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Volume 3 
Number 2 
July 1990 
£2.95 



An Interactive Publication 


COMPUTING 



• NComm: Full verson 1.9 of this Norwegian 
comms package Features Zmodem transfers 
and a Hosi mode. 

t PPshow: Now you can view IFF files 
crunched with PowerPacker 

• Musicbox: Another mysterious tune. 

• Klide: Stunning examples of just what you 


• The Code Clinic: Write your own boot-block 
with this month’s source-code. 

• ProtectOMagic: Set ^our protect Cags from the 
comfort of this user-friendly front end.. 

• Miniblast: Another Anders Bjerin dassc This 
time a Workbench-friendly Scramble done - 
with editable levels' 


can do wth a decent ine drawnq routine • HotSummerNights: Muse from Howe Danes 


Full instructions are in the July 1990 issue of Amiga Computing 


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AMIGA SCENE 


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7 NEWS 

ROUND-UP 

Amiga voted computer of the year, 
APL updated, a new 24-bit 
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PROGRAMMING 



THE CODE 
CLINIC 


Revealed at last: The secrets of the 
bootblock explained by coding 
genius Jolyon. Plus a look at the 
official programming manuals. 


COVER STORY 


A DREAM 

VF vf COME TRUE 

It’s here! The new A3000 has finally 
been unveiled. The team were at the 
launch and managed to get their 
hands on one for a detailed review. 


PORTFOLIO 


/ fi ARTISTS’ 

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Weird. Very weird. These and other 
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Jolivet’s imagination. 


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REVIEW 


I I GAME 
V-F FREEZERS 

Suddenly Amiga “freezer” cartridges 
are all the rage. We passed our 
collection on to the cool Jolyon 
Ralph for an expert opinion. 


GAMES 



AMIGA 

ARCADE 


The headlines: Anco get promoted to 
the first division with Player 
Manager but Mastertronic’s Protector 
faces relegation. 


Ray tracing needn't 
be expensive, as 
Stewart C Russell 
discovers 



4 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 

















■ CONTENTS ■ 


REVIEW 


}"C ARENA 
Vf ACCOUNTS 

It's a man’s life in accountancy. 
Expert rabbit tamer Alex Aird takes 
a break to give this Amiga package a 
thorough workout. 


PUBLIC DOMAIN 



BUDGET 
RAY TRACING 


If you thought you only got what 
you paid for, then Stewart C. Russell 
has a surprise in store. Cheap three- 
dimensional modelling is here. 


DTP 



NEW 

SERIES 


In the first of a three part guide to 
desktop publishing, Nic Veitch 
covers layout and design concepts. 
Phew! What a scorcher. 


SHORTIES 


I A500PSU 

JL U LIGHTGUN 

Reviewed - a replacement power 
supply with added Oomph, and the 
heavy artillery moves in with an 
Amiga compatible lightgun. 


CLOSE GADGET 


m UST 

BUT 

A typical day in the life of a busy 
Amiga Computing reviews editor. 
Bet you thought a career in 
journalism was a cushy number. 



’apas 

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COVER DISC 


NCOMM 

The latest version of the excellent 
comms package from Norway which 
threatens to overtake old favourites 
like JRComm and Access! 

KLIDE 

Amazingly fast line-drawn graphic 
experience. You’ll find it excellent 
accompaniment to your favourite 
Floyd tracks. 

PPSHOW 

If you save disk space by 
PowerPacking your IFF files, you 
can now view and print them 
without de-crunching first. 


MINIBLAST 



Miniblast 


Excellent multi-tasking scramble- 
type game which plays in a 
workbench window. Anders Bjerin 
delivers the goods again. 


PROTECT-O-MACIC 
At last you can alter all those file 
flags easily from the comfort of a 
user-friendly front end. 


MUSICBOX 

Another “Name That Tune” 
competition in this month’s music 
slot. Convince us you know what 
you’re talking about and win the 
complete collection. 

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 
A good excuse to hook up your Amy 
to the Hi-Fi and annoy the 
neighbours - an original Howie 
Davis composition. 


NComm 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 5 


















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AMIGA SCENE 


Teachers expand the 
keyboard concept 


A GROUP of Birmingham 
teachers have designed a 
product which gives even 
more scope to the already 
versatile Concept Keyboard, 
now in full production for 
the Amiga. 

Under the name of Think 
Ltd, they have produced the 
Overlay Designer and 
Manager which works on 
the Concept Keyboard 
Company’s serial version 
designed for the Amiga. 

The package can be used 
to create overlays for almost 
all Amiga software, so 
allowing many more people 
to enjoy using an Amiga - 
particularly young children 
and disabled people. It 
includes software designed 
by Think, but teachers can 
also design their own soft- 
ware. 

Using the overlay pack- 
age, keys on the Concept 
Keboard can be tailored to 
represent words or phrases. 
A new development will 
incorporate synthesised 
speech, so pupils will hear 
the word they have put in 
and even more software is 
on the drawing board, 


Pool the 
other one 

TAM MARKETING is fol- 
lowing up its well known 
Tipster horse racing pro- 
gram with Punter for those 
who fancy a quick eight 
from ten every now and 
again. 

The system is heavily 
based on the algorithms 
from Tipster but obviously 
the database will be altered 
to accept pools information 
from any national newspa- 
per. 

Provision is made for all 
combination plans and so 
the program should work 
with any football pool 
coupons. 

The Punter is available 
now from TAM (0392 
215485) price £29.95 inclu- 
sive of VAT and P&P. 


which will represent a 
whole page at the press of 
one key. 

Commodore dealer 
Mr.Disk (021-616 1168) is to 
package and sell Overlay 
Designer and Manager 
which costs £19.99, includ- 
ing a comprehensive manu- 
al. 

“There is going to be a 
tremendous amount of 
interest when it gets up and 
running”, said Alan Caddy 
of Mr.Disk. “Programmers at 
Think are coming up with 
lots of ideas. Being teachers 
themselves, they know just 
what teachers need and are 
designing their software in 

> 


COMMODORE and 
Warner Home Video have 
teamed up for a competi- 
tion which gives people 
who rent the new Batman 
video a chance to win one 
of 10 Amiga 500 Batman 
Packs. It is claimed to be 
the first interactive com- 
petition in the UK to 
involve a major movie 
title. 

After watching the 
video, viewers must 
answer two riddles posed 
at the beginning and must 
then complete a tie-break- 
er question. The 10 correct 
entries judged to have the 
most interesting tie-break- 
er will each win a pack, 
which includes an Amiga 


REVIEWS in Amiga 
Computing are on the ball. 
Nic Veitch introduced read- 
ers to the wonders of the 
APL mathematical language 
in May, pointing out some 
of its drawbacks. Quite 
independently, developer 
MicroAPL (071-922 8866) 
has produced an upgrade 
which covers many of these 
points. Full marks Nic. 

Version 7.30 of APL68000 
improves its Amiga inter- 
face and includes new 
Events handling software 
which permits much more 
effective control of the 
Amiga environment from 
within the APL68000 
workspace. 

Other new features 
include an improved 
requester interface, an 
improved editor for func- 
tions and text matrices, 


500 and Batman game 
plus a selection of soft- 
ware titles including The 
New Zealand Story, 
Deluxe Paint II graphics 
package and F-18 flight 
simulator. The packs are 
worth £400. 

“This competition is the 
first of its kind and we are 
excited to be presenting 
such a fabulous offer with 
Warner Home Video”, said 
Commodore’s managing 
director Steve Franklin. 

“Batman and the 
Commodore Amiga 500 
Batman Packs are two 
great success stories and 
by combining the two I’m 
sure that we will score a 
huge hit with viewers”. 


Modest 
smiles dept 

quicker mixed functions 
such as reshape and cate- 
nate, support for a unified 
keyboard, a multi-workface 
which allows tasks to share 
variables, new bitmap 
graphics and multi-font 
support plus many new 
functions in the support 
workspaces. 

MicroAPL issues free run- 
time versions of APL68000 
to developers who complete 
a simple licence form. This 
policy has had considerable 
success in encouraging the 
release of packages written 
in APL68000, particularly 
in the USA. 

Full price, £99.95. 
Upgrade price for owners of 
versions 6 and 7, £30. 

Disc transfer 
package 

COMMODORE has shown 
interest in promoting a new 
package from Track 
Computer Systems (0332 
41817) which allows users 
of the Commodore BBC 
Emulator to copy disks over 
from BBC format to Amiga. 

Called Transfer, it will 
copy programs, machine 
code and data files from the 
BBC to the Amiga and 
allows users to use their 
Emulator to the full. 

Chris Harvey of Track 
said: “Anyone who owns 
the Commodore BBC 
Emulator will have found 
out by now that it will not 
allow them to copy disks 
over from BBC format to 
Amiga. 

“Since we announced 
Transfer, Commodore have 
become very interested in it. 

”We sent them a copy and 
received a telephone call to 
say they may be willing to 
promote it”. 

Transfer costs £19.95 
including BBC to Amiga 
cable. It comes packaged 
with four small utilities - a 
database, a teletext and 
screen editor, a disassem- 
bler and memory mover, 
Mem Move. 



AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 7 




■AMIGA SCENE ■ 



Winner Ken Holland and his children 


High flying winner 


> 

line wUh that. 

“There is a lot of interest 
now in Concept Keyboards 
for serial machines like the 
Amiga particularly in the 
UK and education fields in 
America, Australia and New 
Zealand”. 

Underlining the impor- 
tance of their Amiga prod- 
uct for people with sight 
problems. Think Ltd was 
recently invited to the 
International Conference on 
Education for the Visually 
Handicapped at Warwick 
University. 

The company demonstrat- 
ed the software using 
Talker, the talking word pro- 
cessor, Pro-Write v2.5 
colour word processor, 
Excellence and Kindwords. 
The teachers showed how 
one overlay card for 
Notepad could be used with 
each of these and many 
other word processors avail- 
able for the Amiga. 

The showing by the 
Think team, Mr. Disk and 
Andrew Harland from 
Commodore’s demonstra- 
tion team, created great 
interest among the interna- 
tional delegates at the con- 
ference. 

Formerly known as Star 
Microterminals, the Con- 
cept Keyboard Com-pany 
(0962 843322) is now in full 
production with its serial 
product for the Amiga. 

Peter Beech of Concept 
reports that they are now 
making 4,000 serial and par- 
allel keyboards a month. 
While versions for Acorn 
machines are sold by A & B 
Marketing, the new Amiga 
versions are being dealt 
with directly by sales staff 
at Concept. 

They are available for 
both the Amiga 500 and 
2000. Since the 2000 has a 
detachable keyboard, the 
product can be used 
through the keyboard socket 
or with a separate supply 
unit. 

Available at present are 
the A4, 128 key version at 
£177, the A3, 128 key ver- 
sion at £199 and the A3, 
256 key version at £227. 
Specialised boards can be 
produced to customers 
specifications and Concept 
has produced a number of 
Braille boards. 


WE know that readers of 
Amiga Computing are high 
flyers and now one of them 
has proved it. Ken Holland 
of Dorset sent in the win- 
ning entry in our January 
competition run in conjunc- 
tion with Digital Inte- 
gration. 

He correctly answered the 
questions on Digital’s F16 
flight simulator and won a 
flight of his own as the 
prize. 

With his children, Cheryl. 


9, and six-year-old Carl, he 
took to the sky from Hurn 
Airport in a Cessna aircraft 
owned by Bournemouth 
Flying Club. The flight took 
them over much of the 
Dorset countryside includ- 
ing their home in Wareham. 

“We were lucky because 
we could not have chosen 
better weather”, said Ken. 
“There was not a cloud in 
the sky and you could see 
for miles. Cheryl and Carl 
loved it”. 


Taking on 
another class 

FOLLOWING the success of 
Commodore’s Class of the 
‘90s Amiga-based educa- 
tional bundle, the company 
is likely to launch a similar 
product aimed at children 
of primary school age. 

National sales manager 
for education, Peter Talbot 
told Amiga Computing that 
the follow-up to Class of the 
‘90s will be announced later 
this year. It will offer an 
Amiga bundled with educa- 
tional software and will 
probably target the under 
elevens. 

“The Class of the ’90s 
bundle which we launched 
last October has been a great 
success”, he said. “We have 
now sold 10,000 units and 
have had requests for some- 
thing in the region of 2,000 
education resource files. We 
are just about to mail out an 
update to the resource files 
and we are in the process of 
launching a newsletter on 
education. 

"Because of this success, I 
would not be surprised if 
we repeated something like 
it later this year but for a 
different sector of the mar- 
ket. We are always keen to 
support younger users and 
the Amiga lends itself to 
such markets. A lot of 
respected software develop- 
ers are now writing home 
education software for the 
Amiga and it is a market- 
place we are presently look- 
ing at”. 

The decision is said to 
result from parents’ 
requests. It is expected that 
the new bundle will cost 
around £499 - the price of 
the present bundle. 


Pro Midi music 


G A JITS Music Software 
(061-434 2768) has released 
a new range of programs 
designed to help Amiga 
owners get the most from 
Midi instruments. 

Following its success 
with music software pack- 
ages on the Atari ST, Gajits 
has now launched its 
Professional Sound 
Development Programs for 
the Amiga. 

They allow users to edit 


the internal sounds and 
instrumental arrangements 
with ease from full screen 
graphical displays. The 
software can also multitask 
with a sequencer program 
so the results can he heard 
immediately. Extensive 
librarian facilities are 
included to allow whole 
hanks of sounds to he creat- 
ed and manipulated. 


Programs are available 
for the Roland D5, DIO, 
D20, DUO, MT32, CM32L, 
CM32P and CM64 and the 
Gajits software is endorsed 
by Roland UK for use with 
its computer music mod- 
ules. 

Professional Sound 
Development Programs cost 
£99.99 including 64 profes- 
sionally created sounds. 


8 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 


■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 


Video 

upgrades 



Smart little scroller 


UPGRADES to two popular 
video packages have been 
announced by the Phoenix- 
based Zuma Group. 

TV Text Professional is a 
video titling program which 
can also be used for desktop 
presentations. 

Features include title 
effects such as metallic 
look, colour animated 
glows, glints, sheens and 
the creation of styles with a 
built-in editor. Price 
£129.95. 

TV Show II can be used to 
create animated graphics 
presentations and allows 
the inclusion of sound 
effects and computer gener- 
ated speech. 

More than 40 variable 
speed transition effects are 
featured and the program 
also includes a script edi- 
tor.Price £69.95. 

Both packages are avail- 
able from HB Marketing 
(0753 686000). 


EASY and automatic cre- 
ation of smooth scrolling 
text screens is the boast of 
Credit Text Scroller, the lat- 
est Amiga offering from 
Mindware International 
(0279 412441). 

It allows users to select 
fonts, sizes and scroll rates 
via a simple point and click 
interface. Information to be 
displayed is generated from 
a text editor or word proces- 


sor then automatically put 
into the desired credit 
screen or information dis- 
play. 

The final result is in the 
common Anim format and 
can be genlocked over a 
video source or overlaid on 
another Anim. Colours and 
drop shadows can be added 
to standard Workbench 
fonts and there is a subti- 
tling option. Price, £29.95. 


Editor lends a helping hand 


THE Spastics Society will 
benefit from an Amiga 
“charityware” drive 
launched by Designer 
Mouseware (0642 482831). 
It is selling its public 
domain snooze pointer edi- 
tor, Sleepy, for £2.50 and all 
proceeds will go to the soci- 
ety. 

Version 3 of Sleepy 
allows Amiga users to 
redesign Workbench’s 
Snooze bubble. The new 
pointer is almost three 
times the height of the origi- 
nal, has its own set of 
colours and can be animat- 
ed with up to 20 images. It 
is compatible with Amiga 
Workbench, Devpac 2, 
Scribble 2, Analyse 2, 
Organiser 2 and Deluxe 
Paint. 

Mark Smiddy, the com- 
puter journalist who 
designed Sleepy, said: 
“Some time ago 1 inter- 
viewed a young cerebral 
palsied man who was pro- 
ducing a magazine for a 
local computer club with all 
proceeds going to the local 
Spastics Society. 


”1 was so moved by his 
courage that I found myself 
wanting to help. During the 
development of Sleepy, a 
colleague suggested selling 
it as shareware and the idea 
grew from there. Hopefully, 
other programmers will fol- 
low our lead”. 

Fundraising manager for 
The Spastics Society Hilary 
Finch said: “We are delight- 


TAKING on the mouse 
scene with a vengeance is 
Contriver (Europe) Ltd 
(0280 822803) which has 
announced two new mouse 
ranges, claiming they will 
give the company more 
mouse products than any 
other firm in the UK. 

Known as the 820 and 
830, the new mice are tech- 
nically almost identical hut 
quite different in appear- 
ance. They are supplied 
with mouse mat and pocket 
for a standalone price of 
£29.09. 

The Buckingham-hascd 


ed to receive donations 
from this initiative. Many 
people with cerebral palsy 
use computers, so it is very 
appropriate for us to have 
this association”. 

Sleepy is available from 
good public domain 
sources. The official suppli- 
er is Ray Burt-Frost of 
Amiganuts United (0703 
785680). 


company which was 
formed in the middle of last 
year is also offering the 
mice bundled with 
Fantavision, the art pack- 
age which allows users to 
animate graphics. Price, 
#54.99. 

The mice feature a reso- 
lution of 200dpi with a 
tracking speed of 500mm. 

“Our new mice are com- 
petitively priced and cater 
for a wide diversity of 
needs”, said managing 
director Adolpho Giannini. 
“Selecting icons has never 
been easier”. 


Heavily into mouse business 


Waiting for 
the CD rom 


AMIGA owners will have to 
wait a little longer for the 
cheap CD rom alternative 
under development by 
Codemasters (0926 814132). 
Manpower problems have 
forced the games developer 
to put the project on hold. 

As an alternative to 
expensive CD roms, 
Codemasters has produced 
an analogue to digital con- 
verter which connects the 
headphone socket of a CD 
player with the computer’s 
joystick port. An accompa- 
nying loader program sets 
up the machine to receive 
data through the joystick 
port. 

Backed up by games com- 
pilations on compact disc, 
the system is so far only 
available for the Spectrum 
and Commodore C64 but an 
Amiga version is still on the 
cards. 

”We have had so much on 
with the American side of 
our business that we have 
not been able to do any fur- 
ther work on the Amiga ver- 
sion”, said a spokesman. 

“While this system would 
not be in the same league as 
CD roms costing hundreds 
of pounds, it will provide 
games players with some of 
the benefits of CD but at a 
fraction of the cost. 

“We would see the price 
at around £30. A system for 
the Amiga certainly has not 
been discounted. It’s a mat- 
ter of finding the time to 
work on it”. 



AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 9 




CD- Amiga 
is due at big 
Chicago 
show 


RUMOURS of a midsummer 
UK launch for Commodore’s 
new CD-Amiga have been 
accompanied by 

speculation that it will be 
pitched higher than just as a 
games machine. 

Trade sources say it will 
target the growing market in 
low cost solutions which 
combine audio, video and 
computers. Tipped for 
launch as a complete home 
entertainment system, it is 
claimed that the CD-Amiga 
will cost between £750 and 
£800. 

The machine was due for 
its first American appear- 
ance on June 2 at the giant 
Consumer Electronics Show 
in Chicago. 

A UK launch is rumoured 
for soon after CES and top 
software houses are said to 
be already working on pack- 
ages to support it. 

At Mirrorsoft, John 
Norlidge told Amiga 
Computing : “It is well 
known that we are working 
on CD-rom projects. We are 
very involved in CD-rom 
games and multimedia as 
part of our core business. 

“Because of non-disclo- 
sure, I cannot go on record 
regarding any involvement 
with Commodore’’. 

Another software house 
said to be preparing sup- 
porting software for the CD- 
Amiga is Mindscape, where 
software manager Phil 
Harrison was also unwilling 
to comment. 

“We have signed a non- 
disclosure agreement with 
Commodore and it would 
be improper of me to com- 
ment at the present time”, 
he said. The same story 
came from a spokesperson 
at Activision. 

Following its usual policy 
which prevailed right up 
the the recent launch of the 
A3000, Commodore would 
not discuss the project. 

Also a case of “no com- 
ment” from Commodore is 
the new Amiga portable 
rumoured to be under 
development in America. 



* 


Smiles on line 


NOTHING and no one 
are safe from the atten- 
tions of the latest ven- 
ture by computer 
industry characters 
Bruce Everiss and Mel 
Croucher 

They have set up The 
Mel Croucher Computer 
Fun Line which features 
“an exciting and enter- 
taining new Fun Line 
event” every week. With 


the accent on humour, 
the line takes software, 
hardware, the industry 
and the people in it with 
a Private Eye approach. 

“No one will be speak- 
ing to us after this”, com- 
mented Bruce. The Fun 
Line number is 0898 
299399 which is charged 
at 25p a minute cheap 
rate and 38p a minute 
full rate. 


Amiga 
winning in 
High Street 

AMIGA software is winning 
the High Street battle with 
its principal rival the Atari 
ST, according to W.H. Smith. 

For the first time, sales of 
Amiga packages equalled 
those for the ST in March 
and are expected to overhaul 
them in coming months. 
Reflecting this success, 
W.H. Smith is to increase the 
number of its stores stocking 
Amiga software. 

“Historically, we have 
always done better on Atari 
ST software because we 
used to stock the machines 
before our policy on hard- 
ware changed”, said the 
group’s computer buyer 
Sean Willis. “We also 
stocked Atari products 

> 



LATER this year Martin 
Lowe of Amiga Centre 
Scotland (031-557 4242) 
hopes to launch the ACS 
Framebuffer I, a display 
device which gives users 
the option of more colours 
and greater resolution than 
are inherent in the Amiga. 

A prototype of the device 


More problems 
for Mac owners as 
the Amiga looks 
set to become the 
cheapest 24bit- 
colour micro ever 


Multi-million colour show 


is in existence but an exact 
release date or price have 
yet to be decided. 

Framebuffer I features full 
16 million colour display, 
PAL and NTSC, RGB ana- 
logue output, full overscan, 
24 bits per pixel palette, 


output to a standard RGB 
monitor and 32 bits per 
pixel design. 

It has option expansion of 
an additional four or eight 
bits per pixel, additional 
display ram for double 
buffering, Genlock and 601 
digital video output. 

Resolutions supported are 
896 x 578 (PAL), 896 x 490 
(NTSC) in Mode 1; 720 x 
578 (PAL) and 720 x 490 
(NTSC) in Mode 2, 601 digi- 
tal video. Am r ong bit 
mapped graphics file for- 
mats supported are IFF 
ILBM 2-24 bit plains, Sculpt 
4D 24 bit files, Scanlab 24 
bit files, Digi View 21 bit 
files and Targa files. 


10 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 


■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 


> 

before we went into the 
Amiga but over the last two 
years the Amiga has shown 
the largest growth. 

“Finally, in March, it 
caught up with ST sales as 
far as value is concerned. As 
part of our new stocking pol- 
icy for 1990, I have decided 
to increase the number of 
stores selling Amiga soft- 
ware by more than 80. 

“This means that 202 of 
our 260 stores throughout 
the country will have Amiga 
product on the shelves. As 
far as W.H. Smith is con- 
cerned, Amiga Software is 
very good news”. 

Looking to the future, 
Sean is likely to take 
W.H. Smith into the field of 
CD-rom as the industry 
awaits further news of 
Commodore’s CD Amiga. 

“This is a very exciting 
area and I will certainly be 
looking at supporting it”, he 
added. 


New Amiga 
guides 

ADAMSOFT (0706 
524304) has added to its 
stocks of Amiga books 
with three new titles. 

Mapping the Amiga 
from Compute Publi- 
cations is an in-depth 
reference work includ- 
ing complete listings of 
library functions with 
syntax given in C, 
machine language and 
Modula-2. 

Written by Randy 
Thompson and Rhett 
Anderson, it is claimed 
to be the only source 
which includes full 
descriptions of every 
Amiga hardware regis- 
ter and an element-hy- 
element breakdown of 
each Amiga system 
structure. Price, £19.95. 

Compute's AmigaDos 
Reference Guide has 
been completely revised 
and updated to cover 
all current versions 
including 1.3. Written 
by noted Amiga author- 
ity Sheldon Leeman 
and magazine colum- 
nist Arlan Levitan, this 
edition costs £18.95. 



Divide and conquer 


TWO former competitors in 
the Amiga field have joined 
forces to make the 
North/South divide work in 
their favour and give their 
customers cheaper prod- 
ucts. 

Kelvin Searle of 
Weybridge-based Speed 
Computers (09323 52277) 
and Steve Cobham from D S 
& K of Liverpool have 
teamed up to buy cheaper 
components in bulk for 
their Amiga expansion 
boards allowing them to 
bring down average prices 
from £79 to around £49.50. 


They also offer a more 
localised service which pro- 
motes confidence in their 
products. 

“We started out as com- 
petitors in the Amiga 
expansion board market”, 
said Kelvin. “We were try- 
ing to beat each other on 
price. When there were 
shortages of bits and pieces 
such as Dram connectors, 
we tried to rip each other 
off to get them. 

“On the telephone, Steve 
and I became very friendly 
and built up a good rela- 
tionship over a period of 


months. We realised that we 
could join forces to take out 
joint advertisements and so 
keep the costs down. We 
also source our components 
from America and the Far 
East and can now buy in 
bulk. 

“I deal with the southern 
region and Steve deals with 
the North. Customers like 
dealing with someone who 
is closer to them”. 

Amiga owners interested 
in expansion boards can 
expect further develop- 
ments on this partnership in 
the near future. 



MEMBERS of the UK and 
foreign computer press 
voted the Amiga “Computer 
of the Year” in the Home 
Productivity section of the 
recent European Computer 
Leisure Awards. Best prod- 
uct for the Amiga was 
Deluxe Paint III from 
Electronic Arts. 

Presented in conjunction 


with The European 
Computer Trade Show, the 
awards were voted on by 
journalists from the UK, 
Italy, France, Germany, 
Spain and Sweden with 
special awards from 
America and Japan. Game of 
the Year was Populous, and 
Software Publisher of the 
Year was Electronic Arts. 


