connectors, although you risk bending the gold-plated 1R| I In* pins from the card if you’re not careful.
Z4 slots may be are mistermed ‘Zorro IV’ but this is misleading, and infringes an Amiga trademark. They are not mechanically or electrically compatible with any Zorro cards. They appear to the Amiga operating system like Zorro II cards, competing for 8.5MB of 24- bit address space. They support Zorro auto-configuration, so they tell the Amiga how much they need and the system tells them and their drivers where to address the hardware. This is a big advantage over ISA or clock port expansion.
The maximum bandwidth shared by both Z4 slots is the same as that for well-designed A1200 ROM or fast memory on a standard 14MHz 68020. Each 32-bit transfer needs three cycles of the 14MHz clock. This works out at almost 18.5MB per second, as much as you can expect from a Cyberstorm 2 Zorro III setup. As long as you can live with the address limits, shared interrupts and lack of DMA, the raw speed of Z4 is comparable with any 32-bit Amiga backplane.
24 PROMISES The 14 interface is well-understood, and much simpler than Zorro III, so it should be possible to make relatively cheap, fast cards. Elbox are adapting the Power Flyer, which should be much easier to fit in Z4 than on the A1200 motherboard. Apollo themselves are developing a graphics card, based on a GVP design with a more recent 64-bit graphics chip, intended to suit the PC’s 32-bit VESA bus.
Apollo ruled out using PCI parts because they need lots more logic to adapt them to a Motorola bus; the speed benefit would be negligible, and the cost could be 50 per cent higher. The GVP heritage is meant to ensure compatibility with existing RTG software, including EGS as well as Picasso96 and CyberGraphX. Eyetech and Power Computing are confident that they will be able to sell 14 cards comparable to Picasso IV for £100 but so far no-one’s seen a prototype. A hardware audio and video MPEG 2 decoder for 14 is mooted to debut at Cologne ‘99, a welcome first on any Amiga.
SUPPLIER: Eyetech 01642 713 185 h tt d : we I com e .to a m i aa.worid Power Computing 01234 851500 http : www. Oowerc.coL u k PRICE: See box Pros and Cons 12 expansion slots in one Exceptional compatibility n Potential for fast Z4 cards 8MB limit and no DMA Allegro egro CDFS from Elbox via Power Computing Allegro is a new CD File System. The Amiga is not short of these - indeed, the free AmiCDFS has many happy users - but Allegro claims improved speed and compatibility. More importantly, it supports DVD drives and fills a gap in the otherwise comprehensive software bundled with Elbox IDE
Allegro is supplied with the Power Flyer and 4x EIDE adaptor, but contains a hardware check that stops it working with the first batch of adaptors. If your 4x EIDE board has a white sticker over the Elbox logo, it is compatible with Allegro.
Otherwise you’ll need an upgrade from Power Computing.
All the features of the original 4x EIDE package reviewed in AF124 are included: the patch to support large EIDE drives, disk speed tester, tool to spin down dormant drives after a preset delay, and a formatter for removable LS120 and ZIP media.
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FUTURE FORMATS DVD-RAM is the latest thing: a £400 Panasonic LF-D101E DVD-RAM drive reads at up to 20 times the original CD rate, managing 3MB per second, about as fast as Commodore’s 16-bit IDE port can be pushed, and writes 2.6GB single-sided disks at up to 1385K per second. As yet, we lack Amiga applications to write DVD-RAM disks, and programs to decode the MPEG 2 data abundant on UDF disks, but now Amigas can read the raw information, Power PC and MPEG 2 coprocessing will surely come; we confidently expect demos in Cologne.
So far, it’s more important that Allegro supports the three ISO formats, including Rockridge Amiga extensions, CDDA music, Photo CD, and multi-session CDR and CDRW disks, drive permitting. But the DVD- UDF support is a first, and Elbox deserve credit for bringing it to the Amiga.
The PD MCDplayer comes with a well-printed 20 page glossy A5 manual, all in English or thereabouts. The new Allegro file system, audio player and ‘bonus’ CD32 emulator have their own installation program.
SPEED BUMPS Allegro claims to be the fastest Amiga CD File System, but this is a moot point as most CD access is limited by the hardware - drive rotational speed, seek and start-up time - and the IDE interface. Oliver Kastl’s CacheCDFS has elaborate buffering options which can make it much faster than an unbuffered drive mechanism, but this can be a mixed blessing, as some Workbench contributors have noted.
CD32 games were hard-coded for Commodore’s hardware which is slow by modern standards and will therefore often work better without ‘speed-ups’. Indeed, the Allegro manual concedes “being an emulation, non-necessarily the game will play as satisfactorily as on a real CD32. Some titles will play OK, but the music won’t play properly, and so on.” DIGITAL VERSATILE DISK DVD uses the same 1200mm disk format as CD, but packs several gigabytes onto each disk. The PC FAT16 filesystem has a 2GB limit, like Commodore partitions, and has to allocate space in 32K chunks to manage that (versus half K
chunks for FFS) so another new format UDF, has been invented for high-capacity DVD disks.
It’s intended for streaming video, and, therefore, is even less efficient than FAT 16 for small files.
DVD speeds and capacities rival hard disks, as the table shows. Note the impressive rate re-reading the same 16K from CD over and over; this tests the drive buffer and Power Flyer. Unfortunately the speed is quartered when reading the same 128K repeatedly, because of CD seek times!
All tests showed 0% free CPU time, even while waiting for the drive to spin up, which sliced one meg per second off the first DVD test - the Power Flyer is not a DMA device Tit ( Cancel Use save The player does not come with CD details, but you can find some on Aminet or AFCD or quickly type your own in, to be automatically recognised thereafter.
R . miga s not shot t of ZD Fme Systems but Allegro supports DVD drives and fills a gap in the software bundled with Elbox IDE adaptors Besides the Allegro CDFS, which decodes CD and DVD disk formats, you get a CD-related software bundle, including PD and files from Elaborate Bytes’ IDEFix and HiSoft’s Squirrel CD packages. A ‘readme’ file warns that Power Computing do not offer support on the PD files, and refers Allegro queries to Elbox in Poland.
The new EIDE’99 hardware and software SUPPLIER: Power Computing 01234 851500 PRICE: Allegro CDFS (stand-alone) £10, or bundled with EIDE'99 and Power Flyer REQUIREMENTS: KS3.0, A600 or A1200, ATAPI drive with Power Flyer or Power 4-way buffered IDE interface Allegro can access 4CB of files on this
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you can feed the pointer controls in there. Otherwise
Eyetech supply a 9 to 25-pin adaptor and PD SerMouse
software to suit any Amiga serial port. You also get various
PS 2 adaptors, for Pcs with MiniDIN rather than 5-pin DIN
and 9-pin D-type keyboard and mouse sockets.
The plug fits Amiga controller ports, but does not work with them - the receiver returns bursts of serial data, rather than the continuous quadrature and button status of a genuine Amiga mouse.
Unfortunately it does not suit Punchinello, so it cannot control the early startup menu or games that take over the system.
KEEP €®Ii¥Sl€lL Eyetech’s infra-red keyboard effectively controls Workbench, web browsing and most applications. You pay a price for the eventual convenience of cordless control, but if you hate flying leads you may be tolerant of its idiosyncrasies.
Eyetech unveiled a cordless control panel at the World of Amiga show.
This combines keyboard, pointing device and two mouse buttons into a battery-operated tablet, three-quarters the size of an Amiga 1200, CDTV or 2000+ keyboard. An infra-red beam connects this to a four inch diameter receiver, with five status LEDs at the front. This in turn is wired to a serial port and powered from the keyboard one. A six foot lead goes most of the way, with six inch forks at the end.
The link is reliable at close range, regardless of the orientation of the keyboard. If you stray too far away, or out of line, lost characters are buffered and appear as soon as the beams line up again. Remote controllers will never be as reliable as wired ones, but this is better than most.
If the four AA cells in the keyboard run out, a four foot stereo mini-jack lead can carry power and data from controller to receiver. As with Apricot’s early foray into cordless computing, you might use the cable when you have trouble getting a good line-of-sight; this almost defeats the object, but you still have pointing device and keys on a single panel.
To fit on the corresponding A4000 chip, but the instruction sheet doesn’t mention that.
Ezkeys2 requires you to use the half-sized F11 and F12 in the top row in place of the Amiga keys, which takes some getting used to. The PC interrupt Ctrl Alt Del mimics the Vulcan neck pinch reset combination, Ctrl Amiga Amiga.
THE P®1H¥ Rather than a mouse or trackball, the directional controller is a self-centring knob, the size and shape of a boiled sweet, which you rock to move the pointer. It is not as responsive as a mouse or trackball, tending to resemble the Apple Powerbook laptop joystick. With acceleration and the top speed (3) set in Input preferences, the pointer takes about two seconds to glide from one corner of the Workbench screen to the opposite one, versus a fraction of a second with a genuine Amiga mouse.
With the pointing device positioned under your right thumb, you need two fingers from the left hand to work the buttons opposite. I’m left-handed but use the mouse with my right as the QWERTY layout puts the most useful characters on the left.
Thus I can type and use a mouse at the same time, whereas the infra-red setup makes me alternate my left hand between the keys and mouse buttons.
If you own a serial expander with cut-down The infra-red fink Is reliable at close range regardless of the orientation of the keyboard, although it will never be as reliable as a wired controller KEY FEATURES The keyboard is clearly marked but cramped. The keys are not well chosen for an Amiga. There’s no numeric cluster but you do get IBM’s F11, F12, PrtSc, Scroll Lock, Window and Menu keys. On an A1200 the Help, Enter, right and left Amiga keys would be a lot more useful. A redundant Fn key crowds Ctrl away from the left edge, and the space bar is narrowed by four dead PC keys in the same
Eyetech ship the keyboard with Ezkeys2, an adaptor which plugs over a CIA chip which is surface-mounted under the protective shielding, near the A1200 keyboard membrane connector. It’s easier Mfc :_ +1 SUPPLIER:Eyetech 01642 713 185 sa]es@evetech.co-uk PRICE: £59.95 Keyboard and cable adaptors and Ezkeys2 controller add £20.00 for Port Junior serial adaptor for A1200 clock port Pros and Cons + Integrated keys and pointer control + Effective cordless communication ? Cramped and reduced key layout ? Not lOO per cent Amiga compatible OVERALL VERDICT: Quirky but usable Amiga remote control.
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ports is epitomised by the new SilverSurfer for A1200 and
compatible ‘clock ports’ This collaboration between VMC and
Individual Computers uses a 16C550 UART, providing one fast
serial port with 16 byte ‘first in first out’ buffers. These
collect incoming and outgoing bytes so the processor can munch
them a handful at a time, not individually like the
motherboard. Data rates up to 460,800 baud are practical, four
to 20 times faster than the Amiga’s Paula chip can manage and
ample for modems and ISDN.
U fsl aHation is automati; wiiho ui options or questions. The ingenious and stylish startup script seems to take account of every possibility Over 26K per second bypassing the hardware transmit buffer bug.
The limit depends on your processor, software, and serial protocol. The byte-wide interfaces to Paula and 16C550 are much the same speed, but the SilverSurfer dramatically reduces transfer overheads.
There should be no risk of over-runs, with a seven-wire cable and software written to Commodore specifications. My A1240 sustained transfers at 26K per second from Term, nearly twice as fast as Zorro Hypercomms and lOBlix on the same test at the same nominal baud rate, without impeding other tasks.
Honed-down HARDWARE SilverSurfer is a tiny L-shaped board, shaped to fit around IDE Flyers and BlizzardVisions. You must remove the tinplate EMC shielding to fit it. The RS232C standard 25-way D-type connector matches that on the back of the Amiga, and your existing leads, as featured on Spitting Image... You must integrate your A1200 case with the socket, which trails on a card-edge bracket, linked by 20cms of ribbon cable to 10 pins on the board.! Let it out past the end of the accelerator to sit beside the computer, by the floppy inlet.
The A4 instruction page is printed in German on one side and English the other.
Each purchaser gets a clear colour photograph showing exactly how the board fits on the clock port and the cable leads away to the D-type. It’s vital to plug in the SilverSurfer the right way round, like any ‘clock port’ expansion, or you might short out the power supply. Clock ports are convenient, but afterthoughts.
A few Commodore A1200s, like the one AF inherited from Gamesmaster magazine, have 40 rather than 22 pins on their clock port. The SilverSurfer fits at the end furthest from the designated pin 1. On Z4 it sticks out at the front from port 0 or 3, and overlaps the board in port 1. It sticks out at right angles to Buddha Flash, still fitting within normal Zorro slot limits.
SIMPLER SOFTWARE One generic device driver comes on the accompanying orange floppy. Installation is automatic, without options or questions.
You boot from the sparsely populated 880K disk, which copies the 17K silversurfer.device file to the DEVS: drawer on every bootable partition it can find.
Voila! This laudably-simple installation trounces lOBlix and Hypercom packages, whose Workbench installer scripts ask arcane questions before shovelling PD onto your hard disk besides the vital driver files.
Last issue I lamented the Byzantine GoldSurfer installation procedure.
Individual Computers have responded wisely, discarding the Hypercom installation for SilverSurfer. A GoldSurfer version could allay most relevant qualms.
The ingenious and stylish startup script seems to take account of every possibility, and one impossibility, reporting what it’s done and what to do next. It’s up to you to manually configure serial port applications
- SerNet, Miami, Genesis, Term or whatever - to specify
silversurfer.device instead of serial.device. Of necessity,
that’s the trickiest bit; you must read the application
Now you’re up to the elbows in application configuration, increase the baud rate for faster transfers; 115,200 baud suits most dialup modems, yet is virtually unusable on the motherboard port.
You might get slightly more performance on text, thanks to MNP compression, by selecting 230,400 baud, which most 56K modems can handle. Valid rates decorated my Hypercom Zorro review in AF128. All the standard speeds appear, including a good approximation to MIDI, but they’re not listed on the page or GUI-selectable.
The unit number remains zero unless you have SilverSurfers plugged into Zorro expansion, when up to ten units are allowed. Programmers will need Aminet’s port-handier and a home-made mountlist to SilverSurf in a Shell (sic). Zorro alternatives like lOBlix offer lashings more serial ports, though a proposed A600 Gayle adaptor could also allow a second SilverSurfer on stock A1200s.
EXTRA POTENTIAL If you use any modem or serial link faster than 1-4,400 baud, you’ll soon benefit by replacing a motherboard serial connection with a SilverSurfer. It’s also useful for digital cameras, CD32, Siamese and AmiPC links to other computers, SLIP and SerNet connections at speeds to rival ParNet.
Finally, it frees up the motherboard port for relatively undemanding SerMouse or home automation.
SUPPLIER: Power Computing 01234 851SOO hit Q: www. D o we r c. c o. Li k • PRICE: £24.95 REQUIREMENTS: 68020 or later CPU, free clock port (A1200, Buddha Flash, Apollo Z4) Pros and Cons + Fast serial port with low CPU overhead +¦¦ Fits' alongside Flyer and BlizzardVision ? No bundled applications or DOS mountlist ? You must be careful when plugging it in OVERALL VERDICT: Saves time and can easily trim phone bills beyond its cost.
You may remember that back in AF110,1 gave STFax 3 a very favourable review. In my comments I stated that STFax 3 was the bees knees and nothing came close to it for features and reliability. That much was certainly true, although STFax wasn’t as amazingly reliable as all that especially if you’d received a fax, as it took a longtime to recover - certainly too long if there was a follow-up call coming through afterwards. The feature set may have been happily locked at version 3.0, but the program did need some bug fixes and updates to make sure it ran perfectly on everybody’s system. However,
version 4 has been running on my machine now nonstop for more than a week, and has been dealing with phone calls and faxes alike with equanimity. To say that it has been reliable is an understatement, it’s been incredibly gives STFax a hearty welcome pages of AF... AF PHONE HOME One of the nicest features of STFax has to be its remote access facility. With this you can ring into your home phone, hit a button on your phone’s keypad and be in the remote access menu. At this point, you’ll be asked which voice box you wish to listen to, or you can receive your faxes on the line you’re using
(presuming it’s attached to a fax machine at your end).
Regardless of which you choose, STFax will then ask you, in that professional voice, for a password to access your messages or faxes, and proceed to play back all your new messages for you. You can access this facility from anywhere in the world, making your answerphone a real nexus of operations.
W®§£ back to the STFax is equally at home sending or receiving faxes or acting as a speakerphone.
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One call to an 09060 number gives you hundreds of pounds of in depth research for £l minl The faxbacks are 2 4 pages long and take from five to nine minutes. Second Telecom, 29-30 Margaret St, London WIN 7LB (Tel: 0171 4S11617) cp One of the finest accompaniments to STFax in the modem world has to be Pace’s Solo. Unfortunately, Pace went into receivership not Song ago, so your chance to snap one of these great modems up will rapidly disappear. Both it, and the standard 56K modem that Pace produced, offered UK caller SD - something that no other modem currently does, and the Solo had a wealth
of features all of its own that STFax happily took advantage of.
Just so you know, you can leave STFax running and it’ll take care of the incoming line for you, or you can leave the Solo to get on with it, using its independent operation mode (although then it can’t use your voicemail script). The follow me function works with STFax and you can even set it from within the program rather than having to remember which button on the Solo corresponds to which number. You can use the Solo, or indeed any modem that supports voice functions, as a speakerphone, allowing you to use the modem’s speaker as the earpiece of your techno-phone, and its mike as your
mouthpiece. The Solo also allows you to screen calls by turning on its speaker so you can hear incoming messages.
Even if these modems don’t have manufacturer’s warranty, or any further upgrades, it really doesn’t matter as they are some of the finest modems known to the world. Honest. Get one if you can.
There are m whacky answerphone messages on offer so you'll probably find yourself singing that old De La Soul number as a greeting useful to a busy editor of a successful magazine - it even came in handy for me!
One of the best features of the new version just has to be the dulcet tones of a GOING IT ALONE professional voice artist that Active have made use of to get really top-notch messages. You’ve never sounded as sweet on the other end of the phone when asking someone to leave a message after the beep
- that’s for sure. Since most of the messages are geared more
towards an Amiga-running business than home use, there are no
whacky answerphone messages to liven up the professional, but
impersonal female-voiced ones, so you’ll The PEPSI Chart Show
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A MAZE Sfy MESSAGES The pioneering tree scripting that STFax introduced in the previous version remains, although it has been streamlined somewhat, and user greetings can be used if your modem supports UK caller ID to give personalised answerphone messages to your loved ones.
Your voicemail system can be as simple as an answerphone or as gargantuan as some 1984-style endless loop for the user to get lost in - I don’t doubt that someone, somewhere will make use of SFFaYs scripting feature to make a telephone adventure game.
Get all those lovely junk faxes - at least you don't have to waste paper on them.
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The scripting feature alone is worth the price for STFax. Not only can it be used to create a labyrinthine voicemail system if you’re feeling that nasty, but also a fax-on-demand system similar to the one that we dropped because very few people were willing to spend that kind of money receiving a fax over a premium rate line.
Any application can create a fax using STFax's printer driver. Here's PageStream 3 writing a poem to fax to someone.
What the system is to hear your friendly voice at the other end of the line telling them what to do next rather than just the standard one. It’s the little touches, like the ability to have your script for a message sitting in front of you on the screen when you’re recording which really count, and show that real effort has been put into this new release.
F a lmve an Amiga-based coni iffI make your organisation seem truly professional no matter how back bedroom-based you are FAXING LYRICAL Staying on the fax side of things, STFax is now much faster at decoding faxes than it ever was, and the display seems better too, although that might just be wishful thinking on my part. You have options to twist, turn, scale and flip your faxes so they look as good as possible on your screen, and creating a new fax is also a pretty simple task, whether you want to scan a page in using STFatfs communications with the superb ScanQuix, or simply type or load
text and or an image or two. You can set up fax header pages and signatures that are unique to particular fax destinations - you probably don’t want to use the same header for your mum as for your best mate, for instance.
The main thing that comes across in using STFax is the fact that it’s a good product made better with careful thought given to the feature list and usability of the product. Having the ability to use custom greeting messages for particular callers, or to use specific fax headers for them is great, and something that previously you would have had to consider yourself, only to find you’d sent the wrong header to the wrong person, or that not everyone is amused by your Derek and Clive impressions on your answerphone. It’s also nice for people that don’t necessarily know OR PLEASURE Where next for
STFaxl It seems strange to me that areas which were always considered Amiga strengths, like video, are practically devoid of development these days, while areas that the original troika of designers never even considered are its strongest points - you could literally run a company’s switchboard with STFax, including offering a BBS for data callers if you wanted.
STFax is pretty damned near complete, I couldn’t really find anything missing that I wanted or needed with one exception, which is that you can only have one personalised greeting per person in the Phonebook. I expect that will be changed in an upcoming revision in the near future, but until then, and disregarding my weird personal requirements for the product, do get this piece of software. If you have an The docs for STFax are very comprehensive, but you might not notice them at first since they aren't called with the Help key.
BBS ZONE STFax’s BBS system isn’t going to give MAXs a run for its money, but then it’s only there as a simple addition to STFax’s abilities.
Essentially, it allows you to offer data facilities on the same number you’re also providing a fax facility and a voicemail system on. You can use it to provide updates to software you’ve written, or act as a collection point for people sending stuff in to you.
Amiga-based company, it’ll make your organisation seem truly professional no matter how singlehanded and back bedroom-based you are. If you’re a family man, or woman, get it and have separate voicemail boxes for the whole family, just so you don’t have to listen to a message all about Justine, what she did, who she’s going out with, what she wore and so on.
Even if you’re a single person, living all on your own, in a bedsit, in Croydon, get it.
You never know, all sorts of people might start ringing you just because your answerphone system is sooo cool... The range of samples that come with STFax is very comprehensive.
SUPPLIER: Active Technologies (01325) 460116 PRICE: £34.95, UPGRADE: £19.95 REQUIREMENTS: Hard disk, voice modem and CD-ROM drive Pros and Cons Even does stuff you hadn't thought of Professional messages Tree scripting Solo support OVERALL AHI [ QgOd©: ] tocrDDLiacfficDTjd: sneaks a quick look at the system with PPC support Never heard of AHI before? Then it’s about time you did. AHI does for Amiga sound what CyberGraphXand Picasso96 do for Amiga graphics: it breaks the shackles tying it to the custom hardware.
AHI, which nominally stands for Audio Flardware Interface, is a suite of software which provides programs with a hardware- independent interface for the generation of sound - whether music, sound-effects or whatever. Drivers are supplied for all the common Amiga soundcards - the Toccata, the Prelude, the Concierto, etc, - and also for the native Paula audio.
SPREADING the load While AHI is an incredibly flexible system, it does require a lot of CPU time. For example, Amiga Quake supports AHI for its sound replay, but if you select it then the game’s sound effects tend to lag behind the events which cause them. The signal processing algorithms that AHI uses to mix all the audio streams together mainly requires pure number crunching, so it’s an ideal job to offload onto your PPC coprocessor. Martin Blom, the author of AHI, has been working on the PPC version since the end of last year, but it’s not been an easy job. On April Once you've installed
Ahi PPC you'll be hard pushed to notice any difference from the original as the PowerPC part works transparently Fool’s day this year, he put a notice up on his webpage saying that he had been forced to give up writing software because the strain had affected his mental health.
