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Inside secrets and the latest bu?Jt 
from Commodore here and abroad , 
plus details of the products which 
will be shaping your Amiga. 


LETTERS 



EZRA SURF’S 
POSTBOX 


Got a grief? Then here's the brief; 
Ezra Surfs your man, Pul pen to 
page and share your rage, 'cos he’ll 
do all he can. 


74 


CHAOS- A 
HITCH IN TIME 


Explore the universe with your 
computer, find out where Newton 
went wrung with the firs'! of 
Akslair Scott's three- 



HARDWARE 


Bt SIMEKS 


GRAPHICS 


SOUND 
BUSTER 

john Kennedy is seduced by a siren 
gizmo which makes the evil meanies 
sound sweet and amplifies the subtle 
nuances of alien death- 


HYPERWARE 
WITH ULTRACARD 

Once the sole domain of the Mac, 
Hypermedia is now appearing on an 
Amiga near you. John Kennedy 
checks to see if it's all hype. 


I I ICONS THE 
\J EASY WAY 

Jeff Walker explains everything you 
ever wanted to know about our cute 
little friends. Icon see this will he a 
good one (groan). 




AMIGA ARCADE 


"% K HOTTEST 
tl ACTION 

There is no let up as new releases 
roll in. What will you be playing this 
summer? The Bitmaps have a lot to 
offer. Plus: Green saves Universe, 


DTP 



PACESETTER H 
THE SEQUEL 


Nic Veitcb sticks a pillow up his 
jumper and does his Orson Wells 
impersonation, “Probably the best 
DTP package in the world' 1 , 


PROGRAMMING 


Y\ THE ONLY 

GAME IN TOWN 

A simple solitaire proggy for you Ln 
play on your own. Well, you meet a 
better class of people. Michael 
O'Riley offers the Basic code. 



HARDWARE 


IJ I 1 STAR XB24 

KJ \J dotmatrix 

Take a 9 pin dot malrix and add 15 
more pins, What difference does it 
make to quality? More to the point, 
how much does it cost? 




* AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 


















PROGRAMMING 



PUT SOME POWER 
INTO YOUR BASIC 


Fast graphics from Basic with 
minimal hassle., what more could 
you want? What? You want it to tell 
the time too? Well, OK then.,. 


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ARTISTS' 

SHOWCASE 


The Amiga has the best graphics, 
and now Amigo Computing has the 
best of the artwork. This month we 
display the work of Jonathan Read. 


MACHINE COD] 


I TRACK 

-L 1/ U DISPLAY 

Oliver Prill presents a neat bit. of 
code to help you keep an eye on the 
goings on within your floppy drive 
and to exercise your assembler. 


GAME KILLER 


11/ MAX THE 
XU / HACKS 

Revealed the morse code which 
gives infinite lives in Rainbird's 
super strange Weird Dreams, Plus 
bugs which will help you prosper, 



• Pipemania scores; The most addictive game ever 

• Dare you enter the Vortex? You have no choice 

• Dr Plummet's House of Flux, Asteroids to you 

• The Untouchables: Bullets fly, gangsters die 

• Napoleon meets his Water., er... Austerlitz 

• Operation Thunderbolt for the bloodthirsty 

• Super cars emulates exotic Italian motoring 

• Undersea fun in X-Qut. Great for 20 squid 

• Explore the secrets of the Demon's Tomb 

• Space Acer at an out of this world price 

• Lose your heart to a Star flight trooper 

• Hewson's 5th Gear will drive you mad 

• Kick Off Extra Time, Anco's home win 

• Track down the Hound of Shadow 


Hound of Shadow - Page 58 



Who were those masked men? Why 
did they visit US Gold all dressed as 
Batman? Plus almost nothing else. 
Serious? Nab* nol this month. 



Super Cots -Page 60 


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Easy to use. menu driven and great graphics. 


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AMIGA SCENE I-, 


CBM fury at CAA leak 


NEWSPAPER stories which 
revealed that the Civil 
Aviation Authority [CAA) 
is using Amigas to train 
pilots have raised 
Commodore s ire. Partly 
because Commodore has 
wanted to release the infor- 
mation for some time and 
were asked not to by the 
CAA but mainly because 
Computer Weekly, a trade 
magazine for data process- 
ing managers, described the 
Amiga 2000 with the head- 
line "Flight Controllers to 


train on games kit". 

The lucrative contract, 
which was won in the face 
of stiff opposition from 
seven rivals, including sim- 
ulation experts Redifusion, 
uses a Hi -Ten si on graphics 
board which has a pixel 
resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 
with 256 colours capable of 
32 million pixels per sec- 
ond. 

Touch screens from 
Forefront technology are 
used in a design put togeth- 
er and written by the CAA's 


Air Traffic Evaluation 
Team. 

The CAA is reported to 
want 24 training systems 
initially, with plans to 
install more at airports 
around the country. 

The First units are going 
into the Air Traffic 
Controllers College at Hum 
near Bournemouth with 
more systems at 
Manchester and London 
City Airports, 

While the CAA system is 
an exciting use of the 


Amiga, and allows for great 
cost savings in air traffic 
controller training it is not a 
flight simulator. 

For that you'd have to go 
to Israel where the Air Force 
is using A 2 00 0s as the 
instructor's console with the 
pilot sitting behind an 
expensive Silicon Graphics 
workstation. 

It is a credit to the Amiga 
that perhaps the most suc- 
cesful air force in the world 
should choose the 
Commodore machine. 


Commodore 

launchos 

education 

initiative 

CBM has launched Creative 
Education for the 90s, a new 
initiative designed to rein- 
force its commitment to 
education and incorporating 
two national competitions 
for schools and colleges. 

The first is a joint effort 
by Commodore and a 
national young adult paper 
The Indy, Aimed at pupils 
from t 3 to 16 t it offers 
£15,000 worth of computer 
equipment as prizes. 

Entrants are asked to ren- 
der an abstract idea into a 
visual graphic form to pro- 
mote conceptual thinking. It 
is split into sections for 
schools with Amigas and 
those without. 

First prize for each of the 
sections is worth £4,500 
and includes four complete 
Class of the 90s bundles 
with monitor and disc 
drive. Two further packages 
worth £2,500 are offered as 
second prizes. 

At the third prize level, 
schools with Amigas can 
win two sets of ' Class of the 
90s" software upgrade and 
those without get one Class 
of the 90s bundl e. 

Ideas to be put into graph- 
ic form cover all areas in the 
national curriculum includ- 
ing communication, health 
education, citizenship, eco- 
nomic understanding, envi- 
ronment, industrial under- 



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Steve Franklin... launched 
new campaign 


standing, personal educa- 
tion, social and moral edu- 
cation, numeracy and 
information retrieval. 

The second Commodore 
competition is a business 
education challenge to 
encourage students to use 


computers and relate them 
to a real life project, It 
invites teams to prepare and 
execute a marketing com- 
munications program for 
their school or college. 

Open to teams of students 
on business or information 
technology courses, the pro- 
ject is to be carried out dur- 
ing the autumn term with 
written submissions to be in 
by December 15, 

Original applications for 
entry must be made by June 
30. Short-listed finalists 
will each receive a 
Commodore Professional 
Series computer and soft- 
ware with which to prepare 
their final presentation for 
judging in Spring 1991, 
"Education is more than 
simply the acquisition of 
knowledge, it is about the 
development of skills 


required to earn a living", 
said CBM's managing direc- 
tor, Steve Franklin, launch- 
ing the new initiative. 

"CBM believes the future 
of this country rests in edu- 
cating its young to meet the 
demands of this decade, in 
which the use of computers 
and creative thinking will 
walk hand in hand”. 

Schools wanting further 
information can contact 
Commodore on 06 28 
770088, 

Diagnosis 
by Dr Amiga 

BY the end of 1990 the 
Amiga 2000 will revolu- 
tionise medical ultra-sound 
scanning diagnosis if a pro- 
ject at Imperial College, 
London is successful. 

Researchers Dr, Chris 
Burrell and Harald Wilson 
are working on a system 
which will use the Amiga to 
produce stable 3D images 
on a high resolution colour 
graphics workstation. An 
improvement on the current 
2D systems, it will enable 
images to be rotated on 
screen, cut in half and scru- 
tinised in portions, opening 
up new diagnostic horizons 
and dramatically cutting 
costs. 

The Imperial team has 
developed its own ultra 
sound probe which dispers- 
es electrical pulses before 
sending them to the com- 
puter. 

Still in its infancy, the 

> 


AMIGA COMPLETING April 1900 JJ 


Amiga 3000 rumours fly 


WHILE Commodore is 
keeping mum about the 
truth behind the Amiga 
3 0 09 (See A m iga 
Computing August 1989), 
the rumourmongers are 
having a field day. A bit 
of honest advice to any- 
one watching the future 
of the Amiga is not to 
believe all you read. 

9t is much safer to look 
at what Commodore has 
already released and 
announced; 

The 32 bit 1 fi MHz 
68030 card is shipping in 
the US, 

^ Commodore showed 
Unix V,4 for this card in 


New York last January. 

& The now ECS. which is 
shipping in A2000S, has a 
meg of chip ram. 

3 The original Agnus 
chip design allowed for 2 
meg of chip ram. 

@ X- Windows is available 
for the Amiga. 

& Llnix requires a lot of 
ram and hard disc space. 

Workbench 1,4 will he 
a major upgrade. 

The Amiga 3000 is 
bound to be a substantial 
improvement on what we 
have seen before. The 
truth will he revealed at 
the Hanover Show, 






■ AMIGA SCEN 


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system will be easy to use 
and will produce images 
which are easy to under- 
stand. Its cost will be mini- 
mal when compared with 
present systems. 

In the long term, it is 
hoped the Amiga will help 
diagnose major health prob- 
lems such as heart disease 
and also be used as a useful 
training aid to clinic biol- 
ogy, anatomy and the effects 
of drugs on the human body. 

The research team is 
using a 2000 with an AT 
bridgeboard, 20m eg auto- 
boot hard disc and 14in 
multisync monitor. 

Expansion 
cards for all 

THE increased power and 
versatility offered to Amiga 
2000 owners by the Hard 
Frame 2000 expansion card 
is soon to be available to 
users of 500 and 1000 
machines. 

Oasis [01-298 0060), UK 
distributor of MicroBotics 
cards with Quantum drives, 
is to launch new Hard 
Frame 500 and Hard Frame 
10 00 products and may 
even combine them into one 
card called Eight Star for 
common use on both 
machines, 

"Our best technology so 
far has been on the 2000 
and we have now decided 
to make this available to 


A NEW look Antiga 
Computing is on the way 
with the signing of a deal 
between its publishers 
Database Publications and 
computer magazine house 
Gollner Publishing. 

This will bring Gollnerg 
revolutionary colour print- 
ing process into play with 
more colour, more screen 
shots and even brighter 
page design. 

it will also bring new 
ideas to the editorial con- 
tent, further extending the 
magazine's scope. 

"The most immediate 
changes our readers will 
notice will be visual'', said 
commercial director of 
Database Publications 
David Hirst, “Our merger 
with Collner Publishing 
gives us access to better 
production techniques with 
less restrictions on design. 



Due to an unprecedented demand 
from readers, the Amigo Computing 
cover disc is hack next month - and 
it's better than ever, with a massive 
megabyte of super software for your 
Amiga. 

Don't miss next month's issue! 


E ■ 


owners of 500 and 1000 
machines", said Simon 
Coombes of Oasis, "By re- 
engineering the 2000 ver- 
sions, we also hope that we 
may be able to bring down 
the prices”. 

The SCSI hard disc cards 
from Oasis are Fitted with 
higher capacity, faster 3.5m 
drives from Quantum. 
Present prices are £599 for 
42Mb, £669 For 84Mb and 
£999 for 105Mb, They were 
on show at the recent 16 Bit 
Computer Fair at London's 
Horticultural Halls, 

Late arrivals 

SOME of the items on 
Commodore's latest dealer 
price list were announced 
so long ago they don't seem 
new any more. But they are. 

The new hard drive con- 
troller the A 2091, is avail- 
able with 20 or 40 meg 
drives and the long awaited 
A2024 high resolution with 
a 1024 by 1008 display have 
at last made it to the list. No 
prices are included and you 
will have to contact your 
local dealer for availability. 

School goes 
for the 500 

CHILDREN with learning 
difficulties in Birmingham 
are using Amiga 500s to 
help with their problems, 
Sally Oaks School has 


imported 40 of the Com- 
modore machines for music, 
business studies, word pro- 
cessing, spreadsheets, 
databases, graphics, art, 
design and drama. 

They have proved so pop- 
ular that pupils are given 
free access to them during 


break times and staff also 
use them to prepare course- 
work and keep childrens' 
records. 

"This year we plan to use 
the machine to teach French 
and German. There's no end 
to its capabilities”, said 
teacher Malcolm Pomray. 


Antiga Computing breezes 
into the 1990s 


"Amiga Computing has 
taken great strides since it 
was launched two years ago 
and the input of new edito- 
rial ideas promises to take it 
even further in future 
months to cover all aspects 
of computing with the 
Amiga". 

Following their alliance, 
Database and Gollner have 
set up Interactive Pub- 
lishing, a new company 
which takes over Amigo 
Action, ST World and ST 
Action from Gollner and 
Amiga Computing and 
Atari ST User from 
Database. Other Database 
titles - FC, The Micro User 
and Electron User - are not 
involved. 


Chairman of the new 
company is Derek Meakin 
who is also chairman of 
Database Publications and 
the controlling Europress 
Group. 

"For several years, we 
have admired the under- 
standing of the computer 
entertainment market 
shown by the enthusiastic 
Gollner team, together with 
its highly innovative and 
technologically advanced 
approach to magazine pro- 
duction”. he said. 

"Interactive Publishing is 
in an ideal position to capi- 
talise on the pioneering 
work of Hugh Gollner and 
his colleagues. The five 
magazines that form the 


nucleus of the new com- 
pany already have a well 
established position in the 
leisure computing market- 
place and new titles are 
being planned that will 
exploit the latest technical 
achievements to the full ". 

Managing director Hugh 
Gollner said: "For a long 
time now, the loam at 
Gollner Publishing has felt 
the need for more strength 
in terms of both finance and 
management to fully exploit 
the commercial possibilities 
of the skills that have built 
up our existing magazine 
titles. Database, with ten 
years experience in comput- 
er publishing has that 
strength”. 

Existing production cen- 
tres at Macclesfield and 
Chichester are being 
retained, as are all present 
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■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 


Friends of the 
environment 

AMIGA software house 
Digita Interntional (0395 
268803) has gone green and 
director Jeremy Rihll hopes 
that others in the software 
business will be kind to the 
environment and follow 
suit, 

“Packaging, manuals, 
brochures and box inserts 
for every Digita product are 
now printed on environ- 
ment friendly paper 1 ', he 
told Amigo Computing. 

"Although this costs 20 
per cent more, it is a small 
sacrifice and I would 
encourage those manufac- 
turers who require high 
quality paper beyond the 
standards of fully recycled 
paper to seriously consider 
the environment friendly 
alternative”. 

Jeremy has toyed with 
taking the green path for 
some time but could not 
find a re-cycled paper of the 
right quality. He then dis- 
covered the Environment 
Friendly Paper range which 
is made of 40 per cent straw 
and is free from chlorine, 

Because of its higher 
quality, it still contains 
some wood pulp but in 
much smaller quantities 
than normal paper. 

"Most of us have had our 
cars converted and use bio- 
degradeable products so 1 
thought it was time I used 
the same ideas with my 
business”, he added, 

"This alternative is better 
for the environment but still 
provides the right quality so 
there is no reason why other 
companies should not use 
it”* 

No Unix for 
Europe 

HIGH level discussions at 
Commodore US may mean 
long delays or the possible 
non-introduction of Amiga 
Unix systems in Europe, 
This would appear to be a 
response to the transatlantic 
image gulf between America 
and Europe, 

While the general image 
of the Amiga over here is 


that it is the hottest games 
computer, with sales of 
nearly 1 00 .ODD Batman 
packs to support this con- 
clusion, the US experience 
is very different. 

There is a much larger 
proportion of Amiga 1000 
and 2GG(Js with the 
computer seen as a power- 
ful multi-tasking system. 

The infrastructure of the 
dealer base is very different, 
while in the UK more 
Amigas are sold through 
high street multiples, these 
shops are the province of 
games consoles in the US 
with Amigas being sold by 
specialist dealers. 

Commodore US is in a 
much better position to sup- 
port a complicated system 


like Unix. It could well cost 
Commodore more to train 
enough European staff to 
handle users and develop- 
ers inquiries than the com- 
pany could earn by selling 
the new A3D00 and A3500 
machines. This is despite 
Unix being the most excit- 
ing area of expansion in the 
business market. 

The European Unix com- 
munity is much less institu- 
tionalised than that in the US. 

This means that 
Commodore's trail blazing 
with a System V version 4 has 
to compete with similar sys- 
tems from local companies. 

Even the usually slow to 
react British giant ICL has a 
V.4 machine. And as the 
workstation market hots up 
even a 25 MHz '030 machine 
with 700 by 500 graphics 
has to struggle to keep up. 
While no decision has yet 
been taken, all these factors 
may combine to keep Unix 
in the US* 


Midi gets its 
own show 

MIDI music is a growth 
market and devotees will 
have a feast in store an 
April 7 and 0 when the 
Midi Music Show makes an 
appearance at the Novate! 
exhibition centre in 
Hammersmith. 

Organisers Westminster 
Exhibitions (01-549 3444) 
claim the event will give 
visitors a view of “tomor- 
row's music technology - 
today” and say there will be 
more than 60 companies 
exhibiting state of the art 
computer music technology. 

The first show to recog- 
nise Midi technology in its 


own right, it will include 
keyboards, soft and hard- 
ware, peripherals and con- 
sumables from America, 
Europe and Lhe UK aimed at 
both professional and home 
users. 

During the show there 
will be seminars, domon- 
slrations and conferences 
covering subjects such as 
sampling, creative editing 
and sequencing. 

Thinking 

ahead 

TWO Birmingham teachers 
have produced a new soft- 
ware package which allows 
most Amiga programs to be 
run with a Concept 
Keyboard. 

To ini ti ally target the edu- 
cation market, it will bring 
the simplicity of the key- 


board to Amiga applications 
as diverse as word process- 
ing, painting, video titling 
and special effects. 

Trading as Think Ltd*, 
they are the developers of 
Commodore's Class of the 
90's education resource 
pack, and CBM has already 
shown great interest in this 
latest product which is due 
for Launch in the next feu- 
weeks. 

The software comes with 
the necessary leads and is 
designed for use with the 
standard Star Micro- 
Terminals Concept Key- 
boards, which were 
primarily for children with 
special needs but are now 
widely used in primary 
schools, 

The easy to use program 
allows entry by mouse and 
Concept Keyboard and has 
the ability to search through 
data and operate the over- 
lays within the program. 

It includes a parser which 
recognises the name of the 
keys and supports key- 
board, menu and mouse 
operations. Initial versions 
work with serial devices, 
but a version for people 
who already have parallel 
devices will follow. 

Easy overlay can be acti- 
vated by double clicking on 
its associated icon. These 
can be changed at any time 
while other programs and 
even other overlays are run- 
ning. 

There is no need to 
change startup files or buy 
software specially written 
for the Concept Keyboard. 

Think Ltd. is currently 
preparing special keyboard 
overlays in French, German, 
English, Welsh and Braille, 
Some examples will be sold 
with the software and more 
extensive packages will be 
sold separately. 

In addition to Com- 
modore's interest. Think's 
latest product has attracted 
attention from many other 
countries including 
Sweden, Australia and 
Canada. 

Think can be contacted at 
Prudential Buildings, 46C 
High Street, Erdington, 
Birmingham, B23 6RH. 


Enhanced Beeb emulator 


VERSION LI of the BBC 
Emulator should cure many 
of the problems users have 
experienced with the first 
version. While there have 
not been many bugs to fix, a 
lot of features which were 
outside the original specifi- 
cation have now been 
implemented. 

The emulator will now 
load a saved screen image. 


but cannot use direct screen 
writes. 

All the GCOL modes 
which the BBC Micro sup- 
ports are now available, as 
is the envelope command. 

Most important is the 
ability to address other pro- 
grams as sideways rams 
which leaves the way open 
for a program to read BBC 
discs on the Amiga. 


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■ SHORTIES ■ 


Amigans need no longer 
be deskbound 

Stewart C , Russell’s Z88 has formed 
an alliance with his Amiga 


Y OU can read this alt 
right, can you? Good; 
since this article was 
written on a ZSS, and then 
piped across to Protext on 
my Amiga using The Music 
Suite's ZSS- Amiga Link 
software, it shows that the 
Link actually works. 

You might he wondering 
why an Amiga user would 
want a Z88; for all its 
myriad wonderfulness, the 
Amiga does not fare too 
well in the portability 
department. 

The Z88, at just under a 
kilo and the same size as an 
A4 pad. has just the right 
balance between size and 
ease of use for situations 
where you don’t have a 
desk or a power socket 
handy. And as both the Z88 
and the Amiga have an RS- 
232 port. The Music Suite’s 
software acts as a filter and 
storage buffer for the 
transmitted data. 

Data can be exported from 
the Z88 to work with a good 
selection of Amiga 
applications. Text from the 
Z88's integrated system 
Piped ream can be made into 
a properly formatted Protext 
or Scribble document 
[complete with underlines 
and other control codes), a 
Superbase data file (as long 
as the text is well-behaved) 
ora plain Ascii file. 

That last option will 
allow most applications to 
derive some sense from the 
data. You can also send 
Amiga text back to the Z88 
if the urge takes you, 

The way that Z88- Amiga 
Link handles the transfers is 
by fooling the Z88 into 
thinking that the Amiga is 


actually a printer; text is 
1 printed out" from 
Pipedream into a buffer, 
which can then be saved 
out or sent to the screen or 
printer. 

It’s possible to cut out the 
buffering altogether and use 
the Amiga to spool Z88 
printer output to a parallel 
printer; this saves you 
spending £25 on a Z88 


S PEED counts. And 
Dataphone’s new 
Profour is fast. In the 
fledgling days of modem 
use, 300 baud was the 
norm. For those of us who 
spent far too long on-line 
using dodgey accounts to 
play multi- user games, 110 
baud seemed adequate. 

Today 1200 bps is pretty 
common, and it is about 
the fastest speed BT’s 
cranky old phone lines can 
cope with. There are plenty 
of 2400 bps modems, but 
you need a good line to use 
one. 

The solution is error 
correction - use a noisy 
line but encode the data so 
that the system you are 
talking to knows of any 
errors and keeps sending 
until both ends are 
convinced that only the 
intended information got 
through, 

Assuming that the 
doubling of line speed is 
enough to cope with all 
this re-transmission, things 
should run faster and 
cleaner, 

Such a system is MNP, In 
its simplest form this 
provides error correction. 


parallel printer interface. 
The sparse documenta- 
tion fails to tell you to set 
your baud rate to 9600, and 
you really have to use the 
Z88 s default Epson printer 
driver. The program’s only 
screen is decorated with 
plain gadgets and windows, 
which sometimes flicker at 
you for no adequately 
explained reason, 

I was a 
teenage 
hacker 

Simon Rockman 
looks at a new 

modem 

as you move up in price and 
performance MNP includes 
compression which gets 
more bytes down the line. 
Such a method of 
compression and correction 
is MNP 5, At £458.85 the 
cheapest modem with this is 
the Dataphone Profour. 
Designed and built by a 
small British company it 
doesn't have the finish of a 
modem built by one of the 
multi-nationals like Hayes, 
Pace and Dowty, But then it 
doesn’t have that kind of 
£700 price tag either. 
Modems are like little 
girls. When they are good 
they are very very good. 
When they are bad they are 
horrid. The magi c of error 


The disc boots into the 
CL1 (yeuch!) and no icons 
are given, to imported files, 
even although the Link can 
run from the Workbench. 
Presentation is hardly 
super-slick. 