Amiga voted top computer 


Mark Lewis 
of Electronic 
Arts receives 
his award 
from Pierre 
Dell’ Oreo of 
Bit magazine, 
Milan 


Pictured 
below with 
the Amiga's 
award for 
Computer of 
the Year is 
Commodore's 
marketing 
manager 
David 
Pleasance 


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Dotty on DTP 

I DEVOURED your report on 
PageSetter II as only a starving man 
would. Information about the so 
called serious software for the 
Amiga is so difficult to come by. 
Although your report was wel- 
come, it left me still hungry. 

All the magazines that I have 
ever read have said what a serious 
computer the Amiga could be, that 
what is needed is for those not 
quite so besotted by it to give it a 
chance in a business environment 
where it would proceed to knock 
the socks off those Macs and IBMs. 

But if your magazine and others 
like it won’t take it seriously 
enough, what chance is there of 
this happening? 

I want to buy a DTP program. 
Like most people, I have very lim- 
ited funds, so I want to be sure 
before I buy. I have seen the output 
of a friend’s PageSetter and 
although I was impressed at first, I 
now realise that the output from a 
9 pin printer is not good enough. 

If this software is in part aimed 
at a semi-professional market, that 
same market would want to see the 
quality of the output, in compari- 
son with the competition, and on a 
variety of printers - 9 and 24 pin, 
inkjet and laser. 

Magnified photos of the outputs 
and a selection of available fonts is 
minimum information for software 
of this nature. So down to the local 


Stingy British? 


I HAVE spent nearly £900 on mv 
system and I feel that what I’ve 
got is a professional computer 
which I can use for a multitude of 
different things. And I do. But 
what I fail to understand is why 
people will spend £400 on a 
machine just to play games. 

Why not buy a dedicated 
games console that can produce 
as good, if not better, audio and 
visual effects than the Amiga for 
half the price? 

I think that the answer to this 
is that people are not willing to 







printout from a top rate laser 
printer. 

I put this point to the gentleman 
who supplies PSII. He regretted the 
situation. Does he know of anyone 
who might provide a printout ser- 
vice mail order? No. 

Is it any wonder, therefore, that 
people with a serious intent for 
their computer save there money 
for however long it takes and buy a 
Mac? 

Now I know all this is not your 
fault and you are only coming in 
for this flak because you did print 
something of use, but couldn’t you 
raise the debate at least and help to 
change the situation? 

Ron Cavedaschi, 
Brighton. 

What a load of codswallop. Listen, 
Ron, DTP output from any 9 pin 
printer is going to be awful. You Ve 
discovered that. The output from 
24 pins is going to be less awful, 
but you'll still get the jaggies 
because resolution is limited to the 
size of the pins themselves. 

Deskjets and Laserjets are the 
only viable answer for semi- 
professional output. Both print at 
300 dots per inch. Some expensive 
ones go higher than this. 

The example output (three 
pages of it!) in the PageSetter II 
article was printed out by a Star 
LaserPrinter 811 at 300 dots per 
inch. There was an actual size 
example of output on the front 
cover! 

DTP output at 300 dpi isn't 
going to differ that much from 
package to package. The limitation 
is the resolution of the fonts. The 
CompuGraphic fonts that come 
with PSII and Pro Page are limited 

> 


Hi, I’m the new mail man. Man. It’s my job to sort your scribblin’s and spill the 
beans on the problems we all have when DFO: starts to whirr. So if you’ve got some- 
thing to say, say it to me. 

Tne best letters will be sent prizes of up to 
£100, so get a copy of Protext into your drive 
pronto. Drop me a line at Ezra Surf’s Postbox 
(ESP), Amiga Computing, Europa House, 
Adlington Park, Adlington, Macclesfield 
SK10 4NP. 


spend £25-£40 on a games car- 
tridge when they can get the lat- 
est Amiga blockbuster from “the 
guy round the corner” for the 
price of only a blank disk. 

This probably sums up the 
whole British market - why pay 
for something when you can get it 
for free? Which is why, in my 
opinion, games cartridge-based 
machines will continue to flop in 
this country. 

P Mattocks, 
Huntington, Yorkshire. 

People see the Amiga 500 as a 


games machine because it's being 
marketed as such by Commodore 
UK. It is a different story in 
Germany and North America 
where everyone owns at least 2 
meg of ram and hard drive. 

I think you've hit the nail right 
on the head. The British don’t 
like spending their money. Then 
again, the cost of living in this 
country is very high. 

If you haven't got it, you can't 
spend it, he says, putting on his 
ill-fitting homespun philosopher 
hat . 


shops to get a demonstration. I live 
in Brighton you understand, not a 
small country village, but did any- 
one have a copy of PSII? Of course 
not. The only DTP package I found 
was a copy of Professional Page. 
And it did not work. 

So I telephoned the importers. 
Could they send me a printout so I 
could check the quality? No, but 
they gave me the phone number of 
a shop which would provide me 
with what I wanted. 

So telephone the shop. Yes, they 


could do that for just one program. 
Do I stand any chance of seeing the 
output from the rest? No I do not. 

Finally, and maybe an even 
more important point, when (if) I 
do make a decision and buy, 
inevitably the quality from my 9 
pin printer can never serve in any 
professional capacity. 

Now if I had a Mac - and here’s 
the reason I believe why they are 
the only choice for serious DTP use 
- 1 could take my disk down to the 
High Street and get a first class 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 21 


■ LETTERS ■ 


► 

only by your printer’s resolution. 

Output them to a Linotron type- 
setting machine and they’ll come 
out as good as the text you see in 
this magazine. 

PageSetter II (not to be confused 
with the original PageSetter ; which 
it seems your friend has) is pro- 
duced by Gold Disk, the same com- 
pany that produces Professional 
Page. 

Professional Page can write 
pages out as PostScript files (PSII 
can’t). Any printing shop providing 
laser or typesetting sendees will be 
able to print such a file. 

If the shop doesn’t have an 
Amiga to hook up to its printer , 
then you can transfer the 
PostScript file on to the disk for- 
mat the shop uses. You’ll need a 
program called CrossDos to pro- 
duce MSDOS disks, a format both 
the Mac and PC can read. 


Get knitting! 


FIRST they created the 48k 
Spectrum. Then they improved it 
to the 128k Spectrum. I bought 
both of these machines over a 
period of time to use as a home 
computer and to facilitate one of 
my interests shared with my loving 
wife nearly 40 years. Then I bought 
an Amiga. 

I have studied over the years 
many, many lists of games with 
widely varying interest group 
applications, and even more 
widely varying age group applica- 
tions, but so far as I am able to 
determine the Amiga fails to fulfil 
mv basic need, which the humble 
Spectrum filled to perfection. 

It was not just one program 
which filled this need, but several; 
and all with colour display, good 


graphics and printer facilities. 

Please will someone out there 
produce an Amiga program for 
machine knitting. The market 
exists, the demand exists, the 
research has all been done, and at 
least six major knitting machine 
companies would probably wel- 
come the increased interest the 
chance to design ones own patterns 
and garments would create. 

S K H Artingstall. 

Cheadle. Cheshire. 

And while you 're about it, whoever 
you are, let’s have a landscape gar- 
dening program as well. 


Six of the worst 


THE response of some of vour 
advertisers to inquiries from over- 
seas is very variable. I wrote to 
seven advertisers on September 10 
last year and have received a reply 
from only one company, Byteback. 

Byteback replied by airmail 
within a couple of weeks and my 
subsequent order of £115.29 was 
very promptly processed. Thanks, 
Byteback - the company deserves 
recognition. 

Mark von Dadelszen, 
East Hastings, 
New Zealand. 


HOW glad I am to see the cover 
disk back. It’s nice to see that you 
listen to your readers. However, I 
have a couple of points about the 
May disk. 

Documentation and source files: 
I suppose that with no doc files 
you can fit more on the disk, but 
trying to find the right issue for the 


Getting 

organised 

I HAVE just splashed out on a 
Psion Organiser and want to 
link up to my A500. Please 
could you tell me if there is 
any way of doing this without 
buying a comms link, and if 
so what kind of software will I 
need? 

Andrew C Wilson, 
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. 

What you need is K-Comm 2 
from Kuma (0734-844335). 
The lead that comes with the 
Psion plugs straight into the 
Amiga. 

necessary instructions is a bit of a 
nuisance. If the doc files are on the 
disk, they are instantly to hand. As 
for source files, there were really 
useful and I hope you will put 
more of them on the disk in future. 

The support programs for Roll 
On seem to have some problems. 
Not being a fan of Basic I am not 
sure how complete these are, but 
here are my bug fixes. 

Firstly, both LoadlLBM- 
SaveACBM and Cut-A-Puzzle can- 
not find their bmap files. The 
solution is to put the following line 
at the start of each program: 

CHDIR "cd007 : reader - 
contributions/rollon* 

Secondly, Cut-A-Puzzle does not 
seem to save the puzzle file out 
correctly. To put it right, find the 
following code: 

OPEN w FOR OUTPUT AS *1 
FOR d=0 TO e 
WRITE #l,brush(d) 

NEXT d 

As a guide, if the List window is 


full PAL size, then the code is at 
the very bottom of the second 
screenfull. Now replace FOR d=0 
TOe with: 

FOR d=0 TO 5123 

It seems to work. Well, for me anv- 
I way. 

Lastly, there is a neat little pro- 
gram called TBar hidden in the C: 
directory' of the cover disk. Is there 
any chance of you putting it on the 
disk as a featured program with 
instructions? 

David Illegible, 
Garswood. 

Lancashire. 

Thanks for the debugging. The 
.bmap files were originally in the 
Libs: directory / (where they should 
be) but at the last minute Jeff 
decided to move them into the Roll 
On drawer. He must’ve forgotten to 
re-check the programs. 

Funny though, we think the Cut- 
A-Puzzle program works OK as it 
is, although vour bugfix works too. 

I’ve passed your comments 
about the disk on to Jeff. He nod- 
ded sagely about the source files 
but did a passing imitation of a 
pair of scales when he read the bit 
about the doc files. He pointed to 
the Amiga Computing binder lying 
open on my desk. I think he was 
hinting that I send you my binder. 
Or something like that. 


Guarantee please 


I AGREE with what most of the 
letters in the June issue say about 
the high price of games, but I do 
not agree that this is a good enough 
excuse for breaking the law. 

On the other hand will the 
games producers be willing to give 

► 


Roll On bug fixes 


Printer Tip 1 


REGARDING the letter from Edward Christian 
in your June edition of Amiga Computing and 
his problems with his Olivetti DM 100-S 
printer. 

I own the same printer and at first had simi- 
lar problems. I must admit that these problems 
were brought about by me not reading the user 
manual adequately. 

This printer emulates the Epson FX-80 and 
therefore is put onto Workbench by choosing 
“Install Printer” when the Extras Disk is 
requested using Epson X(CBM-MPS-1250). This 
worked for myself and as I am no computer 
huff it must be easy! 


I did, however, set up the printer wrongly, 
again by rushing rather than reading the 
instructions one by one. 

I assume that Mr. Christian has the user 
manual, so if he refers to Section 5, 
“Programming the Printer” and follows the 
instructions he should have no problems (pro- 
vided he can understand the technical details, 
much of which I couldn’t). 

Mike Wilson, 
Boumville, Birmingham. 


Printer tip 2 


IN the June issue of Amiga Computing , S 
Malian of Devon wrote to you about printer 


codes not working when using Basic, and you 
said to use OPEN “PRT:” instead. I had the same 
problem when using printer codes, but they still 
didn’t work with “PRT:”. 

After some messing around I found that the 
printer device was changing the codes I sent into 
other codes. To get around the printer device I 
sent the codes to the parallel port by using the 
statement: 

OPEN "PAR:" FOR OUTPUT AS 5 

The printer now receives the codes you send 
without being altered. 

Robert Boardman, 
Bolton , 
Lancashire 


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a lifetime guarantee with their 
games? The ordinary bloke on the 
street can no longer make a backup 
copy because of the said law. 

R S McCrea, 
Greenisland, 
Co. Antrim. 

Quite a few software houses will 
replace a disk if it fails to function . 
Others will sell you another copy 
cheap , just in case. 

Personally I think it’s safest not to 
touch the disk at all and stick to read- 
ing the instruction manuals instead. 


Bald bard 


I HAVE an ambition and, well, to 
be frank, I need your help to 
achieve it. What I want to do is sit 
in my front room and create music. 
Music to rival great songs like 
Primal Scream’s Loaded and 808 
State’s Cobra Bora. 

To do this I will need a sampler 
of some description along with a 
piece of software which will hold 
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and repeat them over and over 
while I proceed to mix in guitar, 
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I think you get the picture; a 
sequencer that will take lots of very 
short bursts of music and help me 
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So what do you recommend? My 
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shave all my hair off and pretend 
I’m Norman Cook. 

Andrew Cowper, 
Amersham, 
Buckinghamshire. 

On the commercial side of things, I 
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Write to the author: Teijo 
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Oulainen, Finland. 


Cheap video 


I HAVE just bought the Vidi frame 
grabber and Vidi Chrome, which is 
brilliant for the price. I have been 
using it with my video player, but 
now I would like to use it with a 
camera. 

Could you tell which is the 


C-ing red 


As a very new Amigan I was scan- 
ning the magazine shelves for 
some in-depth background. Most 
titles look too highly coloured and 
games orientated for my taste, but 
Amiga Computing has the clearest 
contents page. 

What really decided me to 
choose your April issue, however, 
was the article on Chaos. A team 
with the nerve to present their 
readers with a recent mathemati- 
cal theory, and in a three part 
series no less, just has to be 
encouraged. 

Yet you could show still more 
initiative. Pete Aikin writes ask- 
ing for a series on C programming 
and you fob him off with some 
unlikely story about the high costs 
of the hardware expansion, heavy- 
weight American compiler and 
documentation. 

1 stand aghast, coming as I do 


from the austere world of the 64k 
BBC Micro where we had two pass- 
able C compilers and a very good 
Pascal at reasonable prices. To me 
an Amiga 500 is already lavishly 
equipped. 

You should be encouraging 
modular, structured programming. 
Basic is fine for small programs, 
but for larger projects C offers a 
better modular structure and the 
power to create complex data 
objects that better represent their 
real world counterparts. 

The result is - and this should 
appeal to your editorial instincts - 
that well written C programs look 
better on the printed page and 
communicate ideas more clearly to 
your readers. 

So why not apply your 
immense power and influence in 
the Amiga world to encourage 
someone to develop a good, com- 


pact, starter C compiler at a starter 
price? 

It would offer a limited function 
library but assure repeat sales with 
further specialist libraries for 
graphics, engineering, finance and 
so on. 

As for documentation, you need 
look no further than Mark Burgess 
whose book AmigaDos is already 
one of your Reader Offers. 

His C - A Dabhand Guide is the 
same price and has all that a begin- 
ner needs. His section on the 
Amiga begins: “C is the natural lan- 
guage to use for programming the 
Commodore Amiga”. 

Some entrepreneur’s C compiler 
and Mark Burgess’ book on C - 
what a natural for a possible future 
Reader Offer! 

Brian Eggleston, 
Avonside, 
Warwickshire 


... and C-ing the light 


I’VE acquired a book on C. I have 
read most of it, and it looks man- 
ageable. I’ve seen some results of 
fab programming in C and I 
reckon (so does my book) that C 
is what I want to learn. 

But I need a compiler and 
Lattice C is just a wee bit above 
my budget. Can you suggest a 
cheap or PD compiler? 

Ralph Bolton, 
Guildford, 
Surrey. 

There is no doubt that C stands 
for “cool”. It’s the best language 
to use with the Amiga. But there 
is a drawback - a package such 
as the superb Lattice C is a pro- 
fessionally heavy product and so 


cheapest camera I can use and 
where I can get it from. 

Robert Boardman, 
Bolton. 

Lancashire 

Thanks for the printer tip, by the 
way. Now to cameras, and the sur- 
prisingly common problem of 
choosing one. 

How much you want to spend 
on a video camera really depends 
on you. If you want a camera 
which will also film the family on 
the beach, then any camcorder 
with a standard video out signal 


costs money. Lots of money. 

It can be used on a bare A500, 
but it only starts to become fun 
with extra ram and extra floppies. 
With a hard drive it is verging on 
the positively enjoyable! 
Unfortunately, this means that 
before you can even dip your toes, 
you have open the wallet several 
times. 

But the times they are a - 
changin’. At the moment both Mr 
PD himself Stewart C. Russell, and 
Tech Ed Aj are currently making 
“Ummm” and “Ahhhh” noises 
over a certain public domain pack- 
age called North C. 

It is a polished version of 
Sozobon C, and comes complete 
with linker and assembler. In other 


will suffice. (This means don’t get 
the cheap Amstrad/Fidelity one, 
w r hich has no video output.) 

Prices are high , and digitising 
quality is relatively low ; especially 
with colour. The dumb beast will 
try to compensate for the colour 
filters placed in front of it. Sigh. 

The cheapest solution is to shop 
around for a second-hand black 
and w r hite security camera. Make 
sure it comes with a lens! Ask your 
local security equipment supplier 
what they do with the old cameras 
they replace. 

Results from these cameras are, 


words it is an essential disk if you 
are interested in C. For details 
write to the dude who wrote it: 
Steve Hawiin, 54 Gloucester Drive, 
Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 
4PH. Stewart will be covering 
NorthC in detail in next month’s 
PD column. 

Just recently we have been start- 
ing to get some really exceptional 
disk submissions written in C. It 
seems that after a slow start the 
language we were meant to use is 
finally taking off. 

On the programming side, The 
Code Clinic will be continuing to 
make regular visits to the twilight 
zone of K&R. The more requests we 
get for C, the more we’ll do about 
it. 


umm, OK-ish. It depends a lot on 
how the camera has been looked 
after. 

Dry it before you pay for it and 
look out for ’‘burnt” spots which 
will show as black dots in the 
image. Don’t pay more than 100 
notes. 

The best solution is to buy a 
specially designed black and white 
camera. 

These give stunning results with 
digitisers, and cost about 175 earth 
pounds each. Rombo (0506 
414631) try to keep an Hitachi 
model in stock. 


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Jolyon Ralph puts the boot in while 
A] gets his head into the official 
Amiga reference books 


E veryone who uses 

the Amiga knows that 
there are disks that boot and 
disks that don’t. Take the 
Workbench disk, for example. 

When this is thrown in the 
drive it autoboots 
Workbench. However, when 
you put the Extras disk in 
on power-up, it does nothing 
except ask you to put in 
another disk. 

More experienced users 
will know that a non- 
booting disk can be turned 
into a booting one simply by 
issuing the INSTALL 
command from CLI. 

What is not so readily known 
is how this works. 

When a disk is inserted 
in DFO: after a power-up 
or reset, the Amiga loads 
in the first two sectors of 
the disk and examines 
them. If everything is correct 
it will carry on booting the 
disk. If, however, the 
bootblock is empty or 
contains an invalid 
bootblock, it will ask for another disk. 

The bootblock contains a machine 
code routine to check if the DOS 
library is available and, if it is, returns 
control to booting the disk. There is 
enough space on the bootblock to tag 
on your own routines after this check 
and before the return to the booting 
process. 

The listing shows a standard 
INSTALL type bootblock after disas- 
sembly. The first thing to notice is that 
before the code starts there are three 
longwords of data. These are very 
important. If they are not correct the 
disk will not boot. 

The longwords begin with the 


string, “ DOS”,0 . which signifies an 
AmigaDos disk and tells the Amiga 
which file system is used. The zero 
value indicates the 
StandardFileSystem, a 1 would 
indicate the FastFileSystem, which is 
not yet properly supported on flop- 
pies. 

The second word is a checksum to 
make sure the bootblock has not been 
corrupted or tampered with. It is 
calculated by adding together all the 
bytes in the bootblock - except the 
checksum itself of course - and 
inverting the total. 

The third word is a pointer to the 
root block of the disk and should be 


left equal to 880 (S370). A 
disk is divided into 80 
cylinders, each of which 
is two tracks, upper and 
lower. Each track is 
further divided into 11 
sectors of 512 bytes each. 
Hence the total storage 
of an Amiga disk is: 512 x 
11 x 2 x 80 = 901,120 
bytes or 880k (lk = 1,024 
bytes). 

The rootblock - not to 
be confused with 
bootblock - is at the 
beginning of cylinder 40, 
hence it is 11 x 40 x 2 = 
880 sectors into the disk. 
However, this longword 
does not seem to be used 
and can be changed to 
anything without 
harming the bootblock. 

I would strongly advise 
against changing it 
unless you really need 
the extra two bytes - it 
may be needed in future 
versions of the Amiga’s 
operating system. 

After these 12 data bytes, there are 
1,012 bytes left to store the machine 
code program to be run on boot-up. 
The official boot code, which must be 
included in the program if you want 
the disk to boot, takes only 37 bytes, 
leaving 975 bytes free for vour own 
code. 

What sort of things can you do on a 
bootblock? Well, firstly there is the 
dark side of things. Viruses like the 
SCA and Byte Bandit viruses are code 
programs stored on the bootblock that 
execute at the boot stage, writing out 
new bootblocks to other disks inserted 

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return: 


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■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


On the Cover Disk 


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into the machine. 

There is no shortage of PD boot- 
blocks to fool your Amiga into 
thinking it only has the one disk drive 
or only has 512k of memory so you 
can run some badly-written German 
demo or game that freaks out on an 
expanded system. 

On this month’s cover disk I have 
included two bootblocks for you to 
mess around with. The first will allow 
you to switch the low-pass sound 
filter on or off. Note that this can be 
done on most A500 or A2000s but not 
on the A1000 or very early A500s. 

The second is a bootblock to switch 
between 50Hz and 60Hz modes. This 


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dc.v 

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; End copper 
; twice to rule sure 


grafu inckin 'sources: Icpiss.btup* ; graphics for options 

grif ix2 mcbin "sources: lop jss2.b>up’ ; graphics for title 


dosnine dc.h 'dos. library 1 , 8 

gfxnane dc.b 'graphics. library', 8 


1) bootvriter filter .boot 

Bcotvri ter VI. 8. Written by Jolyoa Ralph of Hetral Network. 
§ Amga Conputing 1998. 


Operation successful. Bootblock installed on Ml: Renove disk and reboot. 


Writing your bootblock is made simple 
with just one command from the CLI line 


1) clieckapis 
Checking your Machine.... 

You have the standard PAL Agnus chip fitted. 
You have the standard DENISE chip. 

1)1 


Sigh. Perhaps our next new' 
Amiga will have the new chips 


needs the new Fatter Agnus chip so 
will only work on a very new Amiga. 
You can test which Agnus chip you 
have with my CheckAgnus program, 
also provided on the cover disk in the 
Code Clinic drawer. 

There’s also a program in there 
called Bootwriter, which will transfer 
a program you have written on to the 
bootblock of a disk. 

Once you have tried out the two 
example bootblocks, look at the source 
code for either, as they are almost 
identical. You will find that the 
beginning is the same as the standard 
AmigaDos bootblock described earlier, 
but with the addition of the following: 

moven.l d0-d7/a0-a6,-(sp) 
bsr.s start 

movem.l (sp)+,d0-d7/a0-a6 

This bit of code allows the boot- 
block to call your own program - the 
instructions following the start: label - 
before returning to the boot process. 

All the registers are saved before 
calling, and they are restored on 
return. This is very important. 

There are a number of other points 
you must consider when writing code 
for a bootblock. To start with, all code 
is loaded into chip memory. Do not 
use a SEGMENT command, because it 
would be meaningless in a bootblock. 

In the Devpac 2 assembler, set 
program type to executable, debug 
info to none and output to a disk file. 
This will create an executable file 
which will have 32 bytes of AmigaDos 
information at the beginning of the 
file. The Bootwriter program ignores 
this data, which is not needed for the 



I N THE Code Clinic drawer you 
will find the Bootwriter program. 
To install one of the bootblocks 
included on the cover disk, put the 
disk you want to install the boot on 
into DFO: and type from the CLI : 

bootwriter xxxx.boot 

where xxxx.boot is either the 
60hz.boot or the filter.boot code. You 
will have to copy these two files, 
plus Bootwriter, to RAM: if you only 
have one drive. 

The program will give an error if 
the file is not a bootblock or if it 
cannot find the file. Expect an error if 
the disk is write protected or corrupt. 

Bootwriter will calculate the 
bootblock checksum and write it out 
to the disk. Reboot your Amiga and 
your bootblock should be working. 

Also in this drawer is a program 
called CheckAgnus. Run this from 
CLI and it will tell you which 
versions of the Agnus and Denise 
chips you have in your machine. If 
you have the new ECS (Enhanced 
Chip Set) Agnus, you can use the 
60Hz bootblock. 

However, just because you have 
the ECS Agnus doesn’t automatically 
mean you have 1 meg of chip 
memory. Amiga 500s need an 
alteration to the motherboard first to 
allow this. 


bootblock. Assuming the bootblock is 
correct and the options have been set 
as stated, you should have no prob- 
lems installing a custom bootblock. 

Another point to remember is that 
the bootblock will not load into the 
same address each time, so you must 
use PC-relative code, for example: lea 
dosname,al must be replaced with lea 
dosname(pc),al. 

Any non-PC relative code will cause 
the bootblock to crash or produce 
unpredicted results. 

Your code must be shorter than 
1,024 bytes or it will not fit on to the 
bootblock. You don’t have to worry 
about calculating the bootblock 
checksum, leave it set to zero because 
Bootwriter calculates it for you. 
Bootwriter will not recognise a file as 
a bootblock unless the first longword 
is set to “DOS",0. 

You can use any library commands 
in the bootblock except those from the 
DOS library. 

A lot can be done in lk - many 


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moons ago it was the standard 
memory provided with computers like 
the ZX-80 and ZX-81. I have even seen 
a game on a bootblock. The examples I 
have shown are fairly simple, but the 
principle behind all bootblocks is the 
same. 