GETTING IT AHS PPC is currently only available from the AHI homepage at ; because of its preview status, it is not generally distributable yet No installation scripts are provided, so you have to install the thing by hand. But this is not great chore. The important parts ©f the package are a new AHI device driver and the PowerPC module; these get copied into your DEVS: drawer. AHI works as per usual, but if the PowerPC module is available it gels used in preference to the standard code.
The system currently works only under PowerUP, and release
46. 24 or better of the ppc.iibrary is required to use it.
Currently there is no WarpUp version and is not compatible
with the WarpUp ppc.iibrary emulation. Warpilp support is
planned for the final release, however.
The cause of the problem is yet again the context switching issue. It is expensive for a program running on the PowerPC chip to call a function running on the 68K processor and vice versa. Simply porting the mixing routines to the PPC is a relatively easy task. Martin had a working version in January, but it was slower than the pure 68K version. His work since then has mainly been optimising the PPC code.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed AHI PPC, you’ll be hard pushed to notice any difference from the original, cosmetically at least. The PowerPC part of the system works transparently.
The AHI prefs program and the AUDIO: device function just as they used to.
It is worth pointing out, however, that AHI PPC is not complete yet - it is a beta version The preferences Seek and act exactly as they d© in the ©riginal.
After all. I couldn’t get the prefs program to recognise the driver for my Prelude card at all - although with a bit of fudging it was possible to get AHI to output to it. The only other problem I had was that it refused to work with any software that used the PPC for decoding sound. For example, both AmigaAMPand SoftCinema crashed the system when trying to output with AHI PPC.
The big question, then, is AHI PPC any good? In terms of sound quality I certainly cannot tell any difference from the original. As for efficiency, it’s hard to tell. I have yet to work out a foolproof way of benchmarking the system.
Comparing system loads on the 68K side of the system reveals little change. When playing games that use the AHI system for their sound effects, there seems to be no increase in frame rate - you would expect a few extra frames per second if there more CPU cycles to spare.
Quake’s effects still seem rather laggardiy.
CLASimne YOUR BENEFITS In the week or so that I’ve been messing about with this preview of AHI PPC, I really have to say that I noticed little benefit from running this version over the pure 68K release. Maybe, it’s just me. But I did expect see a notable difference. Still, I definitely think Martin Blom is on the right track. AHI, whether running on two CPUs or just one, is an indispensable addition to your Amiga.
Perhaps with’more development it can make better use of the PowerPC. & £49.95 T High Quality, Branded Modems Choose from three high-quality branded modems - the top of the range, award winning PACE v90 the new PACE ‘Solo’ v90 or the middle of the range Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ modem (well built, com pact design, same colour as your Amiga). All ship with a five year warranty. The PACE modem’s addf tional features include free lifetime technical support, UK caller ID (only modem available which sup ports this), a superb speakerphone and volume slider control. All PACE and Dynalink ‘MagicXpress
modems are now v90 shipping ready - the agreed standard for 56K connectivity.
(Jace ‘Solo’ v90 Modem program : netconnect version : v3 format : cd-rom only available : early September - call for availability awards : ©ace v90 Modem Now over a year since the release of the award-winning NetConnect 2, NetConnect 3 will shortly be available. What is NetConnect? It is the easiest to use and most comprehensive commercial 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
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J Code | Pack Contents | £ Old | £ Sa le PK01 v90 Modem & STFax 4 £ 79.95 £ 74.95 PK02 v90 Modem & NetConnect 3 £ 94.95 £ 84.95 PK03 v9Q Modem & NetConnect 3 & STFax 4 £105.95 £ 94.95 PK04 v90 Modem & NetConnect 3, Hypercom 1, STFax 4 £129.95 £119,95 PK05 v90 Modem & NetConnect 3, Hypercom 3+, STFax 4 £149.95 £124.95 ADD £40 for a PACE v90 Modem (instead of the standard Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ v90) ADD £100 for a PACE ‘Solo’ v90 Modem (instead of the Dynalink ‘MagicXpress’ v90) s All packs come with free, unlimited Internet connection - various options available AmlRC 3 [ire]* Netlnfo IS
[telnet] £39.95 The revamped and recently relaunched Hypercom cards offer a number of different models for th A1200, A1200-T and zorro Amiga’s. The Hypercom 1 is an A1200, clock port based, card offering high speed serial port, the Hypercom 3, another clock port based card for the A1200, offers 1 hig speed serial and 1 high speed uni bi parallel port. The new Hypercom 3+ offers 2 high speed seric ports and 1 high speed uni bi directional parallel port. The Hypercom 4+ offers 4 high speed seri£ ports and 2 high speed uni bi parallel ports. Note that the Hypercom 1 3 cards are now 1D4 mothei
board compatible. Software drivers and English documentation supplied. Call for more information.
Contact Manager WebVision 2 [web cam]i WebVision is a viewer program for a fairly recent phenomenon on the World Model 1 Machine: Hypercom 1 A1200 1 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial port £39.9!
Hypercom 3 A1200-T 1 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial port, 1 x uni bi 500k parallel port £69.9!
Hypercom 3+ Zorro-2 3 2 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 1 x uni bi 500K parallel port £49.9!
Hypercom 4+ Zorro-2 3 4 x 460,800bps highspeed buffered serial ports, 2 x uni bi 500k parallel ports £69.9!
Wide Web - web cameras. Web cameras are recorded images published on the web and updated at regular intervals. They may show everything from TV channel or somebody's living room to a weather report.
Documentation £29.95 £32.95 £39.95 NetConnect v3 Upgrade from v2.x NetConnect v3 Upgrade from NetConnect vl.x NetConnect v3 Cross-Upgrade from Miami, Ibrowse, Aweb liiL pus Magellan £44.95
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Program : dopus magellan II version : v5.8 format : floppy disks available : yes awards : amiga format gold, 95% ax 4 stfax v4 cd-rom only yes program version format available awards it Directory Opus Magellan II is a complete Workbench replacement and or file management basec system. Magellan-ll offers everything from file management (copy, rename, view, extract etc), docl bar creation (create your own dock bars - to launch programs, commands, scripts), advanced FTF functionality (with asynchronous operation), custom themes (24 bit icons, different backdrops, custon sounds and scripts,
improved user and start menus (aka Windows start menus), greater lister func tionality (with full drag and drop), custom menus and much more. Magellan-ll is indispensable. One* installed and used, you will never want to go back to your ‘original’ Workbench ever again.
STFax 4 is a major update to our popular fax voice software. New features since STFax 3.8 include ‘auto- warn’ (warn of an incoming call, generally or specifically or warn of a received message), ‘auto-reply’ (send automated replies to general or specific faxes), fax filtering (filter faxes based on caller id, remote id), distinctive ring (separate different calls made to two phone numbers, via one phone line), fax forwarding (forward general or specific received faxes to a remote fax number), customised cover pages (templates), caller transfers (transfer a caller to another extension or
remote number, via flash-hook transfer), IO message mode filtering, new status window, over 60 professionally recorded voice messages. Enhanced features include a rewritten fax on demand system, re-written remote access, re-written mini-BBS, enhanced interface, updated preferences, phonebook and fax viewer. Lots of other minor enhancements included.
What is STFax? STFax 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 digital answer system for family members, create a fax on demand service, log numbers via caller-ID, call screen or blacklist phone numbers, set up a mini-BBS, use your modem as a telephone, control other programs etc.
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your scanner into STFax!
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8€ICi€SYJ4f!¥8 Every time I use the Amiga Format CD, I have to open up my Amiga and put in the
3. 0 ROM chips. Why is it, when you put it on boot options screen
on the Workbench
3. 0 version and 3.0 ROM chips, that you see a device called CCO
Priority 3 ADOS Carddisk-O, yet when I put Workbench 3.1 & 3.1
ROM chips in there is no such device?
Can you tell me why the above device was not written into the 3.1 ROM chips, because without it I can’t use the AFCD, and I have to open up the Amiga and put in the 3.0 chips? I have removed the fast RAM when using the 3.1 version and it still doesn’t work, although it works on version
3. 0 with the Fast RAM still connected.
I found that when you use the 3.0 version and run the install disk that came with the CD-ROM drive, and click on the CD32 Icon, then the Preferences window, a carddisk.device appears there, yet when I use the 3.1 version and install in the same way, the device does not appear. Is there another way of using a CD-ROM drive with my A1200 without using the Squirrel SCSI interface in the PCMCIA slot?
Raffi Khan Birmingham Taking the last point first, there are loads of ways to use a CD-ROM without a Squirrel - Power’s Typhoon and phase 5 Blizzard expansion units have SCSI options, and you can connect ATAPI drives to the motherboard port, or a buffered IDE adaptor. But your Squirrel nearly works, so let’s concentrate on that.
The lack of CCO in your Kickstart 3.1 is weird, and suggests you might have the wrong ROM chips. 32-bit Amigas need a pair of ROMs, contributing 16 bits each.
You can check the ROM version by pressing three adjacent keys-. Right Amiga, Shift and Slash - on Workbench, or selecting the Workbench About menu.
After decoding use datatypes, VT or Superview to examine the result. It’s easier with an emulator, as the file inside might be packed in some Mac technique. The _ j Amiga ports of UNSIT and UNSEA might help, but some Mac proprietary packing baffles them. MacView can convert original MacPaint mono graphics into IFF ILBM, and Mac picture datatypes appear in our CD’s Workbench MacVert drawer and elsewhere.
The correct Kickstart 3.1 ROM for an A1200 is version 40.68, although I’ve got that in my desktop A4000 and it’s working fine there too. The IDE code in the bogus ‘scsi.device’ works with both interface mappings. Strictly speaking an A4000 should have version 40.70, which includes extra code for the 4000T on-board SCSI controller.
Only Kickstart 3.1 release 4 0.68 contains the PCMCIA card resource for CCO: - this explains its absence from your startup screen.
To check the hardware, run PrepCard (in SYSJools) - if the interface is not found, a requester reports ‘No card slot ’ The other potential problem with Squirrels and AFCDs, among others, is that Commodore’s CD0: driver is very limited - it was written for the CDTV and CD32, and never extended for the directory structure of modern CD-ROMs. This is why HiSoft ship the excellent freeware AmiCDFS on the PD disk - the official Commodore one gives CD32 compatibility, while AmiCDFS copes with modern format variations, including Macintosh HFS.
To get the best of both worlds, install the Commodore driver as CD0: and rename the AmiCDFS drive icon to something distinct like AmiCDO:. Then you can access either set of features on a single drive simply by specifying the appropriate name. This works in the same way that you might have PC0: and DF0: icons on Workbench, and choose the one that matches your floppy disk format.
BinHex is a Mac variant of Unix UUEncoding or MIME’s base64 text format for binary. It should tell you in literal text at the start, if it’s genuine BinHex, and what version to expect, so there’s no need to assume anything. Typical BinHex has CR LF pairs as the 65th and 66th character in each text line. These are character codes 13 and 10, where Amigas use only 10, Macs use 13, and Pcs expect both.
O'X In a Mac emulator like Fusion and jtt i Shapeshifter I’d use Stuffit-Expander, which is shareware and very easy to use - just drop the HQX file icon onto the program - and then convert it if necessary with Graphic Converter, Amiga Workbench ShapeShifter Mac OS Mac shareware that should cope with any Apple formats.
Failing that, I’d use a Shell command to decode the file. There are
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Ewft&k W9PS-.MW ObWmIMxi - disk smMKwmm I have an A1200 recently upgraded with a 260 MB hard disk and 8 MB memory, and a 24x CD-ROM. Taking Afs advice to use a virus checker, I attempted to install Virus Checker II on my hard drive. I followed the instructions and tried to install on HD1. I got the message “unpacking” on screen and the floppy drive light came on and stayed on. I could detect no sound or movement from the drive and, thinking it had stuck, I did a soft reboot and removed the floppy when the light went out.
When the computer came back on I found HD1 and the Work drawer were no longer usable. The icon HD1 :NDOS was displayed. Any attempt to use it brings up the message “HD1: Not a dos disk”. How do I get round this? I feel that I should have left the virus checker floppy working for a bit longer but I had no idea it would take so long to unpack. Or perhaps the floppy I used contained a virus. What do you think?
I also get the system request “please insert volume Work in any drive’ but I don’t have a volume ‘work’. I also get the message “CDROM handler. Cannot open ATAPI device unit 3.” What does this require me to do? Plus, when quitting Workbench, I get: “Cannot quit yet, open count 1 ” etc. The Close instruction on the YOUR PROBLEMS SOLVED Run DISKSALV2 from anyAFCD System Tools disk_tools drawer to bring back your WORK: partition on HD1:, which was clobbered when you reset the system in the middle of a write. This should restore most, if not all, the files but if it doesn’t you’ll need to restore
your backup copy. If you haven’t got a backup copy, you were living on borrowed time, and it’s run out... Feedback In the September issue of AF, Harry Gill complained about running out of memory when using his scanner. I am very pleased with my scanner but found I had the same problem. It is a Umax Astra 61 OS from Eyetech with Photoscope software. I have a similar set up to Harry Gill with an Apollo ‘40 40,16MB and a Squirrel SCSI interface. After each scan I couldn’t do another one without re-booting or I got the message “not enough memory”. I notice from the Eyetech advert that Photoscope
and ScanQuix software are written by the same author and hence may suffer from the same problem.
While trying out the excellent StartMenu by John Corigiliano, from Subscribers’ Superdisk 127,1 installed MemMeter. This showed that after doing a scan and quitting Photoscope my total memory had dropped from 15MB to 8.3MB and would not come back. I searched my AFCDs and came across a very neat little program called TaskersFlush v2.4 by Nicolas Salin in AFCD41: Serious WB which I installed in my WBStartup drawer.
This releases the memory shortly after quitting Photoscope, as MemMeter shows.
However, the software still says “not enough memory”. The answer is to install PoolMem by Thomas Richter from AFCD43: Serious Misc which releases the vital bit from the application all by itself. Both programs are required.
Alistair R Milne Tyne & Wear We’ve collected these programs on AFCD46, in Workbench ScanFix. Thanks, Alistair!
It’s not clear why the virus checker got stuck, but it could be something as simple as a spike of mains or wireless interference.
If Virus Checker usually did that we would certainly not recommend it!
The request for Volume Work: should be cured when you restore the partition. If DISKSALV has a lot of trouble ‘repairing’ it, you might need to rename the icon to Work: from the silly name (wanagi-wachipi) Dave Haynie assigns if he can’t find the old one. I guess unit 3 on your IDE interface is not found because you installed the ATARI port expansion code on the missing partition.
The problem with quitting Workbench is that you have run a program from Workbench - often from the WBStartup drawer - and Workbench is waiting for a POWER FAULT I have a SX-32 Pro system with 8MB RAM plus the usual peripherals. After about 45-60 minutes of use my system crashes.
I think it’s a heating problem with the power supply or the box. If it is the stock power supply, could I wire the output of another power supply in parallel with the one I have? I can’t find any Bigfoots listed anywhere.
Phil Waite via email That does sound like a PSU overload. It’s unwise to wire two power supplies as you propose, though you might dedicate one for drives and another for the computer. Memory, processor, graphics and sound all need one supply or you’ll risk interference loops and regulation instability. If you need to ask how, don’t try this.
If you can’t get a Bigfootyou can make one easily enough by connecting your Amiga power lead to a cheap 200 watt PC power supply. The Bigfoot puts that in a nice metal box, but you can get a PC tower and PSU for less, these days. Power adaptor instructions are on AFCD46.
Message from its ‘child’, before it can quit.
You can unload properly-written programs of this type using the Commodities control panel (normally in sys-.tools commodities), but some persist until you reboot.
It’s not wise to quit Workbench, anyway - it would just stop you using the Amiga's built-in graphical user interface for files and directories. The option was intended for programmers who wanted to free the last few K on a small machine, and has been obsolete since Workbench 3.
DOS TYPES Where can I find information about the DosTypes field in DosDrivers:, such as how to understand and make your own? I would like to make a 1581 -compatible driver to read and write 3.5” disks from the C64.
How do I understand this?
Example from DiskSpare device distribution: * 984KB disk mount entry * Device = diskspare.device (...) DosType = Gx444P5301 I tried several documents but most of them don’t talk about the construction of the DosType field; they just say it exists.
Phillipe Dumont Belgium The DosType is a four character identifier which uniquely identifies the format. It’s written in hex as some of the characters can’t be typed. The Ox prefix indicates base 16 or hexadecimal, and 44 is the ANSI code for “D”, “4F” is the code for “O” and you might not be too surprised to find that ‘‘53” is the code for “S”. The 01 is the version. By convention “0x444F5300” is the code for the original Amiga file system on Kickstart 1, known as OFS, and later versions increment the last byte to signify Fast File System, Directory Caching, International FFS, and so on. So
Diskspare uses the same code as Amiga FFS disks.
Continued overleaf The value is up to the writer of the device, so you don’t make one up unless you’re writing a device. Otherwise, you just copy the supplied mountlist or documentation. For instance CDFileSystem uses “0x43443031”, which is the ANSI code for the text “CD01 ”. There’s no user documentation because the value is meaningless, except by convention and to match up disks with software handlers and devices. You use the Advanced Options of FIDToolbox to set the DosType of a partition, so the AmigaOS, Unix or Mac emulation knows what software to use to access it.
There are utilities to read 800K Commodore 1581 disks on Aminet and supplied with the CatWeasel disk controller.
Copy1581f and the C1581 filesystem are on the AFCD.
Idefix m32 I’ve been having problems with I DEFIX 97 whilst trying to make a bootable CD32 emulator floppy disk. When I try to create a disk, I always get the messages ‘cannot open SCSI.device unit 3’ and ‘CDO is not mounted’ when trying to boot from the floppy. My Workbench recognises CDO when I create the installation disk so what’s the problem? My A1200 has 2MB chip RAM, 4MB fast RAM, a 6xCD-ROM and 170MB hard disk.
Alex Gabb Birmingham You must specify exactly the right device name and unit (drive number on the interface) or the Amiga won’t find the drive.
For a start, “scsi.device” must be in lower case-, I know SCSI is an acronym (for Small Computer System Interface, fact fans) and thus deserves CAPITALS, but the device naming scheme was invented before SCSI, and uses exact matching for speed.
If you used the I DEFIX installer you could pick the name from a list and would not need to retype it. Unit 3 is only available if you have an IDE port splitter, which you don Y list in your hardware. Standard internal interface units are numbered 0 and 1, for master and slave, and port extensions are units 2 and 3. So the unit number suggests the drive is configured as slave on the secondary port. If it works from the hard disk, but not from a floppy the device and unit are right for Workbench (in Devs Dos Drivers) so make the CDO setup on the floppy match, and it should work.
THE BARE NECESSITIES I have just purchased a secondhand Amiga 1200 with an old Epson MX printer and an external floppy drive. I wish to upgrade the computer and need sound advice.
In a few weeks time I want to purchase a CD-ROM drive, but I have been informed that a 1.1 GB hard disk would be a wise investment, saving the hassle of installing to floppy disk if I bought a CD-ROM drive on its own. I was quite happy with this until I was also informed that to get a hard disk of any size would mean that I also need a memory expansion board (trapdoor fitting) of up to 6MB. Then I was informed that a Viper ‘030 accelerator card is the first thing I should purchase.
Being new to the Amiga scene, all this is getting a bit puzzling. Is all this equipment necessary, just because I want a CD-ROM drive? If so, should I start from the accelerator card and work up?
I am also experiencing trouble when trying to make back-up copies, or just trying to format a disk. I have been using Workbench 3.0 and selecting the Shell command for copying, and the format option to format a disk. Every time I have tried to format, the ‘disk is write-protected’ request appears. This is despite making sure that disks are write-enabled.
After formatting, the same request appears or says ‘cannot initialise disk’, or sometimes states that suddenly the disk is NDOS and I cannot use the disk any more. When copying on a successfully formatted disk, after asking for the destination disk, it states that’s write-protected. This is despite ensuring that the disk is write-enabled.
All disks that are being used for copying and formatting are DOS disks.
Mr C Jones Gainsborough The advice is good, but you can take smaller steps. Your existing system is very limited, by modern standards, and I think the person who sold it to you might have mislead you, too. You're going to struggle to use the CD-ROM without a hard disk, but anything - even 20MB - will make a big ISP IT I own an Amiga 2000 with 8MB RAM and no CD. Can I hook up a 100MB Iomega Zip parallel drive to it to use it as a hard disk? I have tons of games I’d like to play again... I had a SCSI Quantum 48MB hard disk but that has since crashed. I also have an old 128MB IDE hard disk I
could use. Where can I get a IDE controller? Should I just go with the Zip drive? Where can I get the driver? Is there a Zip tool package for the Amiga?
Mike Piano USA You need an adaptor for the parallel Zip drive, or an IDE Zip drive with Buddha.
There’s no need for special software - the Workbench HDToolbox will format Zips for your own use, even to boot from. There are several collections of free tools on Aminet to protect drives and convert between PC, Mac and Amiga difference. An Amiga is crippled without one, but a gigabyte one just gives you a big backup challenge.
YouTl need a hard disk as soon as possible - it will save you lots of time swapping floppies - and an accelerator wilt allow you to run more software, faster.
I’d get the disk first, then the CD, then the accelerator, but they ail work together synergistically - your adviser is right to suggest that you need all three to get the best from your Amiga, but you don't need to buy all at once. Accelerators are so cheap now that memory- only boards, which limit further expansion, are often false economy.
You don't absolutely need memory expansion but the memory in the A1200 is slow and small by modern standards. Your problem is that the minimal A1200 set-up dates back to 1992, when it was designed as a floppy games console, and basis for expansion. The MX80 printer design is solid but almost 20 years old; mine still works, but it's awful compared with a £100 modern inkjet If you paid more than £100 for the lot, you were ripped off.
As regards disk copying, you can copy and format disks with Workbench and don't need to use Shell commands. Just click on the disk you want to copy, put another disk in the other drive, and drag the image of the disk you want to copy onto the icon for the other drive. Commodore should have explained this better in the Workbench 3 manual, but perhaps they thought it obvious. The system will prompt you to copy the whole lot, formatting as it goes along. If you had a hard disk you could then carry on using the system during the copying... It sounds as if you've got a damaged drive. The
write-protection is detected by a switch or light just behind the door. Check that it's not clogged. Writing is more tricky than reading, so if you get an error copying from DF0: to DF1:, swap the disks and try them the other way round.
Formats, but these are just custom Zip frills.
The Buddha would also accommodate your IDE drive, although you might need a modern Kickstart ROM for your A2000 - version 2 is a must for reasonable-sized partitions, with 3.1 preferred for future upgrades. Ideally you should use a SCSI interface, as your A2000 was designed for Zorro II DMA. A secondhand A2091 should be ideal for you, along with SCSI CD-ROM
- an old Apple one would do nicely.
