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along with Com rand ore’s Link and 
Transputer computers. Hoi games 
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DUNGEON 
MASTER! 

Rave Eriksson's exhaustive review 
and play guide to the best adventure 
to come between man and mouse. 
Don't parse up this opportunity. 



The Mooiterm display uses chips 
designed by Commodore for the 
Amiga. It shows the way ahead with 
a large desktop and Workbench 1.4 




Puqgacm Master Pane 14 


HOUSE CAM. 



THE PERFECT 
TRIANGLE 


The Amiga runs rings around some 
dedicated video hardware. Triangle 
TV has exploited this to the full as 
Graham Wayne found out on a visit. 


BUSINESS 



PRECISIONS 

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Graphs, charts and lime management 
come under the control of the new 
incarnation of Logishx. The result of 
Precision's marriage to Grafox. 


PRODUCTIVITY 



MAKING 

MOVIES 


Ray tracing for raw beginners. Sam 
Liftlewood looks al modelling in three 
dimensions. No you don't have to get 
undressed - well if you must. 


HOUSE CALL 



BUDDING 
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Mike Cowley visits the team which 
makes the business world pay some 
attention to the computer it usually 
sees as just a games machine. 


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HARDWARE 


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WHICH 

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Telly addicts step this way. hour of 
the bast ways to gat the home video 
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games reviews 



AMIGA 

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Hems of the Lance wins an award 
and heads up a bumper crop of 
games from the seductive Teenage 
Queen to ERE's Billiards Simulator. 


GAME KILLER 


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Max "The Hacks" Tennant provides 
the dues to Ihe readers with the 
Chubby Gristle blues and offer? the 
pokes for Pat mania loving folks- 


PROGRAMMING 


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ASSEMBLER 

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Alright me old fruit; it's time to look 
at labels and include files to get your 
home-grown machine code programs 
looking neat and tasting great. 


ANIMATION 


II II BAS|C 

Vr Vf SERIES 
Jeff Walker discovers that INSTR is 
one of the most powerful commands 
in the string slicer's library, just the 
thing you need for building a parser. 


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Teenage Queen 


ZOETROPE SHOWS 
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We are going to be hearing a good 
deal about animation software in the 
next few months. Phil South looks at 
one of the leading contenders. 


POSTBAG 
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More power to your processor. Did 
Commodore drop a clanger protecting 
the RHC emulator? Fixing programs 
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• Phantom Fighter 

• Purpil Saturn Day 

• Titan 

• The Monsters 

+ Track Suit Manager 

• Milliards Simulator 

• Return of Ihe Jedi 

• 4th & Inches 


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ft Commodore 

computer show 


Britain's brightest event for Commodore 
computer users is back! And there's more to 
see than ever before. 

This show has three main themes covering some 
of the major uses to which Commodore machines 
are put. There are ove r 70 key com pa n ies who wi 1 1 be 
exhibiting their latest products, which means that 
just about everything that's new in the Commodore 
world will be on show! 

Business 

Many companies will be demonstrating their latest 
software and hardware, specially designed to release 
the full business potential of Commodore computers. 

As well as products for the CW and Amiga series, 
you'll be able to try out applications for the price- 
beating Commodore PC compatible micros. 

And you'll also be able to attend seminars covering 
all aspects of using Commodore micros in your 
business. 

Leisure 

The C64 a nd Ami ga com puters a re t h e m ost powerf u I 
8 and 16 bit micrps for producing fast-action arcade 
quality games, The range of new software on show 


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Friday to Sunday 
June 2 to 4 

ttam-Spm Friday & Saturday; W$m-4pm Sunday 


will demonstrate how these machines’ power is con- 
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more addictive games with superb graphics. 

If you're a keen game player, you'll find there's so 
much on offer at the show you're guaranteed a real 
treat! 

Education 

Commodore micros are now used as educational 
tools all over the country. With the development of 
BBC Basic on the Amiga, and the advent of Desktop 
Video Icombining TV pictures with text and 
graphics), the range of educational applications is 
endless. 

At the show you'll see how the latest software 


packages are making real breakthroughs in the edu- 
cational sector, and be able to try them out for 
yourself. 

Special Events 

As well as special events and presentations, you’ll 
also be able to meet some Df your favourite celeb- 
rities, and maybe gel a chance to talk with them 
about how they use micros in their wort, 

So for a great day out, whether you want to see 
what the future holds for Commodore computers, to 
buy the latest software or to get advice on specific 
applications, the Commodore show is the place to 
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Commodore unveils 
20meg hard disc 


T HE Commodore stand at 
the Which? Computer 
Show offered no real 
surprises but a lot of detail 
about previously announced 
yet unreleased products. 

The most exciting nf these 
was the A590 hard disc 
which plugs into the edge 
connector on the A 5 00, The 
box is the same height as the 
A50Q, a shade shorter and 
about a quarter of the width. 
It contains a 20 meg hard 
drive and 2 meg of ram. 

Fluctuations in the price of 
ram mean that Commodore 
is reticent to put a price on 
the unit bul is aiming for 
around £600. This is signifi- 
cantly cheaper than a hard 
drive and ram for the A2000, 
and compares well with the 
price nf a 2 meg ram board 
for an IRM PC. 

Despite having a fairly 
slow hard disc - 80 milli- 
second access compared 
with the 28ms drives which 
are becoming popular with 
many users - the system is 
blisteringly fast. This is in 
part due to the Fast File 
System (FFS) supplied and 
in part to a Commodore 
Custom chip. 

If you have a 1.3 rom you 
will be able to autoboot from 
the A 590, which comes pre- 
format I t;d 

Owners of machines with 
a 1,2 rom can either have the 
machine upgraded at a 
service centre or have a qual- 
ified engineer call round to 
upgrade their system. You 
don’t have to buy this 
upgrade, Kickstart 1.2 
owners can still use the drive 
by booting from floppy. 

The whole disc can use 
FFS, an improvement on the 
Commodore 2090 which 
needs a slow partition on the 
disc. The A590 is simple to 
set up - just plug it in and 
switch on. Workbench will 
appear in seconds. 

An automatic power 
supply detects when you 
have turned off the Amiga 
and powers down the hard 
drive. There is no through 
connector for the Amiga bus. 


but there is a scsi (pronoun- 
ced skuzie) which will allow 
you to connect other hard 
drives, laser printers, 
scanners or a tape spooler. 

Commodore remained 
vague about delivery dates. 
The two units at the show 
looked very finished, but 
Were the only two in the 
Country. European shipment 
may be held up while the 
unit undergoes tests to meet 
the stringent German radio 
emissions standards. 

The A250U Unix work- 
station made its British 
debut. Friend very competi- 
tively, it takes on the high 
end IBM style PCs and 
Acorn's new R14U version of 
the Archimedes in a rapidly 
growing marketplace. 

An educational price of 
under £2. Out) has been 
announced. This buys an 
A2G2(1 card (reviewed in last 
month’s Amiga Computing ) 
and Unix software. 

While Commodore claims 
that it is still a pre- 
production unit, a pro- 
grammer who has worked 
on the K140 claims it looks 
more robust than the imple- 
mentation Acorn uses. 

The X- windows style front 
end is lightning fast and text 
scrolls very quickly even 
when masked by windows. 
It is not going to affect the 
home user, but the A25GO 
bodes well for the Amiga's 
future. 

Commodore's rival to the 
Atari transputer workstation 
was on show. With one Com- 

Turn to Page 8 


Taking a 

R EADYSOFT is to launch 
A-Max, a Macintosh 
emulator for the Amiga, 
Written by Simon Douglas it 
is a combination of software 
and hardware which allows 
it to use holh G4k and 128k 
Apple ronis for a high level 
of compatibility. 

Unlike ST emulators, 
A-Max can read specially 



ARFARE in the 21st 
century will be very 
different, or so says Mirror- 
soft which has released 
Firezone, a PSS strategy 
game where tanks move at 
the speed of helicopters and 
beam weapons and energy 
shields have revolutionised 
land warfare. Firezone is a 


War with 
a difference 

phased game which uses 
artificial intelligence, a scrol- 
ling map, a variety of tanks 
and the ability to create your 
own scenario. 

Out now at £24,99. 



New graphics 
tablet 

T HE world’s first graphics 
tablet designed specifi- 
cally for the Amiga is now 
available in the UK. Devel- 
oped in Germany, the CRP 
Graphics Tablet comes in 
two models - one for A3 
work, the other for A4. 

And because It was 
created for the Amiga, it will 
work with all the leading 
paint, CAD and layout soft- 
ware packages available for 
the machine. 

The tablet’s surface is not 
only non-mag netic but also 
virtually indestructahle - hot 
coffee can be easily wiped 
off without causing damage. 

It features absolute zero, 
the facility which enables 
users to set two points 
between which a line can 
then be drawn auto- 


matically, And you can scale 
the surface and select either a 
horizontal or vertical aspect. 

The CRF Tablet comes 
with an interface lead - for 
both Amiga 500 and 2000 - a 
steel tipped pen with an 
optical ballpoint nib, soft- 
ware driver and instruction 
manual. There is also a four 
button cursor and a dual 
adaptor for connection of 
pen and cursor. 

An optical puck control 
provides a superior alterna- 
tive to a mouse in that it 
offers a far higher degree of 
accuracy for precise 
drawing. 

The A4 model costs 
£454.25, while the A3 ver- 
sion carries a price tag of 
£G34.25 - with the optional 
puck adding an extra £96.60. 

UK distributor of the CRP 
Graphics Tablet is Amiga 
specialists, Burocare Graphic 
Design. Tel: 01-907 3636, 


byte out of the Apple 


produced discs created on a 
Macintosh and can write 
Mac discs if you add a pukka 
Apple drive to the system. 
The hardware plugs into the 
disc drive port, which 
ensures compatibility with 
all A mi gas and provides a 
simple pass through, It will 
not read Amiga discs when 
emulating a Macintosh, so a 


transfer program will be 
provided. 

It has been tested with a lot 
of Macintosh software and 
works well; in some cases it 
will run Mac programs 
where the Mac II fails. 
Launched in the US this 
month, it will cost up to 
$200. A UK price has not 
been announced. 


April AMIGA COMPUTING 7 








Software scenario 



HD pool 


Rack 'em up 

O RLANDO is a name 
familiar to BBC Micro 
owners. He wrote FrakL 
Zalaga and a number of 
A corn soft classics. Now he 
has turned his attention to a 
wider range of micros and 
bis first major program is 
about to be launched. 

3D Pool is bis new game 
for Firebird* and Orlando is 
working on the RRC* Com- 
modore 64, Archimedes, ST 
and Amiga versions. The 
screen shot here is from a 
pre-production Archimedes 
disc, but "looks just like the 
Amiga version 11 . 

In the game you play a 
number of opponents: Flash 
Harry, Mighty Mike, Catford 
Kid and Fast Freddy. Win 
three rounds and you can 
take on '‘Maltose 11 Joe 
Barbara, 

The game promises to be a 


Scene af 

From Page 7 

modorc transputer and two 
third party transputers in the 
PC slot, it shows promise. 

Wolf-Dieter Schmidt from 
Commodore's Braunschweig 
research and development 
department has been 

working closely with 

Perihelion to get the system 
working with the Helios 
operating system. 

He claimed that it was the 
most stable of transputer sys- 
tems, although the demon- 
strations did not seem 
particularly fust The project 
proves the strength of Com- 
modore's R & D and while 
some educational establish- 
ments might get systems this 
year its unlikely we will be 


real hustler. There arc some 
impressive effects which 
allow you to walk around the 
table, even when the balls 
are still moving, practise 
trick shots* watch an oppo- 
nent play and pul spin on the 
hall. 

According to Orlando, 
who pupped into the Amiga 
Computing office to check 
out EKE's Billiards (see Page 
72), Joe Barbara’s children 
have mastered the BBC 
Micro version. Look out for it 
around April IB, and have 
£19.95 ready. 

Tank tactics 

V IVID IMAGES, the new 
Activision lahei t is to 
release Conqueror, the tank 
game based on the fractal 
landscape routines used in 
Virus. A somewhat slower 
game with an enhanced 
strategy element it is one for 
those who know their 
Chieftains from their 
Shermans. 

Impressions is to launch 
Raider t an Oids-type game 
with 40 levels and scrolling 
background graphics. It 
follows a plot of civil 
uprising and space colonies, 
planets being destroyed and 
having to save a star system. 


the show 

seeing a commercial product 
for a couple of years. 

The Commodore stand is 
often a haven for third party 
developers. The Weather 
Department Limited was 
offering hourly weather fore- 
casts to television com- 
panies. Complete weather 
presentations which include 
dynamic sequences are 
captured from a satellite over 
the equator and then 
animated on an Amiga. The 
hardware used is an A 2000 
with a hard drive and 3 megs 
of ram linked to the studio 
with a Rendale genlock. 

Rendale was at the show 
with a version of the BB02 
genlock which plugs into the 
A200(l video slot and a very 
fast colour video digitiser. 


Your task: Visit four 
planets to collect a special 
powerplant which you must 
then blow up before time 
runs out. Sounds like an 
excuse fur a Thrust 11 clone 
with a titchy spaceship, but 
time will tell. 

Zip in space 

OSM1C PIRATE is a 
great new game from 
Palace Software (expect a 
full review next month). It is 
released on the Outlaw label 
which Palace has reserved 
for games not written in* 
house. 

In this case the pro- 
grammers are Zippo Games 
- big in Japan with some top 



Cosmic Pirate 

selling console games. 
Zippo's familiarity with 
custom chips shows with a 
loading sequence par 
excellence. 

You take on the role of a 
rookie space pirate, learning 
about the illegal side of life 
on simulators before taking 
on the big fish out in space. 
IPs a corker. 

Goofy golf 

I N the land of the true and 
free, the good ole US of A, 
they can play golf all day, 
and what a version of golf. 
Electronic Arts is more than 
a number one wood away 
from Pebble Beach and it 



Zany Golf 


show's with the wackiest golf 
game ever written. Totally 
enthralling, the best game 
from EA since Interceptor. 

But EA is also known for 
utilities. Most Amiga owners 
seem to have Deluxe Paint. 
Wealthy ones have Deluxe 
Paint 11. Now get ready for 
Deluxe Paint III. Costing £80. 
it will cope with overscan to 
give a big display - ideal for 
desktop video work and half 
bright to give 04 colours. 
Look out for a review in the 
June issue. 

Tough rally 

M QTORSPORT can be 
tough, but no event is 
tougher than the Paris to 
Dakar rally. Coktcl Vision 
will let you take part with 
Dakar '89. At the controls of 
a four wheel drive buggy, 
your driving skills are tested 
to the full. 

The roads disappear into 
trails so you will have to 
navigate using the map 
supplied with the game, If 
that is not adventurous 
enough try the European 
Space Shuttle Hermes. Take 
on special missions, risk re* 
entry and landing. 

Master move 

D ungeon master may 

he the best reason to buy 
a memory expansion, but 
that won’t be the case for 
Ion Br Mirroreoft has 
announced that a 512k ver- 
sion will be released this 
autumn and at the same 
price of £24.95 it may not be 
worth splashing out alter all. 
That Is of course until the 
next fabby game comes out... 

Everything comes to those 
who wait. And if you have 
been waiting for Elite’s 
Space Harrier the news is it's 
here. The Amiga implemen- 
tation promises to be the best 
yet. 

The French programmers 
have now signed up with 
Ddphine Software, the com- 
puter games arm of a suc- 
cessful French record label. 
Look out for them over here 
distributed by Palace. 



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8 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1989 









■AMIGA SCENE! 


Rumpus over ‘wrong 
voltage’ printers 


A ROW has broken out 
following a warning 
from a major manufacturer 
that grey imports of two of its 
most popular printers may 
he unsafe. 

This has resulted in a 
series of allegations and 
counterclaims being hurled 
between the main protagon- 
ists. Star Micronics UK and 
direct im porters backed by a 
technical expert. 

The models in question 
are the Star LG-10 and the 
LC-10C, both extensively 
user! with the Amiga- 
Round one in the battle 
saw Roger Bayley of Star 
circularise the company's 
dealers advising them to be 
on the looknul for printers 
designed for the European 
market hut brought into the 
UK instead. 

Ho said he was concerned 
over the safety aspect of the 
imports in that, although 
identical in every other 
aspect, they were fitted with 
a 22(1 volt power supply with 
a 10 per cent plus or minus 
variant instead nf the UK 240 
volt. He suggested that 
anyone with a grey import 
should return il. 

However, Baylcy's com- 
ments were dismissed as 
scaremongering by both a 
leading distributor of the 


T HREE new categories on 
MinroLink are underlin- 
ing the wide range of in- 
terests that can benefit from 
this service. 

Science fiction buffs and 
local historians now have 
sections devoted to them and 
the popular ExpertLink 
hoard has changed emphasis 
with the new name - Busi- 
nessLink. 

Bristol historian Mike Gar- 
dener publishes the journal 
Exploring Local History and 
has helped tu set up Micro- 
Link's new local hislory 
category. 

""There is a vast and 
nationwide interest in local 
history hut so far it has been 
fragmented", he said. 1 ‘Every - 


European badged models — 
the NXllHH) — and an 
independent technical 
expert. 

"What is really behind this 
is that we are able to sell at 
much lower prices than 
Star’s official dealers — and 
this is j List sour grapes on 
their part”, insisted Malcolm 
jamieson, whose Crown 
Computer Products of 
Burscough, Lancashire, is a 
leading importer. 

Consulted on the safety 
aspect, Mike Cook, senior 
lecturer in physics at Man- 
chester Polytechnic, com- 
mented: “I'd eat my hat if 
there was any cause for con- 
cern because a printer had a 
22U volt power supply as 
opposed to 240 volts. It 
simply doesn’t make a scrap 
of difference to safety or 
anything else”. 

But that wasn't the end of 
the matter. Round two saw 
Bay ley further allege: "If you 
run a 220 machine at 240, it 
will not give you three years' 
life, with ihe lower vollage 
unit failing faster". 

He also claimed that UK 
voltage variance was much 
greater than appreciated, 
quoting his own Surrey 
home — “between 180 and 
200 volts” - as an example. 

This was subsequently 


one wants to get into a wider 
field but there has been no 
way fur individuals or soci- 
eties tu get together for dis- 
cussion. 

“MicroLink can solve that 
problem by providing a plat- 
form or forum for this mas- 
sive subject”, 

Colin Campbell, a photog- 
rapher from Stirling, is help- 
ing to organise Micro Link’s 
new science fiction category. 
Basing content on the 
fanzine publications that are 
the most popular journals fur 
sci-fi fans, he reviews books, 
movies and also hopes to 
deal with television pro- 
gram mes. 

I] uncan Baker derived real 
benefit from using Micro- 



Pri ntent await distribution at 
Cro wn Computer Products 


described by Jamieson as 
"symptomatic of someone 
losing an argument thras- 
hing around in desperation”. 

Mike Cook said of Bayley's 
remarks: “What he’s saying 
doesn't actually make sense 
technically". 

And he advised Bayley to 
immediately contact his 
local Electricity Board about 
his home situation. “If what 
he says is true, he should be 
concerned that his television 
set may blow up. 

“The Electricity Board has 
to keep the voltage variant 
within 1 0 per cent — or face a 
fine”. 


Link in his own company 
and has now taken over the 
day-to-day running of the 
new BusinessLink section, 

He sees it as a business 
club where members can 
benefit from the exchange of 
ideas and experience backed 
by a reinforced team of 
experts. 

With his wife, Duncan 
runs Lydbury English 
Centre, specialising ir» 
residential courses in Eng- 
lish as a foreign language for 
oveseas business and profes- 
sional people, 

“I look on the business-to- 
business category as being 
particular value to smaller 
businesses such as our- 
selves", he said. 