Finally, a warning: Before installing 
any bootblock make sure you are not 
installing it on an original piece of 
software. Always use a backup. Games 
with custom bootblocks, most of them 
at least, will be destroyed by installing 
a new bootblock. 

Do not install a new bootblock on a 


disk which already has a custom 
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Proper programmers need 
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W E GET one type of 

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than any other here at the Amiga 
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along the lines of: 

'7 want to start programming the 
Amiga. Do I need all those books?” 
This is a very valid question 
because “those books” are the official 
Amiga reference books. A complete set 
of three could cost you more than £80 
and several inches of valuable shelf 
space. Do you really need them all? 
What are they actually about? 

Well, yes, you do need them if you 


Hardware Reference Manual 


THIS is the book all hackers swear 
by and all serious programmers 
swear at. If you are at all interested 
in programming the Amiga as 
though it were nothing more than a 
C64 with extra bells and whistles, 
then this book is all you need. 

It deals with the various aspects of 
the Amiga by examining everything 
at the very lowest level. The custom 
chips, the interface hardware.... you 
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that will make vour life easier. 


want to program the Amiga. There are 
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most notable being the excellent 
Abacus books, but for the last word I 
would go for the offical guides. 

However it is not very likely that 
you will need all three books, not all 
at once, anyway. What follows is a 
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THIS is the book that will send 
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There are hundreds of example 
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For programmers new to the 
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H ISOFT is entering the 
vicious world of 
publishing with a new 
range of books, hoping to 
retain and expand its 
reputation as a value-for- 
money and user-friendly 
sort of organisation. 

DTP at a Glance is one of 
the first of many volumes 
off the production line and 
is aimed, cunningly 
enough, at those of us who 
are just starting out in DTP. 

The book does not 
attempt, in only 90 pages, to 
tell you all you ever wanted 
to know, but does tackle the 
terrible problem of jargon. 
DTP is where the two 
jargon-ridden industries of 
computers and publishing 
mix. 

The results are under- 
standably horrendous. 
Unless you’re on a degree 
course in semantics, it’s not 
much fun. 

As well as explaining 
terms used, attempts are 
made to discuss the 
concepts behind the various 
processes under considera- 
tion. Topics cover such 
matters as balance and 
layout design as well as the 
more mechanical aspects of 
binding, folding and other 
production concerns. 

Fonts are covered in 
exacting detail. After 
reading this book you will 
be able to describe a font in 
such overboggling detail 
that absolutely nobody will 
have a clue what you’re 
going on about except 
another DTP freak. Or a 
typesetter. 

The text is accompanied 
by frequent and relevant 
diagrams which are 
explanatory and useful, a 
bit of a rarity in this sort of 
publication. The examples 
are consistently well 
chosen, unambiguous and 
well presented. 

Although only a rela- 
tively short book, many 
different topics are covered 
- and quite well at that. 

Some subjects conspicuous 


by their absence are the use 
of colour, drop shadows, 
bleeds and captions. 

DTP is one of those 
newish fields that attract 
lots of authors and publish- 
ers who reckon they can 
write any old waffle, bung a 
nice price tag on it and 
flood the shelves of Foyles 
and Waterstones with so 
many copies that unsus- 
pecting newcomers open 
their wallets first and ask 
questions later. This is not 
one of those books. 

Although I do find it highly 
ironic that the book was 
actually typeset by a 
company in Luton. 

It is by no means meant to 


Roll 

DTV! 

Y ET another light blue 
Abacus book plops on 
to the desk, this one 
promising to reveal the 
deepest secrets of desktop 
video. 

DTV is the latest hobbyist 
buzzword, and in its 
simplest form is the combi- 
nation of computer gener- 
ated output with live or 
pre-recorded video signals. 
The archetypal example is 
putting credits such as Best 
Boy and Key Grip over your 
summer holidays, but this is 
only a tiny part of what is 
possible. 

There are two main 
problems facing those trying 
to get started in desktop 
video: The high cost of the 
equipment and a general 
lack of information. This 
book does a good job of 
redressing the second point. 

Early chapters do the 
right thing and get all the 


Publish and 
be damned 


be a definitive reference 
book on DTP, rather a 
primer for those just starting 
out or as a jargon manual 
for the desktop poser. Its 
convenient size and 
realistic price help it to 
achieve just that. 

Nic Veitch 


tedious mucking around 
with video signals and the 
various bits and bobs of 
jargon out of the way. 
Everything you ever wanted 
to know about different 
video standards is 
explained in a way which 
actually makes a bit of 
sense. 

By far the largest portion 
of the book deals with all 
the delicious technical 
equipment and software 
you’ll need. This section is 
well written and explains 
the pros and cons of as 
many different types of 
genlocks, sound and video 
digitisers as the author 
could get his hands on. 
Essential reading to ensure 
you don’t waste your money 
on inferior products, or on 
something which is not 
exactly what you had in 
mind. 

Finally, some general 
hints on production and 
scripting, all rounded off 
with ideas for making use of 
your new-found skills and a 
few example shopping lists. 

I have several slight 
reservations about this 
book. To start with there are 
no photographs. None at all. 
With a media as completely 


BOOK REVIEW 


Title: DTP at a glance... 

Author: Rob Pickering 

Publisher: Bookmark 

Publishing 

ISBN: 1-85550-002-7 

Price: £9.95 (90 pp, 

paperback) 


visual as video, it seems 
crazy to use only one or two 
simple mono drawings to 
illustrate points. Instead of 
describing the process of 
calibrating cameras with 
colour bars and so forth, 
Abacus could have printed 
some useful charts. A 
missed opportunity to be 
really clever. 

The other faults are only 
consequences of the book’s 
stateside origin. As a result, 
not all of the products 
detailed in the text are 
available in this country. 
Even if they were, the 
nature of the PAL and NTSC 
colour standards casts a 
shadow over their compati- 
bility. 

If this book had been 
written in Europe it would 
be the best reference book to 
date. As it stands, it’s about 
the nearest you’ll get. 

John Kennedy 


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Curiouser and curiouser 


AFTER a swift spot of contract 
signing Magnetic Scrolls is 
licensed to Virgin Mastertronic. 

Magnetic Scrolls was formed in 
1984 by Ken Gordon and the near 
legendary Anita Sinclair. 

Their first release was The 
Pawn, a multi-award-winning 
blockbuster which set the standard 
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The First title to come under the 
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and some of the weirdest puzzles 
you are ever likely to come across 
make up the game that everybody 
will soon be talking about. Make a 
date with Wonderland on the 
shelves in early June. 


All fired up 



TO CELEBRATE the imminent 
release of Projectyle, the new 
mega- groovy hyper-brilliant game 
from Electronic Arts, a press play- 
off was organised. 

Unfortunately what with the 
handsomest, most brilliant mem- 


IF YOU haven’t had enough 
of football games already 
Empire is releasing a World 
Cup 90 compilation. 

The pack will include Kick 
Off, Tracksuit manager and 
the widely acclaimed 
International Soccer. The 
World Cup Year 90 
Compilation will retail for the 
almost on the ball price of 
£24.99. 


bers of staff being all tied up writ- 
ing a magazine and that sort of 
thing we could only spare Jeff. 

Well, I’m sure he was never 
odds-on but he didn’t do too badly 
and came a close-runner up to 
Clare somebody from some other 
less worthy mag. Bah! 

The game itself is a sort of three 
teams of four players and a puck 
affair. There are five(?) quarters to 
the pitch, each with a goal - one 
for each team and a “frantic” zone 
where anyone can score. 

With up to three human players 
at once the game can become fairly 
fast and furious - even downright 
violent, but in-game options can 
bias play towards the strategic and 
statistical. 

The completed game should be 
out by the time you read this, at a 
big and bouncy price - £24.99. 



U.S. GOLD is in a spin about soon 
to be released Rotox which fea- 
tures a new (it says here) technique 
called Rotoscape. This will appar- 
ently rotate the whole world 
through 360 degrees. 

Rotox - the man, the cyborg, the 
game - was an elite marine injured 
during combat and transformed 
into a metal mishap by 22nd 
Century science. Now the powers 


that be have constructed a proving 
ground to test their latest invest- 
ment. 

Shoot nasty things, dodge tricky 
things and make your way through 
10 levels of rotating real estate 
before you get out. Bah, would’ve 
been better off with a wooden leg. 

The wonderful Rotox should be 
around your local store circa. 
June. 


36 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 






All the latest news on 
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It's not quite a Jaguar 


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IF YOU’RE the sort of person who 
drools at the thought of getting 
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valve dual overhead cam engine 
then Thalmus has a surprise for 
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The company’s new title, Q8 
Team Ford Rally , will put your 
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of rally action will test your razor- 
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you can take off on vour own 
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THIS MONTH 


90% Player Manager 
86% Tennis Cup 
84% Their Finest Hour 
83% Treasure trap 
81% Wipe Out 
79% The Third Courier 
78% Cloud Kingdoms 
77% Tower of Babel 
70% Spidertronic 
64% Ultimate Golf 
60% Sim City Editor 
58% Gravity 
37% Impossamole 
34% Protector 



A MORTAL being propelled 
through time, wandering the 
paths of infinity in search of his 
homeland. Sounds like an aver- 
age Friday night on the way 
home from the pub, but actually 
it is the plot to Scavenger, a 
soon-to-be-released game from 
Hewson. 

Brilliant horizontally 
scrolling graphics at 25 frames a 
second and eight channel sound 
are promised. 

Scavenger is due for release in 
late July. 

Early graphics from 
Scavenger by John Phillips 


CORE DESIGN, the name behind 
such titles as Rick Dangerous, 
Action Fighter, Dynamite Dux 
and the urn, interesting 
Impossamole (reviewed in this 
issue) is now going it alone. 

First solo effort will be 
Corporation, a game of indus- 
trial espionage in the near 
future. A nasty Megacorp is 
planning and building the ulti- 
mate killing machine. Your aim 
in this 3D role-plaving adven- 
ture is to nip inside the well 
defended research labs and nip 
out again with some incriminat- 
ing evidence. 

Corporation will be sneaking 
into all well-defended computer 
stores in July. 


THE SALES CURVE team are 
the latest entrants in the “let’s 
change our name” competi- 
tion. Their forthcoming titles 
Rodland (a cutesy thing), Big 
Run (a rally thing) and Saint 
Dragon (a blast}' thing), not for- 
getting SWIV (the new name 
for the Silkworm sequel) will 
now be published under the 
name The Cu... sorry, what was 
that Dan? You’ve changed it 
again? Sigh... will now be pub- 
lished under the name 
“Storm”. 

Is that OK now Dan? Or is 
your name still Dan? 



Freakout 
weirdo stuff 


ALPHA WAVES is not just a new 
game but a new concept. At least 
that’s what the press release from 
Infogrames says. 

Apparently the game will also 
“stimulate the brain and bring it 
to a deep relaxation which can 
provoke a state of dreaming” - 
probably French for “it sends you 
to sleep”. 

Actually that’s probably a bit 
cruel. It looks very interesting and 
there are a few mellow dudes 
around this office who wouldn’t 
mind getting hold of a copy. 



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Bandits at tea-time! 





Gravesend is in for a battering 



The belly gunner of a Heinkel is always on the job 


W ELL I mean, the Hun 
should’ve known better 
shouldn’t they? For a start they 
hopelessly outnumbered the brave 
Few, a situation which has not 
failed to give a result for the Brits 
in a good few centuries. 

Secondly, the venue chosen was 
the corner of some foreign field, 
which was very convenient for the 
RAF lads. They could be very 
British having a spot of high tea or 
a game of bowls, pop off for an 
afternoon’s war and then back 
home for bridge and cocktails in 
the evening. 

Lastly, and most unfortunate of 
all for the Bosche, was the time 
pencilled in for the big bash to take 
place - their finest hour. I mean 
anyone else would’ve seen it was a 
complete non-starter, but there you 

go- 

The first thing to do when you 
get hold of a copy of TFH is install 
the bally thing on your hard drive. 
Saves all the nasty messing about 
changing disks, don’t you know. 

Clamber into the cockpit of your 
Spitfire or Hurricane and give the 
foe a jolly good battering. Or, alter- 
natively, you can go and work for 
Jerry, flying Stukas, Heinkels, 
Dorniers and the like. God knows 


they need you, no backbone don’t 
you see - can’t even play cricket 
would you believe. 

You’ll find the cockpit layouts 
are fairly accurate, everything in its 
familiar place. Controls are all on 
the keyboard but you can use the 
stick or this new fangled mouse 
thingy for flight control. No foot 
pedals for rudder controls. 
Probably had old Dougie Bader on 
the design team. 

Keep a record of a few of the few 
on the roster. Sorry, no chalk 
option. Names and planes is all, 
but it keeps a running total of mis- 
sions flown and confirmed kills. 

Fly a few training flight to get 
the hang of things, then move on to 
proper combat or a full war sce- 
nario. Your overall battle strategy 
will have to be pretty damn cun- 
ning what with the Luftwaffe out- 
numbering you and everything. 
Plan your campaign on the big 
map, deciding where and how to 
scramble. 

Eyesight’s not what it was old 
boy, can’t quite make out the call 
sign on a passing Hurricane but I 
can still distinguish them from a 
Mel09 at about two miles. 
Something to do with filled poly- 
gons and stuff so the technical 



CHMERfl 


Conbot Filn Review 


ALTITUDE 


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cockpit 


bomb 


bay 


, gunnery 
tall order. 


bit 


down 


the 


go 


over 


you 


green 


pleasant 


and 


the 


land 


old 


Dads 


pitchfork 


Army 


will 


have 


soon 


back 


more saurkraut 


No 


for 


your 


you 




johnnies tell me. 

The wonderful noises of lead 
ripping through enemy canopy 
seem different. Rather unimpres- 
sive. They tell me you need to 
have at least one Meg to hear them 
as well, whatever that means. Pish! 

Activating the in-flight camera 
will give you a permanent record 
of your best kills. When you come 
to replay the film due to some dev- 
ilishly fiendish technical whatnot 
you can position the camera any- 
where you like. Chasing behind 
vour plane, following bombs, from 
the ground and all that sort of rot, 
don’t you know. 

If you decide to go and work for 
the foe you’ll be on double time. 
They must be short of decent crew, 
because in the bombers you have 
to fly the whole thing yourself - 


past is a foreign country and 
all that, so I think we should leave 
petty jingoism aside. However 
morally bankrupt the idea is, there 
is nothing like a good dogfight, and 
the golden age of dogfighting was 
1940. 

Mr Churchill also once said: 
“Jaw-jaw is better than war-war”. 
He obviously never played this 
game. 

Green 


Tunc uour rodio. Press M for the Infliqht Mop/Rodio. 


Tally ho! The old spitfire Mkl doesn't like inverted flight 


Their Finest Hour 
£29.99 
US Gold 


Realism 


Strategy 


Gameplay 


Value 


Overall - 84% 


Your plor»ft has bean hiT. 


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AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 39 








TIT A T 7TTI 1 f A HT A nTTfl 


Come on ye greens 



R ECENTLY I sent a messenger 
pigeon to good old Green, the 
pipe-smoking wheelchair bound 
Reviews Editor, with the following 
message: “Listen spongehead, I’ve 
got hold a copy of Anco’s Player 
Manager, it’s wonderful, do you 
want a review' ?” 

Back came his carrier sparrow 
(anything to save money) with the 
reply, “Um, ahh, well, that be the 
question laddie. Now then, don’t 
be getting all hasty like. I'll have to 
consult me Old Fogeys Almanac 
first”. 

Many days later I visited his 
feather and dropping-festooned 
office and shook him aw'ake. “Well 
you dozy old retard, what’s it to be. 
A brilliant and witty review of the 
best management-with-action-bits 
game ever or a poke in the eye with 
a blunt stick ?” 

“Eh, what did you say your 
name was sonny ?” he muttered 
w r hile brushing away the cobwebs 
covering his pipe. 

Lacking the requisite patience 
for dealing with the old and infirm 
I grabbed him by the tw r eed lapels 
and screamed, “Do you want a 
review or not you dozy half-wit?” 
“Eeh, ar suppose so then lad. 
Weil have 400 w r ords by tomor- 
row’s pigeon post then”. 

With a growing sense of horror I 
suddenly realised that I’d written 
over 200 words already, and that 
there was scant room left to wax 
lyrical about this most magnificent 


of management games. Enough 
scene setting then, on with a par- 
ticularly terse review'. 

You are the player manager of a 
Third Division club, with a decent 
size squad, money enough to raid a 
very large transfer market (there 
are more thanl.OOO individually 
detailed players in the league), a 
cup competition, coaching tactics, 
and the chance to play in the Kick 
Off style games (w'hich only last 
six minutes in total). 

A board of directors monitors 


managerial performance, giving 
you the boot if you cock it all up, 
vetoing transfer deals if they 
involve running up a large over- 
draft and actually suggesting you 
spend some money when you have 
a huge cash mountain. 

Players are rated on physique 
and skills out of 200. these 
include pace, stamina, endurance 
and violent tendencies. Be aware 
that players with poor stamina vir- 
tually give up moving towards the 
end of a game. 


Passing, shooting, tackling and 
goalkeeping are the skills, and are 
relevant according to position 
played. Some skilled players may 
be better off being retrained to be a 
striker instead of say a midfield 
player. 

the transfer market is excel- 
lently done, involving limited time 
per week and price haggling. 
Selling players requires them to be 
placed on the transfer list, and you 
having to wait for offers from inter- 
ested parties. It is invariably 



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impossible to shift a player for 
what the board seems to think he 
is worth. 

Tactics are everything. There are 
the standard 4-2-4, 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 
5-3-2 formations, but any of these 
can be replaced with your own 
custom formations and tactics. The 
pitch is split into 12 sections, and 
the players can be re-arranged 
regarding what positions to try and 
take when the ball enters each one. 
Comers and kickoffs are set piece 
plays that can also be designed. 

When playing the actual games 
you can sit on the sidelines (even- 
tually you have no choice because 
of retirement) or play in the games 
in Kick Off fashion. There are sub- 
stitutions and injuries, disciplinary 
points for yellow and red cards, 
the ability to change tactics at cer- 
tain points, and the ability to just 
control the player- manager and 
stay in position. 

The gameplay is much harder 
than normal Kick Off, and it fea- 
tures pitches and goalkicks from 
Extra Time. Watching the game is 
tense and nervy stuff (you can 
always skip this part and have the 
computer generate the result only), 
and knocks the so called match 
highlights of other games into 
touch. 

Needless to say its totally fab, 
and makes Football Manager I and 
II look like total plop. Why delay, 
buy today, football heaven... and 
other slogans Anco will use in its 
adverts with us, etc, etc. 

Duncan Evans 



nn rvrpTrirrrvn 


Cheap and cheerless 


V ALUE for money. Dontcha 
just love it? The concept of 
budget software is a good one. Sell 
games cheaper than everyone else. 
Sell lots of them. Get rich. 
Everyone is happy. Aren’t they? 

The only drawback is that 
because the game is to be sold at 
what is seen as a cheap price, no 
one worries too much if it’s not 
totally state of the art. 

The software companies reason: 
“Ah, but you knew it was cheap. 
You only get what you pay for after 
all”. 

This time I get annoyed. Selling 
a game for a fiver is not a licence to 
release rubbish. 

Protector looked as though it 
might be quite good: Simultaneous 
two player action, a couple of heli- 
copters, nice copper-list sky. Then 
you start to play it. 

Here is the plot. You collect all 
the parts to a bomb. Your opponent 
(who is a friend and/or the Amiga) 
does likewise. Once you have all 
the parts you drop the bomb on 
your opponent’s base. Game over. 

The alleged “gameplay” comes 
about because both players are hy- 
ing to collect the same parts. It’s 
like two people trying to fill buck- 
ets by stealing water from the other 
with a yoghurt cartoon. But less 
fun. 

My total time spent playing 



Re-arrange the following words into a well known phrase -game, rubbish, is, this 


before chucking in bin - half an 
hour. 

Now if someone were to release 
a good game at this budget price I 
would be a lot happier. And you 
never know, they might sell even 
more too. 

But if I’m expected to enjoy 
something so primitive that the 
authors were too embarrassed to 
put their real names on it, then 16 
Blitz has another think coming. 

John Kennedy 



Overall - 34% 



AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 41 











Get some pre-match practice against the machine to smarten up your game 


I 


\\J IMBLEDON is almost upon 
V V us, so what could be more 
likely among this month’s crop of 
software than a tennis game. 

Admittedly most software 
houses this year don’t seem to be 
interested in sports sims unless the 
constituents include two teams of 
11 men, a leather ball, several 
thousand trouble-dogged fans and 
a spot of politics. So I suppose it is 
a bit of a blessing. 

Although the instructions for 
Tennis Cup are a little on the spar- 
tan side, there is quite a lot to do 
before you start strutting it on the 
court, so to speak. 

There are six modes of gladito- 
rial racket combat to chose from: 
Exhibition matches, tournaments, 
doubles, Davis Cup. ..virtually 
every avenue of permutation is 
ruthlessly explored. 

You must also design your 
player. This takes the form of 
adjusting up and down his statis- 
tics for forehand, backhand, 
smashes, lobs and service. 

Points can be subtracted from 
one statistic and added to another 
until you like the look of them. The 
programmers must have picked up 
a few tips from the Minister for 


42 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 


Employment here. Among other 
things you can decide is their 
nationality, which determines 
which terribly rendered national 
anthem is played before the match. 

I was very upset to find there 
was no Irish option. There wasn’t 
an English option either but that’s 
understandable since England 
doesn’t have any tennis players. 


(And I suppose Ireland does? Ed) 

Different venues can be selected 
from clay courts, indoors, grass and 
hard courts. Personally I didn’t 
notice any behavioural difference 
in the ball, but maybe I’m just not 
in tune with these things. 

The graphics are, as you would 
expect from a French game, excel- 
lent. Animation is well done, as is 


the scrolling in the split views. The 
automatic service machine is a nice 
touch. 

The most impressive thing about 
the Tennis Cup though is the 
sound. Excellent ball effects, the 
temptation is to think that they 
may have been sampled at some 
exclusive world final or something. 

Likewise the grunts that accom- 







■ G A M E S ■ 



pany some of the more adventur- 
ous plays could almost certainly 
come from Connors on one of his 
good days. Even the score is read 
out in traditionally officious 
speech-synthesis. 

Depending on your position on 
the court and the style of shot your 
opponent plays, you have a limited 
vocabulary of returns. Spins, lobs, 


smashes, volleys and the like are 
all catered for. 

The game will automatically 
assume you wish to play backhand 
if the ball is behind you - very 
clever of it because half the time I 
accidentally ran too far. 

It can be a little difficult to get 
into, but there is a training option 
and you can slow 7 down the ball 


speed. Training forms an important 
part of the game in tournament 
mode. Training before the match 
can improve your statistics in the 
areas selected, as does experience 
throughout the match. 

A whole series of vicious oppo- 
nents will give lasting challenge, 
especially in the championship 
and Davis Cup scenarios. If you 



think you’re so much better, you 
can always get a friend to play. 
That should makes things a bit 
harder, particularly if you play a 
doubles match with both of you on 
the same side. Players won’t actu- 
ally collide, but the confusion is as 
profound as in the real thing. 

One of the only decent tennis 
sims around, so there’s not much 
competition, especially as every- 
one and his uncle is concentrating 
on Linekar simulators at the mo. 
Full of nice touches, like the line 
judges heads following the play 
and the ball boys running out. The 
only thing missing is the rain. 

Green 


Tennis Cup 
£24.99 
US Gold 



Overall - 86% 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 43 







GAMES ■ 






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Do you believe in Cod? 


decreasing air supply. Mapping is 
essential, as is noting where the 
canisters of oxygen are. 

While a good gulp of the invisi- 
ble stuff is to be recommended, 
don’t waste it by grabbing a canis- 
ter while you still have a nearly 
full tank. The result is that your 
diver’s suit bulges at the seams and 
the little man takes on the aspect of 
a very fat person indeed. 

After a rip gurgling tune on the 
intro and title page (listen and 
watch it all the way through) the 
rest of the sound effects in the 
game live up to the high standard 
set, perfectly complimenting the 
underwater thievery. 

If there’s any gold in a room an 
indicator flashes. This is just as 
well because half the time you 
can’t see it. Moving boxes and 
crates, patrolling jellyfish, starfish 
and killer crabs are all there to help 
or to remove one of your five lives. 

This being an arcade adventure, 
there are locked doors requiring 
various types of key, which thank- 
fully do not disappear once used. 
The catch is that you can only 
carry four of them. 

The gold disappears into some 
sort of aquatic Barclays Bank auto- 
matically, so you don’t have to 
carry it around. 

There are puzzles aplenty, some 
of them bordering on the Fu Man 
Chu for fiendishness. 

You can’t get behind these crates 
where the gold is? What do you do? 
You use a loose crate to make a 
patrolling fish detour round the 
back and involuntarily push the 
gold out. 

When the fish-like menace 
grows to great, or you find yourself 
trapped by a clutch of crabs, let 
loose the killer piranha! This is the 
fishy equivalent of a smart bomb - 
it goes into a beserk feeding frenzy, 
consuming every living thing in the 
room, except yourself, thankfully. 

The 100+ rooms are going to 
keep you busy for quite a while, 
but none requires Mensa eligibility 
to solve or table tennis player reac- 
tions to execute. 

With balanced garaeplay, good 
graphics, snappy sonics and a 
sense of humour which nothing 
else has these days, TYeasure Trap 
represents a return to traditional 
gaming values. A decent challenge, 
and a damn fine game. 

Duncan Evans 


Once in a lifetime, water flowing 
underground. Into the blue again, 
into the silent water, under the 
rocks and stones there is water 
underground. Letting the days go 
by, into the silent water. Once in a 
lifetime, water flowing under- 
ground. Same as it ever was, same 
as it ever was.... 

There’s more to it, but I sense a 
writ from EMI if I continue. 

Treasure Trap is all about money 
and being under water. It’s about 
searching the 100+ rooms for every 
single bar of Esmeralda’s gold. 
Swipe all the gold and win the 
game? Easy, huh? 