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A3000 QUERIES Where can I obtain the resistor packs which plug into the RP 802-804 connectors of my A3000 motherboard? I’m considering addon cards but the slots aren’t specifically labelled so I’m not sure which slot is for Zorro, video, processor etc. My internal SCSI hard disk (unit 6) is working fine. However, I can’t get my external Reno CD-ROM drive to work. I’ve loaded the correct software, tried several different settings and software solutions but each time I run a utility to access the CD the drive accesses and the program hangs temporarily at the unit number the CD is set to, but
in the end it just reports ‘Drive not found’ or something similar. I am sure that it’s a termination problem and I’m worried I’ll have a tough time obtaining the resistor packs for the motherboard. I am also going to try a new internal hard disk which has a termination jumper built-in. Might this help?
If all my efforts to fix my external SCSI fail, I’ll consider the Flash Buddha for my Zorro slot. Could I fit an internal Zip or new Orb drive where the second floppy drive would normally go, or would it be best to run IDE cables out to a separate case housing a CD, Zip or Orb drive?
The internal battery on my motherboard was carelessly removed for fear of further leakage. However, the Flash Buddha has a clock port doesn’t it? Do you have any other recommendation to replace my internal battery so I don’t have to send my motherboard in for professional work?
Currently I have Kickstart 2.0 which is used only to boot Kickstart 3.0 and I use WB
3. 1. I’m impressed about Directory Opus Magellan and was
considering it, but was wondering if I might be better off
getting a Kickstart 3.1 ROM and the new WB 3.1 OS, as I’ve
heard it will feature easy web connection as well as give me
ail the features I currently have thanks to many add-ons and
hacks. I would also save memory by not having to softboot my
Kickstart and be supporting Amiga.
Rob Daviau Canada Workbench on a fresh partition, and copy the default files across. Otherwise, add semicolons before the lines that refer to add-on programs which are missing.
I gave general advice on editing startup files in my first Workbench column, in AF127. If you’re not sure where to start, you can put commands like WAIT and ECHO in the file, to let you know how far it has got, and give you time to read the messages. For instance, add these lines in the middle of the file: "Hal f EC This displays a message then waits 10 seconds, or until you hit Control C to break the WAIT, returning a fail code of 5. All the error messages generated up to this point must be in the first half of the file, or caused by startup-sequence. Any subsequently must be in the second
half of user-startup, or among the WBStartup icons, run when Workbench is loaded. You can use this technique to zero in on the problem lines.
SnoopDos on the AFCD can list each attempt to open a file as it occurs, with the name of the calling program. To investigate Workbench-launched programs, rename the WBStartup drawer and icon, and click on the icons individually after you’ve started Workbench and SnoopDos. If necessary, rename user-startup and run it manually with EXECUTE S:renamed-user-startup) from a shell after starting SnoopDOS. T As regards the missing font, you must have installed something - you don’t hint at what, and anything could put up that message - that calls for a font that is not in the FONTS: directory. Find
out what program is complaining, and re-configure it to use a font you do have, or copy the required font into the right place. This may happen if you add something to your system by copying the program icon, without running the installer to move other necessary files, which may not be obvious.
Yes, it's been on AFCDs several times.
We've written about 10 pages on this and related matters in recent months, but perhaps you missed them. Subscribers can feel smug at this point. You can use Ghostscript, XPDF or APDF. As we're nice, we've put the latest Ghostscript archives and installation instructions on AFCD46 in Workbench PDF.
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A Genlock can output an integrated picture.
Passive SCSI terminators are obsolete but still available from many electronics and computing suppliers. Amiga specialists like Amiga International in Germany or Paxtron in New York know the required type. The cheapest thing is to pull them from old drives. Amiga ones are quite standard, for eight-pins, although some use other types.
They have the midpoint of220 and 330 ohm resistor pairs connected to each of six lines, on pins 2 to 7, with pin 1 pulled up to +5 volts, via the 220 ohm resistors, and pin 8 pulled down to 0 volts via the 330 ohm ones.
They work by holding the voltage on the line midway between 0 and 1, so it can swing either way. If all else fails you can always create these with a dozen discrete resistors.
You might have trouble getting the Zip to fit the A3000 front panel, which was made for specific floppy drives. The cramped desktop A3000 case is hard to expand, which is why Commodore made the A3000T. External IDE cables should be kept very short -18 inches at most. I’d go for SCSI, as SCSI Zip drives work much better, especially with an A300Os built-in 32-bit DMA controller.
Your four Zorro slots work identically with any Zorro II or Zorro III card, but only one has an adjoining 12-bit video slot. The other slots are ISA ones, useless without a PC bridgeboard. Zorro III cards need Buster Rev. 11 on the A3000 motherboard for full functionality.
You need termination at both ends of a SCSI chain, but it sounds as if you’re running without any! This may work with a short cable to an internal drive, but I’m not surprised the external CD drive objects. If you can’t terminate both ends, one or two sets of termination anywhere may help, but it’s not the right way to do it.
The Flash Buddha clock port is not intended for clocks but for A1200 peripherals. It’s a socket, not a clock, and A1200 clock units are rare and might need software tweaks as the Buddha port is not at the usual A1200 address. You might be able to get a parallel port clock devicer which would be easier to get working but I’d recommend that you replace the battery.
The A3000 circuit specifies a 3.6 volt 60 mA hour NiCd (Nickel Cadmium) rechargeable battery. A slightly different mA hour rating is not a problem, but the voltage should be between three and four volts. Connect the positive terminal to pins 1 or 2, and negative to pin 3 of the socket Hey, presto - a working interna! Dock!
Workbench 3.5, not 3.1, is the one with Internet support, and more besides. It requires Kickstart 3.1 ROMs. You should get it whether or not you buy Magellan, because it has many improvements over your old Kickstart 2 and lots of fine programs require at least Kickstart 3.
TW PRODUCTION We are producing a television series and need to have a divided TV screen, with the lower 40 per cent of the screen scrolling through the television schedule and the top part of the screen containing our show, just Thank you for your excellent Workbench queries column. I've had my A1200 for several years, but i’m still a novice when it comes to adjusting or tweaking the Workbench and startup files, so perhaps you could offer suggestions to a poor old ‘wrinkly’.
When I switch on my machine it boots normally from my internal hard disk, but during its loading I get messages across the top of the screen like ‘Can’t find ?’ or ‘trying to load ?’ or ‘Can’t run?’, where ? Is the title of what the machine can’t find. The machine seems to work perfectly regardless of these messages, but they are much too fast for me to read or do anything about. I know that on my Spectrum, it was possible to insert a CHAR between each line in order to check the progress if you had a fault. Is there a method of ‘pausing’ the startup sequence so that a mouse click will move to
the next line before activating it? I would like to find out what these messages are, so that I can correct it if there is a fault When my machine is booting up, I get a list of files and my CPU listing as it loads, prior to the Workbench screen coming up. One of the messages says “Can’t find Amigaguide path” then carries on and boots the screen. How do I trace this fault and correct it? After my Workbench screen settles I get a small window which shows “Can’t find required font”. How do I sort that one out?
Mr AE Berryman Northumberland This is the sort of housekeeping’ best done as you go along, rather than in a blitz all at once, but you can sort it out by working through the problems and rebooting periodically to test the changes. Most will involve lines added to the file 'user-startup ’ when programs were installed.
You need to look through the user-startup file, and perhaps startup-sequence, for references to the files that your system can’t find. If these are part of the standard system, you might want to re-install a clean like the TV Guide channel does, if you are familiar with that. Can the Amiga do this for us with the Video Toaster?
Ken via AOL USA Any Amiga can do that with a simple Genlock
- there’s no need fora Video Toaster! The Genlock replaces one
colour on the Amiga screen with the TV show, or anything else
you feed into its video input, and outputs the combined Amiga
and TV picture. All the rest is simple software.
There are lots of programs that scroll a ‘slice’ of text or graphics. Once again, the Amiga hardware does almost all the work for you. The Big Alternative Scroller is a popular commercial choice. But if you've got a Toaster, that should do the job too.
AMUSE FORMAT Is there a utility or filetype available to allow Adobe PDF files to be viewed?
Workbench is commonly used as a name for the whole of the Amiga’s operating system, but it is really just one component of it. In actual fact, Workbench is just a program that can be run on your Amiga the same as any other. However, it usually gets S urprising though it may seem, Amiga Format still gets many letters and calls from new Amiga users. These new users are buying secondhand machines, perhaps with no manuals, so they are not always aware of the things that the rest of us life-long enthusiasts take for granted.
Two issues ago we began a series of tutorials aimed at helping the novice Amiga user, our Complete Beginner’s Guides. This time we turn our attention to the Workbench. How do you use the mouse properly, what are system gadgets for, and what 6an you do with icons? All will be answered.
We also have a new tutorial kicking off this issue and it’s one that our readers have long requested: JavaScript. Now that Wk at last have three JavaScript- enabled browsers on the Amiga, What better time to begin.
When readers ‘phone up the Amiga Format office with queries, one thing that constantly amazes me is the number of them who still have not fully got to grips with Workbench, the Amiga’s standard desktop environment. Here at AF, we plan to rectify that.
Than the current window’s size on screen, these gadgets will allow you to change the point of view, to select which portion of that larger area is currently visible. This gadget comes in two varieties: the horizontal one allows horizontal movement, the vertical one vertical movement.
1 WINDOW TITLE: A text string identifying this window.
Programs may use this to display other information, such as the name of a file currently being displayed within the window.
2 SCREEN TITLE; If no window is active on this screen the screen’s title will be displayed here. If there is an active window, the window may display its own message.
3 WINDOW DRAG BAR; Positioning the pointer on this area and dragging with the mouse will move the window around the screen.
4 SCREEN DRAG BAR: Positioning the pointer on this area and dragging with the mouse will move the screen around the view.
The arrow shaped buttons can be left-clicked to move the point of view in small increments. The bar-shaped button allows faster movement and is known as a proportional gadget. The size of the solid part of the bar varies according to how much of the window’s contents fits within the current window size; its position within the shaded area corresponds to the position of the visible part of the window within the larger window area. The solid bar can be dragged around inside the shaded area and hence the point of view moved correspondingly.
Alternatively, the shaded areas themselves can be left-clicked to move the bar in steps equal to the bar’s size and hence move the point of view in steps equal to the size of the visible portion of the window.
60 Beginners Guide Muddled by mice and irritated with Intuition? Richard Drummond explains Workbench 5 ZOOM GADGET: Windows can remember two sizes.
Left-clicking on this gadget will alternate the window s .between the two sizes.
64 Practical JavaScript lUeil Bothwick introduces JavaScript, the vogue way of livening-up your web pages.
66 Useful Arexx Arexx scripts don't have to be difficult to use. Nick Veitch shows you how to add a GUI.
I 6 WINDOW DEPTH GADSFT: A left-click will J shuffle the depth arrangement of this window. If : it’s not the frontmost window it will be moved to j | the front; if it is already at the front ~ ' rissh it will be moved to ? ! Backc*rop2-lQ24.jpeg 9 SIZING 6A Dragging this gadget allows the size of the window to be changed.
63 Prof ram Perfection 7 SCREEN DEPTH GADGET; Left-clicking on this button will shuffle the depth arrangement of this screen. If it’s not the frontmost screen it will be moved to the front; if it is already at the front it will be moved to the back.
Clicking this gadget is known as screen- flipping.
Richard Drummond starts putting the bits together and making sure they work.
70 Synth Studies Tony Horgan goes all cosmopolitan and explores what foreign platforms have to offer.
71 Banging the Metal Find out about the blitter, the workhorse of Amiga graphics, Simon Goodwin reveals all.
74 Amiga*net 8 SCROLL GADGET If a window’s contents is larger Dave Cusick reads the news to keep abreast of life in cyberspace. You should, too.
Computers; programs that make use of it have a consistent style and may all be operated in a similar manner. It provides programs with and manages all the GUI elements, the windows, screens, gadgets, menus, and so on.
THE GUI TOOLKIT By default the Workbench root window is a l normal window i I which can be depth | arranged, sized i and moved as per usual. Most people find | it easier to use as a backdrop window - a j window that always lies behind all other windows and fills the whole screen. This j can achieved by selecting the Backdrop | option from the Workbench menu and snapshotting the window.
J Windows are the rectangular areas on your Amiga’s display where the action takes place. All communication with programs running on your system is made via these windows: this is where they print or draw their ouput and this is where you can type in data from the keyboard or operate any graphical controls, called gadgets, that a program may provide. The Amiga is multitasking. Many programs may be running at the same time, so there may be many windows open at one time. They may all produce output simultaneously, but only one window at a time can accept input from the user. This is known as
the active window. The active window will generally be signified by a highlighted border surrounding it which will be blue by default.
A window is made active by left-clicking anywhere inside it.
Known as a GUI (pronounced goo-ey); it was once known as a WIMP but that doesn't sound half as good started automatically for you when you boot your machine.
The role that Workbench plays is to provide a visual environment for the manipulation of files, running of programs and general control of your Amiga’s settings. The metaphor it employs is that of an office desktop (although this analogy is rather strained at times). All the objects stored on your computer are represented pictorially as icons. These icons -- whether volumes, drawers or files - may be moved Windows can be likened to sheets of paper sitting on your desk. They can be stacked on top of one another, they can overlap, be moved around and their order shuffled. Where the paper analogy
fails is Tools B5Z1N Only Icons about on the desktop or opened with simple combinations of mouse movements and clicks. No complicated commands need to be learned like in previous text- only systems.
Workbench is an example of what is known as a graphical user interface or GUI (pronounced goo-ey). This type of interface was once known as a WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers) system but the ubiquity of this type of interface has led to the term GUI being sufficient these days.
The overall control of GUIs on the Amiga is the responsibility for a part of the operating system known as Intuition. Intuition is something like a window manager on other that some windows will permit their size to changed by the user. And, just like windows of the glass variety, the world behind a GUI window can be larger than what is seen within its frame. However, the visible area of such a window is changed not by moving the observer but moving the world itself, an action known as scrolling. Windows that allow themselves to be moved, sized, shuffled or scrolled will generally provide
special gadgets, called system gadgets, to do this (see box).
One innovation that the Amiga boasts over earlier WIMP systems is the concept of the screen. The complete display that an Amiga generates on a monitor or TV is known as a view and equivalent to the display of a conventional computer.
The simplest and most common operation, a short press and release of the left mouse button. This can be used to activate a window, operate standard gadgets or select and highlight icons on the desktop.
Two left-clicks in quick succession. Mainly used to open icons on the desktop.
This operation implies movement.
Position the pointer over an object, hold down the left button and move the mouse. The final position will be accepted only when you let go of the button.
Dragging can be applied to moving screens and windows, changing a window’s size, operating scroll bars and moving icons to a new position on the desktop.
¦ This is used to simultaneously select a group of icons on the desktop. Left-click on the first icon you wish to choose, hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and then left-click on each of the other desired icons in turn.
DRAG-SELECT: Again, this is used to select multiple icons on the desktop.
Start a drag operation in a Workbench window but not actually on an icon and a rectangle will be drawn on screen. On letting go of the left button, all icons within the rectangle will be selected.
MENU SELECT: The Amiga’s pull down menus are visible only when the right mouse button is held down; the menu titles will appear in place of the active screen’s title bar. A menu’s options can be revealed - the menu pulled down - by positioning the pointer over its title while keeping the right button depressed. An option in that menu can then be highlighted by moving the pointer over it; the highlighted option will be selected when the right button is let go. Some menu options may pull down further submenus when highlighted - these can be operated in exactly the same manner. To cancel a menu
without selection, move the pointer outside of the menu and release the right button.
Uniquely, the view can be divided into separate work areas called screens. These can be stacked and have their order Continued overleaf 4 shuffled in in a manner similar to windows.
A screen can even be rolled down the view like an upside down blind to reveal any screens underneath. This powerful feature permits the mixing of screens of differing sizes, resolutions and colours on a single view. Like windows, the contents of a screen may be much larger than simply the area that can be seen in the view. Such a screen can be scrolled about by moving the mouse pointer towards its edges.
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When you start up your Amiga, only one screen will be open. This is the default or Workbench screen, the place where Workbench and the majority of programs will display their windows. Other software may open additional screens for their own personal use. When many screens are available, the active screen is the one on which the active window is displayed.
The other novel feature of the Amiga’s GUI is hidden pull-down menus. Other systems like the Macintosh have a bar at OP TIP A three button mouse comes in handy. The extra I 'IjKigfe button can be used for operations such as Shift- selecting or screen flipping.
The top of the display where the menu titles are always visible. The Amiga has similar menus, but the menu titles appear and then become usable only when the right mouse button is held down (see Know Your Rodent). The currently available set of menus is defined by the program controlling the active window. Some programs may choose to define no menus, in which case the menu bar will be blank on pressing the right button. Other programs may interpret right clicks for their own purposes. Graphics packages such as Ppaint are a good example of this. The menu bar appears only when right-clicking
over the screen’s title bar; right-clicking anywhere else will paint with the background colour.
JILL ABOUT iCMiS Workbench classifies icons into four main types - volumes, drawers, tools and projects - representing the different types of object in your Amiga’s file system. All icons can be dragged with the mouse, double-clicked to be opened or selected by a left-click; selected icons can then be acted on by a menu option. The result of all these operations, though, depends on the icon’s type.
Volumes are the disks available to your machine. These will always be displayed in the root window, the first window that Workbench opens when it starts. Drawers represent the named branch points in the tree-like structure of a disk’s contents.
Drawers and volume behave similarly in that they are both containers. Opening a drawer or volume will open up a new window showing the contents at that level of the corresponding disk’s tree. This mechansim allows the simple navigation through the levels of a disk’s structure.
Icons are further typed as real or fake.
Objects with real icons must each have a file in which to store information about that icon. If there is no such file, Workbench can assign the object a default icon depending on the object's type. For files and drawers, the icon information is stored in a file made up from the name of the object and the suffix ‘.info’. Volume icons are stored in a file called disk.info’ in the first level of that volume.
If you ever get stuck while using a program and can’t find the manual, try pressing the HELP key on the keyboard. This will often activate online help or display a guide file.
All Workbench windows, apart from the root window, have a configurable viewing mode selectable from the Window menu (options in this menu operate on the active window). If the mode is set to ‘Show Only Icons’ then only objects with real icons will be displayed in that window.
Setting the mode to ‘Show All Files’ will display all objects whether their icons are real or fake. It is also possible to switch between viewing the contents of a window pictorially as icons or just as a textual list of the objects’ names. The ‘View by Icon Text’ options perform this. If the icon corresponding to the window is real, the current viewing mode, position and size of a window can be saved by selecting the ‘Snapshot Window’ option from the Window menu. The ‘Snapshot All’ option will save the window status and the positions of all icons contained within it.
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Dragging an icon with your mouse allows you to change its position within a window. If it has a real icon, this position can be remembered via the Snapshot option in the Icon menu. However, dragging can perform other operations.
Dragging an icon to a window representing a drawer on the same disk as the icon itself will move the icon and its corresponding object to that drawer. Dragging an icon to a window of a different disk will create an exact copy of the object at that position on the disk (the original remains intact). When either operation is applied to a drawer, both the drawer and its contents are moved or copied.
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I i i through many levels of a disk. A left out icon can be put away by dragging it back to its original location or by selecting the ‘Put Away’ option from the menu.
BLAST OFF Files are classed as either tools or projects by Workbench. The difference is only apparent when you try to open one. A tool is an executable file, a program which can run by itself. A project is a data file which must be loaded by an external program.
Projects include things like text files, pictures, sound samples and so on.
Typically, a project will have a default tool associated with it. Double-clicking a project icon will launch that default tool and try to use it to load the project. To open the project with a different tool you can select its icon and then hold down Shift on the Workbench allows programs to display special icons known as Applcons in its root window. Applcons behave differently than other icons: they cannot be dragged outside of the root window and their positions cannot be snapshotted. An Applcon can be doubled-clicked or have other icons dropped on it to supply input to the program that owns
the Applcon. The results of such operations depends on the particular program.
APPICOIVIS be supplied by Workbench to the tool or default tool when launched. Their exact nature depends on the tool itself.
To complicate matters further, only special programs can be run from Workbench, those that know how to deal with the messages that Workbench will send them. Generally, this includes all tools with real icons. Tools with fake icons are not meant to be run as Workbench programs. Opening such a tool will pop up a window with a string gadget containing the name of the tool. This window will also appear if you choose the ‘Execute Command’ option from the Workbench menu. Clicking the OK gadget will try to execute the text in the string gadget just as if it had been entered in a shell (more on that
topic next issue).
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I i Quiet at the back! [E@SO;B(i ™Gfe is going explain all about the language of the web At last! With the imminent release of Voyager 3 and Ibrowse 2, we are finally able to use JavaScript with all main Amiga web browsers. Now is a good time to look at what we can, and cannot, do with JavaScript in a web environment. This tutorial looks at JavaScript in terms of what we can do and how to do it. We will cover the basics of the language in order to be able to use it, but the overall approach is far more practical than theoretical. We will therefore assume that you are familiar with the basics
of script programming as the “Useful Arexx” tutorials provide this.
Several different versions of JavaScript, with different features, not all supported by all browsers. We’ll look at compatibility issues later on, but for most situations the browsers behave similarly.
We’ll start with a simple example and then look at what it does and how it works.
JavaScript can appear anywhere within the HTML of a page and is executed at the point it is found. In this case we are going to add some text to the bottom of a page, showing the date and time it was loaded, and when the page was last updated on the server, so this script appears just before the body tag of the page.
SCRIPT TYPE="text javascript" mwmeo .. HTML of a page and executed by the browser so you can use it even if your ISP doesn't have a CGI facility iv SsSSSS JavaScript is contained within the HTML of a page and executed by the browser. This is the opposite of CGI scripts that reside on, and are executed by, the server. This has the advantage that you can use it even if your ISP doesn’t provide a CGI facility for your web space, as is the case with most free web space. The disadvantage is that it relies on every browser executing your script in the same way, something that doesn’t always
happen as the “big two” browser companies each try to force their own interpretation on the standard. This is made worse by the fact that there are JAVA OR JAVASCRIPT Java and JavaScript are two completely different things, despite the similarity of the names. In fact, that’s about all they have in common. Java is a full-blown programming language. Although its web usage is mainly for small Java “applets”, it will be a core element of the new Amiga Operating Environment. There is currently no usabiejava implementation for the Amiga.
JavaScript is an interpreted scripting language. The two languages have very different capabilities and complement each other rather than performing the same tasks.
The definitive reference manual for JavaScript is on Netscape's web site at LANGUAGE="JavaScript" 1 ! Comment out the script for non-JavaScript browsers!.
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SCRIPT 1 The first line tells the browser that the following text is JavaScript and that it should be executed, not displayed. If you use functions only available in a later version of JavaScript, you must specify this in the language attribute.
A script containing ‘LANGUAGE=”JavaScript1.2’” will only be executed by a browser that supports at least version 1.2 of JavaScript.
The HTML standard says that a browser should ignore any tags it doesn’t recognise and display the contents as standard text.
This would result in a non- JavaScript browser displaying the code of the script. To avoid this we include the whole of the script within the html !-- comment tags.
The next line is a comment, JavaScript ignores everything from to the end of the line. The command documentwrite does just This is used so much that you can use document on its own when referring to the contents of the current window. By current window, JavaScript is referring to a window or frame, so it is usually simpler to use document on its own rather than start calling frames windows.