Z88-Amiga Link 
functions faultlessly, and 
most of the presentation 
problems should be solved 
in the now-complete 
version 1,1. 

At £19.95 for the software 
and £12,95 for the lead it’s 
inexpensive enough for 
every Z88 and Amiga owner 
to have it, yet handy enough 
to merit the travelling 
Amigan splashing out on a 
Z88, 

For more details contact 
the Music Suite on (0239) 
711343 


correction amplifies this. 

Using the Pro four with a 
variety of different services 
produced very different 
results. MicroLmk's Istel 
node steadfastly refused to 
communicate with the 
device. Cix was a bit iffy, not 
always working but direct 
dial to Bix in America was 
wonderful. Good fast 
connections and 300 cps 
downloads. 

While on test the modem 
had a few problems, it is a bit 
slow to react to things like 
resets which confused 
JR Comm. Changing baud rates 
didn’t always work, which 
meant that the dialing 
directory didn’t, Some of 
these problems seemed 
related to heat - cooling off 
reduced idiosyncrasies. 
Supplier, SEG Communica- 
tions, which is Dalap hone's 
agent, traced this to dirt 
which got into the unit at 
manufacture, 

The Profour is not all 
SEG would have you believe. 
It is not as good as rivals at 
half the price, but it is still 
very good value for money. 
For more details contact 
Spelter Electronics Group 
On 01-9591 3377. 


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Scan the man 


] WOULD like to buy a scanner. 
Not a handy scanner, an A4 Hat 
bed scanner. Dalel Electronics has 
advertised a scanner printer and 
photocopier in your mag, but l 
have phoned them up lo ask a 
couple of questions about it and 
they said that they don't sell it any 
more. 

Does anyone make one? Can 1 
print with it using a completely 
different package and use the 
photocopier without having to 
switch on the computer? 

The unit scans at 200 DPI (dots 
per inch). Is that good? What sort 
of quality would t gel for scanning 
a photograph? 

Is there be any way I can scan in 
colour? I know it sounds stupid as 
it's a black and white scanner, hut 
what I mean is. is there anything 
like filters that can produce differ- 
ent coloured pictures and place 
them together to form one colour 
picture? 

Can I scan in any software pack- 
age (of course, that scans pix] 
instead of just the scanning soft- 
ware yon get with it? Thanks for 
answering my questions, 

Neil Mansell 
Canvey Island, 
Essex. 

Gee. I hate tricky questions like 
this. Most letters editors wouid 
trash them, hut that's uncool so Vil 
try my best. Scanners are available 
from Gold Disk in Canada, AS DC 
and Digipro. The Gold Disk one 
costs $ 1,0 95 (USl By the time you 
have paid carriage, Vat and duty 
you are looking at the wrong side 
of £900. 

This is based on the Canon 
1X12, and af 300 dpi is laser 
printer quality, it won't print. It 
won't do colour. The IX i 2 sucks 
the page through so you can't Scan 
stuff out of books. 

The IX12F is a flatbed version 
which sells for around £800 in the 
UK without the Amigo software 
and cable. Because the handling 
deal Gold Disk has with Canon is 
restricted to North America, HB 
Marketing - the usual Gold Disk 
importers - cannot sell the package 
in the UK. Bummer. Call Gold Disk 
in Canada on Otfll 416 628 6913. 

The ASDG system is seriously 
expensive. Super high resolution , 
it it do cotour to better than TV 
quality. Designed for professional 
colour work if needs an Amiga 



Hi. 1 m (he new mail man, Man. Its my job lu sort yuur xcrilihinN and spill the 
beans on the problems we all have when DM): stal ls lu whirr. So itvnu've gtil some- 
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Killer doctor 


THE machine has killed some of 
my game discs: A game decides not 
lo load, putting up "Not a DOS 
disc" requester and then telling 
you to use "Diskdoctor”. 

When you finally decide to use 
Diskdoctor (because you've noth- 
lug to lose, anyway) it returns hard 
errors on all tracks, reformats the 
root track and retitles the disc 
Lazarus, 

What actually happens ts that 
this virus or whatever, actually 
un formats the disc and I've been 
informed by someone who knows 
about as much as me that all unfor- 

> 


company offering PSU upgrades, 
Thank you very much for vour 
time and keep up the excellent 
work you're doing. 

Michael Harris, 
Taunton, 
Somerset, 

To misquote: "Sot enough power 
corrupts ", it can also cause your 
system to send an jjmfatfon to the 
guru. 

The guys at See Bee Emm are 
playing safe with the one external 
drive per system limit. For five 
reasons. First their mega-naff 1616 
drive draws only slightly less 
power than Don Henley's stage 
system and so the A5QQ won’t \ 
stomach two of the things, 
secondly not all Amiga's are 
created equal and some PSUs haw 
more umpf than others. 

While plenty of Amigos will 
cope with two add-on drives not 
oil will, and CBM guidelines have 
to cater for the puny ones . 

If you want to risk it for a biscuit . 
you can add a DFl: and a DF2: if 
they are low power units, 

If you are fhe cautious type — 
the kind who avoids the cracks in 
(he sidewalk — you sh a uld get a 
drive with its own PSU >bu won 't 
need to replace the Amiga one. 


2600 with at least 5 megs and a big 
hard disc. You'll need to give the 
bank manager mare than a box of 
choccies and same sweet talk r 

Compared to the half a million 
quid Cross field would charge you 
for the kind of scanning machine 
which was used in the production 
of this magazine, it's cheap. You 
can get a whole system on the 
Amiga for less than 19 grand. Call 
ASDG (UK) on 0923 816979. 

Most hopeful sounding is the 
System from DigiPro. 256 grey 
scales . 450 dpi, £l r O00- Nat a 
printer or photocopier. It won? do 
colour yet, hut the boffins are look- 
ing into it. Digipro is on 01-905 
1030. 


Crawler! 


CONGRATULATIONS on produc- 
ing the finest Amiga magazine 
ever with the best subscription 
iilfer I've ever ssien I thank you fur 
Bat man I, I would like in comment 
nn the ridiculous decision to give 
Xeniin 2 foil pur cent as it puls 
you in the unfortunate position uf 
mil I win (■ able fn give a higher rat- 
ing to a better game. 

When such a game comes 
along, do vuu inland giving i| 
101V 

Daniel Vine. 
Richmond, 
Surrey 

Vup, 


Amiga angst 


PERHAPS you could help a mere 
Amiga 500 owner by explaining to 
me (or pointing me to any litera- 
ture., like your back issues) about 
directories, libraries and files. 

I haven't a due what you're talk- 
ing about w'hen you say things 
about copying directories and pro- 
grams such as MouseZoom, Also 
how do you include programs in 
the start -up sequence? 

Richard Myer, 
Pinner, 
Middlesex 

The best introduction to the 
Amiga's CLI is AmigaDos: A 
Dabhand guide from Dabs Press. 
You'll find an order form in the 
special offers pages of this mag. It s 
there because ire like it. 


Power to 
the people 

PLEASE could you tell me whether 
the Following is correct: The Amiga 
500 can theoretically support up to 
four disc drives, but the PSU can 
only sufficiently power two. 

If this is so, why is it not men- 
tioned in advertisements such as 
Datel Electronics and bv shops 
when I inquire about purchasing 
an external twin disc drive? 
Perhaps you could give me the 
address or telephone number of a 


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Fish . ...» .....7.99 

Gold Rush .999 

Hollywood Hijinx 7.99 

Indy Jones the Advenhjre ......... 16.99 

Legend - — 6-99 

Lords of Ihe Rising Sun 12.99 

Leisure Suit Larry 2 21 .95 

Maniac Mansion 17,95 

Manhunts r 9.99 

Murder in Venice ... 7 99 

President is Missing — 9.99 

Plundered Hearts 6 99 

Police Quest 1 — 10.99 

Quest for Time Bird .7.99 

Romantic Encounters ...6.99 

Space Quest 1 9.99 

Space Quest 2 — .......9.99 

Space Quest 3........,.,..,——.. 19.99 

Thexder 2.99 

T anglewood ~ .......... . 4.99 

Ultima 4 19.99 

Warlocks Quest 4 ,99 

Hound ot Shadow 17.99 


AMIGA STRATEGY/SIM 


Armegeddon Man 

299 

Battle Hawks 1942 

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Borrsdeno 

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Bomber 

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7.99 

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Fire Zone.. .....,., — 7 95 

Flight Pa!h 737 4-99 

Waterloo * * .11-99 

North and South 17.99 

Power Struggle ... 4 99 

Honda RVF 15.99 

Stunt EJar Racer - 15 95 

Sorcerer Lord , ..,.7.95 

Volley Ball Sim 7,99 

G unship- 15 99 


AMIGA CLEARANCE 


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Backlash — 5.99 

Buggy Boy -7.99 

Buicher Hill -..5.99 

Batman the Movie.., —6.99 

Bomb Jack —7 99 

Blasteroids — 7.99 

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Captain Blood . 4 99 

Cogan s Run 499 

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Eagles Nest .4.99 

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Fire Power 6.99 

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Flintelones , —-5.99 

Grid Start... — 3 99 

Real Ghostbusters 7.99 

Gold Runner 1 - 4,99 

Gold Runner? - 5.99 

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Hyperdome - 4.99 

Hollywood Poker 4.99 

Hollywood Poker Pro * 7.99 

IS.S — 6 99 

FI 8 Interceptor 6,99 

Ikari Warriors.,.....,.. 7 99 

Irridon 299 

Jug 5 99 

Joe Blade 4.99 

Joe Blade 2 . 4.99 

Leathernecks 6-99 

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Phantasie 9,99 

Road Blasters .5,99 

Rampage ... 799 

Robbeaiy 5.99 

Roger Rabbit —799 

Road Wars 4,99 

Sky Fox 2 —799 

Saint and Greavsie 5.99 

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Sky Blaster — .4 99 

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Speed Ball - 7.99 

Star Goose 5,99 

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Wicked..,, ,.,...,4 99 

World Tour Golf - 7.99 

World Class Leaderboard 7,99 

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Interphase 15,95 

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Populas 16.95 

Switchblade 14,95 

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Stryx 15-95 

Snoopy 12-95 

Turbo — 1 2 95 

Vulcan ...... „ 12 95 

Wild Streets 1495 


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Icon Paint .. 1299 

Virus Killer - ...699 

Music X 159.95 

Ten x 3.5' DD/DD Disks .6.99 

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Future Wars 17 95 

Prince - ...17.95 

Xenon 2 1595 

War in Middle Earth 17.95 

Aquan ought 15.95 

Blood wych 12,95 

Battle Squadron ,,,.1595 

Continental SI reus 15.95 

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Drakkhen 19.95 

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Keeping <i tab on copies 


ti AMifi ji rictus rmilh ^'1 me I mil. 
9 knew nothing alxiul mini p tilers, 
but when l opened my new Amiga 
f find tli.it v n ii Hit vi! In make 
Copies til vnur muster hIIm.s livllit h 
I think ishntihl already lie in). 

I was amazed Kim imm it iv to 
gel on In pi mi y » hen yon can 
mini 1 the lahs mer to copy 1 hi* 
games ymi buy. Von would think 
1 hry would make the labs solid tor 
their nvvn prtiltftliim. 

II I was not an hones! pmim I 
would copy nil Iriends. lint I must 


lot unit of ihe Fmv leli. Ain w ay 
thunks lor I hi* article on piracy 
and keep op ihe good wort in 
your magazine. 

Dai id Winds u r, 

ChihwIL 
Noll Ingham, 

Jtouef. Uo/f Wong, bun", Thr fobs 
s/op you nrit/iiij fo o disc, onf 
mjdijig if. Gtitiws an* prulnrted 
ogams/ programs tike Dtsktmpy 
using rod is on ihv disc, /nsf vfifj* 
log f/rr Jobs ivoo'J oiobe fbrii«v 
mogicfdh yoimoi. 


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mated discs are called " Lazarus". 

Try this: Put up Workbench; 
place a blank unformated disc in 
DPI: and you should get the usual 
DFl : BAD icon. Get to CLI and 
“Diskdoclor DFl:'" on the blank, 
unformated disc in DFl: It will 
return hard errors on every track. 

Go and make a cup of lea (two 
sugars please]. Eventually, when it 
reaches track 79 it will format the 
root. When that’s all stopped, go 
back to Workbench and the blank 
disc will have been renamed to 
Lazarus. Explain that then. 

Will Green. 

Lichfield, 

Staffs. 

Lazarus was a dude in the BiWe 
who was dead, then fha big fC 
made him /ess dead. Disicdodor 
does a similar artificial respiration 
job on dead AmigaDos discs. So 
Diskdoctor renames cured discs as 
Lazarus. 

Games are very rorely on 
Amjga£k)S discs, (Ley use a special 
formal which AmigaDos barfs at. 
So if you boot from the game, 
before AmigaDos gets a look in, all 
will be tickerty-bao , //you use 
Workbench first you'll get the 
warning. 

There was nothing wrong with 
the disc — and if there was if 
could only be cured by sending Ihe 
game back to the software house. 
Diskdoctor's magic sponge won "I 
work on games. It'll only make 
things worse. 


Error correction 


NOW to the serious stuff. In the 
February issue you said use Install 
DFO: to install the bool sequence 
on your disc, this is inaccurate and 
ambiguous. 

First of at) ii asks for the 
Workbench (unless it is all ready in 
DFQ:) disc and installs that instead 
of asking for you to put in disc to 
be installed. 

It is okay for all those lucky 
enough to have a second (or more] 
disc drive, You cannot even do 
Install disename because it only 
accepts drives (DFO:, DFl : etc). 

The solution; Type Makcdir 
ramie. Next type copy 

Workbench; e/in stall io ram:c, I 
rename Workbench!^ to 
Workbench because it makes life 
Easier. 

Now type copy Work* 

benchic/assign to ramie. After this 
type Assign c: ram:c, this will 
make CLI look in the c directory in 
ram instead of Workbench’s. 

Now place the disc to be 


installed in DFO: and type 
INSTALL DFO:. To get back to the 
commands in Workbench’s c direc- 
tory just type Assign c: Workbench. 
Note you could set other com* 
inlands in the ram: using the above 
process. 

Hopefully this will be fixed in 
versions 1.4 so you do not have to 
do all this messing around. 

Daniel Schostak, 
Norwich f 
Norfolk. 

OK, so we carried the office motto 
of '’Less is more" a mite too /or, hut 
the end result was fhe some. If we 
axp/ainacf everything in minute 
detail each article would begin 
"First switch on your Amiga But 
your explanation was a good toil. 


No luck PAL 


I'VE a Philips 8833 monitor on my 
new Amiga 500 and have found 
that most games on it leave part of 
the bottom of the screen blank, but 
Workbench is OK. 

Also some utilities need the hor- 
izontal centering adjusted and have 
wavy lines in the window titles. Is 
this normal, or do I have a faulty 
monitor or lead? 

Dave Sheridan, 
Potters Bar 
Herts, 

There is a strange and alien land 
called America. There is a strange 
and alien computer called the Ess 
Tee. Between them they conspire to 
rob European Amiga owners of 56 
lines of screen display 

Vou see, aver there the iVTSC 
telly format means they can only 
squeeze 200 lines. The Atari simj* 
Jariy can only show 200 lines. As a 
resuit software houses who haw fa 
cater for the world market on hath 
machines don 't think it worth their 
while to do a special 256 line ver- 
sion for you and me. 

The wavy fines are the result of 
faults in the monitor. Most screens 
do this , and unless you want to 
spend many hundreds of pounds 
on a screen you’ll have to five with 
/LlJtjiowLffi). 


Comunicating 

computers 


BETWEEN my two systems - 
Amstrad 1512 , Logitech ScanMan 
[hand held scanner], Paints how 
Plus, and Commodore Amiga 500, 
Deluxe Paint II, Photon Paint - it 
should be possible to scan on the 
Amstrad and prim on the Amiga? 

I have a Hewlett Packard Paint- 


jet colour printer. My problem is 
that I would like to scan then paint 
in colour. Is there any way I can 
transfer IFF files between the PC 
and Amiga? I know the easiest 
thing to do is to buy a scanner 
compatible with the Amiga, but ! 
am hoping there is a cheaper way, 
Brian Kidd. 

Marlborough Building, 
Bath. 

My fiuge/y impressive analytical 
brain has divided your problem 
into one of two formats . File for - 
mat and disc format. 

First the interesting one , gaffing 
PC format pics into IFF. Being 
brain-dead sheep , IBM users are 
quite content fo pat up with a host 
of file formats. 

There are two ways fo get these 
into IFF. The first is a program 
called Hijack by inset Systems. It 
runs on ihe PC and costs £99 from 
AP Computer Products fan 0483 
722837 l 

Equally good far this job is 
Deluxe Faint II on the IBM . This 


Costly conversion 


YOUR reply la Tom Davidson 
regarding converting IBM files to 
Amiga suggestted DosAg-Dos cost- 
ing £39.95. Your other readers may 
be interested to know that there is 
a PD program available called 
MSDOS which will convert both 
IBM format and Atari format files 
to Amiga formal 

However, due to the fact that the 
program requires a recoverable 
ram disc, WB 1.3 or an equivalent 
utility is needed. The program is 
German in origin and is available 
on FF 158. 

Hermit: Stafford, 
WlrraL 
Merseyside, 


can food and save in most PC for- 
mats as well as IFF. PCX is most 
likely to he the forma! you need, 
and both packages wiW cope with 
if. 

Your next problem is disc size. 
You can either put a 3.5m drive on 
the Amsfrad ora 5.25in drive on 
the Amiga, To read the information 
you 1 1 1 need a transfer program. 
Flavour of the month is CrossDos, 
a program which treats Amiga, 
Atari and JEM discs as equais in 
DFO : 

You'll get both the hardware 
and the software from Power 
Computing on 0234 2730Q0. A 
525 drive will cost about £150 and 
CrossDoss £30. Since the whole 
sheebang will come to nigh on 
£300 il might he better to buy an 
Amiga handheld scanner. 


Little Acorns 


WE are considering setting up a 
software development company to 
produce games for the Amiga and 
Atari ST. We desperately need to 
locate artists and programmers 
who would be interested in work- 
ing with us. 

If there is anybody out there 
who lives in Cornwatl(ish), and is 
looking to make a career for them- 
selves in the software industry, 
then please waste no time in writ- 
ing to us. 

We have several great game 
Ideas, but have been unable to 
commence work on them due to 
the lack of graphic artists. We just 
hope I hat there are some talented 
people who will be prepared to 
help us out. 

Thanks in advance to Amiga 
Comparing for taking the trouble to 
print this letter, as at the ages of 16 
and 17 we are unable to afford a 

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AMIGA COMPUTING April 3 990 23 


m LETTERS ■ 


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normal advertisement! 

Please note, we may be young, 
but we have been coding for two 
years and consider the prospect of 
creating careers for ourselves in the 
software industry very seriously - 
so not time wasters. 

Peter Iver and Stephen Warden 
Meadow Udge. Highertewn. 

Truro. Cornwall TRl 3QF 
/ will waste no time in writing to 
you, but that 's 'cos f can't program. 
Good iiidt guys. 


computer has been crashing on me 
several times in a row and when l 
press the mouse button to reset, the 
power light just sits there flashing 
away pretending it's a mobile 
disco. 

I turn the machine off for about 
30 secs but it’s still the same. 
Normally 1 have to leave it lor 
about 15 mins before it works 
again. Is my meg naff? Oh better 
rush, I feel a Guru coming. 

Daniel Cuckrill, 
Great Yarmouth. 

Norfolk. 

Sounds like the heat is on. Your 
rum doesn't like getting hot and 
goes funny when the machine has 
been snitched on for a while. Take 
it back to the dealer and give him 
some Up. 


MJ fan 


I AM writing to thank you for my 
Michael Jackson T shirt, it Is very 
goad value because it is so big 1 can 
wear it as a dress for the next two 
years, 

l had an Acorn Electron com* 
puter but Santa broght me an 
Amiga 500 for Christmas. I am 
writing this with Pretext on my 
Mum's IBM type PC. 

My Dad has an IBM type PC at 
work and be says that's why we 
had an Amiga for Christmas. He 
won't tell me what he means, but 1 
think it's a joke, 

Clare Pemberton, 
Werrington, 
Peterborough. 


Looking for 
a language 

I AM considering buying an Amiga 
500 but cannot seem to find any 
Pascal packages advertised for it 
anywhere. 

Is it possible to buy Pascal lor 
the unexpanded A500 and if so 
which is the best type? 

] am also a bit confused about 
the difference between the PAL and 
NTSC Amigas. Is one better than 
the other? 

Will one eventually become 
standard, and if sa, will it be possi- 
ble to change one type to another? 
Thanks for a great magazine. 

Peter Hewlett, 
ChaJdoii, 
Surrey, 

Hisoft on 0525 71B191 can sort out 
your Pascal problem. AH British 
Amigas are PAL, ait American ones 
are jVTSC {generalisation}. When 
the Enhanced Chip Set comes out - 


it should make 1390 {sarcasm) - 
the modes will he interchangeable. 
If you have a PAL Amiga you 
should have no problems , 


New BBS 


WOULD it be possible to let your 
readers know that I have just set up 
an Amiga-orientated bulletin 
board. It is called Runway A50C 
and is purely for Amiga users. 

It can be accessed at 3 DO/3 00, 
1200/1200 or 2400/2400 baud, and 
is online 22.00 - QS:O0 weekdays 
and 22:00 - 09:00 weekends. 

Jt is running on a PC with a 
20mb hard disc, Quadcomm 
modem, and Wildcat! software. 
Runway A5QO can be contacted on 
0293 384117 at the hours above. It 
offers PD and Shareware software 
to members, technical support for 
any software/hardware problems 
and has several message areas. 

I find some of the letters and 
answers in your column of great 
interest - in a few cases you've 
tackled problems just as I've hit 
that particular problem myself, 
Please keep up the good work and 
the quality of editorial that you 
have, 

Steve Sheldon, 
Crawley, 
Sussex. 


Piracy aid 


HAS anyone else spotted 
Mirrorsoft’s mistake on Falcon? 
Browsing through the key disc I 
found details of the copy protec- 


1 BOUGHT the spreadsheet G Calc 
from Digjta soon after buying the 
Amiga. The Files it produces do not 
have a corresponding info file and 
therefore no icon on the 
Workbench. How can I produce 
such an icon or even info File to 
enable me to move the files 
around, copy or delete them more 
easily? 

I know I can do all these opera- 
tions from CLI but that involves a 
lot of disc swapping at my stage of 
understanding of AmigaDos. I am 
sure that 1 can't be the only one 
who would value such a program. I 
would even send S10 to Augustus 
Gloop. Sweatees and Light Blvd. 

Ca. ( or whoever], if the program 

is available as shareware. 

I think the magazine is great on 


lion routines, source code and link 
routines. Plus examples of all of 
them. 

I'm no hacker, cracker or any- 
thing else, but it wouldn't take an 
idiot to figure this one out. Try 
looking at block 0883 and you'll 
see what I mean. 

They've even left the telephone 
number of the guy who wrote the 
protection stuff, Bit silly if you 
don't want your game cracked. 

I recently had a problem with 
my power supply unit. The Amiga 
booted perfectly but the keyboard 
was dead, it just sat there flashing 
the caps lock LED. 

I tried to reset the psu but to no 
avail. In the end I un pinged it from 
the mains, waited a minute, then 
shorted each output pin to the 
outer shield on the plug. 

Bingo, it now works again. I can 
only suspect the keyboard supply 
voltage tripped for some reason 
and held itself off. 

Dave Harrison, 
Milton Keynes, 
Bucks, 

Shorting out pins on a PSU sounds 
a very, very silly thing to do, 
Mirrorsoft? Yeah, they did it with 
Xenon B too. 


Erm, well... 


WHY did the Amiga Computing 
with F-29 on the cover have 
February 1939 on it? Ndw that no 
coverdisc is included, will there be 
a partial refund for people (like 
me] who have already paid £5 too 
much? 