Hardly. Treasure Trap marks a 
return of the isometric 3D arcade 
adventure made famous by 
Ultimate so many years ago and 
given a brief reprise last year by 
Microdeal with Airball. 
Considering how good these games 
were, it’s a surprise it’s taken so 
long for another stab at the genre. 

Anyway, being underwater, 
TYeasure TYap deals with all things 
aquatic and, naturally, an ever 


W E aren’t saaiillliinngg, we 
aren’t saaaiilliinggg, under 
the waatttteerrr, under the 
seeaaaaeeaaa. No, that’s not quite 
right, is it..? Ahem. Like a bridge 
under troubbllleeed waattterrr... 
Nope, definitely off course there. 

Aha, I have it - the definitive 
musical accompaniment to 
Treasure Trap. Altogether now: 


One of the hazards of being overinflated 


A return to traditional, wholesome isometric graphics. Where did I put my ZX? 


Treasure Trap 
£24.95 

Electronic Zoo 


Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


Value 


Overall - 84% 






IBM PC VGA SCREEN SHOTS 





IN JUST 200 years the Earth is controlled by the TV networks and defence 
industries. The ultimate TV phenomenon is coverage of the military Olympics... 
and the ultimate event is 'Ground Defence'. Gladiators man deadly craft, their 
mission to protect the communication tracks and ground installations. 

Their goal - and yours - is to be knighted ' Defender of the Ground'. 


ThunderStrike is 3D arcade action, using solid polyhedrons and solid relief 
techniques to create a breathtaking contoured landscape. With super-smooth 
3D scrolling the gladiator's craft hunts and attacks the enemy vessels in deadly 
low-flying combat. The action is tracked by a camera following close on the tail 
of the player's craft, whether flying along a trench or hugging the undulating 
contours of the ground. 




Spectacular graphics - fully light-source shaded solid 3D vectors 
(in 256 colours on VGA) 


Choose to pilot a variety of sleek Defender class fighters 


Heads-up display featuring radar 
displays and weapon indicators 


Various weapon pick-ups, shield 
drones and turbo- thrusters 


Watch the TV ratings go up as the 
action gets hotter! 


Available from the end of June 1 990 for 
the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga (£24.99) 
and the IBM PC (EGA/VGA) (£29.99) 


Millennium, Chancery House 
107 St Pauls Road, London N1 2NA 


MILLENNIUM 




Two down, one to go... 



A border guar d is directly in your path 
armed with an AKH7. 


Friedrichstr. 

Unarmed 


So much forglosnost, the border guards are distinctly unfriendly 


L AST November history was 
made when the East Germans 
destroyed part of the Berlin Wall 
which had separated the city since 
1961. I only mention this because 
the wall (as in Berlin, not Pink 
Floyd) plays quite a part in this 
new game from Accolade. In their 
version it’s still there. 

The briefing is this: Three couri- 
ers were on route to a secret meet- 
ing in Brussels. Each had a vital 
component relating to NATO’s non- 
nuclear defence plans. Two have 
been assassinated, one remains. He 
was last seen in West Berlin. 

As a CIA agent you make selec- 
tions as to your cover and past his- 
tory. These directly effect the 
playing characteristics of your 
agent as he moves through the 
rather violent backstreets of the 
erstwhile German capital. 

You are not completely on your 
own. A computer in your apart- 
ment building will keep you up to 
date on the latest developments. 
An answering machine will play 
silly messages to anyone who rings 
while you were out and a fax 
machine is always handy for relay- 
ing photos of suspects back to HQ 
for an identity check. 

There is also a mission support 


centre in the middle of the city to 
provide you with weapons, money 
and useful items of equipment 
such as bomb-sniffers, bugs and 
lockpicks. 

The streets tend to get a bit 
monotonous what with all the 
trudging up and down and what 
have you. Not every shop front has 
a shop behind it, though there are 
plenty of locations. Most of them 
are one of four things, an office 
block - which are very hard to get 
into - a hotel - ditto , a bar - diffi- 
cult to get out of - or a shop which 
never seems to have anything you 
might want to buy. 

The game is very realistic in that 
there is an awful lot of boring, 
humdrum legwork to be done 
before you uncover anything. The 
streets are slightly more dangerous 
than you might believe, with well 
armed muggers and drunks every- 
where. Good job there’s a doctor at 
mission support. 

Money isn’t much of a problem. 
You get a daily allowance of 1000 
DM plus whatever you can get out 
of your cashpoint account. Some 
things are expensive, like a false 
set of East German papers, but the 
commodity you are most short of is 
time. You have only a few days 



Christopher Reeves did it better 


some lost scrolls (sacred) from the 
Five Guardians. He is given special 
powers, and sent back to the Five 
Lands where the Five Grauniads 
live. 

Incidentally, none of this actu- 
ally happens. You never see the 
spaceship, or the beings; all you 
see is a cartoon (static) of a flying 
mole in tights and sneakers. The 
one concession to progress (after 
all, any machine could do the pic- 
ture) is a technically competent 
House track. And yes, it does have 
the irritating piano break that all 
House tracks have. 

To give the game even more nos- 
talgia (or better, deja vu, or better 
still, unoriginality) Monty must 
defeat each Guardian at the end of 
each level to gain a scroll, but the 
last Guardian can only be beaten 


D EAR oh dear oh dear ... those 
Gremlin people must be 
going for the nostalgia market with 
Impossamole. Either that, or 
they’ve got themselves badly 
caught in a time warp, because 
Impossamole is one Old Time 
game. 

Labouring under the misappre- 
hension that people ever liked 
Monty Mole to start with, Gremlin 
dug the little creature up again. 
Happily basking on a sun- 
drenched shore, The Mole with the 
Least is suddenly beamed aboard a 
passing spaceship, to be con- 
fronted by two alien beings. 

Instead of using the correct 
greeting for the situation (viz. “Eat 
Plutonium Death, you disgusting 
Alien Weirdos !”) he is coerced 
into helping the beings recover 


46 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 












■ GAMES ■ 



away from you 


INTELLIGENCE 


STRENGTH 


KNOWLEDGE 


INTUITION 


Hohfinzollernstr, 

Unarmed 


The reassuring sight of a heavily armed NATO officer -at least you won’t get mugged 


before the info will inevitably fall 
into the hands of the Russians. 

Another completely menu- 
driven adventure, the front end 
feels a bit constricting at times but 
plays OK. The sense of paranoia in 
the old city is wonderful. Good 
luck. Oh, and watch your back... 

Lucinda Orr 


The Third Courier 

£24.99 

Accolade 


Aura 


Graphics 


Gameplav 


Value 


Overall - 74% 


HEALTH 


LEVEL 


H 


EXPERIENCE 




Chat 


Threaten 


once all the other scrolls have 
been recovered. And the thing is, 
Impossamole, like all the Monty 
Mole games before it, is a twee lit- 
tle platform game. 

A well written platform game 
can be a thing of beauty and a joy 
forever. It should have pixel-per- 
fect positioning, keyboard controls 
(for the ultimate accuracy), high 
contrast between the player and 
the background, three (or five) 
lives, and the bits that are nasty to 
stand on should be immediately 
recognisable as such. 

That’s the trouble with these 
new machines. The sprites have so 
many frames that you can’t tell the 
difference between a super mega 
hyper Big Leggy jump, and an ade- 
quate mega hyper Big Leggy jump 
(something to do with Hayzee 



Fantayzee?). 

There are so many colours that 
graphics people put nice smooth 
edges around sprites so you can’t 
tell when there’s a collision. Bah - 
bring back monochrome sprites 
and dot- crawl, I say. 

Each of the worlds has a theme; 
one is a mine, another is the Orient 
(keep those Origami ducks off of 
me !), yet another is the jungle 
(would you credit it, a ‘nana-lob- 
bing Gorilla ?) and the last one is 
Arctic-ish. 


There is a fifth, but it is 
reserved for people who have com- 
pleted the other four. As you only 
have energy, rather than good old 
fashioned ‘lives’, you have to be 
some mean ubermensch to manage 
it. Either that, or very desperate. 

Remember the cute little 
“Please Wait... “ that you used to 
get with all games ? Well, Gremlin 
have given you the wait while lev- 
els load in, but haven’t given you 
the message. 

What they have done is given 


Impossamole 

£19.99 

Gremlin 



Overall - 37% 


you a loader which punishes the 
drive into eldritch gritchings, and 
does funny things with the serial 
port, and gives you nothing but 
blackness to look at in between 
levels. C’mon, people, what ever 
happened to the art of the loading 
screen ? 

What I find particularly amus- 
ing in this game is that one of 
Monty Mole’s “power-ups” is a can 
of worms. Sums up the game quite 
nicely, I think. 

Stewart C. Russell 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 47 



















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verse of individual aliens is taking 
part, I suspect it’s something pretty 
special. At least as good as a 
Blankety-Blank chequebook and 
pen. 

When it comes down to the 
technicalities of the game, the 
graphics might be a bit naive. The 
sounds might even be a bit simplis- 
tic. Does this worry me? Naw, not a 
lot. And the reason for is that the 
game is fun. F,U,N, fun. The two 
player version is terrific. Look 
upon the single player version as a 
way of practising until your mate 
agrees to play again. 

Of course, no gameplay is per- 
fect. Wipe Out has several flaws, 
the most major of which is a com- 
pletely incomprehensible front- 
end. Lots of little meaningless 
icons lead to numerous incompre- 
hensible screens. You end up fran- 
tically clicking here and there on 
the little metallic grey shapes until 
the game gets around to starting. 

By making the program a touch 
more user friendly, the consider- 
able manual could have been 
halved in size. 

But when I’m heading at break- 
neck speed towards an energy wall 
with an alien on a Scorched Earth 
special board intent on sliming me, 
the only thought in my head is 
whether or not I can pull off a high 
speed banked turn and still sur- 
vive... 

John Kennedy 


Cleans right through to the shine 


A typical race - player one (me) gets creamed by player two (the birdman of Epsilon minor 


bottlenecks, forcing loops and 
packing as much wall into as small 
a space as possible. If your timing 
is good you can attempt to jump a 
wall, but don’t get too cocky, for 
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judgement and you’re history. 

There is plenty to do in the 
background while waiting for the 
next competition. You can upgrade 
your hoverboard by adding brakes 
(you big pansy) and better engines 
with turbo boosters and go-faster 
stripes. Or you can bet on and 
watch the outcome of other races, 
thereby earning yourself more 
cash. 

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skip to a new solar system. And if 
you do really well, you may be 
called upon to take part in the All 
Time Greats Inter-galactic tourna- 
ment. Your prize? I dunno, I didn’t 
get that far. But if the entire uni- 


The aftermath of a game - Aj hits a wall at 60 clicks a second 


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A smash hit written in Basic for 


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while, but now it’s back. And this 
time it’s in code with simultaneous 
split-screen, two player, three 
dimensional graphics. 

Racing your hoverboard requires 
all the old tactical skills - designing 


Wipe Out 
£19.99 

Gonzo Games 


Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


Value 


Overall - 81 % 


WIPE OUT 


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The land of confusion 


switching between spiders. 

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O NCE upon an eon the 
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robots. 

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Klondikes - the energy pods that 
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team to overcome all the problems 
and puzzles the treacherous 
humans have set before them. Other 
robots in the service of the humans 
inhabit and inhibit the tower. 

Laser cannons and repulsion 


Programming the front end to avoid the Zapper 


I wonder if he’ll be friends with me 

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of the hostile hardware to be over- 
come on the quest for the summit. 
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On a trip to Cirrus Minor 


I T ISN’T easy being green. We’re 
not talking about buying “No 
Phosphate’’ washing powders 
which have never actually con- 
tained phosphates anyway. No, 
we’re talking physically green - 
you know, sort of easy to lose on a 
football pitch kind of a colour. 

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ing verdancy that was uppermost 
in Terry the Green’s mind. The evil 


Baron von Bonsai (Boo Hiss ad 
nauseum) had stolen Terry’s magic 
crystals and was using them to cor- 
rupt the Happy Cloud Fairies. 
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to use them was anybody’s guess, 
but it probably involved hanging 
around street comers with a radio- 
pager and an Uzi. 

’’Drat ! Those Magic Crystals 
were for my own personal use !” 


thought Terry to himself. Without 
further ado (whatever that may be) 
he shot off to the Cloud Kingdoms. 

On arrival, a sorry sight met his 
eyes. The Happy Cloud Fairies had 
mutated into Bad Insect Monsters 
and Giant Rolling Blackballs. 
“Those crystals must have been a 
bad batch. Just as well I didn’t use 
them “, thought Terry. 

At this point it may be a good 



idea to explain that, although Terry 
is a small green bouncy ball, he 
does a nice line in looking 
unshaven and disreputable. For a 
good example of looking unshaven 
and disreputable, see the Amiga 
Computing editorial team. I won’t 
spoil it by telling you which is 
which, though. 

There are four maze-like king- 
doms which Terry can clean up for 
starters. Two of them seem to be 
somewhat difficult. The Unseen 
Kingdom has an invisible maze, so 
you don’t know where you are 
going, or even where you should be 
going. The Arrow Kingdom is cov- 
ered with arrow tiles, which accel- 
erate you off the edge of the 
Kingdom. 

The best one to start on is the 
Cloud Kingdom. You have a time 
limit to collect all your Magic 
Crystals, and there are a whole 
load of patrolling enemies to get 
past. You will have to paint in 
some of the floor using the Magic 
Paint Pots to get all the crystals. 

You’ll also make some interest- 
ing discoveries about the floor - 
some bits disappear as soon as you 
roll over it. Do I need to tell you 
that you instantly plummet 
through the holes that you make ? I 
think not. 

The Quartet Kingdom is much 
more difficult. Not merely do you 



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R ECENTLY I discovered a 
huge, and here I mean really 
big in a large sort of way, spider 
living in my garage. Behind the 
cardboard box if you’re interested. 
Ordinarily this wouldn’t particu- 
larly bother me but the very next 
day I received a copy of 
Spidertronic from Interceptor. 
Coincidence? You get a bit para- 
noid in this business. 

Anyway, The game more or less 
follows the plot of Clown’O’Mania 
which we reviewed a while back. 
Run around an Englebert style 
landscape picking up coloured 
squares and laying a path to the 


Value 


transporter. The transporter will 
take you to the next level, of which 
there are ten. 

When you complete the tenth 
level you have one of two choices - 
either give up and go and do some- 


52 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 








■ GAMES ■ 



Terry the Green gets blackballed from the Cloud Kingdom steering committee 


have contend with disappearing 
floors and patrolling enemies, but 
you also have a floor littered with 
magnets. These stick you down 
and prevent you from jumping over 
the nasties. A similar effect can be 
had in real life by eating an entire 
suet pud. 

Cloud Kingdoms reminds me of 
both Skweek and Incredible 
Shrinking Sphere, but isn't exactly 
like either. The graphics are pretty 
terrible - not so much YASTP, 


more YAC64P - which is exactly 
what it is. On first seeing this 
gamed really loathed it, but after 
playing around with it for a while 
I’ve discovered it’s fun. 

It’s still inexcusable that two out 
of the four starter Kingdoms are 
virtually impossible. Likewise 
instant death bv falling through the 
floor. Well, not death - you don’t 
lose any time, but you get put back 
to the start of the Kingdom. 

Cloud Kingdoms is a real C64 


game; solid and difficult gameplay, 
average graphics and passable 
sound. But what I do find strange 
is that in attempt to stop hacking, 
the game hangs on reset. Only a 
powerdown will restore the 
machine - why not just disable the 
reset ? 

Cloud Kingdoms is quite neat, 
actually. Uncomplicated frustration 
and lots of levels will keep you 
occupied. 

Stewart C. Russell 


Cloud Kingdoms 

£24.99 

Millennium 



Overall - 78% 


thing else or make up your own i 
levels with the editor. 

Graphics are nothing too spe- 
cial. The spider is only just dis- 
cernible as such, hut the giant 
balls that hamper progress are 
quite nicely done. Sound is ade- 
quate. 

Spidertronic is out on the 
Smash lti budget label which 
means it retails at £4.99. Up until i 
now I have not been a great sup- 
porter of budget games because 
they seemed to be an excuse for 
software houses to peddle off 
dross for a profit without fear of 
complaint. 

Spidertronic hardly shines, but 


it could certainly take on some of 
the full-priced games that have 
been through these offices. 

Green 




AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 53 














■ GAMES ■ 





GRAVITY 

He ain’t heavy... 


54 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 


G RAVITY has a lot to answer 
for you know. Every time I 
get on the bathroom scales they 
scream for mercy, but if there was, 
say, half Earth gravity my weight 
would be quite acceptable. 

You can’t go too far and wish for 
no gravity though. For one thing 
the Earth’s atmosphere would take 
a hike, and for another your cereals 
wouldn’t stay in the bowl at break- 
fast time. 

So gravity, in some form or 
another, is a good thing. Now then, 
what do you know about Newton’s 
Law of Gravitation and Einstein’s 
General Theory of Relativity? 

If you’re the smarmy pseudo 
intellectual type who bought 
Stephen Hawking’s book because 
you thought you were doing your 
bit for the disabled and anyway it 
was all rather cosmic, you probably 
know nothing at all. 

However, if you did read the 
book - and it was heavy going in 
places - then you undoubtedly 
know what I’m talking about. If so, 
skip the next few paragraphs. 

So what the hell are you on 
about Duncan? I hear you asking. 
Well obviously I don’t actually 
hear you asking, unless you hap- 
pen to be reading this review aloud 
one day in WH Smiths and I’m 
stood next to you. However, it 
serves as a lead into a short lecture 
on the subject in hand. 

The Space Time Continuum is 
what it’s all about. This is a four 
dimensional (your usual three, 
plus time) model of, well, the uni- 
verse and everything. Planets and 
suns are like heavy balls on the 
rubber sheet of spacetime. 
Naturally, they sink into the rubber 
a bit, causing gravity wells. 

Anything reaching the edge of 
the well is bound to be attracted 
because of gravity. And it’s down- 
hill as well. Heavy suns, your 
white dwarfs and red giants have 
large gravity wells, but heaviest of 
all are black holes. 

These are collapsed suns, 
infinitely heavy in the centre. They 
naturally have great big gravity 
wells. In fact, they are so heavy 
that scientists postulate that your 
metaphorical ball on the rubber 
sheet distorts space so that it actu- 
ally reaches somewhere else in the 
spacetime continuum. 

This hole leading elsewhere is 
known as a singularity, and per- 


eral, thanks to a manual which 
describes all the systems - defence, 
weapons, orders, the dreadful 3D 
map in the Holotank, tools for ter- 
raforming and colonising planets - 
but nothing about how you actually 
do these things. 

And when something doesn’t 
appear on a menu when the man- 
ual says it is on that menu, you 
start to wonder what the hell is 
going on. 

Hours of frustration mark the 
beginning of the game. A quick tip 
if you’re looking for a singularity to 
go down is to follow the dark blue 
line on the long range scanner; the 
brown ones lead to suns and plan- 
ets. 

Once you get into the game, 
though, you’ll admire the rolling 
spacetime graphics, tense every 
time an alien starts blasting away, 
and stare in horror when you lose 
the game and look upon a picture 
of someone’s head melting. 

But you’ll also be irritated by the 
fiddly control, unimpressed by the 
way the control panels jerkily 
scroll on to the screen, and eventu- 
ally, eventually, play the game long 
enough to realise that Gravity is a 
tactical wargame with flash graph- 
ics and all action combat scenes. 

But to be honest, it is not that 
interesting. Gravity ain’t heavy at 
all. 

Duncan Evans 


Looks like a fish, moves like a fish... 

haps, just perhaps, one day we 
might have the technology to ride 
down the singularity and come out 
at the other end. Alive and not ter- 
minally squashed. 

Which leads me to the game 
Gravity, which uses a very attrac- 
tive display of the spacetime con- 
tinuum, complete with suns and 
planets and black holes and gravity 
wells. 

If you want to jump from one 
end of space to another, down the 
gravity well of the black hole you 
go. This is the future. A future 
where man is colonising the stars 
and terraforming the planets. 

This is also where the Outies 
come in. Horrible alien life forms 
that they are, they have decided to 
eradicate us before our own team 
of xenophobes eliminates them. 

We do this to each other by 
blasting apart our ships with a vari- 
ety of weapons, and by turning the 
opposing team’s sun into a black 
hole or a black hole into a sun. 

The Outies get their Ready Brek 
from heavy radiation from black 
holes, so if they turn the sun where 
your home base is into a black 
hole, you’re scuppered. Equally, if 
you manage to turn their black hole 


back into a sun they are kebabbed. 

To aid in this quest of galactic 
genocide, you have a fleet of 15 
ships, which can be ordered 
around to investigate, explore, fight 
aliens and colonise worlds. 

If the ship you are on is blasted 
to bits, you automatically transfer 
to another one. 

Thus this is a very tactical game 
rather than a romp around the 
galaxy killing things. 

Think first, then go and nuke 
’em. 

To aid in the process you have 
drone ships, which can be pro- 
grammed by an icon-driven lan- 
guage. It isn’t too hard to get the 
hang of but when you start off it 
can be confusing. 

This applies to the game in gen- 


Gravity 

£24.99 

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Featuring:- Pixel Perfect passing 
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"Has to be the best football simulation yet" 
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- Superb Hi-Res graphics, plus team 
colours, wind, weather and night play 
options. 

• Highly competitive play 

- One or two players 

• Up to 4 players can play using a 4 player 

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- Animated supporters, electronic 
scoreboard and on-screen refereeing keep 
gamepiay fast and furious. 

Without doubt the best of the soccer action 

games" Amiga User International 88% 


TRACKSUIT MANAGER 

A management game the way it should be 
played. Live the match thrills, as you 
compete to qualify for the Nations and World 
Cups. 

You decide the play and enjoy the victories 
and suffer the defeats... 

Play defense, attacking or man to man 
marking 

Offside trap, sweeper system or 
possession football 

- Genuine goal-kicks, corners and throw-ins 

- Crunching tackles, fouls, penalties, 
bookings and sendings off 

- 54 computer managed squads from 
around the world all with individual tactics 

"The best ever football managerial game 
ever, in the history of the World" C & VG 9/1 0 

The ultimate management game" Ace Rated 
929 

"Easily the best of its type" Zzap 64 89% 

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What a lovely day - pity you ’re stuck in the golfers version of Gridrunner 


Decide how 
to address 
the ball -1st 
class or 
airmail 


So you whack the ball using 
power and hook/slice on a very 
Leaderboard style meter - which is 
why it is the feature of the game 
which works most satisfactorily - 
and the ball sails into the distance, 
not growing perceptible smaller 
until it vanishes. 

If you hear a sound effect you 
can guess that it’s in a bunker, hit a 
tree or in the water. If not you have 
no way of telling where the ball 
has gone until you get up there. 

Wind is a feature to monitor 
constantly, but rather irritatingly 
the anemometer is on yet another 
screen, as is the type of lie the ball 
has. When approaching nasty look- 
ing holes (behind a tree and over 
water), the poor computer players 
don’t half dither. I mean I am one 
of the worst golfers in the country, 
but at least I know where I’d like 
the ball to go. 

Which reminds me, the score 
cards have the provision for soli- 
tary players to try and reduce their 
handicap. When the computer 
asked for my handicap I typed in 
“My arms”. 

Where was I ? Oh yes, assuming 
you get to the green, which is by no 
means certain given the vagaries of 
computer arbitration, and the dis- 
mal putting section comes up. 

The green is virtually always 
flat, except for the one occasion 
when you need to sink a put to 
win. Then you find yourself on the 
side of a hill. 

The only thing you have to 
worry about is strength of shot, and 
what the weather conditions are. 
Even so, it is possible to com- 


W HEN I first saw this pro- 
gram, I thought thank god 
for that, it’s not another of those 
dreary lack Nicklaus games. Then 
again, after Jack anything would be 
a relief. Harold Mickelthwaites 
Guide to Getting on the Green 
Before Twilight even begins to 
sound interesting. 

When you actually get Greg 
Norman’s Ultimate Golf (my 
doesn’t that sound much more 
exciting) you even find the energy 
to take the disc out of the box. And 
speaking of the box, Gremlin has 
even pasted the words, Shark 
Attack on the side. For a minute I 
thought that this was another ver- 
sion of Jaws. Very confusing I must 
say. 

Anyway, on with the game and 
the first problem, the copy protec- 
tion. Identify the hole from those 
shown in the manual it says. Easy, 
except the pictures in the manual 
have been taken in black and white 
and the shades of green are indis- 
tinguishable. Whichever idiot at 
Gremlin thought this one up 
should be shot. 

To the clubhouse then, and a 
decision to make over the number 
of partners. I could make a smutty 
remark here, but they’d only cut it 
out so I won’t bother Right on, 
Good Taste Dept). 

One to four players, human or 


computer controlled. Before you 
progress further remember to 
switch the caddy function off. The 
caddy can take up to three minutes 
to pick a club that you’ll be offered 
if you disable the feature anyway. 

And you don’t get a caddy look- 
ing like Nick Faldo’s anyway, so 
you’re not missing anything. 

Out to the first hole and the 
scenery undulates into the dis- 
tance. This is better than the flat 
plains of Leaderboard, but then the 
graphics are quite crude and look 
like they were developed with the 


PC and Spectrum in mind. 

You are automatically lined up 
to hit at a hole, which is a shame if 
the hole is a dog leg with trees. 
Altering position involves going to 
a drop down menu and calling up 
a map display. That works, but is 
not how I’d like to alter my stance 
and position. 

On the map screen you can also 
zoom into the course, though as it 
will do you no good whatsoever, 
you’d simply be experiencing 
another of Ultimate Golfs useless 
features. 


56 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 
















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£24.99 

Gremlin 



Overall - 64% 


pletely misjudge a shot because the 
computer is feeling mean. 

When you give a three foot put 
10 per cent power (a 55 feet putter 
x 10 per cent = 5.5 feet suppos- 
edly) don’t be surprised when you 
don’t even make contact with the 
ball. The putting is a total joke, 
and someone at Gremlin has com- 
pletely screwed it up. 

