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As Commodore winds up for the big 
Christmas push there is a host of 
companies geared up to make sure 
the Amiga triumphs this year. 






AMIGA SCENE 


COM MI fNICATIONS 


ADVENTURES 


I I SHOW 
REPORT 

The recent PC Show at Earls Court 
saw the launch nf a host of new 
games software and peripherals. We 
highlight this major industry event. 


1 ^ 

-A. \J SHADES 
Down at MicroLink central there is a 
world within an office. It's a land of 
Shades, where danger lurks and 
adventurers act out their dreams. 


AfTIVF 

ADVENTURING 

Electronic Arts proves that Bard's Tale 
can be bettered and Rainbird finds 
something Corrupted coming nut of 
Magnetic Scrolls and into the city. 




CnmicSetter Page 20 


COVER STORY 


I I COMIC 
md GENIUS 
Desktop publishing can be great fun. 
We try ComicSetler, the program 
which will have you printing out 
comics before Paula can say Shazam! 


REVIEW 


/ f \ AMIGA 
M BOOKS 

An expert panel looks in depth at an 
assortment of books from Abacus and 
Compute! written to master machine 
code, Basic C and Deluxe Paint 


BUSINESS 



DTP WITH 

amigatex 


Learn a language to publish on your 
Amiga, The home computer version 
which puts mainframes to shame but 
needs hours of study to master. 


4 AMIGA COMPUTING November 114B8 


















PROGRAMMING 


MINI'S 


I 

Q O 

1 fl AREXX AND 

XJ WSHELL 
We review two programs which work 
together to provide an integrated 
environment for complete control of 
the Amiga's multi-tasking facilities 


SOFTWARE 



AMIGA 

ARCADE 


Whirligig myth exposed, a medal for 
Nebidus, some Seoul searching and 
a Vims you won't mind Catching 
from the publisher of Corruption. 



DTP w r rfh AmigaTex Page 33 


"C GAME 
KJ KILLER 

Max "The Hax” dishes out (he (rusty 
Speedkings Eo (he gamesters for hints 
with Faery Tale, Skyfox, Mercenary, 
BMX Simulator and Starwars, 


HARDWARE 


§ 1 , INTO THE SILICON' 
KJ XJ UNDERWORLD 

Fat Agnus refreshes Che ram other 
chips cannol reach. Rupert Goodwins 
explains why she needs some help 
from a little chip called Gary. 


DESKTOP VIDEO 



WINDOW 

WONDERLAND 


The Amiga was made for television. 
DJ Morgan Walker looks al ways (o 
spruce up the sights in your High 
Street video shop with an A50O. 


PROGRAMMING 



PLAIN MAN'S 
GUIDE TO CLI 


Make the most of Amiga Dos with the 
Command Line Interpreter. Phil South 
explains some of the more useful 
commands on your Workbench disc. 


LETTERS 



FROM OUR 
POSTBAG 


Silly things in Starglider, Kind Words 
strike back, plus your latest news, 
views and gossip on everything (hat 
happens in the land of Robo city, 



Active Adventuring Page 14 




Into the Silicon Underworld Page 56 


Read about the growing 
rule of the Amiga in 
home video-making 
month after month in 
Video Action! 


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or send £1,50 (post free) to: 

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November imn AMIGA COMPUTING 5 


















Link your Amiga to the outside world wither. 


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Electronic mail; - The cheapest 
and fastest form of 
communication possible. It costs 
the same to send a message to 
one mailbox as to GOO' 


Telex - Link up with 96 r 000 telex 
subscribers in the UK and 1.5 
million worldwide. You can even 
send and receive telexes after 
office hours or while travelling. 


Telemessages - Type in your 
message before Bpm and 
delivery is guaranteed by first 
post the next day {except S unday K 
anywhere in the UK and USA. 


Tele-booking - Reserve train and 
theatre tickets, check flight details 
worldwide, or order from a vast 
range of products - from flowers 
to floppy discs. 


Advice - on a team of pro- 
fessional, legal and financial 
advisors as and when you need 
them, for both business and 
personal problems, 


Company Obtain facts about any 
British limited company in 
seconds, and fully analysed 
financial information on over 
100,000 companies. 


Translation - Access the biggest 
and most up-to-date 
multi-lingual dictionary 
in the world, with 
over 400,000 words. 


News - Use the powerful search 
commands to pinpoint vital 
business information from the 
world's leading news services, 
newspapers and periodicals 


Radiopaging - If you also have a 
pocket radiopager you'll be 
alerted each time an urgent 
message arrives in your mailbox. 
So you're always in touch. 


Gateways - Get through to New 
York in just five seconds - or key 
into the EEC computer in 
Luxembourg, which links you to 
600 databases throughout Europe. 


When you join MicroLink you've got 
the whole business world at your 
fingertips — 24 hours a day. You'll 
have immediate access to ALL the 
facilities offered by Telecom Gold 
... and a great deal more besides. 



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modem + ffubycomm soft 
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carriage and VAT} 


Miracle: WS4000 V2f, V23 
autodial modem + Ruby- 
comm software + Ft S 232 iead 
(£288 inc carriage & t VAT) 



Mora than 
90 per cent 
of subscribers 
can conned to 
the MicroLink 
computer at 
local call 
rates. 


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All you need - apart from your Amiga - is a 
modem, which plugs into your telephone wall 
socket and suitable communications software 

We have provided a list of possible combin- 
ations (left), ranging from the very cheapest to 
ones which can automatically dial the Micro- 
Link telephone number and connect you 
directly to the service - all you have to do is 
type in your personal security password. 

Whichever equipment you use. you will be 
able to call MicroLink, open your mailbox, 
save to disc any messages waiting for you, 
and disconnect in as little as two minutes. 


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Fill in the coupon and 
send it to the address 
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and costs, together with 
an application form. 
Complete this and 
within days you and 
your Amiga will be 
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■ AMIGA SCENE 



Key to Amiga’s 
success... the C64 


Amigas keep 
it clean 


A MIGA 2000 computers 
are cleaning up at Lever 
Brothers 1 new £12 million 
soap making plant at Port 
Sunlight. 

The machines - housed in 
special protective casings - 
fully control the flow of soap 
constituents through eight 
miles of pipe by means of 
1,500 sensors. 

"We felt PCs just weren't 
man enough for the job", 
said project control engineer 
Chris Fox. “That's why we 
chose Amigas. 

“We have no way to run 
the plant other than via the 
Amigas - there are no fall- 
backs, no manual controls, 
"It was a conscious 
decision to design the new 
plant so that it runs fully 
automated or not at all". 

An in-depth report on how 
the Amiga 2000s control the 
new plant - opened by The 
Queen - will appear soon in 
Amiga Computing, 


though he stressed he was 
talking A500 machines. 

“The Amiga is now THE 
lfi hit product as recognised 
by the trade; dealers see the 
perceived benefits over our 
nearest competitor”, he 
added. 

To boost sales there is a 
new concerted promotional 
effort centred on the Amiga. 
The national TV and poster 
campaign will cost several 
million pounds. 

Franklin ruled out the pos- 
sibility of a bundled Amiga 
because he said the price 
would be counterproductive. 

And he decried critics of 
the Earls Court event. 
Holding a trade publication 
with the headline +H PC 
Show: Same as it ever was" 
he said: "This sort of thing 
upsets me. 

"The show isn't the same 
as it was, and neither is the 
computer business - there's 
a real buzz about the place 
this year. 

"There's a lot of business 
being done here and a gen- 
eral feeling of optimism 
about the future". 


K EY to the Amiga's 
ongoing success is the 
humble C64, says Commo- 
dore boss Steve Franklin. He 
was explaining his com- 
pany's philosophy in an 
interview with Amiga 
Computing deep within the 
bowels of Commodore’s 
massive stand at the PC 
Show. 

Many observers expressed 
surprise that Commodore’s 
only real product news at 
Earls Court concerned two 
bundles built around the 
venerable C64, 

"People forget lhat a new 
generation of computer users 
is coming through”, said 
Franklin. "The kids of today 
are the business users of 
lomorrow and we have to 
look after them, get them 
involved. 

"We’re remaining strong 
in the a bil market to encour- 
age these youngsters and 
hring them into computing. 
Games players today are 
Amiga users tomorrow". 

Franklin revealed thal 
Amiga sales in the UK are 
now between 60 and 65,000, 


/tn operator, surrounded by 
some of the eight miles of pipe, 
checks data on his specially 
encased Amiga 2000 at Lever 
Brothers ' new Port Sunlight 
Soap plant. 


Disney 
film deal 


re-promoting the film again 
this Christmas”, said Active 
managing director Robert 
Stall [brass 

Future titles from Coktel 
for the Amiga will include 
Freedom. Emanuelle, Peter 
Pan and Terrific, 

Active has also signed 
marketing agreements with 
German software house EAS 
for its hit release Zero 
Gravity, 

Other pre-Christmas 
releases from the same 
source will be boxing simu- 
lation Ringside, and a three- 
game Amiga compilation. 


M arketing and dis- 
tribution rights to 
products from French and 
German software houses 
have been acquired by 
Active Distribution (U1-3H5 
7622]. 

They include the Walt 
Disney licence for an Amiga 
version of Jungle Book from 
French publisher Coktel 
Vision. 

"Jungle Rook is a classic 
film which appeals to young 
and old and Walt Disney are 


Shot from the Amiga promotional campaign 


New plotters 
launched 


Munsters 
move in 


a I lei interfaces as standard, 
.0125mm resolution, 42cm/ 
sec speed in all directions, 
and toothed drive belts, 

All have auto pen capping, 
pen select and point of origin 
setting. 

There is also a novel fea- 
ture of pcn-to-stock return if 
no command is received. 


based on the old TV series 
recently revived on Channel 
4. The programming duo of 
Peter Harrap and Shaun HoJ- 
lingworth of Teque and Pac- 
mania fame are behind the 
arcade game, which will he 
released this month, price 
£24.99. 


A NEW r range of A3 plot- 
ters has been launched 
by Roland Digital fl)l -J347 
5665). The high precision 
machines are priced between 
£795 and £1,295. 

They have serial and par- 


A NEW sister label to 
Alternative Software 
called Again Again (0977 
797777) has been launched. 

Its first game for the 
Amiga is The Munsters - 


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ON sale for the first time 
at the show will be two 
un iq u e prod u cts from 
Trilogic which alio w 
users to get the most from 
their Amiga's sound 
capabilities. 

Mini Amp 1 drives one 
or two pairs of stereo 
headphones, is easily con- 
nected to and powered 
from the Amiga - and 
allows you to lis ten in 
stereo in complete pri- 
vacy , Its big brother t 


Mini Amp 2, has two 
compact speaker units. 

Tri logic's budget- 

priced Audio Digitiser 
lea turns adjustable input 
level, and an overload 
indicator to ensure con- 
sistently good results. 

No software is 
supplied, since the 

Digitiser works with most 
readily available commer- 
cial programs , including 
Audiomaster, Prosound 
and Perfect sound. 


Amiga sound and 
graphics star in 
Christmas Show 


T HE Commodore Christ- 
mas Show, being held 
from November 1R to 20 at 
London s Navotel, promises 
to be bigger than ever — and 
Commodore is forecasting 
“an all singing, all dancing 
type event". 

Undoubted star of the 
show will be the Amiga, 
which will be put through its 
paces in two new major 
attractions - a Graphics 
Workshop and a Music 
Room, 

Involving the UK's leading 
lights in the use of both 
sound and graphics on the 
Amiga, they will provide 
platforms to illustrate the 
huge potential for the 
machine in these areas. 

And, again for the first 
time, the show will provide 
the venue tor a Xmas Card 
Design Competition, A bank 
of Amigas w T ill be at the dis- 
posal of any visitors who 
would like to enter the 
competition, with a major 
prize being presented daily 
by a celebrity judge. 

Commodore is once more 
reaching for the staTS for the 
show, with Adam Faith and 
Anita Dobson - both 
headlining the new West 
End musical Budgie - among 
those scheduled to put in an 
appearance. 

And ICPUG has revealed 
that it is to have a significant 
presence at the Christmas 
show, hosting regular ques- 
tion and answer sessions and 
presenting demonstrations 
on the Midi scene and 
Comal. 

More than 100 exhibitors 
will be in attendance - many 
of them using the show as 
the launching pad for new 
Amiga products . 

* •k ★ 

A DOUBLE first will be on 
offer front Micro Way, with 
the company's first product 
for the Amiga making its 
European debut at the show. 

MicroWay's Flicker-Fixer 
board provides stable pic- 
tures in high resolution 
mode, making the Amiga a 
very practical alternative to a 
PC or AT for CAD and DTP 
applications. 

“The Flicker-Fixer allows 
the Amiga display to achieve 
its full potential", says 


Microway managing direc- 
tore Simon Shute. “And 
that's something it has never 
done before". 

+■ ■+ 

AN informal - and noisy - 
welcome is promised for vis- 
itors to the 17 Bit Software 
stand. 

17 Bit is keeping a special 
attraction under wraps until 
the last minute, but visitors 
will certainly have a chance 
to learn more about the com- 
pany's club, which offers a 
disc-based magazine, tech- 
nical help and access to a lib- 
rary of more than 300 Amiga 
public domain programs, 

★ ★ 

A SPECIAL product at a spe- 
cial price will be on offer 
from Meedmore. who will be 


launching a new higher 
accuracy Ughtpen and an 
enhanced 16 piece suite of 
software. 

Fully menu driven and 
incorporating architectural 
and electronic design aids, 
the software features pixel- 
accurate freehand drawing. 

All sorts of graphics 
utilities are provided - in a 
choice of 16 colours, 

* * * 

LEADING software pub- 
lisher Microdeal will be 
previewing several major 
games at the show, including 
International Soccer, Fright 
Night, Turho-Trax. Tatra 
Quest, Replay, Airball and 
Major Motion - all priced at 
£19 ns. 

Also available will be VTX 
On-line, a graphics-oriented 
communications package. 


HIGHLIGHTING the Amiga’s 
graphics capabilities, Pre- 
cison Software will be dis- 
playing several new and 
upgraded products. 

The Professional Ani- 
mation Sequence Editor 
offers owners of any Amiga 
paint package the means to 
turn cartoon sketches into 
full-blown animations, while 
Page Flipper Plus F/X 
provides the full power of 
desktop video. 

Precision is also intro- 
ducing Charon 5, an 11 level 
5,40(1 screen epic which 
combines strategy with 
arcade action. 

And Precision's Superhase 
range will be out in force, 
including the new Superbasn 
Personal 2 with added mail- 
merge and text editor, and 
the upgraded Supcrbase Pro- 
fessional. 

Also on the Precision 
stand will be an extensive 
range of Amiga software and 
peripherals — all w r ith special 
show discounts, and many at 
“silly" prices, 

* * * 

VISITORS with a preference 
for hard copy won't be 
neglected - George 
Thompson Services will be 
using the show to Launch its 
latest book. Professional 
Results with Deluxe Paint II. 

Full of tips and tricks and 
accompanied by more than 
200 illustrations, the book 
combines basic techniques 
with Amiga graphics power. 
Subjects tackled include 
slide production* video 
backgrounds and landscape 
design. 



A new agreement means 
that Frontier Software has 
added the Supra 's Amiga 
hard drives to its range of 
products - and they'll all 
be on display at the show. 

The high performance 
Amiga SupraDrivcs are 
available in 20. 30 and 
60Mb capacities for the 
Amiga 500, 1 000 or 2000, 


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wizardry 

L ATEST additions to the 
fast-growing range of 
facilities on MicroLink (0625 
B78888) include fax and the 
cult adventure game Shades, 
Derek Meakin, head of 
MicroLink, said: "Our plans 
are to offer subscribers a 
multiple fax service which - 
like our telex service - will 
allow subscribers to send a 
message to up to 50 

News and 
views 

T WO Amiga 2000 
machines have been 
helping visitors to the New 
Forest get the most out of 
their holidays this summer. 

The computers were 
installed in the New Forest 
Museum and Visitor Centre 
to provide an interactive 
database containing infor- 
mation about the famous 
tourist attraction. 

Hundreds of digitised 


addresses simultaneously. 

One of the world's most 
popular interactive adven- 
tures, Shades allows up to 
128 people to play at any one 
time. 

MicroLink subscribers 
will now be able to join the 
more than 6,600 people from 
around the world who have 
attempted to achieve the 
exalted rank of Shades 
wizard — a feat accomplished 
by less then one per cent of 
participants. 


photographs of local beauty 
spots, wildlife, recreation 
facilities and places of gen- 
eral interest are held on the 
Amiga databases. 

When a visitor wants 
information about a par- 
ticular subject a single key- 
stroke brings up a series of 
menus and displays. 

People can plan their 
expeditions by using a spe- 
cially designed keypad 
which calls up animated 
sequences of various 
activities. 


Programmer 

shortage 

A S Christmas approaches 
more and more shops 
seem to be saying that the 
Amiga is comfortably out- 
selling the ST, with a couple 
of major London shops 
having stopped selling the 
Atari. 

The success of the Amiga 
has rebounded on software 
houses which have found 
that there is more work than 
there are programmers to do 
it. 

CRL and Argonaut soft- 


Art for 
art's sake 

G EORGE Thompson 
Services is to launch a 
new book called Profes- 
sional Results with Deluxe 
Paint II, Aimed at the novice 
artist it teaches drawing 
techniques as well as how to 
get the most from Electronic 
Art's much loved program. 


ware have both called Amiga 
Computing asking for the 
names of programmers who 
might be interested in 
working in-house. With a 
large number of pro- 
grammers wanting to work 
at home it is the really big 
projects which require coor- 
dinated teams which seem to 
be suffering most. 

Clement Chambers of CRL 
said he wanted a "red hot 
fiSOOO programmer and a 
competent coder", One soft- 
ware house said it would 
take on as many good pro- 
grammers as it could get. 


The book looks at ways in 
which to get your picture 
into and out of the computer 
using traditional art methods 
and video, The comic strip 
advice should be especially 
useful to anyone using 
DPaint with ComicSetter. 
The book will cost £24.95i 
and is available with two 
discs of utility programs and 
clip art for £44,95 



New Workbench is 
here at long last 

JIM BUTTERFIELD 
reporting from Canada 


W ITH the year 2000 a 
scant 12 years away, 
some Commodore public 
relations types are thinking 
in terms of a "This is the age 
of 2000" campaign for the 
Amiga. Long before the year 
2000 arrives, however, it 
seems likely that mainstream 
Amigas will carry higher 
numbers 2500, or even the 
fabled 8000. 

Users are still chattering 
about the great 3000 hoax 
perpetrated on a USA west 
coast user society. The 
machine was really a clev- 
erly redecorated Apple, 
shown by a group claiming 
to be Commodore VIPs. The 
date of the club meeting? 
April l t of course. 

The long-awaited Work- 
bench 1.3 system has finally 
almost arrived. A Commo- 
dore spokesman said that 1,3 
is "released, but not yet 
shipping’". It’s high time, 
especially considering that 
Commodore has shipped a 
number of Amigas with 1,3 
Kick start roms in place. 

New users might be 
puzzled to see the initial 
screen showing a hand 


*]im Butterfield, whu 
lives in Toronto, 
is acknowledged 
world wide as the 
Commodore 
guru 


holding a Workbench 1.3 
disc - before that disc ver- 
sion was available) 

As a matter of interest, it 
seems likely that there will 
be no regional differences in 
the various releases. 

Europe may not get exactly 
the same discs as will be 
seen in the USA and Canada, 
The 1.3 Workbench disc is 
getting quite full, to the 
extent that printer drivers 
and fonts have tended to 
migrate to the Extras disc. 
The 2084S monitor is now 
available. It's similar to exis- 
ting Amiga monitors, but has 
stereo sound. 