While methods do things to objects, like writing text in them, properties contains information about their objects. Some properties are read-only, such as document.lastModified (it wouldn’t make sense to be able to change this) while others can be changed from within a script.
The bgColor and fgColor properties are the equivalent of the BGCOLOR and TEXT tags of body . Instead of body BGCOLOR="Black" TEXT="White" you could use SCRIPT TYPE="text javascript" LANGUAGE="JavaScript" 1 1-1 document. BgColor="Black" document.fgColor="White" ;f - 1 SCRIPT f HEAD 1 BODY f This is a fairly pointless example, using an extra six lines to achieve the same end as the standard body tag, but when we look at cookies later, you’ll be able to see how to allow each user to save their own preferences for your site. We put the script inthe HEAD section of the page, because
once the body tag has been written then colours are set, changing them later would be no use (actually, you can cnange bgCoior part.- ay during a document, but this can produce unpredictable resuits, see weirdcolours.html for an example of code CASE SENSITIVITY JavaScript keywords are case-sensitive, documentwrite is not the same as Document.Write. However, just to make things confusing, internet Explorer is case-insensitive for client-side terms, such as document. The result is the worst of both worlds, you have to ensure you always type with the correct case, yet you cannot take advantage of
the case-sensitivity to create extra variables.
What it says, it writes the contents of the brackets into the document, for the browser to render as HTML, in this case it’s a tag to display the following text centred.
This line, like all JavaScript statements, ends with a semi-colon. While you can usually get away with omitting the semi-colons if you stick to one statement per line, it’s safest to get into the habit of always ending a line this way.
Using document.writeln does the same, except it adds a line feed to the end of the text. On line four we are displaying more than a text string, Date () is a JavaScript function to return the current date and time. The + operator joins the two strings, the text and the output from Date () into one string for document.writeln. We could just as easily have written this as two lines: document.write(' BR This page was loaded at ') ;!
Document.writeln(Date() ) Note that we include a br in the string we send to the browser. The line feeds added by document.writeln are ignored when laying out the text, in the same way that line feeds in the HTML are ignored.
Line five uses a property of the document, more on this in a moment, that contains the date the page was last changed. This information is normally sent to the browser along with the page. Instead of including a line of HTML showing the date of the last update in each page, and needing to update your code each time, this JavaScript will automatically show the date the page was last uploaded.
Finally, we close the div tag and then the script. The HTML closing comment before the script is important, without this, non-JavaScript browsers will think the rest of the page is also a comment.
PROPERTIES HUP METHODS JavaScript is an object-oriented language.
We have already met one of the objects, “document”, we will meet many others soon enough. The document object refers to the current HTML document, which may be a complete page or a frame within a page (or even a sub-frame within a frame), write and writeln are methods of the document object, that is document.write(‘text’) writes text to the current document. In fact, document is a property of the window object, it should be written as window.document, meaning the document contained in the current window.
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JavaScript deals with the document at the moment it is run. If you want to write to the window, you call the script at the point you want the output to appear. If you want to process information entered in a form, you must call the script after the form has been displayed, or it won’t be able to find the form fields. This could mean mixing JavaScript and HTML together in a page, which makes editing later on a nightmare.
To avoid this, it is often better to define all your JavaScript as functions in the head of the document so you only need a simple call to the script in the HTML body text.
Here is how we show the last modified date of the page using this method.
HEAD f TITLE . . . . TITLE f SCRIPT TYPE="text javascript" LANGUAGE="JavaScript" % ! Comment out the script for non-JavaScript browsers!
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Not every browser will run JavaScript, either because it doesn’t support it or because it is disabled in the preferences. It is important to consider how your site will appear and work for those not using JavaScript. The examples we have seen so far are not essential to using the site, but other pages may not work as you intended without JavaScript. HTML provides a means to deal with this, the noscript tag. A browser running JavaScript will ignore anything between noscript and noscript while other browsers will ignore the noscript tags and display the text between them. If your pages
will work differently without JavaScript, you should put a warning about this within the NOSCRIPT tags.
Http: www.javagoodies.com contains a lot of useful information and examples on using JavaScript.
Adding a GUI to your Arexx scripts? Nothing could be easier according to Kbefe WMJteOo The thing that tends to put a lot of people off writing and using Arexx scripts is that to some it appears so fiddly. All that shell nonsense, typing in commands and arguments isn’t their idea of modern computing - after all, if you wanted
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process selected files Chapter 12: Project 3 to really learn
several thousand arcane commands and their parameters, you
might as well install UNIX.
But Arexx scripts don’t have to be like that. You are still going to have to understand all the Arexx commands to be able to write them in the first place, but you can make them easy to use, for yourself and others, by adding a graphical user interface or GUI.
There are several ways of doing this.
For a start, many programs which allow you to invoke Arexx commands internally often have user friendly ways of passing parameters to them. Programs like Directory Opus, Turbotext, Adpro, ImageFX and so on have internal support for Arexx, and also ways of launching Arexx scripts from within the application, making it easier to incorporate scripts. Dopus not only IF EXISTS("libs:rexxreqtoois.library") THEN DO IP ~SHOW("L","rexxreqtoois.library"} THEN I? ~ADDLIB("rexxreqtoois.library",0,-30) THEN EXIT END ELSE EXIT launches scripts but, thanks to its flexible interface, allows you to pass
parameters to them or use them to process selected files and so on.
This is a great way to use Arexx scripts, as it means no mucking about with shell windows, making sure you have the right parameter format or wondering whether you have to be in the right directory to get everything to work. It is also pretty easy to program, as the host application sorts out all the unpleasantness of passing the arguments in the right format, and in the case of Dopus, gathering extra input from the user.
However, it is still a bit limiting, as you are restricted to the kind of user interface that the host application is able to provide. If you want to use more advanced elements such as sliders, pop-up lists, colour wheels and so on, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
There are plenty of GUI solutions for Arexx, which usually come in the form of libraries adding new functions to the basic Arexx ones for handling message ports and so on. The first thing to decide though is OPTIONS RESULTS OPTIONS FAILAT 10 SIGNAL ON SYNTAX SIGNAL ON FAILURE * Get the filename for the GUI file * gui_file = 'rexx:gui ports.gui7 * Make sure Varexx is running * IF SHOW( 'p', 'VAREXX' ) ~= 1 THEN DO ADDRESS COMMAND "run NIL: varexx" ADDRESS COMMAND "WaitForPort VAREXX" END ADDRESS VAREXX IF OPENPORT("PLOP") = 0 THEN DO ", , "Varexx Error" CALL rtezrequest "Could not open a
EXIT END * Load the GUI file * Continued on next page 4 CHAPTER NINE [ AREXX GADTOOLS GadTools is a fairly old GUI library, supported by the GadToolsBox creation system. There are still a couple of good reasons for using it over things like MUI. The first one is that it doesn’t have very heavy system requirements, so you will still be able to make small Arexx scripts which don’t need to load large libraries. This is worth considering if you are planning on distributing scripts.
The second, and possibly best, reason is that it is pretty easy to create The finished article in action - showing all simple but effective GUIs using this open P°rts- system, and very simple to program them. MUI is excellent, but unless you want to spend twice as long programming the interface as you did creating the program, it probably isn’t worth it for small scripts. If you are just starting out programming a GUI, GadTools is a fair bit easier to understand than going in at the deep end with MUI.
* vhost now contains the port * ADDRESS VALUE vhost * show the GUI * show * get a list of ports * portlist = show('P',,'%') * read portnames into a stem variable * counter = 0 DO Forever counter - counter + 1 Parse VAR portlist name '%' remains portlist remains portlister.counter = name if remains = '' THEN LEAVE END portlister.count - counter *Add port names to GUI lister *, Setlist Ports CLEAR STEM portlister * Wait for user to close window * * Or press the Okay button * DO FOREVER * receive message packets from GUI * * using WAITPKTO, GETPKT () and GETARGO * CALL
WAITPKT("PLOP") packet = GETPKT("PLOP") IF packet ~= '00000000'x THEN DO class = GETARG(packet) if class = "OKAY" THEN LEAVE if class = "CLOSEWINDOW" THEN LEAVE END END * Hide the window, then close it * 'hide unload' CALL CLOSEPORT( "PLOP" ) EXIT * Error messages * failure: SAY "Error code" rc Line" SIGL SAY EXTERNERROR 'hide unload' CALL CLOSEPORT ("PLOP") EXIT syntax: SAY "Error" rc Line" SIGL SAY ERRORTEXT( rc ) 'hide unload' CALL CLOSEPORT ("PLOP") EXIT what sort of GUI you want to add. There are several different ones to choose from, including the excellent MUI and the rather less
bulky Triton system. Again, there are many different Arexx libraries and support software for developing scripts using any of these systems. The choice is really up to you and the kind of scripts that you want to develop.
The common theme here though is that you build a GUI which then interacts with your Arexx script. The GUI might just be run at the beginning of a script, for example to receive settings, parameters, values or filenames, and then closed before the script does its work. Or it may be that the GUI is open for the entire duration of the script, with the user inputing data and settings through the GUI, and the Arexx script providing feedback through the same interface. In either case, the GUI is usually handled, whatever method you use, in two phases in the Arexx script.
The first phase is to set up the GUI.
This is handled in different ways by the many libraries mentioned, but it is usually a simple case of specifying a GUI file and invoking the right functions to open it. The GUI file itself will be constructed beforehand using the development tools belonging to the GUI system you have decided to use. The second phase is to set up a part of the Arexx script which deals with the GUI and reacts to the actions which take place typically inside a loop.
I have included an example of a small but handy program I wrote incorporating GadTools and VARexx. I am always having to find out the port names of various software to write scripts for them, so I decided to write a program which lists them all in a nice lister window. It is incredibly simple to do.
Of course, you also have to create the GUI file. I did this using GadToolsBox, and it simply consists of a window containing a lister view and an Okay box. You can see it under construction in the boxout above.
The program is well commented, so you should be able to follow it quite easily.
The key parts are the load command, which loads the GUI file, show which opens it up, and Setlist. Setlist is part of VARexx and enables you to add, remove or clear a lister in the GUI. In this case I separated the port names out into a stem (compound) variable and used the Setlist stem option to add them to the lister. Ports is the gadget name of the lister as defined in the GUI I created.
As you can see, it’s really quite easy. I hope to bring you some examples for the CD next issue, and of course, we’ll be using a GUI in our HTML project! © Hj|BL H I draws up a plan and then plunges into the murky waters of code writing For clarity, we've added the 1 sign in the listings to show where you need to enter a Return.
SETHPiHG IT RIGHT Before we go any further, though, a word about testing. After all, implementation and testing should go hand-in-hand.
One of the reasons for wishing software designs to be modular is for ease of testing.
Low coupling between modules and tight cohesion within them allows testing in isolation before they are joined together.
Each member function of a module or class must be tested. This can be done by calling the function with sample data chosen from its test space, the set of all possible inputs of that function. Due to combinatorial explosion, for non-trivial functions this test space will be so large it is impossible to test the whole space. Thus, testing only increases our confidence in a function’s correctness, it does not prove it. It is in fact possible to mathematically prove program correctness, but this is generally too complex in all but the simplest of cases.
- How, then, do we choose this test data.
Well, we can classify testing into two types: black box and white box. In black box testing we treat the functions as a black box: we concentrate only on it’s interface specification and ignore what goes on inside. We choose test data that is representative of the test space, making sure comes a time in every software project when you’ve done enough planning and you have to get your fingers dirty by writing some code. Ideally, you should have two things before you start: a design document and an implementation plan. The design document should detail how the solution to the problem is
partitioned into modules or classes. It should specify the relationships between these modules and their interfaces, describe any data structures required, perhaps outline any algorithms and specify the user interface. The implementation plan should be a step-by-step account of how you will test and assemble the modules into a whole program.
As yet I’ve presented you with neither.
This is partly because of a lack of time and forward-thinking by yours truly and partly due to an infestation of gremlins. It just goes to show you how the real world of software engineering differs from the theory.
Anyway, this session I will give enough of a design to allow us to begin some implementation.
Ensure every line of code is exercised. A good time to start planning test cases for a function is when designing the interface of that function.
GOING IT ALONE A problem arises when testing functions that require services from a separate module.
How can we execute such a function in isolation? In many cases we cannot realistically do this, especially if the services required allocate resources such as memory, files, etc. As a trivial example, suppose we wish to test a function strtoupper () which converts any lowercase letters in a string to uppercase. A rather inefficient implementation might be: void *strtoupper( char *s )!
n int i;1 for( i=0; i strlen( s );% i + + )1 s[i] = toupper( s [i] );!
There are two concepts which can help we include typical values and also any unusual combinations or data that we think most likely to cause failure. White box testing means we look inside at the function’s implementation and choose test data to
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modules In a methodical rather than throwing the whole lot
together and executing the result PUTTING IT TOGETHER Your
project’s design document should provide you with a hierarchy
of all the modules or classes required by your solution. It is
important that you piece together these modules in a methodical
fashion. The big bang approach, throwing the whole lot together
and executing the result, does not permit the easy location of
errors. You should integrate the modules one at a time, testing
the resultant whole at each step.
Which module should you start with?
There are two traditional approaches: top-down and bottom-up. In the former you start at the top of the tree and work your way down, level by level. In the example Either method will allow us to test purely the code in the strtoupper () function. As in this case, such testing may be rather artificial.
Alternatively we could patch the original function so that for testing purposes it no longer requires the strlen () call. For example: int strlen( const char *s )1 1 * strlen stub * l return 1;H }1 here: the stub and the patch. A stub is a minimal implementation of a function, perhaps only returning a fixed value. For example: for( i = 0;1 i 1 * strlen( s ) * ;!
I++ ) * patch * 1 s[i] = toupper ( s [i] ) ;1 “a much longer string” “+!0123abcDEF” Note that there are no additional white box cases to consider here, since every line is executed for a string of non-zero length.
Also, you may consider that case 5 is rather odd, but, from a functional point of view, we do not know if the function would behave differently depending on the range of characters composing the string.
? INHERITS CONTAINS This portion of AFMore's class tree deals with how a text file is represented internally.
See the SimpleTest drawer on the CD.
Provided, a top-down order might be to integrate the modules in order A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Bottom-up means you start at the lowest level and work up, say, in the order E, F, G, C, B, D, A for the same example. In a purely object-oriented solution, bottom-up may be the only feasible route.
The advantage of the top-down method is that you should always have an executable program. Adding new modules shouldn’t break it. The advantage of the BACK TO OUR PROBLEM The task at hand in our AFMore project is to create a program which will display text files in a standard Intuition window. As I said initially, this program’s interface will be constructed using BOOPSI (Basic Object Oriented Programming System for Intuition). I will talk about BOOPSI in depth next time, but for now it is sufficient to say that the bulk of AFMore’s job will be carried about by a BOOPSI custom gadget which we
will create called TextView. This will take care of the rendering, scrolling and updating of the desired text in the window.
Bottom-up method is that it allows you to focus more time on the lower level modules which probably do the bulk of the work. The danger is, though, that you do not get an overall picture of the whole program until integration is complete. The best idea then is to build and integrate your program’s modules in the order that suits you, particularly if that order makes testing easier.
If you are being really methodical, the creation of an implementation plan is a good idea. This is a step-by-step account of how you will build the whole program. It should list the order in which you implement and test individual modules and the order in which the integration is performed. You should also document any stubs or patches required. Going back to the example, the plan might begin: 1a. Implement module E.
b. Test E. 2 a. Implement module B (stub module E).
B. Test B
38. Integrate B and E.
b. Test integration, and so on.
The TextView gadget requires an internal representation of the text that we wish to be displayed. To make TextView re-usable, we won’t require it to know about text files; we will simply supply it with a buffer containing the raw contents of the file. TextView will then parse this buffer to find the start of each line of text and build a dynamic list of pointers to each line within the buffer. The content of this buffer is thus static and must persist as long as we wish it displayed. This method is faster than allocating individual memory chunks for each line of text and is applicable here as
the text does not need to be modified.
We will create two abstractions to help us: Line and Text. AmigaOS provides us with structures and routines for list and node handling and which we will build upon. To usurp the 00 parlance, our Line class will inherit from the system’s MinNode class and the Text class will inherit from the system’s MinList class. The Line class will add attributes Contents (a pointer to the text for that line) and Length (the number of characters in that line); Text will add a Length attribute (the number of lines in the whole text).
Designs for these modules, their implementations and test cases are supplied on this issue’s coverdisc. With this preparation out of the way, next time we can start building the TextView gadget itself and actually view some text on screen.
Tools up his Amiga for cross-platform compatibility and turns explorer, discovering what the PC and Mac worlds have to offer that's unfamiliar, your Amiga 'can adapt and exploit all kinds of different resources and systems as Jaz and Zip disks - useful for transferring larger files.
The other option for getting files from one system to another is to set up a local network. You might find some useful tips on this in issues 122 and 123 of Amiga Format.
For this you’ll need to have both systems in the same place at the same time, which might not be practical if you want to transfer a MIDI song file from your Amiga to a friend’s PC-based studio. In that case, there’s always the Internet to consider.
Simply email your files or upload them to an FTP site.
MID-It! Can turn your OctaMED projects into Type 1 MIDI files for use in other sequencers.
Synchronising two computers can be one of the easiest and most flexible ways of integrating your Amiga into a different setup. For example, let’s say your collaborator has a PC-based MIDI studio centred around a MIDI and audio sequencer such as Cubase VST.
So long as your Amiga software supports MIDI synchronisation, it should be easy enough to get the PC to trigger the Amiga at the start of the song, then the Amiga could get on with playing samples and MIDI instruments, the sounds from which could be fed back into the PC and recorded as hard disk audio. Look for the Send Sync and Receive Sync options in the MIDI menus.
Even if you can’t get them to sync themselves, you could always just match the tempos of the sequencers on both machines, then run the audio into a hard disk recording application, which could then be imported into the sequencer on the PC. I’m assuming here that you, as the Amiga user, will have to be the more flexible of the collaborators and realise that your Amiga will be able to fit with their PC or Mac better than the other way around - not to mention the fact that, as an Amiga user, you’re probably more used to working your way around problems like these.
This isn’t simply a lecture on how to convert between a dozen different sample formats - it’s a look at how you can expand your potential beyond that of a stand-alone Amiga system, whether that’s taking advantage of MIDI file and sample collections intended for Pcs and Macs, interfacing with outboard samplers or collaborating with other musicians working with different setups. While Pcs and Macs spit out anything vaguely unfamiliar, your Amiga can adapt and exploit all kinds of different resources and systems.
BRIDGING THE DIVIDE Before we talk about converting file formats, I should mention CrossDOS, just in case you’ve managed never to use it. CrossDOS is included with Workbench and allows you to format, read and write disks with an MS-DOS filesystem. That means you can move files between your Amiga and a PC, or any other system that uses MS-DOS format GET IN SYNC disks, such as Macs (and I’d guess Atari Sts, but not having used an ST for years I couldn’t be sure). If you’ve got a high density drive, you can write 1440K disks - UVING H HARMONY So that’s the actual file transfer sorted out.
Now we come to the matter of compatibility of the files themselves. The trouble with standards is that they rarely are standard.
Take “the mod format” for example.
There are so many different permutations that it’s odds on that a module made in one tracker won’t replay perfectly in another. The best way to overcome this is to use a module conversion tool if you need to import it into a different tracker. Even then, you’ll probably lose some of the song data along the way, such as certain effect commands, and you might find that the tempo and instrument finetune settings get changed too.
It’s probably more likely that in the event of a collaboration with a PC- using musician, a tracker module won’t be of much use anyway. MIDI sequencers with hard disk recording features are more commonplace, so if that’s what you’ve got to conform to, how do you go about turning your module into something useable?
The best way is probably to record your song to disk in small sections. Most modern CHAPTER FOUR AMIGA AUDIO OIU THE CD There’s no audio track from me on the CD this time as the subject doesn’t really warrant it, but you will find a lot of useful tools for converting all kinds of audio, MIDI and mod formats. I suggest you have a good look through them all and keep the CD somewhere safe (don’t you always?) As you never know when one of these little utilities might save you a lot of sweat and tears.
Trackers have a Record to Disk option, and if yours does, use this to generate stereo 16-bit 44.1 kHz WAV files on disk. For example, you could split the song up into sections of 16 bars, which would make rearrangement and remixing a lot easier.
These samples could then be imported straight into any Mac or PC sequencer with digital audio features.
Environment for editing samples with precise trimming, unique effects and a massive library for storage esss you play it on the alternate system - and that in itself is assuming the other sequencer accepts the file as a MIDI file.
However, things are a bit easier when working the other way, importing standard MIDI files not specifically intended for Amiga sequencers. These should be 100 per cent compatible with your Amiga sequencer, and even OctaMED SoundStudio will load and convert them into tracker sequences automatically.
However, taking a MIDI file into SoundStudio has its problems. Some of the data may be lost, and finding your way around the song can be a bit tricky, since the arrangement of instruments and tracker blocks will bear little resemblance to the ‘piano roll’ style display in the sequencer.
Sample dumping One of the most powerful jobs you can assign to your Amiga is that of a sample editor. Even the biggest and best outboard samplers have poor editing features compared to your Amiga running Samplitude, SoundProbe or SoundFX. If nothing else, your Amiga will certainly offer save samples as 16-bit WAV, 16-bit AIFF or 8-bit IFF. The clear AmigaGuide documentation is an unexpected bonus too. At the moment, only the send options are implemented, but a new release is imminent which will be able to receive via MIDI. We will probably have to wait a little longer for the SCSI receive
feature though, as I’m told it’s proving tricky to get working.
This is the sort of software that could drastically improve the functionality of a cheap outboard MIDI sampler. Take the Akai S01 for example: a 16-bit multitimbral mono sampler with a fixed record rate of 32kHz, available secondhand for about £200. It’s got incredibly rudimentary editing and storage facilities but it’s very capable when it comes to sampling and playing back - with far better sound quality than your Amiga’s 8-bit output. You could easily lose patience with it and give up, but with sample dumping at your disposal it could become part of a very cost effective and flexible
sampling system. I might just go out and get one myself actually (after double-checking that the S01 ’s MIDI spec includes sample dumping of course).
An alternative solution to transporting a sample-based SoundStudio song to a MIDI sequencer is to select ‘SMF Type 0’ as the file format when saving the song. You would then need to save out each of the samples individually. The MIDI file could be imported into a sequencer, and the samples loaded into a ‘sound font’ on the PC. You could also use an outboard sampler to replay the sounds, triggered from the sequencer.
J MHD2 (»5 and above) JHHD1 (V3 and above) J HMDS (m ft. OctaMED) r SHF Type 0 J Executable File Song J4ame [UntTtTid~ Author fUnknowT Ienpo [125 Patterns |1 Sp.eed [6 Tracks |5 Sesiart [8 Length jl Total Module Size jW Total Instruments Size |l midi files Fortunately MIDI files are very portable things. There’s no reason why a MIDI file generated by a sequencer on your Amiga shouldn’t work perfectly when loaded into a different sequencer, or even a hardware MIDI file player. The point to remember here is that for the song to sound the same, you’ll need to have your second system connected to
all the same MIDI instruments. This is also assuming that what you save from your sequencer is actually a straight MIDI file - if you’ve used samples within your song and they’ve been saved as part of the file, you won’t hear them when Xmodule is one of the best module conversion tools, with an extensive GUI that almost turns it into a tracker.