Why is it illegal to copy games 

> 


the basis of Ihe two issues 1 have 
bought. Do you give away a differ- 
ent file viewer every mo-nth? 
[„.onJy joking!] 

Now back to the books and the 
low end of the learning curve, 

Colin Mercer, 
Bradshaw, 
button, 

GJu/ng an icon fo a file is simple if 
you don't want fo ran the program. 
You can steal the .info file from 
another program, say shelLinfo. 
Using CLI copy shell. info to 
data. infs to pat an icon which 
looks like the shell on a file called 
data , 

Augustus Gloop eh? Yup, / used 
fo be a fan of Charlie and ihe Great 
Glass Elevator , but f'm grown up 
now, 


Starter help 

AFTER reading Anne Sen Inn* 
Idler pleading I'nr help Pdf begin- 
ners I had an idea With the help 
ill tour excel le n I magazine 1 
would like to start up a *or( Ijf Pun 
Pal club where people who know 
little nr nul King about their 
Amigas i mild swap hint* and tips 
,i nd sell' written programs. 

Here is mv lull address; Andy 
Klven. 77 Hart ham Road. 
Isle worth, Middlesex TW7 SKY. I 
have m unexpended A a till wilh 
only the internal drive. Thanks for 
llu brilliant Explore ymir Amiga - 
il's helped me miormouslv. 

Andy Klyen, 
Isieui trill. 
Middlesex 


Poor taste 


MY enjoyment of your normally 
excellent magazine was marred in 
ihe December issue by the unbe- 
lievable bad taste, not to say possi* 
ble hurt, of your caption to the top 
lefthand illustration on page 25. [ 
hope that editorial vigilance will 
reverse this lowering of your usual 
standards 

M A Loflus, 
South Croydon, 
Surrey. 

We've had a number of complaints 
about this, and yes wrists have 
been siappetL In defence I'd say 
that the person who wrote if uses 
the London Underground every 
day and the place is still haz- 
ardous. 


Crashypoos 


PLEASE help me. I own a nice 
little 1 meg Amiga which Is giving 
me mega problems. First off is the 
| meg. Ever since I got the meg my 


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Shadow of the Banal 24.99 

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Triad II (Compdalon) 16.09 

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Trivial Pureui [Family Edition) 16.09 

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TV Scons Basketball — - 

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for one's own use - after all the 
games ere dear enough in the first 
place, and my Amiga has destroyed 
two or three already, 

If 1 am not allowed to back pro- 
grams up, I just won't buy them in 
the first place. I hasten to add that I 
have never copied anything that I 
am not allowed to, and will not in 
the future. Thanks for a great maga- 
zine anyway. Good booklet on the 
Feb cover as well L 

Pete Sparkes. 
Lamport, 
Somerset, 

The lame excuses department, 
otherwise known as Simon, claims 
that it deliberate to make up 
for the magazine always being on 
sale the month before the cover 
date, and this was an attempt to 
regain tfia lost months. 

We know better than that, don ‘t 
we boys and girls, We know a cock - 
up when we see one. 

Subscribers will get extra copies 
to make up for the iack of a disc. 

Why is it illegal to grow 
cannabis if it is only for horticul- 
tural satisfaction and not for smok- 
ing? It's because you might be 
honest enough not fa give any 
copied discs away, and I might be 
just a humble gardener but there 
are far too many dishonest people 
around, and so it is the act which 
must he teg/slafed against and not 
the /jitenl. 


Moving up, 
moving in 

I AM going to upgrade to a B2Q00 
and internal hard drive very soon, 
depending on what your answers 
to my questions are, I have looked 
through many magazines and 1 
think I have found where I wQi get 
them horn. 

The 1. 3 rev 6 82000 is being 
sold by Third Coast Technologies 
at £999, They say the one being 
sold by Compost at £799 is 
imported. If so, will it be a PAL 
machine? The hard drive E have 
found is being sold by Club 60000, 
It is a 40 meg 24 msec auto boot 
NEC file card at £479. Do you 
know if I will need a controller for 
this or will it be on the card 
already? Will it be faster than the 
A590? If you don't know about this 
drive can you recommend a good 
internal hard drive for around the 
same price? 

Stuart Bridges, 
Bed worth, 
Warwickshire. 

British Jaws mean fha/ price fixing 
is illegal so anyone cart sett an 


Disc death 


FIRSTLY let me congratulate you 
on ditching the cover disc, Sound 
move, if 1 waul PD HI spend £2.50 
on a disc, 

Right, down to basics. As more 
people venture into tbe world of 
the Amiga there are going to be 
more cries for help like that from 
Fannie Jones, (letters Jan 1990], 

Let me take you back to early 
1980 when men were men, 
women were women and I discov- 
ered a mouse bed two buttons. ! 
knew nothing about our cream 
coloured friend. 

Thanks solely to your magazine 
running basic tutorials on CLL 
Basic and even Workbench, 1 now 
write my own demos. 

The point is, why don' t you, for 
a minimal charge, offer photo- 
copies, reprints or even, gasp, a 
disc with these basic tutorials on 
it? 

I'm sure a new amigan would 
want, for example, a CLl tutorial 
disc. Especially as the only other 


way is spend £13,00 on a book. 
Plus, this also solves your prob- 
lem of getting rid of all those sur- 
plus coverdiscs you're trying to 
flog. 

While on the subject of discs, 1 
have over 200 and the only ones 
to go down have been branded 
(Nashua or Verbatim), Time, you 
can get the disc replaced, but 
you’ve lost data, 

I currently buy the cheapest I 
can get my hands on (6 ftp a disc] 
and have had no complaints In 
over a year 

Anyway I'm going to stop here 
and start on another letter. If Eayal 
Teler can so can I. NJ3, I don’t use 
Protext. 

Dave Harrison, 
Milton Keynes, 
Bucks. 

Milan Keynes eh? Explains a hi 
Loti are rare in your approval of 
our dropping the disc. But then 
people only usually write to com- 
plain 


Amiga for whatever price they like. 
This annoys computer manufac- 
turers, who would rather keep 
prices the same and allow dealers 
enough profit fo support the 
machine. 

You might be better off buying 
from a more expensive dealer in 
case things go wrong . 

Commodore cannot slop compa- 
nies buying machines in one coun- 
try and selling them in another, ft 
could have a standard worldwide 
price, but this is for too sensible. 

I'm not sure thoJ Compost 
machines are imported, Even if 
they were, most Amiga 2000s are 
made in Germany and you'd be 
getting pretty much the same deal 
Watch oulforftmny keyboards 
and a German mamraf, A/I 
European machines are PAL 

The Club 68000 drive gets a 
transfer rate of up to 5Q0k per 
second and Paul Share at the Club 
says if is DMA so at that price it is 
a pretty good deal. It includes a 
controller. 

The controller with the best rep- 
utation is the Microbiotics 
Hard fra me, sold here by Oasis (01- 
859 4936}. It costs £219 and 
doesn't include the hard drive . 
With a decent 40 meg unit it will 
work on! a bit dearer. Everything is 
faster than the A 5,90, which comes 
as standard with a slow XT drive. 
OK so you can change it for a SCSI 
bul what do you do with the old 
one? 

You could waif /or the 


Commodore 2091 but you might go 
grey in Jhe meantime. 

Oh, watch out for revision 6 
boards, they have timing problems. 
The latest release is 6.2 , which is 
fine. 


Tale of woe 


MY son is doing a BTEC course on 
computer studies. Just over a year 
ago we bought him an Amiga 
A500. The machine expired just 
after the guarantee. The internal 
drive broke, That was the begin- 
ning of our problems. We have 
spent a fortune on telephone bills 
to various companies to obtain a 
new internal disc drive. 

We have spoken to one of the 
companies advertising in your 
magazine and asked them whether 
they do a new internal disc drive. 
They sent an external disc drive. 
This we sent back and asked to 
have our money refunded. 

We rang Commodore in 
Maidenhead and were told that the 
Amiga A5QD was manufactured 
and produced in Germany. They 
gave us the telephone number of a 
company in Birmingham who we 
were told were the main UK dis- 
tributors for Commodore spares. 

On phoning them, they did not 
seem to want to know and gave us 
some telephone numbers in the 
London area to contact. To date we 
have had no joy. 

We have telephoned numerous 


■ LETTERS ■ 


places advertising in your maga- 
zine, but all they seem to have for 
sale are external drives, My son 
requires his computer for when he 
starts again at college. 

If this is a typical example of 
what buying Commodore is like, 
never again will we purchase such 
a machine. Having bought your 
magazine since we purchased the 
computer, I would appreciate if 
you would convey my views on the 
service we have not received 
through your magazine. 

Perhaps some of your readers 
could suggest ideas for improve- 
ment of such pathetic service as we 
have received to date from 
Commodore and the indifference of 
others concerning just the replace- 
ment of a spare part for a computer. 

A. V. Bril us, 
Cheshire! , 
Herts. 


Death of a 
|) rotess 


E WOI 1 11 like to run utility pro- 
grams from rm silarlup swiLi-itcr 
Midi as duck, Irel uller running 
Ihc shirt Up sequence Cl. Is win- 
dow remains open. Huh i until 1 
ret urn ion I ml tn flic remaining 
startup sequence umreremK and 
loading Workbench ami sending 
Ml nnlpul to ML: while the util' 
ily program is runmin;? 

Rn/xi Mniavi Islatiau. 

Slmhin. Iran, 
the 1,1 lorrion of Hun lets you 
close ivjiidoivs. Ttil fbo nrei- 
mand run cluck inta vmtr startup 
st-qmmee. Ij you want to keep 
using 1,2 you need u program 
t ailed Runhuck l popular PI) 
prog if is unroll i used tnlJfi 
l iras*. Yd n II programs st ork 
n ills Jfirv A good PD librun 
should hair a cups. 


Hidden power 


WHEN my family first bought an 
Amiga 500 in the last days of 1988 
I had already done some research. 
It was with surprise that when the 
Amiga was powered up it showed 
the hand picture and strangely 1,3, 
E knew that somehow we had 
stumbled across an Amiga with 
Kiekstart version 1.3, but sadly 
Workbench version 1.2. 

It was only during the summer 
that Kickstari version 1.3 became 
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standard in A 500s, Now one year 
later, and as the guarantee had 
expired* we decided to dean up 
the Amiga, It led to us disassem- 
bling it to wash the casings. 

Guess what was inside? Only 
four memory chips on the main dr- 
cuit board (revision GA), not 16 as 
shown in the schematics at the 
back of the manual, A further four 
sockets are visible. In other words, 
this is an Amiga that uses one 
megabit chips, not 256 hit chips, 
and can have a whole megabyte of 
chip ram on the main circuit board. 
And we've had our Amiga for just 
over a year! 

U34 was also replaced with a 
daughterboard containing two 
chips and a flying lead. Does this 
suggest it's a prototype A5QD? Do J 
have a Fat Agnus It (is there a 
test?}, and can I make the modifica- 
tion? [We have an A501.) 

I would also like to say what an 
excellent magazine Amigo 
Computing is. It’s good that your 
magazine covers the more serious 
aspects of the Amiga, not just 
games. 

But why did you stop the cover 
discs? I guess that some younger 
people may not be able to afford 
the magazine at £2,95 or even make 
use of the disc without a hard disc 
[all the disc swaps involved) but I 
could make use of the cover discs 
and have looked forward to them 
every month. 

Now that I have just sent in my 
subscription I would've liked the 
option of having a cover disc each 
month. 

I’ve never played the games but 
have marvelled at Jolyon f s “law- 
breaking metal-scraping” demos, 
with the rest of the cover disc such 
as Workbench version 1,3.2 going 
on to my A59Q. Please bring back 
the cover disc for those subscribers 
who want them. 

Mouse problems? There are two 
species of Amiga mice, one made 
in Hong Kong, the other in 
Malaysia. 

The Hong Kong mouse has cal- 
culator-style buttons internally 
with a push forward door lor the' 
hall; the other has microswitches 
and a circular door for the ball. I 
should know. we started of with a 
Hong Kong mouse, now we have a 
Malaysian species. 

fohn Christopher Lee, 
London. 


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as it stated that it had the new ver- 


LETTERS 


EXCELLENT service! And I'm not 
talking about 1-tor is Becker, Town 
Computers of Town Road, I Ian lev, 
Staffordshire, sold me an AiiQQ 
last year ami t found them to he 
most helpful and free to offer use- 
ful advice. 

I later bought a memory expan- 
sion anti Iwo external disc drives. 
[ nfnrtuitately, when 1 installed the 
drives the computer failed to hunt. 

I returned the mat bines and 
drives l be nest day and had them 
tested. Thu fault lay in the drive 
port mi nn computer .md this had 
to be returned In Cum m adore 
under warranty. When I explained 
that I was developing suit ware mi 
my machine I was ulferrci the loan 
ul another A 5(16 without am fuss. 


The machine was returned 
promptly and was jested before I 
collected it. 1 might also add that l 
enjoy reading your magazine and 
found it most useful when I was 
t amid faring purchase isfim A 5110. 

Would it he possible In have a 
series of articles on elementary 
machine code and C program- 
ming? I find the reader offers 
department to be of great value 
also. ( find that the reviews are 
well written and, unlike many 
magazines, manage In include 
humour without being silly. 

Would it also be possible to 
include slight It more programs in 
type in, such as I hi* excel lent 
Model Universe program. 

This was the first program that l 


typed into my Amiga and found it 
very useful in ilusi ruling the dif- 
ferences between the Amiga and 
the Commodore H4C th.ii 1 previ- 
ously used. 

Pete Aikin, 
New-easi le-u n d er-l,y me. 

Staffordshire. 
There arc no plans for a C series 
bemuse by the time con hove 
bought < i copy (if Manx or Lattice, 
oil the rforufflonfatioxi ynu'H need, 
and i? minimum of two floppies 
on a l meg machine, y ou bure 
spent a fortune. 

, Simon feels thut not enough 
renders will benefit from articles 
which need y ou to spoil tf nigh on 
i.MJ before y ou gef going. // y ou 
think he is w rong write to film, 


sion 1.3.2 Workbench upgrade. 
After using your script facility to 
put the new software on lo my cur- 
rent Workbench 1.3, I had the fol- 
lowing error message when the 
workbench is loading: Pure bit not 
set. 

Please can you tell me if this is 
correct, as I appear to be having 
some difficulty in using other types 
of software on this new Workbench 
but that could be because there is a 
fault on it. Thank you for your 
help, 

R, W. Travel^ 
New Milton. 

Hampshire, 

/ don’t know, if you don't road the 
instructions you can f expect it fo 
work. The Readme file explains 
this - execute the Readme file ond 
ail will be tickerty-boo. 


Lucky begger 


WHAT a really fantastic mag this 
is. Anyway I'm building up an 
Amiga System; dfl: 512k upgrade 
and printer, but have hit a snag. 
Hard drives are expensive, there- 
fore I would be very grateful if you 
could send me one free (20 megs 
will do for now) thanks. 

Now on to my problem with 
Workbench, Putting my favourite 
programs on to a single disc is 
tough. Not that I donT know what 
to do, but there fust isn't enough 
room. Crunching and removing 
unwanted files helps a little but 
still doesn’t solve the problem. 

What would be ideal, is if the 
Workbench could be booted from 


dfG:; and the program icons from 
dft): and dfl : could both he loaded 
into the one window. Thus letting 
me load up my favourite programs 
from the one window without even 
touching the Shell. 

Can you please also recommend 
a good book to really explore 
AmigaDos, telling me how much it 
will cost and where to get it from. 
Last but not least (who's said that 
before?) please would you print a 
few lines on why my A level com- 
puting teacher should invest the 
school's money on an Amiga sys- 
tem. 

Look forward to the hard drive, 
oh yes, and the reply. 

Simon Vernon, 
Leek, 
Staffs, 

flight Oh, the hard drive's in the 
post. Putting icons in windows 
when they refer to different devices 
is a very strange thing to do, und I 
can f see anyone ever being stupid 
enough to write one. 

1ft ur school should gel Amfgas 
Sera use wh en you go out to the big , 
bad world you 71 hove to contend 
with lots of different computers , 
Only the Amigo 2000 is compatible 
with the BBC, Amiga 500 , IBM PC 
and Mac. 

Soon it will run Unix which will 
be a very important operating sys- 
tem. As a graphics tool it is the 
most cost effective machine you 
can buy, and if your teacher is into 
music it has greater abilities than 
anything at a similar price, 

I hope that answers your ques- 
tions. fly the way, l fled 1 about the 
hard disc . 


Broken chips 


FINDING Workbench 1.2 software 
unusable due to constant gurus 
when doing anything with a win- 
dow, t bought the 1.3 software. 

It is an. improvement, but if I get 
cocky with windows, opening two 
or three and changing their shape 
the guru visits me. 

It is impossible to program win- 
dows with Basic, so alt menus have 
lo be simple screens. I also have a 
problem with games. Race games 
[Chase HQ and GPS) fall over regu- 
larly but I have never had a prob- 
lem with FIG. I suspect the 1.3 
chip, maybe a particular function 
linked with race game scrolls, or 
windows is dodgy on the chip. 

Therefore replacement seems a 
viable route. However being a 
spineless programmer, I wouldn't 
like to touch hardware until my 
theories are proven, 

3 hope (hat someone who has 
had the same problem but is now 
cured may write lo ibis grand mag- 
azine and relieve some frustrated 
racing drivers, 

I am reluctant to sand my 
machine off to a repair centre as 
you often hear of machines return- 
ing without the symptoms being 
eased. 

i consider it must be impossible 
to pinpoint a singular minute error 
in something as complex as a chip, 
and 1 don't think their experts sit 
around alt day playing Chase HQ 
waiting for the machine to fall 

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AMIGA COMPUTING April 1 990 39 



► 

over, As with most everything 
these days, replacement is the key, 
and if I can find what to replace 
then it can be sent off. 

Marlin Kit wood, 
Lincoln. 

flffl/u when 1 ivorbd in a computer 
shop me didn't spend aii day play- 
ing Chase HQ, We played Snapper, 
hip tfien if was a BBC shop a long 
time ago. 

your Amiga is sick. More sick 
them just a new 1,3, ft needs one of 
the big chips changing, one with 
loadsa pins. Take it had to Dixons , 
and say: “This Amiga is note/ I 
merchantable quality, Ezra Surf 
told me to ask /or a new one". 


Sold to the man 
in the hat 


I HAVE a few problems lo sort, so 
please take a year or two off work 
to solve them. First of all best mag- j 
azine around, down to earth and 


humorous, I would like to know of I 
any books there are in which I 
could find out how to write my 
own comms programs. 

1 am just oul of the army and t 
am looking towards a career in j 
computer programming, please ' 
help {I am 181. 

[ have had my Amiga 500 for 
aboul a year but I haven't really got 
using it until the weeks before 
Christmas, and it totally amazes 
me. 

But as l have mentioned before I 
am interested in communications 
with mv computer so all advice 
will be heeded and gratefully 
appreciated.. 

Here in Northern Ireland we are 
way behind where Amiga, soft- 
ware. hardware and advice is con- 
cerned, Help me Obi Wan. you are 
my on.lv hope. 

Russell Willis. 

Vewlownards, 
Co Dawn. 

The Model Shop in the centre of 
Belfast may not he fhe p/ace to be 
seen, being fatally uncool, but if 
has a good stock □/ hooks. There is 


a computer shop in Waolco down 
the mad /ram you but they oniy 
sell games. Have a look at soma of 
the public domain comms pro- 
grams which conic with source 
code. Argo Term or FF12 is a good 
place fa start because if is simple. 


LAST Friday 1 discovered your 
magazine. Gfi 8 bit machines all 
my own programming for the lasl 
seven or eight years has been in 
assembler, and I'd prefer to do that 
with the Amiga. 

I started programming Zfl years 
ago by cutting cards for Fortran for 
IBM , ICL. and Honeywell main- 
frames. and 1 have taught Basic for 
the Beeb to social science students. 

But 1 want lo use assembler. The 
snag, finding Ihe information. 1 
have Devpac, which is good, I have 
one book on machine code but it 
uses quite a different assembler. 
I've ordered the Rom Kernel 


Manual - includes and autodocs. 
I've ordered the MC68000 book, 
still waiting for them. 

The intuition manual is deleted, 
out of print, most books 1 look at in 
bookshops spend about three-quar- 
ters of the text on intro to Basic, or 
intro Id C, 

I can program in C, but prefer 
assembler, and anyway the price of 
a good C package is beyond me at 
Ihe moment, 

So please nail folyon down and 
ask him what boob make up the 
best library for a dedicated assem- 
bler programmer, and tell him I'm 
looking forward to his next article. 

Stan Union, 
Leominster, 
Herefordshire 
Nailing jolyon down is what a lot 
of people want to da. He's working 
an a game right now and so wan 't 
have time to do too many articles, 
Recommended books are the 
Amiga Hardware Reference Guide 
from Addison Wesley and Systems 
Programmers Guide from Abacus, 
although you probably won't need 
bofh. 


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What a 


W E Amiga owners have always 
been smugly aware that the 
sound output from our computer 
comfortably outclasses any 
competition. Those with suitable hi-fi 
systems are duty bound to connect up 
and listen goggle- eared to the intro 
tunes of games, Qr, better still, the 
superb public domain music available. 

For those without suitable sound 
resources the alternatives are listening 
to the tinny and sometimes mono 
sound from a monitor or television set, 
A more sensible approach would be 
to buy a custom-designed sound 
amplifier to provide the screams of 
despatched aliens in full stereo. And, 
good heavens, if I don’t have such a 
device sitting on my desk at this very 
moment, the Sound Blaster from Siren 
Software, 

The amplifier is a small cream 
coloured box that sits neatly on top of 
an A500. It connects to the Amiga's 
speaker outputs, taking power from 
the small 12 volt transformer 
supplied, The sound is rated at 5 watts 
per channel which, when used at top 
whack, is extremely loud. Enough to 
drown out speech in a busy magazine 
office, for example, 

Pardon? What was that, Green? Oh, I 
said: Loud enough to drown out 
speech in a magazine office! 

The only controls on the unit are the 
two oversized volume knobs, one for 
each stereo channel. This neatly side- 
steps the need for a balance control, 
the only drawback being that if you 
need silence in o hurry - say to 
answ r er the telephone — you have to 
twiddle two knobs instead of one. The 
speakers are of excellent quality. They 
are three-way (woofer, mid-range and 
twreeterl car speakers rated at 50 watts 
a-piece. 

Small enough to sit on your desk. 


BLAST! 


they provide a good stereo image with 
only marginal distortion at the highest 
volume settings; l connected them to a 
portable CD player and they gave 
belter results than the originals. A 
very acceptable two-and-a-half metres 
of cable is provided, enabling the 
speakers to be placed where they will 
give best results. 

D ocumentation, however, is 

disappointing. After all the 
trouble spent on getting the unit to 
look pretty, a hurried A4 instruction 
sheet is a serious letdown. Maybe the 
piece of paper l got isn't I he finished 
version, because it labelled the power 
supply socket incorrectly. Thankfully, 
the unit itself has ail the connect ions 
clearly marked. 

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limited period only folks”, Siren is 
supplying a pair of free stereo 
headphones. These are bog standard 
units and connect to the spare socket 
on the amplifier. If you want to listen 
in private you must remember to 
unplug the main loudspeakers, 
because they do not cut out 
automatically. 

If I had to criticise the Sound 
Blaster, then 1 would say that it should 
have had different types of socket to 
connect the speakers and the power 
supply, avoiding completely I he 
danger of sending 12 volts up the 
wrong hole, 

But with an amplifier the sound 


Audiophile John 
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make himself heard 
above the noise of 
his new toy 

quality is of paramount importance, 
everything else takes second place. 
Sound Blaster is loud and, although 
not quite up to System A standards, it 
is of high fidelity. 

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When you do, make sure you let the 
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Competition 

winners 


WE need to bring you up to date 
on a few competition winners: 
Wayne Gretzky's hockey outfit was 
won by David Fairwealher of 
Middlesborough; the lucky person 
who will be flying with D1 is Ken 
Holland of Wareham in Dorset; 
and driving in the Fast Lane will 
be lan Timson of Clitheroe, Lancs. 