Computer shows here still 
have the original 1,0 Devel- 
oper’s Kits for sale at greatly 
reduced prices. Sometimes 
they come with weighty 
(Literally) documentation: 
sometimes the individual 
elements, such as C compiler 
and MetaComco assembler, 
are packaged as a separate 
unit. 

Some users are fearful of 
buying material that is rela- 
tively dated, but it's a 
bargain. 



November AM/GA COMPUTING 9 


Commodore was packing no surprises 


ALTHOUGH Commodore 
was boasling the largest - il 
certainly had just about the 
most imposing - stand at this 
year's PC Show there were 
no big surprises there for 
visitors lo Karls Court. 

Commodore's huge black 
pyramid contained a 10U- 
seater theatre offering pres- 
entations of third party 


products. Remainder of the 
public access floor space 
was given over to hands-on 
opportunities to play with 
existing Commodore tech- 
nology. 

With nothing really 
newsworthy to promote* 
Commodore marketing man- 
ager Dean Barrett was left 
mouthing vague generalities 


such as; “1988 is definitely 
turning out to be a great year 
for us - the impact of our 
price restructuring in the 
summer for the Amiga 500 is 
now starting to have a dra- 
matic effect". 

But he promised: “We will 
he taking a stronger stance 
in all of O'Ur key markets 
over the next 12 months". 


Meanwhile it was left to 
third parly suppliers to 
provide interest for Amiga 
users. 

This again seemed to 
centre on the games sector, 
though there was a 
scattering of interesting seri- 
ous packages on view 
around the show if you 
looked hard enough. 


MICRO DEAL [0726 68020) 
unveiled its new Replay 
Editor version 4.0 software 
incorporating mouse con- 
trol, multi sample presets 
and midi interface facilities. 

It has full mouse and drop- 
down menu control, extra 
frequencies on 50 and 
61 KHz in HiFi mode, trigger 
on sample and replay with 
adjustable sensitivity, and a 
real time oscilloscope with 
freeze frame, 

Michtron UK (0726 68020) 
introduced US import VTX 
On-Line, a graphics ori- 
entated 1200/75 baud tele- 
communications package for 
the Amiga. 

It includes online help 
with manual references, full 
scripts with automatic script 
generation, clipboard com- 
patible window buffer, tw r o- 
window conferencing chat 
mode and dual user 
interface. 

There is DEC VT-100 and 
Tektronix 4014 emulation, 
automatic graphics zoom 
mode, CompuServe GIF 
graphics and multiple file 
transfer protocols including 
Ascoi, Xmodem, Xmodem 
IK, Ymodem, Kermit and B 
Protocol, Price £59.95. 

Cherry Electrical Products 


Big peripherals line-up 


(05827 63106) launched a 
new graphics package. Its 
enhanced digitiser driver 
enables the Cherry A3 
Graphics Tablet Mk 3 to 
emulate the Amiga mouse. 

The £550 digitiser pack- 
age, price £550, consists of 
A3 graphics tablet, 4-key 
cross-hair cursor puck, 
stylus, calculator- type mains 
adapter and cabling. 

HiSoft (0525 718181) 

introduced Ihe new version 
of Us popular - but two- 
years-old — assembly lan- 
guage development system 
Devpac Amiga. 

Improvements to the 
assembler include multi- 
section code, long labels, 
local labels and a binary 
include directive. 

But the biggest single 
improvement over the 
original product is that both 
assembler and debugger are 
available instantly from 
within the editor and pro- 
grams can be assembled 
directly to memory. Price 
£59.95. Cameron UK [01-499 



7517) was showing its £299 
mouse-like Handy Scanner 
and Amiga version of its 
£590 flat-bed Personal A4 
Scanner. 

Hugh Symons Distribution 
(0202 7457441 entertained 
visitors with an Amiga 
hooked up to a trio of Roland 


synthesisers and running Dr 
T KCS sequencing software. 
On the bookshelves at 
Dabs Press (061-766 8423) 
was the new Dab d hand 
Guide to Amiga Dos. Written 
by Mark Burgess it costs 
£14.95 and should be avail- 
able this month. 


Games war hots up 


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THE battle for supremacy in 
the Christmas games market 
started in the Earls Court lei- 
sure hall where Ocean and 
US Gold faced each other in 
a war of the decibels. 

"We've been number one 
at Christmas for the past two 
years with Gauntlet and 
Outrun and we intend to be 
there again with Thunder 
Blade - the most popular 
coin-op in Europe this year”, 
said US Gold sales boss 
Geoff Rrown. 

"This will be backed up by 
Summer Games, LED Storm 
from Capcom and many 
others", 

US Gold (021-356 3388) 
also announced impending 
Amiga releases Realm of the 
Trolls, Joan of Arc* Starball, 
Tiger Road, Last Duel, 
Human Killing Machine, 
Black Tiger and Forgotten 
World - all due out between 
now and next March. 

Across the aisle at Ocean 
(061-832 6633) sales man- 
ager Paul Patterson said: 
"Last year people laughed 
when we said we’d have five 
games in the top 10 - hut we 
did it. 

"This year we're aiming to 


fill the top five places, and 
we can do it with the likes of 
Batman, Rambo III, Dragon 
Ninja, Robocop, Operation 
Wolf and Wee Le Mans - all 
available on the Amiga at 
£24.95. 

"These days we're looking 
for around 100,060 sales for 
everything we produce". 

Ocean and US Gold won’t 
have things their own way, 
however. They can expect 
plenty of competition from 
Telecom so ft's Rain bird and 
Firebird labels (01-379 
6755), 

Due from Rain bird are 
Fish! and Verminator. with 
Weird Dreams and Deja Vu 
IlrLost in Los Angelas 
"coming soon" - priced 
£24,99 each. 

Firebird has released an 
Amiga version of the David 
Rraben and Ian Bell classic 
Elite in glorious 3D graphics, 
price £24,95. Hot on the 
heels of Elite, Firebird's 
November release will be 
Blazing Barrels by I com 
Simulations, price £19.99, 
with Savage, written and 
programmed by Probe Soft- 
ware, to follow, 

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Information Systems (01-831 
2331] contains 30„000 words 
and costs £49. 95, Also from 
Harvester comes Data 
Organiser for simple record 
keeping, price £39,95. 

Due for release at the end 
of the year, priced £69. zBase 
database from Word mongers 
(0296 4 37878) has a fast 
search facility plus the abil- 
ity to index data and output 
files for further processing of 
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also previewed a strong all- 
action Christmas line-up for 
the Amiga in Nebulus. Elrrni- 
nator, Stormlord and 
Astaroth - all priced £19.99 
- plus Kalashnikov which is 
due out early in the new 
year. 

The new 1 mage works 
label from Mirrorsoft (01-377 
4645) fulfilled its promises to 
supply Amiga users with 
sophisticated action games. 
On view were air comhat 
simulator Sky Chase and 
abstract puzzle game Bom- 
buzal, price £19,99. plus Fer- 
nandez Must Die and 
SpecdbalL price £24.99. 

Interactive Cinema ware 
from Mirrorsoft to follow 
Defender of the Crown 
includes Rocket Ranger, 
price £29.99, Lords of the 
Rising Sun, price £24,99, 
with TV Sports Football - 
“so real it sweats" - to follow 
in the New Year. 

Dungeon Master is on its 
way for Amiga users from 
FTL. Other Mirrorsoft 
projects include Bismark, 
Theatre Europe and Water- 


loo - all from strategy spe- 
cialists PSS. priced £24.99, 
Firezone, Final Frontier, Sor- 
cerer Lord and Harpoon will 
follow. 

And Mirrorsoft will be 
releasing an Amiga version 
of Falcon AT. the award- 
winning fighter plane simu- 
lation From US publisher 
Spectrum Holobyte, From 
the same source in the New 
Year will come PT-109. 

Mandarin Software (0625 
878888) made a stunning 
debut in the Amiga enter- 
tainment marketplace with 
Pioneer Plague - the world's 
first 4,096 (HAM) colour 
mode game and the only 
package specifically devel- 
oped to take advantage of the 
Amiga's hold and modify 
graphics facility. Price 
£19,95. 

’There's nothing like it 
around’"* said Mandarin’s 
Chris Payne, "As a giant leap 
forward it can fairly be lik- 
ened to when technicolour 
took over from monochrome 
film", 

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darin were Lancelot and 
Lombard/KAU Rally, priced 
£19.95 each. Tri-adventure 
Lancelot is based on the 
Arthurian legend - there’s a 
chance here to win a £5,000 
replica of the Holy Grail - 
while Lombard/RAC Rally is 
bang up-to-date, faithfully 
recreating the gruelling 
cross-country journey of a 
300bph Ford Sierra RS 
Cos worth. 

Microdeal (0726 68020) 
concentrated on three new 
Amiga titles - an arcade 
game based on the film 
Frightnight, spv-chase Major 
Motion and model racing car 
simulation Turbo-Trax. All 
are priced £19.95. 

Christmas offering from 
Prism Leisure (01-804 8100) 
is The Krista 1 - not cheap at 
£29,95, but the three-disc sci- 
ence fiction odyssey pro- 
grammed by Fission Chip 
Software is already being 
hailed as "the game of the 
decade". 

Grandslam (01-247 6434) 
launched Us Amiga versions 
of the Namco coin-op 


classics Pac- Mania and Pac- 
Land, both priced £19,95. 

Big Apple (01-368 5545) 
recreated downtown Man- 
hattan on its stand to present 
its First Amiga product 
Oops!, an addictive strategy 
maze game priced £19,95- 

Novagen Software (021- 
449 9516) gave pride of place 
to an entertaining demon- 
stration of Paul Woakes’ pro- 
gress on his 16-bit block- 
buster Damocles, sequel to 
Mercenary and due out for 
Christmas, 

The team at Domark 
(01-947 5622) shared its 
stand with Margaret 
Thatcher, But it was only the 
Spitting Image version of the 
Prime Minister, there to pub- 
licise Domark *s latest 
licence. 

Domark was also 
previewing a number of 
other leisure products due 
for launch soon. They in- 
cluded The Computer Mani- 
ac’s Diary, Return of the Jedi, 
Genus II - Trivial Pursuit 
(prices as yet undecided) and 
Live and Let Die, price £24.99. 


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Electronic Arts 

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- Homebuilders Cad 

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■ADVENTURE! 


On line to fantasy 

Neils Reynolds on the story behind Shades, 
the fast-growing multi-user adventure 


D EEP in the wooded wilds of 
Southern England t far beyond 
the Stockbroker Belt where no Yuppie 
has ever ventured, lives a mysterious 
being who has created a strange and 
mystical land. He is the Arch Wizard 
Hazeii - adopting the name of Neil 
Newell for everyday use - and the 
land is Shades. 

No longer a figment of his 
imagination. Shades has been made 
accessible to any mere mortal who 
has the use of a telling bone, a 
modem and who is enrolled in Ihe 
fabled society of MicroLink /Telecom 
Gold and Micro net. 

The Arch- Wizard first became 
interested in multi-user adventures 
when he encountered the original 
multi-user game MU Li running on a 
mainframe at Essex University. 

However, he soon felt that the game 
could be improved in many areas, 
and what started as a hobby was soon 
taking up all his time. So it was that 
the Land of Shades came into being 
and mild-mannered Neil Newell 
became Ha seen. Arch Wizard, 

Shades is a vast sprawling 
landscape where lost souls, knights, 
wolves, witches and wizards prowl 
looking for treasure or trouble - or 
both. You create your own 
personality within the game, 
travelling through the mysterious 
kingdom, forging alliances and 
fighting battles in your quest for 
treasure. 

You strive to work your way 
through 13 ranks of Innocents, 
Soothsayers, Necromancers and 
Warlocks until you attain the ultimate 
rank of Wizard or Witch - depending 
on your own personal inclination, 

In this true multi-user game, other 
travellers you meet in Shades may be 
computer generated, but are more 
likely to be insomniacs attached to a 
telephone line anywhere in the 
country. The character you are talking 
with could be your next door 
neighbour or a lighthouse keeper in 
the Orkneys - players have been 
known to log on from all over Europe 


and as far away as New Zealand. 

There is no denying the party 
atmosphere of Shades. Even those 
who are not accomplished 
adventurers can enjoy the game, 
talking lo other players, acting out 
fantasies or just getting used to the 
game at their own pace. 

Help can be asked of fellow 
travellers, but then you are never sure 
whether their advice can be relied 
upon,.. 

There is much on offer to serious 
adventurers too with brain-curdling 
problems to solve, a whole babble of 
heasties and nasty characters to deal 
with anti promotions to achieve - by 
fair means or foul. 

So the adventure does not become 
too crowded and all players have a 
good opportunity at treasure- 
grabbing, Up to 16 independent 
games can be running at one time 
and you can choose which of them to 
join. 

You are also told who is playing in 
which game, so that if you have an 
especially good relationship with 
another player - or a vendetta to 
pursue - you can join it, if there's 
room. 

Starting out is made easy for the 
novice by a special introduction area. 


This leads you into the game with a 
full information centre about the Land 
of Shades. Progressing through this 
you eventually arrive in the Land 
proper and your quest begins. 

Shades currently has a user base of 
more than 0,000 players. Of these 
only 40 have achieved the ultimate 
rank of Wizard - given special 
powers and privileges so they can 
directly affect the progress of the 
game. 

Indeed, even the all-powerful 
Hazeii himself treads the paths of the 
Land (sometimes invisibly) and his 
wrath is said to be terrible if roused 
by those with ideas above their 
station. 

The fantasy is constantly under 
development and new locations are 
currently being designed and built 
into the game as the Arch Wizard 
concocts ever more fiendish devices 
to entrap the unwary travellers in the 
Land of Shades. 

• A regular tour o f the mystical land 
of Shades starts in next month s 
Amiga Computing. 

Shades is a vailable on: 

MicroLitlkf Telecom Gold key > Shades 

Micro n et/ Presto) key 'Shades# 


u n »ve arrived 1 

Tina the tor Sfen 

««i by . ahrlel , 

Ftrmwiijh F.&nfi ill STllJi fl&AC 


Adventuring through the Land of Shades; 
Keying WHO shows the [flayers currently in the 


9 game 


November ittfifi AMIGA COMPUTING 13 




Dave Eriksson fights 
demons from EA and 
mammon from BT 


L| OLLOWfNG the success of The 
jL Bard's Talc, Electronic Arts has 
now released the Amiga version of 
The Bard s Tale H - The Destiny 
Knight, If part one was tough going 
then wait until you enter the realms 
of part two. Part three is also in the 
pipeline - heaven help us. 

Bard's II is a role playing adventure 
similar in format to its predecessor. 
Puzzles are much improved, with 
many cryptic clues to be found and 
interpreted before each stage may be 
completed. 

The story continues from where 
Bard's I stopped. Members of your 
team were looking forward to living 
off the tales of their exploits, hut this 
is not to be. Evil still stalks the land 
and it is their fate to solve the mystery 
of the Destiny Knight. 

They find themselves in the 
Adventurer's Guild in the town of 
Tangramayne and their first task is to 
hk rescue a local princess. She has been 
abducted and is being held at the 
bottom of a four level starter 
dungeon that will hone your 
team for the more serinus work 

« to come. 

After this, they leave town and 
travel through the wilderness to 
consult the Sago, He offers advice 
throughout the rest of their quest - to 


14 AMIGA COMPUTING November 1988 


■ADVENTURES® 



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find and restore the seven segments of 
the Destiny Wand. 

Towns and places in the wilderness 
must be visited, mapped and their 
puzzles solved before the final 
objective can be achieved. 

Follow the instructions to copy the 
master disc and create a character 
disc and you are ready to start. As 
before, six ready made characters are 
provided, you may use them, create 
your own or import characters from a 
Bard's 1 disc. 

When you create a character you 
first choose his race - human, elf, 
dwarf, hobbit, half-elf, half-ore or 
gnome. Random values are given for 
strength, dexterity, intelligence, 
constitution and luck. If you do not 
like what you are, you may re-roll 
another set. Finally you must decide 
class: Warrior, paladin, rogue, hunter, 
monk, bard* conjurer or magician, 
and name your traveller. 

Classes have different abilities so 
read the instructions carefully before 
choosing, Initial attributes are 
important, especially in relation to the 
proposed class - strength to a fighting 
man, intelligence to a magic user* 
dexterity, constitution and luck to all. 

Although you can take out a team 
of seven t it is often desirable, 
sometimes necessary, to leave one or 
more slots free. These may be 
occupied either by creatures you meet 
nr by others called to your aid by 
your magic users. Friendly dragons 
are useful long range weapons in 
areas where magic does not work, 

A Bard can both fight and cast 
spells by singing special songs. 

Singing is thirsty work and between 
drinks he can only sing as many 
songs as he has levels of experience. 

He is a pretty weak magic user but 
his ability to use magic instruments 
can make him very useful. Cold horns 
can freeze a number of foes and 
Death Drums administer the coup de 
grace to almost anything! 

Bard s II differs from Bard's 1 in 
several ways but the most important 
are the option to save your game 
position outside the Adventurer's 
Guild, its recognition of distance and 
the use of missile weapons. 

The first four team members may 
directly attack creatures up to 10 feet 
away. Other ranks of assailants may 
he as far away as 90 Feet and maifi 
only be attacked by magic or missile 
weapons 

The team may only move Forward - 


At Garth s Equipment Shoppe there is a large range of items for sale 


10 feet a turn - when there are no 
opponents within 10 feet. One strong 
creature can hinder the team’s 
advance while archers, dragons or 
magic users are showering death from 
afar. 

One particularly unpleasant 
situation you will become familiar 
with is a magic user at 90 feet 
creating a series of further magic 
users or death-dealing Slayers 
between him and you. Some of these 
additional magic users creating 
further magic users. 

The cities are smaller than in Bard's 
I and are easier to map. There is a 
map of Tangramayne in the 
instructions which shows all the 
useful places to visit. 


K ILLING monsters adds both to 
your experience and purse. As 
experience grows, visit the review 
board; if experience is high enough 
you will gain a level. This is 
important as an increase in level adds 
to hit and spell points and also to one 
of your main attributes. 

Greater hit points enable you to 
take more damage and spell points 
determine the number of spells that 
may be cast. Loss of hit points in a 
fight can be restored by visiting a 
temple - in exchange for some of 
your hard won gold. Spell points 
slowly restore as time passes, visit 
Roscoe’s Energy Emporium and you 
can buy them back - for more gold. 
As in Bard's I, the initial stages are 
not easy. Each character starts with 


only a few gold pieces and must visit 
Garth's Equipment Shoppe to buy 
weapons and armour. Each item of 
armour will reduce your armour 
class? which in turn reduces damage 
sustained in battle. With such little 
money, you can only buy fairly low 
quality equipment. 

Money Is all-important, for better 
equipment, to heal wounds and as 
payment to the review' board for 
magic users to learn more spells. 

Items found on your foes may either 
be used or sold at Garth's, You can 
cheat a little by creating additional 
members, pooling their money and 
then deleting unwanted characters. 

As in Bard's f, low level warriors 
are expendable; concentrate on 
keeping higher level characters alive 
and improving the levels of your 
magic users. 

Importing high level characters 
from Bard's I seemed too much of a 
cheat, so I only transferred a very rich 
magic user and started from scratch 
with the others. Even so it was bard 
work keeping the team alive through 
lhat first dungeon, As a reward for 
success, their experience was bumped 
up to 200,000. 