Before you know it, if you’re 
playing with three computer play- 
ers, you’ll have finished a round 
and be ready for the 19th hole, 
only to find that it’s now 3 a.m. 

Ultimate Golf isn’t bad, but it 



Greg ironing out problems with his swing 


has serious flaws and certainly 
isn’t worth buying if you’re going 
to play on your own. Get a few 
friends round though, get them 


sufficiently inebriated, and you’ll 
find it a reasonable change from 
Leaderboard. 

Oh, and Ed (whoever it is this 


week), if anyone writes in to 
explain shark attack please send 
them a copy of the Beano from me. 

Duncan Evans 



Their life on your land 


NE of the most notable 
games these last few months 
was the excellent Sim City, 
acclaimed as the concentrating 
jolly hard man’s Populous, where 
mere mortals got to be mayor of a 
megacity. 

However, the game had one 
slight complaint levelled against it. 
It was impossible to create the 
actual starting terrain, all the land- 


scape was terraformed randomly. 

Now even this little niggle has 
been rectified with this wonderful 
editing package. Fill and draw 
options allow you to place land, 
sea, trees and even plot the route 
of passing ships. A smoothing 
function will get rid of all those 
nasty rough edges. 

Even if you do want just a ran- 
dom landscape various sliders can 


be set to bias towards leafy, wet or 
barren lands - even down to the 
curviness of the rivers. A few sam- 
ple cities are included to help 
guide you on your way. 

An excellent companion to an 
excellent game, but not really 
worth it for the money. 

Green 


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CD009 


Jeff Walker presents... 




M USIC while you work. 

Love it. If my memory 
serves me correctly, this is the 
fifth tune I've passed to you. So 
we’re half way to an album. 

Time for another quick compe- 
tition, methinks. Name that tune. 
Same rules as last time. Drop me 
a line and if you can convince me 
you know what you’re talking 
about I’ll send you my full 
MusicBox collection, which is 
currently standing at three disks. 

Send your letters, grovels and 
bribes to: HI Name That Tune, 
Amiga Computing, Europa 
House, Adlington Park, 
Macclesfield, SK10 4NP. 


MUSICBOX is freeware 
but remains copyright 
©1989-90 Peter L. Dunlap. 
This program is dis- 
tributed courtesy of CMOS 
BBS (0101-303-322-4078). 


ISoundFX Player, Copyright 1998 by Peter L. Dunlap 


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Protect-O-Magic gadget descriptions 


P ROTECT-O-MAGIC is a utility 
program for setting the protec- 
tion bits of files from Workbench. 
The best way to learn to use 
Protect-O-Magic is to examine the 
image file ShowMe. However, this 


is not necessary. You could just 
run Protect-O-Magic and see 
nearly the same picture. To see the 
ShowMe file, double click its icon. 

Looking at the picture, you will 
see on the left side of the window 


five lines of HSPARWED. These 
gadgets represent the protection 
flags - Hidden, Script, Pure, 
Archived, Readable, Writable, 
Executable, Deletable. If they are 
orange, the flag is set. Click on the 


letter to change the flag. 

To the right of the flags are the 
filenames. Directories will appear 
orange here. Click on the name to 
enter the subdirectory. 

On the right of that are what the 


PPShow 


P PSHOW was written to com- 
plement one of Nico Frangois’ 
other utilities, PowerPacker, a 
command and data cruncher 
(October 1989 cover disk). It is 
used to show normal IFF ILBM 
files or ILBM files crunched with 
PowerPacker. The decrunching is 
done automatically so you don't 
have to know if a file is crunched 
or not. 

PPShow can be used in three 
different ways. First of all via the 
CLI: If you enter PPShow without 
arguments you will get a usage 
template. You use PPShow like 
this: 

PPShow [] 

The program will then load the 
ILBM file and display it. If the file 
was crunched using PowerPacker 
2.0 or higher, PPShow will first 
decrunch it for you. If the file was 
encrypted you will be prompted 
for the password. 

There is only one option in this 
version of PPShow, -h, which is 
used to force HAM mode when no 
CAMG chunk is found. If you 


don’t specify this option, PPShow 
will assume a 6 bitplane screen is 
Extra HalfBrite. 

Note that it is wrong for an 
Amiga IFF ILBM file not to have a 
CAMG chunk, especially when 
there can be doubt about what dis- 
play mode to choose. 

There are three different ways of 
using PPShow via the Workbench: 
You can set the default tool of the 
crunched or non-crunched ILBM 
file to PPShow; you can single 
click the PPShow icon, hold down 
Shift and then double click the pic- 


ture icon; or you can double click 
the PPShow icon and enter the file- 
name in the string gadget you will 
be presented with. 

You set the default tool by single 
clicking the icon of the picture and 
selecting Info from the Workbench 
menu (this will only work if 
info.library is present in the Libs: 
directory). 

You will get a window with sev- 
eral gadgets in it. Click in the string 
gadget where it says Default Tool 
and enter -.ppshow . The program 
should be in the root directory of 


your disk for this to work. If it’s in 
the System directory, for example, 
you should enter -.system/ ppshow. 

Last of all select the Save gadget. 

Note that PPShow will add the 
extension .pp to the filename when 
the file is not found. This is very 
useful in the Workbench environ- 
ment. You can make an icon for 
house.pic, for instance, but name 
the file house.pic.pp so you know 
that it has been crunched by 
PowerPacker. 

Now the Workbench will show 
an icon with house.pic as name, 
but if you double click it, 
house.pic.pp will be displayed, so 
long as there is no house.pic file in 
the directory. 

Abort PPShow by pressing any 
key (except the Tab or P keys) or 
the right mouse button. The screen 


Get more 
crunch 


MANY IFF ILBM files are 
already crunched with the stan- 
dard ByteRunl compression. 
PowerPacker will crunch these 
files even further most of the 
time but will not crunch them as 


well as uncrunched ILBM files. 
So save IFF files uncrunched 
(with Pixmate, for example) 
before crunching them. This will 
lead to the best crunching 
results. 


60 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 












Clock this! 


H EY guys, I’m getting 
snowed under with 
dorks. Why do you keep send- 
ing me clocks? I know the one 
on the Extras disk lacks a few 
features, but who uses it any- 
way? 

look, I’ll tell you what - if 
you can write me a clock which 


is as pretty as the Extras one, 
hut with a better alarm system, 
command line parameters to set 
the features, plus a user-inter- 
face whereby you can change 
the time displayed on the analog 
clock face by dragging the hands 
with the mouse pointer, then I’ll 
take a hit more interest. OK? 



author, Nick Fiorello, calls the do- 
it buttons. When these are hit the 
protection flags of the file to the 
left of it are changed, if necessary, 
to match those on the HSPARWED 
display. 

On the right of the do-it buttons 
are gadgets for scrolling through 
the list of file names. 

Along the bottom are the gad- 
gets which change the current path 
that Protect-O-Magic is examining. 
Most are self-explanatory. An 
exception is the * gadget, which 


will re-read the current path. 

Protect-O-Magic remembers any 
changes made to the protection 
flags, even of those files scrolled 
off the screen. The / gadget will go 
to the parent directory, if one 
exists. 

To the right of the path gadgets 
are the last two gadgets. Write All 
changes the protection flags on all 
files in the directory, if necessary, 
to match those of the buffer. 
Iconify will iconify the program to 
the upper left corner of the 


Workbench screen. 

Protect-O-Magic will remember 
where the icon is if you move it, 
and it will remember where the 
Protect-O-Magic window was 
when you inconified it, and put 
the window back there when you 
re-open it. 

Iconifying Protect-O-Magic frees 
memory allocated to the directory 
listings and generally reduces 
memory use by about 10k. To get 
back into the program, double 
click the icon. 


PROTECT-O-MAGIC is 
freeware. If you find 
any bugs in the pro- 
gram the author, Nick 
Fiorello, would like to 
know. Contact him at: 
2142 Trieste Drive , 
Mims, FL 32754 , USA. 
Telephone 010-1-407- 
268-1666. 


can be dragged by an invisible drag 
bar at the top. The pesky little 
mouse pointer will be removed 
while displaying. 

PPShow offers full overscan sup- 
port, PAL or NTSC. All Amiga dis- 
play modes, such as HAM and 
EHB, are also supported, along with 
Deluxe Paint cycling. Press the Tab 
key to start it and to stop it. Up to 
eight cycles are supported, DPaint 
ID currently only supports six. 

PPShow has the ability to print 
the screen it is displaying. Press P 
and wait. The mouse pointer will be 
visible while printing. Please 
remember that printer.device and a 
correct system-configuration for your 
printer must be in the Devs: direc- 
tory for PPShow to be able to print. 


PPSHOW vl.O is Copyright 
©1989 Nico Frangois / 
PowerPeak. If you have sugges- 
tions or remarks, or if vou find 
any bugs, please let Nico know. 
Write to the following address: 
Nico Francois, Corbielaan 13, 
3060 Bertem, Belgium. 


ShowMe 


COMMENT 


DEFAULT TOOL | cd009 : ppshow/ppshowj 


STATUS 


TYPE Project 


SIZE 


in bytes 

5880 

in blocks 

13 

STACK 


ARCHIVED 


READABLE 


WRITEABLE 


DELETEABLE 



TOOL TYPES 


Setting a picture's default tool. Make sure you enter the correct path to PPShow 


ADD DEL 


[tlllli 


nri 


AMIGA COMPUTING ]uly 1990 61 
















J UDGING by the number of new 
Amiga bulletin boards spring- 
ing up, and the activity on 
them, telecommunications is the 
fastest growing Amiga fad in the 
UK. As the speed of modems 
increases and their prices drop, 
more and more UK Amiga owners 
are waking up to the benefits the 
world of comms can bring them. 

Public domain software on-tap 
24 hours a day and technical help 
from other comms users who know 
what they are talking about are just 
two of the advantages of plugging a 
modem between your phone and 
your Amiga. 

And it doesn’t cost a fortune. 
Stick to a local bulletin board, call 
after 6pm or at weekends and 
you’ll be spending just 50p an 
hour. Most times you can logon, do 
what it is you want to do and logoff 
in under 10 minutes. It’s peak time, 
long distance and international 
calls that run up the phone bill. 

Many UK and European Amiga 
boards are now networked together 
so that any message you put on the 
board gets “echoed” around all the 


other boards in the network. This 
means you can correspond over 
long distances, even internation- 
ally, all for the price of a local call. 

In the past, comms has been 
held back by the complexity of the 
subject. Jargon words like upload, 
download, baud rate, duplex and 
handshake are difficult to explain 
without bringing in yet more jar- 
gon. 

The real limiting factor, how- 
ever, has always been the software. 
Traditionally, comms terminals - 
the general term for a communica- 
tions program - are bare bones 


Pressing Help 
brings up a 
status 

window. The 
scrollback 
buffer 
captures 
everything 
that scrolls 
past up to 
the memory' 
limit you set 

pieces of software that leave the 
new user high and dry. 

I remember one popular CP/M 
public domain comms terminal 
called Mex which involved having 
to learn a whole new command set. 
You ran the program and it pre- 
sented you with a MEX> prompt. 
What now? Sigh. Out with the 
manual... 

The Wimp environment of the 
Amiga means we can do away with 
all this nonsense. To get online (jar- 
gon for logging on to a bulletin 
board) all you need to know is the 
speed of your modem (its baud 


NComm 


NCohh v1.J Copyright § 1988, 1989, 1991 Daniel Bloch i co 


Setting up the modem is the trickiest 
part for users new to comms. The 
defaults will suit Hayes compatibles, 
which is what most modems are these 
days 




rate), the speed the bulletin board 
runs at and the phone number of 
the bulletin board. 

In practice, after an initial very 
short and simple setting-up ses- 
sion, all you have to do is instruct 
the terminal to dial your chosen 
bulletin board. One mouse click 
and away you go. 

Over the past year or so there 
have been only two contenders for 
the Best Shareware Comms 
Terminal title, Access! and JR- 
Comm. 

Both are excellent, but while 
Access!, whose chief feature is its 
ease of use, appears to have ceased 
development at vl.42, JR-Comm is 
still very much being worked on. 
The last shareware release was 
v0.94a. 

The author, Jack Radigan, is now 
putting the finishing touches to the 
first full release, vl.O, and it looks 
like being a most versatile and bug- 
free program. This full version, 
however, will only be released to 
registered JR-Comm users. In other 
words, it’ll cost you S40. 

But now there’s another chal- 
lenger, NComm, which will cost 
you, at the most, a box of biscuits - 
giftware, the Norwegian authors 
call it. 

NComm has leapfrogged from 
nowhere to pole position. It’s as 
easy to use as Access!, but if you 
want advanced features it’s got 
those too. Top of the advanced fea- 
tures list is the script language. 

A script is a program written in 
a Basic-like language that the ter- 
minal understands and interprets 
line by line. Scripts can be written 
to do anything and everything. 

My favourite one logs on to 
MicroLink in the early hours of 
each morning, captures all my 
unread mail, saves it to my hard 
drive and logs off again. Me? I’m in 
bed upstairs fast asleep. 

When I get up I go through my 
mail, type my replies into QED (a 
shareware text editor), save them 
each as a separate file, write a 
script program, which usually 
involves only some quick changes 
to the one I used the day before, 
and run it. Then I take the dog for a 
walk. 

It takes a little practice to get 


62 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 








NCOMM vl.9 was written by 
Daniel Bloch and is based on 
Comm vl.34 by Dj James. The 
program is freely distributable 
and is intended for personal 
use only. Sale of this program, 
except for reasonable media 
costs, is prohibited. 
Comments and bug reports to: 
Daniel Bloch, Fjrstikkbakken 
9, N-0667 Oslo 6, Norway. 



Make sure your favourite transfer protocol 
is set correctly before dialling the BBS 



Macro keys are an alternative to scripts and help 
you to get around bulletin boards quickly 


this confident with comms. The 
fancy technology usually frightens 
the hell out of new users, who 
worry unnecessarily about viruses 
being transmitted to them and their 
systems being got at by hackers 
while they sleep. These scare sto- 
ries are absolute claptrap spread by 
people who don’t know their RTS 
from their macro. 

The quickest and best way to 
learn about comms is to log on to a 
local bulletin board - BBS in 
commspeak - and ask some ques- 
tions. You’ll be surprised how 
helpful and friendly everyone is. 

Get to know your local sysop - 
jargon for system operator - the 
person who runs the board, usually 
at his own expense. He’ll help you 
around the system and show you 
where all the help files are. 

NComm vl.9 comes with very 


good manuals which print out to 
about 50 A4 pages. But it won’t 
teach you about comms; only expe- 
rience and an inquisitive mind can 
do that. 

• The authors of NComm have 
made every effort possible to 
ensure that the program will func- 
tion as described, but no warranty 
of any kind, expressed or implied, 
is made by them or Interactive 
Publications Ltd. 

The authors of NComm and 
Interactive Publishing Ltd will not 
be liable for any direct or indirect 
damages to either machinal equip- 
ment or mental health arising from 
a failure of the program to operate 
in the manner desired by the user. 
In no event will the authors of 
NComm or Interactive Publishing 
Ltd be liable for any loss of profits 
or savings. 


Buvina a modem 


AFTER a ram expansion and sec- 
ond floppy drive, the next periph- 
eral on an average UK Amiga 
owner’s wish list is a printer, usu- 
ally a colour one. 

But stop and think. A printer is 
only useful if you need to prepare 
and print a lot of text files. Writing 
letters to your friends can still be 
done by hand while you save up 
for the printer. 

A modem, on the other hand, is 
about the same price or cheaper 
and can actually save you time and 
money. Letters take a day to arrive 
by snail mail, if you’re lucky, 
whereas electronic mail - email - 
is delivered in seconds. You can 
logon to a board, post your mail 
and log off again in well under five 
minutes. That’ll set you back lOp 
local cheap rate, half the price of a 
first class stamp. 

Public domain software at a cou- 
ple of quid a disk can get very 
expensive, particularly if the disk 
contains many programs and 
you’re only after one of them. 
Downloading it from a bulletin 
board is cheaper. 

At 2400/2400 you can download 


a 300k file in less than half- an- 
hour - that’s 25p at local cheap 
rate. And bulletin boards get the 
files first. It can take up to six 
months for the same program to 
appear on a PD disk. 

If you’re thinking of buying a 
modem I strongly urge you to con- 
sider nothing less than 2400/2400 
(v22bis in comms jargon). You can 
pick them up new for between 
£200 and £300 now. 

Also, go for one that has MNP 
error correction, a protocol that 
will filter out all the spurious line 
noise characters when you get a 
bad connection. 

A second-hand modem may 
look a good bargain at less than 
£50, but it’ll almost certainly be an 
old, slow model - 300/300 (v21) 
probably. If you’re unsure whether 
comms is for you or not, this may 
seem like the best way to start. 
However, remember that comms at 
high speed (2400 baud and over) is 
a different kettle of fish disks than 
comms at 300 baud. If you must 
buy second-hand, try to get a 
1200/1200 (v22) speed modem. 


Where's mv local BBS? 


HERE’S a short list of some free UK 
bulletin boards for you to try. They 
all run at 300/300, 1200/1200 and 
2400/2400. There are literally thou- 
sands more, far too many to pub- 
lish, but most boards will keep 


their own list of recommended 
boards to ring. 

Have fun, and remember - if 
you want to keep the phone bill to 
a minimum, keep it cheap rate and 
keep it local. 


01 for Amiga: 071-377 1358 
AIX 386: 0905 52536 
Alien BBS: 0472 250690 
Alma: 0787 277745 
AmLink: 021-778 5868 
Arkham: 081-952 5128 
Bedrocks UK: 0423 324540 
Bitmap Bros: 0245 413728 
Blitter: 0292 671638 
Breakthrough: 051-734 5817 
Cheam Amiga Board: 081-644 
8714 

Darkstar: 081-656 3944 
End Zone: 0524 752245 
Equaliser: 0923 662127 
Hal: 0489 691069 
Jersie Amiga: 010 45 531 4537 
KnightOwl: 0375 375190 


Liquorice Allsorts: 0633 244345 
London Guest House: 081-748 
0974 

Mabbs: 021-444 8972 
Mancunian: 061-227 9095 
Murky Caverns: 081-426 9386 
Nite Life: 071-976-6807 
Oddball: 081-679 2583 
Open Access: 081-427 3974 
P SQ: 0293 511554 
Parallel Dimensions: 0992 465366 
Plus & Minus: 0559 322766 
Public House: 0222 221168 
Runway A500: 0293 884117 
Scorpions Nest: 0022 826478 
Sheer Logic: 0285 713688 
Skyfall: 0792 772745 
Welsh Wizards: 0443 815642 


N OT a lot to be said about 
Klide. It’s a kind of silent 
demo, best viewed in a darkened 
room with some freaky music on 
the hi-fi. The author, Jerry Kallaus, 
calls it a line art collage, the 
fastest draw in the west, no less. 


Klide 


Double click its icon and see 
what you think. Some of the 3D 
effects are very nice indeed. 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 63 






Hot Summer Nights 


M ORE original music from 
the keyboard of the jobless 
Scot, Howie Davies. This one’s 
great in stereo through the head- 
phones. 

Since last month, when we fea- 
tured his music for the first time, 
Howie has teamed up with some 
programmers and graphics artists 


from the AcidForce group. But he’s 
still looking for a proper job. In 
music. Anywhere. 

Incidentally, Hot Summer 
Nights will work with MusicBox 
vl.8. Simply copy it into your 
MusicBox directory or disk and 
add a Tool Types entry to the 
MusicBox icon. Something like 


Song01=HotSummerNights should 
do the trick. 

• Are you a budding musician 
looking for fame and fortune? If so. 
perhaps the Amiga Computing 
cover disk can give you a little 
push up the ladder. Original stuff 
only, please, preferably in self-con- 
tained modules. 





T HIS drawer contains the 
programs and listings dis- 
cussed in this month’s 
programming feature on boot- 
blocks. Double click the icons 
to view the listings. Note that 
there are a number of files in 
this drawer without icons. 

See The Code Clinic article 
on Page 27 for further instruc- 
tions. 



® V^orr 


UofteHne or 

agdSSs .ag=r~ 




'assert 


Disc 

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You will be sent a replacement 
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A nders bjerin, author of 

such cover disk favourites as 
Track Record (aka Car) and Sys, 
has created in MiniBlast the ulti- 
mate workbench toy - a colourful, 
five level, sideways scrolling 
shoot-’em-up with sound. 

It sits neatly on the workbench 
in its own 5in x 3 in window and 
will happily multi-task with any- 
thing else you care to run. 

Designed in the good old 
Scramble tradition, you control a 
helicopter on a journey across a 
barren rocky landscape. Barren, 
that is, except for the missile silos 
which fire nasty sharp-ended 
things at you. Shoot the silos and 
the projectiles to notch up points - 
2 for a silo, 1 for a missile. Oh yes, 
and you get one point for every 
missile you dodge. 

To begin with you can choose to 
start on either level one or level 
two. After you’ve reached the later 
levels you’ll be able to start on any 
of those if you wish. 

To give you something to aim at, 
my highest score is 257 on level 
two. 

But the bestest thing about 
MiniBlast is that you can create 


64 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 







NON- 

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You will he sent a new disc 
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WE are always looking for original con- 
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cover disc. If you think something you 
have written is good enough to share 
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If we like what we see, it could earn 
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Please let us know which files, if any, 
your submission needs from the 
Workbench disc. If it is clickable, feel 
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make it too large. And please use the 
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Bear in mind that a program which 
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Amiga Computing will buy your work 


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Please enclose this coupon, or a pho- 
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Don't forget to duplicate on the disc 
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your own levels. Simply click on 
the Edit gadget and away you go. 
Click on the Walls gadget to create 
the landscape; hold the left mouse 
button down in the playing area 
and move the mouse about a bit. 
You’ll soon get the idea. To place a 
silo click on Bases and then in the 
playing area where you want to put 
it. The arrow gadgets scroll the 
playing area left and right. 

Only level one can be edited to 
bein with. As you complete later 
levels you’ll be able to edit those, 
too. 


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suggestions, please write to 
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The word is PROTEXT... 


Britain’s favourite home-grown word processor 
has now been joined by Prodata, the Arnor database 


"Protext - the real joy 
comes only from using it. 
I can say without any 
fear of contradiction it is 
the best word processor 
available at the price, in 
my view , at any price in 
fact." Am 3/89 

"Protext really is the best 
text processor on the 
Amiga" 

ST/AMIGA FORMAT 2/89 

"Wins hands down as the 
all round package " 

ST USER 8/88 

7 couldn't be more 
impressed " ... 

"So a big thanks to Amor 
for writing a brilliant 
piece of software" 

COMPUTER SHOPPER 


PROTEXT is now Britain’s fastest selling Word 
Processor on Atari ST and Amiga computers, and is 
used by many of the leading computer publications 
and journalists, as well as thousands of businesses. 

Protext’s powerful features include:- 

• fast spell checker with 70000 word English dictionary. 

• background printing. You can print and type at the same time. 

• box manipuation. Columns can be moved around on the screen. 

• macro recording. Any key sequence can be assigned to a single key. 

• use of foreign languages • headers, footers and footnotes 

• flexible configuration program • comprehensive set of printer drivers 

• Wysiwyg (’what you see is what you get’) display shows bold, 

underlining and italics on the screen. 

• two file editing. You can edit two documents at the same time. 

• find and replace. Powerful search facility. 

• mail merging. The most comprehensive mail merging facilities 

available in any program. 

• 300 page manual with full index. 

• Swedish version also available. French and German coming soon. 

Protext was awarded the "Best Buy 1 " accolade in PC 
Buyers Guide , and was given a bottom line verdict of 
5 stars in What Personal Computer? 


" Protext is probably the 
most powerful word 
processor on the Atari 
ST ST USER 4/88 


"the best value for money 
in word processing on the 
Amiga" AUI 9/89 


"Protext deserves to be 
the system by which all 
other word processors are 
judged ... Amor has given 
the market a superb 
product" 

YOUR COMPUTER 


"Amor's Protext 4 is just 
about unbeatable ... this 
really is an excellent 
program " PC AMSTRAD 


Protext ... truly the professional’s choice 


Just some of the features of Prodata: - 

• Multiple indexes for accessing data 

• Full editing facilities for data 

• Comprehensive printing options 

• Importing and exporting 

• Undo changes facility 

• Powerful filtering feature 

• Easy to use layout design 

• Password protection (5 levels) 

And of course, Prodata is fully 
compatible with Protext. 

Amiga owners please note that you 
need 1MB to run Prodata - see below 
for special price for Prodata plus A501 
(51 2K memory + clock expansion) 


PRODATA 

"Designing layouts is incredibly easy " YOUR AMIGA 


Invoice Address 


DATE 

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Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

Field 

tel 


Select field nane 

4 : Address 3 

5 : Address 4 
( : Address 5 

7 : Del Addr 1 

8 : Del Addr 2 
7 : Del Addr 3 

18 : Del Addr 4 

11 : Del Addr 5 

12 : Telephone 

13 : Fai 

14 : Contact 

15 : Invoice Hunber 


leld 17*: Ouantlty 1 
Field II : description 1 
Field 17»: Unit Cost 1 


Top left = (0,0) . Pos 
Variable nawc: DATE 


(3,17). Length=28. 