Well done ad of you. we hope 
you enjoy your prizes. 


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Good old 
Green 


THANKS to the vigilance of 
Amigo Computings Nik H Green" 
Veitch, games players have been 
saved from a nasty dose of The 
Pentagon Circle Virus which was 
on the review copy of Leisure 
Genius's Risk- 

Quick as a flash he conquered 
South East Asia while jeff called 
Lesley Walker at Virgin to warn 
her of the danger. Fortunately only 
20 infected copies got out, so the 
copy of Risk you buy in Lhe shops 
(and you should - It-s jolly good) 
will he virus free, 

Perhaps the real praise should 
go to cunning Canadian Steve 
Tibbett; it was our male's program, 
VirusX 4.0, which spotted the 
infection. 


Bitmaps breed for Speedball sequel 


THERE is a kind of magic which 
the Bitmap Brothers conjure up 
when they code a creation. Xenon, 
Speedball and even Xenon II 
which was written for the Bitmaps 
by The Assembly Line show the 
polished programming and silver 
surfaces which are the Brothers 
hallmark. 

Even programming geniuses are 
only born with one pair of hands, 
so to satisfy the Amiga world's 
hunger for Bitmap Brothers' pro- 
grams they have hired some help. 
Dan "Antirad" Malone, Rob 
"Driller 1 ' Chapman, Steve “Beverly 
Hills Cop’' Tall and the artificially 
intelligent Rob Trevellyan. 

The enhanced team will pro- 
duce Speedball II, a sequel to the 
hugely successful futuristic sports 
game. 

Steve Tall is working on a secret 
project and the original lads are 
working hard to polish Cadaver, 
an isometric 3D game which will 
kill the BM's reputation for pro- 
ducing games which all look the 
same. 


The Bj'toftjp Brothers - spot tfte cadaver 


COMPETITION for the best footie 
game is hotting up. The newest and 
flashiest contender is Emlyn 
Hughes International Soccer from 
Audiogenic The playability is 
claimed to be unsurpassed with 
action at SO frames a second and 
digitised sound so good you you 


League 

winners 


might as well be at a match. 

Budding Selina Scotts will enjoy 
the Team Editor which has a fash- 
ion design option. Tailor the cut 


and patterns of the strip. 

Full league and championship 
games can be played. The opposing 
teams exhibit artificial intelligence 
[so it isn't quite like the real thing). 

Played on a full PAL pitch it is 
the result of Graham Biighe work- 
ing on different versions for a 


couple of years concentrating on 
the games programming and AL 
Terry Wiley has worked on the 
front end, while the graphics are by 
Andrew Calver. A spokesman for 
the company said; H !t r s in a differ- 
ent league H r but then you have to 
expect that sort of thing from Gary, 



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Pricey 

parrots 


SOMEWHERE deep in the heart of 
the Amazonian jungle there beats a 
drum. Softly at first, and then 
lender, the insistent beating awak- 
ens our hero. Kid, from a deep. 
drug-Mke sleep. He wakes slowly, 


with difficulty {a bit like Green} 
confused and uncertain fa lot like 
Green], The last thing he can 
remember is pulling on an old pair 
of boxing gloves that he found in 
his uncle's attic. 

And now here he is surrounded 
by trees and shrieking parrots, 
There's something odd going on 
here. 

No there isn't, it's just Kid 


Gloves, a platform game from 
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Ice Age, rain forests, the Industrial 
Revolution, the pyramids of [oh no 
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psychedelic West Coast of the 
Swinging Sixties. 

In the shops now at £24.99. 
which seems a bit pricey for a 
Bomtijack-cum-Rick Dangerous 
rip-oEf, 



Kid Gloves - 
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platforms from 
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FOR the First time ever the devel- 
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its home computer conversion is 
progressing in parallel. 

Klax„ the Atari coin-op, was 
unveiled at the amusement trade 
exhibition at Olympia, but won’t 
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mid-April to coincide with the ail- 
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Based on a very simple concept, 
Klax has vou catching coloured 
tiles as they roll down the screen 
and flipping them into bins below. 
The aim is to arrange the tiles in 
lines of three of the same colour 

It sounds easy, and it is, until 
the tiles start rolling down Taster 
than you can catch them. 

Check it out, Sounds like it 
could be the next Tetris , 






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Gu with the flow 


H OW long do you think the 
experts at Amiga Computing 
spend reviewing a game? A day? A 
week? Well here is a program 
which has been under test for a 
year. Thai's how long it is since I 


The bulging 

reservoir sJovre 
the flow 


first saw a game which was then 
called Pipeline. And il is as fresh 
today as it was in the spring of '89. 

When you have a game with a 
zillion evil aliens or a film star in 
the title role il is easy to under- 
stand how il can be enthralling. 
Abstract games are harder to 
understand, bus often fust as much 
fum 

Pipe Mania has a shade more 
plot than Tetris, and a tad leas than 
Bombuial, bul it rates alongside 
those two as one you can't put 
down, A real “It's three in the 
morning so I'll just have one more 
game" jobbie, 

The pipe has got to be built, pie- 
j sumably because that is what you 
do with pipes. For every extra bit 
' you add on you score more points. 

Sections are added against time, 

| they come off one - easy mode - or 
two - experts only - stacks. In a 
two player game each player has 
I one of these, but when playing solo 
you can choose which stack to use. 
You can see Five shapes ahead in 
I each stack. This allows you to 
j build in an unconnected area and 
then join the sections up later. 
Playing two player is vicious, 

| you need to absorb so much infor- 
mation — where the pipe Is, what 
your shapes are and most impor- 
tantly what your opponent is plan- 
ning. 

When the time limit expires all 
I pipes must be connected, but if 
I you use a cross-shaped tube the 


Holy Zarquoji, ringing pm, I'm on for a hip scare 


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tut if 
b the 


side pipes do not need to be 
linked. A liquid then runs down 
the pipe and yon are awarded 
points for each section filled. As 
the liquid runs along you can add 
bits of pipe, but eventually you'll 
fill the screen or the gunge will 
catch up with you. 


To help you there are reservoirs 
which slow down the flow, Make 
sure an early bit of pipe goes to one 
of them. 

You must fill a minimum num- 
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next level. Any segments of unused 
pipe Dn the screen are destroyed at 
a cost of IDO points. This can be 


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have built a long loop and missed 
out one section which renders con- 
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As you progress through the lev- 
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bonuses to be found- There ire 
funny fish-shaped blocks which get 
in the way of your path-building, 
pipes which give you a bonus 


score, and end pipes. These are 
really taxing because the sticks 
will appear to conspire against 
you, forcing the pipe away from 
the end, 

The graphics have been spruced 
up considerably in the past year. In 
most respects this is an improve- 
ment, however sometimes arrows 
which show the direction of flow 
in one-way pipes are a hit difficult 
to see. 

The sound is similarly luke- 
warm, the left-over pieces explod- 
ing at the end sound a lot tike 
Michael Barrymore's "awright", 
and the simple tune is a let-down 
on the Amiga. 

Still it is the gam ep ley which 
matters and which shines. This is a 
case of a game where the score 
doesn't tell the whole truth, I've 
played it nearly every day for the 
past year. Nothing else comes close 
in addictiveness, 

Simon Rockman 


Pipe Mania 

LWM 

Empire 



Overall - 95% 



AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 59 







N apoleon is regarded bs one 

of history's greatest generals 
alongside the likes of Lee, Patton, 
Rommel and Julius Ceasar. He was 
certainly the greatest of his period, 
as is demonstrated from his rise 
horn the Corsican middle-class to 
the throne of an empire which at 
times included the best part of 
Europe. 

It was his skill as a politician as 
much as anything which reserved 
him a place in history. He was the 
darling of the French people and 
the army. On his way hack from 
exile in Elba the royalist armies 
sent out to capture him refused to 
harm their Emperor and ended up 
joining his ranks. As Wellington 
said shortly before Waterloo, "His 
hat on the field is worth 50,000 
moo." 

His superb multi-tasking brain 
(he was known to dictate upwards 
of three letters simultaneously) 
made him a fearsome opponent 


Napolmn ; An army mtuvhes on its stomach 

even when outnumbered, as was 
the case at Austerlitz. 

Although the Russians were 
taken somewhat by surprise to find 
that the army they had come to 
relieve no longer existed, they still 
had superior numbers and a better 
position on the Pratzen Heights, 
three miles west of Austerlitz. 

Austerlitz is held up as one of 
Napoleon's most decisive and 
strategical brilliant victories, not 
least by the man himself. However, 


given the facts which have 
emerged since the battle, it seems 
not so much a miracle of military 
genius as a foregone conclusion. 

Alexander was relatively inex- 
perienced and was in command of 
a very pick-and-mix force of 
Austrians and Russians, most of 
whom had not seen much action 
either. Anyone with more intelli- 
gence than my hamster could've 
beaten them. Anyway here is your 
chance to try. 


Austerlitz is the latest 
Napoleonic battle to receive the 
Peter Human treatment, the last 
effort from this section of the PS5 
stable being Waterloo which got an 
excellence award in the November 
issue back in the good old lftBOs, 
For those of you who don't 
remember it, didn’t get it or have 
lost, burnt or eaten that issue, I will 
give you a run-down on the play- 
ing system again. 

Napoleonic wars were one of the 


View: It looks like Soko 1 n i tt^-Cas 1 1 e , 

with an enet*y infantry i*e£fiMent in 
colunn formation and an energy general 
and a I'idei*. The range is about 1/2 
Mile northeast. key 



40 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1900 


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most interesting periods of warfare. 
Large armies were not uncommon 
when the world was still gripped 
by the imperial fever, The tech- 
niques involved had to encompass 
use of both fairly ancien t modes of 
war such as lancers and more pro- 
gressive technology lib muskets. 
This not only made it difficult 
for the generals of the period, but 
also for anyone trying to simulate 
the strategies involved. Among the 
more interesting details that Dr 
Tureen takes into account are the 
fragile chain of command and 
infe/hgenf corps commanders 
This means that not only might 
your orders not get to the specified 
corps but when they arrive - which 
can lake several hours - the local 
commander may decide he has 
special knowledge of which you 
are not aware and simply bin them. 

All the offensive and defensive 
plays of the time are supported, 
with individual units adopting line 




column and square formations to 
suit the situation. The morale of 
the combatants is also very impor- 
tant, 

Orders are issued In plain 
English using a system which actu- 
ally makes sense and adds to the 
realistic feeling of the simulation. I 
say simulation because this U not 
just a wergume, but a highly accu- 
rate account of a historical situa- 
tion, The attention to detail is 
superb, 

The graphics are wonderful but 
they're not fust gloss, you need to 
look around to find out what's 
going on - there is no overhead 
map depicting units. 

The day is broken up into units 
of 15 minutes, perhaps because 
this is a nice manageable unit in 
terms of movements and overall 
gametime, but perhaps also 
because Napoleon once said “A 
battle may be won or lost in a quar- 
ter of an hour." 

To my knowledge this series is 
the only worthwhile simulation of 
Napoleonic warfare and I only 
hope it will continue. 

Lucinda On 



Fport 

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Napoleon; There is only om step from 
the sublime to the ridiculous 


Xustnriili 

PSS 



Overall - 9 1% 


FIFTH GEAR 

Driving you mad 



A N illegal race, a fast car and 
lots of weapons. Sounds 
Like fun? If you answered yes, 
then apart From saying a lot about 
your state of mind, ycuTI be inter- 
ested in Hewson's latest contribu- 
tion to road safety. 

The game concentrates on mak- 
ing control of the car the main 
challenge, something which will 
have the less patient throwing 
down joysticks in frustration. 

The view is from above and 
slightly behind, so if you are care- 
ful you can drive behind the vari- 
ous objects scattered around. 

If you persevere visit the local 
QuickFit for extra fuel, guns and 


ubiquitous extra weapons. More 
enemy cars and helicopters turn up 
to be shot at, 

1 can't help feeling that if there 
was an established range of budget 
games for the Amiga, this would be 
one of them. At the asking price, 
Fifth Gear gets tedious, 

John Kennedy 


Fifth (ivttr 



Overall - G5% 


AMIGA COMPUTING April 1390 41 










OPERATION THUNDERBOLT 

If it moves, shoot it. If it doesn’t move, shoot it anyway 



rtf (each yotr (o criticise the &T 



tifotdi out - Ae's usFitg cutfeiy 


K idnapping arabs have 

boarded an airliner, Forced St 
to land in hostile territory and 
taken hostages. What, <igain? Well ! 
don't care - it keeps me in work. 
I'm hard, see? I wear combat gear 
and cover my face is black make’ 
up, And I've got a machine gun. 

It's my job to solve problems like 
this without any of that sissy nego- 
tiation stuff. Just, get in there and 
machine gun everything that 
moves. 

II one or two hostages get 
burned, well that’s their problem. 
They shouldn’t have been flying 
with arab airlines in the first place. 

First 1 have to make contact with 
Intelligence, Intelligence is not 
something I have bad much contact 


with, but I’m sure I’ll recognise it 
when I see it Unless 1 shoot it first, 
hur hur. 

Hey, here’s a cat, Get out of the 
way, cat. Oops. Stupid cat I shot it. 
It shouldn’t have been on an arab 
street in the first place. 

The arabs are throwing all 
they’ve got at me. Guns, knives, 
hand grenades, even tanks and 
helicopters. You name it. In fact 
everything that the commies used 
the last time I went cm a mission, 
the code name Wolf operation. 

This time I have a laser-sighted 
machine gun. as long as I get the 
equipment and ammunition float- 
ing down on the parachutes that is. 
Plus I got a buddy with me this 
time, Walking down the street 


beside me, just as keen to clean up 
this gutter town as I am. Those 
dirty stinking arab commies don't 
have a chance. 

What’s this? A dog now. Get out. 
of the way.. Oops, Stupid dog. It 
shouldn't have been on an arab 
street in the first place. It seems to 
have left some ammo for me as 
well. Never mind. It was probably 
brain washed. 

Riding on the }eep makes a 
change. So do the attacking jet air- 
craft. They're really taking this 
attack personal, aren't they? 

Hey! What’s this! They’ve shot 
my mate! Those dam pinko subver- 
sives! I'll get you all! 

Right, I’m in the plane now, and 
the last kidnapper is hiding behind 



Extra weapons, /u si who: f need 


the pilot. There is a good chance 
that I’ll bit him as well Oh what 
the beck.. I've always wanted to 
learn to fly.. 

The graphics in Operation 
Thunderbolt could not really he 
bettered in this type of game, with 
the possible exception of the 
slightly lass than impressive 3D 
scrolling. 

The large enemy sprites jump 
out from all directions, blazing 
away with their guns quickly and 
lobbing all sorts of nasty things 
towards you. 

Playing with a mouse means 
you’lt need to pick up a laser sight 
to get anywhere, as without it you 
can only tell where you are aiming 
by the impact the bullets make, Not 
a good technique with limited 
ammo. With the sight, a small 
coloured dot appears over what- 
ever you are about to blow away, 

The joystick option comes with 
the sight as standard, perhaps to 
make up for the impossible lack of 
speed. Another game where a dean 
mouse mat is a must, 

Sound effects consist of good 
quality speech samples telling you 
Ihe obvious, and budabudabu da- 
type machine gun sounds. The 
arabs make a slight moan as you 
shoot them. All very tastefully 
done. 

1 have being trying very hard to 
avoid criticising this game on 
moral grounds, hut I can't contain 
myself any longer. It just seems 
strange to me that writing a game 
about machine-gunning Libyans is 
seen as perfectly OK and normal, 

Imagine the same game, moved 
to a small town in the south of 
England. Say also, for the sake of 
argument, that the name of the 
town was Hungerford. It's not 
funny any more, is it? The sad 
thing is that this game will sell 
well 

John Kennedy 


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I F you think this is a game about 
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India then you have obviously 
been spending too much time in 
the arcades and not enough in the 
cinema. How anyone could miss 
the chance of seeing Sean Connery, 
probably the greatest actor to tread 
a board since Larrv, is completely 
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The game follows the plot d! the 
film quite faithfully and is divided 
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you as Elliot Ness poking around a 
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Ness must shoot approximately 
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stop a consignment of bootleg alco- 
hol. It can be confiscated by shoot- 
ing the bottles, but watch out for 
the swelling ranks of henchmen 
who want to do some benching, 
This easily ranks as the most for- 
gettable part of the game, closely 
fallowed by the next section. 

In order to protect a star witness 
the Untouchables must rapidly 
make their way to the station, 
instead of hailing a cab and invii- 


anything terrific and neither are 
the sprites, but the background is 
incredibly well done. 

A catastrophe has happened. A 
little sprog in his pram has acci- 
dentally started rolling down the 
steps and only our hero can save 
him, while simultaneously intro- 
ducing the concept of annihilation 
to the several thousand bad guys 
who have also turned up on the 
scene. 

It is vitally important to stop the 
sprog from spilling his brains, so 
you II have to nudge the pram past 
obstacles and passers-by until it 
reaches the bottom. 

Actually the pram is quite a 
handy weapon - although it is eas- 


ing the driver to make all haste 
they decide to take a short-cut 
through the backstreets. This turns 
out to be not such a hot idea, as all 
makes and models of hoodlum pop 
up out of the masonry in an 
attempt to get to grips with the law, 

Members of your gang load up 
the pump-action and pop round 
the comer of the alley to blast off a 
couple of rounds, but when at last 
the work is done don't turn, round, 
because youVe got to keep moving 
- time is, as they say, of the 
essence. 

At last you reach the station, 
and it was well worth it. The 
graphics in this part of the game 
are wonderful. The animation isn't 


ily overturned by Mr Average with 
no difficulty whatsoever if it runs 
across someone with a less than 
saintly background it will 
vapourise him. Obviously some 
sort of occult power. 

Level five is pretty short. The 
witness has been taken hostage by 
one of the bad guys. You have |ust 
one bullet to make him see reason. 
If you miss U p s mop and bucket 
time for Mr Witness, 

Finally chase the henchman 
across the roof of the court build- 
ing. Duck into cover to reload and 
shoot pot plants for extra energy 
(don't ask me, I'm only the 
reviewer). If you are successful he 
will eventually gel fed up and 
throw himself over the edge or 
something like that. And then 
you've done it - what a hero. 

While the name may be 
untouchable the game certainly 
isn't. The graphics aren't excellent 
the sound isn't terrific, but saving 
it from scorn and ridicule is the 
gameplay - it's very playable. 

Other software houses should 
take note - this is how to do a film 
tie-in properly. 

Green 




GAMES 


DR PLUMMET'S HOUSE 
OF FLUX 

Into the valley of weirdness 


O K, so you’ve seen it ell 
before, it's just another 
Thrust Raiders-Gids clone, 
yeah, yeah, Next program pi ease. 

Oh good, lots ot blood and vio- 
lence,. now this is what games are 
all about.. 

Hut hold on a minute, because if 
you pass Dr Plummers House of 
Flux by, you'll be missing out on 
something. Not missing out on 
some state of the art programming. 
Not missing out on originality, or 
wonderful effects. 

You’d miss out on a neat sense 
of humour, something which is get- 
ting hard lo find these days, and 
mostly coming from across the 
Atlantic, Remember, if it makes me 
start a paragraph with "bur then ii 
is something worth looting at 
The Dr Plummet of I he title is 
odd. Very odd. the archetypal mad 
scientist kind of odd, A real Pink 
Floyd fan. With flares, far out psy- 
chedelic ties and purple jackets. 
The Assistant Editor look. 

So, Dr Plummet, bored with 
mankind (.and alien-kind for that 
matter] has set himself up on a cus- 
tom-built planet to hide away wilh 
his ultimate weapon, designed the 
previous week. Obviously both the 
aliens and the humans are after 
this weapon, hell bent on death 
and devastation. 

And you? Well, you know better. 
You aren't a breadhead into 
destruction and heavy things like 
that. You're a good guy, and you’re 
going to rescue the good doctor Or 
at least have a try. 

Your ship is of the small, rotat- 
able, thrustable type with blasters 
and standard issue weapon deflec- 
tion shields. Ideally suited to 
exploring outer space and strange 
planets, or at least, planets which 
obey the normal physical rules. 

Dr Plummet was never one for 
rules, so his idea of gravity and 
Newton's concept tend to differ in 
places. Somewhat dramatically at 
times. Uke, opposite even. Or at 
the very least, very odd. 

In several scenarios it is more 
like flying a stunt kite than a space- 
ship, swooping and diving in cir- 
cles to rescue the astronauts. 

Didn't I mention the astronauts? 
There are six to be rescued before 
— 


you move on to the next scenario, 
each weirder than the one before. 

They are grouped into four sec- 
tions of seven, allowing you to 
choose your starting place. They 
range from seemingly un-weird 
planets to zones with seriously 
hypnotic backgrounds. 

My favourite was a land of the 
giants, based in a laboratory, It was 
great fun reliving A level organic 
chemistry from the point of view of 
a benzene molecule. 

This is the kind of game I really 
like. Written more as a hobby than 
a professional product, Mara For 
fun than fame. Flying in the face of 
'‘real" Amiga programmers every- 
where, it even obeys some (but not 
all) operating system rules, so I 
managed to install it on to my hard 
disc. 

This almost makes up for the 
bog-standard font used to display 
scores. Looks bad, guys. Ruins the 
karma. A bit of parallax scrolling 
would have been mind expanding 
too. But hey, Vm mellow and won't 
complain too much. 

With the game yon get some 
nice props to make you feel better 
about spending your money, and 
quite right too. Opening a huge box 
to nothing more than a Folder A4 
sheet of instructions and a disc is 



ffJow up the gun. tut 
avoid the scaffoldwa 

very depressing. Dr Plummet has 
enclosed some alien currency and 
a letter from a chum for you to 
read. It all adds to the game, lifting 
it above the ordinary. 

It's fun. Get it, 

fuhn Kennedy 


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B RILLIANT! Well, it looks bril- 
liant. It sounds brilliant. It 
comes on four discs and it costs 
lots of money, therefore it must be 
brilliant, Musn't it? 

The evil commander Borf has hit 
upon a novel way to enslave Earth 
by means of the fiendish Infanto 
ray which changes everyone into 
children, A freak reflection must 
have hit our office. 

Earth's greatest hero. going by 
the snappy name of Ace, has 
become involved because not only 
has he been knobbled by the 
[rtfanto ray. buL his girlfriend has 
been kidnapped. Ever had one of 
those days? 

The game is made of about 40 
short scenes, each lasting for sev- 
eral seconds. At various points 
during a scene our hero will meet a 
nasty fate unless you correctly 
judge his reactions. ” 

For example, at one point a large 
robot is mashing up the ground 
and to pass you must go left, wait a 
bit, then move left again. If you get 
it wrong three times , you die, and 
back to the start you go. Eventually 
you learn what to do in each scene 
- by a process of elimination if 
necessary. 

it's not easy of course. Each 
scene will take a good number of 
attempts to get right, and although 
there is a save game option, it is 
quicker to play through the entire 
sequence again. 

The games runs in Si 2k. but 
support an extra disc drive. This 
halves the irritation which being 
able to install it on a hard drive 
would have eliminated- 
Tbe reason for this style of 
gameplay is that the game has been 
converted from the laser disc ver- 
sion, which used a system of sepa- 
rate animations stored on a laser 
disc and displayed when needed. 

The Space Ace arcade game - 
the sequel to Dragon's Lair - 
looked amazing, but it cost a for- 
tune to buy and kept breaking 
down. 

The number of discs in the 
Amiga package certainly seems 
impressive. However, once you get 
it right, the contents of the first 
disc can be ployed through in the 
space of one minute, 

At more than £10 a disc the 
value for money quotient might 
seem rather low, but it is easy to 
see why it costs so much, The time 
and effort spent on the graphics 


A step fo the hi ft, a jump to the right 


must have been phenomenal, and 
both cost. 

The animations are based, more 
than based - copied - from the 
laser disc arcade version. The cre- 
ation of ex-Disney artist Don Bluth, 
they look stunning; fast moving, 
colourful and detailed. The sound 
track has also been digitised from 
the arcade game to good effect. 