Even with the levels that this gave 
the party, the other dungeons were no 
walkover and that original imported 
magic user is still with the team. 

All special areas are loosely called 
dungeons, even if they arc in fact 
towers, crypts or fortresses. In all but 
the first, they end up with a timed 
puzzle snare. Once this section is 
entered, there is no turning back and 


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you cannot save or pause the game. 
You must solve its puzzle or die. 

If you have saved at fairly regular 
intervals death in a puzzle snare is 
not such a catastrophe, as you can 
always Teturn for another attempt. 

Dungeons are mapped on a 22 by 
22 grid, but they scroll round and if 
you keep going east you could come 
back to where you started. Map 
dungeons very carefully, you must he 
certain that you have been 
everywhere. Messages written on 
walls or spoken by magic mouths are 
nearly all vital clues to either the 
puzzle snare in that dungeon or to 
gameplay elsewhere. 

Some areas forbid any form of 
light. These parts often contain 
spinner squares, where you are 
magically spun around, Using the 
Bard's song to produce light, or a 
magical item like a Day blade, will 
produce a short burst of light - just 
enough to check your orientation. 

Creatures met in some dungeons 
are very powerful and it is no 
dishonour to retreat If one otters to 
join your team, accept and view its 
hit points with horror. On several 
dungeon levels I found the only way 
to survive was to run. 

Your magic users start out as 
conjurer or magician, each with 
different sets of spells. With progress, 
they may change class to sorcerer, 
wizard and finally archmage, The 
archmage has some powerful spells, 
but it takes a long time to master this 
level . 

Lots of interesting items are found 
in the loot from defeated foes. Many 
have magic capabilities - experiment 
to find out what they do. The sage 
may tell you about some of them. The 
dungeons also have clues on what to 
ask the sage, hut he charges more the 
further you progress. 


S AVE before entering his huh if 
you do not offer enough money, 
return to a guild and load game. You 
will then he hack outside the sage's 
hut ready to offer a little more gold. 
Offerings arc not cumulative - it has 
to be enough hrst time. 

Bard's II uses a lot nf memory and 
it is unwise to use two disc drives as 
the small amount of memory used by 
the second drive can occasionally 
cause ihe program to crash. For 
safety, make a back up character disc 



Warriors are an important component n f the party 


at fairly regular intervals. 

Commands may be given via the 
keyboard or mouse and w r ork very 
smoothly. The graphics, both of the 
scenery and the creatures you meet 
arts good. 

If you get really stuck, Electronic 
Arts Customer Service Department is 
happy to help on 0753 4B465, It also 
provides an excellent clue hook, 
complete with dungeon maps for £5. 


M ANY people believe that 
Infocom produces the best 
adventure games. This obviously 
depends upon the type of game you 
favour, active or passive. Is it a total 
mind bender or do you prefer the 
adrenalin to be pumped as well? 

If you are for the mind-bender type, 
you may have to consider someone 
else taking over the lead position. 
Corruption, written by Magnetic 
Scrolls and distributed hy Rain bird, 
must surely be the nearest contender 
we have yet seen as a genuine 
replacement to Infocom *s past 
successes. 

Your knowledge of the plot at the 
start is minimal. All you have is that 
your name is Derek Rogers, a 
financial whiz in the City, Having 
shown a talent in dealing with today's 
money markets, you have been 
offered and accepted a partnership 
from David Rogers - that could cause 
some confusion for a start *§Sl4r 

The new job seems almost too good 
to be true. You just love your new 
BMW with its built-in everything. 


Back in the office you find that your 
new secretary is somewhat 
uncommunicative and that you do not 
even have your own phone, but as the 
firm is moving to new premises 
shortly you are not that worried - or 
are you,.. 

Initially it is the little things that jar. 
like the mention of the Serious Fraud 
Squad In the dealing room and being 
rather roughly excluded from a 
meeting between David and the 
company’s legal adviser. 

As you start to look around the 
feeling of unease grows and the 
discovery of your firm’s cheque for 
£60,000 made out to a wanted 
criminal is definitely causing cold 
chills to run up and down your spine. 

A fairly short spin at the keyboard 
will convince you that being framed 
for insider dealing is only one of your 
worries. Two successful attempts on 
your life must make you wonder if 
there is more than coincidence in the 
fact that you and your new partner 
are both D. Rogers. 


T HERE are plenty of things to 
find and manipulate in 
Corruption, but the crux of the game 
is timing and character interaction. 

Everything possible must be 
examined and noted, Clues found in 
this fashion can then be tbit to other 
r TELL 

E+ii replies a fresh 
Hub of enquifteT may be built up. 
Each command you input makes 


November J9S8 AMIGA COMPUTING I? 


■ADVENTURES 



the on-screen clock tick on one 
minute, Not only does this mean yon 
must clock watch to ensure you have 
time to get to any appointments, but 
also that people and items of interest 
may appear and disappear as time 
goes by. 

Unless you have an exceedingly 
good memory you must make notes 
of what you have spoken about with 
various people. Some events and 
replies will only happen if you have 
completed specific actions. 

As time is important, you will 
certainly be using the save facility 7 . If 
you return to a previous save you 
must know what you have said and 
what you have yet to say. 

The box contains some vital 
information presented In the form of 
sheets from a filolux notebook and 
also an audio cassette. The latter you 
will be cued to play at the appropriate 
time and is a lovely example of how , 
with clever editing, an innocent 
conversation may be used against 
you. 

Graphics are as good as any yet 
produced by Magnetic Scrolls and not 


surprisingly concentrate on people 
rather than scenery. There are the 
usual frustrating-to-key-in ciphered 
hints and at first glance they seem to 
be less useful than in the past. This 
may be a mistake, as Corruption is 


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CORRUPTION 
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STORY UNE 

A plot that could win an Oscar. 

AURA 

Has you on the edge of your seat 

STA Visa PO IVER 
A daunting problem to solve in time. 

GA MEPLA .. 

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Good if you ve got the staying power. 

DIFFICL LTV 

| Not easy but dedication pays off. 


OVERALL 


Very good, but not for those who like 
to take their time finding things 


not an easy game to solve and 
without sensible help some less than 
zealous players may falter on the 
wayside. 


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storyline. 

j Vo frills plot with twist in its tail 

AURA 

Only when your party limps home with 
its dead and wounded can you relax. 

STA YING P( f WER . I 
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Proven system with even more features 

| VALUE 

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DIFFICULTY,..., 

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OVERALL 


A good mix of tactics and cerebration. 


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Holy laserjets, Amiga man! Rupert Goodwins 
draws his conclusions on a program which 
makes desktop publishing more fun than 
picking up a Penguin 


F OR a machine that tells lousy 
jokes, the Amiga has great comic 
potential. The worlds of the Great 
American Comic Paper - colourful, 
loud and picture-based — and the 
Amiga - colourful, loud and picture- 
based - were destined to mush from 
the beginning. 

Some might call it karma, others - 
noting Andy Warhol at the Amiga 
launch and the similarity between the 
technical documentation and certain 
underground publications ot the late 
'60s - would call it sound marketing. 
Perhaps it’s all the same thing. 
Whatever, the Amiga now has a 
desktop publishing (DTP) program tor 
the twilight world of superheroes, 
Snoopy and shazaiTL Comic Setter 
from Gold Disk - producers of 
Professional Page, probably the best 
Amiga DTP program - it- designed to 
let the would-be boy (or girl} Marvel 
churn out then own si dps, 
newsletters, posters and even 
complete comics. 

|P?omes with plenty of graph 
knowledge of the rules and tradhm 
of comic layout and style, and needs 
at least a megabyte of ram. But for 
those teetering between a second 
floppy or that extra half-mug of 
silicon, it is quite happy with just the 
one drive on an A500, 

A swift double-click on the all- 
action icon from the Workbench - it 
comes with 1.3, of which mor 
brings up the main screen. It all 1 
familiar enough to anyone who's 
dabbled with painting, drawing o: 

DTP programs — a black title bar 
along the top of the screen, a selection 
of cryptic icons along the I eft hand 
side and a large blank area in the 
middle. 


T HERE are the familiar palette:. 

paintbrush and circle gadgets, 
but what of the stern face, the kissing 
turtles and the mouth with straw? 
Time lor the manual. 

In fact, the manual will have been 
consulted before arty work gets done 
anyway, as we lucky Europeans have 
to pass the “Page 35, line 2, word 4 t+ 
test before we are recognised as 
friends. Nasty nasty. I have a certain 
sympathy for Gold Disk, but it will 
take the hacking posses less time to 
rip off than Clark Kent's shirt while 
the rest of us will be cursing lost 


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manuals deep into the night 
After that it gets hetter. and fast. 
The manual takes the new user 
through a mouse-on tutorial 10 
minutes into which a recognisable 
comic strip is taking shape on the 
1084. Those expecting to launch 
straight into a Watchman cloning 
session will he disappointed though, 
as comic setting proves to be much 
more of a science than is apparent 
from the dog-eared publications 
weighing down the shelves in 
Forbidden Planet, 

The first part of the tutorial is a 
quick tour of all those gadgets. The 
mouth- with -straw is in fact ne 
Drawing Mode Cudgel {silly me - it's 
a T-square and a triangle), and 
switches between structured and 
bitmap drawing modes. These two 
modes are right at the heart of the 
way ComicSetter handles graphics. 
The face is Bitmap Create; a way into 
the painting capabilities of the 
program, and the kissing turtles are 
for text entry. Sometimes I wonder 
about icons... 


L OOK at any comic 1 and the page 
will be divided into panels. 
There's a tool for this, which allows a 
panel to be placed anywhere on the 
atnd 

later. A menu option generates a 
pagafii] of panels, all lined-up and 
ready for action. This is I' common, 
theme o| GumicSetter, 

While the novice is just getting 
going there is a lot of hand-holding. 
Things happen automatically; items 
are align i d to a grid, graphics clipped 
to fit the space availabJefboxes 
appear whets something is about to 
happen. All this results in 
professional output with a minimum 

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of fiddling, keeping enthusiasm 
alight, When some skill has been built 
up, then the aids can be turned off for 
a freer, more exciting format. 

Once some frames have been 
placed on screen, one is selected - 
click on it, of course. Putting some 
graphics on it is a matter of choosing 
Import Graphics from the Project 
menu (why no gadget?), when the 
pointer changes to an inverted L, 
Plonking this on a frame and 
dragging out a rectangle defines an 
area to clip the graphics to. Then a 
picture is, er, picked from a standard 
directory listing window. 

About pictures: ComicSelter can 
work with any IFF picture, so yes you 
can Dpaint up some tides, scan in the 
dog or sample Noe! Edmonds (have 
you no shame?) from the video. You 
can even, if possessed of the 
technology and a disregard for 
intellectual property rights, nick fudge 
□read with a hand-held scanner and 
set him to work sweeping the streets 
of Gotham City. Holy Moebius, 

Robin! 

C OM1CSETTER comes with a 

disc of standard- issue superhero 
clip art, various flying women in 
swimming cuzzies [what is it with 
superheroes and near-nudism? A1 
least the baddies have the decency to 
wear suits), arms, legs and lasers. 
There are at least three more two-disc 
sets of art, with about 60 different 
frames with up to 20 separate pictures 
per frame - Superheroes, Science 
Fiction and Funny Figures. All 


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Naked people are part of the supplied dip art 


American politics culture is here. 

When the picture appears in a 
window it can be clipped out by 
lassoing it with a line drawn around 
the relevant bit| or a rectangle 
corresponding to the space available 
in the frame can be moved over the 
artwork* 

Since most of the pictures provided 
don't fit in the window, if the pointer 
is moved off-window the graphics 
scroll in from that edge. This is an 
odd mechanism that works very well 
once the initial idea is grasped; 
GomicSetter uses it often when a 
window is too small for the graphics 
its displaying. 

Once a picture is in a frame, the fun 
begins, There's a gadget with a b in a 
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speech, p lumpy "thinks**/', clipped 
rectangle for titles and spiky for 
“voice from the radio". 

In the fine tradition ComicSelter is 
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even define the number of peaks in 
the spiky and thinks formats. Text is 
then typed in, again in one of several 
Fonts {the usual gemstones and a 
couple of comicbook lettering 
specials, which can be used in any 
other application., aren’t standards 
wonderful). Bold, italic and underline 
can be mixed, together with some 
formatting commands like newline, 
Text is automatically positioned for 
the best fill. 

Jly holding down Ctrl and clicking 
on the speech balloon, a tail can be 
drawn out To the mouth/doscst 
applicable alien orifice of the speaker. 
Instant, perfect speeches. 

S PEECH balloons arc structured 
graphic items, whereas graphics 
bitmaps are unstructured. The 
difference is that all ComicSettcr 
knows about the latter is their size, 
whereas the structured items are 
displayed from a set of details about 
the start and end of lines, the radius 
of curves and so on. 

Structured items take up less 
memory as a rule than bitmaps, and 
can have their fundamental structure 
changed. Bitmaps can only be edited 
hy setting pixels or drawing lines on 
top of them, although Comic Setter 


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can flip them horizontally or 
vertically and resize them - an 
amazingly useful way to neaten up a 
comic , 

Onto the frame with the figure and 
the speech balloon mnre pictures can 
be layered, some text can be added, 
all the individual items can he moved 
around by the usual select, drag with 
the hand pointer and drop, and 
freehand graphics can he tacked on. 
The draw /paint capabilities of the 
program are extensive. Squares* 
circles and other polygons can be 
created and filled with colour or a 
pattern - there are 25 patterns, and I 
couldn't find a way to edit/ create new 
ones, 

U NUSUALLY, Rezier curves are 
provided. These are curves 
defined by a set of four points to 
which the computer fils a smooth 
curve as best it can. The manual gives 
up a Little on describing exactly how 
this works, recommending — as any 
sensible reviewer would - 10 minutes 
experimentation as worth any amount 
of earnest text. 

There arc airbrush and smear tools 
for fudging the issue* and a 
paintbrush to make fine changes, 

Once any of these tools have been 
used, the results are part of the 
bitmap and cannot be individually 
altered or deleted. There is a single- 
step Undo command, which can 
sometimes extricate the 
fumblefingered. Sometimes. 

The manual recommends frequent 
savings to disc of work in progress, a 
sentiment strongly endorsed as often 
a naff idea only comes to light 30 
minutes later when undoing the 
damage is unthinkable. 

Large-scale changes to finished 
pages are possible by using the Edit B 
command menu; items can be cut, 
pasted* copied, aligned* grouted 
together for a quick move, in short 
anything you might want to do can he 
done. They've thought of ii first 
The only gripe in this area is the 
single-item Paste buffer. It would be 
nice to maintain a short list of cut 
items to work from. Something of the 
sort can be synthesised by careful use 
of the save command, but it's not easy 
to avoid mistakes. That's my excuse. 

The complete page cab he 
displayed in various ways. AM at once 
is useful for an overview of the 
general layout and flow of the visuals, 
although there is nowhere near 



You can quickly build a pa#e with Clip Art 



Much more fun than regular text 


enough resolution to make out words 
or picture contents. From there, the 
page can be magnified by 50* lQQ jM ffite 
200 per cent; the 100 per cent being 
the most useful for working within a 
frame and the 200 per cent good for 
individual pixel picking. Interlace can 
be turned on or off at will; on for 
crystal clarity with a headache within 
five minutes or off for flit kerfree 
work and eyes irair/wi thin 10, 

There's a memory limit, depending 
on the amount of grunk onscreen, of 
about two/three page*. ComicSetter 
has a page caching feature* which by 
shuffling finished or otherwise 
inactive pages off to disc makes the 
only limitation to comic size the spare 
space on the floppy or hard disc. 


"AGES or panels can be saved as 
tlFF files, which means such 
luxurious special effects as your 
favourite paint package can furnish 
can be used. ComicSetter makes good 
use of the graphics-oriented 
environment the Amiga provides in 
general; it is. of course, a well 
behaved application and lives 
peacefully with whatever desktop 


doobries normally inhabit the 
memory. 

The final stage in any comic's life 
is, of course, the printing. ComicSetter 
comes, as mentioned, with bits of 
Workbench 1,3* namely the printer 
drivers. These include better laser 
printer support, as well as such 
salivatious beasts as toe Xerox 4020, 
There are ma ny g linting, options, to 
do with page size* kind of greyscaling 
to convert colourful graphics to 
monochromatic Output and Such 
familiar themes* 

Unfortunately, the Epson drivers on 
rm copy of ComicSetter failed to 
drive my printer into anything other 
than a muted clicking; however a new 
set of drivers from the most recent 1*3 
Workbench cured the problem, 

A ND since ComicSetter is quite 
happy to work with the 
humble E|Son-compatible £150-and- 
if s-yours-fohn printers that infest the 
face of the planet* it is not impossible 
to finish the opus at home, then strike 
a deal with the local computer dealer 
to let you churn out a polished 
product on a Saturday morning on 
his Laser jet in exchange for some 
fancy display material, W f ho knows, 
you might convert an IRMhead into 
an Amigalover, because there's no 
IRM PC in the world that can do what 
an expanded Amiga 500 with 
ComicSetter does. 

The Final bit of the manual, called 
Comic Tips, is a small collation of 
hints to help the final product look 
professional. There are a number of 


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American books, available from 
specialist booksellers like Forbidden 
Planet, that say much the same thing; 
how to produce a smooth flow of 
images that direct the reader's eyes 
and build up to a strong climax, how 
to suggest time passing or changes of 
plot, IPs not nearly as popular a field 
of study over here as it is in the 
States, where comics are taken 
seriously by a lot of people. 


T HAT then is Comic Setter, at 
least in outline. There are a lot 
of unmentioned details, most of 
which are nice and just what you 
want, fust when you want them. To 
cope with all the things that can be 
done to an object, there arc a number 
of non- obvious special tricks but 
these are necessary and once learned 
come naturally, 

This is t alas, version 1,0, and this 
shows occasionally; graphics did get 
corrupted from time to time (slightly, 
nothing unfixable, but odd}, the 
pointer stayed in Zzzz mode during 


menu selection, options - mostly 
bitmap editing — were unselectable 
until an unconnected action woke up 
some slumbering subroutine, and on 
one occasion Cut and Paste put the 
mouse into a drunken stagger with 
nothing happening for five minutes. 
Then I was treated to an Instant 
replay of all the things T'd tried to do 
in those live minutes, after w r hich all 
was well. 

This might sound frightening, but 
apart from the last incident 
ComicSetter remained usable and fun 
- boy. is it fun - and at no time did it 
lose data or crash. 

According to the About... menu 
item, there have been eight people 
working on ComicSetter. and they've 
been at it for quite some time. Apart 
From amazement that anything 
coming from a programming team 
that big hangs together so well (these 
guys must love comics), I'm 
impressed. It's a wonderful program, 
capable of w r onderful things. More 
than that is up to you. 

As for me? T always wanted to be 
an underground artist in the ‘60s.., the 
90s will do just fine. 


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SPEED . 


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Using Deluxe Paint II by Steven 
Anzovin, 

D ELUXE Paint IT is probably the 
best art program yet to be 
released for a home computer. It 
offers the user tremendous graphics 
power while at the same time 
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appeal both to the total computer 
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artist, not to mention those budding 
artists who are unfamiliar with 
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But not to worry] A book exists that 
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perspective fills be shrouded in 
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Paint II by Steven Anzovin is an 
essential guide to doing just that. It 
has a friendly, readable style and 
gently tutors the reader through all 
aspects of Deluxe Paint ITs features, 
Although versions of the package 
exist for the Amiga, the Apple IIGS 
and the IBM PC, this book only deals 
with the first. Since it takes pains 
to explain various machine specific 
features, this limits its value to the 
IBM PC user. Despite this however, 
most of the book is useful regardless 
of which machine you're using. 