Use o»tt to wove, ** and to resize 


"Totally menu driven , Prodata 
must rank among the top database 
systems... " ST USER 12/89 

"Prodata is a very sophisticated 
database package, and at £79.95, it 
is most certainly worth the money" 
YOUR AMIGA 12/89 


"Amor have a quality product at a 
very reasonable price" 

POP COMP WEEKLY 19/10/89 


ORDER FORM - Send to: Arnor (STU), 611 Lincoln Road, Peterborough 
Please send me (indicate where applicable): Name 

PROTEXT v4.2 @ £99.95 Address 

PRODATA @ £79.95 

PRODATA + A501 (Amiga) @ £179.95 

Further information Protext demo disc Postcode 

Computer: PC 514" / PC 3W / Atari ST / Amiga 

I enclose Cheque / Postal order for £ , or debit my 

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Now is the time to lay rumours to 
rest. The Amiga 3000 has been 
revealed. Simon Rockman got his 
hands on one and discovered it 
has been well worth the wait 

C OMMODORE bills the A3000 as an evolution rather 
than a revolution, and a good thing too. The problem 
with revolutions is that people get hurt and the last thing a 
new computer needs is for existing software to curl up and 
die. This evolution will spread across the species. A lot of 
the features which debut on the A3000 will migrate to 
lesser Amigas. 

The styling is crisp yet reserved. Commodore want to sell 
Amiga 3000s to the workstation market, to the kind of 
people who need high power computing and who have the 
high power accountants to pay for it all. 

Significantly narrower than an A2000 it hides some real 
Tyson punch in a small frame. The power switch has been 
moved to the front and the keyboard re-styled. The latter 


A frame from the huge ray-traced animation 
played at the recent A3000 launch 


change is an unnecessary embellishment in my opinion, I 
am something of a fan of the old 2000 keyboard. Still, at 
least it feels the same. The crude old mouse has been 
retained. 

Around the back things are very different and provide a 
better clue as to what is going on inside. The blanking 
plates for the Amiga and PC expansion cards lie sideways. 
There are only four of them, but 
since the hard disk 
controller has been 
moved to the main 
PCB you need one 




fewer. No one is going to 
run an A3000 off floppies. 

The connectors along the 
back include phono sockets, an 
RS232, centronics and the, erm, 
standard 23 pin Amiga video 
connector. Just think, you’ll have no 
problem using a modulator and 
connecting the Amiga to the family telly. 

Great. 

New connectors include a 15 pin joystick- 
shaped video connector and a switch to isolate 
the display enhancer. A new gizmo, and one 
which makes the A3000 a bit special. 

The mouse and joystick ports are still there on 
the right-hand side, blatant favouritism towards the 
right-handed majority. The overall appearance is fine - 
the best looking Amiga yet. 

This is the machine the Amiga was never supposed to be 
Conceived as a games machine, the original Amiga was to 
have been keyboardless. But when Commodore gave the 
computer life, the emphasis shifted. The world is a richer 
place for that. 

There are three flavours of the Amiga 3000. A 16Mhz 
model with a 40 meg hard disk and two 25 Mhz machines - 




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one with a 40 meg drive, the other with a 100 meg drive. 

All hard disks are fast SCSI units. Thankfully the 3000 has 
no support for the slow drives with which the A590 and 
2091 are supplied. The sound of the drive can be heard 
above the quiet fan. 

The machine boots up into the new 2.0 Workbench by 
default. It is possible to regress to 1.3 by holding down both 
mouse buttons while booting. A similar trick is used by the 
A2620 and A2630 add-in processor cards for the Amiga 
2000. With those a menu offered the choice of using the 
standard 68000 instead of the go-faster 68020 or 68030 
processors. 

The Amiga 3000 only has a 68030, so an option to turn it 
off would be a trifle pointless. As a result any program 
which is foolish enough to break the hardware rules will 
fail. 

One of these rules is a ban on self-modifying code - 
programs which change themselves. Unfortunately a lot of 
disk protection systems rely on this, and so won’t work on 
the A3000. A shame because the programs would probably 
run. Still, only games are affected. 


T HE new processor has a lot of advantages. It is faster, 
the overall performance is around 10 times that of a 
standard Amiga. Maths is very much faster, particularly on 
the 25Mhz machines which sport a 68882 co-processor, the 
newer faster version of the 68881 chip on the 16Mhz 
machine. 

All memory is 32 bit. This helps throughput, particularly 
disk access. The Amiga 2000 add-in cards cannot DMA into 
32 bit ram, while the GVP card reviewed last month has a 
slower disk interface. There are no bottlenecks. This is a 
fast beast. 

The only thing which doesn’t match is the Amiga chip 
set. Designed in 1984, it still runs at 7.16Mhz. There have 
been improvements in the design, some of which are seen 
for the first time on the 3000, but the kind of re-working 
that will allow them to be clocked faster requires a back-to- 
the-drawing board approach. 

Advances in Amiga chip technology have been filtering 
through since the first AlOOOs appeared. The first to affect 



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Floppy Port 
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Parallel Port 
Video RGB Port 
VDE Out 
VDE mode select 
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The new expanded preferences section 


A500 and A2000 owners was last year when the 1 meg 
Agnus was released. This gives those machines a full meg 
of chip ram, the memory the blitter can access, and so the 
limiting factor on the quantity of graphics which can be 
manipulated. When you are running DPaint and it closes 
Workbench for you, it is freeing up chip ram. 

One megabyte is the most A500 and 2000s can cope with 
due to the PCB design. The A3000 can have 2 meg chip and 
16 meg fast ram. It is supplied with 1 meg of each, the idea 
being that you move the small 1 megabit chips over to chip 
ram and install 4 megabit chips into fast ram when you 
want to upgrade. Six meg will not be an unusual size for an 
A3000, the rich and power hungry will opt for a full 18 
meg. 

This is a lot but the buzz among serious workstation 
users - at whom the 
A3000 is aimed - is 
that any top limit is 
restrictive and what 
is needed is virtual 
memory, where 
space on the hard 
disk can be used as 
though it was ram. 

All Motorola 68000 
family chips above 
the 68010 can 

handle this, and virtual memory was planned for 1.5. 

Maybe it will appear one day. 

The other chips which are new to the A3000 are versions 
of Denise, Gary and Buster. 

Denise is the most exciting, handling the graphics and 
introducing new modes. These are additional to the existing 
modes, so all old software will still work as before unless 
the program is doing something incredibly naughty. 

Software has to be specially written to utilise the new 
modes. Since Workbench has undergone suitable treatment, 
all programs which run on the standard Workbench should 
automatically cope. Anything which assumes Workbench 
cannot be bigger than 640 x 256 pixels is in for a shock. 
Programmers, you were warned. 


T HE new modes are a 1280 x 256 in four colours from 
a palette of 256, and a 640 x 480 in four colours from 
only 64. But, and this is the clever bit, it is non-interlaced. 
The result is the same as IBM’s mode 3 on the 8514/A 
monitor, if that means anything to you. To do this you need 
a VGA-type 3lKhz monitor. Because the old video modes 
require a 15Khz monitor, you’ll either need a multi-sync - 
oops, NEC trademark, I mean multi-scan - or two monitors. 

A suitable screen - and you might well want one since 
the chips are retrofittable to A500s - will set you back 
£350ish, if you shop wisely. There is the added advantage 





that the chip can 
be switched between 
NTSC and PAL modes. 

This means naff YASTPs 
can be made slightly less 
naff by being expanded to fill 
the screen. 

Video buffs will enjoy the new 
genlock facilities. The old genlock 
would only work with one colour 

- 2.0 and the Enhanced Chip Set 
(ECS) conspire to allow any colour or 
combination of colours to be genlocked. 

The border can be switched to opaque 
regardless of its logical colour. 

If you are a programmer and are getting really 
excited about all these sexy new features, the sort 
of person who jumps up and down when they hear 
that the hardware collision detect for sprites now 
works, brace yourself: There is a downside. Anyone 
who has broken rules about tagging on to copper lists 

- the rule is: don’t - will get a mess on the screen. 

Since the A3000 can have twice as much chip ram as the 

machines us mortals use, the chip numbers vary. If you 
want to be flash and upgrade your machine you’ll need to 
order an Agnus 8372-R3 and a Denise 8373-R2a. But don’t 
expect your dealer to get them for a very long while. 

Buster is a chip you will find in a few existing Amigas. 
His job is to look after the data bus, managing signals. This 
is much more important on the A3000 where datum is 
whizzing around very much faster. 

The new and fatter Agnus is freely available, albeit at a 
price - around £50. This gives A500 and A2000s more chip 
ram. New Gary is very little different, fixing a minor bug 
which caused some fast memory to be treated as slow, but 
not chip, ram. 


W ORKBENCH has changed a lot. The original blue, 
white, orange and black defaults were adopted as 
a result of a NASA study. Astronauts clearly have different 
eyes to programmers and so a more sedate black, white, 
grey and “it’s not going to rain today” sky blue has 
emerged. 

These look good, but present two problems. First, most of 
your existing icons will look dreadful. Second, the grey on 
blue, and vice versa, are unreadable on each other. If you 
use a mono monitor, forget it. As ever, the colours can be 
changed and the number of colours is selectable in binary 
powers from two to 16. 

Instead of the device icons appearing on a workbench 
screen they now live in a window. I can’t really grasp why, 
and this is the only change I don’t like. All windows can 
have a texture applied to them, the Workbench one can be 
independent of the proper windows so that windows show 
up very clearly. This has to be a repeating pattern and stops 
short of a whole picture like the PD utility Dropcloth. 

A constant problem for new users has been 
understanding the CLI. You either had a nice simple 
graphical interface or were dropped into the deep end with 
#? syntax. Workbench 2.0 offers a half-way house, the 
ability to type in one line of CLI-type stuff directly. 


Workbench 


errors are easier 
to understand. 

Instead of having 
to look up mystic 
numbers to find that 
103 means there is not 
enough ram or 205 means 
there is no program for the 
icon, there is now some text 
telling you what you have 
done wrong. 

Even with a meg of chip ram 
- 2 meg if you have upgraded the 
A3000 - you might end up with the 
dreaded 103. Assuming you have a CLI 
open, you can shut Workbench and free 
up some ram. After all, LoadWB is just a 
program and there is no reason why you 
shouldn’t quit it, unless of course a program 
you are running needs Workbench. 

Many of the new features relieve frustration in 
using the Amiga. One of these is the handling of 
new drawers. In the past you had to keep a drawer 
empty, duplicate and rename it to create a new one. 
Instant drawers are now possible with the new drawer 
option. It is very much faster and neater. 

Another enhancement is the ability to open a parent 
drawer from the bottom up. You don’t have to shuffle 
windows, find the device and open the main drawer. But 







Choosing the screen size from Preferences 


the feature I most like is Select All. 

You know how it is. You have just finished a major 
session with DPaint and have loads of hiddledy-piggledy 
icons. You select clean-up and start shift-clicking on them 
so that you can do a snapshot and keep the system neat. 

But in a fit of over-clicking you end up running DPaint and 
have to start again. 

No worries. Select All will save the trouble of shift 
clicking. A neat workbench is now no hassle. A touch of 
Mac magic - I didn’t say that, honest Mr Scully - gives the 
option to draw a box around icons and select all those 
inside. 

Atari lovers will appreciate the View By Text option. 

This replaces your lovely, hand crafted icons with a list of 
files. OK they are in nice Amiga fonts, but what is the 
point? Needless to say, I hate it. If you want to view files 
without icons there is a special mode which attaches magic 
icons to all the files and directories. You can then move 
them around and switch off. 


I NCREASED font control means that you are quite likely 
to have a different font below the icons. This may look 
good, and Workbench clean-up now takes the text into 
account, but the font won’t change until you re-open the 
window. For this reason there is a ResetWB option which 


closes and re-opens all windows. This is needed if you 
change modes. 

One of the magic spells all Amiga owners curse at is the 
S:startup- sequence. You know how it is never quite right 
but you can’t be bothered to load Ed and fix it? Well, worry 
no more because there is a special drawer which replaces 
startup-sequence. Called the Startup drawer, all the 
programs inside are run on booting. These can either be set 
to run one after another or simultaneously. Easier and less 
hassle, I’m sure you will agree. 


O NE of the contributing factors to the new look is a 
reworking of Preferences. This program has always 
suffered from growing bit by bit. Having to select two 
printer sub-menus for each new printer always struck me 
as being a bit cack-handed. 

Preferences has been expanded into a number of 
programs to control command key definitions, the 
keyboard option, no more fiddling with CLI to get a £ sign. 

One program controls the palette, but this segmentation 
means that any application can update the preferences file, 
so if a PD palette requester you prefer pops up on a cover 
disk, you can replace just that bit of Preferences. 

The same holds for all the selections. Parallel and serial 
port configuration programs will need updating if you buy 
a board to add extra ports. 

As before you can edit the pointer. Mine has a drop 
shadow. And as I hinted before you can change the font. 
There are three types - text which appears in CLI, icon 
names and window names. For some applications there are 
limits on size, and they have to be proportional. Others can 
be totally wild. How about a hi-res Gothic? 

Such flexibility is bound to cause problems. Lots of 
programs assume size 9 fonts, and some even rely on 
Topaz. With more users customising the screen, developers 
are going to have to be even more cautious. 

Not everyone will like the new look. It takes a bit of 
getting used to but with a good monitor - no, put the family 
telly back in the front room, it would look silly on an 
A3000 - Workbench 2.0 is much more restful. And it is 
easier to use, with stacks of keyboard equivalents. 

Whenever two or three overweight, sandal-shod, 
developers gather, the talk turns to ARexx. There is a 
theory that programmers promote the image of Unix as 
being difficult just to elevate their status. Such 


U OMMODORE will have Unix, the operating system 
which will dominate 1991 as the corporate world 
discovers it really does need networking and multi- 
tasking. Amiga will be ready with Unix System V version 
4. 

The software isn’t finished yet because AT&T, which 
supplies Unix, hasn’t finished its bits. It will be expensive 
but offer a lot of power and, hopefully, open up great new 
markets to the Amiga. 

Further off is the next generation of Amigas. They may 


not even be called Amigas, and they certainly won’t 
appear for two or three years. 

I’d speculate that they will be based on the Motorola 
88000. the RISC successor to the 88000. and the machines 
will have better versions of the Amiga chip set, perhaps 
offering a level of compatibility. Most of the Amiga system 
is written in C. but I wouldn’t like to have to port it to 
another processor. 

Still, the men from America have worked wonders this 
far. The Amiga 3000 is enough to he getting on with. 







programmers, 
when confronted 
with something like an 
Amiga, seek refuge in 
ARexx. 

We reviewed it yonks ago. 

Basically Arexx is a 
programming language for CLI, 
but it goes beyond a standard 
batch file by interacting with the 
programs. 

An ARexx program can be written to 
take whatever your word processor spits 
out, convert it to Ascii, archive it, log on to 
Cix, upload the file, send a message to 
someone, download any unread mail and log 
off, while you keep using the word processor. 

Of course, the comms program needs to know 
about ARexx to give it control, and it helps if the 
word processor does too, but these things will come. 

ARexx forms the foundation for interconnectivity. In 
five years’ time the rest of the world will catch on - they 
still think digital watches and multi-tasking are a pretty 

neat idea. ARexx 
used to cost £50, 
now it is free. 

If you haven’t 
bought a hard 
disk perhaps the 
single greatest 
improvement in 
Workbench 2.0 is 

Fast File System 

Some of the many new features (FFS) for 

provided by Workbench 2.0 floppies. With 

the application of 

caution and cunning, this has been possible under 1.3, but 
with suspect reliability. 

Workbench 2.0 does it properly. This is no great shakes 
for Amiga 3000 owners, but some other improvements 
help. While retaining disk compatibility the wizards at 
Commodore have sped up FFS. They have also added some 
bits that won’t get used unless you have a network, locking 
records so that they cannot be corrupted when several 
people are using a file. 

Inside, the A3000 is as neat as it is on the screen. The 
expansion slots have been turned sideways. Beware of 
cards which run hot, there is a lot less cooling from a 
horizontal card. All slots are Zorro III. Like previous 
Zorros, this is 100 pin, but is compatible with Zorro II. 

Most cards which have been tested worked straight off. 

Of the four, one is on its own, the other two line up with 
non-Zorro slots, so a card can be designed which plugs into 
both. Predictably two of these allow you to join Amiga and 
PC slots. 

The fourth is more interesting. It is a video slot, like that 
found the wrong side of the PSU in an A2000. This 
opens up plenty of scope for special effects video boards 
which take instructions from the computer and manipulate 
the image. 

The CPU slot won’t take A2620 or 2630s. There is no 
point - it is a new format with 200 pins. Commodore talks 
of adding a 68040 or RISC 

processor. My guess is that an 88000 card is being 
developed as a stepping stone to the next generation of 


Amigas. 

One thing 
which won’t 
get added to the 
A3000 is a Flicker 
Fixer. The 
Microway product 
has been beaten to the 
job by the Commodore 
Display Enhancer. 

Functionally the same as a 
Flicker Fixer, this de-interlaces 
the interlace modes and so, erm, 
fixes flicker. For those who like 
itchy eyeballs or who want to use X- 
Specs type glasses, there is an off 
switch on the back. Did you play with 
Meccano when you were a small boy? 

Good. You’ll love the drive bay chassis. This 
slides in and out making it a breeze to fit a 
more interesting drive. 

All these features will no doubt have your 
credit card running for cover. Well, it is justified. 

Put your bank manager on danger money, this is a 
workstation not a geegaw. The cheap (hah) 16Mhz 
machine with a 68881 maths co-processor and 40 meg 
drive - the one that no one will buy - is £2,499. Plus Vat, 
plus monitor. The middle one, 25Mhz, 68882 and 40 meg 
costs £2,999 and the only one really worth having - a 
similar spec as the second but with a 100 meg drive - will 
see no change from £3,299, plus, plus. 

Still, one can but dream. 





P REVIEWED in our May issue, 
Checkmate's A 1500 expansion 
system looks like one of the most 
exciting add-ons ever produced for 
the A500. 

Almost a complete Do-It-Yourself 
A2000 kit, it re-houses the A500 in 
two separate metal boxes to hold 
both the keyboard and main circuit 
hoard. The floppy drive is 
repositioned to face the front, a hard 
drive can he fitted internally and the 
whole system can he mounted in a 
lOin rack. 


a Checkmate 





74 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 



■ COMPETITION ■ 




I Rules | | A golden chance for 


The added flexibility of the 
At 500 will allow the A500 owner to 
upgrade his system piece by piece, 
eventually taking it beyond an 
A2000. 

Checkmate Systems has agreed to 
give an A 1500 system to a lucky 
Amiga Computing reader. Of 
course, by lucky we mean those 
readers clever enough to enter our 
special competition, get the answers 
right and then have their entry 
picked from the magic hinhag by 
Tytn the terrific art person. 


1. The first correct entry drawn 
from the magic binliner on July 18 
will win the prize. 

2. Photocopied entry forms will be 
permitted, but multiple entries 
will be treated with the disrespect 
they deserve. 

3. Employees of Interactive 
Publishing and people who don’t 
like Pink Floyd stand a good 
chance of being disqualified. 

4. The editor’s decision, however 
strange, is final. 




you to turn your 
A500 setup into a 
brand new computer 


HOW TO ENTER 

BELOW is a list of some of the features 
boasted by an A1500 system. All you 
have to do is sort them into what you 
think is their order of importance and 
write the relevant letters in the 
relevant boxes. 

For example, if you thought A was 
the most important feature, you would 
write A in box number one. 

The correct entry will exactly match 
the order previously selected by the 
crack Amiga Computing team. No 
tedious little tie-break sentence is 
required because me know how tricky 
they are. Of course, if you want to 
complete the sentence “I am sending 
AJ lots of money because...” please 
feel free to do so. 

\ 


ENTRY FORM 


A 1500 features 

A - Houses keyboard in a separate box. 
B - Supports a full A2000 video slot. 

C - Repositions the floppy drive. 

D - Designed in the UK. 

E - Can be rack mounted. 

F - Full upgrade path. 

I think the A1500 features should be 
placed in the following order: 

1 2 3 4 5 6 


Name...., 

Address, 


Postcode 

Phone number 

I have read and understood the rules 
and agree to abide by them. 

Signed 

Date 

Send your completed form to: 
Checkmate A1500 Competition, Amiga 
Computing, Europa House, Adlington 
Park, Macclesfield, SK10 4NP. The 
closing date for entries is July 18. 



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man of many talents. Some 
might call him weird, others insane. 
We prefer deep. 

As you’ve guessed from his name, 
Pierre is French, although at the 
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computer graphics alongside 
computer technology companies. 
Before that he created the music for a 
French cartoon, L’Intouchable, which 
was presented at the Cannes festival 
this year. 

Pierre’s second love is music. The 
music for the cartoon was composed 
using his Amiga 1000, which he’s had 
since 1987, and Music-X. Indeed 
Pierre and his Amiga have played a 
number of live concerts around the 
world and have made four albums, 
including one called A Porky Prime 
Cut released in this country on BN1A 
Records in 1988. You might have 
heard of him. He works under the 
name of Pacific 231? 

Now that we’ve got your attention 
and shown you what a talented guy 
this is, we’re sure the images on these 
pages have taken on another 
dimension. This is modern art. It’s not 
everyone’s cup of turpentine, an 
acquired taste you might say, but it’s 
certainly highly original. 

Pierre, who owns and experiments 
with all the top Amiga graphics 
packages, has now progressed to 
DeLuxe Video m, putting digitised 
images created with Vidi-Amiga and 
Pixmate to music in short animations. 

More power to your palette, Pierre. 
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78 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 







A NYONE who has owned an 8 
bit machine can’t have failed 
to have noticed the varied selection of 
freezer cartridges for them, ones like 
the Freeze Frame, Multiface and 
Expert Cartridge. 

As well as allowing you to transfer 
8 bit tape games to disk, # the better 
ones also contain a host of useful 
utilities for programmers and those 
interested in having a look inside 
programs and ripping out the 
graphics. 

Now the first two of these cartridges 
are available for the Amiga - the 
Amiga Action Replay from Datel 
Electronics and the Nordic Power 
from Data & Electronics Venlo B.V. 
(Holland). 

After signing and returning a form 
to state you will not use the Action 
Replay for illegal activity, you receive 
a box containing a small manual, a 
disk of utilities and the Action Replay 
cartridge. 

It is about the same shape and size 
as the old Vic 20 game cartridges. The 
box plugs into the A500 expansion 
port on the left of the machine. It has 
no through port, so forget it if you’ve 
got an A590 or another peripheral 
with no through port itself. 

On the top of the cartridge you will 


find a small green power LED, the 
magical freeze button that starts the 
cartridge going and a slo-mo device — 
a little knob you can use to slow down 
the Amiga, a sort of processor 
decelerator. 

I generally prefer things to go faster 
rather than slower, but if you’re 
having problems with a game you can 
slow it down with this knob to just the 



Recognise the pointer? 


FREQUENCY tCH-RC RANGE START M3F0iF 
RANGE END 


Mm 


It might not look like it, but this is Green snoring 

speed you require. 

Once the cartridge is plugged in and 
you turn on your Amiga, you are 
greeted with an Amiga Action Replay 
screen which flashes up before the 
Workbench disk hand pops up. 

So you boot up your Amiga with a 
game and press the button. You are 
immediately confronted with a blue 



screen with the Datel copyright 
message at the top. The screen is lo-res 
40 column, probably due to memory 
restrictions rather than a desire to 
deeply annoy Amiga owners with 
monitors. 

At this point you can start fiddling. 
While doing so you will soon find out 
that pressing Z gives a Y, and pressing 
Y gives a Z. This is because the 
cartridge uses a German keymap. You 
can switch it to a USA keymap by 
pressing F9. 

There is no UK keymap, so if you 
have a UK keyboard you will find 
some of the symbols above the number 
keys messed up. 

Not that they work properly with a 
US keyboard either. Pressing Shift-2 
gives a funny squiggle character. If you 
use said funny squiggle character in a 
filename and then try and look at the 
file later with the utility disk, you find 
that it is a y with an umlaut (two dots) 
above it. 

The strange thing is that no 
language in the world uses a y with an 


Jolyon Ralph casts 
an expert’s eye on 
two magic boxes that 
Amiga hackers have 
been crying out for 


80 AMIGA COMPUTING fuly 1990 





■ HARDWARE 


umlaut. Legend has it that this 
character was invented by IBM and 
every computer manufacturer since 
then has blindly copied it, never 
thinking to check up if the character is 
actually used or not. 

You can format a disk to the special 
FDOS format, which is basically no 
format at all. It takes about two or 
three seconds. Once you have done 
this you can make an entire memorv 
dump of your Amiga to a disk file. 

This not only saves an entire image 
of memory to disk, but also the current 
state of all the Amiga’s hardware, 
including the hardware registers and 
the 68000 registers. It even remembers 
the position of the disk head in the 
drive and moves it back to the correct 
place when loading in memory 
dumps. 

Such dumps are compressed before 
saving, which can take a couple of 
minutes, but results in three or four 
memory dumps fitting to a disk on 
average. 

The disks the Action Replay creates 
can be made into bootable Amiga ones 
with a program on the utility disk. 


Booting such a disk gives you a menu 
to choose which memory dump to 
load and run. 

T HIS little cartridge does a lot 
more besides saving out 
memory. Hardware-hitting 
programmers will love it for it contains 
a monitor and disassembler for looking 
at the programs in memory. You can 
view normally write-only hardware 
registers, you can set breakpoints and 
execute code until the processor 
reaches the point you set. 

You can block move memory 
around your machine; it even has a 
copperlist assembler and disassembler 
to examine and fiddle with the 
workings of the current copperlist. 

You can rip graphics out of almost 
any game or demo at any time - you 
can even rip out the screen the Amiga 
puts up asking for a Workbench disk 
to be loaded. 

However, a lot of game screens are 
built up of various layers stacked 
vertically, and each has to be saved 
individually because each can be a 


different resolution or use different 
colours. Once saved to disk using the 
cartridge, these files can be converted 
into standard Amiga IFF files with the 
supplied conversion utility. 

Action Replay has a trainer mode to 
find pokes automatically for infinite 
lives on your favourite games. It works 
: by looking for the initial number of 
lives in the game, then you play, lose a 
life, press the button, and the Action 
Replay looks for any memory location 
that has decreased to the right value 
from the last check. 

It often takes several passes to track 
down the life counter, and some 
games cannot be trained this way. 