Space Acs is the closest you 
could imagine to playing in a car- 
toon, It is real, interactive TV, 
Unfortunately, the gameplay is 
nothing more "than a mamoiy test, 
rather like the old Simon computer 
games. 

Admittedly if you see Space Ace 
playing in a shop, you r il probably 
want to buy it straight away. Think 
very carefully before you do, 

John Kennedy 


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DEMON’S TOMB 

Strange goings on in the Devonshire countryside 


L YNTON stands in front of the 
inscriptions, scribbling in his 
notebook, His shadow moves 
wildly on the wall in front of him, 
cast by a flickering oil lamp. 
Working feverishly, he is totally 
oblivious to the horrible fate that 


will befall him before the end of 
the third paragraph. 

Suddenly a strange wind slams 
the door to the burial tomb shut, 
and Lynton is trapped. But worse, 
as he turns, his lamp falls to the 
floor and shatters, spreading bum- 



1 knew I should haw gnf a smoke defector 


ing oil which ignites the dried 
leaves and timber scattered on the 
Boor. The tomb fills with smoke, 
and Lynton realises that he has 
only seconds to live before it 
becomes his tomb too... 

...which is when you take over. 
With your last few breaths, you 
must try to preserve as much infor- 
mation as possible. The more you 
can save, the more help you will 
have been to those who will come 
to investigate your absence, 

You have only a short time 
before you are overcome with the 
heat and smoke, so full use must be 
made of the small numher of 
moves available. Whatever you do, 
you cannot thwart the prophesy of 
(he opening paragraph: Lynton 
dies. 

This "prologue 1 " is a game In its 
own right, and finishing it will pro- 
vide vital clues. It is an original 
start to a game - a miniature and 
exciting adventure before tho main 
challenge begins. 

Once tills prologue is ended - by 
the unavoidable and uncomfortable 
death of the good professor - you 
bagin the adventure proper, play- 
ing the son Richard as ho tries to 
solve the mystery of his father's 
death. 

One of the first locations you'll 
visit is the tomb, and if the pro- 
logue was played correctly there 
will be some clues waiting to be 
carefully examined. The major one 
is a notebook, complete with suit- 
ably vague scribbling®. These notes 
point to a unusual astral arrange- 
ments. which when combined with 
strange happening in the locality, 
all point to some rather dark deeds 
afoot. 

To add to the general weirdness, 
the adventure starts on Sunday, 
March 20, 1990 - which is particu- 
larly odd because my diary shows 
March 20 as a Tuesdav- 

Thti program provides a tradi- 
tional text only system, and a 
menu based one for the terminally 
lazy. The text parser is a pleasure 
to use, end it is definitely a shame 
to play with only the menu system 
and so miss out on it. 

Text can be edited, and a history 
of the last few moves is kepi in 
memory. Typing mistookes can cor- 
rected easily. If you type "go 
mouth" all you have to do is hit 
arrow up and replace the m with 
an s. Almost as much fun as 
AmigaDos. 


You can also define macros. For 
example, you might want to type 
Invent instead of the longer 
Inventory all the time (wears Dut 
the keyboard, don't you know}. In 
fact all the usual features such as 
ram load and save are included, as 
well as allowing complete control 
over how the text is displayed on 
the screen. 

The command THnkfng about 
will provide a way of discovering 
what Richard knows about people 
and places. This is something that 
has always been lacking from 
games where you play a character 
other then yourself. It is obvious 
that the character you are control- 
ling must have some background 
knowledge of their own, bill in 
other games you could never actu- 
ally get at it - a serious omission. 

A sense of humour is always 
important in an adventure, and this 
time I think it's just right. Not Ido 
sarcastic, not too silly. Unless, of 
course, you type something strange 
like 'eat fee!" which will produce 
an equally silly reply. I also like 
the response when you ask far your 



Examine everything, read die runei 


50 AMIGA COMPILING April 1990 



■ GAMES ■ 




On the lop moor road 


score so far, 

IF you are stuck, the menu sys- 
tem might provide some dues. All 
the possible verbs are there at the 
bottom of the screen and can easily 


he selected with the cursors keys or 
a click on the mouse. 

Once a verb such as Drop has 
been highlighted, all the objects 
being carried will appear. You 
might think that having alt the 
options displayed like this will 
make the puzzles easier to solve, 
hut this isn't the case, as the prob- 
lems requite some thought. 

Graphics are provided for all 
main locations, loaded from disc 
when needed- They take the farm 
of small sketches to help you visu- 
alise what is going on but if. like 
me, you prefer to stick to the men- 
tal images conjured by the text, you 
can ignore the drawings if you 
wish. 

Demon's Tomb uses a good sys- 
tem, combined with an interesting 
plot It is a tough adventure, with 
many locations and puzzles to 
solve, and should appeal to the old 
school of adventurers. 

John Kennedy 


VORTEX 

Don’t get taken in 


E ver had the feeling that 
something's going on and you 
don't know what it is? Could it be 
that a large and hungry black hole 
is travelling across the universe to 
get you? 

Take on such a foe hut be careful 
- in tests Vortex went on killing 
people alter ordinary solar distur- 
bances were washed away. 

What's the point of singularity? 
Ttoo people can team up to kill the 


riwiJWirT 


Atmospbure 


Graphics. 


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Value 


() vitrei II - tiiVu 


vortex faster. Collide with its food 
(asteroids) and clog it up with anti- 
matter in a kind of interstellar bar- 
billiards match. But it'll be back - 
and one of these days... 

Gets a bit repetitive after a while 
but there is an element of strategy. 
Two player mode is a must. 

Green 


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STAR FLIGHT 

Ticket to the moon 


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C APTAIN'S log stardale 30-10 
46191 Having outfitted my 
ship and selected my crew I am 
preparing far my most dangerous 
mission yet. Apart from seeking 
out strange new worlds we are 
expected to assess thorn for future 
colonisation. 

Despite the urgency of this mis- 
sion I have been given little money 
to outfit my ship. Hopefully we 
will be able to collect enough valu- 
able minerals to trade in for some- 
thing useful on our return, 

Captains Log (supplemental]: I 
have promoted Perky to First 
Officer, He is only an android but 
seems more capable than the rest of 
the crew. Mr Wattle is particularly 
poor at his duties - perhaps I 
should have spent more money on 
training him. Unforlun alley it is 
impossible to train androids so 
when I have the money I’ll have to 
scrap Perky. Ho hum, the trials of 
being a captain. 

Captain's log stardate whatever: 
We've been in deep space for a 
ivhile now. I find the ship really 
easy to handle. Everyone is taking 
orders properly, 

Due to the inexperience of my 
navigator we have had a few near 
misses with flux holes. These can 
instantaneously transport the ship 
to another part of the universe* but 
we may not have the fuel to get 
hack. Eridium consumption is 
pretty high with our inefficient 
engines - we'tl have to invest in 
some high technology when we gel 
back 

Supplemental: Did I notify 
Microlink of my change of address? 

Captain’s log stardate 5-1-4620: 
Made orbit around a likely planet 
but realised just in time that if 1 
landed we would never be able to 


take off again due to fierce gravity. 

Next planet in this system 
seems more hopeful. According to 
sensor data it might be suitable for 
colonisation* but I think 111 pop 
down to the surface and give it the 
once over personally, 

If a couple of colony ships hill 
of telephone sanilisers turned up 
here all ready to go and discovered 
there was no surface water, things 
might get a little rough for me back 
at base. 

Supplemental: Made good plan- 
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way down but although the view 
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long time. Think I'll give it a miss 
in future. The little All Terrain 
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vated lots of valuable promethium 
deposits. 

Second Lieutenant Mr AJ suf- 
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got caught in a wind storm but 
hell pull through - probably. We 
have encountered several types of 
organic life forms. I stunned a cou- 
ple with the vehicle's weapons and 
we will lake them back for vivisec- 
tion - if we don't get too hungry on 
Lhe trip home. 

Captain’s log slaidate unknown: 
Dear diary, we had a pretty lucky 
escape down on the planet’s sur- 
face, A snowstorm blew up and we 
lost I rack of where I’d parked the 
ship, When the clouds lifted so to 
speak we discovered we were hut a 


few scant yards from the ship. 

We hid to fog it but no one was 
lost or injured, Unfortunately this 
means the ATV was lost and all the 
stuff we had collected. Someone’s 
not going to be very pleased when 
we gel back. 

Captain's log stardate 1-4-4620: 
On our way home we encountered 
an alien vessel I dropped the 
shields and offered the paw oT 
friendship via the communications 
officer. Unfortunately since he was 
so badly trained I could only 
understand every third word of the 
other chap's message so I'm not 
really sure what he was on about. 

If it was that important he'll 
send a telegram or something, 

Supplemental: The good ship 
Amiga Computing pulled alongside 
and asked me to report on how my 
vessel was behaving. I had to tell 
them in respect of graphics and 
sound it was not overwhelmingly 
endowed but that this was inciden- 
tal to the main task of investigat- 
ing, exploiting and colonising a big 
universe. 

This was shortly before they 
sailed straight into a black hole of 
course. Shame, Nice ship. Looks 
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like a cow.,. Green 


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GAMES 



E VANS is away on the left. he's 
past one defender, he's past 
another. There's special ors on the 
pitch. They think It's all over,, 
Evans slams the ball into the top 
left of the net, II Is now 11 
England may not win the World 
Cup again, but they should give 
Eire the thrashing they deserve (he 
said in a partisan manned Yep, 
I've just seen a World Clip draw 
where luck took a hack seat, and 
troublesome fans guaranteed a 
seeded position. 

One man may not be an island, 
hut 11 men will have to play on 
one. 

Kick Off was the best footy game 
of ‘69, in fact the best action footy 
game ever. Now Anco has released 
an expansion disc. 

This is Extra Time, the expan- 
sion disc to Kick Off that provides 
extra referees, formations, playing 
surfaces, kicking abilities and 
winds. 

The referees are inconsequent 
tiah which is something that could 
be levied at the formations. Blit*, 
Crisscross. Falcon and Lockout are 
the four new formations added tD 


with Rochdale's strikers as the 
front four. It just doesn't work. 

Crisscross is equally hopeless. 
This formation is supposed to 
enable your team to keep posses- 
sion of the ball Does it it? Does It 
hell. 

Falcon makes good use of your 
wingers, if you have good wingers 
that is. But that results in your 
equivalent of John Baines sprinting 
down the wing only to find that Ian 
Rush is still plodding in the mid- 
field area. 

Playing a 4-2-4 with fast wingers 
is just so much more effective. All 
of which leads us on to the only 
new formation that is really worth 
the time of day - the Lockout, 

This entails most of your squad 
hanging around your penalty area 
to such an extent that they are in 
danger of being arrested for loiter- 
ing, In fret, the Lockout is far too 
effective, and when the computer 


plays it, you'll learn the meaning of 
the word frustration , Ho hum, so 
what new surface can you look for- 
ward to playing on 1 Well, there's 
artificial (Oldham), Normal, Hard, 
Soggy and Wei. 

Now then, what was the only 
problem with Kick Off? It was the 
fact that the ball skidded off the 
surface faster than the players and 
they could rarely catch up. 

So what has Anco done with the 
new surfaces? Made it so that the 
hall slows down? Nahh, that might 
be useful, Most of the surfaces 
actually make the hall bounce 
higher and run faster. 

I really can't believe this. I'm 
sorry but 1 can’t, This is stupidity 
beyond belief. There’s only one 
surface, soggy, that makes the ball 
slow down, but the players also 
slow down as well, making for an 
irritating game. 

Talk about opportunities missed. 




However, Blitz is an all out 
attacking formation that is as effec- 
tive as Liverpool playing 4-2-4, 




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if your tactics 
cte bigger 
lemons then 
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This is like Lineker on a had day. 
What's next, ah yes, the most 
fundamental change of all. The 
ability to kick the ball You can 
now kick the ball at various 
strengths, in fact you could before, 
hut now it's supposed to be more 
deliberate. 

As soon as a player picks up the 
ball (it'd be handball - but you 
know what I mean], the line under- 
neath turns white. 11 then starts 
turning black, pixel by pixel - the 
more white white pixels when the 
fire button is pressed, the stronger 
the shot. 

All good and well in theory, 
after all it sounds quite natural. 
However in practise this makes the 
game very hard, Why? Because 
Kick Off Is an instinctive game 
relying on very fast reactions to 
score goals and clear the ball. It all 
results in desperate clearances 
being kicked aU of three feet to a 
marauding striker, and shots an 
goal turning into harmless prods 
into the goalie's arms. 

Naturally the computer teams 
can hit pixel-perfect balls every 
time, so even playing Russia, the 
best team in the league system, it's 
still an uphill struggle. 

Add to this wind factor ID and 
you can have games where skill 
sits and watches in the stand while 
the artless slog it out on the turf, 
The wind Factors can be quite 
amusing if set to Crazy level. A 
goalkeeper can even score at the 
other end with one kick. 

Although most of these improve- 
ments can be turned off, doing so 
would mean that you had wasted 
your money. To be honest, if you 
have completely mastered the orig- 
inal game, and are looking for a 
real challenge, then Extra Time is 
it, Otherwise, slick to Kick Off, 
because beginners are heading for 
hours of fruitless frustration, 

Ihmcan Evans 





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B LISTERING barnacles. What a 
load of rotten fish. After years 
of waiting, the great assault on 
mankind has at Iasi materialised, 
While we watched the skies they 
massed their forces in the oceans. 
Now they 're going to pay us back 
for all the crap we dumped in the 
North Sea. 

A bunch of highly evolved fish 
have developed weapon technol- 
ogy far surpassing our own, Instead 
of mounting a takeover bid for GEC 
however, I hey seem intent on 
destroying the human race. 

Well just wait till you gel hold of 
them eh? You'll knock them off 
their perch. They thought we*d just 
dam up without moving a mussel 
did they? Well they‘11 have to get 
their skates on to escape without a 
battering. 

Two defectors from the enemy 
camp are on hand to he of assis- 
tance. For a small fee they will 
supply you with a selection of 
ships and advanced bolt-on 
weaponry, 

This is quite a novel aspect of 
the game. Instead of having to 
blast, say, 20 rad aliens with funny 
ears and collect the glowing orange 
pod that they drop you can now 
pay up front for any weapon you 
might want. 

Saves on the potential embar- 
rassment not to say inoonvienience 
encountered should a previously 
unnoticed alien life form incapaci- 
tate your craft on the way to pick 
up said glowing orange pod. 


Of course this means you must 
have the neccessary dosh. You start 
out with a small advance, but fur- 
ther sums depend on your score 
during a particular level. 

Everything you mercilessly blast 
is worth points. And whit do 
points make? - weapons! 
Unfortunately this means that if 
you buy lots of equipment at the 
beginning of each level you could 
end up having no score to speak, of, 
Them's the breaks, I guess., 

Smoothly sideways scrolling 
through an ocean tench, sorry 
trench, notice the wonderfully 
crafted backdrops. Don't notice 
them for loo long though or you'll 
fall foul of wave upon wave of 
demented avengers. 

Admittedly when you're armed 
to the teeth some of them regard 
you with much the same attitude 
as I'm sure the fattest or the Fatted 
calves adopted when he happened 
to notice the prodigal son turn into 
foe drive, 

Most of the piscine efforts are 
hut poor players on the stage of life 
who stmt for a few milliseconds 
before they are gone and seen no 
more. 

The obligatory end-of-level 
beastie, and foe now de rigfwr half- 
way through level beastie put up a 
pretty good showing though. A lot 
or advanced planning is required to 
have the right weapons available to 
be able to deal with these hazards 
effectively. 

As shoot-'em-ups go this is one 


to take note of. What is lost in orig- 
inality (and let's face it, who has 
written a truely original alien- 
blaster recently?) is more than 
made up for by the wonderful 
graphics and fast action. 

Gameplay is excellent, although 
the game can be very tough at 
times. The only thing that mars foe 
whole effort is the loading. 
Obviously a penalty for the 
detailed graphics, levels can take 
more than foe customary couple of 
seconds to start up from floppy. 

There is also an unnecessarily 
long wait, when you die, for the 
high score table after which the 
main game has to load in again. 
However, these' faults can be easily 


forgiven when a game is as good as 
this. 

Lovely graphics, lovely sound, 
lovely action, lovely game. 

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AMIGA COMPUTING April 199U 57 










H AVE you ever thought that 
beneath the everyday and 
mundane aspects of existence lurks 
such supreme terror and depravity 
that the human mind just has to fit- 
ter it out. 

Next time you are stuck on the 
tube for an hour it may not be sim- 
ply that London Regional Transport 
are a bunch of bungling buffoons - 
it may be some dark and occult 
force that have made them that 
way. 


It may have been encounters 
with LRT that led the famous 
patron of such schools of thought, 
H.P.Lovecraft, to pen great works 
on this very topic. Such has been 
the appreciation of his efforts that 
the frenzied paranoic masses 
invented a role-playing game of the 
same subject. Call of Cthulhu. 

Now, I am making no statement 
whatsoever on the social adjust- 
ment of the people at Electronic 
Arts, hut they too have decided 


that this is a pretty neat idea and 
have released this, the first in a 
series of adventures in this vein. 

I say adventure, but much of the 
first disc is taken up with the gen- 
eration of a character so it is more 
correct to say the first of a series of 
role-playing games set in an adven- 
ture environment, or something 
like that. Probably. 

The character generation ends 
up producing a fairly Cthulhu-Iike 
character, which is no bad thing. 
Players must first choose their 
name, sex and nationality ( British 
or Yank ), at which point they will 
be presented with a brief physical 
description of their character. 

If they find themselves unable to 
get into the role of an ugly, over- 


weight slob it can always be 
thrown hack into the electronic 
maelstrom. 

Next up is occupation. If you 
chose to be a woman I'm afraid that 
not all of the professions are open 
to you, but before my sisters of lib- 
eration at OASIS launch suicide 
bombing raids on EA HQ I'd hke to 
point out that this is in keeping 
with the period of the l 20s, when 
this game is set. Professions 
include amateur sleuth, occultist, 
novelist and the very honourable, 
noble and just career of journalism. 

Your choices so far will give a 
start in some skills and a fund to 
enable you to practise others. Some 
skills may not he relevant to this 
particular scenario, but the charac- 
ters. are transferable to other titles 
in the series. However, beware, the 
skills do make a difference. 


" 


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58 AMIGA COMPUTING Aprii 1990 




GAMES 



Your immediate task is to stay 
alive. There are some very strange 
goings on r er. going on. You’ll be 
well into the game before yon start 
to understand, whet you have to do. 

The adventure surrounds the 
mysterious town of Blylheburg and 
a mythical black dog. the hound of 
shadow. Although much of the 
action lakes place initially in 
London it will be necessary to 
travel Id Blytheburg in the course 
of your investigations. 

A lot of investigation also takes 
place in the reading room of the 
British Museum. Getting in may be 
the first lest of your abilities. 

One aspect of the game 1 was 
particularly impressed with was 
the interaction with other charac- 
ters. No longer is the player 


Is this a one way street? 

assumed to be the only intelligent 
human being in existence. Other 
characters also make observations 
and suggestions which, while 
sometimes it may seem that they 
are dragging the plot in a direction 
one might not particularly wish to 
take, is certainly far more realistic. 

The game is interspersed with 
lovely sepia-toned screens of the 
more important locations which 
certainly add to the atmosphere 
and, even if you are not taken that 


way, are just nice to look at. This is 
all in keeping with the great atten- 
tion to historical detail and confor- 
mity with the works of Lovecraft. 

This is the best presented adven- 
ture f've seen for a while and defi- 
nitely the most interesting. I would 
be happier looking forward to the 
next in this series if only I could 
convince a rather large hound from 
Satan’s own stable that Bonio are 
far more tasty. 

Lucinda Ott 


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Commonwealth Games? Now you 
loo can re-live the heady days 
before potatoes and stomp the 


Only 9 carat 


British jackboot all over a lot of 
unsuspecting natives, way back in 
the times when pirates made their 
living of the ocean (some things 
never change). 

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resenting France, Spain, England 
and Portugal - unused countries 
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all there. 

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parameters to Historical for 
chronological accuracy. Simple to 
play but with lots of cunning strat- 
egy under the surface. Trade hot 
ashes for trees and build an empire 
on blood, toil tears and sweat - 
preferably someone else's. 

Green 



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Here is a game with three of 
the most interesting cars due to be 
produced in 1990 and Gremlin 
Graphics has cheated on the 
names. 

instead of using the names 
Cizeta Moroder. Alfa Romeo and 
Honda, Gremlin has made up some 
silly wimpish names. But that will 
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computer generated cars around 
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determination that you can do bet- 
ter if you try again. And you will: 
your line improves as you learn the 
circuits. 

Race wins produce prize money, 
which can be spent on repairing 
the car after the last race - there is 
bound to be some wear and tear - 
or by buying bolt-on goodies tike a 


turbo ar missile which lasts one 
race, or by trading in your car for a 
new one. 

The garage assistant looks as 
though she has escaped from a 
Cmemaware title. Buying a car is 
hard work, Even if you win a cou- 
ple of races and do very little dam- 
age to the Blue Zagalo you start 
with it is unlikely that you will be 
able to afford the next vehicle 
without haggling. 

You’ll have to haggle hard with 
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decern price out of this Monty 
Python loving vegetarian with an 
Oedipus complex. The buying and 


selling adds both a random ele- 
ment and some tactics off-track. 
But it is when the light go green 
that skill really starts to count, 

The rival cars start to spread out 
since each has a level of skill, if 
you play dodgems a bit and let a 
stow computer car in front of a fast 
one you can start the kind of pile- 
up which will let you romp away 
with the first prize. 

There is nothing special about 
the game, yet the more you play 
the more you want to. I kept going 
even after my trigger finger started 
to hurt. What the game lacks in 
sampled speech and dazzling cop- 


per lists it makes up for in sheer 
gameplay. 

Simon Rockman 




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Yes, darlings, John 
Kennedy looks at take 
three of Deluxe Video 



Deluxe Video author Mike Posehn is an 
artist and programmer 


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P RODUCERS names appear at the 

end of the credits after a TV 
programme, next to directors and the 
Copyright MCMXM bit. Excitable 
people, always deeply interested in 
what they are doing, running around 
with clipboards and ballpoints around 
their necks on pieces of string. 

When you were small you might 
have asked your mother "What do 
producers do?” and she would have 
answered “They produce things. Get 
your feet off the sofa". 

Producers do indeed produce 
things, and a lot of time and effort it 
involves too, not to mention the 
incredible expense of setting up a 
shoot. For those of us who would like 
to make our own TV programmes but 
lack the financing of huge advertising 
revenues and licence fees. Deluxe 
Video III may be just what the director 
general ordered, 

D Video ill is the new improved 
version of Deluxe Video II, which may 
not come as a great surprise. This 
updated version has been rewritten 
from scratch, and now supports anim 
files, more tracks, user interaction and 
Midi control. 

So what is DVideo? It's all very well 
saying it’s an improved version, but an 
improved version of what exactly? 

D Video is a program which allows you 
to combine IFF picture files, 
animations, brushes, sampled sounds 
and tunes all in to one neat package or 
"production". 


A finished production consists of 
one or more "videos", comprising 
scenes, tunes and so on. To alleviate 
the problems of limited memory and 
disc space, the first video can pass 
control to the second, the second to 
the third and so on. This means your 
epic remake of Ben Hur can last as 
long as you have disc space to store it. 


B Y using the joystick and 
keyboard options, the next 
scene or video to be played can be 
chosen by the user, allowing complete 
interaction. I guru-ed once or twice 
when passing control to another 
video, but after a bit of cutting and 
pasting it seemed to sort itself out, and 
the problem didn't recur. The moral is 
to keep videos short and save often. 
Each video is made up from a 
collection of tracks - video tracks, 
sound tracks, control tracks and so on. 
As an example, a video track could 
include a scene which fades in a 
picture, puts some text on it and then 
fades it out again. Brushes, animations 
and anim-bmshes (brushes composed 
of several parts] are controlled from 
within scenes and all can be 
manipulated. 