Commodore 
has a new 
president 

C OMMODORE Inter- 
national has announced 
the appointment of a new 
president, 42-year-old Mehdi 
Ali, a managing director of 
Dillon, Read & Company. 

Mr Ali has been a member 
of Commodore’s board since 
August 1988 and has server! 
the company as a special 
adviser for three years. 

He is a Yale graduale who 
worked for Morgan Guar- 
anty from 1969 to 1976 before 
joining General Motors as a 
vice president on (he finan- 
cial staff. He then went to 
Pepsico in the same capacity 
in 1 980 and in 1984 moved to 
Dillon Read. He will work 
from the company’s New 
York office. 

In America he said he 
hoped to capitalise on Ihe 
significant opportunities that 
lie ahead for Commodore, 
The chairman of the com- 
pany, Toronto investor 
Irving Gould, sakl: ”Wc arc 
fortunate that Mr Ali has 
agreed to expand the role he 
has been playing in the re- 
structuring of Commodore 
into a major competitor in 
the microcomputer industry"', 
Mr Ali fills the job vacant 
since 1987 when Thomas 
Rattigan left. After lie 
“resigned", Mr Kattigan tiled 
a S9 million lawsuit against 
Commodore alleging breach 
of contract. 


Flying in 

E lite (0922 55052 ) has 

released an Amiga ver- 
sion of the coin-op Space 
Harrier, With 10 levels, the 
player attempts to save 
Dragon Land from aliens in a 
bid to rid space of evil forces. 
Price £19.99. 


Video aid 

M AZE Technology has 
launched Videosludio, 
a post production utilities 
suite that runs on the Amiga 
A 500, 1000 and 2000, 

Aimed at the professional 
or serious amateur video 
maker providing titling and 
other post production 
facilities, it costs £92. 


New links for history, science fiction 


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1 UNGEO N MASTER from 
Mirrorsoft was an out and out 
success on the ST and Amiga users 
hin t? had to wait ages to get their 
hands on the promised conversion. 
Mirrorsoft said no review copies were 
available - apparently it ins) could 
not keep up with the demand. 

T could not wait. A few telephone 
calls located a shop with it in stock, 
and shortly afterwards my present to 
myself was loading on my Amiga, 
There is one major snag - it needs 
one megabyte to run. if ever you need 
a good reason to get that plug-in ram 
pack Dungeon Master is it. Additional 
ram is not cheap and while 
Commodore may gain, Mirrorsoft will 
certainly curse the programmers 1 
short sighted ness. Still, it is an 
investment you won't regret. .And a 
512k version will he out this spring. 

The story is classic An almost god- 
like wizard has helped maintain 
peace and prosperity in the world. He 
believes that at long last he lias found 
a way to retrieve and harness the 
pow er of a miraculous gem hidden 
deep under his mountain retreat. 


Dave Eriksson masters a mouse-driven 
adventure which has all the atmosphere 
of a classical textual game 


were, or reincarnate them ivith new 
names and no knowledge of their 
previous existence. With these aides, 
you are hidden lo destroy ail the evil 
that you meet and to finally dispose 
of Lord Chaos himself. 

The graphics are brilliant, mouse 
control slick and the whole adventure 
lakes place in real time. All your 
actions are controlled with the mouse. 

There are 14 dungeon levels and it 
is imperative to draw accurate maps 
as you go along. Although the levels 
seem to differ slightly, you should be 
able to map each on a 34 x 34 


characters basic stats and what the 
have with them will be displayed, 
Foinl, dick and hold on the 
character’s eye and further stats, 
together with skill ratings, will 
appear. 


First, select your (earn from the 
Hall of Champions. There are no 
monsters on this level, so take your 
lime. Point and click on a magic 
mirror and the 


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■ADVENTURES! 


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journeyman, craftsman, artisan, adapt, 
expert and master. Make sure fighters 
practice with their swords at every 
opportunity. Just throwing daggers 
down an empty corridor can help. 

Principle attributes am health, 
stamina and mana. The last of these is 
used a [i as spells are cast and alt are 
recovered as lime passes or the team 
sleeps. Secondary attributes an? 
strength, dexterity, wisdom, vitality, 
anti-magic and anti-fire. Attributes 
increase as higher ratings are 
achieved. 

Characters with no magic al 
the start may gain mana either 
from a high level potion or 
by holding om; of the magic; f 
weapons fmn d in the 
dungeons. Having a little 

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mana will enable them to 

cast enough spells to gel 

an initial skill rating, and 

hence metre mana. " 

Skills may he gained 
as one or all of the 
following: fighter, 
ninja, wizard and 
priest. Parties travel 
through the 

dungeons two L 

abreast, Have your 

besl armoured t \> k 

fighters at the front y , 

and magic; users or ' _r 

ninjas - those that -. |j ^ 

throw or shoot - at 

Magic is vital to the 
game. A ivell placed 
fireball or the ability 
to create healing mffitJjjtK 

potions could well 
save your party from 
an early demise. 

To cast a spell, or create a 
potion, characters must select a 
series of symbols from a menu 


latter is very much more powerful. 
Likewise IX) VI and Ml)N VI will 
both create healing potions, but the 
second is much stronger. 

Duly as magic users increase their 
skill ratings will they he able to cast 


10 warns me top right or the screen. 
There are four groups of six symbols, 
and you may choose one from each 
group. Some spells need only two 
symbols. 

The first symbol relates to the 
power of the spelt, so, looking at the 
chart and translating both 1,0 Mil. IK 
and MON PUL IK are 
firchalls but the 


April 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 15 


the stronger spells. 

Information on spells can bo found 
on scrolls scattered around the 
dungeons. If you have the odd hour 
to spare you can always 
systematically try alt possible 
combinations - there are 1 ,548 of 
them. Of course only 258 need be 
lusted, as the first symbol represents 
the strength of the spell and does not 
alter its effect. 

Even before the team enters the 
dungeons proper, get everyone to cast 
a simple wizard spell such as LO f'UL 
(create li ght ). Persevere as it may not 
work, hut even trying counts towards 
a gain in rating and extra mana - you 
will need all you can get before long. 

Once you have an empty flask, start 
on the priestly spell T.0 VI. Drink the 
potion and try again. A gain in either 
wizard or priestly rating gives ihe 
character extra mana. This may then 
be used for either type of spell. 

You may not need all your 
characters to be priests, but the mana 
gained in this fashion may also be put 
to good use casting offensive spells 
like fireballs. 


HE first level is magically hi; all 
±. other levels will need either a 
torch or a create light spell. Torches 
can be found along the way, as can 
food and water. 

Initially your party will own very 
little. Later you will have to think 
carefully about what to carry with 
you and what to leave behind. There you m t There are 25 different types operated by pushing a button on the 

is a limit to the number of items and of monsters. The graphics and wall, rather like lift doors. Whenever 

the weight carried. The more carried, animation are superb, you can, get monsters to attack you 

the slower the movement and the Scattered thinly throughout the from a doorway and then close the 

more sustenance required, dungeons are altars of rebirth- T o use door on them. 

Once you have chosen your team, them pick up the bones of a dead Examine any scrolls by holding 

save the game. Tt is easy to die in companion and place them on the them up to the eye of a character and 

Dungeon Master. Although it lakes up altar. Another more drastic way is to clicking the mouse button, 

many discs, 1 would recommend face a wall and launch a fireball. This Level three begins with a long 

saving on to a separate disc before will kill everyone and you will be straight passage. Examine the walls 

descending to a new level. You can offered the chance to restart the game carefully . \ou will find a small button 

then return to any level, either to find from your last saved position. - push it. There are many such 

something you think you have missed On the second level you must find hidden rooms and passages, often 

or to complete a level more the 11 keys to doors which lead to with something useful inside* 

efficiently. stairs down to level three. There are a You have to find a number of keys 

You must find a w r ay to rid the few flasks, some simple armour and hidden within six puzzle snares. Each 

dungeons of Lord Chaus. To do this several w eapons. Look out for a set of puzzles lies behind a door 

you will need Lihrasulus r FireslafT sword hidden behind a secret panel leading from one large chamber. The 

and the Power Gem. Each dungeon in a room near the stairs. latest monsters, blue trulls and ruck 

level has a series of puzzles to solve The First monsters met are monsters, can be pretty fearsome, so 

before it gives up dues or items that screamers and mummies. Screamer remember the door trick, 

will aid further progress- dices will supplement your diet — One puzzle requires spell LO /XI 

The going gets tougher the deeper waste not, want not! Some doors arc that opens doors, and another may 



Doit n an the 
lowest level the 
dragon guards the 
Power Gem 


On the ninth level 
two giant rats are 
caught in the 
doorway 


Nasty giant 
scorpions roam 
on level to 


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The t 4 th level r and the 
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attached tn the FirestafT i 


require you to redone the party's 
weight sn that you can move faster. 
You will need healing potions after 
fighting monsters. 

New monsters appearing on level 
four are pink worms, giant wasps and 
g busts. The worms are really tough 
and the ghosts will need a new spell, 
LO DE5 EW h to destroy them. 

Worms also add to your food 
stacks. If you arc carrying too much, 
picking up each piece and throwing it 
ahead of you will help the thrower's 
ninja skills. 

This level has secret rooms hidden 
by normal walls. There is no easy 
way of finding them you just have to 
try walking into likely walls. Accurate 
mapping wiJI help, hut locating 
rooms can be a long laborious 
process. 

Level five has some interesting 
puzzles including one where 
trapdoors open and close as you 
move around a large room and 
another where you must choose the 
right directions to walk into a series 
of teleport fields to get through to the 
rooms beyond. If you can’t cope with 
these there are stairs up from level six 
beyond the traps* 

Green tentacled monsters spit 
poison and snnie unpleasant flying 
snakes will prove troublesome. 
Poisoning can be cured with potion 
LO VI BRfX 

Level six has a hatch of difficult 
puzzles. Re prepared to spend some 
time sorting them out. Skeletons are 
easy game. Beholders — floating 
tentacled heads - can throw a mean 
Fireball. Hit them when their eyes are 
closed. 

The two Vorpal swords will he very 


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useful against ghosts and other non- 
m atonal beings. 

Level so von is the home of the 
Firestaff, hut this is inaccessible until 
the Ra keys and the Master key have 
been retrieved from deeper levels. 

The only monsters are stone golems - 
very tough and I do not think they 
ran he beaten without the help of 


closing doorways. 

Level eight is mainly upon space 
with fireballs zooming around. Find 
the green switch lhat deactivates the 
force fields which reflect the fireballs. 
Wall switches hide secret rooms, and 
in one hidden passage count 26 
paces, turn right and wail. 

This level introduces the nasty liltli: 
gremlins that steal whatever the 
members of your team are holding in 
their loft hands. Have fireballs ready 
so that you can get back stolen 
shields. 

Giant rats on level nine can he 
quite a problem, but rat drumsticks 
make a feast. Small wizards are quick 
on their feet but are not that strong, 
on the other hand mini dinosaurs are 
slow- but tough. Close doors behind 
you, as rats breed in some rooms and 
can catch you unaware. 

There is a hidden stairway opened 
with a skeleton key - look for skulls 
on tho walls. Nearby is a good room 
to hole up, both now and in the 
future. It has water and is near a rat 
breeding room that will supply food. 

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Level 10 has a few good puzzles, a 
small supply of nasty scorpions and 
some interesting finds. There is entry' 
to the hidden stairway hut as there do 
not appear to be enough keys for ait 
the entrances, I would not use one 
here. 

Level 11 starts with a puzzle that 
should have you going in both 
directions. A useful sword is at the 
end of a room filled with flying 
poison darts. Lighten your load to 
move quickly. 

With your one key you have choice 
of three doors, each of which leads to 
stairs. Each wilt involve a prolonged 
fight. The choice is hlue trolls, wasps 
or particularly nasty water monsters. 

Stepping on the pressure plate 
twice as you enter level 12 deactivates 
hidden trapdoors. You must now deal 
with the Chaos Knights. These arc 
real tough cookies. You can kill the 
knights fairly easily using a door and 
a magic bo* to freeze them, but meet 
them in the open and its goodnight. 


Giant spiders are not such a 
problem but there can he a lot of 
them. Phantoms cast both poison 
clouds and fireballs so have your 
Vorpal swords at the ready and cast a 
heavy duty fireshield spell quickly 
(MON FUL TIRO NETA), 

Lord Chaos is on level 13 (where 
else?) guarded by elite demons and 
fire monsters. To get him you will 
need the Firestaff and the Power Gem 
from level 14 which is guarded by the 
dragon. 

Approach the dragon from hehind 
and freeze him before attacking. You 
will need a special spell to free the 
Power Gem and once it is placed on 
the Firestaff the only exit is hack up 
to level 13 and your final 
confrontation with Lord Chaos, 

Dungeon Master is the most 
stunning role playing game 1 have 
seen on the Amiga, It does not alter 
the fact that games like Ultima and 
Bard's Tale are, and will remain, top 
line adventures, but il does add a new 
dimension that can only encourage 
additional games in the same vein. 


REPORT CARD 


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Mirrors ft 

STORY UNE r 

Classic fantasy adventure in the ZMD 
tradition 


Go uo iv n those stairs and live on a 
knife edge. Excellent sound effects 
heighten the awareness 

STA YtNG POWER r \~ 

Plenty to puzzle over and many 
different monsters to be tamed 

GAMEPLA I 

Mouse control, magic and skids, all 
create a most viable scenario 


VALUE 

Hundreds of hours of concentration 
required 

DIFFICULTY 

Easy to miss some vital clues If you do 
not take great care 


The best RPG adventure 



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system Workbench is based 
upon. It is supposed to emulate a 
desk. The idea is that you only work 
in one area at a time but want 
everything else to be handy. 

Looking around my desk I've got a 
filofex open to a page which reminds 
me to call a software house, a couple 
nf post-it notes with similar messages, 
some readers’ letters, a notepad, some 
luxes and of course my Amiga. Hut 
when I took to the computer the 
analogy fails, because I've tilled the 
screen with Pretext, 

If I wanted to have lots of things on 
the screen at once I'd need to make 
the area f user! for typing smaller, and 
an 80 column by 2!S line display is a 
little pokey as it is. 

The screens that Xerox expected 
people to use were much larger, 
leaving room for things tike a 
calculator, com ms program or 
spreadsheet next to the main 
program. Now such a screen is 
available for (he Amiga. 

The Viking 2(100 monitor is the 
result of a collaboration between 
Commodore and Moniterm. it relics 
on a custom chip designed by 
Headley Davis at Commodore Amiga. 

The Commodore product which 
uses the chip is the long awaited 
A2024 monitor. It is physically 
smaller than the Viking hut works in 
the the same way. Perhaps the major 
advantage of the 2024 is that it will 
work with an A5GU because the 
custom circuitry is inside the monitor, 
while the Viking uses a hoard which 
plugs into the Amiga 2000 s video 
slot, 

Moniterm'a purchase of the rights 
to use the Head ley chip has been 
more than a trifle political. 

Commodore has had to weigh up the 
advantages of using Moniterm, an 
established manufacturer of big 
screens for the Apple Mac, against 
selling a product it had worked on to 
another company which would make 
the profits, 

I think it made the right decision, 

It's tar better that the monitors get nut 
there and help the Amiga's reputation 
in “enemy" territory than 
Commodore selling fewer at an 
increased profit to Amiga owners. 



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Cinemascope for the Amiga has arrived, and it 
is every hit as exciting as a trip to the movies. 
Simon Rockman gets to grips with one of the 
first production prototypes — The Viking 


Its design is very clever. With a 
normal screen the whole picture is 
updated, or refreshed, 50 times a 
second. The interlace mode gets more 
detail on to the screen by having 
twice as many tines, hut it can only 
update every other line in the same 
time. This leads to interlace .flicker. 

What the flicker fixer - reviewed 
last August — does is store the picture 
in separate memory, updating every 
other line, but then displaying every 
line from the memory. It needs an 
expensive multisync monitor, but 
works well. 

The Viking takes this a step further. 
The Amiga sends out six screens and 
the Headley chip builds them up like 
a patchwork to make one big display. 
The result is a screen 1,008 pixels 
wide and 1,008 pixels deep, Strangely 
enough, Commodore claims 1,008 hy 
1 .024 fur the A2024, but the 
difference mighl well be due to the 
Commodore claim coming from 
design specs while Moniterm has real 
chips. 

The shortcoming of the system is 
that the update rate is cut drastically. 
Anything which moves rapidly across 
the screen, such as the mouse pointer, 
acquires a ghost image while 11 is 
moving. Text tears as it scrolls, and 
window outlines look funny while 


they are being dragged. The static 
display is rock steady, a pleasure to 
look at thanks to the 1*104 phosphor. 

The display is only black and white 
the price of a colour screen with the 
necessary resolution being 
prohibitive. Hither way the image is 
limited, like Workbench, to four 
colours or shades of grey. 

The amazing thing is that with all 
this screen mucking about the 
software still works. Only 
programs which open 
a standard Workbench 
window will use the 
big display, although 
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big screen. 

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drive the Viking. Much of it will he 
included with Workbench 1.4. If you 
thought 1 ,3 was a major upgrade you 
are in for a shock, it was a mere 
tweak compared with what we can 



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Two megabytes 
of fast dual- 

ported ram _. 

the custom 

Headley chip 



< 

expect with 1,4. And if you thought it 
was late you ain't seen nothing yet. 
Workbench 1.4 won’t be finished this 
year. 

In the interim Commodore supplies 
a jumpstart disc. It is free to 
registered developers, who should get 
hold of a copy to make sure that their 
programs will be 1,4 compatible. 
There is a script file - like startup- 
sequence - which copies all the new 
utilities into the right places on a hard 
disc. But you don't need to change 
roms or your libraries. 

A utility called RamKiuk loads into 
ram bits of Kickstart which the Viking 
needs and then protects them from 
being overwritten. When the 
computer is reset with a Control- 
Amiga-Amiga it reboots but uses the 
new Kickstart. 

A special script file loads updated 
graphics, intuition, and exec libraries 
to support the Viking and then 
reboots the system to make those 
KamKicked libraries accessible to all 
system software, A command called 
Setmonitor then tells the system that 
you have a big screen attached. 

To flip into the special mode a 
utility called Reset WB is provided. It 
will let you turn on interlace without 
having to re-hool the system but 
insists that only “proper” windows 
are used and so objects to some 


A card plugs into an A2QQ0 video slot 

programs - like VirusX - which tread 
the wrong side of the rules. 

The mode is chosen from 
preferences. This has meant the 
change serial box has been squeezed 
in with the change printer gadget to 
make room for an A 2024 gadget. This 
gives you the choice of leaving the 
mode off, set to a 10Hz or 15Hz 
refresh rate. The 15H& mode gives a 
clearer display but needs more 
processor time and so programs may 
run a little slower. 

The depth of the workbench can be 
set to 1 or 2 bits. A 1 bit display will 
only give a black and white display. 


but takes up less memory than the 2 
bit with four shades of grey. 

Memory is important. The Headley 
can only use chip ram. This is the 
memory the hlittcr can access, and 
can be used for video displays. At 
present Amigas have 512k of chip 
ram and once you have a couple of 
windows behind each other chip ram 
gets used up very quickly. This 
problem will be fixed with the 
Enhanced Chip Set, ECS, 

The monitor was reviewed both 
with a standard Amiga and a beta test 
version of ECS. Windows which 
could not be dragged to fill the screen 
on a normal A 2000 worked properly 
under ECS. One thing the Moniterm 
won’t do is use the “productivity” 
mode which ECS provides. This gives 
a flicker-free 840 x 480 four colour 
display with a multisync monitor. But 
the Viking only works in old modes 
and its own enhanced mode. 


n 

OFTWARE support is limited, 
partly because of the chip ram 
limitation but mainly because of the 
way applications open a screen. 
Anything which opens a window 
with one of those funny little squares 
in the bottom right hand corner 
should be draggable so that it fills the 
whole screen. CLI works, so does 
WordPerfect, but some programs, 
notably Protext, don’t know that it is 
possible to have a screen bigger than 
640 x 2f)0 and make that the limit. 