Anzovin starts with some fairly 
basic introductions to the program 
environment, the nature of computer 
graphics, and the advantages and 
disadvantages of using a computer for 
artwork. It also mixes in an 
introduction to art concepts and how 
the computer can lake the pain out of 
tricky freehand art constructs such as 
circles, ellipses and straight lines. 

If you find this introduction too 


simplistic, the author suggests that 
you skip ahead to the more involved 
chapters. Although some may find 
introductions of this nature a little 
patronising, I would disagree. Even 
an experienced artist or computer 
user might find something new, even 
fundamental. 

After the introduction the book 
talks the user through the use of the 
different graphics utilities of the 
program. These are what sets Deluxe 
Paint II apart from all the other arts 
packages. The sheer power and 
flexibility with which you can 
manipulate your artwork, both as a 
whole and as specially captured 
areas, is incredible. 

Th'e book uses worked examples to 
take you through topics such as the 
custom brushes, use of colour, 
drawing tools, text, patterning and 
perspective. It finishes with a step by 
step guide constructing a picture 
using many of Deluxe Paint ITs 
special features. 

The use of brushes, perspective and 
perspective filling are about the most 
complex features of the program to 
master and use to full effect. For the 
user who likes to be spoon-fed 
information, this situation is ideal. It 
is good to see a book where no aspect 
is glossed over. 

I have only one serious complaint, 
and this concerns the description of 
aliasing and anti-aliasing, which is 
weak. The book doesn't really explain 
what anti-aliasing is, and also how 
very significant an effect it has on any 
form of computer artwork, 

Since aliasing - the staircasing 
effect - is the biggest gremlin of any 
graphics system, the book should 
have devoted a Lot more time to 
explaining what it is and how to 
reduce it. 

The division of the work area - the 
monitor screen in this case — into 
finite areas of colour (pixels) is the 
primary difference between 



conventional and computer artwork. 
Aliasing is the most immediate by- 
product of this media transition, and 
as such deserves close attention. 

There are a few other minor 
weaknesses in the text. The chapter 
on use of colour could have been 
more. Although the book refers to the 
emotional impact of colour and how 
powerful this aspect can he, I felt that 
more could have been said about the 
physical nature of light and how it 
interacts with the presence and lack 
of an atmosphere to produce the 
colours we see in everyday life. 

Also, the human eye loses 
sensitivity to colour as the light level 
is reduced, and so as night falls, the 
colours wc perceive fade to black and 
white. None of these facts were 
mentioned. 

This is on the whole a very well 
thought out and w r ell presented book, 

I would say that for someone just 
entering the realm either of computers 
or artwork using Deluxe Faint II, it is 
a must. 

For the experienced computer user 
or artist using the program for 
whatever reason, the book is 
definitely well worth considering as 
your next purchase. Deluxe Paint II 
took the traditional agony out of 
conventional artwork and gave new 
scope to artists everywhere. 

Christopher Humphries. 


28 AMIGA COMPUTING November was 




■ REVIEWS! 


AmigaBasic Inside and Out by Hann as 
Rgheimer and Christian Spanik 

A FTER seeing the name Abacus 
on the cover of this book I 
must admit I started reading with 
much trepidation. This American 
publisher has produced a large 
number of books about the Atari ST, 
all translated from German originals, 
the quality of which varies from OK 
to poor. This is the first Amiga book 
of the same pedigree that I have seen 
but I'm pleased to say that this is a 
quality product and genuinely useful. 

There are more than 500 pages, 
with nearly 400 devoted to tutorials 
covering a range of Amiga Basic 
topics. The opening is aimed at the 
raw beginner, someone who has used 
neither an Amiga or any Basic before* 
though I feel readers with no previous 
Basic experience at all will soon gel 
out of their depth. The authors start 
slowly enough, but dive into more 
advanced Basic topics very rapidly - 
arrays and multi-dimensional arrays 
get no more than a couple of 
paragraphs* for example. 

Assuming you have some Basic 
experience, the introductory sections 
describing the use of Workbench and 
Intuition should be enough for new 


Amiga Machine language by Stefan 
Dittrich 

T HE Amiga has brought high 
power, a combination of the 
hardware and systems software that 
exploits It to a large numher of 
people. The profusion of display 
hacks, interesting applications, and 
games amply demonstrates this 
power. However, for the large 
number of users to take advantage of 
it for their own purposes, they must 
find out how to get at it. 

The systems software for the Amiga 
has been developed with a mixture of 
C, Assembler and BCPL. There now 
exist compilers and interpreters for 
many languages, allowing varying 
levels of access to the system. 
However, to take things to the limit, 
the solution is usually to head for the 
silicon and develop in assembler. 
Amiga Machine Language is aimed at 
people who wish to use 68000 


Amiga owners to get used to their 
machines. 

The beginning of each chapter has 
a teaser program - something short to 
type in and run which produces an 
interesting effect, though the reader is 
unlikely to understand it at this time. 
By the end of the chapter though all 
the relevant areas have been 
described in enough detail for full 
understanding. A good rendition of 
the Star Wars theme opens the sound 
chapter. 

The main emphasis is on graphics, 
detailing the low-level operations 
together with windows, screens and 
even IFF file formats, culminating in a 
nan-trivial drawing program. Other 
chapters detail serial and random 
access file handling, speech and 
Sound, all handled in an easy and 
fun-to-read way, with useful 
programming examples. 

My only reservation about the book 
is with some of the programming 
style - while line numbers are not 
used, labels are, together with 
GQSUB and the dreaded GOTQs, One 
of the most important features in 
AmigaBasic (and other modem 
Microsoft Basics) is the concept of 
SUB-programs, but these are 
mentioned only briefly. 

There is also one very dubious 



assembler to take advantage of the 
Amiga hardware and operating 
system. 

The book starts out with an 
overview of the Amiga's architecture, 
and then moves onto the 68000 
processor. This section does not 
provide enough to learn all about the 
68000 from scratch. Given a 
knowledge of programming and a bit 



program line involving a conditional 
SHARED statement, something that is 
poor style and completely un- 
compilable (believe me, l know about 
compi ling Amiga Basic) . 

The appendices include a complete 
reference section on all the 
AmigaBasic keywords and error 
messages, together with guaranteed 
error-free program listings. Helpfully 
a disc is available for £9.95 
containing all the programs. 

This is a very good book for any 
AmigaBasic programmer, both as a 
tutorial and reference work. Pm 
pleased to say that the US dollar price 
has been fairly converted to pounds 
and it's well worth £16,95, 

Andy Fennel 


about other processor's architectures, 
it would give enough to be going 
along with. 

The next chapter explains how to 
use three different assemblers. The 
example code in the book is written 
using the AssemPro assembler and 
the text often references it. The other 
two assemblers covered are the 
Metacomco product and the K-Seka 
assembler. K-Seka gets a full 
description, Assempro a fairly simple 
one and Metacomco one page. 

Having covered the processor and 
how to get code to run on it, chapter 
four covers simple hit bashing, not 
specific to the Amiga. This serves to 
introduce writing programs without 
the complications of the Amiga, 

The book then starts covering the 
Amiga itself, starting with some of the 
hardware registers. The areas covered 
are the keyboard, timer, mouse, 
joystick and sound. The more 
powerful areas such as the blitter, 

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November t*m AMIGA COMPUTING 29 





Copper* video generator and discs are 
ignored. 

Having really bashed silicon up to 
this point, the focus moves to above 
the operating system. The Amiga 
systems software revolves around 
libraries, and the work needed to call 
these is explained. Coverage of the 
libraries themselves is limited. 

Various methods of I/O are covered - 
speech, screen, keyboard, printer and 
serial. Next comes coverage of how to 
access the disc, both at the file system 
and sector level, 

A whole chapter is devoted to the 
use of the Intuition library. This 
covers the use of screens* windows, 
requesters, menus and gadgets. This 
coverage is hy no means complete* 
but does give a grasp of the 
commonly used areas. 

Finally, a short chapter explains a 
couple of more advanced areas of the 
68000, namely Supervisor Mode and 
exceptions. 

1 found the style of the book to be 
low level* somewhat reminiscent of 
the days when machines were 
hardware and operating systems 
scarce. There are good reasons for 
bypassing an operating system, hut 
old habits and laziness are not among 
them. 

The coverage of the Amiga is 
nowhere near complete, many areas 
are left totally untouched, both al the 
hardware and operating system level. 

To be fair, the Commodore 
documentation stands at several 
inches of A4 size books, and nothing 
short of microfiche techniques is 
going to get that into a 250 page 
hook. There is nol much in the way 
of explanation of the Amiga features 
being used - the style is more 
oriented towards "recipes" + 

This book will not reveal the secrets 
of the Amiga, but for a first dip into 
the system by someone who has 
programmed before, it is fine. To 
produce progams of any weight will 
require other texts. I was interested to 
note that an advcrtisment in the back 
of the book for AssemPro had the 
following small print: "Machine 
language programming requires a 
solid understanding of the Amiga's 
hardware and operating system. We 
do not recommend this package to 
beginning Amiga programmers", 

Sam Littlewood 


Amiga Tricks and Tips by Bleek, 

Maelger and 

T HE Amiga is supplied with 
Microsoft's AmigaRasic. This 
has some built-in support for the 
Amiga's features, hut not the whole 
range. To really start exploring these 
capabilities requires a good 
understanding of AmigaBasic and the 
ability to get directly at the operating 
system From within it, 

Amiga Tricks & Tips is intended to 
aid this understanding and ability, as 
well as briefly covering other areas of 
the system, It uses AmigaBasic 
exclusively for programming* no 
other language being covered. 

The first chapter talks about the 
CLL This is not a complete 
description. It covers solutions to 
common problems, an overview of 
the new CLI commands in version 
1.2, and a collection of script files. 
The last do things like setting up 
commonly used commands in RAM: 
and implementing a simple print 


Learning C: Programming Graphics on 
the Amiga and Atari ST by Marc B. 
Sugiyama and Christopher D. Metcalf 

T HIS attempts to be two books in 
one* the first half a C primer, 
while the second deals with graphics 
algorithms. The 4GD page volume is 
spiral bound, so it lies tlal on the 
table making listings much easier to 
type in. 

The C primer section is aimed at 
programmers with experience of 
Basic or Pascal and with a knowledge 
of the lower level aspects, such as 
pointers* bits and bytes. Users 
without such knowledge will find this 
section vary hard going. 

As a C primer it works reasonably 
well, but doesn't start well; The first 
function listing does not agree with 
the text describing it, something 
which took me ages to work out. 
Complete C beginners may well give 
up by page 17. This was the only 
serious typo 1 noticed though, so 
perseverance is worthwhile. 

The book attempts to be useful to 


spooler. This chapter also covers the 
startup sequence script. 

Attention moves on to AmigaBasic. 
The first subject is writing graphics 
code. The technique used is to call 
the operating system graphics and 
windowing routines directly from 
within Basic* giving increased speed 
and flexibility. 

A large amount of the text is 
devoted to example programs. Some 
of these, such as the full IFF picture 
display program, are quite powerful* 
providing good code for use 
elsewhere. The section goes to a fair 


both Atari and Amiga users* catering 
for five different C compilers. A 
header file is listed at the back to 
make the graphics calls the same on 
both machines, This method generally 
works, also allowing incompatibilities 
between compilers such as integer 
sizes to be avoided. C is not as 
portable as it is supposed to be. 

The listings are presented in a 
typeface which makes it very' difficult 
to distinguish between the = and = = 
operators* something which any C 
programmer will tell you makes a 
huge difference. Most of the programs 
are large and the optional disc at 
£G.95 is recommended if you want to 
experiment with the book's graphics 
section, 

Having introduced much of C, some 
of it less detailed than others, the 
authors start on the graphics section 
proper. If you want to find out how 
Intuition, the graphics library or the 
Copper works* this book is not for 
you — all the Amiga-specific calls are 
hidden away in a header file. The 
graphics algorithms presented are 
general methods for producing two 


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■ REVIEWS! 




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depth, covering Intuition, fonts, 3D 
vector graphics and palette 
manipulation. 

The next chapter does not expose 
any more features of the Amiga; it is 
about user friendliness. This talks 
about, and has large amounts of code 
for, cemunicating with users. Ideas 
like sliders, selection from tables, 
rubber-banding and animation are 
explored. 

Chapter 5 deals with the use of 
AmigaDos from within AmigaBasic. 

In a similar way to the graphics 
section, the limited functionality of 
Amiga Basic is bypassed in favour of 
heading straight for the operating 
system. The examples implement 
routines to rename Hies, search a 
directory tree, read a directory listing 
into an array, call CLI commands and 
so on. 

Chapter 6 dives into the internals of 
AmigaBasic. II discusses the format of 
the saved programs, and provides 
several long utilities. These do things 
like generate cross-reference listings. 


list variables, and display files in 
hexadecimal The main coverage this 
chapter provides is of the various file 
formats associated with Amiga Basic. 

A brief Interlude follows, which is a 
short coverage of the Workbench. 
Included in this is how to read and 
write Preferences from within 
Amiga Basic, and coping with the Info 
screen of Workbench, 

Icons are a target of much 
creativity, the next chapter describes 
how they can be created from a 
program. The example programs 
allow creation of icons, including 
icons with two images associated 
with them. 

Chapter 9 is back on the subject of 
real users, and is about making 
programs robust in the face of 
possible errors. Example code is given 
for testing various situations, like a 
file not existing, or the user giving 
bad input. 

Chapter 10 focuses on effective 
programming in AmigaBasic. It 
describes the steps needed to make 


and three dimensional graphics, 
shading, and hidden line removal, 

A nole of caution - the reader 
needs a good understanding of maths, 
particularly coordinate systems, 
vectors and matrices to understand 
the majority of the hook. Don’t worry 
if your maths has got a hit rusty, I 
must admit several sections caused 
some areas of my brain to be accessed 
for the first time in many years. If you 
haven't done O level maths don’t try 
this book, though A level students 
will be OK. 

If you want to know about general 
graphics methods, as opposed to 
specific Amiga features, this is a good 
book. Ii doesn’t detail many alternate 
methods, four dimensional matrices 
are used for 3D objects but some 
arcade games get away with 3- 
dimensiona I matrices. However, the 
methods described are detailed both 
mathematically and in actual C code, 

I was a little worried by the Atari 
ST-specific code, as it contains two 
serious errors, neither of which 
should prevent the code from 
working, but the Amiga code looked 



fine to me. 

This hook does a reasonable job of 
introducing C and explains complex 
graphics operations in about as 
painless way as is possible, though a 
good understanding of general 
programming for the former ^nd 
mathematics tor the latter is also 
required. 

Andy Berm el 


AmigaBasic run the same code faster, 
and gives benchmark programs that 
show how various aspects of the code 
can affect speed. 

The final chapters give some 
coverage io some aspects of 
interfacing AmigaBasic to the rest of 
the system, how to write library files 
allowing AmigaBasic to call code 
written via a compiled language and 
how to access the Amiga devices, in 
particular the sector level disc device. 

The title of this book is somewhat 
misleading, It would be better named 
something like AmigaBasic 
CookBook. If you are using 
AmigaBasic then there is a lot of 
useful code here, but in many cases, 
not much explanation of what the 
code is up to. 

In conclusion, if you are interested 
in getting performance out of 
AmigaBasic, this hook will interest 
you. It is not however a reference or 
tutorial for either the Amiga or 
AmigaBasic, 

Sam Little wood 


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disc and bonk £22,95. 

•A// these books are available from 
16-Bit Software (0706 43519). Amiga 
Computing would like to thank them 
for supplying the review copies. 


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Typesetting 
for experts 


Paul Ockenden looks at a publishing package 
which has been ported to the Amiga from a 
mainframe — and outperforms the original 


\j\j HEN I bought my first Amiga 
* ir I was expecting it to bo able 
to produce beautiful documents, 
using ite high resolution graphics 
and multiple font support. 

I wonder how many other Amiga 
owners were as disappointed as I was 
when 1 printed my first document 
from Notepad. The characters 
appeared very jagged, and Jacked 
sharpness. Like a fool. 1 thought thal 
the problem was my cheapo dot 
matrix printer, so I went mad and 
bought a laser printer, only to 
discover that the problem was not the 
printer at all. 

The trouble is that high resolution 
on the Amiga screen becomes 
decidedly Jow resolution on the 
printer - even a cheap printer has a 
horizontal resolution of 1,750 dots, 
whereas the Amiga oniy manages 
640. 

I now know the solution to my 
problem - AmigaTeX, It abandons 
the Amiga fonts, resolutions and 
printer drivers, and in doing so 
produces the finesl quality output I 
have seen from my setup. My laser 
printer is able to produce documents 
at its full 300 dots per inch, with a 
selection of thousands ol fonts. And 
my dot matrix is able to produce such 
high quality output that I wonder 
why I ever h ought the laser printer, 
AmigaTeX is a commercial version 
of the TeX typesetting system. TeX 
was written by Prof. Donald Knuth of 
Stanford University towards the end 
of the 1970s, and is in the public 
domain. Versions can be found on 
almost every popular computer 
capable of supporting a megabyte or 
more of memory. 

Radical Eye Software has taken the 
basic public domain version of TeX 
and added numerous features, making 
AmigaTeX one of the most useful and 
productive TeX environments 
available on any computer. It is not 
uncommon to find commercial 
versions of TeX — a quick flick though 
the pages of the US magazine Byte 
will reveal several for the PC and 
other machines. 

Note that the word TeX isn't 
pronounced how you might expect. 

To quote from The TeX book by 
Knuth: ''Insiders pronounce the X of 
TeX as a Greek chi, not as an x, IPs 
the ch sound in Scottish words like 


November J9BR AMIGA COMPUTING 33 



■ REVIEW* 


loch or Herman words like aeh, When 
you say it correctly to your computer, 
the keyboard may become slightly 
moist", 

AmigaTeX - or indeed any version 
of TeX - is capable of really 
outstanding results. Tt can be used for 
anything from simple one page flyers 
and CVs to complete books - pop into 
your local technical bookshop and 
inspect The TeXhook which was 
typeset entirely using TeX, It 
automatically copes with ligatures, 
kerning and a host of other 
typographical problems. It is also 
very good when it comes to 
mathematical formulae, and its 
hyphenation algorithms are second to 
none. 

D ON'T fall into the trap of 
thinking of TeX as a simple 
document generator such as Notepad 
or Word Perfect. It is a document 
compiler, much like one of the C 
language compilers - and nearly as 
difficult to learn in its native form. 
You w ill have to supply vour own 
favourite editor and produce an input 
file for TeX, w hich looks not unlike a 
computer program in places. It then 
works on this input file and produces 
a device independent (or DVI) output 
file. 

Using most other versions of TeX, 
you would feed the DVI file to a 
converter program which would 
produce output suitable for your 
printer. No matter what device you 



used for your output, the layout and 
fonts would be exactly the same - 
only the resolution would change. 