Playing an animation backwards is 
about the only option missing. Even 
this can be faked by turning the 
animation into a anim brush, and then 
playing it back in ping pong mode. 
Text can be overlaid on images and 


moved around to produce scrolling 
credits. The movement of text and 
brushes is definitely not perfectly 
smooth, which is a bit disappointing. 
It's a matter of taste as to whether or 
not you find it acceptable. 1 learnt to 
live with it. 

One way to distract the viewer's 
attention from the trembling graphics 
is to provide some sound effects. 
Standard SMUS music files and 
samples can be played, and 
parameters such as volume and tempo 
altered, 

Midi signals can be stored and 
replayed, although the timing will not 
be quite as accurate as with a custom 
Midi package. In between scenes, new 
information must be loaded in to make 
the best use of the ram available. This 
sometimes causes a small glitch in the 
music or animation. 

By using the expert mode, which 
gives you full control when data is 
loaded or dumped, such glitches can 
be avoided as tunes or effects can be 
pre-loaded, 

Times are completely separate 
between videos. This means that with 
longer productions split into several 
parts the sound track is disjointed. 

For the serious desktop video user 
[dam thought I'd get away without 
using that phrase] a special type of 
event allows ARexx messages to be 
sent, which means, in theory at least, 
you could control a frame-by-frame 
VCR or a genlock device, 

Editing is easy. Lift icons, move 


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them about and plonk them in the 
right place. Events are represented by 
small boxes which are placed on a 
track labelled in fractions of a second. 

The time scale can be magnified and 
reduced to allow the start and end 
arrows of each event to be carefully 
positioned. I would have preferred the 
magnify to he a bit stronger, because 
synchronising sound effects with an 
animation proved a bit hit-or-miss. 

Deluxe Video III comes with a 
program to construct simple slide 
shows, It works well, and constructs a 
video script which you can either just 
click-on-and-go, or edit to change 
effects and time delays. 

Another program helps with moving 
the various files which make up your 
video on to a floppy for your friends. 

A distributable player program is also 
supplied so your friends can watch 
the files without infringing copyrights. 

HE manual is the usual 
comprehensive EA volume, I 
could only find one minor mistake (in 
the hard disc installation] and 
contains nearly everything you need 
to know. 

The excellent tutorial section will 
drag you through all the possible 
options. Once you have finished this, 
the next thing to do is to set yourself a 
goal, sit down and do it. The manual 
works well as a reference guide, 
although is a bit skimpy in parts. 

Putting together a railing demo is 
something which D Video achieves 
with ease. All your IFF screen shots 
and animations can be merged into 


one professional -looking film, 
complete with sound effects and 
tunes. Hopefully I'll be able to 
produce one featuring the staff of 
Amiga Computing for the next 
computer show. 

Apart from the achievement of 
splicing all your short animations into 


one, there are serious applications for 
□Video. Of course you could use 
□Video to generate a list oT credits for 
your home video and genlock them 
over, hut that's only scratching the 
surface, 

Imagine an estate agent's shop 

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Text can be 
displayed in 
any font with 
full control 

over colours 
and drop 
shadows 


How each 
new scene 
appears 
depends on 
the effect 
chosen 










■ REVIEW ■ 


window after hours, with digitised 
pictures of houses appearing on 
screen, along with prices and 
descrip l ions. If you had lots of ram 
and hard disc space, you could rotate 
the houses to show all possible views. 
And all with a soothing, Musak 
accompaniment. 

Picture an exhibition in a large hall, 
with hundreds of stands scattered 
everywhere. An Amiga running a 
D Video production could store maps 
which visitors could examine by 
means of the joystick. 

In the exciting and dynamic world 
of business, presentations are common 
and are usually boring overhead 
projected affairs. Even the slide show 
program running on the Amiga would 
be an improvement, Or the company 
may wish to provide training facilities. 
DVideo could be the heart of an 
interactive video system. 

Story -boarding is the laborious 
process whereby animators and 
advertisers create rough outlines of 
ideas, without resorting to expensive 



filming, The standard procedure is to 
knock up a few rough drawings and 
imagine what they would look like 
animated , DVideo would be a better 
visualisation tool with real 
animations. 

You can use Deluxe Video on a 1 
meg A5Q0 with a single drive. It won t 
be fun, but you could do it. A sensible 
system would comprise a hard disc 
and as much ram as you can afford, I 
used a fast, large capacity drive with a 
1 meg machine and rarely had 
problems. 

O THER hardware which should 
be added to the category of 
useful, but not essential, include video 
digitisers and sound samplers. 

If you intend to store your creation 
on video tape you'll also need to make 
sure you have all the relevant leads. 
Most new new videos have Scart 
connections, so all you need is a 
standard Amiga to Commodore 
monitor lead, 

From the software point of view an 


art package snch as Deluxe Paint II or 
III is almost a necessity, with Photon 
Paint or similar if you are into HAM 
mode. 

Deluxe Video is best viewed, not as 
a stand-along program, but as a way of 
combining all the output from your 
sound and graphics packages into one 
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Y OU may be forgiven for 
thinking that the terms 
Hypertext. Object Orientation and 
Hypermedia information Construction 
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American computer jargon. But 
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The idea - or concept I should say 
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incredible step forward in 
hum an /computer interfaces. It 
certainly sold a lot of software and got 
many column inches in the Mac press, 
A success in any accountant's book. 

Now you too can share the 
experience, as Ultracard from 


Canadian Intuitive Technologies 
brings cut-price Hypermedia systems 
to your Amiga, with two discs and a 
funny shaped manual 

After loading you are placed in the 
Control Room, from where you can 
access the various stacks, including 
the main instructions. Everything 
works with mouse-clicks and menus, 
although not as well as you might 
expect. After reading all the hits and 
pieces you will feel little more than 
bemused and w ill w onder how to go 
about creating your own stacks. 

A good question, and not one 
immediately obvious from the 
available information. 

The use of the standard Amiga IFF 
protocol makes integrating existing 
sounds and images a relatively 



The ultimate 
database? 


John Kennedy navigates his way 
between the hype and the hypermedia 


straightforward affair. In fact, IFF 
works so w r e!l yon might be tempted to 
ask why bother with a program such 
as Ultracard. 

Do you really need to be able to 
integrate sounds with graphics and 
text? i usually keep my sound samples 
in my music package and my graphics 
in my art package. If 1 want to 
combine them i use a package like 
Deluxe Video. My text stays in my 
word processor, and sometimes makes 
excursions to a database with next to 
no problems. No Hypermedia needed 
here. 

However, if you're set on creating a 
talking instructional manual with text 
and graphics, with Ultracard you 
might just have Loaded the correct 







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package. The scripting language is 
how such programs can be writ ten . As 
an example, a simple name and 
address database is supplied. Hardly 
breathtaking, but it proves that 
something potentially useful can be 
achieved. 

You will no doubt be over the moon 
to bear that Ultracard supports ARexx, 
The explanation of ARexx is often 
stated thus: If you don't know what it 
is, you won't be able to use it. This is a 
very annoying explanation, so permit 
me to give you a belter one. 

ARexx is a standard 
communications protocol developed 
by William Hawes which allows 
different multi-tasking programs to 
pass commands between one another. 

In theory, a completely separate 
program could be controlled from 
your Ultracard environment, for 
example to drive some external 
hardware, 

A public domain program called 
UCBrowes is supplied to allow you to 
freely distribute any stacks which you I 


may have created. 

If you plan to spend a lot time with 
Ultracard, a hard drive is extremely 
handy. In fact it is almost essential 
because stacks take up a lot of disc 
space. 

Sometimes using Intuition and 
sometimes using strange gadgets gives 
Ultracard an awkward feel. The 
inconsistency remains throughout, 
with pointers assuming strange shapes 
more or less at random and requesters 
appearing wnth meaningless error 
messages. The overall impression is 
that of a rushed product. 

Ultracard is also crippled by an 
appalling manual. Pretentious and 
patronising, it passes the buck to text 
files available from within the 
program and encourages you Lo access 
a bulletin board for more information. 
This might just be forgivable if the text 
files weie useful and, assuming you 
own a modem, the bulletin board was 
reasonably local , Unfortunately the 
text files are worse than the manual 
and the bulletin board is in California, 

As a concept, Ultracard is an 


interesting piece of software. As a 
piece of software it is too badly 
produced to consider using. 


REPORT 

CARD 

Ultracard 


KB Marketing 0895 444443 

£39.95 


EASE OF USE I 

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With a Mnip environment, Ultracard 

should be easy to use. Bad instructions 

mean it isn 'i 


SPEED 1 


Doesn't do that much, so speed isn't 

an issue, 


VALUE . 1 

^■TTITTTTTTI 

Jf may be priced at the lower end far 

serious software, but real quality 

always costs. 


I OVERALL 

40 % | 


Hypertext is a wojittei/u/ concept. 
Ultracard is dreadful software. 




So 






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Worth over £30, the personal organiser is crammed full 
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international holidays, mileage charts, dialing codes, weights and 
measure conversions and locations of motorway service areas. 

There's also a daily diary section for 1 989, 1990 and 1991 , 
maps of the UK and the London underground, an appointments 
schedule, several pages for notes, a personal finance organiser, 
expense sheets, a telephone index, and much, much morel 
Each section is marked using plastic tabs - making it easy 
to find the page you need. There are special pockets for your 
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M ENTION the phra.su desktop 
publishing, or even better, 
OTP, to anyone seriously into 
computers and they will go glassy- 
eyed and do one of two things. Either 
they will slump forward and do a fair 
impression of a Canadian log-sawing 
contest or they will start babbling 
about Aldus Pagemaker and Ventura. 

While once it was acceptable to 
think that DTP was only truly possible 
on the Apple Macintosh, people are 
now waking up to the fact that results 
of the same standard can be obtained 
on home micros such as the Amiga. At 
least this seems to be the view of Gold 
Disk, which has just launched 
Page Setter TJ on to the market. 

The original PageSetter was good 
but lacked certain features, which 
made some things very difficult and 
others impossible. This was not too 
serious, because it was aimed at the 
low end of the market, for people who 
weren't taking it all that seriously. The 
question is, does PageSetter II take 
DTP seriously? 

The first thing that must be said is 
that PS1I will not load any original 
PageSetter documents. They may 
appear to have loaded OK t but try 
looking at them or printing them and 
you II have a close encounter of the 
guru kind, 

This may seem like a Bad Thing, but 
in fact it is a Good Thing because it 
shows that PSU has been re-designed 
from the bottom up, Upgraders may be 
confused to find that although the 
screen layout looks similar, all the 
menus have been re-organised, 
obviously to cope with the new 
features. 

The major change is the way fonts 
are produced. Suppose you were 
producing a newsheet and wanted a 
96 point headline [that's seriously big 
- the default Workbench font is only 8 
point). Now most packages allow you 
to increase the size of the fon t. Even 
art packages have a re-size function. 
Aha, but the problem you soon 
come across is your lovely sculpted 
font begins to resemble something a 
rather young child might have built 
with building bricks. In short, you get 
the jaggies and the blockies. 

The answer to this is scaleable fonts. 
These look a lot better on the screen, 
and when it comes to printing the 
output will bo at the resolution of your 
printer - not much of an advantage if 
you are on a 9-pin dot matrix but a 
definite must if you have 24 pins or an 

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infra-red laser at the other end of your 
parallel cable. 

The standard adopted by Macs and 
the like is called PostScript, which 
relies on cunningness contained in the 
printer as well as superior software. 

Gold Disk’s answer is the 
CompuGraphic fonts, developed by 
Agfa, Gold Disk reasons quite soundly 
that there is no point having two 
incredibly intelligent machines on 
your desk when one will do. Why go 
to the expense of buying a Postscript 
compatible printer when the job can 
be done just as well with some 
advanced software which costs less 
and is infinitely updatable to account 
for advances in technology? 

Broadly speaking, any DTP package 
and all its features can be divided into 
two parts - those which make certain 
things possible and the features which 
make the system easier to use. The CG 
fonts are an example of something that 
directly effects the output; let's now 
have a look at some of the features 


which make the system easier to use. 

PageSetter II uses a frill Wysiwyg 
system. All the text is displayed on 
screen as it will be printed out, and all 
the editing takes place in this mode as 
well. This can cause some frustration 
in the rate of screen refresh, especially 
if you are using the CG fonts. 

Since these fonts are made up as 
you go along there can be an annoying 
time lapse, and even a relatively 
unskilled typist like myself may find 
himself a hit ahead of things. 

In an attempt to alleviate this 
problem the program will, disc space 
permitting, create a cache of each 
letter's form as it comes across it 
PS1I comes with a separate cache 
edit program so that you can set up a 
cache of a particular font in a 
particular point size before you start 
getting down to business — useful if 
you’re the sort of chappie who doesn't 
like to hang around. 

To limit the size of the cache you 
can de select all the letters you are 
unlikely to use, such as all the foreign 


stuff or numbers perhaps. 

On the whole, the rate of refresh is 
easy to live with, 1 1 isn't that slow 
unless you have a lot of text or bitmap 
graphics on screen, and even then by 
using the wireframe graphics and 
interruptable refresh facility you will 
avoid much of the frustration. 

One of the best features of PSII is 
the auto-linking, auto- column page 
setup, When starting a new page you 
can enter the number of columns you 
need and the width of the gutter - a 
term which in DTP has come to mean 
the blank space between adjoining 
columns - and the software will set up 
a page with full length boxes in place. 
No calculation is necessary on Ihe 
user's part, 

IF you chose auto-linking as well, 
the moment you paste some text into 
the first column it will automatically 
flow into all the other boxes. 

Linking is one of the most powerful 
tools in PSII. When two text boxes are 
linked any surplus text from the first 
box will Bow in to the second, and 


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from the second to the third, and so on 
if you have more boxes. 

The advantages become obvious 
when you want to edit a piece of text 
that stretches over more than one box. 
Instead of having to painstakingly add 
or delete words from one box and shift 
them to another, it is all done 
automatically. 

Even more cunning, if you have a 
chain of three boxes and decide to lose 
the second one in favour of, say, a 
large picture of the editor, then the 
text will automatically re-direct itself 
from the first box to the third. 

This means that you have complete 


freedom tq design and re-design your 
page without having to worry about all 
the effort involved, it is virtually all 
done for you. 

The page guides, grids and 
coordinate references can be set 
between centimetres, inches or, more 
usefully for those experienced in 
typographical layout, picas. 

The system of grouping together 
boxes is also a great help. By shift- 
clicking {holding the Shift key down 
while selecting a box with the mouse] 
a number of boxes can be selected as a 
group. The group can then be moved 

> 


At the drop of a cap 


E xpounding on my original 

thesis that the purpose of a 
DTP package is to produce 
good results with the least possible 
effort. Jet me tell you the sad tale of 
the drop cap. 

If you don’t know what a drop 
cap is. then scan back to the 
beginning of this box. See the 
incredibly large letter E? Note how r 
it starts at the same height as the 
text £1 hope) but drops down taking 
up three lines worth of space, with 
the fourth line running underneath 
it. This is a dropped capital, aka a 
drop cap. 

In the PageS utter I) manual the 
list of uses for the impermeable box 
{one that text flows around instead 
of fills) includes that of creating 
dropcaps. Aha, you may think - 
dead simple, fust define a box for 
the 36 point character, make it 
impermeable and drop it into the 
top-left corner of the box contain- 
ing the text. 

Well done. Points for imagina- 
tion and creative problem-solving. 
But sorry, no cigar. 

The thing is, when you make the 
box small enough to be three 
normal lines deep, your large 
capital will disappear. Why? 
Because the box has become too 
small for the font. 

But there was plenty of space 
below it, you cry. No, watch my 
lips - the box is too small For the 
font , not that particular letter. The 
box has to leave room for descen- 
ders on letters like ] and g and y. 

So that means you can't do a 
drop cap? No, it fust means you'll 
have to be even more cunning and 
inventive. The way to solve this 
problem is to have three boxes — 
one with the drop cap, one contain- 
ing the two linos to go beside it and 
one for the rest of the text to spill 
into below. The last two boxes 
should be linked together for text 
flow. 

So there you have it, drop caps 
can be done — but at a price, and 
the price is time. If it takes you five 
minutes to do each drop cap and 
you average three to a page simple 
mathematics will tell you you're 
spending a quarter of an hour extra 
per page. Over 10 pages this easily 
stretches to more than a couple of 
hours, 


AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 71 





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Drawn to scale fonts 


around maintaining the relative 
positions of the boxes inside it. 

More importantly, the boxes can be 
accurately aligned to left, right, top. 
bottom or centred. This is invaluable 
for achieving straight lines down the 
edge of a complicated layout, 

It is plain that Gold Disk is taking 
DTP seriously with PageSetter II, Its 
commitment to ease of use as well as 
quality of output is underlined by the 
inclusion of the CG fonts and the 
amount of work which has gone into 
re-designing the menus. 

The system of text entry, editing and 
layout makes it possible to emulate 
the design techniques used by 
professionals - and get similar results. 

Although pitched at the same price 
point as the original PageSetter, PS1I 
seems to be directed at the serious 
user as well as the hobbyist. 

As an attempt to satisfy the needs of 
the semi-professional as well as the 
casual user, PageSetter II succeeds 
admirably. The only let down is the 
manual which, while it details all the 
available features, doesn't inform 
users about the type of situations they 
□re likely to be used in or how they 
can combine with ether features to 


O NE of the features that puts 
PageSetter il in the top 
league of DTP packages is the 
implementation of Agfa's 
CompuGraphic (CG) fonts, A 
complete rundown on scaleable 
fonts and related subjects like Page 
Description Languages (PDL) is 
material for another article, however 
it would be wise to know what they 
can do for you. 

When at last the work is done and 
it's queuing up to jump down the 
parallel cable, PS II steps in and 
mucks around with \U CG fonts. 
Individual characters are construct- 
ed in memory and the page is sent to 
the printer in a number of '"strips 1 ', 
depending on how complicated it is. 

Unfortunately many users will 
have problems using the bigger fonts 


produce specific effects. 

Overall in spite of a slight aura of 
instability surrounding some aspects 
of the software - like the way text 
sometimes appears horribly corrupted 
on the screen - PageSetter II is 


on a Weil-packed page. Because PSII 
needs chip ram for creating the 
images to send to the printer and 
because chip ram is one thing that 
nobody has enough of, inevitably 
problems arise. 

The fault ia usually in the form of 
letters being trimmed a bit, some- 
times to the extent that over half the 
letter is missing. 

Admittedly this was only discov- 
ered by printing out a 96 point 16 
character headline at 300 x 300 dots 
per inch (dps) resolution on a laser 
printer (itself with 1 meg on board), 
but it is still a worry because this is 
just the sort of setup that may be 
needed for some DTP purposes. 

There is no way to solve the 
problem short of major surgery 
(fitting a fatter Agnus) or major 
layout re-design. 


undoubtedly an excellent product, 
and well worth trading your granny in 
for. If 1 had just spent a large sum of 
money on a similar Mac system, I 
would have been very annoyed with 
myself. 


What's on the box? 


D OUBLE clicking on any box 
on your page will bring up 
the Active Box requester. From here 
it Is possible to change margins 
within the box and the absolute 
position of the box on the screen by 
entering numerical values. There are 
five special gadgets. 

The Lock gadget, rather sensibly, 
prevents you from altering the box - 
moving it around, resizing it and so 
on — by accident, although it doesn't 
stop you entering or editing any text 
inside it. The lock is handy when 
involved pieces of your layout mean 
several overlapping boxes. 

Two more gadgets control the 
priority of text on the screen. One 
will make the active box transparent 
or opaque - with the obvious effect 
that when an opaque box overlaps 
something, the something disap- 
pears and the other controls 
whether a box is impermeable. An 
impermeable box, wham it overlays 
another box, forces the text in that 
box out of the intersection. Another 


term often used to describe this 
mode of behaviour is variable 
margins. 

Unfortunately impermeability 
only applies to boxes, so it is not 
possible to flow text along the 
outside of, for argument’s sake, a bit- 
mapped banana. Well, actually It is, 
but not this way, When it comes 
down to it, almost everything is 
ossible, it’s just a question of how 
adly you want to do It — m days, 
hours and minutes. 

The QuickDraw option can also 
be found here. Selecting this gadget 
means that the current box will 
appear on screen as a crossed-out 
box - useful to cut the time of 
refreshes when you know it will not 
need to be changed. 

Tints and bordered boxes are 
made possible bv the last gadget 
here. Selecting this and setting the 
associated features in the Draw 
menu will allow a background tint 
of various tones - you can even 
design your own with the built-in 
editor. 


REPORT CARD 


PageSetter II 

11B Marketing 0&95 444433 
£99.95 


EASE OF USE.... 

Incredibly easy to use. The manual 
could have been more explicit on the 
uses of features and not fust their 
mechanics. 


SPEED.. 

Interruptabie screen refresh cuts down 
on most of the boredom problems. 


VALUE .. 

Remarkable, Needs / meg of ram , buf 
com pore the overall price fo similar 
products running on a Mac and you’ll 
tvmif to buy several copies. 


OX EH ALL 


fust whai the Amiga has been waiting 
for to f irmly establish itself as the poor 
men's Mac, 


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PROGRAMMING 


W HAT is chaos, and why are 
lots of people writing about 
it? Instead of answering the question 
directly, let me first introduce you to 
two contradictory views which 
demonstrate a huge upheaval in how 
scientists understood the world + 

In 177fi the French mathematician 
Pierre Simon Laplace said: " Suppose 
there is an intelligence which knows 
the reb t ion between every body in the 
universe at a given time . It could state 
the relative positions, motions and 
effects of these bodies at any time in 
the past or future, ” 

This quotation is taken from his 
Mecanique Celeste, a gigantic 
mathematical exposition of the world 
as first described in Newton's 
Principia of 1687, 

According to Newton, the world 
was deterministic - you could run it 
backwards and forwards via a 
straight jacket of equations which 
allowed nothing untoward to happen. 
Philosophers and writers, especially 
William Blake and Jonathan Swift, 
disliked this because God seemed to 
be reduced to a passive onlooker as 
the wheels of time ground slowly on 
and on. 

The first cracks in the Newtonian 
edifice appeared in the nineteenth 
century with the development of the 
kinetic theory of gases. According to 
this theory, a gas is a system of 


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Because there is no way of telling 
one from another you have to 
introduce averages and probabilities to 
describe the behaviour of the gas. You 
can only say that it is most probably in 
a certain state - it may be in any state, 
although the probability of being in 
unlikely states is incredibly small- 

When you pour boiling water into a 
cold mug, it may freeze - because each 
water molecule can exist in several 
states, one of them being ice. This 
could happen with your next mug of 
coffee or just before the collapse of the 
Universe, there is no way of predicting 
when. 

The probability of such an unlikely 
event has been calculated. It turns out 
to be the second largest number in 
physics. This number, written with 
one character per centimetre, would 
stretch across the observable universe 
many times. 

By the 1890s, Jules Henri Paincarg, 
building on the mathematical work of 
Rayleigh, had found that many 
systems which seemed deterministic 
actually gave random, unpredictable 
results - even supposedly safe 
Newtonian ones. In the year 1903 he 
said: "... it may happen that small 
differences in the initial conditions 
produce very great ones in the final 
phenomena ... prediction becomes 
impossible/' This is chaos, which 


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Foincar^ called "the fortuitous 
phenomenon 11 , and here are its signs: 

• Even if the system seems orderly, 
you may get completely random 
results which cannot he predicted, 

• Change the initial conditions 
slightly and the final result is 
enormously different. 

Listing I simulates a Newtonian 
system which Poincar^ studied, it 
consists of two different fixed masses 
and a tiny third mass orbiting, rather 
like a double star with a planet, except 
that the larger masses would normally 
be orbiting around each other. Only 
gravitational forces between the 
masses are considered. 