One or two programs, for example, 

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the system clock supplied with 1.2 
gurued. 

Some developers have had 
prototype machines for a while. Gold 
Disk's Professional Page and Infinity’s 
Shakespeare DTP programs have been 
customised for the 2024. Dale Luck, 
one of the people on the original 
Amiga development team, has 
implemented the X- windows user 
interface, 

A machine with this monitor and 



the new Amiga Unix operating system 
will take on the best of the expensive 
workstations. 

The Moniterm will cost around 
£1,700, If you bear in mind that this 
includes 2 meg of high specification 
ram, and that similar displays for the 
Mac or IBM type PC cost between 
£1,500 and £3,000 without providing 
the same level of software 
compatibility, it is not that expensive. 
But for the moment my budget 
confines me to a 1084. 





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EASE OF USE + , 

Needs an Amiga 2000 , but is simple to 
set up and use in standard modes, 

INTUITION. 

The early 1.4 Jumpstati works well 
enough. High level of existing software 
compatibility is useful . 


I*P1 Nftrrrg 


SPEED. 

Scrolling text smears r with some of the 
slower programs like WordPerfect 
showing some fears in the text. 

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An expensive peripheral, but it is still 
good value to power users. 


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P A!V1 is smart, she's efficient but 
friendly, and she can tell the 
difference between RGB and the BBC, 
But best of ail, between making 
excellent coffee - which she serves 
without the resentful look of someone 
who has much better things to do 
with her time - she grabs hold of the 
controls of the video editing suite and 
imposes her will on the bewildering 
array of eq uipment before her. 

Skill, concern and efficiency are 
the vital components of any 
service company. Pam displays 
the hest characteristics of 
Triangle, but it's the 
perspicacity of the three 
founder directors which 
serves to demonstrate 
the business philosophy 
and attitudes of the 
company to its 
c lients, And the 
emphasis of the 

interview that followed remained 
(irmly on the quality of the many 
related services Triangle provides, 
David Weaver was operating a tape 
duplication company called Video 
Action Services, which today forms 
part of the Triangle geometry. He 
wanted to get into programme 
production, and after meeting Peter 
Barrett and John Chalk, who were 
already producing high quality promo 
and corporate videos, the three sides 
of the Triangle management were 
drawn. 

I OHN discovered the then brand 
I new r Amiga 1000 in 1985, He had 
persistent visions of a new' and 
exciting range of possibilities fur the 
machine when used in conjunction 
with video, mainly for titling and 
graphics. 

Triangle Television took it upon 
themselves to hreak all the new 
ground needed to solve the problems 
in getting a usable signal on to video 
lape at a quality that would be 
acceptable to their clients. Later they 
went on to produce broadcast quality 
computer graphics using the A2000. 

But it was thanks to the then 
Commodore MD, Chris Kady, that 
Triangle became an Amiga dealer. 
They showed him their latest video, a 
promo of Skyfox for Electronic Arts 
featuring graphics produced on the 


The 
perfect 
triangle 

Graham Wayne goes to see the company 
which married the Amiga to commercial video 
and talks to the directors who are scaling new heights 


Amiga, which so impressed Kady that 
he urged them to combine their 
technical expertise and recently 
gained insights into Amigaware in a 
dealership targeted at the previously 
disregarded market of programme 
production. 

Triangle claim, not without 
substance, that it was they who 
demonstrated tn Commodore the 
potential of the machine in this area. 
By this time, they were using it “for 
virtually everything we did”, says 
John Chalk. 

Tracing the steady rise of 
Triangular fortune, the first point 
David mentions is that of expertise. 
“You can't pop into your local 
computer shop and say - look, I’ve 
got a low-band VTR, or a Video 8 
system.... any kind of machine for 
that matter.,,, and 1 want to buy a 
genlock to use with an Amiga. 
Basically, they don't know what 
you’re talking about, 

“Because we specialised in this area 
it meant we could learn. We came to 
know a lot about it. We didn't stock 
anything else, just Amigas and half a 
dozen bits of software, which meant 
you can put all your resources into 
learning the stuff backwards”. 

These days. Triangle stock a 
slightly expanded range of software 
but they stick to their original 
principles. They admit to heing 
templed hy the Archimedes for a 


while, but eventually had 1o discount 
it due to the lack of software support. 

The directors agreed that they 
didn't want to get into a situation 
where there was conflict between the 
systems on offer to their customers 
and they coupled this with the 
income derived from the diverse 
number of services they offer, w hich 
today include tape duplication, 
various bureaux services, training and 
a plush, up-market editing suite in 
addition to their Commodore 
dealership. 

Peter claims: “We’re not dependant 
on selling Amigas. When you're 
talking to a customer, you're not 
thinking 'I've got to sell this machine 
in order to get paid this week’ or ‘I’m 
going to sell this item, because I make 
a better margin on it’. In fact, 
sometimes we actually put people off. 
People do ring Up wanting the Amiga 
to do quite inappropriate things and 
we say to them iook, you don’t 
actually want an Amiga at all” 1 . 


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WANGLE boast a diverse 
clientele, which includes 
regional police forces, several 
advertising agencies and many 
individuals, as well as other 
programme production companies. 
Programme makers quickly come to 
realise the potential for improving the 
quality of their productions by using 


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the Amiga to create effects, graphics 
and animation that would otherwise 
he prohibitively expensive using 
dedicated systems. 

An awareness of the potential often 
requires thorough explanation and 
demonstration, which Triangle are 
only too pleased to provide, so long 
as they end up selling something. 

Inquiries are usually directed 
towards making titles for 
programmes, but, as David explains: 
“Once you start talking to them and 
you tell them that titling only takes up 
ID per cent of the power of the 
machine, they realise there's a whole 
new world opening up. The Amiga is 
capable of so much more". 

H R goes on to cite the case of 

NIJPE, who produce elaborate 
videos with many different forms of 
graphic input from the Amiga, 
illustrating such complex issues as 
pay structure and industrial relations. 
NUPE had to be shown the potential 
of the system and in a way that they 
could understand. 

David continues: "Some of our 
customers are retired. We have one 
chap who makes videos on how to tie 
knots. He's written books on it and 
now he's making videos doing 
animated knots on the Amiga. He's 
really built his system up. He started 
with a basic system but now he's got 


seven megs of memory installed. He 
really got into it". 

On the subject of hardware, [ asked 
what kind nf systems they supplied to 
serious users. From the answers, it 
seemed that Triangle were not 
concerned with selling as big a 
system as they could, but Fitting the 
system to the client, although Peter 
admits "our biggest system is the 
A2000 with 2 floppy drives, hard 
disc, 9 meg of memory with a turbo 


board and a 12 hit processor". 

David, who seems to be interrupt 
driven, interjects: "That’s what we 
call our Monster Machine. It’s the 
system we supply to ad agencies who 
want the meanest machine they can 
get, crammed with every single thing 
you could imagine”. 

Ever the sensible one, Peter points 
out: “But of course the entry level 
machine is still an A50Q. If you have 
the modulator, you can connect the 
composite video out to your VC’R and 
record straight off the Amiga on to 
videotape for £399". 

S OFTWARE is important. The 
most popular items are 
Fantavision, for its ease of use; Pro 
Video, a comprehensive titling 
package; D-Paint 2, as much for its 
widespread acceptance as a do facto 
standard as for its wide ranging 
features, and Sculpt 3D. 

Training is another important angle 
of the Triangle set up. This service 
comprises two distinct parts, Free (if 
you buy a system) and a chargeable 
service. 

John Chalk will spend time with the 
client showing him or her how it all 
goes together. This takes an hour for 



A Triangle video explains complex issues such as pay and industrial relations 


April 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 27 



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the smaller configurations and up to 
halt' a day for the larger set ups. They 
call the service an introduction, where 
they will demonstrate how to wire it 
up. run it and look after your work, 

As David puts it: "Basically we 
show them how to get started' 1 , John: 
"The introduction is tailored to their 
need, I normally ask exactly what 
they want to do. Otherwise, I can 
spend time showing them things 
about the system, but half the time 
they might he learning nothing that 
actually applies to their needs, 

“The idea is that they can go 
straight hack home, plug it in and 
start doing what they bought the 
machine for. But a lot of our 
customers don’t do the introduction 
straight away. They take the machine 
home, use it and write down a long 
list of questions when they get 
confused and then come back and say 
'How do I do this? 1 You can't predict 


how they’re going to get on with the 
system, or what problems they will 
have”. 

For more specialised applications 
Triangle also rumtraining schemes at 
various levels of technical skill and 
cost, often lasting several weeks, 
especially when using the Amiga is 
combined with the technical aspects 
of editing, which they are ideally 
placed to demonstrate using the 
sophisticated high-ban d/lo-band 
U-matic editing suite on the premises, 

T HE atmosphere at Triangle 
Television is one of intense, 
ordered activity. The phones never 
stop ringing - and do get answered 
expeditiously by the gracious Pam - 
people are coming and going at a 
rapid rate. Triangle are about to 
launch a range of genlocks (the device 
that allows mixing of computer and 
video signals] for the Amiga which 


they designed themselves to exacting 
standards. 

Also new is the Hitachi VY2.5E PAL 
video colour printer, for which 
Triangle are offering a bureau service, 
John is currently adding the Final 
touches to an animation that will be 
used in muppeteer Jim Henson's new 
film Monster Maker, David and Peter 
are promoting a video Triangle has 
produced called Kit Car Review 1989 
(turn your Skoda into a Ferrari], And 
there are more projects on the 
drawing-board. 

If they continue to successfully 
expand at this rate. Triangle may have 
to re-think Euclid or turn to a 
different form of spatial expression. 
Maybe we are witnessing the birth of 
double-helix television. In any event, I 
wish them well. 


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N EW in at Triangle Television 
is the Hitachi Colour Video 
Printer, This device, which is 
approximately the size of a VHS 
video recorder, will produce near- 
photo quality pictures from RGB or 
composite video, computers, 
videotape, video cameras, CCTV 
units, even endoscopes or 
microscopes that incorporate video 
output. 

The unit uses a thermal dye 
transfer process at a resolution of 
540 x 620 dots (7 dots/uun). 
Operation is very simple: Load an 
ink cartridge and special paper, the 
frame to be printed is captured on 
the press of a button in the built- 
in memory (which is quoted as 
being of one field capacity - PAL 
frames are composed of tw o fields, 
one for each scan of the frame in 
interlace display). 

The VY25E then scans the 
captured field three times 
extracting red, green and blue and 
prints the appropriate 
complementary values to produce 
an image comprised of cyan, 
magenta and yellow. Paper feed is 
automatic and although the print 
size is small - 100 x 128 mm - the 
image is quite clear and it is 
possible to print four different 


images as one frame. 

Hitachi also makes a 
transparency medium which 
requires a different ink cartridge; 
for the fashion-conscious, an 
iron-on paper for which the printer 


will reverse the output so the 
image is the right way round and 
also an adhesive backed paper for 
stickers. 

Prints cost about fiOp each fnr 
the paper and ink, taking about 1.5 
minutes a print. But 
before you rush down 
to the shops, check 
your Amex statement; 
the VY25E has costs 
£1,500. For the less 
affluent, Triangle 
Television are offering 
a bureau service and 
will make prints from 
computer art or videos. 
The unit was so new 
they hadn't had time to 
work out how much 
they will charge. 



Sample output 



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REPORT CARD 


April 1969 AMIGA COMPUTING 29 


A ttractively boxed with an 

excellent manual, Fantavision 
follows the familiar Amiga layout, 
with pull-down menus and four 
windows containing at top left, the 
drawing, shape and manipulation 
tools (flips, rotates, zooms and 
squashes). 

Below it is the customisable 
palette, animation mode selection 
window and lop right, the 
animation control window where 
frame rates, loops and other like 
functions are set, 

Windows can he moved hut not 
resized. A preference tile controls 
their start-up position and many 
other system defaults which can be 
customised from the Workbench. 

Fantavision works in eight 
different screen resolutions with 
six colour tables from tw'o colours 
lo HAM’s 4,036. But in use, 
Fantavision has some limitations 
that affect the colour, choices of 
animated objects severely. 

This is a real-time system; the 
computer does all the calculation 
fur each successive frame as you 
watch it, because the object, in 
computing terms, changes very 
little and the Amiga's custom chips 
can handle the processing easily, 
Fantavision does do something 
very clever with objects. Not only 
does it plot and animate changes in 
position of objects from one frame 
to the next, it will transform one 
object into another in real-time, 
transforming the colour as well if 
necessary. This process is the core 
of the system. 

An object is a series of points 
which can be grabbed and moved 
to stretch or change the shape. 

Points can be added nr deleted and 


This atmospheric animation runs 
for 40 seconds but only com prises 1 9 frames. 

Nice little touches like the golden ripple that spreads out 
from where the bird takes a fish from the water add a lot 


My first object. 
The first number 
indicates the 
object reference 
number, the 
second is the 
number of points 
in the object 


the object always displays it’s 
unique object numher and how 
many points it has. The catch 
about the available colours is that 
these objects can only have one 
colour plus a border, although 
different objects can be joined 
together. 

Any TFF graphic file can be 
loaded as an object or a 
background but can only be 
moved around the x and y axis, Bit 
mapped objects cannot be 
transformed into other objects of 
any kind. Conventional animation 
using a sequence of imported 
graphics, one for each frame, is 
possible although time-consuming. 
This limits the kind of animation 
you can do to certain styles, hut 
the compensation is more than 
adequate, 

Fantavision is very quick to use, 
since the transformation process 
calculates all the frames - up to 
127 - between key frames, which 
are the ones you create. So it’s 
possible to make a minule-long 
animation from 11 frames. 

There are several nice fonts and 
a selection of styles that can be 
used for titling and captions. Text 
can be animated but only like 
bitmap objects. Fantavision wiil 
not rotate or flip text properly, hut 
will scroll it around. 

Broderhund have provided a 
selection of sound samples lo he 
synchronised with an animation. 


Fantavision 

Broderbund 

£3H.99 


USEFULNESS-.. 

Although the styles of animation are 
limited , many p tensing forms of 
animation are possible and the 
inclusion of text mid sound adds to 
the quality of the linn l result. 

EASE OF USE, 

Will suit the first time user hut offers 
lacilitim in please the more demanding. 


imumoN nmnnnrrrD 

Will not multitask or return to 
Workbench except by a reset. 


SPEED 

Fast If working with simple objects 
vou can get results very quickly* More 
complex shapes take time. 


VALUE , 

Powerful, well designed nod 
documented. Worth investing the 
money if you want to get into computer 
a nima tion inexpensi sefw 


simple lo use yet powerful program 
which will appeal more to the 
enthusiastic home video owner. 


mixed for volume and pitch and 
changed during replay. You can 
use any standard file format 
samples in Fantavision, but the text 
fonts appear to be uneditable. 

SeveniJ demos on the disc show it 
to be more than capable of producing 
amusing, atmospheric or even 
dramatic animations. 


OVERALL 


72 % 








S UPERPLAN is Precision 

Software’s spreadsheet. It has to 
be unusual, if only because it is one 
of the few programs without an upper 
case character in the middle of Us 
name, or an exclamation mark at the 
end. 

It is billed as more than a 
spreadsheet: The manual refers to 
Superplan as a time management 
program and database with business 
graphics. The claims are justifiable. 
Super plan is a development of 
Logistix from Graf ox, a program 
Precision liked so much... 

Logistix was originally available for 
the PC and then converted to the 
Amiga, so it is not an entirely new 
product. The transformation to 


Completing the classic datahase f 
spreadsheet and business graphics 
triangle is the role of Precison’s latest 
package . David Foster checks it out 


Superplan has largely consisted of 
Amigaising it. In spite of this, in 
many ways it still has the feel of a PC. 

I knew it would be there. Hiding 
below the attractive packaging, 
lurking below the program and 
example files on two discs, masked 
by a quick reference card and a 33U 
page ring bound manual was 
Precision's speciality - the dongle. 

Yes. I appreciate the perils of piracy, 
but they are a real pain if you want to 


multi-task: and they all look the same. 

The first 30 pages of the manual are 
an introduction to the program and a 
tutorial using a supplied example 
spreadsheet. This is followed by 
sections covering the main aspects of 
the program, detailed descriptions of 
each command and plenty of 
examples. There are also lots of 
screen dumps, Overall, the manual is 
relatively easy reading, although there 
is a lot of it to wade through. 


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Unfortunately, the tutorial section 
has snme errors which cause Ihe 
examples not to work correctly. This, 
coupled with the tutorial file not 
being set up correctly for the 
examples, will be confusing for 
anyone new to spreadsheets. I 
understand from Precision that these 
problems will be sorted out. 

In spite of this, it is worth going 
through the tutorial to get a general 
idea of how to use Superplan, even 
though anyone used to spreadsheets 
will have little trouble sorting out the 
basic functions from the quick 
reference card. 

Several other files are included on 


► 


THE SPREADSHEET 


W ITHIN the spreadsheet the 
standard letters across the 
top and numbers down the side 
approach is used. The theoretical 
maximum size of sheet is 1,024 
columns by 2,048 rows, given 
sufficient memory. T had about 270k 
of memory available for data once the 
program had loaded. 

In the lower part of the screen are a 
number of lines, starting with a status 
line giving details of the current data 
file, the amount of memory still 
available and the time — assuming 
you set it hefore loading Superplan. 

The two lines below the status line 
give details of the available options at 
all times, as well as the currently 
selected command and the line 
beneath is used to enter text, numbers 
and so on. 

Beneath these are a number of 
small icons covering some of the most 
frequently used commands. 

Some commands are available from 
the pull down menus, but the main 
method of selecting an operation is 
either by clicking in the lower area 
and selecting a row of letters, or by 
pressing the forward slash i and the 
required letter. 

The screen can be split into two, 
cither horizontally or vertically, to 
show two different parts of the same 
spreadsheet. 

D ATA is entered in the lower 
part of the screen and only 
transferred to the spreadsheet when 
confirmed with Return, or by clicking 
on OK. Different types of entry are 
prefixed by punctuation marks to 
denote the type of data. 

Formats can be specified for the 
way in which data will be displayed, 
such as justification, number of 
decimal places, whether a pound sign 
will precede the amount and so on. 
This can be applied to individual cells 
or ranges of cells. 

All the usual mathematical 
expressions are provided for creating 
calculation formulae, as well as a 
large number of built-in functions 
from the date to special ones for use 
with the database aspect of the 
program. 

One rather useful feature is the 
ability to conditionally display text as 


a result of a calculation. You could, 
for example, display Account 
overdue, or Nothing outstanding 
depending on whether the value in 
the specified cell was negative or 
positive. 

Formulae may be copied from cell 
to cell, or created to cover a range of 
cells. By default, all replication and 
copying of formulae is relative - it 
does not refer to a specific cell or 
cells, but to cells a set number of 
places away. 


T HE facility is provided for 

making references absolute by 
the names case sensitive. Once this 
option has been selected any 
reference in upper case is treated as 
being absolute, whereas lower case 
coordinates are relative. 

Blocks or ranges of cells to be 
worked on can either be specified by 
clicking at one comer with the mouse 
and dragging over the cells to be 
included, or as entries on the 
command line, by moving the cursor, 
which constantly updates the entry on 
the command line. 

Names can be attached to cells or 
blocks of cells, making it much easier 
for reference at a later stage. 

Superplan does not automatically 
recalculate the sheet every time 
something is altered and you have to 
select a command to update the 
spreadsheet when required. 

Spreadsheets have often been used 
for simple database applications, with 
all the fields of a record occupying a 
single row, but Superplan takes this a 
bit further by providing specific 
database commands to search and 
query data. With a little use of macros 
it is quite easy to create input and 
display screens in whatever layout 
you require. 