The disadvantage of this method is 
that if you make a simple change you 
will have to print the whole 
document again to sec what effect 
that change had. This can be very 
wasteful of time, papeT and printer 
ribbons, 

AmigaTeX avoids this waste by 
providing a screen pre viewer. This 
Intuition-based program allows you to 
view your document on screen at a 
variety of resolutions before 
producing your final copy. What is 
more. Radical Eye has provided file 
tracking between the TeX compiler 
and the previewer, Using this facility 
you can have TeX, your editor and 
the previewer all running at the same 
time, with the p reviewer 
automatically displaying the output 
from the compiler without any action 
by the user. (Eor the more technically 
minded, AmigaTeX also fully 
supports ARcxx, allowing a 


completely integrated development 
environment) 

While preparing this review l paid 
a visit to the local university - all 
universities seem to use TeX - to see 
what they thought of AmigaTeX, and 
I discovered that they were already 
using it. Apparently they used to use 
TeX on a VAX minicomputer, hut 
when they got a Macintosh they 
started using MacTeX exclusively. 
However since the university boughl 
a copy of AmigaTeX the Mac has 
been neglected, and students are 
queuing up to use the Amiga. 

They are using an add-on called 
LaTeX, which takes most of the 
heartache out of producing a 
document. You just state the 
document type - thesis, report, article, 
letter - and mark the beginning of 
chapters and sections. Everything else 
is taken care of for you, LaTeX is 
included with AmigaTeX package as 
standard. 

There is no documentation on the 
TeX language with the AmigaTeX 
package, just like you don't normally 
get a book on C with a C compiler. 

For that you'll need a copy of The 
TeXbook or LaTeX, a document 
preparation system. However, a well 
written manual is provided giving 
details on installing and running the 
compiler and pre viewer. The manual 
is laser printed and is supplied in a 
standard ring binder (the manual is 
also provided in TeX source on one 
of the discs). 

Depending on which printer driver 
you order, TeX comes on up to 20 
floppies. At first you will be doing 
quite a lot of disc swapping, but due 
to a caching system built into 
AmigaTeX, this is reduced a lot after 
using the system a few times. Most of 
these discs contain fonts, both for the 
previewer and the printer drivers. 
Interestingly, Radical Eye uses a dual 
colour coding to identify the discs, 
and this seems to work quite nicely 
("please insert disc brown. blue in any 
drive")* 

A LTHOUGH you can use 

AmigaTeX on a 512k machine, 

I would suggest that you really need 
iMeg (AmigaTeX is very' happy on a 
hard disc: machine). Drivers are 
available for the QMS KISS, QMS 
Smart Writer, Hi 1 LaserJet Plus, and 
PostScript laser printers; The Epson 

► 


ve Up to the Typesetting Power of AmigaT 


ides a powerful ahem alive in document 
gives you the power to typeset complex 
ts* especially those of a technical nature 
nutls or journal papers. It gives you the 
be called typesetting. Compare it with 
. the market* 

Quality 

it put of unparalleled quality. This goes 
erning and leading capabilities of conven- 
jublishing programs; T^X uses ligatures, 
enation and special line and paragraph 
Ermf to yield typeset quality output. 

Alignment Power 


Output Device Independ 

TfcX, provides output identical to within t 
printers used. Your page will appear on y 
printer la the exact format and poeltieiiiii 
printer or typesetter* You can. use your E 
a home proofing device for the laser print 
or use the laser printer to see your pages 
them to be printed on a phototype setter. 

Interactive Environment 

on the Amiga provides the beet TE 
currently available anywhere. The power! 
and message-passing capabilities of the A 
to edit* compile, preview, and print all at 
Amigal^pC has been heavily optimised t 


J 


The previewer saves paper and time 


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* 

LQ series, the Epson MX series 
(including the JX, PX. EX, FX, RX, 

TX, and so on) and compatibles, the 
Citizen 150-D, the NEC P6/P7 series, 
and the ImageWriter II. Other drivers 
are developed on request. 

There is no UK supplier of 
AmigaTeX at present, all sales and 
support being handled from the USA. 
The reason is that Radical Eye is only 
willing to grant distribution rights to 
a company which is able to prove a 
high degree of expertise in both TeX 
and Amiga-related topics, and so Far 
ii hasn't found such a company in the 
UK. 

I found both the Sales and support 
service was better than that provided 
by most companies based in the UK, 
All letters seem to he answered by 
return of post, and Radical Eye 
usually sends out updated discs to all 
registered users the same day that 
hugs are reported. 

I would thoroughly recommend 
AmigaTeX to anyone looking to 
produce top quality documents on 
their Amiga. It may take a bit of effort 
to create your first few documents, 
but the effort is well worth it. 


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USEFULNESS 


The ability to produce documents at 
the maximum resolution of a printer is 
something which has been missing 
from the Amiga. 


EASE OF USE ■■■HLIIE] 

Although the previewer and La TeX 
help a bit there is no doubt that TeX 
takes some learning 



The previewer is well integrated into 
the Amigo environment but the 
compiler and printer drivers remain 
CLI based. 


SPEED ■MBHTZTil 

Much of AmigaTeX has been re-written 
in assembler, and I found it ran faster 
than TeX on the VAX at work! 


VALUE m 


$300 is not nut of keeping with other 
commercial versions of TeX for PCs 
and the like, and this version is one of 
the best available 


OVERALL 85% 


An impressive product, A must for any 
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Typeset Quality 

H piwuk output 4 impitilfey q&tlity, Ib p« 
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tkemlo be pnafted oa t pkoiotypejctlcr 

Interactive Environment 


sec Typeset QualityW 

TeX\ provides output of unparalleled quality, 
he kerning and leading capabilities of conven 
ublishing prolans; \teX\ uses ligatures, automatic hyphenation and 


TfcX oc ike imjp provide* lie bed emrJ 
Id Ike lira 
i mi comp; 


- Thi s goes fan beyond 
conventional desktop 


Special line and paragraph breaking algorithm to yield 

WP feX^==— 


Transcript uritten on saj^leJog, 

pis is CI*X, Aniga Version 2 Je (preJoaded fronatspliin 88*2.211 

**SU*]( 

(sWW.ttx Ell 


LaTex reduces the problem inherent in a com plicated script language 



A page from the sample fife 


Xmuntber IfttSt t AMIGA COMPUTING 37 














Mission 

Control 

Sam Littlewood reviews ARexx and 
WShell, programs which give your micro the 
script-} ike control to which mainframe users 
have become accustomed 


T HE two packages reviewed here 
do not produce attractive 
pictures or mind-bending sounds. So 
can two text based, silent products 
really be something to talk about? 
“Yes” is too short an answer to be 
called a review, 

ARexx »s a faithful implementation 
of the Rexx language which was 
designed by M. Cowlishaw of the 
IBM UK Scientific Centre. A feature of 
this design was the active feedback 
from users, resulting in an easily 
learnt and used Language. 

The language is interpreted, and is 
aimed at writing macro scripts for the 
basic operating system or other 
packages, ARexx is a compact 30k 
library* written in assembler. II hears 
no comparison 1o the usual cryptic 
script languages; it is a clean and 
simple language that holds no horrors 
for anyone who has dabbled in 
programming before. 

An aspect of ARexx that makes it 
not just another [albeit good) 




J8 AMIGA COMPUTING November 1988 



■PROGRAMMING* 




language is the ability to 
communicate with other packages, 
which can invoke a Rexx program 1 
just as a Rexx program can send 
commands to the package. 

WShell was developed by the same 
person as ARexx, and is implemented 
in the same manner, in this case 10k 
of assembler. The Amigados CLJ is 
not ideal for regular use. The user 
interface is little different from that of 
a paper teletype, and speed is not a 
feature. WShell is one of several 
products that aim to rectify this 
problem, others being the Metatomco 
Shell, the new shell on Workbench 
1.3, and several public domain 
programs, 

A FACILITY that WShell is 

totally lacking and that most 
other CLI replacements provide as 
their main feature, is line editing and 
a history mechanism. This is not a 
gross omission - such features are 
handled by a separate package, the 
shareware program called ConMan. 
This was written by the same author 
as WShell and ARexx, adding line 
editing and history to any CON: 
window, whether it is WShell, the old 
CLI or your own program. Conman is 
provided with WShell and has been 
a vai liable through the Fish discs for 
some time. 

A Rexx comes on a single disc 
accompanied by a 1 50 page manual, 

It does not require two disc drives or 
extended memory. Installation is 
simple, well documented and there 
were no problems. The visible aspect 
of ARexx is a set of small commands 
which are copied into the C: 
directory. The functionality is 
provided in the form of shared 
libraries which are copied into the 
LIBS: directory . 


T HE ARexx interpreter is not run 
for every script; it is based 
around a single process called the 
resident process. This is usually 
started at bootup, and lurks in the 
background until needed. 

The resident process can handle the 
execution of many Rexx scripts at 
once by virtue of multiple tasks. A 
command rx submits a Rexx script to 
the resident process. The interpreter 
does not include an interactive means 
For typing scripts in. They have to be 
created using a text editor and then 
sent to the interpreter. This script is 


/* 

* ftexx uses C style cements 


* Tti e say' insructipri simply prints put it argments. 
*/ 

say 'hello, world' 


Listing / 


/* 

* A s tuple variable - 
*/ 

say something /* prints SOMETHING *1 

soist hiitg*42 

something /* prints 42 */ 

say 2+ftEVEWSi (something)' /* prints 4$ (REVERSE reverses a string)*/ 

* A coepound variable - 
*/ 

9oiething=$AN 
Surnaae.SAN = 'Littlewood' 

say Surnanetsaaething /* prints Littleucod *f 


Listing II 


then interpreted! possibly 
concurrently with other running 
scripts. The 30k occupied by the 
resident process does not have to be 
dupheared for each new script. 

In the tradition of first programs 
Listing I shows a simple rexx 
program in the file greet. rexx. 

This can be executed from the CLI 
by typing rx greet, and providing the 


resident process has been started it 
will print that well know greeting. 

The rx command is not necessary if 
WShell is being used, “greet” could 
be typed, and WShell will recognise it 
as a Rexx script and submit it to the 
interpreter, 

Like most iangauges, Rexx has 
variables, There is however, only one 


JVottaimfar 1988 AM Ifi A COMPLETING 39 




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available 

■ SCSI expansion port for additional 
SCSI devices 

■ Format drive into as many as five 
separate partitions (you can use the 
new Commodore file system on some 
partitions while still using the old file 
system on others) 

■ All A2000 drives mount internally 


■ A2000 SupraDrives feature Direct Memory 
Access (DMA) interface for high-speed data 
transfer 

■ 1MB and 2MB Fast RAM expansion 
capability (on A50Q SupraDrives) 

■ Hard disk utilities included 

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interface via the inducted cable [which supplies power from the drive unit to run toe 
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SCSI expansion port. 

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bus pass-through is designed to ensure compatibility with RAM boards, digitisers and 
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■PROGRAMMING* 


/* 

* £ x a ■ p L e of control of flow 
+/ 

say 'Enter $ number greater than one * 

pull vat - /+ PULL reads data froi the input into a variable +/ 

select 

utien DATATYPE ( va L > *= NU»' then 
say That was not a number' 
when val <1 then 
say 'That was Less than one 
otherwise do 

say 'Uow - you gave me what I asked for' 
do i=1 to val 
say 'Loop:' i 
end 
end 


say 'Now, type YES' 
do untiL j - VE$ 
pull j 


end 


f* 

* E*aflpLe of subroutines and functions 

* Output IS: 

* F 0 0 is; Msin-foo Bftfi is: Hy5ub-bar 

* flyFunc returns 4 


Listing III 


f ops'Kain-foo'; bar='Hai n-bar 
call fly Sub 

say 700 is;' foo ' BAR is: bar 
say 'flyFunc returns' flyFunc (4) 
exi t 

/* 

* Subroutine, all its variables are local, except for £bar' 

+/ 

NySub: 

PROCEDURE EXPOSE bar 
foo='fly5ub-foo'; bar- flySub-bar' 
return 
I* 

* Function, no PROCEDURE, so all callers variables are exposed 
*/ 


Listing IV 


flyFunc : 

arg i /* Crab the argument into i +/ 
return 2*i 


< 

sort of data, a string of characters. 
Numbers, integer or Hooting point arc 
stored as a text representation. Such 
as 42,3, The interpreter decides the 
meaning of the data according to the 
context in which it is used. 

There are two sorts of variables, 
simple and compound. Simple 
variables are just that. Compound 
variables are like multi dimensional 
arrays, bu( arc indexed by arbitary 
strings as opposed to integers, 

T HE syntax for referencing a 
compound variable is a base 
name followed by the indexing 
symbols separated by dots. Variables 
do not require declaration or 
initialisation; an uninitialised variable 
has the value of its name as an 
uppercase string. Listing II shows 
some examples of variable 
manipulation. 

Control of execution How is of the 
style found in most high level 
programming languages, the Familiar 
IF... THEN,., ELSE works as usual. 
Execution involving blocks of code 
such as loops is based on one pair of 
instructions, DO and END, The DO 
instruction can he followed by 
information that describes what sort 
of block this is. The SELECT 
instruction provides something akin 
to a case or switch. This is shown in 
Listing III . 

Loops can be based on iterating a 
variable, continuing while something 
is true, continuing until something is 
true or forever. In addition, the loop 
can be broken out of, or the next 
iteration can be skipped to. 

The examples have used an 
instruction for input - FULL - which 
is the tip of an iceberg called parsing. 

A string for instance, a user’s input, 
command line arguments or a 
variable, can be broken up and the 
individual pieces assigned to 
variables. The breaks can be at spaces 
or particular columns, 

NGTHER area that the 
examples have touched upon is 
that of built-in functions. The large 
number of these cover a wide range 
of areas from string handling that 
leaves Basic in the cold, converting 
data from binary to hex to strings, 
manipulating Files, to using a pool of 
variables common to all Rexx 
programs. 

Subroutines and functions are part 
of the language, and can have their 


own local variables, A subroutine or 
function indicates that it would like 
local variables by using the 
PROCEDURE instruction. Listing IV 
shows that i| is possible to select 
some variables that will not be local, 
but can be imported from the calling 
environment. 

People do not write perfect 
programs, and ARexx has a 
debugging and tracing system to cope 
with this. The system is conceptually 
very simple - tracing can he turned 
on for various events, such as all 
instructions, errors or calls. 

When the appropriate event occurs 
the line or data is printed out. This 
can be to the same window as the 
program was run from, or a separate 
debugging window. If interactive 
debugging is turned on the user is 
prompted to type something. Just 
pressing Return will cause the 


program to continue. 

Typing = will re-execute the 
instruction. Anything else is taken as 
an ARexx command and interpreted, 
and the user is prompted again. This 
allows variables to be printed and 
modified and the errant code re- 
executed. 

Interaction with other applications 
takes place through the Amiga’s 
message ports. ARexx creates a 
message port called REXX, and any 
program can call it up. Sending the 
name of a script causes the ARexx 
resident process to look for the script, 
either in the current directory or the 
REXX: directory if it is assigned. It 
then starts a new task executing that 
script, It is also possible to send a 
Rexx script as a message itself - 
useful for simple operations. 

If a program provides a named 

► 



November Mftft AMIGA COMPUTING 41 


■PROGRAMMING* 


A 

message port, Rexx scripts can direct 
commands back to the program. This 
allows applications to use ARexx as a 
script language, having only to 
provide the specialised functions 
particular to the application, not a 
whole language. 

In addition, if several applications 
support ARexx a script invoked from 
one can draw upon the resources of 
them all to get a job done. A script 
invoked by an editor command could 
grab information from a database, 
chew it about, and then put it in the 
text being edited. Listing V shows a 
script which uses a compiler driver 
and editor. 

Writing your own programs to use 
or be used by ARexx is a relatively 
simple task. The necessary include 
files and libraries are provided, and 
the manual covers the process in 
detail. Typically, 1 or 2k of code may 
be needed, possibly a lot less. The 
Languages supported are C T 
Benchmark Modula-2 and assembler, 

A REXX can be extended by 
writing function Libraries in 
one of the above languages which 
behave as if they were the built in 
functions. Again, the necessary files 
and documentation are provided, 
ARexx comes with two of these 
libraries donated by users. One is an 
extended maths package and the 
other an interface to the ARP library. 

One of the most useful things in the 
ARP library is a general purpose file 
selector window. When called a 
function pops up a window and 
allows you to mouse around and 
select a Tile, The name of the file is 
then returned from the function. 

The ARexx manual is excellent. It 
was produced on an Amiga using 
AmigaTeX, and is clear, concise, and 
covers all aspects of the lan gauge. In 
relation to the price of the product it 
really gives cause for thought about 
the quality of manuals on other, far 
more expensive products. 

ARexx is a \vell documented and 
robust implementation of a good 
language. It fits into the Amiga 
system extremely well, and does not 
occupy much in the way of disc space 
or memory. It ts fast - obviously not 
as fast as a compiled language - but 
much better than AmigaBasic. 

That still leaves the question, do 
you need it? If you are programming 
on the Amiga, then I would 
wholeheartedly recommend buying it. 
If you are more of a user then things 


/+ 

* Try to eotpile the rvaned t file, and then juip to the first 

* error, UsuaLly invoked from editor. 


arg cotpi Lea rg 5 /* grab the arguments +/ 

/* 

* ADDRESS selects a port to send comiafids to 
+/ 

ADDRESS 'CC' 

■ d o « p i L e ' coipileargs f* Tell the c o m p i L e r driver to go *! 
'next-error' I* Ask the conpiLer uhat the first error was *i 
if resu Lt = " then exit f* If none, go away *t 
parse value result fiLe L i nenurabe r errortext 
ADDRESS 'UEHACS' /+ Start talking to the editor *1 


■find-f i Le' f i le 
'goto- L i n*' linenuiber 
'write-message 'Error:' err&rtext 


become less clear. The number of 
packages that support U is limited, 
hut likely to grow. On its own, it does 
provide a good fast language that is 
easy to use for text- bashing and 
calculations. 

If you are inquisitive and bored 
with AmigaRasic, I would 
recommend it. If you use the Amiga 
solely to run applications, then it is 
worth huying ARexx when the 
applications you use support it. 

W Shell is provided on a single 
disc with a GO page manual. 
The installation is similar to that of 
ARexx, some small commands need 
to he copied into the c: directory, and 
a shared library is copied into LIBS:. 

A setup program is included to do ail 
this for you with no problems. 

WShell uses a shared library, so each 
new command window does not 
require a new copy of the code. 
However, the shared code is still only 
10k: WShell is not memory-hungry. 
The most noticeable thing after 
installing the program is not 
Wshell itself, but Con Man, the 
replacement console handler that 
provides line editing and a history 
mechanism. The current Line can be 
edited using the cursor keys, words 
can be deleted and the cursor moved 
a word at a time. 

Previous commands can be 
retrieved and edited by using the Up 
and Down cursor keys, as well as by 
searching. Pressing F6 after typing a 
few letters will go back in the 
command history and try to find a 
command that starts with the same 
letters. 

A particular honus for those who 


Listing V 

use other computers is that ConMan 
handles Control -S and ControLQ, 
stopping and starting the output. 

The Con Man features arc available 
to anything that uses a CON: window. 
It also allows much greater control 
over the style of window opened, 
windows can be borderless, have a 
Close gadget, not have a sizing gadget 
and so on. 

W SHELL itself is compatible 
with the existing CLI, and 
will respond to the same commands 
and run the same programs. A new 
WShell is create with ncwwsh in 
much the same way as newcli. 
Newwsh can be given arguments 
FROM and CMD’ If FROM is used a 
named file is executed before 
commands are read from the user. 

CMD specifies a command to be 
executed directly. New T wsh can have a 
info file associated with it, and both 
FROM and CMD can be put in the 
option list. Using CMD allows batch 
files to he run from icons. Since 
WShell can comunicate with ARexx, 
this means that ARexx programs can 
also be run from icons. 