Make yourself a General MIDI emulation map for your non-GM devices using MIDI Filter.
A far better environment for editing samples: you can use a mouse and keyboard, a decent operating system and work on a full size monitor. You’ll be able to trim and loop samples extremely precisely, use certain effects that won’t be available on the sampler itself, and store a massive library of samples on your Amiga’s hard disks, thus eliminating the need for a noisy (and probably expensive) internal hard disk for your outboard sampler. You can also do the same with synths that use sample and synthesis techniques for sound generation.
Until recently, outboard samplers have been a bit of a joke when it comes to conforming to computer standards, with their own disk and file formats, not to mention custom RAM upgrades, so the best way to transfer samples between a sampler and your Amiga is via sample dumping. This can be done either by SCSI or MIDI. SCSI is by far the best way, mainly because it’s a lot faster, but MIDI will do if you don’t mind a bit of waiting.
Fortunately, Sven Thoennissen has written a very nice tool called Sample Dumper that does just this. You can pass samples back and forth, with options to Xmodule 3,4 (28,5,95) Copyright @ 1993,94,95 by Bernardo Innocenti Eattms,,, I jMlnmmb... | Seance,., [ sl Module Qpt iwizat ion jjD VI Re«ove Unused Eatterns _£j Renove duplicate Patterns j j Renove Unused Instruments vj Cut Instruments fitter Loop j J Cut Instrument £ero Tails fiptwtze I AA I've acquired a large collection of Yy J General MIDI files and I want to play them back through my MIDI keyboard. It’s not GM compatible but has just
about all the same sounds, just in different places. Can I get the files to work properly with my synth?
A Yes. You’ll need to use MIDI Filter, IA which you’ll find on the CD. This allows you to create a General MIDI emulation map for your synth by matching GM sounds to those on your synth.
AA I want to export MIDI files from yv OctaMED SoundStudio, but it only saves the Type 0 variety, which is quite messy.
A Use MID-it! From the CD to convert ZAA your modules to Type 1 MIDI files.
I’ve got a load of MP3 files from yj the net but 8 need to convert them to IFF or WAV samples. How can I do it?
A You’ll find lots of conversion tools A A for all kinds of different audio formats on this issue’s CD.
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AMIGA FORMAT DECEMBER 1999 13 L_____a 1 i _.X. .A .... i . 1 A_. L -1 L ¦ -1 m. . X .a i. i V. Fr...;.-J CHAPTER NINE J HACKING nging the fiouocDm explains Amiga Blitter hardware Contents: The ‘Blitter’ or bit image manipulator is not so much a processor as an optimised way of copying, testing and manipulating groups of bits scattered through memory. It excels in operations that normal processors find difficult and long- winded. Blitter concepts have since been copied, with varying accuracy, in computer systems, from Atari’s TT through Panther and Jaguar consoles, to current PC and Mac
graphics cards, where the bonus may be billed as a ‘Quickdraw’ or ‘2D acceleration’.
Our Blitter has been surpassed in speed, but never matched in versatility.
Whilst other Blitters are limited to graphics operations the Amiga one is ideally suited for 2D and texture-mapped 3D bitplane graphics; it can manipulate sounds for stereo and sample rate conversion just as well, and perfectly suits Amiga floppy drives.
Chapter 9: Multifold applications of the Amiga Blitter modes in OCS ECS and AGA: Chapter your MilMMIiiii Chapter 12: Hardware extras in each nauMM apter 13: Revealing a new set of modes many graphics card chips, the Amiga Blitter can access memory at the same time as other chips The Blitter and Copper coprocessor frequently program one another, giving a seamless interface, freeing the ‘main’ processor for applications. Unlike Atari’s first effort, and many graphics card chips, the Amiga Blitter can access memory at the same time as other chips. Even when less than half the time is available,
as explained or other data.
It can do tricks en route, exchanging one and zero bits, for example. The listing inverts one bitplane of a Qdos display, swapping black and green wherever they appear on the screen. Qdos stores 16K of green bits at address 64K; a similar technique can be used on native Amiga bitplanes located with our Copper List disassembler.
The listing uses Commodore’s register names, like Table 1 and Blitter_asm on the Amiga Qdos support disk and AFCD46. The first and last lines toggle Qdos Blitter screen updates and PAUSE until existing blits finish.
The assembler version disables Qdos screen interrupts, looping until bit 14 of DMACONR indicates that the Blitter is no longer ‘busy’.
A 6000 COMBINATION The Blitter combines three input channels, A, B and C, into an output channel D. A set bit on each input channel corresponds to the area inside a circle in the Venn diagram.
Eight control bits in BPLCONO correspond TABLE 1: BLITTER SET-UP REGISTERS bltcmod $ 60 Source C modulo word blIBMod $ 62 Source B modulo word bltamod $ 64 Source A modulo word bltdmod $ 66 Destination D modulo bltcdat $ 70 Source C data word bltbdat $ 72 Source B data word bltadat $ 74 Source A data word bltconO $ 40 DMA, MinTerm and offset bltconl $ 42 Line and fill control etc. bltafwm $ 44 First word fetch left mask bltalwm $ 46 Last word fetch right mask bltcpt $ 48 Long channel C source addr bltbpt $ 4C Long channel B source addr bltapt $ 50 Long channel A source addr bltdpt $ 54 Long channel D
destination bltsize $ 58 Words wide 0-5 height 6-15 Note: ECS and AGA allow 32x bigger blits TABLE 2: SOME USEFUL BLITTER MIIUTERMS VALUE INPUT LOGIC EFFECT $ F0 A Copy A to D $ 0F -A Invert A to D $ 30 A & ~B A but not B $ 4A
- A&C v A&B&-C Textured line $ A0 A & C A but only if C $ CA A&B v
-A&C Cookie-cutter $ FC A v B Either A or B in part two, the
Blitter may back off periodically to let the 68K past, or be
‘nasty’, hogging chip-memory cycles until its work is done. At
the end of this series I’ll show just how finely this balance
can be set.
FUNDAMENTALS The Blitter is a ‘state machine’ that manipulates up to four streams of data to and from memory, according to settings programmed into custom chip registers. At its simplest, the Blitter can read one stream and write another, copying images, samples CHAPTER IUMIE r HACKING - to eight areas in the diagram, representing ail possible combinations of bits from the three channels. If the control bit is set, that combination of inputs yields a set bit in the destination.
There are 256 combinations or ‘MinTerms’, each with various levels of usefulness. Area 0 is the outside, representing neither A, B nor C set. Area 7 signifies a set bit on all three channels.
Thus a MinTerm of 129 (first and last bits set) would send a set bit to channel D only if all input bits were the same: all set (area
7) or all unset (area 0).
CLIPPIiC As with bitplanes, the Blitter delimits the edges of images with Masks and Modulos.
Masks are patterns with set bits for data that should be retained, and unset bits for stuff to be clipped out. Modulos determine the step between one line of an image and the next, letting us copy packed images, without margins, into a much wider screen.
The Blitter can slide data from the first two channels to any bit boundary, changing the alignment of graphics within the display words. These shifters correspond to the delay registers used for smooth horizontal scrolling.
Constant masks allow rectangular Blitter line drawing Octant numbers.
Octants distinguish the direction and rate of X and Y changes in line drawing.
TABLE 3: BLITTER BLOCK CONTROL REGISTERS Bits 0-7: MinTerm combination A, B and C for D Bits 8-11: DMA control of channels D,C,B and A Bits 12-15: Channel A bit shift offset 0 to 15 Bit 0: 0 for MOVE, 1 for DRAW Bit 1: Copy direction, 0 for UP Bits 2-4: Fill operation control Bits 12-15: Channel B bit shift offset BPLCQNO BPLCON1 TABLE 4: BLITTER VECTOR CONTROL REGISTERS BPLCONO Bits 0-7: MinTerm combination $ 4A (-AC v AB~C) Bits 8-11: %1011 = use DMA channels D, B and A Bits 12-15: Bit offset of first pixel to plot BPLCON1 Bit 0:1 for DRAW, 0 for MOVE Bits 1-7: Line orientation (see AHRM page
268) Bits 12-15: Offset of start in texture from C for each source and destination plane, changing just a few of the Blitter registers.
DMA can be disabled when the inputs are constant patterns or results only need to be tested, not stored. The Blitter’s speed is doubled, to move almost 4MB a second, if only two DMA channels are active.
Simple copy and scroll operations use only channels A and D. Channel registers are stored as words in the order A, D, B, C so A and D can be configured in a single long word instruction.
ALTERNATE BYTES Last issue we saw how FM disk recording inserts a clock pulse between each bit of user data. The Blitter can generate clock-bits and insert data at half-byte intervals. One channel reads raw data like a single column line, inserting it into a 4-bit wide ‘screen’ via DMA channel D. Intermediate clock and space-bits come from a blitter data register without using a DMA channel to fetch them, as they’re the same for every word.
MFM encoding mashes pairs of bits together with the Blitter then smears them out into patterns listed last issue. AmigaOS uses two passes, encoding odd then even bits. The Blitter is versatile but not always the fastest way to do this sort of thing, because it works strictly 16 bits at a time, even on AGA systems, and is limited to clipping, but cannot overlay an image with an irregular outline, or ‘holes’ in the middle where the background should be visible.
Such ‘cookie cutter’ blitting uses four DMA channels. One fetches the mask, precalculated by combining set bits in all the colour planes of the image. Minterm $ FE conveniently combines three planes into one mask.
The cookie cutter uses channels A and B for the mask and image to be overlayed, shifting appropriately for any pixel offset in the display words. Channel C reads the background, and D writes the combined image, formed by mixing A and B - the masked input - with ‘not A’ and C, the background outside the mask. This combination corresponds to MinTerm bits 7, 6, 3 and 1 being set. You repeat the blit Bit 2 - AUL Always Up or Left Bit 4 - SUB S@sn@times Up or Down Bit 3 - SUL Sometimes Up or Left BLTCONT bits 4,3 and 2 simple Boolean decisions. Combined blitter and CPU table operations sometimes
give the best of both worlds.
QL screens interweave red and green data bytes, so the Amiga Qdos VDU_ASM code extracts alternate bytes with the blitter, as if copying half 16-bit images to 8 bit wide ‘screens’ a thousand lines tall.
Similarly, Atari emulators sift every fourth byte from 16-colour ST screens which distribute eight pixels of data across each 32 bit word. Packed stereo can be split into left and right channels for audio DMA, or under-sampled by skipping bytes periodically, with the hardware filter smoothing out the gaps.
Wiser©!! Ejrnuis Jay Miner also designed the Blitter to boost vector, wire-frame and filled 3D graphics.
The Blitter supports the canonical line- drawing algorithm in hardware. Line gradients are classified among eight octants, depending on their angle and hence rate of X and Y coordinate changes, just as optimised software categorises lines before starting to plot pixels. The eight octants in the diagram correspond to three arbitrary-seeming bits, AUL, SUDand SUL, in BLTCON1.
These exchange X and Y and directions in the hardware to ensure lines step correctly.
Page 192 of the Amiga Hardware Reference Manual shows how to set up the Blitter registers for line-drawing. Besides the octant, you indicate the start and end points and modulos to suit the line and bitpiane widths. Automatic filling of closed shapes requires little extra effort.
As soon as you bang the length into BLTSIZE, the Amiga hardware can draw a line a thousand or more pixels long, over or mixed with the background, with an optional texture from Blitter channel B, at almost a million pixels per second.
Meanwhile you can poll the Blitter’s status, or await an interrupt signal when the job has been done.
Bit 13 of DMACONR, next to the Blitter status bit, indicates if any set bits were generated in the last blit. This facilitates collision detection, pattern matching, disk verification, and Fax scan- line compression. The more you experiment with the Blitter, the more useful you’ll find it. Modern processors may copy data faster, but the Blitter remains an elegant and powerful device for bulk operations on bits of chip memory.
SPRITE AND BREEZY Amigas support hardware sprites, like old Ataris and Commodore 64s, for overlaid symbols like flying bullets or the ghosts in Pacman. Our mouse pointer is a sprite, so the system doesn’t have to keep erasing and re-drawing it, like an Apple Mac would, when it overlaps other graphics. In the next tutorial I shall explain all, including bigger, more precise AGA sprites.
The world of web news is our undercover reporter i 1 i senet is one of the most commonly I misunderstood facets of the online HlP world. It’s essentially the biggest bulletin board system in existence, originally created in 1979 at the University of North Carolina in the United States, by two students called Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis. It was a totally distinct system from the Arpanet, which ultimately developed into the Internet as we know it today. Originally Usenet connected two computers, and carried 15 newsgroups which utilised around 15K each day.
Nowadays Usenet news can be read by anyone with an Internet connection, since many ISPs and Internet-connected institutions run their own Usenet news servers which carry Usenet messages to and from users. There are certainly in excess of CONTACT POINT You can contact me with your comments, questions and suggestions at dave@cusick.co.uk or through my Web site at www.cusick.co.uk. 30,000 newsgroups although it’s impossible refuge of some of the interne fs most shady characters but you don't have to come into contact with them Replay Associates provide anonymous remailers so that messages can't
to be traced back to you.
To determine exactly how many there are, since not all news servers carry all of the newsgroups. Usenet messages are probably viewed by at least 20 million people around the world. There are newsgroups devoted to every topic imaginable, from computing to gardening, and from Britney Spears to law enforcement in London, Ontario.
Usenet has always been rather more underground than most of the other areas of the Internet. Along with IRC it has gained Regularly checking Amiga Network News is one of the easiest ways to keep abreast of the latest developments in the Amiga world.
A reputation as the refuge for some of the Internet’s most shady characters. It’s certainly true that there are plenty of weirdos and, indeed, some downright dangerous people who make use of Usenet, but if you don’t frequent the newsgroups that these characters tend to confine themselves to then you won’t come into contact with them - it’s as simple as that.
MBWSMSEMT There are several ways in which you can read and respond to Usenet news. The most obvious is to use a news client, and there are plenty of good ones available for the Amiga, as a look in the comm news directory of Aminet will confirm. Sometimes if you subscribe to one of the newsgroups carried by the news server you’ve chosen to log in to, when you go online you can hit a button and all unread messages in that newsgroup will be copied to your machine.
You can then go offline to read them, compose responses to any that you wish to, and then the next time you go online your messages will be uploaded and fresh ones will be downloaded. Clients which work in this manner are called offline newsreaders.
With most programs, when you subscribe to a newsgroup all that happens when you go online is that you are presented with a list of messages which have been posted to that group. You can then highlight any that you wish to read and download just those. Clients like this are online offline hybrids.
There’s a great deal of variance in terms of functionality between news clients. Pretty much all of them will let you read messages whilst online and respond to them there and then (these are online newsreaders). The vast majority also offer at least some sort of support for offline reading and responding.
Some email programs offer full newsreading capabilities, Microdot-ll for instance.
Now there are plenty of people who read Usenet newsgroups using news clients on all sorts of computer platforms, and regularly post messages themselves. There are also countless lurkers who read certain newsgroups regularly without ever posting anything. What’s more, there are plenty of [iitip: wwv.nyt»»CTv«r.«oro Isev?s.loadb.feedet-iI now, and try out the Amiga’s professional email and news There is a Microdot-II Mailing List run by Vap orWare for users to discuss the software. Please feel free to sign up for it, your question may be answered there.
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People who don’t read Usenet messages regularly at all but know that sometimes, when you need to find out certain things, there is no better place to look than Usenet.
If like me you fall into the latter category, it’s good to know that nowadays you don’t even have to use a news client.
You can read news postings directly from within certain web browsers - Voyager, for instance, supports online news reading.
You can also read news postings on certain websites. Usenet is where many of the latest events in the Amiga world come to light, and where members of the online Amiga community, including some key figures, air their thoughts, ideas and iSiiisi KSIS opinions. You don’t actually have to plough through Usenet yourself to keep track of these, because there’s a website which will do it for you: surf on over to Amiga Network News.
ANN is a specialised site, but there is one site which lets you read and respond to millions of Usenet messages using the web.
Point your browser at the Deja site (formerly DejaNews) and you’ll find a colossal archive of Usenet articles from the last few years, and a service which enables you to read and post messages without ever having to use a news client.
Deja has, somewhat confusingly, recently attempted to reinvent itself as a fully- fledged online community, but in essence what it was originally and what it remains to this day is a web search engine which lets you trawl through news postings. That makes it extremely useful in its own right. If, for instance, you have a technical problem and you want to see if it’s been dealt with in a newsgroup, all you need to do is enter a couple of keywords into the Deja search engine and it will produce a list of any messages posted in recent history which contain those particular words.
Want to know whether anyone’s had any bad experiences using Freeserve? Key in ‘freeserve problems’ and you’ll be presented with a lengthy list of messages from users who’ve encountered difficulties, and responses from people trying to help resolve those problems. Narrow the search down by adding the word Amiga and you’ll still find plenty of messages.
The Deja interface is somewhat awkward but the service can be so helpful sometimes that this is forgivable. Various other Internet search engines, including Altavista, Excite and Infoseek, also index news postings, but because they are first and foremost website search engines they aren’t as efficient as Deja.
Incidentally, if you’re thinking that there is a slightly sinister side to the existence of a Usenet posting catalogue, then you’re absolutely right. Because Deja indexes all news postings it can get its metaphorical hands upon, it is perfectly possible to use the search engine to produce a complete list of postings made by a particular individual if you know their email address.
GHOST WRITER It’s not impossible that if you make particularly outrageous, unpleasant or offensive comments then they could come back to haunt you at some stage in the future. If you’re going to post messages which you don’t want the world and his uncle to know came from you, then for goodness sake don’t use your real name and email address, and don’t post using an account which is easily traceable. You could set up a Hotmail account, or use the Deja posting service (but if you do this, make sure you post messages through a proxy service, or else your IP address will show up, making you very
easy to trace.)
If you’re really paranoid, you can use an anonymous remailing service. When you send your message to one of these services, it will strip out identifying information and then forward it to a Usenet server. There used to be a few popular free remailers, but many of them have been shut down. However, several commercial remailers exist, such as Nymserver and Mailanon and if you’re going to be posting messages you don’t want traced, they could be worth considering.
Vapor's Microdot-II is an email client which also offers full news reading capabilities.
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1 ADOBE PRODUCTS: I read that Corel have signed up which is great but I believe it’s essential to have ports of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. ImageFX may be brilliant but attracting users from Pcs and Macs wouldn’t be as difficult if the programs they use were the same.
2 NETSCAPE: This is another must. I can’t believe that no-one has finished a Netscape port for the Amiga yet. After all, the source code is readily downloadable. If we can’t have Netscape we need a browser that supports HTML 4.0, Javascript (1.3), CSS and Java. I work in the new media industry and I find it frustrating that I can’t view my DHTML sites on the Amiga. If anyone is working on a version, include everything in the O’Reilly book Dynamic HTML so it would have the features of Netscape and Internet Explorer. This would make it the best browser on any platform.
Also needed are Shockwave, Flash and RealAudio plugins. These have been around for ages but we haven’t seen them on the Amiga yet.
PDF FORMAT After being told to throw loads of my mags out dating back to 1994 by my wife, it occurred to me that maybe Afcan help with this dilemma. Is it at all possible for you to put the previous months onto the AFCDP You could use the PDF format and it would save me many headaches on explaining to my wife why I need to keep my Amiga mags. Is there a copyright issue which doesn’t allow you to do this?
Even if it were 12 issues behind, it would be great, since we can throw recycle the mags yet still access them though the PDF viewer which is featured in AF. In addition I can use my PC to access PDF if needed. I have heard that some magazines do this already, but I’m not sure which ones.
You could omit advert pages and just bung in the rest of the mag to save file sizes too.
Andy Barker via email It’s not an easy thing to do right now Andy. It may be possible in the future, but at the moment the Amiga’s PDF viewers wouldn’t do a page of AF justice, we don’t make the magazine as one long document, but as separate documents for every article, and it would also take too long and take up too much room on the CD.
6 SablTlflfil Online by 1999 1 SPARE US SEND US W4 W Long, looong letters with numerous points. Keep it concise!
Emails that don’t make any sense Questions asking why Amiga aren’t advertising on ITV yet Technical questions which should be addressed to Workbench Good ideas Opinions on software you’re using Your wishlists Thoughts on the new tutorial Ideas for future issues General questions you want answered (not technical ones - that’s what Workbench is for!)
3 CUBASE: As good as OctaMED Soundstudio is, we need some sort of “Industry Standard” music package. The Amiga is the ultimate home computer so wouldn’t it be great if you could write your music at home in your bedroom with full control and when you’re happy, take just the essentials to a studio and run what you’ve written on their PC or Mac with no problems?
4 LARGE (17”, 19” AND 21”) MULTI SCAN MONITORS: They must be multiscan for use on older Amigas.
5 THE ABILITY TO USE TWO MONITORS: Like on the Mac where you can work on your source code on one monitor and view the output on the other instead of flicking screens. They’re also great for graphics work where you work in extreme close-up on one monitor and view the standard view on another.
FULL BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY: This is the most essential thing on this list. Even if it means a separate Zorro card or 680x0 processor onboard we must have the 'Technological threat" Somerset • BA12BW or email:
- putting 'Mailbag' in the subject line.
Ability to boot up, or switch to Workbench for older Amigas. After all if this new machine is going to be called an Amiga then it must run Amiga software! Otherwise it would be like going from a C64 to an Amiga - two different names because they are two (or even too!) Different machines.
Other “nice” things to have would include a version of Internet Exp orer just to test compatibility but this wouldn’t be essential if we had Netscape. Anyway, the versions of IE on the PC and Mac are so different that I’m sure a third version would completely confuse them at Microsoft and it would be full of even more bugs!
Gideon Cresswell Digital Media Developer Okay. Here are my answers to your points in order: fThe new Amiga might get Adobe products, but it doesn’t have to. What about Macromedia - surely they’d have to be on the new Amiga from the get go, for their Director and Shockwave products? I could go on all day about what companies absolutely need to be writing software for the new Amiga, and I’m certain that, sooner or later they will. Software companies are fickle beasts - they’ll write software for whatever platform offers them the best for their software, and the most profitability for their
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service which will keep not hesitate to continue for atong im whQ fe looking for a goo servicefor this excellent machine. Kevjn Eansworth sel via email 2 It’s not another must. I have to say I’d rather see a version of Voyager or iBrowse for the new machine that supports all the protocols in modern web design.
The FreeAmiga Project has been working on an Amiga port of Netscape for many months now, but still haven’t produced any results - it’s not as easy as simply cross-compiling the code, as I’m sure they’d be only too glad to tell you.
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3 4 If you mean monitors that’ll scan down to 15kHz, to be compatible with older Amigas - why? Besides which, the new Amiga promises to be able to hook up to a variety of output devices.
Syou can already use two monitors on an Amiga. Hook up a graphics card and plonk a monitor on the output from the card and on the output from your Amiga.
Voila, two monitors, one Amiga.