Import and export facilities are 
provided. Superplan is capable of 
reading Lotus 1-2-3 files, converting 
commands and expressions in the 
process, where possible, or entering 
them as text if no comparable 
command is available. Similarly, 
dBase files, DIF format, Ascii, Comma 
Delimited and Logistix files may also 
be read without trouble. Data may 
also be saved in the same formats. 


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the examples disc and described in a 
later chapter, It is well worth studying 
them, both to get an idea of what can 
be done and as examples of the 
power of the auto and macro 
commands. 

Context sensitive help is available 
by pressing Fl . It is fairly 
comprehensive, although somewhat 
slow, as it's read from disc. Why do 
so many Amiga programs ignore the 
key marked Help and assign it to 


another key? More to the point, why 
do so many of them spew garbage on 
to the screen when the Help key is 
pressed? Superplan is not alone in 
this — even the Commodore supplied 
ED does the same. 

Superplan may be run from 
Workbench or the CLT, but if the 
latter is used, the stack needs to be set 
to 13000. The program requires a 
minimum of one megabyte of 
memory. I used an Amiga 500 with 
512k of extra memory and two floppy 
drives. Installation consists of simply 


making copies of the discs, although 
more detailed instructions are 
provided for hard disc installation. 

Graphical display of data is a 
feature of Superplan, Graphics may 
be displayed in a window and the 
resulting graph sized according to fit 
the window. A wide range of graphs 
and charts, from pie charts to 
clustered and stacked bar charts, line 
graphs, step graphs and Gantt charts 
fa time management chart popular in 
the building trade), amongst others, 
can be displayed. It is also possible to 
annotate, title and provide legends 
describing the meaning of the 
different shades. 

C OMMODORE is frying to 

promote ARexx and this is a late 
addition to the program - it is only 
mentioned in the Readme .Doc file — 
permitting commands to be passed 
between different applications using 
ARexx. The latest versions of the 
Superbase Professional Database also 
possess ARexx capabilities, opening 
the way to manipulating and 


SCHEDULING 


P roject scheduling and time 
management facilities offered 
by Superplan are a slightly unusual 
but useful feature. You can create a 
calendar, which in turn forms a 
timesheet within a spreadsheet, 
based on anything from minutes to 
years, 

It is then possible to display the 
various items from the main 
spreadsheet as a horizontal chart, 
with all items marked with their 
start, end and what they are. 
Conditions about which items may 
overlap others, or which cannot 
start until another has been 
completed, can be imposed. 

Taking this a stage further, a 
critical path analysis may he 
carried out which highlights those 
items relevant to the critical path 
and indicates those where the time 
scale is not critical. If set up 
correctly, altering the duration of 
an item in the main spreadsheet 
will, once re-caiculated, reflect the 
changes in the chart. 




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There are windows for new users and short ruts for the experienced 



The Gantt chart is idea l for production schedules 


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imparting Superplan data from within 
Superbase. 

An example ARexx file provides a 
demonstration by passing the 
necessary commands to Superplan to 
create a graph, display it in the graph 
window, re-size it and obtain and 


display the contents of a given cell 
before tidying up and leaving. 

Apart from the errors in the tutorial 
section, which I am sure will be 
corrected quickly, and the use of Fl 
instead of the Help key, my biggest 
criticism is the omission of shortcut 
keystrokes to move to the start and 
end of a sheet, the only method being 


HIGH SPEED WITH A UTOS & MACROS 


S UPERPLAN provides both autos 
and macros. These are similar, 
in that they provide a means of 
linking sequences of keystrokes so 
that they may be played back at 
any time by a single keystroke. The 
main differences are that autos are 
only allowed to be up to 254 
characters long and are not stored 
as a part of the spreadsheet. 

An auto is created by specifying 
a hot key to be used to replay it, 
then entering it at the command 
line. Special commands are 
available to insert cursor 
movement. Return and other 
keystrokes into the Auto. 

Macros occupy cells in the 
spreadsheet and may be any size. 
They are more powerful, as they 
permit the use of extra commands. 
They may be created in one of two 
ways - either type the contents into 
the cell as you would enter normal 
text, or use the learn mode, where 
anything you type is recorded and 
put into the sheet at a specified 
position. 


Once a macro has been created it 
can be used in a number of ways. 
You can use it from an auto key by 
specifying the coll at which the 
macro starts, or you can call 
macros from within macros. 

Macros are an extremely 
powerful feature of Superplan and 
amount to a complete 
programming language that can be 
used to carry out very complex 
procedures of almost unlimited 
size, even to the extent of creating 
custom screens to hide the 
spreadsheet from the user. 

Normally macros arc entered in 
a part of the sheet where they will 
not be seen, or be in danger of 
being overwritten. Superplan 
allows you to specify boundaries 
outside which users cannot stray, 
protecting macros in the process. 

A password has to be specified 
when a boundary is set and only 
after this password has been 
entered is it possible to move the 
boundary in order to access cells 
outside it. 


to click on the icons at the bottom of 
the screen. 

An increase in the speed of screen 
refreshing would also be welcome, as 
you tend to move around a lot in 
spreadsheets . 

If you want a spreadsheet with all 
the bells and whistles, then 5uperplan 
certainly has them. It is fully featured 
and extremely powerful with its 
macro and ARexx options, It is 
relatively easy to learn to use, 
although it would take a considerable 
amount of time and experimentation 
to fully explore its potential. I shall 
certainly continue to use it and 
experiment with its features. 


REPORT CARD 


Super plan 

£m.QS 

Precision Software 01-300 7186 


USEFULNESS 



Fully featured and practical to use. 


EASE OF USE 



Takes a little learning, hut has lots of 
help available. 


iNTUITION, 



Only partially in tegra ted hut supports 
an ARexx interface. 


SPEED , 



A little slow on recalculation . Faster 
screen update would also help. 


VALUE 



Worth it if you really need a powerful 
spreadsheet. 


OVERALL H3% 


A flexible program with useful and 
some not so obvious uses . 








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M odelling has nothing to do 

with splattering the Humbrol 
on an Airfix creation. It doesn't even 
involve taking all your clothes off, 
although you can if you like, and if 
you are as good at Teenage Queen as 
T am, your Amiga is probably used to 
your sitting naked in the front room. 
Computer graphics bods think of 
modelling as the stage between 
story boar ding and animation. Last 
month we looked at the steps 
involved in making a movie. The first 
step, covered in that articles was the 
creation of the story and its associated 
storyboard. This did not involve the 
computer, only the brain and a pen. 
The focus now moves onto the 


rendering might be carried out using 
one or more different programs. 
Exchanging data between different 
packages is often awkward because 
some of the tools only have a limited 
facility for reading each other’s data. 

Soulpt-3D cannot read data in any 
other format, A script language can 
be used to generate objects with 
home-brewed programs, possibly 
even programs that interpret other 
formats of data. If one is feeling in an 
excessively masochistic mood, this 
script facility 
can be used 
to enter 
points from 
a drawing on a 


Tenderer. Designed for use with one 
of the other Tenderers, it can read and 
write data for Sculpt, Videoscape, 
Forms in Flight vl , which can only 
use its own data format, and Silver, 
which can only write its own format 
but can read Sculpt files as well as its 
own documented formal. 

This plethora of took and 
associated file formats makes you 
appreciate the IFF file method used 
for storing pictures. There are few 
problems transferring data between 
the many packages for creating and 
manipulating bitmaps. The 
Interchange program is a tool which 

tries to solve the problem of 
transferring objects. It 


Making movies 

Saw Lit tie wood takes the second 
step towards producing 
an Amiga animation 


aspects that use the computer. The 
first of these is the modelling — 
creation of the objects that will go to 
make up the animation. 

The outlined story was a comment 
on the content of speeches made 
during elections. The objects that will 
he needed are: 

• An auditorium in which the speech 
takes place. This includes the walls, a 
stage, and an audience. 

O A speaker and podium. The 
speaker will have various parts of his 
body animated in some semblance of 
oratorial style, 

• A large bull, to he placed 
backstage, along with a suitable 
connection to the speaker on the other 
side of the curtain. 

The style of modelling used will be 
cartoon-like, A realistic image would 
have looked better, but would have 
taken longer and been difficult to fit 
into a 1 meg Amiga. The story still 
works with simple objects - any extra 
detail possible with more processing 
power is only icing on the cake. 

The models can he designed with 
one of the several tools available for 
the Amiga, for example Scu]pt-3D, 
Modeller-30 or 3-Demon. This is only 
for the modelling. The animation and 



sheet of gra ph 
paper. 

Modeller is 
designed for use 
with Videoscape, 
so both handle 
data of the same 
format, usually 
referred to as Videoscape-3D format. 
Modeller can read Sculpt datafiles 
and data from various Aegis CAD 
packages, such as Draw-ZQOO, There 
are two versions of the Videoscape 
format, compact and readable text. As 
with Sculpt script files, it is possible 
use text from your own programs. 

Mimmetic’s 3-Demon only provides 
modelling, having no associated 



The shape for each member of the 
audience is kepi as simple as possible 


provides a means to 
translate objects between 
the different packages. 

There is a fundamental problem 
that has precluded any common file 
format along the lines of IFF. There 
are many wavs of representing 3l> 
objects, each producing something 
that looks superficially the same. 

The method chosen by a package 
depends on the rendering used, the 
style of modelling and so on. There is 
no clear right w r ay to do it. To take a 



The three windows in Scuplt 
give an all-round view 


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While there is a tot of 
detail in this shot most 
of it was produced 
automatically 


particularity annoying example, 
Sculpt objects are built up from 
triangular polygons. These polygons 
are visible from both sides. Modeller 
uses polygons with two or more 
vertices, and they are only visible 
from one side - that from which the 
vertices appear in a clockwise order. 

Transferring objects from Sculpt to 
Modeller usually results in half the 
polygons being invisible from outside 
the object because the points are in 
the wrong order. In addition, flat 
surfaces in Sculpt have to be built 
with triangles, whereas Modeller can 
represent them as one polygon. This 
results in the imported object having 
far too many polygons. 

There is more. Forms in Flight v2 
uses curved patches reminiscent of 
the panels of & car’s bodywork. 
Translating polygons to patches is not 



The torso was extruded hut 
the tie was painted on 

a straightforward task. In general, it is 
possible to transfer objects, but it 
usually requires work to make the 
imported object useful In the new 
package. 

It paints a rather gloomy picture of 
the current state nf the software, and 
governs the choices made when I set 
about producing the example 
animation. The package used for 
almost all the modelling was Sculpt- 
3D, It has a moderately good user 
interface, and since Sculpt-3D has the 
best animation system, it reduces the 
work converting objects from other 
formats. 

The first ohject was the auditorium 
and its associated audience. The walls 
were created by first taking a cube. 
Extra vertices were added along the 
sides, and the ends of the cube scaled 
and dragged to make the sloped area 
for seating, the roof, and the area 
around the stage. 

The proscenium arch was cut out of 
the front wall of this strangely-shaped 


box by removing the whole wall and 
adding the necessary points, 
connecting up to make complete 
polygons. 

The stage was simply a cube 
stretched and scaled to the right 
proportions and then slotted in so that 
it poked through the arch. Initially it 
is not important that you get the 
relative sizes of two objects right, II is 
easier to get the proportion of the 
individual objects right first, and then 
scale one object up or down in size. 

My next problem was to add a 
curtain at the back of the Stage, The 
packages failed me and 1 resorted to 
writing a program to print out the 
points of a sine wave as numbers 
with output as a script file for Sculpt, 

I used C, but the program could 
equally well have been written in 
Basic. 

When imported into Sculpt this file 
produced a wiggly line - 16 cycles of 
the wave. The line was then extruded 
vertically into a sheet, making the 
curtain, This was scaled to fit by 
using the tape-measure in Sculpt to 
reed off the gap for the curtain, and 
then reattaching the measure to the 
ends. The curtain could now he 
scaled to the right size, well away 
from the clutter around the evolving 
object. 

The audience started out as a 



Keeping the lectern simple 
reduces rendering time 


simple silhouette of a head and 
shoulders with absolutely no detail. 
This was then duplicated to make a 
row. The row' was rotated to make the 
audience lean back a bit, and 
duplicated several times to make a 
block, The initial person used could 
have been more complicated, but the 
audience is never focussed on 
directly, and there are quite enough 
polygons already. 

The floor of the auditorium is 
sloped, so after the audience was 
scaled and moved into the right place 
it was rotated to match the slope of 
the floor. In general, it's a good idea 
to leave rotations to as late as 
possible, since most of the 
manipulation tools work best when 
used parallel to the axes. 

T HE remainder of the objects 
were constructed using similar 
techniques: The head of the speaker 
started out as a cylinder, distorted 
and scaled. The nose, eyes and mouth 
were pasted on later. 

The torso of the body started out as 
a hemisphere, squashed front-io-back, 
extruded down to the waist, and then 
again to the edge of the coat. The 
lapels and tie were applied hy hand. 
The general theme is - take a 
primitive ohject, and then cut it 
around, possibly adding other cut-up 
primitives around it. Try to avoid 
making an object point by point. It is 
very slow work, and not as accurate. 

Sitting on a pile of floppies, we 
have made a collection of unrelated 
objects. The next article covers the 
process of sticking ihem together and 
describing how they behave over 
time. This includes the lights and the 
actual observer. Until then think 
about how you would go about 
putting the next stage together. 


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location for an Amiga developer 
currently rated by Commodore in the 
States as being among the top five in 
the world. 

But that’s where you’ll find the 
boys (and the girls) from Bur oca re 
Graphics Design, a company which 
churns out innovative products for 
the Commodore machines the way 
some people shell peas. 

The Amiga fittingly takes pride of 
place in the tranquil surroundings of 
the modern showrooms fronting the 
busy Kenton High Street, Harrow, 
which had formerly housed a TV/hi-fi 
business. But it’s what happens in the 
sprawling think tank behind the 
scenes that really gives the company 
the edge. 

For here the most interesting 
collection of oddhaM technical types 
you are ever likely to encounter can 
be found brainstorming their way to 
laking the Amiga tu even greater 
heights. 

As computer boffins go they are 
probably not the most motley crew 
around - but they aren't far off it. 

How about a professional bass 
guitar player who transforms himself 
into a programming wizard after 
lunch each day - and even has his 
belated daily start written into his 
contract? 

O R a bespoke software writer 
whose real ambition was to 
raise tarantulas? 

Or the head of technical support 
who was formerly a minicab driver? 

{Jr the executive responsible for 
dreaming up most of the products 
who can be found selling a rather 
nice line in leather jackets on a 
Sunday market a la Arthur Daley? 

It isn’t surprising then to learn that 
the managing director really got into 
computing when his family gave him 
what must rate as one of the world’s 
most expensive toys, a minicomputer. 

Yet combined they form an array of 
talent that has collectively produced 
such technological breakthroughs as: 

• The world's first PAL colour frame 
grabber for Ihe Amiga. Connecting to 
the computer’s parallel port, it takes a 
PAL composite video signal and 
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It works with resolutions uf 640 x 
512 (16 colours), 320 x 512 (4,095 
colours) and 320 x 256 (4.096 
colours). Such is the speed of the 
device that it can digitise a picture of 
320 x 256 resolution in less than three 
seconds, 

O The only UK manufactured external 
hard discs for the Amiga 500, 1000 
and 2000. Available in 20Mb, 40Mb, 
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• The world’s first software driver 
that enables the Polaroid Palette to be 


plugged directly into the 
back of the Amiga, so 
allowing the computer’s 
graphics to be converted 
inlo 35mm colour slides, prints and 
overhead transparencies. 

# A revolutionary A4 flat bed scanner 
that doubles as a thermal printer and 
photocopier and developed 
specifically to work with the Amiga. 
The software written by the Burocare 
team allows fast integration of high 
quality images in the Amiga IFF 
format. 

It takes unly 111 seconds to input a 
full page of A4 at 200 dots per inch. 
And parts of a page can be scanned 
in under software control. The printer 
uses standard thermal facsimile paper 
and can produce a hard copy of an 
A4 page in five seconds. 

• A totally new concept in support 
packages for the Amiga which allows 
subscribers to buy blocks of units 
which can be traded in for services 
ranging from training through 
telephone support to accidental 
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£100 a block. Units are then 
exchanged far services ranging from 
one unit per problem solved for 
telephone support up to Rfl units per 
day for consultancy. 

And that's all in less than a year, 
for it’s only in the last 12 months that 
Burocare has turned its attention to 
the Amiga. 

Currently in the pipeline there's a 
number of projects so secret that even 
the boys from Burocare aren't 
prepared to boast about. 

What they have done for the Amiga 
- and are still doing - leaves their 
rivals drooling. Yet Burocare might 
never have got into the Amiga market 
if it hadn't have been for a mistake. 

T HE company was busy making 
a name for itself in the PC 
market when two Amigas turned up 
by accident as part of an order. So 
rather than send them back the 
technical boys began to put them 
through their paces. 

“The more we played with them, 
the more excited we got about their 
potential", said Phil Brcindel, the 
Burocare executive responsible for 
Amiga innovation. "It’s a machine 
that leaves a real impression on you 
from the word go. The graphic 
capabilities are mind h lowers". 

So while the remainder of the 
Burocare team concentrated on the PC 
front, a five-man task force was set up 
to specialise on the Amiga. "Now we 
take our ideas through from concept 
to manufacture here in Harrow”. 

Mark Simpkin is currently head of 
technical support for the Amiga 
operation. He's the former minicab 
driver. 

And he too can't gel enough of the 
Amiga. "It's a joy to work with", he 
says. "We get a great kick out of 
making the machine jump through 
hnnps whenever possible. The beauty 
of it is that it lends itself to so many 
applications’’. 

When Steve Laitman launched 
Burocare back in liJUU he was still a 
student. Today, he's only 27 bui The 
Burocare Croup he heads up has a 
staff of around 2U and a turnover of 
£1,5 million - and rising fast. 

For the first few years the company 
concentrated on PC systems, then the 
Amiga loomed on the horizon and 
what is akin to a love story' started. 

The reason that Burocare isn't 
already a household name in the 


Amiga market stems from the fact that 
up until a few months ago it had 
never employed professional sales or 
marketing people in that area. 

"We suddenly woke up to the fact 
that we were doing all these 
wonderful things for the Amiga, but 
apart from the Amiga cogniscenti no 
one really new about us. It was a little 
like running a private club. 

“Now' all that's changed. We’ve 
realised that we can still enjoy 
ourselves on the research and 
development side — because we do 
enjoy it - while making sure that 
people out there know r about what we 
are doing". 

T ODAY Steve J .a it man sees a 
major husiness opportunity in 
the Amiga market both in the UK and 
overseas, “The machines are now 
poised to have much greater market 
penetration both in the UK and 
abroad”, he says. 


"It looks as though Commodore has 
finally got its marketing right - and 
hopefully this will ensure that it puls 
inferior machines like the ST firmly 
in their place, 

“We confidently expect the Amiga 
bandwagon to really get rolling over 
the next few years. And you can be 
quite sure that Burocare will be well 
and truly along for the ride”. 

Not that success will spoil the 
oddballs at Burocare. Bespoke 
software writer Graham Smith still 
nurses the dream of raising tarantulas. 

He's had it since he was a 
schoolboy in the North East and he'd 
even built a cage to house one. 

But when he announced his 
intentions to his mother, she did a 
deal with him. No tarantula and she'd 
buy him a computer. And that's how 
he became so skilled that he got to 
Burocare. 

“I still sometimes wonder whether 1 
made the right choice”, he says 
wistfully. 


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To get graphics from your CBM to the JVC 
you need to spend between £100 and £1,000. 
Ron Massey finds out the reasons why 


V IDEO technology provides 
hud ding Spielbergs with 
facilities for incorporating effective 
visual effects at a fraction of the cost 
of cine film. If you have a video 
camera or a couple of video recorders 
and want to mix computer graphics 
with the recording on a tape then you 
need a genlock. 