WShell provides aliases, for 
example, Ink could be an alias for 
"blink libic.o main,o resio to foo lib 
Libdc.lib lib:amigadib". There is no 
need for a separate batch file. At a 
simpler level, it allows abbreviations 
of common commands such as f to 
dir, cat to type, mv to rename and so 
on, 

A feature of the old CLI was that all 
of the commands existed on disc. The 
time taken to load them resulted in a 
poor performance. One solution was 

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■PROGRAMMING! 


ARexx compatible 

programs 

The usefulness of this aspect of 
ARexx is dependant upon how 
many applications provide an 
appropriate interface. Currently, 
the following products are 
known to have ARexx interfaces: 

AmigaToX: Typesetting package 
TxEd-PIus: Text editor 
CvgnuS’Ed: Text editor 
C*A.P.E.68k: (iflOflfl development 
system 

Microfiche Filer Plus ; Database 
W Shell: CLI replacement 
Magellan; Al expert system 

Precision Software will be 
providing ARexx support for 
Superbase Professional, and are 
considering it for Logistix. In 
addition, several public domain 
programs have the necessary 
support. 


to put commonly used commands in 
RAM:, but that took up precious 
space. 

WShell has two speedups. Some 
commands are built in, such as IF, CD 
STACK. The second speed-up is 
resident commands. Putting 
Commands in RAM: is fast, but wastes 
space, the file occupying memory in 
RAM:, When it is executed, it is 
copied out of RAM: and more 
memory is allocated for the executing 
copy. In addition, every instance of 
the program running has its own 
copy of the code. 

Y OU can write programs so that 
all running copies share the 
same code but have separate data, 
and the code is the only copy of that 
code in memory, These programs can 
be made resident. They are loaded 
once into memory, and in effect 
become built-in commands. Most of 
the CLI commands can be used this 
way, with an immense performance 
increase, 

WShell has Some extra built-in 
commands, in particular, PUSHCD. 
and PQPCLf These allow 7 you to push 
the current directory on to a stack, 
move somewhere else, and then pop 
the old position back. This is great for 
wandering off for a quick explore, 
without having to remember where 
you were when you started. 

Previously, commands could have 


their input and output redirected to 
files with >, < and >>, WShell adds 
piping with the I symbol. The ouptut 
of one program can he redirected to 
the input of another, concurrently 
executing, program. For example, the 
output of a compiler could be 
redirected to a program that displayed 
things a page at a time, having had 
everything but the error lines 
removed with the line compile find 
Error pager 

The prompt used with WShell is 
highly flexible, it can include a wide 
variety of information, such as the 
current directory, the lime, the return 
code of the last program, colours and 
so on. If this is not enough, a 
program can be executed as part of 
the prompt. This could he used to 
show the status of some background 
task. 


I T is possible to put this 
jL information in the title bar of the 
window. For example, the CLI 
number and the current directory. A 
parficularUy good aspect of WShell 
with respect to windows is that it can 
handle the Close gadget, having the 
effect of EndCLI. 

An added bonus on the WShell disc 
is the inclusion of the ARP, or 
A mi gad os Replacement Project, This 
is a shareware development that aims 
to replace all the CLI commands with 
smaller faster alternatives. 

The ARP commands are highly 
compatible with the originals, but 
have been made more regular. All 
produce a consistent Help message, 
and all accept wildcards for 
filenames. 

An additional advantage is that they 
can all be made resident with no 
problems, It does not yet cater for 
Workbench, 

The manual provided with WShell 
is somewhat more terse than that of 
ARexx, hut is written and produced 
with the same quality. An annoying 
omission is that it docs not cover the 
programming interfaces very heavily. 
WShell can be extended, and ConMan 
can have different editing keys setups, 
hut the manual does not cover it 
properly, 

WShell is an excellent product, It 
provides some of the most powerful 
extensions seen in a CLI replacement, 
for very little memory loss. If you are 
interested in using the CLI, or have 
already been driven crazy by it, then 
W r Shell would he a rewarding 
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USEFULNESS 


While ARexx is a good language it is 
onlv really usefuf if you have a 
program which uses its protocols 


EASE OF USE r . 


Takes a little learning, but i vhen 
mastered it eliminates mundane tasks. 


ixn /mew..,. ^MTim 

Very much a CLI tool with only 
indirect access to Wimpy controls, but 
makes the most of multitask mg. 


Being interpreted. ARexx is not 
particularly last hut it reduces the time 
you spend key bashing. 



A language for £39? A bargain, it has 
specialist uses but meets those 
objectives welt. 


OVERALL 77% 


The kind of powerful hacker's toot 
which sets the Amiga apart from lesser 
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USEFULNESS . 


As a means of support for ARexx and 
ConMan it works well, otherwise a 
simple CLI replacement 


fast of ust ■cmrEm 

Command lines are not supposed to be 
easy to use, just rapid. Makes CLI less 
of a pain. 


iat tuitiox i * nmni ] 

Economical with ram , and built to 
multi task but really an expert's front 
end. 


SPEED. 


Not a major factor . hut tight assembler 
code means that it is quick as well as 
small. 


VALUE ., 


With so many PD sheds around, and a 
free one due with Wtt 1.3 it needs this 
low price. 


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Vet another shell, only ARexx makes it 
special - but that is enough to justify 
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Jfi AMIGA COMPUTING November 1983 






The technical achievements in 
Nebulus arc impressive, the graphics 
are beautifully illustrated and sup- 
erbly animated. The colour scheme 
used is gorgeous and it seems at 
times lhat even more than 32 colours 
are on the screen. 

The music at the start of the title 
page is very effective, and spot effects 
are some of the best I've heard on an 
Amiga. Not only are they well sam- 
pled, but their interaction with the 
game have also been well engi- 
neered. 

I can't recommend this one highly 
enough, it's one of the most 
refreshing and enjoyable games I’ve 
had the pleasure of playing this year. 

If you only buy one game this 
month nmfce sure that it’s Nebulus 
and you won't be disappointed. 

Chris Holmes 


The toww is reflected in the surface of the water using a mathematical formula 


D OWN on the planet Nebulus all 
is not wed. Someone has been 
building giant towers in the middle 
of the sea - and they didn't even 
apply for planning permission. 

Awakening from your morning 
nap in the offices of Destrudo Inc, 
you are told by your boss about your 
latest destruction job which involves 
the new Mk.7 Min-Sub and a pay 
rise. 

The submarine surfaces at the base 
of each lower w ith an almost effec- 
tive burst of sampled sound. Your 
task is to climb to the top of the tower 
- which is stewn with ledges, tunnels 
and lifts - within the allowed time. 



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Some of the ledges dissolve, while 
others are slippery causing you to 
slide comically. Flashing blocks, 
bouncing balk and strange creatures 
are intent on knocking you off your 
balance. You are equipped with a 
blaster that if fired accurately can 
stop or destroy some hazards. 

The most amusing part is being 
knocked off a ledge and landing back 
on a lower level or in the sea. You 
only lose a life if you tumble into the 
water, so the higher you are the safer 
things become. 

If by some minor miracle you 
manage to reach the top of the tower 
you enter the final door. A destruc- 
tion sequence will be set off, the 
tower collapses and bonus points 
awarded for the time left, When a 
tower has been destroyed you get 
back in your submarine and travel 
underwater to the next tower. Trav- 
elling from tower to tower you can 
collect bonuses, catching fish by 
shooting air bubbles. 

Nebulus was designed and pro- 
grammed by John Phillips initially 
for the Commodore 64 and has been 
converted perfectly by the same man. 

Although [he design is veiy simple, 
some of the mechanics used to create 
the rotational 3D scrolling and Ihe 
multi-layer parallax scrolling on the 


underwater game are most complex. 

The rotational scrolling runs at 25 
frames a second while the 
underwater scene is nearly twice as 
fast. The lower is reflected in the 
surface of the water using a math- 
ematical formula. 




Watch out for the aliens 


^member 19BS AMIGA COMPUTING 47 










BIRDIE 


E VERY once in a while a game 
arrives which blows the 
competition clean oul of the water, 
Leaderboard Golf was one of these, 
and whan il first arrived on the C&4 it 
marked the beginning of a new era in 
computer sports simulation. Not least 
hecause ill made computer golf a 
playable game. 

Before very long the much 
anticipated sequel arrived in the form 
of Leaderboard Tournament, Using 
exactly the same formula as the 
original the new game added features 
like the driving range, hole skipping 
and tougher courses, 

The Amiga versions of both games 
promised, once again, to be standard 
setters and’ so they are - with a few 
extra features to boot. Bui since 
they've been around for a while, US 
Gold has revamped the re-release 
with a two disc pack for the price of 
one. Considering Ibe bundle includes 
a score card, maps and stand-up club 
power guide, it represents very good 
value lor money. 

The game is played entirely in 3D, 
viewed from behind the golfer. At the 
start of each shot you selecl a club 
from three woods, nine irons or a 
pitching wedge. The distance to the 



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hole is displayed to aid your 
decision, even though the flag may 
be hidden by trees, across a lake or 
whatever. 

Next, using the mouse a small 
crosshair is positioned to set the 
direction of the shot, 

Now comes the tricky bit. Pressing 
the right mouse bull on starts the 
backswing and the power meter 


starts to climb. Releasing the button 
sets the power and starts the 
downswing phase. 

Alter the dowmswing comes the 
snap indicator. Correct liming here is 
essential to ensure the ball is hooked 
or sliced the way you want. 

On the beginner level, the snap fea- 
ture is disabled as are the winds - 
yes, it includes every golfer's night- 


mare - making things a lot simpler 
until you gat used to it. Some other 
obstacles are always present, of 
course. The trees for example - a ball 
on the rough is worth two in a tree. 
And last but not least the bunkers 
and lakes - just as tough as real life. I 
assure you. 

When you make il to the green the 
club selection changes to a putter 
automatically. Now you have to 
judge the shot power and angle given 
the lay of the green and the distance 
to the hole. 

Even if you already have one uf the 
originals. Birdie is well worth the 
outlay. If not, get it anyway. 

Mark Smiddy 


Birdie 
VS Gold 


£ 24.95 



BUBBLE GHOST 



Don't lei if spoil J; yeu r 


C UTE is the right word to l 
describe this rather simple but 
fun game. There are 40 screens to 
conquer and the objective on every 
one is exactly the same - to push a 
floating, iridescent bubble from one 
side of a room lo the other without 
bursting the fragile sphere in the 
process. 

The bubble-pusher is a small, 1 
appropriately dead-white ghosl 
which is guided around the screen by 
moving your mouse in the desired 
direction. Pressing the left or right 
hand mouse button causes the phan- 
tom to rotate in a clockw ise or anti- 
clockwise direction Asteroids style. 

The only means the ghost has of 
getting the bubble to move is by huf- 
fing at it - a press of the shift or space 
key causes the spook to puff oul its 
cheeks and exhale. Providing the 
spook is close enough, the bubble 
will float away for a short distance, 
propelled by the ghostly breath. 

As you know, ghosts can pass 
through solid matter and in this case 
such matter includes the bubble. 
However, although the ghost is 
immune from coming to grief on any 
objects, the bubble is not. Should it 
touch any solid item, the bubble will 
pop with a satisfying "Flink", 

When this happens the little spook 


turns to face you, scowls and lets rip 
with a short buret of angry gibberish. 
The game is over when you’ve buret 
five bubbles - allhough extra 
bubbles, can be earned by taking a 
trickier route. 

Each screen represents a room, The 
hubble is usually positioned on one 
side of the room with at least one exit 
at another - another includes the 
ceiling and floor. 

Every room is different and in 
addition to an increasingly more dif- 
ficult maze- like configuration of 
walls and passageways, also features 
a variety of obstacles such as lit 
candles, electric fans, spikes, ret- 


racting needles, arid assorted pointy 
objects. 

To add to the fun, a timer ticks 
away - the quicker you get the 
bubble Id the exit, the higher the 
bonus. Failure to make it to the exit 
before your time runs out only results 
in your failing to score any bonus, 
no! the loss of a life. 

There are some neat points to the 
game. The ghost turns bright red and 
chokes if he puffs away for too long 
in one go - this temporary seizure is 
accompanied by the sampled sound 
of a cough and wheeze. 

The ghost can blow other light 
objects besides the bubble. And 


trying to manouevre the bubble past 
a moving fen which blows il every 
which way is a real test of your 
patience and dexterity. 

The title music is pretty good - 
unfortunately, it is only heard once, 
immediately after Ihe initial loading - 
hut other sound effects are few and 
far between. 

The graphics are fairly modest and 
uninspired and animation quite lim- 
ited, although the ghost is nicely 
realised - cute and cuddly, if you like 
that sort of thing. 

Although Bubble Ghost is quite 
novel and is enjoyable, harmless and 
ever-so mildy addictive, the fun and 
challenge per pound sterling does 
not represent a good long-term 
investment Nice, but at this price not 
that nice. 

Bob Chappell 


Bubble Ghost 

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4fl AMIGA COMPtmKG Mnvembsr 1906 


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SUMMER OLYMPIAD 


T HE Seoul Olympics have been 
and gone, bul despite that 
Tymsoft is cashing in with another of 
ils sporting simulations. However 
like many companies, Tynesoft has 
been criticised of late for converting 
ST games directly to the Amiga. After 
all, the two machines share many 
similarities - with the ST coming 
second every time. So has Tynesoft '$ 
learn breathed life into the Amiga 
version? 

This new -offering is supplied ora a 
single disc containing a staggering 
1.2Mb of programs and data, which 
seems good value for money. There 
are five events - sheet shooting, 
diving, fencing, 100M hurdles, and 
triple jump. The opening ceremony 
is featured hut surely couldn't be 
called an event. 

As the game boots, the screen 
opens out requesting the names of 
the competitors - up to six people 
can play at once. While selecting 
your home nation, its flag is dis- 
played waving in the breeze. This 
doesn’t add anything to the game f but 
it gives the feel of a professional and 
well designed product - a taste of 
what is about to be unveiled. 

The first event is skaet shooting. In 
essence, this is a variation on the old 
duck shoal theme, although there's 
the option at the start to use a joystick 
or mouse - it’s easier with the mouse. 
Pressing the fire button selects which 
is required automatical ty. 

Ynur marksman stands a full half 
height in Ihe screen and as you move 
the targetting circle his whole body 
moves aiming the gun - no Surprises 
here. 

However, as the circle reaches the 
left or right hand edge, the screen 
scrolls sideways - beautifully 
smoothly, clouds and other scenery 
add tn the effect. 

Press the left button lo pull, aud a 
skeet whistles across the screen from 
one of the catapults, subtending a 
beautiful arc through the air. 
Initially, I was so surprised by the 
graphics, I completely missed the 
point of what I w r as up to, 

There are seven stations in all with 
a mixture of singles and doubles. For 
each skeet launched you get one shot, 
and two can be in Ihe air at once - 
although some seem to move rather 
too slowly. 

Next up comes Ihe diving, and 
memories of poor Greg Louganis 
bashing his head on the springboard 
come flooding back. Diving in 
Olympiad is from the 10 metre board, 
Control is by joystick only with 
four directions used to pike, tuck, roll 
and straighten up for a good entry, 
Marks are determined by the number j 
of rolls, pikes and twists you 



complete and (he quality of your 
entry - sorry folks, belly flops won't 
do. 

When the time came for the triple 
jump I thought it was my birthday. 
Nq problem this. Rattle the joystick 
like there's no (omorrow. press lire at 
the right time - and hop-skip-leap 
into the sand. 

Needless to say T forgot about the 
angle control. And while getting the 
perfect 45 degrees on take off isn't too 
hard, you’ve got to keep it near there 
for the whole sequence or else you 
won't make the sandpit. 

I've always fancied a quick riposte, 
So, now was my chance as the cur- 
tain raised on Tynesoft s interpret- 
ation of fencing. 

Launching in with typical Forester 
charm, I was soon foiled neatly by 
my computerised opponent. The 


only way to bcal the sucker is wilh 
cunning, but you have to go three 
rounds to qualify and the computer 
gets better with each. 

At long Last came the joystick- 
bashing finale to the Summer 
Olympiad, Deserving!) 1 , it’s graphi- 
cally the best. Let's face it, the 110 
melres hurdles doesn't sound very 
thrilling - until you place the view 
behind the compelitors. 

Couple this to a nice 3D sequence 
where the camera drifts into position 
behind the player and you have an 
amazing event. As usual, speed is 
controlled by frantic joystick 
wiggling, the fire bulton being used 
to jump. 

Once again Tynesoft has produced 
a winner, albeit an expensive med- 
alist. Both the still and moving 
graphics 'are very good, the gamep I ay- 


addictive. 

The sound is lacking in places, but 
the title music makes up for it - play 
this on your hi-fi and boogie on 
down. On your marks, gel sei, go - 
down to the shop and experience 
Seoul for yourself. 

Julia Forester 


Summer Olympiad 

£24M 

Trmmft 



Overall - f>2% 



November J9ffl AMIGA COMPVTtlva 49 







■ REVIEWS! 


BOMB JACK 


C OIN -OP conversions are still 
being churned out and here's 
another. Bomb Jack is looking a little 
long in the tooth now, having been 
around for the 8 bit machines for 
some time, and its age clearly shows. 

This conversion, while competent 
and fun to play, does nothing to make 
use of the Amiga’s potential, yet costs 
a whole lot more than those for far 
less powerful machines. 

The game consists of six differently 
backdrop ped screens whose prime 
constituents are platforms, bombs 
and aliens. The bright-red, fused 
bombs are liberally strewn and must 
he defused before progress can be 
made to the next screen. 

Bomb Jack, the hero of the game, is 
a diminutive caped crusader, not a 
little unlike the Mighty Mouse of 
cartoon fame. His task is to fly 
around and make contact with each 
bomb, thereby defusing it. 

The platforms are there both to 
help and hinder him in his duties. 
The aliens flit around trying to make 
contact with Bomb Jack - one touch 
and he loses one of his three lives. 

Each of the six backdrops, which 
are quite attractive even if they do 
serve Little purpose other than orna- 
mentation, represents a country. For 
instance, there’s the pyramids and 
Sphinx in one, the Acropolis in 


another and what I take to be a 
French chateau in yet another. Once 
you've completed the six screens, 
they recycle with a new platform 
layout 

Bomb jack tends (□ float rather 
than fly - when he's on solid ground, 
the fire button launches him 
upwards. He continues !o float 
skywards until he runs out of steam 
(or humps his head on a platform) 
and he descends slowly earthwards. 
While he is floating he can be guided 
to the left and right. 

When Bomb lack touches .an alien, 
he does nolhing more exciting than 
spin a couple of times to show that he 
has lost a life. 

Animation of the aliens is similarly 
basic. These beings, some of which 
look more like unbaked gingerbread 
men than creatures from outer space, 
move gently aboul the screen trying 
to hamper Bomb jack's mission. 

After the loss of a life, Bomb Jack is 
replaced on the starting position of 
that screen but, thankfully, any 
bombs already defused do not 
reappear. 

Other objects pop up from lime to 
time and must be touched for bonus 
points, and extra lives. The game can 
be played by one or two players with 
one or two joysticks. 

There is also an option to turn off 


the music. 1 suggest you use it. 

On the plus side. Bomb Jack is 
simple lo play, slightly addictive and 
the backdrops are pleasing lo look at. 
On the minus side, the game lacks 
depth and variety and is far too 
expensive for the limited entertain- 
ment it offers. 

If it were Less than a tenner then Fd 
say go get it - but at its current price. 
Bomb Jack is definitely not good 
value for money. 

Bub Chappell 




Pretty graphics Fail to hide poor animation 


NETHERWORLD 


N etherworld is Hew son's 
first dip into the Amiga market 
having been programmed by 
Jmagitec, designed and developed by 
the Finnish programmer Jukka 
Tapani maka. 