Once you find the life counter for 
your game, you can either alter it and 
give yourself 255 lives or use the 
built-in option to find the SUB or 
SUBQ instruction that decrements 
the counter and replace it with a 
harmless TST instruction. This will 
I prevent the counter from ever 
reaching zero. 

Pressing Help gives a list of the 
commands. This revealed some not in 
the manual, so I looked at the disk for 



If you should go skating on the thin ice of piracy. 


-AMIGA 

ACTION 

REPLAY. 




AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 81 




■ HARDWARE ■ 


N EITHER of these cartridges wins 
any points for OS friendliness. 

They are designed to do things the Amiga 
hardware tries not to allow. Problems 
arise with certain hard drives. The A2000 
version of the Nordic Power cartridge 
plugs in the MMU slot, where faster 
processor boards usually go, and will not 
work if a Bridgeboard is in the system. 

If you have extra memory, both 
cartridges assume it will be at ScOOOOO, 
although Nordic Power also detects 
memory at S80000 in new 1 meg chip ram 
machines. 

This is fine if you have a Commodore 
A501 or a compatible 512k board, but 
anyone with other memory boards 
installed in their A500 will find that the 
cartridge will not detect the extra 
memory. 

Nordic Power refuses to let you even 
look at memory in other areas, such as 
the Spirit 1.5 meg memory board in my 
A500. 

Despite the German documentation, I 
managed to work out that Action Replay 
has 16k of ram mapped to $9fc000 and 
64k of rom mapped to SfOOOOO. If 
Commodore decides to put something 
more interesting in these areas of 
memory later on the cartridge will have 
to go. 

Action Replay takes over the 68000's 
level 7 interrupt and the unauthorised 
interrupt. What appears to be either a 
programming bug or a deliberate attempt 
to confuse those investigating the 
workings of this cartridge means these 
vectors are set to Sc5f0000x instead of 
SOOfOOOOx. On a 68000 the top byte of a 
long-word address is ignored, but it is not 
ignored on a 68020 or above, which will 
cause a 68020 to jump to the wrong part 
of memory. 

Programmers have been warned many 
times never to use a non-zero value in 
this top byte. Because it is hard-coded 
into the rom of this cartridge it will 
presumably not work with a 68020/030 
board installed, although I have not been 
able to test it with one. 

The Nordic Power cartridge contains 
64k of rom and 16k of ram. It has defied 
all attempts by me to track down where it 
is or how it works, because it does not 
seem to use any of the 68000 interrupt 
lines. This may make it more difficult for 
games companies to protect against. 


further information. I found a file 
called Read. me, so I did. 

Unfortunately it was all in German 
and wasn’t much help. And it didn’t 
contain any y’s with umlauts either. 

On reset the Action Replay checks 
for anything resembling a virus and, if 
found, wipes the memory totally 
clean. This approach is a bit heavy 
handed, but certainly effective. It can 
be disabled if you use a recoverable 
ram disk. The cartridge can also 
optionally disable fast memory for 
badly written games or demos. 

The hardware assumes you have a 
standard A500 with or without extra 
drive and, if you have a ram 
expansion, it assumes it’s an A501. 
Anything else you may have inside 
your Amiga could cause problems 
with the cartridge. It might be worth 
checking with Datel whether the 
Action Replay will work with your 
specific configuration before parting 
with cash. 

Other than that, the hardware is 
good. A few minor points like the 40 
column screen and there being no 
lower case characters, but it allows 
you to do things impossible on an 
Amiga without it. Machine code 
programmers will love it, being a very 
powerful debugging tool. But if you 
only want it to save games, it’s an 
expensive way to improve your high 
scores. 

T HE Nordic Power cartridge is 
slightly smaller than the Action 
Replay one. The buttons are placed at 
the rear, making it slightly less easy to 
use, and the case falls apart quite 
easily to allow upgrade roms to be 
fitted at a later date. 

This cartridge has a through port 


allowing further peripherals to be 
added. Whether they work or not is 
another matter. My A590 works with 
the cartridge plugged in, but refuses to 
autoboot. 

Once the cartridge is fitted and the 
Amiga is powered up, you have to 
press the freeze button once. This 
initialises the cartridge and re-boots 
your Amiga. 

Now you can use your Amiga 
happily until you reach the point that 
you wish to employ the cartridge’s 
services. Now you press the button 
again, which gives you a menu. At the 
bottom of the menu are the names of 
the programmers, M. Rom and Z. 

Nine. Demo fans may recognize these 
names as Major Rom and Zeronine 
from Quadlite. 

The display is lo-res and uses less 
than half of the screen, but at least it 
uses a small 6 point font allowing 
about 50 characters per line. It looks 
nicer than the Action Replay screen, 
but the restricted width makes it no 
easier to work with. Nordic Power has 
no lower case character set, either. 

Most of the menu functions can be 
chosen with the function keys, making 
the cartridge very easy to use. My one 
complaint about the menus is putting 
the Exit Back To Program option on F7 

> 


ocoooeco 

00FE9718 

ooocsics 

COCOCrVO 

ccooceoo 

oocoosvv 

00300000 

O0C0V730 

cooooooo 

weetsss 

oooooooo 

00F Cl 338 

FFFFFFFF 

COC 00278 

0S00FFFF 

OOC7FFD2 


eocoivsa 

zm 

00FC13V2 


CPU registers according to the Nordic unit... 


ACTION REPLAY - AMIGA SYSTEM 
<C> 1989 BY OLAF BOEHM & JOERG ZANGER 

<P> BY DATEL ELECTRONICS LTD 


D0 - 00000800 Di = 000C61C2 
D2 = 00000000 D3 = 00000000 
D4 - 00000000 D5 = 0CE50088 
D6 = FFFFFFFF D7 = 00802C6E 

A0 = 00FE9716 A1 = 00C014E2 
A2 = 00000001 A3 = 00FE86EE 
A4 = 80801558 A5 = 08C014B6 
A6 = 00C00276 A 7 = 00C7FFFA 

PC = 88FC0720 USP = 00C014AE SR = 0000 
T = 0 S— 0 1=008 X=8 N=0 Z=0 V=8 C=8 
D0 

TC0728 MOVE . L A6,-<A7> 

'FC8722 MOVEA.L 14<A1>,A6 
'FC0726 JSR —IE < A6 > 

'FC072A MOVEA.L <A7>+,A6 


...and according 
to the Datel box 
of tricks 


82 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 





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Action 

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Nordic 

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Works on A1000 

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Works on B2000 


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Through port 


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Slow motion device 

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Upradeable roms 


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Cartridge needed 
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AmigaDos format disks 


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Full size screen 

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Disk copy 


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Memory virus killer 

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Cheat finder 

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Graphics ripper 

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Print screens 


9 pin epson 
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Sound sample ripper 


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Assembler 

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Breakpoints 

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Copper assembler 
and disassembler 

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Jump to address 

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Block copy memory 

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Load block to address 

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Save memory block 

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Sprite editor 

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Block fill 

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The Pros and Cons of hacking 


Bad news for pirates 


ALTHOUGH it would seem that these 
cartridges provide a very easy way to 
pirate games, it doesn’t quite work like 
that. Firstly, most games load levels 
from disk and you will still need the 
original disk to play the game from a 
cartridge-saved copy. 

Secondly, although the files that the 
Action Replay creates do not need the 
cartridge plugged in to run - because it 
saves all of memory out and restores 
all of memory in, including areas used 
by the system - loading it on a 

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rather than a more logical key, like 
Escape or FlO. 

Saving memory is simple. You have 
the option of crunching the file or 
saving the whole of ram as one 512k 
long disk file, or two 512k files on two 
disks for 1 meg machines. The 
problem with saving crunched 
memory is that it will save all of 
memory, so if you only want to save 
512k, you have to physically remove 
your extra ram. 

The manual suggests cutting a track 
on your A501 and soldering a switch 
across it to disable the expansion, but 
this is hardly an acceptable solution 
for the average Amiga owner. 

The Nordic Power graphics ripper is 
much more complex than the Action 
Replay one, and therefore is a lot more 
confusing for beginners. 

It allows you to fiddle with such 
things as the individual bitplane 
pointers, the bitplane modulos and the 
ddfstart and dffstop values. It will 
usually guess the values you need, but 
I found it didn’t work as well as 
Action Replay. One advantage the 
Nordic Power has is that it uses 
standard AmigaDos disks, so vou 
don’t have to mess around with a 
conversion utility. 

Where Nordic Power really shines is 
in its sound ripper facility. It shows a 
graphical representation of memory, 
which you can output to the speaker 
as a sample. You can change the start 
and end positions and zoom in on the 
display until you get exactly the right 
length for the sample you wish to rip. 
Pressing S will save the sample to 
disk. 

Like Action Replay, Nordic Power 
has a machine code monitor. I was 
disappointed with it though. Perhaps 
it’s because I used the Action Replay 


different machine, with a different 
Kickstart, different memory 
configuration or different number of 
drives, and so on, will promptly cause 
the Amiga to crash 99 per cent of the 
time. 

Both cartridges are ideal for people 
playing a game who want to save their 
game position when there is no save- 
game option. Programmers will be 
delighted with the debugging facilities 
they offer. Would-be pirates will be 
disappointed. 


cartridge first, but the Nordic Power 
monitor seems a very basic affair, 
offering a bare minimum of features 
and lacking some which I regard as 
essential, such as a block move. 

None of this is helped by the 
manual, which is the victim of some 
nasty translation. For example: “We 
call the actual screen that on the 
moment of pressing the freeze button 
the graphic” and “ The Amiga musics 
exists from samples (samples means 
monsters) 

Some of the mistakes cannot be 
excused by translation and must be 
put down to brain failure: “On Amiga 
text screens are called dual 
playfields. ” What?!? 

Nordic Power has a game trainer 
option, but unlike Action Replay it is 
totally automatic. It assumes you are 
losing one life at a time, and therefore 
cannot be used for other counters that 
may go up, like damage for instance. 

When it finds the correct value it 
replaces it with 127, so you don’t have 
infinite lives, just 127. 

This is not a good way to train a 
game because some games crash if the 
life value is too high for the display - 
for example, if the game tries to draw 
127 little spaceships at the top of the 
screen and runs out of space. 

Overall, Nordic Power is a very 
useful unit. The use of AmigaDos 
format with the ability to format disks, 
catalogue and delete files, makes it 
easy to use. But it doesn’t seem very 
reliable - if you hold the freeze button 
down too long it crashes. 


Amiga Action Replay, £59.99, Datel 
Electronics, 0782 744707. 

Nordic Power, £59.99, Data & 
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Many small companies go broke each year 
because there is nobody to look after the 
time-consuming job of keeping proper 
accounts. Alex Aird looks at a package 
from Arena Technologies which aims to 
keep the small businessman on top of his job 


H AVE you ever wondered why 
some people get to review 
certain products in Amiga 
Computing? Well, I run a little 
computer shop and while I was 
chatting with the Features Editor one 
day I happened to mention that I was 
doing my yearly accounts. Jeff asked 
what software I was using. I told him I 
didn’t know of anything good and was 
doing them by hand. 

Surprised by my reply, he sent me a 
newish accounting package, which 
shall remain nameless, and asked me 
to try it out. I played with it for about 
15 minutes and sent it straight back. 

A couple of days later Jeff sent 


another, Arena Accounts. “That’s 
better,” I said. “This is something I 
might be able to use.” 

Arena Accounts is a full accounting 
package aimed at small to medium- 
sized businesses. It requires at least 1 
meg of memory and, as usual with 


serious packages, two floppies or a 
hard drive makes life very much 
easier. 

The software is not copy protected 
and even comes with a little program 
to copy itself to your hard disk - a big 
plus point for me as I use an A590. I 
hate programs which will not run 


The Add/Amend module is 
where you set up the details 
for each of your accounts 


Horhbenoh topf n 


Enter Account Code 


; fl 1 1 BIAFTX WII I 


I Sales 2 Purchases 

3 Direct Expenses 4 Overheads 

*» - Tixed Assets 0 Current Assets 

7 - Current Liabilities 8 Capital 



The Nominal Ledger is 
where you'll probably 
spend most of your time. 


from my hard drive. 


W HEN the program has loaded 
you are presented with a 
menu giving you access to the sales, 
purchase and nominal ledgers, plus a 
further option of sales invoicing. 

The sales invoicing section allows 
you to create, print and post invoices 
into the accounts. Normally I would 
use a word processor to print out an 
invoice then add the invoice amount 
to the sales ledger. This program will 
add it to the ledger for me when I tell 
it to. 

The nominal ledger, however, is the 


19/M/98 


With facilities for up 
to a million accounts, 
even the biggest of 
businesses should 
have room to spare 


1 456980 Overseas Travelling 
460988 Training Costs 
462980 Carriage 
471888 Electricity 

aiOMUi-i 

. Interest 
tries 
Debts 

it and Machinery 
ice Furniture 
)r Vehicles 
tors Control 
ty Cash 
Iry Debtors 
it Advance 
litors Control 


Subsistence 
Entertaining 
Gas 

Advertising 
Public Relations 
Bank Charges 
Charities 
Depreciation 
Grants 

P/M Depreciation 
0/F Depreciation 
H/V Depreciation 
Bank Control 
Stock 

Pre-Paynents 
Deposit Account 


Accounts for all seasons, 80 obvious ones 
are provided to save your pinkies from 
wearing out 


88 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 











■ REVIEW ■ 



Ar«*»: 


place to start. Here you have to add 
your own unique accounts to those 
already entered for you. With a 
computer shop we have classifications 
such as Sales of Software and, of 
course, Purchases of Software. 

Altogether more than 80 separate 
accounts are entered into the 
system - things like stock, rent, 
rates, petrol and so on. There 
is provision for around a 
million separate accounts, 
which is more than enough 
for any business. 

To enter the account 
classification you click on 
the Add/Amend Accounts 
box, enter the account code, 
account name and account 
type, then post the entry by 
clicking on a postcard icon. 

All the icons are large and 


well chosen. If you want something 
sent to the screen you click on a 
picture of a monitor, to print 
something you click 
on a picture 


of a printer. 

Next you need to set up the sales 
and purchase accounts. For example, 
if you have several regular customers 
who buy from you on credit, you will 
need to have a separate account 
for each. This is not 
relevant to a retail 
operation such as a 
computer shop; the 
main account for us 
is daily cash sales. 
Every account has 
to have a six-figure 
account code. I 
called Daily Cash 
Sales CASH01, 
non-VAT sales 
became CASH02. 
Purchase 
accounts also had 
to be set up. 

> 


Before running the program, a script file must 
be executed to copy 20k or so of data to ram 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 89 


1 





| REVIEW | 


> 

Software Sellers became SOFTOl; 
other accounts were set up in a similar 
fashion. 

This setting up procedure may seem 
long winded, but it is quite simple and 
just the same as having separate books 
or columns when doing accounts by 
hand. 

When everything has been set up 
you can start entering your data. Every 
day the money in the till is counted 
and the day’s takings are entered into 
the sales ledger. Invoices that arrive in 
the post are entered into the purchase 
ledger. 

This is the rather mundane part of 
any business, finding different books 
and entering figures in the correct 
column always seems a long job. 

Doing it on a computer seems to make 
it less tedious. 



The hard drive 
installation script will 
only copy the program 
to SYS: - if you want it 
somewhere else you ’ll 
have to do it yourself 


If you suddenly discover 
you’ve set something 
up incorrectly, the 
Utilities program is 
there to rescue you 


Morkbtnch Sor»»n 


T HE major advantage though of 
any computerised accounting 
system is the information which the 
package can give to the user. Most 
accounts packages will print out a 
VAT return for you, but the more 
information the better. Computers and 
monitors take up a lot of space, so are 
the profits they generate worth the 
space they take up? 

With a computerised accounting 
package I expect to have this 
information at my fingertips, and 
Arena Accounts provides me with 
exactly this. I can click on the account 
inquiry box and get the figures for 
Hardware Purchases and Hardware 
Sales, combine this with a quick stock 
check and I will get a very good idea 
of how hardware sales are going. 

I found I was clicking on the 
account inquiry box quite a lot. I 
could find out just how much I owed 
to each of my suppliers and exactly 
what my bank balance was at any 
time, so I knew exactly the financial 
state of the business. 

I also discovered that selling 
computer books was hardly 
worthwhile considering the shelf 
space they take up and the money 
involved in keeping a large stock. If 
you’ve ever thought of buying a book 
for an Amiga and then changed your 
mind because of the cost, you will not 
find my decision too surprising. 

If you’ve done a bit of small 
business accounting you will know 
the time it can take to do a trial 


balance, produce a profit and loss 
account or a set of final accounts. 

With Arena Accounts you simply 
click on a box and the information is 
there before you. 

Although I find Arena Accounts 
very useful, it cannot replace the 
accounts I do by hand. Firstly, you 
see, the taxman and vatman will have 
to approve the package - an important 
point to remember before changing 
over to computerised accounts. 

Also, backing up data becomes more 
and more important, three or four 
copies of a disk is not overdoing 
things at all, it is merely being 
prudent. The loss of a disk full of 
accounts data can set you back a long 
way if you have no other records. 


I CAN find few faults with Arena 
Accounts. The first version I had 
(vl.02) caused me a few strange 
problems, but a quick phone call to 
Arena Systems got me vl.04. I am 
always impressed by this sort of 
backup from software manufactures. 

Arena Accounts multi-tasks nicely 
- but slowly - with Protext, the word 
processor I use, so I can check up on a 
few things while writing this review. 

One of the things I do not like is the 
fact that it runs on the Workbench 
screen in a window which cannot be 
resized. This means I can’t access any 
disk icons while running the program. 
It could do with an option for opening 


on its own screen for those users who 
have the available memory. 

This gripe apart, Arena Accounts is 
a useful program for any small 
business to own. By the time you read 
this review, a tweeked vl.05 should be 
available, which will include a 
delivery note option in the invoicing 
module. 


REPORT CARD 


Arena Accounts (vl.04) 

Arena Technologies Ltd 0724 280222 
£149.95 + vat 


EASE OF USE . 


Marks dropped for the utilities section 
being a separate program, and for 
hijacking the workbench screen. 


SPEED. 



Ok unless you want to multi-task, when 
the screen refresh rate begins to 
resemble that of an Amiga Basic 
program. Fast enough for the job. 


VALUE. 


An good accountant will cost you 
about £250 a year. Use this program 
once instead, and you’ve got your 
money back. 


OVERALL 82% 


The best accounting package I’ve used 
on the Amiga so far. 


90 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 










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Ray trace yourself a new 
home with A-Render 


Textures such as glass may be 
incorporated into the images 


W RITING a program as 

complex as a ray tracer is 
difficult enough; writing one which 
runs at any kind of speed takes a large 
investment of time and money. 

The upshot is that there are no 
freeware ray tracers. But there are a 
couple of shareware ones, and they are 
remarkably inexpensive for what they 
offer. 

Both systems are capable of good 
results, but without the polished user 
interfaces of Sculpt or Silver. Both 
require use of the CLI, and one of 
them needs a large amount of mental 
calculation beforehand. 

A-Render, which lives on Fish Disk 
#99, is the easier system to use. It fills 
the disc with a slideshow of very 
reasonable ray traced pictures. The 
documentation is extremely 
comprehensive, reading more like a 
technical paper, complete with 
introduction, appendices and 
bibliography. 

But it doesn’t quite work on a 
Kickstart 1.3 machine, which the 
majority of Amigas are by now. (If the 
switch-on Hand Screen says 1.3, 
you’ve got Kickstart 1.3.) This is 
unfortunate, because the actual 
rendering routine works fine on all 
machines, as do most of the object 
definition tools. However, one very 
necessary program gurus out straight 
away. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. 
Installing A-Render would be very 


Ray tracing has 
always been the 
Amiga’s strong point. 
The combination of 
a large colour palette, 
good processor 
power and low 
hardware cost has 
brought the science 
out of the university 
and into the home. 
Stewart C. Russell 
puts two public 
domain packages 
to the test 


difficult but for the script files 
provided for every possible Amiga 
setup. Once A-Render is installed, 
which can take anything up to half-an- 
hour on a single drive system, you’re 
ready to follow the tutorial. 

This as well thought out as the rest 
of the package. The aim is to create a 
HAM picture of a heart with an arrow 
through it. I know it sounds tacky, but 
it just happens to use all the programs 
in the A-Render suite in its creation. 

Not merely does the author include 
all files created by the tutorial session, 

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AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 93 



> 

he also provides the final rendered 
picture, so if you can’t quite get the 
program to work, at least you’ll be able 
to see what the results should be like. 
It also means that Kickstart 1.3 owners 
can have some fun with the program. 

A-Render, like all ray tracing 
programs, defines a set of physical 
objects in a three-dimensional space 
and works out how they are affected 
by the lighting conditions. 

Objects can be built up from 
polygons using a digitiser program, 
each point (or digitise) being a vertex 
of the polygon. 

Alternatively, if you plan to use 
solids of revolution, which doesn’t 
mean sticks and half-bricks, you can 
build objects on a lathe. This lathe is a 
program, as opposed to a real engine 
lathe. Would you want to clean swarf 
out from under the keyboard? 

You can vary the speed of the render 
by changing the resolution. Normal 
(maximum) resolution is 320 x 200 
HAM, which can take a couple of days 
to render if you’re close to the 
maximum eight objects. 

Halving the resolution quarters the 
generation time, but the picture begins 
to look very blocky. Any further 
reduction in resolution is only useful 
for quick test renders to see if your 



More textures - brick this time 


objects are visible. Many’s the time 
I’ve started a ray trace only to realise 
that most of the objects are off the 
screen. But we won’t dwell on that. 

A-Render produces good, if simple, 
results. They’re not on a par with 
Sculpt or Silver, but this package is far 
less sophisticated - and a lot cheaper 
- than either of those. Rumours about 
A-Render now having mutated into a 
commercial product are getting louder 
every day. It may become more 
expensive, but at least the bugs will 
have been ironed flat. 


W HERE A-Render tries to be 
helpful, DBW_Render on 
Faug Disk #42, doesn’t. User interface- 
wise it has the interactivity of a 


Now you can C 


I T is rare to find a book in a public 
domain collection, but that’s 
exactly what Fish Disk #337 is. Aha, 
says you, the man’s finally cracked 
under the strain of leafing through 
innumerable PD catalogues and has 
started to imagine hardbacks among 
the double-sideds. 

Not so, says I. Anders Bjerin’s C 
Manual is about 200 pages long, and 
just happens to have executables of all 
the example listings. Using the magic 
of file compression, three discs full of 
data have been packed down on to 
that single disc. 

Anders is a deeply generous type. 
Not merely has he written some very 
fine PD games, some of which have 
been featured on our cover discs, but 
he’s got a mission to get the whole 
world programming in C. All his 
games are written in C, and they all 
multi-task in the way that good 
programs should. 

In order to get more people 


programming in C he’s started the 
Amiga C Club (ACC) from his home in 
Sweden. Not only will he help with 
any C-related angst that ACC members 
may have, but there’s also a digitising 
service and a special deal on further C 
Manual volumes. 

As there isn’t a full C compiler 
release in any PD library, Anders has 
based the manual on the industry 
standard Lattice C version 5. Ox, a very 
expensive but generally fun-to-be-with 
compiler, if such a thing exists. 



Everyone's favourite bitmapped image 



Ahh... Stewart and Wendy 


cornered bear. On the user-hostility 
front it’s like ordering a Chateaubriand 
at a Vegan takeaway. 

In order to get yourself a rendered 
scene you have to plan out where all 
the objects are, define them in three 
dimensions relative to a fixed origin, 
work out what textures you want the 
objects to have, and then work out the 
lighting. 

Once you’ve done that, you load up 
your favourite text line editor (just to 
maintain the mainframe-ish 
atmosphere) and key in all the lovely 
data using a cryptic command set. You 
then decide how long you want the 
program to spend on the calculation, 
set everything going, and wait while a 
lot of full stops fill up your CLI 
window. 

Several hours and many gallons of 

better 

The C Manual isn’t designed to be a 
tutorial for absolute beginners, but the 
very large introductory chapter gives a 
whistle stop tour around the more 
difficult points of C data types and has 
a good section on getting Lattice C to 
spit out exactly what you want it to, or 
at least a fair approximation. 

As the Lattice documentation is so 
huge, this is a welcome condensation 
for those who still think that braces 
are things that look rather fetching in a 
Paisley pattern. 

Version 1.00 of the manual covers 
Screens, Windows, Graphics (Border, 
Text and Image structures), Gadgets, 
Requesters, Alerts, Menus, EDCMP and 
Sprites. In order to be able to use all 
these system functions, you have to 
know about memory allocation, linked 
list manipulation, and various other 
bits of vital information - the manual 
introduces these topics very neatly at 
exactly the right time you need to 
know about them. 



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coffee later, you buzz your way back 
Amigawards to see what’s going down. 

If you’re lucky, you get a massive 
data file containing RGB information. 
If you’re not, you get a mouthful of red 
guru. Boot it up and start again... 

Once you’ve got your RGB file you 
need to post-process it to create an IFF 
image. This can be from 320 x 400 
interlaced HAM down to lo-res 32 
colours. If you’ve set the render time 
low (an hour) you’ll get a very odd 
picture indeed - small patches of 
detail connected by rectangular splats 
of colour. This is due to 
DBYV_Render’s technique of guessing 
the colour of a pixel before it 
calculates it. The more time you leave 
for the calculation, the better the 
picture. 


T HE documentation is good solid 
stuff, a description of command 
line arguments and data file structure. 
It’s hardly bedtime reading, though. 
Full source of the package is included, 
so if you feel the urge to convert the 
program to run on an Iris 4D 
workstation or a ZX Spectrum, you 
can give it the old college try. 

There are the obligatory example 
pictures of very high quality, and 


The format of each chapter of the 
Amiga C Manual, to give it its full 
title, is one long explanatory file on a 
topic and then a large number of 
examples in both source and 
executable form. All the examples are 
complete, unlike the code fragments 
in the Technical Reference Manuals, 
and are documented to such a heavy 
degree that even people who can’t C 
should be able to understand what is 
going on. 