Wave a pencil between your eyes 
and a monitor. You should see a 
strobe effect which gives several 
shadowy images of the pencil. It 
works better if you close one eye. 

This happens because the screen is 
flashing 50 times a second. 

You don’t notice it because it is fast 
enough to fool the eye and because 
you have been looking at televisions 
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used tu the flicker. In America they 
use a system which flashes 60 times a 
second. Some Americans can see the 
flicker on UK tellies. 

This flicker is the frame rate - how 
often the picture changes. If you want 
to mix video signals they must all 
arrive at the tape at exactly the same 
time, Anything that produces a video 
signal - VCRs, computers, television 
cameras and the like - also has to 
send marker signals for the beginning 
of each line and the beginning of 
each picture (frame). These markers 
have to be very accurate, and are 
produced by two circuits - the line 
sync generatur and the frame sync 
generator. 

If you want to mix two pictures the 
lines and frames have to start at 


exactly the same time, so the sync 
generators of one picture source have 
to be locked to the other, Hence 
genlock. 

In a computer such as the Amiga 
the sync generators are usually 
derived from the main system clock, 
which governs everything. It's much 
easier to change this clock slightly 
than to try and fiddle with the 
individual generators, so a genlock 
will subtly alter the speed of the 
whole computer in sympathy with the 
signal coming from your video 
camera or recorder. 

This means the dock in the 
computer is controlled by the video, 
so you shouldn’t perform speed- 
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splitting a video signal into its 
component parts, the genlock lakes 
the video timing signals for line, 
frame and colour burst and uses these 
to lock a computer on to an external 
video source. 

To get your video productions 
running you will need an Amiga, 
genlock, a video source and a 
recnrder of some kind. Besides 
inevitable image degradation 
introduced by copying one tape on to 
another, you must also consider the 
type of graphic s you arc to 
incorporate. 

If you are accustomed to the quality 
of computer RGB graphics you may 
be in for something of a 
disappointment. The bandwidth - a 
video system parameter governing 
quality - is typically 14MHz. for 
computer systems, 5 MHz for 
television images and reduced to less 
than 3MHz by the time a signal is 
recorded on your VHS VCR. 

Bandwidth reduction means that 
image resolution - the ability to 
distinguish fine detail — is severely 
reduced. 

I have tried to look at all the major 
players in the genlock market, but it 
is an area of rapid change. There are 
at least two new genlocks currently 
well into their development stages. 
Dne, SuperPic from Precision, is due 
to be released in early spring, and 
will he marketed as an economical 
system for building a complete video 
workstation with built-in video 
digitising facilities. 

Commodore has its own high-end 
card for the A21MH] under 
development. Called the A23S1 
Professional Video Adaptor (PVA) 
this advanced card can take inputs 
from several sources and offers Top 
of the Pops type special effects. 

While Commodore claims the 
A23DU cheap genlock is available it 
could not supply one For review. The 
long-promised Video Toaster card 
from NowTek is still in prototype- 
only form after more than a year’s 
development, 1 wouldn't be surprised 
if we never see a European version. 

ASAP has suggested that it may be 
producing two new genlocks in the 
foreseeable future, one a high 
performance unit for use with the 
composite signals put out by domestic 
video recorders and camcorders and 


the other a more specialised one for 
use with interactive video in 
computer-based training. 

The equipment featured in this 
review was used in conjunction with 
an Amiga BZOOO, Philips CMRR33 
monitor, Sharp VC-D801H digital 
VCR (as image source) and a 
Ferguson Videostar VCR (as image 
destination}. A Sony C9 lletamax VCR 
was also used, as source and 
destination. Better, and more 
expensive, equipment produces better 
enmhined images. 


RENDALE mm 2 
£289 


Powered from the Amiga, the 8802 
connects to the computer and video 
devices which go together to build 
your video workslation through its 
four ports: CVBS in and out, 23-way 
D input to the Amiga’s monitor port 
and 23-way U dual purpose which 
supplies RGB output signals for a 
colour monitor and provides access to 
the unit's mode control. 

If you use the 8802 without its 
mode switching feature the Amiga’s 
background is replaced with the 
incoming video signal. 

The 8802 comes into its own when 
you use the five modes. Mode 1 is the 
default. It replaces the Amiga 
background, selected from a menu, 
with the incoming video signal. 

Mode 2 shows Amiga graphics only 
which are overlaid on to externa! 
sync. This allows you to record 
scenes from an Amiga. The input can 
be black and burst, which you would 
get from a signal which has been 
through a studio mixing desk and 
stripped of a lot nf the signal’s 
information, or composite video 
which contains the whole signal. 

You can use two monitors with 
mode 3, one to view video and the 
other for graphics, with only the 
video signal going to the output. 

The last two modes are designated 
4a and 4b. They are foreground 
modes to create transparent graphic 
windows over black. Mode 4a uses 


All four genlocks performed pretty 
much as expected. The real surprise 
was the high quality of the Rendale 
8802. 

Because of price and unit 
specification, the ones reviewed here 
fall into three distinct classes, The 
Neriki and Rendale R8Ub are aimed at 
the professional class of user, the 
Rendale RRU2 has proven to be a 
popular choice for both amateur and 
commercial television, while the 
MiniGen is very much aimed at the 
home user with a video camera. 


RGB settings of 0,0,0 to distinguish 
what should be overlaid while 4b 
works with any values less than 7 lor 
RG and B. 

These graphic windows are known 
to video huffs as a key. So a colour 
keyed signal is not one where the 
bumpers match the rest ol the 
paintwork, it is one where a specified 
colour on the screen is replaced by a 
picture from the video. 

The price of the 8802 includes two 
versions of the control software, one 
for using the Amiga’s function keys as 
control switches, the other for control 
key switching. To use the 8802’s 
Modes 2 to 4 you will need a cable 
connecting the 8802 to the Amiga’s 
parallel port for software control or 
external switching. 


RENDALE 8806 
£700 


Designed to sit under the Amiga 2000, 
the 88U6 is a large, comprehensive 
system aimed at the professional user. 
Tt includes a range uf hardware 
features: Video connections are 
provided for CVBS in and out, 
Blanking In, which allows the 8806 to 
he synchronised to whatever is 
sending the picture. Key Out, which 
tells the next device dowm the line 
which colour is heing used to overlay 
a picture, and Sync Out so that 
another box of television tricks can 
lock into the signal. The 8306 has 
separate RG and B connections, 

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output to the Amiga's monitor and 
the system control port. 

Switches on the front panel provide 
control for external key select so that 
another unit can decide what colour 
the key should be. A mix switch 
selects which sources are used, Ked, 
green, blue and luminance signals 
can be selected individually, while 
foreground and background colour 
select allow the genlock to decide 
which colours are used. 

Software control can be 
implemented as with the 8802, by 
connecting the Amiga's parallel 
printer port to the Rendale's control 
port, 


MINI GEN 

£89.95 


Applied System and Peripheral's 
(ASAP) MiniGen requires only three 
connections - one phono each for 
CVUS in and out and a 23-way D 
connector. Hardware control is 
limited to a three-way toggle switch 
for selecting video only, Amiga image 
only or combined image. 

The Unit plugs directly into the 
Amiga RGB video port. It looks pretty 
much like Commodore's 521 
modulator and protrudes from the 
back of the computer. This is tine for 
Amiga 500 owners, but is awkward to 
get at if you have an A2000. ASAP 
say that it is possible to use a lead to 
reposition the MiniGen, but the unit 
should not be extended more than 
eight inches from the Amiga. 

If you are using the MiniGen with 
Commodore’s 10R4 monitor, 
composite video output from MiniGen 
can he fed to the monitor’s composite 
video input. 

MiniGen 's manual was a 
disappointment. The mi nimal 
instructions supplied detailed 
connecting the unit to the Amiga, four 
paragraphs covering using the 
MiniGen, using a VCR as input and 
recording with a very brief outline of 
technical details, 


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professionally finished genlock, the 
Neriki Image Master, is designed for 
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video. 

Most professional set-ups consist of 
rows of video hoxes like the Neriki, 


Television pictures are made up of 
three colours, red, green and blue, 
and brightness. Squeezing that lot 
down a cable, particularly a two 
wire video cable, is asking a bit 
much, so they often get mushed up 
together. This is called composite 
video which, because TV types 
would much rather talk in letters 
than words, is known as CVRS, 
standing for Composite Video 
Bla nking and Sync. 

Sending the separate colours 
down separate wires — which is the 
method your Amiga uses to get a 
picture on a monitor — is known as 
KGB, for red, green and hlue, If 
luminance (brightness) is included 


Something has to come at the end. 
Unless this is properly terminated the 
signal will bounce hack along the 
wire and dirty the image, (What’s 


it is called RGR1. 

As the pictures get squeezed out 
of the wire into the monitor they 
are squirted al the screen a dot at a 
time, building up a picture from 
from left to right and top to bottom. 

Tricks played by the eye and a 
glowing effect caused by the 
phosphor on the inside of a 
television tube mean that you see a 
whole picture and not just a flying 
dot. 

When the picture is complete the 
screen is blanked and the dot starts 
again from the top. This blanking 
is sometimes called black hurst, It 
is often used to synchronise signals 
for genlocking. 


wrong with dirty videos - Ed), To 
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terminate switch which terminates the 
Genlock In internally or routes the 
signal through a compensator to clean 
up the signal then out to the next 
thousand pound box. 

Genlocks are like amplifiers. The 
more you pay the more spaces you 
get to plug in more expensive boxes. 
The Sync out can be used with an 
external production switcher so that 
your multi million pound mixing 
desk can be synced 1o the Amiga. 
Since you are rich enough to afford a 
Neriki it stands to reason that you 
have a few genlocks, so the Genlock 
In connector allows another video 
source to be daisychained to the box. 
The Key out connector tells the 
mixing desk what you are using as 
the overlay colour and the Video Out 
produces the signal you want, 
combined CVBS and Amiga image. 

The Neriki is not for the faint- 
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Delving into 
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Rupert Goodwins examines labels 
and other features which make 
your program easier to follow 


T RAGIC news. Since last month, 
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kumquats, so all future example 
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so your Amiga 500 grown program 
will work with an A2000 or whatever 
interesting machines are sitting on 
Commodore's test bench at the 
moment. But only if you use the 
published details. These can be typed 
in from one of the reference manuals, 
but nobody does this because 
everything’s in include files, so called 
because they are used to include 


T HE names they use are standard 
- things like Open Library, used 
to get the system to search for a 
library of that name within the library 
list - and correspond tu names in the 
Rom Kernal Reference Manual. You 
can make your own from a manual, 
and in any case it’s good 
programming practice to have your 
own standards set up in an include 
Tile. 

If you want the maximum number 
of plantains to he 50, for example, 
then set a name MaxNumPluntains to 
50 in an include file and always use 
the name instead of the number in 
your programs. That way your 
programs are more readable - 
MOVEQ #MaxNumPlantains, D4 
makes more sense than MOVEQ #50, 
D4 - and if in the future you want to 
change from 50 to 100 you only have 
to edit the one file and reassemble. 

Numbers are assigned to names by 
the use of equates. So, to maximise 
your bananas: 

HauNdiPlan tains E QU SB 

does much the same as the Basic line: 

LET HajcNunPLantai ns = 50 

Once assigned, however, the value 


information in your programs. 

So 

INCLUDE irxludeJ i tersne 

lets you use names instead of 
numbers to refer to routines. Instead 
of having to look up the address for 
the library routine and typing it in, 
the include file will have the address 
and call it something sensible. 

Commodore supplies a set of 
include files to developers, which 
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assemblers that you pay money for 
come with those include files, 
whereas free or public domain 
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There are PD versions of the include 
files. 

Commands like INCLUDE, by the 
way, are called directives because 
they direct the assembler to do 
something a little special. That's the 
official reason - it’s more likely to be 
because assembly people like a lot of 
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nan 't bn changed by a new equate in 
the same program. 

There's another way of giving a 
number a name,, and that's by 
declaring a label. "A label!" 1 hear 
the world declare... labels, in G8000 
as in life, are bits of text that describe 
the thing they’re attached to. In the 
case of assembly language, they have 
a more specialised function - they 
signal a point in the program. 

So in the demo program the word 
START at the beginning is given the 
address in memory of the start of the 
program. Laler on there's a label 
called QUrr_FART, This is where the 
program finishes, and the name is 
used earlier. The line: 

&E9 quitJast 

is for “if something happened, then 
go to the label quit-fast and continue 
from there”. 

The way labels are defined depends 
on your assembler, but if you have a 
word which starts at the first 
character of a line then it’s a label, A 
common alternative is to finish a label 
with a coion(:J. 

Labels are no good if you can't use 
them, and the BF.Q instruction above 
is only one of many, sugar-free ways. 
BEQ is short fur Branch if EQual, and 
makes the processor ignore the 
following instructions and branch off 
to a new address if the last thing it 
did produced art equal result. There 
are scads of these - they’re called 
conditional branches and include 
RGE - Branch if Greater or Equal, 

BM1 - Branch if Minus and so on. 

There’s also an unconditional 
branch that always happens - BRA, 
for Branch Always, and one that’s like 
the Basic GOSUB command in that it 
makes the processor remember where 
it was when it took the brunch and, 
later, return and carry on. That’s 
Branch to Subroutine, or BSR, usually 
known as a call in programmer’s 
jargon. At the end of the call, the 
original code is returned to bv an RTS 
- Return from Subroutine instruction. 

All the branch instructions can 
either be to an address within 128 
bytes of the place in memory of the 
instruction itself, or one within 32k 
bytes. The assembler will work that 
out for you and generate the right 
magic: there are no special ,B or ,W 
additions to worry? about. One 
instruction fits all. 

There’s no technical reason why 
numbers can’t be put after branch 



instructions instead of labels, like: 


BRA 32421 

but in practice this never happens. 
Firstly, labels make locations easier to 
find - ami remember, 

you might have no idea 
. , , stioesiies 

where in your massive lorestring 
program the routine to 
skin a carrot is, but you can always 
ask the editor to search for the text 
skin_carrot if you’ve got that label 
there. 

Secondly, if you add program code 
in between a branch instruction and 
the place to w r hich it goes, the label 
will have its value automatically 
adjusted by the assembler. Try and 
put the numbers in by hand and you 
have to work out how much further 
away the call is, Yech, 

F OR the conditional branches, the 
processor remembers what the 
last result w r as like in its condition 
codes. These are part of a special 
status register that controls the 
operation; if a mathematical 
instruction has a negative result the 
negative condition code is set in the 
status register. Subsequent 
instructions can look at that code and 
act on what they find. 

For example: 


'iiDveq 

# ki uipric-e # d5 

novtq 

* s c u a b h p r i ce,-d6 

cip.h 

dM6 

bft 

squashsB_cost_flore 

bit 

squashes-tost-Less 


coat„t he same 

puts the price of kiwifruit into dS and 
that of squashes — a family of plants 
related to pumpkins — into df>. CMP is 
a new instruction, it makes the 
processor compare one thing against 
another - in this case, the bottom byte 
of 1)8 against that of D5 - and set 
condition codes accordingly. 

So BGT brandies to the mythical 
label sq uas hes_cost_m ore if D6 w r as 
greater than D5, BLT to squashes_ 
rost_less if it w r as less, and if neither 
of those two conditions are met the 
two fruit cost the same. Biological 


■ PROGRAMMING! 


note: Although pumpkins and 
squashes are commonly called 
vegetables, they are in fact fruit, 

ADD and BUB also generate 
condition codes, so it would be 
possible to use a BUB instead of the 
CMP, and then to print out the precise 
di Iterance between the two, together 
with the appropriate message. 
Messages, along with any other 
data that’s needed fur a program, is 
assembled using the DC command. 
That's short for Data Constant, since 
the assembler assumes, usually 
correctly, that data doesn’t change. It 
gets used like this... 

dc.u 44112 ; a Lot of frogs 

dc.b 7 f B,9,10,t1 

de.b 'Squashes cost More than ki ui frui t',10 

The first word is a label which has 
the address of the first, or only, byte 
in the data that follows. It’s not 
strictly necessary? and you can 
assemble data without a label, but it’s 
a little difficult to find afterwards. 
Likewise, a comment can be added if 
need be. if a number of data items is 
given, each gets assembled in order, 
and most assemblers allow text to he 
defined as a series of data bytes as in 
the last example. 

If you just w r ant an area of memory 
reserved for later use and you don’t 
care what’s in it when the program 
starts, you need the DS — Define 
Storage - directive. This makes room 
for so many bytes, words or long 
words, as in: 

bigJ>uffer DS.L 1800 

which would allocate an area of 
memory big enough for 1,000 
longwords, or 4,000 bytes. The 
memory isn't affected in any way, 
unlike with the DC directive, so if you 
want it empty and all set to zero, you 
have to have some program code to 
do it. 

Pupping back to labels for a 
moment. One of the wonders of the 
Amiga is that it can multitask, 
allowing a program to be loaded and 
run while other programs are still in 
memory and churning away. For this 
to work, the programs shouldn't care 
where in memory they get loaded. If 
they did, and two programs insisted 
on working at the same address, there 
would be tears and no multitasking. 

In the Amiga world, it seems that 
games software ignores all the rules 


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and applications software is written 
by thi* good guys. 

So code has to be what's called 
position-independent. It's very easy to 
write position-independent code on 
the Amiga, in fact you have to go out 
of your way to pin it down to a 
specific address. This does mean that 
you can’t know where your labels are 
going to be in ahsoiute terms, only 
relative to your current position. 

Ft "s like being told by a local that 
the house you're trying to find is half 
a mile down the road, instead of 
learning that it's at 45 e 12’ 33” North, 
U° O' 43” West. 

B UT how do you know your 
current position in memory? 

The processor knows, as it has, after 
all, to fetch the instruction From your 
current position in order to work out 
what to do next. Inside the processor 
is a special register that constantly 
points to the current memory address, 
called the program counter or ft. 

Generally programmers don't write 
values to the program counter. 
Instructions like BRA change the 
register’s value, but to the program 
writer it Just seems as if the processor 
has started executing from a different 
point in memory. 

However there are many occasions 


when the program counter can be 
useful if read. It's often used in 
conjunction with the LEA instruction 
- Load Effective Address - like this: 

LEA pi neaspletpc) ,ai? 

This takes the distance in bytes from 
the position of the instruction itself to 
the label called pineapple, adds it to 
the current value of the program 
counter - which is, of course, the 
position nf the instruction - and puls 
the resultant number into AO. Register 
AO now points to the location in 
memory which pineapple labels, 
ready for the programmer to do with 
it as he or she wishes, 

LEA isn’t anything special; the 
same trick of using PCI relative 
addressing can he used with MOVE, 
ADD and the rest of the gang. 

There's a pseudo-program counter 
in many assemblers which lets you 
calculate the length of an area of 
memory when you assemble it. 
Consider Figure I below. The * in the 



second line is shorthand for ’“the 
current position in memory”. 

Subtract the position in memory' 
marked by the label big_melon from 
it, and you get the size of the string, 

It s exactly the same as that shown in 
Figure II hut it saves the extra label. 