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calculated again. Sometimes the paths 
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completely different — there is no way 
of telling which will occur fora given 
run, and both of the conditions of 
chaos are satisfied- 

If you try a few times, you should 
see that the closer the planet 
eventually passes to one of the stars, 
the bigger the difference. Why? 
Newton's law of gravitation states that 
gravitational force is inversely 
proportional to the square of the 
distance between the planet and the 
star. If you have two very small and 

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scratching over the years — the N-body 

jargon term is "inexpressible as an 


slightly different distances, their 

problem. Put N masses anywhere in 

analytic solution or some such 


inverse squares are large and very 

space and make them interact via 

gobbledygook. However, you can 


different, hence the big differences in 

gravitational forces only. How do they 

solve them numerically, and Listing II 


the orbits, which are magnified each 

move? Can you predict their motion? 

does this for jV between 2 and 2Q. 


time the planet makes a close 

Newton solved iV=2 in Principia, 

Masses, positions and velocities are 


approach. You don't believe me? Try 

and Lagrange, a contemporary of 

assigned randomly to save you typing 


working out some inverse squares 

Laplace, believed he had solved N=3 

in lots of numbers. 


using a calculator. 

with the conditions above, the 

With N=2 you get some strange 


Suspicious people may think that 

restricted three-body problem. 

looking yellow and red paths. They 


these effects can be explained by 

Unfortunately for clockwork thinkers. 

look much more familiar if you 


rounding errors in the Amiga’s 

Poincar^ came along, showed that 

imagine the yellow path as that of the 


arithmetic. As usual. Nature is too 

Laplace was wrong and that anything 

Sun, the red path as that of a comet, 


clever - it doesn’t matter whether 

with N>2 was also insoluble. So the 

and select the Body Frame option 


there are rounding errors or not* 

answers to my questions are 1) Don’t 

from the menu. This redraws the 


because chaos doesn't care, Another 

know, and 2) No. 

scone as if the Sun were stationary 


suspicion; Can planets and stars be 

Now by "insoluble ” 1 mean that you 

with the comet moving round it - you 


approximated by point masses^ as the 

can’t write down the solution to the 

should see elliptical orbits. 


program does? Yes, as Newton 

gravitational equations as a formula. 

If the comet keeps coming too dose 


showed. 

even if your writing paper exhausted 

to the Sun it may be thrown into a 


That was a small subset of a 

the Forests of the world and your pen 

different orbit, or even shoot straight 


problem which caused much head 

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x-5C«Le*i(a) 

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Did SHARED yvelDCity(nui) 

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1 listing II 




AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 77 



> 

out of the Solar System. This celestial 
billiards effect is used when 
transferring spacecraft into different 
orbits using the gravitational field of 
Venus or Jupiter as a slingshot. Notice 
that the orbit is always smooth, it 
never has any strange kinks and 
twists. 

With JV=3 you do get peculiar 


looking orbits, and you can see why 
solutions cannot exist - there is no 
way you could express such peculiar 
orbits in the form of the nice smooth 
mathematical functions you got in text 
books. Once again, chaos has turned 
up. 

With JV greater than 4 ot 5 the orbits 
become so complicated it is difficult 
to follow them on screen, With JV in 


the hundreds, even supercomputers 
arc struggling: JV bodies require 
approximately N 2 operations to 
calculate one step of each orbit, so 
computer time increases geometrically 
as N increases arithmetically. 

This is a serious problem known as 
NP-c completeness which hampers 
simulation of large systems in many 
branches of computational physics. 
Much work is being done to gel round 
the problem by devising new lines of 
attack which need less operations per 
time step. One success lies with the 
sorting of an array of numbers. You 
will probably have used Ihe simple 
bubble sort, which is about the 
slowest imaginable t computer science 
books will give others, such as the 
insertion and shell sorts, which are 
much faster for big arrays. 

Incidentally, Einstein showed that 
the Newtonian edifice was but a brick 
in a much grander construction - you 
can easily show that Newton's theory 
is a special case of Einstein’s 
relativistic theory. Don't worry too 
much, Newton’s theories are perfect 
for most problems, but big distances 
and/or high velocities and energies, as 
found in astronomy and particle 
physics, require relativity. 

T HE final blow to Newton came 
with the discovery that 
probability has a fundamental rCle in 
quantum mechanics. 

The last topic in this introduction to 
chaos is the Swiss army knife of 
physics - the Hamiltonian, Given any 
system of particles you can, in 
principle, write down a mathematical 
function called the Hamiltonian, 
which is usually a measure of the total 
energy of the system. Given the 
Hamiltonian, you can manipulate it to 
get equations of motion, then solve 
these equations to predict the 
behaviour of the system at any past cr 
future time. This sounds dangerously 
Laplacian, so you should be expecting 
a catch somewhere, And there is - in 

* Einstein showed 
that the Newtonian 
edifice was but a 
brick in a much 
grander 

construction } 


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2 >, 1 ,b 

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IF ytOOrd<Q60>16C THEN 
d*Ltax=4*SGN{llND-.5) 

IF d*Ltajc<fl62>0 THEN 
goHght±goHght +1 
END If 

ELSE 

deitax-0 
END IF 


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PUT(xold,yoLd),baU 

WEND 

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bi nowi a L C gori ght 3 -bi noala LCgorigh 
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DIP SHARED bottom (20) 

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aaxvaU’l 
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LIN£{8*a, 19mSTEP(7, -scale ! *hi no 
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NEXT 
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choice : 

MENU RESET 
WINDOW CLOSE 1 
WINDOW CLOSE 2 
SCREEN CLOSE 1 
END 




76 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 



■ PROGRAMMING 


1 


almost every real case the Hamiltonian 
cannot be manipulated. Those cases 
occur when it has sharp edges, 

The Gallon Board, an early pinball 
game found in many science museums 
and simulated in Listing III, 
demonstrates this. Consider a triangle 
made up of rows of nails driven into a 
board. Drop a metal ball bearing at the 
top of the triangle and let it bounce 
left or Tight at random off a nail in the 
next row. Where does it end up at the 
bottom of the hoard? 

It is much more likely to end up 
near the centre than near the edges, as 
taking a simplified board with only 
four rows shows. In Figure I a dot is a 
nail and the number of ways the ball 
can reach that nail is displayed beside 
it. Check them. 

So the ball has a one-in-eight chance 
of ending up al either of the outer 
nails, but a three- in-eight chance of 
ending up at one of the middle nails. 

If you continue this analysis, 
Pascal's Triangle builds up row by 
row. the numbers given are binomial 
coefficients, and dropping lots of balls 


should give an approximation to the 
binomial distribution, with its 
characteristic central peak, as was 
Gabon's intention. If you run Listing 
Hi, this distribution is plotted in the 
small window. 

My mentioning probability should 
set alarm bells ringing - the system 
should not be deterministic. Indeed, if 
you try writing down a Hamiltonian 
for the ball's motion on the board, you 
get into a fine mess with nasty spikes, 
caused by the nails, everywhere. 

r— — 

.1 

.1 .i 

.1 .2 .1 

.3 .3 .1 

Figure h A GtiJton Board 


Spikes are bad news, only in the past 
30 years have mathematicians gained 
even the slightest idea how to handle 
them, and in this case even they are 
stumped and the Hamiltonian cannot 
be manipulated. 

You can drop a ball, hut you cannot 
predict precisely where it will land. 
Even a couple of extra iron atoms in 
one of the nails could make the ball 
end up in a different place - chaos 
strikes again! 

Hamilton could be Saint George 
slaying the dragon of NP- 
completeness. Instead of using 
positions and velocities as in Listings I 
and IL people have recently found that 
using a Hamilton special called the 
"action" to specify a body often leads 
to much quicker calculations. This 
demonstrates a common paradox - 
often the leas I obvious way of solving 
a problem turns out to be best. 

• NEXT MONTH: Everything you 
were never told at school about the 
pendulum , and why wea th er 
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For 

the 

Ivve 

of 

icons 

Make your Workbench 
a thing of beauty. Jeff 
Walker explains how 


O NE of the many advantages 
the Amiga has over its 
competitors is the versatility of 
Workbench, Thanks to some far- 
sighted programmers and developers, 
we can muck around with the way il 
looks and feels until the STs come 
home, 

Preferences will let you change its 
colours, its resolution and the 
appearance of its pointer. There are 
public domain programs out there that 
will let you open more than one 
workbench, have an overscan 
Workbench and have an eight-colour 
Workbench, though these aren't of 
much practical use unless you have 
more than a meg of ram, A number of 
PD programs will cut the Workbench 
down to two colours for you, thereby 
saving about 2lk of memory. Yet more 
PD programs will change the 
appearance of the gadgets and 
windows. The possibilities scem r and 
probably very nearly are, endless. 

Ultimately, what makes vour 
Workbench yours are the icons. 
Commodore supplies two tools on the 
Extras disc, IconEd and IconMerge, to 
edit and personalise your icons. 
Unfortunately both are extremely poor 
examples of their ilk. With the greatest | 
respect to the authors of these two 
programs, who in their defence were 
certainly working to a hazy spec and 
ridiculous deadlines, the only thing 1 
can recommend you to do with IconEd 
and IconMerge is delete them from 
your (copy of) Extras disc. 

To play with icons properly you are 
going to need proper tools. If you're 
going to bore a hole in a piece of wood 
you use a drill. At a pinch, and if the 
wood is thin enough, you could got 
away with a screwdriver and a 
hammer, but it'll take you longer, the 
hole will be the wrong size and it 
won't end up exactly where you ward 
it, So jobbers who take a pride in their 
work will use the proper took 
preferably an electric one. 

There are a number of dedicated 
icon tools in the public domain - 1 use 
John Scheib's Icon Mas ter. It has an 
adequate array of drawing tools, 
including brushes and the all 
important undo function. Regular 
readers will find IconMaster on the 
October 1989 cover disc [RIP), New 
readers can either avail themselves of 
a back issue or get hold of Fish Disk 
C023 from their favourite public 
domain distributor. 

The trouble with creating icons is 
that most of us don't consider 


ourselves competent enough artists to 
accomplish the job. This is 
poppycock. Drawing is like writing - 
the first few paragraphs are the 
hardest, but once these are written the 
adrenalin starts pumping* the words 
begin to flow and you'll start to have 
more ideas than you know what to do 
with. So the trick is knowing how to 
start, 

F OR the inexperienced but 
aspiring icon artist there are 
three ways to begin the job - someone 
else’s artwork, clip art and existing 
icons. 

Using someone else's artwork is a 
problem, firstly because it will almost 
certainly use more than four colours 
and secondly because IconMaster will 
only import the top left-hand comer of 
the screen. So you'll need to do some 


work on it; for this you'll need another 
tool, like DPaini HI or Spritz, to cul 
out and save as a brush just the small 
part of the screen you're interested in. 
If it's a HAM screen you'll first need to 
use something like PIXmate to convert 
it from HAM to 16 colours, 

Then you'll need to convert your 
brush to four colours, probably by 
hand because DPaint III, powerful as it 
is, will probably make a right pig's ear 
of the job. This is utterly forgivable 
because you really are asking the very 
highly improbable. 

The ideal program for the job would 
take an 8, 16 or 32 colour screen or 
brush and convert every colour to a 
different black and white fill pattern. I 
often used a homegrown utility to do 
this when DTPing on my ageing 
Amstrad CPC6128, 1 have yet to find 
its equivalent on the Amiga - a fact 
which never ceases to amaze me, 

Clip art can be gleaned from a 
number of places. There is precious 
little of it in the public domain, but a 
number of dealers sell discs crammed 
with it. In general the clip art on offer 
is of fairly poor quality, mostly ported 
from another computer or scanned in 
by one of these expensive hand 
scanner things. 

It's not cheap, but it is usually two 
or four-colour [ask before you buy!) 
and for the non-artist clip art 
represents an easy starling point. Most 
of my early icons started life as clip 
art. 

The least expensive way of 
personalising or creating new icons is 
to start with an existing one and play 
with it, Use IconMaster to give a 
second image to the Shell icon, make 
the printer in GraphicDump look more 
like the one you own - I mean, how 
many people have orange printers? 

Public domain discs - or for that 
matter, the Amiga Computing cover 
discs - contain many excellent and 
amusing icons that will do as a 
starting point If you own a modem 
you’ll find that most Amiga bulletin 
boards contain archive files full of 
nothing but icons. All are fair game for 
alteration and improvement, although 
if you intend to distribute your icons 
via PD discs or modem you should be 
fair to the original artist and give 
credit where credit's due. 

No matter how you begin the job, 
the art of creating good graphics in 
four colours is to deceive the eye into 
believing it is seeing more than four 
colours. We do this by using fill 
patterns. Most graphics artists use this 


tso COMPUTING April 1990 


■ GRAPHICS ■ 


- 4 - 



Getfi 

ng the most 

from 

fill patterns 


F LESH tones are hard to 
produce unless you're an 
expert at mixing colours. But when 
you've only got four colours to play 
with, the job is impossible. The 
best we can do is try to give the 
impression of flesh by using a fill 
pattern, 

The close-up view of the Jeff 
icon reveals a few tricks. Flesh is 
represented, rather well I think, by 
orange and white vertical stripes. 
The medium brown of the 
moustache is achieved by a black 
and orange chequered pattern, 
while the lighter brown of the 
beard is composed of black and 
orange vertical stripes, some 
slightly offset to give a straggly 
effect. 

The Bottle icon shows how 
green can be simulated with blue 
and orange cheques. 

Green is really created by mixing 
blue and yellow, but orange has a 
lot of yellow in it* so mixing blue 
and orange gives gives a greenish 
tint to the bottle, The fact that wine 
bottles are usually green adds to the 
illusion, 

Note also the cunning use of 
short black strokes as shading on 


the white label to help convince the 
viewer that this bottle is a three- 
dimensional object. 

Various weights of checks and 
stripes will render various shades 
of colours, although the wider the 
stripe and the larger the cheque, the 


more obvious the pattern will be. 
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 
Despite the pattern being obvious, 
it will still hove a different tone to 
it, But remember that too many fill 
patterns in a graphic will confuse 
the eye, Less is more, 


technique when designing sprites and 
backdrops for the 8 bit machines, 
which are short on memory. But even 
on their low resolution screens, these 
graphics work well enough. Ask any 
Spectrum owner. 

Thanks to the high resolution of the 
Amiga workbench screen. Fill patterns 
can be very deceptive, I have tricked 
people into seeing green, flesh, grey 
and various shades of blue and brown, 
as well as the four standard colours, 
all in the same icon. To be honest, 1 
didn't trick them, they tricked 
themselves. Let me explain. 

If you're drawing a graphic of 
Maggie Thatcher’s face and use a close 
approximation to a flesh tone to 
colour it* then when someone looks at 
your graphic the colour they will see 
will be flesh - because that's the 
colour Mrs Thatcher’s face normally 
is. Likewise, because wine bottles are 


normally green, if you draw a w r ine 
bottle and use a fill pattern that is as 
close to green as you can get, the 
viewer will convince himself that the 
bottle is green. 


L IKE any eye deception, on closer 
inspection the illusion will be 
very quickly shattered. On the whole, 
the smaller the graphic, the longer the 
illusion will last. 

This is an important point - large 
areas containing the same fill 
pattern will deceive the eye no longer 
than it takes to do a double take. Be 
subtle. 

Of course, fill patterns aren't used 
exclusively for giving the impression 
of more colours. Sometimes you will 
want the pattern to be obvious, as in a 
striped apron for instance. In fact, 


using an obvious Fill pattern in the 
graphic can add to the illusion of the 
not-so- obvious ones. 

You will need to use other 
deceptions to give the illusion of 
perspective. The standard drawer icon 
uses one of these techniques to trick 
you into seeing a drawer opening 
when you click on it. For the non- 
artist this can be the most difficult 
aspect of drawing, no pun intended. 

The secret is observation and 
experimentation. Look closely at the 
drawer icon - the Notepad icon is 
another good example - to see how it 
is done. Use Edit Image : Primary 
Image and Edit Image i Secondary 
Image in Icon Master to lake an even 
closer look. From here you'll be able 
to investigate the technique at pixel 
level. 

Take notes, make pencil sketches 


AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 81 






Perspective and shade 


F OR small icons, just a hint 
of perspective is usually 
enough to got the desired effect, 
Study the legs of the ram chip. In 
close-up you can see that they look 
like nothing more than funny 
shaped white blobs, yet in the 
normal sized icons they are dearly 
the legs of the chip. 

This is mainly because our brains 
know that chips have legs, so it 
makes us see those white bits as 
what it knows they look like. But 
any old blob won't satisfy - it has to 
be thought about. Notice the angle 
of each leg, about 45 degrees, and 
notice how each leg gets thinner. 
This is one way to create the 
illusion of perspective. 

We feel we are viewing the 
graphic from the right and from 
above. If the legs were drawn 
pointing down instead of up. the 
perspective changes to below the 
graphic. 

This icon would undoubtedly 
survive without the legs, but it’s 
little touches like this that turn good 
icons into great ones. 

Shading is easier than 
perspective, especially in small 
graphics. A large-ish black area is 
usually enough to give the 
impression that a part of the graphic 
is in the shade. The tree icon shows 
this technique very well. The whole 
of the left hand side of the tree trunk 
is in the shade, and so is the branch 
at top left. The trick is to visualise 
where the sunlight is coming from 
and then decide which parts of your 
graphics would be thrown into 
shadow. On a small icon, this alone 
is enough to create an illusion of 
perspective, but a larger one needs 
more thought. 

The broken offset lines running 
down the trunk give the impression 
of bark, and it’s these that ultimately 
make that tree look "round”. 

The textures of the leaves on the 
tree and the grass on the ground also 
add to the perspective. Each was 
achieved bv first creating a brush, 
then painting with it. 

The leaves brush was just a 
random mixture of black and orange 
pixels, with a little white highlights 
thrown in to try to create the 
illusion of sunlight sparkling off 
shiny leaves. The brush was about a 


quarter-of-an-inch square on the 
screen, I used DPaint III to paint on 
the foliage w T ith great circular 
sweeps of the mouse, but you could 
just as well use Icon Mas ter to pick 
up the brush and plant il all over 
the top of the tree. 

The grass w r as done in a similar 
manner, except that random orange 
and black lines were used, at 
various grass-like angles, instead of 
single pixels. White was used 
sparingly again, for the same 
reasons, The brush ended up about 
a quarter of an inch wide by half an 
inch high and looked like a little 
clump of grass, wider and less dense 
at the top than at the bottom - sort 
of V shaped, 

I didn't paint the grass on, 
because this would have blurred it. 
Instead I planted it, tussock by 
tussock. After a while I saved time 
by picking up a group of tussocks 
and planting those, 

The whole graphic comes across 
to me as a warm, sunny day in early 
autumn. Had I 
used blue and 
orange instead of 
black and orange, 
the season would 
have changed to 
summer or, by 
adding a few 
daffodils, spring, 

Shading is all 
about observation, 

Look around you, 
there are shadows 
everywhere. Study 
how they fall 
across objects. 

Notice how they 
climb up the sides 
of things and then 
change direction 
when they get to 
the top surface. 

Do you see how 
some shadows are 
darker than others? 

Take care also to 
study reflections. 

These are the 
opposite of 
shadows and need 
to be included in 
your graphic by 
using subtle light- 
coloured 
highlights. 


► 

and then clear out the icon and try to 
draw it for yourself from scratch. 

Don’t worry about the decorations too 
much, getting the perspective correct 
is more important here. 

Another difficult technique to 
master is shading. Again, study some 
examples. Think about where the light 
is coming from and which parts of 
your drawing will be in the shade. The 
Pretext Word processor icon on the 
December cover disc is a good 
example. 

On the same disc, the Workbench 
1.3,2 ic&n shows how to use a shadow 
to give your graphic a feeling of depth. 

This shadow was created with 
DPaint ill, 1 cut out the insect as a 
brush, clicked on black for the 
foreground colour and selected Color 
from the Mode menu - this made a 
silhouette of the whole graphic - then 
used the perspective option to "lay" 
the brush down backwards as if it was 
flat on the ground, and Brush : Rotate 
: Shear to angle it as if the light source 
was coming from top left. 

Lastly l used a black and blue 



92 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 




The icon builder’s toolkil 


GRAPHICS 


stipple pattern io lighten up the colour 
and fray the edges in an attempt to 
replicate that wishy-washy look that 
shadows have. 

Luckily, much clip art conies ready 
shaded - all you need to do is touch it 
up a hit and add a bit of colour In fact , 
this is a very good way to get to grips 
with the shading technique and learn 
about drawing in general, in much the 
! same way that typing-in Basic or C 

listings helps you to learn to program 
in those languages by getting you used 
to the keywords and syntax. 

To get good at any artform - be it 
music, acting, drawing, painting, 
writing or whatever - you need to 
have supreme confidence in yourself 
and practise regularly. You mustn't get 
disheartened by what others regard as 
failures. 

William Golding, who won the 
» Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, was 

43 years old before he saw his first 
novel, which had been rejected by 
umpteen publishers, in print. 

Lord of the Flies is now compulsory 
reading in the British school 


IconMaster Essential. My favourite 
icon editor. Available on Fish Disk 
C023 or the Amiga Computing cover 
disc for October 19&9. 

DPaint HI Higft/y recommended. 

The best Amigo graphics package. 
Available from any reputable Amiga 
dealer or mail order firm . DPaint H 
owners con get a low cost upgrade 
from Electronic Ants. 

Icon® Recommended. Every old icon 
represents a potential new one. 
Modem owners should check out 
their local BBS for archive files 
containing nothing but public 
domain icons. Non-modem owners 
should find a modem-owning 
Amiga user for a friend. Get 
yourself down the local computer 
club. 

Sprite Optional Selling for as little 
as £10 these days. Sprite is well 


w orth the price arid fine for the 
casual orf/sf. It doesn't contain most 
of the advanced, time-saving 
features of DPaint III hut knows 
about brushes and does have 
special features for loading, editing 
and saving icons , 

PIXmale Optional Image 
manipulator extraordinaire. 
PJXmate is a way of converting 
HAM /mages into something DPaint 
HI or Spritz can understand. 
IconMasier will load HAM images, 
but the results are messy . 

Clip art Optional or recommended 
if you can get it for next to nothing. 
Commercial offerings are expensive 
and, frankly , o complete waste of 
money, Hassie eve/y public domain 
distributor in the book until you 
find some . Modem owners should 
caU their local BBS and do searches 
for n art " and “clip ' in the files area. 


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■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


Mike O’Reilly uses 
AmigaBasic to create 
a multi-tasking 
Workbench toy 


The only 
game in town 


S OLITAIRE is a small workbench 
implementation of the classic 
puzzle game. It is fully compatible 
with the multi-tasking operating 
system, so it can be played while a 
disc is being formatted or a file is 
being printed - yes t Solitaire is a 
Workbench toy written in AmigaBasic! 

The aim of the game is to finish up 
with a single peg in the centre hole. A 
peg is removed from the board when 
an adjacent peg jumps over it into a 
vacant hole. 

To make a move, first click on the 
peg with which you intend to make a 
jump. These may only take place 
horizontally or vertically — not 
diagonally - over one peg only, into a 
hole on the other side. If such a move 
is possible with the selected peg, the 
selected peg is highlighted. 

Next click on the target hole and the 
jump is performed, with the peg 
which has been jumped over being 
removed. Only valid moves are 
accepted. If, having highlighted a peg, 
you wish to change your selection, 
click on another valid peg and the 
highlight changes. 

The game finishes when there is no 
possible jump left - no peg will 
highlight when clicked. 

Click on the Play button to reset the 
hoard, click on the close gadget to end. 
Solitaire is a very simple game, but 
quite tricky to finish. 

The listing is fully commented, 
making it easy for you to change 
things and experiment with the 
subroutines and subprograms. Owners 
of HiSolt s Basic Compiler will find 
comments in the listing suggesting a 
couple of changes that should be made 
before you compile it. 


1 


' Board setup routine. 


1 

Workbench Solitaire by Bike O'Reilly, 

BDSUB Initialisation 


1 

$ Copyright 1990 Amiga Computing. 