Jgf There is no guarantee that the new W machine will be called an Amiga, but the best compatibility will be to just use your existing Amiga alongside.
Keep those suggestions and ideas coming though, folks!
YHMTMT1C I have used YAM since the first release and find it excellent. Marcel Beck has spent over three years of his time constantly improving this great Amiga mailer and what does it cost? Absolutely nothing. He hasn’t asked for a penny.
Today I have slipped a crispy £10 in an envelope addressed to: Marcel Beck, Hammerfttrabe 4, 4414, Fullinsdorf, Switzerland. As a thank you from me for all his time and effort. Wouldn’t it be nice if all us UK users of his work did the same. Well done Marcel.
Derek via email We’ll add our gratitude to that, since we rely heavily on Marcel Beck’s excellent email package for all our email. However, he’s said on numerous occasions that he didn’t want any money for it, so anyone interested in sending him anything might consider something he’d really like, rather than cash.
SWGGESTmmS I just finished reading AT102 and I must say it was a joy reading it. I especially liked the Art of Noise article, the serious section and the creative. I have some suggestions for future issues.
I would like a tutorial on graphics card programming. I know that there are a lot of people out there who wants to know how to fully support 16- and 24-bit windows as well as supporting AGA, CyberGraphX and Picasso for 8-bit graphics.
A MUI programming tutorial wouldn’t be bad either, but maybe you have already had that in some previous issue? When I think about it, I’d like an AHI tutorial too.
I would like to have tips about how to make my Amiga look better, on the outside that is. I mean, I haven’t seen any good looking towers to buy so I obviously have to do it myself. I spray painted my A4000 desktop and keyboard black and then handpainted the letters on the keys in white, which looked quite good until the paint started to fall off.
Jonas Hulten AF102? Surely you mean AF127? I’m glad you liked it whichever issue it was you read.
I’m not sure that a series on programming for graphics cards would be welcomed by the majority of our readers, but it’s taken on-board, and yes, we did cover MUI quite extensively back in AF103- 109, although that was nearly two years ago now.
We’ll certainly do another when the new version of MUI finally surfaces.
"A few too many suits" You claim that “Freeserve have their problems like all free ISPs... you get what you pay for”. This suggests that paid for ISPs have no problems with systems or downtime. I can accept that the new free providers have more problems than long established charging ISPs, but the tone of your reply implies that subscription service is a panacea for Internet users.
As a member of the afb group I have read of problems with both Demon and Prestel, two of the longest established and most popular services.
There seems to be a good deal of snob value attached to paying more than is needed for Internet service. I would not presume to contend that free providers offer perfect service for all users, but nor would I suggest that simply opting to pay a monthly standing charge guarantees robust connection and superior service, as in my experience it clearly does not.
Finally, to anyone not on the afb list, subscribe today, you really are missing a treat!
Anthony W. Prime Crewe I’ll stand by what I said Anthony. Demon recently had their headquarters in Finchley flooded to the third storey -1 only knew about it after the event, and hadn’t noticed any difference to the service I received. It’s true that it may be bad to damn Freeserve simply because of the fact that they are a new company, but I don’t personally believe that their service will get better than it is now.
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I think I’ve given “Vital Horgan” a chance and I just don’t see the point in continuing it. I’ve been reading the column ever since STORM BREWING compilers and that such benchmarks are not definitive.
The dhrystone program was chosen as a test of code generation because resultant performance is very obviously dependent on optimisation quality and because it is written in portable C and hence easy to compile with the different systems. Having said that, StormC was the only compiler that required the original K&R code to be converted to ANSI before it would produce a non-crashing executable.
I don't dispute that StormC generates good PPC code, but I see no evidence that it is the best PPC compiler for the Amiga. For example, the same dhrystone example compiled for PPC using StormC at optimisation level 6 yields a score of329,000 dhrystones sec and an executable size of36,228 bytes.
VBCC in WarpOS mode and 02 optimisation achieves 360,000 dhrystones sec and 31,008 bytes. (The tests were performed on a 200MHz 603e and used 100m iterations through the benchmark). In this case, VBCC's output is 10 per cent faster and 10 per cent smaller, so negating your above claim.
I have not included figures for egcs because there is no version which properly supports WarpOS yet.
While I liked the most part of the recent Amiga Format, I definitely did not like the “C” article. By printing a big graphics of speed-comparison of the Dhrystone value of the 68k versions - where StormC is really the weakest of the tested compilers - the impression was given that StormC would be the slowest compiler. If instead the PowerPC versions would have been tested, we would have given a result like this: : .
StormC is in its most recent version the best PowerPC compiler for the Amiga, as can be seen when trying benchmarks. The same is true about executable sizes. PowerPC executables made with EGCS are gigantic, while the StormC executables are very small (actually smallest of all available PowerPC compilers).
Steffen Hauser, via email Since Richard wrote the piece, I thought he should be the one to reply: I am sorry that you did not like our C comparison feature. However, the article did state that there was not enough space to compare PPC features of the tested EDUCATING WILLIAM I'm a retired, disabled ex-serviceman (31 years RAF), I have been an Amiga user for over five years and I own two A1200s, my daughter also owns an Amiga A1200.
Over the last few months a friend, Mike Alexander, and I have been assisting the local school, William Farr Comprehensive, Welton, Lincolnshire with their two Amigas.
The pupils use the Amiga computers for video, art work, animation and DTP.
Before we started upgrading, the school was using an A4000 030 25 2MB Chip RAM and 2MB Fast RAM and a stock Amiga A1200 with 2MB Chip RAM, both with an 80MB hard disk. The A4000 has ScalaMM200 installed and a Genlock fitted to a digital camera and even with such a limited set up they have produced excellent work. The A1200 had a mono hand scanner attached and again the work produced was good.
We’ve upgraded the A4000 with OS3.1,16MB RAM and a replacement clock battery. For the A1200, we’ve installed OS3.1, a Blizzard 030 50MFIz accelerator with 16MB Fast RAM, a 120MB internal IDE 3.5” hard disk and a colour hand scanner, all parts provided secondhand from Amibench (thanks Mark Wilson aka tecno).
I’ve also donated two Amiga mice and mouse mats and I am still seeking a graphics card for the A4000. This term, the school is planning for a pupil Amiga home user group to meet once a week in the art department so that assistance and advice can be given by myself and Mike Alexander.
Michael Domoney, at WoA This sounds great Mike, it’s nice to see the two of you are helping out with the school, and even nicer that they’ve chosen the best machine for the jobs they want to do.
Mm FREE LUNCH I must take issue with your reply to Steve Flargreaves email in issue 127.
T. Durbin via email Hmm, okay. There are programs out there that
can make your machine slightly more organised in the way it
operates, such as Executive or Enforcer, but while they'll
give you info as to why a program isn't working, they won't
fix the problem.
It appeared. I used to be an avid CU reader and I like Mr. Horgan’s work - this is not his best. I just don’t think “Vital Florgan” adds anything significant to the mag. I’d prefer the space replaced with some more “Other News” or something similar. It’s just too boring for me. However, I loved the “Art of Noise” feature. Much more interesting!
Steven Solie via email Guess what? Due to popular demand, you’ve now got me wittering on in the news section too!
TOWERING BALLS I recently came back from Florida and while I was there, on route number four, I noticed in the distance some sort of tower which looked just like the Amiga boing ball.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera handy so I did a sketch of it, from memory, when I came home to England. Obviously some American was inspired by the Amiga boing ball, either that or he she liked the clash of red and white.
Also, whilst I was at a students briefing meeting at South East Essex College for Media Studies I noticed an Amiga 2000 in the video editing room (either that or some PC manufacturer decided to copy the A2000 design.)
What’s the big idea of dropping the subscriber’s newsletter and disk? You used to have some great competitions, not to mention some really useful utilities on the disk. I definitely H think you should keep this ¦%: otherwise what’s the point in subscribing? Only that it’s cheaper.
Things are getting strange, I'm starting to worry... HOW LONG FOR JAVASCRIPT?
We’re way ahead of you Chris. Neil Bothwick has honed his best writing technique to present us with a stunning new JavaScript tutorial starting this issue. It’s got code you can paste into your pages, so you don't have to retype, and it will cover everything in a modular fashion. It's great.
Jamie, those designs were for the desktop machines. They weren’t for the set-top boxes, the car-based computers or the Amiga-based wristwatch phone either. See?
MAD TATI Hello there, here’s the pic of my C= logo tattoo as promised. Print it in the mag and we’ll all be happy.
It was done in July by Pecka at his own studio in Ostersund, Sweden (+46 63 127780) and it hurt like hell!
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Why don’t you try giving, for one month only, a discount price
on advertising so that OnLine PD, Underground PD, Blittersoft,
Weird Science etc can advertise? Basically by offering
discount prices for all those companies you can bump up the
number of ads in the mag and then we could get more editorial
pages of your fantastic mag.
Also, in AF128 Terry Green wrote in saying he had seen Amigas on TV (The Bill). Well, on channel 5 about six months ago there was a programme on piracy. The police raided someone’s house and there was an Eyetech Tower next to a monitor Apart from that, keep up the good work! AF is really looking good and forever improving!
Elliott Bird via email The point of subscribing to AF is that a) you save 44 per cent or possibly more if you’re overseas; b) you get the issue a week early; and c)you’re guaranteed to receive every issue of your subscription. You want the moon on a stick, you do.
TOWERING BALLS PT» 2 I am writing concerning the new Amiga. I like the designs in AF126 but I feel that some people would rather have a tower or desktop Amiga since it would be better for office use and probably more upgradable.
Perhaps the Amiga could go on sale with a choice of tower, desktop or whatever design Amiga choose to use. I have also enclosed some of my Amiga logos for you to look at.
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Liam Bramwell via email We already do discount the prices for advertising in AF - it’s certainly a lot less expensive now than it used to be when a single page colour ad could set you back £2000... PLEASE RELEASE ME In your recent 10th birthday article I noticed many people who used to work on AF that look a lot like famous people.
Graeme Sandiford looks like Eddie Murphy, Colin Nightingale looks like Toadie from Neighbours, Richard Drummond looks like the guy from the AmozillaX interview sitting next to Ben Vost and finally Trenton Webb looks like Lee Hurst. Are you sure that the old and new AF squad aren’t really living double lives?
Also what’s going on at AF. In issue 126 it said the September issue was released on July 31st. So on the 31st I go out and buy it. Flicking through I notice a big page “Come and see us on stand 118” talking about the WoA, ermm that was a week previous. Then seeing the Eyetech advert it says something along the lines of if you can’t make it to WoA we’ll be sorry not to see you but you can have 50 per cent off our carriage price for goods ordered between the publication of this issue of AF 127 and July 31 st. Eh? So you get from July 31 st - July 31 st, very good offer! I know subscribers get
the issue a week early but can you tell us the ‘real’ release dates from now on?
Amiga@thefree.net They are the real release dates, but if you’d been at WoA you would have seen the issue there, and if you subscribed to the mag, you’d have possibly got it on the Friday before the show, as well as it costing you a lot less per issue.
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Whilst on holiday camping in France my camera went wrong, again. It was a fault that had kept on recurring since it was dropped some years ago, a small part of the autofocus mechanism keeps coming unstuck. Originally it had been held in place by melting the plastic around a small metal part, but having dismantled the camera this time, I realised I was not going to be able to do this any more, as there was hardly any plastic left.
After a bit of thought I realised that all was really needed was a new bit of springy wire stuck to the mechanism, but where to get such a thing on a camp site? Then I remembered I had chucked some old windoze disks that someone had thrown out, into my car, for reuse as data disks on my Amiga. Moments later I ripped off the sliding protective cover and there it was, the perfect spring! My camera has worked fine ever since, so windoze does have its uses after all!
John Dyson
W. Yorks PC software can come in useful, eh?
Amber collectors, First meeting, Furries, Troll behind tree all by John Botofte John's pictures really remind me of reading the MoomintroII saga by Tove Jansson and give me a similarly warm, fuzzy feeling. The amount of work that's gone into each one is amazing. Each picture is hand-drawn, then scanned in and colourised and retouched in Art Effect 3 with a Wacom ArtPad.
40OOYX, Alyss, G3Final all by John Cooper John Cooper won our Gallery prize back in AF124, and came incredibly close to winning it again this issue, but for John Botofte's trolls. Check out the WB_Backdrop drawer in his drawer on the CD too, since it contains some very nice backdrops that could have been entered as pictures in their own right.
To Evolve.. Amiga Technology Australia 7 Thompson Circuit Mill Park 3082 Victoria Phone*(03) 9436 5555 Fax:(‘03) 9436 9935 Web Site: www.AmigaTech.com.au ' • . Jdha. @ Undergrounds by Kevin Walker A nice pic using Cinema 4D - shame you didn't use a newer cover image Kevin!
Mi CONTRIBUTIONS If you’d like to enter your work (and it should be only your work!) For the Gallery section on the CD and the pages in Amiga Format, read the Reader Submissions advice on the CD (you can find it in various places) or simply make use of the form that can be found on the CD pages of this issue.
Kite, SkyTiger all fey William Lamburn William is obviously a keen kite fan as his pictures show. The bright colours and simple shapes really work well at Lo Res.
AFCD imMiSnii illustrates the features of PerfectPaint, checks out iBrowse 2.1 and offers an exclusive look at three Crystal demos PICTURE PAINT ¥1.1 »SerI©«s- Grapii!cs perfe€tpaIitt The Amiga has always led the field when it comes to bitmapped paint packages. We’ve had the pioneering DeluxePaint, the steadfast PersonalPaint and the quirky but gorgeous TVPaint But these three heavyweights had better make room in the palette box for one more: PerfectPaint, the new, free pixel pusher from Frenchman Georges Halvadjian. And while the new boy may lack the breeding of its commercial rivals, it more
than makes up for it in features.
PerfectPaint packs all the familiar drawing tools you would expect plus an Arexx port, animation facilities, multi-level undo, anti-aliasing, colour effects, text effects, convolves, distortions and more.
PREPARING THE ground PerfectPaint is a complex piece of software and makes significant demands on your computer’s hardware. The minimum requirements to run it are Workbench 3.0, a 68030 processor and an FPU; a graphics card is not necessary, but highly recommended.
Installation is simple: just drag the PerfectPaint drawer from the CD to where you wish it to live on your hard disk. The = Score "90%" ) in the string gadget and select OK. The records then displayed in the ScreenPlay window will be only those with a score greater than 90 per cent. Only those records for which the above expression evaluates as true for get through. See the MUIBase guide in +System+ Tools WB MUlBase for more information.
640x256, so you’ll end up with a larger virtual screen which you can scroll around with the mouse pointer. This will give a very restricted view of your work, so perhaps a better idea is to pick an interlaced mode and put up with the flicker. Either that, or buy a VGA monitor. Also note that Pixel Paint only supports screen depths of up to 8 bits (256 colours).
When PerfectPaint has loaded you will be presented with a blank screen, occupied only by the toolbox window. Before you can do anything useful you have to open a canvas to work on. You can either choose to start a new picture, by selecting the New option from the Picture menu, or load in an existing one from disk, by selecting the drawing tools you would expect plus animation facilities, multi-level undo, colour effects, distortions and more program needs the XEN font for its interface, so you must copy that into your system fonts drawer if you don’t already have it. This font is provided on
the CD every issue, so the easiest way to install it is to open up a shell window and type: Copy AFCD46:fonts FONTS: The final requirement is that RexxMast (the Arexx interpreter) must be running on your system. Hopefully by now, everybody should have set up their machine so that RexxMast is started automatically at boot time. If not, simply drag the RexxMast program from your the System drawer on your boot disk to the WBStartup drawer.
You’re now ready to go.
Ast issue saw the first appearance on an AFCD of the online Amiga Format database, AFBase (see +System+ lnfo AFBase). Version
1. 0 newly graces the coverdisc this time around and it features
listings of ail games ever reviewed within the pages of AF,
most of our serious reviews and some tutorials. Also included
are our ShopWatch and Amiga Angel services and some handy
guides to acronyms, emoticons and common UNIX commands.
Searching for an item in AFBase is simplicity itself. You can perform a basic search by selecting the ‘Search for’ option from the Table menu and entering the item you are looking for. A more powerful technique, however, is filtering, and this is perhaps best explained with an example. Suppose you wish to display ail games that have received an AFGold award. Open the Screenplay database and select ‘Change filter' from the table menu. Then enter set wp your eusel The first thing PerfectPaint does, after you launch it by double-clicking its icon, is to ask you what screenmode you want the
program to run in. Now, PerfectPaint requires a screen size of at least 640x480 pixels. If you only have a TV or 15kHz monitor attached to your machine, then you’ll have to choose a PAL mode. Standard PAL only supports a physical size of WHAT'S NEW Good artists, whether of the conventional or digital variety, must be familiar with their tools.
PerfectPaint supplies you with a range of drawing tools, each which may be applied with the brush style, colour and effect of your choice.
Left click on a style to select it.
You may have two brushes defined at one time. Right-click here to swap between them.
Drawing tools Each tool is left-clicked once to select it. Some tools support several modes, so left-clicking again will cycle through the different modes. Tools with a dog ear (a triangle in the upper left corner) have a menu to change their settings which can be popped up by holding-down the right button.
Modes: outline, solid, effects, r Modes: outline, solid, effects.
Modes: line, effects.
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7 FILL 8 POINT. Modes: freehand, joined, filled, effects.
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M. Modes: outline, filled, bezier, bezier filled. In bezier
modes it attempts to fit curves through the corners of the
IB VICTOR. This is not implemented yet.
A Power Goo-like dragging tool.
J Other tools Pick up a rectangular area | from the page to be used as a brush.
Allows drawing only at fixed points on the page for easier positioning.
Magnifies a selected area of the page.
Right-click to select an effect to apply to all drawing tools.
Prevents selected colours on the page i from being over-written.
Smooths jagged lines.
Left-click to clear the page to the current background colour.
Left-click to undo the last operation. The last 10 operations are remembered.
Right-click to select a script, left-click to execute it.
Palette The inner rectangle is the foreground drawing colour, the outer the background. Right-click to pop-up the palette requester.
AMng mmm, Left-click to select the foreground | drawing colour, right-click for background.
PerfectPaint has a powerful set of drawing effects.
Load option. If you opt for the former, PerfectPaint will pop up another window asking what size canvas you want. Either select one of the default options with the buttons on the right or select the custom option and type in the desired sizes in the string gadgets provided.
PerfectPaint loads pictures using AmigaOS’s datatypes system. Datatypes are plug-in modules which allow programs to recognise many different file types. The only picture datatype shipped with AmigaOS is one for ILBM (IFF) files, so if you want to handle other picture formats - such as GIF, JPEG or PNG - you must get the appropriate datatype. These can typically be found on the Aminet or on AFCDs in the -Serious- WB -Datatypes- drawer. To be able load full-colour images into PixelPaint, the datatype must perform the reduction to 8-bit for you. The alternative is to use some external software to
do the job. For example, Ppainfs colour reduction facilities are excellent.
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development has taken place of late in the previously
slumbering Amiga web browser market, and the two big guns,
Voyager and iBrowse, are ready to duke it out. We gave you a
look at a pre-release version of V* on AFCD44, but the guys at
Vaporware have definitely been beaten to the streets by
Omnipresence and HiSoft: iBrowse 2 is officially here. And this
is the demo to prove it.
The biggest addition to iBrowse 2 over earlier versions and one that Amiga users the world over have been clamouring for is JavaScript support (for more on JavaScript, check out our new tutorial series beginning on page 64). But there have been some real innovations, too. It is now possible to view more than one website in a browser window and quickly swap between them a the tab gadget. Another new feature is the possibility to configure different browser settings for different sites. For example, suppose there’s a site at http: www.siilv-site.com which you regularly visit but never wish to
view the images for, but all other sites you do. This is a piece of cake with iBrowse 2. Open the Continued overleaf 4 YOUR DISC?
Rrrn WHAT'S Once again, Amiga Format readers have proved what a creative bunch of people they are by sending us some outstanding contributions for this CD. I have had a tough old time trying to pick a winner - I was half tempted to pick Lionel Woodbridge for the second installment of his interactive, Scala-created Space Flight.
But no. Instead, the issue's lucky winner is Soren Forsberg.
Virtual desktops can become just as unruly as real ones: you could never find the window your looking for underneath all that clutter. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get your Amiga to tidy it up for you? Well, now you can thanks to a neat little tool that Soren has sent us. TileWin is a commodity that, when activated by its hotkey combination, will magically sort the windows on your desktop into an orderly arrangement. Not only that, but it is supplied with an easy to use preferences editor, where you choose to set a tiled or cascading style for positioning windows, select which windows not
to arrange or even elect priority windows which will be moved to the front if possible. For this sterling work Soren gets £50.
| Size and position this window to set the Tile-Area. Save Tlewii© Soren For3berg 1939. Email-ware 3orei This program uses MUI © by Stefan Stuntz and Nlist.mcc© by Gilles Masson.
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Settings window, select the URL prefs page and enter the URL pattern as http: www.siily-site.com ?. Next, checkmark the Load images option and set it to None. Sorted.
This demo is restricted to 30 minutes of use. It also has no support for ftp:, gopher: or mailto: transfer methods and is limited to having only one browser window open with one website per window and only permits a maximum of two network connections. The demo may upgraded to the full package by ordering a keyfile from HiSoft. See http: www.hisoft.co.uk . Note that iBrowse 2 must be installed to your hard disk for use, but this is a simple matter with the script provided.
CRYSTAL EtEIiOS Crystal Interactive Software have supplied us with previews of three of their forthcoming game releases for the Amiga.
More information can be found at their website at htt p : w w w. c rv sta I -sof t wa re .com . GILBERT GOOOMATE
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unbelievably-titled Gilbert Goodmate and the Mushroom of
Phungoria is a point- and-click adventure in the Monkey Island
mould. The plot involves the kidnapping of the nation’s
legendary saviour, a gigantic mushroom, by person or persons
You play the role of Gilbert. Your grandad was custodian of the fabulous fungus and is now about to be executed by order of the king for his carelessness. Only you can save his life by finding the stolen ‘shroom.
Crystal has given us an AVI movie as a preview of Gilbert. To view it on your Amiga, please make sure you have set the AVI filetype in the AFCDPrefs program to a suitable AVI player such a CyberAVI or MooVld. A demo version of MooVId can be found on the CD in the drawer +System+ Tools Graphics MooVld-Demo which you may use to view the animation.
It looks such an idyllic setting, doesn't it?
But somebody in that world is evil enough to kidnap a mushroom!
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Fw T-zer0 is clickBOOM’s latest release, an old school shoot-em-up that Ben sang the praises of in AF128. But if Ben’s review was not persuasive enough, get a taste of the action with this exclusive playable demo. It’s definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.
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Bubble Heroes is an update to that classic, Puzzle Bobble. This demo requires a lot of free Chip RAM to play. You will probably need to start your machine with no startup- sequence and then enter the following lines into the shell, each followed by the RETURN key, to play it.
SetPatch Exact details on The Dark Millennium are sketchy at the moment, but we do know that it is to be a strategy war game with a fantasy setting. Crystal have provided a series of screenshots of the game to get you in the mood.