# Next munth: Will the world-wide 
kumquat shortage ease , or will there 
be a run on figs? 





b f g_»« l o n dt.b ‘This is an exceptions l Ly big canta loupe ae Ion' 

Be l on_5 i at equ *-big ielon 

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b i g_*ie ton dc.b 'This is an exceptionally big cantaloupe melon' 
end of_ie Ion salon size equ end_of .melon-bi g_ielon 

Figure // 


The Program 


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move.L #string,d2 
fioveq *stringlen,d J 
lovecj *3,d4 
love, l rui t,a2 


get start of string 
get length of string 
get amber of kunqmats 
get position of kunquat count 


opt 


; Kupqijat fiddling starts here 


; this tells the computer where to find same c o h ito n information 

inedir include/' 
include exec/ejcec_li b. i 
include librjries/dos.li b, i 
include li braries/dos, i 


moveq #2,d5 
■olu cfS j.cf4 

No more kumquats 

CAllDOS hrfte 


; program starts here 


moue.L _t>esbase,aL 
ULLEXEt Close Library 


start nave, l idosname,,a 1 
moveq *0,(18 
CAlLEXEC QpenLibrary 
tst.l 00 
beg quit-fast 

move, l dfL-POSBase 

CALLDOS Output 

move. I d0,o4 
Nove.l d4,dt 


quit-fast 

rst 

.DQSBase dc.t 0 

string dc.b Hello, florid, you have 1 
fruit dc.b '0 kuoquats',10 
stringlen equ ^-string 

dosname D0 $nap*e 

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■ REVIEW* 


Z OETROPES were the first 

moving picture devices. Mass 
produced us childrens 1 toys during 
the explosive Victorian age of 
invention, they presented to the 
viewer a series of pictures mounted 
on the inner surface of a cylinder 
which, when rotated and Looked at 
through a slit, gave the impression of 
continuous movement. In recognition 
of the granddaddy of animation 
hardware. Antic Software has given 
its animation software the same name. 
Antic in America calls itself The 
Atari Resource. The company is 
staunch Atari. If you have an Atari 
and want a piece of software, Antic 
will have something to fit the bill.. So 
when Antic came across to the Amiga 
there were whoops of joy from the 
Californian in -crowd, 

Zoetrope is an animation package. 
Although limited to low resolution, 
you can draw your frames in any 
colours you like using the built-in art 
program, or you can load graphics in 
from any lo-res art package. But 
watch out for screen sizes - Zoetrope 
is only NTSC, no overscan even. 

The frames of your animation, 
which can be whole screens if you 


like, are compressed into a format 
called Rif. It’s a bit like the Anim 
standard Amiga format for animation, 
where only the changes in each frame 
are stored, and saves wasting 

First 
in the 
frame 

Phil South gets in 
a spin over an 
animation package 
that delivers 
the goods 


memory. The Rif format is also used 
in the Live! digitising package, 
allowing animated samples from that 
program to be used in Zoetrope. 

The facilities for pushing your 
graphics around arc quite advanced. 
At the bottom of the screen is a VCR- 
type row of buttons. Clinking these 
advances, plays or increments the 
animation in single frames. 

This is a handy feature, especially 
when drawing directly into the 
frames, because you can pageflip 
back and forth to check out the 
registration of the last frame, making 
sure only those graphics that are 
supposed to move are moving. 

There is a “blueing" feature too. 
wherehy you display a copy of the 
last frame on to the next one - like a 
blue photocopy ™ making precise 
drawing possible. Although the brush 
points are sometimes a little sluggish, 
you can draw some very accurate 
lines. 

However, as good as the Zoetrope 
graphics editor is, if T was doing some 
serious animation work I'd feel more 
at home drawing key positions in 
DHaint and porting them in. Having 

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made your frames, by whichever 
means, you can then treat them with a 
variety of special effects. For instance, 
you can defocus and anti-alias them, 
two effects which lessen the jagged 
effects of some of the Zoetrnpe 
rotational effects. 

As well as rotating chosen graphics 
in two dimensions, you can rotate in 
3D as well. The effect is something 
like Quantel, only with a still picture 
in order to have a reasonably sized 
moving picture you would need about 
HMb. You can also resize the 
graphics, spin them and colour them 
through time. You can, for example, 
take a piece of lettering, spin it round 
and change its colour and size 
through 20 frames of animation. 

This process, and others like it, are 
calculated hy the program - 
fortunately you don’t have to position 
all the frames yourself. The program 
has been well set up to cope with all 
the tricky bits. In fact, the hardest 
thing you have to do is come up with 
a good idea and, having had one, try 
not to swamp it with 5(H) special 
effects all at once. 

T HE fades, wipes, shatters, 

crystallisation — easier to spell 
than describe - Venetian blinds, 
outline, tile, ripple and buzz effects 
arc all easy to use. The funnier 
sounding ones towards the end of that 
list are ways of bending the shape 
you arc manipulating through time, ^ 
based on a sine wave pattern. 

The only way to describe the effect 
is to say that the graphic sort of 
swims - like the effect you get when a 
flashback is about to happen in a TV 
show. All the pixels are swept back 
and forth in a wavy shape. 

Some most interesting effects can 
be created by altering colour through 
time. There are gold and chrome 
effects which change all the colours 
on the object to gold or silver tones. 
You can step cycle the colours on a 
graphic and “tween” the colours so 
you start with one and end with 
another. 

A common special effect in space 
movies is used to show a very small 
spaceship travelling past a much 
larger one. In reality the models are 
probably ahout the same size as each 
other. The trick of making one appear 
smaller is done by filming the large 


ship and masking out an area of the 
film which is the same shape as the 
outline of the smaller ship. Then the 
smaller ship is filmed using the same 
background and law's of motion as 
the large ship. Finally the two films 
are overlayed so that the smaller ship 
fits exactly over the mask. 

These masks are known in the 
movies as travelling mattes, and 
Zoetrope has them too, allowing 


WARNING 

Versions of Zoetrope that don’t say 
they are designed for use in the UK 
might be unofficial US imports, 
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access to complex windowing and 
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moving around a screen, showing a 
view into another as if it was cut 
through. 

It’s easy to get blase about this sort 
of thing when you’ve got an Amiga 
and sec a brilliant effect, hut some of 
the things Zoetrope can do arc very 
impressive. 

The drawbacks - like the NTSC 
screen size - are all easily fixed. It 
won’t he long before they bring out a 
PAL overscan version, I’m sure. The 
only thing the programmers can’t fix 
is how much memory you’ve got 
bolted on to your box. 

Obviously if it’s your aim to 
produce fun animations or flashy 
titles for home videos — and Zoetrope 
would du an admirable job of both - 
then you only need the minimum 1 
meg. 

Rut if you see the possibilities of 
Zoetrope in a professional 
environment, you need as much 
memory as you can afford. But this 
goes for any kind of graphics work, If 
you’re in the business you’ll be under 
no illusions - you probably have the 

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A LL is not well in Endor, Those 
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inspiring, oh- so- cute Ewoks. 
Although the most marketable thing 
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Luke in - (Bad joke - Ed) (Irresistible 
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the forest bit, it is basically a question j 


of avoiding the sticky -nut bits and the 
annoying little Tie fighter hits, Shoot 
the reactor and gel the rude word out 
of there, otherwise it's crispy fried 
Calrissian time. 

Now you are Chewbacca at the 
controls of a scout walker, trying to 
run the gamut of logs and rocks on 
vour way to the bunker. Since 
walkers are big, you have no way of 
telling the good people of Endor that 
it's only you and could you please 
tone down the violence a lad. 

Moving logs can be shcsl, but the 
big piles of them have to be strolled 
around. Stroll is the word - the rather 
spindly walker moves as if it has bad 
feel, Not to worry, it gets you to the 
bunker, which gets blown up as soon 
as you arrive. Friends, who needs 
'em? 

Interspersed with Uhcwbacca's 
mechanical promenade is a split 
wave with Lando flying towards the 
Death Star. Just when you get to a 
quiet bit in the walker, you flick to 
Lando, gat blasted virtually instantly 
and return to Chewhanca. 

It's, meant Lo heighlen the tension, 
but all it does is lose lives. That may 
make sense for Mr Arcade Owner, 
but not really in the home. 

Big admission lime: 1 haven't seen 
the film. So lo destroy the Death Star 
and then suddenly want to fly 
towards it seems a little bizarre to me. 

Everything is carried nut the way 


Return of the fedi 

£19.95 

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Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


Value 


Overall - 63% 




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T HE powerful combination of US 
Gold, SSI and TSR has created a 
new computer gaming genre by 
taking the best elements from the 
most popular games on the market 
and combining them into a new 
hybrid. 

At present there is no label to 
classify Heroes of the Lance, And 
being the forerunner of a new breed 
of computer game, it sets the stan- 
dard! others will haw to better. 

And a high standard it has set - it 
will he a long, long time before this 
game is surpassed. 

You control eight adventurers - 
Tanis, Raistlin, Flint Fireforge, Sturm 
Hrighlblade, Tasslehoff Hurrfoot, 
Caramon, Cnodmoon and River wind 
- ail of whom are taken from the 
Dragon lance Chronicles series of 
books. 

These brave creatures have agreed 
to descend into the dungeons 
beneath a ruined temple, Xal 
Tsaroth, face all Ihe dangers that this 
evil place contains and retrieve the 
egendaiy Disks of MishakaL which 
will enable them to eventually con- 
front Takhisis, the Queen of 
Darkness, 

The dungeon contains all kinds of 
vicious creatures who will stop at 
nothing to decimate your party. 
Trolls, wraiths and spiders abound, 
hut these are nothing compared to 
Khisanth, the guardian of the disks. 
She is a huge black dragon who can 


spit acid and is also extremely hard to 
kill. 

The eight adventurers are well 
equipped with an array of innate 
abilities which, if used correctly, will 
enable them to obtain the required 
disks. 

Six of the team are experienced in 
various forms of combat and can use 



weapons that come in useful at dif- 
fering times. As well as close combat 
weapons, Tasstehoff has a honpak, a 
combination of staff and sling shot, 
which can fire deadly bullets. Tanis 
carries a bow, white Flint can use a 
very vicious throwing axe which can 
be used to kill opponents from afar, 
reducing die number of wounds the 
party lakes. 

The hard boys of the party, Sturm, 
Caramon and River wind, all carry 


weapons that can kill creatures with 
one blow, while Raistlin and! 
Goldmoon rely on magic-based and 
god-given powers to survive. 

Raistlin carries the Staff of the 
Magius. This allows him to cast eight 
spoils, including a Magic Missile that 
delivers a series of blows to an oppo- 
nent. and Flaming Hands, which lets 
sheets of flame pour from Raistlin’s 
fingertips. 

Gold moon carries a magical blue 
crystal staff that allows her to cast 
more passive, but just as useful, 
clerical spells. These range from Cure 
Serious Wounds to Raise Dead, 

Each staff has a number of charges 
which are used up by the continued 
use of spells. When drained they can 
be recharged by absorbing magic 
from spelt-using opponents. 

Game play is simple. Your charac- 
ters are pictured at the bottom right- 
hand side of the screen in the order 
that they are exploring. Next to each 
is a bar chart which shows their state 
of health. Death is denoted by a 
character's portrait turning grey. 

The left-hand side of the screen 
displays the direction the adven- 
turers are travelling, If they find an 
exit or passage, the direction it is 
located in flashes red, indicating that 
travel in that direction is possible. 

The lop part of the screen is where 
all the action takes place. Your party 
is represented by the leading cha- 
racter. who does all the fighting. 


although if someone with spelt 
casting abilities is present in the front 
four places, spells can be cast at Ihe 
same time as combat. 

Heroes of the Lrnce should satisfy' 
a wide range of computer games 
players. It is action-packed, but not 
just with comhat situations. There 
are traps to avoid, magic potions, 
rings, swords and shields to collect, 
pits to he tumped and money to be 
collected. 

Although every games player will 
appreciate the stunning graphics, tre- 
mendous scrolling and realistic 
sound that Heroes provides, they 
won't appreciate what it will take to 
finish this game. 

You will need the reactions of an 
arcade ace, the forethought of a role 
player and the inquisitiveness of an 
adventure huff. Getting the combin- 
ation right will keep you glued to 
your monitor for hours, 

Wayne 


Heroes of the Lance 
£ 24,99 
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One of She four intertfakclic chalk rife# 


T HE concept of tying a num ber of 
small games together to produce 
one big one - or an ordinary sized 
one if you want to be cynical about it 
- has always appealed to software 
houses, and even, on occasions, to 
the busing public. 

I can see why it's a good idea for 
the software house. All you have to 
do is produce a number of sub- 
standard, empty games and pile on 
the dressing and plot. Easy bucks. 

InJbgrames has come up with its 
own version of this pot pound con- 
cept - Purple Saturn Day - in which 
the dressing is wry stylish, and most 
of the four games are pretty dull. 

It's all based on an inlergalactic 
sports day held around the hurtling 
rings of Saturn. Eight different spe- 
cies, one of them human - that's you 
- compete in a knockout competi- 
tion, using all four events or sub- 
games in each round, 

The winner gets the wonderfully 
exciting prize of a kiss from the 
Purple Saturn Queen who. in true 
French programming tradition, is a 
slinky galactic nymphcttc. I’m sure 
any women playing the game will he 
thrilled. 

Down to the games then, which 
consist of Ring Pursuit, Tronic Slider, 
Brain Bowler and Time Jump. 

Technically the best of the lot is 
probably the first. Ring Pursuit, 
which has you racing through the 
rings of Saturn. The object is to out- 
score your opponent by dodging to 
the left and right of red and yellow 
disused spaceships. This is all hap- 
pening in 3D, and there's rocks in 
them there rings. Horribly metallic 
1 hoings resound with every collision. 
L And they come all too regularly. 
* As you move on to the next 

event you'll realise that each 
P' has its own quite stunning title 
page. It’s a pity the games aren't up to 
the same standard. 

Tronic Slider is another exercise in 
3D. decidedly easier lo play with a 
joystick than a mouse. 


You're on this flat playing area 
that's covered in bollards and there's 
this energy blob wobbling around. 
You and your competitor shoot the 
hell out of Mr Blob, which results in 
lots of blobettes. You run them ever 
with your motorised vacuum cleaner 
for the points, before chasing after 
Mr Blob, again. 

It's nicely done, hut can hardly be 
described as a thrill a minute. 

The next event could have heen 
quite good, Alas the programmers 
got too clever for their own good. It 
involves activating and deactivating 
circuits in a brain by means of a 
pointer. 

Mow if this pointer was just an 
ordinary, everyday sort of pointer the 
game would be loo easy. So what you 
have is a 3D pointer which you lire at 
the circuits. Fine, except it wobbles 
around and turns accurate play into 
wishful thinking. 

The last event, Time Jump, is more 
mind- boggling ly naff 3D stuff. You 
attempt to catch sparks crossing the 
screen which are then used to power 
the catapult that hurtles you into the 
next dimension. 

Purple Saturn Day has a number of 
very good features, excellent sound 
effects and some very effective 
graphic sequences. The problem is 
that the individual games are fairly 
uninspiring - there's no real desire to 
compete again and again. 

Duncan Evans 


Purple Saturn Dm 

£24,95 

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Overall - 57% 


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CUSTODIAN 



F KEL like blasting the living 
daylights out of a ravening 
horde of despicable aliens? Good, so 
do 1. And there can be few games l bat 
provide more bangs per buck than 
Hewsnn's latest contribution to ibe 
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variety. Custodian comes packed 
with a bigger range of weaponry than 
even Ram bo would know what to do 
with. 

The aeti on takes place within a 
tomb of unspecified origin but dis- 
tinctly Aztec in appearance^ as is the 
opposition. Indeed, the main cha- 
racter bears more than a passing 
resemblance to Quxzopyalel, the 
A?lec god of alternative ksy boards. 

The tomb is infected with alien 
pods which are draining .ts energy. 
RenEokil has blown out Now it’s up 
to you. Your job is to protect the 
tomb by collecting the pods and de- 
stroying them in the annihilation 
chambers. 

It has to be said that Custodian is 
not art easy game to get into. The 
action is fast and furious. The variety 
of aliens and bewildering array of 
weapons available to you mean that 
your first attempts are likely to be 
short and sweet 

Having said that, at this price the 
last thing you want is a game that 
holds your interest for no more than 
five minutes. Custodian will keep 
you at it for a good deal longer than 
that. 

The alien pods appear at random, 
in a quantity set by the current level 
of play „ up lo a maximum of 20. They 


can Eire a heat-seeking sucker that 
drains your energy. Initially they are 
very weak, hut they grow at intervals, 
becoming more powerful and 
absorbing the tomb energy in the 
process. 

You start the game with a life 
energy . When this is drained you die. 
If the energy level of the tomb 
reaches zero, it shuts down, taking 


you with it. 

You have 1.000 credits with which 
to buy weapons. Credits are won by 
killing aliens and by collecting pods. 
Destroying the pods replenishes your 
energy levels. Weapons are bought or 
sold in the ammunition silos that are 
scattered about the tomb. 

The aliens attack in waves, using a 
variety of weapons and tactics. Vari- 


ous aliens are sensitive to different 
weapons and it is best to select your 
weapons with care if you want to sur- 
vive longer. 

The pods are located by using the 
pud pointer, which indicates the 
nearest one on the map. However, the 
indicator will only work while you 
are not carrying a pod. Collection of 
more than one is possible but must 
ba done blind. 



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The aliens attack in waves, using a rarj'eiy of weapons and tactics 


While carrying a pod you can enter 
m annihilation chamber, regaining 
LH24 energy points as you do so. 
Jnce inside the chamber the pods 
ip pear; they can be destroyed by 
liming and pressing fire. 

If the pods are left alone they grad- 
iMly grow larger until they reach the 
Inal red stage and disappear hack 
nlo the tomb in a weak form so that 
hey have to be Collected again. 

Finally, when all the pods have 
men destroyed, you have to face the 
;uardian of the tomb who is, as you 
nay have guessed, not, at all friendly. 

Mike Raw p Lius 


Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


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■ REVIEWS! 


BILLIARDS SIMULATOR 


A LAVISH baronial retrcal, circa 
1900. Colonel Pemberton is 
about to take his turn at the billiards 
table. On noticing something strange, 
he motions to his faithful friend, 
Smyth: 

"I say, old chap. Coma over hare. 
Don't these Frenchman take damned 
liberties with our game? Where are 
the pockets? What’s this tommy-rot 


about Plutonian gravity? 

"1 quite agree, sir", Smyth sagely 
replies, “It is a frightfully boring 
game, don't you think? One has to 
make impro vein ants to sell it”, 

Ninety years later, when the game 
was converted for the Amiga, it 
tuned out that Smyth was absolutely 
correct. With only three balls on the 
table. Ere did do some extraordinary 



things to try and jazz up the 
game play, 

The table is viewed in rather 
minimalist and unsophisticated 3D, 
with cue motion controlled by the 
mouse, You select the direction io 
which the cue points with the left 
mouse button and the angle it makes 
with the tabletop with the right 
button. 

Instead of contorting yourself and 
splitting your trousers when trying to 
achieve an awkward shot, a few deft 
touches can rotate the table to a more 
sensible position. 

Once that phase is over, you select 
the spin by moving another cursor 
over a small diagram of the cue ball, 
select the strength of shot using a 
slider and finally dick another icon 
to play the shot, miss the two object 
balls completely and collapse with 
exhaustion. 

The scoring system is not 
explained. The best thing to do is try 
to hit as many balls together as pos- 
sible and hope the computer will be 
generous enough to give you a soli* 
tary point. 

There are a few twists. Gravity can 
be fiddled with by setting the game 
on different planets. You can alter the 


elasticity of the cushions, the width 
of the cue tip and the roughness of 
the cloth. 

The fundamental problem with 
Billiards Simulator is that there is 
very little challenge involved: No 
target score, no excitement, no fancy 
displays as a reward, not even, a 
derisory beep for each point. 

The graphics are reasonably good, 
particularly an the menu screens, 
and there are recognisable effects and 
an excellent jazz piano soundtrack 
which plays before the game. But 
they don’t make up for the poor 
gameplay and lack of realism. 

Ala st air Scott 


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Overall - 35% 


TRACK SUIT MANAGER 



A scrolling commentary keeps you in touch 


M EDIUM wash, spin dry, cool 
iron, do not bleach. That's 
about the best way 1 know of manag- 
ing a track suit. Others may beg to 
differ. Surely the good people at 
Again Again haven't sunk to the 
depths of producing a laundry simu- 
lator? 