1 


* Bain loop. Halt for a mouse click. ^ 


i 

Defeat initial window for 

Hold-1 


9 

Hi Soft Sasic Compi ler users. 

WHILE Hold-1 


i 


1 Specify Bouse subroutine. 


fill S OPTION T+ 

ON BOUSE GOSUS Bouse .Handler 


i 


1 Enable mouse checks- 



DEFINT a-i 

BOUSE DN 


1 


WEND 


1 

The 9x9 array Pegt) holds a colour 

END 


t 

value tor each piece an the board. 



t 

including Che borders: 

1 Set up the initial state of the 


1 


1 board and draw the pegs. 


t 

Q=Blue, i=White, 2=Black, Strange* 

1 The variable "Flag" indicates 


1 


* whether player has highlighted 


* 

DIB Peg(M) 

1 a peg to be moved. 

t 


t 

Assign a colour value to each 

Initialisation; 


i 

possible state of a board square. 

Flig=0 


l 


FOR Row-0 TO 8 



Eipty-O 

FOR CoU*n*G TO B 



H 1 gh L 1 gh t =1 

Peg! Column, Row }=8oard 



Boards 

NEXT Column 



ful L=J 

NEAT Row 



Open Window on the workbench screen 

1 Place pegs in appropriate 



(screen-id - -1J. Using a window-id 

’ starting positions. 



of 1 causes the prog-re* to resist 

1 



the AiigaBASIC window and use it as 

FDR Columns} TO 5 



its oun window. Thus, clicking on 

FOR Rou-1 TD 7 



the close gadget also ends Basic, 

R e g ( CoLii*n,Roy > - F u l L 




NEIT Row 



UINDOU 1," Solitaire", (ID, SOM 262,1 

NEXT Column 


801,7+4+8*16,-1 

i 




m Co l u*n=1 TO 7 



Draw board and two gadgets. 

FDR tow-3 TO 5 




Peg{ Column, Row) =Ful l 



COLOR 1,0: LOCATE 15, B 

NEXT Rom 



PRINT h About PUy! 41 

NEXT Column 



Box for About 

Peg(4,4}=Empty 1 Biddle hole vacant 



LINE (5D,11GMtM,1Z0J„B 

t 




1 Draw pegs and hole. 



Bdx for PLiy! 

F 



LINE ( 1 47, 1 1BM 197,1 2(1 ),,B 

FDR Rou-1 TD 7 




FDR Column-! TD 7 



Solid box for the board. 

CALL Colour (Column, Raw3 



LIKE (16, 83-1236, 98>>2,BF 

NEXT Column 




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AMIGA COMPUTING April WWI AS 


■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


NEXT Row 
RETURN 

1 Noose routine to determine where a 

* click occurred md act accordingly. 

i 

Mouse. Handler; 

i 

f Read * and y coordinates of 
1 point clicked on. 

t 

Test-HOUSKQO :*=N0USE(! I;y=M0lSS£{2) 

i 

* if click occurred on Play! then 

* reset board. 

T 

IF Jt*149 AND x<201 AND y>11 1 AND y< 
m THEN 

SOSUB Initialisation 
RETURN 
END IF 

i 

1 If it occurred on About then 

* show credit window. 

IF *>50 AND *<1Q( m y>1 12 AND y<1 
U THEN 

G 0 5 U B About 
RETURN 
END IF 

1 Did click occur on the board? 

IF x<A0 OR *>220 OR y<20 OR y>89 TH 

EN RETURN 

' If so, calculate which row and 
' column of the board C9*9) . 

{olunn=INT(Cx-4Q)/?G> 

Row=INT((y-E0)MD)t1 

t la the square of the board 
1 selected part of the border? 

IF Fegf Column, flow )=Board THEN RETUR 

N 

1 A click has occurred on a peg 
1 position (i.e. a peg or an empty 
' hole) so we can continue. 

" A peg is not presently highlighted. 

IF f lig-5 THEN GQ5UB First. Click 

’ A peg is presently highlighted, 

IF Flag*! THEN GOSUB Second. Click 

RETURN 

’ This subroutine is carried out if a 
f peg is not highlighted. If a valid 
1 love can be made with the peg 
1 clicked on, then it is highlighted. 

First. Click; 

Valid=0 

1 Has i peg clicked on? 

IF PegUoluin,RowK>FuLl THEN RETUR 


Is a valid move possible 
with the peg? 

GOSUB Check. For. Legal. Move 


’ If so, then highlight it. 

IF Vslid-1 THEN 
Peg( Column, Row > - H 1 g h light 
CALL Coleiirt Column, Row) 
HlghcoLumn-Coluin 'Remember which 
Highrow-Row 'peg is highlighted, 
Flag=1 
END IF 
RETURN 

1 This subroutine is called If a peg 
1 is currently highlighted. It checks 
' to see H a valid jump can be made 
' by the highlighted peg to the hoLe 
p clicked on, If to it carries out 
1 the move. If another valid peg was 
1 clicked on then the highlight is 
1 changed. 

Second. Click; 

► 

' Vacant hole or alternative 
1 peg not clicked on? 

IF Pegf Column, Raw )=Board THEN RETUR 

H 

IF Pe|( Column, Row) =Hijh Light THEN I 
ETURN 

IF Peg(Column,Rou}=Empty THEN 

4 

1 Rove down. 

IF Row^Highrou+2 AND Column=Highc 
olttmn AND PegCtoluin^ltighrow+IJsFull 
THEN 

Peg( Column, Hi ghrov)=Enpty 
CALL Co Lour {Column, High row ) 

Peg( Column, Row) =Full 
CALL Colour (Column, Row) 

Peg (Column, Hi ghrow+1 )=Empty 
CALL Colour (Column, Hi ghrow+l } 
Flig=B 
RETURN 
END IF 

I 

1 Hove up. 

i 

IF fto u= High row- 2 AND CoLumn=Highc 
olumn AND PegC Column, Hi ghrou^l )=ful l 
THEN 

Peg l Column, High row) 3 ' Empty 
CALL Col0ur{toLutn,Highrou) 
Peg(Column,Row)=Ful L 
CALL ColourlColuan ,fiow} 
Peg(CoLu»n,Hfghro¥-1 )=Empty 
CALL CoUur(Column,Hi ghrow-1 ) 
FLag-0 
RETURN 
END IF 

4 

j Move right* 

IF Column=HighPoluine2 AND Row=Hi 
ghrow AND Ptg{KighcolumnH,Row)-Ful l 
THEN 

Peg (Highcolumn, Row) -Empty 
CALL Colour (Hi ghcolumn, Row) 
PegUoLuin, Rou)=Full 
CALL ColourlColutn,Rou) 
Peg(Highcolunn+1,Row)=Empty 
CALL Colour ( Hi ghcolumn+1, Row) 
FLag=0 
RETURN 
END IF 

1 Move Left. 

IF Colomn=HighcoLumn-2 AND Row=Hi 


ghrow AND Peg(Hi ghcolumn-1 ,RouS=Full 
THEN 

P eg {Highcolumn,Row)=. Empty 
CALL Colour(HighcoLumn,Row) 
Peg(Column,fiow)=Ful l 
CALL CoLourtColuan,Row) 
Peg(H1ghcolumn-1 / iow)=Eipty 
CALL Colour(Highcolumn-T,RDw) 

F Lag-0 
RETURN 
END IF 
END IF 

1 Decide whether to change highlight 
1 to a different peg, 

>1 

VaL1d=0 
1 Halid peg? 

i 

IF Ptg(Colu*n,Rov)*Full THEN 
GO-SUB Check. For .Legal .Move 
END IF 

1 If so then change highlight. 

IF Val id=i THEN 
Peg(Highcolumn,Highrow)=Full 
CALL Colour{Hi|hcolusn,Highrow) 
Peg(Col u«n,Row)=Highlight 
CALL Coloor{CoLumn,Roij) 

■ Remember new highlight peg. 
Highcoluffln«Coluffln; HighrQv=R(MT 
END IF 
RETURN 

" Subprogram to colour a peg- position 

* its appropriate colour (empty, full 
F or highlight). It draws a rectangle 

* at (Column, Row) in the colour 
f contained in Peg(CoLumn,Row) « 

SUB Colour (Column, Row) STATIC 
1 Peg is a global variable. 

SHARED PegU 

x=A6+CoLumn*Z0:y*134iicw*H3 
1 Draw rectangle, 

LINE (i-5, y^3)-(* *5, y+J), Peg (Column 
,Row),fif 
END SUB 

4 Subroutine to check if a valid move 
' can be made by the selected peg. If 
1 so, set Valid flag = 1, 

Check. For. Legal. Move; 

1 Check for up move. 

IF Row-1 THEN GOTO Down 
IF (PegUolu*n,tow-1) = Full DR Peg ( C 
olumn, Row*1 )=HiflhLight) THEN 

IF Peg( Column, Row-2 )=£mpty THEN 

vtUd*i 

end if 

END IF 

' Check for down move, 

i 

Down; 

IF Row=7 THEN GOTO Left 
IF EPeg(Colu#n,Row*t)=FuLl OR PegCC 
olumn,R0N4l)-HIiHLI6JiT) THEN 

IF Peg( Column, Rov+2)=E*pty THEN 
n Ltd=i 
END IF 
END IF 

1 Check for left move. 


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PROGRAMMING 


Grabbing 
piece 
of the 
action 


John Kennedy 
gets put 
down with 
AmigaBasic 
- and not 
before time 
some say 


G ET and PUT are the two most 
exciting commands available 
from AmigaBasic. As soon as a 
programmer brought up on 8 bit 
technology spies them, he is soon 
salivating with ideas. 

The commands allow us to make the 
most at the Amiga's ability to move 
graphics around quickly. 

Both commands have a 
dual personality in 
AmigaBasic, referring to 
file handling as well as 
to graphics. In this 
article we w T ill be using 
them in their graphics 
context, because this is more fun. 

First a warning - GET and PUT are 
dangerous commands. AmigaBasic is 
not widely renowned for being robust, 
and commands such as GET and PUT 
will cause it to sail closer to the wind 
than normal. 

It is therefore a good idea to get into 
the habit of constantly saving to disc 
(not ram!) any programs you are 
writing which use GET and PUT, It 
only takes a few seconds to do and 
will save your temper if you have a 
run in with the guru. 

So what exactly can we achieve 
with GET and PUT? As the names 
might suggest, GET copies graphics 
from the screen and PUT replaces 
them at any position. And they do it 
very quickly, 

To store graphics data, AmigaBasic 
must have somewhere that is safe to 
read and write to - somewhere that 
won't get in the way, somewhere that 
can be kept track of. The perfect place 
is in a large dimensioned array, integer 
arrays - that is, arrays with a 
percentage sign after the variable 
name - are ideal because not only can 
we store the graphics data here, but 
we can examine it as well. 

An array can be manipulated easily 
from Basic and even saved to disc, 
which gives us our first sneaky use - 
saving screen displays. 

Saving the screen data on other 
computers has always been relatively 
simple because the address of the start 
of screen memory is usually Fixed and 
easily accessible. Not so on the Amiga, 
where many screens may exist at once 
and few things are tied down to fixed 
addresses. 

GET and PUT offer us an easy way 
to store the screens to disc, ideal for 
loading title pages and backdrops for 
your Basic programs. 

Listing 1 will draw a pattern, save it. 


then clear the screen and re-load the 
image. Several points need to be 
covered. First, how did we decide on 
the size of the array? This is boring 
and I don't want to talk about it here, 
but if you are interested the formula 
can be found elsewhere in this article. 

We also need to examine two 
strange looking Basic commands, 
MK1S and CVl. The first takes an 
integer and turns it into a string, the 
second takes a string and converts it 
into an integer. These commands are 
complimentary in that if x equals an 
integer, then 

CVIUKIM*)) 

is equal to x. The reason for bothering 
with such strange looking commands 
is to save time and space. An integer 
stored on disc uses three times the 
space as its equivalent string. 

In case you were wondering, there is 
no need for you to save entire screens 
this way - by specifying the 
coordinates in the GET statement you 
can save any portion of the screen. 

If you are using more than one 
bitplane (two colours], you may need 
to save the screen in parts to stop 


Basic crashing with an Out of Memory 
error. Be warned that this program 
will also take a long time to save the 
data. 

The second listing is slightly more 
interesting. It re -draws the digits 0 
through 9, GETting each in turn and 
storing them in an indexed array. 

Once they have ail been stored, the 
program uses them to tell the lime. 

The result is a very large digital clock, 
which will even tell the correct time if 
you have don't a real-time clock 
module inserted in your Amiga. 

Drawing the large numbers is 
achieved by printing the digit at the 
top of the screen and then testing each 
pixel in turn with the POINT 
command. This result is then 
magnified by multiplying each 
coordinate by four and re-plotted, This 
stage will take a few moments from 
AmigaBasic and may make you wish 
you had a copy of HiSoft's Basic 
Compiler. 

Once all the digits have bo carefully 
stored away, the exciting business of 
telling the lime can commence. The 
actual lime is extracted from the 
system clock via a quick glance at 

► 



AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 03 


■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


TIMES, and the resultant string is then 
parsed and each digit PUT on the 
screen individually. 

The PSET qualifier in the PUT 
command is needed to prevent the 
large numbers being XOKed with 
existing screen data - the default 
setting of PUT. Including PSET forces 
the image to overwrite everything 
instead. 


Calculating 
array sizes 


THE amount of memory which 
the graphics data takes up in an 
array depends not only on its 
height and width, but the number 
of bitp lanes used as well. 

Bit planes determine the number 
of colours which can be used in a 
screen display. The number of 
planes in a display is known as 
the screen's ‘depth '. 

The formula for working out 
the size of the integer array 
needed looks terribly complicate 
od, Here i t is: 

SIll.Qf .Arriy=(d+(tHet|ht+1 
Nidfl+lfi) HfiJ^spth 

So for our two bitplane, 32 x 32 
pixel digits, it becomes: 

Slie.Qf.Arriy=W+C32+1)*2*lNm32+1fi 

which works out to 201, so the 
dimension is declared with: 

din bxrnv 


* Use SET and PUT to make big nuaber* 
1 and use TIflEl to shcu the tine. 

1 91990 Copyright A ■ i 9 a Computing. 

1 

* Open a new pal screen with trio bit 

* planes end accompanying window. 

? 

SCREEN 1 , 320 , 256 , 2,1 :VMMH Z,„ 0,1 

' Reserve so«e space 
■ for SET to play with, 

1 In Ml soft Sasic replace 
1 III th BIR bIU0,2C1). 

Dirt bZ( 2 Q 1 , 10 ) 

CALI create. dlglttibld) 

CIS 

' The Hie generation 

* part of Hie program. 

•.loop: 

t$»TWE* 

Listing II 


When J was experimenting with the 
HiSoft Basic Compiler (vl.OS) I came 
across a slight anomaly regarding the 
use of multi -dimensional arrays. Using 
arrays of more than one dimension 
with GET and PUT is perfectly legal as 
long as you remember the order in 
which the indices are specified. For 
example, in Listing II we dimensioned 
the array like this: 

DIN bU2O1,10) 

However, with HiSoft Basic the 
array would have to be dimensioned 
in this way: 

DIN bX(1 0,201 > 

Various little changes must be made 
to take account of this. It is only a 
small point, but one that kept me busy 
for a while as 1 tracked the bug down. 
If you are typing the listing into HiSoft 
Basic read the REM statements for the 
corrections. As it stands, the listing 
runs perfectly under AmigaBasic - no 
mean featl 

Listing II also shows how several 
large graphics can be stored and used 
later at any point on the screen. If you 
really liked the clock program, but 
were tired of waiting for all the digits 
to be drawn and stored, you could 
save them to disc just like we saved 
the screen data. This would save lime 
when you came to run the program 
again. 

Storing multiple images in an array 
gives great scope for animation, 
Several frames of motion could be 
stored in each element of the array 
and cycled, through to create the 


IF THEN a, loop 

&tl=tt 

CALL rirav,Mifiberi(tS,bX( )3 
GOTO a. Loop 


' Sub-prograa to GET ill digits 0-9* 


SUB crtite.dlgm(blU) STATIC 
FOR a=0 TO 9 

1 Drew rtuaeral in top of screen, 

CLS : LOCATE IMPRINT 1 
’ Scan it pint hy pixel. 

FOR 1=0 TO B STEP .25 
' Then drav it and a shadow, 

FOR y-0 TO S STEP .25 
IF POINTERS, y)<>Q THEN PSET 
1104+1*4, 10i+y*4),2 

If Pft[HEx+B,r)oO THEN PSET 
( 100 + 1 * 4 , i0Bn*d , 3 
NEXT y 
NEXT x 


illusion of movement. Until the next 
time we meet, try playing with some 
wire-frame graphics and animating 
them with GET and PUT, 

1 Loading and saving screen displays 
* froi Basic using GET and PUT* 

1 $1990 Copyright Aiiga Computing. 

I 

4 Open a single fcitpLane 
1 PAL screen and window. 

I 

SCREEN 1,H0j2»,1,1:U!1lMV 

1 

' deserve tote space, 

t 

DIN sU674S) 

D-EFlHf 9-1 

t 

1 Create a quick deio screen, 

i 

FDR a=0 ID 320 STEP 4 
LINE l*,256M16M> 

LINE (i,0MH0,25fi> 

NEXT s 

n 

1 Get and save screen data. 

GET <fl,0MJ2M5*>,sI 
OPEN "icreendati" FOfi OUTPUT AS 1 
FOR a=0 TO 4745 
PRlNTfUNKlKs^aH; 

NEXT a 
CLOSE 1 


CIS 

I 

* load and display the screen data, 

OPEN "screendata" FOR INPUT AS 1 
FOR a-Q TO 6745 
s5Ka) = CWI(lNPUTlC2 / in 
NEXT a 
CLOSE 1 
PUT CM3, a!! 

1 

END 


Listing I 


* The nagic GET statement. 

■ For HiSoft Basic use', 

1 get {100,100M1»,132),faXfi,M 

1 

GET nOG,1O0M1S2,132),bM,a> 
NEXT a 
END SUB 


■ Dray ti*e string, digit, by digit. 


SUB draw,miibers{t$,bIU3 STATIC 

i=0:y*50 

FOR q =1 TO LENCtl) 
x=i+35 

v=ASC(NIDl(tl,q,1 J3-4B 
If v>9 THEN i=i-25 

' Put the correct digit on screen. 

PLfT U,y),fa)UMi,P$ET 
1 HiSoft = PUT U,y3,bXCu,0J,PSET 
NEXT q 
END SUB 


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I QNATHAN READ was born in 
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AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 97 


Starting this month 
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AMIGA COMPUTING April 1990 99 


On the 

right 

track 

Oliver Prill show you how to use machine 
code to open up a window on where your 
read /write head is hanging out 


T RACKDISPLAY is a software 
solution to the floppy drives 
which have an LED display at the 
front to show the current track 
position, This can be very useful - you 
can see where read and write errors 
occur, for example. 

The program emulates this by 


The programmer 


OLIVER Prill is an 18-y ear-old 
German student doing his second 
year A levels. Be has an A1009, 
bought in 1986, 612k memory, two 
floppies and a Star NL-19 printer 
He says he will soon upgrade to at 
least 1 meg, but Ihese upgrades are 
still quite expensive for the A 1099, 
His main interest is 
programming, and from time to 
time using a word processor or 
playing a game with Mends, He 
started programming in assembler 
on the C64 in 1984 and then 
continued on the Amiga, If be has 
some spare time this year be fancies 
his chances at writing a game. 


printing the current track, sector and 
block positions into a small multi- 
tasking window on the Workbench 
screen. It shows you the name of the 
disc in the drive, which will he 
renewed when you insert another one. 

It is best to start TrackDisplay from 
the CLI with the run command. If you 
want to show the positions for all your 
drives, simply start TrackDisplay for 
all your drives and drag the windows 
to where you want them. So the 
syntax is: 

run tnrtdlfptiy dfn: 

where n must be a number from 0 to 3, 
because you can only connect up to 
three external drives to the Amiga. 

If you just type run trackdisplay you 
will get some information on the 
program and how to use it, If you run 
the program for a drive which is not 
connected or not valid, it will tell you 
in your current CLI window. 

Do not type the drive number in 
capita! letters, always use lower case. 
If you attach a tool Icon to it, 
TrackDisplay will run from the 
Workbench, but only for drive dfO:- 


; treckftispUy by 0 L I v*r PrtU. 

; (c) Copyright 19?0 Aiiga Computing. 

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; Check if drivenuiber exists, 
start : 

cirri dD 

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bgl errorl 

cnp.b #0 , d ri ve ; Or less than 0? 
bit errorl 

; Open libraries and devices, 
jsr open Libs 

; Open trtokdisk. device 
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100 AMIGA COMPUTING April 1SOO 





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■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


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■ove.L #dosnai#,«1 
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; Close libraries, 
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quit: 

jsr tUiedevs 
jsr dosewind 
jsr cLoselibs 
rts 

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error?: 
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PIOTR GORCZYNSKI says: I have subscribed to 
Amiga Computing since November 89. Unfortunately 1 
receive it a month late because I live in Warsaw, 
Poland. Still, games benefit from having some time 
before the cheats are revealed, The solution to Space 
Ace is: Right, Left. Down- Right, Left, Left, Left-Down, 
U p-Up-Fiie-Righl , Up-Right, Right-Down, Right-Down. 
LefbF ire-Up-Up- U p-E ight-Up-Right-LeftLeft-Righ t -Up- 
Fire' Fire-Fire-Fire, Right-Fire. Down-Fire-Up. Down- 
Right Down-Fire, Left. Right, Right. Left, Right, Left, 
Right. Of course, you’ll need to sort out the timing. 


Game 

Killer 



Write to Max 


MAX TENNANT says: Here is a tip I 
found myself, so all you sissy tipsters, 
here is a way to get the most out of the 
Rainbird game. Infinite lives. Walk 
into the mirror on the right, fust 
before you go all the way through, tap 
out SOS in morse code on the Help 
key. That is dot, dot, dot, dash, dash, 
dash, dot, dot, dot. The lives count 
will turn into an infinity symbol. 

Keep on walking to see Emily play. 


GEORGE 
CHRISTO VDIAS 
says: When the 
title screen for 
Arkanoid H 
comes on press 
caps lock and 
type MAGENTA, 
then press S 
while playing to 
open the gates to 
the next level. 


GAME KILLER is always on the look-out 
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in the post — on disc if it is a long listing. 
If your work is used Til send you a game 
drawn at random from the goodie box. 

To speed up getting the prize to you 


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to send out your parcel so please write 
neatly Remember you have signed this to 
say that you haven’t pinched the tip, If a 
friend told it to you find out how he got 
to know. Else I'll visit you. 


MARK HAYES says: 

You can make any of 
the players 
invincible on the 
fighting stages by 
pressing the spacebar 
when a player has 
just been hit. When 
he hits the ground 
tap space, then press 
fire to continue. The 
invincibility lasts 
until the end of the 
round. This is alt 
yon need to progress 
beyond the black belt 
to reach Megahem 
status. 


Name...... 

Address.. 


I Telephone..*.* 

| I have supplied tips/pokes/cheats for... 


I — — list games] 

■ 1 confirm that the information I have supplied is mine, it hasn't been published 
. elsewhere end I haven't seat it to anyone else. 

Send this form to Max "The Hex” Tennant, Game Killer. Amiga Computing, 

' Second Floor, North House, ?8-&4 On gar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM 15 9BG. 


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f A superb demo After 
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T HERE is never any shortage of 
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Comp u ting, but we choose our 
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to do. One day PI Walker Morgan, one 
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into the office and asked what there 
was for him to do. 

"Well Nothing"’ said Simon the ed. 
“What?" replied D], " he said. it $ 
a new product For the Amiga . Df 
smiled and went home to his trusty 
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6 Nothing dropped through my letter 
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dashed up stairs. My first complaint 
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Much ado 
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Nothing in the parallel port. I made 
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I strongly recommend Nothing as an 
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Ataris, 

So soon Nothing will be a standard 
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