The game is set in a world of fanta- 
stic structures and wonderful beings. 
Y ou are trapped in this mystic place, 
and the only way hack to reality is to 
collect enough of the local currency 
to pay your way out, otherwise you'll 



A mird game of teleports and diamonds 


spend the rest of your days dodging 
acid bubbles and dragons. 

The aim of the game is to collect a 
set number of diamonds within a 
time limit and then exit through a 
teleport. After each level there is an 
intermission, and an extra life is 
awarded if this is successfully 
completed. 

The playing area consists of fea- 
tures which can assist or hinder your 
quest. For example a brick smasher 
will shatter a wall and allow you 
access to the diamonds, 

Teleports can whizz you to random 
iocalions within the playing area in 
times of emergency, and demon kil- 
lers allow you lo destroy deadly foes 
simply by touch. 

Extra lives and invulnerability can 
be picked up as surprise bonuses, but 
these are not advisable as they could 
also result in an uncontrollable ship 
or reversed controls. 

1 am a little lost in summing up just 
how good or had this game is. The 
graphics are consistent throughout 
and the multi directional scrolling is 
very smooth- The sound effects arc 


run of the mill hut the music which 
accompanies the title page is very 
good. 

Netherworld is a well designed 
and executed game on 8 bit com- 
puters but on the Amiga it doesn't 
quite make the grade, True, it has 
some nice features and original 
touches like alien generators, but at 
the end of the day it's poor VFM. 

At the same price you could go out 
and buy Hewson's other new release 
for I he Amiga, Nebulus, which is a 
far more entertaining investment. 

Gary Willson 


XelhernoHd 

£ 19,95 

Kenton 



5ft AMIGA COMPUTING November 












■REVIEWS! 


VIRUS 



Most of the game is learning to control the hover plane 


V IRUS is a g a me with a history, IE 
started life on the Archimedes* 
for which Acorn wanted a really 
good demo. They contacted David 
"Elite" Braben* well-known miracle 
worker for brain-damaged micros, 
who some time later came up with 
Zarch. 

For reasons still not likely to con- 
vince anyone of Tdccomsoffs sanity, 
the game lost some features - 
Firebird deemed the smart bombs 
silly, and gained some new aliens 
along with the name Virus during its 
trip to the Amiga. But here it is, 
nonetheless. 

Virus is a shool-cm-up. Compared 
to others of the ilk it's like selling an 
ST to someone who's seen an Amiga 
- fiendishly difficult - but apparently 
it can be done 

Your Hoverplane flies over a 
patchwork landscape. It is not alone; 
a range of aliens has also taken a 
liking to the area and they are 
determined to turn it red. They do 
this by seeding the old green and 
pleasant with viruses, whereupon the 
crops fail, the people starve and you 
- yes, you - gel to go out there and 
manna lisc the critters. 

The most difficult thing about 
Virus is controlling the hoverplane. It 
flies straight upwards when the 


mouse is dead nn the spot it was on 
when the plane was launched. If the 
mouse is moved away from that spot 
the plane tilts in that direction. 

Firing the rocket under the plane 
will start it moving thus wards, but as 
the mouse is moved farther away 
from the central point the plane tilts 
more and more until it is upside- 
down. The rocket motor now points 
Upwards, and will propel the plane 
into (bat glorious quilt of a conn- 
try side at a speed which seems 
impressive the first five or ten times 
you see it, 

By the thirtieth time you’ve exam- 
ined the interesting geology of ten 
feet under, you will have found that 
the mouse is so sensitive it bursts into 
tears during Blind Date. 

It is a moment of considerable 
triumph when the plane is steered 
towards that blip on the radar and 
gets close enough to hear the chilling 
whine* let alone close enough to see 
the circus lent decor of the alien 
seeder. Now all that needs to happen 
is to hit the blighter - just dip Ihe 
nose a little to aim and*,, oh well, you 
always wanted to he a landscape gar- 
dener. 

Eventually it does prove possible to 
steer ihe plane well enough to hit the 
seeders with the laser gun. The best 



strategy, to spiral downwards and 
spray away like an incontinent hippo 
on a hdterskcller. pales when you 
notice that every blob fired results in 
a point taken away from your score. 
Negative scores are not uncommon 
in the early days. 

You have three short-range guided 
missiles, which if fired from too low 
an altitude, are also liable to take up 
gardening. However, it is possible to 
rise to the flight ceiling and let off the 
missiles with a fair chance of hitting 
all three seeders on the first screen. 

This leaves you nothing but your 
wits and the laser to cope with the 
bombers, drones, mutants, pests and 
fighters which infest the later 
screens. You get an extra life and 


missile every 5000 points* it says in 
the notes, I believe these, as so far 
their description of all those deviants 
has proved devastating ly accurate. 
There are so many ways to die**. 

If this sounds too* loo nasty, then 
rest assured that the graphics are 
wonderful - the first shool-'em-up 
that really works in a three- 
dimensional landscape - the sound 
just right, even down to Ihe little 
plips and plnshes when you manage 
to get as far as the ocean before cra- 
shing, and Ihe animal ion of smoke, 
particles and almost everything else 
scrumptious. The sense of achieve- 
ment when you hit something is 
almost incidental. 

You haven't lived till you've died 
in Virus, 




KaventberUm AMIGA COMPUTING 51 

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■ REVIEWS ■ 


QUADRALIEN 



L QGOTRON was reknowned for 
little In the gaming field except 
for Xor, a strategic 2D maze game. 
Suddenly, after the excellent Star 
Ray, the company has hit the Amiga 
scene with a bang. The next release is 
Quadralien, a sci-fi puzzle game with 
shooting, back in the Xor tradition. 

As well as a reactor heading for 
melldown the luckless player has to 
contend with an invasion of aliens, a 
rogue computer, and a whole host of 
fiendish puzzles. The reactor, known 
as Astra, has three levels comprised 
of six chambers and the reactor core. 
The complex part of this game 
comes in the form of slave droids 
which cither repel or attract, just like 
magnets, and supposedly control (he 
plant's day-to-day mainlainance. The 
whole thing is rather confusingly 
retard to as the Dynamic Magnetics 
System of Entropy Control or 
DyMSEG 

The primary aim is to avoid a 
meltdown by preventing the core 
temperature from getting too high, or 
the operations energy from sinking 
too low . Plus finding and destroying 
the Quadralien Mother. 

To reduce the plant’s temperature 


you must maneouvre one of your 
droids so that it sends water barrels 
down chutes, or reduce the entropy 
level which is a measuure of the 
movement of the DyMSEC, Tortuous 
or what? You control two from an 
initial selection of six droids as they 
run around the various mazes, shoot- 
ing obstructing objects and 
absorbing others. 

Each droid has its own special cha- 
racteristics, from using a headlight to 


illuminate a darkened chamber to 
brute strength when shoving objects 
out of the way. The correct choice of 
droid depends on which environ- 
ment you are confronted with. 

What makes the game interesting, 
or stupifyingly dull depending on 
your point of view, is the way the 
various objects on screen interact 
with each other. So in order to create 
a certain effect or reach a certain 
place it is first necessary to work out 


where everything is going to end up. 
There are loads of different types 
of objects, plenty of options for 
making the game more playable, 
such as code words to bypass the 
lower levels once completed, and a 
number of ways in which it can be 
tackled. 

David Whittakers music is pleas- 
ant enough, but the crude flip screen 
scrolling is irritating, and although 
the graphics are serviceable, 
Quadralien isn't pushing frontiers 
back in any department. I found it all 
a little tiresome , 

Mark Luckham 


Quadralien 

Logotnm 

£19.93 


Sound V* 

Graphics 




O NCE upon a time, before the i 
fateful day when Clive Sinclair 
got his first tricycle, computers were 
rare. Huge metal cabinets filled with 
valves and filling large areas of uni- 
versity labs, they were designed and 
used by mathematicians. 

It was confidently predicted that 
there would only ever be six com- 
puter in Britain because it would be 
impossible to I rain enough math- 
ematicians to operate more. The 
mathematicians got quite excited by 
this, sensing a chance for a real job at 
last. 

But sanity prevailed. Nowadays, 
any intrusion of mathematics into 
computing is viewed, quite rightly, 
with suspicion. On odd occasions a 
pure mathematician does chance 
across a computer; a progeny of just 
such a strange match is Whirligig. 

Take the game screen. In the 
middle sits a comfortably familiar, if 
a little angular, 3D shaded spacecraft. 
Shame about the colours, but you 
can't have everything. But the area 
around the craft isn't yer ordinary 
hard interplanetary vacuum in which 
a thousand heroes have died, my 
goodness no. It's eigenspace. Come 
eigen? 

Eigen is numberwallah jargon for - 


among other things - solution. An 
eigensomething is a something 
which matches the conditions, so an ! 
cigenbus lor East Ham is the number 
15 

An eigenspace has a number (from 
one to four billion), and a combin- 
ation of si ar gates (finks lo other 
cigenspaces], missile, chaff and fuel 
depots and even the occasional per- 
fect solid. Missiles and fuel are stand- 
ard space game issue - except that if 
you fire a missile and there's no 
target they loop around and hit you - 
and chaff is an electronic fog that can 
confuse attacking ships. 

You'll find a fuel store in an 
eigenspace which can be divided by 
2 after you take 1 from it (so 5-1=4, 
which divides by 2, so in 5 you'll find 
fuel), likewise missiles in sectors that 
can be divided by 3 after taking away 
1, and chaff in sectors that do die 
same by 5, Perfect solids - of which 
there are just five - have to be collec- 
ted; get the set and return to Earth’s 
Golden Age. That's 19&B, according 
to the book; a sobering thought. 

All this wonderful numbererun- 
I ching means that, if you have a doc- 
torate in integer mathematics, you 
can plot a course around the network 
of eigenspaces. If you don't, you're 


/ jmwmmmm i- A 

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Computed shading on iprites 

reduced to playing the game, and 
talking of coarse plots... 

The only fun about is shooting at 
the ships which guard the solids. As 
some of these are invincible, you 
might have to run away. 

This game is for retired professors 
who find spreadsheets just a little loo 
exciting for the old ticker. Mediocre 
graphics - sprites dressed up as 3D 
solids with a light source - poor 
mouse control and frustrating screen 
changes, combined with hyperactive 
marching music, might put the rest of 
us off Spend your twenty quid on 
| Russell fr Whitehead's Principia, it's 


much livelier, 

Rupert Goodwins 


11 Airfighf 

Firebird 

£19.95 



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There's magic 
in Cornwall 


F IRST off, Giles Lovegrove from 
Cornwall offers some help with 
Faery Tale, He advises that the jade 
skull kills all your enemies on the 
screen, Crystal orbs allow you to see 
hidden doors, green jewels enable 
you to see at night, magic rings freeze 
your enemies and blue stones telepoit 
you when you are in a rings of stones. 
In houses w here there is a fire there 
will also be an object. Press look and 
it will appear. All the forts which lead 
up from the village need a green key. 
The only one you need is the first fort 
on the left and you can get into that 
without the green key by walking 
along the left wall and going through 
it halfway up. 

Straight down from the village is 
the city of Marheim. Don't bother 
going into the palace, because the 
king tells you he can't help and you 
cannot draw your weapon. If you 
cross the river behind the village and 
follow' the coast up you will 
eventually come to a raft which is 
helpful 

J ONATHAN Good has some hints 
for BMX Simulator. He says that 
on level tw r o the best line is to come 
out of the first turn and come off into 
the rough. Staying on level two, if 
you are riding along the straight and 
the fence is on your opponent's left 
you can go through the fence and 
then through a gap to the finish. 
Sneaky huh? 

On level three you should go round 
the hill up the side and through the 
flag when you cannot go over the hill, 
but watch out for the cone, Having 


made it to level four, the bikers 
should take the inside line and 
overtake the computer at the tyres 
near the finishing line. It is best to go 
over the starting line, missing out the 
top left-hand corner. 

Rut Jonathan is not just good at 
pedalling, he has some airborne hints. 
First for Sky fox, where he suggests 
that you kill all the planes first, then 
the installations, refuel and finally 
knock out the tanks. 

His hints for Mercenary are pretty 
good. Fly the Dominion dart to 350 
metres, level off to a speed of 1,7R1 
kph and fire a missile. Pick up the 



missile w r hcn you get close enough 
and then land. Go to UBU8 and take 
the crashed inter galactic craft to 0800. 
Leave the ship and go through the 
triangular door. This leads to the 
author’s cheat room, w'here you will 
find keys to all the doors, the ability 
to carry lots of items and get out of 
jail free cards 

Amiga Computing itself is truly 
international. The last tip has winged 


its w r ay from Victoria in Australia. No 
not someone called Victoria, it's 
actually from Keith Fung. He's a Star 
Wars space ace and offers these tips: 

In space fire only at the fighters in 
the middle third of the screen. This 
means you can shoot all the fireballs 
bcfor*e they hit you. Concentrate your 
fire against Darth Vader's ship, 
although you cannot destroy it, you 
get twice as many points, Closely 
spaced hits do not allow him to take 
evasive action. 

Use the time while Darth is stunned 
to take out fighter escorts. Try to find 
the Darih Vader ship w'hen the level 
draws to a close and get as many 
shots as possible in w'hile he fiees. 

As you fly over the surface of the 
Death Star memorise the patterns of 
the towers as they rise. Shoot slightly 
above the tower, allowing it to move 
into your fire. Work methodically 


^ - V 


from left to right, taking the towers in 
turn. It's quicker than random 
blasting. 

Do not try to follow' a tower to the 
lop of the screen, Wait for it to 
reappear later. Be sure to shoot 
fireballs. It is more important to 
defend your shields than to destroy 
all the lowers. 

In the trench you can use the Force, 
This means not shooting anything 
until the exhaust port appears. Fine 
for the first few times around, but 
things get tougher and you have to 
rely on your weapon. Do not bother 
trying to shoot the fireballs which are 
not going to hit you, they are not 
worth risking shields for, 

Since you are safe if you touch the 
floor or sides of the trench, use this to 
dodge the enemy fire. The fireballs 
move comparatively slowly towards 
your current position so do not fly in 
line with a gap until the last minute, 
this will lead the fireballs astray. 

Try and keep low, as this is the best 
position for weaving (whereas you arc 
best off keeping high in the arcade - 
cd). Perhaps the best tip Keith offers 
is to turn the mouse mat vertically to 
remind you to keep within the middle 
third and to help you dive and climb 
more quickly. 


Max " The Hacks 1 ' Tennant is the master of 
game play. Whatever the game hell win at it 
fair means or foul — often with a little help 
from his friends, if you have a tip fora game 
send it in. For every one we print well send 
you a game from the collection in our goodie 
dra wer and a fabulous Konix Speed king, as 
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Into the 
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Rupert Goodwins takes a final look at the chips 
which make the Amiga go kerpow in the night 


T HB denizens of the Amiga’s 

underworld have a wide variety 
of jobs, Paula sings, Denise paints, 
and Fat Agnus drives a bus. And 
juggles. Fat Agnus is the second 
cleverest chip in the Amiga, after the 
68000 processor, and together with its 
(herY One never knows) sidekick Gary 
controls most of the rest of the 
circuitry. 

The diagram on page A- 11 of the 
Amiga 500 manual makes Fat’s 


(perhaps not) central role pretty clear. 
At the bottom is that valuable 
resource, the computer's rani. 
Connected to it are old pals Denise 
and Paula, the 08000, and slap in the 
middle is Fat Agnus. 

All of the chips are hooked up to 
the ram’s data bus, along which all 
the information about graphics, sound 
and programming flows. Bui only 
Agnus is connected to the address 
bus, which tells the ram chips which 



56 AMIGA COMPUTING November J<Mfl 


chunk of information to make 
available when. 

Before delving into the ways in 
which Agnus exerts total control, it’s 
worth taking a closer look at the 
address bus. The Amiga can 
comfortably handle one megabyte of 
memory, One megabyte - 1,04a, 575 


separate locations - is 1 followed by 
20 zeros in binary, which means that 
the address bus needed to gel at all 
the memory Is 20 bits wide. But 
Agnus’ link to the ram chips is only 
nine bits wide. Some mistake? 

The ram chips used by the Amiga 
(and all other small computers these 
days) are Drams - dynamic random 
access memory. Like most other 
chips, they're made out of small 
slivers of silicon. Silicon is a 
semiconductor - in some 
circumstances it conducts electricity, 
in others it doesn't, 

Tn Dram chips, most of the on-chip 
area is dedicated to banks of 
capacitors which store charge. That’s 
how memory remembers - a 
capacitor is either charged up or 
discharged depending on whether it 
has a digital one or zero. Each bit of 
memory has its own capacitor which 
is charged up (or not) when the 
computer writes a one (or a zero) to 
the memory location. Next time the 
computer reads that bit of memory, 
the memory chip checks the state of 
the charge on the capacitor and 
reports a one if it's charged, a zero if 
not. 

Unfortunately, cramming 256 


thousand capacitors into an area the 
size of a ram chip means that each 
capacitor is very small, Small 
capacitors can't hold much charge, 
and they also have the embarrassing 
habit of leaking. 

Zi CAPACITOR is two 
JL JL conductors separated by a non- 
conductor, and on a chip that's two 
areas of conductive silicon 
sandwiching a non-conducting 
region. And non-conducting silicon 
isn’t as good an insulator as a full- 
timer like rubber or plastic, so what 
little charge the tiny capacitors can 
hold vanishes in a few hundredths of 
a second. 

To overcome this forgetfulness, any 
circuit which uses Drams needs to 
refresh them. This amazingly 
technical term — perhaps the 
designers of the first Drams couldn’t 
quite face up to the embarrassment of 
having a REMIND signal - means that 
the computer needs to read each bit 
of memory at least once every so 
many milliseconds. Reading the bit is 
enough - the rest of the ram circuitry 
can then lop up the capacitors if 
needed. 

This has to happen regularly, 
otherwise programs and data can 
become corrupted, and it needs to 
happen independently of any other 
memory operation that might be 
going on. Stand up Agnus, and go get 
the refreshments. 

The mystery of the nine address 


■HARDWARE! 


lines is solved by a Sherlockian 
inspection of the internal strocture of 
the Dram chips. The memory 
elements are arranged in a grid with 
separate row and column lines, an 
arrangement which not only make 
sense electronically but also makes it 
easier to get at sections of memory 
when needed for refresh purposes, 

An individual bit is accessed by 
setting up first row and then column 
addresses: in the memory chips used 
in the Amiga there are 512 rows and 
512 columns giving a total of 256 
thousand separate locations - a 2 5 Ilk 
chip. 512 is nine bits of binary, which 
happily coincides with the width of 
the address bus between Fat Agnus 
and the memory circuitry. 

There are also some other signals - 
RAS and CAS, standing for Row 
Address Select and Column Address 
Select, which tell the chips what to do 
with those nine bits. To complicate 
matters, there are two RASs and two - 
CASs; the two CASs go to two banks 
of chips to speed things up. Ram 
chips can only shovel the information 
in or out at a certain speed, because it 
takes time for signals to travel within 
the chip and the transistors that route 
the signals to switch. 

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want to get at the memory first, and if 
so who has priority. 

If Paula is going to need to read the 
memory at the same time to get some 
sound data, then the Agnus/Gary 
team prevent the processor from 
making a conflicting memory request 
by stopping a signal that says Data 
ready (DTACK — Data Acknowledge] 
to the BBUUO. 

The processor just thinks that the 
memory is slow today, little 
imagining that some extra read 
commands are being processed under 
its nose. Perhaps Agnus isn't the 
second cleverest chip after all... 