Not quite. What they have done is 
write a football management game. 
Now before you switch off your 
Amiga Computing to go and do 
something less boring, Track Suit 
Manager is different- Gone are the 
days of "You have no dosh - press 99 
to restart" and mammoth negative 
loans. This is purely a game of two 
teams and 90 minutes, Brian. 

You are an international team man- 
ager, and all you are interested in is 
winning the Nations Cup, 

The loading screen shows a rea- 
sonably poor rendition of the box 
cover - a worried footballer on the 
right, and a manager who just hap- 
pens tn be wearing a tracksuit fran- 
tically yawning at him. Doesn’t bode 
too well, does it? 

The next bit is choosing the team, 
Stick to being England unless you 
want to type in at least 30 different 
players. You can view the entire 
number of available players and 
check their performance before you 


choose your squad. 

Choosing the team is great. Com- 
modore Amiga (Inc, (R), (Cj, TM, et 
al) gave you a mouse and a nice set of 
routines to handle it. Track Suit Man- 
ager has a menu system. What does it 
use - a joystick. Very logical. 

The absence of any noise 
whatsoever, the total lack of graphics 
and a Save to Tape option smacks of 
a hurried conversion. I went to all the 
bother of getting a cassette deck 
wired up and the option printed, 
“This is not an option.” Pah I 
Once you've got your team chosen, 
you can watch matches, scout 
matches, arrange matches, arrange 
lours and even play a match if one 


comes up in your group. Watching a 
match involves trying to read scrol- 
ling commentary and keeping one 
eye on a white line representing the 
field position of the ball. 

The speed of the match can be 
varied from a minute per second to 
about a minute per fifteen seconds. 
Playing a match is the same, except 
you can alter team tactics and 
substitute players, 

Everything about the team and the 
players can be changed. Individual 
attacking styles, defence, marking, 
team formation - you name it, you 
can probably change iL 
Somebody somewhere has spent a 
very long time on Track Suit Man- 


ager. Much thought went into its con- 
ception. Unfortunately, very little has 
gone into the Amiga version. 

No use whatever has been made of 
the Amiga’s nice tittle treats, apart 
from charging an Amiga price. So 
what possibly can be said in its 
favour? If you’re a strategist, you 
won't get much out of it. An arcade 
fiend won’t get anything out of it. 
Adventurers will probably wander 
off elsewhere. Who is going to buy it? 

Ill tell you who - football fiends! If 
you can recite the Association rules 
backwards in Sanskrit for extra 
points you’ll love it. 

But if you are not already sold on 
football, it won’t convert you. Its 
presentation is. frankly, dire. 

Stewart C. Russell 


Track Suit Mttnapftr 

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PHANTOM FIGHTER 



M ACMIXDUNK chewed off the 
end of his cigar and spat it 
out, “The Badlands are full of aliens 
from across time and space, 1 shall 
come with von", he said. 

“Where are the Badlands?" I 
asked 

' Turn left after the Kastylands, 
keep on past the Wickedlands. Before 
I was an elder I was a geography 
teacher", said MacMixDune chewing 
off more of his cigar. 

"If you’re so smart, why do you 
sound like a McDonalds special?" 

BigMacMeal shrugged and 
d imbed into the Phantom Fighter. As 
I climbed Lit with him I noticed the 
loading screen was very pretty. Sud- 
denly the Phantom Fighter rushed 
forward at breakneck speed. It 
slowed down as a hand of angry 
aliens loomed over the horizon. 

"Looks like Psygnosis's Menace to 
me”, I said. 

"Sort of,,. I suppose' 1 . BigMac- 
FreeDrink turned red. 

“It's exactly like Psygnosis's 
Menace, except not so good. Stuff 
this Fora game of soldiers, I'm going 
back to playing Amiga Elite", I said, 


parachuting out of the Phantom 
Fighter, As 1 drifted down towards 
home 1 heard CheeseHurgerFren- 
chFries call out: "I bet it crashes on 

you,," 

Although originality is in short 
supply nowadays, you can get away 
with ripping off games like R-Type 
and Nemesis without shame if you 
produce a game of arcade quality. 
Emerald Software has failed to do 
this. In fact if you put your nose very 
close to the manual you can almost 


smell a hot day in a Korean sweat 
shop. 

The action. If you can call it that, 
takes place on five horizontally and 
vertically scrolling screens. Upset 
aliens swirl around in front of you, 
leaving icons to give you more 
firepower, Since this is obviously not 
in their interest, why they do (his is a 
mystery, 

At the end of each screen an alien, 
and usually the same alien, gets mad 
and spits more flames than a fire 


eater with a bad cough. How many 
times have you done this before? 

Polish and style is very important, 
especially in Amiga games; Phantom 
Fighter is suffering from a distinct 
lack of both. Using the system text 
font for the score line is pure laziness. 
And after the first screen you II have 
seen all the aliens - only the back- 
ground and attack formations change. 

Since the main reason people stay 
glued to their screens is to tackle new 
aliens, half the fun is lost. Having 
said that, the backgrounds are very 
pretty - but the music is terrible. 

Hugh Allen 


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O NCE loaded, the well-sampled 
voice of a young girl giggles 
and tells you, in French, that she 
wants to play with yon, Who could 
refuse an offer like that? Not me. 
After clicking a mouse button, a 
well drawn pair of decidedly male 
hands appears, holding the cards 
which you have been dealt. The 
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usual rales; you can elect to stay or 
bet on your hand, then depending on 
what the French sort does, you can 
call, raise or drop [fold}. All options 
are selecled with ease using the 


mouse and pointer. 

The number of chips you pnssess, 
the amount in the pot and the amount 
the m'elte has are all displayed in a 
clear comic-look font. IS" the poor girl 
loses more chips than she currently 
owns, she buys some more from you 
by removing an article of clothing. 

As she gels colder and colder, her 
remaining clothes become more 
valuable and her skill with the raids 
increases. 

At times it is very, very bard to 
believe she is not operating with 
some insider information. 



The pictures are superbly drawn, mostly in flesh tones 


The graphics, which let's face it are 
the main reason for playing the 
game, are not digitised. Instead they 
Stave been superbly drawn, mostly in 
flesh tones, by Jocelyn Valais. 

If you keep winning the girl will 
shed her clothes and a new picture is 
loaded. This continues until she has 
absolutely nothing more to swap. At 
this point you can safely assume that 
you have won. 

There is no animation - your cards 
simply plop on to the screen. Syn- 
chronising Fifi's mouth to her speech 
would have been well worth the 
extra effort involved, and! perhaps a 
further touch of realism could have 
been added by applying a shaking 
motion to the hands holding the 
cards. 

The sampled voice will giggle and 
tell you whether or not you have lost 
the hand. After you have amassed a 
few hundred chips the computer will 
utter: "Ohh... OuL, Encore!" Ahem. 
If you thought that the female option 
of the "say" command supplied with 
the Amiga was disappointing, then 
this'll make up for it, 

Some of the sounds get quite close 
to the limit of innocence - when the 
girl is getting quite chilly, for 
example, a touch of the space bar will 
illicit a moan that sounds like she has 
j ust discovered something better than 
a 40 meg hard disc boiled to her 


Amiga on Christmas morning. 

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gram. Once you have succeeded in 
removing all the clothes you are 
unlikely to want to spend more time 
trying to do the same thing again. 

1 did succeed in playing the game 
to its conclusion - purely for research 
you understand. Unfortunately 1 did 
it in only one sitting, even if it was 1 1 
hours. The end picture was well 
worth waiting for. 

Teenage Queen goes way beyond 
the Benny Hill, even if the drawings 
are of a stylised quality rather than 
photographic standard, To avoid 
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A cate little multi-dittiemhmai pines called Vagapolli 



T HE first time we see the Amiga 
doing (he biz with a game, we 
surely think: "Cor, well E never did!" 
Or words to that effect, Sound and 
graphics to make a grown man weep, 
and with initial impressions not far 
short of the illegal. 

But Lhen we go: "Hmmm, what’s 
the game like?", That, my friends, 
could well be another story. 

Titan just oozes French style. Even 
the disc manages to exude Baltic flair 
and still Hi in the drive. OK. so maybe 
Titan has you charging about with a 
bat after a ball, but there's plenty of 
scope in that scenario. 

You're thinking that you've seen 
them all - Arkanoid, Giganoid, 
Veryanoid - they're everywhere, and 


they're ail the same. Titan isn't. 

First of all, you can charge about in 
four directions. Secondly, the ball 
can't disappear off the bottom of the 
screen. Now there’s a turnip for the 
books, 

The thing is. we're in the future 
here - 2114 to be precise - in a cute 
little multi-dimensional place called 
Vcgapolis. There are too many 
people in Vega pot is, and the city 
fathers have to find a way of getting 
rid of some of them without anyone 
realising exactly what is going on. 

Mr Hihrys, an analytic conceplor 
by trade, suggests a new leisure 
dimension where people can 
compete against (unjnatural forces. 
The prize for coming out the other 


side is 1.UUI1 Kronurs - loads of dosh 
in Vegapolean terms. 

Hopefully, enough people will be 
lured into trying their luck, but not 
enough will be able to complete it lo 
win the money. Even in the future. 
City Hall policies remain the same. 

So we've got our multi -facetted 
magnetic bal thingy and a roundish 
sort of energy blob, which could in a 
bad tight be Jcen for a ball. The only 
things that can do us any harm are 
those skulls that are dotted about, 
possibly the remains of past 
competitors. 

White ones are plain nasty and do 
for anything, bat or ball, Green ones 
- mould T presume - do for the ball 
but are a rather nice line in munchies 



for the bat. What are these Titus guys 
on? Where can I get some of it? 

The first couple of screens don't 
have skulls, so basically your job is 
waiting till those screens are over. 
Twiddle your thumbs too much 
though and you lose one of your 
myriad lives. 

In later screens your job is almost 
purely to stop the ball hitting the nas- 
ties, occasionally giving it a dunt just 
to stop it getting bored. 

There are various types of blocks 
which appear, disappear, allow 
one-way traffic, get in the way. con- 
found. confuse... 

Energiser blocks arc a hit cunning 

- they allow you to alternate places 
with the hall, along with a melodic 
little sample which sounds almost 
totally unlike the odd bit in the Star 
Trek theme. This allows real strategic 
play, or is great just for the hell of 
hearing the wee noise. And you 
thought reviewers were at least semi- 
sentient. 

All this action is conducted on a 
scrolling, overscanned playing field: 
which, if you use the mouse, 
increases the viability of an ongoing 
vomit situation. They would insist in 
having a patterned background, 
wouldn't they? A manic gladiator 
beats hammers away in the 
background, and most of the other 
FX are sort of drummish, 

Like most Titus games, loading is 
accompanied by a sampled tune. 
This time it's quite adequate and is 
actually not off key. All the nice 
watery effects on the title screen and 
mammoth high -score table are 
pretty, but serve little purpose 
beyond initial Wow! value, 
the promise of 80 levels may be 
daunting, but the game can he saved 
and restarted with the hill number of 
lives so it is more of a test of patience 
than anything else. 

Since all you do is supervise the 
ball - it’s too last to follow - the game 
is really rather dull. There is nothing 
to force you to keep playing, let alone 
stay awake. So there might have been 
many man years of work put into this 

- the skill's there, the will’s there, the 
game play isn't. 

Stewart C. Russell 


Titan 

£24M 

Titus Software 



Overall - 58% 




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4TH & INCHES 



I SN'T it amazing how clever these 
American football (hereafter 
football! players are? I mean, they all 
go to university and they all come out 
with degrees. So maybe they have to 
spend at least 30 hours a week out- 
side training, but why cart'l we he 
like that? Then again, how many of 
us would want a degree in Applied 
Running About or Advanced 
Drooling? 

4th and Inches is all about the tac- 
tics and skills of football. Best played 
with a joystick - in port 1 , a pain for 
single players - it includes two- 
player options using mouse or stick, 
timing options of five lo 15 minutes 
per quarter, and a Biblical quote 
from a guy called Paul. 

It's also got some semi-rancid 
tunes, which initially sound Lovely 
hut drive you up the wall when you 
realise they’re played every down. 

As with the real game, there are 
many possible plays with many vari- 
ations on each, involving different 
combinations of players. Other 
things that stay the same are the silly 
names. Shorts and Nickels are defen- 
sive: Double Tight Ends and Pro Sets 
are offensive. And quite rightly, loo. 


You have four downs to gain 10 
yards, otherwise you lose possession. 
The first thing to do is choose the 
formation - five are given, with the 
sensible one as default. You make 
your choice and the little chaps rush 
into formation. 

Next you have lo choose the play - 
again, five are given. Finally you 
select the position that will do the 
action. Football freaks will be 
incredulous at the lack of jargon used 
here. 

If you choose a totally gaga option 


when making an offensive play, the 
program burps at you. The guys at 
Accolade must have spent hours 
drinking Coke and jumping up and 
down in front of the mike. 

Virtually anything goes defen- 
sively - but not very effectively if it's 
really implausible. Jt can be a little 
annoying lo see a carefully planned 
play result in a 38 yard gain for the 
opposition. 

The playfseld doesn’t scroll along, 
instead it flicks in the manner that 
some Sports productions do, with a 


Hash to the next view. This is all very 
well, but the action is usually split up 
just when your running back is about 
to get creamed. The little chaps, who 
in real life are anything but Little, are 
neatly produced with clean graphics 
and good animation. 

The computer opposition is 
utterly fallible and will gladly leave 
plays incomplete just to make you 
happy. They still tend to heal you 
27^3, hut you can't have everything. 

41 h & Inches makes you want to 
play it, even though the tunes make 
you want to join the Neighbours 
School of "Acting". 

Stewart C. Russell 


4th & Inches 
£19.91) 

US Gold 


Sound 


Graphics 

Gameplay 

Value 


Overall — 71% 



THE MUNSTERS 


A merican tv in the mid sos 

was hoi on cute spooks. Shows 
like Bewitched, where a puckish 
housewife did nothing more scary 
than twitch her nose, were all the 
rage. Another shadowy sitcom was 
The Ministers, a hit over there but 
never quite a cult on this side of the 
Atlantic. 

However, any famous TV show is 
worth hanging a license on, and so 
we get, 25 years after the first 
broadcasts crypt out, The Ministers 
computer game. 

The running gag of the show' was 


that although caked in mad Max 
Factor and looking like death 
warmed up. the members of family 
Munster were nice guys and ghouls. 

The game is based on the idea that 
as a punishment for all this niceness 
the Prince of Darkness has sent his 
truly evil mobsters to kidnap the one 
normal character, Marilyn, In order 
to release her from the demonic 
clutches, the rest of the Ministers 
have to wander through their house, 
collecting bits in the right order. 

It takes three Ministers to get 
through the game, you control each 


in lurti. First off is Lily, who gels this, 
that and the other and activates 
Granpa, who then has to head off 
somewhere else followed by 
Herman, who finally lakes over. 

Against the massed ranks of Old 
Nick's army you have spells. These 
look remarkably like glowing tennis 
balls - ever seen a glowing tennis 
ball? But loh them at the spooky spr- 
ites which infest Schloss Munster 
and y ou wont go far w rong. 

The house is depicted in two 
dimensions. You can walk along (he 
floor or up and down stairs, but that’s 
it for manoeuvres, 

The graphics are pretty, lots of 
background detail and interesting 
objects which, if you can't collect 
them, do absolutely nothing. Once 
collected, objects disappear for good 
and play no further role in the game 
beyond letting the character 
complete his, her or its part in the, 
erm, plot. 

The ectoplasmic enemy swoop 
from out of the ceiling, behind the t 
doors or horn (he stairwell. Some nan 
be zapped by the balls, others have to 
be dodged. This isn’t always pos- 
sible, and close study of the peram- 
bu la lory habits of the nastier 
customers is needed to prevent an all 
loo Frequent demise. 


There's only one life per game, and 
this is lost either as a result of energy 
depletion by lots of small spooks, or 
by total lifeforca removal following a 
brush with a really evil entity. 

This game is so scary that it fright- 
ened my Amiga into not working 
unless 1 look out its extra memory' 
and bid it under the duvet. "Amiga - 
All Models" boasts the box. This is 
not true - only 512k machines will 
run The Munstcrs. 

The fact that there is precious little 
to do is partially hidden by the way 
in which it is far loo easy to die and 
start again from the beginning. Pic- 
tures are so-so, sound is minimal, as 
is the chance of this game holding 
any Amiga owner's interest for lore 
than 10 minutes. 

Rupert Goodwins 


The .Wtim'frrv 
£t§M 
Again Again 



Overall - 42% 



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A wright poke pickers , it’s Max “ The hacks” 
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Party was something you voted for in 
Hungary but the chap who knows 
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“Play the game he says", good tip - 
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Thanks, by the way (BTW to all 
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life, There is the athlete Icon Billy, the 
'60s singing duo Icon Tina Turner 
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Sod an: A replay bug for infinite lives 


April 1‘Jb’J AMIGA COMPUTING 81 









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through luck mainly, hut the poke 
routine finds it. This is why the 
routine is so large - it has to rewrite 
part of the game initialise code. 


REM INFINITE LIVES FOR 

REM '(HURST GRISTLE 

REM COPYRIGHT 1989, St JUSTIN G. 

REM FOR AMIGA COMPUTING, 

tot=0 

FOR n=A5»752fi TO 45B994S STEP 2 

READ aS 

s«VAL(’fih F +a*l 

tOt-tGt+i 

POKEW n,i;P0K(W (n+?44M 
NEXT n 

IF THIN GOTO secti on2 

PRINT 'The r-e is an error in the data 
END 

section!: 

c»ieat=458752& 

CALL cheat 


< 

Obviously a good song fur a 
compilation. I’ll award a suitable 
prize for the best list to the usual 
address. But beware, anything you 
can do Icon do better. 

Chop, chop, a whole load of hints 
from Sena Kove, most of which we've 
had before. But the hint for Carrier 
Command - pause with the mouse 
and type GROW OLD ALONG WITH 
ME is one we've not printed, but the 
one I like is for Chubby Gristle, type 
BUUURRP. Justin Gavinovic doesn't 


live far from Senna (up Ihe Ruislip 
Road, turn left at the White Hart and 
turn right at the top). So perhaps 
there is something funny about 
people who live in Middlesex that 
makes them like Chubby Gristle. 

Justin and his friend Andrew Hine 
have some pokes for the game. This 
routine will produce a disc error. As 
usual ignore it. Sorry about the funny 
format of the data lines, its because of 
a bug in AntigaBasic, honest. 

As a matter of interest this routine 
also has to fix a bug within the game. 
The bug doesn't show' up normally, 


W T ho says games aren't educational? 
Lombard RAC Rally from Mandarin 
tests your general knowledge on all 
things that go brooom in the forest- 
Graham Hay has contributed his 
answers for the television interview: 
The Russian Rally team is called The 
State Rally team: a Sierra is 4.46m 
long; the winner of the 17th New 
Zealand Rally was Franz Whitt man 
and the Ypres Rally in Belgium is 
held over 24 hours. 

You also need to know that the 
RAC British mutorsports yearhook is 


Lombard RAC Rally: What da points make? 