AMIGA CAME HEAVEN The chaps at Amiga Game Heaven have provided us with a special edition of their website for the CD. You can peruse it by double-clicking on the Start_Here icon, surfing to the Essential Websites section and following the AGH link.
For those who have not visited this site before, it is an invaluable resource for the Amiga gamer. It is a database of hundreds of classic Amiga games with reviews, tips and patches to get them installed and working on more modern Amiga hardware. A number of their reviews are by Amiga celebrities, so if you want to know what Tony Crowther thought of Dungeon Master or read David Braben’s opinion of Populous, then this is the site for you. They are also looking for more contributions, so if you want air your views on a game, why not send them in to AGH.
Details are on the site.
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Jo® offers you ways to stay organised, the return of the virus killer, a guide to the World Cup and a program to please those Amiga users with PC's cry Although you can try using Virus Checker without reading the supplied documentation, I would strongly recommend giving it a good read. Virus Checker has an almost endless list of features and settings, including a separate preferences editor and the only way to get the best protection from it is to configure it properly. Virus Checker is shareware and you can even register it in the UK, so you have no excuse not to support the ongoing
development of this outstanding piece of software.
Siyocippos SnoopDos is a “must have” utility that allows you to monitor the system operations that are carried out by programs on your Amiga.
These operations include which files a program is trying to open, which fonts, libraries, devices and environment variables it is looking for, and so on. To run SnoopDos, just double-click on the icon or type RUN SNOOPDOS at the Shell prompt.
If you are having problems loading a particular program, just run SnoopDos to see what the program is trying to load and then have a look at SnoopDos’ output window which will probably give you a fair indication of what’s going wrong. Most of the features are fairly obvious, but if you get stuck, you can press the HELP key to access AmigaGuide help.
Configured to completely and automatically scan any floppy inserted in any floppy drive, scan memory on startup and check all suspect vectors and it also features an Appicon so you are able to drag and drop any suspect files or newly downloaded archive onto it for instant checking. Virus Checker also checks memory locations every two seconds for infection giving you almost total system protection. Although it is possible to install Virus Checker manually, considering it’s complexity I Switches j_ Files Drawers j_ Special Miscellaneous VirusCheckerll v2.©+ Preferences Editor ignore Capture
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Football, a set of Arexx scripts and front end and now comes
Worldcup, an Amigaguide guide to everything related to the
World Cup since it’s inception in
1930. Pasi Ylinen, the guide’s author has done a cracking job and
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¦sax- ~sm~ brings you a great little robot platform game, a Tron clone featuring worms, loads of hints and cheats for your Gameboy and a utility to pacify all the WHD freaks GAMEBOY-FAQ Created by Marat Fayzullin, this Gameboy text file will prove invaluable for anyone who has a Nintendo Gameboy and sure to contain hints, cheats, passwords and codes for most of the games in your collection. It’s so comprehensive that I couldn’t find a game in my son’s game collection that wasn’t covered. As an example there cheat details on Adventure Island, Adventure Island 2, Amazing Penguin, Amazing Tater,
Amida, Atomic Punk and, Avenging Spirit in the “A” section alone.
If you have a Gameboy lying around and have a collection of games that include some that you haven’t been able to master, give this guide a look, it may very well refresh your interest in that little box of gaming tricks. The Gameboy FAQ file should be compatible with any Gameboy with at least one game and a functioning power source!
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WormWars has an integral field editor that allows you to load, edit and save user fieldsets for greater lasting attraction. There is support for playing MED and IFF 8SVX files as music and sound effects respectively. Either one, two or three human players can play simultaneously against the Amiga so in a three-player game against the You've got so many screws loose that it's hard to know where to start but blasting those bad-boy bugs could be a good one.
Computer two of the players play the keyboard and the remaining player uses the joystick. Wormwars should work on any PAL Amiga running OS2.04 or higher. All its files are contained within the WormWars directory so installation on your hard disk is just a matter of copying the whole directory across with the exception of the MEDPIayer.library which needs to be copied to your system’s Libs: directory. WormWars does require some common libraries, such as the exec, dos, gadtools and intuition libraries so you should make sure you have them installed on your system.
We take every care to test the coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back with 2x26p stamps and an SAE to: . ' ¦ • ' ¦ ¦ ? ¦" n: If there is a manufacturing error then the stamps will be returned with a replacement disk.
FUZZY LOGIC This is a platform game where your task is to guide your robot, Fuzzy Logic, up and down the platforms by jumping through the moving holes. He has to clear the system of some nasty bugs and fix the damage they have done by loosening the screws of the circuit board.
In order to tighten the screws you need to pick up spanners (why? Shouldn’t you need a screwdriver?) And carry them to the loose screws. When you have reached a loose screw Fuzzy will automatically tighten it up. Killing bugs is accomplished by dropping a Bug-Stun Resistor on them from the platform above. If you manage to tighten three screws and kill all the bugs you will transported to the next level. Easy eh?
WORMWAiS WormWars is an arcade game based on Tron. It does a pretty good job of combining the gameplay and playability of the basic Tron concept with the additional 21 interesting object types, six species of creature, and other enhancements, for a more diverse and strategic gameplay.
WHDInfo is used to display information about WHDInfo slaves used in hundreds of HD installers. With this utility, you can quickly view all the slave information including WHDLoad version required, memory, slave version and copyright information. This is very handy to check you have the latest slave, finding the quit key for games, and for WHDLoad HD installer writers to check their installs. WHDInfo should run on all Amigas and be run from the CLI only (you can run from Workbench, but it will only display the help screen and quit).
Basically one to four worms travel around a rectangular 53x39 maze leaving a deadly trail behind them. You have to compete and sometimes co-operate with other creatures in order to collect letters and therefore obtain as many points as possible to complete the level before advancing onto the next.
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Floppy disk only. ® 01582 725595 anytime.
65 Desperately seeking Image Master HI and Montage 24 graphics software. Cash waiting.
® John 01603 743827, email iohn@woodaatey.freeserve.co.uk. 65 Anybody with an A400O desktop upgrading to PPC? I need a CPU board, '040 or '060, for my Amiga. I can pay from £50 to £75. Send me an email pauiarnold@free4all.co.uk or ® 01903 739069 after 6pm and ask for Paul.
65 Bloodoet AGA or CD32, Prey CD32, Beneath a Steel Sky CD32. I'll pay up to £12 30DM per game.
Email ancor@dat3comm.ch. 65 i’m looking for Final Writer, higher version than Final Writer Lite. As high as possible, reasonable price please as I am disabled and unable to work. I have an A1200. ® 0161 8655537.
65 PDSoft Cds: Hottest 1, 2, 3, 6, Utilities and Megademos. WS’s Multimedia Toolkit 2, AMUC Collection, EMC 3, 4, WOTW 92 CD, BCI Net 1, 2, CDPD 1, 2, 3, 4, Fresh Fish Collection. Originals only, please. Write to Philippe Dumont, rue Lombry 7, 4920 Aywaille, Belgium. Email hibisch@hotmaii.com. 65 If you are a member of, or know about a user group in Norway which needs a member, please email me, Farald, at wwat@online.no. Thanks.
65 1 am an Amiga artist musician wanting to do graphics or music for your PD, shareware or games.
Highly proficient with Octamed, Soundstudio and Deluxe Paint. Both AGA and standard Amiga formats.
® Vivian 001 505 835 2841 (New Mexico).
65 Amiga contacts wanted to swap games and ideas Contact: Mr G Emery, 3 Scott Ave, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon PLS 1 HQ.
65 Any Amiga users new to the internet who want some free links gallerys and downloads to get them going can go to my site at: http: www.q25t273.freeserve.co.uk or email me (Paul) at: poi@a251273.freeserve.co.uk. 65 Any Amiga magazines or disk magazines require another contributor? I have knowledge of A1200 and other Amigas. Will work for free. Article previously published in Amiga Format.
* Ross Whiteford 01738 850732.
65 Amiga contacts wanted in the Edinburgh area.
Write to Gordon Lawrie, 21 Wilson Terrace, Broxburn EH52 6EP.
65 Looking for emai! Pais in any area. Just got connected to the Internet so looking for contacts.
Email Duncan McGregor at: dkm@free4all.co.uk 65 Do you want Worms DC levels, but don’t have a CD-ROM? Simply send a disk and 50p to: Mick Galvin, 84 St Cuthbert’s Cres, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton WV7 3HW.
65 Amiga contacts wanted in Portsmouth and Gosport area. ® Brian 07712 910787.
BBSes 65 Alpha Zone BBS, over 10,000 files, online CD- ROMs, 56,000bps and free email.
» 01788 551719 after 10pm.
65 Bobbs, w 01243 371644, online 24 hours. Based in Hampshire, south east, host for Powernet. Loads of files, home of BullRPG, The best Amiga Lord clone. Speeds up to 56K.
65 Skull Monkey BBS, Lincoln. Online 24 hours.
» 01522 887933. Friendly sysop. Email sns@skullmonkey.freeserve.co.uk - keeping the Amiga alive.
5- Want to chat about anything and everything with people all over the globe? Then join Fluffynet - the fluffiest Fido-style BBS mail network!
® Total Eclipse BBS, +44 (0) 870 740 1817 or visit http: www.fluffvnet.n3.net for information on how to join. Hubs and nodes available. Anyone welcome!
65 Alpha Zone BBS, over 10,000 files, online CD- ROMs, 56,000bps and free email. ® 01788 551719 after 10pm.
65 Arachnoids BBS. Leicestershire Online 24hrs.
® 01509 551006 Friendly Sysop over 10,000 files online. No ratios everything free.
Ninja@Arachnoids.freeserve.co.uk. 65 Quest BBS, Wakefield. West Yorkshire's largest BBS with over 30,000 files online, including the latest 7 Aminet CD-ROMs. Online weekdays, 6pm-6am and weekends, 2pm-6am. ® 01924 250388.
65 Tribal Mirage BBS, Online 24 hours, Running Xenolink v2.8, Amiga Sysop with over 15 years of Amiga experience. 20,000+ files online. File requester.
Amiga support given. Hertfordshire. ® 01992 410215, email sysop@tmbbs.freeserve.co.uk. 65 Total Eclipse BBS, ® +44 (0) 1983 522428,24 hours.
33. 6K, home of Liquid Software Design and MAX'S Pro support.
65 The Forum! BBS online 24 hours, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Over 35 members, 2,000+ files available, including games, pictures, utilities, etc. Sysop: Jamie Maguire. Run by a software development student.
® 01563 540863. 36K.
65 Elevate BBS, Hants, online 24 hours.
® 01329 319028.
65 Bedlam BBS, Leicester, online 24 hours.
® 01162 787773.
65 Entertainment BBS, Wigan, online 24 hours.
® 01942 221375.
65 Frost Free BBS, ® 01484 327196 (Slaithewaite, W. Yorks).
65 Bill’s BBS, Cumbria, online 24 hours (mast only between 2.30am and 3.30am), ® 01229 434393 or 0870 7878615. Sysop: Bill Clark.
Visit http: cumbria.cjb.net. email billsbbs@cornerpub.com or biii.clark@ukonline.co.uk. Supports Fidonet. Loads of free files, games, doors, etc. Unlimited downloads.
65 Zodiac BBS, Hants. Online 11am-7pm 7 days a week. ® 01243 373596. Sysop: Destiny Co. Sysop: Axl. Running Maxs Pro v2.11, Hellnet. Lots of files.
65 On The Oche BBS, Waterloovsfie, online 24 hours.
* 01705 648791.
65 Moonlight BBS, Bedford, online 6pm-8am, 24 hours at weekends, ® 01234 212752.
Sysop: John Marchant. Email gnome@enterprise.net Official Transamiga Support BBS, unlimited downloads, friendly sysop with excellent knowledge. Aminet online.
Run by an experienced Amiga programmer who will help you out for free.
65 X Zone BBS, supporting the Amiga for over two years. Do you want the latest files? ® 01635 820590, 6pm-1am, modem callers only (33.6K). USER GROUPS 65 Amiga North Thames meet on the first Sunday of the month at St Mary Magdalene Vestry, Windmill Hill, Enfield, 1-5pm. Software hardware problem solving, demos, news and Amiga games.
® Mike 0956 867223 weekends or email Ant.london@ukonline.co.uk. 65 Do you need help with your Amiga? Can you help someone with their Amiga? If so please get in touch.
® Terry 01709 814296.
65 New user group being set up called TAG (Total Amiga Group). Initially in the Somerset area.
® Phil 01458 832981.
65 Are there any Amiga users in Birmingham who want to set up a user group?
® Hitesh 0121 6056452.
65 Need a new IRC chat channel? Come to PoweredByAmiga on ARCNET for fun and informative chat about Amigas and otherwise. Visit our URI at http: Www2.prestel.co.uk amiaav PBA . We mostly meet at weekends about midday.
65 UAUG est. 1986 (non-profit making), 40 page magazine. Free cover disk, 20,000 free PD titles, digitizing, scanning, helplines, support for all Amiga users. Free gift upon joining. Send SAE for details to: The Editor, 13 Rodney Close, Rugby CV22 7HJ.
65 NPAUG is a new Amiga user group based on the net. We offer a free monthly magazine and tech support over the web. If you are interested in joining, visit our website: http: members.aoLcom: npaug home.html or email me: npaug@aol.com. 65 Are you Welsh, live in Wales or love Wales? Then join Cymru Amiga User Group. Visit us on http: bounce.to cauq or email dark.iords@deathsdoor.com to join.
Continued overleaf 4 South West Amiga Group, (SWAG) meets every 1st Thursday of the month, 8:30pm at the Lamb & Flag (Han esters), Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. SWAG intends to get Amiga users together, provide info and support, promote the Amiga and have a laugh. Contact £? Amiga Support Association. We offer help and advice to Classic Amiga enthusiasts. Monthly meets to be arranged for a Southampton Venue. Please contact Phil for more information: SnoQd@ukonline.co.uk or ® 01703 489701.
Pennine Amiga Club. Free worldwide helpline supporting all models. Non-profit making club. Not a business. We help with free advice: ® 01535 211230.
O Workbench, the Manchester Amiga user group.
We meet on the first Thursday of each month at
7. 00pm and offer general Amiga chat.
® 0161 839 8970. Also, check out our website at: http: www.vvorkbench.freeserve.cQ.uk Alternatively, email: £? West Lancs User Group. Sundays, 1pm-4pm at St. Thomas School Hall, Highgate Rd, Upholland.
® 01695 623865, email ralph@twiss.u-net.com. Help and advice, novices and experts welcome.
O Deal Amiga Club welcomes all old hands and newcomers alike, whatever your ability.
Admission £1, under 16’s 50p. Annual membership is now free. Also if you’ve bought some bits and don’t know how to put them together then bring them along and let us help. ® 01304 367992 or email 0 Felbrigg Amiga Group meets weekly near Cromer.
We are a group for novice and expert users. For more information ® 01263 511705 or 824382.
Want the latest reviews, news, interviews, articles? Then visit the NEW AIO website at http: www.aiQ.co.uk, or visit amos on ircnet, Saturday 9pm-midnight.
2 Northern Ireland user group welcomes new members. Emerald Amiga Users meets regularly in Strabane. Please contact Charles Barr.
® 01504 884700.
Medway and Maidstone Amiga collective. Meets monthly. Advice at all levels. Experts and beginners wanted. ® Dave 0961 809466. Support your local user groups!
Join a new email club for Klondike, a Reko Productions game. Cardset creators and cardset collectors, Amiga and PC. Email kevin@reko.karQQ.co.uk (make friends).
NAC Nottingham Amiga Club New club starting soon. New old users welcome! From A500 to A4000.
Hints and tips on all software, games and hardware.
¦a- Mark 0115 9566485 weekends only!
New Amiga sound and demo association seeks input, contacts and support to form a user group based around the Amiga music and demo scene. Interested?
¦a Dave 01243 864596 or 0961 985925.
© Interested in Internet Relay Chat? Why not visit Amigazone on Dalnet? We are a friendly bunch and meet at 10pm every day. Visit our website at: £? Lost soul seeking Amiga users in and around Southend and the south east Essex area. Just left school. « Elliott Bird 01702 582621 or write: 1 Thorpe Hall Close, Thorpe Bay, Essex SS1 3SQ.
2 Power Amiga User Group based in Portsmouth for users of all ages and levels. We meet once a month on the last Saturday. We generally have Amigas of all sorts to look, listen and learn from. We have prize draws, tutorials and general discussions each meeting.
® Richard 01705 829541 or email richard@poweramiaa.freeserve.co.uk or visit http: www.poweramiqa.freeserve.co.uk. Huddersfield Amiga User Group (HAUG) meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Commercial Inn, Market Street, Paddock, Huddersfield from 7.30pm onwards. The first meeting is free & easy, the second is a demo night where we will show you how to use a particular piece of software.
® Geoff (01484) 322101 or Bob (01484) 654291 email aeoff@aeemil.demon.co.uk or robert@gQlcar.demon.co.uk or visit http: websites.ntl.com -pauL4 index.html 2? Coventry and Warwick Commodore Computer Club (CWCCC) meets once a month on the first Wednesday at Earlsdon Methodist Church, Coventry.
For more information email Luke Stowe luke.stowe@ukonline.co.uk or visit http: ukonline.CQ.uk iuke.stowe cwccc index.html O SEAL meets twice monthly at Northlands Park Community Centre, Basildon, Essex. We offer help, tutorials and presentations plus scanning, printing and email. Contact Mick Sutton, 20 Roding Way, Wickford, Essex. ® 01268 761429 (6-9pm). Email seai@thunder.u-net.com or visit our website, O Is there anybody in the Northamptonshire area interested in starting up a new user group? Please contact me: ® 01536 724309 or email nsthomas@u k onlinexo.uk. The Amiga Free Helpline still
needs helpers, so if you have a lot of knowledge about the Amiga, or just a little bit, but are willing to help please call.
® Terry on 01709 814296.
O Great Yarmouth user group. Anyone interested in joining this user group please contact John w 01493 722422.
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Signature: room, and feeling like a lemon in the corner. This way, if you want you can buy a pint and feel quite relaxed, have a walk round, look at the machines and chat to the members. At this meeting there were some 17 people, and over half had a machine set up. Like most meetings of this type, machines varied from pure vanilla to power setups, just as the members ranged from pure beginners to people who knew the machines inside out. Something else which was good to see was Amiga users of both sexes present. I got talking to someone who told me she used her machine at a college where she
taught knitting design. How do people follow those patterns? It looked more like assembler code to me, and I thought using the CLI was difficult.
One other member worthy of mention is Paul Smith, the HAUG webmaster who, unfortunately, is unable to attend regularly e relaxed, have a walk round, look at the machines that have been set up and even talk to a woman due to working shifts. This is a shame as he is one of the few members capable of and able to give demos - Cinema4D and Turbocalc are his forte as well as the creation of the club’s website using nothing but a text editor. Most of the other demos are given by Dave Naylor and Geoff Milnes and cover various topics including graphics, animation, sound sampling and manipulation, Arexx
coding, Internet, Meetings are held at the Commercial Inn, Church Street, Paddock, Huddersfield.
Directions are from the centre of Huddersfield: Take the A62 (Oldham) out of Huddersfield, past Wickes (on your left) and take the right-hand lane to the set of traffic lights. Turn right here and proceed past the DIY store (on your right) and swing right under the viaduct. Carry on past the scrap yard (on your left) and slow down for the big speed humps in the road. Go straight up and the Commercial can be found on your left. There is a small car park behind the pub, and you can gain entry from the rear up the fire escape (if the doors are open, obviously) or through the front. You will find
us in the back room.
Arriving in Huddersfield wasn’t a new experience for me as I already knew some of the Amiga group users - they don’t mince words, and their support and work for the Amiga is well known. It’s a sad fact of life but a lot of people talk about supporting our machine but rarely get past the stage of talking about it; some groups pop up and disappear almost over night through lack of organisation. Not so with this group, this group have been going since 1995 and seem to go from strength to strength. This year at the WoA, HAUG.
Put on several good demonstrations on how to tower a 1200 and also ran a very helpful advice centre in London.
The Huddersfield Amiga User Group (HAUG) hold their meetings in a back room at a local pub, not some people’s idea of a good venue, but I think it is one of the best ways to do it - there’s nothing worse than walking into a huge sterile community [PamO (§®nqp&i nD ventures 'oop north' where they have women and everything The first Wednesday of the month is a casual meeting: Wednesday November 3rd r Wednesday December 1st On the dates below demonstrations are held: Wednesday October 20th Wednesday November 17th Wednesday December 15th Wednesday January 19th HOW TO GET THERE comms, Amiga DOS
(coming up shortly) and the next meeting will cover Opus 5, an essential bit of software.
HAUG also have arrangements in hand for Steven Thornber (Cinema4D) and Derek Brookhouse (Classic Amiga PD) to come along and talk to them later this year.
The group was set up in 1995 by Geoff Milnes and Bob Crawshaw to enable fellow Amiga users in and around the Huddersfield area to get to grips with the more serious side of our beloved machine. “Amigans,” Geoff told me, “are a diverse set of humans with many interests which range from 3D design, through to music and the ability to knit on the Amiga! Our members vary in all ages from school age to the retired. No matter the subject, we most likely have a member who can help. We also have a handbook that was designed by some of our members. It comes in its own ringbinder and looks quite
professional. It contains all you need to know about our merry band of Amigans and covers member details and print-outs of demos that we have done, so if you forget on the night you can take it home and go through it at your own pace.” This little book was actually very good - I didn’t get offered one though. However, I shouldn’t complain as I was treated to a KFC half-way through the meeting. When I did manage to get a look through the binder I read up on the Arexx demo given by Dave Naylor just recently. It was full of a lot of useful information, and with everything written down it makes it
that much easier to give it a go later.
So if you live in the area, pay HAUG a visit, it is very easy to get to, and well worth the effort to get there.
We put the screws on SMO ©c thMGDethis v issue and get him to answer our probing questions Wirenet. We have recently introduced a domain hosting service, at very competitive prices, allowing people to make better use of their email and web space.
¦ When did you first use an Amiga?
1987. It was an A500 with Kickstart 1.2, although the Workbench
1. 3 kit came out shortly after. It was soon upgraded to the
dizzy heights of an extra floppy drive and 1MB of RAM.
The main new feature though is 0800 access. From November, our customers will be able to access the Internet via a free 0800 number on Saturdays and Sundays. For all but the lightest user, the savings on phone costs will more than offset our subscription. Even allowing for BT’s Friends & Family Best Friend discounts, you only need to spend just over two hours online each Saturday and Sunday to save more than the annual subscription.
And that doesn’t take into account the time you dial in briefly and still get hit for a minimum charge.
¦ When did you decide to get involved in the Amiga market on a business level?
I started thinking about it towards the end of 1995, sorted things out in the early months of 1996 and launched Wirenet in May of that year.
¦ How did you get the idea for Wirenet?
At that time there was no easy way to get an Amiga on the Internet. No Miami, nd NetConnect and no ISPs able to provide help. The initial idea was to put together a software pack, somewhat like NetConnect later turned out to be, to help people get online. After discussions with several ISPs it became clear that a software suite wasn’t enough, no matter how complete or intuitive it was. People need someone to turn to when things don’t work as expected, especially in the first few weeks or months.