Also included in the distribution, 
but not really part of the Amiga C 
Manual itself, is Anders’ FileWindow 
program. This is a completely public 
domain file requester. Charlie Heath’s 
ARP one has a few restrictions on its 
use; FileWindow may be slightly 
simpler, but it is fully documented 
and comes complete with header and 
object files. It also works well on lo- 
res screens, something I know a lot of 
people cannot get the ARP requester to 
do. 

The Amiga C Manual isn’t the end 
of your C problems, you’ll still need to 
find the cash for Lattice C version 
5.04, a snip at around £170. But what 


example files to get you started. You’ll 
need them. 

DBW_Render’s results are quite 
astonishing. It produces good results 
more quickly than A-Render and 
handles surface textures, like marble, 
glass and brick, as well as any ray 
tracing package on the market. 

It has functions which aren’t 
available on any other package - 
damped waveforms on a surface, such 
as ripples in water or a fractal rock 
face. The image can be defocused 
towards the edges to give more realism 
and various anti-aliasing filters can be 
applied at calculation time. 

But all these wonderful things make 
the rendering go more slowly than a 
rush hour tube train. For people 
who’ve never been on the tube, 
imagine slow, then half that. 

DBW_Render has been upgraded to 
v2 and is now a commercial product 
masquerading as the brains behind 
Synthetic Reality’s World 3D, a 
package unavailable in the UK at time 
of writing. The original minimum 
registration fee was $10 US, which 
does not entitle the user to upgrades. 

If you’re at all interested in ray 
tracing, and you can handle sums and 
user-unfriendliness, DBW_Render vl 
on Faug Disk #42 is highly 
recommended. 



A wee bitmapped face in a 
medium-sized window : just one of 
Anders' many example programs 

it may manage to do is get you feeling 
more confident about C programming. 
It may even ward off the fateful day 
that you need to buy a volume or three 
of the Amiga Technical Reference 
series. 

Anders plans to upgrade and update 
the manual frequently, at reduced cost 
to members of the Amiga C Club. The 
shareware fee of £15 includes 
membership of the Amiga C Club. 
Updates to the manual cost a fiver. For 
that kind of money, it’s a bargain. 

You can write to Anders Bjerin at 
Tulevagen 22, 181 41 Lidingo, 

Sweden. 


GAME 

MONTH 


FLASCHBIER 


O RIGINALITY is what it's all 
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Flaschbier is a game, and it's not 
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I, a well known games reviewer 
(cough), like this game so much? 

People with long memories may 
remember an Ariolasoft game on the 
C64 and CPC called Werner. It was all 
about a chap called Werner and his 



mostly futile attempts to get a crate of 
beer to a party. 

In Flaschbier. everyone's favourite 
lager-lout has discovered that his beer 
supply has been scattered over a wide 
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There's earth to dig out, rocks to 
avoid, and. worst of all, hordes of Riot 
Police, all trying to stop Big Wern 
getting his beer. 

The one consolation is that there 
are well over 250 bottles to collect. But 
there’s only one bottle of beer per 
level, so it is not going to be easy. 

Does this sound suspiciously like a 
Boulderdash clone? You can safely 
betcha life, betcha Sweet Bippy. or 
just betcha Mel Sauce on that one. 

Unlike the original, Flaschbier 
confines all the action to a single 
screen rather than scrolling about. 
This makes the puzzles that bit 
smaller and neater, and is several 
orders of magnitude easier to 
program. 

It’s a great little game - fast, noisy, 
slightly hackish and very cheap, 
because it appears to be freeware. 
The instructions are in German, 
though that won’t be much of a 
problem as you already know how to 
play this sort of game anyway. 

Flaschbier takes up all of UGA 
Game Disk #2 and would be a 
passable game at the £25 level. It's a 
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Registering gives more 
than just a warm glow 


I T’S satisfying to hear from a 

shareware author thanking you for 
your hard earned cash. It’s deeply 
satisfying getting the newest version 
arriving on your doormat. But in the 
awesomely wonderful satisfaction 
league, there is little to compare with 
the delivery of software available only 
to those who have registered. 

The system works like this. You get 
a program, downloaded from a BBS or 
from a library disc. You see in the 
documentation Version X is only 
available to registered users ...” 
followed by some blatant sales pitch 
about how much more ozone-friendly 
the new version is. 

After using the software for a while, 
you get to like it, but feel there are a 
few limitations - bugs, missing 
features or physical limitations 
compiled into the program to 
encourage registration. 

You send off your money and before 
you know it, assuming you have a 
reaction time of around eight weeks, 
the new version arrives containing a 
dire warning that you must not 
distribute this software on pain of 
being prodded in the navel several 
times, or worse. 

As an example of how mind- 
alteringly fantastic it can be. I’ll take 
two examples of registered-user 
software. 

QED is a compact text editor. 
Nothing wonderful about that, you 
say. It is fast; global search/replace in 
a 2,000 line file is completed in under 
three seconds. That’s 10 times the 


speed of the unslothful Protext. 

The blitter renders the text directly 
to give super-speedy scrolling. QED 
can have as many editing buffers as 
you want and can cut-and-paste text 
between them. It has rudimentary 
formatting and printing capabilities, 
so it could be used as a budget word 
processor. 

As found on Fish Disk C019, QED 
can only save files up to 10,000 
characters long. Once you register, the 
author - Darren Greenwald of Santa 
Ana, California - sends the latest 
version, which has no file limitations, 
full documentation on its command 
language and ARexx capabilities 
(three syllables, pronounced A Rex X). 

With the addition of ARexx, a macro 
language capable of inter-task 
communication and control, QED 
becomes capable of driving a whole 
host of applications such as comms 
programs, compilers and databases. 
Neat, or what? 

Considering the pukka QED costs 
around £13 (S20) to register, you’d be 
crazy not to. And I’m not on a 
percentage to say that. 

My second example of shareware 
worth registering is Iconmaster, which 
was on the October 1989 cover disc. 

When it comes to icons, there’s 
IconMaster and nothing else. It does 


everything you could want. And that’s 
just version one. Version two, which 
costs $25 from John Scheib in Las 
Vegas, gives loads of extra colours. 

You want a 16 colour workbench? 
No problem, IconMaster 2 can edit in 
up to 16 colours and a tiny utility on 
the disc can add the necessary 
bitplanes to workbench. 

A 16 colour workbench is very pretty. 



but it eats memory and system 
performance. You want speed, then? How 
about a two colour workbench? 

Guaranteed to go flat out and use very little 
ram, but look only slightly more interesting 
than a PZzzzzz... Sorry, meant PC. 

If your workbench is looking a little 
dull. IconMaster 2 will banish the 
blues. Not to mention the oranges, 
blacks and whites. 

So there you go. Don’t be suspicious 
all vour life. Come out of the cupboard 
and have some fun with registered-user 
software. 


MessyDos - faster than CrossDos, and free 


T HE Amiga, you’ll be surprised 
to learn, isn’t the only 
machine to use 3.5in discs. A certain 
machine called a PC from a 
hicksville outfit called IBM can use 
them too. Unfortunately IBM didn’t 
have the foresight to use the 
advanced data format that the Amiga 
uses, and the systems are 
incompatible. 

For some strange reason a lot of 
people wish to transfer data from 
this PC thing to the Amiga. There are 
plenty of commercial programs to do 
this. But apart from a few demos of 
commercial products, the shareware 
scene is devoid of anything along 
these lines. 

Predictably enough, MessyDos fills 
this gap. It’s a whole new file system 


and device driver to read and write 
double sided PC 720k 3.5in floppies 
in any standard Amiga drive. 

Despite its powerful features, it is 
not that difficult to install. Anyone 
who knows which end of a CLI to 
hold should be OK. 

MessyDos allows most of the 
things that the commercial product 
CrossDos can, but cannot read or 
write Atari ST discs or the very rare 
single sided 360k 3.5in floppy. It’s 
very fast, roughly twice the speed of 
CrossDos, and seems to be reliable. 

There are a few “features” which 
are a bit annoying, but none 
endanger the data on your discs. For 
instance it throws up an error when 
you put an Amiga disc in the drive 
where MessyDos is expecting a PC 


one. Cancel the requester and the 
drive becomes a standard 
AmigaDos one again. I’ve been 
using it a lot for the last few weeks 
and it hasn’t failed me yet. 

A lot of machines support the 
720k PC format; they can be used 
as normal on an Atari ST and the 
newer Apple Macs, capable of 
using 1.44 megabyte discs, can 
access them as well. So if you have 
an Amiga, MessyDos and another 
(lesser) machine, you can probably 
exchange data easily. 

MessyDos (aka MSH) lives on 
Fish Disk #327. It’s shareware, but 
Olaf Seibert (he who did the deed) 
didn’t bother to specify how much 
he wants. That doesn’t mean that 
you don’t bother to pay him, OK? 






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W HY bother? What is the 
big idea behind DTP 
anyway? Well, after long years of 
being fettered by the whims of 
others, the desk-bound executive 
is now free to make his own 
mistakes. In these electronically 
enlightened times one man can 


Nic Veitch 
begins a series 
which will show 
that any Amiga owner 
can be capable of professional 
quality graphic design 


become a publishing company. 


Creativity unleashed, without 
having to know the secret 
handshakes of the print room 


Templates 


boys. 

Therein lies the problem. People 
who belong entirely to the group 
not in possession of a clue are 
traipsing their ideas through 
forestfuls of virgin paper, with 
results resembling the off-cuts 
from other less noble forms of DIY. 

Before I start a long diatribe of 


A DTP package without 
templates isn’t an application, 
it’s a waste of money. Page 
templates are exceptionally handy when 
designing things which are likely to be 
more than a one-off or has multiple 
pages which are similar in design. 

If your package doesn’t come with 


templates, you can make your own. 

It’s simple really. Just keep a saved 
page which has been laid out but has 
no text in it. You still have to do all 
the pixel-perfect calculations once, 
but at least if you get them wrong they 
will be consistently wrong. And 
consistency is very important. 


invective over the wheres, whys 


and et ceteras of DTP, I would like 
you to open your mind to one 
concept: There are no rules, only 
guidelines. 

The process of DTP, from 
writing the words through layout 
design to printing is just that - a 
process. It is not an event. It is 
never “done”, it evolves. And it 
does so because there are no hard 
and fast rules set in stone. Nor in 
hot metal, for that matter. 

If it were as easy as merely 
obeying commands, we could all 
do it, or mechanise it, and I 
wouldn’t be sat here writing about 
it. 


S O you have a load of text 
and you’re ready to start 
some serious desktop publishing, 
right? Sorry, not. Mistake numero 
uno. I have one word to say to 
you: Planning. That is what it’s all 
about, make no mistake. Writing 


Borders 


B BORDERS help decide what the 
jargonists call the colour and 
emotional tone of the 
publication. It doesn’t matter if you 
draw them in or not, borders are still 
perceived by the eye between the body 
text, around the edges of the paper, 
and between columns of text. 

Tangible borders can be drawn 
using the DTP package’s line or box 
function. If you want a very thick 
border, try using four filled boxes 
around the edges. Remember, borders 
don’t need to go all the way around 
the text. Often borders appear just top 
and bottom or on one side only to 
provide a margin for comments. 

Be careful though. Natural borders 
can be created by illustrations on the 
edge of the body text. In most cases 
this makes an assumed border, one 
which the reader perceives but does 



not exist physically, so no further 
mucking around is necessary. 

Aha, that reminds me of the second 
golden rule, I mean guideline, here at 
Amiga Computing Towers: If 
something is unnecessary, why put it 
in? Less is more. 


AMIGA COMPUTING July 1990 99 


> 










the text becomes part of the 
equation. Length, angle, style... 
these are the basic ingredients 
from which the greater glory of 
your publication is formed. Forget 
them not. 

Take the example of this article. 
I am only about 300 words in but I 
already know it has to make four 
pages, that there are going to be 
more than a couple of diagrams, 
that Pm going to need about 
another 1,700 words. 

I know what sort of person is 
going to be reading it, I know what 
they are expecting to see in it and 
I know exactly how they are used 
to seeing this subject presented. I 
have even given thought to the 
title - its shape, what it may look 
like, where it will go. Not much I 
admit, but as the article begins to 
take shape I will still be thinking 
of these things, and thinking about 
them will effect what I am writing. 

These thoughts should be going 
through your head long before you 
boot up Pro Page or whatever. 
Identify your reader. 

The purpose of all this planning 
is to trap the reader into your 
article without them knowing it. 

To entice, to promise and then to 
deliver. The design of the pages 
should guide the reader easily and 
naturally through it. Remember, 
half the battle is attracting their 
attention. Don’t let them get away. 

Use all the tools at your 
disposal, the tools of graphic 
design. Don’t think you can’t do it 
because you haven’t got the 
training. Every one of us who has 
ever read a book, a magazine or 
even the adverts in the 
Underground knows all about 
graphic design. 

The tools I have outlined here 
are the meccano of any 
publication. Study this magazine. 
Study other magazines. See how 
their style develops from simple 
graphic design techniques. Play 
around with your DTP package 
and see what you can come up 
with. Remember there is nothing 
you don’t know about graphic 
design. Like background 
radiation, you’ve been exposed to 
it since birth. It’s bound to have 
had some impression. 

• NEXT MONTH: Use your 
newly discovered graphical 
design knowledge and skills to 
enhance the communicating 
potential of your publication. 


Keylines 


B KEYLINES, also known as rules, 
are like miniature borders within 
the text. Used vertically they can 
unite or separate columns. Used 
horizontally they can be used to give 
emphasis to headings, to separate 
different subjects in the same column or 
for pull-quotes. 

A pull-quote is a quote from the text 
pulled out, set larger and usually in 
bold. Horizontal rules provide a contrast 
against the grey of the text and the white 
space surrounding the quote. See the 
example to find out just how eye- 
catching they can be. 

The weight of the keyline should 
complement the colour of the 
publication. Thick rules are set off better 
when surrounded by white- space, 
whereas thin rules are more appropriate 
for pages containing a lot of copy. 

Most DTP packages support line 
drawing. Simply adjust the weight of 
the line to your needs. A snap-to-grid 
option will be useful to get a straight 
line, but anyone who has practised with 
any sort of computer art package will 
soon get an eye for it. 














SUBHEADS are 
used to break up 
the body copy 
into nice manageable 
pieces. They also 
improve appearance and 
enhance appeal by 
providing a nice spot of contrast just 
when the old eyeballs are getting tired. 

From an organisational point of 
view they make it a lot easier for the 
reader to find the bit he wants quickly. 

There are a lot of techniques for 
drawing attention to subheads. Apart 
from the ones already discussed for 


Subheads 


headlines - though on a smaller scale 
- there are a few more tricks in the 
armoury. 

Changing the justification - left, 

right or centred - can 
provide good contrast 
with the main text 
without being so 
obtrusive as to 
demand the reader’s 
attention. 

One of the most 
obvious ways of 
isolating a subhead 
from the text is by 
using a vertical rule 
to create a margin. 
Subheads can then go 
in the left margin 
where they don’t 
obstruct the flow of 
the text. This is only really viable 
where all text is running in one 
column, like in textbooks and 
manuals. It is, of course, a bit of a 
waste of space as well, which is a 
decided advantage if you happen to be 
writing a manual or a textbook. Makes 
it bigger. Better value for money. 





■ FEATURE ■ 


Margins and 
columns 


B MARGINS are one of the 

simplest but most effective way 
of controlling the overall tone 
of the page. White space between the 
physical edges of the paper and the 
“live area” gives breathing room. Don’t 
ever get the idea that any part of the 
page that doesn’t have text or an 
illustration in it isn’t doing anything. 
It’s working hard to make the rest of 
the page legible. 

This philosophy stretches to the 
space left between columns, which 
apparently now comes under the 
general term of a gutter. Space 
between columns is arguably more 
important than margins. 

If two columns are placed too close 
together it becomes impossible for the 
reader to perceive the boundary of the 
first, especially if they are set ragged- 



right. This makes it a pain to read and 
in all likelihood the reader will give 
up after a couple of lines. 

Column width is just as important as 
margins, and for almost the same 
reasons. If columns are too wide the 


Boxes 


J 


BOXES are another tool used 
to emphasise and isolate 
information. This is usually 
employed when there is some copy 
both relevant and important to the 
main copy but which does not flow 
from it. Which is why what you are 
reading now is in a box. 


They can also be used for send-off 
coupons and anything else that is 
likely to be cut out from a 
publication, like competition entries, 
response forms or tokens. 

Most DTP packages will allow you 
to draw a box with a dashed or dotted 
line for this purpose. 


Headers and 
footers 


HEADERS and footers are a 
useful way of discretely 
imparting information to the 
reader. Headers should reinforce the 
identity of the publication, let the 
reader know where exactly he is just 
in case he has forgotten. 

Headers or footers are the habitual 
location for the page number, if you 
decide you’re having one. 


Symbols 


J 


SYMBOLS are used to group 
together a number of items 
which are related without 
having to go to the trouble or space of 
writing all that tiresome filling copy. 

Asterisks and bullets are commonly 
used for this purpose. Bullets can be 
anything from a blob to a relevant icon. 

Numbers can be used when 
itemising a list of points in order of 
importance for example, or a list of 
instructions. 


Headlines 


HEADLINES are the most 
simple text organiser ever. 
Everybody knows what they 
are, where they go and what they do. 
They are also difficult to write 
because they have to be accurate, 
concise, more or less grammatically 
correct, and they even have to be the 
right shape. But the most important 
thing about any headline is that it 


should be easily distinguished from 
body copy. 

There are a number of ways to do this, 
the most common of which are to set the 
headline in a bigger point size, in bold 
and usually in a completely different 
font. It is common practice when doing 
this to use a complimentary font - if the 
body text is serif the headline should be 
sans-serif, and vice-versa. 




eye has further to scan back for the 
beginning of the next line. This isn’t 
so bad when the point size is large 
because the scanning angle is greater, 
but small type in wide columns is a 
horror, legibility-wise. 


Glossary 

Copy: a general term used to describe 
text. 

Gutter: formerly this used to mean the 
space in the centre between two 
adjacent bound pages, but now also 
refers to the space between adjacent 
columns. 

Justification: the way text is arranged 
in a column, either flush with the left 
and/or right sides, or centred. 

Point size: type is measured in units 
called points. There are 
approximately 72 points to the inch. 
This topic will he discussed in more 
detail next month. 

Sans-serif: a class of typeface without 
serifs (see below). 

Serif: a large family of typefaces 
categorised by tiny decorations, 
which add character to the letters and 
help guide the readers eye from letter 
to letter. This text is set in a serif 
typeface. 

Typeface: refers to the style and shape 
of characters. The nearest publishing 
equivalent to a font. Typefaces will be 
discussed in greater detail next 
month. 

Weight: roughly the thickness of a line 
or character. Bold is a heavier weight 
that italic , for example. The weight of 
lines is usually measured in points. 


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■ SHORTIES ■ 


We come in peace 
shoot 
to kill 


f 


S urprising as it may 

seem, the Amiga has 
never really attracted its fair 
share of light guns. It’s 
doubly surprising because 
(a) the Amiga hardware 
directly supports such a 
device, and (b) it has a good 
- perhaps too good - 
reputation for games. 

Have manufacturers have 
thought Amiga owners too 
pacifist? Too mellow? Not 
any more, for US Action 
(081-568-8297) has decided 
that Amiga owners have 
been unarmed for too long 
and have given us a 
complete light gun and 
software package. 

The gun itself is a real 
handful of black pistol. It 
appears to have been 
adapted from a toy battery- 
operated unit, and still 
contains an (unused) 
miniature loudspeaker. DIY 



fiends will have great fun 
wiring this up for their own 
devices. The important part 
is half way up the short 
barrel. It’s a lens which 
focuses light on to a 
photosensitive diode. 

Thanks to the miracle of 
Amiga technology, the pen 
connects directly to the 
joystick port via a short 
cable to sort the order of the 
wires. No interfaces, no set- 
up procedures. Results 
depended at lot on the 
monitor used and angle at 
which the gun was pointed 
at the screen. With a bit of 
experimentation, the gun 
was accurate to within a 
few centimetres. Just plug 
in and blast. Ahem. 

Now you know me, I’m 
not one for gratuitous 
violence. That’s why I was 
particularly pleased to see 
that the games provided 
with the gun where not just 
simple gratuitous shoot- 
’em-ups. 

Instead, the gun is being 
used as a legitimate input 
device. Now the cosmic 
laser pistol can rate along 
with keyboards, trackerballs 
and mice as simply ways of 
getting information into the 
computer. So it’s shaped 
like a dangerous weapon. 
Would it be better if it was 
shaped like a rubber duck? 
Tricky philosophical 
questions such as these are 
better explored in other 
forums. 

The first game is called 
Gateway to Ypsilon and is a 
nicely put together three 
dimensional scroller. Not 
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In the second game the 
gun in its more traditional 
form. Master of the Town 
urges you to play the part of 
of an urchin who has a 
strong dislike of street 
lamps. So strong in fact, 


that he must shoot as many 
as possible before the police 
arrive. It’s a circus sideshow 
type of game with a bit of 
“Rebel without a cause. 

In terms of value for 
money, £49.95 will get you 
the gun and the two games. 
The games are quite simple, 


and would probably come 
into the budget-priced side 
of things. This means you 
are paying about 40 quid for 
the gun. Short intake of 
breath. 

Hopefully with the 
Amiga’s standard hardware 
and the better than average 
results, software writers 
will start to take advantage 
of light guns. Otherwise 
they’re just a shot in the 
dark. 

John Kennedy 


OMMODORE claims 
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as most users will 
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However once the more 
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Most modern 3. 5 in drives 
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The EuroLink modem is a robust and sophisticated device which turns data from your 
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2400 baud - about 40 words a second. Although it has many powerful features, it is 
simplicity itself to use when combined with its accompanying software. Built into the 
Hayes-compatible modem is MNP error correction - your guarantee of a corruption-free 
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Accompanying the modem is one of the Amiga's most popular and easiest to use 
telecommunications packages, Access!, which simplifies the connection to MicroLink. 
Two mouse selections and the rest is automatic. After that you can move freely around 
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With MicroLink any Amiga can be turned into a complete communications centre. 
Without any additional expenditure it becomes a telex machine, a fax machine, an 
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■k You can use it to send a letter for next-day delivery to any address in Britain, send a 
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I T may be easy to believe 
that the life of a computer 
magazine journalist is a fun- 
filled and relaxing experience. 

You might even think that 
here in the editorial offices of 
Amiga Computing we do 
nothing more than sit around 
and play games all day. 
Occasionally the telephone 
might ring and one of the bevy 
of PR persons might invite us 
out for lunch under the 
guise of showing us 
their latest game. 

Then back 
to the office for a 
quick chat 
with the 
advertising 


you think 


office which went along these 
lines: 

”Erm... I’m not in Dublin, 

I’ve been run over. Where am I? 
What am I supposed to be 
doing? Right... I’ll call again 
some time...” 

After about six hours without 
contact. Green was offically 
classed missing, presumed out 
to lunch. Even the software 
house which had invited him 
on the journey had not seen 
him. Was Green wandering 
around Euston Station in a 
dazed state? Who would write 
Amiga Arcade this month? The 
office party was well into the 
planning stages. 

Eventually our beloved 
Reviews Editor did reappear, 
complete with large facial 
bruise and forehead mounted 
sticking plaster. Having missed 
the flight by being in the 
casualty ward of a local 
hospital, he clambered into the 
InterCity and came home again. 

Comments such as “I see 
you’ve suffered some sort of 
head crash" were not 
appreciated. 

It’s a hard life. 


department, a cup of delicious 
vending machine coffee and off 
home in the company Rover. 

Alas, if only this were the 
case, for real life rarely lives up 
to expectations. 

Take the recent Green 
incident, for example. There he 
was, all set to visit Dublin to 


see the premier performance of 
the Don Bluth film All Dogs Go 
To Heaven because of a 
computer game tie-in. 
Everything seemed wonderful. 
Little did Green know of the 
horrors in store. 

All was going well as he 
made his way courtesy of 
British Rail to London Town 
and next day’s early morning 
flight. Then the first 
disaster struck - his 
accommodation refused 
to accommodate him. 
This necessitated a 
hasty visit to a friend, 
who agreed to put 
him up for the night. 
And so next morning, 
bright eyed and bushy 
tailed, he set off for the 
airport. He never made it. 
Instead, halfway across a 
zebra crossing he was struck in 
the midriff by a Vauxhall 
Cavalier 

Several dramatic loop-the- 
loops later he re-established 
contact with the ground, using 
his head to cushion his fall. 

The first we knew of all this 
was a telephone call to the 


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Applied Research Kernal 83 

Amor 66 

Ashcom 29 

Bitcon Devices 91 

Bytes & Pieces 112 

Calco 31 

Castle Software 98 

Computer Store 76 

Computerwise 113 

Contriver Europe 20 

Database Software 110 

Delta Pi Software 84 

Diamond Computers 16, 17 

Digicom 35 


Digita International 58 

DS & K Designs 77 

Electra PD 113 

Eurolink 104, 105 

European Peripheral Distribution. .6 

Evesham Micros 26 

Greater London Computers 102 

Hampshire Micro Computers 31 

Home Based Business 102 

HSV Computer Services 25 

Infogrames 2 

Janor Hirst Holdings 102 

LCL 113 

Magnetic Media 113 

MD Office Supplies 67 


Media Direct 83 

Media Value 86 

Memory Expansion Systems 12, 32 

Microdeal 50 

MicroLink 87 

Microtext 84 

Millenium 45 

Mirrorsoft 116 

Mistral Computer Supplies 102 

Overseas Media 3 

Power Computing 13. 14. 15 

Proton Software 84 

P Dorn PD Amiga 96 

Rombo 115 

Silica Shop 18 


SK Marketing 92 

Softmachine 83 

Softsellers 19, 29 

Softwise 34 

Solid State Leisure 34 

Special Reserve 49 

Trademasters 77 

US Action 23 

Virtual Reality 34 

Voltmace 1134 

WTS Electronics 102 

Wizard Software 31 


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