D eciding priorities is one of the 

trickiest parts of Agnus’ job. 
After all, the other chips covered so 
far rely on Agnus to provide the right 
amount of data at the right time. 
Looking al the top righbhand corner 
of the block diagram of Agnus on 
page A-17, there is a box marked 
BUFFER/MUX. 

MUX is short for Multiplexer,, a 
device for combining two sets of 


signals on to one set of wires. 
Television has a crude MUX - if 
you’re watching BBC you can tell 
from the title music whether you're 
watching the news or East Enders. 

The same channel carries both 
information and entertain men t f and 
even East Enders, but special signals 
let the recipient (you) tell the 
difference. 

The MUXs in Agnus combine [at 
the top right hand comer) signals to 
the internal workings of the chip itself 
and the control registers of the other 
chips in the Amiga. What chip gets 
which information depends on the 
multiplex signals generated, but by 
combining many signals on to one set 
of wires the computer is kept both 
cheap and reliable. You do want a 
cheap, reliable computer, don’t you? 

B ECAUSE all of the Amiga’s 
functions have to be carefully 
synchronised, the controls of the 
various chips have to be run from one 
source - Agnus. 

Another way in which Agnus keeps 
the computer running smoothly is by 
controlling the clock. Most of the 
circuits in the Amiga are 
synchronous; they do their business 
in lime to each other. Railway 
carriages are synchronous because 
they are all driven from one engine; a 
convoy of Ford Sierras taking a set of 
sales executives to a wingding is 
asynchronous - individual drivers can 
decide to pop into a service station or 
do 120 mph instead. 

In a computer such as the Amiga, 
all the different functions have to 
operate in step, and the signals they 
get to keep them that way are all sent 
from Agnus. 

The video bits of Agnus are clever 
in their own right, Because Agnus 
controls all the DMA [Direct Memory 
Access - doing things to the contents 
of memory without getting the 
processor involved), it is the perfect 
candidate for the job of moving bytes 
around video memory, a job also 
known as blitting. 

Blitting is a tricky business. On a 
plain , toast-with-no-Marmite 
flavoured computer, moving images 
around the screen is a matter purely 
for the software, Somewhere in 
memory, a set of numbers 
corresponding to the shape to be 
moved is stored. These are copied to 
the addresses in memory that are 
displayed at a certain position on the 

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to the extension ram, and together 
with other signal switching within 
Agnus and Gary lets the 68000 read 
and write the extension ram while 
Agnus does video things with the 
lower 512k. Sounds fast, and it is. 

It's a compromise though, as on an 
unexpended Amiga with only the one 
block of 5 1 2k the video and the 
processor fight it out for dominance, 
and the video has the chips in its 
favour. So the 68000 spends a 
reasonable amount of time doing 
nothing but waiting for Denise to 
finish displaying. 

This can be avoided only if the 
video and the processor have two 
separate busses, which needs more 
and bigger chips. This is expensive. 
Hence the compromise - do you want 
a computer that's fast, or one that's 
cheap? You want both? 

All this gets trickier, because even 
the compromising has to happen very 
fast. If the 68000 decides it wants to 
read a word from address 563, Agnus 
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When Ihe image has to be moved 
the numbers have to be copied to the 
new area in memory, and the old 
image erased, All this has to be done 
by the alter memory commands in the 
processor, and during the time this 
takes no other processing can be 
done. 

With blitting, the picture to be 
displayed is held in a part of memory, 
as before. But the process of moving 
it is left to the display hardware - all 
the processor has to do is give 
enough information (like the start 
position, the end position and the 
boundaries of the area to be moved) 
and it can go away and process 
something more important like the 
inside tentacle measurement of the 
next alien to appear. 

Once the blitter has been given its 
instructions, it converts them into 
memory addresses and timings, and 
proceeds to move the data through 
memory by reading information from 
one address, storing it, and then 
writing it to a new address, Then it 


does the same for the next address. 
But what is the next address? How 
does the blitter convert from the 
information given to it by the 
programmer to real memory 
addresses? 

The conversion process can take a 
certain amount of maths, as the 
relationship between a data pattern in 
memory and the position of the 
resultant picture on screen is a 
complex one. Hence the Copper 
within Agnus, a co-processor that can 
do a very limited hut very relevant 
number of mathematical operations 
on image-related numbers. 


I MAGINE you had a bit of graph 
paper with a circle drawn on it, 
and you had to write down the maths 
to draw a similar circle on another 
part of the paper. That's the sort of 
calculation that has to go on when 
Agnus is blitting. 

All of the different functions that 
Agnus controls go into the biggest 
block on page A-17, the ram address 


encoder. This decides from all the 
information provided from all the rest 
of the Amiga circuitry {Denise would 
like the next byte of information for 
the current window now, Paula needs 
to. get the next four bytes of sound 
data for voice three) what the actual 
numbers to throw at the ram chips 
should he, 

There are a lot of things to consider 
- Paula has been programmed to use 
such-and-such an area of memory, 
and if the chip is so far into 
producing a sound then it needs to 
get information so far from the 
beginning of the area - but all of 
them have to he turned into address 
numbers which the MUX can convert 
into row and column addresses for 
the ram chips. 

In the end, Agnus spends its time 
converting numbers from those which 
are convenient for the programmer, 
and the custom chips which the 
programmer controls, into the 
addresses which the ram chips can 
understand. 

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W HAT can you do with the 

Amiga's graphics apart From 
amaze your friends? It was a question 
I asked myself the other day, while 
sitting in the local video store, 
watching the trailer tape of new 
movies. Then it came to me. The 
trailer didn't have any special titling. 
What would it be worth if I could 
customise the tape for the video store, 
just as a little project to while away 
the evenings 

The first thing to do is make up the 
Amiga images. There are plenty of 
ways of doing this - you probably 
have a copy of Deluxe Paint, Like all 
creative things on the Amiga t the 
important rule is to practice and 
kno\v what you are aiming for. In my 
case it was simple text titles. So, the 
first thing is that you can sacrifice 
colour for resolution - 32 colours 
may be impressive, but when 
someone’s trying to read text it's just 
confusing. The best mode to go for is 


lb or 8 colours and 640x200. 

So load up your Deluxe Paint and 
set it for that resolution. Now pick 
your font. Don't pick a small font Like 
Topaz-8 or 9, Remember that this 
picture is going to have to be read on 
a normal television display. If 
possible, work on a composite colour 
monitor, Gr better still work on the 
display you are aiming to use. Don’t 
judge the display by what you get on 
an RGB monitor, as this can mislead 
you into thinking something is clearly 
drawn, when on a TV it'll smear and 
smudge. 

For your first title, practice not on 
the black background that Deluxe 
Paint gives you, but on a light grey 
background. Why? Well, when you 
display on the TV screen, you won't 
rely as much on the colour and 
sharpness of the TV and the display 
will look much better; 

Until you are confident, a good idea 
is to use the Grid feature in Deluxe 


Paint, This will help you line up your 
text. Now choose your text colour, 
hut don't choose white, for the same 
reason that you don't use black for a 
background. 

Before you put any text on the 
screen, press KID to remove Deluxe 
Paint's menus. It'll give you a better 
idea of the finished picture. 


Y OU can now type in the text. If 
you don't position it correctly, 
use DPaint's brush facility, cut out the 
text, move it somewhere else and 
delete the old text. It’s easier than 
brushing out the old text and retyping 
it. 

Once you have the text on the 
display use DPaint to add some 
graphics of your own. Electronic Arts 
sells a lihrary disc with a lot of ready 
made artwork. Keep it simple though 

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and don’t clutter up the display. 
Thanks to most software designers 
using the IFF format for storing 
pictures, there are public domain 
discs with graphics you can use too. 
in fact you can use graphics generated 
by most Amiga programs. 

There are plenty of other ways to 
get a good picture on the screen. 
Deluxe Faint li and the more 
advanced paint packages like Photon 
Paint come to mind immediately. The 
technique is basically the same for 
these packages, but you can do 
“special” effects like perspective 
lettering much more easily. 

Always make sure that the text is 
still readable when you do this - you 
might know what it is meant to say, 
hut half a dozen pixels at the end of 
the line of text usually doesn’t mean 
much to most people. And be careful 
to make sure that your text doesn't 
melt into shaded backgrounds. 

If you want to get even better text, 
it may bo worth looking at a 
dedicated titling program like 
TV*Text from Zuma, TV*Text is 
designed just for titling so don't 
expect fancy brushes or spray paint 
here. What TV*Text does have is its 
own range of fonts, like ‘fast’ and 
l swiss\ and these are available in a 
much larger size that traditional 
Amiga fonts, even up to 102-Point. 

W ITH TV*Text, you enter the 
text, then the program treats 
it in a manner you select, for 
example, with a black edge, yellow 
hody and a black shadow cast on the 
background. You can then position 
that text on the screen, The TV "Text 
lettering looks very professional, and 
you can save the pictures in IFF 
format to pick them in any of the 
paint packages. 

You are going to need the A510 
modulator for displaying pictures on 
the TV set, but you aren't going to use 
the modulator output. You are going 
to use composite video. That is the 
signal which comes out of the phono 
connector on the left side of the A510, 
marked Video out. You'll need a 
to go from there to the Video in 
socket on the back of your video 
recorder. 

We are using the composite video 
to improve picture quality. If we used 
the TV output of the ASIA, the signal 
from the Amiga would have to be 
encoded and decoded twice (once by 
the A510 and the VCR and once by 


the VCR and the television). Using the 
composite video eliminates one of 
those stages and improves the picture. 

Connect up your television to the 
VCR as normal, and set the VCR to 
display the picture from the Video in 
socket. You should now get your 
Amiga display on the TV, via the 
VCR, You are ready to roll. 

By now, you should have put 
together a selection of pictures you 
want to display. The Amiga offers a 
number of ways to display them for 
recording. Slideshow is a shareware 
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picture on to the display. 

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But Slideshow is only the start of 
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P ROGRAMS like Deluxe Video do 
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harder to get “instant” results than 
are the animators. But, as ever, the 
more work you put in the more 
impressive the results. 

So, we have covered here how to 
use your Amiga as a video source, to 
generate graphics. What we haven’t 
covered is mixing the Amiga's video 
with other video sources - which 
we'll get to in a future article, 

Where to get your 
video goodies 

Ageis Animator 

HB Marketing 

0805 444433 

£103,50 

FantaVision 

Amiga Centre Scotia nd 

031*557 4242 

£39,00 

Deluxe Video 
Electronic Arts 
0753 49040 
£69.95 
TV*Text 

Zuma/HB Marketing 
0895 444433 
£69.95 

Photon Paint 
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INTERFACE* 



COPY’S 
a real 
power 
pack 

A MIGADOS is a multilayered 
beast, siding as it does 
between the machine and 
Workbench, First it is the operating 
system of the Amiga, calling all the 
shots at machine level to get the 
machine started and running once it's 
up. Second, it's open to commands 
from a Command Line Interface, our 
friend the CL1. It is also the only 
means by which you can edit, 
exchange and generally twiddle with 
files on disc. 

Although this is a tricky thing if 
you are used to an entirely window 
oriented system like the Macintosh, it 
has to be learned. But to be honest 
they've heen doing it this way for 
years, and there's a good reason for 
that. Files on an Amiga disc can be 
moved around in all sorts of ways, 
and the AmigaOos bit in the manual 
makes alt kinds of references to the 
power of AmigaDos in handling files, 
OK, so what are these powerful 
features? 


C OPY is a good example. You 
can COPY a file to another disc, 
or another directory on the same disc, 
sure. But did you know you can 
COPY a file to the printer? Or to a 
window on the screen? Or indeed to 
any device used by the Amiga? This 


Phil South delves deeper into the workings of 
the Amiga ’s OS, and checks out some useful 
file utilities built into AmigaDos 


is all part of the Amiga’s open 
architecture. 

All functions of the computer, due 
to the fact that locations in memory 
are not exclusively for the use of any 
one part of the operating system, are 
ASSlGNed to logical devices, as I’ve 
said before, But another brilliant 
piece of design means that you can 
use the same call to any device and 
get a different result. COPY a file to 
window: 

COPV filename TO CON: 10/10/^00/100/ 

and it prints up in the window 
defined by the CONr. COPY a file to a 
printer, the same statement notice: 

COPy filename TO PUT : 

and it prints it up on your Preferences 
printer. 


But the same structure goes for the 
redirection of data streams, This is 
something you'll be more interested 
in when we ah get the PIPE: device in 
WBl.3, but for now the redirection of 
files and data is governed by the <> 
symbols, usually referred to as "angle 
brackets”. 

And lo and behold, what do we 
find but the same sort of file handling 
ease: 

DATE > f i Lename 
TYPE f i Lename 

sends the DATE stamp to a file called 
'filename' and then TYPEs it up on 
screen. How about this one: 

DIR > catalog 

dirs the current directory, and instead 

► 


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of sending the file to the screen, 
stores it in a text file called ‘catalog 1 . 
You could make a file of all your disc 
catalogs this way. Another of these 
fancy file utility commands is called 
JOIN. This is a much more 
complicated command, which cleanly 
and simply joins, or concatenates, up 
to 15 files like so: 

JOIN disci d i sc 2 dm3 disc4 di&cS AS 

disc Li st 

This is not to be confused with 
LIN King, a process you encounter in 
writing programs with compilers and 
the like, but nevertheless it is a 
powerful command for the handling 
of loose text files. 

And talking about text files, most of 
you will use TYPE in the same way as 
it is used on a EC, to flash the 
specified text file on the screen in a 
generally quick and dirty fashion. Hut 
did you also know (hat you can TYPE 
a binary file too? Yes, how about this 


Interesting, huh? It gives you a hex 
rendering of the file, plus an Ascii 
dump down the side. So that's whaf s 
in that .info file, eh? 

F INALLY, a command which 

doesn’t see much use in the CLI 
is SEARCH. With this you can search 
directories, subdirectories and text 
files for strings, I used it the other day 
with the Fish Disc Catalog, The 
catalog conies on disc and finding a 
program can be hazardous to your 
health. The most useful reason for 
using SEARCH rather than flipping 
through by hand is that there might 
he an update to the program you’re 
looking for later on in the disc. 


You can get SEARCH to look for 
ALL entries of a string on the disc, 
from all directories, anti log the 
searching into a text file by 
redirecting the output from the screen 
to a file marked "searcher" or 
something. Then you can go out for 
bite, watch TV t or even run it as a 
background task as you use another 
program. 

• If there is anything you would like 
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Slarglider quirks 

I HAVE been playing Slarglider IT 
since il first came out and have found 
a couple of quirks. If you fly out of 
the Solicc system and keep going you 
come to a second solar system. This is 
a reflection of Solicc, with everything 
working backwards. It takes about an 
hour to reach this reflected sun and 
doesn't seem to offer any advantages. 
Another “feature” of Starglider II is 
a timewarp in Paint with Rnlf. If yuu 
type all nines you get the message 
“Timewarp A UB 02”. 1 suspect that 
this is a game killer mode but can't 
gel it to do anything. Incidentally, my 
local shop said that they only had 
Atari ST copies but after reading 
about the ADLS disc format in your 
magazine I bought what they said 
was an Atari disc and it worked 
perfectly on my Amiga, 

Marc H Union , 
Wilts, 

Sound advice 

WHENEVER 1 rebool the Amiga the 
1084 monitor shows blurred black 
lines across the screen. Is this 
normal/ 1 am also having problems 
with the synthesiser voice. The output 
is locked on a rohof s voice, Should I 
take my machine hack to the shop? 

Mohammed Saced, 
Bradford. 

Try looking at another machine The 
A miga cycles through dark red, dark 
grey, light grey f red, green, blue and 
yellow on power up. These will 
identify a fault to an engineer if the 
Screen freezes on a colour, 

Black lines over the hand which 
asks for Workbench is a fault which 
should be looked at , Your speech 
problem is more puzzling. If the robot 
voice works then all the voices 
should. Experiment with the ST Y 
command from Basic, We suspect you 
will llnd that you have mis-read the 
manual . 


don't need an Introduction. Why 
don't you have book reviews as a 
regular feature? 

fagbir [.ally, 
Wol ver ha m pton 

You 'll find that wo have assembled a 
panel of expert book reviewers and 
intend to feature as many reviews as 
ive can. The Addison Wesley books 
are an essential purchase for the 
serious programmer A cheaper 
alternative is Kickstart from Ariadne 
{ 01 - 960 0203} or Compute s Guide tn 
A miga Dos . Many of the advertisers in 
Amiga Computing arc good at 
recommending books which suit 
specific needs. 

Goodbye cruel words 

I HAVE just finished reading the 
review of Kind Words, the low cost 
word processor. I have been using the 
program for two weeks and up to 
now cannot say I have found any real 
fault with it. 

T suspect that Mr Tomlins was 
expecting loo much from this 
program. As a word processor it is 
very good. In my opinion better than 
either Textcraft or Scribhle; that is not 
jusl my opinion, several of iny 
colleagues have the same view. 

The most important thing is that it 
is low cost. The Disc Company has 
produced a word processor which 
does not burn a hole in the pocket, I 
know of at least half a dozen people 
who have bought this program. 

It is very easy to use. I have used 
WordPerfect, and it took me at least 
two days to read the manual The Iwc 
programs cannot be compared, How 
Mr Tomlins even dared mention such 
an expensive program in his review l 


Machine code only 

I RECENTLY bought an Amiga 500 
and want to start programming in 
assembly language using Intuition. 
However I can’t find any books which 
explain how to use Intuition in 
assembler. I know 68000 already, so I 


Write to: The Editor , Amiga 
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cannot understand. 

It is unfortunate that everyone 
compares products to industry 
standard programs like WordPerfect 
and Lotus 1-2-3. I feel that everybody 
has their own opinion as to which 
one they like to use, 

1 think that the only way to get a 
fair review of any business program 
is to let several people Itv it out for a 
few weeks, then and only then can an 
honest review be made. 

I rate Kind Words very highly. The 
manual is very well set out. [ agree 
that perhaps there should be more 
tutorials to help the first time user, 
hut if one tries each command in turn 
it soon becomes quite cas^y. 

1 use the program with *1 Mb and a 
second disc drive, and everything 
works to my satisfaction. The most 
important thing is that the program 
has got is the SuperFonts with the 1,3 
printer drivers. 

I am very impressed with the 
quality of the printout whatever the 
printer I use. So far 1 have tried the 
Citizen 12DD, Amslrad DMP 3000, 

Star LC10 and Epson RX80 I must 
admit that it can he a very slow 
process to print out a whole 
document, but this is not such a bad 
thing, I believe that further drivers 
will be coming out soon, 

T have found one or two minor 
problems with the graphics, but 
having this facility in the first place is 
a real bonus. The main reason I 
bought Kind Words was the spelling 
checker, which I have found to be not 
only one of the best I have tried hut 
because it resides in memory it is also 
one of the quickest. 

Mr Tomlins gives the impression 
that he doubts that it really does 
contain the claimed 90,000 words. I 
think his suspicions are unfounded. 1 
have found Kind Words to be very 
good value for money. Of course this 
letter was written using Kind Words, 

I B Palmer, 
Havant 

Expensive Amiga 

IT seems to me that there is a 
prevailing prejudice among 
companies which support the Amiga 
in terms of both hardware and 
software that if you can afford to buy 
an Amiga you can afford to pay the 
top price for anything else you need 
to build up your system. 

It seems a pity that when 
Commodore lowered the price of the 
Amiga the supporting companies did 
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Julia, an old friend of yours has mysteriously died at Martviile Manor. So, 
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