Once that became clear, Wirenet was the logical next step.
¦ What’s the one Amiga peripheral (software or hardware) that you wouldn’t be without?
You’re probably expecting me to say Opus Magellan, or maybe THOR. Those two, and GoldED, are the ones that I spend the most time using directly. But the one piece of software that I consider indispensable is Arexx. Taking a computer programming module when I was at university taught me two things: programming is fun, and I’m not much good at it. Arexx allows me to enjoy the first without having to worry about the second. It also means I can make my Amiga do just about anything I want it to.
¦ What are you working on now?
With the advent of the “free” ISPs providing a bare bones service financed from their cut of the phone costs, we have had to look more and more towards emphasising the “quality service” side of ¦ Who is your Amiga hero and why?
I don’t have heroes, Amiga or otherwise. However, I have the ___ utmost respect for anyone still working in I is j c~ | p~ | fujI 1 ~ : the Amiga business. I know how hard it is to WISm B liD make a living from the Amiga, anyone who i continues to do so does it from enthusiasm | J and commitment, not through any profit motive. I won’t name anyone, because that I s would mean leaving someone else out.
Mm SwiSSUSlift aamm AiTliGA in' Home Page ¦ What’s the one piece of software or hardware you wish you’d had the idea for?
Miami. It wasn’t successful because it’s a good TCP stack. It succeeded because it was a good idea. Even if the TCP implementation had been poor, Miami would still have done well, because it revolutionised getting an Amiga connected to the Internet. It didn’t rule out the need for someone like Wirenet, there’s a lot more to the Internet than dialling in and connecting, but it did make life so much easier for so many people.
Welcome to Wirenet, the first Amiga-specific Internet access provider in the UK. Thi website has recently been completely revamped, so any comments would be welcome mmm mmmm mmmss mmms mma mmrmm The intention was to make the site fully accessible to users of all browsers. Although i uses frames, everything is available on frame-free pages too. Additionally, all images have text labels.
;Newsfiash:Web space increased to 25MB With immediate effect all new and existing Wirenet accounts have had their web space allowance increased to E5MB.
As before, you are free to use this space for any legal purpose, whether private or commercial, with no bandwidth or download restrictions. Recent upgrades in server capacity and overall bandwidth mean the system can easily cope with any increased usage as a result of this change.
Here Is a summary of the areas available: introduction An overview of what Wirenet offer, the service, software and support Software Full details of the range of software provided to all subscribers, rijn C.rtcu orc tn thp mnst frpfliipntlw pskpri fiUP tinn Cl I US thB chdf1C6 to Sdd Wirenet gets you connected to the Internet and offers support and information too.
First off, for those of you who don’t know what a mailing list is, it’s a way of distributing email to a group of people with similar interests. Once you have joined such a list you can send email to a single email address, this will then be sent to everyone else on the list. The afb is not, as the name implies, a bulletin about your favourite magazine, rather it’s a mailing list dedicated to Amiga-related discussion. I’ve been a member of the afb since its inception, and have seen it rocket in size from a few members to almost 800 at the time of writing, recently we reached 30000 messages
sent altogether (not all in one day, although sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking so).
If you join afb you can expect to read and take part in discussions on a wide range of topics, from the various merits of iBrowse 2.1, to the joys of eating haggis, to opinions on the latest happenings at Amiga, to the correct usage of apostrophes. As you can see it’s not strictly Amiga related, which makes for a more diverse and interesting read, although if anyone strays too far off topic they will be warned by one of the list moderators. You will also have the opportunity to make use of eGroups’ fantastic Polls service, the perfect way to find out just what your average Amiga user thinks,
and have the results published on this very page.
Just how afb can work The list is full of educated (and uneducated) people of all age and experience ranges, so you can feel pretty confident that any question you ask will be answered accurately. It’s always great to see something you’ve commented on being responded to personally by someone like Ben Vost, Neil Bothwick or Richard However, the afb is not for the weak-hearted. It’s not unusual to have to download 150 emails in a single day, and while this may be manageable for some people, others will find it hell on earth having to wade through all the messages to find something they’re
interested in reading.
Ep up with me latest Amiga events, or if you want to chat to users from all around the world Drummond. Also, because the Afwriters are on the list, it’s a great place to be if you want to see stuff changed in the magazine (take the recent changes in layout as a case in point). You will also find people from Power Computing, HiSOFT and Blittersoft on the afb, so if you have a gripe against any of these companies, it’s the ideal place to voice your opinion.
All in all I would say that the afb is a great place to be if you want to keep up with all the latest Amiga events, or if you just want to keep in touch with intelligent Amiga users from all around the world. If you’re not already on the Internet it’s a perfect reason to shell out money on that modem and a copy of NetConnect 3. You’ll' soon wonder where all the hours in your day went to.
For those few that don't know, RC5 is the greatest distributed computing effort ever. Go to http: distributed.amBaa.oro and sign up for the Amiga team - it won't do your Amiga any harm, and you'll be helping us reach 4th place overall.
M All polls must have dates. For an example of this, look at existing polls before starting one of your own. Also, unless absolutely necessary, choose a closed or anonymous poll - the named one takes up far too much space.
Make sure you quote sensibly, don’t include the greeting or signature from the previous mail, etc. Pay attention to and keep all mails with MANAGE at the start of the subject line.
Keep the subject live. Make sure that it applies to the mail you are sending, or change it to something more appropriate.
M There are no content restrictions on afb, although swearing is frowned upon, but please don’t include attachments unless previously agreed.
A Any URLs posted should have the “http: ” part to enable people to simply double click on them to launch their browsers.
GETTIIUGH afbmeml ?rs were You can subscribe to the afb by going to the following website and signing up: htt p ; www. Eg r ou ps. Coro g rou p af b If you just want news on when the next issue of Amiga Format will be out, we offer that at: http: www.ea ro u ps .com a ro u p af b- announce It’s worth joining both lists since they each offer unique things and the announce list usually only has one email every four weeks.
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Next new amiga OS3.5 upgrade O 5 easy internet access © powerpc support New Warpup PowerPC support, new preferences.
Htmi documentation New comprehensive instructions.
©full printer support New printer device, new printer preferences.
£19.95 £9.95 £9.95 £49.95 5 support for hard disks - 4GB JSDPatch (new standard for 64-bit devices. Updated nfo, format, diskcopy and fastfile system). New Hard )rive Toolbox.
3 new graphical user interface lew icon set (glow icons), new icon library, new source library, new GUI editor for developers, updated nd enhanced workbench.
5 extensive cd-rom support acheCDFS, new played, new CDFS prefs.
© new red mars game
• Thousands of combinations to make hundreds of units
• Tactical battles
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• Up to three players can take part
• Missions and freeform games ® Playable on any Amiga with CD-ROM
• Graphics card support Red Mars CD-ROM Breathless 3D game (new
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© scan doubler and flicker fixer The NEW internal ScanMagic from Power plugs onto the LISA chip and the ALICE chip with a 15-pin connection to a monitor. This leaves the 23-pin monitor port free for use with a genlock device ScanMagic Internal with Flicker Fixer ScanMagic External ScanMagic External with Flicker Fixer © monitors - 3yr on-site warranty £125.95 £245.95 £199.95 £49.95 SIGNATURE EXPIRY ..... SPECIAL R0M C 'PS at a sPecial Price only when purchased with the new Amiga OS3.5. OFFER A500 600 2000 ROM chips @ £14.95 ?
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TOTAL £ .....Please add £5 delivery. Make cheques payable to Power Computing Ltd 15"SVGA monitor for graphic cards or ScanMagic 17"SVGA monitor (.26 pitch) for graphic cards or ScanMagic 17" monitor (.28 pitch) © scanquix 4 Award winning scanning software © digital cameras £99.95 VDC-100, 250,000 pixel CCD VDC-200, 470,000 pixel CCD built-in flash, memory slot 4MB Flash RAM for VDC-200 40 Alkaline batteries new powermovie software Power Computing is proud to annouce the final release of its long awaited PowerMovie.
After its successful review in the May issue of Amiga Format, PowerMovie, the animation editing tool, playmovie and the animation player tool, have undergone a few more changes and extra testing. Below is a list of the key features: £199.95 £49.95 £24.95 atbed scanners Epson GT7000 scanner (requires SCSI interface)£199.95 Mustek SP6000 Scanner £79.95 Image FX scanner driver software' £149.95
• Full compatibility with all AGA Amigas
• Edit 320 x 200, 256 colours or HAM-8 frames based animations
• Real time playback, including synchronised soundtrack and sound
• Frames can be any size and have different palettes (they will
be resized and remapped according to the chosen format)
• Frames can all be played at the same (full) speed, or groups of
frames single frames can be played with a specified delay ® 17
frames per second should be possible on an Amiga with a 50MHz
68030 and 8MB of RAM. 25fps (and more) on a 68040 68060
equipped machine.
• Independent player to record on a VCR, show or view the
• A stereo soundtrack can be encoded with the animation
• Separate sound effects can be sychronised to specific frames
• Minimum requirement for decent playback speed is a 6x CD-ROM,
8MB of RAM and 68020 equipped machine ©new low power modem
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* AII modems are internet ready and include 30 days FREE
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NEW 56.6 Kbps Fax Voice modem only £59.95 © gvp products £49.95 A1200 SCSI Interface for GVP A1230acc.
HC4008 SCSI controller and RAM expansion (up to 8MB) for the A2000 A4000 GURU ROM £99.95 £49.95 PowerMovie CD-ROM £34.95 plus p&p Business Licence £TBA © epson printers & consumables © amiga 3.1 operating system £99.95 £119.95 £189.95 £179.95 £15.00 £10.00 £17.00 £15.00 £CALL £10.00 £10.00 Epson 440 - colour inkjet Epson 640 - colour inkjet Epson 740 - colour inkjet Epson Stylus Photo 700 Epson Black ink cartridge Epson Black ink cartridge for Photo 700 Epson Colour ink cartridge 440 640 740 Epson Colour ink cartridge for 700 Epson ink cartridges for other Epsons Epson A4 Photo Quality inkjet
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A1200 3000 4000 chips only £25.95 Amiga 3.1 OS A500 600 2000
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phase 5 products © blizzard 1240 desktop and tower Accelerator
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RAM, optional SCSI 2 controller. Available for Desktop or Tower
Blizzard 1240D 40MHz Desktop £159.95 Blizzard 1240T 40MHz Tower £149.95 © blizzard 2040 2060 turbo Accelerator card for the Amiga 2000 68040 or 68060 50MHz CPU with MMU FPU, up to 128MB RAM, on-board 50 pin connector fast SCSI-2 interface, full genlock compatibility.
Blizzard 2040 40MHz MMU & FPU £269.95 Blizzard 2060 50MHz MMU & FPU £369.95 tlifefElj © blizzard 1260 turbo Accelerator card for the Amiga 1200 Tower 68060 50MHz CPU with MMU FPU, up to 128MB RAM, optional SCSI 2 controller, battery backed clock Blizzard 1260 50MHz MMU & FPU £299.95 © cyberstorm mkill turbo typhoon accelerator card Accelerator card for the Amiga 3000 T & 4000 T 68040 40MHz or 68060 50MHz CPU with MMU FPU, up to 128MB RAM, ultra wide SCSI 3 interface slot for Cybervision PPC GFX card, full genlock compatibility CyberStorm Mklll 040 40MHz MMU & FPU £359.95 CyberStorm Mklll 060
50MHz MMU & FPU £469.95 Fast SCSI 2 DMA controller for the 1230 40 and 1260 turbo board. The SCSI kit is a fast SCSI 2 DMA controller which allows the instant access to large variety of SCSI-1 and SCSI-2 devices. It's 32-bit DMA engine transfers up to 10MB sec with up to 80% free CPU time. A second SIMM socket allows the memory to be expanded by 128MB. Comes with comprehensive software £69.95 © new typhoon accelerator cards Typhoon Lite 2 68030 40MHz upto 64MB RAM£69.95 Typhoon SCSI Mk2 - full 68030 40MHz with MMU, optional 50MHz PGA FPU, upto 64Mb RAM, battery backed clock, includes SCSI
controller, suitable for all tower systems £89.95 SCSI Adaptor for MK1 and 2 Typhoon £19.95 Viper MK2 68030 40MHz upto 32MB RAM £55.95 hot new products .©.Punchinello mouse adaptor This PC mouse and trackball adaptor works with the Microsoft two-button, Logitech three-button compatible serial mice and trackballs. Just like our successful external keyboard adaptor for the A1200, Punchinello takes care of the conversion.
No software patch is necessary.
Punchinello Mouse Adaptor only £14.95 Punchinello and a 3-Button Mouse £24.95
N. B. Directory Opus and iBrowse users, when the wheel mouse
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© jogi-tech mouse and- trackball - Logitech Pilot Wheel Mouse £29.95 Logitech Marble Trackball £29.95 © amiga 500 accelerator card Viper 520CD, 68020EC 8 33MHz, without MMU, optional 33MHZ 11 PGA FPU, space for one 2.5"HD, support for up to four IDE ATAPI devices, 8MB of Fast RAM on board and 3.0 Kickstart ROM including full 3.0 Workbench disk set FAT Agnus slot to fit Mini Mega Chip £99.95 Mini Mega Chip (2MB Agnus chip and 1MB extra Chip RAM) £79.95 © new hi-res 3d graphic cards CyberVision 64 3D (see our web site) £169.95 Picasso IV with ingrated flicker fixer £249.95 Picasso Modules -
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16. 6MB sec) and faster UltraUDMA modes The transfer is several
times faster than any currently available ZORRO II IDE ATAPI
controller :¦ Fully autoconfig ZORRO III card Autoboot from
any removable media (ZIP, LS120) FastATA'99 - Highly
sophisticated supporting software Includes Allegro CDFS - the
fastest Amiga CD file system, supports video DVD format Dn
the A4000 two devices canbe attached to a standard IDE
controller, and another four to the A4000 3ower Flyer. More
than one A4000 Power Flyer can be nstalled at the time. After
it has been switched on, the miga can boot from any of the
Hard Drives connected, either to the Power Flyer or to the
Standard IDE :ontroller.
A4000 PowerFlyer Gold Edition £79.95 © buddha flash For all Zorro bus Amigas Zorro IDE controller, upto 4- IDE ATAPI devices, supports LS120, Zip, Syquest and any removable media. Includes special version af IDEfix97. A1200 clock port £49.95 0 new image fx and aladdin Amigas most powerful image software - from £29.95 0 cd-rom, cri recordable & rewritable EIDE cd-rom drives 5x Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) 5x External ATAPI CD-ROM 36x Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) S6x External ATAPI CD-ROM 1-Ox Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit) Xox External ATAPI CD-ROM External drives include Buffered
Interface, EIDE '99 ioftware, cables and 2 CD titles) SCSI cd-rom drives 32x Internal SCSI CD-ROM (bare) £89.95 32x External SCSI CD-ROM £149.95 D At200 powerflyer gold edition 3ower-Flyer, 4-way enhanced IDE ATAPI controller, Supports the latest PIO-3 and PIO-4 faster modes, utoboot from Zip and LS-120, UDMA - 11 MB sec IDFS software, PowerFlyer Gold Edition £54.95 NEW A4000 POWER FLYER GOLD EDITION © 0 new allegro cdfs software
* The fastest Amiga CD File System.
* The first Amiga file system to support UDF (the Video DVD
* Access to: ISO 9660 level 1, 2 and 3, Joliet (Windows95 98 long
name) level 1, 2 and 3 RockRidge (with Amiga Extensions), CDDA,
UDF (Video DVD) « Supports Amiga protection bits « Supports
* Supports SCSI and ATAPI devices (CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD)
* Supports direct audio grabbing from standard audio Cds For
non-gold edition users Allegro works with EIDE'99 and
Powerflyer - available soon miga 400DPI Mouse & Mat toing
Mouse & Round Mouse Mat toing Mouse Mat only ID32 Joypad slew 4
way joystick adaptor Original A1200 replacement keyboard (int.)
Driginal A1200 replacement power supply 4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI CD-Rewritable Int.
4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI CD-Rewritable Ext.
Twin Box with 4 x 4 x 20 CDRW ATAPI CD-Recordable and 3.2GB IDE Hard Drive Box of 10 CDR discs Box of 5 CDRW discs (All the above external bundles include: case, cables.
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SPECIAL OFFER - ONLY £69.95 ©new sea I a mm400 Multimedia presentation software © new cd-rewritabie drives O sundries fo use PC floppy drive as replacement of DF0 £19.95 3C Floppy Disk Drive £20.00 0 kyiwalda - bootadaptor V4000 A1200 advanced floppy drive controller, can ise most PC floppy drives £49.95 5 catweasel Mk 2 © ioniega zip Zip 100MB external SCSI including Amiga Zip tools, & cable (requires Squirrel or any SCSI interface)£139.95 Zip 100MB internal ATAPI including 4 way buffered int., EIDE 99 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge £99.95 Zip 100MB internal ATAPI (bare unit only) £75.95
Zip cartridge (100MB) £12.95 NEW Zip 250MB External SCSI inc. cartridge £189.95 NEW Zip cartridge (250MB) £19.95 LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI including 4 way buffered i f, EIDE 99 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge LS120 120MB Internal ATAPI (bare unit only) LS120 120MB External ATAPI including 4 way buffered i f, EIDE 99 software, IDE cable and 1 cartridge £139.95 LS120 cartridge £9.95 Hard drives bigger than 4GB are supported automatically by the PowerFlyer or by IDEfix 97 using the patch provided (an updated FileSystem is available on www.amiga.de). Please note that cables included with
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Floppy Disk Drive PC880E External for all Amiga models XL
1.76MB External for all Amiga models XL 1.76MB Internal for
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2. 5" 160MB IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 810MB IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 3.2GB* IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 4.8GB* IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 6.4GB* IDE including IDE cable
2. 5" 10GB* IDE including IDE cable © scsi controller - squirrel
interface Squirrel PCMCIA - suitable for any scsi-device
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3. 5" 8.4GB* IDE including IDE cable and install disk
3. 5" 13GB* IDE including IDE cable and install disk 0 3 5" hard
drives © LS120 For more technical details checkout our
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© amiga 1200 magic pack Amiga, 3.1 OS, 2MB, 68020 CPU and AGA chipset. Sofware includes: Wordworth 4.5SE, Turbocalc 3.5, Datastore 1.1, Photogenic 1.2SE, Personal Paint 6.4, Organiser 1.1, Pinball Mania and Whizz 0 keyboards & interfaces A1200 desktop universal keyboard int.
A1200 tower universal keyboard int.
PC Keyboard interface only (A1200) Amiga Keyboard interface only (A1200) Original A4000 keyboard only* Original PC keyboard only*
* requires keyboard interface £19.95 £19.95 £19.95 £19.95 £39.95
2. 5" HD port on rear I! 4way buffered interface ElDE'99 s w ©
Supports all IDE and ATAPI removable devices
• Autoboot from Zip and LS-120 drives
• 4 IDE EIDE ATAPI devices support Includes Allegro CDFS - the
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Power Tower 1 Power Tower plus A1200 motherboard, mouse, PC
keyboard and FDD £319.95 Power Tower 2 Power Tower, A1200
motherboard, mouse, PC keyboard, Typhoon Lite 68030, 8MB of
3. 2GB Hard Disk, 4-way IDE buffered interface, EIDE 99 software
and FDD £499.95 Power Tower 3 Power Tower, A1200 motherboard,
mouse, PC keyboard, Typhoon Lite 68030, 16MB of RAM, 32x
CD-ROM, 3.2GB Hard Disk, 4-Way IDE buffered interface, EIDE 99
and FDD £579.95 Power Tower 4 Power Tower plus A1200
motherboard, mouse, PC keyboard, FDD, 68030 40MHz, 40MHz FPU,
32MB of RAM, 32x IDE CD-ROM drive, internal ATAPI 100MB Zip
drive and 1 cartridge, 3.2GB Hard Disk, internal Scan Doubler
inc. Flicker Fixer, 15" SVGA monitor, 4-Way IDE buffered
interface inc. EIDE 99 and external audio port with speakers
£899.95 © new a4G00 power tower- New tower case for the A4000
includes: 7-slot Zorro ll lll bus board, 2 video slots, 5
PC-ISA slots, 230 watt PSU, 3 x 5.25" external bays, 2 x 3.5"
external bays and 6 x 3.5" internal bays £189.95 i© the new
A1200 tower Z4 board Z4 the ultimate bus board for Zorro II
boards, inc: Five Zorro II slots One video slot aligned with
the first Zorro slot for all major graphics cards Option Video
slot enabler for users of card with scan doubler or flick
fixer Four A1200 style clock ports Connector for rest cable
Jumpers to activate double speed transfers on the first two
slots Floppy drive power lead connector for CVPPC users Two
extra fast Z4 slots for future ultra fast cards Pass through
and compatibility jumpers for all major accelerator cards.
The Z4 board (for A1200 Power Tower) £125.95 Video Slot Enabler £24.95 Z4 inc. Apollo 68040 28MHz accelerator £199.95 Z4 inc. Blizzard 1240 40MHz accelerator £239.95 Twister Mk2 Fast Serial Interface £24.95 Too many accessories to list - please call for you requirements Power SCSI adaptor, internal to external SCSI adaptor (external DB-25 pin female connector, internal 50 pin header, internal DB-25 pin male connector £19.95 © new amiga 1200 motherboards A1200 motherboard with ROMs £125.95 New Z4 and bundles!
© power tower accessories AGA Amiga with CD-ROM Rec: 030, 6mb + HD Amiga CD £45 An exciting upto Planner Also available Extra add-on European Counff Italy, France, Belgium etc. inburgh Call with your requirements.. £20 per country.... Germany s 2 $ ertie's Animal Kingdom is an Animal recognition Jjgrne designed for nursery, and p - hool children jj tfi the game the child is helped long by|| cartoon £c?ha$ bter called "Bertie” He giv them aifask to peiiorm, tells them what to do; Ifid wh rfihe task js complete he tells them htiweln ey (fic Each question answered correctly wilt'award them 1-3T
g%td stars which are showh at ail times in the top- - Jeft Of the screen. This is to encourage them to beat irminghaun Amiga with CD-ROM Minimum: 2mb, HD recommended SI epic marketing A HiHvrdurc UJ SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 3 CD Purchase any two titles and receive the brand new Software Explosion 3 CD.
LL;l ¦ J The third in the series of highly rated compilation CD’s Software Explosion 3 con- I tains a colossal array of Amiga Software. Includes a wealth of new HD installer's for r ! Many "older” games. Over a dozen of the very latest "power” demo’s to really show [ off the power of your Amiga. A huge new database of around 5,000 game Hints, pn rn Tips & Cheats. Also featured on the CD are a number of exclusive game previews.
Along with many Games, Tools, Pictures, Mods and much more... Don't forget to request it when ordering.... POSTAGE UK: £2.95 per order. Overseas: £5 per order. Hardware delivery in the UK costs between £5-£10 (call for price) Minimum Order £5 All items are sold subject to our normal terms and conditions and are subject to availability. Credit card orders are normally dispatched within 48 hours. E&OE All prices include VAT. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to EPIC Marketing. Ask iro the Free CD when ordering.

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