DATA 61i0,0BAA,337C,0002,00U,42A9 
DATA 002E,237:,000 0,0400, 0024, 237t 
DATA 0006,0B00,0028,4EAE,fE3B,33F: 
DATA 7FFF l 00DF,F0?C,45f 9,0000,0400 
DATA 41FA,B02A,2KA,0006,00F2,6100 
DATA 0(14,43^9,0000,0500,41 FA ,0038 
DATA 61 00 ,0003, 4EF 9, 8086 ,0001,7028 
DATA 2408,51(8 

DATA FFFC,4E75,41F8,4E7S,30BC,4EF9 
DATA 217C, 0000,0500, 0002, 7060, 1140 
DATA 3D98,1 140, 04DC,W9, 0000,4(00 
DATA 4ED6, 41 F8,B064,20BC, 0000,9(02 
DATA 21TC, 0000, 9D22, 0004, 217(, 0000 
DATA BI6A,000C,41 F9,00DF, F09A,30BC 

DATA (009,30BC,3fFMEFM00ME*2 

DATA 2(79,0000, 0004,93(MEAE,FEDA 

DATA 45FA,009(,2480,43FA,00B4,4EAE 
DATA F(9E,43FA,002E,4280,4281,41FA 
DATA 0014,4EAE,FE44,4THA,001E,45FA 
DATA 006A,234A,000E,4E75, 7472, 6163 
DATA 6664, 6973, 682E, 6465, 7669, 6365 


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REM INFINITE LIVES FOR 
REM ■PACRftNIA' 

REM COPYRIGHT 196?. O'* JUSTIN G. 

REN FOR AMIGA COMPUTING. 

ted=0 

FOR n=456752t TO 4569068 STEP 2 

READ as 

a=VAL('6D"+j|> 

tot=tot*a 

POICEN n,a:P0KEG Cn+ISSM 
NEXT n 

IF tot=?47760S THEN GOTO section? 
PRINT THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE DATA.' 
END 

section?: 
cheat *4567521 

call eheet 

DATA 615?,337C,000?,001t,4?A9,002C 
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DATA 0000, 0028, 4EAE,FE3S,33fC,7FFr 
DATA 00DF,F09C,45FM005,0000,23CA 
DATA 0006,01 5A,4CFA,000f, 0000,480? 
DATA 0 00 F, 4E F9, 0006, 000C,33FC, 6018 
DATA 0000,D34E,4DF9,0000,4C00,4EDi 
DATA 2C79, 0000, 0004, ?3C9,4EAE,FEDA 
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specialised keywords that only 
experts or specialists would use. Not 
so. 

For a start, INSTR is extremely 
useful for validating user input. Take 
a look at Listing I. The subroutine of 
greatest interest is Get.keypress. Once 
entered it cannot be returned from 
until the user has pressed one of the 
keys the program wants pressed. The 
valid keys - known in the 
programming game as hot keys - are 
held in the variable valid$. 

At the start of Get.keypress, the 
variable keypressed is initialised to 
zero, and it will remain I hat way until 
the line; 

Jceypressed=INSTRigati 

sets it otherwise. This line tries to 
match the string inS — the key you 
pressed - with the string vaiidS. If it 
finds that in$ is part of vaftd$ it 
assigns the value equal to the position 
of the first occurrence of in$ to the 
variable key pressed. 

In terms of Listm*', 1, this means that 
if, for example, vaiidS holds the string 
YN, then if Y is pressed key pressed 
will be set to the value 1 and if N is 
pressed it will he set to 2, If any other 
key is pressed keypressed will remain 
as zero. If this confuses, Figure I 
should put you right. 

Back in the calling subroutine. 

Ask. nosey. questions, the value of the 
variable keypressed is stored away in 
another variable for future use - male 
or married, for example. 

In the Initialise, variables subroutine 
two variables have been set up, yes 
and no, to hold the values 1 and 2, 
These are used instead of numbers in 

in$~"E’‘ ; val id$- "ABCOEFG" 
keypressed=5 — t 

in$= B": val id$= 'ABCDEFG" 
keypressed- 2 — . f 

l n$- " Z " : va 1 i d$= ” ABCDEFG " 
keypressed=0 

Figure I: How INSTR works 



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Mai n loop : 

GOSUB Ini tiali se. variables 
GOSUB Ask. nosey. questions- 
GOSUB Print. results 
PRINT : END 

Ask, nosey. quest ions; 

PRINT 'Are you Rale or feiale? tN/F) 
validS^NF'iGOSUB 6et.k<ypi'«ss:nale=keypr«ss«(f 
PRINT "Are you Harried or not Married? tN/H > 
vi lidSs’MN i &DSUB Get. keypress tmar ried=key pressed 
PRINT 'Are you bald or hairy*? (B/H) J ; 

V a L i GO SUB Get .keypress :ba Cypress ed 

PRINT 'Are you t lever or thick? (C/TJ 

val i dis'CTV: GO SUB Get .keypress :ctever=keypressed 

RETURN 


Listing I 


Print. resu Its; 

PRINT:PRINT 'Ok, you are a 

IF Rirried=no THEN PRINT backspace!;'*) un'; 

PRINT 'Rarried, 

IF bald=yes THEN PRINT 'bald and ELSE PRINT 'hairy, 

IF glever^yes THEN PRINT 'clever ELSE PRINT thick 

IF nale-yes THEN PRINT 'Man.' ELSE PRINT \oian.' 
RETURN 

Get .keypress : 
keypressed=B 
WHILE keypressedifl 

Loop; inJRUCASElClNKETJhif in$=” THEN loop 
krypressed=INSTR(vaLidS,inS) 

WEN P 

PRINT in* 

RETURN 

Initiali se. variables: 
yes*1 :nos2 
backspace J-ChrSIG’j 
RETURN 


the Print.resuits subroutine. They 
make the program more readable - it 
is obvious at a glance what is going 
on in a line like IF male— yes THEN... 
whereas IF male = I THEN... is totally 
confusing to anyone except the 
original programmer. 

The Get. keypress subroutine can be 
used to test for as many hot keys as 
can be held in the string validS - 
even numbers, which when all is said 
and done are just more Ascii 
characters. So, 

validl-'1234567J59":GnsUB Get .keypress 

would return with key pressed holding 
the exact number the user has chosen 
and could therefore be used directly 
in an ON..GOSUB statement: 

ON keypressed GOSUB Sub1,Sub2 ... 


N OW we are going to see how 
INSTR can be used to split up 
a sentence into its separate words, 
and do a rudimentary parse- To 
isolate a word we need to know its 
boundaries, or to use the correct 
jargon, its delimiters. 

Words in English can be delimited 
by quite a few punctuation marks, but 
at the end of the day each word in a 
sentence, except maybe the first, will 
be preceded by a space. This is the 
character - CHR#(32) - we will look 
for to show us where a new word 
starts. 

Listing II shows the technique. 

Enter Split. sentence with the sentence 


to be spill held in the string in$ and 
the subroutine will exit with the 
separate words of the sentence held in 
the wordSQ array. 

Note that you should dimension 
this array to the greatest number of 
words you would expect the user to 
type. In the initialisation subroutine 
I've dimensioned it to 10, but 30 or 40 
would probably be safer figures. 

In the splitting subroutine the 
sentence is first assigned to a 
temporary variable, temp$, then we 
look for a space character and set up 
a counter for use in the WHILE ... 
WEND loop. 

The first line in that loop assigns all 
the characters up to but not including 
the first space - if one is found - to 
wordS(courtt), then the next line 
knocks this word, and the space, off 
the sentence before the loop 
increments the counter, checks for 
another space and goes round again. 


After the loop has executed — or not 
if in S was a single word and 
contained no spaces - one word is 
still not assigned to the wordff) array. 
This is cither the first and only word 
of the sentence, or the very last - the 
line before RETURN takes care of this 
job. 

The routine is still just a shell. 
Routines to check for empty strings 
and punctuation marks need to be 
added - but now you have the basics 
I'm sure you can do the rest. 


PART from detecting single 
characters, INSTR can also be 
used to spot the presence or not of a 
shorter string within e longer one. 
Again, the value returned will be the 
position where the shorter target 

► 


Splitting a sentence 
Mai n Loop ; 

GOSUB Ini t i ali se. variables 
G 0 SU 6 SpLi t .sentence 
GOSUB Print . results 

END 

Initiali se. variables : 

DIN uordldfl) 

r n J-'Ge t the hat and wear it' 
RETURN 

Split, sentence; 

Listing II 


tenpS^inS 

space .pa si ti on"INSTRCt enpS,CHRJ (32) J 
tount s 1 

WHILE space. ,posi tion>8 
vprqtf cpurtlsL£FTiCtEBpi,spa:e.pDsi tion-1 } 
t eipt=RI GHTl£te#pt,LEN(te«pJ> -space. posit i on) 
£QUrtt=tOLintM 

spaee.posi tion s INSTR ( teip$,EHRJ( 32 ) 5 
WEND 

uqrdSlc ownt ) -tempS 
RETURN 

Print. results: 

PRINT;PRINT inSlPRINT 

FUR loop-1 TO count:PRINT looo; oordSUoop) :NE!U 
PRINT : RE TURN 



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WHILE NOT bored 
GOSJB Ini tia list. variables 
60 SUB Set* MO-rd 
MOfdJd ) = i n$ 

60SUB Parse, yo r d 
WEND; END 

Ini tiil i se.Vifi ables: 

knowla’TAKEdPfiOPdCLiNBSPEAKBJISTABVEM': RETURN 
Get .yord: 

INPUT -Enter * word ’;i n»: i nS=UCASE« t i nl> ; RETUHN 
Parse. word: 

tenr.pS=HcrdS ( 1 ) : sp= 1%IST ft 1 1 enp*,C hRS < 32 > ) 

IF sp>« THEN teipt=LEFTItteiipi,sp-13 

Loop: IF LENCteuptKS THEN tetp$-te>p$*'r:SOTO Loop 


ahatls LEFTS ( tenpS ,53 inheres INSTIt(knPet,yhPtS) 

IF whe r e =0 THEN Exit ELSE branch=INT(wliere/ 5) +1 
ON branch GGRUB Take, Prop, tl ifiio^Speak, Naughty, Bye 
Exit: HETURF* 

Take: 

PRINT ‘You take ii. r :RETUNN 
JTrop: 

PRINT -Ok, Dropped, -:RETU«N 
CLilb: 

PRINT 'Hot? Up thereT':RETLIRN 
Speak: 

PRINT 'Speak to yHio?'; RETURN 
Naughty: 

PRINT 'So are you J'; RETURN 
Bye: 

PRINT ■Toodlepip. p :bored=(1=13 RETURN 


Listing III 


use 


string starts within the longer 
searched string, or zero if it is not 
found. This is where TNSTR can help 
us do a hit of parsing. 

Before wc move on to Listing III 
though. Jet me introduce you to the 
extra parameter in INSTR, the “start 
position". Take a look at Figure II. 
Notice that because we’ve designated 
the search to start from the ninth 
character in the string, when 
searching for THE it finds the second 
occurrence, not the first. 

Had we designated 1 as the start 
position for the search, the first THE 
would have been found instead. 
Notice also that a target string of CAT 
returns the value of zero, meaning the 
search failed. If you don’t understand 
why, go back to the beginning of this 
article and start again. And this time, 
take it slowly. 

Right, back to our programming. 
Keeping our adventure scenario 
going, we now know how to split the 


rfhero = INSTR ( 9, Swarehedi , target! ) 

\ 

. . . and Took 
start s«*rCh1rtB / for this 

froffl tn* gth / string* 

character Of thU string, T . 

*«*rch+dJ=THE cat sat on ihie ha t m 


tar9*tt=-SAT* 
w fie- re = 9 



targets* "THE " 


targets "CAT H 
whereto 


Figure II: Using INSTR' 5 extra parameter 


sentence up we can make some 
assumptions, the main one being that 
the first word, woni$fl), will be a 
verb - take, drop, clirab and so on. 

If we pack all the words we want 
our program to understand — or, at 
least, the first five letters of each word 
- together into one long string, we 
can use INSTR firstly to tell us 
whether the word is understood or 
not, and then to branch the program 
to a subroutine which deals with that 
particular word. 

The program's vocabulary - the 
first five letters of each word - would 
be held in the variable know$. If a 
word is less than five letters, fill it out 
with a dummy character. I've used 
hashes. (Good morning, judge.) 

The line labelled Loop: in the 
Parse, word subroutine does the same 
thing to the temporary variable tempS 
so that the program doesn’t crash 
when the next line lops off the first 
five characters of the word in order to 
process them. If the word we typed in 
was only three letters long, and if wc 
hadn’t filled out the word, this line 
would crash because it would be 
looking for five letters in a three-letter 
word. 

The instruction where =INS TK 
(know$,what$) is the one that checks 
to see if the word you typed is in the 
program's vocabulary. If it isn’t, the 
variable where exits from the INSTR 
function with a value of zero, which 
is the signal that Listing HI doesn't 
speak your language. 

In my program I’ve only instructed 
control to jump to the RETURN 
statement, in practice you would deal 


with this by branching to a "je nc 
comprends pas” subroutine, 

The branch = INT( where/ 5 )+l 
calculation before the ON..GOSUB 
line is there because the variable 
where can’t be used in its present 
form, In the example program where 
will return from INSTR holding the 
value 1, 6, 11, 16, 21 or 26, We need 
to convert this sequence to 1, 2, 3, 4, 
5, 6 for ON. .GO SUB, and this is done 
by integer-dividing where by five and 
adding one. 

If ynur program’s vocabulary 
consisted of the first four letters of 
each word, then the division would 
he hv four; if it was the first six 
letters, the division would he hy six. 
Whatever you divide by though, you 
will have to add one to the result. 

The variable branch holds the new 
value that sends control of the 
program to the subroutine which 
most closely understands the word in 
question. 

So far we’ve only parsed the first 
word of the sentence, and these 
special subroutines are where you 
would begin to investigate the rest of 
it - the words held in the word$() 
array. 

If the verb, for instance, is "take’’, 
then you know there is going to be a 
noun somewhere in the sentence, so a 
second parsing subroutine to deal 
with these objects needs to be 
executed — presuming, of course, that 
there is more than one object lying 
around. 

The technique is almost identical to 
that which we have just been 
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92 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1989 















■LETTERS* 



If you don't ask, 
you won't learn 

THERE is an ASK command on my 
Workbench, which is version 1,2* 
Please could you tell me what it is for 
and haw to use it? 

Ian I ley wood, 
North Wales, 

The ASK tonunand is used to prompt 
for a yes or no answer within a batch 
Flic, such as your Startup-Sequence 
contained in the S director}'. While it 
is supplied on 1.2 discs , it is really a 
1.3 command, documented in the 1.3 
expander manual. The following lines 
demonstrate its use: 

Filial ? 

Ask "Should I stop? £y/rt)* 

Echo ’Goats, then Ml go further* 

The computer waits for you to type 
either yes or no (Y or N) followed by 
Return , If something else is entered 
ASK waits until a correct answer is 
given. 

If you press N an error code of zero 
is returned. Press Y and the error is 
set to 5. Because you have a Fuihtt 5 
in the first line, getting an error 5 will 
stop the command File and go buck to 
CU. 

Plug-in power 

T NOTICED an advert on page 74 of 
your fifth issue for a 68010 plug-in 
replacement CPU for the A 5 00 costing 
£21, It states that the replacement 
CPU can he easily fitted and can 
increase the speed of some programs 
by up to 22 per cent. Please could 
you tell me whether it would be a 
worthwhile investment or not? 

Stuart Paterson, 
Scotland. 

Fitting an MC68010 processor into 
your Amiga can increase 
performance, ft will run standard 
programs between 8 per cent and 50 
per cent faster. You may see a 
significant improvement in programs’ 
running if they use lots of multiply, 
divide and looping operations - it 



will really depend on die software. 

Modification of your machine is 
very simple - you only have to 
replace the main processor - but you 
should know what you are doing to 
carry this out as the operation will 
invalidate your warranty. 

Some badly written programs will 
not work with the new chip. Some 
friends who have upgraded their 
machines to work with a 68010 say it 
is not worth the hassle. Some have 
even gone back to using the old 
68000. In short, if you need to ask, 
the upgrade is not for you. 


and run it from the Startup-Sequence. 
This will remove your expansion 
memory and not leave Workbench in 
the way to interfere. 

The second method to try — it 
works particularly well with Textcraft 
- is to use a utility program on Fish 
Disc 36 called Fixhunk. This can be 
used on programs that play up when 
additional memory is attached, ft will 
read through Textcraft and change it 
to allow it to run with your 
expansion. 

Fish Disc 36 is available free if you 
join ICPUG (01-346 0650} or you can 
buy it from Cavendish Commodore 
Centre (0533 550993). 

You will have to remove the A501 
to run your games. 


Less is more 

1 RECENTLY bought an A3U1 ram 
expansion and am very disappointed 
that I can no longer run several 
programs — Textcraft, Leaderboard, 
Winter Games, Ports of Call and 
Hardball, I have tried loading 
Workbench and running the 
NoEastMom routine, but to no avail. 

Is there any solution to this 
problem, which in addition to being 
an expensive waste of software is also 
causing great inconvenience because I 
have lots of important data stored in 
Textcraft? 

Ray Harris, 
Defence Audit Centre, 
BFPO. 

Some of the programs you have 
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with Workbench and NoFastMem. 
Textcraft happens to he one of them. 
You can try two things. First copy 
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1 WONDER if you could help me, a 
newcomer to the Amiga scene, get my 
four-year-old printer to work with my 
Amiga 50U, I have Kickstart 1.3 
resident and my printer is a Star 
Gemini 10X, fully functional with my 
old computer. Unfortunately, none of 
the resident printer drivers seem to 
work. 

Choosing the Custom option from 
Preferences and using the escape 
codes from the printer manual has no 
effect at all. Although selecting the 
Epson option results in the printer 
working, all I get is a series of 
character deep, fully shaded 
horizontal lines, 

The only other pari of my 
equipment which is non standard is 
the parallel printer cable from an 
Amstrad PC1512. My dealer assures 
me that this lead is identical to the 
Amiga one. 

K. Cranna, 
Lancashire. 

Now that Workbench 1.3 is officially 
available, pop down to your local 
dealer and get one. In the printer 
drivers on the Extras disc you will 

► 


April IMS AMIGA COMPUTING 93 




■LETTERS* 


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find a driver called EpsonXOld. This 
supports the Epson X series and the 
Star Micronics Gemini 1(PX. 

We use an Amstrad printer cable 
and have bed no problems with 9 
pin, 24 pin, daisywheel and laser 
printers , We offer the same advice to 
Mr Durrans , who has a similar 
problem with his MPS125Q. 


Over protective 

I AM in the fourth year studying for 
my GCSEs. 1 hope to go on to do A 
level computer science. At the 
moment the school has a number of 
BBC Micros and a couple of Amstrad 
PCs. They are looking at upgrading, 
so I look in my A5IKI and the BBC 
emulator disc. I'm using it to write 
my GCSE project anti have found it 
very useful, bul the school wants to 
buy some Archimedes 440s. 

The main reason for this is that the 
Amstrad PC we've got has a hard 
disc, and the schorl! wants to put a 
hard disc on all the new machines. 
They would probably buy A2QOOS, 



but you can't put the emulator on to a 
hard disc, I think this is pretty short- 
sighted. I know it is to prevent piracy, 
but this stops legit users from getting 
the most from a great program. 

Keith Stark, 
Bury St. Edmunds. 

We couldn 't agree more. In some ways 
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for pirating software. Perhaps they 
have got what they deserve. Protecting 
the disc is plain daft. We thought one of 
the aims of the Beebulator was to 
promote the Amiga in schools, so this 
move can only reduce its effectiveness. 

Name that tune 

HAVING bought an Amiga as part of 
my music studio, are there any 
programs you could recommend for 


recording sequences and samples at a 
reasonable cost? 

Paul Sampson, 
Berkshire. 

We suggest you check out these 
current packages: Studio Magic, £65 
from Amiga Centre Scotland (031-557 
4242), Pro Midi Plus £34.95 from 
Power Computing, (0234 273000), and 
Midi Magic, £79.95 from Brown 
Wagh Direc t (01-602 2502). 


Disc disposal 

CAN you tell me if it possible to 
connect a Cumana C$400 disc drive 
[double sided, 30 track, 400k, ex-BBC 
B) tu the Amiga? 

F. P. Willson, 
Lancashire. 

No, there is no way you can connect 
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Your best option is to seU the drive 
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Amiga